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EMC News — EMC News — A grant application to study the structural soundness of Hinchinbrooke Public School won’t be going through, but Central Frontenac Council didn’t outright nix the idea of turning the school into some sort of community centre when it closes next year. Representing a coalition of arts and community groups urging the municipality to buy the building, Sue Leslie told Council at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake that

the Frontenac Community Futures Development Corporation wanted more of a commitment from the municipality before granting the group $5,000 for an engineering study. But Council wasn’t ready to make that commitment. Coun. Heather Fox began the discussion by wanting to know what the price tag on the building would be. “I spoke to our trustee, Ann Goodfellow, and she told me that the (Limestone District) school board is mandated by the province to get market value for properties,” Leslie said.




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“Our understanding is that is about $240,000.” Coun. John Purdon noted that the school board’s reasoning for closing Hinchinbrooke was that it was “prohibitive to repair” and suggested that a $5,000 study might not address all of the issues involved. “There are things like accessibility,” Purdon said. “(And) I’m wondering how far you’ve gotten into details of what might be in a $5,000 engineering report. “You might not get what you like and it might be better to get the school board report on what makes the school prohibitive to

repair.” Coun. Wayne Miller agreed. “There could be asbestos in a building of that age,” he said. Leslie said it was her understanding there had been asbestos found in floor tiles and pipe coverings Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey was also concerned with the costs of cleaning up asbestos. “We went through asbestos in our church,” Dewey said. “It has to be cleaned up by a qualified company and could run into the thousands. “I couldn’t support this

without a feasibility study and the cost should go down if there is much asbestos present.” “I’m hearing that Council that’s moving cautiously,” said Mayor Janet Gutowski. “Perhaps rather than making a commitment in terms of a resolution, maybe we should get our staff more involved and see if they can get access to the school board’s information. “This could be very expensive.” Council resolved to ask the school board for its report on what makes the building prohibitive to repair.



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Wolfe Island’s George Merry No consensus where awarded Jubilee Medal 2013 Central Frontenac By Margaret Knott Correspondent

EMC NEWS- Wolfe Island’s Dr. George Merry is one of just 30 Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) members from across the country awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for their contributions to conservation and their work with DUC. The medal serves to honour contributions and achievements made by Canadians. Dr. Merry was advised of the award in a letter from DU on behalf of the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada in early December. The letter acknowledged what a privilege it was for the organization to be able to nominate 30 outstanding individuals to receive medals. “You are among these inspiring and remarkable people who DUC is now honouring,”it said. “I am honoured to have been nominated by Ducks Unlimited and to have been chosen to receive the Jubilee medal,” Dr. Merry said in acknowledging the award. Anyone who knows George Merry is well aware of his more than

30 year involvement with DUC, Canada’s leading wetlands conservation organization. He has been an DU volunteer, a member of many DUC chapters and a fundraiser. Presently he is a member of the Wolfe Island DU Committee and conducts a Sealed Bid auction program. He is also among the first major gift donors to DUC on Wolfe Island where, in 2000 he and his family donated 50 acres of ecologically sensitive land, with 850 ft. of Big Sandy Bay shoreline to the organization (to be upgraded this year). “This land, part of the DU La Salle conservation easement along with 5 other landowner’s, is almost a 100 acre wetland,” according to Merry.. “a valuable Great Lakes coastal wetland for years to come.” Dr. Merry was honoured in 2010 when the DU Collins Creek Project in Kingston was dedicated to him also in recognition of his wetland conservation. George’s commitment is evident in the support he receives from his family and the Wolfe Island community. And now Congratulation are in order once again with the awarding of commemora-

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EMC News — When Central Frontenac Treasurer Michael McGovern asked Council for direction on the 2013 budget at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake, “the silence was deafening,” according Mayor Janet Gutowski. McGovern said that most taxpayers would be facing some sort of increase anyways given that the MPAC property assessments increased by an average of 2.73 per cent, but inflation in Ontario is 1 per cent right now (1.58 per cent in Canada). “We’ve been $674,000 higher in revenues than expenditures to date but there are still some things to come in that will likely take care of that,” he said. “And the estimate for OPP costs is $40,000 higher than last year.” Coun. Norm Guntensperger said that he’d like to see a decrease in the tax rate this year. “I don’t think the tax

rate should increase at all,” Guntensperger said. “MPAC rates are going up as it is so we’re way ahead of the game. “I’d like to see a decrease.” “I agree with Norm,” said Coun. Tom Snyder. But Dep. Mayor Tom Dewey didn’t. “I’d like to see an increase of 2 per cent,” Dewey said. “(And) I think we need to look at user fees from some halls — see if we can pull in some extra revenues there.” “Last year, we started with something like a 20 per cent increase,” said Coun. John Purdon. “Could we start at, say 5 per cent, and nibble away at that?” McGovern estimated that the increase in assessment would bring in about $250,000, depending on what the County does, but salary increases, a 5 per cent increase on insurance, $40,000 in OPP increases and inflation could eat that up. Acting Clerk Cathy MacMunn said there

would be a department heads meeting before the next Council meeting (Jan. 22) and she expected to have more information for Council then. Guntensperger also suggested Council begin the budget process earlier, like October or November. Purdon argued against the idea while noting that some municipalities do start earlier. “We can start earlier but it won’t be every year,” he said. “Every four years, there’s an election and you have to let a new Council set its own budget. “And, it is difficult to end the process without final numbers. “But Ottawa and South Frontenac do their budgets earlier.”


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EMC News — Last Saturday night was acoustic blues picker Rick Fines’ fourth trip to Sharbot Lake in recent memory and the love affair between him and the audience at The Crossing Pub seems to still be going strong. “This is a perfect little place to play,” he said Saturday night, after a satisfying two-setter that

sic with my friends,” he said. The friends on this night were Alec Frasier on bass (actually a double bass-slash-drum contraption of his own design) and Rob Phillips on keyboards. They’ve been playing together since grade school and Fines credits Phillips in particular for helping shape his own unique blues style. “I write most of my own stuff, just a guy from Peterborough trying to put in the words that suit the music,” he said. What’s come out of it is a blend of traditional styles that pay homage to blues legends like Hound Dog Taylor and Mississippi John Hurt, but also draws on jazzier styles including Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong. “Folk rock was an early influence but growing up my mom always had people like Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles playing,” he said. “Robbie’s piano playing encouraged me to try some of the stuff the old jazzy trios played because I had a piano player who could play that stuff.” The results are a unique Dr. John meets Elmore James with a little bit of George Thorogood thrown in with Leon Red-

left those in attendance wanting more. “The audience really feels a part of it here. “The Whites (owners Frank and Sandra) have created quite the atmosphere.” After 31 years in the business, Fines appears comfortable in his own skin. His reputation is as a blues man, but he almost seems too happy to be playing the blues. “I’m the luckiest guy to be able to play mu-

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NOTICE OF THE PASSING OF A ZONING BY-LAW IN THE MATTER of section 34(18) of The Planning Act, TAKE NOTICE THAT a number of housekeeping zoning amendments were passed by Council 0n December 18, 2012 to correct errors in mapping that occurred with the preparation and passage of the South Frontenac Comprehensive Zoning By-law No. 2003-75. Some text amendments were also passed to clarify and improve interpretation of the By-law. AND TAKE NOTICE that any individual, corporation or public body may appeal to the Ontario Municipal Board in respect of the By-law by filing with the Clerk of the Corporation of the Township of South Frontenac not later than the 16th day of January, 2013 (during regular Township business hours), a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the by-law and the reasons for the objection. A notice of appeal may not be filed by any unincorporated association or group. However, a notice of appeal may be filed in the name of an individual who is a member of such an association or the group. Additional information relating to the Zoning By-law amendments is available for inspection at the Township Municipal Office during normal working hours. Contact Lindsay Mills,Planner & Deputy-Clerk.

