KAWARTHA LAKES: The Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce partnered with Cogeco to hold an exciting and elegant affair for its 2019 Evening of Excellence event, on Friday, June 7th, at the Lakeview Arts Barn. Many local individuals, groups, and businesses gathered, to recognize those among them, who go above and beyond to provide innovative products or services, develop exceptional new practices, and improve the community for everyone.
President, of the Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce, Bob Armstrong, congratulated all the recipients and nominees and thanked Lakeview Arts Barn for hosting the marquee event again this year. “What a terrific and exciting evening, celebrating our local businesses hard work, entrepreneurship, and success, strengthening the life of our community.” Armstrong stated.
Throughout the awards presentation portion of the evening, the winners awarded Excellence Awards were: Marketing Excellence Award: Kawartha Care Wellness Centre, Health & Wellness Excellence Award: Integrated Care Pharmacy, Youth Excellence Award: BTW Electronic Parts, Innovation Excellence Award: PKA SoftTouch Inc., Customer Service Excellence Award: Fresh FueLL, Design Excellence Award: Horizons Family Dentistry, Employer of the Year Award: Wards Lawyers, New Business of The Year Award: The Lindsay Advocate, Not-for-profit Excellence Award: Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes.
The highest honours went to Don Brown, and Claus Reuter, who were named Business Leader of the Year and Citizen of the Year, respectively.
Comedian Denis Grignon acted as master of ceremonies for the night, introducing award presenters and entertaining the crowd with smart humour and banter. He took the time to really connect with the audience prior to the awards ceremony, incorporating what he learned into his routine. During the award presentations, he thanked everyone present, mentioned how proud he was to live in Kawartha Lakes and how he was honoured to be part of this evening, celebrating the businesses, organizations and individuals that make our community great.
The Evening of Excellence is presented annually, by the Lindsay District Chamber of Commerce & Cogeco, with the generous support from multiple local sponsors: Marketing Excellence Award - 91.9 Bob FM, Health And Wellness Excellence Award - RBC, Youth Excellence Award - RBC, Innovation Excellence Award -LCFDC, Customer Service Excellence Award - CIBC, Design Excellence Award - LDCC, Employer of the Year Award - COGECO, New Business of The Year Award - Kawartha Lakes This Weeks, Not-for-profit Excellence Award - LDCC, Business Leader of the Year - COGECO, Citizen of the Year - Homestead Oxygen & Medical Equipment.
For the 2020 Evening of Excellence the Lindsay & District Chamber of Commerce will open nominations immediately and accept them until February 28th, 2020. “We feel this will give us more time to encourage people to nominate the fantastic businesses in our community,” said Lindsay + District Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Colleen Collins, “With an 8 month window, it is our hope that we can recognize deserving businesses that normally would not be brought forward.”
If you know of any businesses, not-for-profit organizations or individuals, who represent exemplary customer service, show great leadership, or who are doing wonderful things in our community, please don’t hesitate to contact the Lindsay District Chamber of Commerce, at 705-324-2392 or visit lindsaychamber.com to nominate them.
UXBRIDGE: The York Durham Heritage Railway (YDHR) has agreed to become a key sponsor for the Canada Day celebration, taking place on July 1st in Elgin Park. The group presented a cheque for $12,000 to Council, on Monday, June 10th.
Robin Coombs, Canada Day Chair, indicated the Canada Day Committee is delighted to partner with YDHR this Canada Day. “YDHR’s donation has enabled us to achieve our fundraising goals. We are very grateful to YDHR for their generous support.”
YDHR felt, sponsoring Canada Day would be a way to give back to the Community and to raise awareness with Uxbridge residents about YDHR and its upcoming events. “YDHR is very pleased to be able to sponsor Canada Day and be part of this amazing community celebration,” stated YDHR COO John Perks. “One of our objectives is to raise our profile within the Uxbridge community by giving back. We have an amazing series of events planned for the year, so this is our opportunity to literally bring the community ‘on board’ as we grow our tourism potential together.”
Mayor Dave Barton thanked YDHR for bringing over 45,000 tourists into Uxbridge each year, and for providing financial support for the Canada Day celebrations. YDHR volunteers will collect donations at the gates, on Canada Day, to provide tickets for Thomas the Train, the Polar Express Train and the Santa Train for needy families.
The Canada Day festivities take place on July 1st, at Elgin Park, starting at 6 p.m., and conclude with Fireworks at dusk. The event features lots of free family entertainment, including the YDHR mini-train, childrens' entertainment, live music, the Rock the ‘Bridge Competition, and a beer garden. Parking and admission are free, donations to the YDHR are gratefully accepted.
DURHAM: In recognition of Bike to Work Day, The Regional Municipality of Durham is encouraging commuters to cycle to work, in an effort to be healthy, save money and help the environment.
