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EMC News - Belleville - Fire Chief Mark MacDonald delivered a thorough report to council on Monday night detailing salary and overtime costs for the department for 2009 to 2012, and the statistics show that Belleville pays a higher rate of overtime than many other comparable cities. However, MacDonald said that minimum stafďŹ ng requirements as speciďŹ ed by the collective bargaining agreement are to blame for much of the disparity. In 2009, the city paid over $347,000 in overtime wages, but by 2012 that number had grown to over $507,000. Of those overtime wages, $266,600 was paid because of minimum stafďŹ ng requirements. Comparing these numbers to other municipalities across Ontario, Belleville pays a higher overtime rate than just one other city included in the study, paying 8.42 per cent of their 62 career ďŹ reďŹ ghters salaries in overtime in 2012. Chatham-Kent paid 10.47 per cent in 2012 to 68 career ďŹ reďŹ ghters, Quinte West 7.44 per cent to 16, Kingston 6.88 per cent to 145, Cornwall 4.81 per cent to 60, Waterloo 1.78 per cent to 128, and Mississauga paid just 0.11 per cent to 654 career ďŹ reďŹ ghters that year. MacDonald said that the minimum stafďŹ ng requirements for Belleville are relatively rare compared to most other municipalities, something that directly contributes to overtime hours paid. Belleville requires ďŹ ve staff at each of the two ďŹ re stations and one dispatcher at all times. Belleville ďŹ reďŹ ghters earn between two and six weeks of annual leave a year, with more senior members earning additional annual leave, meaning a signiďŹ cant percentage of Belleville ďŹ reďŹ ghters earning four to ďŹ ve weeks of leave per year. As a result, one ďŹ reďŹ ghter off at each station for annual leave often equates to that shift being short two members 30 to 40 weeks per year. Council took the opportunity to question MacDonald about the ďŹ gures contained within the report, with many dialling in on almost 2,000 additional sick leave hours in 2012 as compared to the previous year. Sick leave usage tends to vary from year to year, MacDonald said, and added that the department is taking concrete steps to improve sick leave management, including requiring doctorâ€™s notes for absences longer than two days. Itâ€™s unclear what direct impact this stricter management policy has had, however, the trend for 2013 has seen sick leave usage decrease by 35 per cent.
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EMC News - Belleville - City council came to the rescue of the Quinte Ballet School of Canada on Monday night, agreeing to serve as guarantors for a $150,000 loan to the school, to be repaid in December of 2013. â€œWe really appreciate the support that the council and senior staff of the City of Belleville has provided for the Quinte Ballet School of Canada at this pivotal time,â€? stated Marilyn Lawrie, executive director of the school in a
release shortly after the meeting. â€œThe Quinte Ballet School of Canada has had proven success since 1972 and this recent support will help us to continue our tradition of excellence as a cultural leader in Belleville.â€? After undergoing a personnel situation in the beginning of the 2011 season that had a negative impact on enrollment at the school, the QBSC was then told by their previous ďŹ nancial institution on July 2 that they could no longer be given a line of credit. Despite valuing their
current building at roughly $4 million, the QBSC does not own the land the building sits on, rendering it unable to be used as collateral for a line of credit. The ďŹ nancials had become so dire that serious consideration was given to cancelling the annual summer school. â€œWe are in a very tight situation,â€? said QBSC treasurer Boyd Kalnay. By becoming guarantors of a line of credit for the school, the city will now be on the hook for the total amount
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past five years he had no way of knowing of the school would be able to repay the loan when the time came. Lafferty agreed, but after QSBC representatives took to the microphone to state their case once more, changed his vote in support of the motion in light of the school’s urgent need. Councillors Jackie Denyes and Jack Miller expressed their support for the motion from the
outset, with Miller especially effusive about the benefits the QBSC brings to the region. “I want our council to do something tangible for the arts,” he said. The QBSC has been in operation since 1972, first known as the Quinte Dance Centre. Their current 23,000-square-foot facility is located on Palmer Road in Belleville, and the school says it has trained over 2,000 students, some of which have performed in major dance companies such as the National Ballet of Canada and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
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Radio Flyer one of top bands playing at Concerts in the Park By Kate Everson
EMC Entertainment - Trenton - The DBIA Friday night Concerts in the Park is going full steam ahead. July 5 featured a popular rock band Radio Flyer. Vocalist Randy Lancaster got the attention of the audience with his dynamic stage presence and entertaining style,
accompanied by band members John Banville, Steve Paterson, Ernie Chrysler, Tim Marlin and Gord Newman. The free Friday night concerts in Fraser Park next to the marina are a cool way to pass the summer evenings, with great bands lined up from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12 is Wrought Iron Roots,
July 19 is Trenton’s Festival on the Bay, July 26 is Stealing Patience, August 2 Open Stage with Matt Goodman, August 7 the Trenton Air Cadets on Wednesday at 2 p.m., August 9 is El Camino, August 16 is Shadows, August 23 the Fiddleheads and closing on August 30 with Ragged Glory.
