DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Council approved an all way stop at the intersection of Paxton St. and Rosa St. in Port Perry on Monday, March 21, reversing their previous stance on the subject.
At their meeting, Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back made a motion to have the stop signs installed at the intersection, despite a warrant analysis by staff that found that stop signs were not necessary at the location.
“It is the only East-West in the urban old part of Port Perry that does not have an East-West stop sign and it makes it a very convenient cut through from Old Simcoe Rd. to Simcoe St.,” Councillor Back said.
Before the motion was officially made, council suspended their rules of procedure to allow for Marc Gibbons, a Port Perry resident and someone who started a petition to have stop signs in place on Paxton St, to speak on the issue.
“Despite being labeled a traffic calmed neighbourhood, the absence of traffic controls and functional calming measures are an invitation to speed and accelerate aggressively,” Mr. Gibbons said.
After his deputation, Mr. Gibbons also showed council a video of vehicles going up and down Paxton St. at speeds clocked over 60 and 70 km per hour.
However, Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew told council that she spoke with a member of the Durham Regional Police and was told that the top speed that was clocked on Paxton St. was 52 km per hour.
Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten said that she had heard concerns from some residents about the possibility of an all way stop including noise concerns from vehicles braking and emergency vehicles having to use their siren to get through the intersection.
A recorded vote was held, with the motion passing 5-1. Regional Councillor Drew was the only member of council that was opposed.
Councillors had previously discussed the issue of speed and traffic on Paxton St. at a meeting on Monday, March 7. At the meeting, they decreased the speed limit on Paxton St. between Rosa St. and Simcoe St. to 40 km per hour, but found that there was no need for an all way stop because the area did not meet the traffic volume, or collision frequency requirements.
Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith told council that the signs will go up as soon as possible, with the Township possibly putting up temporary stop signs in the meantime.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Police were contacted on the morning of Sunday, March 27 after a Victoria Ave. North resident located two pair of jeans in their front yard.
At 11:37 a.m., an officer attended the residence to retrieve the recovered pants. The owners of the home indicated that around 3 a.m. on Sunday morning they observed a male party standing on their porch.
The man left prior to them contacting local police.
When the owners went out later in the day they located two pair of blue jeans that were sitting on their front lawn.
Police are advising that if you are missing jeans, they likely have them. Kawartha Lakes police can be contacted by phone at 705-324-5252 or on-line by e-mail at email@example.com For service board inquiries e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Their police station is located at 6 Victoria Ave. North in Lindsay.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Continued investment from Durham Region into local infrastructure improvements highlighted Regional Chairman Roger Anderson's annual address to council, which took place at their meeting on the morning of Monday, March 21.
As Mr. Anderson explained, the Region will be spending more than $5 million on the rehabilitation of Regional Roads within Uxbridge this year.
A discussion also took place regarding an upcoming study by the Region to identify roads that could be transferred to Regional Road status, with Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor mentioning that Davis Dr. would be a prime candidate for such a move.
"I totally support the transfer of roads," commented Mayor O'Connor. "I believe that Davis Dr. should've been a part of the network when amalgamation happened in 1974, and I think most now realize that a mistake was made." Mayor O'Connor added that such a move would involve the township assuming Sandford Rd.
As well, Durham is contributing almost $1 million towards preparatory activities for several future projects in the municipality, including the replacement of the Uxbridge Brook culvert through downtown Uxbridge and an Environmental Assessment on a new water source for Uxbridge.
Transit issues also dominated the discussion, with Mr. Anderson noting that "transit is the one area where residents in North Durham don't receive good value for their money from the Region."
However, he did add that several changes are upcoming to provide better connectivity for the residents of Uxbridge, as well as Brock and Scugog Townships, but reiterated that greater investment is needed from the upper levels of government to bring local transit better in line with what's offered in neighbouring regions.
“It's a small step, and we have to take bigger steps," explained Mr. Anderson. "As you know, the issue is funding. York Region will receive more than $1 billion in transit funding over the next four years, while Durham will get $33 million over the same timeframe. We need to be able to move people to where they want to go, not just Oshawa and Pickering, but west to Stouffville and Newmarket."
Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach pressed the Regional Chair on the need for a different kind of connectivity, mentioning the lack of high-speed internet options for many of Uxbridge's rural residents.
Mr. Anderson explained that work on providing options for expanded high-speed internet are currently being explored by the Region, as well as by the Provincial and Federal governments.
"I can't promise anything, but I can assure you that high-speed internet is being worked on at all levels," Mr. Anderson said.
ROB DRAL The Standard
SCUGOG: Tickets are going fast for the Syrian refugee benefit concert, “Live at the Town hall” at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts in Port Perry.
The show starts at 7:00 p.m on Apr. 1., so make sure to show up early and grab a ticket at the door before the last few tickets sell out! This is an all ages show and tickets are $30.
