New stop signs in Udora make residents, council see red
by Roger Varley
At the intersection of Regional Road 1 and Ravenshoe Road, in the heart of Udora, new stop signs have been installed to make the intersection an all-way stop. Previously, only vehicles travelling east or west on Ravenshoe were required to come to a stop.
The Region of York and the Town of Georgina decided to install the new four-way stop, complete with oversized stop signs, a flashing red light in all directions and “Stop Ahead” messages painted on the roadway, after what was called a consulting process with residents of Udora, a hamlet that is split between Uxbridge and Georgina.
However, at a public meeting held in the Udora Community Centre on Tuesday evening, a number of the 30 or so people in attendance wanted to know what was the point of holding a public meeting after the signs had been put in place? Not the least of these was Uxbridge Mayor Gerri Lynn O’Connor, who noted she was made aware of the switch to a four-way stop only two weeks ago.…continue reading…
Coldest night of the year this weekend
Despite this week’s mild temperatures, the Coldest Night of the Year will be this Saturday, February 24.
North House is hosting this fundraiser for the fourth time, and is hoping to draw attention to a plight that affects many people right here in Uxbridge, and in Durham Region – homelessness. The evening walk is meant to occur in the cold, making participants get a sense of what it’s like to be out in the cold at night. Money raised will go to North House, a local organization that provides housing services to north Durham.
“We provide people with housing assistance, either finding them or keeping them in housing,” explains Mona Emond, executive director for North House. “We had 97 families we helped in 2017, and some of those are repeat clients.”
North House also helps low-income earners complete tax returns so that they can be properly assessed and get the services they need. More than 370 returns have been completed to date.…continue reading…
Public invited to culvert information night
Plans for the demolition and rebuild of the Brock St. culvert, which carries the Uxbridge Brook underneath downtown Brock St., will be available for public viewing on Wednesday, February 28, at a public information centre (PIC) at the Uxbridge Seniors’ Centre.
Construction on the culvert is expected to begin in the summer of 2018. The Township of Uxbridge and its engineering partners have been working for many months on the construction and engineering plans.
Representatives from the Township of Uxbridge, AECOM engineering, and the BIA will be on hand to answer questions and discuss the project. Members of the public who would like to learn more are invited to drop in to the PIC between 7 and 9 p.m. This is an informal event and no presentations will be made.…continue reading…
“13 Ways” Installment #8 – Painting the town…any colour
by Roger Varley
This is the eighth “installment” in a series of columns and articles inspired by a book entitled “13 Ways To Kill Your Community.”
This week’s look at Doug Griffiths’ “13 Ways To Kill Your Community” focuses on the chapter titled “Don’t Paint,” in which he says failure to paint, dust, sweep, wash windows and perform a host of other beautification tasks can lead to a community’s demise.
In his accompanying column on page 2, Griffiths states that “beauty is important to the future of your community. Its appearance reflects its soul, but that’s more than buildings. (Its soul is) people, values, sentiments and character.” Here, the Cosmos looks at the way Uxbridge “paints” to make improvements to how it looks, which is always a balm for the soul.
The township, often criticized for the appearance of the downtown area, particularly the lower end of Brock Street, does appear to be working to improve the look, but it can’t do it alone. For several years the township has had a Community Improvement Program that seeks to assist merchants and landlords in the downtown to improve the look of their buildings. In past years, the township offered loans of up to $5,000 for anyone wanting to improve their façade or their signage or outside lighting. But to all intents and purposes, there were no takers.…continue reading…
Uxbridge Cosmos nominated for OCNA award
The Uxbridge Cosmos has been nominated for an award by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA).
Finalists for the 2017 Better Newspapers Competition, an annual competition that recognizes outstanding community newspaper work, were announced last Wednesday, February 14.
The Uxbridge Cosmos is one of three finalists in the “Best Rural Story” category. The nominated story is the feature that was run in the March 23, 2017, edition entitled “Downtown Survey Results: What Uxbridge has to say.” The piece, written by Roger Varley and Lisha Van Nieuwenhove, with page layout done by Susan Gallé-Pollard, presented the data that was accumulated when the Cosmos did a public survey of the situation in the downtown core.…continue reading…