The Glengarry News

politics

Cold reception

publisher Dec 1, 2018 - 4:24pm

The weather was warm but the response was chilly when Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell addressed a rally held Saturday at his Cornwall office to protest cuts to French-language services.

He was at one time booed when he attempted to explain the rationale behind the measures which led to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard to leave the Tory caucus and sit as an independent. 

Now what? Simard's stand – what do you think?

publisher Nov 29, 2018 - 11:41am

Voters are understandably divided over Amanda Simard's decision to leave the ruling Conservative government to sit as an independent.

While many are hailing the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP for her courage and conviction to her principles, others believe she has turned her backs on voters who supported the Conservatives in the last election, and has just blown any chance of reversing cuts to French-language services.

What do you think?

Simard to sit as independent

publisher Nov 29, 2018 - 8:28am

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Amanda Simard has quit the Tory caucus to sit as an independent.

The move comes the day after she continued to defy the Conservative government and voted in favour of a motion by the New Democrats asking Premier Doug Ford to reverse cutbacks to French-language services.

Speculation about her future within the majority government has been growing since last week when she criticized the cancellation of a proposed French-language university and the elimination of the independent French-language services commissioner.

Manifestation samedi

publisher Nov 27, 2018 - 9:15am

L’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry (ACFO-SDG) invite les Francophones et les Francophiles de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry à se mobiliser le 1er décembre devant le bureau du député Jim McDonell pour dénoncer l’abolissement de programmes annoncés par le gouvernement de Doug Ford, dont le Commissariat aux services en français et l’Université de l’Ontario français.

Date: Le samedi 1er décembre 2018

Heure: 13 h à 15 h

Lieu: Bureau du député Jim McDonell Time Square, 120 Second Street West Cornwall, Ontario

Depuis 11 ans, le Commissariat aux services en français veille à ce que les droits des citoyens de l’Ontario et les obligations du gouvernement et des organismes gouvernementaux soient respectés selon la Loi sur les services en français. Du jour au lendemain, les francophones soutenant ne pas avoir été servis selon les provisions de la Loi sur les services en français se retrouvent sans recours.

L’Université de l’Ontario français est un projet de société qui avait été durement gagné suite au combat de toute la communauté et un projet qui devait assurer la vitalité de la communauté francophone en Ontario.

Le gouvernement Ford ne tient pas compte des droits des citoyens de l’Ontario et de la richesse qu’apporte la communauté francophone à la province. L’abolition du Commissariat aux services en français et la fin du projet de l’Université de l’Ontario français auront des conséquences importantes sur la vitalité et l’avenir des 742 000 francophones de l’Ontario, et sur l’ensemble de la province.

Les Franco-ontariens et Franco-ontariennes se sont toujours mobilisé.e.s pour conserver leur place dans la province et défendre leurs droits. Tout comme nos ancêtres et les leaders communautaires qui nous ont précédés, nous devons unir nos voix et exiger que nos institutions demeurent, pour le bien de la communauté, pour le futur de la francophonie ontarienne.

L’ACFO-SDG vous invite à venir se joindre à nous et transmettre notre message à toutes les communautés de SD&G.

'A bad deal for dairy farmers'

publisher Oct 2, 2018 - 11:13am

Dairy Farmers of Canada has posted a Spin and Fact assessment of the new trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Spin Fact
"It's a good day for Canada." This is a bad outcome for dairy farmers and the whole dairy sector. The Government has conceded access to our domestic market to the US, affecting our ability to produce Canadian milk. By doing so, it is slowly bleeding Canada's dairy sector.
 
"We will defend supply management" For the US, this was never about supply management. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue said months ago, "It's not our purpose to try to manage or try to get involved in their internal supply management regarding the dairy industry ... I made it very clear that the Class 7 designation we felt was an unfair undercutting of the U.S. industry that grew up south of the U.S.-Canada border."

The Canadian government concessions equate to death by a thousand cuts.
 
"We look forward to ultimately signing a deal as long as it's good for Canada and good for middle-class Canadians"

The 220,000 Canadian families who depend on dairy for their livelihood (on farms, in processing plants and related jobs) feel they were used as a bargaining chip to conclude this agreement.
 
"No NAFTA deal is better than a bad NAFTA deal." This deal not only gives more access to the Canadian dairy market, while limiting our ability to produce and export home-grown dairy products; this deal lets the Americans dictate our dairy policies. Fairer trade is about win-win results. If our government fought for a good deal for Canadian industry, it wasn't dairy.

Caddell vs. Williams

publisher Jul 6, 2018 - 1:24pm

Both Deputy mayor posts in North and South Glengarry are being contested in the lead-up to the October 22 elections.

In North Glengarry, Lochiel Councillor Brian Caddell has withdrawn his nomination as a councillor so he can run for Deputy mayor, the job also being sought by Maxville Councillor Carma Williams.

In South Glengarry, Councillor Lyle Warden has joined Jacqueline Milner in the race for Deputy mayor.

Former MP's aide speaks out

publisher Jun 26, 2018 - 2:54pm

Paul Wernick, a former executive assistant to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin, has spoken out about the need for a culture change on Parliament Hill, telling CBC that pressure led him to try to take his own life on two occasions.

The 26-year-old's mental health deteriorated after working 60-hour to 70-hour weeks.

For more, see the CBC story here.

Under the wire

publisher Jun 20, 2018 - 1:59pm

Days before Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced the scrapping of the Green Ontario program, environmentally friendly retrofits were confirmed for the Alexandria Non-Profit Corporation apartments and Marie de la Ferre Apartments in Cornwall.

Of the $100,000 approved, $23,000 will be spent on the Alexandria units.

The Green Energy Fund, financed by cap-and-trade program money, is being shut down.

Qualifying homeowners can still get rebates if the work is completed by the end of August, and the rebate application is submitted by the end of September.

Drouin case closed

publisher May 22, 2018 - 11:25am

No charges will be laid against Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin, who faced sexual assault allegations in connection with an incident that occurred in Halifax recently.

“After reviewing the facts, the Halifax police have determined that the matter is closed. I am pleased that it has been resolved based on the facts. I will have no further comment,” he said.

Allegation a mistake: Drouin

publisher Apr 24, 2018 - 4:41pm

Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin says an allegation of sexual assault against him is a case of mistaken identity.

Mr. Drouin has said he is cooperating with a police investigation into an incident that occurred last Saturday morning in Halifax, where he was attending the Liberal party's national convention.

In a statement issued on Twitter, Mr. Drouin relates that at 2 a.m. April 21 he joined friends at a bar.

"While I was standing facing the bar, with my credit card in hand, I heard what I believed to be a woman's voice coming from another area of the establishment behind me, yelling that her buttocks had been grabbed. Her comments were clearly not directed towards me. I turned away from the bar, and shouted 'get that man out of here' to draw attention to the alleged incident. I turned back to the bar and paid for the drinks with my credit card."

He then went to another area of the establishment.

"Several minutes later, while standing with a group of people, I was approached by a woman with a cellphone in hand, who mistakenly attempted to connect me with the alleged incident. We told her that she was mistaken."

He said he and his friends left the bar shortly afterwards. He later notified the Prime Minister's Office and the party Whip of the alleged incident.