Urgent – hockey equipment needed
by Roger Varley
For the fifth year in a row, members of the Uxbridge Secondary School Tigers hockey team will travel later this month to a remote region of northwestern Ontario to spread some holiday cheer – and hope – to the First Nations community of Weagamow.
With their “Hope Through Hockey” project, the USS Varsity Tigers hockey alumni and friends will take equipment and teach hockey to bring hope to the community. Located north of Thunder Bay and reached by a 1.5 hour flight, the community has suffered from poverty, addiction and suicide.
The friendship between Uxbridge and Weagamow began when a group of Uxbridge women visited the community on Mother’s Day weekend in 2012 after learning of five mothers who had tragically taken their own lives in a six-week period, orphaning 12 children.…continue reading…
Music-making senior receives top honour from province
by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
“Barbara deserves to be acknowledged by the Province of Ontario because her actions frequently benefit numerous individuals in diverse ways.”
That’s the last sentence on the nomination form that was submitted to the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration by Barbara Hughes’ friend, Betty Bignell. The page-and-a-half long nomination obviously made an impression, because Barbara Hughes was one of 15 Ontario seniors who received the 2017 Ontario Senior Achievement Award last Wednesday at a ceremony in the Lieutenant Governor’s suite at Queen’s Park in Toronto.
The list of Barbara Hughes’ contributions to the community of Uxbridge is long and varied, but most notable is her accordion playing. She entertains members of the Community Care Adult Day program, and also plays two times a month for the residents at Reachview Long Term Care Home on Reach St., where residents eagerly anticipate her performances. She takes requests and plays their favourite tunes.…continue reading…
Some parks to go, some to change?
by Roger Varley
A final report on the future of Uxbridge’s parks and open spaces will not be presented to council until later this month or in January, but indications are that Sierra Planning and Management will recommend some parks should be closed, while some should remain and some should be re-purposed. Sierra was hired to develop a parks master plan for the next 10 to 20 years.
At a public meeting held at the Seniors’ Centre a week ago, consultant Lindsay Cudmore said ball diamonds such as those at Elgin Park and Uxpool could be re-purposed as the township moves away from stand-alone ball parks in the urban area. Ms. Cudmore said options could include relocating lawn bowling and tennis to the Uxpool park, turning tennis courts into multi-purpose courts for tennis, basketball and pickleball, and consolidating all soccer activity at the Fields of Uxbridge.…continue reading…
Major projects feature in 2018 budget
by Roger Varley
Uxbridge council began the 2018 budget process Tuesday morning by tackling the numbers put forward by the biggest spender of tax dollars – the public works department.
The preliminary overall budget figures project operating expenditures of $15.85 million, a 3.1 per cent increase over the 2017 budget, while revenues are expected to total $18.27 million, an increase of 3.7 per cent. On the capital side, expenditures are expected to top out at just over $19 million, compared with $7.2 million in 2017.
The difference in capital spending between this year and next is due largely to the replacement of the Brock Street culvert, which is estimated at $10.5 million, and the new animal shelter, which will cost $1.2 million.
Other less costly projects include replacing all the floor chairs at the Music Hall for $9,500.…continue reading…
by Roger Varley
Notes from the December 4 Council Meeting
Council divided on heritage issue: After hearing from a heritage consultant and receiving reports from clerk Debbie Leroux and Councillor Dave Barton, Uxbridge council found itself divided over the question of whether or not to designate the former home of Col. Sam Sharpe as a heritage property.
The consultant, Peter Wokral, said if council is satisfied that the property meets at least one of the criteria of Design or Physical Value, Historical or Associative Value or Contextual Value, it is warranted in designating the property as a heritage site.
Ms. Leroux’ report noted that Heritage Uxbridge has recommended that the property at 50 First Ave. be designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act for historical and architectural reasons and that the owners, Robert Bishop and Jennifer Durkin, are opposed to such a move. She recommended that council move forward with the designation.…continue reading…
Stouffville woman killed in Uxbridge crash
A 23-year-old woman has died as a result of a motor vehicle collision in Uxbridge Township.
On Saturday, December 2, at approximately 1:35 a.m., members of North Division were called to the intersection of Durham Road 30 and Aurora Road, for the report of a serious motor vehicle collision that involved a single vehicle.
Witnesses reported that an eastbound vehicle on Aurora Road was travelling at a high rate of speed when it travelled through the intersection at Durham Road 30 and ran off road into the side of a hill. The vehicle caught fire upon impact. The 23-year-old Stouffville woman was pronounced at the scene.…continue reading…