DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Mayor Bobbie Drew made a statement at the opening of Scugog council’s meeting on Monday, March 18th regarding the recent shootings in New Zealand.
The shootings occurred in Christchurch on Friday, March 15th and multiple news organizations have reported that 50 people were killed.
“Although many community leaders are saying ‘our thoughts and our prayers are with the people of Christchurch, and in fact that faith community throughout the world’, that goes without saying that our thoughts and prayers are with those people. But that is so often said that it kind of loses its meaning. I would like to say as human beings on this planet, we are all created equal,” she said.
Mayor Drew stated “we all, as human beings, have the ability to love.”
“As we seek to understand the differences of people all throughout the world, let us learn to appreciate those differences, and therefore to love one another, because love conquers hate every time,” she said.
Mayor Drew also asked those in attendance to reflect on the recent tragic event during council’s moment of silence.
Durham Region - A new report has just been released which reveals 7 costly mistakes that most homeowners make when selling their home, and a 9 Step System that can help you sell your home fast and for the most amount of money.
This industry report shows clearly how the traditional ways of selling homes have become increasingly less and less effective in today's market. The fact of the matter is that fully three quarters of homesellers don't get what they want for their homes and become disillusioned and - worse - financially disadvantaged when they put their homes on the market.
As this report uncovers, most homesellers make 7deadly mistakes that cost them literally thousands of dollars. The good news is that each and every one of these mistakes is entirely preventable. In answer to this issue, industry insiders have prepared a free special report entitled "The 9 Step System to Get Your Home Sold Fast and For Top Dollar".
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SCUGOG: Port Perry Seniors Wood Carving entries took red ribbons ... first prizes in various categories at the recent Wood Carvers Show in Brooklin.
Join the PPSC on Wednesday, March 27th for their monthly Pot Luck, which will be followed by musical classics from local boys Rick Stephenson and Kirby Sproule. Country classics for all to enjoy. Free with membership to the Port Perry Seniors Club. Membership fee is $15. Dinner will be at 5 p.m. with the entertainment beginning at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 16th at 2 p.m., you are welcome to join us for some fun, as Handwriting Analyst Elaine Charol shares some of the quirks and quarks she learned, by looking at the handwriting of some well-known famous and infamous people. Come and share a laugh or two, a cup of tea or coffee and a lot of warm hospitality. This event will be held at The Latcham Centre, 121 Queen Street at Water. Call 905-982-2192 for more information.
If you’ve recently sold a home, there are some things you need to know at this time of year.
When you sell your own home, or principal residence, you usually don’t have to pay tax on any profit from the sale. But what you might not know is, even if you are entitled to the principal residence exemption, you need to report the sale on your income tax and benefit return. This became mandatory in 2016.
It is also important to remember, on your tax return, you need to include income from property sales other than your principal residence.
For some examples: if you sell a property you bought with the intention of re-selling it and you make a profit, your profit is taxable; if you bought a home to renovate and re-sell, or bought a pre-construction condo unit to re-sell, your profit is also taxable. In the case of the sale of a secondary home, such as a cottage or a rental property, there are also tax implications. In some situations, this profit is considered business income; in other situations, it is considered to be a capital gain. There may also be GST/HST implications.
In recent years, the Canada Revenue Agency has increasingly been identifying cases where taxpayers did not report their income from real estate transactions. The penalties and interest associated with unreported real estate sales can be substantial, so make sure you get some advice from a trusted source on how to report correctly, if you are unsure.
If you didn’t fully declare this income on a past tax return, the Voluntary Disclosures Program at the Canada Revenue Agency may give you a second chance to correct your tax affairs.
Find out more at canada.ca/taxes-buy-real-estate-to-sell-for-profit.
EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
A keen-eyed friend of Patricia Turner’s found more than an ancestor for her friend online—she found a “new” cousin, Catherine Randall, very much alive and living in the same northern Durham Region town. Their Irish family roots are something approximately 24% of Kawartha Lakes and Durham settlers shared in 1867.
On the third Thursday of the month, Pat and Catherine join 30 to 50 other people, for Uxbridge Genealogy Group (UGG) meetings, at the Uxbridge Public Library. Seeking tips, tricks, and hints from knowledgeable guest speakers, genealogists (people who trace or study lines of family descent) hope to learn new methods of finding names and information for their pedigree charts.
