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Mayor Pankow addresses the Canadian Senate regarding Bill C-45 respecting Cannabis

As posted on Facebook page –Shawn Pankow, Mayor of Smiths Falls “It was an honour today to address the Canadian Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee today regarding Bill C-45 respecting Cannabis and amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and others. I participated on a panel with Canopy Growth Corporation […]

What to do with the old iconic water tower?

Sally Smith The Town of Smiths Falls has given itself a long lead-in time before it really has to start thinking about what to do with the iconic water tower in the middle of town. It’s 90 years old now; it has another 10 years at the very most until it’s “done-done,” says the Town’s […]

A rousing hockey night at Volunteer Appreciation event

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca It was Hockey Night in Smiths Falls Wednesday night at the Station Theatre. Mark Borowiecki, Sens #74, was on hand at the Mayor’s Volunteer Appreciation evening, and the whole Smiths Falls PeeWee B Bears team was on stage, too. Bookended by the hockey stars were Bill Widenmaier and Katie Hoffman, recipients of […]

Students promote and produce talent show for KITES

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Project KITES is not just good for Eila VanWingerden, the 14-year-old girl SFDCI students have taken under their wing this semester; it’s also good for the 20 students doing the fundraising, putting a variety show together, and finding sponsors for the June 5 event. Each semester over the last year-and-a-half, Breanna Bedor’s […]

Spiff up town in preparation for tourists

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Malcolm Morris, Smith Falls’ Chief Administrative Officer, commented at a special Committee of the Whole meeting, May 7, that the initial stages of a First Impressions program have been put to work. He described the program as “a look at the town through the lens of a tourist.” A first reaction driving […]

Good sound-bites, no controversy at All-Candidates’ meeting

OPINION – Sally Smith It was very civil, very sedate, very structured. The Lanark Federation of Agriculture partnered with the Chambers of Commerce from Smiths Falls, Perth and Carleton Place to host an All-Candidates’ Meeting at Beckwith Township offices Wednesday night. Four candidates faced a crowd of about 120 people – Anita Payne, Green Party […]

SFDCI fundraising for indigenous visitors

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute’s Gr. 10 Civics class asked council for a grant of $500 to help raise funds to bring 15 indigenous students from North Saskatchewan to visit the town for a week, and, in return, for 15 SFDCI students to travel to the northern community for a week. Council […]

New look for old building at 1 Chambers Street

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca The front corner of the uniquely shaped building at 1 Chambers Street is getting a make-over. The building has been periodically vacant over the years; the proposal is to refurbish it under a Community Improvement Plan (CIP) grant to contain an ice-cream shop on the lower level (Sweet Scoops, to open year-round), […]

Few rooms and rentals in Smiths Falls

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca CAO Malcolm Morris gave a good-news, bad-news story to CoW on Monday – there is lots of interest in finding rooms and accommodations in Smiths Falls, but there aren’t any! “It’s an unprecedented situation,” says Councillor Cummings. “It’s a problem we thought we’d never have.” Morris says if people have space, if […]

New Screening software used by police

Sally Smith editorial@pdgmedia.ca Community Police Officer Aaron Tompkins, along with Chief Mark MacGillivray presented and described the department’s new Health IM Screening software to Committee of the Whole May 14. Health IM has three components – a digital mental health screener, a wireless connection, and records management synchronization with the hospital system. Health IM is […]