It’s budget time

Although staff report to Clarington Council recommended a 3.85 per cent budget increase as a target, council voted six to one at the September 16 meeting that staff prepare a draft budget with a target municipal increase of 2 per cent.

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September 25, 2019

Margery Freethy (R), of the Newcastle Horticultural Soceity, presented the Consul General of Japan Ms. Takako Ito with a bouquet of flowers from her garden, with the exception of a well placed lily indigenous to Japan. The ribbon donned a pin with the words “Newcastle is Neat”.

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Do your homework

In less than four weeks Canadians will be casting their vote choosing our next federal government. What is more important to you – A party’s stance on a particular issue? The party’s leader? Or your local candidate?

When determining how you will vote, what are the issues that hit home – for you?

There is a lot to consider – Taxes, Economy and affordability, Jobs & Skills training, Deficits and debt, Health, Pharmacare, Energy, Climate change and environment, Indigenous affairs, Immigration & Refugees, National defence, Public safety & National security, International development, Infrastructure, Retirement & Seniors, Housing, Education, Child care, Agriculture, Foreign affairs, International trade, Justice, Youth, Democracy & Governance, Veterans and Arts & Culture.

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Japan’s Consul General visits Clarington

The Consul General of Japan in Toronto Ms. Takako Ito addressed Clarington’s Mayor on September 23 during a committee meeting. During her presentation, Consul General Ito talked about the potential opportunities for economic and educational partnership between Clarington and various similar-sized Japanese cities.

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Deborah Bateman – Can’t Miss the Colour

You cannot walk past a Deborah Bateman painting with out looking at it. It is in your face colour and expression. Stirs memories. It may not be your grandfather’s shed but it pushes the memory button with the vivid colours and striking resemblance to places you’ve been, things you’ve done and experiences you’ve had.

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Fall flower winners

The Newcastle Horticultural Society’s Fall Show was held on September 17th. Marie Speziale (left) won Best in Show and Linda MacGregor (right) won Judge’s Choice.

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Open ‘til turkey time

Gord Lee, Manager of Clarington Farmers’ Market and his wife Shirley sell wild bird seed, honey, maple syrup, as well as dog and cat treats. Ever growing, the well-established market is in its 15th year. Thanksgiving Sunday will be the last day of the market for the 2019 season. Robin of Tallboots farm is in the background.

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