Arena renos could be on the books in 2022

Renovations to Orono and Newcastle’s aging arenas were on the agenda at Monday’s General Government Commit-tee meeting. Staff proposed upgrades intended to extend the life of each facility by 10-15 years by making an investment in the refrigeration system infrastructure.

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Are you up for a challenge?

Do you aspire to be a local politician? Well, this may be your year. Nomination Day has moved to August 19, 2022, for the 2022 Municipal Elections. Nominations open May 1, 2022. Now is the time to start doing your homework.

On the top of your list should be the 2022 Budget. Honestly, there is nothing more off putting than a municipal elected official who has no clue as to where the money comes from and where the money is spent. No, sorry I lied. When it comes to budget time the worst is a politician who hasn’t the vaguest notion on how much money is needed to efficiently and effectively maintain the municipality.

This brings me to research. If you haven’t already started, live-stream current and watch archived videos of council and committee meetings. Learn the political landscape – the primary issues that prevail in Clarington and how the existing council responds to it. Research areas of importance and become more involved in the activities of the community.

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Makeshift lost and found

Some kittens have lost their mittens! And two sets of keys and a hat. Observed Friday at the Ochonski Road entrance of the Orono Crown Lands. Odds are they’re probably still there, so head on over if you’re missing these items.

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Cold and counting

James Kamstra faces blustery winds and frigid weather on Sunday January 9 to conduct the 2022 Lake Ontario Mid-Winter Waterfowl Inventory along the Lakeshore from Courtice to Port Granby. Pictured here on a bluff overlook-ing the lake south of Newtonville.

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Sharing goodwill on a cold day

Jeannie Faris of Jette Real Estate and Noah Henderson of SHG Mortgages, braved the cold last Saturday morning to share some community spirit. They set up shop outside the Buddha Belly Bakery, offering free coffee, hot chocolate and delicious gluten-free cookies to passersby. “We like to promote and support local businesses and give something back to the community,” said Henderson. By all accounts the refreshments were well received and appreciated by townspeople and visitors alike.

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The Locals: Andy Allison – Agent of change

Andy Allison has held the position of Chief Administration Officer for the Municipality of Clarington for the last four years and a bit. Past incarnations include a lawyer with Fasken Martineau LLP, then City of Pickering Solicitor, proceeding to in house Counsel for the Region. In 2010 he moved into the task of Municipal Solicitor for Clarington, finally moving into the CAO’s office in 2017.

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