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Great turnout for annual fishing show By Kate Everson
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EMC Lifestyles - Trenton People were lined up at the door to get into the Trenton Kinsmen Club’s annual fishing tackle show on Sunday at the Community Gardens. “They were lined up as far as the plane,” said co-chair Brian Barnes who organized the show with chair Bill Newbery. The club had set aside 400 goodie bags to give away during the five hour show (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.) but they were all gone in the first two hours. “We’ll have to make more for next year,” he said. There were a total of 16 vendors holding 40 tables of fishing poles, lures and equipment along with vintage and collectible items and knives. Members of the club were busy taking the $2 admission at the door and keeping an eye on everything or serving up hot chili. “It was really crowded in here this morning,” Newbery said. “You could hardly move.” It’s all for a good cause. Funds raised here will go toward helping the community. The Kinsmen Club of Trenton is part of Kin Canada which was founded in 1920 as the country’s largest all-Canadian service club organization. Every year clubs contribute $15 million to improve Canadian communities by building parks, sponsoring sports teams, helping families in need and bringing people closer together. Kin Canada also raises nearly $1 million a year to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada and has donated almost $40 million for research since 1964. Money raised in each community stays in the community. The Kinsmen Club of Trenton is recognized for organizing and participating in the annual Toy Drive to help needy families at Christmas, partnering with the local Salvation Army. Please see “Annual” on page 3
A royal night on ice Mia Allanson, Caroline Clitherow, Grace Clitherow, Lucy Clitherow, Megan Dyck and Avery Nicholls show some moves as Please see “Royal” on page they skate to Kiss the Girl from the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. Photo: Ray Yurkowski
Hospital board slows down cuts By Jack Evans
EMC News - Belleville - Most of the measures outlined by Quinte Health Care officials in recent days to return to a balanced budget remain in place, but the board Tuesday agreed that some of them could be phased in over a longer period. The board’s motion to adopt the measures “in principal,” included words that they would solve the deficit issue. But even that drew an admission that they will really only help solve it, and an admission by Audit and Finance Chair John Embregts that with continued negotiations on some measures plus phasing in, “we will have deficit problems for some time.” With major changes in provincial health care programs and funding, QHC joins hospitals across Ontario in wrestling with cutbacks in fund-
ing and initiatives to remove health care focus from hospitals to other institutions, homes and clinics. The impact for the four-hospital complex locally (Belleville, Trenton, Picton and Bancroft) is expected to be about $10 million deficit within the next year or so. President and CEO Mary Clare Egberts has calculated the board has found savings so far in excess of $8 million. Part of the board’s time at the meeting was spent reviewing feedback from publicity and presentations to various municipal councils from medical staff, unions, auxiliaries and the public. A presentation by staffer Susan Rowe included actual quotes from those concerned in some cases and noted that the vast majority of more than 300 formal responses came from Prince Edward County. Issues included extra
travel as an inconvenience for some seniors and loss of a county tradition of having a birth certificate marked as the county after several generations. (Closing maternity operations at Picton was one of the measures.) Rowe also noted a number of concerns that were based on misunderstandings of the board’s plans, such as closing or reducing hours for emergency departments. No such thing is planned, the board stressed. One member of the board, a Picton-based doctor, Dr. Margaret Tromp, argued that notwithstanding the board’s motion to adopt the measures “in principal,” as far as herself and many others on the medical staff are concerned, “there is still not enough data to evaluate the new proposals.” She gave as an example
the fact that although a hospital stay in Picton may be somewhat longer than one in Belleville, it actually costs less. Embregts assured her that is acknowledged and is being considered. “Our physicians don’t think so,” replied Dr. Tromp. One major concern about lack of adequate home care has resulted in a firm stand by the board that no such moves will proceed until adequate home care is in place. Meetings have already been held with the Access Centre toward resolving that. “We are listening and acting,” summed up board chair Brian Smith. More details are expected at the board’s March meeting when a draft budget for the next year is expected to be presented.
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Danny Koker coming to Applefest â€Ś maybe By Ray Yurkowski
EMC News - Brighton - The car show will be back at Applefest this year and new subcommittee chairperson Don Postma wants to make it bigger than ever. The hope is to bring television personality Danny Koker to this yearâ€™s event and a delegation from the Applefest committee asked municipal council, at their regular meeting Mon-
day night, for bridge financing to make it happen. â€œWe feel itâ€™s going to be a huge draw,â€? said committee vice chairperson Patti Stewart. â€œHeâ€™s widely known, heâ€™s very popular and it will be his first time travelling to Canada, which, I believe, is a very big plus for us.â€? With Koker, host of Counting Cars on The History Channel, involved in the local show, the goal is to showcase
500 cars at this yearâ€™s fall event. â€œThis is huge,â€? said Councillor Tom Rittwage. â€œI think it would be an absolute boon for us to get this fellow. The biggest complaint we heard last year about Applefest was the car show and if this guy showed up here, weâ€™d be getting people and their classic cars from Windsor to Ottawa. Itâ€™s a real big win for our community to get this guy.â€?
According to Postma, sponsors are already lining up. â€œThey just want to know if [Koker] is coming [to Brighton] or not,â€? he said. â€œWe have had extensive discussions with Mr. Postma at Applefest committee meetings and he has said he has no doubt he will be able to get the sponsorship to bring this in at no net cost to the municipality,â€? said Councillor John
Martinello, who sits as council representative on the committee. Council approved the request subject to a legal review of the contract. â€œI would suggest, if the solicitor says he has no concerns with the contract, then staff can proceed accordingly,â€? said Deputy-mayor Craig Kerr. â€œIt would only come back to council if there were some contentious issues raised.â€?
