It is with a heavy heart that I learned of the sudden passing of John Macklem on Wednesday.
John had a long and accomplished political career, as a former Councillor for Ward 1 in Kawartha Lakes, Reeve of Laxton-Digby-Longford and the last Warden of Victoria County, prior to amalgamation.
Beyond his commitment and dedication to public service, John was a tremendous supporter of the Historical Society and the Old Gaol Museum.
I am fortunate to have known John for several years, and have long admired his passion for helping those in our community.
At this difficult time, my thoughts go out to John's wife Darlene, his family and friends.
His passing is a loss for our entire community, and his contributions and passion will be sorely missed.
Jamie Schmale, MP
In recent times, it seems to be the “trendy” thing for “social justice warriors” (SJWs) to attach “phobia” to the end of, just about anything and everything, without thinking about what the word “phobia” means. Phobia is a Greek word meaning “fear”.
It's interesting, SJWs seem to assume, anyone who disagrees with something must be afraid of it. Those who prefer Coca-Cola and dislike Pepsi are not Pepsiphobic, they simply chose Coca-Cola over Pepsi.
There's a recent campaign that has people going door to door to “educate” people, on the “misunderstandings” about a certain religion, to combat a “phobia” toward their belief. While a small minority of people may literally fear their religion, and may discriminate against them for it, the vast majority of people are healthy and have no such imagined phobia, it's more an “over-concern” in the minds of those going door to door.
I wonder if people who have made up this and other supposed “phobias”, have stopped to think, regarding the vast majority of the resistance they get, that it's not from people who are afraid of them or their ideas, but simply from people who disagree with accepting the fear that causes the extreme view they promote. I think SJWs need to be reminded that other people have every right to disagree with anyone and anything they want to, as long as that disagreement is done in a dignified manner. That's called freedom. The day we are no longer allowed to publicly disagree with a person, an idea, and yes, even a religion, we have lost our freedom, and no longer live in a free society.
The persistence of some groups to combat “phobias” that exist only in their own minds, reminds me of when a person has extreme insecurities. You know, the person who is constantly asking if people like them or not. Most people have no issue with a person trying to be socially conscientious, until they start constantly asking if “everyone likes” them. It's the continual asking of this question that starts to get on people's nerves, and even some of the people who liked them stop choosing to, because of their persistence. It becomes way too much work, extremely high maintenance and all, so forced, and becomes a form of social and emotional blackmail, it can backlash. Insecurities are often self-fulfilling prophecies.
The other side of the coin is, no, not everyone will accept other's ideas, and that's perfectly alright. Any idea that can be expressed, has an opposite view point, this is not rejection of a person, just the idea. Which means for anything you believe in, there is someone somewhere who believes differently or even the exact opposite. This is just a simple fact of living in this world, and it's something we all have to accept, if we want to grow up healthy. The alternative is living in constant fear of people disagreeing with you.
Why do some connect that to fear? Because others disagree doesn't mean you are unacceptable as a person. That's taking things way too far! It's just an idea not your whole being. Why do some give away so much emotional power to the opinions of others. Isn't that interesting, “fear of people disagreeing with you”? In other words, constantly assuming people are afraid of you or your ideas, is a phobia in itself.
I'm sure the ideas I'm expressing will get me branded a (fill in the blank) phobic, but you know what? It doesn't bother me, because I recognize it's impossible for everyone to agree with everyone, and you have every right to disagree with, or even dislike, my opinion. In fact, I support your right to disagree with me. Mature discussion, without accusation, is the cornerstone of freedom.
So instead of assuming our ideas trump everyone else's ideas, and we all have to agree, right then in that moment, and those “dissidents who disagree” are “phobic”, why don't we simply hold our own opinions, and respect people's rights to hold their own.
After all, isn't that “supposed to be” the intention of the SJWs? If everyone has a right to freedom of public expression, religion, and ideas, then everyone has the same right to disagree with each others public expression, religion, and ideas.
So let's stop reducing the impact of the word “phobia” by using it so loosely, and let's be OK with people disagreeing with us, it doesn't mean they're afraid. It could just mean they're free.
On behalf of the Uxbridge Music Hall Advisory Board, we would like to take this opportunity to thank those who have attended events at the Music Hall in the past, and who continue to support the Arts community in Uxbridge.
Any time someone purchases a ticket to an event at the Music Hall, a $2.00 charge for the MHIF, the Music Hall Improvement Fund, is included in the price of the ticket. This money is used to improve the experience for the patrons and production teams.
Whether you are from Uxbridge or you travel from away to enjoy the events at the Music Hall, we do appreciate your ongoing support.
Because of you, we have been able to enhance and improve many features of the Music Hall, the latest of which is the permanent stage extension. The extension arrived just in time for the opening of On Stage Uxbridge’s rendition of Arsenic and Old Lace, a wonderful classic. Arsenic and Old Lace was followed immediately by Ryleepuss Productions’ version of The Three Musketeers.
Again, we thank you for your ongoing support of the Music Hall and look forward to many more events for years to come.
Uxbridge Music Hall Advisory Board
Here we are again, at a commemorative celebration in our hemisphere and much of the world. Parades, drinking fests, dances and family gatherings commemorate St. Patrick's Day, March 17th, all gathered around the essence of what is Irish and coloured Green.
The Irish are, what you could say, a very emotionally deliberate people. If you are at odds with them, you will know it, but if you are in agreement, they may even go so far as to call you one of their own, whether family or not. They embody through their effervescent expression, in it's proper usage, the gaiety of life; especially during this celebration. Frequently you will hear the Irish refer to those they hold dear as “Our John or Our Katie and the like. Warm, inviting and “Oh those Irish smiling eyes!”
Through my heritage our family does not gain our Irish influence, yet my wife Colleen carries some of that twinkle in her eyes, as she is partially Irish from her mothers side.
Although I lean heavily toward what is coloured Green, as it is our last name, I'd like to share some of the reality behind one of our culturally many-goings-on. That is what I'm pursuing here.
The part of reality that must be experienced on an internal, individual level, because that is it's nature. Labeled as subjective, from those on the outside, but always objective on the inside. No less real, just unattainable to scientific method, because of it's bias of dependence on the physical senses, which is much of modern culture's limitation.
Most see this celebration as a time of mirth and levity, and although I'm sure unintentional, it trivializes it's true origin. Like with the false image of the real man Saint Nicholas at Christmas promoted as a “Jolly Ol Elf”, distorting his memory as fantasy, so Saint Patrick on his day has been shared erroneously as a Leprechaun fantasy character. This attempts to hijack valuable truth of this real man's contribution to Irish civilization, and with that, and through counterparts like Saint Augustine of Canterbury and Saint Columbia, the virtual saving of our entire Western Civilization.
Yes people; without Saint Patrick and the like, we would not enjoy the freedoms we live in today!
He grew up in Britain, and around 16 years old he was captured, taken from his family home, and made to be a slave by pirates from Ireland. In this sixth century, Ireland was a polytheistic society (meaning worshiping many gods) and therefore consisted of many conflicting influences; the enemy of unity and therefore strength in a country. The power of the Roman empire was in it's collapse and recession, leaving places like Ireland devoid of direction, in great need of purpose and hope. Patrick stayed captive there for approximately six years, excelling in animal husbandry, and observing the struggles and poverty of the people. He eventually escaped, finding his way back to his family in Britain, but a burden for what he saw in Ireland held his heart.
He studied and became ordained as a priest, returning to northwestern Ireland, to minister to it's people. Challenged by the church at large, as it was believed the Irish were too primitive to except the Grace of Christ, Patrick dug in, and defended their legitimacy. After many internal church conflicts with Rome, he eventually achieved the title of Bishop and was posthumously credited with being the founder of Christianity in Ireland. This strong association with the Irish led to his later canonization as the patron Saint of Ireland, And for good reason, his commitment to Christ brought the abolishing of human sacrifice and the pulling down of many places of idol worship, leading to much greater harmony. It is hard to localize the area in which he worked because he was so active. His influence traveled farther than he himself did. Many monasteries were established, continuing to propagate the good work that was instrumental through him.
His commitment to love the Irish people, illustrated an influence from beyond the Catholic church to the selfless heart of Christ himself, and is why people from all sides of Christianity and those who identify with the Western world influence should hold him in great respect. How many of us examine our hearts and breathe up a word of gratitude for the life of this man on Saint. Patrick's Day, if you haven't yet, it might be time to add this to your goings on, on St. Patty's Day.
To the Editor;
During the last municipal election, I voted for change. I felt that Port Perry needed new voices to address the issues facing our town.
As the owner of a local business, I found the taxation associated with running that business to be astronomical which, in turn, makes it very difficult to be successful. My commercial taxes were over $40,000 last year and most of that goes to the Regional government, where by I do not receive any services or advantages for my tax dollars. I am very encouraged by the current council's desire to address these high taxes and inequities.
Recent developments have not altered my faith in this council. I have reviewed the videotapes in question, and find that I do not agree with the integrity commissioner's findings. I am appalled that people are so determined to condemn other; especially in this situation, where the council is asking for transparency and accountability. This is a reasonable request, as our tax dollars are in question.
