Letters to Editor

Send an RVH patient Best Wishes

To ensure patients, staff and physicians are kept safe, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) has put visitor restrictions in place during this uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have a family member or friend currently in hospital at RVH, you can bring a smile to their face by using the free Best Wishes service to get a message delivered to their bedside. Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and it will be printed for the patient and hand delivered.

At this time, no visitors are permitted with a few exceptions on a case by case basis such as one support person in the Birthing Unit, Obstetrics and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, one adult caregiver of a child or for compassionate reasons.

“We understand the important role visitors play in a patient’s recovery and we made this decision after carefully considering and weighing many options,” says Janice Skot, RVH president and CEO. “We know it was the right decision to minimize the number of people coming in to the building and took immediate steps to ensure the comfort of our patients including providing free access to telephone, television, internet and radio at the bedside and making spiritual care for those who request it widely available. We encourage family members to use the Best Wishes service to let a patient know you are thinking of them.”

 

Saying hello

Many have been asking where is the man who walks around town with the sticks? Well Don Lake has moved into Woods Park Care Center in Barrie and he says hello to all! Staff are great and he is quite at home there. He misses all his friends at the Country Diner and wishes everyone well and to stay safe!

Chuck and Kathleen Kenney

 

Concerning this new C virus

No matter what we individually believe, we all know that the universe continues to continue without our help or control and it continues so orderly that humankind down through time have categorized that order into scientific facts like botany, zoology, physics, geometry, chemistry, etc. and etc,and the more we learn the more there is to learn, and the more we learn to use those laws to help and heal, the more we reap love and peace, and the more we use those laws to harm and hurt, the more we reap hate and war-individually and collectively. It’s those laws put in place, not by us - it’s those laws that determine the outcome of humankind’s every choice...cause and effect and thus too, finding the reason and cure for this new virus.

I personally believe that the bible is the oldest, scientific book we have always had, a guidebook that teaches us about our creator, his son, his promises and how to use all his laws, physical, moral, emotional, how to use them all for every good work, to reap love and peace. 

I was amazed to learn how many, now we know to be, scientific laws there are in the old testament. The two that pertain to this issue today are, washing the hands and quarantining, long before germs were known. 

Even the guidance given after the flood when eating animals was allowed, and we follow those laws today in neat preparations.

Gallileo penned that the two great truths cannot collide in a day the religion was putting them to death for saying the earth was round, and the bible stated just that, the circle of the earth, hanging upon nothing.

Today we know that universal law and bible truth compliment and prove each other and when it doesn’t seem too, it’s always humankind reasoning that is the incorrect variable.

Jesus teaches us that the love for his father and neighbour sum up all, and it’s interesting to note that the religion of the Jews, the Moslem and the Christians all have a common denominator in the first five books of the bible, all have the word of our Creator through Moses teaching them how to love him, and how to love neighbour, not to kill, steal from, adulterate, covet from, lie to any neighbour.

These words, love God and neighbour should guide us all. 

  Weatherall

 

Dear Supporter,

As the coronavirus crisis continues, millions of Canadians are losing their jobs and income.

That’s why we’ve told governments at all levels to freeze, defer, suspend or reduce taxes – to make sure people have more left in their pockets.

On April 1, the federal carbon tax is scheduled to go up.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to freeze the carbon tax immediately instead of hitting people with a tax hike at the worst possible time.

Taxpayers make a difference when we take a stand together.

It happened just last week when thousands of Canadian Taxpayers Federation supporters told Trudeau to back off his power grab – and he did.

Can you take two minutes right now to tell Trudeau to freeze the carbon tax? We simply can’t afford it.

Email Trudeau at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this unprecedented situation, things are moving incredibly fast, but we’re watching every move the government is making. Together, we can make sure your voices are heard!

Thanks for all you do.

Sincerely, Aaron, Shannon, Todd and the rest of the CTF team.

 P.S.: Keep up to date with our latest advocacy by checking out our newly designed website at www.taxpayer.com

 

Letter to the Editor

I recently read in the Springwater News that, yet another project is being proposed on lands that are designated greenbelt, food land and habitat.

As ever, the local councillors are very interested and are urged to speed up their decision because there is a construction deadline, we know or knew anything about.

