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Local students join protest against education changes By Patrick Raftis

Skills demonstration - On April 4 over 1,300 Upper Grand District School Board students from 57 elementary schools competed at the regional Skills Canada competition at the University of Guelph. Students from Centre Peel Public School in Mapleton participated in the green energy challenge, creating a wind-powered car. The Grade 8 students are, from left: Adreanna Dyck, Sarah Martin and Tina Schmitt. Other challenges at the competition included Lego robotics, Lego mechanics, character animation, TV/video production, health and safety, design and build, construction and robotics. Additional photos on page 3. Photo by Jaime Myslik

Mapleton announces new approach to financing water, wastewater infrastructure renewal By Aryn Strickland MAPLETON - The township is inviting companies with applicable experience to apply to a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and invest in the township’s water and wastewater systems. Council passed a motion to begin the RFQ process on

April 2. Mayor Gregg Davidson and CAO Manny Baron say it’s an innovative financing approach that could help the township avoid municipal tax increases and save ratepayers money. “For communities such as ours, this kind of concession agreement might be the only way we can pay a [$15 million

to $30 million] program over a 20-year span because we know that the [funding] coming from the federal and the provincial government are drying up,” said Davidson. “We have to look (for) alternative ways of funding besides going to the taxpayer and asking them to help us raise that money.” SEE TOWNSHIP » 2

PALMERSTON – Chanting “Education is a right; We will not give up the fight,” students from Norwell District Secondary School walked out of class on April 4 to protest the Ontario government’s planned education changes. The action was part of a protest by students at 600 Ontario schools in opposition to the province’s plans, including larger class sizes and mandatory online courses. The province-wide protest involved elementary and high school students and was organized by students on social media under the hashtag #StudentsSayNo. At Norwell the protest was organized by student council members. “We’re walking out because we’re not okay with the changes that Doug Ford is making to our education,” said student council president Lindsay Lacroix. “We disagree with the mandatory e-learning courses. They don’t work for everyone and the e-learning courses that we have now, I find, are not very user friendly and you want us to take four, so that would not be very effective and it’s not everyone’s learning style.” Lacroix said students are also concerned about the impact of cutbacks and increased class sizes “that we believe will directly affect the arts program specifically.

Student protest - Norwell District Secondary School students walked out of class on April 4 to protest the Ontario government’s planned changes to education. The action was part of a province-wide protest by both secondary and elementary students at more than 600 schools. Photo by Patrick Raftis “Bringing up the cap size of classes means any lowattendance classes will be cut and I believe, in my opinion … one of the best classes that we have are the arts programs.” During a telephone interview Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece said he has not heard increased class sizes are a particular concern at small rural schools. “That’s something that hasn’t been brought up to me before,” he told the Community News. However, he noted, “Class sizes aren’t being increased in the primary classes except (Grades) 4 to 8 will have a one-student increase, but the

secondary students are going to … go up to 28 students and that’s just, if you look across Canada, we have one of the lowest rates of class sizes in the country. So we’re just trying to line it with other jurisdictions. Another benefit too, it will reduce the reliance on portables, split classes - so there’s some benefits to this.” Asked if lack of access to high-speed internet service could disadvantage some students in rural areas taking required online courses, Pettapiece said the issue was being addressed. “Both federal and provincial governments are committing a lot of money to SEE STUDENTS » 3

Total taxes to rise by $84 on average Minto residence MINTO – The average residential taxpayer here will pay an additional $84 in 2019. Minto council passed the town’s 2019 budget with an overall tax increase of 2.8% for an average residential property assessed at $233,000. The estimated $84 increase in local taxes includes Wellington County and provincial education taxes and assumes there will be no changes to tax policies set by the county, and that education tax rates follow past trends, the town states in a press release issued following council’s approval of the budget on April 2.

