CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay A&W Cruisers have been providing weekly car shows and fund raising activities at the 343 Kent St. Plaza in Lindsay, for the last 12 years, much to the joy of all the participants and visitors that show up to view the cars, socialize, and enjoy a meal at the nearby A&W.
But last week, Butch Lewis, organizer of the event, received a phone call by a representative of the owners of the mall parking lot, Valiant Rental Properties of Oshawa, to vacate the location.
“This was a surprise to me,” stated Butch Lewis, “we have been at this property for quite some time, without incident, and we didn’t know what to make of this. There have never been any safety issues or accidents of any kind all these years. None of the management from the stores in the mall complained, and A&W loves having us there because it increases their business. Visitors (who come by the busload), and car owners buy their meals there, and our weekly shows have contributed greatly to sales for the restaurant. In fact, when the manager of the A&W found out about this, he called his head office, and I believe there is discussion happening with their legal department around this issue because they will now lose customers”.
When asked if there are new locations being scouted for the club, Butch replied, “Yes, I’ve had so many offers for a new location, I can hardly count them all. It appears that we may settle on using the parking lot in front of the Canadian Tire store which is located at the same mall. John Fox, owner of the store, has offered his parking lot as a new location for us, and we may take him up on it because it is so close to the original site that we had, and we don’t have to worry about Valiant Rental Properties coming after us, because they don’t own that side of the lot.”
The Lindsay A&W Cruisers have missed holding the last 2 car shows on July 11th, and 18th, and so donations have not been able to come in for their sponsored charity, the Multiple Sclerosis Society. It is estimated that the loss to the charity will be a few hundred dollars.
The Standard Newspaper has tried contacting Valiant Rental Properties Limited for a comment but has received no response.
It is hoped the car show will return on July 25th. Butch Lewis adds, “I heard all this happened because an executive from Valiant Rental Properties came here and found the parking lot congested, and the inconvenience to him caused him to initiate our removal. He doesn’t know how this affects every-one.”
The Lindsay A&W Cruisers have received excellent support from their insurance handlers, Reed’s Insurance of Lindsay, to cover the event in its soon-to-be new location.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: With the nomination period set to close on Friday, July 27th, multiple people have filed to run in the upcoming municipal election in Scugog.
Don Kett, Scugog’s current Ward 3 Councillor, and Marc Gibbons have filed to run against Wilma Wotten for the role of the Township’s Regional Councillor.
Mr. Kett explained in an emailed statement to The Standard that in the past he has advocated for natural gas and high speed internet services for Scugog Island, and now he plans to push for more growth in the Township.
“As your Scugog Regional representative, I plan to extend my goals in advocating for equitable taxation for all Scugog residents and business owners, and encourage new businesses to come to Scugog, creating more employment opportunities,” he said in the statement.
Mr. Kett also lists improvements to Scugog’s transportation infrastructure and “the continued expansion of long term and palliative care facilities” as a couple of the issues he wants to tackle if elected Regional Councillor.
Mr. Gibbons said he will focus on pedestrian and resident safety initiatives, such as crosswalks on Simcoe St.
“I want to improve friendliness for pedestrians and vulnerable road users,” he told The Standard.
As well, he said he will push to have affordable childcare services brought to Scugog, will look at reviewing the current Durham Region Transit 950 bus route that comes through Scugog, and will look into ride sharing options for the Township.
He also wants to improve and enhance the service the Township gets from the Durham Regional Police. Mr. Gibbons explained how he plans to do that.
“I think step number one is raising the issue. It’s not something that is being talked about. A number of people are complaining about speeding, distracted driving on our roads and we’re not seeing the police presence,” he said, adding he would be interested in sitting on the police board.
Mr. Gibbons said he has decided to run for Regional Councillor because he believes “Scugog needs a strong representative at the Region.”
Despite this being his first time running in the Township, he said he is ready for the challenge of being a Regional Councillor.
