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Friday, April 3, 2009

Vol. 09 No. 14


by Brad Holden C l e a r v i e w To w n s h i p Council provided some official reaction to Ontario’s proposed Green Energy Act Monday night in the form of a request for a detailed review of the legislation by its own staff. The resolution, moved by Councillor Thom Paterson and seconded by Councillor Roger McGillvray, gives some idea of the complex issues surrounding the Act. Here it is, verbatim: “Whereas the Province has tabled Bill 150, to enact the Green Energy Act, 2009 in support of its vision for a greener Ontario economy and a culture of conservation; and “Whereas the purpose of the Act is to promote the development and use of renewable energy resources, to encourage the use of less energy, to create jobs and to fight climate change; and (See “Council” on page 7)

A Packed House and a Heck of a Show Last Sunday’s Creemore Skating Carnival, the 40th anniversary edition, was a thoroughly enjoyable and professional affair, from these intermediate skaters line dancing to “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney to the grand finale featuring former skaters of the Creemore Skating Club. For more pictures, see page 8 and be sure to visit for a full-colour slideshow.

A Renovated Islay Echo Briefs Miniature Horse 4-H Park for Duntroon

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Delivered in Style Everyone curled in their costumes at the Creemore Curling Club’s annual Hot Shots party last weekend, but no one demonstrated a better textbook delivery than Gord Fuller wearing a hula skirt – and not much else! For more pictures, including the curling and costume winners, see page 10.

by Brad Holden Duntroon’s Islay Park will get a substantial facelift this summer, especially if Clearview Township and a group of community fundraisers have their way. Nottawasaga Hall Board chair Jim Campbell is heading up the community effort to upgrade the park, and on Monday night he brought Clearview Council up to date on the work that’s been done to date by residents and Township staff. Islay Park, situated to the south and west of the Nottawasaga Hall, was established in 1934 as part of Duntroon’s 100th anniversary celebrations. This year, the park will turn 75 and the community will turn 175. For many years, and as recently as the mid-1990s, the park was home to a thriving baseball league. Both Mayor Ken Ferguson and Councillor Orville Brown offered their memories of the park after Campbell’s presentation. (See “Duntroon’s” on page 5)

The Georgian Triangle Miniature Horse 4-H Club began its second year of operation with a meeting in March. The group elected an executive, but is still looking to welcome new members. If you want more information or are interested in joining, contact Gloria White at 428-2305.

Earth Hour Results According to Collus Power, the load for Clearview Township dropped 10.36 per cent during last Saturday’s Earth Hour compared to the previous Saturday at the same time. In Stayner, the load dropped 9.91 per cent and in Creemore, the load dropped 11.42 per cent. Provincially, the load dropped about 6 per cent during the hour.

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Editorial A Windy Situation We’ve had a feeling for a long time that wind power was going to be the next big thing. Back in the Alliance days, the Echo office was filled daily with passionate people making heated arguments, and the province’s proposed Green Energy Act, coupled with news of a wind project moving on to the Environmental Screening stage in Maple Valley, has had the same result. The Echo would like to concede a few points, mainly to put a stop to people who for some reason assume we’re on the side of those who’d like to fill the former Nottawasaga Township up with turbines. First of all, there’s no question in our mind that the Green Energy Act, while filled with good intentions and great potential in many areas, is toeing or even crossing the line when it comes to our own, and our municipality’s, rights. Clearview Township and their peers need to stand up while they still can and make sure they retain a say in what goes on within their borders. And citizens are right to protest, to let their politicians know they are concerned. The fact that the proposed Act pays little attention to health issues is also not right, especially when, as Rosemary Mesley demonstrated last weekend, there is no shortage of accredited scientists out there with serious concerns about what happens to people when they’re forced to live in close proximity to wind turbines (see our story on page 6). The issue of the Niagara Escarpment is also a serious one. We’re blessed with Ontario’s finest landscape running right beside our village, and the NEC has been a fine steward of these lands for more than three decades. To take away these powers and jeopardize an area that makes up just 0.2 per cent of Ontario’s land inventory is

not something that should be done hastily, if at all. Here’s where we have a problem, though. When people start arguing against wind power on the basis of economics, something feels a bit wrong to us. If we keep using the cost of non-renewable energy as the benchmark when considering renewables, we’re going to be stuck burning oil until the last drop is sucked out of the ground. We’ve heard a few times over the past couple of weeks (including from Councillor John Crispo, who made a speech at Council) that Denmark and other European countries are rethinking their wind turbines. But an admittedly brief survey of the Internet reveals that as an untrue statement. Denmark, a leader in green energy and wind power since the early 80s, recently committed to building 200 to 300 more turbines over the next two years. They have had problems cutting back their coalfired plants, but that’s because they’re marrying old technology (coal) to new (wind). And they have had second thoughts, but only enough to realize they need to retrofit their coal plants so they can power down when the wind is blowing. They remain as committed to wind and renewable energy as they’ve always been. When Denmark started down this path back in the 80s, they used things like subsidies and loan guarantees and preferential prices – the very things that Crispo now rails against as being counter-economic. But it’s working in the long run. It just takes commitment and vision. The other important point is that Denmark is building most of its turbines offshore – at a price, but thus avoiding many of the problems that were rightly brought up at last weekend’s meeting. A complicated subject, indeed. The Echo promises to keep providing as many views as possible on the subject. And John, we realize that you’re an economics professor from way back, so if you’d like to debate this further, by all means please pay us a visit.