Bike to Work Day kick starts Bike Month, a month of cycling events, celebrated across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, to promote the benefits of cycling.
“Bike to Work Day aims to encourage those who can cycle to work, to try something new. Cycling is cost-effective, eases traffic congestion and improves physical activity levels,” says Brian Bridgeman, Commissioner of Planning and Economic Development.
Participants are invited to register for their chance to win one of six $300 Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) gift cards. To sign up to ride and enter for your chance to win, please visit bikemonth.ca/biketoworkday.
Smart Commute Durham offers services to help local employers lower their costs, reduce their carbon footprint, and travel to work in sustainable ways. It offers programs and services to help commuters carpool, take transit, cycle, walk, or telework. For more information, visit smartcommute.ca/durham.
Many families spend winter figuring out how to chase away cabin fever and endure frigid temperatures until spring and summer mercifully return. Parents thinking ahead to swimming pools and days lounging on the beach can put their daydreams to practical use by planning ahead for their youngsters’ summer vacations.
Youth recreational programs and summer camps can bridge the gap in care between the end of school and the day when classes resume. Due in part to high demand, parents who want to place their kids in summer rec programs or summer camps should being vetting such programs and camps well in advance of summer. The following are a handful of tips for moms and dads who want their kids to have fun and fulfilling summers.
Ask for recommendations. Speak with fellow parents and trusted friends about where they send their children. Personal recommendations can be very helpful, providing firsthand insight into a particular camp or program. Schedule appointments to visit camps that fall within your budget. Take your son or daughter along so he or she can get a sense of what camp will be like.
Explore all options. Camps come in more flavours than ever before. Certain camps may be faith-based ministries while others may focus on particular sports. Band camps and art camps may appeal to creative kids. Also, there are plenty of general-interest camps that offer various activities without narrowing in on any particular one. Parents may need to choose between a sleepaway camp or day camps, depending on which camp experience they want for their children.
Inquire about camp schedules. While many camps are flexible, day camps do not have the same level of flexibility as after-school programs. Arrangements will need to be made if care is required after regular camp hours. Speak with camp staff to see which types of after-hours programs, if any, are available.
Determine your camp budget. As varied as program offerings may be, camps also can vary greatly with regard to cost. Government-run camps may be less expensive than those offered by private companies. Day camps typically cost less than those that provide room and board. Find out if a particular organization subsidizes a portion of camp costs. Scouting programs often have a dedicated camp and may offer affordable options for scouts. Dance centers frequently offer camp schedules.
If camp seems out of reach, look into local summer recreation programs at parks or schools. Such programs may not be as extensive as those offered by camps, but they can quell kids’ boredom and keep children occupied during the day.
In addition to camp, remember to plan for some free days so children can just enjoy some downtime. Such days can break up the monotony of a routine and provide kids and families time to relax together.
Summer recreation may be far off, but it is never too early to start making summer plans, including finding camps and other activities for kids.
Summer school recess will be here before you know it. Make sure you’re prepared for camp and other recreational programs.
KAWARTHA LAKES: This year, our “Making Waste Matter: Integrated Waste Management Strategy” will be going through a strategic update, taking a close look at the current programs and initiatives in place and ensuring we’re on track to meet our sustainable goals.
Waste management affects everyone in Kawartha Lakes. From residents and visitors, businesses and contractors, everyone within the municipality is a stakeholder.
Kawartha Lakes will be hosting a public meeting on June 26 to provide an opportunity for an open discussion on waste management for our municipality. The meeting will take place from 6pm to 8pm in the Victoria room at City Hall, where we will walk through the current strategy and then open the floor to feedback and engagement on updating or continuing current programs in place. The Waste Management Advisory Committee, Lindsay Ops Landfill Public Review Committee and Fenelon Landfill Public Review Committee, along with Kawartha Lakes staff, have already begun work on the strategy update through regular meetings as well as completing brainstorming activities to come up with new goals and ideas to explore further.
The municipality has accomplished a lot since the Strategy was first implemented in 2015 and we’d like to acknowledge that we could not have achieved any of these goals without the public’s support and participation. Public feedback is critical to the success of the new Strategy update.
Can’t make the meeting on June 26? Take a short online survey to provide the opportunity for feedback and commentary surrounding the updated Strategy. The online survey will be available on our website until July 15, 2019.
For more information on the public meeting, online survey or Integrated Waste Management Strategy, please contact Kerri Snoddy, Regulatory Compliance Officer, Environmental Services by email at email@example.com or by phone at 705-324-9411 extension 2360.
DURHAM: Durham Region has a bold new strategy for keeping residents safe on its roadways: Durham Vision Zero. The strategy was approved by Durham Regional Council in April, and officially launched today at a special event held at Durham Regional Headquarters in Whitby.
Vision Zero is a concept, originally introduced in Sweden, that many municipalities around the world have adopted. The foundation of Vision Zero is that zero people should lose their lives due to a collision, because everyone has the right to travel safely in their community. Vision Zero places responsibility on road designers, policy makers, police enforcement and other related systems to ensure safe systems for travel. With Vision Zero as a guiding principle, safety is prioritized over factors such as cost, speed, delay, level of service, and convenience, factors upon which decisions have traditionally been made.
“We need to change the way we think about collisions,” said John Henry, Regional Chair and Chief Executive Officer for Durham Region. “Whether through better road design, improved safety measures and safe, attentive driving—collisions can always be prevented. Durham Vision Zero aims to save lives and reduce injuries caused by motor vehicle collisions by co-ordinating engineering, enforcement, health and education. I’m proud to see so many partners in road safety collaborating to work towards this common goal.”
In Durham, an average of 6,700 reported collisions per year result in an average of $225 million in fiscal impact. This includes emergency response by police, fire and paramedics; as well as healthcare costs; and public works expenses for roadway repairs and improvements.
“Roadway collisions cost the Region of Durham a significant amount of money. But what’s more important than any expense is the dramatic effect that the loss of life, and life-altering injuries, has on families and our community,” said Don Mitchell, Chair of the Works Committee. “Through Durham Vision Zero, Regional Council has purposefully chosen to endorse preventing collisions from happening in the first place, instead of spending money responding to them. By investing in public education, new road safety technologies, increased law enforcement and more—the investment will pay off endlessly for our community, because the cost of saving a life is priceless.”
The development of Durham’s Vision Zero plan was led by the Region’s Works Department, in collaboration with road safety partners across Durham, including local area municipalities, school boards, private sector stakeholders, and Durham Regional Police.
“Members of the DRPS work hard every day to educate motorists and enforce the laws to keep our roadways safe,” said Paul Martin, Chief of Police, Durham Regional Police Service. “Despite the fact that there are more vehicles on the road every year, collisions have stayed relatively the same in Durham Region. As much as that feels like a success, much more can and should be done. By working closely with our community partners and implementing a broad strategy like Durham Vision Zero, we can make our streets even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.”
With the plan officially launched, Durham Region is ready to get to work. The first step will be establishing a task force made up of partners from the Works Department, Durham Regional Police Service, a Works Committee Representative (Town of Ajax Councillor Marilyn Crawford), as well as stakeholders and the community.
Learn more about Durham Vision Zero at durham.ca/VisionZero and join the conversation about road safety on social media by using the hashtag #DurhamVisionZero.
DURHAM: Durham Region Health Department has started its blacklegged tick surveillance program, for the 2019 season, to monitor for Lyme disease throughout the Region.
While not all blacklegged ticks are infected, some can carry the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that might cause Lyme disease in humans, through the bite of an infected tick. Tick surveillance helps to identify areas of blacklegged tick activity, which aids in gauging the risk of acquiring the disease.
As part of its surveillance activities, the Health Department has been monitoring reported human cases of Lyme disease over the past few years. In 2018, there were 29 confirmed and eight probable cases of Lyme disease reported in Durham Region, while in 2017 there were 40 confirmed and eight probable cases.
“Quickly removing ticks from the skin will help prevent infection, as transmission of the Lyme disease-causing bacteria usually requires the tick to be attached to the skin for at least 24 hours,” explained Ross MacEachern, Manager, Health Protection with the Health Department. “Ticks removed from skin can be submitted to the Health Department for proper identification and further testing.”
Early symptoms of Lyme disease usually occur within one to two weeks after a tick bite, but early, localized symptoms can be experienced as soon as three days or can been seen up to a month later.
Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue and a red rash that often looks like a bull’s-eye target. If detected early, Lyme disease can be treated successfully with antibiotics. Anyone who develops symptoms after being bitten by a tick should see a health care provider.
The Health Department has been “drag sampling” for blacklegged ticks since 2010. The process of drag sampling involves dragging a piece of white flannel cloth over and around vegetation where ticks could be present. In 2018, seven blacklegged ticks were collected and identified in Durham Region; all tested negative for the Lyme disease bacteria.
The Health Department also accepts ticks, submitted by the public or health care providers, which are then sent to the public health laboratory for identification and testing. Only ticks taken off a person, not off of a pet, are submitted for testing by the Health Department.
In 2018, 100 of a total 125 tick-specimens collected were identified as blacklegged ticks. While 20 of the 100 ticks tested positive for the Lyme disease bacteria, only eight of the 20 positive ticks were reported to have been picked-up within Durham Region.
Although the risk of becoming infected with Lyme disease is low, people can reduce this risk by taking precautions when visiting and enjoying outdoor activities, particularly in brushy or forested areas, where ticks are generally found.
