NG Times – The North Grenville Times http://www.ngtimes.ca The Voice of North Grenville Thu, 12 Jul 2018 22:33:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 Upper Canada Invaded: The Battle of the Windmill http://www.ngtimes.ca/upper-canada-invaded-the-battle-of-the-windmill/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/upper-canada-invaded-the-battle-of-the-windmill/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:59:22 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13597 by Michael Whittaker The Battle of the Windmill, east of Prescott, in November 1838 was the penultimate cross-border attack from the United States during the yearlong Patriot War, which brought locals to the defence of Upper Canada. On Sunday, July 15, at 2pm in the Merrickville Royal Canadian Legion, Rene Shoemaker from Prescott, an expert […]

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by Michael Whittaker

The Battle of the Windmill, east of Prescott, in November 1838 was the penultimate cross-border attack from the United States during the yearlong Patriot War, which brought locals to the defence of Upper Canada.

On Sunday, July 15, at 2pm in the Merrickville Royal Canadian Legion, Rene Shoemaker from Prescott, an expert on the Battle of the Windmill, will discuss how this attack and the Patriot War arose from the 1837 Upper Canada Rebellion.

Many rebels fled to the United States, to be joined by American sympathizers in a new attempt to overthrow British rule in Canada. On November 12, 1838, 190 men seized the windmill and nearby buildings. Soon, 2,000 militia from the counties, and regulars from Kingston, with naval support, besieged the mill. The insurgents, having no escape, surrendered on the fourth day. Eleven were executed, and 60 exiled to Australia.

The talk by Mr. Shoemaker is one of 15 presentations sponsored by the Merrickville and District Historical Society to commemorate Merrickville-Wolford 225. Visit www.facebook.com/MerrickvilleAndDistrictHistoricalSociety.

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Float Fun Fly event in Kemptville http://www.ngtimes.ca/float-fun-fly-event-in-kemptville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/float-fun-fly-event-in-kemptville/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:56:20 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13629 by Kevin Koopman Rideau Valley Modellers, a Club organised within the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC), is hosting its annual RC airplane Float Fun Fly on Saturday July 14, running from 0900 to 1600, and would like to welcome all who are interested to come out and watch, as we take to the air […]

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by Kevin Koopman

Rideau Valley Modellers, a Club organised within the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC), is hosting its annual RC airplane Float Fun Fly on Saturday July 14, running from 0900 to 1600, and would like to welcome all who are interested to come out and watch, as we take to the air from the water with all sorts of wonderful RC flying machines! Our pond is located on HWY 43 just east of Kemptville, next to the old mini putt/driving range; look for the signs.

Model aircraft of all sizes are expected, from small electric powered ‘foamies’, to traditional balsa and fabric-covered models powered with electric motors or glow engines. The event is a Fun Fly, which means that pilots of all skill levels will be able to fly. There will be experienced pilots to help those who have not flown off water before. Flying off the water is a different and interesting change for the pilots used to flying off a normal airfield, so come and see the fun!

Members of the public are invited to come and see the flying at no cost.

There will be a lunch served around the noon hour, burgers and sausages for a small fee, and drinks will also be available all day. Visitors are also welcome to bring their own food and drink, but no alcohol is permitted, and please carry your trash out. We hope to see you there!

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Canada Day 50/50 Winner Receives Prize http://www.ngtimes.ca/canada-day-50-50-winner-receives-prize/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/canada-day-50-50-winner-receives-prize/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:53:54 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13626 Kemptville Lions Club’s 50/50 draw was held on Canada Day in Oxford Mills and the prize of $1,600 was won by Goldie Leizert. On Tuesday night, Goldie came out to the weekly “Catch the Ace” draw and received her prize.

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Kemptville Lions Club’s 50/50 draw was held on Canada Day in Oxford Mills and the prize of $1,600 was won by Goldie Leizert. On Tuesday night, Goldie came out to the weekly “Catch the Ace” draw and received her prize.

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Road closures during Lewis Bridge rehabilitation http://www.ngtimes.ca/road-closures-during-lewis-bridge-rehabilitation/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/road-closures-during-lewis-bridge-rehabilitation/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:53:32 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13584 As part of the approved 2018 budget, a rehabilitation of Lewis Bridge is scheduled for the coming weeks which will result in a road closure. River Road between Muldoon Road and Actons Corners Road will be closed to all through traffic beginning Monday, July 9. Detour details are as follows: Westbound Detour: Proceed south on […]

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As part of the approved 2018 budget, a rehabilitation of Lewis Bridge is scheduled for the coming weeks which will result in a road closure. River Road between Muldoon Road and Actons Corners Road will be closed to all through traffic beginning Monday, July 9. Detour details are as follows:

Westbound Detour: Proceed south on Muldoon Road for 2.5 km, turn right onto County Road 43 and follow for 2.7 km, turn right onto Actons Corners Road and follow for 2.7 km, detour ends at River Road.

