November 2016

Perth and District Union Library seeks small increase in annual budget

November 29, 2016 by
Perth and District Union Library seeks small increase in annual budget

The Perth library passed its 2017 budget with a 2.02% increase request. That comes even though Perth and Drummond/North Elmsley had asked for a maximum 1% increase.

Perth may now consider reversing that 1% motion.

The budget will now be considered by councils in Drummond/North-Elmsley, Perth, and Tay Valley Township.

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Merrickville-Woolford hosting Strategic Plan public sessions

November 29, 2016 by
Merrickville-Woolford hosting Strategic Plan public sessions

Merrickville-Woolford has announced that council will be holding two public sessions as the next step in its strategic planning efforts.

The public is invited to hear about strategic planning priorities that village has formed through consultations with their residents.

The first will be later this week – on Thursday December ...

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Smiths Falls Fire Chief raises concerns over water rescue capabilities

November 29, 2016 by
Smiths Falls Fire Chief raises concerns over water rescue capabilities

Despite being the ‘Heart of the Rideau’, the chief of the Smiths Falls Fire Department says his service isn’t adequately equipped or trained to provide the level of water and ice rescue required by one of the town’s own by-laws.

At Monday's Committee-of-the-Whole meeting, Smiths Falls Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp ...

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All school busses cancelled by STEO for Lake 88 listening area

November 29, 2016 by
All school busses cancelled by STEO for Lake 88 listening area

Student Transportation Eastern Ontario has cancelled all school busses this morning.

 

All transportation has been cancelled.

— STEO News (@STEO_news) November 21, 2016

The schools remain open.

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Waiting game for neighbours of Marketplace fire on Hwy 43 – promise of increased bottled water

November 29, 2016 by
Waiting game for neighbours of Marketplace fire on Hwy 43 – promise of increased bottled water

The waiting game continues for residents left without proper drinking water after the fire earlier this month on highway 43 that leveled the Rideau Valley Marketplace.

Those affected were told at a meeting with the health unit and the ministry of the environment that the level of contaminants in their ...

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In Focus – Mon November 28, 2016 – Former Canadian Diplomat Gary Smith

November 28, 2016 by

Bob speaks with former Canadian Diplomat Gary Smith, a contributor to the new book Declassified: Excerpts from the personal notebooks of former Canadian Diplomats.

Listen to the interview.

 

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Increased funding for hospitals in the South-East LHIN

November 28, 2016 by
Increased funding for hospitals in the South-East LHIN

Some local Hospitals will be on the receiving end of new funding from the province.

Brockville General Hospital will receive about $3.2 million.

In a release, the Wynne Liberals say, “Ontario is improving access to care in Brockville, helping to reduce wait times and support increased access to services that ...

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Hillier regrets re-tweet criticizing hijab-wearing Horwath

November 28, 2016 by
Hillier regrets re-tweet criticizing hijab-wearing Horwath

Local MPP Randy Hillier is apologizing for a re-posting a tweet that described a hijab-wearing Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath as "dehumanized."

Hiller wrote, "Without reservation I regret my tweets. Being offensive is not my nature and I'm sorry."

Without reservation I regret my tweets on Friday night, being offensive ...

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Holiday Train rolls into our listening area

November 28, 2016 by
Holiday Train rolls into our listening area

We’ll have to wait until the results are tallied, but good sized crowds showed up in Merrickville, Smiths Falls, and Perth to greet the CP Holiday Train yesterday.

This year’s line-up entertaining the crowds was made up of BC rock and country singer-songwriter Dallas Smith, and Odds.

Staff from the ...

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Another successful week for Build a Mountain of Food campaign

November 28, 2016 by
Another successful week for Build a Mountain of Food campaign

This week’s Build a Mountain of Food Campaign stop was in Smiths Falls.

Donations were accepted at Andress’ Your Independent Grocer, Food Basics, Giant Tiger, and the Garden Market.

In all, 60,230 lbs. of food was collected, and $13,409.55 in cash donations was raised.

This brings the current campaign totals ...

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