To the Editor,
On behalf of the Vimy 100 Tour students at Uxbridge Secondary School, and our Gala Committee, I would like to thank everyone who helped make the Lt. Col. Sam Sharpe Gala such a huge success. I am overwhelmed with gratitude to all that contributed as donors, and sponsors and volunteers.
We are thankful for the support of those that purchased tickets and those that supported our silent auction. Thanks for your generosity. For those that contributed to our exhibits ...I was thrilled with the display, and I know that the guests and students appreciated and learned from it. Thanks for your efforts.
For all those who provided music, videos, and spoke as part of our program - I sincerely thank you.
The gift of time that so many of you gave through volunteering before, during and after the Gala did not go unnoticed. Most sincere and heartfelt thanks to you for your time and effort.
To the staff at USS....thanks for your support for this huge school-community undertaking.
And to the students.....I am so very proud of all of you that contributed to this event in the telling of the significant contribution of our former USS students who went to serve King and Country in the Great War.. Lest We Forget
Uxbridge Secondary School
A presentation on the ranked ballot system is coming in front of Uxbridge Council shortly.
A ranked ballot system is supposed to make voting more accurate by avoiding the chance that a candidate can win by a very low percentage because there are many candidates on the ballot.
With the ranked ballot system, the voter ranks the list of candidates in order of preference, from first to last.
The first choice votes are totaled up and if someone receives 50 percent or more of the votes, then they are declared the winner and the election is over. However, if no candidate receives more than 50 percent of the vote, then the candidate with the lowest amount of votes is eliminated from the race. All of his or her votes move to the second choice on the ballot and the votes are counted up again.
What is the public’s opinion regarding the ranked ballot system? Make sure to pay attention to the Uxbridge Council Meeting Agenda to find out when the ranked ballot presentation is taking place in order to have a voice when Council decides whether or not to change the current voting system.
On one hand, ranked ballots seem like the rational option. Candidates are proven to use less attack ads and go on a more civil campaign.
Ranked ballots are supposed to be the more democratic option because a candidate cannot win with less than the majority. On the other hand, a change in voting system likely means a change to new voting machines that can reallocate votes. This means more burden on taxpayer dollars.
In order to rank candidates in order of preference, voters must do extensive research on each candidate. Now, is that a pro or a con? Voters should know exactly who they are voting for and what those candidates stand for.
As many have likely expected, ratings for Stanley Cup playoffs round 1 have taken a steep drop thanks to the lack of Canadian content.
After Montreal, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton all were eliminated from the playoffs, a report was released stating that ratings for this year’s games fell 61 per cent in Canada, with the first five nights averaging only just 513,000 viewers for the 20 games.
This has not been for a lack of access. Rogers, along with their partner CBC, have carried every playoff game, and have broadcasted other network’s feeds whenever necessary.
NHL hockey seems to have reached a tipping point in Canada. No team from our Northern Country has won a Stanley Cup since Montreal did it in 1993, and the last time a Canadian team made it to the Stanley Cup final was about five years ago. Fans have noticed and this has caused the total decline in hockey ratings.
It is sometimes hard being a fan of a Canadian franchise, especially those that are rebuilding, as during playoff season you have to find a different team to be emotionally involved in and that takes time. Some fans are noticing now that there are other opportunities to cheer on a Canadian.
Blue Jay baseball season has begun and the Toronto Raptors have become Canada’s only hope for a championship this spring.
The National Hockey League once felt safe that if there is hockey on, no matter what, Canadians would watch, but that does not seem to be the case anymore. The lack of playoff action just frees people to return to their daily lives and to do whatever they would like to do.
The weather has become a lot warmer recently and summer sports and activities are starting back up. You could also go to a local council meeting and get informed about what is going on in your community.
It is going to be interesting to see if these numbers improve as the playoffs go along. Last year, the NHL received record viewership for game 3 of the Stanley Cup final. Is it only down from here now that there are no Canadian teams involved in the 2016 playoffs? It seems that the NHL is starting to lose it’s once loyal Canadian base.
To the Editor,
We are writing on behalf of the #76 Uxbridge Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) The support received this past weekend from the business' and residents of Uxbridge during our Spring Tag Day Fund Campaign and Recruitment Drive was most appreciated.
Our success with the funds raised this weekend (April 14 to 16, 2016) will go a long way in helping to outfit our Corps with much needed supplies, replacement and replenishment of supplementary training equipment and funding of additional training opportunities not provided by the Department of National Defence.
