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lmira District Secondary School has teamed up with MennoHomes of Kitchener to help bring more affordable housing to Elmira. Starting next fall, 15 Grade 11 and 12 students from the home building course at EDSS will help local contractors build a semidetached home on Centre Street to create affordable rental housing space for two Woolwich families. MennoHomes is a not-forprofit organization devoted to providing affordable housing solutions to those who need it. For the past four years, EDSS students have been working with East Forest Homes in Kitchener to build new homes as part of a fourcredit course, but this is the first time they will have the opportunity to work so close to home. “The beauty of this one is the community involvement in a community project,” said Scott Shantz, the home building class instructor at EDSS for the past 11 years, as well as the worksite supervisor. “The kids don’t know who exactly is going to be in it, but they know it’s in their community and there is a bigger connection in the end.” Shantz has more than 20 years experience in the building industry as a general contractor, and every semester he takes a new class out to a new construction site to help build a new home. With this project, scheduled to get under way next September, the school has paired up with MennoHomes, which started back in 2001 as a part of the Mennonite Central Committee.

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IT STARTS HERE They may be standing on an empty lot now, but MennoHomes president Martin Buhr (left), EDSS instructor Scott Shantz, Bonnie Brubacher from Royal LePage Elmira and Clare Brubacher of Paradigm Homes hope to turn the lot into a happy home for two families ... with the help of some students from EDSS. The organization’s goal for their 10-year anniversary is to have built 100 affordable rental units for low income families, seniors, and people with disabilities over that time. After focusing much of their work in Kitchener and Waterloo, MennoHomes expanded to Wellesley back in 2009. The two units they are building in Elmira, along with two other projects in Woolwich Township this year, will make for an even 100 by the end of 2011. “The objective in our charter is to provide affordable housing; it’s as simple as that. A one-mission objective,” explained MennoHomes president Martin Buhr. The property on Centre Street is about 5,500 square feet and was purchased from Blaze Properties for $125,000. EDSS and MennoHomes have also teamed up with Bonnie

Brubacher from Royal Lepage and Paradigm Homes president Clare Brubacher in Elmira to help complete the project. The class is restricted to students who are 16 years old or older due to requirements of the Ministry of Labour, and the students will begin the semester with a two-week in-class safety training program before they are allowed on the job site. Once the safety training is complete they will be involved in framing, shingling, the installation of air and vapour barrier, as well as insulating and drywalling. Typically that’s all the students have time for in the semester. “Our deal with MennoHomes is just the one semester, and we will do whatever we can accomplish,” said Shantz. He also said that some students will come into

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the class with lots of building experience, while others will have had zero experience on a construction site, and that the program is open to any student in the public school board, not just EDSS students – though the class does have a cap of only 15 students per semester. The students will be given safety tests, a test on reading building plans, and a final exam. There will also be weekly logs and journals that they have to complete, outlining any mistakes they made during the week, or any safety precautions they took to avoid injury. To date, there’s been no need to deal with injuries. “I’ve never had one,” Shantz said, knocking on wood. “The worst one was a student throwing a scrap piece of wood off the second floor down to the garbage pile that had a nail in it, and the nail slid and cut his finger. And of course hammered thumbs and scraped knuckles.” MennoHomes is now in search of trades partners to join them in helping build the home in Elmira, in particular any company’s willing to donate labour, time or materials to their cause. The foundation is expected to be poured this August in time for the students’ arrival in September. “Why do we think it’s a great idea?” Buhr asks. “Well, it’s a form of ownership in Woolwich Township for the township’s needs. There is a need for affordable housing for families and for seniors and this particular project on Centre Street is for families, and the students at EDSS are part of the Woolwich response, and a part of that community ownership.”

A dance-a-thon at John Mahood PS was a great leap forward in the Elmira school’s bid for new playground equipment. The Valentine’s Day event raised more than $6,000 towards the project, which is expected to cost $60,000. The school council has set a goal of raising $15,000 annually for four years. The event, which qualified as a fitness activity under the provincial physical education curriculum requirements, saw students spend the day in the gym, swaying to the music provided by a DJ. An estimated 350 students took to the floor and danced their hearts out for a 40- minute period. The parents’ council expect to make it an annual event.

> School reports available online For parents interested in gaining a broader understanding of their child’s education, the 2010 Waterloo Region District School Board annual director’s report is now available online. The 30-page document is a comprehensive look at the past 12 months at the WRDSB, and outlines specific school initiatives, partnerships and awards, recognizes individual achievements by faculty and staff, provides a breakdown of the 2010-2011 school board budget, as well as an overview of EQAO performance in the region. The report can be found by visiting www.wrdsb.ca. Reports going back to 2003 are still available online as well.

> gRCA gets $800K for water protection The Grand River Conservation Authority this week received $800,000 to help protect drinking water in what’s known as the Lake Erie Source Protection Region. Funds from the provincial government will help local landowners upgrade or decommission wells and septic systems, install runoff and erosion control measures and implement agricultural best management practices. In the past three years, the Ontario government has supported more than 2,000 projects, including inspecting and upgrading more than 1,000 septic systems and decommissioning or upgrading more than 480 wells. “We all have a shared responsibility for protecting our drinking water. The work that is being done here in the Lake Erie Source Protection Region area will help our community protect drinking water sources for years to come,” said Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Leeanna Pendergast.

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> 6:10 PM | A homeowner

on Arthur Road in Wellesley reported a hit-and-run with damage to the house. A dog groomer leaving the property hit the house on Feb. 18, but did not report the damage. The homeowner discovered damage to the brickwork and called police. Upon questioning, the groomer admitted to causing the damage.

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a home on Nelson Avenue in Kitchener reported a breakand-enter, which occurred overnight. The door to the home was smashed in and water was filling the basement. The main water supply had been broken off at the meter, causing about two feet of water to run into the

lower level and cause damage. The house was vacant due to a foreclosure and is being prepared for sale by the bank. Police are investigating.

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Waterloo woman slid off the road at Ebycrest and Bridge streets. The woman crossed the centerline and climbed the guardrail, becoming stuck on it. An off-duty EMS worker stopped to help, put out flares and notified police. No injuries were reported. The collision is being blamed on bad weather, however the woman was charged with failing to present her insurance card.

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taken to a Listowel hospital after a 21-year-old Listowel man hit a 28-year-old Proton Station man on Mercer Road near Line 86. The Listowel man attempted to pass the other vehicle, hit it in the rear and pushed it into the intersection, where it crossed into oncoming traffic and then into the ditch. The Listowel man and his passenger were treated in hospital for a broken nose and a broken arm. Police are still investigating and charges have not yet been laid.

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Kate: Community very supportive > CONTINUED FROM COVER kids went to bed that was my job, and I’ve worked pretty hard at it,” said Kelly. Kate’s Kause is holding another fundraiser, this time a benefit dance on Mar. 5 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. at the Lions Hall in Elmira. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door, and there will be draws for great prizes, including a grand prize which is a week’s accommodation at the Hilton Grand Vacation Club in Las Vegas. The prize is a donation from Meissner’s cousin, who owns a timeshare in the building and has donated one of her weeks for the cause. Anyone who might be interested in

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Snowmobile ride raises $2,500 for MS Society Hare said, laughing at the enthusiasm and energy riders expressed when it was all over. “They were actually planning next year’s event. They were saying ‘next year we’re

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taking this way and we’re doing this.’” Mayhew-Hare is already hard at work planning future events, including a motorcycle ride and concert for progeria, June 18.

READY TO RIDE Participants in the second annual Flurries Ride for MS lined up at Tim Hortons in

Elmira Feb. 12 waiting to start their 150 KM trek to raise funds and awareness for the disease. Organizer Amanda Lynn Mayhew-Hare (centre front) is surrounded by the friends who helped her to raise $2,500 for the charity. Front row: Tanis Lewis, ride ambassador Jamie Fenton, Amanda Lynn Mayhew-Hare, Craig Hare, Garry Mayberry and Woolwich Mayor Todd Cowan, who saw the group off. Ride captains Craig one a power wheel a healthy way. “It’s especially heartHare and Dave Martin chair,” she said. The ride did double- warming to see. We do helped keep the large group safe across trails duty for both Mayhew- a lot of our own fundwhich the head of the Hare and St. John, pro- raisers, but it’s wonElmira Snowmobile moting awareness for derful when pockets Club, Garry Mayberry, the cause in an active of people take up the cause and decide to encalled challenging at and healthy way. “I try to allow people tertain themselves and times. “I enjoy the longer to have an arena where their friends and supruns. It’s the first time they talk about their port a charity in the efI’ve ever gone in a illnesses and still try to fort,” she said. At the ride’s conclugroup that large, so it find a way to have fun was kind of a unique in life and have a good sion spirits were high experience,” Mayber- time and be active,” while fundraisers were ry said. “It got pretty said Mayhew-Hare. “I awarded door prizes blowy and there was a love snowmobiles and donated by local comlot of drifting. It made motorcycles so I came panies. Ride ambassait more challenging as up with a way to inter- dor Jamie Fenton, a lotwine that into making cal resident living with the day went on.” The executive direc- people aware of health MS, was also the day’s biggest fundraiser, taktor of the local chapter issues.” St. John stressed the ing in $925. of the MS Society, Su“Everyone ended san St. John, called the importance of exermoney raised by the cise and activity for up with a door prize. riders an awesome gift. those living with MS Jamie ended up with “It’s an amazing and was excited to see the grand prize, a trip amount of money. It an independent group for four to Buttermilk will help us buy some- promoting the cause in Falls resort,” Mayhew-

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MESSAGE OF LOVE The Grand Harmony Chorus brought a little light to Elmira residents on an otherwise dreary Valentine’s Day Feb. 14. The group delivered nine surprise singing Valentine grams. From left, Norma Steinman, Pat Martin, Yvonne Gingrich and Elaine Lewis. “We love singing. It to a chorus of “Happy The group, consistBirthday” when the ing of Yvonne Gin- brings smiles to every foursome learned of grich, Elaine Lewis, one’s faces,” Gingrich another patron’s spe- Pat Martin and Norma said. The chorus takes recial day. Steinman, presented Martin was bash- nine singing telegrams quests for other parful about the message, on the holiday and ties or special events. and although the ladies was just one of sever- “We’ll sing anywhere,” were sworn to secrecy al groups touring the laughed Lewis as the about its sender, saying area. The group has quartet ran off to only “it’s from a secret been rehearsing to- brighten someone else’s admirer,” he was pretty gether for just a week, day and bring a little sure he knew who it but has a combined harmony to an othercame from. “And boy is singing experience of wise dreary Monday. she going to be in trou- more than 45 years. ble when I get home,” Gingrich was filling in ABOUT FACE he joked, blushing from for a missing quartet all the attention. member.

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The current warming trend and the statutory holiday on Monday present more potential for water-related problems. Schultz recommends planning non-water related activities for the holiday. He emphasized that even if water looks frozen it is probably not stable. “Any ice that’s there is going to be much more fragile and thin than it was this week and it can change pretty quickly.” GRCA staff met Wednesday afternoon for their annual briefing on projected flood conditions and flood advisory procedures. Schultz said with winter long from over and with a potential for more snow, flooding is almost certain this year. For more information on flood conditions in local areas residents can look find real-time data at www.grandriver.ca.

