Canadians have theoretically earned enough to pay the taxes they owe to all levels of government for the year, if they had to pay all their taxes for the year up- front. It was one day later than in 2011, but it was still more than two weeks ear- lier than when the Liberals were in power in 2005, said Lemieux. “That means Canadians are keeping more of their hard-earned money in their pockets, where it belongs,” said Lemieux. “That is the result of over 140 tax reduc- tions by our Conservative government.” Not exactly. The Freedom Day is based on all taxes – federal, provincial and mu- nicipal burdens. We must also note that the Fraser Institute stresses that govern- ments are running budget deficits. If tax- es were increased to balance budgets, Tax Freedom Day would have been extended to June 22. Anyway, “hope spring eternal for work- ers,” according to the Labour Day mes- sage from Canadian Auto Workers Union President Ken Lewenza. “Over the last century, trade unions have been a powerful force for change in Canadian workplaces and Canadian so- ciety more generally. Millions of workers have placed their faith in their union as a vehicle for improving their lives and those of their family. Today union density is de- clining and with it our collective stan- dard of living. It’s no coincidence that as fewer workers have access to a union con- tract, fewer see their incomes keep pace with the cost of living and many are just scraping by.” In a survey, about one fifth of respon- dents said they felt stuck in dead end jobs. “It is this group I’m most concerned about. If these numbers are representa- tive of the Canadian population overall, then that means millions are stuck in jobs they don’t want, earning less than what they need, without the prospect of any- thing better on the horizon,” said Lewen- za. But in the same poll, nearly two thirds of respondents said they felt optimistic about their job security for the next year. “I can’t help but wonder if this optimism comes from comparing ourselves to the bleak situation in Europe and our neigh- bours to the south,” the union leader ob- served. The times have dramatically changed and our working conditions have dramat- ically improved since the first Labour Day was observed in Canada in 1872. That was when a printers’ union began demanding a 58-hour work week. In those days, most people worked 12 hours a day. Yes, things could always be worse. Info. : Francine Boudreau 613 632-5807 ou 613 632-6684 Anglican Church Hall 440rueStanley(McGill),Hawkesbury Le mardi 18 septembre 2012 : Après-midi de 13 h 30 à 15 h—Soirée de 19 h à 20 h 30 Pourdébutants,avancésetTaiChilibre Session de 10 semaines

It is time for that seasonal discussion, again. So, how’s the job going? It is problematic to presume anything, but most people would answer that ques- tion with a shrug. Things could always be worse, eh? Labour Day provided us a chance to enjoy the last long weekend of the sum- mer, prepare for a return to the routine and to start doing those must-do chores before the impending arrival of autumn. Some of us may have also spent time re- flecting on the lot of workers. If you want to work, chances are you can land some sort of employment. The unemployment rate is 7.7 per cent in eastern Ontario and 8.1 in Argenteuil, according to Statistics Canada. Of course, the jobless numbers are better in Ottawa, where the unemployment rate is 6.3 per cent. And the money is not bad. On a national scale, for those 15 years of age and over, the average wage has increased from $22.50 to $23.32 in the last year. It pays to stick with the union. Unionized work- ers get an average of $26.88, compared to $21.79 for non-unionized employees. Un- fortunately, the gender gap remains. You still have some way to go, sisters. Men earn an average of about $25 hourly; women get an average of $21.55. The hard-working masses may get into a froth every time we learn about some mucky mucks in the public service receiv- ing huge bonuses while ordinary folks are struggling to make ends meet. We must remember that, while those who are high on the organizational charts have great golf games and drive fancy yachts, they also assume great responsibil- ity. Again, it is problematic to presume. The Ontario New Democratic Party has called for a ban on bonuses for top ex- ecutives and managers throughout the public sector. “Families across Ontario are being told they have to make sacrifices in tough economic times, and when they see executives earning more in bonuses than Food fête fine The 2012 edition of the Foire Gourmande Outaouais–Est Ontarien interprovincial food fête was another big hit. Held in Lefaivre and Montebello, the event gave the opportunity to more than 9,000 visitors to discover a multitude of products and to meet the artisans who cre- ate them. The organizers noted an increase in the number of visitors for the third con- secutive edition. Cooperation is the prime ingredient of the winning recipe.

It could be worse, workers they make in a year, they have every right to feel frustrated,” said leader Andrea Horwath. “This is a simple step the government could take today to show they were serious about fairness and a balanced approach to balanc- ing the books,” said Horwath. submerged Ontario. But money isn’t everything. Work can be its own reward. Honest.

The term“work ethic”may be overworked and may seem even quaint, however, this set of values remains highly valuable. The satisfaction of a job well done is priceless. Speaking of rewards, we would be re- miss if we did not mention this reminder from Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Pierre Lemieux, who a while back issued a state- ment on Tax Freedom Day. According to the Fraser Institute, June 11 was Tax Freedom Day, the day by which

The Liberals have countered that the NDP is merely trying to score political points on bonuses that affect a small number of civil servants. Public sector labour relations have been toxic in the province lately as the govern- ment forces teachers to accept pay freezes to help erase that sea of red ink that has


Asphalt plant meeting tion/no-to-the-zoning-change/signatures or paper petitions. Military exercises WENDOVER | A second public meeting on a proposed asphalt factory near Planta- genet will be held September 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wendover community centre, 5000 Centre Communautaire Street. PB Paving & Landscaping is seeking zon- ing amendments to pave the way for the construction of an asphalt plant on lot 18 on Concession 2 near the Jessup’s Falls Bridge on County Road 17. At an August 13 session, Alfred-Planta- genet council concluded that an indepen- dent hydrogeological study was required before the municipality could make an in- formed decision. Meanwhile, citizens opposing the plan are urging participants to wear red to ex- press their opposition to the proposal. The group notes that the site contains unique characteristics, a limestone karst sub-surface, which has earned it status as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). It is also home to species that are at risk. July 16, the first public meeting organized by the township and the United Counties of Prescott-Russell was attended by over 300 participants. Since then, roadsides have been dotted with protest signs and hun- dreds of mailboxes in the municipality bear red cloth. Over 2,000 people have already signed the on-line

Expect to see lots of jeeps and cam- ouflage uniforms rolling around the Prescott-Russell countryside next week. Two regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces’ military police branch will con- duct a joint exercise on safety and secu- rity tactics in the area. The 5 th Regiment Military Police Land Forces (Québec sector) and the 2 nd Regi- ment Military Police Land Forces (Central sector) will hold five-day joint training exercise from Sept. 12 to 16 in the region. Joining themwill be members of the OPP and Sûreté du Québec along with repre- sentatives from U.S. Military Police units. “It’s quite an important event for our area,” said Marc Daigneault, Alfred-Plan- tagenet’s chief administrative officer. The main operation headquarters for the joint exercise will be in Hawkesbury at the former Pittsburgh Glass Works plant. There will also be a secondary opera- tions base set up inWendover at the Luc- ien Delorme Community Centre.

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