DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
SCUGOG: There is just over one week left until the 161st edition of the Port Perry Fair, and this year will bring several great new events to the annual agricultural celebration.
Headlining the new attractions at the Fair are Chuckwagon Races, held on Sunday, Sept. 6, starting at 1 p.m., presented by Ontario Chuckwagon Racing. Teams of horses will thunder around the Fairgrounds in a thrilling competition that brings a little bit of the wild west to Port Perry.
As well, on Monday, Sept. 7, the Extreme Rodeo returns to the Fair at 11:45 a.m. after making a sensational debut in 2014.
There are no shortage of familiar favourites on the schedule for the Fair, starting with the Truck and Tractor Pull at 7 p.m., on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Earlier in the day on Saturday, the Team K9 Dog Show will dazzle audiences at 1 and 4 p.m., with Lawn Tractor Pulls slated for 2 p.m.
Sunday features a wide range of livestock shows throughout the day, as well as an extrication demo by the Scugog Fire Department at 1 p.m.
As the evening sets in on Sunday, the Demolition Derby will roar to life, starting at 6 p.m.
Livestock shows continue on Monday, with the Family Rodeo scheduled to get underway at 10:15 a.m., and the Horse Pull at 2:30 p.m.
For a complete schedule of events, attractions and contests, pick up a copy of the Port Perry Fair book at locations across Scugog Township, including The Standard at 94A Water St., or visit www.portperryfair.com.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: In an attempt to rein in recent complaints, councillors are considering tougher penalties for those who allow their dogs to roam off-leash in local parks.
The matter was brought before council at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Aug. 10, after an e-mail complaint was received by Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor regarding off-leash dogs on the Countryside Preserve Trail.
“It seems quite unfair that those of us who respect the rules are being kept from enjoying this wonderful treasure by those who ignore them. Uxbridge refers to itself as the Trail Capital of Canada, but visitors will certainly not be welcome by having to avoid the many disrespectful dog walkers,” the e-mail read, in which the writer, who requested not to be identified, also noted that he no longer uses the popular trail “for fear of unwelcome encounters with unleashed pets.
There were suggestions from around the council bench regarding possible solutions for the issue.
Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy asked about the possibility of having “by-law staff monitor the park and maybe show some more enforcement. While Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger requested a comprehensive review of what is currently in place for municipal signage.
It was noted by Township Clerk Debbie Leroux that off-leash dogs are “a constant complaint” for the municipality. Ms. Leroux also explained that dogs fall under the jurisdiction of Animal Control, while the local By-Law Department is responsible for enforcement at local parks.
“Staff can’t be there all the time, and many of these incidents happen either early in the morning, or in the evening, when people are out for a walk after supper,” added Ms. Leroux. “We do have signage, and it’s on our web site as well, but unfortunately some people are just so rude when it comes to animals. Short of banning dogs from the park, I’m not sure what we can do.”
Mayor O’Connor expressed her dismay with the ongoing issue in local parks and trails, citing a lack of respect from some local dog owners for other park users.
“I don’t understand dog owners who don’t understand that there are people who are afraid of dogs. There are people who think that their dogs are nice, and maybe they aren’t as nice as they think they are. I really resent that we even have to discuss this,” commented Mayor O’Connor.
Ultimately, a staff report was requested for the Monday, Sept. 14 council meeting, which will include all of the fines currently in place for animal-related by-law infractions. As well, Mayor O’Connor suggested that the municipality may have to look at fees with more bite in offenders’ bank accounts in order to eventually neuter the situation.
“Maybe what we need to do is put (fines) at a fee that’s going to hurt,” added Mayor O’Connor. “Again, I really resent that we’re even having to discuss this. But unfortunately, it’s not the animal, it’s the owner of the animal.”
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: Aspiring sleuths will have a chance to showcase their detective skills next month, when Scugog Shores Museum Village hosts their annual murder mystery evening, on Friday, Sept. 11.
The popular fundraiser will take place at the museum from 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. This year’s mystery is titled “A Knight of Masquerade, Mayhem and Murder.”
The story for this year’s event is that a king has been away from his kingdom for several years and returns after learning of the mysterious death of the queen.
Tickets for the event are $20, and must be bought in advance. Each guest at the event will have a chance to use their detective skills to solve the case. There will be prizes for those who solve the case, donated by local businesses. The event is recommended for those aged 16 years and up.
