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More commitment needed to become carbon neutral

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Re: Mayor calls for another public meeting on warehouse proposal (April 30).

The people of St. George have many concerns about the Panattoni Development’s proposed warehouse on Highway 5. Missing from the news coverage is: “How will this warehouse and its trucks reduce carbon emissions?”

In 2019, Brant County council noted that Canada is a key emitter of carbon emissions, and joined with 470 other Canadian municipalities and more than 1,170 governments in declaring a commitment to reducing carbon emissions to reduce climate change. Climate change has caused social and financial costs in our community (flooding, droughts, storm damage).

The transportation sector is the source of over one quarter of all carbon emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Trucking and warehousing are key parts of the transportation sector. Also warehouses hire few people once built and take up a lot of valuable land.

Rather than moving the warehouse and all of its truck traffic to another community (Cainsville), as the mayor suggests, council should seriously review how the county assesses development applications. The county could further its commitment to become carbon neutral by focusing on bringing greener industries that will hire more people locally.

Ella Haley,
Brantford

Kudos on school’s new name

Re: Ryerson Heights will be renamed in honour of Edith Monture (May 10)

Hearty congratulations to the team that selected Edith Monture Elementary School as the new name for Ryerson Heights.

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I am a former student of both the University of Toronto and Ryerson University, TWICE, (false start, teacher training, diploma and degree respectively). I was asked to participate in the recent renaming of Ryerson University and sent in 10 suggestions that included unsung heroes and heroines of indigenous and other backgrounds. And they selected Toronto Metropolitan University!?

How uninspiring. It seems odd to say that I attended U of T and TMU. Shall I transfer my allegiance and alumni money to a school that not only has a historically appropriate name but my name?

Congratulations all. Well done Brantford.

Edie (Edith) Lewis,

Brantford

We need long-term care fix right now

Where is our government on long-term care? Disappointment in the Ford Conservatives is high these days. They give our tax dollars back to us temporarily in an effort to buy our votes.

We have come through two years of heart-wrenching grief as we watch those of us who are forced to live in long-term care facilities, often in deteriorating buildings and lacking personal care workers, who are underpaid.

Have our elected representatives lost their voices? Do they not know of family or friends who have suffered from the lack of care we have seen time and time again these past two years?

I am all for sending tax dollars into our hospitals; we need the front-line workers, nurses and the doctors’ expertise. But this should not satisfy us. We want the government to get serious about fixing what is wrong in long-term care.

Putting our tax dollars into paving valuable farmland to appease urban centres just doesn’t cut it for me.

I don’t need glossy words from speeches, as our candidates clamour for the votes. I need concrete solutions to fix this failure in long-term care, not in five years, but right now.

Betty Semeniuk,
Thamesford, Ont.

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