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Positive news from area manufactures By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

The year 2010 brought about a hopeful trend for Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s manufacturing sector. According the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual â&#x20AC;&#x153;Year End Manufacturing Surveyâ&#x20AC;? for Brockville and area industries, 237 fulltime positions were created within the region last year, resulting in a net gain of 97 positions. This growth, according to the report, which was issued by the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development office in a press release last Thursday, confirms an end to cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s three-year manufacturing employment slide and the first

increase since 2006. The report also noted â&#x20AC;&#x153;contractionsâ&#x20AC;? , primarily in the chemical sector, with 109 jobs lost between the downsizing at Invista Canada and Dyno Nobel Nitrogen, in addition to the anticipated 150 job losses that will result from by closing of Abbott Laboratories in 2012. For this survey, 66 manufacturers were interviewed during the month of December, and though the economic development office does not disclose the identities of those companies surveyed, city officials say that the report covers the entire sector, including processing and production, technology firms, as

well as warehousing and distribution. The report also includes the following statistics: â&#x20AC;˘ 26 per cent of companies interviewed reported increases in the number of employees, while 18 per cent noted labour decreases and 56 per cent stated no change; â&#x20AC;˘ six per cent of the companies introduced new products or product lines in 2010; â&#x20AC;˘ 60 per cent of the companies export their product; â&#x20AC;˘ 15 per cent of the companies surveyed are unionized. The survey will also

provide important data for the Economic Development office on a strategy for working with the manufacturing sector. City of Brockville Economic Development Director, Dave Paul explained that the report will be a key discussion item at the upcoming meetings of the Economic Development Advisory Team and more specifically, the Manufacturing Task Force, who is currently contemplating the introduction of a Brockville Investment Retention Squad (IRS) to â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;proactively assist the Economic Development office on its effort in this sectorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

Chinese New Year Gala furthers friendships By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

A belated Chinese New Year celebration is the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest move in a string of endeavours geared towards creating cultural understanding and promoting its move toward diversity. The gala event, entitled, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Carnival, China Styleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, will take to the stage of the Brockville Arts Centre on February 23rd and promises an explosion of acrobatics, classical music performances, ornate sets and intricate dance routines, lead by the world-renowned Chinese National Broadcasting Performing Arts Troupe. Supported by the Chinese National Government, the prolific production, which has been performed for audiences around the world for more than 10 years, aims to encapsulate 5,000 years of Chinese history, while highlighting the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s many ethnicities. Locally, the event is being presented through the Canada-China Cultural Development Association (CCCDA), with support of the local Chinese community and the Brockville and Area MultiCultural Council. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The mission of the show is to have Western people understand the Chinese culture and history,â&#x20AC;? explained the productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s artistic general director, Zhang Xihe, during a recent press conference, held at the Artsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Centre last Thursday afternoon. Speaking through interpreter CCCDA arts program, and media director, Helen Chu, Xihe explained that the show would not present a language barrier because it consists mainly of music, acrobatics and dance, but will include an Englishspeaking MC.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a universal language.â&#x20AC;? Zhang told the crowd of media, area mayors and local dignitaries, adding that, should it prove a success, the show would not only be back, but would encourage the local area to send a show to China. First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Canada, Chen Yuli, who attended Thursdayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event on behalf of Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Junsai, brought greetings from the Ambassador , which she read in a prepared statement, that echoed Zhangâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s remarks, adding that cultural events such as, the gala celebration play a major role in promoting cultural understanding and friendship between the two countries. City of Brockville Dir-

ector of Economic Development, Dave Paul, explained that building such relationships are part of an overall initiative to make the area more welcoming and inclusive to immigrants and to attract international investors. This initiative also includes the LeedsGrenville Immigration Partn e r s h i p, who was another key player in bringing the production to Brockville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;China is an extremely important strategic partner in the continued and future vitality of the Canadian economy,â&#x20AC;? said Paul, adding that the partnership has already peaked interest from potential Chinese and Russian investors. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Activities such as this Gala are fundamental in developing strong rela-

tionships between regional leaders and Chinese politicians, investors, and other business people, to optimize the benefits realized locally through this partnership of nations so the momentum is picking up.â&#x20AC;? BAC manager, Peter Dunn shared Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s positive outlook, adding that the Gala is the first, in what he hopes will be an ongoing line-up of cultural programming at the BAC. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had the opportunity to see the productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performers in action and must say I was extremely impressed, it also bodes well with our mandate to increase cultural programming.â&#x20AC;? Tickets for the show are $32.50 plus HST and are now available at the Brockville Arts Centre box office or by calling (613)3427122, or online at www. brockvilleartscentre.com

BMHC workers frustrated by Elmgrove transfer and potential job losses Frustration is mounting for employees of the Brockville Mental Health Centre as they watch the transfer of services to Brockville General Hospital without any guarantees they will still have jobs once the process is complete. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group crows about the fabulous job itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s doing and hands out promotion after promotion to senior managers who will earn even more money, the fact is our members are being kept in the dark by an employer who prefers to dictate rather than negotiate the impact its restructuring decisions will have on our members,â&#x20AC;? said Dave Lundy, regional vice president for the Ontario Public Service Employees Union in eastern Ontario. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the very time that Brockville is suffering from high unemployment and dim job prospects, we have a major employer like ROHCG shutting down services and when itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not it moves well-paying, skilled jobs to Ottawa and other places.â&#x20AC;? Of immediate concern to the union is the potential loss of

about 80 support staff positions at Brockville General hospital as a result of the transfer of the Elmgrove acute care mental health unit to BGH. In fact, the ROHCG now says responsibility for the labour adjustment plan is in the hands of Brockville General and its CEO Ray Marshall, contrary to what the union had earlier been led to believe. OPSEU believes a bad situation is being made worse by senior management which, in a year-end memo to all staff, acknowledged a serious â&#x20AC;&#x153;staff moraleâ&#x20AC;? problem in Brockville. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ray Marshall can do something about this morale problem by rolling up his sleeves and working hard to ensure that not one job is lost through the transfer process,â&#x20AC;? said Lundy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for at the moment is for management to agree to some timelines where we can discuss the labour adjustment plan. That would be a good starting point.â&#x20AC;? For further information: Sonia Boudreau OPSEU Staff Representative 613447-8631.

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From the page to the stage; local student brings vision to life By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

A handful of teenagers carry such a wellspring of buoyancy and self-assuredness as 17 year-old director Emily Townshend. Already a seasoned performer and writer, Townshend, who attends Brockville Collegiate Institute, has been involved with the theatre for 12 years, beginning with her first role in a local production of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;A Christmas Carolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, at the age of five. Since then, the fresh-faced teen has gone on to act in several productions, including TISS and BCIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s latest collaborative theatrical effort, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godspellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. It is her experience, both on, and off the stage, as well as her innate love of theatrical story-telling, that lead Townshend to her most recent project, the developing and producing of an original musical, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;High Hopesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, which opens on Friday, January 21st, at BCI. The show, Townshend explained, began as a final project for her grade 12 music class, and though it will still comprise 15 per cent of her final grade, has morphed into much more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really been a great learning experience as far as dealing with people,â&#x20AC;? said Townshend, who fills multiple roles for â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;High Hopesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, including that of director, producer, writer and actress. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to direct and act has increased the level of understanding as far as seeing things through someone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eyes, it changed the way I approached the material as an actor. It can be frustrating to try and convey whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in your head to someone and even more frustrating to try to interpret it as an actor, knowing that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not getting it, so having the chance to act and direct has given me the benefit of knowing what the actor needs to hear, and as an actor, what to give the director. It â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s been great for communication.â&#x20AC;? For the music, Townshend sought out the help of her â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Godspellâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; castmate and fellow BCI student16 year-old, Lucas Denneboom, who collaborated with her to compose the musicalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score and lyrics, as the productionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical director and co-director. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been about getting the experience,â&#x20AC;? said Denneboom, adding that he is considering pursuing composition as a career. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been pretty interesting to watch the performers interpret the music and make it their