“I follow a lot of what goes on in town, I read the agendas, I read the minutes,” Mr. Gibbons told The Standard. “I am ready to give back to this town and really represent the interests of the people in the town.”
Wilma Wotten told The Standard, in an interview in May, that after serving two terms as Scugog’s Ward 4 Councillor, she is ready for a new challenge.
Scugog’s current Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew, and current Ward 1 Councillor Betty Somerville are running for Mayor.
Port Perry residents Ian McDougall and Jim Howard have filed to run in Ward 1.
Mr. Howard, who previously was Scugog’s Ward 3 Councillor from 2010 until 2014, said after taking a four year break he’s “ready to get back into politics.”
He noted that Greenbank Airways is the biggest issue for the local ward.
“There’s still some unfinished business with respect to the Greenbank Airport situation. I understand the situation fairly well and hope to bring about some change,” he said, adding he would like to see the site remediated and then to possibly become an airport that will bring job opportunities to Scugog. However, he noted the matter is currently in the court’s hands.
He also said tourism and economic development are two things he would like to focus on if elected.
“I think there is a great opportunity to attract more tourism to Scugog,” Mr. Howard said.
He also explained why residents should vote for him.
“I listen well and always consider the best interests of the Township in the decisions I make,” Mr. Howard said.
Janna Guido is currently the only person registered to run in Ward 2.
Current Scugog Councillor Jennifer Back is also seeking re-election in Ward 5.
Meanwhile, Scugog Island resident Angus Ross and Port Perry resident Dwayne Marrison have both filed to run for Scugog’s Ward 3 Councillor position.
There will also be a race for the Ward 4 Councillor position, as Blackstock resident Tara-Lyn Mappin and Caesarea resident Christopher Turner have both filed to run for the council seat.
At the regional level, four people have filed to run for the position of Regional Chair. They include current Mayor of Oshawa John Henry, Durham policeman Tom Dingwall, Muhammad Ahsin Sahi and former mayor of Clarington John Mutton.
On the school front, Gord Baxter will be running against Carolyn Morton for North Durham’s Durham District School Board trustee position.
Tim Robins has signed up to run for North Durham’s trustee at the Durham Catholic District School Board.
Cereals Canada welcomes the resumption of wheat and flour trade with Japan.
Japan had temporarily suspended trade following the finding of a handful of GM wheat plants on an access road in southern Alberta.
Cereals Canada extends appreciation to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) for the technical and investigative work that has allowed for this issue to be resolved.
“Japan is a long-standing, premium customer of Canadian wheat and is the highest grade buyer of Canadian wheat in the world,” noted Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada. “We appreciate that loyalty and highly value the collaborative nature of our trading partnership. Cereals Canada is grateful for the effort that the Government of Japan has put into resolving this issue as quickly as possible, work that included travel to Canada by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries”.
“Cereals Canada wishes to recognize the united way in which the Canadian value chain has approached finding a resolution to the concerns that had caused Japan to temporarily close its borders to Canadian wheat. Almost all organizations and companies have come together to present [a] unified single Canadian industry message. As a united industry we are able to work with the government and our customers to help maintain our reputation as a reliable supplier,” concluded Dahl.
Japan has not found any GM wheat in their system, but will continue to test shipments of wheat sourced from Canada.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: For Todd Soomre, a Duty Captain with the Scugog Fire Department, there is nothing typical about his work week.
“Every day is different, there's nothing really typical [about it.] You start out each day with your tasks and prioritize them, but obviously when a call comes in, that takes precedence, and then everything changes,” he told The Standard.
Captain Soomre has been with the Fire Department for 26 years. He first joined the department as a volunteer, after learning about the opportunity when he worked at Canadian Tire in Port Perry.
“I thought 'that would be a great way to give back to the community,'” he explained.
Captain Soomre’s workday begins at 6:30 a.m. He starts the day with a 45 min. workout at the gym in the Port Perry Fire Hall on Crandell St.
