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EMC news - It’s not getting any easier, or cheaper, for McNab-Braeside council as it continues to struggle through the process of evaluating a controversial Miller Paving application to expand operations at the Braeside Quarry. Council will continue its review of the studies and peer reviews that are an integral part of the application in the third of probably four sessions next Tuesday, March 12. The meeting. open to the public. will be held from 3 to 6 p.m., prior to council’s planning advisory committee. At this week’s council meeting, council was alerted to the fact the township, already facing a stiff price for dealing with the many public questions on the issue, will likely be charged more for the use of Renfrew county planner Bruce Howarth. The county is increasing its fees for planning matters and has indicated it would be charging as much as $200 for “extra” meetings that Howarth attends. The planner has been playing a lead role in guiding council through the complex process. Deputy Mayor Christine Blimkie wondered why the $300,000 township taxpayers contribute to the county didn’t pay for the service, extra or not. Mayor Mary Campbell also wants to consult with the county on how the expansion will impact township roads.
Puppets with a message entertain at the mall Lindsey Trafford, Morgan McNulty, Anthony MacLaren and in back Spencer Cleghorn were among the master puppeters entertaining at the Arnprior Mall Saturday as Zelda and the Zingers, the puppet ministry based at Glad Tidings Pentecostal Church in Arnprior, held a puppet show, fun fair, bake sale and silent auction. For more, see Page 59.
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county since 2005, while another 67 are scheduled to be installed in Renfrew County facilities by June 2013. “We’ve really been leading the area for the last eight years,” health promotion specialist Micheline Turnau of the Heart and Stroke Foundation told the Feb. 28 session of Renfrew County
council. Renfrew-area facilities identiﬁed to receive new AEDs include each elementary school in Renfrew, Walter Zadow Public School in Arnprior, McNab Public School, a second AED at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior, Renfrew Collegiate Institute, Admaston Recreation Complex, the White Lake sports
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One dramatic, life-saving incident occurred Jan. 10 at Calabogie Peaks Ski Resort, where a skier collapsed after a day of skiing and went into cardiac arrest. Without a pulse, he was revived after receiving CPR from an offduty nurse and a ski patrol memberâ€™s use of the local AED unit. After being transported by Ornge Air Ambulance, the man underwent successful surgery at the Ottawa Heart Institute the same day. â€œItâ€™s that quick reaction that we would like to see, that people know where the AEDs are, and what to do, and we know how to start CPR as soon as possible,â€? said Turnau. â€œWhen these things are in place we have great success,â€? she added. â€œWe know we can continue to improve our survival rates across the province by doing these things.â€? Nolan says statistics from the past year have been extremely encouraging. â€œIn previous years, we were seeing survival rates from cardiac arrest of one, two or three per cent. But council has invested in a number of programs, not the least of which has been the AED program and community awareness. â€œIn 2012 the early run on our data, not to be conďŹ rmed yet, weâ€™re seeing a 15 per cent survival rate,â€? said Nolan. The number of AEDs in Renfrew County will soon more than double, with the help of the program thatâ€™s funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The 67 AEDs are among an estimated 2,500 AEDs that will be put into schools, recreation centres and other facilities across On-
tario with the co-operation of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Schools are preferred locations for AEDs, said Turnau, because they have proven to be community hubs that are also used for afterschool activities by both youngsters and adults. For each of the 67 AEDs coming to Renfrew County, up to 10 people will receive free training on how to operate the device. The Renfrew County Paramedic Service will also provide maintenance of the AED units and annual retraining. Since the introduction of the program in Renfrew County eight years ago, about 48 lives have been saved, said Turnau. The more AEDs the better, says Nolan. â€œWeâ€™ve got a huge county, which continues to be a challenge to have a response time, of an urban nature, of eight minutes or less. â€œSo what weâ€™ve done is target locations where people come together, where thereâ€™s Heart Wise programs, where there are municipal halls, recreation facilities and hockey rinks â€Ś where weâ€™ll get the best bang for our buck and be able to use devices such as this. â€œWeâ€™ve also partnered with the private sector, like Calabogie Peaks which was generous enough to come forward to purchase a deďŹ brillator. Weâ€™ve also made them part of our program by providing training and early notiďŹ cation within our dispatch system. â€œIf you dial from a place that has a deďŹ brillator on site, the dispatcher automatically sees that thereâ€™s a deďŹ brillator and will direct the caller to get that device,â€? explains Nolan. With files from John Carter
