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LUCIO 10 Things I l earned t o appreciat e since t he st art of t he pandemic

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You don't know what you've got until it's gone. Those are the lyrics of a well-known Joni Mitchell song. In 1988, the expression was reprized by Cinderella in a song bearing the idiom as its title. The truth is, however, we absolutely know what we have. We just take it for granted, and certainly never think we will lose it. Ever. When we are accustomed to something, and have lived a certain way for our entire lives, that is our reality. Why would we even think that this reality might change? After all, we work so hard to keep the status quo. We avoid wars, we turn a blind eye to everything going on in the rest of the world, we rotate similar governments that just keep doing the same things, over and over, year after year. There is really no reason to think that things will ever change unless we really want to. And let's face it, we don't really want to. Cue the pandemic. All of the sudden, the world as we know it, is gone. We are sheltering in place. We are in close contact only with those we live with, which totally sucks if you are living alone. We can't visit our relatives in long term care facilities. We have to wear a mask everywhere. We need to keep our distance. Stores, restaurants, festivals, concerts are a thing of the past. And with new variants and a total mess of a vaccine roll out, there is no end in sight.

The world has stopped. We are stuck in place, with nowhere to go. It's as though someone is holding us still in front of a mirror and forcing us to look at ourselves. It puts things into perspective. Many of us have taken this down time to reflect and introspect. I know I have. I have thought about my mortality many more times than I care to admit. I also have shifted my focus on what is important: health, family, friends. If you have all these, your legacy is secured. I don't know about you, but I want to be remembered not by the dollar amount that rests in my bank account, but by the amount of souls I have touched. So that is now my daily mission: touching people's hearts, especially those close to me. I am working on deepening my current relationships and inviting new ones.

stop the spread, from basic mitigation efforts, to the vaccine itself, would not be as effective without the level of collaboration the internet facilitates. Social Media has kept us connected despite social distancing and video chats have allowed us to "see" each other from the comfort of our own homes. It can't replace a hug, but it sure beats total seclusion and isolation. 5- Home del iveries. Amazon, I love you. With not wanting to go out shopping right now, I sure appreciate the one day shipping option you offer. I also appreciate curb site pickups everywhere. 6- Our jobs and t heir securit y. Because my husband's job is secured as he works as an essential worker, we are navigating this pandemic without having to live paycheck to paycheck. I am thankful beyond words for my husband's hard working ethics and for the benefits that come with it. I also am thankful for a steady flow of work coming my way as a web / graphic designer. 7- Tal ks wit h my 16 year ol d. He is witty, bright and has such an inquisitive mind. Watching him evolve into the young man he is becoming has been one of the greatest blessings in disguise of this pandemic. I secretly wish it doesn't end just so I can keep him home a little while longer and marvel at watching him become a man. Soon enough, he'll be gone to University and all I will only have memories of our talks. 8- My hair dresser. For many years, I didn't care about my hair till I met Louise from Studio 101. I started going to her a few years back. At first, it was foreign to me and I thought it was silly but in time, I really began to enjoy the time I spent at her studio for many reasons. I made it a monthly thing. It was my me time and she kept me looking good, but mostly, it was our chats that kept me going. I so miss our talks. 9- Free heal t hcare.I don't know about you, but I look at the various situations around in the world, I am extremely thankful to know that if I need a test for Covid, or if I need treatment for it, it will be taken care of. I won't have to choose between feeding my family or getting treatment. Similarly, I won't have to hold off to get my family and I vaccinated because my insurance doesn't cover it and rent is due in a few days. Free healthcare should be a right, not a privilege, everywhere in the world, and I think this pandemic is bringing this very fact to light in a BIG way. We are a tight knit world, only as strong as our weakest link. 10- Toil et paper.It's when you need it and there is none on the shelves anywhere that you truly realize how essential it is. Now it's your turn! Can you share your list with me? What are have you found a new appreciation for? Send me an email at info@theseeker.ca

I am guilty of taking things for granted. But I see the err in my ways and now appreciate what I have in front of me, everyday, no matter how big or little it is. I express my gratitude to a "greater power" every night before I go to sleep. That being said, I do mourn some of the things of the past. If you are curious to know what those are, I wrote an article in January about the 10 things I miss the most. It's the little things, you know? But now, here is a list of little things I used to take for granted, but have found a new appreciation for, in no particular order: 1- Wal king. Funny thing that such a simple thing as walking would even make this list, but this is literally what is keeping us going during this pandemic. In lockdown, walking is pretty much the only thing we can do, so the kids and I have started weekly hikes back in October. We've explored several parts of Ontario we didn't even know existed and realized what a beautiful country we live in. There is something primal in connecting with nature. It is energizing and grounding. You can follow our adventures on AllTrails.com 2- Cooking. We are blessed with the fact that we are able to afford a meal delivery kit such as Chef's Plate or Hello Fresh. The meals are super easy to make, but look like they're from a 5 star establishment and truly tasty. They add variety to an otherwise blah repertoire and help us get some veggies in. Curious about my plates? Follow me on Instagram 3- Car rides. Also one of the only outings we do weekly, car rides around our province have become part of our weekly ritual. We normally drive between 1 to 2 hours away to go on our hikes, often times going to safer areas, and indulging in a drive through grab and go lunch. 4- The int ernet . I'm sure you realize that if the internet was not a thing, we would be experiencing this pandemic in a completely different way, not only personally, but as a world. The efforts to

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Par t y o f Two By Sylvie O?Rou r k e As I write this, we are in the midst of the January Lockdown and there are no scheduled club events. Instead, my husband and I are off to enjoy a late afternoon walk at the Two Creeks Forest Conservation Area located just west of Morrisburg village. Our party of two will not need snowshoes today as there have been no flurries all week and the snow on the ground is hard-packed. As soon as we start we are saluted by a magnificent silver maple plantation which is literally bowing to us. The trees on either side of the trail are leaning towards each other reminiscent of a saber arch you sometimes see a bride and groom walk through at a military wedding. It is impressive and extends for quite a distance. This forest is known for its biodiversity and as you walk along the trail you can almost see the invisible lines separating the different ecosystems. It is like opening a door to a new room. Dramatically, the main corridor through the silver maples opens up to reveal a massive bicentennial bur oak. It commands respect, almost glowing with its authority. What a fitting place for a junction which starts the beginning of the loop. As the trail winds around the oak we see from its branches a whimsical bird feeder in the shape of a wishing well, the first of many beautifully crafted feeders in the forest, which include such styles as a covered sleigh and a log-cabin. They look like recent additions to the forest. After several other ecosystem ?rooms?, we emerge into a world of

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green, delightful after the former sepia tones. I love pines and the way their needles hold on to the snow a little longer than any other tree. With the sunshine peeking through, they are indeed splendid. Eventually we reach an open grassland area, a popular habitat for bobolinks.This peculiar-named bird likes to live in tall grass and feed from grain foraged from the ground. I am not a bird expert, but I swear that I just spotted a male near a bird feeder a short distance away. Its plumage is black and white with a distinct apricot nape. I am fairly certain that it is a migrating bird. Shouldn?t it be down south by now? All I know for sure is that at the moment, it does not seem too pleased that I am standing between him and his lunch. The feeder he is eying is of geometrical architecture; when viewed from a certain angle, it appears to have no base, until it twirls and you see the other façade. From my vantage point, I can clearly see the spread of seeds so I slowly back away to let him have his meal. As we complete our loop back through the silver maple arch, I am thankful for the outing and the fresh air, and while I miss my friends, I feel very fortunate to have a kindred spirit for a partner so that we can continue to do the things we love à deux. For more information about the Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air, visit our website at www.cornwalloutdoorclub.ca or like us on Facebook.

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I don't know about you but the m onthof Febr uar yhasbeen quitea challengefor m e to stay positiveas I think I m ay be exper iencingsom e COVID-Fatigue.W inter is usuallygettinglongat thispoint but not beingOUT an d ABOUTas I nor m allyam (dueto the last lockdow n)hasbeen har d althoughit hasgiven m e a chanceto also r ealizehow m uch I m issthingsthat I nor m allytakefor gr anted. Thisis the r ea sonthat we must a ll ta ke our Doseof VI TAM I N"G" on a da ilyba sis. Vitam in"G" of cour sebeingGRATITUDEfor w hat w e ar e lucky to have.

