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A house in disorder Abigail Miller is one of the close to 100 new members of our community who are featured in the annual Baby Brag supplement included in this week’s edition. INSIDE
Elected new Liberal leader and soon-to-be premier Kathleen Wynne, who had the support of the majority of Renfrew County Liberal delegates, wants to get teachers back doing extra-curriculars. Pages 31, 33
Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat visited a Grade 2 class at A.J. Charbonneau Monday as part of the Read to Succeed program. Page 26
Town of Arnprior takes major steps to put its finances in order John Carter email@example.com
EMC news – It was a mess. Even councillors expecting to hear bad news about the Town of Arnprior’s financial practices were startled by the depth of the problems and the amount of money involved. In a report to council Monday, town treasurer Jennifer Morawiec outlined a litany of woes and the steps being taken to get the town’s finances back on track. One of the more startling revelations was the fact the Town had not received $1.6 million in Ontario Municipal Partnership Funding because of a delay in submitting its 2010 and 2011 applications. The reports were issued by the new administration in late October and the money was received in December. It was the biggest chunk of the $1.85 million recouped by the town in the last few months, with $400,000 still to come in from the first $2.25 million owing targeted by administration. Morawiec is anticipating $400,000 will be received soon, now that the town’s 2011 county and school tax reconciliations have been completed. So the town has made “huge, huge steps,” said CAO Michael Wildman, noting that tackling financial issues to bring openness transparency and efficiency to the processes was his number one priority when hired in August. Some of problems have been “festering” since the 1980s, he said. Morawiec reported the problems found in the four months she has been on the job included such things as significant delays and backlogs in required tasks, failure to act on tax and water bill collections, inadequate documentation, outdated policies, and failure to address software glitches. Bank reconciliations were 18 months behind, but have been brought up-to-date thanks to help from temporary staff. Money owing the town increased by $180,000 from 2011 to 2012, so administration is taking steps to reverse the trend. The financial report is a key element in the new administration’s efforts, on behest of council, to overhaul the way things are done at town hall. The changes, outlined in the strategic plan approved Jan. 14 (see Page 6), also include new water billing and procurement policies and an overhaul of council’s advisory committee system “We knew we had issues,” said Mayor David Reid. “But this is more than we anticipated.” See DEPTH, Page 7
Frost Festival kids are the coolest Anna MacHerday and Ben Bernier won a draw to become Little Miss Pakenham Frostfest and Mr. Pakenham Frostfest at the carnival’s skate last Friday evening at the Stewart Community Centre. Anna was presented with a snowflake tiara and a snowball/icicle and rose bouquet. They both received sashes and gift baskets of toys, candies and other fun stuff, all compliments of the Pakenham Civitan Club. Every child who participated in the children’s activities that evening had their name put in the draw. There were also random draws for prizes donated by the Mount Pakenham Ski Hill and Nicholson’s store. The Civitan club appreciates their support. For more, see Pages 20, 24 and 43.
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EMC sports – Arnprior is going to play host to the Swiss misses. Switzerland’s Women’s national hockey team, ranked fourth in the world, will gear up for the World Championships in Ottawa by holding practices at the Nick Smith Centre from March 26-30. The public is welcome to take in the twicedaily practices and attend an exhibition game between the Swiss and Russian national team Saturday, March 30.
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The men’s team upset Canada in a world tournament game a couple of years ago and also made the final four this year. “The women, like the men, have come a long way,” said Arthur. He said that the Russians are also putting a lot more effort into their women’s hockey program with the Sochi Olympics coming up next year. “So we’ll have a couple of pretty good teams playing here,” he said. “It should be very entertaining.” Adding to the excitement will be the return of former Ottawa Senators star Alexei Yashin, who is coaching the Russian women’s team. The Russian team will be based in Napanee prior to the world championship, which runs April 2 to 9 in Ottawa.
Team Switzerland will be staying at the Arnprior Quality Inn and eating at East Side Mario’s. The contingent will include about 35 players, coaches and staff, so should provide an economic boost for the town. Arthur said organizers are anticipating that local schools will get involved in helping the team feel at home, much as they did when the World Broomball championship came to town in November. At that international tournament, Walter Zadow adopted the Swiss team and other schools did the same to squads from other countries. Arthur would like to see the Madawaska Girls Hockey Association be involved as well, as the national teams’ players provide inspiration for their young counterparts. There will be local flag-bearers needed for
both teams at the March 30 game. A local committee organizing the visit will meet again on Monday to determine how many more volunteers are required for such duties as security and parking for the game. The Town of Arnprior signed the contract last week with the Canadian Hockey Association and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) to give the Switzerland team ice time at the Nick Smith Centre for morning and afternoon practices. Funding is coming from the federal government through the Renfrew County Community Development Corporation to help Arnprior with the costs of hosting the Swiss team. It will be a busy time for the arena staff. The
Ontario Midget Women’s Hockey championship will be held April 4 to 7 at the Nick Smith Centre. “The best teams from all over Ontario will be here,” said Arthur, noting the quality of hockey is equal to that of triple A (Titans). At the IIHF Women’s World Championship in Ottawa April 2-9, the top eight teams will compete for the title. Canada and Switzerland will join the U.S. and Finland in a top four group playing at Scotiabank Place, while the other four play at the Nepean Sportsplex. The gold and bronze medal games will be played April 9 at Scotiabank Place. For more information about the championship, visit www.hockeycanada.ca/2013ottawa.
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The Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce hosted several service clubs at its Jan. 24 breakfast at the Arnprior Legion. Top row, from left, are Barb Cosman of Special Olympics, Jean Fong of the Arnprior Lions Club, Sally Bradley of the Arnprior Lionettes and Elta Watt of the Breast Cancer Support Group. In the front row, from left, are Dan Nicholas of the Knights of Columbus, Murray Hughes of the Arnprior Fish and Game Club, Louise Mulvihill of Communities in Bloom, Chris Toner of the Arnprior Optimist Club and Gerhard Peters of the Arnprior Rotary Club.
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EMC news - The Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce hosted nine different service groups at a breakfast meeting at the Arnprior Legion on Jan. 24. Special Olympics, the Lions Club, the Arnprior Lionettes, the Breast Cancer Support Group, Knights of Columbus, the Arnprior Fish and Game Club, Communities in Bloom, the Arnprior Optimist Club and the Arnprior Rotary Club all representative attending. The groups made presentations, detailing their history and summarizing recent projects and upcoming events in the community. Several groups have new projects upcoming, such as the dock project by the Arnprior Fish and Game Club.
Louise Mulvihill of Communities in Bloom noted she will be stepping back from the chair position and that the group is looking for a new leader. The Arnprior Optimist Clubâ€™s Chris Toner said that the Optimists hope to grow this yearâ€™s Scotch tasting to 80 participants, up from last yearâ€™s 60. â€œThere is always something we can do to help a neighbour, and in particular, the senior community,â€? said Jean Fong of the Lions Club. To no oneâ€™s surprise, all service clubs in Arnprior noted they are currently recruiting new members. Specifically, Special Olympics is recruiting coaches for sports such as Nordic skiing, curling and power lifting. Any service clubs who would like to present at a chamber breakfast in the future should contact Cheryl Sparling at 613623-6817.
Mayors, hospital CEO featured speakers at GACC breakfast EMC news - The Greater Arnprior Chamber of Commerce is all set to host its annual mayors breakfast. Arnprior Mayor David Reid, McNab-Braeside Mayor Mary Campbell and Arnprior
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Hanna will speak about strategic directions for ARH. The event takes place at Arnprior Legion Branch 174. Cost for breakfast is $12 and doors open at 7 a.m.
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Crossing guard candidates surface EMC news – The publicity surrounding the threat by Arnprior council to withdraw crossing guard service at Madawaska and Bell street appears to have paid off. After having difficulty in getting anyone to apply for the job late last year, the latest advertisements for the position have generated at least a half dozen responses, town council was told Monday. The deadline for applications in this Friday, Feb. 1. With the renewed interest, council voted unanimously against eliminating the crossing guard position on Madawaska. Council is still interested in having the school board take more responsibility for the crossing guards. At one time, school boards shared in the cost, but that partnership was ended several years ago. The town is drafting a letter to the Renfrew County school boards asking for funds to help pay for the service. Council also asked for a copy of a motion from the Municipality of Central Huron to have the ministry of education take over the responsibility for crossing guards, with an eye to officially supporting it at the Feb. 11 meeting. It was also suggested that a summer student be tasked with studying traffic and safety concerns at the crossing guard points.
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Teachers let new Liberal leader know their feelings about Bill 115 Several local teachers participated in the Ontario Federation of Labour rally in Toronto at Allan Gardens Saturday in conjunction with the provincial Liberal leadership convention. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario sponsored a bus to Toronto and invited Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation members to attend. The bus contained educators from Arnprior, Renfrew, Killaloe, Pembroke, Petawawa and Deep River schools. The protesters gathered at the rally a few hours before the march started with music and speeches by several labour leaders. The Ontario Federation of Labour estimated 30,000 people attended the rally to deliver a “strong message to Liberal delegates that democracy must be restored, collective bargaining must be respected.” For more, see Page 33.
EMC news – Arnprior Coun. Lynn Grinstead does not chair council’s proposed community development committee, as indicated in last week’s paper. Council hasn’t officially formed the committees yet. Grinstead chaired the outgoing community improvement and tourism advisory committee. *** Russ Corbett did not say that the buffer he is concerned about near Gillies Grove is between the proposed development and public land, as indicated in last week’s paper. He notes the Gillies Grove is privately owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. The Chronicle Guide EMC apologizes for the errors.
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EMC news - School-crossing guards working at six different Renfrew locations are receiving raises. Their first raises in six years were approved by Renfrew council Monday. At present, most of the wages are paid by the Town, except those staffing the crossing near St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School. Costs for that crossing are shared 50-50 with the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board. The public board doesn’t contribute to the wages for staff at the other five locations.
