The New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) 2018-2019 has started its call for Proposals for Community-Based Projects that will help seniors stay active, engaged and informed. The application period will continue until June 15, 2018.
Organizations that want to help seniors make a difference in the lives of others and in their communities are eligible to receive federal grants and contributions funding. Projects must be led or inspired by seniors and address one or more of the following five program objectives:
• promoting volunteerism among seniors and other generations;
• engaging seniors in the community through the mentoring of others;
• expanding awareness of elder abuse, including financial abuse;
• supporting the social participation and inclusion of seniors; and providing capital assistance for new and existing community projects and/or programs for seniors.
MP Schmale is encouraging organizations to apply for funding. More information on how to apply is available here: https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/new-horizons-seniors-community-based.html
Please find attached the 2018-2019 NHSP Standard Grant Application for Funding.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our office (705) 324-2400 or (866) 688-9881.
Distracted driving is the act of driving while engaged in other activities that take the driver's attention away from the road. All distractions compromise the safety of the driver, passengers, bystanders and those in other vehicles.
According to a HealthDay poll from November 2011, most adults who drive admit to engaging in distracted driving behaviors. This poll, which included 2,800 adults, found that:
Data from this poll also revealed that younger drivers have a greater tendency to be involved in distracted driving than older individuals. Additionally, males have a greater tendency to engage in distracted driving activities, including driving while drowsy, after drinking alcohol, while reading a map, using a GPS system, or using the Internet.
Approximately 86% of drivers have admitted to eating or drinking while driving.
Approximately 37% of drivers have texted while driving at least once, while 18% of drivers have said they have formed the habit of doing it often.
Approximately 41% of adult drivers have set or changed a GPS system while driving, and 21% do it "more frequently."
Approximately 36% of adult drivers have used a map as road guidance while driving.
At least 20% drivers have admitted to combing or styling their hair while driving.
Approximately 14% of drivers have applied makeup while driving.
Approximately 24% of adult drivers have browsed the Internet while driving.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: The field of local candidates for the June 7th Ontario provincial election has been set.
In the Durham riding, incumbent MPP Liberal Granville Anderson will be facing off against Lindsey Park of the Progressive Conservatives, Joel Usher for the Ontario NDP, Ryan Robinson for the Libertarian Party and Michelle Corbett for the Green Party of Ontario.
The candidates for the new Pickering-Uxbridge riding are Peter Bethlenfalvy for the Progressive Conservatives, Ibrahim Daniyal for the Ontario Liberals, Nerissa Cariño for the Ontario NDP, Adam Narraway for the Green Party and Brendan Reilly for the Libertarian Party.
Meanwhile in the Haliburton - Kawartha Lakes - Brock riding, incumbent Conservative MPP Laurie Scott will be looking to keep her seat when voters go to the polls. Running against her will be 20 year-old Pontypool resident Zac Miller for the NDP, Lindsay resident Brooklynne Cramp-Waldinsperger for the Liberals, Lynn Therien for the Green Party, and Gene Balfour for the Libertarians.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
UXBRIDGE: Uxbridge Secondary school might look like a regular school, but students in the culinary art courses would have to disagree.
Thanks to the dedication and expertise of culinary teachers, like pastry and master chief David Brown, Uxbridge Secondary School opened a bakery run by students this year.
“We went to the board and there was another school closing so I went, hey, can we have the equipment?” Mr. Brown said. “So we ended up getting ovens from them, tables, stuff like that.”
Out of the bakery they sell baked goods, like bread, to students and parents. They’re open daily during lunch and after school.
“We teach baking, cooking, and restaurant services out of here,” Mr. Brown said. Along with a bakery and kitchen, the school has a formal eating space for students to practice serving in.
On top of that, students in the course prepare lunch for the other students, along with the teacher.
“All of our food is fresh, all of our food is from farms and stuff,” “It’s just better for the students and teachers.”
Mr. Miller is a part of the Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program. SHSM allows student to complete their high school diploma, while letting them take college courses that steer them to a career in a skill like construction or cooking.
“Just getting the opportunity of being in the bakery and kitchen is such a blessing, it’s just, so cool.” Mr. Miller said. “Just being in here is so cool for me.”
Right now, he’s doing his co-oping in the class, helping prepare food, cleaning up, helping teach students, and where ever else he can help out.
“He is such a big asset to us here,” Mr. Brown said. “He could run the whole show. I could walk away and feel very confident that he could run the show.”
Mr. Millar will be heading off the Colorado to do a one-year course in cooking.
“I love being in the bakery and kitchen because I am a hands-on person and I love doing things with my hands,” Mr. Miller said. “When I am mixing something up I don’t do it with a spoon I do it with my hands to get a connection with the food.”