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Helping hands and random acts of kindness Dear editor, I am writing today to express my sincerest gratitude to a number of unidentified friendly citizens who live on Redwood Crescent in Kingston’s west-end neighbourhood of Cataraqui Woods. At around 7 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27, one of our ambulance crews was called to an address on Redwood Crescent. If you’ll recall, this was during the peak hours of that huge winter storm – snow was still falling and many streets had yet to be cleared. When the paramedic crew arrived on the scene, the ambulance was overwhelmed by the weather and got stuck in a snow drift. The paramedics notified their on-duty supervisor that they would need a snow plough and tow truck and proceeded with their call. While inside the house tending to their patient, several neighbours armed with shovels and snow blowers cleared the snowtrapped ambulance. The crew was able to transport their patient without any delay – before the snow plough and tow truck arrived. Extreme weather al-

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The rocks around here are very old, but not the oldest on Earth Craig Comment By Craig Bakay

EMC Editorial — The other night, I overheard a conversation where someone was proclaiming that we live on the oldest rocks on the Earth right here in our little slice of Heaven. It’s a nice thought and one the tourist operations would love to trumpet to the world, but it’s not really all that accurate. It’s funny how a shred of truth can get turned into something more that gets to be popular lore isn’t it? We do, however, live on some pretty old rocks in this area, and they are in fact some of the oldest

rocks on the planet. And, there’s a pretty good case to be made that the oldest on the planet are in the Canadian Shield (on the shore of James Bay, more on that later). And, we are part of the Canadian Shield here (well, just about anywhere north of Verona anyways). But the fact is that the Canadian Shield, while being homogeneous when compared with the other physiographic regions of Canada, contains a lot of different areas, and the rocks therein span some four billion years. The area we live in is called the Laurentian Shield (or uplands, or highlands or just region) and most of the rocks date back to the Aphebian Age, or 2.5 billion to 1.6 billion years ago. That’s about the time oxygen started appearing in our atmosphere, by the way. (Some scientists are fond of calling that “The Great Oxygenation Catastrophe.�)

Now, there are a couple of areas in other regions of the Canadian Shield that arguably are the oldest rocks on Earth. At this point, some people might use the old chestnut “scientists agree,� as in “scientists agree that these are the oldest rocks.� But of course, in all things scientific, scientists rarely agree, but in this case I’m inclined to go with the ones who make the case that the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone belt exposed on the eastern shore of Hudson Bay in Northern Quebec are the oldest at 4.28 billion years. This find was made in 2008 by a team of researchers from McGill, the Carnegie Institution for Science and the Universite du Quebec a Montreal. This claim is disputed by Simon Wilde of the Institute for Geoscience Research in Australia, who puts the Nuvvuagittuq greenstone at 3.8 billion years. Then again, there have

been zircons from the Jack Hills in Australia dated that old and the possibility that Wilde is a homer kinda creeps in there. The other area of the Canadian Shield that’s really old is the Acasta Gneiss in the Northwest Territories. These rocks are on an island in the Acasta River east of Great Bear Lake, about 300 kilometres north of Yellowknife. Most estimates put these rocks at 4.03 billion years old Both the Natural History Museum in Vienna and the Smithsonian Institution have samples of these rocks and proclaim them to be the oldest. But if you really want to quibble and like to look for irony at any cost, it’s quite possible the oldest rock on Earth didn’t come from the Earth at all. The Genesis Rock, brought back from the Moon by Apollo 15 astronauts, has been dated to 4.46 billion years ago.


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Alzheimer Awareness Month EMC Editorial – January is Alzheimer Awareness Month. According to Alzheimer Society Canada, 747,000 people are currently living with dementia, and that number is expect to double to 1.4 million in the next 20 years. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 64 per cent of all dementia in the nation. Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of the aging process and it is important for people to know the warning signs of the disease. Early diagnosis will allow you to make the most of supports and treatments that are available. The 10 signs of dementia include memory loss that affects day-to-day function, difficulty performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation of time and place, poor or decreased judgment, problems with abstract thinking, misplacing things, changes in mood or behaviour, changes in personality, and loss of initiative. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment to see a physician. People can also be proactive about their brain health and take steps that may reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. While you may not be able to control some risk factors of the disease, like genetics and aging, there are other lifestyle changes that you can control that may reduce your risk and improve your overall brain health. These include: challenging yourself by playing games, learning a new language, reading, and engaging in hobbies; being socially active through work, volunteer activities, travel, hobbies, family and friends; making healthy food choices by putting a rainbow of colours on your plate; being physically active through activities and sport; reducing stress through personal time to enjoy exercise, hobbies and social activities, etc.; protecting your head by wearing helmets while engaged in physical activities and using safety features like handrails to prevent falls; and making wise choices including avoiding bad habits and maintain regular visits with your doctor. The EMC would like to encourage everyone during the month of January and throughout the year to take advantage of the resources available at to learn more about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and also Alzheimer Society Canada’s efforts to ease the personal and social impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and to find a cure for these brain disorders. Information on our local chapter of the Alzheimer Society can be found at

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The Kingston Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society will meet in the Wilson Room of Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson St., Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 a.m. Arthur Milnes, Commissioner of the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial, will speak about the upcoming Bicentennial and Sir John A’s family. Visitors welcome. Further information at Singles Only Club of Kingston. Friday, Jan. 18: Steak dinner at RAXX. Meet at the big round tables, past the pool tables, at 5:30 p.m. All non members welcome. Saturday, Jan. 19: A Song for the Asking-Open Voices Concert, 2-7 p.m. at Cooke’s Portsmouth United Church. A Song for The Asking - Open Tickets are available from Yvonne Hawkins. Sunday, Jan. 20: Games at Minotaur’s at 4 p.m. followed by dinner at 5:30 p.m. We will go for dinner at 5:30 p.m. Location to be decided. Saturday, Jan. 26: Fine dining. Call Monica at 613- 3844104 to reserve a place. For more information call 613-530-4912 or visit The Adult Rendezvous Club (ARC), based at St. Paul the Apostle R.C. Church Hall, 1111 Taylor Kidd Blvd., in Kingston, meet for Contract Bridge, Progressive Euchre and board games Thursdays, 1-3:30 p.m. from September to June. Yearly membership. For more info call 613-548-7936 or 613389-0968. Pork Supper Friday, Jan. 18 from 5 - 7 p.m. at St. Andrews by the Lake in Reddendale (Front & Days Rd). This will include Pie, Tea/Coffee, Juice and Entertainment. Children five and under eat free. Catered by Rent A Chef. Advanced tickets only - will be sold at the church office from 9 a.m. - noon, weekdays or after church service, 11:30 a.m. Sundays. Take-out also available. For tickets and /or more information, call 613-389-8082. Poverty Challenge: on Sunday, Jan. 20, there will be a free twohour ‘Poverty Challenge’ starting at 12:15 p.m. and running until 2:45 p.m. at Crossroads United (Sir John A Blvd and Princess) starting with a small lunch, also at no cost. This is open to adults or accompanied children over 12. Email or mmcphee6@ or phone 613 766-6079. The first workshop took place in the Spring of 2009 initiated by members of the Roundtable on Poverty Reduction. In a one-day format, it has been presented to students

