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2012-06-06 at 10:29

LETTER: Are provincial dollars really needed?

Jon Hutt, Thunder Bay
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Is it right for the City of Thunder Bay to plead financial hardship due to the sewage treatment plant failure even if it has tens of millions of dollars in the Renew Thunder Bay fund?

Is the province obligated to spend its dollars to bail out city administration?

I do not believe so. 

I know city administrators would love nothing better.  It takes the heat off of them and relieves their
responsibility.

I believe the City of Thunder Bay should help its citizens on its own until it becomes apparent that we can no longer afford to do so.  We are a grown up city. We have money.  It is a bit embarrassing to be asking for charity after only a 100mm rainfall event. 

Maybe we have become so dependant on provincial handouts that we have forgotten how to stand on our own two feet. 

It is time we did. It is time we take responsibility for our city.  It belongs to us, not the Ontario government.


Jon Hutt,
Thunder Bay

 

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panzerIV says:
This man believes the city alone should cover hundreds of millions in damage but doesn't believe that construction and keep out signs apply to him.

What has this gentlemen done during the flooding to help out his neighbors? or his community like to many have?

According to his blog, take photos of the marina and complain about sod or make jokes about the crisis.

This man has no sense or reality because he living under a rock. If anyone see's this that has lost there lives (material wise) because of the flood I'll say i'm sorry that you had to waste your time reading this crap.
6/6/2012 12:59:03 PM
tsb says:
He wasn't always like this. He changed a few years ago. It's sad to see it unfold so publicly.
6/7/2012 10:33:03 PM
really??? says:
The city is not asking for a "hand out". It's a "hand-up". As I feel for those flooded - I know many personally - and YES I have been over there to help - If the city uses "their" (our) money to cover this - where / what city resources will not be maintained? What service fees will rise to get the pot back to where it is now? I can't afford any more tax / service increases - and I don't think that I am alone.
6/12/2012 3:43:21 PM
tsb says:
The city has reserves set aside for emergencies. It will have a minimal impact on the budget and services.
6/12/2012 10:52:37 PM
wayne says:
most of that 100mm of rain fell in two hours. Give your head a shake Hutt! Were you affected by the flooding?

The disaster relief funding from the province is not to 'bail out city administration'. It is to help Thunder Bay. We have not forgotten how to stand on our own two feet and this is certainly not charity.
6/12/2012 10:19:59 PM
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