May 2018 Archive

Looking for the ultimate utopian society

The world is a very interesting place, and since Ontarians are inundated by election promises, it’s a good time to take stock. My son and I discussed the pros and cons of various systems over breakfast one morning. I pointed out that there are many regimes, dictatorships and government systems, and each has its pros and cons.

Systemic attack on bees devastating colonies

The man-made assault on Mother Nature may very well be our undoing. Systemic stresses on bee colonies have resulted in some very concerning losses.

Final week for nominations for HAC award

Nominations for the King Township Heritage Award will be accepted until next week, Tuesday July 3.

Township boosts groups with community grants

Seven organizations will benefit from funding from King Township this year. In all, 15 organizations applied for more than $31,000. In the end, the seven were chosen to receive a total of $8,750.

LPAT details revealed

A new mandate for Ontario’s planning appeal body is still finding its legs, but in the end, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal will be more streamlined and efficient. King councillors heard from solicitor Tom Halinski, who reviewed the changes from Bill 139 and the creation of the LPAT. This appeal body represents top-down planning with fewer challenges.

A society where $1 million doesn’t mean much

“If I had a million dollars ... I’d be rich,” goes the 1992 song by Canadian group The Barenaked Ladies. The song has become a cult classic, and it still brings a smile to my face when I hear it on the radio. Among the top frivolities the band members would buy with their new-found fortune are: A house and furniture; a K-car; tree fort; an exotic pet like a llama or an emu; lots of Kraft Dinner with expensive ketchup, and a monkey.

Spray Lake shreds through opening weekend

The water was cold, but the tricks were hot at Spray Lake Watersports and Activity Centre over opening weekend. Dozens of thrill-seekers hit the waters for waterskiing and wakeboarding sessions, taking advantage of Ontario’s most advanced straight-line cable waterpark in the Ranch Wakepark.

Volunteer driven to help, increase awareness

A Bolton woman has turned another page in her ongoing chapter of international volunteer exploits. Alexandria Hesketh-Pavilons recently returned from a week-long volunteer mission to Guatemala. Working through International Volunteer Headquarters, Hesketh-Pavilons spent her time hard at work, in the working class village of Ciudad Viejo, south of Antigua.

Dog Tales hits the screen to spread awareness

The plight of our four-legged friends and companions will be highlighted on a new TV series. Dog Tales Rescue launches May 31 on Gusto, starting at 8:30 p.m. The first season involves 10, half-hour shows that explore the real lives of abandoned and rescued animals. Their journeys, veterinary visits and new home in King are all presented, to raise awareness and showcase what they do.

TWC releases fox back into the wild in King

A young red fox has been given a new lease on life, thanks to the efforts of the Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC). TWC members, along with Mayor Steve Pellegrini, released the male fox into the wild last week, on a private property on Weston Road.

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