KAWARTHA LAKES: With pink balloons paired up and hung around the room, Josette Deuchars revealed her riders’ fund raising intentions for the month of October: support for the purchase of 3D mammography technology, with a donation to the Ross Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Each month, Josette and her riders at the Lindsay Cycle Studio support a community cause. “October was special to my riders, as one of them was recently diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Ms. Deuchars. “The studio raised $425, over four Wednesday nights, which is a lot for us, as we are a small studio.”
Autumn Campbell was touched by the studio team’s efforts, to support her during her treatments, and joined Josette when she visited the Ross Memorial on November 22nd, to present the donation to Erin Coons, RMH Foundation Executive Director.
“We’re so pleased to be able to show Autumn and Josette the new 3D Mammography Unit that just went into service this week,” said Erin Coons. “Our Hospital couldn’t afford advanced technology such as this, without the support of the community and philanthropic-minded business owners such as Josette. With a goal to support a local cause every month, she and her riders are truly powerhouses of generosity!”
Thanks to donors’ support, the Ross Memorial Hospital’s breast health services now include Tomosynthesis (3D imaging helps to pinpoint the exact size and location of breast lesions) and stereotactic biopsies. Ross Memorial is the first site in Ontario to use the SmartCurve Breast Stabilization System, which features curved paddles and processing algorithms to ensure a more comfortable experience for our patients.
“It’s wonderful to have this in the community,” said Autumn Campbell. “And to think that it was funded completely with donations, that’s just incredible.”
Every day at the Ross, the RMH team screens approximately 30 women.
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The Leader of Canada’s Conservatives, and the Leader of the Official Opposition, the Honourable Andrew Scheer, released the following statement today regarding General Motors’ suspension of operations in Oshawa:
“Today’s news is a devastating blow to thousands of southern Ontario families who have relied for decades on the General Motors (GM) assembly plant in Oshawa to provide a living. This closure represents the end of a long and proud tradition in Oshawa, which has been a reliable home to GM for over 100 years. My thoughts are with all those who will be impacted by this closure.
“Just last week, Justin Trudeau presented a Fall Economic Update to Canadians which painted a rosy picture of Canada’s economy. Despite mounting debt and deficits, rising inflation and interest rates, billions in lost investment, and a crisis in Canada’s energy sector, Trudeau insisted all was well. Only days later, we learn of this closure.
“Today, Conservatives in Ottawa will call for an emergency debate in the House of Commons to press the Liberals for a plan on how they will respond to the thousands of people out of work and how they will protect remaining manufacturing jobs in Ontario.”
Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement today,(November 26), on the closure of the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant:
"Today is a difficult day for the workers at the General Motors Oshawa Assembly Plant.
It is a difficult day for the thousands of workers at hundreds of Ontario auto part suppliers that depend on the GM Oshawa Assembly Plant for much of their business, as well as for workers and small business owners throughout Oshawa and the wider Durham region.
Today a lot of people are feeling shocked and saddened. I know some people are also feeling angry and betrayed. To everyone who has been impacted by this decision, please know this:
First, for those who work in the auto industry, I want you to know that today's news has nothing to do with the quality of the work you do. I will put the highly trained, professional autoworkers in Oshawa, or anywhere else in Ontario, up against anybody else in the world. It is disappointing that GM failed to see and build upon this competitive advantage. While the company is entitled to make its own business decisions, I am confident that history will prove them wrong.
Second, I want the people of Oshawa and the Durham Region to know that our government will always stand with you.
Our government has already begun exploring measures to help impacted workers, businesses and communities cope with the aftermath of this decision. As a first step, I will be authorizing Employment Ontario to deploy its Rapid Re-Employment and Training Services program to provide impacted local workers with targeted local training and jobs services to help them regain employment as quickly as possible. We are looking at how best to align our programs to ensure maximum support is available for affected employees and their families. In speaking with GM, we have stressed the importance of supporting their employees through this difficult transition.
We will also be calling for all three levels of government to work together to help impacted families receive the support and relief they need, while also ensuring that impacted businesses are quickly able to adapt their business models to take advantage of new opportunities.
As a start, we are asking the federal government to immediately extend Employment Insurance (EI) eligibility to ensure impacted workers in the auto sector can fully access EI benefits when they need them most. There is a precedent for this kind of action that has been deployed in Alberta's oil patch, and the people of Ontario are right to expect that the federal government will show a similar level of respect to the families that depend on Ontario's auto sector.
