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SERVING THE MAPLETON COMMUNITY

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COMMUNITY NEWS VOLUME 50 ISSUE 36

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Flood action report recommends improved communication By Patrick Raftis MAPLETON – Measures to improve the flow of information are among the recommendations of an “After Action Report� on the June 23 flood in the township. However, the report also praised local officials for their efficient response. “This unprecedented rainfall event and subsequent flash flooding of many areas of the township required a reactive and quick emergency response,� stated the report from Wellington County emergency management co-ordinator Linda Dickson. “Efficient actions from the Township Control Group and staff along with supporting agencies allowed normal municipal operations to resume within a few days of the flood waters receding.� The report, presented at the Aug. 22 Mapleton council meeting, notes “significant rainfall� during the early morning of June 23 resulted in widespread flooding throughout the township, including Drayton. A declaration of an emergency, made by Mayor Neil Driscoll on June 23, lasted for seven days. “Flood forecasting data from the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) recorded a one-day rainfall total exceeding any levels since 1950,� the report states. It also notes there was little warning about the

Flood impact - An “After Action Report� on the June 23 flood event in Mapleton Township. provides a number of recommendations, including measures aimed at improving the flow of information, for responding to similar incidents in the future. Community News file photo extent of the rain that would ultimately fall in just a few hours. “The rainfall amounts that fell during this event were not noted in any weather forecast leading up to the event,� states the report. “Forecast messages received just before midnight on June 22 showed possibility of severe thunderstorms but no rainfall warnings were noted.� Through the event, both the Conestogo River and Moorefield Creek were moving heavy volumes. “While there were no structures affected by the Moorefield creek, these vol-

Guelph-area residents test positive for West Nile virus GUELPH - Public health has confirmed two local human cases of West Nile virus. Officials say these are the first human cases in the region this year, but three mosquito pools in Guelph tested positive for West Nile and a bird was confirmed to have the virus in July. “There is reason to be concerned that West Nile virus could be more prevalent in the coming weeks,� said Shawn Zentner, health protection manager at WDGPH. “It’s important for people

to be extra cautious and protect themselves against mosquito bites when outdoors this late in the season.� West Nile virus is most commonly spread to humans by mosquito bites. When infected, some people will experience flu-like symptoms. In extremely rare cases there is the potential of inflammation of the brain and spinal column which may result in permanent disability or death. Adults over the age of 50 are most at risk SEE OFFICIALS  7

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umes did contribute to the flows in the Conestogo Dam and the subsequent response by GRCA staff at the dam,� the report notes. Throughout the day on June 23, the township’s Municipal Emergency Control Group met frequently to review and assess information from public works, the fire department, Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) and many supporting agencies, including the GRCA, Ministry of Municipal Affairs, public health and Wellington County. Numerous homes and businesses in downtown Drayton and along Wood

Street/Elm Street experienced flooding, primarily in basements. The fire department along with Christian Aid Ministries assisted by pumping out basements. Township staff worked with hydro and gas utility companies to disconnect services from many buildings in Drayton. A bypass from the Drayton Wastewater Pumping Station was necessary beginning in the early afternoon of June 23. The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change was notified of the emergency bypass. The drinking water system was not affected, but

as a precaution Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health requested additional sampling throughout the weekend and into the following week. A media release about the sampling advised those on private wells to be cautious and to test. Many roads were flooded and/or washed out, and bridges and culverts were damaged, requiring extensive repairs to the township’s road system. Those included a slope failure on 3rd Line and damage to the bridge abutment on 3rd Line east of Wellington Road 12. Roads staff spent the weekend assessing and repairing roads and by June 26 all roads were re-opened, except for two which had extensive damage. Glen Allan was significantly impacted by flooding, including extensive damage to Glen Allan park. A debriefing on the situation, involving GRCA, township and county emergency management officials was held on July 26. The group noted the things that went well during the incident included: - the flood warning maps developed for the township were an asset; - the fire department took the information from the mapping and was able to conduct a door knock campaign to warn residents and business in the area of potential Level 3 flooding; - township staff was able