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Visitingfam ilyand fr iendsis one thingthat I do m issbut as w e ar e pr im ar ycar egiver sto my par entsI am for tunateto see them oncea w eek w hen I check in on them (althoughI do call ever y singleday)! Her eI'm shar inga pic of my m otherw or king on her latest needlepointpr oject.In the W inter she keepsbusy w ith her knittingor needlepointand in the Sum m erw ith her flow er gar den.Below is my dad. He hashad som ehealth issuesfor the past few year sso now hasto r est m or e. I am so for tunateto haveboth my par ents...Youm ight actuallyhaveseen them in the past as w hen w e w er e still a new spaperthey , w er eour w onder ful"Deliver y Team ".Juliaand I can't thank them enoughfor how m uch they helpedus sincew e star tedour "M edia Jour ney"11 year sago. Now both in their late 80s, they "thr ew in the tow el"as my m um said w hen w e becam ea m onthlyas it w asbecom inga bit too m uch for them !!!I only hopeI can look as good as they do w hen I get to that age... Continuingw ith my Daily Doseof Vitam in"G" (for Gr atitude)in the photor ight you can see m e w ith my 3 childr en.They all live far aw ay fr om m e but I am so gr atefulfor m oder n technologythat keepsus connectedon a daily basis.These3 cer tainly help to gr oundm e dur ingthesecr azytim es,especiallymy daughterw ho ver y often becom esmy m otherand becom esthe "voiceof r eason".Ther ear e also my 2 gr andsonsto be thankfulfor and yes,Zack,Ryan and Bellaas w ell.

W ith tax season fast appr oaching,local M em ber of Par liam ent Er ic Duncan (Stor m ont-Dundas-SouthGlengar r y)has announced the r etur n of the Com m unity Volunteer Incom e Tax Pr ogr am (CVITP) at his Cor nw all constituencyoffice for 2021. Due to r estr ictionsassociated w ith COVID-19, the tax clinic w ill oper ate solely in a dr op-off for m at and by appointm entonly. Appointm entscan be m ade by calling M P Duncan?soffice dir ectly at 1-888-805-2513. ?Our com m unity has com e to depend on the w onder ful w or k that the volunteer sof the Com m unity Volunteer Incom e Tax Pr ogr am offer fr ee of cost. In or der to qualify for the fr ee ser vice,an individual m ust ear n less that $35,000 annually or $45,000 if filing as a couple, and the r etur nsm ust be sim ple in natur e. Com plicatedr etur nsar e not eligible for the pr ogr am The volunteer -basedclinic is being hosted at M P Duncan?sconstituencyoffice at 691 Br ookdaleAvenue,Unit C (in the Inter nationalBusinessPlaza just south of the tr affic cir cle). You can lear n m or e about the CVITP on the Canada RevenueAgency w ebsite at https://w w w.canada.ca/en/r evenueagency/ ser vices/tax/individuals/com m unityvolunteer -incom e-tax-pr ogr am .htm l or cal l Er i c's of f i ce at 613-937-3331.

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Outsidemy kitchenw indowI havew hat I call my Secr etGar denand thisis w her eI havea m ultitudeof feeder sfor my feather edand fur r y fr iendsand ever y m or ningI am gr eetedby my gr ey squir r el(or squir tleas my youngest calledthem w hen he w as"ver y young")!Watchingthe goingson betw eenthe bir dsand squir r elsis w onder fuland even m or e excitingw hen my catsdecideto check them out as w ell.M y latest bir dfeederis a solar lighthouse that lightsup night and you w ill find m e m aking m anytr ipsto M oisesFeed and Seed (a stor ethat I am thankfulfor as it keepsall my babiesfed so that they can de-str essm e w hen r equir ed.I can see w hy peoplefind w atchingfish r elaxing- I am thankfulthat I havemy busy cor ner of the gar denand M y "Bir d Cat" even visitsr egular ly.

DO YOU KNOW abou t 211 ? It is a helplineto assist m em ber sof the com m unityin navigatingthe num er ous social,health,and r elatedgover nm ent ser vicesavailableto them . SIM PLYcall 211 and you w ill be connectedw ith a know ledgeable staff m em berw ho w ill help you find any ser vicesfor your situation. In thesedifficultand changingtim es,w e w ant to m akesur eever yoneis r eceiving the help they need or w ant.No one shouldhaveto go thr oughthisalone.

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Speakingof gr oundingm e,thism anto theleft (SheldonGr ant) cer tainlyhasa bigjob in that depar tm entbut I am thankfulthatw e FORGET ... ow na beautifulpr oper tyw her eI can go w alkingandbe onew ithnatur ew hen DON'T city str essgetsto m e!!!Of cour sew ear ein thepr ocessof buildinga "English StyleThatchedRoofCottage- tinyhouse"but hadto put a pauseon constr uction w henw interar r ived.Wew ill be continuing in thever ynear futur e. I am also ver y thankful,not only to havea w onder fulfam ily(sister and br otherand sister and br otherin-law s)but also to havea handfulof w onder fulclosefr iends,one of them beingon the fr ont cover of thisissue- thank you my businesspar tnerJuliaLucio- w hat w ouldI do w ithoutyou?Also thank you to NancyM acGillivar yand LindaBr uceplusm any m or efr iendson and off Spring is just Facebook .(I hopeI haven'tfor gottenanyonebut if I haveI am thankfulfor ever yonesur r oundingm e!)

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Haveyou ever noticed that peopledo not ask questionsother than a cur sor y,how ar e you?Haveyou also noticed that m ost peoplear e not listeningfor the answ er ,in fact m ay not even w ait for a r esponseat all? And w e w onderw hy other sdo not under standus or w e them .It?s not r eallya puzzle.Sim plysaid,m ost of us havestoppedcom m unicating in a m eaningfulw ay. We don?t ask w ell consider edquestions.We stopped listening,often far too caughtup in our ow n inner dialogueto hear w hat other sar e actuallysaying.We judger esponsesbefor ew e ask for additional infor m ation.We inter r uptother sbefor ethey com pletetheir thoughts.And thr oughthe pr essur eof a pandem ic,faceto facecom m unicationhasall but com eto a standstill. Yes,thisis indeeda com m unicationdilem m a. How ever one , that can be solvedw ith a littlepr actice, patienceand kindness. In my cor por atew or k thr oughthe year s,my husbandand I have specializedin w hat w e r efer to as Consciousor M indful Com m unication. Consciousbecauseas you m ay havenoticed,m ost of us ar e on autom aticpilot in our conver sationsw ith other s.Not r eallya sur pr iseas w e ask the sam equestionsand w e givethe sam eansw er sby habit.M ost conver sationslive on the sur face,they fail to go beneaththe w ater line,and cer tainlydon?t divedeep into w hat som eoneelser eally thinksor feels.Par t of thisis caution,as w e m ay not r eally w ant to know w hat anotherper sonis thinkingor feeling.Thisis a safew ay to appr oachcom m unicationw ith other sas it r equir esno com m itm ent. Ther ear e occasionshow everw hen you m ay actuallyw ant to deepen your connections,henceyour com m unication. You m ay need infor m ationor you m ay be genuinelycur ious.You m ay be sear chingfor a solutionto a pr oblemthat is beggingto be solvedand you w ant to br ainstor mnew possibilitiesor optionsfor a situation.M ost im por tantly,w hat if you w ant to for gedeeper connectionsw ith people you car eabout. Befor eI continue,if ther eis anythingthispandem ichastaughtm e, it is the im por tanceof my r elationshipsand ther efor ethe im por tanceof qualitycom m unicationw ith the peopleI r eally car eabout.As a r esult,I too havehad to r e-thinkhow I havebeen com m unicating. I w ant people to know that I car eand I w ant other sto car eabout m e. Thism eans goingthe extr am ileand shiftingmy com m unicationhabits. W her edo you and I begin?Ther ear e a few stepseach per soncan take to deepentheir conver sationsand com m unicatein a consciousand m eaningfulw ay.Fi r st ,ask qu est i on s.Not just ?how ar e you??but som ethingthat r equir esthe other per sonto engage.?How ar e you r eally?W hat hasbeen the highlightof your w eek?Is ther eanything tr oublingyou?W hat w ouldyou like to discuss?? Secon d,l i st en .Listenfor m or ethan w or ds.Listenfor feelings, nuances.Deepenthe conver sationsby askingm or equestionssuch as ?Tell m e m or e? ?or ?And w hat else??.Listen.W hen you ar e tem ptedto speak ask your selfone questionbefor eyou inter r upt,?WAIT? w hy am I talking??Pause,m akesur ethe other per sonis finishedspeaking.They m ay not be, they m ay sim plybe thinkingabout w hat it is they w ant to say. Givethem space. Th i r d,don ?t j u dge.Rem em berthat w hat anotherper sonis sayingis com pletelyabout them ,not you,even if it feelsper sonal.Use those sam etw o questions?Tell m e m or e? ?or ?And w hat else??to clar ify