Minto treasurer Gordon Duff said about $48 of the $84 increase can be attributed to Town of Minto spending. With total spending of $6,275,893, the budget calls for a total levy requirement (the amount to be raised through taxes) of $5,286,976, an increase of $339,569 or just under 7% from the budgeted 2018 levy of $4,947,407. Minto Mayor George Bridge stated, “The 2019 budget still moves Minto forward with numerous capital projects, but keeps tax increases manageable for our residents.” Finance chair David Turton said, “This budget was very difficult to put




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together this year. There were many unknown grant and funding opportunities, making it hard to put together a capital funding plan. Our staff has worked hard on this budget and we appreciate them very much for their effort.” Minto’s 2019 tax-supported operating budget (excluding water and sewer operations) includes a net transfer of $443,000 to reserves. The budget includes a net transfer to capital reserves of $1,725,000 to fund the $5.5-million capital plan. Capital expenditure highlights include the final payments on a new fire pumper, installation of four electric

vehicle charging stations, replacement of public works service and plow trucks. Other capital projects include: - flood damage restoration work on the Maitland River shoreline; - continuation of upgrades on the 12th Line, final paving of a section of Ann Street in Clifford; - servicing for residential development in Clifford; an expansion of the cremation garden in the Harriston Cemetery; - modernization work on the SCADA system for water and wastewater; - continued inflow and infiltration reduction in



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Harriston; - watermains on George Street North to improve water quality in that neighbourhood; - ball park upgrades; - replacement work on the deck surrounding the railway museum and painting part of the pedestrian railway bridge; - renovations at the Palmerston Lions Den building (former CNRA clubhouse); and - a replacement pick-up truck in the building department and road extensions and service installations in the Palmerston Industrial Park. One proposed capital proj-


ect that won’t go ahead is the largest item in the draft budget: the reconstruction of the Minto-Normanby Townline. The planned $2.3-million project was to be split with West Grey and funded primarily with provincial grant money. Treasurer Gordon Duff reported the project was not approved for funding under the Ontario Infrastructure Fund and the program has been discontinued by the province. “In discussions with the Municipality of West Grey, our prospective partner in this project, we have decided not to re-apply for this project as the insufficient health SEE MINTO BUDGET » 3

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Scholarship, award recognizing women in politics created in honour of first female county councillor By Patrick Raftis GUELPH – The County of Wellington is setting up a scholarship fund to encourage young women in politics and introducing an award to honour retired female politicians, thanks to a large donation from a county resident. A donation of more than $150,000 has been presented to the county by Robert Logan of Palmerston in recognition of his wife Luella “Lou” Logan, the first female councillor to sit on Wellington County council, who passed away in her 88th year on Dec. 2, 2017. Luella Logan obtained her seat on county council after being elected deputy reeve of Palmerston in 1973 and then reeve in 1975. She retired in 1978. She was first elected to Palmerston council in 1966 and succeeded at the polls in five consecutive elections over 10 years. Born in Markham Township in York County, Louella Wideman married

Women in politics - A new scholarship and an award recognizing women in local politics is being set up by Wellington County. The award honours the late Lou Logan, left. Former Wellington County councillor Lynda White, right, will be the first recipient of the award. school teacher and agricultural specialist Robert Logan in 1954. The Logans raised four children: Wendy, Scott, Carolyn and Jennifer. The donation will be used to create the Lou Logan Annual Scholarship Award, with $1,500 going to a student born in Wellington County, and currently enrolled in a political science, public administration or related undergrad or graduate pro-

gram at a Canadian college or university. Funds from the donation will also be used to create the Lou Logan Annual Award for Outstanding Service by a Woman in Politics, with a $1,500 donation made in honour of a past female councillor from Wellington County or a member municipality to a charity of their choice. At Robert Logan’s request, the first award will go to recently-retired Wellington County councillor Lynda White. Wellington County council, at its March 28 meeting, approved a recommendation from the administration, finance and human resources committee to use the donation to set up the scholarship and award. Minto Mayor George Bridge called Logan “an amazing woman. “I think it’s a great opportunity not only to try and recognize women that have been in politics and done a great job, but to try and encourage women in politics. We need the other gender,” Bridge stated Wellington County council currently consists of 14 male and two female councillors. Councillor Chris White, who chairs the administration committee, said he was pleased with the selection of the first award recipient. “I’m pleased to see that one of the first [recipients] of this is going to be Lynda White,” he stated. “She was just an amazing politician who really cared about her community and did really good work.”

