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and I love her even more.” Heather’s husband also provided a thank you. “A lot of people just know Heather as a crazy lady who goes around collecting money,” he joked. “But she’s more than that, she’s a mother, a grandmother, my wife, and best friend, so thanks very much for everything.” He added a joke about Heather not playing hockey next season. “She thinks she is, but she’s not!” Finally, Cinnamon herself took the podium, telling Council and the crowd that performing CPR on someone she was close with was the


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back to the change room, she collapsed and began having a seizure. Coach Vicki Van Hoof summoned Cinnamon, who noticed that Heather was turning blue and did not have a pulse. Cinnamon began performing CPR, and remained “calm, level-headed, and stuck to what she knew as a nurse.” The CPR worked, and Heather soon regained her pulse and started breathing again. Heather briefly took the podium at the Council meeting and expressed an emotional thank you to Cinnamon. “Thank you, because what else can I say?” Heather said through tears. “I love this girl, I have always loved her,



local individuals who step in and provide significant help A frightening situation in times of crisis. at the Sam Ault Arena last M a y o r To n y F r a s e r month proved that North Dun- opened his presentation of das has no shortage of heroes. the award with a brief hisOn March 13, Heather Cooke tory, and emphasized the he Erwin collapsed, and was was pleased to be giving the thankfully aided with life- award to Cinnamon to honour saving CPR by fellow hockey her “quick and competent "Proudly player Cinnamon Boulanger. response to a crisis”. Fellow serving Being a nurse, Cinnamon did hockey players provided a our not hesitate to jump into ac- description of the incident Community" tion, and she continued CPR to Council. Heather fell and Fax: 613-475-5331 Tel:1-800-339-5662 • 613-475-2927 until•paramedics arrived. hit her head during a hockey Dan Pettigrew Owner & friendly At the regular meeting game, and was taken to the neighbour of Council on April 19, Cin- change room. After a brief T: 613.774.1958 namon received official rec- period of rest, she began to ognition for her actions when leave and then started feeling 21529 Size: Half Acct: she was presented with the unwell and decided to return 12015 Main Street Mayor’s Award, a prestigious to the change room once Winchester, ON honour which is presented to again. As soon as she made it by Brandon Mayer


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Saluting Our Volunteers

The Dundas County Players are back

Flashback! A photo of just some of the WDMH Auxiliary members at the Auxiliary Bazaar in 2019 submitted by Jane Adams This is National Volunteer Week and while our volunteers are not at the Hospital right now, we still want to salute and thank them for everything they do at WDMH. Our volunteers are an essential part of our care team, supporting patients, families and WDMH staff in almost every area of the Hospital. We can’t wait to welcome them back soon! “Even when they are not at WDMH, their work continues with fundraising, online

Gift Shoppe sales, and more,” says Cholly Boland, CEO. “We are so grateful to have them as part of our team.” In fact, the WDMH Auxiliary has recently donated $75,543.48 to cover the cost a specialized disinfection system and the renovations required to use it. The system supports one of the most frequently used probes in Diagnostic Imaging and the Emergency Department, transvaginal ultrasounds. “The new system supports safe transportation to the

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hardest thing she has ever done. She thanked the Mayor for the honour of the award. “Cinnamon, our indebtedness to you is unexplainable, it’s unheard of,” the Mayor said. Heather told the Times that Vicki is also a hero, and she is just as grateful for Vicki’s quick decision to go and get Cinnamon. The Mayor’s Award was created several years ago when Mountain Fire Chief • Brakes s Raymond Sherrer expressed • Fire Suspension hanic to Commissioner Arm• Tirethat Sales y Pre- strong the Township • Air aConditioning es needed way to recognize • ess Alignments Truck selfl acts by local residents during crisis situations. The 3-989-3839 first Mayor’s Award was d 1 , M ogiven u n t atoi nPaul O nSimms t a r i o and his

daughter, Shannon Horsburgh in 2019 after they saved the life of neighbour Bill Workman during a tractor rollover incident. The award presented to Cinnamon is only the second in the award’s history.

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separate cleaning room and limits exposure for patients and staff to any disinfectant chemicals,” explains Clinical Manager Shannon Horsburgh. “Thanks to the Auxiliary, we can now offer more of these procedures for women in our community.” Happy Volunteer Week! We value your feedback. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Cholly Boland, CEO at 613613.774.1049 or by email at

by Brandon Mayer Winchester’s Old Town Hall theatre is hosting its first Dundas County Players production since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Players began performances of “On Golden Pond” by Ernest Thompson last weekend, with final performances on May 6, 7, and 8. “On Golden Pond” is a well-known American comedic drama which debuted in 1978. The plot takes place in the summer, focusing on an elderly couple who are accustomed to a happy and simple life, only to be surprised by a visit from their estranged daughter, her boyfriend and his teenage son. “The long-standing conflict between father and daughter, the generation gap, and the challenges of a couple in the twilight years of a long marriage, all combine in a play that holds a mirror to our own existence and illustrates the funny, heartbreaking, human moments of which life is made,” writes the Dundas County Players. COVID-19 hit area performing arts groups hard, as live entertainment was not considered “essential” throughout most of pandemic. Performances which were in the works in the months leading up to the pandemic were

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suddenly cut short for much longer than anyone could have anticipated. “It's hard to believe that we started rehearsals for this play back in January 2020”, said director Tony Glen. “After a two year hiatus, the cast and crew are all looking forward to performing it live, in a theatre and in front of an audience. I especially enjoy the playwright's analysis of old age. It is poignant, thought-provoking and believable.” Tony told the Times that he is very pleased with how work on the production is going, and that the whole cast and crew was very excited to be getting back on stage after the COVID-19 hiatus. He stressed that “On Golden Pond” is a very moving and emotional play, which is made even better by the presence of local actors. “Some of the people who are in it may be well known,” said Tony, using the example of lead actor Terry Green who is a retired teacher from North

Dundas District High School. The Dundas County Players Theatre Society is a community volunteer organization that promotes theatre arts in Dundas Country. For the past 26 years, Dundas County Players has been providing the community with plays, children's summer workshops, and cabarets. This weekend’s performances of “On Golden Pond” will start at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday, with a matinee performance on Sunday at 2pm. Tickets are for sale online through Eventbrite at, over the phone through the Players ticket line at 613-297-0097, or in person at the Planted Arrow in Winchester (535 St. Lawrence St). Tickets cost $20 for adults, and $10 for those under 18. Ticket holders are encouraged to check social media at DundasCountyPlayers before attending in case of pandemic rule changes.


