Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Letter To Editor-in-Chief Metroland Media East Ryland Coyne (June 20, 2017)

Letter To Editor-in-Chief Metroland Media East Ryland Coyne (June 20, 2017)

Ryland Coyne
Re: Ombudsman’s office investigating complaint against Carleton Place council

Metroland Media:

The toxicity of our local newspaper coverage regarding municipal affairs is becoming worse each passing week, as is the current political environment. This article in question is nothing more than a cut and paste job of irrelevant information that pertains more to the Integrity Commissioner than it does to the Ombudsman. The quotes, especially the deputy mayor’s, are disingenuous at best when it comes to the subject matter in question.

Sadly, and tragically, insults, rancor, demeaning comments, half quotes, miss quotes and the demonization of our mayor appear to be the current baseline of the local media coverage on most municipal matters in the newspaper. This continuous negative reporting has now gotten so bad that members of the community are increasingly lashing out at each other in public places and on social media.

While most of us would like to live in a world of civility, we must do our part to help create a culture of respect and compassion for everyone we interact with, both personally and professionally. To do this we must confront incivility with civility and not join the darkness when incivility is directed toward us. This often takes patience, respect, and a good deal of diligence.

This toxicity of incivility by the press towards elected officials must stop. Continually experiencing this cognitive fog of negativity reduces the much needed attention, information processing, and problem solving abilities of all parties involved in protecting our community, now and into the future.  

Simple respect and courtesy needs to be underscored and considered expected behavior by everyone in our community, and that includes the press. We need to create a culture and climate that highlights, models, and expects civility, and where incivility by anyone is not tolerated or allowed. We all must do our part, especially the press. This is important and may be critical for the long-term health and well-being of our community.


Note:

The comments by the Town Clerk in this article do not reflect the truth regarding the authority and role of the Ombudsman, as stated in the Ombudsman Act.


Thursday, June 15, 2017

Letter To Editor-in-Chief Metroland Media East Ryland Coyne (June 13, 2017)

Letter To Editor-in-Chief Metroland Media East Ryland Coyne (June 13, 2017)

Ryland Coyne

Metroland Media:

This article (Carleton Place-Council Shocked After Arena Costs Balloon 50 Percent) is incredibly misleading. Especially when you look at the Deputy Mayor quotes you printed in the paper. The fact is that the Deputy Mayor was the council member who moved the motion to engage Renwick and Associates Real Estate Inc. to act as Project Manager to oversee projects for the Town (see supporting information below).

There is and was no information that the Deputy Mayor was not aware of nor was there any information regarding this matter that any council member was not aware of regarding the arena upgrade.

This entire article is based on theatre and electioneering by a very disrespectful group of elected officials who have no respect for the integrity or intelligence of the community they serve.

I grow more disappointed each week as I read the Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette and the lack of objectivity or research done in the reporting of municipal matters.




March 16th, 2017 
  
COMMUNICATION 128162 Received from Paul Knowles, Chief Administrative Officer Addressed to Community Issues Committee Date March 16th, 2017 Topic Project Manager for 2017 Construction SUMMARY The following firms have submitted proposals to manage projects for the Town.

Company Rate Estimated Total Cost

MacLaren not provided $245,406 plus TBD
FSA $130.00 $117,000* plus travel cost

Renwick $97.75/hr $87,975*

*Note: The RFP asked for an hourly charge but MacLaren only provided a total cost based on a percent of the budget. An estimated time of 900 was used to compare MacLaren’s price with the other submissions.

All firms are considered able to complete the required work.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION

THAT staff engage Renwick and Associates Real Estate Inc. to act as Project Manager to oversee projects for the Town.

COMMITTEE DECISION THAT staff engage Renwick and Associates Real Estate Inc. to act as Project Manager to oversee projects for the Town.

COUNCIL ACTION THAT Council hereby authorizes staff to engage Renwick and Associates Real Estate Inc. to act as Project Manager to oversee projects for the Town.

PASSED IN COUNCIL

Councillor Redmond declared a possible pecuniary interest and did not speak nor vote regarding communication 128162 as per motion 6-128-13.

Motion No. 6-128-13 Moved by Deputy-Mayor Flynn, seconded by Councillor Doucett

Communication: 128162 THAT Council hereby authorizes staff to engage Renwick and Associates Real Estate Inc. to act as Project Manager to oversee projects for the Town.

CARRIED

_____________________________________________________


January 4th, 2016

Parks and Recreation Action Report for the January 4th, 2016 meeting held in  the Arena Board Room at 7:00 p.m. 

Present: Councillor Ross Trimble, Deputy-Mayor Jerry Flynn, Jan Ferguson, Paul Pillsworth, Tom Marshall, Bill Levesque,  John Andrews, Joanne Henderson, Manager of Recreation  and Culture Absent: Serge Robichaud (regrets),  Reeve Richard Kidd 

1) DECLARATION OF PECUNIARY/CONFLICT OF INTEREST AND GENERAL NATURE THEREOF – now or anytime during the meeting
2) PUBLIC MEETING – NONE THIS EVENING
3) REGISTRATION OF PUBLIC WISHING TO SPEAK
4) PLEASE TURN OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND PAGERS
5) IF THERE IS AN ADDENDUM, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15.2.4 (OF STRIKING REPORT) DOES THE COMMITTEE WISH TO APPROVE THIS ADDENDUM? 

TO BE DISCUSSED

Communication 127007 Received from Joanne Henderson, Manager of Recreation and Culture Addressed to  Parks and Recreation Committee Date   December 4, 2015 Topic   Arena Complex Upgrades

SUMMARY An Open House was held on November 23, 2015. The survey closed on November 30, 2015.  Staff are compiling the information received from the surveys.  Once the information is compiled, staff will prepare a recommendation as to how to proceed.

UPDATE Information about the proposed improvements to the Neelin St. Community Centre property was presented to the public in November via the website, social media and an Parks and Recreation Committee – January 4, 2016 open house on November 23rd.  More than 300 residents submitted comments (see attached).  In summary, the responders to the survey;  - Were primarily from Carleton Place (77%) - Felt that an addition to the arena containing 4 new change rooms and an office was the top priority. - Felt a new outdoor rink (winter) and particularly the skateboard park (summer) was the second priority. - Gave limited priority to relocating and expanding the tennis courts and expanding the arena seating capacity. - Gave a low priority to relocating the playground and constructing new parking.

A total of 112 specific comments were also provided (see attached).  Although there were differing views expressed, in general, these comments; 

- Supported proceeding with improvements. - Suggested constructing some of the new facilities on the baseball diamonds in front of the arena(Note – the ball diamonds are constructed over a former landfill site and the surface should remain grass) - Suggested that the existing arena space should be updated and improved. - Expressed concern about how the project will be funded. - Some felt an entirely new facility similar to Smiths Falls should be constructed instead of renovating the existing facility (Note – the total work proposed would cost $2.85 m where a new facility similar to Smiths Falls would cost $12-14 m). - Suggested a skateboard park was needed and should be visible. 

COMMENT With a total cost of almost $3.0 m, the proposed improvements must be completed in phases.  To address the priorities, the first phase should include new change rooms and also address skateboarding concerns by providing an alternate location.  Proceeding with the new change rooms and interim skateboard area will remove 29 existing parking spaces (12 at the front and 17 at the side).  However, in the feedback, the need for additional parking was given a low priority.  As a contingency for the phase 1 project, if parking does become a problem, the skateboard area could be removed and/or the additional proposed parking could be constructed.

STAFF RECOMMENDATION  That the first phase of the improvements to the Neelin St. Community Centre include;

- Constructing an addition onto the arena containing 4 new change rooms and an office as illustrated on the attached site plan.  The estimated $1.0 m cost should be funded from a combination of existing budgets, user fees, fundraising, corporate sponsorship associated with naming facilities, grants(if possible), development charges(potentially), cost sharing partners and debt.

Parks and Recreation Committee – January 4, 2016

- Creating an interim skateboard area by fencing an area of the existing parking lot as shown on the attached sketch and placing portable skateboard ramps in this area.  The estimated cost of $50,000 would be funded from development charges and cash in lieu of parkland contributions. - Update and improve existing lobby and arena space.  Specific plans and a budget need to be developed.  Cost should be funded from existing budgets.

