To the Editor,
Great Editorial on distracted driving in the June 11th edition of the Standard! Your paper made it the news... most of us did not know of the changes - including distracted drivers - but, they don't care anyway.
We have been let down again by our Liberal government! Distracted driving is everyone's nightmare. Although fines are a deterrent to some, potential loss of a cell phone would make the offender really suffer. That would spread the word fast!
Added to the legislation, should have been a requirement of the police to seize the offender's phone until the trial..It is evidence in the case. Conviction should include a mandatory suspension of the offender's driver's license just like it is for Impaired Driving. A speedy trial is probably three months away. Meaning three months without a phone... ouch!
Oh that can not be done! How would the convicted offender call a cab after their trial? Find a pay phone?
The legislation change helps a little but not enough! Harsher penalties might influence a vote..that is why the Liberals were soft on offenders. Almost everyone has a cell phone or has had a coffee when driving and that is a lot of votes..but I guess we just don't understand. Good people obey the law... fine increases will not change a thing for dumb people who think they can multi-task when driving. Traffic deaths will continue to rise.
An already murky future for the auto industry in Ontario has been cast further into doubt recently with news of major upgrades needed at auto assembly plants to maintain production levels.
Not long ago, Canada ranked as the fifth-largest producer of automobiles in the world. However, the industry has been rocked recently by unfavourable currency exchange rates and high labour costs, which have led automakers, including General Motors, to send production jobs elsewhere. GM, later this year, will be moving production of the Camaro from Oshawa back to Michigan.
Now news has come that an overhaul of Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton Assembly plant, where the Chrysler 300 and Dodge’s Charger and Challenger are produced, is likely to cost at least $1 billion. Chrysler has already committed to spending billions in upgrades for its plant in Windsor, which is home to its minivan production line.
The time has come for the upper levels of government to engage in a meaningful plan for our auto industry. It would be similar to the plan in Michigan, which has helped the beleaguered state regain a large portion of its automotive industry, which has often been - most notably in the case of the loss of the Camaro from Oshawa - to Ontario’s detriment.
Without meaningful long-term investment, the future of auto manufacturing in Ontario will look increasingly grim. The loss of the largest industrial property tax revenue generator in Durham Region would have significant consequences for local residents, as well as the rest of Ontario and Canada as a whole.
To the Editor,
I begin with a disclaimer. I am 60 years old, and I grew up in Dryden, Ontario. This, to many, would mean that I walked to school in 40-below winter weather, plowing through three foot high snow drifts, (and for some days they would be correct). The point that I am trying to make in this brief letter is that I survived as did every child in Dryden. There was never an instant when a child was lost in a snow drift and perished, nor was washed away by a heavy rain. There was never a day when school was closed for inclement weather. There was never a day when a lineup of parent’s cars delivered children to school because it was too cold, too hot, too wet or too dry to walk. We all walked, ran, road our bikes, or for those who lived outside of town road a school bus.
As a volunteer at our local elementary school I am astounded and perturbed by the mollycoddling that many parents bestow on their children. It is my opinion that our actions, as a society, are being governed by fear; fear of what might happen to our children on the way to school, fear of what might happen to our country if we show compassion to the world’s needy, fear that is the operative word in our federal government’s lexicon.
Do not be afraid! The world is wonderful place. Yes there are bad people and bad things happening around the world, but the good in this world far outweighs the bad. Let us not allow fear to dictate our actions.
Even though the federal election is still several months away, attack ad season is in full swing seemingly every time a television show or radio programming cuts to a commercial break.
Given the treatment he has received to date from the Conservative government in their latest round of ads, it seems that Justin Trudeau is considered the greatest threat to their power.
In the past, there were similar ads targeting Stephan Dion. Then, Michael Ignatieff drew the ire of the Conservative Party for somehow being anti-Canadian simply because he chose to live in the United States while working as a professor at Harvard. Now, it’s Justin Trudeau’s time.
These ads have become all to common as a way to cast doubt among voters about the qualifications of the opponent, while never actually saying why they are a better choice. They don’t serve to build anyone up, just to tear others down, which does not seem very Canadian at all.
These ads do seem to work, and we have seen the results since Stephen Harper rose to power more than a decade ago. By playing up a perceived weakness in their opponent, the Conservatives have quite literally managed to scare up several election wins.
