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KAWARTHA LAKES: The Court of Appeal has decided to uphold a decision made by the Divisional Court in 2015, which found that the City of Kawartha Lakes acted in bad faith by blocking the usage of Wild Turkey Rd. for the Sumac Ridge Wind project.
The decision was officially announced on Wednesday, June 22. As part of the decision by the appeal court, the City will have to pay WPD Canada Corporation, the company working on the wind project, $30,000 in legal costs. This is on top of $55,000 that the City already paid WPD after the Divisional Court proceedings. The City also spent $224,000 on the Divisional Court application and $60,000 on the appeal.
“We are understandably very disappointed in the decision, given the public opposition to this development within the sensitive environmental feature of the Oak Ridges Moraine. We do, however, respect the court’s decision, and will cooperate with the proponent to implement the Provincial Renewable Energy Approval,” Kawartha Lakes CAO Ron Taylor said, in an e-mail statement to The Standard.
Kevin Surette of WPD Canada told The Standard that they are “pleased” with the court’s decision, and are “looking forward to moving to construction shortly.”
The project involves putting up five industrial wind turbines near Ballyduff Rd. and Gray Rd., south of Bethany. It was approved by the province in late 2013. For things to move forward, Wpd wanted to widen an unopened portion of Wild Turkey Rd. However, in March 2014, Council passed a resolution that denied the use of the road for the wind project.
"Throughout the development process, we reached out a number of times to the City about the use of Wild Turkey Rd., and that should show how much we wanted to work with the City, and that was frustrating," Mr. Surette said. "There was no appetite on their part to discuss the use of Wild Turkey Rd.”
The company then took the matter to the Divisional Court, where the decision was made that the City had acted in bad faith, and had overstepped on provincial jurisdiction. The City then appealed the decision, alleging the Divisional Court made errors in making the final decision.
However, the appeal court found the Divisional Court “did not commit any review-able error” and agreed the City had acted in bad faith “to frustrate the Sumac Ridge Approval and prevent wind energy projects from being constructed.”
The court also found the decision to block the use of the road was simply motivated by the City’s “opposition to the project.”
Mr. Surette told The Standard that construction on the project is expected to begin towards the end of this summer or early in the fall.
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SCUGOG: Council has decided to defer the Port Perry Business Improvement Association’s (BIA) parklet pilot project until 2017.
The decision was made at a meeting on Monday, June 20. The original proposal from the BIA was to have at least six parking spaces on Queen St., between Perry St. and Water St., replaced by temporary boardwalk style “bump outs.” At the meeting, Council was going to vote on a staff recommendation to approve the project with two parklets in total installed this year.
However, Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back moved a motion to defer the project. The motion also stated that staff would have the authority to deny any applications for a parklet in the urban Port Perry area.
At the same meeting, Council discussed a petition from members of the Port Perry BIA for Council to force the organization to hold a recorded vote on the project. The petition, written by JoAnne Callery, stated that the BIA membership had “not been provided with any information about this proposed project” and added that it “is important that all BIA members are given the right to accept or reject” the project proposal.
“Do the heritage committee or even the Council have the authority to require the BIA to take a vote?” Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew asked.
Clerk Nicole Wellsbury responded, stating that it would not be a good idea for Council to force the BIA’s hand.
“My personal and professional opinion is, that it would not be appropriate for Council to try to compel the BIA board to hold a referendum. That is the purview of the BIA board itself,” she said.
She also added that it is not a question of whether “Council could do that, but instead if they should.”
Ward 3 Councillor Don Kett said there has been “a lot of staff time put into (the project)” and added “if people don’t want it, (Scugog) should worry about spending everyone’s tax dollars on it.”
The BIA did hold a vote on the parklet project later on, with the result being also to defer the project.
The issue was again discussed at Council’s meeting on Monday, June 27. At the meeting, Tony Janssen and Julie Curran, from the Scugog Chamber of Commerce, made an unscheduled deputation to Council, stressing their support for the project.
“We need more public green space in Scugog, what a great way to start,” Mr. Janssen said. “We as a chamber feel that by holding this initiative back, it sets us further behind, and sends out a message to other potential Township businesses who really want to do business in Scugog.”
Councillor Kett questioned what would happen if Council decided to change their decision on the parklet initiative.
“Would this be looked at as a vote of non confidence for the BIA?” he asked.
Tony Janssen responded, stating that the chamber is in support of the BIA.
