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The local ringette season wrapped up with a championship day at the Nick Smith Centre. Arnprior teams picked up several medals, including two golds, in various levels of play. â€“ Page 25
See what this successful Arnprior District High School graduate is up to these days and how she could use your help as she prepares to go national. â€“ Page 31
Seniors are an important part of our diverse community, as Arnpriorite Barbara Heise can attest. â€“ Page 41
Dispute threatens town services in Arnprior Derek Dunn
EMC news â€“ With a lockout or strike looming at the Town of Arnprior, the concern is essential services such as sewage treatment and drinking water distribution could be affected. The townâ€™s 22 unionized employees, some of whom work at the two plants, are under threat of a lockout starting on Sunday, April 15 following lengthy negotiations for a new contract to replace one that expired almost three years ago. Mayor David Reid insists that essential services would â€œall be looked after.â€? But CUPE national president Dan Pike isnâ€™t convinced it can be done safer or cheaper. â€œI donâ€™t know how youâ€™d replace the experienced and well-trained members overnight,â€? Pike said. â€œIâ€™d be surprised if you can do it any cheaper, either.â€? Reid committed to doing everything possible. â€œWeâ€™ll do what we can to keep all essential services going.â€? Services that could come to a halt include other public works, recreation and pool activities (the ice was removed from the rink on the weekend). Three aquatic instructors are in the union, along with at least one water works person on the unionâ€™s negotiation team. Town council isnâ€™t directly involved in the negotiation process, unlike during Terry Gibeauâ€™s time as mayor. But it isnâ€™t unusual to have consultants â€“ in this case County of Renfrew staff â€“ handle talks. Another factor is the fact the town had been without a CAO to participate in the talks. Many councillors are new to municipal politics and have little to no experience in labour law. But the elected representatives remain briefed and instruct the negotiation team at non-public sessions that followed council meetings during the last six months. See TEMPS Page 3
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It was standing-room-only at a special Good Friday service at the Nick Smith Centre. About 600 people, representing nine local churches, gathered for the special service, which began with three crosses being carried through town to the Nick Smith Centre. It was the first time so many Arnprior area churches combined on a joint Good Friday service and the turnout delighted organizers. Above Lew Ricker and Rev. Andrew Love of Grace-St. Andrewâ€™s United Church place one of the crosses. For more, see Page 53.
Site change process upsets Farmersâ€™ Market Derek Dunn firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC news â€“ The Arnprior Farmersâ€™ Market has found a new location - outside of the downtown area - but not with the help of town staff. Market president Mark Gaetz said the eight-month process left him feeling discouraged and disrespected. â€œIf they really are concerned about making the downtown viable, they should be open to all kinds of entrepreneurial ideas, and instead they ignored us,â€? Gaetz said. â€œItâ€™s almost like they couldnâ€™t care less.â€? The Gableridge Farm owner said it started last summer when he sent a letter to Mayor David Reid asking to block off Elgin Street between John and Daniel streets. Thatâ€™s been the traditional location of the market, although confined to a few parking spots along the south side.
Gaetz wanted the option to block off the street periodically to host 4H, classic car or similar large-scale events. Organizers figured it would draw more folks downtown to shop at the farmersâ€™ market and local businesses. No one from town hall responded to the idea. So he went down to speak with a staffer. It was a zoning issue, he learned, that would come up at the committee level. Give it two weeks and he would get a letter in response, he was told. â€œI never got a letter back from the mayor. I never received a letter or explanation,â€? Gaetz said. Thatâ€™s when the 20 or so market vendors and organizers began to consider moving out of the downtown. They were already concerned about a few close calls between browsers and passing cars. Another
difficulty had to do with vendors parking far away and having to lug their produce and products to Elgin Street. MOVE TO DANIEL?
The Arnprior Shopping Mall and Canadian Tire were approached to see if they wanted to host the farmersâ€™ market in one of their parking lots. After some hesitation, Canadian Tire became very enthusiastic, Gaetz said, even offering up the location rent-free. Again, though, when it came time to asking the townâ€™s permission, he was told it could be a problem at the zoning level. He asked why produce was allowed to be sold across the street in the Home Hardware parking lot. See FARMERSâ€™ Page 4
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That April 4 vote went 17 to 5 against the offer. â€œItâ€™s not 100 per cent (support for the negotiation team), but itâ€™s an indication. Some just want it over with,â€? Pike said. â€œBut 17 to 5 when the employer is threatening a lockout and youâ€™re in a small town and small unit. Iâ€™m not disappointed at all.â€? The rejection of the supervised vote leaves the door open for the town to lock out the employees. â€œItâ€™s unfortunate and disappointing they did not accept,â€? Reid said. â€œWe are still hopeful we can get something done.â€? The union isnâ€™t moving in the direction of a possible strike, though. The members would have to vote in favour of the negotiation team taking the action. On the unionâ€™s side, Pike said supervisors have provided untrue information to union members, hence the questions to managers.
