Ajax Ride 4 Youth- My Questions

March 17th, 2015

Each year Councillor Renrick Ashby (He has earned his own category now) has a charity ride Ajax Ride 4 Youth and this charity ride is to raise funds for scholarships at UOIT .  This ride has been in place since 2008 but according to the Canada Revenue Website The Ajax Ride for Youth was registered as it’s own charity foundation in 2012.

Why did it only become a registered charity in 2012? All my questions are being sent to the contact for Ajax Ride for Youth, Melody Ashby for response before this blog is posted.  — Please see the response below, it was received today at 4:53 pm.  It does not directly answer my questions so if you have any, please take your questions to Renrick as well.  I had emailed the Foundation contact who is Melody Ashby but I have also sent an email to Renrick directly.

The first year there is information on durhamregion.com about how the funds were distributed.
Proceeds from last year’s ride helped two families in need in the community. As well, funds went towards $2,000 scholarships for two local students heading to the University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

How were the funds handled in the years before 2012?  - Bursaries for UOIT it does appear.

The years 2009, 2010 and 2011 are promoted on durhamregion.com but there is no mention of the amount raised for the scholarships.

This is the website http://ajaxride4youth.com/index.htm  in 2012 and 2013 $3000 was donated to UOIT for scholarships each year.

When you go to the CRA website and look up from the charity number Registration no.: 849913702RR0001 the following information is available.



effective date of status2012-09-14

2012 Year .

Receipted donations $6,875 (100%)

Charitable program $124 (4%)
Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $3,000 (96%)

The difference is $3,875.00   Where is this amount allocated to?

2013 Year

Receipted donations $4,100 (99%)
Gifts from other charities $61 (1%)
Total revenue: $4,161


Gifts to other registered charities and qualified donees $3,000 (40%)
Other $4,436 (60%)

  • Total expenses: $7,436
  • The description of the Expense classified as Other is this.

    Professional and consulting fees

    $4,068  –

    My question to the Foundation is an explanation of the Professional and Consulting fees and for a one day ride why they are so high?
    $3000 was in the photographed cheque.

    2014 has not been filed yet but the ride did take place and again it states an even $3000 was donated to UOIT Scholarships. This is just information and my questions, nothing more.

     Melody Ashby , contact for Ride 4 Youth:

    Thank you for your queries regarding the Ajax Ride 4 Youth.

    While the inception of the ride and the agreement with UOIT was an
    initiative of Renrick Ashby, it was decided that he would not have any
    direct connection to the ride. It was set up this way deliberately so
    that the ride could continue to raise funds and provide financial
    support indefinitely to students who demonstrate need. We have a
    longstanding agreement with UOIT to pay for 2 bursaries each year and
    wish to be able to continue our partnership for many years to come.

    As your focus appears to be Mr. Ashby, I respectfully decline to discuss
    matters of the ride. Our foundation has been scrutinized by the CRA
    since its inception and they have no issues with it and has shown that
    by granting us charity status.

    Melody Ashby




    Renrick Ashby article in Toronto Star

    March 16th, 2015

    Here is a link to the Star article, it is online now and probably in print tomorrow.


    New Category - Municipal Election 2014

    September 11th, 2014

    I have not been paying attention for a while so I am not going to come out here with guns blazing on anything.  I have a new category called Municipal Election 2014.

    I have sent an inquiry about space for a debate.  I want to host ward 3 because I was realigned into it and Ward 2 as I am very close to it being north of the 401 plus invite the Mayoral candidates.

    If there is room I will invite the ward 1 and 4 candidates.

    I am not running,  I am not endorsing any one candidate , I am not working on any candidates election.

    I don’t remember a lot of things I posted in the last 4 years but if I said them, I will stand behind them.

    So what are the main issues for you?

    Do I sill have readers?

    The interests I had before were Open Data and Participatory Budgeting so these are two areas I still have an interest in.   I need to check in on the status of streaming council meetings as the quest for Hansard style minutes is fruitless.

    Newmarket - Maddie’s Di Muccio’s Struggles

    December 8th, 2013

    Maddie Di Muccio is a Councillor in Newmarket, she was a panelist on my Municipalooza and talked about Councillor transparency.

    I don’t know what is going on in Newmarket but I am posting her letter and if anyone comes across it and has friends in the Newmarket area, send the info to them.