All proceeds from this benefit concert will be going to the Syrian Refugee Sponsorship program.
This musical event features 5 of the Toronto area’s top performing bands. There will be two pop rock bands, a jazz band, a country band, and a Led Zeppelin Cover Band performing throughout the night.
The concert will be MC’d by Voice Recording Artist,. Anil Maharaj with comedic acts in between music sets to keep the energy up.
Door prizes will be handed out to lucky ticket holders, as well as a t-shirt toss from the stage.
Blackfly Guitar Shop is donating a custom, hand-crafted electric guitar worth $1,500, specifically carved for this Syrian benefit concert, featuring a star from the Syrian flag, pearl-inlaid into the neck of the guitar.
You can enter by purchasing a $10 raffle ticket at the concert and wait to hear if you have the winning ticket at the end of the show.
Tracey Green, Event Organizer for “Live at the Townhall” is ecstatic due to the amount of support shown by the community for this benefit concert. “We are practically sold out already”, said Ms. Green. “Not only will this event help in our efforts to support the refugees from Syria, but it will make a strong statement that we as a community stand proud together.”
This event is being put on entirely by the help and support of volunteers. All of the bands are volunteering their time to the show as well as all stage techs, lighting, and audio engineers.
“Thank you to everybody generously volunteering their time to make this event happen. We are extremely grateful to all of the industry professionals and bands that worked together to support such a great cause”, said Ms. Green.
For more information, please go to , www.townhall1873.ca.
KAWARTHA LAKES: The ongoing investigation into an Ops Township resident, 56 year old Fraser Copeland, has resulted in 27 criminal charges being laid against him and 4 more victims being identified.
On Wednesday, Feb. 24, police in Collingwood were approached by a woman in relation to domestic related offences originating in Lindsay.
The City of Kawartha Lakes Police commenced a multi – jurisdictional investigation into an Ops Township man allegedly exploiting domestic partners on internet dating sites.
An investigation lead to the discovery of numerous fictitious social media accounts that were being utilized to spread false information relating to the victims for a sexual purpose. The victims reported that the suspect posed as a retired peace officer to add credibility to his ploy.
The investigation also focused on the possibility that the social media accounts were used as part of an elaborate scheme to convince the victims to become escorts.
Since that time Kawartha Lakes Police Service have continued to investigate the matter with the assistance of investigators as well as victim services from the Ontario Provincial Police in several jurisdictions outside of the Kawartha Lakes area.
As a result 4 more victims have been identified ranging in age from 12 to 48 years of age with charges being laid for offences that have occurred over a 12 year period.
In addition to the original charges, Copeland has also been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching (for acts committed in relation to the 12 year old), obtaining material benefit for sexual services, procuring a person to offer or provide sexual services and fraud under $5000.
The Kawartha Lakes police can be reached by phone at 705-324-5252.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Residents will have a chance to get informed about, and to provide input on, Durham Region Transit’s (DRT) new rural north service strategy on Tuesday, March 29 at the Sunderland Arena.
DRT has been holding public information centres across the region, including in Uxbridge on Tuesday, March 22 and Port Perry on Wednesday, March 23. DRT staff will be on hand to answer any questions and people will be able to provide feedback on the plan.
Under the new plan, there will be numerous changes made to how the North Durham is serviced, including extending Port Perry’s 950 route to replace the 701 and 801 buses.
“(950) is a major connection to the network…,” Durham Region Transit general manager Vincent Patterson said. “This change offers a fixed route and a predictable service."
There will also be a route added that travels from Uxbridge to Newmarket, which will be titled 960.
“This is a case in point where concerns came in loud and clear from residents,” Mr. Patterson said. “People go to the hospital in Newmarket, and there are so many other reasons to go East-West."
DRT is also planning on putting in bus terminals in Scugog and Uxbridge. The Scugog terminal would be located at Curt and Water streets, with the Uxbridge terminal to be built somewhere in the central area of the town.
"Travel doesn't start on a bus, it starts at home. We wanted to make sure that people could get to a stop and have a friendly environment. Where there is a shelter and a clean environment,” Mr. Patterson said. “Many times people have had to wait near people's lawns or the area is uncomfortable or is just concrete."
If all goes well with the plan, Mr. Patterson told The Standard that DRT is looking at having routes go to places such as Orillia.
The Sunderland public information centre will take place from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. To check out the full rural strategy, go on-line to www.durhamregiontransit.com
ROB DRAL The Standard
SCUGOG: The Scugog Chamber of Commerce is having an Awards of Excellence Evening at the Scugog Recreation Centre on Thurs. March 31st, from 7pm to 9pm. According to the Chamber of Commerce website, “The Awards of Excellence recognize businesses which best exemplified the spirit & success of our business community in 2015.”
The event is $40 to Chamber members and $45 to non-chamber members and guests. Hors-deurves and refreshments will be served. There are two categories: businesses under 15 employees and businesses over 15 employees.
