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Her hero is gone. Dorothy LudwigĘźs dad died a few days after a car accident in 2005, but his balanced and focused way of dealing with life serves as an ongoing example. Many Renfrew residents may remember her dad, Rev. Bill Hare, when he was the minister at Grace United Church in Admaston Township more than 30 years ago. They may even remember little Dorothy, who was born in Renfrew in 1979, but soon moved with her family to South Mountain, Ont., and later to Alberta. And if they donĘźt remember her, theyĘźll get to see or hear about her as she competes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London in air pistol.
2012 Olympian Dorothy Ludwig takes aim during a training session in British Columbia. Born in Renfrew, the daughter of Rev. Bill and Fran Hare is the second Olympian in her family. Photo by Lynda Kiejko
Ready to call it a day: clerk-treasurer Steve Newman
â€œHe knows us as well as we know us,â€? said Mayor Briscoe in making the announcement at the May 17 meeting of Admaston-Bromley council. Clerk Briscoe has held the job since April 1975. â€œI was nervous, Katherine Lynch was the past treasurer,â€? she recalls of those ďŹ rst days on the job. â€œI only had two weeks to work with her, and then I was on my own.â€? In those days, the position was 8:30 to 3:30 four days a week, compared to longer days ďŹ ve days a week now. Since then she has worked in four different ofďŹ ces. At ďŹ rst, before working in the present municipal ofďŹ ces, which have since expanded, clerk-treasurer Lynch and council met at the clerk-treasurerĘźs home.
Bev Briscoe, one of Renfrew CountyĘźs longest-standing administrators, is stepping down as clerk-treasurer at Admaston-Bromley Township. Briscoe, 61, initially planned to pull the curtain on her career in October, but was convinced by Mayor RayeAnne Briscoe, whoĘźs also her sister-in-law, to wait until late December of this year. She agreed. With three vacancies of chief administrative ofďŹ cers or treasurers in area municipalities, the mayor ďŹ gured this would give the township more time to ďŹ nd a suitable candidate for the job. That process will be facilitated, as it has for other positions at AdmastonBromley, by Renfrew County human resources director Bruce Beakley.
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Admaston-Bromley’s 37-year career as clerk-treasurer for Admaston Township or Admaston-Bromley Township will reach nearly 38 years when she retires in December.
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When Briscoe was hired, council meetings took place during the day at a table right behind the counter of the municipal ofﬁce on Stone Road. Challenges during her 37-year career included her battle with breast cancer in 2004 and with cellulitis in 2008, when she was under intensive care unit care for two weeks and struggled to breath. “It was actually worse than the cancer,” she remembers. “When I had breast cancer, I came back to work. I had to go through chemo and radiation, too, but thatʼs what kept me going, coming back to work here. I donʼt know what I would have done because it kept my mind occupied.” Looking back over her career, she tried to put her ﬁnger on the best part of the job. “I donʼt know how to respond … I just enjoyed the job. Every day I came here it was always something different. You never get bored, and like I said in my letter (of resignation), you never stop learning because every day is different. You might plan to do something, but sometimes you might never, ever get it done.” What she did well as clerk-treasurer is no mystery for the likes of Mayor Briscoe. “Admaston, Admaston-Bromley and Bev Briscoe,” said the mayor of her long-standing presence and steadying inﬂuence on staff and residents of the municipality. “Bev is very understanding of people. She has an excellent way of meeting people, even
people who are upset, so they get their needs met. She is not impulsive. She thinks things through and ﬁnds out the details and facts before making up her mind.” One distinct change was amalgamation in 2000. The amalgamation of Admaston and Bromley townships into one municipality made life more complicated, but not inordinately so, says the clerk-treasurer. “It did get bigger, but amalgamation went smoothly. And Admaston and Bromley were actually the same for me because I knew as many people in Bromley as I did in Admaston.” During the last election campaign, in 2010, the clerk-treasurer says she knew she wouldnʼt be back for another election, but hadnʼt yet decided when to retire. Now that she has, she says: “I thought it was time to let younger staff members take over. It was time. I was ready.” The retirement announcement also comes shortly before her husband, Dave, retires in July. Bev is the daughter of Basil and Ethel Mick, who died in 1981 and 2010 respectively. With retirement, she hopes to continue enjoying tasks around the house and spending time with her grandchildren Brandon and Erica, the kids of daughter Lisa Mosseau and son-in-law Steve. She also plans to do things she hasnʼt done before.
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Critics of austerity measures say cutting hospital beds and workers isnʼt the best way to save money. It seems counter-intuitive, but they maintain the best way is to open more beds and hire more cleaning staff. It would have the added beneﬁt of preventing some 24,000 Canadians deaths caused by medical errors every year, they add. The critics stopped by Arnprior May 18 on a whirlwind tour of 15 cities and towns, including Ottawa. Their analogy is that of three jumbo jets crashing every week, killing 1,153 people, and how governments would move quickly to solve that problem. But when it comes to medical errors in the health-care system - where 18 per cent of patients are harmed - nothing is done. “Itʼs just taken as a string of personal tragedies that happen to individual families that no one links together,” said Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU). “We tolerate a failure level of one in ﬁve in the face of scientiﬁc studies that show how we can stop it.” William Charney, editor of the newly released book Epidemic of Medical Errors and Hospital-Acquired Infections, said governments have known for 20 years that overcrowding and improper cleaning are costly both in human suffering and tax spending. The book probes the systemic causes of preventable hospital deaths, including unsafe patient volumes, inadequate stafﬁng levels, shift work, health care working conditions, lack of accountability, legal issues that conﬂict with patient safety issues, and staff training.
Cutting jobs and inefﬁciencies in many sectors of the economy can improve the bottom line. Health care isnʼt one of those sectors, Charney explained. When patients develop bedsores, C. difﬁcile, and other hospital-acquired illnesses, the treatment cost can rise dramatically: anywhere from $10,000 to $85,000 in the case of bedsores. Properly staffed hospitals with nurses to routinely turn patients in the case of bedsores and workers to clean railings and other surfaces, would save tax dollars over the long haul, said Charney. He said Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthewsʼs approach that could see service and spending freezes is wrong-headed. Canada already spends between $7 and $10 billion annually on resolving medical errors and hospital infections. Together they are the second leading cause of death. “If you really want to go on austerity measures, this is how you do it: Putting money upfront will not only prevent errors and needless deaths, it will save health care dollars, because hospital stays will be shorter and liability costs will go down,” said Charney, who has 30 years of experience as a health and safety ofﬁcer in Canadian and U.S. hospitals. “The minister has it all wrong.” However, the McGuinty Liberal government has a simple message that resonates: cut spending and reduce the $15-billion deﬁcit. The counter message takes longer to explain, but Hurley and Charney are conﬁdent that when Ontarians understand the science, statistics and analysis arguments for increasing healthcare spending, the government will change course. See OVERCROWDING, Page 4
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Renfrew council has unanimously approved an early servicing agreement for the 30-lot Coleraine subdivision. “Weʼre good to go. Weʼre pleased with the way things are moving along,” said Norm Bujold, who sat in the audience with business partner Morris Eady, to hear councilʼs decision May 14. Recent progress has been steady, but it has taken a long time waiting to see Renfrewʼs latest subdivision ﬁnd its feet. “Itʼs taken since 1994 to get to this point,” said Bujold, knowing the original Coleraine Group started working back then to develop the Woodbridge Park area at the north end of Coleraine Drive. The 12 acres was purchased from the public school board in the 1990s.
