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“Should we complete the EA?” he said. “At least the EA would protect the (traffic) cor- ridors that are established.” Alfred-Plantagenet Mayor Jean-Yves Lalonde noted that the provincial govern- ment needs to be more involved in the situ- ation. He reminded counties council that the province has committed $40 million to upgrading the highway link once the EA fi- nal report is finished and recommendations presented. The federal government has also committed $40 million to the project but Lalonde observed that the province has the primary responsibility. “We need to do something in the east here,” he said. “We need to have something from the government. We need to have something from the province at the mo- ment.” Warden Jean-Paul St-Pierre told counties council that a new strategy is needed to keep the highway upgrade project viable. “I fully agree 20 years is way too long to wait,” he said. The warden noted that the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) conference is coming up soon on the annual meetings schedule. He suggested contacting both MPP Grant Crack and MP Pierre Lemieux on the issue and also arranging to meet with provincial and federal ministers and other officials during OGRA. “I remain optimistic,” he said. “Transporta- tion is something we need to address.” Following last week’s UCPR counties council session, Warden St-Pierre and ad- ministration met with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and his staff on the issue. During the Jan. 13 Russell Township council ses- sion, St-Pierre told his council members and the webcast audience the meeting was “very positive and refreshing” and that he has directed counties staff to continue working with AECOM on the EAP and also to look into what the costs would be for all the options to improve traffic flow between Rockland and Orléans. VISIT OTTAWA’S LARGEST FLOORING DESIGN CENTRE Ceramic Porcelain Vinyl Carpet ” € Ž


L’ORIGNAL | The mayors of Prescott-Rus- sell are fuming over what they see as the latest sabotage effort of the City of Otta- wa on upgrading the highway connection between Rockland and Orléans. Some mayors sitting on the United Coun- ties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) have declared that the counties should focus all of its efforts instead on getting the prov- ince to take back responsibility for County Road 17. Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton noted that traffic problems related to the county road link to Orléans-Ottawa were an issue when he was warden for the UCPR in 2006. “From my perspective, we haven’t made an ounce of progress,” Barton said. “I think our argument is with the province.” Four-laning of the County Road 17/High- way 174 connection between Rockland and Orléans is the subject of a two-year environ- mental assessment. AECOM, the consultant firm working on the assessment, provided counties council with an update report dur- ing its Jan. 8 committee of the whole ses- sion. The report noted that the City of Ottawa’s own revised Transportation Master Plan (TMP) does not foresee any chance of major upgrading of any part of the 174 Highway route east of the Trim Road intersection for at least two decades. Ottawa’s own transportation plan calls for focusing its efforts on improvements for commuter traffic west of Trim Road. That in- cludes plans to extend the light rapid tran- sit system to Place d’Orléans. Both Ottawa and the UCPR are supposed to be partners on the environmental assess- ment study (EA) for upgrading the highway link between Rockland and Orléans with the provincial government providing $5 million to cover the study cost. Ottawa has indicated reluctance in the past to become involved in such a process unless its own particular traffic concerns are addressed, like the Split interchange with St-Laurent onto the 174 where it becomes the Queen- sway. Stéphane Parisien, UCPR chief administra- tor, expressed skepticism to council about the chance that Ottawa would ever pay

serious attention to any EA report on four- laning or other upgrading proposals for the 174/17 connector route. He noted that Ottawa could end up “shelving the report” while it focused on its own TMP goals. Marc Clermont, UCPR public works direc- tor also noted “nothing on the books” in the Ottawa TMP that suggests any plans for widening of the highway connector route within the next two decades. “I am quite disappointed,” said Mayor Marcel Guibord of Clarence-Rockland. He noted that the Ottawa TMP suggests 2031 for when the city might consider wid- ening of the connector route with his mu- nicipality. Guibord said that would mean 60 years since a provincial government study urged expansion of the highway connec- tion between Rockland and Orléans to re- lieve the growing congestion.

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Hall. "It seems like the hands of the municipal negotiating committee are tied," Bézaire said, "which suggests that the problem lies higher up the ladder at City Hall." Guibord denied the allegation. He said the negotiating committee was given the minimum and maximum limits council had decided on for wage and other benefit im- provements in a new contract. “We did not influence more than that,” he said. The mayor also called last month’s CUPE strike vote as a surprise to City Hall. ”We have done everything we could,” he said. “It makes us look not too good. But we have nothing to feel sorry about.” He expressed hope that the mediator will be able to work out a settlement between both sides. “We are definitely not for a strike. In the end, everybody loses.”


