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New ministry approval needed for Olden Waste Site, says public works manager News - Central Frontenac's Olden Waste Site needs a new Environmental Compliance Approval (ECA, formally called Certificate of Approval), interim Public Works Manager Mike Richardson told Council at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake. "On Nov. 3, a site inspection of the Olden Waste Site was performed by an environmental officer from the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change," Richardson said. "The environmental officer has requested that we update our environmental compliance approval to match how our site is being run today and what our closer plan is now. "The inspector has provided a timeline for this work to be com-

pleted by Feb. 10, 2017." Richardson said Central is not the only municipality the ministry is requesting this of and "they're not really giving us a choice." Coun. Victor Heese asked: "Are we going to need one for Oso as well?" "Don't say that too loudly," said Richardson. "But the consultant said if we do one for both the cost would drop because it would be generic for the Township." Richardson recommended Golder and Associates to make an application to amend the existing C of A on behalf of the Township. "In 2003, Golder and Associates did an update on the operations of the site but an amendment to the C of A was not done," Richardson said in his report.

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"The Ministry is now requesting that this be followed through with by sending in an amendment application. "Golder has much of the information already including a recent topographic survey of the active waste pile and is well positioned to complete the work within the timelines spelled out by the Ministry." Richardson said there are two other issues at the waste sites that will have to be solved within the next couple of months. One involves a large pile of wood collected with the intention of being

ground down for dump cover. "It's too costly to grind," he said. The other is a large pile of plastic which the processor no longer accepts in that fashion. "It has to be processed on-site," he said. Heese also asked about the proposed re-use centre project. "We don't know what it will look like yet," Heese said. "Can a document be generic enough so

that we can get going?" "No," said Richardson. "It has to be specific." "So, we have to do that first," said Mayor Frances Smith. "Step 1." "There are several formats for a re-use centre," Richardson said. "We have until February to decide things like location, size, hours of operation and who will operate it."

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Canada 150 committee looking for volunteers from outside Sharbot Lake area CRAIG BAKAY

News - In his "status report" to Central Frontenac Council last week in Sharbot Lake, Canada 150 committee chair Bill Bowick told Council they could use a few more volunteers, especially from "outside the Sharbot Lake area."

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It’s billed as 101 Nativities but in its 6th year, the annual display at Cole Lake Free Methodist Church featured more than 230 individual nativities (a new record). The theme this year was “rustic” and of course the popular kids craft area was again an attraction as Caylor and Talon Lovegrove received some instruction on ornament making from Cynthia McMahon. Craig Bakay/Metroland

News - Central Frontenac Council approved setting up a reserve fund to replace the floor at the Frontenac Arena at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake. The reserve fund request came from the Arena Board. In a report to Council, Treasurer Michael McGovern recommended an initial contribution of $50,000, with future amounts to be determined once a more thorough analysis for cost and timeline is determined by the Arena Board. The arena is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Coincidentally, the average predicted lifespan of an arena floor such as the one in Frontenac is 40 years. "The arena supervisor will be proposing to the Board to do an in-depth analysis of the arena floor as part of the 2017 budget to develop a better sense of the condition and the anticipated cost of replacement," McGovern said in his report. "Our cost of the estimated $700,000 expenditure would be $287,000. "Expenditures in 2016 for the Arena were $26,432 for operating and $11,849 for capital." McGovern suggested the money in the reserve could be "moved around." "Typically, arena floors are a 40-year

commitment," said Coun. Brent Cameron, one of Central's two representatives on the Arena Board (Coun. Sherry Whan is the other). "A couple of years ago, the Westport Arena was taken out of commission and that was because of a floor issue. "It ended up costing them $400,000." Cameron said the Board believes they still have some time before the Frontenac Arena floor gets to the unusable stage. "There are some spots (in need of repair) but they're not affecting hockey this year," Cameron said. "They won't affect it next year or the year after that (but) the Board wants to set aside some money in reserve." Coun. Jamie Riddell said "some hockey families want a second ice pad." "There is a demand for ice time," said Cameron. "A second ice pad would be popular but it would be expensive. "We've (the Board) never had that conversation but we should so that if in the future the townships want to expand it, they will know how much it would cost." "Another hundred thousand dollar floor," said Mayor Frances Smith. "And the County doesn't contribute." "Outdoor rink projects like Sharbot Lake and Tichborne should reduce the need for a second ice surface," said Dep. Mayor Bill MacDonald.

"I think it's (a second ice surface) a minimum of $750,000, if it's something you want to do," said Cameron. "If you do want to do it, it's something you need to quantify." "Your Board can have a look at that," said Smith.

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If you’ve seen the t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Question Everything,” you’ve pretty well read the most concise synopsis possible of the life of Henry David Thoreau, one of the greatest American writers and philosophers. Next year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Thoreau. The centre of activities will be Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau’s birthplace. It’s a special town in literary terms, as Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson also sprang from the small town in Massachusetts. Nathaniel Hawthorne also spent time living in Concord and dined with Thoreau. Of historic note, Concord is the site of the first conflict (The Battle of Lexington and Concord) in the American Revolutionary War. In days when political integrity was still a real thing, Thoreau, in keeping with his strong stance against both slavery and the Mexican-American War, refused to pay taxes, which, of course, landed him in jail. Today, another man not only walks in Henry David Thoreau’s footsteps, he lives the life of the philosopher as the historical interpreter at Walden Pond. Richard Smith is the manager of the bookstore for the Thoreau Society at Walden Pond. Unofficially, he’s also the historical interpreter, doing living history as Thoreau. He’s been living the role for more than 17 years. What attracted Smith to Thoreau was the philosopher’s “screw you” attitude. “He always struck me, at least in his writing, as one of the more rebellious of the transcendentalist writers,” said Smith. “He questioned everything. The Church.

seems kind of cool to them.” Like many young people today, Thoreau felt lost in his world. At the age of 27, he moved to Walden Pond, never having really accomplished anything, and probably felt he’d disappointed his family and his mentor, Emerson. At Walden Pond, he became the Thoreau we know, a brilliant philosopher and observer of life and nature. “Before that, he was a 27-yearold schlub who didn’t know what he wanted to do,” said Smith. Richard Smith, in addition to his work with the Thoreau Society, gets to live life as Thoreau lived it. He walks in the same steps taken by Henry David Thoreau. He walks past the homes where Lisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson lived. He walks around Walden Pond, famed around the world, posting current photos of the pond, along with Thoreau quotes, on Facebook. “After almost 18 years, it amazes me every day, especially when I’m dressed in Henry’s clothes,” said Smith. “I walk around Walden Pond and people are saying, ‘Hello, Henry.’ It still amazes me that I’m in Concord, Massachusetts. Even if I’m going into town or the pub or the grocery store, I’m aware that I’m walking on the same street that he walked, seeing the same things

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Column - It's funny how an 'improvement' in one area can turn out to be a 'detriment' in another. Consider the proposal to change Central Frontenac's Official Plan, such that an expensive and time-consuming procedure would be more easily done, with considerable monetary savings. Now if you want to sever off a lot or two on your waterfront property to give to the kids or perhaps sell off to make ends meet, this sounds like a helluva idea. Should the plan go through (and in every likelihood, it will), it will also make some lakefront areas more appealing to developers, in some cases spelling the difference between 'forget it' and 'nice little profit.' But to others, it could represent the removal of a check-andbalance that could lead to a lot more lakes getting filled up with starter castles. What we have here is the classic environment-vs-development

debate rearing its ugly head once again. Way back when . . . just shortly after amalgamation about the turn of the millennium, the new townships formed were required to draft Official Plans that would guide development and such for the next millennium (in theory at least). The authors at the time (ie planners and councillors) did make one very bold decision when writing up these plans. They decided that if they were going to err, they were going to err on the side of the environment, putting in place restrictions such as setbacks from waterfronts, minimum lot size and frontage, stuff like that. It was a pretty bold move, considering that only decades before, the rules were far less stringent and yes, there were those who argued against it, saying that it would hamper development. The louder voices however, argued that protecting our most valuable resource, our waterbodies, for future generations outweighed the temporary benefits of jobs building subdivisions and such. But the pendulum seems to be swinging back towards lessening

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Keep holiday revelry safe and off the roads

Editorial – As the Ontario Provincial Police kicak off their annual Festive Reduce Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE) campaign, the importance of avoiding any instance of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is underscored – and alcohol isn’t the only inebriant that should keep you off the road. In 2015 alone, the OPP investigated 65 collisions where a drug-impaired driver was determined as the primary cause of the crash. This year, a further 59 collisions found the same factor as the root cause. And with 35 people having already died so far in 2016 due to alcohol and/or drug related collisions, the OPP is “determined to dispel the myth that driving while high on drugs cannot be detected by police,� the organization said. OPP offices receive training as ‘Drug Recognition Evaluators,’ which gives them both the tools and the authority to detect drug-impaired drivers. Through their Festive RIDE campaign, the OPP will be looking for drivers under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, and advise drivers to remember that it is not only illegal drugs that can impair one’s ability to drive – prescription medications can often have side effects that affect the ability to drive, and many medications themselves can do the same, particularly prescribed narcotics and pain-killers. And the easiest way to prevent impaired driving is to never operate a vehicle after drinking alcohol or taking drugs – prescription or otherwise. Additionally, anyone with concerns a driver may be impaired is advised to call 911 and report the driver. For those who may have celebrated with more adult beverages than they intended, the solution is equally as easy, thanks to Operation Red Nose is in full swing here in Kingston. Every Friday and Saturday until Christmas, and on December 22, 23 and 31, the service will drive clients home in their own vehicles free of charge (though they do accept donations, which admirably benefit local youth literacy programs). So now, perhaps more than any other time of year, there are no excuses for impaired driving, and the OPP will be out and active to ensure any impaired drivers on the road are properly dealt with. That’s not only good to know for all of us on the road this holiday season, but also fair warning to anyone who thinks they are above the law when it comes to impaired driving. Let’s try to make this season as safe and happy as we possibly can, Kingston! Cheers!

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‘Home for the Holidays’ opens heritage homes to the public

Sandra Sinclair, fundraising committee chair for the Kingston Chamber Choir, stands out front of McIntosh Castle, which was built in 1851 and is one of four heritage homes open to the public during this year’s Home for the Holidays house tour to benefit Kingston Chamber Choir. BY TORI STAFFORD

Events – Sydenham Ward will look even more like a scene from a Victorian Christmas story as Home for the Holidays brings carollers to the streets and opens the doors of four area homes to the public on Saturday, Dec. 3. Kingston Chamber Choir’s annual holiday fundraiser, Home for the Holidays, allows the public a rare opportunity to enter and explore the main floors of four 19th century buildings in this historic neighbourhood. Participants walk from house to house in a three-block area, where carollers from the Choir provide a seasonal soundtrack outdoors, and the talents of local musicians fill the homes with the warmth of music. This year, the holiday house tour takes the public inside four

homes built from 1828 to 1882, including Hotel Belvedere, Stone Cottage, a Victorian row house and McIntosh Castle. “You walk by these places and you never get to go in, so it’s such a treat!” said Sandra Sinclair, fundraising committee chair for the Kingston Chamber Choir, noting that tour attendees will have the chance to take in a 54-year span of architectural history here in Kingston. The oldest building on the tour, the Stone Cottage at 55 Earl Street, was built prior to 1828, and was the first house on Earl Street between King Street East and Wellington Street. Built by a father who promised his children a castle, McIntosh Castle at 14 Sydenham Street was built in 1851. The building took three years to com-

