Former mayor first female in Durham to hold regional chair
by Roger Varley
Uxbridge mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor has been named chair of Durham Region to replace Roger Anderson, who passed away recently. O’Connor will serve as chair for the remainder of Anderson’s term, at which time she will be replaced by whoever wins the seat on the upcoming municipal elections.
The former mayor – (she officially resigned the position in a letter to Uxbridge council on Monday) – was unanimously appointed chair last Wednesday. She was officially sworn in by regional clerk Ralph Walton at a ceremony in the Uxbridge council chambers on Friday and then presented with the chain of office by regional Chief Administrative Officer Garry Cubitt. O’Connor explained she wanted the ceremony in Uxbridge so that township staff and local media could attend.
Following the brief ceremony, O’Connor received a standing ovation from the packed public gallery which included most of Uxbridge council, township staff, several regional councillors and area councillors, as well as members of the public.…continue reading…
by Roger Varley
Notes from the April 16 Council Meeting
Council looks to fill mayor’s seat: Uxbridge council will take steps over the next couple of weeks to fill the vacancy in the mayor’s chair left by the resignation of Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor after her elevation to regional chair.
Under the direction of deputy mayor Pat Molloy, council asked clerk Debbie Leroux to bring a report to the next council meeting on April 23 declaring the mayor’s position vacant and outlining the options before council.
The options will include appointing an interim mayor to serve the rest of O’Connor’s term, the most likely way council will proceed. In such an event, assuming the interim mayor is chosen from among the councillors, that would leave another council seat open. Council could fill that vacancy by appointing someone to serve until the next election or by holding a by-election. Leroux said that since the municipal elections are more than 90 days away, leaving the council seat empty until then is not an option.…continue reading…
by Roger Varley
St. Paul’s Anglican Church is joining with a group of five other Anglican churches in Pickering and Whitby to reunite a Syrian refugee family.
Rev. Mark Kinghan said the churches are raising money to bring a young woman, her husband and child to Canada to join the woman’s family who were sponsored earlier. Rev. Kinghan said the young woman married and had a child while she and her family were waiting to be approved to enter Canada. When the approval came, the young woman was no longer eligible to come with her family.
“So now we’re sponsoring the daughter so they can be reunited,” Rev. Kinghan said.
The minister said the young woman’s family now lives in Whitby and he expects she, her husband and child will also live in Whitby when they arrive.…continue reading…
“13 Ways” Installment #12 – Playing the blame game
This is the twelfth and final “installment” in a series of columns and articles inspired by a book entitled “13 Ways To Kill Your Community.”
by Roger Varley
Addressing the final chapter in Doug Griffiths’ “13 Ways To Kill Your Community” as it relates to Uxbridge is difficult. In it, Griffiths claims the most powerful way to kill your community is to avoid responsibility. He says that avoiding responsibility is much like the game of hot potato: disavow responsibility as quickly as you can and pass it on to someone else, which will continue on and on because it is contagious. Griffiths, not a fan of the coffee shop crowd, says this crowd enjoys complaining about things but seldom offers solutions to problems because then those in the crowd would have nothing to complain about. It’s also called the blame game.
In some respects, he might be right. The Cosmos regularly has conversations with all kinds of residents who discuss (complain about) all kinds of issues facing the municipality. Some have, indeed, offered possible solutions to what they perceive as problems, but possible solutions never get expressed to those who could be in a position to put them in place.…continue reading…
Photos of food bank robbery suspects released
Police have released photos of two suspects who utilized stolen gift cards that were taken from the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank in St. Andrews Chalmers Presbyterian Church on March 13. The two suspects were observed using these stolen cards at grocery stores in Ajax, Oshawa and Whitby.
Police have released the surveillance photos of the two suspects who used the stolen gift cards. Surveillance images of the suspects can be viewed at thecosmos.ca or at drps.ca under Newsroom.…continue reading…
Everybody wins with Catch the Ace
A new lottery is coming to town and it is designed specifically as a local source of prizes and fundraising for communities like Uxbridge. Every week a ticket sold locally will provide a cash prize for a lucky winner and ticket purchasers will also have a chance to win a progressive prize that could grow to as much as $50,000.
Catch the Ace is a lottery being presented by the Rotary Club of Uxbridge, the Uxbridge Legion and the Canadian Tire JumpStart program. Tickets cost $5 and, in addition to providing a chance to win one of the cash prizes, each ticket generates proceeds that will be shared by the three lottery presenters. All of these organizations are actively involved in supporting programs and activities in and around Uxbridge, and the funds raised through Catch the Ace will help them do even more. Anyone looking for an affordable way to help support veterans, retirees, students, or children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in local sports and arts programs can buy a ticket and also have a chance to win.
Every week, starting on Wednesday, May 2, a maximum of 1,000 tickets will be sold. Every Tuesday at 5 p.m. a draw will be held at the Uxbridge Legion and somebody will win 20 per cent of the value of all tickets sold that week. That prize could be worth as much as $1,000 if all tickets are sold during the week. Winners do not have to attend the draw to win their prize, and each ticket is good for that one weekly draw only.…continue reading…