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Local United Way Amalgamates With Ottawa
Local ED says more stats, resources will be available
The Renfrew County United Way is amalgamating with three other United Way agencies: Prescott-Russell, Lanark and Ottawa. The amalgamation is expected to be finalized in April 2017, though a meeting will be held for the official vote in mid-late January 2017. Some people are wondering what that means for the local agency...
LINK:  Renfrew County United Way
LINK:  UW Amalgamation FAQ
LINK:  Ottawa United Way
LINK:  Renfrew County United Way Facebook

Rural Ambulance Services Seek Pay For City Calls
Five rural municipalities neighbouring the City of Ottawa are asking the Province of Ontario to be reimbursed for attending to City of Ottawa calls.
The five rural municipalities include: the County of Renfrew, the County of Lanark, the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville, and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry. All field calls within the City of Ottawa when their ambulance is closest. This is a legal requirement.
LINK: County of Renfrew News Release
LINK: CBC Article On Dispatching Problems

Sawmill Earns $4M From Province
First to benefit under Forestry Growth Fund
On November 28, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry announced that the government of Ontario is helping to create and maintain over 100 good jobs and boost economic growth in Eganville by supporting the expansion of a local sawmill. This support will help fast-growing local mill Lavern Heideman & Sons Ltd. to grow its business and increase efficiency by modernizing its infrastructure, purchasing new equipment and consolidating operations.
LINK:  Lavern Heideman & Sons Limited
LINK:  Forestry Growth Fund

Special Section: Education
Could we save local schools
When a school board announces that it is considering closing schools, the decision seems to be a “done deal” and no public comment from the community would deter the decision. However, that was not the case at A.J. Baker Public School in Kintore.
In the spring of 2013, staff at the Thames Valley District School Board announced that A.J. Baker School was on the chopping block for closure.
LINK:  Community School Alliance
LINK:  Township of Zorra
LINK:  Marcus Ryan On Twitter
LINK:  Ministry of Education

Book Club: The Hard Thing About Hard Things
By: Ben Horowitz

While many people talk about how great it is to start a business, very few are honest about how difficult it is to run one. Ben Horowitz analyzes the problems that confront leaders every day, sharing the insights he’s gained developing, managing, selling, buying, investing in, and supervising technology companies.


The Inspiring Tale of A.J. Baker School

We're all in this small, rural community together

Last week, I had one of the most inspiring phone calls of the year. It was with a man named Marcus Ryan, a member of council for the Township of Zorra, who also happened to be the man who spearheaded the campaign to save A.J. Baker School in 2014, which he won.


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