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City budget unveiled: Property taxes set to rise 2.5 per cent in 2017 BY BILL HUTCHINS

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News - It looks like Kingston home and business owners will have to pay City Hall more money next year. Councillors opened the books on the 2017 operating and capital budgets on Nov. 21 - the third budget of their term - which includes a built-in property tax increase of 2.5 percent to help fund municipal programs and services. That works out to an extra $82 in taxes on a typical home assessed at $293,000. The final rate could actually be lower if the province freezes the education portion of the tax bill, as it has in previous years. "Because the property tax bill includes both the municipal and education components, the total tax rate increase to the taxpayer may ultimately be lower than the municipal tax rate increase of 2.5%," according to budget documents presented by CAO Gerard Hunt. Hunt says managers have found internal savings or new revenue sources to maintain existing services and keep taxes from going even higher, including; $1.3 million in additional taxes from projected new assessment growth, $800,000 in lower fuel costs for the municipal fleet, $795,000 in additional transit revenues, $350,000 in higher federal payments in lieu of taxes due to higher assessments at Collins Bay and Joyceville prisons, and $247,000 in higher recyclable material recovery costs. Continued on page 3

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City budget unveiled: Property taxes set to rise 2.5 per cent in 2017 Overall, the city plans to spend a record $359 million next year on the operating side, a spending increase of nearly $10 million over the current year. The increase is partly due to higher inflation and salaries and benefits paid to municipal employees, plus additional costs of $50,000 for an integrity officer, a new position that councillors recently created to help improve their transparency and accountability. Councillors set aside three nights, starting Nov. 21, to hear individual budget presentations from their department heads as well as external agencies such as police, economic development, public health, public library, land ambulance and the conservation authority. Spending on external agencies accounts for about one-third of the overall municipal budget. The revamped economic development and tourism offices, split into separate agencies, won't be getting any extra money from city coffers. "The combination of these budgets is set at the same level as 2016, reflecting a zero-percent increase.

Future year projections also do not include any escalation at this time," Hunt explained. Kingston Transit's bold service expansion plans are being pushed to future years, for the most part, in order to minimize the tax impact next year. While councillors are expected to endorse expanded hours of transit service on Sundays and holidays starting next September, many other planned improvements will have to wait. The launch of a Montreal Street express service and increasing the 601/602 route express service from 15 to 10 minutes won't begin until May 2018, boosting 501/502 route express service frequency to 7 and a half minutes has been shelved to Sept. 2019, while other improvements are not scheduled to begin until 2020 or 2021. The 2017 capital budget amounts to $43 million - none of it borrowed money - with the lion's share of $30 million earmarked to replace or repair existing infrastructure such as roads, bridges and other municipal assets. Of the remaining $13 million, Kingston Transit will get $4 million to purchase seven new buses, $2 mil-

lion to revamp the downtown bus tax target of 2.5 percent, the budget improvements, hiring extra public transfer terminal, plus additional process is not expected to generate works staff to accommodate fuinvestments in affordable housing, much acrimony. ture growth, operating the Rideau and one million dollars to support However, finance officials have Heights and Pittsburgh community the Waterfront Master Plan. put council on notice that stick- centres, and reduced federal fund"As a result of careful prioriti- ing to the same tax target in future ing for housing programs. zation and project timing, the 2017 years will be difficult. They forecast Explained Hunt: "Options inrecommended capital budget of $43 property taxes to rise by 2.9 percent clude further extending the phasemillion is being funded primarily by in 2018, 4.1 percent in 2019 and 5 in of the new transit enhancements capital reserve funds (pay-as-you-go) percent in 2020. The projected in- and/or reducing or eliminating levand government grants and will not creases are fueled by future transit els of service in other service areas." require the issuance of debt," said Hunt. He credits the 613-384-0012 566 Cataraqui Woods Dr, Kingston ON K7P 2Y5 annual inclusion of a one percent tax for Book of Mormon ......Mar 4/April 9 infrastructure, Arizona ............................Mar 7-31 part of the 2.5 Bahamas Cruise............Mar 11-19 percent tax inNew York City ...............Mar 14-17 crease that allows the city to Alight at Night ...................... Dec 9 Canada Blooms...... Mar 15/16/18 raise tens of mil- The Illusionists..................... Dec 17 Sportsmen’s Show.............. Mar 16 lions of dollars Senators VS Leafs................Jan 14 Senators VS Habs............... Mar 18 to finance infraQuebec Winter Carnival .. Feb 3-5 One of a Kind Spring .......... April 1 structure work. With city ad- Saturday Night Fever............Feb 8 Raptors VS Miami Heat....... April 7 m i n i s t r a t o r s New York City ... Feb 10-13/ 17-20 Washington Blossoms....April 7-11 doing much of Cabaret ...............................Feb 15 Atlantic City .................April 10-13 the leg work to Motorcycle Show................Feb 17 New York City ..............April 14-17 achieve council's TICO#50007364

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News- Kingston's Victoria Park used to be divided by a street up until the 1950's. But councillors of the day decided to close one block of Frontenac Street so both sides of the park could be connected. Now, Coun. Jim Neill is hoping history repeats itself at Churchill Park, some five blocks away from Victoria Park. He presented a motion, endorsed by council Nov. 15, to explore the feasibility of permanently closing one block of Napier Street to motor vehicle traffic, between Brock and

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Mack Streets. This would effectively connect Churchill Park to the future site of park land at the former St. Joseph/St. Mary Catholic School property at 671 Brock Street. "It's logical in this location," said the Williamsville district councillor, who describes Napier as a "low traffic, low utilized street." It would also nearly double the amount of park space that's slated to be developed at the former school. The city already plans to allocate 55 per cent of the 1.5 acre school site as public park space, and develop the remaining 45 per cent as a mix of affordable and private housing. This policy continues to irk the neighbours who want more park space and no land resold for private housing. "It's an ongoing and grave concern to us," said resident Rob Fonger. He appeared before council to complain the city never held a statutory public meeting, as required under the Planning Act, to

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discuss Official Plan and rezoning options in advance of carving 671 Brock Street into three separate parcels. Constance Adamson also addressed politicians about trying to cram too much housing onto the cityowned former school site, the third such council meeting that neighbours have lobbied for more park space. "Frankly too much development is planned for 671 Brock Street." She says this form of "ad hoc intensification" represents poor planning and a lack of community consultation. Neighbours vow to continue their fight with City Hall to block the land redevelopment. But Coun. Neill says there may be an opportunity for compromise if the street in front of the old school is closed and repurposed as park space and additional parking for the potential housing nearby. "All the motion says is to explore the possibility with neighbourhood consultation." Coun. Richard Allen was the lone opponent of the street closure study, instead preferring a city-wide analysis of potential street closures as a means to create more green space in neighbourhoods. "This is a very specific, very narrow focus," he said of the Napier Street study, adding: "I

don't want to limit our approach to just one place." Coun. Neill agreed with Coun. Allen but suggested Napier Street could be considered a pilot area before considering other streets for permanent closure. Staff will consult with various departments - parking, traffic, engineering, fire and utilities - to determine whether closing one block of Napier St. is safe and suitable. They will report the findings and options to council sometime before March 2017. At the same meeting, councillors voted to declare a portion of the former school fronting 71 metres of Brock Street as surplus to municipal needs, paving the way for future housing development. One parcel is to be sold to Kingston and Frontenac Housing Corporation for a four-storey, 30-unit mixed housing apartment, which must still be approved by the planning committee and council. The other site is expected to be put up for sale on the private market for an unknown price. City officials say money from the sale will be directed towards creating public park space. Coun. Adam Candon reminded critics of the land sale that had the city not paid $2.2 million for the de-

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Kingston gives welfare recipients free public transit in 2017 BILL HUTCHINS

News - Willa Thayer says she'll have more freedom to get around the city now that public transportation is free. Eligible Ontario Works recipients will get unlimited monthly passes to ride Kingston Transit as part of a

choice between spending her limited income on groceries or transportation. "When you have such a low income it's comforting to know you won't have any of it set aside for transportation." Thayer says she is used to cycling or walking to get to destinations, but there are times of the year - the frigid weather of winter or the scorching heat of summer - where getting around poses too much of a hardship. Starting January 1, 2017, Thayer and others on welfare won't have to worry as much about the outdoor elements with free, unlimited bus passes. "The inability to access necessary transportation can have a significant impact on the ability for someone to obtain and maintain employment," said a staff report.

one-year pilot project starting next year. Kingston is believed to be the first municipality in Ontario to offer this service. "Winter is very hard for those on welfare," said Thayer, who relies on Ontario Works (OW) benefits. She says it often comes down to a

It's expected that up to 3,000 clients a month will benefit from the pilot program. Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the pilot project at their Nov. 15 meeting. "It's incredibly innovative," said Coun. Mary Rita Holland, who championed the initiative. "Staff are unaware of any other municipality in Ontario that has taken a universal transit program approach for OW clients," according to the report. The costs will be covered from a discretionary employment fund that's provided by the Ministry of Community and Social Services. The fund already gives OW recipients money to cover their travel-related costs. A b o u t $200,000 of those discretionary benefits will be shifted to Kingston Transit to help cover lost revenues from the free transit program. In fact, city officials es-

timate a net increase in revenue of $119,000 even after free bus rides are offered to eligible OW clients. The city decided to offer free transit for one year only because the province has indicated that it may be altering OW program funding and employment expectations in 2017 or 2018. Staff will report back to council by next September with recommendations regarding the future of the program. Kingston already offers free transit to all high school students in Grades 9 to 12. Thayer says she plans to take advantage of the bus pass, calling it an equity issue that will benefit those who are trying to find employment.