“One thing you have to do in this job is to keep fit. Good health and wellness are required to perform optimally everyday,” Captain Soomre said.
He then checks the paperwork to see what the department had responded to the previous night, to see if the trucks need to be replaced or replenished.
"We can't go to an emergency and not have our breathing apparatus ready to go. We need to make sure the batteries are good in the [defibrillator], and then we go through each compartment to make sure everything is ready. The chainsaw has to have fuel, the Jaws of Life must be ready to go, water levels in the pump have to be topped up, and all the tools have to be in the truck,” Captain Soomre told The Standard.
Afterwards, he also makes sure the trucks are washed and maintained in good repair.
“The Township invests a lot in these trucks, so we have to maximize that investment over the long term. And you never know when people might come in. We want to make sure they look presentable at all times,” the Duty Captain said. “On a daily basis, it is a lot of cleaning of the trucks and the floors, and making sure everything looks presentable and is in good repair. It's part of the job on a day to day basis.”
During down time at the fire hall, any equipment tagged for repair, sitting on the fire hall’s repair desk, is fixed.
Members of the fire department also take part in weekly training sessions.
“Over my career, we've had new technology, new trucks, and new ways of doing things, so we participate in training every week,” Captain Soomre explained. “It's part of being prepared for any emergency.”
Captain Soomre also explained that when a call comes in to dispatch, the information on where the call is coming from, the time of call, where trucks are going and contact information for follow up is recorded, and volunteer firefighters are paged to supplement the task.
“It’s important that we take the information from the 911 calls, as we have a number of different trucks, tools and apparatus. We have to be good decision makers to say, for example, we need the pumper, or the boats if there is an incident on the water. We need to prioritize the units when they are going out,” he said.
From May until October, members of the department conduct their Alarmed for Life program.
“We visit [residents'] homes on selected streets, ask if they have smoke alarms and [carbon monoxide detectors], and if the residents would like us to check them. Most people want us to. Sometimes alarms and detectors are forgotten, and we want to get that education out there. We want the public to understand their importance and get people comfortable testing them,” Captain Soomre said.
If the resident does not have a smoke detector, or batteries for their smoke detector, the department will provide and install them for the resident. If they are not given permission to enter a certain home, fire department members leave information packages at the home.
“It's been a very successful program. Although we're not seeing the results we'd necessarily like to, through public education and getting the message out about working smoke alarms and [carbon monoxide] detectors, we hope neighbours will pass that information along,,” Captain Soomre told The Standard.
He also explained that the program gives him the opportunity to answer any questions the residents have.
“We can answer questions while we are in the home. Residents often have questions about the best location for a smoke alarm or carbon monoxide detector. Some don't know the [Carbon monoxide detector] is supposed to be on the floor where primary sleeping quarters are. It also allows us in the fire department to get to know our residents and know the area better.”
Regarding the importance of smoke alarms, Captain Soomre calls them “the cheapest insurance you will ever get.”
The Standard's Dan Cearns had the opportunity to follow Captain Soomre as he conducted the Alarmed for Life program. After coming to a few homes where nobody answered, the first home The Standard could enter with Captain Soomre had multiple fire alarms on the kitchen counter, as the resident was planning to change the batteries eventually.
“That's the frustrating part, they have them, but they're sitting on the kitchen counter, and that's not going to do any good at all. I understand if, for example, a senior has difficulty getting it back on the ceiling, but that's when we’d like them to call the fire department, or ask a neighbour for help,” Captain Soomre remarked.
However, he noted he felt good that he was able to help the resident and left the house in better shape than when he got there.
The second home we entered had a smoke alarm sitting in a drawer.
“This one had a [carbon monoxide detector], but no working smoke alarms. It's really not everyone's [highest priority]. It's really something to see,” Captain Soomre said. “It's really hard sometimes because some people are indifferent.”