What was home to RCI Raiders football games in the 1980s and 1990s should soon have infrastructure in place for 30 bungalows, says Bujold. Plans call for the initial installation of a $132,000 sewage pumping station after arriving from Kelowna, B.C., last week. “The great thing is itʼs going to add 30 single-family homes in Renfrew in a beautiful subdivision environment,” said Renfrew development and works director Mike Asselin. “Any growth in town is good.” The early servicing agreement is with Bonnechere Developments Corp., which recently bought out Coleraine Group. The Coleraine Group consisted of Bujold, Eady, Max Buxton and Doug Fraser. Bonnechere Developments owners are Bujold and Eady.
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â€œThis was a dream of Doug FraserĘźs and Max BuxtonĘźs,â€? said Bujold. â€œAnd it was the tenacity of Doug Fraser that got the project to this point. They have handed off the ball, and given us the opportunity to move forward.â€? The agreement calls for Bonnechere Developments to post a security deposit of $50,000 with the town. This allows developer to proceed with construction of the subdi-
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cost of more than $300,000, will be just under 2,000 square feet. Often called the Coleraine Subdivision, it will likely be named Woodbridge Park, says Bujold. â€œNow all the good lots in town are sold that are close to downtown, so these are very, very unique,â€? he said. â€œItĘźs only a ďŹ ve-minute walk from downtown, and theyĘźre large lots, with the majority of them having treed backyards with no neighbours.â€? Most of the properties are pie-shaped, with minimum 60-foot fronts. Most are 60
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â€œGovernments need to have the political will to tackle this epidemic and to change the culture of the medical establishment to one of openness and accountability to prevent needless deaths,â€? Charney said. â€œA motive of cost-cutting in the hospital sector is fueling errors. This includes an obses-
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Renfrew dog park planned for 2013 Renfrew recreation director Barclay Mayhew likes the prospect of having a dog park in town. â€œThis is an area of signiďŹ cant interest in many municipalities,â€? Mayhew told the May 14 meeting of Renfrew council. â€œItĘźs something new to town, but not in other areas.â€? Although Ma-Te-Way Park is often the place of choice for walking dogs, itĘźs note quite a dog park, he said. â€œA dog park is an enclosed area for dogs to run and socialize with other dogs and dog owners,â€? said Mayhew. However, a recent public meeting attended by about 30 interested citizens generated plenty of discussion. In fact, others unable to attend the meeting called the recreation department to
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A familiar face wonĘźt be seen so often this summer. Renfrew resident Doug Holmes isnĘźt returning for an eighth straight summer to water the ďŹ‚owers, sweep the Raglan Street sidewalks and empty the downtown garbage. In a letter sent to him by the Renfrew Business Improvement Area last fall, he says he was informed the BIA didnĘźt have the money to afford his contract and replace the aging tractor he used on the job. Holmes, who lives on a disability pension, was receiving $100 a week for the work that ran through June, July, August and September. Last year he says he received a salary increase to $150 per week, for a total summer-season payout of about $3,000. â€œIĘźm going to miss it a lot because quite a lot of people came up to me and said I was always doing a good job,â€? said Holmes, whoĘźs in his late 50s. â€œI really enjoyed my job,â€? he added, noting the job loss will make it more difďŹ cult to pay some bills. Born in Guelph, Ont., he came to Renfrew, his parentsĘź hometown, as a young boy. He has lived here ever since. He also does volunteer camera work for COGECO. He has worked for that company and its earlier local cable TV providers for
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Baltimore Orioles construct a very substantial nest Hi Jim and Ila: I thought I would let you know that we have a pair of Baltimore orioles that are very busy gathering nesting materials to add to their nest here in Burnstown. We have been enjoying their activity this afternoon. The male is very bright and the female is more subdued. They have been gathering grasses, straw and bark. We put out some sliced orange-halves in the trees in the backyard to help them keep up their energy. They are nesting close by, but we are not sure exactly where. Scott Rodden and Georgia Quinn in Burnstown. Thank you for your email. If you place some coloured yarn (red and white) on some bushes the orioles will weave it into their nest and it will make the nest easier to find. It also helps the birds build a sturdier nest. SCARLET TANAGER
Penny Haley at Douglas saw her first scarlet tanager this week. She was amazed at the brilliant colours. Because of the scarlet body feathers and the black wings, it could
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be called the black-winged redbird. The female builds a rather flimsy nest and the eggs can be seen from below. She usually builds in an oak tree. By the end of August the male begins to shed his scarlet feathers and replace them with lime green ones. When you first see the new colours you think you have seen a new species, scarlet, lime green and black. ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK
Hi Ila and Jim: We have just moved here and are happy to see new birds coming to our feeders and birdhouses on Eady Road. Although a very busy corner, we get many birds coming to feed. This past weekend, my husband and I saw a male rosebreasted grosbeak and two females. This is a first for both of us. What a gorgeous bird! The male has only visited once, but the two females visit daily. This morning, we saw an
eastern bluebird checking out our “four-apartment” birdhouse, which is located very high off of the ground. We are hoping they decide to nest and we will see the little ones fledge in a few weeks. Thank you, Jan and Archie Oakes. THEY ARRIVE ON TIME
Hi Jim and Ila: First of all, thank you for reminding me to put up my hummingbird feeder. Within 30 minutes of hanging it up with the requisite sugar water mix, we had our first ruby-throated hummingbird. It’s been quite a show since, with a lot of fighting over the feeder. We heard the whip-poorwill for the first time last evening on Mother’s Day! It is always great to hear them, although some times when you want to sleep they can be noisy. We didn’t hear them for a few years and are happy they have returned. Loons are on Olmstead/Jeffrey Lake and we have seen an osprey again this past weekend. Peter & Dale Poff
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Hi Jim and Ila: I do apologize for sending so many emails this year but our backyard is crazy with wildlife for some reason. Yesterday we found an American redstart (unfortunately it hit our picture window) it is the first time we have seen this species. This year we are very fortunate to have three orioles (two males and one female). This is along with many yellow and purple finches, 20 or more white-crowned sparrows and the normal blue jays, hairy and downy woodpeckers. Any idea why this year seems so different or varied in varieties? Tom Sidney
were announced. Season winners were Betty Rowe and Yolanda Baillon with 39,230 points, and Barb and Brian Haydock with 34,450 points. Carol Spooner and Bill Neff were high scorers of the afternoon with 3,950 points.
