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Crain & Schooley insurance company merges with Johnson Inc. By AMY HOGUE It’s business as usual at the four local offices of Crain & Schooley’s Insurance Brokers Ltd., & Financial Corp. following a long awaited merger between Crain & Schooley and Johnson Inc. “I always said we were too big to be small and too small to be big,” Richard Schooley said with a laugh, explaining he spend three years actively searching for potential merging partners before deciding on Johnson Inc. “We wanted to get rid of the challenges that impeded us from being better at what we were doing. This is a continuation of what we’ve been doing since 1953.” Crain & Schooley currently operates five offices in the Ottawa Valley, employing more than 60 staff members. It consists of two distinct operations – Crain & Schooley Insurance Brokers and Crain & Schooley Financial Corporation. Schooley said Johnson Inc. is a good fit for Crain & Schooley, adding that finding a financially sound merging company that also mirrored their core values was a challenge. According to Schooley, client service is the primary interest for the insurance bro-

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Crain & Schooley Insurance Brokers Ltd. and Financial Corp. recently announced its merger with Newfoundland-based company, Johnson Inc. New renovations at the Perth office have been a welcomed change, including the addition of an accessibility ramp. From left to right: Jason Schooley, senior vice-president of communications; Megan Schooley, vice-president; Richard Schooley, president; Brandi Machan, manager of operations; Peter Mast, senior vice-president client relations and George McLennan, comptroller. kerage, but noted it is Crain & Schooley staff who facilitate the client relationship. Finding a merging company that cared about its staff while also believing in community involvement was a challenge.

Johnson Inc. seems to be the ideal match for Crain & Schooley, operating 27 offices in Ontario and employing more than 600 people. After the merger with Crain & Schooley, Johnson Inc. now operates 10 offices

in eastern Ontario. Johnson Inc. has been named in the top 100 employers in Canada for the past four years. Little change Schooley stressed

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little will change for Crain & Schooley customers, explaining that for commercial insurance clients and financial corporation customers there will be no changes, however, personal insurance clients will find additional resources available to them for the first time. “It’s the same people, same faces,” Schooley stressed. The adjustment period at Crain & Schooley will take roughly 18 months as staff are trained in new computer programs, new workflows and new efficiencies. Schooley said he is excited about the prospect of offering faster, more efficient services to Crain & Schooley clients as a result of the merger. New technology will be helping staff to better serve Crain & Schooley insurance customers. Clients or potential clients who contact Crain & Schooley for a personal insurance quote will shortly be able to receive their quote and insurance documentation during a single visit to Crain & Schooley offices. “It’ll take time for staff and clients to get used to the new environment and take advantage of new opportunities,” Schooley explained, adding that once the adjustment period is completed

it will be “once and done,” meaning customers come in once and they’re done with all their insurance needs. Schooley said the merger has made possible the notion of retirement for him and other partners. Schooley himself has spent 50 years working for Crain & Schooley and is looking forward to his “fade to black” plan where he will have the opportunity to take a step back from the day-to-day operations of the company. The reins of management will eventually be taken up by vice-president Meagan Schooley, Jason Schooley, senior vice-president of communications business development, and Brandi Machan, manager of operations. Jason said he is looking forward to getting back to what he said he came to Crain & Schooley to do – sell insurance. Community organizations should also rest easy regarding Crain & Schooley sponsorship. Jason stressed that as part of the merger, Johnson Inc. has made a commitment to continue the many sponsor partnerships Crain & Schooley has formed over the years. “As far as clients are concerned, it’s business as usual,” Jason said.

Over $2 million in upgrades to Highway 16 bridge announced an National (CN) Rail Overhead bridge, located in the Township of Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal by up to 40 years, noted Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville on behalf of Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Jan. 22, at the

Johnstown Community Centre. “Modern and efficient highway infrastructure connects workers with jobs, products with markets and travellers with destinations,” he noted in a press release. “Our government is proud to

invest in this initiative which will create jobs and ensure safer travel for Johnstown residents and visitors.” The investment supports economic growth and job creation, he noted. MPP for GlengarryPrescott-Russell Grant Crack

was also in attendance for the announcement. He noted while maintenance isn’t always glamorous or convenient, it is “absolutely necessary” and “the right thing to do.” “Highway 16 is an important link between Highway

401 and the international border crossing at Johnstown,” said Crack in a press release. “The renovations to this CN Rail Overhead bridge will ensure the route remains safe and efficient for local See BRIDGE page 4

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Carleton Place native tackles the new age of ordering By TARA GESNER Have you ever been hungry or thirsty but didn’t want to miss a minute of the game by waiting in line at the concession stand? Carleton Place native Ryan MacGregor, 30, is revolutionizing the way people attend sporting events, music concerts and more. “The whole service industry is changing,” he says. The former hockey player is the chief executive officer and founder of SweetSeat, a smartphone application (app) that lets fans order food, drinks and merchandise through their mobile device while they sit back and relax. “It’s so easy,” says MacGregor. “Choose your venue, select what you want to eat or drink and enter your seat number and payment information.” Although the app is downloaded for free, a 10 per cent convenience charge is added when users finalize a transaction. “Continue watching the game while a concession worker delivers the goods,” says MacGregor. “A receipt is e-mailed.” At present the technology is only available at a handful of venues: Budweiser Gardens (London, ON), Coburn’s Catering (Fort Worth, TX), Dow Event Center (Saginaw, MI), Greco Fitness (Ottawa, ON) and St James’ Park (Newcastle upon Tyne, UK). The app was tested previously at Ottawa 67’s games with great success, says MacGregor. Currently the 67’s play at Scotiabank Place (SBP) for their home games during the Lansdowne Park reconstruction. SweetSeat is not available at SBP. MacGregor came up with

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Carleton Place native Ryan MacGregor is the chief executive officer and founder of SweetSeat, a smart-phone

application that lets fans order food, drinks and merchandise through their mobile device.

the idea while working at SBP’s upscale sports bar, Bert’s. “Throughout Senators games my friends were al-

ing a break.” He knew there had to be a better way of doing this. “I never thought I would start my own business,” says

ways sending me text messages with their food and drink orders,” he says with a laugh. “I’d have everything ready for them to collect dur-

MacGregor. “I was actually looking for a reason not to do it.” Other members of the SweetSeat team: Mike Ever-

son, chief operations officer; Cody Spicer, chief marketing officer; Fred Brathwaite, director of public relations; Matt Loudon, sales manager; and Sergey Savinov, CTO and head of IT. Brathwaite is a former National Hockey League (NHL) goalie. He played for the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets. Early on he excelled playing for the Smiths Falls Bears in the Central Junior Hockey League (CCHL). Spicer played in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) for the London Knights, Kingston Frontenacs and Peterborough Petes. “Mike knew Jeff Hunt and got us in (the J. Benson Cartage Centre),” from December 2011 to March 2012, says MacGregor. Hunt is the owner of the Ottawa 67’s. “Jeff was an awesome partner, and did so much for us,” he adds. “He introduced us to other OHL teams.” MacGregor, himself, played in six leagues over the course of his career. SweetSeat is still in the growth stages, but the goal of the group is to make it the most convenient and userfriendly tool out there. “Eventually we want to get our app in NHL arenas, but right now we are strengthening our relationship with the junior league,” says MacGregor. He thanks his parents (Murray and Linda) for their love and support. “They were the ones who helped us from the beginning,” says MacGregor. “They had faith and belief in us.” For additional information regarding SweetSeat, contact 866-711-SEAT (7328) or info@sweetseat.ca, or visit www.sweetseat.ca.

