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Tuesday, 04 October 2016 20:17

Village Voice—Letters to the Editor--161007

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In my defence

This letter is in response to the anonymous letter criticizing the “local café” during the Tragically Hip event (Wasn’t that a party—except . . . ?, Sept. 9, page 4).

When the street is closed to cars for an event (eg., Midnight Madness), all the businesses are allowed and encouraged to

use the sidewalk space in front of them, since the street, in effect, becomes one giant sidewalk. Many businesses had tables and tents set up on the sidewalk that night.

With an estimated 17,000 people in attendance that night and only five or six restaurants open, the café was providing a much-needed service.

The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario requires any temporary areas serving liquor to be closed in and defined by a barrier. We were responsibly complying with the laws set out by the commission, and could not be expected to control how close concert-goers placed their lawn chairs to the legal outdoor area.

An unprecedented event of this size is bound to have a few glitches. It was truly a monumental grassroots effort to make it happen. We should all be so proud that this event raised tens of thousands of dollars to support cancer charities, garnered worldwide media attention for Bobcaygeon, brought thousands of visitors to our town, was beneficial to local businesses, and created a meaningful and unforgettable community experience to honour Gord Downie.

A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered, organized, supported and donated to make this such an incredibly special night.

What a fabulous community we are.

Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, CKL Ward 13 councillor and owner, Kawartha Coffee Company


In her defence—and thanks

I was surprised to read such a critical "unsigned" letter (Wasn’t that a party—except . . . ?, Sept. 9, page 4). Why no name?

Did you enquire as to why the area was barricaded? It may have had something to do with LCBO regulations. It if had been yellow tape or a rope, would you have taken your baby carriage underneath it?

There were other stores with merchandise for sale on the sidewalks and roadways.

The event was hardly a place for baby carriages knowing the volume of people attending to say nothing of the noise.

It is sad to read criticisms like this when our event had international media there. No mention of that. And it made Toronto news stations. Good for Bobcayeon.

The "elected councillor," aka Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, would never intentionally disrespect those who elected her. It would have been nice to have thanked her and her team for putting on this event.

Dorothy Black


Airports made us prosper

Why is it that I think Dr. Sinasac-Roy’ article (Airport Noise and Health Problems, in Sound Advice ad, this issue, page 36) seems to be an opportune wedge to further sales at the cost of damaging years of efforts of a relatively small community like Lindsay to grow an important asset such as the Kawartha Lakes Municipal Airport?

Aviation and airports are what opened our north country. Airports are what made North America grow and prosper. An airport is the hub of commerce and transportation for communities (some companies will not locate where there is no airport).

Arnold Palmer is best-known for his golf career, but he was also a passionate aviation advocate. He earned his private pilot's license in 1956, followed by instrument and multi-engine ratings.

"I could never have accomplished even half as much as I have in my golf and business careers over the last four decades without having my own airplanes," he said.

Also, mercy flights to and from airports are often the difference between life and death. My cousin, for one, was airlifted from Lindsay to Toronto when he suffered a life threatening episode. The flight literally saved his life.

Maybe, some day, you or one of your loved ones will need the same help—but without an airport, prepare for a funeral.

In residential areas, most noise comes from road transportation, construction, industrial and human or animal sources. Road traffic noise is the major source of noise.

The noise can be highly variable. It is common that day/night noise sources in different areas may vary through a range of 50 dB (decibels). The outdoor level in wilderness areas may be as low as 30-40 dBA compared to 85-90 dBA in urban areas. Most urban dwellers live in areas of more than 48 dBA. (Editor’s note: dBA refers to A-weighted decibels. The dB values of sounds at low frequencies are reduced in A-weighting because the human ear is less sensitive at low audio frequencies.)

One would have to live at the very edge of the runways at Lindsay to have an annoying level of noise. Your neighbor’s lawn mower causes more noise than you would hear by standing at the edge of Lindsay’s runways. Lindsay does NOT accommodate large jet aircraft, which would be intolerable up to approximately 1 km.

Regarding the safety of aviation, just consider that there are an average of 50,000 highway deaths per year in North America but when an aircraft comes to grief, there is an outcry: “Oh, if people were meant to fly, they would be born with wings.”

