Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Family Fit Blitz with Far Out Fitness - June 6, Holy Trinity Elementary

This event is in celebration of Canada's first National Health and Fitness Day. Come on out with your family and enjoy the fun and get some exercise at the same time. This event was listed in the Torbay Summer Community Guide but I thought I would give people an extra heads up. I think this is a great event and the type of activity I have heard parents asking for to try and get their families active. Please take advantage of this opportunity to get out and have some fun with your neighbours.

Cost is $5 a family and will take place in the field at the Elementary School and of the weather doesn't cooperate we will be moving the activities inside the gym. Pre-Registration is preferred and you can do it through the e-services portal at www.torbay.ca. You can also register onsite the day of the event between 9:15 and 9:45.

If you have any questions please contact Allison at apower@torbay.ca or 437-6532 ext 286. Otherwise you can drop me a line and I will try and get you an answer.

Monday, May 11, 2015

2015 East Coast Trail Tely Hike Fundraiser - June 6th in Mobile - Show Your Support!!

Madeleine Florent of the Torbay Environment and Trails Committee passed this information along to me and asked me to share and I am more than happy to do it. The East Coast Trail is a tremendous asset to the Town of Torbay and I am proud to support it and this annual hike. Although I have to admit I have not yet been able to actually go out and participate in this hike I am committed to supporting it financially through a donation.

You can donate to one of our local Torbay teams at the following links

The East Coast Trail Tely Hike is coming up on June 6 in Mobile. There are two great hikes to choose from. If you've never taken part in the Tely Hike before, come join the fun.  It's not a race like the Tely 10 - you hike at your own pace and don't have to worry about carpooling as transportation to the start of the two paths is provided.  There are awesome prizes.  The more participants, the merrier… and it's all to help maintain our beautiful East Coast Trail!

Also, just to make things a little more interesting, Mayor Tapper has launched a 'friendly community challenge' to other Mayors inviting them to enter teams and try to raise as much money as the Torbay teams have raised in the last 4 four years.  So far we have two teams entered: The Torbay Coyotes and the the Torbay Beachcombers.  You can join a team (maximum of 10 hikers - there's still some room on the Torbay Beachcombers team), form a team of your own with family and friends, or simply hike as an individual participant.  

*** If you can't hike, please consider sponsoring one of the hikers from Torbay.    It is easy to make a pledge by credit card directly on the Association's web site, or you can contact one of the team members directly if you prefer to make a cash or cheque donation.  Every little bit helps!

If you have any questions or need help registering, feel free to contact Madeleine Florent  by email madeleine.florent@nf.sympatico.ca or by phone at 437-6439, or call the ECTA office at 738-4453.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Torbay Raises Transgender Flag to Recognize Transgender Day of Visibility

Transgender Day of Visibility is today, March 31, 2015 and in recognition of this Mayor Ralph Tapper along with Jennifer McCreath the co-founder of the East Coast Trans Alliance held a flag raising in the Town of Torbay yesterday March 30. I have to admit that until we received a letter requesting that the town participate in this event that I never heard of it. Despite that when we talked about this prior to our council meeting there was no question as to whether or not we were going to do this, it was an instant yes from those of us who were present at that meeting. The Town of Torbay was one of six communities in Newfoundland and Labrador to participate in this event and bring it to our province for the first time. The other communities committed to having a similar event are Harbour Grace, Carbonear, Grand-Falls Windsor, Gander and Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove.

This is the second time in the last year or so that the Town of Torbay has taken steps to try and show support for people in the LGBT community. During the Sochi Olympics in 2014 the town flew the Rainbow Flag for the first time to raise awareness of discrimination against LGBT people.

I am sure there may be people in our community or our province who may have reservations about this type of public recognition by our town but I believe it is long over due and a sign of changing attitudes towards LGBT people. I have to admit when I was growing up I didn't really know any openly gay people and certainly had never seen a trans person until I moved to Ottawa. I am sure that many people over the years can recall hearing or even telling jokes about gay or trans people and having a good laugh. I would hope that as people become more aware of LGBT people that our attitudes change and we become more understanding of the issues they face in their lives. I say understanding because so often I hear the words accepting or tolerant associated with LGBT people and I don't believe that is appropriate terminology. Who am I as a straight person to say to someone else I can accept you or tolerate you? Does that project to that person that we are equals? I don't think so, in my opinion it reinforces the notion that somehow we are on different levels as human beings, which I think is wrong.

Have I always felt this way about LGBT people and the issues they face? I don't know to tell you the truth however I can honestly say that I have certainly become more enlightened since meeting a lot of LGBT people over the years. One thing I can say for sure is that the more attention given to these issues the better, an open and public dialogue can only serve as a catalyst for positive change as we move forward. As a councillor in the Town of Torbay I feel that it is my responsibility to be a positive role model and be a representative for the entire community regardless of their sexual orientation or which gender that identify as. I am glad that our community is becoming a leader in our province for showing support for LGBT people and I hope it continues.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Torbay Public Library Reopening in its New Location - Today March 25

As many residents the area would know the Torbay Public Library has been in the process of moving from their old location at town hall to a new location.

I am happy to say that the library has been successfully moved to its new location across the street from Town Hall at 1339C Torbay Rd. I have been told that pictures of the new location have been circulated to all other Eastern Division libraries and library board and feedback has been positive.

I have yet to visit the new location but judging from the pictures it appears to be a very nice space for families and children.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Thank You Torbay and Thank you Tommy Hall

As most people have heard Tommy Hall has resigned his seat on Torbay Council. Tommy asked me to post this thank you letter on his behalf and share it with all of you. 

I would just like to say on a personal note that Tommy will be missed on council and certainly grew into the position over the last year and a half. Tommy and I were both new to the council scene and I can attest to the fact that sometimes the workload can be daunting and you can't just turn it off when you walk out of town hall. Tommy brought a lot of new ideas to the table and was incredibly enthusiastic and thought long and hard about issues facing the town.

Some of the issues we deal with stay with you constantly as you weigh the pros and cons of decision you have made or one that you will have to make. The position requires a lot of time and commitment and when you feel that in your own opinion that you can't be as dedicated as you want to it makes it tough. I completely understand Tommy's decision and support him 100% and wish him the best as he moves on with new challenges in his life. I am sure we will hear from Tommy on occasion as there are some very important issues he was advocating for while on council and I have no doubt that will continue. I just want to say thank you to Tommy for his service to our community.

My name is Tommy Hall and in 2013, I was fortunate to be elected as a town councillor in our beautiful community of Torbay. This was a true highlight of my life and it meant so much to be given the opportunity to represent my fellow residents.
Recently my wife, Lindsay, and I celebrated the birth of our first child, a baby girl, Savannah. Family has always been my first priority and I am blessed for having both Lindsay and Savannah in my life.   While Mom and baby are on the mend, there are some continuing medical issues for both.  My family's well being will always be my priority, in particular at this critical time.
After a great deal of thought, sleepless nights and ultimately, sadness and regret, I have decided to resign as a Torbay town councillor.  I must put my focus on my family at this time.
I first considered taking a temporary leave of absence rather than resigning.  However, after further examination of this option, I felt it would be in the best interest of Torbay residents that I not hold up the council agenda with an indefinite leave of absence as councillor.
I am extremely proud to be a resident of the Torbay community.  Please accept my sincere thanks and gratitude for your support and allowing me to represent you as a town councillor.  While I will no longer be acting as a town councillor, I will continue to serve our community to the best of my ability.
Tommy Hall