The Glengarry News

Protest

Paramedics protest

publisher May 31, 2018 - 8:52am

Striking paramedics, shown here speaking with North Glengarry Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, are staging a protest at the township hall in Alexandria to draw attention to stalled contract talks.

A "Support Our Paramedics" petition has been launched in support of the unionized workers who serve Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Cornwall.

'Save Char-Lan' goes to Toronto

publisher Nov 9, 2016 - 10:13am

The ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee and its supporters are taking their fight to Queen’s Park on November 21.

Representatives from the committee announced at Monday night’s regular South Glengarry council meeting that chartered buses from the area will be heading to a rally on the steps of the provincial legislature, sponsored by the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures (OAASC), on that date.

A number of groups, local and province-wide, are planning to participate in the demonstration, including CUPE and the Campaign for Public Education.

“This isn’t a rally anymore. It’s a movement…and Glengarry will be heavily-represented,” said committee member Heather Petrie.

“We have secured Jim McDonell, our (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry) MPP to speak at the event, as well as Shawn McRae and Martin Lang from the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture.”

Mrs. Petrie added that parents and students representing other schools in the area are “perhaps going to consolidate and join forces…so that we can fill as many buses as we can and go to Queen’s Park and make some noise.”

After hearing that it will cost about $4,000 to rent one coach bus for the Toronto trip, South Glengarry council passed a resolution – introduced by deputy-mayor Frank Prevost – allocating up to $10,000 to the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee to help defray campaign-related costs. Mayor Ian McLeod explained that the funds will be dispersed “at the discretion” of township CAO Bryan Brown.

Particulars about the Toronto rally – which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on November 21 – including departure time, will be posted soon on the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Facebook page and Twitter feed.
More information is also available via e-mail (savecharlan@gmail.com).

– By Scott Carmichael, News Staff

Video: soccer players protest UCDSB threatened school closures

sean Oct 27, 2016 - 3:54pm

As the referee blew his whistle to start the SD&G senior girls soccer championship match at GDHS this afternoon, athletes from both teams – the Gaels and the Char-Lan Crusaders – came to the midfield stripe and sat down as one, aiming to draw further attention to UCDSB's threat to close both of the English public high schools in Glengarry county.

The girls from both schools were silent for a time, then chanting in unison "save our schools."

The action today was part of a larger movement in North and South Glengarry to stop the school board from abandoning our communities.

Loud and proud

publisher Oct 26, 2016 - 8:58am

Loud and proudParent David Filion, a member of the GDHS steering committee against school closures, right, gives an impassioned speech to students during a mass student rally outside GDHS on Tuesday. Students lined the street as passing vehicles honked in support.          ANGELA BROWN PHOTO

Stand for the trees

richard Dec 11, 2015 - 11:42am

"It's killing us," Andy Perreault (left) says of widespread clear-cutting of forests, which prompted him to set up a one-man protest at the site of a large tree removal operation on Highway 34 south of Vankleek Hill. Among those showing support Friday was Brian Proulx, of Alexandria.