New Pickering-Uxbridge MPP ready for challenges
by Roger Varley
Peter Bethlenfalvy will represent Pickering Uxbridge in the next Ontario legislature after handily defeating his opponents in last week’s provincial general election.
The Progressive Conservative candidate pulled in over 5,000 more votes than his nearest rival, the NDP’s Nerissa Cariño. Ibrahim Daniyal ran a poor third for the Liberals.
Bethlenfalvy, the father of two daughters and a son, has been touted by a number of political observers as a potential member of Premier-designate Doug Ford’s cabinet, including the possibility of being named the new finance minister. Although appointment as finance minister would be unusual for a rookie politician, Bethlenfalvy appears to have the credentials. He has been involved in the financial arena most of his professional life and, prior to being elected to Queen’s Park, served as chief investment officer with the Canadian Scholarship Trust Foundation.
However, Bethlenfalvy told the Cosmos on Monday that he has “heard only what you’ve heard.”
“I concentrated on getting elected,” he said. “I’m happy to serve in any capacity.”
He added that being appointed to cabinet would be “a massive honour, but a massive responsibility.”…continue reading…
by Roger Varley
Notes from the June 11 Council Meeting
Ruona sworn in as councillor, Highet becomes deputy mayor:
Gary Ruona was sworn in as councillor for Ward 2 at the beginning of the council meeting on Monday and Ward 4 councillor Gordon Highet was appointed deputy mayor.
Ruona was appointed to become Ward 2 councillor after the seat was vacated by Pat Molloy when he took over as mayor of Uxbridge. Ruona was chosen to fill the vacancy because he ran second to Molloy in the last municipal election. He took his seat on the dais as soon as he was sworn in.
However, his appointment only lasts to the end of council’s current term. Then he will have to face the electorate again.
At the same time, Highet was appointed as deputy mayor, a position Mayor Molloy held until he was elevated to the top post. The move was made despite recent council discussions that indicated most councillors felt the position of deputy mayor should automatically fall to whoever is regional councillor.…continue reading…
Jumpstart catches benefits from Catch the Ace
by Rotarian Nancy Melcher
“Supporting dreams, lifting spirits, raising funds.” That’s what Canadian Tire Jumpstart is all about. The Rotary Club of Uxbridge has partnered with the local Canadian Tire to donate a portion of the funds from their “Catch the Ace” progressive lottery to the Uxbridge store’s Jumpstart program.
Jumpstart is a national charity with a commitment to local communities. Organized sports connect kids to their community. Canadian Tire recognized this and launched Jumpstart in 2005 to address inactivity in kids. They fund all the general administrative expenses, and make sure that money raised stays where it’s donated. That means 100 per cent of customer donations go directly to local kids.
Jumpstart not only ensures that kids get active, it also ensures that children in families under financial stress get the same chance to participate in organized sports as their neighbours, their classmates and their friends by assisting with the costs associated with registration, equipment and/or transportation. They can try a new sport or continue a favourite one.…continue reading…
Be a 19th century soldier
Do you have what it takes to be a 19th century soldier? The Uxbridge Historical Centre is hosting a week-long camp this August for youth 8 – 13 years of age who want to step back in time and experience what life was like for a soldier over 100 years ago.…continue reading…
Take your antiques to the Museum clinic
Join acclaimed antiques appraiser and fine art advisor Janet Carlile at the Uxbridge Historical Centre for a fun and informative program discovering the history and value of your fine art object or antique.…continue reading…