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Clarence-Rockland bylaw officers on bicycle patrol
St.Andrew's Church celebrating 90 year history
Dog rescue: Maggie's Place Auction is now online for bidding
Read Bob Gadoua's letter - C-R A Special Kind of City (Referring to Maggie's)
Dale's Cemetery Annual Memorial Service Sunday, June 14

Looking for a babysitter in Forest Hill/Blue Jay area? Call Madison!
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair: Canaan columnist giving a special presentation
Canaan Blueberry Farm suffers devastating loss

Municipal building collapses in Embrun

You can still read Alberte Villeneuve's tribute to mothers
May 15: C-R burn ban has been lifted
What happens when C-R is under a burn ban?
Fire in Larose Forest causes little damage
Canadian Tire gas sale... Editor's comments?

Carbon monoxide alarms now required by law
Sarsfield Home Hardware closes without warning

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Clarence-Rockland MLEO:
Biking bylaw boys keeping our parks and trails safe

(MLEOs Gauthier and Loiselle on patrol - Photo Patrick Meikle)

(Rockland, June, 2015) Did you know that COP comes from an early British term for "constables on patrol"? The Canaan Connexion came across our own cops recently, however in bylaw terms they are known as Municipal Law enforcement Officers (MLEO).

MLEO Gauthier (left) and MLEO Loiselle (right) were fully equipped and on bicycle patrol on the west side of Rockland when we caught up with them.

The bike patrol is in its second year of operation and the team told us that this operation was very effective in surveilling the local parks and trails because they can get in to places where vehicles can not.

Maintaining order and watching for graffiti are two of their main goals, however these two-wheeled vehicles give the team an opportunity to get up close and personal with local youth and residents and gives the bylaw department and excellent way of practicing community involvement, not to mention showing good examples of how to ride bicycles safely.

Members of the bicycle patrol take extensive training in how to ride properly, safe use of equipment, including helmets, and how to use hand signals.

If you see a need for a bicycle patrol in your area, you can call the C-R Bylaw Department at: 613-446-6022. (Click on the picture to enlarge.)

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Cumberland Village:
St.Andrew's Church celebrating Canadian 90 year history
(Cumberland Village - June 10, 2015) St. Andrew's United Church is celebrating the United Church of Canada's 90th Anniversary with a bell ringing ceremony on Wednesday June 10th 2015 at 10:30 am. The pastor, Reverenc Robert Merritt says:

"The Steeple Bell will be Ringing 90 times for the United Church Of
Canada's 90th birthday. We will be handing out 'birthday brownies' to the
traffic on Old Montreal Road and Dunning beginning at 10:30 to celebrate our presence in the community."

The United Church congregations across Canada are being invited to ring their church bells 90 times to mark the 90th anniversary of The United Church of Canada.

The United Church of Canada came into being on Wednesday, June 10, 1925 at 10:30 a.m. which is why 10:30 am. was chosen as the time, in every time zone, for United Churches to celebrate their presence in the community. You can read more here...

Looking ahead to Friday, June 19th, a Strawberry
Social will be hosted by the St. Andrew's United
Church Men's Club, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
This is a free-will offering event.

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June 9 to June 13:
Dog Rescue: Maggie's Place auction... now online bidding

(Click on the pic to visit Maggie's Facebook page.)

(Rockland - June 9, 2015) Maggie’s Place was established in October 2012 as a small dog rescue for the Clarence-Rockland community. The idea was to take in dogs from the municipal pound once their time there was up, to ensure that they were not euthanized.

The operation has clearly been successful and well worth the effort. So far, almost a dozen dogs have been placed with new families, half a dozen reunited with their families, and six adopted here. The cost of caring for these dogs, which includes vet bills, food and infrastructure, is paid for largely through money earned from boarding. A fundraiser in 2013 helped, and this 2015 auction will help again.

Please visit Maggie's Place Auction Facebook page for more information.

Read Bob Gadoua's letter to the editor
outlining how Clarence-Rockland is a
"A Special Kind of City" and how
“Maggie’s Place” a sanctuary for lost or
abandoned dogs, is just one example to show
that "Clarence-Rockland citizens have once
again stepped up to the plate."

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Cumberland Village:
Dale's Cemetery Annual Memorial Service Sunday, June 14
(Cumberland Village - June 2015) The Dale's Cemetery Memorial Service has been going for over 50 years and the current instalment will be held this coming Sunday, June 14, at 2:30 p.m., with the Reverend Robet Merritt (Cumberland United Church) officiating.