plete, and, sadly, McIntosh lost hot cider and cookies in the salon companied by an adult, and all the home before its completion. A at Hotel Belvedere. funds raised through the tour will well-known area bed and breakThe tour is a unique experience, benefit the Kingston Chamber fast, Hotel Belvedere was built at and a great way to welcome the Choir. 141 King Street East in 1880 and holiday season, Sinclair expressed, Tickets are available in advance is treasured for offering patrons noting the event could not take at Expressions Fashion Boutique a step back in time, and the 1882 place without the sponsors in the and the Church Book Room, or row house at 82 Lower Union community. can be purchased at any of the Street offers a glimpse of late-19th “We are so grateful to each of four houses on the tour during century fusion architecture. Ad- our home sponsors, and we have the event. This year, the event has ditionally, Each house on the tour two event sponsors, Cupido Con- expanded hours to include more is matched with a local florist, and struction and Expressions Fash- daylight tour time, and will run decorated to evoke the holiday ion Boutique who we are also very from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For spirit in all who enter. grateful for,” she said. more information or to purchase But what makes the tour even Tickets are $20 for adults and tickets online, visit kingstonchammore unique is the musical accom- $10 for children, who must be ac- berchoir.ca/kcc_events.cfm. paniment along the way, SinNew Branded Ho tel clair explained. With three Thriftlodge groups formed of members of the Kingston Chamber Choir carolling outWishing You and Yours a doors, tour participants are also treated to live music indoors, with guitarist Dave Barton, cellist Jeff HamAs Our Gift to You acher, flute duo Jay McLellan and Anne Palmer, and violinist the Second Night of Baylie Thorne Your Two Night Stay all performing Just ask for the manager special inside the heritage homes. Additionally, Town Crier Chris Whyman will be on hand to welcome guests, who can also warm up with

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two days, we did almost 30 kilometres of walking, starting at the Plains of Abraham, following the route Thoreau walked. They want to turn this walk into a yearly event.” Smith promised to be able to speak French by next year. He laughed. “Now I’ve realized what I’ve gotten myself into. This is a really diehard group.” But, he noted, what the group is really into is Thoreau’s piece called A Yankee in Canada. “Here in the States, it’s such a minor piece that almost no one reads, and Thoreau himself didn’t really care for it. It was kind of a fluff piece he wrote. Thoreau wrote, ‘The only thing I got out of Canada was cold.’ He said nasty things about the English, the Catholic Church, Quebecois and nuns. They asked me, ‘Why was he so rude to us?’ I told them, ‘He was rude to everyone; you’re in good company.’” Smith said that after re-examining A Yankee in Canada, he’s real-

ized it’s an underrated essay that’s funny, sarcastic, and a typical Thoreau commentary. Since Thoreau’s time, many divergent authors and groups have claimed him as their own. “He writes in such a way that you read it and you’re like, ‘Wow, this guy gets it, he understands me,’ in a universal way that Emerson and other writers don’t. Thoreau is the only American writer who comes close to that connection with people, except for Mark Twain. With Twain we relate to the characters in his stories. But Thoreau was writing about himself. So everybody sees a bit of themselves in him. I’m thinking I don’t know if I’d like him if I met him. And he might think I’m an asshole. There are things about him I don’t like. But I met Dee Dee Ramone, and he was a dick, but that doesn’t stop me from loving the Ramones.” My own appreciation for Thoreau’s began in high school after reading Civil Disobedience. Here was a writer from the 19th century who believed that there is a moral high ground in arguing for disobe-

dience to an unjust government or state. I discovered an intense abolitionist, who cared deeply about his world, and who served as a “conductor” in the Underground Railroad. His writing on civil disobedience influenced the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau’s transcendentalism can be perceived as a breath of fresh air. Transcendentalists believe in the inherent goodness of both nature and people. It’s is a highly individualistic philosophy that understands that governments, bureaucracies and institutions corrupt the goodness of indi-

viduals, individuals who will be at their best when they are self-reliant and independent. For next year’s Bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth, Smith said there are events all over the country (and in Quebec), with Concord as the epicentre and July 12 (Thoreau’s birth date) being the high point. You can check out more about Thoreau and next year’s events at thoreaubicentennial.org and thoreausociety.org. If any organization in the world is offering Thoreaurelated events, Richard Smith said they should contact him at the Bicentennial Facebook page and he’ll make sure the event is promoted.

