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!"
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.
North Glengarry Deputy Mayor, and mayoralty candidate, Jamie MacDonald, wasted no time in reminding what the township expects of the new government.
Well it’s never to early to start lobbying @ASimardL @fordnation @JimMcDonell @MacLeodLisa Will your government honour the commitment of $4.5 million passed in the last budget for North Glengarry (Maxville) water....we need affordable water. @kinsellawarren— Jamie MacDonald (@deputymayor_ng) June 8, 2018
- 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%
- 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%
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A 75-year-old Winchester man has been charged with first-degree murder following an investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Chesterville resident.
James Henry Wise is to appear in Cornwall court tomorrow (June 1) to face the charge.
The victim, Raymond Collision, 59, was reported missing in September of 2009.
His remains were later found on April 17, 2014.
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.