I have a statement to make to Justin Trudeau. You're not a very good magician! We can totally see your hands move!
Your campaigning in Inuktitut, promising all kinds of benefits, to a people who were politically inexperienced in a new territory and desperate for help, in exchange for votes, and then not delivering nearly what was promised after getting those votes, is your mistake. We see your hands.
Promising all kinds of monies, to help students with financial relief, in order to sucker these new inexperienced voters to vote for you, and then not coming through any where near the level promised. We see your hands.
Funding thousands of refugees and immigrants to enter Canada, swearing them in as citizens at a remarkable speed, to garner indebted votes from inexperienced new Canadians, is your mistake. It's sad that a disenfranchised and disparate people would be taken advantage of by your maneuvering in this way. Some Liberal freedom! That's not freedom to live as we desire, but an effort to buy people's responses, which is simply a new kind of control. That is if they don't learn to see your hands move. Intelligent Canadians do. This attempt to manipulate people is like the trespass in Witchcraft! This is not to mention your trips to the Mosque in order to control the Islamic vote. Dude! They've had enough of control from others! This is also to distract Islamic voters from your effort to force people to sign an allegiance of values just to get summer work. I think some peoples values are NOT for sale! We see your hands move!
As I understand it, freedom is being able to live the life we choose, as long as it doesn't harm the life of others. Freedom of speech is emotional exercise, just like any other kind, it helps us grow and get stronger. It involves hearing of another's freedom of speech as well. This infers that Canadians grow and develop, as citizens, to understand and appreciate the differences of perspectives others live from. But in NO way does it infer that those perspectives must be enforced in the lives of those who hold things differently. That is the other's choice to embrace or tolerate, NOT dictate! Changes you made before Christmas of 2017 to the entrance requirements of this 'Student Employment Program' requires students and employers to sign the declaration of agreement with the values written in it, before they can take advantage of the financial benefits of the program. This is holding taxpayers money hostage. Many taxpayers had, and have no intention of their taxes to be used to manipulate others against their beliefs.
This is a betrayal of public trust and the societal values we hold as a tolerant and embracing society. Our heritage and Canadian structure is based on growing open to others, along with the healthy provocation coming from differences. This includes, according to the entire Country's values, written in our Charter of Rights and Freedoms, those who are allowed to freely choose more Judeo-Christian, Fundamental Catholic, and Islamic values as well, regarding alternate lifestyles.
Every Canadian should be protected, should be valued, should be loved, but this comes at the personal level as Canadians, it cannot be forced. Get a little patience, Justin Trudeau and cohorts. We see your hands, and if they cause harm to the rest of Canadians, who may not agree with the values espoused in this, erroneously called Student Employment program documentation, then you should stop and rethink if you really do have your finger on the pulse of the Canadian society after all. It may be, your hands are on the throats of our much larger society instead, and we see your hands. Are they going to be covered with the blood of offence or the touch of understanding.
The Canada Summer Jobs program provides over $200 million per year to fund some 70,000 students with seasonal employment.
Just before Christmas, Prime Minister Trudeau changed the requirements for funding, which now demands that applicants and employers sign a document to attest that they support women’s reproductive rights, and the rights of gender-diverse and transgender Canadians."
Dr. Charles McVety, President of Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies and the Evangelical Association, says "I am very concerned about the children who will be hurt by Trudeau's ideological test, as their favourite camp worker will be rejected for not swearing to support abortion.
It is sad to think of the thousands of Christian students who will lose their summer jobs for not attesting to multiple genders; jobs they depend upon to pay for fall tuition. All, so the Prime Minister can flex his muscles to force young people to bow to his decrees."
McVety goes on to say "Christian leaders from across the country, representing several million Canadians are asking Prime Minister Trudeau to withdraw his attack on Christians and come to the table to discuss how to best support students with freedom and equality, while recognizing that bible believing Christians will not be able to swear support for abortion or multiple genders. This 'Christians need not apply' approach will not be tolerated under section 15 of the Charter or by the court of public opinion".
Dr. Charles McVety,
President of Canada Christian College and School of Graduate Theological Studies and the Evangelical Association
Once again the volunteers of Operation Scugog were humbled by the generosity of the people in Scugog Township and surrounding area. With the support of the community, Christmas cheer was brought to 77 families and 121 singles and couples this past Christmas.
Most of the families were graciously adopted out. For single people and couples, food hampers were given out, gift cards were purchased along with a warm pair of socks from Mark’s Work Warehouse. For added warmth, new hoodies were given out as well.
