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The Standard Year in Review

JANUARY 2020 opens with new parking situation at Mary Street lot SCUGOG: A deal which allowed public use of the eastern portion of the parking lot, at 179 Mary Street in Port Perry, has expired with no new deal in place. The Township of Scugog previously had a deal with Brock’s Department Store for the public to use the eastern half of the lot.The agreement expired on December 31st, 2019 following which signage and fencing was erected at the site separating the two halves of the lot shortly after.

Scugog, Kawartha Lakes welcome baby new year SCUGOG/KAWARTHA: Scugog’s first baby of 2020 was born at Port Perry Hospital. Parents Sarah and Richard Jones, welcomed Lilyanne at 11:50 p.m. weighing 5lbs 11oz. Walker George made an exciting entrance into the world at 10:39 a.m. on January 2nd, 2020–the first baby of the new year born at Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH).

Ty Dellandrea, Canada win gold SCUGOG: Port Perry’s Ty Dellandrea was as good as gold on Sunday afternoon, January 5th, as the 19-year-old played a pivotal role in securing a gold medal for Team Canada, as they defeated Russia 4 to 3 in a thrilling comeback win in Ostrava, Czech Republic.

Uxbridge culvert project delay UXBRIDGE: Structural issues have caused, what township officials are calling a “temporary closure” of the Coffee Time restaurant adjacent to the ongoing culvert project. According to a press release from the Township, at approximately 7 p.m. on Wednesday, January 8th, staff from Brennan Paving, the construction contractor on the project, informed the Township, that the property at 23 Brock Street West, Coffee Time, should be temporarily closed to enable Brennan Paving’s structural engineer to assess the building.

Filming of American Gods resumes SCUGOG: Filming in Port Perry for the television show ‘American Gods’ has resumed. “Queen Street will be closed between Water Street and Perry Street starting in the afternoon Monday, January 13th to Wednesday, January 15th. Some parking spots along Water Street will also be occupied. There will be filming at the Pier, in and around the Old Mill and Birdseye Park. There will be crew overflow parking and equipment parked at the Fairgrounds,” read a statement from the Township of Scugog.

Death at Uxbridge ski resort UXBRIDGE: An investigation is ongoing at Dagmar Ski resort in Uxbridge following a sudden death early on Tuesday, January 14th.“Sadly, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development was notified this morning of a workplace fatality at Ski Dagmar Resort in the town of Uxbridge. It was reported that a snow grooming machine operator was fatally injured. Our thoughts are with the family and colleagues of the worker who passed away,” read a statement emailed to The Standard from Ontario’s labour ministry, which is leading the investigation.

Scugog’s first mayor passes SCUGOG: The Scugog community is in mourning following the loss of its first Mayor Lawrence Malcolm. Mr. Malcolm passed away on Tuesday, January 14th at the age of 100.

Elementary teachers hit picket line KAWARTHA LAKES: ETFO began rotating strike action at select schools on Monday, January 20th, with Kawartha Lakes teachers at Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) participating in strike action on Tuesday, January 21st.

Milestone for Boys and Girls clubs KAWARTHA LAKES: 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes.

Uxbridge approves budgets UXBRIDGE: Council of the Township of Uxbridge (the “Township”) have approved their 2020/2021 Operating and Capital Budgets during the January 20th, 2020 Finance Committee Meeting, after an in-depth review and considerable deliberations by the Finance Committee over the past few months.

Erin O’Toole launches Conservative leadership campaign DURHAM:Durham Member of Parliament (MP) Erin O’Toole has officially announced he is running in the race to replace Andrew Scheer as leader of the federal Conservative party. Mr. O’Toole launched his campaign by releasing a video on his social media channels, such as Facebook and Twitter, on Monday, January 27th.

Port Perry Polar Plunge returns SCUGOG: The annual plunge in support of the auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry was held on Saturday, January 25th.

Scugog Mayor luncheon update SCUGOG: At a recent luncheon event, Scugog Mayor Bobbie Drew gave Scugog Chamber and community members an update on what council was able to achieve in 2019 and looked ahead to 2020 projects and initiatives. The Scugog Chamber event was held at the Latcham Centre in Port Perry on Thursday, January 30th.

New trail signage in Uxbridge UXBRIDGE: Improved trail signage is on the way in the Trail Capital of Canada. At a recent meeting, councillors voted in favour of new trail head signage for the Brookdale Trail, with the new sign concept to be used for future trail head signage, throughout trails managed by the township. The colour coded signs will measure two feet by three feet and will include the Township of Uxbridge, TransCanada Trail (TCT), and Durham Mountain Biking Association (DMBA) logos.

Barn fire leads to arson charges SCUGOG: An 18-year-old man was arrested for setting a barn on fire in Blackstock. According to police on Saturday, January 25th, members of North Division responded with fire services to a large barn fire on Church Street in Blackstock. The Fire Marshalls office concluded their investigation and the damage to the structure was approximately $500,000. Shayne King of Scugog has been charged.

Council adopts strategic plan KAWARTHA LAKES: At their meeting on Tuesday, January 28th, Council voted to adopt the new Strategic Plan for 2020 to 2023. The new plan has four guiding principles: Fiscally Responsible, Open and Transparent, Partner and Collaborate and Service Excellence.

FEBRUARY Agriculture minister visits Kawartha Lakes KAWARTHA LAKES: Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton–Kawartha Lakes–Brock, met Tuesday, February 4th with local farmers to discuss Bill 156, the Security from Trespass and Protecting Food bill.

Cam’s Kids Uxbridge pond hockey tournament UXBRIDGE: Cam’s Kids Tournament, held on Saturday, February 8th on Elgin Pond, in Uxbridge, was a huge success. Many teams participated in the fund raising event. Proceeds go towards supporting young people struggling with anxiety.

Region plans changes to Island Rd. SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog received the findings of a recent safety review study of Island Road at a meeting on Monday, February 3rd. Among the immediate recom-mendations were, reduce the posted speed limit to 70 kilometres per hour on stretches of Island Road from Highway 7A to north of Portview Road/Head Road and from Chandler Drive to the Great Blue Heron casino, review signage and add a painted line stop bar at the casino, reduce the radius on all corners of Seven Mile Island Road/Chandler Drive, install a yellow centre line on Chandler Drive, and convert a section from Demara Road to Chandler Drive to a no passing zone. Short term recommendations included installing a 1.5 metre paved shoulder with safety edge on sections of the roadway, installing radar speed signs in the 70 kilometres per hour areas, and adding a safety feature known as ‘rumble strips’, which causes vehicles to vibrate when they veer out of their lane, to the edge line and centerline. Long term recommendations included installing southbound left turn and northbound right turn lanes at Demara Road and adding a southbound left turn lane at Seven Mile Island Road/Chandler Drive.

