areas of Ontario.”
Guess what? People in the Far East of
OK, so there is nothing new, so far.
Ontario are actually content!
Yet, this latest economic development
“The quality of life in Prescott-Russell is
plan purports to be different.
“Traditional approaches to economic
residents,” reads the latest tome treating the
development planning centred in the
economic development prospects of the
identificationof key economic target sectors
for a community, a discrete list of three or
“The excellent schools, availability of
four industry types that acommunitywould
recreation, strong health care, and natural
seek to recruit and grow within its
beauty of the area are just a few of the
A SWOT to the psyche
boundaries. But in an era of globalization,
contributors to that highqualityof life. Local
rapid technology change, environmental
residents also considered the quality and
can get the buzz that comes with a bustling
This presents a major strength for the area,
concern, and knowledge industries the old
range of housing options in the Counties an
urban environment, and rapidly leave it all
especially given diminishing land
approaches have ceased to be effective. This
asset in attracting newcomers,” adds the
behind for the peace and tranquility of the
strategy takes as its starting point the notion
economic development plan which was
such asOttawa. However, this strengthmay
that as the economy changes, so too must
drawn up as the result of research and
But there are alsoother, economic-based,
consultations carried out in 2010.
benefits tobeinghalfwaybetweentwo large,
the amount of existing employment lands
Eventually, movers and shakers will use
The happy portrait was produced by a
that are currently serviced,” the plan points
this strategy to help us capitalize on our
The report notes that since the counties
many assets. At least that is the theory.
Opportunities and Threats), which was
are close toOttawa-Gatineau andMontréal,
There is agriculture. “The counties are
undertaken to examine strengths,
home to a wide range of agricultural
that are gathering dust, you may wonder if
weaknesses, potential opportunities for
people, and a wealth of business services.
activities, as well as industries that support
this “new” plan will ever produce concrete
growth and threats that may hinder future
This proximity opens up all sorts of
the agricultural sector. The concentration of
benefits. But at least that SWOT test has
possibilities. However, on the flip side,
employment in the sector is well above the
reminded us that our quality of life is “very
While locals seemtobepleasedwith their
location can lead to a drain of brains and
concentrationof agricultural employment at
little part of theworld, this region obviously
the provincial level, and Prescott-Russell
has yet quite reached Paradise status.
exhibits agricultural strengths in a range of
The section on weaknesses identifies the
in the city do not return to work here; local
sub-sectors suchasdairyfarming, beef cattle,
usual problems – red tape, the lack of
residents commute to city jobs; Prescott-
equine, soybeans, and grains. The Larose
cohesive promotional efforts, the absence of
Russell villages become bedroom
Forest is also a major asset to the area,
skilled workers, changing global economic
covering approximately 11,000 hectares
(26,000 acres) making it the largest forested
of Hospice Simons will be holding a plant
Surprisingly, the list of threats makes no
block in this part of the province. It is home
sale during the Vankleek Hill Trash and
mention of black flies, rough roads or gas
to avert as it attempts to increase the inflow
to a remarkable diversity of flora and fauna
Treasure Sale, June 4, beginning at 8 a.m. at
prices. However, as you read this, some
of investors to Prescott-Russell.
and is of interest to both locals and visitors.”
the Scotiabank on Main Street.
industrious consultant somewhere is no
“It is essential that an economic
Language isnot an issue. “Theproportion
The group is always looking for donated
doubt preparing an application for a
development plan build off and capitalize
plants, pots, and volunteers to help grow
government grant to assess the impact
on the unique elements and strengths of a
tongue well exceeds the proportion of
plants for the next sales, as well as railroad
mosquitoes have on productivity.
region in a way that will lead to economic
population that identifies as such at the
ties to edge seedling gardens. Call Ingrid at
Anyway, as the real estate people say,
growth and critical mass of business and
provincial level. As well, the proportion of
613-632-0807 for more information.
location is everything, and this region has –
investment activity in the future,” the
residents that speakbothEnglishandFrench
The group’s mandate is to establish a
wait for it – a great geographical advantage.
bilingual non-profitpalliativecarecentre in
Topping the strengths column in the
What do we have to offer prospective
This has implications on the types of
Prescott-Russell. The facilitywouldinclude
report is proximity to Canada’s major
investors, employers and taxpayers?
businesses that can be attracted, and the
a ten-bed end-of-life residence, a day
Space, for starters.
types of markets, both international and
hospice, an overnight respite residence, a
Yes, it is convenient to be able to drive an
domestic, that can be targeted. Indeed these
palliative education centre, and a support
hour andbe able to catch aCanadiens’ game
of commercial buildings and landavailable.
advantages are largely unmatched in other
and bereavement area centre.
or a show at the National Arts Centre. You
Hawkesbury Legion tax break is limited
population realizes that the Royal Canadian
we realize that theLegionBranch472 is a big
As a veteran member of the Royal
Legion Hawkesbury Branch 472 is much
No doubt you must know that every
plus for Hawkesbury and district.
CanadianLegionHawkesbury Branch 472, I
more than a beautiful hall and club room.
branch has a service bureau office
wish to thank our municipal council for the
Considering the figuresmentionedabove
responsible to help veterans, wounded,
tax exemption for the Legion.
mutilated or suffering illnesses caused by
Nevertheless, I think that the population
their war service, to obtain the benefits they
should be aware that the exemption is just
are entitled to. Widows of veterans in that
The Business Improvement Area Commission has chosen July 7, 8 and 9 as the dates
for the municipal segment of the property
category are also helped. Children of
for its annual Sidewalk Sale. During that time, Main Street fromWilliam to McGill will
tax bill on our hall. The Legion still pays for
veterans and legionnaires’ children are
be closed to traffic. When they are not shopping, consumers can take in entertainment at
school taxes, water taxes and county taxes,
eligible to advance studies bursaries. The
the Place des Pionniers amphitheatre.
as they always did.
total of all these benefits for local members
Brunch In Pointe-au-Chêne
TheOntarioprovincial government some
is over $100,000 a year.
Le Centre Communautaire Campbell, the former Pointe-au-Chêne church, hosts a
years ago passed a law (Section 325 of the
We have here at theHawkesbury branch
community brunch the fourth Sunday of everymonth. Breakfast is served by volunteers
Ontario Municipal Act) exempting all
two very devoted and efficient service
for $7 per adult and $4 for children under 12.
veterans’ clubs such as Polish veterans, The
bureau officers, Mrs. Carol Purbrick and
Focus On Fitness
Legion, etc., frommunicipal taxes. That this
Peter Duncan, and in my name and the
TheCanadianMentalHealthAssociation’sOasis centreat 21NelsonSt.,Hawkesbury,
law is to be applied or not is at the discretion
name of all our comrades I wish to thank
offers Focus on Fitness programs, including visits to the gymat Club 352, NintendoWii,
of the municipalities; 87 per cent of Legion
them very sincerely.
a walking club, presentations and healthy lunches. For information, call Danika at 613-
branches in Ontario are municipal tax
I mention all these facts so that the
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