The Glengarry News

roads

More clout to curb impaired driving

publisher Dec 18, 2018 - 12:56pm

With Part 2 of Bill C-46 coming into effect December 18, the Ontario Provincial Police will begin to exercise new authority for investigating impaired drivers on Ontario roads.

Police officers will now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in his or her body without first having to suspect the motorist has been drinking. Until now, officers had to have a reasonable suspicion that a driver had alcohol in their body before demanding a sample. Drivers need to be aware that it is mandatory for them to comply with this demand and that those who do not can be charged with failing or refusing to provide a breath sample. Under the new legislation, drivers impaired by alcohol will also face higher mandatory minimum fines and some higher maximum penalties.

"The new mandatory alcohol screening serves as an important deterrent to drivers who are impaired by alcohol, including those who believe they can avoid detection by police. So far this year, alcohol and/or drugs have been a factor in the deaths of 41 people on OPP-patrolled roads. Every person who uses our roads has the right to be safe. The OPP fully supports this and any other legislation that enhances our ability to reduce the number of preventable deaths attributed to this deadly driving behaviour."

The OPP has laid more than 7,300 impaired driving charges across the province between January 1 and mid-November.

North Glengarry grant

publisher Nov 20, 2018 - 3:16pm

North Glengarry is receiving $47,600 for a facilities assessment and asset management software project, delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' federally-funded Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP).

The funds were part of the $4.5 million the FCM) and the federal government have announced for 109 initiatives across the country.

Aging roads, buildings and bridges are the challenges to be tackled under the FCM's new Municipal Asset Management Program, a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. The program is funded by the Government of Canada.

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.

Update: Truck driver charged in school bus accident

publisher Sep 19, 2018 - 11:17am

A 51-year-old Toronto truck driver has been charged with careless driving following an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into Wednesday's bus accident near Hawkesbury.

Five children were taken by ambulance, a bus driver was airlifted to hospital and 19 children taken to hospital as a precaution after a transport rear-ended a school bus on Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill at 9 a.m. this morning, reports the Hawkesbury OPP detachment.

Four vehicles were involved in the collision that occurred near Pleasant Corners Public School.

The bus driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken by helicopter to an Ottawa hospital.

The students were transported to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.

Occupants of the other vehicles were not hurt.

Victim Services of Prescott-Russell attended the hospital to provide assistance and support to parents and students.

Photo Pierre Cormier

C'est la rentrée!

publisher Aug 28, 2018 - 8:11am

Summer has come to an end for thousands of students across the region as classes in French-language schools resume today  (August 28) while English-language schools re-open September 4.

Today marks the rentrée scolaire for Le Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l'Est ontarien and Le Conseil des écoles publiques de de l’Est de l’Ontario.
Next Tuesday marks the first day of classes for schools administered by the Upper Canada District School Board and the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Although francophone students start earlier than their anglophone counterparts, they also get out of school earlier. The last day of school for French-language students is June 20; for English-language students, school is out June 27.