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Provisional yes for quarry Planner recommends five changes Sherry Haaima Sherry.email@example.com
It’s CHEO Telethon weekend, remind Pineridge kids. – Page 15
It’s been 400 years since Champlain came up the Ottawa River. – Page 33
EMC news – The township planner has recommended McNab-Braeside approve a Miller Group proposal to expand its Braeside quarry and add a temporary asphalt plant so long as several changes are made to the proposal. Renfrew County planner Bruce Howarth delivered his report and recommendations at a special planning advisory committee meeting Monday with council and representatives from provincial ministries of Natural Resources and Environment. “I have recommended some small changes to them, but ultimately the end result is that the Official Plan amendment be approved to permit the asphalt plant. My recommendation is council proceed with making the decision on the planning application,” said Howarth. “The technical studies submitted with the applications demonstrated compliance with provincial standards. “While there may be noise and smell experienced off-site, with the appropriate mitigation measures, they will be within acceptable provincial limits,” he added. See COUNCIL, Page 3
Skilled siblings off to Broadway Brother and sister Thomas and Emily Cherney need your help to get to Broadway. The pair earned scholarships for an intensive dance training program this summer in New York and need to raise funds to make up the rest of expenses. For more on the story, see Page 18.
Ravenous bugs attack local ash trees
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Wizard of Oz opens tonight (Thursday) in Arnprior. – Page 55
EMC news – The emerald ash borer is coming to Arnprior. In fact, it is probably already here. Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) officials were in Arnprior Monday checking ash trees on McGonigal Street and other areas trying to confirm their suspicions the
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Council â€˜must balanceâ€™ competing land uses
Along with the stipulation council meet with province officials further, Howarthâ€™s recommendations included: 1. A 300-metre separation distance be maintained between the lands zoned and designated for the asphalt plant and the residential properties along Usborne Street.
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3. It is recommended that the zoning for the proposed quarry (EM zone) be located no closer than 150 metres from the rear property line of the lots on Golf Club Road.
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2. A 180-metre separation distance be maintained between the lands zoned and designated for the asphalt plant and the abutting rear residential properties lines along Golf Club Road.
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In his report, Howarth noted the kind of ribbon development that has occurred near the quarry is now frowned upon. â€œAggregate extraction has occurred on the site since the 1940s. This predates the majority of the dwellings and lots surrounding the property. â€œMany of the lots were created in two distinct periods of time. Several lots were created in 1978, and the second period of time is from 1984 to 1989, which is when the majority of new lot creation occurred,â€? he said. The two time periods predate the policy statement and the Official Plan, he noted. â€œThere are competing land uses,â€? Howarth told council. â€œYou have the responsibility of ultimately balancing the competing interests.â€? Council briefly discussed whether another public meeting should be
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held for public input on Howarthâ€™s report. MNR provincial aggregate resources co-ordinator Gary McLaren told council he and other ministry officials are only a phone call away. â€œI know itâ€™s very difficult and thereâ€™s a lot of grey area,â€? he said. Council may need to separate technical concerns from land use considerations. â€œIf you still have questions, thereâ€™s no problem submitting these to the proponent,â€? McLaren added. Council voted to discuss the issue at the next planning meeting, but at least one member feels it is soon time for council to make the decision. â€œI think weâ€™re going to have to bite the bullet and make a decision one way or another,â€? said Coun. Aldene Styles. â€œIt canâ€™t go on and on.â€?
Council decided to take the report to its next planning advisory committee meeting June 11 at 7 p.m. in council chambers for discussion. However, he is recommending the zoning and Official Plan changes required to facilitate the proposal not be made unless amendments including increased separation distances, further consultation with the province and protection of significant habitat be included. â€œIt is recommended the township meet with MOE and MNR representatives, at a later date, to review the site plan and ensure the necessary mitigation and recommendations contained in the peer reviewed technical studies are appropriately implemented under the Aggregate Resources Act site plan,â€? said Howarth. About 20 members of the public, including Miller officials and residents objecting to the proposal, attended the meeting, which was moved to the township fire hall adjacent to council chambers in anticipation of a large crowd. Residents in the area have been expressing concerns about the proposed expansion of quarry operations since the application came forward in 2007. Noise, dust, water quality and quantity and toxins are among the chief concerns.
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McNab-Brae side Mayor Mary Campbell, left, and Coun. Brad McIlquham listen to Ministry of the Environment officials at the meeting June 3. Below, MNR provincial aggregate resources coordinator Gary McLaren, left, speaks to council.
