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Catastrophic drug costs

Imagine moving to Ontario from another province and finding out that the costs of your expensive prescription cancer medications aren’t covered in your new home. Even though the Canada Health Act provides for comparable levels of medical care from province to province, the same isn’t true when it comes to expensive life-saving medicines.

Many Canadian families still face catastrophic drug costs (defined as greater than three per cent of net household income), even in provinces where universal coverage exists.

Most provinces have catastrophic drug plans, but each has a different mechanism for determining which drugs are covered. The Canadian Cancer Society (CCS) is calling for the development of a national catastrophic drug insurance program to help create a consistent, coordinated approach to coverage across Canada. Joanne Di Nardo, senior manager of public issues for the Ontario division of the CCS, encourages Ontario voters to ask local candidates running in the upcoming provincial election about their level of support on cancer issues.

“A national catastrophic drug insurance program has been an election issue for many years,” says Di Nardo. “Ontario should take a leadership role in partnership with other provinces to encourage the federal government to establish a national catastrophic drug insurance program. Action is needed now to alleviate the gaps and disparities in coverage for cancer drugs that currently exist in Canada.”

There are no agreed-upon standards concerning which drugs should be covered or the out-of-pocket expense required from patients. Each of Canada’s 19 public drug plans, and a variety of private plans, make widely different decisions regarding listings, reimbursement, co-payments and lifetime limits. Therefore, significant disparities exist between provinces and between public and private insurers.

“These disparities result in a growing trend away from universal care towards health care by postal code and pocketbook,” says Di Nardo.

A system of catastrophic drug coverage was promised in the 2004 Health Accord, and, in September 2008, provincial and territorial health ministers issued a statement saying they held ‘a common view that catastrophic drug coverage is as essential to Canadians as physician and hospital coverage.’

“Ontarians are growing increasingly impatient that no action has been taken,” says Di Nardo. “Make sure your local provincial politician knows how you feel about this issue.”

For more information, go to www.cancer.ca/OntarioElection2011 

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Ottawa Hylands golfer wins soggy Cedar Glen Open

The main feature of the annual Labour Day Men’s Open tournament at the Cedar Glen course here Monday was soggy conditions.

But despite the heavy all night rain, the show must go on, and when it was all over it was Ottawa Hylands golfer, Paul Nooyen leading the field.

Nooyen posted a four-over-par 74 to lead the field of 86 golfers and narrowly edge out Morrisburg Golf Club’s Randy Casselman at 75. Finishing third was Cedar Glen’s Kurtis Barkley (76).

Only six golfers broke the 80 barrier on the day, the remaining three including Iroquois’ Shawn Lapier with a 79, Nationview’s Rodney Pitnam with a 79 and Morrisburg’s Kirk Barkley with a 79.

Lapier’s 79 gave him a 71 net for the low net in A flight, while Barkley’s 79 led the B field for the low gross.

The low net in B flight was won by Phil Douglas of Cedar Glen who shot an 83 for a net 70. Although tied with Bill Collins (Cedar Glen) who shot an 85 for a 70 net, he took the win when officials broke the tie.

In C flight, Steven Tupper, walked away the clear-cut winner with a 91. His next closest competition came from Jim Casselman with a 101. The low net in the flight went to Dennis Casselman who shot a 102 for a 76 net. Again the win required the breaking of a tie with Mike Berube also posting a 76 net score on his 102 round.

Other top scores in A flight were shot by Morrisburg’s Kevin Duvall with an 81, and Nationview’s Marc Ethier and Cedar Glen’s Lindsay Weegar who tied with 82s. Williamsburg’s Kyle Jarvis and Nationview’s Fabian Adams and Upper Canada’s Mike Lauring tied with 83s.

Following Kirk Barkley’s win in B flight were Cedar Glen golfers Phil Douglas 83 and Bill Collins 85, Rob Casselman 87 and Greg VanDellan 87.
 

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Extra, extra, read all about it: movie being filmed at UCV this September!

Upper Canada Village is opening its doors to Siloam Entertainment from September 10th to the 14th.

Brian Lutes, writer, director and actor, needs 150 to 200 extras for  his movie, Percy Harris.

According to Lutes, the movie, a period western, “is a film about a confederate soldier apprehended while returning home from the war and is convicted of a crime he didn’t commit. He’s sentenced to hang.”

