The Iroquois Matilda Lions Club donated $500 each to the Christmas Exchange on November 17th at the Morrisburg Food Bank. The Christmas Exchange supplies Christmas dinner to those in Dundas County who may otherwise have gone without on Christmas Day. Boxes, filled with everything needed to make a scrumptious meal, are available for pick up a few days before the holiday.
It’s finally spring in South Dundas, and that means people can look forward to one of the special joys of the season: a new concert by the Seaway Singers.
The Seaway Singers, 33 members strong, will be presenting a performance entitled ‘Gavottes to Gershwin,’ at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m.
Under the able direction of conductor Robert Jones, with Margaret Whisselle as accompanist, the Singers will present a wide variety of music. The audience can look forward to hearing beautiful seasonal pieces (“Hail the Welcome Signs of Spring”) as well as a medley of the upbeat, infectious songs of George Gershwin from his Broadway hit, Crazy for You.
Conductor Jones has designed a program which will appeal to all musical tastes.
Choral arrangements of two gavottes by Bach, a Welsh Air and a selection of Five Nursery Rhymes will be part of the concert. So too will John Denver’s beautiful “Annie’s Song.’
The Seaway Singers tend to be a very versatile musical group.As well as their very evident vocal talents, two choir members, Daniel Edwards and Randy Lacey, usually found in the bass section, will perform on the violin and guitar during the concert.
The Seaway Singers present two concerts a year, one near Christmas and another to welcome the spring.
Friday, May 11, 7:30 p.m., is a chance to see and hear why the Singers are highly regarded by audiences throughout the area.
Tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance at Seaway Pharmacies or at the door of the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church Friday evening.
Elections results for South Dundas and 43 other municipalities in Ontario were delayed on election night, and that delay could change things for the next South Dundas election in four years time.
With the use of technology, results are expected within about an hour of polls closing, but in South Dundas, it took almost 3.5 hours for election results to be delivered by South Dundas’ clerk and returning officer Brenda Brunt to a small crowd only a few candidates their supporters who remained at the South Dundas Municipal Centre in council chambers.
This is the second consecutive election that South Dundas and other municipalities have experienced significant delays and difficulties in getting results delivered on election night.
Although the results were delivered at 11:20 p.m., Brunt still had no explanation for the delay from Scytl, the company hired to handle the process.
Tuesday morning the returning officers of 44 municipalities in Ontario, including all of those in SDG, were working hard to get answers from Scytl Canada about the unexpected delay.
By noon the returning officers of SDG had received a letter from Brian O’Connor, Scytl general manager, North America.
“We can now confirm that our quality assurance process detected an inconsistency in the naming of certain election results files. Upon the detection of an anomaly, Scytl reran the tabulation and conducted a thorough manual audit,” reads the letter.
“While these additional measures required extra time to deliver the elections results, our first priority is to ensure the integrity of the election and deliver results to our clients of unquestionable accuracy.”
“Scytl sincerely apologizes for the delay in the distribution of the results from yesterday’s municipal election and we thank the municipalities, local candidates, media, and voters for their patience and understanding,” concludes the letter.
With the three hour delay in getting election results delivered to South Dundas from the contractor hired to collect, compile and tabulate the results of the 2014 municipal election, most of the candidates on the eve of the election were eager to support a return to paper ballot voting for the next election. This is the second consecutive election where South Dundas has had to deal with technical difficulties from a service provider on election night, even though after the trouble in the last election, when the system was overwhelmed by last minute voting, a new company with a proven track record was contracted to provide the service.
Delia and Bill Barkley of Barkley Farm, have always had concern for greater environmental issues, but one of these issues is hitting especially close to home, prompting them to take action.
For 30 years, the Barkleys have maintained 10 beehives to provide honey, and pollinate the farm’s strawberries and apples which they sell at market.
Having weathered various factors that have impacted their bee population over the 30 years, they harvested their last honey in 2012.
“We believe the bees died because of exposure to neonicotinoid pesticides,” said Delia.
Neonicotinoid pesticides are systemic pesticides applied to corn and soybean seeds.
She explains that, as the pretreated seed grows, the insecticide incorporates into every leaf, bud and branch.
Pollinators, like bees, are dying and the Barkleys are not the only people blaming neonicotinoid exposure.
They have joined a class action lawsuit against neonicotinoid producers with other Ontario beekeepers.
The Ontario government is examining possible regulatory changes to reduce the use of neonicotinoids. An ongoing public consultation period ends January 25, 2015.
Delia Barkley says there is a strong lobby against the regulatory changes and she urges people who may share her concerns and favour the regulation changes to submit their comments to PollinatorHealth@Ontario.ca, before the January 25, 2015 deadline.