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I'm guilty, says murder accused

publisher Oct 19, 2018 - 3:35pm

"I did the crime, I'll do the time," declared the man accused of killing Emilie Maheu when he appeared in Cornwall court Friday.

Brandon Smeltzer was charged with first-degree murder after the body of the 26-year-old Green Valley woman was found in a field near Lancaster October 13.

The 25-year-old man from Bayside, Nova Scotia later stated that he would "be with Emilie soon.”

He was put on suicide watch.

Hunters asked to help monitor disease

publisher Oct 19, 2018 - 9:53am

Area deer hunters are being asked to help the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to submit samples from deer harvested in Eastern Ontario near the Québec border.

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) was recently confirmed in a captive red deer in Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, Québec, just across the interprovincial boundary from Hawkesbury.

This fatal, untreatable disease of the central nervous system affects members of the deer family, including white-tailed deer, elk, moose, and caribou.

There's no evidence the disease is in Ontario, but it's important to be vigilant, stressed the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.

Visit for more information on the testing program.

CWD symptoms include loss of body weight and body condition, abnormal behaviour, such as indifference to human activity, tremors, stumbling, lack of coordination or paralysis.

If you see a wild animal showing signs of CWD, report it to the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative at 1-866-673-4781 or Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Natural Resources Information and Support Centre at 1-800-667-1940.

Man charged with murder

publisher Oct 18, 2018 - 7:29am

A 25-year-old man from Nova Scotia has been charged with the murder of Emilie Maheu, the 26-year-old Green Valley woman whose body was found last Saturday in a field east of Lancaster.

Brandon Smeltzer, of Bayside, Nova Scotia was located in New Brunswick and charged with first-degree murder.

The accused will be transported back to Ontario where he is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.

The community has been shocked by the death of the mother of a 22-month-old girl.

She was last seen leaving work at approximately 1 p.m. October 11 and was reported missing from a residence on County Road 34 in South Glengarry at approximately 8:30 p.m. October 11.   

Missing woman's body found

publisher Oct 12, 2018 - 10:22am

The body of a 26-year-old South Glengarry woman who was reported missing October 11 was found today (October 13).

The case is now being treated as a homicide.

The body of Emilie Maheu, who was last seen leaving work October 11 at 1 p.m. in Alexandria, was found in South Glengarry at 11:30 a.m. A post-mortem examination will be conducted later this week at Ottawa General Hospital. Anyone with information regarding this crime is asked to contact Detective Constable Lise Durocher at 1-888-310-1122 or if you wish to remain anonymous you may call the Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

17-year-old dies in 401 crash

publisher Oct 11, 2018 - 1:07pm

A 17-year-old Glengarry District High School student died when the car he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer on Highway 401 near Morrisburg Wednesday.

Joshua Seguin was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which occurred at 9:37 a.m.

He was driving eastbound in the westbound lane of the 401 when his passenger vehicle collided with the truck, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured.

We will have more in the Oct. 17 edition of The Glengarry News.

Dairy farmers bracing for impact

publisher Oct 5, 2018 - 8:28am

As Dairy Farmers of Ontario braces for the impact of the new Canada-Mexico-United States trade deal, the organization has posted information for consumers who are eager to continue backing the domestic industry.


Consumers can support Canadian dairy by simply buying Canadian dairy products at the grocery store. The Canadian dairy system is designed to minimize waste and help support some of the highest milk quality standards in the world. The average dairy farm in Canada is not a factory—it’s a family business with about 75 cows. By purchasing Canadian dairy, Canadians can count on milk made by real farm families dedicated to producing milk of the highest quality.


The Canadian dairy industry is the backbone of Canada’s rural economy, employs more than 220,000 Canadians, and offers continued and sustainable growth and hundreds of millions of dollars of new farm and processor investments. Canadian dairy is safe and nutritious, and Canadian dairy farmers take pride in producing high-quality 100 per cent Canadian milk, providing top-notch animal care, and committing to environmental sustainability.


