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group of concerned citizens have requested the help of Wellesley council in fighting a proposed Rogers telecommunications tower near their homes just outside of Bamberg. Meeting at the township council chambers on Oct. 3, the group of about 25 residents – led by Cynthia and Jason Jantzi and Robert Do-

erner – voiced their concerns over the proposed 45-metre tall communications tower slated to be built on a hill near the intersection of Moser-Young and Hessen Strasse. The group brought with them a petition containing 39 signatures of local residents opposed to the tower who live within one kilometre of the site. This is the first time a tower has been opposed in the township. It would be the



third tower in the area. Among their objections, the group believes that Rogers could merely use another tower that they have already built to fulfill their service requirements, such as the tower on Manser Line about seven kilometres from the proposed site. Second, they question why Rogers chose a site so close to a residential area, and want to know why another less in-



habited section of Wellesley Township was not chosen instead. Third, they are concerned that the tower will negatively impact their property values as well as the landscape of the cultural trail in Wellesley. Finally, they question why the tower is even required given the fact that the Rogers public coverage map indicates full service in the


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township already and that they receive nearly full coverage on their Rogers cellular devices already. “We do not want a landscape covered in towers that mask our community and our heritage,” Cynthia Jantzi told councillors. She also expressed some concerns over the health impacts of living so close to


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Still on the run


Twenty-six years later, two Conestogo PS track records still belong to Jason Sawyer Colin Dewar


hen Jason Sawyer took to the running blocks to compete in the 800m and 1500m races at Conestogo Public School he never thought he would set a track record that would hold up for more than 26 years. In 1984 Sawyer, a Grade 7 student at the time, competed in the 800m race clocking in a time of 2:15.1. The next year he would compete in the open 1500m distance run and set a time of 4:24.5. Now 40, Sawyer was amazed to learn the record he set so many years ago still had not been beaten. “I was surprised to hear that I still held the record. I knew it was a fast time but I never thought I would still have my name associated with the record after all this time,” he said. At the time of the 1500m race Sawyer was a five-time provincial champion and won another three provincial medals later that year at Laurentian University taking home first place in the 800m, 1500m and 3000m runs. “It wasn’t just a decent time for the county; I was actually provincial champion both indoors and out-

doors that year in the 1500m race.” Sawyer continued to race throughout high school and his midget team from St. Jerome’s Secondary School won the OFSSA cross-country title in his first year at the school. “I continued to compete all the way up to the end of high school but genetically it just wasn’t in the cards for me to go further,” said Sawyer. “The guys I ran against in high school, Graham Hood and Kevin Sullivan, went on to represent Canada at the Olympic Games. These were the main competitors that I was up against and they just ended up being genetically predisposed to middle distance running whereas I became a lot bigger. I was just bigger boned like my father so I had a few limitations genetically.” Sawyer, who was 12 years old when he set his first record in the 800m, said he owes much of the credit to his coaches both at school and his running club, the Cambridge Colts. Pat Doyle was the club’s coach and was a seasoned runner himself when he met the 12-year-old Sawyer

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and offered to help with his training. “He helped guide me through the long distance runs,” said Sawyer. Sawyer credits most of his success to his school coach and teacher Dennis Siddall, now a principal at Meadow Lane Public School in Kitchener. “He was a real mentor. He was a marathon runner and he and I would go out for runs at lunchtime. We would go cover 15km during the 50-minute lunch break and I would end up straight back at my desk,” said Sawyer. “I was a hard working kid and I certainly loved to run and I had a really good coach.” As his math, geography, science and phys-ed teacher at Conestogo Public for Grades 7 and 8, Siddall and Sawyer built a strong relationship and bonded over their many runs. “I ran with the students all the time,” said Siddall. “With (Sawyer’s) competitive spirit he couldn’t beat me in Grade 5 but it didn’t take long and by Grade 6 he caught up to me and by the end of Grade 8 he was just tearing our runs apart and I would be forced to catch him. He just got really strong and was a good

student and a leader in the school.” Ten years ago Sawyer was visiting his sister, Shannon, now a teacher at Conestogo PS, when he noticed his name still attached to the records. “I was pretty happy to see it and I asked her 10 years later if it still stood and she brought me the records and my name is still there.” Now a financier, he shares his time between Toronto and his investment firm in Nassau in the Bahamas focusing on early-stage investments in education and clean technology. Sawyer just had his record-setting race film converted from Beta to DVD. “It is just fantastic to watch it on a flat screen TV on your wall in Toronto – it is pretty awesome.” Sawyer continues to run for recreation and to keep fit. “I have been running for my entire life. The longest period of time I have ever taken off from running since I was 10 years old was 30 days and that was when I finally quit competing and decided to take a little break. Other than that it is a part of every week. I am either riding a bike or running – it has always been a part of my life.”

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Morningstar Family Ministries has applied for a zoning bylaw amendment to permit a single-family dwelling on its lot located at 3639 Nafziger Road in the Wellesley settlement area. The property was previously zoned “I” or Institutional and the ministry has been operating a private academy for students with learning disabilities on the property. Morningstar is no longer running the academy at the location and have chosen to consolidate the Wellesley location with their Wilmot location at 220 Waterloo St. in New Hamburg. The owner has requested the property be rezoned residential, although currently the wastewater capacity allocated to the building can only be used for institutional purposes, therefore a commitment of conversion is required. A public meeting will be held on the matter on Nov. 7 at 6:45 the Crosshill council chambers.

> Albrecht recognized for suicide work Kitchener-Conestoga MP Harold Albrecht and Halifax MP Megan Leslie were honoured this week for their work in establishing a framework for a national suicide prevention strategy in Canada. The two are the recipients of the President’s Award from the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, presented in Vancouver Tuesday night.

> Wellesley defers bid for triplex The property located at 1020 Molesworth St. in Wellesley was the subject of discussion during Monday night’s council meeting, as the owner of the property – Peter Njip – has requested the property be rezoned to permit the residence to be used as a triplex rather than its current configuration as a duplex. Ronald Bisch lives next to the property and voiced his concerns about the rezoning of the residence, including worries about children playing in the streets, a large tree on the property that poses a risk to his property if it falls down, snow removal issues, the failure of the landowner to produce drawings to scale that adequately outline proposed work, and the expansion of on-site parking to permit more cars. Councillors elected to defer their decision on the rezoning of the property until the landowner produced documentation to prove he has alleviated all of those concerns.

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Police look to link two youths to break-and-enters September 29 >>12:50 PM | Police received

a call about some marijuana plants growing in a field on Herrgott Road near Sunset Drive and Boomer Line in Wellesley Township. When officers arrived they discovered 35 plants, which were seized and destroyed.

>>9:45 PM | An 18-year-old Milverton man driving a 2000 Pontiac along Streicher Line at Chalmers Forrest Road in Wellesley swerved to miss a deer that had entered the road from the north side. The driver lost control and the car rolled. No injuries were reported but the car sustained severe damage.

September 30 >>2:00 PM | Three young boys

at Wellesley Public School were found in the bathroom setting


olice received a call about two youths, aged 16 and 17, skulking around the backyards on William Street near Riverside Drive in Elmira about 2:45 p.m. on Tuesday. One boy was described as wearing a black hoodie and jeans the other was wearing a black t-shirt with a white design on it and had brown bushy hair. Police later found the two suspects match-

fire to a stack of papers. When the police arrived they spoke to the 12 year olds and referred them to the fire prevention program. The boys’ parents were notified of the misconduct.

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ing the description in Victoria Glen Park hunched over a pile of jewelry, coins and prescription drugs. The two youths fled the park once police arrived and the K-9 unit was called in to search for them. The 17-year-old was arrested in a cornfield nearby a few hours later. Police are investigating several breakand-enters in the area to see if the occurrences are linked. Wellesley man driving a 2008 Honda on Weimar Line near Hackbart Road hit a large raccoon crossing the road. The impact caused severe damage to the car, including the spoiler and radiator. Damage is estimated at more than

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$1,000. The raccoon survived the collision and ran off into the nearby woods.

October 1 >>9:45 AM | Police received

a call about a Woolwich Township pickup truck that had the driver side mirror damaged while parked on Snyder Avenue near the Woolwich Memorial Centre. The police are continuing to investigate.


>>11:15 AM | A 40-year-old man from St. Jacobs was backing out a driveway when he struck a motorcycle ridden by 61-year-old on Hawkesville Road near Northside Drive in St. Jacobs. No injuries were reported and minimal damage occurred to both vehicles. No charges were laid.

>>12:40 PM | Police received a call about a hit-andrun involving a car on Park Avenue in Elmira. The owner of the vehicle was inside working when a second vehicle hit the car, knocking off the rear bumper. Police are investigating and believe the second vehicle to be a transport truck.

October 2

JEROME CHANG What do you doing in the area today? I am just visiting, hanging out in St. Jacobs. How long have you been working at the University of Guelph? I have been in the position since September 2007. What do you enjoy most about being a program

program counsellor for the Bachelor of Arts & Sciences degree program at the University of Guelph counsellor? The best part of my job is the daily interaction with the students. I enjoy being a resource and supporting the students to the best of my abilities.

just presented itself and luckily I got it. I’m glad I decided to work in Student Affairs in Higher Education. I always thought I would be a teacher. This is similar enough.

Did you always plan to be a program counsellor? Not at all. After working in Residence Life for over a decade, this opportunity

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>>12:20 AM | Police found

personal property on the road along Snyder Avenue in Elmira after witnessing three young men described at 18-19 years old and all around 5’10” enter an unlocked car and remove the articles. One suspect was on a bike and left the scene as the other two ran into a nearby housing complex. The investigation continues.

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OVER THE CENTERLINE Firefighters look through the wreckage of a Dodge Neon following a devastating collision Monday morning on Northfield Drive. The 21-year-old driver of the car was taken to hospital with what are believed to be non-life-threatening injuries. A Lexus and a Dodge van were also involved in the collision. Bonnie Crescent in Elmira. Firefighters and police responded to the business. Electricity and gas services were turned off as a safety precaution while the fire was put out. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. No injuries occurred and there was no damage observed to the building or the dryer.

October 3 >>9:00 AM | A collision

occurred on Northfield Drive East in the Township of Woolwich. A 2005 Dodge Neon travelling northbound on crossed the centerline and struck a 2003 Dodge van and a 2010 Lexus travelling southbound. The driver of the Neon, a 21-year-old Waterloo woman, was taken to a local hospital with what is believed

to be non-life-threatening injuries. A stretch of Northfield Drive was closed for several hours as police investigated the collision.

October 4 >>7:20 PM | Police received a

call about a break-and-enter on Anne Street in Elmira. Two suspects threw a stone statue through a window of a house and when the alarm went off the suspects ran away. Police believe this to be linked with a prior case.

>>11:17 PM | A 24-year-old

Drayton man driving a 2005 Mazda along Arthur Street North struck and killed a black and white husky. Police are looking for the proper owners of the dog. The collision caused serious damage to the car.


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Getting to school under their own steam iWalk initiative encourages students to walk, bike and roll to school e’ve all heard the stories from our grandparents about how they had to walk to school every day, uphill, in the blinding snow. This past Wednesday, however, millions of children around the world and hundreds of local students shared in that experience when they participated in the 11th annual International Walk to School Day. Also referred to as iWalk, the day is part of International Walk to School Month, an initiative that began back in 2000 as a way to encourage people to make the world a more walkable place by signaling the need for safer streets, to promote healthier habits and to help protect the environment. Here in Waterloo Region, the public and the Catholic school board have been active participants in the program for the past decade. “Over three million children from more than 40 countries on six continents, from India

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become a part of the event. Riverside PS in Elmira is one example of what the school board hopes to achieve through the iWalk program. Of the 300 students at the school, only about 40 are bussed and the majority of the rest walk to school nearly every single day. First-year principal Brent Hatcher said that no parents have voiced any safety concerns to him or his staff about students walking to school, and that children who walk to school demonstrate many positive traits from doing so. “Certainly I think there’s a social benefit, and if you walk to school with friends you can interact with them in a very social way, and I think that would certainly translate into better interaction on the playground,” he said. Dyck agreed with Hatcher, and said that she has not received any safety concerns from parents about walking to school, and says it’s a nice alternative from our cultural

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to Italy and South Africa, are all participating,” said Ruth Dyck, a public health nurse for Waterloo Region who first spearheaded the initiative. “It’s kind of neat to think that all the kids are walking to school on the same day.” iWalk has also become a component of the school board’s new Active Transportation Charter which was adopted last May in an effort to promote active means of transport such as walking, cycling, in-line skating or skateboarding to school as opposed to riding the bus or getting a drive from parents. And while Dyck admits there are some challenges in having all children walk to school, particularly in the rural schools throughout the region, the board has tried to mitigate those limitations by having school buses stop a short distance from the school and letting the kids walk the rest of the way, or by having designated times during the day when children can go outside and walk to

ALL IN STRIDE Addison Dinkel (left), a Grade 4 student at Riverside Public School, walked to school on Wednesday morning with her mother Lee Cross during International Walk to School Day. reliance on cars and other vehicles. “Sometimes it’s just easier for parents to drop their kids off at school rather than take those extra few minutes and walk to school. So that’s why we’re making a concerted effort to say it’s really impor-




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tant for your child to walk to school.” Luckily, with highs touching 19 degrees and not a cloud in the sky on Wednesday students didn’t have a snow storm to contend with, even if they did have to walk uphill both ways.

Residential sales to the end of the third quarter of 2011 are behind last year by 2.9 per cent. A total of 4,975 homes have sold to date this year through the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) compared with 5,126 during the same period last year, the Kitchener-Waterloo Association of Realtors reported this week. Overall residential sales brought the dollar volume to $1,493,498,796, an increase of 0.8 per cent compared to one year ago. While sales have been slightly behind last year’s results for most dwelling types, the condominium-class property has been the exception. There have been 953 condominium sales year-to-date, a 2.8 per cent increase compared to a year ago.

