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MPP Steve Clark was sworn in on Friday as Ontario’s new Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and is one of 21 newly-appointed ministers in Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative cabinet. "We have an all-star team that's ready right now to give the people of Ontario the kind of leadership and direction they deserve," the Premier said in a press release. Steve says that he is grateful that Premier Ford had the confidence in him to make him a part of his cabinet. “It’s
a portfolio that I really like and have a lot of experience in,” he says. Steve’s political career began decades ago when he was elected as the mayor of Brockville at the age of 22. He served as Canada’s youngest mayor from 1982 to 1991. He was also the President of the Association of the Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) in 1989. Steve then went on to a position as an administrative assistant to MPP Bob Runciman, and subsequently became the Chief Administrative Officer of the Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands. He was elected in 2010
as MPP for Leeds, Grenville and the Thousand Islands in a by-election to replace Bob Runciman, who resigned to accept a position in the Canadian Senate, and was re-elected in the 2011, 2014, and 2018 elections. “I look forward to working with Ontario’s 444 municipalities,” he says. “We have a great cabinet and it’s very exciting.” Mayor of North Grenville, David Gordon, says Steve’s appointment is wonderful news for the municipality and the United Counties as a whole. “He can relate to our problems, and he will act on
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Other MPPs from Eastern Ontario have been appointed to the cabinet. Lisa McLeod, from Ottawa, has been named Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister responsible for Women's Issues, and John Yakabuski, of Renfrew, is now the Minister of Transportation. A newcomer to the scene, Merrilee Fullerton, also from Ottawa, will be sitting as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, where she'll likely be responsible for implementing a free speech policy.
Mayor of MerrickvilleWolford, David Nash, says he is also very pleased with the news of Steve’s new position in the government, “I’m absolutely thrilled with this well-deserved appointment and look forward to working with Steve,” he says. “Change is coming folks, with the right man in the job.” Copyright Queen’s Printer for Ontario 2018
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Fiddlehead Soup will be bringing their special blend of folk and acoustic music to Spencerville Mill, Ontario as part of the "Music at the Mill Series". Perfectly suited to a summer night in a heritage building, Fiddlehead Soup
tours of Canada under their belt to match their 2 CDs, this North Grenville-based band never fails to excite with their energetic and eclectic mix of music from the Isles, Scandinavia and beyond, as well as their own carefully crafted compositions. Soaring harmonies sung in nine languages complementing a delightful stage banter that makes the audience feel part of the show, Fiddlehead Soup offers fresh and exciting music that is at once toe-tapping and thoughtprovoking. They will be joined for this concert by percussionist Ja Sonier and vocalist
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by Hilary Thomson Séan McCann hopes to “squeeze the hearts of the people of Merrickville” this weekend in an intimate solo performance at the newly
minted Merrickville United Arts Centre (MUAC). As one of the founding members of the popular Canadian band Great Big Sea, Séan is no stranger to the stage and playing in front of a live audience. Since leaving the band in 2012, he has focused on playing small venues, connecting with people in a way that wasn’t possible when he was playing big stadiums with jumbotrons and thousands of people. “There is no better version of me than exists in a small hall singing with my friends,” he says. Finding his best self has been an uphill battle for Séan. Like many in the industry he struggled with
alcoholism throughout his time with Great Big Sea, and his desire to stay sober was one of the main reasons he decided to leave the band. “When I first sobered up I instantly lost all my friends and my band,” he says. “I was alone at a very vulnerable time.” After the first three months of being sober, Séan says he also started having nightmares about his past. Being sober forced him to face the memories of being sexually abused by a catholic priest when he was 15 years old. “It was a priest that gave me my first drink,” Séan remembers. Through the loneliness
and pain of being sober, Séan found solace in his music. With his first guitar, he affectionately calls Old Brown, he wrote songs about recovery and what happened to him as a teenager. “Music was the friend that never left,” he says. His 2014 solo album called “Help Yourself” was a battle cry and he considers it a line in the sand which announced he was ready to change. It resonated with people more than Séan could have ever imagined and started him on the path of sharing his story and advocacy for mental health and recovery. He is very passionate about connecting
with his audience and creating a sense of community and hope in his shows. “My story is one of recovery in capital letters,” he says. “It is hopeful and entertaining.” Séan has lived in Manotick for 3 years now with his wife and two children. He decided to leave the “party town” of St. Johns, Newfoundland for a quieter life and to protect his recovery. He says he is really enjoying the Ottawa area and has visited Merrickville a few times, enjoying particularly the Rideau Canal in his kayak. “It’s a beautiful little town,” he says. Séan says the show in Merrickville on July 7 is
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one of a few small venues he will be playing this year in the small towns surrounding Ottawa. Chaffey’s Lock, Maberly and Almonte are all on the list of towns where Séan will be playing his music and sharing his story. “I really believe in all the halls,” he says. “I hope to lift people’s spirits and light up an old room that hasn’t been lit up in a while.” The doors open on Saturday at the MUAC at 6 pm with the show starting at 7 pm. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased on the MUAC’s website www. merrickvilleuac.com.