After the department installs the alarms, Captain Soomre said he hopes the residents take the responsibility of maintaining the alarms, such as changing the batteries.
The third and last house The Standard visited in Scugog was given a passing grade by Captain Soomre, as they had working smoke alarms and a carbon monoxide detector installed.
Mr. Soomre said he enjoys the public engagement portion of the job, such as talking with kids at the local schools and the Fire Safety House or doing talks at seniors' homes. He said he has been recognized by many residents over his time working for the department who have asked him all sorts of fire related questions.
“It's a pretty great feeling when you can have a conversation and provide some knowledge,” Captain Soomre said.
He also noted that part of the job is volunteering at local events, like McDonalds' McHappy Day.
Regarding emergency response, Captain Soomre said the job keeps him on his toes, as he has to deal with all sorts of things such as ice rescues, car fires, grass fires, and calls about electrical wires being down.
“The variety of the job each day is the challenge,” Captain Soomre remarked.
Being part of a local fire department means you can't specialize in any one area, Captain Soomre explained.
“You can't just have a specialty here and there, you have to be able to drive, and you have to be able to pump. You have to be able to use the Jaws of Life, know how to perform ice water rescues, and you need to know how to do each task safely,” he said.
To deal with seeing tragedies, Captain Soomre said the most important thing is support.
“It's a support network - your family, and especially your coworkers, fellow firefighters, and the Chief. We talk about it if we need to and discuss things.”
He also said it is important for firefighters to impart their experience to their coworkers.
“Sometimes things are out of your hands. You've done the best you can, but you can't always guarantee a successful outcome.”
Members of the department also train in mental awareness and coping strategies.
“We have to be in shape physically and mentally to do this job. If you're not, you need to get the help that you need.”
Captain Soomre was born and raised in Scugog and sees himself as lucky to be able to work in the community he loves.
“The satisfaction of helping people in their time of need is all it takes to keep going and do it all again tomorrow,” he said
Since July 15th, approximately 50 visitors from Russia: comprised of farmers, journalists, representatives of the Russian dairy industry and partners for Euro-tier, the world’s leading trade fair for animal productions, have been given the opportunity to attend guided tours to first rate dairy farms and processing plants throughout Eastern Ontario and Quebec.
Participants were invited to observe and learn about the best Canadian farming practices, technologies, and management systems during this event. The group visited about 19 locations, in a whirlwind motor rally, receiving comprehensive instruction from top Canadian dairy farmers and industry providers such as: Agri-Plastics, Alltech, Animat, FOSS, Green Tractors, Lely, Semex, LLG, and Jay-Lor.
Vera Mozgovaya, editor of the Russian online publication “The Dairy News,” and one of the initial organizers says, “the main goal of our event was to connect, on an international basis, the dairy industry…we want farmers and representatives from plants in Russia to shake hands with their Canadian colleagues. I believe that future business deals and meetings will happen.”
Sandra Willer, of DLG Service GmbH, (German Agricultural Society), who also attended the tour, agrees “there have been intensive talks between Canadian and Russian participants, but I cannot tell about any deals/results so far. Everyone was very satisfied about the trip.” When asked what her overall impressions were of the tour, Sandra responded, “It’s all about the people, the exchange and the talks, it was very interesting. The farmers opened their farms to us, and showed us their daily work, answered all the questions, and gave us a chance to look behind the doors. It was impressive to see well organized farms, progressive supply management, family team spirit and the big passion in agriculture.”
DLG, along with Energy Decentral, organizes the international trade show, Euro-tier, which this year will be held in Hanover, Germany, during November 13th-16th. There will be 32 exhibitors from Canada this winter, showcasing the latest in Canadian farming innovation, but Ms. Willer states there is still opportunity for more applicants to participate.
Information about the event can be found on their website, at EuroTier.com
Projects such as the 'Way for Milk Tour' can greatly accelerate global partnerships and increase opportunities for export sales of Canadian technology, equipment, and genetics.
