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Last Friday, I drove down to Montreal to bring papers to our sister company, the West-End Edition, as I do every second Friday. I left a little late and much to my surprise, when I got to our drop off point, the UPS Store on St. Charles Boulevard in Kirkland, it was CLOSED. Who closes at 6:45pm on a Friday night!!! Thinking quick, I grabbed my new smart phone and called my associate to ask him if there was anywhere else I could leave the bundles. I tried his main phone: no answer. I left a message. I tried his Local Seeker Mobile: no answer. "No worries", I thought, "I have a smart phone so I can email, facebook, text or do whatever I need to do! Surely, I will get to him over the next 10 minutes!" I proceeded to do just that. I texted, tweeted, emailed, facebooked... Nothing. I then thought "hmmm, maybe I can get to his girlfriend". So I emailed and texted her, in the hopes of getting him. Still Nothing. Frustrated, I got back on the road, with my papers, not happy with the fact that I would have to come back the very next day.

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On the way home, I kept on thinking how amazing it is that in a world that provides us the means of being reachable anytime, anywhere, we still can't get in touch. What's even worse is that because of all these devices that are supposed to make it easier for people to communicate, we now expect people to be reachable anytime, anywhere! And we take it personally if we are not tended to right away. We feel rejected. We feel ignored. Once upon a time, there weren't any answering machines. You called a number and it rang. If somebody was there, they answered. And If they weren't, it just rang, rang, rang, until you hung up, figuring you'd call later. The idea that they might be avoiding you didn't even pop into your head! Call display didn't exist back then. And if the line was busy, you didn't mind so much. My dad once complained to me that I was absolutely impossible to reach. "The more phone numbers you get, the less I can reach you", he would say. Sigh. Looking back, I wish I would have answered every single one of his phone calls!

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THE CORNWALL AND DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL celebrates INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY with a BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY, MARCH 5 - 8:30 AM - Best Western Inn and Conference Centre Speaker: Natalie Mehra, the Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition "The Role of Women In Driving Social Change." To reserve- call Louise Lanctot, Status of Women Chair of the Cornwall and District Labour Council. 613-932-1943, or louiselanctot18@gmail.com. For more information, contact Elaine MacDonald, President, Cornwall & District Labour Council 613-938-7763 The Local Seeker, Cornwall Edition Volume 2, Number 8, February 25, 2011 Founded by Julia Lucio and Mai-Liis Renaud 2010 Published by Local Seeker Media Group, Cornwall, Ontario

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During the winter months people were transported by horse and cutter, as seen by this Edwardian gentlemen in front of Donihee's Meat Market Cornwall. Winter was sometimes seen as a blessing as people could move about more easily on the frozen rivers and roads.

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Until the late 1950s, milk was delivered door to door by a horse drawn milk wagon. My mother lamented the disappearance of the horses, which provided manure for her rose bushes. She said that her roses "were never the same again."

Cornwall in common with many settlements grew along the banks of the river. The St. Lawrence not only provided a protective barrier from invaders to the south, but food, recreation, energy for manufacturing and as a means of transportation to the outside world. The schooner Quinnette, built in 1914, was equipped with a diesel engine, but used windpower when possible. It is pictured here loaded with pulpwood sailing through the Cornwall Canal in 1956.

The completion of the Cornwall Canal in 1843 provided secure hydro (water) power for budding industrialists. The Canal's water-rights were leased to mill owners located at the foot of York Street (near the present site of the Cornwall Community Museum). Starting in the 1860s the water-rights in Cornwall's east end were leased giving rise to the formation of Canada Cotton Manufacturing Company. The mill shown here opened in 1872 and the weave shed built in 1883 was electrified by Thomas Edison and outfitted with its own small hydro plant fueled by the water in a canal by-pass.

From the 1890s until World War I bicycles were a popular means of transportation. A member of the McIntosh family stands in front of his bike for this studio photograph.

