DURHAM: Fire trucks, dogs and the Red Cross were all at Durham College’s Oshawa campus on June 21 for the Region’s emergency simulation exercise.
The emergency simulation was if there was trouble at one of the nuclear power stations in Durham Region and they had to set up an evacuation centre.
An unlikely event, Director of the Durham Emergency Management Office, Warren Leonard said, but it’s important for the Region to practice procedures and plans for emergency situations.
“We do this on an ongoing basis,” Mr. Leonard explained. “To see if the plans are going to work.”
For this simulation, they had over 300 volunteers practicing contamination detection for people pets and cars along with de-contamination showers, registration and practice providing necessary social services.
“Pets go through the process just like everyone else,” Mr. Leonard said.
One of the stations set up for volunteers to practice with was car detection and decontamination wash.
“If there’s any radio-activity, their car will go through the wash and then monitored on the other side to make the wash did what it was supposed to do,” Mr. Leonard explained.
Some of the organizations out there to help were Red Cross, Ontario Volunteer Emergency Response Team, Durham Region Police services, Ontario Power Generation, Durham Region Health, Oshawa Fire department and animal services.
“We all have our part to play,” Mr. Leonard said. “It’s a total collaboration.”
This simulation had been in the works for almost a year because of the size of the event and the different organizations they have to collaborate with. The last event was in December of 2017 an operation exercise with 500 volunteers.
While the protocol and outline of what to do in case of problems at a nuclear power station are provided and updated by the province, it’s up to the different regions to figure out how that will work and logistics of it making it necessary for simulations and test runs.
Join us Sunday, July 1st from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Elgin Park, 180 Main Street South, Uxbridge.
Guests of all ages will find something to enjoy at the events. The Hands-on-Exotic animal presentation will feature a wide variety of animals visitors can get close to. The young and young at heart will also enjoy animal balloons, riding the mini-YDHR train, visiting Sparky and his friends from the Fire Department, and the Superman show. And last but not least the fireworks which will occur at the close of the event.
Join us Sunday, July 1 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. in MacLeod Park, 72 Peace St., in Cannington for the Annual Cannington Canada Day Festival and Classic and Custom Car & Truck Show.
Includes live on stage entertainment, rides and inflatables for all ages, ball hockey tournament, car and truck show, motorcyle show n shine, bbq & concessdion food, beer tent, fire department displays and exhibits, Brock's Biggest Canada Day Cake and more!
Join us Sunday, July 1st from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Beaverton Fair Grounds, 176 Main St., in Beaverton as well at various other local locations.
This local celebratin is produced as a community partnership with The Lions club of Beaverton, local businesses and service groups, bringing multi-generational and famliy-friendly activities throughout the day and evening, sure to entertain festival goers all day long. Start the day with a pancake breakfast at the Fire Hall and windup at dusck with a spectacular fireworks display at the fairgrounds.
Canada Day Celelbrations at the Beaver River Museum will include a Strawberry Shortcake Festival, musical entertainment and much more. The event will begin at 11 a.m. and go to 3 p.m. at the Beaver River Museum, 284 Simcoe St., in Beaverton.
Have you ever...
1. Said pardon?
2. Said pardon multiple times in one conversation?
3. Apologized for something petty?
4. Apologized for something petty profusely?
5. Apologized for someone else bumping into you?
6. Apologized for someone else dialing the wrong number?
7. Apologized for apologizing?
8. Kept your front door unlocked?
9. Always kept your front door unlocked?
10. Invested in and installed security measures but still kept your doors unlocked?
11. Legitimately feared being attacked by a polar bear?
12. Legitimately feared being attacked by a moose?
13.Purchased home/life insurance to protect yourself/your house from potential polar bear/moose invasions?
14. Been attacked by a polar bear?
15. Been attacked by a moose?
16. Built an igloo (for fun or for real)?
17. Built an igloo (for fun or for real) and lived in it?
18. Seen the movie Canadian Bacon?
19.Instantly thought “yup, ours” when a Canadian celebrity is mentioned in conversation?