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Municipalities could be quacking for longer this year by Hilary Thomson Municipalities in Ontario are facing what could be an extended period where they are restricted in the decisions they can make. Changes to the Municipal Elections Act, adopted in 2016, constitutes the most significant update to the Act in the past 20 years. One particularly notable change is the change in the nomination period for candidates in the upcoming 2018 municipal election. The nomination day deadline is now July 27, 2018 for the October 22, 2018 election rather than the Sep-
tember deadline of previous elections. This could cause certain municipalities to enter what is called a “lame duck” period where they are restricted as to decisions they can make leading up to an election. A municipality will be forced into a lame duck situation between July 27, 2018 and October 22, 2018 if less than three quarters of the existing council members are not running for municipal council and between October 22, 2018 and November 30, 2018 if less than 75 per cent of the incumbent council members have been elected to serve on
the next council. This earlier nomination deadline could cause some municipalities to operate in a longer lame duck period than in past elections. The Municipal Act 2001 restricts councils in a lame duck situation from: the appointment or removal from office any officer of the municipality, the hiring or dismissal of any employee of the municipality, the disposition of any real or personal property of the municipality which has a value exceeding $50,000 at the time of disposal and making any expenditures or incurring any other liability which exceeds
$50,000. To ensure municipal operations to continue throughout this period a bylaw can be passed to allow the CAO to make the decisions about the above matters. MerrickvilleWolford council agreed to create this by-law to allow their next Interim CAO to be the decision-maker should the municipality be faced with a lame duck situation. North Grenville Clerk Cahl Pominville says he provided a report to council on April 3, explaining the lame duck options they have. “They have not chosen to delegate authority at this time,” he says.
Competitive Club Volleyball in Kemptville expanding next season Submitted by Angus MacDonald Young female athletes in North Grenville and surrounding areas took advantage of a unique opportunity this past season with the Mustang Volleyball club, and next season more students will soon get to participate. Mustang Volleyball Club is an opportunity for kids to play volleyball in a competitive and fun environment, while focusing on skill development. The sport of volleyball is introduced to
young athletes by following the outlines of the Long Term Athlete Development model. Certified coaches focus on proper skill development to provide the athletes with the correct techniques to understand the fundamental movements of volleyball. The goal as a club is to promote regular physical activity, to help student athletes achieve their potential inside and outside the gym, and to further their love for volleyball. No prior knowledge of the sport is required, just a positive attitude
and a desire to learn. The plan for the upcoming 2018-19 season is to have a 3 age levels 13U, 14U and a 16U team, consisting of 10-12 athletes per team. Tryouts will occur the second week of September, and once teams are selected, they will practice twice a week at St. Michael Catholic High School in Kemptville. Monthly OVA (Ontario Volleyball Association) tournaments will begin in November, and the season will finish in April when they will participate at the Ontario
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The 2018 Municipal election taking place on Monday, October 22, will be to elect a Mayor and 4 Councillors for the North Grenville Municipal Council for a term of office running from December 1, 2018 through November 15, 2022 (4 years). Further information is available at www.northgrenville.ca/election or email to email@example.com.
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On the road to find out by David Shanahan In this year of political activity, the swearing-in of Doug Ford’s new Ontario Government has added another element to an already fascinating year. With the appointment of local MPP Steve Clark to the Cabinet, the new Premier has caused waves of speculation throughout the region. Will this guarantee the completion of the County Road 43 expansion project through Kemptville? Will North Grenville now be in a position to get grants which were believed to have been blocked by the previous Liberal government? Steve’s new position as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing is quite a powerful Cabinet seat and gives him responsibility for dealing with Ontario’s municipalities.
There is no doubt that Steve Clark was a strong proponent of the CR43 project and it is an added advantage that the new Minister for Transport, John Yakabuski, is also an Eastern Ontario MPP, representing Renfrew– Nipissing–Pembroke. Perhaps a regional member will be better able to appreciate the infrastructure needs of rural Ontario. North Grenville may also benefit from the appointment of another local area MPP, Merrilee Fullerton, as Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. This first-time MPP may be someone willing to work with the municipality in the future educational development of the Kemptville Campus, and any financial support for the new undertaking would be good news for taxpayers, as well as administrators of the Campus. Although NG Mayor David Gordon seems quite sure
Letter to the Editor Dear Editor: Andrewsville Bridge Meeting after meeting after meeting! A new roll barrier to keep tall (2.4 m or 7’11”) traffic back from the old bridge barrier, but still they come through! On Saturday morning past, I had to step out in front of a truck with a horse in a trailer to get them to stop before they hit the barrier. The new roll bar rolled over top of the trailer, they thought they could get under, but NO, they could not!! From the last article/ picture-in the April issue, there has been three more hits, another truck with a trailer (cows), a double take-out , a senior’s touring bus took out barriers on both sides with three of us hearing and seeing everything. What do you do?...
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implement, and there may not be the flow of funds some in this area expect. Steve Clark will, I am sure, do what he can for his constituents. Of course, there is no guarantee that the new Minister will be dealing with the current mayor and council after October 22. The next stage in our political year will be the Municipal Election, which has really begun already. By July 28, we will know who is running for mayor and council, and that is when it will get really interesting. The current council have been facing a lot of opposition and anger among various groups in the community recently, and there is the question of litigation still remaining unrevealed too. The municipality has been involved in litigation over the Kemptville Meadows condominium development, taken to the Ontario Municipal Board over a property on Asa
the CR43 project will now get the go-ahead funding needed from the Province, his Progressive Conservative Party ties may not be enough on their own to assure a good result. Steve Clark was quite open in his upset, at the very least, that he had been excluded by the mayor and CAO, Brian Carré, during their negotiations over the Kemptville College file. He had been deeply involved in the immediate aftermath of the announcement that Guelph were leaving, and he was unhappy that he was not allowed to be involved later. There is also the fact that, although he has been a very effective MPP since he was first elected, Steve will now have to pay attention to the other 443 municipalities in Ontario, and not just North Grenville. The Ford Government have a long list of promises made that will require a great deal of money to
Street, rebuked by the provincial BIA organisation for their treatment of the Kemptville BIA, acted precipitously and without any sense against local businesses, informed the taxpayers of the municipality that it is unacceptable for them to criticise or ridicule council members or municipal staff, and, of course, accused the Times of threatening the democratic rights of the people of North Grenville. And that is far from being the full list. We still don’t know why so many staff members have left, and under what circumstances and financial arrangements, but this is almost certainly something we will never be told about. The administration and governance of North Grenville has been shrouded in mystery, gag orders and arrogance for some time now. After the last municipal election, I wrote about the “Bubble” that elected
officials disappear into, usually becoming servants of the bureaucrats. They start to see themselves as “us”, and the people who elected them as “them”. A sense of superiority and entitlement creeps over them and they assume that only they truly understand what’s needed, and they come to see the rest of us as..well, they said it, threats. Power corrupts, they say, and even friendships and previous commitments get thrown overboard, sometimes without any good reason, and even unknowingly. Individuals who signed the letter containing the “threat to democratic rights” statement assure me they don’t believe that, they just signed an official letter saying it. Reality has faded into the background there, I fear. So, let’s see what happens next in this wonderful year of politics and entertainment. Is there a difference?