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News – It’s been one year since the Coalition of Kingston Communities formed, an anniversary the organization marked with a public meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Coalition came together in

November of 2015 with a common “frustration” regarding the processes, policies and transparency of both Kingston City Council and City of Kingston Staff, said Christine Sypnowich, chair of the Coalition. Among the issues the Coalition took on throughout its first year, ensuring the municipal Heritage Committee

Christine Sypnowich, chair of the Coalition of Kingston Communities, speaks at the commencement of the Coalition’s public meeting held on Wednesday, Nov. 23. Tori Stafford/Metroland

remains effective for heritage districts and the drawing attention to the conflicts surrounding the Capitol Condos project were some of the most major, Sypnowich expressed. Beyond that, the Coalition successfully brought together over 20 different community groups and organizations to discuss and examine their perceived issues with procedures and the Official Plan of the City. While those represented in the Coalition may not always agree on specific projects or developments, there is a commonality throughout the group, said Sypnowich. “I think that we’ve managed to get a lot of attention, and I think we really touched a nerve with the public – people get our issues, because our issues are procedural,” she said prior to the start of the two-hour public meeting held at Confederation Place Hotel. “The thing that we really do share is a concern for process, for relationships that are democratic, transparent, open, and public, and for following proper procedures and rules. That’s something that we could all rally around, no matter where we came from on other things.” Sypnowich said the Coalition’s first year was dynamic in nature, but that she is pleased with the amount of awareness they’ve raised in that time. “We’ve had some success, but

we’ve got a long way to go,” she said, noting how impressed she’s been with the perseverance and activity of those within the Coalition. “A lot of it is just changing the culture, and that’s the sort of thing that doesn’t happen over night.” The Coaltion of Kingston Communities held the public meeting as a means of reconnecting with the public and hearing what issues are top-ofmind for those in the community. The meeting’s first hour saw the 50 plus people in attendance have the opportunity to take the mic and express their opinions, and was followed by a brainstorming session to develop effective strategies for moving forward. Four members of City Council – Jeff McLaren, Jim Neill, Lisa Osanic and Peter Stroud – attended the meeting, a turnout Sypnowich celebrated as the meeting commenced. “It’s really great to see our councillors interested in what the people are thinking,” she said. “That’s what democracy is all about.” Among the most pressing issues those in attendance voiced, a handful stood out, Sypnowich expressed: a poor understanding on the part of some councillors of their ethical responsibilities dictated by the City Code of Conduct; a lack of both pub-

lic engagement and adhering to proper planning practices by City Staff; councillors acting on the advice of City Staff rather than them making independent political decisions and acting on behalf of those who elected them; and the continually ignored planning principles in zoning and the Official Plan, particularly with safeguarding heritage buildings, human scale development and green space. The meeting saw new community groups and organizations represented, and the Coalition “seems more powerful than ever,” Sypnowich said. “It was striking how such a very diverse group of people, from all over the city, with such a variety of interests, should have so much in common when it comes to our frustrations and goals,” she said. “We have a renewed sense of purpose about the way forward to enable us to work towards the wellbeing of this city we all love.”

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EDITORIAL One sad hermit's thoughts on the current state of the world

Our little Everly is three months old today. I'm not gonna lie: it has not been an easy three months partly due to world events, partly due to lack of sleep, and partly due to a tremendous amount of time spent at home, usually alone with my phone, my thoughts and an infant. Specifically, I spend a lot of time breastfeeding my baby girl while reading awful news stories about hate crimes and white nationalists taking over the U.S. government. The juxtaposition is almost too much to bear. Nobody really talks about what a commitment exclusive breastfeeding is. For someone who is used to being out in the community, experiencing things in person and talking to people, it is a significant lifestyle change. Yes, I am comfortable feeding her in

public, but most of the time it's easiest to just let Steve get the groceries, take Summer to gymnastics and so on. After a week or more of being a hermit, however, it becomes clear that the easiest choice isn't always the best choice. Moving only between the bed and the couch wearing the same yoga pants and t-shirt I slept in eventually takes a huge toll on my mental health and my ability to be the best mom I can to my girls - especially when current events can't help but be top of mind. So today I'm vowing to try to overcome my sadness and the inertia of do-nothingness. To get out of bed and face a world in which hate and intolerance have been unleashed to a degree I once naively assumed I'd never see so close to home. I will try to spread love in whatever way I can. It could mean picking up a few extra toys to donate to underprivileged children this holiday season. It could mean donating money and/or time to a charity that helps marginalized people. It could mean shovelling the driveway for an elderly neighbour. It

could mean working toward having more patience with my own children. Hopefully, it will mean some combination of all these things. I will also try to have the courage to call out racism, misogyny, homophobia and xenophobia when they are expressed by those in my immediate circle. (Thankfully, this doesn't happen very often. In general I live in a lovely little bubble filled with good people.) There is a wonderful quote by Rumi that goes "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." One person alone cannot change the world. But many people together, helping one another and spreading love and kindness in whatever way they can - that is a force stronger than fear and hate. Those of us who believe in tolerance and equality for all must continue to have faith that one little blip - as 2016 will hopefully be remembered as - will not stop history from marching on in the right direction.

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Proportional representation helps avoid that development. It is possible for one party to gain an absolute majority, but that is not likely to happen. People are more likely to have a range of views that are expressed. It is true that some extreme positions might be able to be represented, but such views would be balanced by others. The nature of governance will be consideration of different points of views and building alliances. A continuum of voices will be represented. Of course, extreme conditions can arise leading to sharp divisions with reaction to the crisis giving one extreme greater moment over the situation. One sees that, in my opinion, in Israel. No system is perfect. However, we can influence the odds with how we design our system of elections. Hopefully, a proportional representation system would encourage participation. Only about 57 per cent of the voters voted in the U.S. election. Donald Trump was elected by about 28 per cent of the eligible voters. We can do better.

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

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Celebrating 200 years of questioning everything If you’ve seen the t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Question Everything,” you’ve pretty well read the most concise synopsis possible of the life of Henry David Thoreau, one of the greatest American writers and philosophers. Next year marks the bicentennial of the birth of Thoreau. The centre of activities will be Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau’s birthplace. It’s a special town in literary terms, as Louisa May Alcott and Ralph Waldo Emerson also sprang from the small town in Massachusetts. Nathaniel Hawthorne also spent time living in Concord and dined with Thoreau. Of historic note, Concord is the site of the first conflict (The Battle of Lexington and Concord) in the American Revolutionary War. In days when political integrity was still a real thing, Thoreau, in keeping with his strong stance against both slavery and the Mexican-American War, refused to pay taxes, which, of course, landed him in jail. Today, another man not only walks in Henry David Thoreau’s footsteps, he lives the life of the philosopher as the historical interpreter at Walden Pond. Richard Smith is the manager of the bookstore for the Thoreau Society at Walden Pond. Unofficially, he’s also the historical interpreter, doing living history as Thoreau. He’s been living the role for more than 17 years. What attracted Smith to Thoreau was the philosopher’s “screw you” attitude. “He always struck me, at least in his writing, as one of the more rebellious of the transcendentalist writers,” said Smith. “He questioned everything. The Church. Family. Philosophers. Government. Society’s