Kawartha paramedics chief named KAWARTHA LAKES: It was recently announced that the municipality has appointed Andrew Rafton to the position of Paramedics Chief.Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Ron Taylor made the announcement at a committee meeting on Tuesday, February 4th, thanking Chief Rafton for his continued, dedicated service to Kawartha Lakes Paramedics over the last 18 years, most recently in his role as Acting Chief over the last several months.

Multiple teachers strikes held NORTH DURHAM: Members of four Ontario teachers’ unions hit the picket lines province wide on the same day for a one-day strike on Friday, February 21st. The walkout included members of the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA), Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO).

Scugog climate change motion SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is supporting municipal efforts to combat climate change, but stopped short of declaring climate change an emergency, at a meeting on Monday, February 10th.At the meeting, Regional Councillor Wilma Wotten made a motion that “the Township fully supports the Region [of Durham]’s efforts to reduce its carbon footprint by providing resources to municipalities and the public, to decrease emissions and build resiliency to climate impacts,” and to have Scugog “continue to move forward with initiatives to reduce emissions and apply climate change principles to infrastructure design, subject to budgetary constraints and staff resources.” Uxbridge hospital funding UXBRIDGE:The Ontario government is helping to fund repairs and upgrades at the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital. On Friday, February 21st, MPP Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the province is providing the local hospital with $1,209,619 through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund.

MSIFN respond to first nation action SCUGOG: The Mississaugas of Scugog Island have released a statement regarding the Wet’suwet’en dispute and protests. “The bullying, violence, and racism that has been the fallout of the protests across the country begs us all to press pause and check ourselves. This behaviour cannot be condoned. However, the blame should be placed where it belongs. Politicians at the House of Commons and others in various provincial legislatures do little to diffuse negativity, while others fan the flames. Blockades are not the first resort; however, in cases like this where a community is not meaningfully heard, they have proven effective to raise awareness of legacy issues that have long been ignored,” the statement, signed by Chief Kelly LaRocca and Councillors Laura Colwell and Jamie Coons, read.

MARCH Bathroom fan causes fire SCUGOG: A Scugog house at the corner of Old Simcoe Road and Highway 7A was damaged by fire on Tuesday, March 3rd. There were no injuries, and damage to the home was reportedly “minimal.” It took firefighters about an hour to put out the fire.

Enbridge gas project starts SCUGOG: Construction has begun on a project to connect 780 Scugog Island homes and 30 businesses, with natural gas services. The project officially kicked off at an announcement, held at the Enbridge construction office on Scugog Island, on Friday, March 6th. The Ontario Energy Board recently approved the project.

Sunderland festival cancelled BROCK: The 2020 edition of the Sunderland Maple Syrup Festival has been cancelled to protect people from COVID-19. The cancellation was announced on Thursday, March 12th.

Scugog announces facility closures SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has announced facility closures to combat the spread of COVID-19. The Scugog Community and Recreation Centre, Blackstock Recreation Complex, the Youth Centre known as ‘The Lookout’, The Scugog Memorial Public Library, the Fire Administration Office at 30 Crandell Street and all Scugog Community Halls which includes the Latcham Centre, are all closed to the public.The closures went into effect on Friday, March 13th, and they expect the buildings to remain closed until Sunday, April 5th.

OECTA reaches deal NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association (OECTA) announced on Thursday, March 12th, they’ve reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement with the government of Ontario.

Ontario government keeps schools closed NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Publicly funded elementary and secondary schools in Ontario will close for an extra two weeks following the March Break due to COVID-19. The decision was made by provincial government officials, on Thursday, March 12th, and was based on advice from Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. Schools remained closed until September.

Uxbridge closes township buildings UXBRIDGE: Several township facilities will remain closed for the next three weeks in a social distancing effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 infections. At a special meeting on Friday, March 13th, councillors approved the temporary closure of the Uxbridge Arena, the Music Hall, the Seniors Centre, Uxpool, and all community halls for three weeks beginning on Monday, March 15th.

Ross hospital opens testing centre KAWARTHA LAKES: In response to the increasing need for COVID-19 assessment in the City of Kawartha Lakes, Ross Memorial Hospital recently opened a drive-through COVID-19 Assessment Centre. As of the morning of Sunday, March 15th, the Assessment Centre is open to the public.

DRPS officer nominated for award NORTH DURHAM: A local Durham Regional Police (DRPS) officer, who works in the North Durham area, is nominated for a Police Association of Ontario award. Constable Anil Maharaj is nominated for the Community Role Model section of the Police Services Hero of the Year Awards.

ETFO reaches provincial deal NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: On Friday, March 20th, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) announced they’ve reached tentative agreements with the Ontario government, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and the Council of Trustees’ Associations.

Scugog chamber Covid changes SCUGOG: The Scugog Chamber of Commerce is making moves to try to slow the spread of COVID-19. In a press release, the chamber announced their Awards of Excellence event, which was originally scheduled to be held on Thursday, March 26th, had been postponed. In order to protect chamber staff, the Scugog chamber also announced they will be “implementing social distancing measures, through a combination of remote and limited office-hours, as needed.”

Conservative race delayed SCUGOG: COVID-19 concerns have led to the Conservative Party of Canada deciding to suspend their leadership race. The party’s Leadership Election Organizing Committee (LEOC), made the decision on Thursday, March 26th.

APRIL Scugog declares emergency SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has joined other Durham municipalities in declaring a state of emergency due to COVID-19. The decision was made during a special council meeting held on Friday, April 3rd. CAO Paul Allore will lead the township’s emergency operations team, and fire chief Mark Berney will be the community emergency management coordinator. The Township of Uxbridge had declared a state of emergency, on Tuesday, March 31st.

First COVID-19 death in Uxbridge UXBRIDGE: North Durham’s first COVID-19 related death occurred in Uxbridge. Uxbridge Mayor Dave Barton announced the news in a Facebook post on Thursday, April 2nd.

