LET­TERS TO THE ED­I­TOR

The Peterborough Examiner - - OPINION -

Dis­eases are spread with­out den­tal in­fec­tion con­trol

Re: :“Den­tist has ques­tions about health

warn­ing,” let­ters, Oct. 19

In re­sponse to the let­ter by re­tired den­tist John Hardie, warn­ings about the risk of trans­mis­sion of viruses like hep­ati­tis B, hep­ati­tis C and HIV have been made by rep­utable Cana­dian den­tal or­ga­ni­za­tions for decades and these or­ga­ni­za­tions have ac­knowl­edged the link be­tween in­fec­tions and den­tal-re­lated ex­po­sures.

The U.S. Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol has also pub­lished doc­u­mented re­ports of hep­ati­tis C trans­mis­sion in den­tal of­fices.

The Royal Col­lege of Den­tal Sur­geons in On­tario (RCDSO), which is On­tario’s reg­u­la­tor for den­tistry, has writ­ten that in­fec­tion preven­tion and con­trol (IPAC) is a crit­i­cally im­por­tant part of safe pa­tient care, due to con­cerns about the pos­si­ble spread of blood-borne dis­eases (such as hep­ati­tis or HIV), and the im­pact of emerg­ing, highly con­ta­gious res­pi­ra­tory and other ill­nesses.

The clin­i­cal guide­lines for IPAC were de­vel­oped based on a sig­nif­i­cant amount of re­search by Pub­lic Health On­tario, the Pub­lic Health Agency of Canada and On­tario’s Pro­vin­cial In­fec­tious Dis­eases Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee (PIDAC).

The RCDSO has en­dorsed these guide­lines and con­sid­ers them to be so im­por­tant that a con­tra­ven­tion of the IPAC stan­dards could be con­sid­ered pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.

Peter­bor­ough Pub­lic Health is com­mit­ted to putting pa­tient safety first by up­hold­ing these im­por­tant stan­dards. Dr. Rosana Sal­vaterra, med­i­cal of­fi­cer of health

Costly build­ing projects ig­nore need for af­ford­able hous­ing

All hail the YMCA re­de­vel­op­ment as spo­ken about and vastly pho­tographed in the Peter­bor­ough me­dia of Oct. 17. Nu­mer­ous lo­cal politi­cians and lu­mi­nar­ies pic­tured with shov­els in hand dis­play­ing a faux ground­break­ing cer­e­mony as the site goes into a new phase of constructi­on.

Just last Sun­day morn­ing around 10:15 I was tak­ing some snap­shots at down­town street cor­ners af­ter do­nat­ing a bike to a man at the cor­ner of Char­lotte and Wa­ter Streets.

On each street cor­ner the pan­han­dlers were stak­ing out their turf in the daily cy­cle of life that they lead. With luck this group of folks will be able to col­lect enough cop­pers to buy a few ex­tra treats to get through the blus­tery day, and I do not deny that those treats may in­clude some il­le­gal sub­stances and al­co­hol be­sides Tim­mies and Tim­bits.

These pho­tos tell the story that the hoopla over the snail’s pace of the YMCA re­con­struc­tion does not. As well these pho­tos show the faces of the folks who may re­quire those beds briefly spo­ken about in Tues­day’s lo­cal me­dia about a Warm­ing Room sit­u­a­tion dis­cussed at the pre­vi­ous evenings coun­cil meet­ing.

For some odd rea­son I did not see such fan­fare for this es­sen­tial hous­ing sit­u­a­tion for a group of peo­ple that so­ci­ety tends to ne­glect on a daily ba­sis.

As an ob­server, it never ceases to amaze how the masses fall for these slick photo ops and lay praise upon the up­com­ing fu­ture of a build­ing that has stood empty for a decade, when the poor among us, and there are many, could have been kept warm in those con­fines.

Our hous­ing pri­or­i­ties are only sat­is­fy­ing the haves of our world. What about some pri­or­ity for the have nots?

When the refugees came knock­ing on our doors a few years back, we were able, some­how to find them hous­ing. Why are we not able to do so for the poor among us, many who are born Cana­di­ans? Char­lie Gre­gory, Mor­row Street

Prov­ince must re­peal pit bull ban

Re: “Northum­ber­land/Peter­bor­ough South MPP push­ing to end On­tario’s pit bull ban,” Oct. 8

Based upon the sta­tis­tics main­tained by On­tario’s Min­istry of Health and Long Term Care and the City of Cal­gary, we in On­tario are any­where from 2.5 to more than 10 times more likely to suf­fer a dog bite in­jury than you would be if you lived in Cal­gary, which is breed neu­tral. In ad­di­tion to pain and suf­fer­ing, this in­creases the strain on the health care sys­tem. It in­creases an­i­mal con­trol costs, gov­ern­ment lit­i­ga­tion costs, etc., and it does noth­ing for the peo­ple of On­tario.

