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It appears Norm Sterling is heeding the advice of at least one Conservative critic, opting to ďŹ ght back with actions instead of words. The Carleton-Mississippi Mills MPP is battling for his political life against rural activist Jack MacLaren, who is challenging Sterling for the ridingâ€™s Progressive Conservative nomination in the lead-up to next fallâ€™s election. It would prove a humiliating end to a highly successful 33 years at Queenâ€™s Park should he lose, but Sterling claims to have the numbers on his side, if not the support of some other Conservatives. MP GETS INVOLVED
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Sterling, a centrist, was given a dressing down in a Globe and Mail letter to the editor, penned by Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Conservative MP Scott Reid. In the Dec. 6 letter, Reid claims Sterling neglects constituents who seek his help, unlike friend and fellow rural activist Lanark, Frontenac-Lennox and Addington PC MPP Randy Hillier. See â€˜NOMINATIONâ€™ Page 3
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The 30th annual bird count in West Carleton found more species than most years. The Dunrobin-Breckenridge Christmas Bird Count, held Jan. 2, enlisted 50 ﬁeld observers to spend most of the day outdoors tallying species and numbers of birds within a 12-kilometre radius of the count centre in Dunrobin. Other volunteers contribute by noting the birds that come to their backyard feeders on the day of the count. This year 57 species where found. The average is 50, with the record of a few years back reaching 68. Organizer Bruce Di Labio of Carp, who has participated in bird counts for the last 40 years, was impressed with the turnout of volunteers and variety of species. “It went very well considering the weather conditions, the lack of snow, it went very well,” he said. “There were even a couple of record highs.” Among the record highs were the number of barred owls spotted, nine, and the number of great blue herons, at two. Among the late lingerers this year was a brown thrasher and a red winged blackbird. Di Labio said weather con-
ditions play a major factor in the count. If a blizzard occurs on the count day, many birds will be in hiding. If food availability is low, birds won’t be found either. He said another factor that proves a challenge to birders is the lack of back roads. It used to be, before many West Carleton roads were paved, that a birder could park along the side of a dirt road and hop out to start looking around. That aside, Di Labio remains a huge fan of the hobby, saying it’s a great way to meet wonderful people, and enjoy the outdoors. “Birding is a great challenge both mentally and physically,” he said. “You have to be very open-minded and prepared to think outside the box.” Di Labio doesn’t appear to have trouble thinking outside the box. Of the 350 species known in Eastern Ontario, he has spotted 328. But it is the black-capped chickadee that remains his favourite, even after all these years. “When I was about eight or nine I saw one at my cottage in Constance Bay,” he said. “From that moment I was hooked.” To read Di Labio’s blog and see more of his photos, log onto dilabiobirding.ca
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But there were birds encountered in the trees along the shore. Two Gray Jays quietly ﬂoated in while a Blackbacked Woodpecker chirped from atop a spindly Black Spruce. After a few minutes the jays vanished into a thick patch of spruce and began to noisily scold. Shortly after the ruckus began, a Northern Shrike, a songbird with the killer beak of a hawk, went ﬂitting by. Although the seed crop is low this year in Algonquin (as it is in our area), occasionally a small ﬂock of White-winged Crossbills or Common Redpolls livened the cloudy skies with their chatter. Equally infrequent were small groups of chickadees that seemed more intent on ﬁnding food than responding to my calls. I use two types of calls when looking for birds: pishing and squeaking. Pishing is done by repeatedly going “psshh, psshh, psshh.” Squeaking is done by loudly kissing the back of my ﬁngers on one hand. The latter is one used to attract predatory birds such as hawks and owls. None responded that day.
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I ﬁnished off this past year with a Christmas Bird Count in Algonquin Park. The Algonquin count is the most physically demanding count that I do because most of my assigned area can be accessed only by foot. My route stretches about 11 kilometres and is normally covered on snowshoe. It is visually stunning for it takes me along the Madawaska River, which looks more like a large creek than a mighty river at this location. Between Cache Lake and Lake of Two Rivers, the Madawaska ﬂows through a valley that stretches into a large meadow. Each year a section of water remains open and each year I faithfully scan it for a stray duck or heron. I also hope to see an exciting bird of prey, such as a Northern Hawk Owl, perched atop one of the spindly spruce decorating the meadow. This year produced the same results as all previous dozen counts – nary a bird was visible.
