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Vol. 14 No. 44
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This week’s question:
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the term for Council?
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telling us the ad it
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your name and phone
number. This week’s
word is Commercial
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throughout the paper,
so happy searching
and good luck!
Friday, October 24, 2014
Council asked to get on board
“Supporters now 5,400 strong”: West
In a presentation to Council on
Tuesday, Chris West said that
the “Save VIA” campaign is
now in the next stage which is
“the action phase to get results”.
West said that the campaign
has come a long way from the
cold evening in Stratford on
January 22nd, 2013 , when a
handful of people showed up
in bitter cold weather. “Since
that cold night we now have
5,400 supporters”, West told
Council. Accompanied by a
number of VIA supporters
in the audience, West
proposed a resolution for
Council to pass and asked
for 7 requests from Council.
The resolution proposed
was “Recognizing that the
renaissance of VIA rail must
be led by the governments of
the day, St. Marys council will
work aggressively with other
ST. MARYS INDEPENDENT VOTED #1
Theft of gas cans from sheds
The Perth County Ontario the police immediately if
Provincial Police (OPP) is suspicious persons are
municipalities, the Ontario funding of a Transport Action currently investigating three observed or suspicious
provincial government and Ontario study to complete a garden shed entries in St. activities are taking place in
the federal government to concept plan for affordable and Marys, where unknown their neighbourhood. Keep an
enhance rail service for all proven improved passenger suspect(s) removed gas eye out on your neighbour’s
Ontarians”. West said that with rail service in SW Ontario cans from unlocked sheds. property, especially the days
Council’s help, restoring and (“Network Southwest”) for The thefts’ locations were leading up to Halloween as
enhancing VIA service would submission to government. 6. from residential properties on more people may be walking
be an issue in the next Federal Full page ads in the Toronto Meadowridge Dr., Ethel Crt, around town.
election. The seven requests Star, Globe and Mail, Beacon and Jones St. East.
- If you have been the victim
made to Council were: 1. Full Herald, Journal Argus and
time representation at the St. St. Marys Independent. 7. Investigation revealed that of a shed entry, or items have
Marys VIA station to provide Provide representation on the sheds were entered been stolen from around your
transportation services for a Passenger Rail Liaison in the late evening hours home, the OPP wants to hear
anyone travelling from or Committee for SW Ontario to between Tuesday, Oct. 14 from you. You can utilize the
within St. Marys and area. 2. be established, involving all and Saturday, Oct. 18. No on-line reporting system or
Meetings with all parties that stakeholders including VIA other items except gas cans call in to report the incident.
have elected representation Rail, Metrolinx, the freight were removed from the - Anyone with information
provincially and federally to railroads, reps from three sheds.
about these shed breakfulfill the resolution. 3. Letters levels of government, rail The Perth County OPP ins and theft of gas cans
to all MP’s and Ontario MLA’s labour and citizens.
requests the assistance of is requested to contact the
outlining the resolution with The presentation was well the public in a number of Perth County OPP at 1-888specific requests. 4. Letters to received by Council and will ways:
310-1122. Should you wish to
all Ontario mayors and other be discussed further.
remain anonymous, you may
Homeowners
should
ensure
municipal leaders requesting
call
Crime Stoppers at 1-800their sheds are secured and
support of resolution. 5. Full
that their gas containers are 222-TIPS (8477), and you
may be eligible to receive a
in locked locations.
cash reward of up to $2,000
- Residents should call
Free e-waste home pick up in the town
of St. Marys
Habitat for Humanity useful items out of landHeartland
Ontario’s fill and in proper recycStratford ReStore in part- ling streams. This effort
nership with the Town of is supported by funds
St. Marys and in support from the Stratford-Perth
of the St. Marys Youth Community Foundation.
Centre will be performing The St. Marys Youth
an E-Waste Collection Centre provides the
Drive on Saturday, Oc- youth of St. Marys and
tober 25, 2014. The pur- area with a safe place to
pose of the effort is to as- socialize, under supersist the St. Marys Youth vision, and to encourage
Centre with fundraising their development - toand also to heighten ward a positive lifestyle
awareness and empha- - socially, intellectually,
size the importance of physically, emotionally,
proper disposal and and spiritually.
streaming of electronic
devices – keeping these The Town of St Marys
puts a high priority on
building a complete and
healthy community, and
this e-waste initiative
reinforces that goal by
encouraging people to
recycle items from the
most rapidly growing
segment of the municipal solid waste stream.
The
Stratford
Perth
Community Foundation
who funded this initiative
is part of a world-wide
network of foundations
whose objective is to
help build stronger and
more vibrant communities.
Some still not happy with
Green Arc
Company waiting for MOE approval
Approx. 140 people
showed up for the public meeting about Green
Arc, but though many
questions
were
answered some felt that
not all were answered.
The procedure was that
all questions were to be
in written form but near
the end of the meeting
some were shouting
out questions which
they felt had not been
answered to their satisfaction.
The meeting started
with a statement from
CEO Mike DiCenzo
who said that the company is “committed to
St. Marys as an employer and environmental
leader”. He said that
the company is owned
by four individuals and
that they have received
no government money
or grants. DiCenzo said
that they are working
Cont. on page 5
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STRATFORD
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“Youth is like spring, an
over-praised season more
remarkable for biting winds
than genial breezes.
Autumn is the mellower
season, and what we lose in
flowers we more than gain in
fruits.”
~ Samuel Butler
October is more than half
over and it’s time to think
of spending more times
indoors. Cocooning was a
term popular a decade or
so ago as people tended to
feather their nests and stay
put in their homes. It’s what
I and many of my neighbours
do. Now that I have brought
in most of my annuals, I am
ready to finish the yard work,
rake the leaves, cover up the
patio furniture, put clay pots
in the garage so that they will
not crack and shatter during
the inevitable freeze/thaw
cycles over the winter. That’s
when the cocooning begins
in earnest. Quilting projects
come out of the closet to be
picked up where I left off last
spring. Knitting too and any
number of “indoor” winter
activities; things that simply
don’t feel right as summer
projects. It’s also a time for
rest, barring of course any
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Sally Says
blizzards which will require
all hands on deck to clear
driveways, doorways and
walkways. Here’s hoping we
don’t have too many winter
extremes to deal with this
year.
For anyone who is keen
on fitness, we’ve learned
that our local YMCA has
memberships
that
are
geared to income. For more
information, call 519-2842500, or simply drop in and
speak to one of the people at
the main desk/counter.
The shelves at the food bank
are looking fuller, though
there are still some bare
ones here and there. As we
distribute the food weekly,
it’s reassuring to see more
coming in to replace it. With
our big Christmas Hamper
distribution coming up in
December, we are hoping
the trend continues. Packing
hampers for 150 families
can be a challenge. That is
an incredible amount of food
if one were to break it down
item by item. This is my tenth
Christmas with the Salvation
Army and we’ve always had
enough to give out, but I can’t
help that panicky feeling that
comes each year around
this time. I do have faith in
our community, though. The
people of St. Marys and
surrounding area have never
let us down and I don’t expect
they will this year either. A
huge thank you to all the
generous people out there
who help keep our food bank
in operation.
Please note that the annual
Salvation Army Christmas
Dinner will take place this
year on the last Wednesday
of November, which is the
26th. It starts at 6:00 pm and
will be held in the Sanctuary,
on the second floor of the
Salvation
Army
Church
as always. Tickets will be
available for purchase at
the Salvation Army Thrift
Store until November 15
only. The cost per ticket is
$15. The evening is always
a big success starting with
the food provided by Janice’s
Fine Country Catering, and of
course, a little entertainment.
More on that in a later column.
Lauren Whitney Lifestyles in
partnership with Lyric Flowers
and the generous help of
the Kinette Club and Bickell
Built Homes are presenting
a Twilight Christmas House
Tour on Thursday November
13 from 5-9 pm. Two Bickell
Built Homes will be all
dressed up for the holidays.
The Kinette Club will be on
hand to ensure a fun holiday
visit for all guests. Tickets
are $10 each and available
at Lauren Whitney and Lyric.
The entire proceeds of the
ticket price will be given to
the St. Marys Salvation Army
Food Bank. Come out and
get some decorating ideas for
your home, have some fun
with your friends, and assist
the Salvation Army in their
pledge to make Christmas
brighter for area families.
Also participating: Sam’s
Home Hardware, Downtown
Pontiac, St. Marys Golf and
Country Club, O’Grady’s and
SunRayz.
Just a reminder to anyone
who has a bag or even
several bags of food to donate,
that for your convenience we
have placed a large brown
lidded bin on the second
level of the Salvation Army
church (parking lot level). No
phone call required. The bin
is in a sheltered area by the
entrance doors to the church.
If you have a larger donation
(boxes etc.), please give us a
call and we’ll arrange a time
to meet you at the downstairs
food bank doors. Thank you.
Blessings
Sally Ann
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Senior of the Week
Our senior of the week this week is Rita Logan.
Born in 1924, she turned 90 years old on Oct. 23.
Born and raised in St. Marys, Rita has lived in Thorndale
on her home farm for the last 71 years. She has one
daughter, two grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
Happy Birthday Rita!
If you would like to nominate someone for Senior of the
Week, Contact us at 284-0041 (phone), 284-0042 (fax),
or [email protected]
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COMMENTARY
Why is it important to
vote?
The following is taken from
Elections Canada but applies
to our Municipal election as well.
The right to vote is a
fundamental
democratic
right that is protected by the
Canadian Charter of Rights and
Freedoms. It is the cornerstone
of democracy.
When we vote, we choose
the representatives who will
make the laws and policies that
govern how we live together.
The legitimacy of a government
lies in the fact that it is elected.
Low voter turnouts may call
into question this democratic
legitimacy.
While democracy involves
much more than holding
elections every four years,
voting is a powerful way to send
a message to governments and
politicians. The more votes, the
more powerful the message
is. In other words, every vote
counts.
Compared to other forms of
political participation, voting
does not require a lot of time
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In memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo
or effort – in other words, it is
one of the easiest ways to have
a say in how your society is
governed.
Why is the youth vote important?
According to research , only
37.4% of 18 to 24-year-olds
voted at the last election. That
means over 60% of young
Canadians did not participate
in selecting this country’s
government.
When politicians know in
advance that most young
people don’t vote, they may
be less interested in making
the effort to be responsive to
issues that matter to younger
Canadians.
Some say that young people
don’t vote because politicians
don’t care about youth issues
or don’t talk to young people
in their own language. But by
not voting, young Canadians
lose an important opportunity
to make their voices heard by
politicians.
Something to think about…
The shooting of a Canadian soldier “standing on guard” at the National War Memorial and the Tomb
of the Unknown Soldier in Ottawa, is an unforgivable affront to all those who gave their lives for
freedom in Canada, including those on our own Cenotaph in St. Marys.
The
Independent
THOUGHTS
OF THE WEEK
The best sermons are
lived, not preached.
Don’t judge folks by
their relatives.
Remember that
silence is sometimes
the best answer.
Sometimes you get,
and sometimes you
get got.
Always drink
upstream from the
herd.
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Bravo
Boo
We have three Bravos submitted
this week.
The first one goes “A bravo goes to
Little Caesar’s successful launch
in St. Marys. With such delicious
pizza at a great price, I plan on
eating there at least twice a week,
maybe more”.
The second Bravo “goes to Carey
Pope for responding quickly to
an urgent matter. Carey provided
us with contact information for
Richard from Simple Dreams
Charity”.
The third Bravo “goes to Simple
Dreams Charity for donating
a refrigerator for an elderly
gentleman from town”.
We have two Boos submitted this
week.
The first one goes “to the person(s)
shooting at the birds in the bird
houses at the dog park. The sign
and the post were completely
riveted with shot gun pellets. We
should be happy to have a place
to take our family pets. This is no
place for target practice”.
The second Boo goes “to motorists
who do not signal at either of the
two round-a-bouts. The rules of
the road apply there the same as
everywhere else”.
*Please note all Boo’s and Bravo’s must be
signed in order to be considered.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK
“Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be
silenced and we refuse to be silenced. But we will carry on with the business of this house
and the business of our democratic society.”
~ Premier Kathleen Wynne, after the shooting in Ottawa on Wednesday.
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Challenging Green Arc
Continued from page 1
with the Ministry of the
Environment
(MOE)
and “as a company,
we’re performing our
due diligence, and working through a process
that’s required of all industry in order to operate in Ontario”. He did
indicate that he hoped
to have the over–300
jobs after three years
of production. As for
recent criticism he said
“It’s unfortunate that candidates for local council
have chosen to challenge Green” adding
“more recently, I’ve been
subjected to comments
that are both slanderous and libellous”.
Questions were asked
about gas emissions,
tire
storage,
noise
and pollution and Rob
Wrigley the District manager of the MOE out of
London handled those
questions. He said that
the MOE do regular
checks for all those hazards but people can call
his office anytime if they
have a concern. He said
that this applies to all
companies in St. Marys.
He also said that Green
Arc will not be allowed
to have outside storage
of tires and that they will
be asked to pay upfront
a deposit for disposal
of tires if the venture
did not succeed, to insure that the total cost
of cleaning up would be
covered.
Monday is Election Day!
This coming Monday October 27th is the election
to choose a mayor and six
councillors.
Voting takes place at the
PRC from 10 am to 8 pm.
If the advance poll is an
indicator, the percentage of
people might be up this time.
There were 362 people who
voted at the Advance Poll,
while in 2010 Advance Poll
only 219 voted. Because
the votes are counted by
machine this time and not
manually, the final total tally
should be available by 8.15
pm according to Town CAO,
Kevin McLlwain. The results
will be on the screen at the
PRC but if you are unable
to make it there they will be
available on-line at “AMO
election results”.
Friday, October 24, 2014
DCVI grad accepts Medal of Bravery from Governor General in Ottawa
By Dan Rankin
On Tuesday morning in Ottawa,
about 24 hours before sergeantat-arms Kevin Vickers conducted
his own nationally-hailed act
of bravery, Governor General
David Johnston presented 45
citizens with Medals of Bravery
for acts they had performed in
hazardous circumstances. One
of the recipients was DCVI grad
and Lakeside native Eli Day.
involved in the collision were
killed. The only survivors were
Mark Penney, who was 28 at
the time, and Timothy Wheaton,
who was then just three years
old.
In an article from the Westlock
News a week after the accident,
fellow Medal of Bravery recipient
Lefebvre commented on Day’s
role in the rescue. “My friend
and coworker Eli Day was
very active in all aspects of
Day, who currently lives with
helping the survivors,” he said.
his family in Westlock, Alberta,
“Especially with Timmy. Eli was
was one of the first on the
the one that held on to him for
scene at a head-on collision
an hour, and Timmy was only
near Wandering River, Alberta
comfortable in Eli’s arms at that
on April 27, 2012. The accident
stage.”
had occurred on a notorious
stretch of Highway 63 between Day, 27, attended the ceremony
Edmonton and Fort McMurray alongside his family and fiancée
known by Albertans for its busy Tara McKay, also a former Saluki
traffic and dangerous driving and a St. Marys native. “Eli and
conditions. Alongside Tyler I and his mom, Cathy Segeren,
Fowler and Dion Lefebvre (who his dad, Keith Day, and his
were also presented Medals sisters Deanna Day McCotter
of Bravery on Tuesday), Day and Jolene DeBoer all went to
helped pull four people from the ceremony at Rideau Hall,”
their burning vehicles. “The said McKay in a Facebook
rescuers managed to extricate message on Thursday morning.
the victims despite the rapidly “Eli thought it was an incredible
spreading fire,” said a press experience and honour.”
release announcing the medal After the ceremony and a tour of
presentation ceremony. “Sadly, the hall, Day and his family left
several occupants of both Ottawa bound for Lakeside, and
vehicles did not survive.”
were safely out of the city before
Seven of the nine passengers
Wednesday’s events.
Carpenter Ants now, it is
possible to have sixteen
colonies in four years.
One indication of a new
colony being formed is
swarms of winged ants.
Carpenter Ants tend
to resist common ant
poison, and often the
only way to eradicate
them is to find the nests
and destroy them.
If you have a question,
you can email me at
[email protected],
and I will respond either
by email or in a future
article. If you would like
me to come and assess
one of your trees, you
can call me at 519-2725742.
Joel Hackett is a Certified
Arborist Residing in the
St Mary’s Area. Spending
most of the year running
Joel’s Tree Service, he
also teaches Arborculture
during the winter at
Lambton College. Joel
Hackett does not assume
any liability for any
information in this article.
Eli Day, right, and his fiancee Tara McKay were in Ottawa
on Tuesday. Day was there to accept a Medal of Bravery
from Governor General David Johnston.
Tree Tips: Carpenter Ants
There are two kinds of
Carpenter ants commonly
found in Canada, the Red
Carpenter ant and the
Black Carpenter ant. The
Black Carpenter ant is
by far the most common
in south-western Ontario.
Carpenter
Ants
can
seriously
affect
the
integrity of a tree, and
can also indicate dead,
diseased, and rotting
areas within the tree.
Carpenter Ants vary in
size from 6 mm to 25 mm,
and can infest all kinds
of wood on your property.
Carpenter Ants can be
difficult to eradicate, and
often it is necessary to
call in a professional pest
control company.
Many times a tree will be
infested with Carpenter
Ants and it will not be
apparent to the average
observer. This can be
very dangerous, as they
can seriously affect the
structural integrity of the
tree. When inspecting
for Carpenter Ants, you
look for sawdust piles
around the tree and ants
traveling in lines back
and forth.
