William Ryder is related to men who were charged in the massacre of the Donnelly family in Lucan in 1880. He says the oil lamp he's holding was placed in a window and lit on the night of the massacre to signal to perpetrators that their plan to destroy the family was going ahead. Photo shot in London on Sunday February 2, 2020. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)
Two local articles on Feb. 4 were of compelling interest: Victoria Park plan sent back for review and Donnelly massacre no longer hidden subject 140 years on.
On the former, we can only pray the last remaining downtown jewel wont be ruined by highrises choking out the sunlight and destroying the character of the neighbourhood.
On the latter, the article deepened my despair, reminding me the trial for the Donnelly killings was held at the historic Middlesex County courthouse, recently sold off to a developer and whose future will no doubt be at best compromised.
Can city hall wake up before we lose every bit of what makes London unique and special?
Jill Waterbury, London
The amount of homelessness is due to the high-priced rental cost in London as well as St. Thomas, especially for people on Ontario Works or the Ontario Disability Support Program.
How are we suppose to find affordable housing on assistance? And usually if we do find something close to our price range, there are cockroaches, bedbugs or mice.
Laura-Leah Curcio, London
Over the decades teacher unions disruptive tactics have been consistent regardless of the political party in power. Their worn mantra is that government is not listening to them that is, not caving to their demands.
Teachers are employees, not policy makers. However, their disruptive unionized power neuters our elected leaders ability to make any substantive changes.
The entitlement of teacher groups is off the charts. Armed with modest post-secondary education and training, their six-figure incomes, gold-plated pensions and benefits, job security, and summers off, have no equal in the country.
Where is the backlash from well educated younger generations who endure precarious, part-time multiple jobs, no pensions, no benefits, while seeing their Canadian dream evaporating?
Ontario is egregiously debt-ridden, but as the saying goes, we are entitled to our entitlements.
H. Parker, London
Has any thought been given to how students will make up for the lost days of instruction due to the ongoing strikes around the province?
It is my understanding the province mandates a minimum of 194 days of instruction for students in Ontario. Are there plans to extend the school year or have teachers in classrooms on professional development days?
For students struggling with complex subjects, every day of help counts and makes the difference between success and failure.
Chris Staines, Kilworth
I do not teach alone. I am blessed to have a full complement of support staff to ensure students are reaching their potential.
They include educational assistants, developmental support workers, child and youth workers, and others.
I have watched them stand in a cold bus bay to ensure all students are good to go, including their emotional state, so no students travel home angry or anxious.
I see them stand at the door each day saying good morning to each student a to gauge their mood and have a private conversation with anyone who looks troubled.
I have watched them work through breaks and lunches to ensure that a student learns a new concept.
I have witnessed students seek them out to share the joys and pains.
Education only happens when the full person is supported.
Karen Tompkins, Windsor
Re: Has River Road golf run its course? (Feb. 4).
Maybe play is down because it is not female friendly or beginner friendly. I believe a few years ago they had forward tees for beginners and female golfers. The tees removal may have turned off people just starting out. Bring back forward tees and maybe you will get more golfers out.
Marty Harris, St. Thomas
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