many times since. It is an experiential event which provides a deeper understanding of the systemic and personal issues of poverty in our community. Love to Sing? Join Shout Sister! Choir for a relaxed atmosphere and repertoire of popular music. No auditions and no need to read music. Join us for a practice, everyone is welcome. Tuesdays, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mulberry School on John St. between Patrick St. and Montreal St. Choir Director is Georgette Fry. Overcomer’s Assembly Prayer Room, 1187 Princess St. Kingston will have their church open for personal prayer times Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Everyone welcome. Frontenac County Childcare Centre.L.C.V.I. Preschool Program, 153 Van Order Dr. Kingston, Ont., K1M 1B9. Full-time and part-time spaces available. Spaces available for this school year, 2013. Spaces available for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. For Further Information Contact Edie at 613-5451759. Shout Sister Choir welcomes new members. Practices are Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Kingston Seniors Centre, 56 Francis St. www.shoutsisterchoir. ca. Darts at the R.C.L. Branch 623 on County Rd 4 in Millhaven every Thursday starting at 7 p.m. For Information: call the branch at 613352-7772. Everyone Welcome. Baha’i Faith Discussion Saturday, Jan. 26. “New Beginnings” - The Baha’i Community of Kingston welcomes everyone to an informal discussion on this theme at 2:30 p.m. at 99 York St. Further info: bahais@ 613-634-0767. 39 Club of Kingston Dance Friday. Jan. 25. Music by Top Shelf. 8-11:30 p.m. at Collins Bay Royal Canadian Legion 631, 4034 Bath Rd. Singles and Couples welcome. Dress Code in effect. Bereaved Families of Ontario Kingston Region Mourning Coffee: The opportunity to join other bereaved individuals for casual coffeebreak chat. Held Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 10-11 a.m. at Tompkins Funeral Home, 435 Davis Dr. (Upstairs in the Trillium Room - Please Park in the Left-Side Lot and Use the Right-Side Main Entrance).





Kings Town Trekkers Walk Sunday, Jan. 27 from the Kingston YMCA. Registration in Cafeteria at 1:30 p.m. Walk starts at 2 p.m.

First trial class is free! For location and information call Joanne 613634-0130 ext. 414 or email joanne.

Quill Lecture Series at Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. in Goodes Hall, 143 Union St. Words: Building a Lexicon. Douglas Mewhort, Professor, Department of Psychology, Queen’s University. For more info call 5491910.

Are you troubled by someone’s drinking? Call Al-Anon/Alateen Family Groups, 613-384-2134.

Robbie Burn’s Dinner Saturday, Jan.19 at Rideau Acres - Upstairs Hall. Celebrate with the Rob Roy Pipe Band & Highland Dancers Door Open at 5:30 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cash bar. Tickets available from Leslie 613.549.4692 or email

is serving up a delicious Sunday Brunch. Bring your friends – order eggs any way, bacon, yogurt, fruit, specialty breads, and more. Pay at the door. 56 Francis St.

Taoist Tai Chi™ Open House: Thursday, Jan. 22, 9:30 - 11 a.m. in the Loyalist Plaza, 18 Manitou Cres. W., Amherstview. See demonstrations and find out about the introductory course that will begin on Tuesday, Jan. 29. This aerobic, meditative stretching exercise promotes health and well-being for those of all age and fitness levels, while relaxing and strengthening body and mind. For more info: www., 613-544-4733. Friday night karaoke Jan. 18 hosted by Showman’s Karaoke from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the lounge of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 560, 734 Montreal St. Smith and Brady entertain Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. in the lounge. All welcome. Small cover charge for non-members. Seniors Walk to the Beat Plus Stretch and Strength six week courses held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays. Also, introduction to Line Dancing in Kingston’s west end. New: Senior’s Boomer Modified Yoga-Fit with all standing poses and activities. New: Golf for Gals six week mini clinics designed to improve distance/accuracy of the ball, as well as addressing injuries specific to golf. Join us at 50+ Fitness. For location and additional info on all classes, please call Dee at 613-389-6540. Jan.18, Robbie Burns Celebration Jan. 18. Runs 6:15 p.m. - 12 a.m. Come celebrate the Early Robbie Burns Day with Branch 631 Legion in Collin Bay. Piped in Haggis and Ceremony, and Traditional Scottish Dinner. Entertainment featuring the Scottish Dancers. Round out the Night with Music by the Musicman DJ. Tickets on sale at the Branch until Jan.14. For information please call the Branch at (613)389-6605. VON SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) exercise classes. Come and join our fun and friendly low impact fitness classes designed for Seniors. Classes include cardio, strength training and stretching with no mat work. Five convenient locations in Kingston.

Rideau Trail Kingston Club Frontenac Park Bufflehead (Duck) Trail hike Saturday, Jan. 19. Snowshoe this challenging12 km. route at a moderate pace and participate in the excitement of finding the Bucephala albeola. Departure time is 9 a.m. from Canadian Tire Parking Lot at the Kingston Centre along Bath Rd., where car-pooling will be available. Details: (613)634-1877 or Historical/ Military hike Sunday, Jan. 20. Explore the historic Barriefield Village for an easy hike of some 10–12 km. at a moderate pace. Experience the footpath across the causeway, and retrace the steps of our military past by exploring famous Fort Henry and the Royal Military College grounds in addition to lunching at the Canadian Forces Base. Meet at Tim Hortons by the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock for departure at 10 a.m. Details: (613)549-6807 or email ellisj1@ Urban Walk Downtown Kingston Thursday, Jan. 24. Starting at Tim Hortons by the Wolfe Island Ferry Dock at 7 p.m., this easy evening walk offers an opportunity to discover additional treasure spots in downtown Kingston. How many can you find? Come enjoy a relaxing evening in good company over this 6 km. trek and celebrate the charm of downtown Kingston.Details: (613)542-8224 or (613)484-6110. Adults with Aspergers Social/ Support Meeting. Do you have Aspergers or know someone who does? Join others facing the same challenges and look for solutions together on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 7- 9 p.m. at 361 Montreal St. (Bagot Street entrance) Please contact Patti for more information, to get on our email list, and for future meeting dates, 613-507-7896 or kingston@ Seniors Community Club #523 Centre 70, corner of Days and Front Road. Shuffleboard and Bridge Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. New members welcome. Diabetes Clinic. Drop in to The Seniors Centre Thursday, Jan. 24 from 9:00am to 12 noon to meet with a dietician or nurse educator from Maple Diabetes Centre. 56 Francis St. 613.548.7810.

