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Building department generates surplus By Patrick Raftis

Safety breakfast in Alma - The Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association hosted its annual pancake breakfast and safety day on March 3 at the Alma Community Centre. ABOVE: Desiree D’Souza, left, shared information about chemical safety on the farm and in the home with, from left: Myelle Mulder, Laura Craven and Lily Craven of Alma. RIGHT: Jackson Wiersma of Fergus gets safety tips from Pluggie the talking fire hydrant. Additional coverage on page 8. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Council authorizes tender for new rescue vehicle By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Township council has authorized a tender for the purchase of a replacement rescue vehicle for the Drayton fire station. A Feb. 13 report to council from Fire Chief Rick Richardson indicates Drayton volunteer firefighters on the Mapleton Fire/Rescue apparatus replacement committee have evaluated needs and have assembled speci-

fications for the new rescue vehicle. “The current vehicle was purchased in 1998 and has served our needs for 20 years,” Richardson explained in the report. “It is now showing signs of wear and tear and it is undersized for carrying today’s equipment.” He added the committee intends to send specifications to suppliers with the goal of receiving at least three quotes for council review/approval.

The new vehicle should have a service life of 20 years, Richardson said, noting additional equipment to keep up to date with current medical, extrication and air supply requirements means the department has “outgrown” the current vehicle. He also said the committee agrees a nearly identical apparatus to the current Moorefield rescue vehicle would be an ideal replacement and “would give both stations familiarity

with each rescue truck at an emergency scene involving both stations.” “If you have two identical vehicles carrying the same equipment and you go to the call and you ask the Moorefield guy for something off the Drayton truck, here it is in the same place,” Richardson told council. “I like the fact it’s being standardized … I like the fact both stations have similar equipment,” said councillor Michael Martin.

MAPLETON – 2017 was a busy year for the township’s building department, resulting in a large contribution to the municipality’s building permit reserve fund. In 2017, the building department issued 366 permits. Septic compliance letters, penalties and other inspections make up the remainder of the revenue. For the full year 2017, the building department had anticipated revenue of $375,500. The actual revenue came in at $548,646 - $168,067 over budget. The increase was due to a higher number of permits overall as well as a fee increase in 2017, noted chief building official Patty Wright in a report to Mapleton council on Feb. 13. Total budgeted expenses for the building department for 2017 were $375,500 and the actual expenses were $330,869. Wright states the difference can be attributed to budget line items that came in under budget and staffing vacancies. The surplus of $217,776 will be contributed to the SEE BUILDING » 2

Report indicates provincial growth policies disadvantage northern Wellington region By Patrick Raftis MINTO – New provincial growth and Greenbelt policies put Minto and other north Wellington municipalities at a disadvantage compared to neighboring municipalities when it comes to attracting development, says a report from the town’s CAO. The Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe approved by the province, effective in July, “builds upon” provincial policy, but takes “precedence over” it, providing specific direction on future land use in the region, Minto CAO Bill

White explained in a Feb. 20 report to council. Minto is within the most northwesterly edge of the “outer ring” of the Greater Golden Horseshoe plan area. The plan designates Clifford, Harriston and Palmerston as “Built-up Areas Conceptual,” the same designation as Toronto, Guelph, Waterloo and other large urban centres. “Although nearly invisible on the map, both Clifford and Harriston have sections designated as ‘Greenfield Areas – Conceptual,’ but no such area is identified in concert SEE PROPOSED » 3



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Classic construction equipment - Gerry Verwey of Elmira adjusts one of the vintage construction toys he brought to the Optimists Farm Toy Show and Sale in Alma on March 4. Verwey says his collection focusses on construction equipment from the 1940s and 50s. More photos on page 4. Photo by Patrick Raftis



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Building department generates Skating club stages ‘80s-themed carnival surplus of $218,000 in 2018 » FROM PAGE 1

building reserve. The Building Code Act states that fees collected are to be used to administer the act and surpluses cannot be used to fund general municipal expenditures. The act also requires departmental deficits to be

funded from a reserve fund and not municipal funds. “For this reason, the building permit reserve fund was established to provide for capital expenditures and revenue stabilization, as building permit activity is highly cyclical,” Wright explained in the report.


