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Candidates front and centre in ag debate GEOFF DAVIES

April 14 saw roughly 170 people converge on the Perth Civitan hall to watch the riding’s four federal candidates square off in a debate hosted by the Lanark Federation of Agriculture. Four of the five candidates vying for the Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington seat were present: Conservative incumbent Scott Reid, David Remington of the Liberals, Green party candidate John Baranyi, and Ralph Lee, who is running as an Independent. A representative for New Democrat Doug Smyth read a statement on the candidate’s behalf, in which Smyth said he was detained by a business trip, while making his case for a change in government. Smyth’s spokesperson did not participate further in the debate. The event ran for nearly two hours, during which time the candidates touted their platforms and fielded questions from the audience, which were submitted to moderator Doug Leach ahead of time. Issues facing rural voters and the farming community featured prominently in the debate, yet so did broader issues. See page 4

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THREE LITTLE DOLLS Anne Kerr, left, poses with Pearl, her four-year-old daughter, at the Easter Farmers’ Market on April 16 at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Hall on Abbott Street. In Pearl’s hands are two fairy dolls her mother made for the market using pantyhose, pipe cleaners and other materials.

OPP warn residents of copper thefts The OPP Eastern Region Rural Agricultural Crime Team (RACT) is warning business and home owners of a large increase in copper thefts. Since September 2010, the OPP in Eastern Ontario have investigated 40 incidents involving the theft of rolls of copper, copper

wiring and copper pipes. These thefts have occurred in places ranging from business locations utilizing copper wiring, to residential properties with copper pipes. The OPP encourage everyone to take extra precaution in safe guarding materials and build-

ings. The public can assist by reporting suspicious activity immediately to their nearest police agency. Anyone with information about copper thefts, or any other crime, is asked to call the OPP at 613-267-2626, the local police or CrimeStoppers.

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Lanark County youth centre funding not guaranteed CATHY JAMES Smiths Falls This Week

These are council briefs from the Lanark County Council’s Community Development Committee and Community Services Committee meetings, which took place at the Lanark County Building on Wednesday, April 13, 2011. All council members were present, except for Coun. John Fenik. In an effort to wean Lanark County’s youth centres off county financial dependency, the centres will now discover if they will receive county funding on an annual, case-by-case basis. At the council’s community services committee meeting April 13, county councillors discussed how, and if, they want to give money to the five centres in the future. The funding started in 2007 when the county agreed to help pay youth centre staff salaries, and has been in the budget line each year since. This year’s budget includes nearly $200,000 set aside for the five regional youth centres. But council wants the youth centres to demonstrate their efforts to acquire this funding elsewhere. This concept was a budget discussion when council eliminated the grant program and moved the youth centre funding to the social services budget. At that time, council is to also pass a motion in an effort to wean the youth centres off council dependency. Lanark County’s chief administrative officer, Peter Wagland,

wanted clarification from councillors about how they want to approach and notify the youth centres about this decision. Council discussed how they want to tell the youth centres they must provide an annual financial report to council, as well as include a plan on how they intend to become self-sufficient. When each financial report is submitted, council would then review each centre’s statements and determine if they would receive county funding. Community services committee chair Keith Kerr said the centres have to demonstrate their need for the money. “If they can find ways to be self sufficient and may not need as much money, we can put it to better use. If they are working to the best of their ability and still can’t find the money, budget by budget we have to look at it,” Kerr said. Some councillors expressed their concern about leaving the centres to financially hang out to dry. Coun. Peter McLaren said he spoke with the Lanark Highland Youth Centre staff, who insists the county money gives the centre leverage for further funding. “They told me they can’t get grant money without having the dollars upfront,” he said. But Kerr said council’s motion doesn’t mean they will automatically nix youth centre funding. “We don’t so much want to pull back on funding, but it’s taxpayers dollars, and we want to be accountable for it,” he says. “We are no way in trying to pull it away from them, we just want to make

sure it’s used responsibly.” Council agreed to inform each youth centre they must submit a financial report to council each year as well as demonstrate their efforts to find financial support outside the council chamber walls. HIGH HYDRO COSTS LEADS TO EDUCATION PROGRAM The Lanark County Housing Corporation was left with a $93,000 deficit last year and is working to eliminate future financial shortfalls. The housing corporation manages more than 500 rental units across the county, and increased Hydro costs contributed to last year’s Lanark County Housing Corporation’s deficit. This cost is out of the housing corporation’s hands, as they don’t have control over each tenant’s energy use. Director Christine Culham will implement a creative way to address the hydro costs and encourage tenants to conserve energy. This year’s hired summer student will develop an education program to showcase ways to minimize hydro use. Wagland outlined this idea to council at its April 13 meeting. “The tenants, in some areas, don’t have an appreciation for the hydro costs,” he told councillors. “This education program is a great way to educate the tenants on use, and hopefully reduce the costs.” This program will be crafted and delivered to the tenants throughout the summer months.

COUNCIL PREPARES TO PLAN STRATEGICALLY The Lanark County OPP Detachment and a waste management working group formation ranked as the previous council’s top priorities in 2010. This term’s council will determine if these items remain a top county concern as they plan to work on the Lanark County Strategic Plan in the coming months. Wagland handed each councillor a survey and questionnaire at the April 13 meeting, asking they answer questions pertaining to county services, opera-

tions and top issues that should be discussed during strategic plan deliberations. “It gives us a starting point for future strategic planning,” Wagland said. Councillors will then get together with the executive management staff for a day-long meeting where they will review accomplishments from the 20072010 municipal term, and identify upcoming challenges forecasted for this term, which ends in 2014. A work plan and timetable will be crafted from the day’s event, and will act as a guideline for future county reference.

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OPEN HOUSE OPEN HOUSE Official Launch of Fire Communications System and Kick-Off for Emergency Preparedness Week Please join Lanark County Council, local politicians and staff for the official launch of the County’s new fire communications system.


County Administration Building, Sunset Boulevard, Perth • Displays of new and antique emergency apparatus • Emergency preparedness information • Official live launch of fire communications system at 6 p.m. • Ribbon cutting ceremony Lanark County has made a major investment to improve community safety with the replacement of its emergency fire communications infrastructure. Help us to mark the occasion in advance of Emergency Preparedness Week (May 1 to 6).

Lanark County seeks applications from experienced Ontario Works Caseworkers to fill the following temporary full-time vacancy in our social services department for approximately 24 months.