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advocating to the Ministry of Health since last year and need more support to get these services expanded to those who need it but cannot afford to pay high prices for private therapists. “Our goal is consistent with the key recommendations from Dr. Samir Sinha’s report, Living Longer, Living Well,” Melles says. “Dr. Sinha recommends that the provincial government enhance access to clinic-based physiotherapy services in every LHIN [Local Health Integration Network], especially for those on limited incomes.” The report urges the government to explore the possibility of using long-term-care homes to serve as community hubs that could provide communityoriented services, including
home care, that may further assist local residents to age in place. “This was music to our ears,” Melles said. He says physiotherapy is an essential service which benefits people, especially seniors who have arthritis, are at risk of falling or require postoperative rehabilitation. “Physiotherapy improves their mobility, restores strength, stability and quality of life,” he adds. Melles notes that physiotherapy keeps seniors out of hospitals and nursing homes longer. Trenton Memorial Hospital closed its outpatient physiotherapy department last year, making it more difficult for seniors to access government funded physiotherapy. The Designated Physiotherapy Clinics Association wants to work with retirement residences, seniors activity centres and long-term-care homes to provide OHIP-funded physiotherapy right across
long-term-care facilities in create some noise,” Melles Ontario. said. “We want to create awareIt was noted that Quinte Access already Trenton. “Contact your MPPs and ness of this issue.” provides transportation for seniors to both
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EMC News - Starting this week, your community newspaper has a new look and name. In addition to introducing the “Quinte West News” to the region, the paper features new dimensions that more closely conform to the industry standard for tabloid newspapers. The new package will continue to offer readers and advertisers the strong and varied content they have come to expect, notes Metroland Me-
EMC News - Trenton - Physiotherapy services to seniors here could be covered by OHIP if the province agrees to extend services to two long-term-care homes in Trenton. “We want to open up services to the community,” says Tony Melles, executive director of the Designated Physiotherapy Clinics Association. He met with Bill Weaver, owner of Trent Valley Lodge, and Greg Freeman, CEO of Crown Ridge Health Care Services, to discuss the possibilities. The idea is to expand the current physiotherapy services which already exist for the residents in these two facilities to include others with a referral from a family doctor. Melles says they have been
Mary Guest gets help in building up her muscles from physiotherapy aide Shery Marymathew at Crown Ridge. Photo: Kate Everson
Annual fishing show
A lot of volunteers from the Trenton Kinsmen Club helped out at this year’s fishing tackle show. Photo: Kate Everson Continued from page 1
The club is already plan- 2014. For more information ning next year’s fishing contact Bill at 613-394-4234 tackle show set for March 2, or like them on Facebook.
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cancelled. “Most of the house is open,” Rustige said. EMC News - Belleville - One of the city’s most The initial structural repairs will focus on recognizable landmarks is set to receive some much-needed structural repairs this spring, as the strengthening joists in the rear of the building, Glanmore National Historic Site undergoes mainte- which is a later addition to the house, and then will shift to completing the lathe and nance to remedy issues with ceilceiling in the breakfast ing joists. “[The repairs] really plaster room by applying a resin to per“We had our interior restoration of the ceilings of the main floor are quite urgent...the manently attach the plaster to wood lathe. A support “pole” last year, and one of those ceiling roof could collapse.” the will also be installed stretching was the breakfast room ceilings,” from the basement of the buildsaid Glanmore curator Rona Rustige. “When we were looking at it we realized ing to the second floor in order to provide more supthat there was very likely some structural problem port to the roof. “[The repairs] really are quite urgent, because if besides just the plaster and lathe problems.” For roughly the next ten weeks, there will be a we had about six feet of snow on the lower roof, the minor disruption of service at Glanmore as these roof could collapse,” Rustige said. Glanmore National Historic Site, at 257 Bridge repairs get under way. The breakfast room and the billiards room will be closed to the public, and the Street East in Belleville, is open Tuesday to Sunday accessible entrance will also be shut down, but the from 1 to 4:30 p.m. with extended March Break rest of the house will remain open to the public. In hours from March 12 to 15 from 10 a.m to 4:30 addition, programming for home school families p.m. For more information about March Break acscheduled for March 27 and April 23 have been tivities call 613-962-2329. By Steve Jessel
Three charged in drug investigation
EMC News - Belleville - February 27, 2013, members of the Belleville Police Service Drug Unit, Street Crime Unit and Emergency Response Team executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act search warrant at 17 Sinclair Street, Belleville. Several items were located and seized during the search which included: cash, cocaine, pills, debt lists, cell phones, weigh scales and financial documents. As a result of this investigation the following persons were charged: Patricia Gambacourt of Belleville: possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of
property obtained by crime. Gambacourt was held for a show cause hearing. Kevin Williams of Trenton and Christopher Cleaver of Belleville: possession for the purpose of trafficking possession of property obtained by crime. Williams and Cleaver were released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of March 28, 2013. Brenda Biggar of Belleville: possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of property obtained by crime and breach of probation. Biggar was released on a Promise to Appear with a court date of March 28, 2013.
