Andy Letham among those returning to Kawartha council
KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes residents decided to keep mainly the status quo on City of Kawartha Lakes council, as several members were re-elected during the municipal election. The election was held on Monday, October 22nd, but due to technical issues, voters were given an extra day to vote and results were released on Tuesday, October 23rd. Among those re-elected was Kawartha Lakes mayor Andy Letham. Mr. Letham prevailed with a total of 11,435 votes. The next highest competitor in the mayoral race was Gord James with 9,878 votes. Brian Junkin got 2,724 votes and Peter Weygang received 1,007 votes. Emmett Yeo will be the Ward 1 Councillor. He prevailed with 1,213 votes, or 46.8 per cent of the votes in that ward. Kathleen Seymour-Fagan was elected the Ward 2 Councillor, receiving 1,112 votes, or 34.88 per cent of the votes in the ward. Doug Elmslie won the Ward 3 seat, taking 62 per cent of the votes in that ward. Andrew Veale will be returning to his Ward 4 seat, as he got 1,195 votes, or 46.95 per cent of the votes in that ward. Pat Dunn will also be back on council after winning the Ward 5 seat with 34.2 per cent of the votes. Ron Ashmore took Ward 6 and Patrick O'Reilly won Ward 7’s council position. Council newcomer Tracy Richardson won the Ward 8 seat with 815 votes, or 35.8 per cent of the votes in the ward, with the next highest being previous councillor Heather Stauble with 670 votes.
For more information visit: https://www.kawarthalakes.ca/en/municipal-services/elections-results.aspx
Annual Evening Celebrates the Efforts of Environmental Champions.
At its 37th annual Conservation Awards ceremony, on Tuesday, October 16th, 2018, the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) paid tribute to 23 individuals, businesses and groups, who are working in their communities, to improve our environment.
During his remarks, Aurora Mayor and LSRCA Board Chair, Geoffrey Dawe spoke to the outstanding achievements of the award winners.
“Each and every one of our recipients has made a positive impact on the health of our watershed, in their own community and collectively, across the entire watershed community. Tonight, we thank them, we honour them and we acknowledge that their actions are an inspiration for others.”
Emceed by Jennifer Anderson, of Rogers TV’s The Parenting Show and former LSRCA Media Recognition Award winner, the ceremony took place at Madsen’s Greenhouse and Garden, in Newmarket. Jennifer shared winning entry highlights, touching on the passion of the people behind the projects.
Accolades went out to this year’s recipients as follows:
George R. Richardson Conservation Award of Honour.
Sylvia Bowman, watershed wide, for her lifelong passion and leadership in the many environmental organizations and initiatives she’s been involved in throughout her life.
Sylvia participates in and helps with several events for these organizations, including tree plantings, invasive species removal, and hikes. Sylvia is a gentle, passionate and extremely dedicated advocate for the environment. She has motivated others, including her daughter, to embrace environmental guardianship and action. Sylvia has always been a strong voice for nature in the community. Her impact and legacy will live on, through the many projects and lives she has touched.
Ernie Crossland Young Conservationist Award.
Michael Wang, Newmarket, for being an environmental hero and making our community a healthier place to live.
He has been a member, the Chair, and now acts as the consultant to his school’s Green Team. Michael encourages his fellow students to reduce their environmental footprint, by minimizing the amount of food waste they produce. He also works with the school’s Dining Services,
to measure and record food waste produced during lunch hours. Some other activities and initiatives the club has taken on, so far include: running a green energy audit for the school, green actions such as planting, banning plastic water bottles, and hosting a Green Week where students participate in activities, to raise awareness of environmental issues.
The following local groups and individuals where honoured with the following awards.
Cannington and Area Historical Society & Cannington Horticultural Society, Cannington, received the Healthy Community Award, for their enthusiasm and hard work, organizing a community tree planting event and a hands-on nature experience, where a local school group participated in numerous stations learning about the environment.
Tycoed Restorative Farm, Uxbridge, also received a Healthy Community Award, for undertaking a restorative farm project and encouraging self-reliance, through permaculture, hugelkultur, solar and wind power.
John Nagy, Sunderland, received the Healthy Land Award, for planting 1,000 native trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants on his property.
Larry Onisto, Uxbridge, also received the Healthy Land Award, for increasing forest canopy, by planting 4,575 White Pine and White Cedar trees on just over 2 hectares of his property.
Congratulations to all the recipient.
CAM DAHL President, Cereals Canada
Most farmers are reluctant to talk about modern agriculture. Our own industry advertisements promote the image of a farm with a faded red barn and a few chickens running about in a pastoral setting. That is not modern agriculture and we need to stop letting agriculture be portrayed this way.
