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TIMES The Voice of North Grenville

Vol. 3, No. 36

September 9, 2015

Experience the harvest, foodie style

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Now in its 6th year, the Kemptville Farmers' Market signature event, MarketPlates , is  a 4 hour wandering harvest festival. With a china plate, fork and napkin in hand, guests stroll from tent to tent listening to live music and tasting gourmet creations made with the very best of our areas bounty from local chefs, caterers, farmers, food artisans and market vendors. MarketPlates highlights the connections between farmer and chef, field and table, farm folks and country folks. Come celebrate the harvest with us!

The goal of MarketPlates is to show where real food comes from and re-establish the connection between the food on your plate and the farm where it was grown or raised. Live music presented by local artists George Buys and The Kemptville Trio lends the whole event a lively atmosphere, as foodies explore the farmers market, while filling up on the best that Eastern Ontario agriculture has to offer. The Kemptville Farmers' Market is pleased to announce their lineup of sponsors who help make this event suc-

cessful and memorable. Egg Farmers of Ontario is the title sponsor and B&H Grocer, the Old Town Kemptville BIA event sponsors. With the assistance of Soapbox Media, Luce Ends and the North Grenville Times, MarketPlates is a local tradition enjoyed by hundreds, year after year. MarketPlates is Sunday, September 13, from noon to 4 pm at the Kemptville Farmers' Market at 200 Sanders Street, Kemptville. Advance tickets are $15 for 10 tasters and are available at B&H Grocer, The Branch Restaurant and Texas

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United Way 4th Annual Spaghettifest Attention all Spaghetti Lovers! On Saturday, October 3, United Way Leeds & Grenville will be hosting their fourth annual Spaghettifest dinner from 5 to 7 pm at North Grenville District High School. Thanks to the hard work and help of United Way and member agencies such as the Kemptville Youth Centre, North Grenville Accessible Transportation and Kemptville & District Home Support, this event is going to be one that you don’t want

to miss. Similar to last year, this year’s Spaghettifest will include a Pasta Sauce Competition, a Cake Raffle and a silent auction. For the Pasta Sauce Competition, professional cooks from the Leeds & Grenville area will be competing to make the ultimate pasta sauce, which will be judged by local celebrities. In addition, the Cake Raffle will have a variety of delicious cakes and cupcakes made by local independent bakers and bakeries for diners to take

home and enjoy. The Silent Auction is always a hit with interesting items to bid on donated from local businesses. Dinner includes salad, spaghetti with the sauce of your choice, drinks and dessert. There is also a glutenfree option again this year! Tickets are $15 per person, or $40 for a family of four, and can be purchased at Kemptville & District Home Support, Kemptville Youth Centre and from North Grenville Accessible Transportation.

Local talented hockey players from the Kemptville 73’s will also be joining in on the fun and serving guests; don’t miss the opportunity to meet future NHL players. Gather with friends and family and come enjoy a delicious spaghetti dinner while supporting local agencies. All proceeds raised at Spaghettifest will go to United Way Leeds and Grenville, to help support the services these agencies provide in the North Grenville area.

RONA raffle winner for the Hospice Kimberly Davidson, owner of RONA/KBC in Kemptville, donated a $500 RONA gift card, which was raffled off on August 28 with all proceeds from ticket sales going to Beth Donovan Hospice. Congratulations to Dale Armstrong of Merrickville, winner of the Rona $500 gift card. Sincere thanks to Oxford on the Rideau Home Health Care, who organised the raffle, and RONA, Kemptville, for their generous donation to support hospice care.

L-R: Kimberly Davidson, Dawn Rodger, Executive Director of Beth Donovan Hospice, Dale Armstrong Sr. and Dale Armstrong Jr.

by Peter Johnson It is hard to argue with the logic that was used in David Shanahan's editorial regarding the not-yet-confirmed departure of a member of municipal council, and the size of that body. It has long been argued that the size of this council has been too small. Increasing it by one or two is not going to be the mostly-huge, ever-too-costly endeavour that they would have us believe. But getting someone to give a sign that they are listening to, or in agreement with, this proposal has been difficult. Secondly, with the possible departure of one of the longest tenured members of council, it would appear that an example of the flexibility of the rules governing municipal governance will soon be seen. The three options that they can use to replace a vacated position are: a) hold a bi-election b) select the person who was next in total September 9, 2015

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Go big or go home number of votes on the most recent municipal election ballot, or c) appoint someone from outside the entire electoral process. Of course, our fiscally responsible councilors will not chose a). Too costly. They have had enough negative feedback over the 6% tax increase...they probably hope to put that type of feedback behind them. Option b) the candidate who was next on the ballot in total number of votes was Deron Johnston. This would seem to be a no-brainer. (the decision, not Mr. Johnston) How can they not choose the next in line by number of votes? He was chosen by the electorate. Ah, but not so fast. Things

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about how many councillors should North Grenville have to optimally represent the constituents. Sometimes making a change for the sake of change is not smart. Conversely, not making a change because change is always seen as bad, is not smart either. This is where common sense is supposed to jump in and help. Whatever decision is made, you can bet there is a great deal of discussion, armtwisting and manoeuvring going on behind the scenes. Let us hope a good ol' Canadian Compromise is agreed upon and we end up somewhere in the middle between the two extremes.

are usually more than they might seem. The councillor in question can take his time announcing his decision. As long as he shows up for meetings just once in three months, nothing illegal has taken place. It just might be that he wishes to keep his options open. He and his family will need to be sure of his possible employment stability. But the utilitarian philosophy of the greatest good benefiting the greatest number of people should guide whatever decision is made; it should be made with the best interests of the municipality at its core. This should be the guiding principle for any and all decisions...even the one

St. James Anglican Church, Kemptville BBQ Supper at Leslie Hall, Friday, September 18. Steak, corn on the cob, salads & dessert. Social hour from 5 pm. Steaks on BBQ from 6 pm. Tickets $25. ( beer & wine additional) For tickets call 613.258.7049

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Home Support draw winners On Friday, September 4, Kemptville Home Support held a special draw. Gord Robins won the first prize, a Kureg Coffee machine. The 2nd prize winner of the $100 VISA gift certificate donated by Grenville Mutual was Jessica Nye. At total of $1007 was raised with the sale of tickets.

Pictured from L-R are Ross Lincoln, Grenville Mutual and Board Members Matt Felker, Henk Wiersma and Joanne Lincoln.

