To the Editor,
We are happy to announce that the Historical Centre’s Family Kite Festival on June 19th was a wonderful success! Thank you to everyone who came out to the festival and made this first annual event such a fantastic day!
We would like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this such a great event for the families of Uxbridge. They generously donated their time and supplied refreshments and prizes for the event. The Healthy Kids Community Challenge, Perla Dentistry, Uxbridge Recreation Department and many volunteers made this free event possible and we appreciate all of their support.
And, of course, thank you to every family that came to the Uxbridge Historical Centre and celebrated Father’s Day with us! We hope you had as much fun as we did.
We are looking forward to next year’s Family Kite Festival. Hope to see you there.
Sincerely, Uxbridge Historical Centre Staff,
Nancy Marr, Curator, Rachel Sutherland, Assistant Curator
The Ontario Liberal government is considering making work co-op programs in high school and post secondary institutions, mandatory for all students.
This comes after a workforce expert panel, set up in December, brought a recommendation to Queen’s Park for “better partnerships between educators and employers.”
For a number of years, a shortage of skills has been the number one concern for employers across Canada. In 2014, Skills Canada estimated that one million skilled trade workers will be needed by 2020.
This move could get students out in the real world, learning how exactly to be successful in job situations.
Constantly, high school students are asked what they want to do with their life. Having them all go through Co-Op programs could help them answer the question of, 'Is this line of work or career the right thing for me?' It can provide clarity.
The work world is constantly changing, this would also give students the opportunity to learn about and get familiar with the new technologies available.
Co-op, placement or internship programs can also help a person create a communication network with people already working in their hopeful field of choice.
The Reporters that work here at The Standard have both been through a placement program in college and learned their options in the field and what it takes to be successful. One reporter did his placement at this very newspaper and was hired on shortly after. He’s now doing what he loves, in the field he was hoping to break into. This is surefire proof these programs can be successful.
Of course, Kathleen Wynne and the Ontario Liberals have not had the greatest track record with educational decisions, so it's nice to see them make a sober choice for a change. This decision could end up having a positive effect for students in the province as well as for employers.
A little experience never hurt anyone who is on the hunt for new employment.
To the Editor,
As a member of The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program and a Safety Ambassador for the PLAYSAFE Program, I have met kids who have lost limbs because of accidents that were preventable. With the weather warming up, it's a good time to teach kids about the dangers that can come with summer, such as lawn mowers, boat motors and playing around water areas.
I encourage parents to go on a "safety walk" with their children and point out the hazards in their area. By spreading the PLAYSAFE message, children learn to spot the danger before they play, and become more conscious of potential dangers.
It only takes a split second for an accident to happen, so let's all PLAYSAFE!
Online petitions have been all the rage for the last few years.
Change.org is an online petition website that hosts petitions from organizations or individuals. Popular topics of Change.org petitions are economic and criminal justice, human rights, education, environmental protection, animals rights, health, and sustainable food.
Change.org is just one example of an online petition website. Other petition websites include: Avaaz.org and SumOfUs.org.
According to their site, “People on Change.org work with decision makers to find new solutions to the big and small issues that impact their lives.”
Many people express skepticism regarding online petitions, believing they have no real world impact. A lot of factors contribute to this belief, but one in particular stems from social media.
A recent example was the tragic shooting of innocent concert goers at a nightclub in France. After the tragedy, Facebook released a semi-translucent filter that users could place over their profile pictures to show support of, and solidarity with, France.
Sure, there is nothing wrong with showing support, but a filter will not change anything in reality. The same goes with any tragic or sad story circulating on social media. Users press “like” or they “retweet” a story in hopes of making a difference, when in reality (for the most part) it does nothing.
Most people, for whatever reason, be it work, family, or both, just don't have time or energy to form legitimate support for, something they believe, in hopes of creating a change. Online petition websites are a way around this, using the power of social media to spread the message, with real-world results; all by typing out your name and email address.
