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Paramedics protest

publisher May 31, 2018 - 8:52am

Striking paramedics, shown here speaking with North Glengarry Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, are staging a protest at the township hall in Alexandria to draw attention to stalled contract talks.

A "Support Our Paramedics" petition has been launched in support of the unionized workers who serve Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Cornwall.

Wensink seeks return

publisher May 10, 2018 - 12:25pm

One-time North Glengarry council member Johanne Wensink is seeking a return to North Glengarry as Maxville's representative.

One of eight candidates to have registered so far, Mrs. Wensink, who was elected in 1997 when the new municipality was created following amalgamation, Mrs. Wensink is hoping to succeed Carma Williams, who is seeking the deputy mayor's post.

So far, the list of hopefuls also includes mayoralty candidate and current deputy mayor Jamie MacDonald, Kenyon Councillor Jeff Manley, Lochiel Councillor Brian Caddell, Alexandria Councillor Michel Depratto, Upper Canada District School Board trustee candidate Marshall Wilson and Jonathan DeSerres, who is seeking re-election to the Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien.

New treasurer

publisher Apr 26, 2018 - 12:26pm

Kimberly Champigny is the new Treasurer and Director of Finance for the Township of North Glengarry.

She will be assuming responsibility of her new position in a few weeks, after relocating to the region from Red Deer, Alberta, where she had been working as the Administrative and Accounting Supervisor for the City of Red Deer Public Works Department.

Her appointment is the latest in a series of changes at town hall.

Over the last few months, tax collector Sandra Cameron and treasurer Annie Levac have been dismissed and CAO Daniel Gagnon resigned to return to Elliott Lake. Sarah Huskinson who was appointed treasurer was later named CAO.

With more than 15 years of experience working within municipal government, Ms. Champigny is well-versed in municipal government practices, regulations and strategic planning, the township says.

Her demonstrated skills in accounting, tax administration, policy creation and her understanding of the Municipal Government Act made her stand out as a candidate for this position.

Jersey Day for Broncos

publisher Apr 12, 2018 - 2:53pm

North Glengarry staff and council members participated in Jersey Day April 12 to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team following a bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the club. Back, from left: Councillor Michel Depratto, Councillor Jacques Massie, Mayor Chris McDonell, Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, Councillor Carma Williams, Councillor Jeff Manley, Public Works Director Ryan Morton, front, Treasurer Sarah Huskinson, Interim CAO Steven Potter, Councillor Brian Caddell. The flag at town hall was also lowered to half-staff. "All of us were deeply saddened by the tragedy in Saskatchewan, particularly as many of us have spent countless hours on buses travelling to hockey games and other sporting events," said Mayor McDonell. Across the country Thursday, people showed up to work and school decked out in jerseys and sharing the message that we are all one team and that we all feel this loss.

Crack quitting

publisher Apr 5, 2018 - 9:54am

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack will not seek re-election in June.

The announcement comes only two months after he was nominated January 28 as the Liberals' standard bearer in the riding he has held since 2011.

In an April 5 statement, the former North Glengarry mayor said, "Earlier this year I advised Premier Wynne that I would not be a candidate in the upcoming election.After careful consideration and heartfelt discussions with my family, I concluded that the time is right to seek out other career opportunities. This was a very difficult decision.I have had the privilege of serving my community and the Province of Ontario as a political leader for over 17 years. During this time I have developed numerous relationships with political colleagues, community stakeholders and established friendships of which I am grateful and will miss on a day to day basis.I want to thank the great people of Glengarry Prescott Russell for giving me the opportunity to represent them in the riding locally and also as their voice at Queen's Park. I look forward to assisting the next Liberal candidate in the upcoming campaign and I am confident that GPR will remain red. I am also confident that my Liberal colleagues under the forward-thinking leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne will form a majority government on June 7."

Williams seeks Deputy Mayor post

publisher Apr 3, 2018 - 11:30am

Maxville Ward Councillor Carma Williams today announced her candidacy for Deputy Mayor of North Glengarry in the October municipal election.