That staff work to further define and estimate the cost for the phase 1 projects and then propose specific funding sources for the cost of the work.

Also, that the Town cooperate with community groups with an interest in the other proposed improvement projects and facilitate planning for phase 2 of the work.

COMMITTEE DECISION That the first phase of the improvements to the Neelin St. Community Centre include;

- Constructing an addition onto the arena containing 4 new change rooms and an office as illustrated on the attached site plan.  The estimated $1.0 m cost should be funded from a combination of existing budgets, user fees, fundraising, corporate sponsorship associated with naming facilities, grants(if possible), development charges(potentially), cost sharing partners and debt. - Creating an interim skateboard area by fencing an area of the existing parking lot as shown on the attached sketch and placing portable skateboard ramps in this area.  The estimated cost of $50,000 would be funded from development charges and cash in lieu of parkland contributions. - Update and improve existing lobby and arena space.  Specific plans and a budget need to be developed.  Cost should be funded from existing budgets.

That staff work to further define and estimate the cost for the phase 1 projects and then propose specific funding sources for the cost of the work.

Also, that the Town cooperate with community groups with an interest in the other proposed improvement projects and facilitate planning for phase 2 of the work.  

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Former Councillor Says $5,000 For River Cleanup Was ‘A Bargain’ (June 1, 2017)

Re: River Cleanup Volunteer Received Thousands In Donations From Council Discretionary Funds

Former Councillor Says $5,000 For River Cleanup Was ‘A Bargain’ (June 1, 2017)

Dear Editor:

In the summer of 2012, Doug Snedden came to me and offered to volunteer to clean up the river. I jumped at the offer and contacted town staff and the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority (MVCA) to see if it was OK with them. They agreed and the town staff agreed to truck all of the garbage away.

I had a discretionary fund as a councillor of $1,200 so I gave him around $600 to offset some of his expenses and I convinced several other council members that it was a great cause and a very important project to support, so they did.

The discretionary fund was put in place to support local projects and events. I also supported other volunteer groups, like People First of Lanark Country, the Carletnon Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum and many others, so did we all. In the past, council encouraged volunteer organizations to apply for a grant of up to $1,500, to offset expenses on a project. It is true that most volunteers don’t get payment but some do. The Ocean Wave Fire Company is an example. Most of the firemen are volunteers but they are paid for every fire that they go to or meeting that they attend. I am a volunteer driver, but I am paid mileage and expenses. Volunteers are the heart of the community. We couldn’t operate without them.

Doug Snedden did the town a great service. He gave the town a gift of a clean river. I was proud to play a part of the project. The town staff couldn’t and wouldn’t have been able to do the project for health and safety reasons. I doubt that MVCA would take it on either. The only way to get it done now is to spend hundreds of thousands to hire specialists. That will never happen. We were given a great opportunity that will never be repeated now. However instigated, this political witch hunt has just killed the project. The $5,000 was a bargain.

Council needs to focus on the best interests of their customers—the taxpayers—by accomplishing tasks like, cleaning up the river, seniors housing, and working together as a team for the next year and a half, then worry about whether they will become mayor or even retain their seat. Enough is enough—get along. The outside world, all of the towns around, are looking in and it is not a pretty sight. Let’s make Carleton Place great again.

Gary Strike
Carleton Place



Friday, June 9, 2017

Letter To Editor-in-Chief Metroland Media East Ryland Coyne (May 30, 2017)

Letter To Editor-in-Chief Metroland Media East Ryland Coyne (May 30, 2017)

Ryland Coyne


THANK YOU

I would like to let everyone know I appreciate the hundreds of messages I have received from the community regarding this story since its release May 18th.


As many people know who have been following all the negative press articles attacking the mayor and members of the community, anxiety is reaching new levels in our community. This burdensome political climate and abysmal reporting brings bad news to all of us. Regardless of the basis of these articles, the divisive finger pointing and ego driven antics by the majority of council has now turned our town upside down, and the rule of blame is that it now rest upon the shoulders of everyone involved, especially the press, council, the disgruntled developer in the north park, and the dishonoured ex-mayor who managed to place himself in the middle of this smear campaign.



Our community and many other communities across the province are facing challenges that seem unnerving, but the more the media and the majority of council play these smear games, the more powerless we feel and the more unstable our community feels to us.


This series of destructive actions and “in” fighting appears to bring out the worst in people. It makes us more intolerant of disagreement, divides us into factions, and, in the worst case, leads us to demonize those who appear weaker or different. A lot of people can hardly speak now without using negative labels. In these chaotic times in our community, we seek to devalue rather than understand. We tend to take our eye off of the tremendous success and progress our municipality has made over the last two-plus years.

This tendency to devalue our community’s leadership and accomplishments, which impairs the ability for most of us to comprehend, is due to a particular quality of our nature as human beings that contradicts most of our ordinary experiences. Our emotional brain distrusts differences and yet our lives are very much enriched by them.

Our basic character as human beings, has an innate capacity for interest in the well-being of those around us; our friends, our family, neighbours, and other community members. In its higher developed states, it motivates our values to respect, help, nurture, protect and demonstrate our altruistic ways. The more in touch we are with our basic humanity and our community, the more humane we can act and feel in our community.

Final Thoughts

We need to get back to basics, all of us, especially our elected officials and the media. This doesn’t mean becoming saints, giving to charity or doing volunteer work, although it wouldn’t hurt. There are basic levels to our humanity, and most of us can and do quite well by participating in a more civilized co-operative manner within the community we call home. If I were to make any suggestions to anyone caught up in this negative storm I would suggest the following:

Try and be more proactive rather than reactive. Be respectful towards each other because that is the right thing to do. And if you have lost respect because of this nonsense, earn it back, become a better citizen in our community. Know that all of us have a sense of basic humanity, even the people who have lost their way. Realize that you can raise your self-value by valuing others. Recognize that people by nature are fragile not cruel. From here on in, do some small act of kindness and make our community a better place – a small act of compassion or kindness during these troubled times will go a long way.

I hope that one day all of us can better appreciate the community we call home:

Carleton Place – Fidelis (Faithful)




Monday, May 22, 2017

Carleton Place Councillors & Press Targeting Volunteer



by Doug Snedden © 2017



First thing that comes to mind after reading the above article is confusion. I wasn’t sure if the article was intended to smear myself as a volunteer, volunteers in general, or the mayor. When something is not going your way, in this case, with Councillor Fritz, Councillor Redmond, Council Doucett, Deputy Mayor Flynn and the local reporter for the EMC Tara Gesner, they get frustrated. Maybe these people are saying things like: Why is this happening to me? This shouldn't be happening. They shouldn't be doing that. This is unacceptable. It can seem like life is riddled with things designed to push their hot buttons from big challenges in their personal lives, alcohol concerns, health issues, finances, political career or even through to tiny irritations day to day. And maybe these people feel completely justified in being upset about everything that is going on in their lives.

But whenever they notice themselves saying, "It shouldn't be this way", they're in resistance and they're on a fast train to a lot of pain, frustration and anguish. There is no other outcome available to them when they resist the facts. Resistance guarantees they will suffer. Why? Because what is happening around them is fact, and unchangeable. It is what it is. If they don't accept the facts, then they reject the facts. Rejection of the facts is resistance. Resistance equals pain.

And it’s obvious that this group of incredibly negative people are in pain and have no understanding of any facts regarding the river clean-up project, or of those council members who sincerely made a positive gesture using their discretionary funds, or the implications of their negative comments on the community they serve and the volunteers who graciously give their time “not their wallets” in service to their community.

These continuous attacks on the mayor and on community members are stealing the life from our town. And the cold hard truth is that it is being done intentionally. In my opinion, all these negative things being transmitted through the media, are dysfunctional. The more those in question resist the progress our community is making, the more tangled and upset they become. The deeper they go into that upset, the less clear and capable they are of representing our community as elected officials or reporters. As a result, it seems like whatever is upsetting those in question, is becoming worse.

Final thoughts:

Look at this May 18th article in the EMC and all the previous negative articles in the newspaper about the mayor and other community members differently. See what the real intentions are here and ask yourself: Are these the people who I want representing me as elected officials? Is this the type of reporting I want to read in my local paper? Why are they doing this? What are their motives? Who or what is really behind this?