If there are Carpenter
Ants in your trees or your
house they should be
dealt with immediately,
as they multiply very
quickly, and each year
a colony can produce
a satellite colony. So if
you have one colony of
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Riddles
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What game can be dangerous to
your mental health?
Marbles, you don’t want to lose
them.
Why do you run faster when you
have a cold?
You have a racing pulse and your
nose is running
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Why did the baseball batter go
crazy?
The pitcher kept throwing
screwballs
What is the best advice to give a
young baseball player?
What do you get if your sheep
studies karate?
A lamb chop
Why did Tarzan spend so much
time on the golf course?
What kind of skates wear out
quickly?
Why are some umpires fat?
Why was Cinderella such a bad
basketball player?
Cheapskates
They always clean their plate!
Her coach was a pumpkin!
If you don’t’ succeed at first, try
second base
He was perfecting his swing
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Our pet of the week is 7–year-old Lenny, who is relieved
to be back at the Clinton/Douthwaite homestead after
being lost for seven weeks. He is shown above with
Myles and Charlotte who were overjoyed with the
surprise return of their beloved pet.
Lenny had never strayed from their yard before, but
on Aug. 29 he got curious and became lost. In a great
stroke of luck, he was found under a shrub about 3 k.m.
away when Christina went for a morning run and noticed
their missing family member. Lenny had lost a lot of
weight but is now happily recovering back at home.
To nominate a Pet of the Week call
The St. Marys Independent at 284-0041.
All Sizes Welcome
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Teeth Cleaning
Nails Medicated Baths
Skunk/Flea Baths
Cats Welcome
Kennels with
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St. Marys Independent
Friday, October 24, 2014
A.N.A.F. Unit 265
23 Wellington St. N.
and
519-284-0900
The St. Marys Independent
Present the
Teen of
the Week
Halloween Party
Fri. Oct. 31st, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. featuring DJ ROB
from Toronto
PRIZES FOR BEST COSTUMES
$5.00 cover charge
Meat draw
Every Friday night
Open Mic Night
Oct. 18 , 2014 from 8:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Men’s dart league to start Oct. 25th
ALL WELCOME
Sign up at A.N.A.F.
23 Wellington St. N.
th
Holy Name of Mary CWL
Christmas
Bazaar
in our Parish Hall
Bake Table:..................10:00 – 1:00
Penny Table
Basket Raffle
Lunch:..............................11:30 – 1:00
West End Variety
188 Queen St. W.
MON-FRI 6-10
SAT 7-10 SUN 8-10
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NEW VIDEO
RELEASES FOR 10
Gerry Verwer
Born: London Age: 13
School: Holy Name Grade: 8
Favourite subject: Math
Favourite past-time: Target practice
Favourite teacher: Mr. Landers
Favourite artist: Taylor Swift
Ambition: to be a farmer
The teen of the week receives a
Slice and Pop from Godfather’s
The weather is looking great for the
last weekend of Harvest Festival,
this Saturday and Sunday from
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate the fall
season with a wagon ride, barn
tour, corn maze, pumpkin patch,
crafts, face painting, and much
Maple-Apple Beans
Ingredients
3 cups (750 mL) McCully’s white
pea beans
1/4 lb (113 g) McCully’s slab bacon
or salt pork
1 can (28 oz/796 mL) tomatoes
3 cups (750 mL) McCully’s diced
peeled apples
1 tbsp (15 mL) cider vinegar
2 cups (500 mL) chopped onions
Preserve of
the month
Chutney
3/4 cups (175 mL) ketchup
3/4 cup (175 mL) McCully’s maple
syrup
1/3 cup (75 mL) packed brown sugar
1 tbsp (15 mL) dry mustard
1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
1/4 tsp (1 amL) pepper
Preparation
Rinse beans and sort, if necessary, discarding any blemished ones and any
grit.
In large Dutch oven or stockpot, cover beans with 3 times their volume of
water. Bring to boil; boil gently for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover
and let stand for 1 hour. Drain, discarding liquid.
Return soaked beans to pot along with 3 times their volume of fresh water.
Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, for 30 to 45 minutes or
until tender. Drain, reserving 2 cups (500 mL) cooking liquid.
Meanwhile, dice bacon; set aside. In bowl, and using potato masher, mash
tomatoes in their juice.
In bean pot or 16-cup (4 L) casserole, combine beans, reserved cooking
liquid, bacon, tomatoes, apples, vinegar, onions, ketchup, maple syrup,
sugar, mustard, salt and pepper.
Bake covered in 300°F (150°C) oven for 2 hours. Uncover and bake for 1
to 1-1/2 hours longer or until sauce is thickened and coats beans well.
Come in today for your
fresh Ontario apples. Our
Halloween pumpkins come
in all sizes!
FALL HOURS
Monday - Friday: 10-5
Saturday: 9-5
Sunday: 10-5
www.mccullys.ca 519-284-2564
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Tyler Graham, CIM
Associate Advisor
[email protected]
Tel: 519-271-4611
Fax: 519-271-7429
1-800-265-4596
St. Marys Independent
BUSINESS OF THE WEEK
Little Caesars Pizza
RBC Dominion Securities Inc.
187 Ontario Street
Stratford, On N5A 3H3
Our business of the week
is Little Caesars Pizza,
located at 162 James
Street South in St. Marys.
Owners Dan and Pam
Ryan officially opened the
new pizzeria on Oct. 14.
Pam was manager of
the town’s Tim Hortons
franchise when it first
opened in the late 1990’s.
She then got out of the
food business for a
few years, before the
opportunity to start up
Little Caesars in St. Marys
“just kind of fell in our laps”
in January this year, she
said.
“The location was key,” she
said, of the close proximity
of their front door to DCVI.
Since first hearing about
the opportunity, she and
her husband had been
working on renovating the
space, Pam said.
“It was a full gut from top
to bottom on the inside,
renovating
everything
from the walls to the
floor, bringing in all of
our equipment from the
States, and bringing it
up to franchise code,”
she said. “So far so
good. Everybody’s really
impressed and have
nothing but positive things
to say.”
That included bringing the
old pickup window, which
had long been out-ofuse, back into operation.
“The pickup window is
operational again, and
there will be a new window
going in, in the following
weeks,” she said.
The Little Caesars chain
is well known for it’s
“Hot-N-Ready”
medium
pepperoni pizzas, but in
addition, other popular
choices include Hot-NReady 8 - piece chicken
wings, crazy bread and
Italian cheesebread, she
said.
Some combo specials on
right now include a lunch
special, running daily
from 11 am – 2 pm, which
includes “half a deep dish
with a pop for $6,” Pam
said. “Then we always
have our Hot-N-Ready
pepperoni and cheese for
$5.55.”
For the time being, Little
Caesars is open daily 11
am to 11 pm. In several
weeks once a trial period
has been completed,
those hours could be
adjusted she said. “Right
now we’re open 11 am
– 11 pm, but in the next
couple of weeks we’ll plot
out just what the hours will
be.”
Call Little Caesars at 519284-2121.
519•284•0036
All breed pet groomer
Marlene MacKenzie
Groomer/owner
NOW
OPEN!
255 Wellington St. S., St. Marys
ASK A VET
519.801.5513
4870 Line 4, R.R. #6 St. Marys, Ontario N4X 1C8
www.thescruffypuppysalon.ca
Pick up & drop off service for your convenience!
I wondered what the
Farley foundation is?
Across Ontario this month,
some veterinary clinics are
participating in “Fundraise
for Farley” month. You may
recognize the mascot of
this foundation as the comic
strip dog, Farley who was
created by Lynn Johnston.
The Ontario Veterinary
Medical Association started
the Farley Foundation in
2002. Since it’s founding
year, it has assisted more
than 5000 people with
over $2 million of funding
to pet owners in need.
Studies have shown that
the human-animal bond
has a beneficial effect on
the mental and physical
Farley foundation
health and well being of a
pet owner. These benefits
have been demonstrated
in scientific studies and
include reduced stress
levels,
reduced
blood
pressure and cholesterol
levels, and fewer heart
attacks.
In
addition,
nursing
homes
that
use companion animal
therapy have experienced
a
significant
drop
in
the use of prescription
drugs. Recognizing what
a crucial role our pets
play in overall health, this
foundation strives to cover
unexpected, necessary or
emergency care to people
who otherwise might not
be able to afford it. Routine
veterinary care such as
examinations, vaccinations
and pet food are part of
responsible pet ownership
and are not eligible for
funding. The goal of the
Farley Foundation is to
preserve this important
bond in a situation that
might otherwise lead to the
difficult financial decision
of surrender or euthanasia.
This foundation relies solely
on donations to provide
this assistance. In order to
qualify for funding under
the Farley foundation, a
pet owner must meet
specific criteria such as:
they must be receiving
the Federal Guaranteed
Income Supplement (GIS);
or the Canada Pension
Plan Disability Payment
(CPP Disability); or the
Ontario Disability Support
Payment (ODSP); or be a
participant of the OVMA
SafePet program which
assists women at risk of
abuse who are entering a
women’s shelter in Ontario.
There are 2 other situations
that may also qualify. Your
veterinary clinic must be a
member of the OVMA and
there is a maximum yearly
limit per clinic that they may
apply for.
For more information or to
donate to this important
cause, speak to your
veterinarian or visit www.
farleyfoundation.org
St. Marys Independent
Friday, October 24, 2014
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THIS WEEK IN AGRICULTURE
Ontario association seeks to make Food and
Nutrition a mandatory high school credit
count towards one of the
three “additional” credits, or
any of the 12 optional credits,
but are not mandatory.
By Dan Rankin
According to Mary Carver,
OHEA spokesperson, since
more and more optional
courses came into high
schools beginning back in
the 1970’s, enrolment in food
and nutrition courses has
lagged behind that of “sexier
choices.”
When secondary students
graduate high school and
begin the next chapter of
their lives, they should have
a working knowledge of how
to prepare a nutritious meal “They could do things other
for themselves. That’s the than learn to cook and sew,”
belief of the Ontario Home she said. “Computers were
Economics
Association introduced and deemed to be
(OHEA), which, as part of more important or interesting.
their food literacy initiative, For whatever reason, there
has come up with a petition seemed to be a break away
for the provincial government from home economics in the
to make a food and nutrition 1970s.”
course a compulsory part of
the province’s curriculum.
As a result, “kids today don’t
know how to cook,” she said.
Currently, to graduate with “We had a student here in
an
Ontario
Secondary Ottawa recently, age 20, who
School Diploma, high school was taught in an adult class
students in the province how to crack an egg. He’d
need to acquire, among other never done that in his life.”
conditions, 15 compulsory
credits, 12 optional credits, Last September the ministry
as well as three “additional” of education introduced 21
credits chosen from three new family studies courses
different groups of courses into the curriculum, including
including languages, arts, seven food and nutrition
sciences and cooperative courses. They differ in
education. Under this format, the amount of focus they
food and nutrition courses provide to theory, research
– grouped among a long and hands-on cooking, and
list of “social science and Carver said “quite a few
humanities” classes – can
of them are just excellent.” young people and families
However, as they fall under relying on high-sodium and
the umbrella of Social sugar fast food, and eating
Science and Humanities, and multiple meals outside the
are grouped along with other home everyday.
Family Studies courses, it
rates
have
required students to do a little “Obesity
increased,” she said. “31
digging just to find them.
percent of children in Canada
This semester at DCVI, two are considered to be obese
Food and Nutrition classes or overweight at the moment.
are in session, Grade 10 It’s a huge blow to our health
Food and Nutrition and Grade care system and a cost to
12 Nutrition and Health. Two Ontario for that. It’s something
others will be offered next that’s being addressed and
semester.
Teaching
the discussed around the world.
classes is Kathryn Marie, who The culprit seems to be a lot
has taught at DCVI for over of processed food in our diet.
10 years.
We’re not eating real food as
often as we think we are.”
She said the courses she’s
teaching right now provide If students get practice in the
students good hands-on, kitchen at school, it might also
technical
experience
in do away with the perception
cooking, and she would be in young people have that
favour of Food and Nutrition they “don’t have time” to
becoming a mandatory class. make their own food. “Every
“Food and Nutrition teaches student needs to learn how
them how to be independent, to feed themselves properly
eat healthy and make and economically,” she said.
healthy choices when they’re “If you have a well-stocked
shopping and cooking,” Marie fridge or pantry you can put
said. “They can learn about a meal on the table fairly
the nutrients and what they do quickly. Perhaps even faster
in their bodies. Anyone who is than you could stopping at a
going to cook for themselves fast food place and picking
or anyone else can benefit something up there.”
from these courses.”
The OHEA hopes to submit
If a Food and Nutrition course its petition to the government
did
become
mandatory, by the end of October. To
Carver said she feels it could sign the petition, go to their
help reverse the trend of website at OHEA.on.ca.
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St. Marys Independent
Sign on to the VIA Rail petition today!
Top 10 reasons to sign the petition:
Those NOT currently using VIA rail
• Preserve property value and assets
• Preserve families’ property values and assets
• Lower personal property taxes (maintaining businesses and
residences and attracting more reduces property taxes)
• Better balance of people on road rails makes
driving easier
• Reduce economic cost of road accidents
(currently $22 billion per year or $600 for each Canadian)
• Supporting friends, neighbours and community members that
need VIA service
• Supporting children & grandchildren that will need
VIA to go back & forth to schools
• Access to passenger rail creates employment thereby reducing
income taxes
• Enhances standard of living re improvements in environment
• Your family may require VIA in the future
Those using VIA
• All of the reasons for those not currently using VIA
• Going to medical appointments
• Going to morning meetings
• Going to schools and workplaces
• Going to meet/attend to families
• Visitors returning home
• Tourists, friends and family members visiting
• Those that cannot drive (no licence or vehicle)
• Ability to work on internet
• Luxurious stress free transportation with friendly efficient
staff and food and beverage delivered to your seat
Get on board; sign the petition for improved VIA rail service!
Please sign on today and share with your friends and associates.
View the many passionate messages being posted by Canadians
of why we need enhanced VIA rail service.
Your petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/via-rail-service?source=c.fwd&r_by=8001801
Stand up! Be Bold! Contact these MP’s and MPP’s today!
Members of Parliament, MP (Federal)
Right Honourable Stephen Harper [email protected]
Tel 613-992-4211
Fax 613-941-6900
Honourable Tony Clement [email protected]
Tel 613-944-7740
Fax 613-992-5092
Honourable Joe Oliver [email protected]
Tel 613-992-6361
Fax 613-992-9791
Honourable Lisa Raitt [email protected]
Tel 613-996-7046
Fax 613-992-0851
Honourable Denis Lebel [email protected]
Tel 418-275-2768
Fax 613-996-6252
Gary Schellenberger [email protected]
Tel 519-273-1400
Fax 519-273-9045
House of Commons Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Members of the Legislative Assembly, MPP (MLA Ontario)
Honourable Kathleen Wynne [email protected]
Tel 416-325-1941
Fax 416-325-9895
Honourable Charles Sousa [email protected]
Tel 416-325-0400
Fax 416-325-0374
Honourable Glen Murray [email protected]
Tel 416-327-9200
Fax 416-327-9188
Honourable Jeff Leal [email protected]
Tel 416-326-3074
Fax 416-326-3083
Randy Pettapiece
[email protected]
Tel 519-272-0660
Fax 519-272-1064
Privy Council
Wayne Wouters
[email protected]
Tel 613-957-5153
Fax 613-957-5043
Notes:
no stamp
required for
mailing to
House of
Commons
ST. MARYS VIA STATION
TRAIN SCHEDULE
St. Marys - Toronto
(Via Stratford, Kitchener, Guelph, Georgetown & Brampton):
Departs St. Marys Arrives in Toronto
7:57 AM 10:50 AM
8:36 PM 11:20 PM
St. Marys - London
Departs St. Marys Arrives in London
1:36 PM 2:19 PM
8:23 PM* 9:07 PM
Reservations required before 17:00* for same day departure
London - St. Marys
Departs London Arrives in St. Marys
7:03 AM 7:56 AM
7:51 PM 8:34 PM
Toronto - St. Marys
Departs Toronto Arrives in St. Marys
10:55 AM 1:34 PM
5:40 PM 8:21 PM
ST. MARYS VIA STATION
EXTENDED HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday - Friday Saturday
7:45 AM – 8:45 AM
12:45 PM – 1:45 PM
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM*
7:45 AM – 1:45 PM
*8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Call 284- 4111 For Information
St. Marys Independent
Friday, October 24, 2014
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Re-elect BILL OSBORNE
for council
Town is in a good fiscal
position
● Reserves have doubled
● Debt nicely decreasing
● Efficiencies been introduced
However next four
years bring challenges
● Bridges
“In going forward we must
● Downtown renewal
be concerned about the
affordability of our citizens ● Water projects
to maintain a quality of life,
given the town’s debt load.” ● Possible sewer projects
Let my experience
lead us forward
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Friday, October 24, 2014
St. Marys Independent
St. Marys Candidates Q & A responses
We asked the candidates in
St. Marys to supply a short
bio and answer 10 questions.
We received answers from
all candidates for mayor and
council. Their answers are
presented below in alphabetical order.
1. Please provide us with a
brief bio letting our readers
know more about you:
Mayor:
Steve Grose:
I am a lifelong resident of St.
