Uncategorized – 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 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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Dan Murphy Ford goes for a Hole-in-One http://www.ngtimes.ca/dan-murphy-ford-goes-for-a-hole-in-one/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/dan-murphy-ford-goes-for-a-hole-in-one/#respond Wed, 06 Jun 2018 18:30:15 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=13003 Dan Murphy Ford is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Annual Parkinson Association Golf Tournament. 2018 marks the 9th year for this event, and for the past two years, Charlene Brunet, owner of Dan Murphy Ford, has sponsored the tournament’s Par 3 Hole-In-One competition, with a sponsorship of $5,000. On behalf of […]

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Dan Murphy Ford is once again proud to be a sponsor of the Annual Parkinson Association Golf Tournament. 2018 marks the 9th year for this event, and for the past two years, Charlene Brunet, owner of Dan Murphy Ford, has sponsored the tournament’s Par 3 Hole-In-One competition, with a sponsorship of $5,000.

On behalf of Charlene and the Dan Murphy Ford team, we wish the Parkinson Association much success at this year’s tournament!

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Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario update http://www.ngtimes.ca/catholic-district-school-board-of-eastern-ontario-update/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/catholic-district-school-board-of-eastern-ontario-update/#respond Thu, 24 May 2018 18:33:50 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12718 Draft 2018-2019 Enrolment Update and Grant Revenue: Board administration is finalizing the preliminary draft grant estimates for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, compared to the 2017-2018 Revised Estimates. Manager of Finance, Ashley Hutchinson, presented an overview of the 2018-2019 draft enrolment and grant revenues to the Board of Trustees. “Grant revenue is based on projected enrolment […]

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Draft 2018-2019 Enrolment Update and Grant Revenue: Board administration is finalizing the preliminary draft grant estimates for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, compared to the 2017-2018 Revised Estimates. Manager of Finance, Ashley Hutchinson, presented an overview of the 2018-2019 draft enrolment and grant revenues to the Board of Trustees.

“Grant revenue is based on projected enrolment as at October 2018 and March 2019. A slight decline of approximately 165 FTE is predicted for the next school year at this time, however, registrations continue to be received on a daily basis,” explained Mrs. Hutchinson.

Grant highlights for the 2018-2019 school year include funding associated with the provincially negotiated labour settlements, as well as all provincial plans for employee health, life and dental benefits, and local priorities funding for OECTA and CUPE.

In Special Education, new funding has been allocated in the Grants for Student Needs (GSN) for multi-disciplinary teams, as well as an application based EPO (Education Program – Other) to address current wait lists for assessments.

“Additional grants have been included for grade 7 and 8 teacher funding to help engage students in career pathways planning,” noted Mrs. Hutchinson. “A new EPO has also been added for mental health workers in secondary schools, as well as continued investments to reduce class sizes for Kindergarten, and grades 4 to 8.”

Additional funding has also been provided for the New Teacher Induction Program (NTIP). A new Program Leadership Allocation (PLA) was created which reallocates program leader funding from other areas of the Grants for Student Needs to Board Administration and Governance for Student Success, School Effectiveness, Mental Health, Early Years and Indigenous Education Leads. Other highlights include a 2 per cent cost update for plant operations to address rising utility and insurance, and a 4 per cent cost update for transportation.

“Some positive news is that two of the EPO’s we’ve received in prior years have been transferred to the GSN,” noted Mrs. Hutchinson. “Autism Supports and Training EPO, as well as the Early Years Lead EPO.”

The Board will also receive approximately $7.3 million in capital grants which will be used for various school condition improvement projects, school renewal, and retrofitting and accessibility priorities.

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North Grenville Council Meeting highlights, Monday, April 23 http://www.ngtimes.ca/north-grenville-council-meeting-highlights-monday-april-23/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/north-grenville-council-meeting-highlights-monday-april-23/#respond Wed, 02 May 2018 18:29:42 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12313 Emergency Preparedness Week: Council proclaimed May 6-12 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the Municipality. Emergency Preparedness Week is a nation-wide event that brings awareness to how individuals and families can be better prepared in case of emergencies. For more information and ideas about how to be prepared, visit www.northgrenville.ca during Emergency Preparedness Week. Canada Day […]

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Emergency Preparedness Week: Council proclaimed May 6-12 as “Emergency Preparedness Week” in the Municipality. Emergency Preparedness Week is a nation-wide event that brings awareness to how individuals and families can be better prepared in case of emergencies. For more information and ideas about how to be prepared, visit www.northgrenville.ca during Emergency Preparedness Week.