Beach Furniture Limited operated in Cornwall from before World War I until the mid 1950s. The company's furniture was sold across Canada. Located near the railway to transport their ware, Beach was joined by McGill Chair and Ives Bedding in local furniture production.

An Ottawa and New York Central Train crossing the old International Bridge at Cornwall around 1900. At one time Cornwall had three active railway stations. Grand Trunk Railway Station (CNR), Cornwall. The bridge was planked for automobile The development of the railway and the traffic in1934. opening of the line through SD & G in September 1855, challenged the dominance The photographs and postcards are from the collection of more than 10,000 images at the Cornwall Community Museum. If you are interested in learning more about our history the museum has a wide selection old and of the river and the Cornwall Canal as the modern local histories for sale, or you may visit the museum throughout the winter every Wednesday from noon primary means of outside transportation. to 4 pm, and at other times by appointment., weather permitting. Info. 613 936-0842.

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FROM SHARYN’S PANTRY by Sharyn Thompson

"LET THEM EAT CAKE" I'm jokingly quoting Marie Antoinette during the French Revolution and look what happened to her! Seriously though, who amongst us doesn't enjoy a nice slice of homemade cake? Wintertime turns our thoughts to comfort foods. Memories of some special recipes our Mums or Nannys baked lovingly for us. Now it's our turn to bake some special memories for our children and grandchildren. I vividly recall when my Mum would bake a single layer cake of fragrant spicy gingerbread cake. We would cut into it, warm from the oven. My Mum would save some of the heavy cream that would float to the top of the milk in our glass milk bottles. When she had enough, she would whip it and spoon some over our warm gingerbread or other wonderful desserts. I hope you enjoy some of my childhood cake memories in today's column. Enjoy a great week!

GINGERBREAD CAKE

This recipe makes one 8" square cake. Fragrantly delicious with spicy ginger. When serving, spoon a little whipped cream over each piece for a memorable treat. 2 -1/4 cups all purpose flour 2 level tsp. baking soda 1 level tsp. salt 2 tsp. ground ginger 1 cup molasses 1 cup sour milk (see note) 4 tbsp. Crisco shortening, melted METHOD: • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. • Sift the flour, baking soda, salt and ginger into a small bowl. • Note: To sour the milk, just pour your ordinary milk into a measuring cup, to nearly the one cup measure. To this add either 1 tbsp. of lemon juice or plain white vinegar. Stir this and you will notice that the milk will look curdled. You now have sour milk. • Combine the sour milk and the molasses in a larger bowl. • Stir the sifted dry ingredients into the molasses and sour milk. • Lastly, stir in the melted shortening. Mix well. • Grease and flour an 8" square baking pan. • Pour you batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly. • Bake the cake for 30 to 35 min. • Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the middle area of the cake. If it comes out clean, it's done. • If you can, enjoy this cake while it's still warm.

APPLESAUCE CAKE This is called a cake, but you will bake it in a loaf pan. Great to take for school lunches of after school snack. 2 cups all purpose flour 1 level tsp. baking soda 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1-1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 cup butter or shortening 1 cup white sugar

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GOLDEN SPICE CAKE This recipe makes an 8" or 9" square cake. You can use buttermilk or sour milk. 2- 1/4 cups pastry flour (we sell this) 1 level tsp. baking soda 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 tsp. ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg 1/2 cup soft butter 1 egg 1 tbsp. molasses 1 cup either buttermilk or sour milk METHOD; • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. • Grease and flour an 8" or 9" square pan. • Cream the butter and sugar until nice and fluffy. Beat in the egg and molasses and mix well. • Sift the dry ingredients 3 times. • If you don't have buttermilk use sour milk. To sour milk, just stir in 1 tbsp. lemon juice or plain white vinegar for 1 cup of ordinary milk. This will curdle and sour the milk. • Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the buttermilk or sour milk into the creamed mixture. • Beat until nice and fluffy. • Pour the cake batter into the greased and floured cake pan. • Bake in the pre heated 350 degree F. oven for 45 to 50 minutes. • Test for doneness with a toothpick. • Cool in pan on a wire cooling rack

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Man Behind The Camera Cover Story ... The

says. "Because I'm the President of Big "A job is a job, but if your work is your passion, you'll never have Brothers and Big to work a day in your life." Sisters, I can't officially have a little brother, so all the team members are my little brothers."

