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  • The Wellington Advertiser - A letter from the campsite
    for the third time actually make that the fourth time In my 50s I travelled North America for the company and then added world travel that took us through our 60s and into retirement So what s out of character for this couple in their late 70s deciding to explore Canada in a little car and a mini camper trailer Well okay we did have problems on our first test runs The manufacturer claims that anyone can open the trailer in seven seconds No kidding seven seconds from the time you snap open the latch until you can step in out of the rain I timed it It took me 12 seconds But then the rain hadn t started or I might have done it in seven seconds Closing it takes a little longer you have to pack it carefully and tuck in all the tent material as it folds up Seven seconds No it took seven hours Sorry make that two hours However after a discussion with the dealer a rereading of the instruction sheet and practice I now have it down to seven minutes On our first night buckets of water fell on the campsite part of the same storm that hit Midland We stayed dry but the awning collapsed Our fault Now we know how to set it up properly True despite rain and cold we haven t faced the real dangers of camping bears moose coyotes tornados and serial killers but we ll handle those things should they come along Just remember all of you follow in our footsteps David in his 50s has bought a huge BMW motorcycle Ken in his 40s flies a jet plane over ice infested waters to Greenland and Linda breaks horses which in turn break at least one of her bones every year So we promise not to worry about you if you promise not to worry about us Love from your crazy parents Ray and Anna Vol 43 Issue 29 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Two shades of black
    wear that experience like a badge of honour Only people with courage will take part in a peaceful protest and remain to face repercussions But cowardice marks those like the Black Bloc who hide their faces do destructive acts and then immediately run During our time in South Africa we observed a group of white female protesters who went by the name Black Sash They protested the government policy of apartheid They did not riot burn police cars beat up women or men throw rocks or run into alleys to hide Instead they stood silently in front of courthouses or other official buildings wearing a black sash to identify their cause With their silent presence they hoped to touch the hearts of South African voters and the people in power and in that way effect a change in society Occasionally they paid for their activism by suffering a beating from people with a different political agenda My son Brian when 12 years old in a very quiet way staged a peaceful protest While in South Africa he became friends with Bonga the son of an African preacher with whom we worked One day Bonga came to visit At the day s end Bonga prepared to walk downtown to catch a ride home and Brian volunteered to walk with him When they reached the local railway station and needed to cross the tracks they encountered two bridges one marked for whites the other for non whites Brian defied the signs and opted to cross with his black friend A group of white boys playing in the adjacent park saw him and jeered Later with tears flowing and fists clenched he told me the story saying I d do it again In my considered opinion it takes more guts to join the Black Sash than the Black Bloc Sometimes it takes equally as much courage to walk with a friend over life s difficult bridges Vol 43 Issue 28 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the campsite Two shades of

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=608 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Precious memories
    previously my dad had served as a scout with the British army during the Anglo Boer war I had dreamed about but never expected to visit the land he fought over I didn t expect to live in a house looking down on the road he had taken into Johannesburg Years before my birth Mother had planned to go to Africa as a missionary Her plans had fallen through but I had achieved them A sense of fulfilment almost overcame me I stood on the continent of my father s great adventure and my mother s lost dream Little did I know that great moment would turn into one of life s darkest experiences Whoops Hang on my memory is now dragging me back to my 10th year During our time on the Alberta farm mother had told me about a marvellous miniature live steam engine that pulled a train around a track in London s Springbank Park She had shown me pictures of it I dreamed about it but knew I d never see it But we moved to London We went to Springbank Park bought tickets and climbed aboard the tiny coach behind the engine I watched in wonder as the engine puffed and wheezed then accelerated to its normal running speed about 10 or 15 miles per hour I glued my eyes on the engine and the heroic man seated on the tender He wore regulation coveralls and an engineer s peaked cap An oily rag fluttered from his pocket The little train from the faded photographs had come to life Then the unbelievable happened the engineer invited me to ride the engine with him and blow the whistle That seemingly little adventure had made worthwhile our move away from my friends in Alberta Often we remember and cherish the little experiences of life rather than our great victories or successes Those little things help blank out our failures and darker moments Vol 43 Issue 27 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the campsite Two

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=604 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Merry Christmas
    On Jan 10 we look forward to seeing everyone at Mold Masters SportsPlex in Georgetown from 2 15 to 3 45pm Then on Jan 17 we will be at the Acton Arena and Community Centre from 2 to 3 30pm The following week on Jan 24 we are planning to be in Aberfoyle at the Optimist Recreation Centre outdoor rink from 2 to 4pm Vol 48 Issue 52 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the campsite Two shades of black Precious memories Queen s Park Report Merry Christmas Firefighters bill good news Reform Act Groves pits Celebrating 150 years Bad budget Elliott best choice as leader Just another day at the office Merry Christmas Special to the Advertiser Death of JFK changed the world Stray Casts Final lines Its been great Valuing Our History Tanner s woolen mill

