Letters to the Editor

October '20

I think Bret needs to do an article on the ridiculous design of the Express Line painting on Kingston Road. Overkill to be mild. Why could it not have been like the HOV lane painting a solid line to divide from the other lanes and a simple shape of a bus every 3 or 400 yards instead of solid areas the cheapens the whole area ( see East of Guildwood Pkwy ) What authorities and local elected officials approved this design.

Bob White

I’m a retired college Professor and have lived in the Scarborough for about 40 years.

While all levels of government have doing an excellent job of keeping the virus in check.
More needs to be done to stop the spread than we already are doing.

Perhaps rethinking how the initial contact happens and taking steps to minimize the initial exposure is needed.

Here are some relatively recent numbers relating to the City of Toronto and excluding the GTA and GO train service.

1. The current population (a little out of date)
is over 2.7 million people.
2. TTC daily ridership is currently at 880,000
Bus (550,000) and Subway (330,000)
3. People living in Toronto taking public transit daily 1 in 3
4. Number of infected people infected daily in Toronto 300

It is reasonable to assume that about 100 new cases on a daily basis is one of the people on the TTC.
It is also reasonable that anyone riding the TTC can not at all times maintain 2 M for social distancing.

We need to do a better job of protecting ourselves and I am suggesting that If you know you are going to be too close to anyone then you should also wear a face mask.

An alternative that you can do is to attach some plastic (fairly thick and flexible) to the outside of the mask. Hot glue works good. Should act somewhat like a face mask.

Worth a try?
You have nothing to lose.

An alternative? If you use a nice reusable mask is to attach a piece of waterproof fabric.

I have been giving away in my community free samples for people to consider.

Thee are some cautions.
1. This is not a medical grade solution and no clinical trial has been done.
2. You must leave sufficient space to breathe and attach plastic to top and sides only.
3. Do not use for children or anyone with health problems.

Yours in Optimism,
Roy Leslie
Optimist Club of Rouge Valley.


To your editor: I use your paper frequently to sit on on a cement ledge- one of the good things about it. The ads are helpful, too. The rest, waste of paper and ink. Oh, also, you are so cheap that you have the balls to show and advertisement for volunteers to deliver your paper and right below is an advertisement for a Print Media Sales Professional, presumably a paid position. Not enough money left over for the deliverers??? I tell you those volunteers sure are suckers!!!!

Thank you Victor, for taking the time to read our paper and send us your opinion. We are always striving to improve the Bluffs Monitor and thus we appreciate the critique of our readers – both positive and negative. I am glad you find the ads helpful and the paper keeps you clean while sitting on your cement ledge.
In reference to your other comments, I apologize to any volunteer who was offended by the placement of our request. We value our volunteers who generously spend their own time delivering door to door. (As you will discover, most small, community newspapers rely on their volunteers to help deliver in their neighbourhood.

Thank You!! Many thanks to Janet Stokes for organizing one of the most touching and sweetest events this community has experienced in some time. The wonderful tribute to Robert Adams and his fellow comrades was most deserved and reflects well on the community we are fortunate to call home.<br><br>Howard Alexander