Think tank presses for ‘living wage’ to bridge income gap By DEREK DUNN The growing income gap in Canada has some groups pushing for a living wage over the minimum wage. The nation’s 100 highestearning CEOs made - as of 1:18 p.m. on Jan. 2 - as much as the average Canadian earns in a year, according to a new analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). It takes about half of one workday for the average CEO to earn the average Canadian wage of $45,448, the report states. The left-leaning think tank’s survey found the average salary in 2011 for the top 100 CEOs was $7.7 million; it follows a 27-per-cent jump in 2010. CCPA surveys show the income gap has catapulted over the past few decades. CEOs earned 235 times the average salary in 2011, compared to 85 times in 1995. Along with the hefty salaries, there is a concentration of power in the corporate sector that is perpetuating

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income inequality, according to CCPA’s study A Shrinking Universe: How Concentrated Corporate Power is Shaping Income Inequality in Canada. It links the rise of the richest Canadians with a shift toward more concentrated power within the country’s largest firms. “Something dramatic happened in Canada after 1980: the top 60 firms have effectively delinked from the rest of the corporate universe, and we now see a staggering degree of concentrated power,” said the study’s author Jordan Brennan. He added that corporate and income power means the top .1 per cent is a factor driving income inequality. Working poor With the evaporation of manufacturing jobs in southern Ontario and federal jobs in Ottawa, more workers are forced to look at the minimum wage option. However, social democracies are built on an

invisible social contract that says if the population works it should be paid enough to escape poverty; it prevents revolutions. But earning the minimum wage ($10.25 per hour) falls short by about a third what they need to get by, according to CCPA. Enter the living wage. The Kingston Community Roundtable on Poverty Reduction estimated a family in that city with two parents working fulltime would need to make $16.29 an hour each to be considered earning a living wage. A living wage doesn’t allow families to have for retirement, children’s education or service their debt. It is merely the amount it costs to for working families to afford basic everyday things. In other words, the minimum wage reflects what employers are willing to pay; a living wage reflects what it takes to live. And the latter is in place in parts of British Columbia. The cities of New

Westminister and Esquimalt are committed to paying a living wage to municipal workers. Vancouver’s largest credit union, Vancity Credit Union, SAP Labs Canada and Briteweb are businesses that do the same. A school district and two universities also have policies in place. “The conversation they’ve started with corporations in B.C. is an interesting one,” said CCPA Ontario director Trish Hennessy. “Where the minimum wage conversation is usually directed at governments, the living wage conversation in B.C. is taking place with governments, businesses, as well as civil society.” Were living wage policies to be passed in Ottawa and elsewhere, the amount paid per hour would have to be determined. PC party Jack MacLaren said the idea of a living wage is a good one in theory, but it would be

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difficult to convince most corporations to voluntarily participate. “I think it would be nice to have,” said the CarletonMississippi Mills Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). He isn’t in favour of raising corporate taxes to pay more to the working poor, even though corporate taxes in Ontario they are among the lowest of any North American jurisdiction and are lowest they have been in many recent decades. He fears corporations will move to another area, though the vast majority need to be located in the province to do business here. Carleton economics expert Justin Paulson agrees with MacLaren that the idea is impractical. The minimum wage is the best way to go for a couple of reasons. “Bumping up the minimum wage is the best way to deal with it. If the goal is a living wage for all workers, it

has to be across the board,” Paulson said. He added that a lot of companies – not the large corporations with well-paid CEOs – have very small profit margins. To pay workers at a corner store more money, for instance, would simply mean higher prices are passed on to consumers. That would lead to inflation. Still, a significant bump to the working poor would be a way to increase consumer spending and re-circulate wealth – since the ultra rich tend to not spend as much as others. The CCPA also maintains that it is in the interests of municipalities to see that every worker in a given city is out of poverty. Municipalities are the ones paying for the health and law-enforcement services that come along with a poorly-paid population. They are paying it with higher taxes to residents. The City of Ottawa was contacted, but did not comment.

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By DESMOND DEVOY When the Queen calls, you come. Not that an invitation from the mayor isn’t important, but no one was more surprised than Hugh Colton and Brad Kyle when they found out that the award they thought they were getting from Mayor John Fenik was actually Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. “As mayor, every now and again you get to present a very special award,” said Fenik during the presentation before Perth town council on Tuesday, Jan. 22, before a packed council chamber. Fenik and council were presenting the accolade to the two men for their work on the Build-a-Mountain of Food campaign. “Hugh is the face of our local food drive and in 10 other communities,” said Fenik, as he held the medals from Her Majesty. “But without Mr. Kyle’s generosity, the local food drive would not happen,” he added of Colton’s boss at Town and Country Chrysler. While the ceremony was

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Perth mayor John Fenik pins the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal on the lapel of Hugh Colton’s jacket. He and Brad Kyle of Town and Country Chrysler were presented with the awards for their work with the Build-a-Mountain of Food campaign. heartfelt, Fenik made sure there was a bit of levity. “It’s like Lennon and McCartney,” said Fenik. “They make beautiful music together.” While he acknowledged

that he is the public face of the campaign, Colton was sure to stress that “it couldn’t happen without the many volunteers. I thank the volunteers.” While there are many worthy causes out there, when it

comes to providing the needy with food, “no better or more worthwhile cause than this,” said Kyle. Kyle noted that Colton was first hired on at his car dealership six years ago, it was only

for a one-year contract at first, “and now I can’t afford to get rid of him!” “Thank you Hugh, I don’t know how you do it, but keep doing it,” said Kyle, who provides the vehicles, fuel, staff and other incidentals necessary for the food drives to span out over Lanark and Leeds and Grenville counties. “It is important what we do,” said Colton. “Their numbers (for the area food banks) grow each and every year. You ask any manager,” of a food bank. “We are not only helping a child who has not eaten in four days, but a couple going from a double income to one minimum wage income,” said Colton. “It’s not about me. (But the medal) means a tremendous amount to us.” At the end of the ceremony, the two men were presented with information about when they can and cannot wear their medals. “You can’t wear them at the Perth pool if you are swimming,” said Fenik with a laugh.

YMCA Early Learning Centre opens in Gananoque By MARLA DOWDALL The YMCA Child Care Centre opened in Gananoque Feb. 7. This project has taken several years to come to fruition, as evidenced by the many smiles around the room as the official ribbon cutting to mark the occasion took place. While the Early Learning Centre has been open for a couple of months, this is the first real chance the YMCA of Brockville and Area and TR Leger School have had to “truly showcase” the facility, noted school vice principal Trevor Holme. The centre is located at the TR Leger School of Adult, Alternative and Continuing Education, Gananoque which is housed within the Gateway United Pentecostal Church. “This has been a real joint effort,” commented Gananoque Mayor Erika Demchuk. “It’s been great.” She noted the process has been a long one, but a collaborative one between TR Leger, the church and Pastor Kevin Shaw, the YMCA, as well as the community. Support for the project was received from the town (in the form of

a grant for $17,000 for refurbishing the space), the Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Communities Alive, Every Kid in Our Communities, the Rotary Club of Gananoque and of course the Upper Canada District School Board. The facility is positive in many ways, but Holme keyed in on three reasons why the centre is such great news for the community. The first being that this project proves the community can band around a cause and make it happen. The second and third reasons are that it is good for the parents and good for the children. “We are looking after the young to the mature in a variety of ways,” he said of what he calls a “fully composite project.” While TR Leger is the location for the centre, YMCA is the “service provider” noted Beth Steel, interim director of child care for the Brockville and Area YMCA. This centre will be following the national programming of other YMCAs - the playing to learn curriculum. In a YMCA brochure for the program, it ex-

