Letters

Summer Soul at St. Andrew’s

June 13, 2018

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 ...

Has council done their homework for Clark Lake?

This letter is in response to the notice of a public hearing to enforce a proposed bylaw to restrict all motor boats, and perhaps, all watercraft, from accessing the public boat launch at Clark Lake.

Asking if council cares

The composite correction team really made it sound like all of the numbers at the sewer plant in Bancroft are within normal ranges. They’re exactly what they would expect to find here or anywhere else.

Listen up, provincial officials

Every day on the television news, in the newspapers and on social media we are made aware, yet again, of more tax burdens put on municipalities from the provincial and the federal governments. I know I am sick of it and would imagine that most of the general public is as well.

Mussels not the only thing to watch out for

Last month’s article “Town Tables Clark Lake Report” mentions that the accidental introduction of zebra mussels into Clark Lake via boats or their trailers would result in big costs to the town. No one can argue against this, in light of what has happened in other towns and cities.

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