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Artists add to the palette of fall colours Kissing Bridge Studio Tour set for its ninth year of offering a behind-the-scenes look James Jackson


nyone in Waterloo Region looking to enjoy the brilliant fall colours next weekend are in for an extra treat as they will have the opportunity to stop and visit the workshops and studios of some of the region’s most talented artists. Oct. 22 and 23 marks the return of the Kissing Bridge Studio Tour, and this year’s event – the ninth annual – promises to be better than ever. “We’re trying to get people to come from far and wide to come and tour the studios,” said Frances Gregory, a St. Jacobs-based painter who has been with the tour since its inception. “We want to promote tourism and the artists in the region.” This year’s tour features 24 artists at 14 different locations, and the artists vary from painters and pot-



MEET THE ARTISTS Diane Eastham (left), Frances Gregory and Brenda Luscott are just three of the featured artists on this year’s Kissing Bridge Studio Tour next weekend. Right, Brent Schreiber is participating in the tour for the first time this year.

ters to photographers and fiber artists. During the two-day event, hundreds of visitors can pass through a studio, which helps increase the artist’s visibility and exposure to the public. The organizers of the tour wish to maintain a certain quality of artwork on the tour,

and anyone interested in being included must submit samples of their work to be assessed by a panel of judges each spring. One of those artists is first-time participant Brent Schreiber. The Elmira-based painter visited many of the sites during the tour last year and was

struck by the sheer number of talented artists in the area, and many of them encouraged him to apply to be on the tour this year. “Just the amount of talent around here is astounding. There are a lot of excellent artists and work that’s available,” he said. Schreiber, 35, had

worked in the advertising industry for about 15 years before re-discovering his love for art back in 2009. Since then he’s made it his full-time job. “I was more focused on my art than my other full time job, so I had to make a decision about what I wanted to do.

“You only live once,” he said. Visitors are welcome to set their own pace and visit the artists in any order they like with no need to worry about tickets and there is plenty of free parking at every location. There is also the guarantee of interesting conversation with the artists about their homegrown art and their inspiration for creating it. “It has to be your life. It’s not something you look at like a 9-5 job,” explained Schreiber of the life of an artist. “Your head is going 24-7 and asking what you’re working on next.” The studio tour will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 22 and 23, and maps of the different sites are available in a brochure available at the local library, Robin’s Nest café in Elmira, or on their website, www.

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very year more than 4,000 new cases of spinal cord injury are reported in Canada, and an estimated 85,000 Canadians live with such injuries right now. Charlie Cetinski and Harvey Uppal are just two of thousands, as both have been paraplegic for years, yet the duo is working hard to help achieve something once considered impossible: a medical cure for spinal cord injuries. Cetinski, 65 and living in Hamilton, was paralyzed from the waist down in 1997 when an aircraft that he was test-piloting crashed shortly after takeoff, and he also suffered third-degree burns to parts of his body. Uppal, 50 and living in Burlington, was paralyzed back in 1988 when some farm equipment he was fixing collapsed on top of him out in British Columbia. Their goal is to cross Canada to raise awareness and money in the summer of 2013, but it won’t be their first time making the trek from sea to shining sea. In 2008 the two men – along with Chuck Mealing and Les McLaughlin – travelled from coast to coast in specially-designed handcycles, which are powered using the arms instead of the legs. On their initial trip, they covered more than 10,000 kilometres while visiting all 10 capitals in each of the 10 provinces over a period of three months to raise money for spinal cord research at McMaster University.

Now, the two men are planning another cross-Canada trip starting June 1, 2013 and have a secret weapon in their training: a hyperbaric chamber in Elmira, owned by David Reimer and one of the largest in the country. The pair had their first session last week. The 8,000-pound chamber, specially built by Reimer back in 2000 and moved to Elmira in 2009, will help speed their recovery from the rigorous training they will have to undertake. While inside the chamber, the two men will be breathing 100 per cent oxygen at a pressure equivalent to going 46feet underwater. “That’s where you get the rapid healing taking place, better nutritional delivery to all parts of the body, and the immune system builds and rapid healing takes place,” said Reimer, who recently moved his office from Arthur Street to Howard Avenue. “They’re an inspiration and I just feel grateful that I have the opportunity to help them out.” They will spend 90 minutes in the chamber for five days a week for the next month to help build up their bodies, with a break about halfway through each session to breath normal levels of oxygen to help regulate the oxygen flow in the body. The original crossCanada marathon, called Wheel to Walk Canada, was organized to mark the 10th anniversary of the Golden Horseshoe Marathon, an event founded by Cetinski to raise aware-


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TAKING A BREATHER Harvey Uppal (left) and Charlie Cetinski are using the hyperbaric chamber

in Elmira to help prepare their bodies for the physical toll of training to wheelchair across Canada in 2013 to raise funds for spinal cord research. They had their first session in the chamber last week.

ness about the challenges of living with a spinal cord injury and to help raise funds for research. It garnered national news attention, and they hope their second will be even more successful. “We did it three years ago, and this time around we’re going to do it harder,” laughed Cetinski while sitting in the waiting room of Reimer’s Elmira office. He was referring to the fact that for their trip in 2013, they will be travelling from the east coast to the west coast – which has never been done before. The reason it is more difficult is because the prevailing winds in Canada generally blow from west to east, meaning if you start on the west coast you typically have the wind at your back. By starting

in the east, however, they will be moving against the wind all the time – and along the entire trip they know the Rocky Mountains will be waiting for them. “There’s the 800 km of mountain after you’re already worn out,” he laughed. The pair will actually be travelling a shorter distance than they did the first time, because in 2008 they wanted to hit every provincial capital, meaning they zigzagged up and down each province. This time, through, it’ll be a straight shot across Canada from St. Johns to Vancouver Island, shortening their trip from 10,000 km to about 6,400. It took them three months to do it the first time around,


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and hope to do it in just 64 days, meaning they will have to cover about 100 km per day. “On a bicycle that is an awesome distance, but in a wheelchair it’s

triple-awesome,” said Cetinski. The target they are trying to reach to begin human trials at McMaster University is a lofty $10 million and

they hope this trip can fund at least a portion of that. The thought of crossing the country must be a daunting one, but the fact they have already accomplished the feat once has given the men tremendous confidence. “I think the main thing is just willingness. It’s more of a mental thing. It’s putting it in your head, and once you have put it in your head,” said Uppal. As for Canada’s most famous paraplegic athlete, Rick Hansen and his Man in Motion World Tour, Cetinski and Uppal have the utmost respect for the work he is doing, but say their aim is fundamentally different. While Hansen is trying to improve the lives of those living with spinal cord injury, they want to fund a cure. “We support him as well, but the thing is we have doctors here that we realize are very close to putting people back on their feet, so our focus is to not have better wheelchairs or accommodations, we want to get them out of their wheelchairs,” said Uppal. “We want to hang these [wheelchairs] on the wall side-byside and say ‘this is how we used to live’ and walk off. That’s our goal,” said Cetinski. For more information about the Wheel to Walk Canada campaign, visit their website,

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INCENTIVES The Park Manor Athletic Council shows off some of the prizes available to students during their annual magazine subscription sale, which kicked off this week. Last year the school raised more the $10,000 by selling subscriptions to some 600 different magazines.

Tower: Residents fear impacts > CONTINUED FROM COVER a microwave antenna. To bolster their argument, they invited Prof. Enrique Navarro of the University of Valencia in Spain to speak to council. Navarro, who happened to be in the country visiting McMaster University, was the lead author of a 2002 study in Spain on the effects of microwaves on the human body. The study cites a phenomenon called microwave sickness that afflicts those living close to these types of towers, ranging from irritability and fatigue to headaches and even depression. “In this study I found that people who were living near these types of towers developed these kinds of problems,” Navarro said. Coun. Herb Neher asked Navarro if he was challenging the ruling of Health Canada. Under Safety Code 6, which covers the health effects of electromagnetic fields and was last updated in 2009, the government has determined that these types of towers pose no threat to human health. Navarro countered by saying that many of the safety guidelines in use around the world were developed back in the 1970s and were focused on the short-term effects, not the long-term impacts. He also cited the World Health Organization’s decision to label some radio waves as potential carcinogens earlier this year. When it comes to

the siting of the tower, however, the township has no authority over the final decision. Everything concerning communication towers, from their location to the engineering, falls under federal jurisdiction and is out of their hands. The telecommunications act also says that opponents appealing the location of a radio tower based on health concerns, such at the Jantzi’s and their neighbours, are not reasonable grounds given the federal ruling that microwaves are not harmful according to Safety Code 6. “The necessity for the tower is easily demonstrated,” said Jeff McKay, a representative from Rogers who was present at the meeting, defending their location for the tower. New 3G and 4G products introduced by Rogers will need to work within a two-km radius of a tower, said McKay, meaning towers need to begin being built closer together. “We need a two-km radius of coverage for the next technology in order to support the town of Bamberg, and we’re at about 1.5 km when we get to this spot. “Our subscriber base is dead in the water out here.” He also explained that the company will continue to abide by the standards set by Industry Canada and Health Canada concerning the health risks associated with these types of towers. “These [towers] have an area of about one to

two metres where it’s a danger area for someone to be in constant contact, [and it’s] at the top of the antenna,” McKay said. “There is absolutely no health risk, as it is defined by our government, any place that the public has access to these towers.” McKay said that the company is willing to work with local residents and the township to solve this issue and are still receiving public comments on the project until Oct. 16. After that date the township has three options; the first is to issue a letter of concurrence that states the company has undertaken then necessary steps to inform residents. Second, they could issue a letter of nonconcurrence and if an impasse is reached the issue is brought to Industry Canada, who would likely rule on behalf of Rogers. Finally, the township could object to the location of the tower and try to work with Rogers in finding another suitable location. Township chief administrative officer Susan Duke recommended to councillors that they not take any action until they had more information. “We knew this site would generate a lot of controversy so there has been 10 times the effort go into siting this tower than the hundreds of others I carry in my portfolio,” said McKay. “We have no difficulty justifying that this is the site we want.”


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Orthotics, Footwear & Pedorthic Care, Compression Hose and Bracing 583 King St. N., Waterloo (King Northfield Centre) 519-747-3222 Alignment of the foot directly affects the alignment of knees, hips and back; so it’s no surprise that the aching of the lower back, hips, knees, calves and shins are often the result of foot disorders or poorly designed footwear. Unfortunately with today’s hectic lifestyles, foot problems often go untreated until an individual’s quality of life is affected. Many people believe that pain is something they’ll “just have to live with” only to learn later that they’ve been unnecessarily suffering for months or even years. For many, the solution is a visit to their local BioPed Centre. Each of BioPed’s 60+ locations and clinics has a Pedorthist who is a certified member of the Pedorthic Association of Canada. Whether it’s callouses, bunions, pain in forefoot or heel, arthritis, fibromyalgia or sports injuries, quality orthotics and proper fitting footwear offer long-term solutions that have helped tens of thousands of people. BioPed is best known for the on premises manufacturing of orthotics custom made to meet the individual’s specific needs. BioPed offers a selection of great looking shoes from many respected brands that can also be worn with custom orthotics. Athletic shoes and sandals are available, too. BioPed also specializes in lower limb bracing and compression hosiery. So whether you’re experiencing the physical discomfort that is associated with a foot disorder or believe in the value of maintaining healthy feet, call New Manager Danielle Molnar, C Ped (C) with 15 years experience, and the team at BioPed-Waterloo or visit them on the web at Most products are covered by extended health plans. Horse and buggy parking is available across the street at Home Depot.

Creating Comfort Where You Live For 15 years! 281 Lawrence Ave. Kitchener 519-579-5037 In our climate, heating and cooling are the largest energy costs in your home. Reducing the amount you pay by replacing or upgrading the furnace and air conditioning system can save a considerable amount of money and also result in a positive impact on the environment. Corestar Mechanical is a respected locally owned HVAC contractor that represents products from LENNOX, TEMPSTAR, and HONEYWELL. They can recommend equipment that is ideally sized to your home, while offering lower sound levels, increased energy efficiency, and excellent warranties for worry free comfort. Equipment choices for new and existing homes at Corestar Mechanical can include high efficiency furnaces, heat pumps, radiant in-floor heating systems, and central air conditioners with environmentally friendly refrigerants. Ask about Special Rebates to save even more money on qualifying systems! Corestar Mechanical also offers products designed to clean, ventilate or humidify your air. A full range of Plumbing Services are available from Corestar Mechanical including new installations, repairs, bathroom remodeling with new fixtures, and water conditioning equipment. Contact Corestar Mechanical to book your service appointment or in-home no cost estimate on new equipment. Better yet, visit their tasteful Showroom to see the wide variety of top brands in bathroom and kitchen plumbing products on display, plus fully functional water softeners, furnaces, HRVs, and air conditioners that you can see and hear in operation!

Helpful People and Great Services Right in Your Neighbourhood 55 Northfield Dr. E., (at Davenport Rd.), Waterloo Tel: 519-884-4012 Fax: 519-884-9052

The UPS Store® is the one-stop solution for all your Holiday Season packaging/shipping needs. Regardless of shape or size, they have the packing materials and experience to protect your contents, and help get your shipment there when you need it. The UPS Store® assures dependable service at UPS-direct pricing. For those that need a professional business address, Mailbox Rental at The UPS Store® allows you 24 hour access to incoming mail and parcels or you can use the call-in mail check service to avoid unnecessary trips to your suite box. Mail can be forwarded at your request, and The UPS Store® can also receive parcels or courier deliveries on your behalf—unlike a P.O. Box. Get the team at The UPS Store® helping to develop your business promotional materials, presentations and flyers. In addition to scanning, design and layout expertise, full colour digital printing is available, plus document finishing such as collating, folding, laminating and binding. The UPS Store® can also create business cards, letterheads, rubber stamps and custom labels. Their colour calendars, greeting cards and mouse pads with your favourite photos are a great Holiday Season gift idea. Fax sending and receiving is available, as well as shipping and office supplies. The UPS Store® has more than 340 locations now operating across Canada, plus affiliated locations worldwide. Get the service you’ve come to expect from franchisee Trudy Hartman and the staff at the Northfield & Davenport-Waterloo store, plus the full capabilities of UPS right in your neighbourhood.