Food funds - Proceeds generated at Blessings Thrift and Gift Store in Palmerston support community needs. The organization recently donated $6,000 to the Children’s Foundation for the Food and Friends programs at Palmerston Public School, Minto-Clifford Public School and Norwell District Secondary School. The funding helps schools provide healthy, quality food to students who need the program most. Another $6,000 was donated to the foundation’s Free to Grow Program. In addition to recreation, the program is expanding its funding envelope to include life-skill development activities including babysitting courses, driver training, lifeguard classes, and tutoring. The volunteers at Blessings are able to fund these projects by processing and selling donated garments, household and decor items, hardware, etc. From left: Lindsay Clements, program coordinator, Norwell District Secondary School; Stacey Jennings, program coordinator Minto-Clifford Public School, Linda Wright and Diane Speers, Blessings board co-chairs; Bobbi Turner, Student Nutrition Program manager for Children’s Foundation Food and Friends; Julia Laird, program coordinator Palmerston Public School; and Karyn Kirkwood, program director Children’s Foundation, Free to Grow Program. Submitted photo

Township takes different approach to project financing » FROM PAGE 1

The ideal investor, he said, is a company with experience not only operating municipal water systems but also designing, building and financing new water and wastewater infrastructure, including a new water tower. The new approach would also save time, according to Baron, starting with speeding up the selection process. If council decides the companies that respond to the RFQ meet its qualification requirements, it will initiate a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) to begin narrowing down the selection process. “We sent [the RFQ] out to ensure that we are allowed to pick and choose from those qualifications to make sure

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that the company that we do send the RFP to is qualified,” Baron said. However, the motion also stipulates the township is not obligated to accept any proposal if all submissions are found to be inappropriate. The township will take advice from auditor organization PricewaterhouseCoopers while reviewing submissions. “We don’t want to waste anybody’s time; we don’t want ABC water services from just anywhere to fill out a Request for Proposal and then we have to go through that and the next thing you know, they are just not up to par,” Baron said. Though the township is seeking an investor to finance and design infrastructure improvements, both Baron and Davidson said the township would continue to own the water and wastewater systems. “We own all the assets; the ability to set rates belongs to us, so much like now if we want to do a wastewater rate study, we will do the exact same thing based on the amount of money that we need to invest. There [would be] no power struggle there at all,” said Baron. The major draw for companies would be the return on its investment, tax writeoffs and collections on operating fees across two decades under a 20-year concession

arrangement. Though Mapleton currently has an agreement with OCWA to operate its water and wastewater systems, the new approach will extend the agreement to make room for capital investments. “There would be a rate of return obviously for [the successful applicant’s] investment, but there is also the opportunity for them to make money if they operate it, so there is an operating fee that goes yearly that we pay OCWA right now, and from what they invest to what they charge there is a threshold there that they can make money on,” explained Baron. While it is relatively rare in Ontario for outside companies to invest and operate municipal wastewater systems, the approach is not unheard of in other provinces. “It’s something that is done out west and in western Canada. You have companies out there that have been doing the wastewater for communities for a number of years. It’s just not something that has been done in Ontario,” Davidson told the Community News. Council and staff in Mapleton began looking for an alternative method of financing water and wastewater infrastructure renewal in December. Already members of SEE MAPLETON » 4


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Skills demonstration - On April 4 over 1,300 Upper Grand District School Board students from 57 elementary schools competed at the regional Skills Canada competition at the University of Guelph. LEFT: A team from Minto Clifford Public School participating in the construction challenge was tasked with building a garage. From left are: Keagan Thompson (Grade 8), Chris Lopez (Grade 8), Evan DeGroot (Grade 7) and Jared Binkley (Grade 8). RIGHT: A team from Maryborough Public School in Moorefield participating in the Vex IQ Challenge was required to build and program a robot that would complete an obstacle course. From left: Phoenix Flynn (Grade 6), Porter Coverdale (Grade 6), Owen Deal (Grade 6) and Alex Schuetz (Grade 4). Other challenges at the competition included Lego robotics, Lego mechanics, character animation, TV/video production, health and safety, design and build, and green energy. Photos by Jaime Myslik

Kinettes planning ‘Sip and Social’ Wellington hired Mike Farwell as part of his annual Farwell4Hire campaign. Farwell will serve appetizers and interact with guests while raising money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the national partner for Kin Canada, including the Kinette Club of Drayton. Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting children and young adults. When Kin Canada started a partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the average life expectancy of someone with the disease was under 10 years. Now, thanks in part to the support of Kin clubs, life expectancy is well into patients’ 50s.

“We hope you come out to enjoy yourself, but also know that by attending you are supporting an incredibly worthwhile cause,” officials state. Sip inaugural The and Social is May 3 at the Maryborough Community Centre, 15 Ball Avenue, Moorefield, at 7:30pm. Tickets are $25 and available from club members, at Dobben’s Hardware in Drayton or by emailing Officials note that due to the anticipated popularity of the event, advance ticket purchase is encouraged. The event is limited to those aged 19 and older.

festivals, events listed in guide WELLINGTON COUNTY - The 2019 Wellington County Festivals and Events Guide is now available. Copies were distributed in the April 4 Wellington Advertiser and are also available at local municipal offices and library branches. The guide can also be viewed online and residents and visitors can visit the online festivals and events calendar to learn more about events happening in the county.