Events are held at the Ted Snider Bandshell. All concerts are free. Bring your own lawn chair and pick out a shady spot! Across the water in Centennial Park at the amphitheatre there are free Sunday night concerts all summer long sponsored by Norampac and other sponsors, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bring your lawn chair. Donations are accepted on site. July 17 is the Quinte Living Centre Band, July 20 the Trenton Big Band Festival (paid admission), July 24 Sisterhood, July 28 the 8 Wing Concert Band, who served as treasurer for more July 31 Debbie McLean, August 4 Blair than three years and remains on Yarrington Jazz in Fraser Park, August the QHC Board. The QHC board is made up of 12 elected community members who are selected by the Nominations and Communications Sub-Committee. This committee is a majority of Advisory Council community members. Nonvoting, ex-officio positions on the QHC board are: the President and CEO, Chief of Staff, VP and Chief Nursing Officer, and the President and Vice-President of the Professional Staff Association. Two new board members were also announced at QHC’s annual general meeting on June 25: Gary Magarrell, a United Church Minister and former vice president of the CNIB; and Merril Mascarenhas, a health care strategy and change management consultant with significant board experience. Gary is from Belleville and Merril lives in Prince Edward County.
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QHC announces new board executive with strong experience in risk and project management. Before moving to the Quinte West area, she was a member of Wells Fargo Financial’s Canadian senior executive team and contributing executive member of its audit, business and credit-governing committees. Ms. Baker is an instructor and program co-ordinator for the Accounting Program, School of Business and Management Studies, Loyalist College. She is a chartered accountant and been a member of numerous local notfor-profit boards. Ms. Baker lives in Belleville. Mr. Blakely replaces Brian Smith, whose term expired in June after serving as QHC board chair for more than three years. “Brian provided excellent leadership during challenging times and we have all benefited from his dedication to improving health care for the Quinte region,” said Mr. Blakely. Ms. Baker replaces John Embregts,
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EMC News - Belleville - The Quinte Health Care (QHC) Board of Directors has elected Steve Blakely as the new chair of the board, Tricia Anderson as vice-chair and Karen Baker as treasurer, all for one-year terms. Mr. Blakely is an accomplished senior executive with in excess of 35 years of financial services industry experience, including president and CEO of Servus Credit Union, president and CEO of Credit Union Deposit Guarantee Corporation of Alberta, Regional Vice-President for ATB Financial and several senior positions with BMO. He has a particular interest in leadership and governance and has an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. He has actively served on numerous boards. Mr. Blakely was born and raised in Prince Edward County and is a resident of the county. Ms. Anderson is a senior level sales and marketing professional
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EMC News - Belleville - Glanmore National Historical Site in Belleville was awash with colour over the weekend, as the museum celebrated its 40th anniversary of becoming a museum with a Victorian Fair. â€œI think it was fantastic; everything went really well,â€? said Glanmore Education and
Marketing co-ordinator Melissa Wakeling. â€œI know by how tired I am that it was a success.â€? Live entertainment, carnival games, a magic show, and long-lost Victorian arts entertained and amazed throughout the afternoon, while inside the museum special exhibits marked the exact day 40 years ago the site became a museum.
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Victorian magician â€œDoc Centuryâ€? (Steve Baker) proved to be a crowd favourite with his collection of Victorian oddities and tricks.
EMC News - Former Trenton Kiwanis president and Quinte Symphony Orchestra patron Hugh Oâ€™Neill and current president Gino Leone presented a cheque for $500 to Jack Evans, president of the Quinte Symphony Orchestra at QuintEssential Credit Union on Tuesday, July 9. The funds are to help support the QSOâ€™s various youth activities in the Quinte area. Photo: Steve Jessel
Violinist Darcy Baker could be found throughout the grounds, serenading guests with the sounds of years gone by.
