Accentuating the positive: “Town shows encouraging signs”

Councillor Marc Tourangeau also cited

Since 2006, more than 230 jobs have been

First report to new council

plant closures and their spin-off effects on

created by local industries that have


the need to maintain a positive attitude.

small and medium-sized businesses. “It is

remained competitive and have adjusted to


time we looked outside of town to try to

new challenges, he relates.

town’s industrial sector is not in difficulty,


attract new companies,” Tourangeau

However, during that same period,

he stressed. For the past three years,




Hawkesbury has been successful where

“shows encouraging signs,” according to

In fact, while the unemployment rate in

jobs, a fact that could not be ignored, some

many other North American towns have

economic development director Marc

Hawkesbury was 6.4 per cent in 2006, the

council members stressed.

failed – maintain and consolidate its


current rate for eastern Ontario is 8.6 per

“It worries me to see industries leave,”

industrial sector despite the impact of the



observed Councillor Alain Fraser.

world-wide recession.

to creating and maintaining jobs in the

But throughout his report, the first

Acknowledging the need to remain upbeat,


manufacturing sector, says Chénier in a

presented to council since he succeeded

Fraser told Chénier: “I am less optimistic


recent report to town council.


than you.”

Impaired driving numbers cause for concern


officers checked 7,751 vehicles, laid three

with some sobering results.

for the Eastern Region.

impaired driving charges, and issued four

The annual festive-period Reduce

“It is disturbing that people continue to

“Our officers removed 42 impaired

suspensions and laid 66 charges for other

Impaired Driving Everywhere (RIDE)

get behind the wheel after drinking,” said

drivers from the roads over the holiday

offences. In 2009-2010, checks of 15,587

campaign in Eastern Ontario wrapped up

Ontario Provincial Police Chief


vehicles resulted in not one impaired

collisions in the region involving impaired

driving charge.


During the previous blitz, officers

Witnesses sought

During the 2009-2010 blitz, 35motorists

issued ten suspensions and laid 99 charges

were charged with impaired driving,

for other offences.

Hill. If you have any information, contact


“I’m very disappointed with the

Constable Dominique Sauvé at the



laid during the 2008-2009 blitz.

number of motorists that choose to drive

Hawkesbury O.P.P. detachment at 613-632 -

During the latest campaign, between

after consuming alcohol, not only during



Witnesses are being sought as the

the campaign but overall in 2010,” states

Garett Allen, 18, who lived on the family

EasternOntario checked 167,878 vehicles,

Ontario Provincial Police continues its

Inspector Mike McDonell, SD&G O.P.P.


charged 42 drivers with impaired driving

investigation of a January 10 collision that

detachment commander.

17, of Concession 2 in The Nation, were

or refusal to provide a breath sample,

claimed the lives of two Vankleek Hill

In Russell County, officers with the


issued 75 warnings and 1,090 tickets for


Embrun-based detachment checked 4,852

Garett Allen was driving a 1994 GMC pick-

other Criminal Code, Highway Traffic Act

Investigators want to hear from anyone

vehicles and charged two persons with

up truck westbound on Concession 2 when

and Liquor Licence Act offences.

whomay have passed the scene of the crash

impaired driving or refusing to provide a

it hit a loaded semi-trailer that was parked

Officers from the Hawkesbury

which occurred shortly before 5:30 p.m. on

breath sample.

blocking the westbound lane. No charges

Detachment checked a total of 10,201


Police also issued five suspensions, and

have been laid yet.

vehicles, charging one driver with

charged 25 people with other offences.

impaired driving, issuing four warnings,

Across Eastern Ontario, in the 2009-

Weapons charges

and 30 offence notices for other offences.

2010 campaign, in addition to those

During the same festive period, 94

charged with impaired driving or refusal

motor vehicle collisions were reported in

to provide a breath sample, some 148


Prescott County; 14 people were injured.

drivers were issuedwarnings, while 1,074

and restricted weapons at a residence on



During the previous campaign, in Prescott

were issued tickets for various other

CountyRoad 21. Clement and theman have

County, 6,392 vehicles were checked,



resulting in one impaired driving charge,

O.P.P. officers across Eastern Ontario

careless use and unauthorized importing or

Two people have been charged with

six licence suspensions and 19 other

will continue to conduct RIDE programs


several weapons offences following an


throughout the year in an effort to keep

chargedwithuttering threats to cause death

Ontario Provincial Police raid on a North

In Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry,

highways safe.

or bodily harm.

Glengarry Township home Friday.

Dina Clement, 54, of North Glengarry,

and an unidentified 60-year-old man who

also lives in the township, were arrested

when the Stormont-Dundas-Glengarry


Campground plan



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The 2011 International Plowing Match

and Rural Expo in nearby Chute-à-

Blondeau has prompted Hawkesbury to

dust off a 2008 proposal for a riverfront


The town stands to benefit from the

estimated 150,000 visitorswho are expected

to attend the IPM that will be held in

September on three farms in East

Hawkesbury Township, notes Mayor René

Berthiaume. A campground would be


of those visitors to drop by Hawkesbury,

allows the mayor. At his suggestion, town


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et touristique de Hawkesbury, which

evaluated the feasibility of setting up a

camping area on a riverfront site, located in

the east end of town. The land in question is

also known as the Côte d’abattoir , a slope

which is situated on the north side of Main

Street and which is a popular tobogganing




town officials will assess during budget


A special council meeting will be held

Monday, January 24 at 7 p.m. to discuss the


2011 estimates.

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