Students join province-wide protest movement » FROM PAGE 1

internet access as we go forward and this isn’t taking place for two years, 2021 - so we hope to have more resources in place that they can do this,” said Pettapiece. “I think as we move forward these issues will be addressed. It’s only one course a year. They don’t have to do four in one year. And I think it’s going to have a positive impact on our students as they go forth into higher learning if they choose to go that way. There’s all kinds of courses being offered online.” Media reports from Queen’s Park state Premier Doug Ford criticized the walkouts, claiming students were being used as pawns by “union bosses telling the

teachers and the students what to do.” However, the movement’s origin has been attributed to Listowel District Secondary School (LDSS) student Natalie Moore, who created an Instagram account (@studentssayno) and posters urging her peers to take part in a walkout. Moore, who serves as student trustee for LDSS on the Avon Maitland District School Board, said she decided to organize the protest after her MPP, Pettapiece, didn’t respond to her email expressing concern about the changes. Asked if he felt Ford’s characterization of the protest was fair, Pettapiece said, “I think it’s unfortunate for the parents and the children

to take time off classes to do these types of things.” He added, “Protests that we’ve had in the past - we’ve had a different protest by teachers - they at least stay and do their work and they do their protests after school. So I think that’s something the students need to think about, whether it was worth their while missing classes to do this type of thing. So that’s my concern.” Pettapiece said the proposed changes are about improving education, as well as financial efficiency. “We’ve got over 100,000 less students than we had a few years ago, and yet we’ve got thousands more teachers. So we’re just trying to make the system as effective as we can,” he aid.

“We need to get back to basics, get back into the sciences - financial literacy is very important … this is our focus, to make sure students have the best education that they can, if they choose to move on to university, or to college or into the trades.” Norwell principal Paul Richards told the Community News his only role in the event was to ensure student safety. He said he urged students to stay away from the roadway and arranged for the school’s designated OPP officer to park a cruiser with lights flashing near the protest site in order to alert drivers to the students’ presence. “My job is just to make sure your kids get home safe,” Richards said.

impact the budget. Duff said it won’t be factored in at this time. “Basically that’s not in this budget. We received it on Friday and parked it,” Duff explained. “For the purposes of this budget, it’s found money, it’s not there.” Duff said staff will look for ways to achieve efficiencies. Though he noted the funding announcement didn’t contain strict guidelines or reporting requirements, he said using it for a single project would not likely be encouraged. “There’s no great rush to do it so we’re going to take our time,” said Duff. Mayor George Bridge said although there’s “no strings attached,” with the money, Association of Municipalities of Ontario officials he’s talked to are “getting a feeling from the government they want to see success stories.” Minto’s budget contains no new borrowing in 2019 and total external debt will fall from $8,688,000 to $7,518,000. “Indications are there will be fewer infrastructure grants available in the next few years, so future capital spending will be difficult to sustain at $5 million annually,” the town states in the press release. “The town will continue to push for sustainable funding and a comprehensive infrastructure program from the federal and provincial governments.” In the release, the town notes Minto is committed to full cost recovery for water and wastewater systems, which are entirely user pay. Funding for water and sewer projects, including debtservicing, is paid by user charges. An external accreditation will take place in the fall under the new and stricter Drinking Water Quality Regulations, the release states. The town also noted the Tax Relief Program for Low Income Seniors and Persons with Disabilities administered by the County of Wellington continues for 2019. Applications by qualifying individuals may be sent to the municipal office after the final property tax bills are issued in early September. Applications are due by Nov. 1. Current forms and more information can be obtained by contacting the Minto municipal office.