In the past, we have had well meaning councillors try to put a dump on our aquifer, across the way is an aggregate company raping the land, and water supply. Why? Because the people who protect our rights and land let them!!!

Before that was a dump, that leached into the water supply, causing a whole town to build a water system.

Seems our people don’t give a hangnail about what is good for us.

Caroline Kachkowski, Tiny

 

Words from the Heart

Life is tough. Not all days are good days. Not all turns are simple. We suffer heartbreaks. We suffer professional challenges. And we experience not only financial stress we also experience physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual stress as well.

These are all ups and downs of the journey of life that tend to affect our ability to perform at times if we allow it to. In all this chaos, there are moments when we want to quit but it is when a thought of hope becomes our motivation to move ahead.

We all know that life is not a bed of roses. There are times when we don’t see any light of hope. It is the time when frustration creeps in and you want to give up, but it is also the time when you need to lift your inner and outer spirit and give yourself and the person beside you a motivational self-talk to encourage one another in life. Motivational words are a force that keeps the spirits high when we struggle and these words can remind us that we are worth it and quitting is not an option.

During this time, we need to remind ourselves that we have limitations as human and we can’t do everything and life keeps changing. Nothing is constant in life and every experience makes us a better person and we learn to do things with the right approach. Our situations change continuously and it is your attitude towards that situation that makes a difference and takes them as stepping stones to our success.

Keeping a positive outlook provides that much needed gratitude that helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into a person’s life and into the lives of all those around us. When someone goes out of their way to help you out, it’s hard not to say thanks. Sometimes we need to let them know that what they’ve done will be remembered forever. The smallest things they do make a huge difference in our life and our livelihood. Even if it seems small, make the thanks big. In these times people don’t care how much you know however they still want to know how much you still care. 

Little Brown Bear aka Ernest Matton

 

Agriculture v. Covid Food Shortages

Dear Premier Ford and Ministers:

 Firstly, I would like to express, on behalf of the people I have spoken with, a sincere thank you for the way you have been handling the Covid-19 crisis.  It has been a very trying time for everyone and we appreciate the amount of effort you are putting into continuing to keep the province operational.

 After speaking with a number of people in the agricultural community there are some serious concerns regarding the foreseeable food shortages.  With this we have categorized some problems/situations and have included suggested solutions.  If you would like more information please contact us and we will gladly do what we can to assist you.  The problems/situations and suggestions, are: 

  1. Foreseeable food shortages.  This cannot be denied considering some farmers (hothouse) cannot get seed to plant.  

 Suggested solution  Seeds All bulk seed orders take precedent over retail sale of seed.  Farmers, both large and small, with hot-house/green-house ability need to ensure they have the seed for planting.  With suppliers unable to fill orders, due to panic purchases at the retail level, there may be a shortage and farmers, who do this on a mass production scale, seem not able to obtain seed.  Perhaps contacting the likes of Amazon, Home Hardware, Coops, etc., asking them to restrain the sale of seeds until the orders for the farm producers have been filled.  This would not take a lot of time to fix.

  1. Migrant workers are going to be late and they must be quarantined,1 causing crops to be late, perhaps not even being ready for production, due to delays.  Fruit and vegetable farmers are concerned with migrant worker shortages, canneries,2 transport, harvesting and direct sales at markets.

 Suggested solution  Migrant workers The Federal and Provincial governments have expressed that migrant workers are “essential” and yet they must be isolated for the 14 day period.  England has testing available for the Covid-19/Coronavirus which merely takes half an hour. 3  Could the government obtain these tests for migrant workers ensuring they are available for work?  Could the 14 days isolation be reduced to a 7 day isolation to ensure no residue of the virus?  This may assist farmers who are in need of the migrant workers and ease some of the pressure on the food chain. Canneries4  The province should encourage the construction and operation of canneries and could initiate grants and/or interest free loans to accomplish this, as it was the previous government’s initiative to shutter the small canneries and fruit/vegetable processing.  This, as with the meat processing plants, could eliminate a bottle-neck in the food chain because it wouldn’t rely on merely a few plants in a few selected areas and/or transport into Ontario. Transport See 3 Harvesting Migrant workers are needed to ensure the harvest is successful for fruit and some vegetables.  Other farm crops such as hay, wheat, soy, etc., also need to be harvested by the farmers for feed for animals as well as human consumption.  More and more farmers are looking for farm hands to assist with this therefore the province could look to those receiving E.I. benefits to fill in these gaps. Direct sales Many farmers have direct sales at farmer’s markets and road side kiosks.  Hand sanitizer and/or gloves could be used and/or made available for these efforts. There would also be the need for plastic and/or paper bags to continue for the customer’s use. Farmers and their businesses are and should be considered essential now and in future. 