I see our community in transition. We are transitioning through a very positive growth period and there are those in our community who will do anything to capitalize on it, regardless of how negatively it impacts the current and future health and safety of the residents of the Town of Carleton Place.

Note

Volunteers are leading social change and impacting communities across the province. People in our community give their time to various initiatives, serving on boards, and pitching in to help raise funds for various organizations. These volunteers quietly and cheerfully give their time and energy, enabling local organizations working in the social services, environment, sports or culture sectors to deliver services that help boost the quality of life in Carleton Place. I hope that this attack on myself by the press and the council members involved, doesn’t dissuade anyone from volunteering in our community.


A Few Comments:

Mindy Merkley May 24, 2017 at 6:01 PM

Mr. Snedden,

I couldn't agree more with your evaluation of the events that have transpired, which have lead to the stoppage of your volunteering and the subsequent clean up of our mighty Mississippi. I can't help but feel that a "Trump"-like attack is taking place against our mayor and you are yet another fatality in this misplaced use of political power. I have lived in Carleton Place all my life and am sickened with the present town council and their actions that are resulting in non-productive decisions and character assassinations. I want to say thank you very much for all the free time you have donated to cleaning up the river. You are a role model for others in our community though our present council obviously doesn't think so, otherwise they would have found a way for you to continue your extremely valuable activity. I can only hope that today's town councillors will realize that a clean river is a necessity and they will volunteer their own time to take up the cause. Maybe then they will realize that the donations you were receiving were pittance compared to the actual cost of what it would really take to have the job professionally done. Perhaps then they would truly appreciate you and not use you as a way to "smear" our present mayor.


Bill Slade May 26, 2017 at 9:20 AM

Doug,

What you have accomplished over the past 12 years is remarkable and so worthy of your community builders award. Whether this be a misguided target on a volunteer or another shot against the mayor is one of speculation. I think rather the latter. Having organized a waterfront clean-up project for the City of Brockville for two years, I can assure you $3,000 dollars would not come close to the expenses of a one day river clean-up project. As you say this project was primarily self-funded. If a commercial company were contracted to do what you have accomplished, the town would have spent ten's of thousands of dollars. What you received was a pittance to cover costs compared to the value of your work. Few realize the labor required and the medical risks digging refuse out of river muck, sharp metal and possible contaminates in closed rusting barrels. It is unfortunate the grandstanding of certain councillors over such a paltry sum for such a worthy cause has halted your project. Our river is a mess and will continue to be such until we take ownership of our environmental responsibility, stop dumping garbage into our lakes and rivers and discontinue to adopt an 'out of sight out of mind philosophy.' Unfortunately for the citizens of Carleton Place this council has placed so little value on 12 years of dedicated work cleaning the mess in our river made by others. One can only hope you reconsider and the posturing of certain council members and the press be taken for what it is.


Kathryn Carriere May 29, 2017 at 5:56 PM

Doug,

I would like to thank you for your twelve year effort to make our river a safer and cleaner resource. I can't imagine the personal costs (financial, physical, emotional, etc.) that such an undertaking requires. In fact, it must be very overwhelming, and I'm hoping satisfying, to serve your town in such an admirable way for a protracted length of time. I am shocked that members of council and the local paper have taken the spirit and generosity of your labour and attempted to tarnish it by defining a volunteer and twisting it to suit an apparent ulterior motive. I too looked online for the definition of a volunteer. Oxford defines a volunteer: "A person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task". (n) and "Freely offer to do something". (v) To these ends, you sir, are an amazing volunteer. As others have noted, whatever monies that were freely given to support your efforts are a drop in the bucket to the true cost of what you have given of yourself to the town of Carleton Place. Furthermore, these donations are clearly not a reimbursement to you for your work but rather a realization and appreciation for the true financial costs for things like supplies and medical protection. I can only suppose that ignorance of the process, disrespect for the person and spite for our mayor are the reasons for this article and the opinions expressed. What baffles me the most though, is that these efforts to discredit you and our mayor are actually an attack on all those who have recognized the value of your work and supported you. In the end, it is our families, our visitors, our environment and our precious resource that suffer.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Mississippi River Clean-up


From: Gesner, Tara
Sent: May 12, 2017 8:09 PM
To: dougsnedden@hotmail.com

Subject: Council discretionary fund

Good afternoon, Doug:

It has been brought to the Canadian Gazette’s attention that you may have been compensated through mayor Louis Antonakos’s council discretionary fund for river cleanup. Can you confirm? In the past it has been implied your work was done on a volunteer basis. Even on your blog you state: “Since 2005, this self-funding, self-supporting one-person cleanup project has been focused on cleaning up and restoring our local waterways, streams and lake.” Can you please clarify?



I am hoping to hear back very soon.

Warm regards,

Tara

Tara L. Gesner
Reporter
Carleton Place-Almonte Canadian Gazette
Metroland Media East
tgesner@metroland.com
www.insideottawavalley.com
65 Lorne St.
Smiths Falls, Ont. K7A 3K8
613-283-3182  ext. 162

___________________________________________________________

From: Doug Snedden
Sent: May 12, 2017 8:35 PM
To: Gesner, Tara

Subject: Re: Council discretionary fund

Hi Tara,

Yes, I have received donations from several council members over the last number of years. Not sure of the total amount (several thousand for sure) and it did help with facilitating some of my medical and safety costs over the years. The balance or "real cost" of the clean up was covered by myself as stated on my blog.

Sincerely,

Doug

__________________________________________________


From: Gesner, Tara
Sent: May 12, 2017 8:46 PM
To: Doug Snedden

Subject: Re: Council discretionary fund

Thank you for your prompt response, Doug. Have a great weekend.

Tara L. Gesner

Reporter
Carleton Place-Almonte Canadian Gazette
Metroland Media East
tgesner@metroland.com
www.insideottawavalley.com
65 Lorne St.
Smiths Falls, Ont. K7A 3K8
613-283-3182  ext. 162

_________________________________________________


From: Doug Snedden
Sent: May 13, 2017 11:00 PM
To: tgesner@metroland.com

Subject: Fw: I Politely Decline - Community Builders Award

Hi Tara,

Not sure about the real intention of your previous query but I thought you might be interested in this email.

I believe a number of the recipients (Mayor Leblanc, Councillor Black, Councillor Strike) on this correspondence made donations from their personal discretionary funds towards the river clean up project during the last term.

And I believe this term, Mayor Antonakos and Deputy Mayor Flynn made contributions from their personal discretionary funds.

I hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Doug

Attachment

From: Doug Snedden
Sent: November 17, 2012 10:46 AM
To: wleblanc@carletonplace.ca;
wendyleblanc@sympatico.ca;
garystrike@rogers.com;
e.sonnenburg@rogers.com;
jerryflynn@rogers.com;
lantonakos@sympatico.ca;
rprobert@carletonplace.ca;
doug__black@hotmail.com;
pknowles@carletonplace.ca

Subject: I Politely Decline - Community Builders Award

Dear Mayor Leblanc,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for considering me for the Community Builders Award. I'm certain there are others who would be more deserving than myself and based on that fact and several discussions with Councillor Strike, I would like to politely withdraw myself from the nomination process.

I would also like to thank you for the invitation to the Appreciation Night gala. Unfortunately, I will not be able to attend that evening.

Respectfully,

Doug Snedden 

___________________________________________________


From: Doug Snedden
Sent: May 14, 2017 4:51 PM
To: tfritz@carletonplace.ca
Cc: lantonakos@carletonplace.ca;
jflynn@carletonplace.ca;
dblack@carletonplace.ca;
bdoucett@carletonplace.ca;
sredmond@carletonplace.ca;
rtrimble@carletonplace.ca;
phogan@carletonplace.ca;
pknowles@carletonplace.ca;
drogers@carletonplace.ca

Subject: A Cautionary Informal Notice

Dear Councillor Fritz,

It was a disappointment for me to hear that you were the main representative on council who pulled the funding for the river clean up project and it is a disappointment for me to also hear rumour that you are now attempting to discredit my efforts for the last twelve years cleaning up the river. After thinking about your comments and actions regarding myself and the river clean up, I have decided, thanks to you and your actions, I will no longer be placing my health and well-being on the line to clean up the river.

If I take these negative overtones and actions by yourself towards me and add them with what I was also informed in regards to your comments at a Chamber function of you discrediting my efforts in helping secure hospital funding for the new Emergency Room, I must assume you are intentionally attacking me or trying to smear me as a resident of the community, without cause or reason.

For the record, I have never spoken with you directly on any subject nor have I ever exchanged emails or texts with you. And I can clearly state that I have never gone to any formal social function and bad mouthed or smeared you in any way as a councillor, or as a member of the community.

What I have recently done and will definitely continue to do, is start to openly comment on what I am reading in the newspaper and witnessing at council meetings regarding your conduct and other council members conduct.

You have negatively inspired me to take up a new project of engaging my rights as a resident and speaking out publicly against what I believe is poor representation by elected officials for the Town of Carleton Place.

As a curtesy, and in the best interest of everyone involved, stop attacking me or any residents of our community and start doing your job as an elected official.

Respectfully,

Doug Snedden

____________________________________________________


From: Theresa Fritz
Sent: May 14, 2017 7:59 PM
To: Doug Snedden
Cc: lantonakos@carletonplace.ca;
jflynn@carletonplace.ca;
dblack@carletonplace.ca;
bdoucett@carletonplace.ca;
sredmond@carletonplace.ca;
rtrimble@carletonplace.ca;
phogan@carletonplace.ca;
pknowles@carletonplace.ca;
drogers@carletonplace.ca

Subject: Re: A Cautionary Informal Notice

Mr Snedden,

Thanks for the email. But I am afraid you are mistaken on several counts.

I never said anything negative about your river clean up efforts but did question and oppose putting money in the Town of Carleton Place 2017 budget for what has been a private effort all along.

As someone who has volunteered for more than 20 years in this community including with the hospital for 12 years, president of the foundation for two, I know there are a lot of people who deserve credit for the new emergency department - including the mayor and our MPP - but from what I have seen you were very negative about the hospital and even at the all candidates meeting in 2014 tried to scare people by suggesting the hospital would be closing.

Thirdly, the only Chamber functions I have been at in the last year were the awards night and the golf tournament and I don't recall speaking about you at either of these events. 

I am sorry to hear you are abandoning your river clean up efforts, especially after the mayor presented you with the Community Builder Award recently, but that is your choice and you cannot blame me or anyone else for a choice you choose to make.

I am not going to engage in an email war with you. But please know, the threatening overtone of your email has been noted and will be dealt with appropriately.

You can rest assured I will continue to do my job as an elected official.

Theresa Fritz

Councillor

Sent from BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the TELUS network.

____________________________________________________


From: Doug Snedden
Sent: May 14, 2017 8:39 PM
To: Theresa Fritz
Cc: lantonakos@carletonplace.ca;
jflynn@carletonplace.ca;
dblack@carletonplace.ca;
bdoucett@carletonplace.ca;
sredmond@carletonplace.ca;
rtrimble@carletonplace.ca;
phogan@carletonplace.ca;
pknowles@carletonplace.ca;
drogers@carletonplace.ca

Subject: Re: A Cautionary Informal Notice

Councillor Fritz,

Thank you for the quick reply. You can deny what ever you wish but I choose to lean towards your public actions and those you have spoken to against my efforts regarding the river clean up and the new emergency room funding. I have publicly noted in writing those who I believe have contributed towards the new emergency room, and that does not include you.

My cautionary informal notice was sincere and your reply infers a threatening overtone towards myself as a resident of Carleton Place.

As an elected public figure, I am disappointed in you.

Sincerely,

Doug Snedden

For the record:

The Only Words Publicly Stated By Myself Regarding The Hospital At
All Candidates Night October, 2014

“I am also the person who was asked by several members of the current council to look into why the hospital redevelopment project has stalled.”

“And in regards as to why the hospital redevelopment project has stalled: the answer is straight forward. Our community is not included in the province's long range infrastructure plan and the province has no funding available for a new hospital in Carleton Place. (hold up letter) This letter, signed by the minister of health, confirms these two facts.”

Monday, November 7, 2016

A Special Thank You

To the communities of Carleton Place, Beckwith, Mississippi Mills, and those elected officials who put it all on the line in order to secure provincial funding for our new emergency room, I want to sincerely thank you.

It has definitely been a challenge over the last five years since I was first asked by an elected official of our community to look into the new hospital redevelopment project, and as of October 28th this year, the journey has successfully ended with a hospital infrastructure solution and $8.7 million in provincial funding secured.

And for all those who have sent emails and inquired about my involvement in this endeavour, I can only say that after personally writing hundreds of emails, formal letters, newspaper articles, blog posts, texts, presentation scripts and coming out and running for Council in 2014 in order to inform the community of the situation regarding our hospital infrastructure, my interest or involvement in this successful outcome would not have been possible without the hundreds of people in our community who have supported my efforts since the beginning through their emails, blogging, and respective letter writing campaigns.

It is an honour for me to take this opportunity to recognize the following people who were instrumental in securing this new emergency room funding;

MPP Hillier, Beckwith Reeve Kidd, Norma Ford, and especially Mayor Antonakos who has been there right from the beginning of this endeavour as a Councillor and as Mayor of Carleton Place.

Sincerely,





Project Terminated (as of May 19th, 2017)

Interesting article. Not sure of its true purpose or intent but seeing my name and river clean-up efforts were mentioned, here are a few final thoughts.

Back in 2005, I was canoeing the lower river below Arklan Island when I noticed some garbage in the water. I turned around and switched boats to see if I could retrieve the items from the river. After a few hours, I extracted a number of items including some tires, metals, plastics and a freezer. It wasn’t long before I realized there was a much bigger problem in our local waterways. After twelve years, 332 volunteer days (2,650 hours) on or in the water, I removed over sixty-tonnes of non-biodegradable waste from the river in and around Carleton Place.

My goal this year, which started May 1st, was to map out the concentration areas of non-biodegradable waste (an estimated 450 tonnes) throughout the remaining parts of the river system (200-kilometers), then begin the extraction process which I believe could have been completed over the next five years, with the right support infrastructure in place.

Seeing this project has somehow become a contentious issue, I have decided to discontinue my efforts in cleaning up the Mississippi River. For those of you who have supported this project over the years, thank you.

Sincerely,





Plaque Inscription:
2017 TOWN OF CARLETON PLACE COMMUNITY BUILDERS AWARD
Presented to DOUG SNEDDEN
For his tireless contributions in cleaning up the
Mississippi River and for helping to secure a 9,000 sq. ft.
Emergency Room at the Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital.
By the Mayor, Council and Staff, of the Town of Carleton Place.
March 28,2017


Mississippi River Clean-Up

(Since 2005)

Project Administrator: Doug Snedden



Last Updated: May 4, 2017



Introduction

Since 2005, this self-funding self-supporting one person clean-up project has been focused on cleaning up and restoring our local waterways, streams and lake.  After 332 volunteer days (2,650 hours) on or in the water there has been over 60 tons of non-biodegradable waste removed from the Mississippi River in and around the Carleton Place area since the beginning of the project (there is an estimated 450 tons of non-biodegradable waste remaining in the river system today). Non-biodegradable waste materials include: plastic bags, plastic bottles, tin cans, styrofoam, fiberglass, synthetics, metals and tires. Currently, there are no agencies, associations, conservation authorities or sponsors directly supporting this or any project to remove non-biodegradable waste from our river system.

A healthy community starts with a healthy river. Rivers connect us to each other, to nature and to future generations. By stopping contaminants from getting into sources of drinking water - lakes, rivers and aquifers - we can provide the first line of defence in the protection of our environment and the health of all residents who rely on the Mississippi River.

Primary Job Description

Secure all necessary equipment; maintain blog; plan the recovery drop locations; oversee the drop locations during the cleanup; scout the river to locate trash concentrations; coordinate water-craft activities; coordinate land trash sites; coordinate vehicle-related activities; arrange for handling and disposing of trash; coordinate trash-handling activities during the cleanup; participate in the physical removal of solid waste trash from the river; follow common sense rules, regulations and procedures regarding river safety, boat operations, equipment handling and all other aspects of conducting a safe river cleanup.

