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Learn from history


Re: Tough times for Sir John A. Macdonald impersonator (Sept. 3)

It’s not just a tough time for the history of John A, Macdonald or his impersonator, Brian Porter, but also for the article’s author, who cites the 200th anniversary of Sir John A.’s death in 2015. It must have been difficult for Macdonald to serve as our first prime minister in 1867 after his death in 1815. As a matter of fact, 2015  was the 200th anniversary of his birth in January, 1815, in Glasgow.

That is just one more reason to leave historic monuments for all to see, not only to highlight important parts of our country’s history, but also as reminders of the not so wonderful accomplishments in their tenures.

History is just that — history. Our present is a gift that we should all enjoy. Live in the present, but learn from our past.

Paul Barber


Widespread support to keep Arrowdale


Re: Council made right decision on Arrowdale (Letter, Sept. 5)

Those speaking out against the sale of Arrowdale are folks from all walks of life, from professional golfer David Hearn (previously quoted in an Expositor article) to the struggling folks that the letter writer foolishly believes will benefit from the sale. Opposition includes nature lovers, heritage supporters, First Nations people, golfers and non-golfers, poor and rich, residents from north end to Eagle Place, and even those from outside the city, who have fond memories of growing up using Arrowdale’s hills for sledding or golfing.

The letter writer mentions how the course loses money, with the city subsidizing its use by fewer than 200 people. Did you know 20,000 rounds were played there last summer? Do you think that was only 200 golfers? Did you know that the city subsidizes the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre? It cost millions over budget to upgrade,. Should it be sold off, too?

Recreation activities aren’t enjoyed the same by everyone. Some enjoy swimming, others cycling and others golf, sledding, and hiking. Every park in the city loses money. Should council sell them?

Council all too eagerly advocated for funding to open the new bike park and, if you look up the Expositor article about that, the words used by the mayor and councilors regarding the enjoyment of that sport could easily be applied to Arrowdale.

Let’s not forget the proposed $55-million sports complex slated for West Brant. How much fundraising and advocacy have gone into that?  So, why can’t the same be done for one of the only large green spaces left in an older area of the city?

This council grossly ignores preserving history in the name of progress but then approves $250,000 to update the city’s historic designation list. The sale of Arrowdale is not about raising money to build affordable housing. It’s about covering the overspending in other areas around the city. There is no legal obligation to keep proceeds from Arrowdale’s sale in a reserve fund for affordable housing.

This council’s actions will be remembered come the next municipal election but the sale will be too late to reverse after the councillors have been voted out.

Michelle Giffin


Kudos to BGH workers

Spending several days in hospital gave me the chance to view many workers who help the Brantford General operate so smoothly.

Naturally, nurses and doctors come to mind for most patients as they spend their days getting well but there are a lot of other employees. Think about the X-ray technicians and others in similar positions. Cleaners keep the hospital neat and tidy on a daily basis. Meals are always delivered hot and the selection is nicely varied.

And hats off to the volunteers, who wheel patients to various appointments and return them safely to their rooms. They are truly appreciated.

Ken Simmons