20. Craved poutine?
21. Craved Timbits?
22. Craved a beaver tail? And felt genuinely sorry for those who have never tried one?
23. Craved maple syrup?
24. Craved Kraft Dinner a la ketchup and/or pepper?
25. Craved ketchup and/or All-Dressed chips?
26. Craved hickory sticks?
27. Craved nanaimo bars? And felt genuinely sorry for those who have never tried one?
28. Craved Smarties and meant the chocolate kind (Not American “Rockets” or whatever)?
29. Driven or walked through a blizzard to obtain and satisfy these cravings?
30. Scoffed at the idea of using an umbrella to shield you in a snow storm?
31. Driven through a blizzard with winds up to 60 mph with complete ease?
32. Aspired to be a Mountie?
33. Been a Mountie?
34. Been cross-country skiing on your own block?
35. Been to a maple sugar bush?
36. Sapped your own maple syrup?
37. Driven a Zamboni?
38. Dreamed about being a hockey player?
40. Taken days off of work over a hockey game?
41. Skated on an outdoor pond?
42. Have Canadian Tire money in your wallet?
43. Been outside in a T-shirt in 0 degree celsius weather?
44. Worn shorts and a parka at the same time?
45.Found some toonies in your pocket/carseat/couch cushions and realized you had $20?
46. ...and felt like it was Christmas morning?
47.Ran out of refrigerator room and just started storing things outside?
48.Shoveled your driveway in the morning only to shovel your driveway again at night?
49.Argued that Canadians don't say “eh” that much and then said it?
50.Worn a snowsuit to run everyday errands?
Score 50 - True Canuck,
Score 40 - Have some
more maple syrup,
Score 30 - Eh not bad, Score 11 or less - hoser
For the full
‘How Canadian Are You’ quiz go online to BuzzFeed.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Plenty of entertainment has been planned for Scugog’s annual Canada Day celebrations in Port Perry, on Sunday, July 1st.
The celebrations will kickoff with the annual Support the Troops Vettes for Vets parade, at 10:30 a.m.. The parade begins at Ottawa St. and runs down Queen St. to Water St., then into Palmer Park.
Following the parade, the official opening ceremonies will be held in Palmer Park, at 11:15 a.m., which includes the singing of the national anthem by Hayden Kerry and Julia Romano, and the serving of Vos’ Independent’s Cupcake cake.
From noon until 1 p.m., people can get some free pizza from Dominos Pizza in Palmer Park, or get some food from a free hot dog barbecue put on by Maple Leaf Foods. There will also be multiple vendors selling food and merchandise, and a beverage tent run by Old Flame Brewery, which will run from noon until 11 p.m.
Numerous performers will take to either the gazebo or main stages in Palmer Park throughout the day, including Dan the Music Man, the Outback Cloggers, Port Perry Dance Academy and Brent and Sarah’s Comedy Magic Show. There will also be a kids’ zone.
The fireworks show, beginning at 10 p.m. in the park, will close out the festivities.
For more information on Scugog’s Canada Day events, visit www.scugog.ca.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Following recent wind damage, Scugog council has given the Port Perry Agricultural Society permission to dismantle the Junior Fair Building, currently sitting on the Port Perry Fairgrounds.
The decision was made at a special council meeting, on Thursday, June 21st. The building was damaged after a wind storm hit the area in May. According to a report from consulting engineer Marko Milicevic, from RocMar Engineering, the May 4th storm caused the building’s walls and roof to be “structurally damaged beyond reasonable repair.”
Another engineering report, from Ian McDougall, found the damage left the “public at risk”
“The Junior Fair Building roof was blown off, the walls are damaged, and the foundation has shifted on the main building; and the other structures suffered damage as well, including the Entertainment Building,” David Dobromilsky, the Agricultural Society’s Vice President, said in a press release.
On Monday, June 18th, the Port Perry Agricultural Society and the Township of Scugog announced the fairgrounds will be closed until further notice.
At the special council meeting, Regional Councillor, Bobbie Drew questioned if the Township had an estimate on what it would take to repair and restore the building.
