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by David Shanahan Perhaps the most important aspect of Remembrance Day each year is that we remember them. Them, not the various battles and wars and incidents, but them, the ones who went from here and the ones who did not return again. This puts the responsibility on each generation to remember, to ensure that their community can remember clearly and accurately what and who have gone before. That is why, each y e a r, t h e Ti m e s h a s

published a special issue for Remembrance Day. By bringing to mind individuals, their stories, their pictures and their individuality, we can understand better what they did and why. For decades, Remembrance Day was centred on emotional things, like the often-used poem, “In Flanders Fields”, with its threat that “If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields”. Perhaps their sleep will be most peaceful if we can remember them and

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decide never to repeat their experiences again. Today, we remember the humanity of those who served, understanding, possibly better than ever before, the real cost to all who put their lives on the line. That is why they should be remembered: because they were just like us, came from our communities, knew our streets and country roads. Whether you agree, or disagree, with their going out to fight, we must remember them. Our cover photograph shows a man who spent

a great deal of his time and energy making sure they were remembered. Owen Fitz’Gerald died this year, but he has left us an example and a legacy. He, along with Roy Brown, became the unofficial keepers of the that legacy, establishing Veterans Way, Veterans Memorial Park, and gathering a wealth of material on the young men and women who served. Great thanks should go out to Roy Brown for the hours of work he has put in continued on page 2

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The North Grenville Times continued from front page to collecting biographical and service data on those whose names are listed on the Kemptville Cenotaph and providing the records to the North Grenville Historical Society to preserve them for coming generations. There are not too many occasions in the course of the year when history is brought home to so many of us; when our past can come alive and we honour and acknowledge out heritage. Remembrance Day is one of those times.

In this issue, we not only cover the two World Wars, we also look at earlier conflicts which affected our community, from the Battle of the Windmill in 1838, to the Fenian Raid that came 150 years ago, and the Boer War. Each of these had a profound effect on these United Counties, and each, in their own way, set precedents for Canada. This year, then, we remember them, the individuals who followed the way as they saw it before them, regardless of the cost. We will remember them.

Kemptville Women in Business open doors

by Lisa Skentelbery Ever wondered what Kemptville Women in Business is all about? On November 20, from 7-9 pm, a Meet & Greet event will be held at the Grenville Mutual Insurance Building at 380 Colonnade Drive, Kemptville so that the public can attend, get to know some great local businesses with women at the helm, and for other women in business to come by and meet us to see if this might be an opportunity for networking (and so much more) that they’d like to try on for size. We are a networking group for female entrepreneurs and business women who want to share lessons and experiences and develop friendships with like-minded individuals so we can refer each other with confidence. Started in 2011 by five local businesswomen, KWIB meets once a month to exchange wisdom and laughs and endeavor to do some good giving back to their community. This year, we made donations and did some fundraising for Ryan’s Well Foundation and helped support a Global Vision participant in the 2016 Junior Team Canada: Mission to China. The Meet & Greet evening runs from 7-9 pm and will feature displays by the KWIB members, refreshments, and fabulous door prizes. Please come out and meet us!

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At Doors Open St. James September 24: Barbara (Findlater) Taggart, Paul Dumbrille and Sheila (Findlater) McLeod previewed items from their Aunt Dorothy’s Collection. the Society. Meetings of the committee are held quarterly, in February, May, August and November. Dorothy Dumbrille (1897-1981) Collection: Dorothy Dumbrille novelist, poet, historian and radio personality is the most famous Canadian writer to attend the original Kemptville High School. Dorothy was the daughter o f R e v. R u p e r t J o h n Dumbrille, Rector of St. James Anglican Church

By Doug MacDonald The North Grenville Historical Society (NGHS) wishes to acknowledge the following people, whose generous donations to the Society Archives were considered at the most recent meeting of the Archives Acquisition Committee. These included donations which led to the creation of new collections, as well as donations which added to existing collections of

from 1908 to 1927. The Archives of the NGHS created the Dorothy Dumbrille Collection earlier this year thanks to the generous donations received in response to an article in the North Grenville Times (April 13, 2016 issue) asking for copies of Dorothy’s now rare books, as well as photographs, articles and letters relating to Dorothy Dumbrille and her family. The overwhelming

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response included donations of all 12 books authored by Dorothy, as well as other valuable material for the collection. Donations were received from the following: Jane vonBoetticher, Pamela A. Brooks, Cathy Coffey, Barbara Dillon, Paul Dumbrille, Doug MacDonald, Sheila McLeod, Estella Rose, Isabel Wilson

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Entry application deadline: November 16, 2016, 5 pm No fee to participate but donations and sponsors are always welcome to help grow the parade. If your organization would like to participate in this year’s event as a sponsor or enter a float into the parade, please complete a parade registration or sponsor form available at Keller Williams Solid Rock, 148 Prescott Street, Kemptville.

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Finally, some relief for Nortel pensioners by Daren Givoque, O’Farrell Financial Services Finally, you can almost hear a collective exhale from the thousands of former Nortel employees. After a sixyear legal battle, it’s finally time for the former employees of the bankrupt technology firm Nortel Networks to learn what to do with their pension payments. In May 2015, when a court decided the fate of the remaining Nortel assets, it also signaled a light at the end of the tunnel for Canadian pensioners who have seen their benefits reduced since the company filed for bankruptcy in 2009. The ruling set the recovery amount at approximately 75% of what was owed to pensioners. To the relief of so many that were expecting below 60%. As of November 2015, option letters were sent out to all unionized employees. Members of the nonnegotiated, or managerial plan, should have received their letters in early to late summer this year. The law firm Koskie Minsky, along with the

plans’ administrator Morneau Shepell, hosted a series of roadshows and a webinar in December 2015 for the negotiated plan members to learn about their options. Alongside the roadshows and webinar, Koskie Minsky created a guide to making a choice, which includes the important issues to consider, whether it’s deciding to take an annuity or to transfer to a locked-in retirement account [LIRA]. Negotiated plan members based in Ontario or Quebec can choose between an annuity with a life insurance company or a registered retirement savings or income vehicle, such as a LIRA or a life income fund (LIF). For the people who are eligible, the difference between planning with a life insurance annuity and choosing to become a little bit more active and using a locked-in retirement account or a life income fund is where it gets a bit more confusing. Option A is a life annuity or contract; it ends when a pensioner passes away. If the pensioner has a spouse, they would get a 60% survivor pension, this is the legal

to flow to the family when the member passes away. Investors should be aware that if they’re investing in investment funds for their LIRA or a LIF that funds will increase or decrease in value according to changes in the market. The next steps, at least for the negotiated plan members who currently have their letters, include a follow-up from the administrator and then the options chosen will be exercised. The difficulty is that everyone has their own financial needs. Some people may not be well, other people are healthy and may live to be 100. It is important that everyone speaks with a financial advisor about their own situation to ensure the solution fits their needs. Individuals should also know that once they make the decision on which way to go, annuity or LIRA/LIF, it is final and cannot be undone.

minimum without spousal waiver. But after the spouse’s death, there may be nothing for the estate if both pass away after the guarantee period. For members that are still relatively young the insurance company is going to pay them based on a age and gender. The amount stays the same even if the market slides, or the inflation rate goes up unless the annuitant chooses an increasing payment option to match the inflation rate. For example, if you get $1,200 a month from an annuity now, you’re still going to get $1,200 a month until your contract ends, which means when you die or your survivor dies. This is true unless you choose a policy option that allows for an increase or decrease in your payments. Option B: Those who chose a registered retirement savings or income vehicle, such as a LIRA or a LIF, have the opportunity to take control of the assets, rather than a passive investment managed by an insurance company. This option gives individuals more flexibility with how much they take for a monthly income. It also allows for the remainder of the investment

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of a loved one is difficult enough at any time, but the holiday season, with its constant reminders of celebration and tradition, can be especially painful. This presentation is designed to offer survival tips and coping techniques to help you manage more effectively with your grief this holiday season.

The "Spirit of Christmas" Project The North Grenville Times would like to hear from you about what you think makes the holidays so special. We will be accepting artwork, poems, personal stories and also children’s letters to Santa, from now until Christmas. We will publish as many as we can and there will be prizes for the top submissions in both the child and adult categories.

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New funding to combat homelessness The Government fo Ontario is making additional funding available to municipalities to help prevent homelessness. The additional investment from the province will further support municipalities in delivering housing- and homelessness-related services tailored to meet the needs of their communities through 2020. Services include financial assistance and education programs to help prevent eviction, long-term and transitional housing with related supports; and

emergency shelters for those experiencing a crisis. Last year, the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative helped almost 40,000 families and individuals experiencing homelessness obtain housing. It also helped more than 115,000 families and individuals at-risk of homelessness remain in their homes. The amount the province is investing will provide an additional $15 million in the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative (CHPI), bringing the government’s annual

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goal of ending chronic homelessness by 2025. Every $15 million invested in the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative is estimated to help about 2,600 households experiencing homelessness find housing, or prevent approximately 14,200 households from becoming homeless. Since 2003, Ontario has committed more than $5 billion to affordable housing. This includes the recent federal-provincial partnership to extend the Investment in Affordable Housing program.

contribution to $338.7 million by 2019-2020, which is an increase of $92 million since the program launched in 2013. This funding builds on the $15 million in each of 2017-18, 2018-19 that was announced in October 2016. The program is also providing municipalities with $293.7 million in 2016-2017, $308.7 million in 2017-2018, and $323.7 million in 2018-2019. The CHPI reinforces Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing S t r a t e g y, a n d a i m s to meet the province’s

Gord Brown encourages participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies

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At this time of year we thank our veterans for their courage, dedication, and many sacrifices and we especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf,” he said. “Today, and every day, we honour men and women, brought up in ordinary communities like ours, who were called to be extraordinary in tough times and extreme circumstances. It is because of their sacrifices that Canada is one of the safest, most prosperous countries in the world. We will always remember the work of our brave service members, past, present, and future. It does not go unappreciated.” There are Remembrance Day services in almost every community in LeedsGrenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, Gord noted. “Please take the time to remember.”

