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Jan 17, 2021 • 2 hours ago • 2 minute read
I do not support construction of the new regional acute care hospital on County Road 42.
I am a Ward 6 resident and have lived in Windsor my entire life until I moved to Kingston last year to attend Queen’s University.
I am concerned about city council’s pattern of blatantly disregarding citizens’ concerns, a practice I assumed was standard among municipal leaders until I had the opportunity to live in a different community.
Windsor’s leaders are setting a poor example for youth. Forcing the construction of an acute care hospital without addressing the concerns of engineers, urban planners, and citizens is not the way to make decisions impacting the health care of future generations.
Building an acute care hospital on County Road 42 is taking a step into the past. I believe this greenfield project would have been shut down long ago had it been proposed in any progressive city serious about addressing climate change. CAMPP raised reasonable concerns for years that have fallen on deaf ears.
The longer I live outside of Windsor, the more certain I am that I will never come back. Other youth seeking higher education have also expressed to me their concerns with Windsor’s leadership, making it difficult for us to justify returning.
If the Ministry of Health loved the plan put forward, and if citizens were truly on board, there would be no need for WEEDC’s taxpayer-funded ‘We Can’t Wait’ campaign. It seems the real intention of this campaign is to create a false narrative.
The truth is the local community is deeply divided on the location of the new hospital.
Will Windsor’s leadership choose to confront the flaws of this plan or will they continue to ignore their constituents?
Claire Sion, Windsor
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