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by Hilary Thomson A local author is promoting her first novel, which is full of mystery, suspense, self exploration and horses. Originally from Sussex, England, Catherine (CJ) Butler now lives in Kemptville with her 8-year-old daughter. She and her husband emigrated to Canada 8 years ago, looking for adventure and settled in Kemptville because they wanted a small hobby farm and horses. Catherine first started writing her novel, The Japson Club, after she
moved to Canada and had her daughter. “I was always very good at English,” Catherine says. “When I had my daughter, I got the urge to write again.” Set in Sussex, the book is not autobiographical, but Catherine drew a lot from her own experiences to make the story come to life. The main character, Anna, is a project manager like herself and the novel is centred around an equestrian club, something that Catherine has a passion for. “It’s about the environment and adrenaline of equestrians,” Catherine says. “And the scandal that can be quite typical in equestrian circles in the UK.” After trying to sell the book to several large publishers, Catherine decided to self-publish with a group in Vancouver. They designed the layout of the book as well as the cover, which features a cliff on the Sussex coast which is central to the novel. “It’s like they pulled what I wanted out of my brain,”
sex. The horse in the book is based on a horse she used to ride in England named Tom who passed away. “He had huge character,” Catherine says. Catherine would love to make writing her full-time job but, for now, she still works with a project and property management company in Ottawa, writing in her spare time. She is currently working on a sequel to The Japson Club and is enjoying the writing process. “I play meditative music and burn incense,” she says. “I am just about half way through writing the sequel.” The Japson Club is being sold at The Bodhi Tree Yoga centre in downtown Kemptville. It is also available online on Amazon and Indigo in both e-book and hard copy. Catherine says the caption on the cover of the book says it all about The Japson Club “You’re always a member and there is no checking out.”
she says. The book went on the market last fall and since then Catherine says the response to The Japson Club has been incredible. “I had no idea if it was good or not,” she says modestly. “But it has been so well received.” During the first round of printing, Catherine found out that a whole chapter was missing from the book (much to her horror) but was still able to sell all 30 of the “special editions” with the chapter inserted loosely in it’s rightful place. The book has received many great reviews from friends, family and strangers who have purchased it online through Amazon and Indigo. “Even my boss said he couldn’t put it down,” she says. Catherine says the book is really a marrying of two stories, one of self discovery for her central character, Anna, and the other of mystery, suspense and foul play surrounding Rosemont, a high brow equestrian club in Sus-
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Winners of the Eric Gutknecht Memorial Bursary were announced on June 27 in front of proud parents and friends of graduating students at both North Grenville District High School and St. Michael Catholic High School. Katherine White
took home top honours for North Grenville and Peyton Horning for St. Michael. Criteria rated by nine executive members included: commitment to field of study, adversity, financial need, and volunteerism. This registered charity has now given out $23,000 in bursaries to deserving students in North Grenville since 2011. Best of luck to all students taking part in this past week’s ceremonies, as many go on to post secondary education, while others enter the WOW (world of work), and others may return to school for additional studies.