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Kemptville Horticultural Society November News submitted by Catherine Johnson The Kemptville Horticultural Society welcomes all men and women, from novice (or wannabe) gardeners to master gardeners. Some members have well established gardens and some come to get ideas on where to start. It is hard to believe it is November already. As I write this, we are still enjoying some amazingly warm weather. Fall is busy in the garden, as we work to put our gardens to bed for the winter. At our September meeting we enjoyed a very informative presentation by Rolande Theriault on how to take care of our houseplants. She also gave some helpful tips on how to successfully bring in your annuals from the garden to save for next year. In September, we also held our annual Fall flower show. Members were invited to enter flowers and vegetables from their own garden. This is a fun event and we marvelled at the beautiful flowers, vegetables and arrangements that came from our members. This November 9, 2016

time, we also had some very creative entries of miniature fairy gardens. At our October meeting we held our annuals awards night. With lots of extra refreshments and social time, members were presented with various awards earned throughout the year. This year, two members, Barb Frew and Vivian Howe, were both awarded lifetime member awards. October also saw members working together for the Fall clean up at Rotary Park and the planting of official Canada 150 year tulips. This year, the gardens at Rotary Park saw a major design change from annual gardens to perennial gardens. This was made possible by financial grants from the Municipality of North Grenville, Kemptville Horticultural Society and the Kemptville Rotary Club, as well as a creative design created by one of our talented members, Doreen Hill. Of course, it would also not be possible without our many volunteers. November is our time to think ahead to Christmas, and we will have Vanessa from The Dill Flower

Studios in Kemptville give a presentation on how to make and design your own Christmas arrangements. The arrangements made during the presentation will be auctioned off at the end of the evening. Please note there will be no meeting in December. Yo u a r e w e l c o m e to be our guest at your first meeting. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, November 16, at 7:30 at 1964 County Road 43. If you are interested in joining, yearly membership fees are $15. Whether you are an experienced gardener, or someone moving into one of the many new homes being built in North Grenville, we will have something of interest for you. There is also plenty of free gardening advice available during coffee and refreshments. The society meets the third Wednesday of the month at the Kemptville Pentecostal Church (1964 County Road 43) at 7:30 pm. Each month we have a guest presentation following our short business meeting. We look forward to meeting you.

Josée Bédard, school principal, and Alexine Marier, librarian. The Conseil des écoles publiques de l’Est de l'Ontario (CEPEO) has signed a partnership agreement with the North Grenville Public Library (Kemptville). Francophone and Francophile students and families will be pleased with this agreement, which plans for a Francophone reading area in the Public Library, as well as weekly visits from a library employee to Kemptville Public School on the Campus... School principal Josée Bédard is happy with this new partnership, which includes the large purchase of French books. Édith Dumont, CEPEO Director of Education, Brian Carré, North Grenville Chief Administrative Officer, and Sue Higgins, North Grenville Public Library CEO, are pleased to provide the entire North Grenville community with a Francophone literary space!

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Le Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario signe une entente partenariale avec la Bibliothèque municipale de North Grenville (Kemptville). Ce sont les élèves et les familles francophones et francophiles qui vont se réjouir de cette entente qui prévoit un coin lecture francophone à la Bibliothèque municipale et une visite hebdomadaire d'une employée de la bibliothèque à l’école publique Kemptville sur le Campus... Josée Bédard, directrice de l'école, se réjouit de ce nouveau partenariat qui inclut l’achat massif de livres en français. Édith Dumont, directrice de l'éducation du CEPEO, Brian Carré, directeur général de la ville et Sue Higgins, chef exécutif de la Bibliothèque municipale de North Grenville sont heureux d’offrir un espace francophone littéraire à North Grenville au bénéfice de toute la communauté! 4

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Beware of “Emergency Scams” The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reminding citizens that Emergency Scams" target vulnerable persons and seniors by playing upon their emotions and rob them of their money. On October 27, an Augusta Township citizen came close to becoming a victim of the well known "emergency scam". The fraudster informed the local citizen , by telephone, that their son had been in a motor vehicle accident and had been charged criminally. The fraudster requested that 3 thousand dollars be transferred into a Money Gram account, in order to bail their son out of jail. This emergency scam was very convincing, but the diligent citizen recognized the fraud and did not suffer financial loss. Each year, emergency scam artists contact thousands of citizens and many people get scammed in their rush to help. Many victims are hesitant to say ‘no’ or to hang up on

someone on the phone, which makes them easy targets for criminals to access substantial sums of money. In the typical emergency scam, the victim will receive a frantic phone call from someone claiming to be a grandchild or loved one. The caller will explain that they are involved in some sort of mishap or are having trouble returning from a foreign country and need money right away. Scammers know how to gather your personal information for criminal means. They use phony social media accounts to find real names, real interests, real phone numbers and when you are going to be home or away. They’ll even call in the middle of the night to take advantage of the confusion caused by awaking suddenly with the expectation its bad news at that hour. Most of all, they rely upon the victim’s desire to help their loved ones, whatever the cost.

information by phone or e-mail. It is vitally important that the incident be reported every time it occurs, to allow police to investigate and prevent others from becoming victims.

Be aware of some warning signs: • Urgency-- The scammer always makes the request sound very urgent, which may cause the victim to not verify the story. • Fear-- The scammer plays on the victim’s emotions by generating a sense of fear. For instance they may say, “I am scared and I need help from you.” • Secrecy-- The scammer pleads with the victim not to tell anyone about the situation, such as, “Please don’t tell Dad, he would be so mad.” • Request for Money Transfer-- Money is usually requested to be sent by a money transfer company such as Money Gram, Western Union or even through your own bank institution. To avoid becoming a victim, police advise you to first check with another family member or trusted friend to verify the information BEFORE sending money or providing credit card

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Protect your family from Carbon Monoxide To mark Carbon Monoxide (CO) Awareness Week in Ontario, the province and the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management are raising awareness about the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and the importance of installing CO alarms to keep families and homes safe. The Ontario Fire Code requires all Ontario homeowners to install carbon monoxide alarms in homes that contain a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage. This is especially important as temperatures get colder and these appliances are used more regularly to heat homes. There are different rules for installing carbon monoxide alarms depending on where you live: Homes with a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace or attached garage must have a working CO alarm installed outside sleeping areas. Condo/apartment buildings with a service room containing a fuel-burning appliance must have CO alarms installed in the service room and outside sleeping areas of all residential suites located directly above, below and beside the service room. Condo/apartment buildings that have a garage must have CO alarms installed outside sleeping areas of all residential suites located directly above, below and beside the garage. CO alarms can be purchased at most home improvement stores. Carbon monoxide is an invisible, tasteless, odourless gas than can be deadly. Approximately 51 people die each year from carbon monoxide poisoning in Canada, and an average of 11 people per year in Ontario. When carbon monoxide is inhaled, it inhibits the ability of blood to absorb oxygen and distribute it to vital organs like the heart and brain. The lack of oxygen can cause critical organ damage, and if severe, result in death. Depending on the amount of exposure, treatment via a hyperbaric chamber may be necessary. Additional Resources Prevent the build-up of CO by having furnaces and chimneys cleaned and inspected every year by a trained, certified technician. Learn more at COSafety.ca. Learn more about carbon monoxide safety. The dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning as we move into winter and need to heat our homes were pointed out by Ross Nichols, Ontario Fire Marshal and Chief of Emergency Management: “As winter approaches and Ontario families begin to heat their homes with fuel-burning appliances, they need to be aware of how to stay safe. Some suggestions include ensuring outside vents for all fuel-burning appliances are always clear of debris, snow, and ice and never using portable fuel-burning appliances, such as gas and charcoal barbecues, portable gas heaters and generators, inside the home.” This year's Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week runs from November 1 to 7.

