JOE CROSS The Standard
SCUGOG: On Monday, July 16th, the weekly Scugog council meeting included discussions regarding the upcoming Canada Celebrations this summer. After an hour and a half of back and forth deliberations, it was decided that there would be an Advisory Committee and a Music Committee to coordinate the big event. Don Kett Councillor (Ward 3) and Councillor Bobbie Drew (Ward 1) will be serving on the Advisory Committee. Councillor Jennifer Back (Ward 5), Councillor Don Kett (Ward 3) and Councillor Somerville (Ward 1) will serve on the Music Committee. The Councillors decided to hire a professional event co-ordinator to manage the music festival.
As the meeting proceeded, the council began to discuss Canada’s 150th Birthday. Members of the council were excited that this momentous milestone for our country will be taking place in Port Perry. The council members were eager to make this day a success. In preparation for Canada’s Birthday, the Scugog council will be coordinating many special arrangements, as this will be a once in a lifetime event.
There were many different perspectives, concerns and ideas expressed, surrounding which members of the council would be responsible for certain activities on Canada Day. Councilor Jennifer Back didn't understand why she and Councilor Don Kett were not initially asked to be involved, because “we've done the most work thus far,” she said. Councilor Kett was not included in the planning committee, even though according to Councilor Back, Don Kett had completed “a lot of extensive background work.” Don Kett created an entertainment budget for the entire committee, and he's also completed a 50-page business plan.
Certain committee members mentioned a desire to have their work efforts acknowledged. Mayor Tom Rowett maintained order as a natural facilitator and advocate for the community.
During the meeting, it was explained this coming Canada Day festivities will consist of a three-day celebration. The First day being the music festival, the second day a parade and festivities in the park, and the 3rd a pancake breakfast. When the 150th Birthday arrives, it will be an incredible celebration and will not be the same without the residents in our community attending!
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