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its operating losses. The Kingston known as Block 4, is bounded by King study lists several reasons why a new Street, Queen Street, Ontario Street 300-to-500 seat convention centre with and The Tragically Hip Way. a grand ballroom, breakout meeting Before the RFP is issued, municipal rooms and exhibition space may not be leaders wanted to know whether the a good fit at this time, including: convention/conference centre compo-limited airplane access to Kings- nent should be included. However, the ton, feasibility study done by HLT Advi-not enough corporate activity to sory Inc. says city council may want to generate local meeting activities, steer clear of it. -a general shortage of available hoThe study found there are almost no tel space, privately-owned convention facilities -and, a highly competitive conven- in Canada except those operated withtion industry in Ontario. in a hotel. Most are government owned The city is in the process of draft- and subsidized, such as the Metro Coning a Request for Proposals (RFP) to vention Centre, Ottawa Convention seek out private firms to buy and de- Centre, Hamilton Convention Centre Drawn By: Anthony PageConvention 1 of 1 May 5, 2010 velop primeBaarda downtown land it owns in and London Centre. the North Block District for a potential Most convention centres strive to conference centre, hotel, condomini- break-even, though they usually lose ums and public uses. The property, about $1 million a year, while the real

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Kingston Heritage – Groundbreaking on Kingston’s new 270-bed Providence Care Hospital is set to begin early in the New Year now that a building team is in place. Infrastructure Ontario has awarded a long-term competitive bidding contract to Integrated Team Solutions to design, build, finance and maintain the hospital. The company expects to employ 350 people daily. “The value of the contract with Integrated Team Solutions is $810 million in today’s dollars,” according to a Providence Care news release issued December 13. Integrated Team Solutions is a consortium that includes high-profile builder EllisDon, Fengate Capital Management, Parkin Architects, Johnson Controls facility management and financial advisor, Scotia Capital. The so-called P3 contract – a public private partnership – will last for 30 years, pushing the actual contract value to just over $900 million. The contract gives the private consortium control over hospital construction, design, maintenance, repairs and project financing, but all decisions surrounding patient care and day-to-day operations will remain under public control. “I am very pleased we are one step closer to a much needed new public hospital here in Kingston to replace St. Mary’s of the Lake and Kingston Psychiatric Hospital facilities,” said local MPP John Gerretsen. Province Care Hospital will combine rehabilitation and mental health services under roof on the sprawling government-owned grounds of the former psychiatric hospital on King Street West at Portsmouth Avenue. Providence Care officials have also unveiled a series of artist designs showing the location and size of the 618,000 square foot hospital. The fourfloor LEED silver-designed building will be located on 12 hectares of land just to the south of the current mental health complex, overlooking Lake Ontario. It will be clad in stone, brick, metal, wood and glass with a number of open courtyards and patios to help break up the massing of the building. Hospital loading docks and maintenance areas will be situated along the fence that borders Lake Ontario Park, while forensic patient rooms will be oriented on the east side of the building away from the children’s play ar-

eas of the city-owned park – addressing earlier concerns raised by residents and councillors. The hospital, set to open in 2016, will replace the 1950s-era low-rise hospital, known as the Westwood Complex. “Once the new hospital is fully constructed the old building will be completely demolished,” according to a report by community services commissioner Lanie Hurdle. City staff reviewed a heritage impact study prepared by Integrated Team Solutions that examines the hospital’s impact on a number of nearby heritage buildings. The heritage committee has been told that a dozen culturally-significant 19th century heritage buildings on the psychiatric hospital grounds will not be affected by the new hospital’s construction, including Rockwood (Penrose) Asylum (1859), Rockwood Villa (1841), Beech Grove Infirmary (1893), plus workshops, horse stables and a nurses’ residence. All are located on the eastern side of the 49-hectare property, while the new hospital will be located on 12 hectares of the southwest corner bordering Lake Ontario Park. “While the new facility is quite extensive, its design, cladding and landscaping will help minimize its impact on the cultural heritage value of the Rockwood Asylum property as a whole,” explained Hurdle. The well-used waterfront pathway will remain open to the public during and after the construction. “The existing walking path network along the water will be retained and new paths closer to the (new hospital) building will be introduced,” she added. City staff say they have no objections to the construction/demolition application. A new hospital may not be the only redevelopment that’s planned for the property. Once the hospital is complete, the heritage impact study also suggested that vacant lands on the northern edge of the hospital property along King Street West may be developed as a “combination of mixed use commercial/residential (3 to 8 stories) and medium density residential development.” In addition, the same report suggested that government land along the western edge of the property near Portsmouth Village could be home to a future convention facility and the mothballed Penrose building itself could eventually be transformed into a hotel.


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Kingston Kingston Blood Services - Permanent clinic at 850 Gardiners Rd, every Tuesday and Wednesday 3 - 7 p.m. and Thursday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. Kingston Blood Donor Clinic special holiday hours: Thursday, Dec. 26 no clinics; Friday, Dec. 27 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Bimonthly Saturday clinic Dec. 28 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 31 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Bath Legion at Millhaven - Friday lunch special Dec. 27 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday breakfast Dec. 29 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Jan. 1 New Year’s Day Levy noon - 5 p.m. Everyone welcome to all events. Beginner Yoga Classes at 5 Beaver Cres. off of Collins Bay Rd. Wednesdays & Thursdays - 6:45 - 8:00 p.m. & Fridays 9:15 - 10:30 a.m. For more info:Sharon at 613 384-1547 or sharonruthprice@gmail. com. The ‘Silver Wings’ welcomes ex-service members from all branches. For a fun social afternoon, please join us at 416 Wing, Kingston, on the third Sunday of every month at 1 pm. For more details and info please contact Molly at 613-389-6120. Kingston Community Counselling Centres workshop: Rebuilding when your relationship ends. Next group runs Jan. 16 - March 27, Thursdays 6:30 - 9 p.m. 417 Bagot St. Kingston. Kathleen Pratt, MSW, RSW, facilitates this 11-week program based on the best-selling book by Dr. Bruce Fisher. The program has helped thousands of people world-wide positively rebuild their lives after a separation or divorce. Call 613-5497850 to register. Are you sick? Depressed? You are welcome to Kingston Healing Clinic where trained personnel will pray for you. Every Monday between 6-9 p.m., 999 Sydenham Rd., Kingston. Third Day Worship Centre. We believe in miracles. Simply Paradise Dance every Sunday, 6-10 p.m. at the 560 Legion, 734 Montreal St., Kingston. Admission includes munchies, prizes and a delicious meal. Dance the night away to a magnificent selection of music by Superior Sound. Singles or couples ages 40-90 all welcome. The dance celebrated its 25th anniversary in April 2010. Contact: Shirley Skinner, 613-634-1607. Women Supporting Women - A support group for women in current or previous unhealthy relationships held at K3C Community Counselling Centre, 417 Bagot St. Kingston, Tuesdays from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Drop-in style group, no registration required. A confidential, nonjudgmental space to talk, connect and support each other. Light refreshments will be served.




