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January 16, 2014
Centre Hastings noted for village blooms By Diane Sherman
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Lifestyles - Madoc - The municipality of Centre Hastings was recognized in the national publication of Communities in Bloom for 2013 as a noncompetitive entry from Ontario, alongside the City of Vaughan, and towns of Essex, Gravenhurst, Arnprior and Carleton Place. The municipality received a commendation which council decided should be handed over to students of the greenhouse program for their continued contributions. Students, Jessica Aide and Dennis Hein accepted the recognition on behalf of their class, January 9, in the greenhouse where the project began. The greenhouse project is part of the Practical Living Program with local Master Gardener Steven Airhart contributing his expertise along with Martin Cofield. Educational assistant Kristin Potts said those students who get involved with the greenhouse tend to be â€œvery enthusiastic with their work.â€? Plants grown by students are arranged anew each year in bins placed around the village. The large wooden inserts and finished outer containers were made by students of the schoolâ€™s Restoration and Renovation technical program. Department head, Brad Olsen said those who worked on the original project have graduated, but, the class continues to partner with the municipality to build other structures such as the tourist booth which opened this past spring, shelters on the Trail of Two Lakes, and the nature boardwalk at the Kiwanis beach on Moira Lake. Deputy Mayor Tom Simpson initiated numerous partnership projects with the school. He said one of his personal contributions to the annual Community Care fundraising dinner are the more than 100 floral table arrangePlease see â€œVillageâ€? on page 3
Jessica Aide and Dennis Hein accepted a certificate of recognition from Communities in Bloom for their classâ€™s contribution of floral planters throughout the Village of Madoc. Deputy Mayor Tom Simpson presented the certificate January 9 on behalf of the municipality. Educational assistant Kristin Potts works with the greenhouse program at Centre Hastings Secondary School. Photo: Diane Sherman
Police board ponders Taser authorization
By Richard Turtle
News â€“Â Stirling â€“ A change in policy by the Ministry of Correctional Services now allows police service boards to determine who in the department is authorized to carry a Taser but members of the StirlingRawdon PSB are in no rush to make that decision. Discussed under the heading â€œExpansion of Conducted Energy Weapon Deployment,â€? Board Chair Tara Dier noted the rules had previously been restrictive but the
changes require more serious consideration than discussion at a single meeting. Interim Chief Christina Reive told the board that policies vary for different departments where some or all officers are issued the weapon. Currently, only Stirling-Rawdon staff sergeants carry them. Board member Wilfred Shier moved that the board consult the interim chief and come up with a policy for the Stirling-Rawdon Police Service.
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UPCOMING MEETINGS Council will hold a Budget meeting on Friday, January 17th at 9 am in the Council Chambers at 255 Metcalf Street, Tweed.
Council will hold a community meeting regarding the Thomasburg Spring on Monday, January 27th at 6:30 pm at the Thomasburg Hall, 110 Clare Street, Thomasburg.
Visit www.stirling-rawdon.com for community events and municipal updates
Police Services Public Consultation Stirling-Rawdon Police Services Board will hold a Public Consultation on Tuesday January 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Police Services E.O.C. Room, 2529 Stirling-Marmora Road. The Board wishes to obtain public input regarding the hiring of the new Police Chief.
Notice of Public Meeting Council will hold a Public Meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 7 p.m. at Police/ Fire E.O.C. Room, 2529 Stirling-Marmora Road to provide an overview of the provincial cuts and determine what level of services the rate payers require.
Christmas Tree Pickup The Public Works Department will be picking up Christmas Trees in the former Village of Stirling on Wednesday, January 22nd. Place your tree at the curb.
Upcoming Meetings Agendas for Council meetings are now available online at www. stirling-rawdon.com on the Friday prior to the meeting. Mon Jan 20 at 7p.m. Tue Jan 21 at 9 a.m. Tue Jan 28 at 7 p.m.
Council Protection to Persons and Property Committee Finance and Personnel Committee Public Meeting Re: Service Levels (to be held at 2529 Stirling-Marmora Road)
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local community and support things like minor hockey, junior baseball, the Legion, Santa Claus parade and the July 1 parade, the food bank and the Salvation Army to name a few organizations. Lions International supports the guide dogs program and we donate a large sum of money each year to Lions
International.â€? Arthur said that the monthly jamborees run until May and is hoping that numbers can come up over the rest of the winter. Jamborees are held at the White Building near the arena and are usually held the second Friday of the month starting at 7 p.m.
