Respect and gratitude for Trudeau’s service
We Canadians need a big bucket of gratitude for living in this country especially in the midst of COVID. Justin Trudeau is at the helm, leading our country daily with relentless effort. Respect and gratitude for his service is my message today. Talking down to leadership in Canada only breeds division much like the country south of us. Let’s come together and support our government in this fight against the invisible enemy.
Leadership is in the eye of the beholder
The author of this submission claims without substantiation that Trudeau is the worst PM in our history. He almost got it right as Trudeau replaced Stephen Harper, who was, in fact, the worst Canadian PM ever. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Spec delivered on Remembrance Day
I wish to state something that should have been obvious to everyone — The Spectator delivered terrific articles and coverage to help us all remember those who sacrificed so much for us. Thank you.
And the rich get richer
Thank you for an excellent article on Premier Ford’s latest scheme to strip away more powers from Ontario’s conservation authorities. Everyone should take the time and read this article. I’m a longtime resident of Binbrook and recently saw an offensive sight happening right on Highway 56 — older homes gone to make room for progress. They are only buildings, concrete etc. It’s the way beautiful, mature trees have been ravaged by bulldozers with no thought to save anything. And “the rich get richer.”
Working together is our best option
As COVID cases increase and as we approach winter, perhaps a slight twist in the words of a famous wartime politician are needed. Never in the history of mankind will so much be owed by the collective work of all of us to wear a mask, practice social distancing and limit our interactions with others. We all need to work together to finally beat this virus.
Local public health should make the calls
I believe it is time the provincial government steps back and offers only support services. They should let each public health unit declare their own level of emergency and if they have trouble, call the provincial government to assist. After eight months and some still don’t get it, we will be in trouble a lot longer than the models predict. And I don’t trust the models.
Autism is not a mental illness
I take exception to the writer of this article who compares the thought processes of a person with autism to that of someone who is dangerously psychotic. While people with autism may experience life’s occurrences in a way that is unlike that of neurotypical people, this does not in any way mean that people with autism are “dangerous” or “psychotic” as this article implies. Autism is a developmental disorder, not a mental illness. People on the autism spectrum have enough challenges integrating into mainstream society without the stigma of articles such as this which might lead people into believing people with autism are dangerous.
Why don’t we have asphalt sidewalks?
Can somebody tell me why we continue to have concrete sidewalks when they are affected by our winters, difficult and expensive to repair are dangerous to navigate with wheelchair or scooter while asphalt is cheaper easier to repair and softer to walk on plus no separating joints. If asphalt can support trucks and weather our winters surely it would solve a lot of cracking and replacement problems.
No more inflammatory rhetoric
On Nov. 10, Victor J. Cyr wrote a wonderful article, entitled “Freedom without responsibility and duty to others is not freedom at all.” Immediately above it, a cartoon appeared, depicting Donald Trump as an exhibit in a zoo, referred to as an American Orangutan. If its intent was to shock and be malicious, it surely succeeded. Despite the fact that I, personally, have no respect for the recently-defeated, self-proclaimed “stable genius,” I was very disappointed with this cartoon. Another article, contributed by Raza Khan, appeared Nov. 2 addressed the issue of our right to freedom of speech and concluded that, although we “cherish and hold dear this right, it cannot be without limitations.”
I would like to focus on the limitation aspect of this issue. It is very easy to ridicule and malign those with whom we disagree. However, such action rarely is a factor which contributes to healing nor is it conducive to unification. Let’s dispense with the inflammatory rhetoric in all its forms since it does little but incite and escalate hatred and promotes division.
Waterfalls a two-edged sword
Chasing waterfalls across the city is a must-do during any visit to Hamilton. We’re home to more than 100 waterfalls tucked behind the trails of the Niagara Escarpment that cuts through the city. We invite day-trippers and weekend warriors to get to know some of our most popular waterfalls and their surrounding attractions and food experiences.
But did anyone give any thought as to where people were going to park? It sounded like a good idea at the time and now some of the most attractive falls are virtually impossible to get to. Maybe a helicopter business is in the making!