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Update: Road to be closed for extended time

publisher May 8, 2018 - 11:21am

A section of Highway 138 in South Stormont will remain closed for an extended period of time following a two-vehicle collision between Quail and McDonald Roads.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that at approximately 10:08 am, a passenger vehicle was travelling northbound on Highway 138 when, for reasons under investigation, crossed into the southbound lane and collided head-on with a southbound tractor-trailer. The man driving the passenger vehicle was taken to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. The tractor-trailer driver was taken to hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries.

As the investigation continues, a section of Highway 138 between Quail Road and McDonald Road is closed to traffic with indicated detours in place.

Woman charged in head-on crash

publisher May 2, 2018 - 3:31pm

A 61-year-old woman from South Glengarry has been charged with failing to yield to traffic following a head-on collision on County Road 43 Monday. The woman was entering County Road 43 from County Road 20 when her car collided with a pick-up truck driven by a 55-year-old North Glengarry man, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment. The woman was transported to hospital with serious non-life-threatening injuries. The man suffered minor injuries.

Four days left for gun amnesty

publisher Apr 27, 2018 - 1:52pm

Some 67 firearms have been surrendered to the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment during a gun amnesty that ends at the end of April.

The gun amnesty is for any Ontario resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition.

Interested gun owners are strongly urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons. Gun owners can also use the OPP website button -- www.opp.ca/gunamnesty -- or the Citizen Self Reporting tool to notify police.

Under no circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.

Light returns

publisher Apr 26, 2018 - 5:03pm

Good news for pedestrians: The warning lights at the Main Street crosswalk in Alexandria are finally being replaced.

New fixtures on both sides of Main are being installed months after a snowplow clipped a light on the east side of the main drag.

The west side light was not damaged but it turned out both of the lights were not up to code.

New treasurer

publisher Apr 26, 2018 - 12:26pm

Kimberly Champigny is the new Treasurer and Director of Finance for the Township of North Glengarry.

She will be assuming responsibility of her new position in a few weeks, after relocating to the region from Red Deer, Alberta, where she had been working as the Administrative and Accounting Supervisor for the City of Red Deer Public Works Department.

Her appointment is the latest in a series of changes at town hall.

Over the last few months, tax collector Sandra Cameron and treasurer Annie Levac have been dismissed and CAO Daniel Gagnon resigned to return to Elliott Lake. Sarah Huskinson who was appointed treasurer was later named CAO.

With more than 15 years of experience working within municipal government, Ms. Champigny is well-versed in municipal government practices, regulations and strategic planning, the township says.

Her demonstrated skills in accounting, tax administration, policy creation and her understanding of the Municipal Government Act made her stand out as a candidate for this position.

Allegation a mistake: Drouin

publisher Apr 24, 2018 - 4:41pm

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin says an allegation of sexual assault against him is a case of mistaken identity.

Mr. Drouin has said he is cooperating with a police investigation into an incident that occurred last Saturday morning in Halifax, where he was attending the Liberal party's national convention.

In a statement issued on Twitter, Mr. Drouin relates that at 2 a.m. April 21 he joined friends at a bar.

"While I was standing facing the bar, with my credit card in hand, I heard what I believed to be a woman's voice coming from another area of the establishment behind me, yelling that her buttocks had been grabbed. Her comments were clearly not directed towards me. I turned away from the bar, and shouted 'get that man out of here' to draw attention to the alleged incident. I turned back to the bar and paid for the drinks with my credit card."

He then went to another area of the establishment.

"Several minutes later, while standing with a group of people, I was approached by a woman with a cellphone in hand, who mistakenly attempted to connect me with the alleged incident. We told her that she was mistaken."

He said he and his friends left the bar shortly afterwards. He later notified the Prime Minister's Office and the party Whip of the alleged incident.

MP Drouin faces sexual assault allegation

publisher Apr 22, 2018 - 8:27pm

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin faces an allegation of sexual assault following an incident that allegedly took place early Saturday at the Liberal party convention in Halifax.

The 34-year-old MP said in a statement: "I can confirm that an allegation has been made.I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported."

Mr. Drouin said he will cooperate with the investigation.

No charges have been laid.

Canoe race postponed

publisher Apr 13, 2018 - 10:41am

The Raisin River Canoe Race will be postponed one week and will be held on Sunday, April 22 this year. "We have considered the latest forecasts which call for the likelihood of a high impact storm consisting of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain all weekend. These conditions would be very unpleasant for paddlers, spectators, volunteers and volunteer safety crews. We are also concerned about participant and spectator safety," says the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. "Those who have pre-registered online will be given the option of a deferral for next week, a refund, or they may elect an alternate paddler for their entry. We will be contacting people by email directly. We are committed to this decision, and the race will be held on the 22nd regardless if the weather forecasts change.

For the latest updates, please visit our website at http://www.rrca.on.ca," adds Lissa Deslandes, Regulations Officer and Communications Coordinator with the authority.

We will have more in this week’s edition of The Glengarry News

Jersey Day for Broncos

publisher Apr 12, 2018 - 2:53pm

North Glengarry staff and council members participated in Jersey Day April 12 to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team following a bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the club. Back, from left: Councillor Michel Depratto, Councillor Jacques Massie, Mayor Chris McDonell, Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, Councillor Carma Williams, Councillor Jeff Manley, Public Works Director Ryan Morton, front, Treasurer Sarah Huskinson, Interim CAO Steven Potter, Councillor Brian Caddell. The flag at town hall was also lowered to half-staff. "All of us were deeply saddened by the tragedy in Saskatchewan, particularly as many of us have spent countless hours on buses travelling to hockey games and other sporting events," said Mayor McDonell. Across the country Thursday, people showed up to work and school decked out in jerseys and sharing the message that we are all one team and that we all feel this loss.