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Art on the Waterfront June 4-5,2022 It's been two years since the Art on the Waterfront Festival last transformed the scenic atmosphere of Chesterville into a weekend of art, music and imagination – but the long wait is about to come to an end! Returning for its 10th Anniversary, since the CO-

VID-19 pandemic brought the world to a screeching halt, Art on the Waterfront is pleased to invite you to its free two-day event on June 4-5, 2022, that features a Kids' Zone in The Gathering House and talent show on the main stage, live music, entertainment, and more than 50 artists and artisans from around the province displaying and selling their

works. “We know that everyone is really looking forward to this years event”, said Committee Chair Cheryl Beasley. “That includes the attendees, the artists/artisans and vendors – and especially the musicians who can't wait to play again for a live audience”. The festival launches with a big breakfast from 8-10 a.m. at The Gathering House at 2 Water Street, with opening ceremonies starting at 10 a.m. at the Gazebo. This popular festival also features an outstanding lineup of live music all weekend long, organized by Music Producer Michael Houston (aka “tic”) that starts at noon and goes until 7 p.m. on Sat-

urday – and from noon until 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. So whether you visit the festival to find your own unique piece of hand-crafted art, set your kids loose to enjoy the super-fun Kids' Zone, eat some great food, or listen to some spectacular live music; you’re bound to find something that will bring you back year after year. For more information about the schedule of events, visit See you there!

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Pictured, from left, North Dundas Councillors Theresa Bergeron and Gary Annable, North Dundas Mayor Tony Fraser, Stephen Ault, his sister Trish and her husband Rob, Lactalis Senior VP Gilles Froment, former Lactalis employee Yves Leroux and DFO Board Member Nick Thurler. Photos Supplied by the Township of North Dundas

Access to Evusheld becomes another tool to manage COVID-19 A complete list of settings where masking requirements continue to apply is available online. The Chief Medical Officer of Health will also maintain the CMOH Directives currently in effect until June 11, 2022, after which the ministry will issue guidance on personal protective equipment recommendations for infection prevention and control in health care settings. Given the province’ high vaccination rates, expansion of booster doses, as well as the arrival of antivirals, Ontario has the tools necessary to manage the impact of the virus. The Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Province will continue to monitor key indicators and the COVID-19 situation across Ontario. Expanding Ontario’ Tools to Manage COVID-19 and Stay Open While the Province adapts to managing and living with COVID-19, the Ontario government is using every tool available to protect hospital capacity and ensure Ontario can stay open. This includes continuing masking in highrisk settings, expanding eligibility for fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine and expanding access to antiviral treatments such as Paxlovid. To further expand the tools available to protect Ontarians and reduce hospital visits, the Province will start to re-

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Masking requirements continue in select indoor settings As Ontario continues to effectively manage the sixth wave of COVID-19, the Chief Medical Officer of Health is maintaining existing provincial masking requirements in select higher-risk indoor settings until June 11, 2022. “To protect our progress in managing this latest wave, I am maintaining masking requirements in specific public settings where individuals who are, or may be, at increased risk of severe outcomes, are in close contact for extended periods of time,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “Continuing to follow masking requirements and keeping up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations are the best ways we can prevent transmission and protect our friends, families, and our communities.” Provincial masking requirements which were set to expire on April 27, 2022 are being extended in current settings until 12:00 a.m. on June 11, 2022, including: -public transit; - health care settings (e.g., hospitals, doctors’offices, clinics that provide health care services, laboratories, specimen collection centres, and home and community care); - long-term care homes; - retirement homes; and - shelters and other congregate care settings that provide care and services to medically and socially vulnerable individuals.

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ceive supplies of Evusheld, an antibody treatment for immunocompromised individuals who are not positive for COVID-19 at the time of administration. Following two single-dose injections, the treatment provides protection from COVID-19 for six months. Based on advice from the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), Evusheld will be available to individuals with the highest-risk of a severe outcome from COVID-19 in the coming weeks, including: - solid organ transplant recipients; - stem cell transplant recipients; - CAR-T therapy recipients; and - other hematologic cancer patients undergoing treatment. “Thanks to the Province, high vaccination rates as well as an increase in antiviral treatment availability and eligibility, we have been able to cautiously and gradually reopen Ontario,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Vaccination remains our best protection against COVID-19, and I strongly recommend that everyone stays up to date with their vaccinations by receiving the dose you are eligible for as soon as you can. As with vaccines for other diseases, you are protected best when you stay up to date.”

The Township of North Dundas, in partnership with Lactalis Canada and the Ault family, unveiled the new ceremonial street signs for 'Ault Way' on Friday, April 22. The ceremonial road naming runs from Bailey Ave. to Centre St. on Main Street in Winchester, to honour the Ault family legacy and their significant contributions to the community.

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A customer perusing the online selection available through the HOL online by Cathy Ashby Thrift shopping just got a whole lot easier! The House of Lazarus (HOL) is pleased to announce its new online store. The HOL is a social enterprise business, located in Mountain, that supports its local food bank and numerous outreach programs by recycling goods generously donated by the community. Funds raised support essential programming, such as Handyman Heroes, Operation Backpack and Dinner on the House. The HOL continues to run brick-and-mortar stores in Mountain and Ingleside that carry clothing, linens, toys, books, movies, sporting equipment, household goods 3

and more! The new online store is a supplemental way for the HOL to broaden its reach, bring in additional revenue and move inventory more efficiently. You can find unique thrift and vintage items by visiting: Feel good knowing that the money you spend at HOL goes towards helping your neighbours in need! The HOL is excited to provide a new outlet for people to shop locally and showcase the special donations it receives. “Community support is everything at the HOL,” notes Cathy Ashby, Executive Director. “We wouldn’t be here without the people who drop off donations and come to shop. We’re seeing

an increase in need in our community and coming up with creative ways to bring in more funds enables us to meet those needs.” The online store also provides an opportunity for people with accessibility issues to shop at the HOL. "We’re thrilled to offer our customers an alternative way to shop,” says Tina Zersch, Operations Manager at HOL. “We’ve been working on this project for several months so it’s great to see it up and running. We’re very thankful to our community for its ongoing support.” For more information about HOL programming and resources, visit:

