Reading the stories in The Sault Star about Terry Tweedle having problems getting the PUC to clear the fire hydrant in front of his Amherst Street Home, I wondered where the fire department and city council where in this.
Why weren’t they screaming bloody murder?
The story said the utility had received 195 calls about snow-covered hydrants, 35 following Tweedle’s story appearing in the paper.
The PUC said lots of snow, while also dealing with water main breaks, had made it difficult to keep 2,500 hydrants clear on a full-time basis.
So it hired a contractor to do the job.
I would suggest it put something in place so that hydrants are kept clear at all times during the winter.
After all, they are there as a safety measure so that they are easily accessible to our fire people.
Actually, I would think that in a winter like the one we just had that our fire service would be keeping an eye on things, checking hydrants and prompting the PUC to action if they notice they are not being cleared.
Residents, of course, should also be vigilant as it is their safety that is at stake. They can call PUC’s customer care line at 705-759-6522.
I WAS CERTAINLY HAPPY to see city council vote to begin the process that would see the replacement of the 51-year-old W.J. McMeeken Centre with a building that will include two ice pads of NHL size.
I have spent many hours watching grandchildren and great grandchildren play hockey in the McMeeken and have long thought it didn’t stack up to either the Rhodes or Peewee arenas.
As well, if something is to be done, I believe it is better to look well ahead and go with two pads now, rather than having to face the prospect of adding one later, as some councillors seemed to suggest.
I am not one who likes the city going into deep debt, but as has been explained, interest rates are low and the debt for the John Rhodes Community Centre Arena will be paid in full in 2020 and the GFL Memorial Gardens in 2021.
The payments for the new building would simply take over from the other two.
It was also pointed out that the McMeeken’s refrigeration system would have to be replaced shortly and the building would also face other major renovations.
I think it would be a waste to do this as it would only be putting off the inevitable.
Therefore I believe council made the right move.
Not everyone will be happy, but Mayor Christian Provenzano and at least five councilors probably are used to that.
THE ROT THAT IS THE SNC-LAVALIN affair is growing.
The stonewalling has now gone beyond the prime minister’s office into the Liberal Party as a whole.
That is my take from the Liberal majority on the justice committee voting to close its inquiry, saying it has heard enough from the witnesses that have appeared before it.
This, even though Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was unceremoniously shunted from her post as justice minister.and attorney general by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, indicated she had more to say.
And Jane Philpott, former treasury board chair, says there is much more to the story that needs to be told.
The transparency the Liberals talked about during the last election seems to have been painted over.
With an election coming up this fall, this is one of the last things I would think they would want to answer for.
Yet they can’t seem to approach the issue any other way.
If they had piled their dirty laundry before the Canadian public when it was first reported by The Globe and Mail in February, admitting they were wrong and saying they were changing their ways, the story probably would have lasted a day or two.
But by refusing to admit wrongdoing, even while staff members who were involved are resigning, it, like an untreated sore, is not going to go away.
It is not the pressuring of Wilson-Raybould to change how prosecutors were handling the charges against SNC-Lavalin that is going to cost Trudeau and his party, it is the attempt to cover up the actions of Trudeau and his minions..
Some people never learn.