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Firefighters bill ‘good news’
    of Municipalities of Ontario and the Fire Marshal of Ontario My bill to provide legislated protection for two hatters received more hours of debate than any other Private Member s Bill in the history of the Ontario Legislature Unfortunately it was defeated on a third reading vote on Dec 11 2002 How is all of this relevant today Last month on Oct 8 the Legislature started debating the government s Bill 109 which appears to show that the government is now in favour of the kind of legislated protection for two hatter firefighters we fought so hard to put in place 13 years ago If Bill 109 passes into law it will be good news for public safety in rural and small town Ontario Wellington Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott can be reached at 1 800 265 2366 His website is tedarnottmpp com Vol 48 Issue 45 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Reform Act, Groves, pits
    of a new state of the art hospital for the 21st century For more than a decade I have advocated at Queen s Park for a new Groves hospital Working with successive Township of Centre Wellington and County of Wellington councils hospital officials and health ministers we are making progress I want to again thank everyone involved at Groves whether they be staff volunteers or supporters The approvals process for new pits and quarries in Ontario continues to be a source of great controversy I spoke in the Legislative Assembly on June 1 calling attention to this issue In my statement to the House I urged the provincial government to stop dragging its heels on updating the rules on aggregates My remarks followed up a comprehensive four page letter that I wrote to the Minister of Natural Resources on April 22 As a general principle I believe that we need to strike the right balance between our ongoing need for aggregate resource extraction and our concomitant need to protect our environment I also believe that the approvals process must be open transparent and scientifically based It should ensure that interested people have a meaningful opportunity to have their concerns heard The adjudication of disputes should be independent impartial and not cost prohibitive The Standing Committee on General Government an all party committee of the Legislature reviewed the Aggregate Resources Act two years ago After extensive public hearings the committee made numerous recommendations We are still awaiting the Minister s firm commitment on when he will take decisive action to update the process MPP Ted Arnott can be reached at 1 800 265 2366 His website is www tedarnottmpp com Vol 48 Issue 33 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the campsite Two shades of black Precious memories Queen s Park Report Merry Christmas Firefighters bill good news Reform Act Groves pits Celebrating 150 years Bad budget Elliott best choice as leader Just another day at the office Merry Christmas Special to the Advertiser Death of JFK changed the

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=1000001732 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Celebrating 150 years
    anniversary Through Green Legacy the county promoted and organized volunteer community activities that planted 150 000 trees that same year Growing into an annual effort Green Legacy has become the largest municipal tree planting program in North America It has led to the planting of over 1 8 million trees in just over ten years Why couldn t Ontario follow the lead of the County of Wellington take Green Legacy province wide with the goal of planting 150 million trees I did some research and discovered that the Ministry of Natural Resources doesn t seem to track or publicly report cumulative tree planting activities in Ontario They should But as recently as seven years ago apparently 92 million trees were planted in one year as part of the reforestation renewal process Unfortunately that number has diminished to nearly 50 million trees as of 2011 12 the most recent year for which numbers are available In addition a group called Forests Ontario currently has planted 22 million trees since 2003 and has goal of reaching 50 million trees by 2025 My suggestion would represent a dramatic increase in these efforts I believe it can be done but we would need leadership of the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry and the Minister of Environment and Climate Change On June 25 I spoke to Wellington County council to thank them for their vision and leadership and offer to work with them to urge the government to take Green Legacy province wide That would be a 150th anniversary celebration for the ages as well as a lasting gift to future generations of Ontarians Wellington Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott welcomes comments He can be reached at 1 800 265 2366 His website is www tedarnottmpp com Vol 48 Issue 27 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the campsite Two shades of black Precious memories Queen s Park Report Merry Christmas Firefighters bill good news Reform Act Groves pits Celebrating 150 years Bad budget Elliott best choice as leader Just another day

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=1000001715 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Bad budget
    by 2 4 billion When the Liberal government took office in 2003 the provincial debt stood at 139 billion A dozen years later it now stands at 299 billion The net debt per capita in effect the amount owed by every Ontarian because of years of government overspending is 21 642 up 870 from last year The debt to GDP ratio the size of our debt compared to the value of all that we produce continues to rise and now sits at 39 8 To compare it was 26 2 before the 2008 09 recession Interest costs to service that debt continue to be the third largest line item in the budget behind only health and education Interest payments on the debt are also the fastest growing line item and are expected to grow by an average of 5 7 a year for the foreseeable future And higher interest rates in the future present a growing problem because every one percentage point increase in interest rates costs the treasury an additional 400 million Federal transfers to the province for health care are expected to go up by 652 million yet the Liberals are only planning to increase the overall health budget by 598 million In effect they are taking money from health care to pay the interest on the debt That s how bad it s become under their stewardship This year we needed a budget that makes a serious effort to rein in spending while investing in sensible priorities We needed a budget that presents a clear and honest plan to balance the budget And we needed a budget that encourages job creation We didn t get it and therefore I don t have confidence in the budgetary policy of this government Wellington Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott welcomes comments He can be reached at 1 800 265 2366 His website address is www tedarnottmpp com Vol 48 Issue 21 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines COLUMNISTS Barrie Hopkins Bruce Whitestone Kelly Waterhouse Recent Columns Bits and Pieces The Bailey Bridge Cold colder and coldest Frosty Friday January thaw Frosty Friday Silent and symbiotic Winter wonderland Double surprise Canada s Business Presumptuous Left out Negative trends Left out Responsibility Bad Omens A precarious economy Troubled economy Comment from Ottawa The new session The Reform Act Services for seniors Small businesses Anti terrorism bill is needed Terrorism Helping families Veterans Life wise Retirement Canadas scarcity of calamity Often we mirror our parents Putting up with put downs A tale of two landlords A letter from the campsite Two shades of black Precious memories Queen s Park

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/columns.cfm?articleID=1000001695 (2016-02-16)
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