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EMC news - A new procedure bylaw is under review by Arnprior council. The Municipal Act requires that every municipally pass a procedure bylaw. Arnprior already has one in place, but it is cumbersome. â€œIt tends to jump back and forth in topics,â€? said Chief Administrative OfďŹ cer Michael Wildman during the townâ€™s council meeting on Feb. 25. The town reviewed recently adopted procedure bylaws across the province and discovered that the townâ€™s bylaw could be improved in several ways. The new bylaws will group topics together and better deďŹ ne terms and words to allow for ease of reading. Striking committees and advisory committees and closed meetings have been made consistent with the Municipal Act. â€œIâ€™m not suggesting that the current procedure bylaw is inconsistent with it, but I would suggest that the current set-up as we are proposing is a little bit more in line with the Municipal Act,â€? said Wildman. The use of communication devices during council meetings has been addressed and the agenda has been streamlined. The new bylaw has seen the addition of role calls and an award section as well as a resolution section. Motions have been enhanced and better described. â€œThere are more details in terms of what the motion and what the options are,â€? explained Wildman. Voiding procedures have also been clariďŹ ed. Remote conferencing has also been addressed. With consultants charging by the hour, the cost of inviting an expert to the council chambers can become prohibitive and remote conferencing would become a viable solution to keep the costs down. â€œWe will have a section that will allow for that type of professional advice and by way of either Skype or teleconference to keep the cost down for the municipality,â€? said Wildman. The bylaw will also be reviewed every ďŹ ve years to guarantee it is current. Council will vote on it during the next council meeting March 11.
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The annual Hockey for Heart tournament to be held this year March 15-16 at the Nick Smith Centre has played a major role in raising awareness and money for deďŹ brillators in public buildings. So far there are eight teams signed for the tournament, with more in the works. Any teams interested in participating in the tournament should contact Glenn Arthur at the Nick Smith Centre by this weekend. Hockey for Heart tournaments are held throughout Ontario, with the Arnprior one in its fourth year. The events raise money and awareness for the need for deďŹ brillators in public building, as well as promoting heart health. The money raised stays in the area where the tournaments are held. The growing number of AEDs in the county is leading to a growing success rate with treatment of cardiac arrests, County council was told. In the last year or so, Renfrew County chief paramedic Mike Nolan says the former revival rate of about three per cent for 90 to 100 people suffering cardiac arrest has improved drastically.
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“The rooms will also feature all of the characteristics of welcoming, safe and effective learning spaces, with close proximity to the main office and main door.” The school council has been working hard the past few years on fundraising for playground equipment for the kindergarten yard. “We look forward to having a new playground available for the kindergarten students, just outside their door,” the principal said. There is still time to register your child for kindergarten. Call the school at 613-623-4235 to make an appointment. “We look forward to welcoming new families into our school community as we focus on the development of skills, character and providing a solid foundation for future learning,” Shoveller said.
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Wrong-way truck ‘parked properly’ on John Street EMC news – The ‘wrong-way’ truck pictured in last week’s ChronicleGuide was not a bylaw enforcement vehicle and was not breaking the law. Why the vehicle was parked the wrong way on John Street in downtown Arnprior was questioned by some members of the public, who contacted the newspaper. Town CAO Michael Wildman explained that it was not an Arnprior bylaw vehicle contracted to Municipal Law Enforcement Services, but an Arnprior public works vehicle actively completing maintenance work under the supervision of the town’s public works supervisor, who was parked a few vehicles further down the road. The caution lights were operational on the vehicle for safety reasons as well indicating that the Public Works vehicle was actively conducting maintenance activity, he noted. As this was the case it was not in contravention of the town’s Traffic and Parking bylaw, said Wildman. “Municipal vehicles are exempt under section 15 of the Traffic and Parking bylaw 6000-11 provided that said vehicle displays a recognized symbol of the Town and the vehicle is being used in the performance of municipal duties. As such, there was no infraction or wrong-doing, and the activities were in keeping with the Traffic and Parking bylaw. “The reason for this exemption is that maintenance activities must not be restricted in any way to ensure the safest and most efficient and effective completion of repairs,” Wildman explained. “This is a common provision in most municipal traffic and parking bylaws.”
EMC news There is still time to volunteer to serve as a public representative on one of the Town of Arnprior’s new advisory committees. Town CAO Michael Wildman said Tuesday that council is still a short a couple of applications for the operations and corporate services committees. The deadline was originally today (Thursday), so any interested citizens should act right away. Wildman said it is important that the four or five public positions be filled on the three committees (community development is the third) to ensure the citizenry has a say on developing policies in town. It also helps town councillors get a feel for the “pulse” of the community, he added. The new committees are expected to be formed and begin meeting in March or April. Call or drop in at town hall if interested.
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ADHS student honoured for winning Holocaust essay Sherry Haaima
It was the experience of a lifetime for Arnprior District High School student Melissa Kargus. As part of Holocaust Education Month this past November, the Shoah (Holocaust) Committee of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa worked with the school boards and teachers to run an essay writing contest for high school students. The topic of the essay was Raoul Wallenberg’s Story Needs to be Told Today Because …and Kargus hit the nail on the head with her entry ‘Raoul Wallenberg: Lessons For Today’. To receive the award, Kargus and her family were invited to the home of Swedish Ambassador Teppo Taurianinen in Rockliffe Park. Also on hand to acknowledge Kargus’ accomplishment was the Israeli Ambassador, Her Excellency Miriam Ziv and Hungarian Ambassador His Excellency Dr. László Pordány. “It was really fun. It was amazing actually,” said Kargus. “It was a pretty incredible experi-
ADHS student Melissa Kargus credits teacher Ryan McKenna for bringing the contest to her attention and helping with proofreading and editing.
ence for all of us.” For her efforts, Kargus receives a trip to Washington to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The Grade 11 student thanked her teacher Ryan McKenna of ADHS, without whom none of this would have come about. McKenna is known for his attention to Holocaust education, including regularly bringing in survivors to speak about their experiences. McKenna, in fact, recently won an award for teaching about the Holocaust. He brought the contest to her attention and helped edit and proofread the final submission. “He’s amazing,” said Kargus. “He really goes above and beyond for everything.” At the outset of the assignment, Kargus was not familiar with Wallenberg. The more she learned, the more impressed she became. Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian known for his successful efforts to rescue tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the Holocaust. While serving as Sweden’s special envoy in Budapest, Wallenberg issued protective passports and sheltered Jews in buildings designated as Swedish territory saving tens of thousands of lives. “I was floored,” said Kargus. “This was amazing. The gist of her essay was that we look back at the Holocaust and focus mainly on the evil of Hitler and those who did nothing to stop the horrific genocide. We should also, said Kargus, focus on those selfless individuals who risked their lives to help others. “It (Holocaust) was a reflection of the best and worst of humanity basically,” she said. “There were the people like Raoul Wallenberg who were just heroes. It’s important to remember these people as well.” Wallenberg was the theme for HEM this past year in honour of the 100th anniversary of his birth. The contest was sponsored by the Shoah Committee and the Swedish, Hungarian and Israeli Embassies. Kargus is a busy student, balancing academics with a part-time job at Castlegarth Restaurant and sports, including basketball, track and field and softball.
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Arnprior hires new director of public works EMC news - There is a new director of public works in Arnprior and Guy Bourgon is his name. Bourgon officially started work with the town on Monday. Over Bourgon’s career, he has worked effectively with the public, municipal councils, contractors, consultants, and land developers alike. With a total of 23 years of experience under his belt, he will bring a wealth of engineering and municipal experience acquired both in the private and public sectors to Arnprior, reports Arnprior CAO Micheal Wildman. He last worked with Dillon Consulting, where he was the senior municipal engineer. Bourgon was with the City of Ottawa for about 10 years, first as a senior engineer, then
as a program manager of infrastructure approvals and later as program manager of development review. He managed a team of engineers, technologists and planners responsible for the review and approval of land development related construction projects including roads, sewers, water mains, pumping stations, storm water management facilities and parks. He began his career working for the consulting industry learning design and construction practices related to land development and infrastructure projects. Bourgon graduated with honours from Queen’s University with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is a licenced professional engineer.
