For elementary and high school aged students, it's soon going to be that dreaded time of the year again, back to school time.
As the day approaches, The Standard is asking everyone to drive safe and be aware of any students crossing the streets.
During this time, the roadways and crosswalks around the schools will be getting a lot busier. Yes, pedestrian education information is readily available to children, but the best way to avoid any sort of a disaster is to take measures yourself. Some young kids might not be aware of all the rules yet, either.
Also, if adults want the young kids to respect the rules of the road, they must set an example and be respectful and considerate drivers.
People should follow all school zone signs and respect the crossing guards, who will be out monitoring the area.
School zone safety has been a hot topic in Scugog Council the past couple of years. For residents of Scugog, there is going to be a new school zone pilot project, on Queen St. near R.H. Cornish School, and Old Simcoe Rd. near S. A. Cawker School, where school crossing and speed limit signs will be installed down the centre line of the roadways.
The local North Durham roadways have been dangerous of late, with multiple motorcycle and car accidents being reported by Durham Regional Police in the last few weeks. People need to be extra careful to avoid any potential tragedy.
Drivers must also be more aware at this time of year, as fleets of school buses will be returning to the roads in the communities. Please remember, never pass a bus when their stop sign is out, or the lights are flashing. Also remember to follow proper protocol, when passing any bicyclists.
Like every school year, this year, kids have the potential to learn a lot more, make new friends, and make it one step closer to starting work in the real world. Lets make sure we help them make it there safely and set the right example.
To the Editor,
I am writing with regard to Unifor’s Local 222’s, 'Built in Oshawa Matters', Campaign.
As an autoworker, I have felt the effects of plant closure. I first worked for GM, in London, Ont., in 1989. To stay with GM I came to Oshawa in 2003, there were 2 plants, 1 for cars and 1 for trucks, with 8 shifts working. I soon met other displaced workers, from Ste Therese, Scarborough, Windsor & St Catherines.
We had 18,000 workers in the 1990’s. Today we are down to 3 shifts, with less than 3000 working. 2 lines are shut down in one plant alone. Currently, I work in Paint Shop, in my 27th year with GM.
Driving on Simcoe Rd. through Oshawa, I can easily see the effects this downward spiral has had through job losses. The closed stores and payday advance shops are everywhere.
There are 5600 jobs associated with the auto industry, in Oshawa (parts, shipping and local suppliers). Building 718 vehicles per day, workers put $257 thousand per day into the local municipal taxes, providing much of the funds for regional services. It is believed that for every GM job, there are 7 spin-off jobs, outside the industry.
GM has not announced any new product for this plant, I wonder how many local businesses are going to close if GM leaves? How many local businesses have decided not to expand, due to the uncertainty of GM? Will this award winning auto city continue to provide good jobs, like it has for 100 years, or will greed move it outside the country?
Dave Dickhout, Sonya, Ont.
Ontario is number 1! We rank the highest in, home prices, average tuition rates, auto insurance rates, and now you can add cell phone service to that list.
Not only does Ontario have the most expensive cellphone plans in Canada, but according to a study commissioned by the CRTC, Canada has the highest rates for wireless service in all of the G7 nations, and Australia.
To add to the expenses, Ontario’s hydro rates are climbing faster than every other province in the country.
What is particularly worrying about all of this is, these are all essential services to the average Ontario family. Not everyone can take public transit. Everyone needs a roof over their head.
To top it all off, rumours are rampant that avocados may double in price, not to mention the price of honey!
All joking aside, unless you're an avid avocado eater, to pay for everything, the current generation is relying heavily on gaining a higher education, to secure them a high paying job, to cover costs. Do they get a break on that front? The answer is, no. Tuition is the highest in the country.
When is it time for the government to step in and help families and the next generation with the cost of living? Prime Minister Trudeau has promised to look into lowering real estate prices, but what can he really do without hurting our economy, an economy that is as fragile as it is?
The economy certainly will not strengthen, when the population decides it can no longer afford to live in Ontario.
n order to maximize the potential growth of the economy and maintain the standard of living in Ontario, the current and coming generations must feel confident and comfortable to thrive, as families and individuals within it. Preoccupation with just scraping by, does not foster economic growth, it stagnates it!
