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Kingston coalition urges mayor to support Countryside by-election BILL HUTCHINS

News - A Kingston group says any option other than holding a by-election to fill an empty council seat would be a "shameful" outcome for constituents. The Coalition of Kingston Communities is weighing in on how city councillors should replace the Countryside District seat that was recently left vacant by Richard Allen. In an open letter to the mayor, coalition chairperson Christine Sypnowich stressed the need for a district-wide vote to ensure voters have a direct say in who Allen's replacement will be. "A democratic vote would have the merit of producing an outcome that cannot be faulted by anyone, given the fairness of its process," she stated. Council is currently waiting for an information report from the clerk's office on the cost and timing of various options that are provided under provincial law to replace the district seat. The report is expected for the Jan. 24 council meeting. Allen announced his sudden resignation last month citing work and family reasons for quitting mid-way through his first term. He has taken a new economic development job with the County of Frontenac. His departure has created a potential dilemma for council. Mayor Bryan Paterson has listed three possible options to fill the seat; hold a by-election, appoint the runner-up from the last election, or seek open nominations. "My feeling is there are likely pros and cons to all three options. It's something council is going to have to weigh out carefully." The mayor has stated that he has concerns over the cost and timeframe of holding a by-election because it could leave residents in the city's sprawling rural district without an elected representative for several months. However, Sypnowich says while the council appointment process might seem a more efficient course, it is "plagued with problems of fairness." Choosing any of the failed Countryside candidates would flout the will of the electorate, since the last municipal election in 2014 produced a successful candidate who had never represented the district before, she added. "All of these methods of appointment are problematic, and susceptible to criticism from disaffected members of the community." She says the choice of holding a by-election cannot be measured solely in monetary terms. "Although holding an election would be more costly, it would be shameful if the City of Kingston decided against democratic process simply on the basis of expense." The coalition also reminded the mayor of council's goal to improve the processes for civic engagement and accountability. Some councillors have already voiced support for calling a by-election. Meanwhile, former councillor Richard Allen is wasting no time settling in to his new role. He was scheduled to accompany Mayor Paterson and other civic officials on an upcoming trade visit to China on January 8. Instead of representing city council, though, Allen will be traveling with a local political and business entourage as part of his new role as the County's economic development manager. The County is eager to take advantage of Feihe

International's $225 million investment in an infant formula manufacturing plant Kingston and the spinoff jobs it's expected to create throughout the region. "There will be jobs at the facility in Kingston, jobs that can be filled by residents of Frontenac, but there will be many more opportunities," said Frontenac County Warden Ron Vandewal in a news release. He added: "With our history in agriculture and proximity to Kingston we are well positioned to be part of the supply chain, for new companies to settle here and existing ones to adjust or expand." The Chinese company says it will rely on locallyproduced goat milk to supply its soon-to-be-built Kingston plant.

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Labour Deals: City signs contracts with two of its biggest unions BY BILL HUTCHINS

News - Hundreds of front-line municipal workers are starting the New Year with a new contract. City council approved a four year collective agreement with its biggest union, Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 109, following about a month of negotiations. The deal covers about 900 inside and outside municipal workers, including those who plow the snow, fix the potholes, maintain the parks, collect the garbage, drive the buses, enforce bylaws and perform administrative duties. CUPE Local 109 president Adam Bol says the agreement will give municipal workers a total wage increase of 5.2 percent between Jan. 1, 2017 and Dec. 31, 2020. He says the deal also provides for improved benefits. "We think it's a fair deal and the majority of our membership is happy with it," explained Bol, a construction inspector with the city's engineering department. The agreement is in line with what other Ontario municipalities are paying their workers, he added. The new collective agreement replaces a contract that exContracts signed include snowplow workers in Kingston. Submitted photo pired last month and gave municipal workers a 1.7 percent increase in each of the previous three years. At the same Dec. 20 meeting, councillors also ratified a separate contract with the Kingston Professional Firefighters Association Local 498. The new deal covers about 120 full time career fire fighters in the city. The bulk of the three year agreement is retroactive and Lyons Goodfellow is starting the year off with incredible savings for you! covers a period from Jan. 1, 2015 to Dec. 31, 2017. Details of the fire fighter contract have not been made public, but it's believed to be the first contract in recent years that was negotiated without the need for binding arbitration. "Obviously to have a freely negotiated settlement with both of our largest public sector unions and also with the fire fighters that's good news," said Mayor Bryan Paterson. Meanwhile, in another contract issue, the future arrangement to manage Kingston's flagship arena remains a point of closed-door discussions at city hall. Mayor Paterson confirms SMG Canada's exclusive fiveyear contract to oversee day-to-day operations at the cityowned Rogers K-Rock Centre is set to expire this year. But he remains vague about whether council will proceed with its option to renew the contract, or open up the management contract to competitive bids. He added: "It's an important decision and you'll hear some news early in 2017." WHY PAY MORE? WE ARE YOUR FURNITURE STORE! Under the current deal signed in 2012, SMG must provide the city with a guaranteed income of $700,000 a year. 51 Concession Street, Westport - Ontario - Canada • (613) 273-2064 FREE DELIVERY FROM SMG officials have previously indicated that they'd like to BELLEVILLE TO BROCKVILLE continue with the management contract. & KINGSTON TO KANATA! SMG has managed the downtown arena since it opened Open Monday-Saturday 9:00am-5:00pm, Closed Sunday in February 2008.

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Increased tourism, further global investment and decision on third crossing to come in 2017 TORI STAFFORD

News – The coming year will bring much celebration, development and debate, and a number of hot-button issues to council, according to Mayor Bryan Paterson’s State of the City address. The address, presented annually by the city’s mayor at the Rotary Club of Kingston’s first meeting of the year, took place on Thursday, Jan. 5, and Paterson didn’t shy away from discussing the controversial issues he expects to see draw attention throughout 2017. The Wellington Street expansion, development in the downtown core, the future of Kingston Penitentiary and Portsmouth Olympic Harbour and the third crossing were all included in the Mayor’s address, the latter of which he made perhaps the most definitive announcement. “This is a project that has been talked about in Kingston for decades, but this year there is a decision point that will come,” Paterson said. “This year, City Council is going to make a decision on whether to actually build this thing.” Paterson said the reason Council will need to make the decision this year is because the project is “shovel ready” at this point, which means all the pieces are in place in order to formally request necessary funding from the provincial and federal governments. “I think that there is a very strong case for the third crossing, and I’ll say that for a couple of reasons,” Paterson said, pointing out that a third crossing would allow the city to be connected in an efficient way for transit, cars, cyclists and pe-

destrians. He also noted that he has heard from many people in the north end of the city who see the third crossing as a “critical piece of infrastructure that will help unlock a whole revitalization of the north end,” which is another matter of priority for the City. Additionally, the business plan for the third crossing will be coming back to council later this year, which will have the updated cost information about what the bridge is actually going to cost if it is to be built. Paterson was quick to note, however, that while he believes the third crossing would be a “great project” for Kingston, it all comes down to weighing the costs and benefits. “As much as I support the third crossing, I also support living within our means, and for me, that means tax rate increases no higher than the rate of inflation,” he said, adding that he has had some “really good conversations” with those at the provincial and federal level regarding the idea. “To be honest, all I need to do is put a map of Kingston in front of them and they get it – they understand why it makes sense that we need another crossing across the river.” Beyond the third crossing, Paterson’s address discussed how Kingston can move forward as a “smart and liveable 21st century city.” He pointed out a number of developments that are helping to put Kingston on the “global map,” such as both Feihe International of China and Frulact of Portugal investing to build their North American operations here in Kingston. With Paterson traveling to China this month, he said he hopes

to build further relationships with overseas corporations that may also look at Kingston as the place to develop their companies further. Another key point in Kingston “moving forward together,” and putting it on the global map is “making and branding” Kingston as a centre of innovation, Paterson said, noting that innovation is not reserved for technological advancements. The City of Kingston is looking to provide more support and resources to support that innovation, Paterson said, and will be announcing new initiatives and partnerships with Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College and the Royal Military College later in the year. And, of course, 2017 marks the 150th anniversary of Canada, a cause for celebration across the country, but especially here in Kingston, Paterson expressed. “This is going to be a really exciting year in Kingston... and I make no apologies for the fact that, as Canada’s first capital, we should be playing a leading role in celebrating all that Canada is and where we’re going in the future,” he said. “When we talk about celebrating the sesquicentennial, we’re really trying to theme it as, on the one hand celebrating the past, celebrating the role that Kingston has played in the history and story of Canada, but also more than that, Mayor Bryan Paterson delivers his State of the City looking to the future, and, again, positioning how Kingston can be part of that story, address for 2017 at the Rotary Club of Kingston and really help to have a leading role in the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 5. Tori Stafford/Metroland future of our nation”

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Five municipal construction projects to watch for in 2017 panding the passenger terminal. Supporters say these upgrades will enhance the city's economic development attractiveness and could attract more air carriers and passengers, but there are no guarantees. The expansion work is expected to take about one year to complete.