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MOOREFIELD - The Kinette Club of Drayton, along with special guest Country 106.7 and AM 570 radio host Jennifer Campbell, plans to bring local women together to “sip, socialize, laugh and dance the night away.” Club officials state feedback from its successful “Sip and Shop” in November indicated women in Mapleton wanted another night where they could come together, leave their worries at home and enjoy a night out - so the club is organizing a “Sip and Social.” Campbell will not be the only radio personality on hand. The Kinettes have also

and safety concerns are not likely to be deemed critical in other grant funding opportunities at this time,” Duff stated in a written report. A new grant program, Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, was recently announced and Duff said a $1 million “placeholder” has been inserted into the budget in the event funds can be accessed through this program. “This program is only for eligible road and bridges projects. Staff will bring forward alternatives and seek council direction on a priority project under this program,” Duff explained. “In order not to further delay the passing of the 2019 budget, a $1 million placeholder project has been included. This program offers 50% federal funding, 33.33% provincial funding with the remaining amount of 16.67% to be funded by the municipality.” Because the money was originally designated for the Townline, and now the placeholder project, was slated to be drawn from reserves, it won’t impact taxation if no project, or a less-expensive one, goes forward, Duff explained. The balance of Reserves and Reserve Funds will be approximately $10.4 million at the end of 2019. Municipal expenditures are partially funded by an Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund (OMPF) Grant of $1,604,000. User fees and internal reserve funds cover the balance. Duff told council the OMPF allocation “was only down $26,000” from the 2018 grant and “we were able to cover that through bringing in reserves.” Concerns earlier this spring about major cuts to the OMPF program, part of a spending review by the province, left Minto, like other municipalities, uncertain of the program’s impact on its budget. “Some of the uncertainty is clear now,” said Duff. Councillor Judy Dirksen asked how Minto’s $591,214 portion of one-time provincial cash from a recently announced $200-million fund to help small and rural municipalities modernize service delivery would


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EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis

Who voted for this? Lately, it seems, the premier nobody wanted spends a lot of time solving problems that exist, if at all, pretty far off most people’s radar. To recap: Doug Ford won the Progressive Conservative leadership in a hastily organized contest due to a convoluted electoral formula. Despite losing both the popular vote and riding by riding count, Ford narrowly prevailed over chief rival Christine Elliott by virtue of an electoral points system weighted on the number of ballots cast in a given riding. On general election night, a Ford-led PC party captured only 40 per cent of the popular vote, but that was good enough to win in 60 per cent of the ridings. Now, despite the fact 60 per cent of Ontarians voted for more left-leaning parties, Ford touts his majority and is able to govern as if all were willing conscripts to Ford Nation. So Ontarians watch as Ford follows a template made infamous by the last Ontario Conservative government, including reckless deregulation and cuts to health, education and social systems. Perhaps it’s because most of the solutions Ford and his minions (which is what he’s reduced his cheering-section MPPs to) put forward to real issues in important areas are so poorly thought out they blow up in their faces, that they also seem compelled to simultaneously promote a series of meaningless, and generally liquor-related, distractions. “Buck a Beer,” booze in corner stores and longer liquor hours have all been promised, if not always delivered by Ford and company. This week, just prior to the release of his government’s first budget, Ontarians are being promised U.S.-style tailgating parties, sure to be a hit with police force across Ontario who have spent decades combatting the concept of “trunk bars” at gathering places across the province. Was this an election issue? Did I miss it? Also this week, Ford Nation is floating the elimination of front license plates as a means to shave a few pennies off the cost of the licensing system in Ontario. Eliminating half the licence plates in the province equates to eliminating half the opportunities to identify people involved in crime; that was the essence of the reaction of some police officials. With such entertaining distractions in play, one can only imagine what gems await in the provincial budget, set for publication about the same time as this column.

Mapleton tries new funding approach » FROM PAGE 2

council have been in discussion with provincial ministries about the new approach. “This is a huge step, not only for Mapleton but for communities like ours right across Ontario, and we have had a number of meetings with different provincial ministries who are interested in how we are going about raising additional capital,” said Davidson. However, if an appropri-

ate investor is not found, Davidson said the approach would be called off. “At the end, council will either accept one of the proposals or we will deny all proposals ... we just want to go out there right now and see what is available and is it going to work for Mapleton,” he said. “We want to make sure that whatever we do is going to be in the best interest of our community over the next 20 years.”