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Yoga benefits those with military background by Hilary Thomson While it is important to remember those who have sacrificed themselves for our country in the two World Wars, it is also important to remember that there are many Canadians in the modern day military who should be remembered. Whether active or retired, there are men and women in every community in Canada that have witnessed the atrocities of war and may be suffering because of it. Mental health in the military community is something of a taboo. Thankfully, over the past few years, there has been

KBIA News by John Barclay Two Important Meetings: November 15, 6:30 pm Proposed CIP Expansion Information Meeting (details below) Tallman Room of the North Grenville Library (1 Water Street) November 23, 6:30pm Annual General Meeting of the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area, Geronimo Coffee House, 146 Prescott Street Two important Downtown Initiatives: 1) Proposed Expansion of the Community Improvement Program into Old Town Kemptville Are you a commercial property owner with a building facing on Prescott Street? We’d like to hear from you on any plans for property improvements through a very brief survey. Data collected will be used to develop the business case for the proposed expansion of the existing RideauSanders Community Improvement Program into Old Town.. Please help by clicking: https:// w w w. s u r v e y m o n k e y. com/r/NGCIP2017 As you identify your plans for property improvements, please also take a look at GCFDC’s Community Retrofit Loan Program. This program complements the Municipality's CIP Program. The objective of this program is to encourage incremental activities related to the development of vacant or underutilized industrial, commercial or retail properties leading to development and November 9, 2016

an increased awareness of the severity of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in veterans, through the media and other public avenues. The traditional way to treat PTSD is through medication and counselling. However, in recent years there have been a number of studies done that suggest that yoga is also a valuable tool for treating PTSD. A small study done at Harvard Medical School found that veterans diagnosed with PTSD showed improvement in their symptoms after practising yoga, breathing

and meditation, both at home and in a class setting, for 10 weeks. One of the study participants, William Haviland, told Boston’s NPR radio station that yoga took him outside of himself and had “a much more profound calming a ff e c t t h a n d r u g s o r drinking ever did.” Tricya Morris is a yoga teacher and the manager of the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre in Kemptville. Spreading the word about the benefits of yoga for the military is something of a passion for her because she has seen the negative effects of PTSD first hand. Her husband is retired

from the Special Forces and has had numerous friends commit suicide because of PTSD. “ Yo g a s h o u l d b e covered by the government fo r military, ” Tricy a believes ““How to deal with war is pounded into you [in the military]. You repeat skills over and over until it becomes human nature. Why aren’t we doing that with the safety and security of their health and wellbeing?” A common symptom of PTSD is a loss of connection between the mind and body. Yoga helps with this by bringing the person practising into

the present moment through movement, poses and breath work. It also cultivates an awareness of the physical body and its surroundings that is lost when sufferer goes into a dissociative state. “Yoga is not just exercise,” Tricya says. “It’s a life skill.” Gayle Poapst is the owner of the Bodhi Tree and also a nurse on the PTSD floor at the Brockville Mental Health Centre. Gayle sees the benefits of yoga for people with PTSD everyday through the classes she teaches on her floor. “We do measurement for trauma before and after,” Gayle says. “It

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by Deron Johnston After the funeral of my maternal grandmother five years ago, my mother and her two sisters invited all of us grandchildren to my aunt’s house afterwards. They led us to my aunt’s summer kitchen (which is just fancy words for an unheated room) and told us that we could take whatever we wanted of the last of our grandparents’ possessions. Everything was spread out over a large dining table in the middle and on other flat surfaces around the room. It was a sad day for all of us, but my grandmother had been suffering with a very poor quality of life over the past few years. So, despite the lingering grief, we poked through the various treasures and were soon recalling many of the great memories that each item reminded us of. I’m normally very sentimental, but was having trouble finding something that I really wanted to take home with me. Then I spotted several small paper booklets sitting off to the side. I picked them up and looked at them. There were several different kinds that said things like “Individual Beer Ration Coupon Book”, “Ontario Wine Ration Coupon Book” and “Gasoline Licence Ration Coupon Book”. They were pre-printed and numbered with the individual coupons inside numbered as

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well. Some of the booklets were almost empty and some still had all of their coupons. They had the years 1943, 1944 and 1945 on them and most of them also had my grandfather’s name written in them. I asked my mother, who was lingering, what they were and she said that they were exactly what they said they were. She explained that my grandfather had become a farmer to avoid going to war (She had told me this before). However, the war still impacted many Canadians back home, as everyone had to ration their use of commodities like beer, wine and gasoline to help the war effort. As a matter of fact, you had to present one of the coupons from these books or you couldn’t buy these things. You certainly couldn’t buy as much as you wanted either, you could only buy the limited amount printed on the coupon each time. During this time, things like food and meat were also rationed, which led the Canadian Government to produce special guides and booklets on how Canadians could make the most out of their rations, sometimes with very specific instructions. Certain foods that experienced export collapses, like lobster and apples, became branded as ‘patriotic foods’ and Canadians were encouraged

has benefited everyone to varying degrees.” In an effort to entice military men and women to come and try yoga, The Bodhi Tree offers them a 25% discount off class packages all year round. In honour of Remembrance D a y, a n y o n e w i t h a military background can try their first class for free and take an additional 10% off class packages. “This is a cause that runs deep into my soul,” Trycia says. “Yoga truly has benefits for everyone.”

to eat more of them and less of the foods that would be needed to honour Canada’s food export commitments to Europe. Even magazines like Canadian Home Journal published special recipes for patriotic dishes like ‘Lobster a La King’ and lobster sandwiches. Women mobilized by the thousands and began working very low paying agricultural jobs in order to make up for the shortage of agricultural labour. This enthusiasm was created by a nationalistic pride to feed Canadian soldiers and their allies. Someone in their eighties, or older, may recall what living through this time was like, and the small sacrifices that Canadians made at home. Thankfully, food production is many times greater now than it was over 70 years ago, and resource production is also much greater than it was. Can you imagine people today being asked to ration anything? In our current culture, it seems like we can’t get enough of anything as we consume things as if there’s an endless supply. Hopefully, in the near future, more people will start to understand that we may run out of some things if we continue at our current pace. Let’s also hope that the need for rationing and the terrible war that caused it, forever remain part of our past.

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Five grade 9 boys represented Saint Michael Catholic High School this Saturday at cross country OFSAA in Port Hope. In order to qualify for the competition, the boys tied for first place at the EOSSAA championships the week before last. “They performed very well at all the meets this year,” says Trent Abbott, coach and teacher at Saint Mike’s. “They were very excited to capture the EOSSAA championship.” The boys team came 23rd out of the 36 teams competing. Photo caption: Zac Bowness, Kieran Geurkink, Will Campeau, Tyler Lavoie, Max Vanderlinde competed against 285 midget boys in the 5km race on Saturday. They ranked 21st out of 38 teams.

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by the sportsguy Tuesday night’s game against the Hawkesbury Hawks was a fast and furious affair, with the 73’s racking up 35 minutes on the slab to open the first period. Kemptville drew first blood as Neal Samanski stripped the puck from defender to rifle it into the mesh at 6:24. Matt Eller, assisted by Caza at 6:12, beat Hodgins to tie it up. Then Elder from the half boards to Tracy, and Bobby Dow slammed it home to close out the frame with 2 - 1 lead. Hawks outgunned 73”s 16 - 13. This period was plagued with slab time for both sides and Kemptville capitalized on it. With a 2 man advantage, the 73’s Row glides across the line, back to Alavi to find Victor Tracy below the circle to launch a missile by Standen at 8:53 for the insurance. At 3:36, the combination of Eversons’ persistence to David Jankowski to put Hawks within one. Hawks hammered 73’s 19 - 11. Final session belonged to the sin-bin, as 46 minutes of off-ice time was recorded on the slab. Pass and go from Dow to Kirkby, and Quinn Wichers redirect into back of the net at 6:19 for a PPG, November 9, 2016

to give 73’s 4 - 2 lead. Beaton steals the puck, and Alavi flies through the neatral zone to the net and drops back to a trailing Victor Tracy to award him with his second of the contest at 4:37 for 5 - 2 lead. Kemptville final: outshooting their opponents 13 - 8 and giving them a hard fought victory. Anyone who attended this game was privy to some new calls, such as “shadow boxing”, and a perfect example of how a turtle protects itself. The 73’s PK clinic was like poetry in motion as they were constantly being put to the test. Friday night meeting between Cumberland Grads was going to be a brutal match, as they were laying in last place in their division and needed a win. The opening frame was an end-to-end, see-saw battle, with Kemptville SOG 9 -5 closing out scoreless. Kemptville initiated an attack for three unanswered goals in the second, as Tugnutt cruised through the zone from behind the net to Alex Row to beat the stopper at 19:36. Then, at 8:26, a SHG, when Alavi up the boards heading to Couglin, and Alex Row pounces

on loose puck into the mesh as two defenders get caught covering the wrong number. Bisson finds Matt Tugnutt screaming up the wing and he wrists quick hard shot from top of the circle at 4:18 to end with 3 - 0 tally. Kemptville outgun Cumberland 16 - 11. At 19:37, Peter Brooks SO attempt spoiled by Roman Cannell, with helpers from Barillaro and Hebert. But the GAR Squad responded at 6:10, as another 5-on-3 advantage erupted and Guys wins draw to Tracy, over to Tugnutt, ahead to Alavi, across to Owen Guy parked at open side doorstep to make it 5 2. 73’s SOG 15 -12 for another win. Kemptville won 70% of their face-offs and took the puck away for the other 30%…so 100% win off draws, and excellent special teams PP and PK. Kudos to GM Terry Nichols behind the bench, replacing absent Ron Tugnutt. Next home game is Sunday, November 13, afternoon at 2:00 pm, when he Cornwall Colts gallop into our barn. Come out and support your team… Hockey with EDGE and excitement.

