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Good morning South Dundas . . .

Dropping anchor for a quiet evening . . .


Spaghetti, tomatoes & anchovy butter . . .

        Here is an easy, delicious pasta meal that can stand alone or be included as a very supportive side. We serve 200 grams of pasta for two mains, and half this recipe, which turns out as plenty at our dinner table.

Directions: Heat 4 tbsp. unsalted butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Cook 2 (large = 6 to 8 from tinned variety) anchovy fillets and 4 thinly sliced garlic cloves until anchovies are broken down and garlic is soft - 4 to 6 minutes. Add 2 lbs. quartered and seeded medium sized (sweet) tomatoes, season with salt and pepper and continue cooking until ingredients are broken down - 8 to 12 minutes.

        Prepare 1/2 lb. spaghetti, drain and reserve 1/2 cup cooking liquid. Toss pasta in skillet with tomato anchovy mixture, continue tossing until pasta is well coated. Add chopped parsley and chives and serve with garlic toast and a good Chianti . . . .


Counties Warden, South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost faces Child Luring charges . . .

Thursday, June 10th - Following an extensive investigation by the Ontario Provincial Police, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Warden and South Glengarry Mayor Frank Prevost has been charged with multiple child luring offences and sexual assault.

        Mayor Prevost was arrested on June 8 after an online undercover operation by the OPP, the Child Sexual Exploitation Unit, SD&G and Grenville County OPP detachments, and OPP Digital Forensics investigators.

He faces three counts of Luring a Child, and has also been charged with Sexual Assault following a separate investigation that involved an adult victim.

        The Mayor is his second term as Warden of the United Counties and has been involved in municipal politics for more than 20 years. A facebook page including his name and photo offers "Honesty, integrity, action... South Glengarry is a striving municipality and one I am truly proud to serve. Follow this page for community updates and information."

        Prevost was most recently listed as a sales representative with Century 21 Shield Realty Ltd. in Cornwall.

        The OPP is experiencing an increase investigations concerning online offender behaviour by those persons intent on the sexual exploitation of children. As a result, members of OPP CSEU are actively conducting proactive online luring investigations to aggressively target these offenders.        

  Parents are urged to take a proactive approach to protect their children from online sexual exploitation by speaking with them regarding Internet safety. Resources to assist parent/child discussions are at www.cybertip.ca.

  Anyone with information regarding this investigation, or if you have information regarding Internet child exploitation, please contact the Ontario Provincial Police. Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stoppers at (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477.


OPP busy policing impaired driving . . .

Saturday, June 12th - The SD&G Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has presented four Impaired Driving charges in three days, highlighting a growing danger involving all residents of the community. Estimates indicate between 1,250 and 1,500 people are killed and more than 63,000 are injured each year in Canada in impairment-related crashes. Yet Drunk Driving, which is Canada's deadliest crime, is one of the most lightly punished according to driving.ca (https://driving.ca/auto-news/news/drunk-driving-is-canadas-deadliest-crime-and-one-of-our-most-lightly-punished). 

South Dundas, ON - On June 9, 2021, shortly after 11:00 a.m Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officer responded to a traffic complaint on Highway 401, South Dundas Township. The vehicle was located on the off ramp of the Iroquois exit (mm737).  Investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of a drug and the passenger was breaching previous release conditions.

Lauren PHILLIPS, aged 31, from Akwesasne, Ontario was arrested and charged with;

    •  Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs - Criminal Code (CC) - sec.320.14(1)(a)

    •  Possession of a controlled substance- CDSA 4(1)- two counts

    •  Fail to comply with conditions of a release order CC - 145(5)(a)- two counts

    •  Drive motor vehicle - no licence - Highway Traffic Act - 32(1)

Alyssa PRINTUP, aged 31, Central Hastings, Ontario was arrested and charged with;

    •  Fail to comply with conditions of a release order- CC 145(5)(a)- three counts

            Both accused were released from custody and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on the August 31, 2021.

North Dundas, ON - On June 10, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officer intercepted a motor vehicle following a noise complaint on Queen Street, North Dundas Township.

Investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Tyler FOX, aged 26, from North Dundas, Ontario was arrested and charged with;

    •  Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs - Criminal Code (CC) - sec.320.14(1)(a)

    •  Operation while impaired - over 80 sec.320.14(1)(b)

            The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on the August 31, 2021.

North Glengarry, ON - On June 11, 2021, shortly before 5:00 .m, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officer responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Dalkeith Road, North Glengarry Township.

Investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Andrew VALLIERES, aged 56, from North Glengarry, Ontario was arrested and charged with;

    •  Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs - Criminal Code (CC) - sec.320.14(1)(a)

    •  Operation while impaired -CC- over 80 sec.320.14(1)(b)

    •  Fail to comply with conditions of a release order -CC sec.-145(5)(a)

    •  Fail to comply with conditions of a recognizance - CC- sec. 811

            The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria on the August 31, 2021.

South Stormont, ON - On June 11, 2021, shortly after 2:00 p.m, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officer intercepted a motor vehicle following a traffic complaint on Thorold Lane, South Stormont Township.

Investigation revealed that the driver was under the influence of alcohol. The drive also became combative and resisted arrest.

Deborah STANLEY, aged 55, from South Stormont, Ontario was arrested and charged with;

    •  Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs - Criminal Code (CC) - sec.320.14(1)(a)

    •  Operation while impaired - over 80 sec.320.14(1)(b)

    •  Resist Peace officer - CC Sec. 129(a)

            The accused was released from custody and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on the July 27, 2021.

            OPP remind the public that a 90 day automatic drivers licence suspension and a seven day impoundment of  vehicles accompanies any impaired driving charge. The SD&G OPP remains committed to reducing impaired driving. If you suspect a driver is impaired call 911. You could be responsible for saving a life.

            If you plan on consuming alcohol or drugs, make a plan for afterwards. Call a friend, a taxi or stay the night, don't take the risk!!  Anyone having information on the above incidents or any other crime is asked to call SD&G OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS(8477).

                                        - More OPP news here . . .


New act includes tools to raise awareness, better protect victims . . .

The Fight Against Human Trafficking . . .

Thursday, June 3rd - The Ontario government passed new legislation, and amendments to existing legislation, to build on the province’s $307-million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy. The Combating Human Trafficking Act, 2021 reinforces Ontario’s commitment to fight human trafficking.

        “Our government is taking further action to fight the deplorable crime of human trafficking,” said Ontario Premier Doug Ford. “This legislation will help to protect victims, support survivors and ensure offenders are held accountable and punished to the full extent of the law.”

        The new legislation includes two new acts – the Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy Act, 2021 and the Accommodation Sector Registration of Guests Act, 2021 – as well as amendments to the Child, Youth and Family Services Act, 2017 and the Prevention of and Remedies for Human Trafficking Act, 2017. These acts build on the government’s response to combat human trafficking by:

    •  Increasing awareness of the issue, supporting a long-term provincial response and emphasizing that all Ontarians have a

            role to play in combatting human trafficking;

    •  Supporting more survivors and the people who support them in obtaining restraining orders against traffickers, with

            specific consideration for Indigenous survivors;

    •  Strengthening the ability of children’s aid societies and law enforcement to protect exploited children;

    •  Increasing penalties for persons, including traffickers, who interfere with a child in the care of a children’s aid society; 

    •  Clarifying how and when police services can access information from hotel guest registers to help deter trafficking and

            identify and locate victims, while establishing the power to include other types of accommodation providers, such as

            short-term rental companies.

        The Combating Human Trafficking Act also requires companies that advertise sexual services to have a dedicated contact to support investigations into suspected human trafficking.

        “This ground-breaking legislation makes Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada required to maintain an anti-human trafficking strategy, ensuring that combating this crime remains a priority into the future,” said Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues.

        “Developed with input from survivors and those working on the frontlines, this legislation also provides important new tools to support survivors and better protect children and youth, demonstrating once again our government’s strong and unwavering commitment to fighting this crime and keeping the people of Ontario safe.”

        “Fighting human trafficking takes cooperation and collaboration across sectors and with our industry partners. These legislative changes will have a significant impact and will help to deter human trafficking in the hospitality sector.” added Lisa MacLeod, Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.


