UXBRIDGE: At the meeting of May 28th, Uxbridge Mayor Pat Molloy, vacated the position of Ward 2 Councillor, to finalize the process of his appointment to the mayoral chair. Later on in the meeting, council discussed the method by which they will fill the vacancy in Ward 2.
Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger was the first to speak on the subject, saying council should fill the position quickly. He suggested that whoever was the runner up in the 2014 municipal election for that ward, should be appointed by council.
Ward 2 had a close race in 2014, with runner up Gary Ruona getting 45 per cent of the vote, versus Pat Molloy's 55 per cent. Mr. Ruona was in attendance at the May 28th council meeting.
Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton, suggested that, “whoever we appoint to this position does not run in the election.”
However Mayor Molloy and Councillor Ballinger disagreed with this sentiment. When the mayor asked if Councillor Ballinger would accept Councillor Barton's suggestion as a friendly amendment to Councillor Ballinger's motion, Mr. Ballinger pointed out he had not yet made a formal motion, but that “If I make the motion I would not make that amendment.”
Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet said he would rather see the position advertised, with requirements listed, so the public could apply, much like a regular job listing.
Mayor Molloy clarified the reason they are unable to hold a by-election for the position. “It's not a timing issue it's a legislation issue.” A legislation does not allow council to hold a by-election to fill a vacancy after March 31st.
Councillor Ballinger made a motion, “that the person who ran second in the 2014 election, be appointed in Ward 2.” The motion was carried with Councillor Ballinger, Ward 4 Councillor Fred Bryan, and Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach, voting in favour, and Councillors Barton and Highet voting against.
The appointment will be made at the regular council meeting of June 11th, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Two provincial Durham riding candidates debated several local issues in front of a packed house, at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre, on Thursday, May 24th.
Incumbent Liberal MPP Granville Anderson and Ontario Progressive Conservative candidate Lindsey Park were in attendance at the debate in Port Perry, put on by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce, the Durham Region Home Builders’ Association, and the Durham Region Association of Realtors. NDP candidate Joel Usher did not attend.
One of the questions for both candidates centred on the issue of public transit.
MPP Anderson referenced his work to bring Go Train stations to Courtice and Bowmanville, as well as how he advocated for the extension of Highway 407.
“I know how important transportation is to this community,” Mr. Anderson said.
However, Ms. Park noted that the Bowmanville Go Train project is not yet complete.
“Many people I’ve spoken with are sick of the empty promises on this project,” she said. “We are committed to that project and we’ll deliver that on time and on budget.”
Mr. Anderson responded, stating the project is funded and explained that “building bridges takes time.”
To continue to discuss transit in North Durham, Ms. Park stated she’s heard concerns from Scugog residents about both roads and buses.
“I think this is an issue we need to continue to monitor,” she said, later adding she will work with the Region and the Township of Scugog to find the solutions if elected.
Mr. Anderson said he plans to “build Durham up” by advocating for improved transit in the Region.
One of the additional questions asked to the candidates was how they would work to bring affordable housing to North Durham.
Ms. Park said she looks forward to working with Emmanuel Community Church on their 64 unit affordable housing development on the church’s lands, as well as working with the Region of Durham “to raise [the issue of affordable housing] at Queen’s Park.”
MPP Anderson said the Liberal government has funded multiple affordable housing projects in Durham, and stated he held an affordable housing roundtable discussion in Scugog late last year. He said he is dedicated to continuing to work with community stakeholders to find affordable housing solutions. In regards to if either the Ontario Liberal or Conservative party would amalgamate the Public and Catholic School Boards, both candidates said no.
On the issue of hydro rates, Ms. Park said her party has a plan to “reduce hydro rates by 12 per cent.”
“I’m not sure what plan Lindsey is talking about because nobody has seen it,” Mr. Anderson countered.
Ms. Park was asked what specific cuts the Conservatives could make to help fund their proposed tax cuts.
“In healthcare, there is a Minister of Health, there are deputy ministers of health and there are assistant deputy ministers. Under this government, they’ve gone from five assistant deputy ministers to 21. So, even if you eliminate some of those, we’ve found $1 million overnight,” she responded.
She also said the party plans to release a fully costed plan “in the coming days.”
MPP Anderson said the province of Ontario continues to be a leader in economic growth.
In celebration of Local Food Week, June 4th to 10th, The Regional Municipality of Durham will be hosting its annual Farmers’ Market on June 8th, at Regional Headquarters. The market will feature an abundance of local produce, tasty snacks, and value-added agricultural products.