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Indeed, Bill Makinson is a strong asset to Cornwall. A man who wears many hats!

Bill at the Editing Desk. Bill Makinson, the long-time producer of TV Cogeco's "The Source" knows this well and lives it every day. Passion for television production surfaced early in Makinson's life. In fact, he started volunteering at the former Cornwall Cablevision at the age of 16, while still in high school. Even after graduating, becoming a disc jockey at Disco Wheels and later landing a job at Domtar, Makinson remained involved part time with community television. In 1998, Bill took a chance and applied for a part-time production assistant position that opened up at TV Cogeco and he got the job! He worked at Domtar until the plant closed in 2006. Lucky for him, a full time producer position became available right around that time, and so Bill jumped on the occasion. The rest is history.

"My wife was very supportive", says Makinson. "I couldn't have made it without her". The Domtar closure meant big changes in the Makinsons' home. Bill's wife had to find a full time job, but she knew what Bill in his office surrounded the producer position by his wall of fame. meant to Bill. Daughters Stacy and Emily also were, and still are, very supportive. Makinson devotes his time to various non-profit organizations. He is the President of the Big Brothers and Big Sister and Chairs the St. Hubert MS Golf Tournament, which will take place on father's day this year. The event raises thousands of dollars yearly to fund finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis.

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PORTRAITS OF HONOUR NATIONAL TOUR - Visiting Cornwall, June 13, 14 th, 2011 By Bob Sloan, Kinsmen Club of Cornwall When you meet Dave Sopha, you will discover a humble fervent man, who is focused on a very important and affable mission. You see, Dave has spent a lifetime working as an air-brush artist, and you might say he has learned to paint just about anything on everything!

important for the victims, and their families, and Dave is calling on all Canadians to open up their wallets and donate whatever they can. He says, “Better still, get creative and host your own fundraiser event and do something different!” A couple of venues he mentioned were; “One event offered a $1,000.00 a plate dinner which sold out incredibly fast, and another event started from a roomy banquet hall and ended up selling out an entire arena! You never know how people will respond”

Dave reminded us that behind the faces there are families and friends who mourn the loss of their loved So how about a personal challenge to paint a ones. Many have come to meet tractor-trailer size mural, 10 x 50 ft in oils! Now, Dave, and have shared their if you are an artist you will know this is quite an thoughts and stories as they grieve. achievement and is extremely time consuming, One such moving story was a father as we learned from Sopha when he spoke at the who travelled all the way from recent Annual Service Club Council Dinner, Newfoundland. “I’m here to see my hosted by our local Kinsmen Club last son”, he announced”, and after many Wednesday. hours of staring at the canvas Dave Dave’s talent and vision has given Canadians a asked, “Why did you travel all this remarkable memento titled way, did you not know it is “Portraits of Honour”, which is a tribute to the Left to Right: Rheal Emmelle - Incoming President SCC, Peter Morgan - Outgoing scheduled to go to Newfoundland?” President SCC, Dave Sopha - Portrait of Honour Artist, Canadian fallen soldiers of the Afghanistan The father replied, “I have prostate Michael Galvin - President Cornwall Kinsmen Club campaign. It will travel nationwide to provide all cancer, and won’t live long enough Canadians an opportunity to come together and pay their respect to those to see it arrive.” Later a call from his family described how they saw a positive who paid the ultimate sacrifice. “Sadly there are 154 faces on the mural and I change in their father since his return and how he was making sure the am praying there will be no more killed while we wait for our last soldier to portrait would be received properly when it arrived”. come safely home.” says Dave! He further explained, it takes about 80 hours to paint each face, and since oil paintings can take up to six months to dry it Portraits of Honour will be travelling to locations such as Juno Beach, France, was like a marathon to make sure it would be ready to travel on the tour. To & The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa to name a few. It is the hopes and ensure this, a technique was used where each bust was painted in seven dream of Dave Sopha to build a peace keeping museum in Cambridge layers, to accelerate the drying time. Ontario, where the Portrait will find its final home. Meanwhile, many plans are in the making by June 13 & 14 will be our chance in Cornwall to see the portrait up close. “I will the local Kinsmen never let the mural out of my sight one second while it treks across Canada. Club of Cornwall as The mural will be fitted within a customized trailer along with a special fold we get ready to out stage to receive the huge volumes of people expected to come and pay receive this homage. This containment was a must to keep the mural safe, both in public, r e m a r k a b l e and in transit,” says Sopha. accomplishment of It will be a very busy year for Sopha as the tour schedule dates are being Dave Sopha. snapped up fast, with multiple cities, fairs and events already booked. More importantly with the tour, is its natural fundraising appeal. This will be so

