Letters

Time to declare a climate emergency

May 21, 2019

May 21, 2019 To the Editor, Did you know that the council climate emergency campaign has spread from Australia to the United States, the United ...

Proposed quarry angers neighbours

April 30, 2019 To the Editor, “I want to sell my house!” Yelled the owner of the property listed for sale on Bay Lake Road ...

Bill 66 would nullify many Ontario laws and protections

Jan. 22, 2019 To the Editor, Premier Doug Ford lied to us, prior to being elected he promised not to touch the Greenbelt and after ...

Grail Springs may suffer slow demise to quarry

An open letter to Faraday Council regarding proposed quarry and it’s effect on it’s neighbours Dear esteemed Councillors and Mayor for the township of Faraday, ...

Summer Soul at St. Andrew’s

What is Summer Soul? Well, it’s the ministry of the people of St. Andrew’s United Church on the Old L’Amable Road.

Policing services: municipalities still handcuffed

Let’s start with what has happened on policing costs for small rural municipalities in the past 10 years serviced by the OPP. The increases have been massive and in Hastings Highlands and Bancroft (both with about 4,000 permanent residents). We are now being charged about $2.2 million per year...and our neighbours are in similar boats. It’s a huge download of costs, but more importantly, municipalities have virtually no ability to influence the service, unlike the way it used to be some years ago. So it’s funding accountability but with no responsibility for the service, performance, staffing, compensation, operating budget, etc.

The mighty York

We certainly should make better use of this river. It is such a shame that the boardwalk has not been completed.

What’s the  economic backbone in North Hastings?

It’s always seductive to try to think you can hit a grand slam as a municipal politician. A giant new warehouse for Wal-Mart, a Georgia-Pacific plant employing 200 highly paid workers, etc.

Update on potential ratepayers committee

I want to thank everyone who took their time to come out on a snowy Tuesday evening because they are concerned about our communities and our people. The passion and conviction in the room was very inspiring. We all love Bancroft and we want it to be the town we know it can be. We want it affordable for all. We want everyone to feel like they have a voice in what is happening and that they are encouraged to give their ideas and input into the process.

Bribing you with your own money

To the Editor, It’s a well worn trick politicians of all stripes use, and often voters fall for it. But Premier Wynne has set a ...

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