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Burn ban lifted

publisher Apr 23, 2020 - 9:37am

The Township of North Glengarry has lifted the total burn ban which went into effect April 3.

The restriction was imposed to protect fire department staff during the COVID-19 pandemic and the approaching dry season.

North Glengarry Fire Chief Matthew Roy has been closely monitoring the situation and decided this week to lift the edict.

"We would like to thank our residents for supporting our local firefighters during the burn ban. We recognize that many of you are eager to resume burning for both agricultural and recreational purposes. We remind residents that any and all Open Air fires require burn permits and that our residents must follow all of the rules that accompany their burn permit. We need your help to keep our community safe," he said.

Residents who had previously received their burn permits can now burn, provided that they are following the conditions set forth within the Township's Burn By-Law. This includes refraining from all fires when conditions are not favourable, such as on windy days when the wind velocity is greater than 15 kilometres per hour.

All Open Air burns must be monitored at all times; and it is never permitted to burn noxious materials, such as tires, plastics, garbage or construction materials.

Burn permits are available online at the Township of North Glengarry's website at or through the direct link at Burn permits take about 48 hours to process and are currently only available online. For assistance with your permit, call the Fire Department Administrator at 613-525-1110 ext. 200 or email

It is illegal to have an open air fire without a burn permit. Offenders may face fines.

Store employee tests positive

publisher Apr 19, 2020 - 10:23am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is notifying the public that a case of COVID-19 has been confirmed in an employee at the Food Basics grocery store on Brookdale Ave. in Cornwall. The EOHU is actively working in cooperation with the Brookdale Food Basics store to assess the risk to store employees and to trace contacts of the individual. The risk to the public is considered to be low.

The employee worked day shifts at the Brookdale Food Basics store on April 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th. The individual started to develop symptoms on April 15th and was tested for COVID-19 on April 17th; the result was confirmed on April 18th. After receiving the test result, the employee immediately left work and entered isolation. All recommended public health measures were in place at the store throughout the days that the employee worked. In response to the positive case, the store is undertaking appropriate additional cleaning and disinfection.

“Although we feel that the risk to the public is low, we’re releasing this information so that shoppers who were at the Brookdale Food Basics during this period are aware,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. “As a precaution, shoppers who were at the store on these dates should self-monitor for symptoms. If they start to feel symptoms, they should seek testing.” Common symptoms of COVID-19 can include fever, a new or worsening cough, sore throat, muscle aches and more. A full list of symptoms is available at

Testing is offered at a number of COVID-19 assessment centres in the region. Locations and hours of the assessment centres are available on the EOHU’s website. Anyone presenting with symptoms, who was at the store on the dates above, should indicate to the assessment centre that they were potentially exposed.

65 cases

publisher Apr 16, 2020 - 3:59pm

There are now 65 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and Cornwall, reports the Eastern Ontario Health Unit.

Of this number, 25 cases have been resolved, four are hospitalized and three are in intensive care.




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publisher Apr 15, 2020 - 9:49am

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58 cases

publisher Apr 12, 2020 - 10:47am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit reports that as of April 11 there were 58 cases in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, Prescott-Russell and Cornwall.


  • Total cases in EOHU region: 58
  • Total currently hospitalized: 7
  • Total currently in ICU: 3
  • Total resolved: 29
  • Total deceased:  0

Summary of Confirmed Cases by Age and Sex:

  • Total cases under 20 years of age: 1
    • Male: 1
    • Female: 0
  • Total cases 20 to 29 years of age: 6
    • Male: 3
    • Female: 3
  • Total cases 30 to 39 years of age: 12
    • Male: 5
    • Female: 7
  • Total cases 40 to 49 years of age: 5
    • Male: 2
    • Female: 3
  • Total cases 50 to 59 years of age: 16
    • Male: 10
    • Female: 6
  • Total cases 60 to 69 years of age: 15
    • Male: 10
    • Female: 5
  • Total cases 70 to 79 years of age: 2
    • Male: 1
    • Female: 1
  • Total cases 80 years of age or more: 0
    • Male: 0
    • Female: 0
  • Total cases age unknown: 1
    • Male: 1
    • Female: 0

Stay home and off the water

publisher Apr 8, 2020 - 4:01pm

Spring is in the air and much of the ice on area lakes and rivers has melted away, tempting boaters to venture out. Warmer air temperatures, however, provide a false sense of security as the water is still extremely cold and even strong swimmers are unable to cope with the cold water shock and lose muscle control very quickly.