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The long and winding road by David Shanahan

You know that saying: “Travel broadens the mind”? I’ve been thinking about that a lot over the last couple of weeks, partly because by the time you read this I will have started a long stay in Ireland, so travel is on my mind. Yes, after all the lockdowns and restrictions, travel is once again relatively easy, with very few requirements beyond having a vaccination certificate. You still need a special form, the ArriveCan, in order to reenter Canada, but that is not a big deal. No more need for tests before youleave for the airport, no more collection of paperwork to prove you’re healthy. You still have to wear a mask in the airport and on the plane, but I find many people are quite happy about that, and it makes them feel safer when they travel for hours in a plane. I think people will often continue to choose maskwearing as a standard thing in future, much as they’ve been doing in places like Japan for generations. Fair enough, I

suppose. But there’s something else that I’ve been pondering about this broadening the mind aspect of travel. In the past, I just thought it meant that you learned something about other countries and cultures, and that this was a nice and painless form of education in many ways. But now I think: what’s the opposite of a broad mind? And the answer is, naturally, a narrow mind. A light went on in my fevered brain. That’s what it means: travel can cure you of having a narrow mind, being narrow-minded. Exposure to other cultures, people of other languages, traditions, religions, people of other colours. It is one thing to be see people of various ethnicities and colours in your neighbourhood, or cities and towns. After all, you’re still in the majority, because the majority of them are Canadians, no matter what differences there may appear to be with you. But to visit another country where you are in the minority, where, perhaps, you don’t speak the language, understand

the customs, know which side of the road to drive on, being uncomfortable about not knowing what is polite behaviour or the right way to use restaurants and facilities, is a very different situation. You have a choice, and far too often North Americans (ok, Americans more than Canadians) want to stay in their comfort zone when in a foreign land. Instead of trying the local food, they demand McDonald’s. They complain about accommodations not being of the same style or comfort as those at home perhaps. To be honest, there are some tourists who simply judge everything they see as being “not as good as at home”. These are not welcome guests in any country. In fact, it’s like they never really visited at all. Yes, other countries, other cultures are different, and sometimes strange and leave you feeling ill at ease. But there’s a lesson to be learned there. What makes you uncomfortable? Difference, uncertainty, foreign things. And those differences can create antagonism, suspicion,

unease. And when people are uneasy about something different, it can lead to many forms of racism, bigotry, intolerance, and nativism. But for most, it has the opposite effect. Travel to other cultures, meeting other people with different cultures and traditions, can open your eyes to so many things, good things. You learn that, for all the differences, we are all people, all humans with the same concerns, taking joy in the same things, having the same desires and loves (and hates too, sadly). It is no coincidence that the past two years of lockdowns, restricted travel, even within our own province and nation, has also seen the growth of conspiracy theories, angry protests, attacks on minorities, immigrants, women, and other forms of violent reactions against others, whoever the “others” may be. Fears have surfaced, exacerbated by wild tirades on social media platforms, even within traditional political parties. Society has become increasingly narrow, suspicious, intolerant, and angry.

The one-sided coin by Brandon Mayer Potholes. Potholes everywhere. That describes spring driving on most roads except the most meticulously caredfor county roads – and not just this spring, but every spring since I began driving over 11 years ago. Complaints I have heard from conversations with area residents, as well as social media users, have criticized local governments particularly harshly for the condition of the roads this season. “If my vehicle has to be road-worthy, then the roads should have to be vehicle-worthy!” is one of the more common arguments I have read and heard. Others have complained about the relatively high taxes we pay when one considers how awful some of the roads are. There is no denying that many local backroads are practically impassable. Driving on some will make your

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car quite literally vibrate, and don’t even think it’s just a matter of avoiding the potholes because there is no smooth path to be found. The issue is that potholes are not new, and asking local governments to fix them instantly without hiking taxes is about as fair as a one-sided coin. From research I have done, it seems that the average price for overhauling a potholeladen road is about $60,000 per kilometre (this would be essentially “re-doing” the road with a load of fresh gravel and maintenance). To pave a bad road, the cost would be 10-fold, at about $600,000 per kilometre. Of course, these figures are averages that depend on many factors. The cost may seem like peanuts to area ratepayers, but municipalities are not wealthy. Tax revenue in North Dundas is projected to be just over $7.2 million this year. In larger North Grenville, the projected tax revenue for

2022 is just over $16.5 million. This means that in North Dundas, depending upon the width and condition of the roads, the Township could spend all of its annual tax revenue paving just 12km of road, or overhauling 120km of gravel roads. In North Grenville, these numbers would be 27.5km and 275km of road, respectively. Bearing in mind that this would eat away the entire tax revenue fund, and leave no money for municipal services, it is easy to accept why local politicians don’t simply “fix” the roads – it turns out roads are expensive. As we all know, municipal crews make their rounds and fill potholes as quickly as they can this time of year, but there is a limited number of staff for a very big job. Why not hire more staff, right? The problem is, these “potholefilling staff” would likely not be needed after the job was done, and in today’s job

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We should be so grateful that the situation is opening up opportunities for getting out of our narrow circles and into the outside world again, whether it’s within Ontario, Canada, North America, or around the world. We have the chance of being moved by beautiful scenery, eating delicious foods, hearing different accents and languages, talking to people who have a completely different experience of life than we do. Travel broadens the mind, but it doesn’t have to be literal travel either. You can travel via films, tv shows, documentaries, cooking and travel programs, books, and so many other ways. Of course, actually visiting a new place has so many other dimensions not possible in these ways. Sometimes, it’s the smells in the wind, the taste of the food, the intangibles that come back to mind later, as Wordsworth put it: “For oft, when on my couch I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude; And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the

daffodils.” That’s it: travel broadens the mind, fills it with new thoughts and visions, opens it to new ideas and wider vistas. Then, later, at home and in down times, those memories come back and give us some perspective on our routine daily lives. We remember that there is a wider world out there, beyond our narrow and restricted vision. So, pardon me, I’m off to make some memories for a few weeks....