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Legally Speaking ... with Michele Allinotte

Share Your Stories to Make Those Family Heirlooms Truly Priceless. As an estate planning lawyer in Cornwall and area, I have discussions with clients all the time about the assets they will leave behind to their loved ones after they pass away – their investments, their real estate, and their personal items in their home. Although personal items normally have the lowest monetary value, these items are often priceless to certain people. When I talk to clients about their wills and estate planning, I stress the importance of leaving a legacy for your loved ones that is about more than just the money in the bank and the “stuff”. The stories that people have to tell are equally important and should be captured and shared. It is the telling of your stories that creates sentimental value in a personal item and makes that item a family heirloom, whether it be valuable in monetary terms or not. This was recently made very clear to me. Allinotte Law Office has expanded, and with the expansion, things are looking a little empty and the walls seem bare. I need some art work and prints to cover these bare spaces. Conveniently, my parents have just done some work at their house and have taken some of their pieces down and were looking to store them or get rid of them. So I went to take a look to see what might work at my office. I walked away with some items that are very special to me and to my family. Two of the pieces were crocheted doilies that my mother had framed several years ago. These doilies were made by my maternal great-grandmother when she was a girl in the Netherlands. My great-grandmother passed away in her nineties over twenty years ago, so these items are likely close to a century old. My daughter is named after my great-grandmother, so I will pass these pieces on to her when she is older. The other two items that are priceless to me are two charcoal sketches that belonged to my maternal grandfather. They were sketched in the early 1940s and are of a mine and a castle in the Netherlands. Although I will likely never see the places in the sketches (if they are even still standing), looking at them makes me feel closer to my grandfather. My son has the same name as my grandfather (although he is actually named after his great-grandfather on my husband’s side, but that is another story!), so I will likely give these sketches to him later in life. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing (and filling up the empty spaces), I now have these pieces that I will see every day that belonged to my relatives who are no longer with us. They are family heirlooms to me and I will treasure them. But if I didn’t know the stories behind them, I could have easily passed them over. At one time, the doilies were yellowed and folded up somewhere and those charcoal sketches were in a drawer or a box. So I thank my mother for sharing the stories about these items with me. I encourage you to look around at your important possessions and to share the stories about them with your loved ones so they too can see that these items are priceless. Michele R.J. Allinotte is the owner of Allinotte Law Office in Cornwall, Ontario and she helps her clients make the best decisions for themselves, their families and their businesses. Her practice focuses on the areas of business law, estate planning and real estate. Visit www.YourCornwallLawyer.com to get her FREE Peace of Mind Personal Inventory to make sure that your family has all the information they need.