work ethic. Every time something came up, Thoreau would say, ‘Why?’ It’s something more people need to do. “But Thoreau wasn’t just some anarchist who hated everything. He always seemed to have a reason for questioning everything. And for every ‘why?’ question, he’d give alternatives. He’d say something like, ‘I don’t like this, what about that.’ He was always very reasonable and intelligent.” In Smith’s role as historical interpreter, he deals with hundreds of children every year. How does he relate the life of Thoreau to modern children? “For a lot of them, they think he’s really weird,” said Smith. “They’re so plugged in 24/7, that the idea of solitude and simplicity is foreign to them. I tell the kids, ‘He wanted to take time to listen to his own thoughts.’ That’s something kids can relate to. Preteens and teenagers always have somebody yelling at them or in their ear telling them what to do. Once I tell them he just needed to get away and figure out his place in the world, it makes him more attractive to kids that age. They are starting to question everything. Thoreau just wanted to listen to his own brain. Kids relate to that. Then he seems kind of cool to them.” Like many young people today, Thoreau felt lost in his world. At the age of 27, he moved to Walden Pond, never having really accomplished anything, and probably felt he’d disappointed his family and his mentor, Emerson. At Walden Pond, he became the Thoreau we know, a brilliant philosopher and observer of life and nature. “Before that, he was a 27-yearold schlub who didn’t know what he wanted to do,” said Smith. Richard Smith, in addition to his work with the Thoreau Society, gets to live life as Thoreau lived it. He walks in the same steps taken by Henry David Thoreau. He walks past the homes where Lisa May Alcott

and Ralph Waldo Emerson lived. He walks around Walden Pond, famed around the world, posting current photos of the pond, along with Thoreau quotes, on Facebook. “After almost 18 years, it amazes me every day, especially when I’m dressed in Henry’s clothes,” said Smith. “I walk around Walden Pond and people are saying, ‘Hello, Henry.’ It still amazes me that I’m in Concord, Massachusetts. Even if I’m going into town or the pub or the grocery store, I’m aware that I’m walking on the same street that he walked, seeing the same things he saw. I go by Orchard House and wave at the Alcott’s; I walk past Emerson’s home.” Smith explained that as a historian, he feels especially close to the past. “As a historian, I feel a kindred spirit,” said Smith. “Because I’ve lived with Henry for almost 20 years, I think I understand him. I live with the guy 24/7. He’s always here on my apartment walls, on my two book shelves. There’s a picture of Walden Pond in my bathroom. I walk Walden Pond every day at work. I have a Thoreau tattoo.” Smith grew up in Ohio, obtained a degree in history and spent time playing in punk bands. How does a former punk rocker (with a history degree) latch onto Thoreau? It’s not a stretch, considering Thoreau’s own innate rebelliousness. “I went to Catholic schools and we didn’t do a lot on transcendentalism,” Smith said, with a laugh. “I came across [Thoreau’s] Civil Disobedience and

really into is Thoreau’s piece called A Yankee in Canada. “Here in the States, it’s such a minor piece that almost no one reads, and Thoreau himself didn’t really care for it. It was kind of a fluff piece he wrote. Thoreau wrote, ‘The only thing I got out of Canada was cold.’ He said nasty things about the English, the Catholic Church, Quebecois and nuns. They asked me, ‘Why was he so rude to us?’ I told them, ‘He was rude to everyone; you’re in good company.’” Smith said that after re-examining A Yankee in Canada, he’s realized it’s an underrated essay that’s funny, sarcastic, and a typical Thoreau commentary. Since Thoreau’s time, many divergent authors and groups have claimed him as their own. “He writes in such a way that you read it and you’re like, ‘Wow, this guy gets it, he understands me,’ in a universal way that Emerson and other writers don’t. Thoreau is the only American writer who comes close to that connection with people, except for Mark Twain. With Twain we relate to the characters in his stories. Continued on page 10

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started reading it.” Smith worked at a living history museum outside of Akron and decided to read more from the 1830s and 1840s. “Henry’s name kept coming up, so I started reading more, and my mind was blown wide open.” Fast forward a couple of decades and Smith is now the person who answers the many emails and letters that come into the Thoreau Society. He’s become the go-to guy for scholars and teachers researching Thoreau. This past October he was invited to Quebec City, a place Thoreau visited in 1851. “This group of scholars and diehard Quebecois Thoreauvians want to create a buzz in Quebec about Thoreau, especially for the bicentennial year, so they invited me to Quebec,” said Smith. “Over two days, we did almost 30 kilometres of walking, starting at the Plains of Abraham, following the route Thoreau walked. They want to turn this walk into a yearly event.” Smith promised to be able to speak French by next year. He laughed. “Now I’ve realized what I’ve gotten myself into. This is a really diehard group.” But, he noted, what the group is

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was a writer from the 19th century who believed that there is a moral high ground in arguing for disobedience to an unjust government or state. I Continued from page 9 discovered an intense abolitionist, who cared deepBut Thoreau was writing about himself. So ly about his world, and who served as a “conduceverybody sees a bit of themselves in him. I’m tor” in the Underground Railroad. His writing on thinking I don’t know if I’d like him if I met civil disobedience influenced the likes of Mahatma him. And he might think I’m an asshole. There Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Thoreau’s transcendentalism can be perceived are things about him I don’t like. But I met Dee Dee Ramone, and he was a dick, but that as a breath of fresh air. Transcendentalists believe in the inherent goodness of both nature and doesn’t stop me from loving the Ramones.” My own appreciation for Thoreau’s began in people. It’s is a highly individualistic philosophy high school after reading Civil Disobedience. Here that understands that governments, bureaucracies and institutions corrupt the goodness of individuals, individuals who will be at their best when they are self-reliant and independent. For next year’s Bicentennial of Thoreau’s birth, Smith said there are events all over the country (and in Quebec), with Concord as the epicentre and July 12 (Thoreau’s birth date) being the high point. You can check out more about Thoreau and next year’s events at thoreaubicentennial.org and thoreausociety.org. If any organization in the world is offering Thoreau-related events, Richard Smith said they should contact him at the Bicentennial Facebook page and he’ll make sure the event is promoted. What does the modern day Thoreau interpreter think of the recent election? “I keep saying, ‘If anything good comes out of this election, it will be a bunch of young kids forming new punk bands,’” said Smith, in a rather Thoreauvian manner. For more information, visit thoreaubicentennial. org or thoreausociety.org. The Bicentennial of Henry David Thoreau’s birth will be celMark Bergin on Twitter ebrated in 2017 @markaidanbergin

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

that when the audience is watching.” The cast of OVO is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. Van Grunsven has been a part of the show since it began in 2009 and as a trained dancer and choreographer, she had always wanted to be part of Cirque. “Cirque always inspired me ever since I first saw a show in 1995,” she said. “There is so much to see and take in and my own first experience was that I was filled with energy, appreciation for the arts, and it was all just so inspiring for me.”

Those audiences are part of what Van Grunsven loves about her job as artistic director and she admits that she often watches them throughout the show. “I find it very inspiring,” she said. “You can see them in their seats just laughing or you can see them being full of anticipation or even fear of what the performers are going to do. They can’t believe that what they are seeing, you see jaws drop. There are so many layers of visuals to see and you can see

She hopes that audience members have a similar experience when they come and see OVO and she also hopes that they leave feeling a bit happier. “The hard work really pays off when we see the audience each night,” she said. “I hope people will come out and see the show and I think if you come you will leave with a smile on your face and we could all use a smile.” OVO will perform eight shows in Kingston from Dec. 7 to 11, for ticket information visit http://www. rogersk-rockcentre.com/

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

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

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Food Bank Update Continuing to provide compassion and nourishment to those in need The year 2016 will no doubt go down in history as one of the most controversial and surprising in many decades. The political landscape south of the border has many concerned with what sort of world we are becoming and whether or not our collective humanitarian character can thrive in what seems to be a troubling trend towards exclusion and divisiveness. This time of year for most of us, brings with it a desire to celebrate unity and benevolence towards each other and strive for peace and inclusion for everyone, regardless of religion or financial status. There is some comfort here in Canada that our political direction, at least in principle, chose a more positive path and we are hopeful that the plans for equality and prosperity will come to fruition. In the meantime, so many folks are suffering in a very uncertain world with no clear path out of unstable employment and poverty. Many in our own home town of Kingston face these challenges every day and still rely on the “kindness of strangers” to help feed their children and relieve some of the pressures of not having adequate income. Here at the food

bank we have seen many more of these folks than we would have liked 5% more in fact than last year at this time. More seniors and people on fixed incomes, more single mothers with one or more children and more single folks at a mid-life age that is difficult to find employment, even though they have worked most of their lives. At our food bank we have always worked hard to ensure that everyone is treated with the utmost care and respect when they come to us for assistance. We are constantly listening to their needs and making improvements to ensure our service is having a positive impact onn their lives. In an effort to maintain our high nutritional standards and are providing the kinds of foods our client can use, we conducted a survey in 2015 and they informed us that they would like to see more fresh foods year round. As a result we have included apples oranges, carrots and potatoes in every hamper this year and they have been thrilled to receive them. We are very grateful to the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area in assisting us in this effort with their $25,000 donation. Regardless of recent

announcements of further government studies and piloting a financial relief program, we know that our people are hurting now and can’t wait for livable social assistance. We already know from a litany of studies, that if people have enough to live on crime goes down, healthcare costs go down, children are better educated and the overall economy benefits. Many governments have come and gone since our food bank opened its doors, yet still, very little has been done to move the needle on poverty. As always, it is imperative that our food bank is able to provide this essential service to our community. Programs like Partners in Mission Food Bank have been providing assistance for 33 years independently from government funding and have offered dependable relief to thousands every year. We do this purely from financial and food support directly from within our community. Food banks were originally formed to relieve what was thought to be a temporary situation, but very quickly became an essential component in the relief of poverty. Partners in Mission

