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Residents call on council to reverse Jigs Hollow pit Plenty of condemnation heaped on Woolwich officials over decision to settle rather than fight project STEVE KANNON

Wellesley Mayor Ross Kelterborn and councillors Herb Neher, Jim Olender and Paul Hergott got together Thursday afternoon to decorate a float for the Christmas Tyme in Wellesley Parade on Dec. 14. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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Woolwich councillors want some legal advice before considering residents’ impassioned plea to reverse their decision to support a gravel pit in the Winterbourne Valley. Making a Hail Mary bid to overturn both Woolwich’s settlement agreement and an OMB decision, residents turned out at Tuesday night’s council meeting to condemn officials for failing to protect the public interest. Last month, the township signed off on a deal with Kuntz Topsoil, Sand and Gravel to permit an aggregate extraction operation near Winterbourne and Conestogo. Less than two weeks later, the Ontario Municipal Board gave the go-ahead to the Jigs Hollow pit. Kuntz, in partnership with Preston Sand and Gravel, expects to extract

up to 150,000 tonnes of gravel each year from an 89-acre site at 125 Peel St. The company may also import up to 30,000 tonnes of asphalt and concrete for recycling, as well as topsoil for screening and resale. The inclusion of recycling at the site especially enraged residents, as the deal overturned a council decision in June that specifically prohibited that practice. “You have treated us, the citizens, like fools. Your concern all along has been for Mr. Kuntz,” said Winterbourne resident Isabel Price, calling the process “a total sham.” Rather than defend the interests of residents, she said, council acted in secret against the public good. “You hid behind closed doors and tell the public nothing. There was no defence of the residents – JIGS HOLLOW | 5

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Woolwich to hike water rates 5.88%, wastewater 6.3% Big increases continue trend of shift to fully-funded user-pay system for water and sewers STEVE KANNON Woolwich residents will be reaching deeper into their pockets next year when they want water from their taps. They’ll be digging deeper still to flush it away. The township plans a

5.88 per cent increase to its water rates and a 6.30 per cent hike on the wastewater side. The increases approved this week by councillors bring the cost of water to $1.61 per cubic metre, up from the current $1.52, while wastewater charges

which provides the water and treats the sewage, director of finance Richard Petherick told councillors. The region plans to hike water rates, which account for 60 per cent of Woolwich’s costs, by 6.9 per cent. For wastewater, the planned increase is 7.9 per

go to $2.02 per cubic metre from $1.90. Users will be paying $16 to $22 a year more for water and $22 to $29 more for wastewater, based on typical usage. Most of the increase is due to higher rates from the Region of Waterloo,

cent on costs that amount to 68 per cent of Woolwich’s budget. While the township has tried to temper those aspects of the budget it controls, the bulk of the expenses simply get passed through, said Petherick. Huge increases have

Taking Christmas to heart The festive season is a really big thing for Wellesley's Marilyn Hartung, as visitors will attest WILL SLOAN If the houses in Christmas catalogues existed in reality, even they could hardly rival Marilyn Hartung’s Wellesley bungalow. Every year on November 1, Hartung begins a onemonth process of covering every spare portion of her house with as many Christmas trees, gingerbread houses and Santa dolls as space will allow. “It’s just a magical time of year,” said Hartung. “My sisters, they don’t decorate like I do, so they’re always handing me boxes and saying, ‘Oh here, add this to your collection.’” The decorations continue outside, with a Candy Cane Lane driveway and all manner of decorated gazebo and inflatable Santa Claus. “At night, of course, it’s magical, because all the lights are on, the candles, and the outside the gazebos are all lit up,” she said. Hartung’s love of the season began in childhood, when her mother put on lavish holiday celebrations for her and her sisters. “We were four girls, and we always got a doll, and she made all our clothes for us – all the dolls clothes and our clothes were handmade. We’d string popcorn and we’d string cranberries, and help her make chocolates out of mashed potatoes.” This season, Hartung

Wellesley resident Marilyn Hartung’s Christmas table is modeled to resemble a 1914 banquet. has been providing tours for select visitors to collect donations for the Woolwich Community Services’ food bank.

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“We feel so lucky to have as much as we have. There are so many unfortunate people that don’t have anything at Christmas. My

Lucky visitors will also be in store for some seasonal showmanship. Hartung’s dining room is decorated in the style of a 1914 Christmas banquet, with artfully-arranged turtle soup, pineapples and pudding with surprise ingredients (“If you got a thimble you would be a spinster, if you got a ring you would be married”). Meanwhile, the living room is designed to replicate Elvis Presley’s Graceland mansion, and is covered in Elvis Christmas memorabilia. The King’s Christmas perennials, especially “Blue Christmas,” play on endless loop. Elvis impersonators have even been known to drop by for private performances. And, in the kitchen, Hartung keeps a glass of milk and plate of cookies on the counter, should the Jolly Old Elf ever be tempted to visit early. Mercifully, she changes the milk regularly. For now, Hartung prefers to keep her Christmas house tours by appointment only. Still, requests for visits come at an ever-increasing rate. “People hear about it – you know, word-ofmouth – and people say, ‘can I come?’”

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Province sees 2015 as start date for Highway 7 project ELENA MAYSTRUK Talked about for the past four decades, a new Highway 7 connecting Kitchener and Guelph could become a reality in 2015, the timeframe for construction recently confirmed by the province. The news was welcomed with open arms by the region’s business community, said Ian McLean, president and CEO Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, who thinks it’s about time for a move forward. “We’re very pleased. It's significant progress … it’s moved into the 10-year capital budget for the Ministry of Transportation. In fact, it’s in the front three years, which means, from a budgeting perspective it’s more likely to happen than not,” he said. Ontario approved the highway in 2007 and now the provincial government has moved the highway into its five-year construction plan that was released last month. The Cambridge, Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo chambers have been advocating the change for a number of years through HWY 7 | 10

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and alcohol are not considered to be factors in the collision. Waterloo Regional Police continue to investigate the accident. They ask potential witnesses or anyone with information to contact the Traffic Services Branch at (519) 650-8500, ext. 8856.

A pedestrian was killed at the intersection of Lobsinger Line and Bell Street after being struck by a car on December 12, at approximately 5:23 p.m. Francis Reitzel, 75, of St. Clements was pronounced dead on the scene. A 38-year-old St. Clements man was driving eastbound on Lobsinger Line towards Bell Street when his vehicle, a 1991 Honda, struck Reitzel as he was attempting to cross the street. The driver was not injured and speed

Woolwich to protect ditches from filling If you’ve filled in the roadside ditch that runs in front of your property in Woolwich, you may find it dug out

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Police service looking to boost the ranks of its auxiliary corps of officers The Waterloo Region Police Service Auxiliary Unit is looking for a few good men and women to fill several positions in their auxiliary unit, launching a proactive recruitment campaign to mark a busy year. 2012 saw 75 current auxiliary officers contribute more than 15,000 volunteer hours by participating in various events, parades and public education initiatives, a record for the police

service. Currently auxiliary officers are involved in the Lock It or Lose It crime prevention program and the Stuff a Cruiser toy drive. New recruits accepted into the program will receive two weeks of training and must wear a WRPS auxiliary uniform while on duty. The deadline for interested applicants is December 30. Instructions are available on the WRPS website.

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was charged with a turn not in safety. There were no students on the school bus at the time.

8:00 AM | A 60-year-old Elmira man driving a school bus was making a left turn onto Three Bridges Road when the front of the bus came in contact with a 2003 Mini Cooper driven by an 18-year-old St. Clements woman. The Mini sustained moderate damage, the school bus minor scrapes. The bus driver

again when the township gets around to repairs or upgrades to the roadway. Council this week adopted a municipal ditch alteration policy that lays out that intent. Director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley said the township does not intend to seek out those who’ve already filled in ditches without authorization – and there are many – but wants to prevent more of that going forward. In cases of road works, any ditches found to be filled in will be restored, as a drainage system is a crucial component to maximizing the life cycle of a road.

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The driver of the pickup told police he had issues with steering. No charges were laid.

11:00 PM | A Snyder Avenue, Elmira resident came home to find the garage door of the home open. Six nail guns, a circular saw and an electric level, valued at $4,000, were missing. Police say the thieves left a small switchblade on the floor of the garage. The investigation is ongoing. DECEMBER 8

2:10 PM | A 61-year-old Cambridge man driving a 2004 Ford pickup was travelling on Northfield Drive, where he was about to make a left turn onto Line 86 but changed his mind and continued straight, colliding with a 44-year-old Kitchener woman driving a 2011 Honda van. There was moderate damage to both vehicles. No charges were laid. DECEMBER 10

3:12 PM | A construction area on Norwich Drive in Breslau was broken into. The thieves entered an unlocked garage and stole a gas heater, a Skil saw and a light. The investigation continues.

12:30 PM | A 47-year-old Cambridge man driving a 2001 GMC pickup lost control of his vehicle and collided with a 2009 Chevy parked on the side of Ebycrest Road near Breslau. There was minor damage to both vehicles.

A $411,000 surplus leftover from Woolwich’s 2011 budget, largely the result of money earmarked for capital projects that didn’t go ahead, will be channeled into reserve funds, council decided. Some $184,000 will go to the capital budget contingency reserve, while the remaining $227,000 is earmarked for the infrastructure reserve fund. A $124,000 surplus in the water operating program will find its way to the water reserve fund. Meanwhile, a deficit of $227,000 in the

4:44 PM | Thieves broke into a house on Bridge Street by kicking in the front door. They went through the house and took an iPod Nano, various bottles of liquor and pieces of jewelry. They also took a faded green pillowcase from the house likely to carry the items, police say. The investigation is ongoing. 5:00 PM | A silver scooter was found on the front lawn of a Herbert Street home in Elmira. The rightful owner can claim the scooter at the Elmira detachment. 10:38 PM | The driver of a Dodge CXT stopped on a red light at the intersection of Oriole Pkwy and Arthur Street in Elmira and proceeded to turn south onto Arthur Street when he was struck by a northbound tractor driven by a 71-year-old West Montrose man. There was moderate damage to the pickup and minor damages to the tractor. No charges were laid.

operating budget will be covered with a withdrawal from operating contingency reserve. And $190,000 deficit in the wastewater program draws on the wastewater reserve fund. As well, councillors dealt with $447,300 in unexpected revenue from its ownership stake in Waterloo North Hydro, allocating half to the operating contingency reserve and half to the infrastructure reserve fund.

Shingle program will continue Regional council voted last week to

continue to support the shingle diversion pilot program with an increase of $183,390 for an additional 3,000 tonnes of shingles projected to be received and diverted from the landfill to the end of the TRY Recycling contract in February 2013. The pilot diversion program began in March 2012, with more than 7,200 tonnes of shingles being diverted from the landfill at the end of October 2012. Current estimates predict approximately 8,500 tonnes of shingles will be diverted by the end of February 2013. The program is used by homeowners and roofing companies of all sizes.