The cast and crew of the upcoming musical, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;High Hopesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, pose onset at Brockville Collegiate Institute. From left to right, Co-director and musical director, Lucas Denneboom, Chris Almond (crew), Aaron Robinson (cast), stage manager and lighting operator, Liz Sakowsky, Melanie Peters (ensemble), Clifford Bauder (cast), Joan Gabriel (cast), choreographer and cast member, Kaylee Villenneuve, pianist, Elias Evans, actor. Floor-Andrew Morely (Jamie) and director, producer, writer and actress, Emily Townshend (Kate). ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

own. It can be frustrating at times, but overall, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something really rewarding about watching your work come to life.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one thing to write the words, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another to hear them spoken, so as the actors say or sing the words, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve used the opportunity to rework things. Everyone has been encouraged to put their own spin on things, so the current script is vastly different from the earlier drafts,â&#x20AC;? added Townshend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve really been doing is work-shopping the play, â&#x20AC;&#x153; continued Denneboom. â&#x20AC;&#x2122;High Hopesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; tells the story of Kate, played by Townshend, who is attempting to help her boy-

friend, played by fellow student, Andrew Morley, overcome his drug addiction, while secretly struggling with her own. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t set out to write a story about drug addiction,â&#x20AC;? explained Townshend, adding that her inspiration came from a presentation that she saw on the subject. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really about trust and the consequences of concealment, as well as the affects that addiction has on the people around them.â&#x20AC;? Townshend continued that the lead characters were not inspired by one person, but were an amalgamation of several people, including herself. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The character Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personality is drawn from my own but there

are some significant differences between us. For example, Kate is addicted to pain killers, which is something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never dealt with and has always been a fear of mine. Kate was kind of a what-if. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really what theatre is all about. You can explore the what-ifs without the consequences you would experience in real life. â&#x20AC;&#x153; To convincingly por-

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tray the realities of addiction and the issues surrounding it, Townsend and Denneboom, heavily researched their subject matter by visiting addiction centres and interviewing those who have been affected by addiction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Addiction is not something Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had to battle so Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never fully understood it, so we really wanted to

make sure that we put a lot of effort into making it seem realistic,â&#x20AC;? explained Townshend, adding that the proceeds of the showâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ticket sales will be donated to an organization or agency involved with addiction and recovery. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The script and the lyrics have been reworked several times, so what we will be presenting is very different from the first draft, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re pleased with what we have now and everyone involved has contributed to that, so by opening night weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pretty excited to see the audienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reception to our work,â&#x20AC;? added Denneboom. Townshend echoed Denneboom and stressed importance of the storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s overall theme. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our hope is that people will at least take something from it,â&#x20AC;? said Townshend. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We hope that maybe our message will help to raise awareness and maybe change someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s view.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;High Hopesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be onstage at BCI on Friday, January 21st and Saturday January 22nd. Show time is 7p.m. Tickets will be available for $5 at the door.

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Ontario East heads to major food show to promote region By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

The decision to participate in a recent major food industry trade show is expected to bring positive results for the City of Brockville and the region in the upcoming years. The East Ontario Food Sector Marketing Team, a delegation of regional economic development officials that

includes members Brockville, Smiths Falls and other municipalities in the Eastern region, is attending the Winter Fancy Food Show, which takes place at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California, from January 18th to January 20th. As the premier marketplace for specialty foods, WFFS, is expected to attract 25,000 participants from around the world,

BMNPHC looking for new members By

Erin Christie

Observer Staff Writer

The Brockville Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (BMNPHC) Board of Directors sat down on last Saturday, January 15th, to plan and set a clear vision for the future of their rentgeared-to-income housing community. Mayor David Henderson and original Board Director Mary Mansworth were also in attendance for part of the meeting to

give both an historical and municipal government perspective to the strategic planning process. The dayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s work included a review of the Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission and vision; establishing the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Directors; and the creation of strategic objectives related to the five main responsibilities of the Board. Established in the early 1990s, the BMNPHC Board, is overseen by the United Counties of Leeds and

presenting more than 180,000 specialty foods, wines, gifts and department stores, supermarkets and restaurants. The regional coalitionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort is multi-faceted and involves exhibiting as part of the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Canada Pavilion at the show. The initiative also includes meeting with companies in attendance at the

show. As part of this effort, a comprehensive directory of food-related companies in eastern Ontario will be distributed at the show, marking the first time such a directory has been developed. The impetus for going, explained City of Brockville Economic Development Director, Dave Paul, is aimed at raising the profile of the region to food companies from around

the world, which Paul said, will hopefully result in local job creation and retention. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are a lot of benefits to doing business in Canada, particularly within the Eastern region, in terms of exporting, logistics, materials and resources,â&#x20AC;? explained Paul, adding that 87 per cent of all attendees either authorize or recommend purchasing decisions at trade shows,

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some time. The tipping point for the housing complex came this year, Martin says when he saw residents begin to plant flowers and take ownership over the rent-gearedto-income units, and is doing his best with his current board of directors to build on the current momentum. The Brockville Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation is seeking new members for its Board of Directors and invites anyone with exLeft to Right: Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board of Directors, Mark Spence; Elf- perience and/or an interriede Dohle; Gillian Fetter, Project Manager, Martin Noe, and Edwina Lee Fort with Mayor David est in non-profit housing Henderson; and the Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newest member, Councillor Leigh Bursey. SUBMITTED PHOTO to contact the offices of the Property Managers, Grenville along with pro- tion Consultants, who ago, in an attempt to re- Evolution Consultants at ject manager, took on the position ap- vive the project, which (613) 925-0485 or office@ Martin Noe of Evolu- proximately four years had been dormant for evolutionconsultants.ca.

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The ObserverBIG BROTHERS/BIG SISTERS

It pays to be a volunteer For Royal Bank of Canada, Brockville employee, John Taylor (right), it pays to be a volunteer. Taylor, who is an avid volunteer at Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville, was recently awarded by his employer with a grant of $500, which he in turn, donated to BBBS, for use in continued programming. The grant is awarded by RBC to employees who volunteer 40 or more hours of community service, per year. The grant is intended to be donated to the charity of the recipientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s choosing. On January 4th, Taylor presented BBBS Leeds-Grenville caseworker, Bob Merriman (left) with a cheque for $500 at the BBBS office on George Street. For more information or to volunteer for BBBS, contact BBBS (613) 345-0281. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The ObserverTEN QUESTIONS

Ten Questions with Jane Fullarton As a dedicated community activist and diligent City councillor, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds-Grenville, Jane Fullarton is often venerated for her dedication and compassion. Over the years Fullarton has served her community in a variety of capacities, as a School Board trustee, a volunteer for the community distress line with Developmental Services and as a successful independent business owner. To describe her in the simplest of terms, two words come to mind; big smile, big heart. Here Fullarton takes a few moments to answer Ten Questions for the Observer. 1. Do you have a motto? And if you do what is it? We can do it one way or another. 2. What book are you currently reading or what book do you recommend? Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 3,What characteristic do you most admire in others? Kindness

