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EMC News – The music department at Notre Dame Catholic High School (NDCHS) in Carleton Place has been awarded a $3,000 grant from S’Cool Life Fund (SLF). “We are always in need of funding,” said music teacher Tony Stuart, who applied for the financial support. Every year SLF supports DREAMS (drama, recreation, extra-curricular, arts, music and sports) in schools across Canada. Stuart received the good news about a month ago from principal Dave Chaplin. The money has purchased a vibraphone – a percussion instrument resembling the xylophone but having metal bars and motor-driven resonators for sustaining the tone and producing a vibrato. “I am thrilled,” said Stuart,
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EMC News – Arklan Community Public School was hit with a Latin infusion as five students from Colombia visited the school for the past two months through a program with the Upper Canada District School Board. The students were members of Kate Thurston, Jodi Storie and Heather Strachan’s Grade 5 and 6 classes. The visitors stayed with local families and were immersed in Canadian culture participating in all activities the Arklan students did. At a farewell party Nov. 29, the students (Samuel Vieira, David Valencia, Sara Sanin, Andrew Cruz and Laura Restrepo) and Christina Arroyare (teacher) took one last bite out of Canada in the form of a delicious maple leaf cookie.
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EMC Events – It’s Christmas time in Mississippi Mills. This weekend, Dec. 7 to 9, will be busy for residents with the annual Light Up The Night (LUTN) event kicking things off on Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. in downtown Almonte. “It becomes a magical downtown,” said Nancy Fulton, LUTN chair. “It’s the kickoff to the Christmas season. The lights are beautiful, the stage is lit up, the fireworks are amazing and the entertainment is fantastic.” The fun doesn’t stop there as the Pakenham parade is set for Dec. 8 at 1 p.m. and the Almonte parade is Dec. 9 at 5 p.m. There is sure to be something for everyone on the LUTN stage with hosts Mark Papousek and Gail Gavin and performances by Cedarhill Children’s Choir, Seamus Costello, Mike Ryan, Blackwell, Brad Scott, Kelly Sloan, Jordan McIntosh, The Allan Martin Puppets, Trish Leeper, My Town’s Got Talent 2012 winner Alexander Cox and The Almonte Academy of Dance featuring The Snow Queen and Twinkle
Fairies. “All the music is Christmas orientated,” said Fulton. “Everything comes together and it’s the most magical show.” Last, year thousands of people came out for the event, which also includes the lighting of a Christmas tree symbolizing the community’s attachment to the Almonte General Hospital Fairview Manor. “I absolutely love the event,” said Fulton who has been volunteering since the first LUTN. “It’s a family event and it brings the community together. The man in red will also be making a special appearance. “The Snow Queen waves her magic wand and Santa arrives at the end of the show,” promised Fulton. “He does hang around at the end if anyone wants to chat.” LUTN was founded by popular singer Wayne Rostad in 1991 and this is only the second year that he is unable to attend, passing hosting duties to Papousek and Gavin “Everyone hears Mark on the radio (Y101) and he’s a great personality,” said Fulton. “Gail is a really bubbly
performer and will certainly bring excitement to the stage.” The event, now in its 22nd year always has tremendous support from the Town of Mississippi Mills and local businesses. New this year is special LUTN mittens, which are on sale at Levi Home Hardware, Almonte Old Town Hall, the Pakenham and Almonte arenas, and look for them Friday night for only $15. As it is a community event, sponsored by businesses and the town, there will be opportunities to cover the cost of the annual festivities by purchasing a LUTN calendar at local businesses and the McMillan’s Sand and Gravel Ladies Broomball team will be collecting donations. Fulton is ever thankful of her volunteer committee and says it would not be possible without them: Tiffany MacLaren, Robin Moir, Yvonne Stewart, Scott Newton, Gerry Huddleston, Don Willey and Calvin Murphy. There will be a collection for the Lanark County Food Bank and the Boy Scouts and Civitan members will have hot chocolate available. For additional information, visit www.lightupthe-
The 2012 Light Up the Night Committee members gathered recently at Almonte’s Café Postino for one of their many meetings. From left, front row, Scott Newton, Nancy Fulton and Tiffany McLaren. Back row, from left, Don Willey, Robin Moir, Yvonne Stewart, Calvin Murphy and Gerry Huddleston. nightalmonte.com. Parades Santa Claus will be busy in Mississippi Mills after LUTN as he will be attending two parades over the weekend. On Dec. 8 he will be making his way through the streets of Pakenham starting at 1 p.m. with free skating at the Stewart Community Centre, hot dogs and hot chocolate after the parade. The Pakenham Civitan Club will be collecting donations of food or money for the Lanark County Food Bank. Then on Dec. 9, is Almon-
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“as it will add a lot to our (music) program.” Access to the vibraphone gives music students at NDCHS the same opportunities that large, city schools offer, he said. SLF recently joined forces with SiriusXM Canada to announce the XM Instrument Fund, which is part of XM Canada’s ongoing commitment to support aspiring and emerging Canadian talent. John Lewis, vice president of programming and operations for SiriusXM Satellite Radio, was at NDCHS on Nov. 19 to present Stuart with the official cheque. “We are thrilled to be able to provide funding to your program,” he said. NDCHS has four bands: Senior Concert Band, Grade 9 Band, Grade 8 Band,
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EMC News - Dec. 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada and tonight, the Lanark County Interval House is hosting a vigil tonight in Perth at Stewart Park starting at 6 p.m.
