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Uxbridge celebrating 50 years as part of Durham Region


DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard


UXBRIDGE: Durham Region's rich history reaches a milestone, as Uxbridge Township commemorates its 50th anniversary since amalgamation.

Clerk Debbie Leroux recently presented council with a staff report, highlighting the township's journey, from its inception in 1850 to its amalgamation in 1974, under The Regional Municipality of Durham Act. Also highlighted were plans to mark the occasion throughout the year in the township.

The report outlines various initiatives to mark this significant occasion. These include: incorporating a special 50th-anniversary logo into official communications, offering commemorative merchandise for sale, and printing a custom township flag. Additionally, the township plans to promote the anniversary through various channels, like social media and highway signage.

In a nod to the township's past, the report suggests publishing photos and names of previous councils and highlighting changes in civic infrastructure since 1974. An anniversary celebration is also planned, featuring former council members and staff, along with a ceremonial cake cutting.

Beyond symbolic gestures, tangible actions are proposed to honour the milestone. These include planting a commemorative tree and distributing Cosmos seeds, the township's official flower, to promote pollinator-friendly initiatives. Furthermore, a pollinator policy is in the works, underscoring the township's commitment to environmental sustainability.

In a gesture of reconciliation, the township aims to acknowledge its Indigenous heritage through workshops and discussions. This initiative reflects a broader commitment to understanding and honouring the land's original inhabitants.

Looking ahead, the report suggests remaining open to additional commemorative activities, should funding or partnership opportunities arise. Councillors unanimously passed the recommendations in the report by Ms. Leroux.

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