Marys, and my family’s roots
here can be traced back to
the mid-1800’s. My wife Carol
and I have been married for
38 years. We are the proud
parents of two daughters and
two sons, and we have been
blessed with three beautiful
grandchildren. I have over 35
years of business management and leadership experience, and I am currently the
Plant Manager of the Delhi
facility of Scotts Canada. I
am a Life Member of the St.
Marys Kinsmen Club, and I
have coached and served in
many executive capacities
for St. Marys Minor Ball and
St. Marys Minor Hockey. I am
also a past recipient of the
St. Marys Recreation Committee’s Volunteer of the Year
Award.
Al Strathdee:
I grew up in St. Marys and
attended St. Marys D.C.V.I. I
went on to obtain degrees in
Political Science and History
from Wilfrid Laurier University
and a degree in Education
from the University of Ottawa.
I have had the opportunity
to work and study in diverse
places such as Quebec, Sweden, China and Mali, Africa
before returning home to St.
Marys to raise a family.
I have owned, developed and
maintained many local businesses throughout the years.
I was responsible for the inception, development and
management of the Thames
Valley Retirement Community.
I also performed functions in
sales and marketing through
T.V.R.C. Realty, after completing my Broker’s License
through the Real Estate
Council of Ontario. For many
years, I owned Color Your
World which I merged with
Douglas Decorating in the
downtown core. As a previous
member of the St. Marys Merchant’s Association, I have a
great insight into the issues
facing our downtown core. I
currently own and operate the
Little Falls Car and Pet Wash
and Laundromat and The
St. Marys Mini-Storage. I am
also responsible for the management and maintenance of
two apartment buildings with
a total of 28 units in St. Marys.
My diverse experience provides me with the skills to lead
St. Marys in a positive direction and find solutions to our
concerns.
Council:
Jim Craigmile:
I am running for St. Marys
council to try and give back
to my hometown some of the
skills and knowledge I have
developed over a career of 40
years. After St. Marys DCVI, I
pursued studies at Fanshawe
College in an Environmental
Technology program. I started
working for Ontario Research
Foundation in Mississauga in
1972 and became a member
of the first air emission testing
team in Ontario. At ORTECH
Environmental I provided
technical supervision and resource management as the
Principal of the air emission
testing group. I have managed some of the largest air
emission testing projects in
Canada and I am recognized
by peers and regulatory officials in Canada and abroad
as an expert in sampling
methods, testing strategy and
data quality. Approximately
80% of air emission tests
are completed to satisfy the
requirements of an industrial
permit to operate (ECA). My
experience of working with
regulators and private sector,
leadership, common sense,
teamwork, innovation, integrity, confidence, perseverance
and commitment are valuable
assets for a councillor.
Dave Cunningham:
I moved to St. Marys in 1990
to complete the building, and
to purchase and install the
equipment for the new plant
on James Street, for the Dana
Corporation. I was responsible for the facility, maintenance and engineering. With
the other four managers, I
hired the original group of
employees, most of whom
were from St. Marys and
area. I moved my family. my
wife June and our two sons,
Andrew and Jonathan from a
home built in 1843 in the village of Conestoga. We had a
strong connection to historic
buildings and found the built
heritage of St. Marys appealing and the town a good place
to work and raise our family.
I believe in giving back
through community involvement and volunteering. I
coached teams for minor
baseball, and minor hockey,
worked on the Optimist clubs
activities, ice rink flooding and
fund-raising. I also enjoyed
playing slo pitch and hockey. I
was pleased to find similar opportunities when we moved to
St. Marys, where I coached
hockey, played slow pitch and
became a Rotarian. I became
a founding member and Governor of the Canadian baseball Hall of Fame & Museum
and was very proud to be a
member of the group that
brought the Hall to St. Marys
in 1995. I supported June as
she expanded on our interest
in heritage and St. Marys by
starting and organizing the
Stonetown Heritage Festival
for many years.
I have always been interested
in politics and was successful in running for a seat on
council in 1993 and served for
three successive terms. I was
honoured to be the candidate
for Perth Wellington in the
2006 Federal Election and
although not elected found it
to be a very rewarding growth
experience.
As I continue to work in the
Automotive Industry and practice my team building, leadership and “Lean Manufacturing”
skills, as well as the technical
aspects of engineering, electronic and mechanical maintenance. I look forward to
retirement soon and the opportunity to once again serve
my community.
Frank Doyle:
Founder and longtime editor
of the St. Marys Independent,
covering Council and Town
issues extensively for more
than 14 years. Raised his
three children in Town and
now spoils his 9 grandchildren.
Stan Fraser:
Stan Fraser is married to
Cavell Fraser and has three
children Mallory, Alissa and
Jared. Stan is the President
of Grand Trunk Countryside
Estates (a residential land
development in St. Marys)
and owner of S.C.F. Homes
Inc. He has sold real estate
for over 25 years and works
for Ron Morrison at Coldwell
Banker Homefield Realty in
St. Marys. He is past President of the Perth County Real
Estate Board and a former six
year director.
Stan would like the opportunity to help shape the future of
St. Marys by contributing his
ideas, experience and knowledge in the areas of planning,
zoning and infrastructure
for the Town. He is a former
councillor who actively served
on the committees of public
works, community services
and home support. He was
the council representative for
the building of the Friendship
Centre.
Lynn Hainer:
I grew up in St. Marys. My
grandfather, Stan Corbett’s
family has been here for
generations. My background
includes sales, marketing
and operations management
within banking and computer
software and hardware industries. Having spent several
years in Toronto, I returned to
St Marys in 2008 with my husband, Rick and our children,
Johanna and Mitchell. And
now my children are growing
up here too - I wouldn’t have it
any other way!
I have served four years as
St. Marys Town Councilor
and appointed Deputy Mayor
2013. My community service
includes Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Little
Falls PS; Chair, Parents in
Perth and volunteer with Junior Achievement.
Bill Osborne:
I was born and raised in
Iroquois Falls, Ontario and
graduated from Queen’s University in 1963. I taught high
school in Barrie (four years)
and Thunder Bay (two years)
and then in 1969, with my
wife Mary Jane, moved to St.
Marys where I continued to
teach at DCVI. Three sons
(Mike, Chris, Jamie) were
born in St. Marys and have
provided us with 8 grandchildren. I retired in 1996 and
have been active in the com-
munity, especially since retirement. When I moved to St.
Marys, it was ‘the town worth
living in’ and it still is.
Carey Pope:
I picked St. Marys 15 years
ago to raise my three sons.
I’m the owner of the Pass
It On store, and the proceeds support youth, culture,
schools and environment in
St. Marys and globally. I’m
a current councillor, sit on
EDAC, BIA, youth board and
chair non-profit housing. My
free time is spent volunteering and helping my partner
Burt at Damen’s Restaurant.
Robby Smink:
I am 64, have an HBA, and
am a 27-year resident of St.
Marys. I am an avid golfer
and I reside at Lionvale, 236
Jones St. E with son Winston,
dog Kita, cat Blitz and two fish,
Nemo and Bubbles. A lifelong
entrepreneur and independent businessman, I am the
former owner and restorer
of the Opera House and former chair of the Downtown
Revitalization Committee. I
am currently North American
Sales Director for Argyle Materials, a company that wholesales consumables for 3D
printers a.k.a. rapid prototyping machines.
Al Tucker:
Over my career, I have been
employed with major corporations such as Firestone,
Goodyear and Dana. Al
Tucker Marketing (ATM Inc)
was incorporated in 1985. It
was designed to offer a complete range of administrative
services to a number of national & international trade associations in the commercial
truck transportation sector. In
2006 L.C. Enterprises was
established. As a freelance
journalist I continue to write
for a trade publication and I
maintain a registered lobbyist
account.
I am privileged to sit on the
St Marys Economic Development Advisory Committee,
am a ‘Save Via’ activist and
an accessibility rights advocate. I support the St. Marys
Community Players, Curling
Club, Museum, the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame,
and am a member of the St.
Marys Poetry Circle and Writers Connecting.
Don Van Galen:
Don is a life long resident of
St. Marys, married to Diane
and has four grown children.
Don has been a Financial Advisor with Sun Life Financial
for 10 years currently located
at the Opera House downtown. Prior to that he owned
and managed Van Galen
Photo. He has been a councillor for 14 years, and is active in community groups and
committees, including the St.
Marys Community Players,
The Community Foundation,
The United Way and Wildwood Sailing Club.
Tony Winter:
I am married to Susan and
have lived at 256 Elgin Street
East since 1970. I have four
children and six grand-chil-
dren. I taught in town for 30
years and currently volunteer
at Little Falls while enjoying
my retirement.
2. What do you see as the
most pressing issue facing
St. Marys in the next four
years?
Steve Grose:
There is not just one, but several pressing issues facing St.
Marys in the next four years.
My response to Question 10
below reinforces this.
Al Strathdee:
There is a great need for local government to reconnect
with the people of St. Marys
to learn what is important to
them. Currently, this council
seems very interested in being engaged, but only in the
last few weeks before the
election. We are dealing with
long-standing issues that
have been plagued with both
misinformation and no information.
The most urgent issue is to
reinstate our infrastructure
maintenance program. Our
Town has fallen behind. This
Council has spent less than
half the amount as the previous Council on capital projects. The old saying “You can
pay me now, or pay me later”,
is very applicable.
The largest and most pressing issue is to promote growth
with respect to business and
industry. We need to not only
target new industry but also
support the growth of our
existing businesses. As a
business owner, you understand that businesses don’t
compete, they work together
to build a stronger business
community. We need to instill
a sense of collaboration and
cooperation between local
business and government.
St. Marys needs to “Get Back
to Basics”, and be “Open for
Business”.
Jim Craigmile:
In my opinion economic development is the most pressing issue facing St. Marys.
Without it the only way the
town can continue to finance
the current level of service
and handle large infrastructure issues would be to increase taxes. There needs to
be a focus on increasing the
tax base by attracting more
businesses and residents.
We must work with our current industries to understand
their needs for potential expansion.
Dave Cunningham:
I feel strongly that industrial
and commercial development
are of paramount importance;
we have to increase our business tax base in order to reduce the tax burden on the
residents of St. Marys.
Frank Doyle:
Keeping taxes and water
rates at an acceptable level.
There are many young families and seniors on fixed incomes who cannot afford any
major increases. If the Town
keeps tax increases under
control then the next priority
should be infrastructure done
in a common sense way.
Stan Fraser:
The most pressing issue facing St. Marys is having a long
term financial, infrastructure
and growth plan for the Town.
Lynn Hainer:
Council the next term will face
many expensive infrastructure projects that will require
careful planning. It is clear
that Council will hold back
growth if we under-invest in
basic infrastructure that is
needed for economic success but the timing of these
projects, and the path chosen
will impact our community for
generations to come.
Bill Osborne:
For me the most pressing
issue is the renewal of the
downtown (which includes
the bridges). This is where
I see our future---St. Marys
as a destination (tourism).
Our downtown buildings
and many throughout the
town should be viewed as a
resource. The architectural
landscape is second to none.
Although we tend to concentrate on our empty stores,
step back and see what we
do have. We have an excellent nucleus of stores that
are attractive to tourists. We
have an excellent selection
of eating establishments and
good accommodations. We
always talk about tapping into
the visitors to Stratford. Time
for action! To make St. Marys
a destination will require a
large investment in people
and money. We need people
who think outside the box.
People with updated ideas
and concepts and who understand the community. We
have many such people in St.
Marys. Let’s use them. Over
the past 10 yrs we have been
putting monies into promotion
but to be very successful will
require large infusions of capital. I do not present this position to the exclusion of industry but for those who think industry is our future, I ask them
to present what they think is
a realistic industrial strategy. It
may not be what you think.
Carey Pope:
The most pressing issues that
St. Marys must deal with are
Landfill and expansion, Water
and Wellington St. bridges,
water and treatment, keeping
taxes affordable while balancing these large expenses, the
current council has worked
hard with staff to prepare with
strong reserves and a good
capital plan.
Robby Smink:
I believe our priority should be
to do everything possible to
bring more tourists into town
to support our local businesses. Unfortunately, St Marys is
still Ontario’s best kept tourism secret. We are a perfect
and natural tourist town and
attraction because of our
quaint size, historical heritage
and the fact that our downtown, except for the 2 bank
buildings, is a perfectly preserved Victorian town. There
are 600,000 tourists visiting
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Stratford every year and we
simply have to come up with
more creative ideas to bring
more of them to St Marys.
Let’s engage our citizens with
a contest with a $500.00 first
prize to come up with the best
idea to draw tourists. Maybe
start a shuttle service to
Stratford. Contact other small
towns around the globe within
20-30 minutes of major tourist
attractions like the Stratford
Festival and canvas them to
see what they do to take advantage of their situations to
draw tourists. Lots of ideas
out there, let’s incorporate the
best of them to bring our town
more business.
Al Tucker:
Our most pressing issue is
GROWTH! According to the
2014 final Budget, St Marys
residents were expected to
contribute just over $10.6
million in taxes whereas the
Industrial/Commercial
sector were expected to contribute around $3 million for the
fiscal year 2014. According
to my learned accounting
friends, under ideal conditions, the revenue from these
two sources should be closer
to a 50-50 split. The fact that
the town is so dependent on
residential tax revenue may
not bode well for the future.
I understand that $300,000
was taken from reserves to
help ease the burden on the
final tax rate.
That being said, growth, particularly in the commercial and
Industrial sector, along with an
expanded effort to have more
affordable housing developed
within our boundaries, will
not only contribute to much
needed revenue but will also
bring more folks into our community. Without growth and/or
with declining industrial and
commercial activity, existing
town services will be threatened. We don’t want to go
down that road.
Don Van Galen:
St. Marys needs to address
its infrastructure deficit, from
bridge and road works, sewage treatment and parks. Deficits like this don’t show up on
a balance sheet, but nonetheless have an economic impact. Many of these are still in
planning stages. The lack of
capacity for industrial waste
limits growth and job opportunity. Closed bridges impact
businesses by limiting traffic
and customer access.
Tony Winter:
The major challenge facing
the next council is balancing
future infrastructure needs
while protecting services such
as library, museum, tourism
and seniors which enhance
the quality of life in the town.
3. How are you uniquely
suited to address problems
facing the town?
Steve Grose:
Results can only be achieved
through hard work, compromise, and team building. I
have a proven track record in
these areas.
Al Strathdee:
I am uniquely suited from my
If you ask people around background and experience
Town, many would say they in my own businesses. I have
see me daily, as I oversee my had experience with engilocal businesses, participate neering, planning, zoning and
in volunteer and committee budgeting. I am also a previwork, and family activities. As ous Town councillor.
a local self-employed busi- Lynn Hainer:
nessman, I have the avail- My 25 years in business opability and flexibility to ad- erations,
marketing and stradress any concerns regarding tegic alliances
leading comtown business efficiently. I plex projects gives
me the
am available in person when diverse experience required
needed. Frequently I receive
understand and provide
calls from other business to
leadership in the Town of St.
owners and citizens seek- Marys.
This has been proven
ing advice concerning how in last term
of Council where I
to navigate town issues. Be- have brought
a deep level of
cause I have a unique insight understanding,
questioning
to the problems and concerns and built significant
faced by our business com- ships that bring valuerelationto our
munity, I am able to give the
today and into the
right advice and provide inno- community
future.
vative solutions.
As a long-term volunteer Bill Osborne:
serving with many community A few weeks ago this newscommittees*, I know how to paper referred to me as ‘the
work together with our fellow voice of reason’. If this is so
residents to achieve the best it will be a valuable asset in
results for our town. I can dealing with issues of the
bring the full resources of the bridges and downtown recitizens of this great commu- newal which will be controvernity together to address the sial, sometimes contentious
significant challenges that lie and possibly divisive. This
ahead for us.
we want to avoid. I consider
my
age an asset as with age
*(The St. Marys Memorial comes
I feel I can
Hospital Foundation, The St. see theexperience.
picture and this alMarys Library Board, The St. lows mebig
to empathize with the
Marys Committee of Adjust- people as
I have been there.
ment, The St. Marys Econom- This experience,
combined
ic Development Committee, with the ability to think
outside
The St. Marys Skating Club, the
box, updated ideas and
The St. Marys, Mobility Bus concepts
of the younger genCommittee, The St. Marys erations makes
for a powerful
Children’s Choir, The St. combination. My experience
Marys Kinsmen Club, and St. of 11 yrs on council has given
Marys Minor Hockey)
me a sound understanding of
affairs of local government.
Jim Craigmile:
I am committed to common In the past I have taken courssense approach and team- es in urban studies and local
work. I will solicit feedback government which have given
from residents with expertise me an excellent background.
on subjects or issues as re- I am fiscally responsible.
quired prior to making decisions. I am approachable and Carey Pope:
available to talk on many is- I’m a entrepreneur, and have
sues that affect all ages. Staff a strong and unique business
I have supervised are hard- background. I live and work
working and respectful due downtown, I’m approachable,
to my work ethic and leader- dedicated and compassionship style. I am committed to ate to the needs of everyone
financial responsibility. My equally in our community.
experience of working for mu- Robby Smink:
nicipalities on projects under
public scrutiny with extensive I think my extensive business
regulatory involvement like experience, the fact that I
the Region of Peel energy am very prudent with money
from waste incinerator will be and I like to think outside the
beneficial during environmen- box. I think I can bring some
tal issues.
benefit to council decisions.