plains, “we believe that it is through true play that children learn best.” The centre takes infants and newborns to those 30 months of age. Licensed for up to eight children, enrolment and attendance may actually differ day to day, she said. As some mothers don’t bring their children in every day. While geared towards TR Leger students, the YMCA is willing to speak with mothers in the community who are interested in the program as well. “We would like to have that conversation,” Steel said of those in the community who might want to inquire. “Child care is hard to access and we want to make it available,” she commented. There are fees for service; however subsidies may be made available through Ontario Works or United Counties of Leeds and Grenville at 613-342-3840 ext. 2119 or by calling 1-800-267-8146. The centre operates based around the school day scheduling of Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. The centre itself is warm and inviting, with a kitchen

space, play area, washer and dryer and crib area. Those wishing further information on how to register may call either the TR Leger School at 613-382-5285 or the YMCA of Brockville and Area at 613-342-7961. The TR Leger Gananoque Campus offers opportunities for Ontario Secondary School Diploma completion; there is a Foundations Program, as well as Adult Literacy and Employment Preparation Programs. For further information about the school please call the number listed above. According to a press release from the YMCA, “The staff consists of qualified, caring professionals who follow the national YMCA “Playing to Learn” curriculum. The program includes quiet time, outside time, active play and naptime as needed. The Child Care supports the healthy growth of children and promotes the lifelong development of skills and values. YMCA child-centered programming develops imagination, encourages learning and promotes life skills and values: essential building blocks

in becoming healthy, happy adults.” The school and now the Early Learning Centre are located in the Gateway United Pentecostal Church. Pastor for the church Kevin Shaw thought it was “great to see it officially open.” “Personally it’s been enriching meeting and working together with these community partners,” he commented with a broad smile. “It fills a need in the community.” He explained being able to utilize the space within the church is great. The church and the school actually overlap in the space they use however, a relationship that has gone well throughout the years. Shaw pointed out the church utilizes classroom space on Sundays for their Sunday School, as well as youth programming. They also utilize the gym as well. “It was the most frugal thing to do and made the most sense (to lease space to the school board). There are so many churches with so few dollars,” he said. For further information please call the numbers provided above.

Business success coaching program offered By STAFF Business owners looking to take their businesses to the next level, or for extra support to help make it a success - will want to check out the Business Success Coaching program. The program is offered through the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre and provides business owners with feedback and suggestions on helping to move their business forward. The program aids by generating ideas and options related to the business’ goals, and helps in building confidence to empower business owners to make solid decisions. The program provides business coaching, visitations and personalized ongoing service from the Business Centre. The LGSBEC is looking for clients for this program who have been in business for longer than one year. The business can either be breaking even or making money. There is a fee attached to the program and it is six months long. There is one on one coaching and a group of extremely experienced people who have volunteered their time to coach. For further information about this program please call 613-342-8772 ext. 470 or visit www.lgsbec.com or email wonstein@brockville. com. The Small Business Enterprise Centre serves Leeds and Grenville and is partners with the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, the City of Brockville, the 1000 Islands CDC, Grenville CFDC and the municipality of South Leeds. The Enterprise Centre is a one stop shop for information for those who might be thinking of starting their own business or even growing an existing one. The centre can aid by connecting business owners with other business owners, help with business and financial issues and more. The centre, located at 3 Market St. W., Unit 3A, Brockville, actually boasts a library of self-help literature, manuals on franchising, information on government programs and much more.

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Apply now for Summer Company program Applications are now being accepted for the Leeds and Grenville Small Business Enterprise Centre Summer Company program. And those interested should move soon, “the seats will fill,” cautioned Wendy Onstein, manager for the LGSBEC. Typically she receives anywhere from 40 to 50 some applications, one year 100 came in. The program gives youth the chance to start up their own business over the summer months. For those ages 15 to 29, in school and returning in the fall, this is an opportunity for them to “get their business up and running and successful.” While the program may begin July 1 and participants exit at the end of August, it is a golden opportunity for those with an entrepreneurial spirit. Successful applicants, last year there were 11 young entrepreneurs, receive up to $1,500 startup cash to help get the business running. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive another $1,500 to return to school. While the two months may be a very short period of time, it is one ripe with opportunity. Participants are provided with mentors, hands on business training and coaching from members of the business community. Mentors are paired with participants whom might have a similar type business; it is all geared towards the needs of the youth. “The mentors love it,” Onstein said with a broad smile. “They enjoy seeing the participants be successful.” Those interested in taking part can visit www.ontario.ca/ summercompany to look over and complete the application

process, which involves having a business plan. After the application is completed, the local LGSBEC follows up with a phone call. If the candidate’s business plan is completed they are then brought in for an interview. At this time the centre goes over the candidate’s plan with them, making suggestions and providing advice. Application deadline is May 17. Those who might be more comfortable with making an initial phone call are more than welcome to do so. The centre can be reached at 613-342-8772 ext. 471. Those who perhaps need some guidance with their plans or the application process are also welcome to call. “That’s what we are here for. We will certainly help provide them (candidates) with direction,” Onstein said. Those who are granted into the program, via a successful application process, are expected to complete their business plan, work in their business full time and attend meetings and training sessions. Thirty per cent of program participants do continue on with their business in some fashion, she explained. Participation in the Summer Company program also provides future opportunities for the young entrepreneurs. Last summer those who participated founded their own businesses which included lawn mowing and gardening, landscaping, selling cotton candy, popcorn and cupcakes and more. Summer Company is a very competitive program and there are limited seats. The application deadline is May 17.

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families, commercial traffic and travellers for decades to come.” Mayor for the Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal Bill Sloan commented the investment in this project will ensure the bridge remains safe for both residents and visitors.

“It is truly needed to maintain the growth of our community,” he said. This project is one of 44, which have received funding through the ProvincialTerritorial Base Fund, with which the federal government is providing $175 million to strengthen infrastructure in the province. Ontario is con-

tributing $173 million to these initiatives. Canada’s Economic Action Plan is promoting new opportunities for growth, job creation, as well as long term prosperity. Strengthening infrastructure across the country is an integral part of the plan. These investments also support Building Together,

the provincial government’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, schools and postsecondary institutions, hospitals and courthouses. Over the past decade, the province has invested approximately $75 billion in infrastructure.

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Master of ceremonies, Gerry Morrell, councillor for Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, speaks, far left, while behind from left, Mayor for the Township of Edwardsburgh/ Cardinal Bill Sloan, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Grant Crack and Gord Brown MP for Leeds-Grenville are excited for the news. Jan. 22 at the Johnstown Community Centre funding in the amount of $2.8 million from the federal and provincial governments was announced for Highway 16 bridge upgrades. Left, Sloan, Brown, Crack and Clark celebrate the announcement.

