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Support our Troops


Local Member of Parliament Guy Lauzon announced this week that his office will be offering the popular “Support our Troops” signs at his office again this year.

“This project has been an excellent way for the residents of SD&SG to show their pride and admiration for the work of our military personnel around the world,” said MP Lauzon. 

“While our combat missions in Afghanistan and Libya have come to an end, it is always still important to show that we’re behind our soldiers and their families.”

The red and white ‘Support our Troops’ signs are available at Lauzon’s offices in the riding for the month of November (while quantities last). Signs may be picked up at the main Constituency Office at 621 Pitt Street in Cornwall or the satellite offices in Winchester (North Dundas Township Office) and Morrisburg (South Dundas Chamber of Commerce Office in the Plaza).


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$12,000 in drugs seized


On October 29th, SD&G OPP officers had occasion to conduct a traffic stop on Highway 401, South Dundas Township.

The stop resulted in the seizure of approximately two kilograms of suspected marihuana.

The 26 year old male driver, Carl Laurent of Windsor, was arrested and faces a charge of Possession for the Purpose Schedule II.

He is scheduled to appear in Morrisburg court on December 6th.

The street value of the seized drugs is approximately $12,000.


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Morrisburg Curlers hit the ice


The season for the Morrisburg Curling Club is underway again, with several new curlers out. Normally we have a swing and sweep to start the season, nine holes of golf and six ends of curling. This year, with the uncertain weather and other factors, the numbers registering were down, and the executive had to cancel the event. Hopefully, we can get one in next fall.

There’s still room for additional curlers in most leagues. Just check with the coordinators. Several leagues have two draws, including Friday night, with 10 teams. Our Thursday morning mixed group has nine teams now, so a change may have to be made in their future, since there’s only room for six teams on the ice for each draw.

We welcome a number of new folks this year, and while some of our members have had health problems over the summer, most are back for another season.

Thanks to a huge number of volunteers in the executive and the Club’s general population over the summer, the clubhouse has been cleaned, painted, and refurbished, and new lights, using only one third of the electricity of the old ones are in place over the ice. Some of the work done is more subtle: dishes, etc., in the kitchen have been washed, glasses and other items in the bar have been readied, and we have some new carpeting at the entry. 

Also, schedules and bonspiel information are now downstairs, and the decorating committee has additional plans: something attractive for the walls, and perhaps some new carpet for the floors. Can’t wait to see what they’ve come up with!

Some of our curlers have been out to bonspiels already. 

The ladies were in Ottawa at the R.A. Centre last week. Alice Thompson, Betty Locke, Cheryl Thompson and Sharon Van Allen defeated a team from City View in their first match, but dropped a squeaker in their second to another City View team. Their total on the day, though, was good enough to get them to the prize table. On Friday they were off again, this time to Kemptville. The ladies played just one game, there, defeating an all-star team made up of curlers from Carleton Heights and Carleton Place. Congratulations to Alice Thompson, Susan McIntosh, Cheryl Thompson and Betty Locke.

On Sunday, Susan McIntosh held the season’s first of her popular two-person bonspiels. She had a full slate of 24 teams, and thanks toes to all who helped organize the day and look after the details, such as ice maintenance and serving lunch. Special thanks, as usual, to Dave McIntosh, who cooked up his famous chili for lunch all who helped and brought in food items and Donna McGillvary, who added her chili to the menu. 

As usual, the profits after prizes were awarded are returned to the club. Susan and her committee plan a bonspiel at the club every month, so watch the bulletin board in the lounge for information.

For those interested in results of the competition, here we are: in the ‘A’ final, Mahlon and Sam Locke defeated Ted Herriman and Gerry Thompson; in the ‘B’ final, Wally and Joanne Baker won out over Keith Robinson and Fred (Boomer) Langlotz; and in the ‘C’ final, Bill and Sonja Laurin triumphed over Gretta McGann and Sue McIntosh. The day featured good competition and fellowship. –A fine start to the competitive season.

That’s it for now. 

Good curling to all!



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Hidden in plain sight: DuPont Provincial Park


Have you driven by the forested areas along County Road 2 between Morrisburg and Riverside Heights wondering who owned the land and if it might be okay to take a hike there?

Well, as it turns out, the land in question is the DuPont Provincial Park and, yes, it is okay to hike there.

“Planning for this park has been going on for years but the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) regulated it as a provincial park in June 2011,” reported Jolanta Kowalski, Senior Media Relations Officer for the MNR.

According to the Ontario Parks website, the 614 hectares of land “was acquired by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) from DuPont Canada, through a combination of purchases and donations in 1997 and 1998, in order to establish the site as a nature reserve.”

Kowalski explained that the “NCC owns the land and it is managed in partnership with Ontario Parks.”

Ontario Parks revealed that “nature reserve parks are established to represent and protect the distinctive natural habitats and landforms of the province. These areas are protected for educational and research purposes.”

“Due to the fragility of many of these natural features, only a few nature reserves are accessible to the public.”

The MNR reported that DuPont Park has 1,500 meters of frontage on the St. Lawrence River and it is “home to mature hardwood forest, a coastal wetland and one of the largest heron nesting areas in Eastern Ontario.”

Kowalski told the Leader “this is a non-operating park and there are no designated access points or entrance areas. There are no designated trails.”

Ontario Parks explained: “a non-operating park has no fees or staff on site and only limited facilities.”

DuPont Park “is open to people who want to walk around but it’s not ‘maintained’ (no washrooms, trail grooming, camping, and so on) like some other parks,” said Kowalski.

For those readers who have dogs and love to hike off-trail, she confirmed that “dogs are permitted in all of our Ontario Parks as long as they are kept on a leash no longer than two meters and owners must clean up after them.”


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Powerplays working in Lions/Rebels 3-3 tie


Over the last couple of years, the South Dundas Bantam B Lions and the CharLan Rebels have displayed quite the rivalry. Last Monday night, October 24, they were at it again. 

With the two teams evenly matched, their fans have come to expect exciting games from start to finish, and Monday night was no exception as they played to a 3-3 tie.

Both teams have several returning players from last year, and the Lions haven’t forgotten that  it was the Rebels who ousted them from the 2011 playoffs in a sudden death fourth game.

In the first period of last Monday night’s,  Zach ‘Big Z’ Frawley had a shaky start and gave up two quick goals in the first couple of minutes.  

The Rebels, Eric Lamarche nabbed the first one, and Tyler Akins made it 2-0. 

The frustrated Lions found themselves scrambling in their own end, and giving up the puck to the Rebels who had numerous scoring opportunities.  

Finally, with 5:40 remaining in the period, Riley Barry put the Lions on the scoreboard with help from Aaron Smith. 

The penalty free, first period saw the Rebels out shoot the Lions 9-5.

Early in the second period, the Rebels took a hooking penalty to give the Lions their first power-play opportunity of the game.  

The Lions had six great shots on net, but couldn’t put one past Rebels goaltender Jasper Leroux.

At 2:55 of the frame, Andrew Jarvis tied the game 2-2 after he blocked a Rebels shot, carried the puck through the Rebels defence and beat Leroux through the five hole.

Cameron Chayer (from Smith and Evan Mullin) gave the Lions a 3-2 lead on a shot from the slot, which beat Leroux on the glove side.

The Lions gave a better showing in the second period to out shoot the Rebels, 12-4.

In the third, ‘Big Z’ found his groove and was standing tall between the pipes.  

With Riley Black in the penalty box for slashing and Andrew Jarvis sitting out a four minute ‘hit to head’ penalty, the Rebels took charge with a five on three advantage for three minutes and 40 seconds.  

The Lions were doing everything right as they worked their way through the penalty kill, but they couldn’t hold on. 

With 43 seconds remaining in the penalties, CharLan turned the pressure up a notch to finally tie the match 3-3.

The Lions had a couple of good scoring opportunities as the seconds ticked away, but to no avail. The first was from on a face off in the Rebels end and the second, in the dying seconds, was from a Quinn Bennis partial breakaway. 

The Lions are looking for a speedy recovery for Spencer Heldens whose wrist was broken during the game.



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South Dundas Christmas Exchange ready for 23rd year


The count-down to Christmas has already begun! Chilly temperatures, stores displaying Christmas decorations, and some people even boasting that they have finished their Christmas Shopping!  

Sadly, some members of our community aren’t quite so fortunate. 

Time and time again, we in South Dundas have shown that we are a caring community. 

Through the combined efforts of local churches, church groups, community organizations, service clubs, businesses, schools and countless caring individuals, we have been able to help those in need, particularly during the Christmas Season. 

For the 23rd  consecutive year, the South Dundas Christmas Exchange is busy making plans to hopefully bring a bit of joy to those in need, and to make their Christmas a happier one. 

The mandate of the Christmas Exchange is, “to ensure that families in need are provided with the makings of a nice Christmas Dinner with some of the traditional trimmings”.

Again this year the Exchange will work closely with the South Dundas Food Bank to more  efficiently get Christmas Baskets to all those in need.

