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publisher Feb 15, 2018 - 8:57am

If you are a rural landowner in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry you may have received a notice from the counties that your land use designation may have changed under a new official plan that was modified by the province.

February 27 is the deadline to file an appeal.

SDG has provided the modified maps at SDGcounties.ca under "Official Plan" so that property owners can review their land designations.

New scam alerts

publisher Feb 13, 2018 - 10:28am

Be wary of the old tax fraud scam.

A local woman advises she received a bogus phone call warning her that she was facing tax fraud charges.

She was given a phone number that is linked to a fraud ring.

Another scheme has someone posing as a retailer who alerts a consumer his or her credit card account has been compromised. The victim is then told to call 911, as well as his or her financial institution, to report the fraud, but when the target hangs up, the person is unaware the call is not disconnected.

Police say the victims are then led to believe they made an outgoing call and are speaking to authorities. 

The victims are then told to go to their banking institution to transfer funds into a different account which is supposedly intended to safeguard their funds. The victim has in fact received these instructions from the original fraudster.

Routes a winner

publisher Feb 8, 2018 - 8:38am

The Glengarry Routes Heritage Tour brochure has won an Economic Developers Council of Ontario awards in the publications category.

The joint North Glengarry-South Glengarry initiative highlights heritage sites in "Ontario’s Celtic Heartland.”

North Glengarry also received an award for its Community Improvement Plan.

The honours were presented in Toronto Wednesday at the council's 61st annual conference.

Hospital CEO retiring

publisher Jan 31, 2018 - 3:32pm

The chief executive officer of Hôpital Glengarry Memorial Hospital in Alexandria, Linda Morrow, has announced that she will retire at the end of June.

As for a successor, the board of directors "will be engaging in a recruitment process as per the Succession Planning Policy."

"In her 37 years as an employee of HGMH, Linda has held several roles at the hospital, from Registered Nurse to Chief Nursing Officer to CEO.  She has been an integral part of many improvements at HGMH, including the expansion of the Emergency and Ambulatory Care units, implementation of the Post-Acute Stroke Rehabilitation Program, and the addition of many new services such as ultrasound, bone densitometry, cardiac stress testing, cardiac ultrasound, and pulmonary function testing," says chair Bruce Starkauskas.

"On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Linda for her hard work and dedication to HGMH.  Her departure will be a great loss to the organization, and she will certainly be missed. I am sure you will join me in wishing Linda all the best as she begins the next chapter of her life."

Lawsuit against wind farms

publisher Jan 30, 2018 - 1:36pm

Industrial wind turbine opponents in North Stormont and The Nation are backing a lawsuit that groups have launched against the Ontario environment ministry for allegedly failing to protect the public from noise caused by the power generators. "The Concerned Citizens of North Stormont are in complete support of this legal challenge," said spokesperson Margaret Benke. "Protection of the health and safety of well over 1,200 local residents is our main concern and we feel that the MOECC must be held to account."

"We fully support this legal action," said Julie Leroux, spokesperson for Save the Nation. "By allowing the construction of the Eastern Fields project, according to outdated noise regulations, the MOECC would deny protection of health and well-being for hundreds of local residents, for the next 20 years. We strongly feel that this is unacceptable." Opponents estimate that if developers were forced to adhere to new stricter noise limits, up to three-quarters of these turbines would have to be relocated or removed.

Another beer award

publisher Jan 26, 2018 - 1:38pm

Halcyon Barrel House, an offshoot of Beau’s Brewing, of Vankleek Hill, placed fourth on the list of top ten new breweries in the world.
The rating by RateBeer.com is based on user ratings since June 1, 2016.
“Given that there were more than 6,400 new worldwide brewers who registered with RateBeer.com since June 2016, it’s quite the honour to be among the top ten. It’s an inspiration to keep doing what we are doing; that taking the time to make the best beer possible is absolutely worthwhile,” says Halcyon Barrel House Brewmaster Bryce McBain.
Rolled out last May, Halcyon Barrel House produces wild and sour ales using traditional brewing methods of wood fermentation and bottle conditioning. Its inaugural release, Infinity Mirror Brett I.P.A., won Silver in the Experimental Beer, Canada category in the World Beer Awards last fall. The brewery has since released a Flanders-style sour red ale called Gravity Well, and Shifting Sands, a sour golden ale with fruit, as well as a number of one-off creations.

Let's talk

publisher Jan 25, 2018 - 10:32am

Join the conversation. That is the invitation Dr. Suzanne Filion is extending in preparation for Bell Let’s Talk Day 2018, which is set for Wednesday, January 31.

One of the experts on the Let’s Talk team, the Alexandria psychologist is urging everyone to join the dialogue that is leading the world in confronting the stigma around mental illness and sharing ideas to move mental health forward. More details in the January 24 edition of The News.

Violence against women rate below national average

publisher Jan 25, 2018 - 8:54am

The incidence of violence against women in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry continues to fluctuate yet it remains below the national average, according to Statistics Canada.

The national average of police-reported violence against women was 1,113.9 cases per every 100,000 people in 2015.

In SD&G, the rate was 607 cases per 100,000 in 2015. That average was also below the averages for other districts. In Hawkesbury, for example, the rate was 1,936 cases, in the Laurentians, it was 1,024 and in Russell County, it was 1,030 cases per 100,000.

This data was originally published in Discourse Media.

Click here to access the full report.

Man killed in head-on collision

publisher Jan 24, 2018 - 1:14pm

A 69-year-old Gatineau man was killed and a 34-year-old Cornwall woman seriously injured in a head-on collision on County Road 43 near Avonmore January 23 at 10 p.m. The man was driving a passenger vehicle westbound when it crossed into the eastbound lane and struck another passenger vehicle. The lone occupant of the westbound vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was transported to the hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries. Names are being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.