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EMC news - Renfrew County staff projected a 2.8 per cent increase in the tax levy heading into its Jan. 23 and 24 budget workshop. But with the workshop completed, county council had whittled the increase down to 2 per cent. Those numbers delighted Warden Peter Emon, who chaired the two-day workshop with Admaston-Bromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe. Factoring in real assessment growth of 1.8 per cent, the actual tax levy impact for the county’s 2013 budget will be an increase of 0.2 per cent. The increase means the levy will increase by $709,037 over 2012, bringing county taxes in 2013 to $36,052,253. This increase was to come forward for approval at County council’s Jan. 30 meeting (after press deadline). “I think all of county council was
pretty satisfied,” said Emon after his first budget workshop as county warden. Emon, who was acclaimed warden in December, said he was particularly satisfied the budget won’t mean compromised services to Renfrew County residents. The one exception may be the homelessness portfolio, which will have a shortfall in government funding of about $395,790. Child care services will also have a shortfall, of $395,091, but a four-year government mitigation grant will decrease this year’s actual childcare shortfall to $90,000. As social services director Dave Anderson said on the first day of the budget workshop: “It will probably mean servicing more people with less money.” Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack reported the small increase to town council Monday, noting that caution was justified. He said Arnprior and Petawawa have been the growth centres in the county, but development slowed in both in 2012. With
that in mind, it’s not the time to be adding major expenditures or many more staff, he said. To pare the county’s tax levy down to 2 per cent, county council found savings of $234,514, primarily with the following moves: • not approving the creation of a supervisor for Arnprior’s new Ontario Works office; • reducing capital reserves from the county to the Renfrew County Housing Corporation; • reducing the amount of scratch coat work on county roads by about $50,000, but while providing the same amount of scratch coating as in 2012; • reducing contributions to paramedic reserves by $100,000 (still leaving $2.4 million in those reserves); and • cancelling $10,000 in renovations for the Lake Street provincial offences office in Pembroke. See LOW COUNTY, Page 13
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EMC news - Two weeks before the revelation of the sad state of the Town of Arnprior’s financial affairs, council approved spending more than $116,000 from “surplus 2011 funds” on branding and a better website. Council signed off on spending the $116,445 for marketing, with leftover money going to the reserve fund, at its Jan. 14 meeting. That’s when CAO Michael Wildman presented his Town of Arnprior 2012 Strategic Plan. It outlines priorities, visions and core values the municipality wants in place by 2017. The Queen’s University Executive De-
cision Centre was called in to help co-ordinate the strategic plan, which came together after 75 residents expressed their views during two public meetings last year. Council also participated. The visions were the same, although the order differed. The key priorities include: • human resources and organizational chart; • financial model with sustainable funding; • realistic infrastructure plan (includes piped services, road improvements); • economic development plan funded and implemented; • develop and implement a marketing and branding strategy;
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• downtown development plan in place (revitalization of the downtown core and town square completed); • waterfront revitalization project with plan ready. The first two priorities should be done in 2013, according to Wildman. They are pressing priorities considering the problems with processes and policies at town hall leftover from previous administrations. The first will see a properly aligned corporate model, well-trained staff; and improved morale and peaceful labour relations. The second will see a 10-year longrange capital forecast implemented, as well as a balanced budget, with budget targets achieved.
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Depth of financial woes startles council, collection of money owing to be priority He said it has taken time for the council elected in 2010 to get a handle on the situation, but with a new CAO, treasurer and deputy treasurer in place and more new officials on the way, “I’m very confident we’ll be able to turn this around … this is a good start (see his full statement on Page 8).” Reeve Walter Stack said he is not surprised there were problems, but said it is disturbing that there are so many issues involving millions of dollars. Calling it a “reflection on the past administration,” he said the financial troubles are a burden on all the town’s taxpayers who are paying their fair share. Stack suggested council look at a zerobased budget process this year, to ensure all items are justified. “We need to get a handle on where we are,” he said. Coun. Lynn Grinstead said that while she expected some problems, “this is far beyond the realm of what I expected.” In response to her question as to what type of accounts are behind, Morawiec said it is in a large number of areas from property taxes and water bills to miscellaneous items. But if you owe the town money, look out. She explained that the town is putting in new collection policies and best practice methods in attempt to collect as much of the money owing as possible. “Finance staff will continue to pursue collections to the fullest extent possible, and will investigate measures to prevent recurrences of a similar nature,” her report said. As of Dec. 31, an unaudited report indicates the town’s accounts receivable balance is close to $4 million. That includes $2.3 million in property taxation, $1.1 million in water/wastewater bills, $252,000 in general accounts and $125,000 to the Nick Smith Centre. When asked about the latter, Morawiec
explained that the money is owing to pay for ice time and other services. Reid said that some people get into arrears on no fault of their own, so the town needs to work with them on payment plans. But for some delinquents, there is no good reason and not making them pay up is unfair to the rest of the citizens, he said. “If we don’t collect (from them), we have to get it from the people who are already paying their taxes.” That’s why it’s “very important” that the changes be implemented as soon as possible, he said, praising staff for the progress made over the past few months. Morawiec reported that while a number of the improvements will take significant time to see full resolution, progress has been made in “re-engineering” the finance department and several initiatives are well under way to establish proper procedures, address outstanding items and find efficiencies. COLLECTIONS TACKLED
As for the effort to collect money owed the town, memos will be issued in February to all parties with outstanding balances notifying them that penalties and interest will begin to accrue and some may be forwarded to collection agencies. Where possible, accounts receivable are being added to the tax roll. The town has issued letters threatening to put 16 properties up for tax sale as their taxes are more than three years in arrears. The properties account for almost $1.5 million or 64 per cent of the $2.3 million in outstanding taxes. The town will also relook at past failed tax sale efforts to see if the process can be revived. A new water and wastewater billing and collection policy will help the town finally get that touchy area under control by cracking down on long-term de-
linquents. The policy sets out collection procedures, clear payment timelines, steps to disconnect the water supply, and disconnection and reconnection frees. A letter will be sent out to all property owners in the February tax bill reminding them of their payment responsibilities and the town is compiling a list of outstanding accounts that administration feels will need bailiff services to collect. The town will also work with property-owners receiving leak adjustments to determine what steps are needed to fix the problem. Morawiec reported that all outstanding Manulife bills have been issued and where needed payment plans set up. “So all our retirees are looked after,” asked Coun. Dan Lynch, who was answered in the affirmative. The parks and recreation department has made a new hire so it can better arrange staff schedules, so to become are compliant with the province’s Employment Standards Act. Some staff have not been properly applying the town’s overtime policy, which has been clarified. However, the administration is seeking a legal opinion before taking any corrective measures. Staff issued about $233,000 paymentin-lieu-of-taxes notices in the last two months of 2012 and Morawiec said she is happy to report that $226,000 has been received. The new deputy treasurer is streamlining the town’s accounting system and is arranging for more training for staff. The administration is also planning to improve and streamline polices and practices regarding reserve funds, the gas tax and property registration. It has also recommended significant revisions to the town’s procurement policy, which was discussed later in council’s meeting Monday and will be up for a final vote Feb. 11.
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Best practices should include council oversight
The words â€˜best practicesâ€™ were used many times Monday during Arnpriorâ€™s lengthy discussion of the many changes being put in place by the new administration at town hall. Another word, â€˜oversightâ€™, may not have been bandied about so frequently, but it is just as important. Itâ€™s obvious by the sobering financial report presented by treasurer Jennifer Morawiec and CAO Michael Wildman to council that there has been far too little of both best practices and oversight when it comes to the townâ€™s finances in the past few years. Thatâ€™s the great thing about best practices, it does away with old boy networks. Many of the new members elected to town council for the first time in 2010 ran on plat-
forms to bring more openness and efficiency to town hall. Itâ€™s taken a couple of years, but it appears that the change promised during that election campaign is finally beginning to take root. New council in 2011, new administration in 2012 and now best practices in 2013. Morawiecâ€™s report, unfortunately, contains too many examples of bad practices that have had to be rooted out at town hall. While there is no evidence of willful deception, it appears that important duties were not attended to in a timely fashion. Staff seemed to be either overwhelmed or in over their heads sometimes with the sheer volume of the tasks given them. Also standing in the way of best practices
were loosey-goosey regulations, vague policies and a lack of clear direction. Instead of being able to properly tackle problems, staff fell victim to them. Thatâ€™s why oversight is important too. The proactive new administrative staff at town hall, with the blessings of the mayor and council, has taken some major steps to address the backlogs and bad habits have grown up over the years. Council has given the CAO and his new lieutenants the green light to re-engineer, as they call it, the finance department and implement best practices in all town operations. Councillors obviously have faith that the new administration in place has the right stuff for the job. But it shouldnâ€™t be blind faith. Mayor David Reid brought up the word
oversight in the discussion about the townâ€™s proposed new procurement policy. He wants council to be included in, or least be made aware of, all expenditures of taxpayersâ€™ money. That will hopefully be ensured when council gets to passing the new delegation of authority bylaw. Council is relying on its new administrative team to restore best practices to town hall. But it should practice due diligence itself by taking its oversight role seriously. Things can change. At one time, council had faith in past administrations to exercise best practices on behalf of the taxpayers. But somewhere along the line, the oversight slipped away. Council has to be vigilant that never happens again.
Firefighters should be applauded To the Editor: Iâ€™m writing because something should be said about the prompt and efficient service received last Saturday night in Arnprior. We had the first volunteer firefighter pulling up out front literally as we got off the phone from calling 911. The fire department then put a call in to Hydro and even the repairs were completed
within an hour and a half of the initial emergency call. Home saved, heat, lights and restored in a very short time frame. A job well done by all involved. Thank you! Marc and Debbie Reid Arnprior
Town well underway in addressing financial problems: Mayor Reid Arnprior Mayor David Reid read the following prepared statement after the dramatic financial update given town council Monday. When I ran for Mayor, and I believe that this applies to all of Council, we ran on a platform of change and in particular to investigate and fix administrative weaknesses within the townâ€™s organization. The changes that have been made have been well discussed and thought through, extensive and in councilâ€™s judgment the right decisions for the long-term success and sustainability of the Town. To date, we have hired a new CAO, Director of Corporate Services/Treasurer, Deputy Treasurer, Clerk, Clerk Secretariat, and with a new Director of Public Works, Human Resources Officer and Economic Development Officer soon to join our new senior management team. All new positions are being evaluated in relation to their skills and ability to address Arnpriorâ€™s challenges, the contributions they can bring to achieving the Townâ€™s Vision 2017 Strategic Plan and they must demonstrate the ability to fit into the new culture of continuous improvement and a team approach we are initiating throughout the organization. As with any changes of this magnitude,
they must be managed and executed in such a way, that is not only financially viable, but also they must not duly interfere with our ability to carry on the business of running the Town. In other words, it takes time. I have to say, and I know I speak for all of Council, that we are extremely happy and excited, not only about the new additions to our senior management team but also about the new energy, focus and commitment made by all of our staff members. When Michael Wildman and Jennifer Morawiec were hired, they were given clear council direction: uncover all of the issues, be fully open and transparent disclosing those issues, resolve the issues to the best of our abilities and put in place policies and procedures that will ensure we donâ€™t have similar issues in the future. I am happy to report that we are well underway in this process and I need to thank council for their encouragement, guidance and support and to Michael and the whole senior management team for the extraordinary effort and progress they have made on this issue over the past few months. As I have stated in the past, the foundation of success for any organization is the staff and I am confident, given adequate resources and support, the Town of Arnprior will soon start to fully realize on its considerable potential.
