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News - Quinte West – The expansion of CFB Trenton is looking good to local planners. “The city is in a unique position as they are home to the country’s largest air force base,â€? says David Clazie, director of Corporate and Financial Services. “CFB Trenton expansion and the new Canadian Forces Base is in the midst of an $800 million infrastructure upgrade.â€? As a result, the Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) amount received from the base will increase from the current $6.6 million per year to over $10 million by 2020. “This PILT revenue is ongoing and will be sustainable well into the future,â€? he says. In addition to the expansion of the air base, a new Canadian Forces Base will be constructed on 1,000 acres of land adjacent to the existing base. This new Joint Task Force 2 will have infrastructure investments of well over $400 million and staff is anticipating an additional $2- or $3- million per year will be generated in PILT revenue from this new base. “Conservatively, the current base expansion and new base will generate over $14 million per year in PILT to the city by 2021,â€? he added. Council has already passed a resolution that 80 per cent of this new PILT money will be earmarked for capital infrastructure upgrades and the remaining 20 per cent will be utilized for ongoing operating expenditures. The city also transfers over $4 million a year from its operational budget into a capital reserve. The Federal Gas Tax is another source of funding for municipal infrastructure, with $2.6 million a year “It is predictable, long-term and stable and is helping municipalities like Quinte West address their infrastructure deďŹ cit,â€? Clazie noted. New assessment growth, residential and commercial, is also earmarked towards capital projects. Over the past number of years, the city has had over $500,000 worth of assessment growth and it is expected to continue in the near future. The remainder of the capital program will be ďŹ nanced through debt. The $1.5 million per year debt for the city is an average amount. “It is anticipated there will be more debt issued during the ďŹ rst 10 to 15 years until the PILT money increases to its full potential,â€? he said. “Once the construction is completed it is anticipated that almost all of the plan will be ďŹ nanced without the use of debt.â€?

Bob Mitts(l) accepts a $500 donation for the Kinsmen Toy Drive from Legion Branch 110 President Red MacLean. Looking on is Norma Jean Henn, Chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Photo: Submitted Please see more photos on page 3

New data retrieval system outlined for Lower Trent Conservation By Kate Everson

News - Quinte West – A new data management system will be in place next year for Lower Trent Conservation (LTC). “The system is called WISKI (Water Information System Kisters),â€? explained CAO Glenda Rodgers. The system will automatically call LTC stream gauges and download data as well as access and store precipitation data. “The system includes powerful analytical tools that will improve our ood forecasting abilities,â€? she said. “It will automatically edit and validate the data and track editing history with a complete audit trail.â€? The system will also be used as a data management system for other monitoring data and help staff interpret data and produce annual monitoring reports. “The system is available to us through a partnership with Quinte Conservation and three other Conservation Authorities in eastern Ontario,â€? Rodgers noted.

It will also promote and facilitate sharing of staff expertise in ood forecastings and warning and other monitoring programs. “It’s pretty exciting,â€? Rodgers said. She also reported that Lower Trent Conservation will be offering its services to some municipalities for Source Protection Services to start on April 1, 2014 for an initial contract length of three years. The agreement is between the Township of Stirling-Rawdon, Municipality of Trent Hills, Township of Alnwick/Haldimand, Township of Cramahe and Municipality of Brighton. The annual cost of the agreement is $4,647 for Alnwick/Haldimand, $6,164 for Brighton, $5,233 for Cramahe, $25,828 for Stirling-Rawdon and $62,127 for Trent Hills. A Draft Communications Strategy for LTC was presented to the board by Marilyn Bucholtz, Communications and Outreach Coordinator. Its Please see “New data retrieval system outlinedâ€? on page 3


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Lifestyles - The YMCA’s 2013 Strong Kids Campaign is in the books, and after months of fundraising, YMCA of Central East Ontario vice-president Dave Allen says the campaign has eclipsed its $200,000 fund-raising goal, raising roughly $205,000 this past year. “Our philosophy is that no one will be turned away from the YMCA because of an inability to pay,” said Allen. “Strong kids is aimed at children that want to join the YMCA and participate in YMCA programs, children who want to go to camp and can’t afford it.” Kicking off in April, the 2013 campaign was chaired by Wayne Dewe and Aleesha Camp and encompasses both Belleville and Quinte West. The campaign raised $220,000 in 2012, providing camp subsidies for more than 2,000 children in Belleville alone. In total, Allen said that about 20 per cent of the local YMCA membership is on financial assistance, and that funds raised from the campaign would help between 3,500 and 4,000 kids attend camp this year. “There’s such a need out there,” Allen said. “The cost of living and everything is going up, and people are working to survive. Some of us take it for granted... growing up I played hockey and I went to camp. I had all those things, but not everybody does.” Funds are raised primarily throughout the summer, although the YMCA continues accepting donations up until the new year. A chunk of the 2013 funds were raised by Dewe and Bernie Ouellet this past June, when the pair walked from the Quinte West YMCA all the way to the Belleville YMCA one morning to raise pledges. The pair raised more than $28,000. “We’re in the child development business, that’s what we do,” Allen said. “We believe in healthy children, we believe in giving them an experience in the summer where they’re around positive role models, where they learn about the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Those are built into our programs ...they have the opportunity to participate and make friends. Everyone is the same.” Allen said he’d like to thank all the donors and volunteers who contributed to the 2013 campaign, and added that the YMCA is already gearing up for another kick at the can in 2014. “We’re really pleased the people that donate seem to believe in the program,” he said. “We have some new donors but we have a lot of the same people that come back year after year.”

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News – Orillia – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is warning the public to exercise extreme caution near any surfaces that may appear to be frozen. Although temperatures have been very cold, the significant snowfalls in the traditional snowbelt areas over the past week have created a situation in which it may appear that there is a thick layer of ice beneath you, when in some instances, this is not the case. Outdoor enthusiasts are being asked to refrain from any ice related activities until they see ice hut operators putting their huts out. These operators not only know the local waters, but will regularly test the ice thickness before allowing their ice huts to be brought out onto the ice and used. Although there have been no related ice rescues to speak of as of yet in the OPP Central Region, any need for rescues this early in the season has the potential to put the lives of many first responders at great risk. The advice of the OPP is very simple as at this time “No Ice, is Safe Ice”. The snow that has fallen has not allowed for proper snowmobile trail grooming as there is very little base. The light fluffy snow associated with the snow squalls of last week cannot be properly packed and many of the trails, especially those in wooded areas should be avoided until the trails are examined and prepared for use. A fallen tree or tree limb on a yet to be maintained trail could result in very serious injuries or death. As conditions continue to improve and the snow continues to fall, outdoor enthusiasts will soon be able to fully enjoy their recreational winter pastime of choice. Until then, please avoid going onto any surface of water that appears to be frozen until you know for certain that it is safe and stay off the many official sanctioned snowmobile trails until they are officially declared “Open for the Season”.

Tickets available for Gleaners 2014 gala By Steve Jessel

News - Belleville - It may be a lofty dream, but when Gleaners Food Bank holds their 2014 gala in January, they’ll be drawing inspiration from two of the most famous activists of all time during their “Imagine a Community Free From Hungerâ€? gala. Taking place on Saturday, January 25 at the Belleville Banquet Centre, the 2014 gala will take attendees back in time to the 1960’s, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono made a reputation for protesting the war in Vietnam. Lennon and Ono grabbed international headlines with their Montreal “bed-inâ€? of 1969, and at the Gleaners gala this year a draw will be held to send two lucky people on a trip to Montreal to stay in the very same hotel, courtesy of Williams Hotels. “It may not be the room Lennon and Ono slept in, but it will be at that same hotel,â€? The Gleaners Food Bank gala takes place this year on January 25, and execu- laughed Quinlan. While ďŹ nal year end tallies are still being tive director Susanne Quinlan said the theme this year will focus around John calculated at Gleaners, Quinlan said it was Lennon and Yoko Ono’s famous Montreal bed-in of 1969. Photo: Steve Jessel

business as usual for the food bank in 2013. Quinlan said there was a roughly 5 per cent increase in the number of clients, and while that number isn’t astronomical there was still plenty to keep the staff and almost 150 regular volunteers busy throughout the year. 2014 will also see Gleaners move forward with the implementation of a new piece of software called Link2Feed that is speciďŹ cally designed for food banks. Currently at Gleaners, when a client comes in all their information is still taken the old fashioned way by pen and paper before being manually keyed into existing computer software. Link2Feed will enable data entry directly into the system, which Quinlan said will make life much easier for staff moving forward. “It’s an excellent program, we’ll be able to get stats automatically,â€? Quinlan said. “Our current system only retains data, it doesn’t give you totals.â€? Of course, Gleaners couldn’t operate without the contributions of both individuals

