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Insurance letter with town logo causes confusion Derek Dunn

A Town of Arnprior-backed letter encouraging homeowners to purchase insurance for their sewer line is the cause of some confusion. Winter a few years ago had the municipality hearing from about 13 owners whose water-out pipes broke. The owners in many cases were stuck paying thousands of dollars to repair the sewer pipe from their home to the town’s main at the road. The town doesn’t cover that cost.

However, council hoped for a better solution. It held off on welcoming a private company endorsed by the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. That company, Service Line Warranties of Canada (SLWC), sends letters out with a given municipality’s recommendation and logo, offering insurance to cover that portion of the pipe. It costs $61 per year. Arnprior held off until other municipalities reported back on the number of owners that took up the offer, along with any potential problems. Fastforward to Jan. 22 when town economic develop-

ment officer Lindsay Wilson issued a press release to say the letter is going out. “Homeowners can spend from hundreds of dollars up to $3,900 to repair or replace a broken, clogged or leaking sewer line on their property,” reads the release, “and that can be hard on a household budget.” It suggests a partnership but then notes, in bold, that SLWC is an “independent company” separate from the town. See LETTER, page 2

The Renfrew detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is continuing the investigation into a single-vehicle collision on Highway 17 east of Gillan Road in Renfrew on Monday Jan. 29 at 12:07 p.m. Initial reports indicated the driver of the pick-up truck suffered minor injuries and was transported to hospital by Renfrew County paramedics. The injuries were upgraded to serious and the male was transferred to a trauma unit. The male driver died in hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 30. The driver has been identified as Donald Dykens, aged 63, of Arnprior. The driver was westbound on Highway 17 passing Gillan Road when for unknown reason the pick-up truck he was operating accelerated and left the roadway travelling approximately 200 meters off the roadway through the north ditch before striking a tree. Police suspect a medical emergency may have caused the collision. Police have examined the vehicle for mechanical issues, and have spoken to several witnesses. Provincial Const. Amedeo JeanLouis is leading the investigation with assistance from Technical Collision Investigators (TCI). If you witnessed the collision or have any information that may assist police please contact the Renfrew OPP at 613-432-3211.


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The McNab/Braeside Firefighters Association hosts its fifth annual fundraising gala, Boots and Bling, this Saturday, Feb. 10 at St. John Chrysostom Parish Hall in Arnprior. Tickets are $50 for the event and doors will open at 6 p.m. The event includes dinner catered by Krave Bistro and entertainment by Roadhouse and features a live and silent auction, a photo booth and more. Tickets are available at Mel’s Flowers, Bosa Cabinets, MacPherson Plumbing and Heating and Spa 49 or call 613-290-2017 or 613-286-0884.

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Some municipalities, such as Hamilton’s, took a five per cent cut of profits. When Arnprior signed on, council flatly rejected the money. The town recommending a specific company puts off some homeowners. Town treasurer and client services manager Jennifer Morawiec said AMO has vetted the company and use of the town logo is heavily restricted. Asked if the letter is misleading because it doesn’t say the pipe is covered in at least some house insurance policies, Morawiec suggested the town didn’t want to get into details in the letter. “We can’t provide advice. We

are not promoting anything,” she said. “If people want to consider it, they will make their own decision.” Matt Mulvihill of J.P. Mulvihill & Son Insurance has fielded calls on the letter. He recommends contacting your provider to find out if the external pipe is covered. He wouldn’t guess at how many homes in town are already covered because every company offers a different policy. SLWC won’t cover in-house water damage caused by a broken pipe, he said. Will its policy cover landscaping replacement? How long must an owner lockin? Will a local plumbing company do repairs? These are a few questions Mulvihill has.

“The letter’s very confusing. It’s very bizarre,” he said. “I don’t know why the town didn’t approach us or McDougall’s or somebody just to clarify things. Because we’re getting the calls.” The letter doesn’t define highrisk homes: older places with clay pipes and trees with deep roots. It isn’t clear which homes in town got the letter either, whether older ones were avoided and new ones – those less likely to file a claim – targeted. It is certain the town didn’t breach privacy to provide the company with a list of addresses. “Absolutely not,” Morawiec said. “They purchased a mailing list independent of us.” Mayor David Reid said the

letter is not meant as a substitute for the contract. People need to do their own due diligence, he said. “It’s not mandatory at all. It’s an optional program,” Reid said. “And I think we need to give people the benefit of the doubt. We need to give homeowners credit for making their own decisions. We are not making decisions for anybody.” Reid heard from two residents who asked if the letter was a scam. Morawiec said the town also heard the same question. She also heard from “a lot” who said they were going to sign up and are happy the municipality issued the letter.

St. Joseph’s high school granted an expansion The Renfrew County Catholic District School Board (RCCDSB) is pleased to announce that funding has been approved for an addition to St. Joseph’s High School and the replacement of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Elementary School in Renfrew. The Arnprior Chronicle-Guide has learned the ministry is providing $13.7 million to support the two projects.

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The projects should take more than four years as they are fairly big endeavours. The addition to St. Joseph’s will alleviate overcrowding that has necessitated the use of seven portable classrooms and conversion of the library into extra cafeteria space. The plan allows for additional classroom spaces and retrofitting the learning commons area and cafeteria.

The ministry has also given the board approval to allocate some of its surplus funds to the construction of a double gymnasium. St. Joseph’s principal Brennan Trainor was delighted with the news, noting: “Our student, staff and parent community has been understanding of the issues that have come with our growth and have also advocated for some longer-term solutions.”

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Home health care provider under fire in southern Renfrew county Concerned parent Murray MacDonald accuses ParaMed of missing many home visits, endangering clients Derek Dunn

A home health care services provider is facing accusations that it is putting profit ahead of patient safety. ParaMed, a private company, is paid by the province through Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) to visit homes such as Murray MacDonald’s in Renfrew. He says his special needs daughter is to receive medication at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. However, ParaMed has been late or missed visits entirely so often that he’s had to pay for a backup to stand on call. “It’s unbelievable. This is a tragedy,” MacDonald said. “We are getting missed twice a week, and I’m getting it better than others because I know to complain.” MacDonald said the personal support workers (PSWs) tell him they are doubleor even triple booked and told to deal with their schedules as best they can. ParaMed refused an interview to address specific allegations but did email a general response. The Toronto-based company takes appropriate measures to ensure PSWs get to visits, reads the email by Champlain Region District Director Emma Tibbo, yet admits to instances when that doesn’t happen. It blames a labour shortage and growing client list. “(T)he community home health sector is


Murray MacDonald and his daughter Judy are fed up with ParaMed, the company that visits twice a day to administer her medication. They want fewer missed or late visits, or a systemic change by the government.

experiencing a province-wide shortage of trained Personal Support Workers,” Tibbo wrote. “As the population continues to age and the clients to whom we provide care and services become more complex, there will be an even greater demand from the system for health human resources.” She cited privacy for not addressing MacDonald’s situation, even though he openly discusses it. He also largely dismissed the shortage of PSWs. He said they are overworked and therefore go on stress leave or quit. Although other companies provide the same services, he is unaware if they see similar staff turnover. MacDonald is also a volunteer driver with Renfrew and Area Seniors Home Support. He visits the home of elderly people and takes them to medical appointments. So he sees a lot of people in the run of a day. Not long ago he was visiting with a stroke patient in a wheelchair who is always trying to stand up. They were waiting for ParaMed to arrive. MacDonald had another appointment and had to leave; the patient’s wife was at work. ParaMed never arrived, he said, or phoned ahead to explain. “What’s it going to take: death?” he said. “You have cancer patients waiting for days. I come home crying at nights. These things happen day after day to these dear souls.” MacDonald is careful to not blame the

PSWs. They are well-trained professionals with great compassion, he said, but are being overworked. “I believe the home care service in our area is in critical condition,” he wrote. MacDonald said an office worker for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski helps those who are struggling. But the provincial government has to inject more money or make dramatic changes to the system. Editor’s note: See this story at for the letters from both Tibbo and MacDonald.