Opinion & Feedback Letter to the Editor, I don’t live in Creemore, but I like it here. But as I was walking down the street, it was awful to see so many butts, around the parking lots, restaurants and businesses, the Legion and arena. Children are picking up half-burned ones. I even saw a man bend down and pick up a partly smoked one. They have all kinds of smoking laws. I think they should have one requiring people to take their butts home. Lois Holt Creemore Echo 3 Caroline St. W., Box 1219 Creemore, ON L0M 1G0 (705) 466-9906 Fax: (705) 466-9908 2009 WINNER Email: Publication Agreement # 40024973 Return undeliverable Canadian addresses to the above address 2007 WINNER

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To the Editor of the Creemore Echo: I am writing as a resident of Clearview Township, a concerned citizen, a health care professional and an environmentalist. For the past 28 years I have been practising as a family physician. I hold a Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety. I have sat on the Environmental Health Committee of the College of Family Physicians of Ontario, and am a member of three well established environmental organizations, as well as CONE. I feel compelled to offer my views on industrialscale wind farms, especially after the enlightening meeting on March 29 at the Station on the Green. For many years in my practice I have seen the consequences of putting aside the precautionary principle in relation to the determinants of people’s physical and mental health, and I fear that wind farms will have far-reaching impacts on humans and other lifeforms as the story unfolds over the years. Unfortunately, most of us will not be around by then to say “I told you so.” And even if we were, there would be no satisfaction in it. But we can point to the skepticism of those who, until only a few decades ago, maintained that asbestos did not cause adverse health effects, and then we can look at the cases of mesothelioma (a lethal form of cancer) whose only cause is... asbestos. And we can look at how cynical we were about “second-hand smoke,” and now, not only are we aware of its harmful effects, we are becoming increasingly aware of third-hand effects as well. And for fifty years the tobacco industry itself already had known of the risks of first- and second-hand smoke. Cynical, you say? Or realist. And dare I mention thalidomide, and mercury, and non-ionizing radiation from transmission lines? Do we have to wait for more painful and tragic stories like the one we heard at the meeting this past weekend, before we listen and act? Or is it once again a case of “hysterical females” whose views don’t count? I guess that it would be easy to imagine that these symptoms are just the imaginings of an anxious patient. In fact, it is possible that some of my downtown Toronto patients who live near a wind turbine may have visited me and complained of hearing loss or dizziness or insomnia, without my considering that they might have “wind turbine syndrome,” since it’s not described in any medical books or journals that I’m yet aware of. Clearly,


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Discover Mansfield Contact us to try us out for a day! (705) 435-3838 (800) 461-1212 Mansfield, Ontario health care professionals need to be educated to ask important questions, like “how close do you live to a wind turbine?” Remember Gulf War Syndrome? Or as they called it in the First World War, shell shock? It is now recognized as post-traumatic stress disorder. I can’t help but wonder if some people who are being exposed to the repetitive noise and vibration of wind farms are now also suffering from PTSD, also known to manifest after any kind of repetitive trauma. Many of the health effects are similar to what we heard described today at the Station. Changes in mood, cognition, concentration; anxiety, dizziness, insomnia... and then add that many of the worst effects take place during the night when we should be sleeping. But there are other potential health effects from wind farms that were not mentioned today. There is the issue of electromagnetic fields, which augment significantly when turbine generators are grouped together. What effects might these have? Studies done in the 80s and 90s in Sweden found higher incidences of certain cancers in people living within a certain radius of electromagnetic fields, particularly in children. Indeed, children are always at more risk than adults from environmental hazards. I have grave concerns that the studies being commissioned and adduced by the proponents of wind farms seriously underestimate the negative impacts on the health of humans and non-human organisms. Furthermore, insufficient notification has been given to those living within the so-called “study areas,” compromising their ability to respond before the results of the proponents’ studies are made public. How can the process be considered transparent and democratic when people like ourselves were not informed that they were part of the study cohort? These are my immediate thoughts after leaving the meeting on March 29. There should be a moratorium on the development of new wind farms until significantly more information is brought to light and placed under full public scrutiny. Respectfully yours, Debbie Honickman, MSW, MD FCFP, DOHS, Clearview Township

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Community Calendar This Weekend Friday, April 3 • Join us at Creemore Echo for our Annual Birthday Party/Open House from 10 am to 4 pm. Drop in for a piece of cake & a chat! • Fish & Chips at Affairs Cafe & Bakery from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm & 5 to 7 pm. Dine in or take out. Each Friday through the Lenten Season. • Opening Reception for Group Art Exhibit “Senses” at Ridge West Gallery, Guthrie, Ontario from 6 to 9 pm featuring local artist, Sue Miller along with various artists from the Simcoe County area. Exhibit runs until June 27, 2009. • Youth Dance at the Nottawasaga Community Hall, Duntroon from 7 to 9:30 pm. All ages up to Grade 8 welcome. $7 admission, snacks and soft drinks. Music and lighting by DJ Ryan.

Call 445-9550 for more details. • Pick-up Basketball tonight (& again on April 17) this month from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at Nottawasaga & Creemore Public School. For males & females ages 13 to adult. No charge. For more info call Laura at 466-6844. Friday, April 3 & Saturday, April 4 • Mad & Noisy Gallery Exhibit “From Mary’s Garden to Newfoundland...”. New works from the studio and plein air easel of John David Anderson Reception with the artist: Friday, April 3, 7 to 9:30 pm & Saturday, April 4 from 2 to 4 pm. Exhibit runs through until April 27, 2009. Saturday, April 4 • Grand Opening of Edenvale Cafe, 5195 Hwy

26 E, Stayner at the Edenvale Aerodrome. All day breakfast & lunch. Drop in & see us. • Curiosity House welcomes Ann Pearse Davidson to the Gallery. Ann is a Collingwood resident, certified Art Therapist & accomplished artist in acrylics. Reception from 2 to 4 pm. • Blue Mountain Foundation for the Arts presents its 29th Annual Juried Art Show at the Collingwood Library, 100 2nd St., Collingwood. The show runs from to April 28th. Sunday, April 5 • See Palm Sunday church services on page 7. • Pancake Breakfast at Sunnidale Corners Hall from 8 am to 1 pm. Hungry man $8, adults $5, children under 10 $3, preschoolers free. Proceeds to hall maintenance.