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The program is open to students ages 15 to 29 who are opening their own business. The application deadline is May 17, or sooner if the program reaches capacity. Last year, capacity was reached a few weeks before the deadline. By March 4, Enterprise Renfrew County had received nine applications. Program officer Kim Fraser says successful applicants benefit from working in a safe environment while receiving business mentorship and financial assistance. Students are chosen who display entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to the program and an ability to execute and adapt their business plan. For more details on the program, visit the website www.ontario.ca/summercompany or call Enterprise Renfrew County at 613-7358224. MILEAGE ALLOWANCES
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EMC news – Arnprior Coun. Lyle Anderson is back at the council table. The councillor who received a two-month medical leave of absence
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REQUEST FOR TENDER Tow Behind Sweeper The Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands is seeking proposals from qualiﬁed ﬁrms/individuals to supply One (1) Tow Behind Sweeper for use with a HalfTon Pick-up Truck. Copies of the Request for Tender (RFT) may be picked up at the Township of Lanark Highlands Municipal Ofﬁce and can also be found on the Township website. Deadline for submission of the proposals is 1:00 PM March 11, 2013. The Township of Lanark Highlands reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders at its sole discretion. For further information contact: Township of Lanark Highlands T: 613-259-2398 ext.239 David Ennis 75 George Street F: 613-259-2291 Lanark, Ontario K0G 1K0 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lanarkhighlands.ca
SATURDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2013 10:00 AM – 12:00 (NOON) WHITE LAKE FIRE HALL 1376 SNYE ROAD, WHITE LAKE After a review of all aspects concerning the ATV’s on Municipal and County Roads in Lanark Highlands, that Council may consider passing a By-Law in accordance with the Highway Trafﬁc Act permitting the use of ATV’s on all roads that fall under the authority of the Municipality. More information may be found on the Township’s website at www.lanarkhighlands.ca Your participation is encouraged.
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Dog Tags are due for renewal. Tags are available at the Municipal Ofﬁce, during regular ofﬁce hours. The fee is $10.00 (until March 31st when the price will increase to $15.00) and is payable by cash/cheque/interact. Owners are asked to keep the tag fastened on the dog at all times. Kennel Licenses are available, where applicable, for a fee of $50.00. If you require any further information, please contact the Municipal Ofﬁce. DOGS ARE PROHIBITED FROM RUNNING AT LARGE.
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Come back refreshed The March Break is mere days away â€“ a chance for students to enjoy a holiday away from school before running the long home stretch to June. Some students get to enjoy a family vacation while others spend time with babysitters or other family members while their parents work to make ends meet. Perhaps the break for students, and teachers too, will provide the cooling-off period needed to bring the schools back to sense of normalcy. Congratulations to the secondary school teachers union for taking a step toward restoring normal relations between educators, students and politicians. The declaration that public school teachers could resume involvement in extra-curriculars without being declared pariahs was a welcome one. Some teachers may not have liked it, but with a new premier and students chomping at the bit to resume sports, music and other activities in the final semester, it certainly made sense on several levels. The teachers have made their point. Now they need to bring unity back within their ranks and cultivate allies at Queenâ€™s Park. If the teacher leadership is mad at the Liberals, imagine how theyâ€™ll feel if the government is forced into an election and the Progressive Conservatives take over. So, brownie points for the high school teachers for the sudden infusion of common sense to the issue. However, the same canâ€™t be said for the leaders of the public school elementary teachers. They need to take another look at the issue over the March Break and follow the lead of the high school peers. The way the secondary school teachers have handled it allows individual teachers to still refuse to be involved in extra-curriculars, which are voluntary. But at least it isnâ€™t because their
leadership is telling them so. That perception isnâ€™t doing the teachers any good in the court of public opinion. While extra-curriculars tend to be more important at the secondary school level, there still be a lot of grief, from both students and some teachers, if the normal field trips and concert/ plays continue to be a victim of the dispute. BE SAFE
If youâ€™re travelling on March Break, make sure you come back safely. If youâ€™re planning to fly out of town, the Canada Safety Council advises you to visit www.travel.gc.ca to check for travel advisories and warnings and adjust plans accordingly. More than likely, youâ€™ll be on the road. If so, the council urges you to â€œbuckle up, stay alert, and drive defensively â€“ familiar messages, but they are as important as ever during March Break road-trips.â€? And pay attention. Watch the road ahead and minimize distractions by putting away electronic devices while behind the wheel. Plan your route so you know where you are going before you leave home. While you may be in a hurry to get away, resist the urge to speed and weave in and out of traffic. â€œDriving erratically really wonâ€™t get you to your destination much faster, but it does increase your chances of being seriously injured or killed in a collision,â€? the council says. While on vacation, enjoy yourself but remember that your personal safety is your responsibility. Donâ€™t accept drinks from strangers and avoid going to unfamiliar places alone. And donâ€™t post photos or status updates on your social media accounts that indicate you are away on vacation. Just a little advice that could prevent a lot of hurt. Have a happy March Break. Hopefully, everyone will be feeling refreshed when we go back to â€˜normalâ€™ March 18.
