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Province notifies local municipalities of disaster funding program activation

Summer camp - Emojis team members Joshua Vanderlaan, Kandice Roth and Emma Clemmer learn how to operate a Wonder Workshop “Dash� robot during the Drayton library children’s summer program on Aug 2. The Maker Camp allowed children to tinker and create using STEAM, an educational approach to learning that uses science, technology, engineering, art and math. Photo by Caroline Sealey

TORONTO - Provincial officials have notified seven Ontario municipalities, including Mapleton and Minto, that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas. Other municipalities notified, according to an Aug. 3 press release from the Ministry of Municipal affairs, are Adjala-Tosorontio, Grand Valley, Mono, New Tecumseth and Woolwich. Significant rainfall on June 22 and 23 caused widespread flooding throughout the region, impacting more than 400 homes and small businesses. The Nottawasaga Conservation Authority classified the rainfall that occurred over these two days as a hundred-year storm. Affected individuals, small businesses, farmers

and not-for-profit organizations who have experienced property damage or loss as a result of the disaster may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses, the press release states. The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or a main small business, farm or notfor-profit organization premise. The government is closely monitoring other areas experiencing flooding across the province. It may activate the program in these areas as flood impacts continue to be assessed in the coming days and weeks. More information and detailed program guidelines are available at DisasterAssistance or by calling toll-free 1-844-780-8925.

Brampton man, woman charged in RBC bank robbery By Caroline Sealey DRAYTON - Police have charged two Brampton residents in connection with recent armed robberies in Drayton, Milverton and Brampton. On Aug. 8 the OPP announced that an investigation, in partnership with Peel Regional Police, led to the arrest of a man and woman who police say are suspects in two bank robberies: - on July 25 at about 1:35pm at the CIBC Bank on Main Street North in Milverton; and - on Aug. 1 at about 4pm at the RBC bank on Main Street in Drayton. In both cases a suspect entered the banks with a weapon, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and left on foot. In the Drayton robbery the suspect’s face was covered by a bandana. “After the armed robberies local OPP members obtained surveillance images of the vehicle believed to be utilized by the accused, in Drayton and Milverton,� states a press release from Wellington County OPP. “Peel Regional Police

DRAYTON ROBBERY SUSPECT were investigating a similar armed robbery in Brampton on July 25 ... Officers of the two agencies shared their information and images of the accused and the vehicle.� On Aug. 5 Peel Regional Police arrested the two suspects in connection with the armed robbery in Brampton. Police officials allege the two suspects are “also responsible� for the bank robberies in Milverton and Drayton. The male suspect, Duane Jeffery Martin, 45, of Brampton, was charged with two counts of robbery with a weapon, two counts of disguise with intent, and two counts of pointing a firearm. The female suspect, Taylor Brum, 19, of Brampton, was charged with two counts of robbery with a weapon. Both were to appear in Stratford court for bail hear-



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Robbed - The RBC branch in Drayton was robbed, reportedly at gunpoint, at about 4pm on Aug. 1. ings. “The OPP would like to thank the public for their assistance in solving these crimes,� police stated. Gun used in Drayton? OPP spokesman Josh Cunningham would not con-


firm the weapon used in the Drayton bank robbery was a gun. However, one woman at the scene told the Community News she was in the bank with her three small children when a man with a


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gun approached an adjacent teller. Previous robbery The Drayton RBC was the scene of a similar incident on March 2, 2015. In December 2015 an 18-year-old male, who was a minor at the time of the

Photo by Caroline Sealey robbery, was arrested. He pled guilty in October 2016 to the Drayton bank robbery - plus three bank robberies in Toronto, one in Tavistock and one in St. Clements. -With files from Chris Daponte

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Road closure at Alma postponed for one week ALMA - The start of a planned road closure for a construction project here has been delayed by a week. As a part of ongoing asphalt resurfacing and passing lane work on Wellington Road 7 between Salem and Alma, a culvert in Alma is also planned for replacement. The original schedule for the replacement of the culvert was from Aug. 8 to 18. However Wellington County construction manger Mark Eby reported on Aug. 3 that due to the recent storms, the subcontractor that will be completing the replacement has been slowed down on the project that it is cur-

rently working on and will not be starting the Alma culvert until later next week. The road closure is now scheduled for Aug. 14 to 25, rather than the original dates of Aug. 8 to 18. Once work commences at the culvert there will not be any through access. A detour around the construction will take motorists on Wellington Roads 12, 8 and 17. The county also reported last week that work that to replace a culvert on Wellington Road 12 between the 12th Line and Wellington Road 7 is completed and the road was reopened on Aug. 4. The road had been closed since July 4.