to assess potential impacts to infrastructure and take appropriate actions; - the GRCA captured high water marks to confirm extent of flooding (this will provide good data for future flood events); - the Control Group exercise in the fall of 2016 and public information session in March 2017 were good preparation tools for this event; - internal communications were handled well; - the township received positive feedback from businesses and residents about the response and information they received during the flood (on June 26 staff delivered damage assessment forms and spoke with residents and business owners); - emergency information was handled locally and worked well; - social media proved to be an important emergency information tool; and - the new stilling basin at the Conestogo Dam functioned as designed, as the event involved the second highest discharge from Conestogo Dam since it went into operation in 1958 (discharge reached 400 cubic metres per second, which is second only to an event in 1974 at 450m3/s.) Officials noted there is a need to document the extent of the flooding from the June 23 event. Good information was received from utility companies regarding shut-off SEE FLOOD REPORT Âť 7

County apologizes for ‘defective’ garbage bags By Community News staff WELLINGTON COUNTY - County officials have apologized for providing “defective� and “substandard� garbage bags and have vowed to replace them. “Production issues have resulted in the inconsistent quality of the bags,� states an Aug. 30 press release from the county’s Solid Waste Services (SWS) division. “We are actively working with our supplier to resolve these issues as quickly as possible.� Anyone who receives “substandard� bags can call SWS at 519-837-2601 or 1-866899-0248 or email wasteinfo@

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wellington.ca to arrange delivery of replacement bags (provided they return defective bags). SWS has used stamped user-pay garbage bags since 2002. The bags are sold at various stores throughout the county for $2 per large bag and $1.50 per small bag. “As with any manufactured product, there is always the chance that the quality is not up to our standards or expectations,â€? officials stated. “We understand it is very frustrating when this happens and we ‌ sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.â€?

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Musical weekend - Campers from across Ontario gathered at the 46th annual Campin & Jammin in the Park, held at the Drayton Fairgrounds Aug. 18 to 20. Ongoing throughout the weekend was dancing, jamming, a variety of toe-tapping music and plenty of good food. The event was hosted by the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society. Submitted photo

OPP: Drive safe, watch out for students WELLINGTON COUNTY - With the start of the new school year, the Wellington County OPP is reminding everyone to be mindful of the likelihood of increased student traffic. This means pedestrians, cyclist, busses and student drop off traffic.

“We ask everyone to be mindful of school zones, cross walks and bus pickup routes,” police stated in a press release. “Take extra caution in these areas, slow down, obey traffic control devices and expect the unexpected … and delays.

“We also ask families to go over and refresh themselves on street safety. Prepare a designated route to and from school and identify safe street crossing locations.” Police say parents should know the drop off procedure at their child’s the school before arriving.

“If you have a high school in your area remember you may have less experienced drivers around and increased congestion,” police say. “Accidents will happen, but maybe with a little bit of preparations you can avoid it happening to you or someone you care about.”

Sun and shine - The annual Alma Optimist Car Show at the Alma Community Centre drew plenty of classic cars and spectators on Aug. 26. LEFT: David, left, and Connie Boyce brought their Model A Shay Ford to Alma from Orangeville for their first time entering the show. RIGHT: A 1968 Buick Lesabre was also one of the cars at the show. Photos by Jaime Myslik

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End of summer sale - The entrepreneurial spirit is alive on Wood Street in Drayton, as Kate, left, and Lily McLeod discovered a large number of worms on the ground after helping their parents take down the family’s swimming pool for the season on Aug 31. The industrious pair decided to sell the worms to make some extra pocket money. Submitted photo

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September 8 - 14th Annual Chicken BBQ, St Martin’s Catholic Church, Drayton, 5-7pm. Adults - $15, Children 6-12 - $7, Advanced tickets only. Daryl 519-638-5428. September 9 - Mapleton Historical Society Cemetery Walk, 3pm. Bethesda Cemetery, 8398 Wellington County Road 8, Moorefield. Everyone welcome. September 11 - Monthly meeting Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society, 7:30pm, Drayton Ag Building, 49 Elm St. Everyone welcome. Info Arlie 519-638-3323. September 12 - Monthly meeting, Drayton Legion 8pm. 15 Elm Street. New members always welcome. September 15 - Euchre, Drayton Legion, 7:30pm. 15 Elm Street. Everyone welcome. No experience necessary. September 21 - Palmerston Blood Donor Clinic, Palmerston Community Centre, 5-8pm. Book an appointment, 1-888-2366283 or www.blood.ca.

