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Town to provide youth programs utilizing in-house resources By Patrick Raftis

Junior broomball - The Mixed Bunch from Palmerston took on the Outcasts from Mildmay during a Saturday morning game in Harriston at the annual Palmerston Junior Broomball Tournament. The co-ed tournament provides new players from Atom to Juvenile ages an opportunity to try out the sport. The tournament ran March 8 to 11, with games played in both Palmerston and Harriston. Photo by Patrick Raftis

Donation for health professional recruitment approved By Aryn Strickland MAPLETON - Mapleton council approved a 2019 contribution of $10,000 to the Minto-Mapleton Health Professional Recruitment Committee on Feb. 20. Representatives from the committee addressed council on Jan. 8 ahead of the passing of the 2019 budget on Feb. 3. The $10,000, which coun-

cil has traditionally donated on an annual basis, will come from the $15,000 allocated in the 2019 budget for charitable donations. Surplus fire vehicle Mapleton Fire Rescue’s Drayton station rescue vehicle has been replaced with a newer and larger 2019 Freightliner vehicle. The fire department is selling the old rescue truck through an online auction

using GovDeals. A report prepared by Fire Chief Rick Richardson stated, “Any money received through this process will be directed to fire department reserves.” Richardson added it is likely the department will get between $10,000 and $15,000 for the vehicle on the online auction. However, he said they would probably only put a $5,000 reserve bid on it.

MINTO – The town of Minto will direct funds previously put toward sharing the costs of a community youth resiliency worker toward in-house efforts to maintain local youth programs. Last year, after Trillium funding for the worker, through North for Youth, ended, Minto, Mapleton and Wellington North, along with the Mount Forest Community Health Team, each agreed to contribute $13,000 to keep the program going. Accomplishments since the initiation of the program in 2015 have included creation of the Minto Youth Action Council (MYAC) in October of 2016 and Minto’s designation as a gold level Youth Friendly Community by Parks and Recreation Ontario in 2018. In January, youth resiliency worker Gabriella Ieropoli resigned to take a position with Kidsability. “To replace Gabby would have been very difficult as the skill sets, experience and knowledge required are different for health versus community/economic development, as well as the fact that building rapport with youth, community members

and service providers takes time,” noted Minto business and economic manger Belinda Wick-Graham in a March 5 report to council. “The Minto Economic Development Team felt that the majority of the community/economic development projects that were being undertaken by this position could be brought in-house and the funds redirected into funding ongoing or new youth programs. “We are fortunate in Minto to have a strong staff working in economic development and recreation to continue to support many of the programs.” Wick Graham noted local youth-oriented initiatives include: - a Municipal Youth Internship Program to explore youth engagement, specifically for “at risk” youth; - Student Start Up Program, a summer entrepreneurship program for students in Grades 6 to 12; - Northern Wellington Youth Connections, an annual event that attracts Grade 9 students from Norwell Disrict Secondary School and Wellington Heights Secondary School to learn about local opportunities and

resources; - Truth About Youth, a program that engages students in the alternative education program in community betterment projects; Municipal Youth Engagement Initiative, which engages Grade 12 students in the human development throughout the lifespan course at Norwell and last semester worked with Grade 11 students in the introduction to anthropology, psychology and sociology; - Minto Youth Action Council will continue to operate under the direction of Taylor Keunen and implement an action plan that was generated by youths from youth input; Youth Workers Workshop/Pre-Employment, designed to give youth an opportunity to better themselves as workers and a chance for Minto employers to notice youths they may potentially want to hire; Youth Stream at LaunchIT Minto, developing programming, workshops and further enhancing the LaunchIT space to attract youth; - Northern Wellington Young Professionals Network; SEE YOUTH » 4

‘Attainable housing’ challenge facing rural communities By Patrick Raftis

County housing - Wellington County operates a number of affordable housing and rent-geared-to-income properties across the county, including Elizabeth Street Court in Harriston.