Consumers looking to purchase Canadian milk and dairy products should look for one of two 100 per cent Canadian milk logos on the packaging as shown below. Please note, not all 100 per cent Canadian dairy products have these logos on their packaging. We encourage you to contact processors directly to inquire about their products. The packaging on Canadian dairy products will usually include the processor name and location.


Dairy processors are responsible for food labelling. We encourage processors to identify their dairy products made with Canadian dairy. Some processors have adopted the use of Dairy Farmers of Canada’s label—a blue and white logo featuring a standing cow bearing the Canadian maple leaf—which indicates products made with Canadian dairy. Some products use a circular blue and white cow logo that states 100 per cent Canadian milk. Other packages will state made in Canada. Having simple and easy labels that identify Canadian dairy on products is an industry priority.


American dairy farmers are legally allowed to use recombinant bovine somatotropin, or rBST, a synthetic version of a naturally occurring growth hormone. They use it to increase their herd’s milk production. rBST is banned for use in Canada, and although Health Canada has determined it does not pose a health risk to humans, it has stated it negatively affects cow health.


Under the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, each country has agreed to accept the other countries’ standards.


Dairy Farmers of Ontario (DFO) and dairy farmers do not set retail prices. Under Canada’s supply management system, DFO’s role is to market milk to the dairy processing industry on behalf of Ontario dairy farms. In other words, farmers sell their milk to DFO, and then DFO sells milk to processors. Prices paid by processors are based on production costs on efficient farms, and DFO has no control over retail prices, meaning it does not tell grocery stores how much to charge for a product.

Fraud charges

publisher Oct 4, 2018 - 12:37pm

A 56-year-old South Glengarry woman has been charged with fraud over $5,000 following an investigation by the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment into a report of a theft of funds from a victim in South Glengarry Township.

Angela Zimmerman is scheduled to appear in Alexandria court October 10.

National Newspaper Week

publisher Oct 3, 2018 - 7:37am

During National Newspaper Week, October 1 to 7, we feel obliged to toot our own horns and remind everyone of the importance of the media, and particularly community newspapers, such as The Glengarry News.

But first, we must thank the many people who have made it possible for The News to continue to serve our community for the past 126 years. Obviously, without readers and advertisers, The News would have by now joined the long list of publications that have succumbed to the media revolution. Although some have dismissed conventional papers as being “dinosaurs,” many fine periodicals across this country continue to report the “real news” and stave off extinction.

“The role of newspapers has never been so crucial,” said Bob Cox, chair of the board of directors of News Media Canada, the national association that represents Canadian newspapers. “Every day, newspapers work to bring Canadians from coast to coast to coast real, trusted, truthful news – which is as vital to democracy as clean air, safe streets, good schools and public health.”

We are a confused lot. A study last year found that 63 per cent of Canadians were unable to distinguish between legitimate news websites and fake news stories, and 65 per cent of Canadians are worried that false information or fake news is being used as a weapon.

National Newspaper Week, with the theme “Newspapers matter,” is especially poignant this year as it arrives in the midst of municipal council and school board election campaigns in Ontario.

Facebook and Google have not, to the best of our knowledge, dispatched reporters to cover all-candidates meetings or try to explain the platforms of those who would represent us in local government for the next four years.

Nine in ten Canadians read newspapers each week across Canada, on different platforms at different times of day. Local newspapers are a trusted source of information in communities across Canada and continue to be the preferred source for local information, with a preference for the printed product, according to a study that was conducted on behalf of the newspaper industry with funding from the federal government.

The main reason for reading local papers continues to be something that can be hard to find anywhere else: Local information, in various forms. Another important finding was that print works for advertisers. Advertising is the biggest source of revenues for most publications. After local information, half of community newspaper readers read the paper for the ads. Print newspaper ads are effective at driving awareness, store visits and purchases.

