WARNING!! Wild Parsnip found again!

Well good morning everyone! Just a couple of important things of note that I thought you all should know!

Some residents and I have been scouting the areas for this dreadful and very dangerous weed, WILD PARSNIP…this is extremely dangeous to our pets and our families ! It has been located on both sides of Cobbledick Road, the Wilmot Creek Community and now the Samuel Wilmot Trail!

Ken Towle of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority has confirmed there is wild parsnip in the areas I asked him to check. He says it is also very bad in the Samuel Wilmot Nature Reserve on the trails and around the parking lot at the end of Cobbledick Road. He says it is very dense there and up to 7′ high.  People should know because they could be in there walking their dog and the dog could brush up against it and pass it to their owner through petting. We are suggesting some signage if possible by the Municipality. I have sent notice to our Operations Department for removal and signage to warn the public.

Orono Residents have also reported Wild Parsnip is growing in the west ditch where Patterson Road, Walsh Road, and Concession 5 come together. We all need to be vigilant and report this weed and the Giant Hog Weed that may be seen or suspected to our Operations Department! This is a huge health issue should you or your pet come in contact with it and needs to be taken very seriously!

Don’t forget coming up tonight is Newcastle Music in the Park at 7:00pm with Chuck Simms and Sunday July 22nd at 6:30pm, Newtonville is hosting Crusin’ 50’s and 60’s music…get your groove on!

have a cooler day…and be kind to one another, there is not enough of that!

 

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Municipal Job available!

Part-Time Clerk I (24 Hrs/Week)

The Corporation of the Municipality Of Clarington
Municipal Clerk’s Department / Animal Services Division
Part-Time Clerk I (24 Hrs/Week)

The Municipality of Clarington is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA), within our recruitment process. If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process or in performing your position should you be selected please contact the Human Resources Division at corporateservices@clarington.net.

The duties and responsibilities of the Part-time Clerk I are performed at the Clarington Animal Shelter under the direct supervision of the Animal Shelter Supervisor.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  1. Reception – respond to public inquiries both in person and on the phone.
  2. Sell animal licences.
  3. Assist in the maintenance of departmental files and records including data entry to record databases – primarily using Shelterbuddy software.
  4. Type correspondence, reports, and form letters.
  5. Perform general clerical duties including filing, photocopying and faxing.
  6. Maintain Division’s cash flow including balancing and preparing deposits.
  7. Regularly enter and dispatch calls for Animal Services Officer action.
  8. Other duties as may be required from time to time, including those duties specific to the Department.

Qualifications:

  1. The successful candidate will be a graduate of a two-year Community College Office Administration Program or possess equivalent qualifications in skills and work-related experience to the satisfaction of the Municipal Clerk.
  2. Up to and including one year of similar experience is required.
  3. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills to provide effective communication with the general public and staff.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Office applications, specifically in Word and Excel; and internet use for research purposes.
  5. Familiarity with records management would be considered an asset.
  6. Previous experience in a comparable position will be considered in the award of this position.
  7. Knowledge of cash handling procedures would be considered an asset.
  8. Ability to work in an environment primarily used for the housing of animals; particularly dogs and cats.
  9. Proof of Tetanus inoculation prior to the commencement of employment.
  10. Legally able to work in Canada.

Salary: $20.95 per hour (2017 Rate)

The successful candidate must provide a satisfactory, current (within last 180 days) Criminal Records Check (CPIC), with vulnerable sector screening from a Canadian Police Information Centre. Applicants who have been employed with the Municipality within the last year and have provided a CPIC within the last 356 days are exempt.

The interview may include written and oral testing to assist in determining the successful candidate. The passing score will be considered to be 60% on each test with consideration given to the candidate with the highest score.
Applications will be received in confidence until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 15, 2018.

Human Resources Division
Municipality of Clarington
40 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3A6

Please Quote: File #73-18

Emails may be forwarded to resumes@clarington.net; applications will not be retrieved from other sources (file sharing sites – SkyDrive).