I
also think we need some
Dave Cunningham:
new blood around the council
I have the necessary lead- table.
ership, teamwork skills and Al Tucker:
knowledge, gained from
many years of industrial and My extensive business expolitical experience to move periences have taken me to
St. Marys forward into a pe- the major commercial cenriod of negotiation and coop- ters of Canada with my backeration with our partners at all ground in marketing, sales
three levels of government and administration. Creativ(County, Provincial & Federal). ity through collaboration and
communication
combined
Frank Doyle:
with innovation has been the
Having covered Council for keys to my success in the
the Independent and never private sector. The real chalmissing a Council meeting lenge today is our ability to
during that time, and having adapt to rapid change. We
been on Council for three will be challenged to seek out
terms with a perfect atten- and establish a renewed redance record, I feel that I have alistic vision for the town and
the experience and knowl- then get down to work with
edge to help the next council.
a strategy to sell the advantages of living and working in
Stan Fraser:
“The Town Worth Living In”.
Don Van Galen:
No other member of council
has my level of experience.
Not only on council for 14
years, but with 20 years as
a member of the planning
board I have unique knowledge of the town’s infrastructure and development needs.
I understand the needs of
the town and developers, but
also the impacts to residents
and how council can ensure
growth is managed to ensure
quality of life.
Tony Winter:
I have experience in both the
public and private sectors so
I bring a unique perspective
to council having served the
public. As well, I have served
on the former PUC and council so I am experienced on
municipal affairs. Citizens’ issues are always of concern of
mine and I do not hesitate to
present their issues at council.
4. What would you like to
see done with the Green
(Water Street) Bridge?
Steve Grose:
The Environmental Assessment will direct us as to what
can be done with the Water
Street bridge. It currently is
in very bad shape. If we can
replace it with a new twolane bridge, that is what I will
support. In the very near future, we will have to replace
the Wellington Street bridge.
To have the Church Street
bridge as the main crossing
of Trout Creek would have a
disastrous effect on this very
important bridge.
Al Strathdee:
This bridge was closed
abruptly in an environment
of secrecy. We need to provide complete and accurate
information regarding the
changes that happen in our
town. I will do whatever I can
to bring this issue forward in
a transparent manner. We
need to know EXACTLY what
is wrong with the bridge and
EXACTLY what we can do
about it. This information
needs to be conveyed in a
timely manner. This bridge
has been closed for well over
a year and little has been addressed until election time. I
am strongly committed to doing my best to come up with
a solution to safely open up
the bridge to vehicular traffic.
If this is not possible, then we
can discuss as a community
whether the bridge gets relegated to a pedestrian crossing or relocated to a location
of prominence and replaced
with a new structure that is of
sympathetic design.
Jim Craigmile:
According to the most recent
BM Ross engineering report,
the bridge should be repaired
($10-15K) and a strategy developed to monitor and enforce weight restrictions and
reopened. This would probably occur around the same
time as the EA completion.
This would enable staff and
council to review all the options presented and then
present to the residents for input prior to formulating a plan
moving forward.
Dave Cunningham:
The bridge should be brought
back to a condition that will
allow for road traffic at the existing load rating. The bridge
is an important asset in both
its function and visual appearance and should be maintained as such.
Frank Doyle:
I would spend the proposed
$15K to repair the bridge and
have adequate signs to prohibit vehicles over 5 tonnes
from using the bridge. We
could also use a camera to
check if there are vehicles using the bridge that should not
be using it, and fine them.
Stan Fraser:
I enjoy the historic green
bridge, however, in tough
economic times and cutbacks
in funding, we have to find
ways to live within our tax
base. It is very expensive to
maintain 3 vehicular bridges
in three blocks. To preserve
the bridge it would be financially responsible to have as a
cycling and pedestrian bridge.
Lynn Hainer:
Firstly, the Green Bridge is
much-loved in St. Marys and
I appreciate the role it plays
in our downtown. The 2014
bridge report indicates that
significant deterioration has
occurred since the last bridge
inspection in 2013 and will
outline the types of repairs
that would be required before
the bridge could be considered for reopening to vehicle
use. In addition, the Environmental Assessment for it and
the Wellington St Bridge will
be back soon. All of this information is important for everyone in the community to hear
and provide comment on.
This public process will determine the best path forward for
the bridge.
Bill Osborne:
To make a decision on the
bridge at this time would be
irresponsible. The town is
awaiting an environmental assessment (government regulations) from the engineers
which is costing approximately $70 000. They are to
identify all options, giving the
advantages and disadvantages of each and possibly giving recommendations. When
we receive the assessment
it then goes to the public for
a complete airing after which
council will make the decision. To say now what I want
the solution to be would be irresponsible because I do not
have the facts. In the short
term, if the bridge can be
opened at a reasonable cost
then there will be no reason
not to open it.
Carey Pope:
The town is currently waiting
for the Environmental Assessment (EA) to be completed for
the Water and Wellington St.
bridges, also the UTRCA 200
year study, so much more
information is coming. Until
that time I would like to see
the historic green bridge repaired for minimal cost ($10-
13
$15,000) and open to car
traffic ASAP. It is one of the
pieces that make St. Marys
unique and special.
Robby Smink:
The bridge is an important
landmark, one of the few 19th
century metal span bridges
left in Canada. Arguably
one of the top five historical
landmarks in our town which
helps set this town apart from
all others. Everything can be
repaired. We should restore
this unique bridge properly
for future generations to enjoy. They have 2,000 year old
bridges in Italy built by the
Romans that are still functional. Surely we can save
and preserve this treasure!
Put a camera on it, big signs
that make it a $5 or $10,000
fine for exceeding the load
limit, then enforce it (with our
own police force). Violators
will disappear and the bridge
will stay in good repair and
remain safe. Between the
Opera House and my home
I have invested well over half
a million dollars of my own
personal money into preserving the heritage of our town. I
don’t think there is anybody
else running for council who
can make that claim. I put my
money where my mouth is. If
you vote for me I will be your
strongest advocate for heritage preservation.
Al Tucker:
Let’s get it repaired and open
to pedestrians and passenger
vehicles. Various methods
can be applied to assure that
larger and overweight vehicles will not be able to cross,
such as lowering the max
height restriction; installing
warning signage combined
with flashing amber warning
signals at both ends; set a 20
km/h speed limit, combined
with warning strips in the
pavement approaches; discontinue the use of salt on the
bridge in winter in favour of
sand and/or an inert ice melting product and finish coat the
structure with a corrosion resistant paint.
Don Van Galen:
I would like to re-open it as
soon as the necessary minor repairs and improved
traffic control can be completed. Although council was
concerned about safety, this
bridge has always had a load
limit. When the engineer recommended closure, only a
year after substantial repairs
were made, it was because
of reports of heavy traffic ignoring the five ton load limit.
There are many bridges in
Ontario with similar weight
limits that restrict vehicle
weight, with proper signage,
fines and traffic enforcement.
By keeping a workable bridge
on Water Street, council can
move on to other pressing infrastructure needs, including
the Wellington Street Bridge.
Tony Winter:
A bridge on Water Street is
definitely needed. Preserving
the bridge is the best option
but will it be feasible in the
long run? The latest report
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says that some rehabilitation
of members, rivets, and braces is needed before allowing vehicles on it. Then, the
weight limit must be enforced.
5. How about the high dive
at the quarry?
Steve Grose:
It is closed, and I do not believe any Council will ever
open it. The potential for injury
is there, and I could not morally allow any child or adult to
use it and risk being seriously
hurt.
Al Strathdee:
This is another example of an
important issue that has long
remained stagnant and is just
being addressed as our election moves near. The high
dive at the quarry has a longstanding history. I believe it is
an important part of the swim
experience at the quarry and
we should be working aggressively to find a solution
to have it revived. Through
working together, we may
be able to recruit a company,
community service group
and/or establish a special interest group to work with the
Town to fund raise and rebuild
a safe and suitable high dive.
Jim Craigmile:
All debaters agreed the high
dive is a necessary part of the
quarry attraction and must
be available to attract visitors.
Again, St. Marys Cement is
providing community support
and we all thank them.
Dave Cunningham:
The high dive is an important
feature of the quarry and
should have been maintained
as such, for it to have been
left to a third party to suggest
that it not be used showed, in
my view, a lack of planning
and poor basic infrastructure
maintenance.
Frank Doyle:
The high dive at the Quarry
should be reopened if at all
possible. The Town should
send a camera underwater to
check the rock situation and
rectify the situation. The high
dive has been in use for many
years without anyone being
injured and I am sure the
water levels have fluctuated
many times before.
Stan Fraser:
I am disappointed that this
has been an issue for two
summers. I support having
the high dive at the quarry.
Lynn Hainer:
As I indicated at the debate,
before the end of the 2014
season at the Quarry, the high
dive, the cliff and the low dive
were all closed due to insufficient water levels. Staff has
a plan to remove the rock at
the high dive, which was the
focus of its original closure.
We still must find out why our
water levels have reduced.
There is more at stake than
the high dive. I am focused on
finding the root cause of the
issue and finding solutions
that will keep our kids, and
tourists, coming to the Quarry.
Bill Osborne:
It is obvious that people indeed do want a high dive.
Council has looked at various alternatives but the main
issue is the water level and
why the level continues to go
down. Council can overcome
this problem but it could be
costly as it probably would
require a redesign of the deck
and locating the diving board
farther out into the quarry but
whatever happens, I am sure
we will have a high dive.
Carey Pope:
The quarry is a unique treasure to St. Marys and should
be promoted as a recreation
destination for everyone to
enjoy: investing in paddleboarding, kayaks, maybe
even a toddler mini splash
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pad so that everyone in your
family can enjoy.
Robby Smink:
It’s being looked after now
with the help of the Cement
Plant as I understand it and
apparently the cost to deepen
the area enough to make it
safe is $25,000.00.
Al Tucker:
I do recognize the significance of this quarry feature
and it’s importance to local
quarry users and that it has
been an attraction to tourists
over the years. A review of
the 2014 budget did not include the Quarry High Dive
under the Special Projects
budget of $925,800. It looks
like the High Dive enthusiasts
will have to lobby for attention
in the 2015 budget, which
is in the process of being
prepared for presentation in
January. Perhaps too, there
is an opportunity to apply for
a Trillium Grant in this matter,
as was the case with the St
Marys Social Tennis Club. In
that case, the town contributed $30,000 in addition to new
lights.
Don Van Galen:
A high dive has been at the
quarry for over 50 years without any incident of injury from
rocks. It was the adoption of
a new standard that made it
unsafe, and was complicated
by a low water level. When
the experts we consulted say
water levels would have to be
a couple of feet higher than
the deck to make diving safe,
I have to question the logic.
The major source of concern
is a large rock that should
simply be moved out of the
diving area. In the home of St.
Marys Cement we certainly
have the expertise needed.
Tony Winter:
The current high dive is unsafe so council needs to find
funds to build a safe new one
with proper stairs and a plat-
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form that extends far enough
to reach a safe depth of diving.
6. Would you be in favour
of re-instating a local police
force? Why or why not?
Steve Grose:
No. The O.P.P. do an excellent job. They have the manpower and the resources to
attend to any emergency, regardless of how extensive or
serious that may be.
Al Strathdee:
I am not in favour of re-instating the local police force
because the ongoing training
that is mandated by the province has become so onerous
that it is unmanageable for a
community of this size. The
OPP policing costs seem to
be out of control. Finding the
balance between the right
level of policing and the best
cost will be very important to
the new council. I am open
to investigating the options to
ensure the optimal security of
St. Marys with the best cost/
benefit. That could include
negotiations with the OPP
with a new costing formula
or collaboration with another
municipality. We could look
at other municipalities such
as New Tecumseh, who have
recently negotiated substantially lower police cost while
maintaining many enhanced
services.
Jim Craigmile:
Currently, I suspect the cost
of our own police force would
be more expensive due to
training requirements and
necessity of back-up forces
and equipment during major offences. However, there
may be potential cost saving
options available in the future
that may comply with the police services act that should
be discussed by informed individuals with the next council.
Dave Cunningham:
I would be in favour of re-instating our own police force.
The cost to do so would be
high and most likely not practical but we have to have a
police force that knows the
people, that live and work in
this community and can interact with our youth and stop
the needless vandalism that
has been occurring. Until we
know how the new OPP policing cost model affects us
we should open the subject
to debate.
Frank Doyle:
No, because it would be cost
prohibitive. A recent study
has shown that the cost to
have a municipal police force
would be $282 per citizen as
opposed to $160 to have the
OPP. What I would like to see
in the next contract is to have
people being able to use a local office instead of driving to
Sebringville. For the amount
of money the Town is spending we deserve better than
what we have now.
Stan Fraser:
I am in favour of keeping the
OPP services in order to keep
our costs stable. They have
specialized resources to draw
on and can borrow resources
from other detachments in
the case of any crime that
requires specialized training.
This issue has been reviewed
by previous councils and has
been found to be the best solution.
Lynn Hainer:
I believe that the complexity in policing today requires
a depth of expertise beyond
the bench strength of standalone force in a community
of our size. But, it is also clear
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that the cost of OPP services
across the province is not
tied to the services received
by its communities. The new
formula being discussed for
OPP contracts would see decreased costs for St. Marys,
but we need to see how it
plays out.
Bill Osborne:
There are both economic and
social considerations in looking at a local police force. A
number of years ago this was
looked at and it was considerably more economical to stay
with the OPP. Since costs
recently have increased significantly, it is probably a good
time to reassess our position. We can undertake such
a study internally and do not
require services of consultants. Those who remember
when we did have a local police force will know there is a
definite social advantage in
knowing officers and building
relationships.
Carey Pope:
The increasing cost of policing
is a hot topic in every community, I’m pleased with the level
of service from the OPP, they
have specialized resources
that are available to us if and
when we need them.
Robby Smink:
Absolutely yes. Getting back
our own town police force is
my main reason for wanting
to be elected to council. I want
to pursue this issue to the end.
This discussion has been allowed to go unattended for
too long and with disastrous
results. When I moved to town
27 years ago it was front page
news in the Journal Argus if a
bicycle was stolen, I kid you
not. Now we have meth and
crack houses in town and
nothing is being done about it.
The students and some parents know where they are but
the police apparently don’t. If
they do why aren’t they doing something to close them
down? I believe our priority
should be to do everything
possible to reinstate our own
local police force. There is a
precedent. We have switched
from the OPP to our own town
police force before, it was in
the 1940’s when Joe Taylors
father was hired. I believe it’s
doable, we could save the
town a bundle of money, and
we can dictate how our town
is policed, not be told what
services we are going to get
and what we have to settle for.
Policing is now the towns biggest budget line item expense
and there is no end in sight
for rising costs. Our own police will give our town our own
local law enforcement flavor
just like before when we had
our own police force. We will
know all our own local police
like we used to because we
will be able to meet and greet
them on Queen and Wellington, as in times past. We
will know their names and
they will know us. We would
get much more value for our
money and we would be
able to control costs instead
of being at the mercy of the
St. Marys Q & A
unions and arbitrated ‘com- for a local police force would
parative wage’ settlements. be prohibitive. The OPP have
At the least, we should do a the resources to provide sercost benefit analysis instead vices that would be beyond
of leaving the question of the scope of a local force.
our own police force out of 7. How could local destinathe discussion. Being an unsuch as Cadzow Park,
amalgamated independent tions
the Pyramid Centre and the
town, we have the luxury of Canadian
Baseball Hall of
being able to do this. With our Fame be revitalized
reown police force we can also imagined to become or
more
enforce our towns bylaws popular
attractions?
which now are being left unattended.
Steve Grose:
Al Tucker:
Cadzow needs to be re-purposed. Perhaps a bandshell,
Many smaller communities updated
equiphave found it a cost saving ment, andplayground
enhanced
picnic
to contract our their police
could be developed so
services to the OPP. In 2014 areas
that citizens of all ages may
the Town budget showed a enjoy
the park. The Pyramid
$105,299 increase in OPP Recreation
Centre continues
service costs for a total of to make headway
attract$1,528,299. I understand that ing more users. Thein Canadinegotiations are under way an Baseball Hall of Fame and
for a new contract with the ex- Museum is moving closer to
pectation that our police ser- building a new museum that
vices costs will drop in 2015.
will draw many people to St.
The latest Police Services Marys.
Board report comparing
2011 through 2013 revealed Al Strathdee:
a declining number of Hours All of these facilities could be
from 15,917 to 13,344 hrs; used for more regional events.
Calls show a decline from We could recruit events that
2120 down to 1550; Break are part of a ‘circuit” such as
& Enters were up from 164 a dog show. These facilities
to 219; Theft Under showed could work in collaboration
an increase from 471 to 492 with each other to encourage
and Assault from 121 to 139 a more complete experience
in 2013.
when visiting St. Marys. For
example,
swim passes or
In the meantime, lets look at coupons could
offered to
some numbers with respect regional hockey be
and baseball
to what the alternative costs teams. We can look
at events
would be to employ a local that have been previously
police force once again. Perhere and elsesonally, I’d like to see more successful
where and try to make them a
‘boots on the ground’ in the yearly
event. A few years ago,
belief that an increased police the Pyramid
Centre hosted a
presence would contribute to “St. Marys has
Talent” event
improving the level of trust that was very successful
but
between our citizens and not repeated. It is especially
the force and help to foster a important to have events
greater feeling of public safety.
activities to engage our
At least we have the benefit and
We have great faciliof knowing what our most re- youth.
in town but we need to
cent costs and results have ties
be motivated and creative to
been. In the end, I would be maximize
their potential. This
in favour, so long as we could is a great opportunity
to draw
demonstrate an overall long- on
the experience and experterm cost saving.
tise of our local service/sports
Don Van Galen:
groups for ideas and assisI have looked at policing bud- tance in hosting events.
gets in many municipalities Jim Craigmile:
around Ontario and cannot The renewed corporate intersupport the added costs this est in making the Baseball
would bring. By far the most
of Fame a showpiece is
expensive model used in On- Hall
the
initial
step in re-imaging
tario is a locally owned force. and becoming
town atConsistently the cost of a lo- traction benefitinga the
whole
cal force is about 50% above community.