m eaning.If you do find your selfjudging,r em em berthisis r eflectiveof som ethingyou m ay be feeling. For t h ,pr ov i def eedbackt h r ou ghbody l an gu agean d you r w or ds. Acknow ledgethe speakerthr oughyour attentiveness,a head nod, leaningfor w ar d,eye contact,a gentletouch,even an elbow bum p.Use w or dsthat dem onstr ateyou havehear dthem ,acknow ledgethem , expr essappr eciationfor shar ing,ask how you can suppor tthem . W hateverseem sappr opr iatein the m om ent. Fi n al l y,do n ot m ak et h e ot h er per sonw r on g.That doesnot m ean they ar e r ight in your opinion;it sim plym eansyou do not need to ber ateor ar guew ith their point of view.I havelear nedthat, par ticular lyw ith my husband,that w e w ill disagr eeand I havelear ned that the appr opr iate r esponseis ?Let?s agr eeto disagr ee?and end the conver sation. Conscious com m unicationdoes not im plyagr eem ent; it doesim plyr espect, honesty,com passion, kindnessand under standing.We all need thisr ight now and the m or ew e lear n to connect deeplyw ith other s, the healthierw e all w ill be. Until next tim e, Betty Healey, M Ed.,CAPP Your thoughtsa nd str ategiesa r e a lwayswelcomea nd if your ca r eto sha r e you ca n r ea chme at betty@r oa dsigns.ca

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CO RNW ALL'SPASTPRO MINENTW O MEN I N CELEBRATI ON OF I NTERNATI ONAL W OM EN'S DAY - M ARCH 8t h

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Si st er Jan et M acDon n el lbor , n in Glengar r y,1848to 1937. Cor nw all?sfir st per m anenthospitalw as foundedw hen CatholicBishopM acdonelland Father Cor betsecur eda bank loan to buy Ivy Hall,the for m er hom eof John Sandfield M acdonald, to conver tit into a hospitalin 1897.For day to day oper ationthey enlisted the ser vicesof the Sister sof the Religious Hospitaller sof St. Josephin Kingston.On Febr uar y9, 1897M otherM ar gar etDonnelly and Sister sJanet M acDonnell,AnneHopkins, M ar gar etPow er sand AnnabelM cCar thy Sister Janet M acdonnell,as in the ar r ivedin Cor nw allto pr epar ethe Hotel Dieu for openingand on June M acdonnellPavilionat the 14th,the 17 bed hospitalr eceivedits hospital,she w asthe founding nur sefor Cor nw all'sfir st hospital. fir st patient. Over tim ethe old Hotel Dieu becam eoutm odedand in 1954a new Hotel Dieu w asbuilt on M cConnellAve. Thefir st Hotel Dieu w asconver tedinto a 100 bed chr oniccar efacilityand nam edto honourSister Janet M acDonnell.Thisfacilityw aseventuallytur nedinto a longter m hom e. Sister Janet?sdedicationw asper petuatedin 1989in the Janet M acDonnellchr oniccar ePavilion,adjacentto the r elocatedHotel Dieu, now know nas the Cor nw allCom m unityHospital.

M ar y M ack ,bor n in Cor nw all,1899to 1978.Thefull stor y of M ar y M ack?slife is foundin thisbook availableat the Red Car t Books. Socialite,social cr usader politician, , and ar tist,M ar y M ack becam esynonym ousw ith the City of Cor nw allthr oughoutthe 1940s and ?50s. M ack w asinvolvedin the Fam ilyWelfar e Bur eau,the Red Cr oss,Gir l Guides,Childr en?s Aid and the Victor ianOr der of Nur ses,Aid to Br itain(W W II), CanadianCancer Society, Cor nw allAr t Association,the Hor ticultur al Societyand Cor nw allLittleTheatr e,to list just a few of her inter ests. M ar y M ack,Cor nw all'sfir st fem alepolitician(1950's)and In 1946the ?Standar d-Fr eeholder ,? social w elfar ecr usader- it is r epor tedthat M issM ack ?shatter ed said she gavethe tow n class. Cor nw all?scivictr aditionsin enter ing (politics)and ser vingas Cor nw all?sfir st fem alecouncillor.?Inher ten year son Councilshe w asIndustr ial Com m issionerRecr , eationCom m itteeChair and on the fir e and w ater depar tm entboar ds.

Jean Cassel m anWadds, (neeRow e,1920?

Edi t h C. Raysi dew asbor n in M ar tintow nin 1872and gr ew up in South Lancaster.She ear nedher BA at Queen?sin 1896and then tr ained in Ottaw afor thr eeyear sto becom ea nur se.Both dedicatedand adventur ousNur seRaysidebecam esuper intendentfor a M exican m iningcom pany. Ear ly in 1915Raysideenlistedin the CanadianAr my M edicalCor ps, w her e?shew aseager lyaccepted?due to her var iedexper ience,factor s that led her to beingnam edM atr onfor a field tent hospitalfor the CanadianAr my in Fr ance.M atr onRayside?spr ofessionalismled to fur therpr om otionsand in 1917she w asdeployedto Ottaw ato ser veas Canada?sfir st M atr on-in-Chief of the cor psof m ilitar ynur ses. Her War ser vicew asr ecognisedw ith the r eceiptof the Royal Red Cr oss m edal,Fir st Classand by the Univer sityof Tor onto,w hen she becam ethe fir st w om anto r eceivean honour ar ym aster ?sdegr eein household science.Notingthat m en r eceiveddoctor atesshe ?w r yly?com m ented ?that m en w ouldget used to w om enin positionsof r esponsibility.? In 1924Raysidebecam eSuper intendentof Nur sesat Ham iltonGener al Hospital,and w asfor cedto r etir eat the end of 1933due to failing eyesight. Now nam edCom m anderof the Br itishEm pir efor her War w or k,the ever m odestNur setold a r epor ter?that she could not under standw hy she?had been singledout. Raysider etir edto Lancasterw her eshe died in 1950. Futur eOttaw aM ayor Char lotteW hittonw r otethat Edith w as?ever yinch the M atr on-in-Chief, tall and of m assive,noblebuild? alsoa gentle w om an,quiet and soft spoken.?

2011) M Pfor Gr enville-Dundas, 1958to 1968, High Com m issionerto the UnitedKingdom ,1979 to 1983.)(PhotoCour tesy,UnitedCountiesSDG.) JeanCasselm anWaddsenter edpoliticsby w inninga seat in the Feder alpar liam entin 1958 after the death of her M or r isbur geducated husbandAr zaC. Wadds.Thethir d w om anin Canadato be electedto the Houseof Com m ons, in 1961she becam ethe fir st fem aleto be m adea delegatefr om Canadato the United Nations.InOttaw aWaddsw or kedfor the Jean Casselm anWadds,an M inisterof Healthand Welfar eand im por tantlocal M Pin the in1962w asappointedthe depar tm ent?s 1960sand am bassador. par liam entar ysecr etar y,m akingher the fir st w om anto hold such a positionin gover nm ent.Sittingfor the Pr ogr essiveConser vatives,Waddslost her seat in 1968w hen the constituencyw asr edr aw n. Waddsw asnam edHigh Com m issionerto the UnitedKingdomin 1979, w her eshe playeda m ajor r olein the patr iationof the Canadian Constitutionin 1982. Liber alPr im eM inisterPier r eE. Tr udeauw r otein his m em oir s: ?I alw ayssaid it w asthanksto thr eew om enthat w e w er eeventuallyable to r efor mour Constitution.The Queen,w ho w asfavour able,M ar gar et Thatcher w , ho under tookever ythingthat our Par liam entaskedher ,and Jean Wadds,w ho r epr esentedthe inter estsof Canadaso w ell.