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The ObserverEDITORIAL First Secretary of the Chinese Embassy in Canada, Chen Yuli, read a statement from the Chinese Ambassador, Zhang Junsai, during a press conference held at the Brockville Arts Centre last Thursday afternoon. Yuli was one of several dignitaries to attend the event, which marked the upcoming Chinese New Year Gala, which will take place at the Arts Centre on February 23rd. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Cultural events such as the gala celebration play a major role in promoting cultural understanding and friendship between the two countries,â&#x20AC;? noted Junsai. Chinese New Year Gala furthers international friendships ERIN CHRISTIE PHOTO

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Getting behind our Hockeytown with Hockeyville

Here is something that may come as a huge surprise to residents of the city, Brockville loves hockey. Kids get their first taste of hockey on the outdoor rinks across the city that quickly builds a love of the sport. Before some can walk, they can skate. After a couple years of practicing on rinks, in the streets and through beginners programs, it is time to move on to novice. Bundles of energy fly around the rinks, chasing the puck in groups, and falling over each other, always with a huge smile on their bright young faces. Whether these young hockey players move on to play house league or rep, the sport becomes a very big part of their lives over the next 15 years. In Brockville, we have two main venues for our national game, the Youth Arena, and Memorial Centre. With recent funding in place to revamp the Youth Arena, a young man named Matthew Blair has spearheaded a campaign to have the Memorial Centre entered in the Kraft Hockeyville contest for 2011. The winner of the this contest receives $100,000 towards renovating their facility, along with hosting a preseason NHL game and a broadcast with Don Cherry on Hockey Night in Canada. Blair brought his idea before City Council last week, asking for the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s help in promoting his initiative. Council quickly endorses Blairâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initiative along with the Observer and other publications in the city, who have offered support in terms of coverage and promotions. All of this makes a good start for Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bid, but will soon fall short without the help of the countless hockey lovers around the city. Go online, submit your stories and pictures, the more content that is posted on the site, the better our chances are of making the top 10 finalists, to be chosen at the end of the month. You can write about a number of things that will help our bid; why Brockville is a deserving candidate for the contest, write a story about why you or your kids love the sport, or simply submit a hockey picture or video. There are very few restrictions on what content can be submitted, so donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be shy and submit as many times as you can. The more the city getâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on board with this contest, will go a long way in getting Brockville on to the next stage of proceedings. For making submissions, either look to the weekly advertisement in the Observer or follow the link www.cbc.ca/sports/hockey/hockeyville/submit and click on the Memorial Centre Brockville. Show why our city is a deserving winner of the title â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Kraft Hockeyville 2011â&#x20AC;&#x2122;.

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But then, the thought process starts. Obviously the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;faggotâ&#x20AC;? is offensive, but how did this song slip through the five hole of the great goalie of political correctness? I never found it offensive, and I have never Money for Nothing, heard anyone talk about it being offensive. Dire Straits Nobody at the Dire Straits concert in 1985 was offended by the word. So why now? Do you remember 1985? The council uses the argument that the I do. In fact, in some ways, I remember it word is no longer acceptable because of socilike it was last summer. etal shifts over a quarter of a century. You could not go a day without hearing the But the one overriding factor that nobody song â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money for Nothingâ&#x20AC;?, co-written by Dire seems to have mentioned in this great pop Straits front man Mark Knopfler and Sting. It culture debate is the most important one. was on the radio at work or blaring from the Context. car driving by with the windows Because of the context in down or the roof open. The song which the word was used â&#x20AC;&#x201C; it is combined melodic brilliance MUSINGS FROM used by an ignorant blue-collar with a lyrical edge that defined 7+('2&. appliance delivery man to dea class. It was an anthem. scribe the millionaire glam rockJeffrey Morris I played the cassette Brother who is playing music on the ers In Arms so many times that televisions he is delivering â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the I had to get a second copy of it by the time I word has never really been considered offenwent back to Carleton in the fall. sive. And now, 25 years later, because of the lyrThe ban of the song has, in fact, offendics listed at the top of this column, the song ed and outraged many in the Canadian gay has been banned in Canada. community. The Canadian Broadcast Standards CounScott Thompson, a Canadian gay comecil announced this week that Money for dian best known for his work with the Kids in Nothing is now banned on Canadian public the Hall troupe, weighed in with his opinion radio. The CBSC received a complaint from in a story run by the QMI Agency in the Sun Newfoundland after Oz-FM in that province newspapers across the country. aired the song in February, 2010. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When you ban a word, you make the word â&#x20AC;&#x153;Money for Nothing was aired and includ- more powerful,â&#x20AC;? said Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All this ed the word â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;faggotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; a total of three times. I banning thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on just makes (the hate) am aware of other versions of the song and go deeper and deeper into the soul, where it yet Oz-FM chose to play and not censor the festers. Let it out. I want to know what you version I am complaining about. As a mem- really think. I can handle it. It makes me feel ber of the LGBT community I feel there is no like weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re five years old and need to go potty.â&#x20AC;? reason for such discriminatory remarks to be Rick Mercer, another Canadian gay enterplayed on air,â&#x20AC;? read the complaint. tainer, also spoke out in the same article. The CBSC upheld the complaint and has â&#x20AC;&#x153;The song doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offend me, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s banned the song from play on Canadian all about context, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a character line spopublic airwaves, saying in a statement that ken by an ignorant person who is jealous of a â&#x20AC;&#x153;The societal values at issue a quarter-centu- glam rock and roll star. Issues like this crowd ry later have shifted and the broadcast of the out real issues of intolerance. In Ontario, the song in 2010 must reflect those values, rather Halton Catholic school board banned the than those of 1985.â&#x20AC;? formation of gay-straight alliances in high There are immediate reactions, and then schools. The chair of the board compared you try to think it through from all angles. By them to Nazi groups. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something worth the time the wheel of rationalization stops talking about. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m more concerned with helpspinning, you have figured out how abso- ing kids at risk than offending the sensibililutely surreal this ban is at so many different ties of older people who listen to classic rock levels. stations at work.â&#x20AC;? How can you ban a song that is 25 years So, in the end, is it offensive? old that almost everyone who was alive in I guess thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s for everyone to decide on 1985 knows by heart? If they were going to their own. ban the song, why didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they do it, oh, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t But when, in the name of political correctknow, 25 years ago? Does it make any sense at ness, we offend groups by trying to prevent all to ban a song now? And what about other them from being offended â&#x20AC;&#x201C; now thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as ofsongs with offensive words in them? It is hard fensive as it gets. to find a top 40 song without lyrics or words that can be taken by someone as offensive. What do you think? Is the song offensive? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hard to find any rap or hip hop song that Or is the ban of the song offensive? Send a letis not offensive. Should they be banned, too? ter to the editor to newsfile@bellnet.ca and And can just one complaint in 25 years can weigh in with your opinion. get a song banned?


