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With arguably the biggest band in the festival’s history, more entertainment, more vendors, and the introduction of a day dedicated to local talent and organizations will give Riverfest a new look this year. “Brockville spoke after last year’s festival and we listened”, said Riverfest co-chair Chris Paul. “The public poured in with suggestions and we tried to implement as much as we could into this year’s programming.” Two of the biggest additions for this year’s line-up include INXS on Sunday, July 3rd, and Brockville Day on Saturday, July 2nd. INXS has sold over 30 million records over the past 20 years and has recently sold out a number of shows in Europe and North America. “We’re very excited to have a band of INXS’s caliber,” said Paul, adding that the Brockville stop for INXS kicks off their Canadian tour, with all the dates selling out fast. Brockville Day on Saturday of the festival has drawn several local acts including two of Brockville’s biggest up and coming bands, Colfax and Bravestation, who will play the main stage at 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm respectively.

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The ObserverNEWS RIVERFEST continues from page 1 Brockville Day will be filled with new attractions and several old favorites. The day kicks off with the Rotary Park breakfast at 7a.m. and the Canada Day road races at 7:30a.m. Steve Clark’s tricycle race, the Strongman competition, and local band Fairview start at 1p.m. A salute to our ‘Local Heroes’ will recognize the Police, Fire Department and local Military at 2p.m. “The most common suggestion from the public was for more entertainment, and more local content,” said Paul. “I think we’ve brought both to Riverfest this year.” Riverfest has provided free booth space for all non-profit organizations during Brockville Day. Blissfest, a yoga demonstration will be raising funds for Loaves and Fishes, raising awareness for Canadian Military Forces along with the Shakespeare Festival, Fulford Place, MayCourt, Safe Communities Coalition, the Brockville Community Foundation, and the Brockville, Thousand Islands and Early-Act clubs of Rotary will all have displays on July 2nd. Aside from more acts throughout the threedays, several favorites returning include: The

Local bands highlight this year’s festival. Clockwise from above, Catalina will perform at 7:30 on July 1st, Colfax at 2:00 on July 2nd and Bravestation at 4:00 on July 2nd.

Dock Dogs, Buskers, and the Canada Day fireworks. There are a number of kids attractions scheduled each day including: Zubatomic, face painting, the Search for Perch, Kobbler Jay, Tim Holland, and the Pony Express Petting

Zoo and Pony Rides. Other main stage acts during the three-day event include: Julian Austin and Catalina, another up and coming local band on (July 1st), A Bigger Hammer and Frankie and the Knuckleheads (July

2nd), Bleeker Ridge and INXS on July 3rd. For a full list of entertainment and activities visit

Award-winning Chinese song and dance troupe coming to Brockville Hot on the heels of February’s immensely successful Chinese New Year Gala, the Canada-China Cultural Development Association (CCCDA) has invited yet another world-renowned song and dance troupe to bring their incomparable music and dance style to Brockville. The show, entitled ‘Beautiful Sichuan’, will be performed by the awardwinning Le Shan Song and Dance Troupe, at the Brockville Arts Centre on July 23rd at 2 and 8p.m. This unique show will feature combination of dazzling ethnic and classical dances and music nurtured by the rich land of Sichuan. The addition of this show to the Arts Cen-

tre’s jam-packed summer schedule, which includes the 1000 Islands Jazz Festival and the Pricedex Summer Series, is one of the CCDA’s latest in a string of endeavours geared towards promoting cultural exchange and friendship between Canada and China. “The Chinese-Style Carnival show we received here in February was a true success in every sense of the word,” noted Program Manager of the Leeds and Grenville Immigration Partnership, and newly elected CCCDA Board member, Matthew Raby. “For our Chinese friends both visiting and living in the region, it was a proud moment to share

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Blissfest offers something new to Riverfest Blissfest yoga in the park is the second of three fundraisers organized by Daniel de Luis, and Whitnee Denard-Paul to help raise $10,000 for Loaves and Fishes, a local nonprofit organization that aims to feed those who may not otherwise be able to afford to feed themselves. Blissfest will have a booth on Saturday to take donations and give out in-

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Official Plan - Two Years and Countingâ&#x20AC;Ś. I remember reading about a trend in legal services a few years back, to use plain English in documents. The idea was to strip away the formal, complicated, formal English, partial Latin, gobblygook that ensures the job security of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second oldest profession for eternity. Since then I have yet to see a legal document where the idea has caught on. To give lawyers their due, the English language can be complicated and subtle interpretations can make big difference years after the writing â&#x20AC;&#x201C; thus the need to really nail down what is being said. And thus, since the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Official Plan Document is a legal document of sorts, although drawn up by Planners, it is filled with long sentences and complicated wording. Many, many pages of such wording in fact. This has been one of the on-going complaints about the OP, the complicated wording. In some cases the complaints are about the ambiguity of the wording as opposed to the specificity of the wording (how is that for big words) What really seems to be the problem is in understanding the role of the Official Plan, as a tool in guiding decisions over the next 20 years. It uses the communityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback, councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s feedback, the existing conditions and the historic patterns to guide the decision making process moving forward and provide more clarity to those decisions After 2 years of work it is a pretty good document. Kudos to the consulting group MMM lead by Chris Tyrell. They have displayed great patience in educating the public, Council, and staff, in reiterating points and issues, and legislation. There still remains much to do as the process moves through the zoning phase so maybe I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t count my chickens just yet. It would be nice though, if the movement for plain English, would move through the planning sectors in the province as well as the legal sector. The further away the language gets from you and I , the less involved we are in the process and understanding, the less interested we are in investing the time to figure out just what it says. At the end of the day weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have a great official plan, there just wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be many people that will ever actually read it.