Pinecrest nursing outbreak toll KAWARTHA LAKES: The death toll from the COVID-19 outbreak in Pinecrest Nursing Home in Bobcaygeon continues to rise.As of press time, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District health unit has confirmed 27 COVID-19 related deaths at the Bobcaygeon long-term care home.32 deaths were attributed to that outbreak.

Huck Finn day cancelled UXBRIDGE: The 18th annual Huck Finn Youth Fishing Day, scheduled for April 25th, has been cancelled, by organizer Pat Higgins.

Scugog storing boats SCUGOG: Scugog has made a temporary bylaw change to help boaters during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Township announced, on Tuesday April 7th, they are suspending zoning restrictions, from Zoning By-Law 14-14, regarding storage of boats on residents’ driveways.

Santa parade remains a committee UXBRIDGE: The Uxbridge Santa Claus Parade will remain a committee of Uxbridge council.Council members made the decision at a meeting on Monday, April 6th. Earlier in the year, organizers Bernice and Chris Brown sent council a letter asking for the Santa Claus parade to be removed from having to be a committee of council.

High School union reaches deal NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation (OSSTF) and the provincial government have reached a tentative collective bargaining agreement. On Monday, April 20th, an announcement was made regarding OSSTF reaching deals with the Ontario government and the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association at the central bargaining table.

Brock launches positive campaign BROCK: The Township of Brock is launching a new campaign to send a positive message during this COVID-19 pandemic. The Township recently announced the launch of the #BeKind social media campaign. Residents are encouraged to take photos of how the community is “spreading kindness, love and positivity” and post them with the hashtags #BeKind and #DurhamStrong.

Scugog cancels Canada Day event SCUGOG: Municipal Canada Day festivities are the latest to be affected by COVID-19. On Wednesday, April 15th, the Township of Scugog announced they are extending their COVID-19 related closures, including parks, playgrounds and municipal facilities, and cancelling “large events” until July 3rd. The cancellations include Canada Day events usually held in Palmer Park in Port Perry.

Task forces introduced KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes council introduced a plan to create two COVID-19 related recovery task forces, during a virtual meeting on Tuesday, April 28th. Before discussing a report on the creation of an economic recovery task force and a community pandemic recovery task force, CAO Ron Taylor presented the ideas to Councillors, during a verbal update on municipal COVID-19 measures.

Response to Nova Scotia tragedy NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Local municipal leaders are sending their well wishes to the Nova Scotia community after a recent mass shooting killed at least 22 people. In response to the tragedy, Brock Township lowered their flags to half-mast for two days. The shooting was felt across Durham Region, with two victims being Durham residents. Meanwhile, the City of Kawartha Lakes has turned on blue lights at the Lindsay city hall office and has also lowered their flags. Scugog Township sent out condolences to Nova Scotia as well.

ETFO ratifies deal NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Elementary teachers in Ontario have ratified a central bargaining agreement they recently reached with the province, the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association (OPSBA), and the Council of Trustees’ Associations (CTA). News of the ratification was announced on Tuesday, April 28th. ETFO reached the deal with the province on Friday, March 20th.

MAY Port Perry Fair cancelled SCUGOG: COVID-19 concerns have led to the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the Port Perry Fair. On Friday, May 8th, the Port Perry Agricultural Society released a letter announcing the cancellation of this year’s local fair.

Kawartha Lakes opens some KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes has started to open some city services that had been closed due to COVID-19. As of Monday May 11th, the Lindsay landfill has been opened for the public to access. This landfill will operate its regular hours, but will not be accepting cash and the number of vehicles at the site will be limited. Next week, on Monday, May 18th the Fenelon and Eldon landfills will reopen to the public with the same restrictions as the Lindsay site. On Tuesday, May 12th, the City opened the Victoria Rail Trail to motorized vehicles. The Municipality’s public boat launches will open on Thursday, May 14th.

Golf courses, marinas to open NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Golf courses and marinas were two of the services the province allowed to open over the Victoria Day long weekend. On Thursday, May 14th, provincial officials announced as of Saturday May 16th, these two services, boat clubs and public boat launches could open for recreational use. Private parks and campgrounds can open to “enable preparation for the season and to allow access for trailers and recreational vehicles whose owners have a full season contract”, according to a provincial press release.

Ontario can manage homes NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario government now has the ability to appoint new temporary management control of long-term care homes affected by a COVID-19 outbreak, if they feel the need to. On Wednesday, May 13th, the provincial government announced they have “adopted an emergency order allowing the province to issue a mandatory management order for a long-term care home struggling to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak.”

Long term care review announced KAWARTHA LAKES/NORTH DURHAM: With a large number of COVID-19 cases coming from outbreaks at long term care homes, the Ontario provincial government has announced there will be a review of the long term care sector. On Tuesday, May 19th, the Ontario government announced they will launch an independent commission to look into the long term care sector, starting in September.

Lindsay Farmer’s market begins KAWARTHA LAKES: As part of the City of Kawartha Lakes’ staged reopening plan, farmers markets were able to start reopening as of Saturday, May 30th. The Lindsay Farmers Market was the first Kawartha Lakes market to open up, after being granted approval to do so. But shoppers were greeted with different rules for the first 2020 edition of the market. Food vendors were the only ones allowed to participate. People were advised to only have one shopper per household, to stay two metres away from other customers, and to enter and exit the market from the library parking lot only. Customers were not allowed to touch any of the products and use of reusable bags were not permitted. Those who were sick were asked not to visit the market at this time.

Brock township helps businesses BROCK: The Township of Brock has made a decision to help out some of the businesses in the township financially that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a meeting on Monday, May 25th, council agreed to allocate $150,000 toward a program being called the Brock Emergency Response Benefit. Council also decided to have the funds administered by South Lake Community Futures Development Corporation.

Scugog suspending summer camps SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they are suspending traditional summer camps. “Staff will work on creating modified camp options to serve the community this summer in the event the province permits some form of modified camps to proceed,” read a press release from Scugog Township. “At this time, current summer camp program registration has been suspended, the system will not be accepting any additional registration requests and refunds will be processed. Scugog is also suspending all indoor facility rental permits until further notice.”

JUNE Provincial broadband, cellular KAWARTHA LAKES/NORTH DURHAM: The Ontario provincial government has announced they are making an investment to improve broadband and cellular service in rural and underserved areas. On Wednesday, June 3rd, provincial officials announced a $150 million investment towards internet and cellphone service improvements.