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TIP OF THEMONTH:Here are Ten Truthful Truths:1.Theaverage human'slife is relativelyshort.2. We will only ever live the life that we createfor ourselves.3. Being busy doesNOTalwaysmean being Productive.4. Some kind of Failurealways seemsto occur beforeSuccess.5. Thinking and Doing are two separatethings.6. We do NOThave to wait for an Apologyto Forgive. 7. There are some peoplethat are the wrong match for us. 8. It is NOTother people'sjobs to love us. It is OURS!9. What we Own is NOT who WEare. 10. EverythingChanges..Every second,minute,every hour,week,every month,and year after year. Nothing Stays The Same. DEALOF THE MONTH:Thisweek I have chosen somethingthat makes me smile.It is somethingthat Johnnygot me for our 3rd Valenanniversary thisyear. We have alwayshad a "Romanticside" to us and candlesare the one thing that can bring a lovely ambianceto any room.But, they are and can be dangerous.So, Johnnygot a set of 5 "real looking"white candlesmadefrom paraffin wax that work on batteries.They have a faux moving flame that flickersjust like a real one. The price of these were .. Oh, I Don't Know..Oh, well, you will have to check on E-bay for the price for yourselves. FUN Facts: Thismonth'snameof March comesfrom Martius,the first month of the earliest Roman calendar.It wasnamed after Mars, the Roman God of War, and an ancestorof the Roman people through his sons,Romulusand Remus. Many other religionsand cultures continueto celebratethe beginningof the New Year in the month of March. Did you know that every year March and June end on the same day of the week?Now,You Do. FAMILYNEWS: This month there are two birthdaysto celebratein my family.Both are on the same day. But, only one is still here with us. My dear stepfatherpassed away many yearsago, and my niece, Amandawill be turning 42 on March 17th. Happy Birthday Amanda& Dad in Heaven.Love AlwaysM~

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Hello there to the month of March and to all of you that have decided to pick up the most informativeand positive magazinein the Cornwall,and the S. D. & G. area. Well, two monthshave comeand gone in thisNew Year thusfar. My dear husband,Johnny is going throughsome very serious,medical proceduresin Ottawa for the past month.He hasbeen weakenedby thisand haslost a lot of weight.But, he continuesto be his funny and positiveself throughoutall of these procedures.In which I am so glad that he can be. Thisis one of the positivewaysthat he can still be happy and healthyduring difficult timeslike these.I, too must keep positiveand upbeat for him during thisdifficult time. Truthfully,it hasbeen hard for me at timesto be POSITIVE!But I keep remindingmyself,Be Positive..for after all.. I Am "PositiveMarlene." I am glad to say that there are only 2 weeks left and then Johnnywill be back homewith me and our mini zoo. To be able to continue living,laughingand loving for many yearsto comein our beautifulforever home,together. Could you pleasekeep him in your thoughts and prayers.Thank you all kindly in advance. M~ SPRINGIs In the Air! The temperaturesare rising,the daysare getting longer,the snow is disappearingand even the birdiesare tweetingand chirpingmore these days. Theseare all sure signsthat SPRINGis just around the corner.Thisis the time of year when all of the animalsstart to wake up from their long Winter'snap and the birdsstart returningfrom down south. Perhapsyou should start getting out your summer topsand shorts,thoseitsy, bitsy bikinisof yours, thosefunny looking flip flops,short skirtsand even your suntan oil.. Well,this might be a little premature..But, What the Heck,I Dream BIG! SPRINGARRIVESON >>> Sat. March 20th <<< THISYEAR! STARTTHELAWNMOWER! WINK..WINK

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COMMUNITYNEWS: I am so excited to share the newsthat I have started a New businessventurethis year. John and I have teamed up with a dear friend of ours, CurtisArcher.His grandfatherhad the businessgoing for many yearsand when he passed away last year decided to take the businessover. It is called,The NEWPenny Saver Delivery Service.If you or anyonethat you know needsor wantsfood,items,mail. etc. to be deliveredor picked up. Then give us a call at (343) 867-7721.We provideQuick and FriendlyService.7 daysa week with a New, reliablecar from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. within the Cornwall and the S. D. & G. area.We do accept cash or Interact that accept debit cards,MasterCard,Visa etc. Pleasevisit our websitepennysaverdelivery.ca UNTILNEXTMONTH:Just Be Yourselves becausean ORIGINALis worth way more then a COPY! PleasePay It Forward In Some Small Way..Even,If, It Is By Sharing Your Handsome& Pretty Smiles. MarleneBaker of www.pennysaverdelivery.ca& www.listerphotos.ca& www.fashionography.ca Wishing John a Speedy Recoveryand sending you both a ton of PositiveVibes and lots of love! SeekerChicksMai-Liisand Julia

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developed such severe liver cirrhosis (permanent scarring)caused by HCV that there was no solution but a liver transplant.

A new l iver f or Mom Story by Neil Macmillan

This was where only son and father-of-three Jesse (who is becomingincreasingly well-known locally as a thoughtful and visionary columnist with the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder),unhesitatinglyoffered his own liver to his mother,fully aware that there was a small 0.2% ? 0.5% risk he could die from the procedure.Jesse also got the okay from his wife, Melanie Ayotte.

For lifetime Cornwall residentsRose and Tom Good, their four children (Jennifer, Tara, Jesse and Sarah) and other membersof their extended family, Christmas2020 was one they will never forget.

While much of the rest of the world was grapplingwith the coronaviruspandemic and doing their best to have as merry an Rose?s daughter,Sarah also obtained at least occasion as possible,the Good clan was Good family (L to R): Jennifer, Rose, Sarah, five positive responsesfrom an appeal for live celebratingChristmastogether but donors via Facebook,while Staecy Lauzon, Jesse, Tom and Tara without matriarch Rose who had just one of Rose?s Kinette Cornwall colleagues, come out of a coma and life-support in offered to donate part of her liver too. Cornwall CommunityHospital?sIntensive care unit (ICU) where she had been hospitalizeda In other words, Rose had six back-up living liver few days earlier with acute liver failure. donors, but the problem was that she probably could not survive long enough to get one from any of them. In fact, as her family tells it, she had been almost certainly going to die because there was a ?do not resuscitate?(DNR) order in her medical records. By sheer coincidence,one of the ICU nurses, Carol Hollingsworth,was a childhood friend of Rose?s and told the doctors to contact Tom.

Jesse and his parents

Tom was then able to reverse the order. And the ?miracleskept coming?? so much so that by February 12, Rose was back in Cornwall after a liver transplant at the UniversityHealth Network (UHN)?s Ajmera Transplant Centre in Toronto and feeling great thanks to a new liver donated by son Jesse.

The next step for Rose?s potential transplant was to establish that Jesse would be a suitable donor ? a four-month-longprocess that ended on December 23 when it was finally determined that he was. Along the way, Jesse was learning as much as he could about what would be involved,even posting the video of a 46-minuteUHN Transplant Program webinar - Livin g Liver Don at ion & Tr an splan t at ion- on his Facebook page. In the meantime,Rose, who had been put on the Toronto transplant centre?s waiting list for a new liver (but well down the list at around #300 and then taken off after her hospitalization),immediatelyjumped up the line because she had a separately vetted living donor.

However,for that happy outcome to come about quite a few other ?stars?had to align?