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Mayor David Gordon and The Council of the Municipality of North Grenville Extend a heartfelt invitation to the General Public, Legion Members, serving and retired CAF Members of North Grenville and surrounding areas, to attend the dedication and re-naming ceremony of the Kemptville Armoury (Old Fire Hall) to be now and forever known as "The Pte. Blake Williamson Memorial Hall"

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November has come with its mixed bag of weather, from snow to above average sunny days. I was fortunate to have a few vacation days last week with the perfect fall weather for raking leaves in the sunshine. Gardening is when I do a lot of planning in my mind. While listening to the swish of the leaves being pulled into huge piles, I was thinking about this article, knowing that it was going to be about Remembrance Day. It is so hard to put into words the gratitude I have to those that have served and given their lives for the freedom of others. Then, while I was clearing the leaves from the back porch area of our farmhouse I saw a speck of blue…the distinctive colour of the ‘forget-me-not’ flower. There amongst the crisp leaves was the beautiful tender spring flower sparkling in the sunshine. How appropriate that I uncovered this reminder as I was thinking of the men and women who gave their lives. We are familiar with the ‘Lest We Forget’ phrase and all of the work that Legion members are doing to educate people, and support Veterans in our communities. This time of year is particularly busy and poignant for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212. Legion members and businesses have been selling Poppies for us to wear as reminders of the sacrifices made so that we can enjoy so much in this great country. There has also been on-going planning associated with the Remembrance Day ceremony, which is a very moving tribute to be part of. What many people may not be aware of is that Veterans and their families are continuing to serve all around the country, including Jansen Law here in North Grenville. The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 212 has Business card ADS - colour + b/w a wonderful building in Kemptville at 100 Reuben Crescent. There are many social activities and events to take part in throughout the May 2016 year for the whole community. And many organizations, including TD Graham + Associates Jansen Law Kemptville & District Home Support, have received financial support 613.258.3885 Business card ADS - colour + b/w Jansen Law toward services for the community. May 2016 card ADS - colour + b/w Business May we all wear our poppies with gratitude and remembrance, TD Graham May 2016 + Associates and live our lives in such a way as to uphold all that is good in life. 613.258.3885 TD Graham + Associates We will not forget! 613.258.3885 Susan Susan Smith, Executive Director Kemptville & District Home Support

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How to understand your Hydro bill and save money Sustainable North Grenville invites you to join us at 7 PM on 14 November at the Grenville Mutual Community Room. Learn how your Hydro One electricity bill adds up; how the Distribution Charge and Regulatory Charge are determined; and how your cost is affected by where you live and how you use your electricity. Chris Weissflog will share his research and show you how your bill is calculated by explaining the methods that Hydro One uses to determine your charges. Please note that this presentation will NOT be about why electricity prices are at current rates and is NOT about Government of Ontario or Official Opposition energy policy. However, some insight will be provided for anticipated future energy price increases that have been requested by Ontario Power Generation. After gaining an understanding of what contributes to your electricity costs, Jeff Goodman will lead a presentation on energy efficient choices for the home. Here we will consider how your choices can save you electricity (money!) and often improve comfort. Insulate yourself not just from the cold, but from the impact of electricity price increases in the future. We will discuss easy changes and lifetime costs for bigger purchases. November 9, 2016

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The commission of Thomas McCargar to the rank of Captain in the Grenville Militia, January 17, 1836. Thomas led a company of 53 men at the Battle of the Windmill in 1838. His homestead is now part of the Kemptville College campus, and his original home is Leahurst House, site of the Preschool and Learning Centre.

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MPP Clark calls for moratorium on school closures I n a M e m b e r ’s Statement last week, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark called for a moratorium on school closures and the restoration of top-up funding eliminated by the Wynne government – a move that has put hundreds of rural schools across Ontario on the chopping block. Steve’s statement came after he formally made the requests in an open letter to Education Minister Mitzie Hunter last week. “This is not just about saving individual schools,” he told the Legislative Assembly. “It’s a fight for the future of rural education and the ability for students to learn close to where they live.” Steve said there is a need for a discussion of the issue in an era of declining enrolment. “But we demand a fair process. Let’s take the target off schools and work with parents, boards, municipalities and MPPs from all parties to develop a long-term solution,” he stressed. “If this government chooses to sit back and allow these

schools to close, it will be too late. Speaker, if they value rural education, they must act now. Thousands of parents and students await a response.” In addition to writing Minister Hunter last week, Steve sent Upper Canada District School Board Chairman Jeff McMillan an open letter asking trustees to pass a resolution of support for a moratorium and restoration of funding. “I’ve also asked the board to put its own accommodation review on hold while I, and my colleagues in the Ontario PC Caucus, put the pressure on the government to come up with answers that respect the future of our rural communities.We can’t make these important decisions based on initial reports that include no consultation with the communities affected and the only recommendations being widespread school closures.” Ten of the 29 schools identified for closure by the Upper Canada board are located in LeedsGrenville.

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Councillor steps in to protect woman and child North Grenville Councillor Jim Bertram found himself in a tricky situation recently, right outside the main Library on Prescott Street in Kemptville. He had to intervene to stop a man beating up a young woman, accompanied by her little boy right in the middle of a quiet afternoon. Jim described the scene: “At 3 pm, I was at the library, near the Water Street entrance, examining newly-arrived books. Suddenly, a loud altercation broke out just outside the outside door. I observed an average sized young male attacking and trying to punch a young woman who was accompanied by a young boy and another young man who was attempting to fend off the attacker”. Jim realised no-one else was moving to help, so he pushed the button which automatically opens the Library door, and managed to get between the woman and her attacker, getting her inside the Library entrance and standing in front of the attacker to stop him following her. The young man who was also helping was punched in the face, hitting his head against the wall of the building, drawing blood. Jim then managed to get him inside the Library also, and turned back to the attacker. “The attacker rushed me in an attempt to follow his victims into the library. I thrust out my right arm, contacting his upper chest area. He took some steps back, went to the leftward corner, swore, kicked the wall and ran towards me again.” Jim was expecting a serious tussle with the younger man, but he suddenly stopped and backed away. Then with a string of curses, he ran off. When he was sure the man was really gone, Jim went back inside the Library and had the staff call the police, while he assured the woman and her son, as well as the injured helper, that they were safe. While he watched one door, Library Assistant Emily Farrell watched over the victims of the assault until the OPP arrived about twenty minutes later. (It was a Saturday, so the local detachment was closed for the weekend. The nearest cruiser was sent to the scene). Councillor Bertram is no longer a young man, but he responded instinctively and bravely in a difficult situation. It is not a normal part of a Councillor’s duties to engage in protective action of this kind, but Jim did himself, and his community proud.

NOTICE OF PROJECT INITIATION THE MUNICIPALITY OF NORTH GRENVILLE Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Update

WATER POLLUTION CONTROL PLANT AND SANITARY PUMP STATION OPTIMIZATION AND EXPANSION The Municipality of North Grenville (the Municipality) is initiating a Municipal Environmental Assessment (Class EA) Update for the optimization and expansion of the Municipality’s Water Pollution Control Plant (sewage treatment) and the Bridge Street Pumping Station located in the urban community of Kemptville. In 2010, Phases 1 to 4 of the Class EA process were completed and the Municipality initiated Phase 5 of the process by commencing dialogue with the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority regarding the potential for a phosphorus offsetting program. Due to financial constraints, further progress with the phosphorus offsetting program and proposed Water Pollution Control Plant upgrades identified in the Environmental Study Report (ESR) were deferred. An updated Class EA is required as there have been significant changes in the Project Environment since completion of the ESR (i.e., changes to flows associated with the 2010 Class EA design period, project costs, changing receiving stream quality, development of innovative and energy efficient technology, etc.)

UPDATE UPCOMING MEETINGS COUNCIL Monday, November 14 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 OF THE WHOLE Monday, November 21 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre. COMMITTEE MEETINGS Heritage Advisory Committee – Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 pm at Municipal Centre Canada Day Committee – Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 pm at the Municipal Centre

TENDER - ARMOURY BUILDING RESTORATION

Tender NG16-13 has been issued for the restoration of the former Armoury Building at 25 Reuben Cres. The tender closes on November 15, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Tender details are on our website at northgrenville.ca/work/tenders-and-quotes or by contacting Kevin Henry, Facilities Supervisor at khenry@northgrenville. on.ca or 613-258-9569 Ext 124.

PUBLIC MEETING – COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

The Municipality of North Grenville will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the North Grenville Library, Norenberg Building, 1 Water St., Kemptville to discuss the current Community Improvement Program (CIP) and the request by the Old Town Kemptville BIA to expand the program into Old Town Kemptville (Prescott St.). For further information please contact Teri Devine, Economic Development Officer at tdevine@northgrenville.on.ca or 613-258-9569 Ext 115.

