Time running out for municipal nominations
by Roger Varley
Anyone even remotely considering running for a seat on Uxbridge council had better start doing more than considering. They have only until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, to file their nomination papers. After that time, the nomination period closes. That leaves just two weeks for people to put their names forward.
So far, only 12 people have filed their papers for a chance at one of the seven local seats available. As of this writing, if no other candidates step forward, there will be no contest in Wards 3, 4 and 5, each of which has seen only one candidate file their papers. Whatever happens, however, there will be new faces representing Wards 2, 3 and 5 and the regional councillor position when the fall election is over.
Ward 2, held previously by Pat Molloy, who recently was elevated to the position of mayor following the departure of Gerri Lynn O’Connor, is up for grabs, with Gary Ruona, Gordon Shreeve and Ted Eng all in the race. Ruona currently serves as Ward 2 councillor, having been appointed in June to fill out the remainder of Mayor Molloy’s term. Eng, a former Ward 2 councillor, is taking another run for office.…continue reading…
New midwifery unit at MSH an option for natural birthing in hospital
On Monday, Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) opened Canada’s first Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU) a dedicated birth centre operated by midwives. This ground-breaking unit makes MSH the hospital of choice for women who want to have a midwife for their childbirth experience in a hospital setting.
According to a release from MSH, with the AMU, patients of midwives will experience the more natural and low intervention birth experience associated with midwifery care and have access to obstetricians, neonatal and anaesthetic care, and diagnostic imaging on the same floor should they be needed during labour and birth.
“This partnership between obstetricians, and hospital and community midwives supports a patient focused, quality based and integrated approach to healthcare that is accessible, efficient and cost effective,” says the release.…continue reading…
3rd annual Summer Jumpstart Games to take over Arena
Who needs World Cup Soccer when the third annual Summer Jumpstart Games are going to take place next Friday, July 20, right in Uxbridge!
From 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., the grounds in and around the Uxbridge Arena will be buzzing with kids doing all kinds of free activities.
Once again, the Canadian Tire Uxbridge Jumpstart Program is working in conjunction with the summer camps program to host these summer games.
“We anticipate 250 kids will cycle through various games and activities. All will be decked out in Jumpstart t-shirts and everything is FREE!”…continue reading…
Giant concert promises to be party of the summer
Elgin Park has recuperated from Canada Day festivities – now it’s looking forward to Hitsfest this weekend. On Saturday, July 14, the second annual Hitsfest will be put on by Uxbridge and area radio station 105.5 Hits FM.
“The first event took place last year and was an extension of our belief in offering new opportunities for local artists while having the ability to bring in some bigger names,” explains the station’s general manager, Dan Pollard. “For many of the local artists this is the first time they have the chance to open for a big act.”
Last year, 80s super group Platinum Blonde was the headliner group. This year, according to Pollard, the focus is on attracting a younger crowd. As such, Trillium College, which has a campus in Oshawa, came on as a corporate sponsor.…continue reading…
Be a 19th century soldier
Do you have what it takes to be a 19th century soldier? The Uxbridge Historical Centre is hosting a week-long camp this August for youth 8 – 13 years of age who want to step back in time and experience what life was like for a soldier over 100 years ago.…continue reading…