Upcoming Events Monday, April 6 • Spa Party. Spa services offered include manicures, pedicures, massage, reflexology, even waxing, to name a few. At 1 Jardine Crescent. Call (705) 466-3372 or (705) 4663673 to book an appointment. • Clearview Township’s Council Meeting at 7 pm at the Council Chambers. Tuesday, April 7 • Come play the Transformation Game! Have fun & gain valuable insights into an issue important to you. Tuesdays in Creemore from 10 am to 1 pm today, April 14 & 28 and from 7 to 10 pm on April 7 & 21. $10 introductory spring rate. Facilitated by Shelley Hannah, spirit-based life coach. Call (519) 925-5469. Wednesday, April 8 • Attention all Creemore area businesses. A new networking group called Creemore Business Networking Association (CBNA) will be having our 1st monthly meeting at Just Push Play Arcade 5 Francis St, East (behind Foodland) from 8:30 to 9:30 am. This is a free and fun networking group open to all Creemore area businesses including home-based. All you need do is bring your business cards and prepare a 30-60 second infomercial to promote your business. For more information contact Michelle Zorychta 466-6668 or Kate Steer Ceccarelli 466-6505. Wednesdays, April 8 and 15 • Broadcaster Rick Phillips explores “The Great Conductors” at Grace Tipling Hall, Shelburne from 10 am to noon. Presented by Dufferin Arts Council. Tickets are $20 per lecture available at Curiosity House. Wednesday, April 8 and Thursday, April 9 • Easter Egg-stravaganza at Simcoe County Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 pm each day. $2. Enjoy games such as Show Me The Bunny & Bowling for Bunnies, make an Easter craft & even become a bunny for the evening. 1151 Highway 26, (705) 728-3721 Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 12 • Easter Church Services. See page 7. Friday, April 10 • Good Friday. Creemore Echo will publish on Thursday this week. Saturday, April 11 • Creemore Farmer’ Easter Market at Station on the Green from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm.

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• Creemore Tennis Club Registration today at the Creemore Farmers’ Market at Station on the Green. • Monthly Story Hour at Curiosity House Books from 10:30 to 11:15 am. Children from 18 months to 6 years welcome. Listen to a story & do an Easter craft. Call (705) 466-3400 for more details. Monday, April 13 • Easter Monday. Creemore Echo will be closed today. Friday, April 17 • Creemore Curling Banquet & Awards Night at Station on the Green. Social hour from 6 to 7 pm. Roast beef dinner at 7 pm. $20 tickets available at Creemore Echo. Saturday, April 18 • Mom to Mom Sale at Station on the Green from 8:30 am to noon. Re-use & recycle your children’s clothing & toys. Call Marcy to book a table at 466-3690. Single $15, double $25. • Know-It-All Ball at Duntroon Community Hall, 9025 Cty Rd 91. An evening of trivia & fun. Bar opens at 6 pm, questions commence at 7 pm. Prizes, contests, “Rocket Round”, 50/50 Draw, Silent Auction. Tickets are $5 per person, 8 people per table maximum but individuals & tables less than 8 are welcome. Bring your own snacks. For info & booking call Deb at (705) 445-7681. Donations to Silent Auction graciously appeciated. • Engagement Party for Cindy Moore & Stephen Berry MacIntosh at Station on the Green from 8 pm to 1 am. Tickets available at door. Saturday, April 18 & Sunday, April 19 • Get Growing 10th Annual Creemore Garden & Home Show at Creemore Arena. Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. 80+ exhibitors. Live seminar presentations. • Giant 2 Day Indoor Silent Auction hosted by Creemore Tree Committee at Creemore Home & Garden Show at Creemore Arena. Bidding from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday & from 10 am to 3:30 pm on Sunday. Proceeds to support the planting of a row of shade trees at the Creemore Fire Station. For more details or to donate call Diane at (705) 466-3126 or Cathy at (705) 466-2966. Sunday, April 19 • Ken Weber Speaker Series: The Naughty Nineties–1890s starting at 2 pm. Restrictions against women were turned upside-down in the Naughty Nineties, when the first thrust of feminism occurred since biblical times. And Canada led the

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way. Museum members $5; non-members $10. Limited seating, purchase your tickets by credit card or interac by calling the Museum. For more details, please contact the Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Hwy 89 & Airport Rd. Information or ticket reservations 705-435-1881 or 1-877-941-7787. Friday, April 24 • Dufferin Circle of Storytellers presents an evening of stories & live music in Corbetton Church at Dufferin County Museum & Archives, Hwy 89 & Airport Rd. Storytelling in the Church begins at 7 pm. Accompanied by live music with Gary Corlett and his saxophone. Refreshments follow in the Museum. $10 per ticket available at Curiosity House. Dufferin County Museum and Archives, Hwy 89 & Airport Rd. Information or ticket reservations 705-435-1881 or 1-877941-7787. events@ Saturday, April 25 • Annual Fisherman’s Breakfast and Bake Sale at Dunedin Village Hall from 7 to 11 am. Come & enjoy a traditional breakfast & buy a tasty treat at our famous bake sale. This event is a fundraiser for the hall. • Fish Fry at Centennial United Church, Stayner from 4:30 to 7 pm. Delicious fish fillets are cooked right at the church by Tom Howell. Entertainment while you wait. Adults $12.50, children 6 to 12 $6, under 6 free. Everyone welcome. Thursday, April 30 • Dr. James Orbinski, Humanitarian Activist, speaks on “Equity & Global Health” at Craigleith Ski Club at 7 pm. Tickets $10 at Crow’s Nest, Collingwood until April 16. Presented by Georgian Triangle Lifelong Learning Institute Saturday, May 16 • Canada’s most beloved acappella ensemble The Nylons welcomes a special guest, Elizabeth May, in a one-of-a-kind celebration of nature in song and spoken word. Voices for Nature is a co-presentation with Georgian Triangle Earth Day Celebrations. 7:30 pm at the The New Life Brethren in Christ Church, Collingwood. Ticket and information available at www. 1-888-283-1712 and at Curiosity House Bookstore.

