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Community News Volume 45 Issue 04

Drayton, Ontario

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Spaling, McGinn on pace for career years by Chris Daponte WELLINGTON CTY. Halfway through the National Hockey League season, county natives Nick Spaling and Jamie McGinn are both on pace for career years. As of Jan. 24, Spaling, originally from Drayton, had registered 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) for the Nashville Predators, to go along with 10 penalty minutes, 62 shots on goal and a plus-one rating. The 23-year-old’s 2011-12 point total surpasses his previous high of 14, which he tallied in 74 games last season. Fergus native Jamie McGinn, also 23, has similar stats thus far this season for the San Jose Sharks: 16 points (nine goals and seven assists), 17 penalty minutes, 78 shots and a plus-9 rating. McGinn, drafted in the second round (36th overall) in the 2006 NHL draft, leads the sharks with 100 hits and is also on pace to set a personal best in games played. In the 2009-10 season he played in 59 games, registering a careerhigh 13 points. This season he has played in every one of San Jose’s games, whereas he spent parts of the previous three seasons with

NICK SPALING the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester, Massachusetts. The career-high point totals for McGinn and Spaling are impressive considering both play primarily checking roles on their team’s third lines; McGinn on left wing and Spaling at centre. Spaling, drafted in the second round (58th overall) in the 2007 NHL draft, is third on the Predators in face-off wins

and has continued the trend he established in last season’s NHL playoffs - he is tied for second this season in Nashville for game winning goals. Spaling also has an impressive streak going: the Predators have yet to lose in regulation when he scores a goal (13-0-1, including playoffs). His play has earned the praise of coach Barry Trotz and also his teammates. “Even though he’s a young guy, he plays like an experienced player,� Predators goalie Pekka Rinne told the Nashville Tennessean earlier this season. “You can use him in almost any situation. He plays on the (penalty kill) and scores goals.� McGinn has also drawn considerable praise in San Jose. “We’ve really liked Jamie McGinn’s game this year,� Sharks coach Todd McLellan said in an interview last week with the San Jose Mercury News. “[He] goes down and works below the goal line and is strong against the boards. That’s his spot, that’s where he’s comfortable.� For more information on the two players visit http:// or http://

Building permits down in 2011

by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - A report from the township’s chief building official has shown building activity here decreased slightly last year. David Kopp’s Jan. 10 report showed the number of permits in 2011 was 278, compared to 306 in 2010. The estimated value of construction activity decreased

from $31.97 million in 2010 to $26.21 million. Consequently, the permit fees dropped from $241,278 in 2010 to $219,020 last year. There was a slight surge in single family dwelling permits in December, with seven, which brought the total number of houses constructed to 47. There were 99 agricultural building permits issued last

year, with an estimated construction value of $8.74 million. That brought in another $87,098 in permit fees. Another 49 permits were issued for single family dwelling accessories, and 30 more in that category for renovations and additions. Mayor Bruce Whale noted there were ten permits issued in Continued on page 8

Skaters capture ‘Capers’ gold - Rhythm On Ice, the synchronized skating team from Arthur that features several Mapleton Township skaters, recently brought home a gold medal from the Synchro Capers Invitational Competition event last weekend in Newmarket. Thirteen teams from across southern Ontario competed in the pre-novice level competition. submitted photo

Township defers decision on selling Rothsay road allowance by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - A shed that encroaches on a township road allowance is the driving force behind a request for a road closing and the land purchase for a Rothsay property owner. Mapleton council on Jan. 10 deferred a decision on the request by Ryan and Nicole Martin. They hold property at Lots 86, 87, 112, and 113 on Concession 14, off County Road 7 in the hamlet. Council had deferred its decision originally because a

poor quality map it received was inadequate to show the location of the shed and the unopened road allowance that is owned by the township. That road allowance is known as Nelson Street, and it runs from County Road 7 to another unopened road allowance to the north called Head Street. Nelson Street is to the east of the Martin holdings. It is 264 feet deep and 66 feet wide. Council heard that several years ago the Martins applied for and received a building permit for an accessory shed.

Township officials later learned the building encroached onto township property, something that would not be evident just looking at the undeveloped road. There are also some trees growing on it. Township chief administrative officer Patty Sinnamon said in an interview last week the Martins have asked to buy the road allowance to make the shed legal. “It makes sense to close it off and sell it to them,� she said. Continued on page 2