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Hospice director injured in highway crash near Renfrew Sherry Haaima

The executive director of Hospice Renfrew is recovering at home following a collision on Monday, Jan. 29, involving the vehicle she was driving and a transport truck. Renfrew OPP reported Feb. 1 that the transport driver has been charged in the collision that injured Maureen SullivanBentz of Arnprior. “At 4:48 p.m. Const. Brown (lead investigator) arrived on scene at Highway 17 and O’Brien Road. Two vehicles were involved in the collision, a transport truck and a small car. The driver of the car suffered injuries and was transported to hospital by Renfrew County Paramedics,” notes an OPP press release. “She’s sore and she has whiplash so she’ll be off work for a week,” said hospice administra-

MAUREEN SULLIVAN-BENTZ tive assistant Helen McGregor, adding that Sullivan-Bentz is banged up but hopeful she’ll be back in action soon. “The investigation revealed

the driver of the car was eastbound on Highway 17 and had the right of way with a green light at the intersection,” notes the release. “The transport was travelling westbound and attempted to turn left onto O’Brien Road. He also had a green light, but did not have the right of way.” The transport driver, Yamaikol Salas-Soriano of Scarborough, was charged with making a left turn-fail to afford reasonable opportunity to avoid a collision, Sec. 141 (5) of the Highway Traffic Act. Emergency officials responded to a crash at the same location Feb. 1. In that incident, one driver suffered minor injuries and did not require transportation to hospital. Eastbound lanes were closed for a short period of time, as was the O’Brien Road on-ramp to the eastbound Highway 17.

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Mayor balks at proposed HST hike Derek Dunn

An influential body representing Ontario’s 444 local governments wants a one per cent increase to the province’s sales tax. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is asking members to back its idea to generate revenue for dealing with the province’s crumbling infrastructure. It addressed town council through a short video at the regular meeting on Jan. 29. But it didn’t go over well with at least one member of council, Mayor David Reid, who listed several counterpoints and is drafting a letter to AMO. Raising the HST to 14 per cent would still keep it one below where it was, AMO spokesperson Matt Wilson argued, before the former Conservative government of Stephen Harper dropped it in a controversial move a few years back. He pointed out the infrastructure gap for Ontario municipalities is at $4.8 billion every year. That’s why AMO undertook extensive consultations with various stakeholders, including local governments, and came up with 44 options. The best, he said, is to raise the HST by one per cent to provide $2.5 billion per year for spending on roads, sewers and other services. The next best option, which AMO rejects, is to raise property taxes by eight per cent per year for 10 years. But Ontario already pays the highest property taxes in Canada, Wilson noted, at it would mean an owner paying $3,000 in 2015 would pay $6,690 in 2025. He also cited several polls that agree with raising the HST approach. The extra money for infrastructure would

be welcome in municipalities such as McNab/ Braeside which is hiking taxes substantially to replace aging buildings. That is not the case in Arnprior. While Reid admits many local governments kept taxes “artificially low” and delayed much needed infrastructure spending, the HST increase is not the answer. “I was initially in favour and saw this as the magic pill to solve all the problems,” he said. “Now I have a lot of questions.” He said the federal government lowered the HST to stimulate the economy. Raising it would “run counter” to that. He also said raising the HST would disproportionately harm the poor and those on fixed incomes. Much of their spending is on disposable items like utilities and food, which include HST. Reid said more spending can be freed up by reducing duplicate costs and red tape. He also disagrees with public sector wages that demand parity between those in high cost-of-living places like Toronto with low cost-of-living places like Renfrew County. Savings could be found by paying people based, in part, on where they live. He also said municipalities can’t plan properly because they don’t know what revenues will be from year to year. The old funding formula saw upper tier governments send lump sums of money down to be used as council’s saw fit. Today, much of the funding is in the form of grants that can be won or lost depending on how paperwork is filled out, if expensive studies are completed, and more. Reeve Walter Stack is also against the HST hike, agreeing with Reid’s point about the grant formula. Council is waiting to hear staff’s opinion on AMO’s position. Reid’s letter will be submitted to council before being released to the public.

The Town of Arnprior is currently inviting applications from qualified candidates for a variety of vacancies: • Public Works Supervisor • Summer Student positions (28 varying opportunities - full-time hours) • Seasonal Marina Dockhands (full-time) • Seasonal Parks Maintenance (full-time) • Program Staff –Recreation (casual/part-time) • March Break Program Coordinator – Museum (short-term) For more information about the opportunities and how to submit an application please visit the Town’s website at For further inquiries please contact Laura Garbuio, Human Resources Officer at or (613) 623-1821.

Sens Rink Survey Council of the Town of Arnprior has supported, in principle, a proposal to construct a Sens Rink within the Town of Arnprior. The Rink would be a 200’ x 85’ outdoor rink equipped with permanent boards and overhead lighting (6 lamp posts). There will be a concrete pad under the ice to allow for the surface to be used year round for other sports including basketball with nets. The capital construction costs, other than for the overhead lighting, would be obtained from fundraising donations and/or in-kind donation of materials/services. The donations are planned to be obtained by the Sens Foundation and their community partners, the Arnprior Optimist Club and M. Sullivan & Son Limited. The land must be provided or arranged by the Town. Part of the ‘agreement’ with the Sens Foundation is that the Town will assume responsibility and associated costs for year-round recreational programming and maintenance of the Sens Rink. The Town has identified two potential options for the location of a Sens Rink. While there are pros and cons related to each location, there are also costs associated with running the facility based on the proposed locations. More detailed background information can be found at, on the second floor at Town Hall, 105 Elgin Street West, Arnprior, Ontario, or by contacting Robin Paquette, Town Planner, at 613-623-4231 ext. 1827 or All Arnprior residential taxpayers will be receiving a letter inserted into their February tax bill with an individualized personal identification number (PIN). If you do not receive a PIN or require additional PINs for other eligible voters from your household, please contact Town Hall at 613-623-4231 ext. 1819. Once you have received your PIN please follow the instructions below to access the survey. We need your input.

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February 12, 6:30 pm – Development Charges Public Meeting and Regular Meeting of Council February 20, 5:00 pm – Special Council Meeting, Budget Deliberations February 21, 5:00 pm – Special Council Meeting, Budget Deliberations (if required) Arnprior Chronicle-Guide - Thursday, February 8, 2018 5

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Municipal Matters February 8, 2018

UpcoMing coUncil Meetings

tenDer no. 18-10 – entranceWay signage

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – Council Tuesday, March 6, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – Council

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February 19, 2018

garbage & recycling collection

There will be NO changes to the garbage and recycling collection during the week of February 19, 2018.

Quotes must be completed on the prescribed form and returned in a sealed envelope, clearly marked: Tender No. 18-10 – Entranceway Signage Attention: Diane Smithson, CAO Municipality of Mississippi Mills 3131 Old Perth Road P.O. Box 400 Almonte, ON. K0A 1A0 Tenders will be received until 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Tenders will be publicly opened at the Municipal Office immediately following tender closing at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

notice open HoUses concerning proposeD oFFicial plan aMenDMent no. 21 (FiVe year coMMUnity oFFicial plan reVieW) TAKE NOTICE that the Council of the Municipality of Mississippi Mills will hold Open Houses pursuant to Sections 17(16) and 17(17) of the Planning Act, respecting the Municipality’s Five Year Community Official Plan Review.

The purpose of the Open Houses is to provide the public with the opportunity to review and ask questions about the information and material, including a copy of the current proposed plan, with representatives of the Municipality in an informal setting.


TIMES 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 29, 2018 Almonte ON K0A 1A0



Almonte Old Town Hall Auditorium, Policies impacting 14 Bridge Street, Almonte Almonte Ward and Subdivisions Clayton Community Centre, Policies impacting Rural 147 Linn Bower Ln, Clayton, ON K0A 1P0 / Hamlets / Natural Heritage System / Environment Stewart Community Centre, 112 MacFarlane St., Pakenham ON K0A 1A0

For further information, please contact Diane Smithson, CAO at 613-256-2064 Ext. 225 or by email at dsmithson@

2018 interiM taX notice

The 2018 interim tax bills have been mailed and are due Tuesday, February 27, 2018. Please note that the tax rates for 2018 have not yet been set, therefore the interim bill is calculated at 40% of 2017 tax rates. If you own property in the Municipality of Mississippi Mills and did not receive a tax bill please contact the Municipal Office at 613-256-2064.