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Region given top score by rating agency; townships see benefits James Jackson

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oody’s Investor Services has once again given the Region of Waterloo a triple-A rating, its highest credit score. That’s good news for Woolwich and Wellesley townships, which will pay lower interest rates on money borrowed from the region as a result. In a report published Feb. 7, the financial institution noted, “the Region Municipality of Waterloo’s AAA rating reflects sound financial management, a low debt burden and a strong liquidity position.” In terms of how the company looks at regional and local governments, Moody’s exam-

ines several factors to decide upon their ranking. They reviewed the operating environment of the region, financial performance in recent years, debt levels, government and fiscal management, and the economic fundamentals of the region as well, said Jennifer Wong, the lead analyst for Moody’s in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. “They’ve had robust growth in revenues, supported by a strong growing economy, and they have prudent fiscal policies and planning, which has helped the region generate operating surpluses, (and) they have a relatively low debt burden and high levels of cash in-

vestment.” The prudent fiscal planning within the region was one of the biggest factors in the rating. In 2009, total revenues increased by 5.1 per cent in the region, and even though total expenses outstripped that revenue increase by rising 11.5 per cent, the region still managed to generate an overall surplus of $15 million. The substantial level of asset liquidity was also highlighted in the report. By December 2009, cash and investments in the region amounted to $300 million, up from $244 million just five years prior. This accumulation of cash and investments reflect Waterloo’s

“prudent and forwardthinking fiscal planning, building up cash reserves in anticipation of capital projects and future obligations,” the report said. For Woolwich and Wellesley townships, the AAA rating is going to be a long-term benefit, mostly in relation to borrowing money from the region, referred to as debenturing. “Woolwich, being a lower-tier municipality, cannot apply for longterm debenturing according to the municipal act, it has to be done through the region,” explained Richard Petherick, the township’s director of finance. What that AAA credit rating ensures is lower

interest rates for the township on any loans that they may apply for. “We’re going to receive better interest rates because they are more secure – the worse your rating is the higher your interest will be.” Most recently Woolwich applied for $3.7 million in debenture loans from the region to help with the financing and construction of the Woolwich Memorial Centre and the new community centre in Breslau, and Petherick also expects to identify some more modest debenturing needs to be included in the 2011 budget, to be presented to council on Mar. 3. The lower interest rates also apply to

Wellesley Township, which is also required to borrow money through the regional debenturing program. “If you’re looking at our budget, you’ll see that we do have some projects that have been paid for through debentures, and quite often if we do any sort of local improvement projects we would allow the people to debenture those costs and that is all put through the region as well,” explained Susan Duke, Wellesley’s chief administrative officer. In 2011, Wellesley expects to accrue $42,423.50 in interest on debenture loans from the region, which topped more than $118,000.

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Are we to assume that all the renowned panellists were merely engaging in protecting their own? Sebastian Siebel-Achenbach letter on page 12

VERBATIM not happy. Get the message. All of you. I this to be biased. I didn’t expect it Ito'mexpected be over the top. I’m really disappointed in what I see here.

> Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig reacts to a regional report outlining "alternatives" to plans for expensive light rail transit

THE MONITOR 2005, just 7 countries had scores of 100 or I(Anmore out of 120 in the Failed States Index. score of 120 would mean that a society is failing totally by every measure.) By 2010, it was 15. Higher scores for countries at the top, and the doubling of countries with scores of 100 or higher, suggest that state failure is both spreading and deepening.

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egional councillors appear primed to back away from plans for a light rail transit scheme in the face of overwhelming opposition from the public. That hasn’t prevented administrators from continuing to push for the project. Instructed by councillors to come up with alternatives to the original plan – a train linking malls in Kitchener and Waterloo, fast buses for Cambridge – staff came back this week with 10 options. On the face of it, that seems like a great deal of choice, but most of the options involved the train, simply stretching out implementation through various phases. Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig, skeptical about the whole process, was not impressed. Much of Cambridge’s umbrage stems from a perceived preference for Kitchener and Waterloo at that

city’s expense. Costs, too, come into play, as even the least expensive of the options offered up would cost in excess of $600 million, plus extra expenditures and overruns. That issue is of particular interest to the townships. Although residents of the four rural parts of the region wouldn’t be billed directly, as they would receive no benefits, they will be burdened with the opportunity costs associated with massive amounts of resources being funneled into a service aimed at only a small percentage of the population. While Woolwich is involved in two of the options floated this week – bus and train service extending to St. Jacobs – neither is even remotely possible given the hundreds of millions of dollars needed. As it stands today, even the modest bus service linking Elmira and St. Jacobs to Waterloo is in jeopardy, as ridership numbers

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Egyptian case shows the good sense of Arabs T

hey wouldn’t do it for al-Qaeda, but they finally did it for themselves. The young Egyptian protesters who overthrew the Mubarak regime on Saturday have accomplished what two generations of violent Islamist revolutionaries could not. And they did not just do it non-violently; they succeeded because they were non-violent. They also succeeded because they had reasonable goals that could attract mass support: democracy, economic growth, social justice. This was in marked contrast to the goals of the Islamist radicals, which were so unrealistic that they never managed to get the support of the Arab masses. Even to talk about “the masses” sounds anachronistic these days, but when we are talking about revolution it is still a relevant category. Revolutions, whether Islamist or democratic, win if they can gain mass support, and fail if they cannot. The Islamists have got a great deal of attention in the past two decades, and especially since 9/11, but as revolutionaries they are spectacular failures. The problem was their analysis of what was wrong in the Arab world. Like most extremist versions of religion, Islamism is a form of obsessivecompulsive disorder. Its diagnosis essentially says that the poverty, oppression and humiliation that Arabs experience are due to the fact that they are not obeying God’s rules, especially about dress and behaviour, and so God has turned His face from them. The cure for all these ills, therefore, is precise and universal observance of all God’s rules and injunctions, as interpreted in their peculiarly narrow and intolerant version of Islam. Men must grow their beards, for example,

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International Affairs GWYNNE DYER but they must not trim them. If only they get these and a thousand other details right, the Arabs will be rich, respected and victorious, for then God will be willing to help them. The Islamists never talked about the Arabs, of course. They spoke only of “the Muslims”, for their ideology rejected all distinctions of history, language and nationality: the ultimate objective was a unified “Caliphate” that erased all borders between Muslim countries. In practice, however, most of them were Arabs, although Arabs are only a quarter of the world’s Muslims. Osama bin Laden is a Saudi Arabian. His deputy, Dr Ayman al-Zawahiri, is an Egyptian. The great majority of the founders of al-Qaeda were Arabs. That makes sense, for it is the Arab world that has seen the greatest fall from former prosperity, lives under the worst dictatorships, and has suffered the greatest humiliations at the hands of the West and Israel. From Turkey to Indonesia, most non-Arab Muslim countries enjoy reasonable economic growth, and some are full-blooded democracies. Their governments work on behalf of their own countries, not for Western interests, and they do not have to contend with an Israeli problem. If there was ever going to be mass support for the Islamist revolution, it was going to be in the Arab world.

Revolutionary movements often resort to terrorism: it’s a cheap way of drawing attention to your ideas, and it may even lead to an uprising if the target regime responds by becoming even more oppressive. The first generation of Islamists thought they would trigger an uprising in Saudi Arabia when they seized control of the Grand Mosque in Mecca in 1979, and in Egypt when they assassinated president Anwar Sadat in 1981. There were no mass uprisings in support of the Islamists either then or later, however, and the reason is that Arabs aren’t fools. Many of them intensely disliked the regimes they lived under, but it took only one look at the Islamist fanatics, with their straggly beards and counter-rotating eyeballs, to know that they would not be an improvement. A second generation of Islamists, spearheaded by al-Qaeda, pushed the strategy of making things worse to its logical conclusion. If driving Arab regimes into greater repression could not trigger pro-Islamist revolutions, maybe the masses could be radicalised by tricking the Americans into invading Muslim countries. That was the strategy behind the 9/11 attacks—but still the masses would not come out in the streets. When they finally did come out in the past couple of months, first in Tunisia, then in Egypt, and already in other Arab countries as well, it was not in support of the Islamist project at all. What the protesters were demanding was democracy and an end to corruption. Some of them may want a bigger presence for Islam in public

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“Spending the day with my son, my daughter, and my grandkids. Hopefully we’re going tubing, I’m just not too sure about the weather.” > Dawn Malo

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Adults needed for debate on immigration policy

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mmigration policy is back on the public agenda. Maybe this time we can have a rational discussion about the shortcomings and what has to be changed. The failures are obvious. Economically, new immigrants cost us far more than they add to the economy – about $16 billion a year. Yet we continue to hear that unsustainably high immigration levels are needed to offset an aging population or to counter declining birthrates or to provide skilled workers or to provide people to do work Canadians don’t want to do … and the list goes on. Few of the economic arguments stand up to scrutiny. Worst still are the impacts to our culture and social cohesion. That topic, however, is a political hot potato, rife with accusations of racism, which stifles debate. In announcing some changes to immigration policy this week, the Harper government is walking a fine line. It wants to reduce the number of family-class immigrants slightly, focusing on those in the economic class. Cracking down on illegals is also part of the plan. Its stance attempts to mollify the majority of Canadians increasingly worried about immigration’s negative impact on the country while continuing to pander to immigrant votes, a mainstay with all political parties. (The idea being that immigrants are grateful to the government that brought them into the country.) At the heart of the latest tweaks is the realization that the majority of immigrants don’t meet the already-

From the Editor Steve Kannon weak economic rationale for immigrants in the first place: the need for skilled workers who already speak one of our two official languages. In fact, only 17 per cent of immigrants fit that bill. Another 26 per cent are the immediate family members – spouse and children – of those immigrants, although they, too, are lumped into the economic class, which officially makes up about 60 per cent of immigrants. That class also includes “business” immigrants, the kind that come here to open businesses, typically small ones that pay poorly rather than the occasional splashy ones governments like to trot out for public consumption. The numbers are obviously padded to hide the fact that more than four-fifths of immigrants – including the 13 per cent who come as refugees – don’t contribute to the economy, but in fact draw far more social services than they provide in tax revenue. Immigration has long been detached from Canada’s economic needs, argues the Ottawa-based Centre for Immigration Policy Reform. In 2010, for instance, the government allowed in 280,000 immigrants, the largest number in 57 years, despite a recession, growing unemployment, increasing demand for social

services and a record-high deficit. “We’re paying an arm and a leg to bring immigrants to Canada. The research shows that it’s costing us a fortune without any benefits,” says CIPR board member Martin Collacott, a former ambassador and currently senior fellow at the Fraser Institute where he studies immigration and refugee policy, national identity and multiculturalism, as well as related national security issues. The organization says immigration numbers should be cut dramatically. Drawing on British studies about its immigrant problems, the number here should be somewhere around 70,000, centered on skilled, ready-for-the-workplace immigrants and their immediate families. The family-class programs – parents, grandparents, siblings – just doesn’t work, and runs counter to the way immigration occurred historically. In my own family’s case, one set of great-grandparents made a one-way trip to Canada, never again seeing any of those they left behind. Of my immigrant grandparents, there was the occasional transAtlantic trip in later years, but that was about it. Today, with cheap travel, e-mail and phone service, immigrants have ample ways to stay in touch. But apparently that’s not good enough: many want to bring the entire extended family over with them. “The older immigrants knew there was a price to pay for immigration and the opportunities it provide. New people want it both ways,” says Collacott.

