Sunday, May 26th . . .

Pet Valu & Lions partner for dogs . . .

Autism Assistance Dog Guides
Autism Assistance Dog Guides

Monday, May 13th - The Morrisburg & District Lions Club and the Morrisburg Pet Valu are partnering to host a Pet Valu Dog Walk for Dog Guides to raise funds for the raising, training and placing of Dog Guides to support the one in five Canadians who live with a medical or physical disability.

        Registration for the Walk is at 9:30 a.m. at the Morrisburg Pet Valu. Participants will leave the store at 10:00 a.m. for a 3 km walk towards the St. Lawrence River, through town with a stop at the Docksyde for a free ice-cream cone, before winding back at Pet Valu where all proceeds from a BBQ will also go to Dog Guides.

        One hundred per cent of the funds raised by those who walk and/or donate online will go directly towards one of the seven Dog Guide programs: Canine Vision Dog Guides, for those who are blind or visually impaired; Hearing Dog Guides, for those who are deaf or hard of hearing; Service Dog Guides, for those with a physical disability; Seizure Response Dog Guides, for those who have epilepsy; Autism Assistance Dog Guides, for children on the autism spectrum; Diabetic Alert Dog Guides, for those who have diabetes with hypoglycemic unawareness; and, Support Dog Guides, for professional agencies with individuals in traumatic situations.

Service Dog Guides
Service Dog Guides

        Although each and every Dog Guide cost an average of $25,000 to raise and train, these life changing dogs are provided free of charge to qualifying Canadians. In this effort, Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides receives no government funding and relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations and fundraising activities. To date 3,000 Dog Guides have been placed with individuals across Canada.

        Contact Keith Robinson at (613) 330-6838 or Pet Valu at (613) 543-3540 to obtain a pledge form and/or to obtain more information about the Dog Walk. Or, if preferred, online donations can be made by accessing this link for the Morrisburg Dog Walk:  All donations: those made online and those made the day of the walk in the amount of $20.00 or more will be issued an income tax receipt.

Springtime gift from Dundas Soil & Crop . . .

 Shown at the presentation are (l-r) Kristen Casselman (Managing Director, WDMHF), Food Share board member Jim Wilson, DSCIA President Mike Roosendaal and Andreas Jampen, representing both the Dundas Farm Safety Association and 4-H.  - Photo Eastern Ontario AgriNews


Monday, May 13th - Earlier this spring, the Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association once again made a generous gift to the WDMH Foundation, as part of their Spring Update Meeting in Chesterville. The Association donated $500 for our Family Care Fund. 

        “The Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association has been a long-time supporter and we are so grateful,” says Kristen Casselman, Managing Director. “Since 2002, the Dundas Soil and Crop Improvement Association has donated $6,400 to the WDMH Foundation.”  Other recipients at the event were Community Food Share, 4-H, and the Dundas Farm Safety Association. 

        Donations to the Family Care Fund will be used where a gift is needed most: to buy new medical equipment, upgrade existing equipment or meet other urgent needs at WDMH. They work with donors to help ensure compassionate, excellent health care. The Family Care Fund ‘supports families just like yours’. 

May 12th through 18th

Plan to visit OPP detachment . . .

Proudly supporting our police . . .

 Monday, May 13th - The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is happy to open its doors and invite the community to celebrate Police Week. The provincial theme this year is 'Proudly Supporting Our Police' and honours the essential and invaluable work of the policing professionals. We will host our celebration with community partners at the Kemptville Detachment on Thursday May 16, 2019 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

        We invite you to come meet with our various units and learn how their work impacts our communities. We look forward to seeing you! Kemptville Detachment, 236 County Road 44, Kemptville, Ontario


Lock It or Lose It campaign . . .

        The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is encouraging citizens to "Lock It or Lose It". The Lock It or Lose It campaign is used to remind citizens that leaving your vehicle unlocked may increase your chances of becoming a victim of theft.

        During the campaign, police officers and auxiliary officers may examine parked vehicles in public places such as shopping malls and/or public parking lots to confirm they are locked and that no valuables have been left in plain view. An officer will place a small notice on the vehicle that has been checked to point out if safety precautions were neglected and to offer simple crime-prevention tips for the driver to protect the vehicle against theft.

You can help prevent theft by following some crime prevention tips:

     •  Always roll up your vehicle's windows, lock the doors and pocket the key.