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89 King St. N. (King & Bridgeport) Uptown Waterloo 519-747-5657

Saving you money and building long-term relationships to make your eyewear shopping experience more enjoyable and successful has been the goal of the team at Lens Master since 1991, and Super Optical since 1988. They are committed to helping you see and be seen, with the latest in lens technologies plus a fantastic frame selection in the most current styles. Whether it’s a style that is funky and eclectic, fun and fashion forward or traditional, Lens Master & Super Optical have your style in a wide choice of materials, colours and finishes with over 3,000 frames in-stock. Every frame is expertly fitted to ensure it suits your face and lifestyle, from baby boomers who want a style than won’t age them needlessly to designs specific to a sport, activity or vocation. Their team would be pleased to inform you of the latest changes in the industry, including High Definition prescription lenses that offer improved visual acuity, less distortion and increased contrast over traditional lenses, plus less swim or sway effect when used in a progressive lens. When you buy one complete pair of eyeglasses, sunglasses or contact lenses, you get the second pair (or combination) FREE. They also pay for eye exams with their 2 for 1 Special (ask for details). An Optometrist is located next door to Super Optical in Waterloo. A One Hour Service is available on most single vision lenses. Contact lenses are available the same day or within 24 hours with a certified fitter on staff. Discounts are offered to students, seniors and children. Many health plans are accepted. Free parking is available.

It’s not Just Soup, It’s Zoup!™ 75 King St. S. Waterloo Town Square (Entrance off Willis Way) 519-747-9687 If you are one of those who dine out while shopping or visiting in the K-W area, and you are ready for something truly different, Zoup!, The Fresh Soup Company, will exceed your expectations. Zoup! has proven that soup can be much more than just an appetizer when you give customers the kind of award-winning taste sensations and variety they offer. Zoup! Uptown Waterloo has access to hundreds of tasty soup recipes. Twelve different hot soups are featured daily so you can explore new taste sensations each and every time you visit. Zoup! has “something for everyone” including those searching for low-fat, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy free, and cold soups. Customers are encouraged to sample the soups before purchasing them in one of the four sizes available. Some of our favourite soups include Lobster Bisque, Mulligatawny, Ginger Butternut Squash, and Chicken Potpie, to name just a few. A choice of fresh daily artisan breads accompanies your soup order. At Zoup!, you can also choose from a variety of made-to-order GreenZ (a selection of 7 creative salads), plus artisan SandwichZ including Ciabatta Sandwiches and Multigrain Flatbread Wraps. Zoup! was launched in 1998 in Southfield, Michigan and started franchising in 2004. Zoup! now has more than 30 stores in the U.S. and growing The Uptown Waterloo location opened on June 3, 2011 as the first franchise in Canada, and is independently owned & operated by Daryl Hunter. Zoup! is all about delicious fresh food served fast with an efficient order service at the counter. They offer tables and comfy padded booth seating in a pleasant dining environment, plus free wi-fi service. You can also order online at to make mealtime a breeze. Catering is available, too.

140 University Ave. E., (just east of Weber St.) Waterloo 519-746-7070

Providing Heirlooms of the Future Solid wood has always been a favorite material for making quality furniture, and that tradition continues today at Gibson’s Home Furnishings. Real wood has a depth and warm rich glow that synthetics simply cannot match, plus a grain and colour palette that is as unique as a fingerprint. Unlike cheaper veneers and pressed woods, solid wood furniture from Gibson’s, built using time tested joining and finishing techniques, will have lasting value. That’s why solid wood furniture from Gibson’s is likely to become heirlooms and antiques for future generations. Also, new pieces can be added or colour matched to your decor at a later date. Solid wood is also the choice of allergy sufferers and asthmatics, since they don’t retain allergens. Whether it’s for casual or formal living spaces, Gibson’s Home Furnishings offers gorgeous dining room suites and dinettes, bedroom furniture from beds to armoires, plus entertainment centres, coffee tables, desks, benches, and so much more. A wide choice of wood species, finishes and stains are available or you can purchase pieces unfinished. Custom pieces can be made to suit your specific desires. Repaints and refinishing of your old wood furniture are available, too! Gibson’s also offers home decor and gift ideas for the Holiday Season, such as prints, wall art, mirrors, bedding, lamps, and vases. Owner Jamie Roberts invites you to find out why Gibson’s Home Furnishings has been the choice of countless families and decorators since 1981.

“Confidence in Motion” 26 Manitou Dr., Kitchener (corner of Webster Rd.)

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Founded by the McKnight Family in 1967 and operating at the current location since 1978, Gemini Motors Limited is proud to be the area’s premier sales, leasing, parts and service dealer for SUBARU all-wheel drive vehicles. In 1998, the dealership on Manitou Drive built an all-new facility, and they recently underwent renovations in 2010. They enhanced, enlarged and modernized their New Vehicle Showroom, which holds 8 vehicles and also has a comfortable waiting room. The dealership also added an all-new Used Vehicle Centre with a reconditioning facility, and now has a new 12 bay service area as well. The sales team at Gemini Motors can help you choose from such new Subaru models as the Impreza sedans and hatchbacks, Impreza WRX and WRX STI performance models, Legacy sedan, Outback crossover, Forester SUV, and the Tribeca SUV. Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system and Vehicle Dynamics Control means safe responsive handling and superior traction in changing driving conditions—all the time. Gemini Motors is also the destination for quality Certified Preowned Vehicles with multi-point inspection, warranty and CarProof vehicle history report. The Parts Department has genuine Subaru parts for the right fit and performance. Their Service Department has factory trained technicians with the experience, equipment and resources to handle your scheduled maintenance or unexpected repairs. Dealer Principal Larry McKnight, Sales Manager Paul Brown and their team invite you to make Gemini Motors Limited your destination for sales and service satisfaction.

New Location: 228 Shoemaker St., Kitchener 519-893-5999 (1 street south of Bleams Rd., just off Strasburg) 604 Colby Dr., Waterloo 519-746-3332 (off Northfield Dr., east of Hwy 85 Conestoga Pkwy.)

Since its launch in 1986, the Krown Rust Control system has offered Canadians a proven system for effective rust control on new and used vehicles. There is now a network of over 240 dealerowned locations nationwide. After 25 years of serving the Region from their Waterloo location, the Bergsma Family is proud to announce the opening of their allnew second location in Kitchener on September 15, 2011. Endorsed by the Automobile Protection Association and CAA, Krown Rust Control is an environmentally friendly formula that protects against the rust that thrives in hot humid summers, wet spring and autumns, and salty winters. Krown Rust Control not only helps your vehicle look better and last longer by helping to save it from unsightly rust, but also saves you money by allowing you to keep it longer and retain a higher private resale value. Krown Rust Control helps your vehicle to remain more structurally sound in the event of a collision. The thin liquid consistency of the non-toxic Krown formula allows it to displace moisture and create a corrosion-fighting barrier on metal and painted surfaces. Krown also lubricates many parts, such as window and door opening mechanisms, electrical connectors, fasteners and emergency brake cables. Other Krown offerings include Luminate paint finish protection, plus expert hand polishing for that showroom shine. Krown offers a corporately backed national warranty, plus Lockedin Pricing once you start your annual application program. Fleet work is welcome with mobile spraying available.

283 Northfield Dr. (at Bridge St.) Waterloo 519-747-3729 Too often, people are unaware that their mattress is no longer meeting their needs. You can avoid sleepless nights by carefully evaluating the comfort and support of your sleep set to make sure your personal comfort preferences are still being met. A sleep set that is only five to ten years old may already have begun to lose its ability to provide support and comfort. If you think that it may be time for a new mattress, seek out a true factory direct specialist such as Waterloo Mattress, a locally owned manufacturer where mattresses are their only business, not a sideline. The friendly, helpful team at Waterloo Mattress has exceptional product knowledge and will share their expertise to help you find the perfect product for your needs, without the hard sell attitude. Custom sizes are available. Waterloo Mattress custom designs and manufactures most of their products right in Waterloo. Their selection includes a variety of luxurious pillow top, eurotop, box top and no-flip spring mattresses using allergy free, anti-microbial fabrics, posture zone design and pressure reduction technology. The exclusive Comfort Adjust System is available on most Waterloo Mattress models. The products are backed by a 60 Day Comfort Warranty! Waterloo Mattress also features the world’s best Tempur-Pedic memory foam mattresses, neck pillows and neck support products. Exclusive to Waterloo Mattress at factory direct prices is the highend superior Z-Bed line of memory foam pressure relieving mattresses and pillows with cooling technology. Like Waterloo Mattress, Z-Bed uses all Canadian raw materials and stands behind their products. The modern showroom has a selection of bed frames and bedroom furniture, and mattress pads, too. Waterloo Mattress also offers free delivery and disposal of your old mattress in Waterloo Region.




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No matter how healthy they think the food is, the students of EDSS aren’t buying it. Alison Tindall letter on page 12



e’re not here to take down Wall Street. It’s not poor against rich. It’s about big money dictating which politicians get elected and what programs get funded.

> Jackie Fellner, a marketing manager from suburban Westchester County, shows the Occupy Wall Street movement is resonating to a wider audience



ousehold debt has reached a high of $1.57 trillion. Consumption rather than asset accumulation remains the primary cause of the debt run up: 57 per cent of us said day-to-day living expenses are the main cause for the increasing debt.

> Certified General Accountants Association of Canada


Holidays are about food, especially the lack of it


ctober brings Thanksgiving and a big German-style party to the region. It’s also a time for a major push by agencies providing food to those not fortunate enough to simply stop by the supermarket to pick up a turkey and all the trimmings, let alone spend time enjoying the offerings of the festhallen. The Food Bank of Waterloo Region is looking to collect 375,000 pounds of food during the drive that kicked off this week. What it comes up with stocks the shelves for 71 member agencies and community food programs as well as the other members of the Waterloo Region food assistance network to provide food where it is needed through the fall and into the winter months. The regional goal of 375,000 lbs includes the targets set by Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank, Wilmot Family Resource Centre and Woolwich

Community Services as well as the food bank itself. Each year, more than 25,000 people in the region need food assistance. The economic downturn put more pressure on the food bank. Even before then, demand was growing despite a stronger economy. Now, the need is greater. Increasing numbers of the socalled working poor made at least occasional use of emergency food supplies. Families represent 43 per cent of emergency food hamper recipients, about 40 per cent of whom are children under the age of 18. During last year’s “Hunger Count” month in March, 7,810 food hampers were distributed; 6,148 households, representing 14,575 people, received food hampers; 42,497 meals were served. According to a recent report by Region of Waterloo Public Health,


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lation. That represents an increase of 19 per cent over 2008 figures. Almost 40 per cent of those served by Ontario’s food banks are children – equal to more than 140,000 children every month. More and more households are unable to make it through the month without accessing food bank services, the organization reports. Those needing assistance tend to be younger: the median age much lower than the provincial average (28.7 years vs. 38.2 years). While demand is highest in the cities, the rural townships are not exempt: Woolwich Community Services, which looks after Woolwich and part of Wellesley, faces the same need to re-stock its shelves. Dropping off a few items is an easy task. Then go and enjoy the rest of the long weekend, knowing there’s plenty to be thankful for.

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We generally sugar coat the history of our national villains T International hey didn’t invite the city fathers of Ferrol, the birthplace of Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the bloody tyrant who ruled Spain from 1938 to 1973, so the conference can’t just have been about fascist dictators. They didn’t invite the mayor of Tokyo, home-town of General Hideki Tojo, who led Japan into the Second World War, so it wasn’t just about bad men who were leaders in that war. So what was it about? According to Johannes Waidbacher, mayor of the Austrian city of Braunau that hosted the “Contemporary History Days” conference, it has always been about how to deal with the legacy of living in the city where Adolf Hitler was born and grew up. This is the twentieth year that Braunau has held the conference, and they still don’t have a good answer. But this year, at least, they came up with a different way of asking the question. In addition to academics reading papers like “From the burden to the place of learning: Dachau and contemporary history,” they invited notables to represent the home towns of Mussolini and Stalin: Mayor Giorgio Frassinetti of the central Italian town of Predappio and Dr. Lasha Bakradze, Head of the Literature Museum in Tbilisi, Georgia. The idea was that they could all commiserate about the moral burden of living in a town that nurtured a tyrant. By the way, if you are about to protest that the only Lasha Bakradze you’ve ever heard of is a Georgian actor known for such fine films as “The Aviatrix of Kazbek” (2010), don’t come to me for help. Maybe there are two of them. It doesn’t matter. The point is that neither the Lasha Bakradze we all know and love nor Dr Lasha Bakradze, head of the Literature Museum in Tbilisi, actually comes from Gori, where Stalin grew up. Unfortunately, they couldn’t get any official from Gori to come. The good bur-



GWYNNE DYER ghers of Braunau may writhe with guilt about their city’s heritage – “If, like me, you live in a town which is synonymous with Hitler, it becomes unbearable,” said local historian Florian Kotanko – but the citizens of Gori are not in the least embarrassed about having unleashed Stalin (born Ioseb Jughashvili) on the world. In fact, they’re proud of it. The Stalin Museum in the centre of town is the main tourist attraction, and until last year a very large statue of the Soviet dictator and mass murderer stood in front of the city hall. (It has now been moved to the museum.) You can visit Stalin’s armoured railway carriage, see the wooden hut where he was born, spend hours immersed in Stalin memorabilia. Stalin is doing more for the city in death than he ever did in life. As for Predappio, the left-wing mayor of that town did go to Braunau, declaring that places where dictators were born should be “on the front line of democracy,” but most of his fellowcitizens don’t seem to agree. In fact they have turned Predappio into an open-air memorial to Benito Mussolini. There are shops selling “cute little trinkets and souvenirs such as Nazi flags, white-power wine, Hitler snow globes, or Mussolini batons with which to hit people,” as a tourist blog puts it. The highlight of the tour is a visit to Mussolini’s private residence, built after the Italian dictator seized control of the whole country in 1922. Italian fascists go to Predappio each year to commemorate the “March on Rome” that brought him to power.

