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Carbon fee/dividend

Dear Editor:

There is a very important opportunity that Doug Ford is presenting to the federal government.

Ford agrees that climate change is real and is caused by human activity. He also understands that people do not trust government or government tax and spending programs to address the climate crisis.  

Ford has promised to “put money” in people’s pockets - and scrap the cap and trade program.

A revenue-neutral carbon fee and dividend program will meet all of Ford’s criteria and the federal government can move Ontario’s and Canada’s low carbon economy forward.

The federal government must stay the course and insist on carbon pricing. No one gets to pollute for free. But where a province refuses to participate,  introduce it as a carbon fee and direct dividend to those taxpayers from the federal government.

Please do not bury the revenue in some sort of transfer to the provincial governments or other opaque adjustments/funds. It is absolutely essential for each and every taxpayer in those provinces to see that the revenue from the dividend is being returned to them - every cent of it.

Yes, I know that economists have concluded that the least expensive approach is to reduce other taxes (Ecofiscal Commission), but the differences are small and frankly insignificant when compared to the vital importance of public acceptance of carbon pricing.

We have to face the fact that many taxpayers are weary and wary of new “taxes.” They do not trust governments to spend this revenue wisely. Many perceive carbon pricing as merely a “tax grab.” It is essential that the government address those perceptions head-on. Carbon pricing is far too important to be lost over these perceptions and concerns.

The federal government’s carbon price must be transparently and demonstrably revenue neutral. Taxpayers must be able to see the revenue returned directly to them - by cheque or in their bank accounts. Otherwise, no matter how important and no matter how sensible, the initiative will be burdened and ultimately doomed by these perceptions.   

After all, putting a price on carbon is not about raising revenue for governments: it is about introducing proper pricing signals and  unleashing the marketplace. It is not a true “tax”. It is simply a fee to discourage polluting in the most efficient way possible.

But perceptions matter. Rightly or wrongly, nothing may matter more.

 

 

 

Steve Dyck and Scott Snider,

Loss of history, beauty

Dear Editor:

How does everyone feel about losing the historic stone ruin which was used for filming An American Christmas Carol also known as the Kiddie Kar Factory in Elora? The suggestion by Steve Wright to designate this and other ruins as part of the village of Elora was not acted upon for some reason?

Quoting the Advertiser from Oct. 19, 2012 by Mike Robinson “Brian Blackmere stressed the intent is to retain the flavour of the existing sites heritage ... the building known as the Kiddie Car (sic) Factory would be blended in the new condominium development.”

Soon Elora will have to relinquish her designation of “Ontario’s most beautiful village.” 

Carol Williams, PILKINGTON

Marijuana dangerous

Dear Editor:

I reviewed the poll statistics in the Advertiser regarding whether people will smoke marijuana once legislation passed.  

According to the poll, about 74% said no. However, the rest said yes.  So if they never smoked marijuana before, we have an increase of smokers of 25%. Not good.

I just wanted to let you know that my sign was taken down by someone on Canada Day weekend.  I have done my best to express my concern for our young people and little children and what drugs do to their brain, including marijuana.

It is a fact and was explored by the Senate Committee about 15 years ago and in a report.

Justin Trudeau is wrong to legalize recreational marijuana across Canada. We should be fighting all drugs coming into this country, not introducing gateway drugs as legal.

Carolann Krusky-Brett, FERGUS

Slow down please

Dear Editor:

Our wee little hamlet has way too many people coming along Erin/Garafraxa townline, not behaving themselves by speeding. So many times I have called the OPP, because of one main time of speeding motorists between 6am and 7am.

The OPP claim that is their shift change time. Well, perhaps they should adjust their time of change so as they can catch these speeders. Just today (July 9) we saw a compact car speeding past a pickup just in front of our driveway, around noon. The speed of 50km runs for about 1.5km on our townline. These folks can’t slow down for that amount of time?

There is also a school bus company that has two bus drivers speeding through here too in the afternoon. There is no need for that. They are professional drivers. I would like to see speed humps put in (just like the ones in Belfountain and Alton), a larger sign calling for motorists to slow down (you must miss them too... they are only about 1.5’ in height at either end of the 50km).

The “slow” signs on the road in Belfountain must be at least four feet high, you can’t miss them. The amount of semi-trailers coming down our road. Why? So they don’t have to travel through Marsville where it is 50km and monitored by OPP a lot more and these truckers know it?

Then tonight around 7:30pm three huge gravel trucks came speeding through town. What is it is going to take? A family pet, an adult or even sadder a child killed before something is done?

Sandy Blahut, ORTON

Stop development

Dear Editor:

 Xinyi Canada Glass has placed full-page advertisements in The Wellington Advertiser for weeks now. Each time I see these ads, printed under the name Xinyi Canada Glass and Guelph-Eramosa, read Tommy Wong’s letters to Guelph-Eramosa Township (GET) residents, or scan the information included in the ads, I am struck by the fact the president of Xinyi Canada Glass writes as if the proposed float glass plant has received all necessary municipal and provincial approvals and therefore can write that “Xinyi Canada Glass is building...”

 Given that nothing has been approved by Guelph-Eramosa Township to-date, the statement is premature, disrespectful to GET residents who have clearly indicated they do not support the building of a float glass plant in the location that Xinyi would like to purchase, and demonstrates Xinyi’s blatant disregard for municipal by-laws, procedures and process.

