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&/#3&'r#3*&'4 CYCLING PLAN ADOPTED The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) approved accepting a com- muter cycling plan by the engineering consultant firm, Morrison Hershfield. The plan was paid for with part of a provincial grant under the now-defunct commuter cycling assistance program. The remainder of the grant money will towards paving of right-of-way sections along two county roads to support recreational cycling by residents and tourists. Other improvements recom- mended in the commuter cycling plan will be considered as funding becomes available. —Gregg Chamberlain STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) will develop a new five-year strategic plan following a consultation session with the Prescott-Russell Com- munity Development Corp. The 2018 counties budget already has $33,000 allocated for the project. UCPR council approved a resolution during its August 29 session authorizing administration to go ahead with development of a new five-year strategic plan for economic development projects and programs during the 2019 to 2022 period. — Gregg Chamberlain



include Easter Sunday. Council approved the recommendation to amend the local holiday shopping bylaw UPJODMVEF/FX:FBST%BZ (PPE'SJEBZ BOE 5IBOLTHJWJOH%BZ BT'PPEMBOETPXOFS operator requested. Council stated that major retailers and similar businesses must TUJMMCFDMPTFEPO$ISJTUNBT%BZBOE&BTUFS Sunday, according to provincial regulations.

exceptions under their own business bylaws if local businesses depend on tourism for their revenue and are located in a defined tourism area. “Which we comply with,” said Paula Knudsen, chief administrator, in her follow- up report to council. She noted that the township’s bylaw allows businesses to open PO#PYJOH%BZBOE'BNJMZ%BZ CVUEJEOPU

Champlain Township has now followed in the footsteps of Russell Township by opening the door for more local holiday shopping opportunities. “It doesn’t mean they’re forced to stay open,” said Councillor Helen MacLeod. “They’re allowed to decide.” Township council reviewed a recommenda- tion, during its September 11 session, from the economic development and tourism com- mittee. The committee received a request last month, from the owner/operator of the Foodland Grocery, for permission to open for business on three other statutory holidays besides those allowed under the terms of #ZMBX XIJDISFHVMBUFTCVTJOFTT operations in Champlain Township. Foodland’s request was for permission to PQFOBMTPPO/FX:FBST%BZ (PPE'SJEBZ  BOE5IBOLTHJWJOH%BZ5IFTUPSFTCVTJOFTT case argument was that it saw increased sales when it was open on other holidays allowed under the current bylaw, because local tourist attractions drew people into the village. Provincial regulations list statutory holi- days when most major retailers and busi- nesses in Ontario must close. Exceptions to those closures include small “mom-and- pop” grocery outlets that depend on holiday sales for much of their revenue. The regula- tions also permit municipalities to allow


Le canton de Champlain suivra l’exemple de la Municipalité de Russell et offrira plus d’occasions d’affaires pour les commerçants locaux, s’ils choisissent de rester ouverts les jours fériés. La décision a été prise à la suite d’une demande du propriétaire/exploitant de l’épicerie Foodland. —photo Gregg Chamberlain

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