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Photo by Greg Kielec Former city human resources manager Robert Menagh is pictured in this Journal file photo. Menagh was fired by the city of Cornwall last Wednesday. Please see page 3.


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By Greg Kielec

A distribution centre being built in Cornwall to service Target Canada stores will employ 350 people, according a posting by the distribution centre’s oper- ator. The distribution centre will service eastern Canada stores in Target’s first ever foray into Canada. The popular retailer is con- verting Zellers stores across Canada for its operation. The Zellers store in Cornwall was not chosen to be converted. The job figure was revealed in a job post-

Special photo A new Target distribution centre in Cornwall to service stores in eastern Canada will employ 350 people, according to a posting on the operator’s website.

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“I think the bus industry has let us down,” said MacDonald. She said the bus industry is supposed to provide both accessible and convenient service: “I think we are getting neither.” City council approved MacDonald’s mo- tion Monday night seeking a review by the Ontario Highway Transport Board of inter- city bus service to and from Cornwall. The motion recommends a centrally lo- cated inter-city bus depot be located in Cornwall, that there be seamless transfer between Cornwall Transit and inter-city bus passengers, and that the city be incor- porated in bus service from Toronto and Montreal.  More city council on Page 3

By Greg Kielec

By Marc Camoletti. translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans.

The city is missing the bus when it comes to inter-city transit, says a Corn- wall city councillor. Councillor Elaine MacDonald wants a provincial agency to pressure bus operators to provide better inter-city service to city residents. The move comes on the heels of news Via Rail is reducing its passenger train service to Cornwall. There is no longer a depot in Cornwall for inter-city bus service. Instead passengers are picked up at a north end truck stop, out of the reach of Cornwall Transit, MacDon- ald said.

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Human resources manager fired

By Greg Kielec

The city of Cornwall has fired its man- ager of human manager in a secret emer- gency meeting less than 24 hours after an in camera session last Monday night. The decision to fire Robert Menagh came at an “emergency” session at 4 p.m. Tues- day, according to reports. The meeting was called by Mayor Bob Kilger at 10 a.m. Tues- day, about 15 hours after Monday evening’s in camera session was held. The firing of Menagh, which could leave city taxpayers on the hook for another ex- pensive confidential settlement, was an- nounced by the city in a terse email early this afternoon. The Journal has appealed to the Ontario privacy commissioner the city’s refusal to release details of a settlement with former Glen Stor Dun Lodge adminis- trator Donna Derouchie last summer. The Journal was not notified of the Tues- day afternoon meeting, nor, it appears were other local media. Clerk Denise Labelle- Gelinas confirmed the meeting was called by Kilger, as per custom. She blamed the lack of notification on a software glitch. Labelle-Gelinas was unable to describe to The Journal what “emergency” prompted the calling of the rush meeting. She would only say it was to deal with a personnel issue. According to today’s press release from the city, the city has “relieved” Menagh of his duties “effective immediately”. The ter- mination was “without cause”, according to the release. "Council has decided to seek new direc- tion in the corporation's Human Resources Department,” said Mayor Bob Kilger in the release. “We thank Mr. Menagh for his years of service, and wish him well in the future." Listed as media contact on the release was the name and phone number of Cornwall Chief Administrative Officer Paul Fitz- patrick. He did not return a call from The Journal this afternoon. Menagh was a key figure in the whiste- blower case involving city manager Diana Shay who was intimidated and harassed after report a caase of resident abuse at Glen Stor Dun Lodge. But in an interview with The Journal in November 2011, he claimed he wasn’t solely responsible for the whistle- blower debacle. “I am not a lone wolf renegade operator here. We work in a collegial management style here,” he said at the time. The city also recently lost a human rights decision against a finance department em- ployee under his tenure. The two Shay cases – the other was a civil suit – and the human rights case involving Marie Anne Pilon cost the city more than $300,000 in legal fees. A judgment for dam-

Photo by Greg Kielec Human resources manager Robert Menagh speaks to members of Cornwall city council during a budget committee meeting early in 2011. Menagh, one of the key figures in a whistleblower case against the city, was fired last Wednesday.