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There were 60 people so mean next time! The out for cards today. Bob hidden score was 166, and Veale introduced, and we Audrey Tidd’s (“our little welcomed, newcomers Audrey”) score matched John Van Voorst, Marie that number, so she won Beardon, Caroline $23. This prize starts at $5 Sheaves and Ruby Klinck. again next week. Sylvia Actually, Ruby is a first We had birthday cards GALE cousin to Jim, Elsa and and a song for Doreen Winston Ferguson, and Murray, Barb Cudmore so will be a 3rd or 4th, or “shirttail” and Dave Smith, and I understand cousin of mine, although she might that Dave and Charlie Tidd both not want to admit to that! Bob also passed their written driving test. announced that we will be having a Well done! catered lunch at Dunedin on April 16, There was a very well attended and we noted that Wilma Zeggil has funeral for Mary Lou Rawn this week. returned from the sunny south. Both her family members and Gertie After a couple of cute jokes by Gowan gave beautiful eulogies, with Edith, the 50/50 draws went to several touching poems. Gertie went Janice Stephens, Ron Hartley, on to give a short resume of Mary Sheila Fenton (2), Audrey Tidd, Lou’s life since Gertie first knew Lucy Young, Norma Johnston and her some forty years ago. Lou was Bert Douglas. the “fast” pitcher and Gertie was Moon shots were played by what the “slow” pitcher on the Creemore seemed like half the hall, but those Ladies Ball Team, and each in her actually successful were: Marge unique way was very good. Our team Douglas, Doreen McDermid, Irma in our homemade bleached sugar bag Workman, Warren Gale (2), Bert uniforms had no reason to hang our Douglas, Mary Underhill, Marion heads. We played in a fairly large Kelly, Eileen Nash, Lucy Young, league, and held our own against Pat Winger, Joan Monaghan, Dave them all. Mary Lou was also quite Smith and Mercedes Veinot (2). So active in tennis, curling, etc, and on Mercedes got the travelling prize and one of the forays where they all made Warren got the Sidewinder’s (I almost big hats to go curling in Cookstown, wrote Moonshiner’s – now where did Gertie mentioned later that she had that come from?) dollars. missed naming Linda Dunstan as High scorers – all over 300 this week one of the team. – were Dave Smith with a whopping After the service there was a lovely 376, followed by Warren Gale 313 luncheon provided by the Anglican (You could tell that Dave and Warren Church Ladies, which gave everyone were going to have good scores as a chance to socialize. We all want they tallied 105 in one game), Thelma to express our deepest sympathy to Lightheart 306 and Sylvia Gale 303. husband Reg, sons Jimmy and Joey Low was John Van Voorst with 79, and their wives, and to grandchildren which was not a very nice way on our Spencer and Miranda and to Lou’s part to treat a first time guest. Likely sister Betty and many of Lou’s if you come back, John, we won’t be good friends on the loss of a wife,

mother, grandmother, sister and friend on Lou’s untimely passing. Also deep sympathy goes out to Irene Scott and her family on the loss of husband, father and grandfather John Scott of Stayner. We also heard that Bruce Poole from Collingwood died recently. Many of you will remember Bruce and his band that played for dances at many of the halls in the area. Collingwood had a wealth of musicians that played around here, and local gal Lois Priddle married Jimmy Seymour, who many of you will remember singing and playing his guitar. Our hopes for a quick recovery goes out to Claude Rowbotham, brother of Senior’s members Barb Cudmore, Marion Kelly and Norma Johnston, and also a get well quick to George McGillivary of New Lowell who has been having problems with one eye. I must say that I fully agree with Al Clarke’s well-researched, twopart article in the Echo about global warming. He has written it in an easy to understand way that basically says, “Don’t be an idiot with poor Planet Earth, but don’t blow a gasket (yet)” over all the hype about global warming because this planet has been there before, and always found a way back to what we consider normal. But I do wonder why he is “wondering if cougars are afoot in Clearview Township,” when I thought their presence here was a foregone conclusion after seeing the “Lirpa Loof” picture two years ago! Recently I received a surprise letter from Sylvia Pether (Swan), a gal I went to school with and then sort of lost track of many years ago. She is

suggesting that we write to her, and she will compile our “news” into a newsletter. A heck of a good idea, but the question is – where to start and where to stop writing when you start at sixty some years down the line. Sylvia was a grade or so ahead of me, and she will remember that Sylvia was a pretty common name at that time. There was Sylvia Thompson, S. Pether, S. Bishop, S. Knox and S. Jordan, all in school at the same time. Sylvia is interested in our lives and our memories of Creemore many years ago. For instance, she mentions the train coming into Creemore everyday at 12 noon and then again at 4 pm. Many people met most of the trains, just to see who was coming in and who was going out of town. Creemore had a population of about 700 at that time (and for years after), and everybody literally did know everyone else. I’m sure I’ll have more on the Newsletter project over time. Sylvia and her husband Alan Swan are coming home to Creemore from Elliot Lake for the School Reunion. Ben and Effie Broderick should be in from Maple Creek, Sask., and with many others (Len Dent, are you listening?) we should all have a hoot. We all want to wish the Echo a very happy 8th Birthday, with special good wishes to “the little paper that grew up in Creemore” for putting up with some of our nonsense – and double good wishes for Brad (and Craig before him!), who catches my misspelling of people’s names. But who ever heard of Cindy being spelled Cyndy – or Connie being spelled Koni?