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001, c.25) to determine employment eligibility with the Municipality of Clarington. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Corporate Services, 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, ON L1C 3A6 905-623-3379.
We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

Looking for a great job with the Municipality? Check these ones out!

Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Instructor/Examiners, National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Instructor/Examiners, Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainers, Lifesaving Society Instructor Trainers

The Corporation of the Municipality of Clarington
Community Services Department
Requires
Lifesaving Society Standard First Aid Instructor/Examiners
National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Instructor/Examiners
Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainers
Lifesaving Society Instructor Trainers 

The Municipality of Clarington is pleased to accommodate individual needs in accordance with the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act2005 (AODA), within our recruitment process.  If you require accommodation at any time throughout the recruitment process or in performing your position should you be selected please contact the Human Resources Division at corporateservices@clarington.net. 

The Municipality of Clarington is looking for enthusiastic and knowledgeable Leadership Conductors to deliver Lifesaving Society and/or Red Cross leadership programs in a safe and enjoyable environment.  Selected individuals must perform all administrative duties, follow acceptable procedures as outlined by the Red Cross, the Lifesaving Society and the Municipality of Clarington, and demonstrate strong customer service skills.  Successful candidates will be required to attend orientation and health and safety training but not regular lifeguard in-service training.

Programs may be offered at any of our aquatic facilities within Clarington.

Rate of Pay:

Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor/Examiner – $22.61 per hour
NLS Instructor/Examiner – $32.70 per hour
Red Cross and Lifesaving Instructor Trainer – $32.70 per hour

Minimum Qualifications for First Aid Instructor/Examiner positions are:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR Level ‘C’
  • Current Lifesaving Society First Aid Instructor and Examiner award
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada

Minimum Qualifications for NLS Instructor/Examiner positions are:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR Level ‘C’
  • Current National Lifeguard Service (NLS) award
  • Current NLS Instructor and NLS Examiner award
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada

Minimum Qualifications for Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer positions are:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR Level ‘C’
  • Current National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Award
  • Current Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Trainer Award
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada

Minimum Qualifications Lifesaving Society Instructor Trainer positions are:

  • Current Standard First Aid with CPR Level ‘C’
  • Current National Lifeguard Service (NLS) Award
  • Current Lifesaving Society Instructor Trainer Award
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada

*Please specify which position you are applying for in your application.

The successful candidate must provide, at their own expense, a satisfactory, current (within last 180 days) Criminal Reference Check with vulnerable sector screening, from a Canadian Police Information Centre, prior to commencing employment.   Applicants who have been employed with the Municipality within the last year and have provided a CPIC within the last 365 days are exempt.  Successful candidates will be required to provide a CPIC every two years at their own cost.

Applications will be received in confidence until 4 p.m. on Friday, June 22, 2018 at:

Human Resources Division
Municipality of Clarington
40 Temperance Street
Bowmanville, Ontario L1C 3A6

Please quote file # 74-18

Emails may be forwarded to resumes@clarington.net; applications will not be retrieved from other sources (file sharing sites – One Drive).

Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 (S.O. 2001, c.25) to determine employment eligibility with the Municipality of Clarington.  Questions about this collection should be directed to the Director of Corporate Services, 40 Temperance St., Bowmanville, ON, L1C 3A6, 905-623-3379.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those under consideration will be contacted.

On Street Patios coming to Clarington!

Coming Soon: Clarington’s trial sidewalk patio program opens!

Clarington May 17, 2018/- Clarington residents will soon be able to enjoy dining outdoors as the owners of Three-Six Kitchen Restaurant & Lounge in Bowmanville and Walsh’s Snug in Newcastle prepare to open their sidewalk patios. This is part of Council’s approved 2018 sidewalk patio program.

Clarington Council approved the trial program, its procedures and overall application process in January. Currently, only two restaurants are approved to participate in the pilot program and are set to open in the next few weeks. The patio at Walsh’s Snug has been built, and the one at Three-Six Kitchen & Lounge is currently under construction. Under the newly-adopted procedures, the Municipality will work with the restaurants and assist in either rerouting the sidewalk or extending patio seating onto parking spaces keeping pedestrian safety in mind.