So full marks to Braunau for trying, but the Austrians (and the Germans) really are the exceptions. Even more Russians than Georgians think that Stalin was a great man, despite the tens of millions of deaths he caused. Most Italians don’t feel apologetic about Mussolini. Napoleon, who was just as murderously thuggish, is positively venerated by the French. And one of the most popular boys’ names in Turkish is Cengiz (as in Genghis Khan). It would be nice if people remembered what the killers and tyrants in their national past were really like, but they don’t. The English know all about Henry VIII’s wife-killing habits, but he is not regularly condemned as a merciless tyrant. As for Mao, the greatest killer since Genghis Khan, the Communist Party says he was “three parts bad, seven parts good,” and most Chinese accept that judgement. Relax. It’s not worth getting excited about. Nobody in Russia is sending millions to their deaths today. France is not ruled by a dictator, and neither is Italy (although it is currently ruled by a crook who is also a fool). The Turks are not racing across the steppes on horseback massacring captured cities as they go, and Queen Elizabeth II has shown great forbearance in not murdering her spouse. It’s not how people see their history that matters. The particular horrors of the Holocaust have forced the Germans and Austrians to face up to their recent past more honestly, but most people, most of the time, prefer the sugar-coated version. And yet they do care about democracy, and they really don’t think that mass killing is okay. Most countries have a delusional relationship with their national history, but the world really is more democratic than it has ever been. And less violent, too, though you’d never know it from watching the news.


What are you thankful for?

I’m thankful for my new horse, CJ. > Tania Burkholder

I’m thankful for my family. That is definitely number one on my list. > Mark Coffey


I’m thankful for many things, but mostly my health. > Barry Jefferies

Having our fill of turkey and election talk, many of us are happy to spend a long weekend where the toughest decision is apple or pumpkin pie ... or both.

I’m thankful that we live in a free country and have the right to vote. > Rudolph Decosta



» Saturday, October 08, 2011

Crowds gather because the system is broken T

he protestors on Wall Street get it. Those planning similar “occupations” in other cities, including Toronto, get it. Those who dismiss the efforts, well, they miss the point completely. The Occupy Wall Street movement, itself inspired by the Canadian group Adbusters, has spawned a series of similar protests around the globe. Organizers are looking to do the same in Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, where Bay Street is the target on Oct. 15. You don’t have to look far to see comments dismissing these activities as the work of a bunch of misguided young people, union members and troublemaking activists. That’s certainly the response you’d expect from those within the targeted establishment group, but it extends to others who don’t see what unfettered capitalism, deregulation and concentration of wealth have done to undermine the fabric of society. These are the same people who miss the point by focusing only on the vandalism carried out by a very few taking part in protests such as last year’s G20 summit in Toronto, or similar anti-globalization demonstrations all over the globe. Instead, they should see an increasing frustration with the inequities, as the political and economic system is skewed in favour of the few at the expense of the many. More and more of us see the intertwined political and financial systems working against the common good. Simply put, there is a growing dissatisfaction with that most perva-

From the Editor Steve Kannon sive ism: corporate capitalism. The kind of “anarchy” gaining vogue these days has less nothing to do with vandalism (though there is a certain measure of that) than it does with exposing how the current system is failing the majority. The goal is essentially reinventing democracy. Well, really, restoring democracy to its original intent: widespread and decentralized decision-making in the public good rather than the top down, hierarchical structure prevalent today. The Occupy Together movement that sprang to life over the last month is first and foremost about drawing attention to our worsening plight, encouraging 99 per cent of the population to take action against the greed and corruption of the other one per cent. American actor Mark Ruffalo, in a piece that appeared this week in The Guardian, is indicative of the growing support for the occupation movement. “It is a thing of beauty to see so many people in love with the ideal of democracy, so alive with its promise, so committed to its continuity in the face of crony capitalism and corporate rule. That should be celebrated. It should be respected and admired,” he writes. “Their message is very clear and simple: get money out of the politi-

cal process; strive for equality in taxation and equal rights for all regardless of race, gender, social status, sexual preference or age. We must stop poisoning our food, air and water for corporate greed. The people on Wall Street and in the banking industrial complex that destroyed our economy must be investigated and brought to justice under the law for what they have done by stealing people’s homes and savings.” There are those who say these protests do nothing constructive. Why aren’t these people doing something positive? Where, they ask, are the solutions? The solutions, of course, are well known. Prohibiting a good deal of the financial speculation that goes on daily would be a good start. Billionaire investor George Soros, who has spoken in support of the new movement, has long warned of the problems inherent in a capitalist system that has drifted far from the model that brought prosperity to the middle class. The growth of the financial sector in a deregulated market has wrought havoc, he says, as noted in his book entitled The Crisis of Global Capitalism. “The global economy is characterized not only by free trade in goods and services but even more by the free movement of capital. Interest rates, exchange rates, and stock prices in various countries are intimately interrelated, and global financial markets exert tremendous influence on economic conditions,” he writes, noting proponents of the status quo push us further away from a human-centric form of

organizing to one dictated only by money. “The functions that cannot and should not be governed purely by market forces include many of the most important things in human life, ranging from moral values to family relationships to aesthetic and intellectual achievements. Yet market fundamentalism is constantly attempting to extend its sway into these regions, in a form of ideological imperialism. According to market fundamentalism, all social activities and human interactions should be looked at as transactional, contract-based relationships and valued in terms of a single common denominator, money. Activities should be regulated, as far as possible, by nothing more intrusive than the invisible hand of profitmaximizing competition.” By taking to the streets, those involved in the Occupy Together cause are drawing attention to just how far we’ve drifted from a political and economic systems that serve the public good. Those with wealth have power, and they use that power to buy government influence. The first step, then, is to get corporate money out of the political system, one that has become a revolving door between government insiders and lobbyists. A system that sees legislation drafted by corporations and PR firms tabled word for word by politicians. Removing that unfair influence will take more than a few weeks of demonstrating, but by drawing attention to the problem, they hope other will join the call for a more democratic arrangement.

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a meal in the cafeteria. The cafeteria isn’t the same now that JC Vending controls it. No matter how healthy they think the food is, the students of EDSS aren’t buying it. If this is considered a success by JC Vending, there’s something wrong.


Bingo finds a slot in Woolwich „ To the Editor, I am confused, but pleased about the acceptance of the Lions Club’s most recent fundraising idea, bingo. I seem to recall that during the early 2000s some Woolwich residents, including the township councillors, had concerns about this type of fundraising. Evidently with time the concerns have subsided since that other “fundraising” option is now in a nearby community. But I sure hope the police in Elmira are willing and able to increase their efforts to handle the projected increase in prostitution that is bound to occur as a result of this new fundraiser. And, thankfully, the proximity of the anticipated prostitutes to the nearby school doesn’t seem to be an issue anymore either. If memory serves, that was one of the many concerns raised during the previous “fundraising” debate. I was also pleased to read that the Lions intend to offer a 10-minute break for players during the fundraising event. This will mean the

players don’t have to wear Depends as the players do at the nearby slot/ gaming facility, right? And it’s heartwarming to know that the players that will be paying to play are from an income bracket that causes no concerns for Woolwich as to whether they might be spending their food money on this form of “fundraising.” That’s so different from the players at the other nearby gaming facility. I also applaud the fact that the money earned from this “fundraising” will stay in the community. This is where there is great similarity between the two fundraising ideas, as evidenced by the nearby community getting to keep more than $12 million in their community as a result of their fundraising idea. But, of course, that community is bound to spend a great deal of money policing those strolling prostitutes and picking up soiled Depends in the parking lot, right? It’s good that Woolwich residents and council approve of this “fundraising” effort. Congratulations on the hypocrisy … I mean on the new “fundraising” idea.

> Melissa Snyder, West Montrose

„ To the Editor, I am a high school student at EDSS this year. In your article last week about the new cafeteria, you say “hundreds of students eat in the cafeteria at EDSS on a daily basis.” You also say that healthier food is now served. Both are true. But what you don’t say is that only a small fraction of the students that eat in the cafeteria actually buy their food there. Since JC Vending moved in, the lines in the cafeteria have dwindled. They used to be three students thick and all the way out the doors, lasting for at least 15 minutes into lunch break. Now, the line is thin, short and gone within 10 minutes. Sure, the food is healthier, I don’t doubt that. In your article, Craig Allen, the food service manager for JC Vending, says they reduced portions sizes to offset higher costs. But what that sounds like is we get less food for a higher price. Is that going to bring in the crowds? I don’t think so. Many students would rather brave the cold walk to McDonald’s than buy

> Alison Tindall, EDSS student

MP’s view on refugees not representative „ To the Editor, We are being misrepresented in Parliament. After having attended a town hall meeting on Jan. 25, 2011 hosted by Harold Albrecht, MP for Kitchener-Conestoga, Peter Braid, MP for Kitchener-Waterloo, and Stephen Woodworth, MP for Kitchener Centre, with guest Rick Dykstra, MP for St Catherines and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, I am extremely disappointed with the way we were misrepresented in the House



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s of August, the Canadian unemployment rate was hovering around seven per cent, and the prospect of a weakened global economy has led to uncertainty in both national and international markets. The recession is far from over, and many are still struggling to find new work or to make ends meet. It’s been said that recessions do create one thing, however, and that’s entrepreneurs. This is certainly true of Kevin Hotradat, an Elmira resident who was trained at Conestoga College and worked for seven years as a machinist in Waterloo before everyone at the company was laid off last year. Faced with unemployment, the 27-year-old decided to go into business for himself and returned to one of his earliest passions as a child: cars. To that end, Hotradat opened an auto detailing shop called Car Spa Elmira, located at 20A Arthur St. “Oh yeah, I love cars, trucks, bikes, boats. I just like nice cars, I always have since I was a little kid,” said

Hotradat while sitting in his office, a poster of exotic cars stuck to the wall behind him. “I’ve always liked cars. And I like them clean.” He said that while things started slowly for him early this year, w a s h ing only about two cars a day, business has really picked up in the past few months. He is now up to about 12 or 13 cars a day, and a waiting list of about a dozen more cars sits on his desk. His packages range from $20 for a basic cleaning that includes an exterior wash and chamois dry, all the way up to interior shampooing of the seats and carpets, scotch guard protection and even paint-sealing wax that lasts about eight months. “When it rains the water just falls off of it,” he smiled. Hotradat has had a lot of repeat customers, and he has


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A lot has changed since last Thanksgiving dinner T

he 2011 version of Thanksgiving weekend dinner is a lot different than last year’s model, whether you enjoy it at home or have it served in a restaurant. This year food is, in general, more cherished, more expensive and, surprisingly, viewed with more suspicion and confusion than ever. First, the upside. Consumers are continuing their love affair with local food. As a movement, it’s more appreciated and better organized than it was even a year ago. A shining example is the Guelph-Wellington Taste Real program’s “Farmalicious” initiative. It’s wrapping up now, after some of the area’s top restaurants presented special locallygrown menus on a rotating schedule over the past three months. It’s been a superb promotion and it serves the vitally important role of getting more local food into the hands of professional chefs. Farmalicious may also underline that local food is not, by definition, cheap food. The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association says that across the board, menu prices have risen nearly three per cent over the past year. Local food production is subject to the same pressures as non-local food, however you define it. And over the past year, the pressures have been significant. Bad weather, rising fuel prices

Food For Thought Owen Roberts and global demand have all pushed food prices at grocery stores up about three per cent higher than they were last Thanksgiving. Driving through the countryside this holiday weekend, you won’t likely be able to tell the production of soybeans and corn, Ontario’s two biggest crops, are both predicted to be down this harvest season. But it’s true – corn’s been particularly hard hit, and production will likely drop by 13 per cent. In many parts of the province, the wet, cool spring delayed planting enough that some farmers questioned whether their crops would mature enough to realize any production whatsoever. Fortunately, they did – soybeans, in particular bounced back. The crop is still not where it should be, but it’s much better than anticipated. In Ontario, most of the soybeans and much of corn grown is genetically modified. In various ways, we consume it and use it all the time. But a report from a federally commissioned survey last February that surfaced just this week suggests consumers have become increasing-


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ly suspicious of the government’s ability to make sure food is safe. There’s no evidence genetically modified food is unsafe. But genetically modified animals in particular –none of which, by the way, have passed all the regulatory hurdles necessary to land on the dinner table this Thanksgiving –are losing ground with consumers. Only nine per cent of those surveyed approve of genetically modified animals, even with government regulations in place. That’s down from 14 per cent five years ago. During that time, the sector had a lot of opportunity to talk up the technology. It appears people aren’t listening. Young people are the hardest to reach. This week the Guelph-based Farmers Feed Cities campaign said

it found through a survey it conducted that consumers are increasingly aware of the importance of farming. However, younger generations mostly don’t know where their food is grown. Only about 40 per cent of 18- to 34-year-olds claim to be aware of their food’s origins. That pales compared to more than 60 per cent of adults 35 to 54 years old, and almost 70 per cent of those 55 years old or more. The agri-food industry has its work cut out for it. Awareness efforts need to be a permanent and well-funded part of the sector. Thanksgiving is great time to reflect on not only what we eat, but also, how it’s regarded by those who buy food. And despite gains, there’s a lot of room to improve.

Car Spa: It's all about the details > CONTINUED FROM PG. 13 three inches thick, Hotradat has seen it all, adding that minivans are the worst for messes. He can spend anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours cleaning one car if it really needs it. “The back corners and underneath the edges and by the cup holders [are the worst]. You’ve got kids spilling stuff down the sides all the time,” he said. “Corrosion around the shifters, melted chocolate in the cup holders, it just get’s really bad. I’ve even seen condoms in cars. It’s gross.”