Scandals show Senate should be abolished To the Editor: lived for decades. Mr. Harb isnâ€™t on the voters The expense fraud scandal involving Liberal and Conservative Senators reinforces the NDPâ€™s consistent message: the only way to fix this cesspool of patronage and greed is to get rid of it. It is embarrassing that nationally-known and respected journalists like Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy are being investigated for billing taxpayers for tens of thousands in unjustified expense claims. If they were EI or social assistance claimants, these highly paid pals of Stephen Harperâ€™s would be charged criminally. The embarrassment is especially acute here in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke. The Ottawa Citizen reports that Liberal Senator Mac Harb claims his primary residence is here for the purpose of claiming $21,000 yearly for a housing in Ottawa, where he has
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THIS WEEKâ€™S QUESTION
With nine snow days already this winter, should March Break be scrapped?
Should the Algonquins receive 117,000 acres of Crown land and $300 million as laid out in the land claims agreement-in-principle?
A) Yes. With all the missed days because of weather and politics, the students have fallen too far behind.
B) No. Itâ€™s been a long winter. Stu-
this area get a fair share of what was originally theirs.
dents and educators need a break.
B) No. Itâ€™s too much. The compensation should be either money or land, not both.
C) Yes. Scrap it every year. No wonder weâ€™re lagging behind China and Japan.
D) No. In fact, increase it to two weeks as they do in some provinces.
C) Yes. That and much more is needed to make up for all the injustices of the past.
D) No. Donâ€™t favour one group over another. Whatâ€™s past is past.
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TomaHawks: A bad idea or merely political correctness? To the Editor: Once more we had a case of political correctness run amok. I am referring to the now defunct name of Ottawa’s professional basketball team that was to be called the TomaHawks. It was a bad choice to start with because it altered reality and that in itself raised eyebrows as somehow being racist. If anything the misspelling of the term was inappropriate. The correct spelling is tomahawk and that is what should have been used ... not a bastardization of it. The term tomahawk comes from
the Algonquian word tomahak, which by itself denotes a utensil used for cutting. It was not the aboriginal people who changed the word, it was Euro North Americans who altered the word in describing a metal type of axe rather than an original simple stone and wood implement. These same Euro North Americans massed produced tomahawks and they became prized trade items. While it is true that tomahawks were frequently used as weapons, of much more im-
portance they were utilized as simple tools, ceremonial objects, decorative items and symbols of leadership. Some were altered further to incorporate smoking pipes and when used as such, they sealed alliances or treaties between different groups and that included Euro North Americans. In a nutshell, we must blame Euro North Americans for creating something more sinister than it really is. Now when it comes to the Ot-
tawa professional basketball team that wanted to use an altered version of a tomahawk into a TomaHawk, I’m sure Dr. James Naismith, who invented the game and was born in the Almonte area, did not envision dunking as part of the game he developed. If he were alive today, he might have suggested leaving dunking to Krispe-Creme or Tim Hortons. But the use of the word tomahawk he just
might have approved of. I say this because he was a member of the faculties of both Harvard University and the University of Kansas and the latter has, as its sports moniker the Jayhawks. I wonder what the politically correct social scientists would do with that? Thomas Charbonneau Arnprior
Don’t industrialize rural neighbourhood To the Editor: Politicians don’t have an easy time of it, do they? They have to represent the interests of their constituents and do the best they can for the majority. That’s the way a democracy works. Certainly the McNab-Braeside Council isn’t having an easy time of it. I have been following this Braeside Quarry expansion application process, because I have friends who will be affected. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for development, innovation and progress, but this expansion plan sounds like something from before the Industrial Revolution. Putting a heavy, polluting industry on top of the region’s only groundwater source, exposing children to (potentially) cancer-causing chemicals, destroying property values because anyone with any sense would never choose to live near an asphalt plant, as well as the chewing up of the roads due to all the heavy truck traffic - well you get the picture of what this Council has to contend with.
