Letter to the Editor:
The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region wishes to thank the community at large for their overwhelming support, received at this year’s Walk for Alzheimer’s. This was a record breaking year, as we were able to raise over $92,000; an outstanding 55% increase over the previous year! Despite Mother Nature’s wrath that included steady rain all day, hundreds attended with their smiles and rain gear, to show their support, for the nearly 10,000 Durham Region residents who have been diagnosed with dementia. Their support, and the support of many corporate sponsors, helped us raise valuable funds, to support the programs offered at Alzheimer Society of Durham Region.
Dementia related illnesses are on the rise. With our population both increasing and aging, this number will grow substantially over the coming years. The Alzheimer Society is planning now, to ensure we can continue to meet the demand for our services, which include: individual and group support, for both the person living with dementia as well as their care partner & family; fun and interactive recreational programming; and important public education & awareness activities.
People need to know what to expect, and through the on-going support of our work from communities across Durham Region, no one will have to walk their dementia journey alone.
On behalf of The Board of Directors, staff, volunteers, and our clients, THANK YOU for making the Walk such a success! To the eight cash sponsors, nearly 40 prize/in-kind sponsors, and the many, many participants and donors who made this event a success, thank you; you have touched the lives of many.
We hope to see everyone back next year, rain or shine, the last weekend of May. Please watch our website for further details www.alzheimer.ca/durham.
Alzheimer Society of Durham Region
Letter to the editor:
Congratulations to Anil and his committee on a spectacular job regarding Summer Jam. The noise was minimal, people respectful, and a special thanks to security. Our handicapped daughter Sherry was treated with the utmost respect and care by security. This event was fabulous for the youth of our township and adults. This should be a continuing event every year, bringing a new outlook to Scugog. As I walked the track at the fairgrounds, I found the grounds as clean as always.
Well done and continued success.
Don Orr, Port Perry
Letter to the editor:
There are some organizations that don’t like modern agriculture. I really don’t understand why. My personal hero is Dr. Norman Borlaug, who led the green revolution, which lifted millions of people out of poverty and provided food for millions or more, who would have otherwise starved.
The green revolution and the many innovations following are the product of science. Because of this, most of us involved in agriculture tend to rely on scientific arguments to counter those who want to shut down modern practices and tools. However, the language of science does not lend itself to telling our story, and agriculture has a fantastic story to tell. We need to adjust our approach.
We can’t dismiss those who want to turn back the clock just because we might not understand them. Campaigns aimed at eliminating crop protection products like glyphosate, or inputs like fertilizer, are tapping into an emotional appeal that is real and is driving consumers.
Pulling out science to say “you’re wrong” does give some personal satisfaction. However, the approach does little to counter the activists. Instead we too need to reach beyond just science and talk to consumers in their day-to-day life. To do this we need to stand up and talk about what agriculture has delivered.
A Monty Python bit asked “what have the Romans ever done for us?” To paraphrase, what has modern farming done for us? Well there is all this food of course. The developed world spends less time and energy putting food on the table than any other group of people in the history of the planet. Food has never been safer or cheaper.
Activists say we could feed the world without modern agricultural practices. But reverting to the time before Dr. Borlaug would mean less, but more expensive, food, and greater hunger for many that have abundance today. Agriculture should stand up and be proud of the food we deliver.
But what about the environment? Isn’t all this food coming at an environmental price that future generations will have to pay? Well no, actually. Here too, agriculture needs to stand up and be proud of our sustainability record.
What does sustainability mean to you? To me, it means growing food in a way that gives a good living to farmers, and leaves the land and water in better shape for those who will be farming after us. Canadian farmers are doing just that.
Cam Dahl, President of Cereals Canada
Patrick Brown, Ontario PC Leader, today slammed the Wynne Liberals for using taxpayer dollars in order to promote the Ontario Liberal Party’s re-election bid. Brown committed to restore the Auditor General’s ability to block partisan government ads, to ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely.
“The next election will be about who will make it easier for families to make ends meet and get ahead,” stated Brown. “Ontario families shouldn’t have to foot the bill for Kathleen Wynne’s vanity ads. The PCs will restore the Auditor General’s oversight, so that hard-earned taxpayer dollars are not wasted.”
In 2015, the Wynne Liberals made amendments to the Government Advertising Act, of 2004 that eliminated the Auditor General’s power to block partisan government ads. The Auditor General has warned these changes have weakened her office, to nothing but a “rubber stamp” for partisan government ads.
As a result, Ontario families have footed the bill for millions of dollars in partisan government ads that the Auditor General has said she would not have approved under the old rules. This fiscal year, the Wynne Liberals are more than doubling the amount of money spent on government advertising, spending $57 million, an increase of $32 million from last year.
“Under the Wynne Liberals, hardworking Ontario families pay more and get less,” Brown concluded. “I want to ensure taxpayer money goes towards the things we value most, like health care, education, and services for those in need. An Ontario PC government will stop wasting money, spend wisely, and put Ontario families first.”
