Justice can still work on a tight budget

Traffic study looks at proposed widening of St-Guillaume

administration of justice is within provincialjurisdiction–themaintenance ofcourtsandtheoperation–butthatbeing said, our priorities will continue. We are very supportive of victims – through the Victims Fund, our strategies with respect toencouragingyoungpeopletostayaway from drugs, crime prevention, and these will continue. I am supportive of those. Theyarepartoftheprocess.” He also noted that the rise of cyber- crimedemandsthatbothhisministry,and the Public Safety Ministry of Vic Toews, keeprevisingtheCriminalCodesothatit remainsintouchwiththe21 st century.He referred to recent legislation that Toews hasintroduced,givingpolicegreaterpower formonitoringtheWorldWideWeband collecting information from Internet serviceprovidersforcriminalinvestigations intopornographyandothermatters.The legislation has become a source of controversyovertheissueofprivacyrights. “The Criminal Code is stuck in 1950s technology, and the criminals have moved beyond just telephoning each other,” Nicholsonsaid.“They hadgivenupsending telegrams to each other. The criminal has takenadvantageofallthenewtechnologies, andtheBillthathe hasbeforeparliament¯ andthathasgainedquiteabitofpublicityin thelastcoupleofweeks¯addressesthat.”

rounded to the nearest five vehicles. The westbound through movement at the St- Pierre/St-Guillaume intersection was only one vehicle in the peak hour….the traffic volume would not have increased to the extent to modify the outcome of the recommendeddesign.” InfifteenminutesspentthereonTuesday, February 28 at 5 p.m., seven vehicles were observed coming out of the park and ride onto St-Pierre and across St-Guillaume to the gas stations or Burton Road. Many vehicles waited minutes to turn left on St- Guillaume from Burton, St-Pierre or the MacEwen gas station. Afewyearsagoastopsignwaserectedat that intersection, causing backups on the 417 off-ramp. Taggart Miller proposes St- Guillaume and Burton roads as haul routes for their proposed waste facility in North Russell.



The federal budget has yet to hit the tables at Parliament but talk of restraint on The Hill should not slow downthewheelsofjustice.Thatisthe viewofCanada’sAttorney-Generaland JusticeMinisterRobNicholson. “Weareallunderanobligationtomake surethetaxpayers’dollarsarespentwell,and that we cut back on anything extra,” said Nicholson, during a February 3 interview while attending the annual Spring Gala of Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Pierre Lemieux.“Andsoweallhavearesponsibility atthistimewithtryingtoassistwithmeeting the federal financial (ministry) commitments.Somycolleague,JimFlaherty (financeminister),hasahugeresponsibility inmanagingthat,butIhaveeveryconfidence thathewillbeabletodothat,andItrustthat Canadians, when they have a look at the budget,theywillsayit’sfair,it’sreasonable, it’s what the country needs.” But the attorney-general does not see a restraintbudgetasprovinganyobstacleto his own ministry’s goals of working with the Public Safety Ministry in maintaining thegoalsofCanada’scriminaljusticesystem. “For the most part, most of the

VARS | A four-year-old transportation study is the basis of an environmental assessment regarding widening St- Guillaume Road at the intersection of BurtonRoad andHighway 417. VanessaSkeltonofAECOM,theOttawa engineering firm conducting the EA, said theirintentwas,“…toconfirmtheneedand toidentify,developandevaluatealternative transportation improvements for north- southlinkstoprovideanefficientconnection betweenHighway417andthecommunities ofRussellandEmbrun.” The 2008 study was done, shelved, and now reopened by the United Counties of Prescott-Russell. Says Skelton, “The forecasted traffic demand within the Township of Russell for the year 2026 took intoconsiderationthefuturedevelopments planned for the area.” Alocalbusdriverwhohasdriventhrough that intersection daily for the last ten years states traffic has increased significantly in thattimeperiod.“Everydaynowit’samess. Look, see that van? The onlyway he can get across is if someone stops and lets him in.” ThestudyrecordedvehiclescrossingSt- Guillaume without turning to be zero. Says Skelton, “Traffic volumes were

photo Candice Vetter Traffic is snarled as usual at the intersection of St-Guillaume Road, Burton Road, and the 417 overpass on a Tuesday afternoon around 5 p.m.


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