“Immigration is supposed to be about what is good for Canadians. And bringing in parents isn’t good for us.” An immediate drop in numbers should be the first step, the rationale response to current economic conditions. Perhaps even a freeze is in order, providing time for exiting immigrants to integrate into our society, both economically and culturally. Changes are needed on both fronts. Economically, where immigrants once assumed a comparable standard of living after about 10 years in the country, that trend stopped almost three decades ago. Today, immigrants now earn considerably less – as little as half of native-born Canadians – with little prospect of improvement. That in turn leads to some of the societal problems increasingly associated with immigration. Record numbers streaming in add to overall GDP and taxation levels, but that does not translate into greater prosperity for all. Just the opposite, as quality of life takes a hit, particularly in larger cities. There are plenty of reasons to discuss immigration policy and the attendant and equally-flawed multiculturalism programs. We just have to get past the politically correct nonsense and be adults about if for the sake of the country. “We have to figure out how you can have an informed and engaged debate without descending into name-calling,” says Collacott, hitting the nail on the head.

proven, then another contrary hypothesis has not been invalidated. This is methodologically suspect. Scientific method calls for experimentation to prove a hypothesis and if the evidence does not substantiate it, the hypothesis is rejected; it has no direct bearing on another hypothesis. The null hypothesis is used in statistics to show that a correlation has not been established; likewise, it cannot be used to substantiate another hypothesis. Thus, to argue that anthropogenic global warming (AGW) has not been proven, thereby substantiating a contrary hypothesis is false and misleading; not proving the former does not make the latter any more correct. What is difficult to understand is Mr. Findlay’s repeated allusions to scientific conspiracies. To throw out hundreds of studies that have established AGW beyond a reasonable doubt because a couple do not suggests an absence of balance in perspective which veers towards prejudice. He refers to ‘Climategate’ of 2009 when e-mail evidence hacked from the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia revealed poor behaviour and alleged tampering of data by leading climatologists. He failed to mention

that no fewer than five independent panels of inquiry, three British and two American, investigated and every one concluded that the scientific findings were sound and exonerated all of the leading scientists involved in climate research of misconduct, including Dr. Michael Mann of Pennsylvania State University whom Mr. Findlay derides for his “hockey stick” graph showing accelerating global warming. Are we to assume that all the renowned panellists were merely engaging in protecting their own? Does the emperor really have no clothes, or does Mr. Findlay just not want to open his eyes to the possibility that AGW is valid? His position reminds me of the tobacco lobby’s antics a generation ago, which took whatever half-truths it could find (or buy!) to sow sufficient doubt in the public’s mind about the incontrovertible link between smoking and cancer. The vast majority of studies made the connection; the public was not duped. Expressing critical doubt is a positive attribution to be encouraged in every citizen. But being a contrarian for its own sake without something more substantial as support

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

What would we do? To the Editor, „ As exciting as it is to watch the Egyptian people rise up and seize their power, democratic governments around the world would be wise to take notice of the passion people have for fair play in their lives. Before we become too smug about our democratic place in the world, should we not examine our own societies more closely? Aren’t the brutal and manipulative forces Mubarak used on his people also in place in our own societies, just better hidden? We only have to look to last summer’s G20 summit to see how protestors were treated in North America. What would the Canadian government do if two million people all of a sudden crashed the Parliament or Bay Street for that matter, for 18 days demanding a change in leadership? Would sneaky and dirty tactics be used to maintain the status quo, or would a gracious “transitional plan” be put into place to effect change?

> Cameron Kantor, London

Evidence, not contrarianism, is key to climate debate To the Editor, „ I’ll stick with my characterization of Mr. Alan Findlay’s position as being the pot calling the kettle black (letters, Observer, Feb. 5/11). His denunciation of proponents of human-generated global warming as trying “to ignore, manipulate, or reverse such basic scientific principles” and thereby “stepping outside of science and into the realm of faith” applies more to his own conviction than to those be opposes. Mr. Findlay undermines his credibility by stating that the climatechange models are unproven because they have failed to accurately predict precise future average temperatures or even to account for current climate variations. Because a precise number cannot be provided does not invalidate a theory. Then, confusingly, he states: “The null hypothesis, that the climate responds primarily to natural processes, has not been disproven.” The inference here is to suggest that if the original hypothesis has not been

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Take a class, save a life

KMW Outreach to offer basic first aid, CPR and babysitting courses in rural areas James Jackson

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or Kirk Wannamaker, a terrible accident was what convinced him he needed to learn standard first aid and how to save a life. Now, he’s turned that desire to help others into a partnership with the Red Cross to provide CPR and first aid training to the rural citizens of Woolwich and the surrounding area. “Unfortunately, I had someone die, and I didn’t know first aid at the scene,” Wannamaker explained. About five years ago while driving his daughter, Vicki, home from ringette, they came upon the scene of a collision where a 19-year-old driver had struck a telephone pole. Wannamaker made his best attempts to help the victim until help arrived, but it was not enough. “I realized it was silly and I couldn’t continue on like this and not know what I was doing.”

Wannamaker earned his standard first aid certificate from the Red Cross, and for the past two years he has been working with the Red Cross as an instructor. Now he is taking that collaboration with the Red Cross one step further: he and Vicki have developed a business plan to partner with the Red Cross and have formed KMW Outreach Inc., aimed at getting first aid training out into the more rural areas. “The Red Cross wants to move out into the community and start providing first aid training right in the communities, as opposed to having rural people drive into Kitchener or Guelph. They’re finding that if we can go out and

provide the first aid training, the penetration would be a lot better for the Red Cross programs.” Wannamaker is looking to do training through schools, church groups, community centres, and even private companies that require their employees to have specific first aid training. His daughter, Vicki, is going to offer a babysitting course to youth aged 11 to 15. Vicki, 20, has worked as a lifeguard at the pool in Elmira since she was 16, and also took the babysitting course herself when she was 12, so she is well aware of the requirements of the program. “It’s basically teaching kids how to take care of babies, toddlers, school-age children. It also

helps with families who might have an older child and might want to keep the kids at home alone, it gives them more confidence that the child will know what they’re doing.” Vicki, who is also a member of the first response team at her Wilfrid Laurier University campus, said many people are hesitant about applying first aid or CPR because they are afraid of doing something wrong and further injuring the person, which only emphasizes the need to become properly certified. Wannamaker’s business plan has him working in Elmira up to the Owen Sound, Collingwood, and Hanover area. He is go-

HELPING HANDS Kirk Wannamaker, owner of KMW Outreach Inc., holds a mannequin used to teach proper CPR on adults, while daughter Vicki holds an infant mannequin. The company is offering CPR and standard first aid training to the rural areas around Elmira in partnership with the Red Cross. Also available is the Red Cross babysitting course.

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ing to be offering CPR/AED training, emergency first aid, standard first aid, healthcare provider training, as well as recertification of all levels. His goal is to have two classes per month in the standard first aid and CPR training, as well as offer courses to private companies. Wannamaker sees the babysitting course as an important first step in introducing a child to proper first aid training, including the prop proper response if a child is cut or choking. Aside from basic first aid and childcare tips, however, the babysitter program will help instruct youth on how to write an effective résumé, what questions to ask parents before accepting a job,

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s part of a Canadian delegation to Europe last month, Don Kenny, chair of the Guelph-based Grain Farmers of Ontario, stood alongside federal agriculture minister Gerry Ritz and others, imploring the EU to take a science-based approach to agricultural trade and genetically modified crops. Any decisions made in Europe about restricting Canadian imports should be based on scientific study, not theoretical threats or public pressure, they said. But the delegates knew that despite Canada’s advocacy position abroad, back home, technology could be in trouble. That’s because Parliamentarians were considering Bill C-474, which would amend the Seed Regulations Act, introduced by New Democrat agriculture critic Alex Atamanenko. The proposed changes would require that the potential impact of a new genetically engineered seed on export markets be studied before it could be sold. While the delegation was in Europe, the bill’s third reading was coming up. So it’s understandable that Kenny – and many others in mainstream agriculture who support research and technology – were audibly relieved when the bill was defeated last week, 176 to 97, as the Liberals and Conservatives voted together to put it down. According to Kenny, the bill “would have undermined everything the delegation advocated

Food For Thought Owen Roberts for” in Europe. For his part, Ed Schafer, president of the Canadian Canola Growers Association, said the proposed changes “would have added ambiguity and uncertainty to the seed system.” The end result, he said, would be “a loss of innovation and competitiveness for farmers.” And all this stemmed from the suggestion that new technologies be studied for their export impact? Well, that’s the superficial explanation. But really, the C-474 battle was fundamentally about different approaches to creating agricultural policy in Canada, and polarized attitudes towards agri-business. The bill was defeated, but the war rages on. On one side are those who favour policies based on sound science. They argue that if decision- and policy makers eschew science-based evidence (testing, primarily) and bend to special interests, Canada could become a developmental backwater. Commercial farmers could be denied technologies enjoyed by their global competitors, they say, because companies are unlikely to

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invest meaningfully in new crop varieties in Canada, knowing products could be shut-out from the market because they might cause problems. The opportunity is huge for small but vocal special-interest groups to influence such decisions. On the other side were proponents of the precautionary principle – that is, those who favour a cautious approach towards new technology, regardless of whether science says it’s safe. In Bill C-474’s case, being cautious meant new biotechnology products could not be exported until market assessments of their potential impact were completed. And should those assessments indicate a potential problem, the technology could be held back. But is the current system broken? Most farmers don’t think so. The

canola growers’ Schafer says with herbicide-tolerant canola (great in salads, by the way), farmers have reduced their herbicide use and shifted to conservation tillage practices, which are better for the environment and prevent soil erosion. And biotechnology has improved canola farmers’ fortunes – a University of Saskatchewan study shows farmers benefit by up to $26 per acre from planting herbicide-tolerant canola, compared to conventional canola. So, this time, science-based policy advocates, including farmers, won the fight. But they need to work hard every day to make their positions better understood to the public and to decision makers. Genetically modified food opponents will not let up. Neither should those who believe in evidence-based policies.

Courses: Livesaving instruction > CONTINUED FROM PG. 13 and how to change and feed young children. “You don’t consider having to feed them, and even what to do when they’re sleeping. It can be a big surprise how much you actually have to do when you’re babysitting,” said Vicki. The standard first aid courses run about $120 per person, and the CPR course will cost about $80. The babysitting course costs $40. It takes 16 hours of training to earn your standard first aid training certification, and it can be done over a weekend. For the babysitting course, youth must complete eight hours of training, which can either be done in one day, or over the course of a couple weeks. Wannamaker also said the only restriction for learning CPR is that students must be 16 years old, otherwise they may not have sufficient body mass to properly perform the chest compressions. He does emphasize that everyone can, and should, learn

basic first aid. “Seventy per cent of heart attacks occur within the home, and from the time someone calls an ambulance until they arrive on scene is about eight minutes, and if nobody does anything for those eight minutes their survival rate is very late. But by training in first aid, they can at least keep the person viable until help arrives.” The elderly should not be afraid of earning their first aid certification just because on their age alone, either. “I had a 70-year-old nurse recertify to go back into the emergency room. The big element with CPR is the compressions, and some people can have significant arthritis and are afraid to try it, but we can teach them singlehand compressions so they are still able to do it,” he said. KMW Outreach will be offering first aid and babysitting courses over March break. More information is available online at www.kmwoutreach.ca or by calling Kirk Wannamaker at (519) 722-9666.

