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Lombardy PS picks up top marks in report ANDREW SNOOK

The Fraser Institute recently handed out its annual school report cards to Ontario’s elementary schools for the 2010 school year, and the ratings for Smiths Falls area schools varied significantly. Lombardy Public School was ranked highest of the area schools, with an overall rating of 8.1 out of 10, good for 288th overall in the province. The grade was a big jump for the school, which received a rating of 6.5 in 2009. Duncan. J. Schoular Public School’s overall rating improved significantly in 2010. Its rating improved to 5.4 out of 10 in 2010; a significant increase from 2009, when the school was given a rating of 3.5. According to the report card, DJSPS had improvements in Grade 3 writing and math, and Grade 6 reading and math. Test results for Grade 3 reading and Grade 6 writing remained that same as in 2009. Chimo Elementary School received a rating of 5 out of 10, and its report card stated it was on a downward trend. See page 7

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NEED SUPPORT? Debtors Anonymous group opens its doors in Carleton Place, and is welcoming those in this area who may need help and support. 15

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JOB WELL DONE Flight -Sgt. Caleb Ingram of the 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets does the honour of awarding fellow cadet Sgt. Erin Burrell with a medal during a dinner and awards banquet held on Wednesday, March 30, at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95.

County budget includes 2.86 per cent tax hike CATHY JAMES Smiths Falls This Week

Taxpayers will see two things coming from the Lanark County council chambers: a 2.86 per cent increase on their tax bill and a second emergency response vehicle on the roads.

Reviewing the budget since January, Lanark County Council voted to pass the 2011 budget at its regular council meeting March 30. Yet, prior to the official vote, councillors had to make one last budgetary decision: whether to include the purchase and operation of a second emergen-

cy response vehicle. Councillors received a proposal earlier this month from Almonte General Hospital chief executive officer, Mary Wilson Trider. She outlined why the county requires a second ERV. See page 7

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More funding help needed at Haitian orphanage

People have opened their hearts to the orphans of Centre Vie, an orphanage in St. Marc, Haiti. However, more help is needed. According to local teacher Breanna Bedor, the 29 Haitian orphans currently calling the Centre Vie their home are almost completely sponsored, but more funds are necessary for funding the day-to-day operations and future projects of the orphanage. The orphanage has been home for the children since a massive earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, leaving a trail of death and destruction on the streets of the already impoverished nation. Bedor has played a vital role in the success of the orphanage. In addition to organizing fundraisers for Centre Vie, she developed the Centre Vie – Life Sponsorship Program, a nonfor-profit program where people can offer long-term sponsorship to children living at Centre Vie orphanage. Bedor also helped the program gain legitimacy by receiving funding through the First Baptist Church in Smiths Falls. She brought her idea to the head of the church’s mission planning team, Ron Ferguson. “After two or three months, the church approved the program,” she said. “Pretty well all the kids have been sponsored now.” Ferguson said the sponsorship program helps bring aid to the Haitian orphans, but does not generate enough revenue to cover the orphanage’s day-today operations and projects. Before making any agreements with the Centre Vie sponsorship program, Ferguson travelled to the Haitian orphanage to ensure its legitimacy. He was already performing volunteer service for two different missions in the Dominican Republic, so he hopped aboard a bus and travelled eight hours to Centre Vie, to see the orphanage first hand. He said he felt culture shock when he arrived in the devastated country. “Crossing the border from the Dominican, it’s so shocking,” he said. “I’ve been in many countries, third world, developing, and I was in shock in Haiti…as (Dieudonne Batraville) said, it is the poorest country in the world.” Ferguson said he is 100 per cent certain the orphanage is legitimate, after inspecting Centre Vie and speaking at great lengths with Batraville, a Haitian-born Canadian who oversees the care of the orphans and the day-today operations. Batraville, an Almonte resident who spends a great deal of

her time in Haiti, works as the field director for Rayjon Share Care, a not-for-profit charitable organization designed to support and develop projects in Haiti and other developing countries. She runs the orphanage in her free time. RECENT INITIATIVES Over the past year, Landon’s Bakery, a fundraising initiative started by Bedor’s five-year-old

son, Landon, raised $3,000 for the orphanage. Local residents Tami Yeo and Jacqui Sandor organized a charity craft sale in March that raised an additional $600 for the orphanage. Bedor said she estimates the sponsorship program will raise $16,000 annually, not including additional donations, but much more is necessary to ensure the children receive the help they require. “With 29 kids, an orphanage is

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Are you concerned about litter and keeping the local road system clean and attractive? If so we invite you to Adopt-A-Roadway. Any interested groups, organizations, and service clubs who volunteer to pick up litter at least twice per year along an adopted section of a county road will be recognized by a road sign acknowledging their efforts. This public service program is for volunteers who want to enhance the local litter collection along with the Lanark County Public Works Department. An adult representative of each participating group must attend a short safety training session to ensure the program is carried out safely and properly. • The minimum age of participants is twelve years old and parental consent will be required for all volunteers under age 18. • The County will supply participating groups with safety vests, garbage bags, road signage, and written instructions for each participant. Adopt-A-Roadway application packages are available at the County Engineering Building at 99 Christie Lake Road, in Perth. Please contact Sharon Roberts, Customer Service Representative at the Public Works Department at 267-1353 or Toll Free 1-888-9-LANARK, extension 3113 or email:, if you have any questions or require more information regarding this program.


thriving. They were unsure about their futures, now they have a sense of hope from the sponsorship program and Dieudonne’s work.” Anyone interested in making a donation towards the orphanage, can visit www.lifecentre. Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

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quite costly,” Bedor said. “Just to feed them is about $2,000 per month, not including school, medical supplies and clothing. It takes a lot of funding to keep it sustainable.” Bedor said she has already seen positive results from the program and Batraville’s work. “It’s wonderful,” Bedor said. “Now we see how the kids are

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PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT SEALED TENDERS, on forms supplied by The Corporation of the County of Lanark Public Works Department, will be received by the Public Works Facilities and Fleet Manager, at his office, at 99 Christie Lake Road, Perth, Ontario, until 1:30:00 p.m. local time, on April 21st, 2011, as shown below. Tenders will be opened, in public, at the Public Works Building immediately following closing. Contract #PW-E-24-2011-11-E0 Supply of One (1) Crew Cab Truck and Service Box Specifications and Forms of Tender may be obtained at The Corporation of the County of Lanark Public Works Building or by mail. The lowest or any Tender may not necessarily be accepted. The Corporation of the County of Lanark Public Works Building 99 Christie Lake Road P.O. Box 37, Perth, ON, K7H 3E2 Attention: Jonathan Allen, R.P.A. Facilities and Fleet Manager Telephone: 613-267-1353 E-Mail:

The Lanark County Housing Corporation(LCHC) in Smiths Falls is seeking a high energy, dynamic, professional to fill the following temporary full-time contract (pregnancy/parental leave) opportunity in our Administration Department.

RECEPTIONIST/MAINTENANCE CLERK CONTRACT (approximately 11 months) (Posting #LHC2011-003) MANDATE: Reporting to the Director of LCHC, the incumbent will be the first point of contact for inquiries at the Lanark County Housing Corporation. The incumbent will receive and prepare maintenance requests from tenants, prepare external work orders and purchase orders, accept rental payments, prepare deposits and lease renewals and assist with the tender process. In addition, clerical support will be provided to department staff as well as provide backup to other clerical positions in the office. For further details including qualifications and application deadline, visit our website at: If you meet the position qualifications as found on our website, we look forward to receiving your résumé.




Print up the ballots and sharpen the pencils, it’s election time Canada. The political parties are all revved up and ready to go for this year’s federal election, set for May 2. Here’s a quick look at the candidates and their view of the hot issues for local ridings: LANARK-FRONTENAC-LENNOX AND ADDINGTON John Baranyi - Green Party Middleville resident John Baranyi is the Green Party candidate. Baranyi said he believes communities in his riding need to focus on sustainability by reversing the idea of globalization and putting emphasis on local resources. “I guess it’s trying to bring a little more power and control back to people where they live,” he said. “It seems we’ve been pushed in opposite direction by the past several governments.” Baranyi said encouraging community-owned energy projects is a way to foster environmentally friendly sources of energy, while benefitting the community. “Helping our local communities to be a part of the solution is one of the major things that the Green Party would be able to contribute to the dialogue that we have.” Scott Reid – Conservative Party Scott Reid said some of the election issues facing constituents in his riding are the federal long gun registry and job security. “People are nervous about the economy,” Reid, the sitting MP, said. “There are issues that I see people bringing up.” He said the long-gun registry is an issue that will definitely be on the minds of voters in his riding. “I just anticipate that it will rise again because we’re a rural constituen-

cy,” he said. Reid said he looks forward to discussing important topics in future debates. “There haven’t been any debates yet, so that’s where you see these things coming out,” he said. David Remington – Liberal Party Remington said his campaign will focus on bringing back good-paying jobs to people in the region, and helping small businesses grow. “Jobs are a huge issue in this riding,” he said. “I have a small business background, so to me it’s a natural. Small business is the backbone of this community.” He opened his own coffee shop when he was 18 years old, and has been a member of the business community for more than 20 years. He currently works as a program supervisor for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. Remington began working in municipal politics at the age of 25, when he was elected to town council. Remington has worked as a councillor, deputy mayor and mayor for the Town of Napanee. Doug Smyth – New Democratic Party Beckwith Township resident Doug Smyth is a development manager with an automotive technology company, who is a firsttime candidate and is new to politics. He hopes to find a balance between the concerns of businesses and workers. “Big business and big business interests are often winning out against the family,” Smyth said. When it comes to what was the defining moment that prompted him to throw his hat into the ring, he has a one-word answer. “Jets,” he said, of the Conservative government’s plan to purchase F-35 fighter jets, a plan

likely to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. “We do need to support our military, but I don’t feel that that was the right choice,” said Smyth. “We only have so much money to go around.” LEEDS-GRENVILLE Gord Brown, Conservative Party Conservative Gord Brown, the incumbent for Leeds-Grenville, says he has focused on job creation since he was first elected in 2004, and will continue to do so if he’s successful in defending his seat. Investments towards infrastructure and buildingup the broadband internet network are some ways to stimulate growth, he said in an interview, but how the government treats businesses is also important. “If you want to focus on jobs, the last thing you want to do is increase taxes on job-creators,” he said. With the Leeds-Grenville riding situated alongside the Canada-U.S. border, Brown said it’s economically important that both people and products can get across. Brown said supporting palliative care workers and toughening criminal sentencing are also important issues for him, and he has worked on legislation for both. Matthew Gabriel-New Democratic Party Matthew Gabriel said his campaign will put emphasis on issues facing the working class, including jobs. He said with companies such as the Hershey plant in Smiths Falls and the Shorewood Packaging plant in Brockville shutting down, people are concerned about job security. He said while attracting big business to communities in important, more emphasis needs to be put on small businesses. “I think we have to focus on small business,” he


