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Old-timers wrap up an extra long season in Carp. – Page 25
Outdoor hockey players celebrate. – Page 27
News - A promise for more studies before tossing the political hot potato back to the federal government was Premier Kathleen Wynne’s response to growing concerns over plummeting bee populations. Wynne, who is also the minister of agriculture and food, issued a statement on March 19 endorsing the Ontario Bee Health Working Group’s report “promoting” farmers’ use of non-insecticide treated seeds and “encouraging” newer technologies that reduce the risk on pollinators. “We continue to look to the federal government, the regulator of pesticides in Canada, to provide evidence-based direction on a national approach to neonicotinoid use,” said Wynne, whose government committed $1.2 million toward researching factors that affect health, and related best management practices in field crop production. That’s much more of a wait-and-see approach than groups calling for a moratorium or federal ban similar to that in Europe would like. See WEST Page 6
A fire at this family home near Huntmar Drive earlier this week left a young teenager suffering smoke inhalation and possibly other injuries. See another photo on Page 6.
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News - A boy who discovered a fire in his family’s garage in Carp was rushed to hospital after attempting to contain it. The 13 year old, who lives at 109 Topol Lane just off Huntmar Drive, discovered the fire Sunday at about
5:15 p.m., then tried to put it out with an extinguisher. He was rushed to CHEO to be treated for smoke inhalation and possibly other injuries. The fire consumed the garage and spread to other parts of the home, including the second floor and attic, eventually bringing down the roof.
The family of five is now displaced. An estimated $1 million in damage was done, including $650,000 to the 3,500 sq. ft. building and $350,000 to its contents. A 180kilogram propane tank was spared. Huntmar Drive between March and Old Carp roads was closed for a period.
Schmidt nominated for Ontario female athlete of the year Carp area geology to be subject of tour. – Page 39
News – A kayaker with West Carleton connections is one of four nominees for Ontario’s female athlete of the year. Madeline Schmidt is one of the finalists in the 2013 Ontario 2013 Ontario Sport Awards. She is the daughter of Bevan and L.A. Schmidt of West Car-
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Anger over hydro bills grows, protests planned for April 4 News â€“ Exploding anger over rising hydro rates will be front and centre Friday, April 4 with protests in 24 Ontario communities, including Ottawa, Carleton Place and Renfrew. The public is being encouraged to attend the noon-hour protests. As well, business people are invited join the fight to save their operations from â€œoppressive hydro charges.â€?
For Ottawa and surrounding area, the rally is at 2249 Carling Ave. in front of Liberal Energy Minister Bob Chiarelliâ€™s office. Carpooling is recommended. Contact Beth Trudeau at 613-229-3236 or through Facebook â€˜Join the fight against Hydro ratesâ€™ for more information about the Ottawa event.
For the Carleton Place rally, protesters are asked to gather at the new Farmersâ€™ Market just off Lake Avenue East at noon. Area MPP Randy Hillier will be one of the speakers. The Renfrew will start with a march from the Service Ontario centre on Plaunt Street at 1 p.m. to Low Square in front of Renfrew town hall. Speakers will include area MPP John Yakabuski, who is scheduled to speak at 2 p.m. The protests, which are being supported by Landownersâ€™ Associations, are being hailed as a way for people â€œto make their voices heard in regards to the outrageous escalation of hydro rates in Ontario.â€? Organizers point out that hydro rates affect every resident, business and organization in
Ontario and the â€œmassive escalation of costsâ€? are contributing to lost manufacturing jobs, business closures, rising prices, bankruptcies and undue hardships for business, agriculture and residential ratepayers, especially in the rural areas of Ontario. The â€˜Join the fight against Hydro Ratesâ€™ Facebook group was created by a couple of women in Dryden and has quickly grown in momentum and membership, united with a â€œcommon anger and outrageâ€? over escalating hydro rates and surcharges, Hydro One billing issues and customer service and lack of accountability. â€œBring your hydro bills, new and old,â€? say protest organizers. â€œItâ€™s time to demand to be heard. A silent voice is heard by no one.â€?