And the studies they have to read are complex, confusing and incomplete. And Miller and the planner keep saying the studies have been OK’d and accepted and they are fine; but they are not prepared to answer any questions which might reveal the flaws. They won’t let the peer reviewers answer people’s questions. So Council is working hard, but is the deck stacked against them? I’m glad it’s not me having to strike a balance between citizens and corporations. However, when so many people are going to be adversely affected by this industrialization of a rural residential neighbourhood, I have to wonder what the longevity of any politician voting in favour of this insane project would be. Jim Ryan Carleton Place
Thanks for a true act of kindness on the road To the Editor: Sue: On stormy Feb. 27 my car spun out of control on White Lake Road, leading me in a ditch stopped by a pole. A passing lady driver stopped her car, phoned for help and remained with me until help arrived. I regret not asking her name and her number and know only that she only recently moved to Arnprior. I will never forget her kindness. Marjorie Schooley Waba Arnprior Chronicle-Guide EMC - Thursday, March 7, 2013 9
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EMC lifestyle - As the ice on frozen waterways recedes under the promise of springâ€™s return, a number of animals are making appearances. In the Madawaska River, the black-and-white bodies of Common Mergansers now punctuate the flowing water. Soaring on snow-white wings, Ring-billed gulls search be-
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low for floating titbits. And along open creeks and rivers, River Otters, Beavers, and Muskrats dine atop the iceâ€™s edge. Like Beavers, Muskrats are amphibious rodents. But unlike their larger, relatives, Muskrats are closely affiliated with voles. Incidentally, Muskrats are not rats but, like Beavers, are distant cousins to them. Muskrats share with Beavers a number of adaptations for life half in, half out of water. Both have scaly, flattened tails used for steering when they swim. However, a Muskratâ€™s leathery tail is flattened to a much lesser extent and from side to side, not top to bottom like a Beaverâ€™s. Both have enlarged hind feet for propelling themselves through the water. While the toes of a Beaverâ€™s hind feet are fully webbed, those of a Muskrat are surprisingly not webbed to any degree. Instead, the hind toes bear fringes of stiff hairs that enlarge their surface area and provide resistance when the feet are pushed against the water. Like Beavers, Muskrats make frugal use of oxygen when swimming. This is particularly important during dives. To conserve oxygen underwater, their heart rate slows in only a few seconds to a fraction of its normal pace â€“ from 310 beats per minute to a paltry 54. This and other adaptations allow these aquatic rodents to stay submerged for up to 20 minutes! Muskrats do not hibernate and usually spend winter huddled in groups inside lodges built from mud and cattails and other plants. Unlike Beavers, sticks are not used in those structures. Many spend the winter in dens dug into muddy banks, which are much preferred over constructed lodges that require constant maintenance and have the problem of plunge holes in the ice freeze over.
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Check your fire alarms, batteries when you spring ahead EMC news - It is once again the time of year when most people are getting excited about the impending end of winter and coming of spring. It is also the time (this Sunday, March 10 at 2 a.m.) to set clocks ahead an hour to give ourselves a little more daylight each and every day. At this time the Fire Prevention Ofﬁce of the Arnprior Fire Department takes the opportunity to remind everyone to change the battery in their smoke alarms and test them for proper
function. The Ontario Fire Code requires each residence to have a working smoke alarm in sleeping areas and every level of the home. Smoke alarms should also be maintained and replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. The Arnprior Fire Department also recommends that carbon monoxide detectors be tested and batteries changed as well at this time.
Carbon monoxide detectors should also be maintained and replaced in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions. On Saturday March 9, at 6 p.m., the emergency siren at the Arnprior ﬁre station will be sounded as a test and also for a reminder to the
residents of Arnprior to test their smoke alarms and change all batteries. “For the safety of all in your home, please use safe ﬁre practices and have working smoke alarms,” urges the ﬁre department. “It’s the law.”