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meal, or as often as you can. Try adding grilled veggies to your wrap, topping your pizza with extra veggies, adding veggies to your scrambled eggs, you could even throw some frozen veggies into your bowl of soup as it warms up. To make veggies more interesting try cooking your veggies in different ways such as roasting your broccoli instead of steaming it. Give whole grains a chance and include them more often. Try brown rice instead of white, choose whole wheat instead of white breads, bake with whole wheat flour, make a barley soup, or a quinoa salad. Many whole grains can be cooked like rice but will just have a longer cooking time. Try cooking them in larger batches and freeze them for another quick weeknight meal. Have protein from foods such as legumes, nuts, seeds, tofu/soy proteins, dairy products (milk, yogurt, cheese), eggs, meat, fish, poultry at each meal. Consider these things when making choices for your protein: - choose plant-based proteins more often. A couple of research studies have looked at diet patterns and depression scores. People who included legumes three or four times per week and nuts/seeds daily had better scores than people who didn’t focus on these things. Why? Legumes, nuts, and seeds are filled with many of the nutrients that support a healthy brain, including healthy fats, iron, magnesium, potassium and folate; - include seafood/fish each week. These are some of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids and include nutrients such as zinc; - limit processed meats such as sausages, hot dogs, bacon, ham, etc.; and - choose lower fat and unsweetened dairy products. Try a plain yogurt with thawed frozen fruit to give it some sweetness instead. Or try cottage cheese as a snack. If you are interested in learning more about how food can affect your mood contact your local Family Health Team dietitian to help you make a plan for changes that will work for you and help your mood. Always remember that you don’t need to be perfect to achieve benefits from healthy eating. Start with a small step; maybe you choose nuts as a snack or pack an apple for the road. Take one small step and see where it leads. Who knows, maybe that small step will be what you need to help you start to feel better. For more information about any of the free services offered by the MintoMapleton Family Health Team, visit www.mmfht. ca or call the Drayton/ Palmerston office at 519-6382110 or Clifford office at 519327-4777. Sarah Pink is a registered dietitian with the Mount Forest Family Health Team


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Council reduces cost of liquor license, declares township ‘wet’ By Aryn Strickland MAPLETON - Obtaining a liquor license just got a little bit easier for local businesses. On April 2, Mapleton council passed a bylaw to sign all Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) municipal information applications as “wet” (approved to serve spirits, beer and wine) for all businesses that request it within the township. “Anyone that wants to open up a restaurant and apply for a liquor license, we can sign off without going to council and then they just go to AGCO and do what they have to do with them and

ed a look at the cost of liquor license inspections. The cost of township inspections for a liquor license applicant used to be $235, with $100 going to the fire department, $85 to the building department and $50 to the clerk’s department. The reduced fee, since passage of the bylaw, is $40. “We thought that the fee was maybe a little bit too high for the inspections,” said Baron. The liquor license changes highlight an effort to promote the township’s “open for business” approach. “We are just trying to make it easy for people and take away some roadblocks, essentially,” Baron added.

hopefully they get approved,” said CAO Manny Baron. Previously, business owners applying for a liquor license had to individually ask the municipal clerk to confirm whether the area of their business is wet (permitting the sale of spirits, beer and wine), damp (beer and wine only) or dry. Recently staff received a request from a business at 12 Wellington Street North in Drayton. “We couldn’t find a bylaw that assigned our downtown core, our Drayton downtown core, wet, so what we had to do is we had to go get a bylaw approved to make it wet,” said Baron. The request also prompt-

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MAPLETON - Wellington County councillor Earl Campbell attended Mapleton council’s March 26 meeting to provide an update on township growth. Much of Campbell’s delegation focused on statistical information “to see where we fit within Wellington County.” He pointed out residents of Mapleton make up 11.2 per cent of the county population. “We only had 4% of the police calls in 2018, the lowest number in the past seven years ... which I thought was quite interesting,” Campbell told council. The other area of interest was property values and the number of households. Between 2001 to 2016 the number of households across the province increased by 22.5%. Mapleton has gone up 17.8% and Wellington County has gone up 19.6%. “I think recent changes in the Drayton subdivision are going to rectify that,” Campbell remarked. In 2001 property values in Mapleton averaged $181,000. By 2016, the average property value was $440,000, equating to a 143% increase over the 15-year period. “The provincial average for the same time period was 153% and Wellington County was 131%, so we are ahead of the county, slightly behind the province,” Campbell

said. Councillor Michael Martin thanked Campbell for attending and asked whether there was a plan to make his delegations a more regular occurrence. “If you would be at all interested to make it a semiregular thing, I love hearing updates from the county,” said Martin. Campbell explained his delegation came out of conversations with councillor Marlene Ottens and Mayor Gregg Davidson, and there is a plan to schedule quarterly county updates. “June sounds like a good time to come back and I am happy to come at any time if you guys have an issue that you want to call me in on,” Campbell said. Council remuneration rates changing Council discussed changes to the township’s remuneration bylaw following the council remuneration committee’s recommendation at a previous council meeting. Councillors accepted the committee’s recommendation to raise councillors’ salaries to $16,521 and the mayor’s salary to $23,711. Mayor Gregg Davidson began the discussions by pointing out the need to remove the one-third exemption from the bylaw. Much of the discussion then centred around the per diem for extra meetings. “Personally I find it a bit


