The Standard Newspaper February 28th, 2013
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The calendar has raised more than $77,800 for the shelter over the last nine years. Ms. Dudley was also recognized for her work with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, awarded last week in Port Perry. See BLAKE WOLFE The Standard Page 23 for more medal winners. Changes in proposed federal ridings DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard NORTH DURHAM: The Federal Elections Boundaries Commission appears to have listened to the concerns of North Durham residents in the wake of sweeping changes to proposed federal ridings released on Monday, Feb. 25. The Commission drew criticism in August when it released draft plans for revised federal electoral districts that saw Uxbridge Township cut in half, while the rest of North Durham, including Scugog Township, was grouped in a riding proposed as ‘Haliburton-Uxbridge’ 399 lb 8.80/kg 8.80/kg less than 1/2 price top sirloin roast or steak club size cut from Canada AA grade beef or higher that bordered Algonquin Park to the north. The Commission’s original proposal would have also seen Uxbridge Township split, with the portion of the municipality that contains the hamlets of Zephyr, Sandford, Leaskdale and Udora joining the riding of YorkSimcoe. That riding was to stretch from Uxbridge Township in the east to Bradford/West Gwillimbury in the west and also contain East Gwillimbury and Georgina Township. However, when the Commission’s updated proposal was made public on Monday, drastic changes were made to several Durham Region ridings. TURN TO PAGE 5 199 lb 4.39/kg 499 $ save $1/lb. save $6 whole chicken fresh or pork side ribs breast bone removed Prices In Effect Friday, March 1st to Thursday, March 7th, 2013 Filippo Berio olive oil selected varieties 1L SCUGOG: Police are investigating an assault incident at a minor hockey game in Port Perry last week, after an altercation took place between a Scugog man and a 17-year-old referee at the Scugog Arena. The incident took place on Feb. 19, at a Port Perry Predators Novice AE playoff game against an Oshawa team at the local arena. Police and witnesses allege that a verbal exchange between the referee and several parents, regarding calls made during the game, began inside the arena. According to police, one parent later threatened the ref and kicked his legs in the parking lot. The assault took place in front of several people, including children, said police. One witness, who asked not to be identified, described the incident as “an inappropriate act by an adult. “There were words exchanged by both sides,” said the witness, “but then the adult started attacking this youth. Bullying like that is not acceptable, especially in front of kids. It was inappropriate for an adult to cross a line like that. We’re supposed to be teaching our kids respect.” While similar incidents are sometimes reported elsewhere in Canada and the U.S. during hockey season, Port Perry Minor Hockey president Clair Cornish said that such an incident is “uncharted territory” for the local league. “It’s in the hands of the police and they’ll deal with it as they see fit,” said Mr. Cornish. “We have dealt with this as an association and supported the referee. We’ve never seen anything even remotely close to this at any of our games. In talking to arena staff, this incident is a first.” Police have charged Scugog resident Brad Fenney in connection with the incident. He was released on an undertaking with conditions, which includes a condition not to attend any organized youth sporting event. 3 2/$ or $1.50 ea. Old Mill bagels selected varieties pkg of 6 Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 2 • Thursday, February 28, 2013 The Standard SPRING REGISTRATION FAIR Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013 Saturday, March 2nd from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Scugog Community Recreation Centre (1655 Reach St., Port Perry) MEETINGS, PROCLAMATIONS AND APPOINTMENTS Council / Committee Meeting Schedule March 4th • General Purpose & Administration Meeting - 1:30 p.m. March 5th • Scugog Seniors Advisory Committee Meeting - 9:30 a.m. March 18th • General Purpose & Administration Meeting - 1:30 p.m. March 19th • *Blackstock Recreation Advisory Committee - 6:30 p.m. *Meeting will be held in the Cartwright Old Town Hall (13940 Old Scugog Rd., Blackstock) March 20th • Scugog Heritage & Museum Advisory Committee Meeting - 7:00 p.m. The meetings noted above are open to the public and will be held a the Municipal Office (181 Perry St., Port Perry) unless noted differently. Proclamations for the month of March • World Down Syndrome Day - March 21st • Red Cross Month Economic Development Advisory Committee (EDAC) News EDAC Initiatives Underway North Durham Economic Development Strategy – Brock, Uxbridge and Scugog are working together with the Durham Region’s Economic Development and Tourism staff to develop an economic development strategy to identify initiatives to strengthen the economic vitality of communities within North Durham. The initiative began in 2012 and is scheduled to be brought forward at the March 18th GP&A Committee meeting. This document will result in the development of individual action plans for each municipality. For information on this and other EDAC initiatives please contact 905-985-7346 ext. 116 or email email@example.com. PUBLIC NOTICES Congratulations - Diamond Jubilee Recipients Erin O’Toole and the Township of Scugog Mayor & Council proudly presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals at a ceremony held on February 20th. The event acknowledged the contributions and achievements of the recipients. Recipients recognized include: Paul Arculus, Stewart Bennett, Ivan Dejong, Kathy Dudley, Rodd Foster, Chief Tracy Gauthier, Ellen Greenough, Ted Griffen, Lynn Hodgson, Peter Hvidsten, Ginger Jackson, Joyce Kelly, Marion Lee, Bill McKee, Ilean Pugh, Jamie Ross, Irwin Smith and John Wolters. Congratulations and thank you to all the recipients! Interim Tax Billing The 2013 Interim property tax bills have been mailed. Taxes are due and payable on: • February 25, 2013 • April 25, 2013 If you have not received your tax bill please contact the tax office 905-985-7346 Ext 102 and 106. Failure to receive a tax notice does not excuse a taxpayer from responsibility for payment of the taxes, nor relieve the assessed owner of liability for any penalties or interest due to late payment. Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan The Finance Department is now accepting registration for the Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan for 2013. Application can be made at the Finance Department accompanied by a void cheque Parking Reminder Please remember that between December 1st and April 1st parking is PROHIBITED on any street in the PUBLIC NOTICES Township between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Vehicles are subject to ticketing and towing should they be found interfering with snow plowing operations. Please do not park on the streets as it makes plowing operations difficult and ineffective. Bridge Closure – Scugog Line 8 - Important Notice Scugog Line 8 from Highway 7/12 to Old Simcoe Road will be closed (effective immediately) for bridge repair until further notice. For information please contact the Township of Scugog Public Works Department at 905-985-7346 x112 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. 2013 Burn Permits Available Burn Permits available at the Township of Scugog Fire Administration (30 Crandell Street, Port Perry). The annual permit costs $25.00. Permits are issued to property owners only – tenants or workers must bring written, signed authorization from property owner. The Township of Scugog Fire Department wishes to remind all residents that a burn permit must be obtained prior to burning. . For a complete list of all restrictions and requirements for burning within the Municipality, please visit our website www.scugog.ca or call Fire Administration at 905-985-2384. A pamphlet entitled “Open Air Burning – What You Need to Know” is also available at Fire Administration (30 Crandell Street) and at the Township Office (181 Perry Street). Scugog Sports Hall of Fame - Nominations Nominations are being invited for consideration and induction into the Scugog Sports Hall of Fame. Nomination categories include; Athlete, Team and Builder. Nomination Forms and Criteria Information are available at the Township Municipal Offices and the Scugog Community Recreation Centre or visit the Township Website at www.scugog.ca Nominations will be received until Friday, May 31, 2013 at the Municipal Office or can be mailed to: Scugog Sports Hall of Fame Committee c/o Community Services Department 181 Perry Street, PO Box 780 Port Perry, Ontario L9L 1A7 Contact, Lindsay Burnett, Administrative Assistant, Community Services Department, 905-985-7346 ext 120, email: email@example.com. Scugog Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards Nominations are now being accepted for the 2012 Scugog Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award – the awards recognize businesses which best exemplify the spirit and success of our business community in 2012. Deadline for nominations is March 15th, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. For eligibility and nomination forms visit www.scugogchamber.ca. The Business of the Year Awards will be presented at the Business Awards Evening Social on March 21st. STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY 2013 Engineering Student The Township of Scugog will be accepting applications/ resumes for an Engineering Student until 4:30 p.m. on March 15, 2013. Visit www.scugog.ca to view the posting and qualifications, copies of the posting are also available at the Municipal Office (181 Perry St., Port Perry). Please submit a detailed resume/application addressed to Lisa Fitton, Executive Assistant to the CAO, Township of Scugog, 181 Perry St., PO Box 780, Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 905-985-9914. We thank all applicants, however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Township of Scugog is an Equal Opportunity Employer. RECREATION Spring Registration Fair - March 2nd Join us on March 2nd from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Scugog Arena as the Township of Scugog Community Services Department will be hosting the semi-annual registration fair. Daytime Program Change Please Note that Effective March 4th, 2013 Adult Skating Scheduled at Noon on Thursdays will be moved to Mondays from 12 Noon to 12:50 p.m. Senior Men’s Shinny will be offered Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. March Break Camp: March 11th - 15th Discovery Camp: Different theme each day (3-6 years) Adventure Camp: Different theme each day (7-12 years) Wednesday trip: Enchanted Castle and Swimming at Uxpool. For more information on any of the above programs, or events please contact Shawna at 905-985-8698 ext. 101 or email email@example.com. Winter Public Programs at the Scugog & Blackstock Arenas Public Skating Schedule: Blackstock Arena Wednesday - 3 to 5 pm Sunday- 2 to 4pm Scugog Arena Wednesday - 5 to 6 pm Sunday - 1 to 2:30 pm Take Your Heart for a Walk Program – Indoor Walking Program • Scugog Community Recreation Centre – Monday to Friday from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. • Blackstock Recreation Centre – Monday and Wednesday from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. For a complete program schedule visit www.scugog.ca or contact 905-985-8698. EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY Seasonal Parks Attendant The Township of Scugog has a Seasonal Parks Attendant opportunity available from May 1st to October 31st, 2013 within the Public Works and Parks Department. Visit www.scugog.ca to view the posting and qualifications, copies of the posting are also available at the Municipal Office (181 Perry St., Port Perry). Please submit a detailed resume / application addressed to Lisa Fitton, Executive Assistant to the CAO, Township of Scugog, 181 Perry St., PO Box 780, Port Perry, ON L9L 1A7. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 905-985-9914. Consideration will only be given to resumes received by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, 2013. We thank all applicants and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. The Township of Scugog is an equal opportunity employer. Municipal Offices 181 Perry Street, PO Box 780 Port Perry, ON, L9L 1A7 Hours of Operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m Phone: 905-985-7346 / Fax: 905-985-9914 After Hours Township Road Issues: 905-434-2173 / Email: email@example.com Website: www.scugog.ca The voice of North Durham Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 3 School’s out: trustees vote to close Cartwright High Members of the Blackstock community and supporters of Cartwright High School gathered for the Feb. 19 vote by DDSB trustees that would ultimately result in the school’s closure. tioned by several attendees. A comment by superintendent David Visser, who SCUGOG: The doors of Cartwright said that $3.9 million in repairs (includHigh School will be closed for the last time ing improvements making the 100-yearthis June, following a vote by Durham old building fully accessible) would be District School Board trustees during required at a facility valued at $1.9 milan at-times emotional meeting at DDSB lion, was met with laughter from several headquarters in Whitby. of the audience members in attendance. Students, parents and neighbours of According to Mr. Visser, the DDSB will the Blackstock school attended the Feb. determine what will happen to the build19 meeting, where the fate of the small ing later this year, adding that it could be rural high school was ultimately decided. deemed surplus and sold to any number Trustees voted 10-1 in favour of a staff of purchasers, such as the Township of recommendation to close the school this Scugog or other school boards. June and amalgamate the student body DDSB Chair and Uxbridge/Brock trustwith Port Perry High School in September. ee Joe Allin questioned the timing of the Scugog trustee Carolyn Morton was the Scugog proposals so late in the ARC prolone holdout, submitting a motion (later cess. In his address to the board, he also defeated) to defer the decision for one year denied being quoted as saying he has been to allow trustees time to consider other “waiting for five years to close this school” options for the school’s future, such as an as stated se by supporters of CHS. Ou agriculture-based curriculum with e-learn“Only lately, there’s been an acceptance H n HOUSE as Sunday March by 25threpresentatives 1-4pm ethat ingOPEN options, proposed p the status quo is not sustainable, O 68 Ambleside, Port Perry from Scugog Council earlier this month. with a bunch of alternatives submitted “Agriculture is an important industry that were already put forward, such as in our province and it’s always changing the notion of e-learning” said the trustee. with new advances,” said Trustee Morton “We’ve heard from the community about in her motion. “It employs hundreds of having a school within a school and an thousands of people and generates $33 agri-science program at CHS. I would billion to economy. Government is will- suggest that type of program is not innoing to invest in the community, and local vative because it’s already at one of our farmers are as well, but we need more time other schools. If you’re going to explore to research this approach.” an innovative idea, I would suggest you The final motion was the culmi- speak to those people, not the council nation of more than a year’s worth of chamber of Port Perry.... If there was a Accommodation Review Committee need for this type of program, what makes meetings, including several heated public it something that could only be offered at meetings in Port Perry and Blackstock. CHS? The timing is suspect – why wasn’t Once again, figures related to repair costs it talked about at the outset? The ARC presented by school board staff were ques- moved away from those ideas. If the townBLAKE WOLFE The Standard juSt EaSt Of pOrt pErry Very private setting. This custom designed and built all brick bungalow nestled on a mature treed 4 acre lot with large spring fed pond is a rare opportunity. Open concept, vaulted ceilings, dream kitchen with granite counter top. 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He added that Mr. Allin’s view of the school was somewhat hypocritical. “They say our programs are good, but as soon as money’s an issue, they say something else,” he said. Former Scugog DDSB trustee Joyce Kelly said she was “terribly disappointed” with the decision, after telling The Standard prior to the meeting that there was no indication from trustees which way the vote would go. “I don’t know if we’re here for a wake or a hootenany,” said Ms. Kelly prior to the decision. Scugog councillor Wilma Wotten, who has been a vocal supporter of keeping the school open, shared Ms. Kelly’s opinion, adding that “disrespectful” comments by Mr. Allin were not needed. Supporter Melanie Wright added “they say the library is shameful, but it’s not our fault - it’s theirs (the DDSB).” Blackstock resident Patti Alpe also expressed disillusionment with the ARC process. “A year ago,” she said, “everyone was asking if this was a done deal. 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The event is set to begin at 8 a.m. on Friday, March 1, and runs until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 2, with proceeds raised going towards cancer support. Quilter’s Cupboard owner Sue Carmichael noted that the event, which is returning for a third goround, and runs every three years, has in its first two incarnations raised over $70,000. This year, organizers hope to raise $40,000 to benefit Hearth Place, an Oshawa program that offers support to cancer patients and their families. Once the quilters are done their weekend projects, according to Ms. Carmichael, two queen sized quilts will then be raffled off by local charities so that the event can raise even more money for local initiatives. It was also noted by Ms. Carmichael that community mem- bers wishing to take part in the marathon are welcome and donations can be made at the Quilter’s Cupboard, located at 202 Brock St. East. And novice quilters need not worry as Ms. Carmichael added that “there will be a nice fresh box of band-aids on site.” As well, there will be a number of draws and prizes to be won over the course of the 30-hour event. “We have more prizes and donations than you can shake a stick at,” said Ms. Carmichael. Congratulations to Scott Heard on his promotion to Professor of Heavy Equipment Technology programs and also the added role of Coordinator of Heavy Equipment programs at Fleming College. Scott graduated from Fleming College in 1986 as a licensed Heavy Equipment and Diesel Engine Mechanic and worked at Caterpillar Con Drain and St. Mary Cement Companies. Gordon and Gabrielle Bray of Port Perry/Oshawa are very delighted to announce the engagement of their daughter Scott started his teaching career in 2007 at Centennial College and became a Professor in the Truck and Coach and Diesel Engine Apprenticeship Program there. Karina Johanna Bray to In February 2012 Scott returned to Fleming College to teach in their H.E.T. programs and gained his statues as Professor there. Richard Andrew Miller son of Pauline Miller, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. The happy event occurred on New Year’s Eve 2012. Scott is currently working on a text book on Electric Circuitry and Hydraulics of Heavy Equipment to be published soon. Well done Scott, to Donna on March 3rd Love, Brian, Kyle, Cory and Amber Turning Points Deadline Monday at noon. your proud parents, Bud and Helen Heard Find Happy 50th Birthday in your home. The Healthy Homes Renovation Tax Credit can help. Seniors 65 years and older and their live-in family members are eligible for a tax credit of up to $1,500 on home modifications that improve safety and accessibility – regardless of income. Eligible improvements include things like support bars, ramps or walk-in bathtubs. To claim your credit, keep your receipts for when you file your taxes. ontario.ca/healthyhomes • 1-866-668-8297 • TTY 1-800-263-7776 BLEE Paid for by the Government of Ontario 12461 - Ministry of Finance - 10.25x7 - ENG - PUBLICATIONS: See List_OCNA The voice of North Durham Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 5 Ridings pair Scugog with Oshawa F RO M PAG E 1 PENNIES AND MORE FOR POLIO: Durham MP Erin O’Toole (left) did his part to fight polio alongside Uxbridge Rotary Foundation Chair Chuck Taylor at Rotary’s meeting on Thursday, Feb. 21. It was recently announced that the federal government will match all contributions made to aid the worldwide DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard effort to eradicate polio. Extracurriculars set to return DURHAM: High school teachers across the province are preparing to participate in extracurricular activities again, following a vote by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) last week to suspend job action. The union’s announcement was made on Friday (Feb. 22) afternoon, after OSSTF’s provincial council voted to recommend that its members resume programs such as sports and arts. The job action by high school teachers, which began in late 2012, was in protest of the recently-repealed Bill 115, a controversial piece of legislation passed in the fall which imposed a number of restrictions on teachers, including pay freezes and effectively limiting the right to strike. The bill was repealed in January by education Minister Laurel Broten, after she used it to impose new contracts on Ontario elementary and secondary school teachers. Those new contracts - which will expire in September 2014 (retroactive to September 2012) - will freeze wages for two years, cut sick days to 10 per year and prevent banking of those sick days. Ontario’s Catholic teachers reached a similar deal with the province last summer. Just as soon as the latest announcement was made, however, several teachers throughout Ontario took to on-line forums decrying the direction, stating that they would not resume such activities until new negotiated contracts were reached, as opposed to those imposed on them last month. No direction has been given to the province’s elementary teachers, who have also suspended extracurriculars. The work-to-rule campaign by high school teachers resulted in numerous student walkouts across Ontario protesting the cancellation of extracurriculars, including demonstrations by Port Perry High School and Cartwright High School students in December. “We expect that this sign of goodwill from our members will prompt the government to have genuine discussions that can lead to a fair resolution to this current impasse,” said Ken Coran, President of OSSTF/FEESO, in a Feb. 22 release. “We still maintain that voluntary activities are just that: voluntary,” he added. “We encourage members to review recent information and decide if they are willing to return to participating in the activities we know they feel so passionately about.” Car draw set to make a splash UXBRIDGE: Once again, the Bonner Boys will be looking to make a big splash later this year with the return of their annual Car Draw, sponsored by Williamson Chrysler. Tickets are currently on sale for the 2013 Splash Pad Car Draw, which will be held on Saturday, June 8, at the Uxbridge Arena Community Centre. Tickets can be had for $100 per couple and more than $7,000 in cash and valuable prizes will be handed out over the course of the event. There is also an early bird draw for those who purchase tickets before May 1. Those entrants will be eligible to win a $2,500 travel voucher. The event will also feature live entertainment, dancing as well as dinner. The Bonner Boys have been diligently working on the Splash Pad, to be located west of Uxbridge Arena for the past several years and are hoping that this event will help put the group’s fundraising efforts over the top. The Splash Pad is tentatively scheduled to open later this year. For tickets to the car draw or additional information, please call 905-852-1374 or 905-852-3313. Uxbridge will now remain intact, with the municipality joining the City of Pickering in the new electoral district of Pickering-Uxbridge. The new riding will have a population of 109,344 putting it 2.95 per cent above the provincial quota for riding population. As well, Scugog Township has been removed from its original riding and now is proposed to become part of the riding of Oshawa-Durham. The move will see Scugog joined with the part of the City of Oshawa lying north of Taunton Rd., as well as the portion of the Municipality of Clarington lying west of Regional Rd. 42, Darlington-Clarke Townline and Darlington-Manvers Townline. The riding, as it currently stands, will have a population of 115,395, putting it 8.64 per cent above the provincial quota. Brock Township will continue to join its neighbours to the north in making up the riding of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. The Commission’s latest report has the majority of Durham Region contained within five districts with the addition of ridings of Oshawa, Whitby and Ajax, which was a recurring theme of comments made during the public consultation portion of the process of redrawing boundary lines. Several Uxbridge Council members were vocal opponents to the original plan, with Ward 2 Councillor Pat Molloy as well as Ward 4’s Jacob Mantle making presentations before the Commission at public meetings last fall. Following the Commission’s revised plans, Councillor Molloy was overjoyed that the concerns of the municipality had been both heard and addressed. “It shows that it does pay to speak up,” commented Councillor Molloy. “It’s a great lesson that David can approach Goliath and be heard.” It was also noted that the new Pickering-Uxbridge riding is a manageable area, unlike the proposed HaliburtonUxbridge Riding. Councillor Mantle gave the Commission’s revised plan his support when speaking with The Stan- S C U G O G M AYO R C H U C K M E RC I E R dard shortly after news broke of the revised riding boundaries. Prior to making his presentation in Oshawa this past November, a Commission member J AC O B M A N T L E informed those present that Uxbridge would, in fact, be kept intact, setting the stage for Monday’s announcement. “I’m very pleased that they kept their promise that they made to me, along with municipal leaders from across Durham Region, that they were going to keep Uxbridge whole” Councillor Mantle told The Standard. “It’s a big victory for Uxbridge and its residents, since having representatives from different ridings could have been very complicated.” However, Councillor Mantle did express some concerns about Uxbridge being paired with a large urban centre like Pickering. “I do have some concerns that Uxbridge will be the small fish in a big pond, and once again Uxbridge might get left out. But hopefully whoever ends up being elected will give us our just due. In my mind, that was one of the benefits of the former riding because it paired two smaller rural ridings (Uxbridge and Scugog) with a larger centre (Clarington),” said Councillor Mantle. Scugog Mayor Chuck Mercier was also pleased with the new proposal, noting that Scugog already boasts a strong relationship with both north Oshawa and Clarington from an agricultural perspective. “I think it’s a really good fit Simcoe St. has long been referred to as the Oshawa road, and it’ll provide a great link between the communities in the riding. My only issue is that I would’ve liked to see it called Oshawa-Scugog to maybe give some more recognition to our township in Ottawa,” Mayor Mercier told The Standard. The new ridings are expected to take effect for the federal election scheduled to take place in the fall of 2015. A full copy of the Commission’s latest proposal, along with maps of the proposed ridings can be viewed at www.federal-redistribution.ca. Brown & Brethour Insurance Brokers Ltd. 