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Lights out for Earth Hour Saturday Kayaker among award nominees News – Earth Hour returns this Saturday, March 29, when people are asked to shut off their lights for 60 minutes. Several environmental groups, including major sponsor World Wildlife Fund (WWF), are asking people around the world “to stand united for a future where climate change is no longer a threat.” On Saturday from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., WWF-Canada urges Canadians to take part in this global movement and switch off their lights for a ‘moment of darkness’ and “reflect on the choices all of us can make for a better future.” WWF’s Earth Hour is an opportunity for individuals, businesses and communities around the globe to unite in a powerful call to action of hope for a better, healthier planet. In Canada, the Toronto Star is the national sponsor and Ontario Power Authority a regional sponsor. The WWF points out that Canada has some of the greatest renewable energy potential of any country on Earth. By 2050, WWF believes the nation could, and should, be powered by green energy. WWF has teamed up with the Waterloo Institute of Sustainable Energy to launch a project to map renewable energy potential across the country. The resulting map will is aimed at encouraging leaders to make “smart energy It’s lights out for Earth Hour Saturday choices” for Canada. “Canada as a nation can play a big part in the climate change solution,” said WWF-Canada president David Miller in a news release
promoting Earth Hour. “Canadians and Canada have the opportunity to choose a future where climate change is no longer a threat - to choose a future with clean air, vibrant lands and waters. We can all learn from the leadership of cities like Vancouver and Edmonton, Canada’s Earth Hour City Capitals, to create a better future for Canada.” Canadian celebrities - including Jason Priestley, William Shatner, Chris Hadfield, Roberta Bondar, Jill Barber, Amy Jo Johnson, Raine Maida and Adam Korson - and citizens have uploaded videos to share what they’ll be thinking about during Earth Hour, including their vision for future where climate change is no longer a threat. WWF is inviting all Canadians to join the conversation by uploading their own videos, tweet about their ‘moment of darkness’ or pledge support towards climate change action at www.wwf.ca/earthhour. For half a century, WWF has worked to protect the future of nature. It is Canada’s largest international conservation organization with support of more than 150,000 Canadians. Its mission: To stop the degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by: • ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable; • promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption; • conserving biological diversity.
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In announcing that list of award nominees that includes Kayaker Schmidt and the other finalists, the provincial government said it is “proud to recognize top amateur athletes, para-athletes and coaches, whose outstanding performances in both national and international arenas have inspired the nation.” The winners will be announced at a gala on April 10 in Toronto. The Ontario Sport Awards also celebrate the contributions of volunteers, corporate sponsors and officials, such as sport program developers and sport committee members who support amateur sport in Ontario. Established in 1965, the awards are the highest recognition for sport excellence in the province. Athletes are nominated by their provincial/ multi-sport organization. Finalists and winners are chosen by the Sport Awards Selection Committee, a group of former athletes and sport administrators from across Ontario. Previous recipients include Chan, MacLennan, and Virtue and Moir.
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Yogathon planned as a fundraiser for Sandhills project Lifestyle - Rising Lotus Yoga is running a fundraiser at the Constance Bay Community Centre on Sunday, April 6 in support of the Sandhills Project. The studio is holding a Yogathon from 9:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Constance Bay Community Centre multi-purpose room. â€œJoin Tina, Ali, Stacey and Marianne for a
day of relaxing fun raising and an opportunity to try out a new style,â€? says studio manager Rebecca Bloomfield. Child care available on site. The cost to participate is $20 per person or $35 for a family, with alll proceeds going to Sandhills. The fundraiser includes: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Power Yoga with Tina; 10:45-11:45 a.m. Gentle
Pick up your rain barrels in Kinburn Lifestyle â€“ Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) is selling rain barrels to raise funds to support rural and urban City Stream Watch programs in West Carleton and area. MVCA is all about water and the need to protect, conserve and respect it. Purchasing a rain barrel can help meet water-monitoring goals in the Carp and Mississippi River watersheds and
help people do their part at home. Rain barrels capture and store rain water collected from roofs through downspouts. They provide chlorine-free and fluoride-free water, which is ideal for flowers, vegetables, lawns, shrubs and trees. As well, use it to wash cars, clean floors and do laundry.
Yoga with Tina; noon to 1 p.m. Yoga Balls with Stacey; 1:15-2:15 p.m. Family Yoga with Ali; 2:30-3:30 p.m. Yin/Yang Yoga with Ali; and 3:45-4:45 p.m. Yoga for Runners with Marianne. Itâ€™s the latest of several community charity initiatives held by Rising Lotus Yoga. Bloomfield points out the Sandhills project is a worthy beneficiary as it is focused completely on bettering the Constance Bay community. Project Sandhills is a partnership of Ottawa Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services Department, the Ottawa Public Library Board, Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, and the community, led by the Constance and Buckhamâ€™s Bay Community Association (CBBCA). The project is a comprehensive two-phase response to the communityâ€™s most important program and service needs. The goal of Sand-
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Wynne insists her Liberal government is at the forefront of the issue, which affects every level of the food chain, by expanding the scope of study. â€œI believe itâ€™s important for Ontario to show leadership to address this important issue,â€? she said. â€œTo build upon the work that has been done by this group, we are establishing a new Ontario Pollinator Health Working Group to expand our focus beyond bees and address issues and concerns regarding all pollinators in the province.â€? However, groups such as Prevent Cancer Now, which counts West Carleton chemical engineer Meg Sears among its directors, expects more pressure to be put on the federal government. Thatâ€™s why the group penned a letter Feb. 19 to the senateâ€™s Agriculture and Forestry Committee requesting a moratorium on neonicotinoid insecticides until proven that bees are not affected.
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Sears fears only intense pressure will convince Stephen Harperâ€™s Conservative government to distance itself from powerful agricultural industry leaders and their reliance on insecticide use. She said past governments took advice from scientists and bureaucrats before moving forward; Harperâ€™s does the opposite. Furthermore, the research being conducted by industry on possible affects doesnâ€™t follow rigorous scientific standards, she said. â€œItâ€™s a completely false science being carried out,â€? Sears said, adding that laboratory conditions are not made to reflect real-life situations. Test subject cages are cleaned out weekly is one example she cited. Another problem is the lack of accounting for build up in the environment: the chemicals take many years to breakdown. They donâ€™t disappear with the advent of another winter. â€œThe toxicity is underestimated. These chemicals are very slow to break down.â€? But she admits that it is difficult to get at industry results. They are not made public and reviewed by independent scientists. â€œWe should have access to this information but (Health Canada) says it is proprietary to businesses. So they are either withholding or donâ€™t have the information,â€? Sears said. West Carleton has many corn and soy bean fields. The dust and possibility of chemicals seeping into groundwater are causing concern on social network sites throughout the ward. Sears sees rising bee deaths as a significant issue that affects everyone. â€œIâ€™m very concerned. We donâ€™t have our scientific ducks in a row,â€? Sears said. â€œEinstein said without pollinators humans wonâ€™t survive.â€?
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Aaron Guimond of Constance Bay has opened a Howard’s Buy, Sell, Trade store at 350 Raglan St. in Renfrew. Helping him on opening day March 1 were Howard’s district franchise manager Lisa Fredericks and Aaron’s wife Sue. “We will see how it goes and may adjust our hours as we get familiar with shopping patterns in town.” The store is also a gold and silver exchange centre. Guimond will buy gold and silver items for cash or will offer an in-store credit that can be used on purchases. Though the store will offer a pawn service
where customers can get instant cash to put items on hold for 30 days, Guimond says they will not offer consignment sales. “We will buy just about anything that has a resale value, but there are absolutely no holds for gold or silver.” When an item is pawned, the customer agrees to leave the goods as col-
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News - Renfrew has a new outlet for used and new merchandise of all kinds. A Constance Bay family has opened a Howard’s Buy, Sell, Trade store in downtown Renfrew. Aaron Guimond will operate the outlet at 350 Raglan St. with members of his family. A ‘soft’ opening on March 1 saw steady traffic through the bright, spacious location. “We are very happy to be here and excited about the business opportunity in Renfrew,” said Guimond at the opening. The store will offer just about anything for sale as customers may sell, pawn or trade items that will end up on the shelves. “We are bringing in stock from other stores and suppliers every day,” said Guimond. “We hope to have a lot more stuff for sale in the coming weeks.” As it was, the opening saw customers checking out musical products such as guitars, amplifiers, strings and accessories as well as a violin, keyboard, harmonicas, cameras, stereo equipment, a huge assortment of video games and movies, X-Box game stations, power tools, laptops, computers and much more. “There is a little of everything is a shop like this,” said Guimond. “We hope that people in Renfrew will drop in to say hi regularly and check out what’s on sale. It will constantly be changing.” The store will be open seven days a week, Monday to Wednesday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.
