Letters

Wawa Christmas Hamper – A Lesson In Humiliation

First, let me thank the organizers of the Christmas Hamper, they do a wonderful job of organizing and carrying out this event every year. However, I have spoken to many people this year and most have voiced the same concern – they felt humiliated when they went to pick up their baskets. I can understand the committee asking for identification, ...

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Letter – CN Rail failing as Community Partner

As today’s politicians move lock-step to appease big business, it’s worth remembering not all benefits must slide toward corporations. CN Rail is a company forgetting that. Examples abound that CN views those impeding maximum profit as a nuisance, regardless of legal right or argument. Carry this point forward – CN Rail recently made the highest quarterly profit in its 99-year ...

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Letter – Poor Media Coverage of Postal Strike

Dear Brenda, I have been dismayed over the coverage of the Postal Strike has been.  It was predictable that most businesses would cheer the back to work legislation and that labour unions would be angry that labour negotiations have be short-circuited.  What has been missing is the actual content of the bill?  Does the bill contain arbitration leading to the ...

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Letter – Can Passenger Trains be saved?

Dear Brenda, One has to wonder when The Canadian’s resiliency will be exhausted and the train will be on the chopping block. In late 2008, I had the opportunity to examine the confidential financial data on The Canadian and I found it was then recovering about 75% of its costs year-round and actually showing an above-the-rail profit during the peak ...

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Letter – Waterfront Improvements?

In August, work was begun to do some upgrading along the shoreline of Wawa Lake and to the drains that run into the lake. Since the end of that month, nothing further has occurred and culverts, equipment, temporary fencing was set up. Well, here it is approximately two months later and after the wind and waves of the past few ...

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Letter to the Salmon/Lake Trout Fishermen in Michipicoten Bay

I just came back (Friday August 25, 4 p.m.) from a walk on Driftwood Beach.  My old legs told me that one third of the way down the beach was far enough. I am absolutely amazed at the lack of litter so far this fishing season…. Well done!  I DID pick up two partial lure plastic bags, a couple of bottle caps, ...

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MPP Sol Mamakwa writes Minister of Education about Resuming Indigenous Cirriculum

On Tuesday, NDP MPP Sol Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) wrote the Minister of Education calling for Indigenous curriculum development to resume immediately. Last month, the Ford government abruptly cancelled writing sessions intended to make final revisions to a reconciliation curriculum and develop a curriculum to introduce children to Indigenous languages.   Aug. 21, 2018  The Hon. Lisa Thompson Minister of Education Mowat ...

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Letter – VIA Rail Bosses Not Up to the Job

With Greyhound set to end bus service from Sudbury to the west coast of BC, there is now an opening for VIA Rail to deliver needed public transportation and expand passenger rail markets in Northern Ontario. However, the Montreal-based bosses at the Crown corporation are not up to that job. With Greyhound runs disappearing by November, places like Thunder Bay ...

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A Letter to Kathryn McGarry, MTO – “Culvert Collapse – Unacceptable”

May 12, 2018 @ 15:32 Minister McGarry, Ministry of Transportation Legislative Building, Queen’s Park Toronto ON  M7A 1A1 Saturday, May 12, 2018 Dear Minister McGarry Yesterday a sinkhole opened at a weak point in a culvert on Highway 17, near Wawa. As of noon today, the highway is still closed.  The detour route would add over two hours to the trip.  This is ...

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To my Wawa Patients:

To my Wawa Patients:   I wish to inform you that I will be closing my practice effective May 1, 2018.  My husband and I will be moving to Southern Ontario to be closer to our families.   At this time, the Wawa Family Health Team is actively recruiting for a physician to replace me.  Please be reassured that you ...

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Letter – Release Arrangement between Ontario and Carillion Canada

Feb 8, 2018 @ 11:35 On Thursday, Ontario NDP Transportation critic Wayne Gates wrote to Premier Kathleen Wynne calling for the release of the latest arrangement between Ontario and Carillion Canada, negotiated after the collapse of Carillion’s U.K.-based parent company. Feb. 8, 2018 Hon. Kathleen O. Wynne, MPP Room 281, Main Legislative Building, Queen’s Park Toronto, Ontario M7A 1A1   ...

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Lettre à l’éditeur – Je suis responsable envers vous

Feb 2, 2018 @ 11:28 Chers résidents du Nord, J’aimerais vous parler au sujet de ma première journée au poste de directeur général du Réseau local d’intégration des services de santé (RLISS) du Nord-Est. Le matin du 22 janvier, j’ai passé la première heure à m’entretenir avec les membres de ma nouvelle équipe. Certains étaient dans la salle avec moi, ...

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Letter to the Editor – I’m Accountable to You

Feb 2, 2018 @ 11:21 Dear Northerners, Let me tell you about my first day on the job as CEO of the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN). On the morning of January 22, I spent the first hour of my new job sitting down with my new team of staff. Some were in the room with me, ...

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Letter – Student Relief Assistance Fund

Dec 12, 2017 @ 08:16 Dear Brenda,   Today I received the email stating that I was denied the Student Relief Assistance Fund due to not providing the documentation that demonstrates my expenses during the strike.   As a student, we have many things to worry about; we all have our daily routines during our school year. This year, 2017, ...

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