For additional information contact: Dana affordable group rates. A fundraiser for 613-549-7850 x 3224 or Stefanie x 3229. ‘’shelters’’ in Kingston. Call Dee 613-3896540. Retired from Bell? We’re the Bell Pensioners’ Group (BPG), representing retirees ‘’Sno-Birds’’ Wednesday morning or afterfrom Bell and its affiliate companies. Our noon golf clinics for women and men 50+ mandate is to protect your defined benefit yrs. who would like to improve distance/ pension and benefits. BPG will inform, ad- accuracy of the ball, as well as addressing vise, represent and support you. Visit www. injuries specific to golf . Fundraiser for and if you’re not Women’s Shelters. For location & addialready a member, click on the Member- tional info. call Dee at 613-389-6540. ship tab or contact us at ottawa@bellpenBoomers Rock ‘n Roll Fitness Walk to the Beat plus Stretch and Strength . Join us any Kingston afternoon Shout Sister Choir time for demos and music, and informawelcomes all new members. We do not tion . 6 week courses. Call Dee 613-389audition and learn music by ear. Our rep- 6540 for west end location. ertoire is fresh & fun. All levels of singers welcome. Practices Wednesday afternoon Seniors Association Board Member Search 1 - 3 p.m. Unitarian Place. 206 Concession - The Seniors Association is seeking nominations for the 2014 – 2016 term. The govSt. Kingston. erning Board helps guide the organization Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560 - Fri- and represents members (must be a memday Night Karaoke hosted by “Kirkham’s ber of the Association prior to nomination). Karaoke” from 8 p.m. - midnight in the Packages available at The Seniors Centre lounge. All welcome. 734 Montreal Street. or (accepted until January 31, 2014). Pork Roast Dinner Jan. 17, 5 - 7 p.m. St. Andrew’s By-The-Lake United Church 1 Kingston Women’s Connection presents Redden Street (Front & Days Roads, off of “Cozy Up for Winter” Tuesday, Jan. 14 Lakeview Avenue) catered by Rent A Chef. 7:30 - 9 p.m. Gibson Hall,990 Sydenham Delicious roast pork, applesauce, roasted Rd,Kingston. Michael Tenenhouse from potatoes, glazed carrots, buns, beverage, A-1 Clothing displays hats and accessories pie. Takeout available. Tickets must be to keep you warm this winter. Soloist:Ruth purchased in advance by Tuesday, Jan. 14 Green. Speaker: Doris Hache from Otat 6 p.m., on Sunday mornings after wor- tawa shares”The Story Behind the Hats.” ship from the office weekdays between 9 Reserve with: Dorothy(613)546-4770, a.m. - noon, 613-389-8082, or through Jim Connie( 613)548-1625 or judycobham@ and Carol, 613-634-8070. The Children’s Choir of St. George’s Cathedral begins a new term on Friday, Jan. 10 from 4:15 - 5:15 p.m. The choir welcomes boys and girls age 7 to 13 to enjoy the fun and fellowship of singing together. They rehearse on Fridays after school, and sing monthly on Sunday mornings, as well as other special services. Located in the heart of downtown Kingston (270 King St. at Johnson), the Cathedral’s beautiful architecture and superb acoustics make it an ideal environment for singing. Contact the Director of Music, Michael Capon, at Seeley’s Bay Legion New Years Eve hot 613-548-4617x23 or organist@stgeorgesand cold buffet and dance. Buffet 6:30 - 8, or visit www.stgeorgescathep.m., dance begins at 8 p.m. and goes to 1 a.m. Live band Smith and Brady. Singles Only Club of Kingston - Join Ron Senior 4 Seniors Personal Fitness Pro- and the gang for a steak dinner special on grams. Considering individual current Friday, Dec. 27 at RAXX located at 665 physical conditions to achieve a higher Development Drive. Non members wellevel of wellness and increased energy come. Come and introduce yourselves. On for physical mobility and health indepen- Sunday, Dec. 30 join club members at the dence, complimenting your active lifestyle North parking lot at Lemoine Point for our by improving balance, coordination and end of the month walk. Then join Ron and increasing strength of joints and muscles. the walkers for pool at RAXX at 4 p.m. and Customized, In-home personal training, dinner at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome. Drum Circle. Hosted by Julian Gregory. Drop into the drum circle at Ben’s Pub (105 Clergy Street) on Sundays, 8-10pm. No experience necessary. Free. This circle is open to all. Ben’s Pub is family-friendly, all ages, and wheelchair accessible. Bring hand drums (African, Middle Eastern, Irish, etc.), shakers, flutes, and other instruments. If you don’t have any, we have extra. Come to play, or sit back and watch. Go to www. for more information.



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Fronts Seniors Night Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2 p.m. Celebrate the New Year by cheering on the Fronts and supporting the Seniors Association at the same time! Everything is closed and the kids are looking for something to do – why not watch the Kingston Frontenacs as they tackle the Ottawa 67’s? Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Seniors Association. Tickets are available at 56 Francis St: 613.548.7810. Foot Care Wednesday through Friday. Onsite assessment, treatment, advice, and education services provided by experienced and qualified foot care nurses. The Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. 613-548-7810.

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Heritage News – Who doesn’t love a holiday meal with all the fixings? Lunch by George certainly does, and they also love providing it for those in the community who may not receive it otherwise. On Dec. 18, the program provided its annual Christmas dinner, an event that receives a record number of attendees each year. The daily food program, which started back in 1985, has been providing coffee, soup and lunch for those who are less fortunate in Kingston for the past 28 years and this year is no different. “We usually serve coffee at 9 a.m., and soup at 10 a.m. and a hot meal at 11 a.m. for all of those who don’t have enough money to pay for food,” explained Co-chair Peter Gower. “We serve anybody, no questions asked, here at 129 Wellington St. every weekday. This is our once a year Christmas dinner which gets far more people than a normal day here and is an event we look forward to all year.” Normally, Lunch by George will serve between 30 to 70 people each day. They receive a higher number of guests as Ontario R0012482219

Works cheques run out and fewer guests when cheques come in, explained Gower. Their annual Christmas meal usually brings in about 100 to 120 people, although this year the turnout was a little higher due to the fact that Martha’s Table was closed following the fire on Princess Street on Dec. 17. “It is not only our regulars, but people that come from all over. People meet here and use it as a gathering spot and we love that,” added Gower. Co-chair sine 2006, Gower has worked hard to keep Lunch by George going and that includes finding new ways to fund the lunches and ensure that nutritious meals are provided each day. “We always try to make it a nutritious meal, but as the winter comes it is more and more difficult to get fresh vegetables because of the cost,” said Gower. “We are doing two things to combat this problem; we received a grant from the Community Foundation and we are also looking into community garden programs come the spring. We are going to try to put in a very large garden this year, which will not only give us fresh vegetables but also give some Continued on page 16

Volunteers gather and prepare the annual Lunch by George Christmas meal in the kitchen at 129 Wellington Street. Photo/Mandy Marciniak.

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My year in review Mandy Marciniak Reporter

Heritage Editorial - As I was putting together the Year in Review section for this week and next week’s papers, I couldn’t help but reflect on my 2013. Inevitably, this reflection happens every year at this time and for most it is also a time to come up with resolutions for the New Year approaching. While I am not a big believer in New Year’s resolutions, I still like the reflecting part of the year’s end. I have to admit, 2013 was a pretty fantastic year for me - one that I don’t think I will be able to top for quite some time. I’ve had great years in the past, like the year that I started university (2004) and moved out on my own, the year I met my husband Korey (2006) and the year that I graduated from university (2010), but this year definitely takes the cake. This year I accomplished three major life goals, or milestones, if

you will: I got married, I landed an awesome job and I traveled to my ultimate destination (Paris). While I have discussed all three of these events in my column before, looking back on them and realizing that they all happened in the span of a year – actually, in the span on six months - is pretty incredible. These events make me realize how fortunate I am in my life. Rarely do I reflect on my life in this way, but as I was putting together stories about toy drives, coat donations, lunch programs and emergency relief over the past weeks, I began to think about my own situation more and more. While all of us are very fortunate to live in Canada, there are still many people in our society that require assistance on a regular basis. Many people, more than most of us realize, do not have the means to put a nutritious meal on the table each night or even buy a warm coat for their children. It is important that these issues are recognized and it is also important for those who can help to step up and do so. This job allows me to help these causes in a very unique way.

Through my stories, I am able to provide a voice for these issues, a voice that may go unheard otherwise. Every day I meet wonderful people who are doing exceptional things for this community and every one of them is so grateful for the time and attention of this paper. They aren’t looking for fame or recognition, they simply want more people to be aware of the issues that they are passionate about and they want more people to help where they can. I know it may sound cheesy, but meeting all of these people has been a gift this year and has made my year even better, which I didn’t believe was possible. If I was a person who made resolutions for the New Year, it would be to take some time to actually help these causes out even more. There are so many organizations and groups in this community in need of volunteers and I would certainly love to take some time to help a few of them out. Hopefully, readers of this paper will do the same and next year, my year in review will be filled with stories of love, support and giving once again.

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Heritage Editorial - In the aftermath of the towering inferno that raged for hours at the site of a student housing development at  Princess and Victoria, it is right to ask serious questions - from the wisdom of erecting the province’s largest residential complex made completely out of wood, to why the City of Kingston would have been powerless to stop the construction, to what fire prevention strategies were in place when construction began and whether or not  they were precisely followed. We do know that permits were granted and accidents do happen; nevertheless, as of press time, the fire inspector’s report is eagerly anticipated by all so we can act with more care and prevent these kinds of tragedies in the future.   However, after the harrowing ordeal is all said and done, what can never be put into doubt is the heroism and effectiveness of our regions first responders. In what resembled a scene from the set of a Hollywood movie, a CFB Trenton Griffon helicopter swooped in and plucked the worker from his precarious perch on the edge of a crane. The team gracefully lifted  him to safety as the crane creaked and swayed, hobbled by the raging blaze below.   The rescue was unorthodox any many ways. Rescue technician crews are far more familiar with maritime situations where boats are sinking, or when climbers get stranded on mountaintops. Rarely must they strap a device called a horse collar to an injured man clinging for dear life on a thin metal perch. But rigorous daily training had the crew prepared to handle anything, and made a daring rescue look routine.   But it wasn’t just military crew that deserves praise. The entire process, from the moment the blaze began at 2:20 on Tuesday made us grateful to have such courageous first responders in our region. Everything from the to the cordoning off of the area, to the fire crews from neighbouring Loyalist, South Frontenac Townships and more who came to help, to the entire evacuation process of the region, were handled with a level of organization and effectiveness that gives us a feeling of safety.    We now know more than ever that when lives hang in the balance, Kingston and area residents are extremely well served.

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Talk of cycling, students and separation Bill Hutchins City Reporter

Kingston Heritage Editorial – As 2013 draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on some of the important decisions made by our civic leaders in the past year. So here, in reverse order, are my picks for the Top 10 news-making stories from Kingston city council: 10) Bylaw Blues

You’d think a city facing challenges like homelessness, poverty and business expansion would have better things to do than go after an ice cream truck owner over loud music, or someone nailing ‘missing cat’ posters on street poles. Bylaw officers were just enforcing the rules, no matter how silly or outdated. Common sense eventually prevailed, and council decided to relax the noise and review its postering bylaws.

9) Dog Gone

Faced with mounting pressure from animal welfare activists, Kingston became one of the few municipalities to outlaw the sale of ‘unsourced’ cats, dogs and rabbits from pet stores. Council also brought in sweeping responsible pet ownership rules to reward good behaviour with something akin to a belly rub, while owners of stray or untagged pets now face a long financial stick. Yipe, yipe, yipe.

