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Letters to the editor

Poppy campaign begins Oct. 30

All of us are longing for the regular routines we have always had, but no longer can enjoy.


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Every year from the last Friday in October until Nov. 11, the Royal Canadian Legion runs the national poppy campaign in aid of veterans and their dependents. Despite all of the COVID-19 challenges, this year will not be different.

We know that no Remembrance Day service will be held at the Brant County War Memorial but poppy distribution will continue. The most obvious difference this year will be no participation by cadets or volunteers standing at various locations. Businesses and stores will still have their poppy boxes and we still hope for your donation.

Rumours have abounded that the legion is only selling masks this year, but this is incorrect.

We urge you to contribute as usual to this worthy cause and remember on Remembrance Day to tune in to either the national service from Ottawa on TV or online.

The Dunsdon Legion also has an email to facilitate e-transfers: This has been arranged for all donations over $25.

We will remember them

Chrystal Petit-Pas

Caring on display at Park Lane

My mother resides at Park Lane Terrace in Paris and, recently, we attended a ceremony for staff who have been there for five, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years. Yes, they have personal support workers who have made life better for residents for 30 years.

I know Park Lane has had some negative news in the past, but I wouldn’t have my mother anywhere else. Her quality of life has improved dramatically since she moved in eight months ago. She smiles, makes jokes and has learned to use her walker again. Everyone there has made her feel that, even at 98, she can set goals and achieve them.

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Her PSWs chat with her about anything that interests her, rub her back before she goes to bed at night and respond quickly when she needs assistance.

Let’s move on from whatever hurt Park Lane’s reputation and see what they’re doing now for the 100 or more family members in their care. They have made changes, and those changes have resulted in a caring, well-run nursing home for all who reside there.

Cathy Macaulay

Focus, people

Conservative Party Leader Erin O’Toole needs to find another way to earn his spurs. WE is a dead issue, a bad deal and another example of government stupidity. It won’t be the last regardless of political stripe.

Let’s cut the political poker game and try to collectively come up with a positive way to get the economy moving, get people back to work and restore stability.

Even if we pick the brightest cards from each of the political decks we’ll still be far short of a full deck. The challenge might just bring real benefits to the Canadian taxpayer. Won’t that be a rare day.

Franklin Daugharty,
Dorchester, Ont.

Define ‘moderate’

This standoff between the lobster fishers and the First Nation fishers is troubling. Ottawa blames the RCMP and both fishing groups blame each other.

I would suggest the real problem is the wording of the Supreme Court decision allowing the First Nations to earn a “moderate livelihood.” Once the definition of a moderate livelihood is clearly established by Ottawa, it could be possible to end the conflict. We can only hope.

Dave Mathers,
St. Thomas, Ont.

Use percentages instead

Why is everyone focusing (and deciding on lockdown measures) based on the number of positive cases when the number of tests conducted changes daily? It stands to reason that the number of positive cases will vary in lockstep with the testing numbers.

Wouldn’t it make more sense to focus on the percentage of positive cases as opposed to the actual number? This would give us a more accurate picture.

Neil Graves,
Luskville, Que.

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