September 25 - Drayton Blood Donor Clinic, 3:30-7:30pm, Community Christian School, 35 High Street, Drayton. Book appointments at www.blood.ca or 1-888-236-6283. *New members needed - Drayton Bridge Club, every other Monday, September - April. Call 519-581-8978. *Rent Drayton Legion for functions Call Eliza 519-638-2950. *Lawn Bowling - Every Monday and Wednesday 7pm Harriston and District Lawn Bowling Club, Arthur Street, Harriston. Everyone welcome. Info 519-327-8138. *Healing Paws, Drayton - Volunteer cat rescue is in need of donations. Cats available for adoption. Info contact Hana 226750-5651 or sunset092001@hotmail.com. *Parkinson’s Support Groups. Do you or someone you know have Parkinson’s? We’re here to help. For info on a Parkinson’s support group in your area, call Parkinson Society Southwestern Ontario, 1-888-851-7376 or www.parkinsonsociety.ca.


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Youth Outdoors Day set for Sept. 16 at Luther Marsh WELLINGTON NORTH Students can now register for Youth Outdoors Day, which will be held at Luther Marsh on Sept. 16. Students and parents have a chance to discover some fun activities to do in the great outdoors at this free event. Now in its 16th year, the event is free but students must register online at youthoutdoorsday.com by Sept. 10. “Since its inception 16 years ago, over 3,500 youngsters have discovered that learning about the outdoors is fun when the lessons are filled with hands-on opportunities at our unique Youth Outdoor Day,” said Sharon Grose, Youth Outdoor Day board member.

“The great outdoors has so much to offer kids, but sometimes they need a little nudge to discover it – whether it is fishing, bird watching, camping or simply hiking and enjoying wildlife,” she said.

“In this age of social media, computers and electronics it’s great to see kids put down their cell phones for a day and embrace the outdoors.” Youth Outdoors Day was SEE LUTHER MARSH » 4

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7275 Sideroad 16, P.O. Box 160, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0 Phone: 519-638-3313, Fax: 519-638-5113,

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Taking aim - Youth outdoor Day volunteer Nick Grose teaches archery to students attending Youth Outdoor Day. Station leaders and volunteers share their expertise and provide coaching throughout the day. Activities at 2017 YOD day will include bird feeder building, supervised target shooting, wetland habitat rehabilitation and fly fishing. There will also be a number of demonstrations such as the use of retriever and pointer hunting dogs, bow hunting, and a falconry demonstration. Submitted photo

Township of Mapleton Municipal Office, 7275 Sideroad 16 by cash, cheque or debit/interac at most Financial Institutions or by Telebanking/On-line banking with most financial institutions.

There is a mail slot available at the office for payments being made after hours. Postdated cheques for the due date are accepted. Taxes may also be paid by mail addressed to the Township of Mapleton, P.O. Box 160, Drayton, ON N0G 1P0.

Planning helps create healthy school lunches Kids who eat a healthy lunch are ready to learn. While hectic family schedules can be a challenge to manage, taking the stress out of making school lunches is as easy as getting the kids involved and planning ahead. Here are a few simple ideas to get your family started. On the weekend, plan school lunches with your kids for the week ahead. Try to include three of the four food groups in every lunch. Stock up on healthy graband-go foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grain pita pockets, yogurt, and hard-boiled eggs. Use dinner leftovers to make quick and easy lunches the following day. Prep as much of the lunch as you can the night before. Spend a few extra minutes when preparing dinner to cut up extra veggies and fruit for tomorrow’s lunch. Get the kids involved. Let them plan the menu, write

the grocery list, shop for food, and make the lunches… with your help of course! Kids who help make and pack their lunch are more likely to eat it too. Stock up on easy-to-grab snacks that can be put together in a pinch for a picnicstyle lunch: - ready-to-eat veggies like carrots and cucumbers; - fruit like apples, bananas, or oranges; - fruit cups (fruit salad packed in juice, applesauce,

mandarin oranges, pears, peaches); - single servings of lowerfat milk or 100 per cent fruit juice; - lower-fat yogurt; - small packets of dried fruit like raisins or cranberries; - whole grain crackers or mini-pitas; and - hard-boiled eggs (they keep for one week in the fridge with their shells on). For more information, visit: Canada.ca/health.