Volunteer training offered for Beth Donovan Hospice submitted by Sue Jenkins Beth Donovan Hospice is actively recruiting volunteers for our fall training session. Volunteers are needed for in-home visiting and caregiver relief. Interested individuals will attend our comprehensive, 5-week training program, and will receive support throughout their volunteer experience. The training is free to participants. Training starts Thursday, September 24, and occurs every Thursday until October 22, 2015, from 9:30 am to 4 pm at the Merrickville District Community Health Centre, 354 Read Street, Merrickville. For more information, please contact: Kealey Dunlop 613-258-9611 x 2, or email

Faceless No More by David Shanahan One of the most disgraceful scandals to hit this country for a long time is not the Senate nonsense, or negative attack ads in political campaigns. It is the fact that we, as a nation, and the current Government in particular, have done nothing serious about investigating why so many young women have been murdered, or gone missing, in Canada since 1980. The fact must be faced that, if these murdered and missing women were from any other ethnic group, there would have been a constant demand for official commissions of inquiry, programs established, task forces mobilised, to get to the heart of the crisis. But these women were First Nations people, and that seems to make a

difference. It is racism of the worst kind, and reflects a more general attitude to indigenous people in Canada, one of which we should all be ashamed. According to an RCMP report released last year, nearly 1,200 aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada since 1980. Although they make up 4% of the Canadian female population, they account for 16% of murders committed in this country. There has been a great deal of activity among First Nations and indigenous organisations across the country to try and keep this issue to the forefront, asking questions, informing the general population of the facts, and raising awareness in political circles. On Sunday September 20, the Brockville Public

Library , Leeds and Grenville Interval House and concerned citizens will gather at the Brockville Public Library from 1 to 4 pm with Gail Gallagher, Senior Manager with Violence Prevention & Safety with the Native Women’s Association of Canada, for a smudging ceremony and drumming circle with Sisters of the Drum, followed by the making of the faceless dolls to help render the murdered women - our mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, friends, fellow citizens and cousins - faceless no more. The organisers are asking that those interested in attending, or knowing more about the issue, will contact them regarding donations, or else feel free to bring supplies to share such as felt, beads, feathers, scissors or anything you want to make

your doll. Brandy Smith, of Brockville Public Library, and Kimberley Wright, of the Leeds & Grenville Interval House, who are arranging the event, have also issued an invitation: “Everyone is welcome to attend; however, we are advising people to use discretion when considering attending the event due to the sensitive and graphic nature of this issue. The murdered and missing indigenous women in Canada is a serious issue, which cannot be ignored any longer.” For additional information contact Brandy at the Library, 613-342-3936 or Kimberley at Leeds and Grenville Interval House, 613-342-4724 ext. 104. brandy@brockvillelibrary. ca; Kimberley Wright,

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Ontario launches New Youth Employment Program Ontario is launching the Youth Job Connection program to provide intensive support and training to young people with multiple barriers to employment. The province will invest more than $160 million over two years to help over 27,000 young people get the skills and training they need to build a better future. Starting in October, the first part of the program will provide paid pre-employment training, job opportunities and mentorship to youth aged 15 to 29 who September 9, 2015

are currently not working, not in school, or not enrolled in a training program. This part of the program will focus on youth who face complex and multiple barriers to employment including poverty, homelessness, disability and mental health. The second part of the program will provide summer, part-time and afterschool job opportunities to high school students between ages 15 and 18 who are facing challenging life circumstances and who may need support transitioning between school

and work. After-school opportunities will be available this October, with summer opportunities available in spring 2016. The Youth Job Connection program is also part of the renewed Youth Jobs Strategy. Ontario is investing $250 million over the next two years to serve up to 150,000 more youth, through Youth Job Connection and other programs. Youth Job Connection builds on the successful Youth Employment Fund, which surpassed its two-year target of helping

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The Long Run by David Shanahan Democracy is far too important to leave to the politicians. The federal election is one of the longest in the history of Canada, and is costing Canadian taxpayers a great deal of money, as we subsidise all political parties for their electoral spending over these long weeks. Aside from the usual costs of an election, we are refunding half of all the money being spent by the parties on their campaigns. In other words, we are helping to pay for all those ads, posters, brochures, offices and buses the political parties are using to persuade us to vote for them. It seems like a legal way to buy votes, doesn’t it? We at the NG Times believe that the people of North Grenville deserve to have their voices heard and this newspaper is open to all to share their views and ideas. In that context, we have decided to set up a special Election 2015 section for the duration of this campaign, where residents can write letters and articles, arguing for and against parties, policies and platforms. “In My Opinion”

will be a place where comment is free and (relatively) unrestricted. Do you have feelings about Stephen Harper and the Conservatives? Do you think that Tom Mulcair and the NDP are potential saviours of Canada? Do you believe that Justin Trudeau and the Liberals are ready to govern, in spite of the attack ads? Are your feelings more along the lines of “a plague on all their houses”, and more in sympathy with Elizabeth May and the Greens? Feel free to argue your case with the people of North Grenville. Brian Lonergan gets the ball rolling this week, with the first of a three-part analysis of the current situation. It’s time that the electorate had a chance to say their piece, other than in Tim Hortons or McDonalds. The Times will stand aside from the content and simply provide the space for the conversation, without comment or favour. Please try not to be libellous, rude, or simply lying to suit your case. That will be dealt with by the editorial staff. The NG Times is putting on an All-Candidate meeting on Thursday, September

17 at the Municipal Centre in Kemptville, with doors opening at 6.30 pm. All four candidates in this riding have confirmed their attendance and there will be time both for short presentations by the four, and for questions from the audience. If you would like to submit a question for any or all of the candidates, you an e-mail or mail them to us here in advance, or submit them at the door on the evening of the meeting. Questions will be drawn at random by the Moderator, but there will be an opportunity for questions from the audience at a microphone also. The full format of the meeting will be published in this paper the week of the meeting. The Times has also been sitting down with the four candidates for a videotaped conversation, a more informal way for residents to listen to them talk about themselves and their approach to politics and the issues facing North Grenville, and the country at large, in this election. These conversations are being posted on our web site at www. and appear shortly after the conversations are recorded. The final one in the

series, with sitting member Gord Brown of the Conservative Party, is being recorded later this week, and will be posted soon. There is a tradition in politics that you remain loyal to your party, through thick and thin. But, as one candidate points out in conversation, political parties should not be treated like hockey teams, to be supported without question. You are being asked to vote for one person only. (This, by the way, is probably the worst version of democratic voting there is, resulting in a completely unbalance representation in the House of Commons. But let’s talk about that some other time!). The issue at play here in this election campaign in Leeds - Grenville, 1000 Island and Rideau Lakes (I have to look up that name every time I have to write it. What a mouthful!) is whether voters are prepared to think about what is best for our community, as well as the nation, and to vote their conscience and their beliefs, not their tradition and party loyalty. I believe that you need to know the person you are voting for

as much as possible. Are they alive to the real world where you live, or do they just spout party ideology, or loyalty to a Leader? Will they represent our interests, or those of their Party, where those two are possibly at odds? The politicians generally suit themselves about most things, and this long, long campaign is an idea that suits some of them, at our expense. So, let’s take it back and use it for our own benefit. Let’s take these remaining weeks and talk to each other about the issues, the personalities and the conflicts. Let’s take back the democratic process and make this a real campaign of debate, discussion and open thinking about what matters to us, as individuals and as a community. The parties may think we’re just fodder to be massaged every few years, but we can, at least for a short time, take advantage of the opening we have in this campaign. Let’s talk to each other about this election. The floor is yours, you have six weeks, beginning now......

