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Year 140, Issue 45 Thursday, May 5, 2011 52 pages www.yourottawaregion.comTRUE COLOURS
Richard Butson received his of-fi cial colours prior to Saturdays Soldier On motorcycle tour from Calabogie Peaks. 2
WALKING THE WALK Anthony Arsenault and his mom Emily, who works at Hospice Renfrew, were among the many participants at the 2011 Hike for Hospice. 23
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Ridings iron lady re-elected
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Conservative and NDP sup-porters were celebrating Mon-day as results of Canadas 41st election rolled in, leaving the Liberal Party decimated both nationally and in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke.
Cheryl Gallants popular-ity took a minor hit, but she still rolled to her fi fth straight victory, capturing 27,462 votes or 53.4 per cent (compared to 61.1 per cent in 2008) in Ren-frew-Nipissing-Pembroke. The small loss in support was more than compensated for by the Conservatives winning a 167-seat majority government after two minorities.
Independent candidate Hec Clouthier, who ran a robust campaign and was expected to present Gallant with a stiff challenge locally, fi nished a distant second, almost 18,000 votes behind.
New Democratic Party candidate Eric Burton edged Liberal Christine Tabbert by 350 votes for third spot. His disappointment was offset by the unprecedented success of the NDP, especially in Que-bec where the Bloc Quebecois was reduced to four seats. The NDP more than doubled its previous best showing, win-
ning 102 seats to become the offi cial Opposition.
The Liberals fell to an his-toric low 34 seats and leader Michael Ignatieff lost his seat.
While Rosanne Van Schie fi nished last with 877 votes, she celebrated the election of party leader Elizabeth May as the Greens fi rst MP.
Despite the winds of change blowing over the country, there were no new MPs elect-ed in Eastern Ontario ridings. However, across the river in west Quebec, the NDP cap-tured four ridings for the fi rst time in a surge that saw Cabi-net Minister Lawrence Can-non defeated in Pontiac.
Elections Canada reports that in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, 51,398 of 77,082 registered electors, or 66.7%, turned out to vote, a number that does not include electors who registered on election day. That is up from the 63.6% in 2008, but down from the 69.2% in 2006.
The fi nal tally was Cheryl Gallant, Conservative, 27,462 (53.4%); Hec Clouthier, Inde-pendent, 9,611 (18.7%); Eric Burton, NDP, 6,902 (13.4%); Christine Tabbert, Liberal, 6,546 (12.7%); and Rosanne Van Schie, Green Party, 877 (1.7 %).
Cheryl Gallant was swarmed by media when she entered her victory party at Joeys Only Seafood in Pembroke about 11 p.m. Monday.
MP Gallant returned for fi fth term
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Richard Butson, at right, receives his offi cial colours as a member of One CAV. The pre-sentation was made by the groups president, Bill (Drifter) Truman, prior to Saturdays motorcycle tour kick-off.
Soldier on: Calabogie Peaks hosts motorcycle celebration
Saturday was a wonderful day for a mo-torcycle ride. And all the better when the tour was helping others at the same time.
Calabogie Peaks was the starting point for Ride the Valley for Soldier On on the weekend.
The Canadian Association of Veter-ans (CAV) motorcycle run left Calabogie Peaks at 10:30 a.m. and travelled toward Vennacher. It was scheduled to make poker run stops at fi ve check points, in-cluding one in the parking lot at Renfrew Presbyterian Church on Raglan Street and another at the Calabogie MotorS-ports track.
The day also includes a shownshine, pig roast, poker run, live music, vendors and chair lift rides.
Richard Butson of Renfrew was proud to play a role in bringing the tour to the Peaks, which welcomes the general pub-lic for the pig roast, dance and other af-ternoon activities.
Butson was honoured before the event,
presented with his offi cial colours by One CAV president Bill (Drifter) Truman. One CAV covers Manitoba, Ontario and Que-bec.
Normally, the CAV runs a big motorcy-cle show, down in Kingston, but it didnt go this year because of military commit-ments. We couldnt get the big drill hall to do it, said Truman.
So our people in our Tweed unit ap-proached Calabogie about doing some-thing for Soldier On, and the Calabogie folks just jumped on it, they were so anx-ious to do it, said Truman. Im telling you, these people are just fantastic.
As the planning began, he learned more.
We didnt know at the time that they (Calabogie Peaks) run the ski school for our soldiers and for the children, he said. So it just gelled so nicely.
Butson announced his new bike name as Sarge, to the delight of the crowd gathered for the pre-ride kick-off.
Five dollars from each registration went to Soldier On, a ski program for dis-abled soldiers.
Horton wont rush designation decisionHorton council isnt rushing to sup-
port or reject designation of the Ottawa River as a Canadian heritage waterway.
Horton residents Charlotte Cleroux and Earl Newberry were told at Tues-days council meeting that Horton wont vote on the issue until the township hosts a public forum July 5.
During the last term of council, all 17
Renfrew County municipalities support-ed the designation.
But with new councils on board since last falls election, the county has asked each municipality to vote on the issue again.
For the Horton story, visit www.yourot-tawaregion.com. For details on the coun-ty council debate, see Page 5.
Contraband cigarettes seized in RenfrewTwo Renfrew residents were arrested
for Excise offenses after a search warrant was executed at a Renfrew residence.
The Kingston Royal Canadian Mounted Police Customs and Excise Section and Renfrew Ontario Provincial Police con-ducted the search last Thursday.
RCMP investigators seized a total of 21,400 contraband cigarettes valued at ap-proximately $2,354.
They also seized about $2,000 in Cana-dian currency which they believe to be proceeds of crime.
One of the goals of the RCMP Customs
and Excise Section is to combat the sale of Contraband Tobacco. Reducing the availability and decreasing the demand for contraband tobacco is key in combat-ing the sale of Contraband Tobacco and the criminality that surrounds it, said Corporal Blair Kelly of the Kingston de-tachment of the RCMP.
Incidents of possession or sale of con-traband tobacco can be reported to your nearest RCMP detachment by calling 1-800-387-0020. Police say information can also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-222-TIPS.
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