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A simple tasting to banish winter doldrums OFF THE VINE by Russ Disotell

A number of readers have taken the request for questions to heart and today weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll deal with one from a snowbird getting ready to forsake the frozen north and head to Texas. He wanted some suggestions for a simple food and wine tasting for the casual wine drinker. He characterized the participantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; level of knowledge as, â&#x20AC;&#x153;only knowing what they likeâ&#x20AC;?. As I tell every group I talk to about wine, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Knowing what you likeâ&#x20AC;? is the most important tool in the wine tasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s arsenal. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the starting point for all of us, no matter the level of experience or interest. Whether youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re heading south or hunkering down to wait out the winter here is a simple, fun and educational tasting. It is based on one we held while I was still with Vintages Purchasing and was always referenced as the most enjoyable tasting we ever had. Wanting to demystify wine while at the same time stressing that wine is for everyday enjoyment we held a contest for Vintages employees to come up with the best wine to

match with hot dogs. Yes, your eyes arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t playing tricks, hot dogs! We then used the suggestions for a tasting of our own. The prize for the winner, what else, a bottle of Grey Poupon mustard! The tasting is simpli-

portions for sampling. A variety of condiments were placed on the table. Each participant selected a glass of wine and began tasting. Then another wine was put through the paces. Hilarity ensued! Once the â&#x20AC;&#x153;formalâ&#x20AC;? tasting was done we cooked up the rest of the food, picked our favourite matches and relaxed.

paths with former colleagues who were there we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t recall the wines or the matches, but we smile at the memories, and isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that the point? Try this simple tasting to help banish the winter doldrums, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the fun youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have. Wine selections (four or five should do nicely) are left to your imagination, but may include Beaujolais/Gamay, Chianti or

Try this simple tasting to help banish the winter doldrums, you wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe the fun youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have.

city itself. We started with a selection of hot dogs and sausages, nothing too exotic, just the type of thing that would be found on the barbecue on any summer weekend. We included all beef hot dogs, kosher hot dogs, spicy Italian sausages, beef sausages and pork sausages. I think there might even have been a vegetarian hot dog included. We cooked a small portion of the hot dogs and sausages and then cut them into bite size

The results were eye opening. Different wines matched with different sausages/ hot dogs. When you added condiments the results were once again changed. It was a one of a kind tasting and we all learned a great deal about food and wine pairing. The end result was that there was no clear-cut winner. We actually awarded the Grey Poupon based on the creativity of the suggestions. Actually I misspoke. There was a winner and it was the participants. To this day when I cross

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a common dilemma for many Canadians â&#x20AC;&#x201C; should you pay down your mortgage or contribute to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) instead? To help you determine what might be right for you, here are some issues to consider. Interest rates â&#x20AC;&#x201C; How much will you save by paying down the mortgage? You might find historically low interest rates to be a factor in favour of investing in an RRSP. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because paying off a lowrate mortgage doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t offer the same level of savings as paying off a higher-rate mortgage. But remember that as rates move up, mortgage savings could take on renewed importance. Higher rates mean higher interest costs, which means youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably save more by reducing or eliminating your mortgage principal. When itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to renew at higher rates, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have less of an outstanding mortgage. Investment returns â&#x20AC;&#x201C; How much can you earn on your investments? Remember, an RRSP boosts returns by allowing your investments to grow within a tax-deferred environment. And donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t forget the immediate tax break your annual RRSP contribution provides. You need to determine whether the returns from a lump sum put into your RRSP will be greater than the amount saved by paying down the mortgage. This decision needs to be shaped by a long-term view, looking at both interest rates and investment returns. Other retirement income â&#x20AC;&#x201C; If you have a workplace pension that will help finance retirement, or other sources of future income, it may make more sense to pay down the mortgage. Once the mortgage is paid off, you can concentrate on your RRSP. Missed RRSP contributions â&#x20AC;&#x201C; RRSP rules allow you to make up for missed contributions. If you have unused contribution room from past years, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s another consideration to take into account. Again, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to assess whether the returns after making up for those missed contributions will be greater than the amount saved by paying down the mortgage. Also remember that the mortgage-versus-RRSP decision does not have to be â&#x20AC;&#x153;either-or.â&#x20AC;? The best scenario for many people is contributing to an RRSP as well as paying down the mortgage. For example, you could make your RRSP contribution each year, and then pay down a portion of the mortgage principal using the tax refund generated by your RRSP contribution. Consult with your financial advisor to help you weigh your options and choose a course of action that makes the most sense for you. Edward Jones, Member â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Canadian Investor Protection Fund

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Over the holidays my wife and I visited our grandchildren in Calgary. When we planned the trip in the late fall, my 11 year-old granddaughter, immediately approached her teacher and asked if Grandpa would be able to do a science show in her class.

Her teacher tentatively agreed, then she asked me! How could I say no? Then her sister, who is in Grade 3, insisted that I do a similar show in her class. Of course, yes was the only answer. During parent-teacher interviews, my stepdaughter explained to both teachers about my background, and the fact that I have done nearly 100 science shows in schools in

eastern Ontario. The stage was set! My kit was carefully prepared, allowing that Westjet has some fairly stringent rules about what you can and canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t carry in your luggage these days. I was able to locate a store in Calgary that carried the items that were not on the shelves at the Calgary Superstore, and with a bit of rehearsing with my granddaughters, and a visit to the school the

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The Observer It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be complete without Mrs. Harvey CAMERONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S CORNER by Andrea Cameron

When my mom read my recently published collection of columns, I asked her what she thought. She paused. It didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel like a good pause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something missing,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What?â&#x20AC;? I asked, my stomach turning. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Well, I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe you havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mentioned Mrs. Harvey.â&#x20AC;? School wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t my thing. For many years, particularly in high school, I found it frustrating, confusing, and boring. In math class, I tried so hard to focus, but my mind would wander. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d understand the first few steps of a problem, but once I reached an obstacle, my comprehension unravelled. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d stare at the list of questions, knowing that if I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the first one, I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do the rest. I thought I was stupid.

Passionate about things like history and art, I read avidly at home but scraped by at school. I was in some academic (advanced) and some applied (general) classes. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really consider going to university it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem like an option. I entered Grade 12, feeling a little nauseated when our guidance counsellors started talking about â&#x20AC;&#x153;the future.â&#x20AC;? I had no idea what I wanted to do. On my first day of Senior English, I appraised my new teacher. A streak of white blazed through her dark curly hair. She wore Birkenstocks and a funky dress. She laughed easily and revealed a genuine passion for teaching. I listened as she went over the course outline. She expected a lot and I wondered if I shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t switch to another class. But something made me want to stay.

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Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the little things you miss when far from home SOEUL SEARCHING by Rebecca Bredin

Even when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re busy with work and friends and all the other things that come with living in another country, homesickness will strike. It comes in different stages. When you live overseas, the first weeks are a bit like a vacation or a honeymoon period. Everything feels new and exciting. Trying the new foods, hearing the new language, everything is interesting. Eventually, the honeymoon is over, the novelty of the new country wears off, and you get into a routine. Life begins to feel a lot like it did back home. Some people go through culture shock of some kind, and homesickness. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been lucky, after almost five months here; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had no culture shock, thanks to my time in Japan before. No matter how long youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve lived overseas, or how many countries youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been to, January feels like a struggle. Like

in Canada, with the winter blues, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re all dealing with winter being cold and miserable, the holidays being over, and money suddenly being tight. The biggest difference is, the small comforts we may have taken shelter in back home are suddenly missing.