For more information on the Murder mystery fundraiser, please contact curator Rebecca Blundon by phone at 905-985-8698, ext. 103 or by e-mail at email@example.com. The Scugog Shores Museum Village is located on Scugog Island, at 16210 Island Rd.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Ontario Provincial Police are currently investigating after two boats collided on Lake Scugog on Saturday, Aug. 22, resulting in numerous injuries.
Nine people in total were involved in the crash, including a six-month-old baby. Diving into the water, 69-year-old bystander Peter Parker was able to come to the aid of the infant after it was thrown into the water due to the force of the collision. Mr. Parker has been recognized for brave rescues on the lake in the past. Once for saving a young girl with CPR in 1994, and another in 2011 when he saved two men after they fell into the lake while fishing. Police informed The Standard that injuries to those involved in the collision are not considered to be life threatening.
According to police, at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, a large powerboat reportedly collided with a smaller boat in an area between Caesarea and Washburn Island on Lake Scugog.
Emergency personnel from Kawartha Lakes, as well as the Scugog Fire Department were on scene at Washburn Island as well as at Williams Point administering first aid.
Kawartha Lakes OPP Cst. Jackie Hildenbrand explained that there were some people treated at the scene, while others were taken to hospital.
Cst. Hildenbrand noted that police are continuing with their investigation into the cause of the collision.
“If the investigation reveals it’s warranted, charges will certainly be laid,” added Cst. Hildenbrand.
Anyone with more information on the accident is asked to contact City of Kawartha Lakes OPP at 705-324-6741 or 1-888-310-1122.
UPDATE ON STORY HERE: http://www.thestandardnewspaper.ca/archives/boat-crash-update
SCUGOG: A woman involved in last weekend’s boat collision on Lake Scugog remains at in Toronto neuro trauma after suffering numerous injuries.
Port Perry resident Shannen Gulanowski was one of three occupants - along with her daughter - in the smaller boat, which collided with a larger powerboat on Lake Scugog, between Caesarea and Washburn Island, at around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22.
Ms. Gulanowski was transported from the scene to Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, and shortly afterwards, was airlifted to St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, where she remains in the neuro trauma unit.
According to her mother, Ms. Gulanowski sustained several significant ijuries including, brain trauma, a broken nose, several broken ribs, a broken leg in addition to having her eyelid swen back on by doctors.
Her mother, Shonnette Brown explained that the injuries will have an incredible impact on her life. For almost 15 years, Ms. Gulanowski has operated Just Pets in Port Perry.
“The injuries may not be life threatening, but they are certainly life altering, they will have a significant impact on every aspect of her life,” Ms. Brown told The Standard.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM: Recent negotiations between the Durham District School Board and the local OSSTF branch have come to a conciliated deal.
The deal has resolved several local bargaining issues, with some still to be decided by a panel in mandatory arbitration. Mediation also still continues between the board and secondary occasional teachers unit.
On Monday, Aug. 10, the school board announced that they agreed to implement an arbitration award given by an arbitration panel. The deal replaces a negotiated settlement and will be effective by Tuesday, Sept. 1, and didn’t need to be ratified.
Michael Barrett, Chairman of the School Board told The Standard that in his opinion, this is a good deal for both sides.
“It’s a step forward,” he said. “(OSSTF) probably didn’t get everything they wanted, and we didn’t get everything we wanted, but that’s bargaining. Overall, I think this is positive.”
However OSSTF district 13 president Dave Barrowclough was not as optimistic.
“We only reached a deal on some of the issues and the rest are headed for arbitration. It was a tough process and it wasn’t as smooth as I had hoped it would be.”
He added that to the Peel negotiations, stating that they were “more successful than (the DDSB and OSSTF) were able to accomplish here.”
Mr. Barrett said that this deal is a sign that ground can be made when both sides meet for negotiations.
“It doesn’t necessarily move us closer provincially, but it is a sign you can reach a deal by talking,” Mr. Barrett said. “It’s difficult to come to an agreement unless you are sitting across from people.”
The provincial OSSTF has issued a work to rule campaign to begin in September if a deal isn’t reached.
“We are still going to face a withdrawal of services and of extracurriculars if a deal is not reached on the provincial side,” Mr. Barrett said.
No details of the award have been released, as the arbitration process is ongoing. OSSTF and the province are scheduled to return to the table this week.
Meanwhile, talks between the province and the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario are scheduled to start back up on Sept. 1, a week before the school year is slated to begin. Provincial talks have also resumed with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is hoping to receive funding from the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance program following recent storms.
The money would be used to reinburse the township for cleanup costs after two storm events hit the municipality on Sunday, Aug. 3. As per the first step of the process, on Wednesday, Aug. 12 council requested the minister of Municipal affairs and housing to declare the township a disaster area.