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Downtown gets ready for Kemptville Live with Music in the Park, July 18 for some great food and free entertainment. Craft beer from the Windmill Brewery will be available in the Beer Tent. Check out Music in the Park's great line-up of young local musical talent: Dylan Watts 5:30 pm 6:20 pm. Dylan is a fingerstyle guitar artist from the Ottawa Valley. Influenced by guitar legends like Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, known for his complex finger-style technique, and his steady Travis-Picking style ! Kiefer James Ray 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm. Kiefer was born and raised in your town. Country boy with all the stylings of a 2012 YouTube Star. Come see him play! Stage announcements at 6:30 pm will include the presentation of two free Weekend VIP Tickets for Kemptville Live to the lucky winner of the BIA's Festival Fan Campaign. Look for Festival Fan signs downtown at participating businesses to enter a ballot in the draw. The winning ballot will be drawn at the Kemptville Farmers' Market on Sunday, July 15. Steph La Rochelle 7:00 pm - 7:50. With a burgeoning online presence and a number of acting credits to her name [Heartland (CBC); Backstage (Disney)], Steph La Rochelle
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was part of a new campaign to encourage people to use whatever level of Irish they had, as the Irish language has been in decline for some time. Canadians will remember the wonderful broadcasts Chris had made from space during his time on the International Space Station in 2013, culminating in his singing David Bowie’s song, “Space Oddity” to a worldwide audience. Earlier in his sojourn, he had also posted photographs of various cities around the world, taken at night from the Space Station. Among these was a picture of Dublin, to which he added the tweet: "Tá Éire fiorálainn! Land of green hills and dark beer. With capital Dublin glowing in the Irish night". This got people asking: where did he learn the Irish phrases? There was so much positive response from Irish supporters that he tweeted: "Wow, I can feel the warmth of the Irish all the way up here - go raibh maith agaibh! I'll do my best to photo more cities as clouds clear." It was, as they say, the start of a beautiful friendship. Chris later explained the Irish language connection: “I’ve always had an interest in Ireland and Irish culture; hence my tweet
As Gaeilge from space. My daughter Kristin studied for her PhD at Trinity College and my niece Kelly is currently studying at the UL medical school so I have something of a love affair with this place". Soon after returning from his time on the International Space Station, Chris visited his family in Ireland and was warmly received wherever he went. So much so, in fact, that he was named as an ambassador for Irish tourism in 2014, and has since made a number of promotional videos, called An Astronaut's Guide To The Island Of Ireland. Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Leo Varadkar, pointed out that the Canadian was especially qualified to promote the country: "Chris Hadfield is one of the few people on earth who has seen Ireland from space, and on the ground. " So, the “Tá Gaeilge Agam” poster was not a case of fraudulent advertising, nor was it a mirage in the heat of a Dublin street. Commander Chris Hadfield, Canadian astronaut, Irish tourism ambassador, and international singing sensation, does really speak the Irish language to some extent. What a very strange connection between the two nations.
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The "Jean Hyndman" tournament was played on June 14 under a cloudy sky, and a few drops of rain hit the latest players. But, in spite of this, all had an enjoyable day, and the winner was Marg McCornock, and two ladies tied for runner-up: Peggy MacPhail and Penny Pepin. Congratulations Ladies! Winners of birdies for June were, again: Bonnie Thibaudeau and Pam Owen. Both had birdies in May. Coming-up in July are TWO important events; 1) the "Dickenson-Tray" tournament, and 2) the famous "LADIES INVITE A GUEST." It is particularly special for the ladies who get to invite whoever they want as their guest and partner in a game of golf with dinner and prizes. This event usually has a great response, so sign-up early. A warm congratulations was sent to Helen Oram, who gloriously reached a huge stepping-stone in her life, she had her 100th BIRTHDAY! Helen was a member of the ladies league for many years, and, after not being able to play anymore, she still kept in
