June 2, 2021

This 60-foot (approximately) chestnut tree adorns the front lawn of Gerry Krukkert’s home on the 4th Concession. Planted around 1966, it’s in full bloom this week and has to be one of the prettiest trees around.

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Flood risk prevention

The Municipality of Clarington is partnering with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) to update flood plain mapping for the Graham and Wilmot Creek watersheds.

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A national tragedy

As many people have, I have been struggling with the news from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation last week on the discovery of the remains of 215 children in the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School.

It’s beyond heartbreaking. My emotions went through the gamat of profound sadness, anger and embarrassment. As we peel away the layers of lies and myths surrounding the treatment of Indigenous people in this country, few horrors seem impossible.

Canada’s residential school system for Aboriginal children was an education system in name only for much of its existence. These residential schools were created for the purpose of separating Aboriginal children from their families, in order to minimize and weaken family ties and cultural linkages, and to indoctrinate children into a new culture—the culture of the legally dominant Euro-Christian Canadian society, led by Canada’s first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.

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Back on the shelves

Hot off the press! The Roller Coaster, Pat Lake’s book of hope and survival, a journey of despair and a journey of triumph, is in its second printing thanks to the generous support of Pat’s friend and neighbour, Mary Mogford. First published in 1996, this book of poetry is available once again. Copies can be purchased at the Orono Times office for $10. When pandemic restrictions lift, the books will also be available at The Gift of Art (187 King Avenue East, Newcastle) and We Made It Boutique (101 King Avenue West, Newcastle).

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Camp Brimacombe 2021

Throughout the week, campers will explore nature in the Oak Ridges Moraine while they engage in educational activities that promote learning through play. Camps are run on a week-by-week basis, with each week following an exciting theme.

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