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Tuesday, 01 November 2016 21:35

Village Voice—161104 - Letters to the editor

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Test where you live

            I do not disagree with the initial argument put forth by Jody Benson regarding the proposed new bylaw (Driving school bylaw a mistake, Oct. 21, page 4). I also agree that the cause for the new bylaw may very well be the "influx of Toronto driving schools" to our area.

            But after bringing up a perfectly good point about how "students must have confidence" in all traffic situations, how can Benson, as an instructor, apparently condone this practice of Toronto driving schools working our much slower streets?

            Do they spend money in our area or at the mall, as you say? No, not anything worth

mentioning. They come to get their licenses and then are fast gone back to the big smoke.

            The Toronto instructors do not bring them up here to teach. They do that back in the city, on empty roads in subdivisions under construction. 

            They bring them up here only to obtain their permits—because they are scared of their students not passing on the busy streets of the city.

            Surely as an instructor, you must understand how wrong it is to allow a person to take a test in a relatively slow-moving region, where they will not be doing the bulk of their driving.

            This practice, of course, clearly contradicts your previous very smart point of teaching in a confidence-building environment.

            As a driving instructor, you and your local representative should be approaching the province to change the rules. There should be provincial laws enacted so you have to take your driving test in the same postal code that will appear on your drivers license.

            It’s that simple. And then we wouldn’t need to dream up these local bylaws, which inadvertently end up hurting our own commerce.

Joe Berta


Our playground is not a dog park

            The students at Bobcaygeon Public School look forward to enjoying their outdoor gym time and recess. To their surprise, they regularly find animal waste on the yard and in the sandbox, specifically cat and dog poop.

            This makes some students sad, other students mad, and many students disappointed, as they often have to stop playing in the sand and surrounding fields, so the animal waste can be disposed of.  

            When discussing our frustration about the matter, some students said the waste poses a health risk to the students because they could pass the harmful bacteria from the waste into their body if they get it on their hands.

            “We could even get pink eye,” said one kindergarten student.

            Another group of kindergarten students also talked about how they dislike the smell of poop in their playground. It makes them feel nervous to run around and play tag because they’re afraid they will step in it.

            A classmate took it a step further adding that if they stepped in the waste, it could end up in the classroom and stink up the school. Gross.

            Our kindergarteners are considerate students. They think it would be unfair for the custodians to have to clean this up.  

            As a class, we discussed how we could solve the problem. The solution offered from our kindergarten class is simple: Keep dogs on a leash, stoop and scoop the poop, and take it with you to dispose of it off school property.

            As a reminder, the students have worked hard to create and post signs around the schoolyard. Please respect the students’ wishes so that they can fully enjoy the outdoors at school.

Junior and Senior Kindergartens

Bobcaygeon Public School

What about the other 97 percent?

            I found this when I was looking for contact information on our MP Jamie Schmale’s website, and was a bit surprised.

            “The Special Committee on Electoral Reform asked to hear from all Canadians,” said Schmale. “Electoral reform is an important issue that impacts all Canadians and joining a number of caucus colleagues across the country, I sought the wishes of local residents on this national issue.” (See We want to vote on voting, page ?)

            In Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock 2,446 ballots were cast, and 87 percent (2,127 votes) of respondents were in favour of a referendum on electoral reform while 11.7 percent (286 votes) were opposed, and 1.3 percent (33 votes) were undecided.

            But the electoral district of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock has a population of 110,182 with 91,802 registered voters. This conveniently omits the fact that 89,356—more than 97 percent of the registered voters—did not cast a ballot.

            Nor do we know how many of the 2,446 ballots cast were held by registered voters.

            A representative sampling it is not. But should we be surprised?

            "I sought the wishes of local residents on this national issue,” says Schmale.  


John Main


We need larger recycling bins

            Clear garbage bags are a great idea if you can get to Lindsay to RDS. Otherwise you are paying top dollar for your garbage bags, if you can find them.

            I feel the city should provide each homeowner—free of charge and delivered—larger recycling bins with lids and wheels. The ones we have are not large enough and do not keep out the weather or animals.

            With more recycling, small bins will not work. Any other ideas out there?

J. Welburn



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