RURAL SUMMIT

The Municipality of North Grenville is hosting a Rural Summit on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Kemptville College, Parish Hall. The event includes presentations, information and discussion to foster communications and suggestions on how we can all continue to work together to support our rural area and benefit from our rural way of life. To see the agenda and to register for the Rural Summit, visit www.northgrenville.ca. For further information please contact Teri Devine, Economic Development Officer at tdevine@northgrenville.on.ca or 613-258-9569 Ext 115. 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

As part of the Class EA process for reviewing the Water Pollution Control Plant and Sanitary Pump Station Optimization and Expansion, public comment during the evaluation of alternative solutions will be requested. The Municipality is planning to conduct two public information sessions during the course of the study. Project information will also be available to the public at the Municipal Office and the Municipality’s website, www.northgrenville.ca. We are interested in hearing any comments or concerns that you may have about this project. A public database of comments will be maintained and, with the exception of personal information, included in the study documentation that will be made available for public review. Parties interested in providing input or that wish to obtain additional information at this stage of the study are asked to submit comments in writing to: The Municipality of North Grenville; Water Pollution Control Plant and Sanitary Pump Station Optimization and Expansion Class EA Update Mrs. Sarah Gore, P.Eng. c/o J.L. Richards & Associates Limited 864 Lady Ellen Place Ottawa, ON K1Z 5M2 Facsimile: 613-728-6012 Electronic-mail: sgore@jlrichards.ca

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Remembering by David Shanahan There’s a certain irony in the phrase that is used so much at this time of year: “Lest We Forget”. The thing is that we are often unsure about what it is exactly we’re supposed to remember. The sentiments surrounding Remembrance Day can be vague, something to do with wars and sacrifice and that kind of thing. But it is not in any way a vague thing to those who can remember, from personal experience, what November 11 means year after year. Perhaps we need to have a ritual like the Jewish Passover, where the child asks the parent: How is this night different from all other nights? H o w i s t h i s d a y, Remembrance Day, different from all other days? It is the day we remember the men and women who put aside their regular lives in order to take part in conflicts, whether they came back or not. The reasons why they went may have been different from one year to another. Perhaps it was a sense of patriotism,

adventure, duty, honour, or perhaps simply a desire to do something exciting in an otherwise drab and predictable life. Very few, I think, went out of a desire to kill, and none with a desire to die. Attitudes have changed dramatically over the decades. These days, with greater openness about the effects of combat on men and women, we are acutely aware of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and the shockingly high level of suicides among those returning from war zones. Whereas in WWI many suffering from the horrors they witnessed were either labelled as victims of “shell shock”, or even executed for “cowardice”, the Twentieth Century taught us the true depth of the impact war has on those caught up in them. On Remembrance Day, therefore, we remember, not just those who died, but those permanently changed and scarred by what they went through. We remember their families, dealing with loss of loved ones, either through death, injury, or psychological

impact. We also remember that war and its horrors are not a rare or recent part of our communities. Although we are still marking the centenary of that First World War, it is right to remember those other conflicts which have engulfed the people of this region over the centuries: the War of 1812, the Battle of the Windmill, the Fenian Raids, the Boer War, two world wars, Korea, and Afghanistan. It is remarkable, actually, to realise how many conflicts our forebears experienced. North Grenville, Merrickville-Wolford, and the other surrounding townships all exist because refugees from a war needed a place to go and rebuild shattered lives. The American Revolution was a civil war, and Eastern Ontario was acquired from the First Nations to be surveyed into lots and concessions where some of those Loyalist refugees could find a new home. Then, after the War of 1812, there was more settlement of discharged soldiers and immigrants arriving to protect the new

military communication route we know as the Rideau Canal. Truly, our communities grew out of war and its effects. In this week’s issue of the Times, we remember some of these things: the events, the people, the controversies and the conflicts that have had a deep and lasting effect on this and neighbouring communities. As an historian, I firmly believe that any hope for a peaceful future for our peoples lies in knowing about our past: that means knowing more than just dates and names of battles and leaders and politicians. It means knowing what they were fighting about, what they hoped to achieve, and what the actual outcome and fruit of their sacrifice really was. Wars have to be justified: Governments have always had to create an enemy, a reason to go and kill and die. Empire, country, home and hearth, even civilisation itself, have been used as a rationale for war. Wars have divided this country as much as they’ve united it. Conscription crises, in both world wars, nearly tore

Energy East Concern #4: Rail vs Pipeline

by Chris Weissflog In previous editions we’ve looked at pipeline spills, risk assessment and what kind of assurance we can expect from TransCanada. In this edition we’ll look at one of the key tactics being used to “railroad” (pardon the pun) the outcome for a pipeline. Specifically, we need to look more closely into the rail vs pipeline argument being used to scare us into concluding that a pipeline is necessary to keep us safe. That’s because the rail vs pipeline issue is a “red herring”. It has never been one or the other, but the tragedy of Lac Megantic – significant, horrific and deadly – is being leveraged by Energy East. Let me be clear: rail accidents do occur. Trains carrying oil do have accidents and spills, as do pipelines. The difference is that rail spills cause less damage while occurring

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more frequently, and pipeline spills are less frequent but cause much greater damage. Another truth: small spills are more easily contained and cleaned up. However, none of this is germane to the argument because it is not one or the other for Energy East; no promise has ever been made to halt rail shipments if a pipeline is built. Now for what you haven’t been told. 1: It is possible to ship bitumen by rail costeffectively without any diluent. In this state it is called “Neatbit”. As such, it is five to ten times more viscous than molasses, and is considered nonflammable because it has a flash point of 148°C. Energy East proposes to ship dilbit which has a flashpoint of -35°C, making it flammable at almost any temperature in Canada, more so than regular oil. A crashed Neatbit rail car if ruptured would likely bleed

out very slowly, if it did so at all. The result would be a heap of bitumen beside the car that is unlikely to seep into soil or water. Further, it will only burn if flame is focused on it, and it does not explode. And this option does not incur the cost or risk of diluent, moves more end-product per shipment, and does not burden the refinery with 30% of the mixture that is unwanted. 2: A pipeline when no longer required is useless and is left to rot in the ground. A rail line that is no longer needed for moving bitumen can be used for a hundred or more years to move people and goods efficiently. In fact, rail is one of the most promising modes of transport for the future because it can be run with 100% clean electricity, and is well suited for the impending era of decarbonisation. If we want a truly “Nation-Building project”, let TransCanada

build an electric railway joining Alberta to the East coast. That would give their balance sheets more value when the carbon bubble bursts. 3: If rail were to be used, the least expensive route is to the Gulf Coast and to heavy crude refineries in the USA. No need to move through North Grenville. 4: If a pipeline to the East or West coast wasn’t to be built, there is still sufficient existing pipeline capacity for the next 10 years. Any need for additional capacity can be met cost-effectively by rail to the Gulf Coast, which is where the greatest demand is anyway. 5: The demand for oil is decreasing. Very recently Royal Dutch Shell Plc stated that they see global oil demand peaking in as little as 5 years. This means that the price of oil is extremely unlikely to ever rise again. That means only tar sands projects that are

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Canada apart. White feathers handed out to young men who were not in uniform, pushing them to join up or be labelled as unpatriotic, cowards, unwilling to protect and serve. While others, who agreed that “greater love has no man than that he should lay down his life for his friends”, were, at the same time, unwilling to take another life on behalf of his nation. When we remember, lest we forget, we want to know that young men and women will not be sent from their homes again without their leaders thinking long and hard about the reasons why. Whatever our personal attitude to these matters, surely we are completely united in the hope and prayer and commitment that we will never need to add another name to any cenotaph. Let us continue to honour those who went to serve, whatever we think of the cause for which they went. Whatever the original motivation, once in a battle, they fought for each other. They valued each other as individuals, as brothers. That is how all of them

already built will produce bitumen. In fact, Exxon followed the lead of many others by announcing that it is writing off 3.6B barrels of proven tar sands reserves because the cost of making bitumen is uneconomic at foreseen prices; that and the plentiful higher quality, less expensive oil that is available while the world weans itself off fossil fuels. If you’re not sure about this, ask yourself how many oil trains you’ve seen passing through North Grenville in the last two years compared to how many there were when the price of oil was $100/ barrel. Not many. And why: because of the price of oil and the abundance of higher quality oils from conventional sources. There are so many reasons why the days of $100 oil are long gone. And with it go oil trains through North Grenville. To summarize, Energy East requires that we not Reporter Hilary Thomson hilary@ngtimes.ca Graphics Micheal Pacitto mike@ngtimes.ca 613-710-7104

deserve to be remembered, as individuals, with lives and hopes and dreams which too many of them never had the chance to follow. It is our responsibility to them to ensure that everything possible is done to prevent a repeat of what they had to endure. We need to think, as well as remember, what it is that we are marking on this Remembrance Day and those who went and served. We owe them that.

only be exposed to the risk of spilled dilbit, but also to the risk of diluent by rail. Unlike the dilbit in pipelines, rail “Neatbit” is not explosive and poses very little environmental risk. But it is not one or the other, is it. In fact, it might be both or none: pipelines and diluent trains or nothing. It would appear that the pipeline industry is exploiting our ignorance of the available options with a deliberate misconception of rail transport dangers. So, if the fossil fuel industry wants to ship through North Grenville, let’s demand they do it with Neatbit on new rails; that they build a rail depot, stay in new hotels and put some money into our economy. Then after the bitumen is no longer being mined, North Grenville can be a stop-over for passengers and railway workers using the new age infrastructure that would be the legacy of the fossil fuel industry. Mailing Address 10 Water Street, Oxford Mills, ON, K0G 1S0 Accounting Pat Jessop cfo@ngtimes.ca 613-258-4671

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Founding sponsor for Dog Park by Carl Doucette North Grenville Dog Parks Inc. is extremely pleased to announce t h a t F r a n k H o ff m a n , owner of Canadian Tire, Kemptville, has agreed to be the founding sponsor of the Ferguson Forest Dog Park. Mr. Hoffman is well known for his philanthropic initiatives in this community and we are very grateful for his generosity. The money from sponsorships is critical to the development of the dog park. The Municipality approved the establishment of the Park and the leasing of the land from the Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation; however, they are not able to provide funding. NGDP Inc. must, therefore, raise all funding for the Park. There have been several successful fundraising events, where we’ve seen amazing support from our community. The money raised has paid for incorporation,