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Going into his eighth year as co-chair of Riverfest, Chris Paul has been a strong member of the community through his job as Athletic Director at St. Lawrence College as well as volunteering for the Elizabethtown-Kitley Fire Department. With the 29th annual Riverfest kicking off this weekend, the Master of Ceremonies takes time to answer Ten Questions for the Observer. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? Greatness is not given it is earned





What book are you currently reading or what book do you recommend? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Playing with Fireâ&#x20AC;? by Theo Fleury What characteristics do you most admire in others? Courage, strength, strong work ethic and dedication What characteristic do you most deplore in others? Laziness and stupidity Who do you most admire, living or dead? I admire a lot of people including my parents, Fire Chief Jim Donovan, my brother and generally anyone that serves our communities

to protect and keep us safe. What do you do in your free time? Spend time with friends/family, volunteering with both Riverfest and the Elizabethtown Kitley Fire Department, spending time on the river and home renovations. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I am proud of who I am and would not change anything other than the size of my bank account lol What talent would you most like to have? Love to be able to flyâ&#x20AC;Śwouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t everyone? Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Superman What is your most treasured possession? My house and my health


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Waterloo Dark: a great introduction to dark ale This week, as a change of pace, we’re going to take a look into the world of beer, specifically a couple of very tasty craft beers from Ontario. There is an unfortunate attitude amongst a large number of wine drinkers that beer is an inferior product. The likely source of this is exposure to the North American mass-produced beers that have always dominated the marketplace. This has tainted attitudes to beer and produced an “us versus them” view of the world’s two most popular alcoholic beverages. Beer easily matches wine in offering an amazing range of different styles of products with wonderfully diverse flavour profiles. Both have long histories and have developed entire cultures around their production and consumption. Both are excellent partners when

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matched with the various cuisines of the world. As North American demand for wine increased in the early 1980’s it was mirrored by a less noticeable, but nonetheless vigorous, interest in quality beer. In Ontario a number of micro or craft breweries began operations to satisfy the needs of the discerning palates of beer lovers. There are a number of criteria that a brewery has to meet to be considered a micro or craft brewery, but the only one we’re concerned with here is that their focus is on making quality products rather than products with mass appeal. The first to appear was The Brick Brewing Com-

pany in Waterloo, Ontario. To this day they remain wholly Canadian owned and a vibrant force in the industry. They also just happen to make Ontario’s most popular dark lager, Waterloo Dark (CSPC# 86439, $2.20). Most people think of lager as a light, pale coloured beverage, but here we have a sterling example of dark lager. For the beer aficionados amongst us it falls stylistically somewhere between a Schwarz bier and a Dunkel. For everyone else it suffices to say it is delicious! Waterloo Dark has an inviting reddish brown colour, somewhat lighter than other dark lagers. The complex nose features layers of chocolate, cocoa, coffee and light caramel aromas intertwined with

lightly toasted malt and a modicum of smokiness. The palate, which lives up to the complexity promised on the

The chocolate, cocoa, mocha and caramel from the nose will be the most recognizable flavours to the average wine drinker less familiar with beer. In addition you will find roasted malt, licorice, molasses and a distinct nuttiness. The finish is lingering and flavourful. Many people ex-

most people ask is “At what temperature should I drink Waterloo Dark?”. The quick answer is at whatever temperature you like. However, similar to wine, the colder you serve a beer the less the flavour shows through. This is a universal truth. To enjoy the maximum taste experience I would advise readers new to

Beer easily matches wine in offering an amazing range of different styles of products with wonderfully diverse flavour profiles.

nose, is rich and creamy with a myriad of wonderfully deep flavours.

pect dark ale to be heavy and bitter and in actuality that is the flavour profile of most. Waterloo drinks lighter than most dark lagers, without losing all the lovely qualities inherent in the style. The next question

beer to slightly chill it. Say somewhere around 10 or 15 minutes in the fridge. Otherwise enjoy it at room temperature. Sip on its own or as a food match with all manner of grilled red meats or chicken, chili and shepherds pie. Enjoy!

Brockville’s changing waterfront reflects the city’s history Few places in Brockville have faced as much evolving change as Blockhouse Island. In the early history of our city, it was indeed an island, and like all others in the St. Lawrence, belonged to England. It was destined to become ‘Hospital Island’ in June of 1832, when a series of events occurred, beginning with the ship ‘The Carrick’, arriving at the port of Quebec from Ireland. The ship carried immigrants from Ireland. A few of these people

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were feverish, and three days later cholera morbus struck, spreading like wildfire up to Montreal, and then into Upper Canada. Several quarantine hospital sites were erected, such as one on Grosse Ile, Quebec, which stood to screen immigrants to Canada more than a century.


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Party Salad now is the time! BBQ’s are heating up all over the country side and if your friends are anything like mine, at these BBQ parties or pot luck dinners the guests are asked to bring a side dish, usually a salad. A lot of macaroni and potato salad is eaten over the summer. Everyone has their own secret recipe for making either of those salads, and of course that is great. Not all, but many, use mayonnaise as the base for the dressing. In Macaroni salad, tuna and green onion are also main ingredients. Green onion also makes it’s way into potato salad as do radishes, all good and more then adequate. But let’s take another look at how can we “WOW” the people at your next backyard party.

For the macaroni salad, substitute shrimp or lobster for the tuna. Or how about crab meat? For your heart, and that of your guests, use light mayonnaise or, even better, zero percent fat Greek yogurt, a little lemon juice and I promise people will be going back for more. If you decide to stay traditional, add a little yellow mustard to the mayonnaise, it will give a little zing to the salad and just make it that much different. With all of these additions, I suggest a small taster done first so you can play with the ingredients to make sure they work to your taste. Rule of thumb: you can always add more, hard to take it out once it is in! As for the potato salad, add the green onions and radishes if you like, but try dicing up some apples

Here in Brockville, ‘Refugee Island’ as it was then known, was set up in June of 1832 to quarantine immigrants wishing to land at Brockville. City Council appointed a Board of Health, and a special police force to assist in enforcing regulation. Thanks to the quick reaction by Council, and the procedures used to house and treat patients, only a handful of people died. By the end of 1832, 9,000 people in this coun(both red and green) and toss them into the works. Switch out the mayonnaise and use some red wine vinegar and some olive oil. Try new or red skin potatoes, and instead of boiling the potatoes, roast them skin on. Some crisp bacon bits sprinkled in the salad is always yummy. In pasta salads use a different noodle, coloured rotini is always nice, and if you go with a more oil and vinegar type dressing toss in some grape tomatoes and cucumber. Like always, once I get started the ideas begin to flow and I have run out of room. Maybe next week we will go with ideas for Taco salad or Greek salad. With any of these salads, season to taste. Note about salt: if you can taste salt you have used too much. Salt should make all the other flavours pop and not be the main taste. The main thing is to enjoy the summer, your friends, and of course always enjoy the food and “Make it Your Own”

try had died of the disease, more than half of which resided in Lower Canada. Later, ‘Grant’s Island’ as it was then known, was called into service in 1838

by the military in response to the growing threat of American invasion. Blockhouse Island was never really involved in any fighting, although militia-

men from Brockville did see action in that year east of Prescott at the ‘Battle of the Windmill’. As the threats of invasion cooled

