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Generosity springs from the ashes Lifetime of good deeds prompts outpouring of support for fire victims John Carter email@example.com
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EMC news – It didn’t take long for the community to rally in support of Ken Scissons and his tenants devastated by a nasty fire last Friday afternoon. The blaze just off the corner of McGonigal and John streets in Arnprior destroyed the home owned by Scissons and left five people homeless (see Page 31). It was the latest in a series of blows suffered by Scissons, who lost his son to illness last month. His daughter Sheila, who lost her dog in the fire, was one of those left homeless. The 83-year-old Scissons, who lives next door behind his small restaurant, Ken’s Kitchen, is himself suffering from heart problems. Fortunately, Arnprior firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to his restaurant and on the other side to Scheel Communications. When word spread that the Scissons family has suffered another setback, and only 10 days before Christmas at that, several local businesses took up the cause. Leading the way was Arnprior Sears owner John Purdon. He not only volunteered to collect money at his store in the Arnprior Mall for the residents of the home hit by fire, but agreed to match all donations made last weekend. He reported that about $1,000 was contributed, meaning the fire victims will receive $2,000. And although the matching time period is over, the Sears outlet is continuing to accept donations right through this Sunday. The store, being in a high traffic area at the mall, is a natural spot to collect donations, he said. Purdon explained that he decided to collect and match donations because he and his staff felt for the plight of the victims, particularly as it’s so close to Christmas.
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Arnprior firefighters tackle a very smoky Friday afternoon house fire on McGonigal Street that killed a dog and left five homeless. For more coverage, see Pages 31 and 33
Another teacher walk-out likely All welcome on Dec. 25 John Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
Students, businesses, organizations and individuals have flocked to the aid of the Arnprior District Food Bank, proving once again we live in a wonderfully generous community. – Pages 24, 25, 26, 27
EMC news – Public school elementary teachers who walked out of class in Renfrew County last Thursday may hold another protest early in the new year. And this time, public high school teachers could join them. Both teacher groups have voted strongly in favour of holding a province-wide day of political action if the provincial government uses Bill 115 to impose new agreements. The government has threatened to do just
that, if deals are not reached locally by Dec. 31. That appears to be highly unlikely in most if not all school districts. No talks are scheduled before year’s end between teachers and Renfrew County public school board. Secondary school agreements reached in a few school districts have been scrapped after teachers complained the province was interfering by changing wording in the deals.
EMC events – It’s a community event that started out at the water cooler. Four years ago at Mel’s Flowers, Tracey Climo and Erica Slater were at work, talking about how they could help the less fortunate at Christmas, a time that can be difficult for many. “Our kids were older and we had the time,” said Climo. “We wanted to provide something for those who might not have a dinner to go to.”
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They will be open to the public, but people will not be able to take part in the discussion. That will be left for the public meeting later in the process. Township CEO Noreen Mellema and Howarth will co-ordinate the process and the planner will provide council with assessments of the reports by the company’s consultants and the township-ordered peer reviews. Miller Group had offered to have its experts at the meetings to answer questions, to the concern of some residents, who maintained the peer reviewers should then also be in attendance. However, councillors agreed that if they had any technical questions that Howarth couldn’t answer, they would get him to check with the appropriate experts. The planner had advised that it would get too confusing if council
EMC news – Submissions provided by ‘experts’ working for a residents’ group opposing a rezoning of the Braeside Quarry will be among those considered by McNab-Braeside council. That was made clear in discussions Dec. 11 when McNab-Braeside councillors set up a series of meetings in the new year to go over the seven Miller Group studies and peer reviews looking into the effects on the area the rezoning and a permanent asphalt plant would have on the area. At its Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting, council agreed it, will review the studies with planner Bruce Howarth and township staff in afternoon sessions prior to PAC meetings on Jan. 15 and Feb. 12.
had both sets of experts at the review meetings, so they agreed to have neither. Councillors agreed they should go over the application carefully and thoroughly. The application has been in the works for more than six years, but much of the earlier discussion over the studies is new to three of the councillor elected in 2010, including PAC chair Christine Blimkie. Blimkie caused a stir in the audience at the Dec. 11 meeting by saying she wasn’t sure if submissions by residence-funded experts, such as Wilf Ruland would be discussed at the council sessions. However, Haworth said that the Planning Act indicates that council should consider all submissions. The scheduled discussion of the topic attracted about a dozen people to the PAC meeting and close to three dozen to the Dec. 4 council meeting.