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DRAYTON - The Drayton and District Skating Club concluded another successful skating season, wrapping up with its annual skating carnival, themed “Totally 80s!” The show featured a variety of musical accompaniments from the era, such as Michael Jackson’s Beat It and Thriller, Dolly Parton’s Nine to Five, Footloose and many others. The music had many audience members, organizers and performers dancing and singing along with the numbers, organizers noted in a press release. “We would like to acknowledge and thank the wonderful support of our local community. We could Senior skaters - Drayton and District Skating Club members perform to not put on such a fabulous annual carnival on March 3 at the PMD arena. show without the support of so many of our local busi- assistance of club coaches coaches, sponsors, families nesses and community mem- Kelly Culp, Jeannette Shaw, and volunteers who worked together to create the show. Micayla Shantz and many bers. As well, we are grateful The final club events of program assistants, “did a Pleaseleadership check to make for our ongoing of sure that thecoaches,” information iswonderful job of inspiring the year will include Skate our club’s skating correct. Mark any errorsthe on young skaters to skate to Canada StarSkate testing the club states. this copy and email the music of the 80s,” stated on March 8, as well as the This year’s program cho- or fax back to (519) 843-7607organizers, who offered conannual general meeting and reographer Carolyn Borges, or call (519) 638-3066gratulations to all skaters, awards night on April 7. along with the coordinated or (519) 843-5410 BY MONDAY 3PM.


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Floradale tied the game again midway through the second with a powerplay goal. Corey Wideman blasted a shot from the point for the goal. Ryan Martin assisted. The tie was short lived as Drayton regained the lead less than a minute later. A pass in tight to Hoekstra gave him a shot into the short side corner. Darrin Mohle assisted. Floradale stormed the Drayton end and was rewarded with the goal. A fight for the puck in close in front of the net had Javan Martin flip the puck over the shoulder of the goaltender. SEE FLORADALE » 6


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Proposed growth policies put north Wellington at disadvantage » FROM PAGE 1

with Palmerston,” White’s report explains, adding the counties of Perth, Huron and Grey, which border Minto, are excluded from the growth plan and not subject to its higher-level planning policies. White indicates the intent of the policy is to ensure diversity of land use and protection of key natural and agricultural areas, in a context of climate change and other provincial policy initiatives. The policy dictates that within the “outer ring” of the Greater Golden Horseshoe, designated greenfield areas (newly developing settlement areas) shall develop at no less than 80 “residents and jobs combined” per hectare. “The best I can determine, Clifford will be developing at about half that density. What they’re talking about throughout this plan is forcing settlement areas to develop at much higher densities than they’ve ever been used to,” White told council. Specific policies in the growth plan require upper and lower tier municipalities to establish a “hierarchy of settlement areas,” the report notes. “So throughout the county they will prepare a

list of settlement areas and which ones will get growth and which ones won’t. So you can imagine what that’s going to look like when the time comes to do that,” White stated. Currently the municipal affairs ministry is establishing a methodology for assessing land needs to implement the growth plan. This methodology, when approved, will dictate how the county and local tiers calculate the amount of land they will need for development through 2041. Because it is included in the Greater Golden Horseshoe outer ring, said White, “the rules for Minto and our settlement areas are different than they are for North Perth and Grey County and any other abutting municipality around us except for Wellington North and Mapleton.” White’s report states that to expand the Palmerston settlement area boundary by a couple of hundred acres will require the same methodology and analysis as it would to expand thousands of acres in the City of Toronto, Cambridge or Waterloo. “Expansion of these settlement areas (past and future) has, and will have, more impact on the natural

environment, traffic gridlock, downtowns, and loss of agricultural land than many urban boundary changes in small town rural Ontario,” the report points out. “Originally when I was a looking at how it was going down … I always felt we were going to be saved because, when you look at the mapping, there’s no Greenbelt here,” commented Mayor George Bridge. “But then we got snagged somehow because of Wellington County being in the thing.” Bridge added Minto is already disadvantaged in some ways as neighbourinug Grey County has no development charges at the county level and “Perth has different things that they get away with. “Clifford, basically is going to get high rises ... I just hope this government, or whatever government is in there, can wake up some day and say, ‘We’ve got to get out of this business,’” Bridge stated. White said the changes were “essentially centralizing planning policy back to the province” while eroding municipal authority. He added, “They have removed the OMB (Ontario Municipal Board) in favour of local decision making, but