“With several twists and turns (sort of a combination of Wizard of Oz meets Rambo), we follow Percy on his quest for freedom, struggling against bounty hunters, brutal terrain and a legion of inner demons.”

To view some of the scene captures, Lutes suggests going to the Facebook page for “Percy Harris the movie.”

So, what about those extras?

Lutes predicts that the biggest number of extras will be needed on Sunday the 11th and Monday the 12th. Shooting happens between 8:00 and 5:30.

“Unfortunately, wardrobe is in limited supply with that many extras… So, we’re asking people to go through their closets and bring the most “period” friendly clothing they have.”

“They could dress as a farmer, cowboy, or townspeople.”

If you are interested in being an extra, email Brian Lutes at blutes@storm.ca or Anik Rompre at nykkytta@gmail.com.

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Canadian Tire ‘restores’ its Cruise-in Car Show

Fifty three cars ‘cruised in’ to the Canadian Tire, Morrisburg parking lot Friday night to participate in the ‘restored’ annual Car Show.

It was four years ago that we held our last Cruise-In said organizer Bob Cousineau, CT Automotive Service Manager.

According to Cousineau, Canadian Tire owner Michel Proulx was extremely pleased with the response, and “we are now planning to do it every year.”

Some $1,000 in prizes and were distributed in four categories to the owners of the cars that featured a large number of makes and models and a wide range of years.

Cousineau says that with the first success now under his seat belt, he hopes to grow the event.

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Tail waggin’ time at Dog Park opening

Sunday’s rain held off just long enough for the Park Pals and their four-legged friends to carry out the official leash cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the South Dundas ‘off leash’ dog park located in the Earl Baker Park in Morrisburg.

The Dog Park “is another enhancement in South Dundas we can certainly be proud up,” said South Dundas mayor Steven Byvelds as he prepared to cut the celebratory leash.

Byvelds recalled how he told the Park Pals committee, after council viewed the design concept prepared by landscape architect Wendy Graham, that “I am looking forward to seeing the best dog park in Ontario.”

“I think this committee has certainly done that job. It looks beautiful,” he said Sunday.

“When the project started, it was something that was novel, something new. We allowed the idea to keep on going, and I think it kept on going because a group of people worked hard to keep it going. I know there were a lot of issues on the location, but in the end we are here, and I haven’t heard anyone say this wasn’t the best thing to do.”

Joining Byvelds to bring congratulations from the municipality were councillors Evonne Delegarde and Jim Graham. Former councillor Delbert Jones, who provided valuable help to the Park Pals Committee to get their project off the ground, also joined the ceremony.

Park Pals chair Tracey Veinotte thanked former Mayor Rowdy Gillard for his support and mentioned the support initially given by the late Mayor Charles Barkley.

“A key in getting the Dog Park we have today was the support of our councils,” said Veinotte. “We thank both the past and present councils for being the visionaries they are. It took a lot of backbone to make the decisions. We respect that and thank you.”
“It is due to a bunch of tenacious ladies that we are finally here today,” said Veinotte.

“Janeen (Wagemans) was proably the first phone call I got, and she’s been a real trooper throughout.”

Other Park Pal committee members are Willie Harper, Eileen Johnston, Ree Graham, Sandra Van Allen, Barb O’Neil, Cole Veinotte and Christyn Veinotte.

Major sponsors thanked for their contributions to the park were Michel Proulx (Canadian Tire), Riley Hatherall (Valu-mart) and Kim Butler (Morrisburg Scotiabank).

“I also want to thank Wendy Graham, our landscape designer, who made a huge contribution. Wendy donated her time and effort and she’s created this park in a way that it integrates with the rest of the park.”

The Dog Park (two areas, one for small dogs and the other for large dogs) has been a popular and very busy spot for dogs and their owners since the gates opened earlier this summer.

It is enhanced by a beautiful flower garden in a central stoned greeting area with benches, a dog drinking fountain and a memorial-brick pathway.

Making Graham’s design a reality were Scott Hall (SBD Construction), Buster and Eric Sneath (Buster’s Backhoe), Danny McMahon (D&H Fencing) and Gerben Schaillee (landscape consultation).

Although the rain caused an early shutdown of Sunday’s planned activities, the event was attended by several special interest groups including the Cornwall SPCA and  Canadian Guide Dogs.

Dog handler Barry Keicks was on hand with his dog Gage, but rain cancelled their demonstration.

