SCUGOG: Two Whitby residents received serious injuries after hitting a deer with their motorcycle, in Scugog, on Sunday, September 16th.
According to police, at about 7:45 p.m., members of North Division responded to a motorcycle collision, in the area of Cartwright West Quarter Line and Church Street, where a 52 year-old man and his passenger, who was the same age, were injured.
“The driver was northbound on Cartwright West Quarter Line past Church Street, when a deer crossed the roadway striking the motorcycle. The motorcycle veered off the roadway and ended up in the west side ditch. Both the driver and the passenger sustained serious injuries. The male driver was airlifted to a Toronto-area trauma center and the passenger, also, was taken to a trauma center via ambulance,” read a press release from the Durham Region Police Services (DRPS).
DRPS closed the roadway for several hours to investigate.
Freezing temperatures may be good for ice skating or building snowmen, but sub-freezing temperatures can be dangerous for the average person and his or her home.
Cold weather often leaves people scurrying to do whatever is necessary to safeguard themselves from the big chill. But it's important homeowners also protect their homes in cold weather.
Plumbing and pipes may be vulnerable to cold weather. Frozen pipes may burst and cause substantial damage to a home, potentially causing flooding and structural damage.
Homeowners should disconnect and drain garden hoses before winter arrives. Water to outdoor hose bibs should be turned off, though the valves on these outdoor faucets should be left open to drain. Also, outdoor faucets can be covered with insulating foam covers.
The Red Cross says pipes that freeze most frequently include pipes in unheated areas, such as basements, attics, garages, and crawl spaces. Close vents to the outside in areas like attics and basements to limit the amount of cold air that gets indoors. Think about insulating unheated areas, as well as using pipe sleeves, heat tape or wraps on exposed pipes.
By opening kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors, homeowners can allow warm air from a home to reach pipes under the sink. During extreme freezes, keep cold water dripping from a sink to prevent pipes from freezing.
SERVICE HVAC SYSTEMS
It's important to ensure that heating systems are working properly prior to the cold-weather season. It may only take hours for the interior of a home to reach dangerously low temperatures without adequate heat. Homeowners should schedule annual checkups of furnaces and hot water heaters. Inspect the heat exchanger for cracks, install a clean air filter and make sure all thermostats are working properly.
HAVE FUEL READY
Homeowners who heat their homes with oil, wood or coal should make sure they have plenty of fuel on hand in advance of winter. Shortages can occur, and it may take some time for new fuel to arrive in the midst of a cold snap.
As a precaution, homeowners can rely on portable space heaters to fill in the heating gaps during freezing temperatures. Exercise extreme caution with these devices, turning them off when leaving the room and remembering to avoid overloading outlets.
Drain birdbaths, clean out downspouts and remove water from other items where water can freeze and cause damage. Inspect roofing prior to the snowy season, but stay off roofs during freezing weather.
Remove snow shovels and other winter gear from storage and make sure the items are easily accessible during snowstorms.
Winter's bite can be severe. Homeowners can protect themselves and their properties when the freeze sets in.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Township’s of Scugog and Uxbridge, as well as the City of Kawartha Lakes are preparing for the possible impacts of a Canada Post strike.
The earliest Canada Post workers could strike is September 26th, after union workers vote to take strike action, if a deal isn’t reached before then.
Scugog clerk J.P. Newman told The Standard, they are sending out ballots sooner, since the Township of Scugog chose vote by mail for the 2018 municipal election.
“We’re mailing ballots earlier than we had originally planned. We were originally going to mail ballots to voters on September 28th. We are now mailing them September 18th and 19th,” he said. “The 18th and 19th should get them out to houses prior to any possible strike on September 26th.”
He also encouraged voters to drop off their ballot kit to the Scugog municipal office. “We encourage people to submit their voter kits as soon as they get them or soon thereafter, because it helps us with the processing of them. People can submit them to us any time prior to the 8 p.m. October 22nd deadline.”