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LIBERALS RESPOND Meanwhile, the partyâ€™s grassroots supporters say Liberals are enjoying the spat and will use it against them both at the riding level and province-wide when the election race heats up in earnest after next summer. Some have complained that PC leader Tim Hudak should have spoken early and decisively to quell the dust-up. Others say local Liberals are scanning the riding in search of a star candidate who can paint
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Watch out Winterlude. The National Capital Commission’s annual February event will face a little competition in the city’s west end this year. The Kanata Chamber of Commerce is looking to organize a winter festival for western Ottawa on Feb. 5 and 6 – the ﬁrst week of Winterlude – in Kanata, West Carleton and Goulbourn. It is contacting businesses and community groups, encouraging them to hold both outdoor and indoor events during the west-end’s version of Winterlude. “If you want to get outside and enjoy winter you can do it on this side of town,” said Megan Cornell, president of the Kanata chamber. A west-end winter festival will only serve to enhance Winterlude, providing outdoor activities closer to home for west-end residents, she added. “The NCC has a mandate to expand Winterlude out of the downtown core so they might be interested in what we’re doing and supporting it.” The Kanata Chamber chose the Feb. 5 and 6 dates because that is when the
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Money from city hall will create “a level playing ﬁeld” for community groups wanting to hire experts to double-check studies involving the Carp Landﬁll expansion plan. A staff report approved by the city’s planning and environment committee will ask council to sign off on the administration of $75,000 to interested groups such as nodump.ca, Stittsville Village File photo Association, Ottawa Landﬁll Opponents of landﬁll expansion will receive some Watch and Richardson Corridor funding from the city. Community Association. The money will be used by Friday, January 7 - January 13 Arnprior’s groups to pay experts, research Historic and present community-focused The Chronicles of Narnia: PG perspectives to the Ontario MinTheatre The Voyage of the Dawn Treader istry of the Environment, the Fri. & Sat. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. provincial body with ﬁnal say on Sun. - Thurs. 7:30 p.m. whether the new landﬁll – which would accept 400,000 tonnes anPG nually of waste for the next deFri. & Sat. 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. Sun. - Thurs. 7:30 p.m. cade – is created or not. Much of the opposition to the Matinees expansion is from Stittsville PG The Chronicles of Narnia: residents concerned about smell and pollution. The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
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Ottawa city council will have a lot on its plate in 2011, from lingering issues surrounding the redevelopment of Lansdowne to concerns over police conduct. But before anything else gets underway at city hall in 2011, council will need to take care of the budget. That’s Mayor Jim Watson’s number one priority for the ﬁrst year of his term at the helm. “It will set the stage for everything we’re going to do in the year,” he said. It won’t be easy – Watson was already successful in getting council to put a 2.5 per cent cap on budget increases for all departments, and the entire budget process must be wrapped up by March. One department has already begun to grapple with those limits – the Ottawa police service will have to trim more than $6 million in budget increases it had anticipated for 2011. Watson says that is the new ﬁscal reality at city hall. “It’s how you look at it,” he said. “All departments will get
more money to operate, they just won’t be getting as much as they asked for. Every department is going to have to live within that.” The new integrity measures Watson promised during the election – such as online posting of city councillors’ expenses and the appointment of an integrity commissioner – have been given the thumbs-up by council and will be implemented in the ﬁrst half of the new year. Council and city staff will also set up a reserve fund dedicated to purchasing environmentally sensitive land – something council approved just before the holidays. Watson said he wanted to see that fund created because of the furor over building on land surrounding the Beaver Pond in Kanata. The new fund will provide money for the city to purchase sensitive lands when they come up for sale. Where does the boundary lie? That will be a question for the Ontario Municipal Board in 2011 as developers go to bat to get the city to expand its urban boundary. That’s the area that deﬁnes where new construction
can occur, and the developers want it expanded – an idea that was popular with former mayor Larry O’Brien. URBAN EXPANSION Last year, city council debated expanding the urban area by 840 hectares – much of it in the city’s west end. Instead, city council chose to promote intensiﬁed development while expanding the boundary by 220 hectares – a decision that didn’t sit will with developers, who will take their cases to the OMB this spring. If the boundary is expanded, it would likely put development pressures on the suburbs and some rural areas. At the same time, the city needs to take a look at how it approves development projects to reduce the red tape involved, Watson said. He said he will bring forward a series of motions aimed at simplifying the process, with a view to reducing the number of projects that end up at the OMB. He also wants to see incentives for developers to move construction forward. Across the city, people will be watching to see how the Ottawa
River Action Plan – a series of 17 projects aimed at reducing combined sewer overﬂows and improve stormwater management practices in the City of Ottawa – is implemented. City council approved the $252-million plan last February, and there is still about $173-million worth of work left to be done before 2013. The Carp Road landﬁll issue is really in the hands of the province at this point, but we’ll see what happens with a $75,000 fund the city has approved to allow the community to hire experts to make their case against expanding the dump. Ottawa residents can also look forward to a seniors’ summit in 2011, which Watson promised during his campaign. The event will bring together experts to discuss how the city can be better prepared to cope with its aging population from a variety of perspectives. TESTS IN 2011 While Watson wants to move a number of positive initiatives forward, he will also have to deal with a number of hefty challenges facing the city this year.