Most people that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve spoken to this month donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even seem to realize they are homesick. They describe it as â&#x20AC;&#x153;feeling a little down, and having strange cravings.â&#x20AC;? Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re almost always for things from overseas. On days like those, my friends and I do our best to go

Next to food cravings, word cravings hit the worst. English teachers overseas spend a lot of time speaking in slow, broken English to people. When I do get hit with homesickness, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never for the things you think I would miss. Of course I miss my family, but the internet and Skype make it easy to keep in touch with them. The things I find myself missing are very simple things. Jello. Miracle Whip. Mars bars and Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Peanut Butter Cups. I end up missing pets more than I miss most people, simply because I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t write to a dog.

have as â&#x20AC;&#x153;foreignâ&#x20AC;? a day as possible. Today, we went to Outback Steakhouse, which are surprisingly popular in Korea. There, we inhaled cheese fries with the rare and illusive ranch dressing and brownie sundaes. We all felt over-stuffed, but sometimes, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth it. Next to food cravings, word cravings hit the worst. English teachers overseas spend a lot of time speaking in slow, broken English to people.

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not much English around, and you end up missing it. A lot of my friends take to reading. After going to dinner today, my friends and I stumbled across a giant, three floor bookstore. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how much I missed reading until I saw the English book section and let out a squeal of joy. Most of my friends ended up getting a Kindle for Christmas for reading ease. For now, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll stick to using my iPod Touch. Despite the moments of homesickness, working overseas is still an amazing experience. The good times definitely outweigh the bad ones, and the cravings go away. Though, if you know someone living overseas, may I suggest a small care package of a letter, a small book, and a Reeseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll appreciate it more than youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll expect. Rebecca Bredin is an ESL teacher in Anyang, South Korea. When not trying to get foreign foods from the black market, she writes about her time in Korea at http://www. ablogabroad.com

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It’s not about indulging kids with false hope and inflated entitlement. It’s about seeing something real, recognizing it, and telling them. hen and Dylan Thomas lined the shelf beside the tape player. Student artwork and poetry found places alongside “the greats.” It seemed like an interesting spot and Mrs. Harvey’s eccentric enthusiasm made me wonder if I might learn something. There are things I don’t remember about the day I got my first assignment back in that class. I don’t remember where I sat in the room. I don’t remember what I was wearing. I don’t even remember what the assignment was about or the grade I received. But I do remember that Mrs. Harvey’s comment was written in green ballpoint pen. And I know that it changed the course of my life. The comment said: “I hope you plan to pursue English at the post-secondary level.”Well, then. Maybe I wasn’t stupid. Mrs. Harvey told me I was good at writing and whether or not that was actually true, she ignited a little spark that urged me to make something of myself. Thinking that I had ability made me realize it was worthwhile to work at it. Work at it, I did. Over the school year, we read challenging texts, wrote

poetry, composed essays, and discussed the human condition. She was ruthless about grammar and style. Suddenly, the humble comma exuded power if strategically placed. I felt awake, alive, and challenged. While I came from a loving and supportive home, it was the encouragement of a teacher that pushed me in the right direction, confirming that it really does take a village to raise a child. It’s something that we adults need to remember. Whether we are boss, teacher, coach, or mentor to youth, our words prove powerful. It’s not about indulging kids with false hope and inflated entitlement. It’s about seeing some-

thing real, recognizing it, and telling them. The feeling of having another adult, other than my parents who loved me unconditionally recognize my potential not only made me work harder, it made me believe in myself. It made me a better person. Have I told Mrs. Harvey about the impact she’s had on my life? Yes, several times. But it’s been a number of years now. I just might send her a copy of this column. If anyone finds any grammatical errors, please let me know. Really. For more information on Andrea or to comment visit Www.andreacameron.blogspot.comor contact her at Camerons.corner10@gmail.com

This is my Grandpa, and he does Science!’ she announced. We cut red cabbage, added the extract to lemon juice and baking soda, we used indicator solution to change water to wine, we made a gooey sloppy polymer that everyone got to feel. We bounced balls, we made water disappear. Then we burned stuff. If things are getting slow with traditional chemistry, a flame or a small explosion or two soon brings their attention back. We explored the fire triangle, and which component caused what result. We fired a ping-pong ball across the classroom with a satisfying bang. All the while my granddaughter is helping, holding, mixing,

showing to her class. After we wrapped up with some sparkling crackling flames, I had a chance for a cup of coffee and a quick bite, and we repeated the whole thing for the Grade 6 class. The older granddaughter did what her sister had done, for her class. At the end of both demonstrations, I always ask the class if there are any questions. The Grade 6 students wanted to know where they could get the stuff that burned, or how to make that explosion. The Grade 3 class, to my amazement, asked when I first got interested in science, which experiment I liked best, and what I studied in school. Pretty sophisticated questions for

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Grade 3, I thought. Over the years as I have been doing these shows, I am certain that in every class there has been one, maybe two or three students who went home and told their parents, who thought about the show, who started to consider science as a career. My former co-presenter and I received several letters indicating that we had made a difference, caused someone to look into a science, and maybe changed a life. My two granddaughters are basking in the glow of the envy of their class. One comment we overheard was “I wish I had a cool Grandpa like you!” Hey, if I am a cool Grandpa, I am fine with that.


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The Green Hornet: Classic love story, buddy flick rolled into one action-packed comedy adventure When Stan Lee said, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”, he wasn’t talking about the 2011 movie version of The Green Hornet. The new Green Hornet is an action packed super-hero comedy co-written by Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg and directed with comic style by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The Green Hornet first appeared in the 1930s as a radio show. The story then as now was about Britt Reid, newspaper publisher by day, and vigilante by night. The character has appeared in newspaper strips, movie serials, comics, television and film. Enter 2011. Rogan, Greenberg and Gondry have given us a 3D super-hero comedy tailor made for Saturday afternoon matinees. It is a light-hearted adventure romp, full of humor (mostly of the Seth Rogan self-deprecating type), fast action, big guns, explosions, and one killer black car. Seth Rogan plays Britt Reid the spoiled son of a billionaire newspaper owner. His life is all party and no responsibility. Like the 1960s television Green Hornet that starred Van Williams and Bruce Lee, this movie is all camp. The film is more satire than super-hero. Seth Rogan’s Britt is an oversized take on the arrested adolescent characters he plays so well. His hero is all impulse and no thought. Kato is played by a rising star of Chinese cinema, Jay Chou in a role that he seems to have been born for. His Kato is an engineering genius, who is a martial arts master, a master car designer and makes a killer cup of cappuccino. If I ever decided to become a superhero, I would definitely

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want him as my side-kick. Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds) plays the L.A. crime boss Chudnofsky. He controls all of the city’s organized crime through fear and intimidation. When The Green Hornet takes him on, he calls for his head on a platter. When that doesn’t happen, he decides on one-upmanship and becomes Bloodnofsky, super-villain. Instead of green, he wears red, the color of blood. Another major character is The Black Beauty, the legendary car of The Green Hornet. This is the ultimate super-hero vehicle. It has bullet proof glass, super size machine guns, a flame thrower, shoots missiles and looks great in black. Britt and Kato bond over their mutual dislike of Britt’s deceased father. Their growing relationship is what really drives this film. As they get to know each other better, they go from new acquaintances to jealous bickering rivals, to close friends. It is a classic love story and buddy flick all rolled into one actionpacked comedy adventure. Much of this movie comes from the Kick Ass School of super-hero film making. What would the world look like if regular people decided to don costumes and take on the world of organized crime? All Britt has going for him is money, a cool costume, a kick-ass car and a genius side-kick who actually knows how to fight. What really makes this film, and I never thought I’d ever see myself writing this, is the Real 3D. This is the best use of the

Directed by Michel Gondry, The Green Hornet stars Seth Rogen, who co-wrote the screenplay with Evan Goldberg. Supporting actors include Jay Chou as Kato, Christoph Waltz, Cameron Diaz, Edward James Olmos, David Harbour, and Tom Wilkinson.

