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Species-at-risk legislation draws fire Steve Newman firstname.lastname@example.org
Wedding vows renewed at the Bonnechere Manor. â€“ Page12 â€“
The Womenâ€™s Institute is honoured for its efforts. â€“ Page 13 â€“
In a packed Renfrew County council chambers Friday, more than 60 people attended a fact-collecting forum on the impact of the Endangered Species Act. Speaker after speaker condemned the act for its negative impact on the local economy, but perhaps none more so than Admaston-Bromley beef farmer and municipal councillor Michael Donohue. He said the ESA often requires environmental assessment that results in ďŹ nding no species at risk, but only potential habitat for species at risk. â€œWhat I ďŹ nd most frightening about that is that I suspect every square inch of this province has potential habitat for something on this list (of species at risk),â€? said Donohue. The beef farmer bristled when speaking about the apparent myth about opponents to the act. Anyone speaking up against this act, said Donohue sarcastically, is considered to be part of â€œsome sort of rapacious enterprise that cares about nothing but the bottom dollar, and thatĘźs absolutely not the case. I think everyone here is of the same mind as I am: This is my home and I want to see it ďŹ‚ourish.â€? Liberal, NDP and Progressive Conservative representatives, including Conservative MPP John Yakabuski, made brief statements at the outset of the nearly three-hour forum. But the ďŹ‚oor was mainly occupied by an avalanche of criticism from invitees to the afternoon session hosted by Renfrew County Warden Peter Emon and property and development director Paul Moreau. See SPECIES, page 6
Admaston-Bromley beef farmer Robert Dick speaks at Fridayâ€™s forum on the Endangered Species Act. Next to him in the packed county council chambers are Dave Lemkay, centre, of the Renfrew Industrial Commission and Brian Hamilton of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Developer slams town planning process, delays Planning issues front and centre on agenda Steve Newman email@example.com
The Horton Winter Carnival was celebrated on the weekend. â€“ Page 21 â€“
Monday nightĘźs Renfrew council meeting was dominated by approval of three zoning bylaws and two site-plan agreements. But not enough timely planning is being done by the Town of Renfrew, according to veteran developer
Mack Wilson. Wilson, who saw council approve his site-plan agreement for Phase 3 of Hunter Gate subdivision Monday, subsequently asked to address council. Granted permission by Mayor Bill Ringrose, Wilson then chastised staff for dragging its feet on planning issues. He also indicated Wilson Investments of Renfrew is ďŹ nancing the building of a new $5 million home for Ontario Power Generation that will preserve or create about 70
jobs, and that he would like to see timely response to the project. â€œI have to tell you IĘźm disappointed; disappointed with your delays and your action here,â€? Wilson told council and senior staff members. â€œThere doesnĘźt seem to be anything that takes place until a ďŹ re has been lit, and it takes too long. â€œThis place is not operating as it should be. Your cookbook is outdated. Your guidelines and procedures are not followed. And â€Ś I am critical of that. I canĘźt help it, it bothers
me. We started in September to have a subdivision agreement ratiďŹ ed.â€? Hunter GateĘźs site-plan agreement for Phase 3 should have been approved by December 2012 at the latest, said Wilson. Asked why approval took this long, Wilson replied, â€œI have no idea.â€? RINGROSE RESPONDS
For the second time in two town council meetings, Mayor Ringrose spoke at the council table, before indicat-
ing he would not provide additional comments or answers to questions about the issue in question. The ďŹ rst time was Feb. 11, when Ringrose summarized his reasons for accepting the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal sent to him by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The second occasion was Monday night (Feb. 25) when he responded to WilsonĘźs criticisms of the townĘźs planning process. See PLANNING, page 3
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Winners at the Renfrew Legion public speaking competition are, from left, front row, Cameron Hunter, Landen Scobie, Ariana Ferko, Kyra Ferko, Emily Saumure, Nevin Prevost and Elizabeth Scott; and back row, Samantha Daynes, Sydney Perry, Legion first vice president Ron Kilby, Legion president Randy Dowell, Legion public speaking chair Ella Box and Heather Lepine.