Marjory Loveys, Liberal Party Marjory Loveys, the Liberal candidate for LeedsGrenville, also puts job creation at the top of her priority list. From speaking to constituents, she says it’s not just working-age people

who want to see their local economies strengthened. “Even people who are retired…they want their kid and grandkids to have the option of jobs nearby,” Loveys said in an interview. See page 20

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SUMMER STUDENT EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY BECKWITH TOWNSHIP DAY & SPORTS CAMP The Township of Beckwith is looking for energetic, creative students who have experience with children. We are looking to fill positions for the 2011 Summer Day & Sports Camp for Supervisors and Councillors. Completion of a CPR/First Aid course, while not a mandatory requirement would be beneficial. Student applicants may forward a resume to the undersigned at the Township of Beckwith Office, 1702 9th Line by NOON on May 2nd, 2011. References are required at the time of resume submission. Please direct resumes to: Attn: Cassandra McGregor, Recreation Coordinator

BECKWITH CLEAN UP DAYS The Beckwith Township Economic Development Committee is continuing its project for beautification of the Township. This project involves a cleanup of roadside ditches, parks or other areas of community interest. Following the cleanup an appreciation gathering will be held to thank those who came out to help with this initiative. Special bags/tags are available for this project and can be picked up at the Beckwith Township Office and then placed out at the end of your laneway. The garbage contractors have agreed to pick up these bags in coordination with the Beckwith Clean Up Days. Lend a hand to help keep our community a clean and beautiful place to live. To pitch-in or for further information please contact the Township Office 613-257-1539.

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said. “We have to be realistic in the short term.” Gabriel said lack of job security translates into lack of family time, which he said needs to change. “I want to put a common person in the House of Commons and that’s why I’m running,” he said.



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Town of Smiths Falls APRIL MEETINGS: Monday, April 4, 2011 Regular Meeting of Council, 5 p.m. Monday April 11, 2011 Committee of the Whole, 5 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2011 Regular Meeting of Council, 5 p.m. Tuesday , April 26, 2010 Committee of the Whole, 5 p.m.

HOLIDAY HOURS - EASTER Friday April 22nd, 2011 Closed Monday April 25, 2011 Closed In case of a water, roads or sewer emergency, please call 613-284-1430.

PROPERTY TAX DUE DATE REMINDER: The second installment for the interim billing is due April 29th, 2011. Please allow 3 to 5 business days for payments to reach us when paying by mail, at the bank or internet/telebanking.

PROPERTY TAX CONFIRMATION FEE: Reminder that there is a $15 fee for each

year to obtain a confirmation of payment of your 2010 and prior years property taxes.

CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES March – May 31, 2011 Work is continuing on Strathcona Street from George to Confederation Streets. Road is open to local traffic only (residents and emergency vehicles) please avoid this area. Work has commenced on Old Mill Road and is closed to traffic for sanitary / storm line updates. The excessive water on roads is creating additional potholes and causing roadway flooding in some areas. Staff have been deployed to help address these conditions as quickly as possible. Please be aware of road crews and provide them ample room to complete works. Blocked catch basins (grates close to the curb) and poor roadway drainage as well as excess water in backyards can lead to localized flooding and sewer back-ups. Residents can help improve roadway drainage by clearing ice and snow from catch basins near your home.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT SPRING IS HERE. Please ensure that you check with the building department concerning permit requirements before starting your project.

RECYCLING AND GARBAGE PICK UP Please continue to be diligent in your recycling for all materials noted in your waste management brochure. Again, consider the placement of your bins and garbage totes/bags to ensure clear passage of the sidewalk in front of your homes by placing behind the sidewalk or curb at your residence. Compared to last year, we have reduced our garbage tonnage by approx. 65 tonnes. This is great news and thanks for responding to our new program so well.

GARBAGE TAGS/SPRING CLEANING Plan on doing some SPRING CLEANING? Remember to recycle where you can. Donate used clothing to the many con-

signment stores in our municipality, used household items to the REAL DEAL Store (located at 83 William St. W) and old computer parts to 2012 Electronics (located at 42 James St. Door 1). Garbage Tags are also available at the Town Hall for $2.00 each.

HYDRANT AND VALVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM Town of Smiths Falls staff will be conducting their annual maintenance programs during April and May, as follows: April 4th to April 22nd - ANNUAL VALVE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM. April 25th to 29th – ANNUAL HYDRANT MAINTENANCE PROGRAM May 2nd to May 20th - ANNUAL HYDRANT FLUSHING PROGRAM. This maintenance is quite routine, but it may result in some temporary minor inconveniences; such as coloured water and loss of pressure.


You may contact 613-283-4124 ext. 1171 for specific locations. Staff thanks you for your patience, cooperation and understanding respecting this matter. MARRIAGE LICENCES If you are planning an upcoming wedding and require a marriage licence. Please contact our office at 613-283-4124 to book an appointment. Cost for a marriage licence is s$100.00. Visit our website www. for forms and requirements concerning the application process.

EARTH WEEK Participate in a local cleanup like PITCH IN SMITHS FALLS which will run from April 18-May1. Visit www.real for more information.

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As per By-law 8126-2008 every owner of a dog shall annually not later than February 15 in each year, or within four (4) days of becoming an owner at a later date, cause the dog to be registered with the Town. For each and every dog (neutered or spayed) $15 prior to March 31 $30 after March 31* For each and every dog (not neutered or spayed) $30 prior to March 31 $40 after March 31* For A Replacement Tag $ 5.00 * New residents and dogs acquired after March 31 exempted from additional fee upon provision of satisfactory evidence. OWNER MUST PROVIDE PROOF OF UPDATED RABIES INJECTION




...from the desk of the CAO 2011 Service Review – How Do We Stack Up This is the second article I have done on this subject and the importance of it certainly warrants a reminder. In the coming months Council will be examining the operations of the Town in detail, with the intent of identifying areas of potential improvement to the delivery of services and the operation of our community. The Review covers amongst many other things:      

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A proposed new managerial structure for the Town, A review of our long term capital commitments and proposed capital projects, A comparison of our tax rates to other municipalities in Eastern Ontario, How our water rates and other user fees compare to others, How our costs compare to other municipalities in the area for Administrative costs, water treatment and distribution, waste water collection and treatment, Public Works including snow removal and road repairs, Fire operations, Police operations, Library, Arenas and Parks, etc. How our staffing levels compare to other municipalities.

This bi-annual review that Council undertakes is extremely important to the operation of the Town and would benefit greatly from your input as a citizen. Copies are available at Town Hall or you can download it from the Town’s website.

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Photos by Andrew Snook

(Left) Members of the 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets show off their hardware during an awards banquet held on Wednesday, March 30. (Above) Commanding officer of the 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, Capt. Doug Irish, recieves a 30-year-pin for years of service from Bill St. Jean.

Air Cadets soar at Royal Canadian Legion

(Above right) Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples addresses the crowd during an awards banquet. held for members of the Royal Canadian Air Force and the 585 Rideau Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets, on Wednesday, March 30, at the Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95.

Photos by Andrew Snook


(Above) Richard Buckley accepts a 10-year-pin from chair Bill St. Jean. Alison Cordy also recieved a fiveyear-pin for her years of service.

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Coalition or bust?


tephen Harper is counting on you to find a coalition scary. Certainly, most Canadians outside of Quebec would spurn the idea of the Bloc Quebecois, a party whose raison d’etre is the very destruction of Canada as we know it, being a part of any coalition government. But would a coalition, even an informal agreement, between the Liberals and the New Democrats, be so bad? Certainly, the NDP would love to have a formalized coalition agreement like we saw formed in Great Britain last year between the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats. That deal saw the LibDems end up with seats at the cabinet table, something Jack Layton could get behind. It’s happened before, with the “Accord” government of David Peterson’s Liberals here in Ontario from 1985 to 1987, propped up by Bob Rae’s NDP. (In his 1996 autobiography, Rae admitted that his only regret was that he should have asked for cabinet seats in the deal.) During both world wars, Parliament’s parties banded together to fight the war effort on the political side. A coalition – should one become necessary – would bring stability to a dysfunctional political system. And, like in Britain, a formal agreement would mean that there would be a good chance that we would not face another election until 2015. Even for fans of proportional representation – something that will be sorely lacking on ballot papers on May 2 – a coalition would mean that the views of a majority of Canadians would form the basis of a government, not just 35 per cent or so, working on a piece-meal basis. The Conservative leader is right on one thing though – that only winners get to form coalitions. If we wake up on the morning of May 3, however, with the Liberals having more seats than the Conservatives, then certainly, Gov. Gen. David Johnston will be picking up the phone to arrange a meeting with Michael Ignatieff, and not Harper. If Harper’s Conservatives win the bulk of the seats though, he has two choices – he can carry on as he has done for the past five years, with brinksmanship and occasional compromise, or he can phone Ignatieff and/or Layton, play nice, hit the reset button and hammer out a deal. Mind you, if Harper gets his much-sought-after majority, all of this is moot. It’s up to you.

