Vol. 130, No. 3     March 22, 2017



Increased costs can only lead to rural exodus   

With recent Canadian census numbers having been released early last month, area residents and municipal leaders have had time to digest what the figures truly mean.

Largely, it shows those who once left the city for the more relaxed atmosphere of a rural or village setting are flocking back to the urban centres.

This can hardly be shocking, however, as the burdens pile onto the backs of the rural home and property owner.

For starters, the year kicked off sluggishly as the impact of provincial government directives came to light.

The latest on the continually growing list was Ontario’s latest strategy to combat climate change — putting a price on carbon.

Of course, there is evidence of a climate shift, given the noticeable swing in weather each winter, and other more scientific examples.

Yet, pricing carbon has, largely, done nothing more than tip the scales against rural Ontarians.

Quite simply, it means paying more when it seems unlikely there is much more to be given.

Already there are folks around who are forced to choose between food and electricity, or heating their home in the winter.

Yes, the ruling Liberals have moved toward a “savings” on provincial hydro bills, but anyone with a brain between their ears knows it is nothing more than smoke and mirrors.

So, truly, is it any wonder the latest census numbers show an anemic bump in the populations of both the Township of North Dundas and the Municipality of South Dundas? 

Add to mounting costs the threat of losing a significant number of rural schools, and townships may as well pack the bags of those outbound to more metropolitan regions. 

On the adjacent page, Stormont, Dundas, and South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell waxes poetic about the faults of the Liberals, yet offers little clarity in how his party would do the job any better.

Can money truly be saved by cancelling projects already underway? Contracts have been signed, and money is owed to someone. Can the PCs stop Hydro One’s sale? It remains unclear.

Party leader Patrick Brown is saying all the right things to lead to a potential election victory in 2018, but unlike his lengthy career as a backbencher on Parliament Hill, Brown needs to recognize that thousands of Ontarians now expect him to produce results, not platitudes.

Otherwise, the march out of the country continues.



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