Week of November 18

MP Gladu spreading dangerous misinformation about COVID-19

Sir: Can Sarnia-Lambton MP Marilyn Gladu please confirm where she received her medical degree?

I have to assume, based on the information she’s sharing, that it came from YouTube University.

How many times is she going to share COVID-19 misinformation and get away with it, with little more than a forced apology?

Her job as our elected Member of Parliament is to advocate for and assist the citizens of her riding – not share misinformation that could potentially put a life in danger. Does someone have to die before she’s kicked out of caucus or receives any real consequences?

I still remember her in early 2020 telling people that hydroxychloroquine was an effective treatment option, before once again backtracking after being called out by actual medical experts.

If Marilyn Gladu has any decency she will step down as MP and educate herself about the science surrounding COVID-19 vaccines and treatment options, instead of putting the lives of her constituents in danger.

Andy Simpson

Bright’s Grove


Journal carrier says thanks for the opportunity

James Gray

Sir: I was a Sarnia Journal carrier, until I recently lost my job.

I had fun and a great time delivering papers around my neighbourhood. I got to know my neighbourhood better, went for long walks and earned money.

Some people enjoy The Journal so much they would be waiting at the door for me to deliver the paper.

Delivering The Journal was my first paying job. Thank you for the opportunity to be a Sarnia Journal carrier.

Sincerely,

James Gray

Sarnia

Editor’s Note: We thank James and all of our carriers for their hard work and dedication over the years, and truly wish the free distribution system could have been maintained.


Photo radar part of the solution to checking speeders

Sir: Drivers speeding on our roadways is a growing concern in Sarnia and Point Edward.

Though Sarnia has proposed dropping the speed limit from 50 to 40 km/hr, drivers would probably ignore that the same way they ignore current speed limits.

Policing for speeders is both labour and time intensive and detracts from resources that could be allocated elsewhere. And the revenue from speeding tickets doesn’t go to local police but is remitted to the provincial government, so there is no monetary incentive to increase police patrols.

Photo radar seems an obvious solution. It has long been common in other jurisdictions, such as Alberta and Saskatchewan and, in the last couple of years, in Toronto.

Fixed radar in school zones and red-light radar at high incident intersections are established practice. In addition, portable cameras can be loaded into a regular van, run by a contract employee, and moved from spot to spot.

Automated systems do not affect driver licence points and can be set to allow for a bit of wiggle room, for example 55 km/hr in a 50 zone.

A camera flash that shows the car, the back of the driver’s head and the license plate triggers a ticket sent through the mail to the owner’s address.

Regular patrols do not have to be eliminated, but it seems high time

automation eased the load and provided more “policing.”

Bob MacIntyre

Sarnia


Traffic lights needed at Errol-Indian intersection

Sir: I see the “bump-outs” at Errol and Indian roads have been removed, and I read the comments from the crossing guards who work that intersection (Nov. 4, ‘Bump-outs bumped, so it’s back to the drawing board.’)

I share their concerns, and doubt they were consulted on this decision. However, they and the youth who cross the intersection will now have to contend with it.

I’m very disappointed council would remove a safety feature without having an alternative solution in hand. I truly think the squeaky wheel got the oil.

The bump-outs have been there for a few years, and until a permanent solution is on the table, I don’t understand why they couldn’t remain.

Indian north of Cathcart is one lane each way. And we have reduced the lanes on Cathcart, Michigan, Colborne and Vidal and seem to manage.

Traffic lights at Errol would provide safety for school children, and it would be a much better location for lights than at Cathcart, as proposed. Respectfully,

Michael Murray

Sarnia


Opening of Canatara log cabin delayed

Sir: After discussion with some key members who have been, and are still, working on the Seaway Kiwanis Log Cabin at the Children’s Animal Farm, we have decided to delay its official opening until May of 2022.

There will be no official opening on Nov. 22, as planned.

Several areas inside the cabin still need to be completed, including the beautiful fireplace club member Mark Gagnier is creating. People will understand when they see it.

The electrical work is not completed. New doors are to be installed soon. There are too many loose ends.

And by waiting until May the new cabin lawn and grounds will look so much nicer.

The May date for the official opening will be decided early in the New Year. Many thanks for your support.

Ken Stothers & Ken Machan

Co-chairs, Seaway Kiwanis Club Log Cabin Project