The Month That Was – January 1935

January 11, 1935, The Oshawa Daily Times
Don’t Expect Too Much
There is a tendency on the part of many citizens, when there are changes in the personnel of public bodies, to expect great things from the new-elected members. There seems to be a feeling of that kind in Oshawa at present, as a result of the election of four new members to the Oshawa city council. Some citizens are expecting the 1935 council to work miracles in the way of reducing taxation and making conditions generally more favorable.

Those citizens who are expecting such drastic improvements are going to be doomed to disappointment. The position of Oshawa today is such that its income is ear-marked before it is collected. There are certain obligations to be met, apart entirely from debenture payments, which cannot be evaded. There are certain services to be maintained, and they have to be paid for. And a majority of the members of the 1935 council have pledged themselves to a relief policy which will certainly have the effect of increasing expenditures in that direction.

The 1935 council is composed of men who are honest and sincere in their intentions to do their very best for the city and its taxpayers. But the limits within which they are allowed to work are circumscribed by the statutes, and their powers are limited. They are not miracle men. They cannot achieve the impossible. They can but do their best, as we are confident that they will, to improve the city’s position.

January 11, 1935, The Oshawa Daily Times
Take Steps to Prevent Scarlet Fever Epidemic

Bowmanville, Jan. 11 – In view of scarlet fever epidemics in several other municipalities Dr. W. H. Birks and the local board of health are taking every step to avoid an epidemic in Bowmanville.

Invitations are being sent out to parents to have their children immunized against the disease by the use of anti-toxin. Parents are being asked to sing a statement permitting the medical officer to carry out the work and are being invited to attend the immunization of their children. Each child will be given five doses of anti-toxin at intervals of one week.

In this manner Dr. Birks expressed the belief that an epidemic now and in the future could be prevented. Bowmanville has been particularly successful with diphtheria toxoid, there having been no cases of this disease here in several years.

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January 11, 1935, The Oshawa Daily Times
Gradually Going Dry
As a result of the votes which have taken place in various municipalities on the question of beverage rooms, it is apparent that the temperance sentiment of the people is making it felt. On Monday last, there were votes in twenty municipalities. Of these, twenty voted against beverage rooms and eight in favor of retaining them. In all, since the beer parlor legislation became effective, there have been votes in 42 municipalities. Of these, 20 have voted “dry” and in only 18 have the “wets” been victorious. In only four municipalities has there been a straight majority in favor of beer parlors, but since a three-fifths vote is required to vote a municipality “dry”, the results have been as given above.

These figures should be encouraging to the forces of temperance. They are slowly but surely gaining ground in their battle against the open sale of beer in beverage rooms, with all its attendant abuses. It would seem that it is their duty to continue the fight, because, as time goes on, public opinion is bound to become more and more against the beer parlors, and they will eventually work their own destruction.

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January 18, 1935, The Oshawa Courier
Coal Dealers Discuss Proposed Regulations
Physical Impossibility to Weigh All Coal and Coke Delivered in Oshawa Over One Scale – Are Not Worrying Over Outcome – Price Would Advance to Consumers.

During the past week The Courier has made a point of interviewing a majority of the larger fuel dealers in this city with a view to obtaining their reaction as a body to the proposal now before the City Council that a by-law be enacted which will make it compulsory for all coal and coke delivered in Oshawa to be first weighed over the city’s scales, and the result is most interesting.

In the first place not a single coal dealer in the city expressed himself as being definitely against the bylaw because of the effect it would be likely to have on his own business.

As one dealer expressed it – “we are not worrying. Any sensible man can see that such a by-law is quite impracticable in Oshawa, and even if it was put into force the only real result would be an advance price to the ultimate consumer.”

Several of the dealers pointed out that it is, in their opinion, a physical impossibility to weigh all the coal and coke delivered here, on a fairly busy day, over one scale, adding that the proposed by-law would at least entail the establishment of two other scales suth of King Street.

On the whole the impression gained from the dealers was, undoubtedly, that the scheme will be found quite unpractical when details are discussed by the members of the city council. In any event they are not worrying one way or the other.

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January 18, 1935, The Oshawa Courier
No one can be truly healthy unless he enjoys health of both mind and body. We have minds and we have bodies, but these are not separated the one from the other; rather do they work together, either helping or hampering the individual in doing his best.

Health is the condition when all parts of the body are working together in harmony. If the harmony is lost, ill-health follows, and where there is actual discord, we have disease, our own personal happiness and our usefulness depend, in large measure, upon our health which to repeat, means health of mind and body.

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January 18, 1935, The Oshawa Courier

Permanent employees of the different civic departments; officials, police, firemen, and other indispensable men and women, are taking steps to lay a request before the City Council to the effect that reduction in salaries put into effect in the interests of economy a few years ago, be either cancelled or reconsidered.

Since these reductions were deemed necessary the cost of living has increased by a large percentage, and the result is that many of the civic employees find themselves and their dependents on the standard of living to which they have become accustomed and can justly except.

Civic employees have, it is felt, borne more than their fair share of this city’s burdens during the past three years, and many of them feel that they are now entitled to seek some redress.

January 18, 1935, The Oshawa Courier
What’s needed is less change in the weather, and more in our pockets.

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