Senior’s Boomer Modified Yoga-Fit with all standing poses and activities. Introduction to Line Dancing and Golf clinics designed to improve distance/accuracy of the ball, as well as addressing injuries specific to golf. Join us at 50+ Fitness. For location and additional info please call Dee at 613-389-6540. Bluegrass weekly jam every Thursdays at 7 p m at Ben’s Pub, 105 Clergy St., Kingston. No cover charge. Everyone welcome, whether you play or come to listen. For info Sandra 613-546-1509. Join the drum circle at Ben’s Pub (105 Clergy Street) every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m. No experience is necessary. This is a casual, comewhen-you-can circle open to all. Bring drums, shakers, flutes, and other instruments. If you don’t have any, we have extras on hand. Come to play or just sit back and watch. Free. Wheelchair accessible. The ‘Silver Wings’ welcomes exservice members from all branches. Join us at the Wing 416, Kingston, for a fun lunch and social every third Sunday at 1 p.m. For more details and info please contact Molly at 613-389-6120. Cam Schaefer (organ) & Jak Thrasher (percussion) + guests play instrumental pop and jazz from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at The Standeasy at the RCHA Club, 193 Ontario St. Irene Torres and The Sugar Devils perform Friday, Jan. 18 from 9 p.m. to 12 a.m. Kingston Blues Society Blues Jam Saturday, Jan. 19 from 8:30 p.m .to 12 a.m. Shuffleboard at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. Darts from 8-11 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Al Duquette performs Thursday, Jan. 24 from 8-11 p.m. Pork Roast Supper at St. Andrew’s by the Lake United Church, 1 Redden St, on Friday, Jan. 18 from 5 - 7 p.m., catered by Rent A Chef. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Children under six years free. Tickets are available at the church office between 9 a.m. and noon, weekdays, until Jan. 11. Sunday Brunch Sunday Jan. 20, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Seniors Centre

Cataraqui Canoe Club – Saturday, Jan. 19 – Gatineau Park Nordic Ski. Join us on this yearly excursion to Gatineau Park with its well-groomed trails for all levels of difficulty. We plan to leave at 8 a.m., have lunch in one of the warming huts and start back after 4 p.m. For more information call 613-389-4459, www. Chicken, Biscuits and Cards at Battersea United Church Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. For more information please contact Ruth at 613-353-6297. A Burns’ Night Dinner and Dance will be held by Kingston’s Scottish Country Dancers on Saturday, Jan. 26 starting promptly at 6 p.m. The event takes place at St. Luke’s Anglican Church hall, 236 Nelson St. Contact Lois at 613-545-1952 regarding tickets. The Emotional Impact of Dyslexia with Dr. Leonard Harris, a child psychologist with over 30 years professional experience. He conducts Learning Disability assessments in his private practice, and also counsels children, teens and their families. Dr. Harris is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s. Jan. 22, 7:30-8 p.m. at the Isabel Turner Library, Room A - 935 Gardiners Rd. Spaces are limited so please register at under events. As part of Artignite 2013, join the students from the Music and Digital Media and the Graphic Design departments at St Lawrence College for musical performances and a display of design work on Sunday, Jan. 27, between 2:30-5 p.m. at the Renaissance Event Venue, 285 Queen Street (at Barrie). Free admission. Blue Canoe Theatrical Productions inc. presents the Canadian musical The Drowsy Chaperone at the Baby Grand Theatre, Jan. 10-26 at 7:30 p.m. It all begins when a die-hard musical fan plays his favourite cast album, and the musical literally bursts to life in his living room, telling the rambunctious tale of a brazen Broadway starlet trying to find, and keep, her true love. Kingston’s youth theatre company brings young artists together working on and off stage to create community theatre. Tickets are available at 613-5302050 or

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Township wins dumping court case but it’s not enough for PWM By Craig Bakay Reporter

EMC News — Even though Central Frontenac Township was successful in its prosecution of an individual for dumping garbage on public roads, Public Works Manager Mike Richardson would like a stronger bylaw that could streamline the process, he told Council at its regular meeting last week in Sharbot Lake. “In previous meetings with Council we’ve asked for some changes in the bylaw to create a short form with people who throw garbage somewhere other than the landfills,” he said. “Since then we had an incident where a non-resident threw six bags on Conway Road. “Names and addresses were found in the garbage and the bylaw officer followed up with an interview that determined there was

cause to go to court.” But even though the Township won the court case and was awarded $500 in fines and another $125 in court costs, the problem doesn’t end there, Richardson said. “We have expenses out of that $500,” he said. “But the court case does show there are problems, and every now and then you have to prosecute to show we’re not going to put up with that sort of thing.” And on the snow removal front, Richardson said there has been enough snowfall that they’ve begun hauling it away from around businesses. “It was a busy Christmas Day and for a couple of days before and after,” he said. “We’ve had several freezing rain and snow events but nothing major — just continuous. “We have had to remove

the snow around businesses before it turned to ice.” “Christmas was a holiday period but not for our roads crews,” said Mayor Janet Gutowski. Coun. Bill Snyder asked about a phone call he received. “This guy was pretty upset,” Snyder said. “He said his road was sanded three times in one day, before the snowfall when the road was totally bare.” “We do get calls where people say ‘it’s good enough for me to drive on so it didn’t need sanding,’” said Richardson. “But we are the ones who call the contractor in to sand so there had to be a reason. “We’ve had other reports where contractors were not putting down enough sand or not being in front of a school bus. “We treat those things very seriously.”

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EMC Events – Martha Cooper made the calls as Joey Wright joined Sheesham and Lotus at the community hall for the Maberly-Contra & Square Dance Saturday night.

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Kingston Trinity Presbyterian Church, Amherestview is having a Music Night featuring Don Norman in Concert, Saturday, Jan. 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Light Refreshments will be served. Please Contact Beth Medlen 613-634-5536 for more info. Kingston Branch, United Empire Loyalist Association of Canada meets at St. Paul’s church hall, corner Montreal and Queen Streets, Saturday, Jan. 26, starting with a potluck lunch. Come at 11:30 am for noon lunch. Meeting will begin at 1 p.m. Speaker is Dr. Jane Errington, professor of history at Queen’s University and the Royal Military College, talking about “Coping with the Wilderness: Telling Women’s Stories of Early Upper Canada”. All are welcome. Further info from Carol, 613-546-2256. Kingston Orchid society meeting Sunday, Jan. 27 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ongwanada Resource Centre, 191 Portsmouth Ave. Learn about growing exotic orchids - it’s fun, easy, fascinating! Monthly meetings, discussion & speakers, refreshments. Please join us and enjoy our display table of flowering orchids.

Everyone is welcome! Contact person: Gwenneth Howard, 613-389-0861 or 613-389-2895, gwenneth.howard@sympatico. ca or Odessa Winter Carnival Dance, on Jan. 26, sponsored by the Odessa Agricultural Society (non-profit)in the Palace at the Odessa Fairgrounds. Featuring Country & Classic Rock Party Band Texas Tuxedo. Doors open at 8 p.m., dance at 9 p.m. Hot meal and bus home. Tickets available at Savages Home Hardware and Pop In. Empire Life is celebrating its 90th birthday and would like to say thanks to the Kingston community. Join us at our free skating party at the K-Rock Centre on Saturday, Jan.19, from noon to 2 p.m. Thanks for 90 great years! The Kingston Heirloom Quilters welcomes new members. We meet 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at St. John’s Anglican Church Hall, 41 Church St., in Portsmouth Village. Guests are welcome. Please bring a lunch and enjoy the company of fellow quilters throughout the day. Learn to quilt or improve your skills in

Kingston a friendly, relaxed group. 2013 Winter/Spring Dates: Jan. 24, Feb.5, Feb.21, March 5, March 21, April 2, April 18. For further information please visit our website at

Frontenac PA Adventure Day at St. Paul’s United Church, Harrrowsmith on Friday, Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We will be learning about “Jesus the Carpenter” through games, songs and building crafts. Lunch and snacks provided. Children under four must be accompanied by an adult. Pre-registration is required by Monday, Jan. 28 by calling Marni 613-374-9929 or Suzanne 613-386-7751. Please have child bring a picture of him/herself for a craft. Open Mic Night every Friday at the Storrington Centre Fire Hall in Sunbury, 7-10 p.m. Old and new country, gospel, bluegrass and more. No cover charge. Sunbury TOPS Chapter meet every Monday evening, weighin 5:30 p.m. meeting begins at 6 p.m. Everyone welcome. Come



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Southern Frontenac Community Services Corporation offers a Caregiver Support Drop-in the second Tuesday of every month from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Grace Centre in Sydenham. This is an opportunity for those who are Caregivers to enjoy a cup of coffee/tea with other Caregivers in a safe and supportive environment. It is possible, with prior arrangements, to bring your loved one with you who will be cared for by caring and qualified staff of the Adult Day Service. For more information please contact Mary Gaynor-Briese, Caregiver Support at 613-376-6477.

Jan. 18 “Theme” youth dance at the Golden Links Hall in Harrowsmith. $25.00 gift card for the “craziest hair”. 7 to 10 p.m.; ages 9 to 15. For info, call Sharon at 613-372-1274 or Wayne, 613358-2533. Enjoy beef supper at the hall on Jan. 20 from 4:30-6 p.m.. Call Barb, 613-372-2315.

SMART (Seniors Maintaining Active Roles Together) exercise class every Thursday from 10-11 a.m. at the Grace Centre, 4295 Stagecoach Rd. in Sydenham. Fun, Low Impact fitness class, no mat work. Call Joanne at 613-634-0130 ext. 414 or email Bedford’s Bi-Weekly Open Mike and Jam Session, 1-5 p.m. Jan.

St. Paul’s United Church in Harrowsmith will be hosting a Chili Fest and Auction on Saturday, Jan. 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For a free will offering, you can join friends and neighbours and sample various homemade chilies then vote on your favorite. Buns and beverages included (hot dogs available for the kids). Also, there will be a friendly auction featuring many glass collectibles and other items. All welcome! Saturday, Jan. 19 - Music night with “Celtic Combination” at Inverary United Church (4681 Latimer Rd. ) at 7 p.m. “Burns and Blarney”, Scottish and Irish Music. Freewill Offering for the

Frontenac Benevolent Fund. Refreshments will be served. Our 5th annual Chili-fest will take place Friday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. Several different types of chili available and vote for your favourite. Cost for dinner Includes chili, salad, buns, dessert and tea or coffee. Taoist Tai Chi™ Open House: Monday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m. noon, Oso Community Hall, Sharbot Lake. See demonstrations and learn about the introductory course that will begin on Jan. 28. This aerobic, meditative stretching exercise promotes health and well-being for those of all age and fitness levels, while relaxing and strengthening body and mind. For more info: kingston, 613-544-4733.

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Bathroom worthy design By Merola Tahamtan

EMC Lifestyle - The history of the bathroom is not necessarily synonymous with the history of cleanliness. Though personal hygiene played a part in the rise of the bathroom, the bathing ritual is a more complex process. Until the move towards more hygienic surfaces at the turn of the century, people tended to furnish their bathrooms much like other rooms in the house, with bathroom fixtures treated like pieces of furniture, often encased in fine woods such as mahogany. In the late 1920’s, the entire concept of bathrooms began to change. In a technological breakthrough, engineers perfected the process of colour-matching products made of different materials. Suddenly the bathroom became a place worthy of attention, where status could be conveyed via colour of its fixtures. Using the bathroom as an arena of status and style has continued unabated- from gold-plated taps to the latest whirlpool technology to from suites in designer colours to the inconspicuous opulence of

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EMC Lifestyle – There’s a powerful play coming to the Baby Grand Theatre. Blue/orange, by playwright Joe Penhall, deals with the complexities of caring. In England, two doctors assess an enigmatic patient in a psychiatric hospital. The man claims to be the son of an African dictator. As the play develops, his belief becomes plausible. Race, madness and a power struggle between medical practitioners: the premise screams dramatic conflict. “People should come to the play to see great drama,” said the play’s director, Alan Dilworth, who was named Toronto’s best emerging male director of 2008 by NOW Magazine. Dilworth is a graduate of York University’s Master of Fine Arts program. He has a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia. In 2005, Dilworth was the Urjo Kareda Emerging Art-

ist in Residence at Tarragon Theatre. He’s won multiple Jury Prizes for Outstanding Productions at SummerWorks and the Irish International Theatre Festival. Theatre Kingston’s Artistic Producer, Brett Christopher, was instrumental in bringing Dilworth into the director’s role for this play. “I so much enjoy the collaboration with Brett,” said Dilworth. “In addition to being Theatre Kingston’s Artistic Producer, he’s an amazing actor and director. He’s a strong artist. To get to work with him on his own turf is special. “The audience is going to thoroughly enjoy this. The humour in the play allows them to talk about things we can’t usually talk about. It’s a great feat in 2013 to strip away the politically correct. It’s not preachy theatre. It’s gettin’ down and havin’ some fun.” He said high school students should attend this production (and it qualifies for eyeGO To The Arts, so students can get a five dollar ticket by showing their high school ID card—the best deal in town! Also, anyone under 30 can get a half-price ticket through Youth Pricing). “High school students are the best theatre audi-

ence,” he said. “They’re so engaged. We’re so used to being fed opinions and answers, especially in the media. The kind of democratic debate of drama is not lost on young people yet.” Dilworth said blue/orange is one of many good plays coming out of the United Kingdom. “It speaks to the ambiguity of our time,” he said. “For example, the issue of how we provide health care in Canada: how do we care for each other in this day and age? This play deals with this with such incredible humour, a subtle poetry and intelligence, and without presuming to give answers.” He noted that other issues arise in this production. “If a young person is being assessed for their mental wellbeing, how does their cultural background inform the assessment?” he said. “It’s a huge question at the heart of this play. Are we able to provide care for all the communities in our country right now? Are we responsible to provide for everyone?” Dilworth said the script is a strong piece of writing. “Each of these characters is so complex,” he said. “There are so many contradictions. In the scope

Theatre Kingston's production of British playwright Joe Penhall's blue/orange will be performed at the Baby Grand Theatre from January 30 to February 16. The play explores the nature of caring in the health system and challenges the audience's beliefs about madness and compassion. of human existence, those contradictions make them complete.” Brett Christopher said he chose the play for inclu-


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sion in Theatre Kingston’s season because it’s relevant to Kingston. “It’s all about health care,” he said. “Many people in this region are employed in the medical system. It’s great to present a play that speaks to people on that level. There are two doctors involved in the assessment. They fight about the challenges of the health system. It deals with the hierarchy of the medical system and racism.” He described the script as ambiguous about who is in

the right. “The conflict centres on whether the mental health patient should be released,” said Christopher. “The older doctor realizes that funds are limited and if they can’t provide for the patient’s needs, he should be released. The younger doctor is more ethics-driven. It’s very thought provoking in its ambiguity.” Christopher said another reason he selected this play is the environment of the theatre. See Theatre page 13


the three actors in this play are very taut. The space is visceral. When you’re that close, it can be very exciting.� Christopher said that set designer Anahita Dehbonehie grasped the concept of the Baby Grand space and has a created a scene that makes

audience members feel like they are in the medical room eavesdropping on the assessment. It was important to Christopher to cast the best actors for the roles. “We’ve got Nigel Bennett, a major Canadian film