Starting her family tree research in 2007, Pat was attending UGG meetings and enjoying her new hobby. Addicted to it, actually. “You just want to go that little bit further and that little bit further.” But she was unaware of a third cousin on her mother’s side of the family. “Catherine used an Ancestry, subscription research, account of a friend of hers and the friend had seen me on there researching John Shane. She sent me a message, asking me how I was related to him and where I was located. She was “asking for her friend” and I told her I was in Uxbridge and she said ‘so was Catherine’! So we contacted each other and arranged to meet at the library, and then the rest is history.”
When they began sharing information, the cousins only knew their great-grandfather John Shane was from Ireland. A newspaper from their Ontario area of origin, Lanark County, came online and featured an obituary for Peter Shane, born in County Wicklow, south of Dublin, and brother to John. More research lead to Irish tithe applotment books, which are lists of money due, from farmers to the Protestant church in 1820s to 1830s, and to a Shane family in the village of Coolkenna.
Airline tickets were bought and the trip was made in 2015. Alas, the last of the Shanes had left the parish in 1950. In the cemetery, “We didn’t find any stones that were old enough in the churchyard. We found a couple of Shanes but not anyone we could absolutely identify where they fit in [our family].” Since the women returned from Ireland, DNA testing has revealed links to Coolkenna and relatives in Kingston and Stratford, Ontario.
There’s a room dedicated to family history in the old section of Uxbridge’s library. Marian Bellamy, the UGG president, is proud of the room and its collection of reference books, filing cabinets and binders of local items, and two computers featuring free access to online research subscriptions--Ancestry.ca and Find My Past UK. Microfilm can also be ordered from archives and read onsite.
In 2018, the Uxbridge Library became a FamilySearch Affiliate Library. Now anyone using the library’s computer to sign in to FamilySearch.org (a free family tree charting and researching site), is able to see images online that previously had to be ordered or required a special trip to one of a few special Family History Centers.
St. Patrick’s Day usually arrives along with a touch of warmer weather, something Canada’s settlers and Indigenous people could both celebrate after a long, cold winter and even now the Saint’s day is celebrated by many people happy to call themselves Irish for the day.
EVE-LYNN SWAN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: With the Township Council managing a huge construction project, during their first year in office, Township Treasurer Donna Condon informed them, this past Monday, the 2019 tax levy will result in an approximate additional $70, in the Uxbridge portion of residential property taxes for a property assessed at $525,000. Add in the Region of Durham and education taxes and that same property is estimated to result in an overall property tax increase of $156.
Bruce Garrod, Ward 3 Councillor, released a budget update later on Monday, saying that one of his goals as Chair of Finance “was to improve communications to residents with regards to property taxes. I believe people want to understand, in clear terms, where their tax dollars are spent.”
Councillor Garrod said the resale market provided a better connection for people and quoted $713,000 as the selling price of an average Uxbridge urban home. He then noted the ‘MPAC average’ property’s tax bill would be $5,826 for 2019. Of that amount, $1,519 is used for roads, recreation, and fire/emergency services, within the township.
In percentage terms, the total levy increase will be 4.86 percent, which includes: a 2.24 percent increase for capital, involving; the Brock Street culvert replacement, a new aquatics facility, and an asset reserve; plus a 2.62% increase for operations.
Capital projects listed for the 2019 to 2028 time-frame and subject to change upon receipt of more information include: a new animal control shelter; new ball diamonds, at the Fields of Uxbridge; an addition to the Goodwood Hall; an extension of the water main to the fire hall; a new generator for the town hall; and a new public works building.
The Treasurer was able to firm up her numbers after a few variables solidified last week. Uxbridge Township agreed to a $3 million purchase price, for a Brock Street property required to commence work on the culvert replacement project; and grant allocations were announced on March 14th, for the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund (OCIF) and the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF).
Unfortunately, uncertainty remains a factor as the culvert project cost estimates were made in July, 2018 and Provincial funding, which has trended downward over the past seven years, is under review and subject to change, causing Treasurer Condon to warn of “future additional tax rate increases, changes in service levels or delays in implementing/completing capital projects.”