Eastbound Detour: Proceed south on Actons Corners Road for 2.7 km, turn left onto County Road 43 and follow for 2.7 km, turn left onto Muldoon Road and follow for 2.5 km, detour ends at River Road.

The project is expected to be completed by August 31, 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the project manager Ryan Brault by email at rbrault@northgrenville.on.ca or by phone at 613-258-9569 ext. 121.

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Burritts Rapids Swing Bridge update http://www.ngtimes.ca/burritts-rapids-swing-bridge-update-3/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/burritts-rapids-swing-bridge-update-3/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:51:57 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13594 submitted by Parks Canada The project to repair the Burritts Rapids swing bridge remains in its final stages, however it has experienced a minor setback that has impacted the contractor’s schedule. During the process of moving bridge back to site, some of the protective coating on the steel was damaged. As this protective coating is […]

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The project to repair the Burritts Rapids swing bridge remains in its final stages, however it has experienced a minor setback that has impacted the contractor’s schedule. During the process of moving bridge back to site, some of the protective coating on the steel was damaged. As this protective coating is essential to maintaining the long life of the bridge, the damage will need to be repaired.

The revised schedule would see the bridge open to traffic in late July. Parks Canada continues to work with the contractor to expedite the work and to minimize negative impacts to the public.

In recent weeks, the bridge was returned to site and largely re-assembled including the top crossing members and floor beams. Wood stringers have been installed and counterweights have begun to be placed. Next, the contractor will be completing repairs to the protective coating as well as installing the wood deck.

When the bridge is fully re-assembled, it will then be balanced to ensure that it swings smoothly. Following a series of test swings, the bridge will then enter into the commissioning stage, at which time it will be opened to vehicular traffic. During the commissioning phase, vehicles may experience intermittent closures as the contractor makes minor adjustments.

The temporary pedestrian crossing will remain in place until the bridge is able to be used. With school now out for the summer and boat traffic picking up, the bridge will now be in place for pedestrian use outside of Rideau Canal operating hours and otherwise available for use on demand.

Parks Canada would like to thank the Burritts Rapids community for their patience and understanding as we complete these important repairs. Through investments in infrastructure, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of Canada’s heritage sites.

The canal cut was dug in 1826, and the dirt and clay served as building materials for the earth dams holding back the water of the Rideau Canal from the community site. The swing bridge dates to 1897 and continues to be swung by hand during the navigation season.

For up-to-date news on Parks Canada infrastructure work in this community, please visit www.pc.gc.ca/rcNorthGrenville. For questions or concerns, or to receive updates regarding these projects, please contact us at RideauCanal.info@pc.gc.ca and include “Burritts Rapids” in the subject heading.

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$7500 Pledge from BMO makes hearts go pitter patter http://www.ngtimes.ca/7500-pledge-from-bmo-makes-hearts-go-pitter-patter/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/7500-pledge-from-bmo-makes-hearts-go-pitter-patter/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:50:09 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13623 The BMO Bank of Montreal team is committed to supporting health care close to home. They have pledged $7,500 to the WDMH Foundation General Equipment Fund and have delivered the first gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine which will arrive at WDMH in the […]

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The BMO Bank of Montreal team is committed to supporting health care close to home. They have pledged $7,500 to the WDMH Foundation General Equipment Fund and have delivered the first gift of $2,500. This gift will be used to support the purchase of a new echocardiogram machine which will arrive at WDMH in the near future.

“Not only will the new machine take clearer pictures, we will now be able to offer stress echocardiograms and contrast echocardiograms, which we can’t do with our current machine,” explained Kim Fetch, a cardiac sonographer at WDMH. “We are truly thankful for this support.”

“At BMO, we truly understand the importance of local community support. For 200 years and counting, we’ve been here to help, evolving with our customers as their needs and expectations change. But over the years, one thing hasn’t changed, our customers and communities continue to inspire us. We, at BMO are proud to support the WDMH

Foundation’s General Equipment Fund for the purchase of medical equipment such as a new echocardiography machine and we extend our very best wishes for the campaign’s every success,” noted Teresa Pagnotta, Regional Vice President, Seaway Market at BMO.
“Thank you to BMO for this incredible commitment,” summed up Kristen Casselman, the Foundation’s Managing Director. “More than 1,000 echocardiograms are performed at WDMH each year and now our cardio team will be able to do even more. That makes our hearts happy!”