8) Aberdeen 2.0

Homecoming returned to the fall calendar, and so did the off-campus street parties. Although relatively tame compared with previous years, the mayor insisted Queen’s University pay some of the police overtime tab. His public Tweet-totweed taunts seem to have worked. The principal agreed to compensate city coffers by $100,000 in each of the next three years.

7) School Daze

After investing millions to spruce up the Memorial Centre grounds, council is not about to allow a new school on its midtown park, telling the Limestone Board to keep off our


grass! But, feeling the board’s pain over the unpopular school closure process, council later agreed to see if any other central Kingston municipal property would be suitable for a new elementary or high school. 6) Dicey Issue

While Kingston waits for word on hosting a private casino, some councillors pressed for a public opinion poll to determine, once and for all, if residents actually want one. The motion to spend about $10,000 to hire a “reputable” pollster lost on a 6-6 tie. The debate came months after council voted against spending $300,000 on a mid-term referendum. Casino opponents believe either method would confirm that many people don’t want a casino in Kingston. But the city remains in a holding pattern waiting for a) a private casino operator to be chosen, b) the operator to select either Gananoque or Kingston and c) if Kingston is chosen, is there suitable land for gambling? 5) Integrity Investigation

Someone, somehow may have done something wrong. That’s all we know about why council has hired an Integrity Commissioner to probe an alleged violation of its Code of Conduct. The probe will focus on undisclosed events surrounding a recent Ontario Municipal Board (OMB) hearing. Coincidentally, council is now deciding whether to hire a permanent, parttime Integrity Commissioner to advise and investigate future council

business. Some believe there’s a fine line between promoting political transparency and embarking on a witch hunt. 4) Budget Tax Hike

Blink and you would’ve missed the 2014 budget talks, done this fall. The $318 million operating budget was put to bed with a warm glass of milk in about six hours, along with a pre-determined municipal property tax increase of 2.5 per cent for the second straight year. Councillors hailed the budget process as a triumph of their strategic prioritysetting process, laid out months earlier, followed by staff’s ability to get the job done. It may be a smoother process with no political angst, but homeowners looking for a tax break, or a tax freeze, won’t find any from City Hall.

3) Separatist Talk

Councillors were clearly blindsided when their colleagues in Countryside and Pittsburgh districts proposed holding a 2014 election referendum to consider separating their two districts. They cited 15 years of amalgamation frustration among constituents faced with rising urban-style taxes that don’t match meagre services they receive in the rural and eastern districts. The mayor ruled the motion Out of Order – provincial law doesn’t al-

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low municipalities to de-amalgamate - but he promised Town Hall meetings to hear from the renegade districts. Countryside, by the way, will be severed from Kingston and The Islands in the revamped federal and provincial riding maps – moved into Lanark-Frontenac. 2) Business Cycle

Seldom does a civic decision generate a 3,300-name petition urging council to change its mind. But that’s what happened when the city approved dedicated bike lanes on Princess Street as part of the Williamsville Main Street revitalization. It will come at the expense of 65 on-street parking spaces from Bath Road to Division Street. Business owners, led by The Star Diner, complained they weren’t fully informed of the surface changes and the decision will drive away many of their customers. Council refused to backpedal. The diner owners may be over-the-top with their ‘ghost town’ predictions, but they got the mayor to admit the city’s own communications policy is broken and outdated.

boundaries. Student and neighbourhood groups fought City Hall, and won. The Board’s ruling to count thousands of hard-to-find students triggered a follow-up motion by the mayor asking other municipalities to do the same. It also launched an Integrity Commissioner’s probe into an alleged breach of council’s Code of Conduct. This messy issue, stemming from a 7-6 vote last spring, could end up costing taxpayers over $100,000 in legal fees for the hearing and subsequent investigation. It’s the rock ’em, sock ’em, count ’em, probe ’em story that just won’t end, and it’s also my pick as City Hall’s top newsmaker of the year.

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Lifestyle - The Christmas concerts at the Northcote School usually went off without a hitch. Miss Crosby saw to that!  For the entire month of December we had rehearsals every day after school.  Never could we miss even a minute of our studies. Oh no, not with Miss Crosby!   That meant it was getting on to dark by the time we walked the three-and-a-half mile trek back home. And every last pupil had to take part.  It didn’t matter if you had a voice like a crow, you sang in the choir.  If you were so shy, you couldn’t say your name out had a part in the Nativity scene anyway. And the program rarely varied.  The parents who crowded into the Northcote School to see their children perform could count on a repeat performance of the year before. That is, all except that one year when everything that could go wrong, went wrong! We had rehearsed until we knew our lines backwards and frontwards.  The tree was up in the corner, and the school room had been scrubbed from top to bottom.  Christmas messages were written on the blackboards, and the desks had been piled in the cloakroom, and chairs moved in from the United Church. We pupils were to be at the school early, with our parents arriving in time for the concert.  Well, as soon as we got to school, there was trouble brewing.  First of all, the mice had eaten all the popcorn balls off the Christmas tree on Friday night, so all that was left for decoration was the wisps of silver tinsel Miss Crosby brought from home each year, and the coloured paper stars each pupil made. Of course, there was no piano in the school, and so that year, Miss Crosby had Three Mile Herman’s parents bring in their crank-up Victrola, (I think the only Victrola in the entire Northcote area) and from someone else she scrounged a record of Silent Night.  The record was as big as a meat platter, and since Three Mile knew how to get the music out of the Victrola, he was to

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make it work at the appropriate time in the concert. The appropriate time was when the Nativity Scene was coming to a close, and just before Santa was to burst through the back door. Bad Marguirite as usual, was an angel, after she had complained loud and long that she was tired of being a sheep. To keep peace Miss Crosby had let her wear a handmade silver halo like Velma and me, who were also angels. My sister Audrey was again the Virgin Mary, which didn’t please Cora one bit. Finally, the parents were crammed into the school, the old stove was belting out the heat. You couldn’t see out the windows for the steam off bodies and the bad smell of overshoes and gum rubbers hung in the room like a cloud. The first thing that happened to put a damper on the concert was when big Emma grabbed a hold of the make-shift curtain (just a group of flour bag sheets hung on chicken wire to separate the performers from the audience) to stop herself from falling, and the entire “stage-curtain” came down like a cloud wafting from the sky. Someone got a ladder from the cloakroom, it was hammered back up and the concert was ready to begin. Miss Crosby got us through the singing numbers, and what passed for a pantomime, and the Nativity Scene was about to begin.  Someone turned down the oil lamps on cue, and Two Mile got the nod from Miss Crosby to start cranking the Victrola.  Somehow, someone brought the wrong record, and we were listening to a high screechy voice belting out a song from the First World War!  Two Mile Herman never missed a beat, and kept turning the handle on the side of the Victrola and we continued on with the Nativity scene as if that was the music we had rehearsed with all along, even though none of us, except Two Mile had ever heard the record before. The concert finally came to a close, and after thunderous applause from the parents, the entire schoolroom of 18 pupils, sat on the floor at the front to await Santa Claus, who was supposedly standing out in the cold waiting to be let in. Uncle Alec Thom got up and went to the door, and Santa, in all his glory flew in, ringing a set of bells on a piece of rein, exactly like our horse King wore, and just about knocked Uncle Alec for a loop.  He careened into the classroom, and immediately sat right on the knee of the first woman in the back row.  She let out a war-whoop and with a might shove, pushed him to the floor, where it took three strapping men to right him. It was obvious to everyone that Santa had been into something stronger than green tea.  By this time the heat in the crowded little one-room school house was bouncing off the walls. Uncle Alec, my father and a couple other men got “Santa” into a chair at the back of the room, and within minutes he was sound asleep and snoring loud enough to waken the dead! Miss Crosby ended up handing out the Christmas presents herself, a few of the mothers passed around cookies, and the Christmas concert came to a close for another year. Someone drove “Santa” home in his own cutter, and the talk around Northcote for weeks on end was about all the excitement at the school that cold winter’s night. My brother Emerson and Cecil said it was the best Christmas concert ever held at the Northcote school. Interested in an electronic version of Mary’s books?  Go to https://www.  and type in Mary’s name for ebook purchase details.

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Kingston mayor Mark Gerretsen rang in the New Year his own special way, by tying the knot with long-time love interest Vanessa Tooley, whom he had dated on and off since high school. “It’s kind of like two parties in one,” the mayor explained of the couple’s decision to hold a wedding reception dinner at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour on the same night as 2013’s arrival. The wedding made Gerretsen the third mayor in just over a decade to get married while in office, following in the footsteps of Gary Bennett and Harvey Rosen. Kingston City Council members consider hiring an independent integrity commissioner to address the issues of abusive outbursts and lack of decorum that were becoming problematic at meetings. “At the moment there’s nowhere to go … if a councillor complains about another councillor, said Counc. Dorothy Hector, who introduced the idea. Coun. George said it’s disappointing that coun149 cil conduct has reached the point where council has to consider bringing38in an outside advisor. “Is it beneficial to the council as a whole? Yes. But should we be putting ourselves through this? No.” • • • • • • •


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EMC News – Good idea. Poor timing. That’s what most councillors said in rejecting calls to hold a mid-term casino referendum in Kingston. “This isn’t the time or the place,” said Coun. Sandy Berg. City council voted 6-5 against a motion that could have sent voters to the polls at an estimated cost of $300,000 to decide the contentious casino issue on a one-question ballot.