Miller Group consultant Gary Bell provided council with an update Dec. 11, reviewing the application’s municipal and provincial processes. The company will hold a public open house to explain its plans and answer questions. The township will hold at least one public meeting to hear public input about the plan. Residents are also welcome to submit opinions and questions to Howarth and council. Information about the application, including copies of the reports and peer reviews, are available on the township’s website and on CDs. It will be much like the township’s official plan review, noted Mayor Mary Campbell. Mellema noted she has already begun to receive a flood of emails. All submissions will become part of the public record, accessible to everybody, she said. At the end of the Dec. 4 council
meeting, several members of the public expressed concern that the process was weighted against opponents of the application and environmental protection. A common fear was that council would be putting too much stake on what the Miller experts said and too little on their own peer reviewers. Campbell told them that council is not hiding anything and their anxiety is premature. David Talbot asked what constraints and criteria council was working with in making a decision. Can it say “we really don’t want this here,” he asked. Campbell replied that council has to follow the process set out by the province and weigh all submissions including the applicant’s studies and peer reviews. Council’s decision can be appealed to the Ontario Municipal Board.
Town’s drainage work delay put Pegasus development on hold John Carter firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC news – McNab-Braeside council wants drainage work promised by Arnprior completed before the Pegasus development is allowed to move forward. The majority of council agreed that due process should be followed and rejected a plea
by the owners of the proposed Olympia Home subdivision in Arnprior along the township border to speed up its registration. Bill Buchanan, representing the developer, had asked council Dec. 4 that construction and sale of homes be expedited with the promise the drainage work to be done by the town would be tackled later. After preliminary discussion at the Dec.
4 council meeting, councillors agreed they needed more time to consider the matter and continued the debate at their Dec. 11 Planning Advisory Committee meeting. That discussion concluded with a vote in favour of council sticking to its guns and insisting the drainage work be done before the township gives the project its blessing. The decision was upheld at council’s meet-
ing on Dec. 18. Buchanan was allowed to address council at its Dec. 4 meeting despite being too late to be an official delegation. He asked to be heard Dec. 3 and council decided it would make every allowance it could to listen to him. See COMPANY, Page 7 R0011824311_1220
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Meanwhile, Elementary Teachers Federationâ€™s one-day rotating strikes continue unabated with at least three districts affected each day for the past two weeks. Public elementary school teachers were scheduled to walk out in Upper Canada schools, including Pakenham, today (Thursday). However, unlike in most school districts, the Upper Canada board said it would keep the schools open without teachers to help parents who donâ€™t have alternate child care. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario sent out a release stressing that the walkout does not affect its 40 schools, which were scheduled to be â€œopen and fully operationalâ€? today. The walkouts touched down in Renfrew County Dec. 13, closing all public elementary schools in Renfrew County. With weather-related â€˜snow daysâ€™ Monday last week and Monday and Tuesday this week, it meant that most students have missed four of the last eight days of school. ETFO local president Allison Ryan and Ontario president Sam Hammond were among officials who made the rounds last Thursday to support their members and make themselves visible to the general public and the media at 14 locations in the county. About 600 ETFO-member teachers, educational assistants, school support counselors and occasional teachers took part in the protest. PICKETS AT WZ
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Ryanâ€™s four-stop day began at Walter Zadow Public School in Arnprior, where striking teachers from that school as well as A.J. Charbonneau and McNab Public were greeted by many honks and thumbsup from passing drivers. The tour continued at Queen Elizabeth and Central public schools in Renfrew, while other officials visited Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School and Cobden Public School where teachers were also picketing. â€œWeâ€™re happy to be standing up for our rights. We donâ€™t want to be here (picketing), but we donâ€™t want to see a collective agreement imposed upon us,â€? said Ryan, referring to the bill that the Ontario legislature passed in September. â€œWhat Bill 115 did was take away our democratic right to negotiate collective agreements freely with our employer,â€? she added. â€œUnfortunately, thereâ€™s a misconception in the public that this is about money. This isnâ€™t about money. This is about our rights, and the fact Bill 115 puts our government above the law and takes our rights away.â€? Ryan, who has been a teacher for 12 years, says, â€œour biggest concern is that collective bargaining with our employer hasnâ€™t been allowed to happen. Bill 115 came out and said youâ€™re going to nego-
tiate under these parameters, and these are the only parameters that you have. And those things do include our wages, our sick leave, our benefits, but itâ€™s about more than that. Itâ€™s about the loss of our ability to negotiate.â€? Queen Elizabeth Public School teachers echoed those sentiments. Kaia Paddock, whose mother Lila was the ETFO local president for more than a decade, said she was on the picket line â€œto tell the government that Iâ€™m not happy theyâ€™re taking away my rights to collective bargaining, and that we put students first. â€œI put my (own two) children first and my students by teaching them to fight, and not to be bullied, by the government.â€? Queen Elizabeth Public School teachers carried placards with the stopbill115. ca website below the words: â€œIf you work in Ontario, this is your fight.â€? Other placards read: â€œNegotiate, donâ€™t legislate,â€? or â€œRespect collective bargaining rights.â€? Striking teacher Jenifer Wroe said, â€œweâ€™re out here so the bill can be repealed. Itâ€™s not about all the stuff weâ€™re hearing.â€? Colleague Anne Lefebvre said: â€œThe fight is about democracy, and nothing else.â€? â€œI hope the public hears that weâ€™re doing this for our members, and for all unions, because the government has started with teachers, and who knows where theyâ€™re going to go next,â€? said Ryan. â€œWeâ€™re going to continue with our work-to-rule campaign and we will investigate the possibility of stepping things up by adding to the list of what our members wonâ€™t do.â€? At present, ETFO members are refusing to participate in staff meetings, professional development and extra-curricular activities. Meanwhile, the ETFO and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) are waiting to see if Education Minister Laurel Broten will impose collective agreements after the stipulated deadline of Dec. 31 for unions and their employers. POLITICAL PROTEST
If she does, Ryan says ETFO has also already decided that there will be a political protest to that action. The ETFO, says Ryan, already plans to protest at the Ontario Liberal Partyâ€™s late-January leadership convention in Toronto. Ottawa area teachers held a protest Tuesday at a Liberal leadership debate in the capital. A solid majority of public elementary teachers across Ontario has already voted in favour of a one-day political protest in the event that the Minister of Education â€œuses draconian provisions of Bill 115 to shut down legal strikes or impose a collective agreement.â€? Secondary school teachers were voting early this week on the same issue.
â€œETFO teachers, occasional teachers, education support personnel, professional support personnel, and designated early childhood educators are saying they will lead the protest against Bill 115 if the education minister denies them their fundamental rights,â€? said Hammond. Ninety-two percent of over 46,000 members who cast a ballot voted in favour of a one-day political protest. Voting was conducted online Dec. 2-4. â€œThis vote affirms once again that it is our members who determine their actions through democratic processes, contrary to Minister Brotenâ€™s derogatory comments about union leaders this week,â€? said Hammond. â€œIt is unfortunate that her government crafted a law that allows no judicial appeal in the provincial courts - a tactic rarely if ever used in democracies. Our members have been left with little recourse but to choose a political protest. â€œBill 115 is an affront to the fundamental rights not only of educators but of all Ontarians.â€? â€œGiven the rigid parameters of Bill 115, the minister has left us no other option but to send her a message via strike action,â€? said Marg Merpaw, president of Upper Canada Teacher Local. â€œWe are calling on the Minister to restore local autonomy and stop destroying a bargaining process that has worked for decades.â€? â€œIt is unconscionable that a government would use a draconian law like Bill 115 to sweep away the democratic rights of our members,â€? added Diane Dewing, president of Upper Canada Occasional Teacher Local. â€œRight from the start, the minister took a â€˜take it or leave it approachâ€™ to talks. Thatâ€™s not bargaining, thatâ€™s an abuse of power that all Ontarians should be concerned about.â€? While not holding one-day walkouts, public secondary school teachers were into their second week of shunning all extra-curricular activities to protest Bill 115. As a result, all ADHS Redmen basketball and volleyball games scheduled for the past two weeks have been cancelled. Meanwhile, Ontario Progressive Conservative Education Critic Lisa MacLeod has again urged Education Minister Laurel Broten to invoke Bill 115 to force an end to the one-day roatating walkouts. She said it is disappointing that the Liberals passed Bill 115, only to â€œignore it when it is needed.â€? The government is allowing union leaders to â€œmake a mockery of the education system at the expense of Ontario students and their families,â€? she added. She also suggested that some of the provincial Liberal leadership candidates are undermining Bill 115. CUPE, which is supporting the teachersâ€™ fight against Bill 115, has applauded comments by leadership candidate Gerard Kennedy that talks between teachers and school boards should be allowed to continue past the Dec. 31 deadline. With files from Steve Newman
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Buchanan told council that the subdivision agreement had been signed with the Town of Arnprior, but one of the conditions, a cleanup and restoration of the Campbell municipal drain, had yet to be met. The developer had committed to paying for the work, but it was the town’s responsibility to ensure it was completed, he explained. There’s not really much more the company can do at this point to alleviate any drainage concerns other than promise the work will eventually be done, he said. “We’ve provided them (town) with the money (to fund the work).” Buchanan urged council to take that as meeting the drainage conditions and sign off on the project. The company can’t officially register the
subdivision until the township agrees that it is satisfied all conditions are met. Olympia Homes is anxious to finally get homes completed and sold, as the subdivision has been in the works for more than five years. The subdivision was scheduled to be serviced in full last week, and with 19 foundations in ground, “we would like to continue,” Buchanan said. If the subdivision isn’t registered this year, it could pose “serious problems” for the development, he said, noting 15 lots have already been sold. He said the township could be confident the work would be done, as the money has been set aside for it. It’s not as if the company is going to stop work on the subdivision, he said. “We’re here for the long haul.”