Housing issues - “Attainable housing” was the focus of a joint economic development meeting for northern Wellington municipalities in Harriston on March 6. Graham Cubitt (standing, left) of charitable supportive housing developer Indwell, was among the presenters. Photos by Patrick Raftis There are 85,000 households, including 220,000 people in Guelph and Wellington, said Poste, noting that between 2011 to 2017

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303,000,” said Poste, adding the highest rate of growth is anticipated in Centre Wellington, where the population is forecast to “almost

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HARRISTON – “Attainable housing” was the topic of a joint economic development meeting of northern Wellington municipalities on March 6. Municipal staff and councillors, business leaders, developers and planners from Mapleton, Minto and Wellington North gathered to hear ideas on affordable housing from several speakers at the Harriston-Minto Community Centre. Wellington County housing program manager Mark Poste outlined housing challenges in the county, as well as some potential solutions. “It’s an issue that’s gathering more and more attention across the country as we see what the community impacts are when people can’t find and maintain a safe, affordable place to call home,” said Poste.

double” in that time frame. A lack of rental apartment units across the region is part of the reason for an affordability crunch, Poste explained. “Sixty-three per cent of our housing stock is made up of single detached homes, with only 7% actually being apartments of five or more storeys,” he stated.

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In Minto, Poste continued, only about 20% of the population are renters, while 80% are homeowners. However, 38% of renters are spending more than 30% of their income on rent. “Which is very high. Thirty per cent is considered kind of a healthy rate, 30% or below,” Poste noted. SEE AFFORDABLE » 2

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Mapleton has a smaller percentage of renters, around 13, “but still 33% of those who are renting spend over 30% of their income on rent.” Renting is more prevalent in Wellington North, said Poste, where almost a quarter of households are renters, but 45% of renters are spending more than 30% of their income on rent. Poste pointed out affordability is only one measure of “core housing need” in an area. Appropriateness of housing and state of repair are others. Many Wellington County employers struggle to fill their labour needs, said Poste, adding a lack of housing and rental stock threatens economic growth. With the average home priced at over $453,000, he said a household requires an income of at least $110,000 to purchase one. While the average after-tax household income is $118,474, that leaves many households below the

cutoff. Some couples, he noted, might have enough income to buy a house, but only if they forego having children. “People are making some pretty awkward choices on this,” he stated. Labour market issues, said Poste, are compounded by shortages in the rental market, as the current vacancy rate in the region is only 1%, well short of the 3% level deemed a healthy marketplace. Poste said the county, which operates 10 affordable housing projects comprised of 320 dwelling units, is working on an overall housing strategy that will be completed by the fall. The study will focus on development of accessible and rental housing in rural communities and identify strengths, challenges and gaps in the local approach. An RFP was circulated in February to develop the housing strategy to determine what the County of Wellington can do to: - encourage develop-

ment of homes priced under $400,000; - increase rental stock locally; - identify short-term solutions for employers who need to house workers; and - identify possible reductions in municipal administrative costs associated with housing to encourage building accessible housing. Arlene Etcher of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) offered suggestions on housing models to spur community growth. One example she pointed to involved marketing a quadstyle housing development initially aimed at seniors as a “first ownership model” for younger buyers. “It just a different way of looking at houses and that people can get into them,” Etcher explained. She also noted trends such as seniors sharing housing with students or other seniors is another way to maximize use of available housing. “There are five million empty bedrooms across the province,” said Etcher. “It’s something to think about when you think about housing.” Etcher noted CMHC offers

a Seed Funding program that supports affordable housing through interest-free loans and non-repayable contributions. There are two funding streams: one for new construction/conversions, and one to preserve existing community housing projects. Community housing providers, municipalities, provinces and territories, Indigenous governments and organizations, and private sector groups are all eligible to apply for funding. She also pointed to ways municipalities can encourage development of affordable housing, through such methods as waiving taxes or conversion fees, below-market land leases, loan guarantees or forgivable loans, modifications of development standards, donation of land or facilities, exemption from parking requirements and an expedited approval process. Graham Cubitt, director of projects and development for Indwell, explained his organization’s unique approach to affordable housing. Indwell is a Christian charity that creates affordable housing communities that support people seeking health, wellness and belonging. Its programs support

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Family Law & Housing Clinic for women facing domestic violence. Free family law, income & housing advice. Drop-In 9:30am-11:30am or call the Rural Women’s Support Program for appt: 519-843-6834.

