UXBRIDGE: The Supreme Court of Canada's recent decision not to hear an appeal from Scugog and Oshawa in regards to the Deering sisters case recently drew concerns from a pair of veteran Uxbridge Councillors.
At council's meeting on the morning of Monday, Jan. 7, Mayor Gerri Lynn O'Connor and Ward 1 Councillor Bev Northeast both spoke out about the recent ruling that left the Township of Scugog and the City of Oshawa each one-third responsible for the Coates Rd. crash that left the sisters paralyzed in August 2004.
"I'm really concerned about the ruling in the Deering case," Councillor Northeast commented. "What is the interpretation of reasonable safety standards for our roads?"
Councillor Northeast went on to question just what increased safety standards may mean for some of Uxbridge's more picturesque roads.
"We're really in big trouble financially and ascetically if we have to change Conc. 6 and 7," she said.
In the wake of the ruling, Township Public Works Director Ben Kester is scheduled to meet with the Region's insurance provider in an effort to gain insight into any changes to municipal operating procedures.
"Be sure to ask the judge if you see him, if he's ever actually driven on a rural road," Mayor O'Connor said.
The mayor went on to question how the municipality is supposed to handle changes to safety on rural roads.
"I don't know how you would mark a gravel road," commented Mayor O'Connor.