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Former NDP candidates and volunteers, and area politicians, remembered the charismatic Leader of the Official Opposition, Jack Layton, this week. Layton died at his Toronto home early on the morning of Monday, Aug. 22. He was first elected as the federal NDP leader in 2003 and led the party to its best-ever showing of 103 seats in the May 2 election. Former Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington NDP candidate Doug Smyth was preparing to head out on a family vacation when he heard the news first
from the Canadian Gazette. “Oh no,” he said. “I’m just knocked out.” Smyth was a beneficiary of the ‘Orange Crush’, which saw the NDP become the official opposition for the first time ever this year, and which lifted his campaign to a respectable second-place finish. “I sort of knew that would come, just from the looks of him,” said Smyth, from the coverage of a gaunt-looking Layton delivering what was to be his final press conference as leader when he announced that his cancer had returned. See ‘LAYTON’, page 3
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ALMONTE – The backers of a proposed solar energy farm north of Carleton Place are hoping that any change in provincial government will not affect their
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ALMONTE’S BRAVEHEART Jack Lockhart, 4, of Almonte, muscles up all his strength while participating in the caber toss portion of the children’s games at the North Lanark Highland Games Saturday, Aug. 20. For more bonnie wee photos, please see pages 2 and 47.
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North Lanark Highland Games 2011
North Lanark Highland Games an Almonte success The North Lanark Highland Games avoided the rain on Saturday, with lively bands, athletic events, dancing competitions, vendors and childrenâ€™s activities. Above, there was no shortage of instruments as bands joined the official duty band in the grand opening ceremony in the afternoon. Below: top left, Corp. Paul Lawrenson stands in front of the bands as he receives a standing ovation. Lawrenson is currently serving in Afghanistan and returned
home for a short visit and to lead the Cameron Highlanders for the games. He was set to return to Afghanistan following the games. Top right, local athlete Neil Lowry competes in the menâ€™s afternoon events. Bottom left, the 84th Regiment re-enactment group was at the North Lanark Highland Games Saturday to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Ramsay. Many of the disbanded soldiers from the original group settled in Eastern Ontario, including
Ramsay. The group fired their muskets four times during a special demonstration. Bottom right, back row, from left, piping judges Brian Williamson, Bob MacCrimmon and Hugh Goldie are joined by chief steward Andy Donachie while posing with three of the Japanese exchange students visiting Carleton Place, Akari Yoshikawa, Megumi Awata and Riho Tate. Photos by Brier Dodge
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Continued from front “That’s really sad,” said Smyth. “That’s a bad thing for the country, a sad thing for his family. He was quite a remarkable individual.” Before this year’s election was called, Smyth met Layton briefly at an event. “(He was a) very charismatic, powerful individual,” said Smyth. “I wish I had had time to sit down with him and talk.” Smyth commended Layton for making what he felt was a good impact during the election, but he noted it was sad that Layton could not enjoy the fruits of his hard labour over the years, as Leader of the Official Opposition. “He left something for people to work with,” said Smyth of the shape he left the NDP. “I’m not very familiar with who would take over that position. We’ll see who steps up.” Same names that have been mentioned include deputy leader Thomas Mulcair of Montreal and the NDP’s foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar of Ottawa Centre. Ray Samuels, the independent New Democratic candidate for the upcoming provincial election in Carleton-Mississippi Mills, was also drawn to the party by Layton. Samuels recalled seeing Layton in happier times during the annual Taste of the Danforth festival in downtown Toronto. As the MP for Toronto-Danforth, Layton was doing a constituent meet-and-greet, and Samuels saw first hand the Layton charm at work. “He had a whole crowd around
The late federal New Democratic Party leader Jack Layton mingles with voters during a campaign stop in Kanata. him,” Samuels recalled. “He was smiling and everyone was smiling around him.” Samuels heard the sad news online Monday morning, and “it was very shocking and sad,” though he admitted that, at last month’s press conference “he (Layton) didn’t look so great.” “This is a shock for all Canadians. Canadians were pulling for him,” said Samuels. “Canadians, irrespective of their political perspectives, they admired his principles.” Samuels worked on many NDP campaigns when Layton was leader. “His name resonated at the
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door,” said Samuels of his doorknocking duties in Ottawa. “They would respect that you were coming from a party with a leader that spoke with integrity.” “Our thoughts are with his family at this time,” said Leanne Waddell, manager of the Lanark, Leeds and Grenville unit of the Cancer Society, based in Perth. “We’re very sad to hear of his untimely passing…He seemed to touch many lives. Mr. Layton has always been a big supporter of health issues and the Canadian Cancer Society.” She pointed out that even back during his time on Toronto city
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Layton ended his letter on an council, Layton was a keen supporter of society-backed initia- upbeat note. “My friends, love is better tives like making smoke-free than anger. Hope is better than public spaces. On a personal level, Waddell fear. Optimism is better than desaid that “he touched many spair. So let us be loving, hopeful lives, whether they liked his and optimistic. And we’ll change party or not. It’s very special for the world.” Layton is survived by wife and a political figure to have people MP Olivia Chow, and children liking him.” Mississippi Mills Mayor John Sarah and Michael. Since the news of the death of Levi was attending the Association of Municipalities of Ontar- Layton broke, condolence mesio meeting in London, Ont. this sages have poured in through week, where he was surrounded various social media pages from by municipal politicians who people across the country. would have remembered Layton A state funeral for Layton will from his days as president of the be held at 2 p.m. in Roy Thomson Federation of Canadian Munici- Hall in Toronto Saturday. palities (FCM). With files from Eddie Rwema. “Jack will be missed on the Derek Dunn File photo political level. He kept people on their toes,” said Levi by phone from London. “It’ll change the political landscape, that’s for sure. Without him, it will be more difficult (for the NDP).” Levi noted that Layton’s passing came as a shock to him and other delegates. He had met Layton at an FCM conference in Halifax. “You couldn’t help but feel the charisma,” said Levi. “He was very friendly.” In a letter to Canadians written two days before his death, dated Aug. 20 and released by his family on Monday, Layton called on others afflicted with the disease not to be discouraged that his own journey hasn’t gone as well as he had hoped. “And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We File photo can be a better one - a country of greater equality, justice, and The late Leader of Her Majesty’s opportunity. Loyal Opposition, Jack Layton.
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Council Meeting Schedule: Tuesday, August 30 – at 1:00 p.m. Committee of the Whole Tuesday, September 13 – at 2:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole Thursday, September 22 – at 7:00 p.m. Council Tuesday, September 27 – at 2:30 p.m. Committee of the Whole Municipal Ofﬁce Closed – September 9, 2011 The 9th Annual Staff Golf Day will be held on Friday. September 9th, the Municipal Ofﬁce will be closed at 1:00 p.m.
