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downtownpanIn 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

coyote-1901993 640On 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...

parliamentflag-fullDear 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...

Parliament2Dear Prime Minister,

I am profoundly shocked by your government's decision to renege on your commitment to meaningful electoral reform.

Your father and my father, the late Hon. Eugene Forsey, were friends. And so many of us trusted you. When you came to office we had hope. We thought you would respect Canadians' clear desire for an electoral system based on proportional representation – a desire on which the Special Committee found extensive agreement:

"71.5% of respondents either strongly agreed (59.1%) or agreed (12.4%) with the statement "Canada's electoral system should ensure that the number of seats held by a party in Parliament reflects the proportion of votes it received across the country":[258] (from the Committee's Report, referring to their online consultation. An even higher percentage of submissions supported...

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