Council wrestles with difficulties from age old subdivision near Glen Allan by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - Old subdivisions can cast long shadows - even long before they are built. Council here is wrestling with one such proposal near Glen Allan. Nobody seems to know when it was created, or even how. Checkerboarding, or severing every second lot, is one possibility, and simply registering one with the township long ago before there were zoning rules is another. There are a number of such plans in Mapleton Township, some of them going back to the late 1800s. The one proposed for Sideroad 16 is one of them. That part of the road that runs north off County Road 45 to the west side of Glen Allan (just east of County Road 11) looks like a farmer’s lane -

because that is what it is. The problem for council is a plan of subdivision to the north, along the Conestogo River, which is hundreds of yards north of where the road abruptly stops to turn into a farmhouse. The land is Part of Lot 4, Concession 4. The township has been maintaining the short part of Sideroad 16 leading to the farmhouse. The rest, running to the subdivision, is through a field belonging to homeowner and farmer Carl Foell. Tim Martin has the subdivision lots north of that farm field, and is proposing to create two housing lots. He has to merge several lots proposed long ago because they are too small to meet current standards for septic systems. Martin’s other problem is those lots do not have any road

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frontage - another firm rule for being able to build a house. On Jan. 10, council had his proposal back for discussion but deferred any decision until chief administration officer Patti Sinnamon could obtain a legal opinion on the best way to proceed. Sinnamon said in an interview last week Martin has the option, like other developers, of opening up the entire Sideroad 16 leading to the two housing lots by building a road. But Martin told council he has no interest in that. Developers build roads for large subdivisions, but not for two lots, due to the high cost. There are other options. If council agrees to stop and close the road, it could declare the road allowance surplus property and sell it to Martin. Normal rules are that it would first be

offered to the adjacent property owners, but Martin said neither has any interest in that. When it comes to selling such land, Sinnamon said in a report to council “In terms of value, pursuant to the surplus lands policy, we do not obtain an appraisal for unopened road allowances, but rather the sale price is equal to the cost of survey legal fees, and disbursements and advertising costs.� She added, “The long-term benefit of transferring these lands into private ownership far outweighs the benefit to the municipality and retaining the land in our own inventory ( terms of property assessment and taxation).� Martin’s two house lots sit so one is located to the north of the other. The unopened portion of Sideroad 16 is 66 feet wide. One possibility is

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to create a lane on the west side, of 33 feet, which would run directly to the first house. Another lane 33 feet wide to the west of that would run past the first house and turn into the second house. Then, both properties could claim 33 feet of frontage on Sideroad 16 where Foell’s driveway ends. But that solution still creates problems. Several councillors have suggested it would be easiest to close that entire portion of the road. Yet it is doubtful Foell would be interested in losing his township road maintenance. Further, the township has been spending money on it. Plus, councillors have noted Foell would need to have an agreement in place to cover maintenance of what could become a driveway. If the township decides to

sell the portion beyond Foell’s driveway, the two lot owners would need a right of way agreement. Mayor Bruce Whale pointed out closing the entire road means it becomes a private laneway. Councillor Neil Driscoll said, “We talked about it last meeting. It would make it easier for everyone.� Martin told council, “My proposal is to keep it as it is. It’s close to a shed area� and someone could legally erect a fence that could again cause legal difficulties with access. He added he suspects Foell would not be pleased with a full gravel road through what is currently a field. Martin said, “I’m willing to make it work so it makes sense for all parties ... with minimal Continued on page 3

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Township defers decision on selling Rothsay road allowance

FROM PAGE ONE In her report to council she stated the sale price across Ontario for such transactions is usually the costs of the sale, including the required advertising of the property, legal fees and other disbursements, as well as survey costs. “Based on previous unopened road allowance transfers (11 since amalgamation in 1999), the total cost has been less than $5,000 and is generally borne by those receiving the lands.” If the township sells the lands, it can be taxed (now it gets no revenue from the land). Sinnamon added, “In this

instance, it is still my recommendation that the cost be shared on a 50:50 basis between the property owner and the municipality. An undertaking has been signed by the Martins to share in the cost.” In explaining the history of such road allowances, Sinnamon said in her report “The majority of unopened road allowances were created many decades ago (some as far back as mid-1880s) as in this case. They [were] created by a developer at the time and for whatever reason, the development did not proceed.” Sinnamon said there are lots to the north of the Martins’

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holdings, and Head Street is unopened there, but its extension to the west is a legal road and property owners in that area will not be affected by frontage issues if council closes Nelson Street. When asked if the property owner to the south of the Martins should also have an opportunity to buy half of the road allowance, Sinnamon said that is normal practice, but sometimes the laws do not fit the circumstances. In this case, the shed encroaches so far onto the road allowance that it covers over half the road width. If the township considers sideyard requirements, it makes no sense to sell to anyone other than the Martins. Nonetheless, council decided to delay a decision until it can consult the landowner to the east about the situation.