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Each week we feature animals from the Arnprior and District Humane Society that are up for adoption.
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Do you have a quiet home that would suit this shy kitty? Orson is a four-year-old neutered male who has been at the shelter since last January when he was found in White Lake. He is a quiet cat who can be shy until he knows you. Once he is comfortable with you he enjoys being petted and brushed and is quite affectionate. He gets along with other cats but would be best suited in a quiet adult home with no other pets. Orson is an indoor only cat.
This outgoing cat loves to explore. Jasper is a three-year-old neutered male who has been at the shelter since March when he was found here in town. He is an affectionate, friendly cat who is very curious. Jasper gets along well with other cats but can get a little rough when playing. He would be best suited in a home with older children and no dogs. Jasper will require regular grooming with his long hair.
Supplies the shelter needs: non-clumping cat litter, bleach and window cleaner. You can call the Arnprior and District Humane Society at 613-623-0916 between noon and 5 p.m Monday to Saturday or visit www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca
All eyes will be on OCTranspo, as contract negotiations with the Amalgamated Transit Union begin. Looking to diffuse a tense relationship with the transit union and prevent a repeat of the 2008 transit strike, Watson has already reported positive initial meetings with the interim union head, Mike Aldrich. The Lansdowne Park redevelopment will continue to face obstacles as the courts deal with a legal challenge from the Friends of Lansdowne in April, but Watson said if the court decides in the city’s favour, we could see shovels in the ground before the end of 2011. The city’s light-rail plan will need to stay on track if it wants to hit its targets. “The public wants us to proceed on that ﬁle,” Watson said, reiterating that keeping costs in check will be high on his radar. Council will be dealing with these issues with 10 new faces around the table, but council has the mix of experience and fresh ideas needed to tackle these issues, said Watson. “We were elected to work in the spirit of co-operation,” he noted.
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Winter has its beneﬁts Forget the fact that there is a potential risk of hypothermia, heart attacks, or death, hundreds of intrepid dippers have braved the winter weather to take a dip in frigid waters in January for a number of causes. Ottawa’s Polar Bear Club held its third annual fundraising event for the President’s Choice Children’s Charity on January 1. Supervising the event was Steve Stewart, also known as Speedo Steve. An experienced dipper, Stewart was a member of the original club, which was started by the Rideau-Osgoode Karate Club. He resurrected the Polar Bear Club after the tradition was discontinued years ago on the Rideau River. The number of people who swear by polar dipping say there are many therapeutic
qualities. The beneﬁts can be very great — it can stimulate mental processes, produce hormones that make the body able to cope with physical stresses and can increase the level of mental awareness and a feeling of well-being. It can also release stress, remove aches and pains, increase vitality and keep skin looking younger. Many even treat their asthma or arthritis with cold water swimming. Beneﬁts of polar dipping outweigh the risk factors, so they say. Aside from shocking the circulatory system it can produce a warm afterglow and a transcendental state that one needs to experience to fully understand. It is a spiritually uplifting ritual that can surpass any normal level of comprehen-
sion and it can reduce wrinkles. Drastic temperature changes and shivering skin actually exercise shallow sub-cutaneous muscles that ﬁrm the skin. If you become a regular dipper, you become part of history rooted in the European tradition of saunas and coldwater swimming. Besides all that, jumping in near-freezing water wearing little more than a pair of shorts takes a brave soul. Participants say it builds a sense of camaraderie and valued friendships that can last a lifetime and it helps mentally by shortening the winter season and lifts bouts of depression. It may be safer than walking on hot coals, but many may opt for the less adventurous route and just donate to a worthy cause.