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From left to right are Tweed Lions Club member Kathy Pym, Tweed Legion President Heather Atkins and Lions President Arthur Pym, who presented a cheque for $500 to the Legion just before the monthly jamboree January 10. Photo: Scott Pettigrew
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working.â€? Asked about future prospects at the Tweed Legion, Heather said that they are working on a Trillium grant. â€œWe see big changes coming if this grant comes through. We are trying to make the upstairs more accessible.â€? Arthur Pym is the president of the Tweed Lions Club and when asked to comment on the attendance at the monthly jamborees he said, â€œWeather has had an impact on the numbers and we are slightly below last yearâ€™s attendance. Most of our clientele are seniors and it is difďŹ cult for them to get out in bad weather. Tonightâ€™s jamboree has a good turnout and we expect that next monthâ€™s Valentine Special February 14 with Cathy Whalen will be a very good night. â€œThe funds raised from these jamborees are important and is one of our main sources of money along with the Music in the Park. Lions in Tweed invest 90 per cent of the money raised in the
Stirling â€“ Members of the Stirling-Rawdon Police Services Board ofďŹ cially welcomed Interim Police Chief Christina Reive to the department at their ďŹ rst regular meeting of the new year, noting a permanent replacement is expected to be named before the end of April. Reive temporarily replaces former Chief Brian Foley whose contract expired at the end of 2013 and was not renewed by the board. Board Chair Tara Dier would say only that Foley is currently â€œon leave.â€? Dier opened the meeting with the introduction of the interim chief saying the board is â€œextremely grateful to the OPP and Staff Sergeant Reive,â€? for making the necessary accommodations. Reive arrives in Stirling-Rawdon with 20 years of experience that began with the Trenton Police. After joining the OPP in 2004, Reive moved to East Region Headquarters as a criminal investigation specialist. She is expected to head up the department for the next three or four months, Dier says, until the selection process is completed. She explains that the process will include various elements, including an upcoming public meeting on Tuesday, January 21, to determine â€œthe qualiďŹ cations we should be looking for in a police chief,â€? followed by consultations with the Crown, police associations and others, the creation of a list of criteria, advertising the position, processing the submissions,
Stirling-Rawdon Police Service Board member Wilfred Shier sits with interim police chief Christina Reive at the first meeting of the board in 2014, Reive will remain in the position until a permanent replacement has been found.
scheduling and conducting interviews before making a ďŹ nal decision and determining a start date for the new chief. It is yet to be determined who the hiring panel will be, Dier says, but it could be made up of a full or partial board as well as outside advisors. It will be a fair and open process, she says, adding, â€œweâ€™ll start that on the twenty-ďŹ rst.â€?
Phone policy amendment for council posed amendments to that policy. Christine Martin, treasurer/tax colNews â€“ Madoc â€“ The ďŹ rst meeting of 2014 in Centre Hastings council cham- lector/Deputy Clerk, presented a report bers targeted existing policy and prac- after a delegation from Bob Hadley, tices concerning usage of cell phones/ which focused on the same issue. Hadley, who declared his nominamobile communication devices and proBy Diane Sherman
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Martin’s report opened with that reference in her background statement: “Over the past three years staff and council have experienced an extreme amount of controversy over the issue of the reimbursements and payment for cell phone expenses. The cost of staff time and legal expenses surrounding MFIPPA requests has far outweighed any actual cell phone expenses.” She went on to explain staff has negotiated a “corporate share plan agreement” with Bell Canada paying $22 per month for a bundle with $25 for transfer of 500 mega bites of data to enable email and web services. The recommendation was to “rescind” the old policy, which allotted $95 dollars per month usage with justified expenditure reports. Council suggested the word “rescind” be changed to “amend,” a recommendation also made by Hadley in his delegation. The recommendation stated it would make “cell phone privileges an automatic benefit to each member of council either by supply of a municipal cell phone enrolled in the corporate plan, or a quarterly automatic reimbursement of the same $50 per month value (for private phones).”
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ments, which he relies on the greenhouse class to supply. “They always do a wonderful job, and villagers are constantly saying how they appreciate the flower boxes in the village.” Roseanne Ballast of Stonepath Greenhouses, near Tweed, is a strong supporter of the school’s program. Ballast said she thinks “the program at CHSS greenhouse is an important one. The quality of their plants and combinations in the town’s landscape are fantastic. The municipality is lucky to have a program in place that can incorporate a teaching program of this nature into community benefit.” Simpson said this was the first year the municipality registered with Canada Communities in Bloom. “It was felt Centre Hastings had a unique partnership that should be shared across the country. We are very pleased it was listed in the 2013 magazine which is published from coast to coast.” The greenhouse opens each year for an annual sale before Mother’s Day and also offers starter plants for vegetable gardens. Contact the school for information.
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Deputy Mayor Tom Simpson objected to the “automatic reimbursement” statement. He said he has never charged the municipality for his cell phone use and believes that reimbursement should be “an option” versus “automatic.” Councillor Larry Mitz was in favour of this also, stating he has not submitted invoices for his cell phone/s. “I have enough to do without sitting down going through my bills to figure out what was municipal business or personal, and I just think that procedure was a waste of time.” Council concluded to amend the phone usage policy to make $50 optionally available monthly with no required documentation for staff and council.
Board members were not displeased with the final numbers as they reviewed revenues and expenditures for 2013 although there were some concerns. Board member Rodney Cooney noted while some expenses were greater than anticipated, others were lower. Overall, he said, “everything’s not too, too bad.” However, recent hydro bills of $5,000 per month and projected costs of $73,000 this year is reason for concern, Cooney says. The board agreed to transfer any surplus into reserves. In receiving the 2012 Annual Report, board members agreed the document should be prepared and submitted much sooner after year end. Wilfred Shier asked if the paperwork could be completed more quickly in future, adding the 2012 report arrived in 2014. “All this information is available to us throughout the year,” Dier said, but agreed the completed report would best serve the board if it arrived in the months immediately following year end. Unable to secure grant funding, the PSB may be forced to pay full price for the installation of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) in the emergency services building. The fire department does have portable defibrillators in its trucks, the board was told, but the building is without a wall mounted unit. “I’ve tried to get these,” Cooney said of the grants available, noting he will continue his efforts “but we might have to buy one.” Following the regular business, concerns were heard from several members of the gallery including questions relating to grant shortfalls in the police department. “We’ve got alarm bells going off,” said Dier, but added it is more a municipal issue. Those shortfalls, Cooney explained, are projected to grow by hundreds of thousands of dol-
lars in each of the next three years and are of serious concern to both the board and council. “We’ll get into that January 28,” he says. That day council will be holding a public meeting, “and we’ll be looking at all avenues, all aspects (of the municipal budget),” he adds. With policing costs at $770 per household in Stirling-Rawdon, Shier says, the municipality has the highest figure in Hastings County. “We’re at the top of the pack in Ontario,” Cooney noted, but disagreed with a suggestion from the gallery that StirlingRawdon had “the Cadillac of policing.” “We’re not the Cadillac of systems,” he said, noting expenses such as police training courses aren’t a consideration for municipalities under OPP jurisdiction. “Scale is everything.”