Hi Jim and Ila: Just a quick note to let you know that I saw an immature bald eagle along the water’s edge at our cottage on a small lake on Constant Creek Saturday morning. Even without the white head it was very impressive looking bird, especially its talons. Cheers: Bill Welsh
Hi, Jim and Ila: I had two rare sightings this week, a northern waterthrush and a whip-poor-will on my windowsill. To see these two species, especially the whippoor-will is a rare sight for sure. Thank you. Carol. Rita Lafrance heard a whippoor-will on May 14 about 9 in the evening at Coldingham Lake. Enjoy your birding. Ila and Jim Ferguson, 5313 River Road, RR 5, Renfrew, Ontario K7V 3Z8 phone 613-432-2738 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Council will hold an open house and information session to receive input from Township residents regarding the recently purchased municipal property and building (Perneel Building) located on Russett Drive.
Winners of the two door prizes were Peg Clemow and Sherrill Maynes. RVH Marathon Bridge will start up again with the 201213 season opening in September. Call Janet Osborne at 613432-9177 to register.
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very impressive indeed.
Thank you Bill. They are
Renfrew Victoria Hospital wraps up marathon bridge season The 2011-12 marathon bridge windup party for the Renfrew Victoria Hospital Auxiliary was held at the Presbyterian Church Kirk Hall Monday, May 14. Six tables of bridge players gathered, and after playing 20 hands of bridge, high scores
Thank you for your email Tom. Conditions are just right: a mild winter with few casualties, a safe migration north and a warm spring on their nesting ground. I do believe that we are paying more attention to the wildlife around us as well.
Monday, May 28, 2012 Former Perneel Building Across from Fire Station #1 (2494 Russett Drive) (Glasgow) 7:00 p.m. Noreen C. Mellema, CMO CAO/Clerk 613-623-5756 ext. 222
REQUEST FOR TENDERS SEALED TENDERS on forms and in envelopes supplied by the Public Works & Engineering Department will be received until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2012, for the following:
PWC-2012-08 - Reconstruction, County Road 22, Grattan Road A non-refundable fee of One Hundred ($100) applies for tender documents and plans
PWC-2012-15 – Rehabilitation, County Road 29, Drive-In Road* A non-refundable fee of One Hundred ($100) applies for tender documents and plans
THE RCDSB IS ISSUING A REQUEST FOR TENDER FOR LABOUR & EQUIPMENT RATES FOR A VARIETY OF PROJECTS AND MAINTENANCE AT VARIOUS RCDSB LOCATIONS. THE FOLLOWING TRADES & EQUIPMENT ARE INCLUDED IN THE TENDER:
PWC-2012-22 – Rehabilitation, County Road 20, Bruce Street* A non-refundable fee of One Hundred ($100) applies for tender documents and plans
PWC-2012-24 – Replacement of County Structure C264 (Hopeberg Creek Culvert)
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PWC-2012-26 – Granular A&B, County Road 71 (Matawatchan Road)*
A certified cheque not less than the amount specified in the Tender requirements must accompany each tender and the successful bidder will be required to provide a 100% Performance Bond and 50% materials and labour payment Bond upon execution of the Contract Agreement. Fax submissions or any other electronic submissions are not acceptable. A public bid opening will be held immediately following closing time. The lowest or any tender will not necessarily be accepted and the County reserves the right to award any portion of these tenders.
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Horton volunteers to share Renfrew County spotlight Steve Newman firstname.lastname@example.org
Horton council members regularly express pride in the number and quality of the townshipʼs volunteers. That same pride will extend outside the township, when Horton volunteers are among Renfrew County residents recognized at a special ceremony next month in Petawawa. The June 6 Ontario Volunteer Service Awards banquet will feature seven Hor-
ton volunteers. They will be Dave and Darlene McMaster, who will receive 25-year service pins; Arnold and Barb Dickson for 20 years; Gladys and Ralph Miller with ﬁveyear pins; and teenage volunteer Marydith White. These Horton volunteers were identiﬁed in a letter from Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Charles Sousa. Also on the volunteer front, Horton is
looking for a new chairman for the recreation committeeʼs kitchen sub-committee. Christine Bidgood-Henderson has resigned to focus on studies in a culinary course she is taking. The Countrymen, who provided the entertainment, helped produce an exceptional spring dance at the community centre. Dance revenue was $1,134, while bar sales reached $894.50.
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Governments can save money by spending money Hospital cleaners, when there are enough to do the necessary work, prevent infections. A dirty hospital increases the work for more highly paid employees such as doctors. It stands to reason that more sickness means more work for them, which means more cost to taxpayers. The same is true of nurses. If enough nurses are working it means more attention is afforded to each patient, which means earlier identiﬁcation of emerging illnesses and healthier patients. Having a proper number of nurses means, for example, they have more time to periodically turn patients on their side, thereby preventing painful bedsores. While the obvious point of preventing pain
The commonly held belief is that if only governments would cut spending, tax increases could be avoided. This is true in many instances, but is by no means a universal truism. If by cutting spending we mean to cut superﬂuous public sector jobs, which undoubtedly exist at the federal and provincial level, then that is a good thing. It will help governments avoid tax increases. However, if we mean to cut frontline public sector workers such as hospital cleaners, nurses, and others – including cuts to Ontario Works employees in Renfrew County who are now on strike – that will not result in saving us from tax increases. Hereʼs why.
and suffering is enough to sway some people, unfortunately it isnʼt true for all. The ﬁscal cost must be weighed. And patients who develop bedsores tend to require more treatment, thus putting more ﬁnancial strain on hospitals. The same holds for a variety of other frontline workers in the public sector. Boiler workers in institutions, for example. They do difﬁcult work that requires a sophisticated and specialized skill set. The fatal boiler explosion associated with Parliament Hill two years ago is an example of how serious such jobs are to maintaining proper health and safety. Again, though, the ﬁscal aspect is what needs to be argued with some voters. It is a
good bet that ﬁxing that boiler equipment cost the taxpayer dearly. No doubt it makes a lot of sense to cut government spending in many areas to avoid tax increases. But it is by no means the only answer. Sometimes to save money governments have to spend money. And that is the essence of good governance: knowing how to wisely allocate spending. Trouble is, it requires long range vision and the ability to sell that vision to the voters. Instead, what dominates most western democracies, is a plea to votersʼ base instincts to keep “their money” at the expense of the common good.