Ms. Callery also made a deputation to Council about the parklet initiative.
“We are not against the parklets, we just want more survey to go into the parking in the town. We all want to flourish here. We just want everyone to understand that (taking up parking places on Queen St.) is a major issue,” she said.
Councillor Back passionately defended her original motion to defer the project.
“I don’t believe any of the Councillors here are against the parklets, the point of contention here is the process,” she said.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido said she was “saddened to see” the divide the parklet initiative debate has created.
“It’s sad that no matter how the vote turns out, one group will declare victory over the other group,” she said.
Councillor Guido also mentioned that she has noticed many business owners recently parking on Queen St., taking up some of those spots.
Councillor Drew agreed that the three hour parking limit needs to be better enforced by the Township, and the Township needs to install directional signage on Queen St.
The Regional Councillor made a motion to approve the project, and have no limit on the number of parklets that could be installed during the pilot and that the fees be waived.
“We need to refresh our downtown, we need to make Scugog a Staycation destination,” Councillor Drew said.
However, the motion was defeated, and Councillor Back’s original motion to defer the project was once again approved.
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NORTH DURHAM: After seven years dedicated to fighting forest fires all over Canada for the Ministry of Natural Resources, based in Wawa, Ontario, Adam Nuttall, moved back to Southern Ontario and decided to continue his goal of making a positive influence on the health of our planet.
Since he was a young boy, Adam has always had a love for the world’s forest. He decided to start a business with the aim of enhancing the life and vitality of trees while also improving their aesthetic appeal, thus Big Bear Tree Care was born.
Big Bear Tree Care is a group of Arborists, or tree surgeons (literally, the definition of an Arborist), dedicated to striking a balance between the form, function and greenery of trees.
Big Bear Tree Care offers a variety of services, including: tree and shrub pruning, plant healthcare, tree planting, storm damage emergencies, hedge trimming, tree removal, and will even hang up Christmas lights on the tallest of trees.
A very interesting service offered by Big Bear Tree Care is, arbosculpture or tree shaping. Tree shaping uses living trees and other plants as the medium to create works of art. Using techniques such as root shaping, artists can create living chairs into a trunk of a tree or bridges made of roots to create a river crossing. These works of art are the perfect marriage of practicality and nature.
Big Bear Tree Care employs skilled and environmentally conscious Arborists with an eye for detail and an expansive education in biology and ecology. They treat every project like it is a piece of art.
For a free estimate, please contact Big Bear Tree Care by visiting their website, www.bigbeartreecare.ca. “Preserving the life that gives us life.”
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SCUGOG: People will soon be able to watch all of Scugog’s Council meetings on-line.
At a meeting on Monday, June 27, Council approved a staff recommendation to proceed with the implementation of, video recording and posting of Council and GPA meetings, electronic agendas, and new screens in Council Chambers.
Webstreaming and recording of Council meetings are tools currently used by other Durham municipalities such as Oshawa, Pickering, Ajax and Whitby. The recording project would see Council post the videos of their meetings, after the meeting is over, on the Township’s YouTube channel.
The report shown to Councillors estimates, the installation of recording technology would cost less than $2,000. There will also be two 55” to 60” LED screens, mounted on the side walls of Council Chambers. The report states, staff expect these to cost between $3,000 and $4,000.
Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten stressed the importance of having the new screens installed, because the report stated that they were a “low priority item”, and could be deferred if the project ends up going over its set cost.
“If people are in the audience and we are going through the trouble of live streaming our meetings, the audience should be able to see the screens,” she said.
However, Township Clerk Nicole Wellsbury said she is confident that the total project will be possible in the allocated budget.
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SCUGOG: The 41st annual Blackstock Truck and Tractor Pull will be roaring back to the fairgrounds next weekend.
The action will begin on Friday, July 8 at 7:30 p.m. The first night will feature local 4x4 diesel trucks, mini modified tractors, super modified 4x4 trucks, modified farm tractors, pro street diesel vehicles and single engine modified tractors.
Day two, on Saturday, July 9 at 7 p.m., will feature local 4x4 gas trucks, pro modified diesel 4x4s, super stock 4x4s, light and heavy pro stock tractors, hot stock trucks and a demolition pull.
During the event, there will be a beverage garden on site, as well as food vendors around the fairgrounds, at 3440 Church St.
Admission is $10 per adult, and $5 for children ages five to 12. Children, under five years of age, get in free. On site parking is $2.