It is on Friday, June 8th, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., in the Northwest parking lot, at The Regional Municipality of Durham Headquarters, 605 Rossland Road East, Whitby.
Local Food Week celebrates Ontario’s 37,000 farm families, while uniting farmers, retailers, restaurants and residents, to honour those who produce and use locally grown meat and produce.
Durham’s Farmers’ Market aims to support local food producers and farmers, while promoting healthy, sustainable agriculture. The event also raises awareness about the availability and advantages of buying local.
Bring a cooler to keep your purchased items fresh, as well as a reusable shopping bag to help the environment.
Other local farmers markets are as follows.
The Port Perry Farmers Market, held every Saturday until Thanksgiving, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 121 Water Street, on the waterfront, Port Perry.
The Uxbridge Farmers Market is held every Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Uxbridge Arena, 291 Brock Street North, from June to October.
The Lindsay Farmers Market is held every Saturday until October, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., on Victoria Street, between Kent Street and Peel Street.
For more information about Local Food Week, visit loveontfood.ca.
SCUGOG: Three organizations came together to grant a 6 year-old Durham child’s wish, at an event on Saturday, May 26th, in Port Perry.
Go RVing Canada, Make-A-Wish Canada and the Canadian Camping & RV Council partnered, to provide 6 year-old Atticus Porter, a young child who suffers from a neurological disorder that confines him to a wheel chair, and his family with their own RV.
Melissa Springstead, Atticus’ mother, explained her son’s situation.
“He was born full term and healthy, and then at four and a half months he began having seizures, and now at six years old he still has seizures. Unfortunately he cannot have surgery, so we just try medication after medication, but with that comes some setbacks. He’s regressed significantly, so he functions like a newborn,” she said. “But in saying that, he’s a happy, sweet, beautiful, caring little boy, and anyone who meets him, their life is lit up.”
She also explained why the RV was his wish.
“We were a little bit stumped with what to choose until we had actually gone camping last summer. Atticus has seizures every single day, and the four days we were away he had zero, not a single seizure,” she said. “We don’t know if it was the fresh air, the change of scenery, but for whatever reason, not only did he have no seizures, he was alert and active. He loved it.”
Atticus and his family are from Bowmanville, but recently moved to Oshawa.
Chris Mahony, President Of Go RVing Canada, told The Standard what it means for his organization to be a part of granting Atticus’ wish.
“It’s great. An event like this is really heartwarming for us. To partner with Make-A-Wish, and actually to fulfill a kid’s dream of having an RV, especially someone as brave as Atticus, is amazing for us. This is the kind of day that we really look forward to and love to execute.”
Alyson Geary of Make-A-Wish said she was “so excited” to be there and to “grant Atticus’ wish.”
“The power of a wish is pretty incredible. What a wish can do is it can change the outcome for a child, and give the family some hope and encouragement at a really difficult time. What it does is, it replaces fear and anxiety with happiness and joy,” she said.
KAWARTHA: Patients of Lakeland Clinic in Lindsay who received dental treatment between November 10th, 2017 and February 21st, 2018 are being urged to get tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has notified patients of Lakeland Clinic, located at 2 Albert Street North in Lindsay, who received treatment during that time that they may be at risk for a bloodborne virus. The warning comes after the Health Unit investigated the infection and prevention practices of the clinic and found there were times in which proper sterilization of equipment may not have happened. When sterilization is not done properly, there is a risk that clients may be exposed to other people’s germs on improperly cleaned instruments.
The investigation started after the Health Unit was notified of a person recently diagnosed with hepatitis C who had received treatment at Lakeland Clinic. The investigation revealed a potential link to a second person with hepatitis C who also received treatment at the clinic.
The Health Unit has been working closely with the staff of Lakeland Clinic and proper sterilization practices are now in place.
“The clinic has worked with the Health Unit to correct any identified deficiencies in their sterilization practices and they are now operating at the expected standard of care,” says Dr. Lynn Noseworthy, Medical Officer of Health for the HKPR District Health Unit. “As a result, the clinic is permitted to continue its practice.”
Though the risk of contracting a virus is low, all patients who received treatment between November 10th, 2017 and February 21st, 2018 are being urged to be tested for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Early diagnosis can ensure anyone infected receives treatment and does not unknowingly spread a virus. Many people who become ill with Hep B, Hep C and HIV do not have symptoms.