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Solar panel project subject of open house Beckwith Street down Aug. 31 in Almonte at Old Town Hall to one lane this week
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The company is hoping to build a 75-acre solar farm just off of the intersection of County Road 29 and Wilson Street in Mississippi Mills. If approved the solar farm will be home to about 50,000 solar panels. “We’re hoping that projects like this, that are well through the process, won’t have their contracts pulled back,” said Singer. “We’ve all heard (Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Tim) Hudak speaking so it is a concern.” Hudak said in a speech earlier this year that he would end subsidies for wind and solar power if he is elected premier in October, by doing away with the feedin tariff (FIT), which encourage solar power generation. Despite Hudak’s concerns, Singer pointed out the green energy industry “provide a lot of employment to people.” Singer also noted her project is hoping to sell its power through the Ontario Power Authority’s FIT contract, which fixes rates for 20 years. “We’re planning to connect to
Almonte,” said Singer. While who will win the provincial election Oct. 6 is still an unanswered question, residents can have their own questions answered about the solar project much sooner during a public open house next week. The public open house will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 31 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St. The company has already been hosting public consultations with area residents for some time. “We’ve had a lot of people who are very supportive of the program, (and) some people have had some questions,” said Singer. Those questions include, “what will it look like?” The plan has been in the planning stages for about a year, and the company has, literally, been laying the groundwork for the project. “We usually have a land agent go out and look for areas that do not have environmental constraints and are near a transmission line,” said Singer. “I look at sites that cause the least environmental effects. This place
has, historically, been a farmer’s field.” The panels will be in long rows facing south, the direction best suited for soaking up the most solar radiation possible. Singer’s company has also been in contact with Lanark County about where would be the best area to situate an access road to the land from County Road 29. The project hinges on renewable energy approval from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. After public consultations, the company will submit a proposal in the second quarter of 2012, with construction starting – pending approval – in early 2013. While no one will work fulltime at the site, there will be workers who maintain the panels and mow the grass. “We do look to hire locally,” said Singer. “We’re there for the long-term. We want to be part of the community.” On Tuesday, Aug. 16, Singer met with Mississippi Mills Mayor John Levi to seek input from the town, and she is also seeking quotes from local communities on possible contracts.
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CARLETON PLACE – Traffic along Beckwith Street will continue to be reduced to one lane from time to time this week as construction work continues. The section of Beckwith Street from Lake Avenue East to Albert Street is the focus of the work, with Tomlinson construction and their subcontractors relining the roadway. They are also working on the storm sewers along the street and on the 7 Beckwith St. site. Traffic may be slowed somewhat, but the construction company has promised it will “do their utmost” to keep traffic moving. Traffic heading north along the road will have to yield to southbound traffic. Meanwhile, on the north end of the traffic zone, concrete crews began mobilizing on Beckwith Street on Tuesday, and will move to Albert Street
after Beckwith is complete. The concrete crews are installing the forms and pouring the concrete for new curbs and sidewalks. The process could take a few days and access to driveways and parking areas will be either reduced or unavailable. During the installation of curbs and sidewalks, vehicles will not be able to drive over the new concrete for between two and three days. drivers are asked to make alternative travel and parking arrangements. Pedestrians will be able to use the sidewalks within 24 hours after the concrete is poured, and before then, temporary access for pedestrians over the wet cement will be provided. The company and the town are also reminding those affected by the construction that the timeline for construction operations is subject to weather conditions, and rain could affect, or even delay, the construction schedule.
Junior Volunteer Program draws to close; senior volunteers needed Hot 89.9 FM radio star Josie Geuer will be the guest speaker at the Almonte General Hospital/Fairview Manor (AGH/FVM) Junior Volunteer party on August 29, 2011. The celebration, which runs from 6-8 p.m., will be held at the Mahogany Salon and Spa in Carleton Place. In addition to refreshments, those attending will enjoy musical entertainment by the Peter Brown Jazz Quartet, Jordan McIntosh and Junior Volunteer Program Leader Mariah Simpson. The formal part of the program, which will be emceed by Reg Gamble, also includes remarks from Volunteer Services Committee Chair Rita Munro, Volunteer Co-ordinator Anne McRae, Upper Canada District School Board Director David Thomas, and AGH/FVM President and CEO Mary Wilson Trider. While the Junior Volunteer Program is drawing to a close for the summer, the Hospital and Manor are looking for senior volunteers for the fall session,
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which begins September 6 and ends December 30, 2011. “We have a number of positions open this fall,” says Volunteer Co-ordinator Anne McRae. “A variety of days and times are available.” At AGH, three volunteers are needed to be on call for the Physiotherapy department when a regularly scheduled volunteer is unavailable. There is
also an opening in Physiotherapy from 9 a.m. to noon Fridays and from 1-3 p.m. Fridays. Positions are available in Day Hospital from 13 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Volunteers are needed in the Rosamond Unit from 1-3:30 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. At Fairview Manor, the Life Enrichment department needs volunteers to help with: Thursday evening bingo from 6-7:45 p.m.; Saturday bingo from 1-3 p.m.; Sunday church services from 1:30-2:30 p.m.; and Wednesday manicures from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Openings are also available in the Gift Shop, portering residents to and from the hair salon and for friendly visits. Dates and times for these volunteer shifts are still to be determined. Volunteers receive orientation and training. For more information about volunteer opportunities at AGH/FVM, please call Anne McRae at 613-2562514, extension 2226.
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Mississippi Mills has come out on top, in a good way, in a recent waste audit carried out amongst several Lanark County municipalities. A “waste characterization audit” was carried out in March amongst several ‘waste partner’ municipalities, including the Town of Carleton Place and Drummond/North Elmsley and Montague townships. The municipalities, in league with other areas of Lanark County, are still in the middle of forming a municipal waste strategy, and needed this information to form a “benchmark to see where we are at.” “This audit was done as part of that process,” explained Cory Smith, a technologist with the Town of Mississippi Mills. “This is a great baseline,” he added. “The people of Mississippi Mills are certainly doing a great job out there. These are significantly good numbers across the board.” Mississippi Mills was found to have the best waste diversion rate of the municipalities surveyed at 37 per cent, beating its nearest rival, Drummond/North Elmsley at 30 per cent, though the Ontario target for waste diversion is 60 per cent. “We do have a ways to go,” said Smith. Mississippi Mills also had the highest level of recycling generation. The town also had the lowest average waste genera-
tion per household per kilogram per week, at 10 kilograms. The locations for the samples were randomly determined, and for Mississippi Mills, had to take into account both a rural and urban component, with 50 samples
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A sanitation worker in Smiths Falls collects recycling on garbage day. taken from each area. “We sent staff out to collect materials on collection day,” said Smith. The garbage and recycling was analyzed during an “extraction exercise,” at the Waste Management facility on Highway 15 between Carleton Place and Franktown. “It was a very practical spot to do our exercise,” said Smith. “We did fairly well.” The final report was prepared this past spring, and was sent to the various municipalities in early summer for analysis. The Mississippi Mills roads and public works department has already received a copy of the report.