lateral against cash received at the time of signing a contract. All items left as collateral become the property of Howard’s on the day after expiration of the contract. All agreements can be renewed at the discretion of management. Pawned items are subject to a 20 per cent stocking fee monthly, plus two per cent interest on the principle cash value. The stocking fee covers the overhead cost of holding the item as well as insurance. Customers will be called prior to the end of a contract to see if they want the item back or if they want to extend or terminate the collateral agreement. Customers must also provide official photo identification and may be asked for proof of ownership on items offered for collateral contracts. “I always wanted a business that my family could be part of,” said Guimond. “When this opportunity came along, we jumped at it as Renfrew is a great town and didn’t have this kind of service available.” Guimond says he is in the process of setting up a website for the store so that customers can check inventory online. “We should have the website soon, but for now people will have to drop in.” The store can be reached by phone at 613432-6444.
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espite individual concerns people might have, Ottawa residents should support efforts by all levels of government to safeguard our public health. Two recent occurrences have raised important questions about how far our governments should go to ensure public health is safeguarded. The first involved a recent confirmed case of measles, announced earlier this month by Ottawa Public Health, that was identified in an unimmunized child who attends a school in Stittsville. The student contracted the disease while visiting the Philippines. Once a common disease, measles have been effectively eliminated in the Americas thanks to a thorough, widespread campaign of immunization. Yet in recent years, some parents have chosen not to have their children vaccinated for a variety of common diseases such as measles and chicken pox. It takes only one child travelling to a country where widespread immunization was not conducted to contract a disease like measles, bring it back to Canada and infect others who have not been vaccinated â€“ especially young children, who are the most vulnerable. Despite widespread immunization, 122,000 people died worldwide from measles in 2012, according to the World Health Organization.
The other concern raised in Ottawa recently involved water fluoridation. The cityâ€™s board of health voted to support a campaign by the Simcoe Muskoka board of health calling on the province to take over responsibility for municipal water fluoridation. This comes as a response to votes in several towns in that region to halt the fluoridation of water, bowing to public pressure. An overwhelming amount of research shows fluoride-treated water contributes significantly to dental health, but some remain skeptical. On both of these issues, both health officials and elected representatives at all levels deserve our absolute support to ensure the wider public good is safeguarded. Vaccination is a proven, effective method of controlling disease. Despite what individuals might think about the practice, it is not a matter of respecting a personâ€™s right to choose, itâ€™s about respecting those who might not have a choice in the matter. Only when vaccination is nearly universal is it at its most effective. As for fluoridation, the small amounts of the substance used in our water pose an insignificant threat to human beings, but provide a significant aid to every personâ€™s well-being. There are instances when individual interests trump those of the collective. Public health should not one of them.
