- Annual Valentine's Penny Table
Raises Valuable Funds For Valley East
Welcomes The Community During Open House
Valley Shopping Centre Sets Up Food Bank
Depot To Replenish Food Lost In Fire
To Kiost Provides
A Reason To “Upgrade” Service To Val
Bruno Hosts “City Spins” On CKLU
96.7 FM To Promote Local Musicians
- 1st Annual Sportsman League All Star Game Benefits Minor
Hockey & Food Bank
of Poverty In Greater
Area Places Strain On Food Banks All
Crawford Wins Fun In The Sun Dream
- Heatwave Tanning Salon Customers
Donate Food Items To Help Those Less Fortunate At Christmas
System Creates Unfair Taxation For
Valley East And Fuels Deamalgamation
Annual Christmas Drive By Living Well
Chiropractic Is A Huge Help For Food
|Annual Valentine's Penny Table
Raises Valuable Funds For Valley East Community Theatre
|Sandra Desjardins, Secretary of the Valley East Community
Theatre, puts the finishing touches to the Annual Valentine's Penny Table
at the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre on February 8. Each year at this time
the group organizes a huge penny table sale to help raise much-needed
funds for the theatre group. Shown examining the array of prizes is Marcel
Legault, a trustee with the French Catholic School Board and someone who
has always had an interest in the development of young artistic talent.
The next performance by the Valley East Community Theatre will be
popular musical, "Leader of The Pack". It will be held on April
24, 25, 26 and May 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, and 10. Each show will begin at 7 p.m.
at Hanmer Secondary School.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and children.
You can pick up your tickets at M & R Grill (Capreol), Valley Plaza
Pharmasave; Paulette's Variety; Val Caron Rexall Drug Store; and Caisse
Populaire St-Jacques de Hanmer.
Welcomes The Community During Open House
the new $15 million
opened in September 2007, Greater Sudbury became home to the first
Students marked the historic occasion at a special Open House Celebration
on January 30 as hundreds of parents and special guests jammed into the
school for a tour and presentation in the gym. They welcomed the school
board officials, architect and contractor who worked to make their dream
school a reality, providing a superior learning environment in a
state-of-the art green facility. Cars were parked for several hundred
as every available spot was used for the overwhelming crowd that turned
out for the occasion.
Rainbow District School Board’s first new school in 40 years, is a model
for sustainable development as a high performance green school," said
Board Chair Judy Hunda.
is a JK to Grade 8 French Immersion school with an enrolment of 475
students. The school is barrier-free and has space for lower class sizes
in the primary grades as well as physical education, instrumental music,
visual arts, computer technology, a library and special education. The
school also houses a daycare and before and after school programs in
The Rainbow District
School Board is realizing significant savings in energy consumption with
the green features incorporated into the building. The 65,000 square
foot facility is expected to operate at half the energy cost of a typical
The Architect and
Sustainable Consultant designed the school with a north/south orientation,
maximizing windows on the north and south faces of the building. Sun
screening devices and glass are used to optimize the amount of natural
light in the school, obtain solar heat gain in the winter and avoid
undesirable solar heat gain in the summer.
This approach has many benefits. It provides a learning environment
lit with natural light, reduces the need for artificial lighting, takes
advantage of passive solar heating during the winter months and shades the
hot sun of the summer. When rooms are not in use, occupancy sensors
integrated with the artificial lighting systems automatically shut lights
off. This type of lighting creates significant energy savings.
The use of geothermal
energy systems in the new school provides four units of
energy from the ground for every unit of energy purchased from
conventional sources. This efficiency is unequalled by other conventional
heating and cooling systems. Geothermal systems heat and cool the school
by tapping into the relatively constant temperature of the earth below the
frost line, at significant energy savings.
The building has
radiant floor heating. Cooled/tempered air is delivered to
classrooms using displacement ventilation concepts. Displacement
ventilation provides fresh and tempered (cool) air to classrooms at floor
level. Displacement ventilation systems typically use 100 per cent
outdoor air. As a result, air pollutants generated within the building are
removed at the source and are not re-circulated. The displacement
ventilation system improves the indoor environment.
