Cancellation of plant plan appropriate action to take
To the editor:
An open letter to His Worship, the Mayor of Brockville
Dear Mr. Mayor,
Congratulations to the council for terminating the arrangement with the Tomlinson Group.
Yes, many residents were opposed, but I hope that the council members who supported this decision had a more substantial reason than “responding to the level of community concern”.
More important than the city's Strategic Plan, the proposal conflicted in a number of important ways with the city's Official Plan, which was approved only last year. It was environmentally unsound.
Council was foolish to have contemplated selling off this mainly forested parkland. This land may not be much used currently but, with wise administration, the population could grow and need this land.
The urban forest is important. It was good to see the social mobilization that was achieved. Thought needs to be given to making Brockville a more attractive place in which to live and welcome visitors. Years ago, the waterfront from Henry to Apple streets was much improved. Over the next 10 years, not a penny is committed to improving the waterfront.
A lot of staff and citizen time has been wasted on this project. Tomlinson would appear to be rightly compensated. The city should not be seeking short-term gain – a few poorly paid seasonal jobs – but be developing a grander future for our people.
There are some lessons which can be learned from this experience, but now is not the time to go into these.
Colin J. Williams, Brockville
Liberals’ ‘green energy plan a straight-up scamTo the editor:
While the Liberals under McGuinty and Wynne have been building “green energy” turbine parks, solar panel farms, building gas plants and moving gas plants, it seems that all this is unnecessary.
They are also, according to media reports, paying Bruce Power $10 million a month to shut down and not to produce energy.
They are also paying neighbouring jurisdictions like Quebec, Michigan and others to take our surplus energy, paying 80 cents a kilowatt hour to individuals for their solar energy, and charging it all to the Ontario consumers. Small wonder the bills get bigger like Pinocchio’s nose.
And all for the sake of ideology.
And Ms. Wynne intends to build acres more of both solar and wind. It’s time the Ontario taxpayers got the “energy” to get out and vote and get rid of these ideological criminals.
Stan Marshall, Brockville
Major flooding should wake government to CO2 emissions
To the editor:
It is a brutal coincidence that a major flood struck Calgary, and the cities around it in Alberta, home of the McMurray tar sands, a main source of Canada’s CO2 emissions as well as other pollutions. This record flooding will cost the taxpayers of Calgary, Alberta and Canada billions.
Some say this record flooding was just a freak storm, others say it is the result of extreme weather produced by climate change, due to global warming, caused by CO2 emissions, and one of many extreme weather events occurring around the world. If such is the case, why doesn’t our government listen to scientists and work to get us off CO2 emitting fossil fuels, instead of promoting projects such as the Alberta tar sands?
The answer is that our government is enslaved to an ideology called neoliberalism which makes it push the corporate agenda in the belief that corporations can do no wrong, will solve any problems and save the day.
Why? Because it is in their financial interest to do so.
This ideology is kind of a blind faith in corporations and the market.
Apparently, corporations will spend bundles of money telling us what they want us to hear, as does our government.
Neoliberal ideology is a cruel master. It is time we stopped believing everything we’re told in TV ads, learned that neoliberalism is already killing us, get off fossil fuels, and stop letting corporations lead us down the garden path.
The CO2 & methane gas emissions are giving us not only extreme weather events but rapid extinctions, rising water levels and a dangerously warming planet. Without a doubt there will be many future catastrophes to contend with like the Calgary flood.
Jim Riesberry, Brockville