What does the modern day Thoreau interpreter think of the recent election? “I keep saying, ‘If anything good comes out of this election, it will be a bunch of young kids forming new punk bands,’” said Smith, in a rather Thoreauvian manner. For more information, visit thoreaubicentennial.org or thoreausociety.org. Mark Bergin on Twitter @ markaidanbergin

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Candlelight vigil to mark National Day of Remembrance BY TORI STAFFORD

Events – It’s been 27 years since the Montreal Massacre saw 14 young women murdered at l’Ècole Polytechnique de Montreal, but remembering the events of that day and what caused them is still as important as ever. “It’s important to say ‘This is still happening.’ That was 1989, this is 2016, and we’re still having all of these women who have lost their lives to violence,” said Jeannie Quinn, chair of the Kingston AntiViolence Advisory Council. “It’s not just the women at Polytechnique that we’re commemorating. We’re commemorating all other women, recent women, that have lost their lives, too.” On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Anti-Violence Advisory Council will host the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Vigil, commemorating those lives lost in the Montreal Massacre as well as those women locally and across Ontario killed through gender-based violence. The event also aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of violence against women, while offering solace and support for those who have survived gender-based violence, as well. The vigil will include a series of

speakers discussing the issue and the action needed to combat it before a candlelit commemoration and roselaying ceremony. During that ceremony, the names of the 14 women killed in the Montreal Massacre are read aloud by attendees who each blow out their candle after commemorating one of those lost. This is followed by the reading of names of women throughout Ontario and here in Kingston who have also been killed through gender-based violence in recent history. As the names are read and the candles snuffed out, a rose is laid to commemorate each woman. The lives of those indigenous women lost on the Highway of Tears will also be commemorated, and The Caledonias, an all-female a cappella choir from Queen’s University will perform during the ceremony. It is a moving and sometimes difficult ceremony to take in, Quinn expressed, which is why the Anti-Violence Advisory Council provides a selfcare area for anyone who may be triggered or become upset during the event, and childcare is also provided on site. “Last year was the first year I went to the vigil, and I was just blown away. It was so heartwrenching,” said Quinn. “The candlelight and then having

A candlelight vigil and rose ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at HARS on Princess Street beginning at 4:30 p.m. to commemorate the lives of the 14 women killed in the Montreal Massacre of 1989, as well as those women lost to gender-based violence locally and throughout the province. Graphic: Government of Canada the names read and putting the rose down to commemorate that particular women… it really hits home that this is really happening all the time.” With approximately one in three women experiencing gender- or relationship-based violence in

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H’art Studio sheds light on the highs and lows of life with a disability in The Secret Life of Natalie BY TORI STAFFORD

Secret Life of Natalie: Anna Gervais (left) and Anna Sudac rehearse their ‘morning routine’ for upcoming musical The Life of Natalie presented by The H’art Centre. Both Gervais and Sudac play ‘Natalie,’ each representing one of the two parts of Natalie’s life. Tori Stafford/Metroland