SPIRITUAL SEEDLINGS - Coping with Grief Grief struck the first human family after Cain killed his brother Abel. Sorrow has touched every last family on earth since then. Although we arrived in Cornwall only four years ago, we have already met many people who have suffered the loss of a relative or friend. All kinds of emotions emerge when someone close to us dies: shock, sadness, confusion, anger, relief, depression, and many more. How we handle our grief is very important. For one thing, we must not suppress the grieving process. Let it run its course. We must face our loss head-on and confront the facts with honesty. Don’t stuff our emotions. Don’t deny them or ignore them. Let our feelings be a part of the therapeutic outlet that God Himself gave to us as human beings. Be open to the expressions of sympathy and support that will come from caring, well-meaning people. Their intent is to comfort us, although some of their expressions may be awkward at times. Let the Lord convey His grace to us when and where and how and through whom He chooses. Turn to the Bible often, and allow God to speak into our sorrowing hearts His precious words of comfort. Let’s not turn FROM Him, but TO Him! Pastor John Scorgie

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Cornwall Dog Park ... What’s Happening?

I walk my dog like most, Even in the winter cold, Here is my little story, For the puppies young and old. The snow was melting, It was a crisp, clear night, The sidewalks were still frozen, In running shoes I thought I'd be all right. I walked my dog on a leash, Retractable and red, So if she felt the need to wander, She could, then sleep well in bed. Instead of walking at a heel, On this fateful night, Up snow banks she could climb, And play to her delight.

But how do I, in this cold, Climb up there after her, In my running shoes I went, The rest was not a blur. My dog walked so lightly, And treaded without care, On the frozen snow bank, Now it's I who must dare.

Lily on the snow bank

I took a step and it felt okay, Until I leaned more forward. My foot did sink to the ground, But I knew I must go onward.

The morale of the story, I must not forget, It's winter in Canada, Wear boots when walking your pet!

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A Winter Walk

Up to my knees it went, With every step it went higher. I would feel safe on top, Then sink-my socks less dryer.

To my surprise and my horror, There she did indeed stop, To smell and to circle, And even to drop and squat.

The giggles kept me from the tears, That no doubt would soon freeze, And fall off my cheeks icily, And likely without ease.

Not a number one my friends, For this she did longer stay, Up on the snow so high, For what seemed like a whole day.

I managed to do the scoop, My socks a little wetter, My sanity in check, All for the better.

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Come Meet the New TEAM! 2011 is in full swing, tradeshows have begun and our 2011 Visitor Guide is fresh off the press waiting to share the hidden gems of our region with you. Cornwall and Seaway Valley Tourism is pleased to present to you our new team; Barbara Matthews, Shawna Miller, and Renay Dixon. Our team will continue to offer the same great services and is ready to help with your tourism, conference, and relocation needs. Our team will continue to provide the services you trust along with some new ideas to serve you better.

Come meet the new team and experience the difference!

Viens rencontrez notre équipe! L’année 2011 a fait un beau départ; les salons professionnels viennent de commencer et notre guide touristique 2011 est prêt pour vous montrer les petits trésors de notre région. Tourisme Cornwall and Seaway Valley est content de vous présenter notre nouvelle équipe ; Barbara Matthews, Shawna Miller, et Renay Dixon. Notre équipe continuera de vous offrir les mêmes services et sera content de vous aidez avec vos besoins touristiques, de conférence, ou de déménagement. Notre équipe continuera à fournir les mêmes services dont vous avez confiance ainsi que des nouvelles idées pour mieux vous servir.

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Events and programming, a vital part of the library. One doesn't need to look very far to see how the face of libraries across our country and indeed the whole continent has changed over recent years. Today's library is a community hub, a teen social gathering spot, a place where literature and technology have entered into a relationship of convenience, and also of purpose. It is place where people gather to expand their knowledge, learn new things, to relax or to find information where it can often lead to new beginnings.