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STAFF Group buying is gaining popularity worldwide and local consumers have their own opportunity to get on board with From ski passes to cupcakes, local shoppers are finding the online discount resource is a great way to save money in their own community and beyond. The growth of - a wholly owned subsidiary of TorStar Digital, one of the sister companies of Metroland Media - into the Ottawa Region has been phenomenal, says WagJag co-ordinator Leslie Osborne. So what is WagJag? is a group buying or social buying website that brings you amazing deals on the coolest events, restaurants, fashion finds, activities and adventures. can deliver great offers because it assembles a group of ‘WagJaggers’ with combined purchasing power. One amazing deal is featured each day and is available for seven days or less. You can only get the deal if enough people join the group and agree to purchase. Once enough people join, you get a printable electronic voucher and you use the voucher to redeem your WagJag. It’s that simple!

Be careful not to put Canada’s game on ice The recent decision by town council to raise the ice rental rates shouldn’t come as a big surprise to anyone. When a town or city builds a brand new facility similar to the new Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre, people generally expect an increase in fees. I know a new arena comes with debt that needs to be paid, but try and take it easy on the rates for youth hockey. It’s already difficult for youth teams to gain sponsorship to help support them through the season, and higher rates will not help their cause. Many parents already struggle with the cost of equipment alone. It’s vital that kids stay active growing up. It promotes a healthy lifestyle for them as they grow up, and helps keep kids out of trouble. I know hockey isn’t the only option

ANDREW SNOOK Snook’s Look kids have when choosing a sport to play, but it is the most Canadian, so let’s keep promoting it for them as best we can. A SIGHT FOR SORE KNEES Members of town council and town staff appeared to be in agreement about working towards getting walking mats installed at the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre. I’m sure those mats will be a sight for sore knees once they’re installed. I recently dropped by the new arena and witnessed how popular the walking track

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has become. Seniors, and non-seniors alike, are burning up the track to help stay fit, a great idea but remember to be good to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone. A GENEROUS GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS I attended my first meeting of the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls last week, and heard about all the generous donations the service club makes locally and around the world. The club recently donated to several worthy causes including the Easter Seals Camp Merrywood, the Salvation Army and Duncan J. Schoular Public School. It’s always nice to hear from volunteers in the area that are working hard to for the betterment of everyone in the community. Keep up the great work, Rotarians!

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rives.� Wilson Trider responded. “Treatment starts when the ERV arrives,� she said, adding the second vehicle would keep the other ERV in Lanark Highlands and therefore providing faster service to the rural townships. Coun. Susan Freeman, who wasn’t at the meeting when the ERV was initially proposed, provided her input. She said when she first came on council 10 years ago, there was no 911 system. “We did bring 911 and people couldn’t imagine not having it now,� she said, adding how emergency response is a necessary service. “I’m totally supportive of an ERV. Our residents and visitors deserve this.� Coun. John Levi said he didn’t want the cost in this year’s budget, and proposed putting it in the 2012 budget. Yet no one would second his motion, therefore nixing his idea. Coun. John Fenik said for the past three budgets, council has been approached to add the second vehicle, and said he didn’t want to put it off any longer. “The need is now,� he said. “We may as well do this now.� Kerr asked for a recorded vote. Kerr, Levi and Coun. Peter McLaren, Brian Stewart and Aubrey Churchill voted against the ERV purchase. The remaining councillors voted in favour to purchase and operate the second vehicle, except for Coun. Pat Dolan, who was not present. The majority ruled, and the ERV will be included in the 2011 budget, which was then officially passed. Freeman said she was happy with the end result. “I don’t think people mind paying $5 extra a year for emergency services, so I was very pleased, because I had no idea how it would go,� she said. “You could see it was not an easy vote and a lot of people voted against it and to me that was upsetting, but that is part of politics.�

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If you like poetry and song, you might want to check out Vine Rhymes at the Spotlight on the Rideau. The event will take place on Saturday, April 9, from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission is free for anyone to attend, so come out and enjoy an afternoon of poetry, song,

giftware by local artisans. Sit back and chat with Vine Rhyme members and support your local songwriters and poets. Vine Rhymes will be accepting donations for the Vine Rhymes Book Project. For more information, contact Helen Latimer-Hanah at, or visit

Lombardy Public School picks up top grades from Fraser Institute From front page In 2006, the school received its highest rating over the last five years with a rating of 6.7 out of 10. Its rating dropped in both 2007 (6.6 out of 10) and 2008 (5.4 out of 10), but improved to a 5.8 out of 10 in 2009. The Fraser Institute is an independent, nonpartisan research and educational organization that conducts peer-reviewed research into a variety of social and economic issues including taxation, government spending, health care, school performance, and trade. The Institute releases annual school report cards for elementary schools and high schools in Ontario, B.C., and Alberta. It also produces report cars for high schools in Quebec. The report cards for Ontario schools look at exam results taken from the province’s Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) tests, written by students in Grade 3 and Grade 6. Fraser Institute states on its website that the report cards are designed to provide information on how schools are performing academically; however, the organization does not recommend choosing a school based solely on the report cards. It states: “The report card is one objective tool for parents to use when choosing a school for their child or when they want to keep informed about the school their child is attending. The report card should be used in conjunction with visits to the school and discussions with administrators, teachers, support staff, their child and other parents.� The Fraser Institute website states in its “Frequently asked questions� section that in most cases, a rating of 6 is the provincial average; however, an Institute school rating does not reflect a pass or fail, “It simply reflects how far the school

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is performing above or below the provincial average.� The Upper Canada District School Board issued the following statement in response to the Fraser Institute reports cards for Ontario elementary schools: “The board remains open to any data or study that provides information leading to improvements in teaching and learning. The most valuable information we consider is derived from the regular and ongoing assessments conducted by teachers and principals, as well as that furnished by the EQAO and other district assessments. The ranking of schools, on a comparative basis (such as the Fraser Report), does not offer a precise understanding of exactly where improvement efforts should be directed and, as such, is regarded by our staff as having limited use.� To check out a school’s Fraser Institute report cards in more detail, visit:


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From front page This is to reduce response times and guarantee this vehicle won’t get called out of the county. Council originally voted against the motion for the ERV purchase, with the majority concerned about increasing the overall budget. The topic was brought back on the table at the March 30 meeting. Wilson Trider presented the case once again, providing councillors with average county response times, as well as the number of life-threatening calls they receive on a daily basis. “These are the ones that keep me up at night, because I worry they won’t have the coverage they need,� said Wilson Trider. The current provincial ambulance dispatch system can have an ambulance respond to a call, even if it’s outside of its service region. The ERV can’t be called out, as only one paramedic operates the vehicle and it can’t transport patients. “The major advantage of the ERV is it can’t be deployed out of the area. The ERV will always be in Lanark,� she explains. The proposal has the second ERV operate five days a week during the busiest call time from 4 p.m. to midnight. The county’s chief administrative officer, Peter Wagland, then outlined the financial implications. The ERV purchase and operation would cost $63,000 for 2011, or almost $5 per household per year. Coun. John Gemmell put his support behind the purchase. “This is not asphalt. This is not a bridge. This is life and death,� he said. Coun. Keith Kerr said this second vehicle wouldn’t improve conditions. “This ERV doesn’t do diddlysquat for the outlying areas,� he says, referring to how the second ERV will be based between Perth and Smiths Falls. “It’s just to reduce the numbers, because the clock stops when the ERV ar-

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Hunter family honoured for Holsteins Local farmers receive third Master Breeder shield for top cattle ANDREW SNOOK

The Hunter family knows how to have a cow, literally. The sixth-generation Smiths Falls family was honoured at Eastern Breeders Inc.’s final annual general meeting, on March 23. Hugh Hunter, and his father Gerald, representing Maple-Ain Holsteins of Smiths Falls, were recognized for being awarded a Master Breeder Shield by the Holstein Association of Canada. “It’s the most prestigious honour Holstein Canada gives out,” Hugh said. The award is handed out to Holstein farmers based on a variety of factors and classifications. Hugh said the Holstein Association of Canada selects 20 of its approximately 15,000 members each year to receive the award. Hugh said he was happily surprised when he received notification of his family’s third Master Breeder Shield. Maple-Ain Holsteins also received the honour in 1990 and 1997. “As a previous winner, they set a minimum number of years before you’re allowed to win another one,” he said. “We won in 1997, there’s a minimum of 12 years of breeding before it’s possible to win another shield…to find out in January was kind of a surprise. We were pretty happy about it.” The Hunter family was also recognized for its achievements at the Ontario branch of Holstein in Belleville. In May, the family will receive the physical award at a Holstein Association of Canada gala banquet in Halifax. BREEDING IS IN THE BLOODLINE Hugh and his wife purchased the farm from his father Gerald in 2003. Both his father and his grandfather worked on the dairy farm. He said his grandparents were the first members of his family to bring full-bred Holsteins to

the farm. “My grandparents were first to move from mixed, subsistent farming, to solely dairy,” he Photo by Andrew Snook said. Hugh said his grandmother Hugh Hunter takes a break from working at his family’s farm, Maple-Ain Holsteins in Smiths Falls, to pose grew up on a pure bred Holstein for a photo with family members Connal, Arlene, Duncan, Gerald, Joanne and Alice the dairy cow. Hunter farm in Perth, and when her fa- was recently awarded his family’s third Master Breeder shield. ther sold the land they moved some of the cattle over to his grandfather’s farm. Hugh said he has lived in Smiths Falls his entire life, except for when he moved to Civic #2250, County Road 31, Winchester, ON Guelph to attend university. He graduated with a Bachelor of 613-774-7000 or 1-800-567-1797 Science in Agriculture in 1999. More than 300 vehicles and equipment from Federal Government and others “I was born here, I am a third Primary list at: generation of Holstein men,” he said. “I’m the sixth generation of hunters to live on this road (County Road 29).” Hugh said the key to being a successful Holstein breeder is having “cow sense.” “That’s really what it boils down to,” he said. “You have to have a keen eye; an ability to identify the faults and strengths of different individuals, to make Cars: 08 Gr Prix, 110 kms; 08 Focus 64 kms; 07 Caliber, 50 kms; 07 Camry, 77 kms; 07 Yaris, 95 kms; 07 a better cow is the goal. It takes Aveo, 67 kms; 06 Malibu, 126 kms; 06 Gr Prix, 119 kms; 05 MX5, 74 kms; 05 300, 173 kms; 05 Allure, 146 a little bit of commons sense, kms; (2)05 Altima, 176-227 kms; 05 Sentra, 94 kms; 05 Corolla, 119 kms; 04 Matrix, 254 kms; 04 Impala, a lot of luck, and a lot of hard 123 kms; 04 Neon, 144 kms; 03 Golf, 223 kms; 03 Neon, 139 kms; 02 Cavalier, 177 kms; (2)02 Intrepid, 138work.” 220 kms; 02 Saturn, 108 kms; 02 Jetta, 274 kms; 02 Altima, 210 kms; 01 PT Cruiser, 149 kms; 01 Legacy, Hugh said strong genes are 180 kms; 01 Deville, 164 kms; 01 Towncar, 182 kms; 00 Civic, 244 kms; 00 Century, 202 kms; 00 300, 173 also a major factor in consistentkms; 98 Cr Vic, 182 kms; 98 Civic, 227 kms; (2)98 Intrepid, 98-138 kms; 98 Esteem, 126 kms; 98 Legacy, 106 kms; 98 Lexus, 245 kms; 98 Stratus, 240 kms; 98 Town Car, 299 kms; 98 626, 286 kms; 97 Civic, 219 ly producing top Holsteins. He kms; 97 Park Avenue, 195 kms; 90 MX5, 168 kms SUVs: 06 Trailblazer, 183 kms; 05 Jimmy, 177 kms; 05 credited his father and grandfaEscape, 176 kms; 04 Aviator, 127 kms; 03 Durango, 200 kms; 03 Escape, 185 kms; 02 Explorer, 130 kms; ther for their hard work and ded98 Cherokee, 241 kms; 97 Saturn, 190 kms; 97 4Runner, 190 kms Vans: 06 Caravan, 178 kms; 05 Express, ication for the strong bloodlines 168 kms; 05 Freestar, 120 kms; 04 Savanna, 81 kms; 02 Venture, 248 kms; 02 Caravan, 108 kms; 01 Ram, he works with today. 150 kms; 00 MPV, 263 kms; 98 Caravan, 227 kms Light Trucks: 05 Sierra, 213 kms; 04 Tundra, 263 kms; “Much of it is from the work 04 F250, 207 kms; 04 Ram, 265 kms; 03 Silverado, 211 kms; (2)03 F150, 60-177 kms; 97 Sierra, 253 kms; my grandfather and father did 97 F150, 258 kms Heavy Vehicles: 06 IH CF600, 111 kms; 01 IH 2674 Dump, 200 kms; 00 F550, 375 kms; for the 50 years before I was 00 IH Dump, 306 kms; 92 IH 4700LP, 101 kms; Trailers: 07 Kaufman Car; 11 Cargo; 08 Advantage utility here,” he said. “I have to give dump; (2)Pole trailers; 09 Car; Cargo utility; 88 Fruehauf van; Manac storage Farm Equipment: NH TV140, credit to the generations before w/loader, 3750 hrs; NH TM115, w/Quicke loader, 5800 hrs; Ford 420 Hilift loader w/ss 150-18 bale grapple, me, making it possible to make a tractor outfitted w/accumulator for soft ride; Case 584E Forklift w/accumulator; NH 258 side rake; (2) Steffen living faming.” Systems Model 1850 accumulator; (2) Steffen Systems 15-18 bale grapple; NH 2332 disc bine w/flails fits Hugh has three small children, TV140; MillerPro 1150 rake; AG Shield Recon 300 w/rear tedder; (2) JD 348 square balers w/Harvest Tek whose ages range from five years computerized acid applicator plus airbale density control; Maschio flail ditch mower; 12’ Brillon grass seeder; Wifo round bale spear; (2) hay trailers; 7’ snow blower Recreational: 09 Polaris RZR, 1 kms; 88 Candormate old to five months old. Fishing boat; 01 Aero 5th wheel camper; Marvac Fishing boat; Grunman Boat; Fishing boat; Checkmate Boat; He said it’s too soon to tell if Chriscraft boat; Sundowner boat; Sunray SV155 boat; Bombardier Seadoo; (8)New Scooters, never used; 07 the Hunter family will have a HD Sportster, 11 kms; 03 HD Sportser, 17 kms; 02 Suzuki RGSX, 18 kms; (7)2006 ClubCar Golf Carts Misc. fourth generation of dairy farmItems: Lots of small hand tools; scaffolding; Davtair truckbox ers. “I know they like to hang out in the barn now,” he said. “But NO CHILDREN ALLOWED 20 years from now if that’s what Some of the above mentioned vehicles are public consignments. List is subject to change. they desire that’s fine. If not, Website will be updated as new consignments are registered that’s fine too. I wouldn’t want Buyers Premium Applies - Terms: Cash; Visa; MasterCard; Interac for $500.00 to force it on anyone that didn’t want to do it.” deposit & Cash, Certified Cheque, Interac for balance due on vehicle

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The Rideau Valley Home Educators’ Association is presenting its 21st annual Home Educators’ Conference on Saturday, April 16, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kanata Baptist Church, located at 465 Hazeldean Rd. in Kanata. Seminars will be presented all day on a wide variety of topics for the following individuals: people considering homeschooling, people who have just started homeschooling, seasoned homeschoolers needing a fresh perspective, people interested in teaching high school at home, those teaching children with learning disabilities, home-schooled teens, dads of home schooled kids and more. The conference also includes a large vendor hall that hosts Eastern Ontario’s largest exhibition of home school resources. Curriculum representatives will be available to answer your questions about home education, and to assist you in choosing curriculum and supplies to support your home education program. For registration forms and further information about the conference, visit our website at www. Submitted by the Rideau Valley Home Educators’ Association

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ZOOM ZOOM! Members of the Carleton Place Cub pack – from left, Erik Beard, 9, Blair Kruz-Doyle, 10, and Caleb Marshall, 9 – watch model race cars speed by at a Kub Kar rally on March 26. Eight groups from the Lanark area attended the event at County Fair Mall to watch the Cubs’ model cars go head-to-head.



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Station Theatre hosts one-night performance April 16 sonalities – a very funny play, but with a serious undertone. “The audience can expect to laugh,” says director George Anderson. “They might even get teary eyed, too.” Leslie Hall is the venue, and show dates are April 7 to 11. Sounds like real fun! See you at the show!


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2Women Productions begin bringing the storyteller’s art to our area with Landscapes of Silence; A Daughter’s Story, a recounting of family secrets that cannot be spoken. Marta Singh grew up in Argentina when atrocities were occurring. But her family were “good people.” Her family could not “know.” Then at 16 she became pregnant. That could not be spoken of either. Presentations will be on April 16 at Smiths Falls Station Theatre, April 23 in the Carleton Place Cinema and in Perth’s Studio Theatre on April 29. Tickets can be ordered from Tickets Please, at 613-485-6434. This month Perth’s Studio Theatre production jumps the gun with the funny, but poignant, comedy, You Say Tomatoes, which takes a humorous look at the differences between American and British attitudes. Sounds like sure-fire fun! Performances will be held at the Studio Theatre at 8 p.m. on April 8 and 9 and at 2 p.m. on the 10th. Tickets are $18 from “Tickets Please” (a small convenience fee applies) or directly from the theatre. Visit for details.

The Kemptville Players Inc. proudly presents Jenny’s House of Joy, by Norm Foster – a twoact comedy that is every bit as risqué as the name promises. It’s set in a house of ill-repute in Baxter Springs, Kansas, circa 1870, a frontier town where vigilante justice is the norm. Five women with five different per-



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Local residents become tourism experts SPECIAL TO THIS WEEK The Ontario’s Highlands Tourism Organization (OHTO) is spearheading a grassroots effort to increase tourism to this region – which right now has the lowest numbers of visitors to anywhere in Ontario, with only 2.5 per cent of the provincial total. Recognizing that most people who live in the area may not consider it as a tourist destination, the OHTO has created a campaign to change this attitude and to inform the local population that Tourism Starts with You. People are encouraged to share the attractions and experiences that they love about the region at with an added incentive that each submission counts as an entry to win an iPad 2. “This region has a lot to offer and it can become one of the premier destinations in the province,” explains Leah Piltz, marketing and communications coordinator at the OHTO. “Additionally, tourism can become a significant contributor to the local economy, helping to create jobs and to sustain the community.” Visitors to the website are able to take some time to browse entries and discover the wide variety of things there are to see and do right in their own backyard. From a luge track in Bancroft, to a skate park in Madoc, whitewater rafting in the Ottawa River, and more, visitors to the site will realize this region has much to offer. It is hoped that by familiarizing the public

with these attractions, local residents are better able to inform visitors of what there is to do in the area. This could be something as simple as a suggestion to a visitor of what do to by a gas station attendant or local walking down the street. According to the latest data