The Municipality will handle the construction and storage of the sidewalk extension and temporary patio decks needed to accommodate the sidewalk patio. Two designated parking spots will be used to accommodate the sidewalk patio. Two different patio designs will be used in this pilot program that will see pedestrian traffic rerouted in different ways. Once the pilot program is finished, an assessment will be made to determine whether changes are required to the designs or application process.

The restaurants will be responsible for the furnishings of the space including chairs, tables, planters, heaters and lighting. The restaurants also paid a flat fee to cover the maintenance cost of the sidewalk extensions, as well as winter storage; this will also assist in supplementing the loss of parking revenue.

In developing the procedures, the Municipality contacted the local Business Improvement Areas to consult on this initiative. Some local business expressed concerns regarding pedestrian safety and the loss of additional parking spaces. The 2018 pilot patio program will allow the Municipality to address those concerns and work on solutions to ensure the program is a success.

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Media Contact:
Basia Radomski
Communications Manager
905-623-3379 ext. 2214

Read this news update on our website

Feedback is good so let’s be part of the solution to make this a huge success, just like how successful these programs are in other Lakeshore communities!

All Fibre Broadband to Rolll Out throughout Durham!

Now this is GOOD NEWS!
Let’s hope it hits RURAL Clarington as well!! 😱👍

CLARINGTON, ON, May 2, 2018 – The Municipality of Clarington and Bell today announced the rollout of the world’s best Internet technology to more than 28,000 Clarington residences and businesses as Bell begins deployment of its all-fibre broadband network throughout the growing Durham Region centre.

Fully funded by Bell, the Clarington broadband network expansion is part of the communications company’s fibre to the premises (FTTP) network expansion to more than 1.3 million homes and business locations in the GTA/905 region surrounding Toronto.

“The Municipality of Clarington is delighted to partner with Bell to extend this vital infrastructure to our community and support our residents, businesses and visitors,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “This is a major initiative that has been years in the making, and we’re very excited that our community will have access to state-of-the-art broadband connectivity, a service that is no longer a wish but rather a necessity.”

Delivering symmetrical Internet access speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second (Gbps) now, Bell FTTP is the most advanced network technology of its kind, designed to ultimately deliver speeds of 40 Gbps and beyond in future. Bell fibre also powers the latest advances in Fibe TV, Alt TV and a broad range of business connectivity, managed services and data centre solutions.

“The Mayor and staff in Clarington have been instrumental in providing the access we need to roll out this major project as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Bruce Furlong, Bell’s Vice President, Network. “Our productive partnership will provide Clarington with an essential smart city communications infrastructure to deliver the best connections now and into the future.”

For more information about Bell fibre services, please visit Bell.ca/Internet or Business.Bell.ca.

About the Municipality of Clarington

The Municipality of Clarington is a beautiful community that forms the eastern boundary of the Greater Toronto Area. Clarington is one of eight municipalities located in Durham Region. With a population of over 95 thousand people and growing, Clarington offers residents a blend of city living and rural charm. We are a large Municipality, covering an area of approximately 612 square kilometres. We have four major urban centres and 13 hamlets. Our residents enjoy waterfront trails alongside Lake Ontario, Greenbelt protected farmlands, and the natural beauty of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Clarington is a great place to live, work and raise a family.

About Bell

Founded in 1880, Bell is the country’s oldest and largest telecommunications provider and continues to lead the way in Canadian communications with a strategy of unparalleled investment in broadband network and service innovation.

Bell invests more than $4 billion each year in Canada’s next-generation network infrastructure, delivering world-class fibre connections to the home and business, Canada’s Best National Mobile Network, and the country’s largest network of 28 state-of-the-art data hosting and cloud computing centres. Bell Media is Canada’s premier content creation company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media.

To learn more, please visit Bell.ca or BCE.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and provides significant funding for community care and access, research and workplace initiatives in every region.

