Author Archives: Heddy Sorour

Service Clubs’ Oktoberfest in Smiths Falls pays off for local charitable groups

November 23, 2017 by
Service Clubs’ Oktoberfest in Smiths Falls pays off for local charitable groups

In late October the five Smiths Falls service clubs banded together to launch the first Oktoberfest in Smiths Falls.

The clubs then shared the proceeds from the event, each club donating their $400 share of the proceeds to a cause of their choice.

On Wednesday November 22, the five club ...

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Koziel officially takes on Treasurer role for Smiths Falls

November 22, 2017 by
Koziel officially takes on Treasurer role for Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls Council has passed a by-law formally appointing a treasurer for the town.

Janet Koziel has been the acting treasurer for some time. She has prepared several town budgets and has been responsible for monitoring budget expenditure and  keeping council up to date.

Recently Koziel and her department prepared a budget ...

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Cataraqui Trail Board requests support from Smiths Falls

November 22, 2017 by
Cataraqui Trail Board requests support from Smiths Falls

The 104 kilometer Cataraqui Trail which largely follows old CN rail beds begins in Smiths Falls and finishes in Napanee.

That has prompted the volunteer Trail Board to look to Smiths Falls for some development support from Smiths Falls.

Rideau Lakes Councillor and Cataraqui Trail board member Arrie Hoogenboom, tells ...

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Smiths Falls Council alters expense policy, not all agree though

November 22, 2017 by
Smiths Falls Council alters expense policy, not all agree though

Smiths Falls has an updated expense policy, but not all Councillors are completely on board with the changes.

Under the new policy members of council and staff have to rent a vehicle for out of town travel greater than 150 km, if no town vehicle is available.

At a committee ...

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Smiths Falls ordered to refund taxes to RioCan after mall value lowered

November 21, 2017 by
Smiths Falls ordered to refund taxes to RioCan after mall value lowered

Smiths Falls council are understandably upset at an Assessment Review Board decision that’s going to cost the town nearly a million dollars in a rebate to RioCan, the former owners of County Fair Mall.   The decision will also significantly drop the town’s commercial tax revenues in the coming years.

“The ...

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Perth taking action on contamination in town

November 17, 2017 by
Perth taking action on contamination in town

A special council meeting was called in Perth on Thursday, November 16th, to address an issue of toxic contamination in town.

It was more of a public meeting in format with the town’s environmental solicitor Harry Dahme leading a presentation.

Dahme walked the audience through the history of the contamination.  ...

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Maloney would like an AED in every town owned vehicle in Smiths Falls

November 16, 2017 by
Maloney would like an AED in every town owned vehicle in Smiths Falls

Smiths Falls town councillor John Maloney would like to see every town vehicle equipped with Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) and all town staff trained in CPR/AED.

“The city of Ottawa also carry them in all their vehicles, so it’s not just for people that are out in the public, it’s ...

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Perth releases new tourism video, teams up for tourism push

November 10, 2017 by
Perth releases new tourism video, teams up for tourism push

The town of Perth has just released a new fall tourism video.  The video, which is up in the town’s website, is just one of what will be a series of seasonal videos showcasing the town under the theme of “Explore our Backyard."

“We wanted it to be about experience, ...

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Perth among communities looking for changes to upcoming provincial labour legislation

November 9, 2017 by
Perth among communities looking for changes to upcoming provincial labour legislation

 

It seems that every municipality is sounding the alarm over some of the provisions in Bill 148 and Perth is no exception.

As  CAO John DeRosenroll, pointed out in a report to council on November  7th, the bill creates uncertainty for municipalities around statutory health and safety obligations, while ...

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Stewart Park Festival economic impact presented to town

November 9, 2017 by
Stewart Park Festival economic impact presented to town

It’s more than just three days of music and fun, Stewart Park festival benefits a lot more than just retailers cashing in on the influx of tourists.

According to Councillor Judy Brown, council represenative on the Perth BIA, the festival contributes a significant amount to town’s economy.

“The festival committee ...

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