The study notes that on a daily basis Canadians are surrounded by media, bombarded by thousands of brand messages on an increasing number of traditional and digital platforms. Digital interactions in a single “Internet Minute” are mind-boggling.

People don’t want to see ads in social media, which is used primarily to communicate with friends and share stories, photos and videos. As a result, more than half of Canadians (53%) respond to digital advertising with ad blockers, primarily on computers and to a lesser degree on tablets and phones. 

The key factor is trust. Data on trust in various ad formats reinforces that newspapers top the most trusted list and social media and mobile ads are among the least trusted. It is therefore not surprising that ads in newspapers, printed and digital, are the most read across multiple categories, including automotive, financial products, real estate, telecommunications and travel.

Local newspapers continue to provide a trusted source for local news and information to Canadians in communities across our country. Reporters, editors and publishers tirelessly produce local content that is relevant and critical to their communities. In many cases, community newspapers are the only source of this local information. This is why newspapers matter.

So there you have our pitch. If the trust and news factors don’t impress you, consider the fact that the conventional paper version of this product is portable, environmentally-friendly and versatile. You can use this paper to swat flies, control weeds, clean udders, line cages, cover windshields, make hats, start fires, fashion crafts. And, if you have no other secondary uses for this rag, please recycle this “dinosaur” after reading.                                   

Richard Mahoney

'A bad deal for dairy farmers'

publisher Oct 2, 2018 - 11:13am

Dairy Farmers of Canada has posted a Spin and Fact assessment of the new trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Spin Fact
"It's a good day for Canada." This is a bad outcome for dairy farmers and the whole dairy sector. The Government has conceded access to our domestic market to the US, affecting our ability to produce Canadian milk. By doing so, it is slowly bleeding Canada's dairy sector.
"We will defend supply management" For the US, this was never about supply management. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said months ago, "It's not our purpose to try to manage or try to get involved in their internal supply management regarding the dairy industry ... I made it very clear that the Class 7 designation we felt was an unfair undercutting of the U.S. industry that grew up south of the U.S.-Canada border."

The Canadian government concessions equate to death by a thousand cuts.
"We look forward to ultimately signing a deal as long as it's good for Canada and good for middle-class Canadians"

The 220,000 Canadian families who depend on dairy for their livelihood (on farms, in processing plants and related jobs) feel they were used as a bargaining chip to conclude this agreement.
"No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal." This deal not only gives more access to the Canadian dairy market, while limiting our ability to produce and export home-grown dairy products; this deal lets the Americans dictate our dairy policies. Fairer trade is about win-win results. If our government fought for a good deal for Canadian industry, it wasn't dairy.

Bancroft out of race

publisher Oct 1, 2018 - 11:17am

Jim Bancroft has withdrawn from the race for the Upper Canada District School Board trustee's post.

"Due to ongoing health issues, and after careful consideration with family and close friends, I have determined that it is in my personal best interest, as well as the residents of North and South Stormont and North and South Glengarry, that I withdraw my candidacy for the English Public School Board Trustee position.  I feel it is important that the residents have an opportunity to review the remaining candidates prior to the election. I wish to thank all those who have supported my candidacy."

John Danaher and Marshall Wilson are trying to succeed Wendy MacPherson on the board.

17,000 help raise $94,000

publisher Sep 27, 2018 - 2:29pm

Despite a Friday night storm, the tenth edition of Beau's Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill attracted 17,000 who helped raise $94,323 for non-profit organizations, bringing the total raised in 10 years to $711,212.

"Our 10th edition of Oktoberfest had some exhilarating highs and some extreme-weather-related challenges," notes Beau's co-founder Steve Beauchesne. "We kept our guests safe during the storm and made the most of a difficult situation Friday, and on Saturday when the sky cleared we had an amazing time and did a lot of good. I'm looking forward to what the next 10 years of Oktoberfest will bring."

Photo Beau's Brewery Co.