Letters to the editor: Elderly dad injured in fall (Feb 20)

HAZARDOUS: A longtime resident of Brighton Avenue said elderly residents walk on the road because there is no footpath, and that's dangerous. Picture: Gabriele Charotte
HAZARDOUS: A longtime resident of Brighton Avenue said elderly residents walk on the road because there is no footpath, and that's dangerous. Picture: Gabriele Charotte

Elderly dad injured in fall

MY family have lived in our house in Brighton Avenue, Toronto, for over 40 years. A couple of years ago they built a nursing home on the corner. That wasn't a problem, but when they had finished there were no footpaths put in on either side to give people access to safe walking.

The street has a lot of elderly people living in their own homes. My father is one of them. Cars park on both sides of the street now, so people walk on the road, which isn't safe.

Last week my father had a fall trying to walk home. He fell in next door's driveway trying to dodge a tree. He has stitches in his face, a black eye, skin off everywhere, and is bruised and battered all over his body. It will take him a long time to heal.

The worst thing is there are elderly people from the home who walk up and down the street on their wheelie walkers for exercise. They have to walk on the road because there are no footpaths.

I have emailed the council about this.

- Kerry Angel, Toronto

Support for carbon price

I SUPPORT Richard Mallaby's call for a price on carbon in his letter ('Why no price on carbon?' Lakes Mail, February 13). The tragedy is that we had such a scheme over the period 2010 to 2013, and it caused our emissions to fall sharply. Ever since the carbon price was removed after the change in government in 2013, our emissions have risen steadily.

- Richard Edmonds, Balcolyn

Time to withdraw plan

BOB Ireland ('Toronto still waiting', Lakes Mail, February 13 ) states that Lake Macquarie City Council is stalling on actioning their September 2019 resolution on 4 Bath Street, Toronto. Again no community consultation is happening.

We were told a number of times in 2018 that the community could have a say when the Bath Street development application went to the Regional Planning Panel (RPP).

In December, 2019, a DA for a proposed development adjacent to the Bath Street site, at 114-120 Cary Street, which had the council's blessing, went before that Hunter and Central Coast Regional Planning Panel. It was a de facto judgement for 4 Bath Street as the DA contained some solutions to many of the known problems with Bath Street.

Two community representatives spoke against the DA, as did two local individuals. The panel asked pointed questions. Result: the DA was rejected. The 11th and final reason given, which applies to both DAs - it "would not be in the public interest". So, the community has been supported by the RPP.

But the council's 2019 council resolution on Bath Street was a deferral and not a withdrawal. The council needs to pass a motion to withdraw the Bath Street DA, and then re-start community consultations for the Toronto Foreshore Masterplan, including the Bath Street addition.

- Wendy Davidson, Toronto

Pavilion repairs needed

IN 2018, I entered a patchwork quilt into the craft section of Morisset Show. I was horrified to learn that on a night when all the exhibits were ready for display the roof leaked in that pavilion. This year, I once again entered a patchwork quilt into the craft section and, once again, saw rain deluging through part of the roof in that pavilion.

I had encouraged some of my patchwork group to enter and, this they did, but I will never encourage anyone or enter myself again until the roof is completely replaced or a very substantial repair is done. Is Lake Macquarie City Council deliberately allowing these buildings to fall into disrepair so that they can be replaced by a similar set-up at Speers Point, where all their attention lies? Morisset and its surrounding suburbs seem to be the forgotten end of the lake.

- Helen Ingrey, Dora Creek

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