Letters to Editor

Community Halls – A Need in Our Communities submitted by Patricia Shellswell

For many years I have been an advocate for community halls in our various communities. The span of my experience has covered thirty plus years with the Edgar Community Hal and twenty plus years as the Oro-Medonte Community Halls’ Association secretary.

A correspondent of the Springwater News has recently portrayed Edgar Hall in a delipidating state. The Board and local Clowes Women’s Institute have completed a number of projects at the hall in co-operation with Oro-Medonte Township – new furnace, new windows, new kitchen cupboards, renovated washrooms and a wheelchair ramp to name a few.

Many hours have been spent fundraising, working on projects and I’ve never shed tears but I did when I read the article while enjoying breakfast at Linda’s Restaurant in Midhurst. I had just read the Springwater News which publishes 19,700 papers every two weeks.

We have been quenching rumours about Edgar Hall for over a year and now hundreds of readers are receiving misinformation.

Our basement room and kitchen are currently under renovation, but the upper hall is available for rent. Families have enjoyed reunions this summer. Seniors enjoyed euchre once or twice a week. It is a base for some farm related organizations plus other rental needs.

Edgar Community Hall is not closing nor do I believe the four publicly owned or two privately owned halls are.

Although personally for historic protection, I’ve preferred to see Edgar Hall, the oldest publicly owned one-room schoolhouse in Oro-Medonte remain under township ownership, it has been slated to become privately owned by the community in the near future.

Our Board is pleased that townships are seeing the importance of community halls and wish all success in their fundraising, social and marketing endeavours.

Let’s keep our communities alive!


Article on 180th anniversary

Hello Mike, well there might have been frosting on the cake that the Bishop cut, but it was nothing compared to the frosting on the cake provided by the front page of your last edition, which made everyone who worked so hard to make this event come off feel a real glow of accomplishment.

Thanks for this, and for helping others to know something of the local history connected with our 180th.

Pat Michener and Mt. St. Louis 180th Anniversary Committee members



I am a local CSW ( Community Personal Support Worker) and I do a lot of driving on our local highways both summer and winter, and I would like to send out a big THANK YOU to our local farmers who have left standing rows of corn along the sides of the fields that are adjacent to our highways where the snow blows in the winter, especially along Crossland Rd and County Rd 6. Now is the time when farmers are starting to harvest, or will be starting soon, and I would like to encourage them to consider this very worthy community service by leaving some rows of corn to create a snow fence/wind break space along the roads. I’m sure I speak for many who appreciate it as you are keeping us safer on the roads in winter. I used to be a farmer and I know that by doing this, it is extra work  - for the planting separately and also for cleanup before replanting the next year. I would like to think that you would get compensation from the local governing body for doing this, as snow fencing used to be a service that they provided. But I think it would be better in the hands of the farmers anyway so that they do not have to deal with relying on the township to clean up the snow fencing on time.  Regardless, you deserve recognition for “going the extra mile” ( or should I say, “leaving the extra rows”) for a great service to our community!

Thank you

Kate Rempel


Blackface - Every  12th of July my grandfather marched in the Protestant Orangeman's parade taking routes through Catholic neighbourhoods of Toronto. Provocative, certainly, insensitive, definitely.

Should I today apologize for my grandfather's actions?

My parents owned a black cocker spaniel which they called Nigger.  Hard to believe. But the dog lived twelve years and no one complained, no protest marches formed on our street.  Attitudes were different fifty years ago.

Should I today apologize for my father's insensitivity?

For years the minister of Kew Beach United Church organized a Minstrel Show in which members of the congregation would work out Amos 'n Andy skits - in blackface of course.  I remember the evenings as light and fun.

Should Karen Dale, the current minister, be required to apologize for the  highly  racist program her predecessor(s) put forward as entertainment?

On Hallowe'en my buddy would dress as The Lone Ranger and I would accompany him as Tonto, his sidekick - feathers, headband and war paint, a great costume.  Did I appropriate the culture of the Indigenous tribes of Ontario? Did I somehow undermine their integrity?  I didn't think so then.  If our neighbours were to give me candy, I was required to dress up.  My buddy and I were given pillow cases full of apples and chocolate bars.

To whom do I owe an apology? My neighbours, the local Ojibway band?

Justin Trudeau attended a fancy dress party in the 1990's and he dressed as Aladdin wearing an appropriate ensemble. To complete the costume he applied dark makeup.  Everyone had a good time, no one was offended. Yet today he meets with Jagmeet Singh to apologize - really? for what exactly?

To apologize is to tacitly acknowledge wrongdoing.  Our Prime Minister may not today attend a fancy dress party in the uniform of an SS guard or an Arabian Sheik - inappropriate, insensitive.  But could he dress as a Quaker? or a drag queen?  or Donald Trump?

This Halloween I would like my grandchildren to dress as The Lone Ranger and Tonto - am I being an insensitive bigot? JM


Climate Change Explained in 165 Words

Thanks to Rev. Meg Jordan for calling for a higher level of discourse on the issue of global warming in the pages of your newspaper. 

May I share this, from environmental journalist Stephen Leahy, in which he provides a short simple explanation for climate change:

"The moon has no atmosphere so it is scorching hot (+100C) during the day and bitterly cold (-150C) at night. The Earth has an atmosphere made up of oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide (CO2) and other gases. Over 150 years ago scientists proved that CO2 traps heat from the sun. We also know without any doubt that burning fossil fuels like oil, gas and coal emits CO2.