Dyer: Common sense to prevail > CONTINUED FROM PG. 11 life, and others may not, but very few of them want revolutionary Islamism. It is a testimony to the good sense of the Arabs, and a rebuke to the ignorant rabble of Western pundits and “analysts” who insisted that Arabs could not do democracy at all,

or could only be given it at the point of Western guns. It is equally a rebuke to bin Laden and his Islamist companions, hidden in their various caves. They were never going to sweep to power across the Arab world, let alone the broader Muslim world, and only the most impressionable and excitable observers ever thought they would.

Letter: Stick to the facts > CONTINUED FROM PG. 12

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provides little illumination to anyone in the end. Mr. Findlay should heed falling into this trap and refrain from disseminating the very misinformation, distortions, and ‘faith’ he accuses his opponents

of. If he looked at the issue from a less conspiratorial perspective, he might not get so warmed up and thereby contribute in a very personal way to the reduction in manmade global warming.

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Doggedly determined at an early age

BORN TO RUN Renata Sauder

practices with the second national sled dog team on the Kissing Bridge Trail in Elmira before racing with them in Kearney, ON.

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ome teenagers ask for dance lessons, others an electric guitar. Renata Sauder asked for a sled dog. At 14, Sauder asked her parents to buy her first dog, a Siberian Husky named Osie, and heard the answers one might expect from parents. “They said ‘oh you’re just going to have it for a week and then we’ll have to take care of it,’” said Sauder, now 22. “So, first I did the fish and then the hamsters and then they saw I was serious.” Eight years later Sauder owns three sled dogs and races with some of the best dog teams in the country. In her most recent competition, she raced using the second-place national team of dogs, in a two-day four mile event in Kearney, Ont. Sauder placed second on day one, but fell to fourth on the second day. “They’re fast, it’s very, very exciting,” she said of the national team. “It was fascinating to see that caliber of dog.” Although one wouldn’t expect a teenaged girl to be interested in sled dog racing, the extraordinariness of the sport is what attracted Sauder to the event. “I like doing things that are unique and different,” she said. Now a dog groomer

in Guelph, Sauder loves the sport for the connection it has with the dogs. More than just pets, Sauders animals are teammates and friends, working with her everyday. “They’re stunning animals, but there’s a lot more to them than just looks,” Sauder’s eyes light up as she talks about the three Siberian Huskies she owns. The oldest, seven-yearold Osie, retired now, plays outside with the newest addition to Sauder’s family: a five-month-old named Vixen who is just beginning her foray into sled dog racing. Training is a slow process so as to acclimatize the dog properly to the job they will perform. Currently Vixen is too young to race and is being socialized so she will know what to expect from the people she meets. “I have her around anything I can come up with. Fireworks, elevators, kids, people with funny hats, anything I think she could come in contact with at a race,” Sauder said. The dog is full of energy and even now pulls Sauder along on her leash when they go for walks, but has yet to be hooked to the harness that will pull Sauder through cold, snowy trails. Sauder is waiting until next winter to introduce Vixen to a sled,

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dragged more than 100 feet. Eventually she lost her grip on the sled and the dogs had to be rescued by a friend on a snowmobile. “He did this big western move, jumping from snowmobile to sled and then rode the team back and as he’s passing me he says ‘now you get to go get the snowmobile.’” She can laugh at the memory now. Although the dogs are always her primary concern, not every one sees the love she has for her team. Sauder has had to face angry protestors at races and defend her love of the event, more so recently after more than 100 dogs were alleged to have been slaughtered in British Columbia by a sled dog touring company. PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) members and other groups have accused the sport of being cruel to the animals, forcing them to work against their will. “This is absolutely what they live for, it’s what their bred for, it’s everything. You can’t make a sled dog pull,” Sauder said. Whips having been long outlawed in the sport, the only way a dog will run is if it wants to, she maintains. “Yes, it’s a race and yes it’s

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ast weekend, ‘The Culinary Studio’ played a great role at the Total Woman Show, which is held at Bingemans every year. We sponsored the Cooking Stage and invited local chefs, butchers, fishmongers and cooks on stage to enrich the audience’s knowledge about everything food. The overall theme was definitely a local one. According to the National Restaurant Association the top three food trends for 2011 are: 1. Locally sourced meats and seafood – it’s already pretty well known that there can be a large disconnect between consumers and the source of our meat and seafood. I think most of us know too that it’s time for a change. Using and promoting locally sourced meat and seafood,

From The Chef's Table Kirstie Herbstreit & Jody O'Malley as we do at The Culinary Studio, not only improves our diets but also greatly impacts the local economy and the lives of our farmer neighbors. 2. Locally grown produce – just like meat and seafood, it’s time to not only know where our produce comes from, but to source out foods close to home. Especially in an area like ours, where we are blessed with substantial and exceptional produce, there is no need to go further than

Racing: Training a key factor for both athlete and the sled team

Three Grain and Caramelized Onion Salad >>1 cup of red Quinoa >>1 cup of brown couscous >>1 cup of brown or green lentils >>Kosher salt, as needed >>3 cooking onions, thinly sliced >>1/4-cup extra virgin olive oil, divided >>Juice of 1 lemon >>1/2-cup sunflower seeds >>1/2-cup pumpkin (pepita) seeds >>Salt and pepper, to taste our backyard. 3. Sustainability – this is the capacity to endure, to diversify, produce and last. This emerging trend has many facets but essentially encourages consumers to think more about what they are eating, and to eat smarter. It means eating food that is healthier for people, and the planet. Think about producing food using less finite resources, emitting less greenhouse gases, treating those in the food chain better and making money for further production. Each day on the cooking stage we demonstrated and sampled this

simple dish of a grain salad. Quinoa contains all 12 amino acids that make up a complete protein, and coupled with seeds this salad makes a complete and healthy lunch. We served it with pan-seared Norwegian salmon from T&J Seafoods in Kitchener, and it would be fabulous with sautéed local vegetables or even roasted local pork. It was such a hit that we want to share the recipe with you here. We found all of the grains and seeds at a bulk food store, where each grain came with cooking directions. Be sure to add a good pinch of salt while cooking each grain. Cook each grain separately, according to package directions; After each grain is cooked to al dente, drain and spread out on a baking sheet to cool down; Meanwhile, heat about 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and cook onions slowly, about 45 minutes over low heat, until well caramelized; Toss all grains with onions, lemon juice, seeds and salt and pepper to taste; add olive oil to moisten; Enjoy this salad warm, cold or at room temperature.

>>Chefs Kirstie Herbstreit and Jody O’Malley are both Red Seal certified chefs. Together they run the company YouCanCook2 and The Culinary Studio. You can also find them cooking at Entertaining Elements in St. Jacobs,where they hold private dinners for eight people. To contact the chefs, visit their website www. theculinarystudio.ca.

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> CONTINUED FROM PG. 15 competitive, but we’re all a bunch of friends and we’re all there to have fun. It’s all about the dogs. The dogs’ safety and their happiness is the upmost priority at all times,” she said. “It’s not fair to lump us all into one group of abusers. That sort of abuse doesn’t make athletes.” Becoming athletes means training for not only the dogs, but Sauder as well, which includes acclimatizing herself to weather the dogs are naturally at home in. In the winter, Sauder has been known to feed and play with the dogs outside in just a t-shirt and jeans. “If I’m taking one of them for a walk I’ll dress as light as I can stand

and that will thicken my blood.” Spring may seem just around the corner, but Sauder still has her mind firmly on winter as she prepares for her last two races of the season. She doesn’t want to guess at how she will place, but hopes for a race and a team as good as the ones she had a Kearney. “I’m happy as long as I beat my own best and have a good clean run with no issues with the dogs.” And what about the parents who weren’t sure she could take on one puppy, let alone a whole team of sled dogs? “It’s my mom who wants another dog now,” Sauder giggled. “They are so proud of me and I couldn’t do it without them.”

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DOG DAYS Renata Sauder in her living room with her first Siberian husky, Osie. Now retired, Osie was once a racing teammate and Sauder’s lead dog.


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» Saturday, February 19, 2011

Goals galore as Kings sweep three T

here was reason to celebrate in the Sugar Kings’ dressing room last weekend as the team won all three of its weekend matches, extending a winning streak to five. The team, which had been on three-game downward slant last month, has rallied back to 62 points, one point shy of third-place Brantford in the Midwestern Conference of the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League. The Kings started and finished their weekend by causing Owen Sound some pain, beating them on Feb. 11 by a score of 7-1 and then clobbering them again 11-3 Sunday on home ice. In between matches with the Greys, the Kings met the Winter Hawks in Cambridge, posting a 7-4 victory. Despite watching his team outshoot Owen Sound 98-49 over the weekend, Elmira coach Geoff Haddaway said the Greys were competitive, but couldn’t sustain the energy. “The issue with Owen Sound is they’re just short so many bodies right now. They have so many significant injuries, it makes it difficult for them to compete over 60 minutes,” he said. “For any short period of time, they can com-

pete.” The Kings enjoyed playing three games in three nights, using the repeated wins to slingshot themselves to their final victory on Sunday night. “We built some momentum up in Owen Sound and we got to come back and play again on Saturday and build on that momentum for Sunday,” Haddaway said. “I think the guys would rather play more hockey than less hockey.” While fatigue could have been an issue by the time the Kings got home for last Sunday’s match, that was not the case. The Greys made a good start on Feb. 13, scoring just 20 seconds in. The goal was quickly countered by Elmira’s Brennon Pearce, assisted by Brad Kraus and Devon Wagner at 3:49. Owen Sound demonstrated some of their short-term competitiveness at 10:17, bringing the score back to their favour. Elmira forward Jarred Parent made sure that was the last time the team from up north would be in the lead, taking advantage of a powerplay to score at 19:03, assisted by Josh MacDonald. The teams began the second frame tied at two apiece, > SEE KINGS ON PG.22

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Elizabeth Bate

» ELIZABETH BATE

Solid win over Cambridge is bookended by poundings of Owen Sound

MAKING IT LOOK EASY Back on home ice Feb. 13, the Kings stuck it to the Owen Sound Greys by a score of 11-3.

Above, Elmira forward Josh MacDonald tries to outmaneuver Owen Sound’s Justin Ainslie in a bid for the net. Below, Elmira’s Brady Campbell scored in second period action at the Dan Snyder Memorial Arena.

Jacks wind up season with a shootout win over Dukes

Sixth-place finish has team up against Ayr in first round of the playoffs; first home game tonight

I FINISHING ON A HIGH NOTE Wellesley forward Justin

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» ELIZABETH BATE

Roeder battles for the puck against the St. George Dukes on home ice Feb. 11. The Jacks would end their final game with a narrow 4-3 shootout win.

