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Kashechewan evacuees fly back to James Bay


MPP gets taste of medicine in hospital tour


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Sobering message for students Emergency responders tend to a mock accident victim after a simulated two-car collision caused by an impaired driver during Safe Grad 2013 this morning at the Cornwall Civic Complex. The graphic event was held to drive home the dangers of impaired driving to local high-school students. Please see Page 3.

City councillors lament lack of direction



Cree native evacuees return home


Uttering threats A 64-year-old South Glengarry man faces a charge of uttering threats in con- nection with a domestic incident Thurs- day at a 164 th Avenue residence. Investigation revealed an altercation had occurred between a male and his spouse resulting in the male uttering threats to the female. The man was released and scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on June 18. Death threats A 48-year-old Cornwall man is facing charges after he was accused of utter- ing death threats against a 25-year-old female acquaintance on April 29. Frederick Renshaw was arrested on May 2, and charged with uttering death threats and breach of a probation order. He was held in custody until court later that day. Domestic assault A 28-year-old Summerstown man was arrested on May 2 after he was accused of assaulting his 30-year-old girlfriend during an altercation. The victim did not require medical treatment. The man was charged with domestic assault and uttering threats. He was held in custody until court later that day. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in this incident. Domestic incident On May 4, at approximately 8 a.m., SD&G OPP officers responded to a re- port of a domestic incident on Cherry Avenue in South Stormont. The investigation revealed that a wom- an and her 31-year-old husband were involved in a verbal altercation when she was assaulted by the husband. He was arrested and faces a charge of assault. He is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court May 28. Domestic charges A 45-year-old South Dundas man faces charges in connection with a domestic incident on County Road 7 at 8 a.m. on May 5. The investigation revealed that a wom- an and her common-law husband were involved in a verbal altercation that re- sulted in the man threatening the wom- an. Further investigation revealed that the man had assaulted the woman on a previous occasion. He was arrested and faces charges of uttering a threat to damage property, as- sault causing bodily harm and uttering a threat to cause death or bodily harm. Obstruction A 30-year-old man faces a number of charges in connection with a traffic stop on Highway 401 in South Glengarry at 9 a.m. on May. Continued on Page 4


Some 360 evacuees from the James Bay community of Kashechewan in Northern Ontario flew back home Thursday after a five-day stay in Cornwall. The residents of the Cree First Nation be- gan departing the area on small commuter aircraft late Thursday morning from the Cornwall Regional Airport near Summer- stown. The hundreds townspeople were evacu- ated on May 4 and May 5 from their com- munity on the banks of the Albany River near James Bay after widespread flooding threatened their safety. “I’m excited,” said 18-year-old Clarice Fri- day, who came to Cornwall with her grand- mother, although she wasn’t looking for- ward to the three-plus hour plane ride. “I hate plane rides,” she laughed. She said the evacuees were treated well during their stay at Nav Centre in Cornwall. “It was great. They were very friendly and very helpful.” Twenty-four-year-old Leonard Goodwin, asked for reaction to news he would be fi- nally returning home, said “it feels good”. The soft-spoken member of the Cree com- munity said the stay at Nav Centre was “okay”. The first flight departed shortly after 11:30 a.m. after Cree Chief Derek Stephen deemed safe for residents of the commu- nity to return home. Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger enacted a state of emergency on May 5 so the City

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Residents from the James Bay community of Kashechewan wait to board commuter planes at the Cornwall Regional Airport on Thursday to return home after they were evacuated to the Nav Centre in Cornwall because of flooding.

