While they cannot do anything about the weather, area farmers will be able to better prepare for heavy rain falls thanks to a $1 million contribution from the federal government.
Ottawa is investing $997,654 so the South Nation Conservation Authority can develop “a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.”
The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using HydroGeoSphere, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.
The platform will help predict “water events” and provide an array of potential mitigation practices.
“Our government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing their businesses,” says Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Druouin. “This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector's sustainable growth, good for farmers' bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy,” adds Mr. Drouin who announced the contribution on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay.
Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter (centre) meets Upper Canada District School Board trustee Wendy MacPherson and her daughter, Morgan, during a tour of Glengarry District High School in Alexandria Tuesday. The minister also visited Char-Lan District High School in Williamstown and schools in Long Sault and Cornwall.
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell will host local pre-budget consultations on January 11 and 12. This is an opportunity to voice concerns outlining how Ontario should reform its regulatory and economic policies. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to register to present their concerns regarding the upcoming 2017 Ontario Budget and highlight local needs that need to be addressed in Toronto. To register, please contact Marilyn McMahon at MPP Jim McDonell’s office 613-933-6513, or register at www.eventbrite.com by January 9.
January 11, 2017
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
12495 Hwy. 2 East
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
North Stormont Meeting Place
16299 Fairview Dr.
January 12th, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Nelson Laprade Centre
9 William Street
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South Stormont Hall
2 Mille Roches
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Branch 544 Lancaster Legion
181 Military Road
According to the latest Annual Report on Government of Canada Advertising, Canadians who rely on community newspapers are not worth spending on. For each Canadian, the government invested only two cents advertising in community newspapers, which are read by 70 per cent of taxpayers, and voters.
In the last fiscal year, the federal government spent $75 million on advertising. More than $26 million of that went to TV ads, while another $15.5 million went to Internet advertising – an industry dominated by American-based companies like Google and Facebook.
By comparison, community newspapers saw a paltry $867,153.
Community newspapers and their websites are hyper-local. They effectively represent the towns, cities and regions they serve. They provide government with the opportunity to directly target these communities like no other medium.
Independent research shows that more than 70 per cent of Canadians read their community newspaper.