He also noted the Township has an after hours mail slot the ballots can be dropped off to.
To check what ward you are in and to make sure you are on the voter list, go to www.scugog.ca/election.
In Uxbridge, it's a similar situation.
"It's a shell game,” Director of Legislative Services/Clerk Debbie Leroux said.
“We can only go with the information we have.”
Voter kits in Uxbridge will also be sent out September 17th and 18th instead of the following week in an attempt to avoid the possible strike interfering with voters receiving them.
The Township has already made plans, in the event there is a postal strike, cautioning voters to keep an eye on the news.
"If they hear there is going to be a strike,” Ms. Leroux empathized. “Do not drop ballots in the mail."
The plan for if a strike does take place, is to open up extra ballot drop off locations. If you’re nervous about getting your vote stuck in the mail, Deputy Clerk Catalina Blumenberg suggests dropping it off at Town Hall.
"The best case is to drop it off...to guarantee your vote gets counted,” Ms. Blumenberg said.
Despite the possible postal strike complication, Ms. Blumenberg said the Township still expects high voter turnout.
"This election has the ingredients for a high voter turnout," she said. "A lot of people have been engaged."
The last day to mail in ballots for the election will be October 11th, but you can drop off your ballot up until October 22 at 8 p.m.
For more information, contact the Uxbridge Election Office at 905-852-9181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, in the Kawartha Lakes, they will also be mailing out the voter kits early, starting Wednesday, September 19th. If you do not receive your Voting Kit in the mail by the time the Voting period opens, you will be able to obtain your voting kit from the Election Office at City Hall, located at 26 Francis Street in Lindsay. For those living outside of Lindsay there will also be various Service Centers throughout Kawartha Lakes where residents can pick up their kit.
Kawartha Lakes, like many other municipalities in Ontario, have adopted a new alternative voting system Internet-Telephone Voting for the 2018 Municipal Elections. This alternative voting method has been successfully used in the previous Municipal Elections in other municipalities, Cavan-Monaghan, Markham, Wasaga Beach, etc., for both efficiency and voter turnout.
Internet-Telephone Voting offers convenience for all voters whether they live in Sebright, Seagrave, Scarborough, or South Carolina, as all eligible voters will receive their voting kits in the mail, and will be able to vote from the convenience of their own home. It eliminates polling stations, advance polls and proxy voting. It provides accessibility and has been fully endorsed by our Accessibility Advisory Committee. It transforms every telephone, smartphone, or desktop computer into a ballot box.
If you need more information, or have any questions or concerns, contact the Kawartha Lakes city clerk, or the elections office at City Hall, by calling 705-324-9411 ext. 1888.
With files from Cassidy McMullen
and Colleen Green
North Division's Community Safety Day provides a wide array of information about Policing and Fire Services in Durham Region
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
DURHAM: On Sunday, September 9th, Port Perry's Durham Regional Police Station, located at 1576 Hwy. 12, hosted their 3rd annual “Community Safety Day”, showcasing to the public the many different aspects of services and programs that work together to provide safety and security to our community.
Organized by Constable Kristy Frech, she explained, “We are open for the public to come and interact with officers, to understand the services we provide, and to ask questions and gather more information about the many safety programs, specialized equipment, and volunteer opportunities that are available. Today we are expecting 250 people or more to attend and we are pleased to offer this learning event.”
On hand to answer questions were the following:
Tactical Unit- On display was an RG31 armoured vehicle, donated to the DRPS by General Dynamics Land Systems-Canada, which resembles a hummer, and is used in response to threats of high powered firearms. This vehicle is equipped to provide safety to officers in these scenarios, and can be operated through any challenging terrain.
Motorcycle Unit- Police are provided motorcycles created by Harley Davidson that feature specialized upgrades, allowing officers more versatility and speed, to respond to emergency calls. These vehicles are effective over sand (beach) conditions, can drive through fields, over train tracks, and provide officers with a distinct speed advantage on open highways.
