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In the late 1970s, our kids went to Fairview Public School. During winter, volunteers would spend hours shovelling snow and pouring water at the end of the school yard to create and maintain two skating rinks: one for hockey and the other for skating. There were movie nights, bake sales and penny tables and, of course, skating parties. In addition to the generous volunteers, a great committee worked in the background to organize events. For many years, Helga was the secretary/treasurer and my husband, Bruce, was the president (we apologize that we can’t recall the names of the other committee members).

After several years, our kids graduated and moved onto high school. The money in the account was used to purchase 10 maple trees that were planted along the fence line at the end of the schoolyard to block the lumber piles, debris and weeds growing on what was then known as Beaver Lumber property.


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Now some 40-plus years later, the school is gone, the property has been sold and Brantford’s new beautiful fire hall has been built at the end of the school yard — but the trees still stand!

Thanks to everyone involved for making sure the trees were protected and remain beautiful, strong and tall.

The Garvey Family,
Muriel, Bruce, Alan and Laura,

ATV track needed

I am a 15 and live in the small community of Harrisburg.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, kids like me need something to do.

I believe that an ATV track would help kids stay outdoors, learn necessary driving skills for when they get older and have fun. If the the municipality built a small track, it would be a great place for kids to hang out and make new friends.

Not everyone has their own big property to drive around on, so finding a place to drive an ATV can be a little difficult.

Having a nearby municipal track would mean that kids no longer would have to get their parents to hours to ride ATVs.

I think an ATV track would be a good addition to our community.

Caleb Halma

Ask a student

In these last few months, we have heard opinions on whether returning to the classroom is a good idea. We have heard it from the media, politicians, school boards and parents. They should have been asking us, the students, as we are most affected. We are wearing masks on the bus and in the classroom, trying to stay safe. Next time there is a school issue, ask a student.

Jolene Jonkman,


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A tragedy occurred

In a country where one of its primary objectives is to “protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of its residents” (Canada Health Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-6), one woman was denied that right, and lost her life because of it. The seven-minute video that captured Joyce Echaquan’s last moments were unbearable to watch, as health-care workers stood around her spewing out racial slurs as she screamed out of pain. To acknowledge that systematic racism exists in Canada (which some people won’t even go as far as to admit) isn’t enough. It’s been a disease that has ravaged our society longer than COVID-19 ever has, and will continue to do so if we don’t act now. The loss of Echaquan at the hands of these so-called medical professionals should be a wake-up call to all Canadians. Racism shouldn’t only be an issue when it’s caught on camera. Visible minorities have suffered long enough as a result of a system that has been built against them for years and incidents like Joyce’s will only repeat themselves unless we start to see some sort of evident change in our country.
Ikram Hirey

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