Recycling in the area used to be handled by Lanark County, but was then downloaded to the municipalities who shortly afterwards formed a municipal waste strategy. “We’ve been working together to develop this program that we have,” said Smith. “We have community support for this program. He commended local groups such as The Hub and Rebound for their work in repurposing materials and recycling items that may otherwise have ended up in landfill. He added that, with community education, the numbers could certainly improve in all areas. Here are the results of the audit, by the numbers: AVERAGE WASTE GENERATION PER HOUSEHOLD PER WEEK
PER CENT OF RECYCLABLES FOUND IN WASTE STREAM 1. Drummond/North Elmsley – 12 per cent 2. Mississippi Mills – 14 per cent 3. Carleton Place – 16 per cent 4. Montague – 19 per cent (County average – 15 per cent) AVERAGE RECYCLING GENERATION PER HOUSEHOLD PER WEEK 1. Carleton Place and Montague – 4.7 kg/hh/week 2. Drummond/North Elmsley – 5.8 kg/ hh/week 3. Mississippi Mills – 6.3 kg/hh/week (County average – 5.4 kg/hh/week) PER CENT CONTAMINATION
1. Mississippi Mills 10 kg/hh/week 2. Drummond/North Elmsley – 12.6 kg/ hh/week 3. Montague – 13.4 kg/hh/week 4. Carleton Place – 14.4 kg/hh/week (County average – 12.6 kg/hh/week) AVERAGE NUMBER OF WASTE BAGS PER HOUSEHOLD 1. Mississippi Mills – 1.4 bags 2. Carleton Place – 1.6 bags 3. Drummond/North Elmsley – 1.7 bags 4. Montague – 1.9 bags (County average – 1.7 bags)
1. Drummond/North Elmsley – 1 per cent 2. Mississippi Mills and Montague – 2 per cent 3. Carleton Place – 4 per cent (County average – 2.3 per cent) DIVERSION RATE 1. Mississippi Mills – 37 per cent 2. Drummond/North Elmsley – 30 per cent 3. Montague – 26 per cent 4. Carleton Place – 20 per cent (County average – 28 per cent)
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BABYSITTING COURSE Participants must be at least 12 years old Almonte & District High School Weekend course: Room 119 October 15 and 16/11 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. • $50
CHILDREN & ADULT DANCE Almonte Community Center Tuesday’s – October 11 to December 13/11 5:15 – 6 p.m. (6 - 9 years) 6 – 6:45 p.m. (10-12 years) 7 - 8 p.m. (adults) Cost: Children $65.00 for 10 weeks Adults $70 for 10 weeks
CHILDREN & ADULT DANCE Stewart Community Center Wednesday’s: October 12 to December 14/11 5:15-6:00 pm (6 - 9 years) 6 – 6:45 p.m. (10 - 12 years) 7 - 8 p.m. (adults) Cost: Children $65 for 10 weeks Adults $70 for 10 weeks
LINE DANCING All ages welcome! Location: Almonte Community Centre Wednesday’s, October 12/11 to December 14/11 3:15- 4:15 p.m. ($80 for 10 classes) Location: Stewart Community Centre Thursday’s: October 13/11 to December 15/11 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. and 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Second class depends on number of participants
RECREATIONAL HOCKEY PROGRAM Location: Pakenham Arena Saturday’s beginning October 1/11 to March 17/12 Program Times: Age 5 – 6 years 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Age 7-8 years 10 – 11 a.m. Age 9 – 11 years 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Age 12 -15 years 12 – 1 p.m.
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DOWNTOWN ACTIVITIES •7:30 am - 11:00 am: Full Breakfast at the Arnprior Legion Hall on Daniel St. •8:30 am - 1:00 pm: Arnprior Farmer's Market •9:00 am - 4:30/5:00pm: Vendors on John & Elgin Streets (there will be no parking on these streets) •9:00 am - 6:00 pm: The O'Brien Theatre will present a Film Festival featuring classics from the 20's & 30's and travel through the years all the way up to 2010 selections. Admission is $2 per visit. •9:30 am - 5:00 pm: Arnprior Remote Flying Club will have a ﬂight simulator set up by Giant Tiger to try your hand at ﬂying (there will also be Remote Control Cars & Trucks travelling around the GT parking lot & local streets and Funtertainment will have their trailer in the GT area with their NASCAR racing track set up - for $3 you can show off your driving skills) •10:00 am - 11:450 am: The OPP Golden Helmets precision riding team will be on John Street •11:00 am - 11:40 am: Bill Connelly & his band, Pine Bark Boys, will be playing on John Street •11:00 am - 1:00 pm: Crash the Clown will be busking on John & Elgin Street. Bring your change! •11:40 am - 12:30 am: The Junkyard Symphony will perform on John Street •12:00 noon - Midnight: Beer Garden in the Giant Tiger parking lot (Sponsored by the Arnprior Optimist Club) Entry is FREE this year! •12:30 noon - 1:30 pm: Karaoke by All 4 One Entertainment on stage in the Giant Tiger parking lot •12:30 pm - 3:30 pm: Bed Races on John Street (sponsored by Arnprior Community Policing) •2:00 pm - 3:00 pm: Jake Differ, Juno nominee and Canadian Children's Music Award winner will perform on the Giant Tiger parking lot stage •3:30 pm - 4:30 pm: The Junkyard Symphony on John Street •4:30 pm - 5:30 pm: Event Details to be Announced •5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Set up time for the evening events •7:00pm - Midnight: Country & Western Show and Dance (with a little Rock & Roll too!) •Funtertainment will be selling tri-coloured glow necklaces throughout the evening
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Jack’s great hope
Seeing Jack at the top of his game
ack Layton died Monday, in the early hours of the morning. A giant, his death was felt across the coun-
try. Canadians nationwide poured out their grief for Jack. The widespread admiration felt for him – some because of his views, some despite them – is among the man’s finest legacies. He is widely remembered as a fighter, a man of strong ideals and a person you’d be happy to call your neighbour. Outside his home in downtown Toronto, where he lived and died alongside his partner Olivia Chow, orange flowers quickly piled up. In Ottawa, people gathered to pay tribute on Parliament Hill, where the Peace Tower’s flag had dropped to half-staff. Politicians of all stripes recalled their fondest memories and favourite qualities of the NDP leader, a true achievement in a climate pock-marked by partisanship. Though he couldn’t keep his promise to return to the House of Commons in September, he made another pact in his final message to us. In Parliament, it will be as powerful a presence as his empty seat. By crowning a decades-long political career with the landmark success of his New Democrats in the May 2 election, Jack secured his status as that party’s greatest leader. But it was in his final letter that his great spirit shone brightest. It was with words of hope, however, that he chose to make his exit. In a letter to Canadians published hours after his death, Jack wrote that hope is a precious commodity in our world, and promised us we can change the world, if only we believe in its power. Those who “are on journeys to defeat cancer and live their lives” must maintain their hope, he wrote. “Don’t be discouraged that my own journey hasn’t gone as well as I had hoped.” And to those young people, who look out at their futures and see an array of overwhelming challenges, who are more and more engaging in politics with their dreams and frustrations, he implored them not to lose hope that they have the power to change the world for the better. But it was his final words – powerfully capped with the inclusive “We” – that touched so many, and will keep his spirit alive and fighting for years to come. And let’s not forget Jack’s great hope: that we can make the world – in which “life’s highs and lows are inextricably linked,” - a better place.
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CP’s Lake Avenue has become a drag strip To the Editor: Lake Avenue East – nice quite residential street with a hospital on it. Right? CORRECTIONS/CLARIFICATION In our Aug. 18 edition, in our story “British home children’s memorial quilt on display at Textile Museum Aug. 25,” we reported that “Refreshments will be served on Aug. 27.” Refreshments will actually be served on Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., at the same time as the author’s talk. Also in the same issue, in the article “Celebrate Ramsay’s 175th birthday at museum exhibit,” we identified Brian Tackaberry as the North Lanark Regional Museum’s curator. In factor, Tackaberry is the secretary of the North Lanark Historical Society, and Doreen Wilson is the museum’s manager. Finally, in our article “The day the abortion protesters came to town,” pro-
Actually a drag strip with a hospital on it. How fast can you get from 0 to 60? Find out on Lake Ave. See LAKE, page 9 test leader Rosemary Connell actually said that “You cannot be Catholic and pro-choice,” rather than “You cannot be Catholic and pro-life.” We apologize for these errors. For the sake of clarification, in the same article about the abortion protest, we stated that, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there were 44,416 abortions performed in hospitals in Canada in 2008. Several provinces, and territories, do not report the statistics for abortions performed at clinics. The CIHI, therefore, cites as “unknown” the number of abortions performed in clinics, so the full number of Canadian abortions for 2008 is not known for certain.
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I like theatre, but political theatre is in its own special category. As someone who has covered politics since he was 15, I have seen political speeches that were good, bad and plain ugly. But on a week such as this, when we are all remembering the late Leader of Her Majesty’s Official Opposition, Jack Layton, I recalled that by far one of the most stirring speeches I ever heard was given by him back on a winter’s morning in 2008. The setting helped. A cheering crowd gathered on a morning of high drama during the “coalition crisis,” that December on the steps of Parliament Hill. Just hours earlier, Prime Minister Stephen Harper had gone to see then Governor General Michaelle Jean at Rideau Hall to prorogue parliament and, figuratively, dodge a bullet. Up on the stump, Stephane Dion, Gilles Duceppe and Jack. Dion gave his usual stilted performance, and Gilles spoke with fire in French, but blasé indifference in English, as is his wont. Ah, but Jack was “on” that morning. He really got the crowd going that day, and had them convinced that, yes, they just might be able to pull it off. I’ll never forget that he made his way to the crowd and spoke with students and other supporters, while Dion and Duceppe stayed on the stairs. Now, it’s easy to get caught up in the frenzy of a partisan crowd. Mass hysteria can make you think anything is possible and now, years later, people can see what a pipe dream it would have been for Jean to hand over the reins of power to Dion after Canadian voters had turned their backs on his party just weeks before. But, even when it came to a hair-brained idea, you had to admire Jack for his passion, his integrity and his chutzpah. See LAYTON, page 9 Publisher’s Liability: The advertiser agrees that the publisher shall not be liable for any damages whatsoever arising from errors in advertisements beyond actual amount paid for space used by the part of the advertisement containing the error. The publisher shall not be liable for non-insertion of any advertisement. the publisher will not knowingly publish any advertisement which is illegal, misleading or offensive. The contents of this newspaper are protected by copyright and may be used only for your personal non-commercial purposes. All other rights are reserved and commercial use is prohibited. Permission to republish any material must be sought from the relevant copyright owner.
Lake Avenue new Dead Man’s Curve? Continued from page 8 Noise levels like an airport, especially from the bubbas on motorbikes with brains in reverse proportion to the decibels coming out of their tail pipes. People constantly crossing the street at all times to visit the hospital are just accidents waiting to happen. At least the ambulance will be close by. So what can we do about it? Well we could enforce the law: there is a speed limit on Lake Ave. (it’s a hospital zone after all); there is a sign at Neelin which says “Stop” not “slow up, check for cops and gun it”; and there is the Highway Traffic Act, Section 75, paragraph 1 which requires mufflers in good working order preventing “excessive or unusual noise” and does not permit: “a muffler cut-out, straight exhaust, gutted muffler, Hollywood muffler, by-pass or similar device.” If the town council wants to give the cops a hand, they could ban trucks and motorbikes and install speed bumps. Alternatively, we can wait for someone to get hit and then take reasonable measures after the point has been made more emphatically than through a letter to the editor. John McKennirey, Lake Ave. resident Carleton Place
Remembering Layton’s small acts of kindness towards students
to repeat his statements, turning into the direction of our microphones, after he had made the statement for the cameras. I didn’t ever directly interview him, but I had several classmates who returned to Question Period the next year, and were The last time I saw Jack Layton, in the excited to see him again, this time armed flesh, he was taking a casual stroll down with specific questions. Realizing they were learning reportElgin Street. I wasn’t sure if it was him, but he ers, he asked all the experienced journalists to wait until my must have caught on classmates had asked their to my stare, because questions. he flashed a little smile “When they say he The time and care he my way, and I knew took with everyone was that I’d pinpointed the looked out for the little whether it was the charismatic leader. man ... it really applied noticed, city’s homeless, or a few I thought back to that journalism students, at moment, and realized everywhere he went.” Question Period with the how many moments he big dogs. had with other journalThat was evident by the outpouring of ism students over my years at Carleton social media messages that flooded my University. When they say that he looked out for screen yesterday. He clearly touched the young demothe little man, the underdog, it really apgraphic – encouraging that they could be plied everywhere he went. When our journalism class travelled to politicians, like the assistant manager at our first Question Period, set to navigate our local campus bar, now MP Ruth Elthe scrums, to our delight, Layton was len Brosseau, or political journalists, like my eager 19-year-old classmates. out. Here we are, years after that first time I We all scurried over, slightly starstruck, voice recorders in hand, to hear caught a glimpse of Layton in the flesh. Everyone knew he was a special politiwhat he had to say. It would be hard for anyone to not no- cian, but I don’t think any of us realized tice an extra 15 new faces looking as ea- how impactful his career, and life, would ger as we must have, and he took his time turn out to be.
BRIER DODGE Through Bri’s Eyes
Continued from page 8 Or, as my mother would say, “that fella’s got some neck.” I wrote the editorial a few weeks ago saying that “Layton has more than a fighting chance.” In my heart, I believed that if anyone could beat it, he could, out of love for his family, country and, frankly, out of sheer spite. But the roar of the crowd is one thing. A year later, he was back on the same steps, in front of a far smaller crowd. He was still standing, but Dion was gone. In his place was former Ontario Education Minister Gerard Kennedy, and it was a rally against homelessness. And still, the same passion, for a smaller room. “We’ve got to act to deal with homelessness,” he said with as much fervor as he had the year before during the constitutional crisis because, for him, homelessness was just as big of a pressing deal. A homeless man died just a block from his Toronto home, which later prompted him to write a book about the issue and call for a national social housing strategy. It’s rare to see someone inspire so many people, and whom people respect, regardless of party. Like Ronald Reagan, an ever-smiling happy warrior, he showed that politics can be about the possible, and not a constant, grim, grudge-match. We will never see the likes of him again and we will miss him.