Also, just a reminder, Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27, is the set date for the Blackstock Demolition Derby and Summer Fair. The Demolition Derby begins at 7 p.m. Prices for adults is $10, children 12 & under are $5 and senior kindergarten and under are free. The Blackstock Fair on Saturday, August 27, begins at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The parade leaves Cartwright Central Public School at 10:30 a.m.
For more information, contact Graham Duff at 905-986-4494, or go on-line to www.blackstockfair.ca.
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UXBRIDGE: With the warm weather now in full-effect, what better way to spend a day, than hitting the links for charity?
The Township of Uxbridge Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament returns for it’s 33rd anniversary on Friday, July 15. This year, the tournament is being held at Uxbridge’s own Wooden Sticks.
All proceeds raised at this tournament go solely towards funding events or activities, by non-profit organizations and individuals within Uxbridge, that directly benefit the community.
Wooden Sticks is hosting the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament for the first time. The format this year is 18-hole “Texas Scramble,”. Tee-off time is at 7:30 a.m.
“Texas Scramble”, is a golf format which consists of four person teams, with each member of the team playing his or her own ball. Each succeeding shot is played from the spot of the single best preceding shot. In layman’s terms; after all team members hit their drives, the best of the four drives is selected and the other three team members move their balls to that spot for their next drive. This continues until the ball is holed (Otherwise known as Best Ball).
After registering, all participants will be treated to full bag drop services, along with a prize table consisting of gifts, such as a TaylorMade golf bag or wedge, and Footjoy Hydralite golf shoes.
Breakfast and lunch buffets will be provided. Prizes will be handed out for top teams, closest to the pin, and longest drive. Participants also have the chance at winning $10,000, in a hole-in-one contest.
This year’s event takes place during the British Open, at Royal Toon in Scotland. Wooden Sticks 11th hole is inspired by the “Postage Stamp” hole at Royal Toon. In fact, all of the holes at Wooden Sticks are inspired by actual holes from famous golf courses around the world.
The cost of registration is $300 per person or $1,200 for a team of four. Registration and breakfast buffet begins at 6 a.m.. Welcome speeches and shotgun start at 7:30 a.m.; lunch, other speeches, and handing out of prizes start at 1:30 p.m.
If you cannot participate in the tournament, but would still like to take part in supporting its cause, there are many sponsorship opportunities available.
For more information and to register, please visit, https://woodensticks.formstack.com/forms/uxbridge_mayors_charity_tournament.
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KAWARTHA LAKES: In the event of a Canada Post labour disruption, the City of Kawartha Lakes is urging residents to sign up for online billing to ensure they receive property tax, water, and/or sewage bills on time. Registering for e-billing is free and can be done by visiting, www.epost.ca.
If Canada Post does go ahead with a labour disruption, residents that expect to receive a bill in the month of July can pick up their bill at various city service centres, beginning July 6.
Areas and their corresponding pick-up locations are as follows:
Lindsay: Residents of East Ward, Kent Street, accounts starting with 091 and east of the Scugog River and Springdale Gardens with accounts starting with 060 - City Hall, 26 Francis St., Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Manvers Township: Pinewood Estates, Manorview, Janetville, accounts starting with 080 - Bethany Municipal Service Centre & Library, 1474 Hwy 7A, in Bethany, Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Emily Township: Highview Acres, Omemee, account numbers starting with 010 or 040 - Omemee Municipal Service Centre, 1 King St. West, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Fenelon Falls, Southview Estates, accounts starting with 240 and 210 - Fenelon Falls Library Branch, 19 Market St., Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Coboconk, account numbers starting with 031 and 340 - Municipal Service Centre, 9 Grandy Rd., Monday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Norland, account numbers starting with 420 - Norland Library, 3448 Cty Road 45, Tuesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Thursday from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Kinmount, account numbers starting with 310 may pick up bills at the Kinmount Library, 3980 County Rd 121. Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For any residents that live in these areas and cannot go to their local service centre, please call, 705-324-9411, with an old bill in hand.
The City of Kawartha Lakes would also like to advise residents that late charges will still apply, even in the case of a Canada Post labour disruption.
The deadline for a new deal between Canada Post and unionized workers is Saturday, July 2.
KAWARTHA LAKES – Environment Round-Up Day events will continue to occur throughout the summer in Kawartha Lakes. These one-day drop off events allow residents to conveniently drop off hazardous household waste, electronics, and bulky plastics free of charge.
