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EMC News – Old Town Kemptville celebrated Halloween a few days early on Oct. 27 during the inaugural Kreepy Kemptville event hosted by the Old Town Kemptville Business Improvement Area (BIA). Businesses from throughout the area welcomed trick or treaters and some offered colouring, bracelet making and other activities for children. Left, Lauren Greeley and her mom Lisa made a very spooky pair. Later in the evening, the BIA, in conjunction with the North Grenville Historical Society, took visitors on a Ghost Walk in town.
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United Counties ready to put sustainability plan into action By ASHLEY KULP email@example.com
EMC News – North Grenville council saw firsthand how the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville’s (UCLG) integrated community sustainability plan (ICSP) will affect it on Oct. 22. Dillon Consulting’s Rory Baksh, who was charged with creating the ICSP, visited council at its Oct. 22 meeting to unveil the plan and seek council’s endorsement of its individual action plan included in the ICSP. However, council has deferred its decision until elected officials can take a closer look at the document. He said the process to undertake an ICSP began back in November 2011 during the UCLG economic development summit at the North Grenville Municipal Centre. “We kicked off our first major round of public consultations in late winter 2011 looking for our vision for the future, vision for sustainability and principles for sustainability,” he stated. Because of that consultation process, Baksh said this ICSP “has a vision and set of principles unlike no other around the world in terms of sustainability planning.” “It is yours and yours alone,” he added. This past summer, comments from the public were sought in terms of action planning and the fall was spent putting the plan
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together. “I do know that our citizens are an excellent source of ideas, wealth and knowledge, but staff have a much better grasp on what’s realistic and doable,” Baksh admitted and said the initial draft of the plan was circulated to UCLG member municipalities’ and staff “to ensure it aligns to local municipalities’ goals and visions.” The ICSP advisory group, made up of counties councillors and staff have viewed the document and the ICSP community liaison team has also given the document its support. Now, Baksh is approaching each member municipality’s council to encourage them to endorse the ICSP, which contains an individual action plan for each municipality that is unique to them. that action plan includes a set of five priorities for North Grenville: 1) sustainable building design and local sustainability champions and organizations (develop sustainable guidelines from 2013 to 2015, a recognition program for sustainable buildings from 2016 to 2023 and a plan to retrofit municipal buildings for upgrades between 2020 to 2023); 2) diverse employment opportunities and small businesses in the creative economy (includes undertaking a tourism strategy in 2013); 3) local sustainability champions and organizations (host community fair to bring together agencies and groups in 2015). The other two priorities in-
volve local food production, consumption and/or export (establish local food procurement policy in 2013, a regional food systems strategy from 2015 to 2018 and work with the Kemptville Kinsmen Farmers’ Market to make it available all four seasons from 2020 to 2023); and cycling, trails and paths (implement trails strategy and update Official Plan to incorporate trails strategy polices from 2014 to 2016). Baksh said the action plan has a “nice balance” and includes timeframes for the completion of priorities in order to map the progress of municipalities. He noted the Federation of Canadian Municipalities will be seeking updates on the ICSP and the UCLG has an obligation to oblige them. “(With the action plan) you are continuing to do important things that contribute to your community’s identity, sense of place and sense of structure,” he explained. “The expectation is that this sets you up to do more to promote sustainability.” “…It’s realistic and reasonable and not a burden to this municipality or other municipalities who have plans in the ICSP,” Baksh continued. Once the member municipalities endorse their action plans, those plans, the vision, principles and six recommendations in the overall ICSP will go to counties council for final approval. “Then I’m hoping to be back
here on Nov. 30 at the economic development summit to talk about the fabulous collaboration that has been achieved through this plan,” Baksh said, noting that UCLG economic development manager Ann Weir has been instrumental in the process. “It (ICSP) would not have been a success without her day in, day out support. She did an amazing job at keeping things moving and is a fabulous person to work with.” He also thanked local resident and business owner Tom Graham for his commitment by serving on the community liaison team as North Grenville’s representative. Following Baksh’s presentation, councillor Barb Tobin wondered what kinds of “checks and balances” the municipality would have to put in place to ensure these goals
Santa Claus Parade Nov. 17 EMC News – It’s hard to believe it, but in just a few short weeks Santa Claus will be making his annual stop in Kemptville for the Kinsmen Santa Claus Parade Saturday, Nov. 17. The parade will take place at 1 p.m. and the theme this year is Christmas in the Country. While logistics are still being ironed out, it is expected
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the parade will leave from Holy Cross Church, down Clothier St., turn right on Prescott St. and end at University of Guelph-Kemptville Campus. Those interested in entering are asked to register by no later than 5 p.m. on Nov. 14. To register, download a form at www.northgrenvillechamber.com or pick them up at the four major banks in town.
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Mainstreets topic of first ever symposium why Beckwith Street was built at such a large width. Bob Cheetham, manager of economic development for the Town of Smiths Falls asked Nasmith what benefits she felt there were to being in a heritage district and how to sell the idea. “You bread is going to be buttered with heritage,” she said. “The word to underline is conservation.” In terms of gaining buy in from local businesses and property owners, she said, “The first people who make that investment really opens the eyes of other people.”
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EMC Lifestyle – Focusing in its first year on “Our Mainstreets” the Rural Heritage Preservation Symposium in Smiths Falls has been deemed a success. Put together by the Smiths Falls Municipal Heritage Committee, the Oct. 26 all day event attracted a small crowd to the Station Theatre. Exploring the topic of mainstreets, were three special guest speakers. The first was Ken Doherty, director of the community services department for the City of Peterborough who spoke on “Peterborough: A sense of place.” Next up was Jim Mountain, cultural developer with the City of Ottawa, on the topic of “Revitalizing Saskatchewan’s Mainstreet Program”. The final presentation of the day came from Catherine Nasmith, of Catherine Nasmith Architect. Her presentation was entitled “Mainstreets as Old Growth Forests.” In introducing Nasmith, town councillor Lorraine Allen explained, she is the past president of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario, the founder of the Doors Open program in Canada and she has received the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for Ontario heritage works, among many other accomplishments. Mainstreets have the ability to decline and to regenerate, she explained. Her journey into the subject began 30 years ago. Ever since, she has been “watching” and feels, “when people start to recognize the potential of these places then they will stop treating them as disposable.” Mainstreets go through several states, from decline to regeneration and renewal. As a graduate in Chatham, in 1978, the grad students undertook a study of the downtown core. Researching the history of
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Speakers presenting at the first ever Rural Heritage Preservation Symposium, Oct. 26 at the Smiths Falls Station Theatre, were thanked by the town and members of the Municipal Heritage Committee. From left; Lorraine Allen, councillor; Ken Doherty, Presenter and Director of Community Services, Peterborough; Catherine Nasmith, Presenter, Architect, Toronto; Niki McKernan, Assistant Planner, Town of Smiths Falls;
Jim Mountain, Presenter and Cultural Planner, City of Ottawa; Lynne Clifford-Ward, Cultural Planner, Town of Smiths Falls; Becky Dow and Tony Humphrey, Municipal Heritage Committee members. Missing: Anne Shropshire, Chair, Chris Cummings, councillor and Arnel Pattemore, Municipal Heritage Committee, Town of Smiths Falls.
the street and each of its buildings. They discovered the street had a bend, as the back faced the river – where goods had in the past been loaded. “People lived and worked in this compact space. It adds up to something very, very different from our current ideas of shopping,” she commented. She pointed to old hotels within mainstreets as a “challenge”. “Often these buildings people don’t want to stay in hotels on the mainstreet,” she said. Pointing to a few examples of success, she explained these locations had turned old hotels into community hubs. For example, the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto. A large grand old building, it was built in 1889. It is now home to ground floor restaurants, galleries and up top, a hotel. Perfect definitions of what she refers to as a “steady state” for mainstreets, she points to the
block on their mainstreet, as a “clear cut”. Showing a picture of the scene, whereby the block was demolished, she commented, “Everything is wrong with this picture.” When it came time for audience questions, the first question asked was at what point did Nasmith feel Smiths Falls was at in
communities of Meaford and Hanover. Meaford is located in Grey County, in southern Ontario. She describes its mainstreet as a little too small for big highway commercial development around it. The buildings, she says, are in good repair and occupied by businesses. The second location, she describes is in a steady state is Hanover, also in Grey County. Calling it a farming community, she says it is small and hasn’t attracted a lot of retail businesses. “People really like the mainstreet’s merchants,” she commented. “There is a community effort to stay alive.” And she joked, the real test for a successful mainstreet is, “if there is a grocery store and a liquor store on the main street they’re in good shape.” While on the opposite side of the coin, referring to the City of Brantford’s move to demolish an entire
the cycle. “Steady state,” she answered. “You could benefit from more attention to preservation. There’s a lot to hang your hat on. Great building stock there.” Pointing to the width of Smiths Falls’ mainstreet, Beckwith Street, as something of interest. She feels the town should explore
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