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New Parking System coming to WDMH by Jane Adams In the coming week, Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will be implementing a new parking system. Users will see new parking terminals at each parking lot entrance and new payment kiosks in the lobby and Emergency Department. The daily parking rate remains at $5 per visit, one of the lowest rates in the region. “Parking revenues support patient care and help us provide local communities with the programs and services they need close to home,” explains Cholly Boland, CEO. “Hospitals receive about 90% of their funding from the provincial Ministry of Health but are expected to earn revenue from other sources to cover the additional costs of operations and equipment funding.” Visitors must take a ticket when they enter the parking lot and bring it with them into the Hospital. User friendly payment kiosks are located in the front lobby and in the Emergency Department. Upon payment by cash or credit card, a ticket will be issued for use at the exit gate. Receipts are also available. Visitors can pay by credit card at the exit gate. A 15-minute grace period will be provided for picking up and dropping off patients. WDMH will continue to offer a discount monthly parking rate to support patients and families who require frequent visits to the hospital. For more details, please visit Thank you for your patience as we implement this change. We value your feedback. If you have any comments or concerns, please contact Cholly Boland, CEO at 613-613.774.1049, or by email at

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Indigenous matters

A grandfather’s story

Frank Banning This is part of a series of articles on Indigenous issues and history to promote awareness of our shared history among the general population. by Kateri Skaarup He was 15 years old. Too young to enlist, but yet he did anyway under a fake name. He did so alongside his lifelong best friend. They were trained to fight. Prior to being shipped overseas, it was discovered that he was underage, however, by this point he was 17. The commanding officer approached the boy’s mother for permission, as the Canadian Government had already invested time into this boy and he was ready.

With strength from her young son, the mother reluctantly said “yes”. The boy and his friend were shipped overseas and were in a wave that stormed beaches on June 6, 1944, D-Day. The 17-year-old boy made it through the initial gunfire and grenade blasts with his battalion and upon settling in a trench, he asked others where his best friend was. A soldier pointed to a lifeless body. At that moment, that 17-year-old boy’s life was

his life, his wife, his family, and his home. But there was always that heavy weight inside that he never expressed. And then a voice spoke to him — again— whoever it was, that gave him the idea and courage to act on a need. He needed a way to heal, and knew that many others did as well at the time. And for many decades, this young man and his best friend were not recognized as Canadian Soldiers or “Remembered” at the typical services that are held on November 11 along with many others who shared his heritage. And so it began. On November 11, 1995, the first Remembrance Day Service was held on the plateau of Mt McKay, the Sacred Mountain of the Thunder Bay area, in honour of Indigenous Canadian Soldiers and Veterans. Everyone is welcome but the focus is clear: Respect and Remember. The young man passed on his 84th birthday on February 22, 2010. His name was Frank Banning.

changed forever. He was sent to retrieve water for his troop while still grasping the loss of his “brother”. As he made his way across the battlefield, explosions continued to go off around him. He dove to the ground with the hope of hiding, when a voice spoke to him and told him to get up. As he stood, he was struck in the shin with large shards of shrapnel. Maybe it was God, maybe it was his friend, or maybe a simple coincidence. Who, or whatever, it was, he was lucky, for if he had not have listened to that voice, that would have been the end of this young man’s story. He was transported to a tent, then a hospital, and eventually shipped back to Canada, to his home and mother. When he returned home, it was without his best friend. A burden, a weight, a heavy heart, was carried from that day forward within this young man. He married the love of his life and they created 11 children; seven boys, and four girls. Those children gave him over 60 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved

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Message from the interim President and CEO, Allan Murphy: Propane is “Energy for all”

by Allan Murphy Special to AgriNews At COP26 in Glasgow, Prime Minister Trudeau and other world leaders gathered to once again present and affirm their commitments to fighting climate change. The propane industry was also present. Represented by the World LPG Association, we were there to remind the world that low-emission propane is uniquely able to provide solutions, in countless applications, to immediately reduce carbon emissions all

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over the world. The CPA believes that a comprehensive energy strategy includes using all energy options that help fight climate change. As a safe, affordable, portable, and Canadian-made, low-carbon energy solution, today’s propane checks all the boxes. In short, it is energy for all. No matter where you live in Canada, propane can provide an immediate and affordable reduction in GHGs. And the increasing production of renewable propane, as we

tions, is 245g/MJ. Compare that to the Cl of propane, which is 75g/MJ, or about 66 per cent less carbon intensity. The data strongly suggests that elec-tric furnaces replacing oil furnaces in NS means there would be no meaningful reductions in GHGs. In fact, it could result in an increase in GHGs. On the other hand, switching out home heating oil with propane would result in an immedi-ate reduction in GHGs of about 38 per cent. For transportation, zero tailpipe emissions don’t mean zero GHGs. Not when the Cl of the electricity is 245g/MJ. Pro-pane vehicles produce about 26 per cent less GHGs than gasoline and 98 per cent fewer particulates than diesel vehicles. So, in NS, clearly propane is a cleaner option than electricity, gasoline and die-sel. The ability to provide immediate benefits to Indigenous and remote communities is another reason propane needs to be part of Canada’s low-emission future. Far too many Indigenous com-munities continue to rely on diesel for home heating and power generation, paying millions of dollars in

have seen in Europe and the U.S., will make propane an even cleaner energy option in the years ahead. That's why propane must be part of Canada’s suite of solutions to reduce emissions. But the Propane Advantage is hampered by a curious aspect of the climate change debate: selective application of the available data. The need to share and amplify data responsibly is evident in calls to “electrify everything.” For example, electrification isn't the solution right now in the five provinces and territories where the carbon intensity (Cl) of electricity produc-tion is exponentially higher than that of propane. Does it really make sense to offer subsidies for mainly coal-fired electrification of heating, transportation, and other applications, and not at least incentivize the expanded use of propane? A larger propane footprint would lower GHGs in these provinces. Take Nova Scotia, for example, owing to coal, petcoke, and oil, the Cl of the electricity production, as published under the federal Clean Fuel Standard draft regula-