Public Safety Unit- The public safety unit utilizes a mobile command centre and is equipped with provisions and materials to assist officers in the field on a two-fold front.
First, for response to calls for a missing person, or for evidence searching in a larger area.
Second, the vehicle is utilized for major incident responses, and is brought in during large crowd events, such as civic celebrations, parades, community festivals, to ensure safety during large public protests.
K-9 Unit- Constable Kevin Dunlop brought with him a 2 year old Dutch Shepherd named “Taz”, short for Tazmanian Devil, who has just recently finished his training, and has begun his work with the DRPS. Taz's duties include tracking and assisting with finding missing persons or apprehending a suspect, who may be on the run. He also assists with officer safety during large disturbances.
Constable Kevin Dunlop explained, “If a crowd begins to change and turn angry, with the appearance of becoming a mob, Taz's barking seems to quickly calm down and disburse the crowd. Taz's presence is a deterrent to the escalation of aggressive behaviour and he does, in fact, act as a preventative measure towards this.”
Marine Unit- The Marine Unit was in attendance and displayed one of their vessels. It is used to patrol the water in Durham and to enforce and ensure water safety.
Township of Scugog Fire Safety House, and Firetrucks- On hand were firetrucks for public viewing and firefighters providing information of their equipment and features. The township of Scugog also brought their Fire Safety House, that could be toured inside, outlining proactive safety strategies that can be incorporated into homes, for the prevention of fire related injury and death.
Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry- Representatives provided information on wildlife management, bears and coyotes, fishing regulations, and invasive species awareness. Brochures, videos and flyers were distributed, providing education and practical tips to the public on these topics.
Volunteer Opportunities- Auxillary Unit, OVERT, Neighbourhood Watch- The Durham Region Auxiliary Unit currently has over 80 members but is open to accepting more applications from interested parties. Free training is provided, and Auxiliary officers provide support and assistance with community events, such as local parades, festivals and fairs. They can also assist in car and foot patrols with regular service officers. For more information, or to sign up for this program visit drps.ca
OVERT- The Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team (OVERT) Inc. is a volunteer organization focusing on, but not limited to, assisting with search and rescue operations. Volunteers receive training and education, to develop skill sets that give back to the community, and they are seen as a 'second-tier response team'. For more information or to sign up to become a volunteer please go to OVERT.ca
Neighbourhood Watch- The Neighbourhood Watch program is a 'community driven crime prevention program,' that is designed to reduce threats of crime to you and your neighbours. Constable Morgen Dobson coordinates this effort and is seeking more volunteers to initiate these programs in their neighbourhoods. Please contact her at drps at 905-668-9893, or email to email@example.com
DRP Children's Games - The DRP Children’s Games provides a fun and inclusive sporting opportunity to children, aged 5 to 18 years of age, with physical disabilities. Young competitors, from across Durham Region and the GTA, support one another in participation-based sporting activities that include basketball, wheelchair rugby, parachute and more!
The next event will be held at the Pickering Recreation Complex, at 1867 Valley Farm Rd, on Saturday, October 27th, from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. More information can be found at drpchildrensgames.com
A special thanks to Vos' Independent Grocery Store, located at 1893 Scugog St. in Port Perry, for providing hot dogs and hamburgers for this event.
SCUGOG: On Thursday, September 6th, the Port Perry Hospital Foundation was presented with a Better Things Community Grant, as part of Desjardins Group commitment to the communities in which it operates.
The $5,000 grant will go towards helping with the purchase of important medical equipment, as the hospital re-opens one year after a serious fire closed the facility. Earlier this year, Desjardins asked its State Farm® branded agents to nominate local charities or government organizations, who work to address safety issues, promote healthy lifestyles, improve financial well-being, or support education and youth, for grant consideration. A total of 137 nominations were received, with 20 chosen as grant recipients.
