Letters to the editor
Our readers write about Niagara Falls roads construction and respect for Indigenous communities.
Roads to ruin?
The following is based on my thoughts and opinions only.
I cannot help but comment on proposed expenditures in Niagara Falls of approximately $6.8 million for the facelift of Victoria Avenue, which by all due observation of the roads, sidewalks, etc., appears to be in fair condition, whereas Drummond Road North and Dorchester Road South, the car tracks at Churches Lane and Stanley Avenue, are and have been a disgrace for some time.
To top it off Valleyway, that services the new $65-million cop shop, is unbelievable.
An island has been made between Gladstone and Allendale on Ferry Street, which serves and does nothing for the area.
The fiasco on Beaverdams Road between Lundy’s Lane and Kalar Road is nothing but a cause of accidents with the bumps, islands and bicycle lanes, which is expensive to maintain, along with the turnabout on Mountain Road (not needed), another maintenance problem causing nothing but confusion.
What’s the purpose of the space-taking divider between Drummond and Stanley? Nothing.
Finally, forget the environment in Niagara Falls. The land is being raped, and to restore the trees, etc., you’re looking at 25 years.
I question the expense and the priorities throughout Niagara Falls.
Respect Indigenous communities
Ten years is far too long to wait — the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples should be a wake-up call to Prime Minister Trudeau that respecting Indigenous communities as equal partners is a requisite part of reconciliation and a priority for this country.
Our prime minister should fully implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, including the right to withhold or grant their free, prior and informed consent for development projects on their lands and in their waters.
When Indigenous communities say no, oil companies and governments should listen.