Orono expansion denied
Orono’s urban boundary expansion request has been denied by the Region of Durham.
The request from the Orono Business Improvement Association (BIA) for some modest growth, in the form of a multi unit housing development to serve seniors, was included in Clarington’s Official Plan Amendment 107.
Durham kicks in for Waverly interchange
Durham Region council agreed to look at contributing $2.5 million to interchange improvements at Waverley Road.
Clarington requested the contribution as part of a $19 million shopping mall development proposed for the site of the vacant Rona store that never opened.
Raising roof on Newcastle development
Clarington councillors approved another move for the mixed use building proposed for downtown Newcastle.
This latest design, closely mirrors the original proposal council approved in October 2015.
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It's in the bag
Though there are many examples that clear garbage bags are an effective means of keeping items out of the waste stream that don’t belong there, Durham Region staff do not recommend the use of this low cost strategy.
In their May 3, 2017 report to council, Durham Region works staff claim there is not enough information on the effectiveness of clear bag programs in Ontario to support their use here.
In her presentation to regional council the following week, Linda Gasser informed council members on the positive results the City of Markham experienced immediately upon implementation of a clear bags waste collection system 2013.
Durham region staff were somewhat familiar with Markham’s initiative because they were able to cite a number of negatives they saw with the program at a previous meeting.
To her credit, upon learning Gasser was going to meet with Markham staff the following day to learn more about their clear bag program, Mirka Januszkiewicz. Director of Waste Management Services for Durham Region showed up at the meeting to hear firsthand what Markham is doing. One of the three people Januszkiewicz took with her to the meeting was Craig Bartlett, Durham’s manager of waste operations. Bartlett used to work for the City of Markham. One would think he would be well versed on Markham’s successful experience with the use of clear bags prior to the May 3 report to Durham councillors recommending against their use.
Read the complete editorial in this weeks Issue.
May 17th - Clarington East Food Bank AGM, 7 p.m. at the Newcastle & District Recreation Centre - all welcome.
May 25th - Orono Horticultural Society Spring Flower Show, 7:30 p.m. at the Orono United Church. Topic: Fruit trees & berry bushes, come & bring a friend.
May 27th - Terrens Wellness Centre 17th year of business celebration, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Stop in for samples & more.
May 27th - Durham Region Public Works open house, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., 101 Consumers Drive, Whitby. Tours, games & more. www.durham.ca/npww
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