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Letter to the Editor
Home children history stretched back into the 1800s To the editor: Re. story in the Aug. 18 Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette about the British Home Children and the memorial quilt. I appreciate the effort to inform about the quilt and its exhibition. And about the history of the British Home Children. But please, may we have an accurate account of who they were, and why they came. There are a few million descendants of Home Children in Canada, and their story is an important piece of history that many Canadians do not know about. Reporter Desmond Devoy has his information a bit skewed in his write-up about the British Home Children and Year of the British Home Child. This is not Second World War history. This is not children sent to Canada to be safe from the war. The Home Children began coming to Canada in the 1800s and into the 1900s (through the 1930s if memory serves, I am not an expert here). There were also many children sent to Australia, and some to the United States. The children were poor, many of them were from Barnardo Homes as my father was, and there were other children’s homes that sent children here. These children were often orphans, but also children whose families were destitute. The children came here to work, and were indentured until they reached the age of 18. Many were severely mistreated, some beaten, some were raped, some could not deal with the treatment and committed suicide. My father came here at the age of 15 in 1926, and worked Ontario farms for several years. Long before any hint of war or Hitler. To say that this was part of Second World War
history actually leaves out most of the children who immigrated. As a descendant myself, I really appreciate the effort to inform about the quilt and its exhibition. And about the history of the British Home Children. But please, may we have an accurate account of who they were, and why they came. It is important to their story. Carol Anne Stephen Daughter of British Home Child, Norman Swaebe Editor’s note: Stephen, of the Carleton Place area, also submitted the following article by Gail Collins in response to the Canadian Gazette article about a Home Children memorial quilt
that will be unveiled tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. Collins is a proud third generation descendant of home children William Collins and Caroline Couzens. Are you a British home child descendant? From 1869 to 1948 various workhouses, sheltering homes, orphanages and child care organizations in Great Britain immigrated over 100,000 orphaned, abandoned, pauper children ages 1 to 18 to Canada, today known as British Home Children. Of over 50 sending agencies, some of the more well known names are Maria Rye, Macpherson, Fegan, Quarriers, Barnardo, Middlemore, Catholic Emigration Society,
Salvation Army, Church of England Waif & Strays and Fairbridge. This is a part of our Canadian history that has not been openly discussed, many not even knowing what a Home Child is. It is time to educate the public and a subject that should be included in the Ministry of Education’s curriculum and taught in our schools for our future descendants and generations Hopefully this will be done by 2011. It is estimated that 12%, over 4 million of the Canadian population, is a Home Child Descendant; how many would that be worldwide? See ‘MANY’ Page 15
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Will and Kate are going to last: Cammy Opinionated radio host predicts another decade reign for Queen Elizabeth II DESMOND DEVOY email@example.com
CARLETON PLACE – Get ready to see a lot more of William and Kate, and the Queen isn’t going anywhere soon. That was the verdict of avowed monarchist Professor Gerry Cammy during a presentation at the Carleton Place Manor on July 28. “Everyone is interested in the monarchy, whether you love it or hate it,” said Cammy, 67, who is best known as a radio host on CFRA. “This trip by this young couple has been the most successful royal trip ever.” He predicted Queen Elizabeth II would reign for between the next five to 10 years because, “she’s healthier than me,” he said with a laugh. “There is not a thing wrong with her.” While she is not a politician, the Queen still watches the polls. “The Queen is not a stupid woman,” said Cammy. “The Queen realizes that every country is not entirely in love with the monarchy.” That is why Her Majesty is using her eldest grandson and his
young bride as part of an ongoing charm offensive to reinvigorate the monarchy and make it relevant again to the next generation. The young couple may be the best shot the British monarchy has had in a long time, since the death of Princess Diana in 1997. “This is the royal wedding that is going to last … this marriage is going to last,” Cammy predicted of the April 30 nuptials. “If I was the Queen, I would not be happy with my family,” he said, pointing out the marriages of three of her four children have ended in divorce. Already, the public relations trip seems to be paying dividends, at least with Cammy’s granddaughter, who thanked him for taking her to see the Duchess of Cambridge along Sussex Drive in Ottawa. That night, his granddaughter told him, “for the first time in my life, I saw a real princess.” The young royal couple is also helping their cause at home because they keep their own house in rural Wales, where he works a regular day job as a search-andrescue helicopter pilot and she is a housewife.
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Professor Gerry Cammy does a spot-on impression of the late Canadian Prime Minister John Diefenbaker before the start of a seminar on the monarchy at the Carelton Place Manor on July 28. “This is the most transparent couple of any family in the royal family,” said Cammy. He added that the House of Windsor needed some good press, after so many years of negativity. He pointed to the Republican League of Canada, which is pushing for a referendum to abolish Canada’s ties to the monarchy, like a similar vote
held in Australia in 1999, following the death of Queen Elizabeth. “I am deeply worried about that vote,” said Cammy, but then launched in to some counterpoints for monarchists to memorize in preparation for such a vote, including refuting the argument the monarchy costs too much. He pointed out that the
monarchy, by his calculation, costs about $50 million, or roughly $2.50 for every Canadian. While Canadians and other British Commonwealth countries may not be rushing to embrace the concept of King Charles, Cammy pointed out that Prince Charles simply cannot hand over his throne to his son. “It’s not a choice,” said Cammy. “It’s an obligation to be the king when you are raised in the royal family.” Cammy began conducting such seminars at seniors’ residences about three years ago when he was recovering from colon cancer. “This is what got me through my cancer,” he said. “Attitude is 80 per cent of the battle. I woke up with a smile on my face every morning (of chemo-therapy).” Cammy was perhaps best known for his Sunday talk show hosting duties at CFRA 580 AM news talk radio in Ottawa, where he still does radio specials, but he has been a professor of sociology and history for more than 42 years, most recently at Heritage College, a CEGEP in Gatineau, Que.
Dragon Boat Festival celebrating its 10th Anniversary On September 10th nearly 1000 paddlers will arrive in Riverside Park to participate in the 10th Annual Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival. Since this an important anniversary for the event, the committee is hoping to make the day very memorable and for the 5th time, the Hospital has been named as the primary recipient of the Festival’s proceeds. “We are honoured that the Dragon Boat Festival has once again chosen our organization to be the primary recipient of the event and so pleased to help the committee celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Festival,” stated Spencer Grabe, President of the CPDMH Foundation. “On behalf of everyone associated with the Hospital, I would like to congratulate the committee on reaching this significant milestone - I know that this is going be another great year for Dragon Boating in Carleton Place.” Since the Carleton Place Dragon Boat Festival began, it has contributed over $70,000 to various charities in the community. In the past four years, the Festival has donated $36,000 to the hospital to purchase new equipment such as tourniquet machine for the operating room and a platelet mixer for the lab. Depending on the funds raised at this year’s event, the committee
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Applying: Candidates interested in the above position are invited to forward, in confidence, a detailed resume, outlining skills, qualifications, and experience. Applications must be received before Friday, September 16th 2011 at 4:30 p.m. A detailed job description is available by contacting the undersigned. Cynthia Moyle, CAO, Township of Beckwith E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Applicant information is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy legislation and will be used strictly for the purpose of candidate selection. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
Continued from Page 10 On Dec. 7, 2009, the Canadian Government acknowledged this part of our past history and declared 2010 Year of The British Home Child Canada. Due to the economic conditions in Britain, the immigration scheme seemed well intentioned, and credit must be given to those organizations who tried to save these children, by sending them to Canada for a more promising life. Life for these children coming alone to Canada to work as domestics and farm labourers forging ahead in a new land was not always easy. Many of the Home Children found good homes, were treated as one of the family and received the love, necessities of life and education deserved. Many more did not. The greater majority suffered hardships, maltreatment and abuse. They were treated as cheap child labour, indentured and frequently moved about at the guardianâ€™s whims, threatened or hidden from the inspectors, with no where else to go and no one else to turn to for help. They were very homesick with no hope or means of ever returning back to their homeland. Many never received wages owed them, they worked on the farms from dawn to dusk receiving sporadic or no further schooling, not provided with proper clothing, were shown no warmth, respect or love, and deprived of any happiness and necessities any growing child should have. Many enlisted in the WWs to get back home to find family only to return to Canada with dashed hopes. They were segregated from the general population, fingers pointed at them, their self-respect and dignity stolen from them by shame and embarrassment. Because of this, they hid the truth from their families or they lied fabricating a more glorious life. Can any of us really feel, understand or fathom the emotions these young people felt and endured? And endure they did. At 18 they were free of their indentures to go out on their own. They courageously went on to marry, raise families and become productive individuals despite their adversaries, contributing to the growth of Canada which we, their descendants, have proudly carried on with. Their legacy is not forgotten by us who now live worldwide. In October 2010, Canada Post issued a Home Child stamp. On Feb 24, 2010, the British government apologized to all child migrants, The British Home Child Descendants website accompanies the mailing list. Ccontacts living worldwide will find you at www. britishhomechildren.org.