The Finance Committee followed her recommendations and the budget will be presented to Council on March 25th.
SCUGOG: In 2016, four senior, single women moved in to a recently renovated home in downtown Port Perry. However, this was no ordinary renovated house, and these were not typical seniors. The Golden Girls Effect resulted in a renovated heritage house that meets the anticipated needs of these seniors as they age, and they are not even related.
They did this because as they were planning for their golden years, the housing options available were not attractive to them. Watching loved ones try to navigate the world of seniors’ housing, they realized living in a retirement home, condo or apartment would not be for them. Instead, they took a proactive approach, seeing there were major economic and social benefits if they were to pool their resources, and design a home to meet their needs as they aged. This included building two caregiver suites in their basement, adding an elevator to service the three-story home, and even consulting experts on everything from door handles to roll-in showers, to make the house accessible for aging seniors. All this was designed to help serve them as they age.
They also knew they would have to lay some ground rules down if they were to peacefully live under one roof. With the help of a lawyer, they drafted a home sharing agreement, determining protocol and peaceful resolution mechanisms when disagreements inevitably occurred. The agreement also helps to give answers to some legal questions, including the logistics in the case of one member’s death or their moving out.
The benefits were felt immediately. Living alone, they needed four of everything. Now, they make-do with sharing one item between the four of them, finding efficiencies in all parts of their lives. They eat dinner together, they check in on each other, and they enjoy living together. They believed they had found the perfect arrangement to address all of the concerns they had when they initially started planning for senior living.
The Golden Girls had been involved with an earlier plan for such a home in their town, but they faced serious obstacles. Yet, these women fought against those obstacles, paving their own way to a positive resolution. The Township of Scugog attempted to use their By-Law making powers to prevent this type of home sharing by seniors. After a lengthy struggle, including many community meetings and appearances before their local municipal council, it was the Human Rights Commissioner of Ontario weighing in which eventually made the Council back off. The Commissioner informed the Council, trying to prevent this type of living arrangement would be discriminating against seniors and a violation of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The way was then clear for the Golden Girls to build their home, and in the process free up four single dwellings in their town.
The Golden Girls of Port Perry are a success story, with a beautiful home and a great living arrangement. However, it is concerning a municipal government lacked the necessary understanding about the legalities of a home like this and attempted to stop the earlier project. The Golden Girls are also aware of the same situation occurring in another small municipality, where the municipality’s action stopped the project altogether. Reading the law on its face, these municipalities did not realize they could not legally zone against such homes. With an aging population and a housing supply shortage, innovative approaches to housing and accommodation for seniors, such as the approach taken by the Golden Girls of Port Perry, ought to be encouraged by all levels of government.
Upon meeting the Golden Girls, Durham Member of Provincial Parliament, Lindsey Park, was inspired to do what she could to promote this project and ensure other seniors did not face similar hurdles at the municipal level. In February 2019, MPP Park introduced a Private Member’s Bill in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, titled “The Golden Girls Act, 2019”. The goal of this legislation is to provide clarity to local municipalities showing they cannot use their local By-Law making powers to try to stop this kind of housing project for seniors. Further, the aim is to ensure future Golden women and men do not face the same obstacles when pursuing this kind of innovative housing solution.
The Golden Girls Act, 2019 is also the start of a movement in the Province of Ontario. With the supply shortage of affordable housing for seniors, long wait lists for long-term care, and an aging population, there needs to be innovative approaches to housing for seniors.
movement in the Province of Ontario. With the supply shortage of affordable housing for seniors, long wait lists for long-term care, and an aging population, there needs to be innovative approaches to housing for seniors.
Repurposing existing housing infrastructure and promoting the sharing-economy will create more options for more seniors – and MPP Lindsey Park hopes to start that conversation with her Golden Girls Act, 2019.
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has received numerous inquiries and complaints regarding road conditions. Scugog Public Works asks the community for their patience and assistance as they prioritize roads issues.
Rob Frasca, Scugog Manager of Public Works wants residents to know his crews are out in full force managing the needs.