     •  If you have a garage, use it and lock the door as well as your vehicle.

     •  Always park your vehicle in a well-lit area.

     •  Never leave valuable objects or packages in full view. Put them in the trunk.

     •  Never leave your vehicle unattended while it is running.

     •  Be sure to take precautions to protect your vehicle and vehicle contents from theft.



Road fatalities down in 2019 . . .

        The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is reporting that 58 people have died on OPP-roads so far this year (Jan. 1-May 5, 2019).

  Speed, alcohol/drugs, inattentive driving and lack of seat belt use are linked to almost half (45 per cent) of the deaths. There were 97 road fatalities this time last year, with more than half (53 per cent) of the deaths linked to these same causal factors.

  While the OPP is relieved to see a significant decrease in preventable road fatalities, they are cautioning that poor behaviours on the road can easily tip the scales in the wrong direction.

  During Canada Road Safety Week, OPP officers will be highly visible in their efforts to keep roads safe, but they are hoping to see road users achieve this goal on their own rather than through enforcement.  

  "Canada Road Safety Week is an effective traffic enforcement initiative, however it is only part of the solution to saving lives. It is important that everyone take responsibility to ensure safety on our roads. Make a commitment to obey speed limits, wear your seat belt and never drive while impaired by alcohol or drugs, or while distracted."   

-- Thomas Carrique, Commissioner, Ontario Provincial Police

Science Odyssey coming to Cornwall . . .

Monday, Apr. 29th - Science Odyssey is Canada's largest celebration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, featuring fun and inspiring experiences in museums, research centres, laboratories and classrooms from coast to coast. This year Cornwall’s River Institute is on the menu.

        Powered by NSERC, Science Odyssey demonstrates how discoveries and innovations shape our daily lives and foster a strong science culture in Canada. For the last 2 years the River Institute has been an active part of this Odyssey. This year, from Monday, May 6th to Friday, May 10th at noon the staff are hosting an hour long daily free Science Lunch and Learn series at this unique research facility on the banks of the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall.

        The River Institute is taking an opportunity to shine a spotlight on science being undertaken in this area of Ontario by inviting the public to be curious and join research scientists for lunch, a short presentation, as well as a tour of River Institute. Talks will range from “Science in the Real World”, to “Mapping with Drones”, Invasive Species, and the health of Fish and Bat populations in Ontario. River Institute scientists will discuss the research that encourages them to be passionate about science and why that sharing that science is making a difference to all Canadians.

        Local scientists on the Odyssey Lunch and Learn menu this week include Cristina Charette; Dr. Brian Hickey; Louis Savard, Dr. Leigh McGaughey, and Matt Windle.

Lunch and Learn Itinerary

Monday, May 6, 2019:  Fish Invaders with Cristina -  PhD student Cristina Charette will describe her research on the impacts of invasive species round gobies on the river food web.  Live fish, specimens and sampling equipment will be on display.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019:  What’s Up with Bats? with Dr. Brian – Research scientist Dr. Brian Hickey will discuss his work to restore bat populations and how citizen scientists can help.  Bat houses will be on display. Recovery of Ontario’s little brown bat population will be the focus of this talk.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019:  Science in the Real World with Louis – RiverLabs leader Louis Savard will describe ways that craft breweries, food waste recyclers, and other businesses use science to improve their efficacy.

Thursday, May 9, 2019:  The Great River Rapport with Dr. Leigh – Research scientist Dr. Leigh McGaughey is addressing community concerns and questions about the health of the river. She will describe how ecological indicators are used as measures of ecosystem health, and describe ways people can get involved in The Great River Rapport – an ecosystem health report for the Upper St. Lawrence River.

Friday, May 10, 2019:  Drones and habitat mapping with Matt – Aquatic biologist Matt Windle will demonstrate how Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) are used to survey wetlands and map habitat in the St. Lawrence River. 

About Science Odyssey

        Led by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Science Odyssey brings together hundreds of fun and engaging activities across the country from Saturday, May 4 to Sunday, May 19, 2019. Events range from science in the streets, visits to labs, science fairs, talks and conferences, school field trips, encounters with scientists and engineers, special exhibits at museums and science centres, scientific events at community organizations, online activities, and much more.

        Contact:   613-936-6620 (ext. 222)