Highway worker sprayed, driver charged
A Carleton Place man has been charged after an incident last week during road paving on Highway 17 between Pembroke and Renfrew. OPP report that on Aug. 16 a
complaint was filed that an unknown liquid had been sprayed at a construction employee on Highway 17 in Whitewater Region. As a result of an investigation, the vehicle was located and
a 51-year-old Carleton Place man was charged with assault with a weapon. Paving on that stretch of highway has been causing major traffic delays.
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7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 each and are available at Appleton Gift and Basket, 65 Mill St., or SRC Music, 124 Moore St., Carleton Place. Concert will be followed by busking on Mill Street.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17 Carleton Place Farmers Market’s third annual chili cook-off.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21 A free six-week program called Living Well Beyond Cancer for post-treatment cancer patients, their families and caregivers, will start today, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at the Perth office of the Canadian Cancer Society, 201-105 Dufferin St. Registration is mandatory – please call 613267-1058 or 1-800-367-2913 for more.
THURSDAY, AUG. 25 The Mississippi Valley Textile Museum presents “Remembering the British Home Children in Canada,” at 7 p.m. at 3 Rosamond St. E. See a memorial quilt prepared to commemorate the British Home Children in Canada, and hear the personal tale of Mary Thurston of Perth, author of Into the Hills. Refreshments will be served. No admission charge, but goodwill donations are appreciated.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24 Sister City Committee Heritage Ball. Scraptease scrapbooking at Carleton Place town hall auditorium.
FRIDAY, AUG. 26 Roast beef dinner and euchre game, 6 p.m. Loyal Orange Lodge hall, 195 Industrial Ave., Carleton Place. Sponsored by the Royal Black Preceptory 135. For tickets, call Kevin at 613-253-5547.
SATURDAY, AUG. 27 Army, Navy, Air Force Club’s Annual Pig Roast, 3 to 7 p.m., 315 Town Line Rd. E., Carleton Place. Call 613-257-2576 or 613-253-5097. Entertainment by Neville Wells and guests. Supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets $12 in advance or $15 at the door. All welcome. Celebrating 90 years at the Harvest Flower and Vegetable Show at the Harvest Flower and Vegetable Show at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 3 Rosamond St. E., Almonte, lower level. Public viewing of the exhibits from 2 to 4 p.m. For info, call Marilyn Snedden at 613-256-3130. Olde Thyme Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., grounds of Zion-Memorial United Church, 37 Franklin St., Carleton Place, and at Memorial Park. Free admission. Pies, preserves and jam contest. Meatloaf lunch, $5, served in church upper hall, starting at noon. For some fun, dress in a 20s, 30s and 40s theme. Vendors, music and exhibits galore. For more information, email face.zm@gmail. com or call 613-253-0975. Fundraising garage and bake sale, to support a young woman’s fight with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 259 Lake Ave. E., 8 a.m., Carleton Place.
SUNDAY, AUG. 28 Sixth annual Blueberry Tea
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CARLETON PLACE IN BLOOM YARD OF THE WEEK 22 Lake Avenue East - This week we pause from highlighting residential properties to commend a nominated local business. Paul and Donna Sorfleet of Valley Design Company bring even more colour to our community through use of these flourishing, well-maintained baskets. If you would like to nominate a front yard garden, please call Audrey at 613-253-2095. This week a Best Blooming Block Award is included, going to Willowshore Way from Crampton Drive to Stonewater Bay. Congratulations to all the residents who help make this neighbourhood so attractive. Each home will receive a goodie bag with contents supplied by area businesses. at Union Hall, 2 to 4 p.m. Free admission, donations accepted. Enjoy blueberries and cream served over light pastry and light refreshments.
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 31 Showtime at the Station’s final evening of free outdoor family entertainment features Rag and Bone Puppet Theatre performing “The Flying Canoe,” at the Old Train Station, 132 Coleman St., Carleton Place, 6 to 8 p.m. For details, call 613-257-1976. Bingo, 7 p.m., Royal Canadian Legion branch 192, 177 George St., Carleton Place. Doors open at 5 p.m. Bonanza, toonie pot, $500 jackpot. Car-toot bingo, 7 p.m., North Lanark Agricultural Society Fairgrounds, 195 Water St., Almonte. Homemade pie and other refreshments available. Call Alyssa at 613-256-6263.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 2 Pakenham Square Dance Club’s monthly dance, upstairs hall, Stewart Community Centre, 112 MacFarlane St., Pakenham, 8 to 11:30 p.m. Local musicians, door prizes, light lunch. All welcome. Call
613-256-4126 for details.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 6 Sing with the Town Singers at 6:30 p.m., St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 39 Bridge St., Carleton Place. Contact Ivy Draper at 613-253-5453 or email email@example.com.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 7 Mississippi Mills at a Glance, 7 to 9 p.m., Almonte and District Community Centre, 182 Bridge St. Your one-stop opportunity to register for fall and winter activities. For details, call 613-256-1077. Beckwith and District Friendship Club meeting, 6 p.m., potluck supper, St. James Centennial Hall, 152 Church St., Franktown. New members welcome. For details, please call 613-253-1433.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 8 Valley Voices, Almonte’s Community Choir, starts its new season at 7:30 p.m., at the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, 7:30 p.m. All welcome. Call Amanda at 613-256-0134 for details.