Food Bank through the guidance of Sisters of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph made that commitment to the community of Kingston and have been delivering this service reliably since 1984. It is always our great hope that the financial climate will improve so that everyone can sustain a good quality of life and that governments will respond effectively to those challenged by poverty. Until that time comes, Partners in Mission Food Bank will continue to provide compassion and nourishment to those who need us. From everyone here at the food bank we wish all of our tremendous supporters a Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy New Year. Sandy Singers Executive Director

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Friends of the food bank Loblaws Both Loblaws locations in Kingston have been helping the Partners in Mission Food Bank for as long as they can remember. “We help the food bank whenever we can throughout the year,” said Jim Kenney, manager of the Loblaws on Midland Avenue. “We do the main fundraisers each year with the bags and the cash donations at the checkouts and we are happy to help whenever they

are in need.” At both locations, bags and donation bins appear throughout the year. Staff members also help out at the Food Bank itself in terms of assembling orders for schools in the Kingston area and in recent years, both locations also took on a cash donation program at their registers. “That was initiated by Sandy a couple years ago and it has been

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very successful so far,” said Kenney. “The cashiers love it because we offer incentives like gift cards for the person who raises the most at the registers and it has really helped us up our monetary donations to the Food Bank and that is really important.” Staff at the Loblaws at the Kingston Centre location have also really enjoyed the cash donation program and assistant manager Donna Raposo sees the program as a win-win for everyone involved. “It gives the cashiers an incentive and it really helps with morale and makes it a bit exciting around the holidays,” she said. “That excitement also comes across to the customers and that is great to see.” In addition to the cash donation program and filling bags with donations, which both happen throughout December, Loblaws also donates bread to the Food Bank on an almost daily basis and the stores are always open to campaigns throughout the year. “We also host the odd campaign in the lobby here with different groups stuffing cars with food or just collecting what they can and we always welcome those

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individuals and ideas as long as the lobby is free,” said Kenney. Both Kenney and Raposo feel that donating to the Food Bank is something that is necessary in the community. “It is just the right thing to do,” said Kenney. “It is a big part of Loblaws and a big part of the stores in Kingston. While Loblaws is a corporate company and initiates many of the fundraisers that are done locally, Raposo is happy to have such a close connection to the local Food Bank.

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Friends of the food bank Royal Bank Laurie Newport has sat on the board of the Partners In Mission Food Bank for the last decade, and her employer, Royal Bank of Canada, has given the organization an annual $10,000 donation for as many years. “You could say I’m a driver for it, to make sure that we still get that grant,” Newport explains. “We’ve been getting it for as long as I’ve been involved, but I won’t say I’m the only thing that drives it.” Newport says she was inspired to help because she has a family member who has been in the system. “I’m certain at some point in time that they did use a food bank,” she explains. “So for me it’s a case of knowing I need to give back to my community because the community helped my family.” There are several organizations that give large annual donations to the Food

Laurie Newport, is a member of the Partners in Mission Food Bank board of directors.

Bank, but the Royal Bank is the most consistent monetary donor at this level. To put the $10,000 into perspective, about $2,500 worth of food is given out every day in hampers to approximately 55 families and individuals. The money is channelled through the Royal Bank Foundation, which is part of a larger organization called Imagine Canada. The bank was one of the founding members of Imagine Canada, whose members - all large corporations - pledge to donate one per cent of their profits annually to charities. “That money all goes into the foundation and it’s up to communities like ours to ask for those grants,” Newport explains. “The reason [the Food Bank] was chosen is because it involves youth and families. With poverty the way it is, we really want to drive that. You can live without shelter, but you can’t live without food.”

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Food bank update Frontenac Paramedics to donate ambulance full of food with annual fundraiser BY HOLLIE PRATT-CAMPBELL hpratt-campbell@metroland.com

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

and they bring us food out.” Like any truck, an ambulance can only carry up to a certain amount in the back; each year, the donations collected by Lepage-McBain and her colleagues have met or even exceeded the vehicle’s weight limit. “The first year we did it I drove the ambulance full of food to the weights up on Gardiners Road because I wanted to weigh how much food we collected, and I had a hard time driving the ambulance because it was too full,” she laughs. “From then on we decided no more driving the ambulance with all that food in it, so we have to transfer into [the food bank’s truck] at the end of the day.” An average of 3,000 pounds of food is collected at each fundraiser. According to executive director Sandy Singers, that equates to an entire day’s worth of food for the Partners in Mission Food Bank to distribute to clients, helping approximately 55 families and individuals. “[Lise-Anne] has been wonderful,” he says. “She organizes the whole event and brings together her team to help out for the day. The customers really respond well to them and really

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

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Events – Sydenham Ward will look even more like a scene from a Victorian Christmas story as Home for the Holidays brings carollers to the streets and opens the doors of four area homes to the public on Saturday, Dec. 3. Kingston Chamber Choir’s annual holiday fundraiser, Home for the Holidays, allows the public a rare opportunity to enter and explore the main floors of four 19th century buildings in this historic neighbourhood. Participants walk from house to house in a three-block area, where carollers from the Choir provide a seasonal soundtrack outdoors, and the talents of local musicians fill the homes with the warmth of music. This year, the holiday house tour takes the public inside four homes built from 1828 to 1882, including Hotel Belvedere, Stone Cottage, a Victorian row house and McIntosh Castle. “You walk by these places and you never get to go in, so it’s such a treat!” said Sandra Sinclair, fundraising committee chair for the Kingston Chamber Choir, noting that tour attendees will have the chance to take in a 54-year span of architectural history here in Kingston. The oldest building on the tour, the Stone Cottage at 55 Earl Street, was built prior to 1828, and was the first house on Earl Street between King Street East and Wellington Street. Built by a father who promised his children a castle, McIntosh Castle at 14 Sydenham Street was built in 1851. The building took three years to complete, and, sadly, McIntosh lost the home before its completion. A well-known area bed and breakfast, Hotel Belvedere was built at 141 King Street East in 1880 and is treasured for offering patrons a step back

in time, and the 1882 row house at 82 Lower Union Street offers a glimpse of late-19th century fusion architecture. Additionally, Each house on the tour is matched with a local florist, and decorated to evoke the holiday spirit in all who enter. But what makes the tour even more unique is the musical accompaniment along the way, Sinclair explained. With three groups formed of members of the Kingston Chamber Choir carolling outdoors, tour participants are also treated to live music indoors, with guitarist Dave Barton, cellist Jeff Hamacher, flute duo Jay McLellan and Anne Palmer, and violinist Baylie Thorne all performing inside the heritage homes. Additionally, Town Crier Chris Whyman will be on hand to welcome guests, who can also warm up with hot cider and cookies in the salon at Hotel Belvedere. The tour is a unique experience, and a great way to welcome the holiday season, Sinclair expressed, noting the event could not take place without the sponsors in the community. “We are so grateful to each of our home sponsors, and we have two event sponsors, Cupido Construction and Expressions Fashion Boutique who we are also very grateful for,” she said. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children, who must be accompanied by an adult, and all funds raised through the tour will benefit the Kingston Chamber Choir. Tickets are available in advance at Expressions Fashion Boutique and the Church Book Room, or can be purchased at any of the four houses on the tour during the event. This year, the event has expanded hours to include more daylight tour time, and will run from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets on- Sandra Sinclair, fundraising committee chair for the Kingston Chamber line, visit kingstonchamberchoir.ca/kcc_events.cfm. Choir, stands out front of McIntosh Castle. Tori Stafford/Metroland

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Candlelight vigil to mark National Day of Remembrance BY TORI STAFFORD tstafford@metroland.com