Big win - The Community Christian School (CCS) hockey team competed at the Guelph District Christian School Hockey Tournament in Fergus on Jan. 20. The CCS team, consisting of students in grades 5 to 8, won first place in the ‘A’ division against teams from Listowel, Dundas and Cambridge. Bailey DeVries scored with 1.8 seconds left in overtime to win the championship game. submitted photo

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DRAYTON - At a Skate Canada Test Day at the PMD Arena on Jan. 19, four skaters with the Drayton and District Figure Skating Club achieved a gold test medal, the highest test stream within the nationally-recognized figure skating organization. Julianne Burton and Rachel VanAnkum tested and passed their their gold tests in the skating skills discipline and Leah TenHoopen and Emily Burton passed the final gold test in the ice dance discipline. This is the second gold medal for Emily Burton, who previously achieved a skating skills gold medal. Burton, J. Burton and VanAnkum have all passed six Skate Canada skating skills tests, and Burton and TenHoopen have passed the required 21 test minimum in the ice dancing discipline. These accomplishments, as well as others for skaters, coaches, dance partners and parents of the Drayton and District Figure Skating Club will be recognized at the club’s awards banquet in April.

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Tree thanks - The Drayton Kinsmen managed to collect over 200 items for the local food bank during their annual Christmas tree collection campaign earlier this month. The Kinsmen would like to thank the community for its generous support. submitted photo

Township names committee members

by David Meyer MAPLETON TWP. - This community’s committees have been struck. Council endorsed a number of committees at its Jan. 10 meeting and the township has provided an entire list. Mayor Bruce Whale is a member ex officio of all committees. The parks, culture and recreation committee consists of: - councillors Jim Curry and Neil Driscoll; - staff appointments of the director of public works Larry Lynch or his designate and arena manager Sandra Good; and - citizen appointments Peg Schieck, Kelly Culp, Art Freeman, Lori Spaling, Carla Schott, Dave Geddes and Dennis Craven. The cemetery committee is: - councillors Mike Downey and Andy Knetsch; - clerk Patty Sinnamon, Lynch, or their designates; and - citizens Kathy Fowler, Spaling, and Jean Campbell.

The Alma hall management committee is: - Downey; and - director of finance Mike Givens and Lynch. The economic development committee is: - Downey and Knetsch; - Sinnamon; and - citizens Art Nieuwland, Liz Samis, John Mohle, Sharon Grose, Tyler Struyk and Donna Hirtle. The human resources committee is Curry and Sinnamon. The active transportation representative to the county committee is Curry. The committee of adjustment and also the property standards committee is: deputy-clerk Barb Schellenberger, secretary; and - citizens Kay Ayres, Floyd Schieck, Carl Israel and Peg Schieck. The community emergency management committee is Knetsch, with Sinnamon as the alternate community emergency manager coordinator, plus

MPP Randy Pettapiece unveils new website Perth-Wellington - In what he calls an effort to be more accessible to his constituents, Perth-Wellington MPP Randy Pettapiece has unveiled a new website: www. “This website will make it easy for people to keep in touch with me, no matter where they live,” said Pettapiece. “It’s also a great way to find the latest news about my work across Perth-Wellington and at Queen’s Park.” He explained the website will emphasize local information, with a home page where constituents can access weather, road conditions and links to local school boards. The website also provides information about health cards and other provincial government resources. Constituents can contact Pettapiece about issues and can also use the website to request congratulatory certificates for special occasions. Since his election to the Ontario legislature, Pettapiece has been meeting with constituents at his Stratford office and across the riding. It’s all about being as accessible as possible and then taking action to respond to constituents’ concerns, he said.

Lynch and Fire Chief Rick Richardson. There are also several special appointments: - Pat Salter, Grand River Conservation Authority board; - Terry Fisk, who also represents Minto and Wellington North Township, Maitland Valley Conservation Authority board; - Curry, Maryborough housing authority ; - Whale, Drayton Festival Theatre board; - Downey and Driscoll, Mapleton Farm Safety; and - John Green, Minto Mapleton physician recruitment. There are as yet no fence viewers or livestock valuators appointed.

Sideroad 16 - This township road near Glen Allan abruptly turns into a farmhouse, but the unopened portion runs all the way to the bush, where a developer wants to create two house lots from a very old plan of subdivision. Mapleton council is grappling with how to meet a number of legal criteria while also looking out for the interests of all the landowners involved. photo by David Meyer

Old subdivision presents difficulties FROM PAGE ONE expense to you.” Besides all those considerations, township plows have a tough time cleaning the current open portion of the road because there is little room to turn around in what is essentially a driveway. Sinnamon told council it is a matter of deciding how to approach the issue, and then who would pay for what. Whale said the township could not proceed with a bylaw or even a decision without a

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In fact, the only reason council is considering the issue is because Martin’s lots had already been legally created years ago. Sinnamon is unsure when council will be able to make a decision, but it will have to come after she collects and presents more information for council.

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TENDER NO. PW2012-01 - Maintenance Gravel


For the 2012 supply and placement of 5/8” crushed, type A, maintenance gravel on various gravel roads in the Township of Mapleton. Bid forms may be picked up at the Township Office, or call Christine at 519-638-3313 EXT 21. Tenders are due Thursday February 16th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m.