Elizabeth Bate

n over 65 minutes of highenergy play the Wellesley Applejacks beat back the St. George Dukes on Feb. 11 to win their final regular season game 4-3 in a shootout. The win put the team’s record at 17-14-4, the 38 points good enough for sixth place in the McConnell Conference of the Southern Ontario Junior Hockey League. They now face the third-place Ayr Centennials (22-11-2) in the first round of the playoffs. Head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick called the game a good

way to end the season, noting the team was pumped about its playoff round against Ayr. “We’re getting back to healthy – we’ve got a little ways to go – but some of our players that have been out were back playing and it went well,” he said of last week’s season-ender. Even though they were taking shots, the Jacks couldn’t score the first two periods of play, while St. George was able to get past goalie Jordan Bauman once in each frame. Going into the last third of the game, it looked as though

this one would turn out like so many recently have for the up-and-down Jacks: with a loss. The team was able to rally back to make an excellent showing courtesy of Eric Parr scoring a shorthanded goal at 4:04, assisted by Stephen Lewtas. St. George was able to score one more at 8:47, putting Wellesley back by two. With the help of Lewtas and Justin Roeder, Tim Stern shot one past Dukes’ netminder Tanner Armstrong at the 14-minute

> SEE JACKS ON PG.22


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» Saturday, February 19, 2011

19 SPORTS

Combining feathers, fur and spring can be scary

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ith spring just around the corner, anglers like me start to get serious about cleaning up their fly-tying bench. We’re not looking for miracles – just a chance to see enough table space so that we might be able to tie a few flies for the impending open water season. Call it spring cleaning, if you like. But anyone who has ever organized a fly-tying bench knows that it is something more than that. Disaster relief might be a better phrase. My own fly-tying bench is not too bad these days. Oh sure, it could stand some aid from a well equipped, non-government organization and their bulldozers. It might even benefit from a telethon or two, but it’s nothing like in previous years. In those dark days, I wouldn’t have advised any unarmed person to even approach it. These days, it’s not at all horrible on the tabletop. That’s where you’ll

Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea find a few vises, some fly-tying tools and bits and pieces of ribbon, wool, feathers and fur. The standard stuff really. The real problem starts the minute you explore a drawer or two. Then you will be confronted with furs that come from recognizable and unrecognizable sources. Some of them look benign. Some appear as if they are ready to pounce. It is those that are worrisome. The thing most people don’t recognize about fly tiers is that we just don’t take from nature, we give back too. For instance, those clumps of feathers and fur aren’t just helping

me create flies. They also feed a whole colony of moths. And thus the circle of life is complete, once again. Furthermore, if any animal ever were to go extinct, scientists might do well to visit their local fly tier so that they could borrow the fur or feathers to clone the unfortunate species back into existence. I’m pretty sure that I could save several given the chance. But that’s beside the point. This weekend, I’m hoping that, after a stiff drink or two, I can muster up the courage to open the oldest drawer in my fly tying desk. This is one that has not seen the light of day since about 1965. Between you and me, if Jimmy Hoffa or Amelia Earhardt turned up in there, I wouldn’t be too surprised. It’s more likely, however, that it will probably have been turned into a speakeasy for moths. When I open the drawer, I’ll probably hear ragtime music and witness a party in prog-

ress as moths do the Charleston and dine on exotic feathers and furs that I provided. Then, I imagine, they’ll all look up at the same time and someone will yell, “Jeepers, it’s the cops!” With that, they’ll pick up their hats, furs and feathered boas and scatter – leaving me to clean up after them. This will mean picking up the remaining fly-tying material and bagging it or placing it in appropriate containers. Then, though it goes against everything I stand for, I’ll put the vacuum cleaner to good use. I’ll do this for all the drawers at my bench, until my inventory is organized, once again. Then I will have a better idea of the road kill that I’ll need to keep an eye out for or the things that I might spend extra time begging my local taxidermist to save. Heck, I might even have to order stuff. And, you know, after that I might tie a fly or two as well.

A year in, things are booming at Breslau community centre

Demand from community fuels an increasing number of programs offered by rec. association James Jackson

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t’s been nearly a year since the Breslau community centre first opened its doors, and in that time the growth of services it has provided has surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations.

“Nobody realized it would get this big this fast,” said Lisa Nadon, the president of the Breslau Recreation Association. “It’s quite extensive, considering where we were when we started a year ago. We seem to be getting a lot of response and requests

for programs.” Registration for the spring programs offered in Breslau takes place Mar. 1 and 5, and there are a myriad of options to choose from to fit nearly any fitness or age group. There are four preschool programs, nine

youth programs, seven adult programs, and 16 different fitness classes ranging from Zumba to a learn-to-run club. In particular, Nadon said she and the rest of the community are looking forward to the return of organized

soccer in the community. About 100 kids registered last year, and organizers are expecting the same again in 2011. “I know a lot of older people in the community love

> SEE BRESLAU ON PG.21

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» Saturday, February 19, 2011

Lady Lancers fall just short in volleyball qualifier

» JAMES JACKSON

n heartbreaking fashion, the EDSS girls’ senior volleyball team had their season end Feb. 10 in a hardfought five-set qualifying round loss to Cameron Heights Secondary School. “It was an awesome game. It was the best game of the year that we played,” said coach Alex Derma following the loss. EDSS lost the first match 26-24 after coughing up a late lead, but rebounded to win the next 25-14. They couldn’t carry the momentum of their win through the rest of the game though, losing two of the next three matches by scores of 25-21, 21-25, and 15-10. “We still played phenomenal volleyball, but obviously lost in five sets.” The season was one of ups and downs for the Lancer ladies. They finished the season with a 6-5 record, but lost their captain and one of their best players – Katie Martin – in the second

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James Jackson

TAKING IT TO THE LIMIT EDSS’ Leah Shuh goes up to block a shot in

the second match of Thursday’s five-set qualifying-round loss to Cameron Heights.

semester when she was unavailable to play. Derma praised the play of Leah Shuh, who he says stepped in to replace Martin and didn’t miss a step, and as the team has done all season, the team rallied around each other and never gave in. “Last year we lost one of the best volleyball players that we’ve seen in a while, Jess Martin, and losing her we thought we’d be in a lot of trouble,” noted Derma. “But then Tracy Weber filled in and made a world of difference. She’s a smart, smart player and allowed us to progress as a team with the young girls we had.” The coach is also optimistic as they head into next season, as they should have five returning players – just one short of a starting lineup. “We lose Lydia Frey which is unfortunate because she is just a great athlete, but we had a young team on purpose with the hopes that we

can keep a competitive team for the next two or three years,” said Derma. “We have a bunch of grade 11s who are coming back next year and have played, some even started, so next year it won’t be as much of a transition so they can jump right in and play.” He also said that there is some good talent coming up from the junior squad, thanks to junior coach Fred Meisner’s decision to play everyone equally. “He gave them lots of playing time and played them all equally so their skills would develop faster for the senior program, and that’s worked out well,” Derma said. Despite the outcome, Derma also said that the final game of the season was the highlight of the year for him. The girls dug every ball and they showed that they really wanted to compete, which was exciting for him. “It ended on a very positive note, even though it ended in a loss.”

Sno-pitch tourney raises $2,000 for team, Elmira Legion Elizabeth Bate

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aseball isn’t just for the boys of summer, as witnessed by the fact local players took to the diamonds last weekend to raise money for the Elmira Misfits. The team, players for the Breslau Ladies Slow Pitch league, has hosted the annual sno-pitch tournament in

cooperation with the Elmira Legion for nearly a decade. This year funds will be helping to send the team to the national slow pitch championships in August. Team coach and sno-pitch organizer Sandy Fletcher was excited to see more than 80 participants on Feb. 12. “I just think these people have been really great. I call

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them up and say ‘this is the day, get a team’ and they just do it,” she said. In addition to coaching, Fletcher also umpired several games, jokingly adding it is what she does best. “I’m the coach. I tell people what to do, I’m good at that,” she laughed. Each team was charged $150 to enter the tournament,

but many received the money back through prizes. Twentyfive dollars was awarded to each winning team throughout the round-robin play, with an additional $200 and $150 going to the first and second-place teams. With a prize raffle and a bar part of the activities, Fletcher said the team and the Legion each take home about

$1,000. Saturday morning saw a dumping of fresh powder, bringing challenges for players. Kathy Doey and Donna Herrfort, Misfits team members and umpires for the event, saw players doing as much falling as running in

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Breslau: New facility has quickly become nerve center of the village > CONTINUED FROM PG. 19

to see the park up and going again because their kids were all avid members of baseball and soccer. They’ve all grown, of course, so it’s nice to see a bunch of little ones running around and tearing up our field,” she laughed. One of the biggest challenges for Nadon is the fact

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Kings: Team thrives on heavy workload > CONTINUED FROM PG. 18

» ELIZABETH BATE

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A FINE DAY'S WORK Lukas Baleshta had two goals and one assist in a high-scoring match for the Kings against the Owen Sound Greys on Feb. 13. up by eight goals. With his team having just three more regular season games left, Haddaway can see the playoff light at the end of the tunnel approaching; he hopes last weekend is an indicator of the type of play to come for the Kings. “This is what you live for.

The playoffs are the most fun you’ll have all year,” he said. “It’s just a snapshot of the season, it’s the whole year wrapped up in a seven-game series.” The Kings are on home ice against Listowel tomorrow night (Sunday). Game time is 7:30 p.m.

Jacks: First playoff series now underway > CONTINUED FROM PG. 18 mark on a powerplay. Rob Hinschberger repeated the move with the assistance of Kevin Howorth and Mark Hamilton a minute later, tying the game at 3-3. Five minutes of overtime saw no change in the score. In the shootout that followed, all three St. George attempts were rebuffed by Bauman. “Jordan played really well in net. He shut the door at them and it was a good game,” Fitzpatrick said.

EDSS boys fall in qualifying round of hockey playoffs James Jackson

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but Elmira would make that number a distant memory for the Greys. Captain Josh Woolley got things rolling by scoring an unassisted, short-handed goal at 1:52. Owen Sound would get to see plenty of rubber over those 20 minutes, with Elmira slipping the puck past goalie Domingo Torrenueva five more times. “If we execute the way we know we’re capable of, then the results take care of themselves,” said Haddaway. “Every game should be the same way. Take care of what you’re supposed to do, execute your game-plan and you’ll be happy with the results.” The Kings could have called it a day at the end of the second, leading the Greys 8-2, but the team came to play in the third, starting off the period with a goal from Ryan Clarkson, assisted by Lukas Baleshta and Cass Frey, at just under two minutes in. Owen Sound fought back, scoring one more goal at 4:30, but it wasn’t nearly enough to fend off Elmira, which scored twice more to finish

Bauman saved 43 of the 46 shots the Dukes threw at him, just enough to give the Jacks an end-of-season high. Entering the playoffs, Fitzpatrick hopes his team remains focused, saying they need to work on the mental toughness in the high-pressure postseason. “You’ve got to experience playoffs – it’s a totally different game than the regular season,” he said. “This team hasn’t had that for a number of years. These guys have never experienced what it is to go into a long season.”