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Stars, physics, and the North Pole – oh my! http://www.ngtimes.ca/stars-physics-and-the-north-pole-oh-my/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/stars-physics-and-the-north-pole-oh-my/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:49:35 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13541 by Sally Smith Kemptville Players Inc is bringing Bound By Stardust to North Gower July 14 for its Canadian and world premier. They’re doing it in a mini-van, with minimal set-up, few stage props and a well-seasoned cast. This is an experiment, says director Steve Wendt. Often, the theatre is asked if the play could […]

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by Sally Smith

Kemptville Players Inc is bringing Bound By Stardust to North Gower July 14 for its Canadian and world premier. They’re doing it in a mini-van, with minimal set-up, few stage props and a well-seasoned cast. This is an experiment, says director Steve Wendt. Often, the theatre is asked if the play could be staged elsewhere, and the answer is usually ‘no’, for technical reasons. But, when this particular play came to Steve’s attention, with themes of science, stars and the North Pole, he decided to take it on the road. Pierce’s Corners’ hall is its first gig.

Steve says the author, Claudia I. Haas, “tends to write for casts that cross generational lines, and a lot of her material includes young actors.” Two things particularly caught his attention with the script: the “themes of science and the Arctic,” and the yet unrevealed intrigue of Haas’ real-life relation to one of the main characters, Otto Schmidt.
Schmidt, played by Dirk Visbach, is an actual historical figure. In 1933-34 he led an expedition to discover a northern trade route for the Soviet Union; this forms the historical context for the play. Dirk adds that the real Otto Schmidt fell afoul of Stalin, but survived to die of natural causes in 1953. “I see him as being somewhat arrogant and autocratic but at the same time caring and concerned about the people in his charge,” he says, thinking about Otto Schmidt’s character.

The two other characters are 14-year-old Miranda (Hailey Besharah), and her great-aunt Elsie (Laura Drover). Miranda is a smart kid, and Hailey plays her as “smart, bold and quite stubborn,” in her continuing search for father and family. Miranda dwells in the past, any past – as long as it’s prior to her father’s death two years ago. Her mother has remarried, sending Miranda into a headlong spin of mopiness and teenage angst. Despite this, she decides to visit her Aunt Elsie in New York. During the sometimes snippy dialogue between the two, and wandering around her aunt’s apartment, Miranda acquaints herself with an ancestor from her father’s past: the Russian Polar explorer, Otto Schmidt.

But as Miranda visits Otto in the past, Elsie struggles to maintain the equilibrium she has precariously built since her sister’s death. Trying to keep her own crushing anxiety at bay, Elsie strives to give Miranda some remembrance of her father. The ungrateful teenager that she is, Miranda will have none of it. She turns to the stars and devises a physics theory that she thinks will bring her face-to-face with her father one more time. There’s one problem. She has to travel faster than the speed of light to make it work. But, during her long debates with Otto about the origins of the universe, Miranda begins to work out a way to re-enter her own world.

Steve Wendt describes the play like this: “It alternates between the real world of a city apartment, and the imaginary worlds of the North, and outer space. The actors convey which reality applies to their character at any given moment.” Lighting and sound evoke both the changes between worlds and the different locations.

Getting back to the travelling aspects of the show, Terry Watkiss, technical director, says “everything packs up into a 4 x 3 x 6 foot space.” That includes a small camp cot, a side-table cube (which doubles for a chunk of ice), door frames, hangings to simulate the sky, a screen, and lights with folding stands. Steve adds, a little apprehensively, that this hasn’t yet been tested…

The bigger purpose behind the travelling show is to provide both an entertainment experience to varied audiences, while allowing small non-profit groups to do some fundraising; most of the evening’s take will return to the hosting group. A second reason for the mobile theatre is to honour the long history of travelling shows, beginning as early as the 16th and 17th centuries in England and Europe, and now well established in North America.

So, come out and enjoy a piece of unique theatre with the Kemptville Players’ travelling troupe of performers Saturday, July 14 at Pierce’s Corners hall (MCRA, 3048 Pierce Road) starting at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30. Tickets are $15 and can be picked up at the door by calling the hall to reserve them: 613-489-3094. Or call Steve Wendt at 613 489-2196 or Sally Smith at 613-464-1456. Drinks and snacks are available at intermission. If you want more information about hosting, contact Steve Wendt at swendt@xplornet.com.