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Sometimes you have to ask Sometimes I feel as though I am living in my car as traveling to and from work, not to mention out-of-town meetings, have me spending a lot of time on the 401. During this time I have noticed an increased police presence. Even in and around Brockville, I see police everywhere. That’s good right? The desired effect is making me think that “Big Brother” is everywhere, watching, and waiting for me to do something illegal, like not fasten my seatbelt, or drive through an amber light as it turns to red. It scares me to think of a potential confrontation with an officer in uniform because of what I have seen, and read lately. As I was coming off the 401 into Brockville a couple of weeks ago, I witnessed a police check on the opposite ramp while I waited for a really long light at Stewart Blvd. They were stopping vehicles as they were getting on the 401. I noticed that two police vehicles had stopped a passenger van. One police officer was leading the driver away from the van, which I assumed, at first, was to obtain his information, then I realized that this is usually done while the driver remains in his vehicle. Then I witnessed a weird kind of dance, as the officer was trying, awkwardly, to reposition himself so that the driver’s back was facing his van. As I checked to see if my light had changed so that I could drive on, I thought it seemed odd that the driver didn’t seem to be taking his license out of his pocket, and then a flurry of ac-

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tivity caught my eye back at the van. The two officers back at the check stop begin pilfering through the van, quickly opening doors and re-arranging things on the seats, lifting and looking for something. I asked myself if this was legitimate police work and if so, why was it being

Is it reasonable to expect abuse for asking a question? done so deliberately out of the sight of the driver of the van. I didn’t know if police were allowed to do that or not, or if this was the start of another drug bust in the busy 401 corridor that starts as another routine traffic stop. My light had changed so it was time to be moving on but later, when coming across Stewart Blvd, the same scenario was being played out with a different van and driver. I wanted to ask the officers if they were allowed to do that, but reconsidered, after remembering Stacey Bonds asked a similar questions and it took her down a street that she never expected. Her restraint and search, well described as assault and humiliation at the hands of the Ottawa Police force, was replayed continuously over the airwaves with no positive outcomes for her or us as a community. This comes on the heels of a new video showing a man being assaulted and kicked

while passively sitting on a bench while waiting to be interviewed by police, an investigation concluding into the G20 debacle and new revelations of an alleged affair between a witness and an officer which could jeopardize the Surrey 6 murder investigation. And another disclosure of masked Ottawa police officers, one with a documented history of aggressive behavior without a warrant, rough-housing a man for asking for a search warrant which was never produced. Now that is why I am scared to think of confrontation with an officer in uniform. I have an inquiring mind. I ask questions and look where that could lead. Is it reasonable to expect abuse for asking a question? Based on recent patterns I would say yes and if you complain, what happens. There doesn’t seem to be too many complaints that result in action to the offending officers. So at the risk of asking a question, when will the police departments realize that not all complaints are unfounded. There are some weak links in the armour and some police officers are abusing their power with no accountability. Complaints are feedback indicating an opportunity for improvement or identifying training gaps. Because little becomes of a complaint, I expect they will become less frequent and situational abuse of power will increase. Who will complain or ask a question? If you do you get punished. If you write about it do you get punished? I will let you know.

Island was then used for many years to transfer goods from the railway to waiting ships. Recently, Blockhouse Island has become a tour-

ist location, its wooden blockhouse and railway yards all but gone. As a popular spot for visitors

Fighting hunger at home issues that poor families How important is food often have with no transto you? SOUL portation (how do you Sounds like a silly SIDE get the food home?), lack question, doesn’t it? But by Catherine Cavanagh of cookware, or figuring according to the Health out how to make a nonUnit, 8.2 per cent of the population of Leeds and their local food bank existent budget stretch Grenville reported food and whatever meals they to shelter, clothing, or insecurity (hunger) last could find from Churches children’s needs. Or the year. That’s almost 6000 and community kitchens hopelessness of seeing no hungry local households. (like the Pier Church’s end in sight. Discussions For those of us with enough to eat, One participant pointed afterwards focused these statistics may out that the dinners in on better ways to feed our communseem shocking. We particular provide a ity. I was impressed can’t tell by passing someone on the street social outlet for people by the many creative the dedication whether they’ve eaten who may hunger for ideas, of those present, anything nutritious and the leadership recently. But ask any more than food. by the Health Unit. school teacher about Food banks are imthe need for ‘breakfast meal program or Loaves portant, as are communclubs’, lunch stashes, and and Fishes). All participants, who ity gardens, low income cafeteria vouchers, and you’ll realize that there should be heartily com- restaurants and Church One particiare hungry children in mended for this act of dinners. this city. And where the solidarity, spoke of the pant pointed out that children hunger, so do hardship of dealing with the dinners in particular the lack of fresh vege- provide a social outlet for the adults. This past week, the tables and fruits, the people who may hunger Health Unit gathered par- blandness of the pack- for more than food. The ticipants from their fall aged food, and the diffi- volunteers who run Food ‘Food Matters’ Campaign culty of making the food Banks and community to discuss their experi- stretch. They reported meals deserve our deepence of living off charity trouble focusing, and a est gratitude. But these food for a week. Many sense of gratitude that are instances of charof our civic leaders spent it was only a one week ity, and charity is not None of enough. a week living off a three experiment. day supply of food from course experienced the HUNGER continues on page 9

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WATERFRONT continues from page 7 the following year, the Island remained a military installation, still isolated from the mainland for the following two decades. During the late 1850’s and early 60’s, the Island evolved once again, this time, into hub of transporting goods and people alike on the Brockville and Ottawa Railway. With the completion of the railway tunnel down to the waterfront, a stretch of land between the mouth of the tunnel and the island was filled with rock and soil, and the island now became part of the railway’s terminal, complete with a roundhouse, warehouses, and lumber yards. Blockhouse


