KAWARTHA LAKES: At today’s Committee of the Whole meeting, Mayor Letham presented a memo to Council requesting the Task Force currently reviewing development charges consider the following issues, when writing a new by-law for January 2020:
The effectiveness of current payment deferral options for residential developments;
Affordable housing incentive options for private sector development;
Discounting commercial and industrial development charges, from 50% to 100%, where job creation goals are met;
Focusing on projects supporting growth, while contributing to development charges and deferring projects that are population-serving, if necessary;
Reviewing development charges on derelict buildings, to encourage demolition and protect development rights;
Studying the merits of charging development charges, within the property’s existing zoning;
Creating a long-term development charges plan, affordably funding growth-related projects, without relying on deficit funding to meet projected growth
“We continue to invest heavily in growth projects and have for over a decade. We have the foundation for growth. This Task Force will help us to determine whether or not we should look at further incentives to jump-start new projects,” commented Mayor Letham.
Mayor Letham’s memo stated, “the focus of this Council term needs to be jobs, and attainable housing for young, working families. Our residential growth is moving forward with success. That growth needs to be matched with commercial and industrial expansion, to have an impact on our tax, water and waste water rates. Council has spent the last four years putting all of the pieces in place: the right staffing levels and the right investment in our capacity to realize growth. Our goal should be to expand the tax base, so that we lessen the burden for young families and existing business.”
The Task Force will explore the issues and work with a consultant to bring back recommendations to Council through staff this fall.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog held a public open house, on Tuesday, April 16th, to engage residents about a dog park project.
Residents got to look at information boards about: designs of other dog parks in nearby municipalities; the proposed site off of Old Simcoe Rd., between the Carolyn Best Ball Diamonds and the soccer fields, other sites the Township considered during the process were Birdseye Park, and the Port Perry Fairgrounds. Information on draft rules for the new dog park were also posted, such as: picking up after your dog and disposing of the waste in designated containers; not bringing more than three dogs per adult to the park and to respecting the wildlife in the area. There were also paper copies of the Township’s survey regarding the dog park project, which residents were encouraged to fill out. Members of municipal staff and Scugog council were on hand to hear feedback and answer questions.
“It [was] great. Everybody’s enthusiastic about the dog park, and there’s lots of support, it seems, for the proposed site, which is good. I’m really happy with the turnout and the feedback that we’ve gotten,” Scugog Mayor Bobbie Drew told The Standard, at the open house event.
Scugog’s mayor also gave a brief summary of some of the comments she heard at the event.
“Some people would like to have an area for small dogs, [and] there’s concern about having enough garbage cans,” she said. “The feedback’s been good.”
Carol Coleman, Scugog’s Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation, said she has also heard a lot of positive feedback through this process.
“People have some concerns, but in general the responses we’ve got have been very positive,” she said.
The Township expects construction of the dog park to begin in the fall.
“With any luck, we can come up with a report before [council’s] summer recess. We’ll take all the feedback we got from tonight, and from the survey, and we’ll take that into account, and put together a design and bring that to council with the results of the public feedback, and then with any luck we’ll be able to construct the park in the fall,” Ms. Coleman explained.
For more information about the dog park project, and to fill out a survey, visit www.scugog.ca.
Drop off electronic waste, household hazardous waste and reusable items; pick up free compost in Beaverton on April 27th
BROCK: Durham Region’s Works Department, in partnership with the Town of Brock, is hosting a diversion day in Brock Township, on April 27th.
At the event, you can drop off electronic waste, household hazardous waste, and reusable items, free of charge. There will also be free compost available for pickup, which has been produced through Durham Region’s green bin and leaf and yard waste programs.
The event will happen, on Saturday, April 27th, from 8 a.m. to noon, rain or shine, at Beaverton Thorah Community Centre, 176 Main Street, Beaverton.
Electronic waste collection:
To provide residents with a convenient, free drop-off service to properly recycle their electronics. By participating, residents are helping to recover and recycle valuable resources, while keeping toxic materials out of the waste stream.
Examples of electronic waste include: cellular phones, audio and video players, VCRs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, stereos and receivers, computer peripherals, printing devices, televisions, personal digital assistants and pagers, cameras and radios, telephones, desktop computers, monitors, camcorders and portable computers.