As part of the ongoing State Farm Canada brand transition to Desjardins Insurance, Desjardins and its exclusive Agents are giving back to their communities through the Desjardins Better Things Community Grant Program, helping people in need and letting clients know, Desjardins Insurance will always be connected and committed to, and investing in where our customers live, work and play.
Rachel Agnoluzzi, CEO of the Port Perry Hospital Foundation said, “The Port Perry Hospital Foundation is so grateful for this support from Desjardins and from the great team at the Port Perry office. Being a recipient of one of only 20 Better Things Community Grants, made across all of Canada, reminds us how special and how important our hospital is to our community. With the hospital having just reopened, we are still depending on our community to help us with IV Smart Pumps, New Life Centre equipment and so much more. This donation is indeed a great help.”
John Bordignon, Media Relations-Spokesperson for Dejardins, also commented, “The Port Perry Hospital does remarkable work and provides world-class medical care, which helps to better a patient’s quality of life. The fire that forced the hospital to close last year was a blow to the community. At Desjardins, we realize how critical a quality medical facility like the Port Perry Hospital is. The $5000 will help with the purchase of important medical equipment at a crucial time, just as the hospital reopens to patients.”
SCUGOG: Durham police are investigating after a 13-year-old girl reported an older male attempted to lure her into a vehicle in Port Perry on the evening of Monday, September 17th.
According to police, at approximately 7 p.m., a 13-year-old female reported she was walking in the area of Old Simcoe Rd. north of Reach St. in Port Perry when she was approached by a male in a grey pick-up truck. The male asked the female to come over to his vehicle and then asked her where she was going. The female declined and ran home to tell her parents of the incident.
Police have said they would like to speak to anyone who may have been in the area at the time or may have witnessed anything suspicious.
The suspect is described as: male, white, mid 50’s, grey beard, wearing a grey or brown t-shirt.
The suspect vehicle is described as: a grey pick-up truck and was last seen heading southbound on Old Simcoe Road.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cst. Campbell of North Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2117
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Scugog Island resident, and former Durham Region police officer, Angus Ross is hoping residents elect him Scugog’s Ward 3 Councillor, when the municipal election is held in October.
Mr. Ross told The Standard he decided to run in this election to “give back to the community.”
He also explained what he could potentially bring to the council table if elected. “I understand that diplomacy, when working towards a common goal, is key and you have to work with the people you are in council with, as well as other players at the table,” he said. “As a police officer, I’m used to talking to people, face to face, about what matters to them. I understand how important it is to have those communication lines open, and all parties involved understand what is going on.”
As well, he said being an Island resident has allowed him to be “tapped into what is going on, on the Island right now.”
One of the things Mr. Ross wants to focus on, if elected, is road safety. “For the Township roads, I’d like to put in place a 50 km per hour zone, a comprehensive speed limit for all Township roads on the Island. As a police officer, I’m very familiar with [the fact] speed kills, and [creating that 50 km zone is] the first step towards getting safer roads. As far as Island Rd., I want to work with the Regional Councillor and the Region itself in order to advocate for a safer Island Rd.,” he said.
Mr. Ross also said it is important the Township move forward with a second access road to Scugog Island.
“We need to think outside the box and find an alternative to the one proposed right now for a second access. People on the Island want a second access, so we need to make it happen, and if that means changing the current plan to make it financially viable, then so be it.”
As well, Mr. Ross wants a more transparent process for Scugog’s road maintenance prioritization.
“We need to have a clear and transparent process in council, where if you are the second worst road you get repaired second, and if you are the worst road you are repaired first, but that needs to be a public and accessible document,” he said.
He noted that a “clean, usable waterfront” is also important.
Mr. Ross said he is ready to face the challenges of being a Ward 3 councillor.
“I’m looking forward to it. I think there’s lots of exciting things that are going to happen over the next four years, and some big decisions have to be made.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The audience and council gave Tish MacDonald a standing ovation when she was awarded the Governor General’s award for volunteerism, on September 10th, the last regular council meeting before the election.