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Steady progress for St. Gabriel’s book K7V 3Z5. Photos may also be submitted electronically (300 dpi, please) to Joel McCrea, email@example.com If you are in the Renfrew area you may take your photos to Bill McAdam at Renfrew Printing, who will scan them while you wait. Before you leave, please make a photocopy of the pictures with suitable captions and your own contact details. This can be left with Bill McAdam or given to Joel McCrea at McCreaʼs Heating & Air Conditioning on Stewart Street. It will be greatly appreciated if people whose families have a connection with St. Gabrielʼs church can hunt up suitable photos to help us make this book a success. Respectfully submitted,
To the editor: Steady progress is being made on the St. Gabrielʼs Memory Book, which is being prepared to honour the priests and people who were associated with the mission church of St Gabriel the Archangel at Springtown. The plan is to release the book in November, in time for Christmas gift giving. Photos are now being sought for possible inclusion in the book. We hope to ﬁnd snaps that show people taking part in events at the church, or in the graveyard. Baptisms, weddings, First Communion, Conﬁrmation, funerals, work parties etc. Interior shots of the church and photos of the priests who attended there are also welcome. Please contact Carol McCuaig before sending photos through the mail. She can be reached at 432-8992 or firstname.lastname@example.org/ Postal address: 127 McCuaig Rd, R.R. 2, Renfrew, ON,
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Kind folk behind Winds of Heaven movie necessary equipment to make this a happening. With his help and with the people who came to see the show, we were able to make a donation to the Algonquin Way Cultural Centre in Golden Lake. Thank you, Claude, and also to Renfrew Staples for your assistance.
To the editor: Last week the Renfrew Art Guild and the Right Relationships with Aboriginal Study Group ran the movie, Winds of Heaven, the story of Emily Carr. One hundred people turned up to view the ﬁlm and to listen and ask questions of the producer Michael Ostroff. The truth of the matter is that we would not have had a successful showing if it werenʼt for Claude Fortier of Staples in Pembroke. He was able to accommodate us with the
Diana Wakely, Renfrew Art Guild Beulah Wright, Right Relationships with Aboriginal Study Group
How to deal with invasive ‘hitchhikers’ steps to prevent the spread of invasive species: inspect and clean boats and motors; dispose of bait properly; groom pets after hiking; buy ﬁrewood where it will be burned; garden with non-invasive plants; and clean mud, seeds and plant parts from equipment To help combat the introduction and spread of invasive species, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council (OIPC) launched a 24 Before 24 campaign that has run the last two months. To learn more about these species, visit www.ontarioinvasiveplants.ca or follow them on Twitter. OIPC is a non-proﬁt, multi-agency organization housed in the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters Conservation Centre in Peterborough.
Campers and cottagers preparing for their ﬁrst trip of the season could unknowingly be carrying invasive ʻhitchhikersʼ with them to their destination. These uninvited travellers that threaten the health of Ontarioʼs forests and lakes are known as invasive species, and they are a growing threat in Ontario and throughout North America. An invasive species is a plant or animal that has been accidentally or deliberately introduced to an area outside of its normal geographical range. Without natural controls such as predators, they spread rapidly and can cause negative impacts to ecosystems, the economy and even society. Cottagers and campers can follow these
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What’s your reaction to the publishing of the annual sunshine list of civil servants who make $100,000 or more?
What do you think of the recent IpsosReid poll that showed the federal New Democratic Party virtually tied with the Conservatives.
A) It’s valuable because it shows that government is out of touch and is spending far too much of taxpayers money on salaries.
It’s valuable because it dispels the myth that civil servants are overpaid; 0% In fact, they are appropriately paid for the important and often difficult jobs they do.
It should continue, but to account for inflation, the list should be modified to include only employees making $150,000 and more.
A) It’s about time the public caught on to the lack of transparency displayed by Prime Minister Harper and his Conservatives. B) The robocalls and F-35 issues finally pressed the right nerves in the political arena. C)
It’s a mere glitch in the polls following Thomas Mulcair’s election as the new NDP leader.
D) The NDP’s popularity won’t last. The Liberals will return to form.
D) Stop the practice. It’s an invasion of privacy. People’s salaries are nobody’s business but employees and employers.
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Mary’s dolls got the royal treatment Memories
To me, my dolls were real little people. Babies, really. I loved every one of them, and made awfully sure I treated each of them equally. All in like favour, as was the saying back then. There werenʼt two alike. And I had about six, all precious to me. They were all shapes and sizes, and some I could cuddle, as if they were real babies and had to be handled with special care. Although I tried not to show it, one of my most precious dolls was one I got as a surprise one Christmas. I had longed for it after seeing it in the Five and Dime Store in Renfrew, sure I would never have it. But there it was under the tree on that wonderful day back in the 30ʼs, when there was little money for such frivolity. One of my dolls was not one you could cuddle. First of all, I was frightened she might break. You see, her arms, legs and face were made of china. Aunt Lizzie had brought it all the way from Regina one year, not taking a chance on sending it in the hand-me-down box that came regularly– cast-offs her sons could no longer wear. This one came with a name already on a little tag pinned to her lacy dress. It wasnʼt a name I would have ever picked for such a beautiful doll. She was named Claire, but I thought she was much more suited to be called Margaret. Of course, my love for Princess Margaret Rose had a lot to do with my choice. I could spend hours playing with my dolls. I dressed and undressed them, sat them in the swing, making it into a pretend school room, and took
on the persona of Miss Crosby our teacher at the Northcote School. Of course, I was never as strict as was Miss Crosby. Other than the china doll, and the one I got as a surprise that one Christmas, there was nothing exceptional about my other dolls. One or two had the paint almost worn off their faces before I learned you couldnʼt wash them with soap and water. But I loved them just as dearly as the others. I went through a real ritual before I went to bed at night. Father, one Christmas, had made me a doll crib. Pale blue. It was big enough to hold most of my dolls, except the china one of course, because I couldnʼt take a chance on her being broken through the night from the thrashing about of one of her crib mates. Yes, I was sure, they breathed, turned in the crib, and like my sister and I, pushed and shoved to get a share of the bed. So this doll slept on a little padded quilt Mother made. It was on the ﬂoor beside the crib, and well away from the path of anyone who might be making a trip through the kitchen during the night. At bedtime, before I climbed the stairs to the big hall which served as a bedroom for Audrey and me, I gathered my dolls around me and crouched on the ﬂoor beside the little blue crib. I sang a song to the dolls fanned out around me, and then, just like Mother did before we climbed into our beds upstairs, I closed my eyes and said a soft prayer under my breath that they would be safe during the night. I placed them on the ﬂannelette mattress Mother had made, and which matched the
Broadband being boosted in rurals Cheryl Gallant Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MP
As part of the stimulus phase of Canadaʼs Economic Action Plan, Budget 2012, $225 million was provided to Industry Canada over three years to develop and implement a strategy to extend broadband coverage to as many under served households as possible. The biggest component of this strategy is the Broadband Canada: Connecting Rural Canadians program, which has helped provide broadband access to over 210,000 additional households. As your federal member of Parliament, I recognized back in 2000, when I was ﬁrst elected, that our residents needed access to the internet if we were to fully take advantage and participate in a knowledge-based economy. I
am pleased those efforts are now seeing fruition. Once we formed government, and with co-operation and funding from all levels of government and the private sector, things started to happen. We have moved forward with a $170 million local broadband project to provide high speed affordable internet to at least 95 per cent of the homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario. The Community Access Program (CAP), that was implemented in 1995 to ﬁll the gap in services until the information highway in rural Canada was built, is coming to a successful conclusion. When the Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) is completed in 2014, that objective of the CAP program, Internet connectivity, will have been met.