It would be in the government’s best interests to address the rising cost of living. Not only for the sake of keeping their jobs, but to watch the next generation grow with ideas and solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.
To the Editor,
The government is currently conducting a public review of Canada Post. Canada Post is the country’s largest retail and logistics network, and as a Crown Corporation, all of us own it. We’ve had years of service cuts and increased prices. Contrary to popular belief, our postal service is profitable, and has been for most of the past two decades. It’s time to try something different.
The post office can deliver more than mail. The government should adopt the Delivering Community Power proposal, which includes postal banking, services for seniors, and coast-to-coast charging stations for electric cars.
Why should we adopt postal banking? Canada’s big banks took in $35 billion, in profits last year, while cutting jobs and raising service fees, at the same time.
Many communities across Canada have post offices, but no bank branches. A postal bank is an affordable, local solution, which can also invest in the community.
Dozens of countries around the world, including New Zealand, France and Italy, have profitable and successful postal banking services. There’s no reason why we can’t, as well. How can Canada Post support a green economy in Canada?
Canada has far to go to meet the emissions reductions we committed to, at the Paris climate conference. Renewable energy has huge economic potential for Canada. We can create hundreds of thousands of jobs by making the shift.
Interested readers can learn more, at DeliveringCommunityPower.ca, by contacting Peter Callens in Uxbridge, at email@example.com, or phoning 905-862-2518
In our issue today we have discussed the change in perception of time as we grow older. A great attempt at putting perspective on how to use time was offered by one of our Columnist Daniel Cearns.
Time, and it's influence on our lives, has been a pet peeve of mine most of my life. Adopted and raised by a North American Aboriginal, I have had the view from the other side.
Now to be fair, my Dad is a very efficient man. Highly intellectual and still able to get down in the simplest of moments and find the life there, but as with all of us his efficiency was restricted by the extent of his interest in whatever he was doing.
I saw him conquer this struggle in many ways, by orienting his life in manners that worked with his preference. Some of these battles I was not around to see, but I listened as I grew, to my Grandmother talk quietly, boasting on her loving son. Like in University, he utilized the flow of things easily opened to him by others, to project himself toward his own goals.
For example, he became a boxer, in order to gain a scholarship, to help him through school. In classic boxing fashion, he used the momentum of others to move forward. Rather than struggle against the possible perception that others may have had about him being native, he found a better use for his time, embracing the art and moving through.
Not raised on a reserve anywhere, but in a world with all the rest of us, he was still affected by the western compulsion of time. One area, which became a bit of a family jest for a while, was his typical lateness for things. There was no disrespect in his fashion, just a preoccupation with the task at hand. It was part of his capacity to focus and an indication of his high intelligence. However, from the outside, not everyone read it that way, and so he had to master a change.
With his engineering degree in hand, he started working as a construction labourer, biding his time, waiting for his moment and place. With each promotion, he leveraged that for a better job in another company. His hard work and patience paid off, as he eventually did become part owner in a major construction firm. In this way, he could schedule, meetings more appropriate to the use of time in his life. He could incorporate meetings within other tasks that he wanted to be part of, and so would resent their intrusion less. Inevitably, he still had to obligate himself to the times that were set, within the world he lived, and eventually made a reluctant friend of time, but a friend none the less.
Retired now, his life has slowed to a much deserved pace, one where time has little relevance, except for when to see a friend, or travel to a retriever field trial, for hunting dogs, an environment he loves.
Sociologists, along with Anthropologists, have studied for a long time, the differences in cultures that make them unique.
One of the areas these “ologists” focus on is the apparent view of time which cultures hold, and their subsequent response to it. In many ancient cultures, or modern cultures, separate from the western world, predominantly those without sundials or clocks of any kind, time (or rather passage of time) was measured by the passage of an event.
Aboriginal cultures, with their layed-back style, and apparent lack-luster attitude toward the clock, is a well known example to many. It became a source of frustration to early missionaries, who, while they were trying to evangelize, did not realize they were also attempting to westernize. This was as much a pivotal point of resistance, for the native people groups, as was any inappropriate methods used to impart spirituality of a different kind.