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winter carnival on Saturday, Feb. 16. With a revamped rink in the village, the event is shaping up to be a good one. The day opens with an 8 a.m. breakfast at the White Lake Fire Hall and fun activities run all day long, based out of the White Lake Park area. The event wraps up with a bean supper at the White Lake Women’s Institute building. The McNab-Braeside Firefighters Association annual carnival is set for Saturday, Feb. 23 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at McNab Public School. Get the day started right with a hearty shanty breakfast served by township council and staff. Then enjoy the sound of bag pipes and music by Kyle Felhaver and Friends. Prizes, games, skating and more are included in the event. Organizers say there are tons of prizes to be given away at each event and all attendees and participants will have the chance to enter into a free draw to win a fully autographed Ottawa Senators jersey. For more information, visit the township website at www. mcnabbraeside.com. R0031859224
EMC events – McNab-Braeside knows just how to beat the winter blahs. As winter drags on and we move into the month of February, the township has a host of winter events to keep the blues at bay.
There are three winter carnivals on the schedule with a variety of activities for young and old alike. Mark Saturday, Feb. 9 on your calendars and head out to the Braeside RA Centre on Sarah Street for an event that includes a shanty-style pancake breakfast, skating, hockey, children’s games and the popular men’s cake baking contest and auction. The fun begins at 8 a.m. Officials are thrilled to welcome the return of the White Lake
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Changing the way you think about storage... YOU’VE PROBABLY SEEN THE NEW MEGA DYMON STORAGE FACILITY AT KANATA CENTRUM – IT’S JUST
THE LATEST IN A STRING OF FACILITIES THAT ARE POPPING UP ALL OVER TOWN. LOCALLY OWNED AND OPERATED, DYMON NOW HAS SEVEN INDUSTRY LEADING FACILITIES THROUGHOUT THE CITY.
any people are also taking notice of Dymon’s latest facility under construction on Carling at the Queensway. “We are really excited about our Carling site,” offers Steve Creighton, Senior Vice President with Dymon, “it is going to be our ﬂagship facility with our head ofﬁce located on the top ﬂoor. We have some new outstanding features that are going to make this our best facility yet.” Another Dymon facility is also being built at Greenbank at Hunt Club, with six more facilities planned for Ottawa.
Stepping inside a Dymon facility, you will quickly realize that Dymon Storage is not your traditional type of storage business. “Before the arrival of Dymon, storage in Ottawa was really nothing more than single storey buildings with garage doors. These facilities were typically located in industrial parks or rural locations, that offered minimal security, no climate or humidity controls, and there was very little focus on customer service,” explains Steve Creighton. “We recognized there was a demand for quality storage in Ottawa, but there was virtually nothing available”. Dymon quickly recognized a business opportunity, but wanted to create a unique “made in Ottawa” solution. Before getting started back in 2006, Dymon did extensive research across the U.S. and Canada by visiting dozens of facilities, and quickly determined the attributes of the best performing facilities across North America. Taking these ideas and introducing a few unique offerings of its own, Dymon put together a “best of breed” business model. Arguably, right here in Ottawa Dymon has built the very best that self storage has to offer anywhere in the world.
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“At the end of the day, your stuff is likely better off stored with Dymon than at your home or business” adds Creighton. From the outside, Dymon’s facilities are architecturally attractive and don’t look anything like storage buildings. “We have moved self storage into the mainstream by locating our facilities in easy to access, highly visible sites, usually adjacent to big box retail” says Creighton, “and with our attractive exterior look we wanted the marketplace to understand that we represented a new and totally different storage solution”.
WHAT DOES “BEST OF BREED” MEAN? Dymon’s facilities have many distinctive features that differentiate them from anything else in the Ottawa marketplace. By integrating leading technologies, Dymon has created the safest and most convenient way to store your excess stuff. Starting with its complete and total humidity and climate controlled environment, Dymon’s facilities ensure no mould, mildew or bugs. Its advanced security features ensure your possessions are safe – besides having extended retail hours, Dymon also has a 24/7 Customer Service Command Center which monitors all of its facilities with personnel who can respond to customer issues at anytime, day or night. Dymon’s unique drive through bays (which are like airport hangars) provide complete protection from the weather and allow you to load and unload your stuff in comfort. Dymon even offers a free truck and driver at the time of move-in for your added convenience, taking away the hassle of renting and driving a large truck. Dymon’s facilities have
luxury boardrooms, mini-ofﬁces, as well as a vault and mailbox service. And in a short period of time, Dymon has become a leading retailer of boxes and moving supplies – you should drop by the facilities just to see their unique box displays! And the list goes on and on. But perhaps Dymon’s biggest asset is its relentless focus on delivering an exceptional customer experience. “Our highly trained staff regularly go above and beyond to help our customers deal with the stress of moving and storage,” says Creighton. “And time and time again we receive compliments on how helpful and professional our staff are.” With everything that Dymon has to offer, is it any wonder that Dymon Storage has taken the Ottawa market by storm? Dymon’s ﬁrst facility on Coventry Road opened in 2006 and ﬁlled in
“and we continue to listen to our customers for new ideas on what they want to see from us”. DymonBox.com is its latest environmentally focused business that offers customers the opportunity to rent or buy eco-friendly storage bins ideally suited for moving and storage. “This is an incredibly convenient service for our customers,” says Jonathon Dicker, Regional Manager at Dymon, “renting the eco-friendly storage bins is cheaper than buying traditional cardboard boxes and includes free delivery and pick-up.”
just 5 months, and has remained full ever since. Because , of high demand in the area, Dymons Coventry location is currently undergoing a 30,000 sq ft expansion Dymon’s Coventry facility was certainly no ﬂashin-the-pan – Dymon’s second location at Prince of Wales and Hunt Club was ﬁlled in only 6 months. Each subsequent facility has also experienced a rapid ﬁll. Dymon’s Kanata Centrum facility, adjacent to Canadian Tire, is the largest self storage facility in Canada. Residential and business customers in Kanata / Stittsville / West Carleton are now enjoying everything Dymon has to offer.
SO WHO IS YOUR TYPICAL DYMON CUSTOMER? The reasons why people need storage are endless. For example, people selling their homes use Dymon. It has been proven that a decluttered, well staged home will sell more quickly and at a higher price. Dymon is also great if you are downsizing or if you simply have too much stuff and need to make room in your home. Many customers also use Dymon to store their possessions while their homes are undergoing renovations, or to clear out their garage in the fall to make room for their cars. Interestingly, the majority of Dymon’s customers are women. According to Creighton, “Women are the primary decision maker when it comes to storage, so we have taken particular care to
design our facilities to be attractive to the female consumer.” Dymon does this through its highly focused customer service, security, convenient access, and ultra clean facilities – all factors many women demand. “Women appreciate the quality that Dymon offers – they know their stuff will be safe and secure.” Dymon’s storage facilities are also very attractive to business operators. With free on-site boardrooms, a parcel acceptance service, and ﬂexible yet affordable storage leasing options, Dymon offers the perfect solution for a variety of businesses. “Currently about 25% of each facility is made up of commercial customers,” reports Creighton. “Dymon is perfect for business to store bankers’ boxes, excess merchandise, spare ofﬁce furniture or work equipment, and seasonal inventory. We even have some business customers who use their storage unit as their own mini-warehouse instead of renting a larger building with much higher ﬁxed overhead.” With the flexixility of month-to-month leases, business speakers see Dymon as great storage solutions. Dymon is also preparing to launch a new convenient document storage, retrieval and shredding business ideally suited for all types of business. “These additional services represent another natural evolution of our business as we continue to serve our business customers better,” concludes Creighton.
Dymon even assists you if you want to sell any of your stuff. DymonMine.com offers its customers the chance to sell things in a totally secure and convenient fashion. Dymon will photograph, describe and upload items to its website where potential buyers can view them or they can drop down to the facility and have a look. And just recently DymonMine.com introduced its new offer/ counter offer system where buyers and sellers can negotiate by e-mail, totally anonymously. The new process is fun, simple, and effective. When items are sold, Dymon issues a cheque to the customer, “Many Dymon customers were saying they wanted to sell some of their excess stuff, but they were frustrated that there weren’t really many convenient sales options available to them,”explains Dicker “so we developed our on-line marketplace as a safe, con venient, hassle-free way for customers to sell and buy stuff.”
You should take the time to drop by one of Dymon’s convenient locations across the City – they really are unlike anything you have ever seen before. If you have too much stuff and need to declutter, and we all face that situation from time to time, Dymon should deﬁnitely be the place you end up.
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The warm colours of winter come out with critters EMC lifestyle - Last week I discussed how small animals use snow as an insulating blanket by tunnelling underneath it. A few, such as Ruffed Grouse, spend cold nights buried in it. Of course, most animals that are winter-active use other means to stay warm. Surprisingly, one of those is through colour. So what colour is the warmest? Likely many of you are thinking “black” and that is for good reason. Black certainly absorbs solar energy better than do lighter colours. And there certainly are northern animals that are black. Common Ravens, which remain in
Ptarmigan, Snow Buntings, Snowy Owls, and Arctic Fox – each the most northern representative of its group – are white in winter. One Nature’s could argue that they Way are white for reasons of camouflage. But Arctic Fox the very far North where few other animals dare to spend largely scavenge in winter winter, are all black. Black- and nothing dares tackle a backed Woodpeckers, one of Polar Bear so protection canthe most northern woodpeck- not be the sole reason for their ers in the world, have solid colouration. Even a few local animals black backs. It only seems logical that northern animals turn white in the winter. Longtailed and Short-tailed weasels would bear dark colouration. But white animals can also change from brown to white in be found in winter in the far the autumn. Snowshoe Hares North. Polar Bears, Rock do too. While white undoubt-
edly provides camouflage for hares, weasels are predatory animals and likely have less need for camouflage. So why then are some animals white if dark is better for absorbing solar energy? The reason is that under certain conditions, white is actually warmer than black. Black is great for absorbing the sun’s energy but it readily conducts body heat too. Ravens and the woodpeckers compensate by fluffing up their feathers to reduce the heat loss. An abundance of dense feathers and a luxurious layer of down also help keep them warm. But for most animals exposed to cold temperatures, white is actually warmer. It may not absorb
solar energy as well as black but it retains body heat much better, especially under windy conditions. The reason is that colouration is due to pigments in vacuoles inside feathers and hairs. But white hairs and feathers lack pigmentation, so their vacuoles are empty and contain only air. Just as the air space in a double-paned window prevents house heat from escaping through the glass, air spaces in hairs and feathers reduce heat loss through those structures. For animals such as Snowshoe Hares, the white pelage undoubtedly offers the additional benefit of camouflage. Thus, just like many other adaptations, white colouration offers a double benefit to its
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EMC lifestyle – The opening of the Royal Ontario Museum’s travelling exhibit Listen to the Night: Bats of Ontario opens this Friday, Feb. 1. A presentation by naturalist and columnist Michael Runtz will open the exhibit at the Arnprior and District Museum at 7 p.m. The exhibit will then be available for public viewing Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until March 31. The exhibit explores the mysterious creatures that fly around in the night and explains the truth behind their myths and fables. The exhibit is sponsored by the Community Futures Development Corporation as part of the Renfrew County and Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
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bearer. Snowshoe Hares are mostly night-active and during the day their white colouration lets them blend in with their surroundings. They sit motionless and then suddenly explode out of the snow from near underfoot. When this happens, a winter tromp through a cedar swamp becomes a “hare-raising” event! The Macnamara Field Naturalists Club (www.mfnc. ca) meets the first Tuesday of each month. The Nature Number is 613387-2503; email is mruntz@ start.ca
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Strong council support shown for increased planning fees Steve Newman Steve.firstname.lastname@example.org
Janice Visneskie of Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards, Dick Rabishaw of Laurentian Hills and Harold Weckworth of North Algona Wilberforce opposed Renfrew Countyâ€™s proposed increases for planning fees. But they were the only opponents, as the new tariff of fees was easily passed and became part of the countyâ€™s 2013 budget. All other county councillors at the Jan. 23 portion of the two-day budget workshop supported the countyâ€™s ďŹ rst planning-fees increases since 2006. Not present to vote were Madawaska Valley Mayor Dave Shulist and Horton Mayor Don Eady, who was recovering from surgery. The table of fees presented to county council included comparative charges by 10 counties for consent applications, zoning bylaw amendments and ofďŹ cial plan amendments. The biggest discussion focused on the $35 hike, from $565 to $600 for consent applica-
tions, even though the proposed increase represented the lowest fee increase for planning applications, at 6.2 per cent. Recirculation fees are rising 17.6 per cent, from $34 to $40. Title validations are rising 8.7 per cent, from $460 to $500. OfďŹ cial plan amendments (OPA) will now cost $450, instead of $425; zoning bylaw amendments (ZBA) are rising 12 per cent, from $290 to $325; and a combined OPA and ZBA application is rising 10.2 per cent, from $635 to $700. The chart proďŹ ling other countiesâ€™ planning fees showed a lowest consent-application fee of $500 in Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. The highest costs were in Haldimand County, which charges $1,000 for a minor consent application and $1,500 for a major consent application. The lowest OPA charges were Renfrew Countyâ€™s $425. The highest fees were the combined OPA and ZBAs charged by Haldimand County and Norfolk County, at well above $2,000.
â€œWe need to entice people to come here (to Renfrew County) â€Ś I agree with many of them (the proposed fees) but not the increase for consent applications,â€? said Visneskie. â€œIf I was to give anyone a break, Iâ€™d want to see lower costs on the consents,â€? said McNabBraeside Mayor Mary Campbell, â€œand give people a break on OPAs and ZBAs.â€? Petawawa Mayor Bob Sweet, who chairs the countyâ€™s property and development committee, says the fee review showed the hikes were not excessive and that he had â€œnever heard that the current ďŹ gures were a barrier to building.â€? â€œMaybe you didnâ€™t hear about it, but I sure do,â€? said Visneskie. Weckworth said county councillors really should be trying to promote development, and that the higher fees were â€œthe wrong way to go.â€? Arnprior Reeve Walter Stack supported property and development director Paul Moreauâ€™s motion to approve all of the new fees. But ďŹ rst Stack said local development is slowing and that if the proposed fees were a
hindrance to development, he had no problem giving a break to smaller municipalities. In supporting the proposed fees, CAO Jim Hutton said there is a â€œsigniďŹ cant amount of workâ€? involved in preparing ofďŹ cial-plan and zoning-bylaw amendments. â€œI donâ€™t see any of our (Whitewater) residents having a problem with the new fees,â€? said Whitewater Region Reeve Don Rathwell. Moreauâ€™s motion to pass the tariff of fees was supported by a weighted vote of 123-20. Hourly rates will also change, by $4 or $5, or by 7.7 to 14.2 per cent. Those fee changes are: director of planning, $65 to $70; manager, $55 to $60; senior planning, $45 to $50; GIS technician, $35 to $40; junior planner $35 to $40; and administrative assistant, $31 to $35. There were 237 severance applications in the county last year. The most were in Madawaska Valley, Killaloe, Hagarty & Richards, Greater Madawaska, and North Algona Wilberforce. The least were in Brudenell, Lyndoch & Raglan, Laurentian Hills and Petawawa.
Low county tax boost to be a help when municipalities set budgets Continued from Page 6
Emon says heâ€™s pleased with the budget because itâ€™s ďŹ scally responsible, keeping taxes low, improving the quality of road infrastructure and not reducing the quality of county services. The budget also allows the county to maintain a reasonable level of reserves, at about 20 per cent of the countyâ€™s overall operating budget, when the provincial government recommends at least 15 per cent. Briscoe, who chairs the countyâ€™s ďŹ nance and administration committee, also expressed satisfaction with the budgetâ€™s main ďŹ nancial ďŹ gures. â€œAt the end of the day, the County of Renfrew is being extremely fair and astute in spending what we did,â€? said Briscoe. â€œItâ€™s a progressive budget with all kinds of service improvements, but it is also extremely sensitive to the current economic climate.â€? With such a low increase in the tax rate, for the countyâ€™s portion of
the total tax bill, Briscoe says, â€œnow weâ€™ve got space for the lower tier. We donâ€™t start out with a great big bill, so every lower-tier municipality will be ever so grateful.â€? The countyâ€™s tax rate was also made knowing the education portion of the tax bill is dropping. For a home valued at $100,000, the homeownerâ€™s education portion of the tax bill is dropping from $221 to $212. The Renfrew County portion of the tax bill will rise less than a dollar for a house that was assessed at $100,000 in 2012 and rose the average county assessment of 1.9 per cent in 2013, to $101,900. That homeownerâ€™s county tax bill of $367.43 will rise to only $368.16. For a home value at $200,00 in 2012 and rising the average assessed value to $203,800, that homeownerâ€™s county bill will jump only $1.46. The other third of the tax bill will come from each taxpayerâ€™s home municipality.
Last year, lower-tier municipality tax levies ranged from a decrease of 2.7 per cent (over 2011) in Deep River to a 30.6 increase in Brudenell, Lyndoch and Raglan and a second highest hike of 10.8 per cent in McNab-Braeside. Other local municipalitiesâ€™ real impact to taxpayers in 2012 included levy increases of 10.6 for Greater Madawaska, 9.8 per cent for Admaston-Bromley, 7.0 for Horton, 6.8 for Bonnechere Valley, 2.7 for Renfrew and 2.5 for Arnprior. The budget workshop featured substantial discussion about restructuring of the public works department. There is no ďŹ nancial impact on public works services to develop long-range programs. This will be done under the new structure, as capital works manager Mike Pinet assumes the title of infrastructure manager. There will be some other reclassiďŹ cation of jobs to accomplish the restructuring.
Eight newly-created positions, in various county departments, will cost the county an estimated $200,000. Those positions, and increased work hours for some existing jobs, include: â€˘ creation of a new project engineer, in public worksâ€™ infrastructure division, after eliminating the position of an operations technician, for an increased cost of $8,100; â€˘ increased hours for a part-time administrative assistant at Bonnchere Manor; â€˘ a new part-time accounting clerk for Miramichi Lodge for $24,535; â€˘ more hours for a part-time Wheels on Meals position at Miramichi Lodge at a cost of $4,307; â€˘ increased vacation-pay entitlement of 380 hours (or $16,300) for paramedics; â€˘ creation of a part-time general clerk/treasurer for the provincial offences staff for $26,361; and â€˘ creation of an asset management
co-ordinator for property and development at a cost of about $70,000. According to the countyâ€™s capital works plan, road shoulders to be hardened to facilitate cycling and walking will include 5.6 km. along County Road 8, between Cobdenâ€™s downtown CPR crossing to Barr Line, at a cost of $135,000; 3.6 km. of County Road 42 (Forest Lea Road) in Laurentian Valley for $106,000; and 1.9 km. along Highway 62 in Madawaska Valley for $60,000. The other roads are 0.8 kms. of County Road 1 (River Road) in McNab-Braeside and 1.1 km. of County Road 10 (Division Street) in Arnprior. This list of road work is part of the countyâ€™s commitment to support an active transportation strategy in conjunction with Physical Activity Network members, which include the county. The $328,000 for shoulder hardening will come from county reserves.
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655 Mullins Rd. - Pleasant 2 Bedroom on Country Lot. Open Concept Living Areas. Beautifully Appointed Walk Out Basement. A Must See! $219,900 MLS# 850980 Call Dennis Yakaback: 613.432.00041
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The last homes in our Michael Street Area and they are going fast. Don’t Miss Out!! The Emmy on Blk 6 Unit B – $229,900 1518 SqFt Townhome with 3 Beds & 2 ½ Baths The Farifax as Built on Lot 99 CB - $377,900 Concrete Front Porch, Kitchen Island, Bar Top and 1935 SqFt 3 Bedrooms 2 ½ Bathrooms nd Pantry, 2 Floor Laundry, Finished Rec Room Large Kitchen with Bar Top and Glass Corner Door, The Laurel on Blk 4 Unit E – $244,900 Sun Room with Vaulted Ceiling, Pot Lights, Gas 1682 SqFt Townhome with 3 Beds & 2 ½ Baths Fireplace, Round Corners, Main Floor Laundry, nd Concrete Porch, Island with Bar Top, Pantry, 2 Floor Ensuite with Corner Soaker Tub and 4’ Shower Laundry, Hardwood in Kitchen/Dining/Living Ceramic in the Foyer, Kitchen, Sun Room, Mud The Emmy on Blk 6 Unit A – $259,900 Room and Bathrooms, McEwan Hardwood in the 1305 SqFt Bungalow 3 Beds & 2 Baths Concrete Porch, Living/Dining Room and Master Bedroom, Granite Large Open Concept Living Area, Main Floor Laundry, Counter Tops in Kitchen and Bathrooms, Central Air Hardwood & Ceramic included Conditioning, Built on Premium Lot
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3 ALLAN BOND COURT (follow signs off Daniel Street) RETIREMENT LIVING AT ITS FINEST! No neighbours behind this almost new CUSTOM BUILT 3 BEDROOM, FINISHED TOP TO BOTTOM., inside and out. MLS # 850740 Offered at $314,900 Your host Donna Defalco
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Walk to all amenities from this charming 1+1 bedroom, beautiful rear yard, garage, gas, $169,900! MLS # 849608 Call Donna or Mike Defalco 613-623-2602
45 PICTURESQUE ACRES, creek, on the outskirts of Arnprior, plus an attractive 3 bedroom bungalow, MLS # 850163 $389,900 Call Donna or Mike Defalco 613-623-2602
Immaculate and ﬁnished up and down! 2 + 1 ½ double. 2 baths, gas heat, central air. A pleasure to show. $214,000. MLS# 851833 Call Donna Nych
Nicely treed building lot only 5 minutes from Arnprior. Drilled well. $64,900. MLS# 848895 OFFERS Call Donna Nych
3 BEDROOMS, + nursery, 1.5 BATHS, updated windows, gas, INGROUND POOL, double wide driveway, mls # 851800 offered at $184,900 Call Donna or Mike Defalco 613-623-2602
Generous sized Split Level, great for extended families, attractive subdivision, schools, shopping, all close, MLS # 851786 offered at $294,900 Call Donna or Mike Defalco 613-623-2602
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Very deceiving home, looks smaller than it is. 5 bedrms, 2 baths, family rm. 3 bedrms, full bath all upstairs. Oversize single car garage with entrance to private backyard. Lrg wrap around deck with access from kitchen and den. MLS# 837620. Call Cheryl
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Packers lose to Almonte in Frostfest game JOHN CARTER firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC sports â€“ The Arnprior Packers January woes continued last Friday as they lost 5-4 in Junior B hockey action to the Almonte Thunder in Pakenham. The loss, the Packersâ€™ fourth this month, dropped Arnprior into third place behind the Renfrew Timberwolves, who upset Perth and edged Metcalfe on the weekend. The win pulled Almonte within ďŹ ve points of Arnprior
and four behind suddenly slumping Stittsville, which holds down the Valley Divisionâ€™s ďŹ nal playoff spot. Almonte has two games in hand over Renfrew and one over Arnprior in the tight division race. The Packers blew an early two-goal lead in the loss to Almonte at the Stewart Community Arena in the annual Pakenham Frostfest game. Jeffrey Stanton scored just as a 5-on-3 power-play was ending to give Arnprior the lead at 14:20 of the ďŹ rst. Jared
EOJHL standings (Through Jan. 29, 2012)
Valley Division Team Perth Blue Wings Renfrew Timberwolves Arnprior Packers Stittsville Royals Almonte Thunder Shawville Pontiacs
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Steege scored 12 seconds later to put the Packers up 2-0. However, Almonteâ€™s Brandon Mendham tallied with two seconds left in the ďŹ rst period to get the Thunder back in the contest. Almonte continued the momentum in the second with two quick goals of their own, with Terry Mallon scoring at 4:05 and Liam Killeen at 5:27 to put the Thunder ahead 3-2. Steege, with his 35th goal in 34 games, tied the game for Arnprior at 4:14 of the third with an unassisted marker. Almonte responded with goals by Eric Langford and Nick Villeneuve on the power-play to put the Thunder up by two. Stanton set up Mark Shanks at 12:01 for the third to bring Arnprior within one, but thatâ€™s as close as they would get. Kyle Lamothe made 35 saves in the Packer net, while Dominic Plaschy had 32 saves for Bill Whiteâ€™s team. Almonteâ€™s female goalie Peyton Parker backed up Plaschy. Packer Patter: Arnprior has six games left, all against division rivals, as they try to nail down a playoff spot. The Packers continue their road string this Friday, Feb. 1 at 8 p.m. in Shawville, before embarking on a crucial homeand-home with Stittsville.