George Wendt to headline Death of a Salesman in Drayton Entertainment production this fall WATERLOO REGION – The tranquil village of St. Jacobs will become Hollywood North this fall with the arrival of an iconic television actor. George Wendt, best known for his role as Norm Peterson on the classic television sitcom Cheers, will play the lead role of Willy Loman in Drayton Entertainment’s production of the drama Death of a Salesman. The production runs at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. “George Wendt is revered for his comedic prowess but over the years has quietly built an equally impressive set of credentials with dramatic roles,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “He is beloved by many generations, and his enduring appeal will undoubtedly attract many tourists to visit the tourism mecca of St. Jacobs this fall.”

Cheers ( 1 9 8 2 -1 9 9 3 ) was a defining sitcom of the 1980s, spending a season as the top-rated show on television. GEORGE Wendt WENDT appeared in all 275 episodes, earning six Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series along the way. The show earned 28 Primetime Emmy Awards from a record 117 nominations. Broadway credits On Broadway, Wendt appeared in the play ART, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He originated the role of Santa Claus in the Broadway hit Elf, a new musical adaptation of the Will Ferrell movie from Warner Bros. Other theatre credits

include productions offBroadway, in London, and the U.S. Tour of Roundabout Theatre’s production of the searing drama Twelve Angry Men. Tackling the role of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman is a natural progression for Wendt at this stage of his acclaimed career, as the dramatic masterpiece is considered one of the greatest plays of the 20th century. Written by playwright Arthur Miller, it was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in February 1949, running for 742 performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times, winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival. In this elegant and savage work, the illusions of pictureperfect business and family life cave in on a traveling salesman caught up in the pressures and delusions of

living the American dream. The production will be directed by Marti Maraden. “We strive to offer the same calibre of theatre experience found in larger urban centres, but at a price point that is more affordable and accessible,” said Mustakas. “This is a rare opportunity to see a world-class artist in one of the most coveted roles in dramatic theatre in a charming, intimate venue.” Ticket information Regular performance tickets are $46 for adults and $27 for youth under 20 years of age; $37 tickets are also available for select discount dates. Tickets can be purchased in person at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, online at or by calling the box office at 519-747-7788 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (3729866). The production is made possible in part through funding provided by the Government of Ontario.

Rabies vaccine baiting is underway in Wellington and Dufferin counties

Baiting - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is dropping rabies vaccine bait throughout the province including Wellington County. The rabies vaccine bait comes in an army-green coloured blister pack. It is not harmful to people or pets; however, residents are advised that if they find a bait packet they shouldn’t open it. Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

WELLINGTON COUNTY - Public health officials have announced the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is dropping rabies vaccine bait in targeted areas of the province, including Wellington and Dufferin counties. “MNRF baiting efforts aim to reduce rabies in the wildlife population and the serious risk the virus poses to people and their pets,” states a July 31 press release from Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health (WDGPH). “Baiting will occur by hand in urban green spaces until October. In forested and agricultural areas, the bait will be dropped by helicopter

or yellow twin otter aircraft until the end of August.” Officials are advising people not to disturb baits unless they are in an area where children play. “If you must move a bait for safety reasons, put a plastic bag over your hand to move the bait to a suitable urban green space or wildlife habitat,” the WDGPH press release states. When a raccoon (or other mammal) bites into the bait and swallows enough of the vaccine it should develop immunity to rabies in about two weeks, officials say. In the last 18 months, hundreds of raccoons and skunks in Ontario have tested posi-


