In 1941, 'TGIF' first appeared in a dictionary of slang, defined as the abbreviation of 'Thank God, It's Friday'. Others who wanted to conscript it for there own use, tried to redefine it erroneously as meaning, 'Thank goodness it's Friday'. It came under further attack when used as the title of an irreverant musical during the late 1970's that never did so well at the box office. However, in our culture, this saying has still caught on in it's orginal form, and most use it today without thinking, as an expression of thankfulness to God. Most for relief from the hard work we all do during the week, looking forward to time together with family and friends, greater rest and looking toward the Sabbath rest.
As we are a culture that has sprung out of the Judeo/Christian heritage, all other forms of free worship owe there allegiance to the values fostered by it's structure. This is the value system that produced the rights to freedom of expression and worship, it was carried in the hearts of the people who championed it in our 'Charter of Rights and Freedoms', and it is foundationally Canadian and Christian. It is paramountly what the world looks to when they look to Canada.
Holding these values gives everyone the courage to voice who they are and what they believe, knowing it may not be agreed with but it cannot be stifled, and like other beliefs, that still goes for our freedom of expression over Christianity as well. The desire to express gratitude to God, even if we don't know who that is, is built in us, and we find ourselves in military fox-holes, after crises of various kinds, and in relief from the built-up stress of the week and it's obligations, naturally expressing gratefulness to God. This is a good thing, it's an unguarded, uncomplicated thing, and an act of our true selves.
This Friday we will be celebrating thankfulness to God as He came in the form of Jesus Christ and died for the freedom of each person, in order that they may be freed from the infection of sin. Not so much the actions of it, we can stop ourselves from acting wrong at times, but from the dominance of the nature that provides the impulse within. This is what we needed Christ to free us from.
Like our charter, God set things up so we can make the choice to accept the death of Christ on the cross as our substitute, while the judgement of God was unleashed upon the control of sin in our lives. This became a needful inoculation, due to the spreading dominance of sin over the will of human beings, the ultimate inoculation. But, just as the “Charter” is a document flowing from Christianity and the peoples culture it was founded upon, and it can protect us in regards to our individual civil rights, so is the act of God coming in the flesh to receive His own judgment on sin, in His own body, in our place. Both require a personal association to experience what flows through it.
Friday is a day of release from burdens. On Saturday, the Sabbath, the day of rest, Christ’s body rested in the tomb. But Sunday, God in the form of Christ, exploded from the grip of sin to put it's power over us to death. He himself was guiltless of the sin He carried for us, so it could not hold Him and He rose to new life, free from sin and death’s dominance. He now offers this life to us, if we will ask for Him to give it. A simple trade, our sin riddled life for His life impervious to the control of sin which leads to death. What liberty! What Fairness more than fairness! That's Grace! God completely understands our inablity to overcome sin by ourselves.
This gives us a free choice, to reject sin's infectious dominance, by asking Christ's Spirit to rule in our lives. God is the one who took the stand for us, the blows of sin's expression for us, He then offers this trade. The trade of the spirit we carry, with it's weakness, it's poor spiritual immune system, for His powerful Life-giving Spirit.
So, I'll say, this Friday, 'Thank GOD, it's Friday' and Sunday's coming. Happy Resurrection Weekend!
I am so happy to have deposited the last donation for this year's Heart and Stroke Campaign. We raised over $18,000.00 knocking on doors in this generous community, where there are so many ways to sponsor and support worthy causes. I'm sure the online contributions will be strong again this year, raising our total even higher.
Thank you to the eight Captains who made sure there was a canvasser on every street in their neighbourhood. Thank you to the sixty-three canvassers who knocked on your doors, and to the student who delivered brochures in an area with no canvassers.
I know there are many ways to support heart health in Scugog Township. Maybe I'll see a picture of you, in The Standard, on the Big Bike when it comes to town.
Thank you Epsom, Utica, Greenbank, Seagrave, Port Perry, Prince Albert, Blackstock, Caesarea, Nestleton, and Scugog Island for making this year's Heart and Stroke Campaign a success.
Heart & Stroke Person to Person Campaign 2018
Age 16, is an age where many think they've had experience in life and come to know the way things work, but this is mostly based on a lack of real experience and therefore real knowledge, up to this point it's just information, not developed choice.
I am a personal counsellor of over 30 years, and have counseled youth and adults from all stripes of our culture.
To counsel this long, I believe there is enough 'pudding' to show 'proof' of credibility. So let me explain my previous comment.
Today, much of what one thinks, at or around this age; let's say two years earlier to four years older, has been informed or contrived by peers, or in media chat forums and various forms of information technology, which youth are drawn to today. Here, anonymity veils whether a person is really a peer or not.