The surprising thing is that when you compare per-passenger miles driven on the ground versus passenger miles flown, flying is 14 times safer than driving.

Transport Canada uses a Noise Exposure Forecast (NEF) system to provide a measurement of the actual and forecast aircraft noise in the vicinity of airports. This system factors in the subjective reactions of the human ear to specific aircraft noise stimulus: loudness, frequency, duration, time of occurrence, tone, etc.

New residential development should not proceed if the proximity of the proposed houses are within a “noise footprint” that would exceed what is considered normal. If it does, regardless of this caution, a detailed noise analysis should be conducted and noise reduction practices should be implemented. In this scenario, it is the developer’s duty to inform all prospective residents of possible irritants. Case in point, the development bounded by Highway 35 North and Colborne Street.

I hope this is educational for you and that you will not continue to try to put aviation in a bad light.

J. R. Baldwin (former charter pilot and flight instructor)


No higher service for unassumed roads

I, and I know many others, disagree with Director of Kawartha Lakes Public Works Bryan Robinson’s opinion that “six percent” of the population are receiving a higher level of service from the city because we have a Limited Service Agreement (LSA) on our unassumed or private roads.

At the public information session in Omemee, Sept. 23, and from a related article in another news media, it is clear Robinson feels “all taxpayers foot the bill” on unassumed roads, and “we need to level the playing field”—implying that those of us who live on those roads are freeloaders, taking advantage of others' generosity without giving anything in return. 

I have never complained about paying my taxes. Taxes benefit all and are the foundation of a just and caring society. I consider it my civic duty to pay taxes to provide children with education, families with health care and social services, recreational facilities and parks.

In other words, I pay my taxes, which also support many services that I do not use and provide benefits to all residents of the CKL.

The “higher” level of service we receive from CKL on our unassumed road consists of two road gradings and two loads of gravel, if the city deems it necessary, each year. Our road is not snow plowed by CKL, nor do we have garbage pickup at our driveways for six months of the year. Not a lot for our taxes.

I’m insulted by Mr. Robinson’s very public disrespect and maligning of the “six percent” as getting benefits that are footed by all taxpayers. Below are the services that I have never used in the CKL and don’t intend to in the future, but pay taxes to benefit others in CKL:

Based on the above, I would encourage Mr. Robinson to extend a public apology to the six percent who contribute to many services in the CKL they do not use.

Furthermore, I do not have confidence that Mr. Robinson will be able to provide council a fair and unbiased report based on his very public and obviously disparaging opinion of the six percent.

Fay Bennie


Masons 100th anniversary

Tucked away in a tiny corner of downtown Bobcaygeon lies a cornerstone of its rich history. It has been the meeting place of some of the villages most famous and influential people.

Few local townspeople or even tourists even know it’s there, but it stands for so much. Throughout history the members have met behind closed doors or met in public offering up a secret, shared, warm handshake.

What is that odd looking square and compass above the entrance door way? This is the home of Verulam’s Masonic Lodge.

It first started in 1872 and has occupied such buildings as, The British Bank of North America (now Bigley’s) and the Temperance Inn (later known as the Kenosha Inn). It survived a major town fire in the fall of 1913.

Located at King and Bolton streets, it is part of the Masonic Lodge’s Victoria District, which contains 14 lodges spread out over the Kawarthas and Haliburton county. In recent years, masonry has come out of the shadows and more into the public eye.

Oct. 1 marked the 100th anniversary of Victoria becoming a governing district of masonry for the Province of Ontario and coincided with Bobcaygeon’s Fall Fair.

All of the Lodges came together in Bobcaygeon to celebrate this occasion in Bobcaygeon’s Fall Fair Parade. It was led off with a motorcycle contingent followed by the District Deputy Grand Master of Victoria District Masonry, plus many floats and vintage cars from the 14 Lodges of Victoria District.

The annual fall parade was bolstered considerably this year by their participation and was one of the largest in recent years.

The festive event was capped off with the Victoria District Grand Master’s Reception and dinner at The Eganridge Golf and Country Club just outside of town honoring the Grand Master of Ontario, Most Worshipful Brother John C. Green.

Fun was had by one and all. It was truly a great success.

Colin J. Croxon, Historian, Verulam Masonic Lodge


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