â€œThere are lots of innuendos going around. We are getting supervisors that are giving members untruths,â€? Pike said, adding that some supervisors are dealing with facts while others are being â€œsomewhat provocative.â€? The town appreciates and respects the work done by employees, yet it must also protect what is fair for ratepayers, Reid said. However, if it comes down to a media campaign of tax increases versus wage increases, Pike said it will be a red herring the union could easily overcome. â€œThis is largely a non-monetary dispute. We should be able to achieve a settlement,â€? he said. â€œThey told us at the table the Town of Arnprior is in good ďŹ nancial shape. The non-unionized employees were given an increase (Jan. 11) greater than the unionized are asking for.â€?
bureaucrat â€“ was given a buy-out package. The replacement CAO quit recently on the day he was to begin work. The internal chaos has meant the town hasnâ€™t had consistent goals during the talks. Agreed-to items have been put back on the table, and the town has now introduced a major problem, according to Pike. The town now wants to use term employees; temps for up to six months at a time. The union wants assurances that the temps wonâ€™t be doing union membersâ€™ work. Pike said the term employees could replace union jobs unless the town guarantees otherwise. Reid said he was disappointed the union took the issue to the media, preferring that talks remain behind closed doors. However, at Tuesdayâ€™s council meeting he read from a prepared statement that included the line: â€œThe town believes that the offer presented was very fair and in terms of annual wage increases is above the average that unionized employees are currently receiving in Ontario.â€? Pike said when the town went over his teamâ€™s head and lost the vote, it was made clear the townâ€™s next step could be a lockout. He said the public deserves to know if services such as municipal water could be affected. â€œThe Town of Arnprior has put CUPE 4960 members in a tough position and they need to realize that these employees work tirelessly to provide quality services to the community of Arnprior,â€? said CUPE 4960 president Dan Hebert. â€œItâ€™s time the Town of Arnprior treat its workers with respect and fairness and give them the settlement they deserve.â€?
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He said there are three major sticking points: hours of work, standby pay, and beneďŹ ts. The town has indicated it wants the ability to operate 24/7. That means it wants the right to schedule work during nights and weekends. Pike said unless the town is willing to sit down and discuss deďŹ nitions and perimeters of the proposal (and how it affects health and safety), he canâ€™t recommend it to the members. The town also wants to reduce standby pay. And the town wonâ€™t give the better of two beneďŹ ts packages to ďŹ ve unionized members. Another sticking point, with the talks going on for so long, is the term of the agreement. Most are for a two-year period. The town wants the current contract to end April 2012. The union wants it for Dec. 31, 2011, a date already agreed to in principle during an earlier round of talks. The earlier date would put the union in a position next time around to strike during the winter snowplowing season. Pike noted also means the two sides going into new talks right away. Morale is decent at the moment, he indicated, but members would like for a long-term deal to allow for sustained peace to break out. Reid insists the almost three-year negotiation process has taken place in good faith on the townâ€™s side. An election took place and a chief administrative ofďŹ cer (CAO) â€“ the townâ€™s top
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Continued from front And as Reid pointed out, since the union â€œhiredâ€? an experienced organizer from CUPE to settle its contract, the town needed to do the same. â€œWe are very involved, even if not sitting at the table,â€? he said, adding that a scheduled meeting Friday between the townâ€™s consultants, the union, and a conciliation ofďŹ cer is a â€œhopefulâ€? sign. In a news release, CUPE has urged councillors to take a more active role in the talks. â€œCouncil has decided they do not want to participate in bargaining anymore As a result, negotiations are being dictated and lead by outside counsel,â€? charged Pike. â€œWe are asking Town Council to get involved in order to prevent a work stoppage.â€? While Reid is conďŹ dent he is getting accurate information from consultants, council isnâ€™t convinced the unionâ€™s negotiating team is doing the same for its members. He said members have been asking managers questions, but that labour rules prevented managers from offering information. The town also made two offers, but the unionâ€™s team didnâ€™t bring either to the membership for a vote. Those are among the reasons town bypassed the unionâ€™s team and brought its ďŹ nal offer directly to the members for a vote.
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Haley’s strike shows no sign of coming to an early end Peter Clark firstname.lastname@example.org
The strike at Haley Industries has extended into its second week. Gates were locked early Tuesday morning, April 3, following a 96 per cent vote in favour of strike action. The action came at 12:01 a.m. that day. Located on Magnesium Road in Whitewater Township, Haley Industries manufactures airplane parts for Magellan Aerospace. Workers at the plant come from all over the Upper Ottawa Valley, including several from the Arnprior area. Some picketers relocated in front of Marshall’s on O’Brien Road in Renfrew Tuesday morning, April 10, due to the ongoing relationship the business has with Haley’s. Management at Haley’s has been carpooling to work, Local 4820 chief steward Peter Vanderploeg said Tuesday afternoon. Investigations continue into two vehicular incidents involving people on the picket line, he added. A female picketer was bumped by an SUV Wednesday, April 4, and a similar incident happened with a male employee two days later. About 388 Haley production and maintenance employees voted 96 per cent to strike after the collective bargaining agreement expired March 15, while a second vote last Thursday again resulted in an overwhelming majority voting in favour of strike action. On April 4, clerical workers rejected the company’s ﬁnal offer of a wage freeze for three years, reported Steelworkers eastern Ontario staff representative David Lipton. They have joined the picket line, bringing the total to about 400 employees. The picket line has been kept in place 24-7 since the strike began, Vanderploeg noted. That included all Easter weekend. Vanderploeg wouldn’t say when he thinks a settlement might be reached. “We haven’t heard anything back from the company yet. We are waiting for them to get in touch with us.” It’s Haley Industries’ ﬁrst strike since 1990, said one man on the picket line. The employees are striking for better wages. Calls to the company had not been returned as of press deadline.
KEEPING THE BIA TORCH BURNING Photo by Derek Dunn
A disappointing five of about 120 members of the Arnprior downtown business improvement area showed up at the annual general meeting March 28. Giant Tiger owner Mike Marcil, left, Arnprior Quality Cleaners and Simply Beautiful owner Chantal Beaulieu, Audrey’s In Town owner Audrey Jamieson, BIA events co-ordinator Shay Klimpel, and Lighthouse and Antiques Etcetra owner Jim Wright discuss the year ahead. The BIA will again host the popular Concerts In the Park series at Robert Simpson Park starting June 24. Downtown businesses are also participating in White Pine Festival and the town’s 150th anniversary celebration June 8-10.
Farmers’ Market looks to curling club for its new location Continued from front “They skirted around it,” Gaetz said. Next attempt was at the Arnprior Agricultural society fairgrounds, speciﬁcally in the curling club building. Vendors liked the idea of not being dependent on the weather, and parking closer to the site. And there is room to grow, unlike downtown. The town said it is not zoned properly, but that it could be argued that the location is acceptable. The curling club seems the ﬁnal spot now, though the market must pay rent and insurance. And with the low visibility, marketing dollars will have to be spent.
Gaetz said he feels bad for the downtown and its business improvement area (BIA). He understands it will lose business. “Their intentions were very, very good,” he said. But he added it was difﬁcult to get reimbursed for paying out of pocket when Heritage Radio set up entertainment at one farmers’ market last year. BIA NOT HAPPY
For its part, the BIA executive at its recent annual general meeting expressed dismay at the market’s decision to move,
but wished the vendors well. “We appreciated having them downtown and wish them well in their new location,” said Jim Wright, owner of Antiques Etcetera. Reid said he recalls something about the proposal, but couldn’t say for sure what it was about until he investigates. He intends to look into it further. “I will deﬁnitely follow up this week and ﬁnd out the perspectives from the town,” he said, adding that Gaetz deserved a timely response – even if it was a response he would disagree with. The ﬁrst farmers’ market is set for Saturday, May 26.
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EMC news - McNab-Braeside residents will have two major public meetings to attend in the near future. Township councillors agreed last week that before making a decision on whether to accept an offer by Arnprior for the amount to allow McNab-Braeside residents to use town recreation and library services, it will ask the public for input. The date of that meeting has yet to be set. However, council has scheduled an open house and public meeting for Monday, April 16 to explain and accept input into changes proposed by the province to environmentally sensitive zoned land as laid out in the township’s comprehensive zoning bylaw. The province was upset when the previous council based zoning on out-of-date data and maps and appealed the bylaw.
