Some 67 firearms have been surrendered to the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police detachment during a gun amnesty that ends at the end of April.
The gun amnesty is for any Ontario resident who wishes to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition.
Interested gun owners are strongly urged to call the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 to arrange for officers to attend and safely retrieve the weapons. Gun owners can also use the OPP website button -- www.opp.ca/gunamnesty -- or the Citizen Self Reporting tool to notify police.
Under no circumstances should anyone deliver guns or ammunition directly to police facilities.
Good news for pedestrians: The warning lights at the Main Street crosswalk in Alexandria are finally being replaced.
New fixtures on both sides of Main are being installed months after a snowplow clipped a light on the east side of the main drag.
The west side light was not damaged but it turned out both of the lights were not up to code.
Kimberly Champigny is the new Treasurer and Director of Finance for the Township of North Glengarry.
She will be assuming responsibility of her new position in a few weeks, after relocating to the region from Red Deer, Alberta, where she had been working as the Administrative and Accounting Supervisor for the City of Red Deer Public Works Department.
Her appointment is the latest in a series of changes at town hall.
Over the last few months, tax collector Sandra Cameron and treasurer Annie Levac have been dismissed and CAO Daniel Gagnon resigned to return to Elliott Lake. Sarah Huskinson who was appointed treasurer was later named CAO.
With more than 15 years of experience working within municipal government, Ms. Champigny is well-versed in municipal government practices, regulations and strategic planning, the township says.
Her demonstrated skills in accounting, tax administration, policy creation and her understanding of the Municipal Government Act made her stand out as a candidate for this position.
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.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin faces an allegation of sexual assault following an incident that allegedly took place early Saturday at the Liberal party convention in Halifax.
The 34-year-old MP said in a statement: "I can confirm that an allegation has been made.I believe it is important for individuals to have a safe environment to come forward, share their stories, and be supported."
Mr. Drouin said he will cooperate with the investigation.
No charges have been laid.
The Raisin River Canoe Race will be postponed one week and will be held on Sunday, April 22 this year. "We have considered the latest forecasts which call for the likelihood of a high impact storm consisting of snow, ice pellets, and freezing rain all weekend. These conditions would be very unpleasant for paddlers, spectators, volunteers and volunteer safety crews. We are also concerned about participant and spectator safety," says the Raisin Region Conservation Authority. "Those who have pre-registered online will be given the option of a deferral for next week, a refund, or they may elect an alternate paddler for their entry. We will be contacting people by email directly. We are committed to this decision, and the race will be held on the 22nd regardless if the weather forecasts change.
For the latest updates, please visit our website at http://www.rrca.on.ca," adds Lissa Deslandes, Regulations Officer and Communications Coordinator with the authority.
We will have more in this week’s edition of The Glengarry News.
North Glengarry staff and council members participated in Jersey Day April 12 to show their support for the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team following a bus crash that claimed the lives of 16 members of the club. Back, from left: Councillor Michel Depratto, Councillor Jacques Massie, Mayor Chris McDonell, Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, Councillor Carma Williams, Councillor Jeff Manley, Public Works Director Ryan Morton, front, Treasurer Sarah Huskinson, Interim CAO Steven Potter, Councillor Brian Caddell. The flag at town hall was also lowered to half-staff. "All of us were deeply saddened by the tragedy in Saskatchewan, particularly as many of us have spent countless hours on buses travelling to hockey games and other sporting events," said Mayor McDonell. Across the country Thursday, people showed up to work and school decked out in jerseys and sharing the message that we are all one team and that we all feel this loss.
Russell Mayor Pierre Leroux is seeking the Liberal nomination in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell now that Grant Crack has announced he will not seek re-election.
The move had been discussed, and criticized, yesterday before Mr. Leroux had declared his candidacy.
"I'm hearing the mayor of Russell is quitting to run for Liberals. Which would be hilarious as just a few weeks ago he was telling me how important it is that we elect a Conservative in GPR. He was even begging me to help him win a PC nomination," Tory organizer Fred DeLorey tweeted yesterday.
Mr. Leroux replied: "Actually what I said is that we need the best possible person to represent GPR. What is funny is that members of the local conservative riding are the people who wanted me to seek the nomination cause they weren’t happy with the current candidate."
If he wins the nomination, he will face Russell councillor Amanda Simard, who won the Tory nomination last year following the disqualification of opponent Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, by then-leader Patrick Brown. Mr. Duval said he was barred because a party official accused him of filming someone eating a hamster off a hockey stick. The "hamster" was actually poutine.
Mr. Leroux says he will continue to serve as mayor if he loses his nomination bid.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MPP Grant Crack will not seek re-election in June.
The announcement comes only two months after he was nominated January 28 as the Liberals' standard bearer in the riding he has held since 2011.
In an April 5 statement, the former North Glengarry mayor said, "Earlier this year I advised Premier Wynne that I would not be a candidate in the upcoming election.After careful consideration and heartfelt discussions with my family, I concluded that the time is right to seek out other career opportunities. This was a very difficult decision.I have had the privilege of serving my community and the Province of Ontario as a political leader for over 17 years. During this time I have developed numerous relationships with political colleagues, community stakeholders and established friendships of which I am grateful and will miss on a day to day basis.I want to thank the great people of Glengarry Prescott Russell for giving me the opportunity to represent them in the riding locally and also as their voice at Queen's Park. I look forward to assisting the next Liberal candidate in the upcoming campaign and I am confident that GPR will remain red. I am also confident that my Liberal colleagues under the forward-thinking leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne will form a majority government on June 7."
More than 5,000 Hydro One customers in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry will be without power until 5 or 6 p.m. Outages affecting 5,169 customers in South Glengarry are scheduled to be resolved by 5 p.m. Electricity is expected to be restored to some 110 customers in the Alexandria area by 6 p.m. High winds are blamed for the blackouts.
Updates can be checked out at the outage map here.