The Ontario government is distributing 5 million rapid COVID-19 tests each week for eight weeks through pharmacy and grocery locations across the province, as well as 500,000 each week through community partners in vulnerable communities. In total, the province is making 44 million rapid tests available to the public for free over the coming weeks. Starting February 9, over 2,300 participating grocery and pharmacy locations will provide free rapid tests while supplies last, with a limit of one box of five tests per household per visit. Participating retailers will receive additional supply from the province each week and have the ability to determine how tests are distributed in order to best serve the community, including through appointment bookings, at checkout or through online orders. The province intends to bring additional locations online in the coming weeks, including independent grocers and pharmacies. A list of participating retailers as well as information on how retail locations are distributing rapid test kits can be found at Ontario.ca/rapidtest. Among the area locations where kits will be available are the Vankleek Hill Pharmacy 28 Main St., Pharmacie Alfred, in Hawkesbury at the YIG pharmacy, the pharmacy at 214 Main and WalMart and in Cornwall at locations such as Shoppers Drug Mart and Food Basics stores. For a full list see Ontario.ca/rapidtest
About 60 head of cattle perished in a barn fire at a farm on County Road 18 near North Lancaster Monday night. There were approximately 100 head of dairy cattle in the building, reports South Glengarry Fire Chief Dave Robertson. While fire cews managed to rescue nearly 40, another 60 cattle were lost prior to the firefighters’ arrival. Many neighbours arrived to assist with caring for the livestock, the fire chief relates. The building, which was engulfed in flames when the firefighters arrived, was a complete loss. There were no injuries to humans. All five South Glengarry stations were activated at 8:30 p.m. The fire was deemed under control at 1 a.m.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Photo: South Glengarry Fire Department
A boil water advisory has been issued for all Lancaster residents north of Highway 401 who are connected to the municipal drinking water system.
The advisory has been issued after a water main break.
Users who experienced water loss (no water) should be able to draw water now, though the pressure may be still be low. Please continue to boil water prior to use until further notice.
The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is recommending that the affected users bring water to a rapid boil prior to use.
The pre-cautionary boil water advisory will remain in place until such time that the bacteriological tests prove the water is safe.
Motorists are being advised to steer clear of the routes being taken by the “Freedom Convoy” Saturday. January 29, beginning at 10 a.m. a large convoy of passenger and commercial motor vehicles will be travelling from Cornwall to Ottawa, notes the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment. They will be travelling north on Boundary Road, west on Headline Road (County Road 44), and north on Highway 138 and onto Highway 417. Several intersections will be closed or the traffic flow directed by the police. Motorists are being asked to avoid the following intersections: • Cornwall Center Road and Highway 138 • Highway 138 and Headline Road (County Road 44) • Boundary Road (County Road 19/20) and Headline Road (County Road 44) • Boundary Road at South Branch Road • Boundary Road and Highway 401 If motorists are planning to travel north on Highway 138 between Cornwall and Highway 417 they should expect delays reaching their final destinations. Also, a group of truckers is assembling at Herb’s Travel Centre on Highway 417 near Vankleek Hill.
A 24-year-old Mississauga man was pronounced dead at the scene of a three-truck collision on the westbound Highway 401 near Lancaster last Tuesday. The initial investigation has indicated that shortly after 5 p.m, a westbound tractor trailer struck a second tractor trailer; the second tractor trailer then struck a third tractor trailer, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment. The victim was later identified as Sharanpreet Singh. SD&G OPP continue to investigate with the assistance of OPP Traffic Collision Investigators (TCI). The other two drivers were uninjured. This was the second fatal collision on area highways in two days. January 17, a driver of a passenger vehicle died when the vehicle was involved in an accident with two tractor trailers on Highway 417 near Maxville.
A 49-year-old Ottawa woman has been identified as the victim of a January 17 collision involving two tractor trailers and a passenger vehicle on Highway 417 in North Glengarry. A passenger, Marie Carmelle Desulme, was pronounced deceased at the scene of the accident which occurred shortly after 5 a.m. The driver and a second passenger were transported to hospital, reports the SDG OPP. SD&G OPP officers continue to investigate with the assistance of OPP Traffic Collision Investigators.
A 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of a three-truck collision on the westbound Highway 401 in South Glengarry Tuesday.
Initial Investigation has indicated that shortly after 5 p.m, a westbound tractor trailer struck a second tractor trailer; the second tractor trailer then struck a third tractor trailer, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
While the driver of the first tractor trailer was killed, the other two drivers were uninjured.
This is the second fatal collision on area highways in two days. Monday a driver of a passenger vehicle died when the vehicle was involved in an accident with two tractor trailers on Highway 417 near Maxville.
One person is dead following an accident involving a passenger vehicle and two tractor trailers at 5:30 a.m. today on the eastbound Highway 417 between Highland Road and County Road 23.
The identity of the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene, is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. The SD&G OPP continue to investigate with the assistance of OPP Technical Collision Investigators (TCI) and a reconstructionist. A section of Highway 417 eastbound between Highland Road and County Road 23 is closed to traffic.
Be on the look-out for fake $2 coins. That is the warning issued by the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment after counterfeit toonies were used to make a purchase at a Regent Street store. Anyone with information that can help the investigation is asked to contact the Hawkesbury OPP at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000. At first glance, the bogus money looks legitimate enough. However, closer examination reveals several errors. The coins include typos and images that do not appear on the real currency. “Z dollard” is inscribed on one side along with a photo of a walrus. On the other side, there is a depiction of a male figure. The real coins feature a polar bear and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The incident has made national news. One astute Toronto investor actually believes they could become valuable collectors’ items.