Send arena $ to Japan

North Bay, Canada

#1 Jun 20, 2013
Send arena $ to Japan

Dear editor,

We often read in your publication that residents  consider Halton Hills to be a generous and compassionate place in which to live.

By now I am sure most of us are aware of the devastation that is occurring in Japan. We are told that sustainable long term aid is difficult to achieve in any situation such as this and that it will take years for Japan and its people to recover. They will need the help of the whole world. It is not difficult to image a catastrophe of this nature happening here.

Recently a $29 million budget was approved by our Town council to build three new arenas using borrowed funds on a debenture and raising property taxes three times  to retire it over 10 years.

For the most part, these facilities are not required as both the Ontario Minor Hockey Association and Hockey Canada have recently reported that minor hockey enrolment is declining in Canada and, if the council was listening, they would also  know that by far the majority of residents oppose this expenditure.

If one conceded that only one new arena be built in Acton by twinning the existing Acton arena, but leaving the planned tax levy in place we would have more than $23 million we could contribute to Japan and its people.

Come on Halton Hills call your councillor and tell them you can¬ít be this selfish in a time of need.  Tell them we are a generous and caring community and willing to sacrifice these ice pads to do our part to help in this world crisis.

Ken Key, Georgetown

Toronto, Canada

#2 Jun 20, 2013

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