Bill Ryan subbed in for his brother, Gervais, for the ceremonial dropping of the puck last Friday evening to open the Pakenham Frost Festival and begin the Junior B hockey game between the Almonte Thunder and the Arnprior Packers. Taking the draw are Almonteâ€™s Kane Abbis-Mills and Arnpriorâ€™s Alex Serafini. Almonte won the game 5-4. Arnprior plays an afternoon game (2:30) in Stittsville this Sunday, Feb. 3, before hosting the Royals at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8. Stittsville, which was challenging for second in December, has lost four straight and six out of eight in January.
against arch-rival Renfrew, with the season ďŹ nale being Sunday, Feb. 17. Almonte blew a chance to move closer to a playoff spot when they lost 6-1 to Metro Division-leaders Ottawa Junior Canadians 6-1.
Arnprior has a 2-4 record so far this month. A game in Perth that was cancelled by bad weather earlier in the year has been rescheduled to Friday, Feb. 15. The game is sandwiched between two home games
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phone the Renfrew County Joint Transportation Consortium at 613-732-8419. 2. Bring your childâ€™s proof of age, immunization records, Ontario health card, home address and proof of Ontario residency to the school your child will be attending next fall during the registration period. Junior Kindergarten students must be four-years-old by Dec. 31, 2013. Senior Kindergarten students must be five-years-old by Dec. 31, 2013. Several RCDSB schools have full day, alternate day junior and senior Kindergarten programs. Visit www.renfrew.edu.on.ca or contact your school for further details.
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Lindsay Frechette of the Pakenham area sings O Canada prior to the Pakenham Frostfest game between the Arnprior Packers and Almonte Thunder. At right, Bill and Gervais Ryan were honoured during the opening ceremonies of Pakenham Frostfest last Friday for their many contributions to the winter carnival since it began at least 50 years ago. In a speech prior to the Junior B game, Bill Ryan noted that Gervais was one of the first to skate on the Stewart ice surface when it opened in 1975. He also said his brother was among a group that came up with the slogan on the Pakenham sign: â€œSomething of interest at any time of the year.â€? Looking over at the Arnprior Packers, who were getting ready to play Almonte Thunder in the annual Frostfest game, Ryan pointed out that their coach, Barry Melanson, then a Grade 5 student at Pakenham school, came up with the name Frost Festival when the carnival organizers held a renaming contest in the 1970s.
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67s to visit Arnprior Saturday
With numerous local families spending countless hours travelling to and from hockey rinks, CAA North & East Ontario is reminding all motorists to drive safely during and after the hockey season.
Two golds for local wrestlers
"REAKFAST WITH Mayor Reid, Mayor Campbell, and Eric Hanna, the CEO from the Arnprior & District Memorial Hospital Mayor Reid and Campbell will speak to us on what was accomplished in 2012 and what is up and coming in 2013 Eric Hanna will speak about strategic directions for Arnprior Regional Health
Arnprior wrestler Alex Boileau earns his first win by pinning his opponent in a tournament in Renfrew. some medals. The highlight for everyone on the team, including coach Kevin Mayhew, was seeing Alex Boileau wrestling in his first tournament pin his opponent for his first win. The high school wrestlers are now gearing up for EOSSAA Feb. 19 in Kingston and OFSAA March 6-7 in Guelph. On the club side, the wrestlers have provincials in St. Catherineâ€™s for 14-to-17-year-
olds on Feb. 2 and 3 and the Renfrew Rumble on Feb. 16. Joining the club members at the â€˜Rumbleâ€™ will be members of the Walter Zadow Public School wrestling team. To help with the costs of these tournaments, as well as club costs, the team will be hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, Feb. 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre during the Fitzroy Winter Carnival. R0011892758
EMC sports â€“ Members of the Arnprior High school team competed at the National Capital Wrestling Festival on Jan. 19, winning two golds. Rebecca Dolan wrestled a girl from the Pontiac and won her match in three rounds, securing the gold medal. John Dolan was in a weight class of four. He wrestled well and was winning his first match until a slight mistake on a move cost him the victory. He lost his second match and was injured as well, so was unable to continue for his last match. Darren Mayhew was in bracket of eight wrestlers. His first match was against a wrestler who had beaten him in Renfrew in December. This time Darren came out on top after three rounds. Darren went on to win his next two matches to finish in first place. Prior to this tournament, Arnprior wrestlers competed in Renfrew and Kingston with some great matches, which resulted in them bringing home
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EMC sports â€“ The Ottawa 67s are coming to town. And theyâ€™re bringing free hockey tickets with them. Players from the Ontario Hockey League team will be at the Nick Smith Centre this Saturday, Feb. 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to practice and skate with young hockey players. While the 67s are having a rough season, they still have several top-notch players, including Sean Monahan, the high-scoring centre who is expected to be among the top three taken in this yearâ€™s National Hockey League amateur draft. The Arnprior Minor Hockey Association is hosting the joint event with the 67s. Players from the Renfrew Minor Hockey Association are also invited. The 67s players are holding a practice at the Nick Smith Centre from 11 a.m. to noon, then will skate with the AMHAâ€™s youngest players from the Initiation Program from noon to 1 p.m.
The players will also be signing autographs for all in attendance. Admission is free and first 100 people to attend will get two free 67s tickets. One of the sponsors of the event is CAA North & East Ontario, which said in a news release that it is â€œpleased to be able to give back to the local community by providing young hockey players with the chance to fuel their dreams at an Ottawa 67â€™s community practice this weekend in Arnprior.â€? â€œGiving back to the communities we serve through our corporate community partnerships is of fundamental importance to CAA North & East Ontario,â€? said the companyâ€™s director of marketing Todd Beavis. â€œWe are extremely pleased to be able to partner with the Ottawa 67â€™s and help encourage the hockey dreams and ambitions of these young players.â€? It is the third consecutive year that CAA has partnered with the Ottawa 67â€™s. The auto club was recently a sponsor of the â€˜Hardest Working Player Programâ€™ in collaboration with the local OHL team.
Where: The Legion When: Tuesday February 19th, 2013 Cost: $12.00/Person Doors Open at 7:00am Breakfast will begin at 7:30am Please confirm attendance no later than February 14th, 2013 by email, or by calling the GACC office at 613-623-6817.
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McNab-Braeside aims for new archery program Sherry Haaima Sherry.firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC sports - Cupid won’t be the only one bearing a bow and arrow this Valentine’s Day. The Township of McNab-Braeside is rolling out a brand new family archery program with Feb. 14 set as the first session at the Braeside RA Centre. No advance knowledge is required, explains McNab-Braeside recreation director Geoff Patterson, as qualified instructors will be on hand
with all the knowledge and equipment required to get started. The program has been designed as a 10week trial course of archery and is an ideal activity for families, said Patterson at the Jan. 22 council meeting. “We can accommodate any age group,” said Patterson, “but if there are children between four and eight years old we want a guardian on site.” Instructors can offer all levels of training so it’s not just beginners who might be interested
in the course, said Patterson. “It’s not just for novice but for intermediate level as well,” said Patterson. Archery will run Thursdays at 7 p.m. at the RA centre. “Cost for the program initially will be $30 for 10 weeks then we will look at success of it,” said Patterson. To register, individuals are asked to call or drop into the township office. The program’s being offered on a first-come,
first-serve basis, so those interested are advised to sign up soon. There is only so much equipment to go around, so a cap will be put on participation, said Patterson. The idea to offer the program came about as a response to public input. “We put out word of what potential programs we could offer and we had a strong response to archery,” said Patterson. “It’s what the people want.”