tive for rabies. The virus is found in the saliva of infected mammals and can be spread to other mammals by a bite that breaks the skin, or if the infected animal’s saliva gets into an open wound or mucous membrane. There is no treatment for rabies, which is fatal in most instances. “Stay away from wildlife and do not attempt to feed them,” said Jessica Morris, manager of Health Protection for WDGPH. “It’s also important to teach your children never to touch unfamiliar or wild animals. Contact animal control or the police if you see an

animal behaving strangely or aggressively.” Public Health is reminding every dog and cat owner to make sure their pet is vaccinated for rabies. If a pet is not vaccinated and comes into contact with a rabid animal, there is a risk to the pet owner and family. Anyone concerned their pet has been exposed to rabies, should contact a veterinarian. Any person who may have been exposed to rabies should go to their family doctor or a hospital emergency department. For more information visit www.wdgpublichealth. ca.




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Wellington County Plowing Match to be held in Mapleton on Aug. 17 By Patrick Raftis

Summer science program at library ABOVE: Modular robotics - Teams of youngsters familiarized themselves with robot construction using robotic cubelets, enhancing their ability to code, during the Drayton library children’s summer program on Aug 2. RIGHT: Science experiment - To complete a science experiment, library assistant Trevor Gansekoele dropped a parachute containing an egg in a basket onto the ground below. The goal of the experiment was to see which of the four teams could create a prototype to protect the egg from breaking upon impact. Photos by Caroline Sealey

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Steady tilling - Crystal Ellis of Mapleton was among a group of County of Wellington employees who tried their hand at tilling the land at the 2016 Wellington County Plowing Match in Puslinch. The 2017 match will be held on Aug. 17 at the Mapleton farm of Roger and Susan Harrop. Community News file photo




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MAPLETON – The 2016 International Plowing Match held in Minto is fading into memory, but local residents will soon have a chance to take in some first rate tilling action. The 2017 Wellington County Plowing Match will be held on Aug. 17 at the Mapleton farm of Roger and Susan Harrop. Plowing begins at 10am at the site, located on Highway 6, north of Fergus. The event, hosted by County Wellington the Association Plowmen’s (WCPA), will feature plowing in both horse and tractor classes, including antique tractors, as well as special events such as the Mayors and Councillors Class for

Match site - The 2017 match will be held Aug. 17 on the Mapleton farm of Roger and Susan Harrop located on Highway 6, just north of Wellington Road 17. Photo by Patrick Raftis

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EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis

An act of desperation

Bank robberies are a blessedly rare form of criminal activity, particularly in quiet rural communities, so it’s always jarring to hear about one occurring in our neck of the woods. Yet the lone bank in the village of Drayton has now been robbed by an armed thief twice in a little over two years. The most recent theft occurred on Aug. 1, when a male wearing a disguise entered the local RBC Bank with a weapon and stole an undetermined amount of cash. Two suspects were arrested and face multiple charges for the crime on Aug. 8. While police won’t say what type of weapon was used, a witness told the Community News the thief was armed with a gun. While movies and television shows portray “heists” as well thought out and slickly-executed plans, such crimes are in reality a clear indication of desperation, not sophistication. The solve rate on such crimes tends to be good as there are generally eyewitness accounts and often video evidence to assist police, so one must indeed be foolhardy to attempt it. The thief in a March, 2015 Drayton bank robbery, a minor at the time, was caught and in October of 2016 pled guilty to that crime and three more Ontario bank robberies. The element of desperation makes such criminals potentially more dangerous than others who commit crimes of opportunity. The best course of action in these cases for bystanders and victims is to observe as much as possible and report to the police. It’s important such felons be caught, but unwise for citizens to take risks to facilitate that end. Life isn’t the movies. Police are asking anyone with information regarding this incident to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-3101122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at

Youth theatre - The Grey Wellington Theatre Guild staged The Snowman War, the guild’s eighth annual summer production featuring area youth actors, from July 21 to 23 at the Harriston Town Hall Theatre. Mapleton resident Sierra Martin, centre, performs in a scene with Harriston residents Samantha Willson, left, and Julia Gray. Photo by Patrick Raftis

