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Poor behaviour causes most snowmobile deaths

publisher Jan 22, 2020 - 11:47am

The human factor is the cause of most snowmobile deaths.

That is the finding of a ten-year analysis released by the Ontario Provincial Police during Snowmobile Safety Week.

During the past 10 snowmobile seasons (2009-2019), the OPP has investigated 175 snowmobile fatalities throughout the province. Among the findings in the report, excessive speed, loss of control, driving too fast for the conditions and ability impaired by alcohol were listed as the top contributing factors. In fact, alcohol was involved in almost half (45 per cent) of the deaths.    

 Another compelling fact is that almost half (45 per cent) of the snowmobilers who died were travelling on frozen lakes or rivers at the time of the incident. The circumstances that led to the deaths include intentionally driving onto open water (puddle jumping/water skipping), breaking through the ice and collisions with other snowmobiles and natural landmarks.


Former health unit honoured

publisher Jan 22, 2020 - 8:56am

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is honouring former Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Jean-Robert Bourdeau,who died January 15.
Dr. Bourdeau was Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU for nearly 22 years before retiring in March 2007. “Dr. Bourdeau was an innovator who worked tirelessly to improve public health in Eastern Ontario,” says Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, current Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “On behalf of all staff and the Board of Health, I wish to extend our sincere condolences to Dr. Bourdeau’s family for their loss.”
In Dr. Bourdeau’s honour and memory, the EOHU will fly its flag at the Cornwall office at half staff this week.

Frosty labour relations

publisher Jan 21, 2020 - 11:00am

The cold weather Tuesday morning reflected the chilly labour relations between the Ontario government and teachers’ unions, who continued job action this week. Members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association staged a one-day walkout at schools administered by the Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario. Strikers were bundled up as they marched outside St. Finnan's Catholic School in Alexandria. More coverage in our January 22 edition.

Viral outbreak over

publisher Jan 17, 2020 - 11:16am

Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital has announced that the viral outbreak at the Alexandria hospital is now over, "and we are again welcoming visitors to our patients."

The hospital adds, 'Please be sure to follow our visitor guidelines, including washing your hands and avoiding visiting if you are sick. Thank you for your patience as we worked to eliminate this outbreak as quickly as possible."

Liberals greet Simard

publisher Jan 16, 2020 - 3:36pm

Ontario Liberal interim leader John Fraser welcomed Amanda Simard, MPP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, into the Ontario Liberal caucus.
“I’m pleased to welcome Amanda as the newest member of our caucus and our Ontario Liberal family,” said Mr. Fraser, “Our party has a long, proud history of standing up for French-language rights and I know that Amanda will continue to be a strong advocate for the Francophone community and her constituents in the riding.”
She left the Progressive Conservative caucus in 2018 over the Ford government’s reckless cuts to French-language services.
“The Ontario Liberal party shares my values. I’m eager to be a part of the party renewal process as it modernizes and prepares for the future,” said Ms. Simard, “We’re building a party that will offer Ontarians a clear alternative to Ford’s cuts and chaos in the next election. I’m excited to join my new caucus colleagues and am looking forward to the important work ahead.”
She plans to participate in the party’s Leadership convention happening in March as well as canvass for Liberal members during the upcoming by-elections to be called in the Ottawa area.
“It’s an exciting time to be an Ontario Liberal. We’re open to people and ideas. MPP Simard will play an important role in holding the Ford government to account in the legislature,” said Mr. Fraser.
She increases the number of Liberal MPPs to six.


Simard joins Liberals

publisher Jan 16, 2020 - 2:39pm

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell independent MPP Amanda Simard has joined the Liberal party.

She announced her decision on her Facebook account earlier today.

"It wasn't a decision to be made lightly. I took the last year (and more! ) to think seriously, and the conclusion is clear: it is the liberal party of Ontario that shares my values and truly respects and understands the people of our home, our features, our challenges, and our needs. I want to be part of the renewal of the party as it rebuilds, modernize and prepares for years and generations to come," she said.

"I’m proud to have friendships across party lines, and that, of course, doesn’t change. Members, candidates, people from every party (and even no party!)… Especially my fellow PC candidates from the last election, we’ve been through so much together. Pre-campaigns, leadership races, elections, twists and turns every step of the way, it’s been quite the adventure. I’m thankful for those friendships and I know we will continue to work together for our constituents and the people of Ontario. In politics and in life, circumstances force us to adjust, recalibrate and do what’s right. For me, that’s joining the team that aligns with my beliefs and ideals, and truly respects and understands the people I represent. I feel fortunate for the incredible support you have all given me over the past years, especially this last one, and moving forward, and words can’t express how grateful I am for you. Thank you for being here!"

Laggan turns 50

publisher Jan 16, 2020 - 1:38pm

Laggan Public School (LPS) is hosting its 50th anniversary this year, honouring five decades of public education and the school’s continuing role as a hub of the community.
Celebration events are being run in partnership with the Laggan Recreation Association (LRA), and will include an alumni dance, community barbecue, and a “Laggan Through the Decades” day featuring displays of school memorabilia.
“The 50th anniversary celebration is a chance for people who’ve been away to come back, catch up with old friends and reminisce about their time at Laggan,” says Wendy MacDonald, a teacher at the school who sits on the celebration committee. “The school is such an important part of this community, and 50 years is one of those milestones you really have to celebrate.”
“We hope to celebrate our past, but also look forward to future generations attending Laggan,” adds Principal Nichola Bond. “We want to acknowledge the school’s continuing role in this community for years to come.”
The school opened in September 1969, amalgamating the student populations of several one-room schoolhouses that once served the area. Over the years, LPS has educated generations of North Glengarry students.
The school serves as a focal point of the North Glengarry community, hosting community dinners and plays, Christmas concerts and craft sales, community music recitals, and an annual e-waste recycling day. The Glengarry Soccer League is a regular user of the school site as well, holding games on the school field each spring and summer.
The 50th celebration officially began in September, with a birthday party for the school – complete with children’s games, group photos and a cupcake birthday cake.
February 8, the LRA will host a Family Skate and Chili Supper at the Dalkeith Recreation Hall and Skating Rink. Family skating will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., followed by open skating and a chili supper from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Tickets are available at the school, at the door and LRA members.
The alumni dance is scheduled for March 7 from 7 p.m.-12 p.m. at the Glengarry Sports Palace. Hosted by the LRA, the event will be open to both alumni and the wider community. The dance will feature local entertainment, a live auction and light meal.
The dance will also serve as a fundraiser to support a year-end anniversary barbecue that is tentatively planned for June. The LRA is seeking volunteers to staff the barbecue.
Details are still in the planning stage for the “Laggan Through the Decades” celebration, but organizers are looking at May. In preparation for that, the school is seeking memorabilia for the event. Anyone interested in loaning theirs for display is asked to contact the school.   
The principal is excited about the celebration, viewing it as a foundation for the next phase of the school’s history.


Gas bar theft

publisher Jan 14, 2020 - 11:36am

The Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment is searching for a suspect who robbed the Canadian Tire gas bar at the ONRoute service centre along Highway 401 in Bainsville on the evening of January 12.
The male suspect, whom police described as Caucasian, five-foot-seven/five-foot-eight, and wearing a dark toque, and a dark blue or black coat, robbed the gas station of an undisclosed amount of cash and fled the scene on foot around 10:30 p.m.
He appeared to have been unarmed.
No injuries were reported as a result of the hold-up.


Visitor ban may be lifted next week

publisher Jan 10, 2020 - 9:54am

A visitors ban at Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria may be lifted next week. At least that is the hope of officials who declared a gastrointestinal virus outbreak January 8, prompting the institution to prohibit visitors, "except for compassionate reasons only."
CEO Michael Cohen says, "We need seven days with no positive indications before we can declare the outbreak over. So we are optimistic we will be free and clear next week."

Armed break-in foiled

Administrator Jan 8, 2020 - 12:22pm

An early-morning attempted armed break-in by four armed suspects was foiled by a North Glengarry home owner January 7, reports the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.

At about 1 a.m., officers were dispatched to a residence on County Road 43 where four individuals, wearing disguises, attempted to break into the home.

The suspects had various weapons but were confronted by the home owner and fled in a vehicle, police say.

Nobody was injured.

Sexual assault charge

publisher Dec 20, 2019 - 11:37am

As a result of a sexual assault investigation conducted by the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police, a 28-year-old resident of South Glengarry has been charged with sexual assault, assault, assault with a weapon and forciblle confinement.
The accused, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim's identity, was released and is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court January 14.

5 hurt in rollover

publisher Dec 19, 2019 - 11:00am

Five people were transported to hospital after a van containing six occupants rolled over on Highway 138 at Dyer Road at 7 a.m. today. All of the injuries are deemed to be non-life-threatening, says OPP spokesperson Constable Tylor Copeland.

Man charged in South Glengarry home invasion

publisher Dec 17, 2019 - 8:32am

 A 24-year-old Cornwall man has been charged after a South Glengarry resident was held against his will and assaulted by two suspects in a December 9 home invasion on County Road 25.
Justin Cloutier was arrested following the investigation by the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment.
He was charged with robbery using a firearm, assault with a weapon, forcible confinement, possession of a weapon for dangerous purpose, break and enter, possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition order, assault, assault causing bodily harm, mischief, unauthorized possession of a weapon, possession of cannabis for the purpose of selling and possession of illicit cannabis.