“She’s done a fantastic job,” Mayor Pat Molloy said before handing off the microphone to Ms. MacDonald herself, who was close to tears.
For over a decade she has been working with the Royal Canadian Legion and the local high school, to education students, and bring recognition to the First and Second World Wars.
She has volunteered her time to educating the public about honouring veterans through projects like the banner project.
For the month leading up to Remembrance Day, banners are hung around the township from lamp posts, each honouring veterans and active service members. The program has become so popular it’s caught on in other communities like Port Perry, Brooklin and Whitby.
“I share stories often, about the work you do here,” MP Jennifer O’Connell said about Ms. MacDonald’s work with veteran recognition. “That’s something really special, it’s not in every community.”
“There isn’t anyone more deserving of this medal,” Regional Chair and former mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor said before turning to the front row of Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 members who nominated her. “I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
Ms. MacDonald couldn’t help but tear up as she turned to them, thanking them for the nomination to receive the award.
“Knowing I was nominated by you guys makes it all that more special,” Ms. MacDonald said. “I love you guys huge.”
Along with the recognition, Ms. MacDonald was given a medal and a certificate for her service to the community.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) announced Dr. Brian Fagan is retiring from family medicine practice, as of September 30th, 2018.
KLHCI extends their sincere congratulations and appreciation to Dr. Fagan for the many years of care that he has provided to his patients.
In 2016; Melissa Campbell, Nurse Practitioner, and Dr. Cody Bowen joined Dr. Fagan’s practice and they have been caring for the majority of his patients since then. At this time, Dr. Bowen and Ms Campbell will accept care of the remainder of Dr. Fagan’s patients. All of Dr. Fagan’s patients are required to contact the clinic, before the end of March 2019, in order to make sure their records are transferred properly. Dr. Bowen and Ms Campbell will not be accepting any new patients.
Barbara Van Der Veen, KLHCI President, said “Dr. Fagan has been an integral part of the health care of our City residents. We hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement in health and happiness!”
Dr. J. Choi, City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Organization lead physician, would like to express gratitude for Dr. Fagan’s years of service and dedication to the inception of the Family Health Organization. We send him best wishes on his retirement
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Charlotte Hale is looking to guide the future of Scugog’s Ward 3, if she is elected councillor in October.
“This year I feel, more than ever, it's critical for issues that have been ongoing to be addressed, so we don't miss opportunities for solid and mindful development, especially in Ward 3,” Ms. Hale told The Standard.
Ms. Hale is a former Associate Dean of the School of Media, Art and Design at Durham College. She spoke about what skills she could bring to Scugog council.
“I'm a very, very good listener, and I'm diplomatic. I have a deep commitment to people and quality of life and potential. I understand how to navigate challenging situations carefully, and with everybody's best interests in mind, and I understand the power of creative thinking for problem solving.”
Ms. Hale said her main campaign platform is “safe passage for residents and guests.”
“That means better roads, better signage, [and] a second access,” she explained.
She also elaborated on how she plans to move the second access for Scugog Island forward.
“Based on what we know with the new casino hotel and development, there should be enough public pressure by the citizens of the Township to move this to a top priority, and it will require partnership by One Toronto Gaming, First Nations, the Township, the Region and the federal government. I see it as a citizen activated priority now,” Ms. Hale said.
As well, Ms. Hale noted that another thing she wants to focus on is “actively designing and creating an economic strategic plan that allows for the Island to become more diverse and build community.”
One initiative she said could be involved with, is the creation of a Scugog Island Community Association, similar to the Greenbank Community Association.
“I see [the] Island Community Association being the first step in having citizens able to apply for grants, revitalize the Island Hall and to host events and build community,” Ms. Hale explained.
She opined that Ward 3 is “the jewel in the crown of the Township” and said through her leadership and working with local partners and partners outside the community, she hopes to “meet the true potential” of Ward 3.