Kawartha Lakes more patio space KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes is looking to help businesses, like restaurants and stores, struggling due to COVID-19, by allowing an increased footprint to establish patios. The decision was a recommendation made by the city’s economic recovery task force. “The group reached a consensus on allowing stores and restaurants to extend their footprint and patios onto municipal property, such as sidewalks and parking spaces, to offset the need for physical distancing,” read a Kawartha Lakes press release.

Scugog Island house explosion fire SCUGOG: The Ontario Fire Marshal’s office (OFM) has completed their investigation into a house fire and explosion, occurring on Scugog Island’s Fralick’s Beach Road, on Tuesday, June 9th. “The OFM has concluded our on-scene investigation and has listed the cause as accidental and undetermined,” Fire Marshal’s office spokesperson Ryan Betts told The Standard, in an email. The incident occurred at 239 Fralicks Beach Road. Scugog fire crews were assisted by Uxbridge, Clarington, and Kawartha Lakes fire services. Four firefighters were injured while battling the fire. Three of the Scugog Firefighters were taken to a local hospital with minor injuries following the incident, and were later released. The Pump Operator was later diagnosed with a concussion. Scugog Fire Chief Mark Berney estimates damages to be about $760,000.

Port Perry BIA gift card program SCUGOG: The Port Perry Business Improvement Association (BIA) ran a successful gift card program in May. Early this month, the local BIA announced their program raised almost $25,000 for businesses in Port Perry’s downtown core.

Lindsay resident seeks damages KAWARTHA LAKES: After having been removed from the City of Kawartha Lakes’ Municipal Heritage Committee, and a Superior Court ruling finding she was wrongfully removed by the City, Lindsay resident Joan Abernethy is seeking up to $35,000 from the City, in the case. Ms. Abernethy is seeking $10,000 in legal costs, and $25,000 in damages, if the City doesn’t follow certain actions, after being removed by council from her spot on the advisory committee when alleged complaints were made about her conduct. Ms. Abernethy appeared virtually, for a deputation to council members, on Tuesday, June 9th.

Erin O’Toole in leadership debate DURHAM: Durham MP Erin O’Toole was one of four federal Conservative party leadership candidates taking part in an English language debate on Thursday, June 18th. Mr. O’Toole was joined by Peter MacKay, Leslyn Lewis and Derek Sloan, who are all competing for the party’s leader position.

Hunger strike at Lindsay jail KAWARTHA LAKES: Over 100 inmates at Lindsay’s Central East Correctional Centre have started a hunger strike to protest alleged poor conditions at the jail. The strike began on Monday June 15th, and prisoners will continue it until they are satisfied their demands have been met.

Scugog, BIA road closure project SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is looking to help residents physically distance from one another. At a meeting on Monday, June 22nd, Scugog councillors passed a motion, made by Regional Councillor Wilma Wotten, that, subject to concurrence with the Port Perry BIA board, Queen St., from Water St. to Perry St., and from Perry St. to John St. be closed to vehicles and open for pedestrian use on any combination of Friday, Saturday or Sunday during the month of July. Perry St. will remain open during this time, and the township will use the information from how this goes to develop an open street pedestrian pilot project to be presented to the BIA and council prior to August. The BIA will decide what day or days to close Queen St. Brock names acting CAO BROCK: The Township of Brock has named Ralph Walton as their acting Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), following the departure of Robert Lamb. In an email to The Standard, Township clerk Becky Jamieson confirmed, Mr. Lamb “is no longer with the Township of Brock, as he is pursuing other opportunities.” Mr. Walton is the Regional Clerk and Director of Legislative Services for the Region of Durham, and has also previously worked for Niagara Region and the Province of Ontario.

Regional Chair virtual luncheon DURHAM: Regional Chair of Durham John Henry updated local residents and business owners during a virtual luncheon event put on by the Scugog Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, June 25th. Dominating the conversation was the topic of the local impact of COVID-19. Wednesday, June 24th marked three months since Chair Henry declared a state of emergency in Durham. Chair Henry said the Region is set to take a fiscal hit of about $40.5 million due to this pandemic.

Tornado in Kawartha Lakes KAWARTHA LAKES: Environment Canada has confirmed that a tornado landed in the City of Kawartha Lakes, on Tuesday, June 23rd. “Videos and pictures via social media, received by the Ontario Storm Prediction Centre, confirm a tornado occurred today at Sturgeon Lake, around 3 p.m., and tracked north through Sturgeon Point and likely north beyond this,” read a statement from Environment Canada.

JULY Virtual Canada Day Durham DURHAM: Join us on July 1st as we celebrate Canada Day the Durham Way, an uplifting, virtual celebration of the communities of Durham Region. This first-of-its-kind event featured an exciting lineup of local performers and family friendly entertainment, including: Juno award winner Jack De Keyser, The President’s Choice SuperDogs animal trick show, Three-time Juno award nominees Sultans of String, Country artist Leah Daniels, Children’s entertainer Jungle Jack, Live animal features from Soper Creek Wildlife Rescue, Steel pannist Aaron Roberts, Doug the Great (World Record) Stilt WalkerThe livestream also featured shout-outs from local celebrities and representation from each municipality in Durham Region, celebrating the region’s diversity and heritage.

Durham makes masks mandatory DURHAM: The Region of Durham is making it mandatory for residents and visitors to wear masks or face coverings while in indoor public spaces. “Today, Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health, issued instructions to ensure the mandatory use of non-medical masks or face coverings within most public and enclosed indoor spaces, effective July 10th. This means that non-medical masks or face coverings are mandatory for all community members, with the exception of those who [are or] have: health, respiratory and sensory issues; various disabilities; are unable to remove the mask without assistance; children under the age of two; or other valid reasons,” read a statement from Regional Chair John Henry, released on Monday, July 6th. Uxbridge distinction awards UXBRIDGE: This Canada Day, the Township of Uxbridge presented Citizen of Distinction Awards to front-line staff who worked in local care facilities where COVID-19 outbreaks occurred. The Township recognized three COVID-19 outbreak locations in the Township, Douglas Crossing Retirement Community, ReachView Village and the Uxbridge Cottage Hospital, for their efforts to contain and manage the virus.

Paul Allore announces retirement SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog is looking for a new Chief Administrative officer (CAO), as current CAO Paul Allore is retiring. Township officials have confirmed Mr. Allore “will be staying until a suitable candidate has been found.”

