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The Devil and the Deep Red/Blue Sea

The Devil and the Deep Red/Blue Sea

A New Year is upon us and, if human nature is still the guiding factor, we will repeat all of the mistakes we have made in the past, and then make up excuses for why we are not getting any smarter with age. If there’s a God in Heaven, I hope the debt-building disasters and […]

Decimation of Picton and Trenton hospitals was the plan since 1998

Decimation of Picton and Trenton hospitals was the plan since 1998

I read with sadness in the Belleville Intelligencer that “Following meetings with three unions Wednesday, Quinte Healthcare management announced an overall reduction of 82 full and part-time positions across three of the networks four hospitals with 40 of those cuts affecting Belleville General Hospital. Trenton MemorialHospital will shoulder 30 cuts and.PECM Hospital faces nine cuts.” […]

Local construction in the dumpster

Rick Conroy published a good article in the July 20 edition of the Times on the decline of new home construction in the County. It’s real and it’s serious. Here is the disturbing trend in numbers of new permanent home building permits: .         2007 = 155 .         2008 = 133 (-14%) .         2009 = 103 […]

Leading scientific journal publishes special edition on wind turbines

The publication of these peer-reviewed articles (including one by Dr. Robert McMurtry) is the third stage of the evolution of the science on wind turbines and health, following the formation of the Society for Wind Vigilance and the organization of an international symposium last fall at the Waring House. http://windconcernsontario.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/leading-scientific-peer-reviewed-journal-publishes-special-edition-on-windturbines/ Gary Mooney

Rural calm all but gone at East Lake

An open letter to Mayor Mertens, ex-Mayor Finnegan and the other Councillors who voted for the Summer Village condo development (the “237”). I hope you will come to East Lake and experience the results of your vote. Roaring hammering noise from stone smashing, gravel crushing, and huge earth moving equipment has been raging for seven […]

IS MOE changing REA rules on the fly?

Doris Dumais Director – Approvals Program Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch Ontario Ministry of Environment Dear Ms. Dumais: Your letter of June 5, 2011 acknowledged my continuing concern that the public has not yet been either informed or consulted about project plans for the routing of either the power transmission lines or the component transportation, […]

This is Ecocide

Here’s the thing. You see yourself as basically a good person who would like to make the world a better place. But after Copenhagen you also feel that you’re losing ground in a globalized world where corporate interests reign supreme, your voice is marginalized, and the environment continues to be trashed with impunity. Welcome to […]

Impressive speakers at final PEC hospital ‘Friends’ meeting

The “Friends” of Prince Edward Health Services will hold their final annual general meeting Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Community Centre (arena) in Picton. For various reasons the “Friends” board has made a decision to disband at this time. The “Friends” were first organized by Myrna Wood and Eleanor Lindsay MacDonald on […]

Election time – choice not so evident

Time has come to cast our  ballots. The choice is not so evident. In the County we really have only two choices – Ignatieff  or Harper. The local candidates for the most  part do what their respective leader tells them to do. I once shared a golf cart with D. Kramp at the Picton Rotary […]

No excuse for LHIN and QHC CEO

I am writing regarding the recently announced proposal to remove eight – (8!) beds from Picton Memorial Hospital. It is my understanding that the reason is to accommodate Belleville patients who do not wish to be hospitalized in Picton. “They prefer to be treated close to their homes!” Well, guess what? So do we! There […]

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