Glengarry-Prescott-Russell as examples of two ridings where Brown’s choice of can- didate won the local nomination. Simard won the GPR nomination for the party in 2016 after Derek Duval of Vankleek Hill was disqualified from the running, about a week before the association’s nomination meeting. Simard dismissed Allen’s threat, saying there are no grounds to support the leadership candidate’s allegations of improprieties in the nomination process. “If she were to look into the situation,” said Simard, “I’m confident that there were no irregularities, that the proper process was followed.” FORMER MPP NOBLE VILLENEUVE PASSES

Local PC candidate Amanda Simard thinks Christine Elliott would be the perfect choice to lead the party to victory. “Her experience, and leadership quality too, unite our party and lead us to victory,” Simard said during an interview March 5. The new leader for the Progressive Conser- vative Party of Ontario will be chosen this weekend. Simard also posted her comments and candidate choice on her campaign website. Elliott is one of four candidates vying to become the new leader of Ontario’s Pro- gressive Conservatives, after Patrick Brown stepped down to deal with allegations of sexual misconduct. Elliott is a former MPP who held the Whitby-Ajax for nine years, including time spent as the party deputy leader, before she stepped down after losing the 2015

Amanda Simard ne s’inquiète pas de perdre son poste de candidate du Parti progressiste-conservateur pour Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, si Tanya Granic Allen remporte l’actuelle course à la direction du parti. Mme Allen a menacé, lors du dernier débat télévisé, de renverser toutes les nominations du PC dans les circonscriptions où le candidat préféré de l’ancien chef du parti, Patrick Brown, a été choisi. —photo d’archives


party leadership campaign to Brown. For the past two years, she has been a health ombudsman under the current Wynne Liberal government. The other three leadership candidates are Tanya Granic Allen, a parents’ rights advocate, Doug Ford, a Toronto councilor during the mayoral term of the late Robert Ford, and Caroline Mulroney, a Toronto- area lawyer and daughter of former-prime

minister Brian Mulroney. She is also the PC candidate for York-Simcoe, thanks to past support from Patrick Brown. Party members begin filing their choices for the new PC leader through electronic voting this week. Confirmation and induction of the winning candidate is expected March 10, at the party’s provincial convention in Markham. Riding choices threatened Political pundits following the leadership campaign rate Allen as a “dark horse” can- didate compared to the other three. She has condemned Brown, during his leadership period, for not opposing Ontario’s present sex education curriculum in schools. During the last leadership debate held in Ottawa, March 1, Allen promised that if she wins the leadership bid, she will overturn all the PC candidate nominations made during the past two years in ridings where Brown’s favoured candidates were chosen. Allen named Carleton and At a recent meeting, the mayors that sit at the council of the United Counties of Prescott & Russell expressed concern about the odour problem that emanates from the GFL Environmental waste management site in the Moose Creek area. GFL Environmental is planning to develop the remaining areas of the existing landfill on Laflèche Road near Highway 417 and Highway 138. The development will provide about 4.2 million cubic metres more capacity and extend the operating life of the landfill by 10 years. The Eastern Ontario Waste Handling Facility (EOWHF) provides landfill disposal capacity to over 500 municipalities across Eastern Ontario. The UCPR council would like GFL Environmental to address the issue before they proceed with any expan- sion.—Michel Lamy UCPR CONCERNED WITH ODOUR PROBLEM

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Former Stormont-Dundas- Glengarry MPP Noble Villeneuve passed away on Wednesday, February 28. He was 79 years old. Noble Alfred Villeneuve was born and raised on his family farm on Dyer Road in Moose Creek, where he grew up with his parents and two siblings. He worked as a real-estate appraiser and a farmer and at one point held the post of first vice- president for the Ontario Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. He served for 15 years as the Progres- sive Conservative MPP for Stormont- Dundas-Glengarry, starting in 1983 during the terms of Premier Frank Mill and later Premier Mike Harris. He held the post of ag- ricultural affairs minister with responsibility for francophone affairs from 1995 to 1999. His funeral was held on Wednesday, March 7 at 11 a.m in Moose Creek. He leaves behind his wife, Elaine, and his five children, Darlene MacGregor, Micheline Sabourin, Brian Villeneuve, Diane Kelly and Roxanne Villeneuve. —Alexia Marsillo L’ancien député provincial de Glengarry- Stormont-Dundas, Noble Villeneuve, est décédé le mercredi 28 février à l’âge de 79 ans. —photo d’archives

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