While considerably less songs have been written about fall than summer, it is still a wonderful time of year, and ripe for exploring this great area.
Seemingly everyday, we are reminded that all of us would be much better off if we were unplugged and headed outdoors for activity.
In this week’s edition of The Standard, we highlighted two local initiatives that will add to our enjoyment of the great outdoors, the now restored trestle bridge in Uxbridge and the newly-opened Dagmar North mountain bike trails.
Both of these endeavours were made possible through the tireless, and largely thankless work of volunteers tasked with beautifying our community for the betterment of all of us, most notably, our local children.
Too many of us, and increasingly at too young of an age are putting ourselves at risk for numerous health issues by not engaging in an active lifestyle. The consequences include elevated odds of developing diabetes, heart disease, certain types of cancer, and a host of other conditions.
A report earlier this year found that only nine per cent of children between ages 5 and 17 are getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity. And, it’s likely that just as few adults, if not more are also suffering through extended periods of inactivity.
Living in North Durham, we’re extremely fortunate to have so many options available for physical activity. Especially outdoors before the cold spell of winter is cast once again.
We owe it to ourselves and our kids to turn off our phones, computers and TVs and to get out and enjoy the beauty of fall. There is so much to explore within walking distance of our homes, we owe it to ourselves to enjoy it before it’s covered in snow.
To the Editor,
The Port Perry House Tour Committee would like to send out a HUGE thank you to all of the supportive people in this community who contributed to the success of the tour. Thanks most sincerely to all of the home owners who opened their beautiful homes and properties for us to visit and enjoy. Thanks to the business community who again sponsored homes and helped so much financially .
Then last but not least a great big thanks to the over 500 people who purchased tickets in support of our charities and over 100 volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this event a success. We have improved the lives of others by lending a hand up and making Durham a superb community.
For generations, one of the best traits about Canadians was that we were always there to take in people fleeing from awful situations in other parts of the world.
Thousands of people fleeing communism were welcomed here in the 1950’s and 60’s. Later, more than 60,000 people from southeast Asia arrived in Canada in the 1970’s.
Throughout our history, and at a time when the world seemed like a much bigger place, we showed ourselves capable of taking in people seeking safe passage out of wars and oppressive regimes.
Now, with our immigration minister calling the dire situation for Syrian refugees “the biggest humanitarian crisis of our time,” we have not acted in the same way we would have in the past. Instead of taking swift action, our government has lagged behind many other nations, seemingly content to turn the matter of taking in refugees into an election issue, instead of acting in a meaningful way right now, when they have the chance.
Instead of making the process easier for those wishing to come to Canada, the Stephen Harper-led government has only added roadblocks, including taking away health care benefits for refugees last year. And when Ontario stepped up to fill the humanitarian void, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander called the move “wrong” and a “waste of money”.
The world finally seemed to take notice of the crisis in Syria last week when the heart-breaking photos of drowned three-year-old Alan Kurdi, after his body washed ashore on a Greek island, after his family made the decision that it was safer in the choppy water than on land, where the young boy had only known war and oppression.
There is still a chance for those in power to do the right thing and allow more to come here and enjoy the same freedoms we have known for generations. It’s the Canadian way.
To the Editor,
You did it again Uxbridge! Thank you to all who attended the 44th Heritage Days!
It is a labour of love for the Society Board and Volunteers and very heart warming to see so many people come out to celebrate the Township's History and Heritage. This year we were very fortunate to add many new elements and exhibits which were enjoyed by all ages. We also were supported by so many new community organizations and businesses.
Many thanks for all the hard work of the Volunteers and the Historical Centre Staff. Come like our Facebook page and see the photos - www.facebook.com/UxbridgeHistoricalSociety. See you next year!
President, Uxbridge Historical Society
This Sunday morning, people across the country will take steps to carry on the 35-year legacy of Terry Fox, as we continue to push towards realizing his dream from the Marathon of Hope.
“It’s go to keep going without me,” Fox said in 1980, after cancer had spread to his legs and he was forced to stop his journey across the country.
