“If Phil Bannon can do for Whitchurch-Stouffville as Mayor what he has done for Ward Two as Councillor…Stouffville will benefit immensely”
Dear Whitchurch-Stouffville Resident:
This year’s municipal election is important for all of us!
On October 27 this year, we’ll be electing our new Mayor and council.
Our new Mayor will be leading the management of the $70 million municipal budget and 400 full and part time town employees.
Our new Mayor needs the experience, energy and vision to manage growth, exercise fiscal responsibility, and maintain taxpayers’ trust while staying closely involved in the community and community events. The mayor also needs to be able to work effectively with other levels of government within the region and the province.
I have the “Experience And Energy” to be mayor and I am asking for your help and support to get elected this October.
I have 11 years experience as the councillor for Ward 2 and I have helped bring positive change to Whitchurch-Stouffville, which is now the third-fastest growing municipality in Canada!
I’ve been a full time, energetic and involved member of council, pouring my energy into clearly communicating and actively listening to the residents of Ward 2 through newsletters, community meetings and successful social and fundraising events.
I will be a full time Mayor, working to improve local services and strengthen our local economy while respecting taxpayers’ dollars.
An effective election campaign takes a candidate with energy, ideas, leadership ability and vision. It also takes the commitment of great volunteers to donate their precious time.
I would very much appreciate your support this October, and, if you would like to volunteer in what promises to be an exciting and fun campaign, it would be great to have you as part of Team Bannon!
For more information and to get in touch with me regarding my campaign, please visit www.philbannonmayor.com
Councillor Phil Bannon on Stouffville.com talking about the 11th Annual Stouffville Winter Carnival
Stouffville Winter Carnival music video from a previous year
WhiStle Radio’s Stouffville Now host Sarah Newton talks with
Councillor Phil Bannon about Winter Carnival, Park Announcement and Mayoral Announcement.
This is the second in a series of articles by local resident Kate Greenway on animals that live in our neighbourhood. For her first article called “Let’s Talk Turkey” please click here.
by Kate Greenway
What do you picture when you think of deer? Now, in the Christmas season thoughts turn to Dasher and Dancer and all those other reindeer up at the North Pole (Clement C. Moore’s poem “A Visit from Saint Nicholas” actually placed reindeer with Santa for the first time back in 1823. Rudolph came along much later, in 1939 in Robert L. May’s Children’s Book of Verse). Santa’s reindeer are much more properly caribou than the deer they are often pictured as, and, in order to fit the “eight tiny reindeer” line, likely an Arctic subspecies. Debate still reigns over whether they are female or male since they are pictured as still having antlers in winter.
At other times of year, perhaps you imagine Bambi (actually a 1923 Austrian novel called Bambi, a Life in the Woods, and considered one of the first environmental novels, but you likely know it from Disney’s animated movie of 1942 – yes, it’s that old!) In case you are curious, Bambi in the novel was originally a roe deer, but was adapted so as to be more recognizable for American audiences.
Although the deer mentioned above are of different species, we have come to expect them visually as the iconic white tailed deer, which inhabit our area. These deer, common to much of Ontario, are near the northern limit of their continental range and occupy all parts of Ontario south of the French-Mattawa Rivers. They are so named for the white of the underside of the tail that is raised in alarm and displayed when running. Deer are shy creatures, excellent swimmers and runners, who live in groups on their home range, about a kilometre radius. They communicate through sounds, scent glands, and their lifted tail flag.
They are an important natural heritage feature, and provide economic benefits in tourism and hunting. There has been an increase in deer numbers since the 1980s for many reasons: protecting antlerless deer and enforcement of illegal harvesting, milder winters, improved habitat conditions and improved soil conservation practice that leaves more waste grains in fields in winter.
Young deer can take their first steps minutes after birth. Unusually for a mother, the doe leaves her fawn alone for many hours, returning a few times a day to feed it. The fawn is protected by the natural camouflage of its spotty coat, and because it has very little scent to attract predators. Sometimes humans find a fawn in their secluded hiding pace and think it has been abandoned. This is a mistake, as it is to touch the animal, as human scent on the fawn now may cause the doe to desert it – a self-fulfilling prophecy.