NOTICE

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2018 BUDGET TAKE NOTICE of the dates and time of the following Corporation of the Township of Mapleton Special Meetings of Council: • Tuesday, September 19, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Tuesday, October 17, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Tuesday, November 7, 2017 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: 7275 Sideroad 16, Council Chambers

For the following reason: Township of Mapleton 2018 Budget – Round 1, 2 and 3 An agenda will be available on the Township of Mapleton web-site prior to the meeting.

IMPORTANT DATES Tuesday, September 12, 2017 7:00 p.m. Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, September 19, 2017 9:00 a.m. Special Meeting of Council Tuesday, September 26, 2017 1:00 p.m. Regular Meeting of Council Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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EDITORIAL By Patrick Raftis

Preparation pays off

While some recommendations to improve the flow of information were included in an “After Action Report” on the June 23 flood in the township, the report overall gave high marks to local officials for their reaction to the event. “Efficient actions from the Township Control Group and staff along with supporting agencies allowed normal municipal operations to resume within a few days of the flood waters receding,” states the report, presented at the Aug. 22 Mapleton council meeting. Local citizens were also as well prepared as could be expected, thanks to emergency management exercises held in the fall of 2016 and a public information session on flooding in March 2017, which the report describes as “good preparation tools for this event.” The decision to hold such exercises last year now seems almost prescient. While many people experienced hardships and property loss due to the flooding, provincial aid for victims is in the works and the experience does highlight an impressive level of preparedness by local and upper tier governments in this part of the world. And the preparation begins long before the rain falls, starting with zoning and building standards implemented by provincial and municipal governments designed to minimize risk to property and public safety. No doubt the report’s recommendations on improved communications and other measures will be implemented and stand local residents in good stead when Mother Nature next demonstrates her power.

Luther Marsh to host annual Youth Outdoors Day » FROM PAGE 3

created for youth to introduce them to outdoor activities and gain an appreciation for their natural environment. “We want to highlight good environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation ... This hands on event gives kids an opportunity to experience nature-it might be the start of a lifelong passion for outdoors,” said Grose. Station leaders and volunteers share their expertise and provide coaching throughout the day. Activities will include bird feeder building, super-

vised target shooting, wetland habitat rehabilitation and fly fishing. There will also be a number of demonstrations such as the use of retriever and pointer hunting dogs, bow hunting, and a falconry demonstration. “This event was designed to expose kids to the benefits of the great outdoors and help them develop a greater appreciation for the outdoors,” said Grose. “Hopefully the day provided them with some new leisure activities or possible career opportunities.”

Camp fun - Conestoga Bible Camp officials are already planning for the 2018 summer season. Children and youths of various ages have been coming to the camp since 1972. ABOVE: A view of the camp including the water slide called “Whiz Bang.” BELOW: Campers enjoy log rolling at the beach front, one of several free time activities offered at the camp. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Conestoga Bible Camp celebrates end of 45th season By Caroline Sealey MAPLETON - With fall approaching, the summer camping season is coming to a close at local campgrounds. The staff at Conestoga Bible Camp, having completed the 2017 summer program, are already planning the 2018 season. Forty five years ago, John Martin had a vision of a summer day camp that provided a fun and enriching experience for local children. In 1972, Martin found five acres of land on Conestogo Lake near Hollen, set up tents, added volunteers and his vision became a reality. Conestoga Bible Camp has grown and is now a registered Canadian charity,

hosting four, two-week sessions of day camps and an overnight youth camp. During a typical summer, the site hosts more than 1,200 campers. The facility welcomes church and small group retreats during the remainder of the year. New to the camp is a short-term discipleship training program for youths. Camp Director Terry Ruegg is in charge of camp operations year round. A board of directors governs Conestoga Bible Camp and many volunteers assist throughout the year with programs, maintenance and as kitchen staff. Each summer 100 individuals are hired to run the summer programs.