To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

Media inquiries:

Municipality of Clarington
Basia Radomski
905-623-3379 ext. 2214
bradomski@clarington.net
facebook.com/MunofClarington
@ClaringtonON

Bell
Nathan Gibson
905-614-9596
nathan.gibson@bell.ca
@Bell_News

Hello and Merry Christmas!

Hello again!

It has been a very long time since I have written my blog. I have been tending to a medical issue but yes, I am alive and well now recuperating from major back surgery so you can all rest easy knowing I am expecting to return to the Council Chambers early in the New Year!  As you all have read, I have been away from actual Committee and Council meetings however for those who are concerned, I have continued tending to ALL of the Ward 4  residents issues since my return home from St Michael’s Hospital  right from my home. I have continually dealt with Staff on the many issues like the Draft Official Plan, the Enniskillen Transformer, and the many development issues presently taking place throughout the Municipality.  I have listened to the Council discussions on tape and made comments thru the Mayor and Councillor Hooper when I needed to, looking after your best interests. I passed along the upcoming events going on in Ward 4 to Councillor Hooper to read on my behalf during our announcement portion of the agenda. The motion for a “leave” was made because my return date is not cast in stone, a lot is depending on my healing and the Municipal Act dictates what is needed for me to retain my seat.  Council put this forward to be proactive and I appreciate that.  Please know if you need to contact me you can call my office anytime and I will deal with all issues for you and I want to take this time to thank everyone who has phoned, sent cards and all the beautiful flowers. It certainly has warmed my heart to know so many care.

Most of the Santa Claus Parades are over and sadly, I missed them all.  Everyone knows how much I love a parade! I’m already looking forward to next year! Everyone, all volunteers, did a remarkable job this year and we all know without our fantastic sponsors and volunteers, these parades would not take place. Thank you all for supporting each and every one of these parades! Please remember T.H.E.E. Farmers Parade of Lights thru Enniskillen to Tyrone will be this WEDNESDAY, December 7th so if you want to see a wonderful, unique parade, get out to see this parade. Go early as prime parking along the roadside gets snapped up quickly!  There will be hot chocolate, hot dogs and donuts at the church and the Blacksmith shop in Tyrone community center will be holding a pot luck supper for the parade participants…This parade truly honours our farming community and this is a wonderful group of farmers in our Community so please come and pay tribute to them. You will be glad you did!

It is difficult with this weather for people to get into the swing of Christmas shopping so I am sure the retailers are feeling the pinch at the moment. Now with the snowfall that hit Sunday through the night I hope the stores will be full and those tardy people who didn’t get their snow tires on yet are not scrambling to much. So, PLEASE SHOP LOCAL! This is the time that can make or break a small retailer so if you can support these retailers etching out a living right here in Clarington, please…they need you more than ever now!

There are many fun events taking place throughout the season that you should take in if you can as this is the time that many fundraisers are also done and everyone counts on them to be successful to help them assist the less fortunate throughout the year! If you can drop in at one of these great events, please do..they make for great family entertainment!

This Thursday, December 8th the Community Care Seniors Lunch Out (generally held the last Wednesday of the month at the Orono United Church) will be attending a special Seniors Lunch Out at the Kendal Community Hall where the Kendal Community Hall Board will be providing a special Christmas Dinner for those Community Care patrons. If you are interested in joining these Seniors Lunch Outs in the New Year please call the Community Care office in Bowmanville and speak to them about adding your name to their list. The Kendal Hall Board generally caters these events in Orono and you will not be disappointed in the meals we provide for a nominal fee.

On Friday December 9th the Kendal Community Hall Board will be hosting their second annual Lighting of the Lights at the Kendal Community Centre at 6:30 pm...bring the kids to see Santa and enjoy the evening right here in Kendal!

The Clarington Official Plan has been ratified by Council and has been sent to the Region. Let’s hope that we will see our recommendations pass at the Regional level. Orono has asked for an Urban Boundary Expansion with the hope that once this is approved we will be able to have a reputable Developer come in and build affordable housing units for Seniors. This is an area that is needed in Clarington and we in Orono have the land to do it.