Events – It’s been 27 years since the Montreal Massacre saw 14 young women murdered at l’Ècole Polytechnique de Montreal, but remembering the events of that day and what caused them is still as important as ever. “It’s important to say ‘This is still happening.’ That was 1989, this is 2016, and we’re still having all of these women who have lost their lives to violence,” said Jeannie Quinn, chair of the Kingston Anti-Violence Advisory Council. “It’s not just the women at Polytechnique that we’re commemorating. We’re commemorating all other

women, recent women, that have lost their lives, too.” On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Anti-Violence Advisory Council will host the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Vigil, commemorating those lives lost in the Montreal Massacre as well as those women locally and across Ontario killed through gender-based violence. The event also aims to raise awareness of the prevalence of violence against women, while offering solace and support for those who have survived gender-based violence, as well. The vigil will include a series of speakers discussing the issue and the action needed to combat it before a candlelit commemoration and rose-

laying ceremony. During that ceremony, the names of the 14 women killed in the Montreal Massacre are read aloud by attendees who each blow out their candle after commemorating one of those lost. This is followed by the reading of names of women throughout Ontario and here in Kingston who have also been killed through gender-based violence in recent history. As the names are read and the candles snuffed out, a rose is laid to commemorate each woman. The lives of those indigenous women lost on the Highway of Tears will also be commemorated, and The Caledonias, an all-female a cappella choir from Queen’s University will perform dur-

ing the ceremony. It is a moving and sometimes difficult ceremony to take in, Quinn expressed, which is why the Anti-Violence Advisory Council provides a self-care area for anyone who may be triggered or become upset during the event, and childcare is also provided on site. “Last year was the first year I went to the vigil, and I was just blown away. It was so heart-wrenching,” said Quinn. “The candlelight and then having the names read and putting the rose down to commemorate that particular women… it really hits home that this is really happening all the time.”

With approximately one in three women experiencing gender- or relationship-based violence in their lifetime, the issue of violence against women is one both men and women need to take action against, Quinn expressed, and all are welcomed and encouraged to attend the vigil. “It’s only two hours, so it’s just a short time out of your life to go and give a few minutes to these women that we’ve lost,” said Quinn. The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women Vigil will take place at HARS, 844a Princess St., beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Kingston Vees defeat Pickering Panthers in rough game The Kingston Voyageurs defeated the Pickering Panthers 4-1 in OJHL hockey action at the Kingston Invista Centre on Thursday, Nov. 24. After a scoreless opening period the Vees took the lead in the second on goals by Anthony Firriolo and Dorian Overland before Linden Sturrock scored for the Panthers. Brendan Lochead scored two for Kingston in the final

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39 Club of Kingston - Fri. Dec. 2nd. Music by Texas Tuxedo 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 ,Q *RRG 7DVWH LV D ÀQH GLQLQJ H[perience for single seniors and will meet at Bella Bistro, 4050 Bath Rd at Frankie Pesto, 167 Ontario St, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. If interested to attend, please contact Norma at 613-5423622 or Nicole at 613-634-1966. Christmas craft and bake sale, a fundraiser for Holy Family Parish, will be held at Holy Family School, 114 Wiley Street, Kingston, on Saturday, Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free admission – item for Food Bank appreciated. Visit our bake table for home-baked goods and special treats! Shop for gifts and decorations and support our crafters. After shopping, enjoy lunch and relax with neighbours and friends. Kingston Horticultural Society meets Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave., In addition to the Show Corner, the featured speaker is Astrid Muschalla: All about our wild soil inhabitants. Non-member admission is $3. New members welcome. For more information: www.ikweb. com/khs or email kingstonhortsoc@ gmail.com . Like us on Facebook Lessons and Carols Service, Sunday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m. at St. Luke’s Anglican Church, 236 Nelson Street, Kingston Kingstown Players performance of the musical pantomime, Sleeping Beauty written and directed by Steven Spencer. This mischievously funny version will be sure to excite the whole family. Performances take place Wednesday-Saturday evening at 7 p.m. with two Saturday matinees at 1:30 p.m. from Dec. 7 to 17 at The Rotunda Theatre, Queen’s Theological Hall, Queen’s University. Book early at kingstownplayers.com to avoid disappointment. Youth, senior and family rates available.

Arts and Crafts fair Dec. 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1578 Unity Road, Glenburnie. Local artists such as (Shirley Gibson Longille and Patricia Butchart) Offering a huge selection of gifts and decorating items Come and do some Christmas gift shopping. Complimentary coffee, tea and cookies will be served 10 min Tea Leaf Reading for $5 to go to charity of your choice Kingston theatre Organ Society presents Dave Wickerham, the 2011 American Theatre Organist of the Year, presenting a concert of light classical and traditional theatre organ favorites, Friday, Dec. 2 . 7 :30 p.m. 89 Kirkpatrick St. www.KTOS.ca for more information. Tickets call 613-386-7295 $25 Adults, $20 Seniors, $8 Students Kingston Shrine Club Turkey Dinner, Dec. 2. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Adults $ 15 Children under 10 yrs of age $ 8 To be held at the Shrine Club 3260 Princess Street at Collins Bay Rd. Purchase Tickets at the Door For information please call 613 384 9554 Rideau Trail Club of Kingston-Sunday, Dec. 4 Lemoine Point Level 1, easy pace, 6 km. Hike the circuit at Kingston’s “Stanley Park� enjoying the lake and late fall weather. Meet at Lemoine Point north parking lot (Coverdale) for a 1:30 p.m. departure. Leader: Elgin 613 389 4216 One Parent Family Association Family billiards - Bring your kids. Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Raxx Bar and Grill, 665 Development Drive, Kingston, Ontario, K7M4W6 Please email opfa.limestone@gmail.com or call Kim St. Onge at 613-331-6413. Legion 560: Friday, Dec. 2 Kirkham’s Karaoke will entertain from 8 to 12 with $2.50 cover for non members and guests...everyone’s welcome. Saturday, Dec. 3 Branch 560’s Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar from 9 to 2...lots of good stuff...tables available for rental...613-548-4570. Saturday, Dec. 3 Christmas dinner and dance with the Reasons from 8 to 12. Dinner at 6 p.m. $25 per person. Tickets available at the bar.

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Kingston Shriner’s Christmas Cakes are now available for purchase from any Shrine Member or at the Shrine Club. Hours at the Club - Thursday and Friday 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until the end of November The Harrowsmith Santa Claus Parade takes place on Saturday, Dec. 3, leaving Centennial Park at 10 a.m. Members of the Harrowsmith-Verona Pastoral Charge will be collecting non-perishable food items and monetary donations along the parade route to assist with the Christmas hampers and for the South Frontenac Food bank. After the parade the Social and Athletic Club in Harrowsmith invites you to an Open House at the hall on Colebrook Road. Join us for some snacks and hot chocolate and a visit with the jolly ol elf himself ! Contact Marilyn Goodberry for more information, 613-372-0917 The Trinity United Church Choir and special guests invite you to an Advent choral concert entitled, “Four Lessons and Carolsâ€? to be held at Trinity United Church in Verona on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 pm. Admission is free. For more LQIRUPDWLRQSOHDVHFDOOWKHFKXUFKRIĂ€FH at 613-374-2777. The Loyalist Junior Tennis Club is holding their annual Christmas Craft and Gift Sale in the St. John’s Hall, Bath , 216 Church Street, on Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Please plan to join us for great gifts and gift ideas, complimentary coffee. Breakfast and Lunch available. For more information please call Al Beatty 613 352 5220 or email allanbeatty@hotmail.com Youth Dance Golden Links Hall Harrowsmith, Dec. 2, 7 to 9:30 p.m. for public school children cost $6 info call 372-2410 Sponsored by Odd Fellows & Rebekahs 6th Annual Breakfast with Santa and St. Nicholas, Saturday, Dec 3 at 9 a.m. at St. Luke’s Church, 236 Nelson Street, Yummy breakfast, games and songs, crafts and activities. Free, all welcome. The Jubilate Singers conducted by Brenda Carew bring “Songs of Joyâ€? as they celebrate 30 years of music mak-

ing in the Kingston area. Join them Sunday, Dec. 4 at 3 p.m. in Polson Park Free Methodist church, corner of Miles and Portsmouth Avenues. The program includes lively works of John Rutter, new inspiring music, favourite classics for the season and a carol singalong with the choir. A freewill offering will support Martha’s Table. Info: 613-3894974 The marvelous Ennis Sisters from Newfoundland are coming to St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (Clergy St. and Princess in Kingston) on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door (if available) and are on sale now at Brian’s Record Option (613 542-2452 for phone orders) Tara Foods and online at www.livewiremusicseries.ca The Royal Kingston Curling Club (130 Days Rd) is hosting its 3rd annual Christmas Craft Show Saturday Dec. 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., entry is IUHH&RPHLQDQGĂ€QLVK\RXU&KULVWmas shopping, you can also take a break and enjoy a plate of desserts, coffee and tea for $5/person. Hope to see you there. Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 - Perth Road United Church Christmas Bake & Craft Sale from 9 a.m. till noon, only. In the Perth Road Sunday School Hall, Perth Road Village 14 vendor tables plus “Bake Tableâ€?. Info: 613353-1690 Kingston & District Branch, UEL Association of Canada holds its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Church Hall, Queen and Montreal Streets. (Optional sandwich ‘n square lunch at 12:00, hall open from 11:30 a.m.). Speaker will be Jean Rae Baxter, “Honouring Loyalist History through Fiction.â€? Further details can be found at www.uelac.org/kingston. St. George’s Cathedral Advent Concerts continue on Thursday Dec. 1 from 12:15 to 12:50 p.m. with a performance by the Cygnus Trio (Violin, Flute, Guitar). The concerts continue on Thursdays through Dec. 15. Admission is free, with a voluntary offering collected. The Cathedral is at 270 King St. E.