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Role models Number 9, Maurice (The Rocket) Richard is one of the best hockey players of all time. I have a memory as a kid of watching a short film about Richard. The story was really about a boy who idolized and wanted to imitate him in every way. The film was called The Sweater and was based on a book titled The Hockey Sweater, both of which are considered Canadian classics. What is fun about the movie is the description of how all the boys idolized Richard. Every player, on both teams,

wore the Montreal Canadiens sweater, and everyone of them wore the number 9 on their back. All the boys greased their hair like Richard, they tied their skates like Richard, and they taped their sticks like Richard. Can you relate? I know as a kid I wore the number 4, a tribute to defenceman Bobby Orr. I might be wrong, but it seemed to me that every kid on the ice had a hockey hero, and we all wanted to imitate our heroes. Having heroes is not a bad thing. In fact, it would probably be a good thing if every one of us had someone in the world that we could look up to as a role model. As kids it was a natural thing. As we

get older, some of us get to thinking that we don’t need role models anymore. However, more and more the idea of having a life coach, a counselor, or a mentor is growing. In fact, having someone outside of ourselves to look to for advice and wisdom gives you an advantage in life. Having grown up in the church, the idea of having a mentor or life coach is in fact quite familiar. In the church we might call it discipleship. But the point is the same. Life brings to us many challenges, and having someone who is older and wiser to give us advice is a great way to overcome some of those challenges. In the Bible, in the book

of Philippians, you will find that Paul tells his readers exactly this. Paul holds up some admirable character traits such as humility, and selflessness, sacrifice etc. and then goes on to talk about two people in his life that are exemplary in this regard. The two people are Timothy and a guy named Epaphroditus. When Paul describes these two men, he talks about how invaluable they were to him and the work he was doing. He talks about how faithful they are; he talks about their perseverance under difficult situations; and he talks about how much they care. As he concludes, his words to his readers are that they should

“hold men like (Epaphroditus) in high regard”. He might as well have just said to his readers that these two men were of such character that not only should we hold them in high esteem but that we should listen to them and as much as possible be like them. So, my question then becomes this - who are you listening to? Who are you allowing to influence your life? If we believe it or not, all of us are being influenced by someone. The real challenge is for us to be intentional and choose people that will be a positive influence on us. We need to be intentional and choose people who will make us bet-

ter, who will help us navigate the more difficult challenges in life. My suggestion? Look for a mentor or life coach who will be able to not just help your career but help you in life. Choose someone who can help you to understand faith issues better, someone who will help build your character. While it is good to have someone you can sit down with and talk to, don’t forget that you can also choose people from history. Reading some good biographies can guide us in life. And don’t forget - the Bible is a history book full of stories of people from whom we can learn, and it is the most life changing book of all.

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The HARRISTON Harriston Historical Society is hosting an evening with Jim author/historian Henderson on April 25. While researching war a Henderson, history, Palmerston native, conducted many tours to Vimy Ridge and other battlefield memorials. He will present stories about several of the names from the Palmerston and Harriston cenotaphs.

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NOTICE OF INTENT TO SELL LANDS Being lands located at Part Lot 17, Concession 11 (M) RP61R10225 Part 4 Drayton Industrial Park, Phase 2 TAKE NOTICE THAT the Council of the Township of Mapleton passed a by-law in order to enter into potential Agreements of Purchase and Sale in accordance with Section 270 of the Municipal Act to sell lands as shown on the map below. These lands do not require an appraisal and are surplus to the needs of the municipality. The +27 acre parcel is legally described as Part Lot 17, Concession 11 (former Township of Maryborough), now in the Township of Mapleton, and being more particularly described as Part 4, 61R10225, located in the Drayton Industrial Park. The by-law came before Council for consideration at its regular meeting held on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the Township of Mapleton Council Chambers, located 7275 Sideroad 16, east of Drayton. DATED this 11th day of April, 2019 at the Township of Mapleton. Barb Schellenberger Municipal Clerk

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