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Public-address announcements in the next few weeks should reveal if new life will be breathed back into extracurricular activities at schools in the Renfrew County District School Board. However, donʼt expect teachers to come ﬂooding back, following the recent departure of most teachers from extracurricular activities, after protesting since December the provincial governmentʼs use of Bill 115 to force contract agreements with the majority of Ontario schools. So says Jeff Barber, the president of OSSTF Local 28, which covers all of Renfrew County. The provincial council of the Ontario Secondary School Teachersʼ Federation announced Friday (Feb. 22) that it had voted to recommend its members suspend their political action related to extracurricular and voluntary activities. Barber, a Renfrew Collegiate Institute teacher until he became the Local 28 president ﬁve years ago, predicts there will be mixed response to the OSSTF provincial councilʼs recommendation. “Some teachers are expected to return to extracurriculars. Some will be a little more reluctant to return. They may wait to see what happens in discussions with the Province,” said Barber after speaking to several of the localʼs 350 teachers Monday. “And there will be some that wonʼt want to return to extracurriculars after the way
theyʼve been treated by the provincial government.” In a news release, OSSTF provincial president Ken Coran said, “We expect that this sign of goodwill will prompt the government to have genuine discussions that can lead to a fair resolution to this current impasse.” Barber said he hopes OSSTF discussions with the provincial government result in some adjustments to what has already been agreed to in contracts. The contracts run to the end of August 2014. As OSSTFʼs legislative body, the provincial council determines interim policy and approves political action for the OSSTFʼs 60,000 members. The council consists of more than 150 local leaders from across Ontario. A barometer of how many teachers in Renfrew Countyʼs public schools will return to extracurriculars will be much clearer after the March break, and the start of the usual season for track and ﬁeld, badminton, soccer and other sports. Listen to school announcements as a good indicator of how busy RCI and other public high schools will be on the extracurricular scene, said Barber. Other extracurricular events include Relay for Life, an RCI event that has been raising more $80,000 annually for the Canadian Cancer Society. Although Barber isnʼt ofﬁcially an RCI teacher, thatʼs where heʼd most likely volunteer his time for extracurriculars. Barber says heʼll wait a couple of weeks before determining the extent of his own involve-
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ment with extracurriculars. OSSTF membership includes public high school teachers, occasional teachers, educational assistants, continuing education teachers and instructors, early childhood educators, psychologists, secretaries, speech-language pathologists, social workers, plant support personnel and university support staff. Following Fridayʼs OSSTF announcement, Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was “glad that teachers, support staff and students across the province will once again enjoy the extracurricular activities and programs that mean so much to them.” Wynne added: “For the past few weeks, my team and I have been meeting with our partners in the public sector and engaging in positive, frank and collaborative discussions about our shared priorities.” In the same news release, the premier said she was conﬁdent the governmentʼs “commitment to fairness, consistency and respect in our conversations with OSSTF and all our partners will continue to result in real work being done for the people of Ontario.” There was no boycott of extracurricular activities by teachers in the Renfrew County Catholic school board, because they had a tentative agreement in place before the Province used Bill 115 to force contracts with school boards without tentative agreements. The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario has indicated it will review its position on extracurriculars by March 1.
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Renfrew Branch 148 of the Royal Canadian Legion held its annual public speaking competition Sunday, Feb. 10 in the Legion hall. Results of the competition are as follows: • Grade 1-3: ﬁrst, Kyra Ferko, Grade 2, Admaston Public School; second, Nevin Prevost, Grade 3, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School; third, Landen Scobie Grade 2, Queen Elizabeth Public School • Grade 4-6: ﬁrst, Emily Saumure, Grade 4, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School; second, Ariana Ferko, Grade 4, Admaston Public School; third, Cameron Hunter, Grade 6, Central Public School. • Grade 7-9: ﬁrst, Elizabeth Scott, Grade 7, Renfrew Collegiate Intermediate School; second, Samantha Daynes, Grade 7, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School; third, Sydney Perry, Grade 7, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic School. • Grade 10-12: ﬁrst, Heather Lepine, Grade 10, St. Josephʼs Catholic High School. Congratulations to all 27 students who participated in this yearʼs contest. Good luck to all ﬁrst-place contestants advancing to the zone competition March 2 in Eganville at Branch 353. Special thanks to all Legion members and Auxiliary members for your assistance. A big thank-you to registrars Fran Godin, Janet Turner and backup Huguette Jobin; timekeepers Sylvia Sell and Pat Kilby; referee Ron Kilby; scrutineers Greg Walbeck and Lynn Gruntz; calligrapher Tanya Campbell; Allan Sell for framing; door detail Randy Dowell; the auxiliary ladies for lunch and judges Barb Bristow, Lewis MacDonald and Marilyn Campbell, backup Sandi Heins; and all who helped in any way.