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New downtown business garbage regulation questioned
EMC news - Downtown businesses generally leave their garbage on the sidewalk the night before trucks come by to pick it up. That’s because owners don’t open until 9 or 10 a.m., and trucks come through town earlier than that in the morning. Trouble is, the town recently passed a bylaw disallowing anyone from putting their garbage out before 6 a.m. on pick-up day. Businessman Doug Smith asked council at Tuesday’s meeting if the town intended
to ticket businessowners or not enforce the bylaw. Mayor David Reid said it makes no sense to have bylaws if authorities don’t intend to enforce them. However, council and staff are looking into the issue. He didn’t say if the garbage pick-up schedule might change. A solution could come up as early as the April 30 council meeting. WAIVE RENTAL FEES
The organizer of a fundraiser for a children’s camp asked council to waive fees in
order to keep costs down. Hyacinth Chatterton said the fees are paid to allow linedancers to use the Nick Smith Centre for this Saturday’s fundraiser (see Page 14). About 75 Arnprior kids attend the camp, which represents about 20 per cent of the total. It’s a multi-denominational religious camp. Mayor David Reid said it is too short of notice to do anything properly. Chatterton asked if the town would agree to hold payment until it arrived at a decision. The suggestion won unanimous support from council.
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EMC news â€“ Her news release was simply headlined â€˜Victoryâ€™. Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant reacted with delight last Thursday after legislation to scrap the long-gun registry received royal assent and became the law of the land. Itâ€™s been a long process, with some claiming this day would never come, she noted. â€œA promise made is now a promise kept,â€? said Gallant in a message to her constituents. â€œThank you for your unwavering support for our Conservative Governmentâ€™s success in scrapping the wasteful and ineffective long-gun registry,â€? she proclaimed. She stressed it was an issue that invoked strong opinions in RenfrewNipissing-Pembroke and across the
country. It is something that attracted the attention of the â€œhearts and mindsâ€? of Valley people, she added. â€œScrapping the registry was a promise behind which I have stood steadfastly for many years - and our Conservative members delivered on it once we received majority government.â€? LAST VOTE
Gallant pointed out she had been at several votes to scrap the long-gun registry over the years, and was â€œextremely disappointedâ€? to have missed the very last Commons vote to scrap the registry. She was in Europe on government business as Chair of a NATO delegation when the vote was held. â€œI was honoured to stand with my MP Colleague Candace Hoeppner in the Senate to watch our Conservative
members complete the final vote and finally end the long-gun registry,â€? she said. â€œOur government has always been clear: we supported the repealing of the long-gun registry because it unfairly targeted law-abiding farmers and hunters, not criminals. Law-abiding Canadians saw it as just another Liberal tax-grab. â€œThatâ€™s why we kept our promise to scrap the federal long-gun registry from the beginning when we all knew the registry as Bill C-68.â€? Gallant said the end of the registry â€œhas been a long time coming,â€? but â€œIâ€™m glad this day has come.â€? â€œTogether, we are ending the long gun registry once and for all. We have fulfilled our commitment to Canadians.â€? Not all politicians were happy with
the decision. Liberal Senator James S. Cowan, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, expressed his disappointment following the final passage of the bill to scrap the gun registry, saying: â€œThis will not make Canadians and their families safer.â€? LIBERAL DISPLEASED
In a news release, he provide photographs from students and graduates of Ecole Polytechnique, where Marc Lepine went on a shooting rampage in 1989, of specialized weaponry he says can be owned by Canadians without knowledge of police. With the abolition of the long-gun registry, police will no longer have the ability or the right to know who owns such weapons or where they are located, he said.
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A group of Braeside Ridge residents is taking the Miller Group to court again over the operation of the Braeside Quarry. Last November Judge Rod Sauriol of the Ontario Supreme Court of Justice Small Claims Court ruled in favour of nine residents of the Braeside Ridge. They had taken the Miller Group to claiming nuisance, trespass and negligence because of adverse effects from the temporary asphalt plant operated by the company in the Braeside Quarry in fall 2009. The residents claimed the adverse effects included irritation of the eyes, nose and throat;
loss of appetite; shortness of breath; headaches; and nausea. Miller is appealing the judgment. Now some neighbours of the quarry, are individually filing civil actions for damages for nuisance and trespass in Small Claims Court against Miller Group Inc. arising from emissions from the temporary asphalt plant installed and operated in the quarry during the operating seasons of 2010 and 2011. The Ministry of Environment certificate of approval for the operation warns specifically that adverse effects may arise under certain atmospheric conditions, and cautions the operator to use all reasonable care to prevent such occurrences, as this asphalt plant operates
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It is also alleged by the complainants that stress and worry caused by the noise and odours have been made worse by lack of availability of Ministry of Environment emission assessment information documenting emissions of particulate matter, sulphur gases, nitrogen gasses, volatile hazardous metals and volatile hazardous organic compounds. At the same time, knowledge of literature documenting the dangers of the emissions is readily available and adds to this stress and worry, the plaintiffs add. As well as the adverse effects, there has
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EMC news – Could Arnprior become a destination for art-lovers? A local arts group thinks so. Wendo Blondeau has approached the Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce, asking for support for a three-pronged campaign to promote the arts in town. “Our mission is to revitalize the visual art community in Arnprior and the surrounding area,” explained Blondeau. “As Almonte and Burnstown are widely known as thriving art communities, with the collective enthusiasm of our area artists, Arnprior will be part of those areas already established.” The group is proposing an Arnprior and Beyond Discovery tour. “If people are coming to Almonte and Burnstown already for the visual art experience, why not Arnprior?” the group asks. “There is already the existence of established artists such as Kevin Dodds, Paul Perrault and Tara Pocket. Adding additional established and emerging artists to that list, visitors will take notice and include Arnprior in their visual art experience.” The proposal would focus on three distinct marketing opportunities for the town of Arnprior, starting with a window art display for May and into June. In conjunction with Arnprior’s 150th anniversary celebration, the artists will organize Art in the Park for Saturday, June 9. And ﬁnally, Art in the Park will advertise a local studio tour for Sept. 29-30. Blondeau said the advertising costs will consist of 5,000 locally printed bilingual pamphlets available thoughout the region with a primary focus on govern-
ment buildings in Ottawa- Hull. To help pay the costs, the group has asked the chamber for a donation of $1,000. Members argue the initiative will go hand-in-hand with revitalizing the downtown core and making Arnprior a destination for shopping, tourism, and arts and culture. “We believe that motto, Where Opportunity Flows and Adventure Grows, can happen,” said Blondeau. WINDOW ART
Running from early May to June 15, the initiative hopes to enhance the charm of the downtown core by giving merchants an opportunity to help promote walking tours of local artwork in storefront windows in the lead-up to Arnprior’s 150th anniversary celebrations The purpose is to ﬁll empty storefronts and approach street front retailers who would be interested in supporting and showcasing the talents of area artists. A supporting color pamphlet will be supplied to retailers, with the purpose of encouraging customers to come into their store for more information. A treasure hunt of sorts with the artwork will conclude with prizes. Small professional signage will be included with the artwork. All retail galleries in Arnprior will be participating. ART ON THE LINE
As part of Arnprior 150th festivities June 9, Art in the Park will be set up at the CN trail park between John and Daniel streets. The one-day event will run from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. The area can accommodate up to 30 local artists of various mediums. Talents ranging from visual art in oils and acrylics, jewelry, photography and sculpture will be involved. As an added entertainment element to the day, the artists are inviting young student musicians from the Arnprior School of Music to showcase their talents. Local musicians or buskers will also be invited to participate to entertain the art-viewing audience and food vendors are being scouted. ARNPRIOR & BEYOND STUDIO TOUR
The tour will run 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Sept. 30. The tour stops include: The Gallery Gift Shop, 158 John St. N.;Rail Fence Studio, 64 Carss St.; Lily Creek Photography & Art Studio, 15 Daniel St. N,; Kevin Dodds Gallery, 47 John St. N.; Paul Perreault Studio, 19 Green Meadow Rd.; Chris Van Zanten, 2828 10th Concession Rd., Pakenham; Bayview Art Studio, 136 Dewar Ave., Rhoddy’s Bay; Castleford Studio, 1054 Forrest Lane, Castleford; and Our Place in the Prior Restaurant , 24 Elgin St. W.