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Supply R.E.C.E. Teacher Supply Assistant Teacher Interested candidates are invited to submit a resume and cover letter outlining the position they are applying for and their qualifications. Thank you to all who apply, but only those applicants selected for an interview will be acknowledged. Please submit resume to the attention of:


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The Municipality reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders or accept all or any part thereof.

Policies impacting Agriculture

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Almonte Community Centre, A general session for questions Upper Hall, 182 Bridge St., pertaining to any policies within the Community Official Plan

Section 26(1) of the Planning Act, requires that official plans be reviewed and updated not less frequently than every five years. The Municipality of Mississippi Mills’present Community Official Plan was adopted by Council December 13, 2005 and approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing August 29, 2006. The Mississippi Mills Community Official Plan Five Year Review will update and refine the goals, objectives, policies and schedules of the existing Community Official Plan in keeping with Provincial Policies and the Planning Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter P.13, as amended by the Planning and Conservation Land Statute Law Amendment Act, 2006.

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QUote For VeHicle KroWn 2018

Sealed quotes on forms supplied by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Roads and Public Works Department will be received by the Director of Roads and Public Works, at the Municipal Office located at 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte until 12:00pm local time, on February 22, 2018 for the “Municipality of Mississippi Mills – Vehicle Krown 2018”. To obtain a copy of the quote form email chartwick@

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Facility Operator (part-time seasonal) Resumes should be submitted to the following on or before Thursday February 8th, 2018 at 4:00 p.m to: Calvin Murphy, Recreation Manager, The Municipality of Mississippi Mills

A key map is not provided as the Official Plan Amendment applies to the entire Municipality of Mississippi Mills.

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A copy of the plan amendment and information and material is available to the public for inspection at the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, Building and Planning Department, 3131 Old Perth Road, Mississippi Mills Public Library, Almonte Branch, 155 High Street, Almonte, and Pakenham Branch, 128 MacFarlane Street, Pakenham.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION about this matter, including information about preserving your appeal rights, contact the Municipality of Mississippi Mills, 3131 Old Perth Road, P.O. Box 400, Almonte, Ontario K0A 1A0; Ph. (613) 256-2064 Fax (613) 256-4887 Website: Dated at Mississippi Mills this 2nd day of February, 2018. Diane Smithson, B. Comm, Dipl.M.M., CMO Chief Administrative Officer Municipality of Mississippi Mills 6 Arnprior Chronicle-Guide - Thursday, February 8, 2018

Please visit The Mississippi Mills website at to obtain a copy of the job description for this position that outline key responsibilities and working conditions, please contact the Recreation and Culture Department at 613-2561077 Ext: 24 for further questions. The hourly range for the Recreation Facility/Arena Operator (Part-Time seasonal) is a five step pay scale between $21.65/ hour -$24.49/hour.

Paramedics servicing Ottawa Ambulances bypass Arnprior to spend hours in city Tiffany Lepack

On Monday, Feb. 5, numerous Renfrew County Paramedics (RCP) were assisting their neighbours in Ottawa – more than 100 kilometres away – putting a major strain on local resources.. This caused paramedics to be diverted from a pedestrian hit by a vehicle in Arnprior, and while his injuries were not serious, the county’s top paramedic says the issue is. “We quite literally have paramedics driving by their own residents in Arnprior because they have already been committed to an emergency call in Ottawa 100 kilometres away,” said paramedic chief Mike Nolan. The county paramedic service put all transfers on hold until emergency coverage was restored. The service had six units in Ottawa for a period of time and Lanark County had three units in the city. Nolan says things returned to normal at about 11:30 a.m. but they were still very busy trying to keep their medics in Renfrew County. Nolan had even instructed community paramedics to respond to emergency 911 calls. “(The City of Ottawa) is at a level zero,” said Nolan. “All subsequent calls will be the responsibility of neighbouring municipalities.”

As to why this is happening he attributes it to a combination of factors. “Motor vehicle collisions, off-load delays at the hospitals and an overall lack of resources from the City of Ottawa,” said Nolan. “This puts a significant strain on our calls.” Renfrew Reeve Peter Emon, who sits as a member of County Council, was not speaking for the county, but was concerned by the amount of paramedics going into Ottawa. “For a number of reasons, we can’t meet our own service goals and there is an ongoing drain of services and at some point that wears out the system,” said Emon. On Twitter, Emon said the city just wants to maintain their two per cent budget increase but neglect their community need. “When you artificially set a rate and don’t objectively take a look at services, this is a prime example of what this is,” said Emon. He wants the Ministry of Health to impress on Ottawa that they need to conduct a study on how to effectively manage their fleet. “We (county) have had problems over the last two years with paramedics being drawn to the city, and they should be funded by the city,” said Emon. “They should ensure they have enough paramedics and they have shown consistently they are unable to do that.” He supports the neighbours helping each other but not so one receives a higher rate of service.

MUNICIPALITY OF MISSISSIPPI MILLS 2018 Surface Treatment Program CONTRACT No. 18-02 The work included within this contract shall include pulverizing, grading and surface treatment of Part A - Concession 12, Pakenham, from Kinburn Side Road, traveling Southerly 2,950m ending 120m North of Needham Side Road, in the Ward of Pakenham, Part B – Concession 12 Pakenham, From 1,440m South of Needham Side Road, 1,690m Southerly to Panmure Road and Part C – McArton Road, From Appleton Side Road, 2,900m Easterly to Golden Line road. It should be noted that Part C is a shared costing project, and is provisional based on budgetary approval by Beckwith Township. SEALED TENDERS on forms supplied by the Municipality of Mississippi Mills Roads and Public Works Department will be received by the CAO, at the Municipal Office located at 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte until 1:30pm local time, on February 22, 2018 for the “Tender for Municipality of Mississippi Mills, 2018 Surface Treatment Program – Contract No. 18-02”. Tenders will be opened in public at the Municipal Office building immediately following the tender closing. To receive a copy of the tender document please email For further information please contact; Cory Smith Roads and Public Works Technologist Telephone: (613) 256-2064 x 229 Facsimile: (613) 256-4242 E-mail:

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$5000 in prizes, including a $3000 Super Jackpot The bingo event consists of the following: 9 regular games, 3 special games, a mini-jackpot ($500), bonanza game and the super-jackpot game ($3000)

Thank you to the following businesses and organizations who have sponsored individual games: Rotary Club of Arnprior, Boyce Funeral Home, A & O Auto Parts, Pilon Family Funeral Home, Edward Jones Financial, Reid Bros., Arnprior Legion, Arnprior Community Safety Partnership, Tim Horton’s - Arnprior, Ed’s Salvage and Auto Parts, Sew Inspired, Rona, Sullivan and Son Restoration, Bill Kirby - Bill Telephone, Giant Tiger - Arnprior, Northern Credit Union, Sox Plus, Valley Vision, White Lake Marina, Greg Townley - Coldwell Banker Real Estate, Arnprior Bowling Centre, 5 Span Feed and Seed, M&R Feeds, Urban Ford, Urban Sport and Quick Lane Renfrew. The Town of Arnprior donated the Nick Smith Centre for the event. Arnprior Chronicle-Guide - Thursday, February 8, 2018 7


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There’s a cultural deification of cannabis happening in Canada. The weed is touted as the cure for just about everything and suggestions there may be any downsides to its use are silenced by choruses singing its praises. A Metroland staffer, already taking prescription medication for anxiety and a sleep disorder, had her curiosity piqued by rampant claims that cannabis is a miraculous panacea for whatever ails you. She asked her doctor about switching from big pharma to medical marijuana. But the doctor refused, saying she had taken an oath to “do no harm.” While the physician was aware of all the anecdotal evidence that cannabis is the answer to myriad health problems, she just hadn’t seen the scientific proof. And she had concerns about unknown health risks. Her advice? Wait for the science. Only then would the doctor feel comfortable prescribing cannabis. And maybe that’s good advice for recreational use as well. Because the research hasn’t been done. It’s too difficult to do quality research on something that is illegal. In Canada, that barrier disappears in July. Now the science can be done and we want to see research funded from the profits our government will make

through the CCBO. Just last week the feds were patting themselves on the back announcing 14 projects to get $100,000 each in Canadian Institute of Health Research funding to look into how cannabis use will affect different populations and how use changes post-legalization. Bill Blair, federal point man for cannabis legislation, made the announcement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental health, which is appropriate. The government admits the research doesn’t exist and Blair said they’re committed to strengthening the evidence base. They plan to pony up $1.4-million, which in the world of research is little more than chump change. Much more will be needed for the kind of broad studies that will now be possible, into the good, the bad and the potential ugly. We want to see data. Track cannabis use after legalization: the health ramifications, as well as the social costs and benefits. Drug use and misuse in all forms, whether it’s too many smart cocktails, mind-numbing prescription opiate addiction or cannabis smoking, vaping or snacking, is a health issue. One that needs adequate funding to address. So we expect to see CCBO profits put into quality science, research and health care.