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Open letter to our Mayor & Council I’m addressing the “right How is this going to affect to food” phrase in the Food families, marriages? Don’t Charter which Council ad- we think that providers are opted on July 27, wherein the having a hard enough time, first sentence was omitted. even with something so basic Perhaps we need to think as their own images? Let us about this afresh. think about how this must For starters, what must affect them. Isn’t it in effect those of us who are poor or like slapping faces? living in poverty think about Endorsing such a remark such a fundamental, com- will mean that municipalities munal and negative decision? have agreed to devalue and

reject people who can’t afford to buy food for themselves and their families. I think this issue is very serious and should be discussed thoroughly. Strike the divisive phrase down if you want to, but only if it is replaced by Mr. Barclay’s thoughtful suggestion “Everyone needs food”. This sentence is basic, to the point and has a lot going for it. It’s more compassionate, equally strong and probably will find acceptance with everyone. In trust, Shirley Deighton

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Highway 43 revisited by David Shanahan Some recent reports in other places have stated that the proposed widening of County Road 43 has been cancelled due to lack of funding by the Province. This is untrue and has caused some confusion among residents who are concerned about the growing volume of traffic on the stretch of CR43 between the 416 and Somerville Road every morning and evening as people commute to work. The plan to make CR43 a four-lane highway had been introduced to the public at special presentations to Council years ago. It was part of the United Counties County Road 43 Corridor Master Plan back in 2006. An Environmental Assessment for the project began in 2009, and funding was to be provided by the Municipality of North Gren-

ville, the United Counties of Leeds & Grenville, as well as the Ontario Government. However, the plan has not progressed beyond the planning stage since. North Grenville CAO, Brian Carré, wishes to emphasise that the project is far from dead, but must wait for another round of provincial funding announcements before going ahead. “The project met two of the three criteria laid down by the funding process”, he said, “but we were told that other municipalities had a greater need for the funds in this round”. Brian points out that there were hundreds of applications under the funding program from many of the 444 municipalities in Ontario, and it was not inevitable that North Grenville’s would be successful. But he and United Counties CAO, Andy Brown,

for infrastructure funding, the widening of CR43 into four lanes is a project that has to fit into a much bigger provincial financial picture. The Ontario Government has wasted huge amounts of money on cancelled projects, and is also facing severe cuts to the annual equalisation payments it receives from the federal government. These may even be completely cancelled, as the financial situation in Alberta and Saskatchewan worsens and provincial leaders there have threatened to block any contributions to the equalisation process in favour of Ontario. Some of the confusion among North Grenville residents regarding the failure of the recent application for CR43 funding stems from the fact that the project seemed to be a done deal when it was discussed in Council almost a decade ago. There were

are meeting to prepare an application for the next round of funding allocations, using the knowledge gained from the failed application this time around. North Grenville Mayor, and United Counties Warden, David Gordon, stated quite emphatically that the CR 43 widening project “is still a priority at County”, and that we should expect this kind of competition for sharply reduced funding from the province. He noted that provincial funding is drying up in terms of support for municipalities and the Ontario Government is facing serious challenges in dealing with gridlock in the Greater Toronto Area, which will require massive investment in infrastructure in the coming decade in order to avoid a complete breakdown of the highway system running across the city core. Given such competition

plans showing roundabouts, crosswalks, newly designed junctions, etc., and the thrust of the presentations seemed to suggest that all was plain sailing, that the funding was secure from all three partners. But, as Mayor Gordon points out, “there’s been a financial crash since”, and this has curtailed any major infrastructure initiatives. However, both David Gordon and Brian Carré point out that the funding process requires that completed plans be ready to implement as soon as the funding is secured. The CR43 plan is “shovel-ready”, and now we’re just waiting for the final piece of the puzzle to arrive in the form of provincial dollars. The process, they say, is not dead, just delayed; but reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

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Subject: Open letter to the Mayor, Council, senior staff of the Municipality of North Grenville, and the local media regarding Maplewood Hall in Oxford Mills. From September, 2007 to 2013, the Oxford Mills Community Association (OMCA) managed the use of Maplewood Hall on behalf of the Municipality of North Grenville. This arrangement was covered by an agreement between the OMCA and the Municipality under terms whereby the OMCA would act as a committee of the council, which in general was designed to provide cover for any liabilities associated with the use of the building through the council. In December of 2012, the board of the OMCA began discussions with the Municipality in anticipation of renewing the lease at the end of term, September 30, 2013. In February of 2013, the Municipality declared the lease agreement insufficient as it was becoming increasingly onerous (costly) to provide the necessary insurance for community activities. The OMCA ceased taking bookings for the Hall while it attempted to secure its own liability insurance. The loss of income and the subsequent premium for three months of liability insurance proved costly to our volunteer-driven community association. Subsequently, the term of the agreement expired September 9, 2015

and since September 30, 2013, the OMCA has largely retreated from providing community activities in the Hall until new arrangements can be made. The Municipality has taken over responsibility, at no insignificant cost increase, for renting out the building. Meanwhile, in early 2015, after extensive informal discussions with and substantial (moot) support of councillors and the Municipality, the OMCA submitted an Expression of Interest (EOI) in purchasing Maplewood Hall in order to regain control of the building and to resume offering the Hall for community use at more reasonable rates. The intent was also to take care of the building, thus reducing the cost and liabilities to North Grenville taxpayers when the Municipality managed the building. Said EOI was “acknowledged” by Council, but no commitment to either move on this offer, or indeed to even discuss the offer, has been made since then. In fact, the Council is delaying any such discussions until they are ready “to discuss all North Grenville assets” (which we believe means all remaining heritage buildings) at some indeterminate time in the

future. The OMCA sees no reason why Maplewood Hall cannot be dealt with in its own right, at least as far as the EOI is concerned. At the OMCA’s Annual General Meeting of the OMCA in May 2015, it was decided to press for a decision by the council on the EOI, by the end of September 2015, in order for the OMCA to re-engage fully as we move towards arranging the 2016 calendar

year events in the village. We a r e t h e r e f o r e requesting that the council deal with this matter with more urgency and respond to the OMCA by September 30, 2015. If the response is negative, whereby council does not agree to sell Maplewood Hall to the Oxford Mills Community Association, we request that the Municipality provide specific reasons why the response is negative, so that the OMCA can respond to


those reasons. We further request the support of our local community and the media to press for a decision. Respectfully David Habberjam Maplewood Purchase Committee On behalf of the Oxford Mills Community Association Board of Directors

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School buses are back As the new school year begins across the province, it is time for motorists to pay greater attention to the movements of school buses at appropriate hours of the day. Throughout Ontario, more than 824,000 students travel on school buses every school day, and drivers should be aware of the expected increase in pedestrians, cyclists and school buses, and give themselves extra commuting time. Students travelling back to school after the long break may forget many of the

safety rules required for safe travels. Chief Superintendent Daniel Redmond Commander, East Region OPP, asks motorists: “Please be aware of our children as they return to school in the coming days. That extra attention you provide will help us keep our children and roads safe”. Ontario passed Making Ontario’s Roads Safer legislation in June, clarifying that a school bus is the only bus that may be painted chrome yellow to be easily identified.

