OPP, RCMP, CAFC raising awareness . . .

Huge increase in grandparent scams . . .

Thursday, Feb. 2nd - The Ontario Provincial Police, Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and Royal Canadian Mounted Police are launching a fraud prevention campaign, February 6th to 10th, 2023, to raise awareness about the significant increase in emergency-grandparent scams targeting Canadian seniors. 

        In 2022, the CAFC received fraud reports totalling a staggering $530 million in victim losses, close to a 40 per cent increase from the 2021 unprecedented $380 million in losses.

        Fraudsters target anyone and everyone, particularly the vulnerable and seniors. In 2022, more than $9.2 million was reported lost to emergency scams, according to the CAFC. The amount was a drastic increase from $2.4 million in 2021.



        Reports from residents indicate the five provinces impacted in 2022 were:

          •  Ontario - over $5.4 million in reported losses;

          •  Alberta - over $1.1 million in reported losses;

          •  Quebec - over $732,000 in reported losses;

          •  British Columbia - over $322,000 in reported losses;

          •  Manitoba - over $313,000 in reported losses.

        Estimates show only 5-10 per cent of victims report scams and fraud to the CAFC or law enforcement.


"Fraudsters prey on our emotions and our caring nature. By falsely claiming to be a loved one in trouble,

scammers exploit our fears and defraud our seniors out of thousands of dollars everyday across this province.

I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to educate themselves and the seniors in their family about

grandparent scams. The best protection against this type of fraud is awareness and education." says Dominic Chong, Detective Superintendent, Director of Financial Crime Services, Anti-Rackets Branch & Serious Fraud Office, OPP.


What is an emergency scam?

        Emergency scams, including variations called "grandparent scams", use urgency and the manipulation of emotions to extort money from victims. In these scams, fraudsters cold call seniors, on landline phones, claiming to be a grandchild, family member, law enforcement officer or lawyer calling on behalf of their loved one. The scammer will say the person's loved one was involved in an emergency situation, such as a collision, charged by law enforcement, legal peril, being sick or injured, etc. The scammer then demands the senior provide payment immediately for supposed bail, legal fees, fines or other amounts "owed" to stop the family member from going to jail or to get them released from custody. This is a scam!!!

        The fraudsters isolate the victims by informing them there is a court-imposed gag order, and they're forbidden from discussing the matter. The victims are directed to attend their financial institution to withdraw the requested amount in cash. The fraudsters will then send someone to pick it up from the victim's home or have the victim send the money via courier services. There have also been reports of victims paying with cryptocurrency.

        Everyone can take part and be active in fight to eliminate scammers. Join the RCMP, CAFC and OPP in raising awareness Monday, Feb. 6th thru Friday, Feb. 10th, 2023. The partners will be posting social media tips, bulletins, and various other resources.

        On Tuesday, Feb. 7th, 2023 at 1:00pm EST the OPP and CAFC will be hosting a live chat to discuss emergency-grandparent scams alongside an attempted victim who will share their experience. Everyone can view this live chat on the OPP's Twitter and Facebook pages.


"Fraudsters can be very convincing, whether using advanced techniques with new technology or going

back to basics with just a script and a phone. While law enforcement and partners continue to

work together to investigate and stop these criminals, we ask for the public's help in connecting

with the seniors in their lives, warning them about these scams and encouraging them to report any incidents.

This one conversation could be life changing." points out Chris Lynam, Director General,

Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre and National Cybercrime Coordination Centre


        Should you fall victim to a fraud or know someone who has, contact your local police service to report the crime and also report it to the CAFC at 1-888-495-8501 or online on the Fraud Reporting System, even if a financial loss did not occur. If you know a senior or have an elderly family member, please reach out to them and have a conversation on what to do if they get a phone call like this and consider coming up with a code word.

Young hockey players are Good Deed ambassadors . . .

Demons assist Naomi's Resource Centre . . .

Front row: Emmett Lemire, Luka Drouin-Geurts, Karson Smith, Wyatt Patterson, Kai Morrow, Tylor Dunham,

Reid Rankin, Cooper Smith, Rowan McCooeye. Back row: Donovan Shaver, Jordan Elliott,

Merrick Crawford,  Ben Drew, Luke LaRussa,  Cole Jones, Owen Conlin, Norah Nyaba . . . 