The ban is not only in­ef­fec­tive and un­en­force­able, it costs the tax­pay­ers of On­tario mil­lions of dol­lars. Given the fact that the gov­ern­ment of On­tario is plead­ing poverty to sup­port their po­si­tion that cuts to the vul­ner­a­ble are nec­es­sary, one would think that be­fore mak­ing any such cuts the gov­ern­ment of On­tario would have looked at leg­is­la­tion and spend­ing that ac­tu­ally reaps no ben­e­fit to the peo­ple of On­tario.

Since 2005, peo­ple through­out On­tario have had to live with Breed Spe­cific Leg­is­la­tion (BSL). The breed spe­cific lan­guage was added to the Dog Own­ers’

Li­a­bil­ity Act (DOLA) and the An­i­mals For Re­search Act (ARA) by the On­tario Lib­eral Party, specif­i­cally Michael Bryant and Kath­leen Wynne. I have ev­ery ex­hibit sub­mit­ted, the re­search memos pre­sented and the leg­is­la­tion, both as it ex­isted prior to 2005 and af­ter the gov­ern­ment of On­tario pushed through leg­is­la­tion with no sci­en­tific or ex­pert sup­port. To be hon­est, it did not have the sup­port of the peo­ple of On­tario for that mat­ter. In fact, Bill 132 of 2005 should have never seen the light of day.

There has not been one ex­pert or peer­re­viewed sci­en­tific study on this sub­ject mat­ter that sup­ports BSL. The ev­i­dence, both ex­pert and peer re­viewed sci­ence, has con­sis­tently and over­whelm­ing stated that BSL is un­en­force­able, ex­pen­sive and com­pletely in­ef­fec­tive.

On­tario’s Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives, now in a ma­jor­ity po­si­tion in gov­ern­ment, have for 14 years said they sup­port re­peal. The peo­ple of On­tario are watch­ing. If this is de­layed, or if this fails, the peo­ple of On­tario will re­mem­ber. The peo­ple of On­tario spoke out loudly in 2005 telling the gov­ern­ment of On­tario that they did not agree with the ban, and the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion to dis­re­gard the peo­ple made them an­gry. If peo­ple are lied to or mis­led, and BSL re­mains on the books in On­tario, the anger faced by the Lib­eral Party in 2005 and since will seem neg­li­gi­ble.

Chan­dra McKin­non, Wark­worth

Al­berta is to blame for its prob­lems

Af­ter do­ing some re­search, I find it cu­ri­ous the Al­berta and Saskatchew­an pro­duce 47 per cent of their elec­tric­ity with coal. Medicine Hat is in a slump be­cause of nat­u­ral gas prices be­ing de­pressed. Wouldn't it make sense to con­vert from coal to nat­u­ral gas?

Now I know the truth of why they don't like the car­bon tax. I am sick of Al­ber­tans com­plain­ing about their prob­lems, when they still don’t charge sales tax. They can't pro­long this fan­tasy any longer. Suck it up and charge it!

There are be­tween 70,000 to 100,000 or­phaned oil wells in the prov­ince to­day. Clean­ing up this self-cre­ated dis­as­ter, due to lax reg­u­la­tions, will cost the Cana­dian tax­payer bil­lions.

Al­berta was warned to di­ver­sify their econ­omy and ig­nored the ad­vice while oil prices spi­ralled up­ward. Now that the price of oil has dropped sig­nif­i­cantly, it's sud­denly the en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists’ fault.

I sup­port pipe­line constructi­on as it is a much safer method of mov­ing oil than rail cars. Bri­tish Columbia has caused the most is­sues with the Trans Moun­tain Pipe­line, not Ot­tawa.

If Al­berta wants to solve its eco­nomic woes, look in the mir­ror and stop blam­ing Ot­tawa.

Bruce Suther­land, Oton­abee Drive

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CHAR­LIE GRE­GORY/SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

A man walks through down­town Peter­bor­ough with­out a coat on a chilly Oc­to­ber morn­ing.

CHAR­LIE GRE­GORY/SPE­CIAL TO THE EX­AM­INER

A per­son can be seen pand­han­dling at an in­ter­sec­tion in down­town Peter­bor­ough.

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