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THE CORPORATION OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MADOC TAKE NOTICE that tenders are invited for the purchase of the land(s) described below and will be received until 3:00 p.m. local time Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at the Madoc Township Municipal Office, 15651 Highway 62 Madoc, ON K0K 2K0 or by mail to Madoc Township P.O. Box 503 Madoc, ON K0K 2K0. The tenders will then be opened in public on the same day as soon as possible after 3:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office. Description of Land(s): Roll No. 12 36 000 010 02300 0000; PIN 40186-0116(LT); Part Lot 6 Concession 7, as in QR308994 Description may not be acceptable in future; S/T Execution 99-0000755 If Enforceable, Madoc, County of Hastings, 33 Tannery Rd. Minimum Tender Amount: $3,314.17 Roll No. 12 36 000 020 33700 0000; PIN 40214-0168(LT); Part Lot 28 Concession 6, as in QR80355, Madoc, County of Hastings. Minimum Tender Amount: $3,974.63 Roll No. 12 36 000 025 04680 0000; PIN 40182-0075(LT); Part Lot 4 Concession 2 21R13024 Parts 3 & 4 T/W QR5603131, QR560314, S/T MG3143, Madoc, County of Hastings; 104971 Highway 7. Minimum Tender Amount: $21,111.31 Tenders must be submitted in the prescribed form and must be accompanied by a deposit in the form of a money order or of a bank draft or cheque certified by a bank or trust corporation payable to the municipality and representing at least 20 per cent of the tender amount. Except as follows, the municipality makes no representation regarding the title to or any other matters relating to the land to be sold. Responsibility for ascertaining these matters rests with the potential purchasers. This sale is governed by the Municipal Act, 2001 and the Municipal Tax Sales Rules made under that Act. The successful purchaser will be required to pay the amount tendered plus accumulated taxes, the relevant land transfer tax, and Harmonized Sales Tax, if applicable. The municipality has no obligation to provide vacant possession to the successful purchaser. For further information regarding this sale and a copy of the prescribed form of tender contact: CHRISTINE MITCHELL Treasurer/Tax Collector The Corporation of the Township of Madoc 15651 Highway 62 PO Box 503 Madoc, ON K0K 2K0 (613)473-2677 Ext. 201 www.madoc.ca email@example.com
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with kids as well as what is needed by youth and issues such as food security and other life skills. â€œWe did something similar about 10 years ago,â€? he says, adding for several years afterwards program participation was at a peak. â€œWe were up and running and rocking,â€? says Resource Centre Coordinator Dale Redding, adding summer camps were in session during 2007 and 2008. And then numbers began to dwindle. The centre continues to offer a 16week program three days per week from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. but the future remains uncertain. In part, Cassidy says, it is a matter of awareness. One recent suggestion was to erect a large sign to identify the building. And while he agrees with the idea, Cassidy notes, â€œthereâ€™s no sign big enough to say what we do.â€? The organization has been operating locally since 1999 and, Cassidy notes, â€œwe know there are more potential clients out there.â€? But he admits reaching out to them is no simple task. Anyone interested in attending is asked to confirm participation by January 23 by calling 613-395-1120 or emailing email@example.com.Â
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mits time is running out with funding cuts looming and the space currently available being largely under-utilized. Programs aimed at the underprivileged, unemployed and disabled are critically important to any community, he says, but providing them to only a fraction of those eligible has raised questions about the centreâ€™s viability in Stirling. â€œWeâ€™re going to have to put the throttle down and go or get out of the game,â€? he says. But before any final decision is made, Cassidy notes, a meeting to reassess the organizationâ€™s strategic plan is expected to help determine CPFSâ€™s future direction. An open discussion has been scheduled for January 29, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 45 East Front St. with invitations sent to local churches, service clubs and businesses looking for input and potential solutions. â€œWeâ€™ve had our funding reduced and specified,â€? Cassidy says, adding it has resulted in a greater reliance on donations, â€œbut weâ€™re really looking for new partners.â€? Items to be discussed include the need for local licensed child care, the needs of the unemployed and disabled and the needs of home based parents
News â€“ Stirling â€“ Officials at Community Partners for Success (CPFS) are hopeful their resource centre here will remain open, and possibly expand its current list of programs, but Executive Director Terry Cassidy says that wonâ€™t happen without some additional support. â€œI think thereâ€™s enough good will to make this happen,â€? Cassidy says of CPFSâ€™s continued operation, but he ad-
Reeve looks back over New clerk for Marmora & Lake 2013 and ahead to 2014 News â€“ Marmora â€“ Reeve Terry Clemens, who has decided to run for a fourth term in office, recently looked back over a very busy 2013 and ahead to an equally involved 2014. During a January 8 visit in his office, the Reeve outlined a number of highlights relating to the past year, going on to speak of priorities for the coming one. He recalled two important observances, one being the
The Municipality had been approved for $1 million in provincial funding for a new wastewater treatment system for the Village of Deloro. celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Town Hall, the other a reception last October to mark the 65th anniversary of the covered Dr. Hamilton Crawford Arena. The list of accomplishments continued with Clemens mentioning that the new Certificate of Approval for the landfill was in place following a three-year process, and that 38 acres of land had been purchased as a buffer for the landfill.
