Today, November 25, the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, awarded the Meritorious Service Cross (M.S.C.) Civil Division to Tom Affleck at a ceremony in Rideau Hall, in honour of Affleck’s creation of SchoolBOX. The cross recognizes a deed or an activity performed in an outstandingly professional manner, or with uncommonly high standards. The activity is often innovative, sets an example for others to follow, improves the quality of life of a community and brings considerable benefit or honour to Canada. Past M.S.C. recipients include Olympian Clara Hughes and astronaut Chris Hadfield.
On June 23, the National Post carried a story detailing how Catherine McKenna, federal minister of environment and climate change, used her powers to stop part of a subdivision development near Montreal. The reason: to protect breeding habitat of the western chorus frog. This frog is a very common seasonal resident in prime subdivision habitat in our area. Should developers worry?
By now, most people in Mississippi Mills know that several dozen families in the south end of Ramsay ward recently learned their well water is, or may be, contaminated by Perfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS). The source is the nearby National Fire Lab on Concession 8, operated by the National Research Council (NRC). The NRC moved quickly to protect people’s health but questions remain about how far the pollution may spread and how long PFAS will stay in the soil and aquifer.