Check out our Dale's Cemetery web page for more information.
Click here...
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Looking for a babysitter in Forest Hill/Blue Jay? Call Madison!

Hi all! A young woman from the neighbourhood is looking for babysitting work in the Canaan/Blue Jay/Forest Hill area and
Madison is offering a little more than just babysitting. Click on the flyer to read more, then call: 613-833-2887.

Check out our "Childcare" page... maybe YOU can add to our resources. Click here.


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Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair:
Canaan columnist giving a special presentation
Alberte Villeneuve-Sinclair, a retired teacher, writer and columnist will be the special guest at Retraite-en-Action's "Déjeuner des flyés", Friday June 5th at the Canadian International Hockey Academy, 8720 County Road 17 in Rockland. Breakfast starts at 9:30 (cost 6$) and Alberte will present "Accroche-toi à ton espoir" around 10:00. (The presentation will be in French.)

Alberte grew up in Beckett's Creek, between Cumberland and Rockland. She will be sharing her life experience through some truly difficult years. Married at 19 to a manipulative young man who was later diagnosed as bipolar, she will share the hardships of a ten-year marriage that ended with her husband's suicide. She will explain how she was able to find the courage, the strength and serenity to go through those hardships and still be able to blossom and later write about her experience in order to share with other women and give them hope and the chance to find their way.

This conference was presented for the first time at the Cité collégiale for International Women's Day, March 8th 2013. Alberte will share some of her favourite quotations and the books and authors that have inspired her through the years. Copies of her books will be available and she will be honoured to sign them for you.

The general public is welcome to attend. For more information you can contact Chantal Richer at

You can read Alberte's latest column,
Hope and Gratitude, by clicking here.
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Canaan Blueberry Farm suffers devastating loss
(Rockland - Sunday, May 31, 2015) Canaan Blueberries will not open in 2015, according to information posted on their website. The severe winter "killed all the blueberry fruit".
"The 2015 winter was extremely harsh on plants and
fruit" reads the news, and "The blueberry fruit did not survive the persistent cold and winds , resulting in 100 per cent loss."

This is a huge blow to the Reynolds family, who have been operating the Canaan Road farm for umpteen years. and devastating news for the hundreds of loyal customers who have been visiting the farm from all over the Clarence-Rockland area, the Ottawa region, including the Outaouais and from as far away as Hawkesbury, Pembroke and Cornwall.

Many of our local seniors would come to pick blueberries every day,
enjoying the health benefits that this wonderful fruit offers.

The farm also employs as many as 15 neighbouring students during the season, giving them summer jobs and a boost to the local economy of many thousands of dollars.

Many of the regular customers bring family and friends visiting from literally all over the world... most whom have never eaten blueberries before, and aficionados of the wild blueberry (a lot come from Northern Ontario), are much surprised and easily converted to this domesticated fruit.

"I can't believe the delicious taste of these "home-grown" berries", said one northern visitor, and we don't have to worry about the black bears either!"

According to the website text, the owners, Morlen and Brigitte Reynolds, "will be restoring the plants health this summer and hopefully have a crop in 2016.

Part of the growing process is to have the plants pollinated by honey bees, so over the years, the Reynolds have become expert apiarists (bee keepers), and have "swarms" of beehives scattered throughout the area, offering a great boon to the many farmers, gardeners and fruit growers.

So, while there may not be any blueberries this season, a final note on the website says: "We will have fresh honey at the end of July 2015. More...

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Municipal building collapses in Embrun
(Embrun - Tuesday, May 12, 2015) A municipal salt shed has collapsed in Embrun. Russell Township C.A.O. Jean LeDuc says the building on New York Central Avenue was in the process of being demolished, when a gust of wind hit it Tuesday morning and brought it down.

The Russell County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to the call along with Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Hydro was also notified due to the hydro lines being down.

According to the OPP, one male employee from the Russell County Township was treated for minor injuries by Paramedics but he was not transported to hospital.

However 1310 News reported that LeDuc said “Staff were wearing safety equipment, and nobody was injured.”

He says the Ministry of Labour has been notified.
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Exceptional Mothers:
Mothers live ordinary lives in an exceptional way

BITS & BITES of Everyday Life
by Alberte Villeneuve

Read the verbal etchings from our resident columnist and see her special Mother's Day column...