Club de lecture Livromagie Pour les 5 à 8 ans La lecture, ce n'est certainement pas ennuyant ! Viens découvrir les livres en français et nous t'assurons beaucoup de rires et de plaisir. Inscription obligatoire Blue Spruce Book Club Ages 5 - 8 Reading is fun! Come discover great new books and we guarantee you fun and lots of laughs. Registration required

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A quick survey of weekly activities at Cornwall Public Library turns up events that go well beyond the traditional story time sessions most families have come to expect. Even the most library-savvy patron may not realize what's available to them. Adult book clubs, CPR certificate courses, Scrabble, Chess, movies, gardening workshop, financial advice workshops, to name just a few. You can stay on top of what is happening at the library by subscribing to our electronic email service, visit our website at www.library.cornwall.on.ca, or call us at 613-932-4796. See you at the Library.

Time for Twos 2 yrs old and an adult escort. 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. (January 3 to February 21) Forget those terrible twos and let's keep those toddlers busy! Stories, songs, rhymes and crafts are on the menu. Registration Required.

SATURDAY, FEB. 26

Knights, Dreamers, and Holy Fools with Bernie Carrière Program rooms 1,2 - 6:15 p.m.

Yoga Youth 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. A great activity for kids. Registration required.

TUESDAY, MAR. 1

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2

R.E.A.D. with dogs (January 8 - June 25) 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon A "Pawsitive" experience for all. Offered with the help of St.John Ambulance. Check Mates 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Want to learn how to play chess, pick up some new strategies or just practice your game? Drop-in every Saturday afternoon, take on an opponent and get some tips. Drop in.

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COOL ART FOR COOL YOUTH 4 - 6 p.m. & 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Program room 3

Adult Friendly Bridge Club 6:15-8:15 p.m - Study Room Adult Tri-County Chess Club 6:15-8:15 p.m

THURSDAY, MARCH 3 Cornwall Scrabble 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Study Room, first floor

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Introduction to How Personal Budgets Work Creating a budget can be stressful, but failing to create a budget is likely to be even more so. Everyone knows that if you eat too much, it can lead to a heart attack. The same is true for your spending habits. If you consistently spend more than you earn, it could lead to a financial heart attack: out-ofcontrol debt, foreclosure, bankruptcy and a lifetime of lousy credit reports. A personal budget is like a diet plan for your finances. The purpose of a personal budget is twofold. It'll help you: 1 Figure out exactly how much money you earn 2. Figure out exactly how you are spending that money A good personal budget requires an honest financial assessment. For many people, creating a personal budget is the first time they take a hard look at the way they spend money. It can be a little shocking ("I spend $115 a month on coffee?"), but also very satisfying ("I can save $100 a month by brewing my own!"). The overarching goal of a personal budget is to minimize expenses and maximize savings. By cutting down on unnecessary spending and increasing your monthly savings, you can put that extra money toward important long-term financial goals like: • • • • • •

Lowering credit card debt Paying off loans Saving for emergencies (job loss, major home and auto repairs, etc.) Saving for a child's post-secondary education Investing in your retirement Saving for a large purchase (home, car, trip, etc.)

Exactly how much money should you save each month? As much as you can afford. If you can design a personal budget that leaves you with an extra $20 at the end of the month, that's a good start. As you earn more money and trim more expenses, you'll watch that amount grow and grow.

Perhaps the most important ingredient of a successful personal budget is commitment. Budgets require the active participation of the entire family. If mom and dad are buying generic groceries while their teenage son is using the credit card to buy $200 sneakers, then the budget will never work. Everyone needs to be on the same page and working toward the same goals. In the next column, we’ll explore the first step in creating a successful personal budget, including how to carefully log your earnings and expenses. Geoff Laurin is owner and founder of Budget Freedom, an organization committed to helping clients safeguard their personal finances, their assets and their loved ones through sound budgeting, cash-flow and general money management principles.He can be reached at (613) 362-1073 or via email at glaurin@budgetfreedom.ca. Visit his website at www.budgetfreedom.ca