Mere chaos everywhere

Perhaps it is the lack of snow keeping people mainly upbeat these days. Everyone we speak to talks about bonus days, and it is difficult to keep the smiles off the faces of road crew budget chiefs as overtime fails to materialize. The only fear we have registered by anyone is snow might arrive at the end of March and delay spring well into April. No matter what the weather, scientists have yet to perfect ways to control it, although we have read of some of them making interesting attempts. While enjoying a lack of snow is one thing, Americans are currently undergoing a complete lack of sense when it comes to politics. Tea leave readers, shamans and media pundits are watching with interest as Mitt Romney, with a seemingly huge lead in polls (only election day polls really count), appears to be faltering after losing a huge lead in South Carolina. Let’s see. South Carolina is considered hugely conservative, and Romney is considered, at best, a liberal moderate in a conservative Republican Party. So, it’s a surprise he lost? Meanwhile Newt Gingrich is running on a platform heavy on family values. That Newt is now on to his third wife, and that he was accused by his second wife of seeking an “open marriage” (the right to commit adultery but stay married to her) with his now third wife, who apparently really didn’t care if he divorced the second wife, is getting a lot of votes and forgiveness from evangelical Christians. Yes, yes, we know that to err is human and to forgive divine, but to overlook that scenario seems to us to be madness of a type that only the hypocritical in the United States (maybe they’re all bailed out bankers and auto executives) can countenance. Then again, as one wag has noted, maybe Americans, with a near 70 per cent divorce rate, have simply decided not to cast stones at their own glass houses. The question we would like to ask all the candidates seeking one of the most powerful positions in the world (it might not be the top job any longer) is: Can you spell integrity? Define it, please. We suspect that would eliminate many lightweights from the presidential race. And when was the last time Americans had a good candidate for president from both parties? Our estimate is the face-off between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson. We were two years old when the first election between them was held, and six when the second took place. That’s a long time ago. Chaos and idiocy, of course, are not confined to the political world or the weather. We have a ship’s captain who not only failed to go down with the ship, but that ship apparently never really submerged either. Ah, to heck with passengers, eh? It’s every man for himself; to heck with women and children. Chaos. Meanwhile in sports, panic has set in amongst Toronto media as the Leafs have faltered in the last few weeks and gone from tops in the league to, once again, looking outside when it comes to playoffs. Toronto media have always overrated their teams’ talent base when it comes to the best players, and undervalued those who can play well but without flash. We cite Larry Murphy in that latter category. Booed out of town, he went on to be on two Stanley Cup winners. Others have fared almost as well. Then there are the Mats Sundins of the world; revered - and never winning anything for their city. It was nice to see panic really set in on Sunday after the Montreal Canadiens dropped the Leafs 3-1, despite playing in Pittsburgh the night before. The Canadiens are truly awful this year, but were still picked by most Toronto writers, of course, to make the playoffs. In Quebec, fans and media focus on a coach who can’t speak French. We’re willing to bet they’d put up with a unilingual Russian, Pole or Spaniard - if the guy spoke “winning.” The panic is interesting, considering there are over 30 games left. Toronto sports media are also chaotic. David Meyer

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TENDER NO. PW2012-02 Sidewalk Construction and Repair For the 2012 annual program of miscellaneous Sidewalk Construction and Repair on various streets in the Village of Drayton, Mapleton Township. Tender documents are available at the Township Office, or call Christine at 519-638-3313 ext. 21. Tenders are due Thursday, February 16th, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Larry Lynch, CET Director of Public Works (519) 638-3313, EXT 26

QUOTATION NO. RFQ 2012-02 Annual Cutting, Roadside Shoulders and Ditches For supply of equipment and labour to cut roadside grass for the Township of Mapleton. Generally there will be a spring cut and a fall cut contingent on budget allocations. Quotation documents are available at the Township Office or by calling Christine at 519-638-3313 ext. 21. Quotes are due Thursday February 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. Larry Lynch, CET Director of Public Works (519) 638-3313, EXT 26

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Mapleton Musings Column courtesy of Mapleton Historical Society THE UNITED FARMERS OF ONTARIO (a five-column series) Week One: JJ Morrison, A Local Hero The following has been compiled from a number of primary and secondary sources, including Hannam’s 1930 history of the UFO and the 1921 book of UFO executives’ writing, edited by Staples, along with Badgley’s recent book Ringing in the Common Love of Good (2000) and Winson’s history of early farm organizations in The Intimate Commodity (1993). James J. Morrison (18611936) or “J.J.” as he was affectionately known, was one of the founders of the United Farmers of Ontario (UFO) and the United Farmers’ Co-operative Company Ltd. (UFCC). He was described as “one of the keenest political minds the country has ever produced” by the national Saturday Night (April 23, 1923) and many regard him as the “father of the farm movement in Ontario.” And he was born right here in Mapleton (formerly Peel) Township, just south of Arthur on Concession 17. His father, Robert Morrison, immigrated here with his family from Ireland at the age of 22. Just as his father and grandfather pioneered and cleared their own land, James would become a pioneer of quite a different field, that of agrarian politics and economics. He left the farm when he was 25 and pursued various careers in Toronto, working in agricultural institutions such as the Dominion Grange and the Canadian Council of Agriculture before returning to take over the farm.

Hannam writes that in the spring of 1913, Morrison sat in that farmhouse, pondering: “What can be done to stem the tide of overpowering commercialism, whose neglect of, and burden upon, the farming industry is slowly but surely enslaving agriculture and causing the decay of rural life?” In his pursuit to answer this question, he met with three other farmers with similar interests at the office of the Weekly Sun in Toronto in October of 1913, for a meeting that would have far-reaching results. These men were W.C. Good, E.C. Drury (later Ontario Premier) and J.Z. Fraser; they became the backbone of the UFO, formed a mere six months after their initial meeting. Morrison was elected as the secretary and it wasn’t long before he needed to move off of the farm and back to a small office on Church Street in Toronto to perform his duties more effectively. His first order of business centred on getting a better price on binder twine for UFO club members. After he could find no Canadian manufacturer that could produce that quantity or was willing to sell to a farmer’s collective, he found a company in Ireland that was sympathetic to co-operatives and ordered 100 tonnes of twine. Hannam writes that Morrison staked his own security for payment of the twine, but fortunately all the UFO clubs paid on time. When Morrison brought his payment to the bank, the banker said, “you are the most courageous man and the biggest fool I ever knew.” Morrison was a leading force of the UFO and the

UFCC (the work of which will be outlined here in the next few weeks) for two decades before he resigned as general secretary of the UFO in 1933 and of the UFCC in 1935. Three months later, on March 17, 1936, he passed on and

was buried in Arthur. Hannam wrote of him: “To have so lived that on departing one might be worthy of what was said and felt that day about Mr. Morrison, both by those who knew him and those who knew only of him, would seem to be

man’s crowning achievement in life.” He was inducted into the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 1962, but does not have this honour in Ontario. Despite Morrison’s conviction that the UFO represent farmers as an economic group

rather than a political one, the UFO would eventually become a political party and the leader of provincial Parliament in 1919. Next week: the UFO’s rise to political power. submitted by Melisa Luymes

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DRAYTON - Plans are well underway for the annual Zeal for Teal Ovarian Cancer Canada Fundraiser at the PMD Arena on April 28. New this year is an invitation to not only scrapbookers and cardmakers but to other crafters as well, including knitters, quilters, crochet aficionados and others. Funds raised at Zeal for Teal 2012 go to support Sunflower Seeds Team members as they walk in the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope on Sept. 9. Ovarian cancer is the most serious of all gynecological cancers. Over 2,600 Canadian women are diagnosed annually and every year 1,750 women succumb to the disease. There is no screening test to detect it, but when found early and treated, the ovarian cancer survival rate is 90%. Ovarian cancer has often been called “the silent killer” because the signs and symptoms are vague and often go unnoticed until it is found in the later stages. The original intention for creating a special Zeal for Teal

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for the Sunflower Seeds team as it participates annually in the Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope in September. Organizers say this year’s theme should produce a fun

event, as participants are encouraged to don their cowboy hats and boots and get ready to enjoy “The Wild West.” The cooks will be busy rounding up just the right kind of grub and the general store is stocking up on supplies. The deadline for the early bird participant registration, at a cost of $35, is Jan. 31. After that, registration for the day is $45. Visitors are welcome to drop in anytime during the day and see what all the buzz is about. For $5 visitors can enjoy refreshments and can visit the vendor’s alley and check out the silent auction, the new penny table, play a game, and see and sample the unique goodies available at the General Store. For $10, visits can be timed around the lunch hour and visitors can partake in a westernstyle lunch. Organizers stress cowpokes are also welcome to visit. To registers contact Glynis at 519-638-3215 or gbelec@ or Amanda at


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By Dave Tiessen, Pastor, Community Mennonite Fellowship, Drayton

Respect ”What a jerk!” “You idiot!” “You’re so retarded,” “leftard,” “homophobe,” “climate denier,” “climate fraudster,” “Lieberal,” “babykillers,” “Taliban Jack,” “bag of …” etc. etc. And these are just ones fit to print. Do you notice it too? How crass and rude some public discourse has become, whether it be politicians or journalists or professional athletes or especially writers on Facebook and other internet forums. What’s going on? Has it always been this way? I read a lot of newspapers and editorial commentary on the internet. Many of them have response forums at the end of the article or opinion piece. I like to glance at these since there are often insightful responses. However the

rude and abusive responses tend to far outweigh the helpful ones. Very often response writers will attack the character, intelligence or integrity of someone else, including calling them all kinds of names and suggesting all kinds of deficiencies in their abilities and judgement. Often the content of what the person wrote is ignored in favour of vicious and mean insults directed at the writer. It seems to me that much of our provincial and federal politics have also gone in this direction. Political parties put out attack ads that often make blatant insinuations about the secret agenda or the true intentions of this leader or that, this party or that. Other ads criticize rival parties with little or no concern about remaining truthful. Whatever it takes to win seems to be what is good and right. And in the House of Commons our “leaders” often show disdain for each other by

asking deliberately misleading questions or giving deliberately misleading answers, by expressing disrespect and disgust towards each other, and by taunting and insulting one another. It is no comfort to me when some say what we see in parliament is actually mostly theatre; that often the politicians who have been abusing one another will walk out of the House and be on friendly terms even going out for meals with one another, that it is not personal in the least, “just politics.” This reminds me of a fellow pastor whose son played hockey for a Canadian Major Junior A hockey team. He wasn’t a finesse player and had won a spot on the team as the enforcer. So on a regular basis he would drop the gloves and fight opposing players. Needless to say my pastor colleague (not to mention his dear wife) was not thrilled with this. The only consolation for him was the fact that

the players most often did not take it personally or hold a grudge; it was just part of the game and in the parking lot afterwards they laughed and guffawed together. So the House of Commons and the hockey game are more or less like professional wrestling? It’s just a show, don’t take it so seriously, all in good fun? It doesn’t at all demean or diminish the people involved in it? Or the people, especially the kids, watching it and cheering it on? I think we are already significantly diminished in our humanity and our commitment to show respect and dignity to others. All too often it has become commonplace to treat “the other” with disrespect even contempt. Recently a very intelligent and talented writer died Christopher Hitchens. He had many ardent admirers, especially among atheists, because he was a very eloquent and vociferous advocate for the

cause. But in his writing and speaking he was often very caustic, dismissive and insulting of people with whom he disagreed, especially people who believed in God. One of his targets was Mother Theresa, of whom he said, “The woman was a fanatic and a fundamentalist and a fraud, and millions of people are much worse off because of her life, and it’s a shame there is no hell for your b---- to go to.” Yet Mr. Hitchens was an esteemed and much sought after debater and writer. As with most things I don’t think the problem is “them.” The fame of Mr. Hitchens and people like him, whether Christian or non-Christian, is a product of us as a society allowing our standards of respect and decency to deteriorate. Politicians, religious leaders, entertainers and writers often say and do rude, insensitive, offensive things because we reward them by tolerating it, even supporting

them for doing it. And we do it ourselves whenever we are insensitive or disdainful of others by what we write on Facebook or what we say about others, or when we use labels like the ones I began the article with. It is possible to disagree with someone, even vehemently so, without having to show disrespect or disdain for them. Jesus once was approached by a Roman centurion, an officer in the brutal occupying Roman army which was known to not infrequently crucify Jews. The centurion wanted Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus had every reason to heap scorn on and spit in the face of this enemy, but instead he received him with respect and kindness, granted him his request, and even commended his faith to his fellow Jews. I believe how we talk to and show consideration for others is far more important than proving who is right and who is wrong.

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leaves the farm property. What is spread on the land is odour free. Whale capably answered many interesting questions from the audience. Highlights of the November board meeting were read. It was suggested that to celebrate the 115th anniversary of Women’s Institute a tea be held by all members across Ontario on Feb. 19. The Alma branch will hold its tea on Feb. 18 at 2:30pm at the home of Margaret Hall (weather permitting). Pat Salter gave a report

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In general, flu is spread by droplets from an infected person’s cough or sneeze and by touching surfaces that are contaminated with the virus, such as unwashed hands, toys, cell phones or eating utensils. The most common symptoms are fever and cough plus one or more of the following symptoms: - sore throat; - muscle pain; - joint pain; and - weakness. LaRochelle added, “This year we had the option of ordering pre-filled syringes of the flu vaccine. It’s made the process of administering the shot much more efficient.” If anyone has a vacation planned for March break, now is the time to get a flu shot. Appointments are available by calling Public Health or a health care provider. For more information visit

CBO: Township building permits down in 2011 FROM PAGE ONE December last year, compared to only three the previous year. Kopp said of the annual totals there was a decrease because the designated structures category did not arrive as anticipated. Those include such things as solar panels. He added there were houses being built, but no septic systems built because the homes were for areas where water and sewage is available.

“Add those and they’d be like last year - almost identical,” Kopp said. Councillor Mike Downey joked that the decrease in payments almost equals the cost of the building department’s truck and council should “send the new truck back. We’re down that much in fees.” Whale, though, noted the truck is used by other departments besides the building department. Council accepted the report.