START YOUR ENGINE! Hayden Morden, 8, takes the wheel at the Lombardy Go-Karts open house at the Lombardy Agricultural Hall on April 16. He’s flanked by, from left, Roslyn Craig, 6, Marcey Costello, 10, Adrianna Costello, 12, and Deacon Morden, 5. Photo by Geoff Davies

ONTARIO WORKS CASEWORKER (POSTING #SS2011-003) For further details including qualifications and application deadline, visit our website at MANDATE: Reporting to the Ontario Works Supervisor, the successful incumbent will maintain a client caseload by conducting interviews, completing applications and ongoing documentation and determining eligibility for assistance under the Ontario Works Act and other relevant legislation. In addition, the incumbent will make client referrals to the appropriate community agencies and assist participants in determining and monitoring participation requirements. Lanark County employees value; honesty, respect, communication, accountability, positive attitude, collaboration and teamwork. When applying for a job you may be asked to give examples of how you’ve demonstrated these values in your previous employment or other areas of your life. If you embrace these values and you meet the position qualifications as found on our website, we look forward to receiving your resume. For further details including qualifications and application deadline, visit our website at



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DNE reeve on his way to a free Italian dinner Smiths Falls This Week

Perth Mayor John Fenik has lost inches around his waist, but may soon lose money from his wallet. That’s what happens when competition comes knocking at the door. Nearly three months ago, the Slim to Win Weight Loss Competition launched, pitting Lanark and Renfrew County residents against one another in an effort to lose weight over a 90-day period. Organized by the Lanark and Renfrew County Paramedic Services, the competition’s purpose educates and encourages healthy eating and regular exercise across the region. With 200 residents signed up in each region, the county that loses the most weight earns bragging rights. When the campaign first started, Fenik issued a challenge to his fellow Lanark County leaders. Sign up, he said, and whoever loses the most weight will get a dinner out, and he’ll pick up the tab. Drummond/North Elmsley Reeve Aubrey Churchill has accepted the challenge, and he’s a frontrunner for Fenik’s dinner excursion. Having lost 18 pounds at the last weigh in, Churchill says he thinks he’s now past the 20-pound mark. He explains how he made small changes in his daily habits. “It’s all about portion control, and I now realize I don’t need to fill my entire plate each meal,” he says, adding he’s also addressed his snacking habit. “Instead of reaching for the chips, I have an apple,

and that usually satisfies the cravings.” He also never misses a day of exercise. “Every day, I get on the treadmill for 30 minutes, it’s as simple as that,” he says. While Churchill laughs with Fenik about his weight loss following the April 6 county council meeting, he learns Fenik isn’t far behind him. “I’m down 13 pounds, and have three more to go to reach my goal,” Fenik says. “All I’ve really changed is my portion control and eating less. It’s working.” Churchill told Fenik he’s already selected his restaurant of choice. “We’re having Italian,” he says. But Fenik remains persistent. With running shoes in hand, he had plans to walk home from the county building that evening. Meanwhile, Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau says she feels good about her individual challenge with Renfrew County Warden Bob Sweet. They accepted the weight-loss challenge and the warden who loses the most weight will have their county flag posted at their counterpart’s headquarters. As well, the losing warden has to plant a maple tree on the other county’s property. Mousseau smiles as she muses about the warden challenge. “I recently brought him some Easter chocolate to tempt his cravings,” she says, with a laugh. “I’ll do whatever it takes to win.” The counties will discover the biggest loser following the final weight in, which takes place April 28.

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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





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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The Township of Beckwith seeking one energetic summer student for a temporary full-time Recreation Assistant for approximately 16 weeks starting May 11th, 2011. 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. Job description summary can be found on the Township Web-site under notices.



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It appears Perth Mayor John Fenik, left, will have to buy dinner for Drummond/North Elmsley Reeve Aubrey Churchill as part of friendly weight-loss wager.

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Election 2011

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Federal candidates grilled at ag federation meeting from front page Candidates were asked where they stood on topics ranging from Canada Post’s declining rural service, to the Harper government’s termination of the prison farms program, to electoral reform. Reid, Harper’s deputy house leader who has represented the area since 2000, got the coolest reception of the evening, often having to speak over top of a barrage of jeers from the audience. He was on the defensive several times throughout the evening, defending the words and deeds of his leader and party. He disputed some of the facts flung against him, stuck to his party’s message, and plugged the protection of property rights, an issue of personal importance to him. Lee had some shining moments, garnering the night’s first show-stopping applause as well as some laughs from the crowd and his competition. While Reid had briefly made the case that, without a Tory majority, the Liberals, NDP and Bloc would “effectively” be running the country even without a formal coalition, the support for Lee’s more moderate stance quickly put that topic to bed. In a country with many different people and many different ideas, there’s more to be gained by working together, he said. “The idea of a coalition isn’t something we should frown upon,” said Lee. Lee made the case to voters that electing an Independent would send a strong message to Ottawa that the status quo is not OK. “I feel the big parties have let us down,” Lee said. “I think there’s a real cynicism in Canada and I think it’s due to a lack of leadership from” the major parties. The Carleton Place-based lawyer is running on a three-pronged platform of economic recovery, ending waste and scandal on the federal level, and initiating electoral reform. His specific proposals include a bill of rights for senior citizens and terminating the long-gun registry. PRISON FARMS A cow and donkey adorned in sandwich-board signs greeted people as they arrived outside the Civitan hall. They were there in protest of

the Harper government’s decision last summer to close prison farms – programs teaching agricultural skills to inmates – which would prove to be a hot topic during the debate. When candidates were asked for their position on the matter, Remington voiced his strong support for the program, while taking the opportunity to lob some pot-shots at Harper. Remington said the Liberals, if elected, will bring the program back: “We will do it, we’re committed to it, and we don’t know why it was ever cancelled.” “If you can work on a farm you can work anywhere,” he said, responding to the questioner’s claim that the closures were implicitly insulting to farmers. But Reid said his party’s decision to end the program was about being practical, and not a slight to farmers or the relevance of their skills. “Of course farming’s a dignified activity, it’s just there’s not a lot of jobs for convicted criminals in the farming sector,” he said to some grumbles from the crowd. Reid said the prison farms program, in its last year, had only 14 out 2,500 participants find work in the farming industry. With the program running a bill of about $4.1-million, Reid said it was costing more than $250,000 for each inmate later employed. Baranyi said what matters are the valuable skills the inmates learn, including the increased self-worth, dignity, and empathy it teaches them. Lee’s answer got a laugh. He said that while he doesn’t agree with the decision – farm skills, he said, are easily adapted to other work – he sees no insult in it. “If you can get up and milk a cow at 5:30 in the morning, you can do anything,” he said. “I’m a lawyer. I don’t know how to milk a cow.” ELECTORAL REFORM Candidates were asked where they stood on amending Canada’s first-past-the-post electoral system to include an element of proportional representation. Though many electoral systems fall under this umbrella, the overall aim of proportional representation is to have the popular vote better reflected in the election’s results. In a system like Canada’s