Support from the
OPP contracting. This would community is
very important
add about $700,000 to our to keep the momentum.
A viannual costs. It also leaves sion for the future Cadzow
is
small municipalities vulner- required with a focus on comable due to a lack of resourc- munity needs. A green space
es. That being said, policing for family functions without
costs have soared as of late, high rental fees. The PRC is
largely due to unprecedented
attractive well equipped
wage demands and arbitra- an
multi-purpose
facility, we
tion awards. Fortunately, un- need to make sure
that it is
der pressure by municipalities effectively promoted so
that it
the OPP are adopting a new can be used to its full potential
contracting model that more not only by the residents of St.
fairly allocates costs by popu- Marys but visitors from out of
lation. We should experience
a 25% reduction of costs over town as well.
the next 5 years. These sav- Dave Cunningham:
ings will undoubtedly disapTown of St. Marys has to
pear if the province continues The
do more to promote the asto allow unnecessary wage sets
it has including the PRC,
increases.
C.B.H. F & M and Cadzow
Tony Winter:
park and others such as the
and the museum, our
Even though policing is a ma- Quarry
jor expense, the startup costs history and our architecture
Friday, October 24, 2014
have to be promoted as the
important resources they are.
Frank Doyle:
I would like to see the Town
reinstitute a Recreation Committee to have the public’s
input on what should be done
to enhance Cadzow and the
PRC. We need more public
input than we have now. I attended the very first meeting
for the Hall of Fame when it
was proposed here in town. I
had been advocating having
the downtown involved in Induction Day and was happy
to see it happen this year
because it was a great success. Another thing I would
like to see the Town do is supply all local businesses with a
stamp with “St. Marys, Home
of the Canadian Baseball Hall
of Fame and the Town worth
living in” so companies could
stamp that on the back of envelopes that they are mailing
out, especially the out of town
mail. This would be great advertising and promotion for
the Town as mail is sent all
over Canada. It seems that
we have not promoted it as
well as we should because it
is a major “Canadian” attraction.
Stan Fraser:
In my opinion, the Baseball
Hall of Fame needs money.
They need to hire a professional fund raiser or service
to assist them in attaining
their goals. Cadzow Park is
in an established residential
neighborhood so activities
need to be geared to this fact
and kept to daytime. It would
be good to get input from
citizens of St. Marys for ideas
they would like to see. The
Pyramid Centre is great and
we have to ensure our programs are exceptional and do
a good job in marketing and
promoting them.
Lynn Hainer:
As a ex-officio Member of the
Hall of Fame Board, I can
tell you that the Hall is dedicated to a new Museum at
their preferred Gateway site
on Water St connected to
our recreation area, including the Quarry, tennis courts
and the Riverview Walkway.
A strengthened Ball Hall tourism strategy will only bring exciting new opportunities for all
attractions in St. Marys. Cadzow Park is the park with history in St. Marys and needs
to herald back to the days of
family reunions in keeping
with its colocation with the
Museum. And, the PRC is
our community’s hub of activity – from babies to seniors
and everyone in between. I
want to focus on services that
increase community usage of
the PRC.
Bill Osborne:
Cadzow - Great potential as
a community park/gathering
place. Could construct a band
shell, have music and art in
the park, coffee in the mornings, etc. There are plans in
the works to rework Cadzow.
There are people in town who
have many ideas on how to
refurbish the park. We must
use them. However, if we are
going to refurbish the park
then we must do it and not
work in a piecemeal fashion.
This will require a major capital outlay.
Pyramid Centre - When the
Pyramid centre was proposed, the business plan
suggested that a major event
could be held every two
weeks. Although I believe that
this is overly optimistic, we
must explore our possibilities
and market aggressively. Just
like Cadzow, we need those
people who think outside the
box, who have updated ideas
and concepts. We have many
such people here who have
a good understanding of the
community. We must make
sure there is sufficient capital
available.
Hall of Fame - Although not
a town facility, we have partnered with the CBHF to create an excellent ball park
facility. We are not the decision makers but are available
to assist when asked. The
CBHF needs their museum
to realize their potential. I am
optimistic that with the site
chosen this might be soon.
Those involved have a sound
plan of what they want the future to be.
Carey Pope:
The Canadian Baseball Hall
of Fame museum located on
Water St. right at the gateway entering town would be
a nice attraction to St. Marys,
Cadzow Park needs a total
revamping, PRC needs a creative marketing plan, all these
areas should be supported
with donations,grants and
fund raising not with large tax
increases
Robby Smink:
Each facility has its own dynamics and challenges in
being promoted. The overall
strategy of bringing more tourists into St Marys that I talked
about in answer #1, is the key
to making all our facilities and
attractions better attended
and utilized.
Al Tucker:
There is no doubt that the
PRC needs to find additional
revenue through user fees.
Daily events seem to be the
more realistic outlook at the
moment. We should hold
an annual or biannual open
house at the PRC and invite Group Conveners from
across the Province, provide
them with a lunch and include
a tour of the town’s features. A
greater investment in marketing will be needed.
Our Canadian Baseball Hall
Of Fame is a true diamond
in the rough in terms of its
potential to attract more tourists, serious baseball fans and
additional organized tournaments. I can imagine the town
in concert with the CBHF staff
to showcase this unique community asset. Lets see what
more we can do to get behind
the ‘Kids on Deck’ program
and fill up the 2015 Camps.
Don Van Galen:
First of all, you don’t throw
out what is best, simply to try
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something new. And given
the restrictions at the Quarry
the last couple of years I think
its vital we retain Cadzow
pool for summer use. I’m a
big fan of the annual Canada
Day event there, and I believe
more public events are needed to bring people to these
facilities. The Hall of Fame really made an impact this year
with their downtown festival,
winning a lot of new local fans,
as well as creating a real tourism event.
Tony Winter:
Cadzow Park needs major
upgrading i.e. new playground equipment, a gazebo
or shelter to make it family
friendly, a water feature, and
accessible washrooms. The
PRC needs to be promoted
more for tournaments, shows,
competitions, exhibitions. The
CBHF is undergoing a fund
raising campaign and have
plans to build a new facility beside Water Street which
will make it more visible and
easy to find.
8. Would you like to see a
change in VIA Rail services
in the town in the near future? If so, what kind of a
change?
Steve Grose:
I would like to see Via service
increased. This is a common
goal that we all must strive to
achieve.
Al Strathdee:
We would always prefer additional trains to make travel
to and from St. Marys more
convenient. Retaining the VIA
stop in St. Marys is important
to many residents in St. Marys.
We need to keep pressure on
the decision makers to maintain or increase the passenger rail service to the area. I
fully support the Save Via
Campaign , and would push
for service enhancement as
Mayor.
Jim Craigmile:
The recently released Transport Action Ontario report hits
all the key points in reviving
and improving passenger
rail service. Rail service is required due to aging population
and road congestion. Current
high costs could be reduced
with efficiencies through the
renewal plan and increase in
passengers. More voices like
our Save VIA action group will
assist in the revitalization.
Dave Cunningham:
We need to get back to the
level of service we had with
early morning trains going
to Toronto and returning the
same evening and several
others throughout the day. In
1967 passenger train service
from both CN & CP service
was failing to such a degree
that, with ridership declining
they both wanted to drop passenger service. In 1977 the
Government of Canada created VIA Rail Canada on the
grounds that a Crown Corporation with an exclusive mission to organize and provide
all intercity passenger train
services in Canada could re-
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ally reduce costs and improve
service. It is essential for our
environment to lessen road
traffic and imperative for our
students, seniors and business people to be able to
utilize rail transportation at a
reasonable cost. We must get
the Federal Government to
focus on making VIA’s original
mission a reality.
Frank Doyle:
Council should be behind
Chris West and his “Save VIA”
committee 100% to restore
and enhance VIA service. Because there are people who
do not have a vehicle, including seniors, we have to fight
to restore service for these
people. This is one way we
can help the environment by
keeping cars off our roads
and highways. The Town
should pass a motion in this
regard and forward it on to all
municipalities so that they too
can pass a motion in support
of better service. If we create
enough noise about this it
could become an issue in the
next Federal election.
Stan Fraser:
I support the great efforts of
Chris West and the Save Via
committee. Via Rail services
are important to our Town.
Lynn Hainer:
VIA Rail has cut the trains that
allow us to take the train to
Toronto and beyond and back
again for business, school
and to visit our families. The
current plan that VIA Rail has
is self-fulfilling and not acceptable. We need to be on the
frontline demanding affordable transportation solutions
that connects our community.
SW Ontario and St Marys
have been left out of the conversations on transportation
in Ontario and Canada. We
need to be heard.
Bill Osborne:
We were told the other day
that if there aren’t changes
soon to Via, it’s dead. This
was the essence of a report
unveiled at the Via station, St.
Marys on Oct. 9 by Transportation Action Ontario (TAO),
Ontario’s only province-wide
advocacy group. A national
rail plan would quickly recoup
investment capital through
lowering operating costs,
more service, higher ridership and increased revenues.
It would also produce private
sector manufacturing jobs in
Ontario and significant eco-
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St. Marys Q & A
nomic spin-offs. It would also promoting the use of the VIA
provide us with improved passenger rail option to their
travel options. Groups like friends and relatives from out
our local “Save Via Commit- of town. It’s a sane and cost
tee” are essential to realizing effective alternative to driving
such change. Since the gov- - especially if their trip exceeds
ernment is aware of the power two hours or if they have to
of such grass root groups, we travel through the GTA.
as a Council should take our In addition, in the promotion of
direction from the “Save Via our town, having a VIA station
Committee”.
stop has been and will continCarey Pope:
ue to be an attractive benefit
potential new residents and
VIA passenger train servic- to
businesses
alike.
es must be reinstated, and
increased. It is a valuable Please write your MP and
services to many people for MPP. Sign up with ‘Save Via’.
many different reasons, peo- Don Van Galen:
ple moved to town because of
daily train service. Now with The town needs better serthe Transport Action Ontario vice, both in the number of
Study complete it gives com- passenger trains, and times
munities like ours a direct plan they run, to allow people to
to push for action. I along side commute as needed for work,
many others will continue to healthcare visits and travel.
support VIA train service and This can only be accommake sure this happens.
plished through lobbying of
VIA and is most effective with
Robby Smink:
the support of other affected
People speak with their feet communities through groups
and their wallets. Apparently like the Save Via Committee.
people are not walking on to Tony Winter:
trains in sufficient numbers
and thus the service has to be We should as a council
heavily subsidized by taxpay- strongly support the efforts of
ers. If we can hang on to what the save VIA group to get imwe ‘ve got instead of losing proved service. As a council
all our rail service, I think we we need to have the VIA part
will be doing well. We all have of the station open longer and
to thank Chris West and his service those who like to purgroup for all the work he has chase their tickets in person.
already done to preserve our 9. Would you like to see a
train service.
change in hospital services
Al Tucker:
in the town in the near future? If so, what kind of a
As an active ‘SAVE VIA’ mem- change?
ber, I encourage all St Marys
citizens to get on board this Steve Grose:
‘train to the future’, and recog- We have been able to keep
nize that renewed passenger our 24/7 emergency services.
rail services will become a The
hospital is working well,
vital part of a transportation and we
continue to work
network necessary to serve towardsmust
attracting new docmany generations to come. tors.
We need additional trains
passing through St Marys Al Strathdee:
now. If you spend some time As a member of the St. Marys
talking to the passengers on Memorial Hospital Foundathe St Marys train platform, it tion, I am very concerned by
will soon become evident that the number of changes and
the service is incompatible service
cuts at our hospiwith the need.
tal. I would like to see more
Rail Transportation Consul- specialized procedures pertant Greg Gormick unveiled formed onsite in St. Marys.
an analysis last week to an The Clinton Hospital recently
overflow crowd at the St received approval for cataract
Marys Via station. His obser- surgeries. Since our hospital
vations, related to the positive is a member of the Huron
impact of a reinvestment in Perth Healthcare Alliance, we
passenger rail services, were need to push the HPHA for
most enlightening.
more services to be made
to keep our hospital
Our good news is that over available
We also need to supthe summer, St Marys ticket viable.
port our hospital politically and
sales were up by 30%. I financially
ensure that our
would encourage each and emergencyto department
reevery citizen to take part in mains open, and we have the
equipment needed to support
our excellent medical staff.
We have a large population
of seniors in St. Marys and
maintaining all provincially
funded health services is extremely important.
Jim Craigmile:
There is no overstating the importance of healthcare to St.
Marys but the future is always
uncertain with provincially
funded service. This question
was appropriately answered
by Andrea Macko in her invitation to all candidates to
participate in the Radiothon
fund raiser. “A vital hospital,
24-7 emergency department
and enough family doctors
and associated healthcare
staff are all factors that not
only draw new residents and
businesses to St. Marys but
also help keep people here.”
The goal of the “St. Marys
Hospital Foundation is to ensure all these services remain
and are regularly enhanced ,
thanks to generous donations from the community. In
recent years, the foundation
has been able to help pay for
upgrades to the emergency
department, the new digital
x-ray machine and the new
nurses’ station, to name a few
examples.” A prime example
of why St. Marys “Is The Town
Worth Living In.”
Dave Cunningham:
I believe that our Town and
area were better served when
the hospital was operated
as an independent body. I
served as council representative on the board and was
well aware of the fiscal and
administrative
efficiencies
we had. I believe that amalgamation and the creation
of the LIHN’s was a serious
mistake. Our tax dollars are
not being spent wisely when
administered in this manner. I
think that St. Marys Memorial
Hospital is destined to be only
a memory if we don’t stand
up and fight for what we believe; that it must once again
become a full service hospital
that can provide for the health
care needs of a rural community.
Frank Doyle:
First, we have to continue to
spend money on recruitment
to encourage medical personnel to move to St. Marys.
Secondly, because Stratford
will always get new programs
and we will lose them, we
should study if it would be
possible to leave the pres-
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ent “alliance” and form one
with Exeter. Why should babies only be born in London
or Stratford? Why not our
hospital? Thirdly, we have to
support the Community Action Group (CAG) who lead
the fight to keep 24 hour ER
open, by having a councillor
attend their meetings.
Stan Fraser:
Our hospital is the lifeblood
of our community, in my opinion. Without it, our community
would be overlooked by industrial and residential development. I do not want to see
any more changes that result
in cutbacks.
Lynn Hainer:
St Marys Memorial Hospital
is an essential service in our
community. We strongly believe that we must protect the
services offered at our hospital. We are very fortunate
to have a strong team in our
local doctors. According to
the Social Research Planning
Council 2014 Quality of Life
report, over 95% of residents
in Perth Huron have a regular medical doctor, which is
above the Ontario average. If
you recall, headlines in 2010
and 2011, we were struggling
with recruiting new doctors to
St Marys and staffing our ER.
Today, this is not the case. We
need to continue our partnership with the HPHA and
the Ministries responsible for
Health, LTC and other health
services to ensure that rural
communities such as ours
are uniquely considered. This
is one reason why the Separated status of the Town of St
Marys remains important to
us provincially.
Bill Osborne:
It is not Council’s mandate to
run St. Marys Hospital. We
have a capable group in the
HPHA whose expertise is in
hospital issues. Also, similar
to Via, we have a grass roots
community action group who
can and should advise Council on concerns. We should
take our direction from them.
Carey Pope:
We must continue to have
24 hours emergency service,
doctors and staff, I see our
hospital becoming a hub for
specialized service. I think
also adding a drop-in clinic
would be a helpful service to
provide.
Robby Smink:
I’m satisfied with the hospital
services we have. They are
excellent and we are relatively spoiled by our lack of wait
times and accessibility to doctors compared to most major
centers like London where
wait times can average 4-6
hours or more and many people can’t even get their own
doctors. Actually I’m thrilled
that we still have our own doctors and hospital. Remember
we almost lost all of that a few
years ago.
Al Tucker:
Wow! To have the St Marys
Memorial Hospital in our town
is another of our greatest assets. Since my very first visit
to this facility I have been impressed. Staff moral seemed
to be above average for a
health facility. Personally, I
believe our hospital to be
working just fine thank you,
although I must admit that
under the HPHA governance,
I have some concern with respect to current plans. I have
used the analogy of a ‘shuffling of the employee deck’.
This past July, the Ontario
Council of Hospital Unions
released a media advisory
protesting the HPHA plans to
cut staff and services.
I understand that some
RNA’s are being reassigned,
some senior staff have been
offered a buyout and more
‘non-accredited’ PSW’s are
planned as replacements. I
am very much aware of the
important contribution made
to patient care by PSW’s
however this plan does give
me cause to wonder what
impact these moves might
have on overall professional
front line services here at our
St Marys hospital. The micromanagement and systems
organizational marathon that
seems inherent in the Ontario
health care system under the
SW LHIN these days has, in
my humble opinion, the potential to undermine the very
services they are professing
to compliment.