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The Town of Smiths Falls will be conducting its annual hydrant and valve maintenance program, starting on April 4. Town staff stated on its website that the maintenance is routine, buy may result in “some temporary minor inconveniences,” including discoloured water and loss of water pressure. The annual maintenance will occur during the following days: • April 4 to 22 - annual valve maintenance program. • April 25 to 29 - annual hydrant maintenance program. • May 2 to 20 - annual hydrant flushing program. For more information on the locations that will be affected, contact 613-283-4124, ext. 1171.

from Statistics Canada, most tourists to the region are people visiting their friends and family – who by default become tourism experts. “They are the primary source of destination information, which is why meaningful growth in the tourism sector must begin with awareness among the local

population,” adds Piltz. The Tourism Starts with You campaign is scheduled to run until June 30. The OHTO is a not-for-profit organization mandated by the Province of Ontario to increase tourism within the counties of Haliburton, Lanark, and Renfrew and portions of Fronte-

nac, Hastings, and Lennox and Addington. The OHTO works in collaboration with eight DMOs, tourism agencies and authorities. Find out more about the OHTO at For information, please contact Leah Piltz at 613-629-6486 or


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Alcohol plays a part in domestic violence DESMOND DEVOY

Alcohol doesn’t cause domestic abuse, but it certainly contributes to it. “This is not a cause for violence in the home, but it is a risk factor,” said Erin Lee-Todd, the executive director of Lanark County Interval House, during a presentation at the Beckwith Township municipal offices on March 24. “In all relationships, there is potential for violence. In all relationships there are issues of power and control. Often the alcohol and drugs becomes the control.” While alcohol is accessible every day of the week, some times of the year appear to be worse than others for alcoholfuelled violence at home. “You can tell it’s the Super Bowl because it’s busy at the liquor store,” LeeTodd said. The LCBO knows this as well, which is why, like with the Christmas rush, they often have extra staff on game days like the Super Bowl and Stanley Cup finals. While the rush of the big game can be intoxicating to sports fans, the rush of emotions, coupled with alcohol itself, can fuel domestic violence after the game as well. Lee-Todd noted that the levels of domestic abuse rise after big sporting events like the Super Bowl. Lee-Todd noted that alcohol and violence had similar traits. “Both involve denying and minimizing

the problem,” Lee-Todd said. The signs of alcoholism can include craving drink, impaired control, physical dependence on alcohol and finally a tolerance for alcohol in excess. Other factors, such as poverty, unemployment and family history can play a part. “In Lanark County, we are quite aware that alcohol is a killer,” said Lee-Todd. More than 60 per cent of sexual assaults involve alcohol, and one in four youth will experience abuse of some kind before the age of 21. A high percentage of rape cases will also involve drugs and alcohol. “Whether we like it or not, drugs have become rampant in Lanark County,” said Lee-Todd, with a number of teen suicides in the county throughout the past year. “Those things are happening in Lanark County…We would like to believe that those kinds of things happen elsewhere. School communities have been quite hurt.” Teens have told her how readily available marijuana is in towns like Perth, and that it is everyone’s responsibility to look out for their neighbours. “It is important to realize what is happening in the backyard beside you,” LeeTodd said. One of the largest challenges facing families who are dealing with addiction problems is fear of public perception. “There are people who won’t access health centres because they are afraid,”

or because they believe that there are cameras trained on needle drop-off boxes, or that police officers are watching to see who is using those boxes, said Lee-Todd. Beckwith Township Reeve Richard Kidd agreed that stigma was indeed a barrier to some families getting the help they needed. “If they feel that there is a perception that their family has a problem, they may not come,” said Kidd, who helped organize the information session. He noted that it would take time for people to become more open about discussing their addiction problems, but that other societal problems took time to solve as well. “In 1979, if we had a meeting about drunk driving, how many people would have shown up?” asked Kidd. “We’ll have a meeting here in a few weeks to discuss our budget and there will be, maybe, two people.” Danielle Shewfelt, a public health nurse with the Lanark, Leeds, Grenville health unit, spoke out about how the children are affected by drug and alcohol abuse, and noted that kids need parents to be strong and set boundaries for them. “A lot of kids are testing you, not because they want to be a pain in the butt, though it may seem like it,” said Shewfelt. “But they want to know that you care.” Shewfelt added that it was not necessary for adults to remove all of the stresses from teenagers’ lives. “Can we really solve all of their prob-

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Danielle Shewfelt, a public health nurse with the Lanark, Leeds, Grenville Health Unit, sporting a new hair-do, speaks during her portion of an information session on the effect that drug and alcohol dependency have on families. lems? That’s a really hard hill to climb,” Shewfelt said. “Is it about trying to take stuff off their plate? It’s about giving them a stronger plate…There’s a lot of kids who don’t necessarily have the social skills you would expect them to have.”

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Smiths Falls’ current and future knowledge-based, small business owners have a new place to go to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit. The Ottawa Centre for Research and Innovation’s (OCRI) investment and commercialization program recently expanded and created the new Eastern Ontario Regional Innovation Centre. OCRI’s conversation architect, Jill McCubbin, wrote in an email that the new centre will offer small businesses across eastern Ontario, “access to innovation and commercialization programs and services focused on building companies, generating investment, and bringing new products and/or services to the global marketplace.” OCRI is a non-profit, partnership organization, and is Ottawa’s leading member-based economic development corporation, designed to help advance eastern

Ontario’s knowledge-based institutions and industries. The expansion was made possible through $2.25 million of provincial funding over the next three years, courtesy of the Ministry of Research and Innovation. “Our sweet spot is start-up and emerging companies, led by one to five entrepreneurs, looking to commercialize new knowledge-based products and services,” said Michelle Scarborough, managing director for OCRI. “Our job is to dramatically accelerate their progress through hands-on mentorship, market intelligence, and direct access to both private and government sources of capital.” Scarborough brings a variety of business related experience and skills to the table. She has more than 18 years of entrepreneurial experience, and was a recipient of the Top 40 Under 40 Award in 2008, which is given out to Canadians under the age of 40 who showcase outstanding leadership in their chosen fields.

Scarborough and her investment and commercialization team performed services for more than 180 companies in 2010. Her team was able to help more than 30 of those companies become eligible for investment, and secured $13.4 million from private funding sources, and $2.6 million from public funding sources. Two of the companies OCRI helped gain funding for were Nuvyyo Inc, creator of JetStreamHD, and CogniLore Information Solutions, the creators of an innovative new eBook solution for professional publishing companies.

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You stop drinking once you have made the admission that you are an alcoholic – you can’t do that with chronic spending. So, instead of living without spending, a new group is hoping to show those in deep debt that they can find serenity in spending. A new group aimed at helping people with chronic shopping, debt and spending habits, Debtors Anonymous (DA), has opened its doors in Carleton Place. The group, which has three members, meets once a week at St. James’ Anglican Church hall, 225 Edmund St., from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is an offshoot of two similar groups in Ottawa, and is modeled loosely on the founding 12-step program of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). The group already has three members and one of them shared her story about how she knew she had to admit to herself that she had a problem. “I just recently went through a separation,” said Audrey (not her real name). “I’ve been left to handle the (family) finances so I realized that my spending was out of control.”

“The reality is that you have to spend,” said Audrey. “You need to spend and you need to have something in it for you.” That can mean as little as $25 a week that is stashed away in savings. “You call it a spending plan. You don’t use the B word,” for budget, she said with a laugh. Audrey has children, who are also going to be impacted not only by the change in her relationship, but in the family’s spending habits as well. “As I’m preparing, I’m preparing them for less,” said Audrey, who is not receiving child support, and is trying to keep the family home. Her ultimate goal is to become debt-free one day, but she still admits to fighting the urge to splurge when she is out shopping. She found Christmastime to be especially difficult, often getting caught up in the notion that she had not bought enough for family and friends. While it is based in Carleton Place, Audrey added that she hopes that her group can reach out to people in need in Smiths Falls, Clayton, Almonte and Perth. If you are interested in finding out more information about

Audrey joined the group only six weeks ago, but she is already finding it a cathartic experience. “Everybody has experienced what you go through, the challenges and it is non-judgmental,” said Audrey. “We’re all working on getting out of debt…It’s certainly given me some relief.” Before she found DA, she used to take solace in what some call retail therapy. “(But) shopping wasn’t fixing it…Shopping was not the answer,” she said. “I need to pay these bills. How do I get on top of it?” Audrey is at the point in her DA experience now that she will begin what are called pressure relief meetings, where she and a volunteer will begin to map out a plan for getting a handle on her debt and spending. While the volunteer is not an experienced credit counsellor, it is part of the process of working through to a solution. “You just keep track of where you spend your money,” said Audrey. But, unlike AA, where recovering alcoholics have to swear off alcohol, and take it one day at a time, not spending is not an option.

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People who are chronic spenders, shoppers or who are simply dealing with a mountain of debt now have the option of coming to terms with their problem, and finding solutions, with the creation of Debtors Anonymous in Carleton Place. this group, please call 613-2169008 and leave a message. The group’s email address is otta- The group is free to join, but donations are welcome.

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CLOWNIN’ AROUND Molly Penny the clown and three-year-old Mickey Green enjoy playing with bubbles during a warm Sunday afternoon at Fulton’s Pancake House on April 3. The Caring Clown Connection of Smiths Falls brought out the inner clown in kids and adults.