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OPP Report http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-report/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-report/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:48:52 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13582 Between 25 June and 1 July, 2018, the Kemptville Office of Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police investigated 140 general occurrences: 48 Kemptville, 67 Municipality of North Grenville, 10 Village of Merrickville – Wolford and 15 on Highway 416. On the evening of 25 June, police were dispatched to a theft occurrence at a residence on […]

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Between 25 June and 1 July, 2018, the Kemptville Office of Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police investigated 140 general occurrences: 48 Kemptville, 67 Municipality of North Grenville, 10 Village of Merrickville – Wolford and 15 on Highway 416.

On the evening of 25 June, police were dispatched to a theft occurrence at a residence on County Road 44, North Grenville. During the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. culprit(s) entered the rear of the property and stole a Green Egg barbeque and a Stihl 16 inch chainsaw. The investigation is ongoing.

On 29 June, police were dispatched to a theft of car tires from a residential garage on Maley Street, Kemptville. A male, aged 18 of Kemptville is charged with theft under $5,000.00 and possession of a Schedule II substance- Cannabis resin – under 1gram.

On 29 June, police were dispatched to a second call on Maley Street, Kemptville in response to property damage. During the hours of midnight to 7:00 a.m. culprit(s) caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of a 2010 black Mercedes parked at a residence. Scenes of Crimes Officer attended the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

During the evening of 1 July, culprit(s) broke into a locked residential garage on County Road 41, Wolford Township. Tools and 2013 black Can Am 999 all-terrain vehicle were stolen. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information on the above occurrences is asked to call Grenville County O.P.P. Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122, the Kemptville Detachment at 613-258-3441 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-(TIPS) 8477 or submit your tip on-line at www.tipsubmit.com. Crime Stoppers does not want your name, you don’t go to court, and you could earn cash reward.

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Dial the right number http://www.ngtimes.ca/dial-the-right-number/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/dial-the-right-number/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:44:45 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13580 The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to respond to non-emergency 9-1-1 calls. Within a 24 hour period, beginning the morning of July 5, the Grenville County OPP responded to five 9-1-1 pocket dials and one 9-1-1 call, in which a citizen reported that she had a racoon in her backyard. When the police […]

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The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) continue to respond to non-emergency 9-1-1 calls. Within a 24 hour period, beginning the morning of July 5, the Grenville County OPP responded to five 9-1-1 pocket dials and one 9-1-1 call, in which a citizen reported that she had a racoon in her backyard. When the police receive a 9-1-1 call, they must respond, and two officers will attend the location of the call. This places a strain on police resources and may place others, with real emergencies, at risk. The public is reminded that the use of 9-1-1 is for emergencies only. An emergency is any situation in which the safety of people or property is at risk and requires immediate assistance. Examples of 9-1-1 emergencies include a crime in progress, an impaired driver, a medical emergency or a fire.

Emergency calls for service can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (toll-free) by dialling 9-1-1. For non-emergency calls for service to the OPP, call 1-888-310-1122 (toll free anywhere in Ontario) or 1-888-310-1133 (TYY) for the hearing impaired.

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The voices of North Grenville http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-voices-of-north-grenville/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/the-voices-of-north-grenville/#respond Wed, 11 Jul 2018 18:43:44 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13592 Social media is way for people to continue the discussions begun in newspapers, and the readers of the Times are certainly enjoying the opportunity the newspaper’s Facebook page presents. So,this week, the Editorial page is open to those readers who take time to comment and give their opinion (editorial perspective) on life in North Grenville. […]

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Social media is way for people to continue the discussions begun in newspapers, and the readers of the Times are certainly enjoying the opportunity the newspaper’s Facebook page presents. So,this week, the Editorial page is open to those readers who take time to comment and give their opinion (editorial perspective) on life in North Grenville. Here are some of the issues being debated there recently.

The role of the Kemptville BIA, and its relationship with the Municipal Council, continues to be a subject of sometimes heated debate. One poster, Jack Neelin, wanted to know what exactly the BIA had done over the past year to justify its existence. “It certainly isn’t bringing business to downtown”, he claimed.

The BIA were quick to respond and list some of what they had accomplished in that time:

  • Participated in increasing the occupancy of downtown commercial space and supported new business development in the downtown core;
  • Advocated for improved parking and signage for the downtown area;
  • Promoted Kemptville as a good place to invest through implementation of a 2017 Kemptville Pop-Up-Shop Program;
  • Participated as an active member of the North Grenville Economic Development Advisory Committee;
  • Continuously improved its communications with, and marketing for, members and stakeholders through social media and increased its e-newsletter subscriptions;
  • Worked with the Municipality to improve downtown walkability and bikeablility;
  • Made effective use of Eastern Ontario Development Program funding;
  • Achieved improvements to an expanded Community Improvement Program;
  • Supported the local community events, such as Kemptville Live and improved participation in its own family-friendly events such as the Easter Bunny Trail and Kreepy Kemptville.