Events – Natural synthesis and a lot of hard work are behind H’art Centre’s production of The Secret Life of Natalie, an original musical created by and featuring dozens of artists with intellectual disabilities, as well as local professional artists and arts educators. Inspired by ‘I Can Fly,’ a song by local musician and songwriter, Michael George, the show examines the “duality of life,” and is the result of major collaborative efforts, expressed director Kathryn MacKay. It all began this past summer when MacKay played the song for the students in her playwriting class at H’art Centre, a local charitable arts hub offering those with disabilities the opportunity to study, practice and produce works in the arts. It was one particular aspect of ‘I Can Fly’ that inspired the musical, MacKay explained, recounting the moment she played the song for her class. “There’s a verse about feeling like a beast in the song, and they were fascinated by this idea of the beast… they perceived their disabilities as being the beasts within them,” she said, explaining the dual existence many of the

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students at H’art experience. “They feel like they exist as two people: the beast, and then themselves, who they truly are, and so we decided to develop a play with that idea.” The show centres around Natalie, a character who exists in two parts. Kingston’s acclaimed stage veteran, Anna Sudac, and H’art’s own Anna Gervais – who coincidentally share the same first name – play the roles of Natalie, with Sudac embodying Natalie’s ‘beast’ and Gervais dazzling as the superhero-meets-girl-next-door who gets to experience all the joys of regular life Sudac does not. In a beautifully reversed reality, Sudac (as Natalie 1) experiences teasing, exclusion, and the monotony of the life she’s forced to live. Conversely, Gervais (as Natalie 2) spends her days meeting her boyfriend for dates, experiencing the fulfilling life of a superhero and trying to convince Natalie 1 she, too, can live life to the fullest. “We’ve sort of turned the world upside down, because Anna [Sudac] is trying to function in a world that doesn’t understand her and expects her to exist within an existing paradigm,” said MacKay. “Everyone she’s coming in contact with are actually disabled, so it’s like a reverse reality… by the end, I won’t give it away, but the resolution is the coming together of the two characters.” The Secret Life of Natalie

features more than 25 local performers from the H’art School Program in lead roles, supporting roles, the chorus and the musical ensemble, with many more participating behind the scenes, from script writing to poster design. It’s been a labour of love months in the making, and one everyone involved is excited to see come to fruition, MacKay said. “For a lot of the participants, they’ve been working on it since the summer, because we spent the summer writing it. And we’ve been rehearsing since September, so it’s a very long process,” she said. “They’re so excited about it, and they’ve worked so hard… I think, too, as they see it all coming together and the story becomes clearer, and they’re clearer in what their role is, the excitement level just grows exponentially.” The family-friendly, intriguing and inspiring production will take the stage at THE BOX at H’art Centre on Wellington Street from December 6 to 10, and is offering free matinee performances for schools. Public shows will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7 and Thursday, Dec. 8, as well as a public matinee performance on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10, and are available through H’art Centre’s box office at 613545-1392. To find out more, visit www.hartschool.ca/secret-lifeof-natalie.

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Coalition ‘more powerful than ever’ following public meeting BY TORI STAFFORD

Councillor Peter Stroud speaks at the public meeting held by the Coalition of Kingston Communities to mark their one-year anniversary on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Stroud was one of four City Councillors present at the meeting, which brought more than 50 members of the public and representatives from community groups together. Tori Stafford/Metroland

News – It’s been one year since the Coalition of Kingston Communities formed, an anniversary the organization marked with a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Coalition came together in November of 2015 with a common “frustration” regarding the processes, policies and transparency of both Kingston City Council and City of Kingston Staff, said Christine Sypnowich, chair of the Coalition. Among the issues the Coalition took on throughout its first year, ensuring the municipal Heritage Committee remains effective for heritage districts and the drawing attention to the conflicts surrounding the Capitol Condos project were some of the most major, Sypnowich expressed. Beyond that, the Coalition successfully brought together over 20 different community groups and organizations to discuss and examine their perceived issues with procedures and the Official Plan of the City. While those represented in the Coalition may not always agree on specific projects or developments, there is a commonality throughout the group, said Sypnowich. “I think that we’ve managed to get a lot of attention, and I think we really touched a nerve with the public – people get our issues, because our issues are procedural,” she said prior to