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I remember it a month from now? Probably not, but for the 2 hours I sat watching The Green Hornet I was wildly entertained.


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SLC Brockville earns first win, bow out in semi-final BROCKVILLE â&#x20AC;&#x201C; The St. Lawrence College Brockville menâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hockey team earned its first two victories of the season on home ice, playing through to the semi-final at the 2011 SLC Brockville Riverdogs Invitational (Jan. 13-14). SLC Brockville pulled out the early 1-0 victory over La Cite for its first win in seven games. The Riverdogs fell to eventual tournament champions Humber Lakeshore in their second game before earning a 5-4 win over intercampus rivals, SLC Kingston. The Riverdogs earned a spot in the semi-final clinching second place in their division with the 2-1 record, but came up a goal short against Canadore Friday afternoon. After opening the season winless with a 0-5-1 record, the Riverdogs took to the ice in search of that elusive win and played two scoreless periods with the Coyotes. Heading into the third period, the Riverdogs stepped up their attack, which finally paid off with just under five minutes left in the game. Kyle Vanwort picked up the puck behind the Coyotes net and passed it to Dylan Dekleer on his left.

Dekleer spotted Tyler Lillico alone in the front of the net, and Lillico sent his shot through the five-hole of Coyotes goaltender Patrick Roy to put the Riverdogs ahead at the 4:55 mark. SLC Brockville held on until the final buzzer as goalie Cody Harris earned his first shutout of the season and the win. In a tough second game, the Riverdogs faced Humber Lakeshore, who scored one early in the first and sent two more past Riverdogs netminder James Proctor in the second period to blank SLC Brockville 3-0. Entering a Friday morning contest with SLC Kingston, the Riverdogs knew a win would push them into the semi-final, but any other result could knock them out of the trophy race. A heated inter-campus rivalry that has intensified throughout the season proved much of the same during this game. SLC Brockville went up 1-0 quickly with Vanwort converting a pass from Lillico. The Riverdogs built a 2-0 lead with 4:38 left in the first period after Ketan Rakhejaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s slapshot was turned away by Vikings goalie Brad Green,

Pat Bochart takes away the bottom of the net during SLCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s semi-final loss at the Brockville Riverdogs Invitational. Brockville recorded their first and second victories of the season but bowed out to a solid Canadore squad in the knockout stage. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

but David Turnbull was there for the rebound and tucked it past Green on the right side. Twenty-two seconds later, SLC Kingstonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Kyle Lewis hit a point blank wrist shot to beat Pat Bochartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s glove, to cut the lead to 2-1. The Riverdogs lead was erased before the end of the period and a 2-2 scoreline took us into the

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1-0 hole early after Canadore struck just two minutes into the contest. The Riverdogs battled to tie it and did when Erik Zinaitis hit Chris Love mid-stride just past the red line and Love found the back of the net from the left side at a difficult angle to even the score at 1-1, with 45.2 seconds left on the clock. Canadoreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shayne Jackson netted a goal at 8:01 in the second period, which would hold to be the game winner after the Riverdogs were shutout in the final

20 minutes of play. The two victories and the semi-final appearance mark the best finish for the Riverdogs all season and improves their overall record to 2-7-1. SLC Brockville will be in action next at the Fleming Invitational Friday, Feb. 25 in Lindsay, Ont. Be the first to know about SLC Athletics! Get the latest news, scores, schedule updates, and more at www. slcathletics.com or follow @athleticsSLC on Twitter.

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Angels atom team still undefeated after shutout The Procter and Gamble Atom House (White) Angels posted another league victory against the Brockville Sales and Ad Club Atom House (Blue) Angels on Wednesday with a score of 5-0 . Madison Battams scored twice for the P & G Angels, with Sammy Wilhelm, Emma Vandenanker and Kayla Klein-Gunnewiek providing the other goals. Erin Bolger and Mackenzie Hutt helped out with two assists each, and Katriana Battams had the shutout. Next league game for the P & G Angels is this Saturday at 11:30 am at the Memorial Centre against Clarence Rockland. The Angels went on to sweep a pair of games over the weekend, locking up first place in the league in the process. On Saturday’s game, the Angels skated to a 4-3 win over Clarence-Rock-

land. Despite trailing twice in the game, the Angels scored twice in the third period seven seconds apart to pull out the win. Leigha Geraghty and Madison Battams each had two goals for the Angels. On Sunday, the Angels travelled to Smiths Falls to narrowly defeat the Cubs by a score of 1-0. Alexis Gendron had the only goal in the game, with Katarina Battams picking up the shut-out. The next action for the Angels in league play is not until the 12th of February, but they will be hosting a tournament the weekend of February 4, 5 and 6. In honour of the team colours, the Angels are running a red, white and blue promotion, with all American citizens getting in for free. As well, anyone wearing red, white and blue will also receive free admission.

Above, BCI’s Owen Gill rises for a shot during the semi-finals of the Junior Men’s basketball tournament at TISS over the weekend. BCI fell just short, losing on a last second bucket to the Smiths Falls Redhawks.

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Brockville splits a pair of home games By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

The Brockville Braves split a pair of home games last weekend, winning the second versus Smiths Falls, which broke a three-game losing streak. On Friday, the Braves started with promise, opening up a two-goal lead over the visiting Kanata Stallions, on goals

from David Roy (11), and Stan Smrke (6). Brockville followed up in the second period by outshooting the Stallions 16 to 6, but gave up key chances and a pair of goals, making the score deadlocked at 2-2 going into the final 20 minutes. The game remained tied until the midpoint of the period, when Kanata took the lead off a Braves defensive zone turnover.

The Stallions followed up with another goal and empty net marker to make the final score 5-2. On Sunday, the Braves hosted the Smiths Falls Bears, looking to get back on the winning track against an old rival. Brockville wasted no time in jumping out to an early lead only 35 seconds into the contest on a goal from leading scorer Kenny Matheson. Mathe-

son followed up with his second of the period only five minutes later, his 20th of the season. The Bears pulled a goal back late in the opening period and the Braves took a one-goal lead into first intermission. Maxime Dumond made it 3-1, with his 11th of the year and Tyson Wilson gave the hosts a three-goal lead with his 13th of the year, best

amongst league defensemen. David Roy finished off the scoring, making it 5-1, with his 12th of the year. The Braves received multi-point games from Matheson (3), Chris Roll (3), and Tyson Wilson (2). Justin Gilber t w a s solid

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Chris Roll By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

This week Generations Braves profile of the week is first year forward, 18 year old Chris Roll. Roll, who hails from Potsdam, New York, played his minor hockey in his hometown team until his first year of peewee, when he joined the St. Lawrence Thunder, a all-star team made up of players from northern New York State. After a few years of high school hockey, Roll transferred to Northwood Prep,

