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Stay cool

publisher Jun 28, 2018 - 7:43am

With a heat wave on its way, here are some tips from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on how to stay cool.

Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

  • It’s important to know that children may not feel thirsty but will still need to drink regularly.
  • Remind yourself to drink water by leaving a glass by the sink.
  • Flavouring water with natural fruit juice may make it more appealing.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made from breathable fabric.
  • When outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat made of breathable fabric.
  • Dress young children and babies very lightly, and don’t bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • If you have an air conditioner with a thermostat, keep it set to the highest setting that is comfortable (somewhere between 22°C/72°F and 26°C/79°F), which will reduce your energy costs and provide you with needed relief.
  • Make meals that don't use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning.
  • Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day.
  • Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use.
  • If safe, open your windows at night to let cooler air into your home.
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
  • Use a fan to help you stay cool and aim the air flow in your direction.
  • Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car or in the direct sunlight.
  • Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and therefore are more prone to heat illness than adults.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
  • If you have to be outdoors, avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat, using an umbrella or seeking out shady areas (tree-shaded areas can be as much as 5°C/9°F cooler than the surrounding area)
  • Avoid vigorous exercise in the heat (this includes children as well). If you have a young child or a child with a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, don’t allow them to take part in sporting events or exercise during very high heat, especially when there’s a heat warning in effect.
  • When swimming in a pool or at a beach, be aware that the high humidity and sun rays are still a potential threat. Proper sunscreen protection and frequent rests in the shade are still necessary.
  • When in the sun, keep track of how long you or your child has been outside. Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness right away so you or your child can get shelter in order to avoid further heat injury. Also, use common sense and remove yourself or your child from the sun/heat as frequently as you think is necessary. Don’t overdo it.
  • Use a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher and follow the manufacturer's directions. Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays but not from the heat.
  • If you’re in an area where mosquitoes are active, protect yourself with insect repellent and follow the manufacturer's directions.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellents can be safely used together. Apply the sunscreen first, then the insect repellent.

1% Cornwall Electric hike

publisher Jun 27, 2018 - 8:01am

Cornwall Electric is increasing rates by one per cent for its 24,800 customers in South Glengarry, Cornwall, South Stormont, and the Ontario portion of the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne.

“The long-term contract in place with Hydro Quebec is a wholesale contract and it has and continues to allow Cornwall Electric rates to compare favorably to surrounding electrical utilities and ensures that we continue to provide rate stability and reliable electricity to our customers,” says Jackie Baird, Regional Manager of Cornwall Electric.

A residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month will see an average monthly increase of $1.30.

Former MP's aide speaks out

publisher Jun 26, 2018 - 2:54pm

Paul Wernick, a former executive assistant to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin, has spoken out about the need for a culture change on Parliament Hill, telling CBC that pressure led him to try to take his own life on two occasions.

The 26-year-old's mental health deteriorated after working 60-hour to 70-hour weeks.

For more, see the CBC story here.

Kelly Prescott in Maxville

publisher Jun 21, 2018 - 8:38am

Kelly Prescott will perform on September 29 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Catholic Church in Maxville as part of the Festival of Small Halls.

The singer-songwriter just wrapped her first tour across the U.S. with Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty.

She has released a new single, "Leavin' Her," to follow up her second solo album, 2016’s acclaimed Hillbilly Jewels.

For more information, visit www.ontariosmallhalls.com

Under the wire

publisher Jun 20, 2018 - 1:59pm

Days before Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the scrapping of the Green Ontario program, environmentally friendly retrofits were confirmed for the Alexandria Non-Profit Corporation apartments and Marie de la Ferre Apartments in Cornwall.

Of the $100,000 approved, $23,000 will be spent on the Alexandria units.

The Green Energy Fund, financed by cap-and-trade program money, is being shut down.

Qualifying homeowners can still get rebates if the work is completed by the end of August, and the rebate application is submitted by the end of September.

Water off June 21 on Macdonald

publisher Jun 20, 2018 - 1:30pm

Thursday, June 21, residents on Macdonald Boulevard, in Alexandria, can expect a temporary interruption in their water services.

The North Glengarry Water Works Department will be turning off the water sometime after 9 a.m., so that staff can replace a defective water distribution valve. This work is being performed as part of North Glengarry's annual water distribution maintenance upgrades. The municipality has invested $30,000 in water infrastructure improvements this year.

"This ongoing work ensures that residents are supplied with a clean, continuous flow of safe drinking water. It also minimizes the number of service disruptions caused by breaches to the water supply network," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.

Affected residents are located on Macdonald Boulevard between Touchette Street and Ronald Street. Water is expected to be restored after the work is completed on June 21.