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Financial donations from individuals, churches and community organizations help subsidize registration rates. The two-week day camps are suited to children aged 7 to 14. Session one, the first two weeks in July, provides an opportunity for children in the Kitchener, Waterloo area to attend the camp. Children from the Wallenstein area attend Session 2, which runs the last two weeks in July. Session 3 takes place during the first two weeks in August and encompasses the Floradale-Woolwich area. From Aug. 14 to 25 this year campers in the Drayton, Alma, Moorefield, Rothsay and Palmerston areas took part in activities during Session 4. Bus transportation to and from the camp is provided, with pick up points in the areas served. Upon arrival at the camp, children gather at the amphitheatre. The day’s schedule is comprised of team games, chapel, Bible lessons and interest activities, until departure at

Annual Corn Roast & B.B.Q Free Food – Free Fun Saturday, September 9th - 4:30 - 7:30 p.m. Bouncy Castle, face painting, games, popcorn, volleyball game and live entertainment

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4:30pm Children can participate in sporting activities that include fishing, archery, canoeing, kayaking, baseball, mini golf and swimming lessons. Non-sporting activities include outdoor cooking, arts and crafts, guitar, survival skills, comics and cartoon creation, drama, dance and wood crafts. Youth Camp is a weeklong overnight camp held during the last week of August, for high school aged campers. The schedule for the week includes games, worship, teaching time, sports and free time. With access to Conestogo Lake, sports offered include water skiing, wake boarding, swimming, canoeing, and water polo. The camp is able to accommodate 55 to 60 youths. Assistant director Zack Barriage began his journey with the camp at the age of nine. He then moved into the counsellor role and was a part of the pastoral team before becoming assistant director. SEE BIBLE CAMP » 8

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RETAIL BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY For an agency store in DRAYTON LCBO RFP #2017-112 DRAYTON An excellent business opportunity is now available to established retailers in Drayton. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) is seeking a responsible, customer-focused retailer to operate an LCBO Agency Store in Drayton. To qualify, the applicant must have an existing, currently operating retail business in the community and commit to operating the Agency store within established LCBO guidelines. To facilitate the sale of beverage alcohol products, the operator may be required to enter into separate commercial arrangements with the LCBO and domestic beer suppliers. The successful applicant will also be required to participate in a special LCBO server-training program to ensure the responsible sale of beverage alcohol products.

Classic cars - The Minto Optimist Car and Pickup Show was a hit with classic vehicle enthusiasts on Aug. 27 at Lions Heritage Park in Palmerston. ABOVE: Rita and Colin Brown of Mitchell have owned this 1958 Pontiac Parisienne for eight years. They say it is one of just 10 in Ontario with the correct period colour: seafoam. The car has had owners from Winnipeg, British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. BELOW: A 1946 Ford Rat Rod owned by Ron and Kate McCracken of Harriston. Photos by Caroline Sealey

Since 1962, the LCBO has authorized more than 200 Agency stores to serve communities that have requested service but where the local population is too small to support a regular LCBO or beer store. These Agency stores are operated by local retailers within their existing retail business. Agency store contracts are normally awarded for a five-year term. In communities where there is currently an Agency store, as the contract nears expiry, the LCBO will take into consideration the fact that new businesses in the community may have been established and will allow an opportunity for all businesses in the community to compete for the next five-year term. Operating an LCBO Agency Store provides a retailer with an excellent opportunity to increase revenue and attract customers while providing local residents with beverage alcohol services. Agency stores also deliver economic benefits to the community in many cases through job creation and increased customer traffic for local merchants. For this competition, the LCBO must receive requests for the application package from interested businesses by mail before end of business day Friday, September 22, 2017. The application requests must quote the following information: RFP #2017-112 Drayton Request for Application Package Procurement and Contract Management, LCBO 1 Yonge Street, Suite 1404 Toronto, ON M5E 1E5 Please note: An application fee of $100 must be included with your request in order to receive an application package. Make the cheque or money order payable to the LCBO only. In order to be considered for this business opportunity, applicants must submit to LCBO Procurement and Contract Management a completed proposal in the required format before the closing date and time, Friday, October 6, 2017, 3 p.m. local time. Late submissions will not be accepted and will be returned unopened.