nightgown I myself wore to bed. I made sure they were on their backs, the china doll on the mat at the foot of the crib, and then I covered them gently with the little blanket Mother had also made out a ﬂannelette remnant. And then I checked each doll to make sure it was in what I thought was a comfortable position. Only then was I ready for bed. And then often a miracle happened over the night. While I was asleep in my bed upstairs, I wouldnʼt hear it, but when I got up in the morning, I would see that there had been a stirring during the night. I would remember exactly how I had placed the dolls in the little blue crib. But they would have moved. One or two would have changed places! And wasnʼt Sally at the foot of the crib the night before? And now she was cuddled at the head, with her face turned to the kitchen wall. And I would marvel at the miracle before my eyes. My dolls really were babies after all! Hadnʼt this just proved it? It would be many years before I could come close to explaining the miracle that I saw some mornings in the kitchen of that old log house. Was it a real miracle? Was it fantasy? Or was it my beloved sister Audrey, who was always out of bed long before me in the morning, who moved the dolls around so that her little sister would cling to a childhood dream for just a few years longer?
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Wild Women Wilderness Art visits Renfrew library Steve Newman firstname.lastname@example.org
Affectionately dubbed the Wild Women Wilderness Artists, they each relish spending time soaking in an Ottawa Valley landscape and translating it with artistic strokes to canvas. All three beamed, laughed and shared their experiences of painting in and beyond the Ottawa Valley over the last several years, during a May 9 presentation at the Renfrew Public Library. Wilnoʼs Joyce Burkholder and Linda Sorensen, who had renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman as a high school teacher, and Kathy Haycock of Lake Clear shared their artistic experiences in the third of three Nature in Your Neighborhood talks. These have been a collaborative initiative of the Ottawa River Institute and the Bonnechere River Watershed Project, in conjunction with libraries within the Bonnechere River watershed. In promoting their talk, Haycock said there was nothing more enjoyable than sitting “within a scene, observing and absorbing intensely and painting. “I like to share my delight in being there, in experiencing natureʼs gifts of the landscape, the weather, wind, light, even movement and sound.” In their one-hour combined talk to an audience of about 20 people, each artist used a slide presentation of photos and paintings to describe their impressions of Algonquin Park and Renfrew County. The many images included Lake Opeongo, Costello Creek, Grand Lake, Barron Canyon, Cormac, the Madawaska River, Wilno, Foy Beach and Kamaniskeg Lake. Haycock also shared images of landscapes she has visited in the far north. PRIMARILY ON LOCATION
“We primarily paint outdoors on location … Algonquin Park, the Bonnechere River shed, Renfrew County; we have our favourite spots and we are always looking for new spots all over the area,” said Burkholder after conﬁrming that all three are wild about painting out of studio while each bringing “distinctively different” styles. As an example, each brought a painting she had done the same day from Algonquin Parkʼs Costello Creek.
Differences apart, they come strikingly together philosophically. “I would say our primary goal is environmental education, creating awareness, of wilderness areas that we all want to see preserved,” said Burkholder. “We have a real wealth of nature in our own backyards. We all live in this area and do our painting in this area, and have studios and galleries open to the public, so this is our lives … devoted to what we see right outside our doors.” Haycock reiterated those sentiments, especially the joy of painting outdoors. Sorensen was less talkative. ‘YIKES!”
“Yikes!” she ﬁrst said, admitting this was one of the few times she had talked about her own painting before a larger audience. In fact, she did less talking than her colleagues while presenting a wide variety of her photos and paintings, sometimes displaying a photo and painting (or interpretation) of the same landscape. Sorensen also said her eventual decision to embrace art, after raising a family, was partly possibly because of how high school teacher and world-renowned wildlife artist Robert Bateman instilled in her the sense that it was possible to be an artist. “That led me to this day. Really, I have to say that,” said Sorensen. “So I was very lucky to have someone like that embrace me at a young age. He was an excellent teacher and it was profound.” Looking to summarize her own background as an artist, Sorensen added, “I have lived in the area for 40 years, and I like to paint. And Joyce and Kathy said the rest.” Each of the three artists attempts to paint outdoors at least once a week. The exception may be the winter, but Burkholder indicated “weʼve had a lot of sub30-degree painting days,” partly because many of their paintings are done with oil, which isnʼt much affected by changing temperatures. All three artists are extremely mobile, taking their mini studios with them, backpacked and ready for modes of transportation that include the canoe. Burkholder noted she ﬁnishes most paintings on site, partially because “I
canʼt seem to complete them later on,” although she abandoned painting a Quebec barn during a huge snow squall, before completing the work a year and a half later. However, Burkholder said she prefers “to ﬁnish it in the moment.” One of Sorensenʼs photos most appreciated by the Renfrew audience was of an otter that had climbed up on the landing dock at Lake Opeongo. Other photos were of moose, osprey and frogs. Inevitably, perhaps, her photos included some of canoes, which she described as Canadian icons that are also wonderful modes of transportation for artists such as themselves. With the help of the canoe, she also suggested each of the three artists ﬁnd more balance. “I think thatʼs what weʼre all looking for in our lives — peace, tranquility and connection.” Haycock suggested her beginning as an artist may have come by osmosis, since Group of Seven painter A.Y. Jackson painted with her father, Morris Haycock, and her dadʼs friend, Ralph Burton. Haycock didnʼt start working as an artist until she reached her 50s. Trying to describe her style, she said, “I guess I like people to see a gentle interpretation of nature, just treading lightly.” Haycock has also done considerable painting in the far north, like Salmon River in the Northwest Territories. Prior to the Wild Women Wilderness Artistsʼ presentation, Bonnechere River Watershed Project chair Kathryn Lindsay spoke about the Nature in Your Neighbourhood online community mapping tool and the new Renfrew County biotabase (an online database of ﬂora and fauna in the area). For details about these and other projects, visit www.ottawariverinstitute.ca and www.BonnchereRiver.ca.
Joyce Burkholder’s painting: Water Sparkles.
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The ʻwild womenʼ presentation was the last of this Nature in Your Neighbourhood series. The ﬁrst two were gardener Grant Dobsonʼs Our 100 Mile Garden: Beyond the Purple Coneﬂower April 19 at the Killaloe Lions Club, and naturalistphotographer-author Mike Runtzʼs Braggarts, Cheaters and Surrogate Lovers: Spring in the Valley April 26 at the Bonnechere Public Library (Eganville).
One of Linda Sorensen’s works: Island Roots.
Grand Lake Grand Wind, painted by Kathy Haycock.
Mercury photo by Steve Newman
Affectionately dubbed the Wild Women Wilderness Artists, from left, are Linda Sorensen of Wilno, Kathy Haycock of Lake Clear and Joyce Burkholder of Wilno, following their Nature in Your Neighbourhood presentation at the Renfrew Public Library. Each displays her own painting done at Costello Creek in Algonquin Park. 10 The Renfrew Mercury EMC - Thursday, May 24, 2012
Madawaska River Muse, also painted by Kathy Haycock.
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Local residents set to celebrate Seniors Month June is Seniors Month across Ontario. Seniors are the backbone of all communities and deserving of all the recognition given during this month. For the past 25-plus years Bonnechere Manor, Groves Park Lodge, Quail Creek Retirement Home and Renfrew Victoria Hospital have shared their programs with each other throughout the month. TheyĘźll also be practising the Seniors Month theme of celebrating and participating. The facilities have a full calendar prepared. Celebrate the opening of Seniors Month by joining the residents of Groves Park Lodge on Friday, June 1 in GEM Hall from 2 to 3 pm. In keeping with the theme The Art of Staying Young there will be a 50Ęźs style party to be enjoyed by all with music by Barry Martin and Friends. RVH will be hosting a QueenĘźs Diamond Jubilee event on Monday June 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. On Thursday, June 7, RVH hosts a junior/
senior games day from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The Grade 3 classes from Our lady of Fatima School will be participating with the seniors from all facilities. Bonnechere Manor invites everyone to their auditorium to participate in a square dancing demonstration. This event will be held Tuesday June 12 from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, Quail Creek Retirement Home will be hosting a Senior Star competition. This competition will be held at the GEM Hall starting at 2 pm. Groves Park Lodge residents invite the seniors to GEM Casino on Friday, June 15 at 2 p.m. for games of chance that pay out in laughter and fun for all. Bonnechere Manor invites everyone at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 18 for bingo. RVH will be holding a Name That Tune event on Wednesday, June 20 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wendy Phillips will be leading the rounds. Good fun for all On Friday, June 22, Bonnechere Manor invites seniors to a line dancing demonstration.
The event begins as 2 p.m. in the manor Auditorium. Quail Creek Retirement Centre will be hosting a Victorian fashion show on Monday June 25 starting at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 28 Quail Creek once again invites everyone to participate in their strawberry social beginning at 2 p.m.
Celebrate the closing of Seniors Month by joining the residents of Bonnechere Manor on Friday, June 29 at 2 p.m. in the auditorium. Celebrate. Participate. What a great way to honour our seniors! It is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate seniorsĘź contributions that have helped shape and deďŹ ne our community.
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ADMASTON CEMETERY Ian Clelland Contact: David Reid 613-432-6317 613-432-7500 DECORATION DAY: 2 p.m. 2nd Sunday of August, 1:30 p.m.
CASTLEFORD CEMETERY Contact: Rick Lester 613-432-6585 DECORATION DAY: 3rd Sunday of June No Service
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Contact: Mary Crozier 613-432-6388 DECORATION DAY: 2nd Sunday of June at 2:30 p.m.
Contact: Parish Office 613-432-5825 DECORATION DAY: 3rd Sunday in September, 2 p.m.
Contact: Jane Smith 613-432-6263 DECORATION DAY: 3rd Sunday of June
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PUBLIC NOTICE Adoption of 2012 Municipal Budget Notice is hereby given that the Council of the Township of Greater Madawaska intends to consider adoption of the 2012 Municipal budget in accordance with Section 290 of the Municipal Act, 2001 at a Regular Meeting of Council to be held Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at the Township Council Chambers, 1101 Francis Street.
Mark Urbanski CAO/Clerk
Walking for the Christian School: Gabriel Huyer leads the way to start the Renfrew and District Christian School’s annual fundraising 10-kilometre walk along the Millennium Trail May 11. Youngsters, adults and pets getting in their share of exercise for the day include, to Gabriel’s left, Benjamin Reid and dog Takara, and to Gabriel’s immediate right, Eric Elliott Marin and Violet Gauthier. This is one of the school’s two major fundraisers, the other being its February dinner. “We’d like to thank the community for sponsoring our students,” said principal Sabrina Vandersleen. The school has 27 students from pre-school to Grade 8. Mercury photo by Steve Newman
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING FOR VALLEY HERITAGE RADIO WILL BE WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6TH, 2012 AT 7 PM 3009 BURNSTOWN RD, RENFREW, ONTARIO FOR MEMBERS ONLY
Church Services Trinity-St. Andrew’s United Church 291 Plaunt St. S. Rev. Russell Wardell Rev. Susan Tough Sunday Worship 10:00 a.m. For all Ages Wheelchair Accessible Website: http://www.tsarenfrew.ca _____________________________
St. James Lutheran 66 Elgin Ave. E. 432-5078 Pastor Cathy McCaig SUNDAY MAY 27TH - PENTECOST 10:30AM - WORSHIP WITH HOLY COMMUNION & FELLOWSHIP Joint service at St. Paul’s _____________________________
Hebron Christian Reformed Church 431 Albert St. Sunday 10 a.m. Worship Service – Nursery Available Sunday School During Service Coffee Break Women’s Interfaith Bible Study Wednesday mornings From 10:00 -11:30 a.m. Story Hour and Nursery for Children 5 yrs. and under Available Everyone is welcome _____________________________
The United Church of Canada BRAESIDE PASTORAL CHARGE Rev. Dr. Richard Hollingsworth 623-2360 Glasgow – 9:00 am Castleford – 10:00 am Braeside – 11:00 am Sunday School During Service _____________________________
Elmwood Bible Chapel 200 Francis St. 432-4572 432-3087 Wednesday 7:30 p.m. – Bible Study, Prayer SUNDAY
9:30 a.m. – The Lord’s Supper 11:00 a.m. – Family Bible Hour and Sunday School _____________________________
The Roman Catholic Community
OUR LADY OF FATIMA PARISH 100 Lisgar Avenue, West 432-8525 Saturday 7:00 p.m. Sunday 9:00 a.m. ST. FRANCIS XAVIER PARISH 331 Plaunt Street, South 432-5825 Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday 10:30 a.m.