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Farmer Jeff Peters parked some livestock in front of Liberal candidate David Remington’s constituency office on Foster Street on April 14 to protest the closure of prison farms. Remington said he is in support of the farms. Peters, accompanied by a cow and a donkey, also attended the all-candidates meeting. – where single member wins the riding, regardless of popular support for other candidates – this doesn’t necessarily happen, often to the disadvantage of smaller parties whose supportbase is spread-out. One such party is the Green party, and their candidate Baranyi spoke in favour of electoral reform. “What you are getting is better representation,” he said. With proportional representation parties have to learn to work together to achieve what they want, he said. This makes for a less-confrontational style of government. “If we want to fix our democracy, proportional representation is probably the way to go.” Lee agreed, saying his time spent living in New Zealand showed him how the system facilitates efficient government while being better-suited to a multi-party country. “Electoral reform needs to be on the agenda,” he said. Reid and Remington voiced their opposition to the prospect,

both pointing to a 2006 referendum in Ontario in which voters turned down a form of proportional representation. HELPING YOUTH Candidates were asked what they intend to do to help youth in Lanark County. While they all agreed something had to be done, each had different ideas of how it ought to be done. It has been a hot topic in the media lately, with the area seeing a cluster of youth suicides in the past year, while recent studies say the area’s teens experience higher-than-average rates of binge drinking, smoking and obesity as well as widespread depression, anxiety and other mental health issues. “There is a real problem here in Lanark County,” Reid said. His position was the federal government can’t solve all these problems in the short-term, but a lot can be done by supporting local youth centers. “These youth centres have done a lot of good by giving kids

a place to go, other than fleeing to the city, where they don’t have the same support networks,” he said. Lee said we need to look at the roots of the problem, which relates to a lack of economic strength. Otherwise, the government should lend support at the community-level, such as by funding sports programs for youth. Remington also blamed the economy for playing a big role in this issue. He prescribed an “EI (employment insurance) holiday” for youth as a measure to help them find jobs. Baranyi had a broader take on the problem. Local youth are experiencing turmoil, he said, because of what they’re taught about the world around them, whether it’s the economy, the environment or various conflicts. “It has more to do with the state the world is in…they’re taught their future is quite bleak.” Voters head to the polls on Monday, May 2.

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If you’re interested in filling your ears with the laughter of others, then you might be interested in attending the workshop being held on April 29 and 30 at the Free Methodist Church in Franktown. Caring Clown Connections will be presenting its workshop, “So you want to be a clown,” with special guest Sue Kleinwachter. Klienwachter, also known as Pancakes, has won various awards in clown competitions. Over the past 20 years, she has done presentations for hundreds of classes across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the U.K. Klienwachter has earned the Order of the Pie award, and the Way to Glow award, for her outstanding teaching. She wrote in an email that her two-day demonstration will intertwine the tools and tricks of the trade with “how-to” demonstrations that will create a memorable experience for all those who attend. “These demonstrations will include sparking creativity and enhancing each individual’s gifts of


CHIEF CHEF Smiths Falls Police Chief Larry Hardy (left) and Brian Forsyth manned the barbecue at the town’s volunteer appreciation event on April 16. This was the 14th year the two have worked together to whip up food for this event.

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their clowning and personal selves,” Klienwachter said. “Demonstrations give the clowns visual tools to work with. It’s a work of heart.” Another laugh-making machine that will be joining the workshop is Shelley Summers, also known as Dotsy the Clown. She has been performing for more than 15 years. Summers has a Bachelor of Arts degree in drama from the University of Windsor and was the president of Clowns Canada for two years. The two-day workshop will take place on April 29, from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and on April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided. Admission is $100. Deadline for registration is April 17. The Free Methodist Church is located at 573 Highway 29, in Smiths Falls. For information on the guest speakers, visit,, or contact Linda at 613-283-4871 or

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esus died for this holiday. Forgive us for putting it so bluntly, but that’s where the origin of Easter comes from. Even non-believers can agree that Jesus died. Whether he rose again three days later, well, that’s a debate for another day. But there is no debate that tomorrow is Good Friday, when Christians the world over remember Jesus’ suffering and death on the cross. Many of us will get the day off. Some will go to services and masses, while others will spend time with family and friends. It’s a matter of personal choice. But there are some who are trying to wring any last vestige of the sacred out of what is, at its heart, a holy occasion. While the story is hard to verify, various media outlets are reporting that a teenage volunteer at an elementary school in Seattle told a local radio station that she was told to use the politically correct term “spring spheres,” when she tried to give the kids plastic Easter eggs filled with candy. And what was the first reaction of the kids when they saw the eggs? Right, they called them Easter eggs anyway. In fairness, a spokesperson for the Seattle public school system told the Toronto Star recently that they were not able to confirm whether the incident actually happened. This creeping secularization of Easter is getting to be a bit too much. Imagine if this were tried with another religion? For example, why not call them wintertime candles instead of Hanukkah candles? See, it completely changes the meaning. In a public school, certainly, there should be no overt endorsement of one faith over another. But removing any and all mentions of anything that might even remotely be construed as religious robs children of so much of the history of all faiths – think of the great works of architecture inspired by a desire for a worthy house of worship, the literature inspired by God, and the acts of charity and social justice that inspired holy men like Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. When the secular overpowers the religious aspects of one of the holiest days of the year for a large number of people in this country, we lose sight of some very important lessons which, though they spring from The Holy Bible, can be of valuable insight to believers and non-believers alike.

Editorial Policy Smiths Falls This Week welcomes letters to the editor. Senders must include their full name, complete address and a contact phone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published. We reserve the right to edit letters for space and content, both in print and online at www.yourottawaregion. com. To submit a letter to the editor, please email to, fax to 613-267-3986 or mail to Smiths Falls This Week, 12 Russell St. E., Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 1E8.

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!

A special appeal from the REAL Deal With spring comes spring-cleaning, and the people at the REAL Deal Reuse Store are more than pleased to receive the good materials that you are cleaning out of your basements, garages and houses. But some people don’t understand what the reuse store is, and recently, have dumped garbage and unusable goods at their site. “We see the REAL Deal as a partnership between our donors, our customers and us,” says Susan Brandum, executive director. “We’re all working together to keep good materials out of landfill, but some garbage is garbage and we don’t want it.” The REAL Deal is appealing to its

customers, and other local residents, to tell their families, friends and work colleagues that the reuse store is not a garbage dump. The store’s purpose is to keep good materials out of landfills, to make them available for reuse and repurposing, and to support REAL’s other environmental projects with the proceeds from the sale of the goods. “The REAL Deal doesn’t get any breaks on garbage. When someone dumps garbage or unusable goods at our store, we have to pay to get them hauled away and disposed of, just the same as anyone else,” says Brandum. “We’re also asking all donors to think carefully about the goods

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Council News


A group of women passionate to make a splash in Smiths Falls spoke to council on the benefits of building a splash pad in town. Susan Richards, Amy Rensby and Heather Whiting promoted the potential project, stressing the health benefits to children and the benefits one would have for the community, including drawing additional shoppers to the town. Whiting said it offers an outdoor activity to children who might not be interested in regular team sports. “This is the kind of thing that will get them outside to play,” Whiting said. The three women started a Facebook fan page (www.Facebook/SFSplashPad) a few weeks ago for promoting a potential splash pad in Smiths Falls. It has already grown to 423 members, with women making up 81 per cent of the members, and 61 per cent of the members aged 25 to 44. Mayor Dennis Staples thanked the delegation for the presentation and said he has never received this type of reaction to one particular project in all his time as mayor. Coun. Ken Graham added that he has had more positive feedback on this issue than any other issue in 16 years as a councillor. “I think this would be a worthwhile addition to our community,” said Coun. Lorraine Allen. She added that plans must be made to ensure the splash pad is placed in the appropriate location. Wayne Brown, the town’s chief administrative officer, stated in his CAO report that town staff have recognized the community interesting the splash pad and spent a great deal of time searching out an ideal location for the pad. He said that a pad of 2,000 square feet should suffice for a community of Smiths Falls’ size. Brown said it would cost approximately $100,000 to build the pad, not including any additional expense that may be required, depending on its location.

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ROLLING THUNDER CAR CLUB Lee Carswell made a presentation to council and requested $2,700 in funding to help with the Rolling Thunder Car Club’s marketing and promotion. Carswell said he would like to potentially turn the car show into

a two-day venue, which would help attract more people to the town, increase the car club’s registration and bring additional overnight visitors to the town. A LIBERAL VISIT Bill MacDonald, the Liberal

Party’s provincial candidate, visited council to introduce himself and explain a few of his goals and reasons for running in this fall’s provincial election. MacDonald is currently touring every municipal council in the Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington riding. He made

only one promise to council if he was elected, and that was to come back and visit every municipality again. MacDonald has 18 years experience in municipal politics. He has served as a mayor, deputy mayor and as warden of Frontenac County.

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The following items were discussed at a special committee-ofthe-whole meeting and regularly scheduled meeting of council on April 11, 2011. Coun. Shawn Pankow were absent from the meeting.

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Leeds and Grenville The riding of Leeds and Grenville is made up of ten different municipalities with a population of more than 100,000. The riding has a size of 3,350 square kilometers. The municipalities and major towns in the riding are: Township of Athens, Township of Augusta, Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal, Township of Elizabethtown-Kitley, Township of Front of Yonge, Township of Leeds and

the Thousand Islands, Village of Merrickville-Wolford, Municipality of North Grenville, Township of Rideau Lakes, Village of Westport and the towns of Brockville, Prescott and Gananoque. Two-term incumbent Conservative Gord Brown is facing off against Liberal candidate Marjory Loveys, Green Party candidate Mary Slade and NDP candidate Matthew Gabriel.

Economic achievement and a healthy marketplace Name: Gord Brown Party: Conservative Gord Brown is a familiar face in Leeds and Grenville. First elected to the House of Commons in 2004, he served in opposition before being reelected to Conservative minority governments in 2006 and again in 2008. Brown was born in Toronto but grew up in Gananoque, returning to the city after university to run his family’s lodging and food services business. A former town councillor and community leader, Brown was president of the Gananoque Chamber of Commerce when he put together the 1000 Islands Gananoque Chamber of Commerce and helped found the popular Festival of the Islands. As chair of the St. Lawrence Parks Commission, Brown secured $15 million in government funding for the revitalization of cherished tourist destinations Upper Canada Village and Fort Henry. In Parliament, Brown points to a number of “significant infrastructure

investments” in North Grenville such as the Kemptville library; roadwork in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal; the Maritime Discovery Centre; waste water and sewage treatment plants in Merrickville, Prescott, Brockville, and Gananoque; and the rebuilt Port of Prescott, as proof that the Conservative government has been good for the region. “Millions and millions of dollars have come in terms of infrastructure investments, and I have been intimately involved in those efforts through Canada’s Economic Action Plan,” he said. Brown supports local decision-making bodies such as the Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) as the best way to ensure money is spent well. “Governments invest a lot of money into regional economic development. Often, those decisions are made by bureaucrats in Ottawa. (But) who knows how better to reflect community priorities than a local board?” he said. A twoyear EODP extension worth $10 million would return in a future Conservative budget. As an MP, Brown chaired the Conservative renewable energy caucus, pushing for the regulations on ethanol fuel content, which is now five percent nationally. He also co-chairs the Canada-

United States Interparliamentary Association, which works to ensure the smooth flow of goods and people to the border states. Brown has introduced two Private Member’s Bills. As part of the Conservative tough on crime agenda, the government passed a section of Bill C-393, also known as the Knife Bill, which does away with two and three-for-one pre-trial custody credits for violent offenders. His other bill, to secure Employment Insurance benefits for working parents of critically ill children, had not been debated before the government fell, though Brown hopes to reintroduce it if reelected, with support from around the House. He has also supported efforts to protect pensions as part of the Industry committee. He has raised over $200,000 for the United Way since the last election. “I hope to be reelected, and I hope to be a member for some time to come. When I’m all done, if people say ‘he worked hard, he was passionate about what he was doing, and he made a difference in our communities and made them even just a little better than it was when he started,’ I will be proud to have served,” he said.