Site plan approval for hotel SCUGOG: A Comfort Inn hotel development at Sunnybrae Golf Course took a step closer to becoming a reality. At a meeting of council, councillors approved, in principle, a site plan application for the hotel project. “The Site Plan Application is proposing a 4-storey, 72 suite hotel; proposed to be a Comfort Inn, with vehicular access from Highway 7A,” read a report from Scugog Development Services Director Kevin Heritage.

DRPS Chief announces retirement DURHAM: Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) Chief Paul Martin will retire this September. Chief Martin began working for DRPS in 1990. He was appointed the service’s Deputy Chief in 2012 and was named Police Chief in 2014. Kawartha Lakes mandatory masks KAWARTHA LAKES: The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) is making the wearing of masks or face-coverings mandatory in Kawartha Lakes businesses. “Under instructions issued by the local Medical Officer of Health, area businesses will have to have a policy in place that requires people to wear a non-medical mask or face covering before entering their commercial establishment,” read a press release from the local health unit, released on Tuesday, July 7th.

Kawartha Lakes stage 3 reopening KAWARTHA LAKES/DURHAM: A number of businesses in the City of Kawartha Lakes were able to open on Friday, July 17th under the province of Ontario’s stage 3 reopening framework. On Monday, July 13th, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit area was named one of the areas that could proceed to stage 3 reopening, however the Region of Durham was one of the areas left in stage 2 as the province decided “additional time is required to assess and monitor any impacts and readiness to move into Stage 3” in that Region.An example of a service that can reopen under the stage 3 framework is indoor dining service at restaurants and bars. But there are restrictions on this. Patrons must be seated when eating at the establishment, and two-metre physical distancing measures at tables must be in place. Previously, in stage 2, restaurants could only allow outdoor dine-in service on patios.

Brock forbids barbecues in parks BROCK: The Township of Brock has moved to prohibit the use of barbecues in township parks.At a special council meeting on Thursday, July 16th, councillors saw a report from Clerk Becky Jamieson recommending a change to the township’s parks bylaw. “The use of [barbecues] in parks is becoming more common and presents safety risks for numerous reasons. As a result, staff are recommending that the by-law be amended to prohibit [barbecues] in parks.” Previously, the bylaw only prohibited having fires in a park, and did not specifically address barbecue usage.

Provincial employment funds DURHAM: The Ontario provincial government is helping to fund employment related programs delivered by Durham College. On Thursday, July 16th, MPPs Lindsey Park and Lorne Coe announced a funding commitment of $8,966,831 to a number of programs related to employment. These include the Canada-Ontario Job Grant receiving $224,481, the local employment service managed by Durham College receiving $2,017,366, the Literacy and Basic Skills program receiving $1,620,581, the Youth Job Connection and Youth Job Connection: Summer programs receiving $381,900, the In-Class Training program receiving $4,131,946, and the Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund receiving $590,557.

Geoff Carpentier wins award SCUGOG: Scugog author, and longtime nature columnist for The Standard, Geoff Carpentier has won the 2020 Carl Nunn Media and Conservation Award. The award is provided by Ontario Nature and, according to a letter, is given “to individuals or media outlets that engage in effective communication on one or more conservation issues.”

Uxbridge parks reopen UXBRIDGE: The playground equipment at Uxbridge’s Elgin Park and other parks in the surrounding area have been open since Friday, July 24th. Director of Community Services for the Township of Uxbridge, Amanda Ferraro said, the playground is free to use, but at people’s own risk.

AUGUST Back to school picture revealed DURHAM/ KAWARTHA: Local parents and elementary and secondary school students now have a clearer vision of what back to school time will look like in September. The Ontario provincial government recently announced their plan for the reopening of schools in September. The plan sees all provincial elementary schools reopen in September for five days a week in class instruction. They will require students in grades 4 to 8 to wear a mask while inside the school. But the plan is a bit different for secondary schools.

Grand Experience closing KAWARTHA LAKES: After many years as a staple of the Lindsay area, The Grand Experience restaurant will be closing at the end of this month. On Tuesday, August 4th, owner Charlie McDonald announced, on Facebook, the local restaurant will be closing their doors on August 31st.

Province announces relief funds DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Ontario provincial government officials have announced COVID-19 funding numbers for local North Durham and Kawartha Lakes municipalities. On Wednesday, August 12th, MPP Laurie Scott announced over $8.2 million for communities across her Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock riding. Kawartha Lakes will receive $4,835,000 in municipal funding, and $108,793 for transit. Brock Township is receiving $323,200 in municipal relief funding. The Township of Scugog will receive $528,900 in assistance. Emergency funding for the Township of Uxbridge totals $489,200.

Provincial education decision DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: With school boards looking for more funds, following the release of the province’s back to school plan, the Ontario government has increased school boards’ access to their own reserve funds. An Ontario press release stated, the provincial government is “unlocking access to reserves up to $496 million, an increase of $244 million, by allowing boards to access up to 2 per cent of their operating budget from their prior year accumulated surplus.” The Ontario government also announced, on Thursday, August 13th, they are making a one-time investment of $50 million towards HVAC and ventilation improvements in schools.

Brock Township not-for-profit grant created BROCK: The Township of Brock is looking to help local Not-For-Profit organizations financially. At a recent meeting, council agreed to allocate $30,000 for a Brock COVID-19 Community Grant for Not-For-Profits.

Erin O’Toole wins leadership DURHAM: Our own MP Erin O’Toole has been elected the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada and Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition. The results were delayed a day, due to a mail sorting machine having ripped thousands of ballots. The damaged ballots needed to be thoroughly checked before counting. The results finally came in at 1 a.m., on Monday, August 24th.

Queen street pilot project ends SCUGOG: After a four week run, Scugog Township and the Port Perry BIA have announced the end of a pilot project. For the last four weeks, in order to improve social distancing shopping space, the two organizations have been closing Queen Street from Perry to Water Street, to vehicles, creating a temporary sidewalk extension east of John Street, on weekends as a pilot project.

DDSB to stagger school year start NORTH DURHAM: The Durham District School Board (DDSB) is opting to go with a staggered start, to the elementary school year in September, for those attending in class. “The Ministry [of education] has informed us that staggered starts will be allowed for the first two weeks of school, for students attending in-person. As a result, we will be implementing a staggered start for elementary in-person students for two weeks, instead of one week, as outlined in our update yesterday. We believe that this will help provide flexibility for families and help ease the transition of your child returning to school, along with learning the health and safety protocols that we will have in place,” read a statement from DDSB acting education director Norah Marsh, released on Wednesday, August 19th.