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Comment- Kingston's road construction season is always just around the corner. While the downtown's Big Dig 3 was the city's biggest (and most disruptive) project in 2016, there's more big ticket construction activity on the horizon in 2017. Here are five projects to watch for this year:

Airport Takeoff After four years of planning and debate, the long-awaited expansion of city-owned Norman Rogers Airport is scheduled to take flight this spring. It's a $16 million project that involves lengthening the main north-south runway from 6,000 to 7,000 feet (closer to Collins Bay) to accommodate larger aircraft and jet planes, plus ex-

Counter Widening The final phases of expanding John Counter Boulevard (JCB), between Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. and Princess Street, will ramp up this year. Widening work on the busy east-west route will begin in 2017, matching the four-lane width that was completed a few years ago further east on JCB. While the road work begins, construction of a bridge embankment remains ongoing - this work involves bringing in truck-loads of rock fill that will take a couple of years to settle. Once the bridge foundation is in place, work on the actual bridge and the re-alignment of Portsmouth Avenue will occur in 2018-2019. The total cost of this project is $67 million. Front Road Bridge After missed deadlines and

uncertainty with cost overruns, the city took the unusual step of terminating its Front Road bridge rehabilitation contract with Lischer Construction last spring. A new contractor will soon be hired and work is expected to resume this spring on the north section of the bridge. This will likely reduce traffic to two lanes on the busy road for the rest of the year, causing daily bottlenecks for commuters near the Invista plant. 671 Brock Street The city is in a race against time to qualify for $1.5 million provincial grants to construct mixed housing units on part of the former school property at 671 Brock Street. City officials have said the project must be shovel ready by this spring in order to collect the grant. The four-storey building application is currently proceeding through the planning committee while area residents continue to oppose the sale of another chunk of the former school site for private, market value housing. In total, 45 percent of the 1.5 acre property is earmarked for housing while the other 55 percent is for neigh-

bourhood park land use. Bus Transfer Downtown Kingston's outdated bus transfer point is slated to get a nearly $2 million facelift that will add more bus bays and comforts for passengers. After a study concluded there is no other suitable location in the downtown for a new bus transfer point, it was decided the existing one at Brock and Bagot Streets will be reconfigured to accommodate the 600,000 passengers who use it every year. The work includes improved street lighting, longer bus shelters and street furniture along the north side of Brock Street, between Bagot and Montreal Streets, and to reconfigure both sides of Bagot Street, between Brock and Princess Streets, to handle more bus loading zones. Both locations will be designed to handle up to 11 buses at once - five spaces on Brock St. and six on Bagot St., plus room to add three more bus stop zones in the future- up from the current eight on-street spaces. Detailed design work is underway and construction could begin as early as this year.

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Secondary suites can give rural areas a valuable boost Jeff Scott THE COUNTRYSIDE VIEW

actly the kind of boost the rural area could use right now. There are 3,000 rural residents who are over 60 and 500 of them are over 80. They still live in the homes that they built years ago. The children have grown up and moved on. Now, many of them are frail and living alone. Now that they can add a small secondary unit, they could have a younger person

The rural part of the city of Kingston covers a vast area from Gananoque to Seeley's Bay to Odessa. The 10,000 residents who live here are spread out far and wide with some people living next to the river or inland lakes. Others live on farms along concession roads, while others are clustered in hamlets such as Brewers Mills, Kingston Mills, Glenburnie, Elginburg or Sunnyside. Just about everyone lives in a single family home on private well and septic. This was great when there were large families with many children, but now the rural population is in decline. Several years ago, the Provincial Government gave cities a directive to increase the density of existing neighbourhoods by allowing people to build secondary suites or small apartments in their houses. The City of Kingston has done just this in most areas including most of the Countryside. Allowing the rural residents to build a small apartment in their house is ex- Small apartment over garage.

move in who could take care of the snow shovelling and lawn mowing. The extra income would go a long way to supplement a pension. Homelessness and poverty aren't just urban problems. Finding an affordable apartment in the rural hamlet where you grew up and work is a very difficult thing to do. Many end up living in substandard housing. Finding a small apartment in a house would be far safer and cheaper. Young families often move out of the rural area because of the lack of affordable accommodation. Because of this, the rural schools are dealing with declining enrollments. Having young families living in the community would greatly support the viability of the schools and hopefully keep them from closing. Churches and community centres would also benefit from having more young people around keeping things vibrant and sustainable. Farmers have a unique problem that could be helped by having more sec-

ondary units. Finding young people who can help out on the farm is very difficult since these people often do not have cars or will not drive twenty minutes out of the city for work. Letting a farmer build a small apartment attached to the house could help immensely. They could either offer cheap and clean accommodation to a farm helper or to a younger member of the family who wants to work the farm but live on their own. The farmer could actually find someone to milk the cows so that they could get away for a weekend. The City of Kingston has put out a guide to building a secondary suite in your home and they even offer fee rebates and forgivable loans to eligible applicants. Let's hope that many of these units are built so that the rural community can continue to be a great place to live and raise a family.

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In need of some holiday detox The holidays are over and 2017 is here‌ thank goodness. I love Christmas and the holidays in general, but this year I felt that when it was all over I could finally breathe a sigh of relief. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family and Korey’s family and I love spending time with them, but the holidays always seem to put family time into overdrive. Between Christmas shopping, wrapping, packing it all up, travelling to the GTA, unpacking and then splitting time between two families to celebrate Christmas, I was ready to sleep for days when Dec. 26 rolled around. Luckily, I managed to get a few days of rest in between Christmas and New Year’s, but as we returned to Kingston I still felt incredibly burnt out and in need of some serious holiday detox. On top of all the family time and socializing (we also tried to see a number of friends during the holidays) there is the food; holiday food is always delicious, but after nearly two weeks of

stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes and an endless amount of Christmas sweets, all I wanted when I got home was a salad. Thankfully, a new year is a perfect time for some holiday detox. I’m not one for new years resolutions, but I do feel that the new year offers a great opportunity for a ‘fresh start’. For me, seeing a new calendar year and even a new calendar itself is relaxing. I feel hopeful when I look at all the months that are coming and all the things that will inevitably fill those months, both good and bad. I am a pretty organized person and as I have mentioned before, I love school supply shopping. New calendars and notebooks for a new year fit into that category for me too. I love how crisp and new everything feels in the new year and while I’m not a huge fan of winter and colder, shorter days, a new year also means that we are closer to seeing those winter months come to an end. I also love that a new year

motivates me to do things to become even more organized. I instantly feel like I have more time when the new calendar year rolls around and I think that is because November and December are so busy. Everything seems to slow down in January and I finally feel like I have time to organize my closet or the pantry or start projects that I have been meaning to start for a number of months. I haven’t made any resolutions, but I do hope to be healthier in the new year and make a more conscious effort to eat right and exercise, not just because of the change to 2017, but because we should all strive to do these things – and because the idea of eating mashed potatoes and stuffing still makes me feel sick right now. By the time the next holiday rolls around I am sure I will be thinking differently, but for right now, I am enjoying the lack of stress in my life, the lack of socializing and the increase in healthier foods.