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Senate reform lost to petty one-upmanship of patronage
hen it comes to sharing the pain in what federal finance minister Jim Flaherty calls The Great Recession, there seems to be a glaring omission â€“ the cost of our unelected Senate. It seems not so very long ago everyone was screaming for Senate reform. Then along comes hard economic times, and the discussion fades. But the price tag clearly has not. It seems that when it comes to this odd inner sanctum of patronage appointments, nobody has the guts to stand up and proclaim, â€œNo more.â€? The Senate has become, quite
clearly, a bastion of bias. Not that the media is lily-white on this issue. Media-bashing is the new favourite pastime of politicians anxious to deflect blame. Bias is really nothing more than human nature. Every person is impacted by his or her own personal beliefs and life experience. Our current federal Conservative minister of the environment is Peter Kent, a former Global TV news anchor. He was duly elected to office. Valid enough. But as for the Senate â€“ that antichamber of waste â€“ thatâ€™s where the buck, quite literally, should stop. After a career spent dissecting politi-
cians, should media personalities like Conservative appointments Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy be handed a gold ticket to the Senate, financed through the public purse, with absolutely no public say whatsoever? This is not just about the warped example set for future generations of reporters when they see former media accepting plum patronage. The message: bias = bonus. The greater concern is how the Liberals and Conservatives have allowed the Senate to become a mere taxpayer-funded game of one-upmanship. This tired, burdensome beast called the Senate should go the way
of the dinosaur, or at least face some dead serious reform. It would be burst-of-spring refreshing to see a party, or a politician, with the gumption to bring Senate reform onto the national agenda and find Canadians some real, substantial savings rather than throwing â€˜ayesâ€™ at weak window-dressing. With its strong majority, the ruling Conservative government has the power to move Senate reform forward instead of pushing ahead with punitive plans to make the average citizen work until he or she is 67. Itâ€™s time to put a permanent stoppayment on the crazy patronage paycheques and invest that money into
an innovative 21st-century model of the Senate. Should our nationâ€™s chamber of sober second thought not be based on something more substantial than cronyism and blind concurrence? When it comes to job cutbacks, government should resist the urge to pick the low fruit. Thereâ€™s far more money to be pruned from the sunny top of the Senate tree. If this government is serious about tackling the deficit, it must see there are still savings to be found on Parliament Hill. Someone just needs to be smart enough to see it, and brave enough to act.
Aircraft expert convinced F35 deal wonâ€™t fly here, or the U.S. To the Editor: There has been so much hyperbole lately about Canadaâ€™s planned acquisition of the F35 that the average citizen doesnâ€™t know that the â€˜scoopâ€™ is about the real cost of this aircraft. As of today, the 5th of April, a figure has surfaced placing the cost of acquiring 65 aircraft around $25 billion. Up to now, the government has been adamant that they have budgeted $9 billion for this project and they are firm on that. Every day the Associate Minister of National Defense has been using these â€˜talking pointsâ€™ ad nauseam to the point he actually believed that to be true. So too did the Minister of National Defense. After reading American reports and listening to U.S. Congressional insiders, the figures have been going up and up and there is serious doubt that this aircraft will ever see the â€˜operational light of day.â€™ But one wants to believe this aircraft is the â€˜best thing since Kraft Dinner.â€™ I wanted to believe that and I was being brainwashed into believing it! That is until I met an unnamed aeronautical engineer last November, who just happened to be on the same cruise my spouse and I were on. He is employed by Boeing in St. Louis, Missouri and while we were discussing how to make Budweiser, he suggested that other than â€œsending him to school,â€? Canada ought to take a course on avionics and rethink the purchase of the F35 because he thought the project was â€˜doomed.â€™ I asked him why he thought that way and he explained that what the United States wanted to develop was an airframe and avionics that would see three variants. The first one would be a stealth aircraft that would meet the air forces requirements. The
second was a similar variant to meet the requirements of the U.S. Marine Corps i.e. vertical take-off and landing capabilities like the Harrier jump jet. The third was also a similar variant for the navy that would meet aircraft carrier operational needs. He stated flatly that this was impossible to achieve at the present time and the developmental history bears this out. The aircraft is simply too costly as things stood. â€˜Three in One Oilâ€™ is one thing ... a three-inone airplane is â€˜horse of a different colourâ€™. I asked him about an alternative aircraft for the RCAF, and he simply said that there are alternatives on the market that would meet Canadaâ€™s needs and at the price budgeted would enable Canada to purchase more than the 65 aircraft budgeted for the F35. He also said he was biased toward the Boeing â€˜Super Hornetâ€™. Reason? It will fit the infrastructure already in place for the F18 â€˜Hornet.â€™ It is a very good aircraft in his estimation and will more than meet Canadaâ€™s requirements for the next generation. Then he reiterated his opinion that at the â€˜end of the dayâ€™ the F35 will never make it to the flight lines of the prospective purchasers. The last time I saw this fellow was at the Remembrance Day Ceremony on November 11 of last year. I gave him and his spouse â€˜poppiesâ€™ and when we parted company, his last words were â€œremember what we chatted about.â€? Canada will not be able to afford the F35 ... neither will the United States or anyone else either.â€? The events of the past week seem to bear out his opinion out.