Don Van Galen:
It is imperative that we retain
beds so we can be among
family and friends when dealing with health issues. This
means we have to be very
cautious when proposals for
the reduction of beds, or even
reallocation among departments are proposed. I also
want to see the best emergency care possible. Time is
of the essence when injury
or major health crisis such
as heart attacks and strokes
occur. The hospital remains
a key component of what
makes St. Marys the town
worth living in, and is important when residents and businesses consider locating here.
Tony Winter:
We have a well respected
emergency department and
we need to preserve that. The
town should ensure that our
voice is heard in the Alliance.
10. Rate the following courses of action in terms of how
you would personally prioritize them and then feel free
to explain your choices.
- Debt reduction
- Infrastructure investment
- Attracting new businesses
- Improving downtown
Steve Grose:
These four areas cannot be
separated. They are intertwined and must be dealt with
as an entity. To focus on just
one area will result in the others falling behind.
Al Strathdee:
Debt reduction - Most of the
Town’s debt is committed to
long term debentures with
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Continued from page 18
the Province. It may be possible to refinance some of the
debt with lower cost borrowing. In 2012, the Town earned
$111,024 of interest from reserve savings, while it paid
$607,410 in interest on its
debt. A reduction of our current debt by $3 million dollars,
would save the municipality approximately $120,000
in interest charges annually.
Aggressive debt reduction
will save us money and just
makes good sense.
Infrastructure investment The Town needs to revive the
ongoing infrastructure maintenance and replacement
program. It is important to
adopt continual improvement
practices. The sewage treatment plant is performing well.
Annual reports show that the
effluent meets the mandated
limits. Staged improvements
can keep it that way. Expansion of the landfill site is imminent but it can be done in
stages in order to keep costs
under control.
Attracting new businesses –
St. Marys needs to grow its
tax base in order to remain
progressive. Existing business expansion and new
business development is
needed to drive that growth.
St. Marys needs to be “Open
for Business” and cut the red
tape and bureaucracy.
Improving downtown –
The physical appearance of
public property in the downtown needs to be freshened
up and that is the responsibility of the Town. Advancing
commercial activities and development in the downtown
is a business matter that the
Town needs to assist with by
facilitating the attraction and
retention of merchants. The
Town must also look at innovative ways to get people
living downtown and explore
public/ private partnerships.
Jim Craigmile:
This is a tough question but in
my opinion economic development should be a primary
goal for the town. Attracting
businesses and improving
downtown are 2 key components of that development. If
there is an improvement in
this area then infrastructure
investment and debt reduction become much easier.
Dave Cunningham:
Attracting New Business: I
believe that for the Town to
prosper we need to attract
new industry, we must offer
incentives and join forces with
our neighbours to develop the
land at Highway 7. We must
also try to bring people off of
Hwy 7 and into our downtown,
in order to support existing
and facilitate new commercial
businesses.
Improving Downtown: Other
than the obvious challenge of
getting tenants for our stores,
we must make St. Marys a
tourist destination. We must
improve the appearance of
the streetscape, replace the
trees that are in poor shape
, fix the sidewalks , provide
more benches and create
parking lots in the downtown.
Infrastructure
Investment:
We must continue to invest
in our infrastructure, government funding is not a given
but when there are programs
available we must use our leverage as a Separated Town
to ensure that we lobby for
our own interests.
Debt
Reduction:
INCREASED TAXES! No one
likes to hear comments like
that but to retire or lower debt
the money has to come from
taxes. This is why I advocate
for increased industrial and
commercial growth, we need
to increase the tax base from
these sources or continue to
burden the taxpayers in order to fund the “High Quality
of Life” we want to have in St.
Marys.
Frank Doyle:
All four are very important
however this is how I would
rate them.
First is Debt reduction, because we have to reduce this
for future generations. Paying
interest for unlimited number
of years is a waste.
Second, attracting new business. We have to try to find
jobs for those who are not
working. The more businesses we attract means the
more taxes that will be coming in. However, when we do
attract new businesses here
we have to do due diligence
that a new company will not
cause pollution that can be
harmful to our environment.
For example, I would suggest
a By-law to limit how many
tires can be stored at any
facility so that we do not become a dumping ground for
used tires.
Third, Infrastructure investment. Roads, sidewalks and
bridges are in dire need of repair and this should be given
top priority.
Last but not least is Improving
the downtown because we do
need a successful and vibrant
downtown.
Stan Fraser:
In my opinion, debt reduction
and infrastructure investment
go hand in hand. There has
to be balance because all
the money to service both of
these issues comes from the
taxpayer. Next I think we need
to improve the downtown
by implementing the downtown revitalization study that
council had adopted in 2002.
We need to attract new business through our residential
growth. New business follows
consumer demand. There is
always a personal connection
to someone when a business
comes to St. Marys. Each of
us can be ambassadors promoting our Town.
Lynn Hainer:
- Infrastructure investment
- This is our primary and in
some cases like water, our legal obligation to all residents
and businesses in St Marys.
It’s our bridges, roads, water,
wastewater and historic build-
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on our future.
St Marys and that would be and needed infrastructure
ings.
managed by town appointed services. Sometimes this
- Improving downtown – The Robby Smink:
staff in conjunction with and means getting out of the way
decisions made on the Queen #1- Attracting new business- reporting to a newly elected by cutting red tape, duplicate
St reconstruction will impact es. It brings employment and board of merchant/service inspections and unnecessary
our community for genera- new assessment revenues provider advisors.
restrictions. Today the town’s
tions. And is the high impact which lowers the tax loads on
relationship with many inproject Council can do to at- individual home owners. The Debt reduction. The ‘debt dustries can be described as
tract new business downtown. town to date has been bereft destination’, as it was pre- strained, so I have proposed
at the Stratford and the new council immediately
- Attracting new businesses of new ideas on how to attract sented
District
Chamber of Com– We need to build on our new investment in St Marys.
an industry round table,
meeting here in St create
downtown’s strengths and Let’s do something about that. merce
to discuss these issues with
Marys,
reported
that
by
the
support our business ownlocal business leaders, impleof 2017 our debt could ment
ers, through all stages of their #2 Debt reduction. It always end
and start imagbe doubled and that looking ining solutions
business ownership from pays to be fiscally prudent further
the
future
of St. Marys
down the ‘debt road’, industry. Once that
concept to sale or retirement. and responsible.
is done,
by
2023
we
could
go
over
Stratford Perth Centre for #3 Infrastructure investment our maximum debt ceiling St. Marys will become the
Business is a key resource in is always an ongoing priority.
of choice for new clean
to as much as $30 million. I place
that end. We all need to supindustries,
of whom will
the first to recognize that be strategicmany
port our current businesses #4 Improving downtown am
partners brought
debt
is
as
inevitable
as
taxes.
with our patronage and posi- whenever and wherever pos- Increasing tax revenue suf- here by our stronger and haptive ambassadorship.
sible but only where we have ficient to continue to pay our pier industrial sector.
a
responsibility to do so. Re- way and to pay down debt 3 - Debt reduction. Just like
- Debt reduction – Most of member
downtown buildings should be of immediate con- paying a mortgage, debt rethe Town debt is on a fixed are mostly
owned. cern. It seems that Govern- duction occurs on a set time
payment schedule; as such I think thereprivately
are
untapped
managing how new projects ideas out there that we can ments at all levels continue to table. What must be done
are funded and scheduled will utilize
download the cost of services to keep debt low is to make
help us improve the onto
directly impact debt. Strength- vitality to
municipalities. We need strategic investments that
or
our
downtown.
Enening our reserves gives us couraging local residents to to tap into the collective expe- have clear and measurable fithe capacity for infrastructure shop locally whenever possi- rience and knowledge of the nancial impacts. The recently
investment. It’s all circular and ble has to be promoted more folks who call St Marys home agreed conversion of street
inter-related.
and together, set ourselves a lighting to LED technology
rigorously.
course to be a ‘New Model’ for is just one example. It proBill Osborne:
Al Tucker:
municipal sustainability. Be- vides energy savings that will
Actually these following four My priority would be as fol- ing small is beautiful in terms pay the up front costs in just
courses of action are interde- lows:
of communicating with each 6 years, and provide years
pendent.
other and getting things done. more of reduced energy and
Attracting
new
business:
As
maintenance costs.
Infrastructure. Sewage, water, I have already stated, this Don Van Galen:
roads, etc. are essential to the would include new housing 1 - Infrastructure investment. 4 - Improving downtown. My
growth and well being of the that is in the form of affordable By investing in maintenance approach to the downtown
town. We must have at least
is to always remember it is
geared to income apart- of existing infrastructure we primarily
a 20 yr plan with respect to and
a commercial area,
ments, as well as townhouses can avoid unnecessary clo- and we need
infrastructure. Infrastructure and
to allow busisures and expensive emer- ness to adapt to
smaller
bungalows
up
to
changes in
is essential to the following 1200 sq ft. in order to attract gency repairs such as we
the
economy.
We
also need
courses of action.
and accommodate newcom- are currently seeing at the to ensure the core is clean,
town hall. We need to make inviting and a centre of activity
Improving Downtown. Under- ers to our community.
ground infrastructure must be Infrastructure
strategic investments like im- with
Investment.
events like the Car Show,
replaced. You may remember Maximize the capacity of our provements to the Sewage Heritage
Festival, and Induca few years ago when a car existing infrastructure by fill- Treatment plant, that allow tion weekend.
fell into a sinkhole on Queen ing in the vacant properties industry to grow, and remain
St. Since the downtown will within
competitive. We also need to Tony Winter:
town. Some may ensure
be dug up, this will afford an still be the
our parks are properly
suitable
to
accommoFirst, we need to attract new
excellent opportunity to redo date commercial interests maintained, providing quality business
and industry as that
the downtown streetscape.
service providers and of life and community pride.
will help the tax base and proDowntown is critical to our and
light industry, however I envi- 2 - Attracting new businesses. vide employment Second, we
future.
sion the majority of the space We need to be mindful that need to improve the downAttract New Business. With to be zoned R 2 or R 3.
more business, doesn’t nec- town to create a streetscape
the new downtown focussing The improvement of our essarily mean a new factory. that will attract tourists and loon our architecture and other downtown area. I am sug- Many existing industries in cal shoppers. Third, we need
plans that are currently being gesting the elimination of the town are quietly adding new to look at how we spend our
worked on, hopefully we can
products and new jobs with- infrastructure dollars. You
retail tax levy as an out
revitalize business---the eco- downtown
the fanfare of a ribbon only have to drive around
immediate
gesture,
intended
nomic vision is St. Marys as a to demonstrate our abso- cutting or the complications town to see the poor condition
destination. We already have lute resolve to be part of the we face at Green Arc. We of many roads. Fourth, the
a good nucleus of businesses ‘downtown’
need to work with exisitng in- present council has worked to
solution. I am also dustry,
to build on.
local people we know reduce the debt and build rerecommending the establish- and
trust, to ensure we are serves. This should continue
Debt Reduction. Debt is not ment of a new BIA that would providing
the right business prudently.
as bad as some would have be all inclusive to all service environment
at town hall
you think. Our debt is under and retail type businesses in
control and well managed.
New infrastructure, downtown improvements and new
businesses together have the
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Carey Pope:
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205
1
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$200.00
163
50
Tara Cooper
$50.00
387
100
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$150.00
200
150
Darlene McBean
$50.00
525
200
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$150.00
570
250
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$50.00
196
300
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McKenny
$300.00
28
350
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$50.00
104
400
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$200.00
434
450
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344
500
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319
550
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$100.00
538
598
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$250.00
16
599
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27
600
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480
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Canada – Ottawa – At 9:52
AM Wednesday, ceremonial
‘Honour Guard’ reserve soldier
Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, a member of
Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland
Highlanders regiment, was
shot in the back at the National
War Memorial by a gunman
with a rifle. He later died of his
injuries. The shooter was later
identified as 32-year-old Michael
Zehaf-Bibeau, the son of Susan
Bibeau, Deputy Chair of the
Immigration Refugee Board of
Canada. Her office is just blocks
away from the Hall of Honour,
where her son was fatally shot
by Sergeant-at-arms Kevin
Vickers. Zehaf-Bibeau, who had
prior drug and theft convictions,
had previously had his passport
seized after he being designated
a “high-risk” traveler. The attack
came two days after a man
identified as a “radicalized”
Muslim convert drove a car into
two Canadian soldiers, killing
one of them. In a televised
address late Wednesday, Prime
Minister Harper said, “We will
not be intimidated. Canada will
never be intimidated.”
Canada – BC – A
disabled Russian cargo
ship that had been adrift
for over a day near Haida
Gwaii, also known as
the
Queen
Charlotte
Islands, was pulled by a
tug boat safely over the
weekend to the port at
Prince Rupert. The safe
transport of the vessel
named
the
Simushir,
which was completed
Monday, ended concerns
from
coastal
BC
residents that it could
be pushed ashore, hit
rocks and spill its cargo
of hundreds of tons of
fuel onto the shore. The
ship had been travelling
from Washington state to
Russia when it lost power
last Thursday evening.
An American tugboat, the
Barbara Foss, arrived
late Saturday and pulled
the ship to the port at
Prince Rupert. About
5,000 people live on the
islands and fish for food
nearby.
Nigeria – The World
Health
Organization
declared Nigeria Ebola
free on Monday, after six
weeks with no new cases.
A representative called
the country’s response to
the disease a “spectacular
success story.” The WHO
also officially declared
the West African nation of
Senegal Ebola-free last
Friday. The outbreak has
killed more than 4,500
people in the region, mostly
in Liberia, Guinea and
Sierra Leone, leaving close
to 3,700 children without
one or both of their parents.
An estimated 70 percent of
those infected have died in
those countries. Meanwhile
in northeastern Nigeria,
the militant terrorist group
Boko Haram reportedly
abducted dozens more
women and girls from two
villages in the state of
Adamawa Saturday, the
day after the government
agreed to a cease fire with
the group.
USA – Earlier this week,
United Nations officials
spoke out about human
rights violations taking
place in Detroit, where
the city has shut off water
services to thousands of
residents. The city began
cutting off water taps to
thousands of households
earlier this year, in an
attempt to collect payment
on residents’ approximately
$81 million in unpaid water
bills. Detroit, which filed for
bankruptcy last summer,
has debts totaling around
$18 billion. Since March,
Detroit’s water department
shut off service to homes
nearly 26,000 times. Within
two days, 85 percent
of owing homes gave a
partial payment, but the
move prompted protests
and an appeal to the UN for
help. The mayor’s chief of
staff said people in Detroit
are forced to pay higher
rates “because there are
so many people who aren’t
paying.”
USA – After an 11-week
trial, a federal jury returned
guilty verdicts Wednesday
against four operatives of
the private military company
Blackwater involved in the
2007 massacre of 17 Iraqi
civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor
Square. Nicholas Slatten
was found guilty of firstdegree murder, while three
other guards, Paul Slough,
Evan Liberty and Dustin
Heard, were convicted of
manslaughter and also of
using military firearms while
committing a felony. The
operatives were tried for the
deaths of 14 of the 17 Iraqi
civilians who died when their
Blackwater unit fire machine
guns and threw grenades in
a public square on Sept. 16,
2007. One of those killed
was a nine-year-old boy. 20
others were injured. Slatten
faces a mandatory sentence
of life in prison for murder.
The others face a mandatory
minimum sentence of 30
years in prison. The defense
plans to appeal the ruling.
Mexico
–
Mexican
authorities have ordered the
arrest of Jose Luis Abarca,
the fugitive mayor of Iguala,
and his wife, accusing them
of ordering the police attack
on students from a rural
teachers college last month.
Mexico’s attorney general
said Abarca ordered police
to confront the students to
prevent them from disrupting
a public speech by his wife.
On Sept. 26, a group of
students from a teachers
college in Ayotzinapa had
travelled to nearby Iguala to
protest discriminatory hiring
practices, and to fundraise for
their college. Six people were
killed in the confrontation
with police, and 43 students
have been missing for almost
a month. Abarca requested
leave following the incident
and he, his wife, and the
local police chief have not
been seen since. Earlier this
week, demonstrators set fire
to Iguala’s city hall, while
tens of thousands gathered
in Mexico City to protest,
including family members
and classmates of the missing
students.
By Dan Rankin
By Dan Rankin
1901 - Annie Edson Taylor
survives going over Niagara
Falls – On this day in 1901, on
her 63rd birthday, American
Annie Edson Taylor became
the first person to survive
going over Niagara Falls in a
barrel. She reportedly thought
it would be a good way to
secure herself financially for
her retirement. Two days
before her trip she sent a cat
down in a successful test of
the barrel’s integrity. Satisfied,
on Oct. 24 Taylor went herself.
Inside the corked barrel, she
rode down the Niagara River
and took the perilous plunge
over the Canadian Horseshoe
Falls. She was found later
relatively uninjured, conscious
but with a cut on her head.
She later told the press she
“would sooner walk up to the
mouth of a cannon, knowing
it was going to blow me to
pieces than make another trip
over the falls.”
1926 – Harry Houdini’s final
performance – This day in
1926, famed magician and
escape artist Harry Houdini
gave his final performance,
at the Garrick Theatre in
Detroit. He died of peritonitis
one week later at age 52.
The story of Houdini’s death
begins at the Princess
Theatre in Montreal on Oct. 22.