Precautions include: Wearing long pants, a long-sleeved shirt, socks and closed footwear; Tucking your pants into your socks and wearing light-coloured clothing, which makes ticks easier to spot; Using an insect repellent that has DEET or Icaridin on your clothing and exposed skin; Taking a shower within one to two hours and examining your body thoroughly for ticks after each outing; Routinely checking pets for ticks and consulting with a veterinarian regarding long-term protection.
For more information on Lyme disease, please call the Health Department’s Environmental Help Line, at 905-723-3818 or 1-888-777-9613, or visit durham.ca/lyme. For the most up-to-date information on Lyme disease risk areas in Ontario, visit Public Health Ontario’s website, at publichealthontario.ca.
KAWARTHA LAKES: While parenting can seem like a thankless job at times, a global awareness day is helping people better appreciate the critical role parents play in healthy child development.
The United Nations has designated June 1st as the Global Day of Parents. Ahead of it, the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit is promoting resources to support local parents.
“Parenting can be very challenging and doesn’t come with a how-to manual. At the same time, it can be incredibly rewarding and fulfilling,” says Tammy Thomson, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “As parents, we’re our child’s most important connection to the world. We play an essential role in child development, including a healthy brain, through interaction, positive discipline, play and support.”
The Health Unit encourages local parents to check out these supports:
The Best Start Resource Centre (http://en.beststart.org/for_parents) provides multi-media resources for parents thinking about having a baby, expecting a baby or raising young children.
The Children See Children Learn website (www.childrenseechildrenlearn.ca) offers positive ways for parents to guide their child towards good behaviour.
Caring for Kids (www.caringforkids.cps.ca) is a web portal, developed by Canadian paediatricians, featuring a variety of parenting tips and information.
Parents can also call the Health Unit, at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, to speak to a Public Health Nurse to get more assistance and links to resources in their community. They can also go to www.hkpr.on.ca or get advice and support by visiting the HKPR Healthy Families Facebook page at the following address, (www.facebook.com/HKPRHealthyFamilies).
According to the Canadian Paediatric Society (CPS), the parent-child relationship affects how children learn to speak, think, behave and express emotion. Parental involvement can also help children enjoy increased self-esteem, positive self-image, improved behaviour in school, and more success in school and beyond.
“Nurturing and supporting children from a young age is essential,” Thomson notes. “The Global Day of Parents is timely, to recognize the selfless commitment of parents and promote resources that can help them be even better caregivers for their children.”
KAWARTHA LAKES: Janet Armstrong and John Sanders have volunteered for ten years and have done a variety of a tasks to support KLFS, some of which include: picking up food donations; sorting in the distribution centre; giving presentations about KLFS to community groups; attending schools with a KFLS display and talked with students, parents and teachers; helping with the cycling and hockey fund raising events; and most recently, they have counted the cash donations from food drives and tag day.
With this very long list of tasks, and on behalf of our Board of Directors, the food banks, and the clients, we want to thank you very much for your time, talents and passion for the cause.
The Barb Truax Volunteer Award was created to honour the contributions, dedication and positive energy of our longest serving volunteer. The recipients must be an active KLFS volunteer for more than three years; be a positive force within the community; and be committed to the cause of fighting hunger in our community.
The Kawartha Lakes Food Source Executive Committee reviews the recommendations and they are very happy to share that Janet and John were selected as they embody the intentions of the award.
The Kawartha Lakes Food Source is a distribution center that procures and distributes food to 35 agencies, advocates for food security and poverty related issues, and collaborates with the community to support those who do not have enough. Located at 41 George St. W, Lindsay.
DURHAM: The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has honoured the late Roger Anderson with a Roll of Honour Award—recognizing his exceptional contributions to local government and to FCM itself.
As a long-time board member with FCM, Anderson served as a Director and Chair of the Ontario Caucus. He took great pride in his leadership of the Standing Committees on International Relations, Municipal Finance and Intergovernmental Arrangements, where he shared his knowledge and experience in municipal government with developing political economies.
He was also active in the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) for 25 years. Under his leadership, municipalities gained access to federal gas tax funding for infrastructure and transit; funding that was made permanent in 2008.
Locally, Anderson was the longest-serving Chair of Durham Region—a role he held for more than 20 years. In 2014, he became the first person directly elected into the role.
Prior to his terms as Regional Chair, Anderson served as a constable on the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and as a broker with a local real estate business. He was first elected as a local councillor in 1985, serving as Regional Councillor and Deputy Mayor for the Town of Ajax from 1991 to 1997. He served as Chair of the Durham Region Transit Commission (since its inception in January 2006) and served several terms as Chair of the DRPS Board.
Anderson passed away, in March 2018, after a courageous battle with cancer.
The FCM Roll of Honour Awards recognize individuals who have made exceptional contributions to local government.