However, council felt that the promising to do the work wasn’t sufficient. The condition was that the town hire an engineer to review the drainage report and then clean out the drainage ditch and culvert, councillors noted. Deputy Mayor Christine Blimkie said council’s main duty is to its residents and taking someone’s word a condition is going to be fulfilled at some later time isn’t doing that. She expressed surprise that at least 19 foundations had already been built before the project has received final approval. “You’ll have to address that to the town,” responded county planner Bruce Haworth when asked how this could have happened. It’s Arnprior’s responsibility to subdivision agreement, noted Campbell. Councillors noted its residents in the Vanjamur-Russet-Campbell Drive area had com-
plained about drainage runoff from subdivisions in the area several times before. Mayor Mary Campbell said the decision should be based on precedent, as the subdivision shouldn’t be treated any better or worse “than any of our own developments.” She noted that drainage is usually “a hot issue for us” when it comes to approving rural estate lots. “If there’s any chance that might impact our residents we need to do our due diligence,” she said. Council should also be alert so not to put the township is a position where it could be liable for damages, she added. Coun. Bob Campbell noted that if the work isn’t done before summer, the area will likely suffer flooding in the spring. With files by Sherry Haaima
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Fast forward to 2012 and the women, along with a slew of volunteers, are busily preparing for the fourth annual dinner Christmas Day community supper. “It grows a little each year,” said Tracey Climo. The community and businesses come through in a big way each year for the dinner, said Climo. This year, Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors at Home is helping facilitate a delivery service for shut-in seniors. The organization is providing drivers who will deliver dinners to the seniors and others who can’t get out. The event draws a mixed crowd every year, said Climo. From families who might not have the means to provide a full dinner to a couple in their 70s who just moved to town to a senior who finds him or herself on their own Christmas day – there is a place for everyone at this table. “It’s a true community gathering,” said Climo. And no volunteer will be turned away either. “I don’t care if there are 80 volunteers,” said Climo. “If people show up, we’ll find something for them to do.” “It’s really nice because we’ve gotten to know some of the people over the years,” said Climo. Organizers were a little worried the first year that people would be hesitant to come out to the event, but their fears soon proved unfounded as diners, volunteers and supporters were quick to come forward. “The funds are raised by local members of the town and it is completely non-profit even the cooked leftovers are taken to the mission in Ottawa as there is no organization in Arnprior that accepts cooked food. The remaining noncooked food goes to organizations like the Fountain and the food bank,” said Climo. The supper will be held at the Nick Smith Centre Tuesday, Dec. 25. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. with dinner being served at 5 p.m. For more information, call Erica at 613623-7016 or Tracey 613-6237016.