Sewer line insurance: something just doesn’t smell right the cost of this letter. Single sourcing a program in preference to the competitive process is rarely used but that is not the issue here. The issue is simple; (1) is there a need, (2) what is available, (3) what is the cost, and (4) what are the choices. Is there a need? How often is there a problem with the section of sewer line between your dwelling and the property line? A leading insurance company in Arnprior did a records search and found no claims for that section of sewer line repair. I recall only one incident of damage to that section of sewer line at any dwelling in the 30-plus years that I have lived here. The rate of occurrence is low so the risk is low. What is available? Service Lines Warranties of Canada (SLWC) covers only owners of single-family dwellings

whose sewer line is in good working order. Coverage is limited to sewer line only, (water out) up to a limit of $8,000 per occurrence. A standard dwelling insurance policy purchased from most sources usually includes or can include water damage from any source including sewer lines. My policy is typical. Coverage includes sewer line, (water out) and water service line, (water in) with a limit of $10,000 per occurrence. Homeowners may already have better coverage than what is being offered by SLWC. Check with your agent. What is the cost? Every business expects to make a profit for services rendered. Insurance is no exception. Costing an insurance service includes actuarial factors such as occurrence, risk, usage, age, volume, profit etc. SLWC have established a cost to the consumer for their limited plan of $5.50 per month or $61 per year. When asked about the cost of the

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To the editor: Recently, property owners in and around Arnprior received letters from the ‘Town of Arnprior’ promoting sewer line insurance. This insurance offer was introduced at a meeting in which provincial government representatives were encouraging all Ontario municipal representatives to seek constituent acceptance of the program. Arnprior Council was represented at this meeting and via this letter is now asking you to enrol in the program using the application form included in the letter. The program is offered by a private, independent, for-profit company whose corporate offices are located in the USA. The Town Of Arnprior has selected this company’s plan over all others and is asking you to enrol in the program using your tax dollars to cover

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SLWC plan, a senior member of the insurance community said this is a rich plan, meaning that it will make a lot of profit. To add perspective to his comments, consider this simplified example. The Town of Arnprior mails 4,000 (approximate number of dwellings in Arnprior) applications to property owners who all accept the offer. After one year the claimable sewer line failures is 10, (low rate, low risk). Repairs are made at the $8,000 maximum rate allowed. Premiums collected, 4000 X $61 = $244,000. Cost of repairs, 10 x $8,000 = $80,000. The difference, $164,000. I could not get a breakout cost for the water insurance only coverage for my policy, but my broker informed me that it would not exceed the SLWC rate and my insurance covered both sewer and water unlike the SLWC sewer only plan. In summary, competitively the SLWC plan is too narrow in scope, overly restrictive, and pricey. news eDitor: Sherry Haaima 613-432-3655 x42 reporter/photogrApher: Derek Dunn 1-800-884-9195 x29 DigitAl news eDitor Erin McCracken

What are the choices? For us, the property owners, it’s simple. Check with your agent to see if you already have the coverage you want. If not, add coverage that gives you peace of mind. For the Town of Arnprior, if there is a need and you really want to help property owners who don’t have coverage, consider the following. Explore establishing a group plan through the Rural Ontario Municipal Association, (ROMA) or a private competitor. Also, explore the possibility of a rider to the town insurance plan that could accommodate some homeowners. If there is profit to be made, the town, (taxpayer) or the community should have it. Otherwise, “Town of Arnprior”, the next time you make a deal that is too good to be true, believe it, it probably is. Jim Jotham Arnprior

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Letter raises questions To the editor: Sometime in January I received a letter from the Town of Arnprior trying to convince me to purchase private insurance for my sewer lines from Service Line Warranties of Canada. Well, I do detect the odour of sewage, but it ain’t coming from my pipes. Here are a just few questions that occurred to me immediately: 1. Are the mayor and/or council comfortable with essentially selling the town’s tax rolls as a mailing list to a private company? 2. Are the mayor and/or council comfortable being paid a fee to use their official letterhead to promote a private company, especially considering that some residents may be misled into thinking this is a government



Nomination candidate brings much to the table To the editor: After reading the biography of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke federal Conservative nomination candidate Michael Coates I felt it was important enough to be considered by the entire electorate of our county. To begin with I met with Mr. Coates recently for several hours, during which time I found him to be an honest, forthright and  well informed individual for whom I have great respect - and those of you who know me well over the years also know that I would never say something like this about anyone unless it were true. After speaking with Mr. Coates at length, it is my personal opinion that there has never been anyone in the history of Renfrew county politics, who brings to the table the exemplary academic credentials - the proven

service or even a mandatory one? 3. If the mayor and/or council are just peachy keen with all this, then why is there not a single actual signatory to the letter, just a vague “Sincerely, The Town of Arnprior”? 4. No, seriously. Who signed off on this? Was there even a vote? 5. Why choose an American company, and a deceptively named one at that, for this unessential service? and of course… 6. Who got paid, when, and how much? No, The Town of Arnprior, I do not want fries with that! Looking forward to the deafening silence on the issue from all our elected officials. Andrew Fogarasi

business accomplishments both here and abroad - as well as the requisite political contacts so necessary to effectively place Renfrew County on the front burner down in Ottawa. Most especially so with respect to attracting manufacturing concerns, encouraging tourism and recreation, creating new jobs, and generally improving the overall economic and development opportunities in our region. Indeed, I regard Mr. Coates as being one of the best qualified and capable individuals one could ever ask for as a parliamentary representative, and most especially so with respect to the future advancement and prosperity of our county’s citizens and their families. That being said, I want it to be clear that in no way do I propose to diminish Mrs. Cheryl Gallant of whom I

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279 Alicia St. at Norma Phone: 623-3993 Pastor Lee Dyck Sunday Service at 9:30 a.m. Awana Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. Children, Youth & Adult Ministries Visit us at:

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PENTECOSTAl glaD tiDings ChurCh Reverend Clark Young 613-623-2943 116 Baskin Drive West Sunday Service: 10:00 a.m. Children/Youth Ministries Weekly Programs


(Baptist Convention of Ont. & Que.) 135 Elgin St., Arnprior Ont. K7S 1N9 Pastor Eric Green Sunday Morning Worship 10:45 a.m. Office Phone: 613-622-1069

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Calvary Baptist ChurCh

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156 Landrigan Street, Arnprior, K7S 2S6 Phone: 613-623-4863 REGULAR SERVICE TIMES: 10:30 am: Sunday Morning Worship ....Nursery/Sunday School for all ages 6:30 pm: Sunday Evening Music Night (Last Sunday evening of the month) 7:00 pm: Wednesday Prayer & Bible Study

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Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday 9:30 a.m. 295 Albert St. 623-2282 Sunday Children’s Liturgy Bi-monthly Youth Programs Home of the Arnprior & District Food Bank

ANglICAN EMManuEl angliCan Rev Cathy McCaig 287 Harrington St., Arnprior 623-2554

