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A 55-year-old man from Champlain Township died as a result of injuries following a workplace accident involving a bull at the Vankleek Hill Livestock Exchange, July 27, around 5:30 p.m. Police were notified of the incident July 28 at 4 p.m. and conducted a prelimi- nary investigation. The Ontario Regional Coroner’s Office and the Ministry of Labour have now taken over the investigation. The name of the deceased has not been released. Anyone with information concerning the incident can call the OPP at 613-632-2729. – Gregg
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Prescott-Russell businesses are making slow and steady progress with their recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic situation according to results of a local survey. The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) released the results of its second survey report on the impact that the pande- mic has had on local businesses. Overall the report notes that the situation is improving though some sectors are still struggling with their recovery. “It was important for us to take the current pulse of the business community,” stated Carole Lavigne, UCPR director for economic development and tourism, “and ensure we had the most relevant data to properly plan and organize the (regional) economic recovery. That being said, the Prescott and Russell Economic Response and Recovery Plan, which is based on the data collected through these surveys, is progressing very well and should be available by the end of the summer as planned.” The UCPR, in partnership with its eight municipalities, conducted its most recent pandemic impact survey during the period from July 8 to 15, and received responses from 279 local entrepreneurs. The second survey is a follow-up to a previous survey done during May this year. Survey results Results of the second survey indicates that businesses in the region “seem to be regaining confidence in the future” and that many are either back to normal operations or have developed and pursued new outlets for their operations. The number of local businesses who reported successful adap- tation to the pandemic situation is 21 per cent higher than those reporting success during the first survey conducted in May. One problem noted in the second survey results is the “significant decline in cash
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The Hawkesbury OPP detachment is asking for help to conclude an investi- gation of a fatal traffic accident July 31 on County Road 17 between Champlain Township and Hawkesbury. Two vehicles were involved in a head-on collision that claimed the life of Momtaz Francis, 73, of Ottawa, who was driving one of the vehicles. Anyone who witnessed the accident or has relevant information can call the OPP at 613-632-2729. – Gregg Chamberlain MYSTERY SEEDS Mystery seeds from China are showing up in the mail of some residents of Eas- tern Ontario. Police is warning recipients to be careful. Anyone who receives a packet of seeds that he or she did not order is asked to report the matter to the Canada Food Inspection Agency at 613-773-8660, who will arrange for its collection. – Gregg Chamberlain CONTRACT EXTENSION The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) has extended its contract with Director of Education Stephen Sliwa for another three years. Sliwa was hired for the position in November 2015. The contract extension goes to November 2023. – Gregg Chamberlain LIBRARY REOPENS The Champlain Township Public Library is once more open to the general public as of August 4 The library has set up a pandemic protection plan with the approval of the provincie which includes social distancing and other measures – Gregg Chamberlain
A recent survey of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on local business operations indicates the situation is getting better for many business owners and their staff. But the report also notes that more effort is needed to help restore consumer confidence in the ability of Prescott-Russell’s businesses to serve their customers and not see them go outside of the region to shop for goods and services. —stock photo
flow” that many local businesses experienced during the early months of the pandemic and which presents their greatest risk and challenge now. The second survey report observed that several sectors, including retail, manufacturing, arts, entertainment, and recreation still describe the situation for them as “critical” as they continue to work towards recovery from the pandemic.
Survey results note that hiring projections are more encouraging now. More than a quarter of employers taking part in the survey indicated they expect to hire new staff over the next six years. Many survey participants also stated that there is still a need for more financial support of business and more projects or programs that promote local shopping for goods and services to help businesses in the region with their economic recovery. Restoring consumer confidence in local businesses is a key factor to future economic recovery in the Prescott-Russell region. The full report, titled Evolution of the Impacts of COVID-19 on Prescott and Rus- sell Businesses, is on the UCPR website or at http://ow.ly/V67q30r1cdn.
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Part of Cameron Street in Hawkesbury is closed again to all but local traffic. The section of street between the Main Street and Aberdeen Street intersections is closed for underground infrastructure work. The closure is in effect from August 10 to August 21 unless there are delays with the work. Detour signs are in place. —photo Gregg Chamberlain
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