Willie Woo took the plunge into a cold Lake Ontario on a windy and blustery Sunday. He is raising money for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clarington. Other people are doing things indoors to raise funds to assist this organization. See bigbrothersbigsisters.ca
In 2020, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) staff discovered that the East Forest of the Ganaraska Forest was almost completely defoliated by Gypsy Moth. This area of the forest is known for its oak stands, including its ability for growing White Oak; a species which occurs less commonly throughout the other sections of the Forest.
Spring recreation programs and activities in Clarington are returning. Registration begins on March 10, and the municipality hopes that residents participate in an ‘active March’ with safe, affordable and reliable programs.
Vaccine rollout – oh, the frustrations. As Ontario is transitioning to Stage two rollout it is encouraging that a third vac-cine has been approved – AstraZeneca, and Canada has se-cured access to 22 million doses of the vaccine, most of which are slated to arrive between April and September.
Last Wednesday we learned that Ontario’s online portal to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment will be launched on March 15, allowing people 80 and over to register first. This according to the province’s plan will take us until the end of March.
Retired Gen. Rick Hillier, the head of the province’s COVID-19 vaccine task force, made the announcement on February 24, saying that the province is “furiously working” to launch the online and telephone booking system in order to start vaccinating people in the general population.
Pip and friends hang out on Shiloh Road. They indicate that spring is in the air. See The Locals on page 8 for their story.
International Women’s Day is celebrated each year on March 8. This year, UN Women has announced the theme as “Women in Leadership: Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World.” This year’s theme, they say “celebrates the tremendous efforts made by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic”, and recognizes that “women stand at the front line of the COVID crisis … as some of the most exemplary and effective national leaders in combating the pandemic”.
Durham Region Libraries’ annual Battle of the Books offered in partnership with local schools is back for 2021 with a new twist. The longstanding event which challenges teams of readers from schools across Durham Region is redirecting to a virtual format, but continuing to pro-mote a lifelong love of reading.
On February 24, 2021 the House of Commons passed at second reading a Conservative bill that would exempt farmers from paying the Liberal Carbon Tax on natural gas and propane.
Ageism be gone! Author Meredy Benson Rice, former Newcastle resident, has just published her third novel, The Wisdom Palace, deftly crafting vivid scenes of an un-forgettable family and their innovative (and chaotic) plan to run a summer camp for seniors.