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The real cost of nuclear generated power Dear Editor, In response to the letters expressing opinions over Ontario’s use of nuclear generation, I would like to add this one to the list. First, to consider building, or even refurbishing the most expensive form of generation, (over the life time use and subsequent toxic storage of used fuel and irradiated core, plus decommissioning of the building and site), boggles the mind. Ontario can currently buy hydraulic power from Quebec, which is non-polluting and the cheapest power available. Second, nuclear is extraordinary dangerous, witness the crisis in Japan as the Fukushima operator tries to contain radioactive water used to cool the spent fuel, (for years after the useful life of the reactor). Large concrete water containers are being built at the rate of one a week, that cover nearly all available space at the complex. Concern has been expressed that they will eventually be emptied into the sea, which in the area is already above acceptable levels of radiation. The USA and Japan are currently lobbying for a huge increase in the international allowable levels of radiation. The other side of the globe Sellaﬁeld in the UK, (renamed from Winscale, its name at the time of its accident), cleanup costs have reached $1.5 billion per year with no end in sight. Need I mention Three Mile Island, Chernobyl etc. I realize Canada is different and it can’t happen here. Oh, er, yes it did, at the NRU and NRX reactors in Ontario during the early years. Not long ago we saw the Harper government overrule the nuclear safety commission to force a startup of its isotope reactor. You cannot talk about cost of nuclear unless you take in the full life cycle and cost of decommissioning, which is expected to be higher than the cost of construction. Spent fuel storage has been kicked around since the Candu ﬁrst started producing material for the U.S. bomb program nearly 60 years ago, with no proven safe system in place yet. We do not have a cost factor for this legacy to determine the true cost of nuclear power. Hydro’s $20-billion nuclear debt neatly downloaded onto the taxpayer during the Conservatives “sell off the store” routine, has been around a long time. Sometime in the 1970s I wrote an open letter printed in the Bancroft Times asking then AECL’s Lorne Gray several questions: when could we expect
Ontario’s nuclear debt to be paid off? Why would AECL pay millions into a Swiss bank account to unknown persons, for unknown services? The answer to the letter was that it was just normal business practice. Not much changed there with the new owners SNC-Lavalin in the courts for bribing government ofﬁcials abroad with millions, to be
sucked out of the customers’ pockets. The World Bank has banned SNCLavalin from any of its funded projects for the next ten years; I guess they were happy to get the contract without a bidding process for $600 million to design the refurbishing of Darlington. We should remember Darlington went 400 per cent over budget during its
construction as a cautionary tale. SNC-Lavalin is now the sole owner via a subsidiary of AECL now called Candu Energy Inc. It is still being “funded,” however, by the taxpayer through the Harper government. Locally the Ontario Energy Board claims that since 2006 45 per cent of the increase in our electricity generation
costs has been the result of subsidies for nuclear power, while only six per cent has been for green energy. The more money involved the more likely there will be corruption. Add secrecy and double the probability.
Dear Editor, I would like to commend both Steve Brawley, and T. Murray for writing a couple of insightful letters, and their recognition that our electoral system is antiquated and requiring reform before it and the whole parliamentary system on both the provincial and federal levels become irrelevant. But there is a straightforward and simple answer to the question they ask, obviously one Elections Canada does not want you know about. The solution to their problem is called, “Refusing their ballot.” You proceed the same way as in the regular voting process, until the poll clerk hands you your ballot. You hand it back saying, “I refuse my ballot.” This is recorded as refused ballot not a spoiled one. The major problem with our whole
system is the fact that it has not been reformed since the mid 1840s. It was during this time, I understand, that the concept of every vote being considered a vote of conﬁdence arose. The British government united the legislatures of Upper and Lower Canada after the rebellions of 1837. No one party could muster a majority government, so they started to form coalitions headed by a member from Upper Canada and one from Lower Canada, and they in turn presented themselves to the house and proposed a platform. If they received a vote of conﬁdence, they stayed in power and held power, one issue at time. If they were defeated, they were duty bound to resign, and call on the lieutenant-governor to ask two other people to form a government or call an election. They went through many of these coalitions. However, Sir John A. ﬁnally won a majority government
