Letters to Editor

Elmvale Fall Fair - Thanks

The 159th Elmvale Fall Fair has come to a close, with overwhelming enthusiasm and support from our community. I would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU to the exhibitors, volunteers, directors and                                                                                                                                  sponsors for the countless hours of creativity and enthusiasm that together, make our fair stand above all others. We must not forget to thank Mother Nature for the sunshine on Friday and the dust control on Saturday morning that didn’t dampen our spirits for the outdoor exhibits such as the parade, livestock shows, midway; including the big Ferris wheel and our competitive tractor pulls. Our fair would not be complete without the support of our local schools who created an exciting array of floats and marched on to “Come home to the Fair”.

Looking forward to the 160th edition of the Elmvale Fall Fair. Hope to see you all on Thanksgiving weekend 2020.

Brian Nelson

President , Flos Agriculture Society



Dear Mike & Margaret Ann,

  Thanks for the fine paper you put out. Just wanted to note a correction to your article below the sports section & beside the “Brute Force” add on page 13 of your Sept. 19/2019 issue.

  Erramatti Mangayamma (73) is not the oldest person on record to have successfully given birth. One of the matriarchs of the Israelite nation is Sarah. Her husband was Abraham, the “Father of the Faithful” and “Friend of God.”

  In Genesis 17:17, the Holy Bible records that Sarah was 90 years old when she gave birth to Isaac. Isaac means, “HE laughs” and I suppose was so called because both his mother and father had laughed (in a combination of amazement/disbelief and joy) that Sarah would bear a son at such an advanced age.

  Thanks for noting this,

          Yours truly, Currie Phillips


The Arctic is warming

The Arctic Ocean is warming up, icebergs are growing scarcer and in some places the seals are finding the water too hot according to a report to the Commerce Department yesterday from the Consulate at Bergen, Norway.

Reports from fishermen, seal hunters and explorers all point to a radical change in climate conditions and hitherto unheard of temperatures in the Arctic zone.

Exploration expeditions report that scarcely any ice has been met as far north as 81 degrees 29 minutes.

Soundings to a depth of 3,100 meters showed the gulf stream still very warm.

Great masses of ice have been replaced by moraines of earth and stones, the report continued, while at many points well known glaciers have entirely disappeared.

Very few seals and no white fish are found in the eastern Arctic, while vast shoals of herring and smelts which have never before ventured so far north, are being encountered in the old seal fishing grounds.

Within a few years it is predicted that due to the ice melt the sea will rise and make most coast cities uninhabitable.

I must apologize. I neglected to mention that this report was from November 2, 1922, as reported by the AP and published in The Washington Post 97 years ago. This must have been caused by the Model  T Ford's emissions or possibly from horse and cattle farts.

Snopes, verified the article did in fact appear in 1922! https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/warm-welcome/


500 Scientists Write U.N.: ‘There Is No Climate Emergency’

More than 500 scientists and professionals in climate and related fields have sent a “European Climate Declaration” to the Secretary-General of the United Nations asking for a long-overdue, high-level, open debate on climate change.

Just as 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed the U.N. Climate Action Summit in New York accusing world leaders of robbing her of her future, scientists were begging the United Nations to keep hysteria from obscuring facts.

“Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,” the declaration states. “Scientists should openly address the uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real benefits as well as the imagined costs of adaptation to global warming, and the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of mitigation.”

The scientists underscored the importance of not rushing into enormously expensive climate action before fully ascertaining the facts.

“There is no statistical evidence that global warming is intensifying hurricanes, floods, droughts and suchlike natural disasters, or making them more frequent,” they declared. “However, CO2-mitigation measures are as damaging as they are costly. For instance, wind turbines kill birds and bats, and palm-oil plantations destroy the biodiversity of the rainforests.”

The signatories of the declaration also insist that public policy must respect scientific and economic realities and not just reflect the most fashionable frenzy of the day.

“There is no climate emergency. Therefore, there is no cause for panic and alarm,” they note. “We strongly oppose the harmful and unrealistic net-zero CO2 policy proposed for 2050.”

“If better approaches emerge, and they certainly will, we have ample time to reflect and adapt. The aim of international policy should be to provide reliable and affordable energy at all times, and throughout the world,” they state.

In particular, the scientists criticize the general-circulation models of climate on which international policy is currently founded as “unfit for their purpose.”

“Therefore, it is cruel as well as imprudent to advocate the squandering of trillions on the basis of results from such immature models,” they propose. “Current climate policies pointlessly, grievously undermine the economic system, putting lives at risk in countries denied access to affordable, continuous electrical power.”

“We urge you to follow a climate policy based on sound science, realistic economics and genuine concern for those harmed by costly but unnecessary attempts at mitigation,” they declare.


