October 2017 Archive

Questions following OMB prehearing

A lot of ratepayers including yours truly left the Ontario Municipal Board hearing on Oct. 5 angry and frustrated. The hearing was deferred until Nov. 7. About 50 ratepayers showed up for the hearing and, unfortunately, the audio system did not function well, so most of the time it was hard to hear the proceedings.

Septic seminar approved by council

Hastings Highlands will host a septic system health seminar next spring.

HE urged to enforce landfill rules

The following are brief reports of items discussed at the Oct. 4 meeting of Highlands East council. A report about landfill staff duties from the environment advisory committee through Joanne Vanier, community economic development and committee co-ordinator said, “many recyclable items are still thrown in with household garbage and there is no incentive for residents to recycle.”

Works managers look to future

Madawaska Valley operations manager Hilary Kutchkoskie suggests area municipalities should split on a regional compost waste site as the province makes composting mandatory for all municipalities. Bancroft might be a good, central location, he suggested.

Chief negotiator visits Bancroft

Land claimed by the Algonquins of Ontario in coming years will be subject to the same rules as any other private property, according to Ontario chief negotiator Doug Carr.

Youth plotting to bring change to their communities

Recognizing a limited pool of opportunities for the next generation of Hastings County to get involved in shaping their communities, a small team of community-minded youth recently decided to take charge of their future by organizing the area’s first ever Youth Summit.

October is Child Abuse Prevention Month

As we make our way through October, we recognize the 25th annual Child Abuse Prevention Month. We recognize that in a perfect world, every child would have a safe, loving home and family, who could also afford to put food on the table every night.

Hastings Highlands hearing postponed

The Ontario Municipal Board has moved Hastings Highlands’s at-large voting decision hearing to November.

Hastings Highlands working on fireworks bylaw

Hastings Highlands is moving forward with developing a fireworks bylaw for the municipality.

Wilberforce school inspired to give

For a group of 62 students, the sum raised for the Terry Fox Run this year was astounding.

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