KAWARTHA LAKES: A Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is now in effect.
Water levels and flows, at watercourses throughout the Kawartha Conservation watershed, are currently receding. As the majority of the snow cover has melted and no significant precipitation is in the forecast, the receding trend is expected to continue.
The public is reminded to exercise caution around all water bodies as water levels are high and water courses continue running at higher than normal velocities. Children should be warned of hazards associated with water and water structures, and caregivers should maintain a close watch on children who are outside.
Trent-Severn Waterway officials are monitoring the situation closely and are prepared to adjust flows through water control structures as required. Burnt and Gull River levels are monitored by staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).
Residents along these two rivers are requested to direct any questions concerning water levels to the MNRF Minden office, at 705-286-5207.
This Flood Watch-Kawartha Conservation Watershed will be in effect through Monday, February 26th, 2018.
Kawartha Conservation will continue monitoring water levels and watershed conditions and notify the public and municipalities within its watershed jurisdiction of any changes.
If you are aware of or have concerns about flooding, please contact Kawartha Conservation, at 705-328-2271 or 705-344-0155 after-hours.
Watershed Conditions Statement – Water Safety is a general notice that existing or potential conditions pose a risk to personal safety. Watershed Conditions Statements may be issued when streams are flowing, at or near bankfull levels, when ice conditions are unsafe, or when stream banks are icy, soft and/or slippery.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The owners of Dimples Charms, a business located in Technology Square in Uxbridge, recently launched an environmental initiative, to help the community recover from the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer.
Owners Jeffrey Ross and Patti Moloney have started an initiative, in which a portion of each sale of jewellery, from their new line of Ash Bark jewellery, will go to tree planting in the community through Forests Ontario.
The Emerald Ash Borer is a type of beetle that is highly destructive to ash trees.
Ms. Moloney said they decided to start this initiative after noticing the effects of the emerald ash borer during a walk down Quaker Village Dr. in the fall.
“I went 'something's different. What is it? It looks bare,” she said, noting the disappearance of mature ash trees in the area.
Mr. Ross said Dimples has never done an initiative like this before.
“We have, over the years, donated our jewellery to hospitals and to families with particular circumstances, but nothing on this kind of scale," he said.
Rob Keen, CEO of Forests Ontario, said, in a press release, that they are happy to partner with Dimples.
"We are pleased to plant trees on behalf of Dimples,” he said. “Their one of a kind jewellery is a beautiful way of celebrating the beauty and benefits that ash trees, and our forests, provide us with on a daily basis.”
Ms. Moloney spoke about the feeling it gives her to be able to give back through her business.
“"It does feel empowering to be able to use our business in a way that provides a social benefit, in such a physical and visible way,” she said.
The line of Ash Bark jewellery will include rings, cuff links and pendant necklaces. For more information, or to purchase a piece of the bark jewellery, go online to www.dimplescharms.com/bark-jewelry/, or visit their store at 280 Main St. North in Uxbridge.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Durham police are looking to identify two suspects who stole jewellery from Goldbug International in Port Perry.
According to police, on Saturday, February 17th, at around 12:50 p.m., North Division officers attended the store at 1874 Scugog St.
“An older male suspect entered the store and was looking at several pieces of jewelry. He was later joined by a younger suspect. Both males then attempted to purchase some silver jewelry but left the store to get cash to purchase these items. When the suspects left the store, the store employees noticed several items were missing,” a DRPS press release read.
Goldbug owner, Terry Booth told The Standard that among the stolen items were four gold necklaces, a bracelet, and a gold watch. He said he believes the people involved in the theft are connected to other jewellery thefts across Ontario.
“We’ve since discovered that these people are going over the province attacking jewellery stores, and others that have expensive gold items, and I spoke to someone in Toronto Tuesday morning, and he said ‘you are the sixth one I’ve heard since the new year that has been done the same way,’” Mr. Booth said.
The first suspect is described as male, white, mid 50's, wearing light pants, a white shirt and a dark suit jacket. The second suspect is described as male, white, 30 to 40's, medium build, full beard, wearing a red baseball hat and dark clothes. Video surveillance photos of the suspects can be seen online, at www.drps.ca in the newsroom section.
Despite having photos of the suspects, Mr. Booth, who is also a retired policeman, said he doesn’t expect to recover the stolen items.