The Highway Traffic Act states that: “Motorists encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. [Section 175(11)] Drivers failing to stop for a school bus can be fined up to $2,000 and six demerit points for a first conviction. The minimum fine for failing to stop is $400. This applies whether you are meeting or

following a school bus, and includes multi-lane roads. (The only exception is for traffic driving on a road with a median, coming from the opposite direction. Such traffic is not required to stop.) Be prepared to stop for a school bus at any time, not just during school hours. Stop when the bus is stopped and its upper red lights are flashing. Never pass a stopped school bus with its red upper lights flashing -- it's against the law. Leave space around school buses so children can

get on and off safely. Slow down, drive with extra caution and watch for children in school zones. Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and school crossings. Parents can help by reminding children to stay alert and watch for other vehicles when getting on or off school buses. When the first snow falls, drivers have to adjust to different driving conditions, moderating speed, being aware of icy conditions and re-calculating stopping distances. When the first school

buses appear on the morning roads, there is a similar need to readjust our thinking. There is no valid reason to overtake a school bus that has stopped to pick up children. Being late for work is far better than being responsible for the injury, or even death, of a child or teenager. We trust school bus drivers with the lives and safety of our children. Don’t make their job harder, or more stressful, by treating them with less than the greatest respect.

Kemptville Afterschool Program needs volunteers Big Brothers Big Sisters of Leeds and Grenville is offering a new and exciting program to the children of South Branch Elementary School and Kemptville Public School. The Afterschool Program is a huge success in Prescott’s Wellington Elementary School, and the Agency is now offering it to the kids in the Kemptville area. The Program focuses on promoting health and wellness, fosters peer relationships, and builds self-esteem. The curriculum will consist of free play for the first portion of the day, and then we have a nutritious snack where the kids can learn about healthy eating, followed by arts and crafts, or a science experiment. We cap the day off with physical activity. We will be at Kemptville Public School on Tuesdays and South Branch on Thursdays. The Afterschool Program is a great way for children to be mentored by responsible adults while learning valuable skills and making new friends! In order to make this program a huge success, we are calling upon members of the community to volunteer once or twice a week. The volunteers would need to be available between 3:20-5 pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays, which will begin at the end of October. Volunteers will be safety trained and learn the best strategies to working with kids. This is a great opportunity for high school students interested in a career working with children, looking to complete their community service hours, or for those who live in the community that are looking for a way to give back. Visit to register as a volunteer, or drop by the office at 285 County Rd 44, located inside the Municipal Centre. Why not start something BIG and volunteer with the Kemptville Afterschool Program!

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Weekday lunches are a family affair Submitted by Marie Traynor RD, Registered Dietitian/ Public Health Nutritionist Fixing lunches can be a family affair. The more involved the children are in choosing and making lunches, the more likely they will be to eat them. Try to give them several healthy options to choose from and, as you well know, they will be watching to see what you put in your lunch bag! You are their greatest influence. Allow children to help by putting snacks into containers, stuffing pitas, or stacking sandwiches. They will start to learn food skills that will last a lifetime. Check out the website for age-appropriate kitchen tasks. Preparing food together provides an opportunity to chat. You might even have a con-

versation about food and food marketing with your children using food packaging as a place to start. Older children can learn to read labels. Check out label-etiquetage/understanding-comprendre/interactivetools-outils-interactifs/labeletiquette-eng.php Food skills also include safe food handling skills. So role modelling can really help them learn. For example: • Always wash hands before handling food and use clean food containers and work surfaces. • Wash all fruit and vegetables - even the products marked “prewashed”. • Reheat hot foods in the morning, then keep them hot in a thermos.


Keep cold foods cold by using an insulated lunch bag and a freezer pack, or a frozen container of water. • If perishable foods come back home: foods like meat, fish, poultry eggs or milk products, do not reuse them, throw them out. • Learn about your school’s food allergy policies. Go to and search for the food safety resource entitled “Pack a Safe Lunch for Your Kids” To speak with a Registered Dietitian at no cost, Ontario residents can call, toll free 1-877-510-5102. For more nutrition information go to and

UPCOMING MEETINGS COUNCIL Monday, September 14 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre. For agenda information, please contact the Clerk’s Office or visit the Municipal website. COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE Monday, September 21 at 6:30 pm in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre. COMMITTEE MEETINGS Economic Development Committee – Friday, September 18 at 12:00 noon at the Municipal Centre.


A United Counties of Leeds & Grenville Household Hazardous Waste Day will be held on Saturday, September 26th from 1 pm to 4 pm at 720 County Road 44. For more information, please visit


A Rabies Clinic will be held on Wednesday, September 16 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the North Grenville Fire Station, 259 County Road 44, Kemptville. Dogs and cats must be on a lease or in a carrier. CASH ONLY - $20 per animal (HST included). For more information, call 613-345-5685 or 800-660-5853.


A reminder that the final tax due date for all property classes is Wednesday, September 30.

OPP BBQs raise over $10,000 for local charities


The regular Thursday BBQs at the OPP detachment offices on CR44 have now come to an end for this summer season, and the good news is that they have raised a combined amount of more than $10,000 over the course of the season. The OPP issued a statement which read, in part: “Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police would like to thank all the sponsors and loyal customers for making this 15th year the most successful OPP Charity Barbeque”. A special thanks to all the sponsors who supported the BBQ through the season: Royal LePage Gale Real Estate, Dr. Brennan, Jim and Fran Thompson, Friends of NGAT, Total Move Management, Lockwood Brothers Construction, Friends of the Library, Lafarge Canada, Tallman Truck Centre, G. Tackaberry & Sons Construction, Jonsson’s Independent Grocer, B & H Grocer and W.O. Stinson’s & Sons. The OPP Christmas Charity Barbeque will be held on Thursday, December 3rd with all proceeds going to the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign. This event will be sponsored by Royal Lepage Gale Real Estate. The last barbeque of the season was sponsored by G. Tackaberry & Sons Construction with $1,126.00 being donated to Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Last Thursday Pat & Kim Kennear, Bruce Paterson, George & Rosemary Richer, Carl Payne with Tammy Dobson cooked up a storm and fought off the smoke for a hungry lunch crowd as Joanne & Linda pose with a happy smile. With your help the crew raised $2,501.00 for this worthwhile cause.

George Tackaberry with Gerald Tallman were among the patient line-up while Mark McDonald, Kevin Tackaberry, Peter McGrath flipped the burgers & rolled the hot dogs with Tammy Dobson and Rose Mordy overseeing the festivities. See you in December..... September 9, 2015

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Registration is on-going for fall programs including First Aid/CPR Training, Babysitting Course and Taekwondo. Register in person at the Municipal Office during business hours or make after hours arrangements by contacting the Recreation Coordinator at 613-258-9569 ext. 123 or at


Daytime Skating: Adult: 9:00 - 10:00 am; Family: 10:00 - 11:00 am Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays Evening Skating: Public: FRI 6:30-7:50 pm Family: SAT 6:00-7:20 pm

The Municipality of North Grenville 285 County Road 44 PO Box 130 Kemptville, ON, K0G 1J0 Tel: 613-258-9569 Fax: 613-258-9620 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

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Election 2015 In my opinion.....

During the current election campaign, residents of North Grenville are invited to have their say about parties, policies, platforms, or whatever is on their mind relating to the coming vote. The NG Times does not necessarily endorse or support any views expressed in this column.

