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Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, the region’s medical officer of health, speaks to directors during a meeting at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit Thursday in Cornwall. Roumeliotis said a recent survey by the health unit has revealed troubling numbers on teenagers and thoughts of suicide. Please see page 2 City councillor Denis Thibault speaks during a budget committee session Friday morning at Cornwall city hall at which a two per cent tax hike was approved. Thibault suggested the city begin looking at reducing its workforce through attrition in advance of next year’s budget exercise. Please see page 2 . City taxes could raise average of $47


Two per cent tax hike proposed for city

ment, Fitzpatrick said. I’d like to think we are constantly review- ing what’s best for the corporation.” Adams said administration managed to achieve the two per cent tax hike without cutting any services, although a summer camp run by the social services depart- ment was axed during the process. “The reality is we came into a relatively tight budget right out of the gate. The list (from which to cut) now is really becoming quite a bit smaller,” she told council mem- bers. The city should be in good shape again for next year’s budget process because of an anticipated increase in commercial tax revenue. The new Target distribution cen- tre alone is expected to bring an additional $1 million a year in tax revenue. It is ex- pected to launch operations at the begin- ning of next year. The budget still must go to full council for approval. Councillor Andre Rivette stressed that the public should be notified of the budget approval meeting for the sake of “trans- parency”. He also worried councillors may not have enough to adequately discuss the docu- ment at its upcoming regular meeting on March 27. Fitzpatrick said the budget will likely be passed at a yet to be scheduled special meeting of council. Follow @gkielec on Twitter. For breaking news, go to and click on The Journal. Email curred in the project. But Norm Levac, city public works manager, said the city is “pretty safe” with the tender. Levac said “timing is perhaps the most significant factor”in the tender coming in cheaper than originally anticipated, namely less-than-robust economy. He said city en- vironmental division manager Morris Mc- Cormick and his team also “fine tuned” the plant’s plans to maximize every inch to get “very affordable pricing.” Not much work out there. Maurice and team fine tuned – maximized every inch. Trying to make most affordable to get ‘very affordable pricing’ The successful bidder is a joint venture comprising the firms of Graham Construc- tion and Engineering LP and Jardeg Con- struction Services Ltd. Work will begin this spring and it is expected to take two years to complete. chief of fire and EMS. The changes take effect on April 2. Mayor Bob Kilger said that an ever in- creasing workload on the one chief had become too demanding. He said the decision to return to the pre- vious structure at fire and EMS will en- sure proper leadership and management at these two important municipal depart- ments. GREATER LEVEL OF SERVICE “This reorganization will result in a greater level of service being provided to the public and the staff of both opera- tions,” added Kilger. “We want to ensure that our community receives the highest level of service possi- ble when it comes to these important op- erations.”

By Greg Kielec Cornwall city council’s budget commit- tee has given its blessing to a $53.9 mil- lion budget which will see the average ratepayer pay $47.12 more this year. The committee arrived at the two per cent increase at a meeting Friday morning at city hall after a round of new cuts by city departments in light of reduced provincial funding. “It’s important to stress that every de- partment came forward, with savings,” said Maureen Adams, city general man- ager of financial services, speaking to the budget committee this morning. But she said more severe cuts would have been need to meet the tax target if not for $400,000 from last year’s surplus and a $550,000 refund from its private health in- surance provider which was applied to the 2013 budget. Mayor Bob Kilger said the city was fortu- nate to have a windfall to achieve the tax target, “but that’s not going to happen every year.” “I think we all realize it’s not going to get easier,” he said. It will be “very challeng- ing” to continue offering the same level of services. He said the two per cent rate hike “is a re- sponsible number” and to achieve the tar- Average homeowner in Cornwall to pay $47 more this year

Photo by Greg Kielec Maureen Adams, right, general manager of financial services for Cornwall, listens to discussion during Friday morning’s budget committee meeting Friday morning. The committee endorsed a two per cent tax hike for this year.

plus at the end of the year.” Thibault also suggested the city begin re- ducing the cost of employee salaries and benefits through attrition “as we try to work smarter in the future.” The city would not slash existing jobs but could opt not to replace retiring non-essential staff. The city is already conducting a depart- mental review to examine staffing levels, Fitzpatrick said. But even now, the city does not automatically fill vacant positions unless the position is justified by manage- It is the largest contract ever awarded in the city’s history. Cornwall city council selected a $49-mil- lion tender from Graham Construction and Engineering to upgrade its wastewater treatment plant at a special meeting last Wednesday. Because the tender came in cheaper than expected, city administration will be work- ing with Graham Construction to add deleted items back into the project. City public works manager Norm Levac couldn’t guarantee the city would get its original wishlist of items back into the proj- ect, “but I think we are going to get very close.” Councillor Andre Rivette was worried that adding the extra work “will put us be- hind the eight ball” if cost overruns are in- The city of Cornwall is reorganizing its fire services and emergency medical services departments to have chief po- sitions at the helms of both operations, thei city has announced. Cornwall city council has approved a re- structuring that will see Chief Myles Cas- sidy reassigned as chief of EMS, while the city’s Deputy Fire Chief Richard McCul- lough has been appointed acting fire chief. News of the reorganization came after an in-camera session last Wednesday after- noon during a special meeting to award a contract for a new city waste waster treat- ment plant. Previously, Chief Cassidy served as To the editor: The Journal

get without cuts to services “is quite an achievement”. Councillor Denis Thibault appeared to strike a nerve when he appeared to sug- gest the city has budgeted for surpluses in- stead striking break-even budgets. He said if the city has never had a deficit, maybe there is room “to tighten up” its budget- ing. City chief administrative officer Paul Fitz- patrick flatly denied the suggestion.-”I can assure you we don’t budget to have a sur-

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To the editor: Robocall scandal embarrassment to democracy When honest hardworking Canadian citizens get phony calls from a company - linked to the Prime Minister

izens get phony calls from a company - linked to the Prime Minister - lying and making false claims like their voting station has changed locations is detrimental and harm- ful to our democracy, and it raises some seri- ous and legitimate questions.

disillusionment and turn-off voters. Misdi- recting voters, and mak- ing it difficult for them to vote is illegal. We as Canadians have a fun- damental right to cast a ballot in a free and fair election, and that right should not be obstructed in anyway. At least 34 riding’s across Canada have be- come disenfranchised. The Conservatives could

Even without those six seats, the Conser- vatives would have still won the election, but the real issue is the harm these robo- calls have done to shake the confidence of everyday Canadian citizens for our dem- ocratic institutions. The Prime Minister says he is innocent, and he has publicly protested his inno- cence. The only way to find out if Harper and the Conservatives are innocent or guilty is by conducting a proper investi- gation. Tens of thousands of Canadians have been demanding answers, and that num- ber is growing each day. The best way to create good jobs is to pro- vide tax credits to businesses that create new jobs, to create value added jobs in the resource sector, and to invest in infrastruc- ture. We also need a balanced approach to bal- ancing the budget. Rather than making reckless cuts to essen- tial public services and betting on gam- bling, the McGuinty Government should restore the corporate tax rate to the 2010 level, ensure that the rich one per cent pay their fair share of taxes, reduce its reliance on high priced consultants, and cap public sector CEO salaries. Encouraging more Ontarians to gamble their money away is no way to create good jobs and to balance the budget. We don’t need a slot machine economy that preys on the vulnerable. votes, and it states in Section 90 subsection 6 that "a clerk or other election official who wilfully fails to perform a duty im- posed by this Act is guilty of an offence that constitutes a corrupt practice." However nowhere in the act does it pro- hibit a City Clerk from openly supporting a candidate. Should the Municipal Elections Act be amended to outline the appropriate con- duct of a City Clerk running a municipal election? The answer is ye. Should the City Clerk of Cornwall have been more discrete about who they sup- ported during the last election? Once again, the answer is yes. I don't think she broke the Municipal Elections Act, but the perception of inap- propriate behaviour, or bias is detrimental to our democratic institution. That is why a City Clerk and any elec- tions management body should be pub- licly impartial - to uphold the dignity and trust of that institution. For those who are interested, here is a link to the Municipal Elections Act: /statutes/english/elaws_statutes_96m32_ e.htm Jason Setnyk Cornwall Brian Lynch, Cornwall