in late 1867, and a check and balance on our system was lost. Worse still, he became a virtual dictator, because he could command the support of all the members of his party. Then they proceeded to consider it as they do today, as a vote of conﬁdence in the government. What is required in my opinion, is an all-party agreement to severely restrict the number of votes of conﬁdence to a select few, and open up all other votes to free votes in which MPs and MPPs would vote either their conscience or better still the polled opinions of their constituents. Our so-called, “ﬁrst past the post” style of election is also totally out of date. It only works correctly if there are only two candidates running in each riding, thus assuring one of them will receive 50 per cent or more of the votes. However as soon as you add three or more candidates, you split the vote so
that it is possible for candidates to win election with 35 per cent of votes, or in other words 65 per cent of voters did not want him and voted for someone else. The solution I believe is the preferential ballot. So instead of marking your ballot with an X you would put a number beside each candidate’s name according to your preference, that you wished each candidate to ﬁnish. If no candidate won 51 per cent of the vote in the ﬁrst round, you would drop the candidate with the fewest votes, and his number two votes would be allotted to the other candidates until one of the candidates would have received the magic 51 per cent of the vote. Then he/ she could truthfully say they had the support of the majority of voters in their riding. John A.D. McLean, Belleville
Dear Editor, Do you see honeybees in your gardens? Many people are telling us there were no bees visiting their apple blossoms. For some 15 years, honeybees have been under much stress. This past winter some 30 per cent of local bee colonies have died. In some cases losses have been 100 per cent. Normal losses 20 years back were two to three per cent There appear to be a number of possible causes for the bees’ death. Honey bees pollinate, usually for free, a third of our food sources: apples, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, cucumbers, the clovers, soya bean and many more. Other insects assist in pollination but much less efﬁciently than the bee. The chief suspect is the varroa mite, a pinhead critter that lays its eggs with the developing larva crippling the infant bee and sucking life from adult host bees. In this process,
deadly viruses are passed from mite to bee. Beekeepers treat their colonies with chemicals spring and fall but the mite quickly adapts and different medications are called for. Pesticides take their toll on bees, particularly the neonicotinoid-based ones that scramble the honeybees’ sense of navigation. In Europe a major effort to ban these pesticides has recently been defeated by the billion dollar neonicotinoid market. Present day farming practices present further crises. Monoculture in which vast acreage is cultivated with a single plant species provides only a junk food diet for the bee. Bees require a mix of various nectars and pollens for good nutrition. The ongoing elimination of fencerows to create huge open ﬁelds for massive farm equipment deﬁes the bee. Bees will only collect nectar at the borders of these extended ﬁelds. Extensive spraying to kill weeds further
eliminates alternative diet for the bee. Another agricultural development in which the genetic structure of plants is altered to enhance its resistance to blight and disease is now being studied for its effect on bees. From the U.S. come reports of bees abandoning their homes. They simply disappear. One beekeeper to our south says that only several hundred of his 1,400 colonies he rents out for pollination services have survived. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that honeybees contribute $20 billion annually to the U.S. economy. The parasitic mite, viruses, poor nutrition, monoculture, pesticides and herbicides, and genetic playing around combine to threaten a third of our food resources. We and the bees are in trouble. Yours truly, Don Wilson, Stirling
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Cheaper shovels save time and energy Dear Editor, Your horticultural correspondent rightly describes how much of a worker’s energy is saved by simply using the lighter, slightly smaller shovels now available for $10 or less. Made in Canada by the venerable Garant Tool Company, such shovels prove that our crippled manufacturing sector can actually produce a useful, well-made tool that out-competes cheap imports. As for the advanced, expensive all-metal, ergonomic shovel, also produced by Garant, it lasted four days in our nursery before its head twisted off. Josef Reeve, Golden Bough Tree Farm Marlbank
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End of the Arab Spring?