“In my experience, we have no hope of ever recovering the product, because by now it is long gone. It’s either melted or sold or sent out of the country,” he said.
Police ask anyone with information that could help the investigation contact D/Cst. Josh Brown, of the North Division Criminal Investigation Bureau, at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2675.
Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers, at 1-800-222-8477, or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca.
SAM ODROWSKI The Standard
February 13th of last year marked Canada’s first ever Agriculture Day, with hundreds of events and thousands of people participating across the country.
The 2nd Annual Agriculture Day returned to Canada this February 13th, and agriculture was celebrated across the country, through events, speeches, and new agriculture programs.
The day is meant to celebrate farmers, processors, and all people involved in the agriculture sector, as well as build a closer relationship between consumers and the people who produce their food.
Farmers came into classrooms to educate students about agriculture across the country and in Ottawa, government stake-holders, industry groups, the youth, and farmers came together to celebrate.
There are many reasons to celebrate agriculture in Canada, from its economic benefits to environmental protections, the list goes on and on.
Celebrating agriculture means celebrating family, with 97 per cent of Canadian farms being family farms. These hardworking families provide food security to Canadians and feed the people in their communities.
Another reason to celebrate agriculture is because the ag industry employs over 2 million Canadians and generates over $110 billion to Canada’s GDP, annually.
Agriculture is a large industry in Canada, the country is the fifth biggest agricultural exporter in the world.
Farmers do lots to take care of Canada’s land, and do a lot to protect as well as preserve the environment. When operations are sustainably managed, they can help to preserve and restore animals habitats, protect watersheds, improve soil health, and water quality.
Another reason to celebrate Canada’s agriculture is because of it’s level of quality. The country ranks number one in global food safety.
Consumers are taking note of this, with surveys showing that consumers trust farmers more than any other group, and 60 per cent are interested to learn more about farming practices.
Agriculture isn’t just a business for most farmers, it’s a way of life. Farmers do what they do because they are passionate about feeding the people of Canada.
To help celebrate and support farmers in the area, try buying produce locally, and shopping at farmer markets when possible.
Ontario has recently signed a bilateral agreement with the federal government, aimed at supporting strategic, long-term investments that will help to promote innovation, economic growth, and create jobs in Ontario’s agriculture sector.
The new agreement is called the “Canadian Agriculture Partnership” and is focused on building a solid foundation for the future of Ontario’s agriculture and agri-food industries.
The partnership will support research projects aimed at fostering innovation, to help create more effective technology in the agri-food and agriculture sectors. The document will also provide funding to help farmers manage risks, like weather or market volatility which threaten the viability of their farm.
According to the federal government, these investments will help achieve their goal of creating good middle class jobs, within the agriculture industry.
Canada’s federal and provincial governments are committing approximately $1.5 billion in the Ontario agri-food sector, with $1.1 billion going toward business risk management funding and $417 million for strategic initiatives.
The intake window for cost-share funding assistance will begin in April, and more information regarding the programs details will be announced once the program is finalized.
To make sure the programs are delivered effectively, Ontario will continue to work with key partners like the Agriculture Adaptation Council and Ontario Soil and crop Improvement Association.
Agriculture and agri-food is a big business in Ontario, with over 800,000 jobs in each of the sectors, contributing more than $37 billion a year towards the provinces GDP.
In Canada, approximately $56-billion a year is generated from exports of agriculture and agri-food products. The government has an ambitious goal of increasing that number to $75-billion by 2025. With the committed investments in agriculture from the federal government, hopefully Canadians will see steady growth.
GREG POROZNI Alberta Farmer
The 2017 New Crop Mission’s 'Team Canadian Wheat' visited Canada’s top customers, and provided them with technical data and support.
Who are Canada’s top customers? Some of the answers, like Japan, will be no surprise to anyone, but many would not expect to see one of our newest top customers, Nigeria, on the list.
Fifteen to twenty years ago, I would have never guessed that I would be in Nigeria, on a Canadian New Crop Mission. Nigeria has become one of the top customers for Canadian wheat, and this is the second year we have visited the country as part of the new crop missions.
Why visit Nigeria? The Canadian industry is moving beyond the traditional markets that were a focus fifteen to twenty years ago. Nigeria has a young population, of over 200 million people, with an annual population growth rate of three per cent, meaning that, there will be more demand for wheat imports in the future.
