Another year has come and gone and with it, there have been many changes.
Instead of looking back on the past year, The Leader prefers to look forward at what, we hope, will occur in the next 12 months.
The Ford government will release its changes based on the long education consultation it undertook with parents.
We hope that those changes will include a more stable funding model for education. And that the government will account for the distance and size issues that are unique to rural Ontario. School boards cannot sustain a year-by-year funding model, while operating costs continue to rise.
While health care continues to be an issue in the province, we hope the province will work on its pledge to end hallway medicine.
In our area that includes attracting more doctors to the area, so people do not have to go to hospital emergency rooms for non-emergency treatment.
In South Dundas, we hope for a big money tree to appear to fund the many infrastructure projects that are bubbling up to the surface. Between the water tower replacement(s) and landfill(s) alone, several million dollars is needed. We also hope that the situation involving the Carman House can finally be amicably dealt with, freeing staff and council to handle other important matters.
We hope that our community continues to be as generous in 2019, as it has been in 2018. From monetary donations to the gift of people’s time, South Dundas is a caring community. We hope that spirit carries through the season and throughout the next year.
There is an old saying that if you end your year with a dollar more in your pocket than you began the year with, it was a good year. May everyone have a dollar more in their pocket than before and the Happiest of New Years!