Archivist of Ontario speaking at archives’ AGM Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives (AMBA) welcomes all to a historic annual general meeting on Feb. 10 at the Arnprior Public Library, starting at 1 p.m. Not only will the archives be celebrating 25 years of serving the public and showcasing their new exhibit 150 Years of Living Off the Land, but the special guest speaker will be John Roberts, archivist of Ontario. The archives is very pleased that John Roberts will be present to help celebrate this anniversary milestone. He will discuss how the Archives of Ontario supports archives across Ontario and is a vital partner in preserving family and community heritage. John is the eleventh archivist of Ontario and is also chief privacy officer for the province. His background includes the creation of

new public record-keeping legislation and the integration of governmental archives and the national library in New Zealand, as well as publications in international journals. Also at the meeting, Laurie Dougherty, AMBA’s archivist, will give a brief presentation of their Ontario 150 Project, 150 Years of Living Off the Land. This exhibit highlights how local farming and rural entrepreneurs carry on traditions that began over 150 years ago when early European settlers came to McNab Township to “live off the land.” AMBA received funding from the government of Ontario through the Ontario150 Community Celebration Program. To end the afternoon, there will be refreshments and the archives will be open for tours and viewing of displays. In 1993, after years of volunteer effort, the archives opened

Party announces Conservative nomination vote dates Conservative nominee candidate Mike Coates has been informed by party headquarters that Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25 are the two voting days the local riding nomination committee has chosen for the race to become the next federal Conservative candidate. The vote will take place in Renfrew at the RCAF Wing on

Feb. 24. with speeches starting at 10 a.m. and voting from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the afternoon in Barry’s Bay at the Opeongo Seniors Centre with speeches at 3:30 p.m. and voting from 4 to 6 p.m. And on Sunday, Feb. 25 speeches will start at the Pembroke Legion at noon with voting from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The process to hold a nomi-


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its doors and 17 historical collections to the public. Today, 25 years later, these open doors lead to 370 collections containing more than 200,000 documents, maps and photos. Besides being accessible not only downstairs at the Arnprior Public Library in the archives, people can view the holdings and exhibits all over the world via the internet at There is also a Facebook page which regularly posts photos of days gone by, as well as events. This volunteer-led, nonprofit, charitable organization which preserves your history has kept pace with the times. All are welcome to celebrate and share our 25th anniversary celebration with AMBA at 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 10, in the Arnprior Public Library.


nation is in the hands of a local candidate nomination committee comprised of Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Gallant’s executive. “The lack of timely information about the process is disappointing,” said Coates. “Conservative members want to make their plans around the actual voting days, and the lack of transparency isn’t helping. I’ve

written to the executive director of the party asking for immediate confirmation of dates, times and locations. I hope to get clarity shortly.” In the release, Coates expresses concern about timing. “The cut-off date for those looking to purchase a membership and vote for the candidate of their choice (was) Feb. 1. “Allowing less than a month for LEGAL NOTICE our team to travel around one of the THIS IS TO NOTIFY Christopher largest ridings in Hammond THAT IF THE OUTSTANDING the country has been a challenge, but our team has ACCOUNT WITH ARNPRIOR MINI met that challenge STORAGE LTD. IS NOT PAID IN FULL and encountered nothing but posiBY CASH OR CERTIFIED CHEQUE BY tive feedback from all those we meet. FEBRUARY 22, 2018 THE CONTENTS There is a desire for change, and IN STORAGE WILL BE DISPOSED OF. we are confident we will deliver Arnprior Mini Storage Ltd. that change,” said 150 Staye Court Dr., Arnprior, ON Coates in the release. Phone 613-623-4216 “I want to use my national and international network of business and government contacts to LEGAL NOTICE bring jobs and investment to our THIS IS TO NOTIFY Susan Luedke riding,” he said. THAT IF THE OUTSTANDING Coates issued a challenge to GalACCOUNT WITH ARNPRIOR MINI lant for a public debate on Jan. 23 STORAGE LTD. IS NOT PAID IN and to date, she FULL BY CASH OR CERTIFIED has not responded to his request. CHEQUE BY FEBRUARY 22, 2018 He has requestTHE CONTENTS IN STORAGE WILL ed the debate to be televised and BE DISPOSED OF. carried on the local cable network, Arnprior Mini Storage Ltd. online, and on lo150 Staye Court Dr., Arnprior, ON cal radio stations for maximum exPhone 613-623-4216 posure.

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The Arnprior McNab Ringette U14 team hit the ice at the rink in a game that pitted players versus parents. Ella Regan tries to skate around Valerie Kealey.

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The Jammers entertain the crowd at the carnival.

The annual Braeside Winter Carnival was held on Saturday, Feb. 3. Top left, Alex and Karlee Kinsbury get ready to dig into breakfast. Top, cousins Kayden and Beau Benoit try their handiwork with the hammer and the More than 300 people enjoyed a delicious breakfast served up by Paul LeBlanc, left, Hownails. ie LeBrun, Dan LeBlanc, Mayor Tom Peckett, Lucas Tripp and Coun. Scott Brum.

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Social Notes BIRTHDAY












“WASN’T THAT A PARTY!” I would like to thank my friends and family for the awesome 90th Birthday Party given to me.

Happy 3rd Birthday on Feb. 12 to Lucy Lorraine Lepack

Thank you so much for cards, phone calls, visits, flowers, gifts received from one and all.

Love Mama, Dada and John

Also the kitchen staff at Horton Hall for the delicious luncheon.

Happy 90th Birthday Evie Boisvenue February 8th Love Boys and Family




A perfect day. I will cherish this day forever... Love and Thanks, Dorothy Cardiff xo



The Family of Kenneth Walter Barr Thanks you all sincerely for your kind expressions of sympathy and thoughtfulness with flowers, cards, donations and support. During this time of sorrow we learn how much our family and friends mean to us, it is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered. Special Thanks to the Doctors, staff and volunteers at Renfrew Hospice and Lloyd & Gail Cameron. Love Brenda & Family


Passed away peacefully in the Almonte General Hospital surrounded by his wife and daughters on January 28, 2018. “John” of Almonte, Ontario, in his 85th year. Beloved husband for 63 years of Ruth (nee Camelon) and loving father of Cathy Parkman (Mike), Candise Elhadad (David), and SherryLynn Carter. Proud and devoted grandfather to Dr. Julie Parkman (Derek Larson), Paul Parkman (Katie), Ben Elhadad (Rina), and Adam Elhadad. Predeceased by his parents Milton and Elizabeth More and his brothers Logan, Bert, and Laurie More. Survived by sisters Doreen Saunders, (the late Russ), and Ann Bourgoin (the late Mike), also survived by sister-in-law Jean More. Missed by numerous nieces and nephews. Family and friends May Visit C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. (127 Church St., Almonte, Ont. 613-256-3313) On Wednesday, January 31, 2018 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm. Funeral Service in the Almonte Presbyterian Church (111 Church St.) on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 11am. Spring Interment Auld Kirk Cemetery. Donations in memory of John may be made to the Almonte Presbyterian Church. Condolences & Tributes:




50 Years of Marriage 6 Different Addresses 3 Wonderful Children 7 Perfect Grandchildren Countless wonderful memories Annie Briscoe

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(Retired - Consolidated Bathurst Braeside Mill) Suddenly at home on Monday evening, January 29th, 2018; Johannes Jonathan Joseph “John” Petruk of Arnprior passed away at the age of 71. Cherished partner of Sherri Smith. John is survived by his children: Colleen Petruk and Kevin Petruk; his stepchildren, Curtis and Chloe Perreault as well as his brother, Steven (Mary Biscope). Son of the late Bill and Stella Petruk. A graveside service will take place at the Malloch Road Cemetery later in the Spring. Arrangements entrusted to the professional care of the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior. Condolences/Donations

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Peacefully at Starwood Nursing Home, Ottawa on Friday, January 26th in her 92nd year. Beatrice Risto, formerly of Pembroke, wife of the late Edward W. Risto. Mother of Elwyn Risto (wife Beverley Strutt), Nepean and Cheryl Risto, Ottawa. Sister of Gladys Kruger (late husband Ellard), Eganville. Mom was an excellent baker, knitter, liked crosswords, jigsaw puzzles and was an Andre Rioux fan. Respecting Beatrice’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A private family graveside service will be held in Pembroke at a later date. Arrangements by the Malcolm, Deavitt & Binhammer Funeral Home, Pembroke. Special thanks to the Starwood Nursing Home for their compassionate care during these last years. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Zion Lutheran Church Pembroke or the Family Support Group, Extendicare, c/o Starwood Nursing Home, 114 Starwood Rd, Nepean ON K2G 3N5. Online donations and condolences are available at






