Letters: week of May 9

Still looking for the Good Samaritan who helped that day

Sir: About a year ago, my elderly mother and I were out for a drive in our old family van. It seemed to be overheating, so I headed back towards our regular garage.

I was headed east on Michigan Avenue when we reached the intersection at Indian Road. I had to stop for a red light; the motor quit and wouldn’t restart. I put on the four-way flashers and tried to phone for assistance.

My phone wasn’t working, so I got out of the van in hopes someone would stop. Cars kept going around us, so I got back in the van.

Then a young man came up and asked if he could help. He ended up pushing the van by himself into the intersection, and then north on Indian and out of traffic.

He phoned our garage for a tow truck; his fiancée drove up in a pickup and parked behind, and they waited until the tow truck came before they left us.

We would like to thank them properly, but don’t know how to reach them. I remember they’d recently returned from a holiday in Cuba and had just had a coffee at Tim Hortons.

Mom and I often talk of this special encounter.

Sue Ball



Tress lost to expanding subdivision in Corunna

Sir: It’s so sad to see the ravaging effects of the latest Paddock Green subdivision expansion!

The woodlot behind St Joseph’s School in Corunna is being pretty much cleared to make way for these new homes. Was our planning department just looking at drawings when they approved the site?

These woods were pretty much the last big stand of trees in our town! Sad.

Paul Beauchamp 




Ford distracting us while cutting services

Sir: As a taxpayer who does not live in Toronto I don’t see any benefits to owning the TTC.

It seems like a contradiction when Premier Doug Ford says he wants to take care of taxpayers’ money but spends $30 million taking the federal government to court over a carbon tax.

In order to follow through with his promise of beer and wine sold in corner stores, it could cost us hundreds of millions of dollars, with a lot of workers losing their jobs. Do we need beer and wine in corner stores?

All these proposals seem like a distraction from the cutting this government is doing, with education and health care two such victims.

By closing safe injection sites our health-care system will suffer, including from increased hospital stays from infections. Our premier’s brother had a drug problem that counselling might have helped. The lack of mental health funding is a very big problem.

I’ll gladly give up new licence plates and corner beer stores to have a more stable community. Perhaps dealing with real issues like affordable housing doesn’t get the headlines that slashing and cutting does.

I’m giving this government a failing grade for taking care of the taxpayer, and for dealing with real issues like education, health care, mental health and affordable housing.

I’d also like to know of MPP Bob Bailey believes in any of these lame distractions.

Terry Cataford


Charity asks for public assistance

Donations dropped off after hours are creating a costly mess at the St. Vincent de Paul store on East Street.
Submitted Photo

Sir: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is experiencing a problem with donations being dropped off outside its three stores after hours, especially at the East Street location.

It is very discouraging on Monday mornings to see donations torn apart and thrown all over in front of the store.

Items that could otherwise assist people in need are now costing the charity money to dispose of. Donations dropped off after hours are subject to theft and vandalism and rarely get to where they are needed.

As a result, the Society is asking for the community’s help with this ongoing problem.

Please, drop off your donations when the stores are open. Please, do NOT leave your donations after hours.

Thank you for your continued support.


Steve Dew
Manager, St. Vincent de Paul Stores



Separate politics from realities of climate changes

Sir: While Ontario’s PC leaders in this increasing divided country relish bashing the Carbon Tax proposed by Prime Minister Trudeau, their narrow thinking misses the big picture.

Sadly, we are facing a genocidal indifference to our native landscape.

One example of an affluent society gone dangerously wrong is Australia. In 2011, a heat wave there produced tree dieback, coral bleaching, a crash in bird life, and dramatic spikes in damaging insects, impacting both terrestrial and marine life.

The country quickly enacted a Carbon Tax and emissions fell; then, two years on, under political pressure, the tax was repealed. Not surprisingly, emissions rose again. Dramatically.

A few months later, Australia’s climate-conscious prime minister was forced to resign. Why? He faced the supposed shame of trying to honour the Paris Accord.

Is this the same dangerous path Canada is on? I believe that’s obvious given the flooding this spring in Ontario, New Brunswick and Quebec.

Premier Ford and other unthinking provincial leaders should note it isn’t just a matter of rising sea level. The UN predicts the eco-impacts will be greatest in developing nations. In effect, the world’s rich are drowning the earth’s poor in their waste and indifference.

In 2018, in separate studies, the UN and World Bank predicted the following:

* By 2050, more than 140 million people in three regions will be forced climate migrants. [86 million in sub-Saharan Africa, 40M in south Asia, 17M in Latin America.] That’s 100 times Europe’s migrant crisis.

* The UN’s International Organization for Migration predicts an even larger number — one billion people — will be impacted. That’s about the current populations of North and South America combined.

Climate crisis is undeniable. Try to imagine people suddenly drowning, the land submerged, everyone bobbing and fighting for a firm foothold somewhere, scrambling for the same dry spot, trying to get there first.

Those people certainly won’t be attending one of Premier Ford’s tailgate parties. Can he and his friends even swim? Or would they just float on the ‘blue waves’?

John Dickson


An undersized contribution

Sir: I am pleased to read that the construction of the oversized load corridor will begin this summer.

I am, however, less pleased with the amount of funding pledged by the Sarnia Lambton Industrial Alliance (SLIA) fabricators.

As reported by local media, SLIA has pledged $10,000 toward a project costing $12million.

Check my math, however I’m pretty sure that is less than 0.1% of the estimated project cost.

Surely, given the anticipated tens of millions of dollars in additional sales the corridor will bring SLIA fabricators, the group could pledge a significantly larger share of the project cost.

I’m fine with subsidizing local industry to create local jobs, but a 99.9% subsidy seems disproportionate.


Mike Lester



CN police officer’s actions went above and beyond call of duty

Sir: I would like to take a moment to recognize an outstanding CN police officer named George Linton.

George went above and beyond the call of duty when ordered by his superiors to remove a memorial for my daughter from it’s resting place by the CN tracks.

He reached out through Facebook to contact me, as he wanted to ensure the memorial was placed in the hands of the family.

Not only did George return the memorial to me, he treated it as if it was a member of his own family, handling it with love and respect.

When speaking with me, he was very caring and compassionate. He took time out of a busy schedule to ensure my daughter’s memorial was reunited with family, rather than just removing and disposing of it.

If there were more people like George in this world, it would be much more peaceful and loving, rather than so much hatred.

Thank you George Linton from the bottom of our hearts, for all you did to ensure our daughter, sister, mother, cousin, niece’s memorial was returned home in such a loving, caring way.

Angels walk amongst us, and I believe he is one of them.


Bonnie Weigel