When The Standard asked Vera Mozgavaya how she felt about the idea, her role as editor of a dairy publication seems to have extended to one of 'Community Developer' for the dairy industry, she stated, “My role in The DairyNews, is to develop newsworthy and interesting projects, and I do my best to do this. I am really happy that our Russian dairy market had the opportunity to study the Canadian one. It is time to develop and organize knowledge and experience exchange. I would like to thank all the Canadians who also co-organized this event: Tracey Werry, John Devries and Marlene Werry of LLG, Kelly Maloney - City of Kawartha Lakes, Suzanne Atkinson, Marty Philipp of Jay-Lor, and Richard Buck of AgriTours Canada Inc. All of our participants will never forget this event.”
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The nomination period for the 2018 elections is almost over, and candidates have trickled in for the municipal offices.
For the Mayoral race, it is between Mayor Pat Molloy, who took over after Gerri Lynn O’Connor was named Regional Chair in April, and Ward 3 Councillor Dave Barton. Mayor Molloy had also been Ward 2 Councillor before his appointment as Mayor.
Currently running for Regional Councillor are Michelle Viney, who ran in the 2014 election for the same position, and Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet.
Jack Ballinger, the current Regional Councillor, has announced that he is not running for re-election.
For Ward 1, Councillor Pamela Beach is seeking re-election against Amanda Brannigan.
Councillor Gary Ruona, who was appointed after Mayor Molloy left the seat, and was the runner up in the 2014 election, is looking to win his spot this time round in Ward 2 against Gordon Shreeve and Ted Eng.
Wards 3, 4 and 5 all have only one candidate each. Bruce Garrod is running for Ward 3, Councillor Fred Bryan looking for re-election in Ward 4 and Angela Horne in Ward 5.
Regional Chair has John Mutton, Tom Dingwall and Muhammad Ahsin Sahi all currently running for the seat, including current Oshawa Mayor John Henry.
Running for English Language Durham District School Board Trustee are Gord Baxter and Carolyn Morton. So far there is only one candidate for the Catholic school board, which is Tim Robins.
Le Conseil Scolaire Viamonde position has two candidates, Anna-Karyna Ruszkowski and Sylvie Landry, as does the Le Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir have with Roger Brideau and Marcellin Kwilu Mondo running.
The nomination period for municipal office closes July 27th, at 2 p.m. If interested, please call 905-852-9181 or https://town.uxbridge.on.ca/elections/candidate-information.
SCUGOG: Durham Regional Police were called at 7 a.m., on Friday, July 13th, when several residents spotted a medium-sized black bear strolling through a residential area of Port Perry, in the Paxton and Rosa St. area.
As the police began to arrive, the bear made himself comfortable in a tall tree, and then was subsequently contained by the police and away from residents, until staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources could arrive to remove the bear in a humane manner.
George Tudos, Media Relations for the Durham Regional Police Department explained, “Our officers took the utmost care to ensure safety for the residents of Port Perry during this incident.”
A crowd of spectators gathered to witness the event, outside of the containment area, until staff from the Ministry of Natural Resources arrived to sedate the bear, and then begin his transportation and relocation to a northern forested area. George Tudos continued, “Because of the vast geographic area that our police maintain, and a majority of it being rural, we get many calls around this time of year to intercept wildlife that inadvertently wander into the urban communities. Our officers are trained in this aspect of the job, and as animal lovers, they approach the scene with extreme caution and respect, to ensure the best outcome for the community and the wildlife in question.”
Alastair Gray, who lives in the house located next to the tree where the bear escaped to, stated “[At] no time did I feel in danger. The response from the police was quick and effective, and other than my dog barking like crazy, the situation was in control for the duration.”
Claudia Sytsma The Standard
SCUGOG: Port Perry teens, Tyler Field 19 and Andrew Stewart 18, were able to initiate a successful fund raising campaign, by collecting bottles from local residents and business, and then cashing them in for funds, to donate to the SickKids Hospital in Toronto.
