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No GMOs

publisher Jun 15, 2018 - 7:32am

Cereals Canada assures customers of Canadian wheat that there is no commercial production of genetically modified wheat in Canada.
 
Earlier today (June 14) the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) said it found a handful of GMO wheat plants next to an isolated access road in southern Alberta.
 
The CFIA has not found any evidence that plants containing the unapproved genetically modified trait have been grown in commercial wheat fields in Canada.  This follows a CFIA inspection that actively examined a farmer's adjacent fields, as well as on-farm stored grain.
 
It is important to note that the Canadian Grain Commission’s active monitoring program of Canadian export cargos has found no evidence of this event in Canadian wheat shipments.
 
There is no evidence that this wheat has entered either food or feed chains.
 
Cereals Canada notes that there are no genetically modified wheat varieties registered for commercial production in Canada (or any other country).

Cereals Canada says the announcement from the CFIA  demonstrates Canada’s commitment to full transparency with the Canadian public and domestic and international customers.  Canada’s commitment to transparency, combined with strong regulatory systems, provides confidence to customers. This confidence is supported by the assessment that this unauthorized event has not been part of commercial production and that there is no evidence of any incidence in commercial shipments.
 
Cereals Canada retains confidence in Canada’s science and risk-based regulatory system.  Customers can be assured that the rigorous assessment and monitoring process will continue to deliver the consistent high-quality safe wheat that they have come to expect from Canada.

Oktoberfest headliners

publisher Jun 14, 2018 - 10:12am

Beau’s Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill has kicked off its 2018 ticket sales today, with an announcement of the musical acts for this year’s festival. East Coast rocker Joel Plaskett and his band The Emergency will be headlining September 21, and Canadian power-pop legends Sloan will be performing September 22. Supporting acts include Weaves, The Flatliners, Fred Penner, Dubmatique, The Kingpins, and Wolf Saga.

Beau’s Oktoberfest is marking its 10th year in 2018 as the signature fundraising event for Beau’s Brewing Co.

Last year’s festival attracted 20,000 over two days, and raised $100,205 for charity and local community groups. Since 2009, the festival has generated $616,889 in funds for good work projects.

Quotas safe, farmers assured

publisher Jun 13, 2018 - 11:10am

Dairy farmers have been assured that supply management will not be on the block in the ongoing tense trade talks between Canada and the United States.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau reaffirmed his support for milk producers at a meeting with representatives of Dairy Farmers of Canada Tuesday.
DFC president Pierre Lampron had earlier issued a statement that “Canada’s dairy farmers stand with our fellow Canadians in rejecting the US administration’s personal attacks on our Prime Minister.”

“These attacks, whether on Prime Minister Trudeau, or dairy farmers in Canada, are founded more on rhetoric than fact. Canada has a trade deficit of 5:1 with the US on dairy alone; furthermore, 10% of the Canadian dairy market is already open to tariff-free imports – compared to only 3% in the US. US food companies, who have, and continue to, invest in Canada, recognize the value of the dairy system in Canada. The stability of our system, our sustainable production, and the quality of our milk are among the reasons making Canada such an attractive place to invest,” said Mr. Lampron.

“The root of the US problem is that they are producing too much milk in an oversaturated world market. Canada already produces enough milk to fill Canadian demand. As Canada has less population than the state of California, and that Wisconsin alone produces more milk than all Canadian farms combined, clearly, the Canadian market is too small to make a dent in US overproduction. Canadian dairy farmers and their families are concerned by the sustained attacks by President Trump with an aim to wiping out dairy farmers here at home.”

Weed removal begins now

publisher Jun 12, 2018 - 10:51am

Summer has finally arrived, bringing with it the return of swim season, flip flops.... and Canada Waterweeds (Elodea canadensis).

The Township of North Glengarry recognizes that while the water lilies in Alexandria's Mill Pond are pretty when they're blooming, the algae and Canada waterweeds create less than ideal swimming conditions. "We remain committed to an aggressive strategy to reduce weeds in Mill Pond. The Township opened discussions with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, with the assistance of the Raisin River Conservation Authority, and obtained a Letter of Approval to start removing noxious weeds at an earlier date. Work is planned to start on or around June 15," says the municipality.

The Township will ensure that spawning fish nests are well identified prior to the removal of the weeds as a method to mitigate the risk of interrupting the spawning season of fish that call Mill Pond their home.

The removal of weeds from Mill Pond is accomplished by using a weed harvester that was purchased in 2016. The bright orange weed harvester looks a bit like a paddle boat crossed with a sand screener. It is capable of navigating through shallow water at a slow crawl and removing weeds with extreme care. It is operated by a single driver who circles the lake in rotating patterns. The weeds collected are deposited on the shoreline and removed for composting.

"By removing nutrients from the lake (the weeds), we improved the fish habitat by promoting an increase in dissolved oxygen for aquatic life. The harvester pulls weeds from depths up to around five feet and collects them for removal from the lake. If we were to simply cut the weeds and allow them to sink to the bottom of the pond, we would be returning nutrients to the lake bed, which would aid in the proliferation of the Canada waterweed," says the township.