All of the Christmas Baskets will be supplied by the Christmas Exchange.  But because of the large number, it is impossible to do all of them at the Legion Hall. 

The co-operation of the local Food Bank in distributing those for singles has made this a more manageable task. Singles are reminded that they must register through the Food Bank.  Only family registrations will be accepted through the Hot Line 

The Hot Line will be in operation from 1 to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday, from November 14th to 25th.   As this is a private line, donated by one of our local Churches, those registering are asked to please not call this number other than the times and days specified. The Hot Line number is 613-543-2005. 

For singles wishing to register with the Food Bank, the number there is 613-543-0065.

Although the Christmas Exchange will be providing a well stocked Christmas Dinner Basket, some families will require additional assistance. These families can contact the Food Bank to discuss their special needs with the co-ordinator.

Receiving a Christmas Basket will not disqualify any Food Bank client from receiving their regular assistance, but will simply try to make Christmas a bit special for them and their family. 

The Morrisburg Lions Club is again sponsoring Angel Trees, which will be located at the Bank of Nova Scotia and the Bank of Montreal in Morrisburg, and at SDS Kerr/Beaver Dental. 

In Iroquois, Sandra Johnston will co-ordinate the Angel Tree at the Bank of Montreal.  Watch for the Angel Trees later in November.  Remember to return all gifts by the date specified. 

The gifts and toys collected will be distributed through the Christmas Exchange, along with the Christmas Dinner Baskets, at the Morrisburg Legion on December 22nd, 2012, between 10 a.m. and noon. 

Those who wish to make financial donations, for which Tax Receipts will be issued,  may send cheques to: The South Dundas Christmas Exchange, P.O. Box 450, Morrisburg, ON.     K0C 1X0 



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South Dundas Novice B Lions defeated in A final overtime


The South Dundas “We Can Contracting” Novice B Lions were in Finch on Saturday, for the NGS Novice B Tournament where they made it to the “A” Final only to lose in overtime to the Kemptville Panthers.

In the tournament’s final game, the Panthers held a 3-1 lead in the third period when Ben Lapier stole the puck at his blue line and went the distance, out skating the defensemen and back checking forwards, to score a five-hole goal on Panther net minder Cole Watt.

Now, with the score 3-2 and time ticking away, the Lions pulled goaltender Brendan Shaver for the extra attacker. 

The puck came back to the Lions blue line where Nolan Henry picked it up and skated down the right wing before passing to centre iceman Ben Lapier who broke into the zone and scored on a wrist shot. The goal sent the Lions and their fans into a frenzy with 25 seconds left in the third and the game tied 3-3 to force overtime.

The emotional high of tying the game, however, didn’t carry over into overtime as Panther forward Evan Davidson was able to pick up a loose puck in front the Lion’s cage and bury a shot into the open net. 

Lion’s goalie Brendan Shaver who was outstanding in the game (and tournament) picked up the Lions player of the game award.

Joshua Broad scored in the first period of the final game, when he banged home a loose puck off the left post. Emytt Fetterly and Cassidy Bilmer kept the puck alive twice at the Panther’s blue line enabling the Lions the scoring chance. The Lions and Panthers exchanged first period goals before the Panthers built up their two goal lead.

Earlier games in the tournament for the Lion’s were a 2-1 loss at the hand of the NGS Braves with the lone goal going to Owen Fetterly and assists to Ben Lapier and Joshua Broad. 

It was a well played defensive battle with Trent Rae and Spencer Barclay keeping the front of the Lion net clear of Braves attackers. On one Braves breakout Barclay caught the attacker from behind, drove, and knocked the puck off his stick taking away the scoring chance.

In their other game the Lions defeated the Clarence Creek Castors 6-2 propelling them into the “A” final with a better goals for and against record then the South Stormont Selects. 

Ben Lapier opened the scoring on some offensive pressure by his line mates Joshua Broad and Owen Fetterly. Lapier scored again in the second period when his centering pass to Broad was shot into the net by a Castor defenseman. 

Later on the two connected when Lapier’s centering pass was right on Broad’s stick in the slot.

The Lions put the game away when Trent Rae and Nolan Henry teamed up to set up Kayne McCadden in the slot.

A few minutes later Kolby Latulippe tipped in a McCadden shot giving the Lion’s a 5-2 lead. 

Lapier finished it off to complete a three-goal performance.

In league play over the last week, the Lion’s dropped two games at the hands of the Brockville Braves losing 5-2 in both games. Offensively the Lions couldn’t match the output of Braves forward Rhys Gibbons as he netted five goals in the two games. Lion’s goal scorers were Joshua Broad, Kayne McCadden, Ben Lapier and Kolby Latulippe. Owen Fetterly picked up a couple of assists and other helpers went to Nolan Henry, Broad, Lapier, Latulippe and McCadden.