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In addition to the music there will be all sorts of amusements, a bouncy play area for children, face-painting and food vendors. Grinstead said the event will have a family picnic feel. The different types of music have been lumped together so fans of each kind can decide when to drop down to Robert Simpson Park. Grinstead during the 150th anniversary celebrations last year she heard over and over again that Arnprior needed an all-day concert along the lines of the Tribute to the Valley shows that used to attract so many people to Arnprior. People also feel Arnprior needs another annual festival, she said. The time of this event works well as Arnpriorâ€™s official birthday is June 9, she added. Priorpalooza begins at 11 a.m. with Maria Hawkins, who will encourage members of the audience to sing along with her. A va-
riety of acts continue through the day (see Page 21) on the hour every hour with the grand finale being Canadian recording artist Suzie McNeil at 9 p.m. â€œEveryoneâ€™s very excited about coming and playing,â€? said Grinstead. â€œItâ€™s refreshing to see how enthusiastic the performers are.â€? She said the theme behind Priorpalooza is pride in community. â€œThis event will showcase our pride in Arnprior and area and its people,â€? she explained. â€œItâ€™s amazing how much talent we have here.â€? She said the committee was surprised and delighted to have so many talented entertainers apply when the call for entertainers was sent out. McNeil is best known for her Olympic Games song â€˜Believeâ€™. Her face will be familiar to music fans as she was last woman standing on the reality TV show Rockstar INXS. Based out of Toronto, the 36-year-old pop
rock singer has been focusing on her musical career since 2006 and has won several Canadian music awards. Former Arnprior resident, and 1310 News Talk Radio host, Stephanie Egan will be emceeing part of the day. Egan grew up in Arnprior and â€œwe are happy to have her in town that day to help out,â€? said Grinstead. The road to the park will be closed and only available to local traffic. There will be free parking at Arnprior District High School and golf carts shuttling those with mobility issues back and forth. Grinstead notes that organizers have been able to make Priorpalooza a free event because of a grant from Trillium Ontario and sponsorship dollars from Ontario Power Generation. â€œThis is very exciting for us,â€? she said. â€œCome on down and show your pride in Arnprior â€Ś and help celebrate our 150th birthday.â€?
Canadian recording artist Suzie McNeil will take to the Priorpalooza stage at 9 p.m. The pop rock singer is best known for her Olympic Games song â€˜Believeâ€™. Her face will be familiar to music fans as she was last woman standing on the reality TV show Rockstar INXS.
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Some town capital projects may experience delays Patricia Leboeuf firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC news - To address some financial redundancies, Arnprior is looking to carry forward several 2012 capital projects for another year as well as cancel projects prior to 2012 that haven’t yet begun. In the past, capital projects were treated almost like a hole in the account, said director of corporate services/treasurer Jennifer Morawiec. “You maintained all capital projects together and if some went over and some went under than you had that amount in the end,” said Morawiec. “We’d like to get away from that practice.” In several cases where it appeared there were surpluses that actually translated into overages. As such there are insufficient funds available to carry forward projects that had not been started by the end of 2011. The funds that were put aside will be returned directly to reserves, said Morawiec. During the 27 May council meeting she presented a report highlighting the projects town staff would like to postpone until 2013. She plans to present a similar report every year. Regular status reports will allow council to be fully informed about where capital project funds go, said Morawiec. Some of the projects that are being carried forward into 2013 included the replacement of the 1990 fire equipment van, studies on the Landfill Trigger Mechanism and a recreation master plan, the redesign of Landrigan Street as well as a few other projects. The funding of these projects would have totaled $291,200. Funding for the Landfill Design and Operation Plan as well as funding for the Marketing Strategy will not be proceeding in 2013 and $14,000 and $20,000 respectively will be returned to reserves. Morawiec also subsequently presented council with a financial report. “The intent of all this is to present council with a clearer picture of our town’s status and introduce any financial matter concerns and to update you on progress and improvements made in financially based initiative,” she said. She highlighted a few key parts for council. Water and wastewater revenues may appear low, but it only reflects one residential billing cycle. New rates were adopted on May 1 and
will be reflected in future utility bills. The town uses a bimonthly billing system. Public works expenditures are slightly higher than the expected average, which can be explained by the “seasonality essence” of some of the expenses. At first glance, taxation revenue look quite high, but it’s because the $6.7 million includes what the town billed out to county. The municipal portion of that is much lower. “So really when you look at just the municipal portion of that, it brings that down to about half and you would be looking at approximately 32 per cent, which is great for monetary target at about this time a year,” said Morawiec. A 10-year capital plan will be presented to councillors on June 24 in order to help them prioritize projects, highlight funding requirements and help guide annual decision-making. As part of the procurement bylaw, Morawiec handed out a list of procurements over $20,000. Tax sales for three local properties are in progress. In January 2013, the town issued letters to over 45 properly owners identifying that they were over three years in arrears and that they received a deadline of March 31 for payment before the next steps will be taken. “I’m happy to report that at the time of writing this report that those 45 properties were reduced to 14,” said Morawiec. “I’m happy to report that even today it’s down to nine.” In the past, the town did not participate in property assessment proceedings. “Right now I’m looking into some alternative methods of how to address these settlements and see if we can get some outside advice or to talk to some of the other municipalities to see what the best practices are,” she said. Staff has updated the town’s general accounts receivable to address uncollectable, some of which date back to the late 1980s and early ‘90s. A new overtime policy is being created to clarify some of the previous issues, said Morawiec. Increased monitoring and financial initiatives have been undertaken to reduce accounts receivable balance and staff will pursue collections to the fullest extent possible. “Overall the financial report seems reasonable for this point in the financial year,” she said.
