Letters to the Editor for Sept. 6, 2016

Thanks to all involved in ‘uplifting’ Olympic parade

There are times when you feel blessed by having the opportunity to be present at a special event; the Ward 32 Olympic Parade was one of those events.

There have been bigger parades, more expensive parades, but seldom a more emotional, motivational or uplifting parade than the Sunday parade honouring local Olympians.

The parade passed by in a mere 20 minutes but it was truly a very special moment.

Congratulations to Johanna Carlo, Alison McMurray, Councillor McMahon and her staff, the Danforth East Community Association, the Beach Village BIA and all others who had a role in organizing this memorable event !

Bruce Crofts

Heat wave triggers hot idea

I had to go up to the Danforth on one of the “heat alert” days. Compared to the Beach it was beyond brutal.

It must be rough for families without air conditioning.

If those families could pack a picnic supper, hop on the TTC, and come down to the lake until 10 or 11 p.m. it might give their homes a chance to cool off. Hauling stuff down here and back is quite inconvenient.

A friend of mine suggested that people should be able to borrow toys, lawn chairs, sports equipment, etc. for the evening on their library cards when they get here.

To make things easier any lost or damage fines could be paid at any branch, just like books.

It might make Toronto more livable if our summers get hotter.

Catharine Hastie

Happy to live in a helpful ‘hood

Re: Conscientious paddlers rescue marooned kite surfer, (Beach Metro News September 6, 2016)

This article increased my sense of security, knowing that if something happened on the lake people will help.

Having said that, I would most likely call 911 and let them coordinate the rescue operation. I am a little concerned, however, that the rescue boats are stationed so far away.

We are very lucky to have the lake in our backyard but sometimes we forget how dangerous it can be. The kite surfer was lucky that the boat house was close and that there were experienced paddlers around to lend a hand.

So lucky to live in a neighbourhood where people care about each other.

Susan Grewar

via Beach Metro News Facebook comment

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