Family feels ‘shunned’

October 29, 2014   ·   0 Comments

An open letter to Mono Council Re: The Baker Trail

It was very disheartening to hear that the Official Opening of the Baker Trail took place on Friday, October 24, 2014 without a member of the Baker family being present. I would like to know why we were not invited or notified. Was this the council’s decision?

Two of Harry Baker’s children live in close proximity; in fact his son lives within a half kilometer of the trail. We would have loved to hear David Tilson speak about our father and to have witnessed the naming of the Baker Trail.

Dad would have been very proud of the dedication of his name on the trail for future generations to enjoy.

All of Harry’s children grew up on the property and were very proud of their Dad and his accomplishments. I am disappointed that we were shunned by the Town of Mono again.

It was bad enough that when they held the grand opening at the updated homestead, we were not invited or notified.

This was humiliating to our family in being ignored, when you as council were unveiling the name in of the trail in his honor and not one member of our father’s family was present.

I am confident in knowing that if our Dad was looking on the festivities, he would be very disappointed in the town for not allowing his children the opportunity to be there for the dedication.

I believe a written apology is in order. We are all very disappointed and saddened. Please put this on the agenda.

Sally Baker Reay



Congratulations, admiration, thanks and disappointment

To all the elected candidates I would like to say, “Congratulations!”

To all the defeated incumbents and those that chose not to run again I say, “thank you for your service”.

To all the candidates that had the courage and the conviction to put their name on the ballot, “I admire you”.

To the electorate at large, “voter turnout at less than 40% locally was abysmal”.

It would seem that Canadians are more apt to vote if they are voting against something or someone rather than for an idea or someone.

It always amazes me when I see television footage from some third world country of people waiting in lengthy lineups often risking their safety in order to cast their ballot.

The arrogance of Canadians to think that we need to observe elections in foreign lands in order to ensure its legitimacy when we can’t even engage with our own citizens.

The voting record of the Canadian public only bolsters the argument which seeks to make casting your ballot mandatory.

How can people look a veteran in the eye knowing that their sacrifices in order to ensure our freedom to choose goes unappreciated?

My rant is over! Buy a poppy!

Larry Rankin


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