EMC Editorial - If the people in charge of the various opposition parties in Egypt had any strategic vision, they would not have launched the mass protests that caused the army to oust President Mohammed Morsi on July 4. They would have bided their time and waited for the next election. Because there is probably still going to be a next election in Egypt, despite the coup, and now Gwynne Dyer the Muslim Brotherhood might actually win it. There is a good deal of chatter in the media at the moment about the “end of the Arab Spring,” some of it by commentators who can barely conceal their delight. Egypt, with almost one-third of the world’s total Arab population, was the great symbol of the democratic movement’s success, and now Egyptian democracy is in a mess. But the drama still has a long way to run. Morsi is now under arrest, as are many other leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood, and the passionate demonstrations and counter-demonstrations in the streets of Egypt’s cities make it hard to imagine that any compromise is possible. Indeed, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin warned last weekend that Egypt risks stumbling into a civil war like the one that has devastated Syria. Opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei, on the other hand, justified the military coup by claiming that it had been the only alternative to civil war—which could, he said, have been as bad as Somalia. Really? One suspects he doesn’t know much about Somalia. Indeed, one suspects he doesn’t really know much about his own country either (he has spent most of his career abroad). There was no risk of civil war in Egypt before last week’s military intervention, and there is no risk of civil war now either. What we are seeing is a no-holds-barred struggle for power between rival political movements, in a system where the political rules are newly written, hotly disputed, and poorly understood. And all the players have made some serious mistakes. The Muslim Brotherhood, on the basis of last year’s 51.7 per cent majority for Morsi in the presidential election, assumed that it had the unquestioning support of half the population. This was probably not true. Many voted for Morsi in recognition of the Muslim Brotherhood’s long resistance to six decades of military dictatorship. Others voted for him in gratitude for the Brotherhood’s unfailing support for the poor, or in disgust
at the fact that Morsi’s only opponent in the second round of the election was a left-over from the Mubarak regime. Perhaps as few as half of them actually voted for the Brotherhood’s core project of Islamising Egyptian law and forcing its own version of Islamic values on Egyptian society—but the Brothers seemed to think they all had. Even if that had been true, trying to impose fundamental changes on a country with the support of only half the population was not wise. Some of the constitutional changes Morsi imposed, and some of his tactics for pushing them through, may actually have been the result of political compromises within the Brotherhood, where he constantly had to fend off the fanatics who wanted even more extreme measures. Nevertheless, the secular opposition parties inevitably saw him as an extremist, and genuinely feared that he would somehow manage to force the whole package on Egypt. So the secular parties responded with extraconstitutional tactics of their own: mass demonstrations that were explicitly intended to trigger a military takeover that would sideline Morsi and the Brotherhood. In only four days of demos, they succeeded, in large part because the army, a resolutely secular organisation, had its own grave misgivings about where Morsi’s government was taking Egypt. But the army hasn’t actually seized power. It has appointed Adly Mansour, the head of the Constitutional Supreme Court, as interim president, with the task of organising new parliamentary and presidential elections. It will not be possible to exclude the Muslim Brotherhood from those elections without turning the whole process into a farce, especially since the Brotherhood will probably be going through some changes of its own. The Muslim Brotherhood took little part in the 2011 revolution, and the men at the top, including Morsi, were utterly unprepared for power. They are now likely to be replaced by a younger generation of leaders who are more flexible and more attuned to the realities of power. They might even win the next election, despite all Morsi’s mistakes this time round. That’s the real irony here. If the opposition parties had only left Morsi in power, his unilateral actions and his inability to halt Egypt’s drastic economic decline would have guaranteed an opposition victory at the next election. Now it’s all up in the air again. But democratic politics is far from over in Egypt. Foolish things have been done, but the Arab Spring is not dead.