Houdini, who had been giving
lectures and performing in
the city, was meeting a McGill
student to have his portrait
done when another student,
J. Gordon Whitehead, came
into his dressing room. In a
discussion about Houdini’s
physical strength, Whitehead
surprised a prone Houdini with
some “hammer-like blows” to
the stomach. Days later in
Detroit where he was set to
do a week of performances,
Houdini was found to have
a fever of 104 degrees
and diagnosed with acute
appendicitis.
Reassuring
the worried theatre owner,
Houdini allegedly said, “I’ll do
this show if it’s my last.” Come
back next week to learn the
rest of the story.
1945 – United Nations
founded
–
Established
to
promote
international
co-operation in the wake
of the Second World War,
the
intergovernmental
organization
the
United
Nations was formed on this
day in 1945. In its infancy, the
UN was composed of just 51
member states. Today there
are 193. After the League
of Nations failed to prevent
the breakout of war, nations
began considering how to
form a successor. The United
Nations Charter was drawn
up between April and June in
1945. The UN Headquarters
are located in Manhattan,
New York. The cornerstone
for the building which, through
extraterritoriality, is exempt
from local laws, was also laid
on this day, in 1949.
1992 – Toronto Blue Jays
win the World Series – They
may not be playing October
baseball this year (or for
over 20 years now, but who’s
counting?) but it was on this
day in 1992 that the Toronto
Blue Jays first won the World
Series, becoming the first team
based outside the USA to do
so. The Jays led the Braves
three-games-to-one going into
Game 5 in Toronto on Oct. 22,
and had the chance to clinch
the series at the Sky Dome.
Unfortunately, ace Toronto
starter Jack Morris gave up a
grand slam to Lonnie Smith in
the fifth, and fans were forced
to wait until the following year
to witness a home Series win.
In Game 6 in Atlanta, with a
full count and the game tied
in the top of the 11th, 41-yearold Dave Winfield hit a tworun line drive to give Toronto
the lead. The Jays allowed
just one run in the bottom of
the inning, securing the win
and the title. Jays manager
Cito Gaston became the first
African American manager
to win a World Series, and
it also marked the first major
professional championship for
Toronto since the Maple Leafs
won the 1967 Stanley Cup.
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On Monday two soldiers were run down in Quebec.
Patrice Vincent died of his injuries. The driver Martin
Couture Rouleau (or Ahmad Rouleau) was suspected
by authorities of being radicalized. Apparently he was
one of 90 (a published number) under investigation. Jeff
Yaworski, CSIS Director of operations stated the difficulty
in controlling such people who have, up to a point of acting
out, committed no crime. Reference was also made to
budgetary restraints. We were all shocked and appalled
by this violence. Our condolences go out to his family and
friends and our gratitude for his service to our country.
What changes will this make in our lives? Our secret
service (CSIS) will in all likelihood get more authority in
the cases of those suspected (listed 90) of radical leanings.
Security measures may be more visible and intrusive when
travelling or sight seeing government buildings. Will we all
be more attentive and leery of strange behaviour?
What emotions have been touched?: Concern for those
killed and wounded and their loved ones, sickness to
think that these acts can take place, shock, disbelief,
confusion (how could someone able to live here kill one
of our own?) sad. After running through these and more
emotions I quickly have to admit anger. The names of the
killers are not important but the fact that they are among us
and capable of terrorist acts against us is scary and puts a
sick feeling in the pit of my stomach.
REMINISCING: I am not the sports fan I once was. At one
time not much would deter me from watching the Leafs
on Wednesday or Saturday night. About the only gamble I
ever enjoyed was with Dad over the Saturday night hockey
game.
When major league baseball came to Canada I enjoyed
listening to Expo games and cheering on Bill Stoneman
to set strike out marks (1968-69). The Blue Jays were a
welcome addition and provided great entertainment. Prior
to Canadian teams I was a less than fanatic fan of the
Detroit Tigers (Denny Mc Lean era). We were all World
Series enthralled and thought we should be able to listen
to day games during school hours. At recess someone
always had a portable radio to check the scores. Mantel
and Marris usually batted the Yankees to victory. (Hated
Yankees but couldn’t be anything but impressed with that
pair). In the overlap stage sport fans are over joyed but in
the shifting player high dollar era count me mildly interested.
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Where do you start on such a day? Is this
the second attack on one of our soldiers in a
week the day we realize certain truths?
This may be the day we lost our innocence. There is a
symbolic line crossed when the acts of terrorism take place
in our Houses of Parliament and a national monument.
Surely no one can doubt that terrorism knows no boundaries.
As one of the world’s peace keepers we have perhaps felt
somewhat immune. As a country known for helping others
we have been naïve in not taking terrorist organizations
more seriously. The world has shrunken. We cannot keep
the rest of the world out.
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A NEW DAY On Wednesday the country was sent into a nightmare.
This is not what happens in Canada! A proud Canadian
soldier Nathan Cirillo was gunned down while performing
a ceremonial guard duty at the National War Memorial
honouring those who fought for our country. The shooter
Michael Zehaf – Bibeau is believed to also be a radical.
I’m sure by the time you read this much more information
will be known. The actions of the Sergeant-at-arms Kevin
Vickers and security officers prevented the loss of others
lives.
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WEEKEND QUIZ
1. Two MLB clubs have never lost a World Series
despite appearing more than once. Name them
2. Who pitched the only no-hitter in a World Series
game?
3. What is the oldest stadium in major league
baseball?
4. What was the original name of the NY Yankees
franchise?
5. Name the teams that hold the record for most
home runs in a game in the NL and AL.
6. What major league pitcher racked up the most
career wins without ever winning the Cy Young
Award?
7. Name the home stadium that the Toronto Blue
Jays played their first season?
8. The first baseballs were made from what
material?
9. In Major League Baseball, first and second
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10. Which position player is known as “1” on the
baseball diamond?
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World Sports Roundup
MLB – The World Series
was set last Thursday night,
Oct. 16, when, in the bottom
of the ninth of an already
homerun-filled Game 5,
Travis Ishikawa hit a 3-run
walk-off homer to give the
Giants a 6-3 victory. It was
the first time a homerun had
ended a National League
Championship Series. Their
4-1 triumph in the NLCS
propelled San Francisco to
their third World Series in five
years. They’re competing for
MLB gold for the 20th time
in franchise history, more
than any other National
League team, and they got
off to a good start Tuesday,
clobbering the Royals 7-1.
K.C. starter James Shields
didn’t last through the fourth.
The Royals bounced back
in game 2, winning 7-2. In
the regular season, Kansas
City won all three times the
two teams met, outscoring
the Giants 16-6. This is the
first time both World Series
teams had fewer than 90
wins in the regular season.
NFL – It’s starting to look
more and more like there
will be a couple new teams
fighting it out in the NFC
championship this January.
Both the Seahawks (3-3) and
49ers (4-3) were dealt week 7
losses, with the Super Bowl
champion Seahawks losing for
the second consecutive game.
Seattle fell 28-26 to St. Louis
(2-4) Sunday, thanks to some
creative special teams plays by
the Rams including a fake punt
and a deceptive punt return that
cleared one side of the field for
an easy touchdown. Peyton
Manning broke Brett Favre’s
record for career touchdown
passes (508) Sunday, throwing
two in the Broncos victory over
the 49ers to reach 510. The
Niners and Seahawks have
some ground to cover if they
hope to surpass the NFC West
division-leading Cardinals (5-1)
or strong Wildcard contenders
like the Eagles (5-1) and Packers
(5-2). The Cardinals and Eagles
will both try to preserve their oneloss records when they meet
Sunday afternoon in Arizona.
NHL – The pall of domestic
violence in sports fell over the
NHL on Monday morning, when
Los Angeles Kings defenseman
Slava Voynov was arrested on
charges of domestic violence.
He has been suspended
indefinitely by the NHL pending
a formal investigation by the
league. A report from TMZ
stated that the victim, who is
thought be Voynov’s girlfriend,
was injured badly enough to
be hospitalized. The 24-yearold Russian was part of both
Kings Cup-winning teams and
this season was averaging
over 23 minutes of ice-time pergame. His absence will affect
the Kings’ defensive depth, and
may take a toll on the leagueleading +/- of his teammates
Tyler Toffoli and Jeff Carter (both
at +9 through six games). A little
closer to home, the Atlanticleading Canadiens (6-1-0) host
the Rangers in a rematch of
last season’s conference finals
tomorrow night, before heading
out west, with road games
in Edmonton, Calgary and
Vancouver next week.
Lincolns play back-to-back against
two of western conference’s best
By Dan Rankin
The
St.
Marys
Lincolns (1-11-2) got
a crack at two teams
competing in the
upper echelon of the
western conference
to close out this
week. They faced
the second place
Leamington
Flyers
(10-4-0) last night
and tonight host the
fourth place Chatham
Maroons (7-4-1).
Earlier this month,
both teams outscored
St. Marys by six goals,
with
Leamington
winning 7-1 on Oct.
2, and Chatham
shutting
out
the
Lincolns 6-0 on Oct.
5. Both Chatham
(54) and Leamington
(61) have more than
doubled the Lincolns
(26) in goals scored.
Prior to Thursday’s
game, head coach
Merlin
Malinowski
said he was hoping for
better results versus
Leamington
and
Chatham than last
time, but expected
a tough couple of
games.
“It’s a very, very
tough weekend,” he
said. “We’re going
up against two of
the best teams in
the league. We’ve
got a small lineup
with some guys off
sick. I just hope we
can stay in the game,
catch a break and
get a point. If we
can get two points
on the weekend, I’d
be ecstatic.” They
planned on taking
the two meetings one
game at a time, and
one shift at a time, he
added.
Last
time
the
two
teams
met,
Leamington “ate us
alive” in the defensive
zone, said Malinowski.
“We’ve done a lot of
work on our defensive
zone coverage,” he
said. “Last time they
scored a lot of goals.
It will be nice to see
how we’ve improved.”
Tonight, St. Marys
catches Chatham on
the second night of a
back-to-back as well.
It will also be the third
game in six nights for
the Maroons. That
game gets underway
tonight at 7:30 PM at
the Pyramid Centre.
MLS – Heading into the final
week of the MLS season,
the Vancouver Whitecaps’
playoff chances are in their
own hands, and Toronto’s
have gone down the drain.
A win over the Colorado
Rapids
on
Saturday
afternoon
clinches
the
fifth West playoff spot for
Vancouver and a chance to
play either Salt Lake City
or Dallas in the Western
Conference
Knockout
Round. If they don’t win,
as long as Vancouver (118-14) bests or matches
the results of the Portland
Timbers (11-9-13) in their
game Saturday, the ‘Caps
are safe. Vancouver is
unbeaten in four games,
and hasn’t lost since
Sept. 20. Meanwhile back
East, the highest salaried
Toronto FC team in history
will finish the season out
of the playoffs. They were
officially eliminated for the
eighth year in a row when
they tied the last place
Montreal Impact Saturday .
CFL – Gunning to extend WTA – It was an up-anda late-season four-game down week for Canadian
winning streak, the resurgent tennis
star
Eugenie
Montreal Alouettes face Bouchard. On Monday, the
the
expansion
Ottawa 20-year-old
Westmount,
REDBLACKS tonight at 6:30 Quebec native became
pm. The Als, who were 1-7 to the first Canadian singles
open the season, currently tennis player to crack a
sit atop the weak East with world top-five ranking.
a 7-8 record. Helping the However, on the same
charge has been 27-year- day, she lost her opening
old QB Jonathan Crompton, match of the WTA Finals in
who was a fifth-round draft Singapore to French Open
pick of the San Diego runner-up Simona Halep.
Chargers in 2010. He spent Then Wednesday she
his first year in the league lost again, 6-1, 6-3 to Ana
backing up in Edmonton, Ivanovic, eliminating her
before coming to Montreal from contention in the next
where he has seen his first round of the tournament.
CFL starts. On Sunday, the Her
final
round-robin
Saskatchewan Roughriders match in Singapore was
(9-7) gave the ball to 41 Thursday against Serena
year-old pivot Kerry Joseph, Williams, who also fell
who led them to a Grey Cup to Halep this week, 6-0,
in 2007 but hadn’t played 6-2, in one of the worst
in the CFL since 2012. The losses in Williams’ career.
Riders lost the game, falling Bouchard lost 6-1, 6-1
24-19 to Edmonton, but who failing to win a set at the
knows what Joseph may tournament reserved for
still have in the tank if he the top eight players in the
can get back into the routine. world.
By Dan Rankin
Our Team of the Week is the Atom C girls. This past weekend, they had two
great home wins. Friday Oct. 17 with a 3-2 nail biter win against Woodstock
and Sat Oct. 18 with a convincing 10-0 win againt South Kent Phillies.
Front lying :Grace Hillman Front row: Chandler Smith, Ellen Thorup, Rebecca
Walsh, Abbie Boyd, Kendra Robertson, Anna Standeaven. Back row: Audrey
Zurbrigg, Vanessa Vernooy, Reagan Silcox, Marissa Hawkins, Josie Corby.
Please send your nominations for “Team of the Week” to us at
[email protected]
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St. Marys Independent
Friday, October 24, 2014
A.N.A.F. Bantam victory Curling Season starts
The A.N.A.F. Bantam for a 7-4 victory. Jayden
BB team continued their Aylward got the Rock
winning ways this week started, picking up a
by extending their current loose puck along the
streak to four games with boards
and
beating
a pair of victories.
the Oilers goalie with a
First up for Paul Petrie’s slapper through the legs.
boys was a home game Moments later, Aylward
against the East Lambton intercepted a clearing
Eagles.
The
Rock pass and fired another
controlled play most slap shot just inside
of the game. Spencer the post. The third goal
Sangster got the Rock was scored by Brody
on the board, deflecting Schoelier on a nice solo
a Brody Schoelier pass rush and a sweet move
past the Eagles goalie. on the Oilers goalie.
Shortly thereafter, Jayden Brody Schoelier scored
Aylward hit Mason
his second of the game
Vernooy with a pass at full by jamming home a
speed and Vernooy split loose puck in the slot.
the defence and went in Early in the second,
alone to beat the East Aylward was at it again,
Lambton goalie for the putting his third of the
Rock’s second goal. With game in from the side
the Eagles net empty late of the net. The rampage
in the third period, Reese continued when Jordan
Thompson won a battle Torrence
unleashed
for the puck in his own a shot from the point
zone and took a long shot pasted a stunned Oilers
that proved to be the third goalie. Not long after,
goal for the Rock. Mitch Torrence would score his
Watt stopped everything second of the game with
that came at him to record a nice solo effort himself.
the winning shutout. On Max Boonstra picked up
Saturday, the Bantams the win for the Rock with
traveled to Petrolia to some great plays and
face a tough Oilers team. saves. The Bantam BB’s
The boys were ready to travel to Tillsonburg the
play, exploding out of the weekend of Oct. 24 for
gate and building up a their first tournament.
7-1 lead and holding on
Finnbilt Novice Rock leave
Petrolia With a Tie.
On October 18th, 2014, netminder and took a
the Finnbilt Novice Rock shot
that
squeaked
headed out of town to through the goalie’s pads.
play the Petrolia Oilers. The game was tied 1-1!
The Rock knew they were Lobb’s goal was assisted
in for a battle, as the by Ryan Hodkinson and
Oilers were looking to win Nate Schiedel.
three in a row,
With only seconds left
As soon as the puck on the clock, the Rock
dropped both teams continued to play in front
knew it would be a great of the Oilers netminder.
game.
Both
squads All five Rock players
moved the puck well and battled for the puck. With
forechecked hard. The 1.5 seconds remaining in
netminders made tough the game, Finn Stewart
saves look easy. The grabbed the puck and
first period ended with no took a four foot shot at the
scoring.
Oilers net. As the puck
While the fast skating flew through the air the
continued into the second, clock ticked down to one
at the nine minute second... the Oilers goalie
mark, the Petrolia Oilers attempted a glove save,
were able to tuck one but only caught a piece of
past Rock goalie Jake it. However, just slightly
Sorensen to take a 1-0 before the puck crossed
lead. The second ended the goal line, the gaming
with the Oilers up by one. ending buzzer sounded.
Going into the third period The puck then continued
the Rock knew they had to fy into the net but the
to work a bit harder and Petrolia referee quickly
make a few extra passes threw his arms out to
to get things going. The signal - No Goal!! Despite
Rock are well known the goal being disallowed,
for never giving up and the Rock played a solid
working until the final game. The most valuable
player for the Rock was
buzzer sounds.
their netminder Jacob
With under two minutes Sorensen.
Sorensen
left in the game Peyton made saves usually only
Lobb found some room seen by NHL goalies.
in front of the Oilers
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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Shackleton Rink playing in OCA
playdowns this weekend in St. Marys
Since 1866, curling has
been played here in
St. Marys. Following a
couple of well-attended
Learn to Curl sessions
for new players last
week, this week the
2014/15 season officially
got underway with the
first league games being
contested.
Club Manager Amie
Shackleton reports that
St. Marys will be hosting
a few Ontario Curling
Association events this
year. Coming up first will
be the Ladies Traveler’s
regional
play-downs
this weekend, with the
winners
advancing
to
the
provincial
championships
in
Cornwall.
The
first
game is this Saturday,
October 25th at 9:00
am. Come on down to
the Lind Sportsplex and
cheer on Amie’s team
as they compete against
some of Ontario’s finest
women curlers.
Not signed up for a
league but interested
in getting on the ice
this
year?
Check
stmaryscurling.ca for our
bonspiel schedule, or try
the Tuesday afternoon
or Thursday morning
drop-in sessions which
are available to both
members
and
nonmembers.