Ultimately, however, it’s what is not being said or addressed by Wong, and what information is frequently changing in these ads, that is most critical and deserves careful consideration. The July 5 ad, for example, indicates the corporation will create “400 Careers for the community.” Wasn’t it just two weeks ago that the Xinyi ad indicated the corporation would create 380 jobs “in the next five years”? Moreover, which universities and colleges has Xinyi partnered with to create “University partnerships” in Guelph or Guelph-Eramosa Township?

The fog of advertising is everywhere seen in the Xinyi full-page advertisements. At the end of the day, however, the Rural-Industrial M1 “dry use” GET zoning bylaw makes clear that only industry that does not use significant water or have significant effluent may be considered under the M1 zoning by-law. The proposed float glass plant development application, which will extract millions and millions of litres of potable groundwater every year for plant use should never have been accepted by Guelph-Eramosa Township in April 2018.

In a township where source groundwater is already labelled at significant risk and the Queensdale wellhead’s ability to provide water for Guelph is described as unsustainable, how could GET’s elected representatives and administrative staff even consider a heavy industrial development that would mine water, putting residents’ wells at risk, while allowing Xinyi to build corporate profits?

In a May 9 letter to GET CAO, Ian Roger, City of Guelph CAO, Derrick Thomson, wrote, “Any new water takings within this area would be considered a Significant Drinking Water Threat...”

On July 16, at a 7pm GET council meeting, council will be asked to vote on a motion asking them to uphold the existing zoning bylaw. By voting in favour of the motion, any further consideration of the Xinyi development application must stop.

The meeting will be held at Parkwood Gardens Community Church, 501 Whitelaw Road, Guelph.

Susan McSherry, GUELPH-ERAMOSA

Working to help

Dear Editor:

I was compelled to respond to Emily Mercer Sawyer’s heartfelt and insightful letter concerning mental health support at Centre Wellington District High School and within our community.

First, I want to thank Emily for taking the time to not only express her concerns, but to also dig deeper in an effort to better understand the situation. The world needs more of this. Secondly, I want to assure Emily and her peers that there are a great many people-both within and outside the school, who share your concerns and are trying to do everything they can to make sure that there are support systems in place and available to everyone.

We want our youth to thrive and we won’t settle for anything less. To that end, we too are doing research and drawing from our own experiences. We’re trying our best to understand where you’re at and how we can help get you to where you want to go. We know that the journey from child to adult is a tough one, but you have the added burden of navigating technological minefields that neither we, nor any other previous generation, have any experience with. That puts us all in uncharted waters.

Far too often we’re left to guess at what you’re experiencing and where to best focus the resources we have. There is no playbook for growing up in these changing times... yet.

Emily, it’s you and others like you who will help us write that book. The more you tell us about your perspectives, your experiences and your struggles, the less we’ll have to guess about what you are facing and how we can support you. Talking about difficult subjects is hard-even for many adults. However, we are committed to making this transition as painless as possible for you and all those coming up behind you. The more you help us, the better the outcomes will be. Please, keep talking and we’ll keep listening. Lives depend on it.

Erika Longman, FERGUS

‘Inspiring’

Dear Editor:

RE: Serious concerns, July 5.

I want to commend Emily Mercer Sawyer for taking the time to make her world better by speaking out. Emily, it is important to have mental health support and it is important to have people who will take the time to listen and help when issues of depression and other mental health issues surface.

It is also important to rule out physical illness when one is suffering from depression. Diagnosis for brain-related illnesses is slow and not treated quickly. I don’t believe medication alone is the answer to mental health.  It is a series of many things, understanding ourselves so we know how unique we are, knowing our limitations and accepting ourselves.  

Also, please realize, once you leave high school, all of the people and teachers and students or peers  that may have had great influence during those years, disappear. Stay grounded in high school as it is just a passageway to many other parts of your life.

Listening skills are very important during this time, that someone takes the time. Also, a belief in a higher power, or God, is extremely helpful. The fact is that as you get older, and I am over 55, you realize we are here for a purpose and to make choices. But when we believe in a higher power, we know we are loved unconditionally. That means no matter what has happened, we are loved, we are good, we can be restored no matter what mistakes we might make. We are special and unique and loved.

Proverbs in the Bible is my recommendation to all youth.  It is simple and straight forward to read and it teaches wisdom. I have found this to be true on my journey. Please, also, if others write things about you on Facebook or email you, you  can choose to be defeated or you can simply say “you are wrong” and go on with your life.

In this life, many strangers will try to define you, but don’t let them - of course, family who love you, will always try to give you good advice. Emily, you are loved, you are unique; your fellow students all have so much to offer to this world.  

I recently heard two thirds of the world are starving. Young  people, with their energy focused to what is important, can change this; they can help fellow Canadians who need help, can be a great voice in fighting against drug abuse for example, can find ways to harness the wonderful energy of our youth to make this world a better place, can use their creativity to invent and to make Canada a better place to live for all.    

Thank you, Emily, for your letter to the editor. You are inspiring.

Carolann Krusky-Brett, FERGUS

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Community Guide Spring 2018

BUZZ

Electric vehicle charge stations planned for municipal facilities
Morris, Linton both seeking mayor’s job
Humboldt jersey makes its way to Arthur
Group accuses township of withholding information on proposed Xinyi glass plant
Respect key for cyclist-motorist relationships: OPP
New shop pops up in Mapleton
Palmerston man killed in two-vehicle collision; local man faces charges
Concern grows over missing area woman
Memorial ball tournament planned in Palmerston

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