Coming up this weekend is Remembrance Day and because November 11 is falling on Sunday, the community should note that it has resulted in some changes to local Remembrance Day Services. This year, the service at Morrisburg Royal Canadian Legion Branch 48 is being held on Saturday, November 10, at 10 a.m. The service at Crysler’s Farm Battlefield Monument is on Sunday, November 11 at 9 a.m. Service, conducted annually by the Iroquois Legion Branch 370 at Matilda Hall in Dixon’s Corners, will be on Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m. The Iroquois Legion service was of course this past Sunday.
Last Wednesday morning started as a typical morning. I travelled to Ottawa from my home in St. Andrew’s West, attended our Eastern and Northern Ontario Regional Caucus meeting, and then began to Chair our regular National Conservative Caucus meeting in Centre Block at 9:30 a.m.
With the meeting just underway, things changed instantly when the sound of gunshots rang through the Hall of Honour and our adjacent meeting room. I won’t recall the minute by minute moments of the day, but it was certainly an experience that was tense, saddening, and emotional for many colleagues, and Canadians across the country.
I have been overwhelmed by the caring emails, calls, and messages of concern from friends and neighbours throughout Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in the aftermath of the tragedy. It means a lot as your federal representative that so many of you took the time to check on the well-being of both my staff and I. We are grateful for the security team on Parliament Hill that did a great job on Wednesday morning.
Most importantly, our sympathies and condolences continue to be with the families of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent during this difficult time. Our country suffered the loss of two brave men who were dedicated in their service to making our country a better and safer place. Their lives and their contributions will not be forgotten. My Cornwall constituency office has a book of condolences where local residents can offer their sympathies to the families.
I was very supportive of ensuring that the House of Commons and activity on the Hill returned to normal the following day. My staff and I returned to our office and went back to work. As the Prime Minister said last week, we will not be intimidated by those who attempt to instill fear in our lives.
Canadians can be assured our government will expedite legislation to ensure our military, police, and security forces have the necessary resources to combat extremism in all forms. We have committed to bringing these enhancements and changes to the House of Commons in the very near future.
In the meantime, from a grateful Member of Parliament, please accept my thanks again for your concern last week. More importantly, thank you for your strong and patriotic outpouring to commemorate the lives of Cpl. Cirillo and W.O. Vincent this past week. Particularly, I know many constituents from the area joined Canadians along Highway 416 and the Highway of Heroes Friday to wave flags and pay tribute to Cpl. Cirillo. I’ve never been more proud of my constituents and our country.
Let’s commit to remember their lives and service to Canada by continuing to stand for what they did: freedom, democracy, and a great quality of life here at home. Together we can show our profound respect to our veterans on Remembrance Day by attending a local ceremony.
On July 10. 2012, Health Canada announced that it will conduct a research study exploring the relationship between wind turbine noise and health effects. The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, is responding to the expressed concerns of Canadians living near wind farms.
The Health Canada study will involved medical doctors and experts; its methodology will be peer-reviewed by the World Health Organization and multidisciplinary experts.
Many of us have been requesting such a study for several years.
The Government of Canada is putting the health and safety of Canadians first. I urge our municipal government to do the same.
Whatever financial benefits our Township may gain from wind turbine developments is not worth the health of our residents. As elected officials of our community, you have a responsibility to ensure our health and safety.
Before the shovels hit the ground, declare a moratorium on industrial wind turbine projects in our community until the Health Canada study is completed.
Please declare a moratorium on wind turbine development in South Dundas at the August 14 council meeting. I will be present to speak to my request if required.
Sincerely Robbie Giles.
Editor’s Note: The above letter was written and addressed to the Township of South Dundas in addition to various agencies, upper tier government representatives and local newspapers, including The Leader.
If there is something in your life, in your community or in your world that you want to be different, what can you do to make it happen?
You could wish for what you want, but will that guarantee the outcome? Probably not.
For there to be change, there needs to be action.
With that being said, how many people would like to see some changes in South Dundas? More tourism, maybe? More jobs? Better recreation facilities?
As of 2011, South Dundas had 10,795 people living within its boundaries. During last week’s action planning “public” meetings, only six people showed up for the afternoon sessions and maybe 10 for the evening session. Are there only 16 people in South Dundas who believe changes need to be made? Probably not.
So where were the other 10,000 people? Granted, the afternoon sessions on Wednesday afternoon may have caused issues for those who work during the weekday, but what about the evening session? Accounting for previous engagements, illnesses, and other daily dramas, maybe we could eliminate the expectation of having all of South Dundas show for the evening session… but only 10? Really?
Okay, so you’re probably thinking… “ya, but it’s not like it’s going to make a difference” OR “we’ve done this before and nothing came of it.” Well, imagine life if, for those same reasons, everyone in the world just sat back and gave up trying to change things for the better. Think about the changes in technology, medicine, and human rights over the last hundred years… where would we be without them?
Changes happen because people make them happen. The people who make them happen often don’t have an easy road of it and most often have to keep plugging away in the face of rejection or failure until eventually they succeed.
Sadly, I’ve often been one of the many who sit back and let others do the heavy lifting, believing that “they” would do it better anyway. Being propelled into so many community events and situations in the past year has changed the way I think. Sure, I still need some down time to “recharge” here and there, but I’ve come to realize that it is high time that I get out of my own comfort zone and start participating.
We each have our own talents, gifts, and ideas that only we can bring to the world. I don’t know about you, but I intend to make whatever contributions I can, while I can. -S.C.