"Measurements, not computer models or theories, measurements show that there is now 46% more CO2 in the atmosphere than 150 years ago before massive use of fossil fuels. That extra CO2 is like putting another blanket on at night even though you are already nice and warm.

"The Earth is now 1.0 C hotter on average according to the latest measurements. Heat is a form of energy and with so much more energy in our atmosphere our weather system is becoming supercharged resulting in stronger storms, worse heat waves, major changes in when and where rain falls and more."

Sincerely, Kate Harries


Climate Change is real!!!

I was impressed by the comments made by Rev. Meg Jordan in a ‘Letter to the Editor’ in the September 19th weekly publication of the Springwater News with respect to the perceived bias of the paper being in favour of climate change denial. Her reference to the use of third-party materials that continuously support this view was noteworthy.

Ironically, in the same edition, on page 2, your publication offered yet another article of this ilk. It suggested that NASA has been aware since 1958 that climate change is not a result of human activity, but has chosen not to share this view for an unspecified reason. The article, written by one Ethan Huff, supports the view that warming temperatures are a result of changes in the solar orbit of the earth and alterations in the earth’s axial tilt. (the Milankovich Climate Theory) Of note, Mr. Huff also claims in one of his publications that measle vaccines kill more people than measles itself.

We now have more than 30 years of valid and wide-ranging scientific studies and warnings that greenhouse gases and other factors have created significant and dangerous risks to the world’s environment. People are now suffering and dying around the globe as a result of the impact of climate change. The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has just this week released its latest report on the world’s oceans. It indicates that in addition to growing elevations of sea levels, surface temperatures in our oceans have been warming steadily since 1970, and for the past 25 years have been warming twice as fast. This has caused a cascade of changes in marine life, particularly in the Pacific Northwest of the US where it has led to significant reductions in the catches of commercial fishermen.

It is not enough for us to either ignore or deny the reality of climate change and its impact, until it lands in our own back yard. In fact, it already has. Take one look at the current water levels in Georgian Bay and across the Great Lakes. (Yes, I have heard that they were this high back in 1986 or 87. However, there will be no retreat to “normal’ this time around.)

Witness also the massive flooding, intense storms, warming temperatures and wildfires that are occurring across North and South America on an ongoing basis, including in the Arctic region.

There is far too much objective, scientific evidence (not funded by the oil and gas industry) as well as ongoing events to suggest that this is all part of normal trends. While we all want to believe that the latter could be true, our wishes, biases and desires do not constitute facts. I choose to believe the evidence that is pouring into our lives every day as well as the science that supports it. Both should be powerful motivators for change, not denial.

I want my grandchildren to live in a safe and predicable physical world far into the future. This will not be the case unless we all begin to take this matter very seriously in our own lives and insist that our leaders do the same.

Paul Muldoon, Wyevale


"For those that missed it, let’s Recap:

1966:  Oil Gone in Ten Years

1967: Dire  Famine  Forecast By 1975

1968: Overpopulation  Will Spread Worldwide

1970: World Will Use Up All its Natural Resources by 2000

1970: Urban  Citizens will require Gas Masks by 1985

1970: Nitrogen buildup will Make all Land Unusable

1970: Decaying Pollution Will Kill all the Fish

1970s: Killer  Bees!

1970: Ice Age By 2000

1970: America Subject to Water Rationing by 1974 and Food  Rationing By 1980

1971: New Ice Age Coming By 2020 or 2030

1972: Oil depleted in 20 Years

1974:  Another Ice Age?

1974:  Ozone Depletion a 'Great Peril to Ute

1976: Scientific Consensus Planet Cooling, Famines imminent

1977:  Department of Energy Says oil   will Peak in 90s

1978: No End   in Sight to 30-Year Cooling Trend

1980: Acid Rain Kills Life In  Lakes

1980: Peak oil in 2000

1988: Regional droughts (that never happened) in 1990s

1988: Temperatures in DC Will Hit Record Highs

1988: Maldive  Islands will Be Underwater by 2018 (they're not)

1989: Rising Sea Levels will Obliterate Nations if Nothing Done by 2000

1989: New York City's West Side Highway Underwater by 2019 (it’s not)

1996: Peak Oil in 2020

2000: Children Won't Know what Snow Is

2002: Famine In 10 Years If We Don't Give Up Eating Fish, Meat, and Dairy

2002: Peak Oil in 2010

2004: Britain will Be Siberia by 2024

2005: Manhattan Underwater by 2015

2006: Super Hurricanes!

2008: Arctic will Be Ice Free by 2018

2008: Climate Genius AI Gore Predicts Ice-Free Arctic by 2013

2009: Climate Genius Prince Charles Says we Have 96 Months to Save World

2009:UK Prime Minister Says 50 Days to 'Save The Planet From Catastrophe'

2009: Climate Genius Al Gore Moves 2013 Prediction of Ice-Free Arctic to 2014

2013:  Arctic Ice-Free by 2015

2014: Only 500 Days Before 'Climate Chaos

Then there’s another list with the Polar Bears becoming extinct,

and why are thawing glaciers unearthing trees

and other habitat and records of the globe being hotter than it is today…

And if the blame is on CO2, how come it is cooler in the shade?