in the water
council recently that threats posed by 11
Before anyone in Champlain has
farms to the west of town, located in
conniptions, rest assured that nobody has
Well, one thing that could be said for
Champlain Township, must be addressed.
even hinted at resurrecting talk of
Hawkesbury is that its water, by treated
The prime concern is the spreading of
municipal water standards, has always
manure, the “land application of
Smug Champlain has haughtily
been up to snuff.
agricultural source material” as it is
rebuffed Hawkesbury’s merger overtures
Sure, the Adam’s ale that flows from
described by the Raisin-South Nation
in the past. The only thing Champlain
the big village’s system is not crystal-clear
Source Protection committee. The use of
needs fromHawkesbury is its water, thank
mountain-streamquality. Townwater has
at it training for a boot tossing competition,
non-agricultural materials also contributes
you very much.
an unnatural taste because the water
which, surprisingly, has not yet caught on
However, there are signs of
Hawkesburgers and many of their
in the Far East of Ontario.
scores.” The intake is located on the Ottawa
rapprochement. There is constant talk of
neighbours drink is treated, which is a
A shoe-throwing contest would be a
River. Hawkesbury draws water from the
municipal officials in both municipalities
good thing considering the source is the
natural for this district which is already
river, treats it and distributes it to 14,154
getting together to talk about common
Ottawa River. The water may taste
known for its accomplished horseshoe
residents in town, and the Champlain
interests. The Hawkesbury Chamber of
“chemically” but it is safe.
contest champions. Want to see some of the
Township communities of L’Orignal,
While at the other end of the spectrum,
best tossers in Ontario? The Hawkesbury
Vankleek Hill and Laurentian Park.
the town has had its sewage issues, the
Royal Canadian Legion branch is
The quality of the water is fine. Regular
There may in fact be something in the
municipality has consistently passed
scheduled to host the provincial horseshoe
testing at the intake confirms that there are
water – a chance to foster more cooperation
provincial drinkingwater testswith flying
championships in August.
no current issues that adversely impact the
between neighbours. As they say, that
colours. Periodic water status reports are
Hawkesbury’s leaders constantly strive
source for drinking water. But there are 21
would be a lot better than getting a sharp
cause for celebration and self-
to make the town an even better and more
activities which the Ministry of the
stick in the eye or a boot to the head.
congratulation at the council table. Bottled
fun place to live. A version of a shoe toss
Environment has identified as threats to the
Speaking of jolts, have you noticed that
water has long since disappeared from
contest would be another step in the right
drinking water source.
a hydro line in a Hawkesbury parking lot
In order to deal with this prospective
has been decoratedwith a pair of sneakers?
But that is another column.)
A tip of the toque
problem, the municipalities will have to
Shoes hung from overhead wires, or
Alas, a cloud of doubt has moved in
Finally, a tip of the toque to the many
reach some sort of agreement, including the
“shoefiti,” can be viewed almost
over the long-term safety of the municipal
people who are ready to extend a helping
appointment of a risk management official
everywhere. For example, a “shoe tree” in
hand to strangers. When bad news spreads,
to help draw up a risk management plan.
Alexandria has been prompting double-
The potential menace is—you guessed
all of us immediately ask the 5 Ws of the
In this era of post-Walkerton due
takes for years.
press business – who, what, where, when
diligence, such precautionary measures are
Flinging footwear, an insult in some
The origin of the potential problem is –
andwhy? However, it is refreshing to know
common. Under the Ontario Clean Water
cultures, has all sorts of possible meanings.
you may not have guessed this one –
that when bad things happen, there are
Act, nervous municipalities across the
A dangling shoe may signify a rite of
perfect Champlain Township.
many who also instinctively ask, “How
province are required to implement source
passage, a job loss, a death, a victory, the act
Recap: Hawkesbury and Champlain
can we help?” Another example of that
protection plans in order to deal with
of a bully, the presence of a crack house, the
must cooperate to ensure the long-term
generosity was on display last week when
significant drinking water threats.
proximity of a shoe store.
safety of the drinking water consumed by
hours after fire destroyed a house in
In our little special part of the world, the
It could also simply mean that a person
about 14,000 people in both
Hawkesbury, people were on Facebook,
need for water-based cooperation opens the
got tired of his or her old shoes and decided
municipalities. That was the message
setting up a page to encourage donations
door to closer north-south relations at a
to make some sort of statement.
delivered by a regional water protection
for the victims. That status update deserves
agency that cautioned Hawkesbury
a resounding “Like.”
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