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Brave Officer Finally Honoured

January 18, 2012 Editor


 The headline in the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder for October 14, 1892, made it brutally clear: 

James Slavin Was Found Guilty Today of the Murder of J. R. Davey. Sentenced to be Hanged on the 16th of December. 

On September 6, 1892, Slavin, an often drunken, unemployed brawler, shot and killed Special Constable John Robert Davey on the corner of Ninth Street. Slavin also wounded Louis Lafave, Davey’s friend.  Within minutes Slavin was seized by an enraged crowd. 

In what some might see as a supreme bit of irony,  John Davey had been on the job as a police officer exactly one day.

Constable Davey was buried in St. Columban’s new cemetery three days after his murder. His funeral was a large affair attended  by civic, police and military officials. He left behind a wife and three sons.

Slavin was duly hanged two months later in the walled courtyard of Cornwall Goal, his body unclaimed and buried in the Goal grounds. 

The years passed. Cornwall grew. Other events, other incidents, other issues occupied people’s minds. Eventually, there was no one left who recalled the death of Constable John Davey. 

In time, no one even remembered where Davey lay buried.

Until 2010, when Cornwall police sergeant Thom Racine found out about him.  

Thom Racine laughingly described himself, during an interview with The Morrisburg Leader as a “born and bred sports guy. Anything I’d ever done up until then had a sports angle to it.”   

An officer with the Cornwall police since 1981 (he was also born in Cornwall), Racine has spent much of his life devoted to sports and to encouraging people to stay active. 

He is a very well known figure in South Dundas. 

Currently, Racine is in his second year behind the bench of the Morrisburg Junior B Lions hockey team. 

How did this sports-minded man come to take on the role of historian, writing Constable Davey, A Future Lost, based on the events surrounding Davey’s tragedy?

“About six years ago, my son came home from school talking about World War II. He was deeply interested. In a kind of spontaneous reaction, I said, why don’t we go to Europe and see what it was all about? That vagabond journey, which took us to cemeteries and memorials honouring soldiers, seemed to put the history hook into me.”

That “hook” as Racine calls it, truly dug in. 

He soon began including historical anecdotes in his regular column in the Seaway News.

However, it was not until he was asked, in 2010, by Police Chief Dan Parkinson to write a history of the Cornwall Police, that he learned of the death of John Davey, and the execution of James Slavin. 

“Davey was a man who may have been recognized for two or three days after his tragedy then forgotten,” Racine explained. “He was a genuine kind of everyman. Davey was no “sitter”: he was a man who got out and got involved in his community. He had served with the militia, run a business, taken part in civic affairs, and he volunteered to be a Special Constable for a dollar a day, if you made an arrest. And Davey gave his life in the line of duty. I really felt that that should be recognized and acknowledged.” 

“Derailed”, as he called it, from the task of writing the history of the Cornwall police, Racine began to focus on the life and times of John Davey. 

His book, Constable Davy, A Future Lost, was the result. 

However, Racine did not stop with simply writing the book. 

“John Davey was a hero,” Racine said. “As the Ontario Police Memorial in Queen’s Park says, he was a hero in life, not death. He died trying to help someone else. There is a quote I like. ‘A hero is no different from an ordinary man, except for five minutes.’ John Davey deserved to be honoured.”

Racine set out to ensure that a man who had died over a century earlier would finally be recognized by his hometown, his province, his nation. 

He got the Cornwall Police on board with his efforts. He researched old files and newspapers. He talked to area historians, searched church records, looked through jail accounts. He traced members of Louis Lafave’s family. He blind e-mailed Davey descendents seeking to put together a picture of this husband, father, soldier, police officer and good citizen. 

Now scattered all over North America, many of the Daveys had no idea of their past and John’s heroism.

The week of September 23, 2011, his book just out, Racine saw Constable John Robert Davey receive the recognition of government and community that had been a hundred years in the coming.

Davey’s name was already on the Queen’s Park Memorial. But just days before special Cornwall ceremonies, Racine learned that petitions to the Ottawa Police Memorial had finally been approved. On September 25, Davey’s name would be engraved on the memorial and honoured in Ottawa.