Wednesday, Feb. 1st - The Upper Canada Minor Hockey League U-15 Rep Division's most high scoring team, the North Dundas Demons, are not only winning on the ice. This squad of talented players are winning throughout their community. As January's schedule wound down these young people were busy with a food drive working in their spare time to help out Naomi's Family Resource Centre in Winchester.

        In a note to the group Renee Moores, Interim Executive Director said, "Tonight, I am so delighted to share the U15 Rep North Dundas Demons team raised 600 pounds of food for the Women's VAW shelter.  What a success!

        "On behalf of Naomi's, we are truly grateful to every player and team member for thinking of us and this extremely generous donation.  Coach Brian is very thoughtful. The community support for Naomi's is so kind and the quantity of food is overwhelming. We feel very fortunate."

        Fortunate indeed are the communities benefitting from these young ambassadors with players made up of the top U15 talent from both North and South Dundas. This was the second event the Demons stepped up to support this season. Earlier in the year the team accepted backing the 'Good Deed' of organizing a Blanket Drive for the South Dundas Animal Shelter which too was reportedly a resounding success.

MP Duncan calling out 'uncaring Liberals' . . .

Unannounced, major excessive strain on social services, public health, education . . .

Wednesday, Feb. 1st - Eric Duncan, Member of Parliament for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry released the following statement regarding recent developments on the new Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada processing centre in Cornwall. 

        “Over the last few months, a temporary IRCC asylum claimant processing centre has been located at the DEV Centre in Cornwall. As imagined, this created a sudden and major strain on local social services, education and public health services, and multiple not-for-profit organizations. 


        “Last week, rumours began circulating that a significant expansion of the processing capacity and timeline extension was underway. Through rumours, and not from the Government of Canada, we learned that a major hotel venue, the Ramada Inn on Brookdale Avenue, had been sold to a company with a contract to expand and extend the processing centre and volume in Cornwall indefinitely. 

        “This latest processing centre was established without notice, without consultation, and without securing the resources required to assist asylum claimants integrate into our community and succeed. 

        “Once again, Cornwall has been left to deal with the consequences of this federal Liberal government’s incompetence and mismanagement. We are hearing from couples whose wedding receptions and hotel rooms have been cancelled. We are also hearing from countless burnt-out frontline staff who are struggling to cope with this massive increase in case volume without notice or any additional resources. 

        “Simply put: Justin Trudeau and this Liberal government’s reckless, uncoordinated and uncompassionate approach is setting these asylum claimants up to fail. 

        “SDG ACFO’s Carrefour Immigration Crossroads Initiative, a local not-for-profit organization previously coordinated support services and provided information for those being hosted at the processing centres. Without justification or notice, IRCC cut off their funding, and we are now back to square one - total and complete chaos. 

        “Proper consultation with all community partners, like Social Services, School Boards, CBSA, Public Health, and community support agencies would have ensured the availability of adequate resources and would have been an overdue but welcomed gesture of good faith from this federal government to our community. 

        “Sadly, for the last 8 years, this Liberal government has developed a pattern of disrespecting and disregarding the City of Cornwall and local officials, and this is just the latest example. 

        “Whether it was the chaos and lack of communication around the cruise ship quarantine at the NAV Centre during the beginning of the pandemic, zero progress or resolution to the Transport Canada surplus waterfront lands or addressing our water levels in the St. Lawrence River, Liberal Ministers have refused to communicate basic and necessary information to local leaders or the public in a timely manner. 

        “Now, with the opening of a massive IRCC asylum claimant processing centre in Cornwall, a city that is not properly equipped to manage such a significant influx in demand on social and health services, it is clear that this Liberal government simply does not care about Cornwall, our region, or our people. 

        “Today, I am calling on Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to immediately provide local officials and community partners with a comprehensive operational plan for this new asylum claimant processing centre, and to commit to adequately funding the resources required in Cornwall to cope with this massive surge in demand on local services. 

        “Anything less is unacceptable.” 

Only 150 tickets available for signature fund-raising event  . . .

Empty Bowls returns Saturday, Feb. 11th . . .

Tuesday, Jan. 31st - Community Food Share’s signature fund-raising event, Empty Bowls is back and the 5th-Annual Event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 11th, noon thru 2:00 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Williamsburg. 