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Area beach water quality report now available online The Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit will once again begin weekly water sampling of the area’s public bathing beaches. The beaches will be monitored weekly throughout the summer season, July 1st to Sept 2, 2011. This year the following public swimming areas will be monitored: In Lanark County: Almonte Beach, Dalhousie Lake, Centennial Beach, Riverside Beach, Lanark Beach, Pakenham Beach, Rideau

Ferry Yacht Club, Robertson Lake Beach, Smiths Falls Sr. In Leeds and Grenville: St. Lawrence Park, Lyn Valley Conservation Area, South Crosby Beach, Portland Campbell Street Beach, Foley Mountain Beach, Camp Hyanto, Joel Stone Beach, Kendrick’s Park, Lower Beverley Township Park, Bellamy Park, Kelly’s Beach, Merrickville, Westport Sand Lake Every week a total of five water samples will be collected from each

beach. The results will then be analyzed for the presence of E. coli (Escherichia coli) bacteria. If the results exceed the bath-

ing water standard of 100 E. coli, the beach will be posted with a “WARNING: Unsafe for Bathing” sign indicating that the level of bacteria in the water may pose a risk to your health if you choose to swim. This information and will appear on our website and in radio reports. Research has shown that where swimming beaches have a high E. coli level there is a direct relationship with an increase in ear, eye, nose and throat infections in swimmers. The bathing

beach will remain posted until test results indicate that the water quality meets the bathing beach water standard. To help you better understand “Why Beaches are Posted” the Health Unit has developed an information card that is available at any health unit office, township office that has a bathing beach and on our web site. Other variables, which are assessed and evaluated, are the presence of a blue green algae bloom,

accidental spills that may pollute the water and any safety issue that could have an impact on the health of bathers. At any time if these variables are believed to have an impact on the beach’s safety, the beach will be posted as “Unsafe for Bathing”. Posting information is available on the Health Unit website beach_results.htm, or by calling the Health Action Line at 1-800-660-5853 or 613-345-5685.

Health unit board meeting summary shows 2011 plan Audit: The firm of Brent J. Burns, Chartered Accountant presented the results of their audit of the Health Unit for 2010. The auditors were satisfied with the accounting processes of the Health Unit. They did recommend that the Health Unit form an internal Audit Committee to provide the Board with further assurance on a quarterly basis that policies and procedures were being followed, and that the Board develop an investment policy for the Reserve Fund. Board Reserve Investment Policy: The funds in the Board of Health Re-

serve Fund have come from the initial disposal of the former Health Unit office on Charles Street, annual surpluses in the municipal contribution to the budget, and the reimbursement from the province for municipal funds used to conduct the H1N1 mass immunization campaign. To avoid requesting additional levies from municipalities, the Reserve Fund will be used to cover the municipal share of the following Health Unit costs: 1. One time capital expenditures relating to the maintenance of Health Unit owned buildings and

grounds, 2. Programs identified as priority in our communities where there is no other funding source, 3. Priority one-time administrative expenses, and 4. Projected municipal deficit i.e. municipal liability of operating costs that exceed the current year levy. The Board approved an investment policy and a three year agreement between C.F.G. Heward Investment Management Ltd. and the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit to manage the Reserve Fund according to the investment policy.

Strategic Plan and Organizational Review: The Steering Committee for the Strategic Plan will meet on June 30, 2011 for the first time. There is strong Board, management, staff and community members

participating in the committee. The consultants for the Organizational Review, which is part of the Strategic Plan, have completed all the key informant interviews with management and external part-

ners. They will be coming to the Health Unit on June 22, 23 to hold focus groups with staff, meet with interested board members, and present their findings of the issues we need to ad-

HEALTH continues on page 10

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figuration, which allows the vacuum created by the candle to drain the entire system by osmosis through the membrane of the ear. It is believed that the gentle osmotic pressure caused by Ear Candling is enough to effect a correction within the structures which lay in close proximity of the ear drum, thus the reason clients feel so great following a treatment. There are many benefits from this simple method which include:

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Great day Sunday for organizers By

Austin de Luis

Observer Editor

The 1000 Islands Regatta and festival had some poor luck on Saturday, with windy conditions limiting only a handful of heats during the first day of racing. On Sunday, the conditions improved, but the luck of local riders did not. Bert Henderson had

some poor luck in the 5.0L and Gran Prix events, receiving a penalty that dropped him to last place after winning the 5.0L final, and breaking down during the second to final lap in the Grand Prix race after catching up to the leader. “It was a disappointing day for me,” said Henderson, adding that at least the Regatta received some luck with bet-

ter conditions on Sunday. Bert’s brother Kent Henderson also ran into bad luck, spinning out on the final turn during the second from final lap of the 2.5L finals. Kent had been leading the race since the second lap. Steve Armstrong finished in 3rd place of the 2.5L and Paul Hewitt finished in 2nd place in the 5.0L finals.

Bert Henderson during the Grand Prix final.

Kent Henderson moves into first in the 2.5-Litre final.


Steve Armstrong during the 2.5-Litre final.

HEALTH UNIT continues from page 9 dress at the Think Tank, the 30 or so staff and management who will reflect on the findings, options and recommendation for the plan. Food Security: In continuation of the November 2010 “Do the Math, Eat the Math” event to raise awareness about food security, the Health Unit is holding a “Work on the Math” event on June 24, 2011 from

9:30am- 12:00pm. This event is to recognize that many of the previous “Do the Math, Eat the Math” participants who lived off a food bank hamper for a week have been actively involved in food security initiatives since the campaign. This event will allow them to share their remarkable stories. Other community partners who have made strides on food secur-

ity related initiatives have also been invited to participate in the discussion. Our event partner, the Food Matters Coalition will be hosting a movie screening of a documentary - “Poor no more” from 12:05pm – 1:05pm. This movie explores the roots of poverty in Canada and examines promising international poverty reduction measures.

prise to me that people of faith and Churches do so much to combat poverty. The kingdom of God is not accessed through a statement of creed, but rather through the living Word, action on behalf of the poor and marginalized. “Whatsoever you do to the least of my own, you do to me.” (Matt 25:40) We can do better. We must. We need to figure out how to include the $100 healthy food supplement for people on assist-

ance. We need to fund community gardens for all. We need public transportation that allows access to jobs, banks, clinics, and food. We need incentives for businesses to hire full-time workers with benefits, not a succession of low-paid casuals. And more than anything else, we need creative compassionate political leadership at all levels of government that will make ending poverty their first priority.

HISTORY continues from page 7 It’s time for our politicians to really ask themselves the question of how they will resolve the issue of poverty. It’s not okay that you have to be a mathematical genius to budget on our social assistance programs, or that so many working families are one crisis away from hunger. It’s not okay that hungry people must hope that the Churches and citizens of their town are feeling generous if they want to eat. And by the way, it’s no sur-

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Great North Wrestling features Brockville native

Brockville native Jen Grattan a.k.a. Portia Perez was featured during the Great North Wrestling event last Thursday evening at the Youth Arena. The 23-year old Grattan was one of 5 matches on the card, winning in front of the home crowd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was really rewarding to get to come back after five years,â&#x20AC;? said Grattan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wrestling in front of my family and friends was really exciting for me, and the amount of support I have received in my hometown is very encouraging.â&#x20AC;? PHOTOS BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

BrockFit challenge sets a grueling pace for participants Nicole Hunter of the Brockville Rifles team finishes up the rope challenge during the end of the course at the BrockFit Challenge on Saturday at the Brockville Armories.

Hockey Festival features Campbell and Orr


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Roadrunners Canada Day Races Rick Swift, Gerry TuteckyMcDougall, Anne Hodson, Ilona Thomas, Tony Dunbar and Merv Hodson are getting ready for the 23rd annual Canada Day 5km race. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event has added door prizes and a walker category to accommodate as many participants as possible. The races begin at 8 a.m. with the kids run, starting from Blockhouse Island. The Brockville Roadrunners are still looking for volunteers. Anyone interested can email Race Director Rick Swift: PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

Reilly wins bronze at senior world championships

Joey Sargent breaks a tackle during the U18 Privateers 21-19 victory on Sunday at Memorial Fields. The Privateers received tries from Sam Cleary, Rik Champane, and Nathan Peters. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

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Brockville native Edna Reilly won a bronze medal with doubles partner Eva Langley at the Senior World Championships in Houston, Texas last week. Reilly and

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Proper instruction + proper equipment =the formula to lower scores Ben Hogan once coined the phrase “The secret to lower scores is in the dirt”, meaning practice, practice, practice. Local and award winning Club maker, Garry Dunn, tells his customers “Proper instruction plus proper equipment will make the average golfer play better golf.” You can’t accomplish better golf with just one of those key principles. You need them both. It’s amazing how many golfers out there will run to their local golf outlet store to buy the new, latest and greatest driver on the market. Only to find after the novelty wears off they are back where they started. There is a lot of validity to what Garry says here, it makes perfect sense. Good players get their equipment properly fitted and would have had and still have, access to proper instruction geared to their golf swing. The instruction part will start when you make that commitment to taking Lessons with a certified and credible golf instructor. Followed by practicing what you were taught, how many of you out there actually do that? Not many.

tion. Then and only then will you have a definite purpose to practice. You can do this by hitting balls on the driving range, but to really drop those scores fast, practice your chipping and putting on a practice green. To summarize, both statements made in the opening paragraph ring true, you just have to put them into practice. Each and every golfer out there has the potential to become a better golfer, but you aren’t going to get there on your own. I don’t care how much you think you know about the game. If this Formula is good enough for the Touring Pros, it should be good enough for you average golfers out there. Believe me, there’s not a lot of golfers out there willing to take that step. They feel they have the knowledge to do it on their own. Maybe that will explain why the average handicap is still around 20, as it has been for the last 30 years. Sounds absurd especially when you consider the advent of the Golf Channel, golf instruction that’s all over the Internet, and oh yes better equipment is now avail-

able too. Could you keep doing something for 30 years or so, not see any improvement and still say you enjoy it? Not this guy, I’d make the choice and commitment to becoming a better golfer. But then again not everyone was driven like I was. So getting back to the Hogan statement, “The secret to lower scores is in the dirt”, rings true once you have properly fitted clubs and proper instruc-

Sunday in the Park concert series returns to waterfront By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

The Brockville air comes alive with the sound of music when 2011 “Sunday in the Park” summer concert series kicks off at Hardy Park on July 10th with a performance by popular local group, “The Riverside Singers”. The popular event, now in its tenth year (approximately), will feature a “high caliber of diverse performers”, that organizer Chris Coyea says will offer something for every musical taste. “I like to say we’ve got something for everyone,” said Coyea, adding that all concerts are free, though donations are accepted and will be divided amongst local charities. “I think people will be really impressed with this line-up, there’s a lot of talent in Brockville. We’ve got everything from Gospel, to Big Band, to Broadway, and even a dance performance by Sam Crosby and her students from Bread of Life Dance Theatre (BOLDT), on August 21st.” At the series second concert, on July 17th, audi-

Sunday’s in the Park Summer Concert Series line-up All concerts begin at 7 p.m., don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Sunday, July 10 ............ The Riverside Singers Sunday, July 17 ............ Alexander’s Big Time Band Sunday, July 24 ............ The Brockville Concert Band Sunday, July 31 ............ St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program Sunday, August 14 ...... A Gospel Hour Sunday, August 21 ...... Sam Crosby and The Bread of Life Dance Theatre(Boldt) Sunday, August 28 ...... County Road 5

ences will be treated to an evening of swing and big band with “Alexander’s Big Time Band”, followed by what is sure to be a stirring performance from musical director Lance Besharah and The Brockville Concert Band who will share their signature brand of “magical and uplifting” arrangements on July 24th. On July 31st, the students of St. Lawrence College’s Music Theatre Performance program, will give the audience a taste of Broadway with their musical tribute, “An Evening of Broadway”. Proceeds from this concert will be donated to the College’s music theatre

bursary fund. On August 14th, Coyea, who also heads the music component of the St. Lawrence College Music Theatre Performance Program, will join singers Anne Landon and Margaret Whisselle, as well as his fellow St. Lawrence staff members, Alex Fleuriau Chateau and pianist Christopher Cennon, in performing your favorite Gospel and spiritual classics, when they present, “A Gospel Hour”, on August 14th. The series ends on August 28th, with a toe-tapping evening of bluegrass, country, and gospel music performed by popular local group, “County Road 5”.