Thank you to our wonderful ‘Hoodie Elf’, Sandy O’Hare for continuing her Facebook ‘Hoodie Drive’ again this year.
People donated a total of 140 new hoodies, as well as hand knit items, bedding, socks and PJ’s.
It was wonderful to see people so kindly donating at the check-out counters, at VOS and Foodland, totaling over $5,500. Thank you to BMO, Canadian Tire, CIBC, Emmerson Insurance, Foodland, Food Basic, Gus Brown, McDonald’s, Port Perry Print, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, Shopper’s Drug Mart, VOS Independent and Walmart, for having a drop off box at their locations.
Hamper Day at the Victory Christian Centre ran smoothly, thanks to a mild day with the assistance of over 30 wonderful volunteers. The Volunteers were very appreciative to McDonald’s and Hanks for donating coffee, muffins and donuts. A delicious lunch was provided by Emmanuel Community Church.
To all the wonderful caring individuals, groups, families and businesses who: adopted families; donated food, money, toys, gift cards and their time, you are truly special --- THANK YOU
Christmas Campaign Coordinator
January is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Canada needs to be a safe and inclusive space for all individuals living with dementia, and it is those individuals who can teach us what it is like to live with the disease and how they can best be supported. There are currently 564,000 Canadians living with dementia, a number expected to grow dramatically in the next 15 years.
For the nearly 10,000 residents living in Durham Region, who have been diagnosed with dementia, it is important for everyone to understand their value and that their disease doesn’t take away from their humanity. People with dementia have lived experiences and they can educate us, we just need to listen. These individuals can, and are, making great contributions and need to be given the chance to contribute to the fabric of our communities.
Dementia affects everyone differently. Once you’ve met one person with dementia, you’ve only met one of the many faces of the disease. However, dementia impacts more people than those who live with the disease; caregivers, families and friends live with dementia as well, all of whom need our compassion, understanding and support.
It is our hope to work in municipalities across Durham Region, to create dementia-friendly communities, where people living with the disease can feel more comfortable when going about their daily lives. When we reduce the stigma, people with dementia can live better.
Local families have come to rely upon the many support programs offered at the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region. We need to plan now to ensure we can continue to meet the rising demand on our services which include individual, group, family and care partner support, along with public education, social and recreational programs and more. If you would like further information on how we can help you and your family, please contact our office today, at 905-576-2567, or visit our website at www.alzheimer.ca/durham.
Denyse Newton, Executive Director
Alzheimer Society Durham Region
905-576-2567 Ext. 5223
What a great response we had for our 22nd Animated Bakersville Gingerbread Display, at the library, during the Holiday Season!
Thank you to everyone who participated, by making a creation celebrating Canada 150, it was a huge success. There were 60 wonderful entries of varying styles and skills, and once assembled into a town, the moving parts of the train, and animation including the skating rink, hockey players, and snow boarders, brought it to life. It was great to see so many individual entries, as well as those from a local Beaver group, Girl Guides, Scugog First Nation and various schools and businesses.
This village wouldn’t be possible without the wonderful support of our library’s administration and its staff.
We greatly appreciate the financial support that we have received this year from: Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation, this allowed us to get more signage and visibility; Vos Independent, for processing the pictures for the visual boards; and Foodland, for supplying gingerbread cookies on our opening day.
Thank you to the Hvidsten family, who are storing all of our accessories associated with the village. The Township of Scugog and BIA were helpful, with regards to approving signage for us, and Landon’s Tree Service was so helpful, putting up the downtown banner from Sue’s Signs.
It takes a community to make this village happen!
Thanks again to Master Engineer Alan Locke and conductor Neil Bradley, who kept the village train on its track, and Brianne Mercer for being our fabulous social media queen and publicist; again, great work!
Our local Press, were wonderful with all of the support, printing our releases in a timely matter in our community newspapers. Thanks also to our patient families, who never mentioned how many dinners were late because of our pre-occupation with everything gingerbread.
We are already thinking ahead and have December 1st marked down as opening day next year. It is never too late to start thinking about what to design, we LOVE the original ideas in gingerbread. This is a community event, made by and for the community, so it’s never too late to start baking!
“The Village People”
Sue Bradley, Tracy Pastic, Kathy Payne-Mercer, Terry Glenn, Carolyn Humphrey, Alana Andrews, Lynda Brownson, Bonnie Solomon, Linda McMillan, Marian Barltrop and Carole Matthews.