Canada Day Festivities Planned by Big Brothers Big Sisters: Council retained Big Brothers Big Sisters to plan and implement the Canada Day festivities that will take place at Riverside Park. More details about the festivities will be available in the near future.

2018 Community Grants Awarded: Council approved Community Grants for 13 different organizations totaling over $10,000. The organizations being awarded grants include the Knights of Columbus, Kemptville Snowmobile Klub, Oxford Mills Community Association, Kemptville District Hospital Foundation, Kemptville Minor Football Club, Friends of the Ferguson Forest Centre, Burritts Rapids Community Association, 1st North Grenville Scouts Group – Valley Highlands, North Grenville Scouts – Kemptville 1st Troop, Canadian Cancer Society, Kemptville Farmers’ Market, North Grenville Historical Society and Girls Inc.

Upcoming Planning/Public Meetings: Three public meetings will be held beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 7 for Zoning By-Law Amendment Applications ZBA-3-18 (550 Jig St), ZBA-4-18 (665 County Rd. 18) and ZBA-5-18 (3909 Rideau River Rd).

Upcoming Meetings: Council on Monday, May 14; Committee of the Whole on Monday, May 7. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Municipal Centre located at 285 County Rd 44, Kemptville. For more information contact Clerk Cahl Pominville at cpominville@northgrenville.on.ca, or at 613-258-9569 ext. 110.

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Questions to ask in the provincial election http://www.ngtimes.ca/questions-to-ask-in-the-provincial-election/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/questions-to-ask-in-the-provincial-election/#respond Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:05:35 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=12193 The Rural Ontario Institute [ROI] has conducted a survey of its subscribers and a wider network of interested residents, asking them what they consider the most important issues concerning rural residents in the upcoming provincial election. The ten questions to be put to candidates were developed based on rural and northern responses to the survey […]

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The Rural Ontario Institute [ROI] has conducted a survey of its subscribers and a wider network of interested residents, asking them what they consider the most important issues concerning rural residents in the upcoming provincial election. The ten questions to be put to candidates were developed based on rural and northern responses to the survey by the ROI conducted between January and February this year. There were over 600 respondents from all walks of life and regions of the province. The ten questions are:

  1. Access to quality medical services nearby has emerged again as a priority concern for rural and small town Ontarians, who typically live some distance from urban facilities and services. What is your party’s platform with respect to the accessibility of health care and quality medical services near to rural and northern residents? Is the current situation satisfactory? How would your party’s approach to health care improve the lives of rural and northern Ontarians?
  2. Much of rural and northern Ontario has an older demographic than urban places making services for an aging population a priority for many. Does your party have a proposed policy agenda that it would implement relevant to these specific geographies?
  3. What would your party do to protect the quality of water in Ontario lakes, streams and rivers?
  4. The cost of energy is a concern. How does your party’s platform respond to this?
  5. What actions would your government take to increase the availability of beds in long-term care facilities in rural and northern Ontario?
  6. A broadband internet connection is now an essential service. Many parts of rural and northern Ontario lag far behind urban counterparts in both access and speed of connections. What plans does your party have to close this gap? Will the relatively small amount of funding the federal budget recently included hamper your party’s intention to act on this?
  7. What initiatives do you think a provincial government should take to respond to farmland loss concerns and protect farmland? Do you have any specific proposals in your campaign?
  8. What actions would your government take to ensure food security across the province?
  9. What is your party’s proposed approach to financing for local municipal infrastructure?
  10. Municipal financial stability for rural and northern communities is part of the focus of AMO/ROMA and FCM advocacy. Our survey suggests it is likewise a priority for rural and small town Ontario residents. How would your government deal with cost-sharing between levels of government? What transfers/investment programs do you believe require change or continued support in the coming years? Are taxation powers appropriately balanced?

Finally, we welcome you to articulate your party’s plan or strategy in terms of the Ontario Federation of Agriculture’s Producing Prosperity campaign, which has the support of the Eastern and Western Warden’s Caucuses among others. One of the elements of the campaign is distributed development, or place-based rural development, as advocated in the Rural Ontario Foresight Paper, Growth Beyond Cities: Place-based Rural Development Policy in Ontario, by Dr. David Freshwater. What do you see as the key rural and small town development opportunities that will inform your approach to governing?

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Prescription drugs to be free for over 65’s http://www.ngtimes.ca/prescription-drugs-free-65s/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/prescription-drugs-free-65s/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:15:12 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=11623 On March 20, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario’s plan to make prescription drugs free for people 65 and over. Through an expansion of OHIP+, more than 4,400 prescription drugs will be available free of charge to everyone 65 and over under the proposed scheme, which would affect 2.6 million seniors and their families. Although an […]

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On March 20, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Ontario’s plan to make prescription drugs free for people 65 and over. Through an expansion of OHIP+, more than 4,400 prescription drugs will be available free of charge to everyone 65 and over under the proposed scheme, which would affect 2.6 million seniors and their families.

