One in eight households in this region does not have enough money to buy food, a new study shows, confirming that “food insecurity” is a daily challenge for many people.
“Food insecurity is a serious public health problem that impacts physical, mental and social health,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “We need to work together to solve the problem, so let’s start a conversation about health!”
He refers to a video at youtube.com/watch?v=wEJo1Zt2wuQ
At the same time, the survey provides impetus for a campaign to set a minimum income, or mincome, for all Ontario residents.
Mincome was a success in the 1970s when a pilot project was started in Dauphin, Manitoba.
Accidents can happen anywhere, including schools. The Upper Canada District School Board saw the number of accidents within the system rise to 129 from 118 during the last school year. Most were caused by slips, trips or falls. There was 7.4 per cent increase in “struck by/against” accidents – such as a staff member being struck by a sports ball – and a 13 per cent increase in ergonomics-related injuries and strains.
A tentative agreement has been reached between the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4155, representing 250 education workers, and their employer, the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien (CSDCEO).The workers have been on strike since February 7.
The workers have been on strike since February 7.
No details of the agreement will be released until the members have had an opportunity to review and ratify the tentative deal. Ratification meetings will be scheduled Monday, February 13.
Two schools on the block S.J. McLeod in Bainsville and North Stormont Public in Berwick are among 12 schools recommended for closure in an Upper Canada District School Board staff report. Other area schools will be preserved, according to the staff report that is to be discussed February 15. "While there were areas within the district–wide Accommodation Review where staff were able to arrive at a clear set of recommendations for the Board of Trustees via this report, there were other areas in the District that require further study beyond the scope and/or timelines of this Accommodation Review," the report reads. It is the intention of staff to continue to review the status of student programming and the District’s capacity for operating schools within regions that include Char-Lan and Glengarry.
The Township of North Glengarry has issued this update:
"Investigations are ongoing with the assistance of the township’s auditors into inconsistencies in the status of some tax accounts related to the manner in which payments and interest were applied and reported. The Township CAO (Daniel Gagnon) notes that, “It is too early to speculate on the root causes but I can confirm that any errors found will be corrected and adjustments made accordingly to the required accounts.”
A special Council meeting is being held on Monday, February 13th at 4:00 pm in the Sandfield Centre to brief Council and review some of the legal and procedural options open to Council and staff for managing the corrections needed. The Township regrets any inconvenience caused by these inconsistencies and will continue to update the public on a regular basis."
A Canadian Blood Services blood donor clinic will be held Monday, February 20 at the Glengarry Sports Palace in Alexandria from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
To book an appointment today, locate a clinic, check your eligibility, and more, download the GiveBlood App or visit blood.ca
Bad road conditions
Adverse weather across the United Counties has caused several highway accidents yesterday and today. SD&G OPP officers responded to a total of 35 (Stormont-11, Dundas-9, Glengarry-15) mishaps.
One of them was a single vehicle collision involving a commuter on County Road 31 (north of County Road 43) in the Winchester area at 6:30 a.m. today (February 8). Two adult passengers suffered minor injuries.
A movement has started in Glengarry and Stormont counties to revive the Junior Farmers Club. The Junior Farmers club is for young people ages 15-29 who have an interest in agriculture, or just want to be a part of the action. To recruit new members, a fun night will be held February 13 at 8 p.m. at Tagwi Secondary School. Those in attendance will play volleyball, eat snacks, and discuss the future of the club.