June 16, 2021

A poignant sight at the Town Hall in Bowmanville; pairs of shoes representing the innocent victims of abuse in the residential school system. People who pay their respects to the victims are asked to say a prayer and to choose a tobacco tie to place at the memorial.

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Bethesda House: Walk your Way

“It won’t be the same without the red shoes, but it will be fun anyway,” says Jaki MacKinnon, Bethesda House Executive Director. The well-known “Walk in Her Shoes” event has been replaced, temporarily, to a virtual “Walk Your Way” due to Covid-19 and the pandemic restrictions.

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GRCA issues Level 1 Low Water Advisory

After an extremely dry month of May, the watersheds of the Ganaraska Region have entered a Level 1 low water condition. As a result, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is ask-ing residents and business’ to voluntarily reduce their water use.

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Be careful how you legislate

Ahh…the ‘notwithstanding clause’ — the rarely-used constitutional tool that allows governments to override portions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms for five years.

On Monday the majority Conservatives voted to pass Bill 307, the purported Protecting Elections and Defending Democracy Act, which utilizes the Notwithstanding clause to circumvent an Ontario Superior Court ruling that struck down its predecessor. In a decision released June 8, 2021, the court found the restrictions on third-party political advertising prior to an election period in Bill 254 violated the Charter right to free expression.

Justice Edward Morgan said in his June 8 ruling, “elections belong to the people and not governments or political parties. Independent voices need to be heard so that important issues can be discussed during elections and not just those chosen by politicians and corporate media interests.”

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Highlights of the May Board Meeting & Celebrating the Fair in 2021

The purpose of the OAS is to be stewards of our agricultural tradition, providing a sustain-able venue for education, entertainment and generating a sense of community. In order to strengthen our mission and vision, the Board has deemed it advantageous to produce a handbook for every committee of the fair (com-petition, operational, demonstration/program).

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Magical, musical pandemic Garden Walk experience

Darlene Reid and her friend Susan Wood found something worthwhile to do during COVID-19. They gathered up friends and made a Flowers Talk Garden. With odds and ends and nails and a hammer, they put together a walkthrough path in Susan’s back yard. You will enjoy polka dot trees, Red Riding Hood’s Grandma’s house, real bottled flowers, the Lone Rose Garden, musical frogs and toadstools, and a whole lot of other displays throughout the yard and small forest. Friends and neighbours have had a great COVID-friendly place to have fun. For a virtual walk visit: youtube.com/watch?v=UV1J1YJOdlM.

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