Sister Jessie Amell (left) and Mom Sandra McDonald help new business owner Gene Amell at the official opening of Simply Ceramics+. Photo credit: Sally Smith

Canopy Growth acquires hemp company to accelerate expansion in the United States

Hemp pioneer Geoff Whaling to join Canopy Growth USA as Strategic Advisor, Hemp and CBD in addition to being the co-founder and President of Hemp Developments LLC. Canopy Growth Corporation (“Canopy Growth” or the “Company”) (TSX:WEED, NYSE:CGC) is pleased to announce today it has acquired AgriNextUSA, a hemp enterprise led by CEO Geoff Whaling, that […]

Celebrate the sweetest time of the year at the 5th annual Maple Weekend in Lanark & District

It’s the sweetest time of the year, and the Lanark & District Maple Syrup Producers’ Association (LDMSPA) is inviting visitors to join them April 6 and 7 in celebrating the 5th annual Maple Weekend event and a new season of maple syrup production in the region. Since its introduction in 2015, Maple Weekend has become […]

No cost dental hygiene services on April 6

This is the eleventh year that Gift from the Heart will provide no cost dental hygiene services to those in need. Lori Lawrence, Registered Dental Hygienist, and proud owner of the little blue house on James St in Smiths Falls, addressed council Monday amidst honking, hollering and dog barking. She came to speak about Saturday, […]

Advocate says only seeing tip of iceberg

Pat Evans, speaking on behalf of Parkinson’s Canada, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario, addressed Council Monday evening, amidst the honking, hollering and dog barking taking place outside council chambers. Acknowledging she had Parkinson’s, she asked for some help with the visual presentation. There’s a growth diagnosis of Parkinson’s in this area Evans said, and continued with […]

Former mayor asks council four questions

Former Mayor Dennis Staples addressed Smiths Falls council Monday afternoon in connection with the Beckwith Street Redevelopment Plan. During his address, amongst other comments, he asked — and wanted answers for — four questions: why his letter of Feb. 19 was not part of the council agenda on Feb. 25 in keeping with the Procedural […]

An open letter to my constituents and the people of Ontario

It is the fundamental and over-arching first principle of all elected representatives to support their constituents to the best of their ability each and every day. If that is not the first thought of every single elected member each morning then they ought to reflect upon why they serve. I feel deeply for my supporters […]

Smiths Falls holds first climate change protest

Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, community members in Smiths Falls came together to protest climate change as part of a global effort on Friday, March 15. Cities around the world held protests today. The protest in Smiths Falls is one small part of a larger effort to urge world leaders to take action […]

Bear fan appreciation event was a success, Bears lose game against Kemptville 73s

The Memorial Center was filled with well over a thousand excited Bears fans during the Tuesday March Break with the Bears fan appreciation event, which turned out to be a smashing success. From skating with the Bears and their mascot, over pizza and cake, to Bears face and tattoo painting and price raffles, there was […]

Two delegations both ask council to reverse decision on angle parking

Brief is the only word to describe the two delegations at Committee of the Whole Monday evening in Smiths Falls. Despite loud protests from outside — barking dog, honking horns and hollering — two men stood, presented (within a short space of less than 10 minutes each when they were allowed 20), and sat. Vince Hamilton spoke first noting […]

Smiths Falls strategic planning session highlights potential for tourism, new businesses

Smiths Falls continues to be on a roll as town officials unveiled their vision for the community in 2030 and the priority areas for the next four years at a strategic planning open house on Thursday, March 7.  The strategic planning meeting held in the upstairs hall at the community centre drew 100 members of the public. They were invited to submit […]