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Horwath overshadows Hudak in budget talks To the Editor: After Ontario’s budget was released, the Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath has set the tone for Queen’s Park and Premier McGuinty has no choice but to listen. When Ontario’s budget was presented, Mr. Hudak wanted nothing to do with it and seems to have just walked away from the table. Ms. Horwath, on the other hand, stayed at the table and has calmly and professionally presented alternatives to McGuinty. Ms. Horwath has proposed to protect the ODSP, take off the HST on home heating and to protect over 4,000 childcare spaces, so par-
ents can keep working. In order to offset these new costs, Ontarians who make more than $500,000 would see a very small rise of 2 per cent in their income tax, from 11.6 to 13.16 per cent. This alone would bring in an estimated $570 million a year. Here in our riding, we know that the price of electricity and oil continue to rise with no slowdown foreseeable in the future. Ms. Horwath knows this and wants to send us relief. During the last election the Ontario NDP campaigned on raising corporate taxes to help balance our budget. Premier McGuinty seems to have recog-
nized the basics of this and kept the corporate tax rate where it is. Mr. Hudak wanted it lower, even though all evidence continues to show that this does not encourage any type of economic growth. The latest budget negotiation from the Ontario NDP wants the pay for all newly hired executives of hospitals, universities and other public sector entities to be capped at twice the premier’s salary or $418,000. Also they would like to see extended whistle blower protection to prevent future ORNGE scandals. With Ontario just having their last election a
mere six months ago, Ms. Howath knows that what we need is a working government, not a snap election. She is showing that the Ontario NDP want to work with the liberals to have a functioning government. Mr. Hudak, who has the position of leader of the opposition, seems to have forgotten his role and handed it to Ms. Horwath. Brian Dougherty Arnprior Past Ontario NDP Candidate President, NDP Federal Riding Association for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke
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Diversity festivities questionable
To the Editor: Are you prepared to give up $13,000 during your golden years? MP Cheryl Gallant and Prime Minister Stephen Harper think you are. That’s what the average Canadian will have to give up thanks to the federal budget introduced by the Conservative Party March 29. The budget cuts retirement benefits by raising the age of eligibility for Old Age Security and the Guaranteed Income Supplement from 65 to 67 years, forcing Canadians to postpone their retirement for two years. For low income seniors it’s even worse. They stand to lose up to $30,000, which could hike seniors’ poverty by up third. It’s a massive hit to the least-well off. It’s meanspirited and it’s wrong. The Conservatives offered zero financial analysis
To the editor: I am writing this letter to object to the diversity festival in Renfrew July 6 and 7, 2012. My family and I have lived in Renfrew for 10 years and I work in Arnprior. We find the best thing about this town is old values still remain. People still mention God, say Merry Christmas, etc., but slowly those wonderful memories are being challenged. I’m 56 years old, grew up in the 1960s to watch our great country go from one founded on Judeo-Christian beliefs to a secular society where there is no longer any moral authority. The ‘60s saw western countries start to unravel, being taken over by liberal thinking. All through high school, from 1969 to 1973, we were constantly told by liberal thinkers about the population explosion. If we could just cut down to one child per family, then came abortion on demand. Next thing you know these great thinkers are telling us we need to immigrate, our population is shrinking. And Pierre Trudeau is considered a Canadian hero, which leads to the purpose of this letter. The diversity festival in itself sounds
to justify the cut because there is none. The OECD, the Parliamentary Budget Officer and other leading experts have all confirmed that Canada does not face a pension crisis. The Conservatives are also using the budget making deep ideological cuts. They are cutting $7.5 million from the Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, $6.7 million from the Auditor General of Canada and $320 million from international development aid. How skewed are these priorities? Take a look at what the government is not cutting: polls, advertising, bigger jails and stealth fighters. Canadians should be asking Stephen Harper and Cheryl Gallant how they can justify such a small-minded Canada. Bob Rae Leader, Liberal Party of Canada
