Letters to the Editor: February 12

Letters to the editor feature thoughts on the new deal at the Cami plant, why there's continued attention on the anti-mask sentiment from a church in Aylmer, wondering how come Oxford County was left out of a provincial task force to address transportation and thanking a Woodstock police officer for paying respect during a funeral procession

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Will new Cami van bring labour strife?

I can picture it now: come union contract renewal time at Cami, we are going to see some push and shove.

Orders already are, and will be, rolling in fast and furious for the BrightDrop EV600 all-electric vans. This is an awesome boost and job security for the Canadian auto sector and spinoff suppliers.

But will we see outrageous demands come contract time? With so many people and businesses struggling because of COVID-19, this would be sad to see.

Let’s hope the union is happy with the healthy wages and benefits they enjoy now.

Mike Henson

London


Task force needs to be more inclusive

Regarding the article Area task force gears up. While the creation of a provincial task force to address transportation in the southwest region appears to be good news, I was saddened by the exclusion of Oxford County.

The other troubling aspect is the exclusion of the voices of those of us with disabilities who are disproportionately impacted by changes in transportation.

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I urge the group to include the voices of people with disabilities as we are in desperate need of transportation options to London and Toronto. The pandemic has intensified the sense of isolation for those of us who do not have access to a vehicle.

Greyhound has suspended service and Via Rail has drastically cut back service, resulting in greater marginalization.

I encourage the group to consider all who depend on rail or bus service not just those people who travel on a whim.

Marianne Park-Ruffin

Woodstock


Aylmer church feasts on attention

Remember the obnoxious little kid in the back row in Grade 1 who used to bounce around and wave his arms to get attention? Well, that’s exactly what’s happening in Aylmer, and the thing to do — your responsibility to the community, actually– is deny it to them.

The more coverage they get, the more they act up and the more they endanger their community. They’re feasting on this. Shut them down and return them to the anonymity they so richly deserve before they kill someone.

This has to do with dysfunctional attention seekers, not the Word of God.

Robert Kent

Ingersoll


Respect appreciated

My mother passed on Jan. 3 due COVID-19 related issues. On Jan. 8, we made our way from the funeral home to the church.

What happened to respect of a funeral procession?

Hardly anyone pulled over, and some actually passed the people who were kind enough to pull over. Has our world gotten so cold?

I want to thank a Woodstock police officer who stopped as the procession was going toward the church, got out of the cruiser and saluted. We don’t know the officer’s name, but it meant a lot to our family. Thank you, sir.

And for anyone who thinks this whole COVID-19 thing is a joke, think again.

Jacques Longtin

Woodstock

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