The two councillors who are being vilified, for trying to promote transparency, have fought hard for issues that pertain to this community, and are the first two people who would come to your assistance. They do this job because they care about Port Perry. It is not about the money, as the wage is almost insulting. We need people who are willing to stand up for you and our community in a personal capacity. It has been called a thankless job, and that has been proven in the last few weeks. Maybe we should be thanking those people who work hard for us, instead of trying to tear them down.
In response to Canada’s International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau’s decision, to commit 20 million dollars towards abortion funding abroad, Campaign Life Coalition is calling for the Trudeau government to redirect these funds to life-affirming health care.
“Every dollar spent on abortion is a dollar denied to the provision of the real necessities of life and genuine health care: nutrition, clean water, medicine, and safe deliveries,” said Matthew Wojciechowski, spokesperson for Campaign Life Coalition. “The current government’s decision to export abortion overseas, to the tune of 20 million dollars, is a complete abandonment of Canada’s previous commitments to improving maternal health. These initiatives, which did not include abortion funding and instead focused on meeting genuine health care needs, were renowned world-wide for their success in saving millions of lives.”
“The direction of our current government is diametrically opposed to long-held Canadian values. These are Trudeau’s ‘values’, which are reflected in his obsession over abortion and his kowtowing to the world’s largest abortion providers and lobby groups, who will be the recipients of this funding,” said Johanne Brownrigg, public affairs officer for Campaign Life Coalition. “From peacekeepers to abortion exporters, is this what Canadians want to be known as around the world?”
CLC calls upon the official opposition to stand up and hold the Liberal government accountable and to demand it rescinds abortion funding to controversial abortion organizations and agencies.
About Campaign Life Coalition
Campaign Life Coalition is a national, pro-life organization, working at all levels of government, to secure full legal protection for all human beings from the time of conception (fertilization) to natural death. It is non-partisan and encourages voting based on principles, not party.
For more information visit www.campaignlifecoalition.com.
Matthew Wojciechowski, spokesperson, Campaign Life Coalition,
Johanne Brownrigg, CLC Government Relations
Letter to the Editor
Elizabeth Marshall's Letter to the Editor on March 2nd, is the best opinion I've read on M-103. Politicians say this motion does not, and will not, give Muslims any special rights. The Charter of Rights and Freedoms already gives all Canadians equal rights, including the right to practice the religion of their choice. This motion seems to be setting up Muslims for extra special rights, as the term Islamophobia implies (even as the motion does not define the term). By granting special rights to a specific group, politicians who voted yea to this motion have betrayed the average Canadian.
Mark Ratte, Udora
There has been a precedent set in Ontario regarding the trails. We have received a copy of a "lease agreement," between a private property owner and a local snowmobile club. Congratulations to this group and the property owner for reaching such an agreement, so that the property owner is protected and the trail group can use his land/property for their trail.
In this lease is the dollar amount of the lease, the legal description of the property – Lot, Concession, Township and R#; start and end dates of the lease; proof of $15 Million insurance, etc. Personally I would like to include all of it in this letter, but that is not for me to do. There are things included that are really good and if someone were interested in entering into a lease agreement with a trail group they should seek legal advice.
If it were me, and a trail group approached me, I would speak with my lawyer and put into this lease: a start and end date; a map of the area needed for the trail; that the trail group would mark the trail, showing the boundaries of said trail; that the trail group is responsible for monitoring the trail, to ensure that those using it did not go off the trail, and respected the use of the land/property; that the trail group would be responsible for anyone going off of the trail, and/or any injury that happened if someone did go off of the trail, etc.; that the trail group would be responsible for the maintenance of the trail, including grooming, cleaning and ensuring that all trash/debris be cleaned up during the use and at/ by the end date of the lease; and the criteria for using the trail, including in fully licensed vehicle operators and proof of their own insurance, etc.
This is the start of a beautiful co-operation but it didn't have to come to this.
Had the provincial government merely withdrawn Bill 100 and had never passed the Ontario Trails Bill, this group and the property owner would not have had to create this document in the first place. Shame on the province for this land grab and any MPP who voted in favour of this Bill.
Again I would like to personally express a very large thank you to this snowmobile group that respected this property owner by entering into this lease agreement. Now all trail groups and municipalities, and government agencies, can do the same, for any of the other trails, for hiking, equestrian, ATVs, etc. It all begins with one showing respect to get the trails open – too bad government didn't have that kind of respect.
Elizabeth F. Marshall