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Also near the top of the list was the fact that the Municipality had been approved for $1 million in provincial funding for a new wastewater treatment system for the Village of Deloro, which will be installed in the coming year. A $50,000 provincial grant has also been announced for a tourism and economic impact study on the local area relating to the Northland Powerâ€™s proposed pumped storage project. Clemens went on to say that a decision has yet to be made as to who will conduct the study. The Municipalityâ€™s Asset Management Plan, which is necessary for future grant applications, has recently been approved, and as Clemens said, â€œIt is a big thing for the January 2 marked the day that Tonia Graham started her job as the new Municipal Clerk for Marmora and Lake, having community to have in place.â€? taken over from Judy Durbatch who retired after many years of service. Graham, who has a diploma in Municipal AdThe much anticipated splash pad, ministration and is currently the secretary of the Hastings County Clerks and Treasurersâ€™ Association, has worked for the to be located at Memorial Park, will municipality for the past six years where she was assistant to the Manager of Transportation. Photo: Judy Backus be constructed in 2014, thanks in part to a $150,000 grant from the Trillium Foundation. One other point mentioned by the Reeve was the existence of leases, which He mentioned an announcement relating to the fact provide annual income totalling $60,000 for the municipality. that in 2014, $3.9 million will be spent by the Province These include the Bell tower located at the water tower; the Xplornet tower on rehabilitating the Crowe River Bridge, with the beside the Fire Hall; a lease of property behind the Fire Hall to Hydro One; work scheduled to begin in the spring. The more major a solar installation on the arena; and rental from the Deloro Hall basement portions of the work will be completed in the spring and which is being used by consultants involved with the Deloro Cleanup. fall months, with more minor work taking place over the In looking ahead to priorities for 2014, Clemens mentioned the completion course of the summer when the traffic flow is heavier. of the splash pad; the completion of the Deloro Waste Management project; Clemens referred to one of the major highlights of the purchase of computerized scales for the landfill; and the continuation of 2013 as being the fact that the Marmora Medical Centre the road re-surfacing program in both urban and rural areas. He also spoke was now paid for. Donations from individuals and of the fact that the first stage of application for funding for a new McFaul organizations covered one half of the $250,000 cost while Bridge at Beaver Creek Road, valued at $1.4 million had been successful, the remainder was mortgaged. That amount was cleared with one more stage to go. Another goal is to continue through the budget as of last July. process to stabilize the taxation process to make it as reasonable as it can The Memorial Building now has a new roof; numerous possibly be. upgrades and improvements have been made to the A final hope expressed by Clemens was â€œto continue to work with Medical Centre; a new John Deere loader has been Northland Power and the Ontario Government to make the Marmora Pumped purchased; and a new back up generator will soon be Storage Project become a reality.â€? installed in the Parks Department building next to the Town Hall. In the case of an emergency, it will power both that building and the municipal office. Clemens explained for 75 words that with generators in place at other locations as well, if an emergency were to occur, the Road Department in Photo Ads from $26.10 Deloro, the Fire Department at the top of the hill, and now the Parks Department and Town Hall would all be self sufficient.
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For cat lovers: A visit to Malaysia’s “Cat Museum”
The entrance to Kuching’s Cat Museum.
One of many cat sculptures found in the city of Kuching.
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Lifestyles - Kuching is the capital of the state of Sarawak on Borneo in Malaysia, and “Kucing” translates as “Cat” in Malay, so it’s rather appropriate that I found a “Cat Museum” in the city of Kuching, Malaysia. Some visitors might ﬁnd this museum to be rather strange, even tacky, but if you’re a cat fan, then this could be the museum for you! It’s indeed, a rather unique museum, perhaps the only one of its kind in the world, and it features over 2,000 feline-related items. It not only contains a plethora of cat statues, photos, posters, jigsaw puzzles and even stamps (for cat loving philatelists) from all over the world, but it also offers a lot of information about the history and importance of cats in various cultures. One of the museum’s galleries has fascinating accounts of the cat’s role in the Chinese, Egyptian,
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Editorial - General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who led the coup against Egypt’s elected president last July, has one of the finest collections of military headgear in the entire Middle East. Perhaps that’s why he has still not admitted that he plans to become the next president: he can’t decide which hat to throw into the ring. His own explanation for his shyness comes straight out of the Aspiring DictaGwynne Dyer tor’s Handbook: “If I nominate myself, there must be a popular demand, and a mandate from my army,” he told the state-owned paper AlAhram. “When Egyptians say something, we obey, and I will never turn my back on Egypt.” Egyptian generals are deeply patriotic people, and three others before Sisi have sacrificed their own desire for a quiet life in order to rule Egypt: Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956-70), Anwar Sadat (1970-81) and Hosni Mubarak (1981-2011). In fact, the last three years have been the only time in the life of the great majority of Egyptians when a general has not been running the country, and Sisi seems ready to make the supreme sacrifice too. A mandate from the army shouldn’t be hard to get, since he runs the whole organization. And as far as “popular demand” is concerned, Sisi is clearly planning to use a “yes” vote in this week’s referendum on the new constitution as proof that the people want him for president. The new constitution will be the third in four years. It replaces the one that was written and adopted (also by referendum) during the brief, unhappy rule of President Mohamed Morsi, who took office on June 30, 2012 and was overthrown on July 3, 2013. It removes the “Islamic” changes that Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood wrote into the last one, which should appeal to secular Egyptians, but that’s not what makes it attractive to General Sisi. The new clauses that only a soldier could love include one that gives the Egyptian military the right to appoint the defence minister, and another that says the military budget will