May 6, 1954-January 29, 2018 Tragically as the result of a motor vehicle accident on Tuesday January 30th, 2018; Donnie Dykens of Arnprior passed away in his 64th year. Beloved husband and best friend of Louise Closs. Much loved father of Christine Cahoun (Rory) of Lethbridge, AB. Cherished grandfather of Mackenzie, Avery and Ryder. Dearly loved brother of Guy (Penny) and 5 siblings. Predeceased by brother Darryl (Renee). Will also be missed by many nieces and nephews. Son of the late Donald and Estelle Dykens. Private family arrangements entrusted to the Boyce Funeral Home Ltd., 138 Daniel Street N., Arnprior. A private family service will take place at a later date. In memoriams to the Renfrew Victoria Hospital “Dialysis Unit” would be appreciated. Condolences/Tributes/Donations at




(Retired Royal Lepage Realtor) With heavy hearts we announce that our beloved Frank passed away suddenly at home in Constance Bay with his longtime partner and best friend, Sheena Steele by his side on Saturday morning, February 3, 2018. He was 82. Predeceased by his wife, Jane. Father, step-father and grandfather. Loved and remembered. The family wish to thank the staff of the Dialysis Unit at the QueenswayCarleton Hospital in Nepean for the wonderful care they provided Frank these past 3 years. Private family arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel, Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior. Condolences/Donations



FRIDGEN, Blanche

Peacefully at Groves Park Lodge in Renfrew with loved ones by her side on Monday evening, January 29th, 2018. Blanche Mary Fridgen formerly of Arnprior passed away in her 92nd year. Beloved wife of the late Ray Fridgen (November 19, 2011). Dearly loved mother of Donald (Nina), Denis (Pat), David (Sue), Sharon Chaput (Durell), Dale Pepin (Jeff), Danny (Kara), Darcy (Cathy) and Darin (Debbie Schwarzkopf). Cherished and fondly remembered by her 20 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. Dearest sister of Mildred “Billie” Hammond (late James). Predeceased by her 6 brothers: Clifford “Kippie” (Shirley), Tom (late Betty), Maurice “Moe” (late Lois), Jack (Marilyn), George (late Eileen) and Fred (late Bertha) as well as 5 sisters: Edna Anderson (late Ron), Evelyn Pichette (late Eddie), Jean Grose (late Conrad Carey), Rose May Juby and infant Jacqueline. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were invited to a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in St. John Chrysostom Church, Arnprior on Friday morning, February 2nd at 11 o’clock. Interment Malloch Road Cemetery, Arnprior. A luncheon followed in the Parish Hall. In memory of Blanche, please consider a donation to the Arnprior Food Bank. Condolences/Donations



With great sadness we announce that Cindy Marlene Saucier of Dunrobin passed away peacefully at the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Thursday morning, February 1st, 2018 following a lengthy illness. She was 58. Predeceased by her grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Deb Cundell. Dear daughter of Jeannie Saucier (nee Cundell) of Ottawa and the late Gilbert Saucier. Beloved partner of Brian MacLaren. Though Cindy never had children of her own, she was blessed to have played a major role in the life of her very dear cousin, Jessica Nelson (Brian Dick) of Aylmer, Quebec. Cindy is also survived by her aunt, Shirley Cundell of Texas as well as other more distant family members. Private arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior. In memory of Cindy, please consider a donation to the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. Condolences/Donations

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Peacefully at home on January 29, 2018 in his 84th year. Beloved husband of Marion (Riley) Riopelle and son of the late Leo and Alice Riopelle (nee Dodge). Father of Christopher (Nicole) Riopelle and Steven (Jackie) Brash. Dear brother of Nelson (late Joan) Riopelle, Reggie (late Gail) Riopelle. Predeceased by sisters Helen (late Syd Brydges), Hilda (late George Quinn), Orella (late Gerald Stewart), brother Leslie (Marie Riopelle) and long-time friend Ruth Brash (nee Wright). Grandpa will be missed by his grandchildren Tabitha, Christielynne, Shayne, Brandon and TashaLynn and great-grandchildren Sophie and Marlee. At Irvin’s request cremation will take place. Donations in his memory may be made to Hospice Renfrew or Groves Park Lodge Auxiliary. Online condolences/donations may be made at

(nee McNeely) Passed away peacefully with her family at her side in the Fairview Manor (Almonte, ON.) on January 22, 2018. Diane of Carleton Place, Ontario. Loving wife of Rolly. Daughter of the late Howard and Margaret (nee Leishman). Survived by her sister Eileen (Mel Timmons). Sister-in-law of Gord (Viv) and Darwin (Susan) Larmour, as well as Arlene (the late Bud) Wilson. Remembered by several nieces and nephews with special consideration to nephew Steve Timmons and niece Betsy Larmour for their support. Donations in memory of Diane may be made to the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor Foundation or the Alzheimer’s Society. Visitation will be held in the late Spring. Family and friends will be advised as to the date and times in the C.R. Gamble Funeral Home. Funeral Arrangements Entrusted Into The Care Of C.R. Gamble Funeral Home & Chapel Inc. 127 Church St., Almonte, Ont. 613-256-3313 Condolences & Tributes:


(Life member of Holy Name of Mary CWL) It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of mom on January 25, 2018, in her 94th year. Dearly loved wife of Bernie Hickey (deceased 2015). A loving mother to Pat (Carol), Greg (Rita), Brian, John (Jane), Tony, Danny (Sherri), Des (Colleen), Mary Ann (deceased 1988) and Kevin (Cheri). A very special grandmother to Kelvin (Heather), Krista, Don (Ashley), David (Olivia), Julia, Harrison, Jenna, Matthew, Liam, Tristan, Jaxon, Grace, Tara and Derek. Cherished greatgrandmother to Sloane. Mom was predeceased by her parents John O’Brien and Annie Mantil, her sister Mary, and her brothers Desmond, Joseph and Anthony. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Mom was known for her caring and gentle nature. To go without, so others would not, epitomized who she was. For the many who spent time around the kitchen table at the “farm”, mom always made them feel welcome, shared many a story and ensured they never left hungry. A second mother to Jane, Colleen, Cheri, Sherri and Carol, the girls spoiled mom with countless hours of friendship, help, support and laughter. Mom was ever so proud of her entire family and will be dearly missed, however, there is solace in knowing she made a positive difference in so many lives. On behalf of the family, with special mention to the grandkids that mom simply adored, we thank you for the many memories. All our love, rest in peace the boys. Friends may pay their respects at C.R. Gamble Funeral Home and Chapel, 127 Church Street, Almonte, on Sunday, January 28, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00. A funeral mass to honour and remember mom will be held at Holy Name of Mary Church, 134 Bridge Street, Almonte, on Monday January 29 at 11:00 am. Following the service a reception will be held at the Almonte Civitan Hall. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Almonte General Hospital, Rosamond Wing. A very special thanks to the staff at the Rosamond Wing. The care mom received over the past 4 years was second to none. To Dr. Abramenko, a very special thanks for your unwavering dedication in providing care to mom over many years. Condolences & Tributes:

REED, Albert “Ab”

(Retired - Arnprior Aerospace) With heavy hearts we announce that of our dearest Ab passed away peacefully while surrounded by loved ones at Hospice Renfrew on Monday evening, January 29th, 2018 at the age of 68 years. Dear son of Winnifred Reed of Arnprior and the late Walter Reed. Beloved husband, best friend and life partner for almost 44 years of Brenda (nee Grose). Proud and respected “Dad” of Clayton (Erin) of Renfrew; Jeff (Jacqueline) of Braeside and Kim Fraser (Jonny) of White Lake. Adored “Poppa” of Georgia, Gabriel, Abigail, Walter, Micaela and Mason. Dear brother of David (Debbie) of Arnprior. Special brother-in-law of Harold Grose (Wendy), Linda Novossiltzeff, Allen Grose (Donna), Wayne Grose (Sue) and Bruce Grose (Bonnie). Also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and countless wonderful friends. Ab loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had an amazing sense of humour. He and Brenda believed in seizing moments and living in them. He worked and played hard. His love of his motorcycle was known to everyone. Ab looked for the good in people. He was always mindful of how other people felt. A rare gem gone far too soon. He will be missed. Friends were invited to join Ab’s family during visitation at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Friday evening, February 2nd from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, February 3rd from 9:45 until 10:45 a.m. A Tribute to Ab followed in the Pilon Family Chapel at 11 o’clock. In memory, please consider a donation to Hospice Renfrew or the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation. Condolences/Donations

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NANCY CURRY February 2, 2009

We think about you always, We talk about you still, You have never been forgotten, And you never will. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you will remain, To walk with us throughout our lives, Until we meet again.