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TIKIS HOCKEY

Good efforts come up short for Tikis By Austin de Luis The Observer Editor

The Brockville Tikis put up a pair of solid efforts last week, but fell short in both contests, to two of the leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best. On Wednesday, the Tikis hosted the league leading Casselman Vikings, a team that has only one regulation loss this season. Brockville kept pace with the Vikings, coming from a goal down twice in the first and second periods, skating stride for stride with the best the league has to offer. Lucas Mott scored his 7th goal of the season to erase a 1-0 deficit in the opening 20 minutes. After falling behind 2-1, Brandon St. Pierre notched the game at 2-2 with his second of the campaign as the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s headed into the third period tied. The Vikings proved to be too much

in the third period, and a pair of goals sealed the game for Casselman. Brad Fraser was the star of the game, stopping 41 of 45 shots he faced. On Friday, the Tikis travelled to Winchester to battle the Hawks. The Tikis got off to a great start jumping out to an early 2-0 lead on Kalem Sigsworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 11th and Scott Loughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2nd of the season. Winchester scored a pair of their own late in the period to head into the first intermission all square. Robert Rice scored his team leading 16th of the year to put Brockville back in front and Mitch Davis extended the lead to 4-2 with his 5th of the campaign. The Tikis gave up four unanswered goals in the last 30 minutes of play to fall 6-4. Robert Rice finished the game with a goal and an assist and

Tikis goaltender Brad Fraser keeps his eye on the rising puck during the third period of Wednesday game against the league leading Casselman Vikings. The Tikis held the Vikings close, losing a tight game 4-2. PHOTO BY AUSTIN DE LUIS

Brad Fraser put in another solid effort, stopping 38 of 43 shots. Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s next game

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Was that printer inexpensive It pays to use solar energy or just plain cheap? By

Erin Christie

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I do not offend easily as a politician must have rather thick skin. However, both the environmentalist and consumer in me are offended that the lower prices of so many things that we buy are accompanied by poor quality. Don’t get me wrong, I like a bargain as much as the next person. But there are two ways to waste money: by paying too much and by getting shoddy quality. My most recent experience was the failure of our printer in my home office. It is – or rather was – supposedly a decent quality printer, from a name brand company that has or had – a good reputation. At the very young age of 16 months it failed. Because we were four months past the one-year warranty, the company would not even accept our enquiries! So we looked inside and searched the net for comments from other owners of the same printer and found that a small part breaks off, a little piece of black plastic about the size of the erasure on the end of one of those old fashioned but reliable yellow pencils. From the commentary in cyberspace it became clear that we are not the only owners of this printer having this problem it is a

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well known failure. But did the brand name company offer advice? Say “sorry”? Commit to fixing it in future production? Give us advice on whether or not the part can be replaced? Nope, none of the above. Free trade, larger companies with longer production runs, new technologies, and big retailers – all of these were supposed to bring prices down. And they have. I remember well, in the mid 1980’s, when my business partner and I invested $10,000 on our first laser printer. That was a lot of money back then, but we needed good quality printing for proposals and reports. That printer lasted many years – no broken bits of black plastic to gum up the works. Now, printers with similar capabilities sell for hundreds, not thousands of dollars. But is the price really lower if the black bits break after a mere 16 months? As I said earlier, the environmentalist in me is offended as well. This printer will be recycled – and that is certainly bet-

ter than going to landfill. But even so it puts a load on the environment – the energy to break down the printer and ship the materials to be re-used. The replacement printer will come with cardboard and chunks of polystyrene foam and plastic bags, – all of which had to be produced, and now need to be disposed of. And then there is the shipping, by truck to the port, in the container across the ocean, and by truck again to a nearby store. Printers are not the only products on the market that have quality issues. I fear that it is becoming too easy for us to accept poor quality goods because the price is low. We know that we will need to replace them but oh well, it did not cost much. A few weeks ago, in Merrickville, I talked with a man who was upset because his company was moving to cheaper, but poorer quality product. He was upset, and I agree with him. Our good will, our pocket books, and the environment will all suffer. Am I the only one feeling this way? To comment on this column or for more information on Marjory visit marjoryloveys.ca

Clark invites public to discussion Should Ontario voters have the power to kick an unresponsive, incompetent or dishonest MPP from office? Do Ontarians deserve the right to play a greater role in the creation of new legislation? These are just some of the ideas Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is putting up for discussion during an upcoming public meeting to discuss democratic reform. The meeting is set for Wednesday, January 26 at the Quality Hotel Royal Brock, 100 Stewart Boulevard in Brockville. The meeting is open to the public and will begin

at 7 p.m. “Since I was appointed our party’s Critic for Democratic Reform shortly after my election, I’ve been looking into how we can make Ontario’s democracy more inclusive and our elected MPPs more accountable,” said Clark. “I’ve met with experts and heard about what’s happening elsewhere in Canada and around the world. Now I want to know what the people of LeedsGrenville have to say about making government work better for them.” Clark said he’s been fortunate to have Tom

Maidwell working in his Queen’s Park office to assist him with the research. They will outline some of the proposed initiatives under consideration by the PC Party, including recall and a process to put citizen-led legislation before the Ontario Legislature. “PC Leader Tim Hudak is serious about taking steps to put power back in the hands of Ontario people,” stressed Clark, noting the Progressive Conservatives are the only party with a Democratic Reform portfolio.

Guest speaker Peter Breedyk, will lead the upcoming meeting of the Brockville Climate Action Group, in a lecture entitled, Our MicroFIT Solar PV, from start to finish. Currently, Breedyk’s home is equipped with solar panels on its roof, which produce electricity whenever the sun is out. The electricity is metered and feeds into the power grid. If the Breedyks gen-

erate more electricity than they use, then they are, in effect, adding to the amount of electricity available for others. The money they are paid for the energy they generate will help them pay off the

cost of their investment in about eight years. During his presentation, Breedyk will show slides that document the entire process, from the initial application, through acquiring the necessary building permits, to getting financing and lining up the installer and getting the panels up and working. The meeting will begin at 2p.m. at the Brockville Public Library, 23 Buell Street on Sunday, January 23rd.

Managing your Money Planning to live longer Victor Dorey, Consultant An old saying remarks “what a difference a day makes”. But how about ten years or even twenty? What kind of difference would that make to your retirement planning? That’s something you really need to consider. It has been common to plan for a retirement that ends around the average Canadian life expectancy of 80 years. But Statistics Canada tells us that people are living longer. The fastest growing portion of the population is those 80 and over, and the trend is expected to continue. By 2011 the number of people over 80 is expected to exceed 1.3 million. The longer-life expectancy of Canadians is great news – but it also means that you should prudently plan for a retirement that could extend to your hundredth birthday … and perhaps beyond. That means more funding for a longer time. Take this example of a woman who retires at age 65, puts her retirement savings into investments held within a Registered Retirement Saving Plan (RRSP) that earns 6 per cent*, and draws $3,000 through a Registered Retirement Income Fund each month (without indexing). Ignoring taxes, she would need to have $375,425 to last until age 80. However, if she needed income to age 100, she would need $543,160 or $167,735 more at age 65. Here’s another factor to consider: 65 is no longer considered as the ‘normal’ retirement age. Early or phasedin retirement and ‘progressive’ retirement are concepts rapidly gaining in popularity. The retirement concept you choose will affect your retirement income needs, pension plan entitlements, RRSP wind-down dates and many other aspects of your financial plan. Your RRSP eligible investments is a great tax-savings income-builder but there are regulations limiting the total

amount you can contribute and that makes it unlikely your RRSP alone can deliver the level of income you’ll need for a long, fulfilling retirement. So you’ll have to augment your income through a portfolio of non-registered investments that do attract taxes – and they must be carefully selected to minimize your yearly tax bite while maximizing long-term returns. Your health needs to be considered, as well. You intend to stay healthy during your retirement but age does bring with it elevated health risks. Increased longevity makes it even more important to protect against the financial burden of illness and disability through critical illness, long-term care and other forms of supplemental health care insurance. The question you need answered is ‘What if?’ ‘What if I live longer than expected – or die sooner than expected?’ ‘What if I become ill or incapacitated – or my spouse does?’ Professional advisors are very good at answering ‘What if?’ questions like that. They can run projections based on different assumptions and provide important information on the ‘longevity’ of your retirement plan. Make a difference this day – talk to your professional advisor about living long and living well. *The rate of return is used only to illustrate the effects of the compound growth rate and is not intended to reflect future returns on investment. victor.dorey@investorsgroup.com This column, written and published by Investors Group Financial Services Inc. (in Québec – a Financial Services Firm), presents general information only and is not a solicitation to buy or sell any investments. Contact a financial advisor for specific advice about your circumstances. For more information on this topic please contact your Investors Group Consultant.

