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BODY FOUND The body of a missing 85-yearold Perth man was found last week in Montague, near Smiths Falls. Foul play is not suspected.

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Incumbent Conservative MP Gord Brown handily won reelection in Leeds and Grenville on Monday night, claiming over 60 per cent of the vote in his fourth straight win. Voters across the country were evidently impressed by the Conservative government’s economic performance, as the electorate returned Prime Minister Stephen Harper to Parliament with the strong majority government he had asked for during the campaign. Brown credited his success to his track record of working for the people of Leeds and Grenville, mentioning the infrastructure projects he helped secure for the riding through the Economic Action Plan and his tough-on-crime stance as key elements of his successful campaign. “This is really a validation from the people of my riding. I’m humbled by their support, and I’ll continue to do what I’ve been doing,... and get back to work tomorrow,” Brown said at his Brockville campaign office.


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BIG DONATION The local hospital receives a huge boost to the tune of cheque for $250,000 for the new CT Scan Unit.



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Scott Reid (left) and a supporter watch election results roll in Monday at Tilly’s Steakhouse in Carleton Place. The re-elected MP won the riding soundly.

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For a guy said to be a shoo-in for re-election, Scott Reid sure didn’t play the part. Before being re-crowned as MP for Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, Reid was surrounded by supporters at Tilly’s Smokehouse in Carleton Place. The nerves and energy of

about 60 people blanketed the room. Everybody wanted a piece of Reid, the star of the evening, but he seemed in a world all his own. His eyes hardly left the television set. As good news for his camp kept rolling in, he was determined not to celebrate until the final count came down. Having served as an MP for 11 years, this was Reid’s fifth

time in the election night hotseat. He’s learned a thing or two in that time – like not to jump at the first good sign, and to wait for the all-important advance poll results – but despite his years of experience, it was clear he hadn’t seen anything quite like the results of May 2. REID see page 5

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Eighty-five-year-old Perth man found dead in Montague Foul play not suspected THIS WEEK STAFF Police stated no foul play is suspected in the death of an 85-year-old Perth resident who was found dead on Wednesday afternoon, after being missing for more than a week. The body of Kenneth Robert Lewis was discovered just outside Smiths Falls, in Montague Township, near the railway tracks behind the Heritage House Museum on Old Slys Road. The area is a popular spot for teenagers to hang out and for local residents to walk their dogs. A search began after police were informed that his car was on private property in Smiths Falls. The helicopter search lasted two Photo by Andrew Snook days. Police stated no foul play is suspected in the death of an 85-year-old Perth resident, Kenneth Robert Lewis, Lewis was last seen buying lunch at the McDonald’s restaurant on who was found dead on Wednesday, April 27, near the railway tracks behind the Heritage House Museum Highway 7 in Perth. on Old Slys Road.

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The Smiths Falls site of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital received a huge boost from the Smiths Falls Community Hospital Foundation on Friday, April 29, in the form of a cheque for $250,000. The donation went towards helping pay for the new CT Scan Unit at the Smiths Falls site of the hospital. “It’s the community and the foundation that is going to keep quality health care close to home, whether it’s in Perth and Smiths Falls,” said Larry Sparks, chair

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The Smiths Falls branch of the Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital announced $250,000 was being contributed to a new CT scanner for the building. (Left to right) Hospital president/CEO Todd Stepanuik is joined by the Community Hospital Foundation Chair Margaret Ashworth and Lise Smith for the presentation of the funding, which came from various community events, fundraisers and donations. Photo by Ryan Holland

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Smyth in surprise second for NDP DESMOND DEVOY

While Jack Layton’s coat-tails were not long enough to propel Doug Smyth to victory in Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington, it was enough to put him into an unusual spot for New Democrats in the riding – second place. With 281 of 289 polls reporting, incumbent Conservative MP Scott Reid will be returning to Parliament Hill for the fifth time since 2000, getting 32,765 votes so far to Smyth’s 11,724. In the last election on Oct. 14, 2008, then-NDP candidate Sandra Willard only scored 13.1 per cent to Reid’s 55.9 per cent, putting the left-of-centre party far from second place. “I’m very pleased with the way things worked out here,” said Smyth. “We did better than last time. I am very excited with how the party is doing,” with the

NDP forming the official opposition for the first time in Canadian political history. Currently, the party has elected more than 100 MPs, more than its best ever showing of 43 seats in 1988. “That’s a big change,” he said of the party’s showing. “It goes to show that people want change. That’s absolutely phenomenal.” Smyth said he had met a lot of great people who needed help making ends meet. “I just feel happy for them because I know that Jack (Layton) will be there fighting for them,” said Smyth. “I think that Jack is going to do his best.” Smyth offered his congratulations to Reid. “He’s a good guy,” said Smyth, adding he got to know Reid better during the campaign. “I like him. I don’t like his boss so much.”