A number of additional
sustainable features have been incorporated into the building, including
the use of building products with recycled content. The school has
retroplated concrete floors with recycled glass chips collected by the
students. Wood beams from the old
are being reused as interior benches and architectural accent features.
The staff of
will be doing everything they can to help students incorporate what they
learn about conservation and sustainability into their everyday lives at
home as well.
Valley Shopping Centre Sets Up Food Bank Depot To Replenish Food
Lost In Fire
The Sudbury Food Bank lost about 30 tons of food in a fire
at the Terry Fox Sports Complex on January 27. The food was supposed to
provide supplies to area food banks until April, but now everything is
gone. This means that we must do something to minimize the impact on our
own local food banks.
In order to help make
sure that the Valley East Food Bank is not affected by this terrible loss,
the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has placed it’s FOOD BANK DEPOT back
up a the main entrance of the mall. Local residents are encouraged to
bring in whatever you can afford and put it in the depot during this time
of need. All of the food will be distributed to the Good Neighbours Food
Bank in Hanmer and to the St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank in Val Caron as
well as to the Food Bank in Capreol.
If you have any food or
cash that you would like to donate and you cannot get out to the Hanmer
Valley Shopping Centre, you can call the Good Neighbours Food Bank at
566-1283 or St. Vincent de Paul, at 897-1212.
Damage To Kiost
Post With A
Reason To “Upgrade” Service To Val Therese
Residents living in Val Therese have lost yet another convenience thanks
to an accident that damaged the Canada Post kiost on
A vehicle went out of control breaking one of the glass sides of the kiost.
As a result, Canada Post decided to install outdoor community mail boxes
instead of repairing the kiost. The kiost provided a cover and lights at
night. It also allowed the mail carrier to go inside the central area away
from the elements of rain and snow to place mail inside boxes Residents
are now required to pick up their mail without the benefit of lights and
carriers must stand outside to put mail inside boxes.
Home owners are
obviously upset at losing their kiost, however, the cost of maintaining
and lighting the facilities was apparently prohibitive and a decision was
made to move to community boxes. Residents are slowly getting used to the
inconvenience; however, if you happen to be on the wrong side of the
streetlight, it is difficult to pick up your mail at night.
Bruno Hosts “City Spins” On CKLU 96.7 FM To Promote Local
Courtney Bruno is in her 3rd year in the Bachelor
of Fine Arts program at Laurentian University. She is a resident of
Hanmer and has always had a passion for music and performing. After
graduating next year she plans on moving to
where she hopes to begin some kind of career in the film industry,
either on screen as a performer or in the creative side of the
“I have always
had a passion for music and creative arts,” explained Courtney.
“I play the piano and I was in a band called ‘From Far Apart’
for a while.”
was introduced to CKLU 96.7 FM radio over a year ago when one of her
friends was hosting a show recently. “I liked what I heard and
thought it would be fun for me to volunteer to do a show of my own,
so here I am.”
96.7 FM has been in existence for almost 24 years. The studio is at
Laurentian University and is run mostly by volunteers who come in
and host a wide variety of alternative shows. You can pick up the
station on any radio as well as on Cable 106.7. For a complete list
of programs you can visit the web site at www.cklu.ca.
Courtney hosts a
show called “City Spins” every Monday night from 4 to 5 p.m.
During that hour she plays music that has been produced by local
bands from the Greater Sudbury Area. “Most of the music is really
good,” she commented. “I didn’t realize that there was so much
talent in the
area and it covers a broad range of styles from punk to folk
CKLU 96.7 FM is
the type of radio station that allows listeners to tune in to
alternative programs that commercial broadcasters have moved away
from. For example, Robert Kirwan, the writer for The Vision Paper
hosts his own show every Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. called The
Learning Clinic Education Forum. It is a two-hour talk show that
includes interviews with special guests and discussions about topics
of interest in the world of education. Roger Chevrier, another
hosts a couple of shows every week on Friday night from 6 to 8
called “My Pickin Parlour” and Sunday mornings from 10 to 12
noon called “Sittin’ Back Pickin’”. Listeners tend to find
shows that will be of interest to them and then they tune in during
that same time every week. Each show has its own following and with
such a wide variety of shows to select from, it is certain that
everyone will find something they like. Many people have stated that
this virtually commercial free radio station provides them with an
escape from the main-stream stations.
In fact, the
advent of satellite radio seems to be a throw-back to the CKLU
philosophy. We are also finding that some radio stations in southern
Ontario are beginning to focus more and more on particular target
audiences in their programming, thus we are finding stations devoted
entirely to talk shows on sports, entertainment, etc. It appears as
if radio is beginning to go the way of cable and satellite
television with a multitude of different channels all focusing on
their own particular niche market.
CKLU 96.7 FM has
never changed it’s commitment to providing local people with an
opportunity to host their own specialty shows directed to their own
target markets. Thus, people like Courtney Bruno, Robert Kirwan and
Roger Chevrier are encouraged to find an open time spot and produce
their own style of show for anyone in the area who shares their
interests. Some hosts have been in their own time slots for over ten
continue to promote local musicians on her show “City Spins” as
long as she remains in the
area. If you are interested in local music, tune in to CKLU 96.7 FM,
every Monday night from 4 to 5 p.m. and see what Courtney has to
offer. And don’t forget Robert Kirwan’s education show or Roger
Chevrier’s shows for guitar players.
to Courtney Bruno for giving us another reason to be proud that we
Annual Sportsman League All Star Game Benefits Minor Hockey &
The Centennial Arena in Hanmer was the site of the 1st
Annual Sportsman League All Star game on December 28, 2007, and from the
feedback received by league officials it is going to be something that is
looked forward to every year at this time.
A crowd of over 100
fans of all ages were in attendance to witness some excellent hockey
action put on by the top players from the ten-team league. The Valley East
Sportsman League provides a place to play for men ranging in age from 19
to 35, many of whom with OHL, NOJA Junior A and ‘AAA’ Midget
experience. The action is always fast and entertaining, but the all star
game provided the opportunity for participants to perform at a higher
level than they have enjoyed in a long time.
The final score in the game
was Team Cranky Joe’s All Stars 2 and Team Desjardins’ Food Basics All
Stars 1 – a true indication of the competitive nature of the players.
The game was organized
by Paul Walker, President of the League, and Moe Martel, Referee-In-Chief.
“We put the game together to promote adult hockey, but we also wanted to
give something back to the Valley East Minor Hockey Association since so
many of our players started out in the VEMHA.”
The game raised $105
for minor hockey and over five boxes of food for the Good Neighbours Food
Bank of Hanmer. Hubert Moncion, a member of the Valley East Sports Hall of
Fame dropped the puck for the opening face off.
are ten teams with over 150 players in the league. If you want to catch
any of the action you can drop in during any of the following game times:
At the Ray Plourde Arena in Val Caron on Wednesdays at 10 pm and Sundays
at 6 pm; At the Centennial Arena on Fridays at 8:30 pm and Saturdays at 10
pm.; and at Capreol on Fridays at 9:30 pm, Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays
at 6 pm.
want to thank all of the fans and volunteers who came out to support the
all star game and also the major sponsors, namely Cranky Joe’s,
Labatt’s Breweries, Desjardins’ Food Basics, Skater’s Edge and Tim
you have any questions about the league or if you are interested in
playing for one of the teams, call the League President, Paul Walker at
of Poverty In Greater
Places Strain On Food Banks All Year Long
Anne Unwin, Director of the Good
Neighbours Food Bank in Hanmer, received a call from Ron Brunette, on the
far right, and Andrea Guinard on the far left, Co-owners of Heatwave
Tanning Salon, she was asked to come by to pick up a donation of food just
request was not unusual for this time of year as schools, churches and
other community organizations go out of their way to collect
non-perishable donations that can fill the shelves of local food banks in
order to help out those less fortunate in our area. But even Anne was
“blown away” by the volume of food that had been collected from
clients of the four Heatwave Tanning Salons in the Greater Sudbury Area.
