Township urged to bring in the ballots
by Lisha Van Nieuwenhove
Next Monday, October 22, will be a very big day in Ontario as municipalities across the province vote for those they wish to have represent them on various boards and town councils. In Uxbridge, the campaign has been a long one, and most candidates say that they have knocked on every door they can at least once – some even two or three times.
But township staff told the Cosmos late Tuesday that, as of press time, voter turnout in the township currently sits at a paltry 27 per cent of the eligible voting population.
Voter Kits were mailed out to all those on the Voters’ List one month ago, on Sept. 18-19, but the yellow envelopes don’t seem to be making their way back to the township offices.
Clerk Debbie Leroux is encouraging residents to vote now and not wait until Monday (polls will close at 8 p.m.).
“If you haven’t received your ballot, come into Town Hall and we can get you set up,” says Leroux.
The Clerk’s Department will be open until 7 p.m. tonight (Oct. 18), and will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 20. Voters can also go in this Friday and next Monday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., when the township offices close.
Several candidates are offering their constiuents the service of collecting their ballots and delivering them to Town Hall in order to increase the voter turnout number.
Voters are also reminded that completed ballots can also be dropped off in the red barn mailbox outside Town Hall 24 hours a day. The mailbox is secure and is checked several times a day during business hours; ballots can be dropped off there right up to 8 p.m. on Monday night.
Once the polls close, voters can either hang out by their computers and watch the results unfold at town.uxbridge.on.ca, or they can feel the excitement firsthand as the Arena hosts a results display beginning at 8 p.m.
For all the necessary information regarding this municipal election, visit https://town.uxbridge.on.ca/elections
Postal union issues strike notices to Canada Post
Canada Post could be headed for a strike.
According to a notice issued late Tuesday afternoon, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) gave notices to Canada Post that job action will begin next week, on Monday, Oct. 22, if agreements cannot be reached for the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers (RSMC) bargaining units.
If job action is necessary, the notice said that rotating strikes will begin at 12:01 a.m., Monday, Oct. 22. Locations for these rotating strikes have yet to be determined.
The scale of the job action will depend in part on how talks go in the coming days, but union president Mike Palecek said they would look to avoid inconveniencing the public.
He also said in the notice that the union, which provided five days’ notice rather than the 72 hours required, hopes the threat of job action will help the Crown corporation take the issues seriously.
In a separate statement, Canada Post spokesman Jon Hamilton said that postal service will still be operational in the event of a strike.
“Canada Post will remain open for business, continuing to operate if the union decides to conduct rotating strikes across the country next week. We will notify customers of any disruptions planned by the union as soon as we are aware.”
A possible strike means voters in the upcoming municipal election are encouraged to drop their ballots off in person at a designated drop-off location – in Uxbridge, that is at the Township offices, located at 51 Toronto St. S. The Clerk’s Department has announced that the Township Offices will be open for extended hours this weekend, beginning tonight (Thurs., Oct. 18). See story on page 1 for details.
Crash hospitalizes elderly Uxbridge woman
An 87-year old Uxbridge woman is in hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle collision last Friday afternoon.
According to a Durham Regional Police report, the incident occurred at the York Durham Line and Hwy. 47 in Uxbridge. The woman was the only person in the Hyundai she was driving. The other vehicle involved in the crash was a Dodge Ram, driven by a 27-year old man from King City. The driver of the Dodge Ram was not injured, and the woman was transported to a Toronto trauma centre with serious life-threatening injuries.
Police say they would like to hear from any witnesses to this collision.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call D/Cst Lee 3023 Traffic Services Branch at 905-579-1520 (toll free 1-888-579-1520) ext. 5231.
Operation Warm Hearts begins coat collection for 19th annual sale
Operation Warm Hearts is showing no signs of slowing down, despite not having the help of the Roxy Kids this year.
According to organizer Maggie McCreath, the annual winter-wear drive, now in its 19th year, will still be getting assistance from Cathy Christoff and some former Roxy Kids with whom she is still in contact.
The annual sale will be held at the Uxbridge Arena on Sat., Nov. 3, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. Any coat will be available for toonie, and all proceeds go to the Loaves and Fishes Food Bank.
“Last year we had 575 coats donated,” explains McCreath, “and 250 were sold within three hours.” She says some people by up several coats at a time and donate them to their favourite charities, and that some local businesses by several brand new coats and donate them to Operation Warm Hearts.
Operation Warm Hearts is collecting gently used winter coats for this year’s sale, and is asking people to drop them off at either the Uxbridge Seniors’ Centre (75 Marietta St.) or at the Wash Worx Laundromat at 11 Main St. N. (Wash Worx also donates the cleaning of every coat before it goes to the sale on Nov. 3)
Any questions regarding this year’s Operation Warm Hearts can be directed to Maggie at 647-380-1674.