Council wants questions, residents want answers
by Roger Varley
A sizeable crowd from Goodwood was on hand for Monday’s meeting of Uxbridge council to hear discussion on the proposed zoning bylaw amendment being sought by Grainboys Inc. to allow it to establish a grain-cleaning facility just east of the hamlet.
Council received several letters from residents opposing the proposal and Ward 1 Councillor Pam Beach put forward a report asking council to delay its decision on the application for 30 days. Planning committee chair Gord Highet noted that it was long past the 150 days in which council is technically required to respond to the application, saying the application was now at the 260-day mark. He said that, technically, Grainboys could already have taken to issue to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) for resolution. LPAT was put in place following the dissolution of the much criticized Ontario Municipal Board.…continue reading…
Majority favours cannabis retail store
by Roger Varley
A survey conducted by the township regarding the possible presence of a privately-owned retail cannabis store in Uxbridge showed that out of 1,816 responses, 970 (53.4 per cent) favoured such a store. There were 776 people (42.7 per cent) opposed and 70 (3.85 per cent) unsure.
Of those 1,816, a full 1,628 people felt strongly enough one way or the other to add a comment to the survey explaining their position.
The survey also asked respondents what concerns they had about a retail cannabis store. Top of the list were proximity of such a store to schools and daycares and access to under-aged youth, with both concerns being expressed by approximately the same number of people. Yet 30 per cent said they had no concerns at all.…continue reading…
Ontario’s “Open For Business” Act could be cause for concern in township
by Nancy Melcher
“New Bill Poses Danger to Ontario’s Greenbelt.” “Tell the Ontario government to stop Bill 66, save the Greenbelt and protect our water.” “A Sprawling City Is A Shrinking Greenbelt.”
These are recent headlines regarding the Ontario government’s Bill 66, “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act” which was introduced on Dec. 6. The Act is designed to cut red tape for development throughout the province, including the township of Uxbridge. However, critical protections currently in place for the environment, land, water and wildlife could be avoided. Additionally, developers may bypass planning requirements and land use restrictions.…continue reading…
Goodwood News with Bev Northeast
Keep your eyes on the sign at the community centre for the date and time of the Ratepayers meeting to discuss the zoning application by GrainBoys.
Also, if anyone is interested in preserving the Goodwood Community Hall, contact Eleanor Todd at 905-640-1580. Let’s not allow the Hall to disappear the way many of our other historical buildings. The past is important, the present should protect and the future will honour.…continue reading…
Where have all the birds gone?
Submitted by Derek Connelly
The recent bird count, held on Dec. 27 in Uxbridge, saw reduced numbers of our feathered friends.
At -15C overnight there was very little water open for waterfowl, and with reduced habitat and less people feeding at feeders, the numbers of birds plummeted this year to 4,300 birds. This was the lowest in the last 10 years, down 3,400 birds from last year. Even European starlings took a hit, dropping to 133 from 709 last year. Evening and Pine grosbeaks were a welcome addition from the north this year, while Purple Finch were missed. Once again, we added summer birds to our increasing list of birds found at Christmas, with James Kamstra photographing a Chipping sparrow and a very rare Ovenbird.…continue reading…