Baranyi proud of Green team KASSINA RYDER

John Baranyi’s campaign headquarters on election night may have been his own living room, but that did nothing to dull the enthusiasm of his campaign team. Baranyi, his wife, Christine, and six supporters, spent the night in the Baranyi farmhouse outside of Lanark, watching the election results roll in on the CBC as party leader Elizabeth May became Canada’s first Green Member of Parliament. “I think we achieved the goal,” said Baranyi, sitting in an armchair and holding a coffee mug. “It looks like we’ve got our one MP into parliament.” While he said he was thrilled the party finally

had representation, Baranyi said he also feared for its strength. “One voice isn’t going to be a strong voice in a majority Conservative government,” he said. But he also said May’s historic win is was a step in the right direction. Now that they have secured a place in parliament, the Green party won’t be as easily swept under the rug as it has been in the past, such as being excluded from leaders’ debates, Baranyi said. “I think in the next election, the Green voice will be louder,” he said. This is the second time Baranyi has represented the Green party in a federal election, having represented the party in 2004. He said he would definitely consider running

for a third time. “There is a good chance I will run again,” he said. Baranyi said this time around, his campaign budget was increased from about $12,000 to $18,000. The additional money was put toward communications initiatives such as advertising and campaign literature. Baranyi said if he could have done anything differently, he would have put more emphasis on frontline campaigning. “I suppose I could put more hours on the ground, do more door-to-door,” he said. According to unofficial poll results on May 2, Baranyi received 4.5 per cent of the vote in Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington with a total of 2,638 votes with 281 of 289 polls reported.

Remington falls to third place under NDP, Tory wave Liberal blames Ignatieff for his poor showing locally DESMOND DEVOY

ed all the way to Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington. “I’m surprised that the surge has as much change as it did,” said Remington. Former Napanee mayor David Rem“It’s pretty historic.” ington is blaming Liberal leader MiHe added that he chael Ignatieff for his wished Reid well in his third-place showing in fifth campaign. the federal election. At O’Reilly’s pub in “Michael just didn’t Perth, local Liberals connect with the average were drowning their voter,” said Remington sorrows at their thirdfrom his election night place finish, both locally party in Napanee. “Peoand nationally. ple who met Mike in per“It’s really disapson said he was a great pointing,” said Liberal guy. (But) people voted volunteer Sue Tennant. for the leader…It’s be“I can’t believe how low came a leadership questhe Liberal turnout was tion.” at the polls in the riding. In the last election on I don’t know what hapOct. 14, 2008, Remingpened. I guess people ton was in second place changed their minds.” behind Conservative Fellow Grit volunteer incumbent Scott Reid, 55.81 per cent to 21.80 per Liberal candidate David Reming- Hans Sinn was also discent. This time around, ton finished third in Monday’s appointed to see the Libwith 281 of 289 polls re- federal election, and pointed erals faring so poorly, but he took solace that porting, Remington is in the finger at leader Michael Igthe Bloc Quebecois vote third place behind New had plummeted in QueDemocrat Doug Smyth natieff for his poor showing.

in second. Remington had 9,561 votes to Reid’s 37,765. “I think that the voter is always right, so what is meant to happen will happen,” said Remington. He admitted that election night 2011 was a tough time for the Liberals. “I think back to the Conservatives when they had two seats with Kim Campbell,” said Remington. “We have to rebuild the party from the ground up. It’s disappointing obviously.” While he credited NDP leader Jack Layton for resonating with voters, he was surprised that his influence extend-

bec. “It is an advantage,” Sinn said. “It is a step forward, even though I disagree with Harper.” Sinn had supported the Green party and NDP in past elections, and this was his first time as a Liberal volunteer, and he believed that the time may have come for more co-operation between the three parties. “In a way, I’m anticipating that in their commonality, that they will get together,” Sinn said. He added that he was happy to see Green party leader Elizabeth May elected in B.C.

Independent gains experience CATHY JAMES This Week

At the front window of Ballygiblin’s Restaurant in downtown Carleton Place, a couple sits together eating a late-night dinner. It’s election night and it’s not evident Ralph Lee is hosting a post-election celebration until walking into the restaurant’s back room. Lee is standing, while five others, including his wife, Laura, and their threeyear-old daughter, Anna, sit around a table in front of a television. It’s a quiet atmosphere at the restaurant, though Lee is smiling. After running in the Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington riding as an independent candidate, Lee was celebrating the five-week campaign’s closure with his family and a handful of friends. As of the press deadline, Lee received

362 votes. Earning less than one per cent voter support didn’t surprise Lee. “I’m not under any illusion I’m going to win,” he said. “I’m not naive and didn’t run to beat anyone.” Lawyer by day, the Carleton Placebased candidate ran a campaign with a message. “There is a lack of leadership in Ottawa, and I ran to give voters another option,” he said. “They are disillusioned and feel their votes don’t matter,” he explained. “I have concerns that our democracy is taken for granted.” As for Lee’s next steps, he said this election has whetted his appetite for further political aspirations. “Without a doubt this is the greatest experience of my life,” he said. “This has made me want to work in people’s best interests.”

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Brown retakes Leeds and Grenville BROWN from front page He identified the Port of Prescott, the Maritime Discovery Centre in Brockville, the Johnstown ethanol plant, and continuing infrastructure projects as some of his areas of focus going forward. Vote splitting between the Liberals and NDP was not a factor in Leeds and Grenville, as Brown’s vote share far outpaced the Liberal and NDP percentages combined. The late campaign surge in popularity for NDP leader Jack Layton and a strong performance at the all candidates meeting in Kemptville translated into support for first time NDP candidate Matthew Gabriel, who was the surprising runner up with just over 18 per cent of the vote. Liberal candidate Marjory Loveys tried to appeal to a wide swath of voters, from social conservatives to fiscally minded progressives, but her call for a strong centrist government was largely ignored by the electorate, who gave her just under 16 per cent of the vote. Green party candidate Mary Slade placed a distant fourth, with approximately five per cent of the vote. In 2008, Brown claimed 58.4 per cent to Loveys’ 17.2 per cent. Addressing his cheering campaign volunteers, Brown said the Conservative majority government would quickly move to table the budget and pass all crime legislation that had been blocked by the opposition parties. He said that lowering taxes, creating jobs, preventing elder abuse, supporting victims of crime as opposed to criminals, and continuing Canada’s economic recovery would be the government’s main priorities. LEEDS AND GRENVILLE’S MAN IN OTTAWA “I have to say once again, I’m so excited we finally got that majority,” he said to applause. “I pledge to you tonight that I will continue to be Leeds and Grenville’s man in Ottawa, not Ottawa’s man in Leeds and Grenville.” Brown paid tribute to his campaign volunteers and special guests, including MPP Steve Clark and Senator Bob Runciman, whom he called “a mentor and a real inspiration to me.” He also thanked his opponents for running “clean campaigns,” and accepted Loveys’ congratulations when she came by the campaign