However,Rose still had to get a firm date for the operation in Toronto. Fortunately, Rose had a happy childhood in this was helpfully arranged for January 11 Cornwall as the youngest of six thanks to Cornwall CommunityHospital?s children of Leo and Alida Medical Director of Critical Care Dr. Paul Jesse with his mom and sisters Bissonnette,the operatorsof Westergaard,who advocated on her ?Leo?s Market,?a well-known behalf with the Transplant Centre and grocery store and pet shop at 414 Sixth Street East: ?Every Wednesday found a receptive ear with one of its leading transplant hepatologists, my father would return home from Montreal with live stock for our Dr. Nazia Selzner. pet shop. The highlight of the week. It was like Christmasevery With the last star thus aligned,Rose was whisked off to Toronto by Wednesday.Life was good and we ended up with the best parents helicopter,and Jesse and his Dad followed along by car. ever.?However,she, like many baby boomersin the 1960s or 1970s, contracted HepatitisC virus (HCV) in her younger days without The transplant was then performed on January 11, a day that all the knowing how, where or when. Goods?extended family is going to celebrate as a special anniversary from now on! Fortunately,she lived without any negative effects of the infection until her early fifties when she was successfullytreated with interferon Her e ar e a f ew qu est ion st h at w e asked t h e Goods in Th e in 2005. Seeker ?s 5-qu est ion in t er view st yle In the meantime,she had met and married Tom, a successful local accountant and entrepreneur. She then passed another 15 years in good health until mid-2020 when her blood tests began to show worseningnumbers.By August she had

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Qu est ion 1 t o Rose: What do you most appreciateabout your amazinggood fortune? It's amazing and a true miracle. I feel very blessed to have been given this gift of life. The reality of starting over with this new liver donated

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Qu est ion 3 t o Tom : In this whole saga, did you have any difficult decisionsto make and are there any commentsyou would like to share? There actually wasn?t much I personallyhad to decide except the one noted re DNR. At the same time, I would really like to compliment and acknowledgethe incrediblehealthcareworkers here at CCH as well as at the UHN's transplant centre at Toronto General Hospital.With their care, Rose was able to be the miraculousrecipient of life. Our family are over the moon with joy as a result of all those angels that helped her along this incrediblejourney. We are extremelygrateful. Qu est ion 4 t o Rose: How has this near-deathexperiencechangedyou and do you have any special message you would like to share with the rest of us? I am so grateful for the beautiful liver that allows me to share my life with family and friends. For all of the people who are waiting to receive a deceased person'sliver, the possibilityof live donors is exciting. If I could influence anything in my life, it would be one additional donor of a portion of their liver to save someone'slife. Qu est ion 5 t o Tom : Now that Rose should be fully recoveredin a few weeks, do you have any new plans for the rest of your lives together? As for future plans, we are kind of going to just let it Tom and Rose Good happen. We have travelled a lot? we could do more. Our lives now are quite a bit more about our kids and grandkids.For now they are mostly here so here is probably where you will find us. Bon u s qu est ion t o Jesse: You have the last word ? what would you like to say? I'm very thankful to everyone that has supported our family through this long and trying period. Our neighbourshave been so kind; our doctors were so helpful; the selfless people who volunteeredto be donors are inspiring;and my wife, kids, sisters and other family membersmade this possible. I'd also like to say that there are many more people like my mom that need live organ transplantsto survive. Live organ transplantssave a sick person'slife. If our story has inspired you, you may be able to save someone'slife through an anonymousliver or kidney donation.Please contact the UHN?sAjmera Transplant Centre inTorontoif you think you might like to be a live organ donor. And also make sure to register as a posthumousorgan donor, if you haven't already, and explain your wishes to your family. The need for organsis greater than the supply. What a wonderful,positive and heartwarmingstory! Definitelythe kind that the Seeker loves to hear and write about. If you have any storiesfor us please email: info@theseeker.caOR call Mai-Liisat 613-935-3763ext. 102. We would love to hear from you!

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Qu est ion 2 t o Jesse: You seem to have made the right decision to risk your own life to save your mother?s? how do you feel now that the operationseemsto have gone so well? Physically,I feel great - nearly back to normal. Emotionally,I feel extremely grateful that I could give my mother the chance at living a healthy and happy life. Not everyone is so lucky ? this is a gift that goes both ways.

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by our son Jesse allowed our whole family to move forward with glee. Jesse was very insistent that he give me back my life because it was me that gave him his.

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Ther e ar e differ ent kinds of love, such as br other ly love, r om anticlove, love of God or countr y. In this ar ticle I w ill be discussingthe love betw een tw o people.

To star t, let's elim inatea few exam plesof w hat is NOT love. "Oh my - just look at him /her - w ho w ouldn't be in love? I w ant him /her so m uch!" This is desir e or lust, the deep w anting of another per son. It is not love. "I can't stand the thought of her /him talking w ith another m an/w om an.If I see him /her hanging out w ith good looking people, I'll have to put my foot dow n. I w ant them to be m ine, and only m ine". This is also not love. It is jealousy,contr ol and a sense of ow ner ship."As long as they br ing in their shar e of the m oney,I don't r eally car e w hat else they do. We have an open r elationship". This is not love. It is a financial contr act. "I w ould do anythingfor them , even if I had to stop seeing my fam ily or even lose my ow n life". This is not love. It is a subser vient, self-loathingneed to be contr olled,som etim esper m itting abuse or dam agingbehaviour fr om the other per son. "I'm so happy I'm in love again, and not alone any m or e". This is pr obably not love either ,but a need to have com panionship. Som e people w ill settle for som eoneclear ly not r ight for them , just to escape the feeling of 'having nobody'. But I still haven't answ er ed the question of w hat love actually is. To star t, love alw aysputs the other per son ahead of our self, but does it w ithout r educingour self-w or th in any w ay, because our par tner w ill w ant to put US ahead of them selves. If each per son gives all, the r elationshipis in balance,and each per son feels like the apple of their par tner 'seye. I r em em ber an old stor y about a young m an w ho had a gold pocket w atch, but no chain to fasten it to his pocket. His young w ife had beautiful long hair and she took pr ide in how nice it looked and knew her husband loved it too. The young m an decided to sell his pocket w atch in or der to buy his w ife som e ivor y com bs that she could keep in her hair. On Chr istm asm or ning,they gather ed in the living r oom , and the m an w as shocked to see that his w ife had shor t hair. Ther e w er e just tw o gifts under the tr ee that year , and so she opened her s fir st to find the com bs w hich she no longer could use. He opened his gift to find the chain he had w anted for his pocket w atch. She had sold her hair to buy the chain, and he had sold his w atch to buy the com bs. Know ingthe sacr ificeeach had m ade, they em br aced and felt the love each other had. So love should include sacr ifice if it m eans that w e can give the other som ethingthat they w ant. Ideally,both people w ould feel the sam e about the other ,and m ake sim ilar sacr ifices. They should have a deep, uncom pr om isingfondnessfor one another ,and the natur al cour se w ill be for it to include physical attr action and desir e. And if they should ever decide to m ove on, you'd still only w ish them the best, as you also m ove on. How do w e get to this point? We have to fir st love our selves.That m eans acceptingour m istakes,r ecognizingour str engths,and the ultim atetest: being happy to be alone. That's r ight. If w e can love our self fir st, w e send a signal that w e ar e w or th loving, and w e ther efor ebecom e m or e attr active.If w e love our ow n com pany,so w ill other s. The r ight per son sees w ho w e ar e and w e m ake a choice based on our ow n desir es for a m ate, and not on shallow needs or w ants. This is the kind of love that can last a lifetim e.

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PARTTHREE!G ETO UTTOTHEEASTEND DI STAN CE:ap p r ox i m at el y4.8 k m s.

it becam e th e Du n dasM il l in 1903 wh en

Fr om Con feder ationu n til th e cl osu r e of Dom tar in 2006,Cor n wal l was k n own as th e Factor y Town .Th e Cor n wal l Can al pr ovided both th e power to fu el in du str y an d tr an spor tationto del iver th eir pr odu cts. Th is appr oxim atel y4.8 k m wal k dem on str atesh ow th e pr esen ceof th e factor iesper m eatedever y l evel of l ife fr om wor k ,to com m er ce,to h om e.

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ch eer in g,?on l yto see th e over l oaded bu l bs bu r n ou t.Th e vol tage was adju sted an d n ew bu l bs in stal l ed an d th e even t was decl ar ed a su ccess.

th e fir m join ed Can adian Cotton M il l s Ltd. u n til it cl osed in 1959.Th efactor y th en h ou sed Bin gl ey Steel .Fl ack & Van Ar sdal e?s potter y was l ocated in a sm al l er str u ctu r e CONTINUEON W ATERFRONTTRAIL at th e west en d.Noth in gr em ain sof th e PAST ST. LAW RENCECOLLEGEAND potter y. OVER TH E BRIDGEUNTIL YOU REACH M ONTREALRD.,TURN W EST. CONTINUEON H ARBOURRD.

1. 33 Race St ., Cor n w al l ?sEast si d eDai r y , 1915 t o m i d 1960s. Th e al u m in u m sidin g cover s th e or igin al cin der br ick bu il din g th at h ou sed th e dair y.On l y th e awn in g over th e for m er l oadin g dock ,at th e n or th en d Gl ou cester Str eetsideof th e bu il din g r em ain svisibl e.Fr eshm il k was sol d to sail or s as th ey passed by on th e n ear by Cor n wal l Can al . CONTINUEEAST ON RACE.