OPINION: Taboo on discussing mental wellness on the farm is disappearing GUELPH - The taboo of talking about mental health is slowly breaking down. Celebrities and athletes started the conversation, paving the way for the rest of society to openly acknowledge the challenges we can face from the stresses of everyday life. And it’s no different on the farm. Farmers are well aware of the stresses they face every day. Whether that challenges our skills as farmers, sick livestock, fluctuating markets, managing diseases and pests, dealing with rising input costs and working with

family are all significant stressors. Cumulatively they can have a devastating impact on our ability to cope. The Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph recognizes this and is researching mental wellness with Ontario producers. They are looking for participants to share their experiences with mental wellness and resilience in the agricultural community. Researchers would like to talk to producers, agricultural industry support staff and veterinarians working with livestock producers.

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Participants will have a one-on-one, in-person interview for about an hour. There will be a five to 10 minute survey to complete. For their time and input, participants will receive an honorarium. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) encourages interested members to contact the OVC researchers and share their stories and experiences. Contact information is posted at This year has been a particularly tough one across Ontario, and OFA encourages members to consider

the mental wellbeing of family members, employees and neighbours as they work through the busy summer season. The physical hazards on the farm can be more obvious than the stresses than impact our outlook. Be a good listener if someone you know is struggling. Take the time to check in over coffee with the people around you. Mental health is as important as physical health, even on the farm. Submitted by Brent Royce, director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture

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Drayton Fair a summer season highlight Township seeks input DRAYTON - The wait is over. The Drayton Fair, a major highlight of the local summer season, will officially open its gates for the 161st time on Aug. 11 at 5pm. The fair continues through Aug. 13. Popular annual events such as the tractor pulls and demolition derby will again be part of the fun, along with numerous new attractions. A Modern Muscle Car Show, a Bubble Zone for youngsters and a pie-eating contest are all new for the 2017 fair. The theme for this year’s event is Canada: Growing Forward 150 Years. Admission is $10 for adults ($15 after 5pm), $5 for children aged 6 to 12 and free for those under 6. A children’s wristband can be used all weekend. Adult weekend passes are $30 each. All events are held at

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Heavy horses - The popular Heavy Horse Show will once again be part of the 161st annual Drayton Fair, which runs from Aug. 11 to 13 at the local fairgrounds. Community News file photo the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society’s Fairgrounds, located at 49 Elm Street in Drayton.

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management team was required to assess the results prior to awarding the contract. Upon evaluation of the two submissions, the team recommended the township award the job to Hilton Landmarks. A staff report prepared by parks, cemeteries and facilities coordinator Rich Hurren and public works manager Jim Grose states the company offers a four-week timeline to complete the project and will deliver: - a conceptual cemetery master plan; - a capital development

cost estimate; - an implementation plan at five-year increments for the next 20 years ; and - a detailed demand/needs analysis. The report also notes Hilton Landmarks was found to be “an industry leader as cemetery consultants in planning and design across Canada.” Staff have met internally over the past 12 months to address the growth needs of the Drayton cemetery and to update the corporate cemetery bylaw to better coincide with updated provincial requirements, the report

Tests confirm algae toxins at Conestogo Lake MAPLETON – Recent samples taken from Conestogo Lake have tested positive for low levels of algae toxins. On Aug. 1 the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) confirmed that July 20 samples collected at the lake by the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) did contain microcystin toxins. However, the GRCA added the toxin levels were “well below” the recreation guideline of 20 parts per billion. “Based on these results, while the risk to recreational users of the reservoir in areas where no algae is visible is low, the [GRCA] advises that users should

