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Too dry

publisher Jul 3, 2020 - 7:48am

Residents are being asked to conserve water as the Raisin Region and South Nation conservation authorities have declared a level 1 low water condition for the area, following a long dry spell.
A Level 1 condition can be declared if a three-month precipitation total falls below 80 per cent of average. As of June 30, the three-month total was about 50 per cent of the average precipitation levels.
A Level 1 condition is the first indication of potential water supply problem. Level 2 indicates a potentially serious problem. Level 3 indicates a failure of the water supply to meet the demand.
Due to a drier than usual spring, persistent hot temperatures, and lack of precipitation, the authorities are encouraging residents and businesses to reduce their water consumption by 10 per cent to help mitigate the impacts of low water conditions. Water consumption can be reduced by limiting non-essential uses such as watering your lawn or washing your car.

 

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75-year-old dies in crash

publisher Jul 2, 2020 - 9:00am

A 75-year-old man was killed June 30 when the vehicle he was driving rolled over on County Road 19, between County Road 20 and Headline Road, in South Glengarry Township.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that at approximately 6:24 a.m., a westbound passenger vehicle left the roadway and rolled over.

The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Face masks mandatory soon

publisher Jul 2, 2020 - 8:17am

Wearing a face covering inside public places will likely become mandatory next week in the region served by the Eastern Ontario Health  Unit.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Paul Roumeliotis says the measure is being imposed in response to public demands that face mask use be mandated in order to slow the spread of COVID-19.

A statement is expected next week outlining details of the order.

Beware angry birds

publisher Jun 30, 2020 - 3:45pm

The South Nation Conservation Authority is warning the public about a bird of prey with a keen maternal instinct.
“We’ve received reports of an aggressive hawk nesting along the trail at the Warwick Forest Conservation Area in Berwick,” says SNC. “Hawks will aggressively defend their nests and may swoop or strike at humans using their claws, usually going for the head. This could result in injury.” Visitors “should proceed with caution,” and use alternative routes. SNC officials also recommend using an umbrella while visiting the site.

Fatal fall

publisher Jun 25, 2020 - 11:37am

A 28-year-old Williamstown man died in a fall June 23 at a home on Heron Road.
Leonide Egorov died from his injuries after the incident which occurred at about 1 p.m., reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police deetachment.
The investigation and a post-mortem have confirmed the death as being non-suspicious. There was no public safety concern at any time, the detachment says.

3 options for school reopening

publisher Jun 19, 2020 - 3:08pm

Three scenarios are presented in the Ontario government's plan to resume classes in September.

While the decision to return to the normal school day routine will continue to be based on medical advice, boards and schools are being asked to plan for alternative scenarios that may need to be implemented in September depending on the province's COVID-19 situation.

The plan will provide options for parents to send their children in-class or to enter online learning.

Boards will be asked to plan for the following three scenarios to be implemented in September, depending on the public health situation at the time:

  1. Normal school day routine with enhanced public health protocols. Students going to school every day, in classes that reflect standard class size regulations.
  1. Modified school day routine - Based on public health advice, an adapted delivery model has been designed to allow for physical distancing and cohorts of students. Under this model, school boards are asked to maintain a limit of 15 students in a typical classroom at one time and adopt timetabling that would allow for students to remain in contact only with their classmates and a single teacher for as much of the school day as possible. This model would require alternate day or alternate week delivery to a segment of the class at one time.
  1. At home learning - Should the school closure be extended, or some parents choose not to send their child back to school, school boards need to be prepared to offer remote education. Remote education should be delivered online to the greatest extent possible, including the establishment of minimum expectations for students to have direct contact with their teacher at the same time on a regular basis, also known as synchronous learning. Synchronous learning can be used as part of whole class instruction, in smaller groups of students, and/or in a one-on-one context.

The government is instructing school boards to be prepared with a plan, should it be required, that includes an adapted delivery model, which could include alternate day or alternate week attendance, staggered bell times and recess, and different transportation arrangements, among a variety of other considerations to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Boil water advisory for Maxville

publisher Jun 19, 2020 - 10:38am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit has issued a boil water advisory for Maxville following adverse testing results.
Until further notice, water for drinking and food preparation must be boiled (boil water, to a rolling boil) for a least one minute to kill all disease-causing organisms or you may also use bottled water.
Any affected resident will receive written confirmation once the problem has been rectified.
Should you have any questions, contact the Health Unit at 1-800-267-7120 or North Glengarry Township at 613-525-3087.

Salute To Our Grads

publisher Jun 17, 2020 - 10:35am

Every year, The News publishes our Salute To Excellence, congratulating secondary school students in the region we serve.
Information and photos are provided by the schools.
This is an excellent opportunity for advertisers to join us in congratulating the leaders of the future.
June 26 is the advertising deadline for this supplement which will be published July 8.
At the same time, proud parents can purchase personalized ads in our regular newspaper, with a photo and a congratulatory message for the price of $60.
Contact our advertising department at production@glengarrynews.ca or 613-525-2020.

Fire under investigation

publisher Jun 12, 2020 - 3:14pm

The Ontario Fire Marshal and Ontario Provincial Police are investigating a fire that damaged the Martintown Restaurant June 11, the night before the business was to re-open its patio.