4. Cor n w al l Basi n ,t h e 1842 en t r an cei s t o t h e l ef t .Th e1882 en t r an cei s i n t h e back gr ou n d . If you l ook car efu l l y wh il e you ar e wal k in g you can see th e or igin al 1842 ston e can al en tr an ce. In 1882,a n ewen tr an cewas con str u cteda l ittl e to th e sou th .In 1887 th e for m er l ock s an d stil l visibl e basin wer e con ver tedin to dr ydock sfor r epair in gvessel san d stor in g th em over th e win ter m on th s.Th eycl osed in 1967.

2. 11- 13 Race St ., ca. 1880 A pair of wor k er ?sh om es.Th eir age is r eveal ed by th e ston e fou n dation s,th e ver an dah ?san d dor m er win dowsar e m oder n addition s. CONTINUEON RACEAND TURN ONTO H ARBOURRD. 3. L af r am boi seGr ou p ,br i ck f act or y r u i n s,1870. Th e fir st m il l was con str u ctedh er e in 1868,

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6. 1150 M on t r eal Rd ., n ow t h e St an d ar d Fr eeh ol d er ,1925. Cou r tau l d?sAdm in istr ationBu il din g. Th e ziggu r at l ik e geom etr icsh ape,r oofl in e capped by con cr etebl ock s,u se of fin e cr aftsm en sh ipin th e in tr icatecar vin g of th e fir m ?s coat of ar m s an d n am e an d styl ized bar r el sh aped door th at m igh t su ggestastage set,defin esth isbu il din gas Ar t Deco. CONTINUEW EST ON M ONTREALRD. TO KIRKM ANCRESCENT.

CROSSH ARBOURRD. TO TH E W ATERFRONTTRAIL AND BOARDW ALK. 5. Vi si bl eal on g t h e boar d w al k .Can ad a Cot t on W eav e Sh ed .Th e1917 ad d i t i on i s t o t h e east an d t h e 1883 t o t h e w est .Th e M i l l cl osed i n 1959. Th e fir st cotton m il l was bu il t h er e in 1874.El even year s l ater it was expan ded an d becam e th e fir st Can adian in du str y to be ou tfitted with el ectr ic l igh ts,design ed by Th om asEdison .Toin au gu r ateth e even t Edison tu r n ed th e l igh ts on to ?wil d

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anddiscover historicCornwall 7. Cou r t au l d 's Cot t ages. Star tin g in 1926 th ir teen ?cottages? wer e bu il t for Cou r tau l d?s m an ager s.Captu r in g th e l atest in dom estic ar ch itectu r e, th ese two stor y, dou bl e-pitch ed gam br el (bar n ) r oofed h om es with side gabl es an d fr on t dor m er win dows iden tifies th em as Du tch Col on ial Revival .

M ONTREAL RD. AND TH EN W EST TO M cCONNELL.

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scu l ptu r e, an d m ach in e fr am e l ik e br ick wor k r epeated for each of th e th r ee sets of ten win dows u n der l in ed by decor ative til es, h in t at th e u pcom in g Ar t Deco styl e. RETURN TO M ONTREAL RD. AND CROSS AT TH E CROSSW ALK AT EDW ARD ST. W ALK TOW ARDS TH E RIVER.

CONTINUE W EST TO ST. FELIX.

10. 400 M on t r eal Rd ., Ed i f ace L ef ebv r e, 1946.

8. 1000 M on t r eal Rd ., f or m er si t e of St . Fel i x -d e-Val oi s Ch u r ch , 1939. Th e Ch u r ch was destr oyed by a fir e th at star ted in th e attic M ay 30th , 1987, ju st h ou r s befor e th e Par ish began cel ebr ation s to m ar k its 50th an n iver sar y. W ALK UP TH E H ILL TO EASTON.

M on tr eal Road en tr epr en eu r Fr ed Lefebvr e open ed h is fir st bu sin ess, th e Royal H otel acr oss th e str eet fr om th is bu il din g in 1934.Pr osper in g fr om h is l egal an d r u m ou r ed il l egal bootl eggin g bu sin esses h e soon dom in ated th e East En d?s com m er cial devel opm en t, capped with th e con str u ction of th is tr adition al Edwar dian styl e com m er cial / apar tm en t com pl ex in 1946, wh ich n ot on l y h el d a br an ch of th e Ban k of M on tr eal bu t ir on ical l y th e Cor n wal l Town sh ip jail .Th e distin ctive pedim en ted r oof is a u n ifyin g ar ch itectu r al featu r e th at can be fou n d in h om es, apar tm en ts, com m er cial bl ock s an d th e Can ada M il l th r ou gh ou t th e East En d. CONTINUE W EST TURN RIGH T AND W ALK NORTH TO TH E W EST END OF NATIVITY CH URCH .

12. Sou t h east cor n er of Ed w ar d an d Cot t on M i l l , ca. 1940. Kn own as th eReach Pl astics?Bu il din g after th e bu sin ess th at occu pied it fr om 1964 to 1980, it was or igin al l y par t of th e Can ada Cotton M il l com pl ex.Th e bu il din g?s str eam l in ed geom etr ic for m topped with a sl eek tower m ak es it an exam pl e of Ar t Deco ar ch itectu r e. W ALK W EST ALONG W ILLIAM STREET to 35, LOOK ACROSS TH E STREET ACROSS, CA. 1870.

9. 404 East on Av e., W i n d m i l l Ap ar t m en t s, 1950s. St. Fel ix-de-Val ois Sch ool , cl osed in 1988. A pl aqu e on th e east wal l states th at th is bu il din g is n ear th e site of Cor n wal l ?s For t Au gu stu s al so k n own as th e W in dm il l For t as it was h ou sed in a ston e win dm il l bu il t ar ou n d 1800, wh ich was con ver ted in to a for tin 1838 an dar m ed with a car r on ade, in r espon se to th e Lower an d Upper Can ada Rebel l ion s. It was dem ol ish ed in 1944. CONTINUE W EST ON EASTON TO BELM ONT,W ALK DOW N TH E H ILL TO

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Savemart boasted of being Cornwall?s first sizable self-service shopping center, somewhat of a precursor to today?s WalMart. It was to be the first of a chain across Ontario and Quebec. The store opened at 1400 Vincent Massey Drive on May 16 of 1963; store manager John McDonald called it Cornwall?s first: ?one-stop, everything under one roof ? shopping centre, boasting of 65,000 square feet of shopping space with 35 departments. Excel Food Stores opened there about five weeks later. Advertisements further enticed customers with the offer of free parking for thousands of cars. With their 10-10 operating hours Monday to Saturday, night shopping was considered a significant draw card. However not everyone was impressed and they were charged with breaking the City?s closing law. They were convicted, but appealed. In February of 1964, not wanting to lose out, Beamish, the Metropolitan, People?s, Woolworth and Zellers downtown chain stores followed suit by extending their hours (9-9 on Thursday and Friday and 9-6 on other days, but still closed on Sundays.) It took until June of 1992 for Sunday shopping to be legal for all Ontario retailers. In July, Savemart advertised that concessions were available. March of 1965 saw the addition of yard goods, jewellery and notions departments as pictured in these Standard-Freeholder photographs. In the 1970s the building was enlarged somewhat and the store was replaced by the LaSalle Shopping Centre, with LaSalle?s entrance to the south and the AVA supermarket to the north. A whole host of retailers have subsequently served the community from that site.

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atmosphere, offering exclusive Canadian diamonds and merchandise for all occasions. We take pride in offering quality products and personalized bilingual service that focuses on honesty and integrity. 4. How does your business improve or change t he communit y at l arge? Our team, consisting of myself and my partner Marc. We are seen in the bottom photo, standing at the counter where we greet you as you enter Gordon Jewellers.