        Only 150 tickets are available for this edition of Empty Bowls at $45 for a handcrafted bowl or $25 for a hall bowl.

        The event's menu includes a lunch comprised of soup, bread and refreshments. The ceramic soup bowls have been individually created and donated by over a dozen potters from our community. Musical entertainment will be provided  by Claude Plamondon.  A silent auction has been added to the program, including two tickets for a Senators hockey game, two concert tickets to see Journey and a one-night stay at the Lord Elgin Hotel. 

        Tickets for Empty Bowls 2023 are on sale through Community Food Share's website or for cash at the following area businesses: CornerStone Convenience Store (Finch), Mustard’s Variety (Iroquois), Seaway Valley Pharmacy (Morrisburg), Sandy Row (South Mountain), Sherry’s (Williamsburg), Iron Forge (Winchester), and at Maker’s Hub (Winchester) 

Rockin' the Playhouse Stage presents top selections for Wild Weekend, Great Music . . .

Monday, Jan. 30th - Glory Days!, the blockbuster live concert of hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, returns to Upper Canada Playhouse for a limited "4-show weekend engagement", Friday, Feb. 17th thru Sunday, Feb. 19th after selling out its original run in 2019.

        Back by popular demand, the concert is a tribute to not only Bruce Springstein, but to all of those legendary artists who got their start at California’s famous Troubadour Club. This presentation features the music that made those artists famous and has endured to this day.

        Audiences are treated to one hit after another as three terrific vocalists, backed by a dynamite live band, perform a cavalcade of hits from Springstein, The Eagles, Elton John, Neil Diamond, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Rod Stewart, Billy Joe, Carole King, Carly Simon, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac, Gordon Lightfoot, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and more. 

        "Our concerts are the real deal," explains Artistic Director Donnie Bowes, adding, "They’re performed by some of the finest musicians in the country and not only cover an extraordinary number of hits by legendary artists, but also gives interesting back stories of how they came about. Attendees really get their money’s worth!"  

        The Playhouse produces new concerts every season. The Artistic director continues, "These shows, to no one's surprise, are often so popular we have bring them back for a limited run for all the folks who missed out the first time around and for those simply wanting to experience the show a second time. When Glory Days! first played here we had a waiting list. Now folks have another chance to catch this terrific show!"

        Glory Days! is created and directed by Chris McHarge who produced former Playhouse hits Blue Suede Shoes, Memories of the Summer of Love, Midnight Hour, Vegas Knights and most recently Rockin’ All Night. The show features vocalist and guitarist Willem Cowan who has opened for such acts as April Wine, Glass Tiger and David Wilcox. Cowan has also appeared in such musicals as West Side Story and the Music Man. Joining him is vocalist, composer and actor Stephen Ingram who is also on guitar and keyboard. Ingram has performed with Drayton Entertainment and London’s The Grand, is artist-in- residence at Theatre Aquarius and will appear at the Shaw Festival this season.

        Also on guitar and keyboard is vocalist Imogen Wasse, named Female Vocalist of the Year by Fanshawe College’s Music Industry Arts Program.

        The concert features a stellar band including Chris Dahmer who was house keyboardist at Lulu’s Roadhouse in Kitchener where he backed up international artists Chuck Barry, Ben R King and Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone. On guitars is John Kenny who has performed in theatres across the country and throughout the U.S., Matthew Lima on bass who has toured with The Western Swing Authority and artists such as Susan Aglukark who played for theatre productions with Drayton Entertainment. Joining the group is guitarist Peter Mueller who has backed such artists as Tom Cochrane, David Clayton Thomas, Buffy St. Marie, Anne Murray and Martina McBride. His theatre credits include Mamma Mia! and Tommy and he was also with the band of TV’s Canadian Idol for six seasons. On drums is David Peters who has toured with Carnival Cruise Lines and has shared the stage with Ashely MacIsaac and Jesse Cook.

        Glory Days! marks The Playhouse’s first show of the 2023 Season and like the timely and perfect anecdote is a great way to let the sensational music of the 60’s, 70’ and 80’s chase away the winter blues.

Glory Days! at Upper Canada Playhouse

Friday thru Sunday, Feb. 17th - 19th  • 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm performances

Tickets will move quickly!!! Book yours now @ 543-3713/877-550-3650

Lions maul Cougars in 7-5 victory . . .