remediation costs from diesel and oil spills. Propane is not a greenhouse gas; if spilled it does not harm air, land or water. Replacing diesel with propane means building healthier and more prosperous communities. Working in partnership with Indigenous communities and gov-ernment, the propane industry can affect real, immediate change in reducing GHG emissions. Propane also has a central role to play in a low-emission future for agriculture. Whether it’s used for heating, irrigation, drying grain, standby generators or a variety of other applications, propane powers today’s highperformance farms, with little infrastructure required. And yet, under the federal Green-house Gas Pollution Pricing Act, carbon-intense fuels such as gas and diesel are exempt from the carbon tax for agriculture applications, but propane is not. There is only one word that describes this policy: backward. Canadians want a cleaner, healthier, and more sustainable future. Long-term targets provide focus and motivation

to-ward the goal to improve the wellbeing of future generations. But the targets themselves must be supported by actions now that support the transition. That’s why programs that help convert home energy from heating oil and diesel to propane now makes so much sense. The CPA believes that a truly comprehensive energy strategy must include using all available low-emission energy options that can help fight climate change. Propane is part of the solution, not only as a primary energy option but also as a co-energy option in support of renewable energy such as solar and wind projects. As we transition to ‘net zero’, the availability of lowemission options like propane - now and in the years ahead - is vital. Cleaner, affordable and readily accessible, propane can go anywhere - propane is energy for all - today, and for future generations.

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OFA outlines importance of biosecurity as a shared responsibility By Mark Reusser, Director, Ontario Federation of Agriculture As farmers, we know that it’s the finite details that make all the difference. This could be closing the latch on a gate, applying the parking brake, or checking your blind spot when making a lefthand turn. Biosecurity includes a collection of those details to maintain safety standards and protect livestock and crops from potentially devastating disease outbreaks. Biosecurity plays a critical role in the safe and sustainable production of food, fibre and fuel all around the world. A shared responsibility is required to protect the health and welfare of vulnerable populations and to avoid major economic loss. The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) understands there is a shared responsibility among those across the agriculture industry, including farmers, input suppliers, farm maintenance representatives and animal welfare service providers, to implement and enforce biosecurity measures to achieve market stability in all sectors. Diseases and pests can have significant economic consequences, and have the potential to seriously damage livestock, poultry, and crop operations locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally. Biosecurity practices are essential to animal welfare, maintaining market access and preventing the occurrence of foreign animal disease in Canada. These practices demonstrate our commitment to animal health and food safety because as farmers, we work hard to supply a safe and

sustainable food supply for all Canadians. In terms of livestock, the poultry and pork sectors are most vulnerable to outbreaks. Commodity organizations in Ontario provide recommendations to their producers which include locking all entrances to barns, maintaining a daily log that records every visitor in the barn, having footwear and outerwear specific to being in the barn, and occasionally a shower-in shower-out policy. In addition, acknowledging biosecurity zones with proper signage can help instruct those who may not be familiar with the significance of biosecurity measures. Farmers must also understand that it is an obligation to report any new sickness in your barn to both the vet and commodity organization. This can act as a preventative measure to get the disease under immediate control and avoid the risk of wide circulation. Preventing wild birds or rodents from entering the barn is another important way to avoid introducing a new disease to livestock and poultry. Biosecurity is always important, but it is especially vital when disease outbreaks are occurring provincially, nationally or internationally. When a disease outbreak occurs, it is important to react immediately. This may involve implementing practices that have commonly been used in the past or turning to new tactics as the situation evolves. In the case of Avian Influenza (AI), this is an evolving situation that all poultry farmers across Ontario have heightened aware-

ness of. Several relevant groups are spearheading the communication to keep all producers aware of progression of this disease and ways to stop the spread. The traditional biosecurity measures mentioned above, continue to remain priority but extra precautions exist in this space. In partnership with commodity groups, the Feather Board Command Centre recently issued a memo referencing the 2022 planting season ahead. This memo issued a reminder to be conscious of the possibility of wild birds spreading AI through planting equipment out in the field. Be conscious of footwear used between the field and the barn, and parking equipment outside of biosecurity zones. Learn more by reading the full memo here. On my farm, we’ve noticed the effects of such a disruption to the system. Extra biosecurity measures have been implemented as a result, which sometimes interfere with other processes. Feed trucks and livestock transport have to take different routes, increasing costs, and some processing plants have faced temporary shutdown, creating the inability to fulfill contracts in a timely fashion. Those impacted by this outbreak are experiencing anything ranging from minor inconveniences to devastating losses. It is important that we continue working together to mitigate risks from this disease and respond to this situation as best as possible. If you’re in need of additional signage to address biosecurity zones, OFA can

help. Farmers can visit our online store at to purchase biosecurity signs and have them shipped directly to their farm. We want to ensure the health and safety of all farm operations across Ontario is prioritized. Ultimately, increasing awareness and education of shared biosecurity responsibilities for both rural and urban populations can contribute to keeping our animals healthy and food systems secure. In situations of disease outbreak, the reality of the un-

known can take a toll on our mental wellness. Financial losses and the insecurity of losing livestock is difficult to face and can often be a troublesome burden to carry. If you or someone you know is struggling due to the current AI outbreak, please take advantage of the Farmer Wellness Initiative telehealth line by calling 1-866-267-6255 to speak to a professional today.

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Bats and Rabies: Staying Safe in the EOHU The number of bats testing positive for rabies in the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) area has increased over the past two years, and the EOHU is reminding residents of the dangers of rabies and contact with wild animals such as bats. The EOHU is also encouraging residents to know how to protect themselves from rabies, and what to do in the event of a possible exposure. How to protect yourself: ·Avoid contact with unknown or wild animals, especially if they are acting sick or strange. ·Bat proof your house to prevent animals from entering your home. ·Vaccinate your pets against rabies to protect them and your family. ·Call the EOHU immediaty if you have contact with a bat, whether outdoors or indoors. ·Contact the EOHU if you find a bat in your home, and

follow the guidance given. ·Wash the wound with soap and water and go to your local hospital immediately if you have been bitten by a bat or other wild animal. Children are especially vulnerable and should be taken to the hospital in any case of exposure, as they may not know if they have been bitten or scratched. Bats teeth are needle-thin and very sharp and may not leave a mark when they bite. Rabies is a virus which affects the brain and nervous system of mammals, and if untreated, results in death. It is commonly spread by foxes, skunks, racoons, as well as bats. Symptoms in animals can present as lethargy, partial paralysis, or no fear of humans in the dumb rabies form, and aggression, foaming at the mouth or gnawing at their own limbs in the furious rabies form.