could be reimbursed for its role in the relief effort by the federal government. “I am very pleased that our guests have a chance to return to their homes and return to a normal daily routine,” said Kilger, after receiving word the evacuees would be returning home. Kilger also praised the relief effort co-or- dinated by city staff in co-operation with Emergency Management Ontario to ensure the Cree visitors were taken care of ad- equately. “Our people reacted swiftly and profes- sionally to support a community in need,” said Kilger. “I was very impressed at how well city staff, Nav Centre staff, local agen- cies and other community partners worked dence. Two people were arrested and charged with eight criminal code offences after it is alleged they were in possession of con- trolled substances believed to be mari- juana and cocaine. The total value of drugs and property seized by police is estimated at $5,900. Corry Crowder, 27, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled sub- ward Pontarelli had an outstanding inaugural year of junior hockey as an associate cap- tain of the Tier 1 Junior A Cornwall Colts with 107 points, including 50 goals and 50 assists in 50 games. He was a unanimous choice for CCHL MVP and the CCHL Sportsmanship and Ability Award, according to the CJHL. Pontarelli has committed to Union Col- lege near Albany, N.Y., according to the league.

so well together.” The role of city staff was apparent even on Thursday as Kashechewan residents pre- pared to board an Air Creebec plane for the long flight back home. City workers loaded luggage on the plane transported to the airport by city pickup trucks and residents of the northern com- munity arrived at the airfield on a city bus. The Kashechewan residents evacuated to Cornwall included elderly residents, ex- pectant mothers and individuals with pre- existing medical conditions. More than 150 children were also part of that group. The federal government will be covering all expenses related to the evacuation during the past week. stance, possession for the purpose of traf- ficking and possession of property ob- tained by crime. Alisha Ingram, 25, is charged with two counts of possession of a controlled sub- stance, possession for the purpose of traf- ficking and possession of property ob- tained by crime. They were both released to appear in court at a later date.

Two Cornwall residents face drug charges GREG KIELEC GREG.KIELEC@EAP.ON.CA

Two city residents are facing eight charges after a drug raid by Cornwall police on May 2. Members of the Cornwall Community Police Service Street Crime Unit success- fully executed a search warrant shortly before 3 pm. at a Marlborough Street resi-

Colts sniper wins two national awards for scoring prowess GREG KIELEC GREG.KIELEC@EAP.ON.CA

Anyone who attended Cornwall Colts games this past season knew he was spe- cial. Now their suspicions have been con- firmed by the Canadian Junior Hockey League. Michael Pontarelli, the Central Canada Hockey League’s scoring title winner this season, was named both the CJHL’s most valuable player and the league’s top for-

Cornwall Colts sniper Michael Pontarelli, far right, beams by the Bogart Cup during a celebration held for the teamby the city.


R-O student Tyler Harbers elected UCDSB trustee

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Rothwell-Osnabruck School student Tyler Harbers has been elected as the 2013-14 student trustee for the Upper Canada Dis- trict School Board. The Grade 11 student, who begins his term in August, says he became interested in the role after speaking to the current student trustee, Sydney Collard, who attends Glen- garry District High School. “I spoke to her at a Link Crew event, and it got me interested,” said the Ingleside high- school student. Harbers is a member of the UCDSB’s Stu- dent Senate, a leadership group for elected senior students throughout the board. He said he loves being a part of the Senate, and looks forward to coming back and lead-

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Re-enactment drives home dangers of impaired driving Emergency responders prepare to transport a mock accident victim after strapping her to a back board during a simulated two-car collision caused by an impaired driver during Safe Grad 2013 Thursday morning at the Cornwall Civic Complex.

