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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Ball Hockey and Basketball 12:30pm – 1:30pm Drop in for a game of supervised ball hockey. Outdoor Gerry Lowe Rink Public Swim 1:00pm – 3:00pm Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre 361 Queen St. Cost: Regular Drop in prices apply Shinny Hockey 1:30pm – 3:30pm Join us at the Youth Arena for Shinny Hockey. $2 person. A Chillin’ Movie Night for all kids 5:00pm Join us to watch Zootopia. We’ll have dinner: Chili, bread & butter, milk, apple juice & r[...]
Carleton Place residents to see property tax increase in 2017
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  Carleton Place Council approved the 2017 budget, including the 2.1 per cent property tax increase. The increase will mean an additional $27.50 per $200,000 home. Staff are instructed to proceed with the identified projects contained in the 2017 budget, some of which include: a $1.5 million repair to Central Bridge on Bridge St., $1 million in upgrades to the dressing rooms at the Carleton Place Arena, and $160,000 of upgrades to the exterior of Town Hall.[...]
Carleton Place council confirms sale of four lands
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Council confirmed the sale of four properties at the Nov. 22 council meeting at Town Hall. The land included is: Allan Street Property, Cavanagh Property on Morris Street, part of Old Franktown Road and part of the land on Highway 7 adjacent to the Rivington Property. The Allan Street Property was sold for $144,555 and the other lands were sold for $139,000, $2,055 and $2,889, respectively. The municipal lands were previously identified as surplus to the needs of the Town of Carleton Place meaning they can be sold.[...]
Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting. During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said. Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote v[...]
Cenotaph chosen for planting of Vimy oak
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls’ own “Vimy Oak” will be planted beside the town cenotaph, town councillors have agreed. Making a presentation to council Monday, Nov. 21, Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) students Jordan Drummond and Ben Seward provided an update on the progress of the project and asked for help in finalizing the preferred site to plant the oak. After the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, a Canadian officer gathered some acorns from an oak tree destroyed in the fighting and sent them home to Canada. After the war ended the following November, Miller planted those acorns on his family farm [...]
Smiths Falls chief building official resigns
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls Chief Building Official Stephen Mailloux is resigning to take a new job as building inspector for Loyalist Township. Town councillors voted Nov. 21 to appoint a of number staff members to interim positions to fill the vacancy until a permanent arrangement can be made early in 2017. “We need to appoint people to fill in for him until the new year, when we can see exactly what we need in that position,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn. Appointed on an interim and contract basis are Chief Building Official Ray Scissons, and building inspectors Nathan Blood, Mel Bursey and Peter Black. Mailloux is exp[...]
Smiths Falls awards contracts for flowers, meter reader
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By Chris Must Gemmell’s Garden Centre has been awarded a $36,000 contract to provide plants next season for hanging baskets and flower beds downtown.  Smiths Falls town councillors voted to award the contract, which came in $4,000 less than budgeted, at a regular council meeting Monday, Nov. 21.   In other business at the Nov. 21 meeting, council also awarded a $14,000 for a new electronic water meter reader to Evans Utility & Municipal Products Supply Ltd. The town’s existing handheld meter reader needs to be replaced because its software is outdated and it is no longer serviceable.[...]
Local musicians band together for food bank fundraiser
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca There was a time not that long ago when young local musicians could and did make a pretty decent living playing bars and hotels like the Arlington on Beckwith Street, the Rideau Hotel, the Mariner’s Inn and the Russell Hotel in Smiths Falls.   “Back then — in the 60s and 70s —you had to be a member of the musician’s union to play those venues,” said Dennis Staples, guitar player and former Smiths Falls mayor.  “I was a member and I would often get calls, saying there’s a band coming through and they need a guitar player, are you available? So I played with a lot of those bands as w[...]
Christmas Round Up
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To help you plan out your holiday season we’ve highlighted some local time-honour events that you’ll want to mark on the calendar. Smiths Falls Celebration of Lights Opening ceremonies to be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Victoria Park on Lombard St. The lights will be on until Dec. 31. Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade “A Candy Land Christmas” Parade Date: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. Holiday Train Merrickville Sunday, Nov.27 arrival 4:45 at 103 East Broadway & Count y Road #2. South side of crossing near Bay Street. Show from 5:00 to 5:30. Holiday Train Smiths Falls Sunday, Nov.27 – arrival 6[...]
Itty Bitty Teenie Tiny Art Show hoped to be big success
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Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca “The art scene is around you, you just have to check it out,” said Ina Jackson, chair of Arts Carleton Place. Arts Carleton Place is a local, not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower artists and area residents through the arts. “Art is an important part of every community,” she said, adding that she has always loved art. Arts Carleton Place is hosting the second annual Itty Bitty Teenie Tiny Art Show and Sale at the Carleton Place Canoe Club on Nov. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cards and cash are accepted. The Ginger Café will be selling sweet and savoury treats. Jackson said there are al[...]
Hanley Hall receives $2,000 donation from Rotary
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The lift at Hanley Hall is already installed and working with its cost being mostly paid for out of reserves, but those reserves need to be replenished so that the upstairs bathrooms at the hall can be made accessible, according to Stephanie Spinelli, project manager with the Catholic parish. “We need to bring our funds back up to $185,000,” said Spinelli. Fundraising began in July 2015, and on Nov. 15 the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls made a donation of $2,000 to the cause, bringing the current total to $115,000. Shown here from left are Ken Graham, president of Rotary Smiths Falls,  Father Rod McNeil, parish priest,  Karen Hallinan, cha[...]
PDCI junior girls win EOSSAA basketball championship
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The Perth and District Collegiate Institute (PDCI) Blue Devils won the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) basketball championship last night (Nov. 17) with a 60-21 victory over the Opeongo Wildcats from Renfrew. It’s a back-to-back EOSSAA win for our junior girls basketball program, said Coach Kevin Bellamy. PDCI hosted the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association girls’ basketball championship.[...]
Carleton Place Christmas Basket seeks local support
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends to share anecdotes from the previous year and well wishes for the upcoming over a hot meal. Unfortunately, the reality of the holiday season is not this bright and breezy for some in Carleton Place. Carleton Place Christmas Basket puts food on the table and presents under the tree for families in need. Carleton Place Christmas Basket is asking for local support to make the program a success once again as the holiday season approaches. The program relies on local donations to supply a complete Christmas breakfast and supper to families and individual[...]
Smiths Falls councillors balk at proposed tax and water hikes in budget
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By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The closure of County Fair Mall will probably cost the town of Smiths Falls about $300,000 a year in commercial taxes, town councillor Chris Cummings told colleagues at a special meeting Nov. 16. Councillors met to review the first draft of the proposed 2017 town budget, and found themselves facing declining revenues and rising costs. The town’s interim treasurer, Janet Koziel, presented an initial budget report recommending a 3.38 per cent tax increase, along with a 7 per cent hike in water rates and an 8 per cent wastewater rate increase. Key dates Public budget meeting on Nov. 30 at the  Smiths Falls [...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 18 – 20
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 18 -20 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Indignation 7:00pm – 10:00pm STATION THEATRE, Movie Weekend, “Indignation” a Philip Roth adaptation by James Schamus, Tickets $10 at door only, Rating: 14A Home SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Smiths Falls Hospital Auxiliary Annual Bazaar & Bake Sale 9:00am – 1:00pm Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 7 Main St. E. Skate Exchange 10:00am – 1:00pm Modern Thymes Health & Bulk Foods, Smiths Falls 11 Russell Street East, Smiths Falls CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & LUNCHEON[...]
Youth centre gets funds to provide suicide awareness training to teens
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By Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth was presented with a cheque for $20,000 this week through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. The money given to the youth centre will be used to deliver safeTALK training to youth aged 15-19 throughout the region. It will enable 1,500 youths to become suicide-alert helpers who are able to recognize early signs of people with suicidal thoughts. These youth will be equipped to help those in distress find the right support. The agency will also implement mental health first aid awareness campaigns to make two school boards, five communities and 23 schools more awa[...]
Carleton Place 2017 draft budget presented to public
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca During a public meeting held last night (Nov.15) at Carleton Place Town Hall, Carleton Place Treasurer Phil Hogan presented the final draft of the Town of Carleton Place 2017 budget. As part of the 2017 budget, the Corporate Services Committee of Council (the committee that drafts the budget) is recommending a 2.1 per cent municipal tax increase in Carleton Place in 2017. This increase means the average dollar change for a $200,000 home will be $27.50. During his presentation, Hogan said in 2016 the residential tax rate comparison between the City of Ottawa and Carleton Place only differed by $50. Ottawa reside[...]
United Way Lanark County joins forces with other in region
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Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca United Way Lanark County will be amalgamating with United Ways in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa and Renfrew County. After amalgamation, all funds raised locally will continue to be invested locally to help Lanark County and Smiths Falls’ most vulnerable. On Dec.5, all four United Ways will hold separate special meetings in each community and invite members to support this new collaboration and amalgamation. United Way Lanark County will hold its meeting at 7 p.m. at Beckwith Township Offices, council chambers, 1702 9th Line, Beckwith Township. “Our board of directors is very supportive while we continue to maint[...]
Refurbished holiday wreaths on display in Downtown Smiths Falls
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Smiths Falls, ON, November 15, 2016 The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) has completed its multi-phase project of restoring the holiday wreaths on display in the downtown core. The newly restored wreaths were installed earlier this week and can be seen adorning the street lights on Beckwith Street. The DBA’s Beautification Committee has been actively working towards the refurbishment of the wreaths since the Fall of 2015. The materials were purchased by the DBA in July 2016, after receiving approval from Smiths Falls Town Council to access surplus funds from the DBA’s reserves. The DBA’s funding is derived from a separat[...]
Fundraising Snow Ball aims to rock the house
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s going to be a rocking Christmas season in Merrickville, and it’s kicking off with the Snow Ball at the Baldachin Ballroom on Nov. 26. “It’s fundraiser for the Merrickville food bank, and I thought November would be a good time for the food bank to have a little extra before Christmas,” said Steve Hurndell, Snow Ball founder and organizer. The Snow Ball will also showcase some fabulous music with room to dance. “I wanted to get the season started with a great musical event before everyone settles down to their family and work celebrations,” said Hurndell. The headline act is 4 Way [...]
Fatal traffic collision in Smiths Falls – Police seek public assistance
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Smiths Falls Police responded to a single vehicle collision on the afternoon of 13 November 2016 at the corner of Lorne Street and Hershey Drive. A 36 year old Ottawa woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names are being released at the request of the family. The incident remains under active investigation. Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).[...]
Plan to restructure fire command gets green light from council
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls councillors have been assured that a plan to replace a retiring fire captain with three lieutenants won’t result in any significant increase in fire protection costs. At a regular meeting of town council Monday, Nov. 7, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp explained that Capt. Richard Laming has retired. Instead of appointing a new captain, Beauchamp said he intends to put three lieutenants in supervisory roles. One lieutenant will be responsible for fire prevention, another for logistics (vehicles, equipment and scheduling), and another for training and health and safety. The position of captain will be[...]
Smiths Falls council supports buying new meter reader
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca New technology doesn’t come cheap, but the $14,266 it will cost to replace Smiths Falls’ hand-held water meter reader is still $1,700 less than budgeted. Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop told town councillors at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Monday, Nov. 14 that the existing meter reader is outdated, and failing to replace it could “interfere with our collection schedule or billing.” The cost for the meter reading, which will be capable of taking remote readings, includes the reader itself as well as a radio receiver and charger. Dunlop explained that meter reading in[...]
Study says no to expanding Smiths Falls police to other townships
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  A study has concluded that having Smiths Falls police offer their services to five neighbouring townships isn’t worth the effort. Currently, the municipalities of Merrickville-Wolford, Montague, Drummond-North Elmsley, Rideau Lakes and Westport, which border on Smiths Falls, receive police service from the Ontario Provincial Police, while Smiths Falls has its own municipal force. The town commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if it would be advantageous for Smiths Falls to bid for the right to provide police service to its neighbours, replacing the OPP. Cliff Strachan, vice president of busine[...]
Bears start the weekend off with a win over Kemptville
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Courtesy of Smiths Falls Bears After a disappointing effort on Nov. 10 in a 6-2 loss to Kanata, the Bears bounced back 24 hours with a strong effort in defeating the Kemptville 73s 6-4 at the Bears Den. Newly acquired Mathieu Franche netted his first goal as a Bear and second on the season to put the Bears up 1-0 at 14:45 of the opening period. Franche’s power play marker was assisted by the Bears leading scorer Cole Busschaert. The Bears struck again just 51 seconds later when Alex Kealey deflected Scott Gervais’s point shot by Peter Brooks. The goal was Kealey’s sixth of the season. Bobby Dow cut into the Bears lead when h[...]
New orthodontic in Carleton Place hosts Chamber mixer
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Newly opened Kirk Orthodontics hosted the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce’s Movers and Shakers event on Nov. 10. Movers and Shakers is a networking mixer for chamber members. Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos attended the event along with Donna MacDonald, chair of the chamber, and Jackie Kavanagh, the chamber manager. About 30 Chamber of Commerce members chatted over refreshments in the pristine new dental clinic. “It’s awesome that we get to host because members get super excited about this event,” said Dr. Danae Kirk, referring to Movers and Shakers. “We joined the chamber because[...]
New Civitan Club in Perth charter celebration planned for Nov. 13
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The Perth Civitan Club is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Trillium Lanark County (TLC) Civitan Club. Created for individuals with developmental and intellectual challenges, this is the first Civitan Club of its kind in Canada. Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities with a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. There are seven Civitan Clubs throughout Lanark County and they help wherever the need arises in their respective communities. Civitans are also big supporters of the Children’s Hospital of Easter[...]
Drug to reverse opioid overdose now more accessible to community
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Opioid misuse and overdoses are a growing concern across Canada and the U.S. In Ontario alone, opioids cause one death every 13 hours — and Lanark County is not immune. Twenty-four people in Lanark County have died of opioid misuse since 2010. As part of a larger harm reduction strategy, on June 24 the province expanded access of naloxone, the drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, to pharmacies. Kits, which contain at least two doses of the drug, needles for injection, arm snappers, gloves, a rescue breathing barrier and a client ID card, can be obtained by eligible recipients free of charge from participating pharmacies. [...]
Real magic at The Insight Studio in Carleton Place
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca While Halloween is a perfectly festive time to talk magic and cast spells, there is actually a business in Carleton Place that offers the very real benefits of sorcery all year round. “I like to say that at The Insight Studio, we broker in insight,” Trevour Strudwick said, the owner of The Insight Studio in Carleton Place. “Modern and ancient insights are great for personal and professional development.” Strudwick is a sorcerer who has been practicing and teaching personal development techniques for the last 28 years. “I was aware that I could see spirits and auras from my earliest memories,” Strudw[...]
Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 11 – 13
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 11 – 13 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony 11:00am Join us to honour all Veterans. Smiths Falls Cenotaph SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 40 Plus Singles Dinner/Dance 7:00pm 7pm dinner, followed by dance with Blue Thunder at 8pm. Casual dress (no jeans). Cash bar. Call Betty at 613-285-5557, or Wanda or Alice at 613-205-1234. There is music for everyone. You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this event; just come and enjoy the evening with people who have similar interests to yours. Cost: $10 Smiths Falls Civita[...]
Trio of Canadians pick up firsts with the tea
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Courtesy of the Carleton Place Canadians and Daniel Vazzoler Justin Cmunt, Sage Englund and Peyton Francis all picked up important firsts with the Carleton Place Canadians in Tuesday’s 9-3 win over the Gloucester Rangers at the Carleton Place Arena. Englund and Francis both picked up their first goals playing for Carleton Place, while Cmunt picked up his first point playing in his first game. Englund had picked up one assist in his first four games with Carleton Place, and he had a goal and an assist against Gloucester. “It feels good to get the monkey off my back finally and hopefully now I can just continue (to score) and keep it going,[...]
Council considers cost of living increase for CP Chamber of Commerce
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council was presented with a two per cent cost of living increase for the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce, during the Nov. 8 council meeting. “The Chamber of Commerce puts our friendly community on the map,” told Chamber of Commerce Chair Donna MacDonald to council during a presentation. MacDonald said the chamber is requesting a two per budget increase to help the chamber maintain and enhance the services it currently provides, like networking events and the local business award gala for members. The increase will keep pace with pay increases, like the increase in minimum wag[...]
Carleton Place ER volunteers presented with graduation certificates
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos presented 10 certificates to the 2016 graduating class of the Community Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) program at the Nov. 8 council meeting. CERV is a free, three-evening program that took place in October to train volunteers about the fundamentals of emergency management. Volunteers are trained for emergency preparedness, first aid and techniques to assist the local police and fire department. At the end of the course, volunteers are able to respond to municipal emergencies upon request. Volunteers have given a total of 8,000 hours of volunteer time and assistance, [...]
M.P. donates two defibrillators to venues in Lanark County
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Member of Parliament Scott Reid made two life-saving donations today, Nov. 8, as he presented both the Lanark and District Civitan Club and the Table Community Food Centre with defibrillators — portable machines used to control heart fibrillation by sending an electric current to the chest wall or heart. “I literally can’t think of a better way to save lives at a low cost,” Reid said, explaining that the price of a defibrillator is about $2,000. Reid was elected as the conservative M.P. for Lanark, Frontenac and Kingston in 2000 and has been working on installing defibrillators[...]

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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 25 – 27 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25 Ball Hockey and Basketball 12:30pm – 1:30pm Drop in for a game of supervised ball hockey. Outdoor Gerry Lowe Rink Public Swim 1:00pm – 3:00pm Smiths Falls & District Aquatic Recreation Centre 361 Queen St. Cost: Regular Drop in prices apply Shinny Hockey 1:30pm – 3:30pm Join us at the Youth Arena for Shinny Hockey. $2 person. A Chillin’ Movie Night for all kids 5:00pm Join us to watch Zootopia. We’ll have dinner: Chili, bread & butter, milk, apple juice & r[...]
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Carleton Place residents to see property tax increase in 2017
Nov.23, 12:32 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  Carleton Place Council approved the 2017 budget, including the 2.1 per cent property tax increase. The increase will mean an additional $27.50 per $200,000 home. Staff are instructed to proceed with the identified projects contained in the 2017 budget, some of which include: a $1.5 million repair to Central Bridge on Bridge St., $1 million in upgrades to the dressing rooms at the Carleton Place Arena, and $160,000 of upgrades to the exterior of Town Hall.[...]
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Carleton Place council confirms sale of four lands
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By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Council confirmed the sale of four properties at the Nov. 22 council meeting at Town Hall. The land included is: Allan Street Property, Cavanagh Property on Morris Street, part of Old Franktown Road and part of the land on Highway 7 adjacent to the Rivington Property. The Allan Street Property was sold for $144,555 and the other lands were sold for $139,000, $2,055 and $2,889, respectively. The municipal lands were previously identified as surplus to the needs of the Town of Carleton Place meaning they can be sold.[...]
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Electronic voting a possibility for 2018 Carleton Place municipal election
Nov.23, 12:11 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place Council listened to a presentation via webcast from Steven Lattey, of Simply Voting Inc., about electronic voting for the Town of Carleton Place for the 2018 municipal election at the Nov. 22 council meeting. During the presentation, Lattey explained that E-Volve Integrated Electronic Voting Solutions, an electronic voting system that incorporates four different programs, including Simply Voting Inc., offers secure access without delays, 24/7. “We use the best security and reliability methods on all fronts,” he said. Simply Voting Inc. is a Canadian voting system that enables people to vote v[...]
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Cenotaph chosen for planting of Vimy oak
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By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls’ own “Vimy Oak” will be planted beside the town cenotaph, town councillors have agreed. Making a presentation to council Monday, Nov. 21, Smiths Falls and District Collegiate Institute (SFDCI) students Jordan Drummond and Ben Seward provided an update on the progress of the project and asked for help in finalizing the preferred site to plant the oak. After the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 1917, a Canadian officer gathered some acorns from an oak tree destroyed in the fighting and sent them home to Canada. After the war ended the following November, Miller planted those acorns on his family farm [...]
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Smiths Falls chief building official resigns
Nov.21, 8:41 pm
By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  Smiths Falls Chief Building Official Stephen Mailloux is resigning to take a new job as building inspector for Loyalist Township. Town councillors voted Nov. 21 to appoint a of number staff members to interim positions to fill the vacancy until a permanent arrangement can be made early in 2017. “We need to appoint people to fill in for him until the new year, when we can see exactly what we need in that position,” said Councillor Dawn Quinn. Appointed on an interim and contract basis are Chief Building Official Ray Scissons, and building inspectors Nathan Blood, Mel Bursey and Peter Black. Mailloux is exp[...]
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Smiths Falls awards contracts for flowers, meter reader
Nov.21, 8:37 pm
By Chris Must Gemmell’s Garden Centre has been awarded a $36,000 contract to provide plants next season for hanging baskets and flower beds downtown.  Smiths Falls town councillors voted to award the contract, which came in $4,000 less than budgeted, at a regular council meeting Monday, Nov. 21.   In other business at the Nov. 21 meeting, council also awarded a $14,000 for a new electronic water meter reader to Evans Utility & Municipal Products Supply Ltd. The town’s existing handheld meter reader needs to be replaced because its software is outdated and it is no longer serviceable.[...]
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Local musicians band together for food bank fundraiser
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By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca There was a time not that long ago when young local musicians could and did make a pretty decent living playing bars and hotels like the Arlington on Beckwith Street, the Rideau Hotel, the Mariner’s Inn and the Russell Hotel in Smiths Falls.   “Back then — in the 60s and 70s —you had to be a member of the musician’s union to play those venues,” said Dennis Staples, guitar player and former Smiths Falls mayor.  “I was a member and I would often get calls, saying there’s a band coming through and they need a guitar player, are you available? So I played with a lot of those bands as w[...]
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Christmas Round Up
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To help you plan out your holiday season we’ve highlighted some local time-honour events that you’ll want to mark on the calendar. Smiths Falls Celebration of Lights Opening ceremonies to be held on Saturday, Nov. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Victoria Park on Lombard St. The lights will be on until Dec. 31. Carleton Place Santa Claus Parade “A Candy Land Christmas” Parade Date: Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016 at 5 p.m. Holiday Train Merrickville Sunday, Nov.27 arrival 4:45 at 103 East Broadway & Count y Road #2. South side of crossing near Bay Street. Show from 5:00 to 5:30. Holiday Train Smiths Falls Sunday, Nov.27 – arrival 6[...]
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Itty Bitty Teenie Tiny Art Show hoped to be big success
Nov.21, 11:05 am
Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca “The art scene is around you, you just have to check it out,” said Ina Jackson, chair of Arts Carleton Place. Arts Carleton Place is a local, not-for-profit organization with a mission to empower artists and area residents through the arts. “Art is an important part of every community,” she said, adding that she has always loved art. Arts Carleton Place is hosting the second annual Itty Bitty Teenie Tiny Art Show and Sale at the Carleton Place Canoe Club on Nov. 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cards and cash are accepted. The Ginger Café will be selling sweet and savoury treats. Jackson said there are al[...]
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Hanley Hall receives $2,000 donation from Rotary
Nov.18, 2:08 pm
The lift at Hanley Hall is already installed and working with its cost being mostly paid for out of reserves, but those reserves need to be replenished so that the upstairs bathrooms at the hall can be made accessible, according to Stephanie Spinelli, project manager with the Catholic parish. “We need to bring our funds back up to $185,000,” said Spinelli. Fundraising began in July 2015, and on Nov. 15 the Rotary Club of Smiths Falls made a donation of $2,000 to the cause, bringing the current total to $115,000. Shown here from left are Ken Graham, president of Rotary Smiths Falls,  Father Rod McNeil, parish priest,  Karen Hallinan, cha[...]
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PDCI junior girls win EOSSAA basketball championship
Nov.18, 1:46 pm
The Perth and District Collegiate Institute (PDCI) Blue Devils won the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association (EOSSAA) basketball championship last night (Nov. 17) with a 60-21 victory over the Opeongo Wildcats from Renfrew. It’s a back-to-back EOSSAA win for our junior girls basketball program, said Coach Kevin Bellamy. PDCI hosted the Eastern Ontario Secondary School Athletic Association girls’ basketball championship.[...]
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Carleton Place Christmas Basket seeks local support
Nov.17, 11:15 am
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Christmas is a great time to reconnect with family and friends to share anecdotes from the previous year and well wishes for the upcoming over a hot meal. Unfortunately, the reality of the holiday season is not this bright and breezy for some in Carleton Place. Carleton Place Christmas Basket puts food on the table and presents under the tree for families in need. Carleton Place Christmas Basket is asking for local support to make the program a success once again as the holiday season approaches. The program relies on local donations to supply a complete Christmas breakfast and supper to families and individual[...]
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Smiths Falls councillors balk at proposed tax and water hikes in budget
Nov.17, 10:43 am
By Chris Must editorial@pdgmedia.ca The closure of County Fair Mall will probably cost the town of Smiths Falls about $300,000 a year in commercial taxes, town councillor Chris Cummings told colleagues at a special meeting Nov. 16. Councillors met to review the first draft of the proposed 2017 town budget, and found themselves facing declining revenues and rising costs. The town’s interim treasurer, Janet Koziel, presented an initial budget report recommending a 3.38 per cent tax increase, along with a 7 per cent hike in water rates and an 8 per cent wastewater rate increase. Key dates Public budget meeting on Nov. 30 at the  Smiths Falls [...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 18 – 20
Nov.17, 9:39 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 18 -20 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 Indignation 7:00pm – 10:00pm STATION THEATRE, Movie Weekend, “Indignation” a Philip Roth adaptation by James Schamus, Tickets $10 at door only, Rating: 14A Home SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 Smiths Falls Hospital Auxiliary Annual Bazaar & Bake Sale 9:00am – 1:00pm Smiths Falls Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95 7 Main St. E. Skate Exchange 10:00am – 1:00pm Modern Thymes Health & Bulk Foods, Smiths Falls 11 Russell Street East, Smiths Falls CHRISTMAS BAZAAR & LUNCHEON[...]
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Youth centre gets funds to provide suicide awareness training to teens
Nov.16, 2:43 pm
By Staff editorial@pdgmedia.ca The Smiths Falls & District Centre for Youth was presented with a cheque for $20,000 this week through the Bell Let’s Talk Community Fund. The money given to the youth centre will be used to deliver safeTALK training to youth aged 15-19 throughout the region. It will enable 1,500 youths to become suicide-alert helpers who are able to recognize early signs of people with suicidal thoughts. These youth will be equipped to help those in distress find the right support. The agency will also implement mental health first aid awareness campaigns to make two school boards, five communities and 23 schools more awa[...]
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Carleton Place 2017 draft budget presented to public
Nov.16, 1:37 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca During a public meeting held last night (Nov.15) at Carleton Place Town Hall, Carleton Place Treasurer Phil Hogan presented the final draft of the Town of Carleton Place 2017 budget. As part of the 2017 budget, the Corporate Services Committee of Council (the committee that drafts the budget) is recommending a 2.1 per cent municipal tax increase in Carleton Place in 2017. This increase means the average dollar change for a $200,000 home will be $27.50. During his presentation, Hogan said in 2016 the residential tax rate comparison between the City of Ottawa and Carleton Place only differed by $50. Ottawa reside[...]
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United Way Lanark County joins forces with other in region
Nov.16, 12:34 pm
Submitted editorial@pdgmedia.ca United Way Lanark County will be amalgamating with United Ways in Prescott-Russell, Ottawa and Renfrew County. After amalgamation, all funds raised locally will continue to be invested locally to help Lanark County and Smiths Falls’ most vulnerable. On Dec.5, all four United Ways will hold separate special meetings in each community and invite members to support this new collaboration and amalgamation. United Way Lanark County will hold its meeting at 7 p.m. at Beckwith Township Offices, council chambers, 1702 9th Line, Beckwith Township. “Our board of directors is very supportive while we continue to maint[...]
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Refurbished holiday wreaths on display in Downtown Smiths Falls
Nov.15, 8:26 pm
Smiths Falls, ON, November 15, 2016 The Smiths Falls Downtown Business Association (DBA) has completed its multi-phase project of restoring the holiday wreaths on display in the downtown core. The newly restored wreaths were installed earlier this week and can be seen adorning the street lights on Beckwith Street. The DBA’s Beautification Committee has been actively working towards the refurbishment of the wreaths since the Fall of 2015. The materials were purchased by the DBA in July 2016, after receiving approval from Smiths Falls Town Council to access surplus funds from the DBA’s reserves. The DBA’s funding is derived from a separat[...]
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Fundraising Snow Ball aims to rock the house
Nov.15, 11:12 am
By Howaida Sorour-Roberts heddy@pdgmedia.ca It’s going to be a rocking Christmas season in Merrickville, and it’s kicking off with the Snow Ball at the Baldachin Ballroom on Nov. 26. “It’s fundraiser for the Merrickville food bank, and I thought November would be a good time for the food bank to have a little extra before Christmas,” said Steve Hurndell, Snow Ball founder and organizer. The Snow Ball will also showcase some fabulous music with room to dance. “I wanted to get the season started with a great musical event before everyone settles down to their family and work celebrations,” said Hurndell. The headline act is 4 Way [...]
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Fatal traffic collision in Smiths Falls – Police seek public assistance
Nov.14, 11:43 pm
Smiths Falls Police responded to a single vehicle collision on the afternoon of 13 November 2016 at the corner of Lorne Street and Hershey Drive. A 36 year old Ottawa woman was pronounced dead at the scene.  No names are being released at the request of the family. The incident remains under active investigation. Smiths Falls Police Service urges anyone with further information regarding this incident, or similar incidents, to contact our service at 613-283-0357. Information may be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).[...]
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Plan to restructure fire command gets green light from council
Nov.14, 8:12 pm
By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls councillors have been assured that a plan to replace a retiring fire captain with three lieutenants won’t result in any significant increase in fire protection costs. At a regular meeting of town council Monday, Nov. 7, Fire Chief Normand Beauchamp explained that Capt. Richard Laming has retired. Instead of appointing a new captain, Beauchamp said he intends to put three lieutenants in supervisory roles. One lieutenant will be responsible for fire prevention, another for logistics (vehicles, equipment and scheduling), and another for training and health and safety. The position of captain will be[...]
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Smiths Falls council supports buying new meter reader
Nov.14, 8:07 pm
By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca New technology doesn’t come cheap, but the $14,266 it will cost to replace Smiths Falls’ hand-held water meter reader is still $1,700 less than budgeted. Director of Public Works and Utilities Troy Dunlop told town councillors at a meeting of council’s Committee of the Whole Monday, Nov. 14 that the existing meter reader is outdated, and failing to replace it could “interfere with our collection schedule or billing.” The cost for the meter reading, which will be capable of taking remote readings, includes the reader itself as well as a radio receiver and charger. Dunlop explained that meter reading in[...]
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Study says no to expanding Smiths Falls police to other townships
Nov.14, 8:01 pm
By Chris Must chris@pdgmedia.ca  A study has concluded that having Smiths Falls police offer their services to five neighbouring townships isn’t worth the effort. Currently, the municipalities of Merrickville-Wolford, Montague, Drummond-North Elmsley, Rideau Lakes and Westport, which border on Smiths Falls, receive police service from the Ontario Provincial Police, while Smiths Falls has its own municipal force. The town commissioned a study earlier this year to determine if it would be advantageous for Smiths Falls to bid for the right to provide police service to its neighbours, replacing the OPP. Cliff Strachan, vice president of busine[...]
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Bears start the weekend off with a win over Kemptville
Nov.14, 11:39 am
Courtesy of Smiths Falls Bears After a disappointing effort on Nov. 10 in a 6-2 loss to Kanata, the Bears bounced back 24 hours with a strong effort in defeating the Kemptville 73s 6-4 at the Bears Den. Newly acquired Mathieu Franche netted his first goal as a Bear and second on the season to put the Bears up 1-0 at 14:45 of the opening period. Franche’s power play marker was assisted by the Bears leading scorer Cole Busschaert. The Bears struck again just 51 seconds later when Alex Kealey deflected Scott Gervais’s point shot by Peter Brooks. The goal was Kealey’s sixth of the season. Bobby Dow cut into the Bears lead when h[...]
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New orthodontic in Carleton Place hosts Chamber mixer
Nov.14, 11:14 am
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Newly opened Kirk Orthodontics hosted the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce’s Movers and Shakers event on Nov. 10. Movers and Shakers is a networking mixer for chamber members. Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos attended the event along with Donna MacDonald, chair of the chamber, and Jackie Kavanagh, the chamber manager. About 30 Chamber of Commerce members chatted over refreshments in the pristine new dental clinic. “It’s awesome that we get to host because members get super excited about this event,” said Dr. Danae Kirk, referring to Movers and Shakers. “We joined the chamber because[...]
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New Civitan Club in Perth charter celebration planned for Nov. 13
Nov.11, 3:39 pm
The Perth Civitan Club is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Trillium Lanark County (TLC) Civitan Club. Created for individuals with developmental and intellectual challenges, this is the first Civitan Club of its kind in Canada. Civitan International is an organization of volunteer service clubs around the world, dedicated to helping people in their own communities with a special emphasis on helping people with developmental disabilities. There are seven Civitan Clubs throughout Lanark County and they help wherever the need arises in their respective communities. Civitans are also big supporters of the Children’s Hospital of Easter[...]
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Drug to reverse opioid overdose now more accessible to community
Nov.10, 1:22 pm
Opioid misuse and overdoses are a growing concern across Canada and the U.S. In Ontario alone, opioids cause one death every 13 hours — and Lanark County is not immune. Twenty-four people in Lanark County have died of opioid misuse since 2010. As part of a larger harm reduction strategy, on June 24 the province expanded access of naloxone, the drug used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose, to pharmacies. Kits, which contain at least two doses of the drug, needles for injection, arm snappers, gloves, a rescue breathing barrier and a client ID card, can be obtained by eligible recipients free of charge from participating pharmacies. [...]
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Real magic at The Insight Studio in Carleton Place
Nov.10, 10:22 am
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca While Halloween is a perfectly festive time to talk magic and cast spells, there is actually a business in Carleton Place that offers the very real benefits of sorcery all year round. “I like to say that at The Insight Studio, we broker in insight,” Trevour Strudwick said, the owner of The Insight Studio in Carleton Place. “Modern and ancient insights are great for personal and professional development.” Strudwick is a sorcerer who has been practicing and teaching personal development techniques for the last 28 years. “I was aware that I could see spirits and auras from my earliest memories,” Strudw[...]
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Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 11 – 13
Nov.10, 10:08 am
Smiths Falls weekend guide: November 11 – 13 Check out the weekend guide below to find out what is going on in your community. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Remembrance Day Ceremony 11:00am Join us to honour all Veterans. Smiths Falls Cenotaph SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 40 Plus Singles Dinner/Dance 7:00pm 7pm dinner, followed by dance with Blue Thunder at 8pm. Casual dress (no jeans). Cash bar. Call Betty at 613-285-5557, or Wanda or Alice at 613-205-1234. There is music for everyone. You don’t have to be a dancer to enjoy this event; just come and enjoy the evening with people who have similar interests to yours. Cost: $10 Smiths Falls Civita[...]
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Trio of Canadians pick up firsts with the tea
Nov.10, 9:45 am
Courtesy of the Carleton Place Canadians and Daniel Vazzoler Justin Cmunt, Sage Englund and Peyton Francis all picked up important firsts with the Carleton Place Canadians in Tuesday’s 9-3 win over the Gloucester Rangers at the Carleton Place Arena. Englund and Francis both picked up their first goals playing for Carleton Place, while Cmunt picked up his first point playing in his first game. Englund had picked up one assist in his first four games with Carleton Place, and he had a goal and an assist against Gloucester. “It feels good to get the monkey off my back finally and hopefully now I can just continue (to score) and keep it going,[...]
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Council considers cost of living increase for CP Chamber of Commerce
Nov.9, 1:42 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Carleton Place council was presented with a two per cent cost of living increase for the Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce, during the Nov. 8 council meeting. “The Chamber of Commerce puts our friendly community on the map,” told Chamber of Commerce Chair Donna MacDonald to council during a presentation. MacDonald said the chamber is requesting a two per budget increase to help the chamber maintain and enhance the services it currently provides, like networking events and the local business award gala for members. The increase will keep pace with pay increases, like the increase in minimum wag[...]
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Carleton Place ER volunteers presented with graduation certificates
Nov.9, 1:11 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca  Carleton Place Mayor Louis Antonakos presented 10 certificates to the 2016 graduating class of the Community Emergency Response Volunteer (CERV) program at the Nov. 8 council meeting. CERV is a free, three-evening program that took place in October to train volunteers about the fundamentals of emergency management. Volunteers are trained for emergency preparedness, first aid and techniques to assist the local police and fire department. At the end of the course, volunteers are able to respond to municipal emergencies upon request. Volunteers have given a total of 8,000 hours of volunteer time and assistance, [...]
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M.P. donates two defibrillators to venues in Lanark County
Nov.9, 12:46 pm
By Jane Hobson jane@pdgmedia.ca Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Member of Parliament Scott Reid made two life-saving donations today, Nov. 8, as he presented both the Lanark and District Civitan Club and the Table Community Food Centre with defibrillators — portable machines used to control heart fibrillation by sending an electric current to the chest wall or heart. “I literally can’t think of a better way to save lives at a low cost,” Reid said, explaining that the price of a defibrillator is about $2,000. Reid was elected as the conservative M.P. for Lanark, Frontenac and Kingston in 2000 and has been working on installing defibrillators[...]

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