City won’t release details of settlement with Menagh

was kept secret. A search of “emergency meeting” on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website directs readers to a PDF document entitled Continuity of Decision Making A Toolkit for Municipalities. According to a section of the document en- titled Emergency Procedure By-laws, mu- nicipalities can establish procedural bylaws which govern how a municipal council meeting can be called. “There often are long notice periods to en- sure that municipal residents are able to at- tend. This may not be appropriate during an emergency if a council meeting needs to be called quickly to make decisions con- cerning the emergency.” figure does not include possible legal costs to the city. Fitzpatrick confirmed that an “emer- gency” meeting called by Mayor Bob Kil- ger at 4 p.m. Tuesday was to discuss Menagh’s tenure. Kilger called the meet- ing at 10 a.m. Tuesday, just hours after a closed council session held prior to coun- cil’s regular meeting Monday night. Menagh was a central figure in the whistleblowing case against the city late last year, along with former Glen Stor Dun Lodge Administrator Donna Derouchie and Fitzpatrick. Derouchie quietly left her position in July 2011. The city has refused to release details of the settlement with Derouchie. The Jour- the tax hike as well as the addition of a tran- sit route to Brookdale Square at Brookdale Avenue and Tollgate Road, and the opera- tion the Benson Centre coupled with the Cornwall Civic Complex. One the plus side, the city has more than $1 million coming its way, some of which could help blunt the anticipated tax increase. Adams said a $500,000 insurance premium refund from Great West Life could be used to offset the tax hike. The city benefit from the beginning of court security cost uploading by the province

To allow a council to meet in a crisis, pro- cedure bylaws can include a provision that allows for the head of council or designate to call an emergency meeting without giv- ing the standard notice that usually applies to council meetings, the section reads. “In many cases, there will not be sufficient time to provide public notice, or it may be im- possible to issue notice due to an electricity or telecommunications disruption. Also of note, according to the document, is that even if an emergency meeting is held “without issuing standard notice, the pro- ceedings must still comply with the open meeting policy outlined in the Municipal Act, 2001.” Follow @gkielec on A document on the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs website appears to indi- cate emergency meetings can be called to deal with unexpected natural disasters in which phone lines and telecommunica- tions are affected. It does not mention emergency meetings to deal with person- nel issues. nal has appealed the case to the Ontario privacy commissioner. An emergency meeting may be called by the head of council without notice to the public or media. It is unclear whether a meeting called to discuss personnel is con- sidered a bonafide emergency under the Ontario Municipal Act. which will drop $145,000 in the city’s coffers this year. And the city is boasting a $413,957 surplus from its building department. For capital projects like road rebuilding, the city will receive $3.7 million in gas-tax rev- enue this year, an increase of $1.4 million over 2011, Adams said. The city will benefit from $90.4 million of operating revenue in 2012. About $48.6 mil- lion of that revenue comes from taxation, Adams said. The city will also spend $6.7 million on capital of which about $1.9 mil- lion will come from taxpayers.

By Greg Kielec

ages in the Pilon case is expected early this year. Menagh’s position was rumoured to be in jeopardy ever since news leaked out over the Shay cases and Pilon case, stories largely uncovered by The Journal. Menagh has served as human resources manager since January 2005. Tuesday’s meeting is not the first secret meeting held by city council. It held more than 10 hours in secret meetings in Novem- bers and more meetings in December, re- portedly to deal with the fallout of the whistleblower case. Council held another closed session on Dec. 19, which was announced in an email to The Journal but the time of the meeting Menagh is listed on the Ontario Ministry of Finance website as having earned a salary of $122,687 and $1,328 in benefits in 2010. If Menagh settled with the city for two years salary and benefits, he would receive $250,000 in taxpayer dollars. That The city of Cornwall will not be releas- ing details of a settlement with its for- mer human resources manager, according to the city’s CAO. Paul Fitzpatrick, in a call to The Journal on Wednesday evening, said the city won’t release details of any payout to Robert Menagh, who was fired by the city Wednesday. slightly larger share of the total tax pie this year : “You can see that that is increasing,” Adams said. Revenue from residential taxpayers com- prises 55.5 per cent of the budget – about $30.1 million – up from 55.18 per cent last year. The tax hike is “primarily driven” by a $1.7 million increase in salaries and benefits which will be paid to city employees this year, Adams said. A $600,000 increase in the cost of waste col- lection and recycling is also contributing to

Cornwall taxes could increase average of $56.13

By Greg Kielec

Residential property taxes will increase an average of $56.13 based on a $1.26 million increase in city spending detailed in a draft budget presented to Cornwall city council last Monday. The city arrived at the tax increase figure by taking an average of a cross-section of 250 properties throughout the city, said city fi- nance manager Maureen Adams in a pres- entation to city council. The budget will see homeowners pay a

CRIME SCENE News in brief from the OPP, Cornwall Community Police Service

eral complaints of vehicles entered at res- idences in Stormont Township. Overnight Wednesday and Thursday morning, four vehicles were entered in the village of Ingleside and two in the Rosedale Terrace area. Cash and a baby stroller were among items removed. Tires slashed Last Wednesday at approximately 10:45 a.m., SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a mischief on Ruth Street in South Glengarry Township. The investigation revealed that some- time overnight unknown suspects at- tended a residence and slashed five tires on a tractor-trailer and all four tires on a Cadillac that was parked in the owