CO-OP AGM and Crop Expo 2020

Everything starts with an idea and someone who has the courage to put it out there.

“Thank you for coming to the first Annual Durham Farmers County Co-Op Crop Expo,” said Dale Phillips, part of the Feed and Agronomy sales team. “Some of our employees in the mill and warehouse bought the idea to John and myself. We spoke with Elaine Watson, our general manager, and we decided that we’re going to try and put an event together to bring community together and have a little community spirit and just celebrate the year that we’ve had.”

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Who will drive the school buses?

Yesterday, on what would have been for many kids their second day back, 50 plus school bus routes were cancelled for the rest of the week in Clarington.

Why is this a surprise? The school bus industry has been struggling with a driver shortage for more than five years and the pandemic has only intensified the problem.

When it can take up to three months for a person to become qualified to operate a school bus – how is this going to change in the foreseeable future?

The school bus transportation system has been built on a model of recruiting retirees. The average age of a bus driver is 57, with some in their 70s. Many drivers have decided to remain off the job due to age-related health risks from COVID-19.

Regulations vary across provinces and school boards. Some governments such as Quebec have introduced limits on the number of students allowed on a bus. New Brunswick, Saskatchewan and British Columbia are allowing for barriers between the drivers and passengers. A similar precaution has not been guaranteed in Ontario, sparking concern among drivers.

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Haircutting 101: No training required

Angie Darlison (Executive Director of the BOAA) braves the shears on Monday, September 14, as part of the head-shaving fundraiser she spearheaded and which to date has raised $7,250 for the organization. Before and after photos show Darlison’s same beaming smile. Husband and wife team Sue and Wayne Geurts who represented the Oddfellows and Rebekahs won the honour of cutting Darlison’s hair.

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Support Clarington’s residential hospice with a smile

What’s better than a cookie that tastes good? A cookie that does good! Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Campaign is back supporting charities in communities across the country, including the residential hospices currently being built in Clarington, Whitby and Port Perry – three of 550 Canadian charities, hospitals and community programs supported through the annual campaign.

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Serving up pancakes

On Sunday MP Philip Lawrence and his team were serving up pancakes – drive-thru style, at the Orono Veterinary Clinic. As a thoughtful gesture many brought donations for the East Clarington Food Bank.

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