The course is self-contained, meaning while also being able to provide students with hand-made, quality lunches, and providing students with hands-on experience, it doesn't cost the school extra money.
“This is the biggest [culinary] program in Durham region if not the GTA,” Mr. Brown said. “And we pride ourselves on that, we have two students going to skill Ontario for their hospitality program.”
Right now, Mr. Brown says he has 175 students in his classes, but plans to expand it to 200 next school year, with eight classes a semester.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: The new owner of the Square Boy Pizza franchise in Port Perry wants to provide customers consistently with a quality product.
Tim Pokulok officially took over ownership of the business in early January. His business partner is his father, Pete.
“I just retired from my job, my Dad is retired, and I thought it would be something nice for both of us to do,” Mr. Pokulok told The Standard.
Mr. Pokulok grew up in Scugog, and said he likes the location of the local Square Boy restaurant.
“It’s a view of the lake, [and there are] ball diamonds and tennis courts [located nearby]. I find it very calming.”
As well, he said he likes the “family environment of Port Perry” and enjoys “serving the people and getting positive feedback.”
When he bought the business, neither him nor his father had experience in the restaurant industry.
“It was relatively new to both of us. There was a large learning curve,” Mr. Pokulok said.
However, he added, he likes learning new things and was “up for the challenge.”
“I want everyone to know we are dedicated to making a consistently good product at a good price and we deliver,” Mr. Pokulok said.
Square Boy Pizza is located at 80 Water St, Port Perry.
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In the last several years there’s been a push for creating pollinator friendly spaces to help the declining populations, but how can you turn your garden into a pollinator paradise?
According to Pollinator Partnership, more than 1,000 types of pollinators are vertebrates like hummingbirds and bats. Insect pollinators, which are the majority of pollinators, are flies, beetles, wasps, ants, butterflies, moths, and bees. So, you’ll want to attract more than just honey bees.
While planting your garden, keep in mind plant positioning, the time of year they bloom, and the type of plants.
Look at wild flowers in your area, notice how they grow in patches clumped together? That’s what you’ll want for your garden. Honey bees can fly three km from their hives, but native bees have a range of about 100 m, and the more they have to fly, the shorter the life span.
By planting your flowers in clumps, pollinators don’t have to travel as far to collect pollen or nectar and it’s a more natural environment for them.
The time of year your plants bloom is important to making a pollinator paradise. Pollinators, especially insects, aren’t out all year. Mason bees hatch in early spring and will work until late spring early summer. If you don’t have anything in your garden that blooms during that time, they'll starve.
The same goes for migrating pollinators like monarchs, they need food while they migrate through your area.
To have a successful pollinator garden, you need plants blooming year-round.
For spring bloom consider: white trillium, violets, dandelions, clover, swamp buttercup, Dutchman’s breeches.
For summer to try: alfalfa, bee balm, morning glory, coneflower, iris, thistle, milkweed, hairy mountain mint.
For Fall consider adding: asters, golden rod, joe pye weed, anise hyssop, gaillardia, turtle head, Heleniums.
When planting your garden, consider using native plants. Your local pollinators know these plants and the plants have adapted to your environment so they're easier to maintain.
What else can you do? Add a swallow water dish with a rock, for pollinators to land and drink the water without getting wet. You can also consider leaving a mulched-free section of your garden for solitary bees and other pollinators to make nests.
DAN CEARNS The Standard
SCUGOG: In 1977 the Pine Ridge Garden Club was founded by Frances Newton, a local resident at that time. Mrs. Newton was the first elected president.
The club’s members come from Port Perry, Nestleton, Blackstock and other areas around Scugog and Kawartha Lakes. There’s the misconception that a garden club is comprised of only women. However, the local garden club does have male members. New members are always welcome to join the friendly and down-to-earth group. Anyone with a passion for gardening, whether it’s a small or large garden, a balcony garden or just caring for house plants is welcome to join.
Meetings are held at Nestleton Hall, the second Tuesday in March and the 1st Tuesday, April to December. The meetings include a variety of interesting speakers, who bring a wealth of knowledge on their particular speciality.
The club has four flower/vegetable competitions during the year, in which their members are encouraged to enter and compete for points and prize money.
The club’s volunteers have been tending the gardens at Nestleton Community Centre since 1977, and the Scugog Shores Museum Village since 2012.
Each year, the club offers a bursary to a student at Port Perry High School pursuing a career in Horticulture or Environmental studies. They also support the Blackstock and Port Perry Fair in the Horticulture competitions.