Loving father, grandfather, and friend to many February 10, 2011


In loving memory of Phyllis McLaughlin who passed away February 12, 2017

PRAYER TO the Blessed Virgin, never to fail!Oh, most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of heaven. Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in necessity, Oh Star of the Sea. Help me and show me, here you are my mother. Oh Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of heaven and earth, I Humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to secure me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. Oh Mary,conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Say this prayer for three consecutive days and then you must publish it and it will be granted to you. SB

Gone are the days we use to share But in our hearts you’re always there Never more than a thought away Loved and remembered every day Loved Always Dwayne, Terrie & Family

A beautiful memory dearer than gold, Of a father whose worth can never be told, There’s a place in our hearts no one can fill We miss you Dad and always will. Always loved, never forgotten and forever missed! Debbie, Kathy, Steve, and Lori and their spouces and grandchildren






Nicole Lynn Keller (Howard)

Missed Deeply for 10 years September 10, 1989 February 12, 2008 There’s a special Angel in Heaven, that is a part of me, It is not where I wanted her to be, She was here but just a moment, Like a night time shooting star, And though she is in Heaven, She isn’t very far, She touched the hearts of many, Like only an Angel can do. I would’ve held her every minute, If the end I only knew So send this special message To Heaven up above. Please take care of my Angel God, and send her all my love! We loved you then, We love you now, And we’ll love you forever!

September 23, 1947 - February 6, 2015



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In loving memory of Donald Arthur Hall July 19, 1939 – February 1, 2015 May the smile of God, Light you to Glory – Your life was a blessing, Your memory a treasure, You are loved beyond words, And missed beyond measure. May God hold you in the Hollow of His hand. With all our love, Helen, Jim, Tom, DeeDee, and families

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School rink skating saved for Saturdays Mary Cook


By the time winter had settled in, and the holidays and the Christmas concerts were over, everything quieted down in Northcote. Now we could spend more time at the rink behind the school. Not on weekdays of course, but Sunday’s after church, and every Saturday night, just about everyone who owned a pair of skates could be found behind the Northcote School. I was never sure how the rink came about. My brother Emerson said it was flooded by buckets and barrels. There certainly was no running water anywhere near. The only skates I owned were hateful bob skates, dull as dishwater, rusty, and too big to be fastened tightly to my galoshes. That is until my teacher Miss Crosby brought me a pair she had bought out of her meagre salary. They weren’t new, obviously once belonging to a boy, but to me they opened up a whole new world at the school rink, even

though Cecil, the school cutup, said I was the worst skater he ever saw. There were strict rules too. No fighting, the youngest of us got to use the rink first, and then we had to get off so that the older boys could play hockey. There was no goal net, just two blocks of wood at each end of the ice, but those Northcote boys played as if they were headed for the National League. Lanterns were hung on the board fence, but the best light came when there was a full moon. Once the hockey began, we younger ones would be taken to the United Church steps away from the school, and treated to hot chocolate and cookies, which to me was the best part of the whole evening. Skating was an ordeal. I fell more than I skated, I always came home with bruised knees, and I couldn’t take my eyes off bad Marguirite who had the only pair of white skates in the entire county, and looked like she was floating on air. My friend Velma said she was pretty sure her mother was taking her into

Renfrew to the big town rink for skating lessons. Imagine! Skating lessons! As soon as the Saturday night chores were done, we were loaded onto the flat-bottomed sleigh, wrapped up like mummies, and headed for the Northcote School. The sleighs were lined up in front of the school, and the teams covered with horse blankets against the freezing cold. The mothers didn’t hang around the board fence that circled the rink, but headed right for the United Church where they sat and drank green tea and got caught up on all the news, waiting for us younger ones to come in for our hot chocolate. The men, mostly fathers, either leaned against the fence, or sat on the edge of the sleighs, smoking their pipes. The cut-off to the Northcote School was never called anything but the rink road. Other roads had names like the Barr Line, or Admaston, but that road was simply called the rink road. Without fail, as soon as the chores were done on a Saturday night, and the kitchen redded up,

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Father would say, “time to get ready for the rink road,” and we all knew what that meant. To me it wasn’t up there with seeing a picture show in Renfrew, or going to the Renfrew Fair. But it was a lot cheaper. All it cost was Mother taking her turn making cookies or supplying the cocoa once or twice during the whole winter. It didn’t cost a thin dime to make the rink. It gave the entire community something to do on a Saturday night, and there wasn’t one boy on the ice who didn’t think one day he would move from playing hockey at the Northcote School on rink road right into the big league in Renfrew. Interested in an electronic version of Mary’s books? Go to and type MaryRCook for ebook purchase details, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact Mary at Mary Cook is a longtime writer with several books in print and in electronic copies. She appears as a regular columnist.

canine flu infection. Illness tends to spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. Canine flu can spread to other dogs by aerosolized respiratory secretions (coughing and Ian Stupp Most dogs recover within two to three sneezing) from infected dogs, by uninfected Pet Talk weeks. However, some dogs may develop sec- dogs coming into contact with contaminated According to the CDC (Centers for Dis- ondary bacterial infections which may lead objects, and by moving contaminated objects ease Control and Prevention) the canine in- to more severe illness and pneumonia. Any- or materials between infected and uninfected fluenza (also known as dog flu) is a conta- one with concerns about their pet’s health, or dogs. gious respiratory disease in dogs caused by whose pet is showing signs of canine influTherefore, dog owners whose dogs are specific Type A influenza viruses known to enza, should contact their veterinarian. coughing or showing other signs of respiraHow serious is canine influenza infection tory disease should not expose their dog to infect dogs. These are called “canine influin dogs? enza viruses.” other dogs. Clothing, equipment, surfaces, The percentage of dogs infected with this and hands should be cleaned and disinfected The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose, fever, lethargy, eye discharge and disease that die is very small. Some dogs have after exposure to dogs showing signs of rereduced appetite, but not all dogs will show asymptomatic infections (no signs of illness), spiratory disease. signs of illness. The severity of illness associ- while some have severe infections. Severe illTreatment in the milder form of the disated with canine flu in dogs can range from ness is characterized by the onset of pneu- ease may include medication to make your no signs to severe illness resulting in pneu- monia. dog more comfortable and fluids to enAlmost all dogs are susceptible to the sure that your dog remains well-hydrated. monia and sometimes death. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed by your veterinarian if a secondary bacterial infection is susREQUEST FOR PROPOSAL pected. RFP #2018-01 Wags April 2001 — Jan. 18, 2018 “Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.” It is with profound sadness that I THE RCDSB IS ISSUING A REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL FOR THE SERVICES OF mention the passing of our beloved A QUALIFIED FIRM TO PROVIDE WORKING AT HEIGHTS TRAINING. Wags, namesake and mascot of our The Request for Proposal documents are available by visiting the RCDSB Bids & business and loving companion. Wags Tenders webpage at was just shy of his 17th birthday. Gone but not forgotten. R.I.P. Sealed, emailed submissions, clearly labeled RFP #2018-01; Working at Heights Training, will be received before 2:00 PM, FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018 and Ian Stupp owns and operates Wags must be submitted to Peggy Fiebig, Purchasing Agent, via email at & Whiskers Dog and Cat Grooming and puppy kindergarten at 118 John St. N., Arnprior. Stupp can be reached The Renfrew County District School Board reserves the right to accept or reject any at 613-623-6200 or info@wagsandor all submissions. Highest scoring or any submission not necessarily accepted.

horoscopes ARIES – Mar 21/Apr 20 It can be difficult to focus with so many things running through your mind, Aries. Give it your best shot, especially at work where it counts the most.