(at Johnson) Call 613-548-4617 or visit www.stgeorgescathedral.ca or www. facebook.com/StGeorgeConcerts. Join us for a mid-day musical interlude! Melos presents “A Star in the East II.â€? Advent and Christmas music from west to east, 12th-18th centuries, with period poetry readings. Friday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., at St. George’s Cathedral, 270 King Street East (at Johnson). Tickets $25/22/15/5. Information: holly.gwynnetimothy@gmail.com, 613-767-7245, or our website melos-earlymusic.org Walk On is a free, indoor winter walking program that runs from November to the end of March. With six locations in KFL&A, Walk On 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 particiSDWH9LVLWZZZNĂ DSKFDIRUWKH:DON On schedule, or call 613-549-1232, ext. 1180. Queen’s University Lifelong Learning (QUILL) Series - Sunday, Dec. 4, 2 p.m. The Topic is : The Myth of the Age of Entitlement. The Speaker is James Cairns, Associate Professor, Wilfrid Laurier University, Branford Campus. It takes place in Goodes Hall, Rm 101, Queen’s University 143 Union St. For more info call 613 549 1910. The Hotel Dieu Hospital/St. Maryšs Cathedral Coat Drive is looking for donaWLRQV RI FOHDQ GRZQĂ€OOHGVW\OH FRDWV and ski jackets. Men’s large and extralarge coats are particularly needed. Items can be dropped off at the Sydenham St. entrance of Hotel Dieu Hospital during regular business hours, weekdays. For more information call 613-544-3400, ext. 4204. Bath Legion branch 623 : Every MonGD\6KXIĂ HERDUGSPSHUSOD\ Every Tuesday is ‘Tasty Tuesdays’ -Buy one meal, get the second meal 50% off. (must be an entree, dine in only, drinks not included) Come enjoy lunch with a friend! Every Wednesday - Legion Breakfast. 7:00 am - 1:00 p.m. Every Friday- lunch at the Legion, Good food, good company, 11:30am to 7:00pm, Every Friday - Friday night euchre, play starts at 7:30 p.m.

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Howe Island agricultural ferry loading restrictions lifted Howe Island loading restrictions, on vehicles supporting agricultural business, have been lifted by Frontenac County thus allowing such vehicles to travel to and from the Island on the Howe Islander ferry on a first come, first cross basis regardless of the time of the day. The issue of agricultural vehicles was raised at a special Frontenac Islands November council meeting by a group of Howe Islanders involved in farming activities. They requested that current loading restrictions be lifted, which preventing agricultural vehicles from boarding the Frontenac Howe Islander ferry between the hours of 6.30-8.30am and 4.00-6.00pm, citing the Farming and Food Production Protection Act (1998,Ontario) and the ‘Normal Farm Practices Protection Board.’ The Act states: By-laws and vehicles 7. (1) A municipal by-law that has the effect of restricting the times during which a vehicle may travel does not apply to the vehicle if, (a) the vehicle is going to or from an agricultural operation; (b) the purpose for which the vehicle is going to or from an agricultural operation and the times during which the vehicle is arriving at or leaving the operation are part of normal farm practice; and (c) there is no road that could serve as a reasonable alternative that the vehicle may use to travel to or from the agricultural operation. 1998, c. 1, s. 7 (1). (It would appear the ferry operation restricting the use of the ferry by any farm vehicles, contravenes rules set out in Ontario legislation governing farm activities.) This issue was referred to the County of Frontenac Council for consideration, and after receiving advice from the municipal solicitor, County Council directed staff to lift the ferry boarding restrictions. Frontenac County operates the MTO owned Howe Islander ferry. As a result of the Frontenac County decision, the Township of Frontenac Islands held a Special Council Meeting at St Philomena’s Church Hall on Howe Island to provide an opportunity for the community to offer their comments on this decision. Members of the public voiced their concerns about various aspects of this issue, including questions about what constitutes ‘normal farm practice’ on Howe Island, suggestions that further legal opinion be sought, and how this development corresponds with the intent of the Township’s Official Plan. Members of the public voiced their intent to pursue this discussion further at the upcoming County Council meeting in December . “The issue really is with the Provincial Legislation and not the ferry operations, and unless that act is changed, the County felt there was little choice,” Mayor Doyle said in a telephone con-

versation after the meeting. “While the province could be lobbied to change the act, this would take a lot of staff time and money to pay for lawyers and other consultants. We also have to consider the fact that the Province covers about 90% of the cost of the ferry system when you consider the recent rebuilds of the docks, bubbler system as well as maintenance costs, fuel and electric power to run the bubbler. We realize that not all residents support this decision, but the farming community felt that on the most critical commuter runs, in the morning rush hours, that they would seldom use those trips,” he said. “The issue is late in the day with the restrictions from 4:00 to 6:00 PM, and getting empty grain trucks on to the island in the fall of the year to transport crops. Since those trucks are empty, a further 4 or 5 cars can also board the ferry. However the trucks typically coming back later in the day usually when car traffic is lighter, and the certified gross weight of the ferry will not allow any additional vehicles to be loaded. Those

who miss a trip as a result, have a 1215 minute wait for the next ferry, or can take the HI township ferry at the foot of the island,” Mayor Doyle concluded. Check out the HI Ratepayers Association for further information as well as the Frontenac Islands website. Around Town: *The Wolfe Island Christmas Elves have been out and about Marysville making things beautiful for Christmas **Thanks go out to WI’s Fire Fighters for their assistance with the Remembrance Day Service . **My apology to Jim Roulston, Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) Volunteer, whose named I misspelled in an article about the WI Boat Club.. ** Watch for WI Historical Society Posters for Nov/Dec./Jan.

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Hi Brian, If you don't mind I would like to ask you a question about a brake service my garage recommends. It is a cleaning and lubrication of the various parts etc. Obviously having the brakes working at their best is important but I was just wondering how often it should be done; by season or distance driven? In addition to our Lexus we have a 2011 BMW Z4 which I have had for a couple of years and also doesn't get a lot of kilometers put on it; for example I only put on 4,000 kms over the past summer and, while I do drive it in the winter, the driving is obviously very reduced and based on the weather. Appreciate your comments. Thank you, Bob No problem, I appreciate the questions. The braking system on any vehicle (regardless of distance travelled) should be inspected annually and only then can a tech make an appropriate decision on what type of preventative or restorative

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Generous ‘aunt’ left Mary and family with warm and fuzzy feeling Mother and Aunt Bertha were sitting at the kitchen table over a pot of green tea and oatmeal cookies. Being a Saturday, I was home from school, and as always was delighted when someone came to pay a visit. Although she wasn't an aunt, we called her aunt, because it was considered very bad manners for any child to call an adult by her first name. She came across the twenty acre field in the horse and cutter and had a bag with her that looked to be crammed full with material in a very dark green colour. Mother seemed to be as curious as I was, but then Aunt Bertha was always trying to help her become a good farm wife, and she no doubt had another idea to help Mother along. She took the big wad of

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

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red wool and a big darning needle out of another pocket, laid one of the flat pieces on top of one of the shapes of my feet, and began to blanket-stitch the two pieces together. And right before my very eyes, and before could say "Jack Robinson", Aunt Bertha had created what I knew was going to be a pair of slippers to wear over our stockinged feet to help ward off the drafts of the cold floors. "Now, Mabel, Audrey can do the rest. All she has to do is blanket-stitch those matching pieces together, and everyone will have a pair to wear when they take their gum rubbers and boots off at night." And she was gone. Out the door, into the cutter, and across the 20 acre field and home. Well, Audrey was as excited as I was, and she spent the entire afternoon, sewing the felt pieces together so that by the time supper was over, and we were into the evening, everyone had a pair of blanket-stitched felt slippers to put on over their wool sox. Everyone, that is, except Father, who went into his usual ranting

