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The spacious office at 108 Waltham Drive was a sea of blue last Friday evening as nearly 200 local Tories from all corners of Leeds and Grenville, packed in to help incumbent candidate, Leeds-Grenville MP, Gord Brown, officially open his campaign headquarters. On hand for the opening were several highprofile Conservatives including, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark and his predecessor, Senator Bob Runciman, who took turns urging the already high-spirited crowd of supporters to tell neighbours and
If Federal Green Party candidate Mary Sladeâ€™s Monday night campaign launch is any indication, the Partyâ€™s momentum is most certainly picking up. In fact, noted Sladeâ€™s campaign manager, Matt Casselman, despite the recent fervour surrounding the broadcast consortiumâ€™s decision to exclude the Partyâ€™s National leader, Elizabeth May from televised debates, the partyâ€™s popularity appears to be growing. â€œLast Saturday, the national Green Party observed the highest level of single day donations in the Partyâ€™s
If the good wishes of her supporters would translate into positive results, Leeds-Grenville Federal Liberal candidate Marjory Loveys will be headed for Ottawa this May. In the meantime, Loveys says that constituents can expect a â€˜clean and positiveâ€™ campaign from her camp, that focuses less on attacking incumbent Tory candidate, Gord Brown, and more on the Liberal platform. â€œIâ€™m not going after anyone in this campaign, Iâ€™m promoting myself and the Liberal Party,â€? Loveys told the crowd of more than 40 supporters who
Mathew Gabriel opened his campaign office on Sunday with the simple message of change, for around 40 supporters at his headquarters at 25 Perth Street. The NDP party and Gabriel are looking to exact change for everyone that is feeling disenfranchised and misrepresented with the current gouvernment. â€œPeople feel like it is time for a changeâ€?, said Gabriel. â€œWe need a gouvernment in place that represents everyone, not just the big corporations, but the working class as wellâ€?.
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friends to get out for the vote in support of the federal candidate. “Gord is a fighter,” said Runciman. “He fights for this part of the province and he will definitely fight for the people of Leeds and Grenville.” “He has always put Leeds and Grenville first and he will always put the people of LeedsGrenville first. You’re not going to get a harder working candidate than Gord Brown. He deserves strong support!” added Clark. Brown, who will soon open additional satellite campaign offices in Gananoque, Kemptville, and Prescott, said that he is ‘extremely disappointed’ that an election has been called at a time when ‘economic recovery is underway.’ “This is not a blip on the chart folks, this is a recovery that is underway, a recovery orchestrated by your Conservative government,” said Brown, adding that six consecutive quarters of economic growth and recovery, has placed Canada on a more solid footing. Brown continued that in light of Canada’s ‘economic development’, the election is not only ‘not needed’, but an op-
gathered to celebrate the launch of her campaign office last Friday afternoon. In her speech, Loveys promised a Liberal government that would not ‘play games’ and would be an ‘open and accountable government that is not into fear-mongering.’ “This election is about having an open and honest government that provides information to Parliament and to the public.” Loveys continued that her party believes that the next round of investment should be focused on families, adding that investment in education would be more prudent in terms of job creation than corporate tax cuts. “It’s about education,
Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown gave a rousing speech to a room of nearly 200 local supporters during the launch of his campaign headquarters on Friday evening. OBSERVER ARCHIVE PHOTO
portunistic move for the ‘Liberal-led coalition.’ “This is an opportunistic move for them, they reached for anything to bring us down and force the fourth election in seven years on Canadians. So I am disappointed, but I am also prepared. The national media will tell you that we are cruising to an easy victory, but we know better. We know the only way to win is to work hard because without the work, without the votes, our agenda, the agenda of sound economic policy will be lost.”
GABRIEL continues from page 1 Gabriel relishes the role of the underdog, a position the NDP party are accustomed to. “If elections were decided before they happen, there wouldn’t be much sense in holding them”, said Gabriel, adding that when citizens lose their faith in a current gouvernment anything can happen. “We need to get people believing in their elected officials again”, said Gab-
riel. “Some have lost the will to vote and feel no matter what, they can’t affect change. We want to change this thinking”. In the traditionally ‘blue’ county of Leeds Grenville, Gabriel will be looking to splash a little orange across the city. “I am excited to get out and continue to meet the voters”, said Gabriel. “Going door to door is a great way to get to know the people”.
Surrounded by more than 40 supporters, Leeds-Grenville Federal Liberal Candidate, Marjory Loveys speaks to the crowd before cutting the ribbon to officially open her campaign office, located at 29 King Street West, right next to Tait’s. From left to right, Leeds-Grenville Federal Liberal Candidate, Marjory Loveys, Loveys’ campaign manager James Eastwood. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO
but jobs right here.” Loveys plans to open other offices in Prescott, Gananoque and Kemptville soon.
not jails, it’s about families and not large corporations,” said Loveys, adding that her priority, if elected, will be job creation in
Leeds and Grenville. “I will work to bring jobs here with a laser-like focus. Not jobs in Alberta, not just jobs in big cities,
osophy, which includes healthy living and promotion of organic food, sustainability and “ecological wisdom”, speaks for itself. “I think that we are the only party that is dealing with issues that are relevant to younger voters,” said Slade, who also cited jobs, taxes, and help for small farmers and small businesses, as core pillars of the Party’s platform. “Locally and nationally, small businesses are crucial in new job creation.” Slade continued that she would not slander other parties in this campaign, saying she prefers to promote her party. “I’m appealing to all Leeds- Grenvillians,” said Slade. “Let’s put our area on the map. Let’s elect the first Green MP. Let’s become Leeds and Greenville.”
Leeds-Grenville Green Party candidate Mary Slade addresses the crowd at Monday night’s official opening of her campaign office, located at 41 King Street West.
SLADE continues from page 1 history,” Casselman told the crowd of nearly 30 supporters before introducing Slade. On local level, he added, the Party’s membership has seen “incredible growth” since the 2008 election, having steadily increased from a membership of 36, in 2006, to more than 100 members within the Leeds-Grenville area in 2011. “I think that right now, we are in an enviable position,” said Casselman. “In the first week, we have already seen our first run of 750 campaign signs reduced to 75. We are extremely pleased with the level of local support we’ve received from both the Riding Association and the voters. We’re gonna do it this time, I can feel it!” For Slade, an Athensarea beef farmer and retired public school board planner, the Party’s phil-
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Clark says BHG surgical department at risk By
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The residents of Leeds and Grenville may find themselves having to travel as far as Kingston or Belleville in order to receive surgery if a recent report issued by the regional health authority is approved in June. The report, entitled â€œClinical Services Roadmapâ€?, is a service delivery review aimed at ensuring the LHINâ€™s budget of nearly $1 billion, is spent in the most efficient manner. The proposed review presents four scenarios for realigning surgical services within the South East LHIN, one of which would centralize services to Kingston and Belle-
ville, removing them from smaller hospitals in Brockville, Perth-Smiths Falls, and Napanee. Though hospital administrators insist that the likelihood of this scenario coming to fruition is reportedly low, LeedsGrenville MPP, Steve Clark says that the option of removing surgery from BGH is not admissible, even as an extreme scenario. â€œItâ€™s bad enough that such a proposal is even on the table. Iâ€™m outraged and disgusted that this option, contained in a consultantâ€™s report, is even being discussed,â€? Clark told Health and Long-Term Care Minister Deb Matthews, during the question period
at Queenâ€™s Park last Tuesday. â€œBut what frightens me more is that the report describes this as the â€˜ideal system redesign.â€™ Hospitals are the lifeblood of our communities in Eastern Ontario and surgical programs are at the heart of those facilities. The loss of surgical service would not only be a severe blow to patient care, it would effectively put these small hospitals like BGH on life support,â€? stressed Clark. â€œThe people of LeedsGrenville wonâ€™t sit back and let your LHIN gut our hospital, and neither will I.â€? In her reply during question period, Matthews does not address
the local LHIN options specifically, but instead defends the work of the LHINs. â€œLocal health integration networks, because they replace two layers of bureaucracy that were formerly in place, actually cost no more than what was in place before. What they do add is a local voice,â€? said Matthews. â€œIâ€™m very proud of the work of the local health integration networks. They are driving integration, they are driving change.â€? Unsatisfied that the Ministerâ€™s response, Clark requested a â€œlate showâ€? proceeding in the Legislature to debate the issue further.