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EMC news - Arnprior’s sewer use bylaw will be getting a facelift to address some of the inconsistencies and potential issues. The bylaw hasn’t been updated since 2009 and some areas within the town’s sewer system are outdated and potentially detrimental to the overall operation. It also isn’t completely consistent with Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) guidelines. To remedy this, the bylaw needs an update. “The proposed bylaw provides detailed direction to the public concerning the uses and discharge limits,” said the town’s former environmental engineering technician Abby Barclay. “It also protects the town’s sewer works and provides the town with a higher level of enforcement towards the actual sewer use.” The bylaw is being revised to update the listing of limits for contaminants, the provisions
for hauled liquid waste, manholes, interceptors, dental waste and amalgam separators, garbage grinders, and swimming pools. It will establish a detailed listing of definitions in the bylaw. The new bylaw also looks to amend the currently separate User Fee and Charges bylaw. This will help cover the administration costs as well as costs incurred for the treatments at the Wastewater Pollution Control Centre. “The costs have increased to be more in line with those fees charged in neighboring municipalities,” said public work director Guy Bourgon in an email. “Most increases are reflective of inflationary pressures between 2009 and 2013. Rather than have the fees and charges in two separate bylaws, it was decided to incorporate the new fees in the revised User Fee and Charges bylaw and remove them from the Sewer Use Bylaw.” Fees are the same for residents and industry, but fines are substantially larger for corporations than for individuals.
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Cost of building permits to grow Patricia Leboeuf firstname.lastname@example.org
EMC news - Home builders should brace themselves as the minimum building permit fees in Arnprior may soon rise. Currently most minimum fees are $50, but chief building ofﬁcer/inspector Jacques Benoit believes a cost of $75 would more accurately reﬂect the needs of the town. Other permits will also cost more. The town’s building fees haven’t been updated since 2006 and are currently the lowest in the area. Most municipalities have adopted costs based on square footage while the town now bases its costs on the total construction value. Council will review the fees and decide whether or not the costs and the evaluation method need to be upgraded. The process began with a public meeting on the subject on May 13. If council agrees to the change, the new fee would translate to 90 cents per square foot for residential buildings and 40 cents per square foot for non-residential. The increase will help address a deﬁcit in the budget, which has existed for the past few years. The building fees should be sustainable
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and any extra should be put in reserves, said Benoit. Apprehensions over the 50 per cent increase were raised by Reeve Walter Stack. “I think that is a pretty substantial hike and I don’t know how the public or the contractors will feel about that,” he said. The new fee would be higher, but contractors surveyed on the proposal have not complained to him, said Benoit. Basing the fee on square footage can be beneﬁcial to them as building material and labour can add costs in even the smallest residence. Even with rising fees, the CBO admits that he plans to use common sense when applying some of the fees, in particular when he reviews plan modiﬁcations. “If they come in and say, ‘I want to move my toilet from this side of the room to the side’, do we want to charge him $250 to move his toilet from one place to another?” said Benoit. “This is what I mean by discretion.” Other permit fees such as plumbing, pools and signage could also increase, but will remain some of the lowest in Renfrew County. Any questions about building fees and permits should be directed to Benoit at jbenoit@ arnprior.ca. BRIER DODGE/METROLAND
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“It’s a big deal because we are in Renfrew County,” said Judy Gardiner of Gardiner Tree Trimming and Removal Limited. “They would have to quarantine. “Because it’s a large county, I don’t know whether they would quarantine the whole county or whether they would divide it from say Renfrew down,” she added. With its insatiable taste for ash trees, the emerald ash borer has been ravaging forests just east of Arnprior in West Carleton, as it slowly creeps from Ottawa towards Renfrew County. Innocuous and even beautiful with its shiny green shell, the invasive beetle has caused thousands of ash trees to die in Ottawa alone. “There are no native pests that would keep it under control and the tree itself