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“This motion is not about the pros and cons of a casino,” Coun. Rob Hutchison asserted. “It’s about respecting the citizens, the voters.” Coun. Hutchison’s push to hold Kingston’s first referendum in 20 years was based on a recent survey, commissioned by Thousand Islands tourism operators, that suggested 78 percent of Kingstonians want a direct say on the issue. About 500 citizens were randomly polled in the February phone survey. He says the casino question can be resolved with a

clear mandate from voters, comparing it to the divisive debate over Kingston’s large venue entertainment centre. “I’d really rather not go through that again. It’s not good for the city.” Coun. Hutchison had to bring more clarity to the wording of his original motion, which was ruled out of order by Mayor Mark Gerretsen, to get it on the March 5 council agenda for a 45 minute debate. The motion’s revised wording stated that a referendum would only be triggered if a private casino proposal comes forward.

Referendum supporters believe holding a city-wide vote would confirm what the majority of Kingstonians have already said during a city-sponsored public meeting and online survey on the casino issue last year. “I believe most people in the city are against it,” added Coun. Rick Downes. “Referendum is a whip to get people who are willfully deaf.” “It’s really critical to put the question to bed,” agreed Coun. Jim Neill. But a slim majority voted down the idea based on sev-

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The annual Easter Seals Telethon fundraising campaign began Jan. 17 with an event hosted by the Kingston Rotary Club at Mino’s Restaurant. The Easter Seals Telethon celebrated its 30th year in 2013. Rotarian Neil Wornes, who chaired the 2013 telethon, was happy to announce the year’s theme: “Reaching Goals and Potential.” The afternoon also included a retrospective look at the telethon since its inception in 1983. The luncheon was the first of several events that led up to the March 10 telethon. The Calgary-based company Enbridge sent half a dozen executives to Kingston City Council’s Jan. 22 meeting to explain its latest pipeline proposal and to defend its safety improvements. Council spent 45 minutes grilling Enbridge about its safety record and environmental liabilities should the line ever rupture in this

City Council voted 8-3 to implement a bylaw banning the sale of “unsourced” cats, dogs and rabbits from pet stores. “We now have the most progressive ban in Canada,” said a delighted Jessica Hellard with Kingston Animal Rescue, which staged a large demonstration outside the council chambers with banners stating ‘pets are not products.’ The group argues pet stores do not need to sell pets in order to survive, noting some national chains now focus on selling food and other supplies.


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downtown core, at the expense of dozens of on-street parking spaces. Transportation director Sheila Kidd anticipated the permanent loss of about 140 on-street spaces along three busy routes - Brock Street, Johnson Street and University Avenue - to make room for dedicated bicycle lanes. An estimated 114 on-street spaces would be lost on the one-way Brock and Johnson Streets, between Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard and Division Street, plus another 31 spaces on University Avenue, from Clergy to Brock Street, It is part of a long-term strategy to promote a cycling-friendly city.

February Kingston’s annual cultural showcase, artignite, wrapped up the first week of February after two weeks and more than 40 events. On Feb. 1, the Artel Hosted Mouthy, an evening of storytelling, curated by Michael Davidge. Everyone who attended was welcome to tell a story, whether it be fact or fiction, their own, someone else’s, somber or silly; of course, just listening along was also allowed. By inviting guests to participate, Mouthy created an evening of fellowship rather than just observation. “I feel like it was a great success,” said organizer Laura Kelly. It was a packed house with lots of audience participation.” The City poises to expand Kingston’s urban cycling network further into the

The Canadian Cat Association’s national show was held at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour Feb. 23-24. Between 100 and 150 cats representing 25 different breeds competed in this two-day competition. Judge Elaine Gleason noted that the CCA shows, like the one in Kingston, provide an opportunity for people to learn more about the association, the many beautiful breeds of cats that exist, overall cat care and products. “There’s something for everyone who’s owned by a cat,” Gleason said. The 12th annual Kingston Canadian Film Festival kicked off Feb. 28. Audiences had the opportunity to view 20 different Canadian feature films, such as The Fruit Hunters, The Lesser Blessed and My Awkward Sexual Adventure. Michael McGowan‘s latest film, Still Mine, will open the festival onat the Baby Grand Theatre. Celebrated actors James Cromwell and Geneviève Bujold played an elderly couple dealing with failing health. “We’ve had a lot of local participation and it seems like a good cross-section from Kingston too,” said festival general

manager Marc Garniss. “We have some students and Kingston residents as well.”

March A campaign to “Keep Our Hospitals Public” was launched March 4 with a protest in front of MPP John Gerretsen’s office. The movement was a response to the proposed redevelopment of St. Mary’s of the Lake and Mental Health Services into a “P3”, or for-profit hospital. “This investment in health care infrastructure will have a significant impact on our patients’ care and the sustainability of our health care system, and the government has chosen the most expensive and least accountable way of building the new hospital,” said Kingston and Area Health Coalition Chair Ross Sutherland. The Coalition believed the government should finance, maintain and operate the hospital. City council voted 6-5 against a motion that could have sent voters to the polls at an estimated cost of $300,000 to decide the contentious casino issue on a one-question ballot. “This motion is not about the pros and cons of a casino,” Coun. Rob Hutchison asserted. “It’s about respecting the citizens, the voters.” Coun. Hutchison’s push to hold Kingston’s first referendum in 20 years was based on a recent survey, commissioned by Thousand Islands tourism operators, that suggested 78 per cent of Kingstonians want a direct say on the issue. About 500 citizens were randomly polled in the February phone survey. But a slim majority voted down the idea based on several reasons, namely; cost, timing and political accountability. “I was elected to make those decisions by sitting on council and I won’t abdicate my responsibility to a $300,000 or $400,000 referendum,” said Coun. Brian Reitzel. Wintergreen Renewable Energy Co-op is formed, giving members of the community the opportunity to own a piece of our region’s renewable energy future. The co-op’s partnership with the Ernestown Windpark represented what president David Hahn hoped would be a great opportunity to improve the public image of renewable energy projects and get people in the region excited about them. “Then this happened along and it’s an opportu-

nity for us,” Hahn says. “This is a project that has a developer who’s very conscious of the importance of good community relations, and they have a lot of the technical workforce, so this time our role is more developing a financial interest in it.” Kingston City Council contemplates replacing Rideaucreast Home for the Aged. The city-run seniors home is only 22 years old, but councillors have repeatedly been told the building’s four-storey configuration makes it more costly to operate than similar homes, and it no longer fits the needs of today’s complex care requirements. According to Coun. Dorothy Hector’s math, the city will need to invest at least $30 million over the next 10 years for both operating and maintenance costs in the Rideau Street building. “That (investment) doesn’t stop,” Hector said. Mayor Gerretsen agreed it may be time to look at whether it’s more cost-effective in the long-run to construct a new long-term care centre. However, he said announcing a timeline to replace Rideaucrest is premature until more study is done.

April The past and the future collided at Cataraqui Cemetary when local housing developer Homestead Land Holdings filed an objection over the City of Kingston’s plan to designate the 163-year-old cemetery under the Ontario Heritage Act, claiming it could restrict future development around the scenic resting place. Homestead lawyer Timothy Wilkin said that “to suggest that preserving our client’s property in its current undeveloped state is imperative to preserving the cultural heritage value or interest of the Cataraqui Cemetery is neither reasonable nor justifiable.” Critics said that Homestead’s plan to construct a mix of single-family homes and apartment buildings, if allowed to proceed, would forever shatter the cemetery’s peaceful and historic setting. A group of concerned farmers and eaters gathered in Springer Market Square April 9 to protest the possible approval of the Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) alfalfa. The rally was organized by Continued on page 12


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Glen Wood stressed that the services provided at the new hospital will indeed be completely public, and that it is only the building and maintenance of the hospital that is set to be contracted out. “I think that the vote validates the fact that the hospital has The City of Kingston is been and will be a public getting out of the daycare hospital, publically fundbusiness this fall ed and publically run,” he said.