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Transition + Food The initial meeting of the Transition Cornwall+ Food Action Group will be held Sunday, May 19, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cornwall Community Museum, 160 Water Street West, in Cornwall. Bill and Karen Carriere along with Dana Kittle will be getting the program started. The meet- ing will included a brief overview of the Transition Town movement and Transi- tion Cornwall+, a brief overview of food related projects that have already been undertaken or are under way and a large group discussion about ideas, structure, etc for the Transition Cornwall+ Food Ac- tion group - setting the stage for our next steps. RSVP Bill Carriere at carrieres@xp- or call 613- 984-2645. Musical Ride coming In celebration of their 75th Anniversary, the Rotary Club of Chesterville, the RCMP Musical Ride will be touring through the township of North Dundas in late May. The RCMP Musical Ride will take place at the Chesterville Fairgrounds at 153 Queen Street on Sunday, May 26. Tickets are avail- able at Township of North Dundas Office (Winchester), Chesterville Pharmcy, TD Canada Trust (Chesterville Branch), and communautaire Le lien community link The MacEwen’s Gas Bar in Chesterville. Greening Cornwall The Incredible Edible Plant Festival - Right in Our Own Front Yard will take place on Saturday, May 25, 1-3 p.m., rain or shine at 240 Pitt St., in front of city hall Transition Cornwall + in partnership with the City of Cornwall, the Cornwall Horticul- tural Society, Seaway Valley Community Health Centre and the Social Development Council of Cornwall will be giving away young tomato, pepper and bean plants plants to encourage new or non-gardeners of all ages to grow their own food. Boombastic St. Lawrence Secondary School pres- ents Boombastic – A Fashion Show today (Wednesday, May 15) at 7 p.m. at Saint Lawrence Secondary School at 1450 Sec- ond Street East to raise money for the Children’s Treatment Centre. For more in- formation email Megan Deruchia at me- Senior Stars Chartwell Retirement Residences is ex- cited to announce that local auditions will be held in May (an earlier press release contained the wrong date) for Senior Star, Canada’s largest talent competition dedi- cated to seniors. Registration forms can be btained at Chateau Cornwall Retirement Residence, Hartford Retirement Centre and McConnell Manor Retirement Resi- dence.

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The driver of the vehicle provided po- lice with false identification, according to SD&G OPP. The man was arrested and faces charg- es of obstructing/resisting a peace officer, personation with intent to avoid arrest, and driving while disqualified. He was held in custody pending an ap- pearance in Cornwall court. Traffic stop nets drugs SD&G OPP seized 48 grams of marijuana during a traffic stop on County Road 18 in South Glengarry on May 3. The 19-year-old driver, Tyler Brunet of Cornwall, and his 17-year-old male pas- senger face charges of possession can- nabis marijuana – over 30 grams and pos- session for the purpose of trafficking. The 19-year-old is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court June 12. The 17-year-old is scheduled to appear in Cornwall court on May 8. Arrested on warrants A number of people were arrested by Cornwall police on outstanding war- rants on May 2 . Steven Lavigne, 32, of Ottawa, was ar- rested after it is alleged that on Oct. 17, 2012, he defrauded a 30-year-old Corn- wall woman online. Police were con- tacted and an investigation followed. He

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A City of Cornwall employee works to shut off a fire hydrant valve as city police look on after a two car collision on Montreal Road at the corner of Bryden Avenue and Montreal Road Thursday afternoon. No information was available about the crash from either the city or police by press time.

was charged with fraud under $5,000 and released to appear in court later that day. Patrick St. Jean, 31, of Long Sault, was recently arrested after it is alleged that on July 4, 2012, he failed to attend court. He was held until court later that day. Jonathan Derochie, 39, of Cornwall, was arrested after is alleged that on April 22, 2013, he failed to attend court and a war- rant was issued. He was held in custody until court later that day. Alexander Tarbell, 25, of Akwesasne, was after it is alleged that on May 20,

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MPP learns role of CCH nurses Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry, got a first-hand look at the role of nurses during a tour of Cornwall Community Hospital’s McConnell Avenue site Friday afternoon. Pictured with McDonell, from left, is Heather Arthur, vice-pres- ident of patient services and chief nursing officer, with a plaque honouring posthu- mously Wilma Todd as Nurse of the Year. The well-liked nurse recently passed away from cancer.

ease prevention, health promotion and client-centred care,” said Arthur. “Take Your MPP to Work gives our politi- cal leaders a fantastic opportunity to expe- rience and see, firsthand, the high-quality care that our nurses provide on a daily ba- sis,” she said “It also helps to enhance their knowledge when it comes to the day-to-day workings of our health-care system.”