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I am now a corporation Dear Editor, Since the court has declared corporations to be persons, I felt that myself being a person should be taxed as a corporation so I went and got a corporate tax form and hired a starving corporate tax lawyer to help me out with all the tax deductions. He told me that I could only be a person in the U.S. but that were a great many great tax loopholes and gimmicks in Canada so we went ahead. Transportation deductions: Since I use the bus and subway twice a day for 365 days (I work two jobs thus the 365 days.) This works out to 365 times, two times my daily expense. Meal deductions - I have a burger with fries and a coffee twice a day (again 365 days.) I believe this would
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work out to 365 times two times meal expenses. Advertising - I send out many resumes by email, phone and mail so I figure I should be able to claim my Internet, phone and mail charges as a legitimate expense. Since I have collected receipts for all these transactions, I have been forced to buy an extra envelope so I am including the cost for the envelope and mailing charges. It is great being a corporation and I expect to get a large refund which I intend to hide offshore. I invite all the working persons out there to fill in the expense blanks and get a corporate tax form and join me in the Cayman Islands. Jack Knowles, Brighton
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A-well-a everybody’s heard ... By Terry Bush
EMC Editorial - Well, that’s gratitude for you. We don’t bother adding up our birdseed bills anymore. The money we spend means little to us; we just like to help our local feathered friends make it through the winter while at the same time enjoying their antics. A win-win situation for everyone. We all have our own avian favourites, of course. My personal choice for that honour would have to be chickadees because no matter what the temperature, those little guys are out there foraging and I admire their perseverance. Come hell or high water, when the feeder gets filled, the chickadees are waiting a foot or two away, bibs at the ready. It’s also nice to have them drop by along the trail while out for a walk and the fact that they’ll come right up to you in response to a little squeak or two from chilly lips is doubly endearing. Cardinals, woodpeckers, nuthatches, juncos and grosbeaks are all fun to see as would be blue jays if they weren’t so darn pushy. Rounding out the list would be assorted sparrows which, while not flashy, do have nice songs. When spring rolled around this year, most everyone went on their merry way except the sparrows who stuck around to eat my grass seed. We were willing to share, though not to the extent they demanded and luckily they went elsewhere after germination. Except for one pair. In their minds, familiarity was essential in a nesting site and so they settled into a small mugo pine a few steps from where the empty feeder hung. Then it started. I don’t know if the male sparrow saw his reflection in one of the panes of the bay window next to the pine or he didn’t like people close to his nest but for the next week, he spent most of his time rapping on the window with his beak, wings and feet. Comical soon became annoying. Finally my wife hauled out a bed sheet and strung it across the kitchen chairs so it sealed off two of the windows from his sight. Things were quiet for a change. Eventually he positioned himself in front of the remaining window and the racket resumed. He then added a new twist to his routine. Every time he approached the window to make a fuss, he lightened his load on the side of the house. This was getting personal. We shooed him, pounded on the glass, and exchanged a few choice words but evidently didn’t get our point across. Finally we gave up. He was just protecting his nest from any and all predators so we resigned ourselves to the fact that things would only quiet down when the nest was empty. When that day finally arrived, the silence was like a Christmas gift. And our worries of a second round of egg laying in that location were all for naught. A week went past, and at 5:20 one morning a familiar sound rousted me from what I’m sure was a stellar dream
involving women, money and some exotic locale. The little bugger was at the bedroom window. Now, there was no way around the notion that he had it in for me for some reason. Maybe that one and only small bag of coated grass seed I had spread gave him a bellyache. Someone had to pay. It was game on again. My first thought was to cut down the cedar tree beside the window. It had been planted too close to the house and was pushing against the eaves trough. It also had never been pruned and was now quite spindly. That plan was soon put to rest by the better half. (She has to go away for the weekend sometime.) So I said to myself, “Self, if you were a bird, what would get your goat.” Having been an avid birder in my youth, I fired up the computer and printer and before long a couple of kestrels (sparrow hawks) were cut out and positioned in the window. Rubbing my hands with glee, I figured my superior brain had won the day. The rap, rap, rap continued. As I peeked around the corner, the little jerk was taking a round out of the hawk’s head. I hid around the corner and every time he showed up, I pounded the glass and yelled. He was up to the challenge and increased his visits. He was now a man on a mission. “You want a piece of me,” he shrieked. Wait, maybe that was me who said that. That little sparrow was now spending 80 per cent of his waking hours trying to get inside to take me out. He never ate. When I looked at the window on Friday, he’d made an attempt to crack the glass. Tiny little feathers and bodily fluids were stuck to the window where he’d rammed it with his head. He kept on coming. In between his charges, he’d sit in the cedar tree or on a branch of an elm 20 feet away and sing his happy little songs. He wasn’t fooling anyone. Mare jokes the bird has rabies. I think he has brain damage and don’t see anything funny about the situation. A 24-gram bird should not be able to get a 195-pound man’s goat. That’s just not right. Late one night when it seemed there was no other recourse for me other than to admit defeat, it came to me. I needed a scaresparrow. The next morning, I tore down those wimpy kestrels and hung a shirt outside. I slept in until 6 a.m. When I reached out and pulled it in, the bird reappeared with even more ferocity. I let him expend his energy for the day. The shirt went back up. The bird disappeared. I was finally winning and wanted to crow about it so I sat on the deck and taunted him. He didn’t like it but too damn bad. He got me back Sunday morning at 5:36 a.m. because I forgot to put the shirt up the night before. Unfortunately, the bird is still the word.