Ceremonies in Cornwall were held around Davey’s refurbished grave: a street was re-named in his honour. The pipes of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders, and solemn lines of police officers in dress uniform gathered to give John Davey his due.

“It was a lump in your throat moment for me,” said Racine. “I think what hit me the most was the pride of the Davey family members who had come to Cornwall from all over North America to honour this hero in their family. I will always remember the face of seven-year-old Violet Davey, when police chief Dan Parkinson handed her the folded Canadian  Flag from her great-great-great grandfather’s grave, her look of stunned awe and deep pride.”

Also with Racine for the ceremony was 15-year-old Cornwall artist Dominic Cyr. 

“Dom’s brother Patrick played with the Lions and I’d see him sitting at games,” Racine said. “His dad told me he was a talented artist. I threw him the challenge of creating a drawing of Davey and later of his killer, Slavin, from descriptions and old photos. His work was wonderful. Dom’s sketches and drawings now illustrate my book and the Cornwall street sign. He has a gift that will work for him forever.” 

Racine’s book is a colourful, deeply researched history of a brave man, his time in history, his contribution to the world through his descendents. It is also the story of the efforts of a lot of people to see this man formally honoured by his town and nation. 

Thom Racine is at work on other books now (including that neglected history of the Cornwall police).

 “I will say that I miss spending time every day with John Davey,” he said quietly, at the end of the interview. “In some ways I didn’t know what to do when we at last went to print, and I finally had to leave him.”  


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Don Ross, Graham Greer starring on St. Lawrence Stage

January 18, 2012 W. Gibb – Leader staff


If you don’t already have a ticket for the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage concert Saturday, January 21, featuring award-winning guitarist Don Ross, with singer Graham Greer opening, you should know: very few seats for this incredible evening still remain.

And it would be a real shame to miss this show: Ross and Greer are both powerhouse musical artists and performers.

I had the privilege of talking to the musicians earlier this week. 

Don Ross is an acclaimed Canadian guitarist who has already won an unprecedented two United States Fingerstyle Guitar Competitions. He has toured throughout North America, Europe and Asia winning over critics and fans alike. In 2003, Bruce Cockburn wrote, “Nobody does what Don Ross does with an acoustic guitar. He takes the corners so fast you think he’s going to roll, but he never loses control.” 

Ross has released a number of albums, most recently 2010’s Breakfast for Dogs, under the independent CandyRat Records label. He has composed music for theatre productions and for the CBC. When he is not performing, Ross is a Dalhousie University professor, teaching the history of guitar and techniques.

“Performance is a musician’s life blood,” Don Ross explained. “You need an audience. I am really looking forward to the intimacy of the Morrisburg stage. I always think of an audience as a friend I’m happy to see again: to walk on stage to a warm welcome is very gratifying. Frankly, music is the boat I’ve sailed around the world on.”

The phrase “heavy wood” has become synonymous with Don Ross. It is routinely used to describe his performance style and approach to music. However, he laughed when I asked him just what “heavy wood” means.

“Well, nothing actually. I borrowed the phrase from a now defunct 80’s band called Rare Air, a rock band that involved, would you believe, two bag pipes on stage. Nobody then knew what to call their music, so they called it heavy wood. I first used the phrase jokingly to describe my own music, but now it seems to be fully mine. 

I can tell you what heavy wood isn’t. It’s not folk, not rock, not jazz, not blues. But it borrows elements from them all. It has an edge and an energy. It’s uniquely my style now, I think.”

Two years ago, in response to fan requests, Ross produced an all vocal record. However, instrumental music is what he primarily writes and performs.

“A change of scenery, meeting a new person can inspire an idea. But I really believe that music exists just as music. It doesn’t have to mean something. I like to think that people who hear my music can interpret it in their own way.”

Of Scottish and First Nations heritage, Ross grew up in a musical household. In university he studied fine arts and philosophy, then started his novitiate for the Franciscans. In the end, however, he felt the call of music to be too strong to ignore.