Although an election promise and dependant on the results of June’s vote, the plan would mean that, starting August 1, 2019, anyone aged 65 or older would no longer have to pay a deductible or co-payment, and would be able to present their eligible prescription and OHIP number at any Ontario pharmacy and receive their medication for free. According to the government’s statement announcing the plan, “by expanding OHIP+ to seniors in Budget 2018, people 65 and over will now save an average of $240 every year. Prescription drugs covered by this program include medications for cholesterol, hypertension, thyroid conditions, diabetes and asthma”.

Currently, everyone 65 and over is eligible for prescription drug coverage through the Ontario Drug Benefit (ODB) program, which requires seniors to pay deductibles and co-payments based on their income and other factors. Under the ODB, seniors are paying an average of $240 a year out of pocket for their medications. Seniors (65 years and older) are Ontario’s fastest-growing age group. By 2041, it is projected that 25% of Ontario’s population will be 65 years or older, almost doubling from 2016 to 4.6 million seniors.

In making the announcement, the Premier noted that: “The costs of health care can cause anxiety and stress, especially for people 65 and over who are living on fixed incomes and are often required to take multiple medications”. Of course, this anxiety and stress have been a fact of life for seniors for years. Dr. Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, believes that: “Everybody in this province, no matter their age, deserves the chance to lead healthy, happy lives.”

This is a wonderful realisation to come to less than three months before a provincial election.

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This Groundhog Day, it’s all relatives http://www.ngtimes.ca/groundhog-day-relatives/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/groundhog-day-relatives/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 19:26:07 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10808 by Nature Conservancy Canada February 2 marks Groundhog Day, a North American tradition dating back to 1888. The groundhog, also called the woodchuck, is the largest member of the squirrel family and one of four marmot species that live in Canada. Rather than just focusing on groundhogs this year, here are some fascinating facts about […]

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by Nature Conservancy Canada

February 2 marks Groundhog Day, a North American tradition dating back to 1888. The groundhog, also called the woodchuck, is the largest member of the squirrel family and one of four marmot species that live in Canada. Rather than just focusing on groundhogs this year, here are some fascinating facts about these rodents and some of their close relatives:

Groundhog: The groundhog is the most widespread marmot and can be found from Nova Scotia to Yukon. Despite their name, groundhogs don’t just restrict themselves to the ground; they can also climb trees and swim. Nicknamed whistle-pigs, groundhogs make peculiar noises, including a loud whistle when alarmed, a squeal when fighting or hurt, tooth grinding when cornered and barking. Some of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s (NCC’s) properties provide habitat for groundhogs, including Happy Valley Forest in Ontario.

Eastern chipmunk: Like many other squirrel family members, eastern chipmunks make various alarm and defensive calls, such as low chucks and repeated high-pitched chirps, trills and chatters. Some research suggests that this species may use different calls for different predators.

American red squirrel: American red squirrels can be found in every province and territory, and have been sighted on some of NCC’s properties, including Happy Valley Forest in Ontario. They gather between 2,000 and 4,000 pine cones and store them in middens (piles), which may be used by multiple generations. Believe it or not, these small squirrels sometimes eat young birds, mice and rabbits. Some have even been observed biting into maple trees to get at the sap inside.

For more information, visit www.natureconservancy.ca.

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OPP Christmas BBQ raises funds for Christmas http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-christmas-bbq-raises-funds-christmas/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-christmas-bbq-raises-funds-christmas/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 19:32:52 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=10104 The OPP Christmas Charity Barbeque on Thursday, November 30 was a great success! Thanks to our great community; a total of $416.00 as well as food and toys was donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign. An additional $500.00 was raised for United Way. Special thanks to our sponsors Royal LePage Team Realty and Country […]

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The OPP Christmas Charity Barbeque on Thursday, November 30 was a great success! Thanks to our great community; a total of $416.00 as well as food and toys was donated to the Salvation Army Christmas Campaign. An additional $500.00 was raised for United Way. Special thanks to our sponsors Royal LePage Team Realty and Country Style Coffee.

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OPP WARN PUBLIC OF RENTAL SCAM http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-warn-public-rental-scam/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/opp-warn-public-rental-scam/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:43:02 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9795 Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police have received complaints about a rental scam involving a Kemptville home being advertised for rent on www.freerentads.com. Scammers create fraudulent classified ads, often online, for rentals available in a preferred location. Ads are usually posted with a below average asking price to ensure a “quick sale.” Scammers give interested consumers […]

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Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police have received complaints about a rental scam involving a Kemptville home being advertised for rent on www.freerentads.com.

