Canada Celebrates 100 Years of Federal Income Tax

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the federal income tax. 

Originally enacted as a temporary tax to fund World War 1, Canadians are still paying a war tax for a war that ended 99 years ago.  What started as an 11-page law with a four percent tax rate has ballooned into today’s 3,300-page behemoth says the Canadian Taxpayers Federation Aaron Wudwick. 

Over the past 100 years, Canadians have paid a cumulative $4.9 trillion in federal income taxes.  To put this into context this amount in $100-dollar bills laid end-to-end would circle the earth at the equator 186 times.

Davis' Independent Supports NHH Foundation

Davis’ Independent grocery has donated 7,100 dollars to Northumberland Hills Hospital.  

This will lead to the purchase of 2 pieces of equipment for the hospital, a new centrifuge for the Laboratory, at a cost of 5,000 dollars, has been purchased and the remaining 2,100 dollars will purchase a Rehabilitation Trainer for dialysis patients. 

In a press release, the Hospital thanked Davis Independent and their staff.  A check for the amount was presented by owner Scott Davis and Valerie Tanner, the Community Events Coordinator.

Communities in Blooming Trouble

Cobourg was recently visited by judges as the Town competes for a national Communities in Bloom designation.  The Town took pride in showing the judges a variety of boulevard gardens.  

The day after the judges departed, the Town Bylaw enforcement officer went to work notifying several property owners their boulevard gardens did not comply with the section of a municipal bylaw that restricts growth of plants in boulevard gardens to 30 inches.  Property owners are given 96 hours to cut down offending plants or risk a fine and having the Town do the pruning at the owner’s expense. 

One Cobourg resident told Northumberland 89.7 that it is ironic that the Town would allow tall plant growth when it helped in the judging process but threatens property owners with by-law infraction notices immediately following the judging.


Huge Turnout for Cobourg Book Signing

Robert Mikel, author of Cobourg: The Spirit of the Place, was met with a huge crowd at the book signing Sunday afternoon at the Citizens Forum of Victoria Hall. Lineups stretched to the stair way as people queued to buy the first edition and have the author sign his autograph. Several patrons asked that specific pages be autographed signalling the photograph of the buyer's home.

The book is a Canada 150 project of Lighthouse Press. It features remarkable photographs of Cobourg's outstanding architecture and tells Cobourg's social history by providing the stories of notable inhabitants of the featured houses.

Mikel is a widely respected Toronto historian and author who traces his roots to Cobourg and is widely regarded as an expert on Cobourg's history and architecture.

Municipal Sales Tax - AMO Proposal

What’s next for Ontario taxpayers could be a one percent hike in the HST from 13 to 14 percent, if the Association of Municipalities of Ontario or AMO gets approval of its Local Share project. 

With the objective of developing a substantial Municipal Fiscal Sustainability Plan that is supported by a majority of AMO members, it’s estimated that a 1 percent municipal sales tax would bring in an extra 2.5 Billion annually in revenue to help fund critical local services like roads, bridges and transit. 

AMO feels the Local Share initiative would reduce upward pressure on property taxes and reduce the vulnerability of municipalities to federal and provincial policy changes. 

The $2.5 Billion would be allocated to Ontario’s 444 municipalities on a sliding scale per household.  In the case of Northumberland, the County and its seven municipalities would split the provincial allocation on the basis of total “own source” revenue. 

Despite concerns raised by several Councillors, in the end County Council voted in favour of the AMO proposal.

Cobourg Police Service Receives CBA Award

Earlier this week, Cobourg Police Chief Kai Liu attended the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Montreal.  At the conference, the Cobourg Police Service was the proud recipient of the 2017 Canadian Bankers Association’s Group Award for its investigative involvement in the Bayfield Bank Robbery Case. 

The Bayfield case involved joint investigations by Cobourg Police Service and four other law enforcement agencies leading to the capture of 40-year-old Zak Bayfield who had committed seven bank robberies in Southern Ontario.  Bayfield confessed to the robberies and admitted to having planned more. 

Cobourg Detective Constable Amy Sharp was a winner of the Group Award.  

Since its creation in 1972, 259 officers from across Canada have been honoured with the Canadian Banks’ Law Enforcement Award for their outstanding bravery, dedication and other noteworthy achievements in combating crimes against Canada’s banks.

OPP Report July 17-20

The Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) dealt with a variety of incidents this past week, here are some examples:

July 17:

· Police responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Lakeshore Rd in Port Hope at 6:55 a.m. Officers located a red Saturn car that had lost control and struck a guard rail. Both teenage occupants were transported to the hospital with minor injuries. The driver, a 16 yr old Port Hope youth (male), was charged with Drive motor vehicle - no licence and Careless Driving.

· Report of a stolen 2009 Honda 2500 watt generator (model EP2500CX) from a construction site on Trentview Dr in Percy Twp sometime overnight. *

· Police responded to a domestic disturbance complaint at an Alnwick-Haldimand Twp home. As a result of the ensuing investigation, an 18 yr old male turned himself into police on July 20th and is charged with Spousal Assault (three counts), Mischief Under $5,000 (three counts) and Uttering Threats to cause death or bodily harm. He was held for a bail hearing and subsequently released with an impending court date. Name withheld to protect the identity of the victim.

