To the Editor,
While driving out of Blackstock one night last week, with weather drizzling, I almost hit a young couple pushing a stroller on Old Scugog Rd. Both were dressed in dark clothing, walking on the side of road (there is no sidewalk) and lighting is poor. I was right on top of them before my headlights could pick them up.
Later on my return trip, I met a man walking his dog in same area, he had on a "reflective" coat and I could see him a block away. But, a few feet behind him was another person dressed in black and not visible at all!
Where is their traffic sense? Especially with a young child.
And, if they get hit guess who is at fault? Yep, the driver of vehicle.
Please, wear light coloured clothes or reflective coats or arm bands at this time of year, and use some
As local municipalities begin the arduous task of reviewing 2016 municipal budgets, it’s becoming more clear that the provincial government is stepping up its efforts to hinder, rather than help.
This past Monday, Uxbridge councillors heard a presentation from MPAC over changes to property assessments for gravel pits, an issue of great importance to a municipality with 46 such sites.
The changes are expected to have drastic consequences for local taxpayers, as instead of paying industrial property tax rates for the entire site, only the active area where stone and sand is being extracted is subject to this high level of taxation. The remainder is subject to fees for farmland or bulk residential.
With more than half of the gravel pits in Uxbridge Township filing appeals for recent property taxes collected to be reduced, an already heavily-burdened residential base could be placed under added pressure should the municipality be forced to return more than $500,000 to these companies.
For generations, local residents have had to put up with numerous inconveniences related to the aggregate industry. Our roads, in particular the urban area, are clogged with trucks spewing harmful fumes, along with dust and noise issues.
And for what? Currently, Uxbridge (and other aggregate producing municipalities) receive a paltry six cents per tonne of raw materials extracted from our countryside. In an average year, the municipality can expect to be paid roughly $200,000 in gravel royalties. That doesn’t buy much pavement to undo the damage done by the thousands of trucks rolling through local downtowns all day and night.
If these companies wish to appeal their tax rates, that’s their right, as set out by MPAC. But, it’s the right of the municipality to deny applications for expansion to pits, which could have far reaching implications. Unlike its trucks, the aggregate industry should tread lightly in this matter.
It’s been repeated for generations that the only certainties in life are death and taxes.
Those of us in Ontario can add rising hydro rates to that list, since the the continued onslaught of increases shows no sign of slowing down after more than a decade of mismanagement by the Liberal government.
Since first elected to power in 2003, there have been many blunders under the Liberals’ watch, but none have been as spectacular in their folly as the way Dalton McGuinty and Kathleen Wynne have handled electricity.
Billions seem to grow on trees when it comes to powering Ontario for our provincial government. Be it reckless spending to cancel gas plants and ensure another election victory is bought and paid for on the backs of taxpayers in 2011, to the woefully mishandled introduction of so-called ‘smart meters’ to a push towards solar and wind power no one needed or asked for, we have seen generations of Ontarians plunged into debt in just a few short years due to these mistakes.
All the while electricity rates have been skyrocketing, sending businesses either fleeing Ontario or cutting their workforces simply to be able to keep the lights on in the wake of relentless hikes to hydro rates. The main perpetrators of the decline of the manufacturing sector in this province and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs - far more than Tim Hudak could cut in his wildest dreams - are these spend-happy Liberals, with far too many businesses unable to keep pace with the cost of electricity.
The Conservatives, NDPs and Liberals before them helped put Ontario on this path with decades of mismanagement, but the Liberals have sent Ontario speeding over a cliff.
Eventually, Ontario will have to wake up and change its government, it’s too bad that by the time their day of reckoning comes, we’ll likely be voting by candlelight.
To the Editor,
On behalf of the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital Auxiliary, we would like to send out a big thank you to all those who assisted with making our float in the Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade such a success.
First - thank you to Bernice and Chris Brown who saved this worthwhile community event!
A big thank you to Ivan Fudge for donating his truck, trailer and time, and to Shani Surujnarain, Sharon Thibodeau, and Glen Hayward for their assistance in decorating the float. A special thanks also to some wonderful Auxiliary members who gave so much of their time and expertise – Paula Donahoe, Katharine Granger and her son, James, Christine Harding, Judy Hayward, and Gwyn Pociluyko. Many thanks also to all our members and others who came out and walked with our float.
Again, thanks to all - all the best for the Season!
Publicity Chair, UCH Auxiliary