“I was told that there was some food to pick up, but I had no idea it
would be this much. This is going to be really well appreciated by the
people who use our services.”
In addition to the full
truck load of food, Ron and Andrea also presented Anne with a cheque in
the amount of $500 to be used to “top-up” any shortages that the food
bank may have.
Despite the “economic
boom” that we keep hearing about in
, over 30,000 people living in the City of
are living below the poverty line. It is also estimated that about 60% of
the jobs in the area pay less than $10 per hour, making it extremely
difficult for many who are earning minimum wage to escape the cycle of
poverty. The Good Neighbours Food Bank is part of a network of 40 food
banks from across the City of
providing much needed food supplies to an average of over 10,000
residents each month. The Good Neighbours Food Bank and St. Vincent de
Paul provide support to hundreds of people living in
must do more for food banks at times other than Christmas,” stated Ron
Brunette. “Everyone is very generous around the holidays, but people
need food all year long. We are glad to be of help to Anne and her
volunteers right now, but we will be trying to find a way to help them out
in the months to come as well.”
you have any food or cash that you would like to donate to help some of
the 10,000 people who must seek the support of the food banks each month,
you can call the Good Neighbours Food Bank at 566-1283 or St. Vincent de
Paul, at 897-1212.
|GRANT CRAWFORD WINS
FUN IN THE SUN DREAM VACATION
|Grant Crawford, a resident of Capreol, was the grand prize
winner in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre “Fun In The Sun Dream
Vacation” contest which was held during the Christmas holiday season. A
total of 90 people qualified as finalists for the contest with 81 showing
up for the "reverse draw" which was held on January 5, 2008.
The winner was announced on
January 5, 2008
during the course of a “reverse draw” conducted by 790 CIGM and Q92 in
the centre court at the mall.
Standing in the photo are, Chris Johnson, a radio host with CIGM; Mike
Biglow, owner of J.B. Jewellers, where the winning ticket was entered;
Grant Crawford, winner of the contest; and Holly Thorne, a radio show host
with Q92. Standing in the front is Greg Williams of Q92.
Grant and his wife Gail will have their choice of traveling to one of
three sites through Marlin Travel. They will visit either the
. The trip is valued at $2500 each plus they will receive $500 in spending
|Heatwave Tanning Salon Customers
Donate Food Items To Help Those Less Fortunate At Christmas
Andrea Guinard and Ron Brunette, Co-owners of the Heatwave Tanning Salon
Chain with four (4) locations in the City of Greater Sudbury, are proud of
the support they have received from their customers during this wonderful
season of Christmas.
Shown above in front of the tree at their Val Caron salon, Andrea and Ron
are arranging the dozens of items that have been coming in every day. People who
bring in a can of food when they purchase tanning packages during the
Christmas season will double up on their FREE tanning incentives.
This is the second year that Heatwave Tanning Salon has implemented this
worthwhile cause at all locations. All of the food donated this year will go to the
Good Neighbours Food Bank in Hanmer.
System Creates Unfair Taxation For Valley East And Fuels
Deamalgamation Movement Again
City Council was warned by both Ron Dupuis and Andre Rivest that a
proposal submitted by Fire Chief Don Donaldson to add ten full time
firefighters to provide service to Valley East may end up providing the
fuel needed to begin the deamalgamation movement again in the outlying
areas. The cost of the additional firefighters would be almost $800,000
and would be paid almost entirely from taxes levied against
residents because of an area-rating system that was introduced when
amalgamation was forced upon the Sudbury-area municipalities in 2001.
As a result of the
increase, residents of
see their taxes for fire protection rising to a level that is even higher
than that paid by people living in the former city of
though there is no comparison to the level of services between the two
The area-rating was
supposed to result in less property taxes in the outlying municipalities
to allow for a lower level of fire and transit services in those
communities as compared to that of the former city of Sudbury.