has no internal combating system like with other pests,” said Gardiner, her company’s on-site advisor. The beetle has only been in North America for the past 11 years, but has had deep repercussions. It is adversely affecting the forest industry and costing the city of Ottawa thousands upon thousands of dollars. Since 2009, the city has been under quarantine to help prevent the spread of the borer. Local wood and ash products cannot be moved over the established boundaries. Removing a single dead ash tree can cost from $700 to $1,000 and property owners are the ones in charge of paying the fee. Once the tree is taken down the wood is chipped up and typically burned. Once the tree is infested, it can take two to four years before it is destroyed beyond recognition. If caught in time, TreeAzin, a class-four insecticide, may offer some hope. “It has to be applied every second year at least four times so over an eight-year period,” said Gardiner. “At least that’s what they are telling us,” she added. “We don’t know if they are going to have to be treated for 10 years, 12 years or for the rest of its life really.” Often by the time thinning foliage and die-back in the crown has begun, the infestation is well under way. “The problem is the tree that looks ﬁne is the tree that needs to be treated,” said Gardiner. The larvae can be in the tree two, three years before there are any problems.” “Healthy trees are the ones that should be treated now,” she added. The adult bugs are not the true threat. Its larvae feed on the soft new wood in a zigzag pattern, destroying the trees’ ability to properly absorb nutriments. “As they feed they destroy all the tubes that run up and down,” said Gardiner. “They go across and basically kill the tree.” The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) requires people to report any signs or symptoms by phone 1-800-442-2342 (toll-free) or online at www.inspection.gc.ca.
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EMC news - The TEAM Highway 17 committee stands for Taking Effective Action to Manage Highway 17, and that’s exactly what committee members are looking to do. In fact, some recommendations from the committee’s April meeting have already been given the green light, meaning road improvements will be made along a three-kilometre section of the highway near Haley Station. The committee, which was formed last year following a continuation of accidents, including a fatality at Haley Station, has examined what changes might be needed to make the two-lane Highway 17 safer. The committee, which consists of Ontario Ministry of Transportation ofﬁcials, Ontario Provincial Police representatives and Renfrew County engineering and public works director Dave Darch, intends to meet three or four times a year.
At its last meeting, April 9 in Kingston, the committee reviewed several sections of Highway 17 that are of current or potential concern. Discussion focused on the Haley Station section, between Chenaux Road and Yonder Hill Trail. After removing animal-related collisions, it was determined this section of highway is exhibiting a higher number of loss-of-control collisions than expected. As a result, Darch says the following interim measures will be implemented on that section of the highway: • installation of centreline and edge line rumble strips; • installation of Chevron signs to indicate the need to reduce speed; and • general consolidation of signs. MTO is also considering fully paving highway shoulders in this section, to mitigate loss-of-control collisions and to provide slip-around locations for vehicles passing left-turning vehicles. The committee members learned
many collisions are happening at the Haley Road intersection, but also on the horizontal curves in the same area. These curves are generally tighter than other curves on Highway 17, says the committee meeting’s summary for county council. It was also agreed a long-term study is needed to examine long-term solutions, since the highway’s fourlaning well past Arnprior may not be implemented for a number of years. The committee also looked at possible Highway 17 changes at the Anderson-Miller Road and Goshen Road intersections in McNab-Braeside. In both cases, it was agreed the creation of left-turning lanes would not mitigate collisions. These conclusions were drawn after removing the incidence of animal-related accidents. The committee also discussed possible changes to Highway 17 from 3.5 kilometres west of Murphy Road to the Petawawa-Chalk River boundary. The committee decided no additional
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Ministry staff indicated it will research this section to determine the causes of collisions, since they do not appear associated with entrances or intersections. Committee members also indicated the area could use more police enforcement. The TEAM Highway 17 committee meets again July 10.