Thanks to the tremendous work of local volunteers, it has kept going, and Terry Fox continues to be an inspiration for all Canadians, with the foundation that bears his name raising millions of dollars annually in support of cancer research. His original goal of raising one dollar from every Canadian, a total of $24 million in 1980, reached long ago, and now approaching $1 billion raised through the runs that bear his name.
Close to home, residents can make a. donation on-line at www.terryfox.org, or by taking part in the run either at Elgin Park in Uxbridge or the Port Perry Fairgrounds. Registration opens just after 8 a.m., with the run getting underway at 9 a.m.
As well, young people across the country will be able to carry on Terry’s legacy on Wednesday, Sept. 30, which has been designated as National School Run Day.
Many of those students have parents who weren’t yet born during Terry’s run, but his legacy continues to live on, brightening the lives of so many.
Thirty-five years after he began his Marathon of Hope, it’s difficult for many to imagine a Canada without the presence of Terry Fox, his image and legacy have become synonymous with our national heritage.
He didn’t set out seeking fame or fortune, book deals or movies to be made telling his story. He was just a kid from B.C. trying to help as best he could, and in the process has shown millions of people the great things that one person can accomplish.
To the Editor,
I can barely hear myself over all of the cries from the media, NDP and Liberals that Canada should be letting in more and more refugees.
Canada has always been there for the world in times of crisis, and we continue to be there this time with the ongoing situation in Syria not just through refugees, but in a variety of ways.
Of course there are countries doing more, but there are so many that have done nothing. Some of the wealthiest countries in the world are Muslim and Arab states that have completely turned their backs to those in need.
As always, Canada is and will continue doing it’s part. Hopefully one day, other countries will finally do theirs.
Mike Jacobsen, Uxbridge
As you may have read elsewhere in this week’s Standard, police were patrolling roads in Durham this week as part on an enforcement blitz targetting distracted driving.
Earlier this year we applauded the news out of Queen’s Park when the Making Ontario Roads Safer Act, received unanimous consent, and all parties came together to agree that harsher penalties that came into effect this week.
No one is perfect, and many of us have at some point checked a cellphone, proceeded through a crosswalk or grabbed something to eat while driving. But that doesn’t make it right, and nothing makes it safe.
Fines for distracted driving now are up to $1,000 and three demerit points, plus a 30-day suspension if you are a novice driver instead of up to $500 and no points. These changes hopefully lead to more enforcement beyond this week’s blitz, which had police busy within minutes of its start- and more importantly - more compliance from motorists.
The sad and disturbing truth is that distracted driving now accounts for more deaths on Ontario roads than impaired driving or speeding. Texting while driving makes you 20 times more likely to be involved in an accident.
The danger of distracted driving is all to real, and we are finally seeing real consequences for this, which we applaud wholeheartedly. Driving requires 100 per cent attention, and the sooner we, as a culture, adapt to that line of thinking, the better we will all be.
Times change, not all that long ago you didn’t have to wear a seatbelt, or wear a helmet if you rode a motorcycle. But now, no one in their right mind - we hope- would think about doing either.
It will take time, but hopefully we can get to that point with distracted driving too.
To the Editor,
On Tuesday, Aug. 25, Cruisin’ Classics Car Club hosted our 2015 Appreciation Cruise-In at Emmanuel Community Church in Port Perry. With well over one hundred “luck of the draw” prizes, six special prizes and nearly 150 classic vehicles, the event was a great success!
Participants and visitors alike were encouraged to contribute non-perishable food items and/or cash for Operation Scugog. As a result of everyone’s generosity two trucks were filled and donations totaled $414. This is in addition to the $300 and truckloads of paper products collected in June!
We recognized our 25th Anniversary on July 28. With the sun shining brightly more than 200 cruisers came out to help us celebrate! At Autofest in August the Motor City Car Club gave us a distinctive plaque in acknowledgement of our milestone event.
We would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the church, the sixteen theme sponsors, our corporate sponsors and all participants. Without your support we could not have had such a successful cruise-in season.
Please come out and join us on Tuesday evenings next May when we begin our 2016 cruise-in season. Check the Club’s blog at (http://cruisinclassics.blogspot.ca) for the start date and Calendar of Events.
Executive and Members of the Cruisin’ Classics Car Club