The Glengarry News


School action escalates

richard Sep 29, 2015 - 1:52pm

The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has escalated job action in schools across Ontario.
"Phase 2 of CUPE’s work-to-rule campaign contains a number of measures intended to mostly target school and board administration as opposed to directly impacting parents and students," the Upper Canada District School Board says.
"However, combined with ongoing sanctions by the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO), it is becoming increasingly difficult to sustain some school activities beyond basic operations and classroom learning. Specifically, both ETFO and CUPE have placed constraints on their members’ ability to handle money in schools," the board relates.
Therefore, schools may be forced to cancel or reschedule hot lunches, off-site activities and other events involving money.
"Your school will be providing you more specific guidance about the nature of activities that will be impacted, if any."

North Glengarry to switch to LED street lights

sean Jan 17, 2015 - 12:11pm

North Glengarry made this announcement last week:

Council recently approved the retrofit of every streetlight in the Township of North Glengarry. They will be converted to LED.

Currently, the Township owns approximately 830 streetlights consuming over 180,000 Watts of electricity. This works out to a total annual cost of $166,000. Combined with $24,000 in annual maintenance, the total operations costs for the streetlight network is over $190,000/year.

With the installation of the new lights, the energy consumption drops to about 68,000 watts of energy costing a total of about $62,000 per year and a token maintenance amount of $2,500 per year. This works out to a savings of about $125,000/year.

The lifespan of these lights are 22 years or 100,000 hours. Coupled with an assumption of annual energy rate increases and the immediate annual savings starting this year, the Township can expect to save roughly $1.3 million by the year 2025 and $3-$3.5 million dollars by the year 2037.

The total project cost is roughly $400,000 as a conservative estimate, but likely less as it accounts for 50% of the lights being rewired. That said, the project essentially pays for itself in about 3 years.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the Public Works Department for more details. (613) 525-3087 or