As we go about our daily lives, it is sometimes easy to take for granted the best parts of living here. One of the most important ones is the benefit of living near Lakeridge Health Port Perry Hospital. This has been reinforced to my family twice lately. As my daughter-in-law was in one of the fine birthing rooms, she received the best of care. The nurses were there for her and skilled and helpful. Sara was with her the majority of the day of delivery, All of us present could see how dedicated she was to keeping watch of the mother and coaching and caring for her as she moved through the birth process. We were so thankful that she was on board as a team with the skilled Dr. Nancy Kazarian.
But we feel beyond grateful for the skill of the emergency staff as my month old grandson took suddenly and very gravely ill. Without the rapid and accurate actions and decisions made by Dr. Steve Russell, and the skills of the nurses, this baby would have died.
He was subsequently taken to Sick Children’s Hospital and diligently cared for until out of danger.
We cannot thank the doctors and nurses enough for their efforts and care of patients in this community.
Mary Caudle and the Bercik family
I met a man the other day,
with lines upon his soul.
They showed themselves
in all the ways
he tried to keep control.
We talked of years we knew before,
and ways that things have changed,
of all the plans that we had made,
and how life's rearranged
I asked of how his children were,
he struggled to show cheer,
but in the words. they gave away,
the trouble in the years.
I changed to ask about his wife,
if all was well with them,
and sorrow pressed upon his frame,
and showed the pain again.
I knew this man for many years,
as strong and brave and stout,
with quick wit humour, full of smiles,
that never would run out.
The kind of man that others liked,
and wanted to succeed,
so they could follow in his steps,
and live a life that's free.
But then I asked about his God,
and if he had stayed true,
and tears arose in tired eyes,
and he could tell I knew.
I told him then that I would pray,
he'd understand again,
that God Is Love and so won't quit,
and He would take his pain.
He said he knew the wrong
before he'd entered in,
and God himself did not deserve,
someone who wanted sin.
It pierced my heart to hear a man
still speaking what was true
No excuses, no covered words
no hiding what he knew.
This noble man just waited there;
he knew my eyes were clear,
as if upon the moments alter,
for judgment, without fear.
I said, in gentle tone of heart,
the strength that he once knew,
flowed through his own
from God himself
because he lived life true
It came to me, and so I shared,
“The truth, it was the key!”
not whether he lived right or wrong
but the transparency.
If someone dies to save your soul
they value, all you are
And Jesus' sacrifice of Love
goes very, very far.
It goes beyond the sin we do,
to why it drives us so.
Distinguishing 'tween us and it
so we can let it go.
My mind was gripped
with this one thought
and so I shared some more
That God as Love
deserves the right
to heal, redeem, restore.
No keeping track,
or balanced scales,
just Love beyond degree,
deserves it's passion to fulfill,
he died to set us free.
And as I spoke
his face was changed
'cause he had realized,
that God was calling “follow on”
you're loved, you're not despised.
So then we prayed
and went our ways
and I couldn't help but feel
a life was changed and better now
embraced by what is real.
Todd Michael (Boyko) Green
It has been brought to Ontarian's attention that the process used regarding school closures and/or student relocation, by School Board Trustees, has been flawed.
It has been stated, there is a need for an overhaul of the process used by school boards to review schools for potential closure and/or student relocation. It has also been reported, the Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, has admit that the Ministry needs "… to make sure this revised process benefits everyone,"
There are articles which state, the school boards have not been upholding the purpose of the Education Act, which includes that "All partners in the education sector, including the Minister, the Ministry and the boards, have a role to play in enhancing student achievement and well-being, closing gaps in student achievement and maintaining confidence in the province’s publicly funded education systems." (section 0.1 (3)).
Mitzie Hunter is also quoted as saying "Clear principles and goals, for student achievement and well-being, should be established for reviews, rather than just cost-savings,” she added. "We heard that a stronger process is needed for school boards," she said, adding that no new pupil accommodation reviews will take place until the process is complete, except for those that would support joint-use projects or for student safety."
In light of these revelations, perhaps all of the school closures and student relocations scheduled from 2017 – 2018, for implementation in the 2018 – 2019 school year, should be cancelled. That would be the fair, reasonable and equitable thing to do. When one considers, these closures have been referred to as "brutal. Students suffer and parents grieve,". It would not be in the student's best interest or well-being for the present closures and/or relocations to move forward.
The stopping of the school closures and/or relocation of students would have to take place prior to the beginning of the 2018 school year. It is hoped, the Minister of Education, Mitzie Hunter, will move on this initiative to ensure that all schools remain open and students are not relocated, at the cost to the students well-being or the communities these closures will affect.
Elizabeth F. Marshall,
Candidate – Trillium Party of Ontario, Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound