Municipal Elections. Boring? Waste of Time? Think Again!

We can all be excused for not looking forward to elections with their noise, excessive and often negative advertising, and seemingly endless debates about things we have little concern for. But on October 24th we will collectively elect groups that have more effect on our day-to-day lives than any other level of government: municipal councils. […]

RMEO Trainfest: all aboard for success

During Monday evening’s town council meeting in Smiths Falls, Councilor Lorraine Allen brought an update from the Railway Museum of Eastern Ontario (RMEO). The RMEO held Trainfest on August 13 and 14, and welcomed more than 1200 attendees. The museum brought in $19,000 that weekend.  Councilor Allen noted that the much-anticipated Hogwarts Express event scheduled […]

Smiths Falls water tower illuminated with significance through September

During Smiths Falls’ town council meeting on Monday evening, Mayor Shawn Pankow proclaimed September as Big Brother Big Sister month. “You may notice in the evenings, our water tower is lit purple now, in honour of Big Brother Big Sister month,” he explained. On September 21, the town’s iconic water tower will be lit blue, […]

Smiths Falls will vote via telephone, internet, for municipal election

Kerry Costello, Director of Corporate Services in Smiths Falls, took a moment during the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday night to encourage residents to contact town hall to ensure they are on the voters list.  The upcoming municipal election will see voting held via telephone and online. Costello noted that voter information letters […]

Affordable housing grant program

On Wednesday, Sept 8 at Lanark County council’s social services committee meeting, Emily Hollington, the County’s director of social services presented a proposal for an affordable housing grant program. The suggested program is a grant in the form of a forgivable loan registered on title of up to $25,000 per unit of affordable housing created. […]

Perth Councilors’ Reports; More than routine

At the regular Perth town council meeting on Tuesday Aug 23rd, councilors provided their regular updates on meetings attended and any news to report. While sometimes these reports are rather dry and short, this week some interesting and concerning news came to light. Deputy Mayor Ed McPherson, who is also the chair of the police […]

Russell Street Parkette mural, artist chosen

Earlier this summer, five artists submitted mural proposals in response to the town of Smiths Falls’ plan to create an Artscape Parkette on the corner of Russell Street and Beckwith Street. The submitted proposals were placed on the Speak Up, Smiths Falls platform for public consideration, and the public responded.  During Monday evening’s Committee of […]

Federal offender wanted on Canada wide warrant

The Repeat Offender Parole Enforcement (R.O.P.E.) Squad is requesting the public’s assistance in locating a federal offender wanted on a Canada Wide Warrant as a result of his breach of Statutory Release.  Gerald Cooper is described as a Caucasion male, 52 years of age, 5’6″ (168cm), 170 lbs (77 kgs) with brown hair and brown eyes. […]

Committee welcomes first Ukrainian family to Smiths Falls

The calming countryside of the Smiths Falls area is now a home away from home for a Ukrainian mom and her two daughters who arrived in Canada on Monday evening, July 18 touching down in Montreal. The family is spending its first few days settling in and getting to know their local host family. They […]

Rideau Bridge to Canada Golf Tournament will help bring refugee families to our communities

Rideau Bridge to Canada is partnering with Brockville Freedom Connection and Open Arms Brockville to host an exciting fundraising event that offers something for everyone while helping all three refugee sponsorship groups bring new families to our communities. The picturesque Brockville Country Club will be the setting for the Rideau Bridge Golf Tournament on Friday, […]