Store at Darlingside Historic Site Threatened with Demolition

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Artifacts from the original store at Darlingside

by Lorraine Payette

(TLTI, ON) Thomas Darling would have been proud. A humble Scottish immigrant who started a cordwood business in Lansdowne in 1837, how could he ever have expected that today he and his family could be honoured with the preservation of his store and an interest by historians and local people in his historic tea industry artifacts? They are still there, carefully preserved and waiting to be enjoyed and understood in their original location in Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands.

However, today, the original store is threatened with demolition unless people come forward to stop it. – to read more>


Highway of Heroes Brings another Canadian Soldier Home

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Thousands gathered on overpasses along the Highway of Heroes to pay homage and show their support

by Lorraine Payette, written October 25, 2014

Thousands of people came out on Friday, October 23, to pay homage as the body of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was brought home from Ottawa to Hamilton. Local overpasses on the 401 bled with Canadian colours as the procession wound its way respectfully along the Highway of Heroes, preparing to lay another Canadian soldier to rest.

Corporal Cirillo, age 24, was killed in Ottawa at the National War Memorial on Wednesday, October 22, by a gunman linked to the terror group ISIS. Only two days previously, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, age 52, was killed after being intentionally run down in a parking lot in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec.

Neither soldier was armed at the time he was attacked. – to read more>

MPP Clark Provides Book of Condolence for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo

Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville written October 24, 2-14

( BROCKVILLE ) – Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark has set up a Book of Condolence for Corporal Nathan Cirillo at his constituency office, Suite 101, 100 Strowger Boulevard in Brockville.

Cpl. Cirillo, a reservist with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment based in Hamilton , was gunned down Wednesday while guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Parliament Hill.

Clark said he wanted to give residents of Leeds-Grenville an opportunity to pay their respects to Cpl. Cirillo and honour the bravery of the young father, who leaves behind a six-year-old son. Continue reading

Gananoque’s Got Heart – Helping the Victims of the Bell Tower Mall Fire

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by Lorraine Payette, written April 30, 2014

“You’ve gotta have heart
Miles and miles and miles of heart…”
– You’ve Gotta Have Heart

(Gananoque, ON) The victims of the tragic Bell Tower Mall fire are learning just how amazing the townspeople of Gananoque really are.

On April 17 a fire broke out in the complex, killing one person and leaving 11 others homeless. Although a person has been charged in the incident, that’s a far cry from solving the problem for those who now find themselves with nothing.

“We’re accepting useful donations for the fire victims,” said Tara Berry of Overstocks at 122 King Street East in the town. “We’ve opened up a bank account for them. There are six families with no place at all to go. They need everything.” – to read more>

Auditor General Confirms OLG Plan Rigged From the Start: Clark

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by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark – written April 28, 2014

“Residents deserve the assurance that the process is fair and above-board and that the government and OLG are truly considering the impact on existing host communities and on the residents of potential host locations.”

– Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark on March 28, 2013, the day an Ontario PC motion calling on the Auditor General to investigate OLG was tabled.

(QUEEN’S PARK) – Ontario ’s Liberal government stacked the deck against the future of the Thousand Islands Casino by endorsing a plan to move it to downtown Kingston. – to read more>

Kemptville College Announcement a Welcome First Step: Clark

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville – written April 22, 2014

(KEMPTVILLE) – An essential first step, but there is much more work to do.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark used those words in responding to today’s announcement that the provincial government is providing $2 million to ensure an intake of students at Kemptville College this fall for the 2014-15 academic year.