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NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING FOR AN AMENDMENT TO THE MAPLETON ZONING BY-LAW AND NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION ZBA 2017-11

Pettapiece questions government motives for attempt to block testimony in lawsuit PERTH-WELLINGTON Local MPP Randy Pettapiece, Progressive Conservative critic for horse racing is questioning the provincial governments motives for attempting to block witnesses from testifying at a civil trial between a group of Ontario standardbred horse breeders and the Ontario government. Citing media reports, Pettapiece says the province is trying to block testimonies from former premier Dalton McGuinty and other senior officials, in a lawsuit surrounding the cancellation of Ontario’s Slots at Racetracks program in 2012. In an Aug. 24 press release, Pettapiece states the lawsuit against the Liberal government includes claims of breach of contract, negligence, and unjust enrichment. “What exactly are the Liberals hiding?” asked Pettapiece. “Why won’t they let Dalton McGuinty testify? Are they worried about what he will say? “This is just one more example that the Liberals can’t be trusted to put the interests of the province ahead of their own. After 14 years in power, they’ll never change.” The horse breeders are suing the province for $65

million claiming they were unfairly cut out of the program which saw slot revenues shared between the province, breeders and racetracks Last week the province

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TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of Mapleton has received a complete application to consider a proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Zoning By-law 2010-80, pursuant to Section 34 of the Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990, as amended. PUBLIC MEETING Mapleton Council will consider this application at their meeting scheduled for:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

Mapleton Township Municipal Offices, Council Chambers, 7275 Sideroad 16 Location of the Subject Land The property subject to the proposed amendment is legally described as Lot 9, Concession 1 (Peel), with a civic address of 7669 Wellington Road 86. The property is approximately 40.06 ha (99 acres) in size and the location is shown on the map below. The Purpose and Effect of the Application The purpose and effect of the proposed amendment is to rezone the subject lands to permit a 161 m2 (1739 ft2) expansion to a home industry (storage within an existing implement shed). The property is zoned agricultural and is occupied by a dwelling, beef and turkey barns, shop and accessory structures. Oral or Written Submissions Any person or public body is entitled to attend the public meeting and make written or oral submissions in support of or in opposition to the proposed zoning by-law amendment. Written comments should be submitted to the Township Clerk. Power of OMB to Dismiss Appeals If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Council of the Township of Mapleton to the Ontario Municipal Board. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting, or make written submissions to the Township of Mapleton before the by-law is passed, the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. Request for Notice of Decision If you wish to be notified of the decision in respect of the proposed Township of Mapleton Zoning Bylaw Amendment, you must make a written request to the Clerk. Additional Information Additional information regarding this application is available for inspection at the Township of Mapleton Municipal Office at the address shown above.


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By Laurie Langdon

You have extreme power. How many times have we quoted the verse in Matthew 19:10: “With God all things are possible?” How about Job 37:23: “He is excellent in power,” or Psalm 65:6: “(He is) clothed with power,” or Psalm 147:5: “Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.” How about this one in Colossians 2:10: “You are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.” In heaven I have absolutely everything necessary. There I am liberally supplied, even “perfect,” being able to both obey God’s will

and to enact and fulfill His promises. There Christ is the head of all and the life of all. He is the supreme and prominent one, the head of all principalities and the originator and the primary authority on all issues. There I have the power of real free choice, having the capacity to always choose that which is right. There I possess the power to be and to do the incredible. On earth, as it is in heaven, I also have absolutely everything necessary. Here also I am liberally supplied, even “perfect,” being able to both obey God’s will and to enact and fulfill His promises.

Here also Christ is the head of all and the life of all. He is the supreme and prominent one, the head of all principalities and the originator and the primary authority on all issues. Real free choice And here I have the power of real free choice, along with the capacity to always choose that which is right. And yes, I do hold the power to be and to do the incredible, because I have God’s immeasurable power within me. Such power enables me to possess an inheritance and exercise godly rights over any and all concerns, incidents or dilemmas. Over the flesh and de-

mons: to move me from selfgratification and dominance into the satisfaction which God’s company brings and the influence which his energy steers me into. To rule over myself and my situations: to move me out of self-absorption and small world thinking into a place where my humanity and all humankind like me becomes the opportunity for God’s favor and redemptive grace to go to work. Healing of all kinds is mine as a right: to understand that it is God’s essential nature to heal me, because he is a good God, to realize this healing in all its forms, and to bring this God