ROCKLAND | Mayor Marcel Guibord de- nies that anyone has put a muzzle on negotiators for the City of Clarence-Rock- land in its current contract dealings with city workers. “Contrary to what they say,” Guibord said during an interview Jan. 9, “those responsi- ble for representing the community’s inter- est do not ‘have their hands tied’.” The city and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) are dealing with a pro- vincially-appointed mediator after a recent round of contract talks ended in a deadlock. CUPE spokesman Jean-Marc Bézaire stated in media interviews his belief that the city’s negotiating committee was hampered at the bargaining table by directives from City


The article in the January 9 edition of the Vision, “C-R workers ready to strike for new contract”, contained an error. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) does represent the City of Clarence- Rockland’s clerical and other “white collar” workers and most of its “blue collar” workers. But the staff employed for garbage collection, while they are CUPE members, are covered by a separate contract than the one at present subject to negotiation between the city and the union. These city workers are not affected by the current bargaining talks and thus may not be

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ou plus, remboursement des frais légaux au complet ou en partie des demandeurs et autres. Au moment des accusations, M. Serrurier se disait convaincu de l’implication d’autres conseillers à la table. «Cette décision de la part des plaignants coïncide étrangement avec l’obtention d’un courriel envoyé à un employé de la municipalité par un des membres du conseil municipal qui prouve qu’au moins un membre du conseil de Clarence-Rockland était derrière cette plainte contre moi», souligne Raymond Serrurier dans un communiqué envoyé aux médias. Rappelons que Raymond Serrurier a remis sa démission à titre de conseiller au mois de novembre. Il avait alors affirmé : «Après trois années d’exclusion, de manque d’éthique, de manque de respect, de leadership qui divise, j’en ai assez.» Le conseiller avait également affirmé qu’il souhaitait passer du temps avec sa famille. Pour la suite des choses, Raymond Serrurier confie pour l’instant qu’il n’a pas l’intention d’intenter une action en justice pour ce qu’il considère comme du harcèlement. «Jen’ai pas d’énergie àdépenser là-dessus, a-t-il confié. Ce n’était qu’une plainte bidon. Je ne pousserai pas l’affaire plus loin.»


On ne saura finalement pas si l’ex- conseiller municipal de Clarence- Rockland, Raymond Serrurier, est coupable ou non d’un conflit d’intérêts. La plainte déposée en ce sens par Jacques Archambault et Jean-Claude Marinier a été abandonnée. «On ne pouvait plus aller en cour parce qu’il n’était plus en poste, a déclaré un des demandeurs, Jean-Claude Marinier. Ça ne donnait plus rien d’aller en cour, ça n’aurait donné que si un juge l’avait déclaré coupable ou non, il n’aurait pas pu se présenter aux élections pendant sept ans.» La plainte pour conflit d’intérêts à l’endroit de Raymond Serrurier a été déposée à l’été 2012. Le conflit découlait du fait que le fils de Raymond Serrurier est employé à la firme Levac, Robichaud, Leclerc. Celle-ci fait régulièrement affaires avec la municipalité. «Avant d’accepter le poste de conseiller, j’ai reçu un avis juridique d’un avocat à ce sujet», avait maintenu M. Serrurier. Joint par le journal Vision, l’ex-conseiller s’explique mal la raison pour laquelle les plaignants ont abandonné la plainte alors

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qu’une résolution était imminente. «On était rendu pratiquement à la fin. Pourquoi ne pas continuer pour prouver leurs dires, a confié M. Serrurier. À mon avis, c’était vraiment une tentative pour me forcer à démissionner.» Une de trois conséquences était possible si les procédures avaient suivi leur cours

soit: que le juge rejette la plainte et exige des plaignants un remboursement des frais d’avocat du défendeur (Raymond Serrurier); que RaymondSerrurier soit trouvé endéfaut mais non sanctionné ou qu’il soit trouvé en défaut et le juge attribue des sanctions: retrait du siège au conseil, exclusion de candidature pour une prochaine élection

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ROCKLAND | Police have tracked down one suspect in a home invasion case in Rockland from last fall. Richard A. Mattatal, 36, of Gatineau, QC, was taken into custody pending his first appearance in provincial court in L’Orignal Jan. 27 on a variety of charges related to OPP investigation of an incident Sept. 15, 2013. Police answered a call about a break-and- enter involving violence at a house on Ray- mond Street in Rockland. The initial police incident report stated that three armed suspects entered the home, restrained and then threatened the occupant. The victim suffered some minor injuries during the armed encounter. Police have since been working on the case with the resulting charges filed against Mattatal.