East Region OPP encourages the public to follow the Ontario Ministry of Health's recommendations to stay home and avoid non-essential travel in order to limit the spread of COVID-19, but if you must be on the waterways, below are a few reminders and safety tips:

Always wear a life jacket, it will significantly increase your chance of surviving the cold water, should you be exposed;

  • Share your plans and a timeline with someone you trust;
  • Check the weather before you go out and check the water temperature;
  • If it is very cold, consider staying off the water until warmer temperatures are achieved;
  • Ensure that you have the necessary safety equipment on board.

Emergency situations that arise either on the water or at water-access only locations can be very stressful and dangerous for emergency responders.

More businesses forced to close

publisher Apr 3, 2020 - 3:20pm

More businesses will be forced to close as of 11:59 p.m. April 4 as the Ontario government has expanded its list of non-essential services in a bid to contain the COVID-19 virus.

All supply chains necessary for the production of vital food and healthcare supplies are being protected and remain intact.

The updated list will direct additional businesses to close and restricts specified businesses to providing services by alternate methods such as curb side pick up and delivery, except in exceptional circumstances. This includes stores that sell hardware products, vehicle parts and supplies, pet and animal supplies, office supplies and computer products and repairs and safety supplies.

Only critical construction projects will continue, including industrial projects such as refineries and petrochemical plants and infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, roads and bridges. New starts in residential projects will stop, while residential construction that is near completion will continue. Business owners with questions concerning their essential business status are encouraged to call the Stop the Spread hotline at 1-888-444-3659. The hotline is available from 8:30 a.m.― 9:00 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m.— 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Off limits

publisher Apr 3, 2020 - 2:04pm

Municipalities now have the authority to enforce COVID-19 restrictions.

Police and by-law officers will be monitoring people ensuring that they do not congregate, use park equipment or not respect social distancing rules.



Child care centre in schools

publisher Apr 3, 2020 - 7:25am

Emergency child care centres for essential service workers have been set up at Pleasant Corners Public School in Vankleek Hill, Chesterville Public School in Chesterville, Commonwealth Public School in Brockville, and South Branch Elementary School in Kemptville.

Health care and other frontline workers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, firefighters, police, and correctional officers, will be able to access these safe, local emergency child care centres. These centres will be required to follow heightened screening and health and safety requirements, and have a plan in place should any staff, children or parents be exposed to the virus.



Fraudsters prey on businesses

publisher Apr 2, 2020 - 1:28pm

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) urges businesses to verify who you're dealing with before conducting remote or online sales.

The OPP in eastern Ontario has responded to numerous calls from businesses, including automotive and recreational vehicle dealerships, who fell victim to Card-Not-Present (CNP) Frauds. 

The fraudsters contact a business to place an order for a product by way of phone, email or website, with plans to make the payment using a stolen payment card and counterfeit driver's licences.

The business, believing it to be a legitimate purchase, requests a driver's licence, then processes the payment on stolen payment card(s). The business provides the product(s) through a shipping company or to an individual picking up the product using a rented van or trailer (also rented with a stolen payment card).

Eventually the real cardholder identifies and disputes the unauthorized charge. As a result, the business receives a charge back and is responsible for paying back the amount charged on the stolen card.

Tips to protect your business:

• Watch for orders made using different names, addresses and card numbers but are from a single IP (Internet Protocol) address;

• Prior to shipping merchandise, take steps to verify the information provided by the customer (telephone number, email address, shipping address etc.);

• Be sensitive to priority shipments for fraud‐prone merchandise, which may indicate a fraudulent transaction;

• Be aware of orders that occur with a request for urgent shipment, especially if the shipping address does not match the billing address on the credit card provided;

• Be aware of orders from repeat customers that differ from regular spending patterns; and

• Contact your processor and ensure security measures are established to prevent victimization and reduce unwanted chargebacks.

