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'Save Char-Lan' goes to Toronto

publisher Nov 9, 2016 - 10:13am

The ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee and its supporters are taking their fight to Queen’s Park on November 21.

Representatives from the committee announced at Monday night’s regular South Glengarry council meeting that chartered buses from the area will be heading to a rally on the steps of the provincial legislature, sponsored by the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures (OAASC), on that date.

A number of groups, local and province-wide, are planning to participate in the demonstration, including CUPE and the Campaign for Public Education.

“This isn’t a rally anymore. It’s a movement…and Glengarry will be heavily-represented,” said committee member Heather Petrie.

“We have secured Jim McDonell, our (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry) MPP to speak at the event, as well as Shawn McRae and Martin Lang from the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture.”

Mrs. Petrie added that parents and students representing other schools in the area are “perhaps going to consolidate and join forces…so that we can fill as many buses as we can and go to Queen’s Park and make some noise.”

After hearing that it will cost about $4,000 to rent one coach bus for the Toronto trip, South Glengarry council passed a resolution – introduced by deputy-mayor Frank Prevost – allocating up to $10,000 to the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee to help defray campaign-related costs. Mayor Ian McLeod explained that the funds will be dispersed “at the discretion” of township CAO Bryan Brown.

Particulars about the Toronto rally – which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on November 21 – including departure time, will be posted soon on the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Facebook page and Twitter feed.
More information is also available via e-mail (savecharlan@gmail.com).

– By Scott Carmichael, News Staff

Farmers back Save Our Schools

publisher Oct 21, 2016 - 3:55pm

Right to left, Tony Vogel, Martin Lang, (both from Williamstown), Paul Vogel (Apple Hill) and Rob McDonald (North Lancaster) are Glengarry producers, parents and members of the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture, who brought their tractors to a rally in Cornwall Friday protesting UCDSB's proposal to close Char-Lan and Glengarry District high schools, among others. They say the local farming community will suffer if Glengarry rural schools close because they rely on students to help with farm work. If students are being bused to city schools they won't be there when their farm families need their help. Read more in our October 26 edition.

Motion to halt closures defeated

publisher Oct 13, 2016 - 4:02pm

A bid to halt a school closure plan by the Upper Canada District School Board was defeated by a vote of 8-3 Wednesday.
Wendy MacPherson, John McAllister and Lisa Swan supported the resolution. Caroll Carkner, Jeremy Armer, Donald Cram, Peter Garrow, William MacPherson, David McDonald, Jeff McMillan and Susan Richards voted to continue with the “Building for the Future Pupil Accommodation Review.”

SOS

publisher Oct 11, 2016 - 12:44pm

Geneviève Malouin-Diraddo, a member of the Glengarry District High School steering committee, sports a “Glengarry SOS -- Save Our Schools” T-shirt. The group will join a rally opposing school closures at 9 a.m. Friday at Bridgewood Public School in Cornwall.

MPP Grant Crack sent a letter to GDHS school council, saying, “I don’t want this school to close.” He added the Glengarry community needs to work together to find “a local solution” that “ensures our schools have enough students to offer a full range of programming and a vibrant learning environment.” The Liberal MPP pledged: "You can count on my support as I am very committed to doing my part."

True to their school

publisher Oct 6, 2016 - 2:08pm

Parent Connie Hurtubise of Alexandria voices her concerns about the proposed school closure at a public meeting Wednesday night at Glengarry District High School. About 85 parents, students and community supporters attended the two-hour session. Char-Lan District High School will be the site of another meeting tonight (Oct. 6) at 7 p.m. in the high school canteen.