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ed as the meeting commenced. “It’s really great to see our councillors interested in what the people are thinking,” she said. “That’s what democracy is all about.” Among the most pressing issues those in attendance voiced, a handful stood out, Sypnowich expressed: a poor understanding on the part of some councillors of their ethical responsibilities dictated by the City Code of Conduct; a lack of both public engagement and adhering to proper planning practices by City Staff; councillors acting on the advice of City Staff rather than them making independent political decisions and acting on behalf of those who elected them; and the continually ignored planning principles in zoning and the Official Plan, particularly with safeguarding heritage buildings, human scale development and green space. The meeting saw new community groups and organizations represented, and the Coalition “seems more powerful than ever,” Sypnowich said. “It was striking how such a very diverse group of people, from all over the city, with such a variety of interests, should have so much in common when it comes to our frustrations and goals,” she said. “We have a renewed sense of purpose about the way forward to enable us to work towards the wellbeing of this city we all love.”

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Cirque du Soleil’s OVO hopes to put a smile on audience member’s faces BY MANDY MARCINIAK mandymarciniak@metroland.com

Events – Cirque du Soleil is known for its fantastical performances showcasing acrobatics, amazing visual effects and music and while the company’s latest production, OVO, contains all of these elements, it is also bringing something new to North American cities. “For OVO, we’ve actually rewritten the script for arena format, something that has never been done before,” explained Marjon Van Grunsven, artistic director of OVO. “Usually the show is copied and pasted from tent to arena and I don’t think that works. The audience doesn’t feel as close to the show in an arena and we really tried to create that closeness with the rewrite.” This closeness is achieved through reworked stage designs and props that bring cast members onto the floor of the arena. “We changed a lot of things,” said Van Grunsven. “We have new music and costumes and new acrobatic acts. It is still the same story, but we hope that the audience feels

that they are more a part of it even though they are in an arena.” This new and improved production of OVO, meaning egg in Portuguese, will make a stop in Kingston on Dec. 7 and will continue performances at the Rogers K-Rock Centre until Dec. 11. The show features all of the elements many have come to expect from Cirque du Soleil, but it also hopes to provide audiences with a fun and whimsical evening “OVO is a story about insects where a ladybug falls in love with a fly and it is very cute and funny and rich in fantasy,” said Van Grunsven. “It is really a lot of fun and I think audiences really enjoy it.” Those audiences are part of what Van Grunsven loves about her job as artistic director and she admits that she often watches them throughout the show. “I find it very inspiring,” she said. “You can see them in their seats just laughing or you can see them being full of anticipation or even fear of what the performers are going to do. They can’t believe that what they are seeing, you see jaws drop. There are so many layers of visuals to see and you

can see that when the audience is watching.” The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. Van Grunsven has been a part of the show since it began in 2009 and as a trained dancer and choreographer, she had always wanted to be part of Cirque. “Cirque always inspired me ever since I first saw a show in 1995,” she said. “There is so much to see and take in and my own first experience was that I was filled with energy, appreciation for the arts, and it was all just so inspiring for me.” She hopes that audience members have a similar experience when they come and see OVO and she also hopes that they leave feeling a bit happier. “The hard work really pays off when we see the audience each night,” she said. “I hope people will come out and see the show and I think if you come you will leave with a smile on your face and we could all use a smile.” OVO will perform eight shows in Kingston from Dec. 7 to 11, for ticket information visit http:// www.rogersk-rockcentre.com/

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Frontenac Paramedics to donate ambulance full of food with annual fundraiser

