DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The 2018 edition of the Uxbridge Community Toy Drive recently kicked off, on Monday, November 12th, to start the holiday giving season.
New unwrapped toys can be donated at several locations in the Uxbridge community, including Canadian Tire, Mc-Donald’s, Walmart, Zehrs, Body Fit health club and at Uxbridge Bruins home games. All toys donated will go to Uxbridge families.
As well as toy donations, the drive will also be accepting cash and gift card donations.
One of the Toy Drive’s organizers, Pat Higgins, told The Standard how important this annual drive is for the community.
“It’s very important,” he said. “There’s certainly lots of people in need, more than most would believe. We have a great community, every year they rally to help us out, which is fantastic. We have drop bins located around town, so we encourage people to come out.”
Last year’s toy drive, he added, had “outstanding support” from the local community.
For more information, such as suggestions for the types of toys to donate, go online to this address: www.uxbridgetoydrive.com. For those interested in making a financial donation, contact Mr. Higgins, at this address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Dinner reservations for 130 please!"
The Port Perry Seniors Club hosted a traditional war-time Armistice Luncheon to a sold-out crown of 130. Volunteers rolled up their sleeves, donned their aprons and took over the Latcham Centre kitchen, starting in the early morning of November the 7th.
Diners arrived at noon, for a delicious homemade stew, featuring Herrington's best beef. This, accompanied by a crusty roll, and finishing with a healthy slice of WWI "War Cake", was met with rave reviews. The recipes were a sought-after commodity.
Thanks to all of our volunteers, which included greeters, chefs, servers; and entertainment by the Club Choral Singers and our Ukulele Beginner Students, the "LUKES".
Did you know that all local residents, who are 50 plus, can take advantage of dozens of activities offered by the Port Perry Seniors Club, for only $15 per year.
Here are some of the programs presently running: ballroom dancing, bid euchre, chorus, crafts, cribbage, exercise, gentle exercise, intermediate exercise, line dancing, line dancing - intermediate, mah jongg, Mexican train, pickleball, regular euchre, short mat bowls, shuffleboard, ukulele for beginners, woodcarving, and yoga.
All of these programs, with the exception of pickleball, run at the Latcham Centre, at 121 Queen Street, overlooking Lake Scugog.
Pickleball runs three days a week, at the Scugog Recreation Centre on Reach Street, attracting 200 members.
Want to connect electronically with family and friends, near and far? Free tech support is offered for both Apple and Android/PC users, by appointment at the Latcham Centre.
Call the Latcham Centre for more information at 905-982-2192.
Mark Tuesday, December the 11th on your calendar! That's the date for this year's Port Perry Seniors Club Christmas Dinner. Tickets are now on sale.
The dinner/dance is just $25 for members, or $30 for non-members. The event takes place at the Scugog Recreation Centre, at 1655 Reach Street in Port Perry. The cash bar opens at 4:00 p.m. The dinner buffet is at 5:00. There will be door prizes!
Let us know if you need transportation. 905-982-2192.
Irwin Smith will be the featured entertainment at the November 28th Port Perry Seniors Club Members Pot Luck.
Dinner starts at 5 p.m. Then, sit back and enjoy Irwin Smith singing some popular tunes, starting at 6 p.m.
The Port Perry Seniors Club invites area residents to join us for our monthly Club Social. On the second Wednesday of each month we have coffee hour, at 2 p.m., at the Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street, overlooking Lake Scugog.
This monthly event features interesting guest speakers, coffee, tea and delicious home cooked sweets. No pre-registration is required.
The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) have been generous and good neighbours to Scugog Township and Durham Region. The people of Scugog Township and Durham Region have been the recipients of their kindness and generosity for two decades and have been able to fund capital projects, and support charitable organizations with the 32 million dollars that have been donated by them to our community. As the newly elected representatives of Scugog Township embark, in the coming months, to negotiate with the MSIFN towards a new contract that will provide road and fire services to MSIFN lands, The Standard Newspaper would like to provide the community with the history of the MSIFN, and how they came to be, or more aptly said, how our community came to be, their neighbours.
