During National Newspaper Week, October 1 to 7, we feel obliged to toot our own horns and remind everyone of the importance of the media, and particularly community newspapers, such as The Glengarry News.
But first, we must thank the many people who have made it possible for The News to continue to serve our community for the past 126 years. Obviously, without readers and advertisers, The News would have by now joined the long list of publications that have succumbed to the media revolution. Although some have dismissed conventional papers as being “dinosaurs,” many fine periodicals across this country continue to report the “real news” and stave off extinction.
“The role of newspapers has never been so crucial,” said Bob Cox, chair of the board of directors of News Media Canada, the national association that represents Canadian newspapers. “Every day, newspapers work to bring Canadians from coast to coast to coast real, trusted, truthful news – which is as vital to democracy as clean air, safe streets, good schools and public health.”
We are a confused lot. A study last year found that 63 per cent of Canadians were unable to distinguish between legitimate news websites and fake news stories, and 65 per cent of Canadians are worried that false information or fake news is being used as a weapon.
National Newspaper Week, with the theme “Newspapers matter,” is especially poignant this year as it arrives in the midst of municipal council and school board election campaigns in Ontario.
Facebook and Google have not, to the best of our knowledge, dispatched reporters to cover all-candidates meetings or try to explain the platforms of those who would represent us in local government for the next four years.
Nine in ten Canadians read newspapers each week across Canada, on different platforms at different times of day. Local newspapers are a trusted source of information in communities across Canada and continue to be the preferred source for local information, with a preference for the printed product, according to a study that was conducted on behalf of the newspaper industry with funding from the federal government.
The main reason for reading local papers continues to be something that can be hard to find anywhere else: Local information, in various forms. Another important finding was that print works for advertisers. Advertising is the biggest source of revenues for most publications. After local information, half of community newspaper readers read the paper for the ads. Print newspaper ads are effective at driving awareness, store visits and purchases.
The study notes that on a daily basis Canadians are surrounded by media, bombarded by thousands of brand messages on an increasing number of traditional and digital platforms. Digital interactions in a single “Internet Minute” are mind-boggling.
People don’t want to see ads in social media, which is used primarily to communicate with friends and share stories, photos and videos. As a result, more than half of Canadians (53%) respond to digital advertising with ad blockers, primarily on computers and to a lesser degree on tablets and phones.
The key factor is trust. Data on trust in various ad formats reinforces that newspapers top the most trusted list and social media and mobile ads are among the least trusted. It is therefore not surprising that ads in newspapers, printed and digital, are the most read across multiple categories, including automotive, financial products, real estate, telecommunications and travel.
Local newspapers continue to provide a trusted source for local news and information to Canadians in communities across our country. Reporters, editors and publishers tirelessly produce local content that is relevant and critical to their communities. In many cases, community newspapers are the only source of this local information. This is why newspapers matter.
So there you have our pitch. If the trust and news factors don’t impress you, consider the fact that the conventional paper version of this product is portable, environmentally-friendly and versatile. You can use this paper to swat flies, control weeds, clean udders, line cages, cover windshields, make hats, start fires, fashion crafts. And, if you have no other secondary uses for this rag, please recycle this “dinosaur” after reading.
– Richard Mahoney
Dairy Farmers of Canada has posted a Spin and Fact assessment of the new trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
|"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.|
Jim Bancroft has withdrawn from the race for the Upper Canada District School Board trustee's post.
"Due to ongoing health issues, and after careful consideration with family and close friends, I have determined that it is in my personal best interest, as well as the residents of North and South Stormont and North and South Glengarry, that I withdraw my candidacy for the English Public School Board Trustee position. I feel it is important that the residents have an opportunity to review the remaining candidates prior to the election. I wish to thank all those who have supported my candidacy."
John Danaher and Marshall Wilson are trying to succeed Wendy MacPherson on the board.
Dairy and poultry farmers will yield larger slices to the domestic market under the new trade deal between Canada, Mexico and the United States.
Check out the statement from the president of the Dairy Farmers of Canada here. (link)
Despite a Friday night storm, the tenth edition of Beau's Oktoberfest in Vankleek Hill attracted 17,000 who helped raise $94,323 for non-profit organizations, bringing the total raised in 10 years to $711,212.
"Our 10th edition of Oktoberfest had some exhilarating highs and some extreme-weather-related challenges," notes Beau's co-founder Steve Beauchesne. "We kept our guests safe during the storm and made the most of a difficult situation Friday, and on Saturday when the sky cleared we had an amazing time and did a lot of good. I'm looking forward to what the next 10 years of Oktoberfest will bring."