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He said the dualHarmer also attended residence proposal is out the rally to show her of scale with low-rise homes in the area and support for the cause, and performed some even existing Queen’s buildings, which are songs for the group. “There’s everything four or five stories high. “We are overflowing right with the current, natural crop of alfalfa right now,” said Anne Brown, associate vice that we raise,” Harmer said. “It’s going in the president of facilities at Queen’s. The uniwrong direction to try to monkey with it.” versity has been forced to convert about 20 common rooms into living quarters and even Kingston’s small, independent theatre The resorted to leasing 64 downtown rooms in the Screening Room switched from old style, downtown’s Confederation Place hotel due to 35-millimetre film to digital. The conversion the space crunch, she added. Henriksen suggave owner Wendy Huot easier and swifter gested Queen’s should build its new student access to more films, as digital copies of mov- housing on the west campus, possibly on the ies are more numerous and readily available site of the former Prison for Women. than their 35-millimetre counterparts. As a result, The Screening Room was able to show A group of Toronto-based filmmakers an increased number of movies, including came home to the Limestone City to put the those that appeal to a more mainstream au- finishing touches on their new feature film, dience along with the same number of indie, William’s Lullaby. Nicholas Arnold, Mike foreign, art house and Canadian films that the Whissell and Devin O’Haire performed the cinema has always been known for. “It’s been final sound mix on the film at North of Prina very rapid process in the industry,” Huot cess Recording Studio in downtown Kingssaid. “When I took ownership of the theatre ton. “To me it just made sense that a film that a year and a half ago, most movie theatres was started in Kingston and shot in Kingston still ran film. Now most theatres that are the [would be finished] in Kingston, as opposed equivalent of The Screening Room have all to some big studio in Toronto,” says Arnold, converted.” who wrote, produced and directed William’s Lullaby. “We’re finishing it at its home.” WilBattle lines were drawn in the City of liam’s Lullaby made the film festival circuit Kingston over pending changes to the district later that year. boundary map for the next municipal election in 2014. Councillors voted 7-6 to adopt Reserve funds come to the rescue of the the city’s first boundary update since 1998. pricy Tett Centre. Most councillors expressed Among the key changes; Sydenham and Wil- shock to learn about cost overruns on a projliamsville districts would be merged into one, ect that was supposed to have undergone a suburban residents would get a new district detailed pre-construction assessment to minito reflect residential growth in the west end, mize the surprises. Despite assurances that and post-secondary students would not be in- “due diligence” was exercised when planning cluded as electors. The decision to exclude the $11.5 million renovation, staff said hidden students was extremely controversial, and the costs in shoring up the 19th century building’s tone of the debate turned nasty at times. “I foundation and removing contaminated soil think it’s odious. I think it’s discriminatory. pushed the project budget 15 per cent higher. I think it’s objectionable in the first order,” The Tett’s $1.7 million bailout which, coinsaid Sydenham District councillor Bill Glov- cidentally, is the equivalent of a one per cent er, who was against the motion. The decision property tax increase, came from two capital was eventually appealed to and overruled by spending accounts; $1 million from the Muthe Ontario Municipal Board. nicipal Capital Reserve Fund (MCRF) and $700,000 from the environment reserve fund. Kingstonians advised the government to City officials said both funds are being used “keep our hospitals public” in an unofficial for the purposes for which they were created. plebiscite on whether or not they believe private companies should be contracted out to The removal of one ambulance from the build and perform maintenance on the new roads of Kingston, and the loss of four fullProvidence Care hospital. Ninety-six per cent time paramedic positions, left a bitter taste of residents who participated in the vote be- in the mouths of some city councillors. They lieve the hospital should be publically funded said Frontenac County, which manages amwith 100 per cent non-profit ownership. “I bulance service in Kingston and the County, think we as Canadians really value that we should not be penalizing city residents for its are one of those countries that really believes budget woes. “This seemed to be blindsiding in health care as a right,” said volunteer vote council,” said Coun. Jim Neill. Paul Charbonmonitor Susan Shaw. “People are very comContinued on page 14 mitted to that.” Providence Care board chair Connected to Your Community

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EMC News – Debbie Lintner cried on her way out of the city council chamber last week. Lintner has worked as a preschool teacher at the city-run Oakwood Daycare Centre for 34 of its 38 years in operation. This fall, Oakwood will close its doors for good. “I am not ready to leave. I love what I do. I feel this profession is not taken seriously,” sobbed the veteran teacher. The last city-operated daycare, located at 33 Compton Street, will close its doors in mid-October due to declining enrolment, a provincial reduction in affordable daycare subsidies and the expansion of full-day kindergarten in schools. “It is a great loss,” a dejected Lintner told reporters, surrounded by a dozen parents and daycare workers who will also be affected. City council voted 8-3 to accept a staff recommendation to mothball the daycare in order to avoid running a projected $175,000 deficit next year. Community services commissioner Lanie Hurdle says there is no budget to absorb such a high tax subsidy in 2014 and it would go against the city’s own funding policy for daycares. “This change in policy would also enable any other childcare service provider to request the same type of financial support as the deficit funding at Oakwood.” High salaries and falling registration rates doomed the daycare centre. “These challenges are not unique to Kingston but rather reflective of the evolving childcare service system across the province,” Hurdle explained. Since full-day kindergarten was EMC sports - the KAssAA Junior girls’ soccer championship took place last thursday afternoon at tindall Field, re-introduced in schools in 2010, Queen’s University. the Holy Cross Crusaders prevailed 1-0 over the Regiopolis-notre Dame Panthers in a very daycare enrolment of four and five close match, which was decided in a penalty shootout after two scoreless overtime periods. Holy Cross Crusader year olds has steadily declined, put-

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The United Way, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Community Health Centres came together to present an action plan for poverty reduction called the Poverty Reduction Initiative at Portsmouth Olympic Harbour. “This is a report back on all the work that’s been done this past year,” said United Way CEO Bhavana Varma. “What’s very impressive is the amount of energy, effort and thoughtfulness that went into producing these recommendations, so it’s a start.” The action items will be implemented by various agencies in the community; each group has identi-

EMC News – Just one week after Kingston city council sent the Limestone District School Board a clear message that it doesn’t want a school built on the Memorial Centre grounds, trustees appear to be pushing back. At their June 10 meeting,

trustees approved a motion to investigate whether they can expropriate land for a school in the central part of the city. The fact-finding motion does not explicitly state whether the board is still interested in either the city-owned Memorial Centre or Cooks Brothers youth centre lands, but it signals persistence on the board’s part. “Comments made by coun-

cillors were discouraging,” said Helen Chadwick, chair of the public board, referring to council’s focus on preserving park land. The board is now investigating whether it can use its powers to force the sale of property from the city or a private land owner based on the outcome of its Program and Accommodation Review Committee (PARC).




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Lunch by George celebrates Christmas Continued from page 7

other food programs vegetables too.” This year, Lunch by George also celebrated a first with the appointment of an honorary patron. The Honourable Hugh D Segal, C.M. accepted the position of honorary patron and the program is happy to have his support. “He has spoken up for the disadvantaged and the poor and all of those aspects of society, particularly in Kingston,” said Gower. “During the summer we were at a number of different sessions run by the United Way and the City and he was always there speaking on behalf of those people. Finally we took the plunge and invited him and he was more than happy to accept so he became our first [honorary patron]. We are really delighted.”

For Gower, Lunch By George is simply about serving the community and helping those that are less fortunate. The program is relied on by so many members of the community and even the 30 volunteers who serve each week look forward to the program. “From what I see on a regular weekday and the people we see who wouldn’t have anywhere else to go, it is great to be able to provide this for them,” added Gower. “They don’t necessarily have the nicest places to live and may not have the cooking facilities for a meal like this so it is nice for them to come get a meal here. There is also a great sense of camaraderie. We have about 30 volunteers that rotate throughout the week and we all love doing something that is appreciated.”

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Successful take down of local drug trafficking ring a true collaborative effort, say police By Mandy Marciniak

Kingston Heritage News – After months of extensive investigation, Kingston Police, along with many other affiliates, announced the successful dismantlement of a drug trafficking ring in the area. Details of Project KENDAL were explained during a press conference at Kingston Police headquarters on Dec. 16 and speakers from multiple enforcement agencies stressed the importance of the joint take down. Kingston Police, the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB), Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Region, Kingston detachment, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and Canada Border Services Agency (CSBA) worked together throughout the investigation and OCEB Superintendent Patty Dobbin emphasized how important these partnerships were. “The provision of competent, efficient and professional law enforcement in today’s environment requires partnership at all levels,” explained Dobbin, “No one agency can do it alone. Project Kendal is yet another example of multi-jurisdictional investigations. It clearly demonstrates that working together and using our specific expertise and resources is our best advan-

tage. It takes all of us working together to get these drugs off our streets.” The investigation started in February 2013 and, as Dobbin explained, police had to overcome many hurdles throughout the investigation including a suspect living on Howe Island and multiple suspects who spent large amounts of time in Mexico. Mexico is suspected to be the origin country for many of the drugs seized including 15 kilograms of cocaine, one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine and five pounds of marijuana. Multiple vehicles were seized as well as $40,000 in cash, a $43,000 watch and two prohibited weapons. During their seven search warrant searches, police also found and seized three AK-47 medallions that were key to their investigation. “Investigators located pictures of the suspects wearing these medallions in Mexico,” explained Dobbin. “The DEA has advised us that the wearing of these medallions is symbolic in Mexico of being part of the drug dealing subculture.” The estimated value for the drugs seized is in the millions of dollars. Inspector Brian Fleming of the investigative services division of the Kingston Police Force is happy to see these drugs off the streets, but acknowledges that their work still continues. “This project will have a direct impact

on the drug subculture in our area,” said Fleming. “We do not tolerate criminals that negatively influence our community and we will continue to work with our partners in fighting crime. Although this investigation was successful… We still have to remain vigilant for others who may attempt to expand into this community. Our message is clear- the size of the organization doesn’t matter. If you deal drugs in our community, we will collectively gather our resources and come after you.” In total, 15 individuals were arrested ranging from 28 to 67 years of age. Super-

intendent Guy Rooks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was very pleased with how the investigation progressed and also re-emphasized the importance of working together with other agencies to properly shut down organizations like this. “We can safely say that the cocaine, methamphetamine and other drugs that they were bringing into Canada, have without a doubt, destroyed many lives, impacted negatively on the health and safety of our communities and compromised the security of our shared border,” said Rooks.