Although the timeline for implementation is 10-15 years, Clark noted the impact on BGH would be immediate. â€œWhat doctor, particularly a surgeon, is going to agree to locate in our community if they know the surgical department is being closed down? This plan will make it impossible for us to attract new doctors and will leave our emergency department without essential surgical services,â€? said Clark, adding that the fallout would also hurt economic development efforts in Brockville and beyond. â€œOne of the first questions families and businesses ask when they consider moving
to a new community is, â€˜Whatâ€™s the level of health care?â€™ Without surgical services, we canâ€™t provide the best answer to that question. This plan needs to be off the table and in the trash can today.â€?
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â€˜Starsâ€™ shine at Lionâ€™s 60th annual Music Festival This yearâ€™s â€˜Best in Festivalâ€™ trophy winners, from left to right; Junior Star winner, trumpet soloist, Declan Dawes, 13 (Metronome Ed Alexander Award, Lion Hugh Ker Memorial Award and the Roger Tripp Memorial Award), guitar soloist, Brooke Taylor, 16 (Instrumental Star Trophy, Irvine Funeral Home and Chapel Award, and William R. Dawson C.M.A Award), piano soloist, Clifford Piehl, 17 (Star of the Festival), vocalist, Jocelyn MacNeil ,16 (Vocal Star Trophy and May Court Club of Brockville Award), and pianist, , Kathryn Jonker, 14 (Piano Star Trophy, Bea and Ian Inniss Award, and Lion Ivan Proverbs Memorial Award) Winners were chosen by consensus among the Festivalâ€™s adjudicators from one of 3 Bestin-Festival trophy winners or a performer who showed exceptional musicality in two disciplines. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO
Take part in the business challenge! All local businesses are being reminded to register for the Community Wide Clean-up Business Challenge set for this Friday, April 8th, from noon to 1 p.m. The commercial and professional communities throughout Brockville are invited to step forward and take part in this vital community improvement initiative. It only takes a little time to pitch in, have fun and make the community a better place! Businesses in the Brockville area are being challenged to choose a certain part of town to clean up during their lunch hours or at some point during the day on Friday, April 8. The busi-
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Donation to Brockville General Hospital ICU a family affair By
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When it comes to support for the Brockville General Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), for siblings Jane, Jennifer and Jack it is definitely a family affair. On March 31st, 2011, the three siblings presented a donation of $5000 to the ICU in memory of their parents Joan and John Goodenough. The funds were used to purchase BGH unit staff wish list items, including stethoscopes, a bariatric wheelchair, and a nerve stimulator, all of which, staff members say, are
deeply appreciated. â€œOur mother had excellent care here in the ICU over the last year of her life,â€? said Jane Hurd. â€œShe was struggling with a heart condition that was deteriorating over time, and she ended up here three times that last year.â€? â€œThe care and the staff were wonderful for our mother,â€? added sister Jennifer Lessard. â€œDr. Hynd was great. Each time we brought her in, our mother rallied. We think we got an extra year with her because of the level of care she received at the Brockville General ICU.â€?
The Goodenoughs were longtime residents of Brockville. Father John ran his own business, while Joan was primarily a homemaker for the family. The donation to the ICU was made at the end of March to mark the anniversary of mother Joanâ€™s passing. â€œIt was our way of saying thank you to the staff,â€? explained brother, Jack Goodenough. â€œAnd we want to highlight the equipment needs in the ICU along with the great care,â€? added Hurd. â€œThe ICU is an important part of the hospital. Weâ€™d like to encourage others to get involved.â€?
nothing could be done for the animal at that time. â€œThe animal is obviously suffering, and mostly likely, more irritated than anything,â€? said Fraser. â€œWe donâ€™t want to see any harm come to it, however, our concern, is public safety, so we are discour-
aging people from trying to approach any foxes or feed them, in hopes that once there is no longer a reason to hang around that area, they will move on.â€? Police also remind pet owners to be vigilant regarding their pets.
POLICE BLOTTER City police are investigating a series of breakins that occurred on Smith Island sometime between Wednesday, March 30th and Saturday, April 2nd. Police say eleven cottages on the island were broken into,
which is located just south of Country Club Place and St. Lawrence Park in the west end of the city. Reports indicate that much of the damage was to cottage doors and theft and was classi-
fied as mischief, but one cottage was ransacked. Police say that likely the suspects arrived by boat. If you have any information on this incident, contact the Brockville Police Service at (613)-3420127
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A series of reported fox sightings in the Park and Ormond Street area, kept Brockville City Police even busier than usual last week. Inspector Scott Fraser said that more than one fox has been spotted within the area, including one that appears to be suffering from Mange, a skin disease that can be transferred between species, as well as to humans, in the form of scabies. Frasier continued that officers from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA), as well as the Ministry of Natural Resources were called to the scene to make a visual assessment of the injured fox, but concluded that
a multi-sports dome to Brockville and Area by October, 2012. Karen Nolan, Co-Chair of the BASDA remarked, â€œThe strategic planning session was helpful to our group in determining the next steps that we need to undertake to accomplish our goal of bringing a multi-sports dome to Brockville and Area by October, 2012. We have identified that the public meeting on April 27th at T.I.S.S. will be key to understanding the support and commitment of potential use groups in Brockville and the surrounding communities. We invite any interested representatives of sport and recreation associations and groups to join us in the Amphitheatre at Thousand Island Secondary School on April 27th beginning at 7:00 p.m.â€?