Our commitment to providing technical support and data, through new crop missions, is essential to maintaining our export relationship.
As an emerging country, Nigeria is concerned with food safety and getting the quality wheat, consistently. Because the Canadian team included the entire value chain, we were able to work with customers to help ensure they could access the Canadian quality, they have come to expect, while meeting their country’s grain safety regulations.
Nigeria is also very price sensitive. Purchasing CWRS, in place of U.S. Exports, allows them to minimize costs while still delivering higher quality flour, through a blend of Canadian and Black Sea wheat.
How important is the Nigerian market becoming? In 2007 Canada exported 24,600 tonnes of wheat, growing to a total of 728,419 tonnes in 2017. Canada’s five-year-average is 623,125 tonnes.
Some farmers wonder if there is any value in having a producer as part of these customer support missions. Before I was part of the missions I was one of those people. But participating in the missions has made it clear to me, it is critical to have farmers as part of “Team Canada Wheat”. When customers have questions on Canadian production practices, I was in the room to answer. I was there to talk about the sustainability of Canadian farming, and to explain why we use crop protection products. I was able to deliver the message about Canadian clean air, clean water and clean land, an increasingly important part of the Canadian brand.
Most of our major competitors carry out similar missions.
But the Canadian approach to customer support is unique. We take the entire value chain with us to talk to customers. When there were questions on supply or logistics an exporter was there to provide the right information. Cigi and CGC provided unbiased technical information on the grade factors and the technical milling, baking, and noodle making properties. This collaborative effort demonstrated Canadian commitment to supporting our customers, and providing them with the opportunity to optimize the value and performance of Canadian wheat.
The Canadian missions are about a lot more than industry representatives talking to international buyers. We are also there to listen directly to our customers’ needs and concerns. Bringing these needs and concerns back to Canada is one of the key objectives and values of the missions. This feedback allows Canada to adjust our grading and classification systems to give buyers what they want, and to focus research goals on the traits and qualities that will get the highest return from the market. Another reason for these types of customer interactions is, it is critical to build relationships and trust in a competitive wheat export environment.
As a farmer who has had an opportunity to sit on the Boards of the Alberta Wheat Commission as well as Cereals Canada, I have seen first-hand the value of our industry working together to support my customers. I am proud to see that the reach for Canadian wheat is expanding. providing technical expertise and information on quality and functionality. The New Crop Missions facilitate new customer dependence on Canadian wheat.
Courtesy of Cereals Canada
DAN CEARNS The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association is going to be holding a lecture and demonstration on equine massage therapy, this Saturday, February 24th.
The event will be held at Falle Wind Farm, located at 376 Scugog Line 6, Port Perry, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. The speaker for the event will be registered massage therapist Vanessa Beach.
“I’m super excited to finally be able to do this lecture and demonstration, and I really hope that a lot of people get some good information from it,” Ms. Beach told The Standard.
Some of the topics that will be covered during the event include: what a registered massage therapist does, the benefits of massage therapy, and how to identify if a horse needs a massage.
“It’s always really rewarding when a horse really enjoys their massage. When a horse starts to feel better about what they’re doing, and they’re not uncomfortable anymore, it just gives you a really good sense of ‘yay you’ve done a good job’,” Ms. Beach said.
For more information on the Uxbridge Horsemen’s Association, such as how to become a member, visit www.uxbridgehorsemen.com.
Local vendors are often a go-to choice when couples are planning their wedding ceremonies and receptions. As the "shop local" movement grows in popularity, weddings present a prime opportunity to embrace this movement.
Couples may have different ideas regarding where to tie the knot, but local vendors can be hired regardless of geography. Brides magazine says the biggest factor influencing wedding location is the size of the guest list and the number of people who wouldn't be able to attend if the wedding was in a particular locale. Hometowns might be the traditional choice regarding wedding location, but the XO Group says one in four couples now host destination weddings.
Once couples choose a town or city to host their weddings, they can begin exploring the benefits of working with locally-based vendors.
Local vendors will be familiar with the area and possibly even the location where the wedding will be held. That can help couples avoid having to give directions, discuss venue protocols, and handle other tasks that must be worked out with non-local vendors. For example, local photographers familiar with a particular venue will know all of the best places to get shots, and some vendors may have preexisting relationships with venue representatives that could ensure wedding day operations go smoothly.