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THE STRETCH RUN The NHL is shaping up to have a fun stretch run towards the Stanley Cup playoffs. In the Western Conference at one point last week, four points separated 3rd from 11th with two other teams only five points behind 11th. That means the only sure thing in the west are Vancouver and Detroit will make the playoffs with home ice advantage while Colorado and Edmonton with not be making any plans past mid-April. The Avalanche are taking a page out of the Ottawa Senators play book. More on that in a few lines. In the East, 6th through 13th have been as close as 8 points apart which means a possible shake up in the standings before the “second season” begins. Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and Boston are the contenders in the East while the Senators are really the only team not in contention for anything. The resurging New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders will likely play the role of spoiler very well as they have been two of the hottest teams in the NHL since early January. I’m going to go as far and say New Jersey can’t be counted out until the playoffs begin.

Now for the three teams have allegiances split in this area…Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto. As mentioned, Ottawa can call it a season and start retooling for next year. Their stretch of one win in a month can’t be made up at this late juncture. They still have talent but nobody seems to have the solution. Montreal will have to rely on Carey Price to steal games down the stretch because they’re struggling too but worked hard enough before the All Star break and have an exceptional home ice record to likely hang on for the playoff spot (likely 7th or 8th). As for Toronto, well I think it’s safe to say the Bruins are not too happy with the Maple Leafs winning more games than they’re losing lately. Leafs nation can rejoice because they are safely out of a lottery pick position (which the Bruins would benefit from as the last piece of the Phil Kessel trade falls into place). I believe Toronto can make a run and possibly squeak into the playoffs. They only a couple of games out and it won’t be easy. Carolina, Buffalo, Atlanta and Florida can all squash Leafs Nation’s dreams with a string of victories. As February gets ready to pack it in for another year, March is promising to be an exciting time in the NHL.And to top it all off, I believe we’ve only been witness to the beginning of the Aaron Rodgers era in Packers history.

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Financially Speaking with Brian Seguin

Will Your Pension Be Enough? Everybody wants financial security when he or she retires, and many Canadians are counting on employer pension plans to provide that security. But there's a growing possibility that your pension may not provide the retirement income you need.

Letters to the Seeker Chicks ... There’s still time to vote ... My name is Stephanie Carpenter, and I am trying to win $10,000.00 from the Pepsi Refresh Everything and I need your help. It is free to vote daily for my project "Save a Life- Spay our Strays".

There is a growing trend toward defined contribution pension plans. These are registered pension plans that specify the employee and employer contributions but not BRIAN SEGUIN the amount the employee will receive at retirement. Payout amounts from these plans are based on the returns earned by their investments. If the investments perform well, you could have more income than you expect; if they underperform, you could be left short.

As you may know, stray and feral cats are roaming the streets of Cornwall, Stormont and Glengarry. This August a baby kitten was brought into the shelter, 5 days old, the baby of a stray cat. She had little chance of survival but we decided to take her home and give her a chance. She did live and is now a healthy 5 month old, running around our house. Her name is Puddin' Pop, and we have officially adopted her from the animal shelter.

Defined benefit pension plans are different from defined contribution plans. In a defined benefit pension plan, the employee knows, in advance, how much he or she will receive at retirement, and contributions are based on the employee’s salary and length of service. Defined benefit plans were once the norm in Canada. However, most new pension plans are of the defined contribution type, and many existing defined benefit plans are being converted.

My family has decided to try and help some of the other stray cats out there, and hence the partnership with the OSPCA- SD&G. Using the winnings, we propose, that if we win, 100 stray cats will be spayed/neutered through the shelter, and then adopted at a lower fee to loving families. This will be a win-win on all fronts, for the cats, the families and the shelter too. We do our best to help the shelter as much as possible, helping with events, fund raising, fostering kittens, helping at the bingos and more.