The following article has been reprinted, with the MSIFN’s permission, from their website at www.scugogfirstnation.com
The Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation moved into southern Ontario from their former homeland north of Lake Huron around the year 1700. The Mississaugas are a branch of the greater Ojibwa Nation, one of the largest native groups in Canada. From time immemorial, Mississauga people secured all their needs from the surrounding environment (“Mother Earth”); hunting and fishing and harvesting plant materials for food and medicines. Wild rice, an important food staple, grows in shallow water and was gathered in late summer using birch bark canoes.
Mississauga people lived traditionally in single-family dome shaped or conical birch bark wigwams.The word tipi, popularized in modern entertainment media, is actually the word for “house” from an unrelated First Nation language spoken out on the western prairies, and it has no application to Mississauga wigwams per se.
The move into southern Ontario followed the 17th century dispersal of the Wendat people or, “Hurons” as the French named them. These once numerous people together with their close relatives, the Petun and Neutrals, were first ravaged by European diseases and then around 1650 were attacked in their villages by another native group from south of Lake Ontario.
The first Mississauga people to settle in the basin of Lake Scugog around 1700 appreciated the bountiful resources available in the virgin forests and unspoiled wetlands. Game and fur animals, waterfowl and fish abounded, and wild rice grew in profusion in the shallow waters. The people flourished in this paradise for nearly a century until the British arrived with their insatiable appetite for aboriginal land. Having just lost the American War of Independence, British refugees came flooding north into Upper Canada seeking new land.
Government officials were soon conducting land acquisition treaties with Mississauga and Ojibwa people who neither understood the language of these powerful strangers nor fully grasped the revolutionary concept of permanently selling their Mother Earth. Millions of acres of valuable native lands were given up through these treaties with very little received in return. Unfortunately, fair dealings were not the order of the day. In one instance, a 100 mile (160 kilometer) stretch of land about 20 kilometers wide along Lake Ontario from roughly Trenton to Toronto was ceded, but the treaty was so flawed, government officials later privately agreed that it was invalid. Mississauga people however were not so informed, and that land was quickly taken up by non-native settlers.
In another case, the land on the west side of Lake Scugog, all the way north to Lake Simcoe was not negotiated or treatied for with the resident Mississauga people, at all. They were simply ignored and swept aside and the land was given out to non-native settlers who chopped down forests to make their farms.
By 1830, with strangers despoiling their hunting lands and with rising water from a new dam on the Scugog River at Lindsay flooding their rice beds, the Mississauga people moved away at the government's insistence. Some went to Lake Simcoe and onto the new reserve at Coldwater, and some moved to live with their friends at Chemong Lake (also called Mud Lake). Scugog Chief Jacob Crane went with the group to Mud Lake.
In 1836, Chief Crane and his people moved farther west to reserve land at Balsam Lake.
But by 1843, with non-native settlement increasing and game populations declining, the government was encouraging native people to take up subsistence farming to supply their food needs. Owing to the unproductive rocky soil at Balsam Lake, Chief Crane’s people sought better land, and they chose to move back to Scugog.
With increasing settlement at Scugog, the only land available was an 800 acre (320 hectare) landlocked parcel on Scugog Island. And despite the thousands of acres west of Lake Scugog earlier taken from them, Mississauga people were required to purchase these 800 acres with their own money.
In 1844 Chief Crane and his people returned home to Scugog, although it was no longer the paradise it had once been. Chief Crane died at Scugog in 1861.
Over the century and a half that followed, the people tried subsistence farming, but this didn’t prove viable; fur trapping, hunting and basket-making supplied a meager income. Later, off-reserve jobs in the cities to the south were resorted to, but times were never bountiful. In spite of heavy enlistment for the great wars, and the recent history of Residential Schools, the “60’s Scoop,” and a dwindling member population, the Mississauga people survived and rebuilt their community. After much forward-thinking and hard work, the Mississaugas opened their community economic development project in 1997, the Great Blue Heron Casino. With the advent of the casino also came the Baagwating Community Association; Baagwating is run by members of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and is the charitable-arm of the Great Blue Heron. Through building community networks, the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation have built relationships of trust and respect with the Scugog Township, the Durham Region, and the local townspeople.
As our two communities work and face the future together, let us, the people of Scugog Township, recognize the valuable contributions of our neighbours, the MSIFN, who have given, generously, towards our mutual success.
SCUGOG: A 61-year-old Toronto woman has died, and a couple other people were injured, after two vehicles collided on a Scugog Island roadway, on Friday, November 9th.
According to police, at around 2:30 p.m., officers from North Division were called to a serious motor vehicle collision, on Island Road, north of Demara Road. A blue Hyundai, traveling northbound on Island Road, lost control and collided with a southbound Kia Sorento.
The 76-year-old Toronto man, driving the Hyundai was transported to Lakeridge Health - Port Perry with serious injuries, and later transported to a Toronto trauma centre.
The 61 year-old Toronto woman, who was a passenger in the Hyundai, and who’s name has not been released by police, died shortly after being extracted from the car.
The 70-year-old woman from Scugog, who was driving the Kia, was transported to Lakeridge Health - Port Perry with non-life-threatening injuries.
The scene was closed for several hours while evidence was collected, by members of the DRPS Traffic Services Branch, Collision Investigation Unit.
Anyone who has information about this incident or anyone who witnessed this collision is asked to call Detective Constable Riley, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5216.
KAWARTHA LAKES: A new online survey is asking Kawartha Lakes youth for their input on the type of activities they want to see offered in their community.
The confidential and anonymous survey is being launched by the Kawartha Lakes Youth Engagement subcommittee, and is designed to gather the interests and opinions of youth, aged 14 to 21 years old, living in City of Kawartha Lakes.
“We need to learn what is important to local youth, so we can offer activities and opportunities they will find interesting and engaging,” said Jennifer Robertson, a member of the Kawartha Lakes Youth Engagement sub-committee and a Public Health Nurse with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit.
The Kawartha Lakes Youth Engagement subcommittee is part of the Community Planning Table, which includes representatives from; local agencies, services, programs, school boards and organizations that provide direct service to children and youth in the City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton County. The Community Planning Table’s vision is, creating ‘a community of happy, healthy children, youth and families.’
The deadline to participate in the survey is Wednesday, December 5th. The link to the survey is: https://questionnaire.simplesurvey.com/f/l/2018cklyouthsurvey.
The short survey consists of 10 questions that ask about the types of activities in which youth currently participate, the barriers or challenges that prevent them from participating, the types of new activities youth would like to see offered, and how they would like to learn more about future activities.
UXBRIDGE: The Brock St. Culvert project is temporarily delayed, due to restrictions encountered on the property located on the north side of Brock Street. The Township is in the process of negotiating access and exploring all options through engineering design.
With the impending winter season upon us, the Township and its Contractor may choose to delay further work on the project until the spring. Further communications about the timetable of future work will be made public, when that schedule has been confirmed.
The work completed to date has successfully redirected the Uxbridge Brook into a closed-system culvert, to enable further work without contaminating the Brook. The nature of this work required it be completed within a specific seasonal window, to protect aquatic habitat as permitted by the Ministry of Natural Resources. Missing this window would have delayed the project to July 2019. Having successfully completed the work in the window available, the Township is well positioned to resume work on the project, when the project details are finalized.
Labour Minister Laurie Scott Meets with Local Business to Discuss the “Making Ontario Open for Business Act”
KAWARTHA LAKES: Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock MPP and Ontario Minister of Labour Laurie Scott has been meeting with small businesses and stakeholders across the riding, to discuss how the Making Ontario Open for Business Act will benefit their businesses and employees.