The penny drops, and who can really be sorry? Serious consideration is being given to eliminating the Canadian penny. In the early reaction to a Senate committee’s recommendation to this effect, the usual alarm has been expressed but most people seem relieved not to have to deal with the worthless little things any more. That’s a realistic way of looking at it. The year 2011 might be the ﬁrst one without a pennies and what does it matter? We have long since passed the day when nostalgia about the penny was in any way justiﬁed. Sure, your parents or grandparents might be able to tell you about actually purchasing something with a penny —usually one solitary piece of a type of candy found in a barrel — but you stopped paying attention long ago. Maybe when you weren’t paying attention to your father’s penny story, you were thinking about telling your own children about the days when you could buy something with a nickel. Or a dime. When were those days, anyway? What would we be losing if the penny disappears? A little brown coin that doesn’t buy anything. It has a picture of the Queen on one side and a picture of a maple leaf on the other side. Nice, and
CHARLES GORDON Funny Town quite Canadian. but there is no shortage of pictures of the Queen or maple leaves. In the old days, kids could gamble with pennies, tossing them to see who could land one closest to the wall. That was fun, and we could do that again, except what would we win? Right: more pennies. Until a few years ago, we could save up those pennies and put them into children’s UNICEF boxes on Halloween night, but that laudable practice was eliminated, apparently for administrative reasons. Even UNICEF found the pennies more trouble than they were worth. Face it: these days, the penny is something that gathers dust on your dresser while you try to remember to roll it up and take it to the bank or throw it into one of those supermarket machines in
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the sake of the $1.84 purchases, but that seemed too easy, less sporting. Carrying only three pennies added a thrilling element of uncertainty to the outing. It was a brilliant strategy, and not even remotely successful. The pennies continued to pile up on the dresser, even as the guy caused holdup after holdup in supermarket lines trying to locate one, two, or three, but not four when he needed them. The people in those lineups, not to mention the cashiers, will be delighted to see the penny go. Meanwhile, the guy is noticing that the nickels and dimes are starting to pile up on the dresser.
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great cause. When I met with Perry Rowe, executive director of the Salvation Army, he mentioned that donations have been lower than expected this year and that these books will deﬁnitely make a big difference to their families in need waiting for help this Christmas. No matter how small your contribution, little by little we can do something great big and wonderful together. The Education Station along with Usborne Books at Home gives out three main prizes, one for Overall Participant (three siblings working together), one to the Top Reader (14 hours, 20 minutes this year) and one for Top Sponsorship Collector ($729 collected by herself).
To the editor: Every year the Education Station, a local children’s educational bookstore, runs an Usborne Books fundraiser or reada-thon in the West Carleton and Ottawa area communities to raise funds that provide free books to children in the area. This year it raised $1934.15 in new Usborne books for the Salvation Army’s Toy Mountain campaign. This was, of course, thanks to the support and generosity throughout the West Carleton, Carp, Almonte, Carleton Place, Stittsville, Arnprior and Ottawa areas and all the families who participated. Many thanks to all involved this year and previous years for all their hard work, good reading and dedication to a
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They will each receive an Usborne Art or Drawing Pack - complete with instruction book and supplies valued at $24.95. In addition to these prizes is a 10-10-10 Challenge where you need to have at least 10 people sponsor the child for $10 or more so the child will receive a bonus $10 gift certiﬁcate for free books from the Education Station. We gave away nine gift certiﬁcates this year. The readers participating in an Usborne Read-a-Thon also receive 50 per cent of the money they have raised back in free books for themselves. The other 50 per cent plus a bonus eight per cent in free books from Usborne goes to Toy Mountain this year. A very special thank you goes out to all the children who did so much reading and sponsorship gathering - and then decided to give away some and in a few cases all of their own free books that they earned to Toy Mountain and other family and friends they knew. Elijah, Keandra, Isaac, Josh, Emma, Zachary, Hanna, Amy, Johvi, Adrian, James, Emily, Zander, Kylie, Alex, Maddie and Paul: you kids really are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your extra
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JANUARY 7 • Pakenham Square Dance upstairs in the Stewart Community Centre 8 to 11:30 p.m. Local musicians, door prizes and light lunch provided. Everyone welcome. For info, call 613-256-4126.
• The 22nd annual Halfway Dance from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at Notre Dame High School in Carleton Place showcasing the talents and personalities of the callers who contribute so much to the health and enjoyment of thousands of modern square dancers in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Paul Adams, Brian Crawford, Graham Ingram and other callers who will participate in the Callers Showcase from 7 to 7:30 p.m. There will be three separate levels of square dancing (Basic, Mainstream, and Plus) and one Round Dancing event.
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• Kinburn & District Seniors are hosting a series of six-hand euchres on Thursdays in January at the Kinburn Community Centre Time 1:15 p.m. Cost $4. Prizes and Refreshments. Everyone welcome. For more info contact Judith Waddell at 613-839-3400.