TOWN OF ANRPRIOR NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Application for Consent IN THE MATTER of Section 53, Chapter P.13 of The Planning Act, R.S.O. 1990; and IN THE MATTER of an application for consent with respect to the following: Owner: Location:
Blair and Elizabeth Campbell 400 Division Street Legally described as Part Lot 5, Concession A
Purpose and Effect of Consent Application: The purpose of the application is to sever part of Lot 5, Concession A, to add lands to Block 141, Plan 49M-31, for future residential subdivision development. The property to be retained contains agricultural buildings. The lands to be severed are vacant. The application for severance proposes to sever a rectangular area of approximately 2.56 hectares with 20m of frontage on the temporary turning circle of Stonehaven Way and a lot depth of 412 metres. The retained portion will comprise of the remainder of the agricultural parcel, being 29.27 hectares. The effect of the proposed severance is the division of the existing property to add to lands to be developed as a residential subdivision. TAKE NOTICE THAT the consent application will be heard by the Committee of Adjustment for the Town of Arnprior on Wednesday, February 20, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in the Council Chambers, Arnprior Town Hall, 105 Elgin Street West, Arnprior, ON. A key plan is attached. Application B1/13 and additional related information are available in the Planning office for inspection during regular office hours. You are entitled to attend this Public Hearing in person to express your views about the application or you may be represented by Counsel for this purpose. If you wish to make written comments on this application, they may be forwarded to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Committee of Adjustment at the address below. If you do not attend the hearing, it may proceed in your absence. If you wish to be notified of the decision of the Town of Arnprior Committee of Adjustment in respect of the proposed consent, you must make a written request to the Town of Arnprior Committee of Adjustment. If a person or public body that files an appeal of a decision of the Town of Arnprior Committee of Adjustment in respect of the proposed consent does not make a written submission to the Town of Arnprior Committee of Adjustment before it gives or refuses to give a provisional consent, the Ontario Municipal Board may dismiss the appeal. KEY PLAN:
Dated this 31st day of January, 2013. Robin Smith, ACST Secretary-Treasurer Committee of Adjustment Town of Arnprior 105 Elgin Street West ARNPRIOR ON K7S 0A8 Tel: (613) 623-4231 email@example.com Tel. (613)623-4231
Town holds bonspiel John Wahay Arnprior Curling Club
EMC sports – The Arnprior Curling Club held its annual Casual Curl Bonspiel on Jan. 26-27. The bonspiel is held yearly to allow novice or inexperienced participants to try out the sport of curling. There were 22 teams entered forming three draws. The event is intended for participants to have fun, as teams such as the White Lake Fire Station’s Fire on Ice did. The event finished with a supper and award-
ing of prizes INTERNATIONAL WIN
The Arnprior Curling Club team of Doug Johnston, Joe Ferrari, Dave Chesworth and Dale Evenson won the Quebec International Challenge in Quebec City on Saturday. The Bonspiel is celebrating its 100th year and this is the first time that an Arnprior team has taken first place. The spiel had 84 entries. More pictures and details will follow when the team returns home.
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Fire on Ice, a team from the White Lake Fire Station entered the Arnprior Curling Club’s Casual Spiel on the weekend. Finishing second in their draw, from left, are Karen Barsoski, Kevin Nicholson, Alex Nagrodski and Jay Roberston.
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Slalom magic at the Peaks Calabogie Ski Racing Club member Thys Blok of White Lake rips down the slalom course during the first U10 race of the season at Calabogie Peaks. He finished 15th, despite completing only one of two runs. SUBMITTED/LEE NARRAWAY
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING In the matter of Sections 17 and 34 of the Planning Act, the Town of Arnprior hereby gives NOTICE OF THE FOLLOWING: o A public meeting to allow the public to make representations to Council regarding a proposed Ofﬁcial Plan Amendment and Implementing Zoning By-law Amendment for 394 Madawaska Boulevard and Part of Lot 2, Conc. C and Part of Lot 1, Conc. C and D Subject Lands The Town of Arnprior has received application No. 18 for an amendment to the Town’s Ofﬁcial Plan and implementing zoning by-law for the lands municipally known as 394 Madawaska Blvd, and described as Part 2 on Plan 49R-12671, Part of Lot 2, Conc. C and Part of Lot 1, Conc. C and D, Town of Arnprior as shown on the attached Key Map. Public Meeting A public meeting to allow the public to make representations to Council regarding the proposed Ofﬁcial Plan Amendment and implementing Zoning By-law Amendment will be held on Monday, February 25th, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Town Hall, 105 Elgin Street West, Arnprior ON. PURPOSE AND EFFECT OF THE AMENDMENTS Effect of Ofﬁcial Plan Amendment – The proposed Ofﬁcial Plan amendment would re-designate the subject lands from “Highway Commercial” and “Industrial” to “Highway Commercial” and “Residential” to allow for the development of commercial retail space and residential housing units.
Local ski racers rally after icy day on slopes EMC sports – It was a weekend of heartbreak and glory for the U12 Calabogie ski racers. The team kicked off their race schedule with back-to-back events, a Slalom at Camp Fortune, Quebec Jan. 26 and a Giant Slalom (GS) Jan. 27 at Calabogie Peaks. In the Slalom race, only three racers out of the 11 finished two clean runs. Sam Alexander of Carp pulled off a fifth-place finish, and Owen Barr of Carp and Ryan Geddie of Kanata pulled off some nice turns to complete both runs. But despite some incredible skiing, the sheer ice defeated the rest of the team, with the other racers blowing out of the course on one or both runs. The team came back ready for redemption the following day. Calabogie Peaks hosted the GS, so the athletes were pumped for some home hill action. The finish corral was full of smiles, as every racer skied a solid race and completed both runs. For the girls, Alyssa Steggall of Stittsville initiated the glory by earning a fourth-place ribbon with two flawless runs. Fellow racers Annabel Wight of Kanata and Tess Schreider of Kingston skied well to come in 50th and 55th respectively. The boys then cleaned up the course, with a triple podium finish. Brothers Jack and Sam Alexander of Carp pulled off a stunning coincidence – they tied their first run at exactly 40:07 seconds, then on the second run, Jack edged Sam by only 1/100th of a second. Jack earned himself a silver medal, Sam a
bronze, and Tyler Lefebvre of Calabogie completed the trio’s success by speeding in to snag a fifth-place ribbon. Sean Swayze of Braeside skied magnificently, and was sitting in second following his first run, but did not finish the second. Zach Wroe of Burnstown skied two solid runs for 12th, Connor Allen of Manotick was 21st, Owen Barr of Carp 32nd and Ryan Geddie of Kanata 52nd. U14 RACERS
The U14 racers have been gathering excellent results as well. In a Slalom at Vorlage, Quebec Jan. 19, Sophia Tan of Kanata carved quickly to finish in eighth, Jenna Wissing of Kanata was 22nd, Lauren Ferguson of Carp 27th, Alexandra Kerr of Kemptville 37th, Emma Schreider of Kingston 38th, and Jessica Earle 41st. The boys skied hard too, with Sam Duff of Pembroke picking up a fourth-place ribbon, and Travis Reid of Kingston close behind in seventh. Alex Duff of Pembroke did not complete his first run, but rallied on the second. Connor and Liam Maclean of Manotick skied to 48th and 49th. The U10s and U12s will see more action Feb. 1-3 when they travel to Le Relais in Quebec City. Meanwhile, the U14s are gearing up for speed camp at Calabogie Feb. 6-8, followed by a GS race at the Peaks Feb. 9. The U16s will be at Mont Cascades for a Slalom Feb. 9 and back home at Calabogie for a GS Feb. 10.
Additional information regarding the applications is available for inspection at the Town municipal ofﬁces during regular ofﬁce hours or by contacting Robin Smith, Town Planner, at 613-623-4231 ext. 223 or firstname.lastname@example.org. If a person or public body does not make oral submissions at a public meeting or make written submissions to the Town of Arnprior before the Town adopts the proposed Ofﬁcial Plan Amendment: the person or public body is not entitled to appeal the decision of the County of Renfrew, to the Ontario Municipal Board; or 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 add the person or the public body as a party. 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, or for further information, you must make a written request to: Maureen Spratt, Clerk, Town of Arnprior, 105 Elgin Street West, Arnprior, Ontario K7S 0A8. NOTE: One of the purposes of the Planning Act is to provide for planning processes that are open, accessible, timely and efﬁcient. Accordingly, all written submissions, documents, correspondence, e-mails or other communications (including your name and address) form part of the public record and will be disclosed/made available by the Municipality to such persons as the Municipality sees ﬁt, including anyone requesting such information. Accordingly, in providing such information, you shall be deemed to have consented to its use and disclosure as part of the planning process. Key Map: Dated at the Town of Arnprior this 31st day of January, 2013. Maureen Spratt, Clerk Town of Arnprior
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Sean Swayze of Braeside on a magnificent run down the Giant Slalom course.
Effect of Zoning By-law Amendment – The proposed zoning amendment would rezone the lands from “General Industrial (GM)” to “Highway Commercial – Exception - holding (HC-E-h)” and “Residential Reserve (RR)” and from “Highway Commercial Exception Two (HC-E2)” and “Highway Commercial (HC)” to “Residential Reserve (RR)”, respectively. The HC-E exception would permit a shopping plaza as an additional permitted use for the site, while the holding (-h) symbol on the HC-E zoning will prohibit development of the lands pursuant to certain conditions being met to the Town’s satisfaction. The RR zone indicates that the lands will be developed residentially in the future, however further approvals will be required prior to any development occurring.
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Good eggs, good meat, good God, letâ€™s eat Busy in the kitchen at the Nick Smith Centre Jan. 19 at the annual Arnprior Optimist Winter Carnival shanty breakfast were the cooks, servers and bottle-washers, from left, Chris Herrick, John Unrau, Chris Caerby, Darron England, Stuart Greene, Dan Perfitt and Ed Murphy.
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The annual Pakenham Frost Festival was a frosty success with perfect weather for a number of events including the snowmobile rally on Jan. 26. At top left Jim Ferguson and Kevin Oâ€™Neill from Almonte before they took off to Calabogie and White Lake. Above Keith and Dawson Briscoe enjoyed some pancakes during the breakfast. At left Megan and Delaney Ziebarth entertained during the Frost Festival Breakfast on Jan. 26.
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Sparty visits the good readers at AJ Charbonneau JoAnn Pecaskieâ€™s Grade 2 class at A.J. Charbonneau earned a visit from the Ottawa Senators mascot Spartacat and a pizza lunch Monday because they read 520 books in December. Helping Sparty give a cheer that NHL hockey is back, from left in front, are Danica Hassen, Johnny McBride, Jonathan Borsato, Daniel LeBlanc, Louise Stonham, Anna McMaster, William Scott, Dakota Reitsma, Gracie Bradley and Charlie Flowers, and in back: Thomas Peebles, Owen Parkhurst, Lilly Sears-Cunningham, Dayna Liebig, Rainna Morgan, Caeden Adam, Ruby Brintnell and Logan Albertini. Spartacatâ€™s visit to A.J. Charbonneau was part of the Read to Succeed program, which assists teachers to emphasize to students the importance of reading. Classes submit the number of books they have read each month and can win the visit and pizza lunch. The list includes shared reading, library, take-home, literacy and read-aloud books. The program is run in partnership with the Sens Foundation.