Despite the messes he faces on a daily basis, it’s definitely worth the hard work he said. “I just like to see satisfied customers. The reaction on their faces when they can’t believe something could get that clean. “It comes in looking like a disaster and they love it, so it makes me feel good.” For more information or to book an appointment, visit his website at where you can get more information on available packages, prices, and specials. The shop is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Letter: A skewed view of refugees > CONTINUED FROM PG. 12 of Commons last week. Bill C-4 is up for debate in the House, a bill that is intended to prevent human smugglers from abusing our immigration act, but in fact only abuses refugees. The vast majority of constituents at the town hall meeting in January were very opposed to the bill, bringing strong arguments against the bill, including the violation of human rights, the unwarranted power given to Jason Kenny, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, to arbitrarily decide the fate of refugees arriving on Canadian soil, and the uncanny mirroring of a bill instituted in Australia 10 years ago which has proved a failure in every respect leaving Australians ashamed of their acts. But none of these concerns raised at the town hall meeting were addressed by either Stephen Woodworth or Harold Albrecht in the House last week. Instead, Albrecht stated the following: “Through the last number of months, the parliamentary secretary went on a tour and actually came to my area and conducted a roundtable there. The interesting thing I am finding is that it is not just the long-standing Canadians

who want us to move on this issue; it is actually some of the most recent immigrants to this country who are the strongest supporters of the measures in this piece of legislation.” By not addressing the concerns very much voiced at the roundtable, Albrecht makes it appear as though we, his constituents, are in favour, which is very far from the truth. Secondly, his mention of some recent immigrants makes it seem that refugees are in favour of this bill as well, which is also far from the truth since the only opposing voice at the roundtable was that of a British man who had moved here from England because his daughters were coming home from school with parent notices written in multiple different languages. I do not think that one constituents’ fear of multiculturalism should be the only opinion worth raising in the House of Commons. Democracy hinges on the fact that we elect a person who will represent us, as constituents, within Parliament. I beg you to keep your MP accountable for his or her comments in Parliament, because when they do not represent us truthfully we no longer live in a democracy.

>>Hannah Redekop, Floradale


» Saturday, October 08, 2011

LIVING HERE Giving life to imagination


Elmira boys turn their superhero alter-egos into stars of their own movie, now out on DVD Colin Dewar


ade In. Interior shot of a bank. Our heroes, Tiger Man and Danger, are on the prowl for their nemesis, The Scorcher, when suddenly they are jumped from behind by his minions. Working together the dynamic duo fight off the goons and continue on with their search. Fade Out. For Nick Martin and Nathan Bowman this was the hardest scene for the co-directors to film in their first short movie, “Tiger Man and Danger” – a movie about two superheroes defending the world against evil. The Grade 7 students from Park Manor Public School in Elmira came up with the concept for their characters after Nathan saw a few of Nick’s comic book drawings of his alter ego, Tiger Man. “(Nick) came up with his hero and I saw all these drawings he had made and I thought I want part of that action so I created my own hero and we started playing around at recess,” said Nathan. Having a fascination with tigers, Nick based his hero with them in mind, whereas Nathan created his character with the ability to control gravity. Originally conceived when the two friends were in Grade 2, the idea about making a movie didn’t occur to them for another few years. “We were on vacation when we thought about making the film but in the back of my head I never thought it would really happen,” said Nick. It almost didn’t happen. Filming took place over three years and both boys quit the project a few times over the years. “When we first started we didn’t really have a story we just filmed random scenes here and there. The project

just didn’t have any real direction but after a month or so we would be back at it until we started to see a story taking shape,” said Nathan. Influenced by action movies and the current surge of superheroes on the big screen the boys both watched a lot of Steven Spielberg films and admit they can’t wait until they are old enough to watch ‘Jaws.’ “We both really liked the Indiana Jones movies and like the action and thrills in those movies,” said Nathan. Through a lot of trial and error the boys learned how to film at different anowman B n a h gles and make simple Nat Nick Martin special effects by stopping the camera and removing a person from the scene to make them look as if they disappeared. The entire film was made at the Martin house, which would double as offices, banks and secret lairs. A classic superhero movie, Tiger Man and Danger are triumphant at the end, defeating The Scorcher, played by Nick’s younger brother Ben. The anger and D n a 2 1 M rest of the cast are the boys’ : r e Age of Tig Age: 12 siblings, Chloe and Max rector i D r o e C Dang s Martin and Ben Bowman, a C g o-Director of n Tiger Man an Starri who end up playing multiple d Danger Starring as T ig er Man roles in the movie. The two bribing for a f t e r 12-year-olds would use dif difus to get behind the handhand ferent masks and makeup to hide their siblings’ identities camera,” joked Lynn. “But I ing it over to (Mueller) so they could use them for dif- am so impressed that they and then one day at the people up,” laughed Nick. “We finished their movie and they end of August we got an are looking at expanding the ferent characters. “When you look at the mov- should both be proud of the email saying the movie was story into a trilogy but we have done and when we saw it, it to figure out how to bring back ie it is kind of obvious that we work they did.” To piece the film together looked great,” said Nick. used our brothers and sister The Scorcher, as we killed him Both boys agree there is off in our last film.” but if you really get into the the boys asked family friend storyline, the heart of the Caleb Mueller to edit their a certain amount of cheesiThe boys have put together a flick, that doesn’t really mat- work into a cohesive story. ness to their film, which DVD that includes the 25-minute Mueller did more than that, they absolutely love and film with a director’s introducter,” said Nathan. Using a Canon HD video adding special effects and mu- look forward to bringing tion by Nick, an audio commenpoint-and-shoot camera, the sic to the finished work and that to the next chapter of tary by both directors, a blooper boys enlisted Nick’s parents, designed a DVD cover using the series. reel, deleted scenes and a short “The best scenes and the called ‘My Life as an 11-year-old Lynn and Brad as their cin- the comic book images the boys drew. most fun to make were the Superhero,’ and have given copematographers. “I kind of forgot all about it ones where we got to beat ies to friends and family. “It would take some major





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hen you are a chef you have to be very passionate about what you do, everyday. When you talk to the farmers that we deal with, this passion is so evident, and Paul from Willowgrove Hill Pork is no exception. Based in Mitchell, he offers pork that is â&#x20AC;&#x153;home raised, produced and marketed,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;raised without the use of growth hormones.â&#x20AC;? For us, that

means bred the old-fashioned way, which equates to the besttasting pork around. When speaking to Paul, he was very passionate about healthy eating habits. He says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;healthy foods equals healthy kids.â&#x20AC;? They are the first and only pork in North America with DHA Omega-3, which supports the normal physical development of the brain, eyes and nerves.

We had the pleasure of working with Willowgrove Pork a couple Saturdays ago at one of our Saturday Night Farmerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dinners. We kept it simple, in order to let the premium quality flavour of this pork shine though, serving it with little more than its own natural juices and some of our apple-plum



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From The Chef's Table Kirstie Herbstreit & Jody O'Malley Season to taste with kosher salt and fresh ground pepper; Butterfly pork loin. Make a slice down about 1 inch from the top of the roast, but not slicing it off completely. Open this ‘top’ like a book, then make another slice, about one inch below this one, in towards the opposite side, again not slicing all the way through the roast. The roast should now open up flat Spread first with mustard mixture, then bread crumb mixture; Roll up the roast. Using butcher’s twine, tie the roast in one-inch intervals. Coat with more mustard and cover with bread crumbs; Roast pork in a large, oven-proof pan at 375F for 15 minutes and turn oven down to 350F until thermometer reads 140F; Remove from oven and allow to rest on a cutting board, for about 20 minutes before carving; Add chicken stock to browned bits in the bottom of your pan to produce a pan jus. Simmer until slightly thickened and serve drizzled over pork.


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or 15 years, Craftsmen Hardwoods Inc. in Drayton has been the go-to name as a supplier for woodworkers in the area, from furniture and cabinets to stairs and trim. On Oct. 22 customers, neighbours, family and friends are all invited to celebrate the grand opening of their brand new facility on 34 Drayton Industrial Dr., just a five minute drive from their old location at 7688 Wellington Road 8. “Everybody is welcome, customers and anybody with a curiosity,” said general manager Rob Weber with a smile. The company sells to customers ranging from one-man shops to large manufacturers throughout southwestern Ontario and within a two-hour radius of Drayton. About 60 per cent of the wood is sourced from the United States while the rest comes from Ontario and Quebec. The relocation was not a simple undertaking by any stretch of the imagination. They were well established at their old location on the Weber family dairy farm since they first set up shop there in 1998, and the move was certainly a long time in the planning. They officially moved in on July 29 and it took a day and a half to move all the product to the new site, and the company even had to reduce its inventory by 25 per cent to accomplish that feat on time. Despite the difficulty, the move is a welcome change. Their new location is about twice the size of their old 18,000 square-foot warehouse, and this extra space will



allow Craftsmen Hardwoods to serve their customers in a timelier and more efficient manner because shippers and receivers can access the product quicker than they ever could before. “We stack our products on blocks five or six high, then another one directly in front of that. Here, we’re only two stacks deep, in the old facility we were an average of four stacks deep and sometimes five or six,” said Weber. “We were constantly handling material and moving it around.” What’s more, the warehouse also has a drive-through truck bay, allowing drivers to simply open the doors and drive their trucks right inside to load them with their product for shipment; much quicker than moving loads in and out of the warehouse. But perhaps the biggest improvement over the old location was the installation of a climate control system that keeps the warehouse at a cool and consistent 10 degrees Celsius and about 50 to 55 per cent humidity. Those are the ideal temperatures to store the wood at to prevent it from warping, splitting or shrinking after it is made into the final product by the customer. “If the product doesn’t sell fast enough, you have it sitting and it will eventually take on moisture to the average relative humidity that is outside,” explained Weber, and the warping and shrinking is particularly troublesome considering the fine workmanship necessary when making furniture and stairs. Weber took a lot of time to lay out the property and draw dia-


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> CONTINUED FROM PG. 21 ously for me, and the communication is a little better. We’re all a little more interactive, and there is much more space in the office as well.” Weber says he is blessed with the way his business has grown from its humble roots back in 1996, and it was his customers and his staff that got him to where he is today. He was paralyzed on May 24, 1996 while cutting down a tree on the family dairy farm at the age of 20. Not knowing what he could do with his life after that, he started Craftsmen Hardwoods that October with help from Murray Martin at Mar-Span Building Centre. He moved out from under the umbrella of Mar-Span in 1998 by building his first warehouse on the farm, the company was incorporated in 1999, and he doubled the size of his warehouse in 2002. This latest move is just the next step in the growth and success of his business that grew out of one of the most trying period of his life. “I had the blessing and privilege to operate under [Martin’s] mentorship and to be in the office environment to learn about business principles and practices,” said Weber. “I believe God has a plan and reasons for various situations we face in life.” The grand opening celebration for Craftsmen Hardwoods Inc. is Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their new location, 34 Drayton Industrial Dr. For more information call their office at (519) 638-3380.


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speaks to a group of coaches and parents about the concussion management program Woolwich Minor Hockey will be taking part in this season.


ohn Chehade is passionate about concussions. The general manager at Clinical Medicine Research Group (CMRG) and former University of Western linebacker knows about concussions firsthand, along with the dangers of being young and not wanting to let down teammates. “If you have an undiagnosed concussion or a mismanaged concussion in an adolescent athlete that is maturing they will have problems down the road and will be susceptible to concussions on less force,” said Chehade at a CMRG concussion management program held last weekend at the Woolwich Memorial Centre. This year Woolwich minor hockey teams will be participating in the program, educating coaches, players and parents about the effects of concussions on young athletes. Concussions are a major concern among adolescent athletes, especially girls who have the highest incident rate for concussions. The main causes of concussions are player contact, surface impact and players hitting the boards, Chehade told a group of parents and coaches.