Local MPP Jim McDonell got a taste of medicine from a nurse’s perspective on Friday afternoon. McDonell, who represents voters in Stor- mont-Dundas-South Glengarry in Queen’s Park, was at Cornwall Community Hospital to see first-hand the work that nurses do at the facility. Nurses’union representative ColleenMac- Donald said MPPs from across the province were invited to participate in the Take Your MPP to Work event so the provincial repre- sentatives can better understand what the day in the life of a nurse is like. It is the 13th year that the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario has spon- sored the provincewide event. MacDonald represents the association as past president of the local Seaway Chapter. Heather Arthur, vice-president of patient services and chief nursing officer, said the tours also highlight the changing roles of nurses over the years. “There have been a lot of changes over the past years,’ she said. “Nurses have a critical role to play in dis-

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ed the veteran councillor. “The team build- ing is absolutely needed – big time needed.” Councillor Denis Thibault questioned where council’s plan has been the past two and half years. He said council has “missed the boat” by not embarking on a planning session earlier with some many new staff and one new councillor. “I think the right word is fragmented,” he said, adding “we’ve not managed to do a fantastic job” so far in their term. He said a planning session may be good to set direction for council and administra- tion over the next five years, but warned that council members should not be focusing on the upcoming municipal election in 18 months when they embark on the exercise “To me, it’s sort of not really appropriate.” Veteran Councillor Denis Carr also re- mained unconvinced of the value of a plan- ning session, pointing to the perceptions senior staff have of council after seeing members in action the past 30 months. “I don’t think we’ve thrilled them the past couple of years,”he said with brutal honesty. “I don’t think how it (the planning session) is set up is going to work,”he mulled. “We’ve got to straighten out our own game first.” At the end of the debate, council mem- bers – although not unanimously – opted to go ahead with a strategic planning session as soon as possible and a team-building ses- sion afterwards if they decide it is needed. blowers was that the secrecy with which council dealt with their complaints during closed meetings over the past year left the public in the dark about the fact complaints were filed against the city. In fact, up until recently, the city would not even confirm that it was investigating whistleblower complaints. Fournier said city hall should have speci- fied in its agenda for the in-camera sessions that council was dealingwithwhistleblower complaints. He suggested in his report that council include wording in future in-camera agendas specifying when it is dealing with an issue related to the city’s whistleblower policy. When questioned by Councillor Elaine MacDonald about the specificity of the wording, he stressed the city could also specify on future agendas that it is deal- ing with an actual “whistleblower com- plaint” during a closed session while re- fraining from revealing any confidential details. “It would be perfectly fine. You’re restrict- ed to certain words,” Fournier assured Mac- Donald. Fournier also suggested all council mem- bers go online to learn best practices for the conduct of council meetings and to review reports online by Ontario Ombudsman An- dre Marin.


A “fragmented” Cornwall city council showed a rare moment of introspection as it debated, last Tuesday, whether there is any value in spending $16,000 on a stra- tegic planning session more than halfway through its term. The frank discussion was in stark contrast to seemingly scripted debate of past meet- ings as councillors candidly spoke of divi- siveness on council and an administration that has lost its trust in its elected officials. One councillor after another spoke of the fragmentation of council, a lack of commu- nication with administration the first half of the term and personnel issues that pre- vented council members from setting the agenda for the city by ensnaring them in a reactionary mode. “We should have done this at the start, but we had too many distractions,” said Councillor Glen Grant, alluding to myriad personnel issues that mired council at the beginning of its term. “We were reactive in- stead of being proactive.” But he still felt it was best to proceed with a strategic planning session to give direc- tion to the next council, to be elected in late 2014, and the city’s administration, a point The city’s closed meeting investigator has vindicated Cornwall city council over its handling of two whistleblower com- plaints last Tuesday, but he still isn’t will- ing to give our elected officials a perfect score on governance. When asked to rate city council on its ad- herence to the Ontario Municipal Act, the law that governs all municipal governments in the province, Stephen Fournier indicated council still has work to do to get a perfect rating from him. “I’mgoing to put them squarely in a seven (out of 10) based on what I’ve seen in the last while,” Fournier said at the end of an in- terview with The Journal . “I see some improvement. I know there was a recommendation made the first time around and it seemed to take a little while to begin to be apparent that it was being followed. But I know, more recently, as I looked into later in 2012 I began to see good examples of that.” “I think there is room, as there is in any municipality, to continue to work on im- provements. There are a whole host of best practices that are starting to emerge . . . GREG KIELEC

