Fundraising committee no longer lending a paw to new shelter
by Roger Varley
A committee formed to spearhead fundraising for the new Uxbridge-Scugog animal shelter has informed council it is dropping its planned major campaign called Lend a Paw.
In a letter sent to the township last month, Ginger Jackson, president of the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog (NASUS), said the committee “is no longer comfortable committing the organization to additional long-term fundraising.” Ms. Jackson said the committee’s action is based on the decision by Uxbridge and Scugog councils to commence construction of the new facility in 2018 and not 2017 as NASUS wanted.
“In delaying construction, we believe costs will continue to increase, at the same time as we find ourselves in an increasingly competitive fundraising environment and an economic climate that may further erode support from local businesses,” Ms. Jackson wrote. “Given this context, the NASUS Board feels it would be neither prudent nor responsible to pursue the interim funding approved by the Townships, or to undertake a major gifts campaign. It was our belief that starting construction in 2017 would satisfy past donors that their contributions were being used as intended, while prospective donors could be assured their donations would be deployed quickly and tangibly.”…continue reading…
Uxbridge school busses in strike position
School bus drivers with First Student Ajax and First Student Brooklin moved into a legal strike position on Sunday.
Durham Student Transportations Services (DSTS) announced last Friday that it was notified by First Student Canada that Unifor 4268, the union representing school bus drivers in the divisions in Ajax and Brooklin would be in a legal strike position on November 12. First Student Canada provides bussing for both the Durham District School Board and the Durham Catholic District School Boards.
Negotiations are ongoing, and there is currently no indication of a plan to strike. However, the union may call for a strike at any time, and must provide the bus operator, DSTS, and both school boards with 72 hours’ notice.
In a letter sent home to students regarding the situation, DSTS CAO Kelly Mechoulan said, “We respect and value the work of our First Student bus drivers and sincerely hop negotiations between First Student and its employees are concluded quickly.”…continue reading…
“13 Ways” Installment #3 – Attracting and keeping business in Uxbridge
by Roger Varley
This is the third “installment” in a series of columns and articles inspired by the book entitled “13 Ways To Kill Your Community.”
The Cosmos gave readers a rest from its ongoing “13 Ways” series last week, and this week tackles an issue that is at the fore of many conversations occurring in and around the township.
In Chapter 2 (jarringly entitled “Don’t Attract Business”) of his book “13 Ways to Kill Your Community,” author Doug Griffiths outlines that it’s just as important to retain existing businesses as it is to attract new ones. And, as noted in the column on page 2, it’s just as important to cater to the people that will be catering to those businesses. So how is Uxbridge doing on all these fronts? The answer would appear to be mixed.
In Monday’s council meeting, Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Svelnis offered a report on the 2018 version of the township’s Community Improvement Plan (CIP), designed to encourage business owners to upgrade their facades and signage with some funding provided by the township. The program has been in effect for a couple of years now, but Ms. Svelnis admitted that, so far, no business owner has applied for such funding. Business owners often demand help from the township to meet signage requirements and expectations, yet appear to not be availing themselves of financial opportunities that are available to them.…continue reading…
Sam Sharpe stuck in storage
by Roger Varley
Mayor O’Connor said on Monday that a recent conversation with Pickering Uxbridge Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell brought up the subject of a bas relief of Col. Sam Sharpe that is supposedly destined to be installed in the House Of Commons. The sculpture was completed two years ago by Port Perry artist Tyler Briley, but has been placed in storage since. The Centre Block on Parliament Hill is scheduled to be closed next summer for 10 years of renovations, leading to fears the bas relief could be stored away and perhaps forgotten.
Mayor O’Connor suggested the township should write a letter to newly appointed Veterans Affairs Minister Seamus O’Regan urging him to make a decision on where the sculpture will be placed.
“It’s become a political thing,” she said, noting the project was initiated by Erin O’Toole, former VA minister in the Conservative government of Stephen Harper. “We should let them know how disappointed we are that Col. Sharpe is in a closet.”…continue reading…
Goodwood News with Bev Northeast
It is that time of year again time to feed the birds; after all, they did entertain us all summer.
The Fantasy of Lights will be back again this year in Elgin Park, and the Goodwood Baptist Church will have a display so support your local Optimist club and take the tour.
November 16 is United Church Turkey dinner at the Goodwood Community Centre. It begins at 4:30 p.m. and tickets are $20. For more info call June Harper 905-640-3347.
The Goodwood Baptist Church holds Sunday service at 11 a.m. and all are welcome to attend. Ladies’ meeting this month is Saturday, November 18 at 9 a.m., so come prepared to bake cookies for shut-ins and Sunrise mothers. This will be followed by a pot-Bless luncheon at 12 noon.…continue reading…