office. He said he is glad to be able to focus on governing for four years, as opposed to constantly be preparing for elections. “From knocking on doors and talking to people in this riding, they were very upset that this election happened, and they talked time and time again to me at the door that they wanted a majority government,” he said. “Canadians have voted for a stable majority Conservative government. They want to have stability in the House, they wanted to do away with a lot of the political games, and from the numbers we’ve seen tonight, it’s clear that the people of Canada have spoken. They do expect civility in the House, and I’ll be one that definitely will be taking up that message.” Brown was a town councillor in Gananoque before failing to oust Liberal MP Joe Jordan in a tight race in 2000 as a member of the Canadian Alliance. He later sat in opposition as a Conservative MP for Leeds-Grenville in 2004, and was reelected as a government MP in 2006 and 2008. The veteran MP is looking forward to further progress on two private member’s bills he had introduced before the government fell. His “Knife Bill,” which became government legislation, would do away with two and three-for-one pre-trial custody credits for violent offenders. The bill passed second reading and has been referred to committee. Brown’s other bill, to secure EI benefits for parents who need to leave work because their critically ill children end up in hospital, expired with the last Parliament, though the support it received from MPs of various parties gives him hope it can be successfully reintroduced. He promised quick action from the emboldened Conservatives, regardless of which party formed the official opposition. “We’ve got four years to put our nose to the grindstone and do what the people of Leeds and Grenville and the people of Canada expect,” Brown said. “But I am excited that after being first elected to the opposition, and three minority governments, to finally see a majority government. I know it’s something that the people of Leeds and Grenville wanted, and that’s reflected by what they did at the polls today.”

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ty, is healthy for Canada’s democracy. “It’s good that we have clearly defined ideas being presented to voters…elections should be contested on the field of ideas, not simply by centrist parties.” The Liberal party, he said, “was essentially a cobbling together of tribal coalitions, regional coalitions, it had very little to do with actual ideas.” The Progressive Conservatives weren’t much different. Politics, he said, didn’t happen on the battlefield of ideas, and the quality of government suffered as a result. The results of May 2, he said, show a sea-change in Canadian politics, with voters showing they want philosophical ideologies driving their parties of choice. Whether it also spells the end of the Liberal party is another matter. “I don’t know if it’s the death of the Liberal party, but they were the dominant party in Canadian politics for over 100 years and they aren’t anymore,” said Reid. Reid took the opportunity to thank some of those present: his campaign volunteers, his competitor Ralph Lee, who ran as an Independent, and Randy Hillier, the local MPP who Reid called “one of the greatest inspirations of my political career.” He also reaffirmed his commitment to have property rights for Ontarians protected in the Constitution, a joint-mission with Hillier that began last February. This was welcomed with cheers and piercing whistles.

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Reid clear choice of local voters REID from front page His eyes glued to results from other ridings, watching NDP candidates overtake strong Liberal incumbents, all he could be heard to say was “wow”. As Michael Ignatieff and Gilles Duceppe saw their own seats slip through their fingers, Reid lamented the loud excited buzz in the room. If only we could hear what they were saying on CBC, he said. But these were merely puzzle pieces, snapshots of a broader landscape. When the dust finally settled, with a Tory majority and Jack Layton leading the official opposition, Reid offered his explanation of the night. “It’s the culmination of a process that started with the formation of the Reform party in 1986 by Stephen Harper and Preston Manning,” Reid said. Calling the victory the “second act” of Stephen Harper’s reign, he said it is also the final phase of his party’s 25-year transformation, from the Reform party, to the Alliance, to now. “It kept on changing, but there was an essence that began there (with the Reform party)…of a party that actually represents conservative values, that is not simply a centrist party.” Reid was onboard for much of that metamorphosis, first coming to the Reform party as Stephen Harper’s research assistant in the 1990s, he said. Taking the stage, Reid encouraged the crowd to give a round of applause to the New Democrats as well. Their success, along with that of the Conservative par-


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Voter turnout up locally

Allow for compromise Stephen Harper’s appeal to the voters to deliver him a majority government did not fall on deaf ears. The Conservatives picked up 166 seats, with 70,311 of 71,513 polls reporting – an increase of 23 seats at the time of printing. The Tory tide once again swept across Ottawa and the Valley, with Conservatives retaining their seats in Lanark, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington (Scott Reid), Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke (Cheryl Gallant), Carleton-Mississippi Mills (Gordon O’Connor) and Leeds-Grenville (Gord Brown). The anticipated surge of NDP support did not hurt the Tories, except in a few ridings in Quebec, where most of the seats picked up by the party were taken from the Liberals. During the campaign, the prime minister warned Canadians that a minority Tory government couldn’t hold on to power and would fall prey to a coalition of the Liberals, NDP or potentially the Bloc Quebecois. Harper’s predictions were alarming with warnings of hits to the financial markets, deficit spending and possibly reopening the Constitution for another divisive debate that nobody wanted. Canadians obviously listened, and Harper no longer faces the spectre of having to compromise or work to achieve consensus with the opposition. But is that necessarily a good thing? Yes, a majority government will give the Tories the tools to pass legislation that could have been delayed by a united opposition. And as Tory MP Gordon O’Connor pointed out, a majority win will allow the Conservatives to stand down from continuous preparation for yet another election, and focus on the task of governing. But when they were a minority government, the Tories were forced to listen to the ideas of other parties and to compromise. The politics of consensus forces a leader to sift through the ideas of competing parties and incorporate the best parts within his or her own policies. We hope winning a majority won’t go Harper’s head. The Tories often use the word “arrogance” to explain the federal Liberals fall in fortune, they might want to avoid a similar accusation over the next four years. Be a good prime minister, Harper. Listen to other ideas, use the best ones. Remember, in a democracy we elect a prime minister, we don’t anoint a king.

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STAFF The riding of Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington saw an increase in voter turnout from the 2008 federal election. With 281 of 289 polls counted, the unofficial voter turnout increased more than two percent, with 57,052 of 90,197 registered voters casting their ballots in this year’s election. This is an increase of nearly 3,000 votes from the 2008 election. Conservative MP Scott Reid won the riding with more than 57 per cent of the vote (32,765 votes). NDP candidate Doug Smyth finished in second place with 20.5 per cent (11,724 votes), while Liberal party candidate David Remington finished in third with 16.8 per cent (9,561 votes). Green party candidate John Baranyi had 4.6 per cent of the vote (2,638 votes), while independent Ralph Lee finished with 0.6 per cent (364 votes). All the unofficial numbers listed are with 281 of 289 polls counted.

Used fire truck? Someone sound the alarm The town is looking into the option of purchasing a used fire truck to save some big bucks, forgive me but the sirens inside my head are screaming real loud right about now. Of course, I’m a little bias when it comes to buying used cars. I still feel the sting from my first experience with a used car, my 1995 Ford Taurus, purchased in 2001. I was in college and super excited about having a car I didn’t have to beg my parents to borrow. My parents decided they would help me out by buying me a used car; I would just have to maintain it. It was a super generous offer on their part; unfortunately, we rushed into it and paid the price. For years the cars constantly broke down, without any one repair costing enough to justify scrapping the car. I could barely afford to repair it with the money I was making, but I also

ANDREW SNOOK Snook’s Look couldn’t afford to buy another car. I finally reached my breaking point after five years, when my brake line snapped shortly after I got off a busy highway. I narrowly avoided getting to three separate collisions before finally being able to bring the car to a halt. By the time all the bills were tallied, I had spent almost enough in repairs to purchase a new car. Now I’m not saying that Smiths Falls’ town staff would rush into a purchase of this importance – I’m sure staff would inspect it from top to bottom; however, if they did end up buying up a lemon, it’s unlikely it would

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come with an extended warranty, so it could end up costing the people of Smiths Falls more in the long run, financially or otherwise. I think this is one idea the town may want to extinguish. LET SLEEPING WASTE LIE The water doesn’t appear to warm enough just yet for the town to decide on a location for a splash pad. I hope no one is feeling too “down in the dumps” about the town’s lack of interest in Lower Reach Park as a potential location, I know it was a popular spot. Of course, with the landfill lying underneath, it may be better to let sleeping waste lie. Who knows, maybe Centennial Park or the arena will end up being an ideal location. Only time will tell.

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The town’s chief administrative officer, Wayne Brown, said the Smiths Falls Memorial Community Centre and Centennial Park are the most likely areas a splash pad would be built. Residents’ interest in a splash pad has peaked over recent weeks, and several Facebook groups and pages have been created by local residents supporting the idea. Citizens eager to see a splash pad built in Smiths Falls made a presentation to town council several weeks ago. At the time, the most popular locations for the splash pad appeared to be Lower Reach Pad,

Victoria Park and the new arena; however, Brown said both Lower Reach Park and Victoria Park are not options the town is currently interested in. Brown said trying to build a splash pad on Lower Reach Park would present several complications. “It’s a former landfill,� he said. “There are only so many things you can do there.� Brown said obtaining a permit to build a splash pad at the site would be difficult, and that the access water going into the ground of the landfill could create problems. He added that the town is “not supposed to dig there,� so the project could encounter additional problems, if any additional water or sewage

pipes were necessary. Brown stated that Victoria Park would be an unlikely choice due to a lack of space. No concrete plan has been put into place to build the splash pad yet. Brown said the town is still discussing with contractors the cost of building change rooms, washrooms, and other possibly necessary facilities. The town estimates that the cost of the splash pad, not including installation and any other necessary amenities, such as washrooms or change rooms, would cost approximately $100,000. Brown said he hoped to have more concrete information available to town council within a week or so.

Theatre news in Smiths Falls and Perth If you’re superstitious, why not spend the evening of Friday, May 13, at Smiths Falls Station Theatre, enjoying 2Women Productions’ presentation of Dan Yashinsky, Talking You In – A Life Watch, accompanied by musician Brian Katz. Yashinsky is one of Canada’s most revered story-tellers, and here he tells the tale of his early beginnings, into which he weaves a folk tale and then recounts the story of the birth of his second son, lying unconscious in a neo-natal intensive care unit, and how Yashinsky told stories to him. The show is being presented again the following evening, on May 14, in Perth’s Studio Theatre. Tickets are $18 in advance, or $20 at the door. They can be purchased at Tickets Please in Perth by calling 613-485-6434, or in the case of the Station Theatre presentation, at Spotlight on the Rideau, by calling 613-284-4141.