Director of Public Works and Parks Glen Smith provided council with estimated costs of the cleanup at the Aug. 12 meeting.
Some of the costs includes over $285,000 to replace gravel and magnesium chloride recently put down by the municipality, almost $160,000 for roadway tree removal and over $17,000 for staff overtime costs. Township staff are currently working to compile exact costs for the application.
One of the things that Scugog is not eligible for is the replacement of the 300 trees lost because of the storm.
“I will have to appoach council next year and ask for funding for the replacement, as well as looking at possible grant opportunities,” Mr. Smith explained.
Damage to private property will also not be included in the application. Mr. Smith has 14 business days from the time of the storm to complete and deliver the application. He estimated that the total cleanup costs will be roughly around $600,000.
Regional Councillor Bobbie Drew questioned whether the township has a plan B if the process is unsuccessful.
“It’s an emergency that we have had to deal with and we don’t have a lot of reserves to deal with it, where’s that money going to come from?” she asked.
Mr. Smith noted that the process involved contains a great deal of paperwork, and it may be some time before the township is awarded funds.
“I’m optimistic that we are going to get some monies back. I know that there are communities out there that have suffered tornado damage that are still seeking funding,” he said. “A downburst, although that carries the same wind as an F1 tornado, it has less of an impact, on paper, than a tornado. I say we hold course, bury ourselves in the paperwork and hope for the best.”
The two storms occurred on Aug. 3, and Environment Canada estimated the wind speeds were between 135 and 175 km per hour. Power to many homes across North Durham was also knocked out because of the storm.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: The annual Heritage Days Festival returns to the Uxbridge-Scott Museum grounds this weekend, offering visitors the chance to experience a wide range of local history through an assortment of interactive displays.
The celebration of Uxbridge’s heritage and history, which is now in its 44th year in the community, runs from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 22 and Sunday, August 23, and features fun for the whole family.
The event, which was formerly known as Steam Threshing Days, is looking to build on some great momentum from last year, and added sponsorship has allowed the Uxbridge Historical Society to add even more displays and attractions to this year’s line-up.
“We’re always trying to continue to add fun things here and there,” Historical Society president Brad Buss told The Standard. “Over the past year, we’ve doubled our corporate sponsorship, and it’s exciting to see people supporting Heritage Days and wanting to be involved with it. It’s a great celebration of Uxbridge’s history and that really seems to connect with people.”
New for Heritage Days this year will be an animal display from WindReach Farms, as well as a heritage blacksmith, who will be offering demonstrations on historical metalwork throughout the weekend.
All buildings on the museum grounds will be open for Heritage Days and there will be displays and demonstrations throughout the weekend, including a revamped Kids Zone featuring numerous crafts, races and games.
“We’ve tried to increase the family element, and our Kids Zone has a lot of cool crafts and other stuff that’s really interactive and fun,” added Mr. Buss.
Attendees can also pick up a Festival Passport and take part in a scavenger hunt around the museum grounds to learn about local history and win prizes.
Visitors will still be able to enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Thornbury Beer and Cider beverage garden, which has a great line-up of live entertainment scheduled to perform. In addition, back by popular demand, the Durham Region Dairy Producer Committee will be on hand serving up apple pie and Kawartha Dairy ice cream.
A horseshoe tournament will take place on Saturday, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Those interested in participating are urged to contact tournament organizer Bob Kirvan at 905-852-9176.
An Interdenominational service will be held on the grounds on Sunday at the Fifth Line Church, starting at 1 p.m.
Also back by popular demand this year are military re-enactors, who will once again be setting up a camp as it was in 1847 and offering a demonstration to visitors.
"The Lloydtown Guard are re-enactors of the Rebellion of 1847, and we're really pleased that they were able to join us again this year. They are always a crowd pleaser and were really keen to come back and be a part of the event," Mr. Buss added.
Admission to Heritage Days is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. Veterans wearing their medals and/or uniforms will also be admitted free of charge, All funds that are raised during the event go towards the Uxbridge Historical Centre.
For more information on Heritage Days and other events at the Uxbridge-Scott Historical Centre call 905-852-5854 or visit www.uxbridgescotthistoricalsociety.ca/events/heritage-days. The Uxbridge-Scott Museum is located at 7239 Conc. 6 at the corner of Brock St.
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SCUGOG: Late last week, it was announced that township CAO Ian Roger has decided to leave his role with the municipality in order to pursue other opportunities.