When asked how they planned this effort, Tyler Field said, “first we sought approval from SickKids, and then they provided us with brochures and other information that we distributed around town. We were able to collect approximately 7000 empties, by accepting donations at a booth we had in Palmer Park, and then we drove to some local neighbourhoods for pick up. We also received about $300 in cash from people. It only took us about 2 days to do this, but the planning part took several weeks.”
The SickKids hospital holds a special place in the hearts of these teens, as Tyler explained, “The reason we chose SickKids as the charity, is because some of Andrew's family have been treated there, and he said they were taken care of with such kindness and professionalism.”
Andrew and Tyler would also like to give a special thank-you to Marwans Global Bistro, for providing approximately $150 worth of empties, and to the staff at SickKids who helped with the planning for this event.
More fundraisers are being organized, and if you would like to volunteer for this cause please contact Mr. Field, father of Tyler Field and teacher at Port Perry High School, during school hours, at 905-985-7337.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: While gold winning hockey teams aren't new for Canada, Uxbridge gets special joy out of this one.
Julia Jackson, an Uxbridge resident, is back from the World Ball Hockey Championship in Europe, with the rest of Canada’s under 20 women’s ball hockey team, with some new gold hardware.
They took first place, 2-0 in the finals, on Canada Day.
“The celebration was pretty big that day,” Ms. Jackson told city council July 16th.
They played five games in total, dominating the tournament.
“One team actually dropped out because they didn’t want to play us,” joked Ms. Jackson to council, also mentioning they didn’t get the chance to face off against the United States.
“It was definitely an experience of a lifetime,” Ms. Jackson said. “It doesn’t happen for many people.”
It was the first time for the Team Canada Women under 20 team to participate in the Ball Hockey Championship, Ms. Jackson said, making it all that much better to win.
“I think it’s incredible,” Councillor Fred Bryan said, sharing the same sentiments as the rest of council. “What an honour.”
“We’re glad to have you represent Uxbridge and Canada,” Councillor Dave Barton said.
Ms. Jackson also won, tournament Allstar and Player of the game, from her team, plaques she plans to put up with her framed jersey.
One thing that wasn’t spectacular, Ms. Jackson noted, was the food.
“The food wasn’t pleasing,” She told the council, to laughter.
She said it was fine before they went to Slovakia where a restaurant did all of their dinners.
“Pretty much what you got was what you eat, or didn’t eat,” Ms. Jackson said, mentioning the hotel breakfasts weren’t so good either. This left her making trips to the grocery store for fruit and protein shakes.
Playing on both ball hockey and ice hockey teams, Ms. Jackson said she aims to go pro, hopefully bringing more medals back to Uxbridge.
SCUGOG: The realities of living with a spouse who has been diagnosed with Dementia are difficult, and finding the best care for them can be an overwhelming experience, but Mike Boisvert, has found the care his wife, Lina, who has stage 5 Dementia, receives at Port Perry Place has been exemplary. Because of this, Mike initiated a public response to all the staff at this facility, on Friday June 13th, 2018, by posting several large thank-you signs on their front lawn for all to see.
Mr. Boisvert stated, “the staff here are angels, and my wife is comfortable and safe here, and I'm acting as her voice to let everyone know how blessed she and I feel because she is so well taken care of. There are so many media stories about problems at retirement and long term care facilities, but I'm here to state that it is not always the case. My wife received 24 hr., one to one care, the first 3 months she was here until a healthy and safe routine for her was established. I'm on a fixed income, and I had to use my grocery money to pay for these signs, but it was worth it. I cannot state enough how grateful I am that my wife is in such good hands”.
Port Perry Place is located at 15941 Simcoe St. in Port Perry, and is a 107 bed home, consisting of 3 floors and 4 home area units. It is the sole health service provider of long-term care services in the Township of Scugog. For more information about the facility go to: portperryplace.ca