It is with pride and joy that I offer you my article on "Exceptional mothers".
"Happy Mothers' Day" to all the wonderful moms of this world!

'Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home' — Mother Teresa'

Today I would like to salute all the wonderful mothers of this world because motherhood may be the most difficult challenge women face during their lives and unfortunately, young women are often ill-prepared for it.

Click here to read more and to see previous columns... for example, her April column "Contrasts... from Canadian winter to Barbados' southern sun" offers a virtual tour through the links that she has provided!
Jill Churchill: "There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one."

Did you know that... The US Congress passed legislation in 1914, designating the second Sunday in May as Mother's Day?
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Larose Forest:
Forest Fire causes little damage
(Casselman, May 4, 2015) The United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR) has advised that a forest fire happened in a remote area of the Larose Forest, in the former Township of Cambridge, more than 650 metres from the nearest access road (Martel Road, located more than 5.5 kilometres from the Village of Casselman.

“According to preliminary details, the fire was contained within a hardwood patch of woodlot along the slopes of a ravine,” said Louis Prévost, Director of Planning and Forestry of the UCPR.

“Volunteer firefighters from The Nation Municipality along with two of our forestry technicians were able to contain the blaze without any problems. We estimate that the burnt area was of a few acres, without any significant damage or risk of further spread.” The origin of the fire is unknown at this time.

The management of the Larose Forest has been the responsibility of the United Counties of Prescott and Russell since 2000. With its total surface area of approximately 26,000 acres, the Larose Forest is today one of the largest man-made forests in Canada.

Read more on Larose Forest...
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Canadian Tire offers cheaper gas on Thursday
Editor's Comments:
We ran this story, not to promote Canadian Tire (CT), but to give our readers a heads up about saving a few cents on gas. Turns out that when I arrived at the gas bar around mid-morning, the price of gas per litre had increased to $108.9 from $102.9 earlier in the week. So much for the .05-cents saving!

I needed gas, but I only put in $25.00 worth out of principle. I was put off by the increased price. I then noticed that the price per litre across the street at the shell station, was $103.9! I felt like going back to the CT and telling every motorist in the line up, to head across the street.

About one hour later, after running some errands, I saw that CT had reduced their price to $103.9

When I spoke to the manager, he told me that the other station had set the price and that he had to wait to hear from his head office, before he could change his prices. He said that the prices were set at head office, not by the local station. He also advised that he was forbidden from talking to the other station managers.

I have since called Dan McTeague, to get his spin on this pricing... I will share his thoughts shortly. -Ed.

(May 4, 2015) These days everyone likes to save a few pennies, especially at the gas pumps. The prices were down for a while this past winter, but now they are starting to creep up again.

You will be able to get a little relief this Thursday, May 7, when the local Canadian Tire Gas Bar will be giving you .05¢ off the day's posted price per litre, between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

You can expect long line-ups during the day and one employee was heard to tell a customer, come by at 7:00 a.m. when they are starting up.

The local gas bar usually offers these sales twice a year and advertise by giving out the above flyer both at the cashier's counter and included in the local Canadian Tire Flyer.

The event also promotes signing up for their "Gas Advantage Mastercard" which has "no annual fee". if you are a regular customer, the card can save you money at the pumps as well as saving you time, because you can use the card to pay at the pumps.

NOTE: If you visit you will note that Clarence-Rockland often has the cheapest prices in the region.

Rockland/Ottawa Gas Prices

A: Cheapest prices
within last 24 hours.

B: Average Price Today
posted at 5:00 p.m.

Tomorrow's Gas Prices Today with Dan McTeague's forecast... More...

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Burn Ban lifted: (: we are now showing the burn ban status on our front page!)
You can still have back yard fires, but check first
(Monday, May 11, 2015) The local burn ban was lifted today, probably because of the rain fall that we received. However if drier conditions come back the burn ban will probably be enforced again.

Before you light up that back yard fire, call the number on your fire permit... Yes, you still require fire permit, and given the fine, it is worth the $25 to pay for the permit.

The number is:
613-580-2880. Listen to the message, and follow the instructions. Please read our previous story... click here.
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Clarence-Rockland is under a burn ban
: we are now showing the burn ban status on our front page!)
(May 1, 2015) A city-wide spring burn ban remains in effect to prevent the rapid spread of fire due to grass and brush fires. This ban will remain in place until conditions improve and the green grass starts to show through dead tall grass. This winter left more debris (fallen tree branches, leaves, etc.) on the ground than in previous years, which increases the risk of fire spread.

This means that no fires are allowed, whether you are burning your leaves and yard rakings, or sitting around a back yard fire pit.

Clarence-Rockland burn bans are issued through the City of Ottawa dispatch. Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a fire permit before they have any fire in the open air. Permit holders are required to call
613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.

Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a
valid fire permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and
regulations within their permit. Fire Permits are available through our bylaw office: 613-446-6022, Ext: 2244.

The current fine is around $240.00
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Carbon Monoxide alarms now required in certain Ontario homes
As of mid-April 2015, it’s now the law in Ontario to install carbon monoxide (CO) alarms in your home if you have a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage. Those who do not have a carbon monoxide detector installed in their home will now face a $360 fine.

An estimated 10,000 Ontarians suffer from carbon monoxide poisoning each year.
Read more here.
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Sarsfield Home Hardware closes... employees out ASAP

(Photo courtesy of Orleans Online)

(Sarsfield, April 8, 2015) When the Sarsfield Home Hardware shut its doors on Wednesday, after 20 years, it left 20 people out of a job and forced the store cats to find new homes. According to one radio news report, management walked in to the store at 2:00 p.m., and closed it by 6:00 p.m. That was all the notice the staff got.

Some aspects of the business (feed, fertilizer, etc.)were to remain available for the local farming community. The community (Canada) post office, which is housed inside the store, was to remain open as well, however the corporation is evidently looking for a new location.

Read the CBC coverage (with photos) here.
Read the Vision Newspaper story (in French) here.
From Orleans Online: Sarsfield landmark closes its doors for the last time

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Find these older stories on our
(October/November 2014) Archives Page #10:

  • High winds topple trees, cut power
  • Remembrance Day phony works in Rockland
  • Major gas leak closes Caron, residents evacuated
  • Winter overnight parking restrictions start on November 15
  • School zone awareness program adds traffic devices near schools
  • Citizens for Ethical Government closing website
  • C-R City cancels all meetings for November
  • Changes to speed limits on County Road (Hwy) 17
  • Carbon Monoxide alarms now required by law in certain Ontario homes
  • Have you been to the C-R Public Library's new website?
  • Clarence-Rockland has a new mayor - Guy Desjardins
  • Attack on Parliament Hill, soldier killed at National War Memorial
  • Russell Township, Jean-Paul St-Pierre dies unexpectedly
  • Francophone book fair comes to town (Le Salon du livre de l’Est ontarien)

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(Editor's Comment: Sometimes trying to get weather reports for our area is like trying to catch a firefly... very difficult. I think it is just as easy to look out the window, or to read the current Farmer's Almanac, but this satellite shot may show what's coming.)

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Latest News from City Hall
The City is currently seeking applications to fill the positions of Volunteer Fire-fighter at their Bourget, Clarence Creek and Rockland fire stations.

The City has issued a Notice for Overnight Winter Parking which will go into effect from November 15 to April 1. Read more...
The Public Meeting to discuss
Development Charges, originally
scheduled for this Thursday October
30, at 7:00 p.m. has been cancelled
due to election administration. It will
be rescheduled at a later date. All
enquiries are very important to the
City and this will give you more time
to review the study which was
requested at the Open House on
October 21
Mayor elect Guy Desjardins
said in a
recent interview on
local Jewel radio that
this meeting was a priority.
The City of Clarence-Rockland is seeking individuals to fill positions of the different Clarence-Rockland’s committees for the 2014-2018 term of Council.
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Listen to an interview with Clarence-Rockland's Mayor elect, Guy Desjardins, the morning after the election.
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Carbon Monoxide alarms now required in certain Ontario homes

Clarence-Rockland - Saturday, September 30, 2017:
The burn ban was lifted earlier in the week...

That means NO fires are permitted, whether you are burning your leaves and yard rakings, or sitting around a back yard fire pit. Clarence-Rockland burn bans are issued through the City of Ottawa fire dispatch. Residents are reminded that they must first obtain a fire permit before they have any fire in the open air. Permit holders are required to call 613-580-2880 prior to burning to ensure there is not a burn ban in effect.
NOTE:Substantial fines may be issued to residents who are not in possession of a valid fire permit or are found to be non-compliant to conditions and regulations within their permit. Fire Permits are available through our bylaw office: 613-446-6022, Ext: 2244.


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