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AURORA - Frustrated police are planning to increase enforcement on Ontario highways after too many deaths from traffic accidents so early into the year. In less than a month into 2012 and OPP statistics indicate the number of people that have lost their lives on OPP patrolled highways has more than doubled over the same period last year. The unusually high number of highway deaths on OPPpatrolled roads had resulted in 17 people losing their lives in vehicle crashes between Jan. 1 and 17, compared to eight deaths during the same period in 2011. While it is too early in the year to predict how road safety will fare in 2012, police officials said there is no doubt the first weeks of January have been treacherous. Consequently, the OPP will be deploying all its available resources and utilize intelligence-led policing to target enforcement while continuing to try to educate drivers of their responsibilities to be safe road users. The education and targeted enforcement will focus on the big four high risk driving behaviour identified in the OPP’s international awardwinning Provincial Highway Traffic Safety program. It targets the four leading causes of injuries and death on Ontario roadways: aggressive driving, distracted driving, impaired driving and occupants not wearing safety restraints. “The OPP is committed to addressing this disturbing start to the year with heightened education and enforcement. We will be relentless in our approach,” said Chief Superintendent Don Bell,

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CanWEA ‘disappointed’ with OFA’s new turbine stance by David Meyer WELLINGTON CTY. - Opponents of wind turbine proposals here are taking heart over some developments that indicate more pressure against wind power supporters. Escalating concerns about industrial wind turbines prompted the Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) last week to urge the province to suspend further development until farm families and rural residents are assured their interests are adequately protected. The OFA took its new position on turbines on Jan. 19, and it will be presented to the provincial government later this month. Meanwhile, to the north of Wellington County, wind developer WPD Canada and a farm owner who signed a lease to host turbines are being sued. That claim seeks an injunction and $2 million in damages related to the proposed Fairview Wind Farm in Stayner. “This claim seems unique because the owner of the proposed farm is also being sued,” said lawyer Eric Gillespie in a press release. He warned, “Landowners who decide to allow turbines may need to look carefully at their legal position and potential liability.” The claim focuses on possible devaluation of property. Plaintiff Sylvia Wiggins and her husband John listed their home for sale in 2011. Showings started but they said they ended shortly after the turbine project was publicized. Recent data indicate when a wind company bought out homes near another Ontario project, on resale the company lost almost 35% of their value. “These kinds of things appear to be happening with wind farms. We decided to do something now,” said John Wiggins. All of which leaves James Virgin, who’s in charge of communications for Oppose Belwood Wind Farms, thinking the tide favouring wind turbines might be blowing back. “Absolutely. I think people are becoming quite aware ... I think the realities are starting to show.” Virgin said people are getting more and more information about health effects, a negative economy and a loss of property values from wind turbines. “We’re seeing more and more dialogue in the newspapers,” he said. “We were very pleased to see the OFA say, ‘Let’s back up. Let’s see what’s going on’.” New health report Meanwhile, a local resident and two international colleagues have published a health study in Great Britain that indicates the closer people live to

wind turbines, the more likely they could suffer sleep interruption and a risk of depression. Adverse health effects of industrial wind turbines: a preliminary report was written by Michael Nissenbaum MD, Belwood’s Jeff Aramini PhD and Chris Hanning MD. Nissenbaum is with the Northern Maine Medical Center in Fort Kent, Maine; Aramini is with Intelligent Health Solutions Inc. in Fergus; and Hanning is with University Hospitals of Leicester, in the United Kingdom. The studies were on two small rural communities in Maine where people began to complain about adverse health effects shortly after turbines at Mars Hill and Vinalhaven began operating. A preliminary survey at Mars Hill comparing those liv-

The group’s lawyer, Eric Gillespie has cited a previous tribunal hearing in ChathamKent (turbine opponents failed to stop that project), and noted that ruling said, “This case has successfully shown that the debate should not be simplified to one about whether wind turbines can cause harm to humans. The evidence presented to the tribunal demonstrates that they can, if the facilities are placed too close to residents. The debate has now evolved to one of degree.” OFA statement The OFA has asked the government to halt wind turbine development until studies are completed. It noted since 2007, when the development of industrial wind turbines began in Ontario, the OFA worked with the government on regulations, cautioned farmers on the pitfalls of wind leases, and

“[We] were very pleased with OFA’s strong statement against the government’s current policy on wind turbines.” - Preserve Mapleton Inc. spokesman John Krul. ing within 1,400 metres with a control group living 3,0006,000 metres away showed sleep disturbance can be the main health effect. A further study was carried out at Mars Hill and Vinalhaven using accepted questionnaires and comparing those living within 1.5 km of the turbines with a control group living 3,500 to 6,000 metres away. The minimal distance is almost three times farther away than Ontario’s 550 metre setback from wind turbines. The study was peer reviewed, which means others in the medical field verified the methods used to conduct the study were valid. John Krul, a spokesman for Preserve Mapleton Incorporated, said in an email, “Our group and many similar groups in Ontario were very pleased with OFA’s strong statement against the government’s current policy on wind turbines ... The word untenable sums it up very ideally.” Krul said of the medical study the “findings are similar to many others and proves that setbacks in Ontario are not even close to being far enough away from where people live.” Krul’s group is opposing the Ministry of Environment’s approval of the Conestogo Wind Energy Centre just prior to Christmas and is seeking an Environmental Review Tribunal. The proposed wind farm is owned by NextEra Energy and located southwest of Arthur in former Peel township. The hearing is set for Feb. 21 in Kitchener.