Businesses who accept CNP orders can better avoid fraud by using the automated verification tools supported by their acquirer and the payment associations.

If your business has become a victim of the Card-Not-Present Fraud, contact your local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 (toll free) or report online at You can also call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or report the incident online at


More testing centres

publisher Apr 2, 2020 - 8:46am

COVID-19 testing centres have opened in Cornwall, Casselman and Winchester to check people with  moderate, worsening but non-severe symptoms.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), in partnership with the Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH), is opening a centre April 2 at the Community Addiction and Mental Health Centre, located immediately north of CCH at 850 McConnell Avenue in Cornwall.
Please call the centre between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to book your appointment at 613-935-7762.
Drive-Through in Casselman
The EOHU, in partnership with the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital, is opening a drive-through centre in Casselman April 2 at the EOHU’s Casselman office, at 872 Principale St.
It will be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
A new assessment centre in Winchester opened April 1, at the Lions Club hall at 515 Albert St. and will be open Monday to Friday, from 12 to 6 p.m. The centre is being operated by Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) staff and physicians.
The aim of the drive-through testing centre is to increase access to COVID-19 testing for EOHU area residents, while reducing the strain on 911, EMS, primary care and hospital emergency rooms so that they can focus on urgent care. “We’re hoping that opening the testing centre will also reduce the risk of spreading the virus in hospitals and doctors’ offices, protecting healthcare workers and other patients from COVID-19 infection,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health.
The EOHU stresses that not everyone who is concerned that they may have COVID-19 should use the testing centres. Only people who have worsening, but not severe, COVID-19 symptoms (such as fever and worsening cough) should call for an appointment. Not everyone who calls will be eligible for an appointment to be tested; the decision to test will be based on the most current Ministry of Health case definition guidelines:…
Those with mild symptoms that can be managed at home should not call the centre as they will not be tested. Individuals with mild symptoms should self-isolate at home for 14 days from the onset of symptoms and notify those that they may have been in contact with 2 days prior to having symptoms. People who have symptoms and are age 70 or over, or who have chronic medical conditions or compromised immune systems should call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120. Anyone experiencing severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing should call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room.
“Unique to the Cornwall COVID-19 testing centre, people arriving for testing will be greeted by a mental health and addiction counsellor. We recognize that many in our community are feeling anxiety and stress during this particularly difficult time; we are hopeful that this support will help,” explains Jeanette Despatie, President and CEO of Cornwall Community Hospital.
Additional testing centres may also open in the region. The EOHU will notify the public when these centres become available.
For more information on the Cornwall COVID-19 testing centre, or on COVID-19 in general, visit


Sûreté du Québec checks motorists

publisher Apr 1, 2020 - 4:42pm

SQ officers have set up road blocks on the Grenville side of the Long Sault Bridge between Hawkesbury and Grenville to control the spread of COVID-19.
Police are ensuring that visitors from Ontario are entering the province for an essential reason.

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Government of Québec adopted Ministerial Order 2020-013 today aimed at limiting travel to and from four new regions of Québec, including the MRC d’Argenteuil. As of noon today, checkpoints have been set up around and within the MRC d’Argenteuil.
According to the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and the Sûreté du Québec, travel should be limited to trips for medical reasons and work when teleworking is not possible. Roadside checkpoints will reduce travel into and out of certain regions and territories that are more vulnerable and help contain the spread of the virus.
In the case of the MRC d’Argenteuil, these control measures are aimed at preserving the low infection rates currently found in the region. To keep these rates as low as possible, the MRC d’Argenteuil reminds the population that it is more important than ever to follow self-isolation and social distancing measures and to apply government directives to the letter. This is not the time to relax our efforts!
The MRC d’Argenteuil Council applauds this decision by the Government of Québec to set up checkpoints along the roads leading to its territory. “We are aware that these are restrictive measures, but in the current context, we must redouble our efforts to protect the public. Everyone’s cooperation is essential,” said MRC warden Scott Pearce.

Home connection survey

publisher Apr 1, 2020 - 2:51pm

The Upper Canada District School Board is asking parents that may not have internet access at home or lack the number of devices needed for each child to engage in online learning activities, or to support their special education programming, to complete an online  survey or call 1-888-593-5556.

The online survey is at :…