Going away? March break travel tips EMC news – Whether Canadians Canada Post mobile app, Canadians can access their acare seeking the sun, visiting family or count on their mobile device no matter where their travels hitting the slopes during March Break, take them. Canada Post has a few suggestions to help them avoid the stress associated with preparing for a family vacation. Protect your home - Leaving mail unattended and uncollected for a few days or longer could make your home a target for thieves and provide them with an opportunity to steal personal Fine Apparal for her... information or break in. To help, Canada Post can suspend mail delivery and securely store your mail until you return for $20 for 10 weekdays or less ($8.50 for each additional ﬁve weekdays). The hold mail service can be purchased online or at the nearest post ofﬁce. Don’ forget your bills - forgetting to pay an important bill could ruin a family vacation. Canada Post’s free epost service 132 John St. N allows Canadians to manage and pay their bills from anywhere at anytime. With the recently added feature on the
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This time of year is an excellent one for viewing Muskrats, especially later in the day. They dive to the bottom of waterways and dig or pull up the lower portions of aquatic plants. These are brought to the top of the ice and devoured there, with tell-tale piles of uneaten material inevitably left behind. Although largely vegetarian, Muskrats also eat a few animals. Frogs, ﬁsh, dragonﬂy nymphs, crayﬁsh, and clams appear on their menu. I have watched Muskrats eating clams. They bring a clam to the water’s surface where they cleverly bite the large muscles that hold the animal’ shells together. Once its muscles are severed, the clam opens and its substantial contents are enjoyed. If you ﬁnd a pile of opened shells near the shore of a lake or river, you are seeing the work of a Muskrat. It will not be long before the ice is fully banished until next winter. Now is the time to enjoy the animals that rest or dine atop it. Especially the voles (not rats!) that live in the water! The Nature Number is 613-3872503; email is email@example.com.
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ing the quality of the life of the residents of the County of Renfrew.” Hutton said the strategic plan will be reviewed annually. “This document is very straightforward, and we can amend it in the future very easily to reﬂect the priorities of council, as new councils come forward,” said Hutton.
cover that represented all 17 create a linked and integrat- ﬁve years. municipalities. ed trail system that extends The released document had through the county within See ABANDONED, Page 18 photos of two unnamed municipalities in the county. “This is a very important document for showing leadership and where the county is going in the future,” said Visneskie. Renfrew County Housing Corporation 450 O’Brien Road, Suite 105 Renfrew, ON K7V 3Z2 Phone: (613) 432-3679 Fax: (613) 432-9402
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The plan’s strategies have been aligned along three key themes - community well-being, economic opportunities and community sustainability or viability. The latter includes the stipulation that at least ﬁve per cent of the county budget be set aside for new infrastructure. The county isn’t technically required to have a strategic plan, but several county departments are, including the long-term care facilities at Bonnechere Manor and Miramichi Lodge, as well as emergency services, Ontario Works, child care and the Renfrew County Housing Corporation. Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards Mayor Janice Visneskie said her only criticism of the document was the need for a 0307.R0011963725
EMC news - There was plenty of praise for the County of Renfrew’s ﬁrst-ever strategic plan, which was presented to the Feb. 28 session of county council. Entitled Strategic Plan and Council Priorities 2013-2018, the document was developed from a two-day September 2012 consultation workshop for county councillors and staff members. Renfrew County chief administrative ofﬁcer Jim Hutton, who was the major author, presented the document and spoke about the seven priority strategies. Several strategies were identiﬁed during the workshop, but the document says these seven priority are to be dealt with before all others. The Group of Seven list starts with promotion of an expanded four-lane Highway 17 into Highway 417, or four-laning of the Trans-Canada Highway, through the county. The next strategies, listed in order of priority, are • enhance the (mandated) long-term asset management program; • develop a linked trail system;
• promote active transportation; • launch an economic development roundtable; • create a small business investment fund; and • foster health promotion and disease prevention programs. “We had business plans that focused on budget numbers. But we wanted to do a strategic plan. It gives focus to our staff because it includes our mission, vision and values,” said Hutton. “It tells our staff that we deliver services that we want delivered in an efﬁcient and costeffective manner. So it gives direction and buy-in for staff, and for the elected ofﬁcials it sets priorities.” Warden Peter Emon’s message in the 18-page document calls the strategic plan a “very important document in outlining the future direction and priorities for a municipality. The consultation sessions last September were very helpful and thought-provoking as we worked toward stating our priorities for the term of council and beyond.” In the same document, past warden Bob Sweet’s message says the strategic plan demonstrates council’s “leadership and commitment to improv-
Overall, Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack said the strategic plan was good work: “This is really well packaged. It’s an easy read.” Regarding the development of a linked trail system, Stack said the linkage must be made, but not at the expense of one group, while referring to such potential users as snowmobilers, ATV operators, bikers and walkers. “All those interests need to be considered,” said Stack. The document shows that action plans in 2013 include acquisition of the discontinued Canadian Paciﬁc rail corridor, seeking partners such as the Physical Activity Network, and conﬁrming a vision of trail links with both public and private stakeholders. The goal of this strategy is to
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EMC lifestyle – Last week, Pat Taylor realized her dream of taking a ride in a big rig. And where better to lunch following that ride of a lifetime than the Big Rig Café at Arnprior’s Antrim Truck Stop. The resident of Almonte Country Haven was all smiles upon her arrival in Arnprior Feb. 23 and expressed her thanks to all those involved in making her dream a reality. Omni Health Care owns Almonte Country Haven, and the ride came about as part of an Omni pilot program ‘Never too late … to realize one’s dream’. For Taylor, it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. “It was heavenly,” she said. “I’d been wanting to ride in a big rig for quite some time.”