What does Prime Minister Harper know, and when did he know it? The Robogate scandal is becoming a na- tional embarrassment and a disgrace to our democracy. I hope the RCMP con- ducts an in-depth investigation into these serious allegations. Does Elections Canada have the re- sources to enforce electoral laws? The an- swer is probably no, and that is why the RCMP needs to conduct the investigation. Canadians deserve answers. It should not be like in those third-world countries, where the UN has to come-in and ensure fair elections. When honest hardworking Canadian cit- Il est tout à fait normal que la politique du bilinguisme de Cornwall dérange cer- tains irréductibles orangistes. Après tout, les Conservateurs n’ont-ils pas donné le ton en nommant des juges et un vérificateur unilingues anglais? Pour eux, le bilinguisme n’est pas une compé- tence donc pas un critère d’embauche. Il y a chez les Conservateurs d’anciens mem- bres du Reform Party qui ne voulaient pas de bilinguisme. On les voit agir aujour- d’hui. Maintenant que les Conservateurs ont ou- About the home care services that are provided to our vulnerable seniors: I was at a lady’s residence where she had a shower daily and laundry done once a week allotted time. All of a sudden they tell her you have lost your laundry time which she had for over a year. What a shock to the poor womenwho is un- able to do her own laundry. I don’t this is fair as the government says they are providing money to keep seniors in their home. I see it has turned a for profit deal and seniors should ask if laundry is dirty: it doesn’t mat- Lettre à l’éditeur : To the editor:

- lying and making false claims like their voting station has changed loca- tions is detrimental and harmful to our democracy, and it raises some serious and legitimate

Racknine Inc. has been linked to the robocalls, and this company has worked for the Tories and for Harper himself. This scandal has the potential to create

have lost at least six battleground riding’s according to an article from the Toronto Star because of this voter suppression.

Les irréductibles orangistes

Gambling expansion irresponsible

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vert cette boîte de Pandore, il faut s’attendre à ce que les francophobes de tous acabits s’en donnent à cœur joie pour taper sur le dos des francophones « Gens de Cornwall » ne vous attendez pas à un retour d’appel de votre ministre conservateur Guy Lauzon. Ça ne viendra pas! Nous, dans le comté de Russell, en savons quelque chose : notre député con- servateur Pierre Lemieux n’a jamais osé se prononcer sur le bilinguisme malgré nos nombreux appels à l’aide.

I am disappointed by the recent an- nouncement by Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan that the Ontario Govern- ment plans to expand gambling in On- tario as a way to balance the budget. The plans include two new casinos, greater access to slot machines, and gov- ernment-backed Internet gambling. This is not the responsible way to grow Ontario’s economy and to raise more rev- enue. The McGuinty Government is trying to balance the province’s books on the backs of problem gamblers and their fami- lies and the poor who are desperate to make ends meet. This greater access to gambling will in- crease gambling addiction and the associ- ated mental health and social problems such as anxiety, depression, personal debt, bankruptcy, family breakdown, and high rates of suicide. Former Cornwall City Councillor and 2010 Mayoral Candidate Mark A MacDon- ald has filed a complaint about election fraud. There is definitely some evi- dence to suggest the City Clerk sup- ported Bob Kilger for Mayor. E.g.: It is documented that she belonged to a Facebook group entitled "Bob Kilger for Mayor". I fully agree with the principle that a non-partisan election management body is the key to an impartial election process. Non-partisan means not affiliated, influ- enced by, or supporting any one political party. In regards to municipal politics, where we do not have political parties, that defi- nition should be extended to include being publicly impartial and not support- ing individual candidates. However, after reading and re-reading the Municipal Elections Act, there appears to be nothing that states, supports, im- plies, or enforces that principle. The duties of the Clerk are outlined in Section 11 of the Act. "The clerk of a local municipality is responsible for conducting elections within that municipality...". Starting at Section 89 of the Act there is a list of offences, including miscounting To the editor:

Claudette Lafleur Embrun, Ontario

Province not supporting seniors at home

ter get it done by family or pay someone to do it. Dr. Tombler brought the language issue is out which is a good thing at least we now get a debate on this. (OAS) also came out and seniors soon changed the governments mind on that situation. I think disabled seniors should be asking the Mcguinty government where the money is going if, seniors have to pay to stay in their home we don’t hear any- thing fromoppositionMP either party...why? I hope some of the seniors speak up right or wrong thats my opinion.