Junior Lions net minder Austin Brooks takes one on the mask before getting a little help

from Connor Manderson and shutting down the Cougars John Mahoney

Saturday night at Morrisburg Arena . . .


Sunday, Feb. 29th - As the Morrisburg Junior Lions move into the final week of regular season scheduled home games the competition level moves to the boiling point. This coming weekend, Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4th and 5th, the Lions host the 5th-place St-Isidore Eagles on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and the 2nd-place North Dundas Rockets on Sunday at 2:15 p.m. With a bit of a break the following Friday, Feb. 1oth, the Lions visit Larry Robinson Arena in Metcalfe where they have an opportunity to take advantage of scoring opportunities against the league’s last place defence and goaltending records. And they are back into the thick of it on Saturday, Feb. 11th when the 7th-place Lions make the first of three away visits, against the 1st-place South Grenville Rangers in Cardinal on the 11th, then back to Chesterville to meet the 2nd-place Rockets on the 18th. The final game of their regular season returns to Cardinal on the 19th for the second meeting with the Rangers in a week.

        In their most recent meetings the Lions have posted a respectable 4-wins/5-losses, although two of the losses are against somewhat weaker competition.

        Last evening, Saturday, Jan. 28th, the Lions hosted the Vankleek Hill Cougars in one of their best outings of the season, not so much highlighted by the victory as it was by the team showcasing their ability to rise to the occasion and overcome a challenge.

        The Cougars jumped into a 2-0 lead in the opening period after owning a considerable portion of the play for 10 minutes. That prior to Keon Triccoli-Roik unloading for the home team's 1st-goal on a Dean Lapier set-up that included the initial pass from Ben Pilon. Max LaLiberté and Eric Skyba had provided the visitors with the lead, beating Lion’s net minder Austin Lebano in the opening 7-minutes. Coach Steve Iwachniuk pulled Lebano in favour of regular Andrew Brooks who continued through the remaining 50 minutes of action.

        Iwachniuk’s decision could hardly be question as the Lions went goal for goal through a high action middle period and outscored their opposition 4-1 in the closing 2o-minutes for a 7-5 victory.

        Leading the Lion’s attack in this game was Keon Triccoli-Roik with a 4-goal performance, Alex Bergeron with a goal and a pair of assists, Justice Brownlee supporting  3-successful scoring plays, Dean Lapier with one of each, Landon Sinfield with the winning goal and an assist, Connor Manderson with a pair of assists and single assists by Pilon and Josh Broad.

        The visitors Thomas Kely scored the Cougars only goal in the middle frame while Skyba with his second of the game and Broiden Easterbrouck added singles in the final period.

        Each of the team’s scored two power-play goals and the visiting Cougars outraced the Lions players to the penalty box on this occasion, netting 7-minor infractions, one fighting major and two 10-minute misconducts.


Westport unexpectedly tames Lions . .

        On Friday evening at Westport the visiting Lions suffered a loss to the home team Rideaus after going into the final period  holding a 5-4 lead. The Rideaus scored 3-unanswered goals in the closing 20-minutes.

        Kayne McCadden netted a pair of counters in this outing as did Keon Triccoli-Roik. Ryan Iwachniuk fired the single marker for the Lions.  Westport had a 3-goal performance from  Matthew Leaver with singles by Blake Demerah, Joel Brennan, Rowan Lahaise and Cole Smith.

OPP moves on numerous weekend calls . . .


Investigating break-in at Monkland . . .

North Stormont - Members of the Stormont Dundas and Glengarry Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police  are investigating a break and enter that occurred at a business in Monkland, North Stormont township.

        On January 28, 2023, shortly before 3:00 a.m., two people gained access to a business on Hwy 138 and removed a safe containing a large sum of money. Assistance is being sought from the public in identifying the persons of interest and the vehicle utilized. The involved vehicle is described as a silver Ford F-250, with a black pin strip spanning across the length of the vehicle.

        If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Long Sault OPP at 613-534-2223 or

OPP Communication Centre at 1-888-310-1122. Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call

Seaway Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.


Tuesday, Jan. 31st - The Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has charged a driver with impaired following a single vehicle collision.

