The Glengarry News


Winchester hospital smoke-free

publisher Dec 19, 2017 - 3:00pm

Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) will be completely smoke-free starting January 1, 2018. Individuals can no longer smoke anywhere on hospital property, including in vehicles in our parking lots.

"WDMH is committed to building healthier communities and to fostering a safe, healthy workplace," explains Cholly Boland, CEO.

All Ontario hospitals must comply with the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and the Electronic Cigarettes Act which ban smoking on all hospital properties. The new rules apply to the smoking of tobacco, medical marijuana and e-cigarettes (smoking/vaping). Everyone is required to leave hospital property to smoke. As well, smoking is not permitted within 60 feet of the public school, playground or sports field.

WDMH provides support to patient and staff who wish to quit smoking. Smoking cessation programs are also offered through family physicians and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. Visit for more information.

The local public health unit is responsible for enforcing the law and carries out inspections and responds to smoking complaints. Individuals can be fined up to $1,000 for a first offence. The hospital can also be fined, up to $100,000, for a first offence.

If you would like to provide comments or suggestions about hospital services, please contact Cholly Boland, President and CEO, Winchester District Memorial Hospital at 613-774-1049 or by email at

Fatal collision

publisher Apr 11, 2017 - 4:33pm

A man died today (April 11) when the Mini Cooper he was driving collided with a milk tanker truck on County Road 31, north of Winchester Springs.

The car was travelling south when, for reasons under investigation, it crossed into the north lane and collided head-on with the truck. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin. The truck driver was not injured.

Char-Lan minor hockey celebrates successful evening

sean Feb 22, 2017 - 3:18pm

Last night in Williamstown, the Char-Lan Minor Hockey Association held a special event that included a hockey game between a team of minor hockey coaches and the high school squad.

For the record, the coaches won 5-4.

We will have details in next week's edition of The Glengarry News.

NHL pro Jesse Winchester was also on hand signing autographs.

(Facebook photo)

Glengarry connection to junior B hockey series, Casselman vs Winchester

sean Mar 6, 2015 - 6:42pm

There's a Glengarry county connection to the EOJHL St. Lawrence Division final series this year, and it comes in the person of Anthony Pace. The Maxville native is a rookie member of the Casselman Vikings. He recorded 18 points during the regular season and one assist in the opening playoff round, where the Vikes dispatched the Char-Lan Rebels. Pace wears number 8.

The Vikings beat the Hawks in game one last night, 6-3, with the second contest set for tonight in Winchester. The full schedule is on our website at

North Dundas mayor accepts North Glengarry challenge

sean Feb 17, 2015 - 10:47pm

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.