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    While this isn’t just a local issue, it is a conversation that may be considered a social issue and where better to discuss it than at a local level.

    From CTV News ” Single dad barred from sending kids to school on city bus ”

    Let’s see :
    – I was a street crossing guard at my public school when I was 9 years old
    – I took a bus downtown to the movies when I was 10 years old
    – my brother and I took the bus to the C.N.E. when he was 9 and I was 11
    – took the bus and subway to do my Xmas shopping and look at the windows in Eaton’s and Simpson’s when I was 11 years old
    – I was a school yard Prefect when I was 12 years old

    Is the world so much more dangerous than it was? Are parents afraid to teach their children the art of living in a society?

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    Ron Benn

    Chaz, some parents are more afraid than ours were, some aren’t, but the dynamics of society have changed over the decades.

    Far too many years ago, I was one of five 15-16 year old boys who took an eight day canoe trip in Laverendrye Park – no parents, just five teenage boys. What could go wrong? We all survived the trip with nothing worse than black fly bites. As I look back at that trip, I ask myself – what were our parents thinking? Would I have agreed to let my 15-16 year sons take such a trip? I doubt it.

    For the most part parents understand what their children are capable of, and what they cannot take on. Yes, there are some parents whose judgement we wonder about, but for the most part, parents know their children.

    In contrast to decades ago, we now have a subset of people who decide what is best for a child, not based on the capabilities of the actual child, but rather on their perception of what a 9 year should be capable of doing. These people get to hide behind the cloak of government departments, making decisions that they do not have to justify. They have the authority to make these decisions, but not the responsibility for those decisions. That mismatch is always problematic, and I fear that we cannot put the toothpaste back in that tube.

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    I also bought my first house when I was 19. worked and went to university and was in management by the age of 23. No living in mommy and daddy’s house for a young adult.

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    Some of that toothpaste belongs back in the tube. I, for one, would have no problem letting that young group go camping either back in the olden days or now. I took my first cross country motorcycle trip during the summer I was 16. Sure, my parents were unsure if I should even own a motorcycle but I bought it with my own money, assured them that I’d be fine and I’d check in once and awhile. I had fun and learned a lot and grew up too.


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