The final Environment Round-Up Day events for 2016 will be held from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the following locations:
Coboconk - Saturday, June 25 Roads Depot, 2863 CKL Road #48, Coboconk Fenelon Falls - Saturday, July 9
Fenelon Falls Community Centre, 27 Veteran’s Way, Fenelon Falls Bobcaygeon - Saturday, July 23
Bobcaygeon Public School, 30 Balaclava Street, Bobcaygeon
Residents are encouraged to check the list of accepted items online before arriving: https://www.city.kawarthalakes.on.ca/residents/solid-waste-services/round-up-days
Backyard composters will be available for sale during Round-Up Days at regular price with a free kitchen catcher provided while supplies last.
For further information please contact: Ashley Webster Marketing and Advertising Officer 705-324-9411 extension 1339 firstname.lastname@example.org
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LINDSAY: The Standard is expanding it’s distribution in Lindsay.
The Standard is already available at various outlets throughout Kawartha Lakes, including; Fenelon Falls, Bobcaygeon, and Lindsay, but the paper is now hiring carriers to deliver newspapers door-to-door, in order to better serve the community.
The Standard Sales Representative and Circulation Director, Lisa Black, says this is a great opportunity for local businesses to work together to achieve success. “We are all connected, whether it be through sport, family, or business. The Standard provides a voice for the community and provides a platform for businesses to speak to a larger, expanded market,” said Ms. Black.
One of The Standard’s newest carriers is, 12-year old, Tyler. Tyler is a grade 6 student at St. Mary Catholic Elementary School. When Tyler isn’t at school or handing out newspapers, he enjoys dirt biking, riding 4-wheelers. and even has his own grass-cutting service to help the community.
Like the eager-beaver he is, when asked why he chose to become a carrier, Tyler said he “thought it would be fun.”
The Standard pays all of it’s carriers. Gone are the days of walking door-to-door and asking for donations from residents. The Standard also has a rewards program for carriers. Carriers collect points and are rewarded with various products bought from local stores, within the carriers municipality or township. Popular items include: Google Play gift cards and Apple products.
The Standard also has a “Carrier of the Month” award. The ‘Carrier of the Month’ wins a free meal from one of our sponsors. In addition to the ‘Carrier of the Month,’ The Standard also thanks their carriers by holding special events for them to enjoy, such as bowling nights or movie nights, depending on the sponsor.
According to Lisa Black from The Standard, carriers gain more than just money from distributing newspapers. “Being a carrier teaches children the importance of working hard, and imparts valued work skills such as, reliability and people skills, preparing them for the real world,” said Ms. Black.
If you know someone who is interested in being a carrier at The Standard, please give Lisa Black a call at The Standard’s office at 905-985-6985.
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UXBRIDGE: The average price of a single-family home in Uxbridge is assessed at $548,000 as of Friday, Jan. 1. This is an increase in value of $103,000,, since 2012, according to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
Michael Porporo, Account Manager at MPAC, stopped by Council on Monday, June 13, to inform Councillors and the public, about this year's assessment process and what to expect. "The 2016 assessment update brought significant reforms...not seen since 1998," said Mr. Porporo. These changes include, more transparency between MPAC and the municipality/residents, as well as how much time has been spent on assessing properties to ensure the most accurate assessment.
Property Assessment Notices were mailed out to residential property owners on Monday, June 20. Farm Property Assessment Notices will be mailed out on October 11. Multi-Residential and Business Notices will be mailed out on October 18. The new assessments, taken from Friday, Jan. 1, will serve as the basis for calculating property taxes for 2017 to 2020.
There are five major factors MPAC uses to determine an assessment value for a property: location, lot dimensions, living area, age of property, and quality of construction.
To learn more about their assessment, property owners can log onto www.AboutMyProperty.ca, using the roll number on their Assessment Update Notice.
AboutMyProperty assists all property owners in Ontario, to look at information on their property and information on other properties, to help gauge their assessment relative to properties in the vicinity," said Mr. Porporo. All sales of properties in the neighbourhood will also be available for review on the website.
If a property owner feels the assessment is wrong after logging onto the AboutMyProperty website, they can file for a Request for Reconsideration (RfR). Residential property owners have 120 days from the issue date of June 20, 2016 to file a RfR. The deadline for Durham Region is October, 18, 2016.
For more information, contact MPAC at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722) or go to www.mpac.ca.