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Simard blasts French-language services cuts

publisher Nov 22, 2018 - 10:23am

“Definitely upset,” Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard is urging the Ontario government to reverse its decisions to eliminate the French Language Services Commissioner’s post and to cancel a proposed French-language university.

Responding to criticism on Facebook last night, the rookie MPP said, “You have an ally in me, and I'm never going to let you down.”

She said the decisions “disappoint me immensely, and I share this disappointment and frustration today, having at first worked internally as much as possible to have these decisions overturned. I have asked the Premier to reconsider these measures.”

Her initial reaction to the moves was to use “diplomatic channels.” She said she “became aware of these decisions just a few minutes before the official announcements.” She observed that she had read that she “might be upset.” That is false, Ms. Simard insisted. “I am definitely upset.”

“To my friends, to my community, to my constituency, you know me – my Francophonie is dear to my heart. To my more than 600,000 Franco-Ontarians and Franco-Ontarians, you may not know me but know that I'm with you. I was born, I grew up, and I still live in my francophone community of Prescott-Russell.”

“Now we have to assess where we are, and what we can and should do. I'm with you. I hope you will support me,” she concluded.

Here is her Facebook post.

Vous avez une alliée en moi, et je ne vais jamais vous laisser tomber.

Les décisions prises la semaine dernière relatives au Commissariat et à l’Université franco-ontarienne me déçoivent énormément, et je partage cette déception et frustration aujourd’hui, ayant dans un premier temps œuvré à l’interne autant que possible pour faire renverser ces décisions. J’ai demandé au premier ministre de reconsidérer ces mesures.

J’ai toujours le réflexe d’utiliser les voies diplomatiques pour régler les situations, et c’est ce que j’ai fait, avant de réagir publiquement, dès que j’ai pris connaissance de ces décisions (ce qui fut qu’à peine quelques minutes avant les annonces officielles). En passant, j’ai lu quelque part que la députée Simard « might be upset ». Faux. Je suis « definitely upset ».

À mes amis, à ma communauté, à ma circonscription, vous me connaissez – ma francophonie me tient à coeur. À mes plus de 600 000 Franco-ontariens et Franco-ontariennes, vous ne me connaissez peut-être pas encore, mais sachez que je suis avec vous. Je suis née, j’ai grandi, et je vis toujours dans ma communauté francophone de Prescott-Russell. J’ai complété toute ma scolarité en français, de l’école élémentaire (école St-Jean, Pavillon La Croisée), au secondaire (Embrun), au collège (La Cité), ainsi qu’à l’université (uOttawa), où j’ai choisi d’étudier le droit, la common law, en français ! Il n’y a, et n’a jamais eu, question pour moi d’appuyer ces mesures.

Maintenant, nous devons évaluer où nous en sommes, et ce que nous pouvons et devons faire. Je suis avec vous. J’espère que vous allez m’appuyer.


North Glengarry grant

publisher Nov 20, 2018 - 3:16pm

North Glengarry is receiving $47,600 for a facilities assessment and asset management software project, delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' federally-funded Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).

The funds were part of the $4.5 million the FCM) and the federal government have announced for 109 initiatives across the country.

Aging roads, buildings and bridges are the challenges to be tackled under the FCM's new Municipal Asset Management Program, a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. The program is funded by the Government of Canada.

Festive time

publisher Nov 20, 2018 - 10:08am

One of the signs that the festive season has begun is the annual installation of Christmas lights on the evergreen in Alexandria's Mill Square.

Another harbinger of Yuletide festivities is the publication of The Glengarry News Holiday Gift Guide, a look at what Santa is bringing to nice people this year.

Watch for this supplement in our November 21 edition.

Man charged with impersonating soldier

publisher Nov 6, 2018 - 4:01pm

A 47-year-old North Glengarry man has been charged with unlawful use of a military uniform.

Simon De Rothschild was arrested November 2 when Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry OPP officers observed a male in a Canadian military uniform soliciting funds for a charitable organization.

An investigation revealed that the man did not have authorization to wear the uniform.

He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court Dec. 12.

Le Relais senior girls soccer team claims Prescott-Russell league championship

sean Oct 30, 2018 - 7:51pm

Today, in Alexandria, the senior girls soccer team claimed the PRSSAA league playoff championship, with a 2-0 win over Embrun. We will have details in The Glengarry News next week. A photo gallery of the action can be viewed online here.

Les Rapides celebrate their triumph. (Sean Bray photo)

Motorcyclist killed -- Victim identified

publisher Oct 30, 2018 - 7:28pm

A 59-year-old North Glengarry man has been identified as the motorcyclist who was killed in a collision near Dunvegan Tuesday night.

Andrew Chisholm was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.

He  was killed in a collision with a passenger vehicle at the intersection of County Roads 20 and 24 near Dunvegan Tuesday at 5:13 p.m.

Preliminary investigation has indicated that a motorcycle was travelling northbound on County Road 20 when, for reasons under investigation, a passenger vehicle travelling southbound turned towards County Road 24 and collided with the northbound motorcycle.

The driver of the passenger vehicle was un-injured.