Life Labs closure
The Dundas Street location of Lifelabs has been closed for more than a month. This has resulted in all appointments being booked at the Ingersoll Avenue location and significantly increased wait times.
It’s a pathetic situation when a city the size of Woodstock has such a poor health testing ability.
Is there nothing that can be done?
Surely a word from our local government might help rectify this situation.
A dream come true
On Oct. 21, 1977, you published a picture of four-year-old Alan Stocker and a small story with the heading “A Long Way to Go Yet!”
Alan and his pre-school group were visiting the newly opened fire station and the then pint-sized Alan posed in a firefighter’s uniform, which almost swallowed him up.
Admitting that it would take a long time to fill the uniform, Alan nevertheless beamed from ear-to-ear and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and started to look forward to the time when he could be a firefighter.
In 2002 while living in Savannah, Ga., Alan achieved his dream and became a volunteer firefighter. When he returned to Canada, he continued to volunteer as a firefighter and still fills out a firefighter’s uniform with the Clarence-Rockland fire department, northeast of Ottawa.
We still have copies of the 1977 picture and article.
Thank you for publishing the photo and the article, they helped to inspire a volunteer career.
Pat Stocker (Alan’s mother)
Gas pump stickers
A visit last week to a local gas station resulted in disappointment when I noticed that the Ford government mandated carbon tax stickers on the pumps had been removed. My regret was not that they were missing but that they were a constant warning of what happens when governments lie to the general public.
The gas pump stickers predicted carbon tax increases from today’s 4.4c/litre to 11.1c/litre in 2022 but failed to mention the offsetting rebate that would be paid to Ontarians by the federal government. This is cheap politicking by a provincial energy minister who only “wanted to stick it to the previous Liberal provincial government.”
Let’s hope that the gas pump sticker fiasco is a lesson to Doug Ford and his cabinet not to try to govern by deceit. We have only to look to the USA and the UK to see the chaotic and disastrous results of gross government dishonesty. Ontarians expect good government by elected leaders who combine honesty with integrity and dignity. We should not hesitate to remind them of this whenever they try to do otherwise.
Doug Ford must stop meddling with schools
It is good to see some semblance of normalcy returning to Ontario as the summer ends. Premier Doug Ford deserves credit for reminding us of Ontario life as it had been shortly before coronavirus. He resumed his government’s tirades about teachers. Yes, 2020 has certainly sucked for many reasons: racial hostility, brutality, railway blockades, the pandemic, and even teachers’ strikes. But it never ceases to amaze, this Conservative single-minded obsession with the state of our schools and unhappy teachers.
Ford has shown his unhappiness with school boards’ reopening plans that his government forced upon all boards. Plans his government flatly refused to help design. Instead, he lamented the “inflexibility” of unreasonable educators he says “won’t work” with him.
The Ford government only provided some of what teachers asked for before the pandemic. Now he agitates over a proposed shorter school day to allow teachers to have some preparation time, for lesson-planning and the like – a stipulation contractually guaranteed. Now he asks them to scrap prep time, demands high school classes include 50 per cent in-class sessions and risks triggering a new wave of the virus.
It is only because the teachers griped that his government provided millions of dollars for better school cleaning, improved ventilation and for new hiring. And since we’re talking about inflexibility, in the future, the Progressive Conservative party would do well to leave schools alone and let qualified people manage the educational system.
This party has meddled with our schools and the educational content taught within them for far too long.
Opposition should stop complaining
I realize that the job of an opposition party leader is to criticize the ruling party but Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath’s constant complaining is getting tiresome. How about some positive suggestions to help improve the situation we are all experiencing instead of the constant whining?