Time running out for municipal nominations
by Roger Varley
Anyone even remotely considering running for a seat on Uxbridge council had better start doing more than considering. They have only until 2 p.m. on Friday, July 27, to file their nomination papers. After that time, the nomination period closes. That leaves just two weeks for people to put their names forward.
So far, only 12 people have filed their papers for a chance at one of the seven local seats available. As of this writing, if no other candidates step forward, there will be no contest in Wards 3, 4 and 5, each of which has seen only one candidate file their papers. Whatever happens, however, there will be new faces representing Wards 2, 3 and 5 and the regional councillor position when the fall election is over.
Ward 2, held previously by Pat Molloy, who recently was elevated to the position of mayor following the departure of Gerri Lynn O’Connor, is up for grabs, with Gary Ruona, Gordon Shreeve and Ted Eng all in the race. Ruona currently serves as Ward 2 councillor, having been appointed in June to fill out the remainder of Mayor Molloy’s term. Eng, a former Ward 2 councillor, is taking another run for office.
The only other ward seat featuring a contest is Ward 1, where incumbent Pam Beach will be facing Amanda Brannigan.
Ward 3, held by Dave Barton following his win in a by-election in 2015 to replace the late Pat Mikuse, currently has only one candidate, Bruce Garrod. Barton has chosen to contest the mayor’s seat instead of seeking re-election as a ward councillor.
Ward 5, held by Gordon Highet, so far is being sought only by Angela Horne. Highet has filed his papers to run for regional councillor.
Ward 4, at the moment, is being contested only by incumbent Fred Bryan.
In the race for regional councillor, Gord Highet is joined by Michelle Viney, who has unsuccessfully run for office in the past. Current regional councillor Jack Ballinger announced last month that he would not be seeking re-election.
And the mayor’s race will see Pat Molloy go head to head with Dave Barton.
If no other candidates come forward in the next two weeks, Bruce Garrod, Fred Bryan and Angela Horne won’t even have to bother campaigning: they will be acclaimed.
Four candidates, none of them local, have their eyes set on the position of regional chair: John Mutton, John Henry, Tom Dingwall and Muhhamad Ahsin Sahi. A variety of people are also looking to be elected to the various school trustee positions available.
To have their names put on the ballot, potential candidates who have not yet filed need to file their nomination papers in person, or by an agent acting on their behalf, at the township offices during regular office hours. The nomination paper must not be faxed, mailed or e-mailed, as an original signature is required. If an agent of the candidate is filing the Nomination Paper, the form must be fully completed by the candidate prior to filing. The candidate or the agent filing the nomination paper will be required to present proof of identity. Along with the nomination paper, candidates running for council must also complete an endorsement of nomination form with a minimum of 25 people signing it. There is a filing fee of $200 for those seeking the office of mayor and $100 for all other candidates.
The clock is ticking.
New midwifery unit at MSH an option for natural birthing in hospital
On Monday, Markham Stouffville Hospital (MSH) opened Canada’s first Alongside Midwifery Unit (AMU) a dedicated birth centre operated by midwives. This ground-breaking unit makes MSH the hospital of choice for women who want to have a midwife for their childbirth experience in a hospital setting.
According to a release from MSH, with the AMU, patients of midwives will experience the more natural and low intervention birth experience associated with midwifery care and have access to obstetricians, neonatal and anaesthetic care, and diagnostic imaging on the same floor should they be needed during labour and birth.
“This partnership between obstetricians, and hospital and community midwives supports a patient focused, quality based and integrated approach to healthcare that is accessible, efficient and cost effective,” says the release.
“We are thrilled to be opening an AMU at MSH. This hospital has a longstanding history of our obstetricians and staff working closely with their midwifery colleagues. This takes our partnership to a whole new level,” says Jo-anne Marr, president and CEO, MSH.
Women in the Uxbridge area who are looking for midwifery care during pregnancy can go to Uxbridge Community Midwives, which is now associated with the AMU. Tiffany Haidon, the founding partner of Uxbridge Community Midwives, is the Head Midwife in the Division of Midwifery at MSH. Uxbridge Community Midwives offer services to women living in Uxbridge and surrounding communities, from Markham, Stouffville and Mount Albert, to Keswick and the south shores of Lake Simcoe, over to Port Perry and Brooklin.