“As the world becomes a smaller place, international cooperation between law enforcement agencies is crucial in dismantling organized crime. Going forward, the RCMP and our local, national and international partners will continue to work together to identify, disrupt and dismantle organized crime groups engaged in bringing drugs into our communities and destroying lives.” Insp. Fleming also noted that this investigation was very significant and that nothing of this scale has been seen in Kingston for about 10-15 years.

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Up in my grill

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Olivea Restaurant: Where the New Year awaits This New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, join owners Stev George and his wife Deanna of Olivea restaurant as they help you mark the occasion with a slice of Italy. Experience food from Venice or a southern-inspired brunch coupled with local legend Spencer Evans on his clarinet lavishing you with the joys of jazz. This well-loved Italian restaurant is offering two New Year’s celebrations, one on Dec. 31 and one Jan. 1. Chef Steve George cooks from the heart. He has long had a passion for Italian cuisine, inspired by a family friend who introduced him to Italian cooking in his childhood. Olivea (O-LI-VAY-A) is a contemporary Italian trattoria. The dining experience is fun and lively, and the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week, including Sunday brunch 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. Olivea is conveniently located at 39 Brock Street, adjacent from Springer Market Square. The views in the winter are magical as the skaters cascade along the outdoor ice rink. In fact, a skate before or after a bite at Olivea is a must at this time of year. “It’s nice to see the passersby,” said Stev George. “Busy people walking to meetings, occasionally a wave from the

mayor too. It’s a great location for people watching. “ The menu has something for everyone, even the kids. “Guests often comment that they love Olivea for the fact that they can enjoy a casual meal on a Wednesday night, and return later in the week to a fine dining experience for a superior night out,” said Stev. Authentic Italian food is always on offer. Every Monday and Sunday is pasta night; choose from a three-course menu at $21.99 plus tax all winter long.; this includes soup and anti-pasti or pasta on the menu and dessert. These nights are busy so you will need to make a reservation. “We make our own Italian sausage and almost all our fresh pasta, including the gnocchi, is made on-site,” said Stev. “Given our close proximity to the farmers’ market we enjoy shopping for fresh, local produce as well as sustainable fish. My favorite dish is our sea bass, as for dessert I couldn’t pick a favorite, they are all heavy hitters. From the crème brulee and tiramisu to the light cream and blackberry compote. “ Being part of a community is important to Olivea. They support such local

events as Martha’s Table’s Empty Bowls campaign, the annual Loving Spoonful’s Guilty Pleasures event and new foodie events like Kingston by Fork tours and Dishcrawl. The Venetian New Year’s Eve is a set dinner for $60 per person. Enjoy a special prepared menu along with a reduced regular version. Service begins at 5 p.m. and staggers throughout the evening. “Deanna and I were inspired by our trip to Venice in the fall,” said Stev. “We’ve created the Venetian menu that features all of our favorites from that trip.” Olivea is a great location for a preparty dinner, and the place for sipping Italian cocktails and appetizers. The Venetian New Year’s Eve is followed by brunch from noon to 3 p.m. on New Years Day. Chef Stev will cooking while local legend Spencer Evans plays clarinet with music form Dixieland and Louis Armstrong. “If you’re looking for a quiet, outof-the way place, don’t come,” said Stev. “We plan to keep things lively and ring in the New Year with a lot of fun.” To secure a table for these the key events call 613-547-5483.

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A look back at the stories that made the headlines of 2013 Continued from page 14

grounds of the Memorial Centre. “We have a poor ratio of green space in this area,” said Coun. Kevin George, who introduced the motion. Many believed the Memorial Centre grounds are not big enough for an elementary or high school without consuming much of the open space or jeopardizing some of the park’s recent improvements, such as an off-leash area, outdoor water park, linear park, Memorial Wall and Garden, and Fall Fair space. The motion let the LDSB to launch an investigation on the possibility of expropriating land for

a school in the central part of the city. “Comments made by councillors were discouraging,” said Helen Chadwick, chair of the public board, referring to council’s focus on preserving park land.

Controversy arose over Kingston’s lone ice cream truck, Mr. Nice Cream. Complaints of his music being played too loudly drew some complaints, but the community, including many councillors, rallied around him after he was asked by bylaw officers to turn it down. “If we can change the law to have the ice cream truck around here that

would be good. Otherwise, by the end of the month, I’ll be gone,” said owner John Boukas when the muzzling order was issued. To put the issue into perspective, Mayor Gerretsen offered: “This is the way I look at it – (Toronto mayor) Rob Ford has got a crack scandal, the mayor of Montreal is accused of laundering money. I’m dealing with ice cream trucks.” In the end, Boukas was allowed to play his music. On June 19, the Kingston Police Force invited residents of the city’s west end to a community mobilization meeting as part of

the force’s initiative to collaborate with the public. The mobilization meeting is part of a larger model initiated by the Ontario Chiefs of Police in 2010. The model focuses on community engagement and liaising with residents to understand concerns specific to regions. In general, the model suggests that once an area has a decreased level of crime and a low need for police assistance, community consultation becomes an effective measure for keeping crime rates low. “The reality is, as community members, you all have specific concerns, and they’re legitimate,” said Coun-

stable Bill Ross. “A big part of tonight is learning that the police can’t do it alone. We need to work together.” A grand opening was held for the revitalized Lake Ontario Park. The scenic west-end waterfront park was a construction zone for nearly two years while crews transformed 25 acres of the park’s 40 acre grounds into a year-round recreational space. “It is incredible,” said Mayor Mark Gerretsen after touring the improvements. The total price tag was $4 million.

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Enchanting and fascinating people….and their world

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Historic church works for the common good we’re looking toward one kingdom of peace and justice.” Rev. Dr. Johnston grew up in Lagos, the capital of Nigeria in Africa. “I remember going to the market with my mother,” he said. “She’d point to a carcass and the vendor would use a machete to cut it and wrap the meat in banana leaves and we’d go home. We washed out of a bucket rather than from a tap with running water. I enjoyed the sense of place where our parents were learning, as were we as kids. It was a real experience for the whole family to be learning together.” Prior to his Kingston move, Rev. Dr. Johnston served as the minister at St. Andrew’s in Ottawa. “My fifteen years growing with an historic congregation at the centre of one city led me to feel that perhaps those experiences and understandings might find their best match with another historic congregation at the centre of a neighbouring city.” He noted that despite spending his early years in Africa and having had considerable exposure to India through partners of Prebyterian World Relief and Development, he feels his calling closest to home. “The ‘missio dei’ is not seen most clearly or felt most strongly in going to other lands or cultures, but rather is as close at hand as our own cities and neighbourhoods – the continuity of commitment, the building of community, a celebration of inspiration and creativity, the support of the most vulnerable amongst us, the way of Christ made real ‘among us’ as in John 1, ‘full of grace and truth’.” The people of this church have certainly opened their hearts and buildings to the community and the most vulnerable. He explained that the congregation wants the space used for the common good. A couple of weeks ago, my column featured the Kingston Street Mission, which operates from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. There are several other groups. There’s the Special Meals program, offering a nourishing and caring time for individuals and families. The VON Seniors Exercise group and The Social Planning Council also use church space. The arts are prominent. St. Andrew’s is home to Bottletree Productions. They recently produced The Sound of Music and Les Misérables. Last summer, Bottletree hosted A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Artists of The Mess use the church on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. There’s a Seniors’ Computer Class. Kingston Community Strings uses the church for practice space. The newest group is involved, the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission and Salon Theatre, will use the manse. This will be the first time the minister’s home has been opened for use by a community group. “We had our monthly meeting of the groups finding a home at St. Andrew’s yesterday afternoon,

and Jim Girrard of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission and Salon Theatre spoke quite movingly about using the manse as a base for encouraging a centre of theatre arts for the region, one that would support a pool of talented professional artists who would be able to share their gifts across the nation.” Rev. Dr. Johnston said something fascinating to me; it sent my head spinning. “We are increasingly isolated in society by our prosperity.” This reminded me of the works of Neil Postman (Technopoly and The End of Education) and Chris Hedges, especially Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle. Rev. Dr. Johnston explained that the challenge for any congregation or faith group is not to simply enjoy a sense of community, but to share and work the sense of community.