Basic Equipment Requirements Each Year

Water craft transport vehicle and maintenance; water craft; trailer; first aid kit; sunscreen; bug spray; drinking water; snacks; cell phone; extra heavy-duty trash bags; sledge hammer; scoop shovel; pry bar; long and short pike poles; life jacket; dry storage box, work gloves; water safety footwear; eye protection; trash site flags; water craft markers; parking pylons; safety ropes; goggles and snorkel gear; and additional safety clothing and flotation equipment if required.
200 gallon oil tank removed from the river


200 gallon oil tank one day out of the river


town garbage barrel


two deer


Carleton Place River Clean Up 2
tractor trailer tire
Carleton Place River Clean Up 5
two barrels two tires in two minutes
ten foot steel drill shaft
cleaning up the river one piece at a time
truck liner removed from river


empty wallet
another ten foot steel drill shaft
aluminum siding
three more ten foot steel drill shafts
six inch cast iron pipe
one boat load
fifth load today
typical load
big day
one week-end
computer keyboard another barrel
curling club sign
paint can


shopping cart
three more ten foot steel drill shafts


ski-doo frame
aluminum kettle
TV
two spectators


behind Cardel
window frame


more tires more plastics
computer monitor


more ten foot steel drill shafts


duct work vent boot top right
industrial door counter weight lower right
office chair
mag rims


trailer hitch top center
foundry ?


white walls
Liberal campaign sign


wheel cover


Ottawa Citizen box


giant tire


old mallet


bicycle wheel


cast iron pipe


motorcycle tire


couch cushion


Tim Horton's - again and again and again


stop here on red signal sign


vacuum cleaner


four more ten foot steel drill shafts and a wagon wheel


copper kettle


DRS for sale sign


help me help you
2016 River Clean-Up Inventory (114 days in or on the water)


156 tires, 9810 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 12 50-gallon metal barrels, 1 plastic 50-gallon barrel, 10 bicycles, approx. 2170 plastic bottles, 2015 aluminum cans, 816 glass bottles, 523 plastic bags, 349 assorted pieces of clothing and rags, 145 golf balls, 141 iron railway clamps and spikes, 133 shoes, 124 plastic beer cups, 64 aluminum pots, 49 flip flops, 24 lawn chairs, 16 hub caps, 13 steel t-frame fence posts, 11 javax bottles, 9 tea cups, 9 pieces of aluminum siding, 8 metal pots, 8 one hundred pound 2" thick steel 10' long drill shafts, 8 small plastic toys, 6 broken beer mugs, 6 bicycle tires on rims, 6 plastic hanging flower pots, 5 plastic toy buckets, 5 pylons, 5 headlights, 4 fishing rods, 3 soccer balls, 3 large metal cooking pots, 3 snow shovels, 3 wallets, 3 computers, 3 metal tea pots, 3 dog collars, 3 car mag rims, 2 large metal shopping carts, 2 metal bed frames, 2 24" steel industrial container lids, 2 car tubes, 2 12' aluminum flag poles, 2 aluminum minnow buckets, 2 6' pieces of metal strapping, 2 purses, 2 winter jackets, 2 36" x 4" metal rings,  2 truck drive belts, 2 campaign signs, 2 8' lead pipes,   2 25' garden hoses, 2 steel sign stands, 2 5' car exhaust pipes, 2 8' x 10' fibreglass tarps, 2 plastic toy figurines, 1 large 4' x 6' commercial real estate sign, 1 25' marine rope, 1 motorcycle rim, 1 front wheel on rim tractor tire, 1 2 person rubber dinghy, 1 250lb. industrial drive shaft,  1 6' by 10" piece of cast iron piping, 1 bicycle rim, 1 citizen newspaper box, 1 flower water pot, 1 metal garden spade, 1 20' x 10' fibreglass tarp, 1 TV, 1 car muffler, 1 car phone charger, 1 bed pan, 1 crank shaft, 1 metal table frame, 1 kids wagon, 1 tricycle, 1 plastic floating pool chair, 1 metal road sign, 1 5-gallon metal can, 1 industrial wood/steel mallet, 1 fishing reel, 1 standard car rim, 1 wooden/iron hay wagon axle, 1 wooden/metal hay wagon wheel, 1 wooden/metal hay wagon ski, 1 industrial drive shaft, 1 10' roll of linoleum, 1 step stool, 1 truck alternator, 1 4' x 5" cast iron pipe, 1 baby stroller, 1 3' iron ring, 1 3' piece of steel mesh, 1 large metal road sign with two wooden posts, 1 metal boat seat frame, 1 8' x3" piece of leather strapping, 1 car jack, 1 golf ball retrieving extension pole, 1 50' length of rubber high pressure hose, 1 water ski zip cover, 1 5' piece of 4" ABS pipe, 1 lawn mower wheel, 1 5' x12" piece of tin, 1 ski doo ski, 1 large toy pail, 1 alternator, 1 aluminum wagon handle, 1 100 lb. metal/concrete counter weight, 1 leaf rake, 1 steel mesh garbage can, 1 cast iron barbecue grill, 1 walker, 1 partial dock with two steel support poles, 1 set of electric hair curlers, 1 recycle shopping bag, 1 aluminum garden shovel handle, 1 10' piece of heavy plastic, 1 8' piece of heavy plastic, 1 5' piece of exhaust pipe, 1 12' x 4" abs drain pipe, 1 4' x 4" black abs pipe, 1 3' steel girder, 1 large riding tonka plastic toy truck, 1 plastic toy car, 1 6' piece of chicken wire fencing, 1 plastic doll, 1 3' stainless steel rod, 1 guitar neck, 1 paint can, 1 tennis racket carrying case, I minnow trap, 1 deck umbrella, 1 office chair, 1 8" cast iron ring, 1 gym bag, 1 steel truck hitch, 1 laundry basket, 1 steel bathroom safety handle, 1 golf club, 1 3' plastic religious statue, 1 crank shaft, 1 aluminum screen window frame, 1 wooden window frame casing, 1 scrub bucket, 1 metal folding table, I 4' synthetic piece of xmas decoration, 1 soccer ball, 1 nerf ball, 1 stainless steel high pressure water hose nozzle, 1 aluminum 3' piece of 4" downspout, 1 tin candy container, 1 pad lock, 1 frisbee, 1 cell phone, 1 vacuum cleaner, 1 computer cord, 1 radio, half a plastic lawn chair, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments (approx. 10,340 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 37,850 lbs.)


2015 River Clean-Up Inventory (27 days in or on the water)


45 tires, 595 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 7 metal 50-gallon barrels, 2 plastic rain barrels, 21 large pieces of plastic, 315 aluminium cans, 102 plastic bottles, 26 glass bottles, 2 lawn chairs, 2 aluminium pots, 1 bar stool, 1 kitchen chair, 8 plastic toys, 3 car rims, 1 hub cap, 1 disk brake, 1 bicycle, 2 road signs, 1 pylon, 1 10" metal industrial elbow, 1 metal real estate sign, 1 broken recycle box, 1 private property sign, 1 shopping cart, 1 piece of rigid form insulation, 1 pressure treated wooden dock, 1 aquarium, 1 town picnic table, 1 tire filled with concrete, scaffolding, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 700 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 7,000 lbs.)



2014 River Clean-Up Inventory (25 days in or on the water)


107 tires, 2520 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 13 metal 50-gallon barrels, 4 plastic 50-gallon barrels, 2 bicycles, 1120 pieces of plastic, 305 aluminium cans, 70 glass bottles, 49 assorted pieces of clothing and rags, 21 shoes, 8 lawn chairs, 4 plastic toys, 2 hub caps, 1 road pylon, 3 metal posts, 3 docks, 4 plastic drinking bottles, 20 feet of outdoor carpeting, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 400 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed:7,400 lbs.)