With the AMU, midwives can care for more women in the community — from the current level of 600 per year to 1,100 — with the same number of midwives. This is done without increasing costs; in fact, midwifery services save a significant amount of money.
“The AMU improves access to the right care close to home and the integration of care in the community with both hospital and community midwives. It allows women to be partners in their own health care by providing education, information and options; protecting the future of our healthcare system,” says Carol Cameron, Executive Director, AMU, MSH.
For more information on this new childbirthing unit at MSH, visit www.msh.on.ca/alongsidemidwiferyunit
3rd annual Summer Jumpstart Games to take over Arena
Who needs World Cup Soccer when the third annual Summer Jumpstart Games are going to take place next Friday, July 20, right in Uxbridge!
From 9:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., the grounds in and around the Uxbridge Arena will be buzzing with kids doing all kinds of free activities.
Once again, the Canadian Tire Uxbridge Jumpstart Program is working in conjunction with the summer camps program to host these summer games.
“We anticipate 250 kids will cycle through various games and activities. All will be decked out in Jumpstart t-shirts and everything is FREE!”
Higgins says that a highlight of this year’s games will feature the Ontario Wheelchair Sports Association, as well as Tennis Canada with the Smash Tent!
“Every child will be exposed to playing basketball and volleyball in a wheelchair, sitting down. Should be an awesome experience for them!” exclaimed Higgins.
He also said that Games participants can expect a visit from Raptor, the mascot of the Toronto Raptors basketball team. There will be a barbecue for all participants between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The Uxbridge Tennis club will also be working with the children, in addition to the many other activities planned.
To register, call 905-852-7831, drop by Uxpool or register online at www.apm.activecommunities.com/Townshipofuxbridge
Giant concert promises to be party of the summer
Elgin Park has recuperated from Canada Day festivities – now it’s looking forward to Hitsfest this weekend. On Saturday, July 14, the second annual Hitsfest will be put on by Uxbridge and area radio station 105.5 Hits FM.
“The first event took place last year and was an extension of our belief in offering new opportunities for local artists while having the ability to bring in some bigger names,” explains the station’s general manager, Dan Pollard. “For many of the local artists this is the first time they have the chance to open for a big act.”
Last year, 80s super group Platinum Blonde was the headliner group. This year, according to Pollard, the focus is on attracting a younger crowd. As such, Trillium College, which has a campus in Oshawa, came on as a corporate sponsor.
This year’s headliner is artist Tyler Shaw. In 2014, Shaw earned a Juno nomination for “Breakthrough Artist of the Year.” He has opened for Canadian singers Shawn Mendes and Allessia Cara, and has toured with Selena Gomez.
Local singer Leah Daniels is featured on the same bill. “Leah is a favorite at the station,” says Pollard. The park will also be filled with close to 20 vendors and three food vendors – The Uxbridge Smokehouse (smoking ribs on site), The Meat Merchant and Gangster Grilled Cheese. The Second Wedge Brewing Co. and Black Fly Coolers will provide adult beverages.
“We are hoping to provide Uxbridge and surrounding area with the party of the summer,” says Pollard. He also points out that two local charities – Precious Minds and Cam’s Kids Foundation – will have booths set up in the park during the day, and that visitors are encouraged to visit the booths and donate.
Gates open at 11 a.m., with the first act on stage at 12 noon. The live acts continue until 11 p.m. Visit www.hitsfest.com for more.
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.
Young “soldiers” will be fully immersed in the life of a soldier and taught the basics of 19th century military foot drill and the manual of arms. They will also be taught how to march and even to master the challenging wheel manoeuver. Muskets, swords, uniforms and other equipment will be on display for campers to see and touch, and there will also be a variety of games and crafts. The program will include a good deal of physical activity and parents are asked to bear this in mind when considering registration.
A five per cent discount applies when young soldiers register before May 31.
Camp dates are Monday, Aug. 20, to Friday, Aug. 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost will be $187/wk., and will take place at the Uxbridge Historical Centre, 7239 Concession 6, Uxbridge
For more information contact: Uxbridge Historical Centre,7239 Concession Rd. 6, Uxbridge. 905-852-5954
For more information contact the Historical Centre at email@example.com or call 905-852-5854 to reserve your spot.