The annual Plant, Bake & Yard Sale, held at the Nestleton Community Centre, on the long weekend in May, is the club's largest fundraiser. This event helps raise money for club activities and also provides an opportunity for the community to come out and meet many of their members and receive friendly advice on planting and caring for the plants they purchase.
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At the end of last year, the United Nations decided to name May 20th as World Bee Day, to draw attention to the importance of preserving bees and other pollinators as their population continues to drop globally.
A pesticide that has been receiving international criticism for its toxicity to bees is neonicotinoid, a class of insecticides that are chemically related to nicotine.
Neonicotinoids include acetamiprid, clothiandin, dinotefuran, imidacloprid, nitenpyram, thiocloprid, and thiamethoxam.
Used to kill pests like aphids, spider mites and stink bugs, it was initially thought to have little to no impact on helpful insects like bees, but studies have found this is not the case. While neonicotinoids don’t out right kill bees, they have been proven to interfere with bees’ navigation systems and ability to forage for nectar.
They are used in commercial agriculture, but they can be found in home pesticides because of their effectiveness and low toxicity to mammals.
There are petitions circulating calling for the outright ban of neonicotinoids in Canada, instead of the partial one that was passed last year.
Randy Ivens, a Bee keeper in Durham region disagrees with this approach. “I don’t think that’s the solution.”
Mr. Ivens has been keeping bees with his wife since they took a course at the university of Guelph seven years ago. Now they own Williowbees, a small honey and bee products business, which had 20 hives last year.
“The (neonicotinoids) are valuable,” Mr. Ivens explained. “They clearly work very well from a pest management and a crop management perspective, but it needs to be used when necessary, not prolifically.”
“If only 10 to 20 per cent of the province need it, then the other 70 to 80 per cent shouldn’t be having to use it,” Mr. Ivens said.
The European Union has banned three of the most popular neonicotinoids for most crops but is looking to expand the ban.
“The long-term effects of the pesticide. getting right up through to the plant and ultimately down into our ground water. is extremely scary,” Mr. Ivens said.
While bees have been the focus of the ban, studies show neonicotinoids effect frog, bird, fish, water insects and earthworm populations, resulting from leeching into the ground and water.
“Economics usually drives government decisions, instead of science,” Mr. Ivens said. “The government tends to pass things along for economic development and growth, without looking at the science first,” he continued.
Studies from Europe, looking at how crop yield has been impacted, since imposing bans four years ago, show no sufficient product loss.
But eliminating neonicotinoids in Canada would, only potentially, take care of one factor contributing to the declining populations of bees. Bees, and other pollinators still face the challenges of habitat loss, shrinking food resources, diseases, parasites and climate change.
Bees are believed to have an estimated global annual value of $250 billion, due to their help pollinating crops, and so there could potentially be a devastating blow to the economy and food supply without them.
CASSIDY MCMULLEN The Standard
KAWARTHA LAKES: For the last ten years, since the subdivision has been built, residents of Barron boulevard have walked along the low traffic street with no complaints.
Now they’re getting a sidewalk, whether they want it or not, Kawartha Lakes city council decided on May 8th.
Residences would rather have full use of their driveways and leave their landscaping alone, than add a $40,000 sidewalk, the petition, fully supported by all 14 Barron boulevard residences, states.
“With all our priorities we have in our city, I just don’t understand why the most important thing we have to do is put sidewalks where people don't want them,” Councillor Pat Dunn said.
“I don’t think we should be building sidewalks to nowhere,” Councillor Isaac Breadner said, in support of Councillor Dunn.
Barron boulevard is surrounded by commercially zoned properties, none of which have sidewalks.
“We get opportunity all the time here at council to make common-sense decisions, and to me this is a common-sense decision,” Councillor Breadner said. “I am not saying we never build one, I am just saying we defer it until there’s something to connect it to.”
While councillors agreed there are other areas in the city that needed sidewalks more, they have to put one on Barron boulevard because of the subdivision agreement they made in 2008 that requires a sidewalk on the street.
“If we do indeed have a legally binding agreement in place, I do believe we should follow it,” Councillor John Pollard said.
Also, leaving the street without a sidewalk could leave the city open to litigation.
“It’s in the budget to be done,” Councillor Brian Junkin said. “In the future they’re will be development.”
Other streets by the boulevard are due to have sidewalks put in, so eventually, the sidewalk will connect to another. City staff said it could be “any day or any year.”
Without a sidewalk, the street isn’t accessible, and with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act, municipalities are required to become accessible by 2025 which includes documents to buildings.
The residents on Barron boulevard hoping for an exception, like Redwing Street in Lindsay, could be seeing a sidewalk through their front yards by the end of this year.