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EMC News - Get your ticket for a taste of Mardi Gras while helping to raise funds for a great cause as part of the third annual Black Tie Bingo April 13! The highly successful fundraising gala for the Great War Memorial site (Perth) of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital has raised more than $80,000 over the past two years. This year’s target is an Argon Beam Coagulator for the operating room. The gala event at Code’s Mill on the Park (17 Wilson St. E.) offers a great night of entertainment and prizes as a

way to raise funds. Dress to the nines and enjoy a Mardi Gras-theme this year! “Each year the Black Tie Bingo gala raises money for a specific piece of equipment to benefit patient care at the Perth site,” said Dr. Robert Chaplin, GWM Foundation chair. “This year the Argon Beam coagulator, valued at almost $51,000, has been identified by the hospital’s management team as essential.” The coagulator is a penlike instrument that is used to spray argon gas onto surgically cut tissue in an effort to reduce blood loss.

“The generosity of sponsors in the community has been proven to be key to the success of the gala,” said Gord Cowie, Black Tie Bingo committee chair. “So many sponsors have helped to make a difference by offering financial support to the event, and we are encouraging the community to continue to do so in support of our community’s hospital.” The festivities kick off at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails, followed by a live auction, dinner, a comedian and bingo. There are themed prize packages for each game, and the

value of those prizes increases as the night goes on. Tickets are $100 each and include the dinner and five bingo games. Extra game cards can be purchased at the event. Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 7 and there are only 200 available. “It’s first come, first served with no reserving, and they sell quickly!” Ms. Hallam said. “This year we are featuring a comedian as part of the entertainment, so it promises to be a fun evening. Dress up in formal or business attire and don’t miss your chance to enjoy a wonderful dinner and win great prizes!”

Sponsorship partnering opportunities are available, with sponsors recognized in various ways depending on their chosen level of giving. “Sponsors have been so generous in the past, and we are actively seeking sponsors to make this year’s gala a success,” Mr. Cowie said. For more information, tickets, or to become a sponsor, please contact Margot Hallam at 613-264-0638 or e-mail at mhallam@gwmfoundation. com. More details can be found at Submitted by GWMF


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County council discusses many issues to wrap up 2012 EMC News – Here are the highlights from the regular Lanark County council meeting held Wednesday, Dec. 19.

Late-career nurse initiative approved Council has authorized the CAO/treasurer and the director of Lanark Lodge to proceed with a provincial agreement with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to secure a grant for the Late Career Nurse Initiative. The initiative was created in 2004 as a way to help organizations retain late-career nurses. They are a valuable resource for mentorship, but tend to take early retirement due to the physically demanding nature of their jobs. The initiative supports the retention of these nurses ages 55 and older by providing funding to organizations for salary replacement to allow them to participate in less physically demanding roles approximately one day per week. Lanark Lodge has received funding for one registered practical nurse and two registered nurses for a 10 to 16week period and has identified a number of specific projects and initiatives they will complete. “This will give us the opportunity to improve quality and risk-management activities whilst supporting the opportunity for continued mentorship by our late-career nurses,” said Deborah Pidgeon, Lanark Lodge director. Appointments approved Council approved the striking committee’s councillor appointments for committees, boards, commissions and

working groups for 2013, as follows: • Algonquin Land Claim Negotiating Committee: Val Wilkinson (Mississippi Mills) • Eastern Ontario Trails Alliance: Pat Dolan (Montague) • Lanark County Housing Corporation: John Fenik (Perth) • Lanark County Tourism Association: Val Wilkinson (Mississippi Mills), Sharon Mousseau (Beckwith) • Lanark County Munici-

pal Trails Corporation Board: Pat Dolan (Montague), Brian Stewart (Lanark Highlands) • Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit: Aubrey Churchill (Drummond/North Elmsley) • Lanark Transportation Association Board: Sharon Mousseau (Beckwith) • Mazinaw-Lanark Forest Management Citizens Committee: Peter McLaren (Lanark Highlands) • Rideau Corridor Landscape

Strategy: John Fenik (Perth) • Valley Heartland Board of Directors: John Levi (Mississippi Mills) • Accessibility Advisory Sub-Committee: Pat Dolan (Montague) • Awards of Excellence SubCommittee: John Levi (Mississippi Mills), Susan Freeman (Tay Valley), Brian Stewart (Lanark Highlands), Pat Dolan (Montague), John Fenik See BRIEFS page 5



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Interval House receives emergency funding Council approved a motion to provide $35,000 to Lanark County Interval House as emergency funding for 2013. Interval House provides the only dedicated municipal antiviolence services, 24/7 emergency response and support to the women and children of Lanark County. The motion comes after Interval House approached the county earlier in the fall seeking help to address a funding shortfall. The county investigated whether sustainable funding could be provided to the shelter; however, there is no opportunity under current funding models. The county has also committed to lobby for provincial funding on the shelter’s behalf. Coun. Sharon Mousseau (Beckwith deputy reeve) read a statement from Interval House executive director Erin Todd, who thanked council for its belief in the work of the organization. “Your tenacity to seek out a solution, your willingness to create dialogue and your political will to find the funds to support he work and the women is an outstanding statement of collective voice and determination.”

RAP project team maintained Council has approved a recommendation to maintain the Road, Addressing and Parcels Project Policy project team, which works on operational procedures that improve the reporting of address update information to Bell 9-1-1 and emergency service organization dispatch centres. The team has worked to improve the quality of the road and address information maintained in the county and local municipal geographical information systems. It is made up of at least one representative from each local municipality, along with the county’s planning administrator and emergency services coordinator. Rick Hannah, emergency services coordinator, says the team developed and implemented a process that ensures the reporting to each emer-

gency service organization dispatch centres. “The bottom line is that the right information is getting to the right places in a timely manner,” he said. “This results in a more effective dispatch of emergency services to the residents of Lanark County.”


Seeking to retain historic documents Upon learning that vital historic documentation pertinent to the history of the county is slated to be transferred from the land registry office in Almonte to a temporary, unconfirmed location, council passed a motion to urge Minister of Government Services Dwight Duncan to retain the records within the county until a permanent location can be found locally. Councillor Susan Freeman (Tay Valley deputy reeve) explained the documents include wills, plans, property transaction records and land abstract books. Microfilm will be maintained at the registry office, but the original documents are to eventually be moved to the Ontario Archives in Toronto. Researchers have indicated the reproduction quality of the microfilm is sometimes poor compared to the original documents. These documents are used by researchers, historians, genealogists, students, lawyers and many others. Coun. John Fenik (Perth mayor) indicated the town may be able to offer temporary storage space for the items. Coun. Richard Kidd (Beckwith reeve) suggested the county has a solution in that this could be an economic development opportunity. The resolution will be circulated to Premier Dalton McGuinty, local MPs and MPPs, the registry office, local municipalities, Archives Lanark and the Eastern Ontario Warden’s Caucus.

Accessibility plan approved Council passed a bylaw to adopting numerous accessibility policies. The Integrated Accessibility Standards Regulation multi-year plan outlines the policies and actions the county will put in place to improve opportunities for people with disabilities over the next five years. The Consolidated Accessibility Policy addresses how the county achieves or will achieve accessibility within regulated timeframes. The Duty to Accommodate Persons with Disability Policy ensures the full participation of persons with a disability in employment at Lanark County. The Accessibility Procurement Policy ensures fair and accessible procurement practices that incorporate accessibility criteria. All fall under the provincial Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.


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EMC News – The Town of Smiths Falls’ Off the Leash Dog Park Committee held at fundraising concert and silent auction Dec. 9 at the Smiths Falls Legion. Guests could find out more information about the proposed plan for the dog park, as well as bid on a variety of items in the silent auction. They were also entertained by the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute Reunion Band, who played many holiday favourites and other popular songs. Photo by ASHLEY KULP

Interval House receives funding from Lanark County feel that this is the only time the organization has ever felt the need to make such a request. To have a positive final outcome strengthens our confidence in our county and communities.� Lanark County Interval House will continue to collaborate with the county as council’s plan of action to work toward ending violence against women is realized. “We are looking forward to continued opportunities to work alongside and in support of our elected politicians of this county to see that Violence Against Women remains on agendas across the province,� said Lee-Todd. About Lanark County Interval House As the only shelter and support service in Lanark County for victims of woman abuse, LCIH offers not only a 24-hour Help Line and Emergency Shelter but also extensive Outreach Programs for women and children including: transitional support, community support, mother’s groups, child groups and youth groups, Lanark Highlands outreach, prevention programs and public education. In 2011, Lanark County Interval House responded to 2,259 crisis calls and helped hundreds of families through its Outreach services. All services are free and confidential. The Lanark County Interval House website can be found at

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Faces of Farming calendar highlights Perth egg farmer Stephanie Campbell EMC News – Passionate about telling the public about her family’s 200-year-old egg farm in Perth, Stephanie Campbell has undertaken a number of projects to achieve her goal. Campbell’s agricultural awareness efforts have spanned her local area, the campus of the University of Guelph, and various events across Ontario. They have even led to the creation of YouTube videos to share her message with a broader audience. In 2013, Stephanie will be featured as the face of November in the Faces of Farming Calendar published by Farm & Food Care Ontario. Her appearance in the calendar is sponsored collectively by the Farmers Feed Cities campaign and by Burnbrae Farms. “I enjoy showing my urban friends the farming life. We try to hold open houses and barn tours at least once a year,” says Campbell. During her time at Guelph while she completed her Crop

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McGuinty government announces new locked-door policy for Ontario elementary schools


work already being done in schools to support the wellbeing of students,” added Ontario Minister of Education, Laurel Broten. Background The government has provided funding to nearly 850 of Ontario’s 4,000 elementary schools for access device systems such as new locking doors, security cameras and buzzers. Ontario has expanded the Safe Welcome Program’s original criteria so it now

includes schools that have front doors visible from the main office; and every school board has in place a Local Police/School Board Protocol, which requires every school to have a lockdown plan in place that is practiced twice a year. Professional development and training has been provided for school and school board staff and local police services to implement the local protocol at both the elementary and secondary levels.


a safe and positive learning environment for every student. “When parents send their kids off to school they are putting their trust in us, and we have to get it right,” said McGuinty. “That’s why our government is committed to providing safe, welcoming places to learn for all our kids. It’s up to us to take all reasonable steps available to us to protect our kids. Locking school doors is a reasonable step.” “As a mother with two boys in school, I know our education partners take student safety seriously and provide an outstanding learning environment. A locked-door policy will help strengthen the good


EMC News – Ontario is providing renewed funding to elementary schools across the province to support a locked-door policy while students are in class. At the St. Fidelis Catholic Elementary School in Toronto last week, Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, announced that the Safe Welcome Program would be reopened for applications. The program provides funding to schools that need support to install devices that give staff more control over who enters the school. Student safety is one of Ontario’s top priorities. The McGuinty government is committed to working with its education partners to provide the resources they need to reasonably ensure

Science degree, Campbell was secretary of the Poultry Club. Within two years the club increased to 60 members from 30, and had members both with and without agriculture backgrounds. The poultry club’s main objective was to get students interested and involved in the poultry industry. They toured farms, worked on a video in partnership with the Poultry Industry Council, and worked with the Turkey Farmers of Ontario on website projects. Other agricultural education projects Campbell works on include being part of Burnbrae Farms’ Young Ambassador Program, creating YouTube videos about her farm. You can see them on YouTube at She also helped to bring the Ag in the City event to Mississauga in 2010 and she’s been a volunteer at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. Campbell is also involved in her Perth community through the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County program and a youth program at a local church. In her spare time, Campbell enjoys reading, biking, and spending time with friends and family. As an eighth generation farmer, Campbell has a lot of passion for what she does. Although she took a summer job as a crop scout, someone who checks crops for insect, disease and weed pressure, she is still involved in her family’s farm. The farm, which her ancestors started in 1816, and which is now run by her parents, also has a registered grading station and self-serve egg stand. In earlier days of the farm, her grandfather delivered eggs to many local stores and restaurants, and the family continues to provide eggs to local businesses today. Although Campbell is still young, her parents recognize how important succession planning is on the farm, and have already started talking about her plans for the future. Campbell has a brother and a sister, but neither are currently interested in farming. Campbell’s dad is already sure to include her in decisions around the farm, asking her thoughts on various aspects of the current operation. Campbell is optimistic about her future in agriculture. “Now that I’m graduated, I’m excited and optimistic about my future in agriculture,” says Campbell. Patricia Grotenhuis is with Farm & Food Care Ontario.

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Leeds Grenville paramedics honoured Three United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Emergency Services (EMS) paramedics have received the Governor General’s Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medals. EMS supervisor, Steven Pinkney and paramedics Jennifer Labelle, and Joseph Matthews have received the medal and join the elite ranks of approximately 1,200 Canadians who have been honoured with the award, since its inception in 1994. Recipients must perform services to the public in an exemplary manner with good conduct and efficiency for at least 20 years, and have 10

Ed Sonnenburg (Carleton Place) • OPSEU Negotiations: Richard Kidd (Beckwith), Ed Sonnenburg (Carleton Place) • Lanark County Housing Corporation Board: John MacTavish, Donna Gourlay, Al Hahn • Lanark County Accessibility Advisory Sub-Committee: Martha Read, Richard Allan, Duncan Meikle, Angela Pagniello-Mantle • Lanark County Agricultural Advisory SubCommittee: Andrea McCoy-Naperstkow, Gordon

Patterson (pending) • Lanark County Municipal Trails Corporation: Al Lunney, Reid Kilburn OP/ICSP: Brian Stewart (Lanark Highlands), John Levi (Mississippi Mills), John Gemmell (Perth), Susan Freeman (Tay Valley), Richard Kidd (Beckwith), Wendy LeBlanc (Carleton Place), Aubrey Churchill (Drummond/North Elmsley), Bill Dobson (Montague) standing members subject to change due to the election of the warden and community development chair.

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EMC News – The highlights of the regular United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Council Meeting held Dec. 20 are listed below as well as an announcement on exemplary service medals. Council has adopted a counties-wide Integrated Community Sustainability Plan (ICSP), stepping forward to pursue a sustainable future for its 10 member municipalities and the partner municipalities of Prescott and Gananoque. “The ICSP process was an excellent example of how municipalities can collaborate to address regional priorities while also focusing on priorities that are unique to their own community,” said Leeds Gren-

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Low water conditions return to Rideau River watershed depths that the aquatic species prefer for their survival through the winter have not been achieved. Staff at the Perth and Smiths Falls water treatment plants are keeping an eye on conditions in the Tay and Rideau Rivers. With low water at the water intakes at Smiths Falls, there is the potential for frazil ice to accumulate. This slushy ice that forms in shallow water when temperatures are colder can restrict the capacity of the intake and require alternative methods to maintain supply. There are presently no problems with water supply for either community. Throughout the low water conditions in the summer, we asked that watershed residents reduce their water use as much as possible. Many

did so. While it is difficult to quantify the impact of such measures, it is still a good idea to make water conservation a habit and we encourage everyone to continue to be water aware. Conservation authority staff will continue to monitor conditions and communicate with water managers throughout the watershed. Updates to this message will be issued as conditions warrant. To learn more about Ontario’s Low Water Response program visit: http://www. Water/2ColumnSubPage/ STEL02_164583.html. Also, visit the RVCA website for local conditions. Submitted by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.


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EMC News – Lack of rainfall through November has caused streamflows to stay well below average in the Rideau watershed. The 90-day precipitation total to Dec. 11 was below the Low Water Condition Level I at 74 per cent of normal. September rain helped start a recovery from the prolonged drought conditions that began in March with the low spring runoff. However, the shortage of rain through November has been a setback. The November rainfall was close to half the previous low for the month in the last 40 years and about 20 per cent of normal. Many streams were reduced to intermittent pools through the summer. Continuous flow has been restored in many cases but normal

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EMC News – Holy Name of Mary Catholic School students Kaitlyn Lowry and Georgia Moore were just two of the participants in the Almonte school’s annual Christmas concert Dec. 19. Entitled, ‘Bed, Bethlehem and Beyond When Heaven Touched Earth,’ the production told the original story of Christmas. Photo by TIFFANY LEPACK


Defence critic charges Scott Reid blind to F-35 fiasco DEAR EDITOR: The fiscal incompetence and complete mismanagement of Canada’s largest military procurement since World War II has now been fully exposed. MP Scott Reid and the Conservative Party need to be held accountable for their total mishandling of the F-35. Two years ago they told Canadians that the government would replace our aging fleet of CF-18s with a sole-sourced contract for F-35s for only $9 billion—now thanks to an audit from KPMG we know the true cost of the F-35s will exceed $46 billion. The government said the F-35 was the only plane that could meet our needs—now they admit that other planes could. They always maintained that considering other options was irresponsible and they sole-sourced the contract—now they are looking at other planes.

They said there was a contract—now they don’t. This is how an incompetent government turns a $13 billion Liberal surplus in 2006 into a $142 billion accumulated Conservative deficit by 2012. The government lied, stonewalled, broke all the rules of procurement, evaded every safeguard, and attacked the credibility and patriotism of all those who dared challenge it. It asked voters to re-elect it using fraudulent numbers. Mr. Reid needs to stop the cheerleading and start asking serious questions about how the government is spending your hardearned tax dollars. He can’t serve his constituents with blinders on. Yours sincerely, John McKay, MP Liberal Party of Canada Defence Critic


Need becomes tougher after Christmas EMC Editorial – While the Christmas lights and tree may soon be coming down, our attention shifts gears to the start of a new year. Some focus on New Year’s resolutions and new starts while organizations like the Food for All Food Bank look to January as one of their toughest months. Food banks, Salvation Armies, Angel Tree campaigns are always highlights throughout the months heading into the holiday season. But heading out of the holiday cheer sometimes they get left out in the cold, so to speak. As long as people need to eat, the need will still be there for donations to all kinds of year-long programs. And the need keeps growing. Whether due to changing economic times, loss of jobs, or jobs which simply just don’t pay the bills, no one desires having to attend the food bank to fulfill their basic needs. According to the Ontario Association of Food Banks, 19 per cent of these organizations in the province have reported running out of food at least once during the year. A staggering 400,000 individuals are served by food banks throughout Ontario in a single month – 160,000 of those are children. And whether in Smiths Falls, Kemptville, Perth, Lanark, Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills and all places in between, the need continues to grow. New families make the difficult decision to come forward and register, almost daily, for assistance. Something which will help in the years ahead was a recent donation from the Grocery Foundation – $100,000 – to be distributed to the Ontario Association of Food Banks. The donation carries over to the year after next as well. While $100,000 being split amongst 120 food banks may break it down into small numbers, every dollar helps an individual adult, a child, a family in need right in this community. The same can be said for any donations received by any food bank from the public.

Saturday night house party used to be a way of life EMC Lifestyle – What was left of the Christmas tree, was dragged out to the back of the woodshed. Standing in the kitchen, in the farthest corner, away from the Findlay Oval, was not enough to save the sprigs of the Spruce tree, most of which had been swept up and fed into the fire box. The decorations, loops of silver rope, saved year after year, the clip-on candle holders, which always terrified Mother, so sure was she the whole place would go up in smoke, and the few felt animals we attached to the branches, were finally wrapped in issues of the Renfrew Mercury and packed away for another year. The house was back to normal, and a new year was beginning. It was time to get back to the Saturday night house parties. In the summer time, most of the community activities centred around the church, but in the winter, socializing was done

in the homes. I loved the Saturday night house parties. No formal invitations were necessary, and it was beyond me how anyone knew where the party was being held. My much older, and wiser sister Audrey said she was sure Central would simply start ringing everyone who had a phone, and told them where the next party was taking place. At that time in my life, I thought that was a perfect explanation. When the party was at our house, everything movable was shoved against the kitchen walls to make way for the square dancers. Of course, the house had to be cleaned from top to bottom too. Even the bedrooms upstairs had to be readied... that’s where the youngest of us ended up. Neighbours started coming early in the evening. Horses and sleighs lined up in the yard. None had to be tied...they seemed to know they were expected to stay

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put, which always amazed me. Enough food would be brought to feed half of Renfrew County. Sandwiches filled 11-quart baskets which had been lined with spanking clean flour bag tea towels. These were of the simplest kind...roast pork and beef, and egg salad. Canned salmon was unheard of. Anyone who wanted to be real fancy, brought bologna, which was my very favourite. Slab cakes and molasses cookies were taken out to the summer kitchen to keep chilled and covered with more tea towels. Before anyone arrived, Mother would have the big shiny kettle boiling and at least two white aluminum tea pots

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simmering with green tea on the back of the stove. Of course, there were no clothes closets, so the coats were piled on the nearest bed, and it always amazed me that no one went home wearing someone else’s coat. Around the kitchen stove, galoshes and rubber boots were kept warm for the trip home. At our house the baking table was moved into the parlour for euchre and another game was always going on around the old pine table in the kitchen. There was much pounding of fists, loud laughing, and frivolity at both tables, and I often wondered if they took the game as seriously as I thought they did.

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Music filled the house. Uncle Alec Thom would bring his fiddle, Mother would take her mouth organ out of its blue velvet box, Father would grab two spoons, one of the Beam boys would tune up his guitar, and there was always someone ready to call for a ‘square.’ The youngest of us would be upstairs in a bedroom playing Parcheesi, or Jacks, and as the night wore on, it wasn’t unusual for five or six of us to stretch out crossways on a bed and fall asleep. When the Saturday night house party was at a neighbour’s home, and I was one of the ones bedded down, it was a mystery to me how I would wake up the next morning in my own bed! I would have no recollection of being carried out to the sleigh, or of being put into my bed. I would be wearing the same clothes I had worn that evening. The only thing missing would be my galoshes. So I often didn’t have

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to get dressed for church the next morning. When the party was at our house, I always hoped there would be some cookies or slab cake left to be enjoyed on Sunday, but there wouldn’t be a crumb of lunch left! By Sunday morning, everything in the kitchen would be back to normal. Mother and Audrey would have washed the dishes, and the furniture would all be back in place. The parlour door would once again be closed, and a braided mat rolled up against it. There was no need to heat a room that was never used in the wintertime except for the Saturday night house party. And so it went...all winter long. As normal as going to church every Sunday, or going into Renfrew to peddle chickens and butter, the Saturday night house party was a way of life back in those Depression years. And the price was right, too.

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Successful year for Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown where the park is located and will help the park better market itself in conjunction with the Thousand Islands brand that everyone else in the area uses.� Overall, it will assist with the economic development of the region. Among his other achievements this year, Brown notes his and his colleague’s success at maintaining the full season on the Rideau Canal. “When we first learned that Parks Canada was planning to shorten the length of the season we asked the Minister to allow us to conduct public consultations on the potential impact. As a result of those consultations we were able to convince the Minister that reducing the overall length of the season would not be in the best economic interests of the region.� In the fall, the Minister announced that the season would remain intact. Brown and his colleagues continue to work on canal issues in Ottawa. In the coming year a Private Member’s Bill will be introduced by one of his colleagues, with his support, to develop a new governance structure for the canals. Brown will also be introducing a Private Member’s Bill to provide a tax incentive for people who wish to donate or bequeath money for heritage restoration and conservation on the canals and at other historic sites. “Both these ideas were recommendations that I proposed in my report to the Minister,� he explained. “My annual Hockey Night in Leeds-Grenville was a huge success again this year,� added Brown. The game raised over $112,000 for the United Way of Leeds-Grenville. “George Tackaberry helped make this possible with a very large donation and I, and the United Way are grateful for his support,� Brown noted. “I also must

thank the other donors, the players, and organizers as well as the fans who came out to support the game.� As the year came to a close Brown learned that a number of projects will receive approval in Leeds-Grenville under the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund announced in last spring’s budget. “There will be announcements about these in the new future,� he explains. Earlier in the year he was also pleased to participate in the groundbreaking for the new Community and Primary Health Care (CPHC) facility being constructed in Brockville. “Our government provided a substantial amount to this project and I am pleased to see it moving ahead,� Brown said. Other important highlights of the year include the War of 1812 celebrations that took place in the riding as well as the opening of the new Heritage Center at Fort Wellington and the dedication of the rebuilt Joel Stone Heritage Park in Gananoque. “Recently in Gananoque we were also pleased to announce that the fiber optic cable installation for increased internet access for rural eastern Ontario has been completed in advance of its expected deadline in 2013,� Brown added. This year, Canada also celebrated the 65th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II’s ascension to the throne. “I was pleased, along with Senator Bob Runciman and MPP Steve Clark, to present a number of Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medals to deserving recipients from throughout Leeds-Grenville,� Brown noted. On another front: “I am also determined to do what I can to help Gananoque and the Township of Leeds and Thousand Islands retain their casino,� he added.

“As well, I was pleased to be able to inform the community improvement group in Rockport earlier this fall that the government is prepared to divest itself of the Rockport dock. That community will be able to make use of the property if they wish to pursue its purchase,� Brown continued.

Canada-wide, the government has made some major announcements and has undertaken a lot of legislative changes to assist Canadians during the past year, Brown commented. In the coming year, Brown noted that he is looking forward to continued work on Rideau Canal issues, more

War of 1812 celebrations, and further infrastructure announcements for the riding. As well, the opening of the Aquatarium in Brockville, a facility developed with federal funding, is being anticipated in June. Submitted by the office of Leeds-Grenville MP Gord Brown.

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EMC News – Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for Leeds-Grenville notes that as 2012 draws to a close, Bill C-44 that includes his Private Member’s Bill on Compassionate Care, received Royal Assent Dec. 14. “This has been an extremely busy and productive year as our majority government has been able to pass legislation,� said Brown. “I am particularly pleased that the government adopted my Compassionate Care Bill and it has now become law.� The Compassionate Care Bill was inspired by LeedsGrenville resident Sharon Ruth whose family dealt with the trauma of one parent giving up an income to stay home with an ill child. She contacted Brown shortly after he was first elected and he immediately began working on this bill. He re-introduced the bill after each successive minority government election. “Sharon fought hard for this bill and I am grateful for her continued diligence and hard work,� Brown said. “Having a stable majority government has allowed us the time required to pass this bill into law.� The Compassionate Care portion of Bill C-44 will give parents 37 weeks of employment insurance supported leave to care for a critically ill child. It will come into effect in June 2013. As the year draws to a close Brown notes that another of his Private Member’s Bills is being debated in the Senate. An act to change the name of St. Lawrence Islands National Park to Thousand Islands National Park passed second and third reading in the House of Commons this year and moved to the Senate for debate early in December. “Changing the name of this park has been discussed since the 1970s,� explained Brown. “It will help identify

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Ah, the joys of winter: Freezing rain isn’t one of them EMC Lifestyle – I don’t know about you, but I would rather have 50 centimetres of snow than one millimetre of freezing rain! There is nothing worse than even the thinnest veneer of freezing precipitation. Highways, streets, sidewalks and driveways can very quickly become off limits. Depending on the temperature and the thickness, ice can be very difficult to contend with. Large plows salt and sand can quickly make major highways and local arteries safer. Home maintenance involving freezing rain is an unwelcome and difficult chore. Whether you subscribe to the global warming or weather cycle theories, the incidence of freezing rain in Eastern Ontario in recent years is definitely up. Precipitation that once fell as snow is now more likely to come down as freezing rain, ice pellets or a combination of the two. We’ve already had more than enough of this sort of weather to suit me this year. To put it mildly, freezing rain is unwelcome. The elderly and the infirm are even more confined than they usually are during the long and unpredictable Canadian winter. For the rest of us freezing rain is a headache we would rather not face. If you don’t have a garage, dealing with

ice covered windshields is annoying. So is trying to remove the stuff from driveways and walks. In this region the mere mention of freezing rain conjures up images of “The Ice Storm.” The truly incredible weather situation that occurred in January 1998. It was a true nightmare! Although such storms are rare (thankfully) you can’t blame anyone who lived through that disaster for shuddering at the mere thought of it. Most Canadians have their own horror stories about freezing rain. Besides the 1998 mess, my wife and I experienced a similar situation when we lived in St. Thomas, Ontario in the 1970s. That’s another column however! Kathleen is a native of Chatham, Ontario which is also my mother Molly’s hometown. Chatham is located in Ontario’s so-called “Banana Belt”. Typically snow is less frequent there than it is here. But given the close proximity of communities in southwestern Ontario to the Great Lakes, freezing rain in winter is common. Before we were married, I often journeyed from St. Thomas, where I was a reporter at the daily St. Thomas Times-Journal, to Chatham. On weekends I visited my then fiancée Kathleen as well as my own family members

ing. This road is a sheet of glass.” I realized I shouldn’t slam the brakes on. Otherwise I could end up careening out of control. There were deep ditches on both sides of the highway. I gently pressed the brake. The car ahead was getting bigger and bigger. The conversation in the other vehicle continued unabated. They didn’t know I was only a few metres away and closing fast. I didn’t panic. I just kept pressing the brake. It was working. I was gradually losing speed but my tires couldn’t grip the icy pavement. The ladies were getting larger and larger. I could see their hands moving and, eventually, their lips moving. I was still skidding but my car was slowly (far too slowly) coming to a halt. The crucial moment came when I was less than two metres behind the big car ahead. “Will I be able to stop in time or not?” I thought. The gap grew smaller. I was so close I could nearly have joined the conversation. This all happened in a matter of seconds. Fortunately there were no other vehicles behind. I had checked my rear view mirror! Just at the most critical moment my tires encountered an

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in the city. I had a tough editor at the time, a native of England. On occasion his heart would soften enough to let me leave early on a winter afternoon so I could make the 90-minute drive to Chatham in daylight. Unforgettable In that part of the world weather systems blow off Lake Erie frequently, sometimes with very little warning. During one of my excursions I experienced something I have never forgotten. Normally I would take lightly traveled Highway 3 rather than drive my compact car on busy Highway 401. The route, known locally as the Talbot Trail, hugs the north shore of Lake Erie and is sometimes within viewing distance of the lake. It was a Friday afternoon in December and although it was overcast it was slightly above zero. When I set off the weather forecast called for an occasional rain shower. About halfway on my journey I crossed the Elgin County line into what was then

Kent County (now ChathamKent). It was a gray afternoon and there was a slight breeze, but the road was dry and I was making good time. Just after entering Kent some light mist suddenly appeared on the windshield. The wipers took it away easily and I continued along at the same speed. I soon noticed a large car ahead of me. As I quickly closed the gap I could see it was filled with people. I was soon able to discern that it was a carload (a driver and four passengers) of older ladies. They were also westbound and appeared to be engaged in an animated conversation. We were on a gradual bend in the road and I realized they were traveling at a lower rate of speed. It was time to apply the brakes and wait for an opportunity to pass safely. I pressed the brake pedal on my little Datsun. Nothing happened. “What is this,” I thought. “Have the brakes failed?” In a split second it dawned on me. “The rain is freez-

area of drier pavement. The brakes did their job and I slid toward the shoulder of the road and came to a halt. By now the big vehicle ahead was, mercifully, getting smaller. I could see the conversation was still going full blast. They never knew what almost hit them! I remember carefully pulling onto the shoulder of the highway and sitting there for a few minutes until my rapidly beating heart stilled. Off I went again, at a slower rate of speed. After traveling several kilometres a salt truck loomed ahead. The Department of Highways was already responding to the unexpected arrival of freezing rain. Mercifully, the remainder of my excursion was uneventful. The moral of the story? Carefully test your braking capacity when you encounter rain drops while driving in winter. In this country you never know when it’s going to freeze! Of course slowing down is also essential during the winter months, a lesson I learned that day more than 40 years ago. The bottom line? I hate freezing rain! If you have any comments or questions for Jeff Maguire he can be reached by e-mail at: jeffrey.maguire@rogers. com.

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High-speed Internet service for rural areas spurs new companies, expansion EMC News - The Monieson Centre at Queen’s School of Business hosted a number of local and global experts Dec. 4 to examine the rising importance of high-speed Internet in rural areas at a conference entitled Connecting the Future: Rural Broadband Technology, Policy and Impact. Dave Chiswell, CEO of Ottawa-based Storm Internet Services Inc., will provide his view on the transformative impact of the Internet on rural economies. Chiswell cites macro-economic statistics that show how a 10 per cent growth in broadband penetration adds one to three per cent to a country’s Gross Domestic Product, and pinpoints examples of interesting rural Internet applications including farmers who extend WiFi into their fields to connect Internet-equipped tractors. “This is all about an economic tool that really makes a difference,� said Chiswell. “We know from our customers that our Internet service spurs the creation of new companies, expansion of current firms, it increases real estate values, and it encourages people to live in rural areas because they can

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This Week’s Pets Greyhound. I’m very polite and wellmannered. I like gentle touch and you can pick me up if you need to, but I don’t like being carried around. I’m small but very capable. I’m sensible and smart. I don’t bark a lot or carry

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EMC News – We hope everyone had a great Christmas and we are looking forward to a great New Year! Now that Santa has made his rounds, perhaps he left a few extra little things that could be passed on to LAWS? There is always an ongoing need for items at our shelter and we are grateful to all who have thought of us throughout the year. Your gracious donation of any of the following items would be appreciated! • Gift certificates: Staples, Canadian Tire, Home Depot, or TSC • Canned cat food: (“Friskies Pate” please) • Canned dog food: (“Pedigree” please) • Freeze-dried liver treats (used for dog training) • Strong/large deck brushes • Mop heads/handles (dollar store) • Broom heads/handles


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Save the bobolink: Buy Ontario beef to protect species these birds inhabited native grasslands, beaver meadows and areas cleared by First Nations. Most of this habitat was destroyed following European settlement. But the two birds adapted quite well to the pastures and hayfields created for livestock. The problem is that hayfields and pastures are also disappearing due to poor economic returns in the beef industry and current strong markets for corn and soybean crops. With these economic pressures and the abandonment of farms in some cases, even these replacement habitats are disappearing. The fate of bobolink, meadowlark and the beef cattle industry are thus closely intertwined. On top of that, the timing of hay harvests coincides with the peak nesting period for bobolinks and meadowlarks, resulting in high levels of mortality for nestlings. Fortunately, the ESA is flexible enough to accommodate complex situations like this. While it generally prevents harm to an endangered species and its habitat, it also provides a number of “relief valves.” For starters, farmers have been given a three-year exemption (until November 2014) from habitat protection requirements for both birds. So for now, farmers can carry on their farm operations as they have always done, without fear of repercussions under the ESA. The exemption provides a window for farmers and conservationists to put their heads together to try to find a happy ending for this story, one that works for the birds and farmers alike. Coming up with innovative solutions is the job of the multistakeholder Bobolink Round Table, co-chaired by former

Hillier: Justice system an injustice for taxpayers EMC News – Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-FrontenacLennox & Addington, condemned the McGuinty Liberal Government over Ontario’s overpriced justice system and the McGuinty Liberals’ inability to deal with their spending addiction. “The people of Ontario expect a fair justice system. Not only one that’s fair for defendants and plaintiffs, but for the taxpayers as well,” said Hillier. Hillier’s comments follow the release of the Ontario Auditor General’s (AG) 2012 Report and its indictment of our expensive criminal justice system. The Auditor General surveyed the mismanagement and overspending and highlighted the incompetencies when it comes to our justice system. Hillier noted four examples from the Auditor General’s report of just how mismanaged and spendthrift the McGuinty Liberals are when it comes to criminal justice: Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) costs are up 27 per cent over five years. The number of

calls to the OPP hasn’t changed over that time The number of Crown Attorneys and their cost have doubled. The number of criminal charges handled by them is unchanged. The OPP doesn’t know the location of around 200 police vehicles it owns. The Auditor General noted “instances where seized cash, weapons and drugs, as well as officers’ weapons, were either improperly stored or accounted for, or were missing.” “When the Auditor General can’t get the OPP to locate 200 police vehicles that they own, it is a pretty glaring example of recklessness and waste of our tax dollars,” said Hillier. “We have seen a steady increase in the size and cost of government under Premier McGuinty; it is unsurprising yet disappointing when the AG can find so many examples of waste in just one government department.” Submitted by the office of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington MPP Randy Hillier.

Ontario Federation of Agriculture president Bette Jean Crews and Jon McCracken from Bird Studies Canada. This group has been hard at work discussing the challenges farmers face and considering potential options that can benefit farmers who are willing to establish and maintain grassland habitat for bobolink and meadowlark. It is advising the provincial government

on policies and programs that cover everything from farming practices and landowner incentives to research and education. The breadth of the group’s work recognizes that bringing a species back from the brink requires a number of coordinated initiatives. The burden cannot fall on just one group, such as farmers. There seems to be a fair degree of optimism

that practical solutions can be arrived at. It will then be up to the government to ensure that the necessary resources are put in place to implement these solutions, whether it is incentives for landowners, education and outreach programs, or market-based conservation mechanisms. Given the good will that exists around the table, and the tools available under the

ESA, it should be possible to turn the double-edged sword of endangered species stewardship into something we can all feel good about. After all, farmers are used to waking up with the birds and our farms would be poorer places without them. Submitted by Anne Bell (Ontario Nature) and Gerald Rollins (Ontario Cattlemen’s Association).

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EMC News – This month the government of Ontario released its action plan to protect the diversity of plant and animal life in Ontario. The plan, entitled “Biodiversity: It’s in our Nature,” calls on citizens, organizations, businesses and government agencies to take steps to sustain the rich web of life in Ontario for present and future generations. The plan recognizes that Ontario’s farmers have a special and critical role to play in protecting biodiversity through their ongoing stewardship of rural landscapes. Yet stewardship often comes with a price. Take endangered species, for example. For farmers, discovering an endangered species on your land is a good news, bad news story: Good news because it means that you are doing something right when it comes to helping nature; bad news because of potential conflicts with farm operations. That’s been the story for a lot of farmers whose hayfields and pastures provide habitat for bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks, two songbirds recently listed as ‘threatened’ under Ontario’s Endangered Species Act (ESA). While the birds are not rare, they have been experiencing a steep decline in numbers in Ontario and across much of their breeding range. Both of the birds and their habitat are now protected by law – so what does that mean for hayfields and pastures? According to recent articles in some Ontario newspapers, it means bad news plain and simple. But there’s more to this story. To begin, without farmers there would be very few bobolinks and meadowlarks nesting in Ontario. Originally,










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The more the merrier at Christmas for one area family EMC Lifestyle – For the McCooeye family of the Middleville area, Christmas has always been a special time to rejoice. And with their family of 12 children, the oldest 25 and the youngest six, Lise and Kevin have developed and kept alive, traditions that embrace their strong Christian beliefs. This year, with 10 of the children still at home, and now Lise’s Mother living with them, and with neighbours, friends and other relatives dropping in, it won’t be unusual for up to 30 or more people to sit down for a meal. Preparations begin early. Already the children will have picked a sibling’s name for the gift exchange. The gifts must be given a lot of thought. “It must be something that is needed,” Lise says. “I don’t do malls,” she adds. Christmas Eve is a very special time in the McCooeye house. This is the time for carol singing by candlelight, and when the children exchange their gifts. “It’s a tradition we started when they were all just babies, and we have kept it up.” And it’s on Christmas Eve that the family has a feast of favourite foods...not the traditional turkey, but ham, meat balls and desserts. But that isn’t the end of the Christmas celebrations. On Christmas morning, the parent’s gifts to their children are opened. And as one can imagine, with such a large family, that venture alone can wile away a good portion of the day. “And this is a day for leftovers,” Lisa says. While most of us will be digging into roasted turkey with all the trimmings, for the McCooeyes that treat is yet to come. Lise puts a great deal of effort into decorating the house in true Christian spirit. By the first of December the Nativity Scene will be in place, and the Christmas Village on display. “We concentrate on the true meaning of Christmas...the birth of Jesus. And our decorations reflect that aspect of Christmas,” she says. Of course, there is the usual Christmas tree...a real one, coming right out of the bush on their 100 acre property. This is the same property the McCooeyes bought in 1999 which now nets them most of their food from the massive gardens Lise and the children tend. Their Christmas meals will consist of their own blueberries, strawberries and raspberries, as well as vegetables stocking two freezers. They also depend on their root cellar where they can go down to anytime and get carrots, potatoes, turnips, and even their own apples.

This is a family that really lives off the land. They depend on hunting for their meat in the winter, and buying local beef in the summer. They live entirely off the grid, depending on a generator and solar power. Perhaps it has much to do with Lise’s French heritage, but emphasis is put into New Year’s Eve. This is when the entire family gets together for fun. There is great frivolity around the pinata Lise creates, as each child battles for the prizes within. It’s a little hard to visualize but apparently, each prize can be retrieved only by wearing oven mitts! There is music from guitars, much singing, and laughter, as the family and friends gather to greet the New Year. Now, comes New Year’s day. That’s when the turkey dinner emerges! And this is when Lise prepares for visits from extended families, grandparents, and whomever else happens to be in the neighbourhood. It isn’t unusual for more than 30 people to sit down to a turkey dinner with all the trimmings! As Lise says, “don’t drop in unless you are prepared to stay for dinner.” Between Christmas and New Year’s, the McCooeyes rent a hall and anyone who wants to can go and enjoy music, square, round, ballroom, modern and Scottish dancing. They never know how many are going to show up. It can be anywhere from their own family and friends up to 50 people. And of course, what would Christmas be without carols? For the McCooeyes that means bundling up (unless the weather is unbearable) and heading out doorto-door in Middleville and singing carols. It is their way of spreading Christmas cheer with the whole family in tow. Church has always played an important role in the life of the McCooeyes. They attend the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ottawa and take an active part. Celebrating Christmas and rejoicing in its true meaning means a lot to this large and energetic family. One has to wonder how Lise manages with 12 children and still stay on top of her everyday responsibilities. Her philosophy is pretty simple. “I pray a lot. And I pray that the Lord keeps me healthy.” It obviously works. While all of us celebrate the Christmas season in our own special way, it’s heartwarming to hear of a family like the McCooeyes who enjoy a simpler, but full lifestyle, truly enveloped in the true meaning of this special time of year. It’s hard not to catch their spirit and rejoice with them.

The McCooeye family of the Middleville area, has a family of 12 children, the oldest 25 and the youngest six. They make Christmas a special time to rejoice. Lise and Kevin have developed and kept alive, traditions that embrace their strong Christian beliefs.

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EMC News – Where are you Christmas? No, seriously, where have the Christmas lights gone from downtown? Many residents, and town council, would like to know. While Paris may be the city of lights, it appears that these days Perth is the town that Christmas lights forgot – and no, the Grinch has not been busy pilfering our lights. “I’ve been approached as to why the town has not put up the (Christmas) lighting,” said Deputy Mayor John Gemmell during the town council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18, with just a few scant days, shopping and otherwise, to go before the big day. “It is not the town. It is the BIA. They will make every attempt to put it up.” Gemmell later stated that “there is something within the works as to who is responsible for doing what,” regarding the lights. Coun. Jim Graff noted that the BIA is, in effect, a committee of council and if the lights were not up by at least mid-December, “that’s pretty sad. We have to do better.” Graff noted that Smiths Falls

lights – and, in fairness, so too are Carleton Place’s – were up weeks ago, and on a recent trip there, they “are absolutely beautiful.” Mayor John Fenik asked chief administrative officer John deRosenroll to contact the BIA on the matter. “A town without Christmas lights is like a Hershey kiss without the chocolate,” said Fenik, searching for an apt metaphor. “If they (the BIA) can’t do it…we should look at it more closely,” to see who can do it. By contrast, some local residents are making up for the lack of lights along the way with their own holiday feasts for the eyes. The home at 34 Harvey St. recently won the inaugural residential Christmas decorating contest, winning $100 from Perth Tourism. In second place was 69 Beckwith St. and in third place, 7 Glascott St. “I stop, amazed at the decorations,” said Fenik, in reference to the first place house. “Congratulations go out to all of the participants for making the town merry and bright.” While there were only five entrants in all, he commended all of the participants for their “amazing artistic work.”

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EMC News – Precious historic documents in Almonte, destined for an undisclosed location will instead be finding their way to a temporary home at the Perth Museum – if Lanark County council has its way. Tay Valley Township Deputy Reeve Susan Freeman brought the matter to the attention of council on Wednesday, Dec. 19, noting


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that Perth, Drummond/North Elmsley Township, and Tay Valley would be holding their joint 200th anniversary celebrations in 2016 and that the wills, plans, land abstracts, and property transaction documentation, are an essential part of recording and celebrating the two centuries. “The county archives are very concerned,” said Freeman, of the plans to remove the files – about 30 boxes in all, dating from 1868 – from

the Land Registry Office in Almonte, and send them to an undisclosed location. “What the abstracts do is they give you the history of a property,” said Freeman. “This is essential documentation to establish a heritage property designation. They (the documents) have been microfilmed but they are not very clear. People have been having problems seeing the details. It is important to keep those documents in Lanark

County.” Because of its climatecontrolled facility, the Perth Museum has volunteered to store the files until a more permanent home can be found for them. “I think we need to move as soon as possible,” warned Freeman, since plans are afoot to get the files moved out of Almonte by the end of the year. Council voted that a letter should be sent to seek

ownership of the documents, along with details of how they would be properly stored, to Government Services Minister Dwight Duncan and MPPs Randy Hillier (Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington) and Jack MacLaren (CarletonMississippi Mills). “This is happening all across Ontario and we are one of the last (communities) that this is happening to,” said See ARCHIVES page P2

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the Children’s Aid representative on the Committee. Foodsmiths sponsors an Empty Bowls event each April which this year raised more than $6,000. The second donation, also for $5,000 was made to The Table Community Food Centre, formerly The Perth Food Bank. This donation was made in partnership with the staff at Scotiabank in Perth who for the last two years have matched the



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Beckwith Township Reeve Richard Kidd, who added that, by containing the solution within the letter to the provincial politicians, “that gives it a lot more bit, that we will solve the problem.” Kidd pointed out that there were other reasons beyond preserving the county’s written heritage for keeping them in the area. “If people come from all across Canada to Lanark County to trace their roots… if we have those documents here, that brings in tourism and that is a form of economic development, and we support that,” said Kidd. Perth Mayor John Fenik said that his community was happy to help, and he even offered to speak to Perth’s chief administrative officer, John deRosenroll, about storing any overflow files at Perth town hall.

Another reason for keeping the records in Lanark County was that masonry students working at Algonquin College’s Perth campus need the documents as well when they research historic properties for restorations as part of their course work. Drummond/North Elmsley deputy Reeve Gail Code stressed that the file issue highlights the need for more support for Archives Lanark. “They are in desperate need of more space for this stuff,” said Code. “They are in desperate need of our support.” Mississippi Mills Mayor John Levi, stressed that his municipality, which includes the town of Almonte, was not made aware of the move by the Land Registry Office. “Nobody came to us and told us that they were packing this stuff up,” said Levi, who added that it was a shame what happens to important old documents when, for example, old private offices are wound down. “They take ‘em out to the dump and burn ‘em. They don’t care,” said Levi.



first $5,000 in donations to Empty Bowls at the annual Festival of the Maple. Nancy Wildgoose receiving a cheque for $5,000 from Empty Bowls and Scotiabank in Perth. Left to right are Jackie Seaton, initiator or Empty Bowls, and Scotiabank staff Alison Black, Nancy MacDonald, Ana Calce-Polk, Nancy Wildgoose, Directory of The Table Community Food Centre, Patti Thompson, Scott Puckett, and Heather Kellar.



EMC News – Disgraced financial planner Robert L. Dickson did not have to spend the Christmas holidays in jail. With about 90 minutes to go before his sentencing at the Ontario Court of Justice in Perth on Wednesday, Dec. 19, attorneys approached Justice John Waugh to ask for the case to be remanded to Monday, May 27, 2013. The Carleton Place resident had been scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 18, but Waugh adjourned sentencing after a morning of emotional victim impact statements. Dickson has pleaded guilty to theft over $1,000, uttering a forged document, fraud under $1,000, falsifying/destroying books, and false accounting/ deceiving. Crown attorney Kimberly Moore had requested that

Dickson serve between six and 12 months in jail, followed by three years probation, and that a restitution order be made against him. Defence attorney Richard Knott, however, requested two years less a day of a conditional sentence, followed by three years probation, so Dickson can continue to work to pay off his debt to his victim’s family. Dickson stole about $103,000 from Catherine Fraser, from 1995 to 2010. For a portion of this time, Fraser was suffering from dementia. Dickson has paid back about $12,000 as of Oct. 18, with another cheque for $5,000 presented to the court that same day, to go towards restitution, bringing the outstanding amount to about $87,000. Fraser died in March of 2010.

Jackie Seaton of Empty Bowls was on hand for two donations to the cause this week. He is pictured with representatives from Foodsmiths (left) and Scotiabank (above).

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In order to help you better plan your business and recreation over the Christmas season, please see the attached operating schedules for various Town facilities:

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Perth & District Community Centre: 2 Beckwith St. East Monday, December 24, 2012 OPEN limited programs – 10am to 2pm check website CLOSED

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Please call ahead for information – limited programs will operate over the Christmas season: 613-267-2455 or Perth & District Indoor Pool: 3 Sunset Blvd. Sunday, December 23, 2012 to Sunday, January 6, 2013 INCLUSIVE Monday, January 7, 2013

Town of Perth Property Maintenance and Occupancy Bylaw #3322 requires building owners and/or occupants to safely remove any ice and snow build-up from roofs. When the ice or snow hazard cannot be immediately removed, barricades are available to alert pedestrians of the potential overhead danger. A limited number of these barricades are available at the Crystal Palace in the Tay Basin. Barricades are to be used as a temporary measure until such time as the ice and snow is safely brought down. Once the ice and snow hazard has been removed, the barricades are to be returned to the Crystal Palace. In addition, the Ontario Fire Code requires that fire escapes and fire access routes must be kept clear of ice and snow to allow for safe passage for building occupants and emergency personnel.

Residents are encouraged to consult the 2011/2012 Waste Collection Schedules throughout the holiday season. North Zone

Blue and Green Bin collection will take place on Wednesday, December 26 Yellow and Green Bin collection will take place on Wednesday, January 2 Garbage collection will take place on Friday December 28

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The Perth Museum/Visitor Information Centre: 11 Gore St. East Open Mon., December 24, 2012 10am to 2pm

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Pursuant to Town of Perth By-law #2060 owners of any occupied, unoccupied or vacant lot are responsible for the removal of any snow or ice accumulation that may be left behind after sidewalk plow operations. Residents are required to clear any public sidewalk, adjoining their property, of snow and ice for the full paved width of the sidewalk. Where the snow or ice is so frozen that it cannot be removed without injury to the sidewalk, anti-slip materials are to be strewn over the area, i.e. sand and/or salt.


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SNOW AND ICE REMOVAL FROM SIDEWALKS AND ROOFS: During this time of year, it is important to note that the Town of Perth has regulations regarding snow and ice removal from sidewalks and roofs adjacent to sidewalks. These by-laws are in place to ensure the safety of all pedestrians in our community.


2013 GARBAGE AND RECYCLING SCHEDULES: Residents should have now received the 2013 version of The Curbside Chronicles newsletter via Canada Post. The latest version contains both North and South Zone waste, organic, and recycling schedules, along with items on what can be included in your green, yellow and blue bins. Anyone who needs extra copies or has been missed in the delivery process may pick up a copy at Town Hall.

LEAK DETECTION TABLETS AVAILABLE: The Town of Perth Environmental Services Department has received leak detection tablets for use by ratepayers from the RBC Blue Water Project. This project is a wide-ranging, 10-year global commitment to help protect the world’s fresh water resources. Friends of the Tay and RBC are promoting the distribution of small blue dot tablets to help detect toilet leaks. These small blue tablets may be dropped into the reservoir at the back of any toilet. If the water in the bowl turns blue, it is an indication that the toilet is leaking clean water, causing elevated water bills and sewer flows. Free tablets are available to the public by coming into the rear reception counter at Town Hall. This initiative may help some residents save money on their water and sewer bills.

HOLIDAY ACTIVITY: Perth Tourism brings you an updated list of events taking place over the holidays. Remember to check the Town’s web calendar of events at for further details on the events below. You can also “like” us on Facebook at Perth Tourism, where you can receive updates as they happen, or send us information about your event and we’d be happy to post it. To contact the Visitor Information Centre please call 1-855-326-1947. DATE Thursday, Dec. 27th Friday, Dec. 28th Saturday, Dec. 29th Sunday, Dec. 30th Sunday, Dec. 30th Monday, Dec. 31st Tuesday, Jan. 1st Wednesday, Jan 2nd Friday, Jan. 4th

DETAILS Tim Horton’s Free Skate at the Community Centre, 2-3:30pm Tim Horton’s Free Skate at the Community Centre, 2:30-3:30pm Tim Horton’s Free Skate at the Community Centre, 12-1:30pm Perth Police Free Public Skate at the Community Centre, 11:30-1:30pm Jazz Brunch at Fiddlehead’s featuring the Clay Young Duo, 12-3pm Tim Horton’s Free Skate at the Community Centre, 12-1:30pm Polar Bear Plunge at the Perth Legion, Breakfast starts at 7am, plunge to follow Tim Horton’s Free Skate at the Community Centre, 12-1:30pm Blue Wings vs. Shawville at the Community Centre, 7:30pm

OPEN (regular hours resume)

Registration for the Winter Public Swim Session runs from December 15 to 22, 2012 at the Perth & District Indoor Pool. SPLASH PAD FUNDRAISING CONTINUES: After weeks of continuous voting and cramped fingers, we regret to advise that Perth and District was not successful in reaching the finals in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge. However, a huge thank you must be extended to all those in the community who voted faithfully day in and day out! There is great enthusiasm for the Perth Splash Pad Project and fundraising will continue in 2013. A special thank you also goes out to Finnegan Insurance for sponsoring the Perth project in the Aviva Challenge. The thirty finalists were announced last week in the Aviva Community Fund Challenge. Congratulations to the Silver Lake Camp, and The Hub of Smiths Falls (Help Fill Our Pool) for successfully completing Round 3 of voting. Every finalist will receive at least $5,000 toward their project, and the grand prize winners will be announced on January 29th. If you wish to make a donation to the Perth Splash Pad Project, please contact Shellee Evans at 613-267-3311 Ext. 2227, or any of the Volunteer Committee members. You can also find them on Facebook at Perth Ontario Needs a Splash Pad.


PERTH IN RUNNING FOR TV DOCUMENTARY SERIES Vancouvers’ Force Four Entertainment [producers of CBC’s Village on a Diet and OWN’s Million Dollar neighbourhood] is seriously considering Perth for a documentary series developed for a major Canadian broadcaster. In this series, one Canadian community will get the chance to see what life would look like without taxes. HOW DOES IT WORK? Selected participants will be given a pooled sum of money that equate their taxes. In return, participating householders would organize and manage their own services. If they beat the budget, they stand to earn thousands of dollars and are entitled to additional rewards and incentives. Producers are looking for fun and adventurous people to show off how they’d manage their taxes if they were in charge. Perth is one of a few Canadian communities in the running for this opportunity to showcase itself on a national platform! Only one town will advance to the next stage and shoot a TV demo so it’s important that interested people reach out for more details, and demonstrate their interest by January 1st. Do you think Perth is the best location for this national TV series? Tell us why!

Dog tags are required annually for all dogs residing in Perth and may be purchased for a cost of $15.00 prior to April 1st. If purchased after April 1st the fee is $30.00. All cat owners must purchase a onetime licence for a fee of $15.00. Dog tags and cat licences are available at the Town Hall, For more information call 267-3311 Ext. 2222.

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Our turn: rotating strikes hit Perth-area schools Perth teachers collect donations for food bank, hold minute of silence to remember Sandy Hook shooting victims By DESMOND DEVOY

EMC News – Bob Umpherson may not be Johnny Cash, but he too has walked the line. Back in 1997, the Stewart School instrumental music and Grade 6 teacher walked the picket line with teachers across Ontario to protest against then-Premier Mike Harris. Now, 15 years later, another job action, and a Liberal premier this time, and Umpherson again finds himself walking the picket line set up at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Wilson Street, in front of the Perth pool on the chilly morning, Thursday, Dec. 20. “This job action, I don’t really want to compare to that,” said Umpherson, the communications officer for the striking teachers at the Stewart School picket., noting that the circumstances are different. “We are trying to replace a bill (Bill 115, Putting Students First Act of 2012) that takes away the democratic rights not only of teachers but all workers. If this goes through, it gets through every public sector worker.” Umpherson started teaching in 1984 in northern Manitoba, before beginning teaching at Duncan J. Schoular Public school in Smiths Falls in 1987. He stayed at that school until 1997, when he moved to

Perth’s Stewart School, where he and other teachers walked out at the end of October. So far, this time around, only two children have asked him on the playground just what all of the fuss was about, but no parents have given him any guff about the teachers’ actions, part of a series of rotating, one-day strikes across the province. Teachers at The Stewart School, as well as at other Perth-area public schools, have been “taking a pause with volunteering,” their time with extra-curricular activities since September, with some exceptions, like some running teams and school Christmas concerts. “We didn’t start teams and then yank them away,” said Umpherson. “That would have (caused) a lot more of a hue and cry.” For himself, the workto-rule on extra-curriculars means that there is no school band at Stewart this year. “Teachers love to do their extra-curriculars,” said Umpherson. “They love their music. But we can’t have a government imposing a collective agreement on us. It’s unprecedented. It’s never happened to this school before.” Umpherson said he was unsure what action the teachers would take in the new year, but he is uncertain what will happen when a new premier takes over at the end of Janu-

son. “Yeah, we’re ticked off, but we don’t do this as a first step. At least let us negotiate a pay freeze. Don’t impose it.”


Pictured is Claire Church, a local negotiator with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, leading the moment of silence to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut Dec. 14. ary. “It’s easy to say that when you are all outside the situation,” said Umpherson of comments made by several Ontario Liberal leadership candidates at a recent meeting in Carleton Place about pausing or cancelling Bill 115. Umpherson said, “The one thing that annoys me is the misleading statements by (Education) Minister Laurel Broten,” who stated that the

government had been trying to negotiate with the teachers since February. Not so, says Umpherson. With their contract having run out at the end of August, it would have been illegal for them to enter into contract negotiations beforehand. “What upsets us is that we want to negotiate, and to have a government say, ‘Here is what we are going to give you and if you don’t (accept

it), we will force it on you,’ that’s not democratic,” said Umpherson. Some critics of the teachers’ union have pointed to the deal the McGuinty government has struck with the province’s doctors, but he challenged this, stating that doctors were allowed to find efficiencies whereas teachers were not allowed to do so. “We have gone through a wide process,” said Umpher-

Past support Ontario Liberal victories in 2003, 2007, and 2011 can be chalked up in part to volunteers and support provided by the province’s teachers. With both the Liberals and Progressive Conservatives having voted to pass Bill 115, by default, teachers may now sit at home, or support the New Democratic Party. “In general, I would not be surprised by that,” said Umpherson. Already, the Ontario NDP is in the midst of a fundraising drive to get ready for a muchanticipated spring provincial election. He predicts that the question, “What is your party going to do for the education system?” will be a hot topic on the campaign trail. At the start of the morning picket, teachers collected non-perishable food items to donate to the food bank, and held a minute of silence to remember the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut on Dec. 14. “We all love the children we teach and we were all affected by it,” said Claire Church, a local negotiator with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, in calling for the minute of silence.


HOLIDAY MUNICIPAL OFFICE HOURS The Township Office will close at 4:30 p.m on Friday, December 21st and will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd

PUBLIC NOTICE TARIFF OF FEES BY-LAW TAKE NOTICE that the Corporation of Tay Valley Township intends to pass a Tariff of Fees By-Law for various services under Section 391(1) of the Municipal Act, Section 69 of the Planning Act and Section 7 of the Building Code Act on Tuesday, January 15th, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers at the Municipal Office.

HOLIDAY WASTE SITE HOURS Monday December 24th 8:00 am – Noon – Glen Tay Site Wednesday, December 26th - CLOSED – All Sites Saturday, December 29th – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – All Sites Monday, December 31st - 8:00 am – 4:00 pm – Glen Tay Site

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Dated this 27th day of December 2012

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RECREATION REGISTRATION REMINDER! Registration for the Spring session of the Tay Valley Community Choir are being accepted at the Municipal Office. Early bird registration fee ($35.00) applies until the January 11th, 2013 deadline. The Choir is always eager to welcome new members so if you have an interest in music and love to sing consider joining this lively group of like-minded folks!

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Vaccinations are saving children’s lives.

Local actions are healing the world efforts of thousands of member clubs around the world. Believing that nowhere is too far to go to save a life, UNICEF’s vaccination campaigns reach the most vulnerable children in the most remote areas. In the past 13 years, MNT has been eliminated in 28 countries, but more help is needed in 31 countries where this excruciatingly painful disease still threatens many lives. Canadians can support the Eliminate Project by giving UNICEF Survival Gifts, which are real lifesaving items delivered to children and families. A Mother and Baby Tetanus Pack ($15), purchased as a holiday gift for a loved one, will provide 250 tetanus vaccines. Every purchase of Survival Gift Tetanus Packs will help Kiwanis clubs in Canada meet their $4.6 million commitment to the Eliminate Project. “In my job I have seen firsthand the impact that a Survival Gift can have on a child’s life, and as a parent I’m adamant that no child should die from a preventable disease,” said David Morley, President and CEO of UNICEF Canada. “Canadians can recognize the true spirit of the holidays by giving a gift that can truly save lives.” To add Survival Gifts to your holiday wish list, visit Submitted by Perth Kiwanis



EMC News - While toys and tech gadgets make their way onto holiday wish lists, Kiwanis volunteers in Perth are hoping for something quite different: to save children’s lives by eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT). MNT is a painful infection that claims the lives of 59,000 newborns in some of the most impoverished regions of the world. Choosing to take up the fight here at home, the passionate Kiwanis volunteers are raising funds to support global efforts to vaccinate and protect millions of women and children. And the global vaccination campaign is working. Burkina Faso, China, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Tanzania and Timor Leste all eliminated tetanus in 2012. These are major achievements. “Kiwanis members believe we can change the world one child and one community at a time,” said Marie Shaw, President of the Kiwanis Club of Perth On Tay. “That’s why we’re proud to work with UNICEF Canada, knowing that the simple act of buying tetanus vaccines will not only save a child’s life, but protect future generations.” UNICEF and Kiwanis International launched the Eliminate Project in 2010 to globally eradicate MNT by the year 2015. To help vaccinate 129 million mothers and their babies, Kiwanis aims to raise US$110 million through the


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Graff urges delay of OPP contract signing over cost concerns

EMC News â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Concerns about spiraling costs at the OPP have at least one town councillor urging a re-think of the police merger, even this late in the game. During the last Perth town council meeting of the year on Tuesday, Dec. 18, Coun. Jim Graff brought to councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention information he had received from the Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO) regarding the recently-released Ontario Auditor Generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report for 2012, which found, among other things, that OPP overtime costs have increased by 60 per cent, to $53 million, for the 2011-12 period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This comes after our disbandment hearing, but I hope that council will listen,â&#x20AC;? he said, claiming that the town of Gananoque has already gone through its own section 40 hearing, but is holding tight on signing off on an OPP contract, and that while Brockvilleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mayor wanted to bring in the OPP, his council is slowing the process down to allow more time for research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not that they wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider it,â&#x20AC;? said Graff of the Brockville decision. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They just want four months to consider it.â&#x20AC;? Graff urged more time, even now, before the signing of the contract in the new year, to study the matter. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All we are going on is an estimated cost (from the OPP). It could be more because of overtime,â&#x20AC;? said Graff. Considering that it was the holiday season, Graff stressed that he was not attacking his fellow councillors, since this information had only just come to light, after the Dec. 5 OCOPS (Ontario Civilian Police Commission) meeting at the Best Western Plus Hotel. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know their hearts are in the right place,â&#x20AC;? said Graff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll keep my voice very friendly. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Tis the season to be

jolly,â&#x20AC;? he said with a smile, before adding that â&#x20AC;&#x153;good decisions require good information,â&#x20AC;? and that since a lot of the police debate over the past year about disbanding the Perth Police Service has centred on policing costs, that this new information was very relevant. Mayor John Fenik, however, said that it would be the people of Perth who, in 24 months, come election time, who would make the final verdict on the police force. Previous requests from the auditor general to find greater efficiencies appear to â&#x20AC;&#x153;have not been acted upon,â&#x20AC;? with the overall cost of OPP services for municipalities increasing by an average of 29 per cent for municipalities with OPP contracts, and 19 per cent for those without OPP contracts, from 2007 to 2011. Another point of contention for Graff was response times, long a gripe of anti-merger critics. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The OPPâ&#x20AC;Śdoes not analyze either its officersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to immediately respond to a call or the time it takes for officers to respond to a call,â&#x20AC;? Graff claimed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not so sure that (OPP Lanark County detachment commander) Insp. Gerry Salisbury, on his own, can tell us what the OPPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s response times will be in town.â&#x20AC;? Fenik countered that Salisbury would indeed be appearing before town council in the new year to answer councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s questions, and he called the response times issue â&#x20AC;&#x153;a red herring,â&#x20AC;? noting that â&#x20AC;&#x153;our (Perth) officers cannot respond within three to five minutes 100 per cent of the time when our assets are tied up,â&#x20AC;? with traffic collisions, for example. Coun. Ed MacPherson has seen what Fenik calls the â&#x20AC;&#x153;made-in-Perthâ&#x20AC;? OPP contract, which Fenik has promised to reveal to the public at council in January, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do want you (Fenik) to make

clear what we are doing with response times within the made-in-Perth contract. We put a lot in there,â&#x20AC;? MacPherson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is unique in the province of Ontario.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;It does answer some questions that people may have,â&#x20AC;? said Fenik, when the details are aired on Jan. 22, 2013. Not criticizing Graff made sure to point out that he was not criticizing the quality of the policing provided by the OPP, but added that the coalition of Ontario mayors lobbying for lower policing costs, which had numbered 70 members earlier this year, now stands at 114. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were reasonably pleased with the OPP service,â&#x20AC;? said Graff. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were not pleased with the costs. I know that this will rub some councillors the wrong way.â&#x20AC;? Fenik said that he too would join the coalition if costs got out of hand, but added that costs were likely to spiral anyway with Perthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own force. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have never come across a mayor that has been dissatisfied with any OPP service,â&#x20AC;? said Fenik. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is concern with the cost of the OPP. (But) our costs were projected to go through the roof within the next five years.â&#x20AC;? Fenik added that many of the complaining coalition mayors were upset about costs because â&#x20AC;&#x153;they were not bearing the true cost of policing (beforehand)â&#x20AC;Śit is a big jump.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our own policing costs were spiraling out of control,â&#x20AC;? said Coun. Jim Boldt. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I too have read the auditor generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report. I too am concerned about the information in there. We are a have-not province all of a sudden. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People are turning over stones that did not get turned over before. (But) we have done the right thing. We have done our due diligence. This is a win-win. We made our decision and I stand by it.â&#x20AC;?

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SERVICE YEARS HONOURED EMC News â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Susan Munro, recreation coordinator at Perth Community Care Centre (second from right) received her 35 years of service pin and certificate recently. Joyce Firlotte, nursing consultant, Diversicare Canada Management Services Co., Susan Woodcock, director of resident care, Susan Munro and Paulette Doyon, administrator at PCCC are also pictured.








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Donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bar gay-straight alliances from high schools: County LGBT committee


Greg Frankson, founder of the Capital Slam poetry competition, and one of the presenters at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could This Be Love?â&#x20AC;? conference in Perth on Nov. 21, speaks with Maureen Bostock of the LGBT Committee of Lanark County after her presentation. accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided.â&#x20AC;? The church suggests that â&#x20AC;&#x153;homosexual persons are called to chastity,â&#x20AC;? as a way of avoiding what it perceives as the pitfalls. The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Accepting Schools Act 2012,â&#x20AC;? however, states that students need to be educated so that they can â&#x20AC;&#x153;take action on making their schools and communities more equitable and inclusive for all people, including LGBTTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, two-spirited, intersect, queer and questioning) people.â&#x20AC;? The act not only stresses that every board â&#x20AC;&#x153;shall support students who want to establish and lead activities and organizations that promote a safe and inclusive learning environment,â&#x20AC;? with regards to gender equity, anti-racism, people with disabilities, sexual orientation and identity, it also specifically outlines that â&#x20AC;&#x153;for greater certainty, neither the board nor the principal shall refuse to allow a pupil to use the name gay-straight alliance or similar name for an organization,â&#x20AC;? described above. Regardless of whether their schools have gay-straight alli-

ances or not, Bostock said it loud that she was gay and she was proud, to both Catholic and public school students at last monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s conference. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a lesbian,â&#x20AC;? Bostock said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is an important thing for me to say, so that you can know who I am and also because there are countries where that (homosexuality) is illegal.â&#x20AC;? Indeed, in some countries, along with jail time, capital punishment is used for gay activity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The struggle has been extremely hard but we are winning some of those battles,â&#x20AC;? said Bostock. At her table sat a pile of rainbow-coloured bracelets which stated â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough is Enough!â&#x20AC;? calling on people to eradicate anti-gay bullying. A new poster campaign has been launched which features, among others, Perth Mayor John Fenik wearing their own rainbow bracelet. By the end of the conference, all of the bracelets were gone. Bostock stressed that the numbers tell a sad tale of just what a day is like in the life of a gay teen. She worked with a teenager who lived in rural northwestern British Columbia. The Grade 12 student took his town to the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s human rights tribunal in 2002 for not declaring Pride Week.



EMC News â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Just because students have a right to form a gay-straight alliance doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t mean that every school is taking up the offer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No board can stop your right from having a gaystraight alliance (club),â&#x20AC;? said Maureen Bostock, an activist and volunteer with the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered) Lanark County committee at the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Could This Be Love?â&#x20AC;? conference, held at the Civitan Club hall in Perth on Wednesday, Nov. 18, which was sponsored by Lanark County Interval House and the Civitan Club. Bostock was referring to provisions within Bill 13, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Accepting Schools Act 2012,â&#x20AC;? but some schools in the county do not have a club set up. The Roman Catholic school system has been up in arms about allowing such clubs since Catholic doctrine is opposed to homosexuality. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe there is (a club) and if there is, I am not aware of it,â&#x20AC;? said Jacob Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary, a Grade 11 student at Notre Dame Catholic High School in Carleton Place, during a break in the conference proceedings, though he hastened to add that, at NDCHS â&#x20AC;&#x153;it seems like a very welcoming environment. I am sure that there are gay kids, (but) they feel that they cannot come out for whatever reason.â&#x20AC;? While bullying is addressed in his classrooms at school, the discussion is â&#x20AC;&#x153;not usually specifically about,â&#x20AC;? anti-gay bullying. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come up a lot,â&#x20AC;? said Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Leary. As for teachers at his school, when the topic does come up, â&#x20AC;&#x153;they like to remain neutral on it. They would never speak negative of itâ&#x20AC;ŚThe students are pro-gay rights.â&#x20AC;? The Catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, essentially the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spiritual constitution, states that â&#x20AC;&#x153;homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered. They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of lifeâ&#x20AC;ŚUnder no circumstance can they be approved.â&#x20AC;? The church, while it does see homosexuality as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a trial,â&#x20AC;? it stresses that â&#x20AC;&#x153;they must be

The student had grown used to anti-gay slurs and taunts in the hallways of his school and elsewhere, but one day he decided to count just how many slurs he was the recipient in any given day. On an average day, he discovered, he was bullied 47 times, with words like â&#x20AC;&#x153;fag.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;For him, high school was a war zone,â&#x20AC;? said Bostock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is appalling. I am getting angry,â&#x20AC;? just thinking about it, she said firmly. She pointed to statistics that show that LGBT teens are between two and three times more likely to commit suicide. But there is hope. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bullying stops within 10 seconds of someone intervening,â&#x20AC;? said Bostock. Even at that, people who know that bullying is wrong when they see it are still fearful of the bullyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wrath being turned towards them if they intervene. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If I stand up, the bully will see me as a likely target,â&#x20AC;? said Bostock. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Or, our friends will side with the bully. (Also) few people enjoy being called a snitch.â&#x20AC;? Even if a student is not gay, they can still face antigay bullying, with taunts like â&#x20AC;&#x153;thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so gay,â&#x20AC;? or being called gay or a lesbian being used as a put-down. Some students may face bullying for being effeminate or a Tomboy, â&#x20AC;&#x153;kids who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t fit into rigidly defined gender stereotypes.â&#x20AC;? Bostock urged the students to see beyond stereotypes and used herself as an example. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I myself am a farmer,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are different. See beyond the stereotypes. My farmer identity is as important to me as my lesbian identity.â&#x20AC;? The presentation sparked a frank conversation between Bostock and the students about different facets of gay stereotypes and sexual identity. Almonte and District High School student Danya Yaremchuk asked â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do you help someone who is homophobic?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have to do it with caring and affection,â&#x20AC;? said Bostock, before adding, â&#x20AC;&#x153;but you have to say that â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Your attitude sucks. You call them on it, you call them on it, you call them on it,â&#x20AC;? each time it happens.

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Justice must be blind, but not veiled EMC Editorial – You know an issue is controversial when even the Supreme Court is hesitant to take a firm stand on it, one way or the other. It may drive moral absolutists nuts, and also undercuts the arguments about so-called “judicial activists” (see Toronto “mayor?” Rob Ford’s alleged left-wing conspiracy), but last week’s ruling on the wearing of the Muslim face-covering, the niqab, certainly did not settle anything. The court ruled that the issue should be dealt with on a case-by-case basis, letting individual judges rule on the merits. A coalition of lawyers, who intervened in the case asked for a blanket ban on the wearing of a niqab or any face covering. In a court room, the right to a fair trial – the whole reason for the existence of a courtroom, and literally the home of an independent judiciary – is paramount. The Sikh kirpan is not allowed in courtrooms, neither are cameras. You may disagree with it, but if Montreal city council can ban the wearing of masks during protests, passed during the height of the so-called Maple Spring in Quebec, surely courts can decide that the right to face one’s accuser supercedes freedom of religion. Yes, we may swear an oath on the Holy Bible or Koran or Torah, but we are not a theocracy. Our laws may be shaped by our morals, our Judeo-Christian beginnings, but we are not constrained by them. Man’s law should hold sway in a court of law, not God’s law, and the right to literally face one’s accuser in open court. Judge Norris Weisman, 74, made the right decision in the N.S. case back in 2008 when, at the preliminary hearing in a sex assault case, he asked the accuser to testify with her face bared. N.S. had asked to testify with her face fully covered in a niqab as she accused two male relatives of sexual assault. Weisman called it an “admittedly difficult decision,” and he is to be commended for his wise, sober deliberation on this issue. No matter what his ruling, we are glad he took it seriously. He also found that her “religious belief is not that strong.” Some conservative Muslims say that the niqab is a profession of their faith. This is sim-

ply not so. It is a cultural attachment to Islam, a religion where women are certainly asked to dress modestly, but are not told implicitly to cover their faces. With the religious aspect taken aside, it simply becomes a cultural practise. According to the BBC, mentions of females covering their faces is mentioned only three times in the Holy Koran, and the Prophet Muhammad never commanded a face covering during his time on earth. The BBC adds that many scholars feel that the niqab “is not necessary and, unlike the hijab, there is no sin if it is not worn...wearing the niqab (is) an act of extra piety, provided they do not believe it is an obligation, (and) will be rewarded.” There are allowances for people to testify under a figurative cloak. Again, we look to Quebec, and the former Mafia mole who testified at the Charbonneau commission as just one example. Also, most of our personal communication is non-verbal, expressed through body language, especially facial mannerisms. These women are still in public, but context is everything – they are before professionals, like judges, lawyers, clerks, stenographers, who are there to do a job, not leer at them. Since 2007, and before then, especially in Quebec with the Bouchard-Taylor commission, but also elsewhere, there has been an ongoing debate about reasonable accommodation. Some will be accommodated. Some will not. Divining how we get there is difficult and not everyone will be glad with the outcome. Many years ago, debate raged about allowing Sikhs who had made it into the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other police forces to wear their turbans. An accommodation was made, and now it barely makes a ripple. On that issue it is no longer us versus them. They are us, we them, and we meet somewhere in the middle. We are lucky that, here in Canada, we are not even considering a nation-wide burqua ban, as they have done in France. Unlike in many European countries, our debates about integration are quite tame in comparison. This case, for example, is about the sanctity of a courtroom and our judicial system and the place of religious practice within it.

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The ‘revolutions’ of 2013 EMC Lifestyle - As one year winds down and we head into a new one, it’s time to reflect on those New Year’s ‘Revolutions’ and see if I did what I said I was going to do and hatch a sinister plan to do a whole bunch of stuff in the new year. Some years I get quite aggressive with my “live well and save the world” promises. Other years I strive for achievable goals, such as “stop eating sugar straight from the bag.” (No problem!) Let’s reflect on the results of 2012. Last year I opted to return to an exercise resolution. This was particularly important given the fact I have a Stupid Foot™ that collapsed in 2011, compelling me to abandon some of my favourite types of exercise. Well, that resolution was a spectacular fail! Even though the foot feels better, it is not better enough for running. Walking seems to have fallen off the roster, too. The stationary bike has been idle. The swimming pool has only seen me as a spectator. Clearly, this needs to be addressed, and fast. Exercising – actually doing it – is the number one item for 2013, assuming the world hasn’t ended, of course. On a better note, I am pleased to report that, for the most part, I maintained an aggressive Hair Management Program™, which is to say I tried to avoid looking like a skunk when all the white


GRAY Past Deadline hair started to show up. Not much of a life-altering, worldsaving resolution, however, it is important to celebrate small achievements in order to bolster morale. Maintaining a skunk-free image is incentive enough that I don’t actually have to indoctrinate it – so I’m not going to bother including it for 2013. The third one from last year, however, bears repeating. It was “Don’t freak out in the face of change.” I have learned to accept that change is constant. Some change is good. Other change – not so much. How we deal with it is the important thing. A big example – something that has affected so many people – is the economy. Jobs are lost, positions are changing and people have to do things differently. The only thing you can really do is find a way to make it work. I’m going to keep that resolution because it is a work in

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progress, and I am going to add “conflict or difficulty” to the end of it. Sometimes we find ourselves in roles that attract conflict and difficulty and, in my experience, flying off into orbit does not necessarily help the situation. (It is also not very practical – space missions can break the budget.) Under the “difficulty” category, I have found this “not freaking out” thing to be important when it comes to deadlines, too. For example, every December a whole bunch of work deadlines converge for me, like planets aligning, and there’s not a darned thing I can do about it. So, as December approaches, I complete as much as I can in advance, then take a deep breath and bury myself in an intense workload for two weeks or so, knowing as I go that there will be light at the end of the tunnel. Adrenalin, momentum and coffee keep me going. My family has learned to ignore the crazy lady at the desk. The December deadline thing is probably as close as I will ever come to running a marathon. Unfortunately, that type of marathon does nothing for muscle tone and does not count toward the exercise resolution. There you have it. No new revolutions, just recycled ones. That’s all the “change” I can handle! Happy New Year, everyone! And please save the world – it needs our help.

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1956 Meteor convertible in Ottawa 50 years ago

many stop lights on Carling Avenue. I guess it was fate and very helpful that I worked in the Ottawa Magistrate’s court and became familiar with a lot of police officers, which certainly saved on speeding tickets. Gas was the equivalent of about 13 cents a litre back then, but wages were low compared with today.” Al’s Meteor was two shades of green with a white roof, a 292 cubic inch V8 engine, and very loud radio and mufflers. “Funny how the rear tires kept sliding all over the place,” recalls Al. He was a member of the Night Prowlers car club in those days, a very small club with only three or four members, but they had club plaques

that hung down from their rear bumpers. Al owned his Meteor for about three years, then traded it for a red and white ’57 Pontiac two-door hardtop, a more practical car now that he and Wendy were married and starting a family. Al installed a shelf in the back seat that came right up to the back of the front seat, and this became a play area for his two daughters. “How times have changed,” says Al. “From smoking cigarettes, eating cheeseburgers and shakes and looking for other cars to race, we now do yoga and eat vegan. Wendy and I hope to travel the southern portion of Route 66 this winter and hope it will bring back some memories.” I’m always looking for more stories. Email or write Bill Sherk, 25 John St., P.O. Box 255, Leamington, ON N8H 3W2. Everyone whose story is published in this column will receive a free autographed copy of my latest book: “OLD CAR DETECTIVE FAVOURITE STORIES, 1925 to 1965.”

Above, Al’s 1956 Meteor convertible photographed at the Ottawa Experimental Farm in early 1960s. The ’56 Meteor grille was very distinctive. Left, Al Carmanico as an Elvis look-alike leans against his car almost five decades ago. Submitted photos


EMC Lifestyle - Al Carmanico and his wife Wendy live today in Leamington, Ontario. He and I met for coffee one day and he told me the story of the 1956 Meteor convertible he purchased off a used car lot at Somerset and Preston in Ottawa for $1,100 over 50 years ago. When Al and Wendy were dating in high school, Al’s parents insisted that he should buy a six-cylinder vehicle (much more practical than a V8), but in 1961, when school was finished and he was earning more money, he began looking for a V8 and found “a gorgeous 1956 Meteor Sunliner convertible.” Research reveals that only 479 of these cars were ever built at the Ford plant in Oakville and very few have survived. “You should have seen the excitement when I showed up to take Wendy for a drive all around Ottawa. I was finally able to take part in the drag racing that was common at the

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Land claim â&#x20AC;&#x153;milestoneâ&#x20AC;? reached but final agreement still years away By CRAIG BAKAY

EMC News - After years of secrecy, the three groups negotiating an Ontario Algonquin land claims settlement (Algonquin representatives, the provincial and federal governments) have released what

theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve called a Draft Agreement-in-Principle (AIP). But even if this document is accepted by all sides, it could still take quite a while before a final settlement is in place. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The preliminary draft AIP just released for public review is not a final product,â&#x20AC;? said

Durga Thiru, senior issues coordinator at the provincial Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although it is a milestone in the negotiation process, additional public consultation is being undertaken by the parties before a final draft AIP will be completed.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once that occurs, the Algonquins will prepare to put the draft AIP to a vote of their membership, possibly in mid2013.â&#x20AC;? After that, there will be more negotiations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If approved by all three parties, an AIP will form the basis

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RVCA and partners celebrates 10 years of stewardship programs our many program sponsors, but most of all to the 1,300 volunteers who have invested over 9,000 hours into the program. It is an impressive community investment into the health of our local streams and creeks,” she added. The Rideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program For ten years, the Rideau Valley Rural Clean Water Program (RVRCWP) has

been supporting our rural community stewards. The program provides technical advice and financial support to rural farm and non-farm landowners looking to protect surface and ground water quality. Buffers, milkhouse waste water control, nutrient management plans, erosion control, septic systems and livestock fencing are just some of the projects undertaken in our rural community to

protect and improve water quality in local creeks and streams and the Rideau itself. “We are fortunate to have two clean water programs — one serving the entire City of Ottawa and one serving the remainder of the Rideau,” said RVRCWP chair and RVCA board of director John Miller. “When you look at these two successful programs the numbers are staggering —

$1.4 million grant dollars distributed to support 964 projects valued at over $7.8 million dollars! Amazing numbers and amazing onthe-ground efforts!” To learn more about the RVCA’s volunteer and grant stewardship programs visit or contact our office at 613-692-3571. Submitted by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority.

Bring in 2013 with a Bang! at the Perth Legion 26 Beckwith Street East 613-267-4400

with music by Tailgate!

Monday, December 31st, 2012 Doors open @ 8pm Music starts @ 9pm Bubbly at midnight followed by a light lunch

Tickets are $35/person Available at the Legion Lounge.


The City Stream Watch Program The City Stream Watch Program has been documenting aquatic and riparian conditions and undertaking creek cleanups in Ottawa streams since 2003. It was started (and is still run) by a voluntary collaborative including: the Environmental Committee of Ottawa South, the Heron Park Community Association, National Capital Commis-

sion, National Defence HQ – Fish and Game Club, Ottawa Flyfishers Society, Ottawa Stewardship Council, Rideau Roundtable, City of Ottawa and Rideau Valley Conservation Authority. “The program is unique as it collects field information through hardworking and dedicated volunteers,” said collaborative member and RVCA project manager Jennifer Lamoureux. “We are very grateful to


EMC News – Dignitaries, special guests and staff gathered on Dec. 13 at the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority (RVCA) to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of two important conservation initiatives — the City Stream Watch Program and the Rural Clean Water Program. “The City Stream Watch Program and the Rural Clean Water Program are shining examples of grassroots stewardship, cooperation and community engagement in conservation,” said RVCA chair and event emcee, Ken Graham. “The RVCA is delighted to be one of the many partners who are committed to the success of these outstanding programs. It is a pleasure to look back and reflect on 10 years of exceptional work.”


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CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR’S BLUE BOX RECYCLING SCHEDULE There will be NO Blue Box recycling collection on Christmas Day, Tuesday, December 25, 2012. Collection for this area will be delayed until Wednesday, December 26 (Boxing Day). Collection days will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week with Friday collection areas delayed until Saturday, December 29, 2012. There will be NO Blue Box Receycling colletion on New Years Day, Tuesday, January 1, 2013.Collection for this area will be delayed until Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Collection days will be delayed one day for the remainder of the week with Friday collection areas delayed until Saturday, Jnuary 5, 2013.

Please have your items out by 7:00 AM to ensure collection as regular pickup times may vary due to volumes.

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Almonte Baby Talk, Almonte Public Library, resumes Thursday, January 10, 10-11:30 a.m. Community Friendship Luncheon Tuesday, Jan. 8, noon, in Almonte United Church social hall. Sponsor: churches in Almonte. Soup, sandwiches and homemade desserts. Info: 613-256-1894. Legion Branch 240, Monday, December 31, New Years Eve, Bill Dugdale, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Mills Home Support, Parkinsons Support Group meeting, Monday, January 7, 7-9 p.m. at the Mills Office, 67 Industrial Dr. Meetings take place the last Monday of the month. Call 613-2564700 to register. New Year’s Levee, Tuesday, January 1, 2-5 p.m. Almonte Legion.

Adult Bereavement walking group, Tuesday, January 8, 1:303:30 p.m. Starbucks, corner Hwy 7/McNeely Ave. Contact: Rebecca Bowie 613-267-6400. Beckwith Playgroup meets Mondays and Thursdays, 9:3011:30, Beckwith Twp Hall, Black’s Corners, (Sept.-June). Call Cara (613)253-2554 or Stephanie (613)284-9248. Carleton Place Baby Talk, CP Daycare Centre, (Resumes Wednesday, January 9), 1:30-3 p.m. Community Home SupportLanark County Diner’s Club for Seniors/Adults with physical disabilities. St. James Anglican Hall, 12 noon. Dec. 28. Reservations: 613-253-0733. Transportation available. Easy! Fun! Zumba class to support Cancer Research. 7-8 pm, Wed. Jan. 2nd. Carleton Place Arena. Louise at 613-253-1736. January Valley Singles lunch will be held at Buster’s Bar & Grill in Carleton Place on Sunday, January 6, 12:30 p.m. Info: Fay 613-2568117 or Johanna 613-432-7622. New Years Day Levee, 3-8 PM, Army Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada. Entertainment by Jim Simpson, Jack Donavan & Friends. Food available. Info: 613253-5097. New Year’s Eve Potluck Dinner Party, Monday, December 31, 3-6:30 p.m. St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. If transportation needed leave message at church office 613-257-3133 or call 613256-5625. The Carleton Place Sunset Club meets Wednesday’s at 1 p.m., in the Legion for euchre, bid euchre, bridge, games and socializing. A nice way to spend and afternoon. Info: (613)258-7483.

Diabetes Education Programme, at the Kemptville Hospital Diabetes Clinic, the first Wednesday and Thursday of the month. You must register by calling (613)258-6133 Ext. 400. Info: Pancake Breakfast, Sat. Jan. 5, 8:00-11:00 a.m. at Kemptville

Snowmobile Clubhouse, 1505 O’Neil Road, Oxford Mills. Sponsored by Kemptville Snowmobile Klub. “Pyjama Jam” Tuesdays 5-7:30 p.m. 207-215 Sanders St. Info: (613)258-2225 or 1(866)433-8933 ext 2374. The North Grenville Photography Club meets the 1st Wednesday of every month. New location The Old Fire Hall on Reuben Cres. Next meeting January 2 at 7 p.m. Info:

New Year’s Day Levee- Legion. Jan. 1. 1-4 p.m. New Year’s Eve Dance- Legion. Dec. 31, 8 p.m. Light lunch.

Dancing on the Rideau Ballroom dance instruction. Wednesday evenings 7-8 p.m., beginners; 8-9 p.m., advanced; 9-10 p.m., practice. Merrickville. Info: Ron or Sharon (613)269-7905. January 1, Legion Levy from 1-5 p.m. Entertainment provided by Tony Davy, potluck. Everyone welcome to attend. Legion General Meeting, all members requested to attend, January 8, 7 p.m.

Pakenham Community Home Support sponsors: Foot care, transportation, meals on wheels, Tuesday luncheons. Info/appointment (613)624-5647.

Adult Bereavement group, Wednesday, January 9, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Lanark Lodge, 115 Christie Lake Rd. Contact: Rebecca Bowie 613-267-6400. Christmas Season- Mass Schedule. Dec. 24, 5:15, 8 p.m., Dec. 25, 10 a.m., Dec. 29, 5:15 p.m., Dec. 30, 9 & 11 a.m. Dec. 31, 5:15 p.m., Jan. 1, 10 a.m. St. John the Baptist Church. New Year’s Levee, Legion Br 244, 26 Beckwith St East, Tuesday, January 1, 2013. Traditional New Year’s Levee with music by Harry & Friends starting at 2 p.m. Perth Baby Talk, Perth Public Library, resumes Tuesday, January 8, 10-11:30 a.m. Rideau Trail AssociationSun. Jan. 5. Lally Homestead to Narrows Lock Rd. Level 2, moderate pace 12 km. Snowshoe or hike. Meet 9 a.m., Conlon Farm. 613449-7459. The Ladies Auxiliary, Branch 244 Perth next meeting, January 10, 7 p.m.

4 hand euchre, Tuesday evenings 7 p.m. (starting May 1) ABC Hall, Bolingbroke. Sponsor: ABC Seniors. Lunch and prizes. 4 hand euchre, Wednesday, January 2, 7:30 p.m. Montague Seniors Hall, Rosedale. Good prizes, good food. (613)284-1074.

Best Possible Start Drop-In. Parenting information and support. 1st and 3rd Monday’s each month, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Country Roads CHC, 4319 Cove Road, Portland. Info: Early Years Team, 272-2799 or 1(888)998-9927. Bingo, Elgin Lions Club Hall, every Thursday night, 7 p.m. Smoke free. Community Lunch at Portland United Church, Friday, December 28, 12-1 p.m. Tourtiere, mashed potatoes, baked beans. Handicapped accessible. C.P.H.C. formerly V.O.N. mobile clinic at the Town Hall, Westport. Open to anyone needing medical assistance. First Friday of every month, 9:30-2. Appointment (613)803-1710 or walk-in. Crokinole. Middleville Community Centre. Friday, January 4. 7:30 p.m. lunch served. Euchre- Jan. 5 at 7:30 p.m. Rock Springs Hall. Sponsor: L.O.L #434. Euchre, January 4. Lunch noon, Cards at 12:30 p.m. McDonald’s Corners Seniors Hall. Prizes. Everyone welcome. 613-278-2887. Fun darts, start up Jan 6, Legion Br 542, Westport. 613-2738890. Horseshoes, Toledo Legion, every Tuesday, 7 p.m. sharp. All welcome. Jan 1, New Years Day Party with Tailgate, Legion Br 542, Westport. Doors open at 1, dance 1-5, light luncheon. Tickets at door. Info: 613-273-3615. Monday Nite Weekly Bingo, Legion Br 542, Westport. 613-2733615. New Horizon Club- Jan. 9. 2 p.m. Burrtits Rapids Community Hall. Film and Social Time. Refreshments. 613-269-2737. New Years Eve at Clayton Hall, Monday, December 31, Social hour 8-9 p.m. dancing 9 p.m.1 a.m. Music: DJ Kevin Canright. Tickets: Clayton General Store 613-256-1947 or 613-256-7604. Late night buffet. New Years Eve Bash, Lombardy Agricultural Society, Monday, December 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Lombardy Agricultural Hall, light lunch at 10, music by Treble Rebel. Tickets: Earl 613-283-5797, Colleen 613-284-8036, Louise 613283-3767. New Years Eve Dinner and Dance. Mon. Dec. 31. McDonald’s Corners Agricultural Hall. Cocktails 6:30, supper 7 p.m. Info: 613267-1406 or 613-259-3172. Shuffleboard, Thurs. Dec. 27, 10:30 am, Watson’s Corners Hall. Brown bag lunch. Active Seniors Koalition (ASK). Info 613-4920291.

4 hand bid euchre, 7:30 p.m. Every second and fourth Monday every month. Seniors Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St., parking behind arena. Sponsor Harmony Club 162. 4 hand bid euchre, 7:30 p.m. Every second and fourth Monday every month. Seniors Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St., parking behind arena. Sponsor Harmony Club 162. Info: 613-283-4684. 4 hand bid euchre, every Wednesday and Friday at 1:30 p.m. Senior’s Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St. Parking behind arena. Sponsor: Harmony Club 162. Info:

(613)283-4684. 4 hand euchre, 7:30 p.m. 1st. Monday every month at Seniors Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St. Parking behind arena. Sponsor Harmony Club 162. Info: 613-2834684. 4 hand euchre, 7:30 p.m. every Thursday, at Seniors Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St. Parking behind arena. Sponsor Harmony Club 162. Info: 613-283-4684. Beginner Line Dancing. Fun and exercise for seniors, 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays. RCAF Hall Rideau Wing 443. Info: Ellie (613)2833823. Bid Euchre 1st and 3rd Sunday every month. 1:30 p.m. Seniors Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St., parking behind arena. Sponsored by Harmony Club 162. Info 613283-4684. Bingo- Fundraiser for Snow Road Snowmobile Club, January 5. Early bird 6:45 p.m. Refreshments. At Clubhouse, 1106 Gemmills Rd. Carpet bowling every Thursday, 12:45 p.m. Seniors Activity Building, 61 Cornelia St. Parking behind arena. Sponsor: Harmony Club 162. Info: (613)283-4684. CPHC (Community and Primary Health Care) Seniors’ Fitness Classes, 50 years of age and up, 1011 a.m. Mondays and Fridays, Seniors’ Activity Centre, Info: Karen (613)283-4138. Cardio, Strength Training and Stretches. Darts, Friday 8 p.m. Mixed. Legion. Darts, Jasper, Thursday 7:30 p.m. Legion Br 95 Darts, Tuesday, 7 p.m. Singles. Royal Canadian Legion, 7 Main St E. EA- Emotions Anonymous12-step organization working toward recovery from emotional difficulties (marriage, children, grief, etc). Next meeting Wednesday January 2, 7 p.m. Salvation Army Church (side door). (613)2830960. Floor Shuffle Board. 10 a.m. Every Tuesday and Wednesday. Seniors Activity Building. Parking behind arena. Beginners welcome. Sponsor: Harmony Club 162. (613)283-4684. Harmony Club 162, 61 Cornelia St. Darts every Thursday. 1:30 p.m. Info: 613-283-4684. Lanark County Brain Injury Survivors Group, meeting. Every Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon. Tricas, 88 Cornelia St. W. Prayer Reflections, Monday, December 31, 6:30 p.m., The Salvation Army, Mississippi, Rideau Lakes Corps, 251 Brockville St., sponsor: The Salvation Army (church). Info: 613-283-3563. Smiths Falls Baby Talk, Ontario Early Years Centre, Resumes, Monday, January 7, 1-2:30 p.m. TeenMOPS weekly group, for teen moms and their babies, Wednesdays 6:30 p.m Baptist Church. Info: (613)283-5383.

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Any community organization based in our circulation area wishing to list an event of community interest is invited to submit a description of 25 words or less in writing. Admissions or event costs, will not be included. Deadline is Thursday at 4:30 p.m. prior to publication date. This service is provided free of charge. Events will be listed no more than two weeks in advance. Write, EMC, P.O. Box 158, Smiths Falls, Ont. K7A 4T1, or fax at 613-283-5909 or e-mail: OR Items will be edited as necessary. Please include name, address and phone number.

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Josie Adele Boothby February 29, 2012 Parents John Boothby & Katrina McDaniel

William ‘Landon’ Richmond January 8, 2012 Parents Ryan & Susan Richmond

Elisabeth Grace Debra Hampton January 15, 2012 Parents John & Kim Hampton

Caleb and Cody Cole March 4, 2012 Parents Chris & Mandy Cole


Keaton O’Connor January 2, 2012 Parents Matthew O’Connor & Autumn Donaldson

Seamus Kenneth Hudson January 22, 2012 Parents Isacc & Kelli Hudson

Callum Drummond January 27, 2012 Parents Andrew & Erin Drummond

Pippa Lois Bowater February 10, 2012 Parents Alex & Erin Bowater

Athena Helindra Shirley Samek March 12, 2012 Parents Kevin & Autumn Samek

Chloe Riley March 16, 2012 Parents Nathan Riley & Rebbecca Parker

Karlee Stiles-Buter March 24, 2012 Parents Larry Stiles & Liane Buter

Lukas Hamilton March 24, 2012 Parents Robert & Melissa Hamilton

Luke Lawrence McGuire March 26, 2012 Parents Lewes & Katherine McGuire

Patrick Adam Thorpe Romero March 29, 2012 Parents Adam Thorpe & Martha Thorpe Romero

Addyson Leigh Cummings April 9, 2012 Parents Matthew & Tara Cummings

Corbin Alexander Whyte April 24, 2012 Parents Chipp & Julie Whyte

Edith Gemma Stutt April 25, 2012 Parents Brendan Stutt & Kealey Syme

Seth Samuel Carrion April 27, 2012 Parents Remy & Amanda Carrion

Lexi Elizabeth Jordan April 28, 2012 Parents Keith & Sarah (Garvin) Jordan

Phoenix Robert Cale Riddell May 18, 2012 Parents Van Riddell & Rachael Morrison

Sophie Lexa Eliza Warwick May 25, 2012 Parents Colin & Katie Warwick

Brogan Emmett Yeats May 31, 2012 Parents Steve & Jodi Ann (Hopper) Finlay

William Guard LaBrie June 16, 2012 Parents John & Ashley LaBrie

Dexter Steven Wayne Mills-Cormier June 18, 2012 Parents Steven Cormier & Kerry Mills

Parker Madeline Jean Chapman June 26, 2012 Parents Rob Chapman & Jenn Blair

Charlotte Ann Hopper June 29, 2012 Parents Scott & Sarah (Deacon) Hopper

Rena Buchanan July 7, 2012 Parents Steve Buchanan & Sarah Laidlaw

Olivia Grace Holmes July 17, 2012 Parents Brian & Amanda Holmes

Alanna Lynn Buchanan July 17, 2012 Parents Brad & Ashley Buchanan

Andi Harvey July 18, 2012 Parents Travis Harvey & Allison Emon-Harvey

Benjamin “Quinn” Trudel July 23, 2012 Parents Ryan & Janice Trudel

Rachel Leigh-Ann Roy July 27, 2012 Parents Mike & Holly Roy

Zoe Jacqueline Sharon Elson July 30, 2012 Parents Chad & Lisa Elson

Ava Marie Jennings August 2, 2012 Parents Rob & Kell Jennings

Ronan Trevor Hingley August 8, 2012 Parents Todd Hingley & Victoria Creighton

Jace Lucas Carson August 10, 2012 Parents Lucas & Hannah Carson

Bryer Clarke Wilson August 18, 2012 Parents Danny & Ashley Wilson

Oliver Ray Walter Crain August 20, 2012 Parents William & Hali Crain

Tobin James Vandermeer August 20, 2012 Parents Tim & Jenny (Frizell) Vandermeer

Nora Marie Kelford August 24, 2012 Parent Krystle Kelford

Kaden Stephen Edward Chambers August 28, 2012 Parents Duncan & Hope Chambers

Isla Cullen August 28, 2012 Parents Robert Cullen & Jenna Wiseman

Grace Jeanette Louise Murphy September 3, 2012 Parents Calvin Murphy & Patricia Henry-Murphy

Iszach Hammill September 8, 2012 Parents Jordan & Katie Hammill

Cruze Micheal Charles Matthews September 11, 2012 Parents Mike Matthews & Laura Willey

Hunter Kyle Lee Olson October 7, 2012 Parents Chris & Hannah Olson

Easton Ross David deVries October 23, 2012 Parents Scott & Ashley deVries

Dawson Keaney-Pearman November 3, 2012 Parents David & Meaghan Keaney-Pearman

Kaleb Walter Mabo November 7, 2012 Parents Joel & Amanda Mabo

Enna Dymond Scott November 15, 2012 Parents Cory & Yoko Scott

Liam Robert David Reynolds November 16, 2012 Parents Michael & Jennifer Reynolds

Cain Alexander Staples November 21, 2012 Parents Dennis & Allison Staples

Rylie Jayne Gillespie December 7, 2012 Parents Cory Gillespie & Chelsea Maximos

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STARLING - BRUCE AND GILLIAN Celebrating 50 years together on December 29, 2012. Bruce and Gill were married in Beckinham, Kent, England at the beginning of a blizzard that heralded one of the longest, coldest winters in the UK during the 20th Century. Thankfully their years together were much calmer than their auspicious beginning! Congratulations on this fantastic milestone! Love Diane, Keith, Laura, Megan and Fiona and Paul, Michelle, Samantha and William

HAPPY 1ST BIRTHDAY Robbie Somerville “Ruffy” December 26, 2012 Hugs & kisses Love Mommy, Daddy, big sister Cailyn and all your family



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ARTHURS Gary Stephen It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Gary Stephen Arthurs of North Gower on Dec. 17th in his 65th year. Beloved husband of Marianne, cherished father of Brooke (Dave) and Brandon. Dear brother to Bonnie (Ed), Michelle (Bob), Donna (Marcel) and Tom. Proud grandpa to Blake, Cullen, Aidan, Willem, Luke, Colin and Sam. According to Gary’s wishes no funeral will be held. The family will be having a private memorial service to celebrate his life. The family asks that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.


Passed away peacefully with family by her side at Brockville General Hospital Wednesday December 19, 2012, Jane Anna Devitt in her 84 th year. Beloved wife of late Arthur Ambrose Coligan. Loving mother to Susan Weese. Stepmother to Clinton, Dennis, Leonard, Caroline Coligan and Dawn Hagerman. Cherished Step Grandmother to 8 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren. Dear Sister to Ruth McTavish of Perth. Predeceased by a sister Betty Eileen Cole. Also survived by Many Nieces and Nephews and Great Nieces and Nephews. Friends may call at the Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Saturday December 29, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. until service time at 1:30 p.m. Celebration of Life will take place in the Chapel. Donations in memory of Jane to the Diabetes Society or Charity of your choice would be appreciated. Online condolences available at

Passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday December 19, 2012, Mary Candace Moss in her 62nd year. Predeceased by her parents Robert and Mary Cobban. Loving mother to Richard (Amanda) Burrows and Maryanne (Scott) Devonshire. Dear sister to Roberta (Jim) Lampman, Penny Laprade, Vicki (Bob) Caves, Kathy Ness, Sue Cobban and brother David Cobban. Grandchildren Avery Devonshire, Miles Devonshire. And also by numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and many friends. Friends may call at the Lannin Funeral Home, Smiths Falls on Friday December 28, 2012 for visitation from 7-9 PM. Celebration of Life will take place in the Chapel on Saturday December 29, 2012 at 11 AM. A gathering at the Smiths Falls Golf and Country Club will take place following the service. Donations in memory of Candace to the Lanark County Interval House would be appreciated. Online condolences available at

McGrath, Richard “Dick”

January 31, 1937 - December 17, 2012 It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Dick McGrath on Monday December 17, 2012 at the age of 75. Loving husband of Eileen (nee Knapp). Cherished father of Terry McGrath (Hayley) and Paula (Dennis Croucher). Proud grandfather of Kenny and Tyler McGrath. Predeceased by his brothers Cyril and Alan O’Dell. Friends visited the family at the Alan R. Barker Funeral Home, 19 McArthur Avenue, Carleton Place, on Friday December 21, 2012, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Funeral service in the chapel at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Fr. David Andrew officiating. CLR402515

Found My Love in Perth! Grace Welton, Southfork Spa Perth will marry Matt Vandenberg, Ottawa January 4th, 2013 THE EMC - 35 - Thursday, December 27, 2012

McVEAN, Bernadette

August 13, 1913 – December 19, 2012 Peacefully at the Almonte Country Haven in the early morning hours of Wednesday, December 19th, 2012. Mary Bernadette McVean; formerly of Arnprior at the age of 99 years. Dear daughter of the late John Joseph Nugent and the late Elizabeth Levi. Beloved wife of the late Howard McVean ((January 7th, 1981). Dearly loved mother of Kathryn McVean of Ottawa and Don McVean (Joyce) of White Lake. Dear sister of Loretto Syme (late Orville) of Almonte and Teresa Johnston (late Hank) of Ottawa and sisterin-law of Alice McVean (late Clifford) of Arnprior. Predeceased by 2 sisters: Kathleen O’Donnell (late Wilfrid) and Rose Coady (late Raymond) as well as 2 brothers: Gerald Nugent (late Marie) and Tom Nugent (late Myrtle). Cherished “Granny” of Paul McVean and Ryan McVean (Jennifer Leblanc). Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Family and friends were invited to pay their respects at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Friday, December 21st from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday morning, December 22nd from 9:15 until 10:15 a.m. A Funeral Mass was celebrated in St. John Chrysostom Church, Arnprior on Saturday morning, December 22nd at 11 o’clock. Interment Malloch Road Cemetery. In memory of Bernadette, a donation to the Almonte Country Haven “Resident Programming” or St. John Chrysostom Parish Memorial Fund would be appreciated by her family. Members of the CWL assembled at the funeral home for prayers on Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock. Condolences/Tributes/Donations CLR402444

HAPPY SWEET 16 Nicholas Derbyshire December 30, 2012 Love Mom, Dad, Robyn, Kyle, Mathew, Tatum and Blair

You are cordially invited to an OPEN HOUSE to celebrate the 90th birthday of Marie Dunn Almonte Civitan Hall 500 Almonte Street, Almonte, Ont. Sunday, December 30, 2012 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Your kind wishes will be the best gift of all. Please feel free to pass this invitation along to your family members.


Graham N. Gent In loving memory of our husband and Dad who passed away on January 1, 2009 Sadly missed along life’s way Quietly remembered every day No longer in our life to share But in our hearts you are always there. Love always, Shannon, Larry, Christopher and Lisa xoxo

“WE REMEMBER” Just inside the main entrance of the C.R. Gamble Funeral Home is a book of remembrance. Each day we turn a page in the book. The names of those we have served are inscribed on that date along with the year in which they passed away. It is our way of honouring and remembering a life that was lived. It is also our way

DECEMBER-JANUARY of saying “thank you” to the many families who have shown confidence in us since we came to Almonte in 1973. Some families are unable to visit this book on the anniversary of the death of those they love. For this reason we are proud to publish these names weekly as our way of saying…“We Remember”.

31st 1990 - Sadler, Alice Beryl 1991 - New, Ray Cecil 1996 - Gorman, Joseph Michael JANUARY 1st 1973 - Wark, Agnes Annie 1976 - McPhail, Oswald Alexander 1992 - Lowry, Samuel George 2000 - Gamble, Violet May 2nd 1984 - Vaughan, Mary Gertrude 1989 - Box, Ethel Grace Elizabeth 1989 - Reid, Viola Genevieve 1992 - Wilson, Donald Austin 1999 - Warren, Richard Allyn 2000 - Johnson, Grace Isobel 2008 - Donaldson, Elizabeth Ann ‘Betty’ 2010 - Johnstone, Mary Lois 2010 - Brennan, Melvin, Peter 2011 - Seltitz, , Guenther G. ‘Jim’

STANLEY, Cora and Fred - In loving memory of a dear Mother, and Grandmother Cora who passed away January 2, 2012, and Father, and Grandfather Fred who passed away January 24, 2010. As time goes by without you, And days turn into years, They hold a million memories, And a thousand silent tears. To us you were so special, What more is there to say, Except to wish with all our hearts, That you were here today. Lovingly remembered. Kevin and Sharon, Josh and Molly, Nick, Michelle and Joseph, Brandon, Lawrence and Sandy

Love: Kevin, Shelley, Jenna and Connor McNeely P.S. Since losing Sheeba, Connor has mentioned many times that she is playing fetch up in Heaven with the funny man that laughed all the time. Guess who that is… yep it’s you! Please take care of our precious girl for us until we are all together again. CLR402042

COE, Sherri Lynn December 28 2002 To us you were so special, What more is there to say, Except to wish with all our hearts, That you were here today. They say that time heals everything, But we know it isn’t so, We miss you just as much today, As we did 10 years ago.

Charles Leach (1935 - 2003) In loving memory of a wonderful father and grandfather who passed away 9 years ago on December 29, 2003. Dad we all think of you often and miss you. With love from Rick, Anne, Sean, Katie, Jimi, Larry, Cindy, Kristain, Jacquie, Roy, Bev, Cathy, Gerry, Charlotte CLEMENTS- In loving memory of a dear brother, Bill, who passed away December 26, 2008 and dear sisters; Hilda, January 1975; Hazel, November 1987; Isabel, August 1989 and Gladys, February 1999. I can’t have the old days back, When we were all together, But with the love, within my heart, You’ll walk with me forever. Loved and missed, Jean CLEMENTS- In loving memory of a dear Uncle, Bill, who passed away December 26, 2008. When I look up in the sky, I know you’re watching over me. I love you, Mike CLEMENTS, William- In loving memory of a dear husband and father who passed away December 26, 2008. We thought of you today But that is nothing new, We thought about you yesterday, And days before that too. We think of you in silence We often speak your name All we have are memories And a picture in a frame. Your memory is a keepsake From which we’ll never part. God has you in his arms We have you in our hearts. Lovingly remembered, Joy and Craig

Love Ron, Tammy, Mallory, Jamie Emmett and Charlie

HALLADAY, Lyman - In loving memory of a dear Father and Grandfather who passed away December 25, 1994. He left so quietly His thoughts unknown But he left a memory We are proud to own. So treasure him Lord In your Garden of Rest Because here on earth He was one of the best. Forever loved and missed Daughter BillieJo, Donald, Granddaughters Brianna and Jaden LALLY In loving memory of our dear father, grandfather and great-grandfather, James, who passed away December 29, 1995. It is lonely here without you We miss you more each day For life is not the same for us Since you were called away It broke our hearts to lose you But you did not go alone For parts of us went with you The day God called you home. Daughters Joan, Jane, Judy, Donna and their families SAUNDERS, Rodger June 2, 1959 -December 29, 2007 This month comes with deep regret, It brings back a day we can never forget. We miss you in the biggest way, In our hearts you will always stay. May the winds of love blow gently, and whisper so you can hear. How much we love and miss you And wish that you were here. All our love forever Lovingly remembered Saunders Family

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All brands of used appliances sold (or repaired at your place or ours) with warranty and free delivery. We also sell new parts for most appliances. George Peters Appliances, #3756 Hwy. 43, Smiths Falls (between Perth and Smiths Falls). (613)283-8634. Apples, cider and apple products. Smyths Apple Orchard, 613-652-2477. Updates, specials and coupons at Open daily til April 1st. Cedar (white), quality lumber, most sizes, decking, T&G, channel rustic. Also huge bundles of cedar slabs ($45) and large bags of shavings ($35). w w w. s c o u t e n w h i t e c e d a r. c a (613)283-3629. Commercial meat slicer, built-in sharpener, excellent condition, $150. 613-283-1763. Diningroom suite, complete with table, leaf extension, a 2 level buffet with glass doors and a 1 level cabinet for linens. $800 o.b.o. 613-267-6355. Disability Products. Buy and Sell stair lifts, scooters, bath lifts, patient lifts, hospital beds, etc. Call Silver Cross Ottawa (613)231-3549. George the 2nd engraved Birk’s stirling flatware. Retail $11,000, selling $4,300. Call, leave message 613-259-3300. *HOT TUB (SPA) Covers-Best Price. Best quality. All shapes and colours. Call 1-866-652-6837.

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Lazy Boy rocker, blue, 2-1/2 years old. Asking $350 o.b.o. 613-284-4669. New mattress sets starting at $159. 15 Models. Dan Peters New Mattress 3768 Hwy 43 West, Smiths Falls. TuesdaySunday 10 am-5 pm & Fridays Open Till 8 pm. (613)284-1234. New Queen memory gel mattress set. $999 wow! (613)284-1234, 3768 Hwy 43 West, Smiths Falls. Open Tues.-Sun. 10 am-5 pm, Fridays open till 8 pm. Oil Tank, 200 gallons, used 2011-2012. Manufactured 2010. Comes with legs + outlet valve. Delivery available. $250.00. Jim 613-253-2213. Posture Rest new mattress & Boxspring set- single $329, double $479, queen $519.00, king $699.00 All the quality without the heavy price tag! (613)284-1234 3768 Hwy 43 West, Smiths Falls.

CARPOOLS Shopping in Ottawa? Maybe concerts, visiting friends, etc.? Saturdays or Sundays. Call the carpool at 613-323-0440 or email Smiths Falls to Ottawa (or will pick up along the way, Hwy 15, then Hwy 10). Available Mon-Fri. 613-323-0440 or email

FIREWOOD 5 Generations of Sales of Dry Seasoned hardwood cut and split. Stored inside. Volume discount. Outdoor furnace wood also. 613-253-8006. Dry hardwood firewood, stored inside, (613)256-3258 or (613)620-3258. Also birch mix available. Firewood- Cut, split and delivered or picked up. Dry seasoned hardwood or softwood from $50/face cord. Phone Greg Knops (613)658-3358, cell (613)340-1045. For sale or on shares- limited amount of mixed hardwood. Also some bass wood logs. 613-359-5275.



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STEPNIAK - In loving memory of our dear parents and grandparents, Marian Stepniak who passed away December 31, 2004 and Marianna Stepniak who passed away October 21, 1991. You are always in our minds, No matter what we do. All the time within our hearts, There are thoughts of you. The most beautiful things in our lives cannot be seen or touched. They must be felt in our hearts. Sadly missed, Dearly loved, Forever in our hearts and prayers. Jan, Susan, Rose Steve, Christine Together Forever



Missing you today, always and especially at Christmas Rae Anne and Family

As time goes by without you, And the days turn into years, They hold a million memories And a thousand silent tears. To us you were so special What more is there to say Except to wish with all our hearts That you were here today. We love you and we miss you. Until we meet again…

I Connect AV and computer help. Need help with your electronics? Audio video installs in-home tutoring. Call Mike 613-285-0655, 613-264-5515.


You left us many memories Your love is still our guide And although we cannot see you You are always at our side

Lonny McNeely who passed away December 20, 2007.

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December 28, 2008 David B. Marks Remembering you is easy; because I miss you everyday, more every year. You had trials but I know you suffered alot in silence, and felt at times all alone in the universe and no one could relieve you of that burden. BUT: I know your dedication to Mom and Dad was remarkable. I was always close to you and I saw your heart. You had care and compassion and helped “many, many” people out, sometimes to your own disadvantage. Your influences keep working even after your death. One day I was grieving and praying about missing you while I was driving and looked up to the sky: There was the most beautiful (white, white cross) you could ever imagine. I knew God and the angels were telling me, his spirit and soul are safe in his heavenly home and he will be wearing the robe of white. “That’s righteousness”. (That’s love - isn’t it). Whosoever believes in Him (Jesus) will never perish but have everlasting life. See you some day Love, Sis Merry Christmas, everyone

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Computer Desktops, laptops, monitors and software repair. In-house virus/malware removal system cleanup. Personalized training. New/refurbished computers. Dragonfly Computer Solutions. 613-283-8026.


Canadian Firearm/Hunter Safety Courses. Call Dave Arbour 613-257-7489 or visit for dates and details of courses near you. Hunter Safety/Canadian Firearms Courses and exams throughout the year. Organize a course and yours is free. Call Wenda Cochran 613-256-2409.


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Wanted. Hunting camp utensils and dishes. Call Glen Sweeney 613-259-5293.

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2012 CHEV 3500 EXPRESS 12 passenger van, white $28,000 2011 CHEV MALIBU 4DR LT loaded, blue $12,995 2009 HYUNDAI SONATA 4 dr. loaded, BLUE $9,995 2008 DODGE AVENGER 4 dr. loaded, black $9,995 2008 MAZDA 5 WAGON, 7 psgr., auto, loaded, white $8,995 2008 CHEV IMPALA LT, loaded, black $8,995 2008 PONTIAC G5 2dr auto, air, black $9,995 2007 GMC SIERRA EXT. CAB 4x4, loaded, brown $17,995 2007 NISAN VERSA S, hatch, auto, grey $9,995 2007 DODGE CALIBER RT AWD, loaded, red $9,995 2007 CHEV SILVERADO LT

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EXT. CAB 4X4 Z71, loaded, grey $17,995 2007 PONTIAC WAVE, 4 dr., auto, air, 28,000 km, red $7,995 2005 HONDA CIVIC, 4dr, 5spd, air, Only 66,000km grey $7,995 2005 BUICK ALURE CX 4dr., loaded, red $7,995 2004 GMC SIERRA NEVADA EDITION, loaded, white $10,995 2003 MERCURY MARQUIS, loaded, grey $5,995 2003 BUICK LESABRE LTD loaded, leather, maroon $6,995 2003 CHEV SILVERADO Reg Cab, Short Box 4x4, blue/pewter $12,500 2002 VW BEETLE Auto, loaded. 101,000 km, grey z2002 GMC SIERRA $7,995 1995 GMC SIERA Reg Cab 350, V8, 4x4, only 136,000 kms. AS IS


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Dry firewood, $300 per cord tax included. Delivered Perth area. 1 cubic cord plus. Eber Conboy 613-812-1777. Firewood Processors, Canadian Made. Cuts up to 16” diameter, 13 h.p. Honda $9,950. (613)889-3717. Hay For Sale. 4x4 round bales, stored inside. Phone 613-259-2721 after 6 PM.


Wanted- Boarding for 3 hounds, quiet dogs, for the year, must be good home. (Can be separate homes). Call if interested. Glen Sweeney 613-259-5293.

TOM’S CUSTOM AIRLESS PAINTING Specializing in roof barn & aluminum siding painting. *30 years experience. *Screw nailing and roof repairs. Insured and Bonded Free Estimates (613)283-8475

$$MONEY$$ Consolidate Debts Mortgages to 90% No income, Bad credit OK! Better Option Mortgage #10969 1-800-282-1169 Mortgage Solutions Purchases, Consolidations, Construction. Lower that bank posted rates (OAC) On-Site Private Funds for credit issues, discharged bankrupts and BFS without proven income. Chase Financial 1-613-384-1301 Chase Financial o/b 835289 Ontario Inc. Brokerage License #10876 You’ll be


CLASSIFIEDS Katahdin ewes for sale, 1-5 years old, excellent condition, bred to purebred Katahdin ram, due March-April 1013. $200/ewe. Call 613-259-5274. St. Jean’s Farrier Service. 613-283-1198. Wanted to buy, horses, colts and ponies, all types. Contact Bob Perkins at (613)342-6030.

1500 sq. ft. area for rent, heat, hydro, water and washroom included $1,200/month. Located in the industrial park, 10 Walker Rd., Smiths Falls. 613-283-4422.

Boxer/Lab puppies, ready now, well socialized, healthy. 613-256-2824.

Smiths Falls 613-283-0220 Kemptville, corner of Prescott and Asa, 500 sq. ft. commercial property $500/month. (613)296-3455. Looking for commercial space in Carleton Place? A store, office space or industrial from 720-3000 sq. ft., 613-257-5711. Office space available, downtown Smiths Falls, starting at $100. Call 613-267-7841. Store front retail space. Excellent location, downtown Carleton Place, near town hall. 613-867-1905.

1 bed apt updated and cozy in private home with own entrance/driveway. Heated plus elec $650 613-250-0007. 1 Bedroom Apartment, 10 mins east of Perth. Mature tenant preferred. $650 plus heat. Call 613-565-6398.

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Doggie Bed & Breakfast. Inhome kennels, grooming, fenced activity park, nature walks. Lorna (613)200-1952 or (613)264-2203. Set your dog free with a Dogwatch Hidden Fence System. Service and installation of any system. 1(800)647-3307.

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Wanted- 6 hunters for hunt camp. Great camp, hydro, water, oil heat. Camp sleeps 16 persons. Non-smoking camp, casual drinking allowed Homecooked meals. Camp 100 ft off County Rd 511. Please call Glen Sweeney at 613-259-5293 for details.


Piano Tuner Technician for all your piano needs. Call Lionel Pauze. 1(613)278-2017.

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Smiths Falls 2 bedroom apartment, available now. Utilities included, shared laundry, no pets, no smoking, references. 613-283-2735.

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Smiths Falls. 2 bedroom apt. 2nd floor. Adults only. No smoking, no pets. Available immediately. Graham (613)283-0865.

3 bedroom house with finished basement. Walking distance to schools. Carleton Place. $1,100 plus utilities. Available immediately. 613-851-4887. 56 Victoria Ave., Smiths Falls, 1 bedroom $625/month, includes utilities and parking, ground floor. (613)283-2266. Aberdeen Apartments, Smiths Falls, 1 bedroom, $915, available February 1. Heat, hydro and cable included. Quiet security building with elevator, balcony, and laundry. First and last required. (613)283-9650. Bright 2 bedroom apt., Perth. Clean, secure, building. Parking, laundry on site. Close to pool and all amenities. Available January 1. 613-267-6940. Carleton Place, 1400 sq. ft. upstairs, 2 bedroom, $900 includes fridge, stove and heat. 15 Frank. Close to schools and park. Available immediately. Call Tom 613-257-2223. Carleton Place 2 bedroom upstairs apartment. Private entrance in quite building, good references required, $750 plus heat and hydro. No pets. 613-257-4627. Carleton Place. 2 large 3 bedroom apartments for rent. 4 appliances, 2 parking spaces. Hydro extra. Available Jan.1 and Feb 1. $1025 and $1075/month. Call 613-858-9755. Carleton Place, 3 bedroom semi-detached 2-storey home, good area, easy Ottawa access, powder room, patio, paved drive, no pets, $1,125/month plus, available now, 613-257-5711. Carleton Place $710, two bdrm apt - Well maintained, clean, quiet apartment building with secure entrance. Stove, fridge, parking included. Laundry on the first floor. Call 613-294-2076 Carleton Place, 95 McDonald St., 3 bedroom, 2 storey, eatin kitchen, dining room, fireplace, garage, quiet neighbourhood. $1,250 mo. 613-257-5711. Carleton Place, apartment downtown, stairs, first/last month rent, references, no smoking, no pets. 613-867-1905. Carleton Place, large, 3 bedroom lower duplex, 1,650 sq. ft., great location, available soon. $1025 plus utilities, 613-257-5711. Carleton Place, Woodward Condominium Building, 2 bedroom rental, secure entrance, elevator, available immediately. $1,100/month plus utilities. Jeff Wilson 613-229-8647. Carssridge Apartments, Smiths Falls, 1 bedroom, available immediately. $870/month, heat, hydro, cable included. In quiet security building with laundry. Call 613-283-9650. Code Apartments. Smiths Falls. Spacious, bright, 2 bedroom in clean, quiet, adult building. Fridge, stove, parking, laundry facilities. (613)283-7779. Colonel By Luxury adult apartments. Close to County Fair Mall in Smiths Falls. Air conditioning, exercise room, party room, library and elevator. 613-283-9650.

Newboro, 1 and 2 bedroom homes; 1 bedroom, immediate possession, $650/month; 2 bedroom, January 1, $950/month. 613-267-4449 Dani.

Smiths Falls- Renovated, 3 bedroom house, 1,300 sq. ft. lots of living space and large carport. 4 appliances. $975/month plus utilities. Call or text 819-923-0558.

Newly renovated 2 bedroom apt. Sunset Blvd. Perth. Fridge, stove, microwave, a/c. No smoking. $1,350/month inclusive. Cindy (613)267-6800 ext. 232.

Smiths Falls, small 2 bedroom house, $850 plus heat and hydro. Non-smoking, adults preferred. 613-283-7694.

Perth, 1 bedroom second floor apt. Fridge, stove, heat included. Hydro extra. First/last months rent required. $535. 613-264-0002. Perth- 2 bedroom 2nd and 3rd floor apartments, $755/mth. Available immediately. First/last required. 613-283-9650. Perth, 2 bedroom apartment in heritage downtown Erwin Block, available February 1. $825/month includes heat, parking, stove and fridge. 613-267-4039 or 613-267-3808.

Perth, 2 bedroom apartment in quiet security building. Well looked after. Fridge, stove, parking, balcony. Laundry in building. $775/month plus hydro. No dogs. (613)349-9377. Perth- 2 bedroom apt. $700/month plus hydro. Clean, quiet secure building. Seniors welcome. Parking, laundry facilities available. 613-925-3046. Perth. 2+1 bedroom, 1-1/2 bath house, on quiet street, in walking distance of schools and downtown. Fridge, stove, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Large deck, nice backyard, shed. Gas fireplace. $1,150/month plus utilities. No smokers. No students. 613-285-8159. Perth- brand new senior luxury rental apt. unit “55 years and over”. Available immediately. Unit is 800 sq. ft. 1 bedroom, 1 media room. Brick building. Central air. Propane heat. In floor heating in bathroom. Front and back porches. Emergency backup power. Crown moulding. Porcelain floors, modern kitchen. $1,100/mth. plus utilities includes new dishwasher and washer and dryer. One 8x10 exterior shed included for each rental unit. References required. Rentals for 1 year lease preferred. No pets. No smoking. Inquiries: Lyne 613-267-5790 or Perth, large, bright, 2 bedroom apartment, ground floor. Fridge, stove and parking included. Patio door with walkout to hedged in area. $850 plus utilities. 613-264-0002. Quiet country living, Kemptville, 2 bedroom, semi-detached apartment. 4 appliances. $750/month plus utilities. Quiet mature nonsmoker. 613-989-3908. Shamrock Apartments, Perth, 2 bedroom, $850/month includes heat and hydro. No smoking, no pets. Available immediately. 613-264-8380. Sharbot Lake 2 bedroom home, 2 bathrooms, 1200 sq ft., built in 2004, secluded. Lake access. Backs on Crown Land. $1,000/month plus utilities. 613-791-0627.

Smiths Falls, Upper 2 bedroom apartment, heat included, $700/month + hydro. Available Feb 1st. Call 613-283-2933. Spacious totally renovated country units ranging from 2-3 bedroom. Minutes from Perth. New flooring, kitchens. Starting at $700 monthly. Available immediately. Bob 613-888-2142. You’ll be



Carleton Place, semi-private room for elderly or mentally challenged people. For more information call Lisa 613-253-0853.

Balderson Kidz, downtown Perth, is seeking mature person for part-time work, Monday to Saturday, days. 613-267-8721 or 613-207-1064. Book keeping, accounting, computer back ground essential. Approximately 16-20 hrs per week. Property Management experience and good public relations a plus. The leasing office could be used by successful person for the balance of the week to do book keeping or accounting for others. Apply by email to Ennis Leasing and Mobile Rentals. Please contact Gordon or Genny Ennis at or Cabinet Installer -Installer of cabinets and interior trim. Company in business twentyseven years in Perth, Ontario. Fax resume to 613-264-1135.

Full/Part Time Cleaners/Team Leaders for growing residential cleaning company based in North Gower. Mon-Fri. No evenings. No weekends. All travel paid. $11.00-$14.00/hr. (613)489-3993 or Guaranteed Paid Job teaching English Overseas. Great pay. No degree required -be certified in 5 days in Perth. 613-200-1524.

Part-Time Office Assistant starting at approximately 3 days a week to assist in bookkeeping, computer work and answering the telephone in a busy automotive shop. Drop off your resume to Randy’s Performance Automotive, 1 Industrial Rd, Kemptville, ON. Automotive experience an asset. You’ll be



I am a registered Practical Nurse with a home daycare in Lanark with openings. I provide nutritious meals and snacks along with indoor and outdoor activities. References available upon request. Contact Helen at 613-259-2893 or

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HIGHWAY COACH DRIVERS REQUIRED If you have: AZ,BZ, or CZ Operators licence. Clean abstract Several years experience Good driving record and references Please deliver or send your C.V. and related documents to: 100 INDUSTRIAL AVENUE, CARLETON PLACE, ON K7C 3T2 NO APPLICATIONS BY TELEPHONE PLEASE

Lanark County seeks applications to fill the following regular full-time vacancy in our Finance Department.

ACCOUNTS PAYABLE/RECEIVABLE CLERK (POSTING #CS2012-007) MANDATE: Reporting to the Deputy Treasurer, the incumbent will be responsible for the full cycle accounts payable and receivable process including all billing and pension trust accounts for Lanark Lodge residents as well as provide administrative assistance for the Finance Department as required. For further details including qualifications and application deadline, visit our website at Lanark County employees value; honesty, respect, communication, accountability, positive attitude, collaboration and teamwork. When applying for a job you may be asked to give examples of how you’ve demonstrated these values in your previous employment or other areas of your life. If you embrace these values and you meet the position qualifications as found on our website, we look forward to receiving your resume.


Our Mission: To provide an excellent patient experience – guided by the people we serve, delivered by people who care. Brockville General Hospital is a fully accredited multi-site facility serving a regional population of up to 96,000 and providing Acute Care, Complex Continuing Care, Rehabilitation and Palliative Care and Acute Mental Health Care services. We are situated on the beautiful St. Lawrence River in the heart of the famous Thousand Islands. Presently we are recruiting for the following opportunities: Regular Full-time Discharge Planner Baccalaureate degree in a health related field; registration in a relevant professional college; 3 years’ experience in an acute care setting; knowledge of bed utilization and decision support; excellent communication, organizational, interpersonal and problem solving skills.

Casual Clinical Pharmacist Baccalaureate degree in Pharmacy, Licensed as a Pharmacist with the Ontario College of Pharmacists; Demonstrated pharmacologic knowledge (Including pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetic skills); Hospital Pharmacy experience preferred. Casual Registered Nurses – All areas Current registration with the College of Nurses of Ontario; ability to work a variety of shifts; specialty courses may be required for some positions



Certified Mason. 12 years experience. Chimney repair, restoration, parging, repointing. Brick, block and stone. Small/big job specialist. Free estimates. 613-250-0290.

Regular Part-time Clinical Dietician Baccalaureate degree in human nutrition or equivalent; eligibility for CDA membership and membership in the College of Dieticians of Ontario; membership in the Ontario Dietetic Association; ability to work flexible hours.

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2 bedroom. Toulon Place. Smiths Falls. $860/mth. Available immediately. Heat and hydro available in quiet security building, close to County Fair Mall. 613-283-9650.

Smiths Falls freshly renovated, heated, upper 2 bedroom. Large deck, yard and parking. $950/month. Available immediately. Call 613-283-5718.

All claims against the estate of the late, Gilbert Frederick Carleton of the Town of Mississippi Mills, in the County of Lanark, who died on the 2nd day of December 2012 must be filed with the undersigned Estate Trustees on or before the 25th day of January, 2013, after which date the assets of the estate will be distributed with regard only to the claims of which the Estate Trustees shall then have notice, and the Estate Trustees will not be liable to any person of whose claim they shall not then have notice. DATED at Prescott, Ontario this 27th day of December, 2012. Neil Carleton and Lee Carleton Estate Trustees by their Solicitor, Laushway Law Office 214 King St. W., P.O.Box 190 Prescott, ON K0E 1T0

Community Service Order Worker, 20 hr. per week. Salary scale: $13.87-23.64. Qualifications: College Social Worker’s qualification &/or equal work experience. Excellent problem solving skills. Knowledge of computers. Valid Driver’s license & personal vehicle. Apply in writing: P.O.Box 381, Smiths Falls, ON K7A 4T2. Faith_Cameron


2 bedroom, Perth, large renovated, balcony. Fridge, stove. Laundry facility. $725 heat included. First/last, references. 613-868-5323.

Merrickville, bachelor apt. Newly rebuilt. Kitchen, bathroom. All inclusive. $450/mth. Includes parking, water, heat, hydro, stove, fridge. First/last required. Avail. Jan. 1. 613-283-0746.


2 bedroom newly renovated, bright, clean apt. Carleton Place. Appliances included. Quietly neighbourhood, free parking. Hydro extra. Close to amenities. A must see! 613-257-1566.

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Smiths Falls. 1 bedroom apartment, ground floor, centrally located, available immediately. No pets. No smoking. Call Graham 613-283-0865,


Gorgeous 1 bedroom with den, adult building in Lanark. Utilities, appliances, garage incl. No smoking or pets. $950.00, 613-278-2878.

LOST CAT ~ $500 REWARD Desperately seeking our sweet, friendly, boy. HE IS A CHRONICALLY SICK CAT - NEEDS MEDICAL ATTENTION, MEDICATION & SPECIAL FOOD. He is a microchipped male cat that is approximately 1.5 yrs old. He is all grey with green/yellow eyes and two small white patches: one on his chest and one on his abdomen. He went missing on Dec 4th from Kerford Road and County Road 15 in Merrickville. He has a family with 3 children who love and miss him terribly. Please contact Natalie at (613) 799-4884 with any information and help us bring him home for Christmas. From our family to yours, we sincerely thank you for your time and assistance. THE EMC - 38 - Thursday, December 27, 2012

Temporary Full-time Physiotherapist Masters or Baccalaureate degree from a recognized school of Physiotherapy; Current registration with the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario; Minimum of 2 years’ experience in a combination of acute care, complex continuing care and rehabilitation services Please submit your resume on or before January 7, 2013 to: Human Resources, Brockville General Hospital, 75 Charles Street, Brockville, ON K6V 1S8 fax: 613-345-8305 or email: To learn more about the Hospital and these exciting career opportunities visit the ‘Careers’ section of our website: To obtain a detailed job description of any of the above opportunities please send your request to the above email address. We thank all applicants for their expressed interest; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


2 bedroom 3rd floor apt. Downtown Perth. $750. Heated. Includes fridge, stove, hotwater. No parking or yard. 613-267-6666.

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Lease is up & EVERYTHING must be sold. Household supplies, sewing & crafts, plastic cutlery & tableware, gift-wrap, greeting cards, candles & scents, confectionaries such as beverages & candy, cosmetics & hair care, seasonal items, school & office, eye glasses, books, toys, stickers, magnets, pet items, kitchenware, hardware, paper & plastics, party supplies, balloons, seasonal items, frames, baby items, jewellery & key chains, spray paints, Royal 583CX electronic cash register. Pepsi 2 sliding glass door cooler. Large qty of panel & freestanding shelving. Large outdoor auction sale. Dress warmly. Bring a lawn chair. Terms: Cash, Cheque, Debit, Visa, M/C CL420354_1227

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to be held at Lombardy Agricultural Hall just south of Smiths Falls on Hwy. #15 at Kelly’s Road (just past the Lombard Glen Golf Course) on Wed., Jan. 16/13 @ 9 am - Preview 8:00 am



Downsizing a collection, settling an estate, disbursing of overstock or end-of-the-line merchandize, please call our office to reserve your space for this auction sale. Welcoming QUALITY items only on Tues. Jan. 15th between 9 am & 3 pm only. Terms: Cash, Cheque, Debit, Visa, M/C - Catering Please note that we are now booking for spring & summer auctions. Whether it be to auction your Real Estate, Settle an Estate or Liquidate, we would be most happy to conduct a free, no obligation consultation at your property site to answer any questions you may have. As 3rd generation auctioneers we are committed to providing only the best customized service to you and your family.

Sens Alumni said ‘Hay’ I’ll help farmers Photo by KATHY BOTHAM

The Sens Alumni and Chris Phillips’ Big Rig Celebrities played two periods of hockey to a big crowd on Dec. 16 at the North Grenville Municipal Complex. A fundraiser for Hay East was well

supported as our farmers in the west are shipping hay to farmers here. Ottawa Senator players Captain Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Neil surprised the crowd and played along on the Big Rig Team.

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“Call or email to Book Your Auction Today” Tuesday January 1, 2013 - Annual New Years Day Antique Auction. Auction Starts at 10 am (Preview from 9am). 182 Glenview Road, Smiths Falls. Please watch the Website over the next 2 weeks for Many Neat Items! Uncirculated & Circulated Coins & Currency,1732 Mexican Pillar Dollar,Uncirculated 1967 Centennial Dollars, Sterling Silver & Quality Costume Jewelry, Late 1800’s Pocket Watches, Silverplate & Sterling Pieces, 1920’s - 1950’s Lighters, Brass Canadian Steam Ship Gauges,RARE Canadian Beaver Butter Mould, Lalique Signed Bird, Beswick, Baccarat Paper Weights (Signed in Box), Jelly Moulds 2 - Shelley Butter Moulds,wooden Lures, Art Deco, Arts & Crafts & Oak Frame, 1870 Rare Chinese Boys Kimono under Glass in Frame, Authentic Geisha Embroidered Silk Slip on Girls Shoes, 3 geisha Girls with Par Nudity Unusual Lamp,Perfume Bottles & Talc’s (mainly French), Advertising Tins & Bottles, Early 1940’S Coca Cola Trays,Original Paintings, Jewish Art,Collection of Black Memorabilia, Meissen, Dresden, c 1850’s English Transferware Handless Cup, Royal Albert “Trinity Gold” Pattern Setting for 8 in Pristine Condition, Royal Copenhagen Decanter, Vaporizer Oil Lamp, Large Collection of Blue & White Transferware including German, Blue Willow, Crown Darby “Imari Pattern”, Large Blue & White Porcelain Bowl, Rare Medium Blue Willow Set with Nappies& Under Plates Complete, Pre 1900 Rare Blue Willow Batter Jug, Royal Winton, Shorter, Staffordshire, Royal Worcester, Cut Crystal & Vaseline Glass Stemware, Green Mallorytown Glass Cream & Sugar, Vaseline Coin Dot Opalescent Bowl, Selection of Signed Italian Murano, Signed Chalet, American Hawks controlled Bubble, 1950’s American Art Glass, Selection of Cranberry including Opalescent Hobnail& Cranberry to clear ladies Spittoon “Rubina”, Vaseline & Custard Glass, Coal Port Figurines, Cobalt Pieces, Black Amethyst, 1890’s Butterscotch Color Pressed Glass Covered Berry Set with 10 Nappies, 40 Piece Collection consisting of Higher End Groupings of Salt & Peppers and Art Potteries Salt & Peppers, Carved Folk Art Pine Box, Pine Grainery Cart, Rosewood Mirrored Foyer Piece with Drawers, 2 Part Oak Mirrored Sideboard with Candle Holder, Queen Anne Mahogany Table & 6 Chairs with 2 Leaves, Matching Mahogany Buffet, Walnut Tea Cart, Whatnot Shelf, Mirrored Top Deco table, Sofa Table, Various Small Occasional Tables, CNR Conductors Chair (signed), 1840’s Signed Dundas Rocker, Oak Drop Leaf Table with Barley Twist Legs, 2 Early Red Deck Chairs with Old Crackle Finish, Rustic Log Bench, Pine Blanket Box, Tea Cart & Drop Leaf Server, Maple Book Case, 2 Mahogany Chairs with Jenny Lynd Carved, Card Trunk, Corner Early Oak Shelf (Dovetailed), NEXT SPECIAL ANTIQUE AUCTION SALE TO BE HELD LATE FEBRUARY.SPACE AVAILABLE. LOOKING FOR CONSIGNORS. CALL OR EMAIL OUR OFFICE TO RESERVE YOUR SPACE. BOOK YOUR AUCTION WITH US! We conduct Indoor Consignment Auctions Year round at our Indoor Heated Auction Hall & 6 Acre Facility. Shop Local - Pop into our Sales Building to Buy your next Brand New Mattress Set today - We have 250 New Beds in Stock - Lowest Prices Around. 3768 Hwy 43 West, Smiths Falls. Open Tuesday-Sunday 10 AM-5 PM & Fridays Open Till 8 PM! - Shop Local! We also sell Used Furniture & Appliances!


EMC Sports - Captain Daniel Alfredsson auctioning off his jersey. He got $1, 150 for it during the Hay East fundraiser at the North Grenville Municipal Complex Dec. 16. Right, Chris Neil lifts his stick in celebration of a goal on the ice.

EMC Sports - Senator Shean Donovan stands with Larry Robinson’s jersey during the Dec. 16 Hay East fundraiser at the North Grenville Municipal Complex. The Sens Alumni and Chris Phillips’ Big Rig Celebrities played two periods of hockey to a big crowd. Photo by KATHY BOTHAM



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Perth Courier - Your Community Newspaper


The Grinch who stole Christmas

Well done Tay Valley To the Editor, I read with great interest about Tay Valley Township installing a solar powered street light in the Sherbrooke Bluffs Subdivision on Bobâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Lake. I would simply like to add my congratulations to council for this thoughtful and illuminating use of renewable energy. May there be many more to come! Tay Valley is a leader in environmental sustainability whether the subject is wetlands, shoreline protection, tree planting or innovative solutions to lighting

needs. Reeve Keith Kerr and the council are to be congratulated on finding cost-efficient ways to provide sustainable services to the people. The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is involved in many environmental projects in the Tay Valley area and we are constantly inspired by the municipal leadership in the area. Thank you. Charles Billington Executive Director Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation

Just say itâ&#x20AC;Ś Merry Christmas! To the Editor, We are thoroughly disgusted with many of the advertisers in todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Perth Courier! Kudos to people, businesses like Dr. Hall and Gord Mather, Metroland Media, putting in ads wishing people Merry Christmas. A big raspberry to those idealists and â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressivesâ&#x20AC;? who buy into â&#x20AC;&#x153;political correctnessâ&#x20AC;? and go with Happy Holidays or some such BS instead! We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t subscribe to any religion, but strongly believe

in Canadian Traditions... and Christmas is a Canadian Tradition! We should not be bowing down to this multicultural garbage foisted on us by Trudeau and other so-called â&#x20AC;&#x153;progressivesâ&#x20AC;?. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to speak up, holler, whatever, or these multicultural progressive types will destroy Canada! MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! Don & Lynne Adams Balderson

EMC Lifestyle - Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve all got our family traditions at Christmas. One of the favourites in our house is to gather around the TV on Christmas Eve and watch Dr. Seussâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, â&#x20AC;&#x153;How the Grinch Stole Christmas.â&#x20AC;? Not the Jim Carrey one, although it too is entertaining. The original 1966 version narrated by Boris Karloff. So when the theme for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Christmas Parade was announced as â&#x20AC;&#x153;a Cartoon Christmasâ&#x20AC;?, my wife, kids and I started lobbying for the Grinch. The story has such a great message. And the float built in our church parking lot was a wonder to behold. The story tells the tale of the Grinch; a miserly, meanspirited creature who steals all the trappings of Christmas and waits for the misery to ensue down below in Whoville. There have been lean years for us as a family when my wife and I felt the pinch of things like a last minute emergency dental bill and a sudden vehicle break down that left us feeling like the Grinch had

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GOODYEAR Asbury Free Methodist Religion Today come creeping into our bank accounts and cleaned it out before we got to put anything under the tree at all. We felt guilty about not loading up the kids in quite the way we had in previous years; like somehow we had failed to be adequate providers. We sat by the tree watching them open the meager pile of presents wondering if

disappointment would be the predominant emotion of the day. Waiting, like the Grinch for misery, but with anything but the delight he gained from the prospect. But we, like the Grinch were shocked when the spirit of Christmas came through. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It came without ribbons it came without tags! It came without packages, boxes, or bags!â&#x20AC;? Somehow the fact that we were together as a family made everything special. The kids didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t notice the difference in material abundance and we found that every moment we spent was special and treasured. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then the Grinch thought of something he hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t before. Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.â&#x20AC;? Christmas doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t come from a store. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t depend on the amount of Visa debt you incur over the season. It comes from the closeness of the loved ones you gather with.

On the first Christmas there were no packages under a decorated tree. There was a baby, his mother and stepdad. A soft ball of pink human flesh which was the literal son of God. Born into the world so that we would know the closeness of a Creator who loved us enough to set His majesty aside so he could get close enough to live, laugh, cry with, and touch those who would let Him. In the end the Grinch brings everything back, the packages and gifts, the food. Not because the Whos need it to experience Christmas, but to celebrate what they have. If you have family, friends and people who care, Christmas itself is a gift. If you know the love of God who gave you those people and who wants nothing more than to come into your life and show you how desperately He loves you, then there is nothing you could buy that could make life any better than it is. R0011836775_1227





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Heading towards Christmas Last week, Mr. Imeson’s Intermediate Boys’ Volleyball Team travelled to Notre Dame in Carleton Place for an all-day tournament. Although they lost their first game, they moved to the B side and quickly dominated the opposing teams with a score of 3-0 in round-robin play. Next, they met up with the second team from St. John, coached by grade 7/8 teacher, Mr. Bujacz. As Mr. Imeson reported later, his team crushed Mr. Bujacz’s team in the finals, leading Mr. Imeson’s team to victory. The Intermediate Girls’ Volleyball team, coached by Mrs. McKinnon, participated in a separate tournament. St.


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Suspect may prove key to 15 B&E charges By DESMOND DEVOY

EMC News – Lanark County OPP has a suspect on their radar who may hold the key to as many as 15 breakand-enter incidents in Lanark Highlands Township. “Our officers just located another break-and-enter suspect on Friday (Dec. 7) and it looks like we will be able to clear 15 break-and-enter charges,” said Insp. Gerry Salisbury, the detachment commander for the Lanark County OPP, during the township’s police services board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. “It looks like we will clear a lot of break-and-enters.” Salisbury added that, even before that news, for the third quarter, Lanark Highlands, like the rest of the county, was

above the provincial average in terms of the break-and-enter clearance rate. “We are in great shape for property crimes,” said Salisbury, with a 38 per cent clearance rate. He added that there was a 100 per cent clearance rate for drug charges in the Highlands in the last quarter – all five of them, along with a 29 per cent clearance rate for theft, and 67 per cent clearance rate for mischief. He commended the diligence of his officers for the high rates, as well as initiatives taken at a higher managerial level. “I started a property crimes unit about two years ago,” said Salisbury. “We are starting to see the fruits of that now. It’s really come into fruition

now…We identified it as a big problem for us. There are no hidden secrets or gems for us. It’s just good, old-fashioned police work, the guys getting their hands dirty, digging under bushes.” The PSB chairman, Coun. Derek Love, commended the police for their property crime work. “Break-and-enters are one of the hardest crimes to prove because houses don’t speak,” said Love. Salisbury added that, with the winter weather, motorists need to recognize that winter driving methods are required on the roads. “People don’t slow down for ice conditions,” said Salisbury. “They think that snow tires are God’s gift.”

Increased RIDE stops on back roads By DESMOND DEVOY

EMC News - Country roads, take me home - just watch out for the RIDE program. “The officers are doing festive RIDE checks on back roads,” said Insp. Gerry Salisbury during the Lanark Highlands Township police services board meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. “People are surprised to see us doing RIDE checks on back roads.” Salisbury admitted that he had only had a cursory glance of the first batch of Lanark County RIDE program statistics that very morning, but reiterated that his officers were not just sticking to High-

INSP. GERRY SALISBURY ways 7, 43, 15 and route 115. “Criminals don’t travel those roads,” said Salisbury. Word is already travelling amongst cottagers about increased enforcement on less-

travelled roads. “It was a proactive approach because it got everybody talking before they left their cottages,” said Coun. Derek Love, the PSB chairman. “They didn’t even have one for the road. They didn’t want to risk it.” Salisbury added that he wanted to “give our provincial politicians a bit of credit,” for increasing the money for paid duty RIDE grants. “Don’t be quick to cut this if you have to cut budgets,” fellow board member George Braithwaite warned provincial politicians. “You can never measure proactive work,” said Salisbury.

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MUST BE SANTA! EMC Events - Santa is ever so busy this time of year, but he made time to stop by the Perth Civitan hall on Sunday, Dec. 9. He was joined by youngsters, like Ava Inwood, above, as well as the young-at-heart, for a home-style breakfast that included one of his favourites - pancakes!

Waste committee to fold in ‘13 By DESMOND DEVOY

EMC News – It’s sometimes a good thing when you ace yourself out of a job. Coun. Ed McPherson may well have just done that, as the chair of the waste management committee. The committee was started six years ago, and “there is no comparison,” between then

and now, McPherson said. “Perth leads the county in terms of recycling.” Compared to Ottawa and their headaches installing a green bin program, McPherson called the green bin program in Perth “very successful.” “The larger (the amount) we divert from landfill, the more our landfill will last, the

more taxpayer money we will save,” said McPherson. He predicted that the committee would disband sometime in the new year, with the last meetings likely to be held in January. “This is something you don’t hear a lot about. We’ve saved a lot of money,” said McPherson.

Creating the creative rural economy in Perth Area urged to get more immigrants to contribute to creative class By DESMOND DEVOY

EMC News – Richard Florida has some big fans in Bob Leitch and Nelson Rogers. The author, professor, urban studies theorist and allaround big-thinker is perhaps best known for coining the term “creative class,” has a fan with Leitch, a business analyst and former Perth businessperson of the year, and Rogers, who has taught at Algonquin College for more than 20 years. But while Florida, a former teacher at the University of Toronto, tends to focus on urban centres, the duo was keen to take Florida’s ideas and adapt them to what they called the “creative rural economy.” “It’s a term we’re not fussy about,” said Leitch of Florida’s “creative class,” term, loosely defined as “someone who makes their living by thinking. That is the simplest definition,” said Leitch. “The people in the creative class, they won’t solve everything,” he added. During his presentation at a public meeting entitled “Our Resources, Our Future,”

which was held in the council chambers at Perth town hall on Wednesday, Nov. 14, he pointed to a Queen’s University study which discovered that between 30 and 40 per cent of the working population makes its living by thinking, something communities, both urban and rural will need to contend with if they want to continue to see their hometowns grow. The three T’s of economic development, according to Leitch, are Talent, Tolerance and Technology, and a rural area that combines these with the best of country living is well suited to do well. “People are attracted to smaller centres because of the rural amenities,” said Leitch. “Many people move here for the quality of life.” However, while retirees are keen to settle in Perth, the town and surrounding areas are seeing outmigration of youth. “Many of our young people leave and never come back,” said Leitch. “They may have to leave in a major centre because they have to work… There were jobs going want-

ing here because they could not find young, talented people to fill them.” However, once some of those young people get married and start having children, then they become more likely to want to return to their more rural roots. One of his suggestions for attracting or, better yet, keeping youth, in the area is by improving the wages in the service sector. “If we don’t, we are in a serious way,” said Leitch. Two rural success stories for Leitch are in nearby Almonte, which is within close commuting distance of Arnprior and Ottawa, as well as Prince Edward County. “They decided to tackle it,” he said. “They took the economy in the area and recreated it in a creative way,” with small creative industries, not unlike Almonte. Another shift in how we work stands to benefit the rural economy, with technology enabling more people to work from home. For example, Accenture has only one desk for every eight people who work for them, since most of their

employees work from home. This not only helps workers be more flexible with their schedules and where they live, it also benefits business since real estate is the second highest cost after labour. “We don’t know how many people work from home here,” said Leitch, but he knows that it is already popular with some Perth residents, such as a forensic accountant with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who lives in the area. “If the mayor of Perth could show you a factory with 200 people, you would be impressed,” said Leitch, gesturing to Mayor John Fenik, in attendance. “(But) I’ll be that there are 200 people plus, plus, working from home here.” Nelson’s parents were born in what is now a ghost town in rural Saskatchewan, where only the local church is open – and even then only for weddings. That is something he does not want to see happen in Perth. Nor does he want to see Perth in the same position as some northern Ontario communities, who win grants for community improvement –

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namely, to demolish decrepit old buildings in their dying cores. “Perth is in a good place,” said Nelson. “(But) our community is our region. We depend on each other. We are close but not too close to major urban centres.” While he encouraged communities to “act in collaborative, cooperative ways,” there were some areas that he wanted Perth to be aware of, like “formal education, where we are not doing well,” in terms of high school, college and university graduation rates. “The high school graduation rate is something we have to get a handle on,” Nelson said, as we enter an age of skilled trades people. In other areas, though, like architectural conservation and local food, “we are way ahead of a lot of other places.” On the surface, not looking like a David Usher fan, Nelson nonetheless sung the praises of the singer, as an example of someone who uses innovation to move his music forward. “We have innovation in spots, but we are not seeing

it diffuse into different parts,” said Nelson. He also noted that the area’s ethnic mix needed to be looked at. While Perth might be welcoming, it’s face was somewhat homogenous. “We don’t have anything close to aboriginal representation in business,” said Nelson. “How are we going to diversity our knowledge base? Some of this will involve immigration. We need more immigrants. It’s not healthy for a community to be that removed from the world.” While he noted that Perth was doing well in small business, farming and tourism, he stressed that technology needed to be harnessed in these, and other areas, better, to make Perth “a healthy place to grow and attract work,” but also to bring in new technology to old industries. “It just doesn’t happen spontaneously,” said Nelson. “It happens intentionally. I’ve never seen a rural community that has 100 per cent of its expertise needs (met). They know their strengths and weaknesses.”


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Book Nook welcomes author EMC News - History came alive last weekend as author Arlene Stafford-Wilson signed copies of her books at The Book Nook on Gore Street: Lanark County Kid – My Travels Up and Down the Third Line and Recipes and Recollections – Treats and Tales from our Mother’s Kitchen. She’s an avid historian, having been a newsletter editor and long-standing member of the Lanark County Genealogical Society. She has channelled her love of history into two books featuring local stories and tales of growing up on the farm in the post war years in Lanark County. The stories include her adventures in the surrounding communities of Perth, Smiths Falls, Carleton Place and Almonte to name a few. Her first book, Recipes and Recollections, is a compilation of her late mother’s prize winning recipes from her days of Judging at local fairs in Lanark County. “Our mother was a keen competitor at the Perth and Maberly fairs for decades and we wanted to preserve her prize winning recipes along with stories from my four siblings and I growing up on the farm outside of Perth. The book includes over 90 recipes and stories like our old fashioned country Christmas,” she said. “We’d head back into the bush with an old toboggan, cut down a spruce and drag it back to the house. Most

Arlene Stafford-Wilson (right) is pictured at her book signing at the Book Nook with owner Leslie Wallack. of our Christmas decorations were homemade in those days so was very different than things are today,” StaffordWilson’s second book, Lanark County Kid, is a collection of short stories about life in a rural community during the 1960s and ’70s and some of the people and places she encountered. “I wanted to capture some of the things we did and places we visited as children like the Kitten Mill in Lanark and the Balderson Cheese factory. My friends and I were regular visitors to Haggis’ Candy Store on Gore Street and attended the local Pant Barn dances in the ’70s and of course the famous Ompah Stomp. I think what the next generation will value the most is not all of the stuff we accumulate during our lifetime but the stories of who we were and how we lived.” Along with her first two

books, Stafford-Wilson brought news of her third book due out in February 2013 called, Lanark County Chronicle. “Like the first two books, Lanark County Chronicle will feature local stories and there will be an index at the back of the book of all of the local people mentioned in the book. If you have spent any time in the area you will likely recognize many of the names in the index, maybe even your own,” said Stafford-Wilson. “The book will be available at The Book Nook in February.” Leslie Wallack, owner of the store says she’s had a waiting list right of people who want to purchase Lanark County Kid and that Recipes and Recollections has also sold well. The book shelves are re-stocked now and both books are available for last minute Christmas gifting.

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Algonquin’s Perth campus students team with charitable organizations this holiday season.

Holiday giving by local students EMC News - The first year Social Service Worker students at Algonquin College Perth Campus partnered with local organizations to support others during this holiday season. Working in teams they provided gifts for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Program, baby food, clothing and care items for the Salvation Army’s Baby Cupboard, and stocking stuffers for seniors through the Perth Civitan Club’s Stocking Project. This ensures that every senior at a

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Foundation launches fund EMC News - Community Foundations of Canada announced that His Excellency, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, would serve as the organization’s Patron for the duration of his vice regal term. His Excellency challenged us to leverage the power of philanthropy to drive local change. To answer his call to action, one of the Community Foundation of Canada’s goals is to connect the country by building a Smart and Caring Community Fund at every Community Foundation from coast to coast by the year 2017-Can-

ada’s 150th birthday. Thanks to the generosity of Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn and Spa, The Perth and District Community Foundation (PDCF) has launched their Smart and Caring Community Fund. As part of Community Foundation of Canada’s national initiative, this fund will be unique to our community, and grants from the fund will target a key community need. The PDCF Smart and Caring Community Fund will be targeted towards youth at risk (specifically child and adolescent mental health needs and initiatives) in Perth and the western half

of Lanark County. Our goal will be to substantially grow this fund to $50,000 by 2017. Through this initial donation of $2,680 from Best Western Plus Perth Parkside Inn and Spa and future donations from our generous donors, PDCF will be able to answer the Governor General’s call to action and help youth at risk in our community. The Foundation sincerely thanks the Brownlees, Hintons and Saumures for their kindness and philanthropic spirit. For more information on this new fund, go to www.

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Keith Walker of the Guatemala Stove Project commends Glen Tay Public School students Emelia Bowie-Buffam, Kara Cameron, Kate Thornton, and Lili Strong on Wednesday, Dec. 19. tries who have nothing. These young ladies have made a very important contribution to 11 children in Guatemala,” specifically, in the towns of Cantel and Ghuicatama, raising more than $3,000 to help keep 11 kids in class. “Otherwise, they would not be able to go to school beyond Grade 6,” said Walker. “And we all know what happens to

people who do not get an education.” Principal Stephen Ferguson also commended his students for their hard work. “You have made this possible,” said Ferguson. “These girls have made this possible, working on it for two years. I am extremely proud of you for your hard work on this.”


EMC News – Four Glen Tay Public School students were given special awards last week in recognition for their work in helping 11 Guatemalan students afford tuition. Emelia Bowie-Buffam, Kara Cameron, Kate Thornton, and Lili Strong were presented with special certificates as “Global Changemakers” from the Ontario Council for International Cooperation at a school assembly on Wednesday, Dec. 19. “I am not sure if you are aware of the contribution that these four young ladies have made to kids in other countries,” said Keith Walker, a retired teacher who volunteers with the local chapter of the Guatemala Stove Project. “You know that Christmas is the season of giving? (Well) you should all take a moment on Christmas Day to think about children in other coun-

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