Residents should erase personal information from hard drives and SIM cards before bringing their obsolete, broken and end of life electronics for safe and secure recycling.
By safely disposing of household hazardous waste (HHW), residents help prevent toxic materials from entering local ecosystems and local water sources.
Examples of household hazardous waste include: antifreeze; batteries; brake fluid; motor oil and filters; fluorescent light bulbs and tubes; pesticides; herbicides; fertilizers; insecticides; cooking oil; medications; syringes (contained in a sealed puncture-proof container); mercury thermostats; pressurized tanks (propane, oxygen, helium or other gases); pool chemicals; paints; stains and solvents. Commercial, institutional, agricultural or industrial waste is not permitted.
Pick up a free gallon of paint when you drop off your HHW. One per vehicle, while supplies last, courtesy of Photech Environmental.
A program to divert quality, reusable items from the waste stream, including: clothing, textiles, furniture, appliances, cabinets, counter tops and most other reusable renovation materials. Only items deemed to be suitable for reuse by local charities will be accepted. Garbage, household hazardous waste and electronics will not be accepted.
Materials refused by charities must be removed by residents and may be disposed of at one of the Region’s waste management facilities (fees may apply).
Residents should bring a shovel and containers to carry compost. Quantities are first-come, first served and limited to four blue boxes of compost per vehicle. Green bins, blue boxes and backyard composters will also be available for cash-only purchase. Broken bins can be exchanged for free.
Residents are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item, to be donated to a local food bank. Please check that boxes and cans aren’t damaged, opened or expired.
To learn more about waste management in Durham Region, or for more information, including tips for attending a collection event, visit durham.ca/waste, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 1-800-667-5671 or download the Durham Region Waste App.
Each year, millions of couples around the world tie the knot. But before couples walk down the aisle, the proposal to get married must take place. Many couples mutually agree to get engaged, while the experience may be a surprise for others who have thought about it, but may not have been sure when one partner or another would "pop the question."
Upon getting engaged, couples may ponder how long their engagement should last. There is no perfect answer, and engagement length typically depends on personal preference and the needs of the couple. In fact, according to The Knot 2017 Real Weddings Study, the average length of an engagement is 14.5 months.
A number of factors affect the length of a couple's engagement, and couples should not feel as if they need to hurry down the aisle. For example, couples who will be financing their own weddings may need a longer engagement than those whose parents will be chipping in. In such instances, longer engagements give couples more time to save and may help them ensure their weddings are everything they hoped for.
Others may prefer a shorter engagement if they are financially stable and prepared to tie the knot. Couples in their late 30s may feel the tug of a biological clock and want to ensure there is ample time to get married and have children. A shorter engagement can facilitate that.
Some couples may have little choice in the matter, as the length of their engagements may be dictated by the availability of their favorite venues.
Military deployment, work commitments, medical issues, or travel responsibilities also may affect the length of an engagement.
Some couples may feel that an especially lengthy engagement diminishes their excitement about getting married. That "new engagement shine" can wear off as family and friends wait months or years for the wedding to take place.
Couples generally are advised to stick with what feels right to them regarding the length of their engagements. Just like all aspects of the wedding, couples can weigh the opinions of others but follow through with what works best for them.
After the big question is popped and loving partners decide to spend their lives together as a married couple, a whirlwind of activity will ensue. Although wedding planning is exciting, some couples may feel overwhelmed with all the decisions that need to be made before they can tie the knot. In this state of increased pressure, stress may build and health could falter. According to a Cornell University study, more than 70 percent of brides-to-be have weight loss on the brain, but shedding pounds shouldn't be the only health factor to consider. Here are some easy ways to stay mentally and physically fit in advance of a happy wedding day.
· Get daily exercise. Exercise is important for maintaining a healthy body weight and keeping stress levels in check. Exercise also can boost mood. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends getting at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity each week. Strength training exercises performed at least twice a week complete a well-balanced exercise regimen.