“After Bill 148 was suddenly introduced last year, I heard from countless local small businesses about how these changes were hurting our local economy, threatening their livelihoods, and putting local jobs at risk,” Scott said. “Now, when I meet with small businesses in our community, the message I am hearing is much more positive. They are telling me that the Making Ontario Open for Business Act will provide stability and empower them to hire more local workers,” she continued.
While touring the manufacturing facility of Emily Creek Woodworking yesterday, Minister Scott heard from owners Oliver and Margaret Meyer, about how the Making Ontario Open for Business Act will benefit Emily Creek.
“The previous Bill 148 created unintended negative consequences for small businesses. One example that comes to mind is an abuse of paid leave days. We had an employee who was not working out during their probationary period and [was] given a two-week notice of termination. Despite not actually being ill, they didn’t show up for their final two days of work because they were ‘entitled to their two paid days off’,” recalled Margaret Meyer, co-owner of Emily Creek Woodworking.
“Bill 47 repeals many of these misguided policies, and provides local small businesses, like ours, with the stability and confidence to hire more people and expand operations. Right now, we are looking to hire more local people, in part due to the positive changes in Bill 47,” Mrs. Meyer added.
Minister Scott is continuing to consult with businesses, stakeholders, and workers’ advocacy groups, in Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock and across the province, regarding the impact of the proposed changes in Bill 47.
DURHAM: Durham Region remains the right choice for a bright future. While Amazon has announced the Toronto Global Amazon HQ2 bid was not successful in the competition, The Regional Municipality of Durham is thankful to have had the opportunity to work closely with area municipalities, the regional economic development organization, Toronto Global, and neighbouring communities in the GTA to identify sites and put together a strong bid submission.
“Thank you to everyone who helped show the world Durham Region’s passion for innovation, our rich cultural heritage, our strong creative culture, and our talented workforce,” said Gerri Lynn O’Connor, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer. “Collaboration on the Amazon HQ2 bid process allowed us to highlight all the great elements that Durham Region has to offer potential investors and show that Durham is an ideal place to live, work, innovate and invest.”
Durham Region is a smart choice for investors. Durham Region offers access to more than six million talented people—a diverse, inclusive, educated workforce that is recognized for its innovation and creativity. One of the fastest growing communities in North America, Durham Region is on track to reach one million residents by 2031.
Durham Region is geographically the largest municipality in the Toronto Region, featuring an impeccable blend of natural spaces, urban amenities and room to grow. Durham’s excellent quality of life; commitment to environmental sustainability; affordable real estate; low-cost commercial and industrial land; and competitive development charges make the region an attractive choice for businesses and families.
“Durham Region is ready and open for business,” said Brian Bridgeman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development. “We appreciate the opportunity to show companies from across the globe not only the sites available, but the commitment to collaboration and partnerships, and the benefits of doing business in Durham Region.”
The region’s post-secondary institutions are internationally recognized for innovative, market-driven programming, generating a steady stream of bright and competent graduates. Local centres of excellence offer opportunities for entrepreneurs, innovators, investors, researchers and students to come together to exchange ideas, help each other succeed, and be part of a collaborative business ecosystem.
These assets are complemented by Durham Region’s integrated transportation network of highways, an airport, transcontinental and commuter rail lines, cargo-loading and deep-sea shipping ports.
Visit InvestDurham.ca to see why Durham Region is the right choice for a bright future.
SWEETMAN, John L.
John was born on January 22nd, 1901 on Scugog Island, ON. He worked as a drill instructor, as a Corporal. He was promoted to Sgt. Of #1 Manning Depot, RCAF in Toronto. In 1943, in Halifax, he was on the North-Atlantic Anti-Submarine Patrol as a machine gunner aboard a Catalina Fling Boat. In 1943, he was posted to newly formed Northwest Staging Route based in Edmonton. In 1944, he was posted back to Toronto and worked on discharges of returning veterans. John was a Life Member of Branch 419. John passed away on May 6th, 1997.