In anticipation of this weather, the Township has also made some recent improvements to Island Park. The beach is raked and ready for visitors and the water is warming up quickly.

"We remain committed to creating a family-friendly space that is both beautiful and accommodating and are improving circulation in the park by widening the walking paths. Construction is ongoing but should be completed well in time for the Canada Day activities. Come visit us at Island Park, located at 102 Derby Street West, in Alexandria and see for yourself just how beautiful Mill Pond is in the glistening sunlight!"

CUPE ends strike

publisher Jun 11, 2018 - 8:55pm

A month-long strike that has curtailed essential services, including ambulance service in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry, has ended following the ratification of agreements between CUPE and the city of Cornwall.

All four groups, which include paramedics, library staff, and inside and outside workers, ratified the agreements. At its regular meeting on Monday, June 11, Cornwall City Council also ratified the agreements.

The City of Cornwall looks forward to employees returning to work on Tuesday morning, at which time many city services and programs will resume as normal.

On Wednesday, June 13, the Cornwall Aquatic Centre, Richelieu Day Care and the Winchester satellite office of Social and Housing Services will re-open. More information will follow about specific programs. The Cornwall Public Library board also ratified the agreement with its CUPE staff.

Lobbying begins

publisher Jun 8, 2018 - 9:30am

North Glengarry Deputy Mayor, and mayoralty candidate, Jamie MacDonald, wasted no time in reminding what the township expects of the new government.

How you voted

publisher Jun 8, 2018 - 9:26am

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

  • Amanda Simard, PC, 19,958 40.96% margin of 4,523
  • Pierre Leroux, Liberal 15,435 31.68%
  • Bonnie Jean-Louis, NDP 10,612 21.78%
  • Daniel Bruce Reid, Green 1,429 2.93%
  • Joël Charebonneau, Ontario 757 1.55%
  • Darcy Neil Donnelly, Libertarian 538 1.10%
  • Registered Electors on List 85,576
  • Voter Turnout 56.94%

Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry

  • Jim McDonell, PC 26,780 61.51% margin of 17,364
  • Marc Benoit, NDP 9,416 21.63%
  • Heather Megill, Liberal 5,386 12.37%
  • Elaine Kennedy, Green 1,596 3.67%
  • Sabile Trimm, Libertarian 360 0.83%
  • Registered Electors on List 78,642
  • Voter Turnout 55.36%

All blue

publisher Jun 8, 2018 - 7:00am

Amanda Simard ended the Tories' drought in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell while Jim McDonell ran up another landslide win as area voters followed the trend Thursday in an election that saw Doug Ford's Conservatives form a majority government.

Ms. Simard, a Russell Township councillor, got 19,958 votes compared to 15,435 for Liberal Pierre Leroux and 10,612 for New Democrat Bonnie Jean-Louis to replace Grant Crack, who stepped down after serving two terms at Queen's Park.

Meanwhile, in Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, incumbent Jim McDonell polled 26,780 compared to his closest rival, Marc Benoit, of the NDP, who got 9,417. Liberal Heather Megill received 5,386.

Truck driver charged in fatal crash

publisher Jun 7, 2018 - 2:54pm

A Mississauga man has been charged with dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death following an investigation into an August 21, 2017 multi-vehicle collision on Highway 401 that claimed the life of Kimberly Oosting, 32, of Rivière Beaudette.

Sarbjot Pander, 21, is to appear in Alexandria court July 4 to face the charge.

He was driving a westbound tractor trailer that collided with a westbound passenger vehicle that then struck other vehicles, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

Cruickshank sold

publisher Jun 7, 2018 - 10:51am

The Cruickshank Group, once known as Glengarry Aggregates, has been sold to Toronto-based Coco Group.

With the acquisition of the firms, which employ 700, the Coco Group says it will be able to better serve customers in heavy civil construction and asphalt paving projects and by providing aggregate materials from 19 licensed pits and quarries and performing area maintenance contracts, clearing more than 1,000 kilometres of roadway every winter.

CUPE vote tonight

publisher Jun 4, 2018 - 10:29am

Striking Cornwall workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are to vote tonight (June 4) on the latest offer from the city.

“Given that the City has refused to return to the table to bargain until a vote happens, we can’t in good conscience allow members to wait for more than two weeks to vote on the employer’s last offer,” said Alison Denis, CUPE National Representative. “Nor do we want Cornwall residents to be deprived of vital services for longer than is necessary. We think it’s responsible to accelerate this timeline, and so we will hold the vote ourselves.”

The work stoppage is affecting ambulance service in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry.

Farewell to MusicFest

publisher May 31, 2018 - 2:42pm

Maxville MusicFest is saying “farewell” on a high note after an enjoyable 10-year run of great entertainment.

The committee said in a statement: "We, the organizers, have enjoyed presenting the 40 concerts and thank the various talented individuals, bands and musicians, both local and from away.

The annual spring music festival concluded in May 2018 with a grand celebration of local Glengarry talent. We also thank the sponsors, the patrons, the four Maxville churches used as venues, and the community for your support over the past 10 years. Thanks for the memories!