From May 26 to 28, Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute will come to the stage with their first musical in a decade, High School Rhapsody – ‘80s Style! For those who loved 1980’s movies, such as The Breakfast Club and tunes by the likes of Cyndi Lauper and Michael Jackson, SFDCI is offering a chance for a flashback. Tickets are $15 for the evening shows, held at 7 p.m., and $10 for the matinee on May 28 at 2 p.m.

into the hearts and minds of a family dealing with grief, but does it with great sensitivity and with humour. The playwright switches so intuitively between these emotions; it is no great surprise that the play was awarded the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Tickets are available from The Bookworm, The Book Nook and Tickets Please in Perth, or at the door. The show will take place from May 26 to 28, and on June 3 and 4, at 8 p.m., and on May 29 and June 5 at 2 p.m.

Eastern Ontario’s school boards are hoping Ron Cotnam will be a driving force in student transportation. The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSBEO) and the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) hired Cotnam as the general manager and chief administrative officer for the new Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario (STEO). “This was a very difficult decision,� said STEO governance committee chair Ron Eamer. “We were in the envious position of having the best transportation managers in the province vying for this position, but there can only be one general manager.� Cotnam is currently the transportation manager for the UCDSB. He will begin his new position on June 6. The decision came after the two school boards hired an independent recruitment consultant to perform a province-wide search to find the most suitable candidate for the position. -BOE6TF1MBOOJOHBOE1SPKFDU.BOBHFNFOU The interviewContact Tracy for assistance with your ing process was severances and land use planning projects. managed by The Pollack Group, an independent recruitment consulting firm based out of Ottawa.


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Lanark County’s fire system is now faster and more efficient, thanks to a new communications system. More than 50 councillors and firefighters attended a ceremony April 27 to launch the county’s new fire communications system at the Lanark County building in Perth. Warden Sharon Mousseau outlined the county’s fire response history and how the new system was needed. “With the equipment and technology aging, it became apparent that Lanark County would be better served to implement a new fire communications infrastructure,” she said. The installation of this new fire communication infrastructure now links the eight communications towers by a GPS satellite link, simultaneously broadcasting throughout the county. This differs from the old system, which had to be dispatched manually. The firefighters are notified by activation of pagers throughout the county, and the broader area of coverage allows for better communications and fire department response. The Christie & Walther Communications firm installed the equipment and will provide maintenance for a 15-year term. Mousseau also gave credit to the former council as well as the county’s former director of administrative services

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Lanark County Warden Sharon Mousseau, centre, along with Smiths Falls Mayor Dennis Staples and Perth Mayor John Fenik, officially launch the new fire communications system with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. and clerk, Cynthia Moyle, consultant Rod Manley and the Lanark County fire chiefs. “Each provided valuable input to bring the project to where we are today,” she said. Mousseau then officially launched the new system, calling out to a county fire dispatch centre, and each dispatch throughout the county had a turn to con-

firm the system was in operation. Lanark County chief administrative officer, Peter Wagland, said the dispatch clarity is key. “It’s a lot faster, but also the sound and message carries across the entire county, as opposed to being spotty,” he said, adding this launch has been a long time coming. “We have spent seven years trying to

build a new fire communications systems not only for the protection of the public, but more importantly for the protection of those men and women that volunteer their time away from their families to keep their communities safe.” Wagland says the system launch is timely, since emergency preparedness week takes place this week.


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CONSTRUCTION NEWS Work continues on Strathcona Street and Old Mill Road please avoid taking the Confederation Bridge as access is limited to area local traffic at this time. Parks Canada continues to work on Abbott Street swing bridge. The detour is in place until the month of June.

The Town of Smiths Falls is replacing the water main on Abbott Street between the fixed bridge and Strathcona Street intersection. The detour in place at this time around Abbott Street will be extended in time to allow the completion of the road works being completed by the Town of Smiths Falls. Again, we appreciate your patience in the areas affected by the detour and con-

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struction activities. Construction of infrastructure works will take place around Chambers, Victoria Avenue. and Davidson Streets in preparation of surface road works. Please be aware of construction crews and road restrictions.

MAY MEETINGS: Monday, May 2, 2011 Regular Meeting of Council, 5 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2011 Committee of the Whole, 5 p.m. Monday, May 16, 2011 Regular Meeting of Council, 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Committee of the Whole, 5 p.m.


SPRING LEAF/GRASS COLLECTION The Town of Smiths Falls will be collecting leaves and grass clippings for one week in May. The schedule for collection is as follows: If your regular garbage collection day is: Your leaves will be collected on: Tuesday, May 10 .......................................................................Wednesday, May 11 Wednesday, May 11 .................................................................Thursday, May 12 Thursday, May 12 .....................................................................Friday, May 13

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 - Closed Leaves are to be placed at curbside before 7am in clear bags only. Yellow, orange, green, brown, blue, black or paper bags are assumed to be garbage and will not be collected. All brush to be bundled in manageable size bundles.

FINAL TAX BILLS Final tax bills will be mailed out around the end of May, 2011. Final Tax Installments are June 30th, and August 31st. If you have not received your bill by mid June, please contact the Town Hall at 613-2834124 Ext. 1100.

POOLS NEED FENCES IT’S THE LAW! By-law 7166-96 requires all owners of outdoor pools to erect a fence around the pool. A pool is described as a privately owned outdoor swimming pool (above ground or in-ground), Jacuzzi, hot-tub, constructed body of water but shall not include any pool that has a holding capacity of 0.61m (24 inches) and less in depth. Homeowners are responsible for fencing their pools, it’s the law! For more information about height requirements for pool fencing please call 2834124 Ext. 1171.

The Compost Site (for grass clippings, leaves and brush) will open for the season beginning Saturday, May 7th, 8am to 4pm. and will be open every Saturday until Saturday November 19th. Should you have leaves or brush and cannot make the set times please contact our office at 613-283-4124 ext. 1171, for other arrangements. Loads will be checked for contents. Anyone depositing garbage or other unacceptable waste is subject to a fine by the Municipality and Ministry of the Environment. The site is open to residents of Smiths Falls and North Elmsley Ward only.

RECYCLING & GARBAGE You are doing great! Let’s continue diverting where we can. Take a moment to look through your waste brochure to review all the great ways to reduce your garbage output and avenues to take back your waste.

WEBSITE Please check out the NEW Town of Smiths Falls website at THE TOWN OF SMITHS FALLS IS NOW ON TWITTER!

PLEASE NOTE: According to the Smiths Falls Municipal Garbage By-Law, any household garbage containers/bags, which have compostable materials mixed in with the garbage will not be collected at curbside.

BLUE BOX There is no Blue Box collections on any Statutory Holiday. The collection will be carried over till the following week.

HOUSEHOLD WASTE Household garbage will be collected on every Statutory Holiday except Christmas Day and New Years Day, these days will be collected the on the following working day.

DO NOT PLACE OR LEAVE ANY MATERIAL AT THE COMPOST SITE GATE! For further information contact 613-283-4124 ext. 1171


...from the desk of the CAO Creating a community, one “thread” at a time Something very positive is happening in Smiths Falls and we will all be beer off for it. Being a life-long “student” of people -how they interact with each other and what creates that sense of common purpose that is an integral part of a successful community – I have been literally astounded at the positive change of aitude in large segments of the community. Almost immediately aer the major plant closings you could see a change. More and more phone calls were offers of assistance versus people expressing their dissatisfaction with certain issues almost exclusive to them individually. The phenomenal turn-around though has come in the past few months and mostly through interaction in the social media. More and more citizens are interrelating with their Town Hall, and each other, in a positive, healthy manner that can only lead to a more vibrant community in the future. This has not gone unnoticed. I know of at least two communities who have followed Smiths Falls’ evolution on Facebook, the blog site, twier, and the regular media, and are impressed to the point that they too will be geing involved in the social media in their communities. This is a real compliment to our efforts. Is everything good? Absolutely not. Are we taking positive steps in the right direction simply by talking to each other? Unequivocally, yes. If other communities are geing positive vibes from following our progress, perhaps potential new residents or investors will as well. They look at Facebook too.

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Moving forward, in addition to the “From the CAO’s Desk” Facebook page we will be implementing a page for Town information as well as one for Youth. By the way, for those who don’t know, a “thread” is the term used to describe a posting on Facebook and its related comments.

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The Heritage House Museum will be hosting a workshop that will help people “branch out,” when looking to trace their families’ roots. On Saturday, May 14, the museum will host a genealogical workshop teaching residents how to research their family trees. Shirley Sommerville, a member of the Lanark County Genealogical Society and Reference Library, will assist people, by finding useful resources and methods for tracing ones’ ances-

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City Stream and Rideau Valley Conservation calling for volunteers chance for members of the community to get involved in making their city more beautiful and healthy. The plantings along Mud Creek are smaller, private sites. If you are interested in assisting with tree planting on Mud Creek during weekdays in May, please contact Julia Sutton with the dates and times you would be available, and scheduling will be on an individual basis. Environment Canada’s EcoAction Community Funding Program recently approved a $75,000 grant to RVCF, to work with streamside landowners in the City of Ottawa to replant and improve up to four

City Stream Watch is joining forces with the Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation’s Making Shorelines Natural program this spring, to plant close to 5,000 native shrubs and trees on three tributaries- Stillwater Creek (Bells Corners), Black Rapids Creek (Barrhaven) and Mud Creek (Manotick). Volunteer planters are needed to help get these young trees and shrubs into place on shorelines in our community by mid-May. All necessary training, equipment and supervision is provided on-site and there is no cost to volunteers. This is a great

will be provided. Dress for the weather, rain or shine, and wear sturdy footwear. The dates and sites for planting are the following: Black Rapids Creek: Saturday, May 7, 8:30 a.m. to noon Stillwater Creek: Sunday, May 15, 8:30 a.m. to noon Interested volunteers are asked to sign up and receive detailed site directions by contacting Julia Sutton, City Stream Watch Coordinator at Submitted by the Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

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$225,000 – Private, quiet, year-round home or 4-season cottage on the Mississippi River, 3 br bungalow, eat-in kitchen, dining/living room area with hardwood flooring, main-floor laundry, full finished basement, 16x20 ft. workshop with lot, 140 ft. water frontage. MLS # 785774. Oral Pretty, 613-264-0123

$285,000 – Finally a cottage you can just move into & start enjoying the summer. 125 Feet of clean black lake frontage with southern exposure. Decks at water’s edge and off the front of the cottage. Screened-in porch. Neat & tidy open concept kitchen/dining/living area. 2 good sized bedrooms & 3-piece bath. 2 furnished bunkies to handle guests. Great access for year round use. Immediate occupancy. Mls# 789717 Bob Ferguson (c) 613-812-8871

$289,000 – 190 feet of southern exposure on Black Lake, 20 minutes west of Perth. Typical Canadian Shield setting, cottage is perched atop a rocky point providing a fantastic view of the west end of the lake. Charming & rustic 1970 cottage has screened porch overlooking the lake. Combination living/dining area with brick fireplace. Pine interior walls. Two bedrooms and a newer 4-pc. bath. A workshop/bunkhouse sits by a protected boat slip & boat rack. A tool shed is at the back of the lot. MLS# 789677

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(Above) Rotary Club of Smiths Falls member Roger Cooke hands over a cheque for $1,000 to Rotary Club of Brockville member Rick Walker for the Rotary International Japan Disaster Relief fund, while the club’s newest member, Chris Walker, smiles for the camera. (Left) Heather Jordan poses with Smiths Falls Canadian Tire owner Jean Parisien and Larry Hart, president of the Smiths Falls Jr. A Bears Booster Club, after winning a brand new barbecue in the Bears’ early blitz season ticket draw. The barbecue was donated by Parisien.

