Letters: Don’t target people with medical exemptions

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Don’t target people with medical exemptions

I have never been treated so poorly in my life, as I have since COVID-19 started.

I am a 64-year-old woman with several medical conditions, and my doctor instructed me not to wear a mask and gave me a medical exemption.

Since that time, complete strangers have accosted me, spoken very rudely to me, yelled and cursed at me.

There are many stores in Brantford that refuse to allow me to enter, despite the fact that it is illegal to discriminate against people with medical exemptions.

Last week, I couldn’t get into my own bank.

According to the relevant bylaw, it is illegal to deny service to those in my situation. It is very unfortunate that the police have the time to go around ticketing people for the silliest things, but are not enforcing this bylaw at these businesses.

Just a helpful hint: When you see someone without a mask, mind your own business. And, if you are a store owner, realize you are breaking the law if you don’t allow those with medical exemptions to enter.


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Katharine Gow


History lesson on grandiose plans

As I read your report that councillors have voted to support the organization of a new Community Heritage and Cultural Space Task Force a tsunami of déjà vu swept over me.

Once there was a proposal to build a museum to house the Bell Canada collection and other artifacts. At one point, if I remember correctly, it was to be an $8- to $9-million project to be completed in 1985. Then this simple project became the instrument that would make Brantford a high tech centre. The budget ballooned, the timeline lengthened and we finally got – a casino.

Then there was the Market Square Mall. It began as a simple indoor mall to be built on the parking lot that had replaced the old Brantford City Hall and market place. Then it became the mall that would revitalize the declining city centre. First George Street was closed, then Market Street. Then a wall of a parking garage that has always remained underutilized was built and this saviour of the downtown became part of the problem.

Today we have another clearly defined need, inadequate museum space for the collections we process. Yes we could add a 200- to 300-seat auditorium that would service small theatre and concerts in addition to providing a lecture hall for guests invited by the museum(s) with little extra effort. But what is proposed?

Let’s have a space that in addition to the above would provide space for the symphony’s annual book sale, the Community Resource Service’s annual Christmas basket program and why not throw in the Brantford Farmer’s Market?


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Members of city council change, but one characteristic stubbornly remains the same. Brantford city councils respond to specific well defined needs by creating grandiose plans containing so many aspirations they collapse under their own weight.

Robert J. MacMillan


Make youth a priority for vaccinations

It is sincerely hoped that public health will look seriously at getting into the schools, colleges and university campus to vaccinate all students aged 12 and older, with both doses of the vaccine between now and the middle of June.

It is so important to have young people be able to participate safely in summer camps, group activities, and jobs over the summer months so that they can feel like their lives are more like their parents’ had been.

It is also important for their mental, emotional, and social health that they have an active summer so that they can release some energy that has been pent up for 16 months. Maybe it will help them be ready to settle into the routine of school as they had known it when September arrives. Please raise the priority of young people immediately.

Brian Moore


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