The group in charge of the Canada 150 Rink on Parliament Hill is doing a 180 on its “no-cellphones” rule for skaters. A list of rules announced last week included a ban on cellphones and other electronics on the ice, prompting some online commenters to complain that “selfies” were being outlawed. However the list of rules on the rink’s website has since been changed and the no-cellphone rule was dropped. A rule banning hockey sticks and pucks — another source of contention — has been amended to add that they are only banned during public skating sessions.
Stephane Parisien, the chief administrator of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell says the location of a new Senior’s retirement home has been narrowed down to three sites. The council approved a resolution during its Nov. 22nd meeting to accept the recommendations from Colliers Project Leaders, which is the consultant firm that was hired to help shepherd the project through all of the planning for provincial funding support. Parisien did not give specifics as to the possible location as the council’ administration and the consultants are still going through the selection process, to determine which site would best suit the counties needs and also meet provincial financial assistance criteria. He did confirm that the plan is to build a new residence rather than renovate the existing building which is in Hawkesbury.
The O-P-P says two Quebec men pulled over for stunt driving on Highway 401 called 9-1-1 when told their vehicles would be towed and impounded. It’s alleged the men were clocked at 54 kilometres over the speed limit on Sunday, as they drove side-by-side about 35 kilometres east of Kingston. Police say the men — aged 20 and 44 — challenged the officers’ authority to tow their vehicles for stunt driving, and even tried calling 9-1-1 from the side of the road. Under provincial legislation, police in Ontario have the
authority to impound a vehicle for seven days for stunt driving.
The Rockland Help Centre celebrated its 25th anniversary in November and at the same time, honored one of their former president, Yvon Huppé who is also one of the original founding members. In rcognition of his years of service to the community, Clarence-Rockland city councilor Carl Grimard presented a plaque of excellence to Huppé as part of a special evening last Thursday at the River Rock Inn. A plaque to recognize the Food Bank was also presented. The Food Bank currently has approximately 260 families enlisted for the holiday season and about 80 volunteers in total.
Over 25 local businesses are participating in a Christmas Bingo campaign for 25 days, which was designed to promote and encourage local businesses and give participants the chance to win $1000 before Christmas. Anyone interested can sign up through the Allea Solutions website to receive a bingo card by e-mail. Participants must fill up their bingo card by visiting the 25 participating businesses in Clarence-Rockland over the 25 day-period, which started November 20th and runs until Friday, December 15th.