Woolwich user fees get boosted for the new year STEVE KANNON Doing business with the township, from hitting the ice at an arena to building a new home, will cost you more next year. Most fees and charges are slated to go up by 1.5 per cent, in keeping with the general tax rate increase set last month by Woolwich council. A few remain unchanged, while those related to the fire department will rise by 2 per cent and cemetery fees will increase by 5 per cent, reflecting a study of fees in surrounding municipalities. Meeting Tuesday night, councillors passed the new charges with little debate. Rate hikes for ice rent-

als have proved the most contentious is recent years, but there was no discussion of the topic, nor were any of the user groups on hand to discuss the changes. Having this year shifted the schedule for primetime ice rentals, a de facto price increase, and imposed rate hikes well above inflation in previous years, 1.5 per cent represents the smallest change in some time. The new arena fees, which will go into effect as of next August, see primetime ice rentals at the Woolwich Township and Jim McLeod arenas rise to $199.41 from $196.46 and to $204.79 from $201.76 at the Dan Snyder Arena. The rate for affiliate USER FEES | 10

JIGS HOLLOW: Woolwich to seek legal advice about the possibility of reversing its decision money in the OMB legal process, refusing to spend in the public interest but having no problem paying $50,000 to pave the road leading into the gravel pit despite standing to receive only a pittance in royalties. She, too, noted that most of the decisions were made away from the public, including the reversal of the prohibition on crushing cement and asphalt to be trucked to the site.

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you gave us nothing.” Conestogo resident Della Stroobosscher dismissed council’s claim it was acting in the best interest of the township in capitulating to the gravel pit applicant. The public, she said, made its position clear in voting out a “pro-aggregate council” in 2010. Instead, the township wanted only to save some

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Calling into question the OMB process, which marginalizes the public in favour of industry, she said the blame for allowing the recycling lies solely with the township, as such operations fall outside the provincial Aggregate Resources Act. “Do the right thing and fix what you have broken before this becomes an even more costly mistake.” By refusing to protect the

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CPAC continues to have qualms about cleanup deadline Chemtura says it can meet 2028 target; company looks to improve communication with neighbours STEVE KANNON Concerned about Chemtura’s ability to clean Elmira’s contaminated groundwater by the 2028 deadline, an environmental watchdog group wants the company to act more aggressively. The Chemtura Public Advisory Committee also wants the chemical producer to pay more to help it monitor the process, saying even the province isn’t doing enough. In a presentation to Woolwich council December 11, CPAC chair Dan Holt said it could be decades before the aquifer under Elmira provides drinkable water again. “There are only 15 years left until the deadline for complete remediation of the aquifer, and all signs indicate that the goal of clean water will not be met. At the earliest, we can hope for clean water from the aquifer in another 35 to 40 years,” he said, arguing the company must remove that contaminants at source rather than relying on a pump-and-treat protocol to remove contaminants from the water. “These contaminants can and do last for hundreds of years, and if they are left in the

ground and aquifer, why would anyone believe that they will suddenly stop making our drinking water toxic?” Chemtura has been using a pump-and-treat process to remove a pair of toxins – NDMA (nitrosodimethylamine) and chlorobenzene – from the former drinking water aquifers underneath Elmira. Discovery in 1989 of the carcinogenic NDMA precipitated the water crisis in Elmira, leading to the construction of a pipeline from Waterloo, which supplies the town with water to this day. An MOE control order sets out the company’s responsibility for dealing with the contaminants in the municipal aquifers, with a deadline of 2028. Although acknowledging the company must make changes to its processes in order to meet the deadline, Chemtura officials say the goal is achievable. They attended Tuesday’s council meeting, but did not make a presentation. In a later interview, plant manager Josef Olejarz said an aggressive schedule will be put into place “Our intention is to meet the deadline. We have no reason to believe we won’t meet the deadline.” A report completed by

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Chemtura consultant Conestoga-Rovers & Associates and tabled at last month’s CPAC meeting indicates current pump-and-treat rates should be increased by as much as 300 per cent, new wells should be drilled and the company should look at the injection of additional chemicals to neutralize contaminants at their source, among other proposals. For Holt, the report raises a host of questions, including the impact of

pumping much larger volumes of water out of the aquifer, that must be answered before the company goes ahead with any of the recommendations. Outside of treating the aquifer, some of Holt’s other comments regarding Chemtura rankled officials. His claim that the company had failed to receive a Responsible Care designation following a December 4 onsite visit, for instance, was countered by Dwight Este, regional environ-

ment, health, safety and security manager, who said a decision has not yet been made. He also pointed to comments about the public relations firm hired by Chemtura, Sussex, as being part of the Responsible Care direction to increase the company’s engagement with its neighbours, not an effort to help Chemtura with its image, as Holt said in his presentation. The company is trying to regain a Responsible

Care designation from the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada, which didn’t renew in the previous review in part due to the way the company communicates with the public. “As a company, we are committed to the principles of Responsible Care,” said Este. Chemtura expects to present its some of its revised roadmap for getting to the 2028 deadline at the next CPAC meeting in January.

Woolwich approves plan to convert Breslau property into three lots STEVE KANNON A large residential lot in Breslau will become three, as Woolwich council this week approved a zone change application for a property at 116 Woolwich St. The decision clears the way for the eventual severance of the rear portion of the property to create two new building lots. Meeting Tuesday night, councillors approved Linda Pletsch’s application to rezone the property to R-4A from R-1 to permit greater density. Now the property may be converted into three lots, with the existing home remaining on the largest portion, fronting on Woolwich Street. Two new, smaller lots would front on

Joseph Street. The smaller lots, with 50-foot frontage, would tap into water and sewer lines from the neighbouring Riverland subdivision, putting them on full municipal services. The current home will continue on private services, with a well and septic system. Addressing concerns raised by a neighbour during last spring’s public meeting when the zone change was first proposed, director of engineering and planning Dan Kennaley said grading changes to the new lots won’t have a negative impact on the property at 21 Berlin St., which backs onto Pletsch’s land. While a considerable amount of fill will be need-

ed to bring the lots up to the level of Joseph Street, a drainage plan will ensure water runs away from Snyder-McKee’s property, and existing vegetation should be enough to maintain privacy. “The amount of privacy that will continue to exist will be acceptable,” he said. Questioned by SnyderMcKee’s son, Darren Snyder, Kennaley said a home built on the closest lot would likely be set back about three metres (10 feet) from the property line, admitting a two-storey house could have windows that offer a view of the neighbouring yard. It would be “unreasonable,” however, to limit construction to a one-sto-

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Students at Breslau Public School enjoyed the spirit of the season during Wednesday morning’s Christmas pageant. Left, Keira Caverley and Emma Lawley sing a song for a crowd of parents. Right, Mariah Zervos sings while using a cup as a percussion. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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On-farm business north of Elmira proposes to expand STEVE KANNON Business is growing at D.M. Horst & Sons, and so are the farm implements they deal with. Looking for more space, they want to build a new workshop and increase the size of the onfarm operation to cover 2.5 acres of the 72-acre farm, up from three-quarters of an acre today. To get there, the company needs a zone change from Woolwich Township. Its application was the subject of a public meeting Tuesday night in Woolwich council chambers. Located at 4921 Arthur St. N. on a farm owned by Vernon Horst, D. M. Horst & Sons is a farm implement repair and sales operation. Started in 1979 by their parents, today it’s run by Vernon Horst and his brother James. The business has been operating from a workshop on the property since 1982, said

Bob Black of RBA Planning Consultants. A 1,500-square-foot workshop in part of the drive shed currently houses the repair shop. Given that the size of farm machinery continues to grow, the existing space is too small, said Black. The owners plan to tear down a rundown barn on the property and replace it with a 10,000-sq.-ft. repair shop/office/storage building. The current workshop would be returned to use as a drive shed. The bulk of the property would continue to be used for crops and a livestock operation, he added. The applicant’s representative was the only person to speak to the proposed zone change. No decisions were made, as councillors will discuss the matter at a later date when planning staff has reviewed all input and completed a report.

Bringing a little warmth into the lives of those in need WILL SLOAN With the temperature plummeting as the holidays approach, the area’s needy could use a little help keeping the elements at bay. At St. David Catholic School, Grade 11 student Cody Petrosino continues to spread some muchneeded warmth. Petrosino began his Winter Warmth clothing drive when he was a Grade 5 at St. Boniface Catholic School in Maryhill, and has continued ever since. He estimates that this year’s drive has collected two vans’ worth of coats, scarves, hats, gloves and boots so far, with plenty more to come as partner schools collect

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Park Manor students work together in charitable Coats for Kids project

Santa to make appearance in Alma before heading out on Christmas Eve journey

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For the second year running, Grade 7 students from Elmira’s Park Manor Public School are collecting coats and donations for Woolwich’s needy. These students are now in the final days of their second Coats for Kids drive, collecting gentlyused winter coats to be donated to Woolwich Community Services. These coats will be distributed to families who cannot afford to purchase their own “There are kids less fortunate than us, and we have the ability to help them,” said Riley, one of the young fundraisers. “We’re grasping that opportunity, and we want to make a difference.” Park Manor’s Coats for Kids initiative was conceived last year by Jacob and Saxon, two Grade 6 students who pitched the idea to the school’s principal. “They had put together a slideshow or business plan, I had no idea” said Helen Searles, Jacob’s mother. “They’ve done exceptional work with it.” Beginning in October and lasting until December 7, the students solicited donations from classmates, parents and community members. Stephanie Zimmermann, a student teacher working at Park Manor for the semester, agreed to be their adult supervisor.

It’s a hectic time to be Santa Claus. From the pressure of finalizing the naughty-and-nice list and the reindeer’s tiring training regimen to the demands of Mrs. Claus and the elves, these final weeks leading to Christmas always put a strain on his famed jolliness. Though it comes just 24 hours in advance of his big

Grade 7 students from Park Manor PS bring the warmth with teacher Stephanie Zimmermann. “A lot of the teachers and parents were very eager to volunteer,” said Zimmermann. “The students needed a little more persuading, so I volunteered that if we raised 100 coats, I’d dye my hair blue, and the top-raising class would get to do my makeup.” They eventually collected 92 coats – not quite the goal, but still 13 more than last year, and enough for Zimmermann to make good on the face-painting pledge. “I had a unibrow, a beard … just wonderful. And I walked around the whole day like that. “They wanted me to sleep outside or shave my head,” she added. “I was like, ‘Hmm, let’s try some

other one…’” For the second year, the students have gained a key corporate partner. On December 15, they will sell cotton candy at the Walmart store in St. Jacobs, using equipment and ingredients supplied by the store. The group will use the money raised from the cotton candy sale, as well as the more than $200 raised from school, to buy specially-discounted coats. If the students are unable to meet last year’s tally of $600, the store will donate the difference. Saxton said the store has been “Amazing. They’ve supported us all the way.” With the fundraiser not quite over, the students are

day, the 29th annual Alma Santa Claus Parade will find St. Nick in fine form. But doesn’t Santa have a bag to pack and toys to wrap? “Alma’s a very special village, and Santa knows that the little kids find it hard to be good for a long, long time,” said volunteer Sharon Grose. “So he always puts us on his schedule PARADE | 11

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already setting their sights to next year. “We’re definitely going to look at our mistakes for this year, and try to fix those things,” said Hannah, a Grade 7 student. “Making more announcements, and giving people a lot more notice before we start it.” Other plans include sending letters to all the school bus lines to encourage donations throughout Waterloo Region. Still, the students have been gratified by the community’s generosity. “With any fundraiser, it’s always hard to get everybody involved,” said Riley, another student. “But the people who you know care, they’ll definitely try, and they’ll make an impact.”