If you would like to nominate a business, go to the Scugog Chamber of Commerce website and download the nomination form. The deadline for nominations is March 24th, 2016 at 4pm.
Winners will be selected by the award nominating committee with The Scugog Chamber of Commerce.
According to their website, selection guidelines are, but not limited to: significant business achievement, major business activity taking place within the province of Ontario, active involvement in business or professional associations, active involvement in community service organizations, and demonstrating community spirit.
For more information or to purchase tickets, email: email@example.com, go to their website at: www.ScugogChamber.ca or phone them at, 905-985-4971.
ROB DRAL The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Recent meetings between the three local mayors are paving the way for residents to be able to watch the proceedings of North Durham Council meetings on-line through live streaming.
This past Monday (March 22) at Uxbridge Council’s weekly meeting, Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor mentioned the recent meeting between herself, Brock Mayor John Grant and Scugog’s Tom Rowett investigating the possibility of live-streaming future council and committee meetings.
“My preference is to go live, but we don’t have the same options as the south [South Durham]”, said Mayor O’Connor. Live-streaming of council meetings is currently an option in several municipalities including: Whitby, Oshawa, Clarington, as well as Durham Regional Council available through either on-line or through RogersTV. The three northern municipalities are currently looking for viable options to serve the area. According to Mayor O’Connor, the three North Durham mayors are set to meet again on the matter very soon.
With files from Darryl Knight
ROB DRAL The Standard
KAWARTHA: LP Outfitters in the beautiful Kawartha Lakes is a family-run business that opened it’s doors in 2015.
Located at 41 Lindsay St., across from George Wilson Motors, LP Outfitters is a family owned and operated business catering to outdoorsmen and women.
Anyone that has met Paul Young, knows he has been an avid outdoor sportsman since he was old enough to walk . Now, he has turned his passion for the outdoors into a passionate business.
LP Outfitters features a unique blend of high end appeal and hometown atmosphere.
Name brands like Berkley, Fenwick, Ugly Stik, Abu Garcia, and Shimano fill the store to meet all your fishing needs. The selection of rods, reels and tackle is extraordinary. They even carry live bait!
There is an impressive selection of new and used firearms with ammunition and accessories for every gun and knowledgeable staff to guide you, whether you are a beginner or an avid outdoorsmen.
Need to breathe new life into an old gun? They also refinish them.
For archers, LP Outfitters has a great selection of bows, arrows, targets, and top of the line tree stands.
Clothing and outerwear by Under Armor and Rocky will help you look good while staying warm and dry in any weather condition.
LP Outfitter’s prices are competitive with the well known big box outdoor retailers.
Born and raised in Fenelon Falls, Paul has brought some of Kawartha’s history into his store. The log where the tree stands are displayed is an old stop log from the dam above Fenelon falls.
The ambiance is set by the trophy deer heads, and antlers that Paul and local hunters have contributed to the store.
The 20lb lake trout on display was caught by a family member two years ago.
LP Outfitters is celebrating the opening of Turkey Season with a contest! The hunting season starts April 25th through to May 31st, but customers can enter now to win one of three grand prizes. A $20 entry fee is charged and contestants are to bring their turkey in to be judged. Highest score wins. There is also an early-bird prize so be sure to enter soon!
Make sure to catch LP Outfitters at the 2016 Kawartha Sportsmen Show, April 1st to the 3rd. Parking and admission is free so do not hesitate to come out and check out the LP Outfitters booth!
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township’s Councillors cost taxpayers almost $237,000 in 2015 according to a report by the finance department.
The report was shown to council at their meeting on Monday, March 7 as part of the Township’s dedication to transparency. In total, council’s expenses, benefits, and salaries cost $236,987.
Mayor Tom Rowett made a total of $35,425 in remuneration, as well as $6,765 in benefits. He had $2,512 in mileage expenses and $3,752 in conference costs. The Mayor also had a cellphone bill of $498.
Ward 3 Councillor Don Kett had the second highest total of remuneration, benefits and expenses at $34,252. This includes the highest mileage costs out of all of Scugog’s elected officials at $2,758 and the second highest conference costs, just behind Mayor Rowett, at $3,064.
Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido was paid $31,552, Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville made a total of $31,546, Ward 4 Councillor Wilma Wotten had a combined total of $31,535, and Ward 5 Councillor Jennifer Back was paid $31,460.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew had council’s lowest total of remuneration, benefits and expenses at $27,690. This includes a salary of $23,869 and $2,965 in benefits. She claimed just $558 in conference costs, $186 in mileage expenses as well as $112 in cellphone costs.
Each ward Councillor received a salary of $21,674. Councillor Back had the highest cellphone cost of $666.
Council had previously asked staff to look into council remuneration in early February as it was said they were “grossly behind.”