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Sunday, April 10 • 1 - 3 p.m. 1158 Fallbrook Rd. - 6 year old chalet style three bedroom, 2 bath home privately set on 30 acres. Access to Little Mud Lake. Custom kitchen, dining room with patio door plus two bdrms & bath on main level. Master bdrm, ensuite & walk-in closet on upper level. Family rm, fireplace, storage, utility, laundry & two other rooms on the walk-out lower level. $319,000. MLS# 780411. DIRECTIONS: Hwy. 511 from Perth to Balderson. Left onto Fallbrook Rd., 2.5 km. to stop. Turn right and proceed 3 km to property on the right. Bob Ferguson (C) 613-812-8871

Welcome to Maple Glen Estates & an Otty Lake lifestyle just 5 minutes from heritage Perth - this totally renovated 3000+ square foot home offers quality & spaciousness just a stone`s throw from the beach - 4 bedrooms & 3 full baths - a fireplace in both the living room and family room - hardwood flooring & tile on the main level - a large screenedin porch is conveniently located off the dining room for the barbeque - large rec room/den/office on the lower level - double attached garage/workshop. $379,000 - MLS#786592. Bob Ferguson (C) 613-812-8871


$179,000 - PARENTS OF ALGONQUIN STUDENTS TAKE NOTE: Five br, 3 bathroom home plus basement rec room, laundry and second kitchen area, large living room and dining room with built-in cabinetry, updated kitchen, natural gas furnace plus fireplace, attached garage, house is bigger than it looks but needs some updating, quick closing available. MLS# 780346 Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123


$185,000 - Cute 2-storey, 4 br. brick home sitting on 5 newly surveyed acres, fieldstone fireplace, HE propane furnace 2009, central air, electrical panel wired for generator (included), 2-storey barn with 32x17’ loft, close to schools and downtown Lanark. MLS# 787228 Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123


Burgesswood - almost 3 acres of privacy, 5 bedrooms, 2 full baths, separate dining room, light and bright! Enjoy hiking trails and gorgeous waterfront area for residents of the community. Call Barbara Shepherd Cell - 513 326-1361


$369,000 - 15 km. east of Perth. Room to grown in both house & property with this 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom bungalow. Hardwood & tile floors, fully equiped custom oak kitchen with island opens into dining area and spacious living room with patio doors to the back of property. Large family room above double attached garage. Full drive-in / walk-out basement for those large recreational toys or create additional living space. Front porch overlooks pond. MLS# 774774.

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COTTAGE NEAR PERTH AND WESTPORT - CLEAN CROSBY LAKE – Great swimming - sandy wade-in or dive-in at the end of the dock! Charming 2 bedroom cedar cottage plus sleeping cabin. MLS # 769020. $269,000 Call Barbara Shepherd, Cell 613-326-1361




1-800-552-7242 e-mail: OPEN HOUSE Saturday, April 9 1:30 - 3 p.m. 282 McVeety Road – Elmgrove to Hughes to McVeety. Private Nature Retreat – traditional, 3 bedroom, 2 bath, red brick farmhouse built in 1895 – many updates and wonderful convenient extras added. The current owners love the privacy, sights and sounds of nature, ski and walking trails, and the relaxing warmth and character – you will, too! Come see it – 13+ acres, 10 min. to Perth - $354,900. MLS # 777616 Call Joanne Bennell, 613 812-0505 or Barbara Shepherd, 613 326-1361 OPEN HOUSE


Saturday, April 9 • 2 - 3:30 p.m. 148 Meadow Lane, Take Hwy. #43 1 km west of Port Elmsley, turn onto Meadow Lane to #148, $329,900. Terrific 5-year-old family home shows like new, 3 br, 2 bath, main-floor laundry, hardwood floors throughout, propane fireplace, double attached garage, central air, high speed, 2 acre lot, move in condition. MLS# 778246. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123


Saturday, April 9 • 12 - 1:30 p.m. $199,900 - Unit 303 Carolina Court at 103 North St., Perth. Luxury condominium overlooking the Tay River and Perth Golf Course, the “Hart” model offers two bedrooms and 2 baths including an ensuite, gas fireplace in the bright living room and a balcony, 5 appliance included, this gorgeous condo is a must see. MLS# 785984 Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123



Saturday, April 9 • 2-3 p.m. 394 Kenyon Rd., Reduced $249,900 - Beautiful 6.84 acre grounds & wooded area surrounding it - excellent access on paved road only 10 minutes to downtown Perth - this 1536 sq ft log bungalow has seen many updates & renovations completed in the past few years - very bright & cheery interior with the log walls exposed - new flooring throughout most of both levels - beautiful fieldstone fireplace with pine mantle highlights the spacious liv rm - country sized eat-in kitchen has loads of counter & cupboard space & has a new counter top & built-in dishwasher - main level laundry, 2 bedrms & 4 pce bath finish off the main level - lower level is almost finished including fam rm with ext. Access, bedrm & rec. rm (could be 4th bedrm) - 24x24 det. garage/workshop + single att. gar., central air, newer oil furnace & oil tank, paved drive, partially fenced yard great for kids or pets, greenhouse studio, gazeebo, newer shingles, waterfall & pond, gorgeous perennial flower beds. Directions: Scotch Line (Cty Rd. 10), left on Otty Lake North Shore Rd., follow to Kenyon Rd. to #394. Hostess: Sheri, 613-812-1215

Saturday, April 9 • 12-1:30 p.m. 103 North Street, Unit 202 $209,000 - The ‘Thom’ model, named after Alexander Thom, builder of Perth’s 1st mills & a former military surgeon - gorgeous elevated view of the Tay River which also overlooks Canada`s oldest golf course - quiet building located only a few blocks from downtown heritage Perth - features of this well cared for unit are 2 good sized bedrooms each with oversized closet, 2 bathrooms, freshly painted interior, steamed carpets, neutral decor, double closet & ceramic tile at front foyer, washer & dryer in storage room, efficient kitchen with built-in dishwasher & pass through to the dining area - it`s a corner unit with large windows, efficient natural gas heat & hot water, central air conditioning & terrace door to your own private riverside balcony, common hobby room and lounge, plus tennis & shuffle board courts. Hostess: Sheri 613-812-1215


NEW LISTING $229,000 - 419 Hartsgravel Road, Rideau Lakes - 1860s stone church in idealic and private setting with picture perfect views of the pasture and fields in the valley beyond. Many wonderful renovations include in floor radiant heat, two 4 pc bathrooms, galley kitchen with countertop gas range, two bedrooms and loft. Original stained glass windows intact. Call or Email Julia Scotland 613-390-0401 julia-scotland@

Saturday, April 9 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. 7 Lally Lane, Perth - 1+1 Bedroom Semi detached Condo in Perthshire, Sterling Model, end unit. $219,000. Joanne 613-812-0505

$199,900 – 2356 Harlem Road, Rideau Lakes - Stone church in peaceful country setting entirely renovated with two bathrooms, loft, main floor laundry open kitchen, dining and living area. Custom windows, new hardwood floors, new septic, new well, dual heat systems, insulation, drywall. Call or Email Julia Scotland 613-390-0401 julia-scotland@




Dalhousie Lake 250 Hall Shore Rd. - $329,000 - gorgeous level lot with a fabulous view of Dalhousie Lake-great access on year round maintained road on the south shore of the lake-level entry into the water would make it perfect for family members of any age-the 3 bedroom bungalow is in mint condition, like a new home with many features like open concept kitchen, dining, living room space all facing the lake, 2 bathrooms, main floor laundry, gleaming oak flooring just installed in past year, lots of pine cabinets & breakfast bar in kitchen, newer windows & exterior doors, lifetime guarantee on the new fibreglass shingles, efficient heat pump central air, central vac, water softener-double detached garage plus single garage at the lake for all the extra ‘toys’ - 10x15 insulated porch is a lovely 3 season room-lakeside deck-a real gem! Sheri 613-812-1215

14 Beckwith St., E., Perth - $ 219,900 - What a fabulous location in downtown heritage Perth-walk to all amenities & activities at any time of year-one of Wampole Houses built in the early 1900’s-this home is in lovely condition with refinished hardwood floors on the main level, gas fireplace in the living room, spacious formal dining area opens to the updated pine kitchen complete with breakfast counter & stained glass window-loads of room in front foyer with conenient access to the powder room-uper level houses 2 bedrooms (3rd is currently used as master dressing room)-finished attic area is an ideal teenager hangout or private office space-backdoor access to large deck overlooking courtyard/patio area & fenced backyard-enclosed side porch, good dry basement-an ideal in town property-own a part of Perth’s history! Sheri 613-812-1215

Newboro Lake - $289,000 - 396 Garrett Road, Crosby. Enjoy four season Rideau waterfront living in this 3 bedrm bungalow on Newboro Lake. Very natural 2 acre lot, this home is ideal for a naturalist, fisherman, hunter or family that desires absolute privacy. Oversized eat-in kitchen with lovely harvest kitchen table included that seats up to 14, hardwood floors, sheltered deck with expansive view down the lake, living room with patio doors to deck kept cozy with a propane stove and full height undeveloped basement with walk out - perfect for the hobbyist. CALL or EMAIL Julia Scotland 613-390-0401




Silver Lake $229,900 – 1034 Hoyle Lane - 4 season bungalow on Silver Lake. Level lot 100 ft good waterfront - and outdoor space for evening campfires or a game of football – screened sun porch, large eat-in kitchen, living room with patio door to the expansive deck, 3 bedrm, bath/laundry all on one level, new propane furnace, bunkie and shed to store the toys. As an investment property, the summer rent would pay the mortgage or renovate and flip if that’s your style. All in all - a good waterfront property at an even better price! CALL or EMAIL Julia Scotland 613-390-0401

Sand Lake - $289,000 - 21C Walnut Point Road. Don’t miss out on this lovely 3 bdrm, 2 bath furnished cottage on the Rideau system - Sand Lake near Davis Lock with easy 4 season access. Enjoy privacy with 250 ft of beautiful rocky shore graced with tall pines and an amazing view up the lake, large master with updated ensuite bath, open concept kitchen, dining and living space, laundry room and a screened porch to while away the bug-free evenings. Priced to sell! CALL or EMAIL Julia Scotland 613-390-0401