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Contact Wendy at firstname.lastname@example.org or (647) 234-7478 for info & tickets. Sunday, March 3 Music Fest, now in its 21st year, will be held from 10-11 a.m. at Reachview Village, Uxbridge. We welcome everyone to come and participate – sing, dance, tell stories…the sky’s the limit! For more information please contact Jo at 905-8526487. Friday, March 8 J’s Inspirational Family Magic Show will be at Port Perry Villa, 1:30pm. Looking for some family fun? Join us for an interactive magic show just in time for March Break. For more information call Debbie 905-985-3312. Sunday, March 10 Cannington Historical Society Annual General Meeting at 2:00 pm., at the Seniors Centre, 21 Ann Street, N, Cannington. Program: Annual reports and election of directors. See our new web site at www.canningtonhistoricalsociety.ca. More information- 705-432-3136 Wednesday, March 13 Third Annual March Break Free Volleyball Clinic & Mini-Tournament, sponsored by DreamFeather Volleyball Academy at Claremont C.C. Open to ages 8-16.Skills,OVA Demo Game , Prizes, Awards and fun. Pre-registration a must (limited enrolment) - contact Larry at 905-6496309 or email@example.com. Saturday, March 16 St. Patrick’s Dinner, Scugog Island Community Hall, begins at 6 p.m. Sponsored by the Scugog Island UCW. Adults $15, children ages 6-12 $5, age five and under free. Call Bonnie Bell at 905985-2941 for tickets. Items for Happenings? Let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org North Durham Happenings is a community service of The Standard reserved for Charitable and Non-Profit events. We endeavour to run all eligible items in the order which they are received. PRINCE ALBERT by Pat Boyd The residents of Prince Albert have every right to feel proud, as two of their residents were the recipients of the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. Ellen Greenough was recognized for her devotion to Scouting. Ilean Pugh was recognized for her dedicated volunteer work in the community. There is still time to turn in the soup labels, pop tops and stamps before the UCW Presbyterial meeting in March. I believe your last chance is at our UCW meeting on March 13. Please make sure that you keep the bar code intact. The Prince Albert Outreach committee will be hosting a hot soup luncheon after the service on Sunday March 10. Please join us to enjoy different kinds of delicious home-made soup and support the Outreach projects with a free-will donation. The winter studies series continues on Wednesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the lounge at Port Perry, or Thursday morning at 10 a.m. in the Fellowship room at Prince Albert. The Lenten luncheons sponsored by the Scugog Ministerial Association take place on Wednesdays during Lent, from 12:10 p.m. to 12:50 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church. Admission is free, so come and enjoy food, fellowship and reflection. This year’s World Day of Prayer service is Friday March 1, at 1 p.m. at the Church of the Ascension, North St., Port Perry. Congratulations to Judy Anderson who raised over EPSOM AND UTICA by Shari Kerry Congratulations and Best Wishes from the community go out to Ted Croxall who celebrated his 90 birthday last weekend at Trinity United Church in Uxbridge. There will be Euchre at Epsom church on March 8. Everyone welcome. Greeters at Epsom church for the month of March are Ann Joyner, Arnis Pukitis and family, Scott and Beth Wilson and family. $2,000 for the Polar Plunge held on Sat. in support of the Hospital Auxiliary. The Thursday evening euchre winners at the Community Center were Meryle St. John, Earla Stanfield, Mac Albright, Ethel Smith, Jean VanCamp and Shirl Leask. CAESAREA by Eleanor Colwell Caesarea Nestleton Euchre Last Thursday’s euchre scores (February 21st) were as follows: high scores – 1)B.Moase, 2)R.Stephenson, 3) M.Blanchard, 4)D.Slute, 5)M.Trunks; most lone hands – B.Moase; and low score – Ann M. Nine tables plus three extra players enjoyed the night of cards. Why not join us this Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Nestleton Hall on Highway 7A at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Nestleton Church Recently, Nestleton United Church’s congregational meeting was held after a wonderful potluck lunch with a great variety of foods. The meeting was well attended and some lively discussion was held regarding our finances and the future of the church. One of the proposals made to the congregation was to think about a special one-time donation entitled “Don’t stew about it,” in lieu of the Irish Stew Supper., which has been postponed this year due to limited manpower for the event. Please remember that all are welcome each Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Blackstock & District Lions Club Our next meeting is a guest night. On Wednesday, March 6, Dr. Jennifer Tremain, a chiropractor from Bowmanville, will be speaking to us on natural healing and ways to improve our energy. If this is of interest to you, please contact our secretary, Lion Carol, at (905)9865382 and join us for an interesting evening. Saturday, May 25, is our Annual Lions Car Show at the Blackstock Rec Centre. Vendors are asked to contact the Car Show Chair Lion Keith Brown at (905)986-5603 for details. ZEPHYR & SANDFORD by Pat Asling There was a good attendance at the Genealogy meeting last Thursday when Allan McGillivray told us about the route that many early settlers took to arrive in this part of the country. This started up Yonge St. before heading cross-country to Uxbridge. Parts of the road are still in evidence. He also talked about many of the people and villages, some long gone, along that route, with many interesting and amusing anecdotes. A trip to Toronto was a four day adventure! Jenny and Cor Van Maurik returned from a different adventure, a Caribbean cruise to some tropical isles, as well as mainland Central America, Costa Rica and Panama where the highlight was a river trip to a native village. Dr. Arlene Hackner has also returned from a trip to Panama. My memories of Panama centre on birds, and feeling like a swivel-head trying to see so many at one time. An amazing place, especially in the interior! Born to Bryan and Andrea Smith (nee Cain) twins, Luke Bryan Emerson and Tegan Natalie Bristol, born three minutes apart on Friday evening, Feb. 22, new grandchildren for Bruce and Janet Smith and Margaret Cain. After six granddaughters, Bruce is happy to finally have a grandson along with another girl. A number of area residents were among the large crowd gathered at Trinity United last Saturday to give best wishes to Ted Croxall on his 90th birthday. Ted and wife Corinne are well-known around the country for their work in church, community and farm organizations. Also celebrating a birthday this week were Barb Harwood and Chris Jones, Best wishes to all those celebrating for any reason! A number of residents are not celebrating as they are ill, one way or another. Our good wishes for better health go out to them. Gisela Rolling is recuperating from double knee surgery. It was good to see Allan McGillivray getting around better after knee surgery. Installation of 2013 church officers took place at Zephyr and Sandford United Churches on Sunday, the 2nd Sunday of Lent. At the Official Board Meeting Monday night at Zephyr Bruce Harwood was elected as chairperson, Carol Johnson as Secretary and Nancy Wolfe as Treasurer as it is Sandford’ s turn for the next 2 years. The next Book Club Meeting is March 28; the book to read is entitled” The Welcoming Committee of Butternut Creek”, a comedy /fiction by Jane Myers Perrine. The of NorthOwned Durham Yourvoice Community Newspaper Thursday, February Thursday, October28, 18,2013 2012 •• 7 SCUGOG ISLAND by Jeanne C. Le Saux Doug Baird did the call to worship this sunday with the message on ‘What is A Christian?’ A big thanks goes out to Maureen and Oram Moore, for providing the refreshments after the service for time for fellowship. Our Condolences are extended to the Atkinson, Ferguson, and Wilson families at this time of loss. Steve Ciecwierz is home from his trip to Alberta with Olga, and is still looking for housing. A special thanks to the Orchestra for providing wonderful music on Sunday. A thought for the week: open your Heart to truth and decorate your life with the garland of good deeds!! Coming Events: March 16 - St Patrick’s Day Supper Island Hall April 27- Bake and Craft Sale Island Hall May 31 - Beef supper Island Hall Happy Birthdays goes out to: Jon Williamson (Feb. 23), Mark Le Saux (Feb. 25) and Kelly Ewing (Feb. 27). Happy Birthday to anyone who may not be mentioned here. I can be reached at 905-985-7662 by phone or email@example.com and remember I would like to receive the news by Sunday Evenings at 6 p.m. SEAGRAVE by Robin Drew and Jean Short Celebrating birthdays this week are Fran Taylor (Feb. 25) and Teri Murphy-Payne (Feb. 28). Happy Birthday Greetings to Dylan Thomas who celebrates his 18th birthday on March 2nd. Hope you have a great day from Ma, Pa, Kyle, Cody and your Seagrave Friends. Betty Lou announced that VIBE will take place on August 19th but that help is still needed. If you can help, please call Betty Lou Beacock at 985-3595. Tara Taylor announced that they are still collecting pennies for Mission and Services during Lent. She spoke on how the funds are spent to help others. Howard Payne announced that the Survey Committee will meet on Feb. 27th at 7 p.m. at the church. Eleanor Sturman announced that the World Day of Prayer will be held at Wick Church on Fri. March 1st. Anyone interested in going and needing a ride, please call her at 985-7778. The Congregation sang Happy Birthday to Lorne Dann who became a ‘Senior’ on Feb. 18th. Rick McAskil and Barb Martyn extinguished the second candle of Lent. Rev Paul spoke to the children on whether the Bible and guns are good or bad. Each one gave their opinion and how we all need God’s guidance on this matter. Seagrave Youth Group is hosting a Wii Tennis Tournament on Mar. 1st from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Join us for a fun evening. Check us out at www.seagraveyouthgroup.webs.com. Upcoming: Mar. 3 - 9 a.m. - Third Sunday of Lent Mar. 7 - 7 p.m. - Bible Study with Rev. Paul. If you have any news items, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com OR by phone @ 985-9921. Wick Presbyterian Church at 12:30 p.m. for dessert with program to follow. On Tuesday, March 5, the volunteers will be going to St. Vincent’s Soup Kitchen to serve. To help, call Doug at 905-852-7057. On Wednesday, March 6, both UCWs meet at the church – the Evening Unit at 7:30 p.m., while the Fidelis Unit meets at 1:30 p.m. All ladies are welcome to attend. On March 20, the Kawartha Highlands UCW Presbytery meets at Seagrave church for the annual meeting. April 12 – Euchre at Greenbank hall May 4 – Music Concert with Irwin Smith at Greenbank church. Next Sunday, come early (10 to 11 a.m.) for muffins and coffee before service, hosted by the Evening UCW. Please call 905985-0535 with your news by 6 p.m. on Sunday night. ST. JOHN’S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 319 Queen