PAGE FOUR The Community News, Friday, October 12, 2012
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No pity at the pump For years now, gas stations have made a practice of displaying on their pumps a chart showing the amount of taxation that goes into the price consumers pay at the pump. Not so long ago, while not enough to cause any motorists to shed tears of sympathy for the oil moguls, the taxation component was high enough to prevent most from griping about the price to their local gas station attendant. Pump-side stickers over this past holiday weekend showed that taxation accounted for about 38 cents of the $1.29 being charged for a litre of regular at the more merciful stations in the area. That’s about 30 per cent of the price, a hefty tax bill to be sure. However, put into historical perspective, we’re pumping a lot less tax into our tanks these days. In 1992, taxation represented about 49 per cent of the pump price. Since gas prices, over any significant period of time, travel only one direction, namely upward, it’s clear that more of your cash is going directly to oil companies. Of course, they need it, they will quickly spin, to pay for the higher crude costs in today’s market, which these days account for around 53 per cent of the pump prices. But if the petroleum producers are truly sharing in our pain, why then, the downtrodden motorist must wonder, were the big five oil companies able to generate a record profit of $137 billion in 2011? How were they able to earn over $62 billion in the first half of 2012? The answer of course, is because they can. There’s really no practical alternative to gasoline, at this point in history, for business or individuals who need to travel to survive. Since we do operate in a free market economy, with supply and demand the primary price-maker, there’s not a whole lot governments or consumers can do about the price of petrol. However, one thing we shouldn’t let oil companies do any more is convince us it’s taxation, rather than profit-taking, that’s keeping gasoline prices artificially high. So next time you fill up, don’t give that sticker a second glance. They can force us to pump our pockets dry, but they clearly don’t deserve our sympathy. Patrick Raftis
Letter to the Editor A welcoming community Dear Editor: Michael Bull Roberts, a former drug lord, gangster and enforcer, visited the Drayton Reformed Church on Sept. 30. Over 450 people were in attendance and many waited patiently to meet and speak with this best-selling author, artist, motivational speaker and founder of Tender Heart Ministries which is located in the heart of downtown Toronto. The 400-pound, 6’4” Roberts shared his heart and was genuinely moved by the response of those in attendance. He wanted to thank the Drayton and surrounding area for their kindness and welcoming way. He asked me to send
this message to the community at large: “Thank you to all the folks in your town that came out to shake hands and hear me tell my long-winded stories. God bless your little town. It was awesome and more of a blessing to me than anything else. It really encouraged me that I’m doing the right thing and it gave me new strength. Thank you Drayton and area and Drayton Reformed Church. Please pass my joy on to your pastors and congregation!” It’s good to live in such a welcoming community. Thank you to everyone who helped make this an inspiring evening. Glynis Belec and Amanda Newton, Drayton
TOWNSHIP OF MAPLETON
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7275 Sideroad 16, P.O. Box 160, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0 Phone: 519-638-3313, Fax: 519-638-5113, Toll Free: 1-800-385-7248 www.mapleton.ca
Economic Development Committee Vacancy Due to a vacancy on our Economic Development Committee, the Township is seeking individuals with experience and/or interest in two or more of the following areas: Downtown Revitalization, Rural Revitalization, Tourism, Marketing & Promotion, Business Expansion/Retention or Land Development. The Economic Development Committee meets monthly for approximately 2 hours. Letters of interest, outlining your experience, areas of knowledge or interest, will be received until 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012 Patty Sinnamon, Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk Township of Mapleton, 7275 Sideroad 16, P.O. Box 160, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0 Or by Fax 519-638-5113 Or e-mail: email@example.com
LEAVES G N KI A R TS N E ID S E R LL A NOTICE TO The Township of Mapleton reminds all residents that raking leaves onto a public roadway has the potential to create dangerous driving conditions especially when wet. In areas where there are no sidewalks, pedestrians can be at risk if leaves are piled adjacent to abutting roadways.
Please, compost or mulch your leaves – return nutrients to the soil and help keep leaves out of County landfill sites. Let’s work together to keep Mapleton safe and healthy.
NOTICE TO POOL OWNERS, OWNERS P M PU P UM S OR S R E N W O ICE RINK Pursuant to By-law 2007-03, please take notice of the following prohibitions: No person shall drain any pool, ice rink or sump water within the Municipality of the Township of Mapleton other than in compliance with the provisions of this by-law. No person shall drain or permit the drainage of any pool, ice rink or sump pump in such a manner as to cause flooding to any adjoining property including property owned by the municipality. All drainage shall be directed by means of pipes or hoses directly to the side or rear yard of the property and from there to the sewer or, to a drainage ditch or swale in the property. Where water is drained to a drainage ditch or swale, the water flow shall be restricted so as to prevent flooding onto a roadway or to cause icing of the roadway. PENALTIES AND CONDITIONS: Any person who contravenes any provision of this by-law is guilty of an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine as set out in the Provincial Offences Act. ($5,000.00 for first offence).
COUNCIL DATES Tuesday, October
23, 2012 1:00 p.m. – Regular Meeting of Council
Published on Oct 10, 2012