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WATER: Rates will continue to rise as province

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ant, the trend is reason to worry about increases with no end in sight. “Can we expect this kind of increase every year? It’s getting fairly large,� she said of the rates imposed on residents who use municipal water and sanitary sewers. Mayor Todd Cowan, township’s representative on regional council, said the increases represent costs due to over-zealous

regulations and expensive capital projects that have to be paid for by users. As well, the region’s efforts to reduce water usage have been so successful that revenues are down considerably, ironically requiring residents to pay more for using less. The goal, however, is to put off yet more capital projects, including a longdiscussed pipeline to the Great Lakes. Pointing to a much smaller expense in the 2013

water budget, Coun. Allan Poffenroth questioned the need to spend $60,000 on consultants to tell the township how much it should be hiking fees. “We can’t figure that out ourselves?� The consultants are needed, said Petherick, to determine the state of the current infrastructure, what improvements need to made, how much it will cost and how much higher rates should be to cover those costs.

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the provincial Chamber, and McLean finds the move forward to be refreshing after decades of stagnation. Another encouraging note, he said, is the unanimous call for action on this project from Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic parties during the Kitchener-Waterloo byelection in September. The new route would take some pressure off of Ontario Highway 401, and would increase local trade between the tri-cities and the city of Guelph, McLean said.

“Locally I think it will have some positive effects, more broadly across the province I think it does connect the GTA with southwestern Ontario.� The current two-lane Highway 7 is one of the busiest of its kind in Ontario and the new project is expected to significantly ease drivers’ commutes. According to the Ministry of Transportation’s West Region representative Liane Fisher, the new highway will do what the existing route cannot: “Meet the requirements of long-term growth in the Region of Waterloo.�

So far, 17 of the 134 properties needed for the project have been purchased. “It’s the most important step right now,� Fisher said. The initial design for a new four-lane divided highway is expected to be complete in early 2013, according to the ministry, which will then release an initial design report for public comment. Though pleased with the forward movement, McLean isn’t counting his chickens just yet. “I’m a little hesitant to pop the champagne corks until we see a shovel in the ground,� he said.

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youth organizations goes to $132.76 from $130.80. For non-prime times, the prices increase to $112.28 from $110.62 at the Woolwich Township, McLeod and Snyder arenas, while the youth rate rises to $74.55 from $73.37. Included in the long list of fees are two new charges in the council and information services department. A bird-deterrent machine, previously available

to residents free of charge, will cost $25, with a $50 deposit. The machine was acquired about 12 years ago when residents of Elmira’s Birdland subdivision began complaining about large flocks of starlings and grackles nesting in the trees. The machine proved effective and the problem has diminished, but the township still receives requests for use of the device. The new fee will fund new batteries and maintenance

of the machine. The second new charge is a municipal drainage works administration fee, implemented in response to a growing demand for new municipal drainage works and maintenance on existing municipal drains. The fee will be 10 per cent of the total project cost. Wellesley Township has a similar fee, set at 8 per cent, noted director of finance Richard Petherick in his report to council.

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drew inspiration from his teacher, Susan O’Toole, whose charitable activities helped support dozens of people in Waterloo Region. “One year, she came up to me and said she didn’t have enough clothing,� said Petrosino. “So I said, ‘You know what? I’ll try to help you out.’ I went to school and proposed it to my principal, and he said he really liked the idea to help people in the community.� After graduating from St. Boniface, Petrosino brought

Winter Warmth to St. David. Now, other Catholic Schools in Waterloo Region are joining the initiative, including St. Teresa in Elmira. Now that St. David’s student council has added the program to its mission statement, Winter Warmth will continue to the region for years to come. For Petrosino, memories of the first drive continue to motivate him. “There was one little girl who came in, and she got her first pair of boots,� said Petrosino. “She was 8 years old, so it was the first time

she got to play in the snow. When she put her boots on, she ran outside, jumped right in the snow. That was the first time she ever had a chance to do something like that, which is kind of amazing that people in our community are in such need. “Every time we expand the program, every time we have more come in, I can feel that we’re helping more little girls,� he continued. “Instead of just that one little girl, now we’re helping 10 little girls, and that’s really what keeps me moving forward with the program.�


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bang. So, Santa actually shows up on the day of the parade, and his special chariot, or whatever he’s going to be riding that day, is there, and he climbs on and he does the parade.” Most of the community’s businesses and the Alma Public School will be participating in what the Optimist Club of Alma claims is the only Santa Claus Parade as long as the town. Last year’s festivities

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Pride goes before the fall in backing the wrong project READING THE NEWS, COMMENTARY and public opinion pages can’t be much fun these days for proponents of Waterloo Region’s light rail transit system. There’s a direct hit in reports of Calgary’s new LRT line that opened this week came in massively over budget, to the tune of more than double. Initially planned at $700 million, the work cost almost $1.5 billion. According to a study by the Frontier Centre for public policy, daily ridership is projected to be 35,000. Most of these riders will be existing transit users, however. The total cost of $42,857 per rider would have made it cheaper to buy each rider a new mid-range automobile. According to the report, the $195 million per kilometre ($313.5 million per mile) is likely the most expensive LRT line ever constructed in North America. The upward creep in estimated costs is not unlike what we’re seeing here. Only once it’s completed, however, will we find out just how far off the mark forecasts were – and the final price tag will be higher. In discussion of property taxes, it’s clear citizens are becoming tax weary. Years of runaway expenditures and tax increases that have outstripped both inflation and real growth in the productive private sector have created an unsustainable system. Only now are some politicians starting to understand the compounding effects of their irresponsible decisions, especially as it applies to wages and benefits paid to an ever-growing number of public sector employees, many with jobs of little or no value to the people who pay the bills. In the midst of budget talks, region officials are at least paying lip service to restraint, but fail to address the white elephant in the room: light rail transit. Instead, they’re determined to press on, despite no evidence the system will serve anyone except those who stand to profit by its construction. And certainly with no assurances those who supported it will be penalized for its failure. Proponents would be well advised to see the lessons in the F-35 fiasco, playing out in headlines this week. There are parallels in the federal Conservatives’ dogged determination to press ahead with the purchase of 65 stealth fighters despite growing concerns about cost and the suitability of the technology. Only years later has the government grudgingly backed away from the single-source purchase to open the process to other options. It does, however, still continue to fudge the numbers, as it has from the very start despite being found in contempt of Parliament and called out on the carpet by both the Auditor General and Parliamentary Budget Officer. There appears to be the same pigheadedness at play with the region’s refusal to back away from a project that looks shakier as scrutiny increases. We’ve already seen the region back away from ridership numbers and pipedreams about taking drivers out of their cars, now extolling the ability of the LRT to reshape land use. Even that is suspect, however, given the experience elsewhere, including Calgary, which holds more warning signs than just the latest over-expenditure. When their plans go awry, failing to deliver the promised benefits – and likely going massively over budget, more than 40 per cent higher is the average for LRT projects – we all pay the price. Well, except for those who pushed for the project. From them, we get excuses: didn’t spend enough, didn’t market it properly, not enough public education … anything but an admission they made a mistake.

Ebenezer Scrooge isn't the only one in need of redemption at this point, as Woolwich voters of Christmas Yet to Come certainly know. WORLD VIEW / GWYNNE DYER

Israel's commitment to "peace process" is a fraud WORLD AFFAIRS It’s as if the world’s leaders were earnestly warning us that global warming will cause the extinction of the dinosaurs. They’ve actually been dead for a long time already. So has the Middle East “peace process.” As soon as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced that Israel will build 3,000 homes on “East One” (E-1), the last piece of land connecting East Jerusalem with the West Bank that is not already covered with Jewish settlements, the ritual condemnations started to flow. Even U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “these activities set back the cause of a negotiated peace,” and others went a lot further. The British minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, warned that “the settlements plan ... has the potential to alter the situation on the ground on a scale that threatens the viability of a two-state solution.” France called in the Israeli ambassador and told him

that “settlements are illegal under international law ... and constitute an obstacle to a fair peace based on a two-state solution.” Even the Australian government summoned the Israeli ambassador and told him that Israeli plans to build on the land in question “threaten the viability of a two-state solution.” UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said that the plan would be “an almost fatal blow” to the two-state solution, as if it were still alive. And Netanyahu, secure in the knowledge that they wouldn’t actually do anything, just stone-walled and smiled. In almost all the media coverage, the Israeli announcement is explained as an angry response for the United Nations General Assembly’s vote last month to grant the Palestinian Authority permanent observer status at the UN, which is tantamount to recognising Palestine as an independent state. As if Netanyahu were an impulsive man who had just lost his temper, not a wily strategist who thinks long-term. Building in the “E-1” area, which covers most

of the space between the Jewish settlements that ring East Jerusalem and the huge Jewish settlement of Maale Adumim in the Palestinian West Bank, is definitely a game-changer. It effectively separates the West Bank from East Jerusalem, the city that the Palestinians see as the capital of their future state. It also almost cuts the West Bank in two. But it’s not a new idea. The Israeli government declared its intention to build on this land 14 years ago, when Netanyahu was prime minister for the first time. The plan was frozen in response to outraged protests from practically all of Israel’s allies, who had invested a great deal of political capital in the twostate solution. But it was never abandoned. Successive U.S. presidents were assured by various Israeli governments that construction would not proceed there, but most of those governments went on preparing for the day when a pretext to break the freeze would present itself. The land is still deserted today, but there are street lights, electric cables

and water mains. Now a pretext has arisen, even if the UN General Assembly’s recognition of a Palestinian state makes little practical difference. Netanyahu has seized the opportunity, as he undoubtedly always planned to. And you can’t kill the “two-state solution.” To Netanyahu’s considerable satisfaction, it is already dead. Creating two independent states, Israeli and Palestinian, separated by the “green line” that was Israel’s border until it conquered the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in the 1967 war, was the goal of the 1993 Oslo Accords. That’s what the “peace process” was all about, but it was really doomed when Yitzhak Rabin, the prime minister signed the Oslo deal, was assassinated by a right-wing Jewish fanatic in 1995. Netanyahu was elected prime minister after Rabin’s death, and spent the next three years stalling on the transfers of land and political authority to the Palestinian AuthorDYER | 17


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THEIR VIEW / QUESTION OF THE WEEK

Should the government maintain a hard line with the teachers?

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No, I don’t think so.

I see both sides of the fence.

Yes!

I think yes – it is, however, not always black and white.

I tend to agree, yes, they should at this point.