In spring deer eat leafy material from woody plants, grasses and herbs; in winter with deep snow deer concentrate on ‘deer yards’, areas like young coniferous stands that provide food and shelter, and depend largely on twigs and buds within reach, often losing a quarter of their body weight. They develop a darker thicker winter coat and lower their metabolism and body temperature, a kind of walking hibernation, to help survive. Although some people do place out food or salt licks in winter to attract them for viewing, this affects their normal migration patterns and puts them in locations they might not normally inhabit, increasing potential for damage to local crops and yards, traffic problems and potential for spreading disease. Dependence on supplementary feeding can cause more harm than good, even killing them; if you are interested in helping them, provide a natural deer habitat.
As development pressures increase, deer can be forced out of their natural habitat and into more urban settings and closer contact with humans. According to the Ministry of Natural Resources, one out of every 18 motor vehicle collisions involves a wild animal (although not necessarily a deer, since separate statistics are not kept). Deer are typically nocturnal and crashes occur most frequently between dusk and dawn, during active spring and fall migrations and autumn breeding season. The MNR suggests, “If you see a deer, dim your lights and honk your horn to scare it off the road. Avoid swerving and be aware that headlights confuse deer (there’s truth to the saying ‘a deer in the headlights’) and may cause them to move erratically.”
Deer can cause damage to crops, gardens and trees. They chew bark and rub their antlers on trees. They will feed on the most nutritious forage they can find: in summer, due to the abundance of available food they become highly selective, eating high protein, high energy and highly digestible food which, unfortunately for the gardener, means the buds of plants, flowers, new shoots and tips.
Fences, especially electric, help keep deer out, but they must be high as an adult can jump. You can use tree guards around young trees. Deer repellent sprays, either imparting an unpleasant taste or odour, can be tried: homemade recipes used to varying success are wads of human hair, Creosote soaked twine, or Lifebuoy soap in its wrapper placed around the garden. They will tend to avoid plants with thorns, velvety leaves or a strong taste. But deer’s tastes vary region to region, and what works in one area may not work in another. Lists of deer resistant plants are not hard to find, but note: deer resistant, not deer proof. Deer can’t read these lists, and if they are hungry enough, they will eat anything!
Deer: whether it’s tracks in the snow, the glimpse of a white tail, or a more prolonged encounter, they are just one of many critters we share the land with.
Whitchurch Stouffville Food Bank www.wsfoodbank.com
15336 9th Line, Whitchurch-Stouffville, L4A 7X4
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Please be patient as the deal is still proceeding. Although the Park Plan deal was to have been closed this month, extensions are a common occurrence when you have three parties involved with three lawyers.
The Town has extended the closing date once more to allow discussions to continue between the Coultice Estate and Canada Revenue Agency.
Apparently the sticking point in the whole negotiations boils down to the Community Park. The CRA is at this time is satisfied that the donation of 135 acres of environmentally sensitive land will be handled under the Eco Gift program. However the C.R.A. has ruled the 4-5 acres of land for Community Park does not qualify as a donation under the Eco Gift program. It now appears there is a way out by splitting the applications and putting the Community Park under the Community Gift Program.
The Town is still working with the Coultice Estate and the C.R.A. to divide the applications and make this happen. April 3, 2014 was arrived at as a date reasonable for all the lawyers to file the correct paperwork to satisfy all parties.
All partied involved in this transaction are motivated to close the deal so we are certain that it won’t be long now. The deadline extension doesn’t really delay the park too much as work The Park could not have been started until spring anyways.
We would also like to THANK the Town Staff and especially Councillor Bannon for not giving up on this idea.
Dear Residents of Ward Two,
This is a matter that is close and dear to my heart. It has been a long journey to get where we are today. Discussions with the James Coultice Estate are still very active. Work continues on their submission/negotiations with Revenue Canada for the Eco-Gift valuation for the dedication of the environmentally sensitive lands and the parkland block to the Town. The Agreement has been extended to April 3, 2014. The determination of the land valuation is a critical component of this process.
Staff are hopeful that this phase of the work program will be wrapped up by April, so that they can initiate community consultation on the design and the identification of features/facilities within the park block.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
This very informative interview has been broken down in five segments for your listening convenience and we will be posting one segment each week.
Segment titles will be as follows: