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Time to step up

publisher Sep 20, 2017 - 8:57am

The Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital Foundation is hoping the community’s overwhelming generosity continues as it wraps up an important leg of a half-million dollar fundraising campaign.

“Back in the latter part of June, we had someone, a local patron, who told that us that whatever we could raise during those last two weeks (of the month), and in July, August and September, he would match...up to a maximum of $100,000,” HGHM Foundation Board chairman Barry MacDonald told The News this week.

“So we’re trying to get the word out that this is the last couple of weeks to get those matching donations, so any contributions made by the end of September will be doubled.”

To date, the matching donations have totalled $79,000.

Letter: MAD world

publisher Sep 20, 2017 - 8:51am

The Editor,

Building Common Security for a Post-Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) World will be discussed at a conference in Ottawa this Friday evening and all day Saturday (Sept. 22-23).

Titled “Getting to Nuclear Zero,” the conference will take place at the Cartier Place Hotel, 180 Cooper St., just east of Elgin Street.

The organizers are in cooperation with seven peace active organizations. Reception and registration are at 5:30 p.m. Friday at 7:30 p.m. The keynote speaker, Tariq Rauf, will identify key questions and issues in nuclear disarmament and an alternative security system.

Tariq Rauf was from 2002-2011 head of Verification and Security Policy Co-ordination and the Alternate Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Non-Proliferation Treaty Delegation.

Saturday opens at 9 a.m. with introductory remarks by Douglas Roche, former Canadian MP, Senator and Disarmament Ambassador. He will speak on the Prohibition Treaty: A New Political Movement.”

At 9:30 a.m. on panel one, the Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Ireland in Ottawa, Michael Hurley and the Executive Director of Canada’s Project Ploughshares, Cesar Jaramillo will examine the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons supported by 122 UN member states on July 7. The moderator will be Bev Delong from the Canadian Network to Abolish Nuclear Weapons and CNANW.

Recently, the Prime Minister of Ireland came to Canada to talk with our PM. Prior to that our PM went to Ireland to meet with their PM. Did Ireland’s PM urge Canada to sign and ratify the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty which Ireland helped to put together at the UN?

On panel two at 11 a.m., a former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament, Marius Grinius and a director of the U.S.A. Ploughshares Fund Tom Collina will analyze impediments to international cooperation toward common security and what could be done to overcome them. Metta Spencer, the editor of the quarterly peace magazine and a member of Science for Peace at the University of Toronto will be the moderator.

After lunch, panel three at 1:15 p.m. will talk of elements of common security. Panelists will be Peter Langille, Paul Mayer, a senior fellow of the Simons Foundation Security Without Nuclear Weapons and Branka Marijan from Project Ploughshares. The moderator will be Tamara Lorincz from the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace.

On the fourth and last panel at 3:05 p.m., Tariq Rauf will again speak as well as Peggy Mason head of the Rideau Institute, Ottawa and a former Canadian Ambassador of Disarmament. Ernie Regehr, a senior fellow at the Simons Foundation and a co-founder of Project Ploughshares in 1976 will moderate. They will explore the role Canada might play for common security.

Don’t miss this event this weekend for the survival of the planet.

Now that Parliament resumed on Sept. 18, one of our MPs should formally ask in the House of Commons that our PM say that he is planning to attend the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament in 2018.

– Gerard Daechsel, Alexandria

$1 million rain forecast

publisher Aug 31, 2017 - 3:51pm

While they cannot do anything about the weather, area farmers will be able to better prepare for heavy rain falls thanks to a $1 million contribution from the federal government. 

Ottawa is investing $997,654 so the South Nation Conservation Authority can develop “a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.”

The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using HydroGeoSphere, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.

The platform will help predict “water events” and provide an array of potential mitigation practices.

“Our government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing their businesses,” says Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Druouin. “This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector's sustainable growth, good for farmers' bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy,” adds Mr. Drouin who announced the contribution on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay.

Second case of West Nile virus

publisher Aug 30, 2017 - 9:02am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is confirming the summer’s second human case of West Nile virus in the region. Mosquitoes in the area served by the health unit tested positive for the virus in July, and a first human case was confirmed earlier in August.

“West Nile virus remains a concern in our area,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU, adding that “residents should be aware and take the necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families, particularly for the next six to eight weeks while mosquitoes are still active.”

Body of missing man found

publisher Aug 30, 2017 - 7:45am

A search for a missing Alfred-Plantagenet man ended at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 29, when the body of Gary Foster, 78, was found by an Ontario Provincial Police canine unit in a densely wooded area near Curran.

He had been reported missing August 15.

The Office of the Chief Coroner attended the scene and a post mortem will be scheduled to determine the cause of death.

The OPP would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance in this matter.                          

2 charged in tobacco bust

publisher Aug 29, 2017 - 8:48am

Two men have been charged with possession of unstamped tobacco after Cornwall Regional Task Force officers seized 65 bags of tobacco, weighing 1,172 kg. valued at $105,500 from a van they stopped in South Glengarry.

Pascal Caron, 25, of Sainte Thérèse, Québec and Danny Guindon, 23, of Blainville, Québec are to appear in Cornwall court October 10.


Hit, run, assault charges

publisher Aug 25, 2017 - 1:28pm

A 39-year-old North Glengarry man has been charged after a driver left the scene of a two-vehicle accident only to return a short time later to attack the other motorist, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

Murray McTeer was charged with assault with a weapon, assault, dangerous operation of a vehicle and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.

The incident occurred August 23, at approximately 3:30 p.m. on County Road 18 in South Glengarry Township. The investigation revealed that after leaving the scene, a man returned to assault the driver of the other vehicle.

The accused was released and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria October 11.

18 tips on Nation River Lady case

publisher Aug 25, 2017 - 7:40am

August 1, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) launched a successful social media campaign in an effort to re-invigorate a homicide investigation that has been ongoing since 1975.    

The remains of a female, which came to be known as Nation River Lady, were discovered in the Nation River by a local farmer, south of the Town of Casselman on May 3, 1975. OPP investigators wanted to re-introduce this case to the public in an effort to identify her and identify the person(s) responsible for her death.  

Since the media launch, the OPP has received and is following up on over 18 tips so far from the public.

Under the direction of Case Manager, Detective Inspector Dan Nadeau of the Criminal Investigation Branch and Missing Persons and Unidentified Bodies Unit (MPUB), members continue to follow-up on all information provided and thank everyone who has called or provided information via e-mail.

Anyone with new information on the case can call the dedicated missing persons hotline toll-free at 1-877-934-6363 (1-877-9-FINDME) in Canada only or 1-705-330-4144 from outside Canada. You can also submit information by e-mail at

Victim identified in fatal crash on 401

publisher Aug 22, 2017 - 8:14am

A 32-year-old Rivière Beaudette woman was killed in a six-vehicle collision on Highway 401 in South Glengarry Monday.

Kimberly Oosting was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident which occurred in the westbound 401 near the Ontario-Québec border at about 2:30 p.m.

She was driving one of four passenger vehicles that were involved with two tractor trailers in the accident.

The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment says the investigation has indicated that a westbound tractor trailer collided with a westbound passenger vehicle, which then collided with several other vehicles.

Five other people were taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A section of Highway 401 was closed to traffic, but has since been re-opened.