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Cornwall city councillor Denis Thibault dismisses a proposed strategic planning ses- sion for council more than halfway through its term as blatant electioneering during a special meeting at city hall last Tuesday. “To me, it’s sort of not really appropriate,” he told council.

first raised by Councillor Elaine MacDonald in advocating for a session to set direction for the remainder of the term. “I’d like to say do it all. Start now,” exhort- ed MacDonald to her fellow councillors. A strategic planning session was also ad-

vocated by Councillor Bernadette Clement, who said it could also serve as a team-build- ing exercise by council. The teamwork point was not lost on Coun- cillor Syd Gardiner.“As far as team building, I think we’re somewhat fragmented,” lament-

City cleared on closed meetings, but chided for lack of transparency

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The City of Cornwall’s closed meeting investigator Stephen Fournier adjusts his mi- crophone before presenting his report last Tuesday, vindicating the city for dealing with two whistleblower complaints behind closed doors since they were filed early last year.

which would be good to have the city look into.” Fournier was tasked with investigating closed meeting complaints from two city employees – health and safety officer Di- ane Shay and deputy fire chief Robert Hick- ley --who filed whistleblower complaints against the city early last year. Hickley also recently filed an application to a judicial review of an alleged conflict of interest in- volving Mayor Bob Kilger and city council. Kilger has repeatedly denied he is or has been in conflict. In presenting his report at a special coun- cil meeting late Tuesday afternoon, Fourni- er said council was well within its right to discuss the case behind closed doors. In

fact, it is imperative under the city’s own whistleblower policy that confidentiality be maintained. He said the policy provides “fundamental protections to the whistleblower, the wit- nesses and the accused.” If confidentiality is not maintained during the process, then the confidence of employees in the policy will be “eroded”, he stressed. Fournier made it clear from the outset that the actual whistleblower complaints that precipitated the closed meetings com- plaints were beyond the scope of his in- vestigation. “So I will not speak to the sub- stance of these whistleblower complaints,” he told council. One of the complaints of the two whistle-


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dé au CA de se pencher sur la question de la carte de membre et d’en rendre compte à la prochaine assemblée générale. Celle qui s’est déroulée le 7 mai était présidée par Roger Frappier, assisté de Danielle Sauvé.

À ce chapitre des propositions, les par- ticipants ont suggéré, pour faire face à la pénurie de bénévoles, d’allonger la du- rée du mandat des membres du conseil d’administration. Ils ont également deman-

Mme Sauvé, qui avait annoncé le 2 avril son départ de la présidence de l’organisme pour ce mois de mai, ne veut pas perdre de temps face à la confiance qui vient de lui être renouvelée. Elle envisage déjà d’organiser, cette an- née, une grande fête de la Francophonie qui rassemblera toute la communauté fran- cophone pour une gigantesque opération de visibilité. «Il y a de belles choses qui se font isolé- ment, a-t-elle reconnu. Mais ce qu’il faut, c’est vraiment proclamer haut et fort ce que nous sommes, ce qu’on est capable de faire et prendre notre place.» À 79 ans, Mme Sauvé accepte de continu- er et de finir le mandat que les organismes lui ont confié l’année passée. Elle pense s’atteler aussi à une tâche: celle de trouver et de convaincre des personnes de 50 ans, 60 ans et 70 ans de s’engager dans l’ACFO- SDG. «J’ai des idées, de très bonnes idées que lancée par l’activiste Howard Galganov qui incitait des municipalités de l’Est ontarien à prendre des mesures visant à empêcher l’affichage bilingue sur leur territoire. L’organisation francophone n’est pas res- tée en marge de ces discussions. Les in- terventions de sa responsable auprès des autorités municipales de South Glengarry ont contribué au «revers» de l’activiste dans cette ville. L’argumentaire de M. Galganov s’articulait autour de 10points qui ont étédémontés un à un, à coup de justifications et d’exemples concrets, a fait observer Mme Sauvé avant de noter que ce travail, réalisé par des élus du comté, pourrait être une référence pour inspirer d’autres municipalités de l’Ontario. Hormis ces batailles linguistiques, l’ACFO- SDG a sollicité deux firmes pour effectuer des études sur la situation des franco- phones de l’est de l’Ontario et l’aider à se doter d’un plan stratégique pour les cinq futures années. Beaucoup d’autres activités complètent le bilan annuel de l’organisme. La présiden- te a mentionné une bonne collaboration avec le Réseau de soutien à l’immigration francophone de l’est de l’Ontario et le Ré- seau de développement économique et d’employabilité de l’Ontario, ainsi que l’embauche d’une employée dont elle a souligné les compétences en français, en anglais et en informatique. L’assemblée générale a accueilli favor- ablement ce rapport et a félicité Georgette Sauvé pour les actions menées durant la période 2012-2013 en vue d’assurer la visibilité de l’ACFO et de défendre la Fran- cophonie dans la région de Stormont, Dun- das et Glengarry.