“This is a day to remember the women who were murdered at l’École Polytechnique in 1989,” said Brianne Luckasavitch, public education coordinator at Lanark County Interval House. “We will also honor the women of Lanark County who have been murdered by their abusers.”
LCIH will welcome Perth’s mayor John Fenik as well as Erin Lee Todd, who is the executive director of Lanark County Interval House. There will also be words of encouragement from an abused survivor from the community. Todd says the vigil will
be held at the band shell in the park where guests will be asked to form for a 6 p.m. greeting. “The candlelight vigil will begin approximately 6:30 p.m.,” she said. According to Todd, there have been 13 women and children in Lanark County
OPP challenges Ontarians to make holiday season a safe and sober one on roads EMC news - With Ontarians starting to head out for social outings in celebration of the upcoming holiday season, the OPP is pulling out all stops to take impaired drivers off roads between now and the new year. The OPP is conducting its annual Festive RIDE campaign until Jan. 2, and people
are being reminded that RIDE stops will be very visible throughout the campaign. According to the OPP, 61 people have died in alcoholrelated motor vehicle collisions within OPP jurisdiction so far this year. T his number is up by more than 17 per cent when compared to the 52 people who
lost their lives in impaired driving collisions by this time last year (2011) and the OPP is taking this increase in fatalities seriously. The OPP’s highway safety division commander said last year’s numbers were up over the previous RIDE season. “People can expect to see us ramp up our enforcement
over the holidays to put a stop to this life-threatening driving behaviour,” said Chief Supt. Don Bell in a press release. The OPP invites members of the public to join them on Facebook to share their views about impaired driving and the OPP’s Festive RIDE campaign.
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whose lives ended in an act of gender-based violence that shocked the nation, Dec. 6 represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. And finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.
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Natural Resources Canada, and all of this year’s Applied Research Day participants!” A panel of judges comprised of Algonquin College employees toured the booths between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. before rendering their verdict. The judges considered the student understanding of the client’s needs, technical merit of the solution, use of funds, problem skills, effort and personal growth, and quality of the presentation. The first place prize was $100 per team member. The second place team received $75 per team member, and third netted $50 per team member. Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation is pleased to announce that the date for Applied Research Day 11.0 will be Friday, April 12, 2013. Stay tuned for more information on this seminal event! Visit their website for more information and other Applied Research success stories.
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EMC News - The Classroom Portal Expansion has taken the top prize at Applied Research Day 10.2! “It is an honour to take home first place at Applied Research Day,” says Nitec President Malcolm McDowell. “We had many worthy competitors today and wish them continued success. The Classroom Portal Expansion will enhance the communication between Algonquin College faculty and their students and we were proud to play a role in its development. Our thanks to Algonquin College for hosting this competition, and to the Office of Applied Research and Innovation for their assistance in launching this project.” The Classroom Portal Expansion came in first out of the 19 projects which competed in the thrice annual Applied Research and Innovation competition. It is an application which professors can use to easily and remotely post class changes and other information to a screen near the door of their classrooms. An Interpretive Book of the Indigenous Tree and Shrub species in the Ottawa Valley, which was created for the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre in Pembroke, finished second, while a Geological Field Data Collection system developed for Natural Resources Canada rounded out the top three. “Applied Research connects students, faculty, entrepreneurs and established organizations to build businesses that are equipped for success,” says Dr. Mark Hoddenbagh, Director, Applied Research and Innovation at Algonquin College. “The 19 projects that were on display today will create local jobs, strengthen the economy, and solve problems through innovation and creative new thinking. We’re proud to celebrate their success and wish to congratulate NiTec, the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre,
who have been murdered since 1993 – “when we started keeping track of that statistic,” she said. “That number in Ontario since 1990 is 550. That’s more than soldiers lost in war.” According to the Status of Women website (www. swccfc.gc.ca), established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. They died because they were women. As well as commemorating the 14 young women
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