Frank Hoffman, owner of Canadian Tire Kemptville, founding sponsor of the Ferguson Forest Dog Park with Carl Doucette

15th Fun Fest Scheduled for December 29 Submitted by Dr. Patrick Babin, Founding Member of the Friends of the NG Public Library As the Christmas come and gone since our (for the convenience of the S e a s o n a p p r o a c h e s , first Fun Fest at the WB very young who need their it behooves us to pay George Building. Two morning nap). a nostalgic visit to the years later we moved An important Children’s Holiday Fun to the Municipal Centre c o m p o n e n t o f t h i s Fest, now in its fifteenth where we remained until popular program has been year. Sponsored by the the new library opened its refreshments. From day Friends of the North doors. During those early one, Giant Tiger has been Grenville Public Library, years, Sue Bergeron and the major provider, thanks the idea was originally the ER Quartet (Dr. John to Ross Muir and Harry promoted by Maureen Evans, Brenda and Chris Haider. The latter, who M c C l e e r y, a f o r m e r Reinkeluers, and George has been involved for at member of the Executive Buys) played a significant least twelve consecutive Committee. She felt role as program organizers years, will be honoured that a musical program and implementers. Once at the Friends of the offered to families between w e r e l o c a t e d t o t h e Library AGM scheduled Christmas and New Years Tallman Program Room, for November 17, 2016. would be welcomed. How Kerry and Susan Badgley, Another major contributor right she was! The 2 to 10 supported by George Buys, during the first seven year olds love it!! volunteered to orchestrate years was Terry Butler It is hard to believe the event which is now at The Victorian Pantry that fifteen years have offered at 10 o’clock A.M. w h o p r o v i d e d d o u g h

which magically, with the assistance of many volunteers, became cookies for those who attended. Peanut free was always the guiding light. Admission to the Fun Fest is gratis although attendees are encouraged to donate a nonperishable food item for the benefit of The Salvation Army. Friends of the Library, appreciative of the role Kerry and Susan Badgley play in relation to the Fun Fest, currently financially support the Sarah Badgley Library Fund for Rural Ontario Children.

seeding of the park, and the costs of promotional material. We must now raise money for fencing the five-acre property, trail clearing in the forest area and composting facilities before the Park can open in 2017. We must also have ongoing funding for maintenance and improvements in the Park. There are four sponsorship levels ranging from $500 to $2000 dollars. Here are some of the benefits of sponsorship: -An initial press release in the local newspapers and on Juice FM. -Recognition with a plaque on the Ferguson Forest Dog -Park sign to be erected on site. -Company logo on all promotional material from NGDP Inc. -Company logo on website (under construction). -Automatic membership to NGDP Inc. ($25 value that includes voting rights at the AGM, the newsletter, admission to talks and information sessions, and more).

Sponsorship packages will be delivered to local businesses in the coming weeks. Individuals wishing to become sponsors can contact the Corporation at northgrenvilledogparks@ gmail.com and we will ensure you receive a sponsorship package. Opportunities also exist to sponsor items for the dog park such as a permanent gazebo and benches to name just a few. Donations are always welcome too! We envision the dog park as a safe place for dogs to run, socialize, and play; and for people that love dogs to gather. Currently there are no public areas where off-leash dogs are legally permitted within the Municipality and, based on the support we’ve seen so far, there’s a deep need for one. Finally, I would once again like to thank Mr. Hoffman for his generosity and all the future sponsors of the Ferguson Forest Dog Park.

The “Spirit of Christmas” Project The North Grenville Times would like to hear from you about what you think makes the holidays so special. We will be accepting artwork, poems, personal stories and also children’s letters to Santa, from now until Christmas. We will publish as many as we can and there will be prizes for the top submissions in both the child and adult categories. HELP US SPREAD THE MAGIC OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON! (prizes to be announced) 10 Water Street, Oxford Mills K0G 1S0 or email editor@ngtimes.ca

Wanted: Photos of your favourite pooch!

North Grenville Dog Parks Inc. is looking for photo submissions to create its 2017 fundraising dog calendar. Submissions are being accepted until November 15 and the 12 winning photos will be selected by NGDP Board members. Winners will be notified by December 1 and receive a free copy of the calendar. Calendars will be on sale before Christmas; dates and locations to be announced in late November. These will make a great Christmas gift for all the dog lovers in your life! All proceeds from the sale of the calendars will go towards the initial costs of establishing and fencing the dog park, which will be open to everyone in the Fall of 2017!You can download the submission form on our Facebook page (https://www. facebook.com/Ferguson-Forest-Dog-Park-618488501649726/) or E-Mail northgrenvilledogparks@gmail.com to receive a submission form. The cost of each photo submission is $5. You can pay by cheque, which can be dropped off at, or mailed to, the Ferguson Forest Centre, 275 44 Kemptville, ON, K0G1J0 Attention: NGDP Inc. You can also pay by electronic transfer to northgrenvilledogparks@gmail.com. Tired Dogs Happy People.

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Canada and the Somme The Battle of the Somme was one of the most bloody and seemingly pointless battles of the First World War. Strangely enough, it was not until April, 1916 that Canadian soldiers were first issued with steel helmets, having to make do with their caps before that. When the Somme offensive began, it was, ironically for the Canadians, on July 1. For decades afterwards, experts debated which side won or lost the battle, finally coming to the conclusion that each had suffered about half a million casualties in the five months it dragged on. Much of the blame for the carnage is laid at the feet of the Commander-inChief of the Allied forces, Sir Douglas Haig. The Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War was quite direct in its conclusions: “Canadian battle casualties at the Somme had totalled 24,029...we cannot close our eyes to the horror of the mass butchery to which the C-in-C’s [Haig] tactics had condemned the troops under his command...At best the five-month campaign that had opened on 1 July with such high expectations had resulted in a costly stalemate.” Thanks to the North Grenville Historical Society for some of the material used in this issue

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REMEMBERING - 150 YEARS AGO The Fenians invade Canada In the summer of 1866, as politicians continued to discuss the terms under which the Dominion of Canada would be created, the Fenians launched an invasion of what is now the Niagara peninsula in southwestern Ontario. The Fenian Brotherhood was an Irish-American organisation dedicated to the liberation of Ireland from British rule, and one branch of the movement planned to invade and hold territory in British North America to force Britain into negotiations on the future of their homeland. The invaders were battle-hardened veterans of the American Civil War, and their arrival on Canadian soil caused widespread panic and confusion. As Fenian threats and dithering American Government responses increased the pressure on the Canadian Government, John A. Macdonald (not yet a “Sir”), called out 10,000 militia volunteers for active service. All of this was being watched with grave concern in this region. Militia groups were called up, including in Merrickville, where the Merrickville Rifles were included in the 41st Brockville Battalion of Rifles. A militia company had been organised in the Kemptville area during the Civil War, with its Drill Shed located at Millar’s Corners, under the command of John Johnston. In 1866, Ambrose Clothier was the Company Captain. Another company was formed in Burritt’s Rapids, led in 1866 by George Shepherd, the Lockmaster in the village. It mustered a Captain, Lieutenant, Enisgn, Colour Sergeant, two regular Sergeants, three Corporals, thirty-six Privates and a Bugler, Alfred Young. There were four Actons and three Weedmarks, and many other familiar family names appear on the rolls. It is unclear whether the Kemptville Company was active at this point, as only the Burritt’s Rapids Company are recorded as answering the call to arms, and one Kemptville resident, William Dickinson, is listed as marching with them. The men gathered Richard Guest’s tannery at the corner of Centre and Henry Streets on March 10, 1866, with full equipment and ready to serve. That winter had been severe and the ice on the Rideau was thick, but clear of snow. The men marched down the river to the Forks at the mouth of the South Branch, and then upstream to Kemptville. The train took them to Prescott, where they joined up with a Company from Merrickville and one from Iroquois to form one battalion. The United Counties of Leeds and Grenville voted the local Militia battalion a special pay of 25¢ per day, in addition to what they were being paid as Militia. The sum of $4,000 was granted to support their families, in honour of the volunteers “who turned out to repel the hoardes of ruffians who threaten to overrun our country and carry desolation and bloodshed throughout the land”. It was to be the last time Canadians died on their home soil defending Canada from invasion.

Above: Canadian soldiers during the Fenian Raid of 1866 Right: Service medal for the raids of 1866 and 1870

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The Kemptville Company of the 156th Leeds & Grenville Battalion photographed outside the Armoury in Kemptville in February, 1916. Seated centre front is Captain T. Ashmore Kidd, who had just returned from Europe where he had been paymaster to the battalion. T. A. Kidd joined the Grenville militia and was commandant of the 56th Lisgar Rifles in Kemptville in June, 1914 when the new Armoury building opened in Riverside Park. He had started the Cadet corps at the High School in Kemptville in May, 1914. With the outbreak of war in August, Thomas went abroad with the First Canadian Contingent and was badly wounded at the battle of Ypres the following year. He held staff jobs thereafter, and was Quarter Master General to Medical Detachment No. 3 at the end of the war. He took charge of reorganising the Grenville Regiment between 1920-25.

