January 13, 2021

The lack of snow didn’t stop cousins Maisie, Coco, Ava and Jasper from enjoying the hill at Orono Park on Sunday. Fingers crossed for more snow. On the topic of online learning, they don’t like it and want to be back at school with their friends.

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Political aspirations?

Do you aspire to be a local politician? We are in the third year of a four-year term so if you are thinking about it, now is the time to kick it up a notch. Research. If you haven’t already started, live-stream current meetings 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. What motivates a person to run for mayor, regional or local councillor? Is it the fame? The glory? The outstanding pay? Bad reasons to run.

You need a better reason than “People are ready for change!” Newsflash: everyone says that, for every election. Sometimes it’s true and sometimes it’s just perception. If the best you can do is “Hey, I’m new!” You are in for a rude awakening. You need to understand budgets, financial statements, water, sewer, garbage, road construction, residential/commercial/industrial development, the role of governance, Inter-municipal relations, by-laws, social and economic development and more.

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Tracking COVID

The pandemic landscape changes daily. Clarington residents can access current data and data starting from the first COVID-19 case reported at home and throughout Durham Region.

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Any weird dreams lately?

This is how it goes. I find myself in a large room with a crowd of people and I suddenly realize in the midst of the dream: NO ONE IS WEARING A MASK! Then I realize, I’M NOT WEARING A MASK EITHER! YIKES! Then comes the swift realization that I’m in a very dangerous situation, which causes the typical dream response – I am stuck in the scene, frozen, unable to move.

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Boost for Memorial Hospital

The Ontario government is investing $2.5 million to support the redevelopment of Lakeridge Health’s hospital site in Bowmanville. This funding will be used to offset the costs of planning the renewal and expansion of the hospital’s infrastructure.

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Getting all our ducks in a row: The Annual Lake Ontario Mid-winter Waterfowl Inventory

With a wind chill of -8 degrees Celsius, dedicated birders and citizen scientists like James and Lynda Kamstra spent Sunday, January 10 along the blustery shores of Lake Ontario, contributing their expertise in the annual Lake Ontario Mid-winter Waterfowl Inventory. Rely-ing on split-second reflexes and their impressive estimation skills, they are able count hundreds of waterfowl.

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