Fitzpatrick will be relying on healthier players and special teams to get the Jacks through the first round of the playoffs. “Our powerplays are very effective and we lead the league in short-handed goals. If you’re going to win these playoff games there’s no doubt about it, you need to excel at your powerplays,” he said. After opening in Ayr Thursday night, the series moves back to Wellesley tonight (Saturday) for game two. The puck drops at 7:30 p.m.

» Saturday, February 19, 2011

t was a disappointing finish to the season for the EDSS boys’ hockey team as they fell 7-2 to Resurrection Catholic Secondary School in the qualifying round of the WCSSAA playoffs on Tuesday at RIM Park. “We were fairly even matched up according to the standings, they finished eighth and we finished ninth, so we went in to it and thought we could have given them a pretty good game,” said coach Adam Hiller following the loss. The Lancers had played Resurrection once during the regular season back on Jan. 11, and had to settle for a last-second 4-3 loss, but Hiller said the team came out flat in their latest matchup and were down 5-1 after the opening 20 minutes. Brandon Brubacher and Jeremy Martin tallied the goals for the Lancers in a losing cause. “It’s tough to say, usually the guys get up a little bit more for a playoff game, but for some reason they just didn’t have it in them. It seems like it’s been that way for most of the season, we’ve seen flashes of really, really good play and then other

games they will be quite down or tired or something like that.” Following a season-opening 5-4 victory over Sir John A. MacDonald on Nov. 23, the team suffered through an inconsistent season that saw them finish with a 4-7-1 record. At times they struggled defensively, surrendering 52 goals in 12 league games. “We played well here and there but as a group we couldn’t put it all together every single game,” Hiller said. Last year’s squad fell in the quarterfinals to Huron Heights. Back in November about 150 players tried out for the team before the final roster of 18 skaters was chosen. Hiller said that the team was aiming for a .500 record on the season, with the hopes of making some noise in the playoffs. That goal never really materialized, though, and with only three or four players expected to return to the team next season, they may have to rebuild the team completely. “I guess overall we were a little disappointed, and for these guys I think the key is that they had fun and got to know some of the other guys and made some friends, and we had fun as coaches.”

Sno-Pitch: Diehard players brave the snow to take part

Lancers stopped by squad from GRCI

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COMING UP SHORT The EDSS junior boys fell 70-56 to Grand River Collegiate on Tuesday. Left, Angus Docherty drives to the net for a basket. Above, Callum Johnson splits the defence and goes airborne for two points.

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» JAMES JACKSON

» ELIZABETH BATE

HAVIN' A SNO BALL A sno-pitch tournament held in Elmira Feb. 12 raised money for the Elmira Misfits’ trip to the nationals next August.

> CONTINUED FROM PG. 20 fields piled deep with snow. “These are your diehard ball players. Anyone that plays in the wintertime, you know they love ball,” laughed Doey. “They can dive for the ball and not get hurt.” Friends and family joined

the Mistfits members in playing on the diamonds at John Mahood Public School, giving the team an added work out. “Just the challenge of running in the snow, it’s good practice,” said Herrfort. “This is great, we dress warm and we’re good to go.”


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» Saturday, February 19, 2011

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SCORECARD TWIN CENTRE NOVICE LL #1 - GIRLS

Clean sweeps nets gold for Bantam girls

FEB. 5 Twin Centre 1, Wilmot 0 Goals: Blythe Bender Shutout: Katie Lee

WOOLWICH PEEWEE LL #2 - BOYS

FEB. 5

FEB. 12

Woolwich 4, Beverly 2 Goals: Matthew Uhrig x2, Joe Hanley, Zach Pogue (Alex Berry, Alex Metzger, Joe Hanley)

Twin Centre 3, Kitchener 1 Goals: Blythe Bender x2, Clair Higgins (Lindsay Miller, Mia Thompson, Emma Sommer)

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WOOLWICH NOVICE U10 - GIRLS

Paris 7, Woolwich 7 Goals: Matthew Uhrig x5, Zach Pogue, Walker Schott (Joe Hanley, Terrell Piper, Liam Catton)

FEB. 13

FEB. 12 Twin Centre 1, Brantford 0 Goals: Jade Lipcznski (Meghan Schnarr) Shutout: Janessa Pretorius

ONE GREAT REASON TO SMILE The Woolwich Bantam girls’ BB hockey team completed a three-game sweep at the Sarah Backstrom Tournament in Erie, Pennsylvania on Feb. 6. Woolwich beat the Willowdale Red Wings 2-1 in the finals to take home the gold medal. Back row: Mike Hinsperger, Steve Chapman, Cora Kieswetter, Maddie Wang, Gillian Olsthoorn, Rebecca Luis, Lauren Lawson, Arnie Bauman, Kelly Harold. Middle row: Claire Hanley, Landis Saunders, Michelle Bauman, Amber Mac Pherson, Corey Hinsperger, Randi Paul, Kendra Harold, Emily Chapman. Front: Lauren Lesage. Absent: Tori Martin.

FEB. 13 Twin Centre 2, Stratford 1 Goals: Olivia Bolender, Sadie Diebold (Nicole Beam, Madelynn Jantzi, Kate Seip)

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Life & death Steve Kannon

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f life is what you make it, shouldn’t that be true of the other side of the coin? Even if death is what you make it doesn’t roll off the tongue in the same way? Really, who wants to dwell on that subject? Students in the drama department at Elmira District Secondary School, apparently. Death, specifically how we come to terms with it once we’re there, is the focal point of Dreaming of Life, the school’s entry into the Sears Drama Festival. Written by department head DJ Carroll as a collaborative effort with his students, the one-act play will be performed for a preview audience next week. A dozen or so spirits/ souls/call-them-what-youwills find themselves in

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THE GREAT HEREAFTER EDSS students will be tackling the subject of death for this year’s entry in the Sears Drama

purgatory, waiting to see who’ll go on and who’ll go back for another crack at life on Earth. “It’s about these people coming to terms with death,” said Carroll. “The point is that people will see there are many interpretations of death.” Three of the 15 cast members play Death: one is a kindly figure, the second is pragmatic – it is what it is – and the third is a cold Death. That reflects some of the varied cultural takes on dying, said Carroll, noting some people mourn, some celebrate and others simply accept it as a part of life. The story evolved from the students themselves as Carroll began discussing preparations for the annual Sears Drama competition. Rather than going with a classic play or other commercial script, the

Festival. The cast includes Nathan Jagger (back left), Candace Kuepfer, Tyler Kehl, Kristen Kaster, Brett Schinkman, Caleb Fahey, Ben Lubberts, Sonya Bauman and Sam Lanesmith.

students opted to go with something home-grown, as has been the case in the past. A brainstorming exercise laid the foundation for the script put together by the teacher. “I let them decide what kind of show we would do. They were very excited by the idea, and got right into the process,” he explained. “We brainstormed ideas, and had probably 30 of them on the board ... including the topic of death and how people deal with it.” Obviously, they wanted to tackle a fairly serious subject. And that’s the case with their characters dealing with death and the transition from life to what comes after. Accordingly, the centerpiece of the staging is a giant tree, drawing on the tree-of-

life analogy and the tree as symbol of growth and change. “The students are really getting into character with the play. It’s really coming together.” Dreaming of Life will be performed for the Sears Drama Festival judges Mar. 1 at Eastwood Collegiate Institute in Kitchener. Carroll expects some steep competition – “practically every high school in the region will be there" – from the 17 entrants that will be staging productions through the week. Prior to that, there’ll be one public performance next Saturday, a chance to stage the show for a local audience. The show for the judges is the first of three levels in the Sears Drama Festival. The district competi-

tion will be followed by regional contests and then the provincial showcase to be held at the University of Toronto in May. Now in its 65th year, the drama festival involves some 10,000 students and teachers from more than 300 secondary schools. What started as a small Toronto drama presentation in 1946 has evolved into one of the largest student festivals in the world. At this point, however, it’s one hurdle at a time for the EDSS entry. The drama department’s production of Dreaming of Life will be staged Feb. 26 in the high school gym. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $8, but just $5 for students and seniors. Due to the mature theme, the play is not recommended for very young children.

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“Dog” in fact has myriad derogatory uses, says Jan Keessen in Cardinal Men and Scarlet Women. In Middle English, “dogge” meant poor and worthless. Today, “dogs” can be unattractive women, contemptible fellows, boring dates, Broadway flops, or your tired and smelly feet. A doggish person is surly and gruff, to be doggoned is to be damned, dog-eared books are shabby, doggerel is trivial, and contrary to what dog lovers might believe, leading a dog’s life refers to “a wretched existence.” In a dog-eat-dog world, people are given to all manner of viciousness; or they can be mean as the dog in the manger from Aesop’s fables (a barking dog prevents the hardworking ox from eating hay). In another myth, the dog days of summer are the most sweltering ones (July 3-August 11). Despite all this, there is about one

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• Arthur Street South, east side, in front of the Elmira Library • Arthur Street South, east side, in front of the Elmira Post Office • Arthur Street South, east side, just north of Church Street • Arthur Street South, west side, just south of the crosswalk • Park Avenue West, north side, in front of the Elmira Medical Clinic The Township of Woolwich appreciates the community’s co-operation in ensuring these and all other accessible parking spaces are available for permit holders. If you have questions about accessibility in our community, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at (519) 669-6005.

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FAMILY ALBUM ENGAGEMENT

STAG & DOE

STAG & DOE

Rachel & Andrew

Stag & Doe

Teshia Dietrich & Nathan Tabone

IN MEMORIAM

STAG & DOE for

In Loving Memory of John R. Stickney - Feb. 17, 1996 Father, Brother, Uncle & Friend

Lindsea Brown & Jake Frey

May the winds of love blow softly and whisper so youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll hear, We will always love & miss you and wish that you were here. Always remembered by the Stickney, Richmond & Howlett families.

DEATH NOTICE

Julie and Art Jamieson of St Jacobs, ON and Rita and Bob Bennett of Hagersville, ON are happy to announce the engagement of their children, Rachel Irene Magdalena and Andrew Nicholas. Their wedding will take place on August 20, 2011 in St Jacobs.

>>BRUBACHER, Ivan B. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Passed away peacefully at St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s General Hospital, on Saturday, February 12, 2011, in his 84th year of Elmira. >>HABEL, Lloyd H. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; On Friday, February 11, 2011 at Leisureworld Care Centre, Elmira in his 93rd year, of Elmira. Saturday, March 5, 2011

A "Stag and Doe" in their honour is being planned for Saturday, April 23, 2011, from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am, at the St Jacobs Community Centre. Tickets $10 at the door; music, prizes, food and fun.

Wellesley Community Centre 8:00pm - 1:00am $10.00 per ticket

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Mina Elizabeth â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bettyâ&#x20AC;?- A resident of Mount Forest area , passed away Tuesday, February 15, 2011 at Palmerston, in her 80th year. Local relative is her daughter Suzann Marlene Stewart of Elmira.