Banish those winter blues, Kingston! The long, dark days, the bitter, dry cold, and the void once filled with excitement of the holidays – it’s enough to put anyone in a funk. In fact, ‘winter blues,’ the less-intense version of seasonal effective disorder, which is the onset of depression due to the winter weather, is experienced by 15 per cent of the population, according to the Canadian Mental Health Association of Ontario. There are a number of ways to help stave off these winter woes, and Kingston is full of events and activities that can aid in doing so. For example, the Mayo Clinic suggests getting outside, soaking up as much sun as possible, and staying active. What better way to do so than to strap on a pair of skates and go for a spin on the rink at City Hall? Similarly, spending time with friends and family and ensuring you don’t close yourself into your home are also important. Break out of the monotony of the day-to-day, and check out Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry, billed as being “where winter’s beauty shines,� and still running until February 4. You could also grab some friends and go take in a Frontenacs game, where cheering and music can replace the silence the winter weather enhances – and even more so on January 28 when our home team will don specially designed jerseys paying homage to our hometown band, The Tragically Hip. At that game, the jerseys will be auctioned off in support of the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research, too, so you can score yourself one of these uniquely Kingstonian hockey sweaters while supporting a good cause. And because everyone benefits from supporting a good cause, you could feed your soul and your stomach at The Works, where $1 from every ‘Born to Brie Good’ burger will benefit Beyond Classrooms, a local organization that helps get students out of the classroom and into the plethora of amazing learning spaces in and around Kingston. If all else fails, try to remember that the spring isn’t too far away, and Feb Fest is even closer – There is always something to look forward to in Kingston, even when the weather isn’t one of them.

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671 Brock Street: Finding a way past the anger and disappointment An open letter sent to Mayr Paterson and sent to the Clerk, City of Kingston, Jan. 2, 2017: Your actions and approach to redeveloping the St. Joseph's/St. Mary's school site at 671 Brock St. have left residents with mixed feelings of anger and disappointment but not without hope that this divisive situation can be resolved to the benefit of our community. The anger and disappointment stem from how the redevelopment process has unfolded. Anyone who is concerned

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position through a majority vote. the reality is that future agendas and But that, too, is a scenario that policy decisions - from downtown hicould lead to even more political in- rises to new bridges and roads - could fighting. While qualifications would be bolstered or broken depending on be an important asset, each council- whomever is chosen in Countryside. lor would likely support the citizen That's why the stakes are high in decandidate who closely reflects their ciding who will become the 13th vote. own political leanings. Politicians choosing politicians is Balance of power is a critical, and a recipe for criticism, misrepresentaunspoken factor in the choice facing tion and questions of fairness. Reccouncillors. While this council is more ognizing their own quagmire, councilamicable than previous terms, Allen lors may be wise to call a by-election. often provided the deciding vote on Countryside voters would then get to many critical issues that resulted in choose their preference and the rest 7-6 votes. To put it bluntly, does the of council will have to live with it, left leaning side of council get the 7th rather than the other way around. tie breaking vote or should it be the Councillors are scheduled to choose right-leaning side? which process to fill the vacancy on Looking at Allen's track record Jan. 24. over the past two years, we know that he supported red light cameras at accident-prone intersections, and also voted in favour of the airport expansion, 15-storey Capitol condo, advancing the third bridge crossing to the 'shovel ready' stage and a TANKLESS HOME study seeking possible alterna- HEATING SYSTEM EM EM tives to the Wellington Street extension. With a thermal efficiency Councillors will say the inof up to 97%, this terests of Countryside residents must be put first. But matched combo offers a R0012769012

Comment - The sudden vacancy around the horseshoe at Kingston City Hall leaves the remaining 12 council members with a potentially fractious choice. Do they call a mid-term by-election, or appoint someone to fill the empty seat left by former Countryside councillor Richard Allen? The choices seem simple but, then again, politics isn't always cut and dry. Supporters of a by-election say it's the truest form of the current democratic system, and a good way for the city to practice what it preaches with talk over civic engagement and accountability. Ironically, councillors have already approved a referendum for the next election in 2018 to ask voters to consider changing the electoral process to adopt a ranked balloting system. But there's also the question of cost and timing to consider. Holding a by-election in the vast rural area known District #1 would take months to organize and likely cost tens of thousands of dollars - a lot of effort considering the next citywide election is less than two years away. Any candidates may not have the money to pay for two canvassing campaigns so close together. It would also leave the city's rural population without a strong voice at council for a longer period of time while the vote is waiting to be held. Which brings us to the other option - have council vote to appoint a qualified person to

fill the vacancy. But this can process get even more complicated and can be fraught with political jostling over which handpicked candidate is best. The mayor says the appointment process itself comes with two choices; council can either select the second-place finisher from the last election in Countryside, or accept open nominations from a wider pool of potential candidates. To go with the second place candidate would mean a return to the horseshoe for former councillor Jeff Scott, the incumbent who lost to Allen by just 252 votes. It should be noted that two other former councillors, Joyce MacLeod-Kane and George Sutherland, were also trying for a political comeback and finished third and fourth, respectively, in the same race. Scott collected a total of 832 votes, while MacLeod-Kane garnered 706 votes and Sutherland had 596 votes. With such a close four-way race, why should the runner up get appointed, pardon the pun, Scott free? It was also obvious that voters wanted a fresh face in Allen by rejecting the other three. The third choice facing council is to seek nominations at large and fill the

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Land use is a political matter which should be discussed in open session as required by the Municipal Act, not behind closed doors. Instead, the three-way split of the former school site into parkland, mixed affordable housing and market housing appears to have been simmering in closed meetings for nine months. On Sept. 6, 2016 Council wasted no time in passing a motion confirming the split on the very same night it was reported out of closed session. Any subsequent attempts to question this rushed decision were stonewalled by City senior staff repeating the mantra that Council had already voted for the 3- way split. Lack of public consultation: Although the Sept. 6, 2016 Council motion provided for public consultation, the ensuing consultation on Oct. 3 was just an opportunity for staff to sell the City's agenda. Many questions were not answered directly or at all and the community was left with the impression that the decision had been predetermined. That impression was confirmed when it was discovered that the architect's site plan drawing was dated Sept. 28, days before the so-called public consultation. An online survey was open for barely a week. Since then, despite many letters to City officials, delegations to Council and overtures to City officials to seek a compromise, the City continues to ignore the neighbourhood and the more than 1000 people from across the City who have signed a petition asking that 75% of the land at 671 Brock St. remain park while still providing space for affordable housing. Violation of by-laws, building code: In order to meet a ridiculously short funding timeline imposed by the province to obtain funding for affordable housing, the city has ignored its own by- laws and violated the Ontario Building Code. For example, demolition of the former school began Oct. 28; no demolition permit was visible on the site. In fact, a demolition permit was not issued until Nov. 1. The city also violated its own Building Bylaw 2005-99 by allowing demolition without a permit. Even after a permit was belatedly issued, at no time during the entire demolition process was the permit conspicuously displayed onsite as required by the Ontario Building Code.

