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Fire under investigation

publisher Jun 12, 2020 - 3:14pm

The Ontario Fire Marshal and Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a fire that damaged the Martintown Restaurant June 11, the night before the business was to re-open its patio.

Nobody was injured in the blaze that started at about 10:30 p.m. in the kitchen.

Staff is working to reopen as soon as possible, according to a social media post.

Create social circles

publisher Jun 12, 2020 - 3:05pm


People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social "circle" of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.

"At the outset of the pandemic, we had to make the necessary, but difficult decision to ban large public gatherings and strongly advise physical distancing with everyone except immediate household members" said Premier Doug Ford. "As the public health trends improve and our collective efforts start to pay off, we're now able to take another step forward today by allowing families and their loved ones to reunite and spend time with one another safely through social circles."

Ontarians who wish to form a safe social circle should follow these five simple steps:

Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household;
If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including those from another household, family members or friends;
Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle;
Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle; and
Be true to your circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.
The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle.

"Ontarians should think of their circles as the people they can touch, hug and come into close contact as we continue our shared fight against COVID-19," said Health Minister Christine Elliott. "While this is an exciting step forward, every Ontarian should follow the advice provided by our public health experts to ensure they do so safely and in a way that limits the spread of this virus, including and especially by only being part of one circle. We all owe it to each other to act responsibly."

The rules for social circles are different from the proposed expansion of social gatherings from five to 10 people. Social gatherings can be any 10 people from outside your household, but where physical distancing of at least two metres should be maintained. For example, the expansion of social gatherings enables individuals and families to enjoy the company of others at backyard barbecues and picnics in neighbourhood parks, while respecting physical distancing advice.

On the other hand, social circles will enable Ontarians to enjoy close contact with members of their circle. This could include hugging, carpooling, enjoying a patio and sharing a meal without staying two metres apart. Ontarians should avoid close-contact activities with anyone outside of their circle if they are unable to maintain physical distancing. Social circles will also bring back supports from people outside of their household who can now help with children, seniors or those in need.

"Not only will social circles help to improve people's mental health and reduce social isolation, they will support rapid case and contact tracing by limiting the number of close contacts, in the event of a case of COVID-19 in that circle," said Dr. Williams.

While physical distancing does not need to be practised between members of the same social circle, other public health advice, including frequent hand washing, should be maintained. Anyone who is ill or feeling sick should immediately limit their contact with anyone in their circle, inform the other members of the circle, self-isolate, and seek testing if they have COVID-19 symptoms, by visiting one of the 145 assessment centres across Ontario. They should also seek testing if they are concerned that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or be at risk.

Home visits to resume Thursday

publisher Jun 12, 2020 - 7:16am

As of June 18, the Ontario government will permit the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings.

Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings. Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week at a minimum. Retirement homes will resume indoor and outdoor visits in designated areas or resident suites when physical distancing can be maintained. Other residential care settings will be able to allow outdoor visits of two people at time. Physical distancing will be required for all visits. This approach will ensure the health and safety of residents, staff and visitors.

Visits will be subject to strict health and safety protocols, including requiring visitors to pass active screening every time they visit, confirming with staff that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks, and complying with the infection prevention and control protocols. This includes bringing and wearing a face covering during visits.

Additionally, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as other residential care settings, must meet the following conditions before they welcome visitors:

Homes must not be in outbreak;
Homes must have an established process for communicating visitor protocol and the associated safety procedures; and
Homes must maintain the highest infection prevention and control standards.
For retirement homes, visitor admissions will vary from home to home depending upon their individual circumstances.

Other residential care settings will also be allowed visitors under similar rules. These residential care settings include homes serving people with developmental disabilities, shelters for survivors of gender-based violence, and children's residential settings.

Visits have been restricted since mid-March, with only essential visitors permitted to enter long-term care and retirement homes.

In the event of an outbreak at an individual home or residential care setting, non-essential visits will again be restricted. If a second wave of COVID-19 occurs, the government will revert to restricting visitors at all homes and residential care settings to protect residents and staff.
 