Street, Port Perry Pastor Robert Kennedy 905-985-3881 www.stjohnsportperry.com SUNDAY, March 3 Service at 10 a.m. Sunday School and Nursery Care Available All are warmly welcome PORT PERRY BAPTIST CHURCH 2210 Hwy. 7A (at Island Rd.) 905-985-8681 www.portperrybaptist.ca Rev. Jim Clemens, Sr. Pastor Join us for worship this week: SUNDAY SERVICES 9:15 a.m. Sunday School for all ages 10:30 a.m. Worship 6:30 p.m. Worship Nursery Care and Jr. Church is available A warm welcome to all PORT PERRY and PRINCE ALBERT UNITED CHURCHES SUNDAY, March 3 SCUGOG ISLAND UNITED CHURCH 19100 Island Road, Port Perry A warm welcome to all 905-985-4094 SUNDAY, March 3 10 a.m. Morning Service 16200 Old Simcoe Road (S.A. Cawker School) Port Perry newsongportperry.ca Sunday, March 3, 10 a.m. Nursery and Sunday School (Anglican Network in Canada) All are Welcome. UXBRIDGE TRINITY UNITED CHURCH 20 First Avenue Pastor Kirby Constable 905-852-6213 www.trinityuxbridge.com Sunday, March 3 SUNDAY WORSHIP AND SUNDAY SCHOOL 10 a.m. COME and BE ENGAGED by the GOOD NEWS VICTORY CHRISTIAN CENTRE 593 Alma St., Port Perry, Ontario 905-985-1346 Rev John Benschop firstname.lastname@example.org www.victorychristiancentre.net Friday - 7:30 p.m. Prayer Revival Join us Sunday Mornings at 10 a.m. Prayer 10:30 a.m. Celebration Service SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES Port Perry United Church 294 Queen St., Port Perry 9:50 a.m. Morning Worship Prince Albert United Church 23 Jeffrey St., Prince Albert 11:30 a.m. Morning Worship Nursery Care and Sunday School Available • www.portperryunited.com ANGLICAN CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION (Anglican Church of Canada) Minister Rev. John Anderson 266 North St., Port Perry Phone: 905-985-7278 email@example.com www.ascensionportperry.com Friday, March 1 World Day of Prayer Join us on Sunday morning at 10 a.m. A contemporary worship experience in a relaxed environment. Staff: Dr. Fred Penney, Lead Pastor Scott Manuel, Youth Pastor Brenna Cruickshank, Children’s Ministry Director 1680 Reach Street. - 905-985-4441 website: www.emmanuelcc.ca Emmanuel Community Church: ‘Reaching up to God; Reaching out to our Community,’ 1 p.m. Sunday School and Nursery available BLACKSTOCK by Joyce Kelly On Tuesday evening at the meeting of the Durham District Board of Education the decision was made to close the Cartwright High School in June 2013. Appreciation must be extended to the many, many people who worked so hard to save the school over the past year spending hours upon hours of their time. Thank you so very much. On Wednesday evening, there was a very impressive ceremony at the Scugog Community Hall when the Queen’s Jubilee medal was presented to a number of Scugog residents. Among the recipients were John Wolters, Ivan DeJong and myself. On this Friday, March 1, the World Day of Prayer will be held at the Blackstock United Church at 2 p.m. Following the service, refreshments and a time of fellowship 1710 Scugog Street, Port Perry Father Peter Lackmanec MASS SATURDAY - 5 p.m. SUNDAY - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. For Mass through the week call the Parish at 905-985-7071 Rev. Elaine Hall - Rev. Don Willmer 905-985-2801 GREENBANK by Mary-Jean Till This week and last have been special for Rodd and Marie Foster. On February 20, Rodd was one of 18 recipients of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medallion at Scugog Community Arena ceremony, honouring their community contributions and achievements. The Fosters became great-grandparents again with the arrival of the wee daughter of Justin and Magico Kubinga. On February 27, Rodd and Marie will be 65 years married. Congratulations! Remember the elementary school is collecting Canadian Tire money and Operation Scugog food donations. Ted Croxall celebrated his 90th birthday with family and many friends at Trinity United in Uxbridge, on Saturday, February 23. March 1 is World Day of Prayer, a worldwide service. For area residents of Greenbank/ Seagrave, you are invited to join together at IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH will be enjoyed. Our thoughts are with Neil Johnson who is having health issues at this time. Fair folk of the were saddened to hear of the death of Margot Brown, long time secretary of Bobcaygeon Fair, this past week. Also, last week, the fair industry lost another longtime member with the death of Leroy Nesbitt, an avid horse puller. Last week the weekly card party moved to its new location at St. John’s Church Parish Hall with the following winners: Val Priebe, Harold Crawford, Elmo Gibson, Heidi Krieg and Keith VanCamp (low). Heidi Krieg had the prize for most lone hands. The special prizes were won by Ellen Gibson, Doreen Sheehey, and Joyce Hawkins. HOPE CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Hope Church Pastor Bernhard VanderVlis SUNDAYS at 10 a.m. Mid-week programs for youth and adults! 14480 Old Simcoe Rd. (Between 7A and Prince Albert) 905-985-9307 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hopeforportperry.ca A PLACE OF HOPE! Rev. Paul Moorhouse 905-985-7766 email@example.com www.greenbankchurch.com SUNDAY, March 3 Seagrave (in the beautiful hamlet of Seagrave) 9 a.m. Morning Service Greenbank (Hwy 12, minutes. N. of Pt. Perry) 11 a.m. Morning Service Everyone is Welcome Children’s time with 11 a.m. service To list your church events contact Katherine at 905-985-6985 8 • Thursday, February 28, 2013 The Standard EDITORIAL Beyond the ice Your opinion matters Send us an e-mail to; firstname.lastname@example.org or a letter to; The Scugog Standard, 94A Water St., Port Perry ON L9L 1J2 With reports of an assault on a local referee at a youth hockey game in Port Perry, what is at once a distant and up-close problem is brought to the fore. Sadly, every hockey season, it’s not an uncommon thing to hear of incidents like fights between parents and/or coaches of the opposing teams in some community, and it stings much more when it’s close to home. And so it should. In this case, a local youth - who has spared his own time to referee games - was allegedly attacked both verbally and physically by parents of the kids he’s officiating for. Refereeing is a job that doesn’t pay too handsomely - if you’re counting dollars. If it’s for the love of the game, he’s probably among the richest men in the arena. We can only hope that he’ll put all of this past him, continue to lace up his skates and make those calls as he sees fit each and every game he refs. Yes, hockey season is winding down and like anything that demands dedication (from players and parents alike) as much as time and finances, it’s going to get emotional. But it’s hardly an excuse to drop common sense like a pair of gloves. More important than developing the next generation of NHL stars, minor hockey is a place where our kids should be learning not only the technical skills and importance of physical activity, but how to use cooperation and teamwork to overcome a challenge. If kids can apply those lessons to life outside the arena, they all win. And since kids learn by example, the incident described above is quite the disruption in the classroom. While we’re all cheering on our teams to emerge victorious (as we should), take a minute and learn from the kids themselves, who are taking in the lessons that adults are teaching - both good and bad - and consider things from their viewpoint. Once in a while, we all need to go back to the rink. Solar project not so bright for farmers To Premier Kathleen Wynne (and the Editor), I am writing to you with my concerns relating to the proposed Marsh Hill Solar Facility. This facility was originally given OPA approval due to a loophole in the legislation. The facility is located in the Township of Scugog. All agricultural land in Scugog is zoned rural. The proponent used this loophole to obtain an approval. The project has not been approved by the MOE yet, but before this occurs I am asking to intervene and have this project cancelled. It is located next door to my farm at 635 Cragg Rd. in Scugog Township. I, and several farm neighbours on Cragg Rd., are asking you, as the Minister of Agriculture and the Premier, to take action to stop this project which is located on 120 acres of Class 1 Farmland. We cannot continue to lose valuable farmland in this province and continue to feed our cities with this shrinking land base. The hydro produced by this facility will be sold at a loss to the taxpayers of the province. As an example, my last farm hydro bill was for a total cost of $617.21. This was for 4128 kwh. This is a cost of 14.95 cents per kwh. Even if this Marsh Hill Solar Facility is selling hydro to the OPA at the reduced rate of approximately 43 cents per kwh there is a loss of $1,157.83 which will be absorbed by the tax payers of Ontario. If you extrapolate that over one year, $1,157.83 x 12 months, the cost to the tax payer will be $13,893.96. The proponent for the Marsh Hill Solar Facility claims that the project will power 3,000 families. According to my calculation, this power will cost the tax payers about $41 million per year ($13,893/family x 3,000 families = $41,697,000). I, along with many other people, will find it impossible to support your government if this project is allowed to proceed. Please do the right, and honourable, thing. Please stop this project while you can. I look forward to hearing from you on this very important matter. More views on rescue bill To the Editor, Re: Ice Rescue In my earlier letter regarding ice rescue, I asked that if the Fire Department didn’t get to a rescue in time, would the estate be responsible for costs incurred in retrieving the victim. It’s interesting that just such an accident occurred on a “frozen” Muskoka lake this week. Had the victim been advised that the lake was unsafe? If not, does the Fire Department absorb the cost for retrieving this victim? If he was warned, does the new bylaw go into effect? (Or does this bylaw apply only to Lake Scugog?) 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The contest, which is open to March 9, requires participants to enter a written submission and short video addressing two questions - what is your big idea and how will it drive change, generate revenue and create social impact in the Region? According to organizer and Pramilla Ramdahani, the contest hopes to address five major challenges in Durham - climate change, poverty, enhanced transit and transportation, youth engagement and enhancing the image of Durham. The contest grew out of an ‘ideas jam’ hosted by Durham College’s Community Innovation Lab last year, which identified those five challenges as paramount. Finalists will then be announced on March 15, with a live ‘pitch night’ at Durham College on March 28. The top three finalists will then see their ideas slowly take shape between May and June, working with business mentors to develop a launch plan. Prizes include $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500 for the top three ideas (in addition to project incubation), plus five Saddened by CHS closure To the Editor, After decades of standing up for their local high school, the good folk supporting Cartwright High School will be forced to log out. While there have always been arguments on both sides of the ledger, clearly the values and priorities of the parent and student community have been different from those of the Durham District School Board. Cartwright High School has been characterized by a strong and intimate sense of community feeling where students have felt a sense of ownership and belonging. The likelihood of students “falling through the cracks” much less so than in many of the larger high schools in the region. As the director of admissions and communications for a similar size high school, Durham Christian High School in Bowmanville, our graduates also do very well in their post high school education. We know what it is the Cartwright community has now lost. Bigger is not always better. Linda Wielinga Scugog Island additional prizes of $1,000. Ms. Ramdahani, who is executive director of the Community Innovation Lab, said the goal of the competition is to engage the more than 18,000 post-secondary students living in Durham at a time when unemployment amongst youth is a growing concern. “There are no jobs for Generation Y and this could cost Canada billions of dollars,” she said. “We’re looking to address this unemployment gap facing the youth in our Region.” The competition is open to any local students (ages 16-29) of Durham College, UOIT and Trent University’s Oshawa campus. For more information or to submit your video, please visit www. durhamideasden.com. Police renew lease with Uxbridge UXBRIDGE: Durham Regional Police will maintain a presence in downtown Uxbridge over the next five years after a recent extension to their lease with the township. At council’s meeting on the evening of Monday, Feb. 25, councillors received notice that the police are seeking to renew their lease at 34 Brock St. West that is shared with the Uxbridge Youth Centre through 2018. Although the possibility of increasing the rent paid by the police - currently $12.60 per square foot for the 809 square foot space - was raised by Ward 5 Councillor Gord Highet, ultimately councillors decided to keep the rate intact. The rent paid by police on the downtown space adds more than $10,000 annually to township coffers. There’s no place like home If I was any good at expectorating, I could spit from my front porch and hit a doctor’s office. Within walking distance of my doorstep, I could have my pick of family physicians, dentists and ophthalmologists. If I was ever in need of an emergency room or a surgeon, Toronto East General Hospital is a five-minute drive from my home. Yet, despite the proximity of available services, Stephie and I continue to make the trip back to Port Perry whenever we need a checkup or require a medical procedure. This not only perplexes, but also vexes Rob, who has a roster of healthcare and therapeutic professionals he would like us to adopt as our own here in the city. Each time he suggests we transfer our files to urban clinics, however, we politely decline and hop in the car. We like our rural docs, thank you very much. We like their proficiency. And we like their familiarity. We’re not just names on a chart, we are neighbours, friends. Stephie has been in the care of our doctors, nurses and dental hygienists since she was eight years old, and they have monitored her development from an awkward, inward, uncommunicative autistic child to a chatty, outgoing, engaging young woman who is more than capable of expressing her concerns, often with a sense of humour that belies her disabilities. Between them, these fine medical professionals have managed or treated our every health condition or crisis, conducted every physical or corneal exam, written every prescription, injected every inoculation or vaccination, taken every x-ray or ultrasound, stitched or glued every cut, fit us for every orthotic device, drawn every diagnostic droplet of blood, attended our bedside during every hospital visit or extended stay, scraped away every bit of plaque, extracted every tooth and filled every cavity since 1999. Heck, at one time or another I have interviewed almost every member of my medical team for stories that appeared in this very newspaper. We have a history together, and that’s something you don’t discard for the sake of convenience. Besides, it’s an excuse to come home. We always feel welcome at the Medical Associates of Port Perry; the carpet has been worn by our boots and shoes over the years. There is nothing intimidating about Lakeridge Health Port Perry. We are intimately acquainted with every hallway and corridor, every nurse’s station, examination room and surgical suite. And you can see glittering Lake Scugog from Dr. Workman’s office on North St. Regardless of where we happen to be living, it is here that we belong. Stephanie recently had a toenail extraction with Dr. Evans. I sat outside the door to the day surgery OR listening to the laughter of the two assisting nurses - one a former neighbour and the mother of my sons’ friends - as Stephie regaled them with a hilarious account of the latest misdeeds of her pets at home. My recent colonoscopy with Dr. Stryde - an early 50th birthday present from the good doc - was the occasion of a week-long stay with my dad. He bought me ginger ale and Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 9 Staying in touch... JOHN O’TOOLE MPP Gas plant documents raise issues Ontario MPPs were shocked to learn of the existence of yet another batch of documents related to the cancellation of gas-powered generating stations. The latest release of documents from Energy Minister Bob Chairelli consists of 600 pages from the year 2011 related to the cancelled gas plants in Mississauga and Oakville and the re-location of these plants. As you may recall, the McGuinty government first released 36,000 documents last September and claimed they had disclosed everything. About a month later, they released another 20,000 and claimed this was the end of the gas plant paper trail. Now, almost four months later, they are releasing more documents and claiming full disclosure. Keep in mind the fact that portions of many documents are deleted. Remember, these commercial documents have been hidden in code names such as “Project Vapour” and “Banana.” This government has admitted the cost of scrapping the plants in Oakville and Mississauga was $230 million. The real cost will likely be as high as $1 billion. Without the scrutiny of an all-party committee, we’ll never know. Premier Wynne wrote the Leader of the Opposition and the leader of the third party promised to establish a select committee to investigate the cancellations at Oakville and Mississauga. At that time, there were no strings attached. It’s only later that the Legislature learned the Wynne government would not establish a select committee if opposition MPP’s intended to pursue a contempt motion related to the power plant cancellations. It’s time for Premier Wynne to keep her promise and immediately establish a select committee to get to the bottom of the gas plant scandal. Thoughts on the Throne Speech Last week’s Throne Speech demonstrates this government’s unwillingness once again to make the necessary and urgent decisions needed to fix their made-in-Ontario jobs and debt crisis. Instead, Premier Kathleen Wynne is continuing the McGuinty legacy that took Ontario down the road to a deficit. It’s been 16 months since the last election. The Throne Speech mentioned the words “new government” approximately 50 times in an attempt to re-brand her administration. However, it’s clear that there’s nothing new. The McGuinty and Wynne governments have failed to recognize the dim economic outlook for Ontario as outlined in their own report issued by respected economist Don Drummond. Ontario needs a new approach – one that will create jobs and stop reckless overspending The Wynne government can call itself new or old. Either way, it is clear that this government is not up to the challenge. Just Write! 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The Scugog Shores CCCN_SPEAKUP_1 Heritage Centre & Archives is pleased to announce the arrival of an exciting new travelling exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum. Arts of China will be on display at the Scugog Shores Heritage Centre & Archives from March 3 to May 26. Chinese history, culture and classic traditions come to life through the exploration of three materials closely associated with China - jade, bronze and ceramics. Six themed cases display artifacts from the ROM’s world-renowned collection. Through a variety of hands-on activities, artifacts and repli- cas, visitors can explore Chinese dynasties, the development of their intricate writing, ancient symbols of power, innovative technological creations, as well as how bronze, jade and porcelain were made and their impact on the Western world. Travelling exhibitions like Arts of China bring the ROM’s collections, research and expertise to those institutions whose communities cannot readily visit the Museum. 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He also stated that, while affordability may not be a big problem for most of the country, policymakers should remain vigilant. “Elevated valuations, combined with record household debts, could prove troublesome in the event of a recession or interest rate shock.” However, Mr. Guatieri still expects that concerns over a national housing bubble should begin to deflate. “If interest rates remain low, income continues to rise, and prices stabilize this year - as we antic- ipate - fears of a deep housing correction should recede.” Sameh Elrefaei, Head of Mortgage Products, BMO Bank of Montreal, cautioned that, while the report gives reason for potential buyers in most regions to be optimistic, Canadians should continue to make responsible home financing decisions. “Recent data show that the best way to ensure long-term housing affordability is by locking into a longer-term fixed-rate mortgage with the lowest amortization period possible,” said Mr. Elrefaei. “For years now, BMO has been proactively promoting the benefits of choosing a shorter amortization and will continue to actively encourage Canadians to do so.” - Courtesy of BMO Economics Several factors to consider when choosing a neighbourhood When it comes to choosing a neighbourhood, there are countless variables to consider. From the big urban/ suburban question to weighing the pros and cons of specific areas, figuring out the where you will call home isn’t easy. According to Ron Abraham, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, many home buyers end up surprising themselves when it comes to choosing a neighbourhood. “Homebuyers may think they know exactly where they want to live until they start looking at their finances, or a child comes along, or they start a new job,” says Abraham. “It’s not until you sit down with your realtor and really go through your list of needs and wants that you realize what kind of living arrangements make the most sense for your lifestyle.” Abraham recommends homebuyers consider the following factors and then speak to a realtor to narrow ONE STOP MORTGAGE SHOPPING • I can arrange the mortgage financing that best meets your needs. • I do the rate shopping for you. • I have access to over 40 lenders. • 1 application, 1 credit inquiry is all it takes to get the best rates and/or terms. • No brokerage fees to qualified purchasers. • CALL FOR MORE DETAILS Judi Weedmark, Mortgage Agent “Over 35 years of experience” License #10126 15474 Simcoe St. (just north of Queen) Direct Line: 905-243-5834 email: email@example.com www.judiweedmark.ca down their options: Cost of the home: A suburban home may be less expensive than one of the same size in the city. On the flip side, a larger suburban home and yard may require more maintenance and generate higher utility bills. Commuting costs: Buying a home close to work can reduce commuting costs and time, but be sure to consider all the commuting you do in a day. It can get costly having a car, but so too can relying on public transit. Personal preferences: Shops, housing and entertainment are clustered closer together in urban areas, but the commotion of urban living isn’t for everyone. Although you may have to drive a distance when visiting a museum or theatre, living in the suburbs provides a quieter environment to return home to. Evolving needs: If you are thinking of starting a family, your future housing needs will look very different from your current ones. For young couples, often look- A guide to understanding realty language When it comes to real estate, there is no shortage of terminology and plenty of room for confusion. From mortgage types and periods to title searches and conditions, there are countless variables to consider in every real estate transaction. Ron Abraham, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association says that buyers and sellers needn’t be overwhelmed by any of the terms; rather, they should focus on the big picture and let their Realtor work through the details. “For both buyers and sellers, the sheer volume of information and options can be a little overwhelming. However, it’s important that both buyers and sellers focus on the larger picture - If you have a clear idea of your needs and go in with realistic expectations, the whole process will be very rewarding.” Here is a cheat sheet of a few common and (commonly misunderstood) real estate terms: Fixed-rate Mortgage: A set amount is paid each OREA career night, March 19 Shutters, Wood Blinds, Draperies and more! 