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preparing a by-
law to set out
prompt SNC to issue
a suggestion to
water conservation notice
that effect from
the Township of
Naomi Langlois-Anderson noted, “Impacts
of Level 1 conditions are less in the spring
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when compared to late summer months.
This is due to differences in the water
which has been
Dry conditions prompted South
temperatures. There could, however, be
Nation Conservation to last week issue
potential issues to fish being unable to
Students at Plantagenet Public School
a water conservation advisory.
access nesting areas due to shallow waters
were marching to a different beat recently,
Theagency issuedaLevel 1LowWater
causing disruption in fish spawning and
learning about fitness and hand-eye
in Ontario, also
Condition across the South Nation River
coordination through the high-energy fun
watershed. “A Level 1 Low Water
Pat Piitz, Director of Lands and Fisheries
condition means a potential low water
added, “Forests have the ability to tolerate
Participants from Kindergarten to
supply problem has been identified,”
drier conditions to some degree, however,
Grade 8 enjoyed the increasingly popular
explains environmental technologist
greater impact may be observed during the
school fitness craze, which sees students
Jason Symington. SNC declared the low
tree planting season as newly planted trees
drumon exercise balls, dance, andpractise
water condition due to minimal amounts
may have a lower survival rate.”
group balancing – all to the high-energy
caused by the
precipitation since February of this year.
The goal of a Level 1 Low Water
beat of modern rock and hip hop tunes.
There are three levels of low water
Condition is to reduce water use by ten per
DrumFIT co-founder Val Shah of
conditions. A Level 2 condition involves
cent through voluntarywater conservation.
Waterloo led the students through fun, 50-
conservation and restrictions on non-
SNC encourages the following simple
essential water use. A Level 3 Condition
water conservation practices:
Entertaining routines, performed to
could mean restriction and regulation to
1. Repair all leaks around the home.
popular tunes such as LMFAO’s Party
reduce water use.
2. If you must water your lawn, early
Rock Anthem, are designed to build
Under the Ontario Low Water
morning or late evening watering reduces
strength, endurance and balance.
Response Program, conservation
And the workshops are appealing to
authorities have each formed a Water
3. Use a pail of soapy water to wash your
childrenof all athletic levels, stressedShah.
Response Team to ensure that the public
car and rinse it off quickly with a hose.
“It’s very non-threatening and non-
is provided with advance warning of
4. Water plants with water collected in a
competitive,” she explained of DrumFIT.
reduced water availability, and that
“It’s a fun way to get students moving.
related decisions are made by local
5. If youmust run the tap, save the excess
Kids just don’t get enough time to play and
water for watering plants.
have fun in a non-threatening
The SNCWater Response Team, made
Within the next two weeks, the region is
atmosphere.” And while it may seem like
up of representatives fromprovincial and
not expected to receive a significant amount
play, there are some serious healthbenefits
municipal governments, agriculture and
to be gained through DrumFIT, said Shah.
special interest groups, will meet to
The South Nation River begins at its
The quick pace raises students’ heart rates
discuss the effects of low water
headwater streams near Brockville and
and helps decrease stress and anxiety in
throughout the watershed.
gathers water from as far away as Maxville
young children. The drumming on the
Low water conditions have adverse
to the east, and the City of Ottawa to the
exercise balls also allows for creative
effects on groundwater, which could
west, before it empties into theOttawaRiver
expression and improves hand-eye
result in dry wells. Surface water will
coordination.Most importantly, it inspires
also be impacted, resulting in poor fish
Please contact Lisa Migneault at
a passion for activity and fitness, and
and water quality due to reduced flows.
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website
research suggests that fit children aremore
Senior fish and wildlife technician
at www.nation.on.ca for more information.
A change in Ontario’s livestock damage
engaged and ready to learn. The difficulty
compensation program will hurt many
of the routines employed depended on the
animal owners in the province.
age of participants, but all students were
So saymanymunicipalities that are trying
enthralled with the program. The
to convince the province to amend the
engagement was evident on the faces of
eligibility requirement under the scheme
children such as Kindergarten student
that helps farmers whose livestock is killed
from ticks and mosquitoes
Madi Craig, who blazed through her
or injured by wildlife.
drumming exercises as Katy Perry’s
Underachange totheprogram, applicants
Firework blasted out of nearby speakers.
By Linda Cléroux
must have a valid Farm Business
The students were encouraged to drum at
Program Manager, Vector-Borne Illness
Registration Number. This new rule “is
a regular pace and then double time to the
Eastern Ontario Health Unit
unfair for those who do not meet the
driving beat of the popular hit. A later
With warmer spring and summer months come special risks for anyone who
eligibility criteria,” according to a motion
routine to Mission Impossible saw the
spends time outside. These can include West Nile virus and Lyme disease.
from Havelock-Belmont-Methuen. The
young children flee the “enemy” on an
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and
resolution, which has been supported by
imaginary “pogo stick” – hopping away
can cause illness ranging from mild flu-like symptoms to severe neurological
Champlain Township, notes that the FBR
from their ball before rushing back to it
problems. Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected
requirement will affect a wide range of
again as a hiding place and home base.
blacklegged tick (deer tick). Lyme disease has been on the rise in Ontario; in fact, ticks
livestock owners, such as hobby farmers,
testing positive for the disease were found in the Eastern Counties in 2011. Lyme
those who produce meat for their own
disease can cause a rash that looks like a red bull’s eye, as well as flu-like symptoms.
families and those who have animals as
Left untreated, Lyme disease can affect the heart, nervous system or joints. However,
pets or for pleasure.
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it can generally be treated successfully if it’s caught early. If you develop any of the
The compensation is designed to assist
symptoms of Lyme disease or West Nile virus, talk to your healthcare provider.
producerswhose livestock, poultryor honey
Here are a few simple tips to help protect against tick and mosquito bites:
bees have been attacked by predators.
Use insect repellent containing DEET. Apply a thin layer to clothing and exposed
skin, being sure to keep it away from your eyes and mouth. Always read the product
A good start
label, especially if applying to children.
Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks. Light-coloured clothing is best.
Examine your body for ticks if you’re in an area where there may be ticks. Remove
any attached ticks with tweezers. If possible, take the tick to the Eastern Ontario Health
Unit to have it tested for Lyme disease.
The construction scene in Hawkesbury
For more information on how to protect yourself this summer, visit the Eastern
continues to be active.
Ontario Health Unit’s website at www.eohu.ca. You can also call 613-933-1375 or 1
During the first three months of the year,
800 267-7120 and ask for Health Line.
the town issued 31 permits for work with a
Soup and Sandwich Luncheon
total estimated value of $3,631,000, chief
building official Jean-Claude Miner relates.
Soup and sandwich luncheon at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church on John Street,
Between January and April of 2011, the
Hawkesbury Friday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
municipality had issued 35 permits for work
Markyour calendars. Saturday, June9GrenvilleElementarySchool, 184ruePrincipale,
Thisyear’s total 15permits for commercial
hosts a trunk sale, $5 car wash, bake sale and barbecue. To sell your items, rent a space
projects valued at $3 million and 15 permits
for $15. Reserve with Sherrill MacDonald (819-242-6123).
for residential jobs worth about $500,000.
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