Christina Charbel was in full support of the BIA. “The BIA has actually successfully organized multiple annual events to draw business to the downtown area. And perhaps you are not aware of the successful pop up shop program? A stroll along Prescott St. will provide further evidence of newer businesses in the area. I suggest you visit a few downtown businesses and ask the owners what the BIA has done to support their businesses.”

One of the major issues facing the BIA in promoting downtown Kemptville was the dilapidated state of the some of the buildings, left to their fate by their owners and making it almost impossible to attract new businesses. Christina commented on the problem: “Unfortunately, many of the available buildings for lease by businesses in downtown are so badly maintained (owner neglect), they are not feasible for the operation of a business and this is a big part of the problem. It is also the main reason my partner and I abandoned our plan to open a small business in the area.”

Another local business owner agreed and reported that she, also, had to look elsewhere for suitable property. “It is really sad that the buildings are not maintained; but how do you enforce that? I looked downtown when I opened my business, but just like you, none of the buildings that were available were maintained. I even had a real estate agent tell me that if I don’t mind the bugs… it’s a great location! It is too bad because downtown has so much potential.”

Some posters put the blame squarely on Council and Municipal staff for not enforcing property bylaws, and not supporting the BIA in their work. Greg King commented: “I’m amazed how many people talk about how tired the downtown looks and with the same breath complain about the BIA. I don’t know of any other group that has done more to help the downtown core, only to have council stick it to them in the last budget. Maybe council is threatened by the fact that they do more for downtown then the current council does.”

Parking downtown is often cited as a problem, but the moves by the Kemptville District Hospital to introduce new parking arrangements there, as reported in the Times, raised some negative reaction. Lisa Brownrigg objected to KDH praising their new system for being efficient and user-friendly. Lisa commented: “Know what’s highly efficient and easy to use? *free* Because when you’re sick and/or injured the last thing you need to worry about is parking.”

Tracii Holtom Reardon also disagreed that the new system was easy to use for patients. “Actually, it makes it more difficult for disabled people and anyone who has difficulty walking. You have to get a ticket and pay for 20 minute increments. Walk back to your vehicle and put it inside. If you think you will only be 20 minutes. And if you are in the building longer, chances are these folks won’t be going back out to the parking lot to buy another ticket. This was the discussion that was going on with the ‘older’ folks while waiting for Bloodwork at Dynacare.”

The recent election, and the upcoming municipal contest, will be a source of comments for some time to come, I think. Last week’s Editorial discussed the possible change in relations between the Municipality and the Province now that Steve Clark is Minister for Municipal Affairs. Shaun Vardon believes things may not be as cosy as some on Council think. “The close partisan ties between the current council and the Ford government will become a problem for them. For years “the province” read Liberals, were to blame for pretty much every problem. Who will council and the mayor blame now when they don’t get what they want?”

A reader who describes themselves as “a stakeholder affiliated with one of the tenants on the campus of Kemptville College, is hoping for a new Council that will be more open and transparent about how they go about municipal business. “I am very concerned about the lack of transparency, honesty and sustainability of that project. As well, the attacks on this newspaper and the BIA have been disappointing and unnecessary. Let’s hope local citizens vote for change!”

As always, the role of the media in all of these issues has been commented on once again. Following the article last week about the role of newspapers at the time of Confederation, André Chagnon commented: “Now if only there were a way to remove bias from the equation, thereby making the media report facts, instead of fabrications and opinions…” Fabrications aside, and you won’t find them in the Times, Willard Irven pointed out that: “There has always been bias in news reporting; it’s our responsibility as readers to filter out the manipulated opinion from honest, fact-supported opinion.”

This approach was met with some scepticism by André. “The problem is many readers–many would argue a majority–don’t have the ability to filter. People will believe what they want to believe.”  And former Mayor Bill Gooch was even less optimistic about the reading public: “The filtering mechanism does not work. People tend to believe what they see in print, on Facebook and other social media. I don’t think there are very many people who respect or believe mainstream media any longer.”  André had the last word on that subject (so far): “I think you’re giving people too much credit.”

Democracy and free speech in action. Have your say: write a Letter to the Editor, or post a comment on Facebook. If you feel strongly enough about something, write an article and send it to us. You will be published (as long as contains no fabrications!).

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