It is not hard to understand why modern agriculture shies away from talking about what we do on the farm. Modern agriculture practices are regularly attacked by activists, who want to return to the lost golden age of Ol’ McDonald’s farm. One just has to look at the recent flurry of negative media coverage of glyphosate, one of the most studied and reviewed pesticides in history, to see evidence of agriculture practices being questioned.
The truth is, Ol’ McDonald retired a long time ago. We should let him enjoy his dotage. His day was characterized by rural poverty, houses with no running water and no central heat. Rural schooling was in one room that gave those in them little chance of advanced education. The good old days were not very good for those living in them. Modern agriculture has changed that.
Today, most agriculture production in Canada takes place on commercial farms that are thriving businesses. Mostly owned and operated by families, they are managed by individuals with advanced degrees and a deep understanding of international markets. The equipment is not rusting pick-ups and open cab tractors, but combines, sprayers, and tractors guided by satellites. Seeds, fertilizers and pesticides used are the result of years of intensive research. These tools are designed to have a minimal environmental footprint and to be safe for farmers and consumers alike.
I am told by professional communicators that talking about modern agriculture in this way does not effectively reach consumers, and give them comfort in how their food is produced. Someone in a downtown urban center, shopping for their kids’ lunch, does not care that much about eradicating rural poverty. They just want to know they will be giving their kids a safe and nutritious lunch. So what has modern agriculture done for consumers?
Let’s tackle “affordable”. By February 9th, of 2018, the average Canadian household earned enough income to pay for their grocery bill for the entire year, spending about 10 percent of their income on food. Want to compare? Portuguese consumers spend about 17, percent of their income on food, Russians 28 percent and Nigerians 56 percent. Those of us involved in agriculture need to do a better job of communicating how modern farming tools and practices have given Canadians access to some of the cheapest and highest quality food in the world. We also need to be able to relate what happens when ill-conceived regulations take those tools away.
Modern Canadian agriculture is also delivering some of the safest food in the world. A recent study, by the Conference Board of Canada, ranked the food safety performance of Canada and sixteen other developed OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) nations. Canada’s food safety ranked the highest of all the countries examined.
Modern Canadian agriculture has a very good environmental story to tell. Modern practices, such as conservation tillage, are increasing the health of soils, reducing the amount of fuel used and reducing soil erosion. Precision agriculture, which uses satellites to precisely steer equipment, is maximizing the efficiency of pesticides and fertilizers, further reducing fuel use and protecting water from nutrient run-off.
In the last 40 years, energy use per tonne of wheat produced has reduced by 39 percent. Forty years ago soil organic matter was being depleted with every crop. Modern agriculture has changed this picture dramatically, and today organic matter in prairie soils is increasing every year. This means the soil is healthier, it is more productive, less susceptible to soil erosion, and farms across Canada are sequestering carbon dioxide.
Why are these good news stories about modern agriculture not getting through to average Canadians? One of the reasons is, those who are opposed to modern agriculture are focused on their communication efforts, and have spent the time and money to coordinate their work.
Agriculture, on the other hand, does not have united communication efforts. We are all focused on our individual companies and organizations, and often communicating with the public is left to “side of the desk” projects. This needs to change. Agriculture needs to give time, money and coordination to our outreach.
Modern agriculture has a good story to tell, but if we aren’t telling it then we are letting others speak for us, and all consumers will hear are concerns from outside our industry.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes Food Source (KLFS) was granted $97,000 to fight poverty in the City of Kawartha Lakes. “We were one of 3 [organizations] nominated in Ontario and are honoured to be chosen to represent our Province,” said Heather Kirby General Manager. Ms. Kirby added, “We demonstrated our ability to find new and creative ways to get food to people. We are in a position to create lasting change in our community.”
“We are tremendously grateful to The Enterprise Holdings Foundation and Food Banks Canada for supporting KLFS in creating new and innovative programs that will allow us to better meet the changing needs of our community,” stated KLFS Board Chair Dennis Geelan.
This funding will be used for: feasibility to determine the needs of our community and how KLFS can best meet those needs; a partnership program, with local restaurants and caterers, to package viable food, at the end of service, into individual freezer meals for clients, especially beneficial for those with limited cooking facilities (e.g. limited to a microwave), and for singles who may have difficulty cooking nutritious meals for one; as well as the opening of two new food banks in City of Kawartha Lakes.
Community consultations have taken place to discuss the pilot of a shopping style food bank in Lindsay, at the KLFS distribution center.
