The Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce building in Victoria Park may soon be gone, as Parks Canada has asked that the land be returned to its original 1897 purpose as open park land. Photo credit: Emilie Must.

Annual memorial game honouring our veterans

The second game of the weekend, the annual memorial game honouring our veterans, saw the Bears opposing the Rockland Nationals Sunday afternoon. Mr. Ormand VanDusen dropped the ceremonial puck.  Almost a continuation of Friday, anything that could go wrong, went wrong for the Bears, ending in a 0:6 loss. The unnecessary penalties, a jumble of […]

Bears hand the win to the Pembroke Lumber Kings on a silver platter

The penalty box must be a magical space of desire, so much so that the Bears practically handed the win to the Pembroke Lumber Kings on a silver platter Friday night, just to enjoy a few zen-like minutes in said spot of tranquility. The past weekend saw not one but two games played at the […]

Several reports of lead in drinking water in Ontario schools

As you may be aware, there have recently been several reports in the media on the presence of lead in the drinking water in Ontario schools. More specifically, several Upper Canada District School Board schools have been named as exceeding the Ontario threshold for lead in drinking water. We understand the importance of maintaining healthy […]

The Bears take away a rewarding 4:2 win over the Grads

Back in their usual Friday night spot, the Bears faced the Navan Grads at the Den. Displaying a more creative and bolder game play than usually seen, the team took away a rewarding 4:2 win over the Grads. While the first period saw no official scoring, the Bears almost took the lead during the final […]

Fashion meets flower with Holt Renfrew x Tokyo Smoke holiday collaboration

This holiday season, award-winning and design-focused Canadian cannabis brand, Tokyo Smoke, is teaming up with iconic luxury retailer, Holt Renfrew, for a first of its kind collaboration that introduces fashion to flower. The collaboration includes a capsule collection of cannabis accessories wrapped in Holt Renfrew’s Toile print and holiday pop-up accessory shops at Holt Renfrew’s […]

Disappointing loss for the Bears againts the Braves

Sunday afternoons are for coffee and cake at grandma’s. Maybe that’s what the Bears were already thinking about, for their performance on ice during the game against the Brockville Braves wasn’t overly convincing, culminating in a disappointing 1-4 loss. The first period saw no scoring by either team, even though the Braves outshot the Bears […]

Ice rental report finds only 50 per cent of ice time booked for both arenas

Smiths Falls community services director Art Manhire along with community development clerk Nick Pilon presented a report on ice rental trends and arena operations performance to council on Monday, Oct. 28.  “We saw a $40,000 increase in girls hockey,” Pilon said.  “Also saw a decrease of interest in minor hockey with a loss of $20,000.”  […]

November is Radon Action Month

November is Radon Action Month and the Leeds, Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit is encouraging homeowners to test their houses for radon. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, after smoking.  Lung cancer from radon depends mostly on three factors: the level of radon you are exposed to, the duration of exposure […]

Smiths Falls council approves plan for plaza redevelopment on Lombard Street

Senior planner Karl Grenke presented the plans for the recently purchased Rideau plaza on the corner of Lombard and Abbott Streets at a council meeting on Monday, Oct. 21.  The plan is part of the Beckwith Street downtown revitalization project, which will help to ease traffic issues at that intersection.  “We see this as a […]

UCDSB supports Ontario Dress Purple Day

On October 24, 2019, staff and students across the Upper Canada District School Board will join organizations across the province for Ontario Dress Purple Day, a day to raise awareness about the role communities play in supporting vulnerable children and families. The goal is to inform students about their right to safety and well-being, regardless […]