“Heavy rain this past fall, snow and ice storms as well as high winds this winter, have impacted public works tremendously. We are in a flood watch at the moment, and with temperatures fluctuating, ice can build up.” Mr. Frasca wants residents to know crews are dealing with some challenging conditions. He added, “The ground is still frozen, so we’re dealing with large sheets of ice thawing in place and the ground is unable to absorb it.”
Scugog roads have pockets of low lying, water soaked areas. These areas are brimming with water. Roads under water are being prioritized for public safety. “The main focus for crews at the moment is to prioritize the issues and close roads as needed,” said Mr. Frasca. “Other crews are dedicated to monitoring and maintaining our culverts from debris, like branches and leaves that came down in high winds this season. All road issues will be addressed in a systematic order and we thank residents for their patience.”
Residents are asked to do their part during spring thaw. Public Works asks homeowners to clear catch basins and ditches at the end of their driveways of ice build-up, branches, and wet leaves to allow for better flow, as temperatures rise.
Road crews will be out working to keep flows and roads maintained during the wet season. “Select staff are out patching pot holes and additional gravel is being added in troubled areas to improve travel conditions.” Public Works has listed road closures online, at Scugog.ca/roads.
So far, local roads affected include:
Cedardale Rd. North of #18601 to Hwy 57.,
Mabel’s Rd. between Scugog Point Rd and St. Christopher’s Beach Rd.,
Nesbitt Line between Highway 7A and Malcolm Rd.,
Scugog Line 12 from Marsh Hill to Lakeridge.,
Marsh Hill from Blue Mountain to Scugog Line 14.,
Scugog Line 14, 300 m East and West of Marsh Hill.
Visit Scugog.ca/roads for updates and information. Roads inquiries can be sent to email@example.com
KAWARTHA LAKES: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kawartha Lakes-Haliburton wrapped up another annual Bowl for Kids Sake.
The events were held on Saturday February 23th, at Strike Point Bowling Centre in Lindsay, and Saturday March 2rd, at Fast Lane in Minden. Participants enjoyed dressing to the theme of Everything Purple, and the best dressed were awarded with a prize for their efforts.
The final amount raised was $28,000. The participants who raised the most pledges were awarded prizes for their amazing efforts. The top individual was Daryl Moore from the Minden Lions Club $1,000, the second highest individual was James Mulhern from the Lindsay & District Labour Council $790.00 and the third highest was Robert Morrin from the Bahai Group $560.00. These three participants will win one of three prizes, a $150 Gift Certificate from Boston Pizza, a car application from Lindsay Krown Rust Control Centre and a $150 Gift Certificate from Cardinal Coach Tours. Other notable fundraisers were Tamara Grisdale ($535), Thomas deBoer ($520), Jamie Cowell ($380.75) and Meredith Svetec ($350) who will each receive a large pizza from Square Boys Pizza. The top team was the Lindsay & District Labour Council raising $1,365.00, who were awarded a table for 8 at the organizations upcoming BIG Dinner/Auction.
The funds raised through this event remain in our community, to support one to one mentoring programs, assisting children with reaching their full potential. The social return on investment is $18 for every dollar raised through this event.
Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to thank all those who participated in this year’s event, whether it was the bowlers, lane sponsors, prize sponsors, volunteers or the owners of the bowling lanes. Together we are assisting children and youth to become contributing community members. Children and youth who have had the benefit of a friendship with a caring mentor are more likely to complete a post secondary education, find higher paying employment, donate back to the community at a higher rate and volunteer their time to their community, resulting in social return on investment into mentoring programs.
Those who would like to consider mentoring can contact the organization, at 705-324-6800 or visit www.bigbrothersbigsisters.info .
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Following the reported success of a pilot project last year, Scugog council is moving forward with an annual Seasonal Patio program.
Council made the decision at a meeting on Monday, March 18th. At the meeting, councillors saw a report that included an update on the 2018 pilot project, and recommendations for moving forward with the project in 2019.
The pilot project ran from July until October 2018. Council originally approved four seasonal patios for the project in 2018, one in front of Marwan’s Global Bistro and The Port Social, one near the Piano Café, one in front of the Nutty Chocolatier and Queen Beans, and one in front of the Pantry Shelf. However, only two of those patios were built and used. Council’s original plan involved using up to eight parking spaces for the installation of the patios.