Masonry scam active in SD&G area . . .

Friday, June 11th - SD&G OPP are continuing to investigate after receiving several calls for service with regards to a business owner in the SD&G area that has been suspected of defrauding victims of deposit money for masonry service.

         As a result of the initial complaint in SD&G, the investigation into this incident led to the identification of several separate victims. The complaints were in relation to deposits made for masonry construction at homes that were never built or started and not completed.

         The SD&G OPP are asking the public to contact them if they have recently entered into a contract with a local masonry company in the SD&G or Cornwall area with a similar complaint. Please call 1-888-310-1122 to speak with investigator PC Turcotte.

        Anyone having information on the above incidents or any other 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 send a TIP online at www.seawayvalleycrimestoppers.ca


Water towers under repair and repaint . . .

South Dundas' water towers in both Morrisburg and Iroquois are under repair and complete refinishing and should soon be unveiled emblazoned with the municipal logo on their dome. JDCMI of Cambridge, Ontario is carrying out the work on the dual project and have too been employed by South Stormont for the same task in Ingleside. All three of the water towers were constructed at the time of the Seaway development and all three were deemed in urgent need of updating.


Get ready for a safe and gradual lifting of Public Health measures . . .

- photo, The Star
- photo, The Star

Ontario initiates opening June 11th . . .

Tuesday, June 8th - Based on the province-wide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators the province of Ontario is moving into a reopening on Friday, June 11, 2021.

“Thanks to the ongoing success of Team Ontario’s vaccine rollout we are able to safely and cautiously lift restrictions,” said Premier Doug Ford.

        In order to safely re-open Ontario had decided they needed to have vaccinated 60 per cent of adults with at least one dose for two weeks or longer, ensuring the first dose offers a strong level of protection against COVID-19. As of June 6, 2021 at 8:00 p.m., 72 per cent of the 18+ population in Ontario had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine with over 10 million doses now having been administered.

        Ontario’s situation is currently exceeding the best-case scenario presented in recent modelling, which indicated the province would reach below 1,000 new daily infections by June 30, 2021. 

        Ontario's Step One in the Roadmap focuses on the resumption of more outdoor activities where risk of transmission is lower. It will also permit limited indoor settings to be open. Indoor religious services, rites and ceremonies, including wedding and funeral services will be limited to 15 per cent capacity.

Step One of the Roadmap to Reopen includes:

    •  Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 10 people;

    •  Outdoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services, capped at the number

                of people that can maintain a physical distance of two metres;

    •  Indoor religious services, rites, or ceremonies, including wedding services and funeral services permitted at up to 15 per

                cent capacity of the particular room;

    •  Non-essential retail permitted at 15 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;

    •  Essential and other select retail permitted at 25 per cent capacity, with no restrictions on the goods that can be sold;

    •  Outdoor dining with up to four people per table, with exceptions for larger households;

    •  Outdoor fitness classes, outdoor groups in personal training and outdoor individual/team sport training to be permitted

                with up to 10 people, among other restrictions;

    •  Day camps for children permitted to operate in a manner consistent with the safety guidelines for COVID-19 produced by

                the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health;

    •  Overnight camping at campgrounds and campsites, including Ontario Parks, and short-term rentals;

    •  Concert venues, theatres and cinemas may open outdoors for the purpose of rehearsing or performing a recorded or

                broadcasted concert, artistic event, theatrical performance or other performance with no more than 10 performers,

                among other restrictions;

    •  Outdoor horse racing tracks and motor speedways permitted to operate without spectators; and

    •  Outdoor attractions such as zoos, landmarks, historic sites, botanical gardens with capacity and other restrictions.

        In addition school boards for public and private elementary and high schools may invite students back for brief outdoor end-of-year celebration. Any in-person school year celebrations will need to meet specific requirements.

The province will remain in Step One for at least 21 days. If at the end of the 21 days the province has vaccinated 70 per cent of adults with one dose and 20 per cent of adults with two doses and there are continued improvements in other key public health and health system indicators, Ontario will move into round two of opening for business.