touch with the league by becoming a social member and attended to all the monthly dinners. She is still very active in her preferred hobbies, such as bridge and many card games. Sincere CONGRATULATIONS Helen! A very special THANKS goes to Ron Tracey for his diligence in providing the ladies with cold water and watching over them and helping them find their ball if lost. It is his own initiative that procures this task for the ladies. You are truly a "Sir Galahad", as you were once dubbed years ago after heroic efforts in helping the ladies. You haven't lost your gentleness and attentiveness to the needs of the ladies. Thanks Ron! All being said and done, June was a very productive month, especially also with the “Friendly" being incorporated into their activities. All took advantage of the summer days to fulfill their desire to enjoy their game of golf. As the league is bustling with activities so is RIDEAU GLEN! www.ngtimes.ca
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by Hilary Thomson The Merrickville and District Chamber of Commerce has spearheaded a program allowing people to adopt commemorative benches in the Village. The Chamber first approached the municipality last year with the idea of having an Adopt-A-Bench program in the Village. Although it was well received by the municipality at the time, they felt that they did not have the resources to run such a program. Therefore, the Chamber offered to run the program if the Village would be willing
to be an active participant. “Such programs are very popular and profitable for municipalities,” says Chamber of Commerce President Karl Feige, adding that the Chamber got advice from the program coordinators at the Central Park AdoptA-Bench program in New York City. The cost for bench adoption is $2000, up to $500 of which will go to the municipality to help fund upkeep of the benches on municipal property. Council officially received an email from Karl at the last council meeting outlining the program and approved the arrangements
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made in the report. Karl says they have chosen to use the wording “up to $500” to be given to the municipality in case of unforeseen circumstances where they may need to use some of that money to fund the bench and commemorative plaque. “In most circumstances the Village will received the full $500,” he says. The benches are castiron or aluminum, with wooden slats, in keeping with the historic look and nature of the Village. Each bench will also have a dedication plaque with the name of the person it is meant to remember. “The adopter will also receive a certificate signed by the mayor,” Karl says. Karl says that the program has been very well received in it’s short life. Six benches have already been adopted in the Village. “The first bench was placed in the beach area last year,” Karl says. “A bench in honour of Brenda Carter is to go in the bird sanctuary and a third bench near the library is in the works.”
Wolford Public School and its Parent Council hosted a Farewell Celebration last Friday which was attended by approximately 300 people. “It was an opportunity for staff and students to come together and celebrate their
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Merrickville owes its growth to the War of 1812
Submitted by Michael Whittaker Merrickville’s mid19th-century boom was a result of the War of 1812. Should another war with the Americans arise, the St. Lawrence River would surely be blockaded to all British and Canadian shipping. Hence, the Rideau Canal was constructed to bypass the river. Merrickville author and historian Victor Suthren will address the War of 1812 and the impetus to build the Rideau Canal, Sunday, July 8 at 2 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion, Main St. West, Merrickville. As early as 1790, a mill had been constructed by the Great Falls of the Rideau River. After 1793, William July 4, 2018
Merrick continued the waterpowered industrial expansion, and there was soon a rudimentary road to the St. Lawrence. In the early 1830s, the road direct to the US border, and the five-metre drop in the Rideau at Merrickville, lent incentive to the building of the blockhouse to protect the lock infrastructure, and the village’s nascent industry. A flood resulting from the destruction of the dam and locks would wreak havoc down to the Ottawa River, thus ending the strategic advantage of the Rideau Canal to the defence of Canada. Mr. Suthren’s presentation July 8 is sure to reveal little known or understood facts about the War of 1812 and the Rideau Canal.