The Renfrew Presbyterian Church 460 Raglan St. S. 613-432-5452 Ministers: The Reverends Brian and Alison Sharpe Organist: Mrs. Elizabeth Brumm, H.B.Mus., A.R.CT.(2)
SUNDAY WORSHIP 10:00 a.m. Nursery Care Available Sunday School 10:00 a.m. Wheelchair Accessibility EVERYONE WELCOME If transportation required Call Church Ofﬁce 613-432-5452 Tues-Fri 8am _____________________________
Renfrew Baptist Church Corner of Plaunt & Railway 432-4266 Rev. Tom Smith SUNDAY 10:30 – Worship Cable Channel 22 Sundays 11 a.m. & 3 p.m. Bible Study, Wednesday 7 p.m. All Are Welcome _____________________________
The Anglican Church of Canada ST. PAUL THE APOSTLE Corner Argyle St. at Patrick Phone 432-3062 Ministry Rev’d. Cathy McCaig with the members of the Parish.
Pentecost Sunday May 27th, 2012 10:30am Morning Worship/Holy Communion Celebrating with St. James Lutheran Potluck Luncheon to follow service Come and Worship _____________________________
The Salvation Army 8 Argyle St. at Munroe Corps Ofﬁcer/Pastor SUNDAY SERVICE 10 A.M. Women’s Ministry Men’s Ministry Bible Study 613-432-7721 All Are Welcome!
Words of Life Ministries SUNDAYS @ 7pm
8 Argyle and Munroe Streets A non-denominational ministry of encouragement hope and inspiration wordoﬂiferenfrew@hotmail.ca 613-432-6059 All Are Welcome!
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Renfrew man dies in truck crash Curtis Brown, 29, of Renfrew died in a singlevehicle accident in Hastings Highlands, north of Maynooth, early Sunday morning. He was pronounced dead at the scene after the Ford pickup truck in which he was a passenger ended up in the ditch off Byers Road. The Bancroft OPP say the driver of the truck ﬂed the scene of the crash on foot before police arrived. The canine unit, OPP helicopter and the Emergency Response Team were part of an ensuing search. Travelling in the box of the truck was an Addington Highlands man, 61, who received minor injuries. Charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident was Tyler Garey, 21, of Central Frontenac Township. He was released from custody after being scheduled to appear in Bancroft court June 26. The police investigation into the collision continues. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Brownʼs life at McPhail & Perkins Funeral home on Sunday, May 27 from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. He is survived by his parents, Janice Brown and Tim Gilmore, step-sons Leo Freamo and Marc Labossiere, son Skyler Brown, and siblings Doug, Derek (Heather), Holly (Gord) and Steven (Jacki).
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Preparing next year’s student council at St. Joe’s HS Victoria Slight Jaguar Journal
From Monday, May 14 to Saturday, May 19, the cast and crew of the St. Josephʼs Catholic High School musical production of The Secret Garden were extremely busy with performances. This included evening performances for the general public, but also special day-time performances for Grade 7 and 8 students from various elementary schools in Renfrew County, and also, in front of their own school community. Overall, the audience turnout was great, and the cast had an amazing
time showing off their musical talents. This musical was produced under the direction of Mr. Jordan deBruyn with musical director Mr. Kevin McSheffrey – who both did a wonderful job. Congratulations to everyone who was involved in making The Secret Garden such a great success. As this school-year draws closer to the end, it is time for the student body to hold elections for next yearʼs student council. The available positions are: prime minister, who is responsible for the overall leadership of student council; two spirit ministers, who will jointly organize and lead activities to build
school spirit; public relations minister, who is responsible for communicating school activities to the public and school community; and student trustee, who represents the student body to the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board. Currently, students who are interested in one of these positions are campaigning throughout the school with posters and by using social media. Speeches will be held, where students running for one of these ministering jobs will have a few minutes each to discuss their platform and to inform the student body of what they
plan to do the following year if they are to be elected. Following these speeches, the student body will gather in their classes to vote for who they believe will be the best for the position. Good luck to those in the election. As a reminder to the parents of graduating students, many scholarships and bursaries go unclaimed each year because no one applies for them. If your son or daughter is graduating this year, please remind them to check in with the guidance ofﬁce for a list of awards that they might qualify for.
Two-vehicle crash ends police chase Steve Newman email@example.com
A high-speed chase began after a man was reported to have left an Arnprior-area gas station without paying for his gas Tuesday afternoon. The chase ended more than 80 kilometres later, near Petawawa, when the driver of the Toyota RAV 4 crashed into another vehicle just after 6 p.m. An OPP spike belt had been laid down in the area. Reported speeds of the pursued driver reached more than 140 kilometres per hour, as he avoided near crashes during the pursuit, including school buses and other vehicles on Highway 17. A section of Highway 17 near Paquette Road remained closed most of the night. No police vehicles were involved in the crash. Four people were taken to hospital, two in critical condition. One person in the two-vehicle crash had to be extricated. The Ontario Special Investigations Unit was called in to investigate.