Change.org boasts 18,227 petitions won in 196 countries, according to their website, and these numbers are similar on other websites. A quick search yields some really big victories.
As stated on the Change.org site, 'On the morning of February 2, 2012, Stef Gray, a 23-year-old graduate in New York, held a news conference at the Washington offices of Sallie Mae where she presented the results of her Change.org petition, which had received about 77,000 signatures. That afternoon the company changed its forbearance fee policy.’
There are countless examples like the one above, highlighting the success some online petitions have.
So, next time you receive a notification asking for a signature, take a look at it. Decide whether or not it is important to you and just give it a sign. Who knows, maybe you could actually make a difference.
To the Editor,
Our wonderful community has stepped forward again to help its volunteers.
We want to thank the businesses who allowed us to use their premises and the many kind donors who generously supported our "Tag Days" fundraiser.
You have placed us $9,420 closer to fulfilling our $350,000 pledge for the renovations taking place at our hospital. We have less than $100,000 to go!
We appreciate everyone who supports us at Camille's Closet, the hospital gift shop and at our fundraising events. We are doing this together!
Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry
Being a local paper, we focus our attention on local happenings and activities, but there are times when sites are called to news farther afield, and we feel compassion for the families of those that were murdered in the Orlando nightclub shootings, as well as the survivors. This is a human issue, not one of bias.
The shooting rampage is being called the United States' worst shooting ever, and has left 49 human beings dead and over 50 injured.
Despite personally stating that he was doing it on behalf of ISIS, some reports indicate this was fueled by personal hatred of homosexuals. Whether this speculation is true or not, both patterns of thought are expressions that DE-humanize others. From this we should say, not all Muslims are ISIS soldiers, either.
Our societies have been inundated with schools of thought, like Darwinism, Marxism, and Nietzsche-ism, and the repackaging of these into modern "isms", through the open windows of social media. This is hardly an exhaustive list, but most of these advocate the reduction of the value of an individual human being.
Yesterdays' strength, was our cohesiveness, but today's youth, and now many adults, have been raised on the fluid values of the most persistent voices on the internet. There is no culture there, except maybe, unbridled freedom of speech. But without real accountability, this escalates very quickly and very often, into the practicing of freedom of hatred. This is anarchy.
The main problem with this is it leaves the individual vacant of a moral code, and accountable only to a personal interpretation of some grandiose ideal, that is reinterpreted as morality to fill the needed void.
This is the soil in which extremists are grown. Without awareness of the incredible value of any human life, believing there is no reprisal but instead reward for such horrendous acts, a person fed on a diet of hatred is a victim as much as the ones that were harmed. Their wound has been inflicted progressively over long periods of time, in their soul or psyche, amounting to such calloused expression. Garbage in garbage out.
These communities have faced many acts of hatred and fear in the past, but they are not alone. There have been many shootings in Churches, schools, Temples and Mosques, to mention a few. NONE of us are exempt from the need to respond with radical kindness instead, radical acceptance of another human being, regardless of differences of how we view life.
The real battle to change our society, and rid it of hatred starts within each of us. I would like to challenge each of us today, to reach out to someone who is different from ourselves and commit a random act of Hope.
In the short term, arresting the individual action is what's needed, but in the long term, a return to a personal accountability to value ALL lives equally and a morality of fairness and dignity for everyone, as far as it depends on each of us, would go a long way.
Everyone deserves to be able to live a full life.
Another textbook example of how things are becoming overly politically correct in Canada happened recently as the Federal House of Commons debated making changes to the national anthem.
The change being debated is changing “in all thy sons command” to ‘in all of us command’, and was brought up by ailing Ottawa area MP Mauril Bélanger.
Trying to please everyone is honourable, however, it is a fools errand, as by the time that you do include every denomination, religion, race etc, the anthem would likely be amazingly complicated and thus it is foolish to try.