Spartacat signs autographs for the students and gives out Sparty cards during his visit. He also help read out Marty Sedermanâ€™s Casey and Derek on the Ice, one of many hockey books the students are reading this term. â€œThey are good stories and have great messages,â€? said teacher JoAnn Pecaskie. Sparty also signed studentsâ€™ hockey sweaters. The visit was one of five second-place prizes given out in a draw for the Read to Succeed program. The online Sens@School program works in a variety of areas with local students from Grades 1 to 6.
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Results announced from OPP survey EMC news - During the early months of 2012, citizens from across the province were randomly selected and asked to participate in a survey to measure public opinion about the services the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) delivers to communities throughout the province. The results of the Community Satisfaction Survey have been reviewed, and results of the publicâ€™s opinion of the OPPâ€™s service have been announced. The survey revealed that over 95.8 per cent of Ontarians feel â€˜safeâ€™ or â€˜very safeâ€™ in their communities. A majority of respondents indicated that they feel safe when travelling on Ontarioâ€™s provincial highways, and that they were satisfied with the visibility of the OPPâ€™s marine and ATV patrols.
cent said they would never do it, and 24 per cent said they were â€˜not likelyâ€™ to do it. Three percent said they do it all the time. On average, respondents living in areas primarily policed by the OPP and receiving all police services were â€˜satisfiedâ€™ or â€˜very satisfiedâ€™ with the services provided by the OPP. The information that was collected from the public will be useful in helping the OPP set goals and objectives to improve on the services it delivers to communities throughout Ontario. The surveys are done throughout the province annually, and further surveys will be conducted again during the Spring of 2013. To view the survey go to: http://www.opp. ca/media/2012_Provincial_Report_Final_ EN_August_28_2012.pdf. NEW SURVEY?
Some local resident report receiving calls this month asking them questions about the OPP. That has generated some suspicion as the 2013 survey is not scheduled to begin until the spring.
No place to unload an ice shack An ice shack hit a bump on the road on its way to the Ottawa River last Friday when it fell off a trailer near Anderson Heating on River Road.
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Jan 31 @ 5:00 pm Special Committee Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm Special Council Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm Council Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm Committee of the Whole All meetings held in the Council Chambers (3131 Old Perth Road) unless otherwise indicated.
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NAMING OF AUDITORIUM IN HONOUR OF RON CARON The Council of the Town of Mississippi Mills will consider naming the auditorium at Almonte Old Town Hall â€œThe Ron Caron Auditoriumâ€? in honour of Mr. Caronâ€™s many volunteer contributions to the building and the Town. The motion was endorsed by the Almonte Old Town Hall Advisory $PNNJUUFF BOE $PNNVOJUZ &DPOPNJD Development Committee. The motion will be considered at the Council meeting on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, 3131 Old Perth Road. For more information contact the Acting 5PXO$MFSLBUrtremblay@mississippimills.ca or CZDBMMJOHFYU
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Servicesâ€? will be received by Rob Tremblay, Acting 5PXO$MFSLBUUIF 5PXOPG.JTTJTTJQQJ.JMMT.VOJDJQBM0ĂłDF 3131 Old Perth Road, "MNPOUF 0/,"" until 12:00 noon local time, Friday, February 1, 2013 Quote documents may be obtained from the .VOJDJQBM 0ĂłDF BU UIF BCPWF BEESFTT PS downloaded at www.mississippimills.ca. Quotes will be publicly opened at 12:15 p.m. local time, Friday, February 1, 2013, in the Committee 3PPN .VOJDJQBM 0ĂłDF 0ME 1FSUI 3PBE RR 2, Almonte. The lowest or any quotes will not necessarily be accepted. For further information, please contact Rob 5SFNCMBZ "DUJOH5PXO$MFSLBUFYU 226.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS PROFESSIONAL (ARCHITECTURAL / ENGINEERING) SERVICES FOR RENOVATIONS AT THE STEWART COMMUNITY CENTRE, PAKENHAM Deadline for submissions is noon on Wednesday, February 6, 2013. Copies of the RFP providing additional information can be located on the Townâ€™s website www.mississippimills.ca. Any firms interested in submitting a proposal are requested to notify Diane Smithson, Chief "ENJOJTUSBUJWF 0ĂłDFS CZ FNBJM BU dsmithson@ mississippimills.ca in case any addendums to the RFP are issued.
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A shed caught fire last Friday afternoon on Van Dusen Drive on the outskirts of Arnprior. Fire, police and ambulance officials attended, but not one was hurt in the blaze. JOHN CARTER/METROLAND
Nick Xidous of the John Street Pub on John Street presents $450 to Ken Scissons, who lost his house on McGonigal Street to fire just before Christmas. Scissons will share the contribution with tenants who lost their homes and belongings in the fire. The donation is one of many as the community rallied behind the fire victims. The John Street Pub donated money earned as a cover charge on an evening last week to the cause. The Pub is expecting a busy weekend throwing an Ultimate Fighting Championship party Saturday and a Super Bowl party Sunday.
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The Arnprior Fire Department was called out twice on the weekend. On Saturday evening firefighters attended a call about an electrical line to a home in the Harriet Street area shorting out and threatening to cause a fire. Early Sunday evening, firefighters attended a grease fire in an oven in a home on Ida Street. The fire was contained to inside the stove because the woman in the home had the good sense not to open the oven door, Okum noted. The fire started when splatterings in the oven started on fire, which shows you should keep your oven clean, said the chief.
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EMC news - Delegates had to pay $499 to register for last Saturday’s Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention, but Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke delegates say they got their money’s worth. Eleven of the riding’s 16 delegates supported Don Valley West MPP Kathleen Wynne, who visited the riding Jan. 12 in Cobden, where she met delegates, other Liberal Party supporters and teachers. Sandra Pupatello of Windsor led by two votes on the first ballot of Saturday’s convention at Toronto’s former Maple Leaf Gardens, but that wasn’t exactly what the former MPP needed to fortify her position in the four-male, two-female race. When former RenfrewNipissing-Pembroke Liberal MPP Sean Conway saw the first vote count, he knew Pupatello, whom he was supporting, was in trouble. Pupatello still led on the second ballot, 817-750, but with most other candidates’ supporters moving to the camp of contender Kathleen Wynne, it was soon game over. The sixth leadership convention for Conway in 40 years turned out to be one of the most exciting, but with some disappointment. “When I saw that result (after the first ballot), to me it was over,” said Conway. “I thought she needed to be 75 to 100 ahead if she was going to go on to win,” he said. And he was right. Candidate Harinder Takhar joined Pupatello’s camp, but it wasn’t enough. Wynne, who garnered most of the votes from the camps of candidates Charles Sousa,
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Kathleen Wynne enjoys centre stage after winning the Ontario Liberal Party leadership convention in Toronto. Next to her is former MPP Sandra Pupatello, who led after the first ballot but lost to Wynne on the third ballot. COURTESY DEREK NIGHBOR
At left: Voting delegates at Saturday’s Ontario Liberal leadership convention included, from left, Maggie Conway (former local MPP Sean Conway’s niece) of Toronto, Barry Robinson of Beachburg, Meredith Caplan Jamieson of Bonnechere Valley, daughter Sadie, and Pembroke native Derek Nighbor, who lives in Toronto.
Gerard Kennedy and Eric Hoskins, prevailed 1,150-866 on the third ballot, setting the stage for the swearing in of the 59-year-old as premier. While she’ll also be Ontario’s first-ever female premier,
there are already five other female provincial premiers now serving in Canada. In retrospect, Conway says Pupatello’s campaign was hurt because she didn’t hold a seat at Queen’s Park and perhaps
because she’d been too adversarial with NDP leader Andrea Horvath, the most popular of the three party leaders in recent public opinion polls. Pupatello, who was elected to office in four consecu-
tive terms, didn’t run in 2011 when she chose to work in the private sector. Wynne received substantial support from rural delegates and has indicated she will be her own agriculture and rural affairs minister. For Renfrew-NipissingPembroke delegates, it was an exciting weekend. Meredith Caplan Jamieson, whose brother David and mother Elinor were both
elected members of provincial and/or federal parliament, called this her most exciting of three provincial conventions, following the 1992 Lyn McLeod and 1996 Dalton McGuinty conventions. “This was my favourite convention ever, by far,” said Jamieson, who has also voted in federal Liberal conventions. “It was just so exciting on so many levels.” The choice will also bode well for Liberals, she predicted. “I think we were smart to vote for someone who’s a strong, compassionate, fun leader,” said Jamieson, noting that voters also took less stock in Wynne’s status as a lesbian than the media did. “That’s the amazing thing about Kathleen. She always exceeds expectations,” she added, alluding to how she trounced then-Conservative Party leader John Tory in the 2007 election in Don Valley West. Derek Nighbor of Pembroke, who lost by a few hundred seats to Conservative John Yakabuski in 2003, wasn’t sure if the Liberal Party was ready to elect a lesbian leader. In fact, the Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke delegate was thinking Wynne was headed to a second-place finish before the weekend began. Hoarse and exhausted afterwards, Nighbor said, “I knew she was the best person for the job, but I wasn’t sure if the Liberal Party was bold enough to make that decision.” In the end, Nighbor says two factors ruled the day. One, Wynne had the best-organized campaign. Two, she was a superb candidate. See WYNNE, page 33
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EMC news – Newly-elected Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne is trying to arrange a meeting with disgruntled public school teachers in the hope they will resume participating in extra-curriculars. Wynne, a former provincial education minister and school trustee, said this week after winning the Liberal leadership that extra-curriculars are an important part of student learning and having them resumed is a high priority for her. In a news release, the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO) welcomed the election of Wynne and expressed hope that discussions can begin to help end the “chaos” in schools created by Bill 115.
“We hope that Premier Wynne will govern in the best interests of working people in Ontario and restore the democratic values that have shaped this province,” said ETFO President Sam Hammond. “We would like to meet with Premier Wynne to begin to restore democracy and resolve ongoing issues in our schools through respectful discussions,” he added. “The sooner we can meet with the premier, the sooner we can work together to try and bring peace and stability back to our schools.” Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Ontario President Fred Hahn said Wynne should end the Liberal government’s attacks on workers’ democratic rights
to free collective bargaining and impartial contract arbitration. “The Liberal government created an unnecessary crisis by using Bill 115 to attack the collective bargaining rights of school board workers,” said Hahn. “Their legislation was a disaster, making collective bargaining all but impossible.”Busloads of teachers and CUPE members came from every corner of the province to march in front of the Liberal leadership convention at Maple Leaf Gardens. Public school teacher organizations have been urging their members to shun extra-curriculars as a protest to the provincial government’s Bill 115. That anger acceler-
ated when Education Minister Laurel Broten imposed new contracts Jan. 2 on teachers who had not reached deals with their school boards. There have been some scattered extra-curricular activities happening in local schools, but most sports, music, theatre and ﬁeld trips have been curtailed. Meanwhile, an elementary teachers’ after-school protest rally scheduled Wednesday for Madawaska Boulevard in the area of East Side Mario’s was cancelled because of predictions of bad weather. It marks the second straight week the ‘political protest’ has been derailed because of the weather. No alternate date has been announced.
the challenges and opportunities that Ontario’s school boards face today,” said OCSTA president, Marino Gazzola. “When Ms. Wynne was Minister of Education this association appreciated her support and attention to the priorities and needs of Catholic schools. “OCSTA looks forward to working with Premier-designate Wynne and her cabinet to address the issues affecting the quality of K-12 education today. We also hope to begin working towards new and inspiring goals that address 21st century learning opportunities and support the holistic development of every student in this province.”
