Photo by Greg Kielec Paul Duplantie, winner of the Senior Star competition June 21 sponsored by Chartwell Seniors Housing REIT, looks over to Melinda Fenton of Chateau Cornwall, and the fa- cility’s lifestyle and programmanager Sharon Curotte, far left. Duplantie will compete in the national final in November in Niagara Falls, provided he gets the nod from a panel of celebrity judges which will review competition videos from across Canada.

Photo by Katina Diep The house was packed for the Bikers against Brain Cancer fundraiser at Au Vieux Du- luth in Cornwall, which raised about $3,000 for the Montreal Neurological Institute June 13. Pictured back, from left, are Dr. Paul Poirier, Quebec rock legend Marjo, and restaurant owner Alexandre Paradis, with Devon Payette, foreground, a special guest for the event.



Photo by Katina Diep It was an evening of great musical talent at The Grind Internet Café, where local singers Jamie Heath, Candy Provost and Tammy McRae performed, classic songs and made them their own, last Friday. In front of a relaxed crowd of about 30 people, Heath rocked the place with his performance of Route 66, followed by a taste of Blues songs. Among many classic songs, Provost sang the ever touching Wind Beneath my Wings by Beth Midler. McRae performed a different version of the classic Somewhere over the rain- bow.The Grind is located on Second Street between Sydney and Pitt, and is hosting regular nights of jazz music.

Photo by Greg Kielec Craig Smith, a Glen Stor Dun Lodge social work, prepares to place a time capsule into a newly erected Cairn at the lodge along County Road 2 in Cornwall on Thurday while Dr. Patricia Irwin looks on. A large number of residents and local dignitaries were on hand for the centennial celebration of the long-term care facility.

CRITICS RIGHT: From Page 3 Ironically, the city’s skateboard park was moved from the parking lot east of the civic complex to its present location in Op- timist Park in the summer of 1998 over concerns it was monopolizing precious parking space for the civic complex. Since then, a new curling club and aquatic centre have been built, creating an even greater demand for parking. Cassidy would not say why the commit- tee was so keen on developing the land, other than it is the only piece of city- owned waterfront land available for devel- opment. The rest of the prime real estate is owned by the federal government. “It wasn’t part of our waterfront plan so we hadn’t thought about it,” Cassidy said after Thursday’s meeting. “It was the only piece of property that the city owned so it’s council meeting. “Well all the other buildings in the imme- diate area are recreation and whether you are dealing with the marina on the left, the complex on the right, curling club, aquatic centre, the ball diamonds – smack dab in the middle you have condos. There is seg- regation there that I have concerns with.” The compilation of the results from the public consultations and the ongoing on- line survey will likely only be completed by the fall, Alexander told the committee. As of last Thursday, 660 waterfront plan surveys had been completed by members of the public. Of that total, 540 were elec- tronic surveys completed online on the city’s website. ‘It wasn’t part of our waterfront plan so we hadn’t thought about’ Follow @gkielec on Twitter. For breaking news, go to and click on The Journal. Email the only place we can talk about develop- ment now.” She also defended the committee’s ap- proach to exploring the possibility of de- veloping the land in the triangle of waterfront space bordered by the civic- complex/aquatic centre, curling club and Marina 200. “I think, as any committee, any organiza- tion, if an idea is made … and the majority of the committee members approve it, you go ahead and do the best job you can do and I think the committee did an excellent job.” Roy Perkins has been a major proponent of the parking lot condos – he brought it up in three separate meetings in the latter half of 2011 – but it appears Councillor Denis Thibault might have been the first to broach the idea of developing the precious space. Thibault described, according to commit- tee minutes from Jan. 20, 2011, how he toured the area between the civic complex and the marina “with a person … and this person was talking about a company such as Minto building a hotel with under- ground parking at the marina level.” Thibault went on to explain, according to the minutes, that the hotel “could also have shops. It could also have an area for seniors to view the waterfront.” The vet- eran councillor implored critical council members “to keep an open mind” when the condo proposal was presented to a largely skeptical council in January. David Murphy was one of a number of councillors openly critical of the plan when it was initially presented to council. “My concern… is that you talk about it’s in the middle and goes along with all those other buildings,” he countered at the Janaury

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