At the March 18th meeting, the report recommended the patio program occupy up to 10 parking spaces in the Port Perry Business Improvement Association (BIA) district. However, Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido was concerned the Township had not heard any feedback from the BIA about the potential change to the program.
Carol Coleman, Scugog’s Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, said a copy of the report had been sent to the board members-elect of the BIA, and said she didn’t receive any feedback which she took as an acceptance of the change. However, she added the BIA has not had a meeting since the program change was proposed.
“Given what history tells us, we really want to proceed with this with the blessing of the BIA. I want to sit on a patio, I’m, sure everybody here wants to sit on a patio, but I want to sit on that patio knowing the BIA has had a chance in a meeting to review this and to provide their endorsement to this,” Councillor Guido said.
CAO Paul Allore said while council would usually wait to hear from the local business organization, in this case the next BIA meeting is in April and if council waited, he felt by the time the bylaw for this project came back to council for approval, it would be “too late to meet the season.”
CAO Allore added he felt confident the new members of the BIA “wouldn’t have a problem with this.”
Mayor Bobbie Drew said council was “in a quandary” because of the timelines and the BIA not having had the chance to review the updated project and added Scugog needed “to deal with this in a timely manner.”
Ward 4 Councillor Deborah Kiezebrink recommended a solution that Scugog approve using eight parking spots for the 2019 project for now, and then to request the Port Perry BIA to provide their endorsement to increase the parking spots used for the program to 10, with a report to come forward to council later with the BIA’s feedback on this.
“This way, our patios are ready to go, we are not holding anyone back, but then we are also giving room for new opportunities and supporting our growing interest by the public,” she said.
Council later passed Councillor Kiezebrink’s amendment motion.
Ward 3 Councillor Angus Ross wanted to change the $400 per parking space occupied fee proposed for the 2019 project, looking to make it a flat $400 per patio fee.
“$400 per space I feel is a high value, and I know that other municipalities have set higher values, and this is at a low end, but I wonder if it is needed at all,” Councillor Ross explained.
However, his amendment did not receive enough support around the council table to pass.
Council approved a maximum of two parking spaces per patio. They will give businesses that had patios constructed for the pilot project in 2018 priority for the 2019 program.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: HearingLife recently opened a location in the Port Perry area. The business opened last month, and is located at 257 Queen Street.
“Although we have clinics in nearby Durham communities, we are excited to be in Port Perry and offer hearing health services to this community,” Matthew MacInnis told The Standard.
HearingLife offers clients hearing assessments, as well as sales of hearing aids and assistive listening devices, as well as different types of ear plugs. Mr. MacInnis talked about what people can expect from the Port Perry location. “High quality service, a client experience that is the highest level in the industry. We have a really beautiful space, a professional staff, and we want to make sure when people come see us the experience from the start to the finish is the highest level.”
Nicole Pottinger, a Hearing Instrument Specialist with HearingLife, spoke about what she enjoys most about being in this field of work. “What I like about it, is being able to help people with their hearing health and to make people aware of how much their hearing can affect their daily lives and their quality of life in general. Many people need to be aware of the need to get tested because not enough people are doing it. It’s advised that when you reach your 50s or 60s that you have a hearing test done, just like you would have your eyes checked, your general health checked.”
She also talked about how hearing loss impacts people. “It can lead to isolation, it can lead to depression, it can also lead to potential issues in regards to memory. It can also be a symptom of certain conditions, for example, Alzheimer’s,” Ms. Pottinger said.
Mr. MacInnis explained why people should choose to come to HearingLife. “We, as a group, want to help more people hear better, and in that, we are focused on the client experience. From the time they walk in the door here, it is a welcoming environment and we address and meet your needs through the whole journey.”
Port Perry’s HearingLife is inviting people to attend their grand opening, on Friday, May 3rd. Call Lianne at 1-866-290-7343 at our Port Perry clinic, 257 Queen Street, to hear how we can best serve you.
HearingLife has over 200 locations across Canada. For more information on what they offer, go online to www.hearinglife.ca.