“When I decided to be a musician, I went into it with all my heart. I love this life. I’ll probably die on stage” he said, laughing, “at age 97, with a guitar still in my hand. I wanted to be a dad, to be a husband, to be a musician. I take great satisfaction in what I do.”

“We consider it a real coup to be able to bring Don, one of the most respected musicians in Canada and one of the top guitarists in the world to Morrisburg,” said Sandra Whitworth, a member of the St. Lawrence Acoustic Stage board.

Don Ross will be holding a workshop from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, demonstrating his unique and dynamic finger style. Some spaces are still available. 

Cornwall resident Graham Greer is a familiar face and voice in eastern Ontario. January 21 marks his return to the St. Lawrence Stage following a stellar show in March of 2009.

A former member of the band, Barstool Prophets, and now a renowned solo artist, Greer is opening for Don Ross.

“The last time I performed at the St. Lawrence Stage, I enjoyed it so much I kept bothering the board to let me come back,” Greer joked. 

Board member Whitworth,  however, points out that the Stage is delighted to have a musician of Greer’s calibre coming on the 21st.

Greer is looking forward to working with Don Ross, an artist he has long admired. “I’m a big fan. I think Don attacks the guitar with a totally fresh view point. Sometimes he sounds like three people on stage playing. He’s incredible.”

A critically admired performer  himself, Greer put out a new self titled album in late 2009. He also toured the Maritimes with fellow artist Amanda Rheaume in the summer of 2011.  

At Saturday’s concert, he will entertain the audience with some new material he’s been working on. 

“I have a country twinge, a folk twinge, a rock twinge in my music. I think people can hear different undertones to my music, reflecting their own experiences,” he said. “I consciously try not to make my songs too much alike: nothing I hate more than making every song a reflection of the song that went before. I emphasize creativity, push to be creative.”

Greer’s lyrics are also thoughtful. He writes his songs in what he describes as “batches,” a throw back to his years touring with the Prophets, where time to rework music was often sporadic.  “I’ve never been a prolific writer,” he said. “But intelligent lyrics matter to me.”

Greer commented that in the studio a performer has more of an ability to “direct how something is forming. It’s fun to put the building blocks of a composition together.” 

He described live performance as “an altogether different animal. The overall structure matters more than the building blocks, and there is that element of instant feed back. Working with an audience buoys me up. I look forward to this concert. I think the audience will have a great time.”

He also added, with his irrepressible sense of humour, “I’m going to do my best not to drive people away before Don gets a chance to go on stage.” 

The 7 p.m. Don Ross/Graham Greer concert at the Morrisburg Meeting Centre, Saturday, January 21, is nearly sold out. 

Information about tickets, or to register for Don Ross’ workshop can be found at The Bas-ket Case, Strung Out Guitars, Cornwall and Compact Music, Ottawa, also carry tickets. 

Tickets are $15 in advance, or $18 at the door. 


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Seaway open for a record 284 days in 2011

January 18, 2012 Editor


The St. Lawrence Seaway closed for the season on December 30, 2011, with the westbound vessel Algoma Spirit reaching Lake Ontario at 7:54 a.m. after having transited the locks on the St. Lawrence River.  

The Seaway’s 53rd navigation season commenced on March 22nd, and the system remained open for a record 284 days, exceeding by one day the previous record set in 2006.

The tug / barge combination John Spence / Niagara Spirit was the last vessel to transit the Welland Canal, clearing Port Colborne December 30th at 8:26 p.m. on its way to Lake Erie.

The St. Lawrence Seaway’s positive momentum remained intact in 2011, with tonnage volumes rising by 2.5 per cent to reach an estimated 37.5 million tonnes.  

Trade patterns exhibited a number of changes, most notably with iron ore and coal becoming export commodities due to strong overseas demand. 

Grain volumes decreased overall by some 6.4 per cent due to a decrease in the amount of U.S. grain moving via the Seaway.  

Strong increases in the volume of bulk liquids, salt and scrap metal contributed to an overall cargo increase of 930,000 tonnes for the system’s 2011 season.

Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, noted that the year brought about some significant progress on a number of fronts.  