City clerk should be impartial when it comes to elections

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The Journal Cornwall Motor Speedway promoter Ron Morin, along with his management team, presented the highlights of the 2012 sea- son at a recent press conference at the Au Vieux-Duluth restaurant in Cornwall. A lot of effort during the off-season was put towards this summer’s schedule of events and Cornwall Motor Speedway Race Fans can expect that 2012 will be the best year ever at the dirt oval. The season will officially start on Sunday, May 20 with first of three events of the Canadian Nationals for the 358-Modifieds. This race will also be counting towards the MrDIRTcar 358-Modified Series. As previously announced, Cornwall will host for the first time ever the World of Out- laws Sprint Car Series; the best in the busi- ness on DIRT will be at the track on Sunday July 29. Special cash awards will be given to drivers who run regularly in 360-Sprint associations. The top qualifier of the Empire Super Sprints, Patriot Sprint Group and Southern Ontario Sprints, will receive a $500 bonus. These drivers could double up their bonus as the top A Main finishers for one of these groups will get $500. The top 24 qualifiers for the main event will at least get $800 for taking the initial green. Along with the WoO Sprints, the Light- ning Mini-Sprints will also be on hand dur- ing that event. Please see WORLD: Page 9 Speedway unveils 2012 race season

By Greg Kielec

The Cornwall Colts missed a golden op- portunity to put a stranglehold on the Ot- tawa Junior Senators Sunday evening in Cornwall. The Colts, up two games to zero in the first round Central Canada Hockey League series, lost 3-1 to the Junior Senators after defeating them handily in Ottawa just one day earlier. The Colts trailed 2-0 entering the second after giving up a goal just before the buzzer to end the second period. They made it close on a redirect of a Brandon Howes point shot by Marly Quince just 3:31 into the third pe- riod after some sustained pressure in the Jun- ior Senators’ zone. With just over a minute left in the third, the Colts pulled Lukas Hafner with Devon Rice of the Junior Senators in the penalty box. But as the puck was cleared out of the Junior Sen- ators zone it was picked up by Rice who had just exited the penalty box for an easy empty- netter. The Junior Senators, who lost the first two games of the series, could even it up at their home rink Wednesday night. GAME 1 The Colts exploded for four goals in the sec- ond period to beat the Ottawa Junior Sena- tors 5-1 to open their first round in the Central Canada Hockey League in Cornwall on Thursday night. Marly Quince opened the scoring at 2:37 in the second period, but the Junior Senators evened the score at 1-1 with Quince in the penalty box at 6:35 in the second period. The Colts regained the lead with their own powerplay marker by Stephen Johnson at 11:01, followed by goals from Tylor Spink at 16:07.and Roman Ammirato with just four

Photo by Greg Kielec Tylor Spink of the Cornwall Colts tries to beat Ottawa Junior Senators goalie Charlie Millen to the puck during CCHL playoff action at the Ed Lumley Arena Sunday evening. The Colts lost 3-1.

seconds left in the second to open their lead to 4-1. Michael Borkowski, who sported a three- point night for the Colts, scored just 1:47 into the third period to increase the Colts’ lead to four goals. The game was a relatively tame affair until late in the third period, when Cornwall’s Mark Rath was called for boarding and Ot- tawa’s Liam Burtt was called for roughing with just 32 seconds left in the game, about a minute and a half after Ottawa’s Devon Rice was called for elbowing. The hostilities continued at the final buzzer when the Colts’ Alexandre Gendron was called for checking from behind, earning

himself an automatic game misconduct. GAME 2 Brandon Howes was the hero for the Colts on Saturday night in Ottawa, netting an over- time winner less than four minutes into the extra frame to give the Colts a 2-0 series lead. Tylor Spink tied it up for the Colts less than three minutes into the third period to send it to overtime. Roman Ammirato had tied the game for the Colts early in the second period after the Jun- ior Senators took the lead in the first period. But the Junior Senators regained the lead on the powerplay with 6:19 left in the second. The Colts are back at the Ed Lumley Arena Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. start.