The problem is, at this age, one barely has had time to distinguish between what is self determined and what is repetition of what they have been exposed to by others. Many have bought into interactive media as a kind of surrogate family or friendship circle. The illusion this is real relating, that when a person 'likes' or 'friends' someone these are genuine connections, is playing on the vulnerabilities of a socially underdeveloped psyche. Actual experience, in person is necessary in order to evaluate if a person is who they claim to be. This has always been frought with misrepresentation problems as well, but with time and careful assessment of what comes through someone this eventually reveals who a person is. The Bible puts it this way, “By their fruit you will recognize them.” Matt 7:16 NIV. This is part of the experience, or the process of coming to real knowledge around anything. This is why we do experiments in science classes or apprentice and internships, to come to some measure of actual knowledge through the experience. The rest is theory, and theory, any theory is NEVER knowledge it is only speculation and information, small parts of the recipe of knowing anything.
Our society is slowly being lulled to sleep, believing because they are informed that is enough. There are far fewer who have actual knowledge. and a kind of communication free from agenda is a huge error, leaving persons under the impression they have had an honest and open exchange. Many of these sites have personnel hired to moderate and gather information about peoples personal mentality, designed to target and influence their psychology in certain directions. Social-engineering is unethical but this approaches social-manipulation.
The idea that many young people subtly believe 'if it's on sites like facebook, LinkedIn, twitter, instagram, reddit, meetup, myspace, and many others' it must be safe and without an agenda is ridiculous. Many groups attempt to take advantage of the profiling opportunities afforded to them by these kind of social media networking sites.
Here's what I mean.
According to the search engine, DuckDuckGo, whose focus is to keep your privacy intact, Google has been reported to have trackers on 75% of websites, which gather info on you across over 2 million sites and apps, to develop ads targeting your thinking. They keep the info to be subpoenaed by lawyers in civil issues like divorce. Over 100,000 requests were granted last year alone.
Google and others can profile your thinking just from how you surf. How much the more can they gather from young people who give up their privacy by sharing online. Facebook claims whatever is posted on it's site as property of facebook. You lose you personal rights to your work once posted, it's part of the agreement to sign up. These sites are used without much discretion by young people and is how cyber-attacks are made simple. This shows extremely poor judgment. We want a publicly open society politically, but we do not want our vulnerabilities on display. Some teenagers have been dismantling our society through lack of knowledge, lack of any real world experience.
Albeit, there are exceptions to this.
That's why we deliberately write articles and celebrate the efforts of certain young people, calling attention to their responsible behaviour in hopes the majority will aspire in like manner, without a sense of entitlement. But many in the younger part of the 'Z' generation, approximately 14 to 18 years old, have no knowledge of adult life and as such are not prepared to fully engage it. So how are they to responsibly vote on future issues if they don't even know life now.
Nobody is saying they are not intelligent or won't get there, but it is ridiculous to expect them to vote knowledgeably when they aren't even accustom to self determined knowledge yet. Give them a few years to put real life into practice so they can handle finances, be involved in social programs and learn to relate to others over issues with little contention themselves, in the real moments of life. Then they may be equipped to vote clearly, without rushing into it with only the programming they've received from others.
The statements in March 4th’s letter to the editor signed by Mayor Rowett, in response to my letter about the public funds spent on three integrity commissioners, were largely extraneous to the issues I raised. While the efficiency savings made by staff are commendable and appropriate, they cannot be used to forgive wasted money.
Not all the facts surrounding the engagement of the integrity commissioners have been made known. For instance, the council code of conduct clearly required a supporting affidavit in support of a complaint, and there was none. The issue was not brought before council, nor has it been made known who authorized the integrity commissioners. The procurement bylaw imposes financial limits on unbudgeted items and requirements for council approval. An “appropriate process” was therefore not followed.
Previously in this newspaper, the mayor said “...you can never be too transparent...You have to give no reason for people to question the issues.”
At times it becomes necessary for people to question the issues through the free, independent and uncensored press, which is vital to our democracy.
I welcome further dialogue with the mayor in person. This would help achieve accountability and truth.
The 20th Annual Good Friday Ecumenical Walk will be held on March 30th. Everyone is invited to gather at the Gazebo in Palmer Park at 9:30am.
A Cross will be carried to seven locations throughout Port Perry where readings and prayer
will be offered and songs sung.
Many of the congregations of the Scugog and District Ministerial will be involved in this
devotional walk. We will conclude with a time of fellowship, coffee and hot cross buns at Port Perry United Church.
This walk is one way the Christian Churches will hold up and remember that our God is a God of Love and is an opportunity to hear again, the Christian message.
Please come and join us!
Your readers have been engaged in some of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology actions to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive campus and society, including a recent poster campaign.
Our university encourages discourse around society’s most pressing issues. Case in point, the topic of privilege is crucial for understanding why we all bring a different lens to our world view. If discussions of privilege become uncomfortable for individuals who take the time to self-reflect, we feel we are doing our jobs effectively as educators. The possibility that conversations may be difficult should never be a reason to avoid them. That said, the nuances and context around difficult conversations can be challenging to display in a poster.