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While addressing council and senior staff members, Wilson also said “you need to pull your socks up and be proactive … and stop your ﬁghting.” This was a reference to the case before the Ontario Supreme Court in which Renfrew development and works director Mike Asselin is suing Renfrew resident Matt McDougall of Moviemat for defamation of character. Asselin also received a court injunction Dec. 7 to prevent the public viewing of videos placed on YouTube in October and November over his disagreement on a site plan concerning McDougallʼs Moviemat location on OʼBrien Road. After approval of the Hunter Gate phase 3 site-plan agreement, Wilson left the council chambers. Shortly afterwards, Mayor Ringrose responded to Wilsonʼs comments. Ringrose said the difﬁculty often lies in the vagueness of expectations, responsibilities and timelines. “When you get mixed up in the details of it (the process), itʼs amazing how there arenʼt any innocent parties around the table,” the mayor said. “However, it happened; it occurred. Yes, I did get a phone call (about the site-
plan agreement). Iʼm glad we got through it tonight, and it (delays) will probably happen some time in the future. Thatʼs just life.” Regarding the need for timely site-plan approvals in town, Ringrose added, “If applicants come to us and work with us, we will meet whatever timetable is required. That requires an active communication on their part and an active fulﬁlling of their role on behalf of their consultants, as well as the parties we have to go through for input … We will achieve what is required.” In responding to Wilsonʼs comments about the court case, Ringrose added: “Heʼs right. Iʼve heard comments that what is happening relative to a citizen is, at the least, embarrassing. I wish it would come to an end. I suspect it will drag on for many more months …. It has already been before the courts, and it is not resolved … And I suspect there are other issues that are going to come forward.” To which Ringrose also said, “There comes a time when you have stand up for yourselves and for our staff.” THREE REZONING BYLAWS
At Mondayʼs meeting, council also approved three zoning amendments for property developments by Briscoeʼs Foodmarket Ltd. on Barnet Boulevard, Renfrew Victoria Hospital on Grigg Ave., and
Nick Karavidas on Opeongo Road land that is not serviced by the townʼs water and waste-water system. The Opeongo Road severance passed by a 5-2 vote, despite planner Julie Stewartʼs recommendation that the rezoning be refused. A servicing options report concluded that are municipal services are not an option due to prohibitive costs for such an extension at the west end of town. The same report recommends on-site private sewage and water services. COLERAINE SITE PLAN
Council also passed a site-plan agreement for the Coleraine Subdivision being developed by Bonnechere Development Corporation partners Norm Bujold and Morris Eady. The corporation is building 30 single-family homes at the site of the former Pine Avenue football ﬁeld, between Airth Boulevard and Raglan Street South. The site-plan agreement for the future Coleraine Park includes the councilʼs waving of the requirement for an on-site sidewalk and on-site power generator. Instead, the developers will provide funds for a mobile generator to be operated by the town. Construction of four homes (on Buck Ridge Crescent within Coleraine Park) will start this spring, says Bujold.