$379,900 - 11 B3 Bass Lake - Close to Rideau Ferry this 2 + 1 bedroom home or cottage has a beautiful waterfront with natural rocky shore, sunny solarium/porch with a fantastic lakeview, one level living, fireplace, new detached double car garage and bunkie for extra guests. CALL or EMAIL Julia Scotland 613-390-0401

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BY SARAH BINGHAM The first words that often come out when a girl or woman has been abused or raped, paint a very scary picture of the reality female victims of violence are faced with. Where was she? What was she wearing? Why did she stay? Her reputation, choices and personality are all called into question. Not one question asks about the perpetrator. Not one question puts the blame where it belongs – on the abuser. We live in a society whose first inclination is to blame the victim, rather than hold the abuser accountable. While it makes sense for all of us to consider our safety, it is not a woman’s responsibility to guarantee she isn’t raped or beaten. It is our responsibility to ensure we don’t hurt others though. In fact, this is a lesson we teach our children from the time they are toddlers, so why do we not hold adults to the same code of conduct? The disturbing article from the New York Times, March 8 edition (yes, printed on International Women’s Day!), that questioned the clothing, habits and maturity level of an

11-year-old Texas girl who was gang raped by 18 teenaged boys and men was the latest shocking example of the persistent trend of victim-blaming. The men have all been arrested for the crime. Sadly, this is not an isolated incident that only happens far from us. Lanark County girls and women have experienced their fair share of blame for being abused and raped. Small town communities can be even harsher in their treatment of the victim as confidentiality is difficult to maintain when everybody knows everybody else’s business. Girls and women in this community have been told by abusers and their friends and family to keep quiet, that nobody will believe them, and threatened if they break their silence. This phenomenon of backlash against the victim is a key reason why less than 10 per cent of sexual assaults are reported (many police services boards project that rate to be less than three percent). Of the few cases that do go to trial, sex offenders and violent abusers often face penalties of only six months jail time if any at all,


Stop blaming the victim as in the case of a Moosonee man who spent over a year sexually assaulting his 13-year-old stepdaughter, ending only when she attempted suicide to escape the attacks. As a community that claims everyone deserves justice, our actions say different. We need to collectively focus on the abuser, his choices and actions. We need to hold abusers accountable. We need to respond to victims of violence with compassion and support not suspicion and blame. Until we make those changes, justice will be something victims will just have to keep fighting for. Lanark County Interval House provides extensive support for children, youth and women who experience abuse and can refer men to the appropriate resources. All the services are free and confidential and you do not need to be a resident of the shelter to access the services. LCIH also provides shelter and support for women and their children who have experienced physical, sexual, emotional, or financial abuse. Call 613257-5960 or 1-800-267-7946 24hrs a day for any of our services.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters program leaving its mark in communities BY TONIA KELLY

and be matched to a Little Brother or Lit- groups, and there have been many others tle Sister, a great way for them to give the since. gift of friendship to a child, with the posAs well as the programs that work sibility of continuing the friendship after directly with children at BBBS, Miller the program has ended. discusses the common thread running “Even with today’s busy lifestyles, it’s through every worthwhile organization a way for a couple to spend time together – the unceasing need to raise money. doing something very worthwhile,” says BBBS receives no funding from any Miller. level of government. It receives 16 perThe In-School Monitoring Program cent of its annual budget from the United may suit a volunteer with an hour a week Way, and while it has received money to spare. The concept is, while remaining from the Trillium Foundation, there is in the school, to remove the child from currently no active grant with that orgathe classroom setting for an hour – to be a nization. It has received some one-time friend, a mentor, and spend some quality grants, and has been fortunate to receive time together – having lunch together, go- some private donations. Also, their two ing to the gym, to the library to read, or to thrift stores, and several annual events, the school kitchen to bake some cookies. combine to augment its income. Formal statistics show remarkable re“Working with children is not for everysults from the in-school mentoring pro- one,” says Miller. “But that doesn’t mean gram in many areas, such as more positive you don’t believe in what we do, that you attitudes toward school, higher grades, don’t want to support us. We’re looking improved relationships with others, self- for people to help with events, people on esteem and self-confidence. The stats also our board of directors, on our commitshow that a much higher percentage of tees, and volunteers at our thrift stores. these children go on to graduate than There’s a role for everyone here.” their counterparts in similar situations. For more information, you can visit “These children are referred to us by the school or by the parents,” explains Miller. “These aren’t kids with behavioural issues, they’re just regular, everyday kids who need someone to talk to. The results are incredible.” Vicki Behn-Belland Grant Scharf Janice Hastie-Waugh Sales Representatives Broker of Record The Go Girls! Healthy Bodies 613-257-8856 613-323-4862 613-283-5435 Healthy Minds program runs 458958 in many Lanark schools. It’s a mentoring program requiring NEW young women volunteers to lead $995,000. Big Rideau. Completely private 353’WFX 8.48 acre estate on prestigious North small groups, a commitment of Shore. Includes severed lot w/sauna building & easy three hours a week for 12 weeks, access to water. Light & airy 3-level, 5bdr, post&beam home: cathedral ceiling, 2-story Swedish stone FP, 3bthrs. dedicated to providing girls aged Central vac&A/C. Beautiful screen porch overlooking 12 to 14 with information to help breathtaking views. Garage.Lrg dock. Deep, clear water. them make informed choices Great swimming & boating! Janice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435. about healthy, active living, supporting them in dealing with the NEW emotional, social and cultural is$189,900. Less than an hour from Ottawa! sues they may face. Charming 2 bdrm cottage with 310 frontage on quiet, If you love pickin’, but someclean & secluded Robb s Lake. Woodstove, deck, and large windows overlooking the lake. Includes sleeping how don’t see yourself as the cabin w/hydro. Tall pines. Great swimming, fishing, and next Eric Clapton, consider canoeing! Janice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435. sharing your enthusiasm with a small group of Grade 7 and 8 students in the Music Mentoring program, inspired by Dennis NEW Larocque of Larocque Masonry $69,900. Private, treed vacant lot on peaceful Robb’s Lake, less than an hour from Ottawa. in Lanark. Frustrated by today’s 135’ frontage. Wonderful place to build your summer lack of school music programs, retreat and enjoy nature. Great for swimming, canoeing he funded the purchase of gui& fishing. Approved Zoning Compliance in place for building. Call today! tars and was the first music menJanice Hastie-Waugh 613-283-5435. tor, teaching children in small # LS 4 M 711 78

“Mentoring is about the power of friendship. Everyone needs someone to laugh with, share dreams, and just hang out. With friends it’s the little things that mean the most.” A sign at the entrance to the blue house. There’s pride of ownership in that bright blue building at 82 William St. E. in Smiths Falls. It’s been the home of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lanark County since 2008, and Jennifer Miller is the executive director. “The board of directors thought I was crazy because I wanted to paint the building bright blue, but it’s been good – nobody misses it,” she says. “We were paying rent at various locations for 35 years. Two years ago we managed to scrape enough money together, our wonderful bank loaned us the rest, and we bought this building. We’ve been fixing it up ever since.” The BBBS organization covers the large geographical area of Smiths Falls, Perth, Carleton Place, Almonte, Lanark, Pakenham, and all the villages in between. The children seeking a Big Brother or Big Sister range in age from six to 16. Last year, 225 children were served in a variety of ways. The waiting list, and the need for volunteers, continues to grow. Some children are matched on the traditional one-on-one, long-term basis, and others take part in programs that have a beginning and end. As well, small groups of children are formed with one mentor, with the “mentor” to “mentee” ratio at a maximum of 1-4. Miller describes the variety of time commitments that volunteers make – perhaps an hour a week, or three hours a week for 10 weeks. A “snowbird” may be available for a cookie baking program from March until June. “We’ve had to say, ‘OK, if people’s lifestyles are changing, then we need to change too. It doesn’t need to be something

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that goes on forever,’” says Miller. “When the program has a start and a finish time the kids know, ‘OK I’m starting now, this will end in June. I’ll be OK when it finishes because I know when it’s finishing. No one’s letting me down.’” Donna Marie Burnell is a Perth resident who, a few years ago, made the longterm commitment to become a Big Sister when her Little Sister was six years old. Burnell says that she has always enjoyed being with kids, but admits that she felt apprehensive about their first meeting. “Yes, I wondered, what’s she going to think, is she going to like me, how will we get along? Kids know what they like and don’t like.” she says. “It was scary.” However, a case worker was with her for the first meeting at the little girl’s house. A case worker is always in the background, available to discuss concerns and provide guidance. “You’re not going in cold and being on your own,” says Burnell. “There’s always a strong support system behind you.” Burnell mentions a common concern of the children – what happens when they’ve been in a long-term relationship, then turn 16 and are out of the program? “I reassure her that, sure, we can still be friends. But right now, that’s a big concern for her,” she says. “Just being a friend, that’s what it’s all about. I’m not there to replace the parent in any way. We get together once a week and if something happens and I can’t make it, she understands. The important thing is just to keep that contact up, even with a phone call. To just not show up, I think that would be the worst thing in the world.” And Burnell says she learns something new every day. “When I’m with her it’s a fun time, and fun to see everything from her perspective.…I’m amazed at what insights she has and the strong little character that’s hiding in there, and I hope that it can come out and everybody will see what a great kid she is, and the potential that’s there.” The Couples for Kids program is another longer-term commitment, an opportunity to volunteer with your partner or spouse


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Perth resident Donna Marie Burnell has been a Big Sister for several years and finds that the fun and fulfilment from this relationship are mutual.