and this healing, in all its forms, to my world. Deliverance from oppression and bondage belongs to me: to be liberated from every cruelty I have ever known and every burden I have ever carried is my birthright: I have a God given right to liberation. Salvation, hope, joy Salvation, hope, joy, peace, etc. are all mine: to discover, entertain and effectively unleash these valuable endowments in my world – this is my calling, it is the reason I was made. Jesus’ very last words recorded in Acts 1:8 were these: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes

on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” He did not say, “You will witness about me.” He actually said “you will be my witnesses.” To me this means that we literally embody Christ; we are carriers of Him. Our lives tell the story of Jesus. Who we are, what we do, and where and how we live are a demonstration of who Jesus powerfully is, what He powerfully does and where and how He powerfully lives. You have extreme power in Christ. Be big. Be strong. Be powerful!

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while the keys were in the vehicle, which has not been recovered. To help prevent future incidents, the OPP are reminding citizens about the “Lock it or Lose it” campaign. “Lock it or Lose it” is a crime prevention program that reminds the public to lock their vehicles and remove any valuables and keys from within. This helps reduce the motivation and likelihood of this type of property crimes. Any person with information regarding these incidents are asked to contact the Wellington County OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS) or submit a tip online at www.csgw.tips. You may be eligible for a reward from Crime Stoppers of up to $2,000.

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speed was the primary cause in 4,700 crashes, while 1,158 of the incidents involved a driver who consumed alcohol or drugs. A total of 47 people have died so far this year because of an inattentive driver, up from 39 such deaths this time last year, the OPP state in a Sept. 1 press release. “With children and other students taking to the streets and being bused to school beginning next week, the need for motorists to pay full attention to driving - and for others to take a firm stand against drivers who are not -- has never been greater.” police state. “Our collision data is compelling evidence that drivers who text, talk on their cell phone or are distracted in some other way, take a tremendous toll on the safety of those who share the road with them. Public complacency about inattentive driving can be just as dangerous as the behaviour itself. Until drivers, passengers and the general public take a firm stand against this road safety issue, these tragedies are expected to continue in large numbers on our roads,’’ said OPP Commissioner J.V.N. (Vince) Hawkes.


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Flood report calls for better communication between GRCA, township officials » FROM PAGE 1

locations and this information should be mapped and included in the Flood Emergency Response Plan for future reference, officials stated. The report also points out flood levels in Glen Allan were more extensive than seen in the past. Among the recommendations in the report is that the GRCA look into the possibility of sending information from its own rain gauges directly to township flood coordinators. A lag time on the gauge information on the GRCA website was noted by township staff. “The site, while very useful, did not show in real time and because of lag time it was difficult ... to determine where the actual river flows would be on the ground at a specific point in time. GRCA will investigate to see if this can be refined.” It was noted that the actual flows recorded in the

Conestogo River through Drayton were considerably higher than model flows for the Level 3 flood that was experienced. Officials questioned to what extent recent dredging of the river provided additional flow support during the flood. The GRCA will be investigating this further. The authority will also inspect a flap gate near Dippel’s Family Garage on Wellington Street in Drayton. There are three outlets along this stretch and questions were raised as to how effectively they worked on June 23. GRCA noted in other communities with dykes, slide gates provided a secondary means of preventing river back-up through drainage works. Township staff will also share road washout information with GRCA staff for flood data reference. Township staff recommended investigating

a long-term plan to address waste water during future flood events. Skip the exercise Having been through a very real emergency, local officials recommended skipping a mandatory mock disaster exercise this year. “I do want to just indicate that, through the province, we are hoping to use the flooding as our emergency exercise for 2017,” Dickson told council. Mayor Neil Driscoll said, “On behalf of myself and Mapleton I want to thank Wellington County and yourself for being there as resource.” He noted county

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Having a blast - LEFT: The Drayton Blast Ball season ended recently with a waterball evening. Little ones enjoyed learning the basics of blast ball through interactive activities throughout the year. Officials thanked Tate Driscoll and all student and parent volunteers for a fun season. RIGHT: Helper Allison Raynard places a ball on a tee during blast ball action. Submitted Photos

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