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Gearing up for Build Belleville what current plans are, and to submit their own input if they feel they can contribute. “With the downtown being such a massive project that we have to get out in front of, not only in terms of information but for day to day operations about how its going to affect business and trafďŹ c... we have to have a centre where people can go to ďŹ nd out information,â€? Ellis said. City council voted in December to contract consultation ďŹ rm OfďŹ ce of Responsive Environments to construct detailed drawings and diagrams of the project, drawing from almost 10 years of public meetings and design plans from the city itself. “The biggest difference... is giving people the opportunity to come in and be a part of it,â€? said City of Belleville Communication coordinator Aaron Bell. “That’s always the concern...

people don’t want things thrown at them, they want to be a part of it.â€? Ellis said downtown construction is slated to begin in June, with the entire project taking between two and three years. Ellis said the city is placing a particular focus on attracting residential developments to the city core, and that should one development occur there is potential for a “ripple effectâ€? on other developments downtown. “It’s not something that we should start, and then move away from when it’s ďŹ nished,â€? Ellis said. “I think that’s the problem that happened 35 years ago when they put the investment in, the city unfortunately didn’t look after their investment.â€? For more information on Build Belleville, visit www.buildbelleville. ca.

On behalf of Almost Home, Sharon Scrimshaw accepts a $500 donation from Legion Branch 110 President Red MacLean (l), while Ways and Means Committee Member Dorma Buziak looks on. Photo: Submitted

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and organizations throughout the community, and for the second year Gleaners will be recognizing donors with special â&#x20AC;&#x153;wingsâ&#x20AC;? awards. In 2013 the awards were given to those groups that made the formation of the food bank possible, but in 2014 Quinlan said theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll recognize those that make a difference behind the scenes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important because people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t realize how many people have been dedicated to helping Gleaners since 1986,â&#x20AC;? Quinlan said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They know that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re great heroes of ours, but we just want the general public to know that.â&#x20AC;? Tickets for the gala are now on sale either by calling Gleaners at 613-9629043 or by visiting their website at www. Tickets are $100 and include a locally-produced dinner and an original theatre production based on Lennon and Onoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Montreal bed-in. All proceeds support Gleaners Food Bank and the tricounty warehouse.

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News - Brighton â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Brighton Public Library Boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chair resigned before yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s end, saying he has â&#x20AC;&#x153;neither the time or the inclination to play silly political games nor be part of a political pawn of Brightonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dysfunctional council.â&#x20AC;? In a letter to the board before its December 17 meeting, Dale Carter announced he was leaving, because â&#x20AC;&#x153;certain council membersâ&#x20AC;? are â&#x20AC;&#x153;politicizingâ&#x20AC;? the board by moving â&#x20AC;&#x153;to exert greater controlâ&#x20AC;? over its affairs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In my opinion, this unwarranted interference has seriously diminished the status and the autonomy of the board,â&#x20AC;? he wrote. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This in turn could limit its ability to fulďŹ ll its mandate to the library and the community.â&#x20AC;? Carter said in an interview â&#x20AC;&#x153;things started to go sourâ&#x20AC;? when council appointed Councillor Tom Rittwage to the board in July, to ďŹ ll one of a handful of vacancies that have opened up in the past year with member resignations. His appointment increased councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s representation on the board to two; Councillor Craig Kerr had performed that role alone since the current council was elected three years ago. Carter said the two men are part of a faction on council â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Deputy-mayor Mike Vandertoorn and Councillor Emily Rowley are the others â&#x20AC;&#x201C; who feel â&#x20AC;&#x153;they have to control the agenda of pretty much everything thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s going on in the community,â&#x20AC;? and if that is their intent with the library, it will have â&#x20AC;&#x153;a negative effect.â&#x20AC;? Even though the two councillors are very much in the minority on the eight-member board â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a ninth position remains unďŹ lled â&#x20AC;&#x201C; they â&#x20AC;&#x153;present a pretty impelling presence to draw other members to their point of view,â&#x20AC;? he said. To what purpose, he couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know,â&#x20AC;? he said, but whatever their aim is, they â&#x20AC;&#x153;will bring some undue friction into the board.â&#x20AC;? Rittwage was puzzled by Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comments. â&#x20AC;&#x153;How do two members of council take over the agenda of the library board when there are other people who can make their opinions and thoughts ... known?â&#x20AC;? he asked. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just seem satisďŹ ed that the other members of the board were quite happy with the direction that we were going.â&#x20AC;? Kerr said â&#x20AC;&#x153;the politicization came strictly from Mr. Carterâ&#x20AC;? who seemed to want â&#x20AC;&#x153;to get into controversy and into confrontation with council over who was in control of things.â&#x20AC;? The working relationship council had with the board under the previous chair, Bob Burke, was â&#x20AC;&#x153;excellent,â&#x20AC;? but Carter, who took the helm a year ago, â&#x20AC;&#x153;seemed to have great difďŹ culty coming to grips with the fact that council is a partner in the library, being the

most signiďŹ cant funder by far.â&#x20AC;? The board at its December meeting voted to have Burke become its chair once again. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the right person for the job as we move into a very exciting and challenging time for the library,â&#x20AC;? Rittwage said. Council has set aside $50,000 in its 2014 draft budget for the design of a new library to replace the cramped space it currently occupies in the municipal building. Construction could follow in two years if sufďŹ cient funding can be raised for the estimated $5 million project. Carter said Rittwageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment contravened the boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s constitution and showed â&#x20AC;&#x153;contemptâ&#x20AC;? for the provincial act that establishes library boards as third party, armâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-length organizations. But the two councillors said the legislation gives municipalities authority to appoint as many council members as they wish to a library board, so long as they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t constitute a majority. They also said the constitution, drawn up when Brighton was two separate municipalities before amalgamation, provides for two municipal representatives. The board is responsible for the libraryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s operation

â&#x20AC;&#x153;but council is responsible for the effective use of taxpayersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; money so they have an oversight view that has to take precedence,â&#x20AC;? Kerr said. Carter, who tried to have Rittwageâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s appointment rescinded, admitted â&#x20AC;&#x153;there is a bit of historyâ&#x20AC;? between him and the councillor, whom he called â&#x20AC;&#x153;a bully.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure how he can suggest that I am,â&#x20AC;? Rittwage responded. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to take the high road, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not going to play games like he does.â&#x20AC;? The councillor said he was appreciative of the work Carter had done while on the board. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Anybody who volunteers their time and service to the community should be commended,â&#x20AC;? he said. Mayor Mark Walas said it was â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointingâ&#x20AC;? the library was losing â&#x20AC;&#x153;an asset,â&#x20AC;? with Carterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resignation He thanked the advertising executive â&#x20AC;&#x153;for what he has been able to accomplish while heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been there.â&#x20AC;? Carter said in an email that if a majority of board members â&#x20AC;&#x153;are willing to accept this intervention by council, then that is their choice. Personally I am not able to make that compromise inasmuch as it contravenes the Library Act and the spirit of relationship between the board and council and is not â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the long run â&#x20AC;&#x201C; in the best interests of the Library or the community.â&#x20AC;?

Dale Carter is no longer the chair of the Brighton Public Library Board, He resigned in December, over opposition to council members exerting more control over what the library board does. The board filled two existing vacancies by appointing former council member Brian Ostrander and Murray Workman, a former chair of the Quinte West Library Board. Photo: John Campbell