Rev. Noreen Gullons (South Dundas Lutheran Parish)  conducted a ‘Blessing of the Park’ and offered ‘Pet Blessings’ after the ceremony.

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Buses back on the road

It is time for students to head back to school and for motorists to be on the lookout for school buses and students.

The OPP in East Region would like to remind everyone that some school buses will be back in service early next week, while others will be back on Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

The public is reminded that every driver while on a highway while meeting a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. (Section 175(11) of the Highway Traffic Act).

“Many of our children walk to school and motorist should also be aware of the increased pedestrian traffic around our local schools, as children make their way for their first exciting day.  Reduce your speed in school zone and be extra cautious. Let’s make it safe for our children!” says Sgt.Kristine Rae.

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DC Community Center celebrates a birthday

The DC Community Center celebrated its first birthday on Saturday the 27th with an open house.

Fun, food, games, and information were readily available to all.

The center has recently partnered with the Optimist Club, an organization that focuses on helping youth.

The center offers many activities. Some have already started while others will begin soon.

Different nights equal different activities with different leaders.  These programs include activities for youth of all ages up to 18 years.

Some of the activities already underway include game night, sports, and general fun.

Activities to come soon include movie night, paint ball, hobby club, and more sports.

In addition to the youth programs, the center also rents out its facilities.

To join in the fun as a participant or as a volunteer, telephone 613-652-4025.

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Daily shuttle service to Ottawa

Wubs Transit, located on Dawley Drive in Winchester, is considering the development of a Daily Line Route (shuttle bus) from Morrisburg to Ottawa.

Presently the company has a route, which includes multiple stops in both Chesterville, Winchester and, of course, Ottawa. This route will not change.

Due to previous inquiries, Wubs Transit has decided to “see what kind of interest is out there” for a shuttle from Morrisburg to Ottawa, reported Nanda Wubs.

She went on to say that the company would like to “develop a route that works for the largest amount of people.”

Wubs Transit offers monthly passes, single trip tickets, passes for one-way trips, and a book of 10 one-way tickets.

Aside from being the best rate, a monthly pass also includes access to OC Transpo. In fact, the pass itself is an OC Transpo pass that includes the Daily Line Run.

The monthly passes for Chesterville and Winchester are $258 per month and $230 per month, respectively.

The rate for Morrisburg would be comparable, the final number depending on the stops involved.

In order to develop the best route possible, Wubs Transit is looking for feedback from those interested in the shuttle.

What central location would work for pick-ups in Morrisburg?

Are there any pick-up points outside the village of Morrisburg that need to be considered?

What locations in Ottawa are needed?

For those interested in having a shuttle bus from Morrisburg to Ottawa, please phone the Wubs Transit office at 613-774-6618. Or, visit their website at www.wubs.ca and click on “commuter shuttles.” There will be a link on this page for inquiries and/or suggestions for a Morrisburg shuttle bus service.

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School supplies are still needed

Back to school time is here once again and with it the long list of supplies most students need.

The Crayons for Kids program, run by the South Dundas Food Bank, distributes school supplies to families in need.

According to Food Bank Administrator Donna Quesnel, there is still a need for binders, markers, scissors, and calculators.

Donations can be made by contacting the Food Bank at 613-543-0065 or at 613-774-0188.

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Playhouse assists local charities

Upper Canada Playhouse continued its decade-long tradition of assisting local charitable organizations with their valuable community work by do-nating an entire performance of one of their shows.

On Saturday, August 27th, some 18 organizations were giv-en tickets to the matinee perfor-mance of Not Now, Darling. The organizations included: Prescott Anglican Church of Canada, Galop Canal Revitaliza-tion Project, South Dundas Park Pals, South Dundas Chamber of Commerce, Friendly Circle Seniors Club, St. Mary’s/St. Ce-cilia’s CWL, Dalhousie Mills United Church, First Student Canada, SDG Cornwall Shriners Club, Community Living Dundas County, Avonmore Fair, Lake-shore Dr. United Church, Morrisburg Lutheran Church, Happy Face  Nursery School, La Leche League Canada, Dundas County Food Bank, Centretown United Church and MS Society.

Over the past 10 years The Playhouse has been pleased to contribute over $60,000 in tickets in support of the many different charitable organizations who in turn offer a wide variety of ser-vices to the local community.

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