This happened about about 2 weeks before the cowardly and senseless killing of 6 innocent people in Quebec City. I would like to share my story with your readers and add a few comments on Jim Merriam's editorial in Sun Times on February 8. (Hate speech work of cowards).
I fully agree with Mr. Merriam when he says " I am not an expert on Islam, but its practitioners whom I know are much like the worshipers of other faiths. They are dedicated, hard working, loyal, family oriented individuals who have no harm in their hearts , less alone in their minds." Mr. Merriam acknowledges the violence and intolerance in the religious books, and assures us that very few of the worshipers in the 21 century would commit or even approve hate crimes.
In support of his opinion:
We spent recently a two weeks vacation in the southern Cuba. Among the nicest people we met and spent a lot of time with, were Steve and Sophie, both Muslims, originally from Bosnia. We loved their friendliness, their spontaneity, their energy, their ever....
In response to the Hub's question ...what shall we do to encourage people to come to Owen Sound?
What I would like to see happen, there is so much. .. I would have liked to see the rails stay, however they are gone and very unlikely they will be back. I do agree we need to stop putting large eyesore buildings on the waterfront. It should be for all to enjoy. Since manufacturing is not growing but some is still here, we need to make sure they stay! Let's embrace what we do have.
What about a ten day harbour festival two weekends and the full week in between? Get the tall ships in. Incorporate all of downtown; perhaps the shopkeepers would dress and decorate in the style of the early days when the shores were booming here - buskers of all kinds, caricatures - there are enormous possibilities.
It's been a dream of mine to build a Waterpark where Russell Brothers factory was - indoor and outdoor. Making the beach area
On January 18 The Hub published my letter to the editor describing an incident that took place on my farm two days earlier. Without permission, a party of coyote hunters accessed the property by snowmobile following dogs wearing collars fitted with GPS tracking devices. They shot a coyote in the woods just 150 meters from where I happened to be walking with my dog at the time. Neither of us knew the other was near. I was, I think quite understandably, angry that the hunters had trespassed on my property and the more so since they had effectively put my life in danger.
My letter, which also raised questions about the need for coyote hunting, prompted many responses from regional citizens - property owners, farmers, hunters, and others. Some of the responses were supportive, some questioned some of the points I raised but did...
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
I am deeply disappointed in your government's decision to break your promise on electoral reform, and feel betrayed.
If your government had an honest will for change, it would have started with an education campaign and a nuanced public debate.
You chose a tainted consultant survey and then ditched the issue.
Electoral reform is not easy, and not easily understood by the general public. A referendum would not be reasonable without a...