         On January 21, 2023, shortly after 11:30 p.m., officers located a tractor trailer that had jackknifed on Gilmour Road in the South Dundas Township.  Further Investigation resulted in the uninjured driver being arrested.   

         Anmole Singh BANWAIT, 26-years-old, from Etobicoke, Ontario has been charged with:

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

          •  Operation while impaired - blood alcohol concentration (80 plus) CC 320.14(1)(b)

        The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Morrisburg on February 28, 2023.  


Charges laid in stolen vehicles investigation . . .

South Glengarry, ON - The SD&G Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has charged two drivers that were found in possession of a stolen vehicles. 

        On January 25, 2023, shortly after 8:30 a.m., officers observed two vehicles eastbound on Highway 401 in the SD&G counties. Investigation confirmed they were both reported as stolen vehicles.   

        Kevin PROULX, 22-years-old, from Montreal, Quebec was arrested and charged with:

          •  Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 - in Canada CC 354(1)(a)

          •  Fail to Comply with Probation Order CC 733.1(1)

          •  Failure to comply with release order - other than to attend court CC 145(5)(a)

        Dominick NARBONNE, 23-years-old also from Montreal, Quebec was charged with.

          •  Breach of Recognizance CC 811

          •  Possession Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000 - in Canada CC 354(1)(a)

        Both accused were remanded in custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall.


Missing person investigation . . .

Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry - The SD&G Detachment investigated a missing person report that led to criminal charges.

        On January 25, 2023, shortly after 4:30 p.m. officers responded to a report of a missing child in South Stormont Township.      

        The missing child was located safe and in good health by police.    

        A 29-year-old male from South Stormont township, Ontario was arrested and charged with:

          •  Disobeying Order of Court CC 127

          •  Failure or refusal to comply with demand CC 320.15(1)

          •  Operation while impaired - alcohol and drugs CC 320.14(1)(a)

          •  Operate a motor vehicle without insurance CAIA 2(1)(a)

        The accused is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Cornwall on March 28, 2023.  

Rangers ice annual hold on 1st-place . . .

The above file photo from the 2022 season captures an example of the high-speed crash-bang hockey

fans flock to attend when the South Grenville Rangers and the Morrisburg Lions

take over the ice surface at either's home arena on any given winter day . . .


Tuesday, Jan. 31st - Are Junior Hockey fans in our area in for a second consecutive year of a waterfront rivalry and exciting playoff action? Local Junior teams, specifically the South Grenville Rangers and the South Dundas Lions hockey fans, appear to be heading toward the playoffs with only a handful of regular season games remaining on the schedule. And should the playoff format work in their favor, fans and their respective communities could celebrate the closing of winter in spectacular Canadian fashion.

        The South Grenville Rangers are no strangers to closing the regular season at the top of the group. South Grenville’s 1st-place entry walloped the 4th-place Gatineau-Hull Volant this past weekend on a 9-5 count. The Rangers are currently running 22-4-2 (W-L-T), are second in league team scoring with 147 goals over 28-games and have the league’s stingiest goals-against record at just 80 markers over those 28 outings. Netminders Andrew Cristea and Wyatt Perras have evenly shared playing time over the team’s schedule and currently boast a 2.83 goals-against average.

        South Dundas’ Morrisburg Lions have slowly but surely slipped into the playoff rounds in the past few years, although last season’s appearance was an eye opener and then some when the Lions forced to Rangers to the 5th-game in a best of five series. The opening game of the 2022 Quarter finals at Cardinal went to the Rangers on a lopsided 8-1 count. To everyone’s surprise the Lions not only hosted but won the next two games over the favoured Rangers on 3-1 and 5-3 scores. Returning to Cardinal the series couldn’t have come any closer to an upset when the Rangers were forced to ice their best effort of the playoffs in a remarkable 3-2 victory at Cardinal. The deciding game gave South Grenville the advance when they regained their composure and eliminated Morrisburg in a 5th-game 7-3 score.

        The Rangers would go on to defeat the highly touted North Dundas Rockets in six games, and to most fans complete astonishment dropped the final series in four straight games to the Clarence Creek Castors. The Castors had closed the 2022 regular season with 19 wins over 23 games, recorded the best goaltending in the league and closed the regular season schedule on a 10-game winning run.

