DURHAM: The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and Region of Durham Paramedic Services (RDPS) are proud to announce a partnership agreement with Wounded Warriors Canada.
This partnership adds an additional layer of mental health support for these first responders. Through this partnership, Wounded Warriors Canada will work directly with DRPS and RDPS to offer their innovative mental health programs and services to their members and their families.
“The health, safety and wellness of our members is of utmost importance to us. This includes their mental health. Any opportunity that we can take to provide them with more resources and services in this regard is a welcome addition for the DRPS,” says Chief Paul Martin.
“We’re very pleased to be involved in this partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada and Durham Regional Police Service,” said Jim Moir, Deputy Chief, RDPS. “Through this collaboration, we’re able to provide another layer of effective and compassionate support to members of both police and paramedic services who give so much of themselves in service to our community.”
Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health charity whose mission is to honour and support Canada’s ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, first responders and their families.
“Today’s announcement recognizes the fact that no one service, association, government agency, or organization will ever be the 100 per cent solution for their members in need of mental health support. When a member is struggling, it doesn’t matter where, when or how the injury occurred. What matters is that our first responders and their family members know that we are in this together – working to ensure they receive the help they so rightly deserve,” says Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada. “We are proud to partner with Durham Regional Police and Durham Region Paramedic Services and look forward to doing our part to support their members and their families.”
UXBRIDGE: Members of the public are advised that our Uxbridge satellite office will be closing its doors on Monday, June 11, 2018.
The Durham Regional Police Office was opened in November 2012, at 34 Brock Street West in Uxbridge. The office will be closing as a result of a community improvement project.
DRPS has chosen a new location for a satellite office in Uxbridge for which a lease arrangement is expected to be concluded in July 2018.
The Marriage Covenant ceremony is the joining together of two hearts under God. As opposed to a civil ceremony or other rituals still named as weddings today, in a Christian marriage covenant a man and a women have come to believe God has brought them together to fulfill this unified relationship. They are commiting to care for, and share His Love with, the other coventor, above all else, as an extension of their previously established commitment to God.
As the scriptures state, 'God is Love'; Love in it's highest actual form, it's very source. All actual forms of love are expressions of His very dedication, desire to heal, and compensate for us in protective relationships, that at their heart challenge us to grow and give us purpose beyond the shallow. God's love is always dedicated to unity but through our cooperation with His more perfect ways.
But other unity rituals may be built into religious or secular ceremonies as a normal part of the festivities. Couples may want to embrace the idea of a unity ceremony to add something extra special to their commitment.
Couples seeking creative options for unity rituals as part of their wedding ceremonies can explore these clever ideas.
Candle lighting: The lighting of a unity candle is one of the more recognizable and traditional unity rituals. During this ritual, the bride and the groom each light an individual candle, and then together light a larger candle, which celebrates them coming together as one, and for Christians as a commitment to God's greater Love ruling in both hearts.
Sand pouring: The pouring of sand into a vessel also is a popular unity ritual. In this ritual, couples choose two different coloured types of sand and then pour their respective sand into a larger vessel, allowing the different hues to mix together. This ritual can be applied to a family unification ceremony to include other family members, with a variety of colours blending for a now unified joining of families.
Unity cross: Christians may enjoy a unity cross ritual at their ceremony. A unity cross is a decorative cross with a holder, and the cross is held in place by three pins, which symbolize the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit.
During this ritual, the bride, groom and officiant will each set a pin in place.
Tree planting: Planting a tree or shrub that can grow with the marriage is a green idea and one that takes unity rituals to a different level. Couples can place the sapling in a decorative pot and then take turns watering it. Later the tree can be planted outside the couple's first home.
Lasso ceremony: This ritual is traditional in many Spanish and Filipino-speaking countries. After vows are exchanged, the officiant wraps a floral garland or rosary around the couple. At the end of the ceremony, the garland is saved as a symbol of unity and love.
Handfasting: This ritual comes from an ancient Celtic tradition that binds the bride and groom's right hands together during the wedding ceremony. Handfasting symbolizes couples' commitments to one another, with the binding illustrating the Love to keep the relationship tight.
