M&M Meat Shops will hold its 21st annual Charity Barbecue Day on Sat., May 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For a minimum donation of $2.50, supporters will receive a hamburger or hot dog, a drink and a bag of chips. Employees and volunteers will serve up burgers and hot dogs in hopes of raising their goal of $2.1 million for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada (CCFC). In the past 21 years, M&M’s Charity Barbecue Day has raised over 16.5 million toward medical research into inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Canada has among the highest rates of Crohn’s disease in the world.
Simcoe-Grey MP Helena Guergis is coming under fire for yet another mailer, only this time it’s in another province. Hot on the heels of the controversy over a constituency newsletter sent out after the election writ was dropped, a columnist for the Edmonton Journal newspaper reported yesterday that Guergis had sent out pro-Conservative mailers to homes in the Edmonton-Strathcona riding. The Alberta riding is the same one that Guergis’ husband, Rahim Jaffer, represented prior to being defeated in the 2008 federal election. In the column by Todd Babiak, some Edmonton residents said the mailer was a waste of money and questioned why it was sent and why it was sent by Helena Guergis, an MP who respresents a riding thousands of kilometers away in another province. The mailer, similar to the ones the Conservatives were sending out prior to the election last year, reportedly raises a question as to which one of Canada’s federal party leaders is doing the best job at protecting the Canadian public during the current economic uncertainty. The column reported there is also a photo of Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and gave residents the option to check a box beside the names of one of the four federal party leaders. When contacted by the Herald Guergis’ staff member Val Knight said she was unaware of the mailers. She said they didn’t come out of the Simcoe-Grey constituency offices or from Guergis’ staff in Ottawa. "It would have gone out from the Conservative Party. The only thing that our office sends out is the 10 per center and the householder," she said. Guergis was not immediately available for comment. The original column in the Edmonton Journal can be read by clicking here:
Where there’s smoke there’s fire, but for anyone travelling through or in and around the Mansfield area this week it’s nothing to be concerned about. The County of Dufferin, in co-operation with Lands & Forests Consulting, is planning to carry out a 25-hectare prescribed burn in the 604-hectare Main Tract of the Dufferin County Forest. The burn was originally slated to take place Saturday (April 25) but rain forced organizers to reschedule for sometime this week. The Main Tract is located off Airport Road, about 10 kilometres north of Highway 89. This same twenty-five hectare area underwent prescribed burns in 1994 and 1999 to reduce competition for red oak seedlings and improve the seedbed for the germination of red oak. The prescribed burn will release red oak seedlings that have germinated as a result of the first two burns and once again improve the seedbed for further germination of red oak. "I am very pleased that Mulmur is hosting this important project to regenerate red oak, which was designated as Dufferin County’s official tree in 2005," commented Warden Gord Montgomery. The burn will be conducted by staff of Lands & Forests Consulting who have many years of experience in conducting similar prescribed burns. The science of prescribed burning is well established and the burn will only be conducted under strictly defined weather and safety conditions. Residents with questions regarding the planned prescribed burn should contact Caroline Mach, County Forest Manager at 705-435-1881 or 877-941-7787 or by e-mail at [email protected]
The inaugural meeting of Stevenson Memorial Hospital’s advisory board is being held tonight (Mon., April 27). The meeting will be at the New Tecumseth Recreation Complex in Alliston starting at 7 p.m. Advisory board membership is $25 and anyone can join. "This is the first opportunity for the public to meet the board. As we begin a new process of communication and look to the future, we value the input of our community. We encourage everyone interested in health care and SMH to join the Advisory Membership and show their continued support for their community hospital," said Dr. Ted Vandevis, SMH board chair. At the meeting, there will be information on the opportunities and challenges ahead for Stevenson Memorial and advisory members will be able to comment on the hospital’s vision and mission. Other information that will be available is the hospital’s financial statements, the accountability agreement signed with the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and former SMH supervisor Mark Rochon’s report on the hospital. These documents are also available online at www.smhosp.on.ca. The advisory board is new for Stevenson Memorial and is the recommendation of former supervisor Mark Rochon. In Alliston the community forced a mass resignation of the hospital board in June 2007. Rochon was appointed as supervisor by to province to help resolve the issue. He hand picked a four person advisory committee to sift through applications for new board members and ultimately select the new, 12-member board. The hospital now uses a corporate membership for its board. Essentially, the 12 members chosen last year will elect their own replacements as terms expire or people step down from the board. People in the community can be advisory members, but have no right to vote. Memberships will be available at the door of the inaugural meeting. Further information is available on the hospital’s website or by calling 435-3377 ext. 3200.