Iroquois honoured a key battle in the War of 1812 during a day long re-enactment and commemoration at the Point on Saturday, November 9. November 7, 1813, 200 members of the Dundas Militia took on 1,200 American troops on route to Montreal. The Canadians were unable to attack in force at Point Iroquois, but they kept up sniper fire until the American troops halted their march and attempted to wipe out the Canadian defenders under the command of Captain Michael Ault.
The most prestigious of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal presentation ceremonies was held, February 6, at Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto, and among the guests was Iroquois resident John Ross, founder of Ross Video.
At the Diamond Jubilee Gala, hosted by The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, members of the Order of Canada, residing in Ontario, were presented with their Diamond Jubilee Medals.
“What a wonderful experience,” said Ross. “This was my first experience to be among such a very distinguished group, who were all receiving the medals for a variety of accomplishments in various fields.”
Of the event, Ross said, “It couldn’t have been done better.”
The event drew to a close Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee Year, as February 6, 2013 was the 61st anniversary of The Queen’s accession to the Throne.
A number of prominent Canadians acted as medal presenters. Ross was presented his medal by Jian Ghomeshi.
Some of the other medal presenters included Ken Dryden, Dan Akroyd, Paul Henderson, Tommy Hunter, Elizabeth Manley, Valerie Pringle, George Stromboulopoulos and Brian Williams.
Peter Mansbridge was master of ceremonies for the event, and Ross enjoyed having the opportunity to talk to Mansbridge. “We have a lot in common,” said Ross of their CBC affiliations, Order of Canada honours, and career starts in Manitoba.
A pre-recorded Message from Prince Charles was played at the event, and there was also a link to Chris Hadfield in the International Space Station.
The entertainment line-up for the evening was star-studded including Michael Burgess, Liona Boyd and Tom Cochrane.
Four of the six branches of the Stormont-Dundas District of the Women’s Institute have recently disbanded.
Among them was the district’s largest branch, Riverside Heights. The others were Ingleside, Finch and Newington.
Declining and aging membership has left the district finding it difficult to fill key positions such as president and secretary roles. According to W.I. rules, if those positions cannot be filled at the district level, the lower tier branches lose their governance.
The prospect of that happening resulted in many of this district’s branches making the hurried decision to disband.
“I have really enjoyed this group,” said Florence McManus of the Riverside Heights WI, explaining that decision was a sad and difficult one to make.
“Maybe we should have waited, but it’s done.”
McManus said that it was important to the group, which was formed 54 years ago, to make the decision on their own. “We really didn’t want to be forced into it.”
Having agreed to disband has meant that the club remains in charge of how and where their remaining funds are disbursed.
“We are all very sad that this is happening,” said Beth Short who is in charge of public relations for the district. “Our members are getting older and the world is moving faster. The younger people are just not getting involved, so we are not getting new members. And our older members just can’t keep up the pace.”
“We are all so sad. We didn’t want to see it go that way,” said Short.
The mass disbandment has left only two branches of the WI in this district; Williamsburg and Chesterville.
These two branches have people to fill the key roles and thus have been able to maintain the district.
“It is wonderful that they have done that, and we congratulate them on their efforts,” said Short. She hopes that those who belonged to the disbanding branches will be able join one of the two branches which remains.
For more than a century, Women’s Institute Members have actively worked together for family, home, community and country. The objective of the first Women’s Institute Branch, formed in 1897, was to improve women’s skills in the art of homemaking and childcare.
The Federated Women’s Institutes of Ontario was organized in 1919 giving Members a stronger voice by working together as a united group. Through high-quality education and support programs and services, FWIO’s original focus expanded to include personal growth opportunities, government lobbying and health and community wellness initiatives. Today, FWIO has more than 4,500 Members in nearly 350 Branches across the province.
The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce is reminding local business that beginning July 1, all businesses will be required to complete on the job safety awareness training.
The training, declared mandatory by the Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL), will affect every business and not-for-profit organizations along with all those employed in each sector.
“No longer will businesses be required to provide only WHMIS and Bill 168 (Violence and Harassment in the Workplace) or, only to provide job specific training,” states Chamber President Kevin Hargreaves. “This new legislation is far more encompassing.”
There are two groups who will require the training.
First is the personnel who supervise others and that includes lead hands, foremen, department heads, executives and business owners.
The second group consists of all workers under the supervision of anyone in the above group.
For workers: Duties and rights of workers; Roles of H&S committees and H&S representatives; Role of the MOL, WSIB; Commong workplace hazrds and WHMIS requirements; Occupational illness and long term effects
For supervisors: In addition to the points listed above, employers and supervisors will learn: Duties of employers and supervisors; How to recognize, assess and control workplace hazards and evaluate controls; Where to locate additional sources of health and safety information
There are a number of government resources and training sources businesses can tap into: Ontario Ministry of Labour: www.labour.gov.on.ca