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Top: St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets in Kingston. Above: Rev. Dr. Andrew Johnston, the newly appointed minister of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Kingston, at the Door of Humility of the Church of the Nativity in Palestine. “I’ve felt warmly welcomed by the congregation. This is a neighbourhood and there are great gifts in the congregation.” He noted that he’s pleased how the congregation has given priority to arts groups. “Our society, our culture is so driven by profit and by what can be seen on a budget item rather than being open to inspiration and arts. How do you put price tags on these? We don’t invest as a society in art and spirit and creativity. As Christians, that’s where life finds inspiration. It’s in creativity. Our emphasis is on facilities for groups like that.” The common good: it’s a concept that makes a city and the world a better place. For more information: read Dr. Brian Osborne’s The Rock and the Sword and visit

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St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at the corner of Princess and Clergy Streets in Kingston is a community hub. Always has been. The congregation has been around for almost two centuries. The new minister, two months. But he plans on being there for a long time. That’s a good thing. The congregation has a history of lengthy involvement with their ministers. The Rev. Dr. Andrew Johnston is only the 12th minister in the 196 year history of the church. “That continuity is a gift,” he said. “They expect their minister to grow with them.” Presbyterians place great importance upon education, so it’s little wonder that Queen’s University got its start at St. Andrew’s. They also value community, faith in action and social justice. “I’m so impressed by the way this congregation is committed to working for the common good,” said the reverend. “They have been throughout their history. Individuals gather at the beginning of the week to celebrate what is good and right and then they go out to help shape the community. Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Oliver Mowat both attended this church at the same time. They had radically different political visions, but both were trying to shape the common good.” You’ll find evidence of that focus on the common good in every room, hallway and corner of the church. It’s interesting that early Presbyterians did not refer to their building as a church. The term “church” was more often used to describe the people, the members of the congregation. The buildings in which they worshiped were known as meetinghouses. The Reverend Dr. Johnston still sees it that way. He said it would be fitting to plaster the church exterior with photos of the congregation. “There is a tendency for people to walk down Princess Street and see a handsome limestone building,” he said. “But there are people within that building. People use that building. It’s all about people here. People built the building and are building a community. Maybe we should put up real estate-type signs with images of people on them. Do this all along the base of the building so people would see images of the people who are inside the building.” He said that, first and foremost, there is a community. “It is a place, not only of history, but of heritage,” he said. “History is the past, but heritage is brought forward. People here feel strongly about bringing forward into contemporary society the dimensions of human life like compassion, forgiveness, generosity and sacrifice.” In the minister’s wider image, faith would involve many communities. “My dream would be for every church to have a sign that had ‘The Church of Christ in Kingston’ at the top and, underneath, words like ‘St. Andrew’s Presbyterian’, ‘St. Mary’s Catholic’. These aren’t homes apart. This is a church community and


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How will you ring in the New Year? “Maybe it’s much too early in the game Ooh, but I thought I’d ask you just the same What are you doing New Year’s New Year’s Eve? Wonder whose arms will hold you good and tight When it’s exactly twelve o’clock at night Welcoming in the New Year New Year’s Eve.” Those words were written in 1947 by Frank Loesser, who also penned Baby, It’s Cold Outside and the music and lyrics for such Broadway hits as Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. In a few days many people around the world will celebrate the arrival of a new year. For some, it will mean a fun night on the town; for others, a time of quiet contemplation. And, for the eejits (an Irish word) out there, a hangover. Why January 1? Why not January 2, or May 4, November 1 or December 11? January 1 has no logical claim and no agricultural or astronomical significance. The first celebration of the beginning of January as a new year occurred in 153 B.C. In 46 BC, Julius Caesar introduced the solar-based calendar, and the celebration of January 1 as the New Year became consistent throughout the Roman Empire. In the Middle Ages, the Council of Tours abolished January 1 as the begin-

ning of a new year. The celebrations were considered pagan and unChristian-like. In 1582, following Gregorian calendar reform, January 1 again became recognized as New Year’s Day in much of the world. Some protestant countries, especially those in the British Empire, did not accept the reformed calendar until 1752. Until then, they continued to celebrate the new year in March. In many countries and cultures, the new year has been celebrated at wildly different times. In the Celtic world, November 1 was considered New Year’s Day. The harvests were in, preparations were complete for winter, and the long darkness set in. Chinese New Year, like Easter in the West, is based on the lunisolar calendar and occurs on a different Gregorian calendar date each year. Chinese New Year usually falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. For 2014, Chinese New Year’s Day on January 31 begins the Year of the Horse. Chinese New Year festivities last more than two weeks. On the eve of the new year, it is traditional for Chinese families to host an annual reunion dinner. There is great effort devoted to cleansing the home. As a young child, I spent much time with a Chinese friend whose family owned a small grocery shop in the neighborhood. The cleaning prior to New Year was symbolic of getting rid of bad influences and creating an opportunity for good fortune, happiness and health. Pas-

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sageways like windows and doors are decorated with red. Gifts of money in red paper envelopes are common. A new year offers a symbolic beginning. Romans made promises to their god Janus, namesake for the month of January. In Babylon, people vowed to return borrowed objects and pay debts. A century ago, resolutions focused on good deeds. People resolved to be more helpful. Modern media images focus on self-centered physical, career or education improvements, along with consumption and possessions. Resolutions reflect the same trend. Last year, I checked in with friends around the world. My favorite response came from Irish writer, journalist and songwriter Siobhan MacGowan. “I think in many ways New Year’s resolutions are for the young,” she said. “As we get older we realize that things don’t always work to a time clock and are not so rigid and set in stone. But I do think that New Year gives a great opportunity to wipe the slate clean and start anew. What we’re really looking for in making New Year’s resolutions is to boost our own discipline. Discipline didn’t come to me until much later in life when I found it through sitting down to write every day. And that came with age and many new years, not just one.” Many traditions accompany the ringing in of the new year. Creating noise wards off evil spirits and allows good luck to enter the world. Fire has the same

The Lion Dance celebrates Chinese New Year, which arrives on January Photo/Mark Bergin 31, 2014.

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effect, thus fireworks on New Year’s Eve. The most famous New Year’s Eve tradition in the world is the ball drop at midnight in Times Square in New York City, where hundreds of thousands gather and many millions watch it on TV. The drop takes 60 seconds. This tradition started in 1907 when a ball crafted of iron and wood made the downward trek. Today, a six-foot-wide ball made of Waterford Crystal and weighing more than half a ton, is used. Babylonians first practised making New Year’s resolutions. Early Christians believed that they should spend the first day of the year reflecting on past sins and resolving to improve themselves. Today, millions of people make resolutions, mostly involving fat-loss, ending smoking/name-your-vice, or increasing exercise and other forms of healthy living. There are many fun New Year’s traditions. Aside from the Times Square ball drop, one of the most famous activities is the singing of Auld Lang Syne, which translates from the Scots Gaelic literally as “old long since,” meaning “times gone by.” Poet Robert Burns published Auld Lang Syne in 1796, but it took a Canadian to bring it fame. Bandleader Guy Lombardo, from London, Ontario, and his band played the song at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. From 1930 until 1976, the band played it at the WaldorfAstoria. We’re still singing it. Even in Times Square, two tunes are guaranteed: Auld Lang Syne and Frank Sinatra’s version of New York, New York. The tradition of spending time in the company of family and friends hails from the view that what one does on the first day of the year foretells how you’ll spend the remainder of the year. So surround yourself with loved ones. That kind of got out of hand and many public

parties are just large crowds of strangers who know no one aside from the person or few friends they accompany. I prefer a reflective approach to the new year. I’ve spent many the New Year’s Eve alone. I like to light a fire and enjoy the sounds and scents. I find few settings as soothing as a room with hearth and fireplace or a woodstove. While in university or when living in a setting with no fireplace, I’ve usually sat with candles and a friend or two. On occasion, I’ve spent a New Year’s Eve with several friends or band-mates. This year I’ll spend New Year’s Eve in New York City, as far as possible from Times Square. I’ll probably watch the spectacular Central Park fireworks from one of my favorite bridges in the park. The City of Kingston has the right idea, offering entertainment for all ages starting at 5 p.m. There will be family friendly activities inside the downtown Rogers/K-Rock hockey arena (doors open at 4:45. You can reserve a skating time in advance. Outdoors, there’s skating behind City Hall, horse drawn wagon rides (starting on The Tragically Hip Way) and then fireworks around 9 p.m., early enough for young children to enjoy before heading home to bed. So, if you’re looking for something healthy to do, head downtown for some fun. Then, on New Year’s Day from 2 - 4 p.m., members of the public are invited to enjoy the lovely tradition of the Mayor’s Annual New Year’s Levee at Memorial Hall inside Kingston City Hall, where you can meet Mayor Mark Gerretsen as well as some city councillors and members of provincial and federal governments. Thankfully, our mayor will be sober. Mark Bergin on Twitter @markaidanbergin.