EMC News - Parks Canada has frozen prices for all Parks Canada entry fees, camping at national parks, lockage and mooring at historic canals and several other national fees for basic services. This price freeze will help the tourism industry and local economies – and help more Canadians experience treasured natural and historic places. For the general public, 2008 prices are in effect until April 1, 2013. For commercial groups, 2009 prices are in effect until April 1, 2014. Throughout the next couple of years, Parks Canada will also be introducing unique new products and services, like yurt accommodation and innovative interpretive programming. Some local fees may need to be adjusted or established as a result of these service enhancements. All revenues from fees at national parks and national historic sites and national marine conservation areas

are reinvested at the location for such purposes as maintenance, repairs or replace aging visitor facilities as well as enhancing visitor experiences. Prices are set to ensure a good value to visitors as well as a fair economic return for taxpayers based on market value and rates. Parks Canada proposes that future fee adjustments for major services be in accordance with the Consumer Price Index. The following proposed fees have been developed taking into account the costs to operate boating services, economic considerations including local tourism support, value for money, revenues generated and comparative market research. Parks Canada costs for operating the canal lockage services are $18.5 million annually. Currently, revenues from canal lockage services users are equal to 9.6 per cent of those costs. Comparatively,

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approximately 35 per cent of operational costs are recovered at all other types of Parks Canada operations. The proposed canal fee structure is necessary to better balance the amount paid by boaters for boater services with the public goals of heritage protection and tourism support to local communities. As a result, Parks Canada must increase the level of contribution by boats passing through canal locks to decrease the 91 per cent subsidy paid by Canadian taxpayers. The base price of 60 cents per foot per single lock through has been established based on accepted rates boaters are already paying at some Parks Canada operated canals. Canal users at Parks Canada canals in Quebec are paying 70 cents per foot per lock at several locks while those on the Rideau and Trent Severn are paying 45 cents per foot per lock. Those current fees are to remain in ef-

fect for the 2013 season. The proposed fee, for 2014 season, of 60 cents per foot is a reasonable rate between these current fees and provides for consistency across the Parks Canada system of canals. The cost difference at some locks to 90 cents per foot per single lock through results from higher levels of service provided at those locks. Traditional usage by seasonal pass holders has been 28 locks per year. Parks Canada has used this figure to determine the rates for the proposed seasonal, six day and one-day passes. Those holding a season’s pass will be locking free of charge after 25 lock passages while six-day pass holders will be locking free after 12 lock passages, and finally 1 Day pass holders will lock free after four passages. This pass provides unlimited lock passage for one day at a rate of $2.40 a foot.

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DBA looks to continue positive pace into 2013 By STACEY ROY The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) is looking to capitalize on the momentum of 2012 with the introduction of a new downtown festival as well as marketing and beautification programs while keeping an eye to the future. Maire Hogan, DBA chair, said it’s critical the community continues to complete projects and she’s convinced the downtown business organization can do its part with the addition of four new board members. “That, to me, is a very positive thing,” Hogan said. One of the most anticipated projects for the coming year is the first Healthy Living Festival in downtown Smiths Falls, taking place June 22. The festival will offer a full day of events from wall climbing to cardio kickboxing and information booths on a variety of topics. “We’re getting a very good response from the business owners in what they can contribute to the festival,” Hogan added. “We’re excited.” The hope is to introduce festival attendees to the many stores that can be found in the downtown area and encourage them to come back and shop year round. If the power of information on what is available downtown doesn’t get shoppers to return, the DBA is looking at what a customer rewards program for the core can do. “We’re just doing the research right now,” Hogan said.

The concept is to introduce Downtown Dollars that could be used at any participating business downtown to purchase goods and services. The DBA is now looking into the cost of producing such a thing and the form they may take for possible introduction later this year or next. One thing that will certainly be on the agenda for the coming year is addressing the tree lighting downtown. “We want to revamp the lights,” Hogan said. The organization is looking into the feasibility of banner lights, which are lights that when installed in the trees display a shape. Other beautification projects include completing the benches and garbage bins along Beckwith Street with plans to expand to the side streets in future. The side streets of the downtown core will receive newly made banners this year, according to Hogan. The hope is that these banners will unify the downtown core area while providing a colourful addition to the streetscape.

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Maire Hogan, chair of the DBA, shakes the hand of Smiths Falls mayor, Dennis Staples in thanks for providing a community-wide update on development projects in town during their annual general meeting Jan. 22 at the Memorial Community Centre.

Strategic Plan Keeping the overall vision of the downtown core in mind is the foundation of all the DBA’s work. This year the business organization plans to focus on this building block by revamping the Strategic Planning document for the DBA. “It’s always good to know what direction you are taking,” Hogan said. The last time the DBA underwent a strategic plan pro-

cess was in 2004 when Bruce Moore, Agriculture and Rural Economic Development Advisor with the Ministry of Agriculture assisted the group in drafting a plan. “The 2004 strategic plan is far out of date and for future planning and to maintain a consistent direction for the DBA a new plan is needed,” wrote Amy Hogue, DBA coordinator, in an email interview. Since it was adopted, many of the action items in this plan have been completed or are underway. The first step to creating a new document will be to create a working committee for the strategic plan creation process. This committee will be made up of board members, business and property owners and members of the community. After this is done Moore will then work with the committee to review the completed Downtown Revitalization study and incorporate this direction into the organization’s new plan. The aim of the plan is to confirm a vision for the organization’s future and set out concrete steps that needed to be taken to get there. “I would anticipate the process to create a new plan could be completed before the end of 2013,” Hogue said. The DBA plans to build on the work they completed last year in a number of ways. One of the key projects the DBA and Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce rolled out in 2012 was the introduction of Wi-Fi in the core.

Russell Street merchants propose unique branding, events on-street events. Examples include taking part in the annual Doors Open event and hosting an Art Journey on the road during key dates such as the upcoming Rideau Rural Roots Festival this summer. “This will help draw them to the downtown area,” Maloney said of the captive audience already in town for the major event. A larger undertaking was the suggestion to bring a Tuesday night car and motorcycle show on Russell Street. The event would run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at most and would require the closure of the street so that spectators could tour the vehicles and ask questions. Jim Barnett attended this week’s meeting to provide his personal support towards the idea, saying the

only place for motorcycle enthusiasts to show their cycles now is Perth and the Rideau Carleton Raceway. “I’m here like John to try to get something for the downtown,” Barnett said. Councillors asked Maloney to submit a formal request to the town clerk on the weekly street closure, including his proposal to usher tenant vehicles into the space during the event. Coun. Lorraine Allen applauded this suggestion, saying she has long thought the car show should be in a more prominent place in town. “I think it’s a great idea,” Allen said. Historically, a car show did make its home on Russell Street and then in front of what is now the Shop-

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By STACEY ROY An energy and vision for a bustling downtown core has begun to bubble along Russell Street in Smiths Falls resulting in a proposal to brand the downtown roadway as Russell Street Village. John Maloney of The Rideau Winery pitched the idea to councillors at this week’s committee of the whole meeting Feb. 11, noting the hope is to create interest and more downtown traffic. “I think it would benefit the town and benefit us,” Maloney said of the proposal. Councillors heard that a number of businesses along Russell Street have come together within the last month to support the idea. They hope to begin creating this new brand by hosting a number of

per’s Drugmart store, but this hasn’t been the case for many years. In 2006-07 the event returned to Russell Street once during Old Home Week but hasn’t been back since. The road closure request will be circulated to town departments and come back to committee for consideration. Creating a place of being that can be marketed to the outside world is more than just acting the part, you have to look the part. For this reason Maloney and those in support of Russell Street Village are asking the town to partner with them to purchase 10 light standard banners that would identify the area as “the village.” Maloney said the design concept hasn’t been done as yet, but the estimated cost comes in

