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Cornwall school closed

publisher Sep 13, 2021 - 2:02pm

Viscount Alexander Public School in Cornwall has been closed at least until September 20 due to an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.

The Upper Canada District School Board has also reported that at least one positive case has been detected at Pleasant Corners Public School in Vankleek Hill, Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute, St. Lawrence Secondary School in Cornwall, and South Edwardsburg Public School (Johnstown). Those schools remain open.

 

12 candidates in two ridings

publisher Sep 10, 2021 - 1:25pm

Twelve candidates are vying for votes in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell and Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry in the federal election. In Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, the candidates (in alphabetical order) are:

Brennan Austring     People's Party of Canada

Marc Bisaillon     Free Party Canada

Francis Drouin     Liberal Party of Canada

The Joker     Independent

Daniel Lapierre    Green Party of Canada

Konstantine Malakos New Democratic Party

Susan McArthur     Conservative Party of Canada

In Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, the candidates are:

David Anber     People's Party of Canada

Eric Duncan     Conservative Party of Canada

Trevor Kennedy     New Democratic Party

Denis Moquin     Liberal Party of Canada

Jeanie Warnock     Green Party of Canada

Advance polls will be held  September 10, 11, 12 and 13, while election day is September 20.

MacPhee Bridge closed

publisher Aug 18, 2021 - 1:27pm

A construction material shortage has forced the closure of the MacPhee Bridge on the Glen Robertson Road (County Road 10), east of Alexandria for the next several weeks. Traffic is being detoured on County Roads 23, 25 and 34. The span over the Delisle River has been undergoing a $1 million makeover that was scheduled to wrap up by fall. 

Victim shot with pellet gun

publisher Aug 6, 2021 - 9:05am

August 5, shortly before 1 a.m. Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Main Street in Alexandria.

The investigation indicated that an altercation occurred between two individuals involving a handgun. The accused individual pointed a firearm (later identified as an air pistol) at the victim. The altercation continued and the accused attacked the victim and shot the victim with the pellet gun. The victim and a witness fled the residence. The accused remained in the residence refusing to comply with demands to exit the home.

Shortly after 6 a.m. with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), Emergency Response Team (ERT), Canine Unit, Provincial Liaison Team (PLT), Crisis negotiator and SD&G OPP officers resolved the situation and the accused surrendered without incident.

The accused, a 25 year-old male of Alexandria, Ontario was arrested and is charged with;

- Assault with a weapon - Criminal Code - Sec. 267(a)

-Pointing a firearm - CC - Sec. 87

-Discharge Air gun or pistol with intent - CC - Sec. 244.1(a)

- Assault - CC - Sec. 266

- Criminal harassment - Threatening conduct - CC - Sec. 264(2)(d)

The accused was held in custody and was scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall August 5.

Ready for the Fair

publisher Aug 3, 2021 - 11:41am

Kaleb Bartlett and Juliana are ready for the August 7 drive-through edition of the Williamstown Fair.

In this week's edition of The News, we pay tribute to the many volunteers who have kept the fair tradition alive.

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New millionaire

publisher Jul 20, 2021 - 2:26pm

John Alan Perkins of Summerstown has won $1 million in the June 18 LOTTO MAX lottery.

A 66-year-old grandfather, Mr. Perkins said he was out running errands with his wife when he discovered his big win. “My wife was at Walmart when I went for my second vaccine and I decided to check my ticket while on the way to pick her up. I used the Ticket Checker and when I saw all the zeroes, I couldn’t believe my eyes!”

When he found his wife in the store, his eyes were filled with tears and she immediately thought something was wrong. “She thought I had bad news about our daughter who was due to have her baby any moment. When I told her we won the lottery she didn’t believe it and started crying tears of joy.”

Mr. Perkins had just purchased a new car, and the day he discovered his win he went back to the dealership to make an upgrade.

“I plan to share this win with our children. It was also nice to make the trip to Toronto to get my prize with my wife. She was treated to a day at the salon while I came here to collect my cheque,” he remarked.

RRCA splits with Conservators

publisher Jul 16, 2021 - 1:21pm

“Due to the Cooper Marsh Conservators’ (CMC) recent change in focus, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) Board of Directors has decided to terminate its relationship with the volunteer group. This RRCA did not make this decision lightly and deeply regrets that it cannot continue to work with CMC.”

The statement was issued after the Conservators protested against the RRCA's decision to not object to a proposal to set up a campground near Cooper Marsh.

"Any future plans for a campground are still subject to review and approvals. The RRCA will continue to review and provide input on any future development proposals on land adjacent to the wetland," the conservation authority says.

“For context, CMC has assisted the RRCA with fundraising, educational and recreational activities at the Cooper Marsh Conservation Area and Visitors Centre since 1997. The RRCA sincerely appreciates the CMC’s numerous contributions over the years that have greatly enhanced Cooper Marsh,” says the authority.

“Over the last several months, CMC has been involved in political activities which are inconsistent with the RRCA’s statutory mandate. In general, no conservation authority in Ontario may, directly or indirectly, engage in political activities regarding development projects. The RRCA’s role in development projects that fall within its jurisdiction is circumscribed by the Conservation Authorities Act. Any departure from this clearly defined statutory role exposes the RRCA to legal jeopardy and negatively impacts its ability to deliver programs and services that further the conservation, restoration, development, and management of natural resources in watersheds in Ontario,” the RRCA statement continues.

“Starting in late 2020, the RRCA and the CMC have worked behind the scenes to try and save their important relationship. The RRCA has gone to great lengths to explain to CMC that it cannot be affiliated with a group focused on political opposition to local development projects. Unfortunately, CMC’s focus has remained political in nature. This focus has made continued collaboration impossible. With great regret, as of July 16, 2021, the RRCA has elected to terminate its relationship with the CMC. The RRCA is no longer affiliated with the group in any capacity.”

“Since the 1980s, the RRCA has owned and protected the land now known as Cooper Marsh Conservation Area. The RRCA will continue to conserve, manage, and enhance the treasured local natural heritage and maintain the trail system for the community to explore.”

The group has planned a 1 p.m. July 19 protest at the South Glengarry Township office.

More coverage in the July 21 edition of The News.