Looking Back-Week of October 25

70 Years Ago

October 27, 1948

 –Douglas Abbott, the federal finance minister, announced his government would continue regulating rental housing through to March 31, 1949 when the Continuation of Transitional Measures Act was to expire. At that time, provinces could continue with regulation if they chose to do so.

Abbott introduced a six-month window for landlords to ask tenants to vacate should they wish to use a unit for themselves or their families. He also placed a 10-per-cent ceiling on rent increases and a five-per-cent limit on increases for properties that include heat in the rental price.

– The Ontario Progressive Conservative caucus tabbed 70-year-old agriculture minister T.L. Kennedy as the province’s next premier. Kennedy succeeded George Drew, who resigned the party leadership to pursue federal political aspirations.

Kennedy, a member of the Queen’s Park legislature for 26 years, told his colleagues he did not wish to seek permanent leadership at the party’s next convention. He also indicated he would consider turning over the agriculture portfolio to another member of the caucus.

– Some 22 pigeon racing enthusiasts met at the Paisley Hotel in Napanee with the purpose of setting up a regional racing organization. Its aims included increasing the sport’s popularity and offering inducement for pigeon fanciers to compete in the sport. Among the club’s first projects during the 1949 season was to be participation in a 1,000 -mile race from Kansas City.

40 Years Ago

October 25, 1978

-Napanee council resisted “strong urging” from recreation director Harry MacDonald to buy a Japanese 60-horsepower compressor to replace a 24-year-old model at the arena.Councillors William Lofgren and Cummings Daverne objected to the purchase because they favoured buying Canadian. A decision on the purchase was deferred to a new council.

-Prince Edward-Lennox MLA James Taylor broke ground on the Napanee Region Conservation Authority’s new $200,000 headquarters on River Road. The two-storey building would not only house administrative offices, there would also be a resource centre offering conservation information for members of the public to use.

– After a tumultuous term that included school closures and boundary adjustments, eight trustees — half of the board —  at the Lennox and Addington County Board of Education decided not to run for re-election. There would be experience at the board table, however, as five incumbents, including chair Hugh Kerr, were acclaimed for another term.

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