Flower ceremony: In this ritual, couples can exchange roses or a favorite flower and then place them in a vase or basket. As a family unity gesture members of the family can be invited to place a single flower into the vessel, which ultimately results in a beautiful floral display.
Couples can create their own unique unity ceremonies. The blending of any two materials, such as wine, tea, glass beads, or paint, or even the traditional tying of knots will convey the symbolism of joining as one.
While couples remember their weddings because they mark the day they officially tied the knot, guests may remember weddings for other reasons. Some wedding venues are known for their stunning landscapes, while others build their reputations on unique interiors that provide unforgettable ambiance.
But regardless of where weddings take place, guests are liable to discuss the food served at the reception. Guests might rave about the escargot or complain that the fish was flaky, but couples who choose reception menus wisely can go a long way toward ensuring there are more compliments than complaints once the dinner bell rings.
Don't zero in on specialties. According to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, a survey of nearly 13,000 brides and grooms who tied the knot in 2017, the average wedding hosted 136 guests. While couples might be tempted by specialty dishes when choosing their wedding menus, couples who are hosting dozens, if not hundreds, of guests should keep things simple.
Consider potential allergies. In regard to entrées, make sure guests with food allergies can choose something that won't make them sick. According to Food Allergy Research & Education®, an organization devoted to improving the quality of life of individuals with food allergies, some common foods cause the majority of allergic reactions. Peanuts, soy, sesame, and shellfish are among the most common food allergies, according to FARE®. FARE also notes that allergies to wheat, milk and eggs are common in children. While such foods can still be served at wedding receptions, make sure to also include foods that are unlikely to trigger allergic reactions. Couples can even ask guests to inform them of any food allergies.
Don't hesitate to offer a favorite food. While specialty entrées might not be a great choice, especially at large receptions where lots of mouths must be fed, a couple who has a favorite food that's symbolic of their relationship should not hesitate to offer it during the cocktail hour. For example, a couple who met in Thailand may want to offer a favorite Thai dish.
Offer an elaborate dessert. The last bite guests will take is dessert, so couples who want their guests to go home raving about the food may want to offer something special after the entrées have been taken away. Some guests may not indulge, but those who do might end their nights thinking about the delicious dessert they enjoyed, as the festivities drew to a close. If the dessert is especially unique, offer something more traditional alongside it for more hesitant guests.
Choosing a wedding menu should be fun. Menus should reflect, not only couples' tastes, but also include some popular foods, so no one goes home hungry.
Kawartha Lakes: For 40 years, Canadian motorcyclists have been uniting Canadians to raise money for important sight-saving vision research.
'Ride for Sight' Riders and Friends will return to Feneon Falls to celebrate their successful fundraising on behalf of The Foundation Fighting Blindness - Canada.
Riders will come from all parts of Ontario for 2 days of motorcycle fun and entertainment, with live bands, traditional bike games, vendors, a show n' shine, contests, and camping for tents and trailers available on-site.
You won't want to miss the spectacular Ride for Sight Parade on Saturday. Bring your $75.00 in donations and join the fun!
This year's Ride for Sight is being held at the Fenelon Falls Fairgrounds, Fenelon Falls, Ontario, on Saturday, June 16th, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.
With over $26 million raised to date, by Riders from all over Canada - you can be proud to answer the rallying cry - Ride for Sight... because you can
Sunderland: A 33-year-old male faces impaired charges after Air1 spotted the vehicle driving at a high rate of speed in Sunderland, last Tuesday evening.
On Tuesday, June 5th, at approximately 7:50 p.m., officers from North Division responded to the area of Highway 12 in Sunderland, after numerous calls from citizens advising of an impaired driver in that area.
Air1 spotted the vehicle travelling northbound with speeds in excess of 150 km/hr in Sunderland. Air1 relayed the position and speeds of the suspect vehicle, officers were then able to safely stop the vehicle and the driver was taken into custody.