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Gord Beach will take the lead as a volunteer Project Manager. The Board of Directors and Advisors selected Karen Nolan and Martin Noe to be CoChairs of the planning team. One of the first tasks for this planning team is to determine the level of interest and commitment among Brockville and Area sports associations who would become the â€œusersâ€? of the multisports dome. A public meeting has been set for Wednesday, April 27th in the Amphitheatre of Thousand Islands Secondary School beginning at 7:00 p.m. Any representatives of local sports associations and/or any interested members of the public are invited to attend this meeting and learn more about the proposed plans to bring
Family donation and special equipment are shared by (l-r) Jane Hurd, Jack Goodenough, ICU staff Kathy Sands (holding stimulator), Dr. Jamie Hynd, Jennifer Lessard, ICU staff Brenda Warren, ICU staff Sharon Hass (holding stethoscope) , and Brockville and District Hospital Foundation Executive Director Joan MacLaughlin. SUBMITTED PHOTO
On Saturday, April 2nd the Board of Directors and Advisors for the Brockville and Area Sports Dome Association undertook a strategic planning process to determine the next steps needed to accomplish their goal of bringing a multi-sports dome to Brockville and Area by October of 2012. The group identified five different areas that needed to be addressed: governance; logistics; fundraising; media and communications; and the issuing of a RFP (Request for Proposal) for the construction of the dome on the proposed Laurier Field site. Phase 1 of the strategic planning will culminate in October of 2011 with the selection of the successful RFP. The BASDA Board of Directors is composed of: Karen Nolan - President; Elaine DeKroon - Vice President; Cheryl Fraser - Treasurer; Martin Noe; David Dargie; and Brian Van Mierlo. James Eastwood is the Legal Advisor; Joe Brunner is the Business Advisor; and
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The way it should be A common focus that has been increasing over recent elections is the concentration on defacing oneâ€™s opponent, exploiting their â€˜so calledâ€™ weaknesses, rather than talking about the issues. If only we didnâ€™t follow the American style character assassination campaigns that this election seems to be ripe with. Why is it that politicians feel the need to attack their opponents rather than talk about the issues that matter to the voters? Is it our fault? Is it the only way these elections can run, or is it that the main issues involved in the upcoming election are the candidates and the existing controversies that surround the parties? Are we as Canadians just being responsible and concerned citizens hungry for the truth, or are we falling prey to the easy route, and blaming everyone not in line with our thinking for any problems our country may have? One thing is very obvious when you look at the party leaders that are in the spotlight right now. Stephen Harper and Michael Ignatieff, the leaders of Canadaâ€™s two highest profile parties, are in a mudslinging contest, that will do nothing but damage each otherâ€™s campaign, while Jack Layton sits back and looks like the candidate with the most professionalism, while he takes the high road. Is this the case, or is Mr. Layton reaping the benefits of the head-on battle between the two? The country deserves better, and the ideals and needs of the citizens need to be the focus of the election, not who is the â€˜lesser of two evilsâ€™ between Harper and Ignatieff, not which leader you would like best to have as your neighbor, and not someone who is only after the betterment of a single region or area. Canâ€™t we vote for who we want to run our country, or do we go through another election â€˜notâ€™ voting for the candidate who is a so-called â€˜bad personâ€™. Letâ€™s hear about how our newly elected gouvernment is going to keep Canada on the climb out of the recent global recession. Letâ€™s hear about how we are going to protect our citizens through solidifying our military and how we are going to protect our natural resources for the generations to come. We share much with our neighbors to the south, and many things are good for our country, but their method of campaigning is not. We as Canadians need to rise above this unprofessional habit, and look at the candidates locally as well as nationally to make an informed decision, instead of jumping on one of the â€˜band-wagonsâ€™, to make our choice based on somebody elseâ€™s opinion. An informed voter is powerful, whereas an uninformed voter is dangerous. Get out there and ask the right questions, do your own research, talk to as many sources as possible, and make a decision based on all the facts. This will be the key to making this newly appointed gouvernment â€˜our ownâ€™. Austin de Luis
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The Brockville Lions Club was also inducted into this yearâ€™s Hall of Fame and the given the Lifetime Achievement Award for their annual Music Festival. â€œWe donâ€™t have a lot, but we have a very supportive community,â€? noted co-chair, Norm Kearney, who represented the Lions along with Club president, Ross Brown. â€œOur motto is, we serve, and itâ€™s been our pleasure to serve this community for the past 60 years,â€? added Brown. From left to right; Lions Club Music Festival CoChair, Norm Kearney, FM radio announcer, HOF founder, Bruce Wylie, and Lions Club President, Ross Brown. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO
Weâ€™re told by Harper... Weâ€™re told by Harper, Brown and Mike Hart that nobody wants an election. That may be true, but about 60 percent of the people in Canada want to get rid of the Harper government, and, since we are a democracy, at least in name, having an election is the only way to do it. It may cost us money, and we may end up worse than before with a Conservative majority, but it is the price and risk many are willing to accept. We are tired of Mr. Harperâ€™s contempt for Parliament and for the Canadian people as shown repeatedly and now, finally, officially (an historical first). We are tired of his taking his ball and going home when he doesnâ€™t get his own way (proroguing parliament). We are tired of his cutting funding to human rights advocacy groups (e.g. the Court Challenges program), intimidating and silencing people just because they disagree with him (e.g. Richard Colvin of Afghan prisoners, Munir Sheikh of Statistics Canada, Linda Keene of the Nuclear Safety Commission). We are tired of a government made up of parrot-like MPs. We are tired of his quickness to go to war (Afghanistan & Libya) no matter what the cost in lives and money. We are tired of his claim to be fiscally responsible while he spends billions on stealth fighters we donâ€™t need, millions on TV self-promoting ads for a program that is already finished (Canadian Economic Action Plan), billions on American-styled prisons, a billion on a G20 photo-op, billions on corporate tax cuts and then refuses to have a pharmacare program that would save Canadians an estimated $6 billion. We are tired of a government that caters to the wealthy, and the rich corporations with â€œfreeâ€? trade agreements, and tosses self-promoting pennies to Canadian families, widening the gap between the rich and the poor year by year. We are tired of Mr. Harper saying how well off we are when millions are unemployed (and treated miserly) or working for minimum wage, when we have thousands of food banks, a huge debt of over half a $trillion and a huge deficit. We are
tired of the economic inequality of our society and the pains it creates We are tired of a federal government that worked against action on global warming at Copenhagen, and that brought disgrace to Canada at the United Nations by working against the recognition of water as a human right. We are tired of the governmentâ€™s secrecy, lack of accountability, questionable ethics and hypocrisy, of the negative ads making false allegations about Mr. Ignatieff, and of the disgraceful behaviour Harperâ€™s party has created in parliament. We are tired of the Harper government brainwashing people into thinking that paying taxes is a bad thing. Taxes are people power, if the government really represents the people. They are how we care for the sick; educate our young, look after the disabled, etc. We are tired of an unfair tax system that favours the rich and the corporations, where tax havens are allowed, and the market is about speculation not wealth creation. We are tired of his lying and fear-mongering about coalitions which are common globally, represent the people well and get things done. We are tired of his failure to support Canadaâ€™s public health care system. He even put a review of the Health Accord which ends in 2014 in the hands of an unelected Senate committee instead of the Commonsâ€™ Health Committee. We are tired of a government which self-promotes itself with foreign aid schemes, but whose foreign aid program under CIDA is a mess, overseen by an incompetent Minister, Bev Oda. We are tired of a government that does not represent the majority of Canadians, that Election Canada states cheated to get elected, that tried to bring back American-styled elections funded by the rich and the corporations rather than the people. The list could go on. We are tired of a one-man government dedicated to a discredited ideology, and so we welcome an election. Jim Riesberry
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Rioja and roast beef: Perfecto! OFF THE VINE by Russ Disotell
This week we once again flip the column on its head and start from a perspective of a specific food and the best wines to match with it. The specific request that launched this food first approach was for wine matches for an everyday meal featuring roast beef, so that’s what we’ll feature in this column. Roast beef has always been at or near the top of most comfort food lists and despite the influx of international influence on today’s menus, remains there. The picture of the family gathered around the Sunday roast, so ubiquitous in movies and television of the 50’s and
60’s, still resonates true today. The only addition is a nice bottle of wine to enhance the experience. There are many different varieties, or cuts, of roast, but we’ll keep our approach fairly generic. When looking for matching wines they all present essentially the same flavour profile, a rich, succulent combination of fattiness and protein. The best combinations will feature wines with sufficient depth of flavour to stand up to this meatyrichness, even if their body style is lighter.
