Families and friends were delighted to meet an old friend on Sunday, April 1, when the Easter Bunny stopped in for breakfast at the Iroquois Legion. A large number of people came out and enjoyed a delicious breakfast prepared by the Legion, received a special greeting and treat from E.B. and took part in face painting and colouring. Live, gentle bunnies supplied by Lee Carruthers of Dundela were a big hit with young and old. Breakfast with the Bunny was sponsored by the Iroquois and District Festival Committee, which is using the funds to support their September 15 Festival in Iroquois, "Dundas Militia – A Call to Arms – War of 1812."
IROQUOIS–With shovels in hand, three levels of government dug in here on Friday, to officially kick off the $18 million Iroquois Wastewater Treatment Plant project that will include the addition of a secondary treatment process and upgrades to increase the plant’s overall capacity, efficiency and reliability.
Performing the official ground-breaking ceremony were Guy Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Stormont, Dundas & South Glengarry, Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry, Prescott & Russell and South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds.
The project is part of the legacy left to South Dundas by the late Charles Barkley whose lobbying resulted in the procurement of 100 per cent funding split 50-50 between the federal and provincial governments.
Although the late Mayor knew the municipality had secured the funding, he passed away on June 17, 2009, just days before the official announcement was to be made.
At the 2009 announcement, MP Lauzon, said “this is Charles’ day. The fact that we are making this announcement today is a testimony to Charles Barkley. I don’t think that I ever saw Charles in the last two years that he didn’t remind me that South Dundas couldn’t afford this project. I would like to dedicate this project to the memory of Charles Barkley.”
Friday, Lauzon again acknowledged the late mayor Barkley, along with former mayor Robert Gillard and current South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds who was a member of council at the time of the funding announcement.
“Safe and reliable wastewater infrastructure will support the health and well-being of residents of South Dundas, and help to protect the St. Lawrence River,” said Lauzon, who spoke Friday on behalf of Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. “Our government believes that investing in infrastructure is one of the best ways to create jobs in Canada, and I am pleased that this project will contribute to a cleaner environment and the economic future of this region.”
On hand to represent the province of Ontario was Grant Crack, MPP for Glengarry, Prescott & Russell.
“This project will protect the local environment, the St. Lawrence River and improve the quality of life for residents for years to come,” said Crack. “Ontario is about communities, about the families who live and work in these communities.”
Next to speak was South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds who introduced his council, deputy mayor Jim Strader, and councillors Evonne Delegarde, Jim Graham and Archie Mellan all of whom were in attendance.
Byvelds too commended the previous South Dundas council under Mayor Barkley, which included deputy mayor Robert Gillard and councillors Delbert Jones and Jim Graham and himself.
“We knew we had an environmental issue that had to be dealt with,” he said, pointing out that the late Mayor Barkley was instrumental in obtaining funding.
Byvelds also remarked that when this project is completed it will result in an entire infrastructure rebuild for South Dundas which includes the South Dundas Water Treatment Plant, the Morrisburg Wastewater Treatment Plant and now the Wastewater Treatment Plant in Iroquois.
“This is a good day for Canada, for Ontario and for South Dundas,” said Byvelds. “The project goes a long way in providing the necessary infrastructure we need to grow and prosper.”
“I look forward to the final day when we will meet here for the opening of the wastewater treatment plant.”
The government of Canada is contributing up to $9 million through the Green Infrastructure Fund toward eligible project costs and the Province of Ontario has already contributed $9 million.
The Township of South Dundas will pick up the balance of the total eligible project cost of $18,062,067.
The Green Infrastructure Fund is a key part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan which focuses on creating new opportunities for jobs and growth and securing long-term prosperity for Canadians.
The project also supports Building Together, the Government of Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan to repair, rebuild and renew the province’s roads and highways, bridges, public transit, etc.
The Iroquois project includes the upgrading of equipment, new facilities and modifications to existing facilities and removal and replacement of the existing outfall sewer.
South Dundas CAO Steven MacDonald, who emceed Friday’s ground breaking ceremony, acknowledged project manager Ontario Clean Water Agency, project engineer AECOM and project contractor J.C. Sulpher.
By-laws get broken everyday and, for the most part, go unnoticed. Even more irritatingly for some, these “crimes” go unpunished.
At the October 17th public meeting in Dixon’s Corners, a concerned citizen had inquired as to whether we actually have a by-law officer and whether or not anything might be done about the illegal parking in front of the Bank of Montreal in Morrisburg.
This inquiry brought up a few more examples of parking infractions in other South Dundas communities as well.
The consensus of the council appeared to be no, nothing can really be done.
Another citizen wondered aloud as to why council bothers to make by-laws if they don’t intend to enforce them.
This left everyone a bit puzzled. If agreed that by-laws are necessary, how can council enforce them?
A by-law, by definition, is a municipal, local or corporate rule or regulation. The township’s website claims that “these by-laws often regulate lands, the use of lands, health and safety and environmental protection.”