2 masked men sought for robbery

publisher Jun 11, 2020 - 4:09pm

Two suspects are being sought following a June 5 robbery at a residence on Beaupré Road in South Glengarry.

Two individuals wearing home-made surgical masks broke into the residence and held the victim against his will.

The thieves stole two air pistols, one air rifle, a cell phone, digital camera, a Medieval silver metal helmet, two leather holsters with belt and other electronics.

The suspects are described as being white males, French-speaking, 18-25 years old. They were both wearing jeans with dark T-shirts. 

The victim suffered no injuries.

Call 1-888-310-1122 if you have any information on this crime.

Restrictions eased Friday

publisher Jun 8, 2020 - 3:06pm

COVID-19 restrictions in Eastern Ontario will be relaxed Friday.
Effective Friday, June 12, 2020 at 12:01 a.m., the province will increase the limit on social gatherings from five to 10 people across the province, regardless of whether a region has moved to Stage 2.
Additionally, all places of worship in Ontario will also be permitted to open with physical distancing in place and attendance limited to no more than 30 per cent of the building capacity to ensure the safety of worshippers.

Businesses and services permitted to reopen with proper health and safety measures in place in regions entering Stage 2 include:

Outdoor dine-in services at restaurants, bars and other establishments, including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent properties;
Select personal and personal care services with the proper health and safety measures in place, including tattoo parlours, barber shops, hair salons and beauty salons;
Shopping malls under existing restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only;
Tour and guide services, such as bike and walking, bus and boat tours, as well as tasting and tours for wineries, breweries and distilleries;
Water recreational facilities such as outdoor splash pads and wading pools, and all swimming pools;
Beach access and additional camping at Ontario Parks;
Camping at private campgrounds;
Outdoor-only recreational facilities and training for outdoor team sports, with limits to enable physical distancing;
Drive-in and drive-through venues for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations;
Film and television production activities, with limits to enable physical distancing; and
Weddings and funerals, with limits on social gatherings to 10 people.

 
 
 
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Farm 911 launched

publisher Jun 4, 2020 - 11:19am

South Glengarry has launched the Emily Project, a Farm 911 Civic Addressing initiative to help first responders answer rural emergencies.
Civic address signs will be erected at fields and other rural locations. An added benefit to the agricultural community is that the signage can be used as a field identifier for suppliers and custom operators.
“The Township of South Glengarry is proud to implement the Farm 911 addressing project in the name of Emily Trudeau, with an aim to improve life safety within our municipality,” stated South Glengarry Fire Chief, Dave Robertson. “Time is everything in the event of an emergency. Having a civic address at the entrance to a farm field will help us to improve emergency services in our community.”
Residents interested in purchasing a sign for their property can contact the Township of South Glengarry office at 613-347-1166. South Glengarry notes that financial support has been received from the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry to subsidize a portion of the first 166 signs purchased.

Legion expresses outrage over care scandal

publisher May 29, 2020 - 12:06pm

The Royal Canadian Legion is demanding better and humane treatment for veterans and seniors in all long-term care centres in Canada, joining the outcry following a damning report about conditions in some southern Ontario centres, as observed by the military’s Joint Task Force.

"Many of our veterans are in long-term care, and to know that some of them are being mistreated and ignored is shameful,” says Thomas D. Irvine, Dominion President. “The fact that our governments have known for a long time that some of our most vulnerable citizens are living in deplorable conditions during their final years of life, is disgraceful. We need a systemic overhaul – and now.”

"Previous governments have failed to address this ongoing issue adequately and Canada now finds itself in a deadly quagmire," the legion declares. It took a pandemic to truly expose this multi-faceted crisis, says the legion, which expressed its outrage in a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“We have been shouting from the rooftops for many years,” says Dave Gordon, Chair, Veterans Services and Seniors Committee at Ontario Command. “In most cases if not all, many staff members at long-term care facilities are underpaid for the work they do.”

