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Hope­fully, Ford’s ad­vis­ers will be heard

Af­ter the shock and dis­may of the pro­vin­cial elec­tion I wish to thank the pho­tog­ra­pher who took the pic­ture of Doug Ford sup­port­ers hold­ing a sign that ap­peared to read “hel(sic) is on the way.”

While I am not any kind of fan of Mr. Ford, I know he has some tal­ented peo­ple who have been elected to serve the peo­ple of On­tario and I re­ally hope he has the wis­dom to lis­ten to them.

He is a fan of U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump and we can only hope he doesn’t try to em­u­late that bab­bling bom­bas­tic buf­foon.

Just a quick word to the vot­ers of On­tario, we had a turn out of 58 per cent which, given the im­por­tance of this elec­tion, where change was nec­es­sary, is pa­thetic. It is said we get the govern­ment we de­serve so let’s hope we can do way bet­ter than that.

John C. Du­quette

Port Col­borne

Lo­cal res­i­dents’ en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns ig­nored


How is it that in Ni­a­gara our lo­cal me­dia will al­most al­ways find a story to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment lobby with­out ques­tion and will al­ways ig­nore the con­cerns of the res­i­dents most af­fected?

Un­der pro­vin­cial en­dan­gered species leg­is­la­tion ac­tiv­ity in or around their habi­tat that may “kill, ha­rass or harm the en­dan­gered species and their habi­tat” is pro­hib­ited.

Be­cause this does not sup­port de­vel­op­ers, the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Forestry (you know, those guys com­mit­ted to protecting our en­vi­ron­ment?) de­vised an Over­all Ben­e­fit Per­mit.

The only ac­tual “ben­e­fit” is to the de­vel­op­ers.

The Lake­wood devel­oper ap­plied for and has one.

The idea that there are any sur­vivors of this par­tic­u­lar en­dan­gered species colony on the Lake­wood site in Wain­fleet, af­ter all the tree de­struc­tion and heavy equip­ment ac­tiv­ity all over the habi­tat is quite ridicu­lous.

Your ap­par­ent sup­port for his “en­vi­ron­men­tal ef­forts” are badly mis­placed and in fact only sup­port his con­tin­ued ef­forts to in­tim­i­date those lo­cal res­i­dents who live in the im­me­di­ate area and whose con­cerns, to date, have never been se­ri­ously con­sid­ered by lo­cal me­dia out­lets such as yours. An­drew Watts


Trudeau an em­bar­rass­ment to Canada: Reader

For many Cana­di­ans it is hard to see Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau on the in­ter­na­tional stage em­bar­rass­ing Canada. In­stead of act­ing like a states­man dis­cussing in­ter­na­tional is­sues on sub­stance he acts like a pre-pro­grammed child talk­ing about his very nar­row ide­o­log­i­cal agenda with gen­der equal­ity as his favourite topic.

Lack­ing the nec­es­sary skills in Davos, Switzer­land, at the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum with the world’s top busi­ness lead­ers; in China dur­ing a trade mis­sion en­rag­ing the Chi­nese govern­ment by ar­ro­gantly lec­tur­ing them about gen­der equal­ity; and in In­dia an­ger­ing the Indian govern­ment.

The G-7 meet­ing in Que­bec was a waste of time and tax­payer dol­lars. The main theme was again about gen­der equal­ity be­side at­tack­ing Don­ald Trump.

It would have been great if Trudeau acted as a Cana­dian pa­triot car­ing as much for Cana­di­ans as Trump does for Amer­i­cans, but that has not been the case. His open border pol­icy for ex­am­ple is putting Canada’s safety at risk; se­lect­ing his govern­ment based on gen­der equal­ity in­stead of merit is short chang­ing Canada; and his dis­crim­i­na­tion of Chris­tians, while favour­ing Mus­lims is un-Cana­dian as we saw with the sum­mer jobs grants. Rob Janssen


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