LETTERS – Large dogs in transit, finger pointing, population overload, EV blues and more


Unfair transit ban

I am a senior, living in Clayton Park. I have a very sociable yellow lab that accompanies me almost everywhere. In particular, we love Point Pleasant and just walk downtown and by the water. I am lucky to have a car, so getting to these places is not a problem.

However, not all older people can do this. The reason is that HRM does not allow dogs on a leash on their public transportation system. Even though I live very close to a bus station, I cannot take the bus or ferry anywhere with my dog.

I did some research.

In England, dogs on a leash are allowed on almost all buses, as well as all trains and ferries. In Canada, small dogs in cages are usually not a problem, but for those with larger dogs, the cities of Calgary, Brampton, Mississauga, and Toronto all have public transportation policies in place that allow pets. company that allow larger dogs on a leash to ride.

In Toronto, the TTC and GO Transit policy is a maximum of two dogs on a leash between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., then 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends and holidays. Passengers are asked to pick up after their dog, but not to throw their rubbish on trains or buses.

Ferries to the Toronto Islands also accept dogs on a leash.

The Montreal SPCA has just launched an online petition to allow dogs on a leash on public transport. They stress that the current legislation is unfair for those who do not own a car: “The current ban severely restricts access to large parks, but also to veterinary care. And it disproportionately affects low-income people and those who choose not to use a car. “

Other cities that allow pets on a leash on buses and trains are Paris, London, Berlin, Barcelona, ​​and San Francisco.

It’s time for Halifax to join the big leagues. The TTC policy seems perfect. For my part, I would happily start taking buses and ferries if we had such a policy.

Rosalind Hood-Morris, Halifax

Make a point

Why, oh why, is part of the younger generation reluctant to get vaccinated?

“No time”, “You see, it doesn’t work”, “I’m afraid it will hurt”, “I don’t believe it”, “To hell with the others? What else, I’m running out of scenarios!

From the point of view of an 83 year old man who sees the few years he has left, it is pitiful! They have their whole life ahead of them, even after the pandemic, and they put mine, which is very short, at risk.

I blame the unvaccinated for the mutations and make me waste my few precious years left in confinement!

We are told, “Don’t point your finger; Well, I point a finger, the middle one!

Winn Nicholson, Pugwash

Too many people

There has been a lot of news recently about Nova Scotia’s population reaching one million people.

Recently the Prime Minister, Tim Houston, spoke about it on television. He mentioned that he wanted Nova Scotia’s population to reach two million by 2060.

I thought to myself what? Why?

Has Mr. Houston never heard of overpopulation, global warming and climate change, or pollution? Twice the population means twice the pollution, traffic, demand for energy, demand for food and water, demand for housing, stress on wilderness and the environment, stress on parks and loss of habitat for native species.

When will provincial and federal politicians realize that an economic model based on endless exponential economic and population growth (they are linked) is not sustainable? Anyone with any knowledge of mathematics knows that uncontrolled exponential growth, when it comes to biological populations, always ends in disaster.

We need an economic and demographic model based on a stable, environmentally sustainable population.

When I was young, the population of Canada was 21 million; 50 years later, they are 38 million. Canada was a nicer place when it had 21 million people. And when does it end? How many people do we need in Nova Scotia, Canada or on Earth? The earth is already completely overworked by human overpopulation.

Personally, I will not be celebrating Nova Scotia, which is over one million people.

Carmen Lucas, Mineville

Good idea

I fully agree with John Lamb’s view of the “X-Ring debacle” in your December 24 issue. His reasons for an independent public inquiry seem fair and justified.

How will its recommendation for an investigation be received by the powers that be? It remains to be seen, but as Lamb says, “something positive (must) come from the unnecessary pain and distress it has caused (to) so many people.”

Gérald C. Boudreau, Île-Morris (Yarmouth Co.)

Dog panic

Re: Dogs in Point Pleasant Park (“Dogs Don’t Own Point Pleasant Park in Halifax,” December 23).

