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Office closure, tax relief

publisher Mar 15, 2020 - 9:44pm

Effective March 16, the Township of South Glengarry's municipal office at 6 Oak St. in Lancaster, all recreation facilities, community centres, SDG libraries and municipal fire stations will be closed to the public. While the Township's municipal offices will be staffed, there will be no public access to these premises during this time to ensure the health of our residents and staff.
The council has postponed the first instalment of interim taxation to April 30. Preauthorized payments scheduled to be withdrawn on the due date, will now be withdrawn April 30.

Interest will also not be charged on outstanding water bills until further notice.
To make a payment, use the secure drop-box at the front of the building or consult your banking institution. For all other inquiries the township encourages all residents to call the office or communicate by email.
"South Glengarry will be monitoring all important and applicable announcements and websites and will remain a cooperative and responsible municipality for the betterment of our residents and staff," stated CAO Tim Mills. "The health and safety of our residents are our highest priority. As new information is constantly being released, the need for speedy decision making is likely."

Patient was nursing student

publisher Mar 15, 2020 - 9:15pm

The first case of COVID-19 in Eastern Ontario is a woman in her 30s from Prescott-Russell.

She is a nursing student at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall, who returned home from a trip to New York March 9 and developed mild symptoms of cough as well as generalized aches and pain. On March 12, she presented herself to the emergency department at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria.

The information was shared today by  Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during a teleconference.

The hospital took all necessary precautions and followed standard operating procedures, including infection control, testing, and assessment. Following testing, the patient was discharged home where she remains in self-isolation and is improving.

Late in the afternoon March 14, the test came back confirming that the woman had COVID-19.

To date this is the only positive COVID-19 case in the EOHU region.

Public Health Investigation
The province received the information about a positive case and updated its website immediately at 5:30 March 14. This information was released by the province before the EOHU was able to issue a press release. However, the health unit had already begun the process of contact tracing to determine who might have been exposed to the woman.

The EOHU’s investigation determined that the positive student attended only one class at St. Lawrence College after returning from New York. This was March 10, the day after her return. She also attended a group meeting with three people on this same date. At this time, she had no respiratory symptoms. Symptoms only developed the next day.

Close Contacts Being Monitored and Self-Isolating
Out of an abundance of caution, the EOHU identified four potential close contacts with the woman, who are now being monitored and are self-isolating. One is a contact from the class the woman attended, and the other three are the students who were part of the group meeting.

Beyond these contacts, there was no threat to the rest of the campus, including residences. St. Lawrence College has made the decision to close the campus. The EOHU does not feel that the College was at risk because of this single positive case, since it has been diligent in tracking down the contacts of this case, and her exposure was limited.

However, the EOHU supports the closing of the campus as part of collective social distancing measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in general. Again, this is not because of this specific case, but because the health unit has recommended the closing of schools and other gathering places in general.

First local case update

publisher Mar 14, 2020 - 10:07pm

 Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in the health unit’s area. The woman in her 30s is from Prescott-Russell, and presented herself to the emergency department at the Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria March 12.

The hospital took all necessary precautions and followed standard operating procedures, including infection control, testing, and assessment. Following testing, the patient was discharged home where she remains in self-isolation, following Public Health direction and is improving. The patient experienced mild symptoms of cough as well as generalized aches and pain.

While the public health investigation is ongoing, it is known that the individual returned from a trip to New York City on March 9 and developed symptoms 2 days later. The EOHU is actively engaged in the process of following up with a small number of close contacts of the individual.

“Having a confirmed case in our area is not unexpected given the transmission of this virus around the world,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “This is a case imported from outside of Canada. Our current containment process aims to identify and isolate individuals to limit the spread into our community and it is working.”

“At this point, we do not have any local community spread and the risk remains low for our region,” states Dr. Roumeliotis. “We will continue to work collectively through personal hygiene precautions and community-based public health measures (such as social distancing, school closures and limiting mass gatherings) to contain the virus as much as possible.”

The EOHU is working closely with the ministry of Health, local hospitals, health care providers, as well as provincial and national partners to monitor and detect any cases of COVID-19 in the community.

To reduce the spread of germs including the flu and COVID-19, the EOHU recommends that you:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, or use hand sanitizer
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth unless you have just cleaned your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or into your arm, not your hand
  • Stay home if you’re sick
  • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or long-term care centres if you’re sick

Visit Ontario’s website to learn more about how the province continues to protect Ontarians from COVID-19.

First local case

publisher Mar 14, 2020 - 7:19pm

The first case of COVID-19 in our area has been treated at Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria.

The woman in her 30s, who contracted the disease while travelling in the United States, is self-isolating, according to the Ontario Ministry of Health.


March Break events called off

publisher Mar 13, 2020 - 3:53pm

North Glengarry has cancelled public programming within the municipality. All March Break Activities that were scheduled to take place during the break have been cancelled. This includes events scheduled to take place at the Tim Hortons' Dome, the Glengarry Sports Palace and the Maxville and District Sports Complex. The March Break Day-Camp has also been cancelled.

"We encourage all residents to educate themselves on the COVID-19 virus. This is best done through the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's website and other reliable sources," said North Glengarry CAO Sarah Huskinson.


publisher Mar 13, 2020 - 3:34pm

Most public facilities are being temporarily closed and social events are being postponed because of COVID-19.