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more than 400 households in Hamilton, Woodstock and Simcoe. Cubitt noted Indwell originated in the 1970s, when a lot of institutional settings were closing down. While “de-institutionalization” was positive, Cubitt said “there wasn’t a lot of supportive housing being built” to facilitate those moving out of such settings. “I guess it was sort of that generation’s version of hallway health care,” he suggested. Noting the Ontario Disability Support Program provides recipients with around $1,100 a month, Cubitt pointed out “in many communities that’s the average market rent now.” He added, “Nowhere in Ontario can you rent for the current (ODSP) housing allowance of $489. “So it’s really a challenge for anyone that’s living on a fixed income to be able to afford their rent.” Cubitt said Indwell officials realized, “If we can deliver housing to a household at what they have available in their income, they can sustain that indefinitely.” He added, “The challenge is there’s nowhere in Ontario that you can build an apartment anymore … that you can rent for $500 a month. So how do you bridge the gap between the actual cost of construction and the actual rent that someone can pay?” Indwell officials realized over time they needed to focus on energy efficiencies in order to “future proof ” their buildings against rising energy rates, carbon pricing and other variables. The organization began to create “high performance buildings” through extensive use of insulation and airtightness measures. Ideally, Cubitt explained, their buildings would operate on 50 kilowatt hours per square metre per year, rather than the 200kwh typical of buildings built to current standards. Indwell also formed partnerships with municipalities, government agencies, charitable organizations and private donors to contribute

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to the cost of building and renovating. “The final thing is the need to put together funding from various sources,” he explained. “There’s no one level of government that wants to deliver a funding program that’s going to create the whole building.” For example, one project in Hamilton was put together with $5.7 million in federal funding, $300,000 in grants from the City of Hamilton and about $1.5 million in donations. For some projects, Indwell has been able to access funding through Local Health Integration Networks (LIHN), whose directors understand “the problems you can have getting people out of hospitals.” For a LHIN, he explained, contributing to a supportive housing project is “a heck of a deal” compared to value delivered through money spent on hospital or institutional care. Minto economic development and business manager Belinda Wick-Graham thanked the speakers and urged attendees to “keep engaged and informed in what’s going on here and maybe we can make something happen.” She added, “I think we all realized there was a problem, but when you have the numbers you can see it’s a very big problem.” Mapleton Mayor Gregg Davidson noted Poste’s presentation highlighted the lack of social housing projects in his municipality. “Mapleton has zero. We don’t have it. We know we need it. We know we have a large population ... that can’t afford to live in our community, so they move to Minto … because it’s a little more affordable,” said Davidson. “It’s sad to see our young people not being able to live in our communities.” Minto deputy mayor Dave Turton said, “We are not unique. Mapleton’s not unique. We’re all in the same boat here. We’re rural Ontario and we’re in north Wellington. We’re not near a city.” Wellington North Mayor Andy Lennox said the presentations drove home the types of challenges rural communities are facing. “I think as a community we have to try to tackle some of those challenges and see what kind of a role we can play,” said Lennox.

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Mapleton council lowers price of land in phase two of industrial park By Aryn Strickland MAPLETON - Council passed a motion to lower the price per acre of lots in the Drayton Industrial Park (phase two) during a closed session on March 5. It’s a move Mayor Gregg Davidson said will attract new industry to Mapleton. The original price for lots in the industrial park was $40,000 per acre plus HST. That has been reduced to $33,900 plus HST for phase

two. Council also voted to change the development charge requirements within the township, allowing industries to pay in instalments over a five-year period. A business would have to get its building permit within 18 months from the time of purchase in order to be allowed to defer its development charges. Together, the changes will make the lots more appealing to potential industries, said

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enhance natural features on their properties. The event takes place on March 20 from 7 to 9pm at the Wellington County Museum and Archives. The workshop is geared to rural landowners with properties larger than 2.5 acres. Attendees will work learn about the role landowners and their properties play in the watershed. Topics include tree planting, invasive species management, and working with natural ecosystems. Participation is free and a copy of the guide will be provided to participants. To register, email ruralwater@ grandriver.ca or call 519-6212763, extension 2259.