July 18:

· An American senior visiting from Florida reported losing his wallet somewhere in the Campbellford area. The wallet contained a combination of Canadian and US currency plus identification.  If found, please turn in to your local police.

· Police attended a Hamilton Twp home where a father was reportedly accusing his daughter of stealing his marihuana. The adult daughter spent the night elsewhere and no charges resulted.

· A Port Hope landlord requested police accompany him for a home visit to assess damages in a rental unit. The visit was conducted without incident.

July 19:

· Police received an accidental 9-1-1 call from an Apple watch at an Alnwick-Haldimand Twp residence. Officers confirmed there was no emergency.

· Police were called to a Campbellford area home where approximately 30 snakes were reported to be coming out from the basement of a vacant home where former tenants were thought to have bred them. Officers identified the snakes as common ‘garter snakes’ and advised the caller to contact the OSPCA.

· A member of the old Wesleyville Church on Lakeshore Rd in Port Hope reported a break in that occurred sometime overnight. Many displays including a casket were disrupted and a quantity of cash was stolen. Investigation ongoing. *

July 20:

· A citizen who reported finding a black & white Shih Tzu dog on County Rd 2 near Huff Rd Brighton contacted police under the assumption that officers could check the dog’s microchip. Police advised the caller that they did not have that capability and referred her to a local area veterinarian who took the dog in temporarily.

· Police responded to a Colborne area home when persons were heard arguing at 6:00 a.m. Officers spoke to the couple who were having a verbal argument which resulted in no charges being laid.

· A homeowner in Brighton complained of ongoing harassment by a neighbour who has made several reports to authorities over environmental concerns involving her property. Officers advised the caller that people are within their rights to contact authorities if they have concerns and this did not constitute criminal harassment.

Northumberland OPP officers investigated 12 accidental 911 calls, 20 motor vehicle collisions, 61 traffic related complaints and conducted four RIDE programs during this time period.

*  Northumberland OPP is asking for the public’s assistance with this ongoing investigation and would ask that anyone with information on this crime contact your nearest OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122.


OPP Weekend News Brief

The Northumberland Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) dealt with a variety of incidents this past weekend, here are some examples:

July 14:

- Police responded to a noise complaint involving yelling and swearing at a campsite in Ferris Provincial Park at 1:28 a.m.  Officers spoke to the loud campers and cautioned them to quieten down. No further calls were received.

- Police responded to a break in at the Baker’s Dozen on Elizabeth St in Brighton when a passerby reported the front glass door smashed. The culprit is suspected to be a male, thin build wearing a hoody. Investigators have determined that the break in occurred shortly before midnight and that a cash register containing a quantity of cash was stolen. The cash register was recovered on Boes Rd later in the day. Evidence was collected and the investigation is ongoing.

- A homeowner on County Rd 29 (near Whitney Rd) in Alnwick-Haldimand Twp reported a break in sometime this past week to his residence and two freight containers on the property. The stolen items include a Stihl chainsaw model #MS170, a Stihl grass trimmer model #FS80 and a MotoMaster Eliminator power box model #11-1823-0. Investigation ongoing.

July 15:

- Police were called to Presqu’ile Provincial Park shortly before 1:00 a.m. in response to some campers having an argument. Officers calmed the group down and took one man to a local hotel for the night to keep the peace. No charges resulted and alcohol was a contributing factor.

- A resident on Lakeshore Rd in Port Hope called police when she observed two men inside her vehicle at 3:30 a.m. Both males fled the scene in a vehicle towards the town of Port Hope. Officers were unable to locate the suspects and nothing was apparently taken.

- Police responded to a Lakeshore Dr residence in Hamilton Twp where one neighbour complained about being threatened by another neighbour. Officers arrested the offending neighbour for Breach the Peace and held the 43 yr old man until he was sober. He was subsequently released and charged with Being intoxicated in a public place.

July 16:

- Police received a report of a possible impaired driver travelling eastbound on Hwy 401 in the Grafton area at 2:40 a.m. The grey GMC Sierra pickup truck was reportedly weaving from lane to lane and driving at inconsistent speeds. An officer located the truck still travelling on the highway in the Brighton area. The driver was arrested for impaired driving and taken to the Brighton detachment for further tests. As a result of these tests Ryan ROBERTS age 34 of Prescott, Ontario is charged with Impaired Operation of a motor vehicle and Care & Control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol content exceeded 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.  He was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg on August 16, 2017.

- At 4:24 a.m. police were notified by Onstar of a collision on County Rd 10 near the 7th Line of Port Hope. Officers located a grey GMC Sierra pickup truck involved in a collision. No other vehicles were involved and the driver was transported to a hospital by EMS with non-life threatening injuries. While at the hospital an officer determined that the lone occupant (driver) was impaired by alcohol. Further tests were conducted at the hospital resulting in Thomas Joseph MEESTER age 27 of Manvers Twp, Ontario being charged with Impaired Care & Control of a motor vehicle and Care & Control of a motor vehicle while his blood alcohol content exceeded 80mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood.  He was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cobourg on August 2, 2017.

Northumberland OPP officers also investigated six accidental 9-1-1 calls, nine motor vehicle collisions, 37 traffic related complaints and conducted three RIDE programs over the weekend.