In an effort to help, the Legion’s Ontario Command itself has made millions of dollars in financial donations to Ontario long-term care homes over many years. Other Legion Commands and Branches have made contributions in many parts of the country as well.

“The time to act and end this intolerable situation, is now,” says Mr. Irvine. “After what they have done to help build the foundation of the society we enjoy, our Veterans and our Seniors deserve much better in their later years.”

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South Glengarry cancels summer recreation

publisher May 28, 2020 - 8:56am

The Township of South Glengarry has cancelled all summer camps, sports leagues, programs and facility bookings due to the COVID-19 pandemic until September 1, 2020. The decision means the cancellation of all summer day camps, soccer programs, T-ball/softball, and volleyball leagues. To date, there were almost 1,000 registrants for spring/summer programs.
The municipality will begin issuing refunds for all those who registered and paid for the spring/summer offerings within the next three weeks. Participants who registered for a program using a credit card, will automatically receive a refund on the card. Cash or cheque registrants can expect to receive a cheque in the mail.

Emergency orders extended

publisher May 27, 2020 - 8:46am

The Ontario government has extended all emergency orders under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Current emergency orders include the closure of outdoor playgrounds, play structures and equipment, public swimming pools and outdoor water facilities, as well as bars and restaurants except for takeout and delivery. Additionally, there continues to be restrictions on social gatherings of more than five people, and staff redeployment rules remain in place for long-term care homes and congregate settings like retirement homes and women's shelters.

Meanwhile, in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit the number of confirmed cases has levelled off at 144.

The number of deaths, all at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet, remains at 11.

To date, 7,831 tests have been conducted.

"We are extending these emergency orders to protect the health and safety of all individuals and families as we begin to gradually and safely reopen our province," said Premier Doug Ford. "To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe."

Angler, boaters rejoice

publisher May 22, 2020 - 12:12pm

Eager anglers and boaters from across South Nation Conservation’s jurisdiction can (safely) rejoice.

Just in time for the weekend, the following Conservation Areas and municipal partner sites for river access and boat launching are all open:

High Falls and Doran Park Conservation Areas (Casselman)

St. Albert Conservation Area

Crysler Park Boat Launch

Embrun Boat Launch

Cass Bridge Conservation Area (Winchester)


Jessup's Falls Conservation Area (Plantagenet)


McIntosh Park Conservation Area (Berwick)


Findlay Creek Conservation Area (Ottawa)

Alfred Bog Walk


Chesterville Waterfront Docks and Boat Launch (Chesterville)
The following Conservation Areas continue to remain open and maintained:

·        Two Creek Forest Conservation Area (Morrisburg)
·        Oschmann Forest Conservation Area (Ormond)
·        Robert Graham Conservation Area (Glen Stewart)
·        Warwick Forest Conservation Area (Berwick)
·        J. Henry Tweed Conservation Area (Russell)
·        W. E. Burton Conservation Area (Russell)
·        Reveler Conservation Area (Crysler)
·        Nokomis Park (Limoges)
The following Conservation Areas will remain temporarily closed:

·        Camp Sheldrick Conservation Area (Winchester)
·        Oak Valley Pioneer Park Conservation Area (Winchester Springs)
Play structures and washrooms will remain closed for now; picnic tables will return to gazebos and picnic areas beginning next week.
 
SNC reminds users that distancing directives must continue to be followed: please keep your pets on leash, do not litter, and do not congregate on trails, fishing areas, parking lots or docks. Please be respectful and courteous to other visitors.

 

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Manor resident positive

publisher May 22, 2020 - 7:11am

One Maxville Manor resident has tested  positive for COVID-19, only a few days after all staff and residents had been given a clean bill of health.

Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis said Thursday that everyone at the long-term care facility would be retested.

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Coaches leaving

publisher May 21, 2020 - 7:47am

The Alexandria Glens junior hockey team has three coaching vacancies to fill.

Head Coach Marc Rousseau and assistant coaches Marco Pozzebon and Stephane Ouellette will not be returning this season.

 

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