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- youth retreats and workshops under development will focus on areas like team building, mental health, selfesteem and resilience; and - graduation luncheon hosted by Mapleton and the Palmerston Lions Club for graduating classes at Norwell. Wick-Graham told council the budget may be adjusted in future years if it appears the entire $13,000 is not needed. “We have identified some of the places and we might not spend it all,” she said. “We didn’t want to take it out because we have lots of youth programming happening. “Once this year is done we’ll have a greater sense of it.” Mayor George Bridge pointed out some of the money was used for staff assistance, office space and other support functions to the youth worker position. “We will have a little bit more to spend on programming, but I don’t think we’ll spend the whole 13,000,” said Bridge.


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Town invites applications from groups to share in golf tournament proceeds Past Minto deputy reeve MINTO - The ninth annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament will be held on Aug. 8 at Pike Lake Golf Centre. The organizing committee is looking for applications from non-profit organizations in Minto to receive a share of the proceeds. The application process, now open, will close on April 8.

Organizations receiving funds should fit into one of three categories: community betterment, service club or sports club. Over the past eight years, the Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament has raised $85,000 and has assisted over 30 local groups with their financial expenses or community events. Last year

three organizations benefited from the proceeds: North for Youth, Minto Dance Academy and Canada Packers Reunion 2018. Previous funds have been used to beautify local downtowns, purchase sports equipment, fundraise for a refugee family and helped Boy Scouts attend the Canadian Jamboree.

Tender let for tree removal to facilitate riverbank repair By Patrick Raftis MINTO – A contract for removal of some trees along the Maitland River shoreline in Harriston has been awarded to Schmidt Logging Inc. The Monkton-based company’s bid of $23,850 was the lowest of three for the project, with the highest bid coming in at slightly over $50,000. In a report to council on March 5, roads and drainage manager Mike McIsaac explained the work is part of riverbank rehabilitation and stabilization in response to a

major flood in June of 2017. The work is being funded through the province’s Municipal Disaster Recovery (MDRA) proAssistance gram. Trees will be removed in an area of approximately 1.4 hectares, in the western portion of Harriston in order to allow shoreline access to stabilize the eroded area. The work is to be completed by April and the contract includes an option to hold the submitted pricing to complete an additional 6.9 hectares to Wellington Road

OPP target distracted drivers WELLINGTON COUNTY - Wellington County OPP officers are conducting their annual distracted driving campaign during March Break, from March 11 to 17. Police caution anyone caught driving distracted will face the new, tougher penalties that came into effect on Jan. 1.

penalties new The include: - a fine of up to $1000; - three demerit points; and - a three-day license suspension. Police note penalties escalate each time a driver is caught driving while distracted.

87 by Dec. 31, 2021 as funds become available, the report notes. McIsaac told council “a section of the riverbank itself along the Maitland was washed away during the flood.” He explained the removal of trees in the William Street and Union Street area will allow access to the north shore of the river for the actual stabilization work. Quotations for the stabilization work will come back to council at a later date, he noted. Project costs are included in the town’s draft 2019 capital budget, funded through $180,000 remaining from an initial allocation of about $260,000 in MDRA funds. Gordon Treasurer Duff noted that although approved, the town has not yet received the disaster relief funds from the province. However, he said he was hoping for release of the funds by late March.

“We look forward to supporting and assisting our local groups again this year,” organizers state in a press release. At the March 5 council meeting, Mayor George Bridge noted groups have already expressed interest in receiving funds from the event. “I’m ready to hit the links,” the mayor stated. For information or to apply for proceeds, call 519338-2511, visit www.town. minto.on.ca or email janet@ town.minto.on.ca.