· Slow down and relax. Those who go full-throttle with all of their responsibilities - including wedding planning - may burn out. Stress can weaken the immune system and make people vulnerable to illness. Schedule some time for date nights with your fiancé, and don't overlook the benefits of hanging out with friends and getting away from wedding planning for a bit.
· Eat body-boosting foods. The foods we eat can impact everything from energy levels to skin radiance. Foods like berries, sweet potatoes, broccoli, greens, green tea, and dark chocolate all contain antioxidants that boost the immune system, states The Food Network. Avoid drastic diets that can do more harm than good. Simply cutting 500 calories a day can help the average person lose a pound per week if weight loss is a goal. Simple ways to trim calories are to choose skim milk over whole milk and choose low-calorie snacks.
Feeling and looking one's best starts long before the wedding day. By making health a priority, couples can start their new lives together on healthy footing.
Many important events took place during what's now known as Holy Week, which commemorates the final days of the earthly life of Jesus Christ, who Christians believe is the son of God.
The Last Supper was one of most important events to take place during the final week of Christ's life. Contradictions within the Gospels make it hard to say with absolute certainty when the Last Supper took place, but according to Catholic Online, Evangelists and critics generally agree that the Last Supper was held on a Thursday that was very likely the evening of preparation for Jewish celebration of Passover.
The Last Supper is depicted in the Gospels as the final meal Jesus shared with his 12 apostles before he was crucified. Christians believe that, during the meal, Jesus predicted that his disciple Peter would deny knowing him three times before the following morning, while also predicting that another disciple present at the meal would ultimately betray him.
Many Christians also believe the Last Supper marked the institution of what is now the sacrament of the Eucharist. The Gospels of Mark, Matthew and Luke include accounts of the sharing of the bread and wine, though each account differs slightly. While the Gospel of John, which differs in various ways from those of Mark, Matthew and Luke, does not describe the bread and wine ritual, the Bread of Life Discourse (John 6:22-59) has been interpreted as Eucharistic.
The Last Supper is a significant event in the life of Jesus Christ and one that merits special consideration during Holy Week.
Bunnies and baskets, chocolates and candies. It's that time of year when parents scramble to ensure their children wake up to a trove of treats, and families decide on who is serving the lamb dinner this year.
These are some of the familiar Easter traditions, but much more is involved with the holiday than egg hunts and brightly adorned bonnets. For the religious, it can be important to delve into the true meanings behind Easter and let those discoveries help shape celebrations.
Easter, above all, is a religious commemoration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the culmination of the holy period known as Lent, and it the most significant date on the Christian liturgical calendar.
Jesus Christ was the Son of God, who fulfilled the prophesies that he would give his own life for his people so they could enjoy eternal life after their own mortal bodies perished. Easter, from Jesus' very own words, marked a new covenant for the faithful.
According to scripture, Jesus was enjoying the Passover dinner when he sat down with his disciples. Understanding that this would be his last earthly meal and that someone close to him would betray him, he took bread and gave thanks to God for it. He broke the bread and said it was his body that should be given up so sins would be forgiven. He did a similar gesture with wine, indicating that it was his blood that should be shed as a sacrifice for all. Christ instructed the disciples to do the same ritual in the future in memory of him.
Jesus was subsequently betrayed and turned over to the authorities. He was sentenced to crucifixion and perished on the cross. His body was cleansed and placed in a tomb sealed by a stone. His followers were unaware of the miracle that would ensue in the days to come. On Easter Sunday, the tomb was discovered open and empty. Jesus had risen from the dead, providing irrefutable proof that he was the Son of God. In turn, Jesus fulfilled all he was born to do and preached.
Easter did not always symbolize Christ's resurrection when it was first celebrated. It was once a pagan ritual of renewal and birth. However, when early missionaries began spreading Christianity's message, the holiday - falling around the time of Christ's actual resurrection - was adopted to commemorate the religious miracle. Today it stands as a testament to ultimate sacrifice and the promise of eternal life for all who believe in him.
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SCUGOG: Scugog residents are invited to participate in the twentieth annual Good Friday Ecumenical Walk, on Friday, April 19th.
The annual walk sees a cross stop at seven locations in downtown Port Perry, where there will be readings, prayer and songs.