Photo Beau's Brewery Co.
Expect windy weather this afternoon and evening, Environment Canada warns.
Strong southwesterly wind gusts of 70 to 80 km/h are expected to develop this afternoon and early this evening, with higher wind gusts likely in thunderstorms. These strong winds are associated with a cold front that will track over the area late this afternoon and early this evening.
Additionally, northwest winds gusting to 60 or 70 km/h are also expected this evening after the cold front passes. Winds will then diminish overnight.
Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage.
British Home Child Day 2018 will be observed on September 29 at 9:30 a.m. at the Lost Villages Museum located in Ault Park, 16355 Laflamme Drive just outside Long Sault.
Opening ceremonies at 9:30 will be followed by a BHC Tree dedication, displays at various locations through the museum site, guest speakers as well as four authors of books written on British Home Children who will do readings and sign copies of their books.
One of the new events is a Trunk Talk that will provide information on the different trunks provided by the children by the various sending agencies involved in the Child Migration Scheme, such as Quarrier’s or Barnardo’s.
Here is an update from Canada Post on the possibility of a strike or lock-out.
"Negotiations continue between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW).
Offers have been exchanged between the parties and all efforts are focused on reaching an agreement.
While we continue to work towards our goal of a negotiated settlement, we understand that you are watching the calendar and want to know what could happen.
We are nearing the end of the conciliation process, which is officially referred to as the 21-day cooling off period.
This is a normal phase of the conciliation process detailed in the Canada Labour Code and will end on Tuesday, September 25. That means the earliest a legal job action could occur is 00:01 (one minute after midnight) on Wednesday, September 26.
A legal job action requires the filing of a 72-hour notice. So the earliest that could come is Sunday, September 23.
It’s important to stress at this point that we have no indication that a legal job action will occur. Talks are ongoing now and we could simply remain at the table and keep negotiating after September 26.
However, we also realize that until an agreement is reached, there will be uncertainty for those who count on the postal service. If we reach a point where the union decides to conduct a legal rotating job action, Canada Post would remain committed to negotiating and we would continue to operate. In the past, rotating legal job actions have been isolated to one or two specific locations at a time, impacting those areas for a period of 24 hours.
In a situation like that, Canada Post would continue to accept, process and deliver mail and parcels in all areas that are not affected. Once the 24-hour period expires, we would return to normal operations in the affected locations.
The Township of South Glengarry is mourning the loss of John Hugh Munro, a prominent Williamstown resident who was killed Wednesday in a tractor accident. Mr. Munro had been a volunteer with the South Glengarry Fire Service for 34 years.
Following his retirement from Kraft, he joined the township’s roads department, where he worked for 10 years until his recent retirement this summer.
"Our department is brokenhearted," stated Fire Chief Dave Robertson, "John Hugh was not only a dedicated member of our Fire Service, but also an avid community volunteer and dear friend to many. He will be missed by the department and community."
"On behalf of Council and all Township employees, I extend our deepest condolences to John Hugh's family," stated Mayor Ian McLeod. "We have lost a valued friend and colleague. Our community is a better place because of his many contributions and he will be sorely missed." All Township flags have been lowered to half-mast today in Mr. Munro's honour.
A 51-year-old Toronto truck driver has been charged with careless driving following an Ontario Provincial Police investigation into Wednesday's bus accident near Hawkesbury.
Five children were taken by ambulance, a bus driver was airlifted to hospital and 19 children taken to hospital as a precaution after a transport rear-ended a school bus on Highway 34 between Hawkesbury and Vankleek Hill at 9 a.m. this morning, reports the Hawkesbury OPP detachment.
Four vehicles were involved in the collision that occurred near Pleasant Corners Public School.
The bus driver, who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, was taken by helicopter to an Ottawa hospital.
The students were transported to the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital.
Occupants of the other vehicles were not hurt.
Victim Services of Prescott-Russell attended the hospital to provide assistance and support to parents and students.
Photo Pierre Cormier
Prepare for detours if you are travelling to Vankleek Hill between September 24 and October 8.
Highway 34 will be closed in town for two weeks starting Monday.
Catch The Ace is coming to Glengarry now that the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce has landed the area licence for the popular Maritimes lottery.
"This is such an exciting new event – there's huge potential for Catch The Ace to become the biggest local lottery our community has ever seen," says chamber president Phil Cloutier.
The first draw will be held October 4 at The Atlantic Pub and Eatery.