    Here are her words.

    Maddie writes a column in the Toronto Sun as well.  She is a very passionate woman in local Politics.

    If you follow me on twitter when the new post alert comes out, please retweet it as well.

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    Avastin for Milton Woman - She is owed!

    November 4th, 2013

    I just wanted to post this note on this issue. 

    The woman in Milton has the same type of Brain Cancer as my husband.  

    If someone takes Chemotherapy in a pill form it is treated as a prescription.  Thankfully my husband has benefits and so do I to cover the rest.

    If this woman has private insurance they have been paying for her treatments.  She no doubt has had a few years of Temodal and other Chemo via a prescription.  No cost to OHIP.

    If you have chemotherapy via an injection in a hospital , OHIP covers it.

    So in a nutshell,  OHIP get’s off easy on Brain Cancer treatments because it is a pill.  Trillium fund will help those that don’t have coverage but it could be income dependant.  The woman lives in Milton so I assume poverty is not an issue.  

    I think OHIP should cover some treatments for her becaues they may not have had to cover her past chemotherapies.

    Hundres of Thousands of dollars have not been paid by OHIP for Chemo treatments for Brain Cancer patients because they take it at home from a pill.   

    Seems fair to me. 

    My absence from blog

    September 2nd, 2013

    I had another email regarding where I have been.

    My last blog post was in April just before Municipalooza , which was a great event even though not as many people attended that I would like but those that were there got a lot out of it and at some point I would like to do one again.

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    Municipalooza! Tuesday April 16th !!!!! Free Forum,

    April 13th, 2013

    First in a Series of speaker forums focusing on Topics from a Municipal level point of view.

    Tuesday April 16th -  Rotary Room in Ajax Library
    55 Harwood Avenue South
    Ajax, Ontario

    I am very happy all speakers are confirmed for Municipalooza Tuesday April 16th
    Doors open at 6pm - Panel begins 6:30 event ends 8:30 pm.

    Kelly Guthrie Community Engagement Coordinator  from the City of Guelph will be sharing her knowledge of Participatory Budgeting as a concept and how the City of Guelph uses this to engage citizens”
    Kelly has spoken about this topic on CBC radio in the past.

    Maddie Di Muccio , Councillor Town of Newmarket, Regular Columnist  Toronto Sun  will talk about Council Transparency.

    Joey Coleman , - Is Canada’s first crowdfunded journalist. Based in Hamilton, Joey covers all municipal government and board meetings, responds to reader inquiries at all hours, and livestreams from breaking news events. Prior to breaking out on his own, Joey worked for Maclean’s and The Globe and Mail. A nerd at heart, Joey is a leader in Hamilton’s Open Data movement believing that journalism is not gatekeeping, but gate-opening.
    The topic of Joey’s talk is entitled “Building an Open Data ecosystem for all to access, not just elites”

    How do we build open data so it is accessible to all citizens and not just those with specialized skills such as information management or coding? In Hamilton, municipal open data is being implemented because of advocacy among neighbourhood associations and community groups, not solely from the developer community, with the goal of ensuring all citizens can use open data.

    It’s a unique partnership - what does it mean for open data, open government, and civic engagement?
    Join this discussion as we explore the question.

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    Public Meetings- All Durham Local Councils updated

    April 13th, 2013


    This is updated, all links tested.   Some websites are screaming for an intervention.

    The pages are on the right side navigation down near the bottom.

    The website from the Region is also a monster of a site as well.

    Councillor link to Websites and social media

    April 11th, 2013

    Here is a link to a new page — All pages are down the right navigation pane.


    The Town of Ajax does not link to election websites or candidate websites , I think this is a mistake.  As long as all have equal opportunity the Town should support it and provide links to webpages.

    The Town must have increased their Councillor Communication budget as some have Town Hall meetings regularly.

    Current Ajax Councillors 2010-2014 Term

    April 11th, 2013

    The current Ajax Councillors are:

    Ward 1: Marilyn Crawford

    Ward 2: Renrick Ashby

    Regional Councillor Ward 1 and 2: Shaun Collier

    Ward 3: Joanne Dies

    Ward 4: Patricia(Pat) Brown

    Regional Councillor Ward 3 and 4: Colleen Jordan

    Mayor of Ajax: Steve Parish

    I will add a page that links to their websites for resident communication.