"Your first priority is to seek to do the will of the people who gave you our trust to do just that. " Sarah Holmes | page 17 HIS VIEW / STEVE KANNON

PBO's report quantifies the divide between public sector and those who pay EDITOR'S NOTES There’s nothing like reports of inflated public sector wages to get the blood boiling. In releasing a new study this week, Parliamentary Budget Officer Kevin Page did Stephen Harper a favour, drawing attention away from the prime minister’s mismanagement of the F-35 deal, the Nexen sale to a Chinese state-owned enterprise and his bungling in support of Israel, among others. While it does provide some cover for Harper, it also gives lie to the idea of the Tories as good fiscal managers and advocates of smaller government. Bureaucratic bloat has been a hallmark of the Harper government since it was first elected in 2006, with the federal public sector growing to its largest size ever under his tenure.

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Even with planned cuts, already underway, the public service will be 11,000 employees larger than when the Conservatives took office. In 2011-12, Canada’s federal personnel expenses were $43.8 billion, an average of $114,100 per employee in total compensation, including salary, benefits and pensions. Over the last 22 years, Page notes, there have been significant swings in employment figures. Personnel expenses rose consistently between 1999-00 and 2011-12, reversing an earlier period of restraint between 1990-91 and 199899 under the Chretien governments. Additionally, federal compensation growth outpaced not only inflation as tracked in the consumer price index, but also the Canadian business sector and other levels of government – an average of 5.1 per cent annually in a period where inflation averaged 2.1 per cent.

For the last fiscal year, Canada’s total program expenses were $240.4 billion. Of this amount, DPE (direct program expenditures) accounted for $115.2 billion, and within that spending envelope, personnel expenses were $43.8 billion. In effect, personnel expenses accounted for 18.2 per cent of total program expenses and 38.1 per cent of DPE, representing a significant share of Canada’s total spending, and 2.55 per cent of GDP. That encompasses some 375,000 employees. Although Page’s report covers only the federal government, the same trend can be seen at the provincial and local government levels. In Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty’s tenure has seen program spending increase by an average of 6.1 per cent annually – nearly twice the combined rate of inflation and population growth (3.1 per cent) and well over Ontario’s annual

nominal economic growth rate (3.6 per cent). Ironically, McGuinty’s attempts to rein in such profligate spending has those who pocketed much of the taxpayers’ money – read teachers – railing against the restraint needed to bring spending in check. The strike action is a bitter pill to swallow for many in the private sector given that, according to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, average real wages in Canada have gone up only 0.76 per cent annually since 1997. With figures like that, the restraint advocated by both the federal and provincial governments finds a receptive audience: most of us have no problem seeing government workers as overpaid and underworked. Fair or not, that’s the perception. Layoffs and wage freezes (if not outright cuts) are an easy sell to the public. Public service compensation now outstrips the private

see needed frontline workers let go, but that’s an unlikely scenario. There are ways of judiciously reducing the size of the civil service with minimal impacts. Lowering wages would free up money to tackle deficits and to funnel money where it’s needed. At the municipal level, as local politicians have noted, wage freezes aren’t in the cards unless the province makes it mandatory, which isn’t going to happen. McGuinty has called for voluntary restraint for the last three years, to no avail. That’s not to say the goal isn’t worthwhile: wages typically make up 50 to 60 per cent of the tax dollars spent by governments, so that’s where the cuts have to be made to get spending back under control. That’s especially true if the goal is to maintain programs and avoid large tax increases, in which case something’s gotta give. That something is civil service salaries.

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The Sixth Good Government Report Card on the Federal Accountability Act, marking the sixth anniversary of the legislation, gives the Conservatives an overall “F” grade because they have only partially increased accountability in the federal government while taking many key steps backwards

" Clearly, federal employees and the politicians who decide how much to pay them are divorced from reality."

Police were seeking two men who feld a suspicious house fire in Wellesley Village December 9. The two males emerged from the duplex on Molesworth Street when fire broke out, both with flames coming from their clothing. They then fled the scene. Damage was pegged at $200,000.

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ity that were required under the Oslo Accords. Meanwhile, he supported a vastly expanded program of Jewish settlement in the West Bank, although it was obvious that this would ultimately make a Palestinian state impossible. After a two-year interval when the Labour Party under Ehud Barak formed a government and seriously pursued a final peace settlement with the Palestinians, the Israeli right recovered power in 2001 and has relentlessly pursued a project of settling Jews on Palestinian territory ever since. The number of Jews living in the West Bank has doubled in the past 12 years, and they now ac-

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Township needs good fiscal managers To the Editor, Coun. Bonnie  Bryant deserves the thanks of the property taxpayers of Woolwich for her stance on taxes. Thank you also to the others who stood with her on our behalf.  We did not vote any of them in to office to raise taxes or to give us unwanted gravel pits that will destroy the peace and tranquility and environment of

count for one-fifth of the population there. Jewish settlements, roads reserved for Jewish settlers, and Israeli military bases and reservations now cover 40 per cent of the West Bank’s territory. But to retain U.S. support, Netanyahu still has to pretend that he is really interested in a twostate solution. That’s why he had to wait for the right excuse before building on “E-1” and sealing East Jerusalem off from the West Bank. But he always intended to kill off the “peace process,” and in practice he succeeded long ago. Why do his Western allies in the United States and elsewhere put up with this fraud? Because they cannot think of anything else to do. this area – are you listening, Mr. Mayor? Your first priority is to seek to do the will of the people who gave you our trust to do just that. Sadly, I think we may have bought ‘a pig in a poke.’ This area desperately needs people who are wise and good fiscal managers to run for office. After reading the report in the December 1 edition of the Observer and the letters to the editor, I am confident that there are many who would be excellent mayoral candidates, such as Bonnie Bryant and Peter Durksen, to name only two.

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Taking her game to the next level There’s no hockey at school, but EDSS student Kaitlin Doering getting her fix with the PWHL ELENA MAYSTRUK Students have been speaking out for their love of sports in recent days as schools cancel their extracurriculars due to the strike action by teachers, but there are those like Kaitlin Doering who are getting their sports fixes elsewhere and excelling nonetheless. A senior at Elmira District Secondary School, Doering has loved sports since she first stepped on the ice as a tot playing for a Waterloo Novice team. She’s come a long way since those beginnings, continuing to play in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) for the Mississauga Junior Chiefs, who are first in their division at this point in the season. “I think it’s unfortunate that the sports have to be cancelled right now. It’s a huge thing that a lot of people look forward to coming to schools, and it’s unfortunate that I can’t complete hockey in my final year here,” she said at school on Wednesday. Commuting to Mississauga, doing her homework on her lap on the way, Doering has a chance to continue her passion for the sport. “I don’t know what I’d do without hockey – it’s a huge part of my life. It’s kind of an escape, being so busy with the drive to Mississauga this year. You step on the ice and that’s my time off, it’s what I love.” Last spring Doering tried out for the Team Canada

U18 squad, making it through the May commission camp and going into the August selection camp with the top 40 players in Canada but got cut before a United States series. Though she did not make it to the nationals this year, Doering has a renewed sense of purpose: “It pushes me to work harder and achieve my goals.” This hockey season she is balancing her last year in school while driving a total of two hours to and from her two-hour practices in Mississauga. Whatever the situation in high school, Doering has big dreams as a student and athlete at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, where she hopes to be playing for the Ivy League’s hockey team, the Cornell Big Reds, next year. There is much to be excited about for Doering, who’s a centre. This season the Mississauga Junior Chiefs have lost only one out of 17 games and are at the head of the pack. In November the girls were Team Ontario Blue playing versus Team Ontario Red at the nationals, coming out on top. Now Doering and her teammates are striving for more. “One of our goals is to make it to the final four. The league, you got through provincials and out of that comes the top 14 and those top 14 [teams] play for the provincial championships. That’s our goal: to make it to that this year,” she said as the team continues towards the sea-

son’s halfway mark with 21 games left. This weekend Doering is taking a load off from a busy few weeks before getting back on the ice on Tuesday.

Kings gain the edge in pair of victories On the road, Elmira needs shootout to solve Cullitons, then rely on lastminute goal to best Winter Hawks ELENA MAYSTRUK They were both onegoal games, but the Sugar Kings will take the four points, thank you very much. Elmira earned the first W of the weekend in a 3-2 shootout in Stratford December 7 before returning home Sunday to exact some revenge on Cambridge with a 4-3 victory. The wins extended the Kings’ streak to three. On the road facing the Cullitons, Elmira got off to a slow start, spotting the home team the first two goals. Stratford got the only goal of the opening frame at 6:13 despite being outshot 13-11. In the second, the Cullitons went up 2-0 at 3:06 Despite the early setback, Kings head coach Dean DeSilva said key players came through to move things along for the struggling team, with netminder Hayden Neuman keeping his team in the game, allowing Jake Weidner and Brady Campbell breaking to get the offense going.

EDSS student Kaitlin Doering looks forward to continuing her passion for hockey while playing for the Mississauga Junior Chiefs, who are at the top of their league so far this season. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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Plenty of reasons for getting squirrelly as the hunting season winds down OPEN COUNTRY As I write this, there are two more days left in the squirrel season where I live. I consider this a merciful thing. That’s because this year, I have challenged myself to use my long bow to hunt for squirrels. The score so far is Steve one; squirrels several broken arrows, the incitement of countless, colourful curses and one bow almost wrapped around a tree. And you don’t even want to hear

what a bad day is like. Actually, I’m having a lot of fun. That, to me, has always been the draw of squirrel hunting. It’s a whole lot of fun, with plenty of opportunities and you don’t get too upset if they win a few times. More than that, you get to spend time roaming the woods and being outside with your favourite bow or squirrel rifle and, though a lot of people have a hard time believing this, squirrels taste pretty good too. Also, the mere mention that you hunt squirrel causes some people to start talking slower and louder

to you. Normally, I use a .22 and that can be hard enough. But shooting a long bow instinctively has taken the difficulty factor to a whole other level. They’re small moving targets and I believe they have deflector shields around them too. It was easier in the beginning of the season. That’s when my local squirrel population was caught off guard and didn’t consider me much of a threat. These days, however, they are on to me. A typical hunt used to go like this. Hunter sees squirrel on the ground. Hunter very cautiously

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THE SCORE WOOLWICH WILDCATS

Novice: LL #1 Dec. 8 vs. Plattsville Woolwich: 7 Plattsville: 0 Goals: Mitchell Brubacher x2, Finnegan Matthews x3, Mason Spark, Evan Gruhl Assists: Nathan Lipp x2, Coleson Sellars x2, James McCormick x1, Michael Macdonald x1, Evan Lucier x1 Shutout: Nathan Whittom

