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CUPE vote tonight

publisher Jun 4, 2018 - 10:29am

Striking Cornwall workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are to vote tonight (June 4) on the latest offer from the city.

“Given that the City has refused to return to the table to bargain until a vote happens, we can’t in good conscience allow members to wait for more than two weeks to vote on the employer’s last offer,” said Alison Denis, CUPE National Representative. “Nor do we want Cornwall residents to be deprived of vital services for longer than is necessary. We think it’s responsible to accelerate this timeline, and so we will hold the vote ourselves.”

The work stoppage is affecting ambulance service in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry.

Farewell to MusicFest

publisher May 31, 2018 - 2:42pm

Maxville MusicFest is saying “farewell” on a high note after an enjoyable 10-year run of great entertainment.

The committee said in a statement: "We, the organizers, have enjoyed presenting the 40 concerts and thank the various talented individuals, bands and musicians, both local and from away.

The annual spring music festival concluded in May 2018 with a grand celebration of local Glengarry talent. We also thank the sponsors, the patrons, the four Maxville churches used as venues, and the community for your support over the past 10 years. Thanks for the memories!

Murder charge

publisher May 31, 2018 - 12:28pm

A 75-year-old Winchester man has been charged with first-degree murder following an investigation into the 2009 disappearance of a Chesterville resident.

James Henry Wise is to appear in Cornwall court tomorrow (June 1) to face the charge.

The victim, Raymond Collision, 59, was reported missing in September of 2009.

His remains were later found on April 17, 2014.

Paramedics protest

publisher May 31, 2018 - 8:52am

Striking paramedics, shown here speaking with North Glengarry Deputy Mayor Jamie MacDonald, are staging a protest at the township hall in Alexandria to draw attention to stalled contract talks.

A "Support Our Paramedics" petition has been launched in support of the unionized workers who serve Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry and Cornwall.

Talks resume

publisher May 23, 2018 - 3:07pm

Striking unionized workers and the City of Cornwall are set to resume contract talks tomorrow at 9 a.m.

The labour dispute has curtailed ambulance service in Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry

The city has accepted a formal written request from the Canadian Union of Public Employees to return to the bargaining table.

Kicks

publisher May 22, 2018 - 12:23pm

Sunday’s Heritage May Show Festival, the 36th rendition of Vankleek Hill’s arts and crafts show, was as eclectic as always.

The Lise Pearl Dancers brought Broadway to Main Street during the show that also featured singing, drumming and various arts.

More in the May 23 edition of The News.

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.

Ambulance strike

publisher May 17, 2018 - 10:11am

The Paramedics serving Cornwall and the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have begun legal strike action as of 6 a.m. on Thursday, May 17.

As a result, fewer ambulances and paramedics will be maintaining emergency service coverage.

Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services asks that only those patients with urgent and emergent health issues call for an ambulance.

During the day, three ambulances staffed by union employees will respond to urgent and emergent calls. Overnight, two union-staffed ambulances will be available. This is a reduction from the normal compliment of nine ambulances during the day and six at night. This arrangement is consistent with the Essential Services Agreement.

Please call 911 for ambulance assistance if it is needed for severe emergencies such as shortness of breath, chest pain, major traumatic injury or unconsciousness.

Alternatives to calling 911 include taking a personal vehicle or taxi to the hospital, calling Telehealth Ontario toll-free at 1-866-797-0000, visiting a pharmacy, clinic, or doctor.

“We have reached out to our partners, including area hospitals, fire services, police and taxi companies to ask for their assistance in responding to non-emergency calls during the strike,” said Bill Lister, Chief of Cornwall SDG Paramedic Services. “We hope this will allow us to focus on emergency calls only.”

During strike action, no routine transfers will take place. In the event of a major emergency, striking paramedics will be called onto the job.