North Glengarry Township is working on correcting errors that have been detected in its tax bills.
“After a routine internal review, the township has identified discrepancies in the status of some tax accounts. The discrepancies typically relate to the manner in which payments, penalty and interest were applied and reported,” the municipality says in a press release.
“We are assessing the situation and working with our auditors to determine the nature and the scale of the issue,” relates Treasurer Annie Levac.
The township is also determining the most appropriate way to rectify the mistakes and is communicating with individuals regarding their tax accounts.
Chief Administrative Officer Daniel Gagnon notes that “the township needs to carefully balance privacy laws and its legislated duty to operate as transparently as possible and will continue to update the public and council as needed as the situation unfolds.” The problem was red-flagged when pre-authorized payment accounts for 2017 were being set up, he explains.
When they received their interim tax bills, some ratepayers complained that they were being charged interest on overdue taxes, when in fact they were not in arrears.
“We are digging into it, dealing with this on a case by case basis,” relates Mr. Gagnon.
Two men have been charged with sexually assaulting two boys between 1992 and 1995 in Alexandria. A 56-year-old North Glengarry man faces four counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference while a 41-year-old Cornwall man has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and uttering threats.
They were arrested by Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers after investigating reports that several sexual assaults at residences in Alexandria.
Both were released and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria March 8.
The names of the accused persons are being withheld in order to protect the identity of the victims.
A 17-year-old male has been charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm after the Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment's investigation of threats being made at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute.
After receiving information shortly after midnight January 25, police ordered a lockdown at the high school.
The school remained closed for approximately one hour this morning while the Hawkesbury OPP, assisted by the East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT) and the OPP Canine Unit, conducted a search of the premises.
The accused has been detained pending a bail hearing today in L'Orignal court.
"A safety concern" at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute forced a temporary lockdown at the high school this morning. Students have returned to the school after the Ontario Provincial Police requested that buses be redirected to Pleasant Corners Public School.
At 8:35 a.m., police informed administrators with the Upper Canada District School Board that it was safe for staff and students to return to VCI.
Counselling has been made available at the school for staff and students who may require support.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police has seen a significant decrease in the amount of losses attributed to the CRA scam, following a large number of arrests conducted by authorities at a number of "call centres" in India. The fraudsters are attempting to re-engage victims who have previously lost money to the CRA scam.
The following is an actual quote from an email sent to a victim: "We are happy to help you with our services. As you have already paid a huge amount of money to various scammers. Based on your background verification and as per your discussion with our senior management personnel Mr. David Carter, we are pleased to pay you CAD 97000 dollars. This is to inform you that the above amount will be given to you in four equal installments on the payment of nominal documentation fees which is 4.9% of CAD 97000$ which is equal to CAD 4753 dollar. This is a one time payment of the documentation charges which shall be collected at your door step by our representative. On receiving the said fees, we shall release your first installment cheque worth CAD 24250 dollars within 48 hours. If you have any queries you can reach us via email or you can call our management personnel whose details are as under. Mr David Carter".
Many victims never report these incidents to the police. If you or a family member has fallen victim to this fraud, please report to your local police service, as well as the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre. You have two ways to make a report to the CAFC: either by phone at 1-888-495-8501 (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time) or through their online reporting tool at http://www.antifraudcentre- centreantifraude.ca/reportincident-signalerin…/index-eng.htm
Speak up to save your schools.
MPP Jim McDonell encourages all residents of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry to visit the Upper Canada District School Board's accommodation review page at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview and click through to the online survey to provide their feedback on the proposed closure of many schools in our area.
"Community and school groups have raised their voices throughout the riding on the issue and every resident can contribute their voice to the conversation and show the broad concern throughout the community," he commented. "Completing the online survey will give the Board a tangible measure of the scale of local involvement in discussing the planned closures. Without sufficient responses, the Ministry of Education may conclude that the community is not interested or concerned about the plan – this can’t be the message we send."
The survey, which closes February 1, is accessible at www.ucdsb.on.ca/programs/accomodationreview
On the night of January 16-17, several vehicles were entered as they were parked at residences on Saphire Drive, Randy Street and Wendy Street in South Glengarry Township. Cash, wallets, GPS, sunglasses and gift cards were stolen. The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment is investigating.
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