Violation of municipal Code of Conduct: Overall, the City is playing fast and loose with proper process at the expense of the neighbourhood and our community. Councillor Peter Stroud conceded that "senior staff are making decisions in a non-transparent fashion" and also admitted that the Brock Street project was brought to Council "in fully cooked form. The decisions [were] already made." How does this fit with the Code of Conduct for Council and Committee Members, which states that "Council is responsible for and dedicated to providing good and effective government for the public in an open, accountable and transparent manner"? WHERE ARE WE NOW? We are concerned that the planning application for the 671 Brock St. site now before the City will suffer from the City's rush to develop the site. The community has indicated support for a combination of affordable housing and park. However, the planning process for the market housing block is a large unknown and, in fact, may be constraining some desirable changes to the affordable housing block such as building height and access. WHAT'S NEXT? The next step in this process will be the completion of the comprehensive staff report on the rezoning application. We sincerely hope that the staff report will carefully examine, for the first time, all of the related land division and land use planning issues and take into account all of the foregoing in arriving at a recommendation. We continue to actively seek opportunitiesincluding meetings with City staff-to put the planning process for the 671 Brock St. site on an open and transparent footing and to work together as a community to find a mutually satisfactory solution. Signed: Constance Adamson , Marin Beck , Margaret Bignell , Laura Bond, Joan Bowie , John Clements , John Delahaye , Sharon Deline , Brian Dennison , Frank Dixon , Rob Fonger , Meg Freer , John Grenville, Alan Gummo, Pat Hodge, Roger Holmes, David Johnson, John Kraemer , Patricia Lee, Graham Lodge , Grace McCabe, Tom McCabe, Gillian McLean , Hilary Richardson , Don Richardson, Don Rogers, Ann Marie Rousseau, Anne Rutherford, Jane Rutherford, Adrian Shewchuk, Christine Showler, Bruce Turner, Don Voteary, Trina Voteary, Joan Wright

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Kingston couple welcomes New Year’s baby BY HOLLIE PRATT-CAMPBELL hpratt-campbell@metroland.com

Kerri and Simon Marx weren't expecting to have a New Year's Day baby, but little Henry Walter, the couple's first child, had other ideas. Weighing in at eight pounds, six ounces and measuring 53 centimetres in length, the bouncing baby boy made his grand debut at Kingston General Hospital at 3:45 a.m. on Jan. 1, 2017. He has the distinction of being one of the city's very first babies of the new year. "Our due date was Jan. 13, so he came early," Kerri says. "It was definitely a surprise." At first, they thought they'd have a New Year's Eve baby. "My water broke at quarter to six in the morning [on Dec. 31]," she explains. "I didn't think I'd be in labour that long." The hospital birth itself was another surprise, as Kerri had originally planned to give birth at home with midwives. "He was in the wrong position, which is why my cervix stopped dilating - his head was sideways," she explains. "But my body wanted to push, so we ended up coming into the hospital anyway to get an epidural." Simon and Kerri Marx welcomed their first child, Henry, into the world at KGH on Jan. 1. Kerri says the change of plans was Hollie Pratt-Campbell/Metroland just fine with her.

"I went into it fully prepared for all options," she says. "And after being at the hospital as long as we were we thought okay, we made the right choice. It's not like we got to the hospital and five minutes later gave birth and thought oh we should have stayed. It was good that we were where we were." Eventually, in the small hours of the new year, Henry shifted into the correct position and was ready to enter the world. Simon says he was happy his son was born at the start of the new year instead of the end of the previous one. "As we got closer to midnight I did get more excited," he remarks, before glancing at his wife and quickly adding "although I felt bad for her at the same time because it had been so long." Kerri notes that it really wasn't so bad, though: "The hours go by fast, which is surprising. I didn't really feel like I was in labour for that long. Once you get the epidural you relax a bit and try and get some rest in too." What are her hopes and dreams for little Henry? "I just want him to be happy and healthy," Kerri says. "He can do what he wants." As of 2:30 p.m., there had been four Jan. 1 births at Kingston General Hospital.

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The Point Restaurant brings casual dining back to Sydenham BY MANDY MARCINIAK mandymarciniak@metroland.com

News – Restaurant options are limited in the village of Sydenham, but they became even more limited when local diner, Ronnie’s Place, closed in 2015. Luckily, Carolyn Teal, who was working at Martha’s Place in Verona at the time, saw the closure as an opportunity to branch out on her own. “I spent a lot of years working in kitchens for other people and I thought maybe it was time to work for myself,” said Teal. “It seemed like a logical progression and so I started trying to buy this place in May of 2016.” By August, Teal was the owner of the space at the corner of Wheatley and George Streets in Sydenham and while the space had been vacant for some time, Teal knew exactly what she wanted to do with it. “I knew that it needed some updating and I actually bought all the tables and chairs before we even had possession of the space,” she explained. “I wanted to make the place more inviting and also more accommodating for groups

in the area.” To add to the space, Teal decorated the walls with historical photos of Sydenham and she added a large Harvest Table to the front corner to accommodate local meetings and larger families. “I wanted people to feel like they could come here for more than just a meal, that it could be a useful space,” she said. The Point Restaurant, named after the park it sits across from in Sydenham, opened its doors in September of 2016 and while Teal knew that they would be busy, she never expected the response she received. “We actually had to close early one night in those first few weeks because we ran out of food,” she said. “The community response has been amazing and it shows that there really was a need for a restaurant like this in Sydenham.” Aside from Subway, the Mill Street Pizzeria and the Mill Stree Café (which only opens for lunch) there aren’t many options in Sydenham and Teal is happy to fill the gap for community members and hopefully cottagers. “We haven’t been open in the summer yet so I think the cottagers will be surprised to see us,”

she said. “I’m also hoping that we can have a patio ready to go in the summer.” In terms of food, Teal likes to call her menu ‘elevated casual’ and while she features favourites like fish and chips and liver, she also likes to include more unconventional items like BBQ brisket eggs benedict and honey dijon pork tenderloin. Teal and her staff also take great pride in their presentation. “That is the comment we receive the most; people love our presentation and we take pride in every meal we serve,” she said. Preparing and presenting the food is one of Teal favourite parts of owning The Point, but she admits that the business side has been harder than she expected. “I’m not the most organized, so that has been hard, but it has been going really well,” she said. “I enjoy seeing all of the customers enjoying the space and we have been open for about four months now so we’ve worked out most of the Carolyn Teal is the owner of The Point Restaurant in Sydenham. The reskinks. Hopefully people are enjoy- taurant opened in September of 2016. ing the place as much as we are.” Mandy Marciniak/Metroland The Point Restaurant is located at 4415 Wheatley Street in Sydenham. For more information and hours, look for them on Facebook.

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Kingston Frontenacs announce game and special jersey honouring The Tragically Hip THE KINGSTON HERITAGE/ THE FRONTENAC GAZETTE

In honour of The Tragically Hip's roots in the community, and as a way of helping to raise funds for the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research through Sunnybrook Hospital, the Kingston Frontenacs will be wearing special jerseys at their home game on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Rogers K-Rock Centre and will auction the jerseys after the game with the net proceeds donated to the fund. The announcement was made through a media release on Thursday, Jan. 5. "Gord's diagnosis touched our entire organization and everyone we spoke with, from hockey fans to music fans, across Kingston, and Canada," said Justin Chenier, Executive Director of Business Operations with the Kingston Frontenacs in the release. "As a team, we've

talked about honouring The Tragically Hip and when the reality of Gord's diagnosis set in, we knew we could to do something special to honour the band and help raise funds to help with the research for brain cancer." The jersey was designed by the Kingston Frontenacs and Catstich, an Ontario-based jersey manufacturer who specializes in theme jerseys for hockey teams. "We started with the base of the 1964 Boston Bruins home jersey, to reflect the year Gord Downie was born and his favourite team," said Chenier. "We added The Tragically Hip's logo-wordmark from their 2011 concert at Bobcaygeon as the main logo on the front of the jersey, and their signature-wordmark on the back. In the background of the jersey is the name of every album and song recorded and released by the band, from their self-titled 1987 debut to

2016's Man Machine Poem. We wanted to include the lyrics of every song they've recorded, but typed in 11-point Arial, the 30,333 words, or 128,380 characters was 45 pages long." The Kingston Frontenacs game-worn jerseys honouring The Tragically Hip will be auctioned online. Full details on the auction site will be released the week prior to the game. The Kingston Frontenacs face the Mississauga Steelheads on Saturday, Jan. 28, in A Game Honouring The Tragically Hip at Rogers KRock Centre, the location of the band's final concert of the Man Machine Poem Tour that was watched by millions of Canadians on the CBC. Tickets for the game can be purchased online at www. ticketmaster.ca or in person at the Rogers K-Rock Centre Box Office during regular business hours.