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1937 Eastern Ontario Travellers Convention in town MAY 24, 1912
LACROSSE MEETING: Last Friday night the lacrosse enthusiasts had a meeting in the library board rooms for the purpose of seeing what could be done to revive lacrosse in Renfrew. It was considered too late the season to endeavour to get into any league, and consequently no regulare club was formed. The outcome of the meeting was that Monday night would be the start of lacrosse this season in Renfrew a number of players have signiﬁcd their intention to turn out. The leaders in the game hope that gradually there will be almost twenty four players in line. After a little practice a few trips out of town may be indulged in and there may also be some games here. NEW STEEL ON THE WAY: The Kingston & Pembroke Railway is placing a very large amount of new steel over the road this summer and the ﬁrst consignment of it is due to arrive at Kingston on Friday morning. The steamer Kitchum has been chartered to carry over three cargos from Buffalo and the Kitchum is expected to arrive in port with the
OLGA LEWIS FROM THE OLD FILES ﬁrst cargo on Friday morning. At the present time the company has two hundred and eighteen men at work on the line, and the company will have one of the busiest seasons in many years. A large amount of money is being expended and the engineers department has been very busy getting out all the necessary plans and arranging for the work. MAY 20, 1937
EASTERN ONTARIO TRAVELLERS CONVENTION COMES TO RENFREW: Mr. Leslie J. Fraser, president of the Eastern Ontario Travelers and Merchant Association, has been successful in bringing the annual meeting of the EOTM Association to Renfrew. The members of the association will visit here on Wednesday, June 3, and there will be nearly a hundred of these men attend-
ing. The meeting will be held at Renfrew Golf Club and the program includes lunch, golf, dinner and dance. Renfrew citizens welcome such gatherings and all hope the day will be well attended. DID YOU KNOW?: The Royal York Golf Club has sent a circular letter to all its members, and the purport of it is important as it is unusual. This circular has to do with a wildﬂower which grows on the golf course. The trillium has been adopted as the ﬂower of Ontario. It grows in this and other golf courses, and is one of the most pleasing spring ﬂowers. But the question which the secretary of the Royal York Golf Club asks of each member is “Did you know that once a trillium is picked the plant dies.” Most members probably did not know this. The trilliums when picked soon wither and the plant on which it grew dies. MAY 25, 1977
PEMBROKE AIDS ARC: Renfrew ARC industries are in for a little funding from Pembrokeʼs Civitan Club, who recently decided to
share its return from a planned casino night equally between Pembroke and Renfrew ARC organizations. According to Bob Amaron, Renfrew and District Association for the Mentally Retarded president, the Civitans will hold their one night fund raising venture June 30 and are offering 50 per cent of the proceeds to ARC in town. RED PINE A COUNTY RESOURCE: Bill Hall and Regis Pellitier take core samples of a red pine at a plantation near Dacre last week. Mr. Hall, who is part owner orf the Opeongo Forestry Service has a contract with the provincial government this summer to take an inventory of crown forests ready for cutting between 1978 and 1988. Mr. Pellitier, 23, is a student of the French National Forrestry School in Nancy, France and is in his ﬁnal year. The Canadian “wilds” are part of a practical exercise French forestry students must undertake. For help for research, contact Olga Lewis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge donations, but more fundraising to do for Rotary Hall Steve Newman email@example.com
Financial contributions by members of the public and the business community helped make the construction of Renfrew Rotary Hall a reality. But Bonnechere Manor community relations coordinator Robyn Arsenault says the fundraising journey to pay for the hall isnʼt
over yet. The Renfrew long-term care facility had an auditorium in its former home, but not in the current building that opened in 1995. The auditorium-hall opened, as an addition to the manor, in June 2011. Renfrew County, the City of Pembroke, the Bonnechere Manor, M. Sullivan and Son, and commercial and community donors have all
made ﬁnancial contributions toward the $1.1 million construction project. $100,000 TO GO
But Arsenault says the long-term care home still has about $100,000 of its $424,166 portion to raise. Matching contributions of $10,000 from
Money Concepts and Aikenheadʼs Drug Store recently helped pay for the hallʼs chairs and tables. The manor must also ﬁnd an undetermined amount of money, or contributions in kind, to provide blinds, audio-visual equipment and stage curtains for the hall. The Bonnehcere Manor is home to about 180 residents.
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Dollars from Renfrew, not from AdmastonBromley Twp. Coalition for affordable policing requests funds Steve Newman firstname.lastname@example.org
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Renfrew council quickly supported a request for $1,000 from the Mayors Coalition for Affordable, Sustainable, Accountable Policing steering committee. Mayor Bill Ringrose said he hoped “that little bit more will be better for us all.” Renfrew council unanimously supported the request at the May 14 meeting, but Admaston-Bromley Township did not at its council meeting three days later. Admaston-Bromley council members suggested or said that there are already vehicles in place, including the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, that can address these issues. The group has made the $1,000 requests to address a list of nine items, including lobbying, bilingual communications, letterhead for press releases and correspondence, travel expenses to ministry meetings, public relations and other administrative costs. “If all 343 OPP-serviced communities contributed at the $1,000 level, we would have a pool of funds that would allow us to properly get our message out to the Province, public and police,” said the April 26 letter. The request was made as the Mayors Coalition examines the issue of rising police costs in small and rural Ontario municipalities. The April 26 letter also said, “Last year, policing in Ontario cost municipal tax payers 3.8 billion dollars. In most cases, policing accounted for more than a quarter of municipal operating budgets, some municipalities at 50 %. “The provincial government, without consultation and having no accountability or transparency, will increase the OPP salary, in 2014, another 8.5 %, which will add another 50 million dollars to the salary line. Who must pay? NOT the provincial government!” The letter goes on to say the situation (rising costs in policing) needs correction ASAP. During discussions of 22 municipalities with provincial ministers and opposition party critics at the 2011 Association of Municipalities of Ontario conference, the municipal group says it asked the Province to commit to items that included a review of OPP costs, formulas and deploy-
ment models to identity efﬁciencies. At the 2012 Ontario Good Roads Association, the Mayors Coalition for Affordable, Sustainable, Accountable Policing assigned six mayors to a steering committee role. Arnprior Mayor David Reid is one of the six. The others are Peter Politis of Cochrane, Gerry Marshall of Penetanguishene, Jamie McGarvey of Parry Sound, Dennis Travale of Norfolk and John Lessif of Tillsonburg. Meanwhile, AdmastonBromley Mayor Raye-Anne Briscoe says there is already ongoing dialogue between AMO and the Ontario government. “My question is, how, in these time frames and the needs that we have would the mayorsʼ group get the same amount of attention?” she said. Council members, including Coun. Mike Donohue, werenʼt excited about the prospect of the township paying out $1,000, when Admaston-Bromley already pays an annual fee of about $1,500 to AMO. “I have some concerns … that this may be extravagant. Is this going to be a new democracy thatʼs going to be a standing ad-hoc group that may go on and on,” said Donohue. “It seems to be a sizeable sum of money,” he added, wondering if certain steps, such as the development of letterhead for correspondence and development of a website are needed. “Iʼm not sure if the wheel has to be reinvented.” Similarly, Coun. Dirk Rook commented: “Is the Province interested in a true partnership where municipalities have some control over all costs.” “Thereʼs absolutely no question. (Continually rising) costs in policing are not sustainable,” said Mayor Briscoe of municipalitiesʼ ability to pay for police services. Briscoe said the municipalityʼs input regarding rising policing costs is “zip.” Given that the Eastern Ontario Wardensʼ Caucus already has a strong voice to AMO, she suggested this new steering committee on sustainable, accountable and affordable policing wouldnʼt be any stronger. Following discussion, Admaston-Bromley council voted to take the request for $1,000 as information only.
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