Suffice it to say, our university is committed to open conversations where opposing views can be shared respectfully in a safe environment, and we appreciate the attention paid to this issue by the readers of The Standard.
Assistant Vice President,
The Standard office received calls from concerned parents and students regarding the posting of the above poster. It was posted all over the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) campus last week and caused a verbal backlash in the media. Scores of students voiced their opinions via YouTube and Facebook.
In response to the publics concern The Standard posted a survey on our website to get our communities reaction.
You can go on The Standard Newspaper website enter your opinion in our poll on the subject. https://www.thestandardnewspaper.ca/archives/how-do-you-feel-about-uoits-student-life-new-poster.
You can also go to the UOIT facebook page where they are encouraging discussion on the subject, https://www.facebook.com/pg/UOITStudentLife/reviews/
UOIT responded quickly to the negative feedback by removing all the posters from their campus. The point of the posters was to foster discussion regarding privilege. It has succeeded.
Olivia Petrie, Assistant Vice President of Student Life, UOIT, was kind enough to send The Standard a Letter to the Editor to help clarify the purpose behind the poster campaign. You can read her response below.
I'd like to extend an invitation to Uxbridge residents, as we continue to invite community involvement in our Public Meetings for MAAMAWI COLLECTIVE.
We are "A Collection of Volunteers", wishing to create positive change in the lives of indigenous people living in Ontario.
The Meeting Date is Tuesday, March 27th, 2018. The time is 7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The place is Uxbridge Public Library.
Please register by phone, at 905-649-0407.
Barbara Blower, Coordinator
In this age where an educated population is more important than ever, we of North Durham have to make our voices heard, to ensure that our children receive this education. Within the local context, this means being actively interested in our representation at the Durham District School Board.
The purpose of this letter is to raise the alarm. As was the case with Lakeridge Health and the possible reduction of service at Port Perry Hospital, we of North Durham need to make our voices heard. With the upcoming municipal elections, we are facing the possibility of a reduction in representation, from 2 to 1 trustee, on the Durham District School Board. We need to let our board of Education know, the diversity of human and physical geography within our community has, and still does require 2 trustees to adequately represent us.
A staff report was received by the board this week which supports the board petitioning the government to allow the board an increased number of trustees from 11 to 12 based upon the growth in population in Durham region. We must ensure that our board follows through on this recommendation, and that if the request is denied by the government we insist on the status quo for the upcoming municipal election.
Without our active participation, the loudest voices will be those of our southern neighbours, and we in Canada know all about southern neighbours. Whitby with its expanding population is requesting an increase in their representative number, from 2 to 3, thereby reducing our representation to 1.
Make your voice heard! Email the board chair, at Michael.Barrett@ddsb.ca, email your local M.P.P. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Time is of the essence, as a board decision could come as early as March 19th.
As Mayor, I felt it was important to address the concerns raised recently by Ms. Dodgson-Smith in the Standard Newspaper, dated Thursday, March 1st, 2018, and to make sure that all of the facts are known.
With regards to the two Integrity Commissioner investigations mentioned, an appropriate process was followed by the Township in response to the filing of a serious complaint. The process utilized by the Township protected the confidentiality of the parties involved and adhered to the Township's Procurement By-law.
When complaints concerning the Council Code of Conduct come forward it is Council's duty to ensure that the investigation is conducted, and to ensure that it is conducted at arms length by an Integrity Commissioner. Council acted in a responsible way when it received the Integrity Commissioner's recommendations, and it did so only after receiving legal advice.
While there have been some challenges in this term of Council, I am happy to say that there have also been significant achievements attained by Council and staff. Through the Council directed Core Services & Efficiency Review, staff were instructed to review policies and procedures to determine ways to improve and strengthen our processes and controls, and they have delivered.
This year's budget provides an example of these significant achievements:
Through the Core Service and Efficiency Review savings of $416,000 were realized.
Over the last two years, reserve fund transfers, to balance the operating budget, totaling over $800 thousand were eliminated. This will allow the municipality to work towards building the reserves to address deficiencies and plan for larger scaled projects in the community.
With overwhelming budget survey responses from residents, roads remained a main priority area. $140 thousand was reallocated to the road maintenance budget: pot holes, slurry, gravel road resurfacing and ditching.
2018 contribution to the Roads and Road Related Infrastructure Reserve was $454,000.
I appreciate the hard work and dedication of our Township Staff to implement Councils' policies and deliver the Strategic Plan. A Strategic Plan Update will be coming this spring that will further illustrate the Township's achievements. It is a challenge to address all of our needs and the 2018 budget demonstrates how the municipality continues to work together, moving forward to achieve goals while providing community services and addressing deficiencies.