“With the increase of rabies in the area, there is a higher risk of human infection, which can be serious.” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “Knowing what to look for, and what to do if you are exposed are important steps in staying safe.” Although transmission of rabies to humans is rare, it can happen, and if not treated in time, rabies is fatal. The most recent human rabies related death was in 2019, in BC, where a man contracted rabies from a bat, and the last human case of rabies in Ontario was in 2012. Bat activity increases in the spring and summer, and the risk of incidents in the EOHU area increases in these months. Residents can visit for more information on rabies awareness and prevention in the area.


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We love our moms year-round, but Mother's Day is the time to really show it by spending some time together, going out for a meal or gifting a thoughtful present. And don’t forget, it takes a village to raise a child and guidance can come from everyone in the community. This Mother's Day remember all the different women who have held you up in life.

The present-day celebration of Mother's Day began in the year 1908 when Anna Jarvis organized a memorial for her mother, Ann Jarvis, a peace activist who used to care for the wounded soldiers of the American Civil War. The event was held at the St Andrew's Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia, which currently holds the International Mother's Day Shrine. Anna Jarvis began the task of getting support for the celebration of Mother's Day in the United States in 1905 after her mother died the same year. She wanted to honor all the mothers of the world who have done a lot for their family and society. Mother's Day is an occasion which is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honor, and love towards mothers. The day is an event to honor the contribution of mothers, acknowledge the efforts of maternal bonds and the role of mothers in our society. Although, different countries celebrate the occasion on different dates, the common months of the celebrations are March or May. It is a day which makes people remember the importance and significance of mothers in their life and is observed as a day to give special emphasis to the motherly figures around the world.

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Queen's Park update Over the coming months, more than $17 million worth of construction work will start so that local communities continue to access a sufficient quantity of high-quality water. The Ontario Government is chipping in $6,368,884 as part of a partnership with the Federal Government to assist municipalities in the Counties and Cornwall. The investment will upgrade water reservoirs in North Dundas, water treatment and water mains in South Glengarry, water transmission and valves in Cornwall, water mains in South Dundas, water mains, and control valves in South Stormont, and place a new well and install backup generators in North Stormont. These vital green infrastructure projects are among 144 announced for Ontario, made possible with a $140.5 million investment from Ontario, $190.2 million from Infrastructure Canada, and $108.5 million from individual municipalities. The Government took another step this week, ensuring our transportation network infrastructure will continue to improve, with the release of Connecting the East: A Draft Transportation Plan for Eastern Ontario. This document will be a key to unlocking the potential for housing, jobs and

tourism while safeguarding corridors for trade between the region, the rest of the province, Quebec, and the U.S. The plan includes calls for local and intercommunity busing improvements, building more truck stops along Highway 401 and establishing a new marine strategy. The Government developed the plan after receiving feedback from MPP-held public roundtables, including a special session with Indigenous communities, an online survey, in-depth research, and technical work. The plan is a living document that will continue to evolve as new needs emerge through further input. A related transportation project received Connecting Links funding approval this week. The City of Cornwall is receiving $274,752 from the province to undertake an environmental assessment for a portion of Brookdale Avenue. The study is part of the city's efforts to upgrade its street network, improving traffic flow and safety. We continue to ensure that non-profit organizations have the resources to provide services and programs that enhance the quality of life for local residents. This week, I was happy to announce that seven organizations will

The God Delusion receive Resilient Communities Fund grants totalling $609,500. They are the Association Canadienne-française de l'Ontario - Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry (ACFOSDG), Beyond 21, Centre Charles-Émile-Claude, centre polyvalent des aîné(e)s inc., Cornwall Township Lions Club, Habitat for Humanity Seaway Valley, Seaway Senior Citizens lub #1201, and Seaway Valley Theatre Company. The funds are targeted to help these groups rebound from the impacts of the pandemic and allow them to continue to serve their communities. On July 29, 2021, we announced a Canada-Ontario broadband partnership. This agreement will bring highspeed internet access to more than 280,000 households across Ontario with a total investment of more than $1.2 billion, co-funded equally by both levels of Government. This week's announcement includes the placement of fibre cable to connect households in Glendale with the internet at a minimum of 50 Mbps. Stay safe. Regards, Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

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submitted by Jane Adams Spring is finally here (most days!) and we want to invite our local communities to think about the WDMH Foundation when doing your spring cleaning. A local app – called GiveShop - offers a new way to get rid of things piling up in your closets and garages. At the same time, you benefit local health care and get a tax receipt. Between May 1st and June 21st, we invite everyone to join the spring-cleaning campaign and check out GiveShop at https://market. ty=5fb7dd89b1aa3a9a61f3 b66f. Then get buying and selling! May 4, 2022

GiveShop is a local online platform where sellers can post their goods and buyers can make an offer on the items. “It’s a lot like Kijiji or Facebook Marketplace,” explains Justine Plummer, Manager of Direct Mail & Events. “The big difference is that when an item is purchased, the proceeds go directly to the WDMH Foundation. The seller then receives an income tax receipt for the amount that the item was sold for.” Don’t have a GiveShop account yet? Creating one is free and easy! · Step 1: Visit · Step 2: Click “Sign Up” and fill out your relevant

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When I was growing up, it was always said that you should never talk about politics or religion. I’m sure that was probably true of where you grew up too. To be honest, I’ve never understood the reasoning behind that tradition: after all, is there anything more interesting than those subjects? Sports? Flora and fauna? Music? There have always been issues that divide people, and religion is certainly one of them. Whether it is the divide between religions in the broader sense (Islam versus Judaism, for example), or divisions within religions (Catholics v. Protestants), the feeling seemed to be that talking about religion as such, would inevitably lead to conflict and, at the very least, bad feeling. But, logically speaking, there is no subject whatsoever that has more serious implications for each person on this planet than that basic one about what lies at the heart of all religious belief. Is there a god, or God? Is this life all we have, and are we just accidents of biology and history? If there is a god, who or what is he/she/it, and what does that god think about us? Think about this for a moment: if there is any truth in the existence of god, or an afterlife, isn’t that the most momentous aspect of life, ultimately? Does knowing the facts about those questions not matter more than what hockey team wins the Stanley Cup, or whether the Liberals or Conservatives rule the country? Why, then, should discussing such issues be considered “irritating”? Why do people react so negatively, arrogantly and dismissively to any attempt to examine the truth, or otherwise, of the many claims and counterclaims with which religious belief is concerned? There is a general sense that “religious” people are somehow to be laughed at, dismissed, or treated as somehow lacking in brainpower and common sense. To my mind, people who won’t, don’t, or can’t think and discuss these matters rationally are the ones who are refusing to use their brains and deal with reality (or what might be the most real thing in their lives, like it or not). But these past years have seen the rise of what has been called “the New Atheists”, a group of writers, scientists and others who are not prepared to continue the

