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EMC News - A busload of concerned citizens clad in green and white made their way from Sharbot Lake to the Limestone District School Board’s March 6 meeting to protest the name chosen for their community’s new school, the Granite Ridge Education Centre. The group believes that the new school, slated to open during the next school year, should instead be called the Sharbot Lake Education Centre. In a delegation to the Board, their spokesperson, Jamie Riddell, questioned the validity of the procedure by which the name
was chosen, and emphasized the importance of the name Sharbot to the community. He explained a number of reasons that led him to believe the name Granite Ridge was picked by the Board before members of the public had any opportunity to give input, despite the appearance of a communitybased sub-committee organized to provide feedback. “The lack of communication to the public is another concern to me,” Riddell said. “Being a parent with children in your system I see the amount of notices that do make it home. I did see the notice calling for public input in the naming of our school but I did not see, did not receive and
did not know until the announcement of the name that it was that far along.” Riddell said he believes the process should have been democratic, and called the board out for ignoring what he sees as the clear opinion of the community: that the new school should retain “Sharbot Lake” in its name. He concluded by telling the board “let us see you fix this mistake and by doing so restore our faith in your judgement. Let’s see you give our school the name it deserves, the name that we the majority feel best represents past, current and future Panthers...You can serve the best interest of the people you serve by giving our new school
its proper name...:Sharbot Lake District Education Centre.” The LDSB’s Director of Education and Secretary Brenda Hunter then gave a presentation explaining the process that was used to come up with the name. She emphasized that as per the official LDSB Administrative Procedure, “the final choice of a school name shall rest solely with the Limestone District School Board.” Hunter then explained that a sub-committee including parents, students and staff from the affected schools, which was organized to coordinate public feedback, found the most common thread among suggestions was a wish to
convey the natural beauty of the geography in the Sharbot Lake area. The overseeing integration committee later discussed concerns that the name Sharbot Lake was not inclusive of the new school community, as the new education centre would include students from communities outside of the town itself. The committee felt that it was time for a new beginning. LDSB chair Helen Chadwick later noted that the Board has heard “varying levels of support from different community members, and some people were supportive of the name [Granite Ridge]”. Continued on page 6
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said. “I hope the community ralChadwick said that there is a proce- lies around this and keeps pushing dure to change the name, which would so that the trustees will listen to us.” begin with a trustee bringing forward Central Frontenac mayor Janet a motion to do so; however, she was Gutowski was among the group of unsure of how much support there “Sharbot” supporters that attended the would be for such a motion. meeting. She explained that she feels “It’s important to remember that there is still hope for the cause. there are so many different sides to “Sometimes the wrong decision every situation,” she said. “We love will propel a community to action,” that everybody feels ownership of the she said. “I think if [the community] school, but there are always emotions had recognized that the name was truinvolved when things change.” ly at risk they would have stepped up Chadwick added that “construction much earlier.” is well underway, and we’re looking Gutowski added that “I think [the forward to the opening of our new Board] wanted to do the right thing, learning environment.” I just don’t think they had enough inRiddell said that he was disappoint- formation to make the decision. They ed in the Board’s response, but noted didn’t have a really good feel for the that it was great to have the room community’s emotion about it and [the packed full of supporters. historical significance of the name “It’s clear that the board want- Sharbot]. ed this name right from the start “I think there’s room for revisitand they’re going to continue to ing 11:38:09 it,” Gutowski said. “Hopefully the New EMC Gameday Size PETES.pdf 1 3/11/2013 AM throw their policy in our face,” he Board will consider that.”
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EMC News- Frontenac Island’s Mayor Denis Doyle welcomed family friends and neighbours an evening held to honour four Wolfe Islanders known to have received the Queen Elizabeth 11 Jubilee Medal. “Known members” of the community, because perhaps there are others who may have received the medals and have said nothing about it. That’s how it was, for instance in the case of Perry Chesney, who was presented with a medal at a large event held in Kingston. Perry was nominated and chosen for his long years of service with the Wolfe Island Volunteer Ambulance Service. Since Perry said little about the honour few would have known, except he was listed as a recipient in a news paper article. Another lately identified recipient was Lynn McAllister recognized for years of committed service within the Penal Services Only a mere mention by a family member brought her name to light when told about other island recipients of the medal. Perhaps most known about was Dr. George Merry, one of 30 members of Ducks Unlimited Canada widely chosen, to receive the medal for his work with them nationally and locally. The fourth was Margaret Knott, who was presented with a medal by Mayor Denis Doyle at the townships February meeting held on Howe Island. Knott was nominated for long dedicated service to communities. In his opening remarks at the evening honouring all four medalists Mayor Doyle commented that per capita Frontenac Islands had more people recognized than any where else in the province. “We are very proud of their achievements,” he said. Also in attendance were Councillors Barbara Springgay and Wayne Grant. Along with well wishers, a beautiful cake, and flowers, much picture taking highlighted the evening coordinated by Theresa Quist. Proudly displayed were individual certificates and materials pertaining to the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. 2. Council questions why a funding grant denied. At the February, Township Council meeting, staff was asked to enquire why a grant requested for assistance in upgrading Wolfe Island’s winter dock road was denied by the Municipal Infrastructure Investment Initiative (OMAFRA). The road was originally built, owned
and maintained by the Province of Ontario. It was turned over to the township at the time of “The Who Does What? “ by the Province along with Roads 95 & 96, all Provincial Highways at the time, (and a sum of money for upkeep, all used up by now). The road, used during the winter months or until the water level in the village of Marysville is considered high enough for the ferry to operate safely, needs widening, curve build up and cycle paths for island residents who cycle all winter, The road is dangerous at the best of times, but extremely so for cyclists particularly as they travel to work and home again in the dark. The costs for the township to provide everything that is needed are prohibitive. Thus the request to the Infrastructure Initiative for some assistance. One reason stated for the denial of funding was the limitations of the grant money available for projects. But more specifically it was that the township’s rationale for why it couldn’t pay the amount of money requested itself, was not good enough, as other communities have greater funding needs and fewer resources… Does that mean that whatever extra money we ever have (wind plant) will always end up, for the most part, on the roads of Wolfe Island…. that in spite of having that extra money, inevitably taxes will have to be raised to pay first, the bills continually on the rise, and secondly for whatever the township should have, and does not,. (other than an ongoing roads program) for instance water, sewer, infrastructure, buildings, senior accommodation. etc. etc…? Frontenac County Update: Mayor Doyle and Deputy Mayor Jones attended the March 8th county budget meeting where it was finally determined that the Fairmount Home Auditorium renovation ( estimated cost $2,175,000) can move forward with the money held in reserves for several years, along with money raised ($200,000). “No new money needs to be raised from the township’s in this year’s county levy,” Doyle said adding that a resolution was passed to proceed with the project if the City of Kingston, who share the costs of running the facility, agree to approve the funds, and have also set aside funds in reserves over several years. County Staff will seek city approval before tendering the project. Doyle Noted that Budget dis-
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The Andy Griffith Show). Câ€™mon, admit it, you laughed at Barney. Everybody did, except that traffic cop that pulled me over one time. Calling him Barney Fife wasnâ€™t one of my better ideas. 5 â€” Tony Soprano (James Gandolfiniâ€”The Sopranos). Face it, the western world likes gangster stories. Soprano was the best godfather since Marlin Brando. 4 â€” Mary Ann Summers (Dawn Wellsâ€”Gilliganâ€™s Island). Sigh. . .sigh. 3 â€” Norm Peterson (George Wendtâ€”Cheers). People still greet him with â€œNoooorm!â€? when he walks into a bar. 2 â€” Mr. Spock (Leonard Nimoyâ€”Star Trek TOS). Not only is Spock one of the greatest TV characters of all time, itâ€™s a tossup whether he or Han Solo is the greatest sci-fi character of all time. (But thatâ€™s another column.) 1 â€” Archie Bunker (Carroll Oâ€™Connorâ€”All in the Family). All in the Family was the most groundbreaking show in the history of TV. Archie Bunker was the star. â€™Nuff said.
EMC Editorial â€“ It isnâ€™t always easy to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Hectic work and family lives can sometimes keep us from getting the proper nutrition and exercise needed for us to be at our best. National Nutrition Month, which is held each year during the month of March, is intended to remind us of the importance of healthy eating and its positive impacts on our health and well being. According to a Dietitians of Canada Ipsos Reid poll conducted in spring, 2012, â€œ63% of Canadians struggle with making healthier food choices in the grocery store at least half the time they shop; more than one third struggle at least 75% of the time.â€? In addition, only 37 per cent of the 2,000 Canadian adults surveyed said they plan meals in advance. While the statistics above clearly show that Canadians struggle to both shop and plan for healthy meals, results of the Ipsos Reid poll also show that the majority of Canadians do attempt to make healthy food choices. Of those surveyed, 67 per cent said they prepare a grocery list before going shopping for food; 52 per cent always or very often read the nutrition label on a food item before making a purchase; and 58 per cent always or very often cook a
balanced meal for themselves or others. In an effort to further help Canadians to make healthy food choices, the Dietitians of Canada have launched the campaign, Best Food Forward: Plan Shop Cook Enjoy! This campaign features video, factsheets and tips on grocery shopping for healthy food. All these campaign materials are available online at http://www. dietitians.ca/your-health/nutritionmonth.aspx. In addition, Health Canada is also participating in National Nutrition Month by making Canadians aware of online resources geared at healthy eating, including a Healthy Eating Toolbox, www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ fn-an/nutrition/part/tb-bo/indexeng.php; the My Food Guide Servings Tracker, www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ fn-an/food-guide-aliment/tracksuivi/index-eng.php; the Eat Well campaign, www.HealthyCanadians.gc.ca/EatWell; and the Healthy Life channel, www.canadianliving.com/health/__healthy_life. We at the EMC would like to encourage local residents to explore some of these resources during National Nutrition Month and arm themselves with the knowledge and tools to make healthy food choices that will in turn improve their overall health and well being.
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