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Latest Domino production promises Comedy, Canadiana BY TORI STAFFORD tstafford@metroland.com

Events – If the long, grey days of January have you feeling down, Domino Theatre is offering just the thing to rid you of your post-holidays blues: laughter. “It’s a great time of year to have a comedy,” said Sabrina DeSousa, director of Domino Theatre’s upcoming production of The Perils of Persephone. “This show should keep audiences laughing… when they come in, I really think that they’re going to enjoy a nice, fun night at the theatre.” Bringing a true sense of Canadiana to the stage, The Perils of Persephone tells the story of farmerturned-politician, Eldon Currie, and the comedy of errors that rains down James Gow (left) as Henry Burford and Sarah Knight as Skip Fuller co- on the town of Persephone after a truck believed to be carrying nuclear star in Domino Theatre’s production of The Perils of Persephone. waste crashes into the swamp on the Tori Stafford/Metroland Currie Farm. Written by Dan Needles, the show echoes the hilarity and relatable na-

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“So you get a lot of playing back and forth between truth and realities and lies and that sort of thing… and that’s where a lot of the comedy comes from in it.” The Perils of Persephone brings together some seasoned veterans of the Domino Theatre stage, as well as some new and returning faces, DeSousa said. While no cast member overshadows another, DeSousa pointed to James Gow as a standout with his performance as Henry Burford, Minister of the Environment and MPP for Persephone. “That character in particular is a little bit of a tough one,” she said, noting that Burford begins with an abundance of confidence due to the importance of his position, but is forced to take a back seat when his superior, Skip Fuller, played by Sarah Knight, enters the scene to clean up his mess. As a former farmer who desperately wants to further his political career, Gow conveys Burford’s conflicting viewpoints beautifully, DeSousa expressed. “I just love the way that James has approached it and has sort of brought all of these different sides of Henry out,” she said. “He’s doing fantastic work.” DeSousa also pointed to Lorna Jodoin, who plays Marj Currie, Eldon’s wife, as another outstanding member of the cast. “The whole play takes place in her kitchen, so she is the one actor who is on the stage the entire time… we open the show with her, and we end the show with her,” she said. “So she’s kind of this pillar throughout the entire thing that is very representative of farming in Ontario and that kind of country home feel, but at the same time, a very strong character.” Like Needles, DeSousa herself has split much of her life between the city and the country, which is what drew her to taking on The Perils of Persephone as her first solo directing experience. It’s a play that speaks to this area, too, and the differences and similarities that exist between the rural and urban populations. “Dan Needle’s writes great plays – they’re so funny, and they really hit home in some aspects,” DeSousa said, noting that The Perils of Persephone is one that people of all backgrounds can enjoy. “They’re very, very Ontario, very Canadian, and usually a riot to watch and to be part of… if you’re feeling kind of blue after the holiday season and you need something to do, it’s a great play to come and see.” The Perils of Persephone runs from Thursday, Jan. 19 to Saturday, Feb. 4 on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Domino Theatre. Visit www.dominotheatre.com for details.

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Kingston Police Briefs Man facing 17 charges in Police seeking witnesses who heard and assisted sexual Man on firearms prohibitions attempts to flee, caught relation to abuse of assault victim on New Year’s Eve Police detectives are wanting to The victim was able to provide a detailed through GPS tracking domestic partner children Kingston speak to two male witnesses who heard and description of the suspect, who had also givOn Jan. 4, the female victim attended the Kingston Police station to report the abusive relationship. A videotaped statement was conducted where she revealed numerous incidents beginning back in October of 2016. This included him striking her children, who have no relation to him, and also assaulting her on multiple occasions, once with a metal broom handle. The accused also refused to allow the victim to leave the residence a number of times when she attempted to end the relationship. He is additionally alleged to have threatened to kill her more than once if she tried to leave him. He also took the same metal broom handle to the woman’s television screen, breaking it, as well as using his fists and a hatchet to smash multiple holes in the drywall of the woman’s residence. Following the detailed statement officers located the accused at a residence where he was arrested without incident. He was transported to police headquarters and lodged in cells overnight to attend a bail hearing on January 5. He is facing the following charges: Assault (9 counts); Assault with a weapon; Uttering threats (3 counts); Forcible confinement (2 counts); Mischief under $5,000 (2 counts)

responded to a cry for assistance from a female victim in relation to a sexual assault in progress shortly after New Year’s Eve. According to a release from Kingston Police, at approximately 2:50 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1, the victim had just left a licensed establishment named The Spot Nightclub with a man she had just met that evening. The bar is located in the area of Division Street and Princess Street. While in the covered walkway that also contains the nearby Burger King drive-thru the male suspect began to sexually assault the victim. She resisted and screamed for help, which a group of men heard and responded to. This caused the suspect to flee from the area. Two men from this group then assisted the woman into Burger King, where staff was alerted to what just occurred, and a Kingston Police officer responding to another matter was notified. These two men, who are witnesses to the event and could have valuable first-hand information, did not stay at the scene and were not identified by police. The victim was assessed and taken to hospital as a precaution and to collect potential evidence through Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence (SADV) nursing staff.

en her some personal information about himself when they first met inside the nightclub. This information was distributed amongst uniform patrol and as a result a male matching the descriptors was observed by an officer leaving a taxi to attend the front lobby of a Queen Mary Road apartment building at approximately 3:45 a.m. Having reasonable grounds the 20-year-old local man was arrested for sexual assault. He was transported to police headquarters, lodged in cells and was later remanded into custody following a bail hearing. While an arrest has been made, detectives in the Sexual Crime Unit want to obtain as much evidence as possible, and feel the two male witnesses could greatly assist in this matter by providing statements. They are asked to please contact Detective Brenda Lavigne at 613-549-4660 ext 6270 or via email at blavigne@kpf.ca. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800222-8477 (TIPS) or on the website at www. tipsubmit.com.  Tipsters are eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. Tips can also be left by private message to the Kingston Police Facebook Page, or via a Direct Message to the official Twitter account.

A 32-year-old local man who has four separate firearms prohibitions attempted to flee on foot after he was found by the Kingston Police Street Crime Unit to be in possession of an Airsoft pistol and drugs.   The accused is well-known to Kingston Police and out of concern for public safety and his history of continued criminal behaviour the Street Crime Unit began monitoring his initial movements through the GPS ankle bracelet. Then on Jan. 4, officers began physically surveilling the man who at approximately 1:30 p.m. exited a residence in the 800-block of Montreal Street carrying a bag and was in breach of his Recognizance since he was not in the presence of his surety. When an officer attempted to arrest the accused he dropped the bag and fled on foot. With the assistance of uniform patrol the man was arrested a short distance later in the front lobby of a Village Drive apartment building. The bag was recovered and found inside was an Airsoft gun with pellets and a live CO2 cartridge, a firearm as defined in the Criminal Code but without the same storage and registration requirements. Also discovered was a marijuana grinder with loose marijuana inside. The accused was transported to police headquarters and lodged in cells to attend a bail hearing the following day.

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The Kingston Voyaguers returned to the Invista Centre with a 5-2 win over the Pickering Panthers to ring in the New Year. Steven Elliott had two goals for Pickering in the first period and Nolan Hutcheson scored for the Vees. In the second period Austin Grzenia scored twice for Kingston. Austin Greznia completed his hat trick in the third pe-

riod and Rob Clerc added the Voyageurs’ fifth goal. Thursday was also the first home win for the new coaching staff. Mark Major and Patrick Shearer are now co-coaching the team with Rob Ridgley. Dean Low is now the trainer. Former Head Coach Taureen White has been relieved of his duties. According to General Manager Peter Goulet the changes were made to change the atmosphere in the dressing room.