“We recognize that while some of our core markets remain under pressure, work is progressing in terms of diversifying our market base, containing our costs, and increasing the system’s productivity,” said Bowles.  “Over the last four years, our market development efforts have generated $12.5 million in new business revenue.”

“In addition to advances in cargo volumes, we achieved a good deal of progress in 2011 on a number of other fronts. In October of 2011, a new three-year labour agreement was ratified, extending to March 31, 2014. We reached a fair settlement that controls our costs and ensures that our customers can continue to experience reliable service.”

“This is the second consecutive year of increases in Seaway traffic and tonnage, reflecting the resilience of the North American economy” said Collister Johnson, Jr., Administrator of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.

A recently published economic impact study, commissioned by Marine Delivers, demonstrates the significant role that the Great Lakes / Seaway system plays in supporting the Canadian and U.S. economies.  

Some 227,000 jobs and $34 billion in economic activity are supported by the movement of goods within the Great Lakes / Seaway waterway. 

Since its inception in 1959, over 2.5 billion tonnes valued in excess of $375 billion has been transported via the Seaway. 


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Final curtain call for Lea & Cow Patti, Boeing-Boeing to provide the last laughs

January 18, 2012 Editor


It has been my great pleasure to produce professional theatre in the Seaway Valley. With this show, I will recognize and represent all things Cow Patti stands for.”

Those are the words of AnnaMarie Lea as she prepares to stage the final Cow Patti Theatre production  in the Seaway Valley at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall, this February.

For the final production, Lea has selected Marc Camoletti’s Boeing-Boeing for the last laughs of a hugely successful 11-year run that has produced 17 plays, 340 performances, 42 benefit performances, 106 actors and countless crew…and most impressively, attracted 34,000 guests.

With this upcoming show, Lea and The Ramada Hotel and Conference Centre are hoping to top $180,000 raised for various local charities through a handful of benefit shows in each of the runs. 

In addition to her Cow Patti productions in Cornwall, Lea is well known for her acting skills which she has shared and entertained us with, on the Cow Patti stage and the Upper Canada Playhouse stage in Morrisburg.

Although she returned with her family to Alberta in the summer of 2010, she was back in Cornwall last February for Cow Patti’s 10th anniversary, for which she staged Norm Foster’s My Darling Judith.

Lea told The Leader in a recent interview that her decision to make this year the final show for Cow Patti, was made so that ‘she could spend more time with her family.’

Cow Patti has successfully relaunched in Alberta, and that she suspects will keep her busy.

“We are closing the barn doors on Cow Patti in Eastern Ontario after our production of Boeing-Boeing from February 2-19,” says Lea in a press release. “We have been privileged to have produced for you for the last 11 years and are so grateful to have received such support and kindness from all of you.”

Lea promises that “first up with this production (Boeing-Boeing) will be laughter and plenty of it! This is notably one of the wittiest farces of our time and it goes without saying, we will compliment all this laughter with the Ramada’s superb buffets, which, guaranteed, will set your tummy in the mood for some great big belly laughs.”

“For the past 11 years, Cow Patti has prided itself on creating opportunity for Canadian artists and Boeing-Boeing will be no exception.”

The cast for Boeing-Boeing, which is a prequel to Don’t Dress for Dinner staged by Cow Patti in 2010, includes well known actors Garfield Andrews and Susan Greenfield, who have graced the Cow Patti Stage numerous times in the past, and Lea herself.

Joining them are actors Kate Gordon, Katie Lawson and Jamie Williams. Richard Bauer, who directed Don’t Dress for Dinner, is returning to direct Cow Patti’s last act.

In Boeing-Boeing, it’s airline stewardesses, fiancées and a romantic air traffic controller/maid, (played by Lea), and best friends Bernard and Robert who got themselves into quite a mess in, Don’t Dress for Dinner. Seems this time around, Bernard has three fiancees, who all, unfortunately, experience changes to their flight plans.

Lea says tickets sales, which kicked off before Christmas for Boeing-Boeing are ‘quite good’. The annual Cow Patti productions have become  popular Valentine’s celebrations and with Valentine’s Day this year falling on Tuesday, the celebration is stretching through the weekend of February 10-12 as well as on the 14th.

