Six-year-old Evelyn is the newest Sparks member of the 1st South Dundas Rainbow Unit and was front-line active today selling Girl Guide Cookies at the Williamsburg Market with a number of other Guiders. The group meets on Monday evenings, 6:30 thru 7:45 at the South Dundas Lutheran Community Church Hall in Williamsburg. If you're willing to support the cause, or if you need a sweet treat, Evelyn and her Girl Guide pals can be contacted by email @ firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 613-802-9483 to reach a Contact Guider . . .
The all new "green" Amherst Islander II slides past the South Dundas waterfront and approaches the Iroquois lock, the dam is visible in the background to the left of the ferry. She has both electric and conventional power and will go into service following several months of testing and training . . .
Sunday, Oct. 17th - The National Capital Junior Hockey League on the local front is looking much the same in this come-back season as it did prior to the Covid-19 shutdown. The South Grenville Rangers are running through the pre-season barely scathed and the South Dundas entry Morrisburg Lions are getting bounced. The Lions have moved to enlist local talent in returnees Kayne McCadden and Owen Fetterly, and the initial signings of Dean Lapier and Jonah Bennis. Lapier’s two points and Bennis’ unassisted counter made up two-thirds of the Morrisburg output in a 9-3 walloping the team suffered at Cardinal on Saturday evening. Jordan Serson scored the Lions third goal, also on an unassisted effort.
The opposing South Grenville Rangers recorded seven different goal scores, two of them with a pair of counters, and seven players with assists. Owen Webster and Jacob Servage each fired a pair of goals while Jordan Pouln, Cooper Kingston, Jacob McGonegel, Bryce McDonald and Noah Perry added singles.
The Rangers led 2-0 and 6-2 respectively following two periods and outscored the Lions 3-1 in the final frame.
Friday, Oct. 15th - The Ontario government is providing a new pathway for nursing education with the recent launch of St. Lawrence College’s new stand-alone four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Details were shared today in Kingston by Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities, who was joined by Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO of St. Lawrence College and Dr. Barb Le Blanc, St. Lawrence College’s Dean of Health and Wellness.
"This is an important day for St. Lawrence College and for postsecondary education in Ontario," said Minister Dunlop. "By allowing colleges and universities to have stand-alone degrees our government is increasing choice and reducing barriers to access high-quality, local education for our students. I am delighted to see St. Lawrence College become one of the first colleges to offer a stand-alone nursing degree, independent of a university partner.”
“I want to welcome Cornwall campus’s first cohort of stand-alone nursing students. I am pleased our local students will once again have the opportunity to obtain their nursing degree here at home,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “Graduates will be key to our government’s efforts to increase the number of health care staff as we put an end to hallway health care.”
The new program builds on Ontario’s recent changes allowing both publicly-assisted colleges and universities to offer a baccalaureate degree in nursing to increase opportunities for students to access a high-quality education. This includes stand-alone Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs offered at universities, colleges, and through collaborative university-college partnerships. St. Lawrence College welcomed the first cohort of new nursing students in September 2021.
“Ontario’s nurses go above and beyond to provide exceptional care to patients, and we are grateful for their continued efforts throughout the pandemic,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “St. Lawrence College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program will provide students with more choices for nursing education, further strengthening our health care workforce as more Ontarians pursue this important career.”
“I want to thank the province for this investment in nursing education and for recognizing the caliber of college nursing programs and faculty,” said Glenn Vollebregt, St. Lawrence College President, adding, “The ability to grant our own nursing degree brings an important credential to regions where St. Lawrence College is located, and this funding will help us train more nursing professionals at a time when the need is high.”
Friday, Oct. 15th - The Ontario government is investing $6 million in a campaign to help support the recovery of the local tourism sector. The campaign, designed by Destination Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, encourages Ontarians to safely rediscover the diversity of attractions and experiences that demonstrate Ontario offers the world in one province.
“Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry is home to many tourism attractions, offerings and experiences which provide important contributions to our communities, creating local jobs and boosting the local economy,” said Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry. “That’s why this new marketing campaign is so important – it reminds us that there is an incredible community right outside our doorstep that we can safely explore and reconnect with.”
The new fall campaign, running from October 4 to November 14, 2021, is the second of three 2021-22 campaigns launched in cinema and on radio, digital, print and social media. The campaign promotes tourism activities in Ontario this fall and includes links to itineraries, articles and points of interest.
“This campaign is a compelling reminder of our province’s rich and unique tourism offerings and will give a much-needed boost to a sector that has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries. “With its diverse experiences, natural beauty, vibrant arts and cultural scene and international cuisine, Ontario truly is the world in one province. I encourage everyone to plan their fall and winter getaways safely, adhering to COVID-19 protocols and take advantage of the abundant local travel possibilities and rediscover the world of Ontario.”
South Dundas' proximity to the Long Sault-Ingleside parkway and the St. Lawrence Parks massive land holdings is an asset deserving to be emblazoned across every promotion the municipality tables. In all of the years we have toured this recreational route and in all of the seasons we anticipated it's annual spring thru fall opening, we are not sure there has ever been a fall season with such incredible, unbelievable colors on display.
It is, this week, truly mind-boggling.
These photos we taken on Tuesday, October 12th, which indeed is normally late in the maple color season. Weather patterns and climate change be-damned, the show is astounding.
Hopefully all of the shut-ins have the opportunity to view these photographs, and to enjoy what may be a once in a long time spectacle. And maybe be introduced to the Florida egrets now quite common to the area.
Wednesday, Oct. 13th - Shortly after 6:00 p.m, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) with the assistance of SD&G OPP officers were investigating a stolen vehicle occurrence at a residence on Carraway Crescent in Morrisburg. During the investigation officers attempted to stop a vehicle that was reported stolen. The driver then failed to comply with the request to stop and continuing to drive recklessly in the area. The stolen truck made contact with two police vehicles and then fled the scene.
Officers followed the pick-up truck to a local ATV trail where the male driver was arrested a short distance into the site.
No injuries to the accused, civilians or officers were reported.
Brendon CHARBONNEAU, age 20, Navan, Ontario was arrested and is charged with:
• Criminal Code 320.17 - Flight from peace officer
• CC 354(1)(a) - Possession Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000
• CC 267(a) - Assault with a weapon - two counts
• CC 334(b) - Theft under $5000
• CC 320.13(1) - Dangerous operation
• CC 145(5)(a) - Fail to comply with release order
• CC 733.1(1) - Fail to comply with probation order - six counts
• Highway Traffic Act - Drive - No licence - two counts
• HTA - 12(1)(d) - Use plates not authorized - two counts
The accused was held in custody and scheduled to appear at Ontario court of justice in Cornwall on Oct. 14th, 2021.
The investigating SD&G OPP made note of witnesses at the scene and wish to send out a heartfelt thank you to the many residents of Carraway Crescent in Morrisburg following this incident. According to an OPP spokesperson, 'The genuine concern and care shown to the officers at the location did not go unnoticed. They were truly empathetic to the officers and their thoughtfulness, assistance, and dedication to betterment of their neighbourhood is a hallmark of community support.'
Anyone with information on the above incidents or any crime is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477) or submit a TIP online at www.seawayvalleycrimestoppers.ca
As many residents of South Dundas know the walking trails at Two Creeks Forest Conservation are just one of the many excellent locations to enjoy a peaceful stroll along nature's doorstep. The four-season access to this location is a bonus and the trails are consistently in great shape. This attraction is excellent to view and photograph the annual fall colors and only steps off the beaten path exceptional natural finds can be found.
The Two Creeks tourist attraction is located between Morrisburg and Iroquois, along Hwy. #2, with quick access to either community or to the scenic tour along Lakeshore Drive. One of South Dundas' most colourful points of interest . . .