February 19th, 8pm

at Lions Hall, South St., Elmira $10/ticket - available at the door Games & Food

>>HARLOF, Earl â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Earl Rae Harloff, age 81, of Stratfore passed away peacefully at the Stratford General Hospital on February 14, 2011.

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REAL ESTATE

is the time to sell! Extremely low Inventory! Buyers need your home. Call for your free home evaluation Paul Martin FEATURE PROPERTY CAPTIVATING SALES REPRESENTATIVE

2 STOREY

NEW PRICE

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Spacious 3+1 bdrms, 2 bath home in Drayton. Lg sep DR, Charming LR w/fireplace that can be seen from Kit and DR. Carpet free, main flr laundry. Large deck and 10ft x 10ft shed. MLS Call Paul direct.

$279,000

For all the property details visit

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$384,000

STUNNING BUNGALOW

Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage Independently Owned and Operated | 180 Weber St. S., Waterloo

HOME HOME 519-669-3074 OFFICE OFFICE 519-888-7110

EMAIL paul@remaxsolidgold.biz ONLINE www.homeswithpaul.ca

BEAUTIFUL HOME

This 3 bdrm, 3bath exceptional home is carpet free w/ceramic & hdwd throughout. Convenience at its best w/ upper flr laundry, 2 walk-in closets, many kit cupboard upgrades. Lovely garden door off dinette leading to lg deck in fenced yrd w/shed. MLS Call Paul direct.

$396,000

Each Office Independently Owned and Operated

BILL NORRIS

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1681 SQ. FT. SEMI Fabulous semi yet to be built. Close to downtown in mature area. 3 bdrms, 3 baths, lg eat-in kit equip’d w/pantry, breakfast bar. Lg GR. Single garage big enough to park in. Master w/lg walk-in closet & ens. MLS Call Paul direct.

$293,000

$295,000

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$369,900

OPEN HOUSE - Sunday, 2-4PM - 55 Poffenroth Path, Elmira

GOOD FAMILY HOME!

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Well maintained home at the edge of Elmira. Features include detached insulated workshop as well as a detached two car garage both with hydro and situated on a nicely landscaped lot. A wonderful home and close to all amenities. MLS.

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Well maintained 1160 square ft bungalow located on 1/2 acre located 4 miles north of Elmira with 24 by 36 foot 2 storey garage/shop. Park like setting on mature lot with fruit trees, well landscaped and very private. 3 bedrooms, finished rec room, beautiful oak kitchen, central vac, steel roof, garage and private deck. For more details and to view please call 519-669-2215.

$329,990. Nova Model Ready for quick possession. With $55,000.00 of upgrades! What a deal!! Large bungalow features 9ft ceilings, ceramics, hdwd, upgraded cabinets and windows, master bedroom has his and hers closets and a large ensuite with corner tub. Partially finished basement. Many other models available to build.

Backing to green space this property offers a beautiful kitchen w/centre island, dining area w/walkout, 2 bedrooms plus master w/ensuite, loft or bedroom on upper level, 3 bathrooms, walkout basement and double garage. MLS. $379,900.

OFFICE SPACE

For lease in busy plaza. Large reception area, 3/4 offices, board room, kitchenette and bathroom. Lots of parking. MLS.

$217,990. Move in now! Fabulous 1500 sq ft Semi features beautiful stone

fireplace, open concept, 3 bdrms, huge master walk in closet and unspoiled an basement awaiting your creativity. Many other models available to build.

Lisa Hansen Tribble Sales Representative

REAL ESTATE CENTRE INC

519.787.0203

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3939 ARTHUR STREET, NORTH, ELMIRA

Incredible location backing onto farmland. 84ft x 250ft building lot with driveway. MLS Call Paul direct.

Spacious semi yet to be built. Close to downtown in mature area. 3 bdrms, 3 baths, lg eat-in kit equip’d w/pantry, breakfast. Lg GR. Sngle garage big enough to park in. Master w/lg walk-in closet and ens. MLS Call Paul direct.

519-588-1348

IMPRESSIVE COUNTRY PROPERTY

$215,000 PARTLY TREED LOT

1718 SQ. FT. SEMI

Solid Gold Realty (II) Ltd., Brokerage

ALLI BAUMAN

180 Weber St. S., Waterloo, ON N2J 2B2

Nestled in countryside. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, main floor laundry, seperate DR. Ceramic & hardwood in main traffic areas. Beautiful vaulted ceiling & skylights in spacious GR. Master bdrm w/walk in closet & spa like ensuite w/double sinks, shower & whirlpool bath. Large finished basement w/gas fireplace & bar. MLS Call Paul Direct.

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REAL ESTATE

BROKERAGE

Independently Owned & Operated, Brokerage

R.W. THUR REAL ESTATE LTD. 45 ARTHUR ST. S., ELMIRA

LEON MARTIN

519-669-2772

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

COUNTRY LOTS .5 acre don’t miss this chance to enjoy sunrises and sunsets. Within 40 minutes KW, or Guelph. High speed internet is available with fibre optic. Starting at $66,000 MLS

BRAD MARTIN Broker of Record MVA Residential

Res: 519-669-1068

JULIE HECKENDORN Broker Res: 519-669-8629

TRACEY WILLIAMS Sales Rep. Cell: 519-505-0627

EXPECT TO BE IMPRESSED! Neat & tidy home w/loads of space! Spacious foyer, open concept LR/DR w/laminate flr. Eat-in kitchen w/patio doors to deck; Finished rec. rm. w/gas f/p. 3 spacious bdrms. C/A. Exclusive $259,900.

519-669-3192

BONNIE BRUBACHER Broker of Record

Great all brick bungalow in Fergus. Hardwood floors, finished recroom with gas fireplace, on a large lot. $212,900 MLS.

SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION - 2400 sq. ft. four bdrm. home on a deep wooded lot Whirlpool ensuite. Fam. rm. open to liv. rm. w/hardwood flr. Lots of windows in dinette. Main flr. laundry. Rec. rm. & games rm. MLS $469,900.

WEST MONTROSE - Huge lot backing to greenspace. Open concept. Lovely great rm. Main flr. master bdrm. A great walkout bsmt. with lots of finished area. All the extras you’d expect! MLS $629,900.

ADDRESS: 4-B Arthur St. S., ELMIRA • EMAIL: leonmartin@remax.net DIRECT: 519-503-2753 • OFFICE: 519-669-5426

DARREN ROMKEY Sales Representative

LAURIE LANGDON Sales Representative

MONIQUE BRUBACHER Sales Representative

ELMIRA BUNGALOW

$319,900 | Great sized lot. 3 Bedrooms, spacious great room addition with gas fireplace offers two walkouts to back yard. New kitchen in 2000 with plenty of cabinetry, updated bath in 2007. Potters/ hobby shed and private patio. NEW MLS

GLEN ALLAN

COUNTRY LIvING - outside Alma. .72 of an acre. Immaculate 3 bdrm. bungalow. Huge kitchen w/walkout. Walkup from garage. Partly fin. bsmt. Insulated workshop. MLS $429,900.

$334,900 | A little bit of country in this quiet village, 20 minutes from Elmira. 3 bedroom, open concept with several walkouts to upper deck and lower level patio. Spacious living areas including kitchen, family room and den. Ceramics and hardwood flooring, 3 baths, double garage. MLS

INvESTMENT PROPERTY - 5 plex w/ character. Always rented! Large 3 bdrm. unit (great for owner occupied). Lots of parking. Shows a good return. MLS Reduced $439,900.

WELLESLEY BUNGALOW

$264,900 | Solid brick bungalow in the village situated on a 84’ x 120’ lot, overlooks the pond. 3 Bedrooms have hardwood flooring. Some updates completed including roof and most windows. MLS

Industrial For Lease. Local heated shop is available. Total square feet is 4400. Lots of parking. $1925 per month. MLS Space For Lease. 4000 square feet. Available immediately. Industrial in Waterloo. $2700 per month. MLS

SHANNA ROZEMA Broker.

$649,900 | Quiet cul-de-sac mature wooded lot backing to park. Fantastic spacious foyer, generous sized rooms throughout, 4 Bedrooms, gleaming hardwood flooring, granite counters in kitchen. Welcoming indoor regular sized pool plus new 25 jet hot tub. Amazing home and property. NEW MLS

3 Bedroom back split. 1 1/2 bath, open concept with eat in kitchen & dining room with fireplace, semi finished basement, private lot, scenic view of Conestoga River Valley, in the friendly village of Glen Allan. $289,000 MLS NEW PRICE

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

ELMIRA SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION!

3 bedroom country bungalow with high speed internet available open concept. Master ensuite, main floor laundry, large 2 car garage, new ready to move in. Hobby shop allowed. $319,900 MLS. Financing Available O.A.C. Two storey 3 bed and 3 bath room home on a half acre lot, open concept, high speed fibre optic internet available. $317, 900 MLS. Financing Available O.A.C.

ELMIRA REAL ESTATE SERVICES

Elmira@royallepage.ca | www.royallepage.ca/elmira GREAT STORAGE - or business opportunity in FLORADALE. 2 bldgs w/approx. 4680 sq. ft. Lovely property backing onto GRCA. MLS $214,900.

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GALE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH - seating capacity 175+. This bldg. is ideal for offices, day care - lots of possibilites. C-1 zoning. Close to downtown. MLS $479,000.

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SERVICE PROS AUTOMOTIVE

AUTOMOTIVE

AUTOMOTIVE

AUTOMOTIVE

TIRE

WHERE TIRES

Body Maintenance

Complete Collision Service

ARE A

at

SPECIALTY, NOT A SIDE LINE.

RUDOW’S CARSTAR COLLISION CENTRE Call Us At

519-669-3373

Farm • Auto • Truck Industrial • On-The-Farm Service

35 Howard Ave., Elmira

33 First Street, East Elmira, ON

519-669-3232

101 Bonnie Crescent, Elmira, ON N3B 3G2

519.669.8330

FAX: 519.669.3210 AFTER HOURS

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519.669.3658

MATTRESSES

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GLEN

BIRMINGHAM

Mike Heeley 519.835.0622

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669-3332

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GLASS SERVICES COMMERCIAL • RESIDENTIAL

ST. JACOBS

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FREE ESTIMATES

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TEL: 519-664-1202 / 519-778-6104 FAX: 519 664-2759 • 24 Hour Emergency Service

PLUMBING

PLUMBING

Steve Co.

Plumbing and Maintenance Inc.

free estimates interior/exterior painting wallpapering & Plaster|Drywall repairs

519-669-2251 36 Hampton St., Elmira

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226.749.3584

519-669-7652

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For all your Plumbing Needs. 24 HOUR SERVICE Steve Jacobi

ELMIRA

519-669-3652

CARPET CARE

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PAINTING

Accredited Test & Repair Facility

CARPET CARE

ECRA/ESA Licence # 7000605

18 Kingfisher Dr., Elmira

21 Industrial Dr. Elmira

30 ORIOLE PKWY. E., ELMIRA

Randy Weber 519.669.1462 Fax: 519.669.9970

AUTO CLINIC

519-669-4400 CRANE

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DECORATING

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• Commercial & Residential Snow Plowing • Top Dressing/Overseeding • Lawn Maintenance/ Landscaping • Mowing Packages Available • Mulch Delivery & Installation

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BRUBACHER LTD. 19 First St. E., Elmira

519-669-3362

519-669-7607

Telephone

Jeff Basler Owner|Operator

519-669-9081 Mobile

519-505-0985 ever-green@sympatico.ca

We call Elmira home but we service the surrounding area.