Job creation and reliable public service Name: Matthew Gabriel Party: NDP Matthew Gabriel wants to bring a common man into the House of Commons, and that’s part of the reason he’s running for the Leeds-Grenville riding. The 39-year-old resident of the Township of Augusta is entering the political world for the first-time. He said the key reason he decided to jump into the political world is because he is an unsatisfied constituent. “I don’t figure that were represented properly,” Gabriel said, referring to the Leeds-Grenville riding. “With all the factory closures, long-term effects of free trade…we’ve lost so many good paying jobs that were staples in the community. In 1991, when I finished high school, you were set (after graduating), that’s not the case anymore. So many people I went to high school with, their dream has been taken away. They have to uproot and move or leave their families to go find work.”

Gabriel said the main message he is trying to get out to people is that he will work hard to complete any job needs to be done. “There’s so many concerns, small businesses, seniors, day care, it’s such a broad spectrum,” he said. “I don’t make promises, I make commitments. I make a commitment to do the best job I can and not give up until it’s done.” Gabriel said one of his key areas of focus, if elected, is to put more effort into attracting and promoting small businesses in the area. Gabriel currently works as a field service technician for Bell Technical Solutions, based out of Brockville, and has worked for Bell Canada since 1999. Before becoming employed with Bell, he worked a variety of different jobs, including short-order cook, salesman, bouncer and working on a farm. He said he does not have a postsecondary degree or diploma, but he said he has a unique perspective to bring to the political table. “I have a degree in working,” he said. “I’ve been working since the summer of Grade 7,” he said.

Gabriel said he knows what it’s like to struggle with paying the bills and being out of work, something he said helps him relate to many of the riding’s residents, who are dealing with similar struggles. Gabriel is a single father, who is raising his 12-year-old daughter Brianna fulltime. Gabriel has allowed Brianna to share his new political experiences with him first-hand. He has allowed her to go doorto-door with him at times to experience canvassing neighbourhoods. “First and foremost I’m trying to be a good a father for my daughter,” he said. “It’s the most important thing for me.” Gabriel is the vice-president chief steward for the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (CEP) Local 31, representing union employees for Bell Canada in Kingston, Brockville, Smiths Falls and Cornwall. He said he has always enjoyed being an advocate for other people. “I don’t want to change the world, I want to make things better in Leeds and Grenville,” he said. “My family is here, my friends are here, and I’ve made my roots here.


Name: Marjory Loveys Party: Liberal This is the second time around for Marjory Loveys as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Leeds and Grenville. She was also a candidate in the 2008 federal election. Loveys, a consultant and resident of Brockville, and her husband Tony believe that one of the requirements for the job of representing Leeds and Grenville is that you have to look at the position as a noble calling that requires a determined voice. Anyone involved in federal politics, she feels, should have an excellent understanding of public polices. I have been knocking on a lot of doors,” she said, adding, “I am getting a good response.” Having a strategy to meet the modern day challenges in Leeds and Grenville is a must. “My approach is to listen to all sides of an issue and find a path forward that works for everyone,” states a com-

ment from her on her website. She has described herself as the kind of person who would never be comfortable stubbornly defending a position while ignoring the ideas and perspective of those with a different view. “I feel very strongly about the national government and its lack of integrity,” she said. She is concerned not only about the choices the current government is making but also how they are being made. “On the national level we have to do better,” she explained. She feels that in her riding the issue of jobs has to be dealt with. She feels that even though there has been some effort made to solve the job issues the government needs to do more. Loveys believes that including average Canadian in the decision making process is a priority. She feels Canadians have to be respected and given as much information as possible. Family friendly government is her slogan and she follows that up with a pledge to give families help. One of her platform items is about helping families financially with postsecondary education costs. Another is

helping caregivers in a family situation by allowing them six months of unemployment insurance. She also has a plan to offer families $1,200 for out of pocket expenses when they are caring for a sick loved one. “Families want to be self sufficient, but there are hurdles from time to time,” she said. Supporting the farming industry is another promise she has made. Loveys want to see better food labeling practices used so that Canadians have a better chance of understanding what they are eating. She also wants to ensure that there is meaningful and serious dialogue with Canada’s farming community. “We want to make sure that our farmers are on a level playing field.” As she knocks on doors and talks to voters in Leeds and Grenville she says many people are concerned about the lack of integrity in government. She wants to change that. “I will always be in touch with “regular folks” and not be captured by “experts” with a narrow view of what is important.

Looking for long-term sutainable employment Name: Mary Slade Party: Green For Mary Slade, retirement is “the most fantastic experience” because it’s when you can pursue what matters to you. That’s why the organic cattle farmer, MS Society volunteer, former school board planner, mother of three and avid gardener is adding one more thing to her list of pursuits: Green Party candidate for Leeds-Grenville. Slade won her party’s nomination in 2009 when a possible election seemed to be looming. Now that it’s here, Slade says she sees her party growing on the same level as her cucumbers: the grassroots. There, at the community level, is where she has found so many examples of vibrant democracy, standing in stark contrast to what she sees happening on Parliament Hill. “We just need to get a hold of that energy and take it to Ottawa,” Slade said, speaking from her home in Athens

Township. “I turn on Question Period and I get angry because the questioners aren’t asking questions…and the people who answer them aren’t answering the questions.” That’s part of the reason why Slade would be happy to neglect her garden for a while if elected: to bring some civility back into politics, and to bring the focus back to the quality of life of real Canadians. These days she’s out and about touting her platform to individuals and families in her riding. It’s a platform that’s been vetted at the party level, developed at the community level, and designed to address the current problems of Canadians, she said. But introducing people to her party, showing they’re “a real option,” is not her favourite part of the campaign. It’s the other way around. “What’s so interesting about running is you get to meet such a fantastic crosssection of people,” she said. With degrees from both Carleton University and the former Ottawa Teacher’s College, Slade worked in Brockville using her data analysis skills to do short and long-term planning for

the school board there. She later left the city to raise horned Herefords on a farm with her husband and three children. Like many young people, one of her sons moved away to find work, in his case as an electrician in Flin Flon, Manitoba. She said his story is but one of many examples of young people leaving the area and yet another reason why Leeds-Grenville needs to create “long-term, sustainable employment” in the local economy. “We need stable businesses to retain our young people.” Jobs and taxes fall under one section of her local platform, with the other two entitled “Healthy Living” and “Real Food.” Slade said her party’s approach is to improve overall quality of life through initiatives such as tax breaks for people enrolling in fitness activities, as well as the promotion of local, organic foods. But given Slade’s focus on grassroots democracy, it’s no wonder there’s another issue she finds just as pressing. “One of my fears is people won’t come out and vote,” she said. Getting more people out to vote this election should be “a challenge to Canada as a whole,” she said.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26 - 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.

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 1-800928-2250.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 SATURDAY, APRIL 23 - 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.

- The Easter Bunny will make an appearance at the County Fair Mall (275 Brockville St.) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pictures with the Easter Bunny are $2, with proceeds going towards the Smiths Falls District Club for Youth’s snack program.

Mental Health,” from 7 to 8:30 p.m., at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. The keynote speaker is Dr. Bev Goodwin, Geriatric Psychiatry. There will be a panel made up of representatives from the Alzheimer Society, Dementia Care Network, Hospice, and OPP. The event is sponsored by Lanark County Mental Health.

- The Smiths Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario will host its Easter Egg Hunt from 1 to 3 p.m.; regular museum admission applies. Ages 2-10, Pre-registration is required. Kids are invited to come down and hunt for eggs hidden around the museum. The hunt begins at 1 p.m. Special prizes

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4 - There will be a family caregivers presentation titled, “Seniors and


23 Beckwith St. N., Suite 203, Smiths Falls, ON, K7A 2B2

- The Smiths Falls Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario will host its Edwardian Tea Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $15 per person, reservations are required. A special exhibit opening on Edwardian attire will be featured. Museum members receive a 15 per cent discount on tickets

- There will be a Mother’s Day brunch, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Hanley Hall (30 McGill St. N.) in Smiths Falls. Treat Mom to baked omelets, sausage, bacon, baked beans, pancakes, fruit, toast, juice, and coffee. Admission is $8 at the door, $5 for children aged five to 12, and free for children four and under. Family rate is $25. Proceeds go towards St. Francis de Sales Church.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 30 - There will be a Mom-to-Mom sale at the Lombardy Public School (Highway 15), from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call Ellen at 613-284-2760 or Christine at 613-283-9933. Canteen and bake sale will be available.


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2 Wilson St. E., Perth

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Character and Convenience: Spacious, 3 bedroom brick bungalow ideally located on a quiet street 2-3 blocks from downtown core and Rideau Canal. Excellent layout with charming country-style kitchen and gorgeous dining/living room with crown molding, red-oak flooring and wood-burning fireplace. New windows (2010). Single car detached garage. $234,500. Norene & Christian Allan, 613-812-0407


613 Townline Rd. - Gorgeous, custom-built bungalow on ~7.7 acres. 3 bedrooms, master with en suite and walk-in closet, 3 bathrooms, studio/ workshop, wide verandah, lower level with family room, rec room and kitchenette. From Smiths Falls, south on Hwy 29 towards Brockville, turn right onto Townline Rd., travel 0.5 km to property on the left. $289,000. Norene & Christian Allan, 613-812-0407


GREAT SWIMMING! COTTAGE NEAR PERTH AND WESTPORT - CLEAN CROSBY LAKE – 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

“To Die for” double brick beauty within walking distance of the Rideau Canal and downtown. Renovated with original character in mind, this 4+ bedroom, 2 bathroom home with fenced yard will take your breath away. Super spacious and well laid out, this home is great for a family, those who work from home or those who entertain, Truly a “must-see” home. $234,900. Norene & Christian Allan, 613-812-0407

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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!

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$319,000 - This Victorian brick home has been tastefully updated & renovated but still maintaining the character & charm of the period. High ceilings, hardwood floors, oversized trims & moulding, and generous sized principal rooms are just a few of the prominent features. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123


$469,000 - Perfect Big Rideau setting, sandy frontage, level lot, million-dollar sunsets. The 76x224 foot lot has a well appointed 2 bedroom bungalow featuring a covered verandah overlooking the lake - newer family room addition. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123


$275,000 - Huntingdon Green - Perth’s luxury condominium backing onto the Tay River only minutes from the core of historic Perth and Perth Golf Club - this 2 bedroom unit is located on the ground floor with two walkout patio doors. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123


Christie Lake – Privacy, 140 feet of wonderful waterfront, low maintenenance bedroom summer or year-round home. So many extras – efficiency plus – heat pump and masonry fireplace; boathouse with sleeping accommodations, storage, hot tub; garage and workshop; boat ramp; automatic generator, etc. Glorious glassed and screened summer room for relaxing and entertaining. Call now for showing. $349,900. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613-326-1361


$195,000 - 17 Alvin St. Perfect central location for this 2+1 bedroom bungalow. Features include efficient gas heat, large “l” shaped living/dining room with maple hardwood floors, spacious front foyer with closet, lovely updated kitchen with new maple cabinets & side door entrance from driveway, patio door to private rear yard and deck, master bedroom has a wall of cupboards & storage. Lower level sees a nicely finished family room with corner gas fireplace, large bedroom and great workshop/storage area. Lot is 60’ x 100’. Quiet neighbourhood, walk easily to downtown. MLS# 092103007016000. Call Sheri, 613-812-1215.

$249,900 - Pike Lake Very cute “A” frame cottage and bunkie located on the south shore of Pike Lake with excellent road access from Stanleyville. The lot is slightly tiered with good, great multi-level decking taking you right from the cottage to the dock, fire pit area and the rope swing at the water’s edge. The cottage consists of an open kitchen/dining/living area with cathedral, beamed ceiling finished in pine & a warming woodstove to take off the morning chill. 2 bedrooms with built-in bunk beds & storage, 3 piece bath with shower, large closet with washing machine & the pull-down stairs accesses the upper loft area. The 12’ x 12’ bunkie is perfect for guests or your teenagers. Most furniture, appliances & Fendock are included. Good parking, great neighbours. MLS# 09119110151100. Call Sheri at 613-812-1215. NEW LISTING

