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publisher Mar 13, 2020 - 3:34pm

Most public facilities are being temporarily closed and social events are being postponed because of COVID-19.

The Township of South Glengarry is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the risk in South Glengarry remains low, the municipality is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities and community centres will all be closed from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6.
From Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6 the following facilities will be closed to the public, with all events scheduled to take place either cancelled or postponed: • Char-Lan Recreation Centre • Martintown Community Centre • Green Valley Community Centre • North Lancaster Community Centre • The Paul Rozon Park Building • The Jack Danaher Park Building
This includes all March Break programming (Char-Lan Recreation Centre) and the Business & Community Awards Gala.

Please note, the municipal office at 6 Oak Street, Lancaster will remain open. Residents are encouraged to conduct business over the phone and online where possible. To contact a specific department please contact: (613)347-1166. At this time, no cases have been confirmed in South Glengarry. However, the township encourages all residents to engage in public distancing and proper hygiene to limit the spread of colds and flu.

To learn more about Covid-19 and its ongoing development and prevention please visit the following links:,, or
For questions about COVID-19, contact the Public Health Agency of Canada’s public inquiry line at: 1-833-784-4397.


What do you think?

publisher Mar 13, 2020 - 7:34am

What do you think of the school closures?
The Ontario government is extending the March Break to April 5 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Is this a good idea? How are you going to keep the children entertained for three weeks? What are you doing to deal with the virus? Have you stocked up on toilet paper? Are you sick of questions about COVID-19?

Flood warning

publisher Mar 10, 2020 - 3:15pm

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is issuing a Flood Outlook Statement for the RRCA jurisdiction.
The current short-term forecast indicates daytime high temperatures above zero with the chance of precipitation, which is favourable for ongoing snow melting. The expected melt will increase water levels and flows over the coming weeks and may result in flooding in low-lying areas.
 Residents should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
• Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve
• Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump
• Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is as least 3 metres from the dwelling
• Securing items that might float away as flows increase
• Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
• Keeping emergency phone numbers handy
This statement is in effect until Monday, March 16.

Lottery winner

publisher Mar 10, 2020 - 2:49pm

John Szpivak, of Williamstown has that 6/49 feeling after winning a LOTTO 6/49 second prize worth $64,595.90 in the February 19 draw. He matched five numbers plus the bonus number to win the prize.

The 68-year old engaged father of four and grandfather of two discovered his win by using the Ticket Checker at a retailer. “The screen said Congratulations, Big Winner! I checked it again to make sure I saw it correctly,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “The store was busy so I left and went to an appointment and kept thinking, holy guacamole!”

John, a real estate appraiser and business owner, plans to invest some of his winnings into his business. “This opens so many doors for us,” he smiled. “This is a stupendous moment and a real windfall, but the real win is the people I have around me to share this with,” he concluded.


No cases at NAV Centre

publisher Mar 9, 2020 - 8:46am

Canadian passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan departed the isolated facility at the Cornwall Nav CENTRE on Friday morning, following completion of their two-week precautionary quarantine. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 found among the people in quarantine at the Centre. Some 130 Canadian passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan arrived at the isolated facility in Cornwall February 21.


Body found at fire scene

publisher Mar 6, 2020 - 12:47pm

The body of a man has been found at the scene of a house fire on County Road 34 north of McCrimmon.

North Glengarry Fire Department members responded to the fire at about 5 a.m.

Further investigation led to the discovery of a man inside the house.

Investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) and the Coroner's Office, assisted by SD&G OPP officers and SD&G OPP crime unit, continue the investigation.