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Dear Editor, My heart goes out to the residents of Lac Megantic, Quebec, who suffered significant loss of life and devastating destruction to their town during the recent train wreck and railway tanker car explosion in their community. Please accept my condolences. Like the community of Lac Megantic, the Municipality of Brighton also has rail lines running through it as do many other population centres between Toronto and Montreal. Many trains pass through on a
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daily basis carrying dangerous cargo and toxic chemicals such as chlorine, and liquid petroleum gas (LPG). Trains are also left on sidings in Brighton for various periods of time similar to those in Lac Megantic. There are two CN Rail lines and one owned by CP Rail running through the municipality. Derailments are not frequent but not uncommon either. I can remember being startled out of a sound sleep by a tremendous thunderclap which I learned the next day had been the noise of
a westbound CN freight train going off the rails about one kilometre west of town. One cannot forget the eastbound VIA passenger train destroyed by vandalism about one kilometre east of town. I can also remember the Napanee derailment in which tankers carrying LPG exploded and burned. While I chose to live where I live, I think the spider web of switches on the section of the tracks running through the urban section of the municipality is an accident waiting to happen.
Many residences and business are less than 400 feet from the rail lines and would be obliterated if a Lac Megantic style derailment occurred on this switching matrix. Perhaps a berm between the tracks and residences could be considered by the Municipal Railway Committee with financial support from the municipality and rail lines. The berm would deflect the force of any explosion upward and probably save many lives. Roger McMurray, Brighton
Green Bin Organic Waste Recycling Program The City of Belleville Green Bin Organic Waste Recycling Program starts August 5. Watch for your Green Bin coming to single family residences in June and July.
The Green Bin Organic Waste Recycling Program is designed to help our environment by reducing the amount of waste that reaches our landfills. As much as 40% of garbage is organic (like food waste) and should be composted.
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Itâ€™s going to be a summer to remember
By Steve Jessel
EMC News - Belleville - Summer camps can leave children with memories that last a lifetime, and at Loyalist College this year the popular series of children and teenagersâ€™ summer camps returns with new programs and plenty of ways to keep children entertained. â€œWeâ€™re teaching them skills, and at the same time theyâ€™re having fun the whole time,â€? said Loyalist program coordinator Heather Cockerline. Registration is in full swing for summer camps at Loyalist this year, and with more than 40 different camps thereâ€™s a little something for kids of all
ages. Camps run for either four or five days during the week, and generally cater to kids between the ages of six and 14. Cockerline said Loyalist has already seen a huge increase in the number of registrations this year, attributing it in part to the reputation the program has gained over the years. â€œI think we have a really good reputation for delivering high quality camps,â€? she said. A new partnership with Batawa Ski Hill is also a huge reason for an increase of registration this year, offering three brand new programs for Loyalist summer camp veterans. Batawa Hike â€™nâ€™
Bike and Batawa Eco-Adventures are outdoor focused programs, while Batawa Dino Days offers kids a chance to play paleontologist for a week as they take part in a dig to unearth a 40-foot T-Rex. Cockerline said the partnership with Batawa made sense for both organizations as their programs didnâ€™t conflict with what the other offered. â€œWeâ€™re trying to let them explore and learn new skills,â€? Cockerline said.
Other new additions this year include computer animation and video game design classes that Cockerline said have proven very popular. Different camps are targeted at different age groups, with younger children generally changing activities more often to accommodate shorter attention spans. â€œThereâ€™s no curriculum they have to meet or exceed, so if the kids are having
a fantastic time â€Ś the instructor knows that they can go with the flow and lead the kids down a path that maybe you didnâ€™t originally plan for,â€? Cockerline said. Camps are $175 for five-day programs and $145 for four-day programs. Before and after care services are also offered. For more information, call 613-9697900, or visit <loyalistfocus.com>.