Local hockey fans are invited to come out and cheer on the “We Can Contracting” Novice B Lions on Sunday, November 6, at 1 p.m.


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Kids are learning that it’s cool to care


 At what age should children begin learning and, more significantly, participating in social justice issues? 

SD&G seem to be taking this issue very seriously with groups participating in events like Light Up Your World (LUYW), “We Day,” and “Step Up to Leadership.”

“Light Up Your World”

Lisa Sanchez and Miguel Sanchez, creators of LUYW, visited the area on October 29th at the Morrisburg Pentecostal Tabernacle. They have also visited Morrisburg Public School and Seaway Intermediate and District High School in the past year.

At Saturday’s session, the pair began explaining that while this program was originally designed for grade 7 and 8 students, “the message is good for everyone, kindergarten and up.”

The LUYW seminar has three sessions, each between one to two hours in length. The message for each session is delivered through stories, short film clips, lots of games, demonstrations, discussion and fun.

The first session introduces the concept of lightness versus darkness with lightness being the spread of positivity and darkness being the spread of negativity. The Sanchez’s demonstrate that every choice made, big or small, has a consequence. The choice will determine whether the consequence is positive or negative.

The second session devotes itself to helping participants realize and accept their own value, as well as the value of others. The Sanchez’s assured the children that “you can’t do anything to lose your value” because it is intrinsic.

They pointed out that while other people, situations, or events can “affect our sense of value, they can never affect our true value.”

The final session brought everything together, showing children how to become a “world changer.”

“Each of us is just one person, but we can have a big effect,” they said.

“You have the power to make a choice, therefore you have the power to bring change.” 

The Durham region couple first designed LUYW in response to the need  in their local school. Lisa told the Leader that the venture was successful; they had impacted “kids lives in a positive way.”

News of the seminar’s effectiveness spread and, in a short time, the Sanchez’s reach had stretched outward to their school district and, eventually, to the world.

LUYW is not the Sanchez’s first contact with social justice work. It has been a way of life for the couple for years. They’ve also instilled their values and sense of justice in their own children, who have also made “spreading light” a part of their lives.

Lisa told the Leader, “change the heart, and your behaviour will follow.” As she explained to the group, every thought creates a ripple effect by informing our actions, which eventually become habits and then, in time, become our character.

Schools or groups interested in bringing the program to children in their care can either have a LUYW representative come in to conduct a seminar or they can take training sessions to learn how to do so themselves. Their website is

“We Day”

The Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario (CDSB) is also getting children involved in social justice.  

Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary School in  Cornwall has a “Trinity Justice League” led by Gordie  Van Putten, Chaplaincy Leader.

Van Putten told the Leader that they are a mixed group of both boys and girls from grades seven to twelve and they meet every Wednesday at lunchtime.

This year they had an exciting “kick-off” to their social justice year with a trip to “We Day” in Toronto in September. This was the group’s first year attending the event.

Van Putten said there were approximately 20,000 students in the Air Canada Centre. Holy Trinity received 15 free tickets to attend.

According to their website, “at We Day, youth from across North America join together to celebrate the positive actions they are taking and to build the momentum of the movement of young people making a difference in their communities and around the world. Through We Day, youth learn that it is cool to care.”

We Day began in 2007. It is an initiative of Free the Children.

“Free the Children was founded on the understanding that by awakening the spirit of activism in young people, anything is possible – injustices can be stopped, our local and global communities can be transformed for the better, and hope for the future can be sustained.”

The website,, provides a wealth of information for teachers, students and parents. In order to apply to participate in the event, school’s must take part in a major project of their own.

On November 1st the Trinity Justice League gave an “all school presentation” about their current project of bringing clean water to Haiti. 

The first fundraiser for the cause will be St. Albert’s Cheese sales. In this way, other students, not currently members of the League, will have an opportunity to help out and make a difference. As Van Putten pointed out, it’s the “power of we: we can’t do things alone.”

He also reported that the group has grown in number since he first started at the school four years ago. He said that other students see what the members of the League are doing and they think, “Oh, wow, look what they’re doing!”

“Step Up to Leadership”

Step Up to Leadership (SUL) was created by the Rural Ontario Institute, 4-H Ontario and the Foundation for Rural Living.

The weekend long program “inspires next-generation leaders (between the ages of 16 and 25) to encourage positive community growth through their involvement and their leadership.” 

McIntosh Country Inn and Conference Centre in Morrisburg will be home for the SD&G event from November 4 to 6, 2011.

Alicia Evans, Project Manager for Leadership Programs told the Leader on October 26th: “We have a few people signed up so far and there seems to be quite a bit of interest. But there is still lots of room.”


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Peewee C House Lions get new sweaters


Saturday, October 29, the South Dundas Peewee C House Lions suited up in a brand new set of sweaters thanks to the generosity of Michel Proulx/Canadian Tire Store in Morrisburg. The House Lions and South Dundas Minor Hockey Association were absolutely delighted to receive the donation which includes both home and away sweaters. Keeping the teams looking sharp is a yearly effort for the local minor hockey association which tries to replace at least a couple of sweater sets per year.  They often count on the generosity of the community. Pictured with the team, (kneeling centre row) is Canadian Tire representative, Joanne Minish. Front is goaltender Austin Robinson. Kneeling, l-r, are MacKenzie Nelson, Megan McKay, Anna Cassell, Jackson Weegar, Joanne Minish, Nathan Cameron and Brody Smail. Back, l-r are Matthew Helmer, Sheridan Caines, Brooke Lapier, Grace Brooks, Julenea Barnhartd, Trinity Hanes, Shayna VanBeilen and Emma Barkley. The Peewee C House Lions coaching staff includes, coach Shawn Lapier, Derek VanBeilen, Tim Cassell and Barry Barkley.



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CAV Sicily, motorcycle unit formed


They offered a helping hand, and Morrisburg Legion Branch 48 president Maurice Praine was willing to accept it. 

Saturday, four members of the Canadian Army Veterans Motorcycle Unit (The C.A.V.), were out and about in Morrisburg to assist the local Legion Branch by selling poppies. They were easily identified as they were wearing their black vests which, according to their website, are worn “in mourning of those who have fallen in securing our Peace.”

CAV Motorcycle Units were started in 2003, and are active in Charity Event Riding and Community Support Events across Canada.

They support charity events locally, provincially, nationally and internationally.

Saturday, four members of the nine member local CAV Unit, Sicily, were in Morrisburg. They included Jeff Betts, John Kennedy, Bill Aitken and Reg Anderson all of whom have served in the Canadian Military.

The Unit was formed this past summer and according to Betts, is based out of Morrisburg, because it is central to the members. Betts is from Winchester and other members are from Morrisburg, Cardinal and Cornwall.

“We are teamed with the Morrisburg Legion only in the sense of developing a mutually beneficial relationship,” explained Betts. “We have the same goals of helping our veterans and our community.”

The CAV is a national brotherhood of Canadian Army, Air Force and Navy Veterans who are motorcycle enthusiasts. 

There are three regions: 1st CAV which covers central Canada (Manitoba to Quebec), 2nd CAV in Eastern Canada and 3rd Cav in  Western and Northern Canada.  Members gather in units named in tribute of Canadian Battle Honours. 

The local unit is in 1st CAV and is named for the 1943 Battle of Sicily when the Allies launched one of the largest combined operations of WWII for control of Sicily.

“Our mission statement is to ‘ride and have fun, while helping others’,” said Betts whose nickname is Lurch and who was an Administrative Clerk in the military for 14 years.

CAV does have several charities of choice, such as “Ride for Dad”, an annual ride for prostrate cancer and ICROSS, International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering of the world’s poor. It also supports a number of military organizations including Soldier On and the MFRC (Military Family Resource Centre).

At the local level they support community events and the local Legions, or they may run their own event in support of a cause they choose.

Betts also explained that members don’t have to own motorcycles. Those who don’t can come out and assist in fundraising events, travelling to the event as they choose.

The CAVs ‘Honorary Rider in Chief to Veterans’ is Rick Hillier, past Chief of Defense Staff for Canada’s military.

In addition to the charity assistance, Betts says the group gathers to “have fun and reminisce about our military experiences.”

Saturday, John Kennedy, nicknamed Saddle Tramp, was doing just that as he pointed to the picture hanging in the Morrisburg Legion lounge of the HMCS Haida, the last remaining example of the 27 Tribal Class destroyers built between 1937 and 1945.

“I served in peace time, (1959-63), and I was the last to sail overseas on the Haida. They took it out of service in 1960.”

Kennedy says he has logged over 200,000 km on his 1996 bike, and he has enjoyed all of his experiences. He recalls travelling with a group out of Ottawa to participate in a parade in Washington. “I’ve been all over. I really enjoy it.”

“We are always looking for new members,” said Betts. 

Information on The CAV can be found at