Scammers create fraudulent classified ads, often online, for rentals available in a preferred location. Ads are usually posted with a below average asking price to ensure a “quick sale.” Scammers give interested consumers a rental questionnaire, which asks for personal information including: banking details, contact information, occupation, income and more.

Scammers portray themselves as landlords currently working overseas. They say that the rent is at a discounted rate to get good tenants who will “take care” of the property while they are away on business. Scammers also explain how showings/tours of the property are unavailable but a full refund can be given if the rental does not meet the consumer’s satisfaction.

Once an offer is “accepted”, consumers must send first and last months’ rent (either by a money service business, email money transfer or bank wire) in exchange for the keys. The keys are promised to be express mailed to the tenant’s current address. No keys are ever sent, nor is a rental available by the scammer. Victims are given many reasons to send extra funds (security deposit, pay for more months at a discounted rate). Victims are eventually made aware of the fraud and ads are quickly deleted and communication with the suspect is terminated.

Warning Signs – How to Protect Yourself

When searching for rentals, go to the address. Schedule a showing and confirm its availability. Request a lease/contract. Review it thoroughly. Complete open source searches on rental addresses to ensure it’s not a duplicate post. Do not send funds to strangers.

Contact Equifax and Transunion if you’ve provided sensitive information on applications. Go with your gut. If it seems fishy it probably is.

If you have been a victim of a scam, please contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center at 1-888-495-8501 or Grenville County O.P.P. Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122.
Please do your part in recognizing fraud, reporting it and stopping it.

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Gerald Tallman honoured with Leadership Award http://www.ngtimes.ca/gerald-tallman-honoured-leadership-award/ http://www.ngtimes.ca/gerald-tallman-honoured-leadership-award/#respond Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:29:02 +0000 http://www.ngtimes.ca/?p=9800 For the first time since its introduction, the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award is going to not one, but all three outstanding nominees. The winners of the 2017 Award recognizing leadership in building Leeds Grenville’s economy are Wendy Banks, creator of Wendy’s Country Market, Heather Howard, owner of FoxRun By-The-River Retirement Residence, and […]

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For the first time since its introduction, the Bill Thake Memorial Economic Development Leadership Award is going to not one, but all three outstanding nominees. The winners of the 2017 Award recognizing leadership in building Leeds Grenville’s economy are Wendy Banks, creator of Wendy’s Country Market, Heather Howard, owner of FoxRun By-The-River Retirement Residence, and Gerald Tallman, founder and chair of the Tallman Group.

Warden Robin Jones presented three awards at the ninth annual United Counties of Leeds and Grenville Economic Development Summit in Kemptville. The event was a sell-out. Warden Jones was assisted by Bill’s widow, Marlene Thake, and Glenn Allen, the inaugural award recipient.

“This is definitely a moment to remember – three impressive community leaders being recognized for making this region a better place to work and live,” said Warden Jones.
“We are proud to honour individuals who have made major contributions to their respective communities and to Leeds Grenville overall,” she said.

Gerald Tallman, from the Municipality of North Grenville, is a self-made entrepreneur who started from humble beginnings but quickly rose to become sole owner of the Kemptville Truck Centre. Today his award-winning company, Tallman Group, is the largest private sector employer and job creator in North Grenville. The company has locations throughout the province and employs more than 500 people, making them the largest international truck dealer in Canada. Gerald is known for sharing his success with his neighbours through job creation and his support of numerous community events and services.

The other winners of the Award were Wendy Banks, from the Township of Rideau Lakes and Heather Howard, from the Township of Leeds and the 1000 Islands. Over the past seven years, 30 deserving women and men have been nominated and 10 have received the award. Past recipients include Glenn Allen, of Westport; Jean Jacque Rousseau, Municipality of North Grenville; joint 2013 winners Don Ross, of Leeds and the Thousand Islands, and Don Munz of North Grenville; Richard Dumbrille, Township of Augusta; George Tackaberry, Township of Athens; and Robert Noseworthy of North Grenville.

The summit attracted over 200 business operators, not-for-profit organizations and government representatives from Leeds Grenville and neighbouring regions. It was hosted by the Counties Economic Development Department in partnership with Gord Brown, MP for Leeds-Grenville, 1000 Islands and Rideau Lakes, and Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville, the 1000 Islands, Valley Heartland and Grenville Community Futures Development Corporations, and the 1000 Islands Region Workforce Development Board.

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