Generally speaking most dry red wines will match nicely with our roast. The list is lengthy and includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah/
Overly fruity wines can be slightly jarring, wines lacking fruit equally disappointing. Wines with an abundance of fresh, sweet oak, such as a good Rioja, will perform quite nicely. Shiraz, Merlot, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Rioja and
Barbaresco. So you can choose a wine based on your personal preferences. As always some work better than others. Try to avoid wines that are too soft and supple, they won’t stand up to the fatty component of the beef, which needs a wine with a modicum of tannins to balance the fattiness. Overly fruity wines can be slightly jarring, wines lacking fruit equally disappointing. Wines with an abundance of fresh, sweet oak, such as a good Rioja, will perform quite nicely. It seems only appropriate that we choose a wine with a long pedigree of quality to pair with our traditional Sunday (or weekday) roast. Campo Viejo Crianza (CSPC# 620997, $14.45, Brockville Shopping Centre) was
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Observations about Brockville being 144th The new MoneySense list of the top places to live in Canada was recently published and Brockville didn’t fare too well. The list is comprised of 180 cities and towns across Canada with a population of 10,000+. The categories were; Housing Affordability, Income, Job Prospects, Crime Rates, and Access to Health Care. These categories were then further broken down into subcategories which were all graded on a point system that is so convoluted this writer can’t quite grasp them. Suffice it to say that out of the 105 points available the top city only got 71.77 and the lowest city
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got 33.09. Of the 180 cities in this ranking Brockville came in at number 144, a drop from 139 in 2010. Over dinner on Saturday night with friends, the findings of this poll were discussed and we all agreed that there had to be a better way of deciding which city was the best in Canada. Sure the people who devised this are financial wizards, and love statistics and graphs and crunching numbers this way and that but.....
and this is a big but...... they didn’t ask us!! Their information was based on statistics and we all know what can be done with statistics. Statistics can be shuffled around to mean what you want. Supposing they had their findings but before they published them they made them available to the general public. Then all the categories available could be voted on by us, John and Jane Public because, let’s face it, not everyone is all that interested in whether or not being able to ride a bicycle to work is possible year round. A category such as unemployment is not as vital to retired
people who are looking for a nice place to live as it is to a thirty-something family with children to support. Perhaps if we’d had a say in this poll Brockville may have come in much closer to the top. Let’s take the category Walk/Bike to Work (7 points) – Maybe not to work, but how about along the beautiful trails out near Mallorytown Landing or the bike trails through Brockville proper? That should count. Weather (18 points with 6 for amount of precipitation, 6 for number of wet days, 6 for days
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Finding peace in Lent “Peace, peace, to the far and to the near says the Lord.” (Isaiah 57:19) The world spins and crashes even as Lent, the forty days preceding Easter, calls us to breathe by Catherine Cavanagh deeply, take this season slow. But earthquakes, tsunamis, riots, protests and nuclear meltdowns, not to mention the individual dramas of our lives that will never make headlines, do not concede us the time for breath, for reflection, for peace. This may be the reason Jesus went into the desert. The harshness of the Judean desert brings a stillness that even two thousand years ago could not be found in daily life. And so for a moment we are asked to seek our own desert, our own place of peace. It can be hard to make space for stillness in our lives. Idleness can bring guilt, unrest. But stretching ourselves is dangerous on a continuous basis. Even elastics snap. I doubt that many people reading this will be able to take an uninterrupted forty days for contemplation whether in the desert or elsewhere. It isn’t necessary. It isn’t required. None of us are burdened with the salvation of the world. And yet, together, collectively, all of us share some responsibility for it. If we are to feed our world, if we are to be there for our neighbour and for the distant stranger, we must allow time for thought, meditation, even prayer. We must divest ourselves of the guilt that forbids us to spend a moment in that empty space where nothing is a barrier to our God. It is true. Our reflections during Lent should lead us to action, just as Jesus’ time away prepared him for his role in the world. They may lead us to cry out for justice with the people of the Middle East. They may lead us to reach out in solidarity with the people of Japan. They may lead us to speak out for truth in our own nation. They may lead us to kindnesses within our own families and communities. But action without thought, without preparation, can often do as much harm as good. Continued frenzied action that prevents time for laughter, games, quiet and prayer, is action that if nothing else, will eventually harm the soul. So I invite you this Lent, to claim that quiet space in your life. Find your peace, find yourself, find your God.
Download this: your teen may still be eligible for free urgent dental care If you know teens who have not had dental care because they cannot afford it, this news will be music to your ears. April is Oral Health Month, and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit wants to get the message out: teens aged 1417 years can still qualify for emergency dental services under the expanded Children In Need Of Treatment (CINOT) program.
As part of the Ontario Government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, The CINOT program was expanded in January 2009 to provide urgent dental care for teens until their 18th birthday. To be eligible for the program, children must not be covered by any other form of dental insurance. They must be screened by a Health Unit Registered Dental Hygienist, and have signs
of visual decay, trauma, infection or pain. Once eligible, the family may choose a dental professional from those who accept the CINOT program. Basic services, such as exams, x-rays, cleaning, fillings, and extractions are covered by the program. Poor oral health affects more than just the mouth. According to the Canadian Dental As-
sociation, the potential consequences of tooth decay in children and teens are considerable. Not only can tooth decay cause acute and chronic pain, but it can interference with eating, sleeping and proper growth as well. Visual decay and premature tooth loss can affect a teen’s selfesteem, and even influence social development. Poor oral health can also
affect a person’s confidence when entering the workforce. As of Jan 1. 2011, approximately 100 teens in the tri-county area have made use of the expanded CINOT funding. We encourage parents and caregivers to communicate with teens about their oral health. As children age, parents are less likely to supervise daily brushing and
flossing routines, and small problems may go undetected until they are large and uncomfortable. So whether you Facebook, Tweet, text, or just pick up the phone… spread the word! No child or teen should suffer from dental related pain. To find out more, contact the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit at 1-800-660-5853 or visit www.healthunit.org.
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Elections and statistics go hand in hand With a Federal election upon us, we are seeing pollsters telling us how much support that candidate has, how popular that policy is, and which area of the country is likely to vote in a particular way. For statisticians, elections are a true buffet. Almost every party, candidate and news outlet wants numbers, and that is what statisticians do. For those of us who have studied science, the courses in basic statistics were a nightmare, give me a lab bench and some interesting chemicals any day! However, we quickly learned (well, for some it might have been quickly) that a basic understanding of stats is essential to understanding what you have done and what you want to do. Suppose your factory makes light bulbs and your marketing people tell you that people want a bulb that lasts 1000 hours. So you take some off the production line and put them in a lamp beside a timer. How many do you take? Let’s start with ten. You turn them on, and wait. One quits at 650 hours, another at 800 hours, the next three at 1050, 1100, 1200, and so on. One stal-
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wart lasts for 2200 hours. What does this tell you? To start, it tells you that there are a lot of variables in your manufacturing process, if the worst bulb lasts for about one third of the time the best bulb lasts. So you spend time fixing you manufacturing, standardizing your processes and your materials, and generally controlling things better. Then you do the test again. This time your bulbs last 950, 980, 1050, 1100, two at 1140, and the rest up to 1350. Looks better, doesn’t it? You can say with about 80 per cent confidence that your bulb will last 1000 hours, because only two of ten failed before that. There is a clever statistical way of describing that which we won’t bother with, but suffice it to say that your manufacturing process is better than it was, and your bulbs are more consistent and reliable. Now to elections. The biggest problem is that people aren’t light bulbs or mechanical components that behave in a
specific manner, and also that people change as the atmosphere around policy shifts and unforeseen events have an effect. You often hear that pollsters asked 1200 people of voting age how they would vote in a given situation. Experience has shown that about 1000 – 1200 people is pretty close to the ten light bulbs as a sample size. More responses do not give better accuracy in reflecting answers. You also hear that the answers are accurate to within plus or minus three percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty. That is non‘geekspeak’ for a specific statistical test that describes how the data was obtained and the estimate of its accuracy. The answers are released and the media jumps on them to claim this or that trend, the opposing parties scoff at the results, the party financing the poll crows in triumph…. and the rest of us go back to work. A key difference between a voter and a light bulb (yes, I know there are a few are dim bulbs) is that the way the question is asked can make a huge difference to the response. Pollsters have addressed
this to some extent by asking questions such as: If the election were to be held tomorrow, would you vote for X, Y, or Z? Questions that are more vague or allow a continuum of responses, such as rate your support on a scale of one to five, allow the pollsters and candidates much more wiggle room. For example, if only a few voters “extremely dislike” Policy X, more said “dislike”, the majority were neutral and a handful
were gung-ho for it, the party supporting it may say that a majority were in support, interpreting neutral as not really against. So where are we on statistics? Stats are essential to running a manufacturing operation. In a process involving human behavior, stats can be helpful in determining trends and directions, but it would be unwise to place all your confidence in polls. Unexpected things pop up, candidates’ personalities
can make a difference, and sometimes, just sometimes, voters say one thing to a pollster and put their X in a different spot. It’s all part of the process. By the way, Friday April 15th and Saturday April 16th is the Rideau-St. Lawrence Science Fair at the 1000 Islands Mall. Stop by, talk to the students, look at the projects, and see what a great job the students have done. Maybe even offer to help the Science Fair!
New World forward fruit and the Old World attention to structure, complexity and balance. The complex nose is open and enticing, with fresh red berry, vanilla, herbal and toasted oak aromas. The wine, which is aged for two years (one year in oak) before being released to market, is mediumbodied with layers of fruit and a tangy, refreshing texture. Look for concentrated, almost jammy red and black berry fruit, augmented by cassis and
cherry, chocolate, oak and vanilla. Medium tannins and ample acidity balance the fruit. The finish is persistent and flavourful. The intense fruit flavours allow Campo Viejo Crianza to match perfectly with our roast as well as other roast or grilled red meats, including grilled lamb. Its wonderful structure and balance make it a candidate for partnering with pork and roast turkey. So head to the butcher’s, pick up your favourite cut of roast and enjoy!
DISOTELL continues from page 7 one of the first Spanish wines at the LCBO to gain recognition amongst consumers for its quality and food-friendly versatility. It may not be dominating the headlines as it once did, but it still offers outstanding quality and flavour for a very reasonable price. The 2006 and 2007 vintages (LCBO stock is just changing as the 2006 runs out and is replaced by 2007) are both outstanding. Over the years this stylish Rioja has evolved into a synthesis of styles with
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DURNFORD-WANG continues from page 7 below Zero Centigrade). Well, come on folks, this is Canada. Weather in Canada is pretty much the same across the board. More snow, less snow, longer winter, longer summer but it’s all pretty much the same unless you live in Vancouver or Victoria where it would be less rain, more rain, short rainy summer, long rainy summer. Housing (15 points – 7.5 for average house prices and 7.5 for time to buy a house). I’m sure there are places with more affordable housing than Brockville but frankly I don’t want to live in a place that has ‘Medicine’ or ‘Mine’ or ‘Jaw’ in its name. Having moved here from Victoria, B.C. where you need a cool half a million to buy a teardown home, Brockville housing is very reasonable. Sales Tax (1 Point) and Income Tax (2 points) were also categories and that defies logic. Sales tax and income tax aren’t set by cities so the sales tax and income tax rates are the same for people living in Brockville as they are for those living in Cornwall, which, incidentally, the people who did these findings found to be a better place to live than Brockville.
My feeling is this. The people who did the polling and the crunching of numbers to arrive at their list, with Ottawa-Gatineau being the number one city in Canada in which to live, have never been there. If they had they would have quickly understood that Ottawa-Gatineau is not a city. It’s a region. Ottawa is one city and it is in Ontario. Gatineau is in Quebec and it is an amalgamation of Hull, Alymer and Gatineau. They obviously have never been to Brockville nor have they read The Brockville Observer. If they had been here they would have seen, instantly, the charm of a city perched on the beautiful St. Lawrence River with a diverse population. They would have seen beautiful parks and walkways, growth on the waterfront, a resurgent downtown and people who actually like living here for a multitude of reasons. The strangers who chose to retire to Brockville did so for a multitude of reasons. They no longer wanted to live in a big city and Brockville was the perfect size. Its proximity to Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and the United States meant they could
easily travel to large centres without the headache of living there. Some retirees simply drove through on their way to somewhere else and being enchanted with the city and the St. Lawrence River decided this was the place for them. Brockville isn’t perfect, that’s true. But in this writer’s humble and unasked for opinion, and the opinion of my friends I had dinner with on Saturday night, it sure is lots better than the 144 out of the 180 it was ranked. We have a college, for which there were points, we have a hospital, for which there were points, we have low crime, for which there were points. We also have the intangibles for which there was no rating like eating ice cream on Blockhouse Island on a hot, summer day, cross-country skiing at the Brockville Country Club with your dogs running along beside you, walking downtown and seeing people you know giving you a friendly wave or stopping for a chat. Perhaps if we’d had the opportunity to vote our intangibles would have put us way ahead of the pack. w w w. o b s e r v a t i o n sofababy-boomer.blogspot.com
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The ObserverHEALTHY LIVING
Meals that Heal Yogathon By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor
A group of local yoga instructors, and supporting businesses are set for the 4th annual Yogathon this coming weekend on Saturday, April 9th at Premier Fitness in the Thousand Islands Mall. The event will be raising money for Loaves and Fishes, a local charity that offers a very important service to the community, helping feed those that couldnâ€™t otherwise feed themselves. Organizers, Dan de Luis, Whitnee Denard-Paul, and Julie Morel felt this was the perfect organization to benefit from the funds raised. â€œWith todayâ€™s economy, we wanted to keep the money raised specifically localâ€?, said de Luis. In the past the proceeds went to provincial organizations like Schizophrenia Ontario, but this year the idea was making the event â€˜truly localâ€™. â€œWe see the need and
the benefit of such a great community service every dayâ€?, said Denard-Paul, adding that there are several other worthy charities, but the fit seemed perfect with families struggling to put food on the table. The event and yoga in general have both gained enormous momentum in recent times, with so many people struggling to maintain their health and wellness while balancing their busy lives. â€œThis is the perfect time of year when everyone is looking for something new to better their bodies and their healthâ€?, said DenardPaul. â€œThe Yogathon is a great way to get into yoga without having to make a big commitment or join a clubâ€?. While yoga instructors spend the better part of their jobs bettering the lives of their students on a personal one-on-one level, the event will help organizers give to the community on a broader spec-
trum. â€œWe chose a charity that people know about, but that needs more helpâ€?, said de Luis. â€œThe support of the area businesses and individuals have shown is amazingâ€?. Contributing donations from: Premier Fitness, Lulu Lemon, Elite spa, Savvy, Keystorm, Ultimate Cup, Hemp Heaven, Echo, Taitâ€™s, Curves, East Side Marios, Kelseyâ€™s, 3M, Aura spa, 9.99 store, Carol Comerford, Beauty Inside, Island Delight, Budâ€™s on the Bay, Total Image Spa, Charms, Brockville Motors GM, Le Chateau, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, Galaxy Cinema, Canadian Tire, Starbucks, Reitmans, Limestone n Ivy, Wally Wash, Leonâ€™s, Tim Hortons, Boston Pizza, Ocean Tanning, 1000 Islands Pizza, Bija Yoga, MorningMoon Yoga, Subramanya Yoga, Bodhi Tree Yoga center, Healing arts center, Judy Todd, Ola Pacyna.
