By Rob Duncan, Caledonia
At a recent meeting, council discussed charging non-residents of Haldimand County a fee for using the Kinsmen pool in Caledonia.
The new proposed fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children, while Haldimand residents will continue the use of the pool for free, if you have a wristband or provide proof you live here.
I’m a bit perplexed on this one.
Does anyone on council understand the meaning of the word “discrimination?”
As one of the nearest “non-residents” to Caledonia is Six Nations, I imagine a sign describing the new policy being interpreted as: “whites only.”
Having different sets of rules for different people is fundamentally unfair. Public services should either be free for everyone, or for a fee everyone pays. Whatever policy council decides should also apply to all county pools, not just Caledonia. I can’t believe council is even considering this policy.
Regardless of intent (safety, capacity or enjoyment issues), we should try to improve our relationship with all our neighbours. Canada is supposed to be an egalitarian society.
For a minute there I thought it was the 1950s in the Deep South. Nope, just Haldimand County.