traditional “don’t talk about religion” approach. They believe that religion is not just the past-time of the foolish, but an active and dangerous threat to the future of humanity itself. The campaign of the New Atheists has led to some fascinating public debates at prestigious universities around the world, as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins, in particular, took on some of Islam’s and Christianity’s leading thinkers and scientists. As a Christian, I am perhaps a little biased in my approach to these interactions, but I must be honest here also. I was quite unsure about watching the debates and other YouTube discussions, because there was always the fear that, either the atheists would have a point the Christians couldn’t answer, or the Christian representative would not make a sufficiently strong case. I leave it to you to make up your own minds as you watch these debates, but one aspect of the New Atheist approach particularly struck me. It was expressed most succinctly by one of the great Christian thinkers and scientists of our day, Dr. John Lennox, a mathematician, multilinguist, holder of Doctorates from Cambridge, Oxford and Cardiff, as well as other degrees, and a Fellow of Mathematics and Philosophy of Science at Oxford University. But it wasn’t a deep insight into any academic discipline that impressed me. It was a simple realization he had as he listened to the arguments from Hitchens and Dawkins. As they talked about God and Christianity, and argued against the rational and logi-

cal basis for belief, Lennox said to Dawkins: “I don’t believe in the God you don’t believe in!”. In other words, the idea of God, Christianity, and the history of religious belief held by the New Atheists was simply untrue. It was not, as Lennox said, the God he believed in that they were condemning. The atheists were setting up a straw man (or straw God): it was an inaccurate and unhistorical understanding that Hitchens and Dawkins were disproving. The real God Delusion was the false image of God and religious belief that the New Atheists were setting forth in order to knock down. It occurs to me that the traditional attitude of not talking about religion has only led to a situation where most people have no real idea who God is meant to be, what religious people actually believe, or what the history of religious belief has been. When you think about it, this is not surprising: not talking, not reading, not hearing discussions on any subject, only leave one ignorant. Ignorance is not meant to be the aim of intelligent people, curious people. How ironic, then, that it is the seekers, the researchers, those who have actually looked into the subject, should be dismissed as unintelligent fools whose beliefs are simply “irritating”!beliefs are simply “irritating”!

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3. Life in Wolford in 1818 by David Shanahan The Gourlay survey taken in January 1818 from the Township of Wolford, actually encompassed three other Townships which were administered by a single municipal council between 1800 and 1821. This makes it difficult to know how much the information included in the Township Report to Gourlay covered all four Townships, or just Wolford. But, as the population within the four areas were concentrated in Wolford, it is quite likely that the data referred primarily to that unit. It will be remembered from previous articles that Oxford-on-Rideau’s total population in 1818 was just 71, where as Wolford had over 300 inhabitants at that time, living in 55 houses. The land itself was described as generally sandy, with the main tree cover being comprised of “Oak, maple, beech, pine, hemlock, ash: but chiefly maple”. Large quantities of limestone and iron ore were to be found, and the limestone could fetch up to $2 per toise, or about 8 cubic metres. It is interesting that the term “toise” was used in this case. It was originally a unit of measurement in France and seems to have survived in Upper Canada even into the Nineteenth Century. Other measurements were used in describing wheat, for example. When asked how much wheat needed to be sown per acre, the response from Wolford was “A bushel and a peck, Winchester measure”. Agriculture was mixed in

Wolford, both livestock and crops were raised by the settlers, and a fixed rate of payment was established for buying and selling, as well as for paying workers in the fields. The long winter stopped farm work as the sleighing season began and usually lasted from December until March. Settlers began ploughing near the end of April, or beginning of May. Fall wheat was generally sown in September; spring wheat at the beginning of May. Harvesting of winter wheat took place in August, and spring wheat, and other grain, about the first of September. An average crop, when well cultivated, yielded 20 bushels per acre, “and sometimes 25". The land was gradually cleared and gained in value. The report noted the change in valuation as the clearance improved its situation. “The price of wild land at the first settlement of the township, is 1s 3d. per acre, provided it was remote from any settlement. According as the township became settled, and increased in population, wild lands enhanced in proportion, so that at present it is worth 5s. per acre.” Clearing and farming the land was hard and usually required help from neighbours and, more often, paid labourers. Hiring help to clear the land of trees and bush, and fencing the cleared tract, cost the farmer £4 per acre; or £3 if room and board was included. During the winter months, labourers were paid $7 on an annual basis, and in the summer, from 10 to 12

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Sports, Maple Syrup and Pancakes, Music, Fundraisers, and Lots of Fun

by Savannah Coleman, Minister of Communications North Dundas has been a popping place over the last few weeks! There has been badminton and the beginning of track and field, the wrap up of our tapping tree journey, visitors from France, some fun, and some life skills learning inside of ND’s walls. Badminton players of both the novice/ junior and senior teams went to Cornwall to play in a tournament. All teams from novice/junior went to quarter finals, and the boys double of Nic Guy and Austin Reeve went to quarter finals for the senior teams. The different age groups went on different days, and both days were full of fun all around with smiling students when they returned. Mrs. Hall has started training with the Track and Field team. Their first meet with be May 4th .

All of ND’s sap that students collected was boiled down with a final product of approximately 30 litres of maple syrup! With only starting after March Break, everyone is very excited to have produced this much. Mrs. Hall’s leadership class celebrated with a class pancake breakfast where students made their pancakes from scratch and used their own maple syrup. Since there is so much maple syrup, there is going to be a school- wide pancake breakfast, Thursday, April 28, where we can all celebrate together! Our Student Senate representatives, Brooklin Begg and Sebastian Lafrance, have been around the school promoting their Green Iglu fundraiser. The Green Iglu Foundation is a Canadian charity that is designed to fight the issue of food sovereignty in remote

The Food Corner by Paul Cormier, Salamanders of Kemptville I was raised with boiled vegetables, without exception (blah!). My appreciation of vegetables has increased dramatically thanks to my ladies who have introduced me to some really tasty alternatives. Today, I’d like to demonstrate to you why so many folks have moved to vegetarian cooking, some because of the cost of meat, others because they prefer a healthier lifestyle. This recipe for a Roasted Vegetable Medley is tops in my book.

