CNR Health Today’s letters: 1,000 trucks a day through this Ottawa neighbourhood? Nope

CNR Health Today’s letters: 1,000 trucks a day through this Ottawa neighbourhood? Nope
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Wednesday, April 28: A zoning amendment the neighbours don’t like; when police don’t obey the rules; and warship thoughts. You can write to us too, at [email protected]

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Stop zoning change in this business park

A zoning bylaw amendment to the South Merivale Business Park would, if approved, change life as we know it in Nepean.

A proposal by Novatech would change zoning from prestige low-rise office space to industrial. If approved, the re-zoning would allow for the construction of a 24-hour warehousing and distribution operation involving approximately 1,000 transport trucks a day through residential areas. Affected residents were not notified.

A transport truck depot of that magnitude should be located near major highways like the Highway 416 or 417 so trucks won’t run through or beside residential communities such as Manotick, Barrhaven, Chapman Mills, Winding Way, Rideau Glen and Country Place.

There are no direct truck routes to handle out of town traffic to the Merivale Industrial Park. Anyone opposed to this development should call their councillor before it’s too late.

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Noise, pollution, vibration, safety of school children and residents are just a few reasons why this proposed amendment should be stopped in its tracks.

A petition opposing the proposal can be accessed at: www.change.org/1000trucks and it has more than 2,000 signatures so far. The city is accepting comments on this proposal only until April 29, under Proposal Number D02-02-21-0029. Please register your views on the City’s website.

Barry King, Ottawa

Police should consult their conscience

Re: Cops shouldn’t pick and choose laws to enforce, April 23.

Brigitte Pellerin raises good points about the dangers of letting police decide not to enforce laws that are admittedly bad. She is right, but only up to a point. Police officers happen at the same time to be human, meaning that they have a conscience that they need to respect.

I do not feel less safe when an officer, faced with circumstances where adherence to a stupid law would result in a violent outcome or strong disrespect for the law, decides to exercise some restraint.

The alternative of having police officers, automatically and in every case, enforce bad laws, even in cases where this violates their own well-formed consciences, ends up in a system conducive to fascism. Perhaps it is one of the defining features of fascism.

Police have an understanding of the consequences of rigorously enforcing measures that are ill-conceived. I would rather see a force with a well-developed conscience and with some latitude to exercise it in the context of a manifestly bad law, than the alternative that makes Pellerin uneasy.

Randal Marlin, Ottawa

Canada doesn’t need these warships

Re: McCoy: New warship will serve Canada well — at a fair price, April 27.

Kevin McCoy makes the case for the current procurement of warships for the Canadian Navy. I disagree. Canada should re-negotiate our role in NATO to move away from combat and concentrate on disaster relief, border protection and peacekeeping. For this, we do not need heavily armed warships; neither do we need a new fleet of fighter aircraft.

John Hendy, Ottawa

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