Members of defined contribution plans can usually choose how to invest their plan contributions. Participants are provided with tax-sheltered investment options ranging from conservative to higher growth. Their contributions are pooled with those of other plan members and invested by professionals. Companies prefer defined contribution plans because employers aren’t required to pay fixed benefits when investments perform poorly, as is the case with defined benefit plans. This shifts risk from the employer to the employee. For example, those who choose a growth option that invests largely in equities could suffer if the stock market has a few down years immediately before they retire. Even defined benefit plans have risks. Many of these pension plans are underfunded and could fail to meet obligations to employees. This can be because of poor investment returns or the employer’s inability to make contributions.

How can you protect yourself from the possibility of less pension income than you'll need? The best strategy is to have other sources of retirement income. Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs): If you belong to a pension plan, your yearly RRSP contribution room will be reduced by a pension adjustment. However, you may still be able to build considerable RRSP wealth before retirement. That wealth can provide additional income. Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs): Consider taking advantage of the Tax-Free Savings Account, which can provide you with tax-free income during retirement. Every Canadian age 18 or older can contribute up to $5,000 per year to a TFSA. Non-registered investments: If you have used your available RRSP and TFSA contribution room, consider holding your investments in a taxable investment account. Although your investment income is taxable, capital gains and dividends from certain Canadian companies may provide you with some tax advantages. Remember, however, that dividends can be increased, decreased or eliminated at any point without notice. If you are interested in ways to boost your retirement savings, meet with an Edward Jones advisor to see which options best fit your needs and goals. Edward Jones. Member Canadian Investor Protection Fund. local Edward Jones advisor, BRIAN SEGUIN - (613) 932-6161 89 Tollgate Road West, Unit 2 , Cornwall, ON K6J 5L5

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Would you be willing to help us? Voting can be done daily and it ends February 28th, with the winner announced on March 1st. The project would need to be in the top 3 to receive the money. You need to register with the site but you will not receive any spam emails after. Thank you for considering this request. This is the link to our project: http://www.refresheverything.ca/saveourstrayscornwall or for more info please contact the Shelter - 550 Boundary Rd. Cornwall 613-936-0072. Stephanie Carpenter Cornwall Residentwho is trying to help

MR. THIBAULT WE GOT YOUR MESSAGE In the Seaway News of February 17th, Mr. Denis Thibault had an article about building local economy through culture. He introduces culture as new economic and demographic realities, as a strengthening quality of life, as a magnet that attracts and retains creative people, as the 4th pillar of sustainability as a composite of what already exists. Mr. Thibault also goes through a long list of what the City and region have been already supporting; however, until now “Culture” was not on this list. Then he ads: “Nothing changes without the will of the people to effect the change. Egypt is a perfect example.” I guess Mr. Thibault is giving us all a message. We will implement your idea Mr. Thibault, however using an approach of gratitude. I think it is time to thank our leaders for finally putting “Culture” on the menu. Using Egypt as an example, our citizens for the purpose of showing their support towards our culture will gather to participate in a “Grateful March for Culture” on Sunday March 27th, at 2:00 p.m. The march will start from the parking lot of the Cornwall Civic Complex, towards Pitt Street to end in front of City Hall, followed by a Mayor’s speech. Imagine this celebration! Our leaders deploying the flag of Cornwall, Mr. Kilger leading and to whom we wish a speedy recovery, followed by Mr. Thibault, as well as Mr. Carr and Gardiner who hopefully will be appointed to the Advisory Cultural Committee of the City, followed by all our elected members of Council, Mr. Finucan and Lapierre, all the Cultural groups of the City of Cornwall with their banner, all the artisans, artists, performers (dancers, musicians), writers, etc., their family and friends. That will be a memorable gathering! Pass on the word to everyone through Facebook, or using any other venues you can think of. It is time to celebrate, to be grateful and show support for the new kid around the block. To participate in the “Grateful March for Culture”, send an e-mail to info@paradeofnations.com before March 21st so we can inform the Cornwall Community Police Service of this celebration. Marie Morrell

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