Roasted Vegetable Medley

Ingredients 1 cup of Brussel Sprouts, cleaned and cut in half 1 cup of Cauliflower florets 1 cup of Broccoli florets 1 cup of chopped red pepper 1 cup of chopped onions 1 cup of sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into small cubes 5 teaspoons of crushed garlic (optional, but really nice) 5 tablespoons of olive oil 2 tablespoons of dry sherry, orange or apple juice May 4, 2022

½ cup of walnuts, sliced ½ cup of Craisins or dried cranberries, whole Preparation 1. Preheat your oven to 375F. 2. Mix all of your veggies together in a large bowl 3. Add your olive oil , sherry or juice and crushed garlic and toss 4. Spread your veggies evenly on a cookie sheet that you have sprayed with Canola oil 5. Roast 20 minutes to a half hour, keeping an eye on them and stirring from time to time 6. Add your walnuts and cranberries and roast a bit longer, til your veggies are tender 7. Serve warm, with a nice slice of warm bread cut from a full loaf or maybe with baguette Since you didn’t see me mention salt (again), you can liven us this dish a bit more by sprinkling with Parmesan Cheese. Parmesan also comes in curls and these are a welcome addition to any dish. I hope you try this and let me know how it worked for you at pcormier@ranaprocess. com.

Brian Telford recognized for 40 years of dedicated service

and Indigenous communities in Canada. They aid these groups through a "Tomorrow's Harvest Fund" where they help build greenhouses so that community members can cultivate and grow their own harvest all year! They have been asking for donations hoping to reach $217 by May 1st! Some fun things that have been happening at ND include: the grade 10 construction class made gum ball machines, a band from France came to visit us and put on a spectacular show, Health and Wellness SHSM students received training to earn their First Aid and CPR certifications, and our upcoming grade 7’s came to visit and tour our wonderful school! Lots and lots of fun, interesting, and educational events and activities are happening at North Dundas, with the Talent Show to come! North Dundas wishes you a great start to the spring/summer season!

by Lion Bill Vermilyea On March 3, 2022, Mountain Township and District Lions Club welcomed Brian Telford and his family in recognition of Brian’s 40 years of membership. The District Governor Renée Devenny presented Brian with the chevrons for 35 and 40 years of dedicated service on behalf of Lions Club International. Brian began his 40th year of Lionism as a chartered member of the Mountain Club in 1982, while employed by Shell Canada and also serving as an active member of the Community Fire Department. Brian’s exceptional attendance and his contribution to the Club throughout the years make him an excellent role model. In addition, he became Chairman of various committees in the community such as the Heart Institute and CHEO Telethons. He is also

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known by Club members for being a reliable team player and a great ticket seller. He has called at the Club bingos in South Mountain in the past. His cooking skills have been evident at many Chicken BBQs and Steak Dinners that the Club has participated in throughout the years. In 1991 and 1992, Brian was President of the Moun-

tain Lions, as well as the recipient of the Melvin Jones Award. The honourable dedication shown by Brian Telford over 40 years has played a huge part in the success of the Mountain Township and District Lions Club. We commend him for his outstanding example to all.

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SNC Celebrates 75th Annual General Meeting, welcomes New Board Executive

South Nation Conservation (SNC) offered a look back on 75 years of conservation during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 21st, 2022: from the beginning in 1947 when the Authority was established to address concerns of poor land, water quality and forestry practices, to present day achievements that include improved floodplain mapping to help protect people and property from natural hazards and forest conservation efforts across Eastern Ontario. Congratulatory remarks were received from Francis Drouin, Member of Parliament for GlengarryPrescott-Russell, Eric Duncan, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Member of Provincial Parliament for LeedsGrenville-Thousand Islands, Jim McDonnell, Member of Provincial Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, and Jim Watson, Mayor for the City of Ottawa. Board Members appointed by SNC’s 16 member municipalities were also confirmed. Pierre Leroux, Mayor of Russell Township, was elected as the new Chair. Steve Densham, Councillor

for North Stormont, was elected the new Vice-Chair, and George Darouze, Deputy Mayor and Councillor for the City of Ottawa’s Osgoode Ward was confirmed as Past Chair. Composed of 13 members, SNC’s Board of Directors oversees the Authority’s budget, programs, and services, and works alongside staff to champion local conservation initiatives. “I am grateful for the Board’s confidence and look forward to working with the organization over the next term as we remain focused on protecting people and property from natural hazards and guide sustainable development activities to help build resilient watershed communities,” said SNC Chairman Pierre Leroux. “I also want to thank outgoing Past-Chair Bill Smirle for his exemplary leadership and dedication to the Board, staff, and organization since 2011.” “I thank our municipal partners for their continued support, and I look forward to working with the Board over the next year as the Authority celebrates 75 years of conservation,” said SNC Vice-Chairman Steve Densham. “The Conservation Authority lays an integral role in protecting the environment

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and supporting our communities and I’m looking forward to the work ahead.” “The value of SNC’s environmental programs and landowner stewardship services, and support for municipal planning is of tremendous value to the City of Ottawa and all member municipalities,” said SNC Past-Chairman George Darouze. “I thank all members and staff for their support during my time as Chair and I thank our partners for their trust in the Conservation Authority as we look for new opportunities to protect and enhance our local environment.” The Board approved the 2021 Financial Statements and SNC’s 2021 Annual Report which showcases program highlights from the preceding year, including community projects, development review, tree planting statistics, Conservation Area upgrades and visitation, and forestry and environmental stewardship initiatives. “We adapted to the needs of our member municipalities and residents to deliver a recordbreaking year in development reviews, environmental protection, and providing outdoor natural spaces, and we are proud to highlight some of this great work in our Annual Report” said Angela Coleman, SNC’s General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer. The AGM was live streamed online and is available to watch on the Conservation Authority’s public YouTube channel at www. The Annual Report can be found at: www.nation. annual-reports.

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