They include assault with a weapon, as- sault, using a firearm to commit an offence, pointing a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm or ammuni- tion, forcible confinement, theft exceeding $5000 value, and mischief exceeding $5000 value. Car fire rescue Several dogs learned that police and fire- men are a canine’s best friend. Rockland OPP and fire fighters dealt with a car fire Jan. 12 in the parking lot at the lo- cal WalMart. A passerby in the parking lot that Sunday noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment of a Dodge van. Soon after flames erupted and started spreading into the van.

No humans were in the van at the time. Police and firefighters arriving on the scene broke into the vehicle and removed some dogs left inside. Another vehicle parked beside the van suffered some fire damage. Police have closed the file on the incident. Arson is not suspected as the cause of the fire. Domestic disturbance An unwanted caller resulted in a police visit to a home on St-Laurent Street in Rock- land. A woman phoned police Jan. 9 to com- plain about a former partner of hers who had just shown up, drunk, at her home without an invitation. Police arrested a 24-year-old Rockland man on a charge of failure to comply with a

probation order. His name was not released in the police report. Suspended licence Danny Wathier, 56, of The Nation is charged with driving while his licence was under suspension. Wathier is scheduled for the Feb. 6 traffic court session in L’Orignal. The charge resulted from an OPP road- check Jan. 12 along County Road 17 in Alfred-Plantagenet Township during which the officer recognized Wathier and remem- bered that his licence was suspended. Snowmobilers take care Since the start of the new year there have been five reported fatal snowmobile colli- sions in Ontario. The OPP urges snowmo- bilers to take care when out on the trails, refrain from drinking and riding, and follow all safety rules and speed and traffic guide- lines. During the current mild weather condi- tions, snowmobilers are warned to be care- ful if considering any lake or river crossings and to go around lakes or avoid stream crossings in case there is rotten or weak ice. CrimeStoppers Anyone with information that can help solve a crime can call the CrimeStoppers toll-free tips line at 1-800-222-8477. No names are used and information which helps a case may be eligible for a reward.

Fatal hit-and-run case remains open in the village and then leaving the house around 6 p.m, Sept. 22, 2011. She was last seen alive in Fournier that day between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

FOURNIER | Police are launching another appeal for information that will help solve the case of Jessica Marie Lynn Godin. The 18-year-old resident of The Nation died as a result of a fatal hit-and-run inci- dent Sept. 24, 2011. Godin’s body was found in a ditch on Du Parc Street in Fournier. Police investigation of the case show her last-know where- abouts had her staying at a friend’s house

views as part of the investigation. The provincial government has a stand- ing reward offer of $50,000 for information which will help police find the person re- sponsible and press charges. Anyone who can help can either phone Det-Const. Dan Fedele at the Hawkesbury OPP detachment at 613-632-2729 or the CrimeStoppers toll-free confidential tips line at 1-800-222-8477.

An autopsy showed injuries resulting from a collision with a vehicle. The nature of the injuries and the location of the ditch suggest an eastbound vehicle hit her while she was on Du Parc Street. The OPP file on the case now includes more than 90 inter-



