Sunday, July 21, 2024


Rideau Lakes Township Coun. Paula Banks was investigated by the Integrity Commissioner for breaches of the Code of Conduct. She pleaded guilty to all accounts. - Laurie Weir photo

Recommendation to suspend Coun. Paula Banks’ salary defeated by Rideau Lakes council

Paula Banks had a tearful apology for council, staff, family and friends after a recent integrity commissioner report recommended a 21-day suspension of pay as a Rideau Lakes councillor for Code of Conduct infractions. The vote to suspend her pay was defeated by council during the April 2 meeting. Banks

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Confederation Bridge will be replaced with a timber bridge, but this change in direction will cost about a year’s progress as it won’t be installed until 2025. A bowstring steel bridge with concrete pad was previous approved by council, but they changed gears on March 25, siting they wanted to see more of a heritage design. - Laurie Weir photo

‘Switching gears’: Confederation Bridge structure in Smiths Falls will have a more heritage look

The bridge over the Rideau Canal in Smiths Falls will now be a timber design. Smiths Falls town council changed directions on their plans for Confederation Bridge, opting to go back to the drawing board to come up with a timber structure, instead of the steel bowstring bridge with concrete

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The former water treatment plant is set to be demolished, but the town is seeking to extend an exclusivity agreement with the Saumure Group of Companies as an offer of good faith. The local developer will have 120 days to come up with a plan on reinventing 25 Old Mill Road. - Laurie Weir photo

Smiths Falls looks to extend exclusivity agreement with Saumure Group on development of old water treatment plant

The Town of Smiths Falls is looking to extend an exclusivity agreement with Saumure Group of Companies to develop 25 Old Mill Rd. This is the site of the old water treatment plant that was destroyed by fire last year and will be demolished soon. The Saumure Group had been

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Algonquin College heritage students may be in Smiths Falls this summer to help document historical buildings. The Municipal Heritage Committee heard from Shawn Thomson on Jan. 23 about a plan to help the town in its conservation efforts. - Laurie Weir photo

‘A foot up’: Basic Income Guarantee for working-age adults supported by Smiths Falls council

The cost of poverty in Canada is $80 billion. The solution — or basic income support — is $80 billion. It’s a trade-off. This came from Mayor Shawn Pankow during the Monday, March 25 committee of the whole meeting for the Town of Smiths Falls, when he brought forward a

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The Smiths Falls Water Pollution Control Plant has seen an influx of a “fluffy” material that is clogging up the screens. Staff suspects it may be disposable wipes that have been flushed down toilets. They caution residents not to flush items such as wipes, and sanitary products, etc. - Laurie Weir photo

What the fluff? Unidentified substance causing problems at Smiths Falls water pollution control plant

What is clogging up the water pollution control plant (WPCP) in Smiths Falls? That’s the question staff are trying to figure out as they’re removing wheelbarrows full of “fluff” that is clogging up screens during the treatment process. Jason Barlow, manager of the town’s water and waste water, shared with

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The Town of Smiths Falls has a new agreement with Lanark County to promote tourism, at a cost of $5,000 annually. - Laurie Weir photo

Lanark County supports Smiths Falls tourism partnership

New information presented to Lanark County council regarding a proposed tourism partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls saw a favourable vote from members. The partnership approval means Smiths Falls will pay the county $5,000 for participating in some aspects of the county’s regional tourism marketing over the next year.

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Parks of Confederation Bridge may be saved for a commemoration when the new structure is built in Smiths Falls. The town’s municipal heritage committee was tasked to come up with some ideas to remember this structure. - Laurie Weir photo

‘Disappeared out of neglect’: How will Smiths Falls’ old Confederation Bridge be commemorated?

Meeting with the Municipal Heritage Committee of Smiths Falls was on the agenda of Paul McMunn, the town’s director of public works, to see what they had in mind to commemorate Confederation Bridge. The old decommissioned bridge, which will be replaced soon, has been a hot topic for the municipal

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