The plan will also include a food bank in Kinmount, to serve the needs of residents in the northern, City of Kawartha Lakes, communities.
Leah Anderson, the new Capacity Boost Coordinator at KLFS, is excited to offer client choice through the shopping style model, which will allow clients to pick their own items. “As a member of the Ontario Association of Food Banks, we will lead by example best food bank practices province-wide. This includes implementing client care standards, a shopping style food bank, and adapting to meet clients’ changing needs.”
Traditionally, the role of the food bank was to bridge the gap in life events, such as job loss or economic emergencies. However, food insecurity and not having enough is a reality for many Canadians in 2018, due to a variety of economic and social issues. This grant will increase what KLFS can do within our community, by increasing food security and access to healthy food. KLFS can work to alleviate poverty in our community, by empowering and educating clients as to stretch their food when needed.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Voters in the City of Kawartha Lakes were given an extra 24 hours to vote.
The evening of Monday, October 22nd, the voting system provided by Dominion Voting Systems, experienced a “90-minute slowdown and resulting bandwidth issue caused a varying number of voters to experience slow response times and system time-outs”, as reported in a statement by Dominion.
The Tuesday morning the system was running smoothly, and since the slowdown Monday night, over 2000 voters had successfully cast their ballots, bringing the total number of votes up over 24,000.
“By extending the voting period a full 24 hours, everyone will have an opportunity to vote in daylight hours or after work [Tuesday]. The call volumes during the slowdown period were unprecedented, with over 600 calls to our help line. With this many people having trouble, we knew it was necessary to extend the election.” stated Cathie Ritchie, City Clerk.
Election results will be shared on the City’s website shortly after 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 23rd.
Members of the media, candidates, scrutineers and the public were welcomed to view the results live at City Hall, at 26 Francis St. in Lindsay, Tuesday, October 23rd.
Check www.thestandardnewspaper.ca for updates on the Kawartha Lakes election results.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog held a grand opening for their new youth centre, which has been named ‘The Lookout’, on Thursday, October 18th.
“It is so evident that our youth today are missing the connection. They are missing a place to be, where they can feel welcomed, where they can feel safe, and where they can feel included. Nowadays, there is such a lack of that human contact and it is so exciting that we are able to offer that here,” Ward 2 Councillor and Deputy Mayor Janna Guido said during the unveiling.
The Lookout is located on the second floor of the Scugog Community Recreation Centre (SCRC), and includes Ps4 and Xbox game systems, free Wifi and Netflix, foosball and air hockey tables, a beanbag lounge and a chalkboard wall. There is also a mural at the entrance of the youth centre.
Craig Belfry, the Township’s Manager of Recreation and Culture, said both he and Township Recreation Coordinator Tanya Budgen are happy with the way the youth centre turned out, and gave insight into the process of creating it.
“I think we had a vision when we went through the process of community consultation, and we had some input from the community as to what they were looking for. We went out, and Tanya and I toured other facilities in the Durham Region and looked at those, saw what they were doing. It's really shaped together through Tanya's vision, this turned out really well,” he said.
He also explained what the vision is for the youth centre.
“The vision is a drop in centre, very interactive for the kids, something for them not to just come to kill time, but have things to do, constructive things, and they can have a constructive output.”
We've provided computers, games, chalkboards, things where they can have a creative outlet for themselves in the community. It's a drop in centre right now, but we are looking, moving forward, to developing programming. Once we get established, that will lead to what the youth want in the community, and we will get feedback from them about the kinds of programs they're looking for and go from there,” he said.
“We've provided computers, games, chalkboards, and things where they can have a creative outlet for themselves in the community. It's a drop in centre right now, but we are looking, moving forward, to developing programming. Once we get established, that will lead to what the youth want in the community, and we will get feedback from them about the kinds of programs they're looking for and go from there.” he said.
Ms. Budgen said they have some interim ideas of the types of programs they would like to bring to the youth centre, including resume development and enhancing job interview skills for high school students, as well as “prepping grade eights for that transition [of] going to high school.” As well, she mentioned the possibility of holding social get togethers like movie nights.
She also said they were able to put a lot of what the youth wanted in the youth centre.
“A lot of the feedback we received from the survey with the youth, was heard, and all of that can be found in this space,” she said.
Mr. Belfry said the Township had “tremendous feedback” on their survey during the consultation process, and added they were also “conscious[ly] making sure it stayed within budget.”
He also told The Standard about the benefits to the Township of having a youth centre in Scugog.