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Wishing you peace and understanding this Christmas season Christmas has come just in time. With all the violence, rancour and loss affecting us at all levels, itâ€™s time to take a breather and collect ourselves before taking on the many challenges of a new year. Itâ€™s difficult not to feel sadness after the events of the past few weeks. Most disturbing is the senseless rampage that snuffed out so many innocent lives in Newtown, Connecticut last week. What a waste. The 28 deaths have re-awakened the debate about gun control in the U.S. The massacre has also fostered a new appreciation for teachers, as it was their courageous protection of stu-
dents that prevented the death toll from being much higher. We could do with a revival of that mutual admiration here in Ontario. While Canada doesnâ€™t have gun violence to the extent they do in the U.S., we shouldnâ€™t get too complacent. Weâ€™ve just marked the 23rd anniversary of the Ecole Polytechique shooting of 14 female students and shootings in Toronto regularly take innocent lives. And itâ€™s not just guns we should be worrying about. In this area, the courts have been dealing with two high profile impaired driving charges. In one, young twins lost a mother; in the other
three young children lost a father. Itâ€™s something to keep in mind when imbibing this holiday season. Better to find a safe way to get home than to risk being next yearâ€™s court news. While weâ€™ll never rid the world completely of deranged people bent on destruction or drunken idiots who get behind the wheel, we can take steps to better treat their mental disorders; or failing that, limiting their access to guns and cars. And it shouldnâ€™t have to take a tragedy for the public and the government to appreciate teachers and vice versa. We have plenty of healing to do as we ap-
proach the new year. Strong leadership and mutual understanding needs to rise to the fore for meaningful progress to be made. However, for the next week or so, take a short break if you can from the onerous duties and dilemmas and disasters that face us far too often. Itâ€™s time to instead focus on faith, family and friends. By concentrating on whatâ€™s really important, weâ€™ll be much better mentally prepared to wipe away the sadness and face the future with a renewed optimism. May your Christmas break provide you that blessing.
Ultimate tragedy of Newtown would be no change to gun laws To the Editor: It is very difficult to get oneâ€™s head around the recent tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut. It was senseless to say the least that leaves another scar on the social and political landscape of America. But we in Canada are not immune from this kind of â€˜insanityâ€™, so one ought to be careful how critical we are of what has occurred there. Having said this, there is an issue in the United States regarding guns and control of them that we donâ€™t have here. That is the issue of having â€˜a right to bear armsâ€™. In Canada, we have the privilege of owning them providing we are duly licensed and the type of firearms fit certain criteria as to being restricted or prohibited. In the United States there is the belief that Americans have the â€˜right to bear themâ€™. That is the thrust of my letter. What does the right to bear arms actually mean? In addressing this question, one must go back some 236 years to 1776. The second amendment to the United States Constitution gave states the right to raise and maintain their own militias. These militias are army formations under the control of the state governments. We know them as National Guard units. They operate, as our own military units do, as â€˜aids to ... or support to the civil powerâ€™. State militias can be called up in support of national interests as required, or as we often see, on orders from state governments. In these instances one does not see individual Americans marching down the streets bearing arms.
Individuals are outside of the laws that created state militias. A notable exception is the wild west practice of law police officials deputizing citizens into posses, but that practice was never a substitute for state militias. So where is America at with the belief that Americans have the right to bear arms? Over time, this concept has been hi-jacked by organizations like the National Rifle Association, and others, that this is a â€˜rightâ€™. So there is a proliferation of weapons on the American landscape that permits assault weapons, etc. that have no real purpose outside of military or law enforcement. While it may be true that â€˜guns don`t kill ... people doâ€™, it is time to redefine the second amendment and to restrict these kinds of weapons so that the possibility of further insanity can be minimized. I doubt if this will come to pass. The political minefield is strewn with ignorance and a lack of political will. That is the ultimate tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut. It is a sad commentary to suggest this to be true, but alas it is a probability that these innocent children and those who tried to protect them might have died in vain. One would think that a change in dogma, etc. might occur, but I doubt it. I suggest this because ĂŹf there is a God, he must love ignorant people more than pragmatic saner folk. The reason is `because he made so many of them! Thomas Charbonneau Arnprior
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B) No. The two cases are the exception.
Not far from those stars, weâ€™ll see six more. It will be the teachers saying we are all safe now at Heavenâ€™s door. Hug each other when you go to bed at night. We donâ€™t know what tomorrow brings when we turn out the light. Marie McCourt Arnprior
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Does the fact there have been two high-profile impaired driving court cases in our area recently mean weâ€™re failing in the battle to curb impaired driving?
A) Yes. Too many people are still
Pray for the children To the Editor: Re. Newtown, Connecticut school. At a time like this, we pray for the children, school staff, families and their friends â€“ not much we can do, only â€˜pray for themâ€™. When night time comes, look up at the sky. Weâ€™ll see a â€˜clusterâ€™ of little stars. â€˜Tis all the little angels saying we are safe in Heaven now.