Renfrew County council has approved the position of acting warden, as recommended by Warden Peter Emon. The acting warden won’t be named until January 2014, in keeping with the approval process for amending the county’s procedural bylaw. This county councillor would attend ceremonial functions or events in the warden’s absence. Immediately following the inaugural session of county council, in January 2014, the warden may recommend a member
of county council for the position. That person would be compensated on a per-diem basis for events or functions attended. Admaston-Bromley Raye-Anne Briscoe told Emon his recommendation was a “dream of a good idea … because we can’t all be 10 places at once.” At least twice since January, Emon has had to miss community events because of conﬂicting committee meetings. Also, noted Emon, “If for some reason the warden of the day can’t be at county council, then the acting warden would be appointed by motion to chair the meeting that day.”
remedial action was recommended. The committee also discussed the section west of Yonder Hill Trail to the eastern limits of Cobden. After removing animal-related collisions, it was determined there are a greater number of vehicular collisions than expected, and that many are rear-end collisions within the eastbound passing lane.
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uyer beware. And buyers of really big items â€“ like a house â€“ should be very wary indeed. Members of the Ontario Real Estate Association are calling on the province to create a provincial database of all homes that have been used as marijuana grow-ops or drug labs. There is a risk that a former grow-op could contain moulds and that a chemical lab location could have dangerous residues. A local realtor suggests a provincial list of these homes could be consulted by would-be home buyers before signing for a new home. It sounds like a reasonable plan until the effectiveness and cost of a drug house registry is considered. Who will pay to create the database, and more importantly, who will pay to keep it updated? No one wants to download busy-work onto police officers in multiple jurisdictions â€“ municipal, OPP and RCMP â€“ when they could be solving crimes or preventing them. The real estate agentsâ€™ wish list would also be sadly incomplete. Police only know about homes where they find grow-ops or drug labs, leaving all the other illicit locations off any provincial registry. And it turns out there are pay-per-use websites that home seekers can check to learn the
history of a home. Given the size of a home purchase, the cost of adding in a history check doesnâ€™t seem onerous. Then thereâ€™s the issue of spending public funds to create a database that will benefit only one part of the population. If you can afford a house, youâ€™re fortunate. Buying a house is a private transaction, so the responsibility should fall on the parties involved to do their due diligence. If we as a society mandate that the province must keep tabs on homes others may not want to buy, how long will it be until we need a registry of homes where murders have occurred? How about a list of houses with Bad Mojo or a report of ghosts? Buyer beware is a fact of life. Plus we have laws to dissuade anyone from selling a damaged home without telling the buyer. If someone knowingly sells a house and does not inform the buyer of hidden damage â€“ from any source â€“ they could face charges of fraud. No one should have to live in a mouldy or damaged home, so people shopping for a house should do everything they can to make sure their purchase is healthy. If they hire a real estate agent, they should be confident that the agent has their best interests at heart and has done all possible research on their dream home.
Donâ€™t waste any more time on quarry To the Editor: Here we are once again looking forward to another meeting involving McNab-Braeside Council and Millerâ€™s Paving Limited. What a total and complete waste of time. Our council needs to spend time on other things to do with running the township. Any council member who would vote to allow Millerâ€™s to continue with their plans to allow a permanent hot-mix asphalt plant, a permanent wash and screening plant, a permanent concrete plant right in the middle of a rural residential area is just plain stupid. Yes, I used the word stupid. I donâ€™t think any of us voted these people into office because they lack brains. There is enough information out there to show that going ahead with
this is dangerous for the people, wildlife and the environment as a whole. Our councillors are in office to represent us and to do what is best for us. This whole exercise is a waste of time and money and benefits no one other than Millerâ€™s. Why then do we continue? Can we not vote no and move on. There is absolutely no benefit to the township, a few seasonal jobs and thatâ€™s it. It is absolute lunacy to put our drinking water in danger for no benefit? This brings me to the question of why our Municipal Planner seems to be pushing to have this application to rezone accepted. I would like to hear him answer that. He is supposed to be looking after our best interest the
same as our council is. There are enough holes in what has been presented from Millerâ€™s to throw cows through. Not only are there health issues and environmental issues, there will be problems with the increased traffic on roads that were not built to sustain the amount of traffic from heavy trucks, etc. These roads were built in the 1950s and there arenâ€™t even shoulders big enough to allow a large vehicle to pull over. Millers do have deep pockets but that doesnâ€™t make them right nor does it give them the right to ruin our community. They do have the right to make this request, but it is our right to say no. Gail Anderson Braeside
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This year’s program highlights are: • 9-11 a.m. – Shore Breakfast; • 9:30 a.m. – Mile High parachuting demonstration (weather permitting); • 9:30 a.m. – 5-km Tartan Run/Walk; • 10:30 a.m. – opening ceremonies; • 11 a.m. – Dog-agility demonstration (put on by Aviation Farms); • noon – ‘Pinebark Bunch’: a musical history of a logger’s life; • 1:30 p.m. – Stone Fence Theatre production ‘Bonnechere River: Future Tense’; • 3 p.m. – “Potluck Bluegrass” band. Throughout the day, there will be powerboat river tours, kayak and canoe rides courtesy of Ottawa Valley Canoe and Kayak (with donations being accepted for MADD), a silent auction, with great items to be had, as well as displays featuring the forestry industry, Ottawa Riverkeeper, Bonnechere River Watershed Project, Fitzroy Historical Society, and Arnprior and District Archives.
