Province investing in new programs for victims of human trafficking

The Ontario government is strengthening protection for children and youth by investing more than $586,000 over the next five years in a new program to support young victims and survivors of human trafficking in Leeds-Grenville and the surrounding areas. – Photo by lalesh aldarwish from Pexels

(Leeds-Grenville – March 12, 2021)

The Ontario government is strengthening protection for children and youth by investing more than $586,000 over the next five years in a new program to support young victims and survivors of human trafficking in Leeds-Grenville and the surrounding areas. The money is part of $46 million being provided for 27 new projects across the province through the Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund.

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Gananoque Fire Department hosts expert panel to teach residents about CO safety

Carbon monoxide safety advocate John Gignac of The Hawkins-Gignac Foundation for CO Education joined First Alert in presenting a donation of 45 CO alarms to Fire Chief Gord Howard to be given to area homes in need to help ensure the safety of all residents. supplied by Conrad Galambos

(Gananoque – March 19, 2021)

In December 2008, John Gignac learned more about carbon monoxide (CO) than he had ever wanted to know. His niece OPP Safety Officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan all succumbed to CO poisoning when a malfunctioning exhaust system on their gas fireplace flooded their home with the lethal gas and killed them as they slept. They did not have a CO alarm, and never knew what happened.

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Cornerstone Church helps Easter Bunny out for annual egg hunt

It just isn’t Easter without bonnets, bunnies, and baskets. The Cornerstone Church is going to help the Easter Bunny fill those baskets this year while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19. Registration information is on their website.

(Gananoque – March 26, 2021)

Starting in 2015, the Saturday of Easter weekend has seen The Cornerstone Church in Gananoque holding a colossal Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds as a way to reach out to the local community. But due to COVID-19, things are going to be different this year.

“This year has been hard,” said Pastor Mike Hatheway (Lead Pastor at The Cornerstone). “Plain and simple. We’re all tired, stressed and we really miss being with people. And so the Easter Egg Hunt gives us a chance to love our neighbours and bring back some of that joy and hope that’s been missing. That’s what Easter is all about. And our church wants to shout that new life is on the way.”

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Thousand Islands Playhouse ready with new COVID-19 safe season

Playwright Marcia Johnson, author of “Serving Elizabeth”, which will be gracing the stage at the Firehall Theatre from October 7-31. The Thousand Islands Playhouse is producing a special COVID-19 safe season of four plays following specific health guidelines as it brings live theatre back to Gananoque.

(Gananoque – March 29, 2021)

All the world’s a stage, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque has found a COVID-19 safe way to get that stage filled with players and the seats with an in-person live audience to create a brand-new season for 2021.

“So many people reached out by phone or e-mail or text to say how much they missed us,” said Brett Christopher, managing artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a presentation live-streamed on social media. “The last year has been an extremely challenging one for Canadian live performing artists. Music, dance, theatre canceled around the globe and many of the wonderful people that you see on the stages that work behind the scenes of the Playhouse productions have found their life’s work wiped out.”

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Thousand Islands Parkway Recreational Trail Starting a Trail Alliance

As can be seen from this phot taken in the winter of 2016, all kinds of people enjoy using the paved recreational trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway. The newly formed trail alliance is seeking solutions to improve that usage for winter 2021.

(TLTI – March 29, 2021)

The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI), Front of Yonge Township (FOY), and the Ontario Trails Council (OTC), in partnership with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) are banding together to create a solution to the issues of ploughing the multi-use recreational trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway (TIP). They hope to find a solution for the winter of 2021 that will not only allow for safe trail usage but that will also improve that experience for all users.

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The Ugly One Cuts Deep at Firehall Theatre

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The Ugly One – production photos by Jay Kopinski

written by Lorraine Payette, August 18, 2014

“Start with the nose – it sticks out the farthest from the face…”
– Scheffler in The Ugly One

(Gananoque, ON) With a sickening crunch of breaking cartilage, metamorphosis begins and life will never be the same. In a twisted world where personal appearance is more important than talent or ability, where the real “you” doesn’t matter so long as the package is perfect, anything can and does happen, and it isn’t always pretty.

“It’s a wonderful play,” said Lois Creed of Dexter, NY. “It takes a good look at a very serious subject, and makes you think about just how shallow people really are. At the same time it’s very funny. I really enjoyed it, and think everyone should come out to see what they can learn.” – to read more>