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New high speed adventure cruises of the 1000 Islands 1000 Islands & Seaway Cruises of Brockville has announced the newest addition to its fleet, the Stateof-the-Art, high-speed Catamaran WildCat. According to company president, Andrew Neeteson, â&#x20AC;&#x153;the boat represents a new and exciting product, not previously available in the 1000 Islands and a clear alternative to the traditional

Islands sightseeing experienceâ&#x20AC;?. Designed and built in Australia, the WildCat can propel 54 passengers at speeds of up to 45 miles per hour through the scenic 1000 Islands and along the St. Lawrence Seaway. The vesselâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s primary service will be a twohour â&#x20AC;&#x153;Castle Prowler Adrenisland Cruiseâ&#x20AC;? departing from Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s waterfront and

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lighthouses and ships on the Seaway on the only regularly scheduled Canadian departure to include a view of both Boldt and Singer Castles.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;After seventeen seasons in the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;City of the 1000 Islandsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, we have been looking for something new and exciting to add to the regionâ&#x20AC;? explains Neeteson, who recently acquired the vessel from


Erin Christie

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s full steam ahead for the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly reinstated railway tunnel committee as they continue with their ongoing mission to turn Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s historic railway tunnel into a tourist attraction. The committee, lead by city councillor, David LeSueur, is planning to conduct feas-

a Whale-watching tour operator in Victoria, British Columbia. The boat arrived late May after a 3,600 kilometre trek across the Country on a flat bed trailer at a boatyard on the St. Lawrence where it is currently being spruced up before its anticipated start date of July1st. In addition to Sightseeing Cruises, Captain Neeteson believes the

unique design of his high-speed catamaran will prove popular for Charter events and â&#x20AC;&#x153;because of its speed we can service groups in communities all the along the 1000 Islands and St. Lawrence Seaway corridors. For more information, contact Andrew Neeteson at 613-3411859 or email at captain.andy@sympatico. ca.

ibility studies later this summer, in order to estimate the costs of making the tunnel safe for the public. LeSueur says the committee hopes to have quotes from â&#x20AC;&#x153;four or fiveâ&#x20AC;? geological engineers who could conduct the study, in time for their nest meeting at the end of July. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to get this going as quickly as possible,â&#x20AC;? said LeSueur after

guiding fellow committee members and local press through the tunnel yesterday afternoon. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The first step obviously, is safety, after that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d like to be able to start taking people through and eventually have a dining cart and a historic tour lead by professional guides. Not only is this Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first railway tunnel, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a part of Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s history. â&#x20AC;?



City Councillor and Railway tunnel committee chair, David LeSueur explains the importance of the tunnelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s significance in Brockville to local media and committee members during yesterdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not just a big tunnel,â&#x20AC;? said LeSueur. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of stories behind it.â&#x20AC;? ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO



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Rotary welcomes new executive boards

Drowning Death Review

Members of the Rotary Clubs of Brockville and the 1000 Islands welcomed their new executive board members in a brief ceremony conducted during annual Changeover meeting, held last Monday evening in Rockport.

The Rotary Club of the 1000 Islands from left to right: Director of Membership, Bob Barbour, President Elect, Bob Cassel, Treasurer, God McCrady, Past President, Larry Journal, President, Laura Good, RI Chair, Rene Melchers and Brent Glatt. ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTOS

In light of recent tragedy, the Safe Communities Coalition of Leeds and Grenville, along with Brockville City Police, have released information from a report issued by the chief coroner’s office in hopes of preventing similar tragedies. Highlights of the report include: There was a 260% increase in drowning deaths in children less than 5 years of age. 13 of the 89 (15%) deaths in this review were in children less than 5 years of age. Drowning is largely a male-related phenomenon. 76 of 89 (85%) deaths were male. 71 of 89 (80%) of the deaths occurred in persons aged less than 5 and between 15-64 years of age.

The Rotary Club of Brockville from left to right: Secretary, Bruce Leslie, Director, David Vaughan, Director, Ken Holliday, Past President, Janet Eaton, President, Tom Harrington, Director, Ian Stephenson, Treasurer, Mary Ellen Morris and Director, Jack Henderson.

• Island Breakfast on Refugee Island. Tuesday, June 28 - Thursday June 30, St Lawrence Park, Brockville. The Island Breakfast is the first Riverfest event and considered a highlight by past participants. Rain or shine, the shuttles will travel between St. Lawrence Park and Refugee Island roughly every 15 minutes between 7:30-9:45 am • Canada Day Celebrations - St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Friday, July 1, 12 pm. Mallorytown Landing. All Day. Celebrate Canada Day at St. Lawrence Islands National Park. Enjoy cake, games, face painting and films showcasing Ontario’s national parks. • Canada Day Celebrations! Fort Wellington Activities 10 am-4pm. Discover and celebrate why you are Canadian at Fort Wellington - traditional cannon firing and loads of family fun. Join in children’s activities, historic demonstrations and refreshments. BBQ and Strawberry Social, hamburgers, hot dogs, strawberries & ice cream, cold drinks 11am to 2 pm. Admission to all events is free.




• Brockville & District Hospice Palliative Care Service Monthly Grief Support Meeting. Garden St. site (boardroom). Wednesday, July 6th. Topic: “What Loss Can Teach Us About Life” • Olde Tyme Hymn Sing. Sunday, July 10, 6:45 pm. Hanson Memorial Church, Charleston Lake. Featuring Celebration Singers.


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+$33<&$1$'$'$< • Brockville Farmers’ Market - Market Street West Brockville. The market hosts an amazing collection of traditional and organic produce, herbs, meats, honey, maple syrup, preserves and baked goods. From May to October there is an ever changing selection of hand-crafted jewellery, furniture, textile products, quality cut flowers, perennials and annuals. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, May October 7 am -1 pm

• Self-Employment Benefits Orientation Session. Tuesday, July 12th at 10 am, Prescott. To register for the mandatory orientation please call 613-9254275 ext. 24 or email

• Birthday Parties at the Brockville and Area YMCA. This 2-hour party includes a specially decorated room, fun activities, meal of choice and one hour of pool or gym time. Available Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Call 613-3427961.