Boeing-Boeing opens on Thursday, February 2 and runs through Sunday, February 19. There is no theatre on Mondays. Dinner and brunch theatre tickets are available in addition to afternoon and evening cabaret tickets. For information or to book tickets visit or call the Ramada at 1-877-552-9166.

If you are planning to make Cow Patti and Boeing-Boeing part of your Valentine celebration, don’t delay.



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Buses run Friday, weather takes turn for the worse

January 18, 2012 Editor


According to a press release, Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) students were safely transported to and from school on Friday, January 13 after the board made the decision to allow buses to run during the morning’s slushy weather.

Based on a favourable forecast, and positive reports from bus contractors who checked the conditions on area roads between 4 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., the decision was made to allow buses to run, said Superintendent David Coombs. Unfortunately, the weather took a turn for the worse.

 Coombs also conceded that board officials were caught off-guard by Friday morning’s wet and slushy conditions, and said they would have cancelled had they known how the weather would turn.

“Hindsight is 20/20,” said Coombs. “But in hindsight, with today’s conditions, we should have cancelled.”

“Unfortunately, this is not an exact science and we make our decisions based on the best information we have at the time. We apologize for any concerns we might have caused for our students and their families.”

“At the same time, it’s also important to remember here that our students got to school and back safely.”

Coombs explained that the GM/CAO of Student Transportation of Eastern Ontario works closely with Pelmorex/The Weather Network, and bus contractors, in order to receive the most up-to-date information about local weather and road conditions. 

Decisions concerning the cancellation of school bus and special vehicle transportation must be made cooperatively based upon this information by no later than 5:30 a.m.

Friday, the information conveyed was that although there would be some light patchy freezing rain in some areas, it was not significant enough to warrant cancelling buses.

There are 18 distinct zones within the UCDSB. Every zone has a captain that goes out to check roads in their area, who then provides their input. All captains gave the go-ahead to run the buses, said Coombs.

Coombs added that parents may decide to keep their child at home at any time if they feel that it is too risky to have him or her transported to school.


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Winter weather arrives

January 18, 2012 Editor


On January 12th, a winter storm hit the area with freezing temperatures, freezing rain and, of course, snow.

Students woke up to good news on the 12th: a snow day! Schools remained open, but buses were cancelled.

Unfortunately, Friday the 13th proved to be unlucky for those hoping for another snow day. Despite the freezing rain, snow, and poor driving conditions, buses were not cancelled. 

According to the Upper Canada District School Board’s (UCDSB) website: “the UCDSB strives to ensure the safe transportation of children. Ultimately, each parent has the right and legal obligation to protect their child. You may decide to keep your child at home at any time if you feel that it is too risky to have him/her transported to school.”

By mid-morning on the 13th the storm was still going strong and, according to police reports, “SD&G OPP officers responded to a total of 37 traffic/weather related calls for service. The incidents ranged from vehicles in ditches to property damage collisions. Fortunately, no injuries resulted.”

Flashbacks of 1997’s Ice Storm were front and centre in the minds of many local residents, especially when, at 11:54 a.m. on the 13th, the power went out in Morrisburg, Williamsburg, and areas farther north. Iroquois was not affected.

According to John Walsh, a representative for Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc., “the storm caused trees to come down on the main line that feeds Morrisburg.”

The main line belongs to Hydro One and “they repaired the problem.” Hydro power was up and running by 1:31 p.m.

And, on January 17th, children were gifted with another snow day. As of 9:20 a.m., there was still a freezing rain warning in effect for all parts of South Dundas.


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Living next to a wind farm

January 18, 2012 Editor


Do you want to live next door to a wind farm? If an expert could “prove” that it is safe for you and your family and if they could “prove” that it won’t affect the value of your property or your quality of life, would that affect your answer?

For me, personally, I don’t want to live next door to a wind farm. The pros and cons are of no importance to me. I just don’t want to. I also don’t want to live in the city or in any type of urban setting. I will, if I have to, but I don’t want to. My preference is to live in a rural setting surrounded by forests, wildlife, and fresh open air… which includes the serenity that comes with the sounds and smells of the natural rural landscape. In this dream of mine, wind turbines do not play a part… not even if they’re ‘only’ 550 metres away.

