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LETTER: Public must not let fire services “travesty” continue

It is time that all of the taxpayers of West Hants who are directly affected by the actions of the warden and council stand up together and be heard in a collective manner. We must unite and look to all avenues available to us in this matter.

Feel passionate about something you read or saw in the Journal? Concerned about a decision of council? Why not get it off your chest and write a letter to the editor.

I cannot fathom how a council can continue to ignore the constituents and head down a road that people are not interested in.

I ask all of you to write the premier, the minister of Municipal Affairs, MLA Chuck Porter along with council to voice our concerns.

This plan, according to council, will not affect response times or the quality of service. I ask that how will a unit coming from Brooklyn or Hantsport or even from their new substation in Garlands Crossing, when it’s ready, not be longer than from Windsor? Where will the volunteers come from? Who will be responsible in the event that people are injured or worse, die, due to a longer response time?

On Aug. 25, I attended the committee of the whole meeting and I must say that the arrogance of the council believing that they can do whatever they wish was absolutely appalling to most of the large group of people who attended this meeting.

In a time where municipalities are looking to work together to provide services to the communities, this council boasts how they are in no way interested in anything to do with amalgamation or sharing services. They even argued with Coun. Jennifer Daniels about holding a public meeting with Municipal Affairs and the public to explain the options that are available to the community.  

One councillor even stated, “why should we hold a meeting to let people know what is available? That is available on their website.”

This council has truly lost touch with what they are there to do and I for one believe that there are several who have been there to long and have a sense of entitlement.

The citizens must ban together, push for a plebiscite for those in the municipality who are directly affected by this change — not for those who have their fire protection.

If the council will not hold a plebiscite, then resign your positions and rerun in a byelection based on your plan. Show us, the citizens of the municipality, you are there to do what is best for the municipality and not your own personal interests.

It is time for us to come together, hold community meetings and work together on a plan of action. Please let’s not set idle and let this travesty continue.


Tim Bayers,


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