$234,000 - 516 Christie Lake Rd. (Glen Tay) - 12.9 Acres, unbelievable good value for this home & 12 acre property - 2 storey board & batten constructed house built in 1892 & solid as a rock - house has had everything imaginable updated, renovated or replaced including lath & plaster removed & drywall put in place, new oak kitchen with breakfast bar, both full baths updated, all plumbing, wiring (100 amp service), oil furnace & oil tank, all new thermopane windows & steel exterior doors, most flooring replaced, enclosed 3 season south facing sun room, wett compliant woodstove, lots of closets & storage space added - laundry on same level as bedrooms, master has attached office or nursery room - side door entrance into mud room – property consists of some open, some planted pines (3035 years old) & some mixed bush - great gardening potential! MLS# 091191601530800. Call Sheri at 613-812-1215

791 Black Lake Rd. - 125 ft. frontage with 1985 built 2-bdrm., 1 bath cottage with (2) furnished bunkies. Screened-in porch and large front deck. Great underside storage. Furnished, neat and tidy interior, turn key condition with immediate occupancy. $285,000. Lake water & septic system. Bob Ferguson - (C) 613-812-8871



BURGESSWOOD – Light and bright, elevated ceilings, lovely, warm and welcoming, spacious 5 bedroom home with 2 full baths on a beautiful private almost 3 acre lot in this wonderful community only 10-15 minutes to Perth. Many updates. 200 acres of recreational land and 4000 feet of gorgeous waterfront for residents. $328,900. Call Barbara Shepherd, cell: 613 326-1361

Enjoy privacy and panoramic views from this 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom log home on 3.9 acres in the heart of the Lanark Highlands. Open concept with stunning, central fieldstone fireplace separating spacious living/family room from large dine-in kitchen. $239,000. Norene & Christian Allan 613-812-0407

$188,000 - 901 Rutherford Side Rd. This home has incredible potential. Very nice layout some finishing required, mostly on the exterior of the home. Gorgeous, treed lot with a very private setting. Spacious eat-in kitchen has patio door & golden pine cabinets, formal living & dining rooms have full length bay windows & maple hardwood floors, lge bathroom on main level as well as full bath on the second level close to the good sized 4 bedrooms. Full basement has a finished family room, walk-in storage room, wood storage & utility area. Also walks out to the back yard. Attached dble garage has interior entrance into the kitchen. Being sold as is. Immediate possession. MLS# 091191602017102. Call Sheri 613-812-1215.






1296 Black Lake N. Shore Rd. – 190 ft. frontage with 1970 built 2-bdrm., 1 bath cottage with dry boathouse/workshop/bunkie and toolshed. Large front screened-in porch. Rustic, furnished with docks & boats on shore. Immediate occupancy. Lake water & holding tank(s). $289,000. Bob Ferguson - (C) 613-812-8871

$139,900 - 18 Brock St., N., Very affordable home to start out in. Everything has been totally renovated here. Nice open concept design featuring large living/dining room with lots of windows, eat-in kitchen with ceramic floors & back splash, lots of cabinets & built-in dishwasher. Upper level sees 2 generous sized bedrooms, each with good closet space & a large 4 piece bathroom. Maintenance free exterior with vinyl thermopane windows, vinyl siding, aluminum soffit & fascia, steel exterior doors. Covered front porch and rear deck off the kitchen. Newer gas furnace. 5 appliances included. Deep lot near the Tay. Possession May 1st. MLS# 092101001009400. Call Sheri, 613-812-1215.



$199,000 - 1,600 sq. ft., 2-storey home is located in Perthmore subdivision in the town of Perth. The 60x128 ft. lot backs onto a natural treed area. Great potential for someone willing to do cosmetic overhaul. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

HUNTINGDON GREEN CONDO – Glorious views of the Tay River – light filled and spacious 2 bedroom 2 bath condo – 1600 sq. ft. – the very best location in this elegant and prestigious building. Unique twosided fireplace plus many other upgrades. Heated indoor parking and one outdoor spot as well. Just in time to enjoy relaxing in your “summer room” – glass and screen enclosed porch. $388,900. Call Barbara Shepherd cell: 613 326-1361

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469 Christie Lake Rd. - Wonderful family home fronting on the Tay River only 3 kms from Perth. 3+2 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms incl. en suite, sun room, in-law suite with separate entrance, appliances included, double attached garage, new shingles (2010), new HE propane furnace (2009). $359,000. Christian & Norene Allan, 613-207-0834

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$549,000 - This 1817 stone home has been tastefully renovated and restored – approximately 3220 sq. ft., the home features 10’8” ceilings, pine & hardwood floors, original heritage 12&24 pane windows, deep sills with working interior shutters, oversized trim & mouldings and a gorgeous dream kitchen. Paul Martin, 613-264-0123

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The Rideau Volunteers, representing the Rideau Environmental Action League (REAL) and the Rideau Canal Museum (RCM), will be hosting a Heritage Cedar Rail Fence Building Workshop, on Saturday May 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date is May 15. The workshop will be held at the REAL Deal ReUse Store (85 William St. W., Smiths Falls, across from the Railway Museum. Join us while two of the most highly acclaimed heritage fence builders in the area – Eugene Fytche and Scott Bennett – guide you through “hands on” construction of different styles of cedar rail fences typical of the Ottawa and Rideau valleys. Cost is $10 to cover materials. Bring your own lunch, but light refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is a must as spaces are limited. Contact Lynn Preston at 613 283-9500 or by April 29.


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strictions on these youth – such as not being able to get married in some states and not being able to serve openly in the military. The video shocked the students when they learned there are 30,000 suicides annually among teenagers in these societal groups. The highlight of the day was a sketch about cyber bullying performed by members of Murphy’s Grade 7-8 class. The drama talked about a relationship between a young boy and girl that mistakenly goes sour, and how the girl’s friends turn to cyber bullying to get even. The bullying and harassment that it causes prompts the boy to become depressed and drop out of school. The skit ends with similar payback for the girl who launched the offending site – compounding the circle of hurt. Students such as Clifford Glas said the assemblies taught important messages. “Bullying itself is cruel, it’s mean and it’s unnecessary,” said Glas. “If you see a bully you should help out the victim and stand up against the bully. If we keep silent it just helps (bullying) grow and grow.”