With that said, you might think I’m opposed to wind farms, but that’s not true. I actually think that wind turbines are quite impressive to see. I like the idea of green energy and of harnessing the wind. But, is Ontario ready for that? More specifically, is rural Ontario ready for that?

Think about it, why do most people choose to live in a rural area? My guess is that it’s not because they want to live next door to an industrial wind turbine. So what happens when your neighbour decides to be part of a wind farm project? Do you protest? Do you sit back and do nothing? Do you uproot your family and move to a different rural setting? I don’t know. I’m not in the situation and I can honestly say that I’m glad it’s not me. 

The information available is clearly contradictory: some say wind farms are detrimental to your health, well-being, and property value while others say they’re not. Until more studies are done – unbiased studies – there’s really no way to know, with any real certainty, what’s true and what isn’t. 

I think there may be a place and time for wind farms, but it’s not ‘next door’ to people who don’t want it.

Your home is supposed to be your ‘safe haven’; a place you can relax and get away from stress. I would argue that our government has taken that ‘right’ away from its people. With that said, I’m disappointed in our government’s apathetic stance on what is, obviously, a very real and very important issue for those Ontarians affected by the wind energy movement.  -SC 


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Broder Heats Up Saturday

January 18, 2012 Editor


Coming up this Saturday, January 21, the Morrisburg ladies will host the Broder, a two-team, four club competition featuring Morrisburg, Metcalfe, Winchester and Russell. Three teams were interested in representing our club, so a two-day playoff was required.  

Greta McGann, Jenna Harrington, Kathy Hardy and Rachelle Eves played Susan McIntosh, Kathy Norg, Leanne McCooeye and Wendy Casselman last Saturday. Susan’s team emerged victorious, and they will be one of our champions for the competition.

Next, Greta’s foursome had to do battle with Amy and Ashly Cooper, Nancy Barkley and Anita Cooper on Sunday to fill the other spot. It was a tight, well-played match, but skip Greta McGann pulled out the win with a fine shot in the last end.

There will be some top-notch curling on Saturday, beginning at nine o’clock. See you there.

    Last week two of our ladies teams were in Ottawa at the Granite Club for their invitational bonspiel. Greta McGann, Kathy Hardy, Yvonne Mabo and Claire Locke won their first game against Carleton Heights. After a very good lunch they met a foursome from R.A Riverside in Ottawa. Unfortunately, Morrisburg dropped that match for a split on the day.

    Our other team, Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Anita Cooper and Sharon Van Allen played a quartet from City View in their first game. The matches started a bit late, but the organizers still rang the bell to suspend play before the ladies could finish their final ends. This presented a problem for our folks, as they were unable to pull out a victory. After lunch they played a team from Navy and had a fine match, losing on the last rock in the final end. Nevertheless, it was a good day for both teams.

     Friday, January 13th saw our club host the senior men’s invitational bonspiel, the Bernie Brunt, with 12 teams present. Hudson, Quebec couldn’t make it because of the storm, and one other team was unable to come also. Don O’Brien, Raymond Benoit, Neil Williams and Jack Barkley filled in for one, and Martin Schneckenburger, Andy Patenaude, Dave King and Doug Jarvis handled the other. A delicious roast pork lunch was prepared by Joan Morrell and her committee, and the curlers in the early draw were enjoying it, watching those in the late game at work. Suddenly the lights went out. After checking with hydro and learning how long it would be until they could fix the problem, it was decided to serve lunch to the second group as well, and with the weather deteriorating, to cancel the bonspiel. 

It was a lot of planning and work for Jack Barkley and his committee and for Joan’s kitchen crew, but everyone raved over the meal, and went home happy, with some curling in, and a good portion of their entry fees returned. 

There were two teams from Winchester, two from Cornwall, three from Prescott, one from Maxville and one from Kingston. The chance to renew acquaintances for the day and visit with the others were positives as well. Tough luck, folks. It’s hard to outmaneuver Mother Nature if she’s determined. 