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There is no onesize-fits-all answer so it’s important to do your research and speak to a realtor who can help guide you through the process.” You can also visit www.OREA.com to check out “What neighbourhood is right for me?” an interactive video series created to help kick start your decision. - Courtesy of the Ontario Real Estate Association OREA Real Estate College will be hosting a Career Night event at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre in Oshawa, on Tuesday March 19. Individuals who are looking for a challenging career that offers flexibility, financial rewards and growth potential are invited to join us for an information packed evening on how to become a real estate professional. The event takes place at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre, Guild East & Centre Room, at 1011 Bloor St. E. in Oshawa. The event runs fro 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Anyone wishing to attend can register via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone to Lena Koulian, at 1-866411-6732 ext. 270 ,or sign up for the event on the College Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ events/121053668040626/. month. The interest payable is predetermined and fixed at the time of taking the loan, and holds for the entire term. Buyers are protected from any increase in prime lending rates in future. Variable-rate Mortgage: An adjustable interest rate, which can be altered depending on the market situation. These loans may be beneficial if there is a sudden fall in lending rates, but higher interest rates mean greater monthly payments. Amortization: The number of years it takes to repay the entire amount of the mortgage. Title/Title Search: Title is the legal evidence of ownership in a property. A Title Search is a detailed examination of the ownership documents to ensure there are no liens or other encumbrances on the property, and no questions regarding the seller’s ownership claim. Conditions: Sometimes called a ‘Subject-to’ Clause. A statement of a condition to be fulfilled before the contract will become firm and binding; must include a specific deadline for removal. Multiple Listing Service (MLS): A current and comprehensive listing system for relaying property information. This service offers the widest exposure to properties listed for sale. REALTORS®: Real estate professionals licensed by the Real Estate Council of Ontario who are members of the various Real Estate Boards and the Ontario and Canadian Real Estate Associations. Abraham adds, “Often people get tripped up when it comes to sifting through information surrounding financing options, as well as the nuts and bolts of the real estate transaction. Talk to your Realtor about the best way to get equipped with the information you need to make a buying or selling decision that is right for you and your family.” Courtesy of the Ontario Real Estate Association The voice of North Durham THE STANDARD ON HOMES Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 13 Durham home prices still rising The Durham Region Association of REALTORS® (DRAR) reported 508 resale homes changed hands in January. Sales have increased 23 per cent since December, but fallen 12 per cent when compared to January of last year. The average price of a home in the region was $333,652 in January up 2 per cent from December and 4.7 per cent compared to this time last year. “Average selling prices continue to rise in Durham Region. The inventory of homes available for sale is lower than we normally see this time of year, but I expect we’ll start to see significantly more homes on the market in February and March,” commented Ian Smith, President of the Durham Region Association of REALTORS®. In January, 1,056 homes entered the marketplace which is a 7.6 per cent reduction compared to this time last year, but a 10 per cent jump compared to December. The Sales-toNew Listing Ratio, a sign of market balance, sits at 64.3 per cent as of the end of January which is an indication of a seller’s market. Durham REALTORS®, We Work Where You Live. To contact a local Durham Association REALTOR® for more specific and local housing statistics or search for a weekend open house or listings in your neighbourhood, please visit www.DurhamRealEstate.org. Pay down your mortgage faster Mortgages are the primary source of household debt in Canada and paying off one’s mortgage is top of mind for most homeowners. According to Ron Abraham, president of the Ontario Real Estate Association, most mortgages in Canada are paid over a 25-year period and while mortgages are considered ‘good debt’ because homes are valuable assets that tend to appreciate over time, the quicker you can pay off your mortgage, the better off you are. “Many people don’t realize that even if you are within the term of your mortgage, it is worthwhile to keep up to date on interest rates and new mortgage options. Sometimes looking into refinancing makes sense, while other times, it’s more about bootstrapping and enacting some tried and true strategies to quickening the repayment process,” says Abraham. Here are some tips to ramp up your mortgage repayment plan: 1. Switch to bi-weekly payments – Instead of paying your mortgage on a monthly or semi-monthly basis (12 or 24 payments per year, respectively), opt for a bi-weekly payment schedule, or a total of 26 payments each year. The extra payments will take years off your amortization schedule. 2. Increase payments – Every dollar counts when it comes to paying off your mortgage. For an additional $50$100 a month, you can shave years off your mortgage and save thousands of dollars in interest. Many lenders will let you increase your payment by up to 20 per cent every year, so when your income increases, you can also increase your payments. 3. Contribute to your RRSP – By contributing regularly to your RRSP, not only will you reduce your tax burden, you can put your tax refund directly towards your mortgage. This will help ensure that you will have a stable retirement and will help fast-track your journey to be mortgage-free. 4. Make an annual lump sum payment – Most banks will allow you to make an extra mortgage payment each year, which is applied directly to the principal. Take advantage of this by making a lump sum payment – no matter how big or small, everything you can do will make a difference. Not only does paying down the principal get your mortgage paid off faster but it will save you thousands of dollars of interest in the long term. However, Abraham reminds homeowners that these days, mortgages tend to be low interest and are ‘good debt,’ so if there are more pressing issues like credit card debt or lack of a rainy day fund, it is important to evaluate your financial priorities. Abraham recommends speaking to your financial advisor before making any major changes to your financial strategy and keeping in tune with new mortgage trends and information on interest rates. - Courtesy of the Ontario Real Estate Association Avoid fraudulent water heater sales Experts agree that few homeowners know their rights when it comes to door-to-door water heater sales. Many homeowners are not aware that organizations such as Enbridge, Direct Energy and government agencies, do not actually promote the exchange of water heaters door-to-door. EnerCare Inc., a leading provider of energy efficient products and water heater rentals, answers a few commonly asked questions on ways homeowners can protect themselves from fraudulent door-todoor water heater salespeople: When a salesperson says they are from your current water heater provider, utility or local municipality, ask for identification. Organizations such as Enbridge, Direct Energy and government agencies do not promote the exchange of water heaters door-to-door. If a salesperson claims they are working on behalf of one of these agencies, chances are it is false. Remember that you don’t have to let the salesperson into your house. You have a right to ask for identification and to verify their identity by calling their employer. If the salesperson becomes rude or pushy, ask them to leave. If they refuse or become hostile, call the police. Never feel pressured into signing a contract right away and always ask to keep marketing material and contracts for review. Hesitation on the salesperson’s part to leave behind any information is a major red flag and you should strongly consider avoiding entering any agreements provided by such a salesperson. For additional advice and tips, visit www.EnerCare.ca/KnowYourRights. - Courtesy of News Canada Vol. 10 No .8 THURSD AY, FEBRUA RY 21, 20 LEE COLBY* JULIE COLB Y* Assistan * ‘Th e Waterfront PROfESSIO NAL R Guy’ CAN SAVE REALTY EALTOR 25 YRS 905-430-30 00 ** sales represe ntative * assistan t unlicensed t Brokerage 13 Ed it or ia l YOUR CO ........ MMUNIT Y NEWSP ........ Fe at ure APER CO ........ ........ VERING NO ........ ........ Sp or ts . RTH DURH 8 ........ ........ AM . . . . . . . . 12 ........ En te rt ai ........ nm en t . . ........ ........ 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Acco the contribution of earlier interview, DeBruijn in an 1.3 treasurer Trena to approximately al equ is n $132,800 reductio 2012 tax levy. gog’s get: per cent of Scu s in this year’s bud Among the item ucture mainte58,000 in infrastr - more than $2,4 Pick up your copy of THE STANDARD at these ﬁne Uxbridge locations • Ashlee Plaza • Body Fit • Boston Pizza • Canadian Tire • Coffee Tyme • Coppins Corners • Country Style • Crystal White Cleaners • Daisy Mart • Goodwood Superbox • Grange Way Camping • J&B Variety • Joy Village Market • K&Y Convenience • Leaskdale General Store • Macs Milk • Mad Millies • Manchester Arms • McDonalds • Mondo Hair Salon • Pharma Save • Quaker Village Variety • Reach View Village Home • Regency Smoke & Gifts • Rexall Pharmacy • Sandford General Store • Scrambles • Shobrook Gardens • Shopper’s Drug Mart • Tim Hortons • Toronto St. Corner • Udora Convenience • Urban Pantry Restaurant • Uxbridge Arena • Uxbridge Hearing Centre • Uxbridge Standard Ofﬁce • Uxbridge Post Ofﬁce • Uxbridge Video • Vince’s • Zehrs • Zephyr Mini Mart THE STANDARD 14 • Thursday, February 28, 2013 The Standard Bruins work overtime for lead in Battle of North Durham DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard An extended break from gameplay did little to slow down the Uxbridge Bruins as they jumped out to a two-games-to-none lead over the Port Perry MoJacks in their COJHL semi-final series over the weekend. The playoff ‘Battle of North Durham’ kicked off on Friday, Feb. 22 in Uxbridge with close to 500 fans packing their way into the arena. The Bruins would take advantage of some early penalty trouble for the MoJacks when Justin Bean scored a powerplay goal just over two minutes into the action, assisted by Steve Douitsis and Matt Allen. Propelled by the solid defensive play of ‘Magic’ Mike Spataro and Joey ‘The Flying V’ Vocino, the Bruins had several quality scoring chances near the midway point of the first. However, MoJacks goaltender Drew Siydock would turn them away to keep Port Perry in the game. The MoJacks’ luck would run out with just over five minutes remaining in the first when Wyatt Trainer connected on a onetimer to put the Bruins ahead 2-0. Dylan Locke and Mike Ramsey picked up assists on the play. A Keegan Cairns powerplay goal with just over two minutes remaining would round out the Bruins’ first period scoring as the home side took a 3-0 lead into the dressing room after 20 minutes of play. After a scoreless second period, Vocino added to the Bruins’ lead early in the third period when he tucked a loose puck into the corner of the net. Callum Lynch and Douitsis assisted on the powerplay goal. The MoJacks would break up Bruins goalie Branden Francey’s shut out bid when Matt Johnston scored with just over seven minutes remaining. However, that would be as close as Port Perry would get as the Bruins rolled to a 4-1 win in Game 1. Following the game, Bruins Head Coach Dan West explained that his team’s approach in the wake of a nearly-three week break between games was to not overextend themselves. “We thought we might be rusty, but we didn’t hide from it,” West told The Standard. “We just tried to keep it simple, and we got a great start and took advantage of some undisciplined play on (the MoJacks’) part, and just took it from there.” Meanwhile, at the other end of the arena hallway, MoJacks bench boss Jon Campbell remarked that undisciplined play had helped do in the MoJacks in Game 1. “The series is far from over,” Campbell said. “But, for us to remain competitive in this series, we’ll have to be more focused because once you get down three goals to the top team, it can be very hard to overcome that deficit.” The MoJacks must have gotten the message, as they had much more jump in their step when the teams hooked back up for Game 2 of the series on Sunday, Feb. 24 at Scugog Arena. However, as is so often the case in playoff hockey, after dominating the majority of the action in the opening stanza, the MoJacks would surrender the game’s first goal when Matt Allen scored for Uxbridge with just under a minute left in the first period. Almost five minutes into the second period, Jarett Smith charged into the MoJacks’ zone, and slipped the puck across to the waiting stick of Vocino, who scored to put the Bruins up 2-0. The MoJacks would finally break through with just over a minute left in the second when Logan Evans fired a laser beam off a Matt Paul rebound to draw the MoJacks to within a goal. Paul would tie the game 2-2 almost three minutes into the third when he spun and collected a loose puck at his feet before firing it into the net. The Bruins would retake the lead with just over eight minutes remaining behind a high wrist shot from Patrick Morgan. The lead would not last, however as just over three minutes later, MoJacks forward Kyle Schweda got tangled up with Bruins defenceman Carter Vahey when chasing down a loose puck. The pair would crash into Francey, who had come out to try and make a play on the puck when Lee Taylor emerged from the chaos to scoop up the loose puck and deposit it into the open net and knot the game 3-3. After a furious finish to the action failed to produce a goal, the teams headed to overtime to determine a winner. Mike Ramsey would end things just over four minutes into the extra frame when he charged into the slot and pounded a shot past MoJacks netminder Jeff Julien to lift the Bruins to a dramatic 4-3 victory. Bruins defenceman Andy Liboiron keeps MoJack Matt Johnston’s shot clear of goalie Branden Francey during the first period of Uxbridge’s 4-1 win on