Week of July 6

People want to protect city parks, council should listen Sir: I’d like to offer a special thank you to all who attended the public meeting on June 13 at Clearwater Arena that addressed the options pertaining to the sale of parkland. There was standing room only. I was impressed by the knowledge of the people… Read more »

OPINION: Misguided tree bylaw leaves homeowners stumped

George Mathewson I doubt the administrators at City Hall meant to trigger a widespread slaughter of healthy trees when they pushed for a municipal tree bylaw. But that is exactly what’s happening right now. All across the city, homeowners are eagerly removing trees from their property before the municipality tells them that they can’t. Their… Read more »

Letters, week of June 29

Mayor penalized enough by city council’s “Fab Five” Sir: So Mayor Mike Bradley went to Toronto to discuss current issues with other mayors and a government official. Did he have permission from council’s “Fab Five,” as I’m sure they were concerned he would “offend” someone, re: the Code of Conduct. Was he also on his… Read more »

Week of June 22

Where’s the accountability on Centennial boondoggle? Sir: The delays and cost overruns at Centennial Park stand as the single most disgraceful abuse of the public trust and money that I have ever witnessed. For weeks I have read articles and heard radio talk that attempt to put some clarity to what is going on, yet… Read more »

Letters, week of June 15

If students are happy at SCITS, why not leave them there? Sir: Re: The story ‘Great Lakes sweepstakes,’ June 1 edition. Let me see if I understand this correctly: Fact: The Lambton Kent District School Board says the cost to reconstruct and expand Great Lakes Secondary at the old St. Clair site has risen from… Read more »

OPINION: Members of this club mix love of flight and community    

Bonnie Stevenson Canadian veterans deserve our thanks, and 10 members of the Canadian Owners and Pilots Association (COPA) Flight 7 flying club have found a way to ensure their sacrifice isn’t forgotten. For the past few years, club members have used their flying skills and experience to offer tight formation fly-overs at Remembrance Day services… Read more »

OPINION: Is it fair to pay for a bus you can’t use?

Debbie Krukowski I feel like I have stepped into a time machine and been transported back to the beginning of this century. In 2000, the city council of the day tried to roll what’s known as the ‘transit tax levy’ into the general mill rate. It didn’t work. The transit levy is a carry-over from… Read more »