My wife and I just returned from a one week vacation with my son and his family in Halifax. We have been back and forth to Halifax since 1998 when my son first attended St. Mary’s University, completed his degree and now works in the banking industry.

In all of our visits to Nova Scotia we have always enjoyed the Maritime hospitality. Halifax is such a vibrant city with lots to do, but not too big that you spend half your time in traffic. I enjoyed my visit in particular to Pier 21, which has special significance for me since I arrived there in 1951 as a three-year old British immigrant.

There were just two unrelated situations that I would like to relate.

Firstly, as I was running tap water into a jug at my son’s apartment, I noticed several pieces of dirt swilling around, and I wondered how that could happen, given that municipalities are under strict water treatment guidelines. What else is in the water that couldn’t be seen?

Lastly, having to pay a $4. highway toll at Great Village, Nova Scotia has to be one of the biggest ripoffs in the country. Apparently, it is the only section of toll road across Canada, according to an article I read in the Halifax Chronicle. Siphoning extra tax dollars for a short stretch of road I feel is scandalous. I’m surprised that Nova Scotians who travel the highways haven’t marched on their MP’s offices demanding that this contrived and unfair tax be terminated immediately.

By Kevin Parkinson

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