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$35,000 in cancer drive

publisher May 1, 2019 - 11:22am

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Canadian Cancer Society in SDG & Prescott Russell has raised over $35,000 in its April Daffodil Campaign.

“On any given day, more than 560 people will be diagnosed with cancer. That’s why we are always looking for new ways to prevent cancer, find it early and treat it more successfully. We know that fundraising enables change and we are grateful to our community for playing such a big part in advancing the cancer cause through their generosity," said Allison St-Jean, Community Fundraising Specialist.

Volunteers are gearing up for Relay For Life June 7 at the Maxville Fairgrounds. To sign up, visit www.relayforlife.ca/maxville or call 613-932-1283.

100 teachers declared redundant

publisher May 1, 2019 - 8:16am

"We have this sword over our heads," Upper Canada District School Board chairman John McAllister says referring to a huge debt that has prompted the board to issue redundancy notices have been issued to about 100 teachers.

He reiterates that the notices do not necessarily mean all 100 will lose their jobs.

The board is faced with a $5.2 million transportation deficit and a $54 per student reduction in its grants that are based on enrolment.

Mr. McAllister also emphasized that “Our schools will be staffed in September and we will welcome students to a new year of learning.”

Unidentified body found

publisher Apr 26, 2019 - 10:50am

The Ontario Provincial Police  is seeking the public's help in identifying a man whose body was found in the Ottawa River, off Division Road, in Wendover.

The man is 50 to 75 years of age, between 165 to 182 cm (5'3" to 5'9") in height and approximately 167 pounds. He had a small amount of grey/brown hair at the back and facial hair described as short (stubble or unshaven) grey bread. The man's teeth were well-cared for, with visible fillings.

Anyone who can assist in identifying this person is asked to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Health unit decries restructuring

publisher Apr 25, 2019 - 5:08pm

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit’s Board of Health has issued a Position Statement laying out its concerns about the Ford government’s aggressive plan to restructure public health, warning that it could have significant long and short-term impacts on the local community.

The government made the surprise announcement in the recently released 2019 provincial budget, outlining its plan to cut the number of public health units in Ontario from 35 local health units to 10 larger regional entities over the next two years. It has also announced plans to slash provincial funding of public health by $200 million, offloading a significant portion of public health funding from the province to municipalities. The cut in provincial funding is effective immediately despite the fact that municipalities were given no advance warning, and have already planned and started spending their budgets for the current year.

The province has provided few details about the restructuring, leaving the EOHU and municipalities uncertain about how the changes will be implemented. A major concern is that while municipalities will be expected to pay more, they could have less decision-making power when it comes to how public health programs are delivered locally. Moving governance of public health services from the eastern counties to a broader regional area could reduce the capacity to address the unique public health needs of the eastern counties (serving rural populations, higher rates of chronic diseases and poverty, reduced access to primary healthcare). In a larger regionalized model, public health’s ability to respond quickly to local emergencies and health threats – such as disease outbreaks or flood emergencies – may also be negatively affected.

“Having a local presence with close ties to community partners and residents has ensured that the health unit is well-positioned to respond to local needs,” states Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health. He adds that the EOHU provides a wide range of essential public health programs, including immunization clinics, infectious disease outbreak management (including the recent follow up of measles contacts), low-income dental clinics, well-baby programs for families who don’t have access to pediatricians or family physicians, water safety monitoring, inspections of local food premises and more. “We’re very concerned that moving to a larger regional model, combined with significant cuts to funding, could compromise the public health services that protect the health and safety of our region’s residents.”

Lanthier expands in Baie d'Urfé

publisher Apr 25, 2019 - 7:49am

Lanthier Bakery has received a $2 million repayable contribution from the federal government to expand its Baie d'Urfé plant, and modernize a new digital production line.

Founded in 1932, Lanthier Bakery is a family-owned business located in Alexandria.

In 1985, it set up a second production plant on the Island of Montréal, where it makes bread using traditional recipes. In 2016, in cooperation with its principal shareholder, France-based La Fournée Dorée, Lanthier Bakery developed a new range of brioche breads – a niche product – and now aims to specialize in this niche market, where demand continues to grow.

Earth Day Saturday

publisher Apr 24, 2019 - 2:02pm

It will be much easier to be green after you attend Glengarry’s first Earth Day that will be held Saturday, April 27 from noon to 5 at the Sandfield Centre in Alexandria’s Island Park.

“It will be a fun, informative event about how each and every one of us can change our habits a little at a time to make a difference to our world,” says Deborah Waddell, who is heading the organizing committee.
Before the main event, everyone is invited to take part in a two-kilometre walk guided by the Friends of the Glengarry Trails Association at 11 a.m. Meanwhile, at 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., there will be guided tours of the Alexandria water plant.

E-mail sustainableglengarry@gmail.com for more information.