Letters to the Editor, May 1, 2014

Dear Editor,

In reference to James Parry’s comments about raccoon relocation, in his column of April 24th, I am sure that Mr. Parry meant no harm to the relocated animals but he made unwise decisions.

Aside from the direct problem of stress and potential injury to trapped animals, which can include unsuspecting non-target species, statistics compiled by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources show that approximately 60 per cent of relocated raccoons do not survive.

Raccoons in the relocation zone may also be harmed or killed in attempting to protect their territory from “invading” animals. In addition, relocation potentially facilitates the spread of disease from one area to another and separates members of a clan.

That is why many municipalities, as well as the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies and other animal protection groups, ask that animals NOT be relocated.


Hilary Dempsey


Dear Editor,

Have you ever heard the expression, “No comments from the peanut gallery?”

On April 28, 2014, I attended the Lester B. Pearson School Board Council of Commissioners Meeting.

I was strictly there as an observer because I am still barred - five months now - from asking questions at the Public Question Period - a practise that I have been doing for 15 years.

However, there were other people who spoke at Question Period. Two of them complained about the treatment by the LBPSB of the Chairperson of the Central Parents Committee, who is also a Pearson board Parent Commissioner.

I was so upset I murmured, “Shameful,” which the LBPSB Chairperson heard, and made a comment, which resulted in my expulsion from the meeting. Another parent complained and she also got evicted.

This can be all seen and heard at the webcast meeting, starting around the 1:10 minute mark.

One of the parents, who is a complete stranger to me, made a bang-on reference to the Code of Ethics and Conduct of Commissioners.

This is another reason why it is important for people to vote for new commissioners in the November 2 school board elections.

Chris Eustace


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