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By STACEY ROY Councillors got a glimpse at the potential future of downtown Smiths Falls and environs when they formally accepted the Pedestrian Linkage report and received a verbal update on the Downtown Revitalization and Waterfront Integration plan. At a recent meeting council formally adopted the Pedestrian Linkage study, which includes a proposal to enhance the trail system in Smiths Falls and implement bicycle paths and signage on key roadways. Avid cyclist, David Hoffman sees the proposed trail system as an improvement on what is currently offered with some exceptions. Those exceptions include the plan to put a cycling path on Queen Street and coming out to the Walmart parking lot as they are both on very busy roads. “Where is there room,” Hoffman said of the Queen Street proposal. The suggestion to implement a cohesive signage system for the cyclists was very welcomed by Hoffman who feels this will improve the safety for all who use the roadway. “I think that would help tremendously,” he said. Hoffman’s plan to release an online cycling map for those wishing to park their car for day-to-day errands is expected to be released this spring. Anyone who would like to see the map will be able to find it on Hoffman’s blog: https://sites.google. com/site/davethebikemechanic/2012-09-06. Nicole McKernan, town planner noted the proposed road configuration that would accommodate cyclists and vehicles is something of critical importance for the town to look at and, if they wish, to incorporate into town planning documents. “This will be essential as we look to construct new infrastructure,” she said. Mayor Dennis Staples thanked staff and consultants for their work on this plan, noting it will be important to set aside a meeting to review the plan in depth and discuss how they will financially tackle each of the recommendations contained within the plan in 2014 and beyond. Downtown plan Exactly how the downtown and water front plan and pedestrian linkage study will work together became clearer during a council presentation Monday, Jan. 21. Residents will have their chance to review the study next month when a public meeting will be scheduled to receive feedback before council is asked to formally adopt the work at the end of February. Bruce Cudmore, one of the consultants working on the plan presented a high level look to councillors on a proposed downtown vision last Monday night starting with the positive elements.

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John Rivington, co-owner of the commercial building at the corner of Main Street and the Beckwith Street Bridge shows a conceptual drawing of his vision for the building’s waterfront, which is now incorporated in the draft downtown revitalization and waterfront integration plan. “One of the things your community has is great bones,” Cudmore added. “There’s no other place like Smiths Falls.” The draft plan starts at the top of the town near the library and town hall complex. The consultants are currently proposing to remove Daniel Street between the library and municipal complex so that a community hub/meeting space can be defined and enhanced. “It can really become more of a people space,” Cudmore added. “We can create another identity as a place of celebration.” The draft plan also calls for defined pedestrian crosswalks at all the major intersections along Beckwith Street and between the Tim Hortons and Town Hall and increased off street parking. Having a sliding scale for parking fees in the core was discussed. This would mean parking of most convenience would be more expensive while spots at the edge of the core would be cheaper or free. Drawing the downtown closer to the Rideau Canal was another suggestion coming from the draft plan. The proposal looks at extending some of the roads past Centre Street and to the base of the 30-metre setback from the water. Consultants would also like to see development begin in the block across the road from this setback to continue public access to the water along the entire length of the Rideau Canal. “Some of the ideas you see here may take several years if not more to come into being,” Cudmore said. This is true of the waterfront development near the Comfort Inn and a proposal to remove the road through Confederation Park. When speaking of the Comfort Inn area, Cudmore

spoke of the opportunity and future vision that is possible along the waterfront. “We see it as an opportunity to really make that waterfront more accessible,” he said. Encouraging business owners to enhance their facades and beautify the area is something the plan addresses through a proposed Community Improvement Plan area in the core. Consultants are asking the town to consider establishing such an area to unlock their ability to introduce grant and other support programs that further the town’s overall vision. Programs such as facade improvements, a tax increment grant and fees and rebates are all something council can look at. The hope would be to make the defined geographic area of the Community Improvement Plan general enough to touched on places like Centre Street, which consultants found fascinating. Councillors were interested in hear more about the long-term vision to develop a storefront look at the back of the Giant Tiger mall complete with plantings, etc. to soften that look and bring more walking traffic to that area. Another element that caught the attention of those around the horseshoe was the proposal to remove the RV park from Victoria Park. “That could become a centre piece of development for the town,” Cudmore said. There were a couple of potential relocation spots along the canal that consultants were looking at, but that element is still very much up in the air at this time. All suggestions in the Downtown Redevelopment and Waterfront Integration Master Plan are recommendations only and will have to be full digested by council following the February public meeting before it is adopted.

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PERTH BUSINESS NEWS

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Chela Breckon, project manager of the Local Immigration Partnership for Lanark Renfrew counties, speaks during a breakfast seminar at the Perth and District Chamber of Commerce. federal government has put up?” One such obstacle is having foreign credentials recognized in Canada, which leads to the familiar sight of doctors driving cabs. “There is no quickness in terms of immigrating,” admitted Breckon, though there are sometimes unintended good consequences of this. “Those professionals often become entrepreneurs because they are not ready to accept an entry level position.” Already Breckon is hearing anecdotal evidence that any European immigration to the area, primarily after the war, is starting to retire. She heard of one business owner in Almonte who

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Perth could see public transit in next 20 years By DESMOND DEVOY The Town of Perth may see its own public transportation system within the next 20 years. With new subdivision projects on the horizon, the town is anticipating that the population will double in the next two decades, making some type of public transportation viable. “It is not beyond the level of possibility that we may see some type of public transit, so we might as well get used to it,� said Eric Cosens, direc-

tor of planning at the Town of Perth, during a presentation at the “Tools for Rural Housing Development,� conference at the Perth Civitan Club hall on Thursday, Feb. 7. “It may sound far-fetched now,� he admitted. “(But) we are looking forward to seeing more development in the years to come.� Thankfully, for Cosens, this fits in well with provincial mandates to “reduce the need for dependence on the automobile,� and “reduce (the) ecological footprint.�

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velopment, but can be in the form of a contribution to a social housing development in the area. “The more efficiently developers use their land, the more bang they will get for their infrastructure buck,� said Cosens, who stressed that he would like to see the downtown core, both business and residential, kept as walkable as possible.

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Rural communities must attract immigrants to help with work shortage, Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce hears

By TIFFANY LEPACK Immigration founded our country and now it is set to re-define our communities in the years to come. On Jan. 16, ChĂŠla Breckon, project manager for the Local Immigration Partnership for Renfrew and Lanark spoke to members of the Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce on ‘Welcoming New Canadians in Small Towns and Rural Communities.’ This was the first breakfast mixer for the Chamber and was held at the Heirloom CafĂŠ in downtown Almonte with a delicious. Breckon’s first question to the large group was ‘who can tell me how much population comes from immigration in Canada?’ “Two-thirds, that is the current values, in 2015 it is expected to be three-quarters. So, why does this matter to us?â€? asked Breckon. “Because population growth corresponds directly to economic development. If we do not have new people coming, new interests, new investments, we will not have economic development. We must ensure that we become a welcoming community so that we can attract, those individuals like we did in the 1800s.â€?