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“Due to the nature of this investigation I am unable to detail as to whom the interac- tions with the firearms were with, but I can confirm that the interaction was not be- tween the accused and the police.” The man, who also faces two counts of ut- tering threats and one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, was charged after a 6 a.m. raid by OPP at a Mor- risburg residence. He was held for a bail

hearing today in Cornwall court. Lauzon would not say whether police were in any direct danger during the raid. “With any incident there may be a level of danger that the Ontario Provincial Police must take into account. The primary con- cern of the OPP is safety of the public and the safety of OPP members.“ For breaking news as it happens, go to and click on The Journal.

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A 48-year-old Morrisburg man is facing firearms charges after a raid by Ontario Provincial Police early Tuesday morning. The man faces charges of pointing a firearm, assault with a weapon and careless use of a firearm in connection with an inci- dent on Feb. 26, according to Theresa Lau- zon, SD&G OPP spokeswoman.

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A 42-year-old Morrisburg man faces a drug trafficking charge after a raid in Morrisburg by Ontario Provincial Police Monday. Police seized 11.3 grams of what they believe to be methamphetamine in both pills and the crystal-powder form. A large quantity of Canadian currency was also seized, according to OPP. Mike Heuff is charged with posses- sion for the purpose of trafficking after the Lakeshore Drive raid around 6:15 p.m. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 1. Lit candle blamed for fire in Berwick A lit candle is being blamed for a blaze in Berwick on Thursday. At approximately 9:50 a.m., members of the SD&G Ontario Provincial Police were dispatched to assist the Finch Fire Depart- ment with a fully engulfed house fire on Victoria Street in Berwick, according to a press release from the OPP. The OPP conducted traffic control while the fire department snuffed out the fire. The residents of the household were not at home at the time of the fire and are safe, po- lice said. The fire department attributed the blaze to a lit candle. The fire has been deemed not suspicious. Police warn drivers to watch out for cyclists The Ontario Provincial Police, East Re- gion is reminding motorists that the first warm weather of the year also means that smaller vehicles will be sharing our roadways. Many bring their motorcycles out for the first run of the year or tune up their bicycles to enjoy the sun. The OPP asks that before they hit the road they ensure their mode of transportation meets necessary safety standards. Ensuring brakes, lights and signals work, including their sounding device that can get other drivers attention. The OPP also encourages drivers to use the utmost diligence when changes lanes, turning corners and approaching intersec- tions. Robyn Guindon Pharmacie Ltée. Centre d’achats Cornwall Square Cornwall Square Shopping Centre 1, rue Water St. E., Cornwall ON • 613 938-6060 Mail Brookdale Mall 1236, av. Brookdale ave., Cornwall ON 613 938-3010 Mail East Court Mall 1380, 2e rue Est, Cornwall ON 1380, Second Street East • 613 937-0956 The Journal The Journal


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will be pushed back to 7 p.m. except on the Labour Day Weekend and 2 p.m. for the Fireball Enduro. Fans will also be happy to hear that the general admission for a regular show was slashed to $10, a two-dollar de- crease. To attract a younger generation of fans and families kids 18 years and under will be admitted for only a toonie $2, via gen- eral admission on a regular show. So for less than $25 a family of two adults and two chil- dren can see the best stock car racing in east- ern Ontario. More details to follow shortly on the up- coming Cornwall Square Car Show being held from March 26 to April 1. Also, the annual Champion’s Banquet is scheduled for March 31. Go to www.corn- for all the latest news and upcoming information on the season.

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Patriot Sprint Tour comes to town for its lone visit of 2012. Appearing on Aug. 26 is are the Eastern Ontario Vintage Stock Car Club. Fi- nally the ever popular Fireball Enduro will close out the season on Sept. 9. After listening to race fans the start time