There are two types of concussions a direct blow or a rotational type injury. “If you look at the Sidney

Crosby hit, that glancing blow a cross the chin where the head keeps moving, the brain rattles on the inside of the

skull, that rotational injury is the kind we see most commonly with females and what we deal with the most in hock-

ey,” he explained. CMRG will be providing education and information to coaches and players on the signs and symptoms of concussion and what to do when a concussion is suspected. Each player in the league will be required to provide baseline and follow-up Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) neurocognitive testing through the program. Baseline testing is conducted at the start of each season. A baseline gives medical specialists a starting point for each athlete and a referral after a concussion has been sustained. The idea is to rest and recover back to baseline scores. “In any concussion there is a certain neurometabolic change that occurs when a concussion is sustained,” said Chehade. “Your brain becomes starved for energy and that is why there is no antidote to cure concussion – players just need complete physical and neurocognitive rest.” In some 80 per cent of cases, symptoms will vanish within a seven- to 10-day period, said Chehade. The problem lies in figuring out whether an athlete is in the 80 per cent category or the 20 per cent cat-


Winning streak hits double-digits as Kings beat Dutchmen Team gets a wakeup call after watching a four-goal lead dwindle to 5-4 finish as Kitchener rallies Colin Dewar


he Elmira Sugar Kings extended their league-leading win streak to 10 games after beating the visiting Kitchener Dutchmen 5-4 at the Woolwich Memorial Centre on Oct. 2. In a game that saw the Kings take a 5-1 lead after two periods, the Dutchmen came back in the third with three unanswered goals to make a real contest of it. Kings forward Andrew Smith opened the scoring in the first period at 6:27 blasting a shot pass Kitchener netminder Jordan Lee, with Brett Priestap and Andrew

Brubacher collecting assists. The Kings would dominate the Dutchmen for the rest of the period, scoring on a power play that would see Riley Sonnenburg net his first of three for the game to take a 2-0 lead. Kitchener came out strong in the second period, with Kyle Bezruki beating Kings’ goaltender Nick Coone just five minutes into the period. The Kings recomposed themselves, controlling centre ice and hammering away at the defence while managing to net three more goals before the period was over. Sonnenburg would pot his

second goal of the night during an Elmira power play at 9:21 and made it a hat trick four minutes later after accepting a pass from Priestap and finding a hole between Lee and the right post. Just a minute later, team captain Colton Wolfe-Sabo would score the Kings’ final goal of the night, with Lukas Baleshta and Brennon Pearce collecting the assists. The third period saw a determined Kitchener team return to the ice. With Kings’ forward Smith off for a head-contact call, Dutchmen forward Eric Hammerl slipped the puck pass Coone at 4:29. The Dutchmen would

take the game to Elmira, scoring two more goals four minutes apart: Bezruki with his second of the night, followed by Paul Galluci. In the dying minute of the game Kitchener pulled their goaltender for a 6-on-5 play that would see the Kings tightly defend their zone and skate away with a win. Elmira goaltender Coone finished the game with 28 saves, while Kitchener’s Lee made 52. Head coach Dean DeSilva said his team did get a little complacent in the third period, for which they received a wakeup call. “We talk about that before

every game and before every period and it’s just part of being a teenager playing hockey: they don’t realize the thing that they did to get them success and got us the 5-1 lead. They just stopped doing because they didn’t think they had to do it anymore,” said DeSilva. In the locker room the mood was a little somber as veteran players Wolfe-Sabo, Smith and Sonnenburg spoke to their team about the mistakes they made. “We came in and got that big lead and the guys got a little too content thinking




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Concussions: Care extra important with youths > CONTINUED FROM PG. 23 egory like Crosby. “Doctors don’t know unless they do testing and have data they need, that is why we use the ImPACT test.” It is extremely important that coaches and parents manage the concussions as they occur. “If we let the athletes heal and give them the appropriate amount of time they are going to be fine but try and rush a kid back to play – he could face even greater dangers.” The symptoms linked to concussions have athletes feeling dazed and confused; they act clumsy, answer questions slowly and have personality behaviour changes, headaches, nausea, double vision and photosensitivity. The problem, said Chehade, is that these symptoms are all subjective. “When I played football for the University of Western Ontario I had a diagnosed concussion. They brought me into a room and I passed all my tests, I hid my signs and symptoms and I suffered with a lot of problems because I did that. I was the starting middle linebacker and I wanted to play, especially homecoming weekend, and I just told them I was good to go, but I was not fine and in no condition to play. “I don’t want kids to suffer what I went through.” A key to helping young athletes is strengthening their necks. Female athletes in particular need

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Doing the dance of call and response


f all the ways to hunt wild game, none – in my opinion – is as exciting as calling them in. Find the right call and learn to use it and your odds of success increase dramatically. So too do the odds of your spouse seeking legal advice. I write this, just having returned from a duck hunting trip where several geese and mallards could be directly attributed to good calling. That shouldn’t be a big revelation to anyone. Duck and goose calls, like moose calls, are well known, even to non-hunters. What is often overlooked, however, is the variety of other animals that can be called in. For example, the other day a friend called to tell me about his recent successes calling in bears. I’ve called in a moose or two, hundreds of ducks and geese, as well as fox, squirrels, coyotes, wild turkeys and several deer – some to the gun or bow and others to the camera. And I’m not an exceptional caller.

Not-So-Great Outdoorsman Steve Galea Then again, you don’t have to be. Game calling is as much about how you act as the noises you make. Here are a few key principles that apply to any animal you’re calling in. First, remember that when you start calling, you are inviting attention. That means it’s best to remain still and camouflaged because the animal responding is looking for the source and will depart the minute it sees that it’s human. Next, you’re better off not calling once you determine an animal is approaching. Once again the responding animal is now hunting for you. Make noise and you risk being spotted. Third, pay attention to that ani-

mal’s responses and adjust your approach accordingly. The turkey I shot last season, for instance, didn’t react to calls from my favourite slate call, but did respond aggressively when I used a cedar box call. So, that’s the one I called it and another bird in with. Let the animal dictate calling frequency too. If it is calling back, answer immediately. If it’s responding infrequently, ease up. Furthermore, once you see the animal, pay attention to its body language. If it pauses and turns back, call aggressively or try other sounds to change its mind. You’ve got nothing to lose if it’s leaving. If it’s coming straight in, stop calling and get ready. If you are unsure an animal is near, call every 15 minutes or so. For land-based animals, move after every few calling sequences until you get a response. Begin each sequence by calling softly, in case an animal is nearby. Conversely, use loud calls on

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he undefeated Wellesley Applejacks did not disappoint fans at their home-opener last Saturday night, as Shawn Fitzpatrick notched a pair of goals in the first period to help lead the squad to a 4-1 win over the Tavistock Braves. Controlling the game from the opening whistle the Jacks dominated the visiting Braves in a first period that saw Fitzpatrick score


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claimed the assists. The Braves responded with their only goal of the night when Blair Mackay found an opening to blast one past Jacks’ goaltender Josh Heer to end the first period. The Jacks took a 3-1 lead after the intermission when Metzger potted his first goal of the season with under seven minutes remaining in the period. The third period saw both teams come on strong; in the

dying minutes the Braves pulled their goalie in hopes of a second goal. Skating 6-on-5, the Braves were deep in Jacks’ territory when the puck came loose and landed on the stick of acting captain Corey Way, who sent it down the ice to score an empty-netter and sealed Tavistock’s fate. “(Way) has done a great amount of work for this team both on and off the ice,” said head coach Kevin Fitzpatrick. “He is a real workhorse

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out there and gives the team 100 per cent every game and he has really stepped up to fill the captain position.” The Jacks’ netminder turned aside 37 of 38 Travistock shots for the win, while the Braves goaltender made 14 saves in the loss. The longtime rivals chalked up more than 40 minutes in penalties, with the Braves taking the majority, but the Jacks were only


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Kings: Learning lessons early on in season > CONTINUED FROM PG. 23

be back at the WMC the following night to take on the visiting Owen Sound Greys (1-8). Next month the Sugar Kings will be taking part in Movember, an annual month-long event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November in support of prostate cancer research. Donations are currently being accepted at where a list of the Kings players can be found. The team is hoping to raise $2,000 for the cause.



we have this one and started to relax too much. We were all at fault for doing that, but we have to take away the lessons from today’s game and we have to realize we can’t take any team for granted,” said Sonnenburg. “We are the team to beat in the league right now. We know we are getting their 100 per cent effort so we can’t let off the gas pedal. We learned our lesson.” DeSilva said his team still has a lot of growing to do

even though they are still unbeaten this season. “We just have to keep on learning, never stop and realizing again it is easier to say the game is 5-1 but what got you to that it’s doing all those little things it’s going to take having them figure out that on their own and (this game) was a good lesson for them.” The Sugar Kings are in St. Catharine's today (Saturday) to face the Western Conference-leading St. Mary's Lincolns (6-2) in the GOJHL showcase, and will

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THE RACE IS ON Sean Malone of the Applejacks vies for the puck with Travistock’s Charlie Irwin during the home-opener in Wellesley Oct. 1 The Jacks would go on to defeat the Braves 4-1.

Jacks: Coach looks to boost performance of special teams




SMOTHERED Elmira goaltender Nick Coone stops a shot off the stick of Kitchener's Graham Kitching as he is challenged by defenceman Mac Clutsam in the third period of an Oct. 2 match at the WMC. The Kings held on to beat the visitors 5-4.


Grand River #2 5, Woolwich 1 Goals: Holly Faries (Brooke Richardson, Liette Fife) OCT. 2

Woolwich 4, Wilmot #1 2 Goals: Liette Fife x2, Melyssa MacDonald, Holly Faries (Holly Faries, Brooke Richardson, Liette Fife, Rachel Winfield-Ward, Abagail Leibold) WOOLWICH TYKE SELECT - BOYS OCT. 2

Caledon 7, Woolwich 2 Goals: Ian Speiran, Sebastian Garrett (Adam Pauls) WOOLWICH NOVICE AE - BOYS SEPT. 29

Stoney Creek 11, Woolwich 6 Goals: Gavin Wilson 2x, Connor Waters, Danny Soehner, Kody Lewis, Ethan Birmingham, (Andrew Weber x2, Cameron Leonard, Danny Soehner, Nathen Snyder, Gavin Wilson, Kolin Weigel, Connor Waters) OCT. 1

Dundas 2, Woolwich 1 Goals: Evan Roth OCT. 3

Caledon 6, Woolwich 5 Goals: Nathan Snyder x2, Danny Soehner, Connor Waters, Braxten Breen (Connor Waters x2, Kieren Oberholzer x2, Kolin Weigel, Danny Soehner)


LL#3 2, LL#4 1 Goals: LL#3 Simon Zenker (x2) LL#4 Jesse Martin (LL#3 Sullivan Keen, Nathan Kocher LL#4 Nicholas Lunz) WOOLWICH MINOR ATOM AA - BOYS OCT. 2

Oakville 1, Woolwich 0 OCT. 3

Woolwich 9, Caledon 0 Goals: Isiah Katsube x2, Keaton McGlaughlin x2, Brett Allen x2, Dawson Good, Ryan Elliott Colin Merlihan (Blake Roemer x3, Isiah Katsube, Mitch Lee Nathan Taylor Ryan Elliott Dawson Good Colin Merlihan) Shutout: Zach Verwey


Owen Sound 3, Woolwich 2 Goals: Riley Runstedler, Nick Ravelle (Bradley Hale, Cole Altmanm Liam Hartman, Justin Uhrig) OCT. 1

Woolwich 3 Brampton 0 Goals: Cole Altman x3 (Chase Mooder, Garrett Reitzel, Bradley Hale) OCT. 2

Burlington 3, Woolwich 0


Twin Centre 2, Listowel 2 Goals: Cole Bender, Mitch Esbaugh (Troy Hemmerich, Jessica McLachlan)


Woolwich 5, Wellington 4 Goals: Mitch Rempel x2, Cade Schaus, Riley Shantz, Daniel Gallant (Mitch Rempel, Jon Martin x2, Cade Schaus x2, Earl Schwartz, Benton Weber, Brett Henry, Aaron Logan, Nick Campagnolo) SEPT. 25

Oakville 7, Woolwich 1 Goals: Nick Campagnolo (Matthew MacDonald, Daniel Gallant) OCT. 2

Woolwich 2 Arthur 1 Goals: Nick Campagnolo, Mitch Rempel (Brett Henry, Cade Schaus, Benton Weber) OCT. 3

Woolwich 1 Hespeler 1 Goals: Matthew MacDonald (Cade Schaus)


Woolwich 4, Owen Sound 2 Goals: Alex Uttley, Matthew Leger, Grant Kernick, Josh Kueneman (Jason Gamble x2, Cole Lenaers, Matthew Leger, Grant Kernick, Josh Kueneman, Nicholas Pavanel) SEPT. 26

Woolwich 4, Caledon 2 Goals: Alex Uttley x2, Grant Kernick x2 (Josh Kueneman, Liam Gangl, Harrison Clifford, Cole Conlin, Matthew Leger, Scott Martin) SEPT. 30

able to capitalize on one of the power plays. “This happened in our last two games. We need to start taking advantage of the power plays and scoring on these teams so we can have the games in hand early,” said Fitzpatrick. “What it does do

Woolwich 4, New Hamburg 2 Goals: Jason Gamble x2, Harrison Clifford x2 (Josh Kueneman x3, Alex Uttley x3, Grant Kernick) OCT. 1

Woolwich 10, Hespler 0 Goals: Jason Gamble x3, Grant Kernick x2, Matthew Leger x2, Alex Uttley, Harrison Clifford, Troy Nechanicky (Alex Uttley x3, Matthew Leger x2, Luke Brown, Grant Kernick, Connor Peirson, Scott Martin) Shutout: Jayden Weber OCT. 2

Woolwich 4, Caledon 1 Goals: Grant Kernick x2, Harrison Clifford, Alex Uttley (Grant Kernick, Matthew Leger, Luke Brown) WOOLWICH MIDGET MINOR A - BOYS SEPT. 28

Woolwich 1, Owen Sound 1 Goals: Timmy Shuh (Tyler Seguin, Owen Griffiths) OCT. 1

Brampton 3, Woolwich 2 Goals: Jason Joostema Alex White (Timmy Shuh, Alex MacLean, Wes Martin) OCT. 2

Centre Wellington 3, Woolwich 2 Goals: Bo Uridil, Alex White (Matt Lair, Jasper Bender, Timmy Shuh) OCT. 4

Oakville 4, Woolwich 3 Goals: Tyler Seguin, Jason Joostema, Johnny Clifford (Timmy Shuh x2, Alex

when the other team keeps taking penalties is it takes them right out of any flow, their lines are all messed up and guys are sitting on the bench and even if you don’t score there is a negative effect on the other team.” The Jacks will be back on home ice Oct. 15 to face off against St. George Dukes.

MacLean, Wes Martin, Owen Griffiths, Matt Lair) SEPT. 28

Brampton 4, Woolwich 2 Goals: Matthew Schieck, Evan Yantha (Brayden Stevens, Logan White) OCT. 2

Woolwich 5, Oakville 1 Goals: Matthew Townsend, Ryan Ament, Evan Yantha, Weston Morlock, Dalton Taylor (Matthew Townsend x 2, Brayden Stevens, Matthew Schieck, Nathan Playford, Sebastein Huber, McKinley Ceaser) WOOLWICH ATOM B - GIRLS OCT. 5

Woolwich 5, Ancaster 3 Goals: Mya Brubacher x3, Jade Lipcynski, Cassidy Moser (Delaney Douglas, Cassidy Moser, Mya Brubacher, Jade Lipczynski, Hannah Carrx) WOOLWICH MIDGET LL #1 – GIRLS OCT. 1

Woolwich 3, Ayr 1 Goals: Janessa Babcock, Brianna Schlupp, Taylor Caldwell (Alise Fife, Emma Norcott, Tyra Cabeldu) WOOLWICH MINOR ATOM AA - BOYS OCT. 5

Woolwich 5, Orangeville 2 Goals: Dawson Good x2, Isiah Katsube, Mitch Lee, Connor Bradley (Connor Bradley x2, Trevor Ferretti x2, Lucas Huber, Nathan Taylor, Blake Roemer, Brady Brezynskie)


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Aluminum Mirrocraft Boat, Tip trailer, 15 h.p. Honda motor and electric trolling motor and related equipment $5500 o.b.o. 10” table saw $175 o.b.o. L.H. Men’s golf clubs & cart $50 o.b.o. 19” Lawnboy mower $50 o.b.o. Call 519210-1277.


