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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.

MP Drouin faces sexual assault allegation

publisher Apr 22, 2018 - 8:27pm

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.

Russell mayor seeks Liberal nomination

publisher Apr 6, 2018 - 7:30am

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.

Crack quitting

publisher Apr 5, 2018 - 9:54am

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."

Williams seeks Deputy Mayor post

publisher Apr 3, 2018 - 11:30am

Maxville Ward Councillor Carma Williams today announced her candidacy for Deputy Mayor of North Glengarry in the October municipal election.

"I want to build on the achievements of North Glengarry Council by continuing to build strong communities, while being fiscally responsible with taxpayers money. On May 1st, I will be filing my nomination papers for the candidacy of Deputy Mayor."

She is trying to succeed Jamie MacDonald who is seeking the mayor's post now held by Chris McDonell, who is not seeking re-election.

McDonell supports Elliott

publisher Feb 20, 2018 - 3:15pm

Christine Elliott has received the endorsement of Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell in her bid for the leadership of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party.

"Christine brings great wisdom and a tremendous wealth of experience to the position, including being an MPP for nine years, our Deputy Leader, a professional lawyer and a tireless community advocate," says Mr. McDonell. Meanwhile, his federal counterpart, Guy Lauzon, is backing Caroline Mulroney in the race where Patrick Brown is trying to regain the post he left only about a month ago. Doug Ford and Tanya Granic Allen are also seeking the job.

$1 million rain forecast

publisher Aug 31, 2017 - 3:51pm

While they cannot do anything about the weather, area farmers will be able to better prepare for heavy rain falls thanks to a $1 million contribution from the federal government. 

Ottawa is investing $997,654 so the South Nation Conservation Authority can develop “a hydrologic model that will provide farmers with real-time weather and water information to help inform water management decisions.”

The 15-month project will construct an integrated groundwater – surface water forecasting model for the South Nation Watershed using HydroGeoSphere, which is a Canadian hydrologic simulator that predicts water movement on and through the ground.

The platform will help predict “water events” and provide an array of potential mitigation practices.

“Our government recognizes that Canadian farmers face risk every day in managing their businesses,” says Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Druouin. “This investment is all about giving farmers the tools they need to adjust their farms to a changing climate. Helping farmers be better informed in making their water management decisions is good for the sector's sustainable growth, good for farmers' bottom lines, and good for the Canadian economy,” adds Mr. Drouin who announced the contribution on behalf of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Lawrence MacAulay.