expressed concerns about pricing. OFA officials said many of those issues have not been addressed, causing tremendous tension among rural residents and community neighbours. “We are hearing very clearly from our members that the wind turbine situation is coming to a head, seriously dividing rural communities and even jeopardizing farm succession planning,” said OFA president Mark Wales. “The onus is on our provincial government to ensure the interests of rural Ontarians are protected. OFA is speaking up to clearly outline the issues that must be addressed right now.” Virgin agreed there are problems between neighbours, and he wants some healing to begin after much rancor between neighbours and former friends. “One of the heartbreaking issues is neighbours are not talking to neighbours,” Virgin said. “One of the reasons we moved to this community was because we could count on our neighbours.” He added such discord “happens in every community” the wind turbine companies enter. “They all work from the same script.” He concluded, “I would love to see this put to rest. I’d love to see the healing ... I hope the damage is not permanent.” Krul said of the NextEra Energy plans, “The number of people against this particular project ... is considerably larger than the six landowners that decided this was a good idea for them. As far as a total cost,

that has not been determined yet, but I will tell you that in terms of time commitment the cost has been significant, not only for us but many others throughout our province.” CanWEA responds Officials with the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA) said on Tuesday it has new health information showing there is no “conclusive” correlation between turbines and health issues. Media officer Ulrike Kucera added she could not comment on the Staynor lawsuit because it is before the courts. CanWEA president Robert Hornung said in a press release, “The Canadian Wind Energy Association is extremely disappointed that the Ontario Federation of Agriculture last week called for a suspension of wind energy development at a time when thousands of farmers across the province are actively participating in, and seeking to participate in, wind energy developments.” Hornung added, “In fact, many of the issues that the OFA has identified as areas of concern are already being reviewed and examined through the Ontario Government’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) review process.” He said, “2011 was a record year for wind energy development in Ontario with the installation of 522MW across the province. Farmers have always looked for new ways to use their land and resources productively, and wind energy provides a new economic opportunity to landowners in the form of stable revenue from land lease agreements. Hornung said according to a recent study by ClearSky Advisors, “a typical lease agreement can provide a farmer with up to $20,000 per year per turbine. If Ontario fully implements the government’s Long-Term Energy Plan, it is expected that over $313 million will be paid to landowners in lease payments from the wind energy sector in Ontario from 2011 to 2018 alone.” Hornung said, “The OFA statement blames wind energy for impacting consumer rates in Ontario, ignoring the fact that the addition of any new generation (all more expensive than existing generation) and badly needed investments in electricity infrastructure guarantee significantly increased rates for consumers going forward.” He concluded by saying a Pembina Institute report, entitled Behind the Switch: Pricing Ontario Electricity Options, finds that “Ontario consumers would see virtually no relief from high electricity prices if the province cancelled its support for renewable energy under the Green Energy Act.”

Man faces several charges in domestic dispute

MAPLETON TWP. - On Jan. 18 at 8:45pm, county OPP officers were called about a domestic disturbance at a residence in Mapleton Township. OPP Constable Keith Robb said the investigation indicat-

ed the victim, a 35-year-old woman, was alleged assaulted and threatened by her spouse. Police say alcohol was a factor. Robb said the suspect fled the scene prior to police arrival. The county OPP Canine Unit

responded to the scene and after a short track, located the man and took him into custody without incident. The victim was treated by paramedics at the scene. A 35-year-old man from

Mapleton was arrested and faces charges of assault causing bodily harm, uttering death threats, choking and failing to comply with his bail conditions. He was held in custody pending a Jan. 19 bail hearing.

Grants available for water protection projects

CAMBRIDGE - Farmers and rural landowners with property near municipal drinking water wells and intakes in the Grand River watershed may be eligible for grants to undertake projects to protect water quality. Money is available under the Ontario Drinking Water Stewardship early response program for a variety of projects

including: - manure storage 70 per cent to a maximum of $50,000; - drafting nutrient management plans 75% to a maximum of $2,000; and - upgrading private wells or decommissioning unused wells 80% to a maximum of $4,000. The grants are available for properties near the drinking

water sources that are the most vulnerable to potential contamination. Those are within the wellhead protection areas around wells and the intake protection zones around surface water intakes identified through the Drinking Water Source Protection program. The stewardship program is

an initiative of the provincial government. It is administered by the Grand River Conservation Authority. Funding is limited so not all applications will be approved. For more information, contact Louise Heyming, conservation specialist with the GRCA, at or 519621-2761, extension 2278.

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