Michael BURSEY, age 33, of Newfoundland is charged with: Impaired Operation; Exceed 80 mgs and Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle. He was released on a Promise to Appear.
BEAVERTON: A 33-year-old Beaverton mother is facing charges after she drove her vehicle on the highway with her three-year-old daughter on her lap, allowing her to steer the vehicle.
On Thursday, May 31st, investigators from North Division were advised that several videos were posted on social media sites showing a female driving, on different occasions, on a highway at a high rate of speed, with her three-year-old daughter in her lap steering the vehicle.
The suspect filmed the event on her cellphone, and neither of them had any seatbelts or safety restraints. Police were able to identify the suspect. She was arrested and faces numerous charges. CAS is aware of the incident.
The 33-year-old female from Beaverton was charged with: Parent not Providing Necessities of Life x2; Careless Driving x2; Driver Fail to Wear Seatbelt x2; Drive While Child Passenger not Properly Secured x2; and Drive – Handheld Communications Device. She was released on a Promise to Appear.
The identity of the suspect is being withheld to protect the identity of the child.
Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Cst. Finley from North Division, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2017.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or given online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca. Tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN the Standard
UXBRIDGE: Gary Ruona was appointed the new councillor of Ward 2, on June 11th, during the city council meeting.
“I am very excited to be the councillor to Ward 2,” Councillor Ruona said. “To be serving the township and serving the council.”
He will be replacing former councillor Pat Molloy, who took over as mayor for Gerri Lynn O'Connor, as she became Chair of Durham Region.
Councillor Ruona ran for the position in the last by-election in 2014, where he won 45 per cent of the vote.
It was decided on May 28th, when Mayor Molloy officially vacated his seat as councillor for Ward 2 to take the mayoral chair, that Councillor Ruona should be appointed, in order to have the position filled quickly.
Due to the up-coming municipal election in October, the council was unable to hold a by-election, to fill a vacancy, past March 31st.
Councillor Gord Highet had suggested they open the job up to the public, like a regular job listing, but the other councillors didn’t argue, with the decision to appoint Mr. Ruona as Ward 2 Councillor.
“We’re very happy to have you here,” Councillor Barton said.
Councillor Ruona will also be running in the October election for the Ward 2 councillor seat.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog council is calling on the provincial government to remove the tolls on Hwy. 412.
At a meeting on Monday, June 4th, councillors saw correspondence from Don Mitchell, the Mayor of Whitby, regarding a decision made by Town of Whitby Council to call on all Ontario provincial party leaders to “commit to the removal of tolls on Hwy. 412.”
“The tolling of the 412 is inequitable and unfair. This underutilized highway is a waste of tax dollars. A toll-free 412 would add significant social and economic value to Whitby and Durham,” read the correspondence.
Ward 1 Scugog Councillor Betty Somerville agreed the province should remove the tolls from the highway.
“I think we need to remove the tolls on Hwy. 412. I don’t understand why it was put on,” she said.
Scugog council later decided to endorse the correspondence, and to have the mayor send a letter to the Ontario Provincial Party leaders.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Deanne Rossiter did not live a long life, but it was full life, in which she played many important roles, including loving wife and mother.
She was also a Case Management Therapist in the Ross Memorial Hospital’s Community Counselling program for 14 years. In this role, Deanne provided care and comfort to clients struggling with various life challenges.
Through her own struggles with cancer, she spent seven weeks in the Palliative Care Unit at the Ross Memorial. It was during this time she spoke to her family about wanting to do something that would continue to help patients, and comfort families at the Hospital.
After considering their own experiences in the Hospital, Deanne, her husband Pat, and her daughter Robyn, offered to purchase an ice and water dispenser, to be located in the Family Kitchen on the Palliative Care Unit.
Today, the ice and water dispenser is installed and features a plaque that reads: In Memory of Deanne Rossiter - With Love from Patrick, Robyn & Family.
The patients and family members who use the new ice and water dispenser may not have known Deanne, but they’ll appreciate the kindness of the gesture and the comfort during difficult times. It’s the kind of caring Deanne delivered every day at the Ross, and the legacy she’s leaving behind.