My View – Bill French

Federal Election

As we approach the Federal Election on October 21st, I am surprised at the lack of substance in the promises of the party leaders. We really do not have choices, as they are all far left of centre compared to even 20 years ago. Maxine and the CPP is as close to centre as you will get, but that is another story. We now only get to select from different degrees of totalitarian government, as parties now want to define what is good for us rather than the electorate deciding. That is understandable as our education system has shifted to teaching young people “what to think” rather than “how to think” and it appears only a far left view is acceptable. Sounds like the brainwashing that happened almost a 100 years ago in Europe. Until the election of the Trump in the USA, I had never realized how extreme the leftist movement had become and their total lack of acceptance of other points of view. They preach acceptance and tolerance but practice the total opposite. They actually thrive on creating conflict and diversity rather than promoting unity. I think that is called hypocrisy. (To prove my point, watch for some venomous and name calling responses to this opinion).

Being a father of 5 and grandfather of 11, I am a believer in a sustainable and resilient Canada and concerned about the Social, Economic and Environmental state of the country, but saddling future generations with stop gap solutions that cannot be sustained is a short sighted and flawed approach. The climate is changing but saying it is a crisis with no reasonable solution is fear mongering. For example, the Carbon Tax is not a solution unless you would like to shift all manufacturing and farming industries and jobs to far off countries with no climate or environmental policy, as it impacts the ability to compete in a global economy. Not sure how that improves the world environment in the long term. I do agree that if we did that, we would have clean air and water but no one will be able to afford safe housing or food, as all the economic drivers that create good jobs will be gone. We have also been hoodwinked and don’t seem to realize that for every dollar we receive as a carbon credit that we are paying two dollars more in the goods and service that we purchase. In other words, we would be a dollar ahead without a carbon tax.  Now on the other hand, there are some easy fixes to reduce emissions but no one speaks of it. First, don’t build anymore highways that only encourage urban sprawl with more people commuting long distances putting more vehicles on the highway. Ironically commuting makes the cost of housing even more expensive, aside from increasing GHG emissions. We have not even studied the long term health impacts of long commutes on both our mental and physical health. I believe they are substantial according to those that commute more than 2 hours a day.  The Green Energy Act (Wind and Solar) in Ontario hasn’t and doesn’t work and now our hydro costs are anywhere from 50 to 100% higher because of the high subsidies of technologies that will not even return the cost of their capital or operation in their lifetime, and we are all paying for it. This is what I mean by unsustainable populist ideas with no long term thinking or vision. We have all become near sighted in our considerations of the future and I believe are making the world a worse place to live and in fact accelerating rather than reducing the impact of a changing climate.

Sustainability must be a societal approach and requires a balance of People, Planet and Profit or in a kinder way Social, Environmental and Economic wellbeing for all.

The reality is that you can never have a healthy Social (Health Care, Safety, Security, Education, Affordable Housing) or a healthy Environment (Air, Water and Land) without a healthy Economy (Businesses and Jobs). If you review the last 40 years, the real advancements in the Social and Environmental fields were made in the late 70’s. 80’s and early 90’s but since the late 90’s until now we switched to a lot of poorly thought out populist opinions and lip service but no real notable improvements.

So, I encourage you to not be bamboozled by the rhetoric of today’s media and challenge the leaders for real solutions. We are now in a global society with the largest personal, corporate, state and sovereign debt in history and some of the leaders see no issue continuing the trend. The one shocker that I note in today’s world is a disconnect or a lack of understanding of the fact that we, the public and taxpayer, pay for everything. Did you know that over 10% of our taxes at the Provincial and Federal level simply go to debt interest servicing and it is growing? Just think of what we could do with an extra billion dollars at the Federal and Provincial levels, providing badly needed health and housing services. At times, I think we live in Disney’s Fantasy Land and need to realize there is no magical pot of gold at the end of the rainbow to pay for promises that we cannot afford.

In this election, we must step back and use our common sense rather than just focusing on unsustainable ideologies and get back to manning the ship, which is currently rudderless and has been for some time. (Note: for some reason common sense seemed to disappear in the 70’s and 80’s). Our current leaders seem to be more focused on their future political careers rather than what would truly make Canada the strong nation it once was.

If we could choose a leader that can take us in that direction, we in fact could have a sustainable and resilient Canada where the well being of all would be supported. I think, regardless of our political persuasion, we all want that. So please pause and reflect before you vote.

Bill French is a seasoned business leader with over 40 years experience and served in senior positions of International enterprises. Bill served as Mayor of Springwater and a County of Simcoe Councillor from 2014 to 2018 and has taught business at the college level for over 15 years.