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Duntroon’s park set for facelift on 75th birthday (Continued from page 1) Owned by the Duntroon Women’s Institute for many years, the park was transferred to the Township in 2002, with a clause in the deed stating that “said lands are to be used solely for the use and benefit of the people of the Community of Duntroon and vicinity.” This year, the Township has plans to live up to that clause, with $62,000 aimed at the park in this year’s municipal budget. Fifty thousand of that will go towards creating a 48-car parking lot next to the hall (currently, patrons have to park on the busy County Road 91) and $12,000 will go toward sidewalks linking the parking lot, the hall and the intersection of County Roads 91 and 124. The community group, with the Township’s support, has also applied for a $25,000 Ontario Hydro grant aimed at the development and reconstruction of community parks. That money, if accessed, would go toward upgrading the park’s aging play equipment. Campbell’s group has also raised more than $5,000 through a series of community fundraisers and has plans for many more events, including a youth dance this Friday, April 3 and the hall’s annual Know-It-All Ball on Saturday, April 18 (see the Community Calendar on page 3 for more information about both events). The project has tremendous buyin from local business, starting with Campbell himself, who holds a Master of Architecture degree and is the principal of Duntroon-based Rockside Campbell Design, Inc. Also heavily involved so far has been land surveyor Martin Knisley, who volunteered his staff and time to produce a survey of the park that formed the basis of the design site plan. Campbell also has “letters of intent” to contribute from both Walker Aggregates and B&R Geothermal. The latter has proposed some sort of a deal on geothermal loops, which Campbell

The three-phase plan for Duntroon’s Islay Park includes a full-size soccer pitch, wooded mountain bike trails and a stage built onto the side of the Nottawasaga Community Hall. Clearview Township is partnering with the Duntroon community to get the bulk of the work done this year. told Council could be installed under the baseball diamond while the park is dug up and would then provide the hall with affordable heating and cooling throughout the next century. As for the diamond itself, it will likely be restablished during the project’s second phase, and will be moved further to the south to make room for the parking lot. By removing a section of the park’s woodland (a jack pine plantation planted by school children and volunteers in the 1930s) there will be room made for a fullsized soccer pitch as well. Farther into the future, Campbell anticipated the remaining forest could be home to mountain biking and cross-country running trails. He’d also like to see an outdoor stage built onto the west side of the hall someday.

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more than 100 names were collected. Council was supportive of Campbell’s presentation, and Public Works Deputy Director Steve Sage promised that a “strategy session with potential donors” would be held in the near future.



Friday, April 3, 2009

Crowd fills Station for wind turbine meeting by Craig Simpson Close to 200 people, including a majority of the members of Clearview Council, gathered at the Station on the Green Sunday morning for a public information session about wind turbines. To the credit of the program organizers, it was made clear from the outset that this meeting was going to feature qualified speakers and focus entirely on the negative arguments regarding this complex matter. The meeting was hosted by Wind Concerns Ontario, and the agenda consisted of: “Debunking Wind Energy Company Claims; Health Concerns Related to Wind Turbines; and a Wind Victim Video Presentation.” This is a far better way to produce an informative, orderly session than to promise an even-handed forum that inevitably turns into an irrational shouting match. It is expected that in the near future those favouring wind turbines will conduct a similar session putting forth their case. The opening speaker and meeting host was David White, a successful businessman and resident of Amaranth Township associated with Wind Concerns Ontario. White warned of

the “greenwashing” going on as the Province and those in the wind energy industry promote the spread of wind turbines throughout this rural area. He focused on two so-called myths. First, that the turbines make no more noise than a gentle breeze, and second that there is no evidence that they cause health problems to those in close proximity. White provided data showing the decibel levels at various distances from a turbine, which he acknowledged vary by how hard the wind is blowing. At the source a turbine produces up to 105 decibels, which is roughly equivalent to the sound of a rock band. These decibel levels decrease as distance from the turbine increases, but as “wind victim” Barbara Ashbee made clear in the video, they are still very loud within the legal distances to homes currently allowed by the Province. The second speaker was Carmen Krogh, who has had a distinguished career in various aspects of health care, including public health. Krogh presented a comprehensive picture of health issues and concerns from around the globe, citing the work of several prominent doctors and professors who have investigated the potential health

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problems associated with proximity to wind turbines. The health issue is tied directly to noise, not just that measured in decibels but also low frequency noise. The core symptoms are: serious sleep deprivation, ringing in the ears (the two most frequently cited), headaches, dizziness, unsteady balance, nausea, loss of cognitive functions, mood change and inner ear problems among those 55 and older. Currently, the Ministry of the Environment permits 55 decibels of noise to reach homes from fixed sources such as a wind turbine. By contrast, the standard for good sleeping is less than 30 decibels; and for concentration, such as required in a school or training location, is less than 35 decibels. Proximity is clearly the key issue here. In fact, Carmen Krogh cited various cases of people living close to turbines who developed symptoms, but then moved away permanently or temporarily and subsequently experienced relief from these symptoms. Krogh cited reports from Japan, New Zealand, and the United States where this health issue has become the subject of both public discourse and government action. For example, New Zealand has recently enacted some new standards on noise levels. Despite this activity, she indicated that

the wind energy industry’s position remains, “there is no clear evidence that proximity to turbines causes health problems.” As a veteran of public health issues, she said that this position reminded her of the stance taken by the tobacco industry for years. David White also talked briefly of the “myth” regarding the ability of turbines to reduce carbon dioxide levels. His key point was that 98% of carbon dioxide is produced naturally (livestock is a major source) and only 2% by humans and their activities. So producing so-called “clean energy” is not the problem; much more can be achieved through more prudent energy management and conservation. The rush by the Ontario Liberals to push through Bill 150 – The Green Energy Act – was criticized by both speakers. The act completely eliminates municipal governments from any participation in the process of locating wind turbines, and provides very limited ability for residents to appeal these decisions. Those in attendance were urged to contact their local, provincial and federally elected officials to register their concerns. A list of websites was provided as sources for additional information, and Rosemary Mesley at was identified as the local representative for Wind Concerns Ontario.