The event will begin with a gathering at the Palmer Park gazebo at 9:30 a.m., and then the walk will head to the Port Perry Canada Post office, at 192 Queen St., for its second station. The walk will then continue to the Scugog Township municipal office, for the third station, then to the Church of the Ascension, located at 266 North St., for the fourth station and Reflection Park for the fifth station. The sixth and seventh stations are at St. John's Presbyterian Church and the Port Perry United Church, respectively.
There will be hot cross buns, coffee and tea at the Port Perry United Church, following the completion of the walk.
Participating churches include Port Perry United Church, Emmanuel Community Church, New Song Anglican Church, Hope Christian Reformed Church, St. John¹s Presbyterian Church, Church of the Ascension and C4 Church.
However, Chris LaRocca, from New Song Church, said “many other churches attend” and “the community are all welcome and encouraged to join in.”
Holy Week marks the most solemn and revered period on the Christian calendar. Holy Week helps to mark the Paschal Mystery, which includes the Passion, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.
Many events unfolded in a short period of time during the final days of Christ's physical existence on earth. These events are marked during Holy Week. To understand them further, here's a day-by-day guide.
Palm Sunday is the final Sunday of Lent, a 40-day period of solemn prayer and repentance. Palm Sunday recalls Christ's arrival in Jerusalem when he was received with lavish praise and excitement. Catholic Online, the online guide to the Catholic faith, says Jesus arrived humbly on a donkey to show he came in peace as a man of the people. As signs of respect, townspeople placed clothes, branches and palm fronds in front of Jesus.
Matthew 21 and Mark 11 indicate that Christ returned to Jerusalem this day and cleansed the Temple area from shameful practices. Luke 19 indicates that Pharisees warn Jesus that he should silence the crowd's praises toward him.
As described in John 12:20-36 and John 13:21-38, some people observed Christ's predictions of his own death on this day. He was also confronted by Temple leadership for the cleansing of the Temple the day before, and they questioned his authority.
Holy (Spy) Wednesday
This day marks Judas' betrayal of Jesus when he met with high priests. Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver for his information.
On this evening Christ dined for Passover with his disciples at The Last Supper, creating a template for Holy Mass and Holy Eucharist celebrations. During the meal, Jesus predicted the events that would immediately follow, including his betrayal, the denial of Peter, and his death and resurrection.
Pontius Pilate bowed to the pressure of the Temple leadership and the crowds, condemning Jesus to death by crucifixion. Christ was forced to parade through crowds wearing a crown of thorns to symbolize his status as King of the Jews, and carried a massive wooden cross on his back. He was nailed to the cross by the ankles and wrists and hanged for three hours. He died at 3 pm. His body was hastily removed and put in a tomb.
Christ's disciples were heartbroken at his death and observed the Jewish Sabbath in sorrow, forgetting about the promise of resurrection.
The public discovered that Jesus' tomb was empty and that he fulfilled his promise to rise from the dead. This is a great feast day with worship and celebration. Easter Sunday is the foremost day of religious observance within the Christian faith.
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UXBRIDGE: Despite a request from Maple Brook Homes Ltd., the Township of Uxbridge has decided not to move forward with a name change for Cemetery Road.
Council made the decision at a meeting on Monday, April 15th.
According to a report from Clerk Debbie Leroux, the request was made on Monday, March 18th. The report stated David Sud of Maple Brook Homes, made the request after potential clients came into his sales office and “mentioned the street name might have an effect on the home value.”
“Mr. Sud further mentioned that he felt that the residents living on Cemetery Road would appreciate the change,” Ms. Leroux’s report read.
The clerk’s report noted since the request was made, the township did receive correspondence from residents. “There has been correspondence received from two property owners advising that they wish for the street name to remain the same, and from one advising they would like the street name changed, but only if it is changed to a certain name,” read the report.
In summary, Ms. Leroux recommended Cemetery Road’s name remain the same because of the “cost associated with undertaking a road name change for purposes that are not emergency related.”
Council supported Ms. Leroux’s recommendation.
“I think the public spoke loud and clear on this. [There were] hundreds of comments online I think,” Mayor Dave Barton said.