2013 River Clean-Up Inventory (38 days in or on the water)


112 tires, 1 oversize truck tire, 1 200-gallon oil tank, 5 metal 50-gallon barrels, 1 full size dodge pick up truck plastic bed liner, 2 hub caps, 1 fender, 450 aluminium cans, 235 glass bottles, 173 plastic bottles, 31 green garbage bags, 900 lbs. of scrap iron, 10 pieces of rebar, 6 one hundred pound 2" thick steel 10' long drill shafts, 1 100 lb. piece of scrap metal, 1 5' 100 lb. piece of cast iron, 1 70 lb. trailer axle, 1 2' cast iron coupling, 1 3' piece of half inch cable, 3 office chairs, 2 lawn chairs, 1 lawn chair cushion, 5 10' pieces of aluminium siding, 1 8' length of eves trough, 1 4' piece of aluminium soffit, 1 10' piece of metal pipe, 8 shoes, 2 blankets, 1 winter coat, 1 work boot, 3 carpets, 2 five gallon plastic buckets, 2 aluminium tea pots, 2 aluminium bowls, 7 metal cooking pots, 1 frying pan, 2 kitchen tables, 1 large picnic table with a heavy metal base, 1 canvas table umbrella, 1 steel door frame, 1 scooter, 1 broken canoe paddle, 1 broken boat oar, 1 2' piece of aluminium tubing, 1 rubber hose, 1 town road barrier, 1 tarp, 1 toy fish pail, 1 hard plastic guide wire cable guard, 1 computer casing, 2 dingy paddles, 2 bicycle rims, 1 bicycle tube, 1 8' commercial size pallet, 1 wooden ladder, 1 aluminium saucer sleigh, 1 weight-lifting bar, 1 air pump handle, 1 5' piece of abs pipe, 2 frisbees, 1 5' length of 1" cable, 18 large sheets of clear plastic, 1 metal storage rack, I road pylon, 1 metal garbage can, 2 sleeping bags, 1 small pressure treated wooden platform, 1 makeup bag, 2 stereo speakers, 1 metal pail, 3 foam bait containers, 1 fishing net float, 1 industrial broom, 1 4' piece of plastic tubing, 1 6"x10"x12' pressure treated eye beam, 1 air-tire float, 1 coffee table leg, 1 small safe, 1 skateboard wheel, 1 industrial door wheel, 2 soccer balls, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 1400 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 18,000 lbs.)

2012 River Clean-Up Inventory (30 days in or on the water)


301 tires, 3410 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 29 metal 50-gallon barrels, 27 bicycles, 608 pieces of plastic, 457 aluminium cans, 243 glass bottles, 51 railroad spikes, 48 golf balls, 46 assorted pieces of clothing and rags, 36 shoes, 20 cups, saucers and plates, 11 lawn chairs, 9 plastic toys, 8 aluminium kettles, 6 hub caps, 5 road pylons, 4 credit cards, 3 bath mats, 2 pairs of sunglasses, 2 Tyco signs, 1 metal posts, 2 flashing construction warning signs, 2 docks, 2 office chairs, 2 bicycle cable locks, 2 plastic drinking bottles, 2 security safes, 1 truck drive shaft, 1 car dash board, 1 microwave oven, 1 television, 1 upright vacuum cleaner, 1 dispensing machine, 1 ice auger, 1 snow shovel, 1 clothing rack, 1 metal lawn roller, 1 shopping cart, 1 Carleton Place Curling Club road sign with steel post, 1 recliner, 1 high chair, 1 ski-doo frame, 1 bicycle carrier basket, 1 fibreglass boat hull, 1 skipping rope, 1 restaurant table, 1 patio umbrella, 1 CB radio, 1 duffel bag, 1 plastic shed, 1 tent, 1 computer keyboard, 1 two-seater plastic toboggan, 1 industrial air conditioner sheet metal cap, 40 feet of synthetic rope, 8 feet of outdoor carpeting, 1 piece of aluminium siding (12 foot panel), and 1 five foot plastic arcade game, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 900 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 17,000 lbs.)

2011 River Clean-Up Inventory (25 days in or on the water)


56 tires, 2 metal 50-gallon barrels, 3 hub caps, 240 aluminium cans, 87 glass bottles, 95 plastic bottles, 16 green garbage bags, 400 lbs. of scrap iron, 1 office chair, 4 lawn chairs, 2 10' pieces of aluminium siding, 19 shoes, 1 blankets, 3 work boots, 1 ten by ten carpet, 1 five gallon plastic buckets, 5 aluminium bowls, 2 metal cooking pots, 1 picnic table, 30 feet of rubber hose, 3 tarps, 1 clock radio, 7 bicycle rims, 1 frisbee, 3 road pylons, 4 metal garbage cans, 7 foam bait containers, 1 dining room table, 5 soccer balls, 1 tv, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 350 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 7,500 lbs.)

2010 River Clean-Up Inventory (23 days in or on the water)


23 tires, 580 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 4 metal 50-gallon barrels, 1 bicycle, 468 pieces of plastic, 198 aluminium cans, 28 glass bottles, 51 assorted pieces of clothing and rags, 11 shoes, 5 lawn chairs, 4 plastic toys, 1 aluminium kettle, 1 dock, 2 computer screens, 1 industrial dock float, 1 aluminium boat, 1 large dam log, 1 rubber raft, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 1000 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 8,000 lbs.)

2009 River Clean-Up Inventory (18 days in or on the water)


36 tires, 3 metal 50-gallon barrels, 7 hub caps, 1140 aluminium cans, 354 glass bottles, 53 plastic bottles, 23 green garbage bags, 490 lbs. of scrap iron, 6 lawn chairs, 13 shoes, 1 blanket, 2 picnic tables, 1 tent, 60 feet of one inch plastic tubing, 4 pallets, 3 large sheets of clear plastic, 4 metal garbage cans, 3 large industrial spools, 1 large industrial door, 1 refrigerator, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 300 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 6,000 lbs.)


2008 River Clean-Up Inventory (12 days in or on the water)


67 tires, 170 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 1 metal 50-gallon barrels, 340 pieces of plastic, 228 aluminium cans, 65 glass bottles, 26 pieces of clothing and rags, 9 shoes, 3 lawn chairs, 24 plastic toys, 2 aluminium kettles, 34 feet of barb wire, 1 pressure treated eight by eight platform, 1 busted duck blind made of pressure treated wood, 3 plastic lawn chairs, 1 washing machine, 4 car rims, 1 large seven foot piece of doc foam, 2 minnow pails, 1 suit case, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 600 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 5,500 lbs.)


2007 River Clean-Up Inventory (7 days in or on the water)


41 tires, 57 aluminium cans, 85 glass bottles, 98 plastic bottles, 6 green garbage bags, 200 lbs. of scrap iron, 1 sunken wooden boat, 13 lawn chairs, 4 shoes, 3 work boots, 1 large aluminium spaghetti pot, 1 kitchen chair, 1 picnic table, 1 canoe, 9 plastic toys, 1 car rim, 7 tennis balls, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 500 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 3,800 lbs.)



2006 River Clean-Up Inventory (9 days in or on the water)


27 tires, 300 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 2 metal 50-gallon barrels, 3 bicycles, 170 pieces of plastic, 92 aluminium cans, 44 glass bottles, 6 golf balls, 21 pieces of clothing and rags, 6 shoes, 10 plastic cups, 5 lawn chairs, 1 pressure treated dock, 2 anchors, one aluminium shovel, one baby seat, one plastic end table, 3 ten foot pieces of aluminium siding, 1 bird house, and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments  (approx. 200 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 3,000 lbs.)


2005 River Clean-Up Inventory (4 days in or on the water)


21 tires, 160 pounds of scrap iron and steel, 1 metal 50-gallon barrels, 2 bicycles, 367 pieces of plastic, 240 aluminium cans, 91 glass bottles, 14 pieces of clothing and rags, 9 shoes, 8 lawn chairs, 2 aluminium boats, 1 freezer, 1 electric boat motor, 2 fishing tackle boxes, 1 fishing rod, 1 skate and a large assortment of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments (approx. 850 pieces).
(est. Total Gross Weight Removed: 2,500 lbs.)

Environmental Impact Of Discarded Tires In Our River System


Tires represent a serious environmental concern on many fronts, especially discarded tires in our river system. Tires that are thrown in the river instead of recycled can cause serious environmental problems when the chemicals they contain are released into the water environment -- the breakdown of tires releases hazardous wastes. Tires contain oils that contaminate the river basin; they also consist of heavy metals such as lead.