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Council asks staff to look at Green Energy Act (Continued from page 1) “Whereas, if passed, this sweeping new legislation will streamline the adoption of renewable energy projects; exempt renewable energy facilities from zoning bylaws, development permit regulations and official plans; limit rights of appeal to irreversible health and safety impacts; amend the Building Code to increase energy conservation; require the public sector, including municipalities, to develop energy conservation plans; mandate municipalities to consider energy conservation in their procurement and capital investment plans; mandate home energy audits prior to sale of homes; and provide opportunities for local communities to own and operate renewable energy projects; and “Whereas the Ministry of Environment and Infrastructure has concluded its 30-day public review and comment period and will now be referring this legislation to the Standing Committee on General Government for detailed consideration and more public meetings; “Be it resolved that Council requests Senior Management Staff to review the proposed Bill 150 and prepare a report to Council for further considerations. Furthermore, Staff is to be directed to prepare this report with the intent of submitting any concerns the Municipality may have with the Act to the Province on or before the April 22, 2009 deadline set by the Standing Committee.” In introducing the motion, Paterson told Council that he has personally put his name on the list of people requesting an audience from the Standing Committee, more as a placeholder than anything else

since the deadline for signing up has come and gone. He could represent Clearview, he said, should the staff review come back with some serious issues. Township planning director Michael Wynia put the motion in context before the vote, pointing out that being concerned about the Green Energy Act does not require taking a position against green energy. “This legislation is not about whether (green energy) is good or not,” Wynia told Council. “It’s about who gets to make the decisions and grant the approvals. The question is, do you want that role, or do you want to let the Province take it from you?” Dunedin resident Rosemary Mesley, who organized a community meeting last Sunday concerning the negative aspects of wind turbines, made an appearance in the public participation section of Monday’s Council agenda, during which she congratulated them for debating the Green Energy Act and asked to be kept in the loop about any proposed projects.

New Domain for Township Clearview Township will now use www.clearview. ca as its main Internet address, despite efforts by Councillor Doug Measures Monday night to convince Council that would be better. Up until now, the Township has been using www. as its main domain name but Council was informed Monday night that both of the aforementioned had become available. Measures made a motion that all three should be purchased and set up to point toward the Township website and that the longer name should be included on business cards

A Special Music Lesson The Glenn Gould School of Music’s Brass Quintet entertained children at the NCPS senior site last Friday before giving the school band a private lesson. Then, in the evening, the Quintet performed at St. Luke’s Anglican Church as part of the Gift of Music Concert series. Children and adults alike were enthralled by the youthful talent on display.

and marketing materials as the main address. But Measures’ view, that we are a Township and that should always be acknowledged, did not hold with the rest of Council. Both Councillor Shawn Davidson and Deputy Mayor Alicia Savage spoke in favour of the shorter domain, saying the less letters that need to be typed the better. Measures’ motion was eventually defeated 5-4, and a second motion by Councillor John Crispo, that all three domains be secured but that be the official address, then passed unanimously.

Public Works Tenders Council approved several large purchases Monday night, as the Public Works Department prepares for a season of road maintenance and upgrades. All were the result of fairly competitive tenders. The purchases are as follows: $269,935 for a new motor grader; $42,375 for two Ford pickup trucks (including tradeins); $113,791 for a new loader backhoe; $118,964 for this year’s maintenance gravel; $9,264 for a new zero-turn mower; $373,209 for this year’s A gravel; $793,583 for this year’s asphalt; $626,067 for the replacement of the Nottawasaga Concession 10 bridge; and $306.50 per tonne for this year’s dust suppressant.

Easter Church Services Sunday, April 5 Palm Sunday • Palm Sunday Service at 9 am at St. Jame’s Anglican Church, Clougher-Lisle. • United Church of Canada Palm Sunday Services – Avening United Church at 9 am, New Lowell United Church at 10:15 am & St. John’s United, Creemore at 11:30 am. • Palm Sunday Communion Service at 10 am at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunedin. • Palm Sunday Service at 10 am at St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church, Creemore. • Blessing of the Palms & Holy Eucharist at 11 am at St. Luke’s Anglican Church.

Thursday, April 9 Maundy Thursday

• On the night before He died, Jesus was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying. Jesus expressed disappointment in His disciples, saying, “Could you not watch with me one hour?” St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church, Creemore will be open between 5 and 10 pm for silent vigil. Pick the time of your choice & give to Jesus one hour. • Seder Supper with Potluck at 6 pm at St. Luke’s Anglican Church. • Maundy Thursday Communion at 7 pm at New Lowell United Church. • Maundy Thursday Communion at 7:30 pm at Stayner Brethren in Christ Church.

Friday, April 10 Good Friday Lauree & Bill Patrick are thrilled to announce the safe arrival of their first grandchild

• Good Friday Liturgy at 10 am at St. Luke’s Anglican • Good Friday Service at 10 am at St. James Anglican, Clougher-Lisle. • Good Friday Service at 10:30 am at Hope Acres Salvation Army • Good Friday Service at 11 am at St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church • Good Friday Service at 11 am at Avening United • Good Friday Service at 7 pm at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunedin.

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• Sunrise Communion Service at 7 am at Eagle Chapel. • Easter Breakfast at 8 am at St. John’s United • Early Service at 8 am at Hope Acres Salvation Army • Service at 9 am at St. James Anglican Church, Clougher-Lisle. • United Church of Canada Communion Services – Avening United Church at 9 am, New Lowell United Church at 10:15 am & St. John’s United, Creemore at 11:30 am. • Easter Continental Breakfast at 9:30 am at Stayner Brethren in Christ Church • Service at 10 am at St. Andrew’s Maple Cross Presbyterian Church, Creemore. • Service at 10 am at Knox Presbyterian Church, Dunedin. • Service at 10:35 am at Stayner Brethren in Christ Church • Service at 10 am at Salvation Army Hope Acres Community Church • Service at 11 am at Creemore Baptist Church • Holy Eucharist at 11 am at St. Luke’s Anglican



Friday, April 3, 2009

Original President Honoured at Carnival Verna Coker, the first president of the Creemore Skating Club, was this year’s recipient of the Jane Ivits Award for dedicated service, presented to her by Jane’s friends Kathy Dodd and Joy Weatherall (behind Verna) in front of darci-que’s impressive backdrop during the finale of Sunday’s 40th Annual Skating Carnival. Sitting beside Verna is Maureen Westbrooke. Enjoy more pictures of the carnival at

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It’s hard to believe that the Creemore Echo is now eight years old. During that time, it has evolved and grown into quite the community paper, one that many can’t wait to see in Elaine their mailbox every Friday. COLLIER From keeping up with the latest municipal news and events around town to tracking what’s going on with various community groups – political, business, social, artistic and otherwise – the Echo is our touchstone for all things Creemore-centric. Even reporting on the occasional local “dust-up” can make for an exciting read and shows there is more than one side to every story; sometimes there are even five or six! And last but not least, there is an amazing roster of contributors whose columns provide us with news, tips and reviews on just about everything under the sun: poetry, recipes, sports, spiritual matters, health, and so on. What a paper! By the time you read this, birthday party celebrations should be in full swing at the Echo office on Caroline Street. If you haven’t been before, you should make sure to drop in and meet the people who make the paper happen every week. Besides the usual lovely birthday cake and coffee, there is always a bumper crop of other treats, brought in by Echo friends for

everyone to enjoy. The recipe this week is one I will be dropping off at the Echo on Friday, so if you’d like a taste, get yourself over there! I decided to go the appetizer route this year since the dessert angle is so well covered. And before I head out to the party with my shrooms in tow, I would just like to say a big “Thank You” to Jim, Craig, Brad,

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Sara and Georgi for all your hard work to make the Echo what it is today. I like all of you guys so much I even named the recipe after you! Feedback is great and I would love to hear from you. Drop me an email at avalonclearview@sympatico. ca. Until next time, eat well, live well…

Echo Shrooms Serves 6 as Hors d’Oeuvres 20 fresh large mushrooms (2 to 3 inches across) - cremini or white will do 1 tablespoon bread crumbs, preferably fresh made 1 tablespoon Italian parsley, chopped fine 1 small garlic clove, minced 2 ounces proscuitto, finely chopped 1 1/2 tablespoons regular fat sour cream - do not use non-fat Pinch of salt Pinch of freshly ground black pepper 1 tablespoon white wine (or chicken broth if desired) 1 - 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese Preheat your oven to 400°. To prep the mushrooms: brush the mushrooms clean and trim off the rough ends. Remove the mushroom stems, chop finely and set aside in a large bowl. Place mushroom caps in a steamer basket over simmering water. Cover and steam for 3 minutes. Carefully remove the mushroom caps and drain on paper towels - they will have shrunk a lot but don’t worry about it. Prepping the mushrooms this way ensures the caps stay firm when baking rather than turning mushy in their own liquid. To the chopped mushroom stems, add the bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, proscuitto, sour cream, salt and pepper. Mix together gently until mixture resembles clumps. If the mixture looks too dry, add in another teaspoon or two of sour cream. Spoon the mixture into the mushroom caps and fill until rounded on top. Place the mushrooms in a single layer in a large baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with oil. Pour 1 tablespoon of wine around the edges of the dish. Sprinkle each mushroom cap with grated Parmesan cheese. Bake uncovered until golden, about 30 minutes. You can serve these warm or at room temperature.

Sports Stayner Curling Stayner’s Thursday night Competitive League has always included teams from Creemore, and this year the A Division Champions were this group from the Creemore Curling Club (l-r): Bob McLeod, Doug Macham, Neil Rowbotham and Steve Lindsay. Neil holds the Weedman Trophy, which was presented by Weedman owners Jane and George Lang.

Curling Winners Mixed Curling Teams in round three of the Mixed League compete for the Village Pharmacy Trophy, and this year’s winners were (l-r): Bruce Bish (second), Wendy Rowbotham (lead), Ernie Purkis (skip) and Rusty McArthur (vice).

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Curling Hot Shots The final event of the curling season is the Hot Shots event, which involves making a series of shots while wearing costumes – and mostly having fun. There is team and individual competion, for both the curling and the costumes. Marilyn Steed (left) won the individual curling award and got to wear the crown for the evening. The costume winners were the Hula Hotties, who actually went on to the ice in this gear. (l-r): Steve Morby, Gord Fuller, Doug Macham and Jim Bell. The Four Muskabeers also had some great costumes, but they actually won the team curling championship. (l-r): Donna Baylis, Steve Lindsay, Gord Miller and Neil Rowbotham. The club wishes to thank the Old Mill House Pub for sponsoring the night.

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The Classifieds FOR SALE 2005 FORD 500 silver. Estate Sale – older gentlemen. Clean, well-serviced vehicle. All-wheel drive, many options. 65,000 km. Certified. Asking $11,500. Call (705) 466-5063. 20 cases of new PRESERVING JARS. 8 oz. for $4 per case. Call 466-3260. WOOD SPLITTER. 11 hp with 34” opening. Unit is towable. Call Bruce Kidd at 466-6728. 250 new 6’ CEDAR FENCE POSTS. Min 4.5” diameter. Peeled & pointed. (705) 466-3023.

BUSINESS SPACE Newly renovated SPACE available at busy health care centre in Stayner. Perfect for health care providers seeking affordable, flexible & cooperative setting to establish long-term practice. Call Lisa Squire at 428-5438.

FOR RENT For rent. APARTMENT in Creemore. Call 466-5297. COMMERCIAL / INDUSTRIAL / STORAGE for rent. 1200 sq. ft. Francis Street East. $800 + utilities. 466-3731. VACANT FARMLAND for rent, McLaren Street, Avening. 466-3010. 3 bedroom HOUSE in Mulmur (County Rd 21 and 2nd Line E.). Large lot. $1000/ month plus utilities. No smoking, no pets. References including work and credit check. Available April 1st. First & last required. Call (416) 407-9767. COMMERCIAL SPACE for rent. 3 Caroline Street East. Excellent location. Call 466-3202 for details.

WORK WANTED Experienced HOUSE CLEANER is now taking clients in the Creemore area. References available. Call Lesley on (705) 424-2810.

