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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 […]

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 […]

Canada's first prime minister to go on trial in Picton

Canada’s first prime minister to go on trial in Picton

OPINION – By David Warrick As the ‘cancel culture’ gains momemtum, Canadians are finding truth not in fact, but in protest. Is it time to remove statues of  Tommy Douglas leader of the NDP who also held racist views? Tommy Douglas was voted the “greatest Canadian of all time” as part of a 2004 CBC […]

With precautions, not much of increased risk from tourists

With precautions, not much of increased risk from tourists

To the Editor: What is the increased Covid-19 risk due to the return of tourists to the County upon the reopening of short-term accommodations (STAs) and Sandbanks? If County residents take reasonable precautions, it’s my (informed but non-expert) opinion that there will not be many new Covid-19 cases in the County. Note: To date, there […]

Long-term care reports are shameful

Long-term care reports are shameful

Letter To the Editor: Cockroaches. Inadequate personal protective equipment. Our parents, our grandparents, our siblings, our friends, forced to sit and live in soiled clothing for hours, Care staff underpaid, overworked and laboring under the most stressful of circumstances. The reports out last week that confirmed suspicions regarding the conditions in long-term care facilities in […]

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