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As a paramedic, Lise-Anne Lepage-McBain spends her days assisting people from all walks of life, including many who live in poverty. “We go into people’s homes and we see the need,” she says. Saddened by what she saw and inspired to help, Lepage-McBain decided five years ago to round up her colleagues at Frontenac Paramedics and hold a fundraiser for the Partners in Mission Food Bank. “The only thing that made me feel a little bit better about it was that I could at least provide some healthy food for these people,” she says. “And I have an ambulance, so I thought why not use it?” The fundraiser, which involves filling an ambulance with food in the parking lot of FreshCo, has become an annual event. “I always go to FreshCo because the manager there welcomes us with open arms,” she says. “We park the ambulance in front of the store and as people come in we explain what we’re doing and they bring us food out.” Like any truck, an ambulance can only carry up to a certain amount in the back; each year, the donations collected by Lepage-McBain and her colleagues have met or even ex-

ceeded the vehicle’s weight limit. “The first year we did it I drove the ambulance full of food to the weights up on Gardiners Road because I wanted to weigh how much food we collected, and I had a hard time driving the ambulance because it was too full,” she laughs. “From then on we decided no more driving the ambulance with all that food in it, so we have to transfer into [the food bank’s truck] at the end of the day.” An average of 3,000 pounds of food is collected at each fundraiser. According to executive director Sandy Singers, that equates to an entire day’s worth of food for the Partners in Mission Food Bank to distribute to clients, helping approximately 55 families and individuals. “[Lise-Anne] has been wonderful,” he says. “She organizes the whole event and brings together her team to help out for the day. The customers really respond well to them and really like to see the partnership between us and the paramedics. We look forward to working with them every year.” Singers emphasizes that the holiday season - when more people tend to turn their minds toward helping those in need - is very important in terms fundraising for the Food

Bank. “This time of year is so important to us because we make most of our operational budget financially and fill our warehouse with food for the beginning of the following year when donations typically slow down,” he explains. “We are so grateful to Lise-Anne and her team for giving us a day of their time to help fill up our warehouse.” Community members are encouraged to come out to FreshCo (2327 Princess St.) on Saturday, Dec. 3 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to donate a non-perishable item for the Lise-Anne Lepage-McBain is the organizer of the Frontenac Paramedics’ annual fundFood Bank. raiser for the Partners in Mission Food Bank. Lepage-McBain Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Metroland remarks that the annual event has turned says. “Myself and my husband are fill up the boxes. We’re going to have into quite an occasion in itself. always there all day, but every year I lots of kids there playing around “[Organizing the fundraiser] has get a different group of paramedics and the kids can jump into the amjust become status quo for me,” she to come and volunteer their time to bulance and have a look.”

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table. She was telling Mother about keeping our feet warm. This sounded great to me, because our old log house had no foundation, and our feet froze on the cold floors. Aunt Bertha ordered me to stand up on top of the table, right at the edge where the green material was placed, and I was in my stockings, with a pair of my father's wool sox over them. Aunt Bertha ripped the wool sox off, and without further ado, took a pair of scissors out of her pocket and began cutting the material, which she called felt, just slightly larger than the shape of my feet. She helped me off the table, and cut two longer pieces and set them aside. She sent Mother for shoes belonging to everyone in the house, and did the same thing with them: cutting their shapes out of the felt, and matching them with the strips. I had no idea what she was doing, but anything that added a bit of excitement on a Saturday morning was fine with me. Setting aside the piles of cut felt, she took a ball of red wool and

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nilla; cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with wooden spoon, until boiling. Clip candy thermometer to side of pan. Reduce heat to medium-low. Continue boiling vigorously, without stirring, until candy thermometer reaches 240°F (115°C), about 15 minutes. Pour hot mixture into prepared bowl and set on heatproof surface. Let cool, without stirring, to 110°F (43°C), about two hours (bottom of bowl will feel warm, not hot). Using electric mixer, beat on low speed until thick and sheen is gone, about five minutes. Spread in parchment paper-lined 8-inch (2 L) square baking dish. Smooth top. When firm, use parchment paper to lift out onto cutting board. Remove parchment paper. Cut into squares and store in covered container in a cool place for up to two weeks. Nutritional information One piece: * Protein: 0 grams * Fat: 3 grams * Carbohydrate: 16 grams * Calories: 92 * Fibre: 0 grams * Sodium: 45 mg

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