Novice: LL #2 Dec. 8 vs. Twin Centre Woolwich: 10 Twin Centre: 1 Goals: Nolan Karger x5, Parker Alles, Evan Catton, Adrian Kocan, Cale Waechter, Thomas Hill-Ring Assists: Ryan Brubacher x2, Tristan Kraemer, Daniel Kelly, Tanis Uhrig, Jonathan Staken, Riley Snider Dec. 9 vs. LL#4 LL2: 13 LL4: 2 Goals: Riley Snider, Parker Alles x4, Nolan Karger x5, Ryan Brubacher x3 Assists: Evan Catton x2, Jonathan Staken x2, Adrian Kocan, Riley Snider, Tristen Kraemer, Daniel Kelly, Tanis Uhrig, Cale Waechter

Novice: LL #3 Dec. 8 vs. Beverly Woolwich: 2 Beverly: 5 Goals: Coleton Benham x2 Assists: David Taylor, Ryan Buehler

Novice: LL #4 Dec. 8 vs. Ayr Woolwich: 2 Ayr: 4 Goals: Will McDougall, Ryan Curtis Assists: Teagan Cadeau, Tucker Armstrong Dec. 10 vs. LL #2 LL4: 2 LL2: 13 Goals: Haiden Idzik, Ryan Curtis Assists: Joshua Moore

Novice: AE Dec. 7 vs. Dundas Woowich: 5 Dundas: 1 Goals: Logan Beard x2, Lucas Carson, Mitchell Hartman, Sam Siopiolosz Assists: Mitchell Hartman x2, Zach McMurray, Oscar Fitch, Shelby Rempel, Adam Pauls,

Aiden Von Kannen, Carter Cousineau Dec. 8 vs. New Hamburg Woolwich: 5 New Hamburg: 1 Goals: Carter Cousineau x2, Lucas Radler, Sam Siopiolosz, Lucas Carson Assists: Mitchell Hartman x3, Lucas Carson x2, Adam Pauls, Lucas Radler, Sam Siopiolosz Dec. 9 vs. Centre Wellington Woolwich: 1 Centre Wellington: 6 Goals: Lucas Carson Assists: Jocelyn Pickard, Owen Brown

Atom: LL #1 Dec. 6 vs. New Hamburg Woolwich: 8 New Hamburg: 2 Goals: Matthew Brubacher, Braxten Breen, Ben Fretz, Jacob Stanley, James Reichard, Kieren Oberholzer, Mac Benham Assists: Braxten Breen x3, Connor Kroetsch, Jacob Stanley, Ian McGregor, Ben Fretz Dec. 8 vs. St. George Woolwich: 6 St. George: 1 Goals: Braxten Breen x2, Matthew Brubacher, Ben Fretz, Mac Benham, Liam Moyer Assists: Matthew Brubacher, Matthew Deyell, Cody Kroetsch, Matthew Brubacher) Dec. 10 vs. Paris Woolwich: 9 Paris: 0 Goals: Connor Kroetsch, William Carter, Ben Fretz x2, Matthew Brubacher, Braxten Breen, MAc Benham, Ian McGregor x2 Assists: Kieren Oberholzer, Caden Sellars, Braxten Breen x2, Matthew Brubacher x3, Cody Kroetsch, Liam Moyer, William Carter, Jake Stanley, James Reichard, Kody Lewis, Matthew Brubacher Shutout: Kody Lewis

Atom: LL #2 Dec. 8 vs. Ayr Woolwich: 4 Ayr: 3 Goals: Matthew Yorke x 2, Dante DeCul, Jonathon Dingelstad Assists: Simon Shantz, Lucas Weber, Tyson Kraemer, Ryerson Chamney

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Dec. 1 vs. Mount Forest Woolwich: 0 Mount Forest: 1 Dec. 5 vs. Woodstock Woolwich: 1 Woodstock: 1 Goals: Sarah Church Assists: Cora Kieswetter, Lindsey Bauman Dec. 9 vs. Brantford Brantford: 2 Woolwich: 1 Goals: Cora Kieswetter Assists: Lindsey Bauman

Atom: AE Dec. 7 vs. New Hamburg Woolwich: 3 New Hamburg: 0 Goals: Grayson McGirr, Andrew Keiswetter, Andrew Weber Assists: Tanner Mann, Nathan Snyder, Hunter Weigel Shutout: Nick Lee Dec. 10 vs. New Hamburg Woolwich: 4 New Hamburg: 0 Goals: Andrew Kieswetter x2, Eric Martin, Nate Snyder Assists: Conner Waters, Andrew Kieswetter, Matt Thaler Shutout: James Ormson

Atom: MINOR AA Dec. 3 vs. Ancaster Woolwich: 2 Ancaster: 4 Goals: Kyler Austin, Alex Hutton Assists: Gavin Roemer, Owen Lee, Cameron Leonard Dec. 9 vs. Oakville Woolwich: 3 Oakville: 5 Goals: Kyler Austin x2, Gavin Roemer Assists: Tyler Martin x2, Kolin Weigel x2, Colton Schmitt, Kyler Austin Dec. 5 vs. Stoney Creek Woolwich: 4 Stoney Creek: 2 Goals: Conner Bradley x3, Jesse Martin Assists: Brett Allen x2, Isiah Katsube x2, Ben Witmer, Matt Fleischmann

Atom: MAJOR AA Dec. 7 vs. Guelph Woolwich: 4 Guelph: 1 Goals: Nathan Taylor x2, Matt Fleischmann, Isiah Katsube Assists: Blake Roemer x3, Lucas Huber, Ryan Elliott Dec. 8 vs. Georgetown Woolwich: 3 Georgetown: 1 Goals: Isiah Katsube, Brett Allen, Ryan Elliott Assists: Conner Bradley, Brett Allen, Nathan Taylor, Jesse Martin

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KINGS: Busy stretch to end the week as Elmira

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Elmira’s Jake Weidner closes in on the Cambridge net during the Kings’ 4-3 victory on Sunday at the WMC. FROM | 18

Campbell was the first King to make it on the scoreboard when in the second frame Weidner fed him the puck for a goal at 4:44. Still behind 2-1 in the third period, the Kings got a lucky break courtesy of Weidner, who got one past the Cullitons to tie the game with just 59 seconds to go. Overtime solved nothing, so the teams went to a shootout, with Elmira emerging victorious. Despite the 3-2 win, DeSilva said the boys getting out with two points was pure luck. “I don’t know what it was. I don’t know if it was just guys being nervous but I didn’t think we skated as well as we could.” Back on home ice at the Dan Snyder Arena on Sunday, the Sugar Kings healed a wound with a victory over the Cambridge Winter Hawks. “Last time we played them they beat us 9-2. We wanted to answer back after having a tough game

against them last time. We’re going into Cambridge on Saturday so it will be tough there as well,” DeSilva said, happy with how his boys played against some tough competition. “If you look at the stats we are as even as two teams can be for goals against, goals for, power play, penalty kill – and it’s a war. The boys worked hard and I can’t knock anything.” Starting off, the first goal went straight to the visiting team with Tyler Snyder shooting off a lightning fast goal past tender Mackenzie Blackwood at just 0:33. Elmira did not hesitate, striking back quickly to even things up at 1:44 off the stick of Campbell, who would earn a hat trick by the end of the night. From that early start, a duel developed, with both teams thrusting and parrying in an effort to break the 1-1 tie. It was the Hawks that emerged with one more before the buzzer sounded, potting one at

Weidner battles for the puck as the Winter Hawks attempt to take the play back up the ice.

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9:31 as the Kings outshot the visitors 14-11 (and 39-33 on the night). Back on the ice after the intermission, the Kings had a better time of it in the second frame, working as a team to repeatedly attack the net. Elmira was rewarded with consecutive goals when Campbell got another quality assist from Weidner at 2:35, followed by Mitch Wright, who got a hand up from Campbell and Craig Johnson at 11:48. The Kings didn’t have long to enjoy their 3-2 lead, as Cambridge got past Blackwood again just over a minute later at 13:20. The third frame was a hard slog for both teams and for a while it looked like the Kings were headed for another overtime game. Campbell came through and managed to save the game when he scored at 14:39, assisted by Johnson and Weidner. The last five minutes were a scramble for the Hawks who tried to mount an attack on Blackwood’s net to no avail, letting the Kings finish of the weekend on a high note. That the teams were evenly matched and eager to come out on top was clear in the long list of penalties handed out, amounting to a cool 103 minutes. The Kings racked up just under half, with exactly 50 minutes in the bin, with repeat offences for Steven Jakeila and Cash Seraphim. On the road in Guelph Thursday night and facing the Winter Hawks Saturday, the Kings return home Sunday night to take on Listowel. The puck drops at 7 p.m. at the WMC.

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ELENA MAYSTRUK The holidays can mean different things for different people but an almost universal sign of the season is the evergreen tree that becomes a centerpiece in many living rooms. Whether you love the fresh scent of a real tree or plan to forego the prickly mess for an artificial tree, options abound. From Elmira’s Scouts to Belgian Nursery in Breslau, those who sell them are coming into the last days of a busy selling spree. “It’s a tradition that people have had with their families since they’ve been young,” said manager Patrick Doyle as the annual visits to the Benjamin Tree Farm located on Benjamin Road in Woolwich Township come into full swing. “It’s a tradition that we’ve built and that’s what we are trying to sell – it’s the experience,” he said of the customers that take the time to come out as a family to chop down their own Christmas tree. There are a number of trees best suited to be grown in local soil, Doyle explained. Visitors can get the traditional holiday experience by toppling a white spruce, balsam fir or Colorado blue spruce, which has a smoky-blue tint.

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Manager Patrick Doyle and employee Sam Austett hold up some potted Christmas trees at Benjamin Tree Farm in St. Jacobs. Not all Christmas trees are alike, however, and those who know a thing or two about evergreens can take their pick of precut trees shipped in from

other locations around Canada. “There is a large majority of people that pick our pre-cut trees. They are specialty trees: they just

grow better in the soil that we don’t have here,” he said. Those trees are ordered from as far as Nova Scotia and British Columbia, as

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well as Penetanguishene and Langton, Ontario, where soils are better suited for what Doyle calls “premium Christmas

Canadians are fixated on holiday festivities at this time of year, but at the same time we recognize our good fortune, and commit time and resources to the many charitable causes we support. One cause that’s grown in prominence over the years is food banks … perhaps because they’ve also significantly grown in use. In fact, food bank use has hit a record high. In its annual Hunger Report released earlier this month, the Ontario Association of Food Banks, which represents 120 food banks and more than 1,100 food relief programs in the province, reported food bank use is up 4.5 per cent, at almost 413,000 people a month. That’s an incredible figure. It underlines that economic recovery in this province is far from over. But it’s even worse in rural areas. There, food bank use climbed nearly 14 per cent. And almost 20 per cent of rural food banks said they were unable to serve their clients. Overall, the association attributes the jump to continuous cuts to social programs, as well as ever-rising food costs, which increased

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more than two per cent in 2012, and are still forecasted by such experts as University of Guelph economists to be heading up. Utilities and housing took more than their fair share, too. “The past 12 months of instability have left an astonishingly high number of people living their everyday lives in a state of hunger,” the report says. And the trend is worsening – in 2012, almost 18,000 families accessed food banks for the first time.