"I want to build on the achievements of North Glengarry Council by continuing to build strong communities, while being fiscally responsible with taxpayers money. On May 1st, I will be filing my nomination papers for the candidacy of Deputy Mayor."

She is trying to succeed Jamie MacDonald who is seeking the mayor's post now held by Chris McDonell, who is not seeking re-election.

'Critical' overflow forces township to landfill recyclables

publisher Mar 19, 2018 - 9:24am

A “critical” overflow problem at its Alexandria recycling plant has forced North Glengarry to landfill recyclable materials – plastic and paper products that can no longer be sold to China.

While the township attempts to solve the issue, people are being asked to help out by consuming less. “We encourage our customers to continue to recycle and to take pride in the amount of material that is being diverted from landfills. But we also urge them to find ways to reduce the amount of overall waste that they are generating, whether it goes into the blue bin or the trash,” says the municipality.

Details released on drug, weapons seizure

publisher Mar 8, 2018 - 7:16pm

Details about a major seizure of illicit drugs and weapons in Alexandria last week have been released.

Raids on homes and a business resulted in the seizure of

  • 2260 methamphetamine pills (speed)
  • 1064 Hydromorphone pills
  • 27 Fentanyl patches
  • 594 grams of marijuana
  • 66 grams of hash

The estimated street value of drugs seized is $42,540

 This also resulted in the seizure of a quantity of weapons and Canadian currency:

  • 2 handguns
  • 2 Conducted Energy Weapons (Tasers)
  • Nunchucks
  • Over $15,000 cash
  • Multiple Long guns
  • Ammunition
  • 6 replica handguns

The following individuals were arrested and charged.

Pierre Larose, 59, of North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance for the purpose of Trafficking (11 counts)
  • Unauthorized Possession of a weapon (2 counts)
  • Careless storage of ammunition (3 counts)
  • Public Mischief
  • Fraud over $5,000 (5 counts)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime (2 counts)

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Brigitte Martinson, 49, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (11 counts)
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon (2 counts)
  • Careless storage of ammunition (2 counts)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime (2 counts)

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Claude Lavigne, 53, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Production of a controlled substance
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance
  • Fail to comply with conditions of an undertaking

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Luc Leroux, 52, North Glengarry, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court April 4.

Christian Seguin, 34, North Glengarry, was charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court April 4.

Gordon Hodges, 31, North Glengarry, was charged with possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He was released and scheduled to appear in Alexandria court April 4.

Jonathan Carrierre, 21, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a probation order (2 counts)
  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to probation order (2 counts)

He was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Rebecca Lacombe, 40, North Glengarry, Ontario was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a controlled substance (2 counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a probation order (4 counts)
  • Fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance

She was held in custody pending a bail hearing at Cornwall Court.

Maxime Cater, 28, North Glengarry, was charged with

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon (3 counts)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

The investigation continues.

 "These arrests will have a significant impact in the small community of Alexandria," states Dean Canham Detective Sergeant of the Ontario Provincial Police Community Street Crime Unit.

seized drugs, weapons

Heritage conservation award

publisher Mar 7, 2018 - 10:44am

Ontario Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, North Glengarry Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee members Carma Williams and Karen Davison Wood, and Harvey McCue, Chair, Ontario Heritage Trust, at the presentation of the 2017 Lieutenant Governor’s Ontario Heritage Award for Excellence in Conservation. The award recognizes the Glengarry Routes Heritage Tour and interpretive panels which were unveiled in 2017, and the committee’s support in launching the Community Improvement Plan program back in 2016. The North Glengarry Arts, Culture and Heritage Committee was established by the municipality in 2011 as a means to promote and raise awareness about arts, culture and heritage.

Committee chair and Councillor Carma Williams commented,  “The Township of North Glengarry is an area that is rich in history. We take pride in our roots and as a committee, we work to ensure that the municipality's heritage remains alive and meaningful.”

Also composed of Natalie-Anne Bussière, Councillor Jeff Manley, Dane Lanken and Nicole Nadeau, the committee thanked Nicole Geoffrion who was a long-standing member of the group.

PHOTO IAN CRYSLER, COURTESY OF THE ONTARIO HERITAGE TRUST