Church, Pakenham, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets $15 for adults, $7 for children under 12, family price $40, take-out $15, available at the door. Homemade pie for dessert. Fibrefest 2011, sponsored by Mississippi Valley Textile Museum, featuring Button Mania from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the museum, 3 Rosamond St. East, Almonte, Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., and the North Lanark Agricultural Society hall, 195 Water St., Almonte. Over 40 vendors and nine exhibitors/demonstrators. Call 613-256-3754, ext. 7 for details. Auditions for the Mississippi Mudds Youth Theatre production of The Pirates of Penzance Jr., will be held at the Carleton Place town hall auditorium at 9 a.m. Children aged eight to 18 are welcome to join us. For more details, please contact Sandra Dunlop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Dragon Boat Race Festival, Carleton Place Canoe Club, Centennial Park.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 10 Fish Fry, St. Andrew’s United
Brett Pearson Run for your
Life, suicide and substance abuse run and fundraiser, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5 and 2.5 km runs available in Carleton Place. For information and/or registration, contact email@example.com. Sponsored by Carleton Place Drug Strategy Committee and Kids Help Phone.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 13 Modern square dancing and lessons today and Sept. 20th and 27th from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Free chili supper on the 20th at 6:30 p.m. Call 613-256-0603 or 613-283-2446 or 613-623-7575 or 613-253-2960 for details. Held at the Brunton Community Hall, Black’s Corners, Beckwith Township, 1702 Ninth Line Rd.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 14 100 Mile Buffet Dinner, The Herb Garden, 3840 Old Almonte Rd., Almonte, featuring locally sourced foods by Savoury Pursuits Catering. Two sittings, 6 and 7:30 p.m. Call 613-256-0228 for reservations.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 16 The Night is Young’s second annual concert will be held at the Almonte Old Town Hall auditorium, 14 Bridge St.,
Ivan Fellegi speaks on the long-form census as part of the Almonte lecture series at the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., 7 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8 Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving Day, Crown and Pumpkin Studio Tour, Mississippi Mills.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15 Land O’ Lakes Shriners Dinner and Dance at Carleton Place arena. Carleton Place Farmers Market Harvest Festival.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 19 Girl Guide Craft Fair, Carleton Place arena.
FRIDAY, OCT. 21 Roseann Runte speaks on post-secondary education as part of the Almonte lecture series at Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCT. 23 County Music Show, Carleton Place arena.
SATURDAY, OCT. 29 IODE Craft Fair, Carleton Place arena. Carleton Place Business Improvement Area’s annual Maskeraid Halloween Parade.
FRIDAY, NOV. 25 Alain Miguelez speaks on the topic “Ottawa: A City Grows Up,” as part of the Almonte lecture series at the Almonte Old Town Hall, 14 Bridge St., 7 p.m.
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ASHTON – Affectionately known as Alfie, the Dutch imported horse had turned into a trainer’s nightmare. He spooked easily from years of beatings from a former trainer, and became wild when he stepped into the warm-up ring at show jumping events. But last week, during the National Capital show jumping tournament, Ashton rider Natalie Bova rode the horse she purchased for $500 next to Olympians on million dollar horses. “He’s very difficult out in the warm-up ring, he’s a little bit wild,” Bova said. “I just have to be really patient with him.” Bova didn’t just attempt to show the difficult horse, the team placed, just as the pair has in every competition they’ve entered on the Grand-Prix circuit this summer. Alfie isn’t the only underdog, with 24-year-old Bova competing in the professional division against athletes significantly older. She turned professional at 20 years old in order to compete for larger amounts of prize money, and competes against men and women often almost twice her age. Bova and Alfie won a second- and third-place in the 1.35-m division, and fifth in the more competitive 1.45m division at the tournament, which ran Aug. 10-14 and Aug. 17-21. “I was especially happy because I was showing against Olympians like Ian Millar,” she said of her results. “Jill Henselwood (Olympic medalist) won the division I placed fifth in.” Alfie, whose show name is Belafonte, is 12 years old, which is middle-aged in the horse world, where horses
Hydro One is urging Ontario residents to call Crime Stoppers to report suspected copper theft from its stations and facilities in an attempt to fight a rise of incidents that cause a serious safety concern. Recently a young male was badly burned while allegedly attempting to steal copper from a transformer station. “Stealing the copper fittings that ground high-voltage equipment is extremely dangerous. Copper thieves risk serious or
fatal injury, and put employees, first responders and the public at risk,” said Myles D’Arcey, Hydro One senior vice-president of operations. “It’s dangerous for Hydro One employees to enter a transformer station after a theft has occurred and work around high voltage equipment that is not properly grounded.” Copper wire theft continues to increase in North America, and Hydro One has been the target of a growing number of thefts
in recent months, from an average of 10 per month six months ago to 16 per month this summer. Hydro One welcomes the assistance of members of the public who can report suspected copper
theft by calling Crime Stoppers anonymously. To report a suspected theft anonymously, Ontario residents can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-TIPS.
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Police report that shortly before 2 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, a concerned father from West Carleton called 911 to report his 16-year-old son had taken off in the family pickup truck and was possibly drunk. As police converged on the area from all directions, a patrol officer spotted a pickup looking like the one they were seeking turning off the Kinburn Side Road. A short time later a call went over the air advising the truck had been found and that it had been involved in a single vehicle collision. The truck was totaled and there was debris strewn all over the place: McDonald’s food, beer cans and truck parts littered the roadway. Paramedics were called in and the driver was subsequently taken to Arnprior District Memorial Hospital for further assessment. In the end the investigating officer charged the G1 driver with careless driving and having a blood alcohol concentration over zero. Police note the not-so-happy father decided to sell his son’s first car to cover the cost of the fines and repairs.
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Teenage driving proved costly
often compete until about 18, Bova said. “I decided to take my time, and I didn’t jump him for the first six months I had him,” she said. “I’m still getting to know him, so I think next year will be even better.” He lives in the 15-stall barn Bova and her mother, Carrie Bova, run in Ashton, with nine other horses. Carrie Bova built Foxbridge in 2000, and her daughter took over teaching three years ago – though with a lot of help from mom, she admits. Growing up in a horse family meant Bova has been showing horses all her life, and can tie together work and training, as she shows other horses that board at Foxbridge, and teaches clients lessons. Although the Sacred Heart Catholic High School, and more recently Algonquin College, graduate now has an advertising diploma, she is focused on her riding career, and hopes to ride at the Olympics one day. “I don’t see any end in sight,” she said. “But in the Olympics, if you watch all the riders, the youngest ones are 35. Basically the biggest challenges are the money factor and sponsorship, so that’s what I need to start getting into.” Riding horses is a costly sport, which often prize money alone doesn’t cover. She rides for a charity, JustWorld, and wears the signature blue at tournaments, but will need more financial support in the future to achieve everything she wants. Still, after the past year that no one expected, Bova keeps her high goals a potentially close reality. Photo courtesy of Kathleen Kemp “It’s my first year showing in these big classes and I got Natalie Bova and her horse, Alfie, are riding high after my horse about a year ago for $500 because no one else several top finishes at the National Capital Show Jumpcould ride him and he was injured,” Bova said. ing Tournament. “It’s kind of been a really happy story for me.”
