Inaction on Municipal Elections Act Reforms Unacceptable: Clark

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville; written October 21, 2013

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is renewing his call for the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to immediately introduce legislation to amend the Municipal Elections Act.

Clark says the amendments required include eliminating the excessively punitive penalty for the late filing of election expenses by municipal candidates. Currently, being even one day late in submitting this expense report means you automatically lose your council seat and can’t run in the next municipal election. – to read more>


Auditions for “We All Fall Down” Being Held in Gananoque

Ashes, ashes…

Ashes, ashes…

by Lorraine Payette, written October 19, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) Picture a world where hugs and kisses, holding hands, even a happy high five are now not only frowned upon, but against the law. An Orwellian style fantasy where all skin-to-skin contact has become illegal, a place where the intimacy of love and affection seem to have vanished forever…

Welcome to “We All Fall Down”, a new play written and directed by Maddi Ferris-Baker Carnrite. Auditions will be held on Saturday, October 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at Gracey Hall, St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, in Gananoque. Rehearsals start on November 2. – to read more>

Cookies, Critters and Crafts – Oh, My!

Come on down!

Come on down!

by Lorraine Payette, written October 19, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) If you go down to the Branch 92 Legion in Gananoque on Saturday, November 16, be prepared for a good time. The Gananoque and District Humane Society is holding its annual Cookies, Critters and Crafts for Kids fund raiser, and all sorts of tasty things are in store. – to read more>

TI Yarnspinners Weaving Tales in New Location

Once upon a ...

Once upon a …

by Lorraine Payette, written October 18, 2013

As the shadows deepen, come. Draw closer to the fire, wrap yourself in the arms of the group, and settle in for an evening of stories. The tellers are rising from the mists, here to enchant, delight, perhaps to frighten you just a little bit, but always to share and have you share with them.

And as the darkness closes around them, the stories will get wilder and wilder. Some will be quiet and intense, others loud and full of life and movement, for each teller is unique. A topic is determined each month, and they come together, eager both to share and to learn from each other.

And, if you’ve a yen, a thought that there’s a story inside you waiting to escape, they invite you to join them and see what you can do. – to read more>

GDHS Clothing Bazaar Has Something for Everyone

Come on, what are you waiting for?

Come on, what are you waiting for?

by Lorraine Payette, written October 17, 2013

(GANANOQUE, ONTARIO) With winter fast approaching, and the entire Christmas gift giving season on its heels, this is the perfect time to enhance your wardrobe or look for that special one-of-a-kind garment that will turn heads and make everyone gape in wonder. And where better to find that ideal item than at the Gananoque and District Humane Society’s annual clothing sale? – to read more>

Flying in Clover: Sheba’s Haven Meets Pilots ‘N’ Paws

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by Lorraine Payette, written October 17, 2013

(Kingston, Ontario) What happens when you take two great ideas and put them together? If you’re a beautiful older dog named Clover, the answer is a lot of love and a joyous ending.

Clover couldn’t help what had happened to her. Almost everyone loses something to time, whether they want to or not. A sweet little beige coloured “pocket husky” cross, she had developed various health issues with aging.

But not everyone loses their home over these things. Abandoned by her owners, Clover was found wandering the streets by the Timmins Humane Society (THS). And that was when the miracles started coming together. – to read more>

Holiday Giving Starts Early with All Souls Goods and Services Auction

All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Watertown, NY
All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, Watertown, NY

by Lorraine Payette, written October 13, 2013

(Watertown, NY) As the seasons change, thoughts begin to turn to winter holiday celebrations and gift giving. Even though Halloween isn’t with us yet, many businesses are already gearing up for the gift giving season.

However, not everyone wants the ordinary gifts available with the mass marketers. Sometimes the preferred item is something small and unique, something more personal. Sometimes it isn’t a thing at all, but a service or entertainment. – to read more>

Local Agencies weigh in on “FAT TALK”

Girls Inc. – Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit – October 10, 2013

(LEEDS-GENVILLE, ON) – October 20th – 26th is Fat Talk Free Week. You are invited to take the challenge to end “fat talk” by thinking twice about using statements that are damaging to self-esteem and body image. “Fat talk” isn’t about being overweight. It is the language that we use about ourselves and others when we talk about dieting, losing weight and appearance.

Think before using statements like “I’m so fat.” “I need to lose 10 pounds” and “She’s too fat to be wearing that swimsuit.” Statements that are considered fat talk don’t necessarily have to be negative; they reinforce the need to be thin – like: “You look great! Have you lost weight?” – to read more>

Sweet’s Corners All Heart for Terry Fox

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by Lorraine Payette, written October 8, 2013

(SWEET’S CORNERS, ON) – Sweet’s Corners Elementary School has heart. Lots of heart. Not only are most of its students involved in getting themselves into better physical condition, but they all want to reach out to help others as well.

On September 26, the school held its annual Terry Fox Run which raised over $225 for the cause. Students learned a lot about Terry and his dream, and were excited to not only do this run, but to share that they had also participated in a cross country run at the Rideau High School with students from other schools in the Upper Canada District School Board. – to read more>

Call In a Judge To Hold Liberal Gov’t Accountable: Clark

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark

Leeds-Grenville MPP Says Only Threat Of Jail Door Slamming Can Uncover the Truth Behind $1.1 Billion Gas Plants Boondoggle

(QUEEN’S PARK) – It’s time to force the Liberal government to face the threat of jail time in order to finally get to the bottom of the billion-dollar gas plants scandal, says Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark.

“The Auditor-General has confirmed PC MPPs like me were right when we said this scandal would cost taxpayers $1 billion. Now, we need to see some consequences for the government’s actions,” said Clark, who noted the OPP are also investigating the government following a complaint by the Ontario PC Official Opposition. – to read more>