Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria will close its emergency department September 3 from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m September 4 in order to deal with an ongoing staff shortage.
Anyone requiring immediate medical help should call 911 or Health Connect Ontario (811) should medical advice be needed.
Ambulances will be redirected to the Cornwall Community Hospital or the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital.
"We are actively working to recruit staff to reduce any temporary closures going forward. HGMH remains committed to providing safe and quality care to our patients. This decision was not taken lightly, and we understand the challenges this may cause," says the hospital.
SDG OPP officers are currently investigating a single vehicle fatal collision in South Glengarry on Glen Road. One occupant has been killed while another has been taken to hospital for treatment of life-threatening injuries.
A road closure is in place on Glen Road. Please avoid the area.
The crash occurred just after 11:00 a.m. on Glen Road west of Glen Brook Road. Initial investigation indicates that the westbound vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree.
The investigation continues with assistance from the OPP technical collision investigators and a reconstructionist. Glen Road remains closed between Glen Brook Road and Huron until the completion of the investigation.
Four North Glengarry incumbent council members have been acclaimed but all South Glengarry council posts are being contested after nominations closed at 2 p.m. today.
In South Glengarry, Mayor Lyle Warden is being opposed by former treasurer Lachlan MacDonald.
Councillor Martin Lang and Jacqueline Milner are running for Deputy Mayor.
Former councillor Trevor Bougie is hoping to regain a councillor’s seat. Councillor Sam McDonell is seeking re-election while Todd Lalonde is also vying for one of three councillor posts.
Current Deputy Mayor Stephanie Jaworski is seeking a councillor’s post, the seat she was elected to in 2018. Mr. Warden, who had been elected Deputy Mayor in 2018, and Ms. Jaworski were appointed to their present roles when Frank Prevost stepped down after being charged in 2021 with sexual assault and luring a child. His lawyer says Mr. Prevost will plead not guilty when the case goes to court.
Councillor contests In North Glengarry,
Lochiel Councillor Brenda Noble is being opposed by former councillor Brian Caddell.
For the Maxville ward seat, Rita DeNobriga and Gary Martin are the candidates. Incumbent Johanne Wensink is not seeking re-election.
Kenyon Councillor Jeff Manley is being challenged by Peter Valiquet.
As for the other seats, Mayor Jamie MacDonald, Deputy Mayor Carma Williams, Councillor At Large Jacques Massie, Alexandria Councillor Michael Madden have all been acclaimed.
At the Conseil scolaire district catholique de l’Est ontarien, incumbent Carole J. Larocque is the only area candidate.
Two current council members have entered the race for the mayor’s post in North Stormont. Deputy Mayor François Landry and Councillor Roxane Villeneuve are vying for the post currently held by Jim Wert.
Councillor Steve Densham and Dean Laponsee are seeking the Deputy Mayor’s seat.
For the three councillor posts, candidates are David MacDonald, Alison McDonald, Adrian Bugelli, Matt Shea, Charles Shane, Dessia Miller. Jordan Curtis and Andrew Shanks are running for an Upper Canada District School Board seat. Karen McAllister is seeking re-election to the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.
Jacques Heroux is trying to replace François Bazinet on Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien.
Municipal council and school board elections will be held throughout Ontario October 24. Those elected will serve four-year terms.
The Cornwall Police Service (CPS) is continuing to ask for public assistance to locate 43-year-old Paul Bellemore. The man was last seen July 29 with his vehicle being located in the area of the Cornwall Civic Complex, 100 Water Street, Cornwall.
"The CPS would like to advise residents that there will be an increased police presence as we continue the investigation. We are using all available resources to assist with locating the man," says the CPS.
Police are looking to confirm his wellbeing and would like to speak to him or anyone with information concerning his whereabouts.
He is 5’11” in height, approximately 160 lbs., has green eyes, is balding with short brown hair.
He was last seen possibly wearing a light coloured T-shirt with shorts, gray Harley hat and blue camo sandals.
If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Paul Bellemore, please call 613-933-5000 ext. 2418.
The emergency department at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria will remain partially closed until August 22. Because of a staff shortage, July 15 HGMH began a temporary partial closure of the department from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. daily. “The HGMH team has been working hard to develop a plan to re-open and is currently implementing a gradual resumption to 24-hour emergency service operations,” says the hospital. “Given the extreme staffing pressures we have been experiencing, we are not yet in a position to open fully seven days per week.” Instead, the Emergency Department will be open 24 hours a day on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week. The hours for Friday, Saturday and Sunday will remain from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. only; the department will be closed from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. “As we look ahead, this gradual resumption plan will be in place from Wednesday August 3rd, 2022, to Monday August 22nd, 2022. This planning is reviewed daily given the delicate staffing situations. Any additional reduction in staffing levels may impact this plan,” says the HGMH. “We remain committed to exploring all options to stabilize staffing, return to normal operations and to ensure the continued safety of our patients and staff. The hospital has been actively recruiting new nurses, working with temporary staffing agencies, welcoming nurses back from leaves of absence, and assessing alternate models of care to address the system wide Health Human Resource shortage that we are experiencing at HGMH.” said Robert Alldred-Hughes, President & CEO of HGMH. People are reminded to call 911 if they are experiencing severe shortness of breath, chest pain, severe leeding or periods of unconsciousness. Ambulances will be redirected to the Cornwall Community Hospital or the Hawkesbury & District General Hospital. If you are experiencing less severe symptoms that still require immediate care, drive to a neighbouring hospital. In addition, if you are seeking medical advice call Health Connect Ontario (811) to be able to speak to a Registered Nurse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment is investigating an early morning fatal two-truck collision that occurred Tuesday at 5 a.m. on Highway 401 in South Glengarry, just west of the Quebec border.
A driver was pronounced dead at the scene after an eastbound transport truck collided with another eastbound transport truck.
The other driver did not sustain any injuries.
A 70-year-old man from the Cobourg area has been identified as the victim of a fatal motorcycle accident June 30 on McCormick Road north of Alexandria.
Peter McVey, of Alnwick Haldimand Township, was transported to hospital by ambulance where he was pronounced deceased.
The investigation by the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police continues with assistance from OPP technical collision investigators and a reconstructionist.