    On Sunday, Susan McIntosh and her committee were to host the second in the series of two-person ‘spiels, but it had to be cancelled.  

    Sunday, January 22 sees our Little Rockers hosting their Big Four Bonspiel, with double teams from Metcalfe, Russell and Winchester in attendance. 

    At press time, the mixed invitational is on next week, although with low numbers, and the stick bonspiel is going ahead then also.

Good curling to all!



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Time-of-use rates delayed

January 18, 2012 Editor


Time-of-use rates for those who buy their electricity from Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc. will not be going into effect this month, as was previously expected.

In fact, it appears quite possible that the change won’t take place until March 2012.

Originally, the local hydro utility expected to have their 2012 Electricity Distribution Rate Application filed by December 2011. 

However; according to Chief Financial Officer Allan Beckstead, Rideau St. Lawrence contacted the Ontario Energy Board on Monday to confirm that they “are not moving ahead” with the application. “It just does not make sense,” he said.

In explaining the reasoning behind the decision, Beckstead said, “it’s a deep subject. It’s tied in with the province’s Meter Data Management and Repository (MDM/R) and the standards.”

Rideau St. Lawrence has decided to wait until the MDM/R is finished testing and everything can be done properly and in compliance with all rules and regulations.

When asked about the reasoning behind the Time-of-use rates, Beckstead explained that the province’s intention is “to provide a more stabilized load for generation. It costs a lot to have it on stand-by.”

In terms of cost to customers, Beckstead couldn’t say anything for certain. He did, however; offer the following: “From the majority of articles that I’ve read, if you don’t change anything you might see a $2 increase per bill.”

According to Beckstead, Time-of-use rates are expected to “probably” be implemented sometime in March. 

However, he also added: “We don’t really see it as an advantage to our customers so we’re not in a hurry to get there.”

Rideau St. Lawrence Distribution Inc. services South Dundas, Prescott, Cardinal, and Westport.


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Perspectives with Rev. Duncan Perry

January 18, 2012 Editor


Have you ever stopped to think about how much time we spend just waiting?

Someone has suggested that in a normal lifetime one can expect to use up two years of their lives waiting.

The Cat in the Hat in Dr. Seuss’ book says we’re always waiting for something.

We’ve just come through another Christmas season and for sure, you could see in people, especially children, the anticipation as they waited for that time when the gifts could be unwrapped and they could enjoy the long awaited presents.

What are you waiting for? For some it is graduation from school, or your driver’s license, or your first job or the person you want to spend the rest of your life with. Maybe you’re waiting for that first baby or the next baby. Most of us wait for something or someone.

Maybe you’ve gotten tired of waiting. A relationship that was dear to you has been broken and you long for it to be whole again. Or it could be an illness that has just gone on for too long and you’re losing hope.

I would like to give you a word of encouragement from God’s Word today. The first is found in Galatians 6:9, “So don’t get tired of doing what is good. Don’t get discouraged and give up, for we will reap a harvest of blessing at the appropriate time.”

A second verse helps us to focus on who it is that we can trust our troubles to. It’s found in Isaiah 40:31. Listen to what we are told there. “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.”

Of course, that doesn’t mean that we sit passively by and wait for good to come to us. We should do all we can to mend a broken relationship or to be healthy. But we can trust God to help because He cares for us. When we pray to Him, He hears us and He will be attentive to us.

Speaking of praying, this week around the world, churches are joining together in “The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”. That is something else that God cares about. He tells us in the Psalms when we gather together in unity, He commands His blessing on us.

By now, you’ve already missed two services that the churches here in South Dundas have joined together in. But today (Wednesday) from 11:30-12:30 you can meet with us at the Pentecostal Church on Lakeshore Drive. Then tomorrow, Thursday, we’ll be at the Anglican Church in Morrisburg and Friday at Community Christian Reformed Church in Dixon’s Corners. Each day the time is the same. The format includes a time of Prayer and Praise plus the sharing of a simple meal. All are welcome!

By the way, I hope it isn’t too late to wish you a very happy and prosperous New Year.

Rev. Duncan Perry,


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