Move over, police urge ORILLIA - For the second consecutive year, OPP officials say they are concerned about the number of drivers who fail to slow down and/or move over for emergency vehicles and tow trucks. “With the ‘move over’ law now 15 years old, it has long shed its label as ‘Ontario’s little known law’, making driver ignorance a poor excuse for non-compliance,” stated OPP Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair. “In light of all efforts on SEE DRIVERS » 6

continue to avoid any algae mats on the shoreline as well as algae “scum” floating in the water,” states the GRCA press release. May appear at any time Officials say the weather conditions this week “are ideal for the formation of blue-green algae and reservoir users should be aware that blooms may appear at any time.” Anyone who spots a bluegreen algae bloom can call the Spills Action Centre at 416-325-3000 or 1-800-268-6060. Those with health con-

cerns after using the reservoir, such as a skin rash, should contact WellingtonDufferin-Guelph Public Health at 1-800-265-7293 ext.4753. “Algae blooms are a natural phenomenon” that “tend to occur during hot, dry weather,” officials say, adding “when the algae die, the toxin is released in the water, where it naturally breaks down in about five to seven days.” More information on blue-green algae is available at

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explains. Local funeral service providers will be invited to comment and provide input into the master plan as it is being developed, the report notes. The township has been planning for Drayton Cemetery upgrades by building a reserve fund over several years. The 2017 capital budget provides $80,000 for development of the Master Plan and subsequent columbarium construction.


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Master plan development contract for Drayton Cemetery awarded DRAYTON – Council has authorized Mapleton Township staff to award the design and development of a master plan for the Drayton Cemetery to Hilton Landmarks, a division of GSP Group, for $20,260 plus taxes. The company was one of two to submit bids for the project, coming in slightly higher than the $19,500 bid of E. Lees and Associates Consulting Ltd. Because only two quotations were received, instead of the minimum three required by the township’s purchasing policy, the senior

for the township’s urban design guidelines project. The development of urban design guidelines is part of the municipality’s Community Improvement Plan. The event will be held on Aug. 17 at the PMD arena in Drayton. Doors open at 6:30pm and discussion begins at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.

DRAYTON – The township is hosting a community information night to assist with the preparation of urban design guidelines for Mapleton’s urban areas (Alma, Moorefield and Drayton). The session will consist of a short presentation followed by a facilitated and interactive community-based discussion aimed at identifying opportunities and challenges


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Praise God in the storm When God made the world, he did an amazing job. I could spend a lifetime exploring just the wonders we have on this great continent. Think of all that we have to experience. Niagara Falls is one of the great wonders of the world and it is just a short drive away. Travel to the east coast, and you can enjoy some amazing views of the ocean. A few years back I stood on the northern beaches of PEI, with its red sand and was left in awe. I always enjoy driving by the great lakes. I continue to be impressed by these massive bodies of fresh water. Out west we have the

mountains. I would love the opportunity to visit the Rockies out in western Alberta and British Columbia. I have seen the ones in Colorado, and they are beautiful. But what about here at home? There is so much to see just driving around Mapleton. Sunsets in this area are incredible. I am told the same is true of the sunrise. Now this may seem strange to some, but I also really enjoy watching the thunder and lightning storms that pass through our area. I love to look up and watch as the clouds move. You watch in the distance and you see the dark clouds coming. You take shelter, but you continue to watch as the sky gets dark, the rain starts to fall, and next thing you know the sky lights up with a flash

of lightning. You wait, and then the you hear the roar of thunder. Some of us fear storms, and perhaps for good reason. However when the storms come, I am reminded of God and His great power. This summer I have been studying some of the Psalms. The Psalms are Hebrew poems, and poetry often requires a bit of imagination to be able to fully understand them. Most recently I have been looking at Psalm 29, and it is all about God and His strength and power as evidenced in a storm. So if you really want to understand it, the next storm that comes along, watch it come, and watch it go, and think about the awesome power it holds. Then read the Psalm. The Psalm starts with words of encouragement to

give praise to God. We should all look up toward heaven and tell Him how great and how good He is. The Psalm then starts to describe the storm. It equates the storm with God’s voice. It starts out on the Mediterranean, “upon the waters,” and then it moves inland heading east, and a little south. The storm, the voice of the Lord, is so strong that it breaks the cedars of Lebanon. These cedar trees were massive trees. They were a symbol of strength and the storm breaks them like they were just toothpicks. The storm moves south and reaches the wilderness of Kadesh. It is the southern wilderness area where the Israelites would have wandered as they fled out of Egypt. Just picture this

storm in your mind. Now all of this shouldn’t be too hard for us here in Mapleton and the surrounding area to imagine. We have had tornadoes whip through here and do some major damage. God’s power is in the storm. When I saw the flooding back at the end of June, while my heart ached for those who experienced damage or loss, I could not help but think of God’s awesome power. We should turn to Him, in fear and in awe. It is easy these days to try and write off extreme weather as climate change, or “natural disasters”, or even to blame man for his recklessness in managing planet Earth. But let me encourage you instead to think of God and His power. Not to blame Him, but instead to fear Him.