Abuses of Political Party Discipline in Canada’s Parliament by Brian Lonergan Party discipline is a mechanism used to have members submit to the will of party direction, rather than act as individuals. The member is urged by the whip to support the party line and, in some cases, may be punished for not doing so. The penalties for breaching party discipline can be grave: members may be refused party funds and organizational support during election campaigns; they may be passed over for promotion to Cabinet; denied decent office accommodation and staff; overlooked for positions on parliamentary committees; denied the opportunity to ask a question during Question Period; and, in extreme cases, may be expelled from the caucus. Subsequently, the Party leader may go so far as to refuse signing the dissident's nomination papers in an upcoming election. Canada's parliamentary system elects members to Parliament to be their electors’ voices. In practice, MPs are more likely to represent the voice of their political party than that of their constituents when their vote is directed by party whips. Many observers state that Canada’s government really is more controlling and less tolerant of dissent than most other democracies in the free world. Party voting discipline did not always prevail in Canadian politics. Often, the primary aim of a sitting member of parliament was to be on the winning side of an issue in order to solidify their individual position with constituents. This role has changed drastically over time, particularly during the last few decades. Straying from the party line often occurred during Canada's history but has happened more frequently with parties that held large majorities in parliament. More recently, with the advent of several minority governments, members who dissent from the party line are seen as violating the party's aims, spirit, and goals. In sum, an individual voting against his political party is seen as going against the party's common beliefs and September 9, 2015


ultimate goal of having its program passed intact when they are the governing party. Political leaders also exercise this control to prevent opposition parties from approaching their members on an individual basis. There is a fear of members walking across the floor to join an opposition party when they do not toe the party line. Thus, tight voting controls over party members are seen as essential to the majority party's control of the legislature. The advent of tighter discipline has resulted in individual abuses, and many backbenchers have become ineffective in carrying out their mandate to constituents. Many fear that Political Party disciplinary abuse will continue to grow unless real change is made in Parliament regarding the role of backbenchers, in whatever political party they represent. There are also instances where it's not just the governing party that is abusing the disciplinary process. When Bruce Hyer voted in favor of abolishing the long-gun registry a few years ago, the Thunder Bay-Superior North MP knew of the

consequences when Interim NDP leader, Nycole Turmel, warned he would be "punished" if he voted against the party line. Hyer maintained he had no other choice as he had promised his constituents to vote against the gun registry bill. After the vote, Mr. Hyer and NDP MP John Rafferty, who also voted to end the long-gun registry, lost their positions as critics and were barred from making statements in the House. Mr. Hyer quit the caucus soon after, despite incoming leader Thomas Mulcair’s decision to overturn the ban and allow him to speak in the House again. Subsequently, he quit the NDP and crossed the floor to sit as a Green Party member. At present, there is a strong case for relaxing party discipline in Parliament. First of all, it would do much to mitigate voter cynicism. The level of parliamentary debate would be raised, enhancing public credibility, thus making MPs appear more accountable to the electorate. The introduction of the free vote has gone a long way in making an individual member of parliament more self-reliant, and more free votes are called for.

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Let’s Connect… Thank you to everyone for your support over the past two years! I’m excited, even a bit intrigued, to see what the future holds for KDHSI. Until next time… Susan Susan Smith, Executive Director Kemptville & District Home Support

"Happy we who can bask in this warm September sun, which illumines all creatures..." Henry David Thoreau must have been talking about this beautiful weather! It is such a treat on this long weekend to be on my veranda ‘chatting’ with you, putting thoughts into words on my laptop. Labour Day marks the start of the school season. It has been fun to see all of the activity in the local stores with back to school shopping. This time of year always excites me with new school supplies displayed, and the thought of new books to open. School is the place to talk about new concepts and ideas, and depending on which level, to be able to openly debate. It is also the place that we reconnect with friends and make new ones. This excitement is also true

for me at work. It has now been two years since I started at KDHSI as Executive Director. It has been such a great time getting to know so many amazing people. The whole community has been welcoming and helpful, from the staff, clients and volunteers, to the other organizations in the community, local businesses, our local media, and community members. The Board of Directors has been very supportive, and the board meetings have been a wonderful place to discuss issues, new ideas, and make plans. This week, the activities are back in full swing at KDHSI. The new activity room has been a great addition. The Alzheimer Society has booked in a series of monthly educational sessions, the first Friday of the month, starting October 2. Fall wreath-making workshops are

scheduled for September 16 and 19. Please call us if you are interested in attending, as numbers are limited. If there is enough interest, a Christmas wreath-making workshop will be scheduled. And, as always, we are interested in your ideas for activities. There is also going to be a hearing clinic scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, by appointment. This is a service provided free by the Hearing Society. This is not a hearing test, or a check for wax impaction; however, it is a wonderful opportunity to have a confidential meeting with Angela to discuss anything related to hearing. As someone who has worn two hearing aids for well over a decade, I know there can be a lot of challenges with hearing loss. Having met Angela, I highly recommend making an appointment.


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Great speaker at last week's meeting of Youngsters of Yore was George Gouthro who enlightened his audience with his favourite topic: namely, genealogy. An amazing hobby, requiring years and years of research! Job well done!! September 9, 2015


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Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute celebrates with Victorian Tea!

Local Festivals and Events can find funding The Government of Ontario is now accepting applications for Celebrate Ontario 2016, a program designed to support festivals and events across the province. The program provides grants to support new and on-going events that attract tourists and boost visitor spending. This year, the province funded a record number of festivals and events across the province, including Hamilton's James Street Super Crawl, the Kirkland Lake Homecoming and Hot Docs in Toronto. Every year, festivals and events support tens of thousands of jobs and generate millions of dollars in revenue. Between 2009 and 2013, Celebrate Ontario recipients reported a 25% increase in visitors, or 6.2 million people across the province, and an increase of $1 billion in visitor spending. Since 2007, Celebrate Ontario has helped more than 1,700 festivals and events across the province. Michael Coteau, Ontario’s Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, said on launching the new application process: “Ontario’s festivals and events draw tourists to our communities, create jobs and boost local economies.

BMWI members in costume:From Left to right, standing: Jillian Wainwright, Susan Jenkins, Linda Desroches, Marion Streight, Joan Tensen, Jeanne Lambert, Liz Streight, Catherine Johnson; Sitting: President Sheryl McKim, and Secretary Tricia Habberjam

The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute has been celebrating 30 years of community involvement this summer! The celebrations included a very successful Victorian Tea on Sunday, August 30. Over 50 people were served delicious homemade sandwiches, squares, scones with Devonshire cream and jam as well as, of course, tea! Many of the recipes were from The Heritage H o u s e Vi c t o r i a n Te a Cookbook. The members of the BMWI have been planning this event since the spring and the community hall was decorated beautifully with Victorian era décor and flowers. A portrait of Queen Victoria (on loan from the Brigadoon Restaurant) completed the decorating. WI members served the

guests in period costumes that were rented from the Brockville Museum. It was a warm and beautiful day and some guests travelled from as far as Smiths Falls and Ottawa. Other activities of many of the BMWI members include a very successful fundraiser held in the community in August. Linda Desroches organized and hosted the evening and over $600 was raised for Pancreatic Cancer Canada. The next meeting of the WI will start with a tour of the Kemptville Youth Centre and finish at the home of one of the members on Thursday, September 17. Plans for October are in the works and the meeting will be held at Bayfield Manor. The WI has been documenting the history of the village and encouraging

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positive change. The Bishop’s Mills Women’s Institute holds monthly meetings and welcomes new members interested in meeting their neighbours and getting involved in their community. For information about attending local meetings, please contact President Sheryl McKim 613-9262472 or Jeanne Lambert at If you are interested in finding out more about WI, see the provincial organization’s website: .