that local decision making has to comply with all this.” Council approved a resolution to accept White’s report and file a response to the Environmental Bill of Rights posting regarding the Discussion Paper: Proposed Methodology for Land Needs Assessment for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, indicating the town requests the province not approve the methodology and that it remain as a guiding document only. The resolution also proposes municipalities in the outer ring of the Greater Golden Horseshoe under 15,000 population be exempt from the methodology, or that specific exemptions be included for settlement area expansions in the outer ring where the urban area will have a population under 5,000 people in 2041. Council agreed to express concern about loss of local decision making in rural Ontario created by the growth plan, associated documents and methodology. Bridge suggested council lobby other area municipalities for support. “We should be getting Wellington North and Mapleton involved, and the county, and letting them know that this is a scary thing,” the mayor stated.

Slower start for building during first month of 2018 MAPLETON – January building activity in Mapleton lagged behind the first month of 2017. The township’s build-

ing department issued nine permits in January, for construction valued at $879,000 and generating permit fees T:5.063” of $10,450.

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE MAPLETON ZONING BY-LAW AND NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION ZBA2018-05 TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Mapleton has received a complete application to consider a proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-80, pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended.

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Mapleton Township Municipal Offices, Council Chambers, 7275 Sideroad 16 Location of the Subject Land The property subject to the proposed amendment is legally described as Part Lot 13, Concession 13, (Moorefield) with a civic address of 7425 Sideroad 12. The property is approximately 59.03 ha (145.8 acres) in size and is occupied by a single dwelling, farming operation and a home industry (welding shop). The location of the subject land is shown below. The Purpose and Effect of the Application The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to rezone the subject lands to permit an expanded home industry. The applicant is proposing a 650 m2 (7000 ft2) expansion to the existing welding shop and a new 1486 m2 (16000 ft2) storage building. Additional relief may be considered at this meeting. Oral or Written Submissions Any person or public body is entitled to attend the public meeting and make written or oral submissions in support of or in opposition to the proposed zoning by-law amendment. Written comments should be submitted to the Township Clerk.


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Power of OMB to Dismiss Appeals If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Mapleton to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. Request for Notice of Decision If you wish to be notified of the decision in respect of the proposed Township of Mapleton Zoning By-law Amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk.

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Talking toys - ABOVE: Vendor Kyle Bosomworth of Alma, right, chats with Jason Bengough of Hensall at the Optimists Farm Toy Show and Sale in Alma on March 4. LEFT: Doug McLean of Elmira has been collecting farm toys, with an emphasis on the John Deere brand, since the mid 1980s. He brought a portion of his collection to the show. BELOW: A model rural fair was among the displays at the event. Photos by Patrick Raftis

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Farming safely Next week, March 11 to 17, is Canadian Agricultural Safety Week 2018. Numerous farm organizations, including the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and sponsor Farm Credit Canada, are encouraging Canadians to “be part of the AgSafe Family.” The safety week is an annual public awareness campaign focusing on the importance of safe agriculture. In 2018 organizers are focusing on supporting senior farmers through resources, safety advice articles, infographics, and more, wrapping up the Be an AgSafe Family campaign that focused on children in 2016, adults in 2017 and now, in 2018, seniors. “Canadian Ag Safety Week really asks farm families to have conversations about safety,” says Marcel Hacault, CASA’s executive director. “Everyone has a role on the farm, the AgSafe family is a team, and everyone can contribute in a safe and productive way.” This year’s campaign focusses on the role of the older farmer. The CASA notes in promotional material that, in Canada, the face of farming is changing, with more farmers over the age of 70 than under the age of 35. “The reality is, older farmers are farming more acres and farming well into their golden years,” the association points out in a release. The CASA stresses that senior farmers are vital to Canadian agriculture, as older farmers offer “wisdom, knowledge and experience.” However they are also at risk for injury and the association is asking them to take the time to evaluate their health and their farms to ensure they practice safe farming by modern standards. Farm safety week is also a time to remind non-farmers that everyone is part of the solution on farm safety. In a rural area like this, we all visit farms and encounter farm vehicles and equipment on local roads. It behooves us all to be aware how to safely interact with agriculture. For more information on agricultural safety visit

