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in Vankleek Hill, with 6.2 points. The score for Pleasant Corners Pub- lic School, near Vankleek Hill, slipped, from 5 points last year to 4.8 this year. The report card compares 3,030 pri- mary schools in Ontario, ranking them on a scale of 1 to 10. The Fraser Institute uses figures compiled by the Educa- tion Quality and Accountability Office. The institute stresses that the results are not a success or failure for schools. The assessment is meant to show how a school performs above or below the provincial average.

Laggan Public School, of Dalkeith, is the top English-language elementary school in Prescott-Russell and Stor- mont-Dundas-Glengarry, says the most recent Fraser Institute report card on Ontario’s elementary schools. Laggan Public School stands out, with 8.2 points on a scale of 10. A little above the average are St. Finnan’s Catholic School, in Alexandria, with 6.7 and St. Jude’s Catholic School,

HAWKESBURY | History was made at 8:52 a.m. January 24 at the Hawkesbury and District General Hospital. That was when Jaycob came into the world. There are about 400 babies born at the HGH every year, and while they are all spe- cial, Jaycob’s delivery was unique. Weighing 8 pounds, 10 ounces, he is the son of the first gay couple to have a surro- gate give birth at the hospital. “We are now officially proud fathers of a little angel,” proclaimed Dimitry Jean-Bap- tiste and Pascal Huberdeau, of Mirabel. “It was such a great experience,” Jean- Baptiste said in an interview. “It was stress- ful, overwhelming, all of that.” He lauded the HGH. “The hospital provid- ed us with an extra room and we were able to assist in OR.”

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Dimitry Jean-Baptiste and Pascal Huberdeau

The surrogate mother, a former neigh- bour of the proud fathers, delivered Jaycob during a planned Caesarean section proce- dure. Jaycob was conceived after sperm from both fathers was used to fertilize the surro- gate mother’s eggs at an in vitro fertilization clinic in Toronto. Originally, twins had been conceived. But unfortunately the other foe- tus died at eight weeks. Jean-Baptiste, 32, a flight attendant with Air Canada, and Huberdeau, 31, a nurse at the hospital in St-Jérôme, opted to have their baby born in Hawkesbury because the law in Québec on surrogate births is “iffy,” explained Jean-Baptiste. Québec judges have in the past not rec- ognized surrogacy agreements. The surro- gate mother is automatically recognized as the first legal parent in Québec. The last report from Jean-Baptiste: “Baby is perfectly healthy and so are the dads.”

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