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Dear Council Members:

This email is about the proposed sidewalk on Abbott Blvd. Last year this was proposed and on a closer inspection, it was justifiably turned down. Now it has come up again. It seems that staff, when thwarted on their first attempt, simply changed the criteria for sidewalks, seeming to specifically include Abbott Blvd.

The designation seems entirely arbitrary. It appears to depend more on staff's stated intention to do a sidewalk a year, whether it's needed or not, than on any real need or desire by the citizens.

Abbott Blvd. does not need or want a sidewalk. It is one of the widest residential streets in the Town. It is not a main artery or even an overused thoroughfare. People will certainly continue to walk in the street whether or not there is a sidewalk in place, as they do on D'Arcy, Bay St., Paul Currelly Way and Perry Street to name just a few. A sidewalk will irrevocably alter the character and ambiance of Abbott Blvd.

Dear Minister Elliot;
I write today as a current board member and former Chair of the AODA Alliance regarding the appalling roll out of covid vaccine clinics in the province of Ontario. The nature of my disability requires medications that greatly suppress my immune system. Additionally, I have Chronic Neutropenia, which means my white blood cells are precariously low - both of these greatly increase my risk of infection, including the Corona Virus.

My family and I have been waiting patiently for my husband, a Regulated Healthcare Professional to receive his vaccine. To date we have attempted to sign up every day since the site went live. However I have not yet been able to secure a vaccine appointment through the COVID booking website. Instead I repeatedly receive the message "You may be eligible to book a vaccine, please call your local public health unit of Haliburton Kawartha Pine Ridge".

It is a beautiful day, would you like to join me for a walk?  We can start around 1955 Abbott Blvd.  Lots of new housing being built.  It is good to see the children outside playing and getting exercise.  We should keep to the left so we can see any cars that are approaching.  With long driveways there is lots of off street parking which is good for on street walking.

There are a number of women jogging by.  It looks like an exercise group.  I have been told it is more comfortable to jog on pavement than concrete.  Now we are passing 2016.  Some residents on the other side of town did not want a sidewalk on their street.  There goes the town bus.  Did you just ask about it stopping at the bus stop?  It only stops when somebody is waiting which is not very often.  Being on a bus route means Abbott gets snow removed earlier than most streets.  Yes, that is right, it can be safer to walk on the street than on icy sidewalks.

I am writing this with little knowledge of fire fighting. In the past I have used fire halls for checking my household carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers as well as having a home fire inspection.

I am cautious and believe in prevention.

Much more important, for my homes, I am focused on being high and dry. I pay close attention to elevation, creeks, ground water and sump pumps.

Canada Disasters tables show flood being, by far, the largest losses. Flood is 5 times more loss than the next highest, which is fire! That is why there is a large retention pond being installed at King St east. Its capacity, approx. 15 swimming pools, is designed to protect residents from a 100 year rain-fall event. Money well spent.

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