Summer camps are already under way at Loyalist College offering a wide range of educational and outdoor adventures, such as the Rockinâ€™ Space Adventures Camp that took place this past week. Photo: R0012188449
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10 Belleville EMC - Thursday, July 11, 2013
Barbecue knowhow featured
EMC Lifestyles - Need to learn your way around the barbecue this summer, or looking to learn some new recipes for summer entertaining? Belleville Public Library can ensure you become a grill master in no time at all with guidebooks and recipe books. First, know thy grill: learn the ins and outs and hows of true barbecuing with coals, become an artisan with a smoker or people-pleaser with a grill by picking up Jeff Phillipsâ€™ Smoking Meat: the essential guide to real barbecue or Bobby Flayâ€™s new Barbecue Addiction that also provides some awesome recipes from one of Americaâ€™s Iron Chefs. Above all else, pick the right cut: all carnivores can agree that there isnâ€™t anything quite like a perfectly seasoned and marbled strip loin. Weberâ€™s Smoke, by author Jamie Purveyance will guide you through the process of picking the right cut, as well as preparation and cooking techniques to have guests salivating for extra ounces. For the pork inclined, Purviance offers up some of the best ribs that would rival any rib-fest fare. Not to be outdone, The Barbecue Collection from Canadian Living offers grilling recipes for vegetable dishes that are satisfying and ďŹ lling enough to earn the main stage as entrees anyone will enjoy. If youâ€™re interested in some new ďŹ‚avours, Elizabeth Karmelâ€™s Pizza on the Grill offers some amazing dishes that include sweet treats such as Orange TrufďŹ‚e Chocolate Pizza; who knew some of the best desserts can be served straight off the grill? Or you might want to check out Alex Skariaâ€™s, The Asian Barbecue Book: from teriyaki to tandoori; the recipes combine Western barbecue techniques with the aromatic and enticing ďŹ‚avours of Asia. For a roundup of all things grilled and for help with how to make it easy to entertain your guests with style you canâ€™t beat, try Cheryl Jamisonâ€™s The Big Book of Outdoor Cooking 2013and Entertaining: spirited recipes and expert tips for barbecuing, charcoal and gas grilling, rotisserie roasting, smoking, deep-frying, and making merry. This â€œbig bookâ€? covers everything from barbeOWN IT FROM WITH cued2013 Kansas City ribs & to Texas brisket with a stop off for succulent rotisserie chickens from France, and banana-leaf-wrapped dishes from Mexicoâ€™s Yucatan. DOWN BI-WEEKLY OWN ITgreat FROM WITH Last, no barbecue is complete with& pairing. Go spirited or out a delicious drink virgin, pour a pint, or select a vintage from a variety of titles that include Rod Phillipsâ€™ DOWN 500BI-WEEKLY Best Value Wines in the LCBO. On a hot summer day, any of these pairings will accompany your steaks, kabobs or baked potatoes nicely and will keep guests happy. Backyard or beachside, meat or veggie, one thing is certain: everyone is more than ready to enjoy barbecue season as often as possible.
Belleville Council briefs
By Steve Jessel
EMC News - Belleville - City council honoured Don Flanders as the cityâ€™s 2013 Senior of the Year at their regular meeting on Monday, July 8. Flanders has served with the Quinte Humane Society (QHS) since 1975, acting as treasurer since 1992. Flanders has also been involved with seniors programs at the QHS, and was credited during the meeting as helping the QHS grow through their formative years. â€œI never did this for any reward or recognition,â€? Flanders told council. â€œI did it because I love animals.â€? Established in 1994, the Senior of the Year award recognizes individuals over the age of 65 who have enriched the social, cultural or civic life of their community without thought of personal or ďŹ nancial gain. Flanders was nominated by Cheryl Lepine, executive director of the QHS. Police Chief Cory McMullan delivered the Belleville Police Service 20132015 Strategic Business Plan to council, which was received without discussion. The plan was previously examined
during a session of the Police Services Board. Council approved a bylaw to authorize the borrowing of $39.4 million toward the cost of a number of capital works, including $15 million for the Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre and $5 million for the ďŹ re hall. SpeciďŹ c items had been approved at previous council meetings. Councillor Jackie Denyes detailed the arrival of a contingent from the German city of Lahr in Belleville this week, as part of the Sister City initiative. The group will take the stage at the Waterfront and Ethnic Festival on Sunday, July 14, one of a number of activities the group will participate in while visiting the Friendly City. Despite supporting the group, city council will not be able to waive develkia kia)' opment fees for Three Oaks Foundation , at North Don Flanders (right) is given a plaque for Senior of the Year by acting mayor Egerton Boyce during city for their proposed development council on July 8. Flanders was honoured for his contributions to the Quinte Humane Society. Front Street, as city . bylaws prohibit Thatâ€™s The Power To. Surprise Thatâ€™s the Power to Surprise kia)' kia )' kia)' such an action. Council ap, proved the closure
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