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OK, but what bothers a lot of people is where this is heading. It’s the radical fringe groups that work their way in, with the objective of pushing their twisted agenda on all of us. Seriously, what decent family can watch a gay pride parade? Will this event be hijacked by leftwing zealots carrying Israel apartheid pickets? Will they be complaining about our elected conservative government? There is a book out now selling like hotcakes in the Muslim community, showing men how to discipline their wife(s). From pulling ears, to the proper way to hit them with a stick, to other much worse things I don’t care to mention. Where is the diverse crowd, the feminists, the NDP, all other left-wing groups? Why aren’t they screaming at the top of their lungs for justice? Perhaps they’re too busy organizing diverse festivals, etc. I’ll support this diversity festival if they promise one thing. Would they take their show on the road to any country not founded on Judeo Christian beliefs, say Cuba, Iran, North Korea? Jim Geymonat Renfrew
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Police warn youth about dangers of grass fires EMC news â€“ Twice last week Renfrew OPP officers warned youths about the dangers of starting grass fires. In both cases firefighters were dispatched and extinguished small fires. With the dry spring conditions, fires of any type can quickly spread out of control, caution police. â€œParents are urged to speak to their kids about the dangers of starting fires, no matter how small they may be.â€? Local fire departments have also warned about how dangerous grass fire could be given
the dryness of the bush. The fires were two of 179 calls for service Renfrew OPP responded to last week. They included 12 domestic disputes. One man was charged with theft under $5,000, mischief under $5,000, and uttering threats and assault. Another man was charged with three counts of breach of a recognizance. A woman was charged with aiding or abetting a breach of recognizance. One other domestic dispute investigation is ongoing.
Spring seatbelt campaign starts Saturday EMC news â€“ For the next week, OPP detachments will be focusing on enforcing seatbelt laws. The annual spring seatbelt campaign runs April 14 to 22, with police promoting the safety of the motoring public by ensuring occupants in vehicles are properly secured.
â€œSeatbelts save lives and police officers will be strictly enforcing the Highway Traffic Act in regards to people who choose not to buckle up,â€? says an OPP news release. Each spring police services across the province work towards educating the public about the safety benefits of
buckling up seatbelts, and issuing tickets to those who choose to disobey the law. â€œPlease do your part to reduce injuries and deaths on roadways associated to lack of seatbelt use and buckle up,â€? urged police. The fine for not wearing a seatbelt is $200.
OPP warn teenagers on dangers of texting EMC news â€“ Once itâ€™s out there, you canâ€™t get it back. Thatâ€™s the message Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) detachments, including Arnpriorâ€™s, are putting out to teens across the province. A mistaken belief that their texted messages and images shared among peers will remain private and secure puts them in real danger of becoming victims of their own words and actions, warn police. Teens frequently engage in relationships with peers through the use of their mobile devices and computers that lead to â€œself-peer exploitationâ€? (also known as sexting). As a result of misbelieving that they can remain anonymous, they often also engage in this type of behaviour with individuals whom they donâ€™t know but have only ever met
online. Teens need to become aware that this kind of risky activity has very real dangers associated with it that includes many unintended consequences and permanent long term threats to their identity and their reputations, stress the OPP. Parents, guardians and educators need to learn more about this serious social issue, they add. They should recognize the significance of this problem, discuss it with their teens and monitor their social media activities. â€œChildren need to get involved and learn how to protect them from permanently damaging their lives.â€? said Insp. Scott Naylor, manager of the OPP Child Sexual Exploitation Unit.
OPP crack down on â€˜murderâ€™ texts EMC news â€“ The East Region Crime Unit of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is presently investigating numerous mischief complaints occurring across the area. People are receiving a text message on their personal cell phones indicating someone was possibly murdered. Due to the seriousness implications of the text, the receiver rightfully notifies police. To date, all of the messages have been confirmed as hoaxes. These false texts must be
followed up by police to make a factual determination into their authentication and ties up many officers for many hours in determining the source of the text, say police. The OPP warns everyone, that making/initiating a false text such as this is a criminal offence and the creator of the text may be charged with mischief. Anyone receiving such a text that does not know the source and has a concern is asked to contact the OPP or their nearest police agency.
Bicycle safely in town, urge OPP With the beautiful weather more people have come out of hibernation and are enjoying the longer days and the spring activities such as riding bicycles. Police are reminding the public to be cautious and aware of cyclists and share the
road. As well a reminder to cyclists of all ages that it is the law to wear a helmet if you are under the age of 18. Ensure you are visible, bright clothing, lights and reflectors on your bicycle assist motorists in seeing you.