GEMINI – May 22/Jun 21 Gemini, someone you haven’t seen in a while makes an appearance in your life. You don’t know if you should be excited or just a tad cautious about what to expect.

SCORPIO – Oct 24/Nov 22 The next few days provide opportunities to relax and have fun, Scorpio. With no pressing matters on the calendar, you can relinquish some responsibilities.

TAURUS – Apr 21/May 21 Focus on fun experiences that will pop up this week, Taurus. They will brighten your mood and make you more inclined to interact with the people you love.

CANCER – Jun 22/Jul 22 Someone at work or home cannot get an accurate read on how you are feeling, Cancer. This may lead to some communication issues. Be as open as possible to avoid confusion.

SAGITTARIUS – Nov 23/Dec 21 Sagittarius, getting your point across may seem like your primary goal, but you can let things simmer for a little bit. Others have things that they want to share as well.

LEO – Jul 23/Aug 23 Leo, you are called on to be a leader this week, so make sure you do your homework on pertinent issues. This way you can make decisions with confidence.

CAPRICORN – Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, romantic notions are popping into your head lately, and they may only be spurred on by the Valentine’s Day magic. A relationship gets to the next level.

VIRGO – Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, even when you think you know best, you may want to let others voice their opinions. You never know the value of another’s perspective until you hear it.

AQUARIUS – Jan 21/Feb 18 Aquarius, you can be the voice of reason if family life has gotten a bit chaotic. You may be called on to sort things out and put a plan in place.

LIBRA – Sept 23/Oct 23 Surround yourself with your closest friends and family members, Libra. These are support pillars you can lean on in tough times and the people to laugh alongside when things are good.

PISCES – Feb 19/Mar 20 Pisces, whether you are attached or not, feelings of love are blooming inside of you. Romance may pervade your daily interactions.




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Local events and happenings over the coming weeks — free to non-profit organizations Fax: 613-432-6689, E-mail: Notices appear as space permits. Please submit your information at least two weeks prior to the event and include a daytime contact name and phone number for us to reach you for clarification. Notices can be emailed to derek. or dropped off at our office at 35 Opeongo Rd. in Renfrew.

February 10

Arnprior Legion Branch 174 Entertainment in the Lounge Series featuring Country Reflections, one of the valley’s most popular country bands. 3-7 p.m. As always, no cover. A fun afternoon of great music. Tote Bag Workshop A Burnstown Women’s Institute fundraiser. Bring your friends out for a day of fun, sewing a simple-to-make tote bag. 10 am to 3 p.m. White Lake W.I Hall. Thursday. Feb. 15 -- 10 am to 3 p.m. Burnstown United Church Hall Deadline:

Feb. 12 Contact person Helen Gunn f-h-gunn@sympatico. ca 613-432-4467. 613-4324467.

The Arnprior & McNab/ Braeside Archives welcomes you to our Annual General Meeting and celebration of 25 years of service to the public on February 10, at 1 p.m. at the Arnprior Public Library, 21B Madawaska Street. Special Guest speaker John Roberts, Archivist of Ontario, and a presentation of 150 years of local farming and entrepreneurs.

At Island View Suites from 11:30-1:30 p.m. is a Chinese New Year Buffet Join us for Chef Wendy’s fabulous Chinese food to celebrate the Chinese New Year!

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February 11

Monster Bingo presented by the Arnprior Lions Club and the Arnprior Regional Health Foundation on Sunday at Nick Smith Centre. Doors open at 11 a.m., game time is 1 p.m. $5,000 in prizes including a $3,000 super jackpot. Proceeds to The Grove Nursing Home redevelopment project. For more contact Bruce Hill at 613-623-3166

It is far from the boys of summer season, but baseball was still a popular topic at the recent Hockey Day in Arnprior. Helping to attract young players to the Highlanders Arnprior baseball organization are, from left, Chris Gallagher, and Russell and Lisa Blokland. Kids born between 2003 and 2011 could be on a team this summer that practices at the Mclean Avenue diamonds. Coaches and sponsors are also welcome. Registration is in early March. Visit for more. The club is also organizing at bus trip to see the Blue Jays take on St. Louis at Olympic Stadium in Montreal. Tickets and return coach are $100 each. Contact Dustin at for more.

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Pancake Supper, St Mark’s Anglican Church Hall Pakenham Tuesday, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., pancakes, sausages, baked beans, Lindsay’s maple syrup & beverage, adults $8, 5 & under – free. takeout’s available. Sponsored by St Mark’s A.C.W. Everyone welcome. Info 613-624-5311 or 613-256-4126.

February 14

St. Andrews United Church, Pakenham is hosting a “Beat the Freeze Kitchen Party”. Join us at 6 p.m. for a ham and bean dinner followed by a light hearted evening of music and variety sure to melt away the midwinter blues. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are available for purchase at The Pakenham General Store, Nicholson’s or by calling Shirleen [613-6236679] or Marilyn [613-2563130] $20/Adult & $10/Children. Wheelchair accessible event.

Valentine Luncheon at Galilee. New England Clam Chowder,Stuffed Pork Loin with Cranberry Orange Glaze,Oven roasted Potatoes,Honey Glazed Carrots,Crusty Rolls,Decadent Chocolate Brownies.. Seating at 11:30 $18:00 per person Call 613 623 4242 x21

Kitchen Party on Friday, Feb. 16 at St Andrew’s United Church,Pakenham. Ham & Bean Supper at 6 p.m. followed by music with Doug & Marty Russell and other guests. Downstairs venue is accessible. Advance tickets at Nicholsons & General Store or call. Shirleen at 613 6236679.

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The Burnstown Polar Plunge will be held this Saturday. Held at the Burnstown Beach at 2 p.m. sign up by calling Karla at 613-623-5756 ext. 232 or email kblemkie@ The McNab/Braeside Recreation event is a fundraiser for outdoor rink boards.

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The woods are full of whodunits a bit of detective work to solve them, no one need call Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. Nature’s Way For example, the other day I came home to fi nd a pile of grey and brown feathers atop the It seems that most people love a good mystery. Murder mystery books and movies are snow near my feeders. Obviously something had popular, as are dinners held under that theme. killed and eaten a bird visiting them. But there Detective stories abound, with everyone cheer- was no carcass, only feathers and spots of blood ing when the hero solves the case. Local woods atop the snow. There were no tracks around the and fields also abound with mysteries, some of perimeter of the feather pile so fox and coyote which involve play most foul. While it may take were ruled out. So were stray feral cats, which occasionally (much to my dismay) visit from a neighbouring farm. That left a bird as the chief suspect. Owls eat other birds, but they usually hunt at night, and the feathers belonged to a Mourning Dove, a diurnal bird seldom if ever captured by owls; Ruffed Grouse are more their style. A hawk, then, was the most likely suspect. Merlin and Sharp-shinned Hawk eat small bird but doves are large and are usually eaten only Cooper’s Hawks and Northern Goshawks. The latter have become quite rare while Cooper’s Hawks have become Michael Runtz the most common hawk to visit Cooper’s Hawks, which have become common in re- backyards. Also, Cooper’s Hawks cent years, are very fond of Mourning Doves. are especially fond of dove dinners. MICHAEL RUNTZ

They frequently sit atop their kill, plucking the feathers from their prize before dining on its meat. So from all the evidence at the scene of the crime, a Cooper’s Hawk seemed the most likely suspect. A few days later I flushed an adult Cooper’s Hawk from the backyard. It flew into the woods with something large clenched in its talons. A pile of grey and brown feathers atop the snow told me I had just missed the plucking of another Mourning Dove. Case closed. On an earlier outing in Algonquin Park, I passed by some large White Spruces. Encircling the trees like confetti around a wedding party were tiny scales scattered over the snow. No mammal tracks could be discerned, so even though they love spruce seeds, at no time were Red Squirrels considered suspects. Those brash squirrels stash large caches of cones under logs,

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