Bert Ross died March 2 MINTO – The passing of a former Minto Township councillor and deputy reeve was lamented at the March 5 Minto council meeting. Councillor Judy Dirksen noted Bert Ross, 85, who died on March 2, was elected deputy reeve in 1994, the same year she and fellow current town councillor Mark MacKenzie were first elected to the council of the former township of Minto. Ross, who served 25 years on council, farmed in

Minto Township before retiring to Harriston with his wife Eleanore in 2005. “Bert was well respected in BERT public and priROSS vate life. He was my mentor and he was my uncle and he will be missed,” said Dirksen. “Bert was a nice gentleman and gave a lot to the community,” said Mayor George Bridge.

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The Township of Mapleton will again be offering a “Tree Day” where tree seedlings will be made available, free of charge, to residents of the Township of Mapleton. Property owners can pre-order up to a maximum of 50 tree seedlings (subject to availability) in bundles of 10. Pre-order tree seedlings by contacting the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office at 519.638.3313.

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Change is possible Some people just have it. They can change whatever and whenever they want. They smoke cigarettes and when it comes time to quit they just quit. Some people make a decision to lose weight, and six months later, they have lost over 30 pounds. Some people want to learn a new language; they sit down and start studying, and next thing you know, they are off visiting some foreign country speaking some foreign language. I really think that these people are the exception. In fact many studies have

shown that change is one of the most difficult things we will attempt. Sure we can implement short-term behaviour changes to impress. But real, sustained, longterm change is one of the hardest things any of us will ever try to do. I believe that lasting change for most of us takes time. I also believe it takes more than just will power. True lasting change I believe is best accomplished by recognizing the need for God to be involved. In fact, for those of you familiar with Alcoholics Anonymous, you will know that the very first step is a recognition that God is necessary as part of the process of breaking the alcohol habit. The first three

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in my absence - continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose (Philippians 2:12-13, NIV). Paul was very focused on the subject of change. He was a firm believer that we all need to change. He was advocating that we change our priorities. He was suggesting that we should set the needs of others before our own. Paul advocated for humility, believing that humility would contribute to stronger and healthier relationships. For all of his suggestions for change, Paul held up Jesus as being the model, the ideal for which we should all

strive. He believed that we should all change in a way so that we became more like Jesus. I have heard some people suggest that they don’t like Christians because they think they are better than everyone else. That is a very sad commentary. I would suggest that doesn’t match up with reality. The Christians that I know and deal with are often on the other side of things. That is to say most Christians that I spend time with know that they aren’t perfect and have a strong desire to be better, not just for themselves but so that they can help others. Change is good for all of us. Change takes time and it

involves a great deal of energy. But as noted already, real lasting change will involve a spiritual element where we ask God to show us what needs to be changed, and then to even ask him to give us the strength and determination to make the change. I am thinking that if everyone of us focused on our own need to change, we could make a tremendous impact on the world around us. In fact, if we focused on our own need to change, we probably would spend a lot less time trying to change others. Changing the world for the better and having less people trying to change me ... now that sounds like a real nice change!

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World Day of Prayer service held By Bonnie Whitehead AYTON - A World Day of Prayer service on the theme Come-Everything is Ready, created through the eyes of the women of Slovenia, was held here on March 1. Ladies of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ayton welcomed women and men to the service. Slovenia is located close to Italy, Austria, Hungary, and Croatia. The poster created for the service by artist Rezka Arnus pictured the traditions and hospitality of Slovenia. Eileen Becker told the story of Marjeta, who had to leave her homeland in search of peace and a better life. Diane Pfeffer read how Mojca studied to become a researcher with the support of her family. Velma Weppler expressed that Marija feels

initiatives should be developed to assist the aging population and Ema would like to depart from the disruptive effects of alcoholism. Marlene Weltz shared Natasha’s story regarding the deplorable living conditions for those socially excluded. Guest speaker Pastor Heather Spencer visited Slovenia in 1976 enjoying the breathtaking vistas while delighting in the hospitality of its people. She showed a tourist video capturing the natural beauty of the land and shared a historical snapshot highlighting the progress and challenges of politics, agriculture, manufacturing, and tourist trade, stating the country is rich in resources though filled with social injustices. Pastor Heather Spencer offered prayers of thanksgiving and Eileen Becker offered the blessing.

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