But for rural Ontario in particular, what really hurt was what the association calls “unforeseen natural disasters” – namely, the 2012 drought. “The drought that followed spring’s warm weather, coupled with a harsh, dry summer, left many rural communities and farmers’ fields empty or filled with ruined crops,” it says. “Consequently, access to healthy, sustainable food has become incredibly limited.” How ironic the same dry weather that resulted in such a superb grape harvest

for wine production, as reported here last week, also contributed to others being hungry. Bearing witness to the problem is JoAnne Sytsma from Operation Harvest Sharing, the Brockville and area food bank. Eastern Ontario was especially hard hit, and the drought had an “immediate and significant” impact on Operation Harvest Sharing’s ability to provide clients with fresh produce, she says. Normally, small food banks like hers rely heavily on the donations of local

market gardens and gardeners to provide them with fresh vegetables and fruit during the growing season. But this year Sytsma said she received 80 per cent less produce than normal. Peas, beans, tomatoes, carrots, beets and potatoes were in short supply, she says, while corn was nonexistent. All the while, client use at her Brockville food bank was spiking. It swelled to 3,405 for July-September, an increase of almost 25 per cent. “As prices rise, so do our

client numbers,” she says. “We expect the trend to continue through this year and into next.” Corporate sponsors, including Farm Credit Canada through its Drive Away Hunger program, commodity groups such as Ontario Pork and individual producers are responding with initiatives of their own. For example, through its annual donate-a-hog program, Ontario Pork channeled $3,000 to the provincial food banks association this year. Keith Robbins, director of communications

and consumer marketing for Guelph-based Ontario Pork, says that sum is down from as much as $10,000 in other years. But, he adds, it reflects the fact producers are putting their donations to work locally rather than provincially. “A lot of our producers recognize the situation at home and are donating to food banks in their region,” he says. Can you help? Check out the food banks association at www.oafb.ca. There’s no seasonal limit to the help that’s needed.

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519-669-2786 It’s one of the last busy weeks for the employees at Benjamin Tree Farm as Craig Eby prepares a Christmas tree for sale, Gerard Demaiter (bottom left) throws odds and ends away and Courtney Rizzo demonstrates how trees are planted during a presentation for students. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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trees.” It’s not just axe-wielding adults who love to get their hands on the conical evergreens: after all, the tree is a sure sign Saint Nick is on his way. Christmas tree nursery tours are held daily during this season at the tree farm, where young students can see firsthand how the operation works and how trees are grown, cut and trussed up to place in the car. In Elmira, the 1st Elmira Scouts have been busy selling their trees. With more than a third of the stock already adoring people’s living rooms, the Scouts, parents and volunteers continue to raise money for future activities through the annual venture. Every year in September the Scouts place an order for close to 350 Christmas trees from Somerville Nurseries to be sold in Elmira’s Gore Park, said the group’s commissioner, Brian Soehner. The kids contribute a lot of time and effort into the holiday project by partici-

pating in the process from beginning to end. Scouts erect their own tree inside the bandstand in the park, with younger members coming out to help decorate and wind the lights around branches. Later, various members take shifts selling the trees to locals. “They have to help build the tree lot, the fence. The children 5 to 7, they help decorate the tree and everybody helps out – they take a different shift,” he said of Scout activities this time of year. For those who would rather stay inside and not brave the piney allergens, there are trees for you as well. A variety of artificial alternatives are available through stores like Breslau’s Belgian Nursery, where they sell only artificial trees. The business has seen the demand for fake trees increase over the years, said co-owner Rosie Lombaert. “The clientele are developing allergies and that’s why they need fake treesm, because they can’t put a real one in. That’s a

group that we’re finding every year we’re getting a few more,” she said. With artificial trees there is no dealing with a tangled mess, as many can be found with lights already wound in the branches with frosted tips to emulate fresh snow, Lombaert said. Live trees also require constant watering and have too short of a shelf life to accommodate the early birds who like to bring out their decorations in November, Lombaert explained. And not everyone can be happy with just one tree. “It’s just easier to have a little tree decorated that’s artificial. And they can have them in different rooms then.” She has seen customers who love to decorate for the holidays buy one large tree in addition to a few smaller ones to place throughout their house. Lombart remembers one such customer fondly: “The days get so short and it gets darker and darker so at least she’s got colour in her house.”


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Presenting the sounds of the season Koinonia Christian Fellowship gets audiences in the yuletide spirit with its popular Christmas in Concert show ELENA MAYSTRUK With its annual Christmas in Concert performance, Koinonia Christian Fellowship captivated audiences for two nights of holiday performances last weekend. For many years Koinonia was known for putting on elaborate musical theatre productions, but in recent years organizers have changed things up with more concerts. This is the fourth year for Christmas in Concert, which sees dancers, singers and a slew of volunteers bringing holiday favourites to the stage with a choir and select acts. “It’s very exciting to see it all come together,” producer Kathryn Hofer said of the show. Starting with some upbeat tunes and continuing to more somber renditions like the ‘Huron Carol,’ acts were chosen to fit a wide range of holiday tastes, Hofer explained. Every year organizers strive to offer a good mix of light

Koinonia Christian Fellowship in Bloomingdale presented its Christmas in Concert show last weekend. Among the performers were Jason and Charmaine Brown (left) and Tim Fleming. entertainment interwoven with more serious themes and Christmas traditions like a carol sing with the audience. “We’ve never actually repeated any music, from any of our four years. We’ve done all new music.”

Among favorites that are engineered to sound fresh and interesting, Hofer says, are holiday originals like ‘The Heart of Christmas’ by Matthew West which was performed near the end of the night. This year the free two-

day production continued to put bodies in seats with Sunday’s show operating at full capacity and the whole weekend earning a standing ovation from more than 2,900 people, an increase from last year’s turnout of 2,500 au-

dience members. Planning for shows starts in January and the long audition process commences in September when staff chooses from a large number of willing performers. “I wish I had my sur-

[ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

vey cards in front of me,” Hofer said of the feedback she has received. “People just love that it puts them in the Christmas spirit, that’s probably the biggest thing you get when people are leaving [at the end].”

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ANTIQUE AUCTION SALE of Furniture, Pequegnat & other clocks, oil lamps, glass, china, and other interesting items, to be held at The K.W. Khaki Club, 2939 Nafziger Rd., 2 miles south of Wellesley or 2 miles north of Philipsburg, For Mary and the Late Jim Seeds, on Saturday, January 5th @ 10:00 a.m. Gerber Auctions Ltd. 519-699-4451. AUCTION SALE OF Household effects, antiques and miscellaneous items, to be held at the K.W. Khaki Club, 2939 Nafziger Rd. 2 miles south of Wellesley or 2 miles north of Phillipsburg on Thursday, December 20th at 10:00 a.m. Gerber Auctions Ltd. 519-699-4451

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Players from the Elmira Sugar Kings were at the Elmira Branch Library last week to read to the kids. From top: Elijah Brubacher with Sugar Kings Zac Coulter and Jake Weidner. Autumn Brubacher, 4, and Evan Passmore, 6, reading with Patrick McKelvie and Brodie Whitehead. Emily Bauman, 4, and Owen Tettman, 6, hear a hockey story from Rob Kohli and Matt Harding. [ELENA MAYSTRUK / THE OBSERVER]

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NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION AND PUBLIC MEETING

Please Note: APPEALS:

Tuesday January 8, 2013 7:00 p.m. Township Council Chambers 24 Church Street West, Elmira

Zoning Amendments If a person or public body that files a notice of appeal of a decision of the Council of the Township of Woolwich in respect of the proposed zoning by-laws does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the Township of Woolwich before the proposed zoning by-law amendments are passed:

Take Notice that in accordance with the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, as amended, the Township of Woolwich has received complete applications for the proposed Zoning By-law Amendments as detailed below. Please be advised that Notice of a Complete Application does not indicate whether the municipality is in support of, or in opposition to the proposals. That determination will be made at a later date.

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The Township of Woolwich will hold a Public Meeting, under Section 34 of the Planning Act, to consider the following Zone Change applications. No decisions will be made at this meeting; its purpose is to provide NOTIFICATION: If you wish to be notified of additional Township public meetings, Township staff reports or additional information to the public and agencies and to receive comments and information from them. the decision of the Township of Woolwich regarding these applications you must make a written request to Engineering and Planning Services at the Township of Woolwich at the address shown at the top of this page. Zone Change Application 13/2012 – Anton Lesar If you cannot attend the meeting, you can express your concerns/comments about the proposed change in The Township has received a Zone Change application from writing to the Township of Woolwich. Any comments received on or before January 1, 2013 (Note that this date Anton Lesar for a 0.87 hectare property located at 6259 Line is before the public meeting) will be included in a report prepared by Engineering and Planning Services and 86 in the Township of Woolwich (see Map 1). The property is presented at the Public Meeting. Any comments received after the Public Meeting, but prior to Council making designated Rural Land Use in the Township’s Official Plan and a decision on the applications, will also be considered. is zoned Agricultural (A) with site-specific regulations permitting a farm generator sales, service and repair operation. The The personal information accompanying your submission is being collected under the authority of the Planning purpose of the rezoning application is to amend the site speAct and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public. Questions about this colleccific provisions to allow a woodworking operation (fabrication, tion should be directed to the Records and Freedom of Information Officer at 519-669-6005 or 519-664-2613 assembly and finishing of stairs and railing systems) which ext. 6005. will replace the current site specific use noted above. MORE INFORMATION: The public may view planning documents and background material relating to this apZone Change Application 14/2012 – Memorial Gardens Limplication at the Township of Woolwich, Engineering and Planning Services Department between 9:00 a.m. and ited 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the Township website at www.woolwich.ca. The Township has received a Zone Change application from Memorial Gardens Limited for a 29.9 hectare property located at 2723 Victoria Street North in the Township of Woolwich (see Map 2). The property is designated Rural Land Use and Restricted Land Use Area in the Township’s Official Plan and is zoned Agricultural (A) with site-specific regulations permitting a cemetery. The purpose of the rezoning application is to amend the site specific provisions to allow a funeral home as a permitted accessory use to the cemetery. At this time the funeral home is intended to be part of the reception centre.

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Elmira - This semi is only steps to downtown! Fantastic hardwood floors, high ceilings, original built in cupboards and trim provide charm and character. Bright spacious kitchen with walkout to sun porch. Featuring; large front porch, carpet free, 3 bedrooms, living room, family room and lots of parking. MLS 1237444. Call Alli or Paul direct.

$495,900

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Elmira - Attractive upgrades and finishing touches through-out this 4 bedroom home. Convenience at its best with main floor laundry/mudroom, walk-in pantry and completely finished basement with gas fireplace. 9ft ceilings thoughout main floor. Bright eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops, cupboards to the ceiling and island. Large living room with wood floors, gas fireplace and French door walk-out to yard. MLS 1241535. Call Alli or Paul direct

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$249,000

$219,900 SPACIOUS TWO STOREY

Floradale - 1866 sq.ft. home in Floradale with

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treed lot complete with shed and detached garage. This 2 storey, 3 bedroom home features a finished rec room, separate dining room, and main floor family room with sliders to large wrap around deck. New main floor and rec room windows excluding living room. All appliances included with the exception of freezer. MLS 1237778. Call Alli or Paul direct.

