“Today, we were pleased to welcome Premier Doug Ford as keynote speaker at OREA’s Ontario Realtor Party Conference. While speaking to over 400 real estate industry professionals, Premier Ford promised to continue to work to remove the barriers to home ownership, and re-iterated that the government is ready to do their part to help Ontarians find an affordable place to call home.
We look forward to being a key advisor as the Ford Government finalizes the Housing Supply Action Plan to provide solutions to make home ownership more affordable for Ontario families.
Realtors from across the province are in Toronto today, meeting with the provincial government and pushing for legislative changes that will improve the home buying and selling experience for Ontarians. We want Ontarians to feel safe and confident when making the biggest investment of their lives.
We want home buyers and sellers to know, that when they choose to work with an Ontario Realtor on the most important purchase of their lives, that they are working with the best.
Earlier this year, we produced a report that includes 37 recommendations for raising professional standards. And now, today and tomorrow, we’re meeting face-to-face with MPPs to continue the conversation and advocate for these important changes, which benefit consumers across the province, in order to ensure they are enshrined in legislation.”
Tim Hudak, CEO for the Ontario Real Estate Association
I have noticed a trend in greater public sector bargaining that distorts the collective bargaining process.
Knowing that eventually the government will enact back-to-work legislation, the employer can simply stonewall and push the union into a strike, then blame the union for the disruption. The government can then step in, and, wringing their hands for good show, "reluctantly" impose terms favourable to the employer. It's a cynical disregard for workers and Charter rights.
Louis Bertrand, Blackstock ON
It's been a really wet week, and although some things may go better when the roads are dry, it certainly could be worse.
The “Season of Thanksgiving”, which starts in late September early October, comprises of Armistice/Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving Day, counting our blessings for a good harvest.
But it continues, and some, who are 'plan ahead people' may include Black Friday sales as a relief to the costs and pressure of upcoming Christmas buys, and if taken slowly, spacing purchases out may ease the money stress; huh, wise people, they can enjoy the experience as a more reflective one, considering the ones they are giving to, instead of being drawn into the financial clamour and frenzy so many experience.
And, oh yes, Christmas season itself, if taken on it's actual merit, as a Celebration of a Giving Life, is unendingly wonderful, then we have, on through to New Years and the spring to come. When looked at in the right light, what a wonderful onslaught of reasons to be thankful.
I've been watching my neighbours lately and I want to thank God for the generous heart they share, returning dogs, who have breached the yard boundaries, to their neighbours, many times with a smile and conversations ending in thanks and warm “see ya laters”, others taking in the blue bins and garbage cans for those who are at work, once the hard working collectors come and gather their contents. Others who pick up escaped debris from those same bins without complaint. There are those who, like when the snow hit earlier this month, help to clear the laneways of those who can no longer do it easily themselves or mostly without remuneration. For money or not, it's an exchange of grace and favour, like when they similarly help with their lawns in the summer. Occasionally this selflessness spills over through others helping a neighbour to re-shingle their leaky roof. That's no small task and yet it's often done for lunches, some cold ice tea, or whatever the preference.
I know many won't acknowledge or even recognize the gentle nudge of God, prompting them to act in this manner, and others would try to chalk it up to some over inflated ego stroke to give credit to those who made the effort, in hopes to vicariously participate for being a human being, but I believe this is a betrayal of those who are moved to respond to need in the lives of others. When asked, almost all would say it was no big deal, or even be uncomfortable for being asked about the reasons behind what motivates them.
The truth is selfless acts are not done as a score keeping measure, and giving public acknowledgement of them almost steals the pure glow one receives from a loving God for doing these things selflessly. The Bible says, “If you receive your reward from mankind, you lose your reward from God.” And well, I'd much rather experience a “Well done” contribution to my life, from the Almighty source of Life, then a temporary pat on the back from those around. I recognize, God's affirmation sometimes comes through other people, mostly privately, intimately, and genuinely. Sometimes anonymous, usually no pomp, or ceremony, just genuine gratefulness of heart. Often left unspoken. But those who are skilled in listening for these promptings to acts of kindness, can also see the change imparted to the life that's reached, and that is it's own reward.
For these hearts, for these souls, for the kindness that rules their lives, I am overwhelmed and very thankful. This motivates me to thank a Loving God and breathe up a prayer of protection for a life like this and all the lives that need their touch. If I ever miss this when it's happening, I know there are others who are moved the same way, and pray gratefully also, and in their prayers they ask God to give me eyes to see the Love expressed through others, so I can always be thankful.
In this season, at least from now, through Christmas, until New Years, there are plenty of people, moments, and opportunities, to live thankful in relation to. So let's choose to be a Blessing. Let's try that on for size and see if it doesn't transform your winter blahs into a stream of co-working with God, and warmth in the lives around.
On behalf of the Port Perry Legion Br. 419 we would like to thank the Standard Newspaper for your extensive, compassionate coverage and support of Remembrance week and the Poppy Campaign, and to the people of Scugog Township.
A Sincere Thank you,
Port Perry Legion
"We Will Remember Them"
Yesterday, I had the uncomfortable task of agreeing with everyone, that, during morning lane swim, the Port Perry High School swim team [had] use of half the Uxbridge pool, [and it] was not right.