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Residents object to healthcare cuts at TMH
EMC News - Quinte West - City hall was packed with people wanting to save their hospital. A town hall meeting was called by Councillor Sally Freeman to publicly protest the cutbacks proposed by Quinte Health Care (QHC) which would take five inpatient beds from Trenton Memorial Hospital (TMH) and close the lab. “We have to support people who count on the hospital,” Freeman said. Recent negotiations at QHC led to $8.5 million in savings but more cuts are still coming which are unacceptable. “This is not over,” she said. “We have to stay vigilant. At what point will we know something is final?” She hopes a lot of the savings were found in administration not in patient care. “I don’t want my mother sitting in the hallway of the hospital,” she said. David Lundy, vice president of Region 4, Ontario Public Service Employees Union, said the level of services offered outside of the hospital are not a good substitute for inpatient care. “People should have the opportunity to age at home where they are comfortable,” he said, “but when they need to be in hospital the services have to be there.” “One in four patients at emergency departments in Ontario hospitals are waiting on a gurney in the hallway or a closet,” he said. Mayor John Williams commented, “Trenton has had enough. We do this every two or three years. It’s not fun and it’s not fair. We can’t do it any
more.” He urged residents to fill out letters to send to Quinte Health Care expressing their objections to service level cutbacks at TMH. It demands a moratorium be placed on the cuts to number of beds and levels of service. “Don’t let up on the gas,” Williams said. “We don’t want to suffer any more.” Natalie Mehra from the Ontario Health Coalition, said the Ontario Liberal government is cutting billions of dollars in health care. “The cuts are extraordinary,” she said. “They are closing 17 per cent of the beds.” She noted that compared to
other provinces Ontario spends the least per capita for health care. They have cut 18,500 beds since 1990. “They consider it normal for people to be on stretchers in halls,” she said. Mehra added the reduction in beds and staff leads to higher rates of infection. There are high readmission rates, one in ten patients. She noted that taking physiotherapy out of the hospital means most people have to go to pri-
vate clinics and pay $70 an hour, if they can, and many are not in a position to travel. “The whole hospital is at risk,” she said. “These are cuts on top of 15 years of cuts.” She said the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) are appointees of the government, but only the premier and the Ministry of Health are decision makers. “We need to write letters,” she said. “They need to feel the pressure.”
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Dear Editor In response to the letter by Ms Susan Anderson-Sirois from Trenton, I would point out Quinte West is not just Trenton, but Frankford, Stockdale, Wooler, Wallbridge, Carrying Place, and so on. At the time of amalgamation, there was no consensus amongst the politicos of the day except that the other three wards (i.e.; Sidney, Murray and Frankford) would have no part of being the City of Trenton. Several combinations of names were considered but none seemed to fill the bill for all the interested parties. There was, however, some potential for a name based on our location along the Bay of Quinte. To that end, and inasmuch as the new municipality was to the westerly end of the Bay, Quinte West was endorsed by a majority vote of the partners, with the notion that Belleville, further along the bay to the east might become Quinte East. Time tells all and that didn’t happen. In retrospect perhaps just “Quinte” might have been more palatable, but time has
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EMC Entertainment - The Quinte Film Alternatives group was the latest example of community outpouring in support of the Quinte Symphony following its near-disbandment last fall. Linda Minty (l), principal cellist for the orchestra and a volunteer with the Film Alternatives group, receives a cheque from Penny Hendricks on behalf of the Quinte Film Alternatives group. The presentation timed well with a showing in the Empire Theatre Wednesday of The Late Quartet, an intense drama about a string quartet, richly laced with string music. Photo: Submitted
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Carbon Tax: The Chinese Are Frightened EMC Editorial - Last week’s announcement by China’s Ministry of Finance that the country will introduce a carbon tax, probably in the next two years, did not dominate the international headlines. It was too vague about the timetable and the rate at which the tax would be levied, and fossil fuel lobbyists were quick to portray it as meaningless. But the Chinese are deadly serious about fighting global warming, because they are really scared. Gwynne Dyer A carbon tax, though deeply unpopular with the fossil fuel industries, is the easiest way to change the behaviour of the people and firms that burn those fuels: it just makes burning them more costly. And if the tax is then returned to the consumers of energy through lower taxes, then it has no overall depressive effect on the economy. The Xinhua news agency did not say how big the tax in China would be, but it pointed to a three-year-old proposal by government experts that would have levied a 10-yuan ($1.60) per ton tax on carbon in 2012 and raised it to 50-yuan ($8) a ton by 2020. That is still far below the $80-per-ton tax that would really shrink China’s greenhouse gas emissions drastically, but at least it would establish the principle that the polluters must pay. It’s a principle that has little appeal to U.S. President Barack Obama, who has explicitly promised not to propose a carbon tax. He probably knows that it makes sense, but he has no intention of committing political suicide, the likely result of making such a proposal in the United States. But China is not suffering from political gridlock; if the regime wants something to happen, it can usually make it happen. So why is China getting out in front of the parade with its planned carbon tax? No doubt it gives China some leverage in international climate change negotiations, letting it demand that other countries make the same commitment. But why does it care so much that those negotiations should succeed? Does it know something the rest of us don’t? Three or four years ago, while interviewing the head of a think-tank in a major country, I was told something that has shaped my interpretation of Chinese policy ever since. If it is true, it explains why the Chinese regime is so frightened of climate change. My informant told me that his organisation had been given a contract by the World Bank to figure out how much food production his country will lose when the average global tem-
perature has risen by 2 degrees C (3.5 degrees F). (On current trends, that will probably happen around 25 years from now.) Similar contracts had been given to think-tanks in all the other major countries, he said—but the results have never been published. The main impact of climate change on human welfare in the short and medium term will be on the food supply. The rule of thumb the experts use is that total world food production will drop by ten per cent for every degree Celsius of warming, but the percentage losses will vary widely from one country to another. The director told me the amount of food his own country would lose, which was bad enough—and then mentioned that China, according to the report on that country, would lose a terrifying 38 per cent of its food production at +2 degrees C. The reports were not circulated, but a summary had apparently been posted on the Chinese think-tank’s web site for a few hours by a rogue researcher before being taken down. The World Bank has never published these reports or even admitted their existence, but it is all too plausible that the governments in question insisted that they be kept confidential. They would not have wanted these numbers to be made public. And there are good reasons to suspect that this story is true. Who would have commissioned these contracts? The likeliest answer is Sir Robert Watson, a British scientist who was the Director of the Environment Department at the World Bank at the same time that he was the Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. George Bush’s administration had Watson ousted as chair of the IPCC in 2002, but he stayed at the World Bank, where he is now Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor on Sustainable Development. (He has also been Chief Scientific Adviser to the British Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for the past six years.) He would have had both the motive and the opportunity to put those contracts out, but he would not have had the clout to get the reports published. When I asked him about it a few years ago, he neither confirmed nor denied their existence. But if the report on China actually said that the country will lose 38 per cent of its food production when the average global temperature reaches 2 degrees C higher, it would explain why the regime is so scared. No country that lost almost two-fifths of its food production could avoid huge social and political upheavals. No regime that was held responsible for such a catastrophe would survive. If the Chinese regime thinks that is what awaits it down the road, no wonder it is thinking of bringing in a carbon tax.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR About that “About that Home of the Brave editorial”
Dear Editor, This is in response to “About that Home of the Brave editorial” letter which appeared in the February 28 issue of the EMC. I had a reaction when I read: “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 didn’t fit his narrative.” My mother, my grandparents and brothers and I lived in the Paris area during World War II. My dad was a prisoner of war in Germany. We lived on rue de Liege a few hundred metres from the Gare St. Lazare, the most important railway station in Paris. This is not far from the ward of Belleville in Paris. There was no serious bombing in Paris. Occasionally a couple of small RAF bombers did come to destroy a building occupied by the Gestapo or other Nazi organizations.