CAO Paul Allore referenced a 2010 AECOM report, which found the cost to retrofit the building at the time would be $336,000.
“That was eight years ago, so I think you are looking at substantially more than that, probably at $500,000 to $600,000 minimum,” he said.
Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back estimated the cost would be between $600,000 and $1 million.
However, Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville said she would like to see more estimates come in before the township makes a decision.
“Personally, I would like to see more estimates coming in, to see what it would cost to put that back together again. I do know that it is in disrepair, I do know that it is unsafe, and I do know that there are people out there that would like to take a look at it and maybe think about restoring it,” she said. “It tears me apart to have this building torn down when it’s one of the oldest buildings in Port Perry. I would like to see a little more debate on this.”
However, Mr. Allore said the Township would need the agricultural society’s permission to carry out the process of getting those estimates, because it is the agricultural society’s building. The Junior Fair building was bought by the Agricultural Society in 1930.
Councillor Drew said the safety of the community has to be council’s top priority in this situation.
“It pains me to demolish this building because it is a heritage building, and it’s been valued as an icon in the fairgrounds for quite some years. But, emotions aside, we have to think about the safety and the security of the community,” she said, also noting that getting estimates takes time.
Councillor Somerville reluctantly agreed to vote in favour of a motion to allow the agricultural society to dismantle the building.
“I can live with it being dismantled.
I have to live with it, because I think that’s the only option. I think the safety of the people around it is important, and I do feel bad because that building is very charming,” she said.
“It gave character and it gave charm to the Port Perry Fair; and to visualize in my mind that not being there is a gaping hole. It’s going to be hard for me to get over that for the first little while.”
Council voted to not pursue the process to place the Junior Fair Building on the Township’s Heritage Register, as a designated building in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act, to support a demolition permit application from the Port Perry Agricultural Society for the building, and to have the agricultural society “undertake best efforts to preserve the historically significant features of the Junior Fair Building.”
“It was important to work together to close the grounds, as soon as the engineers’ reports revealed the extent of the damage,” said Scugog Deputy Mayor, Janna Guido, in a press release. “Our hope is that portions of the buildings can be saved to recreate a building that pays homage to their historic roots.”
In a statement, Mr. Dobromilsky assured residents, despite the recent fairground damage, the fair will still be held.
“The next question the public may have is, what about the 165th fair,” said Mr. Dobromilsky. “We are still working on our plans, and the fair will go on. We are considering all the logistics and needs of the location first. We will keep the public up to date as plans take shape, and we are looking forward to celebrating the 165th anniversary.”
There are many ways to celebrate Canada Day in the City of Kawartha Lakes. To minimize the risk of fire and burn injuries this Canada Day weekend, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service urges residents to attend fireworks displays hosted by the municipality or community groups.
“Several communities around the City will be hosting fireworks displays with experts who are trained to handle and discharge fireworks safely,” says Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst. “Fireworks can be extremely dangerous and we encourage everyone to avoid family fireworks or informal neighbourhood displays. Be sure to attend one of the many Canada Day celebrations around the City.”
Here is a list of all Canada Day celebrations taking place in the City of Kawartha Lakes:
Fenelon Falls Canada Day
July 1, 2018 from 11am to dusk
Garnet Graham Park, Fenelon Falls
Enjoy live entertainment, family activities, fireworks show and more!
Lindsay Canada Day
July 1, 2018 from 3pm to dusk
Wilson Fields, Lindsay
Enjoy live entertainment, family activities, fireworks show and more!
Bobcaygeon Canada Day
July 1, 2018 from 11am to dusk
Bobcaygeon/Verulam Community Centre and Bobcaygeon Beach Park
Enjoy family activities, live entertainment, a parade, fireworks show and more!
KAWARTHA LAKES: In a joint effort by the Russian Dairy News, Leading Livestock Genetics, and the City of Kawartha, a visit by 50 Russian farmers, dairy processors and journalists, called the “Way for Milk”tour, will take place for the first time, to farms in Quebec and Eastern Ontario, but will also be making stops to dairy farms in the Kawartha Lakes area, on July 17th and 18th, 2018.