Verbeek welcomes return home to Kingston By Mark Kerr Reporter

Heritage Sports - After seeing his ice time dwindle with the Windsor Spitfires, Ryan Verbeek couldn’t be happier to get a fresh start with the Kingston Frontenacs. “I was actually playing Sarnia (Dec. 1) and I didn’t play a shift in the third period. I just had enough. I wasn’t getting any ice time and I was just losing my self confidence. I needed a new start so I just walked off the team,” he said. Windsor honoured Verbeek’s request for a trade on Dec. 5, sending the 17-year-old winger to Kingston in return for Sam Povorozniouk and the Frontenacs’ fourth-round pick in 2016. The move represents a homecoming of sorts for Verbeek, who played his major peewee and minor bantam seasons with the Greater Kingston AAA Minor Hockey Association. He still spends his offseasons in the area. “I love it. Hopefully I will be here (in Kingston) right until the end,” he said after a recent practice at the Rogers K-Rock Centre. “The

guys are great; the team’s great. Everything’s going my way.” Verbeek’s good fortune includes a clean bill of health. An early-season back injury kept him out of the lineup until Oct. 24. And the puck has even bounced his way since donning the black and gold jersey. Verbeek, who played his minor midget season in Sarnia for the Lambton Jr. Sting, scored four goals against the Sarnia Sting on Dec. 14 for his first Ontario Hockey League hat trick. “My dad’s side of the family is from there. It was nice scoring four goals in the Sarnia area. It was just one of those things that worked out,” he said. In addition to scoring goals, Verbeek believes he can add more grit to the Frontenacs’ lineup. Verbeek credits his dad, Brian Verbeek, a member of the Kingston Canadians for two seasons from 1984-1986, for his style of play. “He was a huge role model for me and taught me a lot,” Verbeek said of his father. “He always told me that if I play with grit and intensity, everything will turn out for me.” Verbeek has also sought the guid-

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Emotions run high as new Providence Care facility plan is unveiled By Mandy Marciniak

Heritage News – After 15 years, many debates and setbacks, Providence Care unveiled its new hospital design on Friday, Dec. 13. A crowd of media, politicians, board members, staff and many Sisters of Providence gathered at the current facility to watch as the modern 270bed hospital design was unveiled. The facility is expected to open in 2016 and will bring mental health care, complex care and physical rehabilitation patients together under one roof. Sister Sandra Shannon spoke about the program on behalf of the Sisters of Providence and emphasized that while the sisters are no longer directly linked to Providence Care, their spirit and support will be present throughout the new facility. “We sisters lived and worked in this very hospital for 53 years. We hold the foundation, history and stories in our collective memory.” said Shannon. “Although this building represents a living memory, it is just that - a building of bricks and mortar. And we all know that the mortar is crumbling. I know with certainty that each and every person connected with Providence Care will carry in their hearts, like a lantern of light, the wonderful caring spirit that exists in these old buildings to the new Providence Care hospital on King West. The new building will be a sign of hope for those who need a home and expert health services.” Shannon’s words were echoed by President and CEO of Providence

Care Dale Kenney, who thanked the public repeatedly for their support. Funds for the 350 million dollar project were raised, in part, by fundraising in the community. “We achieved our community share through the Together We Can campaign. The public opened their wallets and made this new hospital a reality,” explained Kenney. “They understood the need for a new care environment for these people and the public supported us throughout the process to get there. We owe a big thank you to everyone in this great community.” Kenney also spoke about the importance of political will in regards to a project like this. There has been much debate over the Providence Care facility, but throughout the entire process MPP John Gerretsen fought to make the dream a reality. Kenney, who got a bit choked up while speaking about the project, thanked Gerretsen for his efforts and explained that the project would not be where it is without him. “I am not able to put into words the amount of gratitude that we owe to John Gerretsen. If not for his tenacity at Queen’s Park regarding this project we would not be here today,” added Kenney. Gerretsen was also in attendance at the unveiling and he made it clear that this project is of great importance to not only himself, but the entire community. And, most important, to the people that will be using the facility. “At the end of the day, this is not about the sisters, it is not about the people that work here, although

A small scale model of the new Providence Care facility was unveiled on Dec. 13. they are excellent. It is not about the politicians, it is not about the unions, it is about one thing only and that is the best care surroundings for the most vulnerable members of our society.” Gerretsen, who was also quite emotional at the unveiling, spoke of his long history with Providence Care. His father worked at the facility for a decade as Head of Maintenance and claimed that they were the best working years of his life. Gerretsen also explained that he had the opportunity to work at the facility and so did his brother and sister. He emphasized the importance of the facility and the length of time it has taken to get to this point in the project and expressed his excitement to see it finally mov-


ing forward. “Fifteen years ago, the sisters were promised a new hospital. One that would combine the services that were provided by the psychiatric hospital and the services that were provided at the time by St. Mary’s. That promise was given and after many, many years we are living up to that promise,” said Gerretsen. “[The facility] is going to provide the best care for people that need these facilities and it will be in absolutely the best location possible in the city. What people need when they go through the recuperation process is not only the best care, not only the best physical facility, but they also need to be in a place where they can look out at nature and see the wonderful environment

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Adult choir goes “exposed” in new concert By Kelly Reid Reporter

“I’m definitely a teacher first and a musician second,” says Andy Rush, artistic director of Open Voices Community Choir. Rush founded the choir in late 2001. “It doesn’t matter what your voice is like, it doesn’t matter what your training level is like,” says Rush. “We’re an un-auditioned choir.” “I never would have joined a choir if I had to audition,” says veteran member Wendy Stewart. She and Rush agree that Open Voices is meant to be a welcoming space for both experienced and novice singers. It’s proving tremendously popular; in fact, Rush has so many interested singers that he is only able to take on new singers by a lottery process. “We’re all just here to have a good time,” Rush says of the choir’s ethos.

Now, Rush and his choir are preparing for an exciting new concert at the end of next month. Open Voices will be performing “Exposed,” an entirely a cappella show. “Almost every show that we’ve done has had some a cappella,” Rush explains, but this show is distinct in that it will be entirely instrument-free. Rush says that concertgoers can expect a lot of variation in style and genre at the concert. “It’s everything from spiritual tunes to rockappella to pop,” he says. Open Voices will also be welcoming two guest a cappella groups to the concert, both from Queen’s University. One group is the Caledonias, a female choral group of sixteen, and the other is Momentum, a mixed group of nine. “They’re both great,” says Rush. “To have a bunch of kids in the room is really great.” Rush approached the groups in order to incorporate some local talent.

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Crossfit Tricolour brings a new perspective on fitness to Queen’s By Hollie Pratt-Campbell

Heritage News - As the new year approaches, many of us are making resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle in 2014, and thinking of ways to incorporate more exercise and fitness into our lives. Callum Owen, Storm Patterson and Alex Wilson are all passionate fitness enthusiasts. They say they’ve found the perfect workout, called Crossfit - and they want to share it with the community. The three Queen’s students founded Crossfit Tricolour in the summer, and saw massive success during their first semester of operation. Currently, the Queen’s University club has over 200 members and has generated roughly $42,000, all of which went to purchase equipment for the club, as the trainers

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afterwards….But I couldn’t move afterwards. I had to call my neighbours to go get the food [I had ordered].” All the same, he adds that there is no reason for anyone to feel intimidated, as Crossfit is designed to be easily tailored to all fitness levels. Founded in the U.S. in 2000, the program has really taken off over the last few years, and while there are several Crossfit gyms in Kingston, Crossfit Tricolour is the first of its kind in the downtown core. Owen, Patterson and Wilson believe that part of the reason the Crossfit is so popular is due to the sense of community members feel. “Crossfit has brought this whole new paradigm to the fitness world,” Owen says. “It’s taken the focus off of yourself and what you can do - just going to the gym and looking at your-

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A Wolfe Island grassland birds habitat conservation project receives Shell grant By Margaret Knott Correspondent

EMC news-A grassland birds habitat conservation research project, under the direction of Frontenac Stewardship Foundation (FSF) member, Wolfe Island’s Dr. Barrie Gilbert, will receive a grant of $25,000 as a winner in the Shell Fuelling Change competition, a program that invited customers to make Shell purchases, collect receipts with voting codes, and vote for identified environmental projects. The Frontenac Stewardship Foundation works with landowners and lake associations to promote good stewardship of land and water toward biodiversity and landscape connections. The Shell FuellingChange grant for the Foundation’s first research project: Research on Habitat Restoration Methodology for the Bobolink, an Endangered Species, using Experimental Management was announced by FSF president Gordon Rogers. The Grant money will help initiate trials of native grass and wildflowers to create habitat for Bobolinks, other grassland birds as well as wild bee pollinator habitat in a demonstration project of experimental plots, to

highlight practical actions that can be developed on private lands for grassland birds using field research to establish best management practices for habitat restoration. The introduction to the Bobolink project notes that in the Lower Great Lakes-St. Lawrence zone grassland birds have declined by 70% since 1973 with several species at risk of local extinction. “Currently how to enhance habitat quality for Bobolinks is hampered by knowledge gaps leaving us uncertain whether qualifying pastures should be left intact or replaced with native prairie plantings,” according to project director, Dr. Barrie Gilbert. “The risk for the species and for their habitat could be improved with this project, fill knowledge gaps, minimize impacts on species at risk and ensure better recovery.” The study will be conducted on Bear Point within the Big Sandy Bay Management Area operated by the Township of Frontenac Islands under a Land Use Permit from the Ministry of Natural Resources, according to Gilbert. “The island is known to host the highest density of Bobolinks in Ontario, a unique advantage for the project,” he added.

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joyfully to all that went on during the Advent Season, lighting the candles of the Advent wreath and the Jesse tree , the singing each night of O Come Emmanuel and the quiet time to think about the empty Christmas crib and who would carry the baby Jesus to that crib while Walter read the Gospel of St. Luke on Christmas morning. For year’s Christine let everyone know that Jesus was born on her Birthday, enthusiastically sang Christmas hymns,(and still does) and so much more. I think of my parents, my mother who lived with us for many years and showered her love on the children, and who every Christmas Eve by the light of the Christmas Tree sang Silent Night (in German) with her incredibly beautiful voice, bringing us to tears. I am grateful for the many year’s of memories. Most recently I have been thinking about a 22 year old granddaughter who, when I asked, did she have plans for Christmas? gave me strange look and replied “Where else would I be for Christmas Grandma than with you and Grandpa. I have never been anywhere else.” We wish Family, Friends and Neighbours, those near and those far away, Peace this Christmas 2013










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