  1. Borders between Canada and U.S. being closed, not only to non-essential travel, but eventually to essential travelers such as transport.  Provincial borders being closed to essential transport of goods and/or the eventual quarantine of transport drivers and the goods5 (re – contamination and transfer of the virus from one jurisdiction to another).

 Suggested solution  There is potential that an essential worker, who is crossing U.S.- Canada and/or provincial borders, will be positive with the virus.  With that potential it would be remiss for the provincial and federal governments not to restrict even “essential” workers, such as truck drivers, couriers, etc.  Therefore, would it not be in the best interest of the province to make the half hour test kits available at the borders, ensuring that there is no cross-border infections?  This could elevate the potential of shipments being destroyed and/or community transfer between jurisdictions.  Everyone wants to ensure the food chain is protected for the benefit of the residents of Ontario and Canada.

  1. Cattle, chicken, pork farmers, etc., are realizing the price of beef/meat is going up (supply and demand) and yet they are looking at difficulties of transport to end users, with fears that if one person in the meat processing plant is struck down with the virus the entire plant must be closed.6  

 “Packing plant suspends slaughter after federal inspectors refuse to enter over COVID-19 concerns “A packing plant north of Calgary was forced to suspend some of its operations Friday after federal meat inspectors refused to return to the plant, where a worker had tested positive for COVID-19. Harmony Beef near Balzac halted its cattle slaughter after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CIFA) kept some inspectors out of the facility, the company said….”7

 Suggested solution  Meat processing plants The province could be actively involved with re-opening numerous abattoirs throughout the province ensuring there are inspections which meet the CFIA criteria.  This would stave off the possibility that if one major processing plant is closed, creating a bottleneck in the food chain, others could fill in the gap, remaining clear of contamination.   The province could initiate grants and/or interest free loans to accomplish this as it was the previous government’s initiative to shutter the small abattoirs and meat processing plants through egregious building coded standards (CFIA), as expressed by a farmer.  His statement to me was that the cutting room had been determined to be 4 inches too small therefore the entire premise was closed.   These smaller processing plants could still maintain the processing of private as well as meat for populous consumption as they used to, ensuring that they do meet the CFIA inspection criteria.  There would also have to be an increase in fees charged for these smaller processing plants but well worth it if the food chain can be maintained.   5.  Restrictions on the use of the land through egregious designations by means of planning, heritage designations, conservation designations, endangered species protection of habitat, Niagara Escarpment designations, etc., etc., etc. 8

 Suggested solution All Lands designations in the Official Plans pertaining to rural lands need to be removed. These designations include but are not limited to:  - Future Secondary Plan Area;  - Special Study Area;  - Escarpment;  - Wetlands;  - Hazard Lands;  - Major Open Space;  - Areas identified as containing Provincially Significant Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest; 

- Other areas identified as potentially containing significant or sensitive natural heritage features. 

 All of the aforementioned designations restrict the use of rural lands which can be put into production.  One property owner, who is not a farmer, leases out his land for cattle grazing.  He is restricted as to how much land he can lease out due to these egregious designations of “wetland,” purported “sensitive natural heritage features,” and “karst areas.”  If we, in Ontario, want our rural areas and farming communities to meet the challenges presented, we need, as a province, to remove these restrictions.  Not only on farm land but land which can and does have the potential to be used as farm land.  Not only do these designations restrict the agricultural community’s efforts during a crisis, but when land is offered for sale, if it is designated for anything but agricultural land, the farming community will not even look at it.  The restrictions decrease the amount of available land as farm land.  

 As a final note, Premier and Ministers, again we would like to thank you for your efforts during this trying time.  We appreciate how difficult it is, and will continue to be, until this crisis is over.  It is hoped that this letter is received with the best of intentions and that this letter is of assistance to you and the people of Ontario.

 Sincerest Regards,

 Elizabeth F. Marshall President All Rights Research Ltd.,