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Holistic or Energy Therapist required in St. Jacobs. Part-time, Mon/ Wed, Sat optional and every other Friday. Call Perfect Touch Massage, Sharon Charter at 519-574-3334.


Detailer Needed. Voisin Chrysler in Elmira is looking to hire a person to detail vehicles and do oil changes and various other auto related duties. Please forward your resume to or in person at 361 Arthur St. S., Elmira.


>>Try Bowen Therapy for treatment of pain and numerous health conditions. Daytime hours now available! Contact Kevin Bartley, Certified Bowenwork Practitioner. 519-669-0112, Elmira.

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>>Warehouse Yard Sale: Come and check out our selection. Accessories for ATV’s, Utility vehicles, Snowmobiles. Spare parts for Bumpers, Racks, Skid Plates, Light Guards. Packages of Metric Hardware available, including bolts, nuts and washers plus unique bolts, clamps inserts and wrenches. New cardboard boxes in stock in a variety of sizes. Saturday, October 22, 2011 at 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 37 Mill Street, Unit 5. AUTOMOTIVE

>>1998 GMC Safari Van, “E” tested. Teal green with grey interior, no rust, runs great. $2000.00. 519-2762423. See it in St. Jacobs.

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Savanna 12 Pas. van. Good condition. $4000 o.b.o. Ph 519-6641937.


>>Country House 5 minutes north of Elmira, 3 bedroom. Available Nov. 1. No smoking, no pets. $1200 plus utilities. 519-669-0049 evenings. >>St. Jacobs - Large 1

Bedroom apartment for rent. Available Dec. 1. Non smoking, no pets. $1000/ mth plus utilities. Call 519664-1358.

>>Wanted in Bamberg, St. Jacobs, St. Clements area. 1/2 to 1 acre of land to rent on a long term lease to put up storage building. 519-505-2845.


Bedroom Semi in Elmira. Full residence including finished basement, 1200 sq ft, newly renovated bath. Deck, backs onto park, available November 1. $1095 + utilities. Call 519-664-0341 for appointment.

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>>House For Rent In great Elmira. Great location to downtown, schools and arena. Available November 1, 2011. Newly renovated, and freshly painted including two + bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and new kitchen cabinets. Includes fridge, stove, washer and dryer. Floor heat throughout. Parking for 2+ vehicles. $1000.00 per month plus utilities. Please contact us at 519-846-8959 or to book an appointment to view. REAL ESTATE

>>Moorefield, 1.75 storey, 3 bedroom house. Dining/Living Room with original re-finished hardwood floor. 1.5 baths, new windows and roof, central air, natural gas heating. >>2600+ Family Home, large lot, 4 bdrms, 3 bths, frml dining, games room, hot tub, must see, Linwood. >>20x30 heated shop newly insulated with new poly overhead door. $215,000. 519-638-3544.

>>OPEN HOUSE SAT., SUN. AND MON. 1-5 P.M. 186 Brookmead St. Elmira, On. $374,900. A must see, move in ready, completely refinished top to bottom! 2 years old, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath in Elmira. Walking distance to Woolwich Community Center with pool and twin ice pads. 1640 sq ft plus 300 sq ft of finished basement! Exposed aggregate driveway, double car garage, deck and fence. 7 appliances included, upgraded ceramic tile in ensuite with double sinks, soaker tub and separate shower, large walk in closet in master, finished basement complete with beautiful bar. Large basement windows let in lots of light. Gorgeous eat in kitchen with island. Upgraded High Efficiency Carrier Infinity Heating System complete with HRV and Air Purifier. California shutters, security system, gas line for BBQ and more! 519-669-9478.



Worship 10:30a.m. Minister: Rev. Dr. Linda Bell

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>>Breslau’s 22nd Annual Arts & Craft Sale. Saturday, October 15, 2011, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Breslau Public School, Joseph St. 80 vendors with excellent gift ideas. Admission $2, raffles. All proceeds to school. Organizer 519-648-9754.

>>Center Wellington MOM 2 MOM Sale: Sunday, October 16th from 9-noon at the Elora Community Centre. $1 admission. More info of to rent a table: Kathleen 519846-1239 or katzbox369@

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St. Teresa Catholic Church

No God, No Hope; Know God, Know Hope! Celebrate Eucharist with us Mass times are:

Sat. 5pm, Sun. 9am and 11:15am

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Trinity United Church, Elmira “Our mission is to love, learn & live by Christ’s teachings”


Sunday Worship: 10:30 am Sunday School during Worship Minister: Rev. Dave Jagger

Floor, Newly Renovated, open concept, 2 bedroom apartment available December 1, 2011. Includes fridge, stove, dishwasher, microwave, washer & dryer and window coverings. Laminate and ceramic throughout. Parking available for 2+ cars. Walking distance to downtown, schools and arena. $1000.00 per month + utilities. A must See! Please contact us to book an appointment to view. 519846-8959.

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Zion Mennonite Fellowship - The Junction -

Sunday School - 9:30am Worship Service - 10:45am Finding The Way Together

47 Arthur St., S. Elmira • 519-669-3153

Thanksgiving 10 to 11:30 am


Discovering God Together

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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church

9:15am Sunday School 10:30am Worship Service Pastor: Richard A. Frey

27 Mill St., Elmira • 519-669-2593


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CAPTION Brittany Straus and her sister Stephanie travelled to South Sudan this past June to work in an orphanage and remembered that no trip abroad – even one of goodwill – is complete without the latest copy of the Observer.

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Puzzle answers, games, opinion polls and much more at: © 2011 by Vicki Whiting, Editor

Jeff Schinkel, Graphics

Vol. 27, No. 42

Have you ever seen the sheen of oil on a puddle of water? When water lands on oil in the street, the oil floats to the surface. It just won’t mix with the water.

Are you an eagle-eyed reader? Read the article below and circle the seven errors you find. Then rewrite the article correctly on the lines below the article.

Everything is made of little building blicks called molecules. They are two small to see with the naked eye, but they give all things their speshul characteristics.

Molecules make hard things hard, soap slippery and rubber bandz stretchy. Their size, shape and ability to attract other molecules determine Perform this experiment and record your observations here!

these characteristics.

Peeple are made of molecules, too! Everything from our bones to are skin and hair are all various types of moledules.

Water usually _________ well with other liquids to ________ solutions. But, as this experiment shows, oil and water do not mix. Water molecules are strongly _____________ to each other. So are oil molecules. Because each is more attracted to its own ____________, they just don’t mix together. They separate, and the oil _________ above the water because it has a lower density.

Cut out these sentences and put them in the correct order for an explanation.

Replace the missing words. Standards Links: Physical Science: Understand things can be done to materials to change some of their properties.

How many of these see-through fish can you find?

Standards Links: Reading Comprehension: Follow simple written directions.

Help the plumber before a gushing stream of water stops progress. To play the game, go to:


Standards Links: Spelling: Spell grade-level appropriate words correctly.

Find the words in the puzzle, then in this week’s Kid Scoop stories and activities. O D I U Q I L S



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Elmira - Huge, beautiful, corner, treed lot full of perennials offers potential for pool or addition. Cathedral ceilings throughout main floor. Bright, open kit w/breakfast bar. Hardwood floors in airy living room. Whirlpool bath, Gas fp in Rec room, laundry rm walk out, Lg 19x24ft storage rm. MLS Call Paul direct.

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Elmira - Located on quiet street, only a 2 min walk to park. This extremely well kept home features 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, large finished basement and big laundry room. Newer carpet in living room dinette and hall. Handsome newer oak kitchen cupboards. Nice, private 71ft x 122ft yard with wonderful perennial gardens, large vegetable garden and deck. MLS Call Paul direct.





Beautiful home in excellent condition in quiet, peaceful village of Floradale. Your ideal family sized home with four spacious levels. Walk-out from your country kitchen to deck and enjoy the exceptional flower beds and gardens. Central air, central vac, some updates, wood stove. MLS Please call Bill or Alli direct.




This uniquely designed, one owner home, is a rare find! Beaming with lots of natural light, you will love the bright open concept layout, making entertaining a pleasure. Walk up your spiral staircase to your very private loft style master bedroom and spa ensuite bathroom featuring a three-way fireplace and a whirlpool tub. Enjoy your beautifully landscaped yard with fish pond while relaxing in the quiet court location. MLS Please call Bill or Alli direct.


Very nice and well kept 3 bedroom home in Drayton. Very impressive with open concept. Spacious kitchen with an island. The great room with cathedral ceiling has a walkout to a fenced and treed backyard with a private deck for entertaining. Finished basement with large L shaped rec room and roughed in for future bathroom. Double garage and driveway. MLS Please call Bill or Alli direct.



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Come and see this attractive 1810 sq ft raised 3+1 bdrm. with inlaw setup. bungalow on approx 1 acre w/ beautifully manicured gardens. Newer roof and mostly newer flooring. Oriented to seniors with main floor bedroom and laundry. Wood Fireplace. w/o Basement. Backs on Greenbelt, Separate Dining Rm. Rec Room. Family Room. Detached Workshop. MLS Call Paul direct.










Elmira - Fantastic opportunity for car buff or hobbyist, 3 car garage & detached 4 car garage/workshop. Inlaw suite w/2 bdrms, full kit, bath, & lndry. lg 87x250ft lot steps to golf course. 5200 sq. ft. of fin’d living space. Grand yrd over looking farm land. MLS Call Paul direct.


Elmira - Meet “Olivia”, another fabulous home by Verdone. 2216sqft plus fin'd bsmnt. Many quality finishes some incl: Ceramic, Hrdwd, oversized trim & mf crown moulding. MF lndy, spacious LR, Dinette walk out to covered 16.4 x 9.4ft deck. Fabulous must see kit built for convienience, French drs to mf den. Lg master w/crown moulding, 2 walk ins, lg beautiful ens w/free standing tub & oversized glass shower. MLS Call Paul Direct


3 plus bedrooms. Large sunken family room addition features gas fireplace, skylight and walk-out to a huge deck with hot tub and gazebo. Lots of updates through-out including furnace, a/c, windows, flooring and much more. Finished basement with workshop. MLS Call Alli or Bill direct.


Elmira - This is a perfect house for any first time buyer or just downsizing. Completely finished, very well kept 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home. Just move in & enjoy! Relax on those cool nights enjoying your stunning fireplace & custom mantel. Entertain friends & family in the beautifully landscaped yard. MLS Call Paul direct.




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Great property on the edge of town backing to river offers century home with 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, large family room addition, attached single garage, 5 acres of manicured orchard with a mix of fruit trees, 12 acres workable. Three one storey out buildings totaling 10,000 s/f. Cold storage, apple juice processing equipment included. MLS. Call Bert to View.


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$2,500,000. Picture paved perfectâ&#x20AC;Świnding driveway landscaped and picturesque views. 3500 sq ft 4 Bedroom Bungalow. 4000 sq ft shop plus heated area 40 x 40. Room for the toys including a coach. Located minutes from Waterloo University close to Bamberg. MLS

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$629,000. Birdland area of Elmira which is a highly sought after location. Landscaped yard, with tiered patio and hot tub area. 4 spacious bedrooms, with ensuite bath. Mainfloor traditionally styled including living/family room with gas fireplace, dining room, kitchen, den and laundry. Finished rec room. MLS

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Spectacular custom built log home. Stunning open concept design. Great room with soaring ceiling, maple flooring and handcrafted fieldstone fireplace overlooking our seasons most splendid colours. Fully finished walk out lower level. .86 acre of land. Fully insulted and heated attached double garage. You will be in awe of this "elegant country" home only minutes from KW.

Just past St. Clements, 10 min. from the Farmer's Market and 22 minutes from Kitchener city hall, this AAA lifestyle property features a quality built estate home on 16+ secluded acres of hardwood bush. Barzotti kitchen with travertine backsplash and new granite countertops. Bathrooms feature Kohler Portrait series fixtures, gleaming hardwood floors were milled from trees on this property. 3 premium-sized bedrooms. Showings by appointment only.

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WOODED LOT! Spacious bungalow with full walkout bsmt. backs to wooded area & creek. Some recent hardwood. L-shaped L.R. & D.R. 2pc. ensuite. Fin. bsmt. with lovely stone fireplace. Updated windows, furnace, shingles & garage dr. Large lot. MLS $379,900.