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about "living on this here farm for my entire life...a farm that has been in our name for more than 100 years, and we never had to put any danged pieces of felt sewn together to keep our feet warm before. So don't expect me to start now." Well, the rest of the family put the felt slippers on, praising Aunt Bertha for her brilliant idea, and giving Mother the felt, and not asking for any money either. "Wonderful neighbour...just wonderful," Mother kept saying. I couldn't ever remember of having such warm feet on a cold winter's night. And wearing our wool sox inside, kept the slippers from sliding off too. As usual, Father was in his rocking chair beside the Findlay Oval, with his stockinged feet on a cushion on the opened oven door, and it wasn't long until we could hear the soft snores, see his pipe come to rest on his chest, and the Ottawa Farm Journal slip to the floor. When Father fell asleep, Mother said only an explosion would waken him up. We were all deadly silent, as we saw Emerson take the slippers made for

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But it wasn’t meant to be. A few days before the Spitfires took on the Frontenacs, Gabe Vilardi had an emergency appendectomy. He was in the printed lineup for the game, but hadn’t been able to travel with the team to watch the game. “I was very disappointed to find out he was not well and wasn’t able to come and play today,” said June Spooner, a teacher from St. John XXIII Catholic School, and director of the school choir. “Gabe was a wonderful student, and a very polite young man who was very intelligent. His peers liked him and he was a hard working individual. Even in elementary school, he played hockey. I know his parents are lovely, hard-working people themselves. They’ve instilled a lot of that in their sons, so it’s nice to see that their sons are doing so well. As parents, they must be so proud.” Gabriel Vilardi is a plus-seven player, tied for the team-leading points, with a lowly four penalty minutes this season. But with Gabe out of the Windsor lineup, there were no torn loyalties for the John XXIII teachers. The school’s cheering section was Frontenacs all the way. During moments when the Spitfires outplayed the Frontenacs, stellar goaltending by Kingston’s Jeremy Helvig kept the game close, allowing the Fronts to put the pressure back on the Spitfires. Earlier in the year, when the school’s trip was planned, June Spooner was invited to bring the school choir to the game to sing the opening O Canada. “When I approached the kids, they were very excited,” she said. Viktoria Barnes, assistant to the director of the choir, said the children have been getting ready for their big public performance at the K-Rock Centre since the school year started. “We made the mistake of telling them early, way back in September, that they’d be singing at a Frontenacs game,” said Barnes. “That’s all they’ve been talking about. They’ve been so excited. We even had two Frontenacs at the school last Wednesday. Jake O’Donnell and Ted Nichol came in and every class got to play hockey using ministicks with them.” If the Frontenacs are hoping to win young fans in the community, they’re doing things right. On Sunday afternoon inside the K-Rock Centre,

the children, all 41 of them, along with teachers Spooner and Barnes, lined up rinkside. Their excitement boiled over. Some giggled, A few hopped from foot to foot. Some twisted their jackets in their small fingers. They filed politely onto the red carpet, forming a group behind two microphones. Then the Windsor Spitfires and Kingston Frontenacs players skated onto the ice, dwarfing the Grade 3 to 6 students as they skated past them at the edge of the rink. Next, some young hockey players skated out carrying the Canadian colours, the giant maple leaf flag. “I didn’t know there was going to be such a big Canadian flag right in front of us,” said Barnes. “It felt extra special to have the flag right there. As we sang, I could hear the crowd singing too. Their joining in meant a lot to me.” Nine-year-old Olivia Brown, a Grade 4 student, said she’d never done anything like performing for such a large crowd. At the end of the second period, she still had a big smile on her face as she sat with her mom, her classmates and their families. When Kingston scored the winning goal, Olivia jumped from her seat straight up in the air. “I wasn’t nervous coming to the game,” she said. “But when we walked out on the ice and saw all the people I was pretty worried. I’d practised a lot, and I like to sing. I felt really happy when I saw the big Canadian flag.” The only downside to the afternoon for Kingston fans was that they’ll now have to wait another year to see the Spitfires’ star Gabriel Vilardi play. The thriller of a game made everything that much more exciting for the children and their families. At the end of 60 minutes and with the scored tied at 2, all eyes were on the rink. A collective moan filled the arena when Kingston took a penalty in overtime, which meant they would be playing three men against Windsor’s four for two full minutes. Thanks to Jeremy Helvig’s goaltending, the Frontenacs survived the penalty and then promptly scored a goal, giving them a win. From the opening singing of O Canada to Kingston’s winning goal, the children of St. John XXIII Catholic School had a day they’ll remember for a long time in a win-win situation. The Fronts won the game. The Frontenacs organization has some new die-hard fans. And the school had a successful fundraising event, while also providing a moment of patriotic pride. Mark Bergin on Twitter @markaidanbergin

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2741 Unity Road • $374,900 Welcome home to 2741 Unity Road a charming country bungalow sitting back from the road on 24.6 acres with frontage on Cordukes. Featuring 3 bedrooms, a 4 piece bath & an eat-in kitchen on the main level. Lower level offers a spacious rec room complete with bar & woodstove! Separate entrance off the rear walks out to a enclosed back sunroom area perfect for entertaining! Lots of space for tools & toys with a doube car attached garage & additional 17’7 x 36 detached garage with power! Fantastic location with severance possible! Call today for your personal viewing! MLS# 361290063

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$224,500

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69 Noonan Road

Three bedroom, 1 bath country bungalow on a private, nicely treed 2.7 acre lot with beautiful views over open fields. This slab-on-grade home has propane-fired, in-floor radiant heat, an open concept floor plan and a large wrap around covered porch. Just 5 minutes from Westport amenities. MLS®442600273

Heritage 1838 farm house with oak post and beam construction located just minutes from Westport. Original home has 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and the attached apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, offering great in-law suite potential. Beautiful one acre landscaped lot with greenhouse. MLS®441050161

5052 LoweR RoUnd Lake Road • $459,900 Beautiful skirt stone bungalow boasting seasonal lake views and within steps of the Loughborough Boat launch. Hardwood floors grace the open concept main level with vaulted ceilings, Birtch kitchen, surround sound, and cozy gas fireplace. Elegant double door entrance to Master which boasts walk-in closets, access to your deck and stunning 4 piece ensuite. Lower level if fully finished with a 4th bedroom, full bath, walk-out and Pellet Stove! Paved driveway with curbs, double car garage, and above ground pool round out this excellent country package! Call today for your personal viewing. MLS® 362900126

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125 MONTREAL ST Location, location, location... This solid 2 bedroom 1 bathroom end unit town home is located just 2 blocks from the heart of downtown Kingston. Featuring an upgraded kitchen, laminate flooring, 100 amp breaker panel, gas furnace, freshly painted to make it move in ready. The specious master bedroom is most desirable with its “his and her” closets. Parking for 2 cars and quick possession is available. Call for your personal showing!

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3 Mountain Road

1226 Rutledge Road

This 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath Westport home features open-concept kitchen/dining, cozy living room, full basement with family room and plenty of storage. Nicely landscaped private yard with deck, heated garage/workshop and carport. Close to schools, public beach and the Rideau System. MLS®442590183

Live in a beautiful rural setting, just 15 minutes from Kingston, in this impressive custom built home on 1.2 private acres. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, updated kitchen, open-concept living, large bonus room over the attached, double garage and a fully finished basement with rec room and walkout. MLS®362790371

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$179,500 291 OLD HAMBURG RD.

Find great value in this great 3 bedroom bungalow, perfect for downsizing couple or a young family.This home has received many updates in recent years and it shows inside and out. Great location walking distance away from all amenities including hardware store, convenience store, LCBO, & the beautiful Rideau Canal. Sitting on a large 130’x 201’lot with lots of mature trees which offers serenity and shade.You will be impressed with the space in the updated kitchen and large living room with original hardwood floors, the main floor bathroom has been updated, 2 bedrooms on the main floor have easy care laminate flooring. Upstairs is a large master bedroom room with pot lighting and storage space as well as beautiful pine floors. Freshly earth tone paint colors throughout. Other updates includeWindows‘12, vinyl siding & insulation‘15, 200 amp electrical on breakers. Call today for your personal viewing.

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This great backsplit offers the perfect combination of amazing location, with a large city lot while boasting a fully updated, tasteful home. Sure, all the mechanicals (roof, windows, furnace) have been updated in the last 10 years but it is the open concept living room, dining room, custom kitchen that will really impress you! Add to that, hardwood floors throughout, large private deck off of the kitchen, finished basement with walk up to the rear fully fenced yard, included appliances, large paved driveway and you have a stunning property to call home.