Sandy Pines Wildlife Centre has been receiving many calls each week from Kingston and surrounding area in regards to Raccoons seen behaving abnormally. Calls have described the suffering animals as having seizures, falling from trees, unable to climb or walk normally, out in the daytime, exposed and not finding shelter in cold weather. They are hoping to have the public work with them in containing these suffering animals, and finding them help as soon as possible. In most cases the raccoons are displaying the symptoms of Canine Distemper. This disease tends to make them appear friendly or unafraid of humans, lethargic, sedated, they may have seizures, fall from trees or roofs, or simply twitching in the nose or extremities. They often have a difficult time getting around and appear to have injured arms or legs. This disease has been infecting wildlife for decades, however recently the cases we are called about seem to be on the rise. It does

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The games people play For many people, the coming of a new year brought a resolution, or at least a hope, to spend more time with family. Simple quality time together. Accomplishing “nothing” and doing “nothing” other than being together. Perhaps time is set aside every evening to be in the same room reading. That’s a great start, for the mere presence of family can bring comfort. Family interaction is also important, and there’s no better way than sitting on the floor or at a table playing games. It could be a card game or a board game, but no expense or purchase need be involved. There are a lot of games that simply require interaction. One of the most fun games is charades. You may go by standard rules or you may make up the rules. The point is for one person to act out something like a book title, a movie title, a famous person or event. No words are allowed. It all has to be acted. One finger, one word; two fingers, two words. One finger, first word or first syllable. Charades often leads to hilarious laughter—and nothing’s more healing than laughter. In our family, we’ve accumulated a box full of ideas for charades titles. If you can’t think of something to act out, you draw one from the box. It can be interesting to see how a four-year-old might choose to act out something like Winnie the Pooh. We’ll leave that one to your imagination. Like I said, hilarity often ensues. Many kinds of games that you play sitting around a table have layers of benefits. For a start, you are all facing one another. Banter occurs. Conversations get going in a rather nonthreatening environment.

Even social skills can be learned by playing board games. You have to wait your turn, take turns and communicate clearly. Obviously different games are appropriate for differing age levels. It can also be helpful to play as teams. For example, a three-year-old who does not necessarily grasp all the concept involved in a game like Clue, could be given the task of rolling the dice for mom or dad. Children can learn to count by playing board games. Scrabble is a great game for building vocabulary, and for younger children there’s Scrabble Junior. Even the simplest games can help children increase skills in spelling, logic, and critical thinking.

I realize that video and other electronic games can help increase motor skills, but board games are great boosters of emotional well-being. Games aren’t just good for children. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that stimulating the brain with such activities as board games, crossword puzzles (as well as reading and playing a musical instrument) reduces the chance of developing dementia. Those who took part in playing board games over a 20-year time frame could drastically reduce their chance of developing dementia. Playing a board game once a week cut the risk by 7%, but those who played more regularly were able to cut the risk by over 60%. Playing games offers an opportunity to build strong bonds in the family. Like the family meal, game activity offers another opportunity for quality time. In addition to providing general fun, board games offer a great way to relax. There are many games that go back decades, centuries even. Sit down and play something like Clue, which many adults will remember from their own childhood. For Harry Potter fans, there’s a slightly more complex game of Clue that we’ve been playing at home. The playing board looks like a Hogwarts map with recognizable wizarding rooms and classrooms. The game is made more complex than the standard game of Clue because instead of rolling two di, a third dice is added. This third dice can take you somewhere, block you or have some positive or negative affect on the play of the game. In addition, the rooms can change, and how you get into rooms can change.

Board games like Clue or the new Harry Potter Clue, as well as games like Charades, which has been around for decades, help bring families together while building social and emotional skills for children.

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Doorways can be blocked, so where you were headed is suddenly no longer possible. My family has really been enjoying this newest version of Clue. Games can foster and tap the player’s creativity. The game of Pictionary challenges, not only intellect itself, but also creativity. Games, to me, are like the dresser in Narnia. They take us to other worlds. They also allow us to dive into pretend worlds. They take us back to childhood. Jay Tietel, writing in Psychology Today, noted that the game provides a social world where the bad stress is removed from socializing. Games have structures that release us from the stress of many social situations. Tietel pointed out that almost every social situation, from dates, job interviews, parties, and whatever else, lacks a specific structure that can make situations safe. But games have rules and structure. They also provide a focal point, the board, so there is not constant eye contact. This, too, builds in safety and allows a feeling of not being “on the spot.” In a sense, a game provides an opportunity to role play, much like theatre does. Many games require that we pick a character to represent ourselves. Once you are that character you have to learn to take turns, one of the most valuable of life lessons, one which many children who are not taught the importance of the words

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“yes” and “no” do not receive. In other words, in addition to their many benefits, games demand that we become functioning social beings. Learning to take turns requires us to learn to control our impulses. Dr. Gwen Dewar, writing for parentingscience.com points out the many benefits of games. Not only do games teach those of all ages how to get along with others, they also teach the general concepts of rules, encourage us to detect patterns, and plan ahead. The game Clue, mentioned already, helps teach deductive logic. An interesting study on chess showed that students with learning disabilities who were give four hours of math instruction plus one hour of chess instruction performed better than students who were simply given five hours of math instruction. For an thorough examination of the benefits of games and an understanding of hour playing games affects the brain, visit gamasutra. com.

Board games like Clue or the new Harry Potter Clue, as well as games like Charades, which has been around for decades, help bring families together while building social and emotional skills for children.

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Busy year ahead for Frontenac Islands: Me Thinks MARGARET KNOTT

Frontenac Islands held their first 2017 budget meeting on Jan. 4th. At which time, they confirmed the items on the long list of priorities they had arrived at before Christmas requiring budget consideration. The meeting started late due to the wild weather and the rough ferry trip that brought Deputy Mayor Nossal and Councillor Higgs to Wolfe Island. While waiting, there was an opportunity to note the steps the township is taking to meet some of the accessibility standards, and 2025 time frame laid out in the ‘AODA’ - Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act .“ A

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A regional roundup of the events going on within the Greater Kingston Area

39 Club of Kingston - Fri. Jan. 13. Music by Tim and Terry at Matt’s Place Legion 631, Main Hall at 4034 Bath Rd. at Collins Bay. 7:30-11:00 pm. Singles and couples welcome. $10 per person $8 for members

ternoon of old standards and big band hits. Refreshments available for sale during intermission. Bring your dancing shoes! 56 Francis Street. Advance tickets: $10/person For more information call 613.548.7810

,Q*RRG7DVWHLVDĂ€QHGLQLQJH[SHULence for single seniors and will meet at Cavalier Room, Travel Lodge Hotel, 2360 Princess Street on Jan 13, at 5:30 p.m. If interested to attend, please contact Norma at 613-5423622 or Nicole at 613-634-1966.

Organists Francine Nguyen-Savaria and Matthieu Latreille (“Duo Pergulaeâ€?) will perform at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at 4 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the CatheGUDO 2IĂ€FH RU DW WKH GRRU $ UHFHStion will follow. The program will be mainly composed of organ duets, but will also include two solos works. The organ duets will include the well-known Fantasia in F minor and other organ transcriptions of works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, a duet from the Renaissance period, and Variations on “Veni Creator Spiritusâ€? by David Briggs.St. George’s Cathedral is located at 270 King Street East in Kingston. The concert is sponsored by the Kingston Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. For more information please visit www. rcco-kingston.org, or email: info@ rcco-kingston.org.

The Kingston Heirloom Quilters welcomes new members.We meet 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m and 7 p.m to 8:30p.m. at St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, 41 Church Street in Portsmouth Village. Guests are welcome. Please bring a lunch and enjoy the company of fellow quilters throughout the day. Learn to quilt or improve your skills LQ D IULHQGO\ UHOD[HG JURXS-DQXDU\ 2017 meeting dates: Thursday Jan. 19. For further information please visit our web site at www.quiltskingston.org

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Jan 13 Youth Dance Golden Links Hall Harrowsmith, Jan 13, 7 to 9:30 p.m. for elementary school children cost $6 info call 372-2410 Sponsored by the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Jan. 15 roast beef dinner Golden Links Hall Harrowsmith 4:30 to 6 p.m. cost $13 info call 372-2410 Sponsored by the Odd Fellows & Rebekahs Are you a woman who loves to sing and is curious about joining a choir? The Frontenac Women’s Chorus is welcoming new members for January. No audition is necessary and an ability to read music, while desirable, is not required if you can learn by ear and sing in tune with our enthusiastic and friendly group. Join us to sing an H[FLWLQJYDULHW\RIPXVLFRQ0RQGD\ nights - we have a spot for you! For additional information please contact Patty Smith at kpatty.smith@gmail. com Sound Escapes: Swingtime Dance Band, Thursday, Jan. 26, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m Join us for the kick-off to our new concert series, and enjoy an af-

Inverary United Church (4681 Latimer Rd) 10th Annual Chilli-fest, Friday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m.Come sample and vote for your favourite chilli whether it be hot, medium, mild, vegetarian or no bean Beef stew for the non-chili lovers Adults $10 Children $5 Dinner includes chilli, salad, buns, dessert, tea or coffee Barb Carr and Jane Hamilton-Khaan are presenting a Printmaking Show at The Window Art Gallery, Victoria Street at Princess January 4 to 15, 2017. Reception: Sunday. Jan. 15, 3 to 5 p.m. Walk On is a free, indoor winter walking program that runs from November to the end of March. With VL[ ORFDWLRQV LQ .)/ $ :DON 2Q encourages walking for people of all ages and abilities in a safe, social environment. The program is drop-in, and there is no cost to participate. 9LVLWZZZNĂ DSKFDIRUWKH:DON2Q VFKHGXOH RU FDOO  H[W 1180.