Friday, Feb. 22. The rivals will square off for Game 3 of their COJHL semi-final series on Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at Scugog Arena. If Game 5 is needed, it will be on Friday, March 1, at 7:45 p.m. in Uxbridge. DYNAMIC DESIGNS Special to The Standard Loose Pucks: - The winner of the Uxbridge-Port Perry series will move on to square off against the Lakefield Chiefs after they swept the Clarington Eagles in four straight games over the weekend. The Chiefs were simply dominant over the course of the series, shutting out the Eagles in each of the first three games before taking Game 4 by a score of 2-1 on Sunday, Feb. 24 in Bowmanville. Bruins boast COJHL’s top goalies DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard The Uxbridge Bruins have added some hardware to their trophy case. Prior to Game 1 of their playoff series against Port Perry on Friday, Feb. 22, the team was presented with the trophy for finishing in first place during the regular season as well as the award for top team goaltending. During the regular season, the Bruins led the league with just 96 goals against. COJHL convenor Liz Basinger was on hand to present the award to Bruins netminders Branden Francey and Greg Zupan. Francey, an 18-year-old rookie from Ajax, led the COJHL with a record of 181-1 with two shutouts and a goals against average of just 1.71. When speaking with The Standard following Uxbridge’s 4-1 win, Francey was surprised with the honour. “You never think as a rookie that you’re going to achieve something like that,” Francey said. “But, I tried to work hard all year long, and had a lot of great teammates in front of me.” Bruins Head Coach Dan West praised Francey following the game for his remarkable play throughout the 2012-13 campaign. “We never had any expectation, but we really liked what we saw from Branden since day one and he got himself into a groove and went from there,” West said. West also noted that the award was a team effort with Francey, Zupan and Wayne Fryer - who was dealt to Port Hope in early December - all contributing to the award-winning performance, along with several skaters. “The award is really a credit to the other 21 guys on the ice, and I wonder if Tim Bierema and Andy Liboiron shouldn’t have their names on the trophy as well, because they made a lot of saves themselves over the course of the year,” commented West. SPRING IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER... 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After winning 6-2 in Uxbridge on Monday, Feb. 18, the Stars finished off the series in Napanee on Saturday, Feb. 23, with a 6-2 win. After starting out the season with a 3-8 record, the PeeWee Stars have rebounded down the stretch and knocked off second-seeded Whitby Blue in the first round of the playoffs, before taking out the third-ranked Clarington Toros in the second round leading up to their meeting with Napanee. Meanwhile, the Cobra Metal Manufacturing Minor PeeWee AE Stars won a pair of must-win games over the weekend to knock off Whitby and advance to a semi-final showdown with Georgina. On Saturday, Feb. 23, before a raucous Uxrena crowd, the Stars were facing elimination, but rallied to defeat the Wildcats by a final score of 2-1 to set up a winner-take-all Game 5 the next day in Whitby. The Stars would keep momentum on their side as they won 2-1 in over- Port Perry Minor Softball in person registration March 2, 10am-1pm Scugog arena or register online www.portperrysoftball.ca early bird discount Register and pay before March 15 and save $25! Keegan McCarthy chases down a loose puck during the Midget Stars’ 3-1 loss to Quinte West before a capacity crowd on Sunday, Feb. 24, in Uxbridge. The Game 5 quarterfinal loss brought an end DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard to a banner year for the Midgets. time to move on to the next round. The Williamson Uxbridge Minor Atoms emerged victorious in their ‘Battle of North Durham’ as they knocked off the Port Perry Predators in four games to advance to a semifinal duel with Orillia. The Stars started their week with a dramatic 7-6 win on home ice to tie the series at one game apiece. From there, Uxbridge eked out a 1-0 win at Scugog Arena on Friday, Feb. 22 before taking Game 4 by a final tally of 3-0 on Saturday, Feb. 23 in Uxbridge. Lastly, the Jones Pools Novice Stars started their semi-final series with Napanee over the weekend. After the teams battled to a 2-2 tie in Uxbridge on Saturday, Feb. 23, the action shifted to Napanee on Sunday, Feb. 24 where Napanee prevailed by a score of 5-2. Looking to the north, the Brock Wild Bantams will also be moving on to the OMHA ‘DD’ semi-finals after a hard fought series win over the Otonabee Wolves that culminated in a 4-0 win for the Wild in Keene on Sunday, Feb. 24. The Bantam Wild will now face off against the Mildmay Monarchs for a spot in the All-Ontario finals. The Atom Wild, meanwhile, will meet Flesherton in the semi-finals after sweeping Millbrook from the playoffs last weekend. Ferraro is golden at Montreal meet It was a golden weekend for two members of the Uxbridge Swim Club as they participated in the four-day short-course Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships in Montreal from Feb. 14 to 17. The Speedo Eastern Championships brought together a great mix of Canada’s senior, youth and junior swimmers. The annual competition featured 112 clubs and 786 athletes participating. Mitchel Ferraro put on a dazzling display in the pool, eventually taking home six gold medals. Ferraro took gold for 50 Back (26.04), 100 Back Uxbridge’s Mitchel Ferraro (centre) collects one of his six gold medals during the recent Speedo Eastern Canadian Championships in Montreal. In addition to his gold medals, Ferraro also set five Meet records during the event. SUBMITTED PHOTO (55.24), 200 IM (2:04.62), 50 Free (23.13), 100 Free (49.32) and 50 Fly (25.10). Additionally, he also won two silver medals for 200 Free and 200 Back. In addition to these impressive results, Ferraro achieved five Meet records. These records were for 50 Back, 100 Back, 200 IM, 50 Free and 100 Free. He also earned the High Point Award for males aged 16 and under and Best Male Swim based on FINA points for 16 and under swimmers. With his excellent performance at the meet, Ferraro is now top in Canada for four events in the 16 and under category – 50 Free, 100 Free, 50 Fly and 100 Back. Scott Kerr also participated in the Eastern Canadian Championships. He swam a personal best in the 50 Free (24.97) and finished 33rd. He also finished 44th in 100 Free and 28th in 100 Fly. Both Ferraro and Kerr will be participating in the All Ontario Provincial Championships on Thursday, Feb. 28 in Ottawa. Ferraro will then be moving on to the Canadian National World Trials in Victoria, British Columbia at the beginning of April. Feel good about your vehicle again and fix those annoying issues. Service lights on? AC not working? Light bulbs out? Wipers park incorrectly? Engine Stalling? Brakes getting poor? Maintaining domestic & import vehicles since 1987 www.precisionautoelectric.ca Tim Bartley - Class A Auto Mechanic Hours: 8am to 5pm Monday - Friday 905-985-8406 80 VanEdward Drive, Unit 1 Port Perry, Ontario L9L 1G3 16 • Thursday, February 28, 2013 NORTH DURHAM SPORTS The voice of North Durham Lots of action ‘Between the Sheets’ It was a happy, laughterfilled and often ribald day at Port Perry’s Business Women’s annual “Between the Sheets” bonspiel organized by Sharon Pasnick and her volunteers. Creative costumes added to the fun. The results from draw master Paul Coveart show how those important ends won and quarter points often determine the ultimate winners. Whitby’s Laura Arbour led her rink to top points on the day, barely edging East York’s Lee Banka team. Port Perry’s Kelly Evans led Louise Haugen, Gerry Oliver and Norma Van Camp to two wins and more than 33 points for third on the day. Annandale’s Lois Dwyer was fourth and Kelly Vanderberg’s team gets a mention for their second game score of 17 points. Beaverton rinks sweep into Port Perry Port Perry curlers were hospitable but dominant on ice when Beaverton senior men came to town. In early games Bob Forsyth’s visitors exacted a 10-6 win over Hugh Meyer’s Ian Emmerson, David Shepherd and Art Stableford. Grant Woodward’s Gord Humphrey, Doug Harper and Ken Meredith knocked off Wilf Cross’ Beaverton rink 8 to 5. Stan LeFort’s team of Frank Kelly, Joe Doyle and Andy Stamper spared no prisoners in a 12 to 3 rout of Larry Farrell’s visitors and Howard Moore’s Ted Gibson, Ivan Arbour and Hans Buscher ran up a 10-4 win over Paul Laidlaw’s Beaverton foursome. The second draw enhanced the Port Perry total to a hundred points plus. Beaverton’s sum was 69. LeFort’s team was best on the day followed by Port’s Grant Woodward. Beaverton’s Wilf Cross was third. Jack Rothery and Grant Woodward hosted. Lynda Elliott and Diane Harris served lunch of soup, sandwiches and Diana Rogers’ home-made pies. Dominion winners at Annandale In Senior Women’s finals Sunday, Guelph’s Suzanne Frick rink (5-2) - with Port Perry’s Carol Jackson at vice, Bernie Gillette and Laura Davis Cooke up front - defeated Oshawa’s Mary Chilvers 8-5. In earlier play, Chilvers beat Rideau’s Barb Kelly 8-4 in a second tiebreaker game after beating Bodogh of St. Catherines 10-5. On the Oshawa team were Andrea Lawes, Deb Thompson throwing second, and Gloria Ryan lead. Judy Oryniak’s Galt rink had led the parade (5-2) right into Saturday play. In the Men’s Dominion finals, in an all-Ottawa finish, top-ranked Brian Lewis of Ottawa Curling Club (7-0) fell 9 to 4 to Rideau’s Howard Rajala. Success against St. Thomas and K-W Granite Saturday helped Oshawa Golf ’s Ray Balachorek move up to rank third (4-3) but he lost to Rajala 6-4 Saturday night. McKnight rink tops Super League winners Sue McKnight’s Uxbridge powerhouse, Lindsay KIA, ends the Deloitte Super League season as top seed. Eighth and Ninth are Allen’s Siding and Lake Scugog Lumber. They meet March 7 to decide the final playoff spot and who gets to play McKnight. Don Beaton’s Gus Brown squad will finish second. Beaton showed his customary prowess in a 7-2 victory over Wilf Rapp’s Lake Scugog Lumber in their recent confrontation. HUB International skipped by Brian Van Camp built on a four point second end to defeat Mark St. John’s Allen’s Siding 6 to 4. Ralph Fairman’s Pineridge Impress had a two point edge after three ends but Bill Kennedy tied it at four after four. In the final ends Fairman added a deuce in the sixth, stole two in the seventh plus a single in the eighth to beat Kennedy 9 to 5. Kelly Evans’ Port Perry Sign Shop scored a single to open the game against Rob Steele’s Last Rock. Then Evans saw Steele count three in the second end, steel two in the third, and another four in the fourth for an eight point lead. In the fifth end, Sign Shop scored three and stole one in the sixth but, in the seventh end, Steele scored three for a 12-5 win. Bantam curlers to be tested Saturday With visitors from far and near - some of them highly skilled competitors - local Bantams have their work cut out for them. Saturday promises to be both fun and exciting as they contend for plaques and prizes in the fifth annual Tim Hortons Bantam Bonspiel. SCUGOG MEN’S HOCKEY LEAGUE JUNIOR DIVISION TEAM STANDINGS S Team 1st Lake Scugog Lumber 2nd Taylor Ford 3rd Cedar Creek Contracting 4th Harp & Wylie’s 5th Herrington’s Quality Butcher 6th Fitzgeralds Auto Service 7th Scugog Movers 8th Menzies Chrysler GOALIE STANDINGS S Goalie 1st Chris Monsma 2nd Kellin Jackson 3rd Jeff Clayton 4th Joe Houser 5th Kenny Harman 6th Curtis Doherty 7th Clint Kileen 8th John Langford Legend GP 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 W 13 12 12 11 11 8 6 3 L 4 7 7 7 9 12 14 16 T 6 4 4 5 3 3 3 4 OTL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Team GP Herrington’s Quality Butcher 19 Harp & Wylie’s 23 Cedar Creek Contracting 16 Lake Scugog Lumber 23 Taylor Ford 23 Scugog Movers 22 Fitzgeralds Auto Service 23 Menzies Chrysler 21 S=Standings P=Points PTS 32 28 28 27 25 19 15 10 GF 108 100 108 91 93 80 70 82 GA 83 83 81 74 87 100 101 123 PIM 107 72 94 70 106 96 102 130 W L T/OTL GAA 11 6 2 3.21 11 7 5 3.22 8 4 4 3.56 13 4 6 3.61 12 7 4 3.61 6 13 3 4.23 8 12 3 4.35 3 14 4 5.38 GP=Games Played GA=Goals Against W=Wins T=Ties SPONSORED BY Scugog Movers PLAYER STANDINGS S Name 1st Shane Norton 2nd Matt Roth 3rd John Harman 4th Matt Macmaster 5th Justin Koury 6th Scott Brownson 7th Ryan Ridgeway 8th Justin Shinn 9th Tom Chambers 10th Ty Cunningham L=Losses G=Goals Team Cedar Creek Contracting Cedar Creek Contracting Taylor Ford Harp & Wylie’s Taylor Ford Lake Scugog Lumber Herrington’s Quality Butcher Herrington’s Quality Butcher Lake Scugog Lumber Cedar Creek Contracting GP 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 23 G 30 31 23 21 15 17 13 20 18 9 A 35 25 33 26 30 27 30 21 21 30 P PIM 65 4 56 2 56 6 47 2 45 12 44 2 43 16 41 6 39 6 39 18 GF=Goals For A=Assists GAA=Goals Against Average GOLDEN GIRL: Greenbank’s Shauna Kuebeck (right) poses with coach Rob Huggins after she went undefeated to capture