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ChÊla Breckon (left), project manager for the Local Immigration Partnership for Renfrew and Lanark and Mississippi Mills Chamber of Commerce president Kris Riendeau shake hands after Breckon’s presentation on immigration to the Chamber on Jan. 16 at the Heirloom CafÊ. In looking at the inforIn the numbers, which mation from the last census tracked data from 2006 to Breckon pointed out that 2011, Canada saw a populaLanark County is slightly tion increase of 5.6 per cent, below both the Canadian av- Ontario had an increase of erage and provincial average 5.4 per cent, Renfrew Counwhen it comes to population ty gained 3.9 per cent and change. Lanark County only had an

increase of 2.9 per cent. “The experts say that this is related to the lack of interest for immigrants to come to rural areas,� said Breckon. Most immigrants arrive in major centres, such as Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver where they have easy access to services and follow where their families go. “Perhaps they realize this might not be the Canadian experience living in a community where many of the people of their country of origin live as well,� said Breckon. “We have an opportunity to attract some of those individuals, skilled professionals to join into our rural communities and rural way of life.� To help illustrate the looming factor of the impending labour shortage she had everyone in the room over 50-years-old stand up. A majority of those in attendance stood up and she had proved her point. “Who is going to fill your seats, purchase your business? Those are succession planning questions we have to start asking ourselves,� said Breckon. “In 2031, its 1.8 million jobs in Ontario, that will go unmatched because there will be a surplus of unskilled labour and a

deep deficit of skilled labour. We have to start to prepare now as a rural community to address this, becoming attractive and bringing people with investment, entrepreneurial spirit and job opportunities to this area so that we can grow and maintain what we have built over time here.� In the KOA postal codes (Mississippi Mills area), there are approximately 90,000 people and seven per cent of the population are immigrants. “Mississippi Mills has the greatest per cent of immigrants living in all of Lanark County versus any municipality,� said Breckon. But only .4 per cent of the population are recent immigrants. “That’s the number we have to work on,� she said. The next step, according to Breckon is to attract immigrants to the area. “We know the advantages of the area and it is up to us to share them,� said Breckon. One way the Local Immigration Partnership for Renfrew and Lanark is working to help is by highlighting the success of local immigrants. Recently, they put the spotlight on two local immigrants in Pembroke in pro-

motional material; that will help newcomers understand what it takes to be successful. She is also looking for immigrant success stories in Mississippi Mills to highlight more accomplishments. She encourages anyone who knows someone to be featured to contact her toll free at 1-855-730-4224. “This topic is not going away, we have these issues, this community has the strength to attract people,� said Breckon. “Let’s partner, we will work it out and let’s grow it.� There are a number of organizations that local businesses can contact to help attract immigrants regionally and locally: Hire Immigrants Ottawa 613-228-6700, TR Leger Immigrant Services: 1-877-875-3437, Lanark County Job Board (coming soon): kturner@smithsfalls. ca. There was also an Employer’s Workshop in Smiths Falls in partnership with the Local Immigration Partnership for Renfrew and Lanark on Feb. 13 at the Youth Arena Hall. For more information, contact Dianne PinderMoss: dpindermoss@smithsfalls.ca.

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Encouraging signs of progress heard at BIA annual general meeting

Business as usual The initial part of the AGM involved a meet and greet for the downtown business owners â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a chance to network and mingle. Subsequent to a buffet dinner, Cathie McOrmond, BIA coordinator, presented the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012/2013 report. Also, members voted on the budget, which was introduced by Ben McNeely, BIA vice chair and owner of Kelly Huibers McNeely Chartered Accountant. Moreover, mayor Wendy LeBlanc and Jasmin Ralph, the townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development coordinator, spoke about a vision for the downtown and the econom-

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ics of the downtown. At the end of the night, members were invited to ask questions. Heart of the matter â&#x20AC;&#x153;The downtown businesses are the heartbeat of Carleton Place,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. In 2012, membership totalled 150 (retail and service businesses). As well, there are more than 100 property owners in the BIA district. Festival and event highlights last year included Pitch In (one of the largest), Lambs Down Park Festival, Bridge Street Bazaar, Maskeraid Halloween Parade and Santa Claus Parade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Event participation was surveyed and the results showed 40 to 47 per cent of people attending downtown events were not only from Carleton Place,â&#x20AC;? explained McOrmond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Many people are coming from the area of Kanata and Stittsville.â&#x20AC;? The BIA is pleased to work with businesses, service clubs, town, and community groups to bring people to the municipalityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown core. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beginning in May and running for 20 weeks, Carleton Place Cruise Night moves downtown to the Market Square,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. The BIA was the municipalityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tourism team chair last year. The group worked on establishing directional signage to the downtown core (McNeely and Lake avenues, Coleman Street and Franktown Road). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team secured a presence at the inaugural Home Show and the World Broomball Championships, and provided community groups with event support,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. The BIA has created a retail recruitment kit folder to be used as a tool to lure new business downtown, and retail recruitment advertisements were created and will be used in particular publications (200-kilometre radius). â&#x20AC;&#x153;The BIA and townâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development coordinator continue to work closely to ensure downtown economics remain at the top of the priority list,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. Over 100 hanging floral baskets and plants for the downtown planters were purchased this past summer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work closely with Carleton Place in Bloom and the town to ensure the plants are watered and maintained all summer long,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. She mentioned the Feel the Warmth Mitten project, an initiative of Carleton Place in Bloom and Arts Carleton Place. Twentyfour additional mittens were made last year. As a result, 100 mittens adorn the lampposts in the BIA neighbourhood. Too, thousands of LED lights adorn the trees

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Cathie McOrmond, Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA) coordinator, speaks during the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2012 annual general meeting (AGM) at the Town Hall Auditorium. The 2013 AGM took place Jan. 24. along Bridge Street, and the bridge was dressed for the 2012 festive holiday season. Together with the town, the BIA provides funding of 50 per cent (up to $5,000) for façade improvements. Nine businesses took advantage of this financial opportunity in 2012. Thousands of pounds of food was collected for the Lanark County Food Bank by way of BIA events, funds were collected for the local Christmas Basket Fund, and donations were made to the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital. Downtown merchants supported fundraising events for Lanark County Interval House, People First of Lanark County, Lanark Animal Welfare Society, breast cancer, and many more. â&#x20AC;&#x153;BIA merchants should be proud,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They make a difference in the community.â&#x20AC;? Members of the BIA board: Sorfleet, McNeely, Coun. Gary Strike, Dennis Burn (sponsored by Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc.), Dena Comley (The Granary), Petra Graber (Good Food Company), Aisha Toor (Readâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Book Shop), Jack Taylor (property owner of Bridge Street Apartments), and McOrmond. Revenue and expenses The actual revenue (pre-audit) for 2012 was $176,447.52, said McNeely. The breakdown is as follows: BIA levy ($151,255.94); over/under levy ($402.36); municipal contribution ($13,300); student salary reimbursement ($3,339.22); and marketing and promotion ($8,150). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are budgeting $172,877 this year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s expenses totalled $177,412. The breakdown is as follows: administration and staffing ($61,416.80); tax writeoff ($1,357.57); office supplies ($887.49); post-

age ($159.31); telephone ($941.05); photocopy ($791.77); membership fees ($399.42); conferences, conventions and meetings ($2,966.88); audit fees ($600); main street project repayment ($20,000); marketing and advertising ($55,471.42); hanging baskets ($16,018.57); LED lights ($11,401.73); and business retention and signage ($5,000) â&#x20AC;&#x153;We dipped into our reserves to the tune of $964.49,â&#x20AC;? said McNeely. The opening reserve balance was $45,116.41; however, after the $964.49, contribution of $10,000 towards the electronic sign at the Market Square, and 2012 façade improvement cost, whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left is $29,457.92. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I still feel itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a healthy amount,â&#x20AC;? said McNeely. Off and running A native of London, ON, Carleton Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic development coordinator, hit the ground running on July 9. Ralph told BIA members her focus is on business attraction and retention, the growth and development of the town as a whole, and training, skills development and capacity building. A new economic development website will market and promote the town, as well as focus on community assets â&#x20AC;&#x201C; what will attract people to Carleton Place. Ralph is truly excited about the Business Outreach Program â&#x20AC;&#x201C; connecting with local business owners and operators and creating permanent pathways of communication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to hear from you, and I want to connect with you,â&#x20AC;? she said. Ralph will continue to work closely with the BIA and Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce. LeBlanc called the economic development coordinator intelligent, educated and ambitious â&#x20AC;&#x201C; â&#x20AC;&#x153;a woman

