Trinity United Church Women would like to express a sincere "thank-you" to all who helped with our very successful Tour of Homes on June 3rd.
We are deeply indebted to our very co-operative hosts, the florists who provided the lovely flower arrangements, the local press and our willing volunteers. Special thanks to all who attended. We hope you enjoyed.
the beautiful day and we hope to see you all next year.
I am writing to express my disappointment with the Township of Scugog.
On Fathers day weekend, my son received a parking ticket while he was parked outside our own home, due to a complaint from a neighbour, three doors down, complaining we parked longer than three hours.
First of all, we won't even discuss this mean spirited woman. I realize the bylaw department has to act on complaints, but come on, on Fathers day weekend?
We had moved cars around, so that my 86 year old father could park in the driveway. The bylaw department has the discretion to act on these complaints or not but clearly only saw the revenue this day, and not the significance of the day. To top it all off, on Sunday the street was lined with cars and not one ticket was handed out.
I feel this bylaw needs to be revisited, as the majority of homes in this subdivision, only have driveways for two cars each, and in this day and age more people are living at home longer, so the bylaw doesn't seem sufficient. I would like to remind people this was just a mean spirited, spiteful complaint, the reason for it I am at odds with. No snowplows needed to get down the street, there was plenty of room for road traffic still, it was just plain old bullying!
It is with disappointment in our elected Council that I am writing this letter.
The report from the Integrity Commissioner, who found Councillors Kett and Back's actions breached council's code of conduct is one that should have been taken seriously. The remaining council members, including the mayor, have an obligation to the office they have taken, and the citizens of Scugog which they serve.
To dismiss the recommendation for any punitive penalties to the two councillors is in effect condoning their actions. What kind of message are they sending? Bullying is okay? Bullying in the workplace is taken very seriously, sometimes including dismissal.
To not even reprimand these two, who have been found by an impartial 3rd party to have breached their code of conduct, sends a bad message.
Scugog resident looking for a new council
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Fathers. I've had three in my life, two of them contributed more than they know.
Thefirst father I had brought me into this world. He was a bit of a train wreck, marriage wise, but while in their lives, he was fiercely loyal to those around him, stimulating a return in kind. One of his passions was creative writing. In part, I have reaped a blessing from that lineage, and you are experiencing it now. His other main passion was being a car mechanic. If someone was approaching driving age, and some just wishing, he did his best to ensure they knew the basics of listening to a car and getting it fixed early. Relative or friend, he ensured those around had a working car. It was his way of saying, you need to get out there and explore life.
I was not around for this part of the inheritance, as I was eight when he drove away. But I see clearly now that wheels are a blessing that work both ways. Initially the best part of an adventure is when you leave for the trip. Another equally exciting part is when you come home, don't miss that part of the blessing, as some people do and they short change themselves. Thank you Gary, for life, I am grateful.
The second Father I had in my life was my adopted Father, who has earned the title of Dad. He was the guy who, out of love for my mother, took on the responsibilities of a Father and ensured my sister and I were raised with kindness and discipline. Both were needed desperately. Kindness, to teach us that acceptance is way more than tolerance, but is a full on embrace of determination to understand and the willingness to participate in the life of another. Discipline, although we had our misunderstandings, most of which came from my confused self, I retain warm strong memories of discipline, a teaching that taught me to reach to be a better man. This was always accompanied with a sense of protection, even from myself when I made mistakes. For those of you who don't know, the word discipline means “teach”, not crude punishment, this is instruction in the hope, that life can be better. Thank You Dad, for hope, I am grateful!
For both these men, I am grateful!
The third Father I had, worked in the background. Maneuvering and prompting situations and people to bring the best into my life. He was there to put a check in my conscience, when the temptation to do harm to myself, and so as a result to others as well, was presented. He was always there making the effort to steer me from what would bring regret, to teach me to avoid the actions, not just the results, of wrong being. Of course this is what any good Father should do, but other Fathers can't be present all the time, He was, and further still He teaches me to avoid those prompters of thoughts that lead to life wounding actions, so it'll never get to that stage. But, like all of us at times, didn't listen to sound instruction, and there were other streams of influence, trying to draw me away, which eventually, for a while, gained a foot hold, and I went on a self destructive pathway. Just as a side note, those aspiring Fathers, who think teaching a young person to drink or even worse, who think lying your way through things is a skill, who think shame is a badge to wear, no one wants you in the club, until you grow up inside.
My first father was absent, my second overwhelmed and discouraged, my third unrelentless. Love. No matter what harmful result I found myself in, be it recreational usage of substances and the addictions that followed, the irresponsible lifestyle leading to unwelcome pregnancies, turning out to be just a scare, I hope, I don't want innocent blood on my hands, or the rightful moral and legal intervention of all of the above directions, God was always there, accepting the difficulty I was in, bringing no condemnation, just the help needed to fix my moral compass. Like most young minds, as the saying goes, “who don't have the sense they're born with,” I was a wash of chemically, emotionally, physically, socially and spiritually induced conflicts. God was there to calm them all when I finally stopped fighting and listened. His patience is beyond our fear, his Love is greater than our loss, his presence is available to all who will come where He waits for us, in Christ.
