Today's SD&G senior girls soccer championship final at GDHS in Alexandria opened with the athletes holding a protest of threatened school closures. Please click here for a video.
School closures are being denounced as a "war on Ontario communities" by the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures, which is calling on the Ministry of Education to immediately halt school closures and scrap the current Pupil Accommodation Guideline.
OAASC spokesperson Susan MacKenzie says Ontarians are concerned about the closures being initiated under the new guideline, which threaten to shutter 1 in every 8 schools across their communities .
"Last March, when the Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline was rewritten, communities lost a significant voice at the table giving school boards the freedom to ram these school closures through without resistance,” she says. “Community schools are under siege, carried by this tidal wave of closures across the province," she says." The revised guideline has pitted the province and school boards against our communities. We’re paying a steep price for cuts in education. It is time to see beyond the boundaries of Toronto and the GTA. Kathleen Wynne needs to realize that she is Premier of the province of Ontario, not premier of Toronto."
Area residents will have a chance to learn about the future of VIA Rail when a top company official visits Alexandria November 2.
“Delivering sustainable mobility to Canadians” is the theme of the address chief commercial officer Martin Landry will deliver on behalf of president Yves Desjardins-Sicilano during the meeting that will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Glengarry Funeral Home, 580 Main St. S., Alexandria.
Open to the general public, the get-together, which is organized by the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce, will also include a question and answer period, followed by a wine and cheese reception.
Leading off are front page are the following stories:
- Pressure: $25K for lobbyist
- THE FUTURE OF VIA RAIL
- Red flags
Among the items this week inside are...
- Rural roots driven home at rally
- ‘A strong legal case’
- Everyone wants say on reform: MP
- Wildly successful fair = jubilant mood at AGM
- GDHS captures cross-country championship
- County CCHL2 teams fail to find the win column
Our opinion page opens with an item entitled "Why we need special attention."
The Upper Canada District School Board has scolded organizers of a Save Our Schools demonstration Tuesday at Glengarry District High School.
Superintendent of Schools Tim Mills issued the following statement:
"Our first priority for our students in the Upper Canada District School Board is to attend to their safety and well-being when they are left in our care during the course of the school day. Given our obligation to supervise and care for students when they are at school, we were very concerned by the staging of an unauthorized activity by some of our students today at Glengarry District High School.
It is understood that our students and members of the local community have strong views about the value of GDHS as a special place for learning and growing our next generation. At the same time, it is essential that the school can fully discharge legal obligations that it owes to students for their care throughout the entire school day.
With this in mind, staff at the school cannot condone the actions that students followed that interrupted the school day and interfered with the staff’s legal obligation to supervise students and maintain the schedule that defines a regular school day.
We want our students to be actively involved in any matter of local interest and we will always ensure that we draw their attention to the means and opportunities for lending their voice and ideas to the topics. By doing so, we ensure that the message – and not the method – is the focus for public attention. We want our students to understand that we are here to support them in their efforts to become engaged and involved in a wide range of matters. We also require our students to respect limitations in which schools can appropriately support their approach to how they share their thinking and their voice.
With this in mind, it is worth reminding our students and the general public that they can share their thoughts and opinions by completing the online Building for the Future survey, attending public meetings scheduled at various locations throughout our district, or by e-mail at email@example.com
We are both concerned and disappointed that GDHS students who organized today's event disregarded requests by the school's administration to use other opportunities to share their concerns about the pending accommodation review process. In no manner can we accept others advocating that students – some as young as 12 years of age – are properly cared for by walking out of their school rather than being in class. Our staff will continue to bring to the attention of our students the appropriate channels available to express their views so that we can maintain a balance between the interests of our students and our obligation to safely operate the school and supervise pupils."
Although the fire caused a devastating loss, the toll could have been much higher as flames razed a barn on the Leducdale Farm near Dunvegan Monday. About 100 head of cattle perished in the blaze, however, North Glengarry firefighters managed to save the nearby family home and silos. RONNA MOGELON PHOTO
Right to left, Tony Vogel, Martin Lang, (both from Williamstown), Paul Vogel (Apple Hill) and Rob McDonald (North Lancaster) are Glengarry producers, parents and members of the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture, who brought their tractors to a rally in Cornwall Friday protesting UCDSB's proposal to close Char-Lan and Glengarry District high schools, among others. They say the local farming community will suffer if Glengarry rural schools close because they rely on students to help with farm work. If students are being bused to city schools they won't be there when their farm families need their help. Read more in our October 26 edition.
Glengarry DHS claimed the overall school championship at today's SD&G high school cross-country running championships, in Cornwall. The Gaels also won the boys title, the girls title, and three of six division titles.
Next week's edition of The Glengarry News will have full coverage.
Here's a shot of the GDHS team celebrating their triumph.
Here are some of this week's headlines:
- ‘Enough is enough’
- Business boost
- Refugees arrive Friday
- New recreation, development director
- Rash of thefts
- Letter to the Editor: We are all Gaels
- Gaetan’s lease extension divides council
- Le Relais girls on top
- Awesome weekend for junior ‘B’ Glens
- Gaels garner Harvest Bowl with 42-0 shutout of Warriors
Read how Char-Lan students got a slap on the wrist for last Friday's demonstration.