Ontario Education Minister Mitzie Hunter (centre) meets Upper Canada District School Board trustee Wendy MacPherson and her daughter, Morgan, during a tour of Glengarry District High School in Alexandria Tuesday. The minister also visited Char-Lan District High School in Williamstown and schools in Long Sault and Cornwall.
January 6, shortly after 6:00 p.m., officers from the Ontario Provincial Police Hawkesbury detachment, Prescott-Russell Paramedics, Champlain Fire Department, and OPP Technical Traffic Collision Investigators (TTCI), responded to a collision on Highway 34 between Aberdeen and Ridge Road, south of Vankleek Hill in Champlain Township, involving five vehicles and three pedestrians.
A black Saab was northbound on Highway 34 when its driver initiated a U-turn manoeuvre, resulting in a southbound Mercedes colliding with the black Saab's passenger side. The collision resulted in minor injuries to both drivers; however, the black Saab was left disabled on the southbound lane.
As the occupants had exited their vehicles and were getting assistance from stopped motorists and nearby residents, a white Freightliner commercial vehicle travelling south on Highway 34 collided with the disabled black Saab which was pushed onto the southbound shoulder, striking several pedestrians and a parked vehicle belonging to one of the stopped motorists. Meanwhile, the white Freightliner continued southbound and struck a parked vehicle belonging to the nearby residents. The Freightliner then rolled onto its side and came to rest in the southbound ditch.
Three pedestrians and three vehicle drivers were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. Most were later released, though one of the pedestrians remained as a result of more serious, but non-life threatening, injuries.
Highway 34 remained closed for several hours.
The black Saab’s driver, a 57-year-old woman from Vaudreuil-Dorion, will face charges; however, none has been laid at this time.
High winds, freezing rain and heavy snow have left some 2,538 Hydro One customers in the area without power.
Across the province, there are 248 active outages affecting over 28,000 customers. Where safe, Hydro One crews are out assessing damage and restoring power to customers.
"Crews have been working since last night to restore customers and won't stop until every customer has their power back," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Tree contact accounts for over 30 per cent of outages and this type of weather can cause trees to fall on our lines and damage equipment. Stay 10 metres away from any fallen power lines."
Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235 or download the Hydro One power outage app. Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages. Hydro One is the first utility in Canada to offer this service. Customers can register for Outage Alerts online at HydroOne.com/MyAccount.
If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.
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People across the region are experiencing power outages.
Visit http://www.hydroone.com/StormCenter3 for updates.
Our first edition of 2017, published today, Jan. 4, is available on newsstands now. Print subscribers can expect to receive a copy in their mailboxes as usual, and digital subscribers will see the edition live online.
Among the stories we have for you...
- History-making baby
- Water pressure on the rise
- The ABCs of 2016
- Glen Sandfield United’s final service
- Lighting up the night
- New year's resolutions (feature two-page spread)
- Welcome to the babies of 2016
- Trapping course to be offered in January
- Glens, Rebels set to return to the ice this week
- Lancaster leads 4-city tour
- Summerstown Trails open Jan. 8
Our lead item on the opinion page is entitled 'The year we went into defence mode.'
Looking to find out where to get The News? Check out all the details here.
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell will host local pre-budget consultations on January 11 and 12. This is an opportunity to voice concerns outlining how Ontario should reform its regulatory and economic policies. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to register to present their concerns regarding the upcoming 2017 Ontario Budget and highlight local needs that need to be addressed in Toronto. To register, please contact Marilyn McMahon at MPP Jim McDonell’s office 613-933-6513, or register at www.eventbrite.com by January 9.
January 11, 2017
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
12495 Hwy. 2 East
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
North Stormont Meeting Place
16299 Fairview Dr.
January 12th, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Nelson Laprade Centre
9 William Street
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South Stormont Hall
2 Mille Roches
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Branch 544 Lancaster Legion
181 Military Road
Sherry Cameron, of St. Andrews, is one of 16 area residents who won $100,000 in the Encore lottery, matching six of seven winning numbers. The other winners are Audrey Helmer, Bonnie Brisbois, Megan Langstaff, Rebecca Forward, of Long Sault, Araceli Cameron, Stephanie Coleman, Avril Manson, Sarah LePage, John MacMillan, Judy Godard, Lisa Hart, Monique Stewart, of Cornwall, Kelly MacDonald, of Ingleside, Patricia Tibben, of Williamsburg, and Cindy Woods, of Lunenburg.
This is the front page of the Dec. 21 edition of The Glengarry News, and this issue will be our last publication of the year. To stay up-to-date over the Christmas holidays, be sure to regularly visit our website and Facebook page.