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Next year, students will continue their education at Merrickville Public School and Duncan J. Schoular Public School. The evening began with a song created and performed by students called We Are Wolford, sung to the tune of We Will Rock You. Following the performance, organizers played a slide presentation detailing the school’s history by decade based on pupil interviews of former staff and students. It offered stories about school train trips, turkey luncheons, visits by area wildlife, sporting successes, and other activities at Wolford. Afterwards, families were invited to tour memorabilia rooms, and to visit on the playground while children enjoyed activities outdoors
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In the commemoration of Merrickville-Wolford 225, the Merrickville and District Historical Society has developed 15 history-based events from May to September 2018. The July 15 presentation concerns the Battle of the Windmill. The locks and blockhouse
Merrick’s Mills, ca.mid1840s. Three bridges led to industrial development on the north bank where the first mill was erected by Roger Stevens about 1790. The pencil and watercolour painting is by John Burrows (LAC 1979-12-9)
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Letter to the residents of Merrickville: Recent months have seen many questions asked during Council sessions regarding the ongoing CAO investigation. Most of these questions have remained unanswered due to perceived privacy issues. A group of concerned citizens have formulated a series of questions which we believe would provide some clarity to many of the queries circulating around the Village, while respecting the need for privacy, during the process which has now ended. Many of the questions below were submitted a few weeks ago to the Mayor and Council, were never put on the agenda as per policy, even after having specifically asked them to be, and resulted with an email “can’t comment” answer. In the spirit of openness, accountability and transparency, all principles which the Mayor and Council have indicated they wish to adhere to, and to permit this experience to be a learning one for this and future Councils, we believe that answers are needed. The little information provided so far related to costs accumulated over the past 5 months would indicate somewhere in excess of $100K to possibly $200K or more of taxpayer dollars have been spent, directly and indirectly, in a process shrouded in secrecy and deniability. The only result of all this time and money spent is the resignation of the CAO, who’s most recent activities prior to being put on leave were performance reviews and budget reviews of the Municipal departments. Which we find to be an interesting coincidence. Our group wishes to maintain the pressure on the existing council to provide answers, so that come nomination and election time an informed decision can be made as to whom should and should not govern for the future. We encourage all residents to contact their council representative and the mayor and to voice their displeasure as to the lack of answers and transparency in this process. We also encourage those who wish to examine the option of asking for the information through Access to Information Requests. A group of concerned residents and taxpayers 1) What were the criteria for determining that an investigation of the CAO should be undertaken rather than normal employer/employee communication or simply dismissal without cause as was the case with a previous Treasurer and who made the decision to proceed with an investigation? 2) Who wrote the mandate for the investigator? 3) Who sat on the Committee to select the investigator? 4) How much was set aside in the approved 2018 budget to cover the costs incurred with the investigation? 5) Why was a RFP not issued for the investigator as per Municipal Policy? 6) How many of the in camera meetings which have taken place since September 2017 have been related to this issue? 7) Please provide a summary ( to the nearest $5K) of cost incurred for the investigation, including staff time, all contractors, advisors and any other parties involved. 8) It would appear that the individual who is controlling the cost of the investigation is the Investigator. If this is not the case what financial controls have been put in place to ensure that the residents of Merrickville Wolford receive good value for their tax dollars. If there was a time line set for completion of this process what was that time line. If in fact the budget for this work is without any limits who made the decision to proceed in this manner and why? 9) Who provided oversight on the process and who gave them the authority? 10) What funds in the budget had been set aside to cover the resulting impacts of the investigation? If so how much? If not, why not? 11) Which Councillor was present to discuss the results of the report? 12) How many and when was the last performance review for the CAO done? Were the results in line with of the expectations? Who did the performance reviews? 13) Were any members of Council and/or the Mayor present at any of the staff interviews performed by the investigator and this at whose request? For how many of the interviews and who was present at each, Councillor or Mayor? 14) Which Councillors are aware of the reasons for the above noted investigation and were in agreement with an open ended budget for this process 15) Will the report result in any other directly related departmental efficiency or budget reviews?
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Visitor Information submitted by Chuck MacInnis Very shortly, several businesses within Merrickville will be displaying a small blue and white sign in their front windows to help guide visitors to points of interest in and around the village. The sign simply says le boat, le Welcome in blue lettering and on the bottom is a lowercase “i” in a circle, the international symbol for information. The information sign campaign is an initiative of the Merrickville and District Chamber of Commerce. Chamber of Commerce president, Karl Feige said the project is intended to be a welcome for boaters and other tourists from the Merrickville business owners. He said the business owners posting the signs have indicated to the Chamber of Commerce they are willing to answer any questions visitors might have about facilities within the village and are willing to give directions to such places as restaurants, washrooms, accommodations, the bank or the LCBO.