DRPS names interim police chief DURHAM: The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) has found an interim replacement for retiring police chief Paul Martin.Deputy Chief Todd Rollauer will take over as interim police chief, on September 12th.

Kathy LeFort resigns NORTH DURHAM: Longtime Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) trustee Kathy LeFort has resigned from the position.Ms. LeFort has served as the board’s representative for Uxbridge, Scugog and Brock Townships.

Her resignation was announced at a special board meeting on Monday, August 17th.

Brock animal shelter grant BROCK: The Township of Brock’s Dench Animal Shelter in Cannington is going to receive a $5,000 disaster relief grant.The local shelter was named a recipient of a grant offered by Hill’s Pet Nutrition Canada, in partnership with Humane Canada, on Tuesday, August 25th.

SEPTEMBER O’Toole names leadership team DURHAM: Federal Conservative Party leader, and Durham MP, Erin O’Toole recently made some of his first moves as leader of the party, naming his House leadership team. Candice Bergen was named the official opposition party’s deputy leader. Richard Martel was named the party’s Quebec lieutenant. Gérard Deltell was appointed the House Leader of the official opposition party, while Karen Vecchio will serve as the Deputy House Leader. Blake Richards has been chosen to be the Chief Opposition Whip. Eric Duncan was appointed the party’s Question Period Coordinator.

Kawartha Lakes backyard chicken KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes is working with local residents to examine the possibility of allowing backyard chickens. Currently, backyard chickens are not permitted in most residential areas, other than on agricultural lots such as farms. Having alternate food sources such as small chicken coops has been a topic of interest for many families. It’s been discussed many times over the years,” Mr. Sloan told councillors.

Uxbridge delays arena opening UXBRIDGE: The Township of Uxbridge is pushing back a decision on when to reopen the Uxbridge Arena until at least early October. At a special council meeting on Wednesday, September 2nd, councillors approved a motion to defer a decision on when to reopen the local arena to their October 5th meeting. The original plan floated to council was to reopen later this month, but councillors were concerned with the timeline.

2020 sports hall event cancelled SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog will not be inducting any local sports heroes into their Hall of Fame this November. On Wednesday, September 2nd, the Township announced they are “postponing the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame’s 2020 Induction Ceremony.”

Brock to open all three arenas BROCK: The Township of Brock has decided that all three of their arenas will reopen this fall.At a special council meeting on Friday, September 11th, councillors discussed a report from facilities coordinator Craig Belfry regarding the possible stage three reopening of township arenas for the 2020-2021 ice season. Durham announces supportive housing development DURHAM: In support of Durham Region’s housing plan, At Home In Durham, a new modular housing development is coming to Beaverton, to provide approximately 50 supportive housing units, and offer needed community services to North Durham. This development is not a shelter for people experiencing homelessness, it is an apartment building that will offer full-time tenancy for Durham residents who qualify for this type of housing, while offering wrap-around services to set them up for success. The supportive housing building will be located at 133 Main Street, in Beaverton, beside Lakeview Manor long-term care home. This surplus land, already owned by the Region of Durham, was identified as a candidate site for affordable housing development in 2018. Preliminary studies have been completed and the site is appropriately zoned.

Ken Nix is new Scugog CAO SCUGOG: The Township of Scugog has found their new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).On Thursday, September 10th, Scugog council announced they’ve hired Kenneth Nix to fill the role as of Monday, October 5th.Mr. Nix previously worked for the Town of Whitby as their Commissioner of Corporate Services. Terry Fox runs go virtual NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Terry Fox Run will look a bit different this Sunday, September 20th. The 2020 Terry Fox Run is going virtual this year, with residents encouraged to donate online, and then participate in some sort of physical activity anyway they can.

Ontario gathering sizes reduced DURHAM/KAWARTHA LAKES: Due to the continued rise of COVID-19 cases across Ontario, the provincial government has put restrictions on the number of people who can gather socially in Ontario.They announced the new limits on Saturday, September 19th. A maximum of 10 people can gather privately indoors, down from the previous limit of 50. The maximum amount of people allowed at an outdoor social gathering is now 25 people, down from a previous limit of 100.

Kawartha Lakes fireworks bylaw KAWARTHA LAKES: City of Kawartha Lakes council is moving forward with the creation of a bylaw to restrict the use of fireworks in the municipality to holidays only. At a meeting, on Tuesday, September 15th, councillors approved a motion to have staff create a bylaw restricting the discharge of “consumer fireworks” to between dusk and 11 p.m. on Victoria Day, Canada Day, Family Day, Aboriginal Day, Labour Day and New Year’s Eve. People will be allowed to discharge fireworks the day preceding and following each of these holidays.

Conservation CAO is retiring DURHAM/KAWARTHA: Longtime Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Mike Walters is retiring this year. Mr. Walters has been working for the conservation authority for over 36 years, including six years as CAO.

Increased animal bites in Kawartha Lakes KAWARTHA LAKES: The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) is advocating for more community caution with animals, after reporting a large number of bite investigations.“From January to August 2020, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit has investigated 433 animal bite incidents in Haliburton County, Northumberland County and the City of Kawartha Lakes. With just under four months left on the 2020 calendar, the Health Unit is on pace to surpass more than 600 animal bites investigations for the second straight year,” read an HKPR press release, posted on Monday, September 14th.

Jeff Beukeboom tournament held KAWARTHA LAKES: The Jeff Beukeboom charity golf tournament was held at Wolf Run Golf Club on Thursday, September 17th, raising about $23,000 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Kawartha Lakes.

Kawartha Lakes decries response KAWARTHA LAKES: City of Kawartha Lakes councillors expressed their frustrations with the level of service the city has been providing recently and response times from city staff, at a meeting on Tuesday, September 15th.Ward 5 Councillor Pat Dunn questioned why people have been getting an automated response message, when trying to get through to city staff who are currently working from home. Ward 3 Councillor Doug Elmslie had similar concerns. “It certainly has been a frustrating time, not getting responses when you email or phone [staff],” he stated. “It’s not every staff member by any stretch of the imagination, and I’d say if the shoe fits wear it.”