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NOTICE OF COMPLETE APPLICATION AND PUBLIC MEETING Tuesday November 1, 2011 7:00 p.m. Township Council Chambers 24 Church Street West, Elmira Regarding the following Applications Sobeys Capital Incorporated Official Plan Amendment Application 5/2011 and Zone Change Application 15/2011 Take Notice that in accordance with the Planning Act, R.S.O., 1990, as amended, the Township of Woolwich has received complete applications for the above noted Official Plan amendment and Zone Change applications for proposed Official Plan and Zoning By-law Amendments as detailed below. Please be advised that Notice of a Complete Application does not indicate whether the municipality is in support of, or in opposition to the proposals. That determination will be made at a later date. The Township of Woolwich will hold a Public Meeting, under Sections 17 and 34 of the Planning Act, to consider the following Official Plan Amendment and Zone Change applications. No decisions will be made at this meeting; its purpose is to provide additional information to the public and agencies and to receive comments and information from them. The Township has received Official Plan Amendment and Zone Change applications from the GSP Group Inc. on behalf of Sobeys Capital Incorporated for the property located at 315 Arthur Street South, Elmira and described as Plan 58M-191 Parts Lot 3 and 5, Registered Plan 58R-14619 Parts 5 to 8 (see Map 1). The property is designated Arthur Street / Southfield Drive Service Commercial Policy Area in the Township’s Official Plan and is zoned Service Commercial (C-7) with site specific provisions permitting a food store and accessory uses subject to regulations. The property is approximately 3.3 hectares in area and is developed with a 3,158 sq m (34,000 sq ft) food store and an attached 1,301 sq m (14,000 sq ft) vacant unit. The Official Plan and Zoning By-law limits the development of service commercial uses within the Arthur Street / South Field Drive Service Commercial area to a maximum total gross floor space of 11,055 sq m (119,000 sq ft) or 11,798 sq m (127,000 sq ft) if a Canadian Tire and/or a Co-op are located on the lands, which shall not exceed a total land area of 5.2 hectares. In addition, the Official Plan and Zoning policies limit a food store to a maximum gross floor area of 3,159 sq m (34,000 sq ft) or 3,716 sq m (40,000 sq ft) with the completion and acceptance of a market study and zone change application. The applicant is proposing to amend the Official Plan policies and Zoning By-law regulations to: • increase the gross floor area for a food store to 4,367 sq m (47,000 sq ft); • broaden the range of permitted uses to include a beer store, retail store, wine store and personal service shop; • incorporate restrictions to the gross floor area for specific uses, including the restrictions that one retail store must have a minimum gross floor area of 836 sq m (9,000 sq ft); • add definitions for a beer store and wine store; and


• increase the overall gross floor area cap within the Arthur Street / South Field Drive Service Commercial area to 13,008 sq m (140,000 sq ft). The effect of these applications will facilitate the following: • an expansion to the existing food store into the current vacant unit; • an addition that will connect to the food store building to accommodate a mix of limited retail and service commercial uses, which may include a dollar store and a wine store; and • the development of two new free standing buildings on the property intended to include a mix of retail and service commercial uses, which may include a drivethru restaurant and a beer store. Please Note: APPEALS: Zoning Amendment If a person or public body that files a notice of appeal of a decision of the Council of the Township of Woolwich in respect of the proposed zoning by-law does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Council of the Township of Woolwich before the by-law is passed: a) the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the Township of Woolwich to the Ontario Municipal Board; and b) the person or public body may not be added as a party to the hearing of an appeal before the Ontario Municipal Board unless, in the opinion of the Board, there are reasonable grounds to do so. Official Plan Amendment If a person or public body that files a notice of appeal of a decision of the Township of Woolwich in respect of the proposed official plan amendment does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Township of Woolwich before the proposed official plan amendment is adopted, the Ontario Municipal Board may dismiss all or part of the appeal. NOTIFICATION: If you wish to be notified of the adoption of the proposed official plan amendment, or of the refusal of a request to amend the official plan, additional Township public meetings or Township staff reports regarding these applications you must make a written request to Engineering and Planning Services at the Township of Woolwich at the address shown at the top of this page. If you cannot attend the meeting, you can express your concerns/comments about the proposed change in writing to the Township of Woolwich. Any comments received on or before October 25, 2011 (Note that this date is before the public meeting) will be included in a report prepared by Engineering and Planning Services and presented at the Public Meeting. Any comments received after the Public Meeting, but prior to Council making a decision on the applications, will also be considered. The personal information accompanying your submission is being collected under the authority of the Planning Act and may form part of the public record which may be released to the public. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Records and Freedom of Information Officer at 519-669-6005 or 519-664-2613 ext. 6005. MORE INFORMATION: The public may view planning documents and background material relating to this application at the Township of Woolwich, Engineering and Planning Services Department between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or on the Township website at Questions or written submissions may be directed to: Township of Woolwich Engineering and Planning Services Department Box 158 24 Church Street West Elmira, Ontario N3B 2Z6 Telephone: 519-669-1647 / 519-664-2613 Dated at the Township of Woolwich this 8th day of October, 2011.



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Regarding the following properties ELMIRA UNION CEMETERY | ST. TERESA CEMETERY The Township of Woolwich wishes to inform family members and lot/plot owners of the annual fall maintenance requirements: All artificial flowers, wreaths, toppers and annual plants must be removed from gravesites by October 15, 2011. After this date these items will be respectfully removed and disposed of in accordance to:

BY-LAW 1-93 Part V-Care of Lots.

5.6 All annual flowers should be removed and beds cleaned by October 15, 2011. Lot owners desiring to take any plants away should do so before their removal becomes necessary. 5.8 In order to preserve the appearance of the Cemetery grounds, artificial flowers, wreathes or any form or any form of decoration are permitted at the base of the monument. Such wreathes or artificial decoration must be removed by October 15th of any calendar year, and if left by the Rights Owner, they may be removed and disposed of by the Superintendent. The Township of Woolwich will be held harmless of any cost or replacement of any items removed in accordance with this bylaw.

The Township of Woolwich has a Sign By-law. It says the message of a sign must relate to the property on which the sign is located. Signs cannot be placed on any property, including a road allowance,without the permission of the owner. A copy of the Township’s Sign By-law is available at

Thank you for your cooperation. Township of Woolwich, 519-669-6026





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Uberig, Frederick It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Fred Uberig, who passed away September 9th, 2011 at his home in Waterloo in his 83rd year. He was the son of the late Robert and Ada Uberig of West Montrose. The beloved husband of Joyce Uberig for 34 years. The loving father of Wendy Weiss (the late Cory), Cathy Uberig, Steve Uberig (Dale), and Lisa Seibert (Randy). Predeceased by his son David at the age of 16. Stepfather of Anna St. John (Scott) and Nick St. John (Linda). Grandpa will be missed by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was the dear brother of Thelma Snyder of Woodstock, and twin sister of June Heibein (Don) of West Montrose. Internment was at the Parkview Cemetery, Waterloo Tuesday, September 13th, 2011.






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>>JOHNSTON, Rita I. – Passed away on Septmber 27, 2011 at Columbia Forest LTCC, at the age of 88. Local relatives are her daughter Sharon Ratcliffe (Ed) of Elmira and son Bruce (Joyce) of Maryhill. >>METZGER, Mary (Shantz)- Died peacefully on October 5, 2011

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>>THIESSEN, Anne Helen – Went to be with her Lord on Sunday, October 2, 2011, at the age of 95. She was a resident of Heritage House in St. Jacobs. >>TOMADINI, Bruno – Of Harriston, passed away at Palmerston

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>>K2K Dance – first dance of the year. Not everyone is as fortunate as we are. Let’s lend a helping hand. Kids2Kids will be accepting donations to the Food Bank all year long. Each time you make a donation we will give you an additional ticket for the nightly Door Prize Draws. Woolwich Community Centre, 29 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Dance 710 p.m. >>Elmira Kiwanis Haus, 40 South St., Elmira. 6 p.m. – 1 a.m. Featuring DJ Mike Daudlin. Tickets still available. Advance tickts $10, at the door $15. Tickets available form www.oktoberfest. ca , Kiwanis Club Members, Elmira Stove Works, Union St, Elmira, FB & Me, Arthur St. Elmira, Read’s Decorating, Arthur St. Elmira OCTOBER 14

>>H.U.G.S. Program – 9:15-11:15 a.m. Meet with other parents to discuss parenting and child health issues. Topic: Sharing challenges and accomplishments. Clothing exchange today! Bring outgrown children’s clothing to exchange. No registration required. Held at Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Drive, St. Jacobs. Call Heidi at 519-6643794 ext. 237 for more information. OCTOBER 15

>>Maryhill Knight of Columbus Comedy Night. Come enjoy and evening of laughter at the Maryhill Community Centre. Doors open at 6 p.m., supper is at 6:30 consisting or chicken breast, ham & all the fixings followed by the hilarious performance of Simon Rakoff. Tickets $30 per person for supper & show. One seating and advance tickets only. For more information call Mike Runstedler 519-648-3394; Tim Vegh 519648-3952; Doung Zinger 519-648-2939. >>The Minor Bantam A team is holding

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>>Trees For Woolwich Launch Event; 2 p.m., Gore Park, Elmira. Join us for the launch of this community-based tree planting effort. Trees for Woolwich wants your help to plant a tree for every resident in the township over the next five years. That’s 23,000 trees! For more info, please contact or 519-669-6027. OCTOBER 16


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>>Enjoy the fall colours; 2 p.m. Bring your family out for a virtual scavenger hunt on the Mill Race Trail in St. Jacobs. We’ll take only pictures and leave only footprints on this scavenger hunt! Meet Nancy at the trail entrance in St. Jacobs (at the corner of Front St. and Isabella St.) Get your NEW Woolwich Trails Guidebook at the hike. Please contact Paul Miller at 519 664-3643 to confirm meeting times and locations. Maps with meeting locations are posted at >>Revelations Quartet Gospel Music and Laughter; 7 p.m. Form this male quartet, music with a strong gospel message and an evening with an abundance of laugher. Waterloo North Presbyterian Church, 400 Northfield Dr. W. Waterloo. Free-will offering, wheelchair accessible.


>>Elmira & District Horticultural Society presents Christine Aberle of The Window Box: “Working With Fresh Flowers;” 7:30 p.m., Trinity United Church, Elmira. Members: free; visitors $2. OCTOBER 18

>>An ‘Olde Fashioned Supper’ 5-7 p.m. at Bridgeport United Church corner of Bridge and Woolwich Streets, Bridgeport, Kitchener. Including roast pork, sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, rolls & butter, relishes, home made pies, coffee, tea & milk. Tickets available at the door. Quilt display, craft & bake table. Adults $14; children under 10 $6.50.

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>>Tuseday Luncheon at Gale Presbyterian Church, 2 Cross St., Elmira. 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Menu: Harvest roast, potatoes and vegetables, pumpkin dessert, beverages $9. OCTOBER 20

>>Drayton United Church Turkey Supper from 5-7 p.m. P.M.D. Community Centre, Dratyon, Ontario. Tickets at the door. Adults $12, children 10 & under $5; preschoolers free.



>>Cholesterol Solutions – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Find easy ways to improve your cholesterol level. Led by Karen Reitzel, R.D. For more information call 519-664-3794. Session will be held at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Drive, St. Jacobs. >>Diabetes and the Eye – 7 p.m. Join local optometrist, Dr. Chhatwal, for this informative session about the importance of eye health for individuals with Diabetes. For information, call 519-664-3794. This session will be held at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs. >>Caregivers

Support Group – 10-11:15 a.m. Join this informal group of caregivers who are acquainted with the struggles you experience. This is an opportunity to meet with others who are in similar situations and to share caregiving tips and coping strategies. Call Lorraine at 519-664-3794. Meet at the Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr., St. Jacobs.

>>Foods that Fight Inflammation – 10:1511:15 a.m. This Health Education Session will be presented by Robin Hicken, R.D. from Woolwich Community Health Centre. No registration required! Woolwich Community Health Centre, 10 Parkside Dr. St. Jacobs. OCTOBER 21

>>Games Night – Join us at the Elmira Branch of the Region of Waterloo Library for a fun evening of board games, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Play or watch Retro Games such as Crokinole, Dominoes, Scrabble, Clue, Boggle and more! Just drop in, no registration is required for this free event! Chess, Checkers, and Scrabble will also be available at the desk. For more information call the Region of Waterloo Library, Elmira Branch at 519-669-5477. OCTOBER 23

>>Hungryman’s Breakfast – 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Riverside Public School Fundraiser. Elmira Legion, First St. Elmira. Adults $6; children 6-10 yrs $3; children under 5 free.


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Bev & Paul Dietrich are delighted to announce the marriage of their daughter Sheila to Kyle Bowden son of Joann & Barry Bowden. The wedding will take place Saturday October 15, 2011 at Church of St. John the Evangelist in Elora followed by a reception at The Clay & Glass Gallery in Waterloo.

James and Susan Martin, of Floradale are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Matthew James to Corrie Nicole daughter of Gerald and Christine Somerville of Dundas. A fall 2012 wedding is planned.

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Surviving a freefall pretty much comes down to luck Q.

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tler, letting you slide or roll after Surviving a free fall from a impact. Deep snow or pine trees plane is extremely rare, with (with horizontal branches) might just 13 confirmed or plausible break the fall enough to save your life. Land like a parachutist, feet incidents catalogued since the together, knees bent. Try to pro1940s, says Dan Koeppel in “Poptect your head. Perhaps the most ular Mechanics” online. surprising lesson from stories of Luck plays the major role, free-fallers is that a state of relaxbut there are steps you can ation (acceptance of one’s fate?) is take. Adopt a horizontal “spread strongly correlated with survival. eagle” posture, belly down, to Should you aim for deep wamaximize air drag and reduce ter? There’s no consensus on this your rate of descent. Choose a seemingly simple question. Befavorable landing spot and adcause water is incompressible, just arms and legs to steer for it. The best landing sites are steep a hard landing can feel like concrete, so try to go in feet-first with M&T Business Ad:Layoutgrow 1 04/03/09 Page 1 slopes that Card gradually gen-10:22 AM


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Can you say what the following five uncommon words mean and what they have in common: ubiety, irade, ambit, estival, lanate.


“Ubiety” (yoo-BYE-i-tee) is the condition of existing in a particular location, unlike “ubiquity” which is the state of being everywhere, says Anu Garg in “Another Word a Day.” “Irade” (i-RAH-day) is

Arabic for a decree. “Ambit” (AM-bit) is a circuit, boundary, or limit. “Estival” (ES-ti-vuhl) relates to or occurs in summer. “Lanate” (LAY-nayt) is Latin for having a woolly surface. Interestingly, if you add a single letter to the beginning of each of these words, it becomes another English word: D + ubiety = dubiety (a feeling of doubt); T + irade = tirade (a long vehement speech); G + ambit = gambit (an opening move to secure advantage); F + estival = festival (a feast day or celebration; P + lanate = planate (the state of having been flattened).

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