October 15: Appreciating the science table voters must remember, praising Pickles and other letters

Thank the scientific table

I would like to express my gratitude to the members of the Scientific Advisory Table, including Dr. Peter Juni.

This group of dedicated physicians and scientists served with honesty and integrity. They provided reliable, evidence-based information that Ontarians could trust. Protecting the people of Ontario was paramount. The group spoke truth to power and did not pander to Doug Ford’s wishes to keep Ontario open for business. The Scientific Advisory Table refused to deny the facts of COVID. As a result, hundreds of lives have been saved.

The Conservative government has declared that the Scientific Advisory Table has not been dissolved. It was integrated into the Department of Public Health. While it previously operated independently within the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, it will now report to Doug Ford. It remains to be seen how the new Scientific Advisory Table will function if and when we face another wave of COVID. Will their recommendations be based on science? Can we trust that this new team will put our protection above the Prime Minister’s wishes?

All Ontarians owe a debt of gratitude to the dedicated and hardworking members of the Science Advisory Table.

Voters, remember this

As someone with a great deal of affection for the Beasley area, I read with frustration Mr. Van Dongen’s article about the delays to the Cannon Knitting Mills project. One thing that should be a priority before heading to the polls on the 24th is the patience we are willing to give to an increasing number of problematic developments as the need for housing only increases.

Dredging must continue

I am in favor of depollution. This includes both our land and our water. I would paddle a canoe to Chedoke Creek if it meant getting the town’s attention to start a cleanup.

But wait a minute. The City has already pledged to begin dredging and remove the tons of pollution from the creek before winter sets in. The fact that members of a Haudenosaunee group constantly hinder the start of this project is counterproductive. If this is a political ploy or a power play, this is neither the right place nor the right time. We need to clean up this pollution and we are on a strict deadline. If the project is delayed due to daily visitors, it could cost Hamiltonians dearly in provincial fines. It is money that could be spent in better areas. The City is also being too defensive saying it can’t start dredging. Put up “Enter at your own risk” signs and start dredging.

Pickles all over our house

You’d swear Brian Crane lived with us. My husband, Bob (Earl) and I comment daily on who he writes about. It’s usually Bob. To like!

Listening to hospital staff

Writing a letter acknowledging excellent care at a local hospital should be simple, right? However I debated for several weeks and why? Certainly not because of a bad experience. On the contrary, I must commend all the medical professionals who cared for me before, during and after a serious surgery last month. Everyone went above and beyond to support my recovery. Yet, in this tense political climate, I hesitate to promote a “business as usual” point of view when the hospital system is so clearly under threat. During my short stay, I saw nurses called to work in unfamiliar situations due to a lack of personnel. I have heard of measures being implemented to sanitize due to COVID outbreaks. I learned that surgeries had been canceled because there were no beds. It’s high time to listen to those who have kept hospitals going despite cuts, wage freezes and understaffing.

Save us the tax cut drivel

Franco Terrazzano and the Canadian Taxpayers Federation have they not heard of recent events in the UK where the new Prime Minister and his government have been lambasted for proposing major tax cuts as his financial regulators attempt to contain high inflation? One observer compared this to pressing the brake and accelerator simultaneously. The federation seems to have been so caught up in its endless campaign to keep the government from spending on any public need that has gotten lost in some kind of madness of its own imagination. Couldn’t the viewer give us all a break from such drivel?

But he’ll take the money

The leader of the Parti Québécois, Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, wants to sit in the National Assembly, but refuses to take the oath of allegiance to the King of England. I’m confused, he has no problem accepting $128,000 with the Queen of England’s face on it.

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