“We are recommending that people get their blood tested as soon as possible,” Dr. Noseworthy says. “Many people infected with bloodborne viruses may not even know they are ill and may be putting other people at risk.”
Identified patients of the clinic have received a letter and a requisition that allows them to go directly to a lab to have their blood drawn for testing. Test results will be provided to the Health Unit and the Health Unit will notify patients of their results one to two weeks after the blood tests have been completed.
More information is available on the Health Unit’s website at www.hkpr.on.ca or by calling the Health Unit 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1006. Nurses are available Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., from May 28th to June 1st, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on all other weekdays.
The Health Unit is continuing its investigation.
KAWARTHA: Safely disposing of unused or expired medication is as simple as a stroll in the park, or a visit to any local pharmacy.
The campaign’s goal is to get people into the habit of safely disposing of their unused or expired pills and prescriptions on a regular basis, especially given the worrying rise in opioid addictions and misuse in Ontario.
Kawartha Lakes residents are reminded to drop off their pills and prescriptions at the Medication Take Back CKL event, being held this Thursday, May 31st, as part of the Paramedics in the Park, in Lindsay’s Victoria Park. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., people can drop off vitamins, over-the-counter pills, and prescription medications, creams and liquids, at a special booth set up near the police station.
If people can’t get to the park on May 31st, they are reminded to drop off medications any time, free-of-charge, at local pharmacies for safe disposal.
To learn more about the Medication Take Back CKL campaign, contact the Health Unit, at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 2207, or the Kawartha Lakes Police Services, at (705) 324-6307, ext. 544.
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SCUGOG: Ward 2 Councillor Janna Guido will be running for re-election in her ward during the 2018 municipal election.
The current Scugog councillor has registered to run again in Ward 2. As of now, includiung Councillor Guido, three people have registered to run for a Scugog council position. Bobbie Drew is running for Mayor of the Township and Wilma Wotten is running for Regional Councillor.
Two people have currently registered to run for the Regional Chair position, former mayor of Clarington John Mutton and current Mayor of Oshawa John Henry.
On the school front, Gord Baxter has declared his intention to run for the position of North Durham’s trustee at the Durham District School Board, and Tim Robins has signed up to run for North Durham’s trustee at the Durham Catholic District School Board.
The 2018 municipal election will be held on October 22nd.
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is looking for input from youth residents for their youth centre project.
In the Township’s 2018 capital budget, there is funding allocated for the creation of a youth centre at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre.
The Township recently put out an online survey to collect opinions from youth on topics such as what the youth centre should look like, what it should have inside and what it should be named. The survey can be accessed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZPS9YKT.
“We are looking for the youth of the Township to give us ideas on the look and the feel of the centre and what they would like to see featured in it,” Carol Coleman, the Township’s Director of Public Works, Parks and Recreation told Councillors at a meeting on Monday, May 28th. “If the youth fill out the survey, it will help us decide how to develop the centre.”
SCUGOG: The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to advise residents of lane restrictions on Simcoe Street (Regional Road 2), from Riverview Drive to Castle Harbour Drive, in Scugog.
When: Work begins this week and is expected to be complete by the end of June. Unfavourable weather conditions may influence the work schedule.
Where: Simcoe Street, from Riverview Drive to Castle Harbour Drive, in the Township of Scugog.
Why: Road rehabilitation.
Note: The Region realizes that the work may be disruptive, and will make every effort to complete the work as quickly and efficiently as possible. Drivers are asked to exercise caution for the safety of pedestrians, cyclists and construction workers.
For more information about Regional construction, design and environmental assessment projects, visit durham.ca/WorksProjects.
Cereals Canada is pleased, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has established a maximum residue limit on chlormequat chloride, the active ingredient in MANIPULATOR Plant Growth Regulator.
Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada, noted this is good news for Canadian farms from across the country. “This is a potentially valuable tool that has seen limited use in Canada because of the lack of approval in the U.S. and the market risk that this entailed. That barrier to use has been removed.”
The Keep it Clean – Cereals program has included cautions on the use of products containing chlormequat chloride. Comments or reference to chlormequat chloride will now be removed from all print and digital materials related to the Keep it Clean - Cereals campaign.
“Cereals Canada extends appreciation to Engage Agro Corporation,” concluded Dahl. The product has had approval for use in Canada for a number of years, but Engage Agro has not actively marketed it to farmers because of the potential risk for exports moving to the U.S. This is an example of responsible product introduction that reflects potential costs and benefits to all parts of the value chain.”