This group hopes to be instructed in a wide array of dairy farming techniques and services, recognizing Canadian farmers have established excellence in their standards of practice for dairy farming. There will be a key focus on purchasing genetics or embryos that can be transported back to Russia to revitalize their existing herds. But just as important will be their opportunity to observe and train in all other facets of dairy farming, such as management techniques, technology and the use of state-of-the art Canadian equipment and machinery.
Kelly Maloney, Agriculture Development Officer for Kawartha Lakes explains, “Vera Mozgovaya, editor of the Russian Dairy news, came to the Dairy Expo in Stratford last spring, for a study tour, and realized there was more to learn for her readership. At a dinner hosted in Lindsay, with local farmers and municipal counselors, we discussed a larger tour and she took this concept back.”
There will be a full agenda for the visiting delegates, as they tour farms and learn more about: milk production systems, feeding systems, herd and calf management, robot technology; and begin to familiarize themselves with, and possibly purchase, Canadian farming equipment.
Kelly Maloney continued, “As the market economy is in transition in Russia, they are looking to Canada to learn more about our rural community, farming life, and management systems, and how they can translate that into their larger operations. Also, this is an opportunity for us to foster and develop an export market, not only in genetics but with farm equipment sales, as all the name brands are represented here.”
John DeVries, farmer and representative of the LLG, states “Last August I went to Russia and toured through Siberia. I didn't know what to expect, but it was awesome. They have very large farms, about 500 acres each, that house around 2000 cows each. The landscape could be compared to that of Saskatchewan. It was warm and beautiful, with rolling hills and scattered with birch trees. The reason this group is visiting here is that the Agriculture community was dropped by the government in 1991, and 1st generation families are starting to take over the farms now. When they come here they want to see how we do things, and they'll get to see how family farms are run here. We have a whole package of management tools to provide to them. They will be touring farms, businesses and processing plants that have the technology they're looking for.”
The last day of the tour will include a public event, hosted at Tom and Tracy Benschop's Farm. All are welcome to come and meet with the Russian tour group, and to enjoy an evening of festivities, beginning at 6 p.m.
SCUGOG: Communicate Freely recently took the time out of their busy schedule, bringing high speed internet to Scugog Island, to speak with The Standard, in an effort to clear up misconceptions residents may have about the Scugog Island internet project.
First, CEO Norman Tomlins reassured The Standard that around 90 per cent of residents on the island will be able to purchase a package with Communicate Freely, in order to get access to their high speed service. This is in contrast to impressions some have had about fewer areas being covered.
Regarding why the remaining 10 per cent won't be getting service, Mr. Tomlins and Chief Financial Officer, Richard Duval, emphasized, that while they would like to service the entire island, certain areas are not cost effective for them to reach.
They said it costs them “$100 a meter” to run fiber optic cable. When the houses are close together, this requires little distance and is cost effective for everyone involved. But on streets such as Head Road, with few houses, it would be very expensive for Communicate Freely, and the potential customers.
Another misconception is in regards to the governmental involvement. At one time, Scugog Township had looked at doing the Scugog Island internet project through their Municipal Services Corporation, a partnership with Communicate Freely, or by purchasing Communicate Freely. However, as it stands now, Communicate Freely is doing the project entirely independent, without municipal involvement, except for the necessary permits and licensing that are needed to move forward.
The project has been greatly helped by the federal governments approximately $1.9 million “Connecting Canadians Grant”. This subsidy, though helpful, only covers 50 per cent of the financial burden. This roughly pays for the amount needed to put the fiber in the ground, but doesn't account for employees wages, other materials, and the general costs of doing business.
The project is a commercial venture, but with very reasonable rates, offering packages starting as low as $65 per month.
Communicate Freely is run by local people who strive to keep everything as local as possible. They hire local students during the summer, as well as pay local contractors to do the appropriate work.
The project is nearing completion, and Mr. Tomlins said they can safely say everything will be hooked up by May of 2019.
For more information, or to sign up for one of Communicate Freely's packages, visit www.communicatefreely.ca, or call Norman Tomlins, at 289-225-1220.