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EMC events – This year’s McNab Days, a celebration of culture, community and connections runs June 22–29. SCOTCH WHISKEY TASTING, JUNE 22
Starting at 7 p.m., the Neat Café in Burnstown is holding a Scotch Whiskey Tasting. A portion of the proceeds from the admission fee will go towards the Scottish Festival. SCOTTISH FESTIVAL, JUNE 23
The Scottish Festival at the Waba Cottage Ground in White Lake honours and celebrates the culture and history of the township. This year’s festival program features: • 9:15 a.m. – a tutorial on ‘answering the call’; • 9:45-10:40 a.m. – Calling of the Clans; • 10:40-11:15 a.m. – Kirking of the Tartan; • 11:15 a.m. - noon – an old-fashioned Methodist church service; • noon -1 p.m. – Celtic musical entertainment, including fiddle music with Kyle Felhaver, Highland dancing and step-dancing; • 1 p.m. – Pipe band tattoo, children’s mini-games and Celtic activities, a heavyweight games demonstration, an archery demonstration and a Tartan Tug competition;
• 3:30-4 p.m. – Massed bands; • 5 p.m. – celebrity box picnic auction and Bard contest finalists; • 5:45 p.m. – closing ceremonies. Horseshoe Tournament, June 25, starting at 7 pm, Wellington Park, Pine Grove RIVERDRIVE FESTIVAL, JUNE 29
The annual Riverdrive Festival at Red Pine Bay in Braeside is held every year to celebrate the township’s historical ties to the river and its importance today as a recreational waterway.
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Also on June 29, the Braeside United Church is holding a pulled pork supper and entertainment evening, starting at 4 p.m. Admission is free to both the Scottish Festival and the Riverdrive Festival, but donations are being accepted at the gate to help with covering the costs of putting on such fabulous activities! Everyone attending will receive a button featuring the McNab Days logo. Please come out, celebrate with us - and help make this year’s McNab Days a resounding success.
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Accreditation Canada advises that hospitals regularly consult with and encourage feedback from the community about the organization and its services. To help promote this dialogue and to ensure that the tactics are appropriate from a patient point of view, a number of hospitals, including Arnprior Regional Health (ARH), have started a Patient & Family Advisory Council (PFAC). PFAC is creating a forum where the community has an opportunity to participate in the delivery of Quality Care at ARH. A family council has existed for many years, with great success, at the Grove Nursing Home. The implementation of this council for the hospital is helping create a strong foundation for partnership with the community and ensuring that ARH administration is aware of the needs/desires and expectation of patient and their families. “I feel this is a win/win endeavor for hospital administration, hospital staff, patients, patient families, doctors and community at large to benefit. The success of these councils in other hospitals is evident and I am honoured to be a part of this new beginning at ARH. I would like to commend Eric Hanna and Leah Levesque for taking the initiative to give the patients and families of Arnprior a voice through the Patient & Family Advisory Council,” said PFAC Chair Gina Pilon.
jointhe thecommittee. committee.Members Membersshould shouldbe be(former) (former)patients patientsoror PFAC meets quarterly and is seeking others other totojoin family members of patients, who have received care at ARH in the last year. If you are interested n this committee, please contact Sharon Ryan at 613-623-7962 x221.