        “While we have reached a point where we can safely move ahead,” said Dr. David Williams, Chief Medical Officer of Health. “We must all remain vigilant, as the fight against COVID-19 is not over.”


South Dundas enjoys construction boom . . .

Tuesday, June 8th - The municipality of South Dundas is enjoying a building boom, including the new infrastructure for water and sewer in the Dutch Meadows development at the north-west corner of Morrisburg. Dave Brown Construction is making the installation while close to a dozen properties along Lakeshore Drive are in the midst of construction. Real estate professionals holding a long list of names seeking property in and around the community say there is very little available and houses that do come on the market are turned over in record time. 


Lions fundraising as restrictions ease . . .

        The Iroquois-Matilda Lions are back to fundraising for all of the needy causes in their community and members spent last weekend re-introducing their commitment to South Dundas by setting up in front of Iroquois' Foodland grocery. They were hawking tickets for various draws, a Chicken Barbecue, gathering food and donations for Community Food Share and glad-handing friends and neighbours.

       In the above photo Iroquois-Matilda Lions members, left to right, Christine Hartle, Dave Hartle, Evonne Delegarde, Steve Wilson and Nancy Barkley were captured operating the afternoon's activities. 

        "The Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club is overwhelmed with the success of this event, and will definitely put it on our radar for 2022," pointed out event lead Evonne Delegarde, "Information provided by Food Banks Canada is $2.62 per pound for conversion of food donations. Our grand total then becomes $2,654.50 ($1137.08 food donations + $1507.42 monetary donations + $10.00 Foodland gift certificate)."

        South Dundas residents are fortunate to have the support of two Lions Clubs backing various causes in their area. The Morrisburg Lions operates the popular Docksyde at the Morrisburg Public Dock. The two clubs also get together on various projects including the annual Senior's Christmas Party.


Champions for Kids surpassed $2 million . . .

Tuesday, June 8th - The Executive Committee for the UCDSB Champions for Kids Foundation (C4K) is proud and thankful to announce that the foundation has now surpassed $2 million in funding since its inception in 2008. 

“This is a wonderful milestone for the foundation, and it speaks volumes about the generosity of our staff and our community,” says C4K President Casey Nelson.  

        The C4K Foundation supports Upper Canada District School Board students by helping them take part in sporting activities, music lessons or other opportunities in our communities so they can thrive beyond school walls. The foundation also helps families who are struggling with basic needs due to unforeseen circumstances.  

        The C4K Foundation receives funding in three ways: directly from UCDSB employees through voluntary payroll dedications for those who wish to support the foundation, donations from community members or businesses, and proceeds from C4K fundraising events. 

        The foundation’s largest event is the annual golf tournament that is typically held each July. Last year this event had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it has once again been put on hold this year. However, even without this event, the C4K Foundation remains stable and committed to helping students.  

        “This has been a very difficult year for many of our students and families. We are grateful that our foundation has been able to carry on and support families in need. We want UCDSB students to thrive inside the classroom and also enjoy activities within their community. Without this foundation, that wouldn’t be possible for many of our students,” says Nelson. 

In the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the foundation dispersed $86,500 which helped to support approximately 300 students and families. To date this school year, the foundation has dispersed more than $30,000 and supported just over 100 students and families. The foundation will continue to disperse funds until the end of the school year. 


St. Lawrence Parks reopening sites Friday, June 11th . . .

Campgrounds, beaches and day-use areas set to open for 2021 season . . .

 

St. Lawrence Parks Commission press release

 

Tuesday, June 8th - As part of the Ontario government’s recent announcement that it will move the province into Step One of its Roadmap to Reopen, the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) is excited to welcome back guests to their favourite campgrounds, beaches, and day-use areas as of this Friday, June 11, 2021.

        Whether camping overnight or visiting for the day keeping our parks, public spaces and campgrounds safe is a

collective responsibility. As we embark on a new season, SLPC staff will be relying on

the cooperation of guests to adhere to physical distancing and onsite guidelines.