Don Gordon, the director of community services has been designated the role in the interim, according a press release from the municipality, which was sent out late Friday (Aug. 14) afternoon. Mr. Gordon was slated to retire this year, but decided to stay on until a suitable replacement is found. Mayor Tom Rowett told The Standard that the township doesn’t want to rush the process of finding a successor to the role.
“It is very unfortunate and we will try to fill this role as soon as possible, but we don’t want to rush it,” he said. “Mr. Gordon is very well respected by council and staff and we are confident he can fill the role. It’s our goal is to have the CAO replacement by the end of the year.”
Mr. Roger had been absent from council since late April. Originally when The Standard asked township staff and the mayor about Mr. Roger’s situation the reply was that he was “on vacation”. However, at some point the vacation status changed to a leave of absence. The reason for his extended leave of absence is also currently unknown. Ian Roger could not be reached for comment by press time.
Mayor Rowett explained to The Standard that the township had to follow proper procedure before announcing the vacancy.
“We would not move forward unless we knew that the position was vacant. We went through a process to see if Mr. Roger was coming back after his leave of absence,” he said.
Mayor Rowett added that the township is dedicated to finding the right candidate.
“We are focused on the replacement and moving forward as well as making Scugog the best township we can,” the mayor added.
Mr. Roger had been working with the township since August 2010, starting out as the Director of Public Works and Parks. Last year, he was promoted to the role of CAO after Beverly Hendry took a position with the City of Oshawa.
Mr. Roger came under fire at times during his tenure, over issues relating to the township’s original agreement with the operators of Greenbank Airways to allow fill onto the site.
DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard
UXBRIDGE: A byelection will be held this fall to fill the seat on council that was vacated when Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse tragically passed away earlier this summer.
Councillors came to the decision at their meeting on the morning of Monday, Aug. 10 after officially declaring the Ward 3 seat vacant.
“I don’t think that any of us ever expected to be in this situation,” commented Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor. “With three-quarters of a term left, we have to deal with this, certainly not with an appointment, but an election.”
Councillors supported a recommendation from the Clerk’s Department for the timeline, which will see a nomination period from Sept. 15 to Oct. 9, with voting day slated for Monday, Nov. 23.
As has been the case for almost two decades in the municipality, the election will take place using mail-in ballots.
However, with the compressed timeframe for the election, Ward 2 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Pat Molloy expressed concern over the ability for candidates to effectively campaign.
“Since this, is a mostly rural riding, I have some concerns over vote-by-mail and the timing, it leaves limited time for candidates to campaign. I know from walking through a rural area that it’s very time consuming,” explained Councillor Molloy. “It only leaves three, maybe four weeks to campaign and with it, they’d only have three weeks to advertise in the newspaper.”
Councillor Molloy inquired as to whether any changes could be made to give potential candidates more time on the campaign trail, including possibly reverting back to traditional ballot boxes.
“What if it wasn’t mail-in? We’re talking about 1,400 votes in this election, could we hold it with actual polling stations?”
However, Township Clerk Debbie Leroux noted that changing from mail-in ballots would cause a great deal of added work for township staff.
“We haven’t had a traditional paper election since 1997. And, I assure you that if we were going to go that way, Nov. 23 would not come close to happening,” said Ms. Leroux. “We would essentially be starting over with our policies, and as well, it’s a timing issue for staff. In a normal election, council takes recess and that won’t happen this time. We need to put together a voting list and make sure we have sufficient staff levels.”
Ms. Leroux did explain to councillors that they had the option of holding a special council meeting to begin the election early, and give more time for the nomination period.
However, Regional Councillor Jack Ballinger endorsed the proposed timeframe.
“I think that 45 days is plenty of time for the candidates to be able to get out there. I’d wonder why they couldn’t get out to those 1,400 voters in that time,” opined Councillor Ballinger.
Councillors were split on the matter of the timeline, with Ward 4’s Fred Bryan and Councillor Ballinger voting to endorse the proposal, while Councillor Molloy and Ward One representative Pam Beach were opposed. Ultimately, Mayor O’Connor would break the tie with a positive vote.
First elected to the post in 2006, Ward 3 Councillor Pat Mikuse passed away on Tuesday, July 7. In October, she won a third term on the council bench taking 581 votes, ahead of Bob Harrison (392) and Bruce Rodman (108).
Ms. Leroux told The Standard that Ward 3 residents should receive their ballots for the byelection in early November, and can either return them through the mail, or in person at Uxbridge Town Hall (51 Toronto St. South).