Friday, Oct. 15th - The Canadian Club of Morrisburg and District, a group of people from various communities who meet regularly for dinner and to enjoy speakers articulate on issues of local, national, or international importance, opens their annual program welcoming monthly guests on Wednesday, Oct. 20th, when Bert Cunningham, owner and operator of the Dorian Bay Model Ship Museum takes the podium.
The evening is scheduled to open with a 'Meet and Greet' at the Morrisburg Legion at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. All guests are requested to follow Covid protocols, including proof of double vaccinations and identification. Tickets for the evening are available from Clara Edwardson at 613-774-2407, Steven Caza 1-613-989-5348, or Muriel Carruthers 343-543-2564.
Wednesday, Oct. 13th - Representatives of the Iroquois-Matilda Lions wrapped up the final details of their Thanksgiving Food Drive by presenting a cheque to Community Food Share. A total of $1,255.80 was donated during the two day event, along with over a thousand pounds of food. Making the presentation were Lion David Horne (centre left) and Lions Club president Carol Thompson. Accepting the cheque are Jane Schoones, Food Share Administrator, (left), and Jim Millard, a member of the Food Share Board.
Compiled from the desk of MPP Jim McDonell
Friday, Oct. 15th - Our province-wide success at reducing the number of COVID-19 cases while increasing vaccination rates allows the Ontario Government to take the cautious, measured steps required to reopen Ontario. There is no defined path laid out to successfully reach the desired outcome of any open economy, with reasonable and acceptable health impacts. Our Chief Medical Officer of Health, along with our expert panel, reviews data from around the globe to evaluate the results of various options taken, including action plans that lift capacity limits in select indoor and outdoor settings. As a result, our Government now allows more fully vaccinated Ontario residents to enjoy indoor sporting and entertainment activities, such as cinemas, concerts, and professional sporting events. We continue to maintain capacity limits in restaurants and gyms where face coverings need to be removed, and physical distancing is hard to maintain. As vaccination rates slowly increase, we will look to open additional venues while closely monitoring any changes in active cases and the impact on our health facilities. We are trying to avoid the negative results inflicted on many jurisdictions that attempted to reopen too quickly, only to have to return to tighter measures to bring the pandemic under control. Data around the world clearly shows that it is a difficult balancing act between relaxing restrictions and containing the resulting health impacts to a manageable level that our limited health care system can accommodate.
Locally, our vaccination rates in the city have been lower than the provincial average and that of the surrounding rural area, causing a high infection rate that is five times the provincial average. This has resulted in increased hospital and ICU admissions and a concerning number of hospital staff contracting the virus. These beds are essential as many people need surgery every day, and postponing their urgent medical treatment would not be necessary if fewer COVID-19 patients were occupying them. All this highlights the importance of getting fully vaccinated and the increased options for a faster return to an open society. If you have not gotten your shots, check for our local vaccination clinics and participating pharmacy locations at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's website at www.EOHU.ca or call 1-800-267-7120. Please ensure that you have proof of vaccination and photo ID before entering any non-essential indoor settings. You can obtain your proof of vaccination certificate at a Service Ontario centre by calling 1-833-943-3900 or downloading it at https://covid19.ontariohealth.ca/. The online enhanced certificate is now available Friday, October 15 over three days based on birth month. It will have an official QR code and the free, made-in Ontario verification app, Verify Ontario, is available for download from the COVID-19 vaccination portal. As of October 18 at 6 a.m., the portal will open for any individual to download their enhanced vaccine certificate.
One of the essential tools for our recovery is to ensure our health-care system is sufficiently staffed by health and medical professionals. We took a key step to fulfilling this objective when we welcomed this fall the first cohort to St. Lawrence College’s independent Bachelor of Nursing program. I look forward to hearing the success stories for these students in the near future.