$549,000 795 SAFARI DR

Serenely set on a private, 5+ acre lot, this brick victorian home has been thoroughly refurbished including a large addition containing a living room, office, family room, large 3 season room with stone fireplace and massive attached garage. Features include - large principal rooms throughout, douglas fir floors, cherry cabinetry and granite in the kitchen, spectacular main bath with glass shower, radiant in floor heating in the family and living rooms, garage roughed in for in floor heating, finished studio/exercise room above the garage, spacious covered porch wrapping around 2 sides, heated on ground pool with decking, large storage outbuilding with multiple bays.

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$339,900

Located in coveted Ridgewood estates, this 3 bedroom 2 bathroom home is fully finished top to bottom, the home has been extensively updated, and meticulously maintained. Some of the finer features include a stunning custom Rogan kitchen, large center island with raised breakfast bar. Soft close cabinetry, elegant lighting fixtures, and pot lighting installed. Wide plank hardwood flooring in the kitchen, dining and living rooms. Both bathrooms are updated, lower level bathroom includes a full 5` shower, with rain head shower, and tiled surround. Main floor bathroom includes a deep soaker jet tub. Rear yard is landscaped and includes a large 2 tier deck, and storage shed. Guys will love the oversized 1-1/2 car garage, which is insulated and has power, loads of storage space, and would make an amazing workshop. Other updates include; windows, doors, shingles, furnace, central vacuum and Central AC! Call today; this is the home you’re looking for.

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3406 SILVERWOOD DR. - $599,500

38 METCALFE AVE - $329,000

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• Executive all brick two storey, 4 large bdrm, 2 full bath • Granite countertops inc ensuite with jacuzzi tub, • Separate dinning room, family room with fireplace • Updated kitchen with quartz countertops, fully finished bsmt • New forced air furnace, central AC, attached double garage • MLS# 362780474

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• Gorgeous country home, on almost 2 acres of level land. • Wrap around porch, big barn, lots of room to play. • 3 bdrm, main level laundry. beautiful hardwood floors, • Wood stove and country kitchen. • Call today for your personal tour. • MLS# 362860076

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www.mosaheb.com EXECUTIVE FAMILY HOME - 1382 WATERSIDE WAY • $589,900

Beautifully upgraded custom built by Marques Homes. Features over 2,800 sq. ft. of finished living space. 4 spacious bedrooms with 2nd floor laundry room, gorgeous great room with built in cabinetry and gas fireplace. Hard wood and ceramic tile on main floor, beautiful kitchen with upgraded cabinetry, granite counter tops, ceramic back splash. Backing onto conservation area.

10 BRANT AVE. • $349,900 Executive brick bungalow, 2300 sq. ft. 3 bed with ensuite bath. 2 fireplaces, large principal rooms, kitchen with butler pantry. Marble window sills, new flooring throughout. Finished lower level with 2 addition bed, 4 pce. bath.

1139 FAWN COURT • $329,900

1177 KATHARINE CRES. • $354,900

Mint condition,2 storey, 1466 sq. ft., 9 year old custom home built by V. Marques. Open concept main floor with 9’ ceilings, large rear deck. Ceramic tile/hardwood on main level. Finished lower level with office/rec room/bedroom. New counter top.

Large open concept main floor with kitchen overlooking family room with vaulted ceiling and 9ft ceilings on main floor, ceramic entry and hardwood. Master ensuite and walk-in closet. Fully finished lower level,rear deck 12’x 12’, fenced yard. Walking distance to schools and parks.

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moment you walk through the door, making a daily effort to keep kitchen counters and tables, coffee tables and other areas that tend to accumulate clutter clear of clutter. Reducing clutter also makes homes safer for young children, making it easier for them to navigate a home while reducing choking hazards. • Keep hosting duties to a minimum. Many men and women love to host friends and family, and that desire to host won’t subside simply because you live in a city. But even if you love to host, host more intimate gatherings so you are not forced to use your already limited storage space to store items, such as extra plates, utensils and drinking glasses, that you will only use every so often. Fewer guests means fewer items you need to store year-round. • Go easy on the tots’ toys. Parents of young children know that kids’ toys take up a lot of space, and that’s space that many city dwellers simply don’t have. Rather than adding to youngsters’ toy stash each month, explain to them that space is limited and that some older toys will have to go before new ones can be purchased. Donate old toys and let kids know their items will be given to less fortunate youngsters, as that may make kids feel better about parting ways with their toys. Set a good example by showing kids when you discard or donate older items before replacing them with new ones. • Think vertically. Single-family home owners may not need to make much use of the vertical space in their homes, but such is not often the case

with apartment dwellers. Utilizing vertical space in an apartment can be as simple as buying some shelving units or bookcases. To be safe,

keep items the kids will use on lower shelves so they are not tempted to do some climbing to reach their toys or books.

Parents who choose the big city over the suburbs may need to make some sacrifices to make better use of cramped quarters.

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• Open concept on a beautiful country lot • Granite counters, finished basement with a walkout • Propane fireplaces in living and family rooms • Unique layout, private deck off the dining room • Fully finished basement with walkout • MLS# 362910897 $489,000

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1125 CROSSFIELD AVE. $379,900 • 2 Beds up,3 full bathrooms, fully finished lower level, Gorgeous back yard with Pool! Robert Blasko • Master bdrm offers large en-suite and walk- in Sales Representative Direct: 613-530-6737 • Family room opens to the fully fenced backyard. Rblasko9@gmail.com • MLS# 360862410

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4631 CLARK RD, SOUTH FRONTENAC

• 6 yr. new - Tamarack built 2 storey • Open concept kit/din/liv with chestnut hardwood flrs • 9' ceilings and gas fireplace - 2nd floor laundry • 3 generous bdrms -Impressive yard-fenced • Stone patio and nicely landscaped • MLS 363391539 or 16608608


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VACANT LOT $59,900 $10,000 MABERLY

BELL LINE RD $59,900 $39,900 TICHBORNE

Well, Driveway, Hwy 509, Mississippi Stn., Century Building, stained glass, 1700 sq.ft.

738Bones, ft frontage, Surveyed, RV Trailer, Good Treed yard, 3plus beds, MLS®16607869 Immediate Possession

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BOLTON LANDING $44,900 CROTCH LAKE ACCESS $48,900 5 acres, cabin,

Beautiful waterfront home on Whitefish Lake. Enjoy views from a 20X40 deck with gazebo. On the Rideau System with 4 lakes access on this landing. Open concept oak kitchen and family room with stone fire place.

CROW LAKE VILLAGE $79,900 BOLTON LANE $119,900

Manicured lot 280 x 410ft., camp sites, fire pit, GreatMLS®$16609655 Fishing, Pristine Lake

2 Bed Cabin, well, septic, steps to beach & boat Treed 5Acres, septic ,well, comfy 4-season Launch, MLS®16606499 cottage, part 500 acre assoc

SHARBOT LAKE $109,000 DUPLEX $179,900 2 Beds, well,septic,steps to Lake,

CLARENDON STN $139,900 $114,900 SHARBOT LAKE Original Station on K&P, converted to

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4558 YARKER RD. Bungalow on 3 acres. Beautiful finished walk-out basement. Triple car garage plus 30x68 foot garage for your toys. $480,000 MLS® 450720196.

PARHAM $144,900 GREAT LOCATION $119,900 Solid Brick, 4 Bed, plus Main Floor Office,

Close to Lake, Medical Centre & Stores, K&PTrail, Immediate Possession, MLS®16609673 2Beds, Large living area with propane stove

SHARBOT LAKE $209,900

LOT6,VILLAGEWOODSDR $33,900 Quality & Comfort, Mature Lot, Garage, Pellet Secluded, wooded building lot, with driveway Stove,Quick Poss., MLS®16609959

SHARBOT LAKE $159,000

JustPARHAM Like New, Bung, $179,900 Sep Garage, South #7, Open concept 3 plus bedrooms, waterfront MLS®16609959

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TRILLIUM PT. $218,900

WAGNER ROAD 85’Waterfront, Dressed to the 9’s,$39,900 4-season cabin, 6.17 surveyed acres, drilled well, trailer & shed 5 mins to village, MLS®16608699

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658 MILLWOOD DR. Pinehill Estates - One of Kingston’s few adult lifestyle communities, with clubhouse. 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, ensuite, Hardwood Floors, main floor laundry. $309,900

BARKER’S LANE $314,000

HWY#509 $299,900

LogZEALAND Bung,Full Basement, 8.8 Acres $14,000 backs onto K&P, ROAD 3 Acres, Garage, 925 ft. road frontage Contractor’s MLS®16609859

BURNEY POINT

250ft. Sharbot Lake, Boathouse, 3-Bay Garage, 1800 sq.ft. 4 Season Home, RD MLS®16610025 $64,900

2004 RV Trailer, Hydro, Drilled Well, Small Cabin, 16.9 Acres

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