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United Way launches annual campaign. – Page 7
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Local farmers work together to end global hunger. – Page 25
EMC Events – Ed Merkley, former manager of the Carleton Place LCBO, upped his bid for the ‘Live Man Auction’ by strutting his stuff to the song “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by country music duo Big & Rich. Merkley offered two hours of physical labour and a gift basket. The inaugural Live Man Auction held Saturday night (Oct. 13) at the Carleton Place Curling Club, was a fundraiser for the United Way of Lanark County, raising $6,900.
EMC News – What a difference a week makes. The contracting of an entrance into the forthcoming Mississippi Valley Conservation (MVC) Centre has been tabled via a motion Oct. 9. Seven days after a motion was passed by Carleton Place council to enter into an agreement to contract an entrance for the MVC Centre on Hwy. 7, which includes turning lanes, and the cost shared equally between the MVC, developer and town, a second motion has tabled the matter and forwarded it for consideration in the 2013 budget process. Several issues were identified during discussions into tabling the motion, including cost, proper planning and setting precedents. At the Physical Environment Committee meeting on Oct. 2, the original motion was carried to move forward. This motion was back on the table at the Oct. 9 council meeting to be finalized. At this time there appeared to be some confusion as to how the cost, estimated to be around $450,000, was to be split. “It’s a three-way split,” said Coun. Gary Strike. “One third, one third and one third. That’s what was voted on upstairs.” To accommodate the larger than normal audience, the Physical Environment Committee meeting was moved to the Town Hall Auditorium. “Equally means one third
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EMC Events – Don’t wait! Get your tickets now! The Dazzling Diamond Divas (DDD) of the Crown Jewels of Canada Society and the Shopping Sherpas (SS) of the Red Hat Society are hosting a very special event on Saturday, Nov. 3 – a Fashion Show/Wine and Cheese Fundraiser to benefit Lanark County Interval House (LCIH).
Everyone is welcome. Why LCIH? “We are all women,” said Fran Bryerton of the DDD, “and these women need our help.” LCIH offers emergency shelter to women and their children whose safety is threatened by abuse and gender-based violence. It must take a tremendous amount of courage to finally leave an abusive relationship, noted Bryerton, and “Lanark
County Interval House is an extremely worthwhile charity.” The event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 192 in Carleton Place. Upon arrival guests will enjoy an assortment of cheeses and a complimentary glass of wine (or beverage of choice) while viewing some of the finest fashions Pazazz has to offer. “Clothing, jewelry and ac-
cessories will be available for purchase,” explained Bryerton. Purchases can be made by way of cash, cheque, VISA or MasterCard. Festivities also include door prizes and a 50/50 draw. Admission is $15 per person in advance or $18 at the door. “We only have a limited number of tickets – 120,” said Bryerton, “but sales have been slow.”
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town, one third MVC and one third developer, correct?” asked Coun. Louis Antonakos. “It was supposed to be a three-way split, and they will only agree to a three-way split,” said Strike. “If anyone changes their mind, it doesn’t work. It doesn’t happen.” “It’s not in our budget,” said deputy mayor Ed Sonnenburg, “and the $150,000 equates to a tax increase between two and three per cent, unless we borrow the money or take it out of reserves – which I don’t like.” Furthermore, he has not seen any of the plans that are set out (location of turning lanes, etc.) “What I see is a knee jerk action that says we have a problem,” said Sonnenburg. “Let’s throw money at it and fix it.” The politician stressed that he has yet to see in his time on council a situation where commercial enterprise is subsidized, and he questioned, if council agrees to move forward, if precedent would be set for everybody who comes out on the extension of McNeely Avenue. “I don’t see a reason why we would treat MVC different than any other employer,” said Sonnenburg. “Yes, we support them. Yes, we want them in town. Yes, they will bring workers. Yes, they are good for the economy. We can say these things about anybody who brings in any kind
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Dalton McGuinty steps down as Ontario premier By Laura Mueller
of $230 million and pressure from teachers’ unions over his efforts to freeze their wages and take away their ability to strike. But McGuinty cited party “renewal” and the opposition’s blocking of a publicsector wage freeze bill as his reasons for stepping aside. “It has nothing to do with that, and everything to do with a decision that Terri and I have made,” McGuinty told reporters late Monday night. “It’s time for us to return to our own lives, and it’s time for me to make an effort to renew the leadership of our party.” Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who served as a provincial cabinet minister under McGuinty, said the premier never forgot his Ottawa roots when he went to Queen’s Park and as a result, the city has benefitted from hundreds of projects that would not have happened without his support, including hospitals, schools
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EMC News – Local Liberals were caught “absolutely off guard,” with the surprise Monday night announcement that Premier Dalton McGuinty was stepping down as premier. The premier had just announced the prorogation of the Ontario legislature, before he dropped the bombshell that he intended to resign as premier and party leader, and that he had asked his party’s president to call a leadership convention as soon as possible. “This comes as a complete surprise,” said Roger Martin, president of the Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington provincial Liberal riding association, on Monday night. “I know he doesn’t back away
from a fight…(But) I wasn’t surprised to hear about proroguing (the legislature).” McGuinty’s reasons for leaving are still somewhat vague as of press time on Tuesday morning, but Martin surmised that “I think the atmosphere in the legislature has been extremely difficult to move forward…with the rancor. It was a good decision in that he needed to keep our eye on the ball. Maybe he felt he was an obstacle to things happening.” However, Martin accorded a fair deal of the blame to Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and New Democratic Party leader Andrea Horwath. “I do believe, personally, that the opposition has been playing a lot of games,” said
Martin. “I do not believe that the opposition has come to the table.” Already, speculation is swirling around who will replace McGuinty as Liberal leader. Grit backroom operator Warren Kinsella has already stated that McGuinty would be a strong candidate in his own right for the federal Liberal leadership. But as to who will fill McGuinty’s shoes in Toronto, Martin was uncertain. “I can’t think of anybody off the top of my head,” he said. “I haven’t had much time to think about it. I’ve just heard the news. (But) we have a lot of experienced people in cabinet.” He noted that just a few weeks ago, McGuinty received about 88.7 per cent ap-
proval in a vote of members at the Ontario Liberal’s annual general meeting, “an extremely high approval rating,” which short circuited the need for a leadership review. “(So) I don’t know why this decision was made now,” said Martin. “We are in a very difficult economic situation.” Even at that, Martin was quick to defend McGuinty’s legacy. “I definitely think the premier was a premier of the people,” Martin said. “(He)
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