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WALKING DEAD EMC News - The first of what is planned to be an annual YAK Zombie Walk every Halloween, was a big success with a total of 72 zombies participating this year. They were painted and dressed individually at the YAK headquarters prior to the event. Zombies came to Perth from as far away as Carleton Place and Smiths Falls.
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EMC News – The executive director of the county’s addiction services is calling on his fellow health care workers not to vote Progressive Conservative in the next provincial election. With Queen’s Park in a state of limbo following last month’s prorogation, there is speculation that a spring election could follow the election of a new Liberal leader and premier at the end of January. However, David North of Tri County Addiction Services (TriCAS) already knows how he is voting. “Don’t vote for the (Progressive) Conservatives,” North said, during a panel discussion at the latest Municipal Drug Strategy networking day
held in Beckwith Township Friday, Oct. 26. “You will cancel your own well-being.” North added that he believes that “we may have a government change in the near future,” and that “the money will change with the system of belief in power.” At the same meeting, Insp. Glen Dewey of the Perth Police Service, also spoke his mind, urging fellow attendees to lobby the provincial government on matters like relaxed gambling rules and regulations and liquor rules. Regardless of which party has been in office, “what I’ve seen the government do is… they’ve relaxed regulations,” said Dewey, who noted that he is nearing retirement after more than 30 years as a police officer, and so he was speaking a little more freely than
usual. After the bar closing hours were extended by an hour, for example, “police officers saw an increase in domestic violence,” Dewey said. “Enough is enough,” Dewey added. “What they (the provincial government) want to do is increase revenue. We, as an MDS (Municipal Drug Strategy) Network, need to say no. It’s getting out of hand.” Dewey further predicted that, long after he has hung up his badge, “within five, 10 years, Mac’s Milk will be selling beer. It’s coming folks.” The panel discussion had also been asked by The Perth Courier EMC whether budget cuts announced for both campuses of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital – with six beds slated to be closed at
each facility, and early retirement and “voluntary exit” packages being offered to staff – would impact the province’s 10-year “Open Minds, Healthy Hearts” program for comprehensive mental health, and whether the funding for that program would continue on in light of the economic climate and a possible change in government at Queen’s Park. “The expectation is that these are long term commitments,” said Anne Moloney, a community services consultant with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, during the presentation. “We are relieved that there was funding that came this year,” agreed Nicki Collins, executive director of Open Doors for Lanark Children and Youth at the meeting.
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Marcia Gibson, regional manager for the east region for the Ottawa-based Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said that the cutbacks at the hospital need not necessarily be seen in a negative light. “Nobody wants to be in the hospital,” said Gibson, adding that the emphasis in health care today is to have patients at home recovering, where appropriate, and so that patients who are at home, “feel supported and feel they are getting what they need.” “We are hopeful that the funding will stay,” said Heather Skanes, assistant director of client services at the Champlain CCAC (Community Care Access Centre) in Ottawa. “The community is where health care dollars should live.”
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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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