After the water is restored, residents are asked to turn on their taps for at least five minutes. This will help clear their pipes of any residual sediment. Work on this project is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather, the scheduled work will be completed on the next possible date.

For any questions or comments contact the public works office at 613-525-3087. Tap water will be safe to drink, but during the flushing process taking place in your area, you may notice the following changes:

  • Your water may become cloudy or discoloured
  • Your water supply may be interrupted for short periods of time
  • You may experience lower than normal water pressure

Contact the waterworks department if your water remains discoloured after running your taps for more than 20 minutes.

Glen Robertson water plant shutdown

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 4:45pm

A temporary shutdown of the Glen Robertson water treatment plant for repairs is not expected to impact residents, says North Glengarry Township.

Water to Glen Robertson is currently being supplied by a water tanker truck that was brought in to supply the system with fresh, potable water.

"We are using the flushing port in Glen Robertson to connect to the water tanker truck supplied by Keenan Enterprises. The flushing port is usually used to flush the system in Glen Robertson. In this case, we've reversed that. Instead of using the port to flush water out of the system, we're using it to flow water in," said Dean McDonald, North Glengarry's Environmental Services Manager.

The tanker used to deliver the water specializes in the delivery of drinking water. Prior to each delivery, the water tanker is sanitized at a food-grade washing facility and then the tanker filled with water and sealed. The water pipes and equipment are similarly sanitized and capped for delivery. The process is very similar to that which is required of dairy trucks.

During the shutdown, crews worked to remove a temporary pump which was installed in the well on New Year's Eve, when the main pump malfunctioned. The municipality's boom truck was used to lift the pump, which is located more than 45-feet below ground, out of the well. Four small cartridge filters and a water tank were also replaced. As part of this process, a company was brought in to inspect the facility and a camera was inserted into the well to provide a visual inspection.

After the new pump is installed, the system will be chlorinated and flushed. It will then be reconnected to the 52 residences that rely on this system.
"We are working hard to ensure that residents are not disrupted by this maintenance upgrade. We have taken all of the necessary steps to ensure residents have access to clean, safe drinking water. We were fortunate in this instance to come up with a plan that did not necessitate a boil water advisory," said Mr. McDonald.

This maintenance project is being done in compliance with safety norms set by the Ministry of the Environment and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Inspectors from both provincial agencies were on site Tuesday to monitor the project.

Work at the Glen Robertson Water Treatment Plant is expected to be completed later today.

Dans l'Shed in Alexandria

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 3:14pm

Dans l’Shed, a folk-Americana duo comprised of Gaspesian guitarists Eric Dion and André Lavergne, will perform at Alexandria's Salle La Fraternité September 28.

The show is part of the Small Halls Festival.

In 2015, Dans l'Shed released Rivière Rouge, their first full-length studio album, under the label Le Grenier musique. Co-directed by Dany Placard and recorded at Studio Tracadièche in Carleton-sur-mer, Rivière Rouge was listed by Ici musique as one of the top 50 best albums of 2015. After the album’s release, the duo toured throughout Québec, Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, New Brunswick, France, Belgium and Switzerland. In May 2017, the band received the Export Québec prize at the Trille Or gala in Ottawa. This distinction is awarded every year to the group from Québec that is judged to have had the most impact throughout French Canada.

Sister act in Dunvegan

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 1:28pm

Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Nova Scotian sisters who “have been lighting up the world with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic instrumentals and vocals,” will perform September 22 at the Dunvegan recreation hall.

The show is part of The Festival of Small Halls, “Big Music In A Small Place.”

Visi twww.thefestivalofsmallhalls.com for details.

Fraud warning

publisher Jun 19, 2018 - 10:22am

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Cornwall Detachment is issuing a public notice with respect to fraudulent telephone calls.

The RCMP is warning the general public of fraudulent telephone calls which appear to be coming from the RCMP. The callers impersonate a police officer on the phone and inform the victims that there is a large amount of money owning on their personal taxes, and that an arrest warrant has been issued in their name. The callers then demand that a large amount of money be paid forthwith via money transfer. The fraudsters are using Caller ID spoofing, which the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre describes as disguising telephone numbers appearing on a caller ID display. This popular tool allows scammers to disguise their calls, as the call will appear to be coming from local or familiar numbers to trick people into answering the phone and trusting the caller.

For more information on Call ID spoofing please check out this link.

Be aware that these fraudsters may use a variety of other scam tactics as well. The scams are designed to create anxiety so that victims respond by sending money quickly in order to fix the problem.

Be aware: the RCMP does not contact individuals via e-mail or telephone for the purpose of collecting fines or taxes.

If you have received similar telephones calls or know of someone who has, please contact your local police and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or through their online reporting tool