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Parents rally to keep Wolford School open Parents, children and local dignitaries rallied at Wolford Public School on Saturday to protest the school’s possible closure come June 2017. Wolford Public School is one of 29 Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) schools in Ontario currently under review, ten of which are located in the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville. The list of schools slated for potential closure was presented in a report approved by the Board of Trustees on September 28, which detailed plans for consolidation as well as a public consultation plan meant to keep communities informed. This spawned the creation of Accommodation Review Committees (ARCs), whose purpose is to gather information with which the board will make its final decision. Christine Pavan is one of the members of the ARC for Wolford Public School. She says communicating with the Board has been very frustrating, as getting information about the accommodation review process has been very difficult. “The Board has set up an email where you can ask questions; but I emailed them four days ago, and I haven’t gotten

a response.” The Board has set two meetings where they will hear from the public about the consolidation plan. At the meetings set for November 16 and January 30, the Board has stated that they will only hear eight presentations, meaning that several of the schools on the list will not have the opportunity to present their case. “It’s wrong that not every school will have the opportunity to present,” MPP Steve Clark said at the rally. Steve says he feels for the UCDSB, which has had to make accommodations for a lack of funding from the provincial government. As of last year, important top-up funding that was provided to help the needs of rural schools was cut. Because of this, 600 elementary schools throughout the province are in danger of closure, which will affect thousands of rural families in Ontario. He also believes that the way the accommodation review process is being carried out is flawed. “They are not taking into consideration the value that these schools have to their communities,” he says. “They’re trying to make it about dollars and cents, numbers and percentage, and that’s not right.” For Wolford parents, the school is a valued and

cherished part of their c o m m u n i t y. I n m a n y families, children, parents and even grandparents have been students at the school. Allan Wilson, who owns a small auto body shop down the street, was one of the School’s first pupils when it opened. He hopes that his 2 year-old grandson, Ryder, will be able to continue his legacy in a few years. “He will be the third generation at Wolford Public School.” Christine says the parents at the school are very involved. It will be much more difficult for them to play a role in their children’s education if they are going to school miles away. Not to mention the hour-long bus ride many of the kids will face if they are forced to attend school in Smiths Falls. “My kids love going to school. All the kids play together and there is no bullying,” Christine says. “It’s not just a school, it’s a big family.” The ARC is getting ready to submit its draft presentation to the Board by the due date of Friday, November 11. The Board will then review the presentations and decide who will be presenting at the two public meetings. A final decision about which schools will be closed will be announced on March 23, 2016.

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Merrickville: Remembrance Day Ceremonies Friday, November 11, 2016 10:00am 12:00pm Merrickville Cenotaph 400 St. Lawrence Street Merrickville.

New arrangements at the landfill site The Municipal Council has now implemented changes to the fee structure at the landfill site on County Road 16. As of last week, the Landfill site will be Cashless Only; Debit will be accepted for payment. As of January 1 of next year, Clean-up Passes will no longer be issued to residents. The new fee structure is printed below. The municipality is committed to the best management of the Municipal waste through education, recycling and proper disposal in order to protect the environment for today and future generations. The Landfill is a Ministry of the Environment licensed facility and operates under the requirements of a Ministry “Certificate of Approval”. Regulations for residents using the landfill site remain as follows: B a g Ta g s : A l l household garbage

entering the landfill must be bagged and tagged. The tags cost $25 per sheet of 10 orange tags for the Merrickville Ward, and $10 per sheet of 10 yellow tags for the Wolford Ward. Non-Bagged Waste: If you are not certain that the landfill will take it, telephone the landfill on the days that it is opened. Entry Permit: In order to enter the landfill, each resident, tenant and business owner must show their landfill (laminated) entry permit. The permit is available free of charge from the municipal office. It is assigned to the license plate of the vehicle entering

the landfill. If you are a contractor or transporting another resident's garbage, you need to complete in-full a contractor's landfill access form. Note: you no longer have to bring the form into the Municipal Office; bring it directly to the landfill. The Landfill is located at 3512 County Road 16, Merrickville. Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, We d n e s d a y a n d Saturday; the schedule may vary depending on Statutory Holidays. Information can be had by calling: 613-269-2987.

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The Watt family of Merrickville The story of the Watt family and their role in both World Wars is quite amazing. James and Eliza Watt had four sons, all of whom enlisted in the First World War. William Lloyd Watt enlisted in the Canadian Infantry, 44th Battalion, and was killed in France on June 3, 1917. His brother, Richard Norman, died in France just over two months later, on August 27, 1917. William was 24 years old and Richard was 27. Their two other brothers survived the war. One of these, Clarence, re-enlisted during the Second World War, along with his three sons. Two of them, Norman Alexander and Alastair Clarence Watt, were killed while serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Flying Officer Norman Watt died on July 1, 1943, when his Spitfire was shot down over England. He was 21 years old. Flying Officer Alastair Watt was killed on March 17, 1945, when his Lancaster was shot down over Germany, just weeks before the end of the war. He, too, was 21 when he died. His father and brother survived the war, although their brother, Corporal Leslie Watt, was badly wounded in France and returned to Canada with a permanent injury to his arm. The sacrifices made by the Watt family of Merrickville are a stunning reminder of the sacrifices made by the people of MerrickvilleWolford in Canada’s wars of the Twentieth Century.

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Merrickville families in two wars In January, 1916, Lance Corporal Stanley B. Tallman, son of the Reeve of Merrickville, sent his father a copy of a newspaper called “The Listening Post” which was being published by Canadian soldiers in France. Corporal Tallman remarked that “he expects soon to be astride a horse again as the cavalry are preparing to give the Hun a truly western cowboy charge one of these days”. Stanley had been a bank clerk before he signed up in 1914 with the Royal Canadian Dragoons, and was later promoted to Lieutenant. He did not survive the war, however, dying of bronchial pneumonia on November 2, 1818, just nine days before the end of hostilities.

Wilmer James Armstrong grew up in Merrickville after his father had become the United church there. After a short career in journalism in Toronto, he enlisted in the Lincoln and Welland Regiment and arrived in France just after D-Day, 1944. Through the campaigns in France, Belgium and Holland, Wilmer was wounded twice, in August and September of 1944, but recovered and returned to duty. He was killed on January 26, 1945 in Holland, aged 25. His widow, Dorothy, later donated a pulpit and communion table to the Merrickville United Church

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North Grenville’s Fallen (Age in brackets) 1914 - 1918

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Major Horace Hutchins 1917 Captain John McDiarmid (40) 1916 Lt. Charles Elwood Oakes (26) 1916 Sgt James Arnold Dillane (20) 1918 Sgt Robert Jay Bennett (26) 1918 Sgt. Robert Percy Barr, DCM (19) 1917 Pte G. Grey No information Pte Edmund Roy Mackey (24) 1918 Pte Harry Johnson Carson (23) 1917 Pte Harold Melvyn Maxwell (19) 1918 Pte Nelson Bazil Laplante 1918 Pte Cyril Douglas O’Leary (23) 1918 Pte Ambrose Arcand (23) 1918 Pte Thomas Augustus Arcand (29) 1918 Pte H. Andrews (22) 1917 Pte John Edgar Arcand (24) 1918 Pte William Algy Stewart Pte Charles Acey Hurlbert (20) 1917 Pte Martin Leo Carlin (20) 1917 Pte John Moran (19) 1918 Pte Thomas James Beckett (22) 1918 Pte Alfred Caley (31) 1918 Pte Ernest Rupert Davie (18) 1917 Pte George Gordon Howey (33) 1918 Pte John Edward McCrum (24) 1917 Pte Harvey Milburn McCrum (31) 1917 Pte E. Hastings No information Pte A. Irvine No information Pte S. Hudson No information Pte Walter Copping (23) 1916 Pte John Arthur Jeffrey (18) 1918 Pte Jesse Humphrey (25) 1917 Pte Archibald McDiarmid (33) 1916 Pte Albert Edward Worles (20) 1915 Pte A. Scott No information Pte Isaac Cooper (35) 1916 Pte John Allan Stewart 21) 1918

Lance Bombardier Henry W. Cowie (21) 1944 Gunner Arthur Stewart Robinson (24) 1944 Pte Donald Lee Crawford 1944 Leading Aircraftman Byard B. Black (47) 1943 Trooper George Joseph Wagner (23) 1944 Pte J. Shearer No information Pilot Officer William Lysle Buchanan 1942 Flight Sgt Harry Lyle Brown (20) 1943 Flight Sgt Guy James M. McElroy (21) 1942 Flight Sgt D. D. Taylor (19) 1941 Sgt Patrick Redmond Roach (19) 1941 Corp. William Harold Edgar Leach (24) 1941 Pte Blake Williamson (23) Afghanistan 2006

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In June, 1916, the Kemptville newspaper published a summary of Canadian casualties since the start of the war in 1914. This was before the Battle of the Somme later that summer, where 24,029 Canadians were killed or wounded.

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75 years ago - The war at home Emergency War Classes for women In 1941, women in the area were encouraged to apply for special Emergency War Classes being offered by the Kemptville Board of Education. But, unlike many classes offered to women at the time, these were not in domestic subjects. The young women were being trained in the use of precision instruments and gun inspection procedures. These involved learning to use Vernier and Micrometer Calipers, capable of measuring to the 10,000ths of an inch. The women studied blueprints, Math and Physics, and were assigned to various locations across the country after graduation. The classes too place in the Science lab at the Kemptville Composite School (later the High School), and were presented by two school staff members, Mr. Briggs and Mr. McKay, who had themselves received instruction at the War Arsenal during their Christmas vacation. The war was bringing many changes to the role of women in Kemptville.

