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A Message from Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted February 10th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
Like so many other people out there, I’ve had mare share of ups and downs, physically and mentally, with an ongoing COVID-19 catastrophe that is continuing to do so much harm to people’s health and to jobs and businesses in our communities.
Layered on top of that is the relentless flow of disappointing news related to the way all levels of government – municipal, provincial and federal – are addressing or failing to address issues that are near and dear to my heart like smarter, more sustainable planning for our communities, protecting our precious natural places for present and future generations, and taking the action needed now to fight a worsening climate crisis.
Between the virus and spending most of the time locked down at home, and between way too much bad news, there is only so much one can endure without something popping.
From Ontario’s Ford government moving to gut our Conservation Authorities to the recent dribble from a Niagara regional government about maybe having a climate plan drafted by the fourth quarter of this year – a climate plan that has been diddled around with at the Region for almost a decade now – and a lack of interest on the part of too many of our municipal leaders to even pass a motion to designation our great Niagara River as an internationally important wetland (some our American neighbours accomplished on their side of the river more than a year ago), I have found myself feeling a bit to burned up and burned out.
When you are repeatedly telling yourself; “Hey Doug, stop and take a few deep breaths before you write another commentary on this,” it is time to stop for a little while and take a few breaths.
I have worked as a professional journalist for most of my adult life, and am proud to say that I have one my share of awards for my work from provincial, national and international bodies, and I would rather not lose whatever credibility I may still have as a journalist by morphing into some polar-opposite version of those flamethrowers you hear on right-wing radio shows.
So I am going to take a few days off to take some deep breaths and to clean up the messy files of information on my desktop – much of it to do with this ongoing plague we are all praying will at long last be brought under control.
In the meantime, please continue to visit the Niagara At Large site at www.niagaraatlarge.com to read and comment on any posts you may have missed and that you may be interested in here.
Take care of yourselves. Hang in there and stay safe. We can get through this.
As a little tribute to Mary Wilson, one of the founders of The Supremes, one of the world’s most famous singing groups from the last 50 and more years and stars from the golden era of Motown Records, I will leave you with a song with a message that seems appropriate for these times.
This song actually came to mind for me as one to post for these COVID times before I turned on CBC this February 9th and heard the sad news about Mary Wilson.
With that, and if you can get past the introduction by Ed Sullivan (known by many as “old stone face”), and the tacky costumes and hairdos, you can click on the screen immediately below to hear The Supremes, in 1969, singing ‘Someday We’ll Be Together’. Mary Wilson flanks lead singer Diana Ross on the right –
I hope to see you all again on the flipside – Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
To all of you good people out there – Stay Strong and Stay Save
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