TIPS FOR HEALTH â€œ Summer is coming and I want to have a six pack but I have trouble seeing any abs. What should I do?â€? By
Thank you for your question! What you look like is 80% nutrition! Track your food for a week and see how many fruits, vegetables and proteins you are getting. By limiting your sugar intake this will help reduce some stomach fat, as well as increasing your water intake! Ask yourself- if I went to a Nutritionist, what would they tell me to cut out, and what would they tell me to have more of? For example, would the Nutritionist tell you it was okay to have those cookies every day, or would they tell you to swap out the cookies for some fruits or vegetables. Another question could be â€œI love salty foods and am having trouble changing my eating. Can you recommend anything?â€? Thank you for your great question! You are not alone! Most people are either sweets people or salty people! For those who would still like to get their salty craving, I would recommend Kale Chips. These are best if homemade.
Kale Chips Recipe: 1 head of Kale (looks like darker, greener lettuce) Dash Sea Salt 1- 2 tbsp Grape Seed Oil (can be found at local grocery stores) 1. Rip off Kale leaves into pieces (size of regular chips) 2. Wash and pat dry, put into large bowl
3. Add Grape Seed Oil and mix onto all pieces of Kale 4. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread Kale evenly. Sprinkle Sea Salt on Kale sparingly. 5. Bake at 300 F for 8-10 mins. Cook until crispy and let cool! Hope this helps satisfy your craving! Enjoy :)
Clarke Flynn of Flynn Training Systems gives instruction to Anne Lawrence during a Friday afternoon circuit. Flynn, a former Olympic athlete offers training for athletes and fitness enthusiasts from all ranges of age and experience. Flynn shown here training his group of â€˜executive ladiesâ€™, also works with bodybuilder Melanie Gardner, fitness model Brittany Byrd, Braves defenseman Tyson Wilson, and NCAA hockey player Jenn Nedow as well as many others. The â€˜executive ladiesâ€™ work on balance, flexibility, strength and range of motion. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS
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Program: Forever Young Active Aging Program Location: Family Physio sport Conditioning and Wellness Centre Time: currently offered Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 9:00am â€“ Once more participants sign up we will also offer classes on those days at 10:00 am and 11:00 am Instructor: Kim Bennett, Physiotherapy Assistant The Forever Young Active Aging program is a free program for seniors 65+ in the area where our focus is on improving balance and increasing strength and ďŹ‚exibility in a group environment. All of our participants are assessed initially by a physiotherapist and will continue to be monitored and tested regularly by the physiotherapist. All of our programs are wheelchair and walker accessibly and are heart wise certiďŹ ed by the Ottawa Hospital. For any more information please feel free to contact myself directly, or visit the link on our website: http://www.familyphysio.com/en/our-services/forever-young-active-aging-program
Family Physio Sport Conditioning and Wellness Centre 18 King St. West, Brockville Tel: 613.342.6400 Fax: 613.342.4627 www.familyphysio.com â€œMinimizing Pain and Maximizing Mobilityâ€?
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Canâ€™t Attend but Still Want to Support this Great Event? Donations can be dropped off at Premier Fitness the day of the event between 8:30 am - 5:30 pm, or call 613-340-6671 to make arrangements for your donation. Cash and cheque donations are accepted.
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Popular musical comes to Brockville Arts Centre By
of a father of five daughters, trying to maintain his family and Jewish traditions, while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Featuring the classic songs â€œIf I Were a Rich Manâ€?, and â€œTraditionâ€?, â€œFiddler on the Roofâ€? was nominated for ten Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. Locally, the show will be directed by Michael Bianchin, with music direction by Christopher Coyea and choreography by Janet Venn-Jackson.
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Members of the cast of the St. Lawrence College Musical Theatre programâ€™s upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof, perform â€˜Matchmakerâ€™, during the induction ceremony of the Brockville and Area Music Hall of Fame, held recently at the Brockville Arts Centre. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO
Hot on the heels of their â€˜New Facesâ€™ success, the talented students of St. Lawrence Collegeâ€™s Music Theatre Program, will present another surefire hit, with their upcoming production of Joseph Steinâ€™s beloved tale of family and tradition, â€˜Fiddler on the Roofâ€™, which opens at the Brockville Arts Centre next week. Inarguably called one of the most beloved stage musicals of the second half of the 20th century, â€˜Fiddlerâ€™ first opened on Broadway in 1964 and ran for more than 3,000 performances, maintaining the record for the longest running Broadway musical for nearly ten years until â€œGreaseâ€? took over. Based on the book by Joseph Stein (based on the short story Tevye and his Daughters, by Ukranian writer Sholom Aleichem,) with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics from Sheldon Harnick, â€œFiddler on the Roofâ€? Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, this heart-warming, and heartbreaking story
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The ObserverSPORTS Braves bow out in five Observer Editor
The Brockville Braves were knocked out the Central Junior Hockey League playoffs by the Cornwall Colts in five games. After getting losing on Tuesday evening last week at home, Brockville travelled to Cownwall on Thursday night, needing
a win to stave off elimination. Brockville had plenty of opportunities, firing 31 shots on goal, but couldn’t manage to beat Cornwall keeper Pete Karvouniaris. Cornwall scored in each of the game’s three periods, winning 3-0 en route to a birth in the league championship. Although Brockville was riddled with injuries
to key players, the effort on a game-by-game basis wasn’t strong enough to compete with the league’s number one offense. Cornwall moves on to face the Pembroke Lumber Kings for the Bogart Cup and a spot in the Fred Page Cup. The series began on Sunday with the Lumber Kings winning the opening game 2-0 at home. The series continues this week.
Braves honour their best By
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The Brockville Braves held their annual awards banquet on Monday, to honour their best, brightest and graduating players. In what should have been a rebuilding year, the Braves amassed over 90 points and finished with a record of 44-150-3, good for third place overall in the league standings. Brockville will say
goodbye to nine players, who will be graduating on to other things for next season: Mark Belvedere, Kyle Armstrong,
Ryan Collier, Tyson Wilson, Zack Zaremba, Colin MacLean, Stephen Bird, Dylan Robichaud and Stan Smrke.