The transitioning to a new way of life, marked a change in perception, purpose and function. Life had changed and so time had moved forward, de-synchronizing many from their time, or I guess you could say, literally their space. They were aware of this, at a deep level, but could not find the words to articulate it in a way westerners needed to hear it, to understand what they were doing. Now we see it as a huge gap, that by most was simply, an enforced, drastic, mistake.
I'm not referring to the introduction of the Gospel as that mistake, that's on a spiritual level, it stands by itself, and what is true, for many, remains to be seen, in time. The mistake lie in the lack of understanding, early missionaries had socially. Not recognizing the many valuable things they were asking people of another culture to leave behind, they were stripping them of their reverence for time, and life in the moment. That was not a wrong thing to want to hold on to, and should have been something that was learned from, instead. Huh, living in the moment, it certainly sounds like modern Psychobabble to me, or just timely advice.
Einstein was preoccupied with the concept of time, and how we travel through it, even in his teens. It became a major preoccupation of his, studying space, light, time and all that jazz. Scientists have been venturing into the concept of time since way before then, and are still continuing to study it today. Alongside some of Einstein's theories, they have been braking through to make a little rhyme or reason to the thing.
With the advent of the clock, time began to be monitored in micro changes, so a steady flow of the perception of being thrust forward through time began. This also created a sense of urgency, to achieve, before the commodity of time was wasted. A mentality of task, task, task, developed and so the rat race ensued, and time raced on. Huh. I wonder how rats actually perceive time?
I think my Dad had as much or more of a grasp on understanding the passage of time, than most scientists. I'm not saying he wasn't surprised by events, that crept up on him now and then, but, in the moments, he worked at getting those moments, and not letting them just blur by. It was great to be in many of those moments with him, when I was young. It has taught me to make a reluctant friend of time as well, but a friend none the less. This makes it much easier to find the life in the moment, while not resenting the change life brings.
Our columnist, Daniel, said it well in the last paragraph of his article.
'I think, once in a while, people need to take a step back and realize just how much they have accomplished so far. Just remember, the clock moves as fast or slow as you perceive it.'
To the Editor,
When I started reading the presentation by the Uxbridge cycling group to extend the areas for cyclists within the township my immediate thoughts were, we live in an area of gravel companies and gravel trucks and they are not going to slow down on our roads any time soon.
Gravel trucks and cyclist are not really a good mix, especially on narrow country roads without shoulders where the speed limit is set at 80 km an hour.
The reports and studies have all shown that less damage and saving of lives can be achieved with lowering the speed limit. And cyclist are here to stay as Mr. Broughton stated, “….the cycling community is growing and the area around Uxbridge is a prime destination because of the rolling hills….”
So we cannot ignore the fact cycling is here to stay in the township “….we can throw our hands up and say we can’t do it or we can start trying to educate”… as Mr. Broughton stated.
And after Councillor Beach’s comment, “……Ward1 Goodwood, Annina’s Bakery averages about 3000 bike riders a weekend…., I would suggest we start educating the cyclist immediately about gravel trucks and the speed in which they travel and the high speed limit on the country back roads. This is gravel country.
The summer games in Rio de Janeiro are officially underway, but Canada doesn’t seem to be too excited.
It seems that there is a lot of apathy in the Country towards this year’s edition of the summer Olympics. One cause of this could be that people have grown tired of the ongoing scandals. This possible cause is supported by a recent Angus Reid survey, which found 83 per cent of Canadians think scandals have diminished what the games are really supposed to be about.
One only has to look at the recent news, before the games began, when there was the earth shaking announcement of the major Russian doping scandal.
There are also ongoing beliefs that the IOC is a corrupt body, so says the majority in the same survey.
It could also be, that so many talented individuals are not participating in these games because of the fear of the Zika virus.
Probably the biggest Canadian name to pull out of these games is golf star Rory McIlroy, who decided it was a risk he just could not take. We are not saying, there are not talented individuals at these Olympics, especially since local stars like Jessica Phoenix have decided to compete. But, however, the field has been diminished because of Zika concerns.