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Community Bulletin Board SUNDAY, APRIL 10 To advertise a non-profit community event, e-mail andrew.snook@metroland. com and we would be happy to include it in the Community Bulletin Board as space allows. RIDEAU LAKES BROCHURE AVAILABLE The Township of Rideau Lakes’ Community and Leisure Services Summer Activity brochure is now available. For a copy, call Sue at 1-800-928-2250. SATURDAY, APRIL 9 - St. Thomas Anglican Church will host a fundraising pancake breakfast, from 8 a.m. to noon, at St. Thomas Anglican Church Hall There will be pancakes with pure maple syrup, sausages, orange juice, and coffee served to your table. Cost is $7 for adults, and $3 for children aged 12 and under. - A multi-family indoor garage sale will take place at Calvary Christian Academy (Highway 15, Franktown) from 7:30 a.m. to noon. There will also be baking, snacks and and a barbecue. Proceeds go towards raising funds for the academy. - The Home Consultants Fair and Silent Auction will take place from 1 to 4 p.m., at Centennial Hall, in Franktown. There will be desserts, coffee and tea. For more information, contact 613-2833789. - Foodsmiths’ 10th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lanark County Food for Thought program will be the recipient of this year’s fundraising event proceeds. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Foodsmiths customers can purchase a hand-crafted pottery bowl for a $20 donation and fill it with Quinoa Grain Salad. Last year, the Empty Bowls program distributed over $17,000 to local food distribution programs like the Perth and District Foodbank, YAK Youth Centre and the Food for Thought breakfast and snack programs in Lanark County Schools.

- The Smiths Falls Lions Club will host a pancake breakfast at the Mill Pond Conservation Area (4774 Briton – Houghton Bay Rd.) in Portland, from 9 a.m. to noon. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. TUESDAY, APRIL 12 - The Smiths Falls Knitting and Crochet Club, Knitting for Charities, will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Seniors Activity Building. For more information, contact Bonita at 613-283-1174. - The Merrickville Soccer Club will be holding its 2011 registrations for players, aged three to 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit - The Athens, Portland, Crosby and Elgin community shopping bus will travel to the Cataraqui Town Centre, a shopping mall in Kingston. This may be the last bus of the season. To reserve a seat, contact Bobbee at 613-272-2825. It is available to moms and toddlers, dads and seniors. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13 - The Smiths Falls Toastmasters Club will meet at 7 p.m. at the Courtyard Café (7 Russell St. W.) for its regularly scheduled meeting. All are welcome to attend. SATURDAY, APRIL 16 - The South Crosby recreation, parks and events committee will host a fundraising dinner and dance at the Elgin Lions Hall, from 5 p.m. to midnight. There will be live entertainment by the Red Neck The dinner will take place from 5 to 7 p.m., with ham and scalloped potatoes being served. Proceeds will go towards recreational activities in the community. Admission is $15 for dinner and dance, or $10 for dance, or $8 for adults’ dinner, or $5 for dinner for children aged 10 and under. For more information on the committee, contact Cliff Bush at 613-387-2523, or carol_bush_387@

Candidates touch on local issues From page 3 Healthcare is another priority issue for the area, she said. While generally satisfied with the service provided at their local hospital, constituents want shorter wait-times and more funding for mental health services, she said. Loveys said her party’s platform will benefit families in the riding, many of which are struggling to make ends meet. Her party has promised investments in the Canadian Pension Plan, which Loveys said could benefit small businesses as well as workers, as well as funds for clean energy and broadband internet in rural areas. “We don’t want to put money into megajails and we don’t want to put money into corporate tax cuts right now. We want to put money into education. We want to put money into families,” said Loveys. Mary Slade – Green Party Mary Slade, the Green Party candidate for Leeds-Grenville, says she wants to bring home employment opportunities to “keep the local economy alive and well and vibrant.” To this end, Slade said her party has

three focus areas: taxation, healthy living and real food. In an interview, Slade said “responsible taxation” is the way to keep local people employed at home. The party’s policy is to reduce income taxes while increasing taxes where there is a negative impact on the community, such as on sources of pollution, she said. Slade said her party also wants to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle. “We have a serious problem with childhood obesity, Type 2 diabetes, etc. We want to focus on reducing those problems to take strain off the healthcare system,” Slade said. As part of this focus-area, the party is also proposing tax deductions for memberships to gyms, athletic clubs and for other “healthy-living activities”. Through their focus on “real food”, the Green Party wants to encourage local grocers to feature locally-produced food, as they already do with organic food. Not only would this cut down on the environmental impact of transporting food, said Slade, but it could also help reduce the effects of pesticides and geneticallymodified foods on the consumer.

Get more bang for your buck at pumps Be pro-active and take steps to take the sting out of rising gas prices BY COURTNEY SYMONS Trips to the pump are really packing a punch these days, as gas prices continue to rise across Canada, and around the world. Although filling the tank is hard to avoid, there are ways to save money and maximize fuel efficiency. GasBuddy, a website based out of Regina, offers a list of the cheapest gas prices in the area. “Most of the time, you won’t even have to go that far out of your way,” said Jason Toews, co-founder of the GasBuddy website. “You can save money just by knowing where to go.” Prices are constantly updated, allowing users to compare gas stations in their vicinity and choose accordingly. GasBuddy even has a downloadable application for the iPhone. In addition to gas prices, GasBuddy offers tips for drivers to maximize their mileage. With spring around the corner and the days getting warmer, Toews said that drivers should limit their use of air conditioning to save on gas. Opening the windows instead, however, isn’t always best. “It’s actually better to use the AC on the highway than it is to open the windows,” Toews said. The air flowing through the

vehicle increases aerodynamic drag, causing the engine to burn up to 10 per cent more fuel with the effort. With snow still on the ground, however, air conditioning isn’t yet a concern. Many Canadians begin their days by warming up the engine as they slough off snow and ice from their vehicle. “There is a misconception about how long is needed to warm up your car before driving,” said Korey Kennedy, manager of public and government affairs for the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) of North & East Ontario. “Many people think that five minutes are needed to fully warm up the engine, but 30 to 45 seconds will do the trick,” he said. Idling a vehicle for more than a minute is a waste of fuel, he added. Turning off the car and restarting it requires less gas than to keep it running. Kennedy also suggested taking anything unnecessary out of the trunk or back seat. More weight within the vehicle requires more fuel to move it. The “jack rabbit start,” as Kennedy called it, should be avoided at all costs. That means taking your time to stop or start, and attempting to maintain a constant speed. A good way to maximize your fuel efficiency is to use cruise control whenever possible.

Additionally, the faster a vehicle goes, the more the drag increases. Driving 100 kilometres per hour, instead of 120, reduces fuel consumption by about 15 per cent, said Toews. Most cars achieve optimal fuel efficiency at about 90 kilometres per hour. Checking your tire pressure regularly is another way to get the most out of your gas. One tire that is under-inflated by two pounds of air per square inch (PSI) increases fuel consumption by one per cent. Kennedy suggested checking the tires once a month to ensure proper inflation. Gas prices will continue to fluctuate and potentially keep increasing. This variance happens for a number of reasons, Toews said. Recent revolts in Libya, the supplier of two per cent of the world’s crude oil, have certainly contributed to the rising costs, but are not the only reason for increased prices. “We’ve been cooped up inside all winter long,” Toews said. “We’re tired of it. We want to get outside and go places.” As the weather gets nicer, people drive more, and with this increased demand comes increased domestic gas prices. To check out things locally, visit GasBuddy’s website at and enter the name of the town or area you want to see.

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Provincial Grit candidate promises: I’ll be back Will tackle health, seniors housing issues if elected DESMOND DEVOY

Like the Governator before him, provincial Liberal candidate Bill MacDonald made one of his few campaign promises to Carleton Place town council – I’ll be back. MacDonald is touring every municipal council in the widereaching riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington in the run up to the Oct. 6 provincial election, and he touched down at the Carleton Place council, his third last in the riding, on March 22. “The federal government preempted me tonight with a budget that everyone will vote against,” he said by way of introduction. With a federal election now set for May 2, MacDonald has had to scale back his campaign for the next few weeks, so as to avoid confusion between himself and the federal Liberal candidate, David Remington. “I’m unhappy with the present representation, or else I wouldn’t put my name forward,” said MacDonald of his decision to run. He did caution, however,

that he is aware that he will be running for a party that has been in office since 2003. “I’m not responsible for anything that has happened so far,” he said. If he is elected to Queen’s Park this fall, “the first move I would make would be to visit all of the councils. In four years, surely I could make a visit to you…I promise to come back and have coffee with you.” He added that he could count on one hand the number of times in his 18 years in municipal politics that an MP or MPP came to talk to a council. Coun. Louis Antonakos thanked MacDonald for his visit, adding he hoped MacDonald would return. “I will certainly remember you if you come to my door,” said Antonakos. “And I hope that you will remember us if we come to your door,” he added, especially when it came to issues like the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital and seniors issues. “We are an aging population. We need more housing for seniors,” said MacDonald, stress-

ing one of his campaign planks, before Coun. Jerry Flynn interjected that it should be “affordable housing” for seniors. MacDonald is a resident of Sharbot Lake, something he feels is an advantage when covering such a large part of eastern Ontario. “It is at the very centre of the riding,” he said. “It’s a huge geographic area.” MacDonald was a former elementary school vice-principal, before branching out to form his own educational supply company. He has also served as a mayor, deputy mayor, and as warden of Frontenac County, as well as serving on the board of the Frontenac Kingston library board. “There isn’t a day care centre, school, backroad, that I don’t know about,” he said. He won the provincial Liberal nomination on Nov. 12, but it wasn’t his first time running to carry the Grit banner at the provincial level. He was beaten by Dr. Ian Wilson for the nomination in 2007 by about 20 votes.

Photo by Desmond Devoy

Bill MacDonald, the provincial Liberal candidate for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, after his speech to Carleton Place town council on March 22.

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