Time for fundamental fairness: MPP Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski wants to bring attention to an issue of fundamental fairness for Ontarioʼs rural municipalities. Yakabuski is promoting his reintroduced Private Membersʼ Bill, the Gasoline Tax Fairness for All Act, which would ensure that all municipalities share in a portion of the gas tax they pay. “Currently, the Gasoline Tax Act only permits those municipalities that have a rapid transit or public transportation system to seek a tax rebate. Yakabuski has been advocating for years to amend the Act to ensure that all municipalities share in a portion of the gas tax they pay by making all municipalities eligible to receive a rebate from the provincial government,” the release said. “I ﬁrst introduced this bill in recognition of the fact that rural municipalities depend on their roads and bridges as the only public trans-
portation available to them, yet receive no gas tax funding” Yakabuski said. “The longer the government takes to address the unfairness of the current funding model, the larger the problem becomes.” According to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) the estimated annual infrastructure deﬁcit for Ontarioʼs municipalities is $6 billion. To address these challenges, municipalities have advocated for predictable, long-term and stable infrastructure funding. “After years of neglect this is an opportunity for the Liberals to show some respect for rural Ontario and support a policy that municipalities have spent years advocating for” Yakabuski said. “Premier Wynne has an opportunity to ﬁnally put rubber to the road in the upcoming budget.” The Ontario PC party has endorsed gas tax fairness in the 2011 and 2007 elections.
All sides back MP’s efforts to stop those taking any advantage of disabled Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP Cheryl Gallant has received all-party support for her Private Memberʼs Legislation to restrict fees charged by certain promoters of the federal governmentʼs disability tax credit. “While I am pleased to conﬁrm that our government supports Bill C-462, the Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act, the fact that support for my bill crosses party lines suggests that other MPs recognize my effort to solve the problem caused by some individuals who are taking advantage of the disabled,” said Gallant. “During the ﬁrst hour of debate at second reading in the House of Commons, speakers from both the Ofﬁcial Opposition and the third party stated their support for my private memberʼs Bill. “With broad government and allparty support, I am very positive about this bill becoming law.” Gallant pointed out that there have been cases where some Canadians living with a disability have had substantial portions of their tax credit, sometimes as much as 35 per
cent, taken away by promoters of the credit. The Disability Tax Credit Promoters Restrictions Act is intended to restrict fees that can be charged by a business preparing a Disability Tax Credit (DTC) application. “It is a step forward in ensuring fair treatment of all eligible Canadian taxpayers, said Gallant. The Disability Tax Credit is a nonrefundable credit that may reduce the amount of income tax that either a person with a disability or their supporting person has to pay. To qualify, an individual must have a severe and prolonged impairment in physical or mental functions, as deﬁned in the Income Tax Act and as certiﬁed by a qualiﬁed practitioner. “A number of my constituents, including members of our Canadian Armed Forces and veterans, have expressed their concerns to me regarding unfair fees being charged by some promoters of the Disability Tax Credit,” said Gallant. “That money should be staying in the pockets of Canadians who need it, and not be charged away by unregulated promoters.”
Public information meeting on Algonquin land claim tonight The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH), the Canadian Sportﬁshing Industry Association (CSIA) and the Federation of Ontario Cottagersʼ Associations (FOCA) will host a public information meeting on the Algonquin land claim settlement tonight. “The purpose of these meetings is to let the people who live, work, hunt, ﬁsh and recreate in the land claim area know whatʼs at stake,” says OFAH executive director Angelo Lombardo in a news release. “To date, the government has not provided the public with the opportunity for consultation, which is inexcusable. “Collectively, we feel it is our responsibility to make the public aware of the details of this
land claim and how they may be affected.” The meeting runs 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Pembroke Best Western Inn & Conference Centre at 1 International Drive. No prior registration is required and everyone is encouraged to attend. “If you enjoy the use of public lands or are impacted on by the claim in anyway, this meeting will provide you with some background information and prepare you for government sessions in March where you can ask questions and demand answers,” said Lombardo. “The opportunity to hunt, ﬁsh, boat, hike, cottage, trap, canoe, camp or ATV in the land claim area is on the line.” To learn more, visit www.ofah.org.
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The Township of Horton, fronting on the Ottawa River, located in beautiful and scenic Renfrew County and only 40 minutes away from our Nation’s Capital, is seeking a motivated, highly organized individual with superior public relations and technical skills to fill the position of Public Works Manager. Reporting to the CAO/Clerk, the Public Works Manager will be responsible for fulfilling the Public Works and Waste Management Departmental responsibilities; maintaining the Township’s Asset Management Program; supervision of staff and administrative requirements; ensuring that roads, waste and other rural roadway infrastructure are maintained in a safe condition. The Public Works Manager will ensure that service delivery and general public works operations are carried out in a cost effective manner, while implementing a customer service based style that meets all municipal standards and statutory obligations. For further details of the Public Works Manager position and expected qualifications, interested applicants should review the full job description on the Township website at www.hortontownship.ca. Resumes to be submitted to the CAO/Clerk, Horton Township, in an envelope marked “Public Works Manager Position” at 2253 Johnston Road, Renfrew, Ontario K7V 3Z8, by 4:00 pm Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Salary is to be based on the successful candidate’s experience.