• Brockville Off-Leash Dog Park welcomes everyone, with their dogs, to their third anniversary barbecue. Saturday, July 16th, 11 am-2 pm. Dogs will demonstrate their skill with Frisbees. There will be dog contests. Come & enjoy the day with us.

• Bottles for Babies - Bring your pop cans, liquor, wine & beer bottles and cans to Food For All Food Bank in Prescott. Proceeds will be used to purchase baby formula for mothers in need. 136 Henry St. W. Prescott 613-925-2444.

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55 of 66 (83%) of the deaths related to swimming occurred when the air temperature was higher than 21 degrees Celsius. 22 of 23 (96%) of those operating power boats and unpowered boats that drowned were not wearing life jackets or personal flotation devices. Alcohol was a contributing factor in 39 of 58 (67%) of the drowning deaths between 15-64 years of age. Overall, 39 of 89 (44%) of drowning deaths were alcohol related. In 2010, for those in whom the swimming status was known, 24 of 60 (40%) were nonswimmers. 20 of 59 (34%) of the drowning victims for whom their heritage was known were not born in Canada.

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LEO - July 23/August 23 Venus causes you to be very charming, which is a big plus in your life. You can easily build strong, friendly relationships with the people you meet â&#x20AC;&#x201D; but donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t trust just anyone!

AQUARIUS - Jan 21/Feb 18 You are not content to do things that seem too easy, and you love using your intelligence to really understand things. You are particularly courageous this week.

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LIBRA - Sept 23/Oct 23

ARIES - Mar 21/April 20

You are beginning a phase of luck and good fortune. You will feel that things are improving. You might have to change the rhythm of your professional life.

SCORPIO - Oct 24/Nov 22 You realize just how tenacious you can be. Saturn enables you to be very efficient, and so you are able to overcome some difficulties.

SAGITTARIUS - Nov 23/Dec 21 You will have to face up to people who give you cause to think. Try to remain objective at all times. All this will be very positive for you.

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GEMINI - May 22/June 21 You will soon understand exactly what you wish to accomplish. Jupiter brings you a clearer way of seeing what is happening to you. You feel really good about yourself.

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY BGVA Donates $20,000 to Brockville Cardiovascular Program The Brockville General Volunteer Association recently donated $20,000 to the Brockville Cardiovascular Program (BCP) based at BGH. This donation brings the total funds donated to the BCP by the Association to $80,000 over the past few years. The rehabilitation program has celebrated its second successful year, with over 235 former cardiac and vascular patients receiving information, support and guided exercise programs while transitioning into their post-treatment lives. The program is locally created and supported, receiving no government funding.

Maureen Overy, President of the Volunteer Association presents the cheque to BGH internist and one of the unit’s founders, Dr. Jay Bhatt. Bhatt and Overy are joined by members of the Association’s Board of Directors, front row, from left to right; Marla Gilliland, Carole Crump, Bea Slack, Priscilla Walter, (back row, left – right) Lynda Cavanagh, Carole Lyman, Marg Alexander, Ann Carter, and Dave Bessant. Missing from photo are, Ian Combe and Gail Parslow. SUBMITTED PHOTO COURTESY OF MAGGIE WHEELER

Leeds-Grenville Green AGM set for July 9th The Leeds-Grenville Green Party will hold their 2011 Annual General Meeting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 9th at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church Hall, located at 374 Stewart Blvd. During the meeting the Association will

elect a new Federal executive team, discuss the new campaign, vote on constitutional matters,

and discuss the upcoming provincial election. There is no cost to attend, all attendees will

have to opportunity to purchase memberships at the door should they wish to do so. For more information contact membership chair, Matthew Casselman at matt.casselman@

O’Farrell Financial Brockville office opens BCI alumni receives honorary degree Former Brockville resident and BCI alumni, Cyril M. Leeder receives an honorary diploma from Algonquin College president, Robert Gillett, during the college’s recent convocation ceremony, held at the new Ottawa Convention Centre last week. Leeder, who is the current President of Senators Sports and Entertainment, was recognized by the school for the success he has achieved throughout his remarkable career and his strong commitment to his community displayed through his inspirational charity work. “Ottawa has been my home for 30 years now,” Leeder told the audience of nearly 400 new business school graduates. “It’s an honor to be given this award and to have the opportunity to share my passion for sport, and business, with these graduating business students. They are our future, and being able to serve as their keynote speaker and share my experiences and life lessons is both humbling, and rewarding.” PHOTO COURTESY OF MICHEL CHEVALIER

Knowing that trust doesn’t happen at a distance, O’Farrell Financial Services Inc. held its Grand Opening in Brockville on Friday June 17. The financial and estate planning firm has experienced significant growth in the Brockville community and is committed to being a part of the communities in which it serves. To support that growth, they have opened a new office in Downtown Brockville. The O’Farrell Financial

team will be actively working through our Brockville office as we continue to provide financial and estate planning services. The team is thrilled to be here and look forward to continuing to honour the relationships they have, while making new friends in the community as well. “I am very proud of our team and what we have achieved in the Kemptville area,” stated Dermid O’Farrell. “All of us at O’Farrell Financial are excited to be in Brockville

and to make our footprint in the community.” The Open House event brought in many people from the community who were able to see the office and get a feel for the O’Farrell Financial experience. Among those in attendance were Mayor David Henderson, MPP Steve Clark and North Grenville Councillor Tim Sutton, each of whom provided kind words of welcome to the community. With the opening

of the new office, the O Farrell Financial team will be spending time at the Brockville location, but Keeley Mouré, who is well known in the community, will be based out of Brockville. “I am thrilled to be based out of the Brockville branch and to have the opportunity to work in the community in which I live,” said Mouré. The new office is located at 56 King Street East in Downtown Brockville.

Out-patient services not available for Canada Day holiday Most out-patient services will not be available at Brockville General Hospital on Friday, July 1st, for the Canada Day Holiday The Emergency Department will remain open 24 hours as usual, and in-patient services will not be affected. Regular weekend operations will apply for Sat-

urday and Sunday. Out-patient services not available on Canada Day will include: Laboratory Services, Diagnostic Imaging Services, and all clinics and community programs. All hospital departments will resume regular hours on Monday, July 4th.