Could it also be that we are just not that into summer sports anymore?
On the world stage, we are a country that is best known for its hockey success. Everyone remembers the Sidney Crosby golden goal and Henderson’s winner for Canada. Yes, Canada is getting behind the Toronto Blue Jays now, but baseball is not a sport in these summer games, and will not be until they are hosted in Tokyo in 2020.
Whatever the reason is, it's too bad for the athletes, who have elected to represent this great country, that these games have been met with so many distractions and with so much apathy.
However, The Standard will continue to follow the progress of the local athletes bravely competing in Rio.
Oh, and Go Canada Go!
To the Editor,
No wonder electricity pricing is back in the news. People across Ontario pay the highest electricity prices in Canada, if not all of North America. This isn't surprising, though, all one has to do is look to the politicians and their advisors. This systemic problem isn't limited to just the Liberal Party – its all of the parties, because this is the fashionable move to ensure some people have their pockets very well lined, on the backs of Ontarians.
As soon as the reports "Investing in People – Creating a Human Capital Society" (Investing) and "Small, Rural and Remote Communities – An Anatomy of Risk" came out, we have been seeing the fruits of government, and their cronies, labours. It's almost like insider trading for these people.
For example, in paragraph 45, page 47 of the report titled "Investing", it says:
(45) We recommend that the government make the option of market -based pricing, with peak and off-peak rates, available to all electricity consumers to promote conservation and consumption shifting…We believe that such pricing will also make it more economically feasible to invest in renewable generation facilities, such as wind, biomass, and solar power, in the province."
Now we know two reasons why we are over-paying for electricity. There are more than these two reasons, though. Continuing in this report, since 1999 to 2004, "Hydro One has spent approximately $500 million acquiring local electricity distribution companies. Arguably, these funds would have been spent more prudently on improving the transmission grid or paying down electricity sector debt."(page 46).
Then, there is the contract between the province and the Korea Consortium, which includes Samsung and their energy projects. In this contract it is spelt out that there is to be a "Working Group" comprised of eight (8) members, with equal membership from the Korean Consortium and the Government of Ontario. And what is this "Working Group" to do, you may ask? They are to, and be:
Establishing its process, for conducting the business of the Working Group;
Resolving issues that arise in relation to this Agreement, … the calculation of the Economic Development Adders.
Recommending suitable sites for Phase 2 and Phase 3, subject to existing transmission capacity or the expected expansion of the Bulk Transmission System …;
Reviewing the tentative schedule prepared by the Korean Consortium for each Phase, …;
… assisting and facilitating the Korean Consortium in securing rights of way for connection to the Transmission System …;
Establishing priorities among issues arising from this Agreement;
Negotiating Aboriginal consultation/engagement protocols…;
… resolve disputes between the Parties and escalating disputes … as necessary, etc.
So who is running our Ministry of Energy and even our government? It would seem it isn't the province of Ontario, but Korea, as it has a monopoly.
As for any of the other Parties, they have all kinds of avenues, but still, do nothing. It would seem, they are very good at paying lip service to the people, by making statements like, "We aren't in power and they have a majority, so there's nothing we can do until we get elected." After all, when it comes to those advising our political representatives, they all seem to be the same people saying the same things. As expressed by D. A. O'Sullivan in his Manual on Government:
“The writer has faith in the political morality of our leading statesmen to the extent, at least, that no one of them, acting in an official or, a judicial position as advisers of the crown, as trustees of the constitution would permit his judgment to be biased by a mere party spirit, or for a temporary party triumph. If it be otherwise in Canada, then it is time we were governed without party, as that term is now understood.”
May be it's time to be done with the party system in Ontario and look to Independents, who might actually represent the people of their ridings, instead of merely trying to line the pockets of the "back-room boys" and their cronies.
Elizabeth F. Marshall, Director of Research Ontario Landowners Association
Author – Property Rights 101: An Introduction”
Secretary – Canadian Justice Review Board,
Legal Research – Green and Associates Law Offices, etc
Legislative Researcher – MPs, MPPs, Mun. Councillors, etc.
President All Rights Research Ltd.,
Steering Committee – International Property Rights Association