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JANUARY 9 • The January Valley Singles Lunch will be held at JR’s Restaurant in Almonte at 12:30 p.m. For info, call Fay at 613-256-8117 or Johanna at 613-432-762.
JANUARY 12 • The March Rural Community Association ia holding its regular monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome - bring your ideas and neighbours to the Old Town Hall, March Road at Klondike. We have several issues to discuss, one of which involves strategies to provide interesting programs and involve more community members.
• The Understanding Attachment, a four-part workshop series with Darlene Denis-Friske for parents and professions exploring themes of parenting focused on the attachment-based work of Dr. Gordon Neufeld, starting Jan. 12 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more details, call Arnprior Ontario Early Years at 613-623-8224.
JANUARY 21 • West Carleton Seniors’ Council invite you to a Winter Wonderland Candlelight Dinner and Dance at the Kinburn Community Centre on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $30 per person. Live Band Music by Monty. Catered buffet dinner. No tickets at door. For more info contact Bill Duncan at 613-832-4516.
JANUARY 22 • Scottish Night at St. Andrew’s United Church, Carleton Street, Fitzroy Harbour at 7 p.m. Listen to music, recitations and all things Scottish and then enjoy a wee taste of Scotland. Admission $10, students $5.
JANUARY 27-30 • The Fitzroy Winter Carnival runs four days at the Fitzroy Harbour Community Centre and other venues in the area.
FEBRUARY 5 • Ham supper at St. Andrew’s United Church, Carleton Street, Fitzroy Harbour. Sittings at 4:30 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Adults $12, Children 5-10 years $6. For information and tickets, call Win 613-623-7448, Mary 613-623-3794 or Janet 613-623-5596.
DAILY • Fundraising for The Arnprior & District Humane Society runs all year. Please drop your wine, beer and liquor empties at the shelter 490 Didak Dr., Arnprior. For more see website www.arnpriorhumanesociety.ca.
MONDAYS • West Carleton Country Knitters, Donate your skills to a good cause by helping us to knit and crochet items for local charities. For more information call Paula at 613-832-2611.
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Hyacinth Chatterton leads Marion Taylor and Heather Barber in a Latin-themed dance during line dancing class in Almonte. The classes will also be offered in Pakenham in January.
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The Town of Mississippi Mills’ popular line dancing classes will be expanded to Pakenham in the new year. The ﬁrst series of classes have just wrapped up for the season, and to celebrate, instructor Hyacinth Chatterton of Arnprior decided to bring some high-steppin’ talent into the Almonte General Hospital (AGH) and Fairview Manor. “Let’s spread some cheer,” said Chatterton after her class concert in the hospital’s Rosamond wing at the AGH Dec. 15. Later that same evening, the class returned to entertain the residents of the Fairview Manor. The impetus for teaching a line-dancing class came about through a chance conversation with Calvin Murphy, the town’s recreation co-ordinator. “You know, line dancing has not been offered here for a while,” she told Murphy. So, the process began to set up classes for line-dancing in Almonte. While Chatterton wanted to maintain the dance styles’ country and western roots, she also wanted to emphasize that it
had moved on from beyond the old twangy stuff. “When we had our ads going in August, I emphasized that we used the modern stuff, Michael Buble, the Bee Gees, Latin music” as well as country and western. “Line dancing has spread beyond country.” About 50 people showed up for the ﬁrst class back in October, but classes since then have averaged about 25 people per session. “I’m very impressed with how the beginners are coming along,” said Chatterton. The classes will now be offered in Pakenham, starting next month. “We hope we’ll be able to spread line dancing around,” she said. The new classes for the line dancing classes will be offered in the upper hall of the Stewart Community Centre in Pakenham, 112 MacFarlane St., on Thursdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., for nine weeks starting on Jan. 13. For more details, call Chatterton at 613-623-5606. Interested dancers can also register in person at the Almonte community centre Jan. 7 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the upper hall.
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Waste Management of Canada Corporation Notice of Commencement West Carleton Environmental Centre Environmental Assessment Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WM), owners and operators of the existing Ottawa Waste Management Facility (Ottawa WMF), have initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) seeking approval for a new landďŹ ll footprint at the existing Ottawa WMF. The new landďŹ ll footprint would be one component of the proposed West Carleton Environmental Centre (WCEC). The proposed WCEC would be an integrated waste management facility that would include: s 7ASTE DIVERSION AND RECYCLING OPERATIONS s #OMPOSTING OPERATIONS s 2ENEWABLE ENERGY FACILITIES s 2ECREATIONAL LANDS FOR COMMUNITY USES AND