        South Dundas’ Lions have made a number of impressive changes this season. Although continuing to work out aggravating kinks, on Sunday at Morrisburg the Lions dumped the favourite Vankleek Hill Cougars in a 7-5 victory. This Lion's team has consistently been up for the challenge over the current season. Morrisburg has four of their top snipers in the league’s top-10 scoring, the team is at the top (currently tied with Clarence Creek) in scoring having netted 154 counters, yet  have recorded an archilles heel in allowing goals, holding 2nd-last position in that category.

        This, hockey fans, is leading up to the possibility of a great playoff season.


South Grenville's Rangers play a fearless attack against the North Dundas Rockets. . .  -file photo
South Grenville's Rangers play a fearless attack against the North Dundas Rockets. . . -file photo

Saturday, Jan. 28th - Saturday at Cardinal the Rangers bolted into a 3-1 opening period lead over the Gatineau-Hull Volant, upped the count to 5-3 after two frames and turned up the heat in the closing 20-minutes with a 10-miniute, 4-goal outburst for the 9-5 victory.

        Vincent Busseau netted an even strength marker and a power-play goal while Colin Stacey fired a single for South Grenville in the first period. League scoring leader Etienne Champagne sniped the lone visitors counter.

        Busseau completed his hat trick 27-minutes into the game giving the Rangers a 4-1 lead before Champagne and Mathis Villeneuve added a pair for the visitors. Connor Van Luit also fired a single for South Grenville.

        Over the final 20 minutes the the home team Rangers doubled the scoring on their opponents, adding four more counters to the Volant's pair of goals. Van Luit, Zach White, Jakob Beauvais and Colin Stacey with his second each fired third period markers while Villeneuve with his second and Champagne with his third slipped the puck over the Ranger's goal line. South Grenville did score on two power play opportunities while the Volant goals were all scored at even strength.

        South Grenville’s next home game will be most informative for all ‘Waterfront Rivalry’ fans as the Morrisburg Lions are scheduled to visit Cardinal’s Ingredion Centre on Saturday, Feb. 11th for an 8:15 p.m. puck drop.

        And that game could well set the tone for another year of exciting playoff action for all of us who enjoy the game.

Amid global supply chain disruptions . . .

Seaway delivering  supply chain stability . . .

Tuesday, Jan. 24th - The  Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation  and U.S. Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation today jointly announced that more than 36 million tonnes of cargo transited the system during the 2022 navigation season. Items included in the "2022 Result Highlights" included: U.S. and Canadian producers helped mitigate global issues affecting fertilizer supplies, which drove significant growth in potash, up over 100% compared to 2021; dry bulk commodities, including coke, salt and potash, contributed over 11 million tonnes of the 2022 total; 

petroleum products were up nearly 28% over last year, due to increased passenger travel; U.S. grain exports increased, and although month-over-month Canadian grain performed well, it did not match last year’s results.

        The effects of the 2021 drought in the Canadian prairies impacted export movements at the beginning of the 2022 season. That said, the improved 2022 grain harvest is expected to result in a strong start for 2023.

        An increase of vessel transits, including expanded cruise ship activity in the Great Lakes helped contribute to tourism and economic development in Canada and the United States.

        “Seaway traffic results show positive trends amongst certain commodities, which demonstrates our system’s ability to quickly adapt to changes in the market,” said Terence Bowles, President and CEO of the SLSMC, adding, “It’s this agility that enables the Seaway to respond to changes and act on emerging opportunities, such as shifting trade patterns resulting from global events. In addition, we are working closely with partners to develop lands along the Seaway, which will benefit both the economy and local communities.”

        Adam Tindall-Schlicht, Administrator of the GLS pointed out, “Through decades of investment and reliability, the Great Lakes are uniquely positioned to weather upheavals in the global supply chain, the Seaway System is a leading example of a worldwide economically-resilient and environmentally-sustainable shipping corridor, and optimism is high for expansion of trade on the Great Lakes in 2023.”

        The last commercial transit of the 2022 navigation season through the Montreal-Lake Ontario section of the Seaway occurred on January 1st. As for the Welland Canal, that closure on January 9th, 2023, marked the conclusion of the fourth year of the Welland Canal season extension pilot program.