That the weather, the beauty of this creation, all of it is evidence that God is real, and that He is powerful. A lot of good comes out of our weather - it is the handiwork of God. We can look around us, at all of God’s creation and see the beauty and power of God. When the storms come though, lets pay particular attention, because in the storm is the power of God. When the storm is passed, as the Psalm tells us, God is still on the throne. Even more, the Psalm gives assurance that those who belong to Him will experience His power and His peace. Where are you? Are you rejoicing in the storm because you know you are in His family, or do you tremble with fear because you are not?

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of the worst compliance on record.” In 2016, the OPP laid 2,443 move over (and related) charges, surpassing 2015, which also saw a significant increase over previous years.


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Drayton teams clash in soccer final NORTH PERTH - On July 29 the annual tournament marking the end of the season for the U-8 to U-12 teams in the North Perth soccer league was held in Wallace Optimist Park. Teams were split into ‘A’

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Drayton U-10 #2 by a score of 1-0, giving the #2 team its first loss of the season. “The weather was perfect and all the kids had lots of fun,” team officials stated. Minto United captured the U-10 ‘B’ championship.

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Operation Dry Water launched for 2017 ORILLIA - Drinking and boating accounts for approximately 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities on Canadian waterways. To raise awareness and reduce alcohol-related deaths, the OPP is partnering with the Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) to launch year five of an initiative called “Operation Dry Water.” Its goal is to discourage the dangerous practice of boating while impaired by alcohol. With the summer boating season in high gear, August is the perfect time to remind Canadian boaters about the risks of impaired boating. “Combined with sun, wind, waves and the rocking motion of the boat, the effects of alcohol on the water can be greatly increased,” states a joint press release from the CSBC and the OPP. The agencies are aiming to raise attention about the

issue of boating under the influence. While the responsibility of law enforcement on the water falls on police, the responsibility to ensure waterways are a safe place to work and play is shared by all boaters, the release states. Alcohol and drug impairment continue to be a factor in boating deaths and injuries. Similar to the efforts on roadways, “We all have a role to play,” the release notes. Operation Dry Water focuses on the potential risks of impaired boating and opportunities to discourage it. Being charged with Impaired Operation of a Vessel carries the same consequences as Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle and in Ontario that includes a suspension of vehicle driving privileges. Upon conviction, a judge may prohibit operating a boat for a period of time and the repercussions of a criminal impairment

conviction can go far beyond the initial incident. In Ontario, no alcohol can be consumed by anyone onboard while a boat is underway. Only boats with permanent sleeping, cooking and washroom facilities onboard may permit consumption but only when docked or at anchor. Never boat under the influence. Operation Dry Water’s target is to reduce the number of alcohol-related incidents and fatalities on the water while fostering education and discussions that promote and create a visible deterrent to alcohol use while boating. The end goal is a safer and more enjoyable experience on the water for everyone. Wellington County OPP have several officers trained on marine patrol and they have dedicated over 275 hours on county waterways since the beginning of the summer, ensuring boat

operators and passengers are complying with regulations. Since June 1, Wellington County OPP report the following information from patrols on the water: - 885 vessels checked; - two charges for over 80; - two charges for other Criminal Code offenses (Dangerous Operation of a Vessel); - give Liquor Licence Act charges; - four Marine charges; and - 10 Provincial Offences. Provincial Offences were issued to individuals not having life jackets. Wellington County OPP are reminding people requirements while on the water: - a life jacket for everyone in the boat; - bailing bucket; - throw line; - whistle; and - flashlight. For more information, visit the CSBC website at

