North Stormont Council has appointed a new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)/Clerk.
Craig Calder will officially begin his new duties June 3.
In addition to Craig Calder’s work experience at the City of Mississauga, he was also with the City of Ottawa By-law Services Department for 17 years prior to transitioning to Ottawa Public Health.
A 59-year-old Laval man has been identified as the victim of a fatal two-truck collision May 29 on Highway 417 in North Glengarry.
Claude Boudreau was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident after the eastbound tractor-trailer he was driving struck a parked truck in a construction zone east of McCrimmon Road.
Another spring ritual is leaving its mark.
The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry OPP detachment is investigating a series of acts of vandalism involving residential mailboxes on Concession 8 Road and 2nd Line Road in South Glengarry.
Several mailboxes were burnt or otherwise damaged sometime on the night of May 23/24.
Both high schools in Alexandria captured EOSSAA 'A' soccer titles today in Kingston. Glengarry DHS' senior boys won, as did le Relais' senior girls.
Unfortunately, the events concluded after The News had gone to press this week. Brief stories are posted to Sports in the Glens, and we will have full coverage in the newspaper next week.
Cornwall Community Hospital (CCH) is experiencing a temporary shortage of Emergency Department Physicians.
“Our current doctors are working extra shifts to ensure proper coverage and care to our community, and we have several new recruits starting July 1, including two from the Hospital Foundation’s “Adopt a Medical Resident” program,” the CCH says.
“Every attempt is made to match our Emergency Department (ED) schedule to patient arrival patterns, but this is never fully predictable. It is during the morning and early afternoon hours that most patients arrive in our ED, and this is where we concentrate our staffing. In the late-night hours, our volume of new patients is low, and there are fewer doctors on duty. During the overnight hours, the ED staff are busy with ambulances and critically ill patients.”
“While we do our best to see everyone that presents to the Emergency Department quickly, patients with less urgent conditions may have longer waits. Moving a doctor from daytime to the night would result in much longer daytime waits, affecting many more people.”
“It may benefit the community to understand that less urgent conditions will be more efficiently seen during morning and early afternoon hours. In fact, during the day we have up to four doctors on duty. We want everyone to know that we always strive to provide the best care possible in a timely way. If your condition is less severe, the wait time will likely be better during the day when we have higher staffing levels,” the CCH says.
The 2019 edition of The News' Discover Glengarry And Beyond tourism guide hits the streets May 22. Every subscriber will receive a copy. Plus, copies will be distributed to businesses and tourist information centres in Ontario, as well as at local events.
Of course, the guide can be picked up at our office at 3 Main St. South, Alexandria.
You can also view the entire publication online here.
Two North Glengarry residents have been charged after Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers seized a quantity of drugs, weapons and currency during a raid May 10.
Robin Rozon, 40, and Melanie Larchevesque, 39, have been charged with possession of a controlled substance for purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime and failing to comply with an undertaking.
After a contractor unknowingly severed an intake line May 2, the Alexandria water plant had returned to normal operations 48 hours later.
The repair job involved a diver, municipal employees, and several contractors.
At around 9 a.m. May 2, the raw water intake pipe at Island Park was ruptured when a contractor sliced through a 14-inch pipe that brings water from Mill Pond to the treatment plant.
At no point was water quality compromised, the township stresses.
The water flow was lost to the plant, but thanks to improved storage conditions, and operational adjustments, service was not affected.
Earlier this morning, the main water intake for Alexandria was damaged and the water supply to Alexandria has been temporarily shut down. It is still safe for citizens to drink their water, which is currently being supplied by the Alexandria Water Tower.
"No boil water advisory has been issued at this time. It is still safe to consume the water, but we do ask that residents conserve water until repairs can be made," said Environmental Services Manager Dean MacDonald.
The Township of North Glengarry has enacted its Emergency Protocol Procedures and the Water Works Department is working to quickly rectify this matter. Emergency pumps have been ordered to help to restore water.
In order to correct the damage, crews will need to block the main intake pipe and to replace the damaged section of the water main.
In the event of a fire, the North Glengarry Fire Department will put an action plan in place to mitigate any hydrant use until this problem is rectified.
"The fire department is prepared for these types of situations. In the event of an emergency, we would follow the same action plans undertaken in rural areas. In the event of a fire, a water tanker shuttle service would be used. The fire department is also capable of pulling water directly from the Mill Pond," said Deputy Fire Chief Matthew Roy.
"We are asking that all residents in Alexandria take every effort to help us by reducing their water intake and conserving water as much as possible as we repair the damage to the pipe. Alexandria consumes an average of 2,000-cubic-metres of water each day. We are hoping to reduce this average to ensure that our 1,500 users can maintain their water service throughout the repair period," the township says.
The impact of this damage is restricted to Alexandria. Residents in Glen Robertson are not impacted, as they are on a separate system.