Thank you Heavenly Father, the Father of our breath, for purpose, peace and eternal life!
Before I am done this editorial, I would be remiss, if I didn't mention two other Fathers who are active, and absolutely necessary in our community. These are the Father “mentors” in our community, those who take on the role of being there for the neighbour's youngster, who has no Father present in there life. The coach who makes that extra effort to help a teen develop in a skill, building there confidence and esteem in life, or the one who lends a listening ear at a coffee shop or when fishing, so the injustice of a life unanswered is trumped by someone who hears the call and that life doesn't fade away. For those who have experienced this and for those who will, thank you, we are grateful!
Lastly, and certainly equal in every respect, to the mothers who have to fill the role of both mother and father. RESPECT! The word is still not enough to cover it. However, to those mothers who have a man who wants fill those shoes, if he's a halfway decent man, let him, he's designed for it, it worked out great for me, and you've got enough on your plate. It's a hard row to hoe, but never give up giving children the tools they need and balance in life, it's the noblest thing you will ever do. For those who have experienced this as well and for those who will, thank you, we are enormously grateful!
Letter to the Editor,
On Tuesday, May 30th, the Port Perry Agricultural Society invited its senior corporate sponsors to an intimate social evening, at the Old Flame Brewery. The Foundry Kitchen & Bar catered, with a selection of imaginative, locally sourced foods. Members of the Society board were joined by representatives from Canadian Tire Port Perry, Emmerson Insurance, Green Tractors (Utica), Lake Scugog Lumber, Puckrin & Latreille Real Estate Group, and Taylor Ford.
Unable to attend, but equally valued by our community and our fair, were Brooks Feeds, Campkin’s RV, Dowson’s Water Haulage, Durham Kubota, Great Blue Heron Casino, Gus Brown Buick GMC, Hub International Equipment Ltd., JD Truck Accessories, Langille’s Scrap and Cores, Port Perry Feeds, Reesor Elevators, The Standard News Corp., Trading Post Quality Foods, Walmart, and Vos’ Your Independent Grocer.
Another sponsor appreciation event is planned in June, at the fair grounds for all sponsors of the fair. If you are a sponsor, and have not received your invitation, please contact the secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is thanks to your ongoing support we are able to provide a fun family Labour Day weekend at The Port Perry Fair.
The Port Perry Agricultural Society
Letter to the Editor,
What could Kathleen Wynne possibly have left in her on going bag of tricks? There’s an election one year away, and the premier has already offered universal pharmacare for kids, rent control and a $15 dollar minimum wage. What costly razzle-dazzle does the premier have left to wow voters?
Behold, Wynne’s June 6th proposal of “universally affordable” child care, which is neither universal nor affordable. With this idea the premier is following in the footsteps of the NDP’s Thomas Mulcair, the NDP’s Rachel Notley, and of course the separatist former Quebec premier Pauline Marois.
However, Ontario’s Liberals are not proposing universal daycare along the lines of the original Quebec policy or Alberta pilot project.
Subsidies will only be available to low- and middle-income families, and this is a good thing.
The universality of Quebec’s day-care program caused significant problems: the new subsidized spots had long wait lists, even as those scarce spots were scooped up by affluent families. Maclean’s magazine noted that families in the top 25 per cent of income earners were twice as likely to grab a day-care spot as those in the bottom 25 per cent. Quebec eventually abandoned this model, and has now moved to a sliding scale where higher-income families pay more.
Although, Indira Harris-Naidoo, Ontario’s associate minister for early years and child care, stated that the government is on a “path” to universality, the current proposal is not universal. While Harris-Naidoo would not clarify, during her press conference, what the income thresholds were to be, or what “affordable” actually means, it’s a good thing the province isn’t following the failed Quebec model. Hopefully, this doesn’t change.
But what the policy does have in common with the Quebec and Alberta models is that it’s unaffordable.
Ontario has run nine consecutive deficits, and is currently adding $9 billion in debt this year. The Financial Accountability Office of Ontario predicts, the government will add $76 billion in debt over the next five years.
Yet, somehow the premier is intent on giving the impression the treasury is flush with cash, with plans to spend $1.6 billion to create 45,000 new day care spots over five years. At about $35,000 per space, the government could hire an in-home nanny for every child for at least a year, but then, that would be considered one of those nasty unlicensed care providers, like neighbours and grandparents, which the government must protect us from.
Government-run day care is simply uneconomical. And Ontario is likely to see some of the same cost drivers that occurred in Quebec. Part of that province’s cost increase was driven by increased levels of unionization among child-care workers, both those at public centres and those offering home-based day care.
With Ontario’s new labour-law proposals, which would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour and allow for easier private sector unionization, the cost increases could be even more dramatic. About 24 per cent of current workers at registered day-care centres are paid less than $15 per hour. Bumping them up, and then bumping up their peers with more seniority, will only add to the costs of an already expensive system.
