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Arrests made at Belleville blockade

publisher Feb 24, 2020 - 9:53am

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has taken action to resolve protest activity and remove the barriers to rail service in and near Tyendinaga Township.
Officers began making arrests Monday morning at the blockade near Belleville.
“Use of force remains a last resort,” the OPP had said in an earlier press release.
“Since Thursday, February 6, OPP members have been meeting regularly and communicating with various representatives of the people protesting in solidarity with the Wet'suwet'en peoples of British Columbia,” the statement read.
“Following its court-endorsed Framework for Police Preparedness for Indigenous Critical Incidents, the OPP Provincial Liaison Team has engaged in significant collaborative and respectful dialogue aimed at bringing about a peaceful resolution while ensuring everyone's safety and preserving their respective rights guaranteed by Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To date, there had been no arrests made and no one has been injured.
“We have remained respectful of the ongoing dialogue, including issues of sovereignty between our Indigenous communities and various federal ministers, and have hoped for productive communication leading to a peaceful resolution. The OPP notes the broader societal impacts of this extended protest have correspondingly increased risks to public safety closer to the protest sites. Unfortunately, all avenues to successfully negotiate a peaceful resolution have been exhausted and a valid court injunction remains in effect.
“The OPP has a legal responsibility to enforce the injunction and began doing so this morning. The OPP has called upon all those involved to abide by the injunction and leave the area and to not put public peace or anyone's safety in jeopardy. All people are being encouraged to leave the demonstration site peacefully. Enforcement of the injunction may include arrest of those who choose not to comply, however, use of force remains a last resort.”


'Cut the fat'

publisher Feb 21, 2020 - 9:14am

'Cut the fat, not education' is the message on this handmade sign displayed by a striking OSSTF-FEESO member on a picket line in Alexandria.
About 5,000 schools across the province are closed today as 200,000 teachers and education workers stage the first province-wide action of this kind since 1997.

Train service halted

publisher Feb 20, 2020 - 7:56am

Due to a new blockade near St-Lambert, Québec, VIA Rail has cancelled the resumption of its service between Montréal and Québec City, which was initially scheduled for February 20.

All trains between Montréal and Québec City are now cancelled until February 21.


VIA Rail reinstates Ottawa-Montreal service

publisher Feb 18, 2020 - 1:25pm

VIA Rail will reinstate its service between Ottawa and Québec City February 20.

VIA Rail has received a notification from CN allowing a partial resumption of service between Québec City, Montréal and Ottawa. Beginning Thursday morning, February 20, only those trains that serve full trips between Québec City and Ottawa will resume service. Trains 22, 24, 26 and 28, leaving from Ottawa, will be resuming service. Trains 33, 35, 37 and 39, leaving from Québec City, will resume service.

In good spirits

publisher Feb 13, 2020 - 10:15am

Striking AEFO members picket on Alexandria's Main Street in the first large-scale walkout staged by French-language teachers since the francophone school boards were formed in 1997. All 12,000 members of the Association des enseignantes et des enseignants franco-ontariens are on strike today. All four teachers unions will hold a one-day province-wide walkout February 21.

Cool run

publisher Feb 10, 2020 - 9:28am

Despite the very cold weather, the 7th Annual Summerstown Forest Dion Snowshoe Race drew 42 competitors to the event Saturday. Full coverage in the February 12 edition of The News.



Eastbound 401 closed

publisher Feb 7, 2020 - 1:11pm

The eastbound 401 at the Québec border has been closed following a major collision.
Police are on the scene but very heavy snow is hampering efforts.

Vehicles are getting by on the shoulder, but moving at 5km/h.

If you are heading east, exit at Highway 34, then get on the 417 or exit at Brookdale Rd at Cornwall and take 138 to 417.


Young supporter

publisher Jan 29, 2020 - 9:19am

The Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario's one-day strike has closed Upper Canada District School Board elementary classes. Among those demonstrating in front of Glengarry District High School was Gracin Link-Horvath, of Winchester, who was picketing with her mother. Contract talks aimed at resolving the longstanding impasse were to resume today.

School strike Wednesday

publisher Jan 27, 2020 - 10:51am

For the third time this month, area schools will be closed by striking teachers.
Elementary schools administered by the Upper Canada District School Board will be closed January 29 as the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO), which represents 1,500 elementary teachers within the board, stage a one-day work stoppage.
This means there will be no classes or transportation for any of the kindergarten to Grade 8 students, including Grade 7 and Grade 8 students who attend a secondary school or specialized programs.
Classes will resume as usual on Thursday, Jan. 30 for those in Kindergarten to Grade 8.

New public works head

publisher Jan 27, 2020 - 7:51am

Douglas Sitland is the Township of North Glengarry’s new Director of Public Works.

He will start his new job February 10.

“Mr. Sitland brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in public works including roads, bridges, and solid waste management.  He has worked in both municipal government and upper level government, with the National Capital Commission and the Government of Nunavut,” said North Glengarry CAO Sarah Huskinson.

Most recently Mr. Sitland has worked as the Director of Infrastructure and Development for the Township of Adjala-Tosorontio. As a Civil Engineer he was able to assist municipal growth by helping the community to adapt and respond to growth and to ovessrsee infrastructure projects.

As North Glengarry’s Director of Public Works, Mr. Sitland will be responsible for directing and managing the Public Works Department, while working in accordance with provincial legislation, Council direction and within approved budget constraints.


Smugglers escape by boat

publisher Jan 23, 2020 - 11:07am

Two tobacco smugglers escaped by boat but an alleged accomplice was apprehended during an early morning arrest January 8 near Glen Walter.
Two suspects were seen making landfall by members of the RCMP Cornwall Detachment's Border Integrity Team. Several black garbage bags containing about 620 kilograms of tobacco were unloaded from the boat into a pickup truck. Police arrested the truck driver but the two other suspects fled in the boat.
Linda Albers, 49, of Cornwall is to appear March 4 in court to face a charge of possession of unstamped tobacco.

Man found dead in Alexandria

publisher Jan 22, 2020 - 6:16pm

The body of a man was found inside a garage on Lochiel Street East in Alexandria when police officers and firefighters responded to a fire at the property at 2:37 p.m. today.

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.