Habitat for Humanity Thousand Islands Fundraising for Fall Build Habitat for Humanity Thousands Islands is planning a silent auction and raffle to raise money for their fall build in Prescott. The build of a semi-detached unit in Prescott, which will provide home ownership for two local families, is slated to begin in September with completion expected early in the new year. In order to raise money for the Prescott build Ron Stembridge, the HFH Executive Director, announced that the local affiliate is running a silent auction from July 1st to July 9th. While items for the auction are still being finalized the they will include sports memorabilia such as signed ball caps from the Ottawa Senators, a signed Johnny Bower hockey Jersey, as well as golf packages and dinner certificates for courses and restaurants in the area. Prospective bidders can view Items for the auction at the ReStore, 3037 County Road 29,

Brockville . Bids can be placed at the same location. During the same time period the Habitat Thousand Islands ReStore is also selling raffle tickets for a bedroom suite from Country Time Furniture and Décor valued at over $2800. Ken Hunter the ReStore manager will be selling tickets at the ReStore for only $5.00 or three for $10.00 and the suite can be viewed at the Country Time store next door in the Maggio Plaza. Hunter added “Jenny Andrews, the Country Time manager, has been incredibly supportive of the work of Habitat for Humanity.” Plans are also underway for a sod turning ceremony at the Prescott build site for the end of June. The Board of Habitat for Humanity Thousand Islands will be issuing details on the ceremony and the build shortly.

Shhhhh! Keep it Quiet! Habitat for Humanity Thousand Islands is having a

Silent Auction for the Prescott build.

July 2nd thru to July 9th. At the ReStore , 3037 County Road 29,Brockville. Visit: Sports memorabilia, furniture, gift items and more.


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Bad Teacher uses raunchy shock-comedy for a few laughs Cameron Diaz stars as the proverbial Bad Teacher. Her character Elizabeth Halsey is a first year teacher who cares nothing about educating young minds. All she wants is an easy life, supplied by a rich husband who will treat her like royalty until the day she dies. When we first meet Elizabeth, it is the last day of school and she is saying farewell to her fellow teachers. She has snagged the wealthy husband and will never need to work again. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t long before said fiancĂŠ and his mom reject her for the gold-digger she is, cancel the marriage and send her back into the world of middle-school education. Next, with summer over, she is back at her teaching job, dejected, depressed and completely unmotivated. All she does in class, from the second she introduces herself to her students, is show videos of movies about teachers. She ignores her students, and hiding behind a pair of black sunglasses, sleeps off debauched nights, drinks booze at her desk, and rejects everyone who tries to befriend her. Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) plays Russell Gettis, gym teacher. He is a likable laid back


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guy, who despite the fact he can see right through Elizabethâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shtick, would like to date her. He is genuinely funny and actually comes off well as the only bastion of sanity in Bad Teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wacky staff. Another teacher we are introduced to is Amy Squirrel. She is played with frightening perkiness by the incredible Lucy Punch (Dinner for Schmucks). She is all superficial smiles and rahrah enthusiasm. Her constant desperate need to please and always so overly excited behavior makes her come off like a real nut-case. She is a wacky parody of every teacher ever to grace the silver screen. Amy tries hard to be the Good Teacher, but she has some unspecified history which holds her back and all is obviously not rosy in the mental health department. Her desperate attempts at being good, play well against Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s being bad. The fact that they seem to live in different worlds simultaneously makes for interesting comedy.

Just when it looks like Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Elizabeth has sunk to an all-time low, she meets Scott Delacorte, a new substitute teacher played with nerdy abandon by Justin Timberlake. One look at his expensive Delacorte watch and Elizabeth knows there is more to this guy than meets the eye. He is the heir of the watch making Delacorte family fortune, and has just broken up with his girlfriend. When Scott shows Elizabeth a photo of his ex, he says she has a big heart. All Diaz sees is her large breasts. Believing she is underdeveloped in this

area, she decides the only way to win this guy is to purchase a new larger set. The only problem is she is broke. So, for the rest of the film the comedy plays out as she plots schemes and hatches crazy plans to raise the money any way she can. Director Jake Kasdan (Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) does a decent job. The movie is well paced and though the story arc is predictable, he takes us through some pretty comedic and often over-the-top situations. Bad Teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy is not as hard edged as that of the Hangover movies,

but Diaz plays raunchy well and never once falls out of character. Bad Teacher is a comedy that relies on shock value for a lot of its humor. Obnoxious characters seem to be all the rage in comedies lately. Thanks to Diazâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solid performance Bad Teacher works, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have the comic edge that would make it an instant classic. However, if you are looking

for a few great laughs and a few hours of fun, then this might be for you. Check it out.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Truth about Teenage Suicideâ&#x20AC;? premieres at the BAC next week By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

In the wake of the devastating loss of his younger sister, Chantal, who took her own life at the age of 18, local producer/film-maker, James Thomas says he felt compelled to find out why. In doing so, he embarked on a painful and ultim-

ately, life-changing path to self-discovery that propelled him to educate others, in hopes that his sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s story might prevent similar tragedies. The result of his six year journey is a stark and heartfelt documentary â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Truth about Teenage Suicideâ&#x20AC;?, which makes its debut next Friday night at the Brock-

ville Arts Centre. The event, which is being hosted by Thomas himself, will feature live music by Ottawa acoustic performer Theda Phoenix and Ottawa/Brockville indie rock band Loon Choir,

and will introduce the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Foundation for Todayâ&#x20AC;? organization, who will discuss their first project, the Chantal Thomas Collaboration for Youth, which is geared towards improving awareness

about mental health promotion and suicide prevention in schools. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Truth about Teenage Suicide: a night of healing and celebration of life for the communityâ&#x20AC;? premiereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s at the Brockville

Arts Centre on Friday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the event are $10.00 (+tax) and are available at the Brockville Arts Centre. For more information visit www.





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3217,$&* Convertible, Automatic, Great Summer Car, 58,000 kms



1SD Package with Navigation, 24,125 kms


! D OL $41,800 $41 800


29,069 kms, 7.0 L Engine, 505 HP

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2007 Pontiac G5, Auto, Power Group, Air.





454 hp, Great Shape, Classic!

Great Shape, 18,129 miles




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