We are also asking the federal government to work with their U.S. counterparts to remove all tariffs so that impacted auto parts suppliers can remain competitive after the Oshawa Assembly Plant closes its doors.
The final thing I want the people of Oshawa, Durham and the entire province to know is this: While today's announcement is disappointing, it will not deter us from returning Ontario to its rightful place as one of the world's premiere destinations for job creation and investment.
Our province has immense resource riches, and sits at the crossroads of continental and global trade. Most importantly, we have a hard-working and educated workforce that is envy of the world. Unfortunately, years of economic mismanagement at multiple levels of government have squandered many of these advantages and, today, thousands of innocent families are being hurt as a result.
The good news is that, working together, we can fix this. Our Government for the People will work day and night to make Ontario Open for Business once again."
Actions to date: Rapid Re-Employment Training Services.
The Ontario government has deployed Employment Ontario's "Rapid Re-Employment Training Services" team, which will: Coordinate the response within Durham Region and other impacted communities, Inform affected employees, employers and the community of the services available to them, Coordinate with the federal government to support access to EI and other programs.
Actions to date: Employment Insurance
As they have during times of economic hardship, Ontario has called on the federal government to: Extend EI eligibility by five weeks to a maximum of 50 weeks in the impacted EI regions, Extend the duration of Work Sharing agreements by an additional 38 weeks, to a total of 76 weeks, and allow for immediate re-application for expired agreements, Re-introduce the Career Transition Assistance initiative to re-train workers, Develop a plan to increase EI durations for Long Tenured Workers in impacted EI regions, Increase the federal transfer to Ontario for skills training via the Labour Market Development Agreement and Workforce Development Agreement.
Actions to date: Tariffs
During recent trade deliberations, the U.S. government placed 25 per cent tariffs on Canadian steel and 10 per cent tariffs on Canadian aluminum products. The Canadian government countered with tariffs of its own on steel, aluminum, and various other American products. These tariffs from both sides increase the cost of doing of business for the critically important auto parts sector. Ontario asking the federal government work with U.S. counterparts to remove all tariffs.
KAWARTHA LAKES: I am saddened to hear that GM Canada has made a strategic business decision to close five production facilities across North America, including the Oshawa Assembly and four plants in the United States. My heart goes out today to all of the workers and their families impacted by this decision, especially those impacted by the closure of the Oshawa site.
Hundreds of GM Oshawa workers and retirees call Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock home. Over the years, I have met many of these hardworking men and women. They are dedicated employees who have every reason to be proud of the great work they have done over the years to build the Oshawa Assembly into one of GM’s best production facilities. Many are also deeply involved in our communities as volunteers.
Our Government is taking immediate action to assist affected autoworkers. We are deploying Employment Ontario’s Rapid Re-Employment Training Services, which will assist workers with accessing services and employment opportunities. Premier Ford has also asked the Federal Government to extend EI eligibility to 50 weeks and double the length of work sharing agreements to 76 weeks. We have called upon all three levels of Government to work collaboratively to assist affected GM Oshawa workers and their families with this transition.
My constituency office is available to assist affected GM workers and their families with any questions or concerns. You can reach out by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (705) 324-6654.
DURHAM: Durham Region statement on General Motors announcement.
Whitby, Ontario – Today’s announcement by General Motors is deeply disappointing. We recognize that this is an especially difficult time for all employees and families who are directly and indirectly impacted by this news. Durham Region will focus on how to best support those who have been impacted.
The Region expects General Motors to do what is right for their employees and the City of Oshawa. This will have impacts for the Canadian economy as a whole. We will work together with the Federal and Provincial governments to support Canadians facing the loss of high quality, well-paying jobs.
The automotive industry has been investing in the technology to power electric and autonomous vehicles. With the focus on innovation, we have seen the ability of Durham’s workforce to shift and adapt to ensure the resilience of our economy. Durham Region is an ideal location to help drive the transition to a clean, electrified economy.
Durham workers and their families are the Region’s top priority. We look forward to building on our strong partnerships with all other levels of government, as well as post-secondary institutions, to support residents during this difficult transition.
