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EMC News - Quinte West Council is reviewing the city’s expenditures hoping to keep the tax increases low this year. The final budget meeting will be on March 11. “The average budget increase has been 1.61 per cent over the past five years,” said David Clazie, director of Corporate and Financial Services. This year’s budget originally came to a 4.2 per cent increase with the option to reduce that by deferring OPP ($550,000) and OMPF ($340,000) increases. “The deferral of policing cost increases and reduction of OMPF payments will result in a 1.95 per cent municipal tax rate increase for 2013,” he said. Total expenditure increases for the year came to $2.6 million. Leslie Roseblade asked why the city is hiring five new parks staff which costs $115,000. “I don’t buy it,” she said. Chris Angelo, director of Public Works and Environmental Services, said there have been two small parks added and they need the extra employees to keep up with the current workload. Jim Harrison said there are a number of activities in the parks especially on weekends and there is garbage left all over. Roseblade said they amalgamated two departments to save money and they put in irrigation to save staff. Mayor John Williams asked how much was spent on overtime for staff last year. Angelo said he will bring that report. Williams noted that Please see “Budget” on page 3
EMC News - These youngsters must have wondered just what the heck they were looking at during the first-ever Brighton History Open House held last weekend at the King Edward Park community centre, where the Codrington Women’s Institute challenged visitors to see how many of about 60 household artefacts could be correctly identified. “It was a great success, with crowds beyond our wildest dreams,” said municipal Heritage Advisory Committee chairperson Dave Cutler. Organizers say more than 1,000 people attended the two-day event. Photo: Ray Yurkowski
Snow debate finished before it started By Ray Yurkowski
EMC News - Brighton The great snow removal debate was shovelled aside before it got started at last week’s regular municipal council meeting. The issue found its way to the itinerary after numerous complaints found their way to the inboxes of a handful of council members in the wake of a winter storm that passed through the area earlier this month. When it came time to approve the agenda, Deputy-mayor Craig Kerr asked that all correspondence regarding snow removal be expunged. He started out by asking Mayor Mark Walas, “Before adding these items
to the agenda, did you have a detailed discussion with staff about the issues raised?” “No, I did not,” answered Walas. “I brought them forward as information. They’re correspondence.” “There are a number of reasons I don’t think they should be included,” said Kerr. “First, they contain some very serious and extensionally libellous, unsubstantiated allegations against staff. There has been no opportunity for an investigation as required under our municipal public complaints handling policy. “The public complaints handling policy wasn’t
followed by yourself or Councillor [John] Martinello, who were instrumental in these emails. The integrity commissioner, in his investigation, made it very clear to us, the use of email of this nature to conduct municipal business is completely inappropriate and must be discontinued. It dealt, very specifically, with the issue of inappropriate micromanaging of staff and the continuance of such micromanaging is at the very heart of this series of emails.” “And it’s been made very clear to us, in other investigations that have taken place; performance issues must not be dealt
with in public,” added Kerr. “There have been a number of controversies involving similar email circulation in this past year and, in most cases, the same two members of council, as named by the integrity commissioner, are involved.” “I’m not directly involved in the composition of the agenda,” countered Walas. “It’s quite innocent, what I’ve done. If it’s inappropriate to be on the agenda, I would guess it shouldn’t be there.” “This should not and will not fall totally on the backs of staff,” said Councillor Mike Vandertoorn. “I’m looking at an email Please see “Agenda” on page 3
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EMC News - Quinte West - User fees including ice rentals are going up. This would result in $34,000 additional revenue for the city. “We are not raising parking or bag tag fees,” noted David Clazie, director of Corporate and Financial Services. The rates will go up effective April 1 and for ice time on August 1. Clazie proposed that prime time ice rental time be $117.70 this year, (going up from $115.04), then up to $120.35 in 2014 and $123.89 in 2015. Prime time is considered to be Monday to Friday after 4 p.m. and weekends. Different hourly rates are set for non-prime time hours and summer ice. Comparing rates in different municipalities, the 2012 prime time ice rental rate in Stirling was $112.83, at RCAF arena at $120, in Brighton at $135, in Prince Edward County at $122.66, Belleville at $163 and Kingston at $245.66. Paul Kyte noted it costs a lot more for ice time in Belleville. Mayor John Williams said, “We’re not in Belleville.” Doug Whitney commented that minor hockey lost 30 kids last year because of high costs. “If we keep escalating prices we’re going to lose revenue,” he said. Leslie Roseblade said there has been no increase in the past five years. John Williams said our rates are lower than most. Facilities rentals are also going up. Batawa Community Centre hourly rental for nonprofit goes from $36 an hour to $37 and for commercial from $47.50 to $49. Seniors Unlimited is provided with meeting space at no charge, from an early agreement when the centre was part of Sidney Township. The hall can also be rented by the day for $360 for nonprofit organizations with no use or limited use of the kitchen. Centennial Hall at Tuckers Corners is going up from $24.50 to $25.25 an hour for non-profit, and from $36 to $37 for commercial. The Community Gardens rates are going up with an hourly rate of $25.25 up from $24.50. Kinsmen Bingo on Tuesdays is rented at $178 up from $173. The Dr. McMullen Community Centre Centennial Room upstairs from the Frankford arena is up to $25.25 an hour up from $24.50.
Budget talks review increases $98,500 for 2013. â€œMore ambulances will be needed while waiting to get patients in to Belleville,â€? Bob Wannamaker commented. Shared services include EMS, social housing and social services, shared with Hastings County and Belleville. Quinte Westâ€™s share has gone up from 28
per cent to 28.5 per cent. â€œThis increase is occurring as Quinte Westâ€™s growth, which includes base assessment, occurred at a faster rate than the county or Belleville,â€? Clazie noted. â€œThe effect of this shifting will result in Quinte West picking up an additional $100,000 of costs.â€?
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that came from you, Mr. Mayor, and you told this person you would have this included on the February 19 agenda for further discussion. It just wasnâ€™t staff, they had direction to put this on the agenda.â€? â€œItâ€™s inappropriate and anti-democratic to take these letters off the agenda,â€? said Martinello. â€œWe had a major winter event,â€? said Councillor Tom Rittwage. â€œI commend staff for the work they did. â€œI wasnâ€™t aware of most of the emails but I see one where Councillor [Mary] Tadman decided to respond to yourself, mayor, but didnâ€™t want the rest of us to know what was go-
ing on. Thatâ€™s a little disheartening.â€? In a recorded vote, Kerr, Rittwage, Vandertoorn and Councillor Emily Rowley approved the changes to the agenda, which included adding public question period at the end of the meeting. Martinello, Tadman and Walas voted against. After the vote, Martinello wondered why question period didnâ€™t appear on the agenda, after a council decision to reinstate on February 4. â€œThe bylaw hasnâ€™t been passed yet,â€? explained municipal CAO Gayle Frost. â€œWe just voted on it John, and you voted against having question period,â€? said Vandertoorn.