Port Perry school cases found NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: North Durham has seen its first couple cases of COVID-19 in schools. The Durham District School Board has reported two cases of the virus at Port Perry High School. The local high school remains open, and no other North Durham school has yet reported any cases of COVID-19.

West Nile virus in Durham Region DURHAM: Durham Region Health Department has received confirmation of two human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) illness, the first human cases in the Region this year. Also, Public Health Ontario is reporting an additional probable human case for the Region with confirmation pending. To date, 24 human cases have been reported in Ontario, while 166 WNV positive groups of mosquitoes have been identified across the province.

Uxbridge library changes service UXBRIDGE: The staff at the library added a few more service options for Uxbridge and people living in the surrounding area, on Tuesday, September 22nd. Changing weather conditions in the Township of Uxbridge, requires the curbside pickup to be moved indoors, to accommodate users. The children’s section of the library will be open, on Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, but only by appointment. A family appointment, to browse the children’s section, will be up to 30 minutes long. The adult books section will be open as well. This particular section will be open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Brock names Hustwick new CAO BROCK: The Township of Brock has found their new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). On Tuesday, September 29th, the municipality announced they have appointed Dean Hustwick as their next CAO. Mr. Hustwick served as the Director of Community Services for the Town of Cobourg. Mayor suggests creating a rebate KAWARTHA LAKES: City of Kawartha Lakes Mayor Andy Letham has proposed a way the city could potentially help residents financially in 2021. At a ‘Committee of the Whole’ meeting, on Tuesday, October 6th, the mayor made a motion to have staff “review the option of utilizing the 2019 budget surplus, in its entirety, for a one time rebate on the 2021 tax bills for all ratepayers” and to have a report done for council to show “the result that the proposed tax rebate will have.” The 2019 surplus is estimated to be about $3 million. New Kawartha fire station begins KAWARTHA LAKES: Construction work has begun on the new Mariposa fire station project. On Wednesday, October 14th, the City of Kawartha Lakes announced a groundbreaking had been recently held at the future site of the new fire station. Fire Chief Mark Pankhurst, Ward 4 councillor Andrew Veale and Mark Wilson from MVW Construction and Engineering attended the groundbreaking. The address for the new fire station is 552 Eldon Road. Uxbridge Santa parade cancelled UXBRIDGE: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused the cancelling of the 2020 Uxbridge Santa Claus parade. At a recent meeting, Uxbridge councillors agreed to defer the annual event to 2021, on the condition the provincial emergency order is lifted. Ontario eliminating ranked ballots NORTH DURHAM/KAWARTHA: The Ontario provincial government is attempting to deny municipalities the ability to use ranked ballots in the next municipal election. If passed, the recently proposed ‘Supporting Ontario’s Recovery Act’ would make changes to the Municipal Elections Act to remove the option for municipalities to use a ranked ballot system for elections of township, city or regional councils. Catholic school board names a new North Durham trustee NORTH DURHAM: The Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) has appointed a new trustee to serve the residents of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. Following the resignation of Kathy LeFort from the position earlier this year, the local board recently announced they’ve appointed Richard Damianopoulos to take over as the new North Durham trustee.

Homeless shelter receives funds KAWARTHA LAKES: The Ontario provincial government is helping fund the renovation and expansion of ‘A Place Called Home’ in Lindsay. On Tuesday, October 27th, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock MPP Laurie Scott announced the City of Kawartha Lakes will receive $1,750,249 from Phase 2 of the province’s Social Services Relief Fund, for a renovation on the local homeless shelter.

NOVEMBER Early Remembrance parade UXBRIDGE: A Remembrance Day parade will be held at Elgin Park in November, but not in the conventional way. Two members of the Uxbridge Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170, Tish and Mike MacDonald came up with the idea of a drive-by parade for local veterans. The drive-by parade will take place on November 8th. The veterans involved will be socially distancing, in Elgin Park. The community of Uxbridge and surrounding areas are invited to decorate their cars and drive by, and wave to the veterans as they pass. Marijuana grow op sting SCUGOG: Durham Regional police (DRPS) have recently targeted multiple marijuana grow operations in Durham Region through “Project Mosquito”. Among the police’s sting operation sites were two North Durham locations. “Warrants were executed at 17 outdoor growing operations and one indoor operation over the past two months. The largest location was at Concession Road 4 near Goodwood, where 9,826 plants were seized. The second largest was on McKee Road in Blackstock, where 7,465 plants were seized, as well as three long guns,” the press release explained. Bakersville goes virtual for 2020 SCUGOG: The annual Bakersville Gingerbread village, usually held inside the Scugog Memorial Public Library, is going virtual this year. The change in format for this year was announced in a November 2nd post on the event’s Facebook page. “All that needs to be done is to take a few photographs and post them with a description onto our Facebook page.” Kawartha council economic recover recommendations KAWARTHA LAKES: Kawartha Lakes councillors saw a number of recommendations on how the municipality could help stimulate economic recovery irrespective of the COVID-19 pandemic, at a meeting on Tuesday, November 3rd. The recommendations were made to the city by the municipality’s Economic Recovery Task Force.

The recommendations include: waiving permit fees for park use, patios and events next year; increasing the number of garbage cans and frequency of waste pick up in the city’s downtown areas; moving forward with the downtown Fenelon Falls reconstruction project process; accelerating investments in local boat launches and trails, to provide improved access for residents and visitors; having staff “develop a cultural sector recovery grant program for 2021”; additions of portable washrooms and directional signage; and having council support “the work of Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) for the Eastern Ontario “1 GIG” proposal for increased broadband capacity.

Truck production back in Oshawa DURHAM: A deal has been reached and ratified which will bring vehicle production back to the Oshawa General Motors (GM) plant.The deal which will see the plant make pickup trucks again as of January 2022, was announced on Thursday, November 5th. Unifor then held ratification votes over the weekend, and members voted 85 percent in favour of ratification of the three-year collective agreement.

Different Remembrance Day 2020 SCUGOG/KAWARTHA: Normally, Port Perry Legion Branch 419 holds an event on November 11th which includes: veterans parading from the Scugog library to the Scugog municipal office; local citizens and organizations placing wreaths at the cenotaph; and a moment of silence. However, due to concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, people are being encouraged to celebrate Remembrance Day in a different way. Scugog Township is encouraging people to watch a livestreamed ceremony, on the Royal Canadian Legion’s National Headquarters Facebook page. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have limited what the local Lindsay legion branch can do for Remembrance Day. “The wreath will be laid from the branch, there will be a prayer when our colour party marches up with our flags, and the bugler will sound off, and then they’ll march back,” Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67 secretary/treasurer Kim Junkin told The Standard.