“I think the benefit is, it gives a home to the youth to have a place to go, to feel it is a space they can feel comfortable and safe in, and have the ability to gather new skills or just have a place to hang out. It is something that is for them,” he said.
Mr. Belfry said he is excited to watch this youth centre grow in the coming years.
“This is just the start, and we are looking forward to seeing where this goes, [and] where this takes us. We're always excited about the growth of recreation in Scugog,” he said.
The Lookout will be open Tuesdays to Fridays, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays it will be open for kids in grades 7 and 8, and Wednesdays and Fridays it will be open to grades 9 to 12. The SCRC is located at 1655 Reach St., in Port Perry.
UXBRIDGE: Voters in Uxbridge cast their ballots on Monday, October 22nd, ushering in a new Mayor, and voting in several new faces for Town Council and School Board Trustees.
Shortly after 9:00 p.m. it appeared that Dave Barton had won the confidence of the people by winning the mayoral race with a majority of the votes at 5325, over incumbent Pat Molloy who received 2406 votes, and Diane Reilly who came in third with 720.
Dave Barton said, “I have had such overwhelming, kind support from our community. What I and the new Council do must absolutely be guided by the community. People have reached out to me by phone, email and social media, and I am committed to continuing that communication. We have a strong and passionate Council, and now it’s time to get down to work to build an Uxbridge that reflects all of our values; one that we can continue to be proud of for generations to come.”
Election results for Regional Chair, Regional Councillor ,Ward Councillors and School Board Trustees are as follows, with winning candidates listed first:
Regional Chair (Uxbridge results only) John Henry-3709, Tom Dingwal-1779, John Mutton-1488, Peter Neal-515, Muhammad Ahsin Sahi-234
Regional Councillor-Gord Highet-4315, Michelle Viney-3721
Ward 1- Pamela Beach- 832 votes, Amanda Brannigan - 724 Ward 2- Guy Ruona-709, Gordon Shreeve-629, Ted Eng 439
Ward 3- Bruce Garrod-797, John Haddock-383, Logan O’Connor- 228
Ward 4- Willie Popp-1126, Fred Bryan-814, Tamara Williamson-260 Ward 5- Todd Snooks-586, Angela Horne-290, Tammy Murphy-241, Roger Varley- 232,Blair Emmerson-62 Durham English Public District School Board- Carolyn Morton-3949, Gordon Baxter-3102 Durham English Separate District School Board (Brock, Scugog, Uxbridge) Kathy LeFort-862, Richard Damianopoulous-382, Marco Spiteri-201 results only), Sylvie A. Landry-21, Anna-Karyna Ruszkowski-8 Conseil Scolaire Catholique MonAvenir (Uxbridge results only), Roger Brideau-11, Marcellin Kwilu Mondo-2, Andre Linsky-2, Balonda Nkongolo-0.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: There will be some familiar faces in different council positions as well as some newcomers as Scugog voters have elected their new council.
Bobbie Drew, Scugog’s previous Regional Councillor, has been elected Scugog’s newest mayor. The unofficial results, released at around 11:40 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22nd, showed Ms. Drew received 4,578 votes, while her competitor Betty Somerville received 3,239 votes.
“I’m very excited. I’ve had a great team, great canvassers, everybody was positive and it was a really clean campaign, and I’m just delighted to serve the great people of Scugog Township,” Ms. Drew told The Standard.
She also spoke about what her priorities will be as mayor of the Township.
“First of all, I want to get the agreement with the Mississaugas. I want an amicable and respectful agreement with them and I hope to sit down really soon with them. I want to work on our strategic plan, building a team with my fellow councillors, and it’s a great council, and then we have to work on the budget, [and] work on relationships with our groups and organizations so we can move forward positively,” she said.
Another member of the past council, Wilma Wotten, the former Ward 4 Councillor, was named Scugog’s newest Regional Councillor. Ms. Wotten prevailed with 4,804 votes. The next highest, in that race, was Marc Gibbons with 1,437 votes. Don Kett came in third place with 1,100 votes and Dwayne Marrison received 279 votes.
“I’m thrilled. I’d like to thank all the candidates for all their hard work and for running a very fair and clean campaign. I hope that they will continue their interests in municipal politics and I hope to see them in the next four years. I’m looking forward to the new council,” Councillor Wotten said.
In Ward 1, Ian McDougall prevailed with 681 votes. The next highest was David LeRoy with 426 votes and then John Debono with 354 votes. Jim Howard received 135 votes.
Janna Guido will be returning to her Ward 2 seat, as she was re-elected. Councillor Guido got 917 votes, while Tony Janssen received 621 votes and Cindy Sutch had 165 votes.