the 60 kg Gold Medal at the recent Ontario Cadet Wrestling Championships at Brock University. The win qualified her for the National Championships, to be contested this April in Saskatoon. SUBMITTED PHOTO Blackstock hockey playoffs upcoming This week the Tyke and Novice divisions had practices in preparation for the upcoming playoffs. Mites MVPs for the Chicken Nuggets this week were Isla Senft, Liam Calhoun and Sullivan Vaughan. The Caesarea Fire Fighters recognize Callum Lepage, Brendan Potter and Tanner Scott as MVPs this week. Atom Buck’s Construx beat Practicar 4 to 0. Thomas Slomiany was the goalkeeper for Buck’s Construx. Goals came from Owen Silcock (2), Nathan McLennan, and Hannah Buchanan. Austin Dean and Owen Silcock earned assists. Robbie Boadway was the Practicar goalie and although the team played hard came up empty handed. Peewee JF Construction beat Denault Contracting 7 to 6. JF Construction’s goalie was Robert Goss. Goals came from Corbin Davis-Turnbull (3), Justin Tobin (2), Dylan Tobin, and Benjamin Sargent. Assists were made by Corbin Davis-Turnbull, Benjamin Sargent and Clark Keegan. Denault Contracting goalie was Owen Maisonneuve. Goals came from Nolan Renouf (4), Ryan Hetherington (2), and Oskar Kalm (2). Assists were earned by Darren Bell, Oskar Kalm, Joshua Volpini and Nolan Renouf. Bantam/Midget All Flags Shell took Omnific Design with a final score of 6 to 2. All Flags Shell had Dylan Steward between the pipes. Mitchell Crawford (3) and Nathan Silcock (3) were goal scorers. Assists came from Michaela Grove (2) and Nathan Silcock (2). Omnific Design goalie was Matthew Martin. Cory Bray and Ben Slomiany scored and Sean Gay and Mikayla Tafertshofer each earned an assist. The voice of North Durham Thursday, February 28, 2013 • 17 To solve the Kids Sudoku Puzzle every number from 1-6 must appear in: Each vertical columns, Each horizontal row and each 2 x 3 boxes. No number can occur more than once in any row, column or box. 6 Pants Hemmed $ expires march 31, 2013 14500 Simcoe St. • Port Perry • 905-982-1122 Solutions to Coffee Break on Page 19 mUST PRESENT COUPON 99 Horoscope Column by Joan Ann Evelyn | 905-725-9179 | www.astroconsultation.com SLIGHT HESITATION by Philip Ruzbarsky ACROSS 1 Abraham’s grandson 6 Submit taxes online 11 Flagstaff-to-Tucson dir. 14 Lickety-split 15 Stun gun brand 16 Stereotypical cowboy name 17 Liquor store heist? 19 Camcorder button 20 Adolescent development 21 Time in power 23 Samuel Gompers’ org. 26 Super Bowl viewing options, for short 29 Store sects. 30 Add weight or speed 32 Neptune’s realm 34 Possessive on Chinese menus 35 Four Holy Roman emperors 37 Slop holder 39 Coup objective? 44 Iron Man co-creator Larry 45 Exhibits boredom 46 “Just ___!” (“Be right with you!”) 48 Blues street in Memphis 51 Cry out in pain 52 “American Idol” winner Studdard 54 He stole the Queen of Hearts’ tarts 56 Campers, for short 57 Type of registry 59 Like Edam cheese coating 61 Bit for the dog bowl 62 AARP headquarters? 68 Riddle-me-___ 69 Backcomb 70 Vaudeville production 71 Neighbor of Jordan, briefly 72 Viper, and a clue to this puzzle’s theme 73 Romanov rulers Copyright © 2008 Knight Features/Distributed by Universal Press Syndicate HUGE WINTER SPECIAL! HOURS Mon. & Wed. 8am-8pm Tues., Thurs. & Fri. 8am-6pm Saturday 9am-2pm To solve a Sudoku puzzle every number from 1 to 9 must appear in: Each of the nine vertical columns, Each of the nine horizontal rows, Each of the nine 3 x 3 boxes. Remember no number can occur more than one in any row; column or box. DOWN 1 Boxer’s blow 2 GI’s mail drop 3 Victim of curiosity 4 Prefix meaning “eight” 5 Sir Toby of “Twelfth Night” 6 Yadda, yadda, yadda 7 Org. governing air traffic 8 AOL, e.g. 9 Goatish glance 10 Blew it 11 Rain in Vegas? 12 “It would ___ me that “ 13 More than required 18 Opposite of “ecto” 22 Show signs of aging 23 Wide-eyed Check out THE 24 It may be tempted 25 Mosquito, often 27 Seasoned player 28 ___ Lee of cakes 31 Was observant 33 Acknowledge silently 36 Yonder ship 38 180-degree turn, slangily 40 Flow’s partner 41 Bulbed veggie 42 Runnin’ Rebels of the NCAA 43 Cookbook meas. 46 Garden shelters 47 Horse-drawn carriage 49 Court figure 50 Remove from a battle zone, briefly 53 U.S.-Mex.-Can. commerce pact 55 Exercise, as authority 58 Served up a whopper 60 California’s Santa ___ Valley 63 Short-lived rage 64 “The Waste Land” poet’s initials 65 Dam-building New Deal agcy. 66 Where to find Ger. and Fr. 67 Notes after dos STANDARD on ARIES (March 20-April 19): Be helpful to co-workers, but do not take on more than you can handle. Reorganize daily routines. Find a balance between work and play. Adopt good health habits. Make wellness a top priority. TAURUS (April 19-May 20): Do something you really enjoy, something you are excited about. Reinforce family rules with your children, but also participate in fun activities with them. A dating relationship could reach a turning point. GEMINI (May 20-June 21): If you are planning to move, the end of March is a good time. Energetic, you are ready to clean up clutter and get ready for Spring. Invite friends over for a home cooked dinner. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Enjoy a social get-together with with fellow workers or invite friends and neighbours to your home for an open house. Share your feelings of love and affection with friends and family. Be a sympathetic listener. LEO (July 22-Aug. 22):Take charge of your own self-improvement, one step at a time. Set up a budget and live within your means. If you do shop, look for bargains. Need advise about money, contact a financial manager. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): It is okay to be independent, but do not lose sight of the needs of other people. Deal with a personal issue. Make an adjustment in a close relationship. Focus on changing yourself, not others. LIBRA (Sept. 22-Oct. 23): A cycle of personal introspection, find quiet time to relax and nurture the needs of your spirit. Meditate on changes you want to make in your life. Confide in a friend you really trust. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 22): Make plans with friends and groups and attend social functions. Network to make new business contacts. Do volunteer work for charitable organizations like Habitat for Humanity or Girls Inc. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): In the spotlight at work, people, in positions of authority, are well aware of your skills and talents. Clients appreciate your knowledge and expertise. Put off important talks until late March. CAPRICORN (Dec. 21-Jan. 19): Delay travel plans until later in March. A planned business trips could be slowed down at this time. Recheck any reservations you have already made. Resolve differences you are having with in-laws. AQUARIUS (Jan. 19-Feb. 19) Work on tax returns over the next four weeks and be sure to double check the figures. File tax returns after March 18. Review your financial situation and come up with a new money making strategy. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): With Mercury Retrograde in your sign, you may not know if you are coming or going. Be prepared to deal with delays, mixups and postponements. Get caught up onoutstandings projects, rather than starting new ones. Yarn Crawl March 7, 8 & 9 18 • Thursday, February 28, 2013 To place an ad call 905-985-6985 or e-mail us at ofﬁceemail@example.com The Standard CLASSIFIEDS www.thestandardnewspaper.ca AT REST JEFFREY, Clem Mark (Retired from General Motors, Oshawa. Long time member of I.O.O.F Warriner Lodge, Port Perry) Peacefully, on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at Reachview Village in Uxbridge, at age 87. Clem Jeffrey of Port Perry, dearly loved husband of Margaret (nee Colbear). Loved father of Cathy Jeffrey, Deborah and her husband John Davis, and Paula and her husband Garry Copithorn. Loving grandfather of Christy Stone-Curry, Jeffrey and Brad Davis, and Darryl and Mark Copithorn and great grandfather of Aubree and Evan Davis. Dear brother of Lois Panasiuk. The family of Clem Jeffrey received friends at the WAGG FUNERAL HOME, “McDermott Panabaker Chapel”, 216 Queen Street in Port Perry (905-985 2171) on Monday, February 25th from 2 - 4 and 7 - 9 p.m. A Service to celebrate his life was held in the Chapel on Tuesday, February 26th at 11 a.m. with Reverend Don Willmer officiating. Interment Pine Grove Cemetery, Prince Albert. If desired, memorial donations may be made by cheque to the Port Perry United Church Memorial Fund. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.waggfuneralhome.com IN MEMORIAM Elaine Catherine Knight Aug. 9, 1956 - Feb. 29, 2012 May the long time sun Shine upon you, All love surround you, And the pure light within you, Guide your way on. In loving memory of our mother, we miss you dearly. It’s hard to believe a year has already gone by. You are always in our thoughts and we love you forever. 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DARRYL KNIGHT The Standard SNOWBLOWERS Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee seeks new members Letters of interest are now being accepted from individuals who wish to be considered for membership on the Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC). DAAC is a volunteer advisory committee that provides advice to The Regional Municipality of Durham on agricultural and rural related matters, and is involved in education and outreach activities. DAAC is composed of 16 members, including: 12 bona fide farmers; three rural non-farm residents; a representative of the Durham Region Federation of Agriculture; and a representative of the Regional Planning and Economic Development Committee. The Regional Municipality of Durham is seeking two individuals. The first vacancy is for the position of Town of Whitby representative. Qualified candidates for this position must be a bona fide farmer directly involved in the agricultural industry, from the Town of Whitby. 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Submissions should be sent by email to daac@ durham.ca or mailed to: Colleen Goodchild, Staff Liaison to DAAC The Regional Municipality of Durham Planning and Economic Development Department - 4th Floor 605 Rossland Rd. E. P.O. Box 623 Whitby, ON L1N 6A3 Additional information regarding DAAC is available on the Region of Durhams web site at www.durham.ca/daac or by contacting the Planning and Economic Development Department at email@example.com. PUZZLE ANSWERS RICK ELECTRONIC LIGHTING SYSTEMS ELECTRIC INC. COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE ELECTRONIC LIGHTING SYSTEMS COMPLETE ELECTRICAL SERVICE 20 â€˘ Thursday, February 28, 2013 The Standard FIREWOOD FIREWOOD Seasoned Hardwood $300 bush cord for 2 or more. FREE Delivery Call the Firewood Guys 705.432.2026 firstname.lastname@example.org The voice of North Durham COMMUNITY SERVICES Thursday, February 28, 2013 â€˘ 21 www.thestandardnewspaper.ca www.thestandardnewspaper.ca 22 • Thursday, February 28, 2013 The Standard 10 AM Wed March 6 9:30 PM Thurs March 7 10 AM 4 PM Farmers’ Mutual Exhibition Building and the Show Ring at Lindsay Fairgrounds 2013 7B/35B 35 7/35 http://www.regionalscia.org/ECFS.html GENERAL ADMISSION $5.00 FREE Admission with 2013 Soil & Crop Membership. Available at door for $15 LOOK OUT BELOW!: Dozens of local residents braved the frigid waters of Lake Scugog last Saturday (Feb. 23), part of the sixth annual Polar Plunge in support of the Auxiliary to Lakeridge Health Port Perry. The popular annual fundraiser, which raised thousands of dollars for the organization, was held this year in conjunction with the Port Perry BIA’s Feb Fest, which also featured a soup contest, ice-carving and fun for all ages. 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John Walhout Certified Financial Planner Focused on: • Segregated Fund Safety • Retirement Income Guarantees • Family Protection John Walhout, E-mail: email@example.com CMA, CFP P.O. Box 3294 258 Union Ave. Prince Albert, ON L9L 1C2 905-985-2363 A: Inflation is a big factor; a penny doesn’t buy what it used to. The penny is now worth about one-twentieth of its original value back in 1908. In fact, each penny now costs more than 1.6 cents to make. 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A: No. Rounding only affects the change due to you with cash transactions if pennies are not available. If using cash for the item or service, the total may be rounded either up or down to the nearest five-cent increment. If using a credit card, debit card, or cheque for goods and services, the exact values remain and the exact value is charged. Business owners will be assisted with a federal government guideline to ensure rounding is done in a fair and transparent manner. Q: Will financial institutions accept my pennies? A: Yes. Some financial institutions may require large amounts of pennies to be rolled or wrapped for deposit. Canadians might also consider donating them to a favourite charity. Q: How long do I have to turn in my pennies? A: There is no time limit since you can always use pennies where they are accepted. 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