Letter: Northeast Town should re-open trails

Green space access allows residents to take care of their physical, mental health

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is an open letter to the mayor and council of the Northeast Town. It has been reprinted here at the author’s request.

Mayor and council:

I am writing to you once again with regards to public trails in NEMI.  I did attend the previous meeting and was left in no doubt the feeling of council towards my letter at that time. Having said that, I do feel a significant event occurred April 14, when Premier Ford announced the extension of emergency powers until May 12.

Following the announcement of the 14th, I have personally heard people speak to me of desperation at the current measures and have seen many more express their concern on social media. Media outlets on behalf of our governments have been espousing the need to take care of both our physical and mental health, however that becomes more and more of a confining task.

Access to trails could be controlled with signage indicating expectations of social distancing. In order to avoid people passing each other, travel could be one way on those trails that are narrow.

The citizens of NEMI are good and law-abiding people. The vast majority of us will always try to do what is right, without insult or injury to our neighbours. We care and we deserve your respect.

Currently, Manitoulin Island has no known active cases of COVID-19.  If we can’t re-open our trails now to residents, then it could appear that they will never be re-opened. Please, do the right thing for the well-being of our community. Please re-open trails in NEMI immediately.

Sincerely,

Zak Nicholls

Little Current