Rubber tire materials contains toxic compounds including oils rich in polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), so-called highly aromatic (HA) oils, as well as other reactive additives used as antioxidants, antiozonants, and vulcanization accelerators. The toxicity of rubber tire leachates to aquatic organisms is deadly.


Controlled environment fish studies have been conducted with two types of tires: a tire containing HA oils in the tread or a tire free of HA oils in the tread. After 1 day of exposure, an induction of cytochrome P4501A1 (CYP1A1) was evident in all exposed groups of fish, measured as elevated ethoxyresorufin-O-deethylase (EROD) activity and increased CYP1A1 mRNA levels. After two weeks of exposure, EROD activity and CYP1A1 mRNA were still high in fish exposed to leachate from HA oil-containing tire, whereas the effect was somewhat lower in fish exposed to leachate from HA oil-free tread tire. Compounds in the tire leachates also affected antioxidant parameters. Total glutathione concentration in liver as well as hepatic glutathione reductase, glutathione S-transferase, and glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase activities were markedly elevated after two weeks of exposure in both groups. The responses were greater in the group exposed to leachate from HA oil-free tread tire. Vitellogenin measurements did not indicate leakage of estrogenic compounds from the tires. Chemical analyses of bile from exposed fish revealed the presence of hydroxylated PAH as well as aromatic nitrogen compounds indicating uptake of these compounds by the fish.


Special Note: On one short stretch of the Mississippi River in Carleton Place between Arklan Island and the Highway 7 Bridge, there has been approximately 992 tires documented and removed from the Mississippi River since 2005.


Environmental Impact Of Plastics In Our River System


Plastic debris not only causes aesthetic problems but also presents a hazard to marine life. The quantities and effects of plastic debris in natural terrestrial habitats and in fresh water is staggering. Most plastics (polymers) are buoyant in water, and since items of plastic debris such as cartons, bottles and plastic bags often trap air, substantial quantities of plastic debris accumulate in concentrations in certain areas on the Mississippi River. Despite their buoyant nature, plastics can become fouled with marine life and sediment causing items to sink to the riverbed.


Phthalates and BPA affect reproduction in all fish and animal groups that depend on the river for food. Development is also impaired in crustaceans and amphibians. Molluscs and amphibians appear to be particularly sensitive to these compounds. Most plasticizers appear to act by interfering with hormone function. BPA concentrations in aquatic environments vary considerably, but can be very high in freshwater systems and concentrations in sediments are generally several orders of magnitude higher than in the water column.


Special Note: On one short stretch of the Mississippi River in Carleton Place between Arklan Island and the Highway 7 Bridge, there has been approximately 27,000 solid waste pieces (over 16,000 pieces of broken glass, pieces of metal, and plastic fragments included) removed from the Mississippi River since 2005.


Environmental Impact Of Metal Pollution In Our River System


All heavy metals, including those that are essential micronutrients (e.g. copper, zinc, etc.), are toxic to algae at high concentrations. One characteristic feature of heavy-metal toxicity is the poisoning and inactivation of enzyme systems. Many of the physiological and biochemical processes, viz., photosynthesis, respiration, protein synthesis and chlorophyll synthesis, etc., are severely affected at high metal concentrations.


Heavy-metal pollution causes reduction in species diversity leading to the dominance of a few tolerant algal forms. The primary productivity also decreases after metal supplementation. Several factors affect and determine toxicity of heavy metals to algae. At low pH, the availability of heavy metals to algae is greatly increased, as a consequence of which pronounced toxicity is evident. Hard waters decrease metal toxicity. Some ions, e.g., calcium, magnesium and phosphorus, can alleviate toxicity of metals.


The presence of other metals can influence toxicity of a heavy metal through simple additive effect or by synergistic and antagonistic interactions. Similarly, other pollutants can influence heavy-metal toxicity. The toxicity of heavy metals depends upon their chemical speciation. Various ionic forms of a metal characterized by different valency states, may be differentially toxic to a test alga.


Heavy-metal toxicity largely depends upon algal population density: the denser the population the more numerous the cellular sites available, leading to decreased toxicity.


Special Note: On one short stretch of the Mississippi River in Carleton Place between Arklan Island and the Highway 7 Bridge, there has been approximately 123,200 lbs. gross weight of solid waste that has been documented and removed from the river since 2005.




Birds



For many years, our area has been known for its use by large numbers of waterfowl. The marshes provide important staging habitat for significant numbers of several different species of waterfowl during migration. Our wildlife area and river provides birds with a safe haven from hunters and recreational boating as they migrate south each fall. Up to 1000 ducks can pass through in a day during fall migration, with American Black Duck (Anas rubripes), Blue-wingedTeal (Anas discors), Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus), Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos), Wood Duck (Aix sponsa), and Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) being the most common.



Waterfowl species reported breeding in our area include Mallard, American Black Duck, Wood Duck, Blue-winged Teal and Canada Goose (Branta Canadensis).  Several species of marsh dependent waterbirds have been recorded, including American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus), Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola), Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana), Sora (Porzana carolina) and the federally threatened Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis).



Waterbird species reported breeding in our area include the Common Loon (Gavia immer), Marsh Wren (Cistothorus palustrisi), Virginia Rail, Black Tern (Chilidonias niger), Pied-billed Grebe (Podilymbus podiceps) and Common Tern (Sterna hirundo).



There is limited information on land bird species and use of our upland habitats. However, recent bird surveys reported over 50 species of land birds using a variety of habitats (i.e., upland forest, old field, meadow and wetland). Land bird species reported include warblers (e.g., Yellow-rumped Warbler [Dendroica coronata] and threatened Canada Warbler [Cardellina canadensis], thrushes (e.g. Wood Thrush [Hylocichla mustelina]), sparrows (e.g. Swamp Sparrow [Melospiza georgiana] and raptors (e.g. Osprey [Pandion haliaetus]). The majority of landbird species reported are migratory species and will use our area as a stopover and possibly breeding habitat. Land bird species confirmed breeding in our area include the Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis), the Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon), Hairy Woodpecker (Picoides villosus), Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) and the Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus).



Mammals



The Mississippi River and Lake area are also home to a variety of mammals including the Short-tailed Shrew (Blarina brevicauda), Masked Shrew (Sorex cinereus), Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus) and the Eastern Chipmunk (Tamias striatus) (EC-CWS, 1980). The marsh areas provide habitat for several species of fur bearers including North American Beaver, River Otter (Lutra canadensis) and Muskrat. Black Bear (Ursus americanus), RedSquirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), Raccoon (Procyon lotor), White-tailed Deer (Odocoileus viginianus), Eastern Cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus), SnowshoeHare (Lepus americanus) and Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) can also be found in our area.
Reptiles and Amphibians



Fourteen species of reptiles and amphibians have been reported in our area, including seven species of frogs and toads (e.g., Green Frog [Rana clamitans], Tetraploid Gray Tree Frog [Hyla versicolor], American Bullfrog [Rana catesbeiana], Northern Leopard Frog [Rana pipiens], Wood Frog [Rana sylvatica], Northern Spring Peeper [Pseudacris crucifer] and Eastern American Toad [Bufo americanus]), two snakes (Eastern Garter Snake [Thamnophis sirtalis] and Northern Water Snake [Nerodia sipedon]), three turtle species (Midland Painted Turtle [Chrysemys picta marginata], Eastern MuskTurtle, also known as Stinkpot [Sternotherus odoratus] and Snapping Turtle [Chelydra serpentine] and one salamander (Northern Redback Salamander [Plethodon cinereus]).  Our area has been identified as an important habitat for American Bullfrogs, and studies reported an abundant population. However, bullfrog surveys in 2001 and 2003 suggest a decline in American Bullfrogs. In 2003, the population could not be estimated due to a small sample size. The American Bullfrog population has not been formally surveyed since 2003 due to poor habitat suitability; however, the species was found within our area in 2008, 2009 and 2012.