As you are all aware the 407 Highway is progressing at a steady pace and there are many roads detoured or just plain cut off to any traffic. This highway is on track to be finished by December 2019 and that is actually a year before it was originally scheduled. Patience is needed at this time until the highway is complete so if you have any concerns please contact Blackbird at info@407eastphase2.ca

I am sorry to hear the news our RCMP Detachment in Bowmanville will be closing January 1, 2017. This is a big loss to our community, I wish the officers all well wherever they end up and hope that as many as possible can stay right here in Clarington. We are family after all!

Again, I would like to take this opportunity to once again thank everyone for their continued support and from my home to yours may I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and remember…PLEASE….as always…be kind to one another!Santa's Elf Wendy

 

A week to remember in the New Riding!

I am always being asked what our MP is up to and when she is going to be in Ward 4…well I know MP Rudd is out and about shopping right here in Newcastle! With her daughter Steph, the two enjoyed a day out in Newcastle for lunch and a bit of shopping while talking with many of the local merchants in town and listening to their concerns…I was honoured to be invited to an announcement from MP Rudd’s office and below I have posted what it was and how  it should be of interest to all of us in our New Riding.

On Friday, MP Kim Rudd,  Announced Significant Funding Grants to Two Local Not-For-Profit Agencies

IMG_7435Parliamentary Secretary of Natural Resources and Member of Parliament for Northumberland Peterborough—South Kim Rudd invited me to attend an event to present two significant grants through Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).Both agencies represent the best in services to our community…and both agencies have years of exemplary supports to the sectors they serve.

Community Living—West Northumberland will be presented with the ‘Stepping Stones to Employment’ Grant, while the Northumberland Community Legal Centre will be presented a ‘Career Focus’ Grant. Community Living—West Northumberland and its EARN subsidiary’s mission is committed to providing quality support for people with disabilities to live, learn, and work as valued citizens in the community.” They do this day-in and day-out…in support of EARN’s Stepping Stones to Employment Program.  This grant was delivered on behalf of Minister Mihychuk, Minister of Employment and Workforce Development & Labour, in the amount of $98,635.00

The Northumberland Community Legal Centre assists low-income people with a range of legal issues, including tenant’s rights, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability, Canada Pension Plan, Workplace Safety & Insurance, Criminal Injuries Compensation, Employment Insurance, Employment Standards, and Human Rights. They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in the community. I’m proud to announce a grant on behalf of Minister Mihychuk from their Career Focus fund for employers and organizations to design and deliver a range of activities that enable youth to make more informed career decisions and develop their skills.

Career Focus aims to:

  • increase the supply of highly qualified workers;                                                                                                                       IMG_7433
  • facilitate the transition of highly-skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market;
  • promote the benefits of advanced studies; and
  • demonstrate federal leadership by investing in the skills required to meet the needs of the knowledge economy.

The Program is part of the Youth Employment Strategy. The Northumberland Legal Centre will be the recipient of $159,544 towards the hiring of legal students in the Legal Clinic.

Both agencies, their boards, staff, and volunteers work very hard and should be congratulated for  all they do for their communities.

Then on Friday afternoon, MP Rudd and some members of Clarington Council were in attendance for the ground breaking event of the Port Granby Project.Mayor Foster and MP Rudd were able to bring greetings and tell of the importance to our community of this project that has been years getting to this point.

IMG_7448This project is a federal initiative for the clean up and safe long term management of historic low level radio active waste situated in the southeast corner of the Municipality of Clarington. The project addresses a long standing environmental problem resulting from past industrial practices.

This project is part of the Port Hope Area Initiative (PHAI) which also involves the clean up of historic low level radioactive waste in neighbouring Port Hope. The PHAI Management Office, led by Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, is implementing the Port  Hope and Port Granby projects on behalf of  Atomic Energy of Canada Limited, a federal Crown Corporation.

So much happening around the Ward and our new riding…stay tuned for many more events taking place in Ward 4.