 

Planned Reopening Timeline June 11th the following will be open:

  •  All campgrounds will be open to transient campers:

  •  McLaren Campground

  •  Riverside Cedar Campground

  •  Glengarry Park Campground

  •  Farran Park Campground

  •  Woodlands Campground

  •  Mille Roches Campground

  •  Upper Canada Migratory Bird Sanctuary/ Nairne/ Morrison Island

  •  Riverside-Cedar Campground

  •  Brown's Bay Campground

  •  Ivy Lea Campground

  •  Crysler Park Marina Camping Area

  •  All beaches will be open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) from 9am-9pm with restrictions on picnic tables

        - (one picnic table per group and 6 feet apart).

  •  Glengarry Beach

  •  Mille Roches Beach

  •  Woodlands Beach

  •  Farran Park Beach

  •  Crysler Beach

  •  Brown’s Bay Beach

  •  As of June 28th, all beaches will be open 7 days a week.

 

Available for 2021 season:

  •  Washrooms, Showers, Laundry facilities, Playgrounds/play structures and sports fields, Beaches, Shoreline activities, Picnic shelters, Barbeque areas, Roofed accommodations, Internal campground dock slips, Day-use areas along the Long Sault Parkway, Boat launches along the Long Sault Parkway, Nature trails along the Long Sault Parkway.



FREE Beer for a Year on the Iroquois-Matilda Lions! . . .

Lions holding raffle fundraiser over Covid . . .

        The biggest thing to happen in South Dundas this spring! The Iroquois-Matilda Lions are holding a raffle to raise funds for their ongoing community initiatives. This fund raiser is a new one for the organization.

        Facing tough times these days to raise funds the Iroquois-Matilda Lions thought it was time to have some fun, some draw ticket sales, a number of attractive prizes, and continued support for a wide variety of causes!

        The Grand Prize in this draw is $1,300.00 in LCBO Gift Certificates,  enough to pick up a 12 pack of beer every week for a full year. Or you can use the LCBO Gift Certificates at the Iroquois outlet for spirits of your choice; or give them to your family as gifts! And that's not all! Should you not find the LCBO an outlet of choice the Lions will provide $1,300.00 in Iroquois Foodland Gift Certificates.

        The 2nd Prize is a $250 Value,  50 frozen half chickens. Yes,  those famous lip-smacking birds the Lions use at their BBQs!

        And 3rd Prize is a  $100 Value,  20 frozen half chickens, same ones as above, just not as many in this prize package! 

The draw will be held on Saturday, Sept. 4th, 2021, @ noon at Mustards Variety in the Iroquois Plaza. Tickets are $5 each and are available from any Iroquois-Matilda Lions Club member or at Mustards Variety;  River Rat Treasures; Brinston General Store; the Morrisburg Building Centre.

        Supporting the Lions Club is supporting the community, so please,  make sure you pick up a ticket for this fundraiser.





Kin Club's Catch the Ace nears $300,000 . . .

It’s Back!  Catch the Ace of Spades and win big. . .

        It’s been a long wait.  The Kin Club of Russell’s Catch the Ace fundraiser is back. And those who bought tickets way back in April will finally get to play again with the next draw set for this Sunday.

        “Due to the provincial lockdown, the draws were suspended to keep everyone safe and at home,” explains Cindy Ault Peters, the Foundation’s Manager of Direct Mail and Events. “Even without draws, the excitement has been building. The WDMH Foundation is grateful to the Kin Club of Russell for the support of the WDMH Foundation’s General Equipment Fund, as well as other charities in our region.”

        There are now only a few envelopes left and the estimated jackpot for the June 13th, 2021 draw is over $365,000.00 . The next weekly win will be more than $20,000. The next draw is scheduled for this Sunday at 3:15 pm in Russell.  To date, the Kin Club of Russell has raised $250,000 to give back to local charities, including the WDMH Foundation.

        Tickets will be on sale online at https://kinclubofrussell.ca/catch-the-ace-tickets/.  Be sure to choose WDMHF as your charity of choice.  Tickets can also be purchased at Winchester Foodland, Loughlin’s Country Store, and Brinston General Store. 

        For full details, ongoing updates, and rules of play, visit www.kinclubofrussell.ca