KAWARTHA LAKES: Local MP Jamie Schmale was shocked to learn that General Motors announced a global reorganization, which will affect the jobs of over 2,500 Canadian workers and their families. The move will have far reaching consequences as thousands of jobs in related industries, such as auto part manufacturing and customer support, are now at risk.
GM Canada is responsible for directly employing 4,856 people in Oshawa. Many of these employees commute from several communities across Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. In addition, GM Canada pensions support approximately 30,300 hourly retirees and 7,000 salary retirees.
"I am gravely concerned for the thousands of workers and their families who are now receiving this news and are coming to terms with how this will impact their lives," said Schmale. "As such, my Conservative colleagues led the call for an emergency debate in the House of Commons and I’m extremely thankful to the Speaker for granting this request.”
“We are not prepared to give up on the people employed by General Motors and we intend to press the Liberals for a plan on how they will respond to the thousands of people out of work and how they will protect remaining manufacturing jobs in Ontario,” said Schmale.
“Now, more than ever, we know that if we don’t fight for these jobs today, they won’t come back tomorrow,” said Schmale. “To that end, we need to push to increase investment attractiveness in Canada, in order to create a business-friendly environment for future generations.”
UXBRIDGE: The township of Uxbridge is advising residents that construction work near the Uxbridge Brook on Centennial Drive, will close the road to through-traffic and pedestrians on Thursday, November 29th and Friday, November 30th. The road closure will take place right at the Uxbridge Brook.
The closure will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. The road will be reopened each evening and for the weekend of December 1st.
For more information please contact Colleen Baskin, Communication Officer for the Corporation of the Township of Uxbridge, by phone at 905-852-9181 ext. 231 or via email at:
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SCUGOG: The newly elected Scugog council will be sworn on Monday, December 3rd, at the inaugural council meeting.
The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m., and will be held at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre (SCRC), located at 1655 Reach St. in Port Perry.
In an email statement, Mayor-Elect Bobbie Drew explained why that location was chosen.
“The SCRC allows for more people, like friends and family, to attend. As well, it was held in Blackstock last time, so it was fitting to have it at the SCRC this time,” she shared.
Jonathan van Bilsen will be the master of ceremonies for the event. Mr. van Bilsen will also be accompanied by piper Brian Richardson.
Every elected member will recite the declaration of office and oath of allegiance, starting with the mayor, then the Regional Councillor, and then the Ward councillors in order of their ward number.
Following that, there will be closing remarks.
Scugog clerk J.P. Newman explained, in an email, how council-elect have been preparing for the new term of office.
“Council-elect have participated in Council Orientation sessions, including department overviews, corporate procedures and policies as well as a guided tour of the municipality.”
Customers in 17 countries will meet with representatives from Canada’s grain value chain, to learn about the quality and end-use characteristics of the 2018 Canadian wheat crop, during a series of new crop missions that began on November 12th.
The annual seminars are an important opportunity to build customer relationships with international buyers, and support Canada’s reputation as a supplier of clean, consistent, quality wheat.
“2018 is a tale of two harvests,” says Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada. “The crop quality was very high, in some of the western prairie regions, until [an] unusually early snowfall created challenging harvest conditions for farmers in those areas.”
Wheat harvested before the snow fell is high quality, with 95% falling into the top two grades, of No. 1 and No. 2, with high protein. While weathering has degraded the quality of some of the crop harvested in October, it is expected there is good availability of quality wheat.
Buyers will hear from industry experts in terms of overall crop quality, functionality, availability, and a review of the growing season and farming in Canada. The Canadian team includes farmers, exporters, scientists, technical specialists and representatives from Cereals Canada, the Canadian International Grains Institute and the Canadian Grain Commission.
“Every crop year is different and that’s why it’s important to be face-to-face with key customers, post-harvest each fall,” says Dahl. “It’s their opportunity to meet with, and ask questions of, members of the entire Canadian value chain. This approach is unique to Canada, and the two-way dialogue benefits both customers and the Canadian industry, in terms of understanding current and future needs.”
New Crop Mission Facts:
Between November and December, the 2018 New Crop Missions will travel to 17 countries: in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America. The first seminar takes place in Mississauga, Ontario, for Canadian millers and their customers.
New Crop Missions are led by Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute with support from the Canadian Grain Commission.
The web site CanadianWheat.ca provides information related to the 2018 new crop including a comprehensive Crop in Review document and copies of the presentations given during the new crop mission seminars.