The Ontario government has already made the cost of virtually everything much more expensive, from real estate to electricity, and including the cost of being a parent. The solution isn’t for the government to hand out goodies aimed at winning over targeted voters, in the lead up to an election. The solution is to make life more affordable for everyone.
Unfortunately, that isn’t the approach the government is following. The more the premier has in her bag of tricks, the less money we have in our wallets.
Christine Van Geyn
We never cease to be amazed by the generosity and support of this community.
The G Moms want to send out another huge thank you, for the fabulous success of the Yard Sale. Not only did we get quality donations, which netted wonderful freewill donations, but we also received very generous donations for the donated articles. Did you see how many times we had to say “Donations ?”
Picture this !!! On the afternoon of Friday June 2nd , people arrive with articles they have saved for us. They know we are empowering and enabling Grannies and Orphans in Africa, and that 90% of our monies go directly to the projects, The articles are then sorted as best we can, and Saturday morning the enthusiastic and generous crowds arrive. Organization, mixed with chaos, prevails for the day, and by 2 p.m. the Scout Hall is back to normal.
We are close to a profit of $7000. That means a lot of food, clothing and school uniforms. The orphans can further their education and increase the likelihood of a better future for themselves their country. Grannies can start income generating projects, so they can become self sufficient.
However, on the other side of the picture is the fact that many items were being re-used, and some people were able to access some items that may have been unaffordable in some cases. A G- Mom Yard Sale is a great way to set up for University.
Thanks especially to the Focus, the Star, the Standard and Caps for their ongoing support with publicity. Also a special thanks to Port Perry Salvage and Glen Page for their continued help with very much needed “ BINS .”
G Moms send out a Huge Thank You to Port Perry and Friends ..... Ubuntu.
Gala on the Greens 2017 was again a wonderful success.
All participant enjoyed a fabulous day and truly enjoyed the guest speaker who addressed “ Reconciliation .”
We support over 15 million orphans in Sub Sahara Africa
Stephen Lewis Foundation guarantees that 90% of the monies raised go directly to the projects we support.
Kids get to eat, go to school and even get counselling
Grannies get help to create income generating projects
They become empowered to help themselves and others
They all now stand a chance to succeed in their lives
90 businesses large and small donated prizes for our marketplace ... Yes think about that great support !!
Many happy recipients/winners were strongly encouraged to reciprocate and support local business
Donations were very generous and creative and we raised over $19,000. That keeps a lot of kids in school.
We have personally delivered your Thank You
Ubuntu is a sub –Saharan African philosophy and a way of life. It defines what it mean to be truly human: We affirm our own humanity when we acknowledge the full humanity of others. Ubuntu principles include dignity, respect, honesty, empathy, caring , sharing and compassion.
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G-Moms of Port Perry
The recent Tag Days brought the Hospital Auxiliary $ 9,362 closer to the $105,000 we need to purchase 3 pieces of equipment on our 2017 hospital wish list.
One of my donors commented about two other recent fundraising efforts by local organizations and here they were again being asked "to give". I understand.
But how lucky we are to be blessed with countless volunteers from so many organizations who donate their time to make things better for our families and those we don't know. They take the "pocket change" which most of us will never miss and direct it to helping others in so many ways.
Those organizations are unfailingly supported by our local newspapers and businesses over and over again. We volunteers can't do it without them and without you, the donor.
Together, we do make a BIG difference in someone's life.
And just a note - pocket change does add up but a "fiver" just makes my heart sing!
Thank you everyone.
The Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry
Letter to the Editor:
In the May 18th, 2017 edition of the Standard, there was an article on the front page about a Defeat Depression Walk in Uxbridge. The article states, “75 per cent of the funds will go towards Ontario Shores, the closest place to Uxbridge where people struggling with a mental illness can go for treatment”.
Although Ontario Shores is the closest place for clinical treatment, we wanted to ensure that there was awareness of a local service offering mental health support.
Community Care Durham, Uxbridge’s COPE Mental Health service, established in 1977, is a community mental health program offering group support to adults with emotional and/or mental health concerns.
There is no fee for this service.
Community Care Durham (CCD) has offices in every municipality in Durham, including Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock, and all offices offer COPE Mental Health services, providing a large variety of outpatient assistance programs. In 2017, CCD Uxbridge, along with all CCD offices, is celebrating 40 years of providing service to the community.
On June 10th, 2017, at 9 a.m. to noon, CCD will hold the 12th Annual Walk for Mental Health Awareness, at Heydenshore Park in Whitby, and this year we are excited to announce that it will also take place, the same day and time, at Palmer Park in Port Perry.
Our Master of Ceremonies is Jim McKenny, former NHL hockey player and City TV sportscaster. There are free t-shirts, gift bags, children’s activities and great prizes including, a night’s stay at the Nestleton Waters Inn. There is no registration fee, but pledges are encouraged. Proceeds from the Walk benefit CCD services, including COPE Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock.
We hope your readers will consider attending the Walk for Mental Health Awareness, knowing that funds raised help provide mental health services in their own community.
Sincerely, Kathleen Wells,
COPE Program Manager
Uxbridge, Scugog & Brock