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Mapleton officials meet MPPs at OGRA TORONTO - Mapleton Mayor Neil Driscoll and councillors Michael Martin and Dennis Craven attended the Ontario Good Roads Association annual conference on Feb. 26. They were invited to a delegation with MPP Randy Pettapiece and MPP Ernie Hardeman to discuss Mapleton’s Waste Water plant expansion. “The meeting was very productive, and several topics were discussed including future government funding,” states a press release from the township.

in the Municipal Act. The term of the open position will be from the anticipated date of council appointment on March 29 to the end of the council term on Nov. 30. A nominee for municipal office must be a qualified municipal elector, meaning: - 18 years of age or older; - a Canadian citizen; - a resident in the County of Wellington, or an owner or

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New life, new hope I’m writing this from a small northern Ontario community while visiting my son and his expecting wife. We responded to an invitation to be with them while they wait for the exciting new baby event. The question is: What do you do while you wait? It seems that in light of what is about to happen that life shouldn’t just carry on as

usual. Certainly experience and the advice of family and friends predict that life will radically change for them as soon as the baby arrives, but what should we be doing in the meantime? Of course a nursery with all the things that will be needed for baby care has been readied, words of assurance and encouragement are spoken often and chores are reassigned so we actually are some help to the expectant parents. We, as first time grand-

parents, are told the baby’s coming will usher in a whole new wonderful time of life for us as well, and we have even been renamed as Pa and Nan, which is what our new grandson will be taught to call us. We are already so excited to meet him face to face and share in the wonderful new world that his presence will create. Excitement is not something we of Scots descent are known for but I admit as the due date approaches even I feel strange stirrings in the innards. At first I thought it may have been indigestion, but now I think it is what many call excitement. All I know for sure is that I’m really looking forward to seeing my grandson and begin our special relationship as we grow and

share our experience of love and life. As we celebrate the coming of new life into the world I can’t help but recall the reassuring words someone spoke when they said: Every new born baby is evidence that God hasn’t given up on us yet. God sent his own son into the world as a new born to reconcile the world to Him. John the Gospel writer declares it in these familiar words: God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) I was excited when I first learned of the Christ child and every year at Christmas time (and other times as well) I get excited all over again just thinking about it.

I get excited to remembering his promise that one day as a fully grown man he would come back again and set all wrongs right and make all good even better. That he would bring in a time of beauty and wholeness for everything and there would be a new beginning – a new heaven and a new earth. What are we to be doing while we wait his coming? St. Peter makes it clear in his famous letter to the church: But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat, both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore since all these things will be dissolved, what kind of per-

sons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by him in peace, without spot and blameless; and consider that the long suffering of our Lord is salvation … Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. My deepest hope is that Jesus and my grandson will be the best of friends all their life long.

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MINTO - The Minto Youth Action Council (MYAC) is taking the stress out of formal wear shopping for area youth, with a Prom and Grad Swap Pop Up Shoppe. The event, to be held March 24 from 9am to 1pm, will provide an opportunity to trade in old formal wear for something new to wear to this spring’s formal events. Over the last several weeks, adult allies and youth members of MYAC have been collecting formal dresses, suits, shoes and accessories from the community. Donations have been pouring in, allowing MYAC to offer a wide selection to anyone who attends the event.

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otherwise have,” says MYAC adult ally Megan Raftis. “But we usually find that what’s most missing is fun things to do in the community. So our projects try to address that.” So MYAC will be transforming the youth space at LaunchIt Minto into a pop up boutique for the day, complete with volunteer seamstresses on site for minor alterations. Teens are encouraged to bring their own items of formal wear or accessories to swap on the day of, but donations from the community will continue to be accepted. For more information about the event contact Taylor Kuenen at youth@

Floradale prevails over Drayton in fourth overtime period » FROM PAGE 2

Drayton took the lead early in the third with a power play. A wrist shot by Hoekstra sent the puck into the glove side corner. Eric

Decker and Aaron Keunan assisted. Floradale came from behind yet again to even the score. Corey Wideman skated hard along the left



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Prom swap - Minto Youth Action Council (MYAC) members sort through items donated by the community for the MYAC Prom and Grad Swap Pop Up Shoppe set for March 24. Submitted photo

youth action council member Samantha Willson. The event is designed to addresses some of the biggest challenges for rural youth looking to find the perfect dress for the upcoming prom and grad season, by offering a low-cost way to access formal wear without needing to travel outside of their community. The program offers up the chance for the community to empty out its closets and recycle the types of clothing that typically cost a lot but see little use. But it’s also meant to be a fun experience for all youth involved. “Our goal is always to create new opportunities that youth in the area wouldn’t

REGISTRATION AT THE DRAYTON ARENA: THURSDAY, MARCH 8 7:00pm - 8:00pm **NEW Players will need to provide proof of age at registration** Socks, Caps and accessories available. Helmet cages are mandatory. For more info contact: Barb 519-588-7527 or

side boards, cut in on net and tucked the puck into the short side corner, assisted by Ryan Martin. With only 1:16 left to play Drayton took the lead again. Eric Decker finished a scramble at the net by slipping the puck under the net minder in what looked like it would be the winning goal. But with 30 seconds left a clean face-off win deep in the Drayton end sent the game into sudden death overtime. Gary Martin scored the goal, assisted by Clinton Dechert

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and Andrew Martin. The tie stayed in place until the fourth overtime period. Then a scramble at the net ended the game. Floradale’s Javan Martin found the spot, assisted by Corey Wideman. The win gives Floradale a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five ‘A’ Division Finals. COMMUNITY 4 MISSIONARY 1 Community grabbed the first goal midway through the opening period. Graham Wideman blasted a shot from the blue line, assisted by Colin Snyder. Community added to its lead late in the second. John Horst skated the puck through the face-off circles and snapped a rising wrist shot over the blocker for the goal, assisted by Kyle Wideman. Missionary came back with a goal early in the third. Scott Vandepas snapped the puck into the goaltender pads and buried his own rebound for the unassisted goal. Community responded with a pair of goals in less than a minute to put the game away. Kevin Gingrich snapped a wrist shot behind the goaltender and Gerald Martin scored on a slap shot. Assists were earned by Wideman and Horst. The win advances Community to the best-ofthree ‘B’ Division Finals against Listowel.





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Safety messengers - LEFT: Wellington County Queen of the Furrow Katrina Martin assisted Waterloo North Hydro safety facilitator “‘Lectric Larry” (aka Larry Mullin) with pointers on electrical safety at the Wellington County Farm and Home Safety Association’s annual pancake breakfast and safety day on March 3 at the Alma Community Centre. RIGHT: Safety Sam (aka Walter Grose) and volunteer Pat Horrigan of Mount Forest shared a message about the risks of tractor runovers and rollovers at the event. Photos by Caroline Sealey

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age each year. Glen Blahey, Agriculture Health and Safety Specialist for the Canadian Agricultural Safety Association (CASA), says it is important for senior farmers and their families to have conversations about aging and to discuss making modifications to daily routines to keep everyone safe. “As people age, there are changes that occur in their body,” he says. “These changes can present significant hazards because people attempt to perform tasks with the same degree of skill, or dexterity, that they did earlier in their lives.” However, the good news is that overall, agriculturerelated fatalities are declining, and Blahey says there are two major reasons for this. “The work environment is getting safer - equipment design, and technology. And because of heightened awareness,” he says. “Discussing farm safety is no longer considered taboo.” Even though senior farmers experience fatalities higher than other age groups, that does not mean older farmers have to stop contributing to the farm. Learning how to identify hazards in the workplace can be a useful practice for all operations and can keep experienced farmers contributing longer and in a safe way. More importantly, having someone with the life experience, and wisdom, still working in agriculture helps to make the transition process smoother from one generation to the next. “Wisdom, experience, and physical presence is important to the farm,” Blahey emphasizes. “Take advantage of all experienced farmers have to offer, and suit the work to the best of their abilities.” For information about “Supporting Seniors,” including a Job Safety Analysis template, visit

Drayton Community News March 8, 2018  

Drayton newspaper, Mapleton Township, Community News, Sister publication of the Wellington Advertiser.

Drayton Community News March 8, 2018  

Drayton newspaper, Mapleton Township, Community News, Sister publication of the Wellington Advertiser.