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Other things to keep in mind when planning summer road trips: - ensure your pet is properly secured in your vehicle at all times; - always have fresh water available in the car for your pet; and - take frequent breaks so both you and your pet have an opportunity to stretch your legs. Anyone coming across an unattended vehicle with an animal inside that appears to be in distress is urged to act quickly and report it to the OSPCA at 310-SPCA (7722) or local police, Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or Humane Society. Every summer, the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) runs the #NoHotPets campaign to keep pets out of hot cars. They urge travellers to con-

sider signing the pledge and spreading the word to keep pets safe across Ontario. Dogs in particular have very limited ability to sweat. Even a short period in a hot environment can cause suffering and distress and could result in brain damage or death. Excessive panting, drooling, and listlessness are signs of heatstroke in animals. “If you witness these signs in your pet, seek veterinary attention immediately, move the animal to a cool area and offer it drinking water,” officials urge. “Pets are treasured family members and loyal friends. Don’t leave them in your hot car – let them join in on your summer adventures, or let them stay home where they will be cool and safe,” says Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Marie-France Lalonde.

What can I drink? That depends on your objectives By Cara Croll, Registered dietician, North Wellington Healthcare It’s that time of year when you might be reaching for that extra beverage to quench your thirst. What you choose is very important for your health. I frequently discuss this topic in my diabetes clinic as there are limited options when trying to limit sugar intake. The main concern with beverages is the high sugar and calorie content. Research has shown that drinking pop, juice and other sweet drinks is more likely to lead to weight gain, diabetes and


even cardiovascular disease. The problem is that beverages do not satisfy your hunger, leading to excessive calorie intake. This can easily cause weight gain. My motto is, “it’s better to eat your calories than to drink them!” You may have heard that juice, iced teas, and chocolate milk have the same sugar content as pop which is about six teaspoons (tsp) per cup and up to 80g sugar (15 tsp) per 600ml bottle. Iced coffee drinks are not only high in sugar but often fat, adding up to 500 calories for a large size which is similar to eating an extra meal. There are plenty of diet

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drink options out there using artificial sweeteners. They are an option to help a person eat less sugar but switching to diet products or using a lot of these sweeteners may not help with weight loss. Some research studies are leaning towards the theory that by consuming artificial sweeteners (even Stevia), and exposing our taste buds to them, we continue to want (or crave) sweets. So, if you don’t need them, don’t use them. This topic could be a whole other article. Healthy options Here are some options: - plain coffee and tea. Decaf options and herbal

teas will be more hydrating. Try homemade iced tea using lemon juice and minimal sweetener or added sugar. Try homemade iced coffee using plain milk. Ask your local coffee places for the best low sugar options and whether a drink can be made less sweet or with milk instead of cream; - plain water. Many people tell me they don’t like water. However, it’s the best thirst quencher and plays an important role in our overall health. Consider re-training your taste buds to like it. You can always add some fresh fruit, mint or cucumbers to change the flavor a bit; - club soda. Just carbon-

ated water, no sugar and no sweeteners. There are so many good fruit flavors these days. Look for PC Blue Menu sparkling water (cucumber and mandarin are my favorites), Dasani Sparkling (black cherry and mixed berry are great), and Nestle Pure Life sparkling (raspberry lime is a hit with my kids). If you can’t tolerate these plain, consider adding a bit of juice to flavor it; and - be cautious with smoothies. It’s best to make them at home with milk or unsweetened milk alternatives rather than juice. Make it more filling by adding a source of fiber and protein (berries, ground flax, chia seeds, hemp

hearts, greek yogurt or a protein powder). Have a great summer and stay hydrated. For more information about any of the free services offered by the MintoMapleton Family Health Team, visit or call the Drayton office at 519-638-2110 or the Clifford office at 519-327-4777. Community members can also like the team on Facebook (Minto-Mapleton Family Health Team) and follow them on Twitter (@ MintoMapleton) for additional healthy living tips and information on upcoming programs and events in the area.

Drayton Community News August 11, 2017  

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

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