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Why radios are a turn on

By the flicker of my coal oil lamp, I yearned for my Juliette transistor radio. I yearned for it to have a working battery in it, too. During emergencies and power outages, such as happened last weekend, we know that radio stations keep on broadcasting over the airwaves. All one needs is some type of […]

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Future growth, land designation discussed by Champlain council

We are seeing it happen across Ontario. Rural land is used for residential developments on the outskirts of urban areas and small towns. But planners say that in Champlain Township, Vankleek Hill has enough land designated as urban policy area, meaning that development can take place using full municipal services. Because of submissions from landowners […]

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Help is always close at hand

By Louise Sproule [email protected] Good help is hard to find. But when you find it, what a difference it can make in your day. Or your life. I had to acknowledge that it lightened my workload considerably by hiring a like-minded gardener to help me get my front, side and back yard into shape. Until […]

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Vote for good representation

The provincial election is about more than which party should govern. It’s about who should represent voters in each riding. Yes, the big issues like health, education and the environment are important, but a local Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) needs to be a strong representative of the citizens, and a reflection of the communities […]

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Losing sight of the mission

The jury is out on whether or not purchasing 18.5 acres east of Vankleek Hill’s business park was a good idea on Champlain Township’s part. Purchased in 2018 for for $278,220, the township had originally set aside money to create a plan for the land. The idea might have been to create a climate to […]

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Finding freedom in the fields

I must go down to the fields again. That phrase may trigger the memory of John Masefield’s poem, called Sea Fever. It begins thus: “I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky.” That was a poem that we studied in elementary school; the cadence and words were simple, […]

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A bird’s-eye view

I  was upstairs, cleaning, when I heard a sound behind me. A kind of rustling. I turned to look and there, looking out at me from behind the glass door of my airtight wood stove, was a bird. An unhappy bird. Perhaps as unhappy as me upon finding a beady-eyed bird staring out at me. […]

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Lost farmland, the housing crunch and the future

With Canada’s population growing by about 300,000 people per year, and new housing starts of about 200,000 to 250,000 homes per year, one would think that things would even out somewhere in the mix. Given that the average single-detached household (53.6 per cent of new builds are single detached homes) has 2.9 persons living there, […]

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It’s about time. Isn’t it always?

And so, with a provincial election slated for June 2, 2022 and municipal elections scheduled for October 24, 2022, a shift will be in the air as voters turn their thoughts to what has been done, what should have been done and what will be done. But most important is: who is getting things done […]

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It’s time to review the Sunshine List

Recently, the Ontario government published the Public Sector Salary Disclosure Act list for 2021. Colloquially known as the Sunshine List, it documents all employees of the provincial government, its agencies, school boards, and municipalities who earned $100,000 or more in a year. Locally, there were many employees of publicly-funded agencies on the list. The list […]

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What story are the numbers telling us?

Numbers. You read a lot of numbers in this newspaper. We write about the cost of bridges, municipal drains, our councillors and sometimes, costly studies about things that never come to pass. We write about the rising number of COVID cases and when those numbers are low. We write about the cost of the Prescott-Russell […]

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