I’m proud of our government’s ongoing commitment, through Celebrate Ontario, to help festivals and events grow and thrive so they can continue to showcase our

province in new and exciting ways.” The deadline to apply for Celebrate Ontario 2016 is November 4, 2015 at 5 pm.

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Younsters of Yore, 1:30 pm, Library Program Room. Guest speaker: Bev Illaugh, laughter. Oxford-On-Rideau Bird Club Sale at South Mountain Fair Grounds. Doors open at 9 am. For more info, call 613-258-2080. 2nd annual “Where to Ride” in Ferguson Forest Centre, starting at 10:30 am from the parking area at the main facility buildings, 275 County Rd 44. For information, email Market Plates, 200 Sanders Street, 12-4 pm. Tickets (for 10 tasters) available at B&H Grocer, The Branch Restaurant and Brewed Awakenings. Advance tickets $15, on event day $20. Kemptville Folk Club at The Branch Restaurant, 7 p.m. For more information, contact Peter Johnson at 258-2795. Kemptville Horticultural Society meeting, 7:30 pm, Kemptville Pentecostal Church. Presentation: Highlights from the 2015 Philadelphia Flower Show. St. James Anglican Church BBQ Supper at Leslie Hall: Steak, corn on the cob, salads & dessert. Social hour from 5 pm. Steaks on BBQ from 6 pm. Tickets $25. For tickets call 613.258.7049. MS 50th anniversary of Leeds Grenville Chapter dinner. Brockville Memorial Centre. Reception 5 pm, Dinner 6 pm. Entertainment. Tickets $50 per person, table of 8 $400. For info contact Margaret Mohr, 613-258-2626, or Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre Yoga in the Forest: a meditative walk in nature, led by Gayatri of the Bodhi Tree Yoga Centre. Lower your stress level with a silent walk through the trees. Meet at Anniversary Park at 10.30 am. More information: call Monica at 258 6544. Kemptville Legion Euchre Tournament. Registration from 6 – 7 pm. Cost $10 per person. Games starts at 7 pm. Heritage Rally. Visit North Grenville Historical sites, Dinner, Music and prizes. $25 per person. To register, call 613 276 6095 or go to Kemptville Legion Roast Pork Dinner/Dance. Dinner 6:00 pm, dance to follow. Music by This Old Heart and the Country Comrades. Tickets: Lorena 613-258-9065 Advance: $15/ person, at the door: $20/ person. Kemptville Folk Club at The Branch Restaurant, 7 pm. For more information, contact Peter Johnson at 258-2795. United Way Spegettifest, 5-7 pm at the North Grenville District High School. Tickets $15/person, $40/family of four available at Kemptville District Home Support, Kemptville Youth Centre and NG Accessible Transportation Kemptville Legion Craft Sale 9:30 am– 2:00 pm. Tables $15.00. Call Lorena for reservations 613-258-9065. Vendors welcome

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40. Decipher 41. Poster color 43. Demesnes 44. Extreme cruelty 46. Gave temporarily 47. Religious splinter groups 50. Property claims 53. End ___ 54. Dowel 55. Narcotic 60. Boorish 61. Decorative 63. Indian music 64. Give temporarily 65. Coral island 66. Anagram of "Lyme" 67. Unique 68. Hemp cords

DOWN 1. Taps 2. Pang 3. Cold-shoulder 4. Female chickens 5. Viper 6. Tavern 7. Beginning 8. Kitchen set 9. Wise one 10. Organized 11. Dimwit 12. Swelling under the skin 13. Snouts 18. East southeast 24. A tree fruit 25. Arm of the sea 26. At one time (archaic) 27. Destiny 28. Strong and sure 29. Backwash 31. Terminates 33. Notions 34. Egghead 36. Cast a ballot 37. Biblical garden 38. Where a bird lives 42. Control surface on a plane 43. An uncle 45. Indicate 47. Pungent Indian dish 48. Normal 49. Shelf 51. French for "Name" 52. Lance 54. Game on horseback 56. Within 57. At the peak of 58. Story 59. L L L L 62. One or more




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BNI Networking Group Breakfast, Grenville Mutual Insurance Building, 380 Colonnade Drive, 7- 8:30 am. Call 613-918-0430 for more information. Bridge- St. John’s United Church, 12:15 pm. Cost $4. "All levels of bridge players welcome. Come discover Duplicate Bridge. "Info, contact Sandra at 613-258-2691. The Branch Artisans Guild, North Grenville Community Church, 2659 Concession Street every 3rd Tuesday, 7 pm. New members welcomed! NG Photography Club - first Wed. of every month from 7-9 pm at the Auditorium of the Municipal Centre from Sept. to June. Check our website for more information on outings and upcoming events. Klub 67 Euchre every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month beginning September 9th; 1:15 p.m. St. John's United Church downstairs. Everyone welcome, $5.00. Bingo- First and third Wednesday of the month, Kemptville Legion. Games start at 1 pm. All welcome. Refreshments available. Klub 67 Euchre every second and fourth Wed. of the month, 1:15 pm, St. John's United Church downstairs. Everyone welcome, $5.00. Bridge - St. John’s United Church, 6:45 pm. Cost $5, partner preferred but not necessary. For more info, contact Sandra at 613-258-2691. North Grenville Toastmasters - Meeting 1st & 3rd Thurs. of the month, 7 pm at O’Farrell’s Financial Services, Cty Rd 44. Info, call 258-7665. 2nd and 4th Friday Every Month, 6-10 pm Twice The Fun Games (206 Prescott Street) is your host for Game Night. Bring your favourite game or borrow one from our library. All ages welcome! The Kerith Debt Freedom Centre. Confidential coaches will help you get out of debt and stay out of debt. Free, open on the 2nd and 4th Sat. of the month from 9:30-11:30 at the NG Community Church. Appointments can be made at or by calling 613-258-4815 x103. Kemptville and Area Walking Group, Municipal Centre - Early birds: 8 am, others 8:30 am. Contact: Eva 258-4487.

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First 10 words are FREE for North Grenville Residents. Extra Words: 50 cents a word. Email SERVICES Stucco & Parging Services, also specializing in repointing & chinking. Free estimates. 613.818.5187 SNOW REMOVAL: stairs, walkways, small driveways, roofs. Call Al 613.258.3947 or 613.295.0300 REGAL GIFTS, call or email for Christmas Catalogue 613.258.5558 gilliantrojan@ Music Instruction, guitar, banjo, ukulele, group singing and more. Your place or mine. 613.720.3531 PIANO LESSONS for everyone. All styles, all ages. 613 324.0382 SEWING: Weddings to alterations at Stonehouse sewing. Call Sharon 613 234 3182 Rural Home Care servicesAffordable, personal, professional & experienced care for your loved one. 613.868.0356 FREE DRUM LESSON!!! Professional drummer offering FREE trial obligation! 613 298 5913 HANDY MAN specializing in renovations & house staging. We do it all CALL 613.294.2416 MESS “S.O.S.!” Free monthly articles straight to your inbox! You Name It, I Can Sew It. Call Rhonda at 258-5248 NEED A NEW ROOF? GOT A LEAKY ROOF? Over 15 yrs owner/operator, subcontracting. Free estimates Work Guaranteed call 613 294 2416 MR & MRS CLEAN residential/ commercial cleaning., 613867-2184 HOUSECLEANING- Every working Mother and Father needs a House Wife. Sandi 613-2197277 Fencing and Deck Specialist, Renovations 20 yrs experience Brian 613 215 0805 Property clean-up, trees/brush/yard waste, scrap metal, dump runs, anything re-

