Boiler #1 still shut down
Boiler one at the Durham York garbage incinerator remains shut down. Covanta, the U.S. based firm contracted by the regions to build and operate their incinerator in Courtice, was ordered to shut down the boiler on May 26. The shutdown came on the heels of a failed stack test taken in early May. Dioxin and furan levels in the failed stack test were 12 times the legal limit.
Assessment notices deliver confusion
Assessment notices were mailed to Durham Region residential property owners last week. These assessment updates are in effect for the 2017 to 2020 property tax years.
Sidewalk splits Bond Head community
A last ditch attempt by Councillor Wendy Partner to stop the Mill Street sidewalk project, appears to have failed. At the committee meeting last Wednesday afternoon, Partner introduced a motion to convert George Manners Street, the opened and unopened portion, into a pedestrian trail leading to the Bond Head Parkette.
Newcastle student receives high honours
At 17, Newcastle’s Jessica van der Veer is one of the two youngest recipients of this year’s Ontario Medal for Young Volunteers.
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The right thing to do
As we come up to the eve of the celebration of Canada’s 149th, birthday, it is appropriate to take stock of all the reasons we have to celebrate living in this country.
Canadians elected a government last fall that is giving us back a country we want to call our own. While no government is perfect, and the current regime in power in Ottawa has its flaws as well, at least this ship called Canada is righting itself.
One of the early accomplishments of the Trudeau government was to clear the way to bring thousands of Syrian refugees to this country. Giving them a chance to start a new life in a country that is safe to live in and provides a bright hope for the future.
Newcastle’s refugee family has been here four months now, and the Orono family arrived two and half weeks ago. Those of us having grown up in Canada can become blind to the opportunities afforded us by living in a country governed by the rule of law, where we can all live in relative safety. We have the luxury of extending the hand of welcome to refugee families, letting them share in the richness of what Canada has to offer.
One certainty in life is that change is constant. We never know where the world’s next problem or crisis area will be. There is flood, famine, drought, wild fires and political unrest and instability in all the corners of the earth.
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June 29th - Canada Celebration for Orono, at the Orono Library Lawn. 5 pm BBQ with concert starting at 6:30 pm
July 1st - Newcastle Canada Day celebration. 2-10 pm at the Newcastle District Recreation Centre. Swimming, food, kids activities, movie & music, and fireworks.
July 9 & 10 - 9th annual Artist & Artisans show presented by A Gift Of Art. Free admission 10am-4 pm at the Newcastle Arena.
July 13th - Kendal Community Centre summertime beef BBQ, 5-7 pm. Adults $20, youth $9. Call 905-786-2484 or visit the Kendal Post Office for tickets.
July 16th - Tea Grannys & Friends customer appreciation day, 1-3 pm at the Crooked Creek Garden Centre. RSVP 905-983-5816
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