Thank you Scotiabank Branch Manager Stacey Kelly, along with staff members Mary Ellen McCue, Debbie Swant, Debra MacGarvie and Sudhar Khanna, present Karen Smith from Partners in Caring with a donation of $5000. Services for Seniors at a Glance Assisted Living Services through the CCAC 613-310-2222
Grove Dietary Aid Linda Carter reviews the outgoing meals with volunteer driver Kevin Turcotte, and volunteer coordinator Lisa Bottomley from the Meals on Wheels Program. These hot meals are prepared daily and consist of: soup, crackers, a hot main course, dinner roll and dessert. To determine program eligibility or to discuss eligibility through Veterans Affairs, please contact Patti Jennings (613-6237981) at Arnprior Braeside McNab Seniors-atHome. Meals cost $8 each and clients must reside in the town of Arnprior. Service can be requested by individuals, family members, friends or any health care personnel. Volunteer drivers are needed for this program. If you are able to spare a few hours, please contact Patti.
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MICHAEL RUNTZ Natureâ€™s Way and effort into nest-making. Most nests contain two parts. American Robins gather dead grass and small twigs and cement them together with copious mud. Next they add an inner lining of fine material such as soft plant fibres, which is formed into a bowl by pressing the breast against it. Some birds add a third layer, a special outer covering for camouflage. Ruby-throated Hummingbirds stick lichens to their nests, Wood Thrushes liberally decorate theirs with dead leaves, and Eastern Phoebes add green moss to make their nests blend into dark crevices. Often a thousand material-gathering trips are made. With all the investment of time and effort, one would think a nest would be used for years. In most cases, a songbirdâ€™s nest is used for only one season. Sometimes one gets refurbished and is used again for a second nesting in the same season, but almost never is one used again the following year. Increased risk of parasites and predation are two reasons for this. If you do locate a nest, never alter its environment. Photographers often cause nest desertion by cutting away concealing
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EMC lifestyle - The Ontario government and the OPP are reminding people to take simple precautions this spring to help prevent attracting black bears as they come out of hibernation. The potential for human-bear conflicts increases when there is little natural food available for bears. If this happens, black bears will search for other food sources, such as garbage and bird feed, which can draw bears to populated areas. Follow these simple instructions to minimize the chances of attracting bears: â€˘ store garbage in waste containers with tight-fitting lids; â€˘ put out garbage only on the morning of pick-up; â€˘ put away bird feeders and seed, suet and nectar also attract bears; â€˘ pick fruits and berries as they ripen; donâ€™t let them rot on the ground; â€˘ clean outdoor barbecue grills after each use, including the
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Ospreys transport incredibly long sticks when nest building.
grease trap underneath. Bears will be drawn by smells from great distances, including grease and food residue on grills. Bears that enter a populated area arenâ€™t necessarily a threat to public safety. Public safety is at risk when a bear poses an immediate threat to your personal safety. The Ministry of Natural Resources and OPP have agreed on the roles and responsibilities for both organizations to help the public understand which organization to contact when they encounter a bear. If a bear is posing an immediate threat to public safety by exhibiting threatening or aggressive behaviour, call 911 or your local police. At the request of police, MNR will respond to emergency situations to assist. For non-emergencies, MNR operates the toll-free, 24/7 Bear Reporting Line (1-866-514-2327) and the Bear Wise website to provide the public with information and advice.
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EMC lifestyle - It may seem surprising that some birds have already hatched young and are now stuffing tender goodies into cavernous mouths. Most, however, have only recently arrived back onto home turf and are completing nuptial vows. Soon the laborious job of building a nest is about to begin. A nest might seem a simple thing to construct. Just grab a few sticks and throw them together and voila! For a few birds, this is indeed the case. Ruffed Grouse pull a few leaves together and then add a few down feathers to soften the nest interior. Mourning Doves cram a few sticks onto a flat branch and drop their eggs into the flimsy structure. Killdeer spend even less effort; they scratch out a shallow scrape in the ground and lay their eggs in the depression. Larger birds commonly use heavy sticks to construct what is appropriately known as a â€œstick nest.â€? American Crows, herons, and hawks generally build bulky stick structures. While for some birds the materials are gathered from the ground, Ospreys will break off branches attached to dead trees. I recall as a young boy hearing loud cracks arising from the back end of a pond on Morris Island. Mystified and with visions of bears filling my head, I crept along the pondâ€™s perimeter to investigate. To my surprise I saw a huge Osprey land on a dead branch and flop its wings up and down, causing the branch to shake. With a tremendous â€œcrack,â€? the lengthy branch broke off and then was delivered to a massive nest in a nearby tree. Songbirds invest considerably more time
