Higher speeds, more danger
In effect, Mayor Paterson believes that if the provincial government says that safety is a priority (words have no cost), he and other mayors in eastern Ontario are open to higher speed limits on Highway 401. Joe Cuoto, director of communications of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, noted “we have a lot of evidence that higher speed equals more collisions, serious injuries and death.” While an experienced Formula One race driver could drive the 401 safely at a very high speed, the 401 is full of drivers of less expertise who might involve the expert in a fatal collision. During the oil crisis of the ’70s, U.S. President Jimmy Carter imposed a speed limit of 55 m.p.h. (less than 100 km/h) in the U.S., and collisions, injuries and deaths fell sharply.
On the same road, a higher speed limit is likely to kill and injure more people. The harm doesn’t stop there.
Increasing the speed limit will increase the amount of heat-trapping gases emitted and increase the consequences of global warming, floods in the rainy season, wildfires in the dry season, rising sea levels, weather-driven migration, the loss of much arable land to floods or drafts. What’s not to like if you like Donald Trump and Doug Ford?
Food blitz a success
We are thrilled to announce that our current total for this year’s “Blitz” collection was $4,507 and just over 38,000 pounds of food. We will continue to count donations through to the end of the month as we normally do, so these numbers will increase. We would like to thank all of our incredible volunteers for hosting the collection sites and the grocery stores that allowed us to set up on Saturday. Thanks as well to all of the local media that helped to get our message out to the community and to all of our generous donors who made this a successful campaign.
Partners in Mission Foodbank
Practise what you preach
I always get a kick out of PM Justin Trudeau and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna when they talk about getting rid of oil and replacing it with “renewables”. Meanwhile, they jet around the globe and all corners of Canada and help to pump a few thousand tons of carbon into the air, not to mention they get driven to the airport, probably driven around the locations they visit and are driven home from the airport once back in Ottawa.
Most Canadians will have to drive their SUV for the next year and a half every day to match their carbon footprint for those politicians’ travel, and they have the nerve to suggest that we have to cut back our lifestyles? Here’s a thought. Let’s stop electing zealots like Trudeau and McKenna to positions of responsibility. It’s time for Canadians to take back this great country from the likes of PM Trudeau and Minister McKenna.
Tighten grip on public funds
I read with surprise and disbelief where a developer who purchased the former prison for women has the timerity to ask for $19,000 to help offset the cost of a potential environmental procedure on these lands. Even more astonishing is that city council here would even consider such a request.
I am a commercial appraiser, developer and financier involved with many purchases and projects of this nature and never heard of such a “gift”. Unless the purchasers were inexperienced or careless when they bought this property, an allowance for such eventualities would have been built into the purchase price.
It is very discouraging to see this sort of thing occur when our real estate taxes are as high as they are and we can’t get important public issues funded, such as restoration of the city’s deplorable roads.