Delay big projects for now
Many people, beyond the Friendly to Seniors group, believe that our city is in major financial difficulty and has to hit the reset button.
Present measures are not enough.
All big projects should be delayed until we see a sustained economic recovery.
Staffing levels at city hall need to be re-evaluated, along with pay freezes for senior and supervisory staff.
Workers should receive wage increases equal to the rate of inflation.
Tougher COVID sanctions needed
I sympathize with the store owners and shopkeepers who are forced to close their businesses due to government regulations that attempt to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
These people are losing their businesses, livelihood and future, and the spread of this virus is not their fault. The cause lies with people — negligent, selfish irresponsible people. Those who are not following the mandatory COVID protocol. People who are travelling from one area to another, who are meeting in large groups, not distancing or wearing masks. This is the reason for the spread.
Instead of providing money to help sustain the business community, these funds should be directed towards policing the protocol guidelines.
These people are putting our lives, as well as the lives of our loved ones at risk, and they should be charged with a criminal offence. This pandemic situation is deadly and requires harsh measures to bring it under control. People found violating the prescribed protocol must be held accountable – fines, jail, vehicles impounded driver’s licenses suspended, etc., or whatever deterrents work best.
We have been at this for over a year now and are no closer to an end because what the government is doing is not working. It’s time to change the thinking.