The usual morning swim [had] adults crammed into the remainder of the pool, at one point we were 12 in one lane. Luckily no accidents. What message does this send to our youth?
It is time Port Perry council streamline the bureaucracy, simplify processes and invest in the community.
Has anyone noticed the influx of illegal Pit Bull Breeds (American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, American Bully) in Port Perry? If you are up to date on the breed, you have noticed.
Pit Bull Breeds are illegal in Ontario, many cities across Canada, and 32 countries in the world, and yet they keep coming up from the US to our small towns. They hope they will fall under the radar while the owners tell us “OH, It’s a Lab/Boxer cross.”
US shelters are overloaded with them. While this dangerous dog breed swells all our tax dollars, in shelters, and OHIP charges for health care. Other dogs with lots of potential are being euthanized to make room for them. Now WE have to deal with, the US overpopulation problem, and the lobbyists that have money, that we could only imagine to match.
Pit bulls are responsible for 50% of killing and mauling their own family members. If you include family pets and farm animals it goes up to 95%. Does that sound like it is, “HOW THEY WERE RAISED”? Who would raise their Pit Bull to remove the face from their child?
How do we get this Breed Specific Regulation to be enforced? Animal Control says “OH, it’s up to the veterinarians to label the Breed.” Then the Vets mislabel them because they don’t want to lose the business of fixing Fido, who just got mauled by the Pit bull next door.
I don’t know if Animal Control takes an oath but Vets do. They took an OATH to PUBLIC SAFETY…..We want that OATH fulfilled…….Tell your Vet that we need their help to keep us all safe. WHEN a mauling or attack happens, Animal Control and Vets will be culpable…
Operation Scugog’s annual Christmas Campaign is well under way. Food, gift and toy donation boxes can be found at several locations in Port Perry including BMO, Canadian Tire, Emmerson Insurance, Foodland, Gus Brown, McDonald’s, PP Print, Royal Bank, Scotia Bank, Shoppers Drug Mart, Vos Independent, and Walmart. Don’t forget our teens when donating. Suggested teen gifts include Bluetooth speakers, headphones, memory sticks, toiletries, make-up, gloves, scarves, PJ’s and gift cards.
Sandy’s hoodie drive is up to 46 so far. New hoodies may be dropped off at Focus on Scugog, 188 Mary St, Port Perry, until December 13th. These warm hoodies are for our single people and couples, and are always well received as Christmas gifts.. As Sandy says, “a new hoodie is like a warm hug with a hood attached”.
Financial donations and gift cards can be dropped off at the Food Bank, open Wednesday from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., located in the school portable beside Victory Christian Centre. Cheques should be made payable to Operation Scugog, Box 353, Port Perry, L9L 1A4.
If you are interested in sponsoring a family this Christmas or learning more about what this involves, please contact Kathy Payne-Mercer at 905-985-2412 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please contact Karen Teed 905-985-4899.
Thank you to our great community for your continuing support.
On behalf of the Port Perry Seniors Club, We would like to thank the staff and students in all of Scugog's elementary schools for their help in signing our Armistice Memorial Flag. We were lucky enough to be able to incorporate our seniors, members of the a Royal Canadian Legion Branch 419, and Port Perry Scout and Cadet leaders in our efforts to involve all 2,000 plus Scugog elementary students in this historic event.
68 Students and senior carried this flag in the November 11th Silent March. The flag has since been donated to the Scugog Shores Museum for their permanent collection. These students are now part of the history of Scugog.
On a personal note, we must add that the students, teachers and administrators made us feel extremely welcome in their schools. The students were very interested in the details of this project, and had stories of their own to add. They were polite, curious and, well... charming!
Port Perry Seniors Club,
It is so nice to know that there are honest people in our community.
On November 1st, I was shopping at Walmart in Port Perry. While waiting for my husband to pick me up, I placed my purse on the stool next to me. When he arrived, I grabbed the cart and we left, with my purse still on the stool.
It wasn't until later, when we got home, that I notice it was missing.
My husband drove back to Walmart and went to the customer service desk, where my purse was waiting for him, with it's contents untouched.
Thank you so much to the kind Samaritan, who turned my purse in.
Message from Barb Doupe-President, Royal Canadian Legion, Port Perry Branch 419.
At this time of year, families of our fallen comrades are sincerely and thankfully remembered, for the sacrifice of those who lost their lives.
November 11th is special every year, but especially so, as this is the 100 anniversary of Armistice, ending World War l, in 1918, and bringing peace.
This is also the 100th year of Lieutenant Colonial John McCrae's death, who wrote 'In Flanders Fields'.
The Royal Canadian Legion, in Port Perry, had a Remembrance dinner on November 3rd, to remember our fallen comrades.
A Remembrance parade will be held on November 11th. It will consist of veterans, legion members, school children, and organizations. The public is invited to participate.
At the cenotaph, at 11 a.m., we will have a Remembrance service. The wreaths are laid, being a sentimental time for those remembering their loved members of families and friends.
Banners of our veterans are hung in Port Perry during the time of Remembrance to honour their service.