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moved. Call Wayne Scott at 613 286 9072 Complete Home Property Clean up: house cleaning, dump runs, etc. Call Al’s Clean up services 613.258.3847 613.295.0300 Rock My House music lessons in fiddle, piano, drums and more. 613 258 5656 Handyman/Contractor with years of experience. No job too big or small. Unlimited references, call for free estimate 613.791.8597 YOGA for everyone. Wed and Thurs., at YIG. Call 258-9902 AVON. Are you looking for Avon products, call Joan- 613-2587644 FOR RENT Commercial space for rent 513-b Prescott St. All Inclusive $750/month, Available Oct. 1 613.794.3551 Old Town Kempville 10 Prescott Street Commercial retail space 690 sq. ft. available Imm. 613.295.0552 2 bdrm, 218 Prescott, quiet bldg, no smoking, incl. parking, heat, hydro and water. Sept. 1, $1250. Call 258 0849 Old Town Kemptville, 113 Prescott st. Commercial retail space, 1,878 sq. ft. avail. imm. 613.295.0552 Old Town Kemptville 28 Clothier St. Commercial retail space 650 sq. ft. avail Oct 1st 613.295.0552 Renovated Ground Floor Office 1,900 sqft, 200 Sanders St. Kempt. 613.795.2389 One Bdrm Apartment, No Pets, NON SMOKING, $700 + utilities 613 220 5014 Kemptville, 512 Clothier, 2 bedroom apartment in a seniors building, $863 + utilities, no smoking, no pets. 613 294 6819 Old Town Kemptville 10 Prescott St. Commercial retail space 800 sq. ft. 613 295 0552 2 bdr upper level of duplex in downtown Kemptville, 4 appliances/parking/water incl Call 613 296 5906


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SIZE NINE, COMES WITH A SNEAKER AND PULLS A LITTLE TO THE LEFT. SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY 613 258 3537 ASK FOR ED 2011 John Deer Tractor JD 2720 Tractor, JD 46 Backhoe with 16 & 9 buckets, JD 200CX front end loader. Used only 123 hours for personal landscaping, no winters. Asking $27,500.00 or OBO. 613.215.0674 Mahogany & Glass deep cabinet in 2 sections 6’ tall 6’ wide approx 613.859.4644 Two person Sofa by Decor Rest $350. OBO 613.258.5547 19’ Glastron runabout, OMC 200 1/0, trailer, accessories, $4,500 613.258.3260 Paugan Falls craftsman built15’ canoe. As new. $1200 ono. Call Bill Wallace 613.258.6544

Some of you may have asked what the big deal is about local food. Well, if you’d like to know where your food comes from, if you’d like to know who makes it, and if you’d like to know what’s in it, then you might have an interest in local food. If you’d like to support local businesses, local farmers, see more jobs created locally and see your money stay in North Grenville, then you might have an interest in local food. There are several hurdles on the road to a strong Firearms Licenses: CFSC & CRFSC & Exams or 613-258-6162. Steve CLASSIFIEDS: First 10 words free if submitted by email. Extra word 50 cents, photo $10, border $2, shading $5. Submit to Email must include name, address and phone #. Must be related to North Grenville and be paid in advance by paypal!

Quality Grass Horse Hay 4x5 rounds Jon 613.227.3650 Washer & Drywer matched set, fridge white, clean $110.00 pair 613.869.8759 Firewood-Hardwood cut, split and delivered, $100/cord, Min. 3 chords. Call Peter at 2585504 or 613-913-0810 Firewood-Mixed hardwood $100 per cord delivered. Call John at 613-227-3650

HELP WANTED Laborer needed, for construction company Driver’s licence not required, Residents of Kemptville Only Call 613-894-5210”Y EXPERIENCED SERVER WANTED, drop off resumes in person to Sandy Row Restaurant & Golf Club 10668 Sandy Row, South Mountain GARAGE SALE HUGE GARAGE SALE, Saturday, Sept. 12, 8am 2295 Bedell Rd. Kemptville


local food movement in North Grenville. Once these hurdles have been overcome, North Grenville’s access to cheaper, safer, and healthier local food could increase greatly. With that in mind, the future use of Kemptville College could go a long way towards securing a strong local food movement. One of the hurdles for local food is there aren’t enough local producers. There are a number of local producers, but some choose to sell their products elsewhere. A large number of local producers are necessary to entice food buyers to buy local food. Consumers want a wide selection of food products, so more producers means more variety. Food buyers also want to pay a reasonable price. Some ways to ensure reasonable prices are: to have a healthy amount of competition (a number of producers with similar products), or have a local market board set the prices, so that a few producers can’t dominate the market and possibly set higher prices. Using the example of buying four-litre bags of milk, many different stores sell milk these days, so it has created intense competition to the point that most stores have to sell their milk below cost, in order to be competitive. This shows that the market (consumers) are able to influence the price of milk through competition by buying where the cheapest price is. Another of the hurdles to a strong local food movement is that some producers need specialized equipment and commercial kitchen space to process their food. For those who want to process the products they grow, there is no local facility to do that. Few producers can afford to buy commercial kitchen space, and the equipment required to

process food; it’s simply too expensive. The Two Rivers Food Hub in Smiths Falls is one option, producers can rent commercial kitchen space to process what they grow. However, not everyone wants to travel to Smiths Falls to do that. If we had commercial kitchen space for rent at Kemptville College, it would go a long way towards helping local producers process their food here in North Grenville. Yet another hurdle for a local food movement is that producers have very few options about places to sell their products in North Grenville. A few local stores, like the B&H, are supportive of local food; but the biggest opportunity might lie with the Kemptville Farmers’ Market. However, one local producer said that he (and possibly others) doesn’t sell at the farmers’ market because he believes that the market hours are too limited (the market is open Sundays 12-4 from May to October) and that four hours once a week is not enough time to sell what he needs to, in order to make it worthwhile financially. He believes that the market needs to expand, not only the number of hours it’s open on Sundays, but also the number of days it’s open each week. Building on that idea, why not also consider the possibility of expanding the market from an outdoor-only market to include an indoor market from November to April at Kemptville College? Surely there would be both a suitable building and significant provincial and federal grant money available to support something like that. If local food were a part of the future plans for Kemptville College, it would go a long way to getting us closer to creating both a strong local food movement and a stronger local economy.

ROCK MY HOUSE Music Lessons in Fiddle, Piano, Drums and more. 613-258-5656.

PUBLIC NOTICE HUNTING LECTURE! “Train Your Dog to Track Wounded Big Game” Thursday, September 10 – 7-9 pm Roebuck Community Hall Join the Friends of Limerick for a presentation on training your dog to track and find wounded big game by John Jeanneney from New York State. FREE ADMISSION and refreshments! This is part of the Limerick Forest 75th Anniversary Celebration Series. Contact the Forest Manager at 613-342-3840 ext. 2416 for further details.

