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.
Letters have been exchanged between the City of Cornwall and the SD&G Counties regarding shared services. The documents make for an interesting read, and can be seen in their entirety here.
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry MPP Jim McDonell will host local pre-budget consultations on January 11 and 12. This is an opportunity to voice concerns outlining how Ontario should reform its regulatory and economic policies. Individuals, businesses, and organizations are invited to register to present their concerns regarding the upcoming 2017 Ontario Budget and highlight local needs that need to be addressed in Toronto. To register, please contact Marilyn McMahon at MPP Jim McDonell’s office 613-933-6513, or register at www.eventbrite.com by January 9.
January 11, 2017
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
12495 Hwy. 2 East
2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
North Stormont Meeting Place
16299 Fairview Dr.
January 12th, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Nelson Laprade Centre
9 William Street
12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
South Stormont Hall
2 Mille Roches
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Branch 544 Lancaster Legion
181 Military Road
Derek Duval, of Vankleek Hill, says he has been disqualified from tomorrow's Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Conservative nomination convention because of a video shot "in good fun" years ago.
Mr. Duval says the last-minute decision came after party officials thought a pile of poutine shown being eaten off a hockey stick was a hamster. Plus, the person in the video isn't him.
Mr. Duval, son of long-time Vankleek Hill councillor Paul Emile Duval, charges the real reason was that party leader Patrick Brown wants Amanda Simard, a Russell councillor, to be the Tory standard-bearer in the next Ontario election.
Here is Derek's Duval FB post:
Williamstown's park building is still not ready for public access. The new structure has been under development since a suspicious fire destroyed the previous erection last spring. A charity hockey tournament slated for Dec. 26-27 was forced to be cancelled due to the unavailability of the building. No word yet when it will be ready.
Sean Bray photo
In the EOJHL St. Lawrence Division semifinal series between the Alexandria Glens and the Winchester Hawks, more will be on the line than a berth in the division finals.
North Dundas mayor Eric Duncan accepted the challenge of North Glengarry deputy mayor Jamie MacDonald. Their wager? The loser will have to wear the team jersey of the winner for a full council meeting.
You can check out the Twitter banter between the two by following @MayorDuncan and @deputymayor_ng
The series between the Glens and Hawks is scheduled to open Wednesday night in Alexandria. See the Feb. 18 edition of The Glengarry News for the full schedule and a playoff preview.