not be subject to civilian oversight. It also retains the muchcriticized clause that allows civilians to be tried in military courts. Sisi reckons enough civilians will vote for it anyway, some because they hate the Islamists and some because they are just tired of all the upheavals. Maybe they will, because the whole Arab world is suffering from revolution fatigue: the “Arab awakening” has caused such turbulence that many people would find a return to the old dictatorships almost comforting. It’s true even in Syria, where some of the rebels are starting to talk about making a deal with the Assad regime in order to isolate the Islamist extremists and hasten the end of the war. Egyptians are frightened and exhausted, and Sisi apparently thinks they will gratefully accept a return to army rule (behind a democratic facade). But his nervousness is showing: there’s barely a wall in Cairo that is not covered with “Yes” posters and pictures of Sisi, while people trying to put up “No” posters get arrested. Sisi is probably right to be nervous. In late September, three months after the coup, Zogby Research Services carried out an extensive opinion poll in Egypt for the Sir Bani Yas Forum in Abu Dhabi. It revealed that confidence in the army had already dropped from 93 per cent to 70 per cent, and it probably has gone on dropping. General Sisi and former President Morsi had almost equal support in the country – 46 per cent for Sisi, 44 per cent for Morsi (who now faces trial for “inciting his supporters to carry out premeditated murder” and various other alleged crimes). The Zogby poll also revealed that an overwhelming majority of respondents blame the last military regime, under Hosni Mubarak, for the problems facing Egypt today. All in all, this is hardly a firm foundation on which to complete the counter-revolution and build a new military regime. The likeliest outcome of the referendum on the new constitution this week (Tuesday and Wednesday) will be a modest majority for the “Yes”, but on a very low turnout. If it is lower than the mere 33 per cent who voted in the referendum on the last constitution in 2012, then Sisi may have to reconsider his plan to run for the presidency.
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Ontario: Yours to Recover In her Thursday, Jan. 9 letter to the editor, our local Liberal candidate Georgina Thompson decided to use Liberal talking points in response to a year-end column that the EMC ran with our local MPP, Todd Smith. In the tradition of McGuinty-Wynne Liberals, she ignored the facts. She fails to mention jobs numbers were the worst in the country in December as Ontario lost 39,000 jobs in a single month. Imagine putting a city nearly the size of Quinte West out of work in a single month, because that’s basically what the Liberal job record was for December. She raises the Liberal “partnership” with Cisco Canada. Apparently, we should be excited about the Ontario government giving 220 million taxpayer dollars to a company that made $8 billion in profit last year. That means Cisco couldn’t spare less than three per cent of profit margin to do business in Ontario. There’s a reason why a Western University professor said this “easily ranks as the worst Canadian public policy [decision] of 2013.” Corporate welfare – which is what this is – isn’t a strategy, it’s the last result when you’ve messed up everything else. And speaking of messing up everything else, let’s talk about how much your hydro bill has gone up in the last decade. You’re paying a lot more now than you used to. You’re paying for two cancelled gas plants in Mississauga and
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Oakville, you’re paying for wind and solar power when we don’t need it and then selling to the United States and Quebec at a loss. You’re paying, you’re paying, you never stop paying. And make no mistake, we’re the ones paying for it. Your hydro bill has gone up 107 per cent since 2003. Most of that just since 2009. I can understand why she ignored those facts. In her letter, Ms. Thompson mentions the Liberal’s grant to Sigma Stretch Films. She forgets (conveniently) the news article that highlighted that while the grant was for $237,000, Sigma’s monthly hydro bill was $325,000. That’s up from $143,000 a couple years ago and, under the plan the Liberals announced in December, it will be $461,000 by 2017. Meaning that, really, all that $237,000 is paying for is a couple weeks of electricity. As to Heinz and Kellogg’s, the Liberals can do their best to spin it. But, decades of manufacturing tradition, pillars of the community and thousands of jobs will be leaving Ontario when those doors close. Lost jobs, sky-high hydro rates and corporate welfare payments. I didn’t think Ms. Thompson would be so willing to defend those three things. Because no matter how she chooses to phrase it, that’s what the facts say the Liberal record is. Carrie Impey, Belleville
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Start a new fad, walk to school By Terry Bush Editorial - . I didn’t think I heard it right the first time so when it came on the radio again, I listened a little more closely. At the end of the commercial, a young girl can be heard saying, “I can walk to school, can you?” The commercial was sponsored by the local Health Unit, which is no doubt trying to spur the younger generation into getting a bit of exercise. “I can walk to school.” Of course hearing something like this brought out the inner geezer in me that seems to be lurking just below the surface at any given time, now that I’m older. Walking to school is something we all used to do. We had no choice and didn’t think anything of it at the time. We walked everywhere. The only time we didn’t walk was when we rode our bikes, another innovative idea whose time has come. It’s not like our families were rich enough to have two cars at their disposal and why would you need two vehicles? Most mothers stayed at home those days. Not only did we