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The 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail 2017 is open

I was at the opening of the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail at Fulford Place in Brockville this morning.  This is a wonderful garden trail that features 14 breath taking gardens.  Only thing missing????  A Westport garden on the trail!  Here is the link:  www.gardentrail.1000islandsandrideaucanal.comwww.gardentrail.1000islandsandrideaucanal.com

BROCKVILLE – The 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail is entering its third year and adds Fulford Place National Historic Site to its line-up. The Garden Trail links private and public gardens and garden centre displays throughout Leeds Grenville.  This year, Fulford Place National Historic Site and its Olmsted Gardens have officially become part of trail.

Originally designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Olmsted, the Italianate-style gardens include an elaborate triton fountain and statuary with stone walls and gates surrounding the 20,000 square-foot mansion. Self-guided tour pamphlets will be available at the visitor entrance during hours of operation. Olmstead’s fame is connected to the design of Central Park in New York City. Restoration of the Fulford gardens was one of the Ontario Heritage Trust’s most exciting heritage garden conservancy projects.

The launch highlighted the 1000 Islands and Rideau Canal Garden Trail as the only trail in the country to be honoured with the ‘Canada 150 Garden Experience’ Designation. Awarded in March from the Canadian Garden Council in collaboration with the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, it recognized the trail’s garden experience as an activity of choice for garden lovers from near and far. “The designation speaks to the calibre of the trail and quality of the gardens,” says Robin Jones, Warden of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville.

The Leeds Grenville Economic Development Office launched the trail in 2015 with 9 gardens that has now grown to 14 unique gardens with added experiences including native butterflies, honeybees and birds, a monarch butterfly Way Station, fountains, ponds, contemporary art exhibits, statuary and so much more.

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Update on MOECC charges

In August 2015, the Village of Westport received 2 summons informing it that the Municipality had been jointly charged with Mr Scott Bryce, Clerk/Treasurer.  The first charge relates to activity at the waste water plant from December 1, 2013 to June 15, 2014 and the second charge is for the period between June 12, 2014 and June 15, 2014.

I want to keep you informed on what is happening in relation to the charges.  After meeting with the Village lawyer on two separate occasions, Council passed a motion to vigorously defend the Municipality and Mr Bryce against these charges.  This means that there will be a trial later this year.  To say anything more about the details of the cases would be inappropriate as the matter is before the courts.

I can update you, though, on what the process will be moving forward until the trial.

On March 21st – Mr Tony Fleming, representing the Village and Mr Bryce, has a pretrial meeting with the Provincial Prosecutor in the Justice of the Peace Chambers in Brockville.  This meeting is administrative – to discuss the anticipated length of the trial. The results of the pre-trial allow the Court Administration to find consecutive  court dates the trial.

On April 20th – Mr Fleming will appear in Provincial Offences Court in Brockville to set the date for the trial.  This court appearance and the trial are open to the public.
If any of these dates change, I will keep you updated.