Speak up to save your schools.
MPP Jim McDonell encourages all residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to visit the Upper Canada District School Board's accommodation review page at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview and click through to the online survey to provide their feedback on the proposed closure of many schools in our area.
"Community and school groups have raised their voices throughout the riding on the issue and every resident can contribute their voice to the conversation and show the broad concern throughout the community," he commented. "Completing the online survey will give the Board a tangible measure of the scale of local involvement in discussing the planned closures. Without sufficient responses, the Ministry of Education may conclude that the community is not interested or concerned about the plan – this can’t be the message we send."
The survey, which closes February 1, is accessible at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview
On the night of January 16-17, several vehicles were entered as they were parked at residences on Saphire Drive, Randy Street and Wendy Street in South Glengarry Township. Cash, wallets, GPS, sunglasses and gift cards were stolen. The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment is investigating.
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Monday Jan. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at General Vanier, 1500 Cumberland St., Cornwall, is the final public Accommodation Review Committee (ARC) meeting to discuss the proposed closure of Glengarry District High School.
The Glengarry SOS committee "can't overstate the importance of a strong GDHS presence at this meeting. If there is one public event to go to, this is the one. We'd ask you to wear red Gaels colours, or red Gaels clothing. Doors open at 6!"
Glengarry SOS is providing busing from the Glengarry Sports Palace parking lot, free of charge. Buses will leave at 5. For more information, or to reserve a spot on one of the buses, please contact a committee member:
Alyson Graham (email@example.com)
Natasha Boucher (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mandy Duval (email@example.com)
Dean MacGillivray (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Krissi Pacaud (email@example.com)
Glengarry High School students, speak to Marshall Wilson.
You can also register for a spot on the bus on our website, www.glengarrysos.ca
The Cornwall Community Hospital's occupancy rate is at 138 per cent.
To accommodate this overflow, patients are being admitted to the hallway, in off-service units, others are being transferred and as a last resort, some surgeries may be postponed.
The public can help by avoid visiting loved ones in the hospital if feeling unwell.
Keep the emergency department for true emergencies. Symptoms of the flu or gastro are manageable at home with plenty of rest, liquid and over the counter medication, unless complications arise or symptoms are severe.
Respect the other patients who require the bed by ensuring timely transportation when patients are discharged.
For the last six weeks, the acute care occupancy rate at CCH has been well over 100 per cent.
About 150,000 Hydro One customers have been affected by outages caused by high winds. Alexandria and Casselman were particularly hard hit Wednesday, with service being interrupted in the early morning and not being restored until late afternoon.
The current outage in Alexandria is scheduled to be resolved by 11:15 a.m.
"Crews have worked tirelessly to restore power to the majority of customers in less than 24 hours, after a storm event, for the second time in one week," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Our dedicated staff will continue working until every customer is restored."
Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235 or download the Hydro One power outage app. Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages. Customers can register for Outage Alerts online at HydroOne.com/MyAccount.
If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235. Safety is at the core of everything Hydro One employees do. Not only are our crews trained in First Aid, every Hydro One vehicle is equipped with a First Aid kit.
Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter (centre) meets Upper Canada District School Board trustee Wendy MacPherson and her daughter, Morgan, during a tour of Glengarry District High School in Alexandria Tuesday. The minister also visited Char-Lan District High School in Williamstown and schools in Long Sault and Cornwall.
January 6, shortly after 6:00 p.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Hawkesbury detachment, Prescott-Russell Paramedics, Champlain Fire Department, and OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI), responded to a collision on Highway 34 between Aberdeen and Ridge Road, south of Vankleek Hill in Champlain Township, involving five vehicles and three pedestrians.
A black Saab was northbound on Highway 34 when its driver initiated a U-turn manoeuvre, resulting in a southbound Mercedes colliding with the black Saab's passenger side. The collision resulted in minor injuries to both drivers; however, the black Saab was left disabled on the southbound lane.
As the occupants had exited their vehicles and were getting assistance from stopped motorists and nearby residents, a white Freightliner commercial vehicle travelling south on Highway 34 collided with the disabled black Saab which was pushed onto the southbound shoulder, striking several pedestrians and a parked vehicle belonging to one of the stopped motorists. Meanwhile, the white Freightliner continued southbound and struck a parked vehicle belonging to the nearby residents. The Freightliner then rolled onto its side and came to rest in the southbound ditch.
Three pedestrians and three vehicle drivers were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Most were later released, though one of the pedestrians remained as a result of more serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.
Highway 34 remained closed for several hours.
The black Saab’s driver, a 57-year-old woman from Vaudreuil-Dorion, will face charges; however, none has been laid at this time.
High winds, freezing rain and heavy snow have left some 2,538 Hydro One customers in the area without power.
Across the province, there are 248 active outages affecting over 28,000 customers. Where safe, Hydro One crews are out assessing damage and restoring power to customers.
"Crews have been working since last night to restore customers and won't stop until every customer has their power back," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Tree contact accounts for over 30 per cent of outages and this type of weather can cause trees to fall on our lines and damage equipment. Stay 10 metres away from any fallen power lines."
Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235 or download the Hydro One power outage app. Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages. Hydro One is the first utility in Canada to offer this service. Customers can register for Outage Alerts online at HydroOne.com/MyAccount.
If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.
Is your power on?
People across the region are experiencing power outages.
Visit http://www.hydroone.com/StormCenter3 for updates.
Our first edition of 2017, published today, Jan. 4, is available on newsstands now. Print subscribers can expect to receive a copy in their mailboxes as usual, and digital subscribers will see the edition live online.
Among the stories we have for you...
- History-making baby
- Water pressure on the rise
- The ABCs of 2016
- Glen Sandfield United’s final service
- Lighting up the night
- New year's resolutions (feature two-page spread)
- Welcome to the babies of 2016
- Trapping course to be offered in January
- Glens, Rebels set to return to the ice this week
- Lancaster leads 4-city tour
- Summerstown Trails open Jan. 8
Our lead item on the opinion page is entitled 'The year we went into defence mode.'
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