TREE SERVICE •Tree Trimming & Removal • Aerial Bucket Trucks • Stump Grinding • Arborist Evaluations • Fully Insured & Certified • Certified to Work Near Power Lines

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SERVICE PROS TREE SERVICE

“A GOOD JOB DONE EVERY TIME”

•Removal of Trees or Branches of Any Shapes or Sizes in Almost Any location

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Kleensweep Carpet Care

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COLLEEN

Cell: 519.581.7868

519-669-1836 Thomas Martin

Truck & Trailer Maintenance

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MILLWRIGHTS LTD.

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STORE HOURS: M-F: 7-8, SAT 8-6, SUN 12-5

MEDICAL TREATMENT

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MACHINE WORKS INCORPORATED

63 Arthur Street S., Unit 3, Elmira, ON, N3B 2M6

HOME RENOVATIONS

33 Industrial Dr., Elmira 519.669.1591

HOME IMPROVEMENTS • Painting • Doors • Kitchens • Rec Rooms

• Carpentry • Windows • Baths • Decks

We pay the HST. Call for details.

Randy

519.669.4528

NANCY KOEBEL

Bus: 519.895.2044 ext. 217 Home: 519.747.4388

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• Total Denture Care • Same Day Service on Repairs and Relines • Metal Partial - Soft Relines •Since Implants 1987 - DentureTech •Since DENTURE SPECIALIST 1995 - Denturist

• ELMIRA Total Denture Care • Same day service on and relines 15repairs Memorial Ave., Since 1987 - DentureTech • Elmira Metal Partial - Soft Relines 1995 - Denturist BankSPECIALIST of Montreal) • (Behind DENTURE

519.669.1535 KITCHENER

3435 Broadway St. Hawkesville

FREE CONSULTATION 519.744.9770

519-699-4641 www.freybc.com FEBRUARY 18

>>Annual

Waterloo Rural Women Day at the Maple View Mennonite Church on 5074 Deborah Glaister Line, Wellesley; 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Speakers: Ruth Zehr, Christine Gingerich and Koren Martin; $20 (lunch is included). For more information or to register call 519-664-3794, ext. 237.

FEBRUARY 19

>>Dinner Dance, Royal Canadian Legion, 11 First St. E., Elmira. Dinner at 7 p.m. featuring on the menu chicken delight, mashed potato, vegetable and dessert. Dance followed with live music by Andy De Campos; $20/person. Advance tickets only call Legion 519-669-2932. FEBRUARY 20

>>Jubilation Male Chorus, 7 p.m. Director Jake Willms, 70 members, 30 area churches, 15 denominations, one voice, praising God in song. Waterloo North Presbyterian Church, 400 Northfield Dr., West. Free-will offering, wheelchair accessible. 519-888-7870. FEBRUARY 21

>>Wellesley Optimist Club Family Day Festival at Wellesley Community Centre & Arena. Skills Competition, Toboggan Races, Skating, Eric Traplin, Redline Band and more; 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Contact Bridget Schneider, 519-656-2713 for info. >>Elmira & District Horticultural Society presents Edible Seasonal Centrepieces with Melanie Marjoram; 7:30 p.m. Trinity United Church, Elmira. Members free; visitors $2. New members welcome. Contact 519-669-2458. >>St. Jacobs Optimist Club is sponsoring a free public skate at the St. Jacobs Arena; 2-3:30 p.m. FEBRUARY 25

>>Rib Dinner, Royal Canadian Legion, 11

First St. E., Elmira. 6 p.m.; $8.

>>H.U.G.S. Program – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Come meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Getting along with other children; Libby Barrie from WCS will speak on the topic of what to do if your child is the bully or the one being bullied. No registration required. Held at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs. >>The Caribbean Canadian Association of Waterloo Region and Touch of Soul present The Generations of Gospel…. A Testament of Time. This Gospel concert is a celebration of Black History month as well as a Scholarship fundraiser. Grandview Baptist Church, 250 Old Chicopee Rd., Kitchener. Feb. 25 7 p.m.; Feb. 26 2 & 7 p.m. Dramatization by Gordon Davis. Tickets: adults $20; students $15; children (10 and under) $10; group rates $18.50 per person (group of 10 or more). Tickets may be purchased at St. Jacobs Mennonite Church, 519-664-2268; Words Worth Bookstore Ltd 519-884-2665; Kitchener Church of God 519-745-8561; Bio Ped Foot Care Centre 519-622-5959. >>Game Night, 5- 8:30 p.m. at Elmira Branch Library. Play or watch Number Games such as Phase 10, Uno, Dutch Blitz and more. Just drop in, no registration is required for this fee event. Checkers, Chess and Scrabble will also be available at the desk. For more information call the Region of Waterloo Library Elmira Branch at 519-669-5477.

FEBRUARY 26

>>Grandparents Play Day, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Free at Kids & I, Birdland Plaza, Oriole Parkway Elmira. All grandparents must be accompanied by a grandchild 4 & under. >>Recycle your stuff and learn new crafts without going broke! Rags to Riches is a monthly crafting drop-in starting Feb. 26, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the meeting room at the Elmira Public Library. No preregistration, no admission fees, no age limit, although children under 9 must be with an adult. Contact 519-669-0837 for more information. February’s projects will use up old T-shirts.

ELMIRA • Total Denture Care KITCHENER 519-669-1535 • Same Day Service519-744-9770 15 Memorial Ave., Elmira (behind Bank of Montreal) on Repairs and Relines • Metal Partial - Soft Relines • Implants • DENTURE SPECIALIST Vinolea Jahandari DD ELMIRA New

to the Community?

519.669.1535 Do you have a new Baby? 15 Memorial Ave., Elmira It’s time to call your (Behind Bank of Montreal)

Welcome Wagon Hostess.

KITCHENER

Elmira & Surrounding Area

519.744.9770

SHARON GINGRICH 519.291.6763 psgingrich@hotmail.com

>>Annual Roast Beef Dinner at Trinity United Church, 21 Arthur St. N., Elmira. 5-7 p.m. Tickets: Family (2 adults and children under 16) $40; Adult (age 16 and over) $14; Children (age 5-15) $7; children (5 and under) free. Advance tickets only available at Read’s Decorating, Frank Cooper, Elwyn Bridge, or from the church office 519-669-5560. MARCH 3

>>Exercise to Keep Your Mind Alert 10:15-11:15 a.m. Peter Scheuring from St. Jacobs Family Chiropractic Clinic will present exercise options to help keep your mind alert. Everyone welcome. Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr. St. Jacobs. For more information call 519664-3794.

21 INDUSTRIAL DR. ELMIRA

519-669-2884

MARCH 4

>>World Day of Prayer service presented by the women of the churches of Elmira; 7:30 p.m. Hosted at Woodside Bible Fellowship, 200 Barnswallow Dr., Elmira. Guest speaker: Ruth Bauman. Focus country: Chile. All are welcome. MARCH 5

>>Eighth Annual Conference: “Coping With Crisis” mental health; 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Grand Valley Golf & Country Club, 1910 Roseville Rd, North Dumfries. Questions call 519-766-4450, ext. 224 or email mcshanel@cmhagrb.on.ca >>Hungryman’s

Breakfast with the 1st Elmira Ventures. Serving 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. $6 All You Can Eat. Elmira Legion, 11 First St. E.

>>Babysitting course for 12 years old offered at the Kids & I Resource Centre. Course runs 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Fee $30. Please phone 519-669-3043 for more information. Enrollment is limited. >>Waterloo Region Lyme Disease Group presents a screening of the documentary movie “Under Our Skin” which is a dramatic tale of microbes, medicine and money, this eye-opening film investigates the untold story of Lyme Disease. Held at Church of the Holy Saviour, 33 Allen St. E., Waterloo. Doors open at 10 a.m. Minimum $5 donation which will go to the Waterloo Region Lyme Disease Group. For more information please call Jackie 519-2100274.

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PRINTING & COPYING SERVICES Black and white, 8 1/2 X 11 flyers designed and printed for as low as 6¢. Professionally designed, quick turnaround, local service. Delivery, folding and colour work also available. Call 519.669.5790 ext 107 for details.


Wise customers read the fine print: •, *, ††, § The Breakthrough Year Event offers apply to retail deliveries of selected new and unused models purchased participating retailers on or after January 6, 2011. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Offers subject to change and may be extended without notice. See participating retailer for complete details and conditions. •$18,995 Purchase Price applies to 2010 Dodge Journey SE Canada Value Package (22F) only and includes $2,250 Consumer Cash Discount. See participating retailer for complete details. Pricing includes freight ($1,400), air tax, tire levy and OMVIC fee. Pricing excludes licence, insurance, registration, any retailer administration fees, other retailer charges and other applicable fees and taxes. Retailer order/trade may be necessary. Retailers may sell for less. *Consumer Cash Discounts are offered on most new 2010 and select 2011 vehicles and are manufacturer-to-retailer incentives, which are deducted from the negotiated price before taxes. Amounts vary by vehicle. See your retailer for complete details. ††Customer Choice Financing for 36-, 48- and 60-month terms on approved credit through TD Financing Services and Ally Credit Canada is available at participating dealerships to qualified retail customers on most new 2010 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models (except Grand Caravan Cargo Van and Ram Chassis Cab) and select 2011 Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge and Ram models. The following terms apply to TD Financing Services contracts. (Different contract terms apply to Ally Credit Canada offers. See your retailer for complete details.) Vehicles are financed over a 36-, 48- or 60-month term with payments amortized over a term of up to 96 months and the pre-determined residual balance payable at the end of the contract. At contract’s end, customers have the choice of returning their vehicle through a Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram dealership with no further obligations (except payment of a $199 return fee and excess wear and tear, mileage and similar charges), financing the remaining balance for the rest of the amortization period at then-current standard rates or paying the residual balance in full. Some conditions apply. Customer Choice Financing offered by TD in Quebec is subject to different terms and conditions. All advertised Customer Choice Financing offers are TD offers. Example: 2010 Dodge Journey SE Canada Value Package (22F) with a Purchase Price of $18,995 financed at 5.99% APR over 60 months with payment amortized over 79 months equals 130 bi-weekly payments of $135 and one final payment of $5,178 for a cost of borrowing of $3,757 and a total obligation of $22,752.17. Taxes, licence, insurance, registration, excess mileage and wear and tear charges, any retailer administration fees and other applicable fees and charges not included. Retailers may sell for less. See participating retailers for complete details. §2010 Dodge Journey R/T AWD shown has a higher price than the 2010 Dodge Journe Journey SE Canada Value Package advertised. See your retailer or go to www.dodge.ca for complete details. ^Based on January through November 2010 R.L. Polk sales total registrations. ®SIRIUS and the dog logo are registered trademarks of SIRIUS Satellite Radio Inc. ®Jeep is a registered trademark of Chrysler Group LLC. Customer Choice Financing is a trademark of Chrysler Group LLC.

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