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TENDER CALL RENFREW COUNTY HOUSING CORPORATION TENDER CALL Reference # 13-3249 ROOF MODIFICATIONS SCOPE: Modiﬁcations to the roof perimeter @ 150 Elizabeth St. N. in Pembroke ON.
Documents will be received until 3:00 PM local time, Thursday March 21, 2013 at The ofﬁces of Morris Thuemen Architects 211 Hinks St. 2nd Floor Pembroke ON Public opening to take place immediately after. Bid documents are available for loan to general contractors and major sub-contractors for the refundable cost of $25.00 per set. Limit of 2 sets per general contractor and 1 set for sub-contractors. All construction shall be totally complete by July 26, 2013.
And while some wintry weather loomed, it didn’t affect the experience one bit. “It was perfect from my seat,” she said. Driver Danny Grace of Grace’s Trucking was pleased to help accommodate Taylor’s dream. It was one of the more pleasant rides he’s had, said Grace. Taylor joined friends and caregivers for a lovely lunch before making her return tour to Country Haven. The one-year pilot program aims to improve quality of life for seniors by helping them to realize their dreams.
Mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting: 3:30 pm Thursday March 14, 2013 @ 150 Elizabeth St. N. in Pembroke ON The lowest or any bid not necessarily accepted.
PHOTOS BY SHERRY HAAIMA/METROLAND
RENFREW COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD INVITES REQUESTS FOR TENDERS RFT #2013-10 THE RCDSB IS ISSUING A REQUEST FOR TENDER FOR ROOF REPLACEMENT AT VARIOUS RCDSB LOCATIONS.
The Ontario Power Authority has extended the very attractive 2012 pricing for the first 1600 MicroFIT projects that apply in 2013
Speciﬁcations will be distributed at MANDATORY site visits on Monday, March 11, 2013 at the following times: 09:00 am
- Arnprior District High School, 59 Ottawa Street, Arnprior, ON 10:30 am - Queen Elizabeth Public School, 100 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Renfrew, ON 11:00 am - Opeongo High School, 1990 Cobden Road, Douglas, ON 12:00 Noon - Beachburg Public School, 20 Cameron Street, Beachburg, ON 01:30 pm - Champlain Discovery Public School, 390 Bell Street, Pembroke, ON
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EMC news -The Arnprior hospital auxiliary’s Opportunity Shop in Arnprior closed Monday for renovations. The shop will be closed for about 10 days to two weeks. It will hold a grand reopening the week of March 18. During this time, the shop would appreciate donations from “our generous customers” not being taken to the store until the week of March 11.
“Last year we installed solar panels on our roof. The revenue we earn will add substantially to our retirement income.”
Only those bidders who attend the mandatory site visits and have their attendance recorded will be eligible to submit a bid. Only those members who are presenting in good standing in the Ontario Industrial Rooﬁng Contractors Association (OIRCA) will be considered.
“My bank made it easy to finance because my system will pay for itself in 7 years. The revenue stream will be a big selling feature if I sell my house.”
Sealed, stipulated sum tenders will be received before 2:00:00 pm on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Tenders to be enclosed in separate envelopes marked with the SCHOOL NAME and RFT #2013-10. Sealed submissions must be submitted to the following address:
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Op Shop closed for renovations
Pat Taylor, a resident of Almonte Country Haven, is all smiles following her first every big rig ride. Her ‘chariot’ can be seen in the background.
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Pat Taylor joins, from left, her former caregiver Nancy Munro, Country Haven’s Ron Dugdale and truck driver Don Grace outside Antrim Truck Stop.
For further information please contact: Mr. Dan Graham Supervisor, Technical Services Tel: 613-432-3679 Fax: 613- 432-9402 email@example.com
RENFREW COUNTY DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD ATTN: Peggy Fiebig, CSCMP Purchasing Agent 1270 Pembroke Street West Pembroke, ON K8A 4G4 The Renfrew County District School Board reserves the right to accept or reject any or all submissions. Lowest or any submission not necessarily accepted. R0011953008
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