Rouge Park keeps getting more land
by Nancy Melcher
The Rouge National Urban Park is one step closer to completion. On May 15, Transport Minister Marc Garneau and the minister responsible for Parks Canada, Catherine McKenna, announced the transfer of 21 square kilometers of Federal Lands to the Park. This land was part of the original expropriation for the Pickering Airport in the early 1970s.
In 2015 Transport Canada transferred 19 square kilometers of “airport” lands to the Park. This tract was from the western sector of the Lands. This recent transfer covers the northern sector, including parts of Uxbridge Township, and it brings the Rouge Park closer to completion. More parcels will be transferred from York and Durham Regions, and Toronto, as well as lands controlled by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. The southeast sector of the Lands (9,600 acres) remains in reserve for possible future development....continue reading...
Taking a blanket approach to indigenous history
by Roger Varley
St. Andrews-Chalmers Presbyterian Church will be offering a new perspective on the history of Canada's indigenous peoples this weekend as part of its Sunday morning service.
The floor of the church hall will be covered with blankets and people will be invited to stand or walk on the blankets. Each participant will be given a card containing a word such as "smallpox," "treaty" or "residential school." As a narrator reads a script relating how natives were devastated by foreign diseases such as smallpox, relegated to small reserves and shipped off to residential schools, people will leave the blankets when they hear the word on their card and the corners of the blankets will be folded in. Gradually, the blankets will become smaller and only a small portion of the floor will remain covered...continue reading...
Uxbridge Farmers’ Market begins season in new location
by Roger Varley
Under grey skies and cool temperatures, the Uxbridge's Farmers Market opened its 2017 season Sunday at a new downtown venue.
The market opened next to the Second Wedge Brewing Co., on Victoria Street in an area that is noticeably smaller than the space it occupied for years at the arena parking lot. Nevertheless, Lisa Cooper of Cooper CSA Farms said she is thrilled with the new location.
"The feed mill across the road and the forest behind gives this area an ambiance," she said.
She said she was happy with the number of people who turned out for opening day despite the weather. She noted, however, that the weather likely resulted in some vendors not showing up. There were only 11 booths open for business. Ms. Cooper said the number of vendors last year fluctuated between 11 and 20....continue reading...
Trip of a lifetime comes to emotional end
by Roger Varley
Students who took part in Uxbridge Secondary School's Vimy Ridge 100th anniversary tour ended their journey at the school last Thursday with an evening of commemoration and reflection.
Having paid tribute to the fallen in that battle, as well as those who fought in both world wars, the students used the evening to pay tribute to the people who had helped them on their journey.
Tables were covered in memorabilia and student artwork, including an art project in which visitors were asked to attach small red and white ribbons to a circular piece of netting. Participants were asked to write on the ribbons the names of those they thought should be remembered.
Among the displays was a table laying out the career of German Maj.-Gen. Heinrich Hax, a decorated soldier who also was an Olympic athlete.
The students' compassion for all soldiers was also shown in the 26-minute video they produced of the Vimy trip: it included visits the group made to German war cemeteries....continue reading...
Veterans honoured at Vimy Celebration Evening
In partnership with Steinar Engeset, former Norwegian Consul in Nova Scotia, Uxbridge Secondary School Vimy 100 students were thrilled to play a part in recognizing two veterans last Thursday at Uxbridge Secondary School. Uxbridge resident George Robson and Dagfinn Stai of Etobicoke were both recognized for their service during the Second World War from The Convoy Cup Foundation and the Camp Norway Foundation.
Dagfinn Stai fought in the Norwegian Campaign between April and June 1940 during the German Invasion of Norway. In May of that year, Germany’s invasion of France eventually compelled the Allies to withdraw and the Norwegian government to seek exile in London, England. Dagfinn escaped to Sweden and then to Great Britain, where he served as a sergeant in the Royal Norwegian Army in exile in Scotland. He was then sent to “Little Norway” on Toronto Island, where he received flight training with the Royal Norwegian Airforce, and then served with the 334th Squadron in England....continue reading...
Goodwood News with Bev Northeast
With lots to do in the Goodwood parks, I would be surprised if anyone is finding it difficult to keep busy! The tennis courts are fantastic, the basketball area will challenge your shots, the volleyball court will keep you running and if you’re playing baseball, you’ll be kept on your toes!
The Goodwood Community Centre will have a summer theatre program for the children, which is an all- day program with lots to do and learn and make new friends. To find out more, or to register for this unique program, call 647-458-3125.
Although it’s not Goodwood, just a reminder that Fridays at the Foster Memorial concerts are in full swing every Friday night, and the price is right with a donation at the door for admission. This Friday’s guest is former Uxbridge resident Jane Loewen....continue reading...
47th Annual Tour of Homes offers glimpses inside Uxbridge
by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
The popular Uxbridge Tour of Homes, presented by the women of Trinity United Church, is all set for next Saturday, June 3, and this year’s line-up features several gems - one of the six featured homes is in town, the other five are found out of town. The tour also features the Carmody House at the museum, which was built sometime in the 1860s - an important fact, considering we’re celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial.
One of the homes on the tour is an energy-efficient home, another was built in 1874. One of the homes is a farmhouse that the homeowner says was built “around 1897.”
“We’re not entirely sure, but we know of a couple of other homes in the area that are similar to this and went up around that time, so that’s what we go by,” said the homeowner (names of the homeowners are being withheld for privacy reasons, and the addresses of the featured homes will only be released to ticket holders)....continue reading...
Learning a new language part of a new way of life
by Roger Varley
Some of Uxbridge's newest residents are already making use of the town's newest facility, with recent Syrian refugees taking English as Second Language (ESL) classes at the new fire hall.
The classes, which began in March, are being held in the hall's training room. The space was offered by the township since the regional school boards do not offer such classes in the north end of the region. However, the classes are conducted by a language teacher from the Durham Catholic School Board. They are held every weekday for five hours a day.
Among the students are Bader, in his 50s, his wife, Maha, and their 22-year-old daughter Ghosson. A second daughter, 14-year-old Asma, attends school. The family was sponsored by a group called Oakridge Outreach. Other members of the class were sponsored by a group called Ripple Effect.
Aileen Dancey, a member of Oakridge Outreach, said some of the refugees are having problems communicating.
"This is giving them a sense of what this country is about," she said....continue reading...
Need some exercise? Want to get outdoors? Walk for a cause
The snow is gone, nicer weather is here, and with spring time comes fundraiser walks! Uxbridge is hosting three in the coming weeks, and each cause is deserving of every step taken.
This weekend, Sunday, May 28, Uxbridge residents and their four-legged friends will go for a W-A-L-K in Elgin Park during the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides (dogs are welcome to participate, but you do not need a dog to join in!).
The largest fundraising endeavor of its kind, the Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides helps to raise, train and place service dogs with Canadians who have a medical or physical disability.
Uxbridge’s walk is being organized by local volunteers with support from Uxbridge and District Lions Club. The Cosmos’ own Ted Barris will be the Master of Ceremonies.
Held annually, the Walk has raised more than $14 million over the years. Thanks to the generous support of our national sponsors, Pet Valu, VIA Rail, and Cadillac Fairview, 100% of the funds raised by each walker will go directly towards our six Dog Guide programs:...continue reading...