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The North Grenville Times

Municipality Matters

The Voice of North Grenville

Steve Clark joins parents at Queen’s Park to protest school closures

Parents from Eastern Ontario, including LeedsGrenville, joined those from across the province at a rally at Queen’s Park to protest ongoing accommodation reviews that could see up to 600 schools close. “The fact parents have travelled hours in terrible weather to be here today is a testament to how hard they’re working to save these schools and ensure their children can continue to learn close to home,”

Steve said. Of the 600 schools targeted for closure in Ontario, 29 are located within the Upper Canada District School Board and 10 in Leeds-Grenville. Steve spoke to the rally, and took Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter to task for sitting on the sidelines while the fate of rural education is left to a flawed process that prioritizes school closures rather than exploring other long-term solutions.

students at the forefront, when the options include putting young children on the bus for an hour or more in one direction?” Steve asked. “Or sending students to overcrowded schools and jamming them into portables, while the board waits for money to build a mega-school?” If students were truly being put at the forefront, such proposals would never have seen the light of day, he said. Earlier in the day, Steve rose in Question Period to call on the Premier to immediately put a moratorium on school closures. “The Premier and Education Minister must get away from Queen’s Park and see for themselves what’s really happening across Ontario. These reviews are just smoke and mirrors that give the appearance of consultation,” Steve said. “True consultation starts before recommendations are made – not after.”

“Her Ministry created this disastrous Pupil Accommodation Review process, and pulled the funding that supported these rural schools to put everything in motion. And she thinks she’s going to get a pass? No chance.” Steve said the Minister is showing how out of touch she is with what’s really happening by her insistence that students will be kept “at the forefront of every decision we make.” “How is it keeping

MPP Clark’s annual Christmas open house

UPCOMING MEETINGS COUNCIL Monday, December 12 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Monday, December 5 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre. For agenda information, please visit the Municipal website at www.northgrenville.ca/document-library. COMMITTEE MEETINGS Economic Development Advisory Committee – Wednesday, December 7 at 12:30 pm at the Municipal Centre Heritage Advisory Committee – Thursday, December 8 at 2:00 pm at the Municipal Centre Library Board – Thursday, December 8 at 7:00 pm at the Public Library, 1 Water St.

COMMUNITY GRANTS – Canada 150 Events

To support community groups in celebrating Canada’s 150th throughout 2017, the Municipality is inviting applications through an additional and immediate intake to the grant program. The deadline for this first application round is December 15, 2016, at 5:00 pm. Visit northgrenville.ca for more information or contact Nicole Zywicki at nzywicki@northgrenville.on.ca.

WINTER PARKING RESTRICTIONS

Winter parking restrictions came into effect on November 15th and last through April 15th. While restrictions are in effect, parking on Municipal roads is not allowed between 11:00 pm and 8:00 am. A vehicle which is parked in a manner interfering with snow clearing or removal operations may be issued a ticket and The Municipality of North Grenville 285 County Road 44 PO Box 130 Kemptville, ON, K0G 1J0 Tel: 613-258-9569 Fax: 613-258-9620 general@northgrenville.on.ca Building: 613-258-4424 Fax: 613-258-1441 Fire Services Info: 613-258-2438 Fax: 613-258-1031 By-Law Services: 613-258-2438 ext. 6 Police Administration: 613-258-3441 Animal Control: 613-862-9002 www.NorthGrenville.ca

Warm & Dry.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is inviting everyone in the riding to take a break from the busy holiday season by taking a timeout to visit his seventh annual Community Christmas Open House. The event is free of charge, open to the entire community, and takes place on Sunday, December 4 from 3-5 p.m. Once again this year, the open house is being held at the Brockville Convention Centre, 7829 Kent Boulevard. “I look forward to my Christmas open house every year, because it’s a great chance to catch up with everyone, enjoy some wonderful food and refreshments, hear some excellent local entertainment, and even spend time with Santa,” Steve said. As with his past Christmas receptions, MPP Clark is asking everyone to bring along non-perishable food items and canned goods to support the local food banks that will have volunteers in attendance. “Leeds-Grenville residents are incredibly generous and this gives us a chance to help the food banks with their remarkable efforts to assist families in need at this time of year,” Steve added.

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OPP Christmas Charity BBQ

The OPP Christmas Charity Barbeque is fast approaching! The event takes place on Thursday, December 1 from 11:30 am to 1 pm at the Kemptville OPP detachment, with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign. All unwrapped toys, non-perishable food items and monetary donations are accepted. Special thanks to our sponsor Royal LePage Gale Real Estate.

SIU invokes mandate

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On Monday, November 14, 2016 at approximately 12:26 a.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Grenville County detachment responded to a call for service at a residence located on River Road, North Grenville. A female was placed under arrest and while being transported to the detachment, there was an interaction that occurred between the female and the officer in which both sustained injuries. The OPP has notified the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which has invoked its mandate. As a result, the OPP will not be able to provide any further information. Any other inquiries should be directed to SIU Communications at (416) 622-2342. November 30, 2016

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