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Participants in the second annual Dorothyâ€™s Step by Step Autism Awareness Walk braved the rain to march through downtown Belleville Sunday. Photo: Steve Jessel
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Listeria case points out Hotel sod turning inspection gap By Jack Evans
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News - Belleville - The recent case of a Belleville person getting ill with the serious listeria disease from eating blue cheese has opened up a serious gap in the Canada Food Inspection Agency regulations, the Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit Board was told Wednesday. Medical OfďŹ cer of Health Dr. Richard Schabas was comment-
ing on a press release the agency had issued earlier about the case, and added he has met with CFIA ofďŹ cials and will be following that up with a letter pointing out a lack of regulations. â€œThe cheese involved had been repackaged and relabelled by the original purchaser,â€? he noted, and the inspection agency has no requirements for such changes to be recorded on the label. Therefore, there was no
way of tracing the product to its original manufacturer. That situation could lead to other serious problems in the future unless the national food inspection agency corrects its regulations, he said. â€œThis is a change that needs to be made.â€? The board also learned that new regulations requiring certain immunization vaccinations
News - Belleville - Municipal and federal politicians, business leaders, construction and design ofďŹ cials and Chamber of Commerce representatives joined members of the Williams family for the sod turning of their new Marriott Inn Suites hotel on Bell Boulevard Thursday morning. Quinte West Mayor John Williams and sons, Ryan and Brad enthused about the new project and predicted it would encourage additional growth along the road, some of which has already started. â€œThis west end road is going to see substantial commercial growth in the future,â€? said Mayor Williams. Already the site has a good start on foundations and two on-site concrete kilns are ready to go to work. The project is scheduled to be open in August of next year providing the building can be roofed in to allow inside contractors to work during the winter. Please see photo on page 3
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News - Belleville - Raising funds and raising awareness went hand in hand at the second annual Dorothy’s Step by Step Autism Awareness Walk over the weekend, and for organizer Dorothy Day it was an encouraging sign to see the number of people that turned up for the walk despite some inclement weather. “It shows me that people do want to learn more about [autism] and they are supportive, and now they have a way to do that,” she said. Gathering at Market Square in downtown Belleville, roughly 70 people braved the rain and wind to gather to help raise funds for Autism Canada, and help spread the message about the support offered to families in need. The event had a decidedly different feel to the first annual Dorothy’s Walk in 2012, when Day said she did a more individual event. This year, she said wanted to reach more people through a community-based event. “We’re just trying to get a little more awareness out in the community, and hopefully have some fun as well,” she said. “The ratio for kids being diagnosed [with autism] is one in 88, and my daughter is one of those, which is kind of what
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spurred on my whole interest.” Day said it’s been a “rollercoaster” since her daughter was diagnosed at the age of four, but she’s found reliable help from a number of community agencies that have eased the transition. “It’s an ongoing, lifelong kind of disorder, but every day we learn a little bit more, and hopefully we can make her future and other folks future a little bit brighter,” Day said. For Laurie Mawlam, executive director of Autism Canada, events like Dorothy’s Walk are vitally important. Much like many other non-profit agencies, the national foundation receives no government funding for research and support services. “It’s not the numbers [at events like these] for me so much, it’s meeting people like [Day], because she’s an inspiration for every other community,” Mawlam said. “I see this as a template for the rest of Canada.” For Day, she said she didn’t set any particular fund-raising goal for the event. Rather, she had a simple goal. “Even if just one person from the community stops by and finds out a little bit more about it, hopefully it will be just a domino effect,” she said.
News - Deseronto - The first phase of the Deseronto Centennial Park Revitalization Project is complete, and as a result area parents and their children have a brand-new playground to enjoy. “The new playground and variety of other park enhancements are a welcome addition and vital aspect of the community. A lot of planning has gone into making Centennial Park an enjoyable space for residents and visitors of all ages and interests,” said Deseronto Mayor Norman J. Clark in a release. Deseronto is currently in the midst of a $195,000 park revitalization project that will see improved visitor amenities, landscaping, lighting, parking, signage, waterfront trail development, boater amenities and shoreline restoration activities all take place in Centennial Park, with an aim of having all phases completed by the spring of 2014. “The end result will be a park and play space for all to explore and enjoy, one that enriches the quality of life for our youth, residents and visitors alike, and preserves it for future generations,” Clark said.
To date, the project has received $80,000 in funding from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund. The Town Of Deseronto is contributing $45,000 of its own funds, but a significant funding gap still exists. In response, the town has launched a sponsorship campaign that offers businesses, organizations and individuals a chance to get involved, which can be viewed at <www.deseronto.ca> or by contacting Dana Valentyne at 613-396-2440. An additional way to contribute to the campaign comes in the form of the Aviva Community Fund Initiative, which will see $1 million donated to community projects across Canada. The initiative is votebased, and Deseronto is asking for community support in the form of online votes. Votes can be submitted once per day, and the projects with the most votes will move on to the semi-final and final rounds. To vote, either follow the link on the Deseronto Facebook page at <www.facebook.com/Deseronto>, or go to the Aviva web site at <www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf17789>.
Hotel sod turning Continued from page 1
Politicians of various levels, business leaders, construction and design officials and Chamber of Commerce representatives joined members of the Williams family at the Bell Boulevard site for the sod turning of their new Marriott Inn Suites hotel Thursday morning. Photo: Jack Evans
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