and TV star in the cast,� he year, I’m thrilled about that. said. “It’s important to have This piece could have been professionals of that calibre written for Kingston. There come to Kingston. It’s doing are two sides to every comwhat New York does all the munity. There is still so much time. It’s legitimizing the art colonial antecedent operating in Kingston. It’s a very Engform.� Also in the play are Wil- lish city. It’s also known for liam Matthews and Ayinde it’s academic and medical institutions. It’s so exciting to Blake. Dilworth said that, in ad- bring a play like this to the dition to working on a great stage. It’s balanced and intelplay, he’s pleased to be part ligent.� Brett Christopher has a of Theatre Kingston’s seachallenge for residents of our son.� “To work with Theatre region. “It’s important for people Kingston in this kickoff year as it grows is a great source of who aren’t necessarily auenergy for me,� he said. “To tomatic theatre-goers to get out1 to see who be asking Guelph theseStorm questions a Ad.pdf Gamedayin EMC 1/14/2013 1:55:29is PMout there play like this in such a special and what theatre can be. I’m

challenging people to see 25 plays in 365 days,� he said. “It could even be a busker’s performance. When you go see it, go on our Facebook page and review it. At the end of the year, there will be a special event that brings people together.� Theatre Kingston is this city’s only professional theatre company. From January 30 to February 16, you’ll have a chance to see pros in action in blue/orange. There’s a great Valentine’s present for someone. Tickets are available at or the Grand Theatre box office at 218 Princess Street. R0011857639

“The Baby Grand really requires a specific type of script to be successful,� he said. “It’s an eccentric theatre space. The dynamics between

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Annual fundraiser encourages community members to get a new do, or go blue in support of Make-A-Wish Eastern Ontario By Kristen Coughlar

EMC Events – You may have previously known this group as the Queen’s University Volunteer Branch of MakeA-Wish® Eastern Ontario. Today, this group is going by the name Students for Wishes Queen’s University, and is gearing up to host its largest annual fundraiser in support of granting wishes for local children with life threatening medical conditions. Previously named the Hair Massacure, the HaiRaiser will be held Feb. 9 at the Cataraqui Centre. There, community members are invited to have their hair cut, shaved or dyed blue in support of Make-AWish- Eastern Ontario. Live music, a silent auction, services by aestheticians, and children’s activities will also be a part of this exciting sixhour event. Now in its fourth year, this annual winter event has proved itself to be quite successful, raising thousands of dollars to grant wishes to Kingston and area children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

“It’s been amazingly successful. I counted money last year and we raised over $35,000 and $20,000 of that was in cash, which is a little bit crazy,” said Marketing Director Chelsey Wilson. In addition to cash donations, Wilson noted that last year’s event received a ton of support online. The goal for this year’s HaiRaiser will once again be $35,000, but the executive team at Students for Wishes Queen’s University is hoping to see an increase in participation from the public. “Our goal is $35,000, so hopefully we’ll be able to get that or even beat it, but we’re trying to push it in terms of participants and get to about 90 participants this year,” said Branch President Kalla TonusBurman. She noted that last year’s event attracted 70 participants from the Kingston community. Those interested in participating in this year’s event can register and get pledge sheets by e-mailing Participants can collect pledges to shave, cut off 8-10 inches, or dye their hair blue. Hair will

be donated to Pantene Beautiful Lengths and Children with Hair Loss. Hair will be professionally styled with the help of Regis Salon and Catherine Grant on the day of the event. “We have about five of our exec members already on board to have their hair cut or shave their heads,” said TonusBurman. Those who cannot participate or make it to the Feb. 9 event can still help by donating online at TeamPage.aspx?langPref=enCA&TSID=382194. In addition to this event, Students for Wishes Queen’s University hosts a variety of other activities throughout the year in support of its cause. Cumulatively, in its three years, the branch has raised over $78,000 and granted seven wishes to local area children. “We’ve already raised almost $20,000 just from September to December so we’re already at about two wishes that we will be able to grant this year,” Wilson added. She noted that the branch’s success can be attributed to the support it receives from

both the students on Queen’s campus and the greater community. In fact, the group has been so successful that Make-AWish Canada is using it as a model to expand student operations across the nation. Tonus-Burman noted that the Students for Wishes concept were just finalized in September, 2012. Since then, Ryerson and York University have come on board. “It is really neat to think that we’re the model that they are going to build other groups on,” Wilson said. To help Students for Wishes Queen’s University celebrate another successful year of operations and grant more wishes to local children with life-threatening medical conditions, drop by the Cataraqui Centre from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 during the HaiRaiser. “It’s great for people who are in the mall that day and want to come down and see what we’re doing. We also sell merchandise that day, Make-A-Wish T-shirts and glow necklaces that are really popular with the kids,” Wilson said.

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EMC Lifestyle â&#x20AC;&#x201C; There are few compliments greater than to call someone a poet. Greek-American Sophia DiGonis is known as The Gypsy Poet. She graduated with a degree in musical composition from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her poetic words are like music. I first encountered her work on the Internet. Her words moved me. I asked her about the moniker Gypsy Poet. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I can never find a place in the world to fit in,â&#x20AC;? said DiGonis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt out of place everywhere. In high school, I was not popular. I was not one of the cheerleaders or dance team members. Even though I was in the choir, I felt like an outcast there. I had to create my own place, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to keep going with my take-it-or-leave-it attitude.â&#x20AC;? Her talents are many: poet, author, spoken word

artist, pianist, singer, percussionist and teacher. She said she was called the most unique girl in her high school class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s because I flipped the bird at people who deserved it.â&#x20AC;? She said she had a knack for wit and writing poetry. She gravitated to music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poetry and music, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the one special world where no one can get in the way,â&#x20AC;? she said. As a web radio deejay, she runs her own show called Gypsy Poet Radio. DiGonis describes it as the place to be if youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking for art, history, literature, music, films, food or fashion information. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoy working with words,â&#x20AC;? said DiGonis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what my mom called word knitting. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s where this poetry business began. I had a gift with words, but I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know where it belonged.â&#x20AC;? She speaks Greek, English and Romani. Her Greek background is fitting. The poetic tradition extends back many hundreds of years into Greek history. Think of Homer, Tyrtaeus, Sappho and Simonides. Her first book, A Voice Over Time, is a collection of her poetry. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are what we give

energy to,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to realize your own thoughts and what manifestations you give out.â&#x20AC;?

She explained that there is a highly unusual theme in some of her works in her first book.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What do I say to a person one last time before saying goodbye?â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I give the dead person a moment to speak. My goal is to grip the reader. I like using various styles from blank verse to iambic pentameter, prose and haiku. I like to write a haiku. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a real challenge to write in fiveseven-five syllables.â&#x20AC;? She said A Voice Over Time is semi-autobiographical. One of the poems called Sweet Sixteen deals with musician Billy Idol. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the music of Billy Idol,â&#x20AC;? said DiGonis. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one of my all-time favorite people. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s rebellious and rocks it like he talks it. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s raw, edgy and

relevant.â&#x20AC;? Her most recent work is Mysterium. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a poetry book about tapping the unknown inside,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m closing my eyes and tapping into the dark.â&#x20AC;? On her radio show, she said sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still tapping into the dark. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to help others get their work out there,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People who are trying to make it or people who have made it starting from the ground up, or someone who starts a second project while they have a normal job. I want to help others be heard.â&#x20AC;? See Artist page 18

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EMC Lifestyle – “Brian Turner, Here’s a vehicle story which I hope you might find interesting. My special friend SAM drives the way she talks. Patience is not a virtue she was blessed with and at her age it is rather doubtful that she will acquire it.”  Happy New Year and keep up the good work. Murray Closing 2012 SAM Tale A week before Christmas, SAM goes into Canadian Tire in Ottawa to have a low beam driver’s side headlamp replaced. She waits in line for 30 minutes for the customer service fellow. SAM tells him her problem and he said they could do it in 90 minutes. She said how much? He checks the parts and labour and said $69.57. WHAT? He repeats the price to her. She says to him “Is it written on my forehead, that I’m a dizzy blonde and you can overcharge me?”

He says NO! (Note: She has dark brown hair). He checks the pricing out again and comes up with a reasonable quote and she says go ahead. Everyone in the line up behind her has heard the conversation and is laughing. “How long?” she asks. “Ninety minutes,” he replies and she says I will shop in the store and you call me when the car is ready. Fifteen minutes later in the store her cell rings and it is customer service. He said they checked all the vehicle lights and the high-mounted stop lamp and a left rear tail lamp are also burnt out and need to be replaced and she says, okay. An hour later she gets a call and is informed her car is ready. She goes to customer service waits in line for 40 minutes picks up the bill and keys. Invoice – three lamps and replacement service: $37.49 Okay, that’s reasonable and off she goes to pay the bill. Moral of the story: Don’t overcharge SAM at Christmas. Thanks for a great tale and one I’m sure everyone can relate to. At one point in our automotive past, changing light bulbs was something almost everyone could do. Back then every lamp was secured with screws that, once removed, allowed easy access to twist out bulbs. There

were only about five or six different bulbs that would fit just about every vehicle on the road and when you changed a headlamp bulb, you got a new lens because it was a sealed-beam type. No worries back then about clouded plastic headlamp lenses that made nighttime driving unsafe. Small bulbs cost less than a dollar each and sealed beam headlamps were ranged from $6 to $10. No repair shop back then would ever think about charging a customer labour to replace a simple bulb. How things have changed! Today replacement headlamp bulbs can average around $25 or more and try over $200 for high-intensity discharge bulbs. While most tail lamp bulbs can still be a do-it-yourself five-minute job, some front lamps require removing the main battery or the entire lamp assembly just to get at the bulb at the back. I can even remember working on a certain year of Ford’s Probe which required removing the front bumper cover just to replace a park lamp bulb! But still many shops offer these services at no charge, especially for regular customers. Mostly because it’s good customer service but partly because it’s easier than trying to educate some car owners on the

complexity of today’s autos and the real pain some engineers and designers build in to their creations at no extra charge. “Hello Brian, Within a period of less than 10 months I had to replace both original rear wheel bearings and have the rear differential rebuilt (total outlay around $2,000) on my 2005 Pontiac Vibe. I bought it because it had come to the end of the useful life of my 1990 Corolla after 18 years with no repairs of that kind, and I wanted this vehicle with the Toyota power train. The Lemon Aid guide suggested buying the Vibe if purchasing used due to the lower resale value, which I did. Both vehicles are/were all-wheel drive (AWD). The transmission shop that repaired the differential showed me two of the bearings with scoring – after about 120,000 km; as they said, they were sealed bearings and should not have failed. This has shaken my concept of Toyota being a producer of quality parts. Your insights/thoughts would be appreciated.” Burnt in Lanark County First for those that might not be aware, the Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are the same

vehicle with different badging, both manufactured by Toyota and in reality the Matix/Vibe is simply a four-door hatch-back version of the legendary Corolla. I’ve only come across a few AWD Vibe/Matrix’s in the shop, and at least two of them had rear differential and wheel hub/bearing assembly failures. The rear wheel bearings I can live with. On just about anything on the road today, hub/bearing assemblies are for the most part not-for-life units. Some drivers will never have to replace them; some will replace two or three sets during one vehicle’s lifetime. Other than internal failures, the number one cause of their demise is excessive lateral force due to curb strikes or hard skids on dry pavement. Chalk it up to auto makers forcing parts suppliers to cut their costs and some careless driving. The differential is another matter. These were, in my humble opinion, particularly weak units, rather light, and not too sturdy. That being said, few owners are aware of the need to change the rear differential fluid on a regular basis and those failures that I’ve been involved with were on cars that had very spotty axle fluid maintenance records. From info I’ve gathered from my sources, savvy

Matrix/Vibe owners are replacing the differential fluid with high-quality synthetic gear oil and changing it every 24,000 km as per the owner’s manual severe-service schedule. Every vehicle on the road today has its strengths and weaknesses. If Toyota sold a perfect vehicle, there wouldn’t be any competition. I think they make a very good vehicle generally, but the days of vehicles lasting like your 1990 Corolla are pretty much long gone unless you wish to invest an inordinate amount of time and money in repairs and upkeep, not to mention extremely careful driving. If you have any questions, opinions, or stories on anything automotive please drop me a line, [By email to emc@ or directly to listing ‘Question for the Car Counselor’ on the subject line or by post to Record News Communications, 5 Lorne St., P.O. Box 158, Smiths Falls, Ont. K7A 4T1]. When using regular mail, please supply a phone number if you seek direct contact (due to volume I can’t always promise replies). Yours in service Brian Turner


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EMC News - For many in Kingston, the imposing outside walls of Collins Bay, Kingston Pen, or Millhaven are the most we will ever see of these mysterious institutions. Not so for Vern Thibedeau, a retired Corrections officer that spent 26 years inside some of Canada’s toughest prisons. Thibedeau began his Corrections career at Collins Bay Institution, but also worked at KP, Millhaven, Bath, and Joyceville. Now having recently moved back to Kingston, Thibedeau’s living room window overlooks the very institution where he began his profession in 1973. “It’s strange to be able to look out at it,” he says, bemused at how his life has, in a sense, come full circle. In 2012, Thibedeau published his first book, The Door. It is a memoir that recounts his many years working in federal prisons. He recalls being taken hostage by inmates,

seeing his colleagues and friends killed on the job, and being face-to-face with the Iikes of Clifford Olson on a daily basis. “Things that happened at KP, I remember more,” says Thibedeau of his harrowing years behind the prison’s walls. “Or they seem to bother me more,” he says quietly. Thibedeau’s most troubling experience on the job comes to him quickly. “I still think it was KP when an inmate had pictures [of a female victim’s autopsy],” he continues. Thibedeau’s daughter was the same age at the time. It caused him to take several weeks’ leave to recover. When asked how he feels about KP’s slated closure, Thibedeau takes a long pause. “I’m not sure how I feel. It’s an old institution. Really, it should be closed. A lot of bad stories.” But it’s not all bad memories. Thibedeau also recalls many positive moments. There were light times, Thibedeau says, necessary reprieves from the emotionally taxing work. There was also ca-

over his career. “I’m glad I did it. I would go back and do it again,” Thibedeau says of his many years working in Corrections. “It’s the unknown, the unexpected,” he continues. “I don’t know if I could sum

maraderie, and Thibedeau smiles when reminiscing about his colleagues. “The staff really pulled together,” he remembers. Now that he’s back in Kingston, many are still around to reconnect with. “It’s like you never left.” Speaking with Thibedeau, one gets the impression that he never did. His memories of his time in the prisons are all very clear. “It was all out of memory,” he says of how he wrote The Door, and continues that the process was a necessary catharsis. In fact, he says that he’s had emails from many fellow corrections officers that thank him for writing what they had always wanted to, what needed to be written. Though many times during his writing he had to take breaks of a month or more, he says that he gained a sense of closure


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to make sure it was ample, piping hot, and a meal the farmers were used to getting at noon hour. That meant, plain, home cooked, and plenty of it. The bake table would be full of pies, mostly raisin or apple. Mother would have been up late the night before baking them to

would be cooked and ready for mashing just before the men came in for their meal. Of course, white porcelain pots would be simmering with green tea on the back of the stove. It was my job to set the kitchen table, and another small table that usually held baking

Rich brown gravy was poured from milk jugs. And it didn’t take long for the men to wipe their plates clean with slices of home-made bread. free the oven for the dinner the next day. Early in the morning, into the Findlay Oval would go a roast of pork or beef that was the full of the largest roast pan we owned. Sitting in big aluminum pots would be enough potatoes to feed half of Renfrew County, and pots of turnips and carrots

pans and extra cutlery. The redchecked oilcloth had to be wiped and dried, and the big white cups and saucers, the ones we got free in bags of puffed wheat, set beside each plate. While the men filed into the kitchen, my sister Audrey would already be filling bowls with potatoes and vegetables,


EMC Lifestyle - That day, my sister Audrey was taken out of school. And of course, because I, so much younger, refused to go to school without her, was allowed to stay home too. Audrey was needed in the kitchen. It was the day Mr. Briscoe would arrive with his circular saw mounted on a flatbottom sleigh for a day of cutting wood. The gang of neighbours who would arrive early in the morning, in cutters or sleighs, would have to be fed their dinner...sometimes 15 or 20 men with big appetites and Mother needed all the help she could get. EMCOwenSound Gameday.pdf It would have taken many weeks for Father to bring the

cut trees out of the bush and stack them in the barn yard. The neighbours would start to arrive early and get right to the job at hand. It was one of my most favourite days. I would plant myself in the kitchen window on a chair, making sure I had cleared a spot of frost from the middle pane, so that I could watch the men at work. It took several men to feed the logs into the circular saw, another few to catch the flying wood, and still another few to throw them onto our waiting sleigh or stone boat, whichever was handy. The cut pieces were hauled to the back door of the shed, and tossed in a heap. It would be my brother’s chore, over several Saturdays, to stack the cut wood into neat and high rows in the shed. The wood was then close at hand to the kitchen wood box, which I had to keep filled for the Findlay Oval cook stove. A job which I hated with a passion. No one had to be told when 1it1/14/2013 PM for the noon was time1:55:47 to come meal. And it was Mother’s job

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Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a regular food-related segment where the traveler (at least he is on the move) samples â&#x20AC;&#x153;delicaciesâ&#x20AC;? around the world. Much of what he tries is beyond gross. Another show on the same channel, Monster Moves, is about engineers attempts to safely move large objects including buildings and, last week, a submarine. As a travel junkie thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not exactly what Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m looking for. What ever happened to travelogues? When American cable channels came to Canada many years ago, Arts and Entertainment Television was among them. They offered a bit of everything, most of it good. Looking back my wife and I realize how spoiled we were when A&E carried British series like â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sherlock Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (starring the late, great Jeremy Brett), the cerebral â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Inspector Morseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; (the late John Thaw was brilliant in the lead role) and Agatha Christieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Poirot. As an aside, British actor David Suchet is currently involved in a 13th and final series, starring as Hercule Poirot. Suchet is outstanding as the fictional, Belgianborn detective who relies on his â&#x20AC;&#x153;little gray cellsâ&#x20AC;? to solve all sorts of complicated homicide cases. It wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t appear on the â&#x20AC;&#x153;newâ&#x20AC;? A&E however! A

channel which was once a fixture in our house long ago surrendered to the whims (and big bucks evidently) of Reality TV. Watch A&E today and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll find programs such as Duck Dynasty and Barter Kings. Or maybe you prefer Shipping Wars? To each their own obviously! I have picked on a few channels. By and large I could write an entire column pointing out the anomalies relative to television today. To be fair, the channels I have mentioned arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bad compared to some of what is being broadcast today. Truly terrible TV The drivel pumped out on certain channels 24/7 is truly mind-boggling. Some critics call shows such as those mentioned above â&#x20AC;&#x153;dumbed down television.â&#x20AC;? Not sure what you would call some of this stuff? Honestly, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about money â&#x20AC;&#x201C; advertising dollars. Clearly there is a huge audience for this sort of fare. It says something about our society today. Something puzzling, even worrying I think. Fortunately I am a team sports fans, mainly European soccer and North American football or baseball. Sport offers an entertainment island of sanity for me. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be supporting the National Hockey League during the shortened season which launches this weekend however. The league and its players clearly donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t care about the fans, the same people who collectively

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featuring outstanding British dramas. Their own programming is highlighted by the science show â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Novaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, news documentary series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Frontlineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and the history classic â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;American Experienceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; to name a few. Most PBS stations also show good travel features including the acclaimed series on European destinations hosted by Washington State-based travel writer Rick Steves. The network has just begun to air Season 3 of the acclaimed British costume drama â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Downton Abbeyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. The opener Jan. 6 drew 7.9 million viewers, an astounding number for PBS. Downton Abbey is extremely popular in Canada too of course. Also last week PBS started a new, three-part series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;The Abolitionistsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; as part of American Experience on Tuesday night. For anyone interested in that unfortunate but intriguing chapter in U.S. history and the role the anti-slavery movement played in the American Civil War, donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss this series. It is sure to be repeated. One of the most controversial abolitionists, Connecticut-born John Brown, was among five main players featured in the opener. His story has connections to Canada. For people in our region Brown also had a very interesting link to the Lake Placid, New York area which is so familiar to Eastern Ontario residents. I have written about Brown previously and would be pleased to expound on this further if there is enough interest among EMC readers? Let me know your thoughts on this subject and your feelings about the TV situation in general. Well, time to check tonightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s viewing schedule. Regardless of the poor quality of so much of what airs today, television still provides a safe port in the midst of a long Canadian winter. If you have any comments or questions for Jeff Maguire he can be reached by e-mail at:

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have made so many of them multi-millionaires. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to send the NHL a message by tuning out! The just concluded Bowl Season, the splashy end to the U.S. college football campaign, was a lifesaver during the holidays. I mean who wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get excited at the prospect of watching the Beef â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Bradyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bowl or Idaho Potato Bowl? Also on the holiday viewing tray was the GoDaddy.Com Bowl and something called the BBVA Compass Bowl. I told you I was desperate for TV entertainment. Now for my salvation! Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s taken a while to get here. I needed a rant first. At this time of year the â&#x20AC;&#x153;entertainment saviorâ&#x20AC;? for Kathleen and me is public television. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe TV Ontario (TVO) is as good as it once was. But even at its worst TVO offers superior programming when compared to most of what is available today. Last Tuesday a second series of the visually spectacular series â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Coastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; began. The program takes viewers on an entertaining journey along the coasts of European nations, focusing mainly on the United Kingdom. It wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a new series, but recently we enjoyed every episode of a cross-Canada tour involving Scottish-born comedian Billy Connolly. Excellent stuff! Still, THE saving grace most of the year for me is U.S.-based Public Broadcasting Service (PBS). I was among those who fought hard to keep WPBS Watertown on Rogers, Ottawa a couple of years ago. Fortunately that campaign was successful, underlining how many people in Eastern Ontario value that particular channel. Canadians comprise a large segment of the financial supporters for many PBS affiliates close to the border. Torontonians back the Buffalo PBS channel so dramatically that the station is called â&#x20AC;&#x153;WNED BuffaloToronto.â&#x20AC;? PBS has always been good, airing superior series such as Masterpiece Theatre


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