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Unrest continues in Village about CAO investigation by Hilary Thomson Even after the resignation of Merrickville-Wolford’s CAO, John Regan, residents still seem to be concerned about the cost and process of the investigation. Resident Terri Hamway was the first to stand up during the second public question period at the council meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018 to ask the municipality to release how much the investigation has cost in total over the past five months. “Now that the investigation is over do you have a total cost?” she asked. Interim CAO Arie Hoogenboom says he doesn’t have a total cost yet because there are still some outstanding legal bills to take into account. However, he says he should be able to put a report together for council before his last day with the Municipality on June 29, 2018. “We are looking at in excess of $100,000 with the investigation, legal fees and other associated costs,” he says. Resident Mike Burley is appalled by the number and feels like council has not been transparent enough throughout the process. “What’s the process here?”
he asked council last Monday. “How did we get to the point that we hired a full investigative team?” Deputy Mayor Anne Barr told him that the process followed is outlined in the municipality’s harassment policy that is governed by provincial legislation. “The process that we followed is outlined in that document and it is a public document,” she said. “[I would] ask you to look at provincial legislation that requires us to have these kinds of processes in place.” The municipality’s harassment policy is available on the municipal website. It defines harassment as “engaging in a course of vexatious comment or conduct against a worker in a workplace environment that is known or ought reasonably to be known to be unwelcome, or workplace sexual harassment.” An investigation and confidentiality are both outlined in policy for addressing workplace harassment. “If it involves a more junior staff person it normally stops at the CAO’s table,” Arie said at the meeting. “In this case because it was the CAO it required some outside expertise and that was sought.” Many of the questions posed by concerned citizens about the cost of the investi-
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gation, the process in which the workplace investigator was hired and the length of what seemed to be an openended investigation over the past few months have been met with a “can’t comment” reply. This has spurred a group of citizens to publish a letter outlining fifteen different questions that they feel they deserve answers to. “In the spirit of openness, accountability and transparency, all principles which Mayor and Council have indicated they wish to adhere to, and permit this experience to be a learning one for this and future councils, we believe that answers are needed,” the letter states. Resident Yves Grandmaitre says a similar version of this letter was sent directly to council, with the request that it be put on the council meeting agenda. “All of this related to a legal human resource issue and on the advice of solicitors was not formally responded to be council,” Arie said when asked why it was not placed in the council package. Because of this the group felt it was necessary to go to the media with their requests. The Municipality is now in active search for a new Interim CAO who will fill the position for up to one year. This will allow current and future council to assess their performance and decide whether to hire the person permanently or carry out a full recruitment process. Arie says he hopes this will give council and residents peace of mind that they are not simply jumping blindly into hiring another CAO. “We should have [the interim CAO] in place within a week,” Arie says. The new hire will not be paid the same $120,000 salary as the former CAO as council passed a resolution at the last meeting to lower the salary range for MerrickvilleWolford’s CAO to between $93,000 and $113,000.
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by Reinder Kuntz, President, NG Arts Guild The art show this past weekend at the Pte. Blake Williamson Memorial Hall clearly demonstrated the rich diversity of our local art culture. Works by over 25 local artists, all members of the
North Grenville Arts Guild, were available for purchase and numerous pieces were sold. This is the first art show of what is planned as an annual event. The guild executive wish to thank the many guild members who volunteered their time, those
who donated door prizes and the sponsors without whom the show simply would not have happened on this scale. Sponsors include The Rotary Club of Kemptville who ran an all day BBQ, the Posh Plum, EXIT Realty by Design, COBA Studios, Geron-
imo Coffee, Country Ways Framing, the South Branch Bistro and Bekings Poultry Farm. The free event was well attended by an estimated 500 visitors. Kemptville resident Miriam Mas was acclaimed by visitors as their favourite artist awarding her one yearâ€™s free membership in the guild. The 50/50 draw was won by Mylaine Richer. The grand prize of a numbered, signed Paul Gauthier silkscreen was won Harvey Briggs while the silent auction of a second Gauthier silkscreen print was won by Becky Rea. Congratulations to all the winners! A
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Call Rita Harper, Broker/Manager 613-258-1990 for more information about joining our TEAM! July 4, 2018