The Township of South Glengarry is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. While the risk in South Glengarry remains low, the municipality is taking necessary steps to protect the health of residents. As such, recreation facilities and community centres will all be closed from Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6.
From Monday, March 16 to Monday, April 6 the following facilities will be closed to the public, with all events scheduled to take place either cancelled or postponed: • Char-Lan Recreation Centre • Martintown Community Centre • Green Valley Community Centre • North Lancaster Community Centre • The Paul Rozon Park Building • The Jack Danaher Park Building
This includes all March Break programming (Char-Lan Recreation Centre) and the Business & Community Awards Gala.

Please note, the municipal office at 6 Oak Street, Lancaster will remain open. Residents are encouraged to conduct business over the phone and online where possible. To contact a specific department please contact: (613)347-1166. At this time, no cases have been confirmed in South Glengarry. However, the township encourages all residents to engage in public distancing and proper hygiene to limit the spread of colds and flu.

To learn more about Covid-19 and its ongoing development and prevention please visit the following links:,, or
For questions about COVID-19, contact the Public Health Agency of Canada’s public inquiry line at: 1-833-784-4397.


What do you think?

publisher Mar 13, 2020 - 7:34am

What do you think of the school closures?
The Ontario government is extending the March Break to April 5 in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.
Is this a good idea? How are you going to keep the children entertained for three weeks? What are you doing to deal with the virus? Have you stocked up on toilet paper? Are you sick of questions about COVID-19?

Flood warning

publisher Mar 10, 2020 - 3:15pm

The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is issuing a Flood Outlook Statement for the RRCA jurisdiction.
The current short-term forecast indicates daytime high temperatures above zero with the chance of precipitation, which is favourable for ongoing snow melting. The expected melt will increase water levels and flows over the coming weeks and may result in flooding in low-lying areas.
 Residents should take the necessary precautions to protect their property, such as:
• Ensuring sump pump is clear, in good working condition and has a backwater valve
• Ensuring easy access to a portable backup generator and pump
• Ensuring downspouts are clear and the outlet is as least 3 metres from the dwelling
• Securing items that might float away as flows increase
• Removing valuable items from basements or lower floors that could be subject to flooding
• Keeping emergency phone numbers handy
This statement is in effect until Monday, March 16.

Lottery winner

publisher Mar 10, 2020 - 2:49pm

John Szpivak, of Williamstown has that 6/49 feeling after winning a LOTTO 6/49 second prize worth $64,595.90 in the February 19 draw. He matched five numbers plus the bonus number to win the prize.

The 68-year old engaged father of four and grandfather of two discovered his win by using the Ticket Checker at a retailer. “The screen said Congratulations, Big Winner! I checked it again to make sure I saw it correctly,” he shared, while at the OLG Prize Centre in Toronto to pick up his cheque. “The store was busy so I left and went to an appointment and kept thinking, holy guacamole!”

John, a real estate appraiser and business owner, plans to invest some of his winnings into his business. “This opens so many doors for us,” he smiled. “This is a stupendous moment and a real windfall, but the real win is the people I have around me to share this with,” he concluded.


No cases at NAV Centre

publisher Mar 9, 2020 - 8:46am

Canadian passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan departed the isolated facility at the Cornwall Nav CENTRE on Friday morning, following completion of their two-week precautionary quarantine. There have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 found among the people in quarantine at the Centre. Some 130 Canadian passengers who were aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in Japan arrived at the isolated facility in Cornwall February 21.


Body found at fire scene

publisher Mar 6, 2020 - 12:47pm

The body of a man has been found at the scene of a house fire on County Road 34 north of McCrimmon.

North Glengarry Fire Department members responded to the fire at about 5 a.m.

Further investigation led to the discovery of a man inside the house.

Investigators from the Ontario Fire Marshall (OFM) and the Coroner's Office, assisted by SD&G OPP officers and SD&G OPP crime unit, continue the investigation.

Quarantined passengers to leave tomorrow

publisher Mar 5, 2020 - 4:05pm
The quarantine at the NAV Centre continues to go smoothly. A
s of noon Thursday, March 5, there have been no confirmed cases of COVID-19 found among people in quarantine in Cornwall.
The passengers quarantined at the NAV Centre will have completed their 14-day quarantine on March 6 and are scheduled to depart tomorrow morning if they continue to be symptom-free. Once released from quarantine, these individuals will pose no risk for COVID-19 and will be able to resume their normal activities without risk to the public.
These daily updates have been prepared by the Eastern Ontario Health Unit in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Still no deal

publisher Mar 5, 2020 - 1:47pm

Despite some concessions by the Ontario government, a prolonged contract dispute between the province and teachers’ unions continues. Today, members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association (OECTA) picket in front of St. Finnan’s School in Alexandria. The walkout coincided with another province-wide strike by L’Association des enseignantes et enseignants franco-ontariens.



No injuries

publisher Mar 4, 2020 - 3:01pm

Nobody was injured in a fire Tuesday at Campeau Auto Sales north of Alexandria, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment. The fire was "non-suspicious," adds detachment spokesperson Constable Tylor Copeland.


Storm cancels strike

publisher Feb 26, 2020 - 9:16am

A strike by the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens (AEFO) planned for Thursday has been cancelled because of the forecast snow storm.
“This cancellation has nothing to do with bowing down to the demands of the government and the school boards, and everything to do with ensuring AEFO members’ safety on picket lines. The effectiveness and safety of picket lines could also be compromised, such as icy sidewalks and unplowed sites which could result in unsafe picketing,” says the AEFO.