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80 cows killed in early morning fire

publisher Aug 28, 2018 - 4:04pm

Ontario Fire Marshal investigators are trying to determine the cause of an early morning Tuesday fire that claimed the lives of 80 cows and caused damages ranging from $3 million to $4 million at the Jack family farm near Maxville. Nobody was injured in the blaze that began at 2:30 a.m. at the farm located on Cumming Road in North Stormont. Flames could be seen from Highway 138 as the fire quickly engulfed the milk barn and adjoining buildings.

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.

Have you seen this man?

publisher Aug 27, 2018 - 2:22pm

The Grenville County Ontario Provincial Police detachment is looking for assistance in the identification of a male suspect who is involved in fraudulent cash withdrawals from banks in Grenville County, North Dundas and the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

The suspect is a white male, in his 50s or 60s, with grey stubble on his face and a medium build. If you have any information as to the identity of this man, call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

Winchester hospital not affected by cancer drug problems

publisher Aug 22, 2018 - 2:28pm

Winchester District Memorial Hospital has completed a full assessment of how chemotherapy drugs are given to cancer patients at the Brian Hough Chemotherapy Unit and has confirmed that all medication has been administered properly.

Cancer Care Ontario asked all 74 Ontario hospitals that deliver cancer drug treatments to review their procedures due to concerns related to three specific cancer drugs - Pembrolizumab, Nivolumab and Panitumumab. In 28 of those hospitals, it was found that some patients didn't receive proper dosing due to small amounts of the drug remaining in the IV tubing.

WDMH is not one of those 28 hospitals. WDMH is the largest satellite cancer centre in the region. Last year, there were 2,373 cancer clinic visits to WDMH.

Mayors acclaimed

publisher Jul 27, 2018 - 3:02pm

North Glengarry’s Jamie MacDonald and South Glengarry’s Frank Prevost have been promoted from deputy mayor to the mayor’s post without opposition after nominations closed today at 2 p.m.

In North Glengarry, Kenyon Councillor Jeff Manley has been re-elected by acclamation while Johanne Wensink has returned to council as Maxville’s representative.

Bob Proulx joins Councillors Brian Caddell and Carma Williams in the race for deputy mayor.

Naval Gupta was a late addition to the ballot, challenging Michel Depratto for the Alexandria councillor’s post. Raymond Quesnel also entered the race late, going up against Andrew McCormick and Brenda Noble for the Lochiel councillor seat.

In the contest for Councillor At Large, incumbent Jacques Massie faces Kevin van den Oetelaar and Louise Quenneville.

Running to succeed Wendy MacPherson as Upper Canada District School Board trustee are Jim Bancroft, John Danaher and Marshall Wilson.

Acclaimed are Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario incumbents Ron Eamer and Todd Lalonde.

Also re-elected by acclamation are Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien member Jonathan DeSerres and Conseil des écoles publique de l’est Ontario rep Lisa Benoit-Lèger.

In South Glengarry, Ellery Lafave is vying for deputy mayor along with Jacqueline Milner and Lyle Warden.

No less than 12 candidates are running for three councillor posts. They are incumbents Trevor Bougie and Bill McKenzie and challengers Joanne High, Stephanie Jaworksi, Martin Lang, Jo-Ann Periard, Glenn Patton, Claude Bourcier, Duncan Wightman, Hanz Schulz, David Small and Sam McDonell.

New hospital CEO

publisher Jul 27, 2018 - 11:15am

After an extensive search process, Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital (HGMH) in Alexandria has appointed a new hospital CEO. Michael Cohen joins HGMH after 16 years at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa, where he most recently held the position of Vice President - Clinical Services and Information Management since 2009.

He succeeds Linda Morrow in June.

Board Chair Corey Kalsi says the search subcommittee is extremely pleased with the results. "Michael's genuine approach and outstanding relationship-building skills make him a great addition to our team. He's strategic-minded and strongly oriented towards growing our hospital to ensure a sustainable future," he says.

Originally from Ontario, Cohen began his career in healthcare in 1995 in Calgary after earning a master's degree in sociology. In 1998, he returned to Ottawa to take on progressive analyst and management roles at the Canadian Institute for Health Information before landing at the Queensway Carleton Hospital where he has worked since 2002.

Mr. Cohen says he's very pleased to be joining HGMH. "I really like working for a place where I can get behind the culture. I've had the opportunity to visit HGMH on a number of occasions and interact directly with some of the senior staff. I was immediately interested in working for an organization that values people, that values patients, and has a sense of duty for their community. I think there's a good fit between what I see as the culture and mandate of HGMH and my own personal values and leadership philosophy."

Mr. Kalsi says that the board looks forward to welcoming the new CEO to HGMH. "We are thrilled that Michael will be taking the reins as CEO, and we're proud to welcome such a superb leader to our exemplary rural hospital."