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Downing, directeur des ressources hu- maines, de manquer d’ouverture et de défavoriser les gens de la communauté souhaitant postuler un emploi. M. McGillis est convaincu que l’hôpital n’a pas à appliquer la Loi sur les servi- ces en français. Rappelons qu’au mois de février, le maire et son conseil ont décidé de sus- pendre l’octroi de 30 000 dollars par année à la fondation de l’HCC, imitant ainsi le geste du Dr Dany Tombler. Ce dernier, ancien membre du conseil d’ad- ministration de la fondation de l’Hôpital, avait décidé de retirer sa con- tribution financière à la fondation afin de protester les exigences du bilin- guisme pour les postes affichés. « Depuis le mois de février, les courriels et appels téléphoniques n’ont cessé de s’accumuler », a lancé M. McGillis. Hélène Périard est demeurée relati- vement attentive aux propos du maire McGillis, ainsi qu’aux questions des membres du conseil. « En ce qui a trait aux soins médicaux d’un patient, nous choisissons les compétences avant la langue », a-t-elle justifié. Du côté des activistes francophones de la région, Georgette Sauvé, présidente de l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry, n’a pas retenu ses commen- taires dès sa sortie de salle. « Je suis estomaquée de voir que certaines per- sonnes ne s’en tiennent qu’à une idée. C’est un manque d’ouverture d’esprit (de la part du conseil municipal). Ils « Mon opinion est positive en ce sens que les gens ont appris des détails que le grand public ne savaient pas », a déclaré Gerald Samson, président d’un collectif de 23 associations francophones de Cor- nwall. « Cette rencontre entre les deux partis concernés, le 14 mars dernier, a servi à mettre les choses au clair. » Le contexte était mal interprété », a commenté M. Samson, faisant allusion aux explications détaillées données par le directeur des ressources humaines quant au niveau de français requis. Selon lui, les gens de la communauté voient une certaine injustice quant à l’ap- plication de la Loi sur les services en

C’est dans une salle comble divisée entre les gens appuyant la direction de l’hôpital et ceux se rangeant du côté du maire Bryan McGillis que la réunion du conseil municipal de South Stormont a commencé mercredi dernier. Une trentaine de manifestants s’étaient regroupés une heure avant l’ouverture de la session, arborant bien haut leurs pancartes. Le maire de la municipalité de South Stormont était de glace suite à la pré- sentation des membres de la haute direction de l’Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall (HCC), dont le but premier était de clarifier les récentes modifica- tions des politiques d’embauche. « Nous demeurons sur notre posi- tion tant que votre politique d’embauche ne changera pas. Présen- tement, des candidats qualifiés sont ignorés. Vous avez tous les pouvoirs pour changer les choses et vous agissez comme si tout allait bien », a lancé le maire, faisant allusion au niveau de bilinguisme exigé pour certaines pro- fessions. Il a notamment reproché à Hélène Périard, présidente du conseil d’admi- nistration de l’hôpital, et Greg

Photo Katina Diep Greg Downing et Helene Periard, lors de la présentation au conseil municipal de South Stormont.

punissent également leur monde à eux (en faisant allusion aux résidents de la région). J’ai l’impression que pour ne pas perdre la face, ils restent campés sur leur position », a-t-elle lancé. La conseillère de la municipalité de Cornwall, Bernadette Clément, demeure relativement neutre dans ses propos. « Un dialogue comme celui-ci est tou-

jours bon, cela démontre qu’il y a une volonté de bâtir. J’apprécie ce genre de réunion publique ou la communauté est présente ». Le conseil de la municipalité de Cor- nwall s’est opposé à la résolution de South Stormont demandant aux muni- cipalités des environs de suspendre les dons à la fondation de l’HCC.

Des informations mal véhiculées au sujet de l’Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall Par Katina Diep S OUTH S TORMONT tains points litigieux.

français, ainsi que les critères d’embau- che pour les postes vacants. « Les gens comprendront à présent que le niveau avancé oral et écrit n’est pas exigé pour tous les postes. Les choses devraient être plus éclairées et apaisées avec la réunion de ce soir », a-t-il poursuivi. Au cours de la présentation, M. Drowning a expliqué en détails les diffé- rents niveaux de français exigés selon les emplois, justifiant ainsi que le bilin- guisme n’est pas requis pour tous les postes. À titre d’exemple, un poste en entretien ménager n’exige pas la maî- trise du français alors que celui du psychologue requiert un niveau élevé de la langue.

Certains intervenants francophones de la communauté de Cornwall voient d’un bon œil la rencontre qui a eu lieu la semaine dernière entre les membres du conseil de South Stormont et des membres de la direction de l’Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall. La présentation faite par Hélène Périard, présidente du conseil d’ad- ministration, et Greg Drowning, directeur des ressources humaines de l’Hôpital communautaire de Cornwall (HCC), au conseil, a su clarifier cer-

Photo Katina Diep Les intervenants de la communauté fran- cophone de la région étaient présents à South Stormont.

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