VACATION RENTAL Planning your summer holiday? Don’t miss this opportunity to spend time with your family on a very private island COTTAGE. This if the first time this rental is being offered. To see the cottage go to



One stop DAYCARE on Brentwood Road in Angus. Two spots available. 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. Toddlers wanted. Register now for September. 3 to 1 ratio. Call (705) 424-4141.

KIRKPATRICK, Ruth Lillian (nee Patton) passed away at her home in Erskine, AB, surrounded by her loving family on Tuesday, March 19, 2009. Ruth was called home by the Lord in her 66th year. Beloved wife of Ralph Kirkpatrick, loving mother of Dan (Laura), Brian (Maureen) and Jim (Lorraine) of Sherwood Park and Leduc, AB. Cherished grandmother of Bret, Brooke, Maeve, Boyd, Arden, McKayla, Tatum and Nolan. Much loved sister of Mervin (Sheryl), Bill (Shelly), Oscar (Eva) and Don (Karen) Patton. Predeceased by her parents Claude and Cora Patton. She will be sadly missed by her many nieces & nephews and her many friends.

EASTER Give your Easter a Mediterranean flair. Handmade Spinach & Five Cheese Lasagne (serves 8) for $35. Pizza Rustica, Frittate Verde, Spanikopita & more from Bite Me! Fabulous Food Experiences. Call Charlene at 730-0515 to pre-order or visit us at the Creemore Farmers’ Easter Market at Station on the Green on Saturday, April 11.



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Thank you so very much. John & I want to express our sincere appreciation to so many wonderful people who have offered their support, kind words, and sent lovely cards during my recent illness. In particular, we want to thank my surgeon, Dr. Calvin Law of the Odette Cancer Centre at Sunnybrook Hospital who with a colleague successfully performed a very difficult surgical procedure for over 7 hours. To Dr. Lorna MacDougall and Dr. Scott Houston, who were always available when they were most needed for advice, medical care and much needed re-assuring words of support during some very stressful few months. We want to acknowledge our loving family and relatives who gave us so much love and moral support during some very trying times. A thank you would not be complete without mentioning our truly special & dedicated drugstore family: Anne, Anna, Sandy, Bonnie & Judy as well as our pharmacists Stan, Brian & Bryn, who are and will be working to cover for me during the next few months of my recovery period. Last and certainly not least, a huge thank you to our Creemore “family” of neighbours, dear friends and all of the wonderful customers of the drugstore. Their good wishes, kind thoughts, generous offers of help and their prayers make Creemore such a very special place to live. We are truly grateful to each and every one of you. Jean & John Smart

FULFILL YOUR DREAM. Learn how to ride with an Equine Canada Certified Coach in Glencairn. Outdoor lessons available weekends & evenings. Call (705) 466-3705.

THANK YOU The family of Dora Anderson wish to express their sincere thanks and appreciation to their many friends and neighbours for the flowers, cards, phone calls, food and visits to the funeral home on the passing of their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Special thanks to the staff of Riverwood Retirement Home for their care and concern for our mother where she spent the last year and a half. Thank you to John and his staff at the Thomas Funeral Home for their compassion and guidance and the delicious luncheon following the funeral. Bud, Grace, Helen, Murray & families Wayne Gordon & Jasmine Wilson would like to thank everyone for attending our Buck & Doe last Saturday at the Legion. We had a terrific time. Thanks especially to our parents & our wedding party for organizing this memorable event.

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Consignments of antique & modern tools – woodworking hand & power shop tools, Stanley tools, wooden planes, tool chests, carving & hobby tools, carpenter/joiner & barn framer, boat builder, blacksmith tools, anvils & forges, machinist tools, gunsmith, artists, household & garden tools, etc. Call the Auctioneer now to reserve space for your tools in this important sale. John Simpson Auctioneer 705-466-2207

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Financial Meltdown Humour The global financial mess has become a source of black humour. Since we can’t do anything about it, we might as well laugh about it. These jokes have been collected from some recent Jay Leno monologues. • The U.S. has made a new weapon that destroys people but keeps buildings standing. It’s called the stock market. • Do you have any idea how cheap stocks have become? Wall Street is now being called Wal-Mart Street. • Want to know the difference between a pigeon and a London investment banker? The pigeon can still make a deposit on a BMW. • The problem with banks’ balance sheets is that on the left side nothing’s right and on the right side nothing’s left. • I want to warn people from Nigeria who might be watching our show. If you get any emails from Washington asking for money, it’s a scam. Don’t fall for it. • Former President Bush was asked about the credit crunch. He said it was his favourite candy bar. • What worries me about the credit crunch is that if one of my cheques is returned stamped “insufficient funds,” I won’t know if that refers to mine of the bank’s.

NOTICE: Next week’s advertising and editorial deadline will be Monday at 5 pm, due to the fact we’re publishing the paper a day early.

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ANTIQUES AUCTION Saturday, April 4 @ 10am Creemore Legion Hall to feature Canadiana antique & 20thC modern furniture, estate glass & china, pressed glass, figurines, silver, paintings, prints, books, lighting, Persian rugs, general store items, crocks, clocks, toys, beer advertising, country primitives & collectibles, etc. Terms: Cash, cheque, Visa, MC, debit. 10% buyers premium.

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JOB OPPORTUNITIES The Township of Clearview Invites applications for the following position:

Roads Foreman Full-Time Job #09-01 POSTING DATES – Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – Tuesday, April 7, 2009


OMHA Champions’ Parade On the day after their championship game, the Creemore Atom Rep team got to join the Creemore Fire Hall in a parade down Mill Street to celebrate their provincial title.

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County of Simcoe Waste Management Info


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371 Hume St 247 King St (705) 445-4300 (705) 428-2920 1-800-661-4301 1-800-463-2920

County of Simcoe Waste Management Info 2009 HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE EVENTS

County of Simcoe Customer Service Centre (705)735-6901 1(800)263-3199 email:

County of Simcoe Customer Service Centre (705)735-6901 1(800)263-3199 email: Space provided through a partnership between industry and Ontario municipalities to support waste diversion programs.

April 3, 2009  
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