For example, the outlying areas are served by volunteer
fire-fighters whereas the former city of
entirely served by a full-time career staff.
two full-time firefighters working each shift out of the Val Therese
station. At times there are up to four full-time staff at the station
unless the extra two are required in
that was an enhancement over the level of service prior to amalgamation (
we didn’t have any full-time firefighters prior to 2001) residents of
special tax levy to pay for the cost of this extra service.
recommendation that the full-time staff complement for
doubled raises the question of whether the current level of protection in
the community is adequate given the growth we are experiencing.
History has proven that
the residents of
very well served by the volunteer system that is now in place and headed
up by Captain Tracy McCandless.
is currently served by three fire stations. Besides the Val Therese
station, (Station 16) which is the only “composite station in Sudbury”
with both full-timers and volunteers working together,
there is one in Val Caron (Station 15) and one in Hanmer (Station
17). Those are strictly run by volunteers. There are always two full-time
career firefighters on duty 24 hours a day at the Val Therese station and
often there are up to four on the site. When a call comes in for a
“structure” fire, such as a residential or business building, all
three stations respond. That means that a pager call goes out to all 55
volunteers from all three stations. The volunteers carry their equipment
and pagers at all times, with most of them keeping this equipment in the
trunk of their car.
The two full-timer
career firefighters at Val Therese immediately head out to the location of
the fire in the new million dollar Arial Pumper, leaving the tanker and
support trucks to be picked up by the first volunteers to arrive at the
Upon hearing the call
and the location of the fire, each of the volunteers who are licensed to
drive one of the remaining vehicles begins heading immediately towards
their “home station”. As soon as one of the volunteers reaches the
station and gets the truck rolling all of the others responding to the
call are told to head to the site of the fire. “We don’t want to all
arrive at the fire and then find out that no one went to pick up the
truck,” McCandless stated.
system works so efficiently that in many cases some of the volunteers are
even on the scene before the pumper arrives with the full-timers. In any
event, even if the full-timers arrive first, they cannot begin fighting
the fire until other volunteers arrive anyway.
“The use of
volunteers to provide fire protection to communities is common throughout
,” explained Captain McCandless. “In fact if you look across
, volunteers are used in up to 80% of all communities. In the entire
area we have a total of about 350 volunteer firefighters on staff. ”
Many people feel that
an additional ten full-time firefighters would not add to the protection
the current system. Even with four full-time firefighters on duty during
any shift, you would still need the volunteers on the scene before you
could do anything at a fire.
“We have an
excellent response rate in Valley East,” McCandless went on.
“Regardless of when we get a call we can usually expect to see between
15 and 20 volunteers or more on the scene. The number may be lower during
the day time because of work commitments of our firefighters, but if we
are ever short, we can call on Capreol or Rayside Balfour. Usually we have
more than enough responders to the call.”
anywhere from 200 to 240 calls coming in to the fire station each year.
This includes false alarms as well as major structure fires and vehicle
accidents. The low call
frequency or 4 or 5 calls per week along with the excellent service that
is now in place does not seem to warrant the doubling of the full-time
staffers and the corresponding increase to residential tax rates in Valley
Annual Christmas Drive By Living Well Chiropractic Is A Huge Help
For Food Bank
|For the past twelve years, the Living Well
Chiropractic Centre, located in the Hanmer Valley Shopping Centre has been
conducting a special food & toy drive for the Good Neighbours Food
Bank in Hanmer. This year, patients were encouraged to bring in
non-perishable food or cash donations from December 3 through 7. Marg
Bourgois, representing the Good Neighbours Food Bank, is shown on the far
left with Dr. Ghislaine Landry and Dr. Dave Welsh as they helped load up
the Food Bank van on Friday afternoon. This was one of the most successful
campaigns ever for the Living Well Chiropractic Centre with donations
consisting of food, toys for kids and cash. Marg expressed her sincere
appreciation to all of the patients who generously donated to the campaign
during the week.