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Angels heading to provincials Brockville Girls Hockey Association has two teams heading off to the Ontario Women’s Hockey Championships being held in Mississauga, Ontario April 8th-10th, 2011. The Brockville “The Brick” Atom B Angels and The Brockville “3M” Bantam C Angels hockey teams will be representing the Brockville area and their home Association at this most prestigious yearly event. The Brockville “The
Brick” Atom B Angels team qualified for the Provincial Championships after sweeping their Provincial Play Down games defeating Kingston, Nappanee and Cornwall. The Atom B Angels are represented by the following outstanding young athletes: Kendra Beattie, Emma Caldwell, Veronica Cameron, Claire Cushing, Lauren Kerans, Kayla MacDonald, Taryn Marshall, Emma Michalicka, Shauna Mor-
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isional title and the nod to moving on to the Provincial Championship tournament. The Bantam C Angels are: Andrea Carlisle, Lindsay Dennis, Emma Dukelow, Aryn Garswood, Meg Heisel, Amanda Irwin, Kara Jones, Cori Klein-Gunnewick, Kiera Minkhorst, Kyla Newman, Erica
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The ObserverSPORTS Championship Week
Front Row (L to R): Braden Robinson, Cole Jelly, Garrett Hough, Brandon White, Andrew Pitts, Clark Moore, Owen Davy. Back Row: Cameron Karasiuk, Matthew Worden, Evan Henderson, Dylan Wren, Gavin White, James Mayotte. Coaches: Dave White, Geoff Mayotte, Steve White.
The Brockville Novice B1 Jr. Braves capped off an amazing week of hockey by winning the UCMHL championship in dramatic fashion Tuesday night before a packed house at the Youth Arena. After winning game 1 of the 5 point series against North Dundas, the Braves dropped the next 2 games by a single goal. Down 4 points to 2, the boys headed into Chesterville on Monday night with their backs against the wall. Playing their best hockey of the year, the resilient team won in convincing fashion 5-1. This set the stage for a deciding fifth game of the series in a winner take all showdown of the east and west division champions. After going scoreless through the first two periods, the Demons from North Dundas got on the board early in the third period to take a 1-0 lead. Less than 60 seconds later, Bravesâ€™ forward Dylan Wren banged home a feed from Evan Henderson to tie the game at 1-1. Both teams were playing clean, desperate hockey, trying to avoid the dreaded 3 on 3 overtime session that would follow if overtime was needed. With less than 2 minutes left in the game, league leading scorer Gavin White broke through the tenacious Demons defense and slid one under a sprawling North Dundas goalie to make the score 2-1. The last two minutes were very hectic as the Demons pulled their goalie and had a couple of chances to send the game into overtime, but stellar goaltending by Brandon White kept them at bay and preserved the win and the championship trophy. It was one of the best seriesâ€™ of Novice hockey the UCMHL has ever seen and both teams should be commended on their competitive spirit and sportsmanship. Between games 3 and 4 of the series, these same Braves participated in
the Kids for Kids tournament in Kingston over the weekend. As a Novice â€˜Bâ€™ House team, the Braves decided to put their awesome regular season record to the test by bumping themselves up to the â€˜Aâ€™ division of the tournament. After an opening game loss, the Braves found themselves in must win situations for the rest of the weekend. After two wins on Saturday they received a wildcard bid into the semifinals where they would face the same team that beat them earlier in the tournament. The determined group of young boys avenged their earlier loss by beating the West
Carleton Warriors 5-1 and moving onto the finals where they would face an undefeated Kanata Wild team. In a close checking battle that saw defenceman James Mayotte control the dangerous Wild attack, Gavin White netted two goals in the second period to give the Braves all the offense they needed in winning the game 2-0 and the entire 12-team tournament in surprising fashion. 10 games over 8 days, winning a UCMHL championship and an â€˜Aâ€™ division tournament title was an unbelieveable way to cap off a season that saw the team amass an amazing record of 50-9-2.
Rick Foldeak Memorial Hockey Tournament Chuck Henderson of Ottawa, left and Troy Dobbie of the Brockville Rifles, await the ceremonial puck drop from Tracy Beale of Brockville 33 CBG at the start of the Rick Foldeak Memorial Hockey Tournament. 16 teams from as far away as London and Barrie, joined several teams from eastern Ontario in honour of Foldeak. The 38th annual tourney was won by London 4RCR over Chofo of Ottawa. PHOTO BY SEAN FRASER
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Herrmann and Fomenko earn top honours The St. Lawrence College Brockville Athletics Department celebrated the 2010-11 season at the Athletic Banquet Thursday, Mar. 31 at the Quality Inn Royal Brock Hotel in Brockville. Earning the evenings top honours were Kian Herrmann and Leanne Fomenko, both first-year students and multi-sport athletes, who were named Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respectively. Herrmann excelled in three sports for SLC Brockville, badminton, indoor soccer and hockey this season, and will graduate from the Pre-Service Firefighter program in May. The gifted athlete has been a true competitor for the Schooners in the trio of sports with pure athleticism and a fierce intensity, guiding strong performances in each contest. Herrmann captained the indoor soccer team to its first win at the OCAA East Regional since 2006 and drove the Riverdogs to No. 18 in the Ontario Colleges Committee on Campus Recreation (OCCCR) hockey Power Ratings. Fomenko represented the Schooners in cross country and indoor soccer and will also graduate from the Pre-Service Firefighter program, one of only three women in the program. With a raw determination, Fomenko developed a strong stamina during the cross country season and was the only female to don the Schooner singlet at all four competitions. On the soccer pitch, Fomenkoâ€™s versatility and knack for scoring will be hard to replace. After dishing out the athlete of the year awards at the end of the night, Tri-Campus Athletic Director Brad Greenwood called third-year cross country runner Dawn Martin to the stage to recognize her outstanding contribution to SLC Athletics. Martin has represented SLC Brockville at the highest level for the past three years. She blew away the competition to earn the gold medal at the 2008 OCAA Championships, before placing third at the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Championship the same year. Martin returned to OCAA stage the following season after battling injury and placed fourth at the OCAA Championship, before finishing 11th at the Championship. She wrapped up her career at SLC Brockville with a 13th place finish at the
2011 CCAA Championship and picked up a gold conference team medal, with OCAA runners topping the field. Billy Rozell, a member of the hockey and indoor soccer teams at SLC Brockville took home the Tyler Forkes Fair Play Award. Rozell also competed for the SLC Kingston rugby team during the fall and displayed a strong commitment to his sports and in the classroom attaining a 3.5 grade point average (GPA). Galen Slingerland received the Schooners Athletic and Academic Achievement Award. Slingerland maintained a 3.8 GPA while competing on the golf, cross country and indoor soccer teams. Other major award winners of the evening included Amber Windsor, Sadie Bowen and Chris Chisamore, all members of the Student Administrative Council, earned the SLC Brockville Athletics Contribution Award. Each team recognized its most improved and most valuable player along with a coachâ€™s recognition award.