However, several Arnprior area teachers took part in a Renfrew teachers rally Jan. 22 and others attended the Toronto rally outside the Liberal leadership convention. Extra-curricular activities in Catholic schools are continuing. However, their high schools sports teams no longer have their public school counterparts to play, so their seasons have been affected too. The Ontario Catholic School Trustees’ Association (OCSTA) congratulated Wynne for her election as the new premier. “As a former school trustee for the largest school board in Canada, Premier-designate Kathleen Wynne understands
Wynne to be province’s first-ever female premier Before Premier McGuinty prorogued Parliament last fall, Nighbor says Queen’s Park was in shambles, with shouting, yelling and a lack of desire to make the legislature work. Nighbor, who predicts Wynne is going to be a great leader, still wonders if the opposition parties won’t try to force an early election. “I just hope the opposition comes to the table and makes (this Parliament) work,” said Nighbor. “It was totally exhilarating, and it made me very proud to be a Liberal,” said Le Passe resident and local delegate Gail Richardson of the convention. A long-time Liberal Party activist who missed being elected to provincial ofﬁce by a few hundred votes in Markham more than 25 years ago, Richardson called Wynne exceptional and straightforward. “She gets to the point. She’s very smart. And she’s personable. All in all, I think we’re in for some good solid Liberal government.” Richardson’s husband, Izett McBride, was also a Wynne supporter. McBride, who has spoken to Wynne at different confer-
ences or conventions, is impressed by her focus, energy, and willingness to discuss issues. “I think it’s been a great day for democracy and humankind in Ontario,” added McBride. Tom Adamchick, president of the local federal Liberal Party Association, didn’t attend the convention. But he liked his party’s choice for leader. “I was thrilled,” said the Lake Dore resident. “I really thought she had a speech that hit all the points that we’d be expecting from a leader in Ontario at this point in history.” Other delegates enjoying Wynne’s triumph came from the same Hurds Lake family — Kevin Dunbar, partner Wendy Smith and daughter Rebecca. “It was actually pretty exciting and empowering because living in Renfrew County your vote never counts,” said Dunbar. But this time, he says local delegates not only helped pick the Liberal Party’s new leader, but the next premier. “I’m hoping she ﬁxes things,” said Dunbar, whose convention highlights included meeting comedian and political critic Rick Mercer of
CBC’s Rick Mercer Report. A retired teacher, Dunbar said Wynne has to do something about teacher disgruntlement and the province’s deﬁcit. While Dunbar calls himself a “reluctant Liberal,” he says Conservative leader Tim Hudak’s suggestions for edu-
cational reform and deﬁcitreduction leave much to be desired. Even with Wynne’s victory, former MPP Conway says the Liberals have their work cut out for them, partly because of their recent decision to impose teacher contracts through Bill 115.
“She has a lot of experience in government. She knows how government works. She knows how to bring consensus. And she has a really high energy level.”
After teachers protested in large numbers in front of Saturday’s convention at the former Maple Leaf Gardens, Liberal supporters say something needs to be done to address their concerns. And Wynne may be just the person to handle the job, says Conway.
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Mary’s fears came to life under the cloak of night
EMC lifestyle - When winter had socked in around us out in Renfrew County, I developed a whole new collection of fears, which oddly only occurred at night. In the daytime, I loved the look of the wide-open ﬁelds deep in the whitest snow, the West Hill where we slid on makeshift toboggans, and the sounds of the sleigh bells as the horses pulled us along the Northcote Side Road. But when night wrapped around us, and we were bedded down upstairs, childish fears settled in, and I often had trouble ﬁnding sleep. I wondered if either of Mother’s predictions would
come true while we were fast asleep in our beds. Mother, fearful of the raging Findlay Oval that had to be stoked every night by Father, was sure that the whole house would go up in ﬂames and we would all be, as she said “fried in our beds.” She based her fear on the fact that during the winter, we could count on at least two or three ﬂue ﬁres. These didn’t seem to bother Father in the least. When the pipes turned red, he would simply take his time rising from his spot in the rocking chair, casually walk over to the bake cupboard, take out a bag of course salt, pour a good
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portion into a soup bowl, and then with his winter mitts on, he would miraculously separate the stove pipe where two pieces joined, slip in the bowl of salt, and go back to reading the Ottawa Farm Journal. It worked every time, but Mother was sure that one time it wouldn’t, or that the ﬂue ﬁre would happen when we were fast asleep. Father assured her that as the night wore on the ﬁre would go down in the Findlay Oval. But that did little to put Mother’s mind at ease, and, of course, I carried the fear right upstairs to my bed which I shared with my sister Audrey. If Mother wasn’t worrying about the ﬁre taking us all during the night, she was worried that we could easily freeze in our beds.
The old log home, it seemed, was in a constant state of deep freeze. Even though Father, when the snow had come to stay, packed snow all around the foundation of the house, supposedly to keep out the drafts, it did little. Even the many braided rugs Mother put everywhere she could, including ones rolled up and put along the outside doors, we couldn’t keep out the cold night air. When we sat around the kitchen table at night, each of us had our own cushion to rest our feet on, and crudely-made felt slippers and heavy socks helped little. However, the cold in the kitchen was nothing compared to the cold upstairs! There was no insulation in the peaked ceiling, and all winter, hoar frost appeared all along
the boards. As soon as your feet hit the top step, day or night, you could see your breath. Even the contents of the chamber pot under our bed would be frozen in the morning. Mother tried to warm our beds before we plunged between the feather mattress and the top ticking, by putting in hot bricks wrapped in The Renfrew Mercury, but they soon chilled and did nothing to keep our feet warm. It wasn’t unusual for me to wear my long underwear under my ﬂannelette pyjamas. But it was the night noises of winter that really terriﬁed me. Wildlife surrounded the farm. Wolves howled at night, and their eerie wails terriﬁed me. I prayed that Father had secured the barn doors tightly, and that our sheep would be safe. If it wasn’t the wolves, it was the coyotes, which my brother Emerson said were one and the same as the wolves. He added to my worry by telling me he knew for a fact that
they could wipe out a whole chicken coop in one night! And just as I tried to put all my night fears behind me, there would be a thunderous crack! The old log house would shudder, and I would lay there waiting for another blast of frost that would cause the timbers to respond to the bitter cold. Even my sister Audrey assuring me that the noise wasn’t someone trying to break down our door did little to console me. Eventually I would fall asleep, having prayed loud and long that a higher being would keep us safe during the night; safe from going up in smoke in our beds, safe from neighbours discovering our frozen bodies when we didn’t show up at the Northcote School, and safe from the night creatures and sounds that surrounded our old log house in Renfrew County. And then in the morning, I would again see the wonders of winter, and all would once again be right in my world.
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EMC Events - At the Arnprior-Braeside-McNab Seniors At Home’s Italian Night Buffet on Jan. 23 at East Side Mario’s, the entertainment is provided by Seniors at Home executive director Dennis Harrington, left, on the fiddle, Rob Jamieson on the keyboard and Guy Jamieson, on the guitar. The Jamieson father and son team entertain throughout the valley and beyond and are especially in demand around Robbie Burns day. Seniors at Home thank the staff of East Side Mario’s and all those who attended for the fun-filled evening.
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EMC Events - Renfrew South District Womenâ€™s Institute celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. One of the projects introduced at the District directorsâ€™ meeting recently was the creation of the website rsdwi.ca. Members throughout the district now have immediate access to the latest projects and policies at the local, provincial and international levels. Visitors are welcomed to the site to see what WI is all about. A presentation of $500 was made to Karen Maxwell, chair of the Renfrew and Area Health Village physicians recruitment fundraising committee, by the Renfrew South District Womenâ€™s Institute. In front, from left, are Carole Campbell of White Lake, WI president Marg MacKenzie, Pauline Hughes and Maxwell of the physicians recruitment committee, treasurer Jane Fain, and Tweedsmuir history curator Sara MacKenzie; and in back are secretary Ellen Martin, Gail Reid (Balsam HillHorton), Bev MacLean (Burnstown), Irene Robillard (Burnstown), and vice-presidents Joanne Macdonald and Jo-Anne Camelon. Ann McGregor (Lochwinnoch) is missing from the photo. A similar contribution was made to the Arnprior Hospital Digital Mammography Unit.
Lots of fun, activities experienced this month at Arnprior legion Janet Tobio Arnprior Legion
Day theme. The schools submitted the entries to the Legion, which arranged for independent qualiďŹ ed judges. Then the ďŹ rst- and secondplace winners were sent to the Legion Zone for judging at that level. STUDENT AWARDS
Last Sunday the Legion held an awards afternoon for all the winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place in Arnprior) and their families. Twenty-one students received certiďŹ cates, medals and a little cash for their efforts. Approximately 80 enjoyed a light lunch of delicious ďŹ nger foods prepared by the Legion catering staff. The Youth Education Com-
mittee is now getting ready to hold a Public Speaking Competition on Feb. 24 at the Legion and expect an interesting afternoon of some very talented speakers from Grade 1 to 12. More to follow. Friday nightâ€™s dinner Feb. 8 will be a quarter BBQ chicken. Note the new times for Saturday morning breakfasts will be 8 to 10 a.m. See you and the family there on Feb. 23. If youâ€™re looking for a hall for a wedding or just a few hours for a meeting or party, the Legion has a few openings. The rental agreement has been revamped and will be of deďŹ nite interest to you. Letâ€™s hope for a little warmer weather. Until then, keep healthy and stay warm
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EMC lifestyle â€“ Another busy month at the Arnprior Legion, and one really cold one. This weather is really playing havoc with this old building. The poor furnace is working over-time and still canâ€™t keep the whole building warm. True blue friends and members come in anyway for some comradeship and discussion, mostly about the weather these days. Or the fun and entertainment thatâ€™s been happening Friday nights and every second Saturday. They had some great meals this month. What a nice treat of simple meat loaf for Fri-
dayâ€™s dinner and a well-attended super breakfast last Saturday. It seems, perhaps, the community groups in the area are starting to work around each otherâ€™s events so all the fundraising meals and dances/parties arenâ€™t on the same day. This helps attendance for all the groups. The public, including members from each organization, are able to attend and support more events and so support each other. Thatâ€™s what Arnpriorâ€™s all about. Support. Back in November, all the students in the area were busy making posters, both colour and black and white, for the annual Legion contest. They also submitted essays and poems, all with a Remembrance
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