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Clap your hands and sing along at St. Mark’s Coffee House evening on Ssturday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. The church hall is located at 268 Main Street in %DUULHĂ€HOG(DVW.LQJVWRQ..: right near CFB Kingston! Local musicians on hand, and sometimes surprise special guests. Free-will donations are gratefully accepted to support repairs to St. Mark’s Church. Rideau Trail Club of Kingston-Saturday, Jan. 14 Gould Lake Conservation Area Level 2, moderate pace, ~10 km. Snowshoe the hilly east side trails. Bring lunch and dress in layers for winter conditions. Depart Canadian Tire Parking Lot along Bath Road at 9:30 a.m. Gas $3 plus park fee. Leader Peter 613 634 1877 or peterbur@ kingston.net Singles Only Club of Kingston ...Thursday, Jan. 19, 6 p.m. Monthly dinner and meeting at Smitty’s on Princess Street. Please note that for current members your annual membership is due, $20. Go through the restaurant to the room at the back. Meeting starts at 7 p.m. Non-members welcome. Come introduce yourself. For more information go to www. sockingston.com or call 613-5304912 $UH\RXRUVRPHRQH\RXNQRZH[SHULencing the trauma of a Separation and/or Divorce? Where do you turn for help? Come to the New Life Group Meeting: a Catholic Ministry for the Separated and Divorced on alternate Tuesday evenings. Jan 17, Shattered Dreams: Finding Healing: DVD – Guided DisFXVVLRQ-DQ2XU5HVSRQVHWR'LIĂ€cult People. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Francis J. Spence Pastoral Centre, 390 Palace Road, Kingston, (613) 548-4461. All faith denominations are welcome. The Hotel Dieu Hospital/St. Maryšs Cathedral Coat Drive is looking for GRQDWLRQV RI FOHDQ GRZQĂ€OOHGVW\OH coats and ski jackets. Men’s large DQG H[WUDODUJH FRDWV DUH SDUWLFXODUO\ needed. Items can be dropped off at the Sydenham St. entrance of Hotel Dieu Hospital during regular business hours, weekdays. For more informaWLRQFDOOH[W

Bath Legion branch 623 : January 3 will start “Tasty Tall Boy Tuesdaysâ€?. Tall Boys will be $4.25 all day Tuesday plus buy one meal get the second for half price (must be an entree, dine in only, drinks not included) Every Monday evening in -DQXDU\6KXIĂ HERDUGSPSHU play, Bath Legion - Every Wednesday morning in January Legion Breakfast, 7 a.m. - 1 p.m. Every Friday come join us for lunch at the Legion. Good food, good company, 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Check us out on Facebook! Royal Canadian Legion Branch 623 Bath & Area. Jan. 14 - Big Euchre registration starts at 11 a.m., play starts at 12 p.m., $20 per team, Bath Legion - Everyone welcome Boomers Fitness 50+yrs . 50+Rock ‘n Roll Fitness, including stretching and strengthening for enhanced mobility and strength. Monday evenings, Tuesday and Thursday Mornings. Join us any time for free demos and to learn more information . Call Dee 613-389-6540 for west end location. Friday Night Baha’i Fireside –Discussion: “One Race – the Human Raceâ€? Friday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. at 99 York St. All are welcome. Further info:bahais@kingston.net Are you a senior or disabled person who has difficulty preparing meals? The VON Meals on Wheels can help! We provide tasty, nutritious and affordable hot or frozen meals delivered weekdays, by friendly volunteers to people living in the Greater Kingston area. Let us do WKHFRRNLQJ&DOOH[W 2302 for more info Queen’s University Institute for Lifelong Learning (QUILL) Series: Sunday, Jan. 15 2 p.m. Doug MacLeod, Supervisory Veterinarian, Canadian Food Inspection Agency will speak on Avian Influenza: A Case Study of Foreign Animal Disease in Canada. It takes place in Room 101 Goodes Hall 143 Union St. Queens University. For more info call 613 549 1910.

GriefShare - A weekly seminar and support group for men and women who are grieving the death of a family member or friend. Get together with others who understand your KXUWV HPRWLRQV DQG SDLQIXO H[SHULences in a supportive environment. Face the challenges of loss and work towards rebuilding your life. Weekly from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Westside Fellowship Christian Reformed Church at 1021 Woodbine Rd. For more information, call Betty-Ann at 613-384-7306 or Leo at 613-4535907 or go online to www.griefshare.org. The Creative Arts Focus Program LDSB/LCVI Presents: Visual ParaGLVH$*DOOHU\([KLELWRI)LQH Art & Design. Jan. 19 to -29 at 274 Princess Street (between Clergy & Sydenham) Opening Reception: Thursday, Jan. 19, 7 to - 9p.m.Show Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 a.m.to 6p.m..Sunday: noon to 5 p.m. Info: 613-540-4134 Tree Care Workshop with Certified Arborist, Eric Weese. Learn the best ways to look after your trees. PreVHQWHG E\ WKH /HQQR[ $GGLQJWRQ Stewardship Council.Jan 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at St. Alban’s Church Hall, 67 Main St. in Odessa. All are welcome, free of charge, donations accepted. Information: Susan at 613-354-5765 or susan.withers@gmail.com The Bath Gardening Club and Horticultural Society will meet at St. John’s Hall in Bath on Monday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. John Singleton, Rideau Thousand Islands Master Gardener, will speak on “Seed Sprouting for Garden, Kitchen and Windowsill. Visitors welcome, Further details at www.bathgardeningclub.com The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St., on Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 a.m. Who Knew? - Part 2. Members report interesting discoveries in their family history research. Visitors welcome. Further details at www.ogs.on.ca/kingston

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Much ado about hankies Miss Crosby, as always, was at school by the time the first one of us arrived in the morning. My brother Emerson once suggested he wouldn't be a bit surprised if she slept there all night. The Christmas holidays were over, and we were right back into the usual routine at the Northcote School. And every morning I looked for the special gift I had given Miss Crosby the night of our

Christmas concert. And then, just after we had been back a few days, there it was. The white hanky I had given her, tucked into the cuff of her dress, with one corner sticking out just far enough that I could see the red rose that had been embroidered on it. Miss Crosby, ever cautious not to single one pupil out, gave no sign that she was wearing my gift. But I knew it was the one I had given her, and that was all that mattered. I had a hard time paying attention to my lessons that day, and wanted so badly to tell everyone that the hanky, which had cost 19 cents at Walker's Store in Renfrew, was now tucked neatly into the cuff

of my teacher's dress sleeve. And as often happened to me, my mind wandered that day. With my work done, and my scribbler closed, I thought a lot about hankies. Girls and women called them hankies, whereas boys and men called them handkerchiefs. Father's weren't fancy or white like Uncle Lou's. Father's were either navy or red with dots and squares. He wore his tucked into his back pocket, and it served many purposes besides being used to blow his nose. It cleaned pieces of machinery, wiped the toes of his Sunday shoes, and polished his pipe. My sister Audrey and I had what we called school hankies, which