walk or ride our bikes to school, we had to ride them home for lunch because town kids, even if they lived at the far end of town, weren’t allowed in the lunch room unless their mothers sent a note saying they wouldn’t be home that day because they were busy at the hospital giving birth. While I didn’t have to walk as far as my father did, which if I recall correctly was in the neighbourhood of eight miles uphill both ways, it was still quite a hike by today’s standards considering many children only walk from the car to the front door of the school. I would guess we walked or rode our bikes probably a mile or so to get to school, which was really nothing. To a geezer in training like myself, today’s kids, despite today’s technology, are missing out on some great childhood memories and most of them involve physical activity. When we were kids, and by that I mean under the age of 10, we walked for miles to bring the cows in for milking. There was no complaining involved, we thought it was a privilege to be given the responsibility to walk to the other side of the woods and herd the cows back through the woods to the barn. It made us feel all grown up, like we were teenagers. It could never happen today but we also stopped traffic on Highway 14 at the top of the first hill south of Stirling and herded the cows across the road into the barn to be milked too. We built forts in the woods, fished in every creek and stream in the area, regularly visited the Stirling sewage lagoons to admire the wildlife and did all this either on foot or on our bikes. Our decidedly low tech, one-speed bicycles worked almost as well in the winter as they did in the summer depending on the day. I can still recall strapping a very weighty bag of Saturday Toronto Telegrams to my banana seat and travelling to the four corners of Stirling through slush and snow on a paper route that nobody wanted for good reason. It didn’t kill me but I sure looked forward to the Saturdays when my grandfather or dad had a bit of time to drive me around. Those Saturday Telegrams were almost two inches thick. Quite a slog when you only had one gear, but no worse than our rides up the hills from Stirling to Oak Lake to go swimming in the summer. In the evenings, kids on the street would gather at dusk for a game of flashlight hide and seek in the nearby fields. From a young age, my friends and I would travel over hill and dale in the dead of winter, tentatively crossing Rawdon Creek to that Mecca of tobogganing, Shay’s Hill, for a day of fun. It wasn’t unusual to find 80 kids there, red-faced and smiling as they hung on for dear life. Dead tired after climbing up the hill dozens of times, we’d trudge a couple of miles back home. When that hill became too tame, we walked even farther to Suicide Hill, a spectacular place where you could rarely see the bottom of the hill from the top, it was that steep in winter. Most kids today would be hard-pressed to climb to the top of that hill once let alone spend a day riding a sled up and down. In the very early spring, we looked forward to getting rid of our coats and tackling the old barn that was called the Stirling arena. We’d ride to the top of Stapley’s Hill next to the old sawmill, pedal down that hill as fast as we could and because all the snow had slid down the side of the building, we’d veer off the road to see how far we could ride up the side of the rink on the snowbanks before we came tumbling down. Will kids today have many of these same experiences? Unfortunately most won’t. We’re caught up in a world of technology with our derrieres glued to our seats staring blankly at screens exercising little more than our thumbs. A perfect toboggan ride down a steep hill can’t hold a candle to owning the latest, fastest phone or tablet filled with apps and games. Gadgets rule the roost and children’s health suffers. 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Lifestyles - This past week I attended Canadaâ€™s largest horticultural tradeshow, Landscape Ontario Congress, held at the Congress Centre every January. To give you an idea of its size, it is the ďŹ fth largest show of its sort on the North American continent hosting some 600 exhibitors who manage to clutter up eight acres of showroom ďŹ‚oor. This means you need to arrive early or youâ€™re walking over a mile just to get to the back door! This is the show where folks in the trade meet. While nongreen trade folk arenâ€™t turned away, Congress is a place where friendships are renewed, research and education are main draws but, more than anything, business is done. A lot of time, money and effort go into such an event, including on the part of the â€œcustomersâ€? and the atmosphere is friendly but very professional. Folks are expected to be well beyond Gardening 101 level and I have seen the odd â€œwalkinâ€? sitting in a lecture completely overwhelmed by the technicality of the material being presented. For
kind of person who genuinely enjoys and appreciates people. So there he was last night, with his daughters directing the show (insisting they were being â€œdecisiveâ€?, not â€œbossyâ€?), and his wife grinning from ear to ear, as people praised him and told him about all the seniorsâ€™ discounts he could now claim. Twelve hours later, though, it is still the pictures that keep ďŹ‚ashing through my mind. They show heritage, dedication, and a whole lot of barbecuing. And yet I know that behind all those smiling, laughing faces there were moments when things werenâ€™t as rosy. There were moments when even a Roger, the nicest guy you could ever meet, lost his temper. There were moments when he and Heather truly didnâ€™t know what to do with some of their children. There were health problems and
family problems and all those things that none of us can escape. And yet, last night Roger and Heather stood with their arms around each other greeting their friends, beaming. Itâ€™s a life well-lived. The idea of forty plus years together with one person seems so daunting. Wouldnâ€™t that get boring? Most of us suffer wanderlust at one time or another. Weâ€™re with the same person, day after day, with all these responsibilities, and we wonder, â€œWhat would life have been like if I had married my high school boyfriend?â€? Or we think, â€œI bet life would be a whole lot more exciting if I were with my co-worker, whoâ€™s always the life of the party, rather than my husband, who is always grumpy.â€? We want something new and something exciting, not something that weâ€™ve