Quarantined passengers to leave tomorrow

publisher Mar 5, 2020 - 4:05pm
The quarantine at the NAV Centre continues to go smoothly. A
s of noon Thursday, March 5, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 found among people in quarantine in Cornwall.
The passengers quarantined at the NAV Centre will have completed their 14-day quarantine on March 6 and are scheduled to depart tomorrow morning if they continue to be symptom-free. Once released from quarantine, these individuals will pose no risk for COVID-19 and will be able to resume their normal activities without risk to the public.
These daily updates have been prepared by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Still no deal

publisher Mar 5, 2020 - 1:47pm

Despite some concessions by the Ontario government, a prolonged contract dispute between the province and teachers’ unions continues. Today, members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) picket in front of St. Finnan’s School in Alexandria. The walkout coincided with another province-wide strike by L’Association des enseignantes et enseignants franco-ontariens.



No injuries

publisher Mar 4, 2020 - 3:01pm

Nobody was injured in a fire Tuesday at Campeau Auto Sales north of Alexandria, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment. The fire was "non-suspicious," adds detachment spokesperson Constable Tylor Copeland.


Storm cancels strike

publisher Feb 26, 2020 - 9:16am

A strike by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) planned for Thursday has been cancelled because of the forecast snow storm.
“This cancellation has nothing to do with bowing down to the demands of the government and the school boards, and everything to do with ensuring AEFO members’ safety on picket lines. The effectiveness and safety of picket lines could also be compromised, such as icy sidewalks and unplowed sites which could result in unsafe picketing,” says the AEFO.


Arrests made at Belleville blockade

publisher Feb 24, 2020 - 9:53am

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has taken action to resolve protest activity and remove the barriers to rail service in and near Tyendinaga Township.
Officers began making arrests Monday morning at the blockade near Belleville.
“Use of force remains a last resort,” the OPP had said in an earlier press release.
“Since Thursday, February 6, OPP members have been meeting regularly and communicating with various representatives of the people protesting in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en peoples of British Columbia,” the statement read.
“Following its court-endorsed Framework for Police Preparedness for Indigenous Critical Incidents, the OPP Provincial Liaison Team has engaged in significant collaborative and respectful dialogue aimed at bringing about a peaceful resolution while ensuring everyone's safety and preserving their respective rights guaranteed by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To date, there had been no arrests made and no one has been injured.
“We have remained respectful of the ongoing dialogue, including issues of sovereignty between our Indigenous communities and various federal ministers, and have hoped for productive communication leading to a peaceful resolution. The OPP notes the broader societal impacts of this extended protest have correspondingly increased risks to public safety closer to the protest sites. Unfortunately, all avenues to successfully negotiate a peaceful resolution have been exhausted and a valid court injunction remains in effect.
“The OPP has a legal responsibility to enforce the injunction and began doing so this morning. The OPP has called upon all those involved to abide by the injunction and leave the area and to not put public peace or anyone's safety in jeopardy. All people are being encouraged to leave the demonstration site peacefully. Enforcement of the injunction may include arrest of those who choose not to comply, however, use of force remains a last resort.”


'Cut the fat'

publisher Feb 21, 2020 - 9:14am

'Cut the fat, not education' is the message on this handmade sign displayed by a striking OSSTF-FEESO member on a picket line in Alexandria.
About 5,000 schools across the province are closed today as 200,000 teachers and education workers stage the first province-wide action of this kind since 1997.

Train service halted

publisher Feb 20, 2020 - 7:56am

Due to a new blockade near St-Lambert, Québec, VIA Rail has cancelled the resumption of its service between Montréal and Québec City, which was initially scheduled for February 20.

All trains between Montréal and Québec City are now cancelled until February 21.


VIA Rail reinstates Ottawa-Montreal service

publisher Feb 18, 2020 - 1:25pm

VIA Rail will reinstate its service between Ottawa and Québec City February 20.

VIA Rail has received a notification from CN allowing a partial resumption of service between Québec City, Montréal and Ottawa. Beginning Thursday morning, February 20, only those trains that serve full trips between Québec City and Ottawa will resume service. Trains 22, 24, 26 and 28, leaving from Ottawa, will be resuming service. Trains 33, 35, 37 and 39, leaving from Québec City, will resume service.