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Great-niece pleads with province to spare homes; Hyatts and MacDonalds intertwined in business and in love, for generations

Great-niece pleads with province to spare homes; Hyatts and MacDonalds intertwined in business and in love, for generations

To the Editor (and Greg Walsh, Ontario Park’s Greg Walsh, Parks Operations Manager Southeast Zone, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks and Bay of Quinte MP Todd Smith). I recently became aware of the efforts of Heritage Conservation Architect Philip Evans, to safeguard two iconic, heritage homes in Prince Edward County: the Hyatt […]

Homeowners seek support to protect their water source

Homeowners seek support to protect their water source

To the Editor: A small group of concerned homeowners strongly opposed to the creation of a pit on Ridge Road, just outside Picton, to excavate aggregate, sand and gravel, seeks help from the community via Go Fund Me to present to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, (LPAT). A recent land buyer purchased a family-run asparagus […]

We're #1 in Ontario, or maybe it's #34

We’re #1 in Ontario, or maybe it’s #34

To the Editor: As of Jan 30 (latest data available), the seven-day COVID-19 case rate for Hastings-Prince Edward was 0.6 per 100K population, the lowest of all 34 public health regions in Ontario. Less than one case per week. The other regions had rates varying from 3.1 (Timiskaming) to 146.3 (Peel). In its Feb. 4 […]

Distressing that seniors not a priority for COVID-19 vaccine

Distressing that seniors not a priority for COVID-19 vaccine

UPDATE: General Hillier, chair of Ontario’s Covid-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force, provided new information during the premier’s news conference on Jan. 13. He said that phase two would begin by early April and that seniors would be offered vaccination early in this phase, starting with those 80 and over, then 75 to 79, then 60 […]

Survey says more people willing to be vaccinated for COVID-19 virus

Survey says more people willing to be vaccinated for COVID-19 virus

To the Editor: Willingness to get vaccinated for the COVID-19 virus is increasing in Prince Edward County. On Nov. 22, I polled the members of the Facebook group Prince Edward County Unmanageables regarding their interest in getting vaccinated. I repeated the poll on Dec. 21 to see how attitudes have changed. There were 163 responses […]

Stuck in the Middle with You

Stuck in the Middle with You

I write these columns, not because I like to preach, or teach, but simply to throw my observations out to you, the reader, for consideration. I don’t expect agreement, and that’s a good thing, because I’ve been called everything from a racist to a fascist to a bleeding-heart liberal to a communist. During COVID times, […]

Macdonald statue should reconcile art and history

Macdonald statue should reconcile art and history

Opinion to the Editor by Henri Garand The controversy over Holding Court, Picton’s statue of John A. Macdonald, must be examined in historical, aesthetic, and economic as well as political contexts: 1. The statue is linked to a specific time in Picton’s history and Macdonald’s life unrelated to his later political career. 2. The statue […]

Disappointed to find tombstones over embankment

Disappointed to find tombstones over embankment

Letter to the Editor: I was out for a drive yesterday (Oct. 18th) and stopped for the first time at the South Bay pioneer cemetery. Wandered about reading the stones and took some photos. So many young children are buried there. One child was six months old. Another stone was for a young lad who […]

Students back in schools Tuesday for first time since March

Students back in schools Tuesday for first time since March

Backpacks packed, water bottles loaded and masks on, thousands of students will return to school Tuesday, Sept. 8th. Following staggered starts last week, Tuesday will be the first day most students are in class for the 2020/21 school year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, schools have been closed since March 13. Those choosing virtual learning […]

Home devastated home

Home devastated home

The County is still reeling from the effects of a seemingly unstoppable infestation. And COVID too. As far as the virus is concerned, we are about as clean as you can get in Ontario, with zero new cases since mid-May (but two new cases here this week). We could all pat each other on the […]

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