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‘Mighty Mouse’ hopes to save the day, keeping kids in plowing DESMOND DEVOY
“This is my first year in plowing,” said Dowdall after she had cut her line in the dark earth. “Last year I was plowing with my dad while Anna (my sister) was doing her plowing … (I thought) if she can do it, I can do it.” Dowdall lives on a cattle and beef farm just outside of Carleton Place where she proudly boasts her family has 48 cows, three horses and a bunny rabbit. “I think I did pretty good, except for that curve at the end,” said Dowdall, surveying her handiwork. “It’s hard to drive straight when people are telling you how to turn,” she said, alluding to Sturgess’ occasional hints and suggestions as he walked alongside her tractor. She had led her tractor very carefully, and slowly, down the path, two firm hands on the wheel, seldom letting her eyes off of the line before her. “It’s fun,” she said of plowing. “When you’re in town, you have a lot of limits. When you’re on the farm, you can do anything you want.” Some of Dowdall’s friends live on farms and, like her,
MONTAGUE TOWNSHIP – When it comes to keeping kids interested in farming and plowing, Almonte’s Doug Sturgess, president of the Lanark County Plowmen’s Association has a secret weapon – Mighty Mouse. She’s better known as Carleton Place’s Elizabeth Dowdall, 11, but it is on young men and women like her that he is pinning his hopes on keeping plowing and farming alive with the next generation. “If we want to keep it going, we have to get the kids involved,” said Sturgess, during a break in the Lanark County 4-H Plowing Club’s achievement competition on the morning of Friday, Aug. 19. The competition was part of the Lanark County Plowing Match on the farm of Montague Township Reeve Bill Dobson. The 4-H Club’s plowing competition made a return to the plowing match during last year’s event in Beckwith Township after an absence of several years.
want to be farmers themselves when they grow up. One friend especially wants to become a professional horseback rider, while one of her cousins keeps with the farming tradition of bartering, getting paid in bales of hay for some of her work. Dowdall was aware of the fact she was the youngest participant in the competition, but she did not let it slow her down, though she knew she was up against some triedand-true hands. “It’s kind of weird because everyone has more experience than you,” said Dowdall. “She’s learned a lot in a short time,” said Burgess. “I’ve got a lot of good coaches,” said Dowdall. The 4-H competition, which attracted young farmers from as far away as Pakenham and elsewhere in Lanark County, was overseen by International Plowing Match judge Allen Hills, who surveyed the work of Dowdall and her fellow competitors after the tractors had finished their runs. “The competition is with Photo by Desmond Devoy yourself as much as any- Austin Lloyd, 14, of Pakenham, tries his hand at cutting a furrow as his friends thing,” Hills told the youngwatch his progress. sters.
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PLOWS AWAY Left: Roger Boyd, 16, of Carp, adjusts the plowing mechanism on his brother Paulâ€™s tractor at the Lanark County Plowing Match Friday. Centre, Jenny Childs of Appleton looks back to check on her work during the plowing portion of the Queen of the Furrow competition, while right, Marley Sturgess of Franktown behind the wheel in the same competition.
Lanark County Food Bank volunteers need more on their plates BY KATIE MULLIGAN
food bank will be cutting back its hours from 20 hours per week to 12. “The reason for the reduced hours is because heat and hydro costs have skyrocketed,” said Kennedy. Attempting to conserve by unplugging two refrigerators and being energy-wise did not seem to affect the bills, so the board of directors decided to change the hours to help cut down on costs. “We still have six freezers running all of the time,” said Kennedy, in order to keep food fresh.
Gardens and projects around the house aren’t the only things forgotten when vacationers leave town for a summer adventure. It is not uncommon for food bank shelves to be empty in the summer as travel plans and other summer events take attention away from the need for donations. “Things are very, very lean,” said Lanark County Food Bank executive director Nadine Kennedy. She said the organization doesn’t like to “cry poor,” so it is taking steps to stay in the spotlight during the summer months, CUTTING BACK including cutting back location hours and increasing its presence at local events to While the cutbacks mean the loraise cash donations. With a new board of directors and area cation will have fewer hours, Kenrepresentatives, Kennedy said the group nedy said most food banks typiis working hard to try new fundraising cally only run eight to 12 hours per week. angles to help local families. While the food bank prepares to Typically, the food bank does well in the fall and winter months as schools, church- revamp its schedule, Kennedy said es, community groups and individuals re- they are also preparing for families sume fundraising campaigns in Septem- who need help at the start of the Photo by Katie Mulligan ber. Collections during the holiday season school year. Lanark County Food Bank volunteer Laurie Vaillancourt, who represents Mississippi Mills and “We are waiting for people to keeps enough food on the shelves to last realize they have to get their kids White Lake, collects donations at one of the Pakenham Fair entrances on Aug. 13. Collecting at until March, said Kennedy. Once spring hits, donations slow down, ready for school,” she said. “And the fair is one of many ways Vaillancourt and other volunteers are hoping to bring in more doleaving slim pickings at the food bank. that can get expensive.” nations for the food bank, which is seeing lower numbers than usual and has had to downside As of Sept. 6, the new hours are: While reserves are kept to ensure items its operating hours because of it. can still be bought to provide to those in Monday: Closed; Tuesday: 9 a.m. to The food bank is located at 5 Allen St., need, there have been cutbacks at the local 1 p.m.; Wednesday: 5 to 7 p.m.; Thursday: 9 has a demand for soup, cereal, peanut butter and canned meats (tuna, chicken), Carleton Place. a.m. to noon; Friday: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. branch. While the Lanark County Food Bank monetary donations are needed most. “We are spending our finances on keeping cereal, peanut butter and soup on the shelves,” said Kennedy. “We don’t usually have to do that.” The manager said they are not able to provide as many fresh fruits and vegetables to clients, “We’re down to the bare minimum,” she said. Each week, the food bank spends about $725 on regular food items, and an additional $120 per week on milk and eggs, to serve an average of 480 to 520 people per month. The food bank serves Ashton, Beckwith (as far as Franktown and RR6), Innisville, Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills JUNE 3-15, 2012- 12 NIGHT CRUISE and White Lake. Volunteers can ON MS AVALON – IMAGERY fill up to 65 orders on a busy day, “We don’t want anyone to think we’re closing our doors,” she said. “That’s not going to happen. But we have to let people know there WITH is a need.” Volunteers, including new Almonte, Pakenham and White This magniﬁcent vacation includes a deluxe cruise that reveals Lake representative Laurie Vailthe best of Europe along the Rhine, Main, and Danube Rivers. lancourt, set up donation spots at Enjoy a canal cruise past Amsterdam’s 16th-century merchant houses and the Pakenham Fall Fair on Saturday, Aug. 13. through the impressive Main Danube Canal. TH SATURDAY, AUGUST 27 3pm - 7pm Vaillancourt said she volunSail through the dramatic Rhine Gorge. ARMY NAVY AIRFORCE teered with the organization to Cost includes: 12 Night Cruise, Transportation from Perth & area help ensure her community is 315 Townline Rd. East All transfers in Europe, all inclusions per Brochure. well-represented, as a number Carleton Place of families from the areause the From per person based on cabin category 613-257-2576 ANAF 613-253-5097 food bank. Air Extra By late morning, the volunFOR MORE INFO PLEASE CALL OR PICK UP BROCHURE teer said she was pleased to have Entertainment by Neville Wells & Guests already collected $100 at one enHeritage Travel & Tours Supper 5pm-7pm trance alone. $ 00 $ 00 12 in advance or 15 at the door Perth Mews Mall, Perth • 613-267-7374 “There are very generous people in Pakenham,” Vaillancourt Early Booking Extended book by September 28 - Save $200 p.p. said. As of Sept. 6, Kennedy said the GOOD FUN ~ GOOD FOOD ~ GOOD TUNES 487410-34-11
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