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View from the top â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is my third time speaking to you wearing my mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hat,â&#x20AC;? said LeBlanc with a smile. On behalf of the town, the political leader welcomed new BIA members. LeBlanc sketched out the different ways in which the town supports the BIA, including office space at the town hall, staff support for bookkeeping, maintenance of floral hanging baskets and plants, revitalization of the corner of Beckwith Street and Lake Avenue East, reconstruction of Beckwith Street, funding of Roy Brown mural, and Carambeck Community Centre. This year, the mayor would like to see the roof of the Market Square Pavilion come to fruition, which would create another downtown gathering spot. She

hopes mixed residential and commercial space will be realized at the north end of the Market Square, and the growth of Carambeck Community Centre programs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The primary goal of council reflects the BIAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s goal â&#x20AC;&#x201C; attracting people to our town,â&#x20AC;? said LeBlanc. She noted many women entrepreneurs were running BIA businesses â&#x20AC;&#x201C; more than half. A proposed program from Valley Heartland Community Futures Development Corporation will offer financial assistance. The mayor congratulated McOrmond and the BIA team for its investment in the downtown core. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thank you to all of you who have a vision â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a common vision to have an urban, thriving downtown core,â&#x20AC;? said LeBlanc. For additional information about the BIA, contact McOrmond at 613-2578049 or info@downtowncarletonplace.com.

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By TARA GESNER The Carleton Place Business Improvement Association (BIA) held its annual general meeting (AGM) at the Town Hall Auditorium last Jan. 24. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Turnout in wintertime is always dependent on the weather,â&#x20AC;? said Paul Sorfleet, BIA chair and owner of Valley Design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are careful. However, the turnout tonight is great.â&#x20AC;? He introduced the other members of the board, in addition to the people who show up and assist at all BIA events: Nancy CodeMiller, Nancyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Impressions; Sharon Sinfield, EMC Canadian Gazette; Mary Ann Harrison, Carleton Place Winery; Ralph Shaw, Century 21 Explorer Realty Inc.; Donna Sorfleet; Carleton Place council; and Valerie Strike. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You make our events a success year after year,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sorfleet told the BIA members the downtown continues to evolve. New ideas keep cropping up and a handful of new businesses are getting ready to open or already in operation, including Dollar Tree (going into the old Giant Tiger space), craft and photography stores, weight loss clinic, the Bridge CafĂŠ and Bistro, Destiny Centre, and Lorraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a store from Crystal Harris that offers breast prosthesis and mastectomy bra resources. Lorraineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, in memory of Harrisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; mother, Lorraine Kenney, will be situated inside the former constituency office of Member of Parliament Scott Reid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am looking to fill a need â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a desperate need in our community,â&#x20AC;? said Harris. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These businesses and others indicate an emerging streetscape,â&#x20AC;? said Sorfleet. The BIA covers Carleton Placeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s downtown and helps business people come together to build a stronger local business community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are proud of these businesses that contribute to the local economy,â&#x20AC;? said McOrmond. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They provide employment, local produce and products, and contribute to local events.â&#x20AC;?

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NORTH GRENVILLE/MERRICKVILLE BUSINESS NEWS

New Kemptville business enjoys a ‘Healthy’ start By JOSEPH MORIN If timing is everything then there could be no better time for two young entrepreneurs to open up a natural food store in Old Town Kemptville. Heather’s Healthy Harvest celebrated its official grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 12. The ribbon cutting was an exciting moment for Heather Shaw and Meghann GervaisLynch as a crowd of more than 50 well-wishers, friends and family as well as customers shared the special moment. Heather’s Healthy Harvest is located at 15 Reuben Cres. It is open from Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The store can be reached at 613-215-0353. Meghann is the baker at the store and has created a menu of gluten free cookies, from the classic oatmeal to gingersnaps. She bakes sweet breads and muffins, classic mini banana breads, classic cinnamon buns and more. There are cakes and cupcakes including low fat chocolate fudge cupcakes with frosting and cranberry apple chip bundt with no icing. All her baked goods are gluten free. Heather’s Healthy Harvest gluten free bread has become a must-have item at the store in the short time it has been open, as have the daily specials that Meghann creates. Once more, the emphasis is on gluten free bread from French white sandwich bread to her amazing tea biscuits. It does not end there, the store also features organic apple pies, multi berry mini pies, pumpkin and pecan mini pies. All of the items on the menu are gluten free, dairy free and egg free. No corn is added. There are also vegan items and vegetarian. All of the items may contain nuts, soy/

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Heather’s Healthy Harvest at 15 Reuben Crescent in Kemptville held its grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 12. The shop features natural foods, freshly baked goods and a wonderful homey atmosphere. In the photo, ready to cut the ribbon is Heather Shaw (in the light coloured apron) and Meghann Gervais-Lynch to her right holding up the ribbon. Helping out are members of the Old Town Kemptville BIA, the North Grenville Chamber of Commerce and members of the North Grenville council. Third from the left is Mayor David Gordon. legumes. All these tasty and healthy items are created in the kitchen Meghann calls her low allergy kitchen. Her own experience with life-long allergy issues prompted her to explore baking without using gluten. It seems there are a great many people who have been waiting for someone like her to come up with the baked good that she has. Heather’s Healthy Harvest also features local produce and food as well as locally raised beef. There are coffee beans that have been roasted in Burritt’s Rapids and vegetables

grown in North Gower. What the customer feels in the store is welcome. The idea for the Healthy Harvest natural food store came to Heather 12 years ago while she was living in Sussex, New Brunswick. “I realized I would love to have a place like that,” she remembered. Along with a fondness for creating a simple and meaningful place for people to buy their food, Heather wanted to do something to help local farmers. “I started thinking that if I ever won a lottery I would try to find a way to help out local

farmers,” she said. “I knew of farms that were going out of business,” said Shaw. She has worked as a bookkeeper most of her life but her experiences in small grocery stores and her interest in developing a local market for great food never left her. Ironically it took being laid off from her job to send her in a direction she had always been wary of trying but had always dreamed of. Heather had signed up for a program at CSE Consulting in Kemptville. The program was all about starting your own business. When asked to

describe what kind of business she wanted to open she thought about her life-long interest in natural food and how much she enjoyed meeting and talking to people. “It was just the right thing for me,” she said. Thinking back over what people had told her over the years about what they were looking for in terms of food she realized that people wanted local food to buy and also wanted gluten-free food. As Heather put her business together on paper and started to look for a place to operate from in Kemptville, chance

would step in and provide another piece of the puzzle she was putting together. Her mother and father, Isabel and Tom Ayers, have lived in Oxford Mills for more than 30 years. While stopping at the Merrickville Farmer’s Market Isabel met Meghann GervaisLynch who had, for years, been selling her gluten-free baked products. Isabel mentioned to Meghann that Heather was trying to start up a shop featuring fresh natural food, gluten-free whenever possible. “We had a chance meeting outside the Bulk Barn in Kemptville,” said Meghann. When Meghann and Heather met, Heather’s business plan crystallized. The final step was finding a place to work out of and the house on Reuben Street exactly was what she had been looking for. Now everything is in place. There are freshly baked goods that Meghann creates every day as well as basic staples such as cheese, vegetables and meat all produced locally. Added to that is an upstairs section of the store where one can find coffee and tea as well as candles and crafts, jams and jellies. Inside the front counter is jewelry made by Isabel. Heather said the next step is to put up more shelving upstairs for more products. The entire business experience has been good for Meghann and Heather. “We are doing what we always wanted to do,” said Meghann. “Each of us is meant to do this.” There are no preservatives in the food they bake and sell. In the short time that Heather’s Healthy Harvest has been open the store has begun to attract regular shoppers who have finally found what they are looking for.

