THURS., Oct. 29/09

TODAY:

Aylmer Old Town Hall Library has a Teen Writer’s Workshop with Local Author Kelley Armstrong,” How to get published” from 7-8:30p.m. (Please Register. Submit your story ideas to the on-line writing group www.kelleyarmstrong.com)

SPORTS:

-EESS Girls Basketball: Host CECI

-EESS Football: Travel to St Marys, Woodstock,

READER’S COMMENT: (in response to “Tuesday Diabetes Clinic Opening…” posted October 28/09)

“It is great to see that the diabetes clinic is open. The people that have set this up should be congratulated. It is unfortunate that the people responsible for the flu clinics are not as smart.
I have never seen such an unorganized situation in this country. What happened to the brains of the ones in control of this and do they not see the dire importance of this issue. We could lose a major portion of the population of the world over this pandemic.  Why are there not more clinics set up? Why are the clinics not manned 24 hours a day? Why do not all MD’s have the antivirus? The unpreparedness in this issue leaves our government and the minister of health in a shameful position. They knew this was coming months ago. Why is there not a call centre set up large enough to handle all the calls? A half hour wait is too long. Why have they not hired hundreds of people to handle this situation? They should be ashamed. I wonder if the health minister had to wait 2 hours in a line?  Every small town and village should have a place, like a town hall, to go to to get a flu shot.  Why was this not set up? They say the delay is not getting the needle but getting information down on a computer data network. Get more computers and people to man them. Does this make sense to anyone? We will not have to worry about world hunger in a couple of years because there will be only 2/3 of the people left to feed. (JF Davidson)

QUESTION: “How are Aylmerites adjusting to the Ban on Smoking in Vehicles?”

Editor – The law restricting smoking by drivers and passengers in vehicles with those younger than 16 present took effect in January. Police Deputy-Chief Andre Reymer responded to these questions:)

-Have you issued tickets/ or many warnings yet?

“WE FOLLOWED THE PROVINCIAL MANDATE OF DISCRETIONARY ENFORCEMENT. WE ONLY RAN INTO A SINGLE INCIDENT WITH VISITORS FROM MANITOBA AND POOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE SKILLS. A WARNING WAS ISSUED AT THAT TIME.

-What is the penalty/Are people being cooperative?

“THE FINE IS $155 FOR SMOKING IN A CAR WITH PERSONS UNDER 16. AS STATED ONLY ONE REPORTED INCIDENT/COMPLAINT ON FILE.”

-What about smoking laws in general-Have you had to be concerned with
laying any charges/warnings with smoking in public places?

“THE PUBLIC PRESSURE TO STOP SMOKING AND THE VIEW OF IT AS A HEALTH & SOCIAL STIGMA HAS REDUCED THE AMOUNT OF PUBLIC SMOKING.  OFFICERS USUALLY HAVE DISCRETIONARY POWERS AND ENFORCEMENT DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN CHARGES. POLICE INTERACTION & WARNINGS ARE OFTEN AS EFFECTIVE.”

-What about laws involving underage youth and smoking?

“THE LAW PROHIBITS BUYING & SELLING BUT NOT POSSESSING/SMOKING UNDERAGE. ONCE THE KIDS HAVE THEM THEY SMOKE THEM (PROUDLY). THAT ACT OF DEFIANCE IS OFTEN TEMPERED WITH THE ODD CHARGE FOR SMOKING IN PROHIBITED AREAS. THE ELGIN TOBACCO ENFORCEMENT UNIT OFTEN COMES BY EESS AND LOCAL SHOPS TO DO STINGS.”

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