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The ObserverSPORTS REGISTRATION Privateers fundraiser and early registration When: Saturday Jan. 22, 2010 3:30 Where: The Brockville Club on Court Street, Brockville Who: Whoever would like to support the Brockville Privateers Rugby Football Club Cost: $40.00 per doubles team (max. 20 teams) $10.00 for non-competitors (this includes hot munchies) The first 20 teams that e-mail Jacob Swarbrick directly will be accepted. Prizes: Winner takes all $300.00 cash (the rest covers food and a donation to the club) The on-line registration is now open for the Brockville Privateers for this upcoming summer season. Cost and payment options

Brockville Basketball Association Co-Ed Basketball League 2011 Winter House League All Skill Levels Welcome (Grades 2 - 4)

for u-14 boys, u-16 boys, u-18 boys, u- 18 women, mens side as well as social memberships can be seen at www.sgsports.ca/privateers Early registration is important for two reasons. One is that we need to order enough uniforms, also your son or daughter must be registered with rugby Canada before they can step on the field to play or practice. We would like to have registrations wrapped up well before our season begins.

The league is open to boys and girls of all skill levels. The goal will be to allow the boys and girls to improve their basketball skills while having fun and enjoying the social aspects of the game. This league will provide a wonderful opportun-

Soccer registration opening in February Friday Feb 4, 2011 5 pm to 8 pm Saturday Feb 5, 2011 9 am to noon. Friday Feb 11, 2011 5 pm to noon Saturday Feb 12, 2011 9 am to noon

Late Registration Thursday March 3, 2011 5 pm to 8 pm A $25.00 late fee applied. Limited spaces available. Register at the Club house on Laurier Blvd. There will be NO registration packages mailed out this year.

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY Health Unit alerts the public to Safe winter fun on the ice be cautious during cold weather The Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit alertâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the public to take appropriate precautions during the cold weather. This very cold weather is expected to last throughout today with tomorrow being less cold. Some conditions during cold weather can cause very serious health conditions and even death. With a wind chill of -15oC or colder, unprotected skin can freeze in under 30 minutes, and the risk of developing hypothermia is very high. During very cold weather, everyone is at risk, however the elderly, infants and children, people taking certain prescription medications, and people with preexisting health conditions are in greater danger. There is also an increased risk of hypothermia for outdoor workers and people living without adequate heat or shelter. During these cold temperatures, the Health Unit strongly encourages the public to check on a neighbour or friend who may be isolated, disabled, or living alone

and have a greater risk of suffering cold weather related injuries. The Health Unit also encourages homeless people to get in from the cold. During cold weather everyone should take the following precautions: Wear layers of warm dry clothing including a hat, mitts, and a layer to block the wind Drink warm non-alcoholic beverages, non-caffeinated beverages such as herbal teas, apple cider or soup. Cover exposed skin surfaces when outdoors Maintain a heated environment of around

20oC/ 68oF Be aware of how your medications or health conditions may increase your risk Be aware of the early signs of frostbite: white or gray spots on skin or areas having lost feeling. Tingling and pain can also be a warning sign of frost bite usually in the hands, feet, nose and ears. Beware of the early signs of hypothermia: unable to think clearly, shivering, loss of memory, lethargy slurred speech or loss of consciousness. Immediate medical attention is required. Be aware of the dangers of using an oven or space heater as a heating device. For more information on how to protect yourself during extreme cold visit the Health Unit website at: www.healthunit.org or go to http://www.mb.ec. gc.ca/air/wintersevere/ index.en.html or http:// emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/guide.asp. For specific cold weather questions call the Health Action Line at 1-800-6605853 or 613-345-5685.

Canada is known for its mounted police officers in red serge uniforms, as well as beavers, moose, and Canadian geese, but most of all we are known as the Hockey Nation. With many public outdoor rinks now open, it is a time for many youngsters to become all stars and for the young all stars to become seasoned veterans in their own minds.

With the game of hockey, bruises, cuts, scrapes and missing teeth are all unnecessary and preventable parts of the game that we love and cherish. According to the Hughston Health Alert, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Lacerations to the head, scalp, and face are the most frequent types of injury in hockey. Even a shallow cut to the head results in a loss of a large

amount of blood.â&#x20AC;? Safe Communities of Brockville Leeds & Grenville would like to remind you that in order to stay safe while taking part in hockey or any winter sport, always wear the proper gear. A trip to a sporting goods store could save you and your children from injury. Enjoy the winter; play safely!

Hot lunches return at YMCA Hot Lunches have returned every Wednesday at the Brockville and Area YMCA, 345 Park Street, Brockville. TheYMCAisveryhappytoannounce that the cook this week is: Art Cowan On Wednesday, January 19, 2011, from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. the menu will be: Enjoy a choice of Chili or Minestrone Soup, served with Greek style vegetables With dessert and beverages included with all meals: dessert and beverages. Cost is $7.00. Take Out is available. All proceeds will go towards

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The ObserverCOMMUNITY

Cycle tourism is growing

Film Brockville presents: Howl

Interested in attracting more cycle tourists? The Welcome Cyclists Network would like to invite you to attend an upcoming Workshop in Brockville to find out about this growing market and how you can access it. Date: Tuesday, February 8 - 9:30 am to 11:30 am The Mill, 123 Water Street West, Brockville The Welcome Cyclists Workshop and ensuing Network participation helps connect bicycle friendly accommodations, food service pro-

and services • How to become a certified bicycle friendly business viders, attractions and service business catering to cyclists, to the growing number of cycle tourists in Ontario. In an informal 2 hour workshop learn more about: • Who cycle tourists are and how welcoming them can be good for business • Regional cycling routes

• Marketing and networking opportunities There is no charge to attend a workshop or become a Network participant. Register today. Online registration available. Space is limited. For more information visit www.welcomecyclists.ca or call Louisa Mursell, Project Manager, at 1-866-333-4491.

On January 26th at 7:00 p.m., Film Brockville is showing the film HOWL. HOWL stars James Franco as American Poet, Allen Ginsberg. It’s San Francisco in 1957, and an American masterpiece is put on trial. Howl, the film,

recounts this dark moment using three interwoven threads: the tumultuous life events that led a young Allen Ginsberg to find his true voice as an artist, society’s reaction (the obscenity trial), and mindexpanding animation

that echoes the startling originality of the poem itself. All three coalesce in a genre-bending hybrid that brilliantly captures a pivotal moment-the birth of a counterculture. Tickets are $8.00. Arrive early as seating is limited.


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