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Remembrance Day 2018 at Rideau Vista

Thank you students and teachers and Mr Campbell for a thoughtful and inspiring service this morning.  The stories and poems by the Grades 5 & 6 students caused us to stop and take a moment to appreciate the compassion and intelligence of the senior students . The music by the choirs also sent messages of love and remembrance.

Well done!

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A century ago, Canadian soldiers crossed a muddy ridge in Vimy, France, as they fought and died under the Red Ensign.

One hundred years ago, all four divisions of the Canadian Corps fought side-by-side for the first time as one formation at Vimy Ridge in France.  After four days of intense battle, there were nearly 3,600 of our soldiers lives lost, over 7,000 more wounded and countless displays of extraordinary courage.  The capture of Vimy Ridge was truly an incredible military victory.  We are proud and will never forget those who served in this great battle.

The Red Ensign was the flag they fought and some died under.  With many thanks to Greg Bisonette (Rusty), the Red Ensign is flying proudly at the Westport Cenotaph this week-end as we recognize the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 542 will assemble for the Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday at 10:30.  The Westport Ecumenical Choir will also be providing the music, led by Joanne Lambert.

Weather still looks sunny and cold.  Please dress warmly.

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Congratulations Harry Adrain!

On Sunday, September 30, Harry Adrain was inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame!  This is well deserved recognition for one our Westport Native Sons.  And last night, I had the opportunity to represent Council and the Village to make a presentation to Harry at a party being held in his honour.

At this event, which was held at the Legion in Perth, I also saw first hand what being a member of the “ANT” family means – it means there are a whole lot of brothers, sisters, aunties, uncles and on and on who love spending time with each other.  Lucky people!

Congratulations again Harry.


Banquet in Westport marks the end of 2-year term as Warden of Leeds&Grenville


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Last night was an opportunity to recognize and give thanks to the many people who I have worked with the past two years as the Warden of Leeds&Grenville and this year as Chair of the Eastern Ontario Wardens Caucus.  I was so pleased to host the banquet in our home town.   I have bragged about Westport all across Ontario to politicians of all orders of government and this was the first visit by many of the guests.

The evening included catching up with old and new friends, business owners and lots and lots of politicians from Eastern Ontario.  The Coves’ hospitality was outstanding.  The entertainment was provided by Jeff Friesen, Westport resident and story teller extraordinaire and by Soul Purpose, a singing quarter from Elgin.  Both were thoroughly enjoyed by our guests.

The banquet gave me the opportunity to recognize politicians from across Eastern Ontario and staff from the Village and Leeds&Grenville.  I finished my comments with encouragement to all politicians to keep the civility bar high, to avoid the slippery slope that many politicians have slid down.

I was asked by several guests for this last portion of my speech.  As a matter of fact, when my back was turned during the Soul Purpose performance, one guest took my notes right off my table!  I thought by including it in this blog, other politicians could give consideration to what I believe to be our duty.

Incivility – NOT the new normal in Leeds & Grenville

We continue to be surprised by prominent politicians who lower the bar for acceptable behaviour.  Who encourage animosity.  Who believe that might makes right.

We must remember that what holds us together in Leeds & Grenville is the respect for the collective.  It is our right to have and to boldly state our differences, while remembering that we are one community.  That the power of language goes both ways – it can be thuggish and part of the problem or positive and part of the solution.

Divisive, degrading, offensive and disruptive behaviour is not by chance, but by intent.  Hyperbole is the first cousin of untruthful.  We need to remember who we are, what our values and principles are and resist those who espouse rhetoric that is a race to the bottom, where nobody wins.

Michelle Obama said it best – “when they go low, we go high!”

Great advice to heed, as it is us – the politicians – who have the ability to ensure that incivility does NOT become the new normal in Leeds & Grenville.  Please give this some consideration.