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Those bombings were extremely accurate and very rarely caused serious damages to surrounding buildings. Just before the liberation of Paris, the U.S, Air Force did some “carpet bombing” on some industrial areas outside the “Grand Paris.” The Allies did a lot more destruction than the German army. General Dietrich von Choltitz, who was commander of the German army for the defence of Paris, disobeyed Hitler’s order to destroy Paris. The city and its suburbs suffered very little demolition and casualties compared to other capitals in Europe. Many books written in French by renowned historians have been published. May I recommend the author of the aforementioned letter to read the book Is Paris Burning? It’s in English and written by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre and published by Simon and Shuster. C. Morel, Belleville
COMMENTARY By Richard Turtle
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EMC Editorial - There has been another study on childhood obesity and more recommendations on how to deal with it. Here in Ontario, Heath Minister Deb Matthews recently received a report by her own appointed panel that, while resisting the idea of a junk food tax, suggested a ban on certain marketing practices aimed at children. A perfectly reasonable report for a group of grown-ups to hand to a health minister. Curtailing marketing practices ever so slightly is always safer than that tax thing. But this is a serious health issue the experts say is getting markedly worse, and with increased obesity we see increases in diabetes, heart disease, and other related health risks. And that all costs us plenty through lost productivity and real dollar doctors’ fees. But finding a solution seems more an education issue than a health care one. It’ll really start to be a health care issue in a decade or two when the effects begin to emerge. But in order to reverse a trend begun in childhood, an educational approach at that critical time might see better results. So perhaps another ministry should be involved as well. Simply put, an awful lot of children today aren’t eating properly and it’s not just the junk food. And lots of them are a long way from clinically obese. But it’s becoming endemic in part because eating badly is easy. And on the surface it’s cheap. But it’s far easier to resist clever and flashy marketing ploys and strategies when there’s a complete understanding of all the available alternatives. And too often for too many, when it comes to eating these days, the alternatives bounce between fast food chains and coffee shops. And because none of those big players would like to hear there’s a new tax coming on their brand of food, they’d quickly lobby up and let the voters know why it’s wrong. And governments don’t really want to be the ones to draw another line between the stuff that’s taxed and the stuff that isn’t when everyone calls it food anyway. Especially when it all comes individually packaged and frozen in the grocery store as well. There must be a better approach than simply banning signs, for now, and slowly raising the stakes on a regular basis until people respond in the manner intended. We did that with cigarettes, but eating badly is different. And it tends to start earlier. In presenting a health ministry report it
suggests the solution should be somehow connected primarily to the health care industry. Closing the proverbial barn door. But these are children. Their access to health care doesn’t come easy and not without consent and just because they’re little doesn’t make it any cheaper to treat them. And, since their diets and eating habits are most often dictated by parents or guardians at home, and later influenced by peers, the heath care system has little influence on children’s choices at the end of the day. Education, on the other hand, just might be able to make a measurable difference. Despite the fact that Home Economics got dissed to death over the years, it may have serious merit today as a compulsory requirement. The kids are at school from the time they’re four anyway, so what’s wrong with a course or two about food and nutrition some time in that decade and a half? Learning outcomes would be dead easy to assess. Bake a cake using a cookbook instead of a box, make a loaf of bread from scratch, a pot of soup using only ingredients you can spell and pronounce, and plan a menu for a nutritious dinner. Final exam: cook the dinner for your family at home. They’ll tell you if you passed. Call it science (because it is) or call it math (because that’s there too) or call it creative arts (because it certainly can be) or call it life skills or global studies or personal health or self-improvement or heatin’ and eatin’ if that’s more palatable to the learners, but make some element of food preparation and consumption a regular and unavoidable part of the curriculum. Along with phys ed. And yes, it would be a nightmare to implement. Specially designed kitchens and more than the usual classroom instructors for starters. And probably lots of aprons and tall white hats. But instead of government ministries attacking childhood obesity with restrictions on the marketing of chips and pop, why not spend a little time formally educating the mini consumers instead? You’ve got them at your disposal. And you can give them academic credit for it. Granted, a significant number won’t go on to make their own bread or simmer their own stew on a regular basis, unless they really want to. And for some it would be no different from doing their times tables. But learning how and why to eat properly has got to help more than ignoring half the issue completely and ordering the dismantling of lots and lots of colourful store displays.
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Spring Relay for Life being planned Relay For Life to be held on May 24 and 25 at the Doug Whitley track located at Trenton High School. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and run until 7 a.m. â€œEveryone on the committee has been involved in the Relay For Life in an organizational or participatory capacity and therefore a great deal of experience is being brought to the planning table,â€? says Debbie Blight, who was a committee member of the Relay For Life, held annually at Loyalist College. Co-Chair Rita DeMelo points out that, â€œEveryone in this community has been exposed to the ravaging effects of cancer because of the loss of a loved one or friend. Events such as Relay
Notice of Annual General Meeting Notice is hereby given that the 59th annual meeting of QuintEssential Credit Union Limited will be held at the Bay of Quinte Country Club, 1830 Old Highway 2, Quinte West, Ontario at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, 19th March 2013. The registration is to commence at 6:30 p.m.
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EMC News - Stirling - With renovations recently completed to add a little floor space to the local library, Chief Librarian Sue Winfield is hopeful further funding will be available to complete the project she says will have several advantages. The most recent construction work to enclose and finish the upper floor, previously open to the foyer below, will both save on heating costs and provide a large entrance area to the libraryâ€™s second floor collection. With plans to move the circulation desk and make other future modifications including the moving of offices and creating a new computer area, Winfield says, she is awaiting word on phase two funding and a little more elbow room. Recently municipal officials and staff gathered there to thank Belleville-based Cornerstone Builders Ltd. for their expertise and generous contribution to the project allowing a significant renovation to be completed within the $50,000 budget. Funding was provided by the province through a Tril-
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Personally, I’d like to stay there. But for Canada to remain a vibrant economy, we need dynamism. We need people with new ideas who are willing to run with them. We need people who will think outside the box for new solutions to problems. And we need people who will take risks. Is our school system conducive to raising the next generation to meet these demands? Our schools are run by people who like school; if they didn’t, why would they go into teaching? They went to university where they trained for a job where they knew exactly what they would be doing. There were few surprises. And chances are they can continue like that for decades. Idea people and risk people wither in bureaucracies, so they rarely work there. Our students, then, are rarely exposed to the kinds of people who make our economy thrive.
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O&S#1 Canada Blooms: Whether you are an active gardener, a retiree whose past gardens get more elaborate with the passing years or a newbie to the pastime, a trip to Canada Blooms is always a good outing with much to see and do. Linda Holmes from the Tweed & District Horticultural Society would like folks to know that they are running a bus to the Canada Blooms show this year. It is on Friday March 15, with pickups in Tweed and Belleville. The cost is $55 per person which includes bus fare and the ticket to the show. For more information call her at 613-478-6850 Connon Nurseries is also running buses on March 15, 16, 18 and 19. The buses will leave from the store with direct runs to and from the show. The cost is $55 which includes bus fare, ticket to the show, and a continental breakfast sensitive to dietary needs; call 613-392-0402. There may be other organisations hosting bus trips and I would be glad to mention them in this column. O&S#2 Rabbits: These varmints are awake and very active. It is astonishing the damage they can do overnight. Now is the time to readjust the burlap, check the guards and spray some PlantSkydd. An encouraging note is the number of fox tracks and owl sightings we have seen in the Quinte area but
That doesn’t mean our economy doesn’t also need other types of people; hard workers who will do their jobs well; loyal workers who will go that extra mile. But what we need to stay competitive is people who will come up with these new ideas and start new businesses. So what are our schools doing to encourage kids towards entrepreneurism even if that means foregoing university? Schools tend to push kids toward more school, not toward opening a store, or buying a franchise, or even, heaven forbid, working in the oil sector. In high school kids can take courses on entrepreneurism, which is a good start. Yet these courses are rarely taught by people who are actually entrepreneurs. That doesn’t mean that they aren’t taught well, only that our kids are missing something. Unless they take a co-op placement, a student can go their
they have yet to make an appreciable dent on the overwhelming numbers of these wascally wodents. Any one heading off to Australia in the next little while? O&S#3 Snow: We had been doing very well this winter with a nice cover of “soft” snow blanketing our flowerbeds. This past snowfall, though, was the sticky heavy variety and, if you haven’t done so, you might want to look at your multi-stemmed shrubs and evergreens. If you will be removing heavy clumps, hold the stem with one hand as close to the end as you can. With the other hand, brush off the loose snow. Move your stabilising hand closer to the ground or lower on the stem and brush off some more snow. This will help prevent damage from either the limb breaking from the sideways motion of you striking it or the quick release as it snaps back. The latter seldom happens, but it can so you might as well not tempt the snow fates. This heavy snow is also the reason why you don’t shear off perennials and ornamental grasses to the ground. The ice that will form can block sufficient amounts of oxygen causing the plants to suffocate. I remember this being an issue
entire fourteen years of education, from full-time Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, without ever encountering anyone who built a business. After all, catching the entrepreneurial spirit is so much more than just the content of the courses; it’s the type of adults our kids interact with. Those working in the education system have job security and pensions and vacations. They have limited room for advancement, but they accept that because the pay is good. They’re not looking to get rich; they want to make a difference, while enjoying security. In contrast, what does an entrepreneur do? An entrepreneur may take one idea and fixate on it, and do nothing but that for a whole year. They may forego vacations. They may even forego pay for a few years to get the dream started. The biggest skills they’ll have to learn
on the farm for our red clover fields. O&S#4 Sad Sox: Sox, our dog, is not very happy at the moment. His companion, Toucan the cat, went out for a stroll last week and hasn’t come back. She is fully grown but a dainty wee thing; completely black save for a splash of white on her chest and some toes. She doesn’t answer to her name which is why I call her “Cat.” We’d like to thank everyone who has responded to our emails, knocks on the doors and ads; folks if you do lose a pet Kijiji is surprisingly effective even though it is seen as a sales venue. To those of you in the west end of Trenton who have wondered about the fellow tromping around their yards looking under their decks, it’s just me. We’re hoping that someone has taken her in and she is just riding the gravy train as long as she can before coming home. She did have a collar and tag with our phone number. O&S#5 Squash: For those of you who head out to the gyms and fitness centres you will be aware of the numbers of landscapers who are busy cluttering up your facilities. Our season is short and we have to earn most of our money in seven months or less. That means when
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are perseverance, networking, and marketing. The business world is filled with people who rejected school’s regimentalism: Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett. Yet for each Steve Jobs, how many kids who would have made dynamic, out-of-the-box entrepreneurs did we turn off altogether? How many kids’ passion and drive did we destroy by trying to make them conform? Teaching and entrepreneurialism are two entirely different skill sets and mindsets. It’s not about slotting in another course or two; it’s about changing the whole school culture. If we want our economy to be dynamic, we’re going to have to make our schools more dynamic, and that may involve taking risks and doing things that have never been done before. I know that sounds drastic, but that’s how most good ideas start.
the season opens up we can’t be out of shape and prone to strains or pulls. Fitness is a serious part of our business. That doesn’t mean we can’t have fun. The game of squash provides the best of all aspects of fitness with the added bonus that all of us Type A personalities can get out there and thrive on the competition and, at the very least, hit something hard, legally. Hitting piles of paperwork is like punching marshmallows; not at all satisfying. Recently, the Upper Canada Chapter held its annual I Was There tournament and I am insufferably pleased to tell you that I took the hon-
Dan Clost ours on the day. This is likely my last competitive (term used loosely) tournament owing to an increasingly decrepit body and I shall revel in this last sip of the summer wine. Yeah, yeah, yeah: Sic transit ac gloria.
OPP Bound 2013: An Initiative to Recruit Women
EMC News - The Ontario Provincial Police is preparing for OPP Bound 2013: An Initiative to Recruit Women. OPP Bound 2013 is a three-day recruitment camp being held at the Provincial Police Academy from July 6 until 9, 2013, in Orillia, Ontario. The camp will serve as a vehicle to provide qualified women with an opportunity to explore a career with the Ontario Provincial Police. Fifty participants will learn about the history and traditions of the OPP and the program will include a number of mentoring sessions with key female officers who will share
their experiences. Participants will also have the opportunity to experience the life of an OPP recruit at the Academy, taking part in exercises, fitness drills, police vehicle operations and other practical exercises. The application deadline is April 12, 2013, and up to 50 women will be selected for the three-day mini-OPP recruitment camp. Women interested in taking advantage of this opportunity can obtain information from the OPP web site at: <www. opp.ca> or by calling the Ontario Provincial Police Recruitment Section at 1-877-OPPHIRE (1-877-677-4473).
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EMC News - Stirling - With an online vintage apron auction exceeding early expectations this week, public library supporter Kerry Ramsay is hopeful the fund raiser will translate into a significant contribution to the local libraryâ€™s teen collection. Currently preparing for the official opening of Chickadelic Salvage and Design, her new store on Mill Street, the college professor has taken a break from her schoolwork to focus on a retail endeavour she describes as â€œa vintage inspired lifestyle shop and creative gathering place.â€? Set to open in early April, the store will feature a range of items for work and play, including locally made â€œupcycledâ€? products, but at the moment Ramsay is selling aprons and the proceeds will wind up at the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library. A lifelong supporter of literacy and the arts, she says a fund raiser for the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library was a
natural choice, and with the addition of an extra item from the Stirling Festival Theatreâ€™s latest Panto, Alice in Wonderland, Ramsay was doubly pleased. â€œIâ€™m really happy with the response,â€? she said shortly after the week-long online auction began, adding she wasnâ€™t sure how well the idea would catch on. But Ramsay was certain she wasnâ€™t alone in her fondness for vintage aprons. That was quickly demonstrated by the reaction from potential buyers as bids had already reached $300 early in the week with plenty of time remaining. And the bids werenâ€™t all coming from the immediate area, she notes, with many participants coming from outside the country. Ramsay adds there will certainly be some last-minute bids arriving tomorrow. A total of 12 vintage aprons, each named after a well-known literary character, plus an upcycled apron made from vintage materials and the Alice-worn donation from the theatre, are available until the auction closes tomorrow (Fri-
day, March 8) at 8 p.m. â€œI think itâ€™s fabulous,â€? says Chief Librarian Sue Winfield of both the idea of an apron auction and the opportunity to improve the libraryâ€™s collection of material for teens. And the vote of support from a new business owner came as a very pleasant and unexpected surprise, she says.
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Kerry Ramsay will be selling vintage aprons along with many other items when her new store Chickadelic Salvage and Design opens in Stirling in April. Until tomorrow at 8 p.m., she is holding an online auction for others, including the one she is wearing, to raise money for the Stirling-Rawdon Public Library.
EMC Entertainment - Tweed - Come out Saturday, March 30, and experience Joey Purpura and his stunning vocal reproduction of Neil Diamondâ€™s major repertoire with an uncanny and extraordinary accuracy in his tribute show â€œDiamond In The Rough.â€? Joeyâ€™s vocal impersonation of the famous singer will be reaching out and touching you as he brings his show to the Tweed Legion Saturday, March 30. Some of the proceeds will go to the Legion.
Not only does Joey master the nuances of Diamondâ€™s vocal tones and phrasing (so completely that some audience members have mistakenly believed him to be lip-synching), but his occasional anecdotes describing the background behind Neilâ€™s compositions add to the impact of the performance and his show impresses even the most devoted Neil Diamond fans. Joeyâ€™s Neil Diamond Tribute: Diamond in the Rough, serves up a feel good tonic of dance â€™nâ€™ cheer, celebrating the power, energy and emotion of Diamondâ€™s music to joyous and heartfelt perfection. Cracklinâ€™ Rosie, America, Cherry Cherry, Sweet Caroline, Love on the Rocks, Forever In Blue Jeans, Iâ€™m a Believer and many more Neil Diamond classics will delight the audience. The show takes place at the Tweed Legion, 320 Victoria Street North, Tweed, Saturday, March 30 at 8 p.m., tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door. Tickets are available at the Legion club room or by calling 613-478-1865. For more information about Joey Purpura and his Neil Diamond Tribute Show, visit <www.solitaryman.ca>.
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Walk the hospital mile for the Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation and collect great incentive prizes from Tri and Run Sports. All funds raised will help to purchase priority medical equipment at QHC Trenton Memorial Hospital. â€œRunning and walking, whichever your preference, offers multiple benefits: itâ€™s fun, it provides stress relief and itâ€™s good exercise,â€? says Dr. Robbie Iny, the Honourary Chairman for the Healthy Half. An avid runner himself, he encourages people of all ages, both competitive and recreational, to participate in healthy activities and experience the amazing benefits of keeping fit, and they can start with this great event. â€œItâ€™s a great time to join friends and family for a walk [or run] and support your local Hospital.â€?
â€œRunning and walking, whichever your preference, offers multiple benefits: itâ€™s fun, it provides stress relief and itâ€™s good exercise.â€? Register early, and start collecting pledges for the hospital. The Healthy Half takes place on Sunday, April 28, at City Hall. The cost to register for the event is only $40; $10 for the Hospital Mile and free for the YMCA Childrenâ€™s Program. You can register Online at<http://onlineregistrations. ca/QuinteWest/> or at City Hall or Tri and Run Sports. Show your support for the hospital! The Trenton Memorial Hospital Foundation inspires the community to help us achieve sustainable healthcare excellence for our community. The City of Quinte West encourages everyone interested to come out and show your support for our local hospital. Anyone interested in more information please visit our web site at <www.quintewest.ca> or contact Colleen at 613- Mayor John Williams, Dan Koets and John Smylie show off their sneakers. Mayor Williams will soon be lacing his up to lead the Hospital Mile! Photo: Submitted 392-2841 Ext. 4487 or Lynn at 613-392-2540 ext 5401. R0011948750
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EMC News - Brighton - Agrium Advanced Technologies is asking area students, â€œWhat can you do to improve your watershed?â€? In partnership with the Lower Trent Conservation (LTC) Authority, Agrium is looking for entries in the annual Caring For Our Watersheds contest. Locally, the contest is open to Grades 8 and 9 students at Campbellford District High School, East Northumberland Secondary School, Brighton Public School, Hillcrest Public School, Kent Public School, Percy CentennialÂ and St. Maryâ€™sÂ Catholic Elementary School. â€œOur message right now is: this is a great opportunity, thereâ€™s money to be won and there is potential for doing a great thing for the environment,â€? says LTC communications co-ordinator Marilyn Bucholtz. â€œStudents have incredible ideas on how to improve our local environment and we are committed to helping them make their ideas happen,â€? added Agrium program co-ordinator Lindsey Metheral, in a telephone interview last week. â€œThe contest is all about getting students engaged in the community, gaining an understanding of what is happening in the environment and really empowering them to make a difference. â€œThe environment is a hot topic right now and students are learning more about it in school but a contest like this makes it more real. Theyâ€™re not just learning about it in the classroom, they can actually go into the community and make their ideas happen.â€? To enter, students must identify an environmental concern,
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do the research and identify a realistic solution to the problem in a proposal using graphics, models, photos or videos to supplement the idea. â€œThis isnâ€™t an essay on what a watershed is,â€? say the contest rules. â€œThis is a proposal to the community on one solution that would make an actual difference to the planet. Think your idea through as if you were actually going to do it and afterward, we just might fund it.â€? The winning entrants can win $1,000 for themselves and $1,000 for their school, but the key to the success of the program relies in taking action after the contest. All students are encouraged to implement their ideas and an additional $10,000 in funding is available to help make those ideas a reality. Entries will be judged on innovation, environmental impact, comprehensive scope and communication, budget, how realistic the solution is and visuals. This year, Caring For Our Watersheds contests are being offered in Canada within Ontario, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta; in the United States in Colorado, California, Ohio, Virginia and Washington DC; as well as Argentina and Australia. Time is running out though, the local entry deadline is March 25. The top six finalists will be selected to make a five-minute presentation to a panel of judges and public audience at Timber Ridge Golf Course, during Earth Week, on April 25. Prospective entrants can call LTC special projects co-ordinator Anne Anderson at 613-394-4829, extension 219, or log onto <www.CaringForOurWatersheds.com> or <www.ltc.on.ca/ events/education> for more information.
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EMC News - Trenton - The Healthy Half just keeps getting better. New this year is a Team Challengeâ€”not to raceâ€”but to win the coveted â€œSilver Bed Pan Trophy,â€? a team plaque and pizza party. Points are awarded for volunteering, pledging and participating, plus thereâ€™s no limit to the number of team members you can have. Teams that register before April 1, 2013, will also have a chance to win a coffee party courtesy of The Grind with Mark and Ingrid of Hits 95.5 â€œWe are really proud of this event and are excited to see participant and donation numbers grow each year. The new team challenge is a fun way for organizations, families, and groups of friends to get involved and support TMHF,â€? says Colleen Vickers, Special Events Co-ordinator, City of Quinte West. â€œTri & Run Sports, the title sponsor of the event, has donated some really great prizes for pledge earners too!â€? Vickers adds. For those not up for the half marathon, ten- or five-kilometre, there is something for you too! You can walk the Hospital Mile with Mayor Williams and show your support for Trenton Memorial Hospital. The Healthy Half has distances for all ages and all fitness levels. If you arenâ€™t up to the challenge, you can sponsor a walker or runner, or volunteer. All participants are encouraged to fund raise
Seasons Dufferin Centre residents have a good time By Kate Everson
EMC Lifestyles - Trenton - Residents had a good time participating in a video for the Seasons Dufferin Centre. â€œInspired by the number of viral videos featuring seniors, Seasons Retirement Communities is jumping on the bandwagon by filming a lip-dub to the song â€œGood Timeâ€? by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City at each of its eight retirement residences,â€? said Natalie Gash, marketing co-ordinator.
â€œThe residents here are hilarious.â€? About 30 residents of the Trenton retirement home dressed up in nightgowns or party dresses, big sunglasses or bright red boas to show their best side. While music blared, the residents sang and jumped around, waved their arms and laughed. It was definitely a good time. â€œThe residents here are hilarious,â€? said Natalie Gash whose younger sister Stephanie did all the videotaping. Lisa Schroedter, lifestyle services Some seniors got videotaped while snuggling in bed together upstairs in one of the manager for the Seasons Dufferin Centre, suites. Photo: Kate Everson jumped in and got the crowd going. Joyce Mitchell played piano, Les Locke held a guitar, while a couple of ladies snuggled up to the bar and ordered one more martini, extra dry. A couple of the ladies even got into bed upstairs in one of EMC Business - Trenton - There is a the suites. With a little urging they leaped new restaurant now open at 159 Dundas out of bed on cue and began to sing and Street East in Trenton and the owner has dance, smiling into the camera. picked a theme that will be popular with â€œThis is going to be a great video,â€? many people in the region. The new resNatalie said with a laugh. She noted taurant called â€œPiperâ€™s Grillâ€? features many of the residents here were familiar Canadian and some Scottish foods to with computers and would watch the start with and has plans to offer â€œtake video on YouTube. One video will be and warm at homeâ€? Scottish foods in made for each centre and a final cut will the near future. They are also going to provide special order items that they can bring in when requested by customers. Recognizing
Marie Castonguay and Margaret Davidson flaunt their boas while ordering a drink for a good time at Seasons. Photo: Kate Everson be a combination of all eight centres. The video will have to be edited down to three minutes, expected to be out on YouTube in about a month. â€œDeveloping a Seasons Facebook page and making a video for YouTube demonstrates what it is like to live and work in a Seasons retirement community,â€? stated Chief Operating Officer Michael Lavallee. â€œIt debunks stereotypes about retirement residence living. We think itâ€™s going to be great.â€?
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The owner of Piperâ€™s Grill is Anne Chatten, a Brighton girl who has been living in Trenton for the past three years with her fiancĂŠ Stew Lowe. Together they have been seeking a business opportunity in the Quinte Region and found this location last December. â€œWe had a vision of what this place could be and basically built it day by day until it became what it is today, a place to call our own,â€? says Chatten. â€œWe couldnâ€™t have done it without the help from our family and support from friends; a special thanks to my dad who was here every day helping us with the renovations.â€? The Scottish theme does not end with the food at Pipers Grill. The 8 Wing Pipe and Drum band has made significant contributions to the decor of the establishment with pictures and tartan and customers are overwhelmed with the changes. â€œIt looks a lot different from its old Ace Submarine days,â€? says Chatten. â€œThe place really needed a new look and after a lot of hard work and long days we have it. We even have plans to have a piper at the restaurant at special occasions in the futureâ€?. Everyone is invited to come down and check out the exciting menu at Pipers Grill; call 613394-4407 for more information or check out their Facebook page.
Mayor John Williams joined owners Anne Chatten and Stewart Lowe and family and friends for a grand opening. Photo: Kate Everson
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QHC continues with process to close funding gap how this could impact the maternity services at PECMH. â€˘ There will be an extensive plan for bed reductions to ensure internal and community supports are in place before the beds start closing. This includes clinical pathways developed in partnership with staff and physicians. â€˘ Additional ideas have led to more than $1 million in savings in the administrative and support areas. â€˘ The Surgery Program will spend more time looking at options for endoscopy services which will broaden consultation to include the Prince Edward County physicians. â€˘ Diverting less urgent patients from the emergency rooms will be a longerterm change, once more options are available in the communities. â€˘ The implementation planning teams will include further physician engagement and participation. At their meeting, the board also received an overview of the consultation process and a summary of the feedback QHC has heard from its staff, physicians, partners and community members. Since late October, QHC management has consulted with hundreds of staff members, physicians, volunteers, Foundation partners and community members, with the goal of providing everyone the opportunity to provide input and offer suggested
changes to the proposals. This will be an ongoing consultation process as QHC begins the staff planning process with its union partners and works on the more detailed implementation plans and timelines. â€œWe received many excellent suggestions from staff, physicians and partners to help shape the draft proposals going to the board. In addition, there were many revenue generation and cost savings ideas that we have already incorporated or we will investigate,â€? said Mary Clare Egberts, president and CEO. QHC announced in fall 2012 that the anticipated financial gap between expected revenues and expenses could be as high as $10 million for its fiscal year that starts April 1, and could climb by an additional $5 million in future years. This is driven primarily by a change to the hospital funding formula which will lead to substantial decreases in QHCâ€™s funding for the foreseeable future. QHCâ€™s board expects the hospital to operate within a balanced budget and the Local Health Integration Network is required by law to ensure that all hospitals balance. â€œTo address these funding changes, hospitals like ours must focus more on the complex cases, difficult surgeries and most critically ill patients that truly require hospital-based care,â€? said Ms. Egberts. â€œOther health care providers
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EMC News - Matt Bewsky has played a leprechaun for the Gleaners Food Bank for eight years now, and with the 2013 Shamrocks on the Wall Campaign kicking off once again on March 1, he was out in full gear at the Quinte Mall. Shamrocks are $2 or three for $5, and this year the top prize features a $500 travel voucher from Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Trenton, while second prize is a two-nights stay at Best Western in Toronto with Blue Jays tickets, courtesy of Williams Hotels. Photo: Steve Jessel
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EMC News - Belleville - At their meeting recently, the Quinte Health Care (QHC) Board of Directors endorsed in principle a set of amended proposed solutions to address the hospitalâ€™s funding gap for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. QHC management will continue to make any final adjustments to the proposals arising from further consultation, including the upcoming staff planning process with its union partners. Based on the consultation process, the original proposed solutions were amended or augmented as follows: â€˘ Ambulances would take certain types of patients who require surgery or more specialized care directly to BGH, rather than stopping first at PECMH or TMH (e.g., a patient with a fractured hip). This would ensure the patient is accessing the care they need faster, and with less use of ambulance services. All QHC hospitals will continue to have 24-hour, seven-day-a-week emergency rooms. â€˘ PECMH bed reductions would be implemented over a longer timeframe. The current proposal is to reduce by four medicine beds in 2013/2014. The goal would then be to have the community and internal supports in place to be able to reduce by another three medicine beds in 2014/2015. There will need to be further discussion over the coming weeks to determine
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