Last weekend, fire fighters were out in Iroquois with the familiar boot asking people to help in the fight against muscular dystrophy. On Friday, August 24, representatives of the South Dundas Fire Emergency crews were out collecting in Morrisburg for the national charity. Jason Denio (l) and Kent Nugent said they “hoped to raise as much as we can” for the cause. Eight to ten local firefighters took part in the “boot drive” at different locations in and around the plaza inviting people to help in the fight.
The Friday, November 18, Sustainable Dundas Community Forum to be held at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg is fast approaching.
The forum will provide the community the opportunity to add its voice to the initiative to create a better future for our rural communities.
The forum is sponsored by the House of Lazarus, Linking Hands Project and local municipal councils. Social service agencies will be at the table, along with representatives from local churches concerned about increasing poverty in rural Dundas.
Local business owners, members of service clubs or community organizations, and concerned residents, are all invited to attend this very important forum.
The Forum will take place on Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
Registration forms are available at the Township offices in North Dundas and South Dundas and from the House of Lazarus, or online from firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 613-989-3830 for more information.
The House of Lazarus Linking Hands Project is sponsoring the Community Forum in Dundas County in partnership with municipal councils, local churches, social service agencies, businesses, and community groups to develop some community-based sustainable strategies to make our communities more resilient to increasing rural poverty,” says Nanda Wubs who is a co-chair of Linking Hands with Pauline Pratt.
“Working groups created at the Forum will begin some community projects to address the specific rural issues and gaps in service we are facing in Dundas County.”
Some areas of concern are: economic and entrepreneurial development and training; transportation and access to jobs and services; access to nutritious and local food; geared-to-income housing for families; emergency shelter; literacy, including financial and digital literacy; community awareness of and access to services, community health and wellness.
Parents frantically shopping for pens, pencils, binders, back-to-school clothing and other supplies are reminded that the Upper Canada District School Board protects them from unwarranted school fees.
Under terms of Policy 452, passed in March 2012, the Board guarantees that all students have the right to attend school without payment of fees for essential learning materials, supplies, activities and textbooks. The policy applies to essential supplies required to meet the terms of the curriculum, and not materials for enhanced programs or optional programs and activities.
“The Board passed the policy last year because we believe that all our students – whatever their economic circumstances – have the right to attend school without their families having to worry about paying for materials essential to their learning,” said Director David K. Thomas, August 13. “Returning to school is a cause for celebration. It should not be a financial burden on any family.”
This means the Board will provide items such as textbooks, workbooks, and science supplies, offering parents some financial relief at a time that for many is already straining their pocketbooks, said Thomas.
Materials used to supplement a student’s educational experience and that are not required under the core curriculum – such as expenses for yearbooks, graduation gowns, optional field trips not curricular in nature, school dances, and student recognition programs – may be subject to fees.
Under the policy, schools are prohibited from charging:
• Registration or administrative fees for regular day school programming;
• Fees for guest speakers or presentations where material presented is a mandatory element of the subject or course;
• Extra charges for learning materials necessary for completion of the curriculum such as science supplies, lab material kits and safety goggles; and
• Fees for learning materials funded through the allocated budget of a school board and which are necessary to meet learning expectations such as computers, workbooks, textbooks, and staff development and training costs.
Additional fees may be charged to a student if a school community wishes to offer programming and materials “beyond what is necessary to meet the learning expectations of a particular grade or course.”
For instance, if a student is building a bench in woodworking class, and wants to use a specialized wood not supplied in the course, the student may be charged for it. However, for those students who wish to build the same bench as part of the curriculum expectations, the Board must provide necessary materials to ensure they can complete the project.
Examples of when fees can be charged include when an activity, material, course or program is:
• Not required as part of the regular day school program;
• Voluntary, and alternatives are offered;
• Non-essential or extracurricular in nature and is not required for graduation by an individual student; or
• A voluntary upgrade or substitute of a more costly material to the material provided for course purposes.
A water system repair that was planned for 2015 had to be done much sooner than expected.
A detailed investigation, including an exploratory dive, revealed that while the cribbing and water intake line were in good condition, the chlorine intake line and diffuser were severely choked to a point where their performance was compromised.
The result was a $40,000 repair that was completed in July.
This unexpected hit to the water and sewer budget was not the only one. Recently, an electrical engineer identified the electrical plan at the Williamsburg Sewage Lagoon as a significant risk of major injury. “Given that municipal employees regularly access the panel to replace blown capacitors, it was decided to proceed with the engineer recommended repairs immediately,” said Chris Bazinet, manager of public works in a key information report to South Dundas council.
The repair estimate is $50,000.