Kawartha council sees budget KAWARTHA LAKES: The City of Kawartha Lakes is taking a different approach to the 2021 municipal capital budget. At a meeting on Thursday, November 12th, Kawartha Lakes councillors got their first look at the proposed 2021 tax-supported capital budget. The 2021 budget includes $27.3 million in new projects. Projects, which had been deferred due to the pandemic, but are carrying over into the 2021 budget, are valued at about $25 million. This leads to a total 2021 capital program of about $52 million.

Oak Ridges Hospice announces new executive director SCUGOG: Oak Ridges Hospice (ORH) is excited to announce the appointment of Brent Farr to the role of Executive Director. Brent will have a significant leadership role in transforming the vision of Morgan and Sidhu House into a reality. Brent brings thirteen years of experience of working in a community based not-for-profit as the Executive Director of Community Care Durham. He was also previously a member of the Board of Directors of Durham Hospice.

Uxbridge toy drive resumes UXBRIDGE: For over 20 years volunteers and local businesses in Uxbridge have been working together to make the annual toy drive happen. This year is no different. Even with Covid-19 restrictions in place and the ongoing pandemic, the Uxbridge toy drive is still happening. Local residents and members of the surrounding area are asked to donate new items only.

Suspicious Leaskdale death UXBRIDGE: On Friday, November 13th, a 63-year-old-female was found dead in her home. The husband of the of the woman, came home and found his wife deceased, in their house. Since there was no obvious cause of death, the death has been deemed suspicious by the regional police. And the investigation is ongoing. The recommendations include: waiving permit fees for park use, patios and events next year; increasing the number of garbage cans and frequency of waste pick up in the city’s downtown areas; moving forward with the downtown Fenelon Falls reconstruction project process; accelerating investments in local boat launches and trails, to provide improved access for residents and visitors; having staff “develop a cultural sector recovery grant program for 2021”; additions of portable washrooms and directional signage; and having council support “the work of Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) and Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (EOWC) for the Eastern Ontario “1 GIG” proposal for increased broadband capacity.

Truck production back in Oshawa DURHAM: A deal has been reached and ratified which will bring vehicle production back to the Oshawa General Motors (GM) plant.The deal which will see the plant make pickup trucks again as of January 2022, was announced on Thursday, November 5th. Unifor then held ratification votes over the weekend, and members voted 85 percent in favour of ratification of the three-year collective agreement.

Different Remembrance Day 2020 SCUGOG/KAWARTHA: Normally, Port Perry Legion Branch 419 holds an event on November 11th which includes: veterans parading from the Scugog library to the Scugog municipal office; local citizens and organizations placing wreaths at the cenotaph; and a moment of silence. Scugog Township is encouraging people to watch a livestreamed ceremony, on the Royal Canadian Legion’s National Headquarters Facebook page. The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have limited what the local Lindsay legion branch can do for Remembrance Day. “The wreath will be laid from the branch, there will be a prayer when our colour party marches up with our flags, and the bugler will sound off, and then they’ll march back,” Sir Sam Hughes Branch 67 secretary/treasurer Kim Junkin told The Standard.

DECEMBER Suspect in Kawartha incident dies KAWARTHA LAKES: On December 3rd, a press release from Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), stated, “Last night at 8:40 p.m., the man succumbed to his injuries. According to the SIU, at about 8:45 a.m. “the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was made aware that a father had abducted his son from the Municipality of Trent Lakes.” The OPP located a vehicle of interest on Pigeon Lake Road, the truck became involved in a collision with an OPP cruiser and a civilian vehicle. An OPP officer was standing outside of the cruiser, at the time, and he sustained serious injuries. An interaction ensued between the 33-year-old vehicle driver and officers, and three officers discharged their firearms. The driver was struck and airlifted to the hospital in grave condition. Inside the pickup truck was a one-year-old boy. He had sustained a gunshot wound and was pronounced deceased at the scene,” read the SIU press release. The 33 year-old suspect died later in hospital.

Deer rescued in Port Hoover KAWARTHA LAKES: On Monday morning, about 8:30 a.m., Mr. and Mrs. Waller of Port Hoover, discovered a young female deer had fallen through the ice, near their home on Lake Scugog. Mrs. Waller told The Standard they suspected coyotes had chased the deer out on to the ice. Ken Waller, and neighbour Karl Bloom, went out on the lake in their small fishing boat to chip a path for the deer to swim to shore. It took the two men over an hour to reach the deer, through the thickening ice, as the weather was turning colder. Unfortunately, by the time they had reached the deer, she was too exhausted to swim to shore on her own. So, Karl and Ken lifted her into the boat and brought her to shore.

Port Perry Hospital food truck SCUGOG: The Port Perry Hospital Foundation celebrated Giving Tuesday by giving back to Port Perry hospital staff. On Tuesday, December 1st, the foundation brought the Gangster Cheese Gourmet Food Truck to the hospital parking lot to treat the staff to lunch.

Kawartha Lakes moved to yellow KAWARTHA LAKES: On Friday, December 4th, the province announced the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit (HKPR) was moving from the green prevent section to the yellow protect section, as of Monday, December 7th.

Kawartha Lakes passes 2021 capital budget KAWARTHA LAKES: City of Kawartha Lakes council has passed the 2021 tax supported capital budget. The budget was passed at a special council meeting, held on Tuesday, December 1st. The capital budget totals $55.6 million in projects, including $25 million in projects from 2020 which were delayed, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Carolyn Morton to chair DDSB NORTH DURHAM: Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge Trustee Carolyn Morton will be taking on another role next year, Chair of the Durham District School Board (DDSB).The Board held their annual internal chair and committee election at a meeting on Monday, December 7th. Pickering Trustee Chris Braney had previously been serving as DDSB Chair.

Jacob Mantle Conservative run UXBRIDGE: Former Uxbridge municipal politician, Jacob Mantle will be running in the next federal election as Pickering-Uxbridge’s Conservative Party of Canada candidate.He previously served one term as Uxbridge Ward 4 councillor, the youngest elected councillor in township history at 21 years of age. Mr. Mantle has also been a Legislative Assistant for former MPP John O’Toole.

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