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Students at Duncan J. Schoular Public School recently stood up against bullying with the help of the likes of Slash and Gene Simmons. During two, half-hour “Think Pink” assemblies, students listened to poems, watched short skits and even YouTube videos featuring famous rock stars talking about the dangers of homophobia and bullying. The assemblies were held in celebration of the Day of Pink, an international day to battle homophobia and bullying which began in Canada a few years ago. Students and staff around the school also wore pink, dyed their hair pink, and even fashioned pink paper ties in honour of the occasion. The assemblies for Grade 1-6 and Grade 7-8 students were organized by teachers Kari Sloan and Ashley Murphy, who felt it important to bring a message of acceptance to students at the school. “We’re doing this because we want to bring more awareness to students and to encourage them to stand up against bullying and become more aware of the different types of bullying,” said Murphy. “And it’s not just physical effects we want them to know about. It’s the emotional effects too. “I also think it’s really important that we hit the Grades 7s and 8s now because by the time they get to high school we want them to feel comfortable with themselves and to know the importance of celebrating others’ differences. With all the bullying that goes Janice Hastie-Waugh on in high school I think that is really important.” Broker of Record 613-283-5435 Statistics suggest that students who are bullied have a higher drop-out rate and a higher rate of suicide, said Murphy. The impact of bullying is not limited to its victims. Some Canadian studies suggest that 60 per cent of students characterized

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Peacefully at the Smiths Falls Hospital on Monday April 11, 2011 with family by his side. Ronald H. Leahy, age 77 years. Loving husband of Isabel Leahy. Predeceased by his parents Harold and Sarah Leahy, brothers Edward and Richard Leahy and sister Patricia Crouse. Loving father of Terry Wilson, David (Sharron), Leahy, Debbie (Mike) O’Grady, Sandy (Faye) Vogan, Jeffrey (Debbie) Leahy and Cheryl (Danny) Smades. Dear brother of Harry (Jeannine) Leahy and Hope (Gary) Hogue. Brother-in-law of Marian and Polly Leahy. Proud grandpa to 14 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

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Local woman painting a brighter future ANDREW SNOOK

Like a phoenix that rises from the ashes, Leah Hicks, the artist, lives again. Hicks has made an incredible recovery from an accident that nearly ended her life and career. She now co-owns and operates Compositions, an art gallery in Smiths Falls, where she displays her paintings alongside several other local artists. “Five years ago I was in a catastrophic car accident,” Hicks said. “Before the accident (I created) realistic paintings with oil or drew very realistic. (After) the accident I couldn’t even write, eat or walk.” Hicks said she was driving when a deer ran out in front of her. She said she swerved to avoid the deer and car ended up flipping over twice and slammed into a telephone pole. The accident left her with severe injuries, and neurological damage left her without a great deal of her previous artistic knowledge and skills she had developed over the years; but that didn’t stop Hicks from continuing to follow her passion.

The injuries she suffered left her without the use of her right hand, so she has been learning how to use her left to draw and paint. “I took a couple of classes, like collage, and got reintroduced to art,” Hicks said. She said her insurance claims adjuster gave her a lot of support, and encouraged her to continue with her art and not give up. She added that she was very lucky to have “the best neurophysio team.” Hicks’ main focus for her art has been her painting. The majority of her work is now abstract expressionism, although she said she constantly challenges herself to re-learn different mediums. “Most of my paintings have two colours,” she said. “I follow the principles I’ve learned in school. I re-read (her texts) and that really helps.” Hicks said she is trying her hand at cubism, and is taking drawing courses once a month to continue to improve. She said her best works come after she relaxes and goes into a type of “meditative state.” “When I’m not trying to please other people, it just comes natu-

rally to me.” Hicks’ paintings have showcased and sold in a variety of juried exhibitions, including the Ottawa Artisans Guild, Ottawa Art Expo’s and La Petite Mort Gallery. She will be flying to Italy in the near future to take part in the 2011 Florence Biennale. ARTISTIC BACKGROUND Hicks discovered her passion for the arts at a young age. When she was in Grade 9, she said her parents tried to get her into an art school, but due to limited space she wasn’t able to enroll; however, she attended South Carleton High School, where her eyes were opened to a variety of arts. “I learned how to sculpt and draw, do figure drawing and guitar,” she said. “The only thing I haven’t really gotten into is photography.” A few years later, Hicks said she dabbled in photography. She said she worked at three different photo labs, created a few portfolios for people who wanted to break into the modeling business. She has also taken courses at

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Leah Hicks co-owns and operates Compositions in Smiths Falls. Algonquin College in graphic design. Hicks has even begun teaching introductory art classes at her Compositions art gallery. She said she used to teach children’s clay class when she younger. The classes are available

through Compositions and offer flexible hours to accommodate people’s busy schedules. “The two I have love coming here,” she said. “They say it’s a magical place.” To learn more about Hicks and her works, visit

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SFDCI students to perform May 26-28

A HELPING HAND Joy Cousens from Smiths Falls took part in the outreach bridge luncheon at the Zion Memorial Church in Carleton Place on April 14. The luncheon was a fundraiser by the Captain Hooper branch for the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire organization and hosted a sell-out crowd with participants from all over eastern Ontario.

and talented students to help this musical come to life.” The story focuses on a “city slicker” named Chad, who comes to the small town of Jones Falls and, through his actions, encourages his fellow classmates to reflect on their lives and relationships, says MacLaren. One of the girls Chad meets – a popular cheerleader named Tiffany – discovers she has cancer and has to struggle with not only her illness, but the loss of her all-important status at school. Chad himself has his own personal struggles, caused mostly by his mother’s addictions. In the second act, the kids gradually put their conflicts aside and begin to realize the importance of love, friendship and the feeling of self-worth. Tickets are available at Spotlight on the Rideau in Smiths Falls, or by contacting MacLaren at SFDCI. Tickets are $15 for the evening shows on May 27 and 28 at 7 p.m., and $10 for the matinee on May 28 at 2 p.m. Students from local feeder schools will be treated to a sneak preview of the show on Thursday, May 26.

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For those who loved 80s movies, such as The Breakfast Club, and tunes by artists like Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) is offering a chance for a flashback. The school is presenting the original musical, High School Rhapsody – 80s Style, at the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls, from May 26 to 28. Kristine MacLaren, musical director for the play, said this is the school’s first musical in almost a decade. It will feature popular 80s clothing and hairstyles, and boppin’ 80s tunes, such as Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Beat It, Walking on Sunshine and Bohemian Rhapsody. “Last year, the Grade 12 drama class attempted a mini-musical and it was a big hit,” MacLaren said. “Following that success, one of our teachers, Nancy Keech, had an idea for the script, and we enlisted the talents of other teachers for choreography, costumes and publicity. Before we knew it we were into auditions and rehearsals. This was just the right moment and the right time. We are very fortunate to have such enthusiastic

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