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DEVRIES ELECTRIC INC. Since 1986, Devries Electric has been serving Eastern Ontario, from Kingston to Cornwall, and Ottawa South to the St. Lawrence River. Devries Electric is a family-owned and operated business, which began with Jeff and one truck. It has grown over the years with the addition of his son Kurtis, and seven employees. In recent years, they have added multiple pieces of equipment to serve a wide range of needs, as well as the continued expansion of their pole line, and utility construction work. Specializing in the Agriculture and Commercial sectors, Devries Electric is equipped for anything, from new construction, and emergency response, to plant and farm automation. Devries Electric is located at 21 Precision Drive, in the South Gower Business Park.

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MEET THE CANDIDATES in the Federal Election, 2015 •

The North Grenville Times presents an All-Candidates Meeting at the Urbandale Arts Centre, North Grenville Municipal Centre, on Thursday, September 17, doors open at 6.15.

All four candidates will be in attendance to speak on local and national issues, and to answer questions from North Grenville residents on the subjects that matter to them.

There will be a meet-and-greet in the lobby before the meeting begins. The event will start at 7pm and we hope to have everything wrapped up before 10. Questions for the candidates may be submitted to the NG Times in advance by e-mailing; or by Canada Post to Box 35, Oxford Mills, Ontario, K0G 1S0. Watch conversations with the candidates on our web page:

Enter to win the first annual Yes you...”Can”! Food Contest Calling all Picklers, Canners, Bakers and Value-Added Product Makers…do you make a relish, jam or cookie (or any other value-added local food product) that is the best? Are you ready to see if everyone else agrees? The Two Rivers Food Hub is happy to announce the first annual Yes… you “Can”!Food Contest. The competition closes Friday, September 11, 2015, and winners will be announced as part of the Lanark County Harvest Festival on September 13 at 3pm, at Beckwith Park. Home canners, farmers, and professional food processors are invited to enter for a chance to win a 5-hour food-production experience at the Two Rivers Food Hub in Smiths Falls. This includes full access to our inspected fully-equipped commercial kitchens and consulting time with the food hub staff on how to take your product to market.

Compete in any of three categories: ‘sweet preserve’, ‘pickle’ or ‘other’ (‘other’ includes any local food based value-added product including dried, fermented, baked, etc.); one winner will be chosen as the ‘overall winner’, taking home the grand prize. The staff and board members of The Two Rivers Food Hub will carry out judging for the three categories with the ‘Best Overall’ winner being selected and awarded by a panel of Harvest Festival volunteers. Entrants must be from the Counties of Lanark or Leeds Grenville and have a product which incorporates local ingredients, and which they are interested in taking to market. Products must be delivered to one of the following locations no later than 4 pm on Friday, September 11, 2015: Two Rivers Food Hub, Gallipeau Centre, 361 Queen St, Smiths Falls; Lanark County Administration

Building, 99 Christie Lake Rd, Perth; The Granary, located at 107 Bridge St. Carleton Place; The Branch Restaurant, located at 15 Clothier St, Kemptville. “This contest provides a great opportunity for local food makers to expand their current production and share their amazing product with new markets. The Two Rivers Food Hub makes it easier to grow beyond a small, home based business, increase production and introduce your food to a network of consumers that want local products. The demand for local food has never been greater.” comments Marie White, Lanark County Tourism Manager. “We hope to introduce more producers to the equipment and facilities newly offered by the Two Rivers Food Hub”, Bruce Enloe adds, “and encourage local producers to grow and expand in order to meet the demand for local food.”



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Fire Service raise funds for MD

Seen in the photo is long time dedicated firefighter Bill Kinnear. Our local heroes continue services for people with neuto answer Muscular Dystro- romuscular disorders. Firephy Canada’s ‘911’ call for fighter fundraising events are assistance by raising funds part of Muscular Dystrophy and awareness to support Canada’s ways to raise awarepersons with neuromuscular ness about these disorders disorders. Firefighters are and get entire communities Muscular Dystrophy Cana- involved. MD is actually a range da’s largest network of supporters and have been raising of muscle diseases for which funds since 1954, when the there is no known cure. First Muscular Dystrophy Associa- identified in the 1860's, a tion of Canada was founded. number of strains of the disThe funds raised help provide ease have been noted since research and much needed then, and various therapies

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The North Grenville Photography Club

and management protocols have been developed to help those with MD to cope with the disease. The North Grenville Fire Service would like to sincerely thank all the residents of North Grenville who generously donated to MD during last Friday’s Boot Drive, which raised a whopping $9,690.17 in just four hours! The effort involved is exemplified by Bill Kinnear. He has been a loyal member of the North Grenville Fire Service since 1972, fighting fires and passing the boot for Muscular Dystrophy for 43 years and counting. On Friday he stood at the corner of County Road 18 and Hurd Street for four hours, accepting donations on behalf of MD while greeting and thanking folks with his usual big smile! This community can be, as always, proud of our Fire Service and its members, who are always willing to go the extra mile for the people of North Grenville. We thank them all most sincerely.

Perennial Hibiscus in its second year of growth in my garden. There have been between 15 to 30 blooms on any given day in the last week. I have counted over 200 this year. The diameter on each bloom almost covers a 10” dinner plate! Photo by club member Sylvia Vezina.

Bring Your Horse & Let’s go Riding! Sunday, September 13, 2015, 10:30 AM The North Grenville Ferguson ForestTimes Centre

Bring your horse & let’s go riding!

is Locally Owned and Operated

Join the Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre for the 2nd annual "where to ride" ride. DO This YOU is a 1.5HAVE - 2 hour led ride only allowedthe on established around green spaces and roadways at a walking pace. WATER PROBLEMS?... vehicle roads within the FFC Participants areparkexpected to wear appropriate safety gear and and not on trails. Please WE CAN horse & vehicles havetrailers horses thatatare comfortable in a FIX groupTHAT! setting. Horse & the main facility buildings, riders encounter vehicular traffic, cyclists, joggers, dog 275 Countymay Road 44. Horse • WATER SOFTENER from $20/month owners are required clean walkers and tomaybe the odd deer or fox. The tour leader will • IRON/SULFUR REMOVER from $25/month up any manure, shavings highlight points of interest along the way, especially where or hay from the parking lot • DRINKING WATER SYSTEM from $20/month before leaving the as area. horses are only allowed on established vehicle not to ride For information, email chairroads within the FFC and not on trails. Please park horse trailers & vehicles at the main facility buildings, 275 County Road 44. Horse owners are required to clean up any manure, shavings or hay from the parking lot before leaving the area.

ride around the green spaces ers may encounter vehicular Sunday, September 13, For information, and roadwaysemail at a walking traffic, cyclists, joggers, dog 2015, 10:30 AM pace. Participants are exwalkers and maybe the odd Ferguson Forest Centre Join the Friends of the pected to wear appropriate deer or fox. The tour leader Ferguson Forest Centre for safety gear and have horses will highlight points of interthe 2nd annual "where to ride" that are comfortable in a est along the way, especially ride. This is a 1.5 - 2 hour led group setting. Horse & rid- where not to ride as horses are


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