To the Editor,
Re: Tom Dupont’s letter in the Aug. 20 edition of The Standard:
Thank you, thank you, thank you! The voice of reason, you see the destructive, nasty nature of the mind behind vicious Conservative ads.
Anyone who votes impressed by such would be helping further reduce Canada’s once world-class status which has sadly shrunk in the decade ruled by its current frosty, anti-progress, fear-mongering, mean-spirited would-be “Emperor”. Nice hair, Stevie; your nose is growing, meanwhile.
We’re still about two months away from the federal election, and everywhere you look, there is a politician boasting about a grand plan to help middle class Canadians.
A lot of the talk seems to centre on tax credits and changes to other benefits to put some extra money back into our wallets. But, if they really wanted to help, more people running for office would be talking about gas prices, and how they’re going to finally get them under control.
When the Harper Conservatives first rose to power more than a decade ago, gas prices were one of the hot issues. Back then, most stations were still in the process of changing their signs to accommodate the fact that cost of a litre gas had spiked to more than $1.
Here we are more than 10 years later and we’ve become a nation accustomed to paying that much for gas, with the nation average hovering at around $1.20 per litre. And, this is still somehow happening even as the price of crude oil sinks to its lowest level this milennium.
As Canadians, we should be demanding more of our leaders to do something about these high prices. For years, we’ve been told that there’s correlation between the price of crude oil and gasoline. Now, with the price of the former cut in half compared to last year it’s getting harder and harder to understand why we’re still paying so much at the pumps.
For the past week, price wars between stations in St. Catharines has resulted in long lines as the cost of fuel has plummeted to around 81 cents.
This news does little to eliminate the notion of price-fixing between companies, and whichever party ultimately wins this election needs to put pressure on the Competition Bureau to investigate whether this has been happening, and fine them if it has. When it comes to gas, Canadians need more compassion from leaders and competition, not collusion.
To the Editor,
We’re only a few weeks into the federal election and I don’t know how much more I can take of Mr. Harper and his cronies.
The negative ads that they have been running are positively un-Canadian. Exactly how old was Stevie when he became leader of his party and how much experience did he have? Instead of telling us what’s wrong with the other guys, how about the parties- especially the one in power - tell us how they are actually going to improve our country. Is that really too much to ask?
What someone’s hair looks like has no bearing on how I vote, blatant disrespect does. Although, I have noticed that for all ragging those ads do about Justin Trudeau, Mr. Harper has never had a hair out of place.
Tom Dupont, Port Perry
It’s not often that in the same day you can be entertained in the same place by baby show, a local music artist, lawn tractor pulls or a rodeo. Even less often can you pet an alpaca, soar above the crowd on a ride or admire calves shown by the next generation of local farmers and experience the thrill of driving or just watching a demolition derby.
The wide range of entertainment options is just part of what makes fair season so special, and here in North Durham, it’s right around the corner with Blackstock Fair kicking off three consecutive weekends of fun (hopefully) in the sun. Followed by Port Perry, Uxbridge and Sunderland by the time the calendar turns to September.
The fair has always been a time for the community to shine. From the hard work in garages putting together demolition derby cars and trucks and tractors for the pulls. For those who toil in the garden all summer long just to showcase their produce. For specially trained horses to strut their stuff. The babies brought up on stage by proud Moms and Dads to showcase just who has the best smile in town, and so many more exhibitors, vendors and performers that it would be impossible to list them in this limited editorial space.
Behind the scenes, there are hundreds of volunteers, supporters and participants that work all year round preparing and planning for just a few days each summer. These people are the heart of just what makes this time of year so special.
The fair is also great because of the people it attracts, the community members that came out as kids, and now bring their own kids, grandkids and great grandkids to relive the magic every year. It’s a great time to be in North Durham, and we hope to see everyone there.
To the Editor,
Just a quick note of thanks to all the groups and the community for your support of our Project play bid here in Uxbridge over the past few months. Unfortunately our quest to win a $250,000 grant towards building the pavilion at our soccer fields was not one of the final four chosen. We were very tenacious with our overall efforts but fell short in the end. We will be back with a vengeance next year and will once again look for your support.
Zehrs Uxbridge Store Manager
As you can read about on Page 12 of this week’s edition of The Standard, it was another stellar year for Jumpstart in Uxbridge, as last week’s Gary Roberts and Friends Celebrity golf tournament raised $50,000 for the local chapter.
These funds are the base for the program, which provides assistance for families to cover registration fees for recreation activities. Without this program, it is a very safe bet that many more local youth would be included in the one in three Canadian children that cannot afford the cost of playing organized sports.
Uxbridge’s Jumpstart chapter has been lauded as one of the shining examples of what the program can be, and the community is fortunate to have an event like the Gary Roberts tournament to provide funding for so many local kids to be active in hockey, soccer, gymnastics, or whatever other athletic pursuits capture the interest of youth in the area.
Beyond providing funding for kids. Jumpstart has started programs to include the entire family in maintaining an active lifestyle, which is a tremendous boost for the entire community. The healthier a community is, often times it can have trickle down effects, such as lower wait times at doctor’s offices and hospitals. It also means less time that local recreation facilities sit dormant, lessening the burden on the local taxpayers who fund those facilities.
The NHL stars and local contributors that take part in the tournament deserve thanks from the entire community for taking part in such a worthwhile endeavour in support of a great cause.
Not being able to afford luxuries like sports for your kids can be a tremendous burden on parents, and we’re very lucky that Jumpstart is there to offer the emotional boost when kids can get off the sidelines and get into the game.
To the Editor,
The Port Perry Agricultural Society’s rejection of the Community Care Permaculture Garden in the Fair Grounds lease is a mistake (’Dog Park could be barking up the wrong tree’ The Standard, July 16). The Community Garden was started in 2013 and has grown each year it is looked after by volunteers from Community Living Durham North. Last year we had 12 volunteers tend the garden, even more have joined this year; and the people we support have joined with the Scugog Seniors to maintain the garden. The vegetables are given back to the community and Food Bank.
The people CLDN supports are the most vulnerable in our community; it is important to their wellbeing that the projects they get involved in have continuity. A no cost lease agreement to use public land is essential to continuity. This is a cri de coeur to the PP Agricultural Society to reconsider and include the Garden in the lease from the Township.
Community Living Durham North
To the dismay of Coronation Street fans across the country over the weekend, their beloved program was interrupted this past Sunday morning on CBC, by news of the start of another long-running soap opera - the upcoming federal election.
This election has already made history, running for more than 11 weeks, the longest stretch in Canadian history. Even longer than a century ago, when politicians had to travel by train coast-to-coast.
Between now and election night on Oct. 19, there will be highs and lows for every party, and there will be daily polls as we try and figure out just who has the edge in the race.
It has already happened to some extent with a great deal of ink already spilled over discussions of the massive war chest that’s been accumulated by Conservative donations, and the role it might have, as well as hand wringing over voter fatigue in the long run-up before we head to the polls.
This will be a challenging election for Canadians as we map out of future direction. Our economy has slowed in recent months, dragged down by sagging oil prices and the continued struggles of our manufacturing base to maintain the dwindling number quality jobs in that sector.
Cities and towns across the country are facing infrastructure crunches as they struggle to keep up with repairs to roads and public transit upgrades that have been put off for far too long, and now can’t be ignored.
Families face uphill battles with rising education costs, from post-secondary right through to daycare.
Every party is going to say that they have the best plan for our country and will spend a lot of time talking about budgets, spending and programs. It’s up to all of us to make the most of these next 11 weeks and pick the right path for our country to allow all of us to prosper going forward.