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Renfrew OPP lay drug charges after search of residence On Feb. 20 OPP conducted a search of a residence in Renfrew under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Ofﬁcers entered the home on Renfrew Avenue West and seized a quantity of cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and a conducted energy weapon. The two 40-year-old male residents were each charged with possession for the purpose of trafﬁcking cocaine, possession of marijuana, and unauthorized possession of a weapon. One was held in custody for a bail hearing. The other was released on a promise to appear in court in Renfrew April 10. Two other males were located in the home and arrested. A 24-year-old Ottawa man was charged with possession for the purpose of trafﬁcking cocaine, possession of marijuana, unauthorized possession of a weapon, and possession of a weapon while prohibited. He was released on a promise to appear in Renfrew court April 10. A second Ottawa man, 25, was charged with possession for the purpose of trafﬁcking cocaine, possession of marijuana, unauthorized possession of a weapon, possession of a weapon while prohibited, breach of probation, and three counts of failing to comply with a recognizance. He was held in custody for a bail hearing. Det.-Const. Mike Hartwick led the investigation.
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Two area community centres were vandalized last weekend. Overnight Feb. 23 both the Horton Community Centre and Douglas Community Centre had several windows broken. The suspects entered the community centre in Douglas and stole items from the canteen. Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call the OPP in Renfrew at 613-432-3211 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Feb. 18 was a statutory holiday in Ontario. Under the Retail Business Holiday Act retail business stores were not permitted to be open. Const. Rick Shikatani was working and noticed that Urban Planet in Renfrew was open for business. The ofﬁcer was aware that this business has been charged in the past with being open for business on statutory holidays. The ofﬁcer issued the manager a summons for court in Renfrew March 22.
OPP ofﬁcers investigated several cases of broken windows on vehicles in Renfrew during the past week. Police have also been notiﬁed of mailboxes being damages on Pinnacle Road in Horton Township. No suspects have been identiﬁed yet.
During the past week Renfrew OPP ofﬁcers responded to seven domestic disputes. One male was charged with assault, uttering threats, and resisting arrest; one male was charged with three counts of assault and three counts of breach of probation; and one male was charged with criminal harassment and uttering threats. THEFT OF ATV
On Feb. 21 ofﬁcers responded to a theft on Black Bay Road in Horton Township. The complainant reported his side-by-side ATV was stolen within the last hour of police arrival. The victim located the ATV on the Ottawa River where it had been damaged and abandoned. Const. Ryan Besner is investigating.
Two males are facing charges after an assault was reported to the police Feb. 22. The victim was walking on Munroe Avenue East around 9:20 p.m. when he was approached from behind by two males and assaulted. The victim was able to get away and reported the incident to police. The victim was treated for minor injuries at Renfrew Victoria Hospital. Ofﬁcers were unable to locate the two male suspects. Arrest warrants are being sought for
one adult male and one male youth. Const. Marc Bennett is investigating. BREAK, ENTER AND THEFT
A garage on Pucker Street in Horton Township was broken into overnight Feb. 19. The thief snuck in through the backyard and stole a chainsaw and gas can. The chainsaw was an older model Homelite, yellow in colour. Const. Besner investigated.
have come to me expressing their concern that the lateness of receiving the program application forms, the lack of clarity in the forms as well as the paperwork requirement may result in farmers who should qualify for assistance not receiving any help,” said Gallant. “I worked very hard to convince our federal government agriculture minister Gerry Ritz that our local farmers needed support.
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Admaston-Bromley Township 2012 council salaries and expenses were released Thursday evening. Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe had a salary of $13,138.32 for 2012. With expenses of $8,837.55 added, her total remuneration was $21,975.87. Totals for other members of council in 2012 were: â€˘ Robert Dick, salary $7,663.76, expenses $7,553.15, total $15,216.91; â€˘ Michael Donohue, salary $7,663.76, expenses $5.267.62, total $12, 931.38; â€˘ Ray Pender, salary $7,663.76, expenses $5,058.03, total $12,721.79; â€˘ Dirk Rook, salary $7,663.76, expenses $5,007.04, total $12,670.80. In total, $75,516.75 was paid out to council, which was slightly under the budget of $75,625. It was also lower than 2011 ďŹ gures by $345.03. â€œOurs is different than many councils because we do not get paid by the meeting. This is it folks. We could have 10 meetings. We could have 10-hundred meetings, and it comes out to the same amount of dollars,â€? Mayor Briscoe explained. â€œWhat I like about the way itĘźs structured in this municipality is that you never have to be concerned about the budget when you call a meeting,â€? Coun. Donohue added. HIRED
The township has hired township resident Andrea Leclaire for the part-time contract clerical position. â€œWe had a lot going on so we did it fairly quickly,â€? clerktreasurer Annette Louis said. â€œWe advertised in the paper on the Thursday and asked for the applications by the following Monday. It didnĘźt seem to be a problem because we got 51 applications.â€? Five applicants were interviewed, Louis added. Leclaire has been hired effective Feb. 25. Council approved her rate
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MP Gallant met with Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) member services representative Brian Hamilton; Renfrew County OFA secretary-treasurer Donna Campbell; National Farmers Union (NFU) local president Dave McKay and NFU secretary Lauretta Rice; and John Strathoff and Ron McCoy of the Renfrew County Dairy Farmers. â€œThis is an opportunity for the new premier of Ontario to put words into action as the provincial minister of agriculture. â€œWhile the federal government is providing the bulk of the funding for this initiative, by agreement the Provincial Minister is responsible for the overall delivery and administration of the program,â€? said Gallant. â€œRural Ontario is watch-
of $13.33 per hour. Leclaire will work a minimum of 24 hours per week â€“ Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Steve Visinski was introduced at the meeting. Visinski is the lead hand for the municipal garage, taking over from Chris Kunopaski while he recovers from surgery. LAND PURCHASE
Total sales for 2012 were 33 at the Douglas Grocery, 41 at GourleyĘźs Variety and 99 at the municipal ofďŹ ce or by mail. Mayor Briscoe said, that if anyone thinks thereĘźs only 173
dogs in the township, she has some land in Florida to sell. â€œHowever, dog tags are bought by people who care about their dogs and want to know that if they get lost, they have a way to ďŹ nd them, and
â€œYouĘźll also note, there is not a great deal of concern about the drought, in January,â€? Coun. Donohue said. Drought updates took the least amount of hits, with just 51.
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Admaston-Bromley has purchased a parcel of land for $100,000 from John J. OĘźNeil and Patrick J. OĘźNeil. Mayor Briscoe is very pleased with the transaction. â€œWe were able to complete the purchase of about 30 acres from the OĘźNeil family at our Osceola landďŹ ll site,â€? said Mayor Briscoe. â€œSo it is now ours. We had an excellent negotiation between ourselves and the OĘźNeils, and itĘźs a good deal that we have done and are compliant with MOE (Ministry of the Environment).â€?
good for these good people.â€? The township website had 38,335 hits in January. Most viewed was the calendar with 3,067 onlookers. There are 25 entities on the website.
The Calabogie and Area Business Association (CABA) has received a boost from council for two projects. CABA president Byron Hermann attended the council meeting of Feb. 19 and voiced his appreciation. He said CABA has received a grant from the Community Futures Development Corporation for two projects â€“ a new interactive business directory and a Calabogie and area experience map. The township has agreed to partner with CABA and contribute $1,500 to both of those projects. FPO HIRED
Council approved GM ďŹ re chief Betsy
SayerĘźs request to hire Morgan Pirie as ďŹ re prevention ofďŹ cer (FPO) with speciďŹ c focus on ďŹ re safety inspections. Greater Madawaska has worked hard over the past three years to educate and motivate residents and businesses to enhance ďŹ re prevention activities, and have been successful, Sayers said. â€œAs a direct result of this success, and increased awareness in the community following the 2012 macroburst and drought, our FPO workload for 2013 is dramatically higher than ever before. We are not able to meet needs with only one part-time FPO,â€? Sayers said. â€œFire safety inspections are extremely complex and best done by a team of two trained PFOs. We need to hire a second FPO to meet this need,â€? Sayers said. Pirie is a trained FPO with Lanark Highlands who was interviewed and rec-
ommended for hiring as a second FPO on an as-needed basis. â€œWe have been partnering more closely with Lanark Highlands in the past year, and the ďŹ re chief has approved our request to share her (PirieĘźs) services,â€? Sayers said. Pirie joins Anna Kosmack in the FPO role with Greater Madawaska. FLAG RASIING PLANS AND MEDALS
Mayor Emon said Greater Madawaska will participate in the Raise-the-Flag for Autism event Tuesday, April 2. The plan is to have all 444 municipalities in Ontario raise the ďŹ‚ag at noon that day. The township presented Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals to Mary Charbonneau, Ken Birkett and Pat Holleran Feb. 17 for their volunteer work.
While scanning over the Feb. 14 roads voucher of $125,603.38, Mayor Briscoe noticed a charge of $1,265 to Claimspro Inc. She said the bill shouldnĘźt be there, and council did not approve the payment, lowering the roads voucher to $124,338.38. â€œThat was added to our accounts payable which we just minussed, because it just came to our attention that this is our third payment to an insurance investigator in terms of an accident that involved one of our municipal vehicles this past summer,â€? Mayor Briscoe said. â€œWe thought we had insurance for that very reason and we shouldnĘźt have to be paying investigators. Anyway, we are just not going to pay them, not until they can explain to us what our responsibilities are.â€? DOG TAGS
Dog tag sales in the township were 173 for 2012, compared to 224 tags sold in 2011, and 172 in 2010. ing. I invite her to listen to the farmers in Renfrew County. They need more time to complete program forms. Many do not have the $300 to $1,200 they have been given as estimates by accountants and farm consultants to ďŹ ll out these forms. There are issues with a number of the requirements to qualify for this program. An extension to the program deadline is needed to sort out these problems. â€œThe time has come for the new Ontario premier to work together with the women and men who grow the food on her table. â€œAs recognized by the provinceĘźs own AgriRecovery Assessment, Renfrew County was the worst-hit drought area in 2012, with a drop in forage production as much as 50 per cent.Poor pasture conditions forced some producers to feed their ďŹ rst cut of hay in July and August, which meant they had less hay available for winter feeding,â€? said Gallant.
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The teeth of the act are the regulations, which county ofďŹ cials say need changing. The deadline for feedback to the provinceĘźs EBR (or environmental bill of rights) registry was Monday, Feb. 25. â€œWe had a great turnout,â€? said Moreau. â€œOur warden was right when he said we had an opportunity (Friday) for different sectors of our economy to hear about the impacts that each otherĘźs experiencing. So weĘźre not all in different silos here, and just thinking of our individual effects, but we now have a broader understanding of the issues that weĘźre all facing. And whatĘźs come out is that theyĘźre all very similar in nature.â€? The hope, said Emon, is that the forum results in the countyĘźs construction of a message that leads to constructive changes in the Endangered Species ActĘźs regulations. He also thanked the forumĘźs participants for their restraint while speaking out about an act that he said is unfair. Those impacts include huge planning-process delays, including such provincial restrictions or requests as environmental assessments, restricted windows for cutting in forested areas, and lack of ďŹ‚exibility in farmersĘź hay harvesting guidelines. One speaker was Leo Hall of RenfrewĘźs Opeongo Forestry Services, which for years has grown and harvested trees. He said the act has had major impact on his timber business and on related real-estate development. â€œThe key (impact) as far as IĘźm concerned is cost, and the second most important one is uncertainty,â€? said Hall. â€œThe way we understand it, you need to have revenue a little bit higher than your costs, and what weĘźve bee noticing during the past decade is itĘźs becoming increasingly more
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difďŹ cult to extract value from our products because of a whole bunch of a factors in the world market,â€? added Hall. The net result in the past decade is a declining value of product by 10 to 50 per cent, or in some cases the total disappearance of the demand for products. A way to deal with these declining values is to use more sophisticated machinery, but to make those machines effective investments, Hall says they have to run a high percentage of the time, but canĘźt because of restricted land access, as deďŹ ned by the Endangered Species Act. â€œI feel in my bones that this situation has gotten to the point where in forestry and in property development, we are gradually being pushed out of the global community of producing wood products and selling them competitively,â€? said Hall. â€œAnd we may very well be at the stage where the alternate use for this land, which could attract investment to the area, is becoming uneconomic as well.â€? One of the most thorough speakers was Colin Mackinnon of Ben Hokum & Son Limited sawmill in Killaloe. He called the Endangered Species Act â€œanother ďŹ nancial burden that will regulate us out of business.â€? â€œOur forestry industry, as you know, has been struggling for ďŹ ve years,â€? he added. â€œ(There are) lots of casualties. Those who are still operating are just hanging on by a thread. â€œNow in the fourth year of the species-at-risk (legislation) weĘźre starting to see the full impact, and weĘźre at the tipping point. More and more, weĘźre seeing more American lumber cross the border, and we have to remain competitive (by lowering our prices).â€? Over the past year, with increased activity by the Committee for Status of Species at Risk in Ontario (COSSARO), Mackinnon says the forestry industry has been more and
more challenged. The biggest factor is restricted access to its own timber supply, said Mackinnon. â€œWe have to sell our timber when the market wants it, but with the ESA we have a hard time doing that â€Ś We donĘźt want to be cutting our spring operating areas in the winter. We have a lack of ďŹ‚exibility,â€? he said of the companyĘźs provincially-approved ďŹ ve-year cutting plan. â€œWeĘźre losing area, weĘźre losing volume, due to species at risk (regulations). There are reserves on waterways, creeks, woodland pools, ponds that are removed from our harvest. At times, this will make small blocks unaffordable to harvest. Even for larger blocks, with little sections that are blocked off, we have to move in and out due to timing restrictions, (so) we may have a difďŹ cult time cost-wise to go back and harvest.â€? Restricted harvesting blocks may also negatively impact the local industryĘźs ability to respond to mounting product demand at certain times of the year, said Mackinnon. He also said that the legislation has resulted in additional costs to create off-season roads, to accommodate species at risk, at increased costs since roads once built with two or three inches of gravel must now be built with two or three times that amount. Tom Richardson of the Ontario Forestry Industry Association, said â€œwe could live with onerous restrictions if there were truly rare (species at risk), but theyĘźre everywhere.â€? Ontario Federation of Agriculture vice-president Debra Straathof of Arnprior suggested a few changes to the legislation. These include more ministerial oversight so
the species at risk committee doesnĘźt wield all-encompassing power, and adding a person with agricultural background to CASSARO. MPP Yakabuski said his party would review how appointments are made to CASSARO and restore the natural resources ministerĘźs right to have the ďŹ nal say on committee decisions â€œbecause unfortunately you have a board (CASSARO) that does not represent you. â€œIn fact, they represent everything that is the opposite of what your needs are, and when they make determinations theyĘźre answering the call of the people who elect them to their various environmental organizations. So itĘźs a very tilted relation today, and that has to change.â€? There were about two dozen presenters at the forum that lasted nearly three hours. They included Kerry Clouthier of Clouthier Construction, planner Brian Whitehead of Jp2g Consultants Inc., Lauretta Rice of the National Farmers Union, forester Ed Heideman of Lavern Heideman & Sons Ltd. in Eganville, Larry McTaggart of Bancroft Area Forest Industry Association, and Don Baxter of Northern Graphite mine near Bissett Creek. Each said the Endangered Species Act is reducing proďŹ t margins by creating more delays in the planning or production process. The purpose of the forum, according to a pre-forum news release from Renfrew County, was to emerge with â€œpositive and reasonable solutions, and alternative mechanisms, to the costly and unworkable mechanisms contained in the ESA, and to deliver these recommendations to the Province of Ontario.â€?
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