5 Quest ions wit h St uart Gordon, owner of Gordon Jewel l ers. Article by Mai-Liis Renaud 1. Tel l us a l it t l e bit about yoursel f . How and when did you decide t o open t his business? The story of our business began in 1977. After graduating high school and discovering an interest in the jewellery profession, I pursued a trainee job at a local jewellery store in Cornwall, Ontario. Since the start of my career, I am proud to say that I have acquired over four decades of professional experience as an accomplished jeweller, highly skilled in jewellery repairs and custom design. Founded in the 1940s, this store (Gordon Jewellers) was originally named Fraser Jewellers and I became the new owner after purchasing the business in 1982. It is now known as Gordon Jewellers and I am proud to say that I have helped grow the company to reach its current success.

Then we will help you to find the perfect gift, help celebrate a milestone, or add to your collection from our jewellery selection. We offer engagement rings, wedding bands, jewellery for men and women, timepieces and giftware to suit every price point. For added flexibility, purchases have free warranties and we offer layaway with no interest. In addition to products our various services include ring sizing, jewellery and clock repairs, battery changing an appraisal of a treasured jewel - helping restore the functionality and appearance of your jewellery. Gordon Jewellers is still located in its original location in downtown Cornwall and there is plenty of parking and easy access for your shopping convenience.

Sidenote from me, Mai-Liis - I love 2. What is your Mission visiting this store as not only do St at ement ? you get greeted by the smiles of Gordon Jewellers has Stuart and Marc , treated like a VIP provided a trusted and but you also feel like you are caring customer experience stepping back in time to a store for over 80 years. We offer a that feels truly "magical" with so range of jewellery products much history within its walls! and specialize in jewellery repairs, cleaning and custom 5. Def ine success? jewellery design. I like to think that I bring a breadth of Diamonds are formed under pressure but never forget they are knowledge and expertise to the business that truly sets Gordon not formed overnight that is why Success takes time and hard Jewellers apart. work from listening to your clients desires with knowledge and honesty. AT GORDON JEWELLERS YOU ARE MORE THAN JUST A CUSTOMER; YOU ARE A FRIEND! What is your cont act inf o? 13 Second Street West, Cornwall 613-932-8714 - www.gordonjewellers.ca 3. What is unique about your business? Follow us on Facebook and Instagram We have a unique store with a friendly and comfortable

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At the r isk of displayingtoo m uch Ir ish Blar ney,I am going to suggest that Cor nw all ow es its ver y existenceto the Ir ish. Cor nw all?sfounder and Loyalist leader Sir John Johnson (photo left Cour tesy, PAC-2847) w as of Ir ish descent thr ough his father Sir W illiam Johnson of County M eath. Johnson w as suppor ted by pr om inent Loyalist Captain Sam uel Ander son of the King?s Royal Regim ent of New Yor k, w ho could tr ace his ancestr y to County Antr im . Sim ilar ly the influential Pr ingle fam ily also claim ed Ir ish her itage. Cur iously m uch of our Ir ish her itagehas been subm er ged, due in par t to it being inter tw inedw ith the Loyalist stor y. It w as ?hidden?a second tim e w hen m any of the nam es w er e changed by Fr ench Canadian Catholic pr iests , w ho unable to m ake-out Gaelic, r ecor ded Allair e w hen the per son?snam e w as O?Lear y,or Aubr y w hen it w as O?Br ien,or Sylvain w hen it w as Sullivan,and incr edibly Riel w hen it w as O?Reilly,to list just a few exam ples. After the Loyalist Ir ish, the second and lar gest gr oup of Ir ish im m igr antsar r ived in Cor nw all to w or k on the Cor nw all Canal betw een 1834 and 1843. Ar r iving in decisive num ber sthey r aised the settlem ent?spopulation fr om 812 to over 1,000 in shor t or der. At the height of the Canal?s constr uction ther e w er e said to be thousandsof Ir ish fam iliessettled along the banks of the St. Law r ence. To tend to the needs of this influx of Catholic labour er sand their fam ilies,Father Jam es Bennett becam e St. Colum ban?sfir st per m anent pr iest in 1834, five year s after the Par ish w as founded. Im m ediatelyinundated w ith w or k, Bennett baptized 78 childr en,conducted eight m ar r iagesand pr esided over six bur ials in his fir st year. Along w ith seeing to the Par ishioner ?sspir itual needs?? he did not hesitate to char ge his hor se into the m idst of unr uly and dr unk canaller sw ith w hip in hand. ?The distur banceover , he w ould enter the taver n w her e his fellow countr ym en w er e dr inkingand ?expel?the m iscr eants?thr ough the w indow sand door s.? Once the Canal w as com pletem any of the w or ker sm oved on. Som e settled along the Black River , just south of Har r ison?sCor ner sin sufficient num ber sfor the ar ea to be dubbed Ir eland. Enough r em ained in Cor nw all to m ake them Cor nw all?sthir d lar gest gr oup after Am er icans,accor dingto the 1851 Census. Tw enty year s later 30 per cent of the Tow n?s population still claim ed Ir ish her itage. The Ir ish have played a pivotal r ole in Cor nw all?shistor y being able to claim Peggy O?Sullivan Br uce, Easter n Ontar io?s?Laur a Secor d, ? and Doctor ,soldier and politician Dar by Ber gin. To nam e just tw o am ongst the num er ouscler gy,law yer s,politicians and businesspeople fr om the past. Today Cor nw all?sIr ish continueto m ake histor y. Just last Decem ber St. Law r enceCollege gr aduateChar les?Duff ?Sullivan, a r etir ed M ajor -Gener alin the Canadian Ar m ed For ces w as nam ed M anagingDir ector of Boeing Canada. For m any of us the Ir ish ar e associated w ith St. Patr ick?sDay, w hen m illionsof people acr oss the w or ld becom e ?Ir ish?for the day by consum ing13 m illion pints of Guinness Stout, or 819 per cent m or e than is consum ed Tradition hasit that innkeeper Peggy O'Sullivan Bruce convinced invading American on an aver age day. forcesthat they were going to be ambushed. Rather than take the risk, they believed Peggy's Fir st br ew ed in Dublin 1759, dr inkinga pint of Blarney and returned home. making her our Guinnessw as or iginally an act of defiance 'Laura Secord.' (Courtesy, DavisFamily.) against the Br itish as it is br ew ed w ith excise

fr ee unm alted r oasted bar ley, ther eby depr ivingthe Br itish of tax r evenueson ever y pint dow ned. I had the for tune of being in Ir eland on St. Patr ick?sDay, and can assur e you that w hile ever yoneis decked out in gr een, no self-r especting Ir ishm an or w om an desecr atesthe day by dr inkingtheir beer gr een. Slainte!

Despite hisname, Cornwall photographer Thomas Lafleur's(Laflour) father wasIrish, but ashe absconded, Tom wasknown by hisFrench Canadian mother'sname.

The Cornwall Irish Memorial dedicated to the 52 Irish immigrants who perished in Cornwall'squarantine shedsduring the 1847 cholera epidemic. Lamoureux Park. Of the numerousheritage projectsI wasinvolved in throughout my 37 year career in Cornwall thisisthe one I am most proud of.