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War-time Christmas scene
World War II veteran Doug Calder, a resident of Arnprior, celebrates Christmas on Dec. 25, 1944 in Riccione, Italy. The 20-year-old Calder is second from left in this photo of the war-time celebration.
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Think twice about a Christmas pup lar, largely tax-free industry, reliant upon supply and demand. As an emergency rescue responder at a puppy mill, I am haunted by the images that I witnessed: the profound hopelessness in the eyes and body language of every dog, the result of immeasurable cruelty and abuse. That experience set me on a life-altering course to raise public consciousness to the hell that is puppy mills.
The only way to end this cruel industry is to stop supporting it. This Christmas, if you are considering a family companion, visit local rescues and shelters and offer a deserving dog a chance to live, and at the same time, help end the atrocity of puppy mills. For more information see www.nopuppymillscanada.ca.
To the editor: For many, the holiday season comes with the irresistible urge to purchase that cute puppy in the window. In stark contrast, January to March are the busiest months in rescues and shelters when countless dogs are dumped, and many healthy dogs are euthanized due to lack of space. Puppy millers force breeding over and over solely for profit. It is a multimillion-dol-
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Conservative MP blind to F-35 fiasco To the Editor: The fiscal incompetence and complete mismanagement of Canadaâ€™s largest military procurement since World War II has now been fully exposed. MP Cheryl Gallant and the Conservative Party need to be held accountable for their total mishandling of the F-35. Two years ago they told Canadians that the government would replace our aging fleet of CF-18s with a sole-sourced contract for F-35s for only $9 billion - now thanks to an audit from KPMG we know the true cost of the F35s will exceed $46 billion. The government said the F-35 was the only plane that could meet our needs - now they admit that other planes could. They always maintained that considering other options was irresponsible and they sole-sourced the contract-
now they are looking at other planes. They said there was a contract - now they donâ€™t. This is how an incompetent government turns a $13 billion Liberal surplus in 2006 into a $142 billion accumulated Conservative deficit by 2012.The government lied, stonewalled, broke all the rules of procurement, evaded every safeguard, and attacked the credibility and patriotism of all those who dared challenge it. It asked voters to re-elect it using fraudulent numbers. Mrs. Gallant needs to stop the cheerleading and start asking serious questions about how the government is spending your hard-earned tax dollars. She canâ€™t serve her constituents with blinders on. John McKay, MP Liberal Party of Canada Defence Critic
Reader says thanks for the help at Shoppers To the Editor: I would like to say thank you to the two kind women who helped me with my daughter recently in Shoppers Drugmart. It was so appreciated to have you both there when this happened and to be reminded that
there are still such kind caring people around. Thank you very much for your help that day. M. Harwood Arnprior
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A Christmas tale that is not funny in the least EMC lifestyle - We have two very special ornaments to hang on the tree every year. They belonged to my wife’s grandmother. Nothing flashy or expensive or particularly attractive, even. Kind of gaudy, to be honest. But they are old and they mean a lot to us. More to me than her, I suspect. Maybe because I don’t have any ornaments handed down. We don’t have those two ornaments anymore. We have them and about a million little pieces that used to comprise them. Yes, our two boys managed to bust both just days before Christmas, in the year of our Lord 2012. The little geezers. It happened as all catastrophes happen. A series of misfortunate steps that, in and of themselves, seemed innocuous at the time. (No allusions here to the flaming popcorn pot of ’06 that died on the front lawn.) Mrs. Overdunn was out of the house that afternoon, always an indication that something terribly wrong is about to happen. I verbally yanked said geezers away from the video games; reminded them that the non-virtual world still exists and that some entities within it, such as the dang tree, needed watering. They got the jug of water, as per their usual duty. One of them, Overdunn the Younger,
Derek Dunn Overdunn climbed under the tree to begin feeding the base. Not thinking this a task requiring adult supervision – how much harm can a jug of water cause next to an electrical outlet? – I resumed the allimportant work of checking my Facebook account. There was a bit of rustling in the corner, nothing like the sound Clark Griswold heard from the tree moments before a squirrel destroyed his house. And yet, the next thing I heard is the tree crashing down on my precious record player. Looking over, it took a moment for me to realize that the universe has not simply shifted vertically, but that the tree is actually parallel with the floor. It was actually on the