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The Rideau Environmental Action League held a volunteer appreciation lunch on April 15 to recognize those who have lent a hand at the REAL Deal store and the Rideau Canal Museum. Pictured here are, from left, Sue Brandum, the league’s environmental projects manager, posing with volunteers Tracy Thomson and Ed Crawford.


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The 2011 Cooperative Education Employer Excellence Awards were held at the North Grenville Municipal Centre in Kemptville on Friday, April 15. Guy Samure and Sons were given an Employer Excellence Award. Left to right: Steve McKenny of Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute, Bob Mulrooney of Guy Saumure and Sons and Jason Minnie.

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THURSDAY, MAY 5 A Mother’s Day spa will take place at the Asilio (25a Main St. W.). Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information or tickets, contact Lisa at 613284-1276, or Trish 613-283-3684. SATURDAY, MAY 7 - 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. - The Chix for Biz will host a bake sale at their monthly event in the second floor of the Smiths Falls Youth Arena, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All the proceeds will benefit the Duncan J Schoular breakfast program. - The seventh annual “Where’s Franktown?” run will take place at the Calvary Christian Academy in Franktown. This family-friendly event welcomes runners and power-walkers of all ages. It will be a scenic flat run, with distances of one kilometre, five kilometres, 10km and 15km. First run starts at 9:30 a.m. It will be chip timed. Hand-crafted medals and prizes for participants, including a vacation to Mexico! Free barbecue lunch for all participants. Babysitting is available. Pre-

register up to May 5, at www.eventsonline. ca/events/franktown, or register on run day at 8 a.m. Rates and more information available at A portion of this year’s proceeds will support local Paralympic athlete Noella Klawitter’s goal of participating in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England. - The Ottawa region branch of the Pipers and Pipe Band Society of Ontario will host its annual In-door Highland Games at St Michael’s Catholic High School in Kemptville. Experience the thrill of solo piping and drumming competitions starting at 8:30 a.m. The pipe band competitions begin at 1 p.m. and will wrap-up with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Entry is $7 per person. Food and Scottish vendors will be on site. All ages are welcome and will enjoy a day of Scottish heritage. SUNDAY, MAY 8 - 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. - Merrickville’s Community-Wide Garage Sale will take place, starting at 8 a.m. Shop at dozens and dozens of garage sales all within walking distance and support local charity groups through your purchases. For more information, contact the Merrickville and District Chamber of Commerce at 613-269-2229 or visit www. FRIDAY, MAY 13 TO 15 - Hillcrest High School in Ottawa is holding its 50th Anniversary Reunion from May 13 to 15. Events include a golf tournament, school tours, coffee house, decade rooms, live auction, barbecue dinner and dance, and Sunday family brunch. For registration and tickets, visit the website at: Ticket sales are limited and will not be sold at the door. FRIDAY, MAY 13 – Duncan J. Schoular Public School will host a fundraiser at 8 p.m., featuring the Yuk Yuk’s comedy troupe. It will showcase four of Ontario’s top comedians – Wafik Nasaralla, Peter Grunstra, Ryan Dennee, and Dave Atkinson. The night is part of a series of events planned to help raise $30,000 for a playground reconstruction fund. Tickets for the show are $20 in advance, and $25 at the door. They can be purchased ahead of time through the school office. The show features content suitable only for adults, so minors will not be allowed entry. For more information, contact the school at 613-283-1367. SATURDAY, MAY 14 - There will be an Eastern “Regional” Games meeting at the Smiths Falls Senior Activity Centre, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Officials are still needed for floor shuffle-

board, euchre, darts, cribbage, and bid euchre (four). - The Trinity United Church (41 Market St. N.) will host its Indoor Mega Sale from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will also be barbecue food available for purchase. - The Heritage House Museum (11 Sly’s Rd.) will host a genealogical workshop to help people trace their family roots. Preregistration is required. Cost is $20, if registered by May 9, or $25 if registered by May 12. For more information, call 613283-6311, or email - The Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) will host an open house and garage sale, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Lanark Animal Welfare Shelter on Glenview Road. Donations are welcome. Items can be dropped off before May 14. SATURDAY, MAY 14 - The Heritage House Museum (11 Sly’s Rd.) will host a free antique, tin toy appraisal from noon to 4:30 p.m. The appraisal is part of the A Kid at Heart exhibit that runs until May 29. For more information, call 613-283-6311, or email heritagehouse@ SUNDAY, MAY 15 - The Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 will host its Main Street Jamboree, with live music from 1 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will take place at 5 p.m. Entertainers are no charge. Spouses and children aged 12 and under are $6. Everyone else is $12. There will be share the wealth ticket draws and free dinner draws.

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Talking you in, talking you out: A Life Watch Show set for Studio Theatre May 14 DESMOND DEVOY

Dan Yashinsky actually takes it as a compliment when people compare his music to that of William Shatner. “I am honoured by that connection,” said a Yashinsky with a big laugh, during a telephone interview from his Toronto home. Fans of the Star Trek hero are familiar with Shatner’s limelighting music career, where he sing-talks his way through collaborations with the likes of Ben Folds. Yashinsky is quick to point out that his own musical collaboration with jazz guitarist Brian Katz, coming to stages in Lanark County this month, are certainly different. “It’s told in rhyme, set to music,” Yashinsky said of his performance Talking You In: A Life Watch, which details the semi-autobiographical, first-person tale of watching over, and talking to his son in the neo-natal intensive care unit (NICU) shortly after he was born 19 years ago. “We had to create this art form to tell the story,” said Yashinsky. The closest precedent he can relate his show to is a type of medieval street opera, in which music was integral to the tale. “Half the time, you don’t even notice the music,” said Yashinsky. “The piece is scored but there is an element of improv in the show,” but he added that it helped that he and Katz have been friends for more than 30 years, and so they can read each other quite well, onstage and off. It was storytelling that first brought them together, when Yashinsky organized 1,001 Nights of Storytelling in Toronto’s Kensington Market in 1978, based on the

Arabian Nights tales. While his story looks at the emotional toll such an experience has on the parents and children, “I also interviewed a lot of parents and doctors,” he said. His own son’s name is never mentioned in the piece, something Yashinsky ran by his son as he was writing. Yashinsky agreed with his son that, “family and stage should never come too close together.” The performance’s title comes from a coping mecha-

nism used by parents in the NICU wards for talking to their children. “I’m going to talk you in,” Yashinsky said to his son. “I’ll talk you in the way an air traffic controller talks to a frightened passenger who has to land a plane on their own.” Yashinsky was told by his wife to speak to his son, to tell him some of the stories he loved so much to tell. “I don’t want his first words to be beep, beep, beep,” said Yashinsky’s wife. “That’s the mother tongue of the NICU.” Yashinsky and Katz have performed this play before for the medical staff at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto as part of their training, and they have played for the National Perinatal Association conference in Washington, D.C. “With a medical audience, they’ve been on the other side,” said Yashinsky. But doctors and nurses can be parents too. One nurse who saw their performance approached Yashinsky after the house lights went up and told him how she too had stayed with her child in the NICU ward. “That’s the first time I’ve been able to cry about my child’s birth,” she told Yashinsky. “When was your son born?” he asked. “Twenty years ago,” she replied. Talking You In: A Life Watch, will play in Smiths Falls on Friday, May 13 at the Station Theatre (63 Victoria Ave.). For tickets, call 613-485-6434, online at or in person at Spotlight on the Rideau, 39 Chambers St., 613-284-4141. There will also be a show in Perth, on Saturday, May 14 at Studio Theatre (63 Gore St. E.). For tickets, call Tickets Please, 39 Foster St., 613-485-6434, online at Performances start at 7:30 p.m. and are $18 in advance, $20 at the door.




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Partial fundraiser for local Paralympic running hopeful

FRANKTOWN – For a race named after Franktown’s low-profile, the annual Where’s Franktown? race is certainly putting the village on the radar screens of the running community. “We’ve had a tremendous turnout from all levels, from power walkers to marathon runners,” said Betsy Simpson, a former principal at Calvary Christian Academy, and race director. “It’s an ideal little location…Our course is considered flat and safe.” Simpson is predicting that this year’s race will attract between 600 and 700 runners, up from last year’s attendance of 471. That doesn’t include the 89 volunteers that made the day run smoothly last year. Just as Franktown sits in the ideal middle of the Perth-Richmond-Smiths Falls-Carleton Place square, so too does it sit well on the calendar of local runners, coming just three weeks before the National Capital Race Weekend. Other athletes that value running as part of the sport – namely, soccer players – are bringing their teams to run on roads instead of the soccer pitch this year. “People like the race because it is family-friendly,” said Simpson. Coming as it does on the Mother’s Day

Photo by Desmond Devoy

Runners psyche themselves up for the start of the 5 km race on Church Street, one of the many races in last year’s Where’s Franktown? Run. weekend, a family from Maine always comes up from down south to take part, as does a family from Montreal. The races also include free child care. “You can run your race and not have to worry and you won’t have to worry about the cost,” said Simpson. This year’s race will be held on Saturday, May 7. The race consists of a 15 km, 10 km, 5 km and 1 km family fun run/walk. The races begin at 9:30, 10 and 10:10 a.m. The main start-finish line is

at Church Street in the village. A barbecue and awards ceremony will take place after the races have finished at 11:15 a.m. at the Calvary Christian Academy. Participants get a homemade wooden medal and fudge when they cross the finish line. To register, or for more information, please visit . While the majority of the proceeds from the race go to fund the school and its activities, about 10 per cent of the profits will go towards sponsoring local blind runner Noella Klawitter. Simpson is planning a fundraising race for Klawitter this coming fall in Pakenham. Students at the May 7 run will also be selling Go Noella Go hats as part of the fundraising drive for the runner, who is striving to represent Canada at the Paralympics in London, England, next year. Last year, the race raised $30,000, with sponsorships. The race was inspired about seven years ago not only as a fundraiser, but as an end-of-the-year event for the school’s mandatory running club. “You have to make a choice to stay active. You have to think,” said Simpson. The kids run “in pretty much all weather,” said Simpson. “They don’t like it,” added Simpson. “They complain all the way.” But they are spurred on three times a



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Where’s Franktown? Run putting village on runners’ radar

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One of the smallest runners in the children’s run at last year’s Where’s Franktown?” run pours on the speed as he prepares to cross the finish line on Irvine Street. week not only by their teachers but by the running club’s motto – Because I Can.

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Smiths Falls This Week - MAY 05 2011


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May 5, 2011