It further states: “In most cases, the public complies with the Township’s by-laws. However, from time to time the Township must enforce its by-laws. Offenders are often given a first-time warning or order, depending on the type and seriousness of the infraction.”
At the public meeting Deputy-Mayor Jim Locke remarked: “most bylaws are enforced by complaint.”
The complaint process is outlined on the township website complete with instructions and a handy form to fill out.
“The township has a number of regulatory by-laws it is permitted to enforce under the Municipal Act. They include: property standards; animal control; noise; illegal dumping; fire control; building and construction; signs; garage sales; pools; smoking; and, parking on public streets.”
“Should you wish to register a complaint with the Township about a perceived infraction on any of the above by-laws you must fill out a complaint form.”
In doing so, will anything be done to rectify the situation? The answer is unclear.
For those interested citizens, the Building Inspector/ By-law Enforcement Officer for South Dundas is Dan Tessier. He works out of the township office in Williamsburg.
When contacted for input into South Dundas by-law enforcement, Tessier replied, “I was advised not to comment.”
There’s a very good reason why No Sex Please, We’re British had a 17 year run, before packed houses, in London’s West End.
It’s simply, (and outrageously!) hilarious.
Upper Canada Playhouse artistic director Donnie Bowes was certain this classic comedy by Alistair Foot and Anthony Marriott, would “cause the parking lot to overflow.” Judging by the exuberance of the 10 man cast, and the enthusiasm of director Richard Bauer, he is probably right. Tickets are already springing off the shelves at the box office.
No Sex Please, We’re British, debuts on the Playhouse stage on August 1, and runs until August 25.
Richard Bauer, who is directing this show for the Playhouse, is no stranger to theatre audiences. He has appeared in several productions as an actor, and in more recent years, has directed a number of comedies, including last season’s hit, Wife Begins At Forty.
“No Sex is a wonderful farce,” Bauer said, at the recent press conference. “I first did it as an actor 25 years ago, and now I’ve graduated to directing it. It’s typical of many farces. The comedy develops out of a moment when ordinary life goes terribly wrong, and the characters simply get caught up.”
The comedy is firmly set in the 1960s, the era for which it was written, and focuses on Peter and Frances Hunter, newly married, and living over the bank where Peter works. She is hoping to start a comfortable little mail order business from their living room. Something to do with nice, family glass ware.
“But instead of glass,” Bauer laughed, “erotica starts arriving at their flat by the boxload.”
The comedy escalates as the young couple (newly wed husband and wife in real life, Katie Lawson and Derek Moran) attempt to cope, secretly, with an apparently ceaseless flood of erotic material. Ultimately the situation takes a u-turn into hilarious madness. In short order, a bank examiner and bank supervisor, inquisitive, if plodding, police officers, some unexpected ‘ladies’ whose intentions are unclear, a well-meaning bank clerk friend and, most fearsome of all, Peter’s mother-in-law, Eleanor (played by Linda Goranson, who likens her character to Keeping Up Appearances’ Hyacinth Bucket) land in the Hunter home.
“There’s lot of action in this farce, continuous action,” laughed Bauer. “I would say there is just as much comedy back stage at times with this play too. Melissa, Justine and Jocelyn (crew members) are coping with the timing, the revolving props and shoving actors out on stage on cue.”
“It’s timing, timing, timing in a farce,” said newcomer to UCP, Jackie English, who plays one of the mysterious ladies. “And in this play there are so many surprises. The stakes just keep going up.”
“There’s not just one big revelation in this show,” Derek Moran added. “There’s a hundred big reveals.”
Because farce demands stamina and agility from the cast, blocking has to be thoroughly worked out. Actor Katie Leamen admitted that she’d already gone flying when she rounded the sofa a little too quickly (“In Go Go Boots, yet!”) in rehearsal. But, “this is a wonderful cast,” said Bauer, “and we’ll make sure everyone can be seen, that no one crashes into anything and that an actor can actually make it from one side of the set to the other in 30 seconds flat.”
Brian Young, well known to local theatre goers, said “It’s true that farce makes big demands, but it also gives actors a lot of energy. It’s fun.”
Veteran actor Walter Learning is returning for his ninth production at the Playhouse. “I may soon get it right,” he laughed, then added that there is “lots of energy here, and a great environment. Audiences are wonderful.”
Katie Lawson, also a returnee to the Playhouse, remarked that “it’s great to come here to Upper Canada, to enjoy being in such an hilarious comedy. It’s good to hear audiences laugh.”
And Shaun Clark, who first stepped on to the stage in Seduced by Moonlight, in the original Toothbrush Factory some 20 years ago, feels like he’s come “full circle.”
Director Bauer is confident the cast dynamics, the hilarity of the script, and the wonderful set built for the production will ensure a rollicking good time for all as No Sex Please, We’re British prepares to open August 1.
“It’s great to be working with wonderful old friends and with exciting new actors in this production. What a strong mix!”
For tickets to No Sex Please, We’re British, contact Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg at 613-543-3713 or go to uppercanadaplayhouse.com.