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Defying public opinion

Re: Group takes next step in fight to save Arrowdale (Feb. 20)

In the article, Brantford’s director of communications, Maria Visocchi, states that it is unfortunate that Know Your City Inc.’s conduct has delayed the sale of Arrowdale Golf Course. This statement seems to infer that Brantford citizens should just lie down and let eight members of council stomp all over them. The conduct that should be examined is by the mayor and seven councillors who steadfastly ignore the will of their constituents. I believe that the conduct from groups, such as KYC and the Friends of Arrowdale, should be applauded. They both are trying to get the message through to these council members that the majority of the public does not want Arrowdale sold.

It is understood that Ms. Visocchi takes direction from council regarding the city’s position on this matter. What she and this group of councillors apparently have forgotten is that they are ultimately employed by the people of Brantford and that we have every right to question this disastrous decision. Just because the city feels that they have checked off a few legality boxes does not make it right to defy public opinion. The public are trying to let council know that they understand the need to address the issue of affordable housing, but selling Arrowdale is not the solution.

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Just recently the mayor and council of Strathroy-Caradoc backed away from a decision to build affordable housing on one of its public parks after listening to concerns of their citizens. The mayor of Strathroy-Caradoc said that everyone in the community wins when council and the public work together. In Brantford, we seem to have a mayor and certain councillors who feel that they are above working with the public.

The results of a recently released, pandemic-shortened petition campaign show overwhelmingly that Brantford is against this sale. We do not want the land to be developed nor do we want a $4-miilion park. It can’t be any more clear than that.

Why won’t council conduct itself properly and do what the citizens are telling it to do?

John McGlinchey
Brantford

Police budget reasonable

Re: City councillors send $40M police budget for another look (Feb. 19)

It seems reasonable, considering the increase in Brantford’s population, high crime rate and the opioid crisis, that our police budget be increased proportionately.

Joanne Lloyd
Pat McQuinn
Brantford

Professionalism shown at vaccine clinic

On Feb 19,  it was my privilege to attend a COVID vaccine clinic at Brantford General Hospital. Upon arrival, PPE and screening were provided, followed by excellent signage to the Morrison Auditorium. At the clinic site, a cordial welcoming person directed me to a suitably spaced seating area where capacity numbers were monitored by a security guard. During this time, I was given information sheets to complete, as well as a clipboard and pen. From there a line was formed to enter the vaccine area. At the entrance to this area more clarification and verification of information was gathered before lining up for the injection. The sites were well spaced and, after more verification, the vaccine was given. Following the injection, it was required to proceed (just a few steps) to an area of individual cubicles to sit for 15 minutes of monitoring for an adverse reaction. At the conclusion of this, we were given certification of having received the vaccine and an after-care sheet and again cordially shown to the appropriate exit.

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I would like to thank all those involved for their professionalism and care in this difficult time.

Carol Caswell
Brantford

Safe travels

As a frequent business flyer, I would like to commend Air Canada for its COVID-19 protocols. From check-in to the gates and into the cabin, staff are doing a great job. I feel at ease on the airplane and am not worried about contracting the virus. It is a shame that the airlines are getting such negative exposure. The airlines should be getting accolades for the job they have done. Flying is safe during the pandemic, and I look forward to my next flight.

Eric Pinkney
Simcoe

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