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High Lonesome Nature Reserve tours to be offered June 16 EMC lifestyle – The public is invited to participate in a trip to the Pakenham Hills Sunday, July 16 to visit the latest wilderness acquisition of the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust Conservancy (MMLTC). The beautiful High Lonesome Nature Reserve, with its network of trails that wind by creeks and beaver ponds, through leafy glades, beneath tall white pines and across wild meadows replete with butterflies, is a marvelous example of what can happen when community members support their local land trust. Young and old alike are invited to join naturalist trail guides to explore this enchanting property. Take this opportunity to experience a diversity of wildlife habitats and learn about the ecology of a Provincially Significant Wetland Complex. A variety of trail length options will be available from a Rabbits’ Romp, to the more relaxed Sam’s Hill Saunter, a Curious Children’s Circuit, and a Pond Prowl through the evergreen borderlands. The 200-acre High Lonesome Nature Reserve was donated to the Conservancy by the family of the late Barry Spicer whose heartfelt wish was to see this area fully restored to its natural state and protected for all time. A land trust is the appropriate vehicle to en-
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able this type of protection. The MMLTC is a private, non-profit charitable organization that works to preserve land with significant ecological value. Its catchment area includes the entire Mississippi River watershed, north to the Madawaska River. Since its inception in 2003, the Conservancy has taken under its protection 1,550 acres of land including the spectacular Blueberry Mountain, one of the Seven Wonders of Lanark County. Registration for the June 16 event is at 9:30 a.m. with the guided nature outings beginning at 10 sharp. Participants are encouraged to wear appropriate footwear for wilderness trails and consider making a $10 donation to help MMLTC cover taxes, insurance and other related costs associated with the land trust. Refreshments will be served following the walks. To find the property from County Road 29 in Pakenham, drive west on Waba Road for 2.9 km, turn left on Barr Side Road for 1.6 km, take the first left at Carbine Road and drive four km to 867 Carbine Rd. A map with directions can be found on the MMLTC website at www. mmltc.ca. For more information, call 613-278-2939.
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Endangered species changes spark debate dertake projects that protect endangered species; • simplifying requirements for municipalities to carry out activities that protect human health and safety, such as road repairs; • a time-limited transition provision that will allow projects currently in development to continue while mitigating adverse effects on endangered species; • harmonizing requirements under the Endangered Species Act and Crown Forest Sustainability Act to preserve protection while avoiding overlap. The existing approval process remains for all other activities. The province will continue to ensure compliance through education and outreach, as well as monitoring, auditing and enforcement. The changes, including “sweeping exemptions for industry,” have caused some groups to complain the government has “gutted” the law protecting threatened wildlife. “This is the first major test of the new Cabinet’s commitment to the environment, and they have failed,” charged Dr. Anne Bell, director of conservation and education at On-
tario Nature in a news release. “They have turned their backs on the province’s most imperilled wildlife, and at a time when the federal government is poised to do the same.” She says the new exemptions lower the standard of protection for endangered plants and animals across many industries, including forestry, pits and quarries, renewable energy, hydro, mining, infrastructure development, waste management, and commercial and residential development. They also “dramatically reduce” government oversight of activities affecting Ontario’s lakes, rivers, forests and wildlife, she adds. “The scope of the exemptions is appalling,” says Amber Ellis, executive director of Earthroots. “The government has caved to industry and turned a deaf ear to all who believe in society’s duty to protect endangered species.” “It’s hard to understand how Cabinet could choose to dismantle a law that was passed with broad public acclaim and support from all parties just six years ago,” said Bell. “Looks like endangered species only had fair-weather friends at Queen’s Park.”
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EMC news – Ontario is simplifying rules for landowners, municipalities and businesses under its Endangered Species Act (ESA), while “maintaining its place as a North American leader in species protection.” But the province is coming under fire from both sides for its moves. On July 1, 65 more species will benefit from habitat protection. Ontario protects about 150 threatened and endangered species, including polar bear, chimney swift, butternut and wolverine. That has sparked worries by industry and local governments, including Renfrew County council, that it could place too many restrictions on development and harvesting of resources. In conjunction with expanding the number of protected species, the province will streamline its approach to species at risk protection by implementing standardized rules and an online registry for certain low-risk activities. That has caused environmentalists to express alarm that the government is shying away from its promises in this area. The changes include: • making it easier for volunteers and researchers to un-
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New dock for Claybank The Arnprior and District Fish and Game Club put up signs and then roll out the dock into the Madawaska River at Claybank Park off White Lake Road Saturday morning. The fish and game club funded the dock in partnership with Arnprior Home Hardware and Fendock. Above, these two canine buddies enjoy a cool dip in the muggy weather while their owners put in a new dock at the boat launch.
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