It’s been a busy, and heart-wrenching news day today:
The death of Hec Macmillan, the beloved and fiery mayor of Trent Hills who waged a very public campaign with the province to champion for funding of new and promising treatments not just for himself, but for all Ontarians. Sadly, the treatment he eventually received half a world away only bought him a bit more time. He was a fierce and dedicated advocate for his constituents.
Sears: what can we say? The writing seemed to be on the wall. But Peterborough has always been one of the strongest stores with a loyal staff and a loyal client base. We were hoping beyond hope that Peterborough would escape. But it wasn’t to be. When I first came to town in the 1970s, that building was all by itself on the corner of Lansdowne and Monaghan. Lansdowne Place was still years away. Eatons, in Peterborough Square and Sears fronting that big corner across from what was Outboard Marine, were the biggest games in town. But therein lay the evolution: OMC: gone. Eatons: gone. And now Sears, soon to be. It will be very different without Sears, and its loyal employees, many of whom are our friends and neighbours.
And Murray Rodd retires next June 30th. A nice man – I have judged many a chili contest with him. Chief Rodd is well-versed in the culinary arts – he knows his stuff. But also committed to his force, his staff and his community and a man who didn’t deserve the attacks and distractions that came his way. Most of them, anyway. And if you fault Chief Rodd and Deputy Chief Farquharson for the pay debacle of two years ago, what about the forces above them who approved that clause in their contract? What would you have done?
Hec, Sears and Murray – we will miss you. Thank you to all three of you for your collective years of service and commitment.
The joint just won’t be the same without you.