Angus Ross will be Scugog’s newest Ward 3 Councillor. He received 474 votes, while his competitor Charlotte Hale got 286 votes.
There will also be a council newcomer in Ward 4, as Deborah Kiezebrink was elected that ward’s councillor. She received 727 votes. Jennifer Bankay was next highest with 326 votes, Tara-Lyn Mappin got 201 votes and Chris Turner received 199 votes.
Lance Brown had a resounding victory in Ward 5, receiving 1,106 votes to become the Ward 5 Councillor. Incumbent Jennifer Back came in second place in the ward with 770 votes and 352 people voted for Tracy McGarry.
At the Regional level, John Henry was elected Durham’s newest Regional Chair by a landslide victory.
Kawartha Lakes – Voters in the City of Kawartha Lakes have been given an extra 24 hours to vote.
Monday evening, the voting system provided by Dominion Voting Systems, experienced a “90-minute slowdown and resulting bandwidth issue caused a varying number of voters to experience slow response times and system time-outs”, as reported in a statement by Dominion.
The system is now running smoothly, and since the slowdown last night, over 2000 votes have successfully cast their ballots, bringing the total number of votes up over 24,000.
“By extending the voting period a full 24 hours, everyone will have an opportunity to vote in daylight hours or after work today. The call volumes during the slowdown period were unprecedented, with over 600 calls to our help line. With this many people having trouble, we knew it was necessary to extend the election. We are reaching out to voters and encouraging anyone who hasn’t voted to do so today,” stated Cathie Ritchie, City Clerk.
Election results will be shared on the City’s website shortly after 8:00pm.
Members of the media, candidates, scrutineers and the public are welcome to view the results live at City Hall, 26 Francis Street, Lindsay.
Not sure if your vote was successful?
Electors who have already voted can confirm if their vote has been successfully cast by attempting to vote a second time using their Voter ID and PIN numbers on their Voting PIN Letters. The voting system will notify you if you have successfully cast your ballot or not.
Locations with voting assistance on Tuesday October 23:
CLAUDIA SYTSMA The Standard
SCUGOG: On Friday evening, October 12th, The Piano Inn and Cafe hosted its 5th Annual Grilled Cheese Contest. The cafe was packed with grilled cheese sandwich enthusiasts and supporters of this fund raising initiative. The proceeds of the event and a portion of the sales of the winning sandwiches will be donated to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
Christy Stone-Curry, owner of the Cafe, said, “The Hospital Foundation came to [the] Rotary Club explaining what they were raising funds for and we all toured the new hospital. I then thought perhaps my café could contribute in some way. Port Perry Hospital Foundation President, Mark Fletcher, was last year’s Grilled Cheese runner up, so it made sense that because he supports us, that we can also support his causes.”
Christy explained there were about 243 grilled cheese recipes entered into the contest, and she narrowed the entrants down to three. Judges Mark Fletcher, Chief Kelly LaRocca and Erin O’Toole MP had the delightful task of trying all three samples and choosing the winner. Accompanying the grilled cheese sandwiches were samples of premium beers, provided by Beau’s Brewery.
Rich Evans, of Beau’s Brewery said, “Our company loves getting involved with the community, so when Christy offered us the chance to be involved, we jumped at the opportunity.”
The judges choice for the winning grilled cheese sandwich was the “Beau goes to Bombay and Eats Italian Cheese.” This sandwich was a delectable combination of a savoury butter chicken sauce combined with sliced chunks of chicken marinated in Tagwerk beer, and smothered with melted provolone cheese.
The crowd’s choice was the “Beau’s Feeling Blue Grilled Cheese”. This sandwich included tender grilled steak, creamy mozzarella and Beau’s maple rush sweet caramelized onions.
The winners of each of the two categories will be featured on the Piano Inn and Cafe’s Grilled Cheese Menu, with all proceeds from sales of the winning entries, until December 31st, going to the Port Perry Hospital Foundation.
Christy continued,“Port Perry is a small but vibrant community and it’s the sum of all parts that make us thrive. We saw a lot of familiar and new faces at the contest finals. There was a great vibe in the room.
Thanks to Erin O’Toole MP, Chef Kelly LaRocca and Mark Fletcher for volunteering to eat a lot of grilled cheeses. Rich from Beau’s Brewery really stepped up to make the night happen; the people loved him, and Hometown Printing donated all the printing. This is a small representation of a few people working together for grilled cheese, with a side of community. We are looking forward to next year.”
So come on over to the Piano Inn and Cafe and try these new delicious menu items, knowing the proceeds are going to a wonderful cause!