Culvert construction stalled till spring
by Roger Varley
There will be no more construction on the Brock Street culvert replacement until sometime next spring.
The delay is caused by continuing negotiations between the township and the owner of the property on which sits the Coffee Time/Circle K building. While the negotiating is continuing, the township is also looking into the possibility of expropriating the piece of land, which is needed as an easement to complete the culvert project.
In a news release issued late Tuesday afternoon, the township said expropriation would be a “last resort,” with “an amicable negotiation” the preferred course of action.
The easement is required because of a slight change in the course the culvert is to take underneath the Coffee Time/Circle K parking lot. The property in question in the negotiations is a small piece of land on the edge of the parkette that sits of the west side of the parking lot.
Mayor Pat Molloy said the piece of property in question is “tiny.” He said an easement is required any time the municipality places infrastructure below a property.
Negotiations on the property have been going on for some time, but coming to a decision was delayed because of the municipal election. Now that the election is over, a decision has to be delayed further because the current council is in a “lame duck” situation, awaiting the installation of a new council on December 3. Since less than three-quarters of the current council will be returning to office, the Municipal Act prevents current “lame duck” councillors from acquiring or disposing of property over a certain value or making financial decisions not previously included in the budget.
When the new council is sworn in, four new members – and a new occupant of the mayor’s chair – will face an intense initiation, having to deal with the budget almost immediately, followed by the culvert negotiations. Should the negotiations lead to expropriation, the expropriation process could extend the delay.
The township is currently predicting the construction will resume in either May or June.
The news release was issued at the end of the day, leaving no time before going to press for the Cosmos to find out whether the municipal parking lot behind Coffee Time/Circle K will remain closed to the public or whether it will be returned to use for the winter.
Uxbridge’s Stephen Leahy wins prestigious environmental journalism award
Uxbridge resident Stephen Leahy recently received the 2018 SEAL Environmental Journalism Award in recognition for his reporting at National Geographic and VICE.
“Environmental journalism matters now more than ever. We want to reward journalistic excellence and leadership and encourage even more coverage of these topics,” said Matt Harney, founder of the SEAL Awards.
SEAL award winners were selected by a panel review of each author’s work, peer nominations, and in alignment with timely environmental topics and issues. Winners have included top journalists from the Guardian, New York Times and Washington Post.
“I’m honoured to be among the brilliant journalists chosen as winners of the 2018 SEAL awards that acknowledges the importance of environmental or biosphere journalism,” said Leahy.
“Our truth-telling about climate change and the decline of nature’s life support systems and how this hurts our communities and threatens our societies is a vital public service. Equally important is our reporting on the ways these declines may be stopped and even reversed so that we, and future generations may prosper,” Leahy said.
Leahy has been reporting on the Earth’s biosphere – the planet’s thin layer of life — for over 20 years. His work appears in National Geographic News, Vice Motherboard, the Guardian, Ensia, the Inter Press News Service, and many other publications.
Author of the award-winning book “Your Water Footprint: The Shocking Facts About How Much Water We Use To Make Everyday Products,” Leahy is an independent journalist based in Uxbridge, Ontario. He has previously received the United Nations Global Prize for Climate Change and Environment Reporting.
This year, the SEAL awards recognized 10 environmental issue journalists from major news media outlets from around the globe.
Annual toy drive kicks off Monday
Once again the community Christmas Toy Drive is ready to roll. And once again, the old firehall will be the sorting and distribution centre, thanks to the Township.
As in previous years, the Toy Drive supports many user groups, including the local churches, schools, Salvation Army and the local Food Hamper committee, to name a few.
This year’s Drive, which is organized by Canadian Tire Uxbridge, will receive its official kick-off next Monday, November 12, at 11 a.m. at the Canadian Tire Store.
Pat Higgins, owner of Canadian Tire Uxbridge, outlined some of the features of this year’s Toy Drive:
“The public can visit the Toy Drive website to request a donation or make a donation. The website is www.uxbridgetoydrive.com
Also, we are always in the need of donations for teenagers and infants. A full wish list will be posted on the Toy Drive website which will be updated by November 20. Cash and gift cars are always welcomed as well. This enables us the opportunity to fill any voids we may have.”
Those wishing to donate are asked to have contributions in by December 21, which will allow time to pick up, sort and distribute toys in time for Christmas.
Celebrate what – or who – makes our community great
Has your son raised funds for hurricane relief? Has your nephew helped build awareness for child poverty? Has your daughter earned the highest-grade average within her school? Has your young neighbour volunteered to take out the garbage and shovel the driveway for an elderly couple?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you must nominate them today to be recognized with an Ontario Junior Citizen Award!
These are just some examples of what young people are capable of. There are outstanding youth across the province who are making a difference in many ways and they deserve to be commended for their hard work and achievements.
Who is eligible? Any Ontario resident between six and 17 in one of five areas:
- A person involved in worthwhile community service
- A special young person contributing to their community while living with a physical or psychological limitation
- An individual who has performed an act of heroism in the past year
- Excellence in achievement, such as the arts or athletics
- Good kids who show a commitment to make life better for others and do more than is normally expected of someone their age
The Uxbridge Cosmos strongly supports this program here in Uxbridge because we care about the growth of our community. We know that we have young people capable of great things in our community – Josh Morrison (the Penny House) and Hayden Prince (Shoot 4 Food) are both recipients of the Ontario Junior Citizen Award. We look forward to providing recognition for such outstanding young people who continue to be an inspiration for others.
The awards program is coordinated by the Ontario Community Newspapers Association (OCNA), of which the Cosmos is a member, and sponsored by TD Bank Group.
Up to 12 nominees will be chosen as the final recipients of the provincial Award and will be invited to a special ceremony held in the spring of 2019.
Nominate a deserving young person today and help us celebrate what makes our community great.
Nomination deadline for the 2018 Ontario Junior Citizen Awards is fast approaching – November 30. Nomination forms are available at www.ocna.org/juniorcitizen. Or stop by the Cosmos office at 38 Toronto St. N. and we’ll be happy to give you a nomination package.