As one of the oldest Cadet Corps in Canada we will be celebrating our 115th Anniversary this coming June. This is something to be proudly celebrated as without the faithful financial contributions received today, we would be unable to continue our commitment to our Cadets of tomorrow.
Again, our sincere gratitude Uxbridge!
Chair of the #76 Uxbridge RCACC
To the Editor,
Thank you for the great editorial response titled "A Civil Response." Who knew that putting up a stop sign on a residential street near a school and hospital would cause such a polemic!
My wife and I moved to Paxton street from St. Clair & Bathurst in Toronto about a year ago. We were shocked by the lawlessness on both our street and downtown Port Perry as a whole. We were also surprised by the absence of 4-way stops, reduced speed limits, crosswalks, and traffic calming measures such as speed bumps, one typically sees on residential streets, particularly near schools and hospitals.
I organized the petition with residents to have the speed limit changed to 40 km/h and we asked for stop signs at all three intersections between Simcoe and Old Simcoe. Residents who have lived here for over 35 years say there used to be all-way stops on the street and they were all removed. Since then, they've witnessed a steady increase in traffic. The latest traffic count numbers I have in an email from Public Works average close to 2300 cars per day!
Our grievances to the township were immediately dismissed by staff when we first complained last summer, so I bought a radar gun and started taking video of people speeding. I've measured people going 90 km/h on Paxton. I reached out to Councillor Back and she has fearlessly championed our cause in the face of ignorance and opposition.
These are some of the arguments we've heard against stop signs, some of which were brilliantly defended by our unelected regional councillor, Bobbie Drew. They are listed in order of ridiculousness:
People aren't actually speeding, A stop sign won't slow down traffic, We can't have stop signs on Paxton because people won't be able to get up the hill, There will be ambulance sirens sounding 24/7, People will die on the way to the hospital because it will slow them down, and last but not least: stop signs cause global warming!
Councillor Back and the Council did a great job getting this across to the finish line. Let's hope this sets precedent and we will see more stop signs on Paxton and other Port Perry streets.
Thanks for your coverage of this and for balancing out that ridiculous letter. His analogy about driving in Europe is analogous to saying there are no stop signs on the 407...
Unfortunately for some Uxbridge residents, it appears that the gas bar could be going in on168 Brock St. in Uxbridge if the developers choose that is their direction.
Under the development plans, the front unit would be used for a convenience store with a gas bar as an accessory use. The back of the location would be used for a fast food restaurant with a drive thru.
It seems the Township’s hands are tied in this situation. The area is zoned commercial, and has been for some time. This allows the owner of the land to put anything from a convenience store to an eating establishment, hotel or entertainment business, or course subject to site plan approval from the Township and approval from the Lake Simcoe Conservation authority.
Despite having the power to change the zoning, in reality, Council knows it would not be a wise decision to attempt to change an age old bylaw just because they disagree with the need for the type of business in the community.
As Mayor O’Connor also pointed out to residents at a recent meeting, the owners bought the property knowing what they could do with the land, and it is quite difficult and time consuming to change a planning bylaw. The owner is entitled to set up any of the preferred uses
It seems that a gas bar could be an inevitability at the location due to the way that it has been zoned since 2008. The future of the location is truly in the developer’s hands as well as the conservation authority’s.
In a letter to the Editor this week an individual took up issue with a rhetorical statement that is already used to make the same point. Like “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Hey “Stop signs don’t pollute the air, cars do.” Let’s go further, “Cars don’t pollute the air, people who drive them do.” Let’s just stop running vehicles altogether, and what of the fumes from the police cars waiting at the ready while operating radar units. I hope the point is made.
The writer of the letter below seems to value fear mongering associated with the minute effects of bi-product pollution rather than the immediate necessities of child and pedestrian safety. As the writer put it “trust me,” town councillors in their own community are more concerned with their populous’ safety, I should hope so.
Many quotes from different sources and appeals regarding an unrelated society from which we neither need nor desire condescension adds no weight to an argument that focuses on an entirely different concern than the one that was before the esteemed Town Council of Scugog.
This editor writes this response with “great disbelief” that so much time and energy has been put into distracting technicalities in order to misdirect our readers from the simple practical issue that was before council.
I say “hoorah” for a council that can cut through the smoke screen of technical “mumbo jumbo” and apply a clean, practical solution to a present problem.