Already in Canada, we get flak from Companies when we wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ and are advised to say ‘Happy Holidays,’ Many schools also don’t celebrate Halloween because of political correctness. Now we must govern how we honour our country because somebody might just happen to feel excluded. Maybe the onus should be on the individual to enter in to a greater degree, rather than seek for their exception rule the rest of the population.
This is the obligation of the “one”, as a citizen, to find a way of appreciating the “whole”.
Individuals touting the wrong idea of “political correctness” have tried to use it as a trump card to shut down historical and cultural references due to their own narrow ideals.
If this is Canada's definition of “political correctness” than it is in major internal conflict with its multi-cultural aspirations. “Political correctness” is a philosophy of inclusion, even to values held religiously and historically as different between individuals. It is supposed to support multi-culturalism not dismantle the past that gave birth to it! Designed to engender the idea of personal inquiry about another's beliefs without conflict and appreciating difference as an expression of the individual, it can be a wonderful thing if handled “correctly”.
“in all our sons command” is simply a reference to the historically culture values Canada has always held. The reference to “sons” is historically referencing everyone who identifies themselves as a true Canadian as if natural born. It means, Canada is in MY blood and so I am compelled by this identification to defend this country and it's culture.
It is also silly to think that the Federal Government is taking time to debate a song that has unified Canadians since it was released, rather than using that time to talk about the issues truly affecting Canadians, such as employment, safety of all Canadians, foreign policy, the country’s failing infrastructure and others.
This debate exemplifies how truly inconsequential many of the things debated in the House are, to the lives of everyday Canadians. This does not help feed the country, help people feel safer, instead it is more of a legacy project for those wanting to be written in the history books of the future.
This movement is starting with “in all thy sons command” but nobody should believe that the government will stop there. Political Correctness can act like a virus and after one thing is changed, it will open the floodgates for more debate and discussion on the age old song.
There is no doubt that making something gender equal is an honourable notion, but the appetite for this change is just not here. Canadians do not want their lives to be interrupted by this silly subtle change, when a little education as to the historically cultural meaning of the use of the word “sons” would do better to establish to many the idea that they already live in a society that values individuals equally. This only serves to confuse the issue and create the impression that these ideas are not firmly held in our wonderful country. None of us need this change to happen.
It is unfortunate that this has come as far as it has, and hopefully this does not start a “political correctness” trend.
The warm weather is finally here and Canadians are rejoicing after that late long winter.
The Standard wishes to advise residents to take precautions to stay safe and healthy during the summer.
First off, drain all standing water, as it can be the place where mosquitos are known to breed.
Mosquitoes can be annoying, but some can also carry West Nile Virus.
Also, as it gets warmer, remember to stay well hydrated. The body needs liquids to continue functioning and in warm weather, people tend to lose some of that through sweat. Keep a bottle of water with you as you travel.
Also keep sunscreen with you for those days when the temperature soars or UV alerts are announced.
Also remember not to drink before you decide to operate a boat. Boats are vehicles, just like cars, trucks or vans and alcohol impairs how you operate. Alcohol and boating is as deadly a combo as drinking and driving a car. It is also a criminal offence. According to BOATsmart 65 per cent of boating accidents in Ontario involve alcohol. The Ontario Provincial Police also recently reported that three times as many people have died in boating accidents in the province than in past years. Wearing a life jacket is also recommended just in case.
Summer is always a great time for people to have fun, but you should always remember to stay safe.
To the Editor,
On behalf of the Caesarea Skateboard Park Committee, I would like to thank everyone for coming out to the Grand Opening. Considering it rained, it was a huge success. The amount of people that attended was incredible. Lots of prizes were given out and everyone had a great time.
A special thank you goes out to the Caesarea Fire Fighters Association for running the BBQ and helping us clean up. Also a huge thank you to my son, Billy Parkinson for filming the event all day and editing a great video. Go on YouTube and type in Caesarea Skatepark.