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Submitted by: Angele D?Alessio, Mental Health Promoter Source: www.ontario.cmha.ca Headl ine: New init iat ive t arget s f armers st ruggl ing wit h st ress, burnout , depression Canadian grain farmer Sean Stanford hit a low point a few years ago. His crops were poor, bills were piling up and he was struggling to handle his workload. His situation worsened until it caused a health crisis. While lying in bed one day, he felt a crushing weight on his chest and one of his arms. He was sure he was having a heart attack, but a doctor diagnosed him with extreme anxiety. Stanford?s experience is not uncommon among Canadian farmers. Mental illness ? stress, anxiety, depression, emotional exhaustion and burnout ? is more pervasive in farming than in other professions. A 2016 survey of more than 1,100 agricultural producers revealed that 45 percent of them were experiencing high stress, 58 percent of them were suffering from anxiety and 35 percent were depressed. Almost 68 percent of respondents scored lower than people in other industries in terms of resilience. Experts say many factors contribute to the problem, including unfavourable weather and outbreaks of animal disease, which are more widespread now than in years past. Farmers also face intense financial pressure, which often includes paying off debt incurred to purchase land and equipment. In addition, they don?t have sick leave so they routinely work when they are sick, which leads to physical and mental strain. Furthermore, modern farmers are more socially isolated than their predecessors. Farmers could use help facing mental health challenges but rarely get it because resources are scarce and hard to access for those who work unpredictable hours in remote areas. To make matters worse, there is a lot of stigma surrounding mental health among farmers, who view themselves as stoic, independent and competent. To help address the mental health crisis in the farming community, the University of Guelph?s Dr. Andria Jones-Bitton brought together a stakeholder working group for mental health in agriculture. That group developed an initiative called In the Know, which the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, will launch in the coming weeks. It features evidence-based mental health literacy programming, which is designed to improve farmers?knowledge and beliefs about mental disorders. Those who participate in the four-hour sessions will be better able to recognize, manage and prevent mental health problems. The initiative will also help reduce the stigma associated with mental illness in the farming community. Stanford?s experience illustrates the benefits of mental health support. After he was diagnosed with anxiety, he reached out to Do More Agriculture, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the mental health of those who work in agriculture. That set him on the path to recovery. "Farmers are supposed to be the salt of the earth, strong people who don't need help from anybody. They are supposed to carry on no matter what happens to them," he told the CBC a year ago. ?But I have come to realize that asking for help is not a bad thing." The inf ormat ion provided is not a subst it ut e f or prof essional advice. If you need advice, pl ease consul t a qual if ied heal t h care prof essional . For f urt her inf ormat ion or if you want t o access our services at CMHA, pl ease cal l 1-800-493-8271 or visit our web sit e at www.cmha-east .on.ca The inf ormat ion provided is not a subst it ut e f or prof essional advice. If you need advice, pl ease consul t a qual if ied heal t h care prof essional .For f urt her inf ormat ion or if you want t o access our services at CMHA pl ease cal l 1-800-493-8271 or visit our web sit e at www.cmha-east .on.ca

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"A number of years ago I started doing a lot of self-care. Through the recommendations of friends, I was blessed with some of the kindest, most genuine of spirit professionals to ever embrace my circle. Anyone who has suffered the ravaging effects of chronic pain knows that euphoric feeling of hope, once their higher power delivers them to 'their people'".

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Sharing the same astrological sign, Huguette and Pierre hold a great sense of responsibility in everything they put their hands to. And so we look at those two Aquarians in their little house in the country whose clear paths have lead to lifetime friendships, and we put them together of all places but the Mayan Riviera, where you have to ask yourself about coincidence. As the Mayan communities of ancient times believed in this age that we find ourselves in, where humanity takes control of its rightful destiny and how it would coincide with Huguette?s family suffering a devastating loss just one year after that tropical vacation, while she attended an appointment at her massage therapists office.

In 2016 a couple who were very much in love, took a once in a lifetime trip to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. Fascinated by the stark contrast of poverty against the explosive colors and natural heritage of its coastlines, the couple were one to count their blessings. The two had met at a work convention 17 years previously, when the woman moved across the room - a sea of people parted And.There.He.Was. Chatting the afternoon away in coffee houses and meeting rooms, Huguette Boulerice became entranced with Pierre Bélanger. Theirs was a slow, gentle courtship balanced on introspective work and mutual respect. It would be two years before they would marry amongst the many hands of well tended gardens. The oldest of three children, Huguette was born and raised in Hull, Quebec. Holding fast to her city-girl/ tom-boy image, she?s been a fierce protector of the underdog all of her life. Huguette?s mother Lucienne, was brought up at a time when the church ruled the family. Knowing what she didn?t want at such an age is remarkable for the times, so when Lucienne was old enough to follow her destiny, she moved to Hull and became a teacher. Huguette?s father Raoul, worked side-by-side with his own father at Canada Bread when it was located at the corner of Ninth and Pitt Streets, in Cornwall, Ontario. When his dad moved to Hull, he helped Raoul get a transfer to the Ottawa location where he lived the company?s values of seeking the integrity of everyone he knew.

In the truth of revelation, Huguette found the courage to give up her job security and look into the feasibility of becoming a certified reflexologist back in Cornwall, where it all began. When her friend Brandon offered to share his work space, everything went tickety-boo. Despite some old childhood fears, Huguette?s enlightenment cast down from heaven in the memories of her brothers Luc and Michel. Driven by an energy of doing the next right thing, Huguette put her faith into the circle of healing energy. A woman of the 70s generation, Huguette built her business of Fancy Feet Reflexology from the ground up through life?s examples of role models and mentors. With an open door policy of listening and respectability, her friends and clients feel the universe in her healing hands. Like a big sister to everyone she knows, Huguette?s warmth and strength gives people confidence. You don?t need a diploma for that. Sharing her own deep truths while being true to herself is the real constant of this Aquarian, to which the swirling energy of the universe turns its face to smile with joy upon us all. Copyright © February 2021 - I would love to get feedback from my stories. Please email me at verlegrace4062@gmail.com

As a teenager, Huguette was rebellious. She lived on the wild side and even though her father saw it happening he didn?t scold her. Even when fear was her only motivator, Raoul was supportive - offering praise, love and patience and yes ? he even got her out of trouble a couple of times because of his mentoring abilities. Neighbourhood kids treated him as one of their peers for his knack of bringing people together for a quick game of soccer or baseball. Out shopping with her mother one day, Huguette casually mentioned how nice those designer jeans looked on the mannequin. Her mom?s reply may have been common for the era but its effect was deep rooted when Huguette started earning her own money babysitting. Her youthful dreams were soon realized and more, because the kids absolutely loved her young-at-heartattitude. Being bright in both mind and spirit, Huguette had worked for the federal government for 27 years, when at age 53, she and Pierre moved to Long Sault, Ontario and got busy planting their garden.

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5 Questionswith SuzanneLapensee(AKA MamaSue) owner of MamaSue'sDiner. ArticlebyMai-LiisRenaud BeforeI startmyinterviewI wouldjustliketo sayafewwords... It was eleven years ago that I met Suzanne (Mama Sue) and started working with her as one of my Graphic Design clients, designing her menus, her sign, her opening invitations etc. and I have to tell you, this lady is amazing. Fast forward 11 years later and like all of my clients, Mama Sue has become a great friend and I am still working together with her to make her restaurant, during this Pandemic, a re-born success! She has been through 3 closures and many pivots and recently we re-vamped her Take Out Menus (when she had to revert to Take-Out and Delivery during the last shutdown) and now I was thrilled to make her placemat menus for her opening once again when the restrictions were lifted on Tuesday, the 16th of February. anywaylet'scontinue... 1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. How and when did you decide to open this business? My name is Suzanne Lapensee and I am 61 years old. I opened my business on November 16th 2009. I've always liked to cook and bake and worked in the restaurant industry for 47 years, starting at a french fry stand, to a snack bar, to a pizzeria, a smoked meat place, fine dining, Chinese food and also did banquets for a while. I've always loved working with people and wanted a restaurant of my own. I can cook almost anything and put my heart and soul into anything that I do.

2. What is your Mission Statement? Supplying people with "Mama's Healthy Home Cooking" pretty well sums up my mission statement. 3. What is unique about your business? Life makes you realize that you can do whatever you want to if you put your heart into it. I am a very hard worker and always challenge myself because I choose to. In my family I have dealt with diabetes, cancer, chronic asthma and heart disease so I had always dreamt of owning a restaurant where people with allergies or medical issues could come to eat and have no worries because I can adapt any of my menu items to work with their diet requirements. This to me is what is unique about my business - Making people feel like they are eating at home at Mama's house. 4. How does your business improve or change the community? Mama Sue's Diner loves to help with Charity groups in the community and we especially enjoy working with the Police services. We support children's camps, ice fishing and we help the OSPCA by bringing our empty cans to help pay for food for the animals. We are very supportive of older people as well. It is important to support and help, as you never know when you might be the one in the community who is in need of help yourself. 5. Define success. My business has been open for 11 years, almost 12. I am very proud of this and in my opinion success comes with hard work and gaining loyal customers. I would like to say a Big Thank you as without my loyal customers I definitely would not have the success that I have. Bonus Question: How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your business? Covid-19 has been a challenge for all small businesses. I closed my business three times during this pandemic. We did open for takeout and delivery for 3 weeks during the last lock-down but we weren't very busy so I am hoping that we don't have to close our doors again. Even though I am a fighter and don't give up, the last year has definitely been quite a challenge but WE ARE BACK OPEN! What is your contact info? 850 Boundary Road , Unit 1, South Glengarry 613-933-9055 - Open 7am to 2pm Wednesday to Sunday Eat In - Take Out & Delivery Visit us on Facebook

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