“Since the closure was announced on March 12, my message to the Premier and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities was that we needed that new group of students coming in this September – we couldn’t allow the lights to go out,” said Clark, who thanked Minister Duguid for working with him and the community to make that happen. – to read more>

Benson Students Brush Up on the Importance of a Healthy Smile

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark joined Prescott dentists Dr. Lance McIntosh, left, and Dr. Kim Hansen along with Timmy the Tooth to deliver an important message about oral health to students at Benson Public School in Cardinal on Friday, April 11. They're with a group of students who volunteered to be teeth in order to demonstrate proper brushing techniques to their classmates.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark joined Prescott dentists Dr. Lance McIntosh, left, and Dr. Kim Hansen along with Timmy the Tooth to deliver an important message about oral health to students at Benson Public School in Cardinal on Friday, April 11. They’re with a group of students who volunteered to be teeth in order to demonstrate proper brushing techniques to their classmates.

by Janiece Walsh, Manager, Public Affairs and Communications, Ontario Dental Association and Maggie Head, Government Relations Manager, Ontario Dental Association – April 11, 2014

CARDINAL, ON — An important message about oral health was delivered to students at Benson Public School today in a fun, interactive way. Steve Clark, MPP Leeds-Grenville, joined local dentists, Dr. Kim Hansen and Dr. Lance McIntosh, and Timmy the Tooth to highlight the importance of a healthy smile during a Brush-a-mania event.

April is Oral Health Month, and the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) and dentists across Ontario embark on public education campaigns to ensure all Ontarians attain good oral health. One of those campaigns is Brush-a-mania, a province-wide event for children and youth led by local dentists. Students are challenged to brush their teeth regularly over the next month and demonstrate their brushing techniques through the highlight of the event – the “Brush-off”. Oral health is integral to overall health and Brush-a-mania aims to encourage good oral health habits in children that will help them throughout life.

Today’s event was a first for MPP Clark. “The importance of a healthy smile is something we can’t over-emphasize to children and youth.” said MPP Clark. “We all need to encourage children from a young age to look after their teeth, and I was happy to deliver this message today alongside Drs. Hansen and McIntosh.”

Dr. Hansen, an ODA Board member, was enthusiastic about the event. “Reaching out to children and getting them excited about a healthy smile is a rewarding part of my job and a key part of my role in our community,” said Dr. Hansen. His comments were echoed by Dr. McIntosh, President of the Brockville Dental Association, who added, “I think it’s important that children and youth are taught the importance of brushing, flossing and a nutritious diet. Seeing all of those healthy smiles today reminds me of how, as dentists, we have a duty to instill good oral health habits at an early age.”

This Oral Health Month, the ODA wants to reinforce the message that dentists are the oral health-care experts and the best resource patients have for information on achieving a healthy smile.

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Gananoque Police Services

Gananoque Police Services

by Mary C. Jess, Communications #127, Gananoque Police Service, written April 2, 2014

(Gananoque, ON) On April 1st, 2014, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Gananoque Police Service received information that a young person made a threat to cause death and/or bodily harm to two students at TR Leger School in Gananoque.

TR Leger was immediately placed on a “hold and secure” status in accordance with school protocol. Hold and secure status means that all exterior doors are locked and students were locked in the classroom with their teacher, but classes continued. The Gananoque Intermediate Secondary School was also put into hold and secure status as a precaution. – to read more>

Gananoque Police Warn Public About E-Mail Scam

Gananoque Police Services

Gananoque Police Services

by Lindsay Grant, approved by Sgt. Sherboneau, written March 27, 2014

The Gananoque Police Service is warning residents about fraudulent communications that are being received through email regarding the Canada Revenue Agency.

The ongoing scam involves false emails claiming to be from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Reports have been received from residents who have received emails appearing to be from the CRA stating they are owed a refund or that they are required to immediately pay, back taxes to the CRA. – to read more>

Premier Must Act Now to Reverse Kemptville, Alfred Closures

by Michael Jiggins, Executive Assistant to Steve Clark, MPP, Leeds-Grenville, written March 12, 2014

Clark Says Campuses Critical to Eastern Ontario Agri-Food Sector

(KEMPTVILLE) – The Wynne government is dealing a devastating blow to Eastern Ontario’s agri-food industry and rural communities if it allows the University of Guelph to proceed with a plan to close its agricultural campuses in Kemptville and Alfred.

Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark made that comment in response to today’s announcement by the university that academic programs and research at the two campuses will end by the end of 2015. – to read more>