Nobody was injured in the blaze that started at about 10:30 p.m. in the kitchen.

Staff is working to reopen as soon as possible, according to a social media post.

Create social circles

publisher Jun 12, 2020 - 3:05pm


People throughout Ontario are being encouraged to establish a social "circle" of no more than 10 people who can interact and come into close contact with one another without physical distancing.

Dr. David Williams, Ontario's Chief Medical Officer of Health, updated public health advice to come into effect immediately province-wide to allow social circles of up to 10 members, including those outside the immediate household. Social circles will support the mental health and well-being of Ontarians and help reduce social isolation.

"At the outset of the pandemic, we had to make the necessary, but difficult decision to ban large public gatherings and strongly advise physical distancing with everyone except immediate household members" said Premier Doug Ford. "As the public health trends improve and our collective efforts start to pay off, we're now able to take another step forward today by allowing families and their loved ones to reunite and spend time with one another safely through social circles."

Ontarians who wish to form a safe social circle should follow these five simple steps:

Start with your current circle: the people you live with or who regularly come into your household;
If your current circle is under 10 people, you can add members to your circle, including those from another household, family members or friends;
Get agreement from everyone that they will join the circle;
Keep your social circle safe. Maintain physical distancing with anyone outside of your circle; and
Be true to your circle. No one should be part of more than one circle.
The province has developed a practical step-by-step guide to help Ontarians as they safely develop and join a social circle.

"Ontarians should think of their circles as the people they can touch, hug and come into close contact as we continue our shared fight against COVID-19," said Health Minister Christine Elliott. "While this is an exciting step forward, every Ontarian should follow the advice provided by our public health experts to ensure they do so safely and in a way that limits the spread of this virus, including and especially by only being part of one circle. We all owe it to each other to act responsibly."

The rules for social circles are different from the proposed expansion of social gatherings from five to 10 people. Social gatherings can be any 10 people from outside your household, but where physical distancing of at least two metres should be maintained. For example, the expansion of social gatherings enables individuals and families to enjoy the company of others at backyard barbecues and picnics in neighbourhood parks, while respecting physical distancing advice.

On the other hand, social circles will enable Ontarians to enjoy close contact with members of their circle. This could include hugging, carpooling, enjoying a patio and sharing a meal without staying two metres apart. Ontarians should avoid close-contact activities with anyone outside of their circle if they are unable to maintain physical distancing. Social circles will also bring back supports from people outside of their household who can now help with children, seniors or those in need.

"Not only will social circles help to improve people's mental health and reduce social isolation, they will support rapid case and contact tracing by limiting the number of close contacts, in the event of a case of COVID-19 in that circle," said Dr. Williams.

While physical distancing does not need to be practised between members of the same social circle, other public health advice, including frequent hand washing, should be maintained. Anyone who is ill or feeling sick should immediately limit their contact with anyone in their circle, inform the other members of the circle, self-isolate, and seek testing if they have COVID-19 symptoms, by visiting one of the 145 assessment centres across Ontario. They should also seek testing if they are concerned that they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or be at risk.

Home visits to resume Thursday

publisher Jun 12, 2020 - 7:16am

As of June 18, the Ontario government will permit the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings.

Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings. Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week at a minimum. Retirement homes will resume indoor and outdoor visits in designated areas or resident suites when physical distancing can be maintained. Other residential care settings will be able to allow outdoor visits of two people at time. Physical distancing will be required for all visits. This approach will ensure the health and safety of residents, staff and visitors.

Visits will be subject to strict health and safety protocols, including requiring visitors to pass active screening every time they visit, confirming with staff that they have tested negative for COVID-19 within the previous two weeks, and complying with the infection prevention and control protocols. This includes bringing and wearing a face covering during visits.

Additionally, long-term care and retirement homes, as well as other residential care settings, must meet the following conditions before they welcome visitors:

Homes must not be in outbreak;
Homes must have an established process for communicating visitor protocol and the associated safety procedures; and
Homes must maintain the highest infection prevention and control standards.
For retirement homes, visitor admissions will vary from home to home depending upon their individual circumstances.

Other residential care settings will also be allowed visitors under similar rules. These residential care settings include homes serving people with developmental disabilities, shelters for survivors of gender-based violence, and children's residential settings.

Visits have been restricted since mid-March, with only essential visitors permitted to enter long-term care and retirement homes.

In the event of an outbreak at an individual home or residential care setting, non-essential visits will again be restricted. If a second wave of COVID-19 occurs, the government will revert to restricting visitors at all homes and residential care settings to protect residents and staff.
 

2 masked men sought for robbery

publisher Jun 11, 2020 - 4:09pm

Two suspects are being sought following a June 5 robbery at a residence on Beaupré Road in South Glengarry.

Two individuals wearing home-made surgical masks broke into the residence and held the victim against his will.

The thieves stole two air pistols, one air rifle, a cell phone, digital camera, a Medieval silver metal helmet, two leather holsters with belt and other electronics.

The suspects are described as being white males, French-speaking, 18-25 years old. They were both wearing jeans with dark T-shirts. 

The victim suffered no injuries.

Call 1-888-310-1122 if you have any information on this crime.