I am pleased to see that proceeds of crime, seized from criminals, are being channelled back to help assist residents. This week, the Government announced that Akwesasne is receiving $100,000 to set up a legal clinic pilot project. This clinic will address the hesitancy that Indigenous people sometimes face when they require legal assistance outside of their community.
With the beautiful fall weather upon us, I encourage everyone to embrace a new government program to encourage Ontarians to rediscover our beautiful province. The Destination Ontario campaign will run until November 4, 2021. It will promote information and links found on social media through the hashtag #RediscoverON and help our many attractions and events operators rebound from the pandemic.
As always, stay safe and get vaccinated if you have not done so.
Upper Canada Playhouse opened its doors on Tuesday, Sept. 7th for the first time in 20 months and audiences embraced it enthusiastically. The first show of their Fall Season, Johnny & June, sold out and their second show, the new Norm Foster comedy "Old Love", is already filling up its 5 ½ week run, Thursday, Sept. 23rd thru Saturday, Oct. 30th. Sales are so brisk that The Playhouse has added nine additional performances to the show.
"Our re-opening has been amazing," points out Artistic Director Donnie Bowes. "Not only have people been enjoying the shows, but they’ve also expressed their appreciation for all the COVID protocols we’ve put in place and how safe they feel attending our live shows again."
The theatre has now shifted gears from a Johnny Cash concert to a comedy from Canada’s favourite playwright. Old Love is the story of one man’s obsession. For 25 years, Bud has loved Molly from afar. Molly, too, has been waiting but she just doesn’t know it. Now he’s recently divorced and she’s newly-widowed. At her husband’s funeral, Bud sees his chance to win her at last and emerges to pay his respects, leading to a re-awakening of forgotten emotions. It’s a story of romance, courtship and relationships between older adults.
Filled with humour and heart, this sparkling Foster comedy is driven by hilarious situations, witty dialogue and unforgettable characters and poses the age-old question about whether or not it’s ever too late to start again. Directed by Jesse Collins, the play stars Melanie Janzen and Brian Young who, in addition to playing Molly and Bud, also bring a variety of the play’s other characters to life.
Collins, who has directed a host of Playhouse hits such as The Ladies Foursome, Halfway There and The Affections of May, is an Emmy-nominated director with decades of directing and acting experience in stage, tv and film. Janzen is a veteran performer with extensive stage credits from the Stratford and Shaw Festivals to the North American tour of the musical Showboat. She has also appeared in such Playhouse productions as Wife Begins at Forty, Here on the Flightpath, There Goes The Bride and Halfway There. Young is also no stranger to Playhouse audiences from his performances in such hit shows as Boeing, Boeing, The Affections of May, Miracle on 34th Street and Last of the Red Hot Lovers.
Old Love plays till Saturday, Oct. 30th, with matinee and evening performances Tuesday through Sunday. The season continues into November with Sweet Dreams: The Music of Patsy Cline and Lucien in Trumpland and concludes in December with the new Leisa Way concert Rockin’ Round the Christmas Tree.
Due to social distancing a limited number of seats are available by contacting the
Box Office at 613-543-3713 or 1-877-550-3650.
Contact Upper Canada Playhouse @ https://uppercanadaplayhouse.com for more details . . .
The Municipality of South Dundas has announced the third annual Awards of Excellence Program. Nominations for the awards will open on September 9, 2021 with a
deadline for entry of September 30, 2021. The award winners will be selected and announced later this year.
The Municipality of South Dundas Awards of Excellence recognize and celebrate growth and success in the Municipality. These Awards shine a spotlight on success stories of local businesses and individuals who are contributing to the growth of the South Dundas community.
The eight award categories include: Agricultural Leadership Award, Business of the Year Award, Community Builder Award, Green Award, Innovation Award, New Business Award, Tourism Award and Young Professional Award. Nomination forms and more information can be found on the Municipality’s website.
Everyone is encouraged to nominate a business, organization or individual who they feel is deserving of this recognition. Self-nominations will be accepted.
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