Local vendors can meet with brides and grooms more readily throughout the planning process, making things less stressful on the happy couple. This also makes it easier to drop off deposits, attend meetings, make fitting appointments, or attend styling sessions.
Couples who travel for their weddings and employ local vendors will not have to pack as much. Using local vendors eliminates the need to bring along bulky dresses, decorative items, flowers, and much more. Plus, couples needn't pay to transport and house vendors brought along from back home.
Individuals who take great strides to conserve resources by reducing their energy consumption and protecting the environment often find that shopping local is beneficial. Local vendors are more likely to source their materials from other local businesses, reducing their carbon footprints along the way. For example, local caterers may rely on local farmers for their foods, affording couples the chance to host eco-friendly or even farm-to-table weddings.
Working with local vendors often translates into getting more personalized service and attention than mass retailers or merchants can provide.
Going local when choosing wedding vendors is an increasingly popular choice among couples about to tie the knot. .
Traditionally, one of the more memorable aspects of wedding receptions is the food. Whether it was fun, tasty or something entirely new for guests, food tends to leave a lasting impression.
The experts at Boho Weddings say that, more than ever before, couples are seeking menu ideas that reflect their personalities as a couple as they seek to make a statement at their events. Celebrating with delicious, unique foods can make receptions that much more amazing.
Tapas and a movement toward small bites has started to take hold at wedding receptions. Such a choice allows guests to try many different flavors without filling up too quickly. From sliders to mini grilled cheese to soup shots to bite-sized pizzas, many of these small bites feature flavors borrowed from familiar comfort foods - just presented on a miniature scale.
Comfort stations and bars
Couples who love comfort food can put it on display with a crostini station, a mashed potato bar, a chicken and waffles station, a gourmet popcorn snack station, or a ramen noodle bar.
Outdoor weddings can be enhanced with the addition of trendy food trucks. These restaurants on wheels can inject burgers, sandwiches, international delights, crêpes, noodles, and so many more flavors into a wedding.
Couples may want to give guests a taste of the lavish with olive oil and vinegar tasting stations, whiskey bars, French hors d'oeuvres, Kobe beef sliders, lobster tails, risotto stations, and more.
When it comes time for dessert, some couples opt to avoid or downplay wedding cakes in favor of something simpler. A cookie-and-milk bar, doughnut holes, soft pretzel stations, pie pops, or dessert shot jars push creativity and sweetness to new levels. Do-it-yourself dessert stations, such as s'more-making and ice cream sundae stations, also can be big hits.
Couples are increasingly feeling less beholden to traditional wedding reception menus as they look to infuse their personal tastes into the foods they plan to serve their guests. Many catering managers and chefs welcome the chance to work with couples looking to create unique reception menus.
Couples opting to get back to basics, streamline their nuptials and create more intimate and less superficial affairs often gravitate toward rustic celebrations to showcase their ideals. Rustic weddings also may appeal to environmentalists and men and women who want their weddings to be as eco-friendly as possible.
Rustic weddings may include those ceremonies and receptions that take place outdoors or in abodes, such as barns, wineries, castles, or converted silos or town factories. In fact, Bridal Guide says that barn weddings have never been more popular - among both urban and rural couples alike.
Coordinating a rustic wedding may mean letting go of perceived notions of how everything from food to favors to flowers should be. In fact, one way to describe rustic weddings - and especially the floral arrangements that adorn them - is "purposely imperfect."
Rustic wedding bouquets may seem like they were plucked right out of the garden or grabbed through a stroll in a meadow. They're rarely symmetrical or feature the customary flowers of more formal wedding celebrations.
When designing rustic bouquets, florists may keep the stems of wildflowers or other blooms untethered for a relaxed feel. Long stemmed arrangements are quite popular, and trends point toward bouquets that are loosely tied with raffia, twine, vines and other natural materials rather than more refined ribbon.
Another way rustic bouquets set themselves apart is with the introduction of other elements into the arrangements. Not merely blooms and greenery, rustic pieces may feature twigs, vines, berries, scabiosa pods, ivy, and feathery ferns. The heights of elements in the bouquet are varied, and the bouquets will not have an overly uniform shape. Rustic bouquets are far from pretentious, and brides shouldn't feel that these bouquets are delicate or will fall apart when handled.
When planning a rustic wedding, couples can work with their florists to create bouquets and arrangements that fit with their visions.