Author Archives: Heddy Sorour

SF Mayor reacts to town being overlooked for Basic Income pilot

April 25, 2017 by
SF Mayor reacts to town being overlooked for Basic Income pilot

It was a little after 9:00 a.m. on Monday April 24, when Smiths Falls Mayor Shawn Pankow found out that the town had not been chosen as a site for the Basic Income Project.

“In some ways it was like being punched in the gut, it was very disappointing,” he ...

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Festivals stand to benefit from new policy in Smiths Falls

April 19, 2017 by
Festivals stand to benefit from new policy in Smiths Falls

The town of Smiths Falls hasn’t really had a clear festival and events policy until now.

“It’s really just an extension of the Community Grant Policy,” said Art Manhire, Director of Community Services and author of the new policy.

The guidelines will govern the funding of event based activities for ...

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Final preparations for May planting of Vimy Oak by SFDCI students in Smiths Falls

April 11, 2017 by
Final preparations for May planting of Vimy Oak by SFDCI students in Smiths Falls

On May 18, Smiths Falls will be among the first communities in Canada to plant it’s very own Vimy Oak, thanks to the efforts of students and teachers at the Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI).

The Vimy Oak project has been in the works for several years, and Smiths ...

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Group hopes to set up community garden in Smiths Falls – seeks approval from town

April 7, 2017 by
Group hopes to set up community garden in Smiths Falls – seeks approval from town

A new community garden group has come together in Smiths Falls and is looking for community feedback and participation.

They’re also looking for approval from the town for their chosen location as well as some help with insurance and water costs for the nine plots they plan to start.

A ...

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Blue “W” program coming to Perth – fill your reusable water bottles at designated spots

April 6, 2017 by
Blue “W” program coming to Perth – fill your reusable water bottles at designated spots

Perth council has passed a motion recommending the adoption of a Blue-W program in the town.

The initiative was proposed by Nancy Gaudreau, a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Climate Change at the regularly scheduled Committee of the Whole on Tuesday April 4.

Mayor John Fenik expressed his ...

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Queen St. rehab in Perth to be done as PDCI renovations are carried out

April 5, 2017 by
Queen St. rehab in Perth to be done as PDCI renovations are carried out

It’s been planned for some time, but when the Upper Canada District School board confirmed that they’re going ahead with some major renovations at Perth District Collegiate Institute, town staff jumped at the chance to complete some work on Queen Street at the same time and save some money.

As ...

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Gift from the Heart – free dental care clinics to be offered April 8th

April 5, 2017 by
Gift from the Heart – free dental care clinics to be offered April 8th

The regularly scheduled council meeting in Smiths Falls held on Monday April 3, kicked off with a presentation from members of the Smile Sensations Dental Hygiene Clinic.

Dental Hygienist Lori Lawrence and office manager Elise Brown were on hand to announce this years’ Gift from the Heart event, which is ...

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Smiths Falls Pool gets funding from town, with a catch

April 4, 2017 by
Smiths Falls Pool gets funding from town, with a catch

The Smiths Falls and District Aquatic Centre (ARC) was finally granted the community grant funds they had been asking for, but not without a new twist.

At a Special Committee of the Whole meeting held on May 3rd, CAO Malcolm Morris introduced the issue of the final community grant to ...

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Smiths Falls prepares for changes to municipal elections

March 22, 2017 by
Smiths Falls prepares for changes to municipal elections

The province has recently given third reading and Royal Assent to Bill 181 known as the Municipal Elections Modernization Act which will inform and change the coming 2018 municipal elections.

On March 20 Smiths Falls passed a motion to receive the staff report on the Bill and adopt some of ...

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Smiths Falls to introduce internet, phone voting for 2018 elections

March 21, 2017 by
Smiths Falls to introduce internet, phone voting for 2018 elections

The town of Smiths Falls is going to go ahead and adopt a new method of voting for the 2018 municipal elections.

“I believe that the convenience and accessibility inherent in internet and telephone voting can provide more opportunity for all our voters to participate in the next election,” said ...

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