Smiths Falls was a thriving, busy place in its early years (1800s). It was a Rideau Canal town, upon which people depended to get goods to market. It's much more of a commuter town these days, with much unemployment, and ODSP housing.
There aren't the tourist shops that towns like Perth and Almonte have, with intriguing Mom & Pop businesses, antique stores, cafés and the like. They do have several museums.
|Smiths Falls Train Museum|
Small towns across this continent are facing the same issues: outsourcing and cheap labour elsewhere and overseas. The worst, of course, are the tech support people who barely speak English! Big box stores, like Cheap-Mart, insisted on supplier producing cheaper goods, for cheap prices. We now have access to shoddy goods that fail and must be replaced. It irks me. With big stores failing in Canada, I hope we will go back to the family businesses.
|Smiths Falls café now closed|
Paying poor people in foreign countries slave wages seems wrong to me. Sure, I can buy an $8.00 t-shirt, but it won't last, and it's just wrong. Hiring foreign workers, and paying them less than individual province's minimum wages, is wrong. Minimum wage in Ontario goes up to $11.25 in the fall. I think this is a good move. Nestlé, a Swiss firm, pays its board of directors members an obscene salary in the millions of dollars. I'm sure the other big stores do the same.
What else has shut down operations in Smiths Falls?
|Opened in 1951, 2000 residents|
Originally called Ontario Hospital School, Smiths Falls
In 1967, it was renamed Rideau Regional Hospital School.
In 1974, the name changed to the Rideau Regional Centre.
The old Rideau Regional was in the news with horrible stories of abuse. Its facilities have a pool, full industrial kitchen, a gym, and they are planning on opening Two Rivers Food Hub there, however, local farmers are not confident with its business plan. Local farmers are unable to provide locovore food to big grocers who demand high volume.
Staples opened in 2014 in Smiths Falls, closed March 22nd.
The Zellers store facility, bought by Target, with the store renovated. Target closes today, losing 100 jobs. The new pharmacy in Target similarly closed, staffed by a beloved pharmacist, who was killed in a car incident March 2nd.
Marques had been working as a pharmacist since 1976, and moved to the Smiths Falls area in 1983. He worked for many years at Zellers at the County Fair Mall before joining Murad in the opening of the Target pharmacy. Smiths Falls’ Remedy’sRX opened its doors on Feb. 25, only days before Marques’ fatal accident.