Réunis le 7 mai en assemblée générale annuelle au Centre Charles-Émile- Claude à Cornwall, les différents mem- bres de l’Association canadienne-fran- çaise de l’Ontario, de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry, appuyés par le conseil d’administration, ont demandé à Mme Sauvé de poursuivre son œuvre à la tête de l’organisation. Ils ont évoqué, pour ex- pliquer leur choix, la qualité de sa prési- dence et l’importance des défis à relever. «Je vais le faire parce que la Francophonie me tient à cœur et il faut maintenant la faire rayonner. C’est ma philosophie, a-t-elle déclaré. L’ACFO-SDG joue le rôle de chien de garde, veille à ce que l’on soit respecté en tant que minorité dans la communauté et fait la promotion de ce que nous som- mes. C’est ce qui me motive davantage.» FRÉDÉRIC HOUNTONDJI FREDERIC.HOUNTONDJI@EAP.ON.CA Au cours de l’assemblée générale annu- elle de l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry, Georgette Sauvé, présidente de l’organisme, a présenté le bilan de ses activités de l’année 2012. Un bilan marqué par les débats sur le bilinguisme à l’Hôpital de Cornwall et la campagne de l’activiste Howard Galganov contre l’affichage bilingue. En vue de se conformer à la loi sur les services en français de l’Ontario, l’administration de l’Hôpital communau- taire de Cornwall avait introduit le bilingu- isme dans les critères d’embauche des infir- mières. La décision a suscité une vague de mécontentement chez les anglophones qui ont exigé son annulation. Mme Sauvé souligne qu’il y a des fran- cophones qui ne parlent pas l’anglais. «Or, déplore-t-elle, il a été pris pour acquis que tout le monde comprenait l’anglais, ce qui n’est pas exact. Il y a une minorité dans ce cas à Cornwall. Mais il reste que les gens ont le droit d’être servis dans la langue de leur choix et dans leur langue maternelle.» À travers un comité ad hoc, l’ACFO-SDG a alors pris position en soutenant l’initiative de l’hôpital d’engager du personnel bi- lingue à certains postes. La présidente re- connaît que ce dossier, qui a mobilisé toute son équipe durant plusieurs mois, a connu un heureux dénouement en juin 2012. Elle a évoqué, par ailleurs, la campagne

Photo: Frédéric Hountondji Le nouveau Conseil d’administration issu de l’Assemblée générale annuelle de l’ACFO-SDG du 7 mai 2013. De gauche à droite: Danielle Duplantie, Guy Gelineau, Jean Lecompte, Corneliu Kirjan, Georgette Sauvé, Marc Bissonnette. Absent sur la photo: André Bourgon

Georgette Sauvé reste à la tête de l’ACFO-SDG

générale annuelle de l’Association cana- dienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry, tiendra sa première rencontre le 28 mai, pour l’attribution des postes.

je vais réaliser grâce au concours des autres membres, a-t-elle déclaré. C’est seulement l’énergie qui me manque à bientôt 80 ans.» Le nouveau conseil d’administration, élu au terme des travaux de cette assemblée