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Ontario Business Confidence Index shows businesses plan to expand over five years Many unsure about future of provincial economy -Business Today photo by DOREEN BARNES

Newterra employees gather behind guests at the $410,000 investment announcement with the front row, left to right, 1000 Island Community Development Corporation executive director Tom Russell, chairman Lawrence Fielding, Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown handing a cheque of $410,000 to Newterra president Robert (Bob) Kennedy with City of Brockville economic development director Dave Paul and mayor David Henderson.

Seventy new jobs to be created in city Funds allow Newterra’s employment to expand By DOREEN BARNES New jobs have come to the city. Brockville’s manufacturer of Membrane Bioreactor (MBR) treatment systems for sewage and greywater, Newterra, will be expanding the floor space and its employee base which is a testament to the growth of this company on a global scale. On Thursday, Jan. 17, an announcement regarding the creation of about 70 new jobs was revealed, along with Newterra acquiring the vacant Shorewood Packaging building, next door to its existing plant, on California Avenue. In attendance at the ceremony were Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown, City of Brockville mayor David Henderson, 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation (TICDC) chairman Lawrence Fielding and executive director Tom Russell along with Brockville’s economic development director Dave Paul. “I’m really pleased to be able to kick this off and expand our commitment and dedication to Ontario and Brockville,” said CEO Bruce Lounsbury. “I’m really excited that we can have this expansion and I’m pleased to see the cooperation and support of the TICDC, backed by the federal government and the support of the City of Brockville. With the help of everyone we can make this area as competitive as any other place in the world. That’s a strong message that we have to get out there.” Lounsbury continued to say that people think that you can get incentives, cheaper labour and more productivity in different parts of the world than here, but that is not the case. He feels that when everyone works together and put their minds to it, staying in this area (Eastern Ontario), manufacturers can still be competitive on the world stage. “Here we are today with an idea and a vision that kept building,” said Henderson, “with a good staff, it grows. It entices others to invest and take on world markets. So

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when the federal government steps in we try to do everything we can to make it happen.” With the federal government’s investment of $410,000 spread over the next 12 months, Brown congratulated the keys players in making this happen and noted that this is the single largest investment ever made by the TICDC to help create jobs. “As the Mayor said one of the most challenging and rewarding aspects of working in the community is seeing good things happen like this today,” said Brown. “We all know how important economic development is to our communities and how it really impacts all of us from infrastructure improvement and development to business expansion.” With this investment, Newterra is entering yet another level in business. “This is huge for us,” indicated Newterra president Robert (Bob) Kennedy. “The ability for us to expand in manufacturing space really takes us into a world class league. Before that we were limited in the size of the units that we could build to provide assistance to small communities, large work camps or big mining areas. Now, we are talking waste water plants for 8,000, 10,000 to 50,000 people. We can also bring the manufacturing we used to outsource, in house, from the States or other areas of Canada which allows us to become even more competitive.” Kennedy also mentioned that they do all of their manufacturing and all their engineering on site which is quite unique compared to other competitors. “We are seeing continued growth in our ground water market and expansion of our water and waste water business,” said Kennedy, “and as we continue to develop new technology manufacturing techniques, to allow us to ship these modular packages and treatment systems all over the world, South America, Caribbean, Africa and North America. We are really setting the bar with systems that are

starting right here in Brockville and to produce water so clean that it can be reused for just about any purpose. We are seeing our customers embrace this idea.” According to Kennedy their major focus is on technology to develop packages specifically suited for what they call private develop works. In real estate, cities are now forcing new developers to put in their own infrastructure for any number of reasons. “Almost three years ago we installed a MBR here in Brockville for a developer,” said Kennedy. “The water is so clean that is discharging directly into the St. Lawrence River. The other thing we are going to do with part of the money is to put our own MBR system in this plant, which will be a showcase for our own technology, and we will reuse that water for toilet flushing and an irrigation area to show customers. So there will be zero discharge out of here.” Newterra started as Maple Leaf Environment in Lounsbury’s basement and Kennedy’s Butternut Bay office, 20 years ago. They acquired space on Coon’s Road, with an eventual move to the vacant Edmont facility on California Avenue. “So I think with the support of the 1000 Islands Community Development Corporation and the City of Brockville, we now have four times the capacity that we had before,” indicated Kennedy. “Over the next year we’ll modify this space (former Shorewood building) to suit our needs.” Continuing Kennedy mentioned that on the labour side since September they increased their workforce by 18 per cent, with a total of 85 employees. Regarding the hiring, since September, 15 workers were added to Brockville, 20 across Ontario, five in Alberta and two in the United States. “By this time next year we will grow another 17 per cent,” said Kennedy. “We will have 100 people in this facility alone, which equates to a

The Ontario Business Confidence Index shows that most Ontario businesses are confident in their own outlook (72 per cent) and are planning to expand over the next five years (60 per cent). However, the same businesses are unsure about the overall direction of Ontario’s economy - 41 per cent express confidence. The index is a survey of 2,386 businesses and was conducted as part of Emerging Stronger 2013, a businessdriven economic agenda for Ontario released recently by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce, along with their research partner, the Mowat Centre at the University of Toronto. Emerging Stronger 2013 is a transformational agenda aimed at accelerating Ontario’s economic growth. It identifies Ontario’s challenges and advantages, and sets out practical and detailed recommendations for government and business. Some of its key recommendations include: enabling better access to capital for startups and small businesses through crown funding; encouraging businesses to employ more Aboriginal people and people with disabilities;

opening up more government services to private sector and not-for-profit delivery; utilizing Ontario’s large immigrant population to grow exports; and, allowing more employers to participate in training. The agenda comes days after Kathleen Wynne was named Ontario’s next premier and is intended to provide a non-partisan platform that should appeal to all three parties. “The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce fully supports the strong and comprehensive recommendations found in the Emerging Stronger series,” said David Keenleyside, incoming president of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce. “These are ‘common sense’ recommendations that are necessary for Ontario to emerge stronger and remain a vital part of the Canadian economy.” “The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has criss-crossed this province engaging and hearing from local chambers and their 60,000 members,” said Allan O’Dette, CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “We are confident that Ontario has all the assets to prosper, but we need to act collectively, strategically, and with purpose.”

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Newterra president Bob Kennedy told those present that this is an exciting time at Newterra and explained the vision for the company heading in the global markets.

NEW local payroll of over $6 million. When you add to that our locations in Ontario and Alberta, we are up to about 130 people.” Newterra also has a plant in Georgia (steel fabricating with about 35 people) which could have seen expansion, but with a facility next door to Newterra, it seemed more realistic to stay in Brockville. As well, there’s another plant in Germany that produces membranes, which was acquired about a year ago. “Over the next year we will

probably hire another 15 right in Brockville and our plan shows another 15 to 20 a year for the next three years,” indicated Kennedy. “Four years from now, once this facility is pretty much full, we should add another 50 or 60 jobs here including professional and administrative, by far most will be in manufacturing, the trade jobs.” In addition, Kennedy referred to the local contractors and businesses that have benefitted from this growth. “It really takes our contributions to the Ontario econ-

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