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$410,000 in the budget is only one per cent increase in the tax rate. Terry Cassidy said they need to keep up appearances since Quinte West is billed as â€œA Natural Attraction.â€? Other proposed internal departmental operating cost increases included $50,000 for salt purchases, $25,000 for Communities in Bloom, $10,000 for an additional student for the DBIA and banners, $65,000 in repairs to the public works and fire fleet, $20,000 for legal costs, $25,000 for the Big Band Festival, $22,000 for accessibility legislation requirements and $15,000 for a small business development centre in Quinte West. The total is $347,000. External Agency Costs came to a $516,000 increase. The city pays $5,500 for Lower Trent Conservation, $5,000 for Quinte Conservation, $24,300 for Hastings and Prince Edward Health Unit, $22,200 for Quinte Economic Development, $347,000 for Hastings County Social Services (includes EMS and longterm care), $2,800 for MPAC, $1,400 for Quinte West Chamber of Commerce, $35,000 for Quinte West Public Library and $15,500 for the Bay of Quinte Tourist Council. A new ambulance for EMS was included in this yearâ€™s budget, which is split 50/50 with the province in the first year. Quinte West pays 28 per cent which comes to
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The Municipality of Brighton invites applications from members of the public who are interested in serving on one Committee of Council or as a municipal representative on the Quinte Heath Care Advisory Council. To apply you must be a resident of Brighton. We are seeking interested people from the Brighton community to serve on the following: Heritage Advisory Committee: This Committee provides assistance and recommendations to Council associated with the identification, conservation, and celebration of Brightonâ€™s cultural heritage resources as governed by the Ontario Heritage Act and the Official Plan. The committee is particularly interested in a person with experience in web site design and/or media. Public Appointments: 1 person from the public If you are interested in becoming a member of the Heritage Advisory Committee, please express your Interest and applicable background, in writing by March 15, 2013. Quinte Health Care Advisory Council: The role of the Advisory Council is to provide assistance to the Board in providing exceptional care to the people of the community. Members are expected to uphold the values of QHC, work positively, cooperatively and respectfully with other members, the professional staff, and the management of the Hospital. You will be expected to attend at least 75% of meetings annually, to be prepared for meetings, ask questions, and make a positive contribution to discussions. You will share your individual ideas, perceptions, and perspectives about QHC. Members of the Advisory Council are appointed for an initial term of 3 years. No person shall be qualified for appointment if he/she is less than 18 years of age; has the status of bankrupt; has not, for at least the previous 3 months preceding their application, been a resident of, or employed or work in the areas served by the Hospital; is, or has been in the past year, an employee of the corporation, a member of the Professional Staff or is an immediate family member of a person so identified; or holds elected office in the municipality. To apply, you must complete the application form available at the Municipal Office, 35 Alice Street, Brighton. Once completed, it must be returned for Council consideration, and then submission to Quinte Health Care Corporation. There will be 2 public appointments from the Brighton community. Public Appointments: 2 people from the public If you are interested in the QHC Advisory Council, please pick up an application form from the Municipal Office and return the completed form by March 15, 2013.
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Latest ratings for elementary schools released By Steve Jessel
EMC News - Belleville The latest Fraser Institute Ontario elementary school rankings have been released, and the majority of the 23 Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board (HPEDSB) schools that participated had below average results for the 2011-2012 school year. The Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board (ALCDSB) also had mixed results, with only one Belleville school placing in the top 1,000 of the 2,714 elementary schools that participated.
Across Ontario, 167 elementary schools showed significant improvement in their academic performance over the past five years. Of the 20 Ontario elementary schools showing the fastest academic improvement, ten are public schools where the parental income is below average. At eight of those schools, special needs students account for more than 30 per cent of school enrollment. Peter Cowley, Director for School Performance Studies for the Fraser Institute, said the provincial aver-
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age rating for 2011-2012 is 6.0 out of 10. “Our report shows that all schools are capable of improvement, regardless of the personal or family challenges their students might face,” said Cowley. “If educators want to help students learn and improve, they should be talking to these schools.” In the City of Belleville, the top overall rated elementary school for 2011-2012 is Susanna Moodie Senior Elementary School, which rated 7.3 out of 10 and is ranked 622 out of 2,714 participating
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schools. In the HPEDSB, only Kente Public School in Ameliasburgh ranked higher than Susanna Moodie, achieving a rating of 7.4 out of 10, or a ranking of 567 out of 2,714. For the ALCDSB, their top three ranked schools are all located in Kingston, with the top Belleville school, St. Joseph Catholic School, rated 6.8 out of 10, ranked 886 out of 2,714 for 2011-2012. On the low end of the list, several local schools continue to flounder among the lowest ranked schools of the over 2,000 schools that participate year to year. Looking at fiveyear averages, the lowest rated schools in the two school boards are St. Peter Catholic School in Trenton, and Col-
lege Street Public School, also in Trenton. Over the previous five years, College Street Public School has averaged a ranking of 2,266 out of 2,268 and an average rating of 0.8 out of 10. St. Peter is ranked 2,083 over the past five years and has averaged a rating of 3.8 out of 10. “By pinpointing the subject areas in which individual schools are improving or declining and how their academic performance compares to that of other Ontario schools over the past five years, our report helps parents and educators prioritize learning challenges in their schools,” said Cowley. Each year, the Fraser Institute Report Card on Ontar-
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self as a pleasant person, but she’s from the group that’s been in power in Ontario for the last nine years. The group that’s given us a $257.3-billion debt. A debt that’s increasing by $66.8 million per day. These are government figures. They are viewed by many as underestimates. The Liberal government Ms. Wynne is now leading and is asking us to trust and support gave us the ORNG Scandal that included cost overruns, huge salaries and secret kickbacks, increased health premiums and EHealth scandal that forced the resignation of the then Health Minister David Caplan. Then we have the recent cancelled gas power plant schedules that the Tories say were vote buys … and caused McGuinty to Prorogue Parliament and resign as premier to avoid further investigation. Ms. Wynne was very much involved with McGuinty’s regime as was Deb Mathews, Minister of Health and Long Term Care and now deputy-premier. Now I like Deb Mathews, but she’s had her hand all over this last decade, and it saddens me when she stands up in the Legislature and looks straight into the camera and says she wasn’t aware of Chris Mazza’s shenanigans. Both Ms. Wynne and Ms. Matthews have held cabinet posts since 2003. They have the inside information. Even as late as last week, the government released more information on the gas plants: Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli bragged, “We took the initiative when we found out about these documents to release them of our own volition.” Wow! Ms. Wynne states she wants to be a collaborative premier; if she’s serious about this, she must clean the slate. Ontarians deserve and demand this. Shelby J. Lawrence, Stirling
Experience an asset in new job one who has always lived here, the municipality needs to steer their own ship. But I do see benefits in working with partners in both directions.â€? â€œIâ€™m passionate about Brighton,â€? she added. A lifelong resident, Hamilton graduated from East Northumberland Secondary School before stints in Kingston and British Columbia to study and launch her career. â€œIn my role I would like to see the Chamber have a strong voice in branding our area and I would like to see Brighton branded as the unique place it is. Defining ourselves will decide where we go in the future.â€? Hamilton starts her new job on March 4. Hamilton added how she would be continuing in her role as co-ordinator of the Summer Company program where she has helped launch more than 40 youth businesses throughout Northumberland County in the past four years. â€œWeâ€™re going to be doing a lot more in terms of promoting the Chamber,â€? said vice
president Eric Davidson, who also introduced Loyalist College public relations program student Pascalle Desjardins to those in attendance at a meetand-greet event held last week at Dougallâ€™s restaurant. Desjardins starts in her capacity as intern on April 1. A year ago, when Chamber president Don Parks announced he would step down, there was no one to fill the role. But last week, he told EMC heâ€™s â€œno longer the reluctant president.â€? â€œIâ€™m quite happy to stay on and steer it a little bit,â€? he said. â€œWith the help of Eric and [treasurer] Denise Franklin, this has been an easy job. Weâ€™ve managed to keep it going for almost five months, since the resignation of our former administrator, but now we have someone who is incredibly gifted and has a skill set weâ€™re absolutely delighted about. â€œThere are a whole slew of positive things coming our way: our membership is growing and people are now interested. Iâ€™m sure, once word gets out that Sherry is on board, that will only mul-
tiply.â€? Chamber officials are hoping to keep up the momentum after their best showing ever in nominations last year for the Quinte Business Achievement Awards, where two Brighton businesses, Ontario Soil Recycling (environmental leadership) and G. Boyd Boutique (retail), took home the hardware. Presented annually as a celebration of business excellence across the Bay of Quinte region, nominations for the awards come from four Chamber of Commerce territories: Brighton and District, Quinte West, Belleville and Prince Edward County. 1206.R0021789701
EMC News - Brighton Sherry Hamilton knows a thing or two about business and she hopes to use that experience as the new administrator of the Brighton and District Chamber of Commerce. Hamilton has been selfemployed for more than 25 years at the helm of three successful small businesses and, for the past four years, as a small business development officer at the Northumberland Business Advisory Centre. â€œAs a result of being in that role, I got a look at the bigger picture,â€? she said, in an interview last week. â€œAt the advisory centre, we served the whole county, but Iâ€™m from Brighton and this area is at a pivotal point in its growth. â€œWhen you see how quickly Brighton is growing itâ€™s no wonder thereâ€™s a tugof-war going on (Northumberland County Economic Development on one side and the Quinte Economic Development Commission on the other) for Brighton. But from my perspective, from some-
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Yemen 10) Eritrea 11) Syria, 12) Sudan, 13) Nigeria etc. (data from World Watch <opendoorsusa.org>) Thousands are imprisoned or killed monthly just because of their beliefs: hundreds of thousands are imprisoned in North Korea; 58 Ethiopians are currently in prison for meeting in a home because there are no churches etc. in Saudi Arabia; Al Shabbab (Al Qaeda), in Somalia, daily slaughters non-Muslims; Ansar Dine (Al Qaeda) in Mali is using ten-yearold child solders, cutting off thievesâ€™ hands, and womenâ€™s ears if not dressed in a niqab; Saeed Abedini, an American visiting relatives and a family of eight are currently in the notorious Evin prison in Iran for converting; approximately one million Christians have had to flee Syria because of Muslims destroying churches and killing nonMuslims; Omar Al Basher is wanted at the Hague court for genocide against the blacks of the south and Darfur; every weekend churches are bombed in Nigeria; church burning, rape, and killing of Copts is rampant in Egypt; there is an exodus of Jews from Europe because of Muslim attacks, to mention only a few trouble spots.
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â€œtin foil hat awardâ€? is still up in the air. But if they do introduce an award for dishonesty or journalistic cowardice, Terry will have my vote!! Francis MacDonald, Trenton
Since the U.N. is failing to take action, letâ€™s hope that Dr. Bennett will be a strong voice in taking to task the violators
of the U.N. declared human rights. Jim Crewson, Bayside
Home of the brave editorial
Dear Editor, On Monday, I celebrated my 90th birthday. I am a World War II RAF veteran and proud Canadian. I just received my Thursday copy of EMC in Belleville and was perusing it along with the flyers. I happened to read your editorial on the drone attacks the U.S. employs in its war on terror. I must say I was very surprised and very pleased by your honest assessment of this horrendous military
policy. It only serves to enrich the industrial military complex who have perfected the art of fear-mongering to line their pockets and ensure that this war on terror will last an eternity. It was nice to see your editorial in the local media because we rarely see this honesty in the larger dailies or through other mainstream media platforms. Cheers, Harry Leslie Smith, Belleville
I live in Trenton, not Quinte West
Dear Editor, This subject about the name Quinte West has been drawing attention for as long as it has been changed. But when people say we live in Quinte West, you have to stop and scratch your head. So many people ask â€œIs this a new place?â€? Even a GPS canâ€™t find it while driving. The signs along the 401 are confusing. No wonder the mail is confusing. I was born in Trenton, Ontario, not Quinte West. I still love hearing the name Trenton. Looking back in history, the settlement was known as River Trent and later as Trent Port. It was incorporated as the village of Trenton in 1853. Every thing you read in history books was built around the Trent. Ever since the Trent canal began construction in 1833, it was an important milestone for the people of the River Trent. Then began the old covered bridge. Built in 1833, indeed it was a landmark of Trenton. Many of our founding fathers would have never allowed this name to change.
Even our air base has taken on the name Canadian Forces Base Trenton. Now what would happen if they changed that to Quinte West Forces Base? I am sure our Trenton fathers who had served as mayors who greatly contributed to the economic well being of Trenton, are rolling over in their graves. Most of our architectural heritage is gone now and what next will we see fade in the wind, the name Trenton? I for one think whoever sat within the walls of City Hall had made a bad mistake and needed their heads shook to allowed this to happen. It has been years that theyâ€™ve pushed the words Quinte West down our throats but to me when people ask where Quinte West is, I say we are in the Quinte area â€Ś all wards. Trenton is our city and the name shall be stuck in my head till I die. Read your old history and keep forever Trenton â€Ś TRENTON â€Ś not QUINTE WEST. Susan Anderson-Sirois, Trenton
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Dear Editor, The lead line in Mr. Bushâ€™s editorial asks, â€œHow low can they go?â€? Well Terry, I ask myself the same question often upon reading the EMCâ€™s editorial page Mr. Bush took on a serious modern day legal/ethical debate in his editorial; unfortunately it quite quickly digressed into one of the most ethically repugnant and intellectually bankrupt pieces I have had the misfortune of reading in the EMC. I was left wondering if Terry is competing with Gwynne Dyer for the â€œ2013 Tin Foil Hat Awardâ€? â€œNATO has come a long way from the era when our fathers and grandfathers risked their lives in the trenches.â€? Terry appears to have a romantic rather than realistic knowledge of two World Wars. He appears to have missed the Nazi bombing of highly populated civilian areas such as Paris and London, or the Allied response bombing Berlin in which tens of thousands of innocent civilians were slaughtered, or perhaps it didnâ€™t fit his narrative. â€œLegal or not, can anything be more cowardly than killing people from thousands of miles away not to mention the fact that positive identification of suspects is iffy at best,â€? Terry asks. I would suggest that sitting behind a keyboard â€œthousands of miles awayâ€? demonizing those who have chosen to serve their countryâ€™s military in ANY
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EMC Editorial Floggings will continue until morale improves.” As a way of dealing with a discontented crew it was much favoured by 18th-century sea captains, but the Bahrain government has been an apt pupil. Alas, Interior Minister Sheikh bin AbdulGwynne Dyer Rashid lah al-Khalifa doesn’t quite grasp that this sort of policy statement must be clear and concise. Announcing that the Bahraini authorities would intensify the repression that has prevailed since the crushing of pro-democracy demonstrations two years ago, the sheikh declared last October: “It has been decided to stop all gatherings and marches and not to allow any activity before being reassured about security and achieving the required stability in order to preserve national unity.” He’s got the spirit of the thing right, but he falls short in the clarity and brevity departments. (He’s obviously been listening to spin doctors, and they always hate clarity.) At any rate, the demonstrations, gatherings and marches have not stopped, although they have got even more dangerous for the participants. Bahrain’s brief role in the “Arab Spring” began on February 14, 2011, when demonstrators demanding a constitutional monarchy, a freely elected government and equality for all citizens took over Pearl Square in Manama, the capital of the tiny Gulf state. But one month later the protesters were driven from the square by force, and after that the repression became general. By no coincidence, that was also when Saudi Arabian troops arrived “to help the government of Bahrain restore order.” (Bahrain is an island connected to Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province by a long causeway.) Officially the Saudi soldiers were invited in by Bahrain’s ruler, King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa. Unofficially, he probably had no choice in the matter. Bahrain’s ruling family is Sunni Muslim, like Saudi Arabia’s and those of all the other members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (Kuwait, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman). However, 70 per cent of Bahrain’s population is Shia, whereas the rest of the GCC countries are overwhelmingly Sunni. And the relationship between Sunnis and Shias throughout the region is coming to resemble that between Catholics and Protestants in 16th-century Europe. The ensuing century of religious wars in Europe was not really about doctrinal differences. The wars were driven by the rulers’ conviction that people who did not share their particular brand of Christianity could not be loyal to them politically. It was nonsense, but millions of Europeans
were killed in the 1500s and 1600s in wars triggered by this belief. The same disease now seems to be taking root in the Arab Gulf states. Shias, it is argued, cannot be loyal to a Sunni ruling family. And if they object to being oppressed, it can only be because Shia-majority Iran has deliberately stirred them up. There is a real political and military rivalry between Iran, the major power on the north side of the Gulf, and the smaller Arab states to the southwest. It has got even worse since the U.S. invasion of Iraq ended centuries of Sunni rule and put a Shia regime in power there. The competition is actually geopolitical and strategic, not sectarian, but people get confused. So Saudi Arabia worries a lot about the loyalty of the large Shia population (maybe even a majority) in its Eastern Province, where all the oil is. It was certainly not going to tolerate a democracy—which it thinks would be a “Shia” democracy, and therefore a hostile regime—n Bahrain, right next door. And, of course, it believed that the downtrodden Shia majority in Bahrain (who cannot even serve in their own country’s army and police) had been stirred up by Shia-majority Iran across the Gulf. So when Bahrain’s king had still not got the pro-democracy protesters under control after an entire month, it sent its troops in. This may not be what the king had in mind. It certainly wasn’t what Crown Prince Sheikh Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa intended: he was trying to negotiate with opposition parties about giving Shias a bigger role in the kingdom’s affairs. But Saudi Arabia didn’t want that kind of example right next-door, and it found hardline allies in the Bahraini royal family. It may have played out somewhat like the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, when Moscow, determined to crush the reform movement there, got some second-rank Czech Communists to request military intervention. At any rate, hard-liners in the royal family have called the tune since then, while the king and the crown prince have effectively been sidelined. The triumvirate who are now running Bahrain are Khalifa bin Salman al-Khalifa, prime minister for the past forty years, and the brothers Khalid bin Ahmed bin Salman al-Khalifa, the royal Court Minister, and Khalifa bin Ahmad al-Khalifa, who commands the Bahrain Defence Forces. (Do pay attention at the back; there will be a test on these names later.) The brothers belong to the Khawalid branch of the royal family, descended from another royal who led a brutal crackdown against a Shia uprising in the 1920s. With them in charge, there will be no compromise, even though more than 80 Shia protesters have already been killed. And even if it gets a great deal worse in Bahrain, no Western government is going to condemn the country’s rulers. That would seriously annoy Saudi Arabia, and they will never do that.
Letter to the editor
Department of Religious freedom
Dear Editor, A few weeks ago we had a conflict between the teetering gay rights in Uganda, officially and energetically promoted by Canada’s foreign Affairs Minister, John Baird, and a Canadian taxpayer funded fundamentalist Christian organization’s openly anti-gay ideology operating there. This has more of a consequence in Uganda as the government there had been on the verge of bringing in the death penalty for homosexuals. Now we have the Canadian taxpayers funding an office of religious freedom to re-jig other countries’ rights to freedom of religion. A hint here of whose freedom we are talking about was in the makeup of the committee, which laid out the groundwork: four Christians, one Jew and one Baha’i … no Hindu, mainstream Muslim, Buddhist or any of the other silly religions. Heading up this new department in foreign affairs is 40-year-old Andrew Bennett, dean of Augustine Catholic College. The college’s web site promises “to return education to a time before the acid of modernity.” The church has a lot of dirty laundry in its past including the slave labour Magdalene operations, residential schools,
pedophile priests etc., so it’s not clear here where the college feels the acid of modernity started, or how far back it needs to go; the inquisition perhaps? I have to wonder if someone shaped by this institution with all its baggage should be guiding others around the world. So forgetting for a moment that poking our noses into other country’s affairs has in the past led to bloody noses, will the right of a religion to demonize homosexuals, possibly thereby incurring the death penalty, trump the human rights written in the UN and Canadian Charters, which Canada has sworn to protect? How about women’s rights in most religions? Was any thought given to this $5- to $6-million per year sop to the Christian right voters? While on the subject of spending taxpayer monies messing in other country’s policies, I can’t leave out the latest bout of Canadian military expansion; we now have or are building military bases in Jamaica, Germany, Singapore, Kuwait, South Korea, Senegal, Kenya and Tanzania. No doubt some will have Canadian drones already in the pipe. Do we have to do everything the USA does? Paul Whittaker, Gilmour
And where do you live? By Terry Bush EMC Editorial - When I was growing up it was a very easy question. I lived in Stirling. Things got more complicated as I got older and moved out on my own. The house I rented was in Sidney Township but my mailing address was still Stirling and my phone number was a Stirling number. That was before amalgamation. Then all of a sudden, I no longer lived in Sidney Township, I lived in Quinte West, a made up name if ever there was one. If the Bay of Quinte was used as the reference point for naming purposes, then I asked myself, how could I possibly live in Quinte West when I resided a mere five minutes south of Stirling. If our home was north of the Bay of Quinte wouldn’t that put me smack dab in the middle of Quinte North or at least in Quinte Northeast? Make that Sidney Ward, Quinte Northeast with a Stirling mailing address and Stirling phone number. Confusion reigns to this day. Many people still can’t quite get their heads around the names bestowed upon us some 15 years ago when the provincial government demanded amalgamation as a cost cutting measure. And that’s very understandable considering many folks and their families have lived in their communities for decades if not centuries. History and community pride mean a lot to people and unfortunately Quinte West doesn’t really have much history at this point in time. Canada Post doesn’t want to recognize Quinte West just yet. Your GPS supposedly can’t really tell you where Quinte West is either or so I’ve heard as I don’t have one. I don’t know if it’s the same thing in Trent Hills and Centre Hastings or not. Even the federal government seems a bit confused because if you Google CFB Trenton (8 Wing) it gives you the web page of CFB Trenton. If you Google CFB Quinte West it gives you CFB Trenton. But CFB Trenton isn’t actually in Trenton, it’s in the Sidney Ward of Quinte West. Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard from three different people considering the ongoing confusion with amalgamated names. One was a woman from Madoc Township, one was a reporter and another a Trenton resident. The woman from Madoc Township thought all datelines concerning events happening in Centre Hastings should say Centre Hastings to avoid confusion with Madoc Township. Unfortunately, as is the case with the other aforementioned names, it’s pretty hard to say an event happened in downtown Centre Hastings when Centre Hastings doesn’t have a downtown. Madoc does and Ivanhoe also does to some degree. Her solution was to use Madoc Village for things that happen in Madoc but considering more goes on in the village of Madoc than Madoc Township it is probably easier to go with Madoc Township. The reporter didn’t like having her datelines changed; she preferred the amalgamated city’s name on everything except for a couple of the smaller centres but she didn’t think the city at the centre of it all needed to be named. Trent Hills, like Quinte West covers an area far too large to expect anyone to be able to pinpoint a location using the Trent Hills moniker and that’s what people like to do. Personally, my feeling is that wherever an event takes place, that place should be mentioned big or small. If a hockey game takes place in Norwood then we won’t say Asphodel-Norwood even though that might be considered correct. Using the name Asphodel-Norwood might leave people guessing whether the game was in the arena or on a pond. If we listed an event as happening in Trent Hills on a certain date, would you drive to Campbellford, Hastings or Warkworth to locate it? So in the interest of history and simplicity, we’ll carry on doing things the way we have been. It’s important to everyone who lives in a small community to occasionally see their town’s name in print. It’s a matter of community pride. If for instance an event happens in Tucker’s Corner, we’ll acknowledge the fact. If there’s a rodeo in Roseneath, that’s where we’ll say it’s happening. Same with Deloro, Spring Brook, Havelock, Wallbridge, Norham and Moira. If we have a report of a general nature concerning the whole municipality, we’ll use the proper name of the municipality because that’s only fair. As for Stirling-Rawdon and the City of Belleville, they got off pretty lucky back in 1998, Belleville especially. Even so, Foxboro and Thurlow will still be referred to when applicable. Amalgamation served the government of the day but it hasn’t really served the rest of us all that well. We’re all proud of where we live and not afraid to say it. And so we shall.
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EMC News - Brighton The municipality has hired an economic development and communications manager, effective March 18. “Elisha Purchase brings a broad understanding of economic development in a rural/urban mix community through experience she gained while employed as economic development officer for Stirling-Rawdon,” says a press release. Purchase is a Loyalist College
business sales and marketing graduate and has completed a two-year economic development program at the University of Waterloo. “We are confident that Elisha’s work experience and enthusiasm will provide the strategic vision for the development of the community as Brighton undertakes the implementation of the Community Development Plan that was completed in 2012,” said Mayor Mark Walas.
EMC News - Quinte West The city has until March 11 to decide what public assistance programs will be funded this year. “The applications have been broken down into three different categories,” said David Clazie, director of Corporate and Financial Services, at the budget meeting on February 20, “grants to others, grants to museums and public assistance funds.” Council has a list of grants to others in the amount of $223,000 and to museums at $100,500. The amount for the community assistance fund is set at $43,335. The total in grants is $367,735. Some of this would be paid out of reserves and the rest from the tax base.
“The total amount is $9,235 higher than asked for in 2012,” Clazie noted. “If this small amount was to be added to the 2013 budget it would have a very minor impact on the 2013 tax rates.” He noted that some grants have been previously approved: Trenton Memorial Hospital ($100,000), Loyalist College ($50,000), Kingston General Hospital ($60,000) and the RCAF Museum (National Air Force Museum of Canada) for $92,000, operating and capital grants. Other grants this year are $10,400 to the Food Bank (up from $9,600), Loyalist Parkway ($500), Trenton and Frankford Santa Claus Parades ($1,500 each). Other grants to museums include the Stirling Agricul-
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“I am pleased to be joining the Brighton team,” said Purchase. “The forward thinking of council to undertake the Community Development Plan has laid the groundwork to partner with community stakeholders to develop a vibrant, creative, sustainable community.” The plan was built on three pillars and includes: community development (building off existing community assets and finding ways to develop new assets
in order to allow Brighton to become a more complete community); economic development (expanding existing local assets and efforts to support entrepreneurship along with growth of new and existing businesses to give Brighton a more stable and sustained economy); and tourism (developing a more complete package for Brighton to take full advantage of tourism potential and create further economic gain for the municipality).
tural Museum ($5,000 same as last year), and Trent Port Historical Society ($3,500 same as last year.) Community Assistance Fund applications include Friends of Wellers Bay ($5,000), Quinte Sailability ($1,200), Stirling Agricultural Fair ($1,000), Arts Quinte West ($5,000 up from $2,000), Volunteer Information Quinte ($5,000), Big Brothers and Sisters ($1,500 up from $1,000), Lower Trent Valley Fish and Game Club ($1,000), The Apple Route Tourism Inc. ($2,000 up from $1,500), Bay of Quinte Boat Cruise ($500), Quinte Symphony ($1,500), City Group, Youth Centre ($19,435), contingency ($200). Leslie Roseblade said she fully supported the Youth Centre. Terry Cassidy said
this is excellent recognition of the social needs of the community. Sally Freeman commented they needed a larger facility to raise money from rent but now they are “shoehorned in.” Mayor John Williams asked about the funding for the Apple Route, noting that it had started up again. Doug Whitney wondered why they were asking for money from the city and the DBIA. Paul Kyte wanted to know why Arts Quinte West is asking for an increase in funding this year. Keith Reid said he could not support funding the Quinte Symphony when we already have our own concert bands in Quinte West. Letters came from each of the organizations requesting funding explaining why they needed the money.
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EMC News - Trenton Over 50 airmen and airwomen from 8 Wing/CFB Trenton will be participating in the Joint Operational Access Exercise (JOAX) 13-02 at Pope AFB, North Carolina, USA, from February 20 to March 1, 2013. “Maintaining an important balance between the training and employment of our resources is our priority,” said 8 Wing
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One per cent more for roads their regular meeting, discussion turned to roadwork and the concerns voiced by downtown residents who blame aging infrastructure for flooding problems in their homes. That’s when Councillor Mike Vandertoorn came up
with a plan to help fund future road projects by adding one per cent to the levy. “It would raise an additional $130,000 for future road projects, this year and going forward,” he explained. “We need to see a road needs study before
Author to speak about Prisoner in Tehran EMC Entertainment Quinte West - Well-known author Marina Nemat will be reading from her books Prisoner in Tehran: A Memoir and After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed at the Quinte West library on Saturday, March 9 at 2 p.m. She will also speak at the Belleville library in the morning.
Lions Club makes spaghetti to help the food bank
EMC News - Trenton The Lions Club, with the help of the Lioness, are having a Pay What You Want spaghetti dinner on March 1 at the Lions Club Hall on Campbell Street between 4:30 and 7 p.m. “All the donations go to the food bank,” says Lioness Joan Graham. She said the Lioness Club is making the spaghetti dinner with homemade desserts. The Lions and Lioness work together to help the community. The spaghetti dinner is held every month but this time it is all to support the food bank.
Marina was born in 1965 in Tehran, Iran. After the Islamic Revolution of 1979, she was arrested at the age of 16 and spent more than two years in Evin, a political prison in Tehran, where she was tortured and came very close to execution. She came to Canada in 1991 and has called it home ever since. Her memoir of her life in Iran, Prisoner of Tehran, was published in Canada by Penguin Canada in 2007, has been published in 28 other countries, and has been an international bestseller. In 2007, Marina received the inaugural Human Dignity Award from the European Parliament, and in 2008, she received the prestigious Grinzane Prize in Italy. In 2008/2009, she was an Aurea Fellow at University of
Toronto’s Massey College, where she wrote her second book, After Tehran: A Life Reclaimed, which was published by Penguin Canada in 2010. Marina regularly speaks at high schools, universities, and conferences around the world and sits on the board of directors at Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) and on advisory boards at Action by Christians for the Abolition of Torture (ACAT) and PEN Canada. She also teaches memoir writing, in Farsi and in English, at the School of Continuing Studies at University of Toronto and writes book reviews for The Globe and Mail. Please contact Robert Amesse at 613-394-3381 extension 3325 to register for this free event.
“We’ve been told the infrastructure under [Centre and Addison Streets] is in poor condition,” she said. “Whatever way we can do it, we need to do it this year.” “At the second budget consultation, I did not hear one person complain about the rural roads,” added Councillor John Martinello. “We have stepped around this issue long enough. We need to include this in the budget this year and if it can’t, insurance should be given to the residents in a signed letter from staff.” That’s when Vandertoorn questioned Tadman’s statement. “You said we’ve been told the infrastructure is in poor shape but the camera work we paid for by a professional company does not indicate that,” he said. “I’m wondering where this information came from because I did not see it come across my desk.” “We cannot make decisions based on people com-
ing to council chambers and making a lot of noise,” said Councillor Tom Rittwage. “We have to make decisions in the best interest of this community.” In a recorded vote, Deputy-mayor Craig Kerr, Vandertoon, Rittwage and Councillor Emily Rowley approved the budget. Mayor Mark Walas, Martinello and Tadman voted against.
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any further construction projects are planned and let this study define what our priorities are and what gets done first.” Vandertoorn explained how work has been done to help relieve concerns from residents on Centre and Addison Streets. “There was a large root ball removed, which completely blocked flow, and it alleviated a lot of pressure for residents on Addison Street; a new catch basin was installed on Centre Street and this gave vastly improved drainage; and there was extensive camera work done on the underground infrastructure,” he said. “This year’s budget also calls for many hundreds of thousands of dollars to be spent on reconstructing Centre Street from Richardson Street to Chapel Street.” “This infrastructure deficit is not unique to Brighton,” added Vandertoorn. “It’s worldwide.” Councillor Mary Tadman wasn’t convinced.
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Downtown kiosk to be updated as stores change ald, manager of the Trenton DBIA, provided the Back of Front Redevelopment project committee with a list of about 120 downtown businesses that will be included as part of the directory. These will be displayed in a colour coded manner. â€œThere is a constant change in ownership and business titles,â€? MacDonald noted. â€œThe directory may need to be changed often.â€? Grimmon suggested the directory be updated a set number of times a year.
Chair Paul Whitley said they could consult with JB Print Solutions to find the best and most cost effective way to update the panels. Andrew Kotsovos felt it should be changed annually in the spring. Whitley felt the bottom part of the panel should be for city events and the top to promote other events through posters and notices. Grimmon requested that if the Chamber of Commerce or the DBIA have any additional events
they should contact her. Christina EdwardsScott, economic development coordinator, asked if the budget still allowed for the words RiverFront Square to be placed around the top of the kiosk. Scott said the signs are complete and have been picked up and waiting for the weather to permit city staff to install the new signs. The grand opening of RiverFront Square is set for Friday, June 21. Suzanne Andrews, manager of the Chamber
EMC News - Belleville - Based on the success of Operation Red Nose each year, there exists a real need for a designated driver service in the community, which is why Designated Drivers of Quinte is hoping to fill those shoes on a yearround basis. â€œItâ€™s a great way to keep the road safe and give people another alternative,â€? said manager Lynda Zadan. While Operation Red Nose is a volunteer-run operation, Designated Drivers of Quinte is a paid service, however, they operate on a year-round, sevendays-a-week basis. Essentially, should a driver find themselves unable to drive their vehicle home, Designated Drivers of Quinte will come and pick them and their vehicle up to make sure they arrive home safely.
Currently, the service has about six drivers, meaning that without a reservation they cannot guarantee service at any given time. The service may also be booked for office events, parties, weddings, or similar events. â€œIf we get busy we canâ€™t help you, so to provide better service itâ€™s best to call ahead,â€? Zadan said. Since starting in 2011, the service hasnâ€™t found a distance they wouldnâ€™t go yet, although the cost increases based on the amount of time spent by the drivers. In the past the company has serviced areas such as Madoc, Frankford and Wallbridge, but the company is based in the Quinte area. To make a reservation or to arrange a pick up, call 613-849-4661. â€œAll you have to do is put us in your phone, and then youâ€™ll have us there,â€? Zadan said.
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EMC News - Trenton A kiosk on the Back of Front redevelopment will include a map of points of interest such as the Rowing Club, Beer Store and a gas station. â€œThe map will include the entire Community Improvement Area,â€? said Jaclyn Grimmon, manager of recreation and tourism services. She said there will also be an arrow marking the direction of Trenton Memorial Hospital. Jane Collett-MacDon-
What follows is one story â€“ in a series of stories â€“ that celebrates entrepreneurial success â€“ success made possible not only by the hard work of the business owner, but also by the availability of ďŹ nancing made possible by the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, a program administered locally by Trenval Business Development Corporation. When you open Boardwalk Eavestroughâ€™s website, youâ€™ll be greeted with these words â€œChoose from our modern or classical designs that add elegance and curb appeal to your home. Experience the beauty of our custom tailored eavestroughs.â€? And, while the words â€œimpressiveâ€? and â€œspectacularâ€? arenâ€™t included in that text, they darn well should be! Marc Audette, owner of Boardwalk Eavestroughs, worked in Ottawa for four years
installing eavestroughs â€“ but not just any eavestrough. These are definitely a cut above the rest. Last year, Marc was ready to return to the area to start his own installation business, offering the same high end product â€“ a product that essentially offers a crown moulding finish to the exterior of any home. He delivers 5â€? and 6â€? seamless construction, custom mitred corners, and downspout sizes exceeding industry standards, including superior leaf/ice guard protection. Available in an array of profiles and colours, his products are surprisingly cost competitive. Finishing touches include beautiful rain barrels, heated cables, valley guards and ornate rain chains. Itâ€™s not just an eavestrough that Marc is providing â€“ itâ€™s an entire eavestrough system! And many of Marcâ€™s products are
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fabricated right on the spot, taking a sheet of flat metal and shaping it into the desired profile while interested onlookers watch. Marcâ€™s growing reputation for prompt service and quality workmanship is paying off.
â€œNothing satisfies me more than hearing â€˜Wow, that looks great!â€™ after completing a job, he says. While much of his business to date has been directed at existing homes, he is beginning to meet with local home builders and expects that
his product will soon be seen on new homes throughout the region. While in his pre-business launch phase, Marc approached Trenval Business Development Corporation, seeking information on how to run his business. Amber Darling, Trenvalâ€™s Loans Officer, readily saw that, with a properly prepared business plan, Marc would likely qualify for a start-up financing from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation. â€œTrenval helped me through the idea phase, critiquing my business plan, finding and acquiring funding and everything in between. Without their help, and CYBF financing, I would surely have missed some important steps along the way and would not have been able to successfully launch Boardwalk Eavestroughs, says Marc.â€? The CYBF Start-up Program
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requires each entrepreneur to have a mentor. Marc credits his mentor, Paul McCaughan, with helping him to develop his companyâ€™s online presence. â€œPaulâ€™s networking and advertising expertise has been invaluable!â€? Check out Boardwalk Eavestroughs at www. boardwalkeavestroughs.ca. If you have a business idea and need financial support, CYBF and Trenval may be able to help. Contact Amber Darling at 613 961-7999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org The Canadian Youth Business Foundation is a national organization dedicated to growing Canadaâ€™s economy one young entrepreneur at a time. The CYBF Program helps youth aged 18 â€“ 39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up ďŹ nancing and on-going mentoring. Visit www.cybf.ca for more information.
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Art Gallery struggling to survive in downtown colourful,” Christine said. In April it’s all about birds. The gallery will be showing paintings of birds and also bird houses. Anne Pennington is president of Arts Quinte West and Sheila Guay is the new gallery manager. Anne is a photographer who displays in the gallery and Sheila works with her husband Gerry on tinware displays of picture frames, lamps and mirrors. The art in the gallery is quite varied, ranging from pastoral
landscapes and handmade jewellery to striking displays of the Aztec Earth Goddess. It is open Wednesday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Coming up is “Let’s Chat about It,” an evening of art and conversation to remove the stigma on mental illness, on March 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. A realism painting workshop on March 9 is led by artist Ian Bodnaryk from 9 to 5 p.m. The annual general meeting is on March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. More information
Christine Pellati is busy painting a meadowlark in the gallery. Photo: Kate Everson
is at <artsquintewest.ca> with a list of events and
membership details. Art by members is also displayed
in the foyer at city hall and other sites.
Farmers’ Market hires new clerk
By Kate Everson
EMC News - Trenton - Dianne Wilson has been hired as the new market clerk for the Front Street Farmers’ Market. “Dianne comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge which she has gained over 27 years as a vendor and the chairperson of the Kingston Market Association,” reports Linda Lisle, manager of economic development. The Farm Food Safety Handbook is complete and will be distributed to all food related vendors at the market, along with copies being distributed through Harvest Hastings. The Economic Development and Revitalization Committee also heard a department follow-up on the downtown. “City staff followed up with Mrs. Tripp regarding placing a mural where the plywood is installed on Dundas Street West,” Lisle said. Staff also contacted Kim Taylor who was the mural artist who completed the downtown Belleville mural. She will need three or four weeks to do a mural. The committee discussed the removal of cement barriers in the parking lot on Front Street north of the Cham-
ber of Commerce office. The parking lot is privately owned and has been recently sold. Staff will follow up with the new owners as part of the revitalization of Front Street. There was some concern with the underpass on 2nd Dug Hill Road. Staff from Public Works have been in contact with Canadian Pacific Railway and are currently reviewing options which include everything from lowering Dug Hill and replacing the road bridge to improving signage. The Quinte West tourism report from co-ordinator
Jennifer Rushlow noted that staff are currently working on the editorial and design of the Discovery Guide, map and Trails Guide. Coming events include a Quinte West Healthy Half Marathon in support of Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation, taking place on Sunday, April 28. Events include a half marathon, ten- or five-kilometre walk or run, and a children’s walk or run. Online registration is open and available or participants can register at city hall or Tri and Run Sports for $40 each.
VOLUNTEER NEEDED The Council for the Corporation of the City of Quinte West is extending an open invitation to those who wish to submit their name for an appointment to fill a vacancy on the Quinte West Public Library Board. For equal representation on the Board, preference may be given to a Murray Ward resident. Application form and additional information is available on the City’s website: www.quintewest.ca or at City Hall. Please return your application by Tuesday, March 12, 2013. DonnaLee Craig, City Clerk 7 Creswell Drive Trenton, Ontario K8V 5R6 email@example.com 613-392-2841
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EMC Lifestyles - Trenton The Arts Quinte West art gallery is trying to survive. “Our lease is up in June,” says member Christine Pellati at the gallery at 84 Dundas Street West. “It costs $800 a month for rent plus utilities. We just aren’t getting enough people in.” She said the Chamber of Commerce is trying to promote the arts in the city but it’s a hard sell. “There’s just nobody shopping downtown,” she said, looking out the window. “They’re all at WalMart or the mall.” The art gallery has been featuring different artists and including a variety of arts and crafts as well as art classes to entice viewers. “Some of our artists are very well known,” Christine says. “But we still don’t sell very many paintings.” Arts Quinte West is asking the city for a grant of $5,000 in this year’s budget, up from $2,000 last year. Council will make a decision in March about who will get funding. “We are trying to get grants from other places too,” said Christine. “But there are so many others applying and you have to show that the community is using this.” Featured artist in March is Henry Mitchell, following Susan Moshynski in February. “He’s [Mitchell] very
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Sheila Wray Gregoire EMC Lifestyles - I consider
myself a fairly intelligent person, but there are some things I will never understand. Last week, for instance, I stopped by a little takeout restaurant to treat my daughters to Indian food. But I couldnâ€™t get a parking spot, because the payday advance store right next door was bursting at the seams (it was a Friday night). I will never understand payday advances.Â
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If you canâ€™t make it through to the next pay cheque without an advance this month, what makes you think you can make it through next monthâ€”when youâ€™ll have even less money to stretch? I donâ€™t understand the lure of lottery tickets, either. Letâ€™s say you spend $5 a week on the lottery. Whatâ€™s five bucks, right? But take that $5 and invest it, and youâ€™re investing $250 a year. Thatâ€™s $2,500 over ten years, not including interest. How many people who buy lottery tickets win $2,500? Basically theyâ€™re throwing money away. I watched the Gangnam Style video, along with a few billion other people. I donâ€™t get that, either. It wasnâ€™t that funny. I admit to chuckling watching a three-year-old dance it on Ellen, but other than that, I suppose I fail when it comes to pop culture.
And Iâ€™ve never understood Bratz dolls. Why would you buy a child a toy that emulates a brat? Do you want her to think itâ€™s cute? It sounds like a sad, self-fulfilling prophecy. Iâ€™m also baffled by desserts that donâ€™t include chocolate. Sure you may like apple pie or lemon tortes, but chocolate is so much better. If you had a choice, why would you reach for something subpar? When it comes to clothes, Iâ€™ve never really understood bikinis. Very, very few women who wear them actually look good in them, because once gravity happens, it doesnâ€™t unhappen. And if you are one of the few teenage girls who looks awesome in one, you shouldnâ€™t be wearing it for a whole host of other reasons. Itâ€™s not like I think extra fabric is the answer to everything, though. I donâ€™t under-
The Good Earth: EMC Lifestyles - One of the good things about being a garden writer is that you get to read a lot of other garden writersâ€™ work. Some of it is very, very good. There is an interesting balance to be struck between writing for entertainment and writing for education and it is rare that you find both being covered off very well.
stand our current fascination with hemming pants so that they touch the floor. Am I the only one who finds this super inconvenient in the winter with slush and puddles and snow? And if theyâ€™re hemmed the right length when I have on heels, what happens when Iâ€™m at home in my sock feet? Iâ€™m forever stepping on my pants. Not good. Another pet peeve of mine is womenâ€™s boots with no traction. It seems like we have two choices when it comes to boots: clunky ugly ones that keep you upright, or lovely, beautiful ones that turn every small patch of ice into a skating rink. Theyâ€™re boots, people. That means youâ€™re supposed to wear them when thereâ€™s snow and ice. Maybe itâ€™s all a diabolical plan to ensure that every woman walking outdoors in winter has to take the hand of a guy. That at
least would make sense. Finally, the thing perplexing me most lately is families who go berserk about money. Mom dies and all the siblings are fighting over who gets her rings. Or no one speaks to each other for years afterwards because someone claimed Grandmaâ€™s armoire. Do we really want to take the most important relationships we have and boil them all down to money? This life is too short for that. Why not let yourself be wronged a little bit, and just let it go? Isnâ€™t a sibling, or a parent, or a child, more important than being right? Sometimes being right just leaves you alone. And there are too many confusing things in this world to have to walk through these days without people we love. You can find Sheila at <www.facebook.com/sheila. gregoire.books>.
Many times, weâ€™ll read a book that discusses the basics of gardening and, while we know the author(s) are wonderful folks, there is something that is not being conveyed. Perhaps we can label that as â€œpassion.â€? Then there is the other end of scale, gushing purple prose that is akin to a mental equivalent of trying to eat a pound of refined
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