2011 SLC Brockville Award Recipients
minton, Hockey, Indoor Soccer) Galen Slingerland (Golf, Cross Country, Indoor Soccer) Andrew Gingras (Hockey) Scott Vatcher (Indoor Soccer) Ryan McQuaid (Indoor Soccer) Ketan Rakheja (Badminton, Hockey) Amber Windsor (Badminton, Indoor Soccer) Leanne Fomenko (Cross Coutry, Indoor Soccer) Kristin Greenough (Indoor Soccer) Erin Bradley (Indoor Soccer) Chantel LaSalle (Indoor Soccer) Erin Pearce (Indoor Soccer) Nicole Cholette (Indoor Soccer) Amanda Donaldson (Indoor Soccer) Matt Fabiilli (Badminton) Ryan Flett (Cross Country) Michael St. Amant (Cross Country) Dawn Martin (Cross Country) James Proctor (Golf, Cross Country)
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Rotarian Rene Melchers presents the St. Lawrence College Brockville Rotary Clubâ€™s Athletes of the Year during Thursdayâ€™s awards banquet. Leanne Fomenko and Kian Herrmann excelled at multiple sports over the past school year. Herrmann led the indoor soccer, hockey and badminton teams to great seasons, a tough task while dedicating his time between school and sports. â€œIt is difficult being a student-athleteâ€?, said Herrmann. â€œYou have to love the sport and work hardâ€?. Fomenko came to St. Lawrence College after spending two years at Oakland University in Michigan playing NCAA Division 1 soccer. Fomenko led the indoor soccer team and competed for the cross-country team in 2010-11 while completing the Pre-Service Firefighter program. â€œYou have to be dedicated to do both school and sports at this levelâ€?, said Fomenko. â€œTime management is key. You donâ€™t have a moment to wasteâ€?. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS
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head around why some people just accept things as they are. Who do you most admire, living or dead? My grandfather; Thomas Howard. He fought in WW1 alongside the King of England, and gained the respect and admiration of his unit. He was a highly decorated officer and a true hero, though he probably would not agree. He never spoke of his life during those years, and we only learned about some of his deeds after his death. What do you do in your free time? Between my career, the Jazz Festival, and the other organizations I am involved with, “free time” is at a premium. When I do get free time I like to spend it with my wife and four children.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would really like to have more patience. I have been told that I have little of this commodity. What talent would you most like to have? I would love to be an artist. I am in envy of those who can paint, carve, mold, and create! Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Ian Fleming’s ‘James Bond’. I love the exotic locals, and the cool gadgets. What is your most treasured possession? A family heirloom, a ring, handed down from generation to generation to the eldest males of the family. I have no idea how I got it, because I am the youngest.
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TAURUS - Apr 21/May 21 Taurus, stop and sit for a few minutes because there wonâ€™t be much time for that in the days to come. Things will be moving at a breakneck pace.
GEMINI - May 22/June 21 Gemini, there are more opportunities for success this week than you originally thought. If you devote a few hours each day, you will see your goals realized faster.
CANCER - June 22/July 22 Cancer, asking for help isnâ€™t always easy, but you may have to open up and solicit friends or family for a little assistance. You will be able to repay the favor soon.
LEO - July 23/Aug 23 Leo, be cognizant of how your tone of voice can infer meaning into what you are saying. If youâ€™re trying to keep something a secret, you have to be careful.
VIRGO - Aug 24/Sept 22 Virgo, if youâ€™re down in the dumps itâ€™s high time you change your situation. It may not be easy but you have to take the first step. Aquarius plays a big role.
LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23 Libra, just when you thought you couldnâ€™t have any more bad luck, things do a complete 180. Now is the time to appreciate all of your good fortune.
SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 Thereâ€™s little time for staying put, Scorpio. You have a lot of things to accomplish even though one big thing has been taken care of. It could put a strain on your finances.
SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 With the tax-filing deadline on the horizon, it is wise to get all your financial ducks in a row, Sagittarius. If youâ€™ve put off anything, now is the time to get it tackled.
CAPRICORN - Dec 22/Jan 20 Capricorn, unexpected problems at home continue to try your patience. There is no way to avoid the situation, so you simply have to deal with it for the time being.
AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 Something is bound to upset the apple cart this week, Aquarius. How you deal with it will go a long way to showing others how you operate under pressure.
PISCES - Feb 19/Mar 20 Take the initiative at work, Pisces. Show your boss that you have the desire to get ahead and the brains to go with the package.
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Source Code another thought provoking Sci-Fi film for 2011 VIEW FROM THE
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enced an alternate reality though the eyes of one of the passengers. He is told that his mission is to keep re-entering the mind of the commuter until he finds the bomb on the train, and then finds out who planted it and why. The military believes that a nuclear threat is imminent, and that the train bomber is the one responsible. If Stevens can find out through the Source Code who this man is, then the military can stop him before he commits his next terrorist act. This is a variation of themes which were explored in â€œMinority Reportâ€? with a hint of â€œGroundhog Dayâ€?
thrown in for good measure. By exploring events in the past, one can glean information, which could be potentially useful in changing the future. In â€œMinority Reportâ€?, the issue was the prevention of future crime by arresting the perpetrators before the acts were committed. In â€œGroundhog Dayâ€?, Bill Murray kept re-visiting the same day over and over again, subtly changing events until a suitable outcome changed his future. Time travel tales are difficult to tell and often harder to explain. They often ask more questions than they answer, and if â€œSource Codeâ€™ is guilty of anything; it is of asking the audience to stretch its disbelief to the breaking point. That being said, â€œSource Codeâ€? is an extremely well acted and well directed piece of film-making. It is a time travel tale, a detective story and a thriller that makes for a very intense ride. Source Code Rocks!!!
Directed by Duncan Jones, The Source is a taut, sci-fi thriller that does a great job of building momentum to help launch you into the film. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Monaghan, Vera Farmiga, and Jeffrey Wright
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Science Fiction fans around the world, rejoice! In the first quarter of 2011 we have been given â€œThe Adjustment Bureauâ€?, â€œBattle: Los Angelesâ€? and â€œLimitlessâ€?. The first week of April brings us its own Sci-Fi treat, director Duncan Jonesâ€™ second outing, â€œSource Codeâ€?. 2011 is shaping up to be a year full of fast-paced and thought provoking science-fiction films that will help define the genre for the generation to come. â€œSource Codeâ€?, is directed by Duncan Jones. His previous movie and first feature film â€œMoonâ€?, was an Indy hit and as good as any Science Fiction movie released in the last decade. Jones is the son of David Bowie, a man whom I consider to be one of, if not the greatest artist of the late 20th Century. Rather than follow in his famous fatherâ€™s footsteps, a mistake many sons and daughters of rock stars make, Jones has chosen to carve out his own niche in the ever expanding realm of entertainment. With directorial debut, â€œMoonâ€? and now â€œSource Codeâ€?, he is making a name for himself as an artistic force in his own right. â€œSource Codeâ€? stars Jake Gyllenhaal (Donnie Darko) as Captain Colter Stevens. The movie literally opens with a bang. Captain Stevens opens his eyes to discover that his consciousness has been transferred into the body of someone on a train. He is disoriented and confused as to where he is and why. His last real memory is of being shot down in a helicopter while on a mission in Afghanistan. Before he can get a grasp on what is going on, the train is blown up, and he is killed. We see him again one second later, shaken awake by his death. He is trapped in a container, strapped to a chair, with a two-way camera as his only access to the outside world. Enter Colleen Goodwin, (Vera Farmiga), military officer and visual liaison to Captain Stevens. She explains that the train has already exploded and all the people aboard were killed. She says that the Source Code is a computer program that allows one person to enter the consciousness of another person during the last eight minutes of their life. Stevens experi-
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