$359,900 PRIME LOCATION!

Elmira - Backing onto farmland! Open welcoming front entrance to this, like new, open concept home. The main floor is bright and airy featuring: large breakfast bar, powder room, main floor laundry and is carpet free. The second floor is carpet free, master bedroom complete with walk in closet and spa like ensuite. Appliances are included. MLS 1241487. Call Alli or Paul direct.

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REAL ESTATE LISTINGS

Bert Martin

R.W. THUR REAL ESTATE LTD.

BROKER

BROKERAGE

Remax Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated

45 Arthur St. S., Elmira Office:

519-669-2772

DIRECT: 519-572-2669 OFFICE: 519-669-5426 BRAD MARTIN Broker of Record, MVA Residential

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519.669.1068

JULIE HECKENDORN Broker

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NEW PRICE! $379,900

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NEW PRICE! $249,900

IMPRESSIVE cathedral ceiling & lots of windows in the addition. Oversized dining area w/hrdwd. floor.. Main flr. laundry, bathrm & master bdrm. Huge rec. rm. w/high ceiling. Gas heatstove. Newer doors, windows, furnace & deck. Short walk to downtown. Long Driveway. MLS REDUCED

JACOBS - Lovely updated bungalow on a large lot (85‘x170’). Oak kitchen w/island. Main flr. family rm. (could be a master suite w/ensuite). Main floor laundry. Hardwood & ceramic floors. Fin. rec. room & 4th bdrm in lower level. Updated bathrms, windows, and furnace. MLS FURTHER REDUCED

- One owner bungalow with walkout basement. 200’ deep lot. Overlooks GRCA and walking trails. Elevated deck. Gas furnace (2004). Steel roof. Fireplace in rec. room. Oversized garage. MLS REDUCED

NEW PRICE! $314,900

FLORADALE

$679,900

SOUTH PARKWOOD - Spacious custom built home backing to farmland. 4+ bdrms, 3 baths. Hardwood & ceramics thorughout. Lots of kitch. cupboards - open to dining area & fam. room. High ceilings & oversized windows. Gas fireplace. Finished basmt. with lots of living space & seperate entry. MLS

$899,000

LINWOOD - Expect to be impressed

with this custom built home on 12 acres

overlooking the countryside & pond. Loaded w/extras. Gourmet kitchen. Open concept makes it great for entertaining! Private master suite w/fireplace. Huge fin. walkout bsmt. w/seperate enterance. TRIPLE garage. Prof. landscaped. MLS

COUNTRY LOT .5 ACRE | $73,500 Don’t miss this chance to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Within 40 minutes of KW or Guelph. High speed internet is available with fibre optic. MLS

BUILD TO SUIT

PERFECT STARTER IN QUAINT VILLAGE! | $349,000

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NEW LISTING!

COMMERCIAL/ RESIDENTIAL!

For Sale or Lease. Retail space in down town Elmira offers great exposure for displaying goods. Recent renovations and upgrades on main floor and finished basement. Residential 2 bedroom apartment on second floor. MLS. $319,900 Call Bert to view.

WAREHOUSE/LIGHT MANUFACTURING!

Lease Space - 22,700 s/f on 3 acres 20 minutes to Waterloo offers 20’ height, loading docks, drive in door, lots of office space. Space is easily divisable. MLS. Call Bert.

COMMERCIAL LEASE SPACE

Commercial space for lease in busy plaza only 15 minutes to K-W. Office space from 144 s/f to 2400 s/f. Zoning allows numerous uses. Lots of parking. MLS.

FIND YOUR PERFECT HOME !

Your referrals are appreciated!

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When you buy or sell your home with us, part of our commission supports women’s shelters & violence prevention programs.

90 Earl Martin Dr., Unit 1, Elmira N3B 3L4

519-669-3192

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When you list your home with Shanna Rozema, receive a Staging Package to showcase your home!! Call for details.

Bonnie Brubacher *Shanna Rozema Jason Shantz Broker

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$419,000.

.5 acre mature landscaped lot with oversized entertaining patio and central pond. Full walkout basement offers newer bedroom/kitchenette suite. Mainfloor sunken living room with wood burning fireplace, formal dining and eat-in kitchen. Newer upper loft as a 3 bedroom or retreat. 3 season sunroom. Minutes to Kitchener-Waterloo. MLS

ELMIRA GRAND CONTEMPORARY $649,900.

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“To all my loyal clients and friends, thanks for your support. You are appreciated. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.”

4 bedroom home with a big eat in kitchen, new windows, some new floors, new detached garage, on an oversized lot, in a small town 15 minutes from Waterloo. The perfect spot for your family. MLS

NEW PRICE! CONESTOGO BUNGALOW

WITH REAL INVESTMENT YOU WILL SEE A REAL RETURN. MAKE THIS SPACE YOUR NEW HOME. ADVERTISE WITH US TODAY.

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Broker of Record

FOR RENT.

EMAIL: bert@remaxsolidgold.biz

This 1 ½ story, 5 bedroom home is situated on a 1 acre lot backing onto greenbelt and flowing creek complete with apple trees and a 38’x50’ hobby barn just minutes from Elmira. MLS

LET OUR 50+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU!

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3 Arthur St. S. Elmira

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Nestled on a large mature country-like lot minutes to the golf course. Captivating front entry boosts a solid oak open staircase, gracious sun-lite tongue and groove vaulted living/dining rooms with floor-to-ceiling cultured concrete stone 3 way gas fireplace. Gleaming hardwood and trim throughout this 3 bedroom 3100 sq ft family home. 4 car garage with front and back access. Triple+ interlock driveway. NEW MLS

Drayton Heights OPEN HOUSE EVERY SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 1-5PM Come take a look you won't be disappointed! The last home in the Sunlight Heritage Homes Phase 1!! Beautiful 1400 sq ft home, features 3 beds, 3 baths, master with ensuite and walk in closet. Open concept main floor, with custom kitchen and island. Buy today and celebrate the holidays in your brand new home! Quick Possession available! 15 Green St., Drayton only

$256,700

Employee Pricing! Ask Alyssa for details

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www.sunlighthomes.ca

519.787.0203

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ELMIRA CENTURY HOME $359,900.

Charm and character are evident in this yellow brick home. Inviting wrap-around-porch with upper balcony. Natural woodwork including solid pocket doors and bannister. Welcoming updated cherry kitchen/breakfast bar including appliances. 2 bedrooms + 3 bedroom walk-up attic, 2+ baths. Amazing yard with 2 sheds and detached 21’ x 12’ heated workshop with 60 amp service. NEW MLS

MAKE THIS SPACE YOUR NEW HOME.


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FAMILY ALBUM MEMORIAM

BIRTHDAY

MARRIAGE

DEATH NOTICES

John D. Klein -

Sage is 1! Happy Birthday Sue Doll

Dr. Bryan Lawrence & Marcy LemonLawrence along with Mr. Fritz Richter and Monique Richter are thrilled to announce the upcoming wedding of their children Lindsay Lawrence and Bruno Richter. The wedding will be held at the beautiful Cambridge Mill, in Cambridge Ontario on Saturday, December 22, 2012. Brothers Ryan Lawrence, Paul Richter (Colleen, Lauren, Luke) along with their friends and family wish them many years of health and happiness. Lindsay and Bruno are teachers with the Waterloo Region District School Board.

RASLOVETZKY, ANNA | Peacefully at Chateau Gardens, Elmira on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, in her 88th year.

October 29, 1954 – December 5, 2009

Donald A. Klein –

October 28, 1931 – December 15, 2011 Again we wonder why we had to say goodbye. Now we know “where those guys are” and pray they are together. From Everyone who loves you and Doris of course.

OBITUARY

Love Mommy, Daddy & Cruz

Webb, George Henry Peacefully passed away on Thursday, December 6, 2012 at Leisureworld in Elmira at the age of 87. Sadly missed by his children Pam (Jurgen), Bev (Doron), Richard (Sandy) and Nancy. Also his grandchildren Todd (Elyse), Amy (Jason), Noa, Miya and Nava. Fondly remembered by his sister Sue Davis (Brian), his niece Barb Andrews and their families. At George’s request cremation has taken place. There will be no funeral home visitation or service. As expressions of sympathy, donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. A special thank you to all the staff at Leisureworld (Pheasant Run) for their care and concern.

RILEY, EDWARD H. “TED”|Passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2012, in his 75th year at Cambridge Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Local relative is his sister Joyce Smith of Elmira.

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Merry Christmas, Rover & Fluffy Increasing numbers of people like to include their pets while out shopping for the holidays ELENA MAYSTRUK For many households, Christmas is nothing if not an inclusive holiday: a little something under the tree for everyone, whether they go about on two legs or four. More than half of the dog owners and more than a third of cat owners will be lovingly wrapping presents for their pets, according American Pet Products Association (APPA). This year’s national pet owners survey found 53 per cent of dogs and 38 per cent of cats receive gifts at Christmas. The trend is certainly in evidence locally, as an Elmira retailer has seen many customers picking up gifts for their pooches and kitties. Beyond being inclusive, the pet presents often help make the kids happy, while keeping overly-curious pets occupied during the gift-giving on Christmas morning. “I know at my house I give them something to keep them occupied. My dog loves to get into the wrapping paper, and I’m sure other people have found it that way,” said Elmira’s Village Pet Food Shoppe manager Kristy Franklin of her own experiences at Christmas. She adds that the extra efforts and money spent are for the sake of the kids. Children don’t want toys just for themselves at Christmas, they want them for the cats and dogs too, as a way to include them in the festivities and

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Future guide dog Laser will be spending his holidays with Michelle Barnard of the Breslau Lions Club. the holiday experience. “They’re out buying presents and they are like, ‘what about my dog?’” she explained, adding that Christmas is the shop’s busiest time of year. As Christmas Eve nears,

Franklin is already beginning to see an influx of customers willing to dish out a little dough for family members of the furrier variety. People can be seen buying everything from squeaky and plush

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toys to special treats and collars and spend anywhere from $10-$30 to bring that little sparkle into their pet’s eye on Christmas morning. Pet retailers are often the leaders in sales during

the holidays, according to a recent report from the APPA. Even during the more worrisome years of the recession people continued to buy for their pets, with numbers re-

Let the entertaining begin! Our team has been catering our hearts out – the festive spirit is contagious we are thrilled to be a part of the celebration. This time of year we get a lot of requests for ways to impress or please the discerning guest or “picky” eater. During the holiday season we can get lost in making the perfect Christmas, creating stress and anxiety unnecessarily. If that describes your state of mind, slow down take a deep breath, ask for help if you need it. Your family and friends will remember your company before the food or your centerpiece. Plan ahead and make your list, spreading the preparation over a period of time. While preparing your menu choose some items that you can make ahead of time to avoid stress the day of the event. Prepare raw vegetables, portion meats or choose appetizers that don’t mind being stored until you are ready. Stock your fridge with cheeses and preserves for

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H.U.G.S. PROGRAM – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Visit with Santa and Christmas crafts. No registration required. Held at Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs. Call Heidi at 519-664-3794, ext. 237 for more information.