Fish



The Mississippi River and Lake are a popular site for sport fishing, supporting both warm and coldwater fish species. Nineteen species were recorded with Yellow Perch (Perca flavescens) being the most abundant, followed by Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus), Smallmouth Bass (Micropterus dolomieu), Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus), Northern Pike (Esox lucius), Rock Bass (Ambloplites rupestris), Log Perch (Percina caprodes) and Walleye/YellowPickerel (Sander vitreus). Some of the creeks passing through or entering our river system provide spawning areas for Walleye, Northern Pike and Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides). Walleye, Largemouth Bass and Black Crappie (Pomoxis nigromaculatus) are all introduced species in Mississippi Lake. In the past, Mississippi Lake has been stocked with Smallmouth Bass, Walleye, LakeTrout (Salvelinus namaycush) and Lake Whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). Fish stocking was discontinued in 1980,  but the lake is managed by a self-sustaining fishery.




Invertebrates



The area wetlands produce numerous flying insects, which insectivorous bird species consume to fuel their spring and fall migrations. Field visits and surveys have reported several species of dragonflies, damselflies and butterflies.  The Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus), listed as a special concern species, has been reported in our area. Monarchs use our River and Lake area as migratory and stopover habitat during late summer and early fall, stopping to feed on plants or roost in trees on their way south to their wintering grounds.



Species at Risk



Ten species have been reported at risk in the Mississippi River and Lake areas, including the endangered Butternut, threatened Eastern Musk Turtle, Canada Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera), Least Bittern and special concern Broad Beech Fern (Phegopteris hexagonoptera), Monarch butterfly, Snapping Turtle, Redshouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) and RustyBlackbird (Euphagus carolinus).  In addition, the Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica), Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus), Eastern Meadowlark (Sturnella magna) and Wood Thrush, assessed and designated as threatened, and Eastern Wood-pewee (Contopus virens), assessed and designated as special, have been observed in our area. The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and Black Tern are provincial species at risk also classified as special concern.









The Mississippi River is a tributary of the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario in Canada. It is 200 kilometres (120 mi) in length from its source in Upper Mazinaw Lake, has a drainage area of 4,450 square kilometres (1,720 sq mi), and has a mean discharge of 40 cubic metres per second (1,400 cu ft/s). There are more than 250 lakes in the watershed. Communities along the river include the village of Lanark, the towns of Carleton Place, Mississippi Mills (including towns of Almonte and Pakenham), and Galetta. Here it enters the Ottawa River.


From its headwaters at Mazinaw Lake to its confluence at the Ottawa River near Fitzroy Harbour, the river drops 323 metres (1,060 ft) in elevation. It begins on the Canadian Shield (mostly gneiss and marble), and then, after Carleton Place, flows through limestone and clay plains. At Carleton Place, there are rapids with limestone cliffs. This area supports the largest stand of hackberry trees in the region.


Most of the upper landscape is temperate deciduous forest dominated by sugar maple, American beech, and red oak. At one time, the forests had much more eastern hemlock, but this was logged out to produce bark for the tanning industry. Now, large hemlock stands are uncommon. Most forests are less than a century old.


The irregular terrain of the watershed arises out of an old mountain chain which was once higher than the Himalayas. It has since been eroded to mostly gneiss and marble hills, with occasional outcrops of granite. Lower in the watershed, there are younger limestone rocks. Most of these are covered by clay deposited when this area was covered by the Champlain Sea.


Occasional large wetlands occur along the river. One of the largest is the Innisville Wetlands, a provincially significant wetland that is also designated an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Another large wetland is the Appleton Silver Maple Swamp. These wetlands depend upon the seasonal cycles of the river. High water periods in the spring flood large areas creating wetland soils and large areas of marsh. As water levels slowly fall, conditions suitable for swamp forests occur. This natural seasonal alternation between high and lower water levels is essential for creating the natural diversity of wetlands along the river.


Upstream, in Lanark County, there are two sections of the river that are important for their plant communities. The first section of interest includes the east end of Dalhousie Lake and the swamp - and marsh-lined portion of the Mississippi River from the lake almost to Sheridans Rapids. Shallow lakes and adjacent river make up the provincially significant McCullochs Mud Lake Wetland. The second portion of interest is the rocky, rapid-filled section of the river from Sheridans Rapids down to just past Playfairville. Here there are small populations of unusual species including Parnassia glauca (Grass-of-parnassus), Platanthera flava (Tubercled Orchid) and Spiranthes lucida (Shining Ladies'-tresses).


Downstream, where the Mississippi enters the Ottawa River, there are several important shorelines and wetlands, including the Mississippi Snye, which has a rich aquatic flora over marble bedrock, and has recorded observations for the musk turtle.


The river originally powered textile mills. Today, it provides hydroelectric power. Such power dams, however, have all but eliminated American eels from the river. These eels were once an abundant source of food for aboriginal populations, as well as providing a source of food for great blue herons, otters, and other animals.


There are many important natural areas along the river. Purdon Conservation Area supports Canada's largest native colony of showy lady slipper orchids, comprising about 16,000 plants. The Carleton Place Hackberry stand, and the Innisville Wetlands, have both been mentioned above. In drier areas, there are several provincially significant alvars, limestone plains with exposed rock and many rare plants. These include the Burnt Lands Alvar and the Panmure Alvar.















Public Notice - Release Form


I, Doug Snedden, acknowledge that participating in any aspect of a Mississippi Cleanup Project (MCP) river cleanup or activity involves an above average risk of personal injury to me and my property, and I knowingly and voluntarily agree to the terms and conditions outlined in this CONSENT, WAIVER AND RELEASE FROM LIABILITY.


In consideration and exchange for participating in an MCP river cleanup action or activity, I agree to the following:


I am in good health and have no physical conditions that affect my ability to participate in the cleanup and have not been advised otherwise by a medical practitioner. I am covered by my own medical coverage. I agree that before I participate in any portion of an MCP river cleanup activity, I will inspect the related facilities, site, and or equipment. If required, I will immediately correct any unsafe condition that I observe. I will not participate in any river cleanup action or activity until all unsafe conditions have been remedied. I will abide by any and all safety guidelines available or applicable to this project.


I assume full responsibility for all risks associated with my participation in an MCP cleanup and the risk of injury or damage caused by the condition of any property, facilities, or equipment used during the project, which may not be foreseeable by anyone at any time. I hereby release, waive, discharge and agree not to hold liable or sue the participants, sponsors or in-kind donors in any or all MCP related river activities or cleanup for and from any injuries, death, losses, damages, liabilities, or expenses that are caused or alleged to be caused by their negligent acts or omissions, or the condition of the property, facilities or equipment used for an MCP related event or activity.


I agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless all participants in any and all MCP actions or activities from and against any claims, causes of action, damages, judgments, liabilities, fees (including attorney’s fees), costs and expenses incurred by anyone or organization as a result of my unlawful actions or failures to act during an MCP cleanup action or event.


! agree to wear appropriate safety equipment, as may be established by industry or community standards and common safety practices, during all related MCP activities. In connection with any injury or other medical conditions I may experience during an MCP activity, I authorize medical treatment deemed necessary by medical personnel if I am not able to act on my own behalf. I agree not to sue any applicable medical practitioners who may provide medical treatment to me for malpractice.


This publicly posted waiver and release is a legally binding agreement and will be construed broadly to provide a waiver and release to the maximum extent permissible under applicable law. Any provisions found to be void or unenforceable shall be severed from this agreement, and not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provisions. The provisions of this agreement shall apply to any and all MCP actions or activities past, present and future.


I hereby release, waive, discharge and agree not to sue any related person, organization or supporter of any and all MCP actions and activities for and from any injuries, death, losses, damages, liabilities, or expenses that are caused or alleged to be caused by their negligent acts or omissions, or the condition of the property, facilities or equipment, related to any and all MCP actions and activities.


I agree that if there should ever be a dispute of any kind between myself and MCP or other sponsors or organizers then any such dispute will be decided by binding arbitration pursuant to Ontario law. This agreement shall be enforced and construed according to the laws of the Province of Ontario.


I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT AND I UNDERSTAND ITS CONTENT. I UNDERSTAND THAT BY SIGNING BELOW, I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS. I HAVE VOLUNTARILY SIGNED THIS RELEASE. I AGREE THIS DOCUMENT IS NOT ONLY BINDING ON ME BUT WILL ALSO BE BINDING UPON MY PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVES, EXECUTORS, HEIRS AND NEXT OF KIN.



Signature of Participant Date



May 01, 2016








Printed Name Address


Doug Snedden


Carleton Place, Ontario


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