had everyday for sixteen years, through of our own. Yet too often people chuck 1,700 diaper changes, or 2,200 loads of something just because itâ€™s lost that â€œnewlaundry. Life just gets monotonous. nessâ€? feeling. The measurement of maturity, though, Yes, infatuation is heady, but you is whether or not one can forego imme- know whatâ€™s even better? Forty years of diate rewards for delayed gratiďŹ cation of friends and family who can stand there better rewards. Too often people throw when youâ€™re 65 and still say all kinds of something away because they want the great things about you, because youâ€™re excitement of something new. Everything still around. You havenâ€™t gone anywhere. new, though, will eventually be old. Un- Youâ€™re with the same people, youâ€™ve inless you want to cycle through constant vested, and now youâ€™re reaping the rechange your whole life, at some point wards. Thereâ€™s no awkwardness with the youâ€™re going to have to decide to commit kids or grandkids. There are no pictures to someone or something. you have to exclude from a lifetime of Sometimes everyone needs a fresh memories. Thereâ€™s just a life well-lived, start if the life theyâ€™re living is dangerous, and that is something exciting.w abusive, or degrading. And some times weâ€™re thrown 1RUWK)URQW6W%HOOHYLOOH21.3$ ZZZ*R0F&R\FRP into that fresh start through no fault TRADE SHOWS: Sportsmenâ€™s, Auto, Motorcycle, 7,&2
Lifestyles - The best part of the sixty-ďŹ fth birthday party I attended last night, other than the Chinese buffet, was deďŹ nitely the slide show. Of course black and white pictures of a cherubic-looking boy are always adorable, but it was those late teen years pictures, when a rather familiar looking girl starting showing up, that made me smile. And so we watched through 45 years of hilarious photos, with the wedding, the babies, the cottage, and then more weddings and now lots more babies. Itâ€™s a rich life. When we ďŹ rst moved to Belleville, Roger became my husband Keithâ€™s mentor, going out for coffee with him every so often and talking about work and parenting and marriage. Roger would, of course, be quick to tell you that the mentorship really went in the other direction. Heâ€™s the
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me, that is a very good thing because that is why I go to the show, along with spending some time in our companyâ€™s booth. Donâ€™t worry overly much, Gentle Reader; Canada Blooms in March is the show for you. If you garden, if you sit near a garden, if you sit in a house and look out at a garden, there will be something for you at Blooms. Check this column in about a month and weâ€™ll get gunned up on it. So why would I talk about a trade show in a gardening column? I believe it is vitally important that you realise how concerned your landscapers and nursery suppliers are about the business. We need to offer you the best available, not just in an effort to bury the local competition, but because that is what weâ€™re about. An industry professional, Perry Molema, told us that we are in the business of enhancing our customersâ€™ lives. Iâ€™m conďŹ dent in saying that truly is what most of us are about. Mind you, we do need to make a proďŹ t in order to stay in business and that is not a bad thing.
Along with the ďŹ‚oor exhibits, Landscape Ontario hosts numerous seminars, lectures and training sessions at this show covering new techniques, new tools, and new laws (especially new laws!) and new plants. Naturally Iâ€™m a titch partial to the last one. Next time you chat with a professional green trade lad or lassie ask them about Congress. I think youâ€™ll be surprised at the depth of their answer. Two other shows: BeneďŹ t concert Long time readers of The Good Earth are aware of my love of homegrown music. When a show can be combined with a fund-raising event, I do my best to attend. As it happens, Iâ€™ll be involved in both of the following: Folk For Haiti: a fund-raiser for the children of Haiti who have become orphans due to natural catastrophes. The ďŹ rst set of musicfolk/gospel selections will be presented by The Lenses of which I am a member. The second set will be folk/soft rock as played by RandR, a Brighton duo who are incredibly smooth and talented. Please join
us at Trinity Saint Andrews United Church in Brighton, 2 p.m. on January 26. Every penny of the proceeds will be taken directly to Haiti. Dave Gunning: one of Canadaâ€™s best singer songwriters from Pictou, Nova Scotia has agreed to give a show in aid of childrenâ€™s mental health. This young man is a musical story-teller who rivals any of our great Canadian songsters, from Lightfoot to Tyson to Sylvia and mostly John Allan Cameron. By the way, it was his song that won the national challenge. Dave has signiďŹ cantly reduced his performance fee. The show is a non-ticketed event and this is the only mainstream advertising you will see. Seating is limited so please contact me at dan. email@example.com so we can keep track of numbers. Every penny of the proceeds will be divided between a family in dire need of mental health services for a child and the Trenton High School Emergency Fund. King Street United Church, February 9, starting at 2 p.m.
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Kerby will run again By Diane Sherman
News â€“ Centre Hastings â€“ Councillor Mike Kerby says he feels he still has work to finish for constituents of Centre Hastings. â€œThroughout this year, 2014, we must continue with infrastructure needs.â€? Kerby said roads are a high priority, noting Preston Road should be completed this year, and he would like to see â€œmajor preparation workâ€? on Hollowview Road, portions of the east and all of the west. â€œThe single lane bridge on Sills Road has been a safety concern since I have been on council, and it is still not done.â€? Kerby states Sills is a busy road, used by gravel trucks, cars
and school buses often meeting at the bridge. â€œThis should have high priority, whether or not we receive federal funding, this project has to move forward.â€? He wants to see ongoing sidewalk repair in the village and notes work on Durham Street south will be a â€œbig project.â€? â€œCompletion of the Asset Management Plan allows us to set infrastructure and financial goals with better knowledge of our needs and capabilities,â€? Kerby said. â€œAlso, taking a workshop on council procedures earlier in the year, and updating procedural bylaws, has given council clear understanding of how they and the public should conduct business in the council chambers.â€?