It is even worse than what is described.

I saw children running. And screaming. Some even throw sticks. One of them tried to throw a stone in the water. Someone could have been hurt. And, with our luck, the advisers might not have been immediately available.

Civic leaders must end anarchy or, surely, the sky will fall. That is, if the sky has not already fallen because of the football matches on the Wanderers’ fields or of skating in the town.

Ian Thompson, Halifax

Respect for the veterinarian

I recently received an email from a close friend who told me to watch a video; that would bring tears to my eyes. The short video showed what the Dutch children do before Santa Claus comes to see them. This has been done since the Canadians liberated Holland in World War II.

They go to the cemeteries of all the Canadians killed in liberating Holland and put a candle and a flag on every grave. They say a prayer to the person buried there. When I saw this, I had a big lump in my throat.

Then I wondered why our Canadian children don’t do this for the men and women who have died in the service of their country? Our people here don’t even clean up trash from a veteran’s grave, or even put hand-picked flowers on those graves, let alone a lit candle, flag, and say a short prayer of thanks. I wonder why.

As a veteran, I say how disappointed I am. After all, Canadians have a reputation for not paying what veterans are owed over the years. Only once, every November 11.

I honestly say to all Canadians: Shame on you. I’m not talking about the families of veterans who visit their loved ones next to Remembrance Day, of course.

Paul R. Mills (retired RCN), Dartmouth

Old photo ideas

This is not a letter of complaint or condemnation of any kind. I want to thank you for continuing, through challenges, to produce a local newspaper with local news. I am saddened to see his height decrease, but I understand that the circumstances are difficult and difficult.

I read the article called “Vintage Nova Scotia” with great interest. I have two suggestions to make the piece more informative.

Sometimes include photos from out of town, and always include the date of the photos. If the exact date is unknown, maybe just the year? This information should be in your files with the photo.

The subject of the photo and its location are interesting, but placing it within a period of time would add significantly to its value to your readers.

Thank you for continuing to serve local interests!

Anna Fiander, Dartmouth

Plug-in problem

Re: Letter from David Wimsett (“Here’s how to overcome the barrier of electric vehicle charging stations – exchangeable batteries,” December 28)

David, sorry to burst your bubble, but EV manufacturers have already considered and rejected swappable batteries due to the wide variety of battery configurations and power levels. Many electric vehicle batteries are integrated into the vehicle floor.

Finally, electric vehicle batteries are very expensive and I doubt there are many gas stations anywhere let alone rural Nova Scotia willing to invest hundreds of thousands of dollars to store. the number of batteries required.

Elon Musk has the right idea: build Supercharger stations everywhere, where you can fully charge in 20 to 30 minutes. We have already built the electrical infrastructure.

John Larson, Halifax

Not recyclable

Re: “Owning an electric car is good, Nova Scotia charging stations are not”, December 21 by Ernest Wilson.

I’m sorry, Ernie, but just having an electric vehicle won’t make your life or the world a better place. I don’t know how or when these vehicles will be recycled; sounds like never before.

Our current system has a plan for used or abandoned vehicles. Electric vehicles have batteries that cannot be recycled or replaced and account for over 50% of the cost and weight of vehicles.

Electricity will work and be good at some point, but not now.

Wayne Stoddard, Port of Musquodoboit

Stressed by tests

I had four COVID tests, two mandatory and two optional.

The two mandatory exams were performed at clinics in Vancouver and Hawaii. In both cases, they simply swapped the inside of my mouth followed by a gentle swab from my nostrils; no discomfort.

Conversely, the two in New Glasgow were completely different. They pushed a long cotton swab into my nostril until it felt like it was coming out of the back of my head, a very unpleasant experience. They provided a handkerchief to wipe away tears.

Maybe someone can explain the difference in the method, because although I would like to, I cannot afford to go to Vancouver or Hawaii for further testing.

Ron Young, New Glasgow