BINGO AT THE ST. Clements Community Centre sponsored by the Paradise & District Lion Club. 7 p.m. For more information contact Joe Brick, 519699-4022. TUESDAY LUNCHEON, GALE PRESBYTERIAN Church, 10 Barnswallow Dr. Elmira. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Carved turkey, mashed potatoes & gravy, peas and turnip, cranberry salad, mince tart with ice cream, $10.

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THE RENAISSANCE SINGERS PRESENT “Noel!...with thanks” at 8 p.m. in the Rotunda of Kitchener City Hall, 200 King St. W., Kitchener. We invite you to a free Christmas concert, our way of saying thanks to the community for supporting us for 40 years! The evening will feature Nancy Telfer’s Christmas cantata “Noel” for harp and flute, and seasonal favourites for the audience to hear and sing. See you there!

DECEMBER 17 MAKING BABY FOOD – Join Robin Hicken R.D. and learn how to make your own baby food. You will learn about what foods are good for your baby’s age and stage, how to choose, make and store baby food, as well as ways to avoid “picky eating” and nurture “good eating” Held at Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs 1-3 p.m. Call 519664-3794 for more information. SENIORS LUNCH CLUB – at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) Join us for a light lunch and fellowship. Woolwich Memorial Centre, 24 Snyder Ave. S., Elmira (community room). Cost $6. Call Community Care Concepts at 519-664-1900 for more information.

ELMIRA LIONS CLUB WEEKLY Bingo 7 p.m. at Elmira Lions Hall, 40 South St., Elmira. All proceeds go to support the many projects of the Lions Club of Elmira. For more information call 519-500-1434.

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IT’S A FUN DAY at WCS Youth Centre. We are expanding our minds by working on crosswords and sudoku puzzles. We are also testing our knowledge with YC Jeopardy. At 7 p.m. we are going to the EDSS gym to play indoor ball hockey. For more information contact Catherine or Anna at (519) 669-3539.

WCS YOUTH CENTRE IS playing lots of board games today. Junior round table starts at 7 p.m. For more information contact Catherine or Anna at (519) 6693539.

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SENIORS COMMUNITY DINING – at noon (doors open at 11:30 a.m.). Community Care Concepts invites you to join us for a hot noon day meal, fellowship and entertainment. Linwood Community Centre, Ament Line Linwood. Cost $11. Call 519-664-1900 for more information.

FOSTER CARE WATERLOO REGION is hosting a Foster Parent Information Night at 7 p.m. at The Family Centre. This is a terrific opportunity to learn about becoming a foster parent. For more information call 519-576-0540 or view www.fosteringkids.ca.

WCS YOUTH CENTRE IS going ice skating with Brynna! Bring your skates, helmet (mandatory if you’re 16 or younger) and $2 to join the fun. At 6:30 p.m. it’s make a snack with Anna, you get to help make and eat it. For more information contact Catherine or Anna at (519) 669-3539.

NEW HORIZONS IS A group for zoomers, boomers and seniors. Jan. 10 – Rosemary, Chaplain for Grand Valley Women’s Institution will discuss women in Federal Prison and Bill C10. Get informed, socilaize and have fun! Admission is $2 per person. Meetings are 10-11:30 a.m. At Maryhill fire station, 17 Charles St. E., Maryhill. For further information contact Joan Haid at 519-648-2742 or by email at jehaid@explornet.ca.

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the unexpected company that may pop over for a visit. As a child, I remember fondly the visits my mom and her friends would create. Their love for entertaining was inspiring. Sharon, a wonderful baker, and Sue, an adventurous chef, were always trying new recipes. My mom always made a beautiful dinner and knew exactly how to create a lively, tasteful party. But what I remember most was the celebration of friendship and the joy of showing people how much you appreciate them. Here are some recipes to inspire your next celebration. Merry cooking everyone.

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1/4 diced red pepper

1 egg, beaten

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1 tbsp grated palm sugar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp grated fresh ginger

1 tsp chopped ginger

Salt and pepper to taste

3 tbsp chili sauce

Cilantro leaves

1 tbsp rice vinegar

Vegetable oil

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Which is smarter, a pig or a dog? Such labelling is distinctively human

Q. Who says dogs are smarter than pigs?

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Isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t it just like us humans to want to rank everybody and everything in terms of speed, size, beauty, intelligence, you name it, ponders Mr. Know-It-All of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Wiredâ&#x20AC;? magazine. The trivially true answer to the dogs- pigs question is that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re equally smart, as both are equally well adjusted to their niche in life, even though they took dramatically differ-

dogs have obviously been far more successful at convincing human beings not to eat them. Says Mr. Know-It-All, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gotta count for something, right?â&#x20AC;?

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nistically, can you say what might prompt a â&#x20AC;&#x153;thank-you-maâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amâ&#x20AC;? on the drive home from the theatre?

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Q. In the category of â&#x20AC;&#x153;technology run amok,â&#x20AC;? consider perhaps the article titled â&#x20AC;&#x153;The droneliness of the long- distance runner.â&#x20AC;? Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that all about? A. The research duo of Floyd Mueller and Eberhard Grather at Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology envision a â&#x20AC;&#x153;joggobot,â&#x20AC;? or small robot companion to joggers in the form of a quad-rotor helicopter drone, says Paul Marks in â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Scientistâ&#x20AC;? magazine.

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from the nod of the head brought on by passing over a hole in the road, as if ironically acknowledging a favour. A more charming idea involves a man and woman in an old Victorian coach being briefly jostled together and his appreciative response to her. Or as Mrs. Hopkins puts it in Oliver Wendell Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 1868 novel, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Guardian Angelâ&#x20AC;?: â&#x20AC;&#x153;We all have our troubles. It isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t everybody that can ride to heaven in a C-spring shay, as my poor husband used to say; and lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a road thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s got a good many thank-youmaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ams to go bumpinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; over, says he.â&#x20AC;? Whatever its origin, muses Garg, it may be time













 









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ent evolutionary paths to domestication -- one a hunter, the other a forager, says David Washburn of the Georgia State University Language Research Center. So it makes sense that their mental gifts would differ. Pigs seem to enjoy playing videogames, for example, while dogs intuitively understand addition and subtraction of small numbers. But such a standoff is hardly likely to satisfy our competitive species, meaning weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to lean on facts like the following: When body sizes are considered, canines have slightly larger brains, â&#x20AC;&#x153;a trait that does seem to matter.â&#x20AC;? More to the point,


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maining steady from 2009 to 2012. An American survey of U. S. retail leaders conducted by management consulting firm Hay Group heralds a rejuvenated shopping season, with 75 per cent of those surveyed predicting higher sales than seen in 2011. The APPA believes that retailers catering to the tastes of the furry customers and their owners will be

getting a big slice of the Christmas shopping pie. “We’ve already seen that pet owners reward their pets and purchase holiday gifts for them in even the toughest of economic times. With retailers and researchers expecting the 2012 holiday shopping season to be even better than last year, we have positive expectations for the pet industry,” APPA president Bob Vetere stated in a recent release. The trend has even

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for customers to choose from, knowing that visitors will soon be combing the shelves for that lastminute holiday purchase. With the pet present trend going strong, Franklin has no doubt that she’ll be moving many more products before Christmas arrives. “Selling toys, we can do big time – it’s crazy what we sell in the next two or three weeks. I’ve even noticed it picking up already,” she said.

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FIRST NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING #2 by Conestogo Wind Power Partnership to Engage in a Renewable Energy Project NOTICE OF DRAFT REA PUBLIC RELEASE Project Name: Conestogo Wind Energy Centre Project Location: Municipality of North Perth, Township of Perth East, Perth County and Township of Wellesley, Regional Municipality of Waterloo Dated at: The County of Perth, December 12, 2012 Project Description: Pursuant to the Act and Regulation, the facility, in respect of which this project is to be engaged in, is a wind energy project and is rated as a Class 4 Wind Facility. The proposed wind farm project would be located in the Townships of North Perth and Perth East. An approximate 25 km collector line would run east of the wind farm in the Township of Wellesley to the Project substation to connect to the Provincial grid. The proponent has been awarded a 69 MW contract for the sale of electricity from wind power with the Ontario Power Authority (OPA) through the Province’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) program (enabled by the Green Energy and Green Economy Act). The distribution of this notice of public meeting and public review of draft REA documents, as well as the project itself, are subject to the provisions of the Environmental Protection Act (Act) Part V.0.1 and Ontario Regulation 359/09 (Regulation). The REA process replaces approvals formerly required under the Environmental Assessment Act, Planning Act, and Environmental Protection Act. This notice is being distributed in accordance with section 15 of the Regulation prior to an application being submitted and assessed for completeness by the Ministry of the Environment. Meeting Information: In order to provide information to and consult with community members, stakeholder groups, First Nations and Métis communities and government agencies, Conestogo Wind Power Partnership and Dillon Consulting Limited are hosting a series of public information sessions to present information regarding the project and findings of the Renewable Energy Approval studies that have been undertaken. At these information sessions you will be able to view information on the project, ask questions and provide comments directly to the proponent. The PICs will start at 6:00 pm with a 30 minutes walk through and follow with a formal question and answer session from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

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North Perth Township PIC Thursday, February 28, 2013 6 pm – 8 pm Royal Canadian Legion 565 Elizabeth Street E, Listowel

irits be May your sp uty of ea b e lifted by th season. s u ro d n this wo stmas and Merry Chri Year! Happy New

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Documents for Public Inspection: Further to this Notice the Draft REA documents (with the exception of the Consultation Report, in accordance with O.Reg 359/09) are available for public review as of December 21, 2012 on the Project website (http://www.invenergyllc.com/conestogo) and at the following locations: Municipality of North Perth Municipal Office: 330 Wallace Ave N, Listowel Township of Perth East Municipal Office: 25 Mill St. East, Milverton Township of Wellesley Municipal Office: 4639 Lobsinger Line, RR#1 St. Clements Atwood Public Library: 218A Main St, Atwood Monkton Public Library: 216 Winstanley St., Monkton Listowel Public Library: 260 Main Street, Listowel Comment forms and comment form drop boxes will be located at each of the above locations. Alternatively, you can send comments to the contact below. Project Contacts and Information: Please email conestogo@dillon.ca or phone Don McKinnon, REA Project Manager at 416-229-4646 to comment on the project or for further information. Please visit the Project website at: http://www.invenergyllc.com/conestogo. As per O.Reg 359/09 the public will have 60 days to comment on the draft REA documents. The 60 day period starts on December 21, 2012 and ends on February 19, 2013. The public will have another opportunity to comment on the Project at the PICs outlined above.

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Friends, I hope you have a very Merry Christmas and a tremendous new year. Enjoy your time with family and friends, and share the joy of the season. Please take some time to remember the less fortunate in our society, and ask how you can be part of the solution. The act Spirit. Blessings,

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