It’s not to say that other parties don’t engage in similar tactics, but the Conservatives have the most money to spend, and traditionally will throw around a lot of it in the lead-up to an election being called.
This time around, let’s do our best to tune out these attack ads, and encourage our political parties to build themselves up, rather than try to tear others down.
To the Editor,
May is Community Living Month, and the Uxbridge Brock Community Support program made sure that it was celebrated in style.
The main organizers were Junnette Rivers, Crystal Mathews, Amanda Carkner and Greg Avery. This group put together a fantastic event that took participants to a variety of approximately 30 businesses. The Ultimate Race was an opportunity to locate businesses in Uxbridge new and old. and get to know people in the community.
Teams consisted of your own team if you had enough people or a mixture of single entrants that became a team. Your team could be two people or more. You were greeted with smiling faces and a bag with your first clue. Once the rules were read everyone was off to find their first business and with it a challenge! Once you completed your challenge you were given your next clue and on your way.
This was set up with great thought to detail for all involved, not one route was the same and the routes were set up that no business had numerous teams at the same time. The challenges were unique and fun, different at each location.
When you returned to the starting point after finishing the race, they had a very professional Finish Line with banners and photographers taking the participants photos. A BBQ lunch was provided by volunteers of the A-Team, and an icon of the team - Freda Appleton was busy taking tickets and chatting with the participants.
Some businesses were not able to participate as they were not open that day but they did donate prizes or different items to the swag bags. I overheard numerous participants saying they can't wait for next year... so to all the participants and businesses and especially to the organizers who made this day so much fun for all family members, a huge thank you! Nana says she will practice the cap/fork challenge so she is ready next year!
There was good news out of Queen’s Park last week, with the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act, receiving unanimous consent, and all parties coming together to agree that harsher penalties were in order if we’re going to eliminate common hazards from roadways in this province.
No one is perfect, and many of us have at some point checked a cellphone, proceeded through a crosswalk or grabbed something to eat while driving. But that doesn’t make it right, and nothing makes it safe.
Fines for distracted driving now are up to $1,000 and three demerit points instead of up to $500 and no points, which will hopefully lead to more enforcement - and more importantly - more compliance from motorists, especially with summer approaching.
Distracted driving now accounts for more deaths on Ontario roads than impaired driving or speeding. Texting while driving makes you 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
The danger of distracted driving is all to real, and we are finally seeing real consequences for this, which we applaud wholeheartedly. Driving requires 100 per cent attention, and the sooner we, as a culture, adapt to that line of thinking, the better we will all be.
Times change, not all that long ago you didn’t have to wear a seatbelt, or wear a helmet if you rode a motorcycle. But now, no one in their right mind - we hope- would think about doing either.
It will take time, but hopefully we can get to that point with distracted driving too.
To the Editor,
The auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry will be holding its annual Tag Days on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5.
Dressed in their familiar coral coats, volunteers will be at various businesses throughout town as part of a campaign that has been going on for more than 40 years.
Over 100 volunteers will be fundraising over the two days for the ‘Your Hospital, Your Furture’ campaign and we would appreciate your support.
After weeks on uncertainty surrounding the school year with the recent strike by local high school teachers, many students returned to class last week breathing a sigh of relief that they would be able to graduate on time.
Except of course, for all of those students who were distracted by a female class member’s shoulders and suffered failing grades.
To be clear, this likely hasn’t happened. But, with near-constant news of young women being sent home for dress code violations; it seems to be an actual concern for administrators.
High school dress codes claim that they are preparing students for ‘the real world’ then why are there not similar dress codes at post-secondary schools, where students are even closer to joining the workforce?
The oft-repeated line is that tank tops, spaghetti straps and skirts cause a distraction. Shouldn’t the blame for that be with the young men who it’s assumed can’t controlled themselves, rather than the young women who are often simply dressing in a way that is comfortable when the temperature soars into the 30s. When this is the case, young women should have the freedom to be able to expose some of their arms or legs to escape some of the heat of summer.
In fairness, there is a limit to how one should dress in a situation, but exposed shoulders, midriffs and ripped jeans certainly fall far short of that limit. People are constantly being told to be proud of their bodies and that beauty is everywhere, so why do school administrators continue to almost exclusively punish young women for the way that they are dressed? And why do they assume that young men would not control themselves at the sight of an exposed shoulder? How did we get to the point where we have such low opinions of young people?