        Until the opening of the 2023 season, the SLSMC and GLS will carry out maintenance work on critical lock and maritime assets, ensuring the Seaway system continues to deliver safe and reliable service year after year.

        Though there continues to be some uncertainty with regards to economic growth in 2023, the Seaway Corporations will work on key initiatives to further support expanding trade on the Great Lakes. These include facilitating the establishment of green shipping corridors, expanding land development along SLSMC-owned canals, and developing innovative technologies, such as the Vessel Information System.

        “It’s this spirit of continuous improvement and agile performance that make the Seaway a relevant transportation system today, and an integral part of future solutions,” added Mr. Bowles.

        The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system is a “marine highway” that extends 3,700 km from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes. Shipping through the Seaway supports over 329,000 jobs and $59 billion in economic activity in Canada and the United States. Binational marketing development efforts, including the “HwyH2O” initiative, aim to enhance Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway System utilization and increase marine cargo shipping. For more information on the St. Lawrence Seaway, please visit

Raise funding for Chemo program . . .

Holy Cross students dance for WDMH . . .

Holy Cross School staff and students with a cheque for $1,857.70 for the WDMH Foundation . . .


Tuesday, Jan. 18th - The students at Holy Cross Catholic School in Kemptville have heart – lots of it. And they wanted to give back to Winchester District Memorial Hospital. So, they started dancing! 

        “We have a special staff member who received excellent care at Winchester District Memorial Hospital and we also have many families who have had wonderful recovery experiences at the hospital.” explained a spokesperson for the group.

        During the week the teacher was finishing her treatment, the students got to work holding a Pink Heart Fundraiser. These students pulled out their best pink outfits, started dancing their hearts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and raised money for the WDMH Foundation Cancer Care Fund. 

                The school Facebook page announced in describing the dancer’s success, “It was a day full of smiles, hope and celebration for the recovery of so many individuals who have passed through the doors of the WDMH clinic, including one of our own. We were able to raise almost $1,900 to donate thanks to all of our families, and the generosity of a community family who donated.” 

        “That looked like such a fun day and who doesn’t love to dance!” said Justine Plummer, Manager of Direct Mail & Events at the WDMH Foundation, while scanning the Facebook page, adding, “Thank you to everyone who supported the WDMH’s Chemotherapy program through this event.” 


South Dundas Minor Hockey scores, photos and standings can be viewed here . . .

Birthday wishes  to district hospital . . .

75 Years - Winchester Memorial Hospital . . .

Winchester District Memorial Hospital opened Dec. 8, 1948 . . .
Winchester District Memorial Hospital opened Dec. 8, 1948 . . .

January 2023 - More than 75 years ago, an entire community came together to plan for the new Winchester District Memorial Hospital. It all began with a letter to the editor of the Winchester Press by Dr. J.J. McKendry in 1944. Dr. McKendry outlined the problems he was having getting his seriously ill patients cared for due to hospital overcrowding and long waiting lists. He suggested that perhaps it was time that Winchester Village had a hospital. The Council of the Village of Winchester formed a committee and planning began - everything from choosing the right location to gaining financial support. Four years later, WDMH opened its doors. 

        While the hospital officially opened on December 8, 1948, the WDMH Auxiliary was already hard at work. On August 3rd, 25 ladies from Winchester, Elma and Russell met in the town hall to start planning, with Mrs. C.R. Robinson elected Auxiliary President. Membership quickly rose to near 1,000 volunteers in the first year and they got to work, making curtains and hospital linens, and helping to create a beautiful new hospital close to home for their neighbours. 

        In 2023, the Auxiliary is excited to be celebrating the 75th anniversary of WDMH and the Auxiliary, and also in recognizing 45-years of caring next door at Dundas Manor Long-Term Care Home. 

        “This is a wonderful milestone, and we are grateful to our community for everything you have done to support our hospital and Dundas Manor over so many years,” pointed out Cholly Boland, CEO at both facilities.

        “We are planning some fun events and walks down memory lane over the next 12 months to celebrate together!” 

        “The WDMH Auxiliary is proud to have supported our local hospital for more than 75 years,” adds WDMH Auxiliary Co-Chair Elinor Jordan. “It’s going to be a fun year of celebration.”

Winchester District Memorial Hospital, January, 2023 . . .
Winchester District Memorial Hospital, January, 2023 . . .