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Private Ernest Rupert Davie Ernest Davie was the son of William and Charlotte Davie, of Oxford Mills, a mail carrier by profession, who enlisted in the 20th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, on December 9, 1915. He was one of the very many young men who went from rural Ontario to die in France, aged just 18, on April 5, 1917. Ernest was of six such men from Oxford Mills to die in World War I. He had attended St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Oxford Mills, and is buried in the Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France.

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Early events: 1838 and the Boer War The British Empire went to war in South Africa in 1899 in an imperial venture to take control of minerals and territory. Opposed by the Boers, descendants of earlier Dutch settlers, Britain put pressure on Canada to send troops, although Canadians had never served outside of the homeland before. Canada was divided over the prospect, and Prime Minister Laurier compromised by agreeing to pay for a volunteer corp to join the war. 7,368 Canadian volunteers and 12 nursing sisters were eventually to serve in South Africa, of whom 89 were killed or died of wounds. Some 252 were wounded, 135 more died by accident and disease. The Canadian War Museum records that “Canadian troops burned Boer houses and farms, and moved civilians to internment camps. In these filthy camps, an estimated 28,000 prisoners died of disease, most of them women, children, and black workers. Civilian deaths provoked outrage in Britain and in Canada”. 32-year old Thomas Michael Griffin of Asa Street in Kemptville enlisted to serve in South Africa on January 8, 1900. He was a farrier by trade, a man who took care of horses’ hoofs and shoes, something that was highly prized in a war in which calvary played a major role. The son of Irish Catholics immigrants who arrived at the height of the Great Famine, He was attached to the Royal Canadian Field Artillery. Thomas was promoted to Sergeant and returned safely home to Kemptville in 1901 to be welcomed in a blinding snowstorm by hundreds of neighbours and Reeve G. Howard Ferguson. He was awarded the Queen’s Medal with three clasps, for service in Belfast, Cape Colony and the Orange Free State.

It appears that in 1837 when the troubles which culminated in the Battle of the Windmill were being fermented, Daniel church in several of his kindred in rebellion formed a branch of the Society known as the Hunter’s Lodges. This was an American organization in sympathy with Canadian rebels. The Lodge in this place was located in the cellar of churches building, where their meetings were held and where the greatest amount of secrecy was observed. It was the intention of those societies, which were formed in different parts of the country, to make a concerted attack upon the country at different points and in this manner get possession of the ammunition and stores of the government. When the time for action arrived church, who was a great friend of Thomas A. Beckett and from whom he had received many favours, came to him in a fit of remorse and confessed the whole plot and gave the names of the members, saying “that while he was breaking his oath he could not bring himself to allow the matter to proceed further without giving him warning”. He also told him that it would be found that all the members would have some plausible excuse for not going to the front in defence of their country when they were called upon to bear arms. Mr. Beckett at once communicated these facts to Mr. Kernahan, Squire Bottum and other loyal residents. A meeting was held and it was decided to send Messrs. Beckett and Kernahan to Prescott on horseback to communicate the information to the proper authorities and receive instructions. When they reached the point a little beyond Spencerville the booming of Canon informed them that the cloud, which had long been secretly gathering, had burst and that hostilities had begun. A little further on they met messengers coming to give warning and look for loyal reinforcements. Together they all returned to Kemptville where they found matters just as church had foretold them. Every one of the Hunters were either sick, had a sore foot or made some plausible excuse for not joining the Loyalists at the front fight the rebels. The real reason was that they were all secretly rebels themselves. They where, however, forced to go at the point of the Bay and it. The result of the engagement we all know. Many of the residents of the village took part in it. It is safe to say that all those who are members of the organization were “marked men” for years afterwards. To prove this fact one incident might be mentioned. The only monument of the incident of 1838 and of those is sympathized with it, or of the Hunters Lodges, that now remains in the town is a fine large stone house which was built by the secretary-treasurer of the organization with the money collected by the rebels for which he calmly appropriated to his own use when the objects of the organization became a lost cause. (From Kemptville Past and Present, 1903)

The house that Rebels built. The house later became the home of Conservative M.P. Dr. Charles Ferguson, father of Ontario Premier G. Howard Ferguson - an ironic twist.

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below. We are the dead: Short days ago, We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, Loved and were loved: and now we lie In Flanders fields! Take up our quarrel with the foe To you, from failing hands, we throw The torch: be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die, We shall not sleep, though poppies grow In Flanders fields

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by Owen Fitz'Gerald William Lysle Buchanan, fondly remembered by all that knew him as "Billie", was born on December 6, 1919. He grew up on the family farm in the Kemptville area and attended both the SS #10 Mills School and Kemptville High School. Billie was well known for his sense of humour. A prime example of that was the fact that he had a pet skunk. He could be seen walking his skunk along the sidewalk on a leash or had it simply perched upon his shoulder. That was the ultimate of Scottish humour. It was rumored that the skunk died of a broken heart when Billie joined the Air Force. In December 1940, one year after his graduation from the Kemptville Agricultural School, Billie enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He trained at Picton, St. Thomas, Malton and finally Brantford, where he earned his "wings." Three weeks later, he was assigned to 418 Squadron and sent overseas, where he joined a Bomber Unit attached to the Royal Air Force. Billie's overseas duty was hectic. On August 19, 1942, his plane was shot down and forced into the sea during a Dieppe Raid bombing mission. The plane broke in two, leaving Billie wounded and trapped inside. He was rescued by a Sergeant Clarence G. Scott of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, who was also wounded during the crash. Sergeant Scott later received the Distinguished Flying Medal for this courageous act by His Majesty, the King, with Billie present as an invited guest to view the Investiture. After several weeks in hospital, Billie was fit for duty and went on to participate in a number of aerial missions and sweeps over occupied territory. On a further mission to France during the night time hours of November 8, 1942, his plane went missing over enemy territory and he was presumed dead on November 11, 1942. Billie Buchanan is Remembered with Honour at the Poix-De-Picardie Churchyard, Somme, France and is commemorated on the former Bradwell Bay Royal Air Force Station Memorial in England; a bronze plaque and memorial tree placed along Veterans Way at the Ferguson Forest Centre; and the south shaft of the Kemptville Cenotaph located in front of the High School he attended.

William Howard Edgar Leach was the son of Martha Leach of Kemptville. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and died on December 22, 1941, aged 24. As far as records go, very little else is known of William. Martha married James Elgin Stewart and died in 1972. She is buried in St. James’ Anglican cemetery in Kemptville. Has anyone any information that would give him back some of his history?

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Construction sites and factories are for women too and boilermaker earns up to $47 an hour, depending on the shift she takes. She listed several other advantages to the trades: · There will be lots of work for many years to come. Some studies estimate Canada is short nearly 300,000 tradespeople. · Since there is a shortage of tradespeople, there are opportunities to travel and work across the country. · Wages in the trades are excellent, and while they may work long hours, skilled workers in the trades can earn six-figure salaries. · The trades offer the freedom to work as an independent businessperson. · There is a variety of interesting work. For instance, welders can work on everything from buildings and bridges to assembly lines in automobile factories. “Plus there is the joy of

Ironworker Jamie McMillan, at right, speaks about the value of the trades at the Women in Trades event on Wednesday morning. Left, is Emma Bothwell, a Grade 7 student at North Grenville District High School. Jamie McMillan says Jamie recommended the school she worked as a construction sites, steel trades as an alternative to the waitress and then a personal factories and automotive traditional paths of college support worker, but became p l a n t s a r e a w o m a n ’s and university, arguing jobs disenchanted with her life. world too. The 43 year-old in the trades offer the same In 2002, she ran into an old boilermaker and ironworker challenges but often with acquaintance, who told her gave the keynote address higher wages than many jobs she was an ironworker and Wednesday at the Women requiring a university degree. recommended McMillan in Trades event, extolling “I want to raise awareness enroll in an apprenticeship. the virtues of the trades to (among these girls) that As an “adrenaline junky,” 500 female students from college and university is walking along high-rise steel the Upper Canada District not the only pathway to a beams on the tenth floor of School Board. Designed for successful life,” she said at buildings under construction students in Grades 7 and 8, the event, sponsored by the was right up her alley. And the event was held at the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship instead of paying tuition North Grenville Municipal Program (OYAP) of the Upper to learn at a college, an Centre to inform female Canada District School Board apprenticeship paid her to learn her trade. It took nearly students about the benefits of and its co-terminus board. the trades in hopes more will The 43-year-old told 6,000 hours of work to get her consider them as a career. her audience that after high ticket, but now the ironworker

Institute, North Grenville District High School, South Grenville District High School, Athens District High School and Thousand Islands Secondary School. An afternoon session attracted another 300 students from the public board. Schools represented in the afternoon session were Rideau District High School, Gananoque Secondary School, Perth and District Collegiate Institute, Carleton Place High School, Almonte District High School, Chimo Elementary School, Duncan J. Schoular Public School, Lombardy Public School, Montague Public School, and Wolford Public School. Another full-day session was hosted by the board on Monday.

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