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BOURGET Le club Bour-Joie d’Or organise un voyage à l’Hotel du Parc Orford, à Magog, du 11 au 13 avril. Départ du Centre communautaire de Bourget, à midi. La date limite pour réserver est le 31 mars. Renseignements et réservations : Ghyslaine Boileau au 613 487- 2304. Avis concernant le bingo du dimanche a Bourget. Durant les mois de janvier, février et mars veuillez composer le 613 487-2866 pour joindre le Comité de loisirs et un mes- sage confirmera si le bingo a lieu ou si le bingo est annulé. CLARENCE CREEK Dans le cadre du Carnaval de Clarence Creek : unWhist Militaire aura lieu, le 15 février, à 19h30, à l’aréna de Clarence Creek. Renseignements : Gaëtan au 613 488-2127. Le 8 février : Souper Théâtre Saint-Valentin avec le groupe Top Secret (deux humoristes, chanteur et autres artistes). Les places sont limitées, joindre Gaetan Pagé ou Mario Pilon au 613 488-3060. HAMMOND Les Chevaliers de Colomb de Cheney-Hammond organisent un souper de fèves au lard et macaroni à l’occasion du Carnaval de Hammond, le 7 février, à 17h, au centre communautaire Alphonse Carrière. Renseignements : Daniel au 613 800-1497. Les Chevaliers de Colomb de Cheney-Hammond organisent un souper St-Valentin suivi d’une soirée dansante le 14 février, à l’école élémentaire Saint-Mathieu. Le souper sera servi à compter de 18h, suivi d’un soirée avec The Band 4 Rent. Renseignements et billets : composer le 613 800-1497. NAVAN Le Rendez-vous des aînés francophones d’Ottawa (RAFO), situé au 3349, chemin Na- van, organise son déjeuner mensuel le 19 janvier 2014, de 9 h à midi. Le déjeuner sera suivi d’un Whist militaire à 13 h. Renseignements : 613-834-6808. PLANTAGENET Programme de marche: Physio Plantagenet offrira gratuitement un programme de marche dans les corridors de l’École secondaire catholique de Plantagenet, tous les mercredis soirs, de 18h à 20h, à compter du mois de janvier. Renseignements : 613 673-1977. ROCKLAND Les activités du Club Amical Belle Rive : 29 Janvier : Sortie au Casino Rideau-Carleton, départ à 14h des Jardins Belle Rive, info Thérèse au 613 488-2575; 25 Janvier : soirée folklorique avec le groupe d’Yvon Neveu, à 15h, suivi d’un souper, renseignements : Laurent 613 488-2620. Les Filles d’Isabelle cercle 1210 de Rockland, célèbreront leur 40ième anniversaire de Fondation, le 19 janvier 2014 et tous, membres, époux, conjoints, parents, enfants et amis(es) sont invités. Une messe sera célébrée à 10h à l’église Très-Sainte-Trinité, suivie d’un repas à la salle des Chevaliers de Colomb. L’organisme recherche également des talents musicaux. Renseignements et réservations : Rhéa au 613-446-4248 ou avec Ginette Vallée au 613-488-9880. Sessions La Traversée pour personnes qui ont perdu un être cher. Les sessions auront lieu les jeudis à compter de 13h30, du 16 janvier au 27 février 2014, à la salle Curé- Hudon de Rockland. Renseignements et réservations : 613 446-5933. CLARENCE-ROCKLAND Clarence-Rockland 832 Squadron Air Cadets seek adult volunteers, including retired or serving military. Phone or email Capt. Tina Burns, 613-293-1380 or co@832aircadets. ca. ROCKLAND Les Voyageurs de Clarence-Rockland Toastmasters Club hosts an Open House, Jan. 28, 7 p.m., at the Rockland District High School library. The bilingual community club offers social gatherings and an opportunity to learn and practise public speaking and development self-confidence. For details phone Pat at 314-7247 or Tim at 446-6206 or go to Rockland United Soccer Club online registration for 2014 summer season begins. De- tails on programs for players, ages 4 to 17, available at The club also has a student-coach program and adult coach programs. Rockland Old Timers Hockey Club welcomes full-time and spare players for the 2013- 2014 season. Phone Richard at 613-880-8970 or Larry at 613-227-2935. Walking Club meets Tuesday and Thursday, 8 a.m., at the Clarence-Rockland Arena. Walk at your own pace for good health. For details phone Lyne at 488-3993. Rockland Friday Night Dart League games, Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Club Powers on Giroux Street. Phone Mel 613-229-5453. La Friperie de Rockland, 2815 Chamberland Street has a half-price sale on all winter clothing during January. New clothing consignments arrive every week. La Friperie is also looking for more volunteers. Phone Pierrette for details at 446-5540. La Friperie is open Thursday and Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Proceeds for Rockland Food Bank. community link The

Mark Beaudette (center) of Hydro One was a welcome guest at Clarence-Rockland council chambers with the cheque for $5000 he brought from the company’s Power Play Program. The money goes towards the Parc Jules Saumure project in Clarence Creek. Accepting the cheque with thanks is committee president André Lalonde, he is accompanied by Mayor Marcel Guibord on the right.