He said a recent forum on the Disability Act was informative, â€œwe know exactly what our responsibilities are regarding the act and venues under the municipal umbrella.â€? Kerby, a 35-year veteran with the fire department, said he is pleased with the interim fire chief and his strong policy on public education, fire prevention and training. â€œOur fire fighters need to be trained also in medical response, extrication, and water rescue. Thatâ€™s a lot of dedication.â€? â€œCost sharing with bordering municipalities wherever we can only makes sense,â€? he said. â€œWorking with Madoc Township to develop business at Highway 7
and 62 is important for both of us. We need to work smart together. Everyone knows how commercial operations bring jobs and spin-off opportunities to the whole area.â€? Kerby noted the â€œjewelsâ€? of Centre Hastings: the skate park and arts centre, the many volunteers of the community, the development of the Amish and Mennonite communities and historic places throughout the municipality. Currently, Kerby sits on four committees: Quinte Conservation Authority, Personnel and Finance, Transportation, Parks, Recreation and Culture. He also sits on three boards: Oâ€™Hara Mill Homestead and Stirling and Centre Hastings arena boards.
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Centre Hastings Councillor Mike Kerby announced he will run again for a third term on municipal council. Photo: Diane Sherman
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Stirling Wellness Fair puts focus on health By Richard Turtle
News â€“ Stirling â€“ For some, it was an opportunity to reinforce recent New Yearâ€™s resolutions while others were merely curious about the local marketplace as the Stirling Wellness Fair returned to the Eugene Burrell Hall last Saturday. The annual event, now in its third year, again offered a comprehensive exhibition of local health and wellness products and services as well as providing immediate access to answers to commonly asked health questions from the practitioners themselves. Organizer Dr. Dan Boyle was pleased with the turnout that, despite less than ideal driving conditions, saw a steady stream of visitors through much of the day Saturday. Open from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. with free admission to the public, the ďŹ ve-hour wellness fair featured representatives from more than a dozen area businesses, including those offering massage therapy, nutritional information and guidance,
chiropractic services, and reďŹ‚exology as well as makers and suppliers of health and beauty items ranging from food products and dietary supplements to lotions and creams. While trafďŹ c through the hall was lighter in the earlier part of the day, Boyle says, there was plenty of interest, particularly from residents in the immediate area, helping to make it another success. Show attendees were encouraged to visit all of the booths in order to validate their ballots which could then be entered into a draw for one of three prizes provided by local sponsors. Nutritional Consultant and Bio-energetics Practitioner Jill Detlor provides individualized nutritional coaching and says the Wellness Fair is an ideal venue for providers and clients alike offering a relaxed atmosphere and ample time for questions and answers. Nearby, Stirling-based Registered Massage Therapist Ashley Cooney was one of several practitioners offering their
services and providing ďŹ rst-hand information on the beneďŹ ts of various treatments. â€œItâ€™s been really good for me,â€? she says of the dayâ€™s activities where several individuals took advantage of her massage chair and her skills, noting that while weather may have limited the number of out of town visitors, trafďŹ c was steady as a result of strong attendance from residents of the village. Other exhibitors were equally pleased with the response generated by the show and the crowds who arrived despite the weather. Visitors could also learn about Phalasso Therapy, Yoga, Mitzvah and pulsed electromagnetic ďŹ elds, Quick Sketch Energy Stirling resident David Vanderdussen took some time during the Portraits and crystal healing wands. Stirling Wellness Fair to enjoy a massage provided by Ashley Cooney. The fair, Boyle says, brings together a range Photo: Richard Turtle of wellness practitioners and is intended to offer visitors a chance to learn about the services and 11 Front St. N., products they provide.
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â€œAll of this makes us look like we are not keeping up with our share of the bargain, when, in fact we are. We are not responsible for the rest of the building.â€? Council was discussing a letter received from Centre Hastings asking for â€œconďŹ rmation of continued ďŹ nancial support of the centre.â€? Council moved they will continue their support as originally agreed. Sharing services of the landďŹ ll site is another issue of contention for Madoc Township. The landďŹ ll committee was dissolved some months ago and an agreement was made that Centre Hastings and Madoc Township councils have â€œjoint discussionsâ€? concerning the landďŹ ll site. Members of council said their last meeting
with Centre Hastings was before school let out. â€œWe have been waiting for them to offer a date for the next meeting and we received a letter today offering us three options on how they want to proceed. We would like a faceto-face meeting,â€? said Councillor Loyde Blackburn. â€œWorking together is not passing papers up and down the road,â€? he quipped. Assistance to upgrade Deloro Road from the Small, Rural and Northern Municipal Infrastructure Fund was not accepted. Correspondence indicates other applicants â€œdemonstrated more clearly there was a critical health and/or safety problemâ€? which was a prerequisite for funding. Council is hoping to garner assistance
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for permission to illuminate the junction of Highway 62 and Bonjour Boulevard. The Ministry of Transport stated since there have been no accidents, lighting is not a priority. Council agreed to consult with Todd Smith, the Member of Provincial Parliament for the region. The Capital Asset Management Plan for the Township has been completed. A 45-page document was reviewed and approved by Council. Treasurer/tax collector Christine Mitchell said the data tells Council â€œwhat needs to be replaced and how far behind our infrastructure is. This gives us everything in black and white and a way to split out options, a plan to replace things and what to be vigilant on with our maintenance.â€?
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