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Dear Editor, A letter to Rick Norlock. Many thanks for your latest propaganda communication, on the taxpayers’ dollar as usual. Talk about entitlement! At least this is on a single sheet and not like the huge blue and white (aren’t Canada’s colours red and white?) bloated broadsheet we received earlier. That will save us some money. Interesting that you focus on families, but ignore any comments or information on what Harper’s government (your government) has done to eviscerate services or off load them to the provinces. Of course obfuscation, diversion, secrecy and spin are characteristics of your leader and the Conservatives, even though they were elected on a platform of transparency and honesty. Even without the Senate scandal, which is more about the hapless attempts of the PMO to smother the issue and divert accusations of complicity from Mr. Harper’s door, than the brazen misappropriations of his appointees; the honesty of this government is questionable. I could raise many issues, about omnibus bills, restricting

the rights of individual MPs at committees (Elizabeth May), health issues of troops and veterans, Canada Post and the shameful episode in our prison system of Ashley Smith. How much money did your government spend on legal fees to try and block those videos coming to light? The minister should resign and charges should be laid at the highest level! However, I will concentrate on our CPP. One thing apparently missing, or conveniently not included, from your elitist ‘Harper Government’s’ calculation of available CPP funding is that you didn’t include those contributors who died before they had a chance to collect a penny! I suppose you use that to help balance your skewed budget! Not only did we contribute to CPP but our employers did also, to a total of 15% of our income before taxes. If annual income averaged only $30K over one`s working life, that’s close to $202,500! Read that again. Did you see where the government paid in one single penny? We are talking about the money we and our employers put in a government bank to insure we that we would have a retire-

ment cheque from the money we put in, not the government. Now Conservative ministers are calling the money we put in “an entitlement” when we reach the age to take it back. And to rub salt in the wound your government is raising the age limit to 67! If you calculate the future invested value of $4,500 per year (employees and employer’s contribution) at a simple 5% interest (less than what the government pays on the money that it borrows), after 49 years of working you’d have $892,919.98. If you took out only 3 per cent per year, you’d receive $26,787.60 per year and it would last better than 30 years (until you’re 95 if you retire at age 65) and that’s with no interest paid on that final amount on deposit! If you bought an annuity and it paid 4 per cent per year, you’d have a lifetime income of $2,976.40 per month. The foregoing information was taken from the Internet, but I’m sure it is as accurate as some of this government`s Defence Procurement Estimates. This on appearances is a bigger Ponzi scheme than Bernie Madoff ever pulled off! Entitlement my foot, we all contributed cash for our CPP! Just because big R0012490670

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government borrowed the money for other government spending, doesn’t make our benefits some kind of charity or handout!! What about Senator’s and MP’s benefits? --- free healthcare, outrageous retirement packages, 67 paid holidays (more when your leader prorogues Parliament), three weeks paid vacation, unlimited paid sick days. Now that’s welfare, yet some government members have the nerve to call our CPP retirement payments

entitlements? I can sort of understand where the Finance Minister is coming from, since we have lost so many manufacturers during Mr. Harper’s governments and we no longer have lots of well-paid jobs to tax, because so many people are now on minimum wage. That’s food for another debate. However, your government has to be prepared to raise more money from corporations and to take care of our health and other programs or

people will elect one that better looks after their interests. A more politically pragmatic response from Mr. Flaherty would have been to at least start the ball rolling on CPP increases, then after the next election if reelected, he could delay or derail (Oops! Lac Megantic) the program! Happy New Year Iain Henderson Brighton

Profits matter, communities don’t Dear Editor, I have observed with interest the controversy in local communities like Tweed, Stirling and Picton in local media in recent weeks with respect to proposed cell phone towers located in residential areas. I am directly involved in the ‘consultation’ process in my community as a neighbour of a proposed 115-foot (10 storey) tower proposed along the Moira River in the village of Tweed directly across from my home. Demand for wireless is indeed increasing as more people utilize smart phones and tablets, and Bell Mobility and other corporations couch their business objectives in terms of providing an essential service for economic and community development. But let’s not fool ourselves. As corporations, their bottom line is profit, rather than contributing to the general good of society.  As those involved in the ‘consultation’ processes for cell phone towers quickly discover, federal legislation essentially allows telecommunications companies free rein to locate these towers anywhere they like.  Local or provincial land use plans, zoning by-laws, guidelines and legislation (e.g., regarding heritage buildings) do not apply to cell tower locations.  Compatibility with adjacent land uses is irrelevant. Things are allowed that no other private company, government agency, or individual citizen would be permitted to do.  Under federal legislation, neighbouring property owners cannot cite effects on property value, visual impact, or concerns about health as valid objections to a tower that may be located right outside their door on the property next door. Just a few years ago, these same companies felt it was not profitable enough to enter the rural Ontario market, and so in partnership with local and regional governments, other smaller telecommunication firms invested in the provision of wireless/broadband services to these parts of the province.  Now the major telcos are stepping in to these rural areas and may very well outcompete those smaller companies that took a risk to provide service in rural Ontario when the majors would not. Some may say that my reaction is a ‘NIMBY’ (Not In My Back Yard) response and in some ways it is. People’s homes are typically the major investment of their lifetimes, and are an essential contributor to a family’s quality of life.  But it is also a fundamental justice issue.  There is no requirement for these corporations to demonstrate need, the consideration of alternative locations, the criteria used in site selection, or to take into account the values of citizens reflected in municipal or provincial policies or legislation.  Perhaps the site was selected using years-old information on surrounding land use, and the company was unaware of new homes and recreational facilities that now surround the proposed site.  This was the case in Tweed.    The old information would indicate that the proposed location for the tower was at the edge of the village, with some neighbouring residential properties.  It did not show

that in fact it is currently surrounded on all sides by housing and recreation facilities. Yet there is very nearby non-residential land within and surrounding the village that could host a tower with much less disruption of neighbours.  That does not seem to have any influence.  The telcos do not have to take into consideration, let alone compensate for, the adverse effects on property owners situated nearby (e.g., by visual impact and property value effects). At the request of Health Canada, the Royal Society of Canada is currently reviewing Safety Code 6: Potential Health Risks of Radiofrequency Fields from Wireless Telecommunications Devices. In addition, the City of Toronto Council is currently considering information about scientific studies pointing to risks associated with the electromagnetic radiation fields from cell phone towers and the need to take a precautionary approach in siting new towers. However, under federal legislation, neighbour’s concerns about potential health effects are specifically excluded as grounds for objection.   Further, these towers pit neighbour against neighbour (as it is very lucrative for property owners who will lease land to Bell Mobility, with many downsides for neighbours – an uncomfortable dynamic). Read the papers or do a quick search of the Internet and you will see that the siting of these towers is causing concern in communities large and small across Canada.  Unfortunately, once a municipality/local residents lose out to a major telecommunications company on an individual tower project, the natural inclination is to move on, to stop ‘banging our heads against the wall’ and turn to other pressing needs.  So there is no collective or continuous objection to the practices of these corporations, who will make large profits at the expense of individual neighbours at many, many locations, under the guise of providing essential services.  A cost of doing business? Local government and residents need to understand and prepare for these processes, although there is very little or nothing actually within their control.  There will be more towers coming to communities as demands increase.  The site selection and ‘consultation’ processes provided for under federal legislation for the siting of telecommunications towers fundamentally diminish the voices of local residents and municipalities in land use decisions made by profit-seeking corporations that adversely affect the quality of life of the neighbours of these facilities.  We should demand a fairer process that allows local voices to be reflected in decision-making, while providing for siting solutions that deliver the wireless services society demands, meeting the technical requirements and profit-making needs of the companies, minimizing the disruption of local residential, recreational and other land uses, and ensuring that private citizens are not worse off as a result. Vicki McCulloch Tweed


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Editorial - After a decade when the struggle for equal rights for gay people made great progress, it looks like the counter-revolution is underway. In the past six months, there have been major defeats for gay rights in Africa, in Asia, and even in Europe.    In June, the Russian parliament passed a law banning “propaganda for non-traditional sexual relations” that effectively makes it illegal to speak publicly in deGwynne Dyer fence of gay rights, let alone hold gay pride events.     Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, warned the following month that same-sex marriage (barely discussed in Russia) is “a very dangerous sign of the Apocalypse.” In a 2013 poll, 16 percent of Russians said that gay people should be isolated from society, 22 percent said they should be forced to undergo treatment, and 5 percent said they should just be “liquidated”.     In Australia, on December 11, only a week after a law making same-sex marriage legal in the Australian Capital Territory came into effect, the federal High Court overturned it and 27 gay marriages were automatically dissolved. “Whether same sex marriage should be provided for by law is a matter for the federal parliament,” said the judges, and should not be decided by the courts.     On the same day, in India, the Supreme Court reversed a 2009 ruling by the Delhi High Court that had struck down the infamous Section 377, which said that a same-sex relationship is an “unnatural offence” punishable by a 10-year jail term. The ruling only applied to the National Capital Territory, but it was widely assumed that other Indian courts would follow suit. However, the Indian Supreme Court has now jumped the other way.     The judgment actually said only that the law has to be changed by parliament, not by the courts. But meanwhile all the gays who were encouraged by the Delhi High Court ruling to come out of the closet are going to find it harder than ever to live like normal citizens.     Finally, on December 19, Uganda’s parliament passed a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual “offences”. The private member’s bill also makes it a crime punishable by a three-year prison sentence not to report gay people to the police.     “I am glad the parliament has voted against evil,” said David Bahati, the MP who sponsored the bill. “Because we are a God-fearing nation, we value life in a holistic way. It is because of those values that members of parliament passed this bill regardless of what the outside world thinks.”

   When you set it out like this, it looks as if a global counteroffensive against gay rights is underway, but it’s not as bad as it looks.     Uganda’s prime minister, Amama Mbabazi, opposes the new law and claims that there was not a quorum in parliament to pass it. It may be cancelled on that argument, or President Yoweri Museveni, who is conscious of the international damage to Uganda’s reputation, may simply veto it. This is not yet a done deal.     Africa is the most anti-gay continent – 37 out of 52 African countries have laws that criminalise homosexual acts – but many of these laws are a legacy of the European colonial occupations and are not vigorously enforced. Some of the biggest African countries, including South Africa, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Egypt, have no anti-gay laws. The glass is considerably less than half-full in Africa, but it is not empty.     In Asia, anti-homosexual laws are rare except in Muslimmajority countries. India was the great exception to that rule. Section 377 was an embarrassment to the Congress government, which was quietly grateful to the Delhi High Court for striking it down.     The government has already filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to reconsider its decision on the grounds that it “violated the principle of equality.” On the other hand, if a new law is actually required to kill Section 377, it is unlikely to risk outraging conservative opinion by passing such a law before next year’s election.     In Russia, the battle for gay rights is already almost a century old. Homosexuality was decriminalised in 1917 after the revolution, recriminalised under Stalin in 1933, decriminalised again in 1993 – and homosexual relationships are still legal, although President Vladimir Putin is playing populist politics with his “anti-gay propaganda” law.            As for Australia, the issue is about the “last gay right”: samesex marriage. The new prime minister, Tony Abbott, has already said he opposes it, so there will be no new legislation there soon. But most Australian states already permit civil unions or other legal devices that effectively give same-sex partners the same legal rights as other couples.     So do most other jurisdictions in the developed world, and in the past decade 16 countries, including almost all of Western Europe, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, and sixteen US states, have gone further and legalised same-sex marriage. (So has New Zealand, just as Australia was re-banning it.)     The tipping point was passed some time ago, and the clock will not be turned back. Homosexuality is still illegal in 83 countries, but even including India they account for only onethird of the world’s people. Without India, they would have a mere sixth of the planet’s population. The global glass is more than half-full.


Which Canadians are benefitting from Harper’s policies?

Dear Editor, In the jargon commonly used by big business, extracting ore is often referred to as development. Take the “New Prosperity” mine in BC (nice name); we start with nine per cent negative tax rate, yes NEGATIVE TAX; next BC will build the roads for this northern mine for approx $26 million. BC Hydro’s customers will pay $35 million each year in subsidized electricity along with a new switching station and line estimated at $50 million. Add in healthcare, education and other services. The federal government helps by donating a healthy lake as a toxic dumpsite through its schedule 2. The

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lake happens to be one in a series of connected fish-filled lakes and unfortunately it is on native lands. The life expectancy for this low-grade porphyry mine of .041 grams of gold per tonne, is 11 years, after which the heavy metals, arsenic, mercury etc., will remain, with any attempt to remedy the pollution at the public expense. The mine owner Taseko, has stated that “the project must go ahead and will be of enormous benefit to BC and Canada. It will provide thousands of person years of employment and billions of dollars in new tax revenue. Actually Taseko does

Locked doors at schools a surprise By Scott Pettigrew

Editorial - Writing for the Central Hastings News means that there are regular visits to both Tweed schools to report on school activities and it came as a little bit of a shock and was quite unsettling just before Christmas to find the doors locked at St. Carthagh School. The normal procedure is to go into the school office and sign in and as a regular visitor it is not usually a problem. Now there is an intercom and visitors will have to state their name and reason for their visit before they are buzzed into the school. Upon entering the school the secretary of St Carthagh was asked why the school door was locked and she replied that to the best of her knowledge all the schools had to be locked by January 1, 2014 during school hours. After a visit to Tweed Elementary School, office staff there said that to the best of their knowledge that school would also be locked after the New Year. Digging a little deeper as to where this new policy came from a visit to the Hastings Prince Edward School Board website revealed little. A visit to the Ontario Board of Education website was a little more productive. In a memorandum sent out to Directors of Education, Supervisory Officers and Secretary-Treasurers of School Authorities and Director, Provincial Schools Branch from Barry Pervin, who is Assistant Deputy Minister [of Education], Instruction and Leadership Development Division dated January 29, 2013 titled “Safe Welcome Program for Elementary Schools” Pervin said: “I am writing to provide you with the details of the expanded Safe Welcome Program and to invite you to apply for funds by February 15, 2013. As you are aware, on December 20, 2012, the government announced funding to re-open and expand the Safe Welcome Program for all elementary schools across the province to access funds to lock their front doors (and perimeter doors where appropriate) and put necessary security access devices in place. The program was initiated in 2005-06 when the ministry provided funding to 849 elementary schools to put in place access device systems such as new locking outside doors, security cameras and buzzers. Schools eligible to receive this funding were those where the front door could not be seen from the office of the school and those schools were required to have locked doors as a condition of the funding. “The Ministry is re-opening the Safe Welcome Program and expanding the criteria to allow any elementary school that currently does not have the necessary devices to lock their front door during the school day to access funds to put the security devices in place. The Ministry will provide $3100 per elementary school to allow boards to purchase security access devices and pay for their installation. “To be eligible for funding, schools must not have received funding through this program in 2005-06, and must not already have a locked front door with a security access device in place. Any elementary school accepting funding through this program will be expected to lock their front doors, in addition to perimeter doors as appropriate. “In addition, I ask that all schools review their safety and emergency procedures, including lockdown drills and safe entry procedures to ensure only authorized visitors enter schools. I also encourage all elementary schools to complete safety assessments involving local police, parents, and the school’s Safe and Accepting Schools Team.” What Pirvin is referring to December 20, 2012 was when former Premier Dalton McGuinty announced at a news conference held at St. Fidelis Catholic Elementary School in Toronto, that the Ontario government will commit $10 million to implement a “locked-door policy” for elementary schools while students are in class At that time McGuinty was reacting to the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that claimed the lives of 20 young children and six adults. During that press conference McGuinty said he wanted elementary schools, by September, to lock their doors when classes are in session. He also said that the government is expanding and reopening the Safe Welcome Program, which provides schools with funding to install security systems like locking doors, buzzers and security cameras. A few questions come to mind. First, the responsibilities of school administrators and those charged with the safety of children, having been offered funding to protect the children by locking doors, clearly must take the opportunity to act. To have an incident occur that was preventable by not locking doors would have the responsibility after the fact fall squarely on the shoulders of those in charge of school safety. On the other hand, what message are we sending to children living in a small community when we lock the children in and others out? Are we saying that danger lurks just outside the door? How do we instill confidence in the safety of the community as a whole? What happens when children are late for school, do they now have to be buzzed in? These are questions we should all ask.

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Dan Clost Lifestyles - Welcome Gentle Reader to the first column of 2014 and the first rant. The way our country regulates itself sometimes wonders me. I am on board with federal, provincial, municipality; heck, even neighbourhood jurisdictions having very specific acts, laws, by-laws, statutes and commonly-agreed upon rules of behaviour when they serve the common good. There are some procedures that are beyond me and the ban on using

pesticides for cosmetic purposes is one of them. For the record, as far as the reasoning behind a ban goes, I support it. We have acquired this cultural “norm” of mono-culture lawns, perfect roses, shade trees that do not drop seeds or fruit and garden produce that is perfectly formed and free from blemishes. None of that is natural and our mindless pursuit of horticultural perfection with indiscriminate application of chemicals, either synthetic or naturally occurring, has serious consequences. My lawn has at least a dozen different weeds growing in it, we have trees that drop nuts and some that drop seeds, our apples and pears (until last year’s ice-storm) have a bit of scab and a few insect holes and our roses are nestled in other shrubbery so only the flower shows; not the less than perfect leaves. We all co-exist quite happily. That is not the point of this rant. I don’t understand how we have this particular ban in our particular province. Yes, it is easy enough to trace all of this back to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision upholding the Municipality of Hudson, Quebec’s right to enact by-laws that are seen to protect its citizens.

How come, at that point, a memo from our esteemed justices wasn’t sent to the civil servants at PMRA suggesting they were a titch remiss in following through on their mandate? Aren’t both bodies charged with their various duties by all of us for all of us? For those of you who don’t have to spend hours wading through various governments’ reams of literature; mostly highlighted with lists of “shallnots” accompanied by the amount of the attendant fine, I have copied the pertinent preamble about the PMRA from their website. “The Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is responsible for pesticide regulation in Canada. Created in 1995, this branch of Health Canada consolidates the resources and responsibilities for pest management regulation. Pesticides are stringently regulated in Canada to ensure they pose minimal risk to human health and the environment. Under authority of the Pest Control Products Act, Health Canada: registers pesticides after a stringent, science-based evaluation that ensures any risks are acceptable;

re-evaluates the pesticides currently on the market on a 15-year cycle to ensure the products meet current scientific standards; and promotes sustainable pest management. Health Canada also promotes and verifies compliance with the Act and enforces situations of non compliance warranting action. Our programs and initiatives look to improve the regulatory process and provide Canadians pest control products and strategies with acceptable risk and value. Health Canada is committed to providing an open, transparent and participatory process for pesticide regulation.” To me, this seems straightforward and comprehensive. So why don’t their findings and rulings apply nation wide? Is there some environmental phenomenon that makes a pesticide safe to use in Alberta but not Nova Scotia? Is a dandelion in British Columbia different from one in Ontario? What makes a provincially constituted committee more knowledgeable or more concerned about citizen safety than a federal counterpart? I understand that learned lawyers and

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not expect to pay any income tax on this mine. In 2012 subsidies to Taseko exceeded the taxes paid. As for employment under the Harper TFW program, it may be wishful thinking, as with the Chinese mine operator who imported 300 Mandarin speaking miners this year with a further 90 to join them next year, or the 300 workers given notice by an oil company in Alberta in September to be replaced by TFW from Ireland and Portugal. The objective appears to be, all workers in Canada below management positions, should be working at or below minimum wage, while salaries and bonuses continue upward for those in charge. As Wendell Berry wrote, “Most of us are still too

sane to piss in our own cistern, but we allow others to do so and we reward them for it.” Related to the above environmental destruction, the Harper government, having trashed the department of fisheries and oceans, has now demolished all but a few of the records pertaining to the last 100 years of scientific research on environment, water and fisheries, which were housed in nine libraries across Canada. We don’t do book burning anymore as it attracts attention so most hastily went in the dumpster. The two libraries left for now, are supposed to have the information available on request in digital form. Since much of it is now in landfill or turned into cardboard boxes, it’s difficult to imagine how anyone will carry this out. Scientists contacted by the TYEE disputed the idea that more than a small percent would have been saved, but refused to comment on the record, knowing they would be fired on the spot. Under Harper it seems, “ignorance is strength”. Paul Whittaker, Gilmour

Registered dietitian promotes guilt-free over the holidays by making health food choice Health – Campbellford – With food being such a big part of the festive season, local residents are being encouraged to enjoy ‘guilt-free eating’ as part of the holidays. “Healthy eating is not about one food, meal, day or even week, so much as establishing a healthy eating pattern over time,” states Kimberly Leadbeater, a Registered Dietitian with the Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit. “In the end, it’s not really what you eat between December 25 and January 1. It’s the other 51 weeks that really count!” Striking a balance in what people eat over the holidays is the best advice that Leadbeater can give. “Often, it is not what you eat, but how much you eat that can make a difference,” she notes. Watching portion sizes is one of the best ways to handle the onslaught of festive food. One trick that Leadbeater suggests is to use a smaller plate at the next buffet, potluck or holiday get-together. Another tip is to identify “must-have” treats over the holidays, and avoid or limit other options. “Promise to R0012151161

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politicians might suggest I’m a titch naive and can’t possibly understand the complexity of the regulatory management required at all levels. I’m okay with that. After following the Senate scandal (with its share of folks who are both politicians and lawyers) I never, ever want to be as clever as them. Keeping with the naive motif, here is my “simple” solution. Pesticides are the responsibility of the Government of Canada. The PMRA is the regulating body and its rules stand. Contraventions of those regulations are in offense of the Criminal Code of Canada. What would this accomplish? It would create a clear, national policy regulating pesticides; a central arena for proponents and opponents to present their cases; a law that is applied equally to professionals and homeowners (when was the last time a homeowner was charged for spraying their roses with Raid?); interprovincial “smuggling” of banned products would cease; store owners wouldn’t be inundated with confusing and conflicting regulations; and, we gardeners can get on with our pursuit of gardening.

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have a few favourites over the holidays and aim to make healthy choices the rest of the time,” she says. Eating Well With Canada’s Food Guide can also be a valuable resource for determining serving sizes. Some other healthy eating tips to consider over the holidays: • Be watchful of sodium intake, especially when it comes to prepackaged processed holiday foods such as sausage rolls and hors d’oeuvres. These tend to have high sodium content. When hosting friends or families for the holidays, try using smaller portion sizes of these processed foods and also offer healthier vegetable and fruit trays. • Don’t go to a holiday party on an empty stomach. Have a small snack before you go, so as not to overindulge. • Let the holiday spirit move you. Staying active over the holidays is a good way to cope with seasonal stress and compensate for extra foods you might eat. With the New Year on the horizon, Leadbeater says it is also a good time to resolve to eat better in 2014.

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Hey, there’s a zebra looking in my window loudest in May and June, when the spring rains have increased the amount of water flow. You’ll be able to hear the roar of the falls and see the columns of spray from quite a distance away! After my stroll over to the Royal Livingstone Hotel, I, of course, continued my walk in the park past a statue of David Livingstone, through the mist and wet walkways, and eventually arrived at Victoria Falls. I found sheer cliffs, a deep gorge, and, arguably, the greatest curtain of falling water in the world! This waterfall is, indeed, wide and immense, and I got a great view of it from Knife Edge Bridge (but be prepared to get soaked by the spray). While in Africa, I also stayed at Protea Hotel Kruger Gate, which is located right next to South Africa’s incredible Kruger National Park (an absolutely great place to partake in a photo safari by jeep, as I did). Not only is this hotel located a mere 100 metres from the park gate, but the

hotel’s backyard offers wonderful opportunities for viewing wildlife within the park itself. For example, I simply looked through the wire fence, from the hotel’s observation decks, and watched elephants in the park and as I walked around the hotel grounds, I was joined by kudus (a type of African antelope) and monkeys. These animals were not in the park, but on the actual hotel property! We were warned to keep our hotel windows shut because of the proximity of these animals, but as we know, not everyone follows the rules. I watched as a monkey opened a ground-level window that had not been totally closed. The monkey then went right inside the hotel room through that now completely open window and emerged a few moments later with some paper! I imagine that if this paper had been a tourist’s money or passport, it might be rather difficult to explain.

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really unexpected here; after all, I’d read a warning sign on the property when I looked around after checking in the previous afternoon: “PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE WITHIN THE MOSIOA-TUNYA NATIONAL WILDLIFE PARK WHERE THERE ARE WILD ANIMALS.” However, that zebra’s stare quickly had me on the move, for I grabbed my camera and went outside to see what else might be about so early

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in the morning. As I walked around the grounds and forested area, I came upon several more zebras and some were acting rather frisky. I watched a few young ones at play and they’d look rather threateningly at one another, jump up, and do some nipping. I also saw several bird species enjoying a morning flight. I decided to walk along the footpaths within the park as they led me from my lodging to the Royal Livingstone, another, more luxurious property. I passed a “Beware of Crocodiles” sign along the route and found yet more zebras checking out this property. I also saw the freshly set tables in the outdoor patio area, with the new white linen tablecloths, awaiting the breakfast crowd; surprisingly, I also saw a monkey clambering about on a tablecloth and place setting!

Other animals that might be seen within the boundaries of this rather small park in Zambia include impala, warthog, giraffe, rhino, buffalo, elephant, and hippos. “Mosi-oa-Tunya” translates as “The smoke which thunders”, and this wildlife park is not only a place to look for wild animals, for it’s also home to magnificent Victoria Falls and that’s why the park has this particular name. This awesome waterfall, located on what’s now the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, was discovered by explorer and missionary Dr. David Livingstone back in 1855, and he named it after his monarch. Victoria Falls now draws a plethora of tourists to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Wildlife Park year-round, but if you really want to get the full effect of that “smoke which thunders”, you’ll find that it’s at its mistiest and

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News – NorthumberlandQuinte West – MP Rick Norlock is asking residents of Northumberland-Quinte West to share their ideas and suggestions for the 2014 federal budget. Sessions are being held in the riding including one in Campbellford. “The Canadian government knows that the number one priority for Canadians remains the economy. The Economic Action Plan is keeping Canada on the right track, with over one million net new jobs since the end of the global recession – the best growth record among all G-7 countries,” said Norlock.

“But we all know that Canada is faced with continued economic uncertainty from beyond our borders. That is why we want to hear from Canadians on how to better position Canada for further job creation and economic growth,” he added. The federal government will be consulting with Canadians from across the country to find the best ways to strengthen Canada’s economy. That includes NorthumberlandQuinte West where Norlock will meet with local business, academic and community leaders to discuss priorities in a pre-budget roundtable. These are the times and loca-

tions for January 2014 Pre Budget Consultations in the riding: Tuesday, January 7, 10 a.m. to noon at the multi-purpose room at Quinte West City Hall, 7 Creswell Drive, Trenton; Wednesday, January 8: 10 a.m. to noon at 600 William Street Board Room, Cobourg; Thursday, January 9: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 98 Bridge Street East, Campbellford “Consulting directly with Canadians is an integral part of the budget process,” Norlock said. “Many of the ideas brought forward in local pre-budget meetings have been included in the actual federal budget. We encourage everyone to participate.” Budget 2014 will focus on job

creation, promoting economic growth, and securing Canada’s long-term prosperity – all while returning to balanced budgets in 2015. To this end, the federal government also welcomes suggestions on how it can further improve government efficiency and reduce unnecessary spending. Canadians are reminded that they can provide their input online at any time, as the federal government has launched a pre-budget consultation through the federal Finance Department website. All those interested in participating can find more information at

News - Hastings and Prince Edward District School Board is conducting environmental tests over the next two weeks. Family Space is following its lead by extending its Christmas closure of the playrooms and offices until Monday January 6, 2014 or until testing is completed. As part of the process to purchase the building, Family Space hired Pinchin Environmental to conduct a variety of air quality and environmental tests. Preliminary results came back that indicated inconsistent elevated levels of radon. According to Health Canada radon is a radioactive gas found naturally in the environment. When radon is confined to enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces, it can accumulate to high levels. Radon concentrations fluctuate seasonally. Radon is present outdoors and in every building. If you have any questions in regards to radon please contact the Health Unit at (613) 966-5500.

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You can remove them temporarily or prevent them from growing on your teeth by brushing and flossing, and Dr. Brian Ho by also seeing your dentist regularly. But once these One of our patients, Paul, bacteria are in your mouth, they came to our office for the first basically stay there for life. time a few years ago. Prior to this, his last visit to a dentist This leaves you at risk for was for a tooth removal many having cavities for the rest of years before. When I saw him your life. for his initial examination, it Studies show that these was apparent to me that he bacteria start to appear in had not received dental care our mouth when our first for quite some time. Almost teeth come out (typically every tooth in his mouth had a 6-9 months old). They get cavity. Some required simple transmitted by our parents or fillings while many others our siblings just like a cold. required root canals and caps. So here is a tip. A few days later, my hygienist saw a patient named When the first tooth comes Stephanie, who also had not out and if we somehow been in a dental office for more prevent transmission of these than 5 years. Surprisingly, she bad bacteria for at least two years, other good bacteria will had no cavities. grow first and can prevent You might be asking yourself cavity-causing bacteria from “Why was Stephanie lucky having enough space to enough to have no cavities grow to large numbers. So by while Paul had so many?” not sharing spoons or other Well, there are very logical things for the first two or reasons for this. three years of infancy, we can drastically lower the number Let’s talk about them. of these bad bacteria, and I call them the Three Keys to hence reduce the number of tooth decay. cavities our kids may get. Key One – Bacteria. Let’s get back to Stephanie No matter how many candies who I mentioned earlier. you eat or how clumsy you She may be one of the lucky are with brushing or how ones who may not have been often you forget to floss your exposed to these bad bacteria teeth, you would not get a when she was really young, cavity if you did not have and that may be why she is cavity-causing bacteria. more resistant to cavities.

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“is coming together” and the interim fire chief, Bob Branscombe, will be staying on to review the status of the department further. Ketcheson says this year will focus on prevention and wants to remind residents to contact the fire department if they need smoke alarms. The requirement is to have one on each floor. Carbon monoxide detectors are also now required by law. Source water protection continues to be a priority. After eight years of study the Quinte Source Protection Committee held a public meeting December 6 to explain updated findings which will amend the Source Protection Plan. Changes have an effect on landowners, tenants, living adjacent to Madoc Creek and the Deer Creek up stream of the Village of Madoc municipal wells, see www. for a full report. Threats to drinking water sources for the village are noted as waste disposal sites, septic systems,

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indoor running/walking track. The mayor said “there were non-believers, like there always is with anything, certainly with major projects,” such as the Hastings Village Marina. “Look at what that’s done for the community and the municipality as a whole,” Macmillan said, but “that’s going to be small potatoes compared to what’s coming (with) this facility. It’s going to stand Trent Hills, and specifically Hastings, right on its ear (and) drag people here.” The bids were evaluated according to criteria that assigned 40 points to the proposed fee and 20 apiece to an understanding of the assignment and familiarity with local conditions and project approach, work plan and project management, and experience and qualifications of staff assigned to the project. AECOM’s submission was ranked

Approval given to close boat launch in Hastings development for the surrounding area. The removal of boat launching fees at the marina will mean the loss of roughly $4,000 a year in revenue, most of which is collected during fishing tournaments. The work is expected to cost between $4,000 and $5,000.

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News - Trent Hills – Council has given its approval to closing the Hope Street boat launch in Hastings. The municipality’s roads and urban services recommended the closure to address safety and parking problems at the intersection of Hope and Front streets. The ramp is to be removed and the area returned to open space. A checkerboard sign is to be installed along with a barrier curb and a dry hydrant. Trent Hills will no longer charge for use of the boat launch at the Hastings Village Marina and its parking area will be expanded “slightly” to handle increased traffic. The major benefits of the changes include improved safety for motorists, boaters and pedestrians, a reduction in the potential for exposure to liability. They will also aid “the community’s identity” of Hastings as an “Ultimate Fishing Town,” and could lead to an increase in recreation and economic




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Norwood music scene includes guitar maker’s touch

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and its blossomed into this small business,” said retired teacher Wayne Gontier while the Norwood District High guitar class milled about soaking in the atmosphere in the Flora Street shop Gontier and partner Tim Lee and inlay artist Alex Gontier call homebase. “We’re not making a ton of money but we’re making a little bit and it’s fun and we’re learning all the time new techniques, new ways to do things,” says Gontier, whose son Josh still plays the first guitar they made during his popular gigs in Peterborough. They’ve sold guitars from coast to coast and even have one in the United States.

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Business - Norwood – The story is still being written about Norwood’s rich and productive music legacy which has sent bands like Three Days Grace and My Darkest Days to the top of the rock charts as well as some pretty formidable solo artists performing regularly on regional and international stages. Well, you can add a new chapter to story with the growing success of GL Acoustic Guitars and the craftsmen (properly, Luthiers) who are grooving out a name for themselves one acoustic axe at a time. “It’s a hobby that we picked up six years ago


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“As you see the thing coming together, as the guitar is evolving in front of you from just flat pieces of wood, it drives the passion for the hobby that much more,” he says. “Every one is unique. You get to the point where you almost don’t want to let it go. You really become attached to it. “One of the most rewarding things for me is just hearing it being played. It’s pretty cool to hear something you’ve made being played. We really like seeing them being played or on the Internet or seeing them come back after a couple of years.” The team repairs guitars as well and it’s not unknown for jam sessions to break out in the shop. “To hear your guitar being played by someone like Josh or others is just incredible,” Gontier says. “They sound better after being played for a while,” Lee adds. “They really settle in after time (and) develop their own sounds and range of tones.” The learning never stops, they agree. “There so much to learn and techniques and designs. You can contact the trio at

City magazine finding its stride

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News - The new Belleville magazine has hit the stands, and with more than 24,000 copies of the first issue now in circulation throughout the city. Editor and City of Belleville communications coordinator Aaron Bell said the response from readers has been strong. “I think people are really happy to get an opportunity to see what’s happening in their community,” Bell said. “People follow what we do in the media to different degrees. Some people are very interested and they come to council meetings and they read the paper every day. The majority of people aren’t nearly that active, and this gives people a summary of what’s going on.” Bell said he had the idea for the magazine shortly after taking the position of communications coordinator for the city. A major issue that he identified with the city’s public outreach strategy was that he felt Belleville didn’t do a good job telling its own stories, and Bell said he didn’t think a lot of people really knew what the city did for the community on a day-to-day basis. “They know the taxes come here, they know the roads are our responsibility but they weren’t

really aware of the full scope (of city activities),” he said. Along with an overhaul of the city website, Bell also started working on the magazine, which is simply titled “Belleville.” The inaugural issue was delivered in December, and featured photo series, historical stories, features on growth and business, profiles of local people and more. The next issue is expected to be released in March, and Bell said there will likely be an enhanced focus on the housing market and tourism in the region. “We’ve got lots of things we want to talk about... I think theres a lot of really great things that we do and a lot of really great people that work here, and I wanted to make sure that people have an opportunity to see some of those things,” he said. Bell said that the magazine was produced almost entirely in house to keep costs down, and that while most copies will stay within the region, there are also plans to use the magazine as part of relocation packages to attempt to draw new residents and businesses to the city. The magazine is also available for download at the city’s website,

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News – Belleville – The Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit has received the first lab confirmed case of Influenza. This case is reported in an 11 year old from the Belleville area. Preliminary evidence suggests that H1N1 will be the dominant strain in Canada this year. Younger people, i.e., those born after 1957, are particularly susceptible to infection due to lack of pre-existing immunity. Provincial and national influenza surveillance data indicates that this year’s influenza vaccine is a good match to the strains of influenza that are currently circulating in Ontario. “In an effort to prevent influenza outbreaks in Eastern Ontario I strongly advise all individuals born after 1957 to get their influenza immunization. It is particularly important for children aged six months to five years of age to be immunized,” says Dr. Richard Schabas, Medical Officer of Health for the Hastings & Prince Edward Counties Health Unit. Pharmacies are offering influenza vaccine this year for individuals five years of age and older. For details call the Immunization Information Line at 613-966-5513 ext. 313. Long distance callers in North Hastings can call toll free to 1-800-267-2803. For TTY call 613966-3036 from Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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PETS Dog Grooming by Bernadette. Professional services with TLC. New clients welcome. 550 TrentonFrankford Rd, 1 minute north of 401. (613)243-8245.




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FOR SALE Flooring deals, berber carpet 99 cents sq. ft.; 12 mm laminate $1.49/sq. ft.; modern cut/loop carpet 1.49/sq. ft.; Free shop at home service. Saillian Carpets 1-800-578-0497, (905)373-2260.



LETH, John In loving memory of a dear husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, who passed away December 27, 2012. Sadly missed by wife Margit and daughters Marianne, Gerda and Peggy and Families

FOR SALE Beautiful dark wood low profile tv stand. Holds large 55â&#x20AC;?+ TV. EUC 2 wood/ 2 glass doors $350 obo. FREE OLDER MODEL TV. Can email pictures. 705-653-0596


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Frankford- 2 bedroom quiet adult building. Laundry, parking, heat and hydro included. First and last required. $795/month. 613-473-2885.

Warkworth Main St., 546 sq. ft. store with parking and water included, rent is $550/month plus utilities and HST. Call 705-927-8409.

Kaladar; Three bedroom apt., fridge and stove, utilities extra, $550 per month, first and last required. Call 613-336-9429.

Marmora- 1 bedroom apartment. Quiet, modern, mature building. Laundry, fridge, stove, dishwasher. Great location. Mail delivery. Balcony and parking. $ 7 0 0 + / m t h (613)472-2667.

Trenton room for rent, $120/week. Cable and utilities included. Suitable for working person only. First and last weeks. Sidney St. (613)965-5731.




BUSINESS SERVICES County Water TreatmentSofteners, U.V. Lights, R.O. systems, chemical free iron and sulphur filters. Sales, installation, service and repair. Steven Menna. (613)967-7143.

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IN THE ESTATE OF EUNICE MARION MAEERS, Deceased. All persons having claims against the Estate of Eunice Marion Maeers, late of the Village of Madoc, County of Hastings, who died on or about the 2nd day of February, 2013, are hereby notified to send particulars, in writing, of the same to the undersigned on or before January 15th, 2014 after which date the Estate will be distributed with regard only to the claims of which the undersigned shall then have notice and the undersigned will not be liable to any person of whose claim they shall not then have notice.


DATED at Oshawa, Ontario this 18th day of December, 2013.

In the Estate of WILLIAM DONALD CAVERLY, late of the Municipality of Centre Hastings, in the County of Hastings, deceased. All persons having claims against the Estate of the above-named deceased, who died at Madoc, Ontario, on or about the 9th day of November, 2013, are hereby notified to file particulars and proof of the same with the undersigned Estate Trustees on or before the 14th day of February, 2014; after which date the Estate will be distributed having regard only to the claims of which the undersigned shall then have notice, and the undersigned will not be liable to any person of whose claim they shall not then have notice.

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BELLEVILLE The Canadian Hearing Society offers Walk In Wednesdays from 10 am-noon and 2-4pm. Speak to a Hearing Care Counsellor. No appointment necessary. Bayview Mall, 470 Dundas St. E Belleville Family Space playrooms

will be closed until January 6 or until HPEDSB has finished environmental testing. Info: 613966-5500. Wednesday, January 8, Luncheon 12 - 2 pm, 290 Bridge St W (Salvation Army ) $12. Pottery demonstration, piano music and guest speaker. Sponsored by Belleville Christian Women’s Club. Reserva-

METROLAND AUCTIONS out to more than 69,000 homes. Call to find out how. 613-966-2034

Tues Jan 7th @ 6pm Doors open at 5:00pm AUCTION SALE at RIVERSIDE AUCTION HALL

Large auction, partial estate, other interesting items plus many consignments. Boxes as yet unpacked. 192 Front W. Hastings, ON K0L 1Y0


Terms of sale: Cash, Debit, M/C, Visa Canteen & Washrooms



Auctioneer: Allen McGrath

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2014 AT 6PM, (JOB LOTS SELL AT 5:00 PM) The partial contents of a Norwood home and others.


At Stanley Auction Centre, 56 Alma St., Norwood, Ontario. From the traffic lights on Highway 7, travel south one block, then east for 3 blocks on Alma Street. Watch for signs. Small sailboat, home furnishings, appliances, housewares, tools, equipment, and much more. Full list at our website. Terms are cash, Interac or cheque with ID. Job lots sell at 5:00 pm. Foodbooth.

tions: Darlene 613-961-0956, Free nursery Belleville Garden Club meets the 4th Tuesday of the month, 7-9 pm, Moira Secondary School, 275 Farley Ave, Belleville. Info 613-966-7455. Thursday, January 9, 6-7:30 p.m. opening reception of “shot”, an exhibition by area photographers, John M. Parrott Art Gallery. Show runs until February 13 For more information call 613968-6731 x2240 or e-mail gallery@ The Schizophrenia Support Services support meetings. Every second Wednesday of the month, 7- 8:30pm. Canadian Mental Health Association Offices, 199 Front St., Belleville. For info call, Sara MacDonald (613)888-5322. Ostomy Group Belleville meets at Loyalist Collage Business and Development Centre, second Thursday of each month except July-Aug. Belleville Brain Tumour Support Group meets monthly on the second Wed.,7:30 p.m., Eastminster United Church. If you or someone you know has been affected by a brain tumour come join us. Quinte Friendship Club, 4th. Wednesday of each month, 7 PM, downstairs, Richmond Retirement Center. Activities include out to lunch bunch, pot luck dinners, euchre nights etc. Info: drop in, or 969-4475. New members welcome TGIF Frozen Meals. Nutritious, church-prepared and frozen meals available every Friday, 2 to 4 p.m., Bridge St. United Church (60 Bridge East entrance). No cost/no pre-ordering. Register at first visit with ID for each meal to be picked up. Joyfull Noise Belleville Women’s Choir invites women of all ages to join. Songs from the 50’s to the 80’s. Tuesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., Core Centre, 223 Pinnacle St., Belleville. No auditions required. Novice to experienced singers. Seniors 5-pin Bowling, Tuesdays, 1 p.m. Come and meet new friends for fun and fellowship. Belleville Pro Bowl, Bayview Mall. Call Ken 613-962-3429

BRIGHTON R.C.L. 100 Brighton Meat Roll, every Saturday, 3 – 5 pm Zumba Fitness Class, starting Monday, January 14, 5:30-6:30, Masonic Hall, 153 Main St., Brighton. Call 613-847-1183 for info. Indoor Walking Club, Mondays to Thursdays 6-9 pm until May 1, ENSS Brighton. No Charge but must pre-register. Gail at Community Care Northumberland (613)475-4190. 9 Elgin Street East, Cobourg

Saturday January 4th. 2014

Preview @ 9:30 p.m. Auction starting at 11:00 a.m.

Art, Antique & Collectors Auction


Giant Indoor Yard Sale: To Include 100’s of Fresh Items Plus Books & CD’s Watch the Website for Updates & Photos. BROWSE OUR HOME FURNISHINGS CONSIGNMENT STORE QUALITY ITEMS AT A FRACTION OF RETAIL.


Royal Doulton Figures, Nippon, Silverplate, Porcelain, Crystal, Art Glass, Oils, Watercolours, Prints, Walnut Dining Set, Upholstered Furniture, Cabinets, Small Tables & Chairs, Oriental Carpets, Mirrors & Lighting.

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Men’s Group, Friday Jan. 10 & 24, Community Care Northumberland, 174 Oliver Rd. Unit 15 Campbellford 2pm. Info: Sarah 705-696-3891 or Linda 705-653-1411 FLK Taoist Tai Chi Open House, Monday Jan 6, 5:30pm and Tuesday, Jan 7, 10am, Community Resorce Centre, Acorn Room, 65 Bridge St. Campbellford. Lighthouse Diner (soup kitchen). Serving warm, nutritious meals at 12:00 p.m. every Friday. Come at 10 a.m. for fellowship and games.

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Matheson and Oak St, Havelock, every Wednesday. Doors open at 12 pm. Music at 1 pm. Musicians (excluding drums), vocalists and visitors welcomed COBOURG Havelock Legion: Meat draws, FootCare Clinic, Mon and every Sat. 3 pm. Everyone Welcome. Wed Mornings, St. Andrews Pres- 8 Ottawa St. 705-778-3728. byterian Church. VON offers Basic, Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care MADOC (Fee for Service). For appointment Royal Canadian Legion Br call the VON at 1-888-279-4866 363 Madoc has mixed darts every ex 5346 Thursday night 7.30. Everyone invited CODRINGTON 2nd Wednesday of the month, BADMINTON every Tuesday and Codrington Women’s Institute 7:15 pm, Thursday, 7-9:30 p.m., Centre Hastings Secondary School, with coaching Codrington Community Centre for Junior players Thursdays, 6-7:00 p.m. Terry, 613-473-5662 for info. COLBORNE Ladies’ Social Group, Tuesdays Madoc Agricultural Sociat Community Care Northumberland, ety Annual Meeting, Tues, January 11 King St. E. Colborne, 1:30-3 p.m. 7, 2014, downstairs Madoc Public Library, 7 p.m. Info: 905-355-2989. Free Exercise classes begin- Line Dancing, Every Thurs. ning Tuesday, January 7 and Thursday 10:30-11:30 am., St. John’s AnJanuary 9, 10–11am, Keeler Centre, glican Church Hall, 115 Durham 80 Division St, Colborne. To register: St. N. Madoc. Info: Carol Cooper Community Care Northumberland 613-473-1446 (905)355-2989. Madoc Active Living Exercise: Wednesdays, 10:30 am. Trinity FRANKFORD United Church, 76 St Lawrence St E. Euchre every Tuesday, 7 pm, Program opened to seniors and adults 1030 Mapleview Rd. From Stockdale with physical disabilities. take Will Johnston Rd to first turn MARMORA on the right. Marmora Legion: Bingo evFrankford Legion: Men’s ery Monday 7pm. Ultimate Euchre, pool each Tuesday, 7 p.m. second Sunday of the month 1pm. Jam Sessions every third Sunday of GLEN MILLER the month, 1-4pm. TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meetings Tuesday mornings at Christ First Friday Open Mike January Church Glen Miller. Weigh ins 8:30- 3, 7pm. Marmora and Area Curling 9:30 a.m. with a meeting following. Club, 2 Crawford Dr. Come and perform Join anytime. Info: Brenda Kellett or enjoy the music. No Charge. 613 392-8227

HASTINGS Knitting Club, Thursdays, 1-3pm. Yoga, Wednesdays, 2:00pm. Cost $3. Zumba Class, Tuesdays, 9:30am. Cost $3. Line Dancing Class, Wednesdays, 10am. Cost $3. Belly Dancing Class, Thursdays, 10am. Cost $3. Hula Hooping Class, Fridays 2 p.m. Cost $3. 6 Albert St. East, Hastings. Info: Sarah at 705696-3891 Free Falls Prevention Classes, Wednesday Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Hastings, 9-10 am, 94 Victoria St. Pre-registeration required. Call 705653-1411 Community Diners, Jan. 9, 3 Albert St. W.,Trinity United Church, Hastings at 12p.m. Cost is $ 9. Info: Sarah at 705-696-3891 Free Exercise classes beginning Wednesday, January 8 and Friday January 10, 10-11am, Victoria Place, 94 Victoria St, Hastings. To register Community Care Northumberland (705)653-1411. Free Exercise Classes, Thursday Jan 10,12,17, 24, 31, Hastings, 9-10 am. Victoria Centre, Hastings. Pre-registration required. Call 705653-1411

HAVELOCK Bingo every Wednesday at Havelock Community Centre sponsored by the Havelock Lions. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Early birds 7:00 p.m., regular start 7:30 p.m. Info: Lion John at 705 778 7362. Traditional Country Music Jam Sessions, Ol’ Town Hall,


a.m., Grace United Church, Trenton. Line-dancing. Quarter Frenzy. Soup & sandwich lunch $10 (Guests $12). All retired women teachers welcome. Diane 613 398-0952 8 Wing Officer Mess Ladies club are holding a Bunco/Games Night, Wednesday, January 8, 6 p.m. in the mess. Admission: Members free and invited guests of member $10. Light refreshments and prizes. Info Quinte West MS Society Support Group, every second Monday of the month, Quiet Room, Quinte West Public Library, Trenton. 6:30pm. For those affected, caregivers and friends. Info: Trenton VON Monday Mornings. VON Foot Care Clinic: Basic, Advanced and Diabetic Foot Care (Fee for Service). For appointment call 1-888-279-4866 ex 5346 Toastmasters International, Trenton Library. Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm. New members and guests welcome. AL-ANON. Does someone’s drinking bother you? Join them each Wednesday at 8 p.m. 100 King St. Trenton. Trenton Lions Club is looking for new members. Meetings are 2nd and 4th Wed of each month, Sept to July. Info: Membership Chairman Darlene Hiltz 613-969-9502 or

TWEED Tweed Legion: Mixed darts every Friday night, 7:30 p.m. Mixed pool Wednesday nights (except 3rd Wed. of the month), 7:00 sharp. Everyone welcome. Bid Euchre every Tuesday night 7 p.m., Actinolite Recreation Hall Line Dancing, Every Tues., 10:30-11:30 am, Hungerford Hall, Tweed. Info: Carol Cooper 613473-1446 Country Music, Actinolite Hall. First Sunday of each month, October to May. Jan 5, 1-4pm. Open mic and dancing with L&A Country with Bill White. Tweed curling Club offers daytime exercise classes Mondays, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Zumba, Aerobics & Weights and Core Training. $5/class or $35/month. Info: Nancy 613-478-3464.

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Lifestyles - The Belleville General Hospital Foundation sincerely extends a very special thank-you to the Quinte Irish Canadian Society for helping us improve services in the Diagnostic Imaging Department (fluoroscopy) so more patients can stop travelling for health care and receive it right here at QHC. Left to right – Trudy Crowe (Quinte Irish Canadian Society) and Dr. M. Downey (Radiologist, QHC). Photo: Submitted

Education – Campbellford – The altruistic decision by a local businessman to donate to the music program at Campbellford District High School (CDHS), “no strings attached,” has made a big difference in the lives of students year after year. That businessman is Scott Drummond, owner of Scott Drummond Motors in Campbellford. His philanthropy began a decade ago and hasn’t stopped. To date he has given a total of $50,000 to the music program. “What strikes me the most is I really believe it is very selfless. It is truly giving. Scott wants these kids to have this wonderful experience. He’s not concerned about what comes back,” said Dave Noble, music educator. “Music programs are very expensive and the kind of program we run is very contemporary so there’s constantly things you need to add or fine tune or fix. We were finding it was difficult within the school budget to make that happen,” Noble added. That’s when he and Rob Harley, a musician and a parent, “who was heavily involved in the high

A few of the music students at Campbellford District High School gathered to talk about the program and how an ongoing donation from a local businessman helps keep the instruments fixed and tuned and the program running: from left, Dave Noble, music educator; Scott Drummond, owner of Scott Drummond Motors, benefactor; music students Elizabeth Semlitch, Bethany Spiers and Beatrice Muldroon. Photo: Sue Dickens

school’s music program” decided to knock on doors of businesses in town to see if they could drum up donations. “Harley’s the kind of guy who is always trying to make life better for everybody,” said Noble. The first door they knocked on was Scott Drum-

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