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peut-être réalisé en respectant le budget adopté par la Cité. L’absence d’une entente est incompréhensible», ajoute M. Bézaire. D’entrée de jeu, le maire Marcel Guibord a tenu à déplorer les agissements du syn- dicat au début du conflit. «On est un peu surpris de voir que le syndicat va dans les journaux pour s’annoncer. On apprend des choses par les journaux. Ce n’est pas qu’on est déçu, on est tout simplement surpris», a confié M. Guibord. Ce dernier a ajouté que dans le cas d’une grève, les services municipaux seraient as- surés aux citoyens. «S’il y avait grève, nous allons prendre tous les moyens néces- saires pour s’assurer qu’il y ait le moins de dérangement possible pour les citoyens. On ne s’attend pas à ce qu’il y ait une grève, on ne croit pas que ça devrait aller là», a confié le maire. Ce dernier a terminé en sou- lignant le travail des employés municipaux.

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BOURGET | Ils étaient plus d’une cinquantaine vêtus d’un foulard rose à la réunion plénière du conseil municipal de Clarence-Rockland, lundi dernier. «Nous portons tous le foulard rose afin d’être bien visibles. Manifestement, on ne sera pas ignoré», a confié Jean-Marc Bézaire, conseiller syndical du local 503 du Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique (SCFP). Rappelons que tout juste avant le congé des Fêtes, les employés du local 503 du SCFP avaient voté à 87% en faveur d’une grève. «Nous voulons nous assurer que le conseil n’interprète pas un vote de grève à 87% comme un simple vote», a indiqué Jean-Marc Bézaire, représentant national

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pour le Syndicat de la fonc- tion publique canadienne (SFPC). Le conflit repose princi- palement sur les bénéfices des employés. Ceux-ci se di- saient prêts à remplacer une hausse de salaire par une amélioration des bénéfices. La convention collective est échue depuis le 2 janvier. M. Bézaire ajoute que les propo- sitions actuellement sur la table son modestes. «Ceci

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ROCKLAND | One Rockland family is mourning the loss of a beloved family pet after a fatal encounter with a coyote. Homeowners in the rural parts of Clar- ence-Rockland are urged to make sure their pets are kept safe inside for the winter. A family on the east side of town lost their dog after it was attacked by a coyote while outside on the front porch. The dog did not survive the encounter.

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Après la page facebook Citoyen de Clar- ence-Rockland citizen, crée il y a quelques années, un nouveau site Web destiné à dénoncer les agissements des élus mu- nicipaux voit le jour. Les Citoyens pour un gouvernement éthique , un groupe composé d’individus de la communauté de Clarence-Rockland, a annoncé, mercredi dernier, la mise en ligne de cette page Web. Celle-ci peut être consultée au www.clarencerocklandethics. org. Le citoyen Robert Gadoua est un des initiateurs de la page. «[…] le but est de braquer les projecteurs sur les politiques, directives et comportement des élus municipaux de la Cité», précise-t-il. Le site comptera sur la participation de la communauté ainsi que sur l’information obtenue de la municipalité afin d’alimenter le site. «Protéger l’anonymat de tous les partis est primordial, car il existe une crainte réelle de représailles de la part de ce conseil municipal tel qu’onme l’a souvent rapporté, a affirmé Robert Gadoua. Ce site permet aux résidents de s’exprimer librement, mais de façon légale et durable, pourvu que le contenu soumis soit approprié». Prudence près des cours d’eau Les niveaux d’eau des rivières peuvent augmenter en raison de températures au-dessus du point de congélation et de fortes pluies, avertit la Conservation de la Nation Sud (CNS). La fonte de neige et une augmentation du ruissellement vers les cours d’eau élèveront le niveau et le débit des rivières dans tout le bassin versant de la Nation Sud. Les glaces couvrant les plus importants cours d’eau pourront devenir instables en raison de l’augmentation du niveau d’eau. Les résidents sont invités à éviter les cours d’eau car la météo peut rap- idement augmenter les débits d’eau, causer des berges glissantes et affaiblir la couver- ture de glace. Les parents sont encouragés à expliquer ces dangers à leurs enfants. CNS encourage le publique à visiter http:// et aussi à don- ner leur rétroaction concernant les change- ments liés aux conditions locales (i.e. les niveaux d’eau élevés, les inondations des routes, les débâcles, etc.).

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