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À peine commencée et déjà des tas de vic- times dans l’arène du Corrid’Art du Cen- tre culturel de Cornwall. L’exposition des œuvres de l’artiste peintre Jane Blanch Macmillan, dont le vernissage a eu lieu le 3 mai, a fait ses premières victimes et non des moindres. Suzanne Villeneuve succombe au charme ensorcelant des tableaux de l’artiste qui montrent les Bermudes et le Nunavut sous toutes leurs facettes. «J’ai habité dans le nord du Canada. Le paysage, je l’ai connu, vu et apprécié et je trouve que l’artiste l’a rendu bien vivant, ra- conte la coordonnatrice du Centre culturel de Cornwall. Elle a capté autant la solitude des pierres que leurs couleurs. Les gens s’imaginent que le Nord, c’est le blanc; ce qui n’est pas le cas», dément Mme Ville- neuve qui parle, devant les œuvres, de mer- veilleuses couleurs engendrées par le ciel, 15 440$. C’est la somme recueillie par l’École élémentaire publique Rose des Vents de Cornwall, à l’occasion de l’opération Sautons en cœur, qu’elle a organisée dans le cadre de la semaine de l’éducation du 6 au 10 mai. Les fonds récoltés seront versés à la Fondation des maladies du cœur. Les responsables de l’établissement se disent fiers de ce résultat, obtenu grâce à l’engagement de plus de 415 élèves et à la générosité de leurs parents qu’ils tiennent à remercier. Lynne Groulx, coordonnatrice des pro- grammes de la Fondation des maladies du cœur dans la région, voit dans la mobilisa- tion du personnel de l’école, la clé du suc- cès de l’opération. «Tous les enseignants s’engagent, avec des défis qui permettent aux classes ayant amassé le plus de sous de gagner des prix, réalise-t-elle. Nous avons des écoles qui ont le même effectif et la levée de fonds n’est pas pareille.» En cinq ans de participation à Sautons en cœur, l’École élémentaire publique Rose des Vents a, selon ses responsables, déjà totalisé 55 116$. L’année dernière, révèle Mme Groulx, en importance de récolte de fonds, elle a occupé la 2e place sur les 404 établissements scolaires du nord et de l’est FRÉDÉRIC HOUNTONDJI FREDERIC.HOUNTONDJI@EAP.ON.CA

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et ces dessins, est de montrer qu’on peut s’aimer et faire germer quelque chose de beau et de grand dans la communauté, a déclaré Laurie Crawford, responsable de l’opération. Pour l’enseignante d’arts visuels, le clou de l’événement aura été la brillante presta- tion des enfants de trois à cinq ans du Cen- tre de traitement pour enfants d’Ottawa, section de Cornwall, qui ont dansé sous la direction de la troupe Ballerina Dreams de Powell School of Dance et du Groupe de thérapie de danse. La soirée a connu un succès total, recon- naît la coordonnatrice de la clinique du

CTEO, site de Cornwall. Josée Séguin a pré- cisé que les enfants, malgré leur problème sensoriel, étaient restés ensemble avec les élèves de L’Héritage pour créer de très belles œuvres avec lesquelles ils iraient dé- corer leur établissement et le rendre plus convivial. Ayant réussi à mobiliser des fonds pour le bon fonctionnement du Centre de trait- ement pour enfants d’Ottawa, section de Cornwall, l’École secondaire publique L’Héritage affiche: «Nous sommes fiers de nos Dragons qui s’engagent dans leur com- munauté et contribuent à bâtir un monde meilleur.»


Chocolat sans frontières. C’est une mani- festation organisée le 1er mai par l’école secondaire publique L’Héritage au profit du Centre de traitement pour enfants d’Ottawa, section de Cornwall (CTEO). Le spectacle bénéfice était constitué d’un buffet de chocolat et d’une exposition d’œuvres d’art magistralement réalisées par les élèves des deux établissements. La finalité, à travers ces mains, ces plantes

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