It could be worse than our never-ending winter
his is a city of mixed signals, and never more so than at the beginning of spring, or what passes for spring in these parts. Thereâ€™s the problem right there. The official arrival of spring this year coincided with a freezing rain warning. Two days before spring arrived last year, the temperature was 24 C. Thatâ€™s plus 24 degrees. As I write this, the temperature is barely above zero, scheduled to go back below. The prediction is that it will still be below zero when you read this. And April is approaching. Last year you had played your first golf game already. Everybody this year says the winter is getting to them. Itâ€™s unrelenting, they say. Itâ€™s way too long. Itâ€™s never been this long. Maybe thatâ€™s just because everybody you talk to is older than they used to be. But itâ€™s true. This winter is relentless. People who are usually too proud to go south in the winter â€“ because they think of themselves as tough Canadians â€“ went south this winter. â€œAt least it will be warmer when we come back,â€? they thought. It wasnâ€™t. As I write this, there is talk again of baseball in Ottawa, new hopes that the CanAm League will bring a team to the Ottawa
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â€“ at least, not bad ones. We donâ€™t have -50 C. We donâ€™t have houses buried in snow. We donâ€™t have alligators, hardly any bears, no sharks and no poisonous snakes. As climate goes, Ottawa lives a life of moderation â€“ perhaps not unexpected, given our reputation for blandness. Yet people have had enough. Whatâ€™s up this year? Are we being babies? What happened to Canadian toughness? As if to needle us on this point, local media from time to time locate and interview people who just love this winter and canâ€™t get enough of it. We admire them, envy them and wish people would stop interviewing them. You expect there to be theories about our weather and there are. You are familiar with the quite persuasive studies on the effects of climate change. Climate change is not just about global warming; it is also about extreme weather and the potential for more of it. Then there are the more specific explanations â€“ high pressures, low pressures, the Gulf Stream, the Alberta Clipper, the dreaded Polar Vortex and whatnot. These provide amusement and comfort to some people. I like a more theological approach. Ottawa is being both punished and rewarded by its
weather, a mixed signal. We donâ€™t get to have balmy temperatures all year. We donâ€™t get beaches and golf courses you can play in January. So we are rewarded by an absence of tidal waves, deadly snakes, crocodiles and sand all over everything. Conversely, our punishment for not having to cope with such dangers is to be cold for at least five months of the year. But not that cold. Not as cold as Alberta, for example. And for that, we get no oil. See, it all balances out. This probably makes you feel a lot better, as you head out to see if the hardware store has any more salt.
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Ministry on alert to warn Earn Extra Money! Keep Your Weekends Free! residents if flooding occurs To the editor: This has been a particularly cold winter with significant snowfall in many parts of the province. With the official arrival of spring and warming temperatures, the risk of flooding increases. I would like to let you know how my ministry responds to flooding and how ministry staff can help during flood season. The Ministry of Natural Resources is responsible for flood forecasting and warning at the provincial level in Ontario. We work closely with the provinceâ€™s 36 conservation authorities and Environment Canada to forecast when and where flooding is likely to occur. The ministry and conservation authorities monitor watershed and weather conditions to predict water levels and flows, and issue flood messages. Flood messages help municipalities notify the public
of developing unsafe river and lake conditions and advise them to take precautions. In areas where conservation authorities do not exist, MNR District offices provide flood information to local municipalities and the media. Local governments are then responsible for communicating messages to the public and for first-line emergency response. The ministryâ€™s Surface Water Monitoring Centre monitors flood conditions 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is able to contact MNR District Offices and conservation authorities immediately with updates. When the risk of flooding is high, the Surface Water Monitoring Centre issues flood messages to the appropriate conservation authorities and MNR District offices by email, fax and, if after hours, by phone. This information is also
shared with partners and key stakeholders, such as Ontario Power Generation, CN-CP Rail, the Ministry of Transportation, the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management, and isolated First Nation communities. The ministryâ€™s Emergency Management network is also activated when required. The ministry has regular daily contact with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management about current conditions and flood potential. To see the ministryâ€™s current flood messages, go to www. ontario.ca/flooding. The ministry is making every effort to keep the people of Ontario informed, to provide reliable and immediate updates and to limit the effects of flooding as much as possible. David Orazietti Minister of Natural Resources
Prepare your income tax return stress-free To the editor: Income tax season is fast approaching, and you donâ€™t know where to start? Many people find tax time stressful, but with a little preparation, it can be a cinch. Read on for some tips to make preparing your income tax return quicker and easier. Start early. This way, youâ€™ll not only avoid penalties for late filing, but youâ€™ll also be able to organize your finances to take advantage of potential tax benefits. Prepare the returns of everyone in the family at the same time. Often, expenses that wonâ€™t
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