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were plain white squares, and then we had one special one which we took to church on Sundays. A plain white hankie held every cent I owned. This is where young girls tied the few pennies they had into a corner of the hankie, and of course, it was tucked away for safe keeping, out of sight in case a brother decided to help himself to a penny or two. That day in school, when I let my mind wander, I thought too of Mother and her hankies. She had several fancy hankies, one of which she always carried in her purse. And before going into town, or to visit, she took her bottle of "Evening In Paris" cologne, and gave the hankie a good dash so that every time she opened her purse, she smelled like the perfume counter at Ritza's Drug Store in Renfrew. Of course, these hankies were never used for their original purpose... no, that was when the square patch of white linen came into use. It was Aunt Lizzie from Regina whose hankies gave me the most interest. Of course, her's were of the finest linen, and not one was just a plain hankie. They were edged in lace, were bigger than the one's Mother had, and were as white as the driven snow, and many had fine coloured embroidery on the corners. But it was what she did with them that interested me more. Aunt Lizzie was what Mother called "well endowed" which took me ages to figure out. She too kept her hankies

well sprinkled with toilet water. Which meant you always knew where she was. Even if she walked by the back of your chair, you caught the scent of the toilet water. Lacking a place to put her hankie if she wasn't going anywhere in particular, she would plunge it down the front of her dress into goodness knows where. And when she needed it, she wasn't the least bit embarrassed to reach in, grab it out, use it, and cram it back into the cavity from where it came. There was a lot to think about when it came to hankies. And so that day after Christmas, when Miss Crosby had my present tucked into the sleeve of her dress, I hoped that she would do something to show that she liked what I had given her at the Christmas concert. And then, just before school was let out at the end of the day, she pulled the hankie out of her sleeve, gently patted the end of her nose, looked down at the 18 of us waiting to be dismissed, and her eyes rested on me and a faint smile came to her lips. And then she tucked the hankie back into her sleeve. That was all I needed. Interested in an electronic version of Mary's books? Go to https://www.smashwords.com and type MaryRCook for e-book purchase details, or if you would like a hard copy, please contact Mary at wick2@sympatico.ca.

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NEWS AND PUBLIC NOTICES NOTICE OF ROAD CLOSINGS

Take notice that the Council of the Corporation of the Township of South Frontenac proposes to pass a by-law to stop up, close and transfer ownership of part of a Township-owned road allowance as follows: 1. Location: Part of Lot 25, Concession VII, District of Loughborough (Spencer) Reason: Leland Road was re-routed in the early 1980’s and the remnant piece of the former road (256 metres long) was to be conveyed to the abutting owner. This did not occur at the time, thus, the present proposal would finally affect this transfer of ownership. 2. Location: Part of Lot 19 between Concessions V and VI, District of Loughborough (Mundell) Reason: The subject portion of road allowance is steeply sloping and, thus, the alignment of Sydenham Road was forced to the east to better accommodate road construction. This 420 metre long remnant piece is proposed to be closed and sold to the abutting property-owner. The proposed road closings will come before Council for consideration at the regular meeting to be held in the Council Chambers, 4432 George Street, Sydenham, on January 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM. See“News and Public Notices”on our website for more details.

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From tire size to fuel efficiency – winter comes with its own challenges "Hi Brian, In March 2016 I bought a used 2012 Toyota Camry. In just over 50 years of owning vehicles, this is the first time that I have ever owned a Toyota and so far I am extremely pleased with my purchase. The tires on the vehicle are size P215/55R17. When I bought the vehicle I was also able to buy almost new winter tires on rims. The winter tires are Michelin XIce size P215/45R17. This week I went to a Toyota dealership to have a maintenance service completed and was going to have the winter tires installed as well. On arrival, I notified the advisor that my winter tires were P215/45R17 and asked if they could be used.

She told me that my winter tires could not be used as they were not within the specs allowed. She mentioned that a 16" tire and rim package could be installed to save dismounting and remounting fees for seasonal changeovers. After coming home I read up in the Toyota owner's manual and I learned that the #55 in P215/55R17 refers to 'tire height to section width'. The question that I have is since the winter tires I presently have are #45 with regard to tire height and they cannot be used because they do not meet the "specs", how is it possible to go from a 17 inch tire to a 16 inch tire and still be within the specs. My next question is if my P215/45R17 winter tires are not suitable am I better to pay extra money to buy 17 inch tires vs. 16 inch tires and rims. Thanks" Ross It's all a matter of cir-

cumference. That 55 figure refers to the sidewall height being 55 per cent of the tread width. Using a tire size calculator (available online) your winter Michelin 17s are 6.5 per cent smaller in circumference than the originals and the dealer-suggested 16s are actually 0.8 per cent bigger. The car and tire industries agree that you shouldn't go beyond 3.0 per cent bigger or smaller in terms of circumference when substituting tire sizes. The vehicle's various computers are programmed to recognize a wide amount of vehicle speed data based on the tire sizes that were chosen by the original designers and engineers. If you choose the wrong size it can affect anti-lock brakes, transmission shifting and a whole lot more. A number of years ago at a shop I worked, we put the wrong sized tires on a Jeep Patriot and it stalled going out

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of the shop and wouldn't restart because the engine, transmission, and body computers couldn't figure out what was going on! Generally speaking if you opt for 16" tires they are cheaper than 17s (not including the rims), but you could go with the correct 17" size and use your existing rims. "Hello Brian, A friend's daughter bought a 2014 Ford Escape a few weeks ago equipped with a 2.0 L turbo-charged engine. She may have been swayed by the salesman on how good the fuel mileage would be. Apparently there is quite a bit of chatter on-line about the poor performance of the 2.0T. She has had it "assessed" (for fuel usage) by the dealer who sold it and the result was that it was operating "within specs". She wants them to take it back or she'll try to sell it right away. Here are some of the things I told her to help with fuel economy. - Tire pressure, (unless you have nitrogen in your tires, which won't change as much with temperatures). For every 5°C drop in outside temps your tire pressure will drop 1 psi. So, if they set your tires to spec in the shop at 20C, at -5C your tires would be 5 psi low which would certainly affect your fuel mileage.

If you can set your vehicle to FWD only, it would avoid engaging the rest of the driveline (and using more fuel). I'm not sure what your selection options are. - Winter tires are generally less fuel efficient than summer/all-season tires. - A block heater plugged in for an hour or so will avoid hard cold starts and poor fuel mileage for the first few minutes. - Warm up idling gives you 0 mpg. - Not sure if you have a Direct Injection (DI) engine? The manufacturers have gone to DI to get better fuel mileage but they now run the engine so "lean" that there are consequences. One power/ fuel sapping result is that carbon deposits form on the intake valves inhibiting proper air intake. Twice a year you should use an injector cleaner that has polyetheramine. Lorne Our advisor is pretty much bang on with this advice with a few tweaks needed. Fuel economy in winter takes a major drop compared to warmer weather (as much as 20 per cent on some vehicles), so our Escape owner really shouldn't be making any decisions until she sees what the mileage is during warmer weather.

If the Escape is AWD, there may be no driver control to switch it on or off (and besides the vehicle is still carrying the weight of all that secondary driveline equipment). Yes this engine is direct injection and no cleaner added through the injectors (as in, dumped in the gas tank) will make any difference whatsoever as the spray of these chemicals will never hit the back of the intake valves where the deposits occur. (Ford hasn't had much of a problem with this anyway). The biggest problem is the turbo-charger. Few turbo owners ever learn the discipline required to keep this fuel-guzzling intake-booster at bay. In order to get anywhere close to the posted ratings, one has to be VERY light on the pedal, ALL THE TIME! In normal driving this can be a real distraction. The EPA ratings on that year were 25/33 city/ highway mpg (imperial gallons) which was better than their closest competitors (Honda CRV and Toyota RAV4). Most reviewers of the day seldom got those figures during their evaluation road-tests. If this Ford owner is looking for better mileage, she won't likely find it in a compact SUV of this era. Yours in service Brian Turner

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