GET OFF THE COUCH!
WE CURL!
Tuesdays – 1:30 P.M.
Thursdays – 9:30 A.M.
JOIN US!
Drop-In Curling
Men & Women
stmaryscurling.ca
EXERCISE – FRIENDSHIP – FUN
“Carrie-Ann Muir and family on the Create A Smile bench on
the Grand Trunk Trail in St. Marys”
Dear Editor,
Generosity, gratitude and
friendship... These words
come to mind when
thinking of the recent
Create A Smile walk. Over
130 people gathered
on September 21st to
walk or run our beautiful
Grand Trunk Trail. We
shared stories, laughter
and strengthened our
commitment to creating
a
community
where
everyone belongs.
This 11th annual event
raised over $15,000. This
funding will be used to
support people living in
our communities that do
not have government
funding
for
needed
support, to enhance
accessibility and housing
opportunities
and
to
support the advocacy
efforts of people with
disabilities
and
their
families.
On behalf of Community
Living St. Marys and
Area, I want to recognize
the
Rossetti
and
Muir families for their
outstanding contribution
to
the
success
of
this
event.
Special
appreciation is extended
to all participants, our
sponsors and volunteers.
“Let us always meet each
other with a smile, for the
smile is the beginning of
love.” ~ Mother Teresa
Sincerely,
Joel’s Tree Service
Certified & Insured
519 - 272 - 5742
www.joelstreeservice.com
Marg McLean
In support
Grose
of
Steve
Dear editor,
I am writing this letter in
support of Steve Grose
for Mayor.
I am a retiree who moved
to St. Marys a little over
two years ago. My working
background
included
service in the areas of
financial accounting and
money management in
management positions
with The Canada Trust
Company Head Office in
London.
In
examining
the
credentials
of
the
candidates for Mayor, it
has become very clear to
me that Steve Grose has
both the experience and
the expertise to continue
as Mayor of St. Marys.
Today’s
turbulent
economic
conditions
underscore the need to
re-elect Steve Grose the man with ability and a
proven successful record.
Don Murray.
Are we better off or do
we need change?
Dear Editor,
Are the residents of
St. Marys better off 4
years ago than they are
today? Have taxes risen,
while
services
have
diminished? Is our town
in greater debt now than
they were 4 years ago?
Today in my mail I received
a yellow folded paper,
entitled “ Addressing the
Issues “, outlining some
of the answers to the
above questions. I hope
everyone read that paper
before throwing it into the
recycle bin because there
were a lot of them there.
We need to think about
the future come this voting
day. Recently I contacted
Al
Strathdee
about
issues that concerned
me and received timely
responses on every issue.
If this is any indication
what kind of mayor he
would be then he has
my vote. So far none of
those running for mayor
have given any indication
of what needs to be done
at town hall other than Al
with this paper mailing. I
hope everyone gets out
to vote for the future of St.
Marys leaving the past
behind us.
Yours truly,
Paul A. Leinweber
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Friday, October 24, 2014
St. Marys Independent
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Blanshard Ward
Phone: 519-229-6711
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WEEKEND SMILES
The magician and the
parrot
A
magician
was
working on a cruise
ship in the Caribbean.
The audience would be
different each week, so
the magician allowed
himself to do the same
tricks over and over
again. There was only
one problem - the
captain’s parrot saw the
shows every week and
began to understand
what the magician did
in every trick. Once he
understood that, he
started shouting in the
middle of the show,
“Look, it’s not the same
hat!” “Look, he’s hiding
the flowers under the
table!” “Hey, why are
all the cards the Ace of
Spades?” The magician
was furious but couldn’t
do anything, it was the
captain’s parrot after all.
One day the ship had
an accident and sank.
The magician found
himself on a piece of
wood, in the middle
of the ocean, and of
course the parrot was
by his side. They stared
at each other with hate,
but did not utter a word.
This went on for several
days. After a week
the parrot finally said,
“Okay, I give up. What’d
you do with the boat?”
Good names
A woman is in an
accident while she’s
pregnant.
While in a comma she
has twins (a boy & a
girl).
When she woke up she
asked the doctor where
her baby was.
The doctor said she had
twins but her brother
named them.
She replied, “My brother
is an idiot I wonder
what names he gave
them. Anyway what did
he name the girl?”
“Denise”, replied the
doctor.
That’s not so bad.
“What about the boy”,
she finally asked.
“Denephew”
It’s time to get back to basics
with common sense decisions.
St. Marys Independent
Re-elect Don Van Galen
to Town Council
ST. MARYS MUSEUM
ARTIFACT OF THE WEEK
Focused on
Solutions
Let’s get the job done!
St. Marys is my priority
This Week’s QUIZ
ANSWERS:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
It would be a privilege to use my knowledge
to serve the people of St. Marys again to
make this an even better place to live.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
Something to think about…
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14 years experience as your
councillor
Since starting the Independent Newspaper
14 years ago, I have never missed a
Council meeting. Prior, I served 3 terms
on Council also with a perfect attendance
record.
Experience matters.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays and
the Florida Marlins
Don Larsen, for the
Yankees in Game 5 of
the 1956 World Series
Fenway Park, Boston
The Yankees started
out as the Baltimore
Orioles (1901), moving
to NY (1903) to become
the Highlanders and
later the Yankees.
AL – Toronto Blue Jays
10 homers in an 18-3
win over the Orioles on
September 14, 1987,
NL – Cincinnati Reds
9 homers in a 22-3
win over the Phillies
September 4, 1999.
Cy Young
Exhibition Stadium
Horse hide
90 feet.
The pitcher
St. Marys
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Water Street.
This week’s artifact from the St. Marys Museum
is a historic photograph of the Lock-up School
that was located on Water Street South. Built
in 1855 as the first village hall in St. Marys, the
building also housed the community’s fire fighting
equipment and a jail cell. The public hall on the
second floor was used as a classroom, gaining
the nickname the “Lock-up School”. In the 1860s
a new town hall was built but the original building
continued to be used as a school until it was torn
down in 1908.
For more information about this artifact or the
exhibit, please contact the museum at 519-2843556 or [email protected]
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Friday, October 24, 2014
St. Marys Independent
OBITUARIES
ANNIVERSARY
King
Lawrence
Timothy Paul King, resident of Lakeside, passed away
suddenly on October 15, 2014 at the age of 46. Loving
husband of Denise (nee Groom) whom he married on
August 26, 1989. Father of Rachel (Devon), Nicole,
Curtis, Brandy and Sarah. Son of Joyce (nee Landers)
and the late Glenn King (1998), and son-in-law of the
late Iva and Ron Groom. Brother of Quinton (Jane) of
Thamesford, Frank (Julie) of St. Marys, Kevin (Cathy) of
Stratford, Shawn of Ottawa, Rod (Donna) of St. Marys,
Karen Smith (Dan) of Belgrave, and brother-in-law of
Brenda (Jim) Sims, Melanie (Carling) West, and Randy
(Kathy) Groom. Also survived by many nieces, nephews,
aunts and uncles. Predeceased by his grandparents
Quinton and Kathleen King, and Gar and Lily Landers.
The Funeral Service was conducted at the St. Marys
United Church on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. Memorial
donations may be made to a Trust Fund for Tim’s family
or the Mocha Shriners.
Robert “Bob” Lawrence passed away at St. Marys
Memorial Hospital on October 16, 2014 at the age of
75. Bob will be missed by Gail Thomson. He was the
father and best friend of Brian Lawrence, David and his
wife Christine Lawrence, and Kathy and her husband
Frank Diamante. Loving grandfather to six grandchildren
and brother-in-law to Helen and her husband Lorne
McLean. Predeceased by his ex-wife Charlotte (2013),
and brothers-in-law Roy Carton and Robert Carton.
Cremation has taken place. Family and friends are invited
to the Andrew L. Hodges Funeral Home, 47 Wellington
St. S., St. Marys (519-284-2820), on Saturday, Oct. 25,
2014 for visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of the
Memorial Service at 11 a.m. with Rev. Heather Paton
officiating. Private burial at a later date. A reception will
follow the service at the St. Marys Army & Navy Air
Force Veterans Club, 23 Wellington St. N., St. Marys.
Memorial donations may be made to the St. Marys
Memorial Hospital Foundation.
Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.
Online condolences at www.hodgesfuneralhome.ca.
Browns United
Church Anniversary
Happy 50th
Anniversary
Kevin & Gail McCauley
Come and celebrate with us!
Open House
Oct. 25th 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Salvation Army St. Marys, upstairs hall
Best wishes or donation of nonperishable items to
the food bank.
Sunday, October 26th, 2014
Begins at 11:00 a.m.
Weekday
Deal:
Donna Fawcett – Guest Speaker and Music
Also music by Browns Choir
Lunch to follow
For every day of the week, buy any large pizza and
you can add a garlic bread with cheese or a large
order of fries for just $2.00
Our produce is fresh and all of our dough
is made daily!
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5:30 AM - 3 PM
Now Open Saturday Morning
6 AM - 11 AM
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Street Level Faith
ST. MARYS UNITED CHURCH
85 CHURCH ST. S., ST. MARYS 519-284-3016
www.stmarysuc.org
Minister: Rev. Doug Loucks,
Organist: Timothy Gilbert
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2014
CELEBRATING 166 YEARS
10:30 A.M. ANNIVERSARY SERVICE
WITH
HYMNS FROM OUR CHILDHOOD
SUNDAY SCHOOL & NURSERY
by
Rev. Ione Grover
Who is a retired United Church
minister living in St. Marys
Last Saturday, I spent the
afternoon with a friend who
runs a business helping
people to “de-clutter with joy,
peace and laughter.” I am at
the age where I want to let
a lot of “stuff” go so that my
children don’t have to do it in
the future. I actually enjoyed
the process, especially
since I had the company of
a professional who made it
so much easier. She was
right about the laughter. I
laughed non-stop for 10
minutes, mostly at myself
for accumulating so many
unneeded papers, clothes
and books. My laughter was
a recognition that the things
I let go of were things that
belonged to an earlier “me”
and served no purpose
today. I was tempted to keep
some of the stuff on the
grounds that I “might” use it
in the future, even though I
hadn’t looked at it in years. I
resisted the temptation and
by the end of the day I felt a
whole lot lighter.
elsewhere, perhaps thinking
of all you had to do? Have
you ever been somewhere
and wished you were
somewhere else? Have you
ever had a conversation and
later re-hashed the whole
thing, thinking of all the
things you “should” have
said, and all the things you
think you “shouldn’t” have
said? I can answer yes to all
these questions. Often we
are so pre-occupied with our
thoughts about the past or
the future that we fail to live
fully in the present.
It struck me that de- Eckhart Tolle, the author of
cluttering is a metaphor for “The Power of Now” says
life, only the clutter we need that “Stress is caused by
to let go of are often things being “here” but wanting to
like negative thoughts, fears, be “there” or being in the
regrets and guilt. Let us start present but wanting to be
with thoughts since all of us in the future“. He advocates
have thousands of thoughts giving your fullest attention
each day. Have you ever to whatever the moment
had a conversation with presents and accepting
someone and your mind was what is. “As soon as you
honor the present moment,
all unhappiness and struggle
dissolve and life begins to
flow with more ease.”
This is a new way of being
for many of us who spend
a lot of our time lost in
thoughts of our past actions
or future plans or fantasies.
Many people are now trying
to reverse this trend by
practicing
“mindfulness”.
I find this to be a very
challenging practice and
yet I notice that when I can
release some of my “mindclutter”, I enjoy life more
and get more done. It also
leaves my mind freer to hear
the still small whisper of
Divine wisdom.
May we let go of our burdens
and let God’s wisdom guide
us!
For comments or questions,
email me at [email protected]
com
Friday, October 24, 2014
St. Marys Independent
HELP WANTED
CLASSIFIEDS
FOR SALE
For Sale - Beige couch. Good
condition. 519-284-2756. Price
negotiable. 10/10
For Sale: Two sets of snow tires.
Dodge rims, Goodyear Nordic,
215/R16. Honda rims, Goodyear
Ultra Grip, 225 55R16. 519-28410/10
3892
FOR RENT
For Rent: 2 bedroom downtown
apartment, controlled entry,
parking, available December 1,
call 519-284-2179. 10/22
For Rent: A large furnished room for a
male 20-25 in small village outside St.
Marys. Includes laundry, kitchen, TV,
parking, phone line available, utilities
included. Available Nov 15. Call 519229-6111
10/24
For Sale: 31’ travel trailer, 4 yrs old,
deck - 10’ x 24’, shed - 6’ x 8’, site
252 - Wildwood Park. 3 fridges, lawn
mower, etc. included. Good deal. 519284-4282 10/03
For Sale: Palliser Leather Sofa.
Colour - Wine. Length - 81”. Very
excellent condition - Asking $500.00
OBO. Phone: 519-284-2903 or leave
message. 10/24
For sale: Electric fireplace
with remote starter. $175.
Call 519-229-6111 10/24
WANTED
Wanted: Micro-wave ovens and
computer towers. Call Sandi for pick10/10
up. 519-284-4125.
Wanted: Winter storage for car,
preferably in St. Marys - 22 ft long. call
10/20
519-284-1048
HELP WANTED
LOOKING FOR: PART-TIME
DRIVERS: 25+, G License,
Retirees Welcome. No experience
required, we will provide training.
519-520-6572 10/20
We would like to thank all applicants who apply for this position, however,
only
those
applicants
selected
for
an
interview
will
be
contacted.
FOR SALE BY OWNER
Perth South 116 acre farm with
112 workable systematically tiled
every 25 feet. Huron loam clay.
1.5 storey yellow brick house.
57x30 garage workshop with
heat/hydro. Call 519-227-4872
FRASER
FOR COUNCIL
519-272-7836
SERVICES
Sick of overflowing
eavestoughs caused by leafs
etc?
Call Greg at 519-274-3973
Perth
HEAT-COOL
AIR-CONDITIONING
FURNACES
Tune-ups, Repairs
& Installations
Ed Otto
ST. MARYS & AREA
519-284-0430
We are now accepting resumes for a permanent part time Life Enrichment
position in our Long Term Care Home. The position requires experience in
programming for seniors, excellent interpersonal and communication skills, working
with minimal supervision, innovative skills and be able to organize and assess
programming. Also must have effective oral and written communication, computer
skills and availability to work every other weekend. Either a degree or diploma in
Recreation and Leisure studies, gerontology, or developmental services is required.
Please forward your resume and cover letter to the Life Enrichment
Coordinator by fax at 519-284-0575 or by email to [email protected]
VOTE
STAN
Eavestrough
cleaning
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St. Marys
Independent
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36 Water St., P.O. Box 2065,
St. Marys, ON, N4X 1C3
Carpet and Furniture
Cleaning
Call
519-808-0077
Bicycle Repairs
In-Town pickup call Doug
at Stonetown Cycle Shop
199 Tracy Street, St.
Marys
519-284-9985
OR 519-318-4383
Office Location:
P: 519.284.0041
F: 519.284.0042
Email: [email protected]
stmarysindependent.com
M & M VARIETY
The Difference?
Full Postal Service
284-3101
ATTENTION PSW’S: We are currently looking to hire part-time PSW’s for evening
and night positions. Applicants must be team players who enjoy working with seniors
and who currently hold a PSW certificate or are currently enrolled in a PSW program.
You must be available to work every other weekend. LTC experience not necessary,
but would be an asset. Please fax resume to: Director of Care, Wildwood Care
Centre, St. Marys, Ontario, (519) 284-0575 or email to: [email protected]
We would like to thank all applicants who apply for this position, however,
only
those
applicants
selected
for
an
interview
will
be
contacted.
Occasional Caregiver
Seeking a back-up caregiver
living close to St. Marys, with
time flexibility during the day,
to assist my elderly father in
his own home for part days
or full days, to fill in for the
regular daytime person, as
needed.
Responsibilities
include meal preparation,
medication reminders, and
light housekeeping.
Please send a resume or letter
with your phone number to:
[email protected]
or call cell 416 419-7217.
ATTENTION FOOD SERVICE WORKER’S: We are
currently looking to hire a part-time Food Service Worker
position. Applicants must be team players who enjoy
working with seniors and who currently hold a Food Service
Worker diploma. Food Handling Certificate would be an
asset but will train. Please fax resume to: Food Service
Supervisor, Wildwood Care Centre, St. Marys, Ontario,
(519) 284-0575 or email to: [email protected]
We would like to thank all applicants who apply
for this position, however, only those applicants
selected for an interview will be contacted.
On Oct. 27th
Vote Chuck
Armstrong
Council for Blanshard
● Team Player
● Responsible
● Common Sense
● Approachable
Successful business owner in Blanshard for over 25 years
We are now just a few days from voting day and I would like to thank everybody coming
out to the all candidate’s night. I appreciated the opportunity to answer your questions
and concerns. I encourage everyone to please vote. Take a good look at the candidates
and choose whom you think would be the best person to represent our township. I believe
the business of our township is very important work and needs to have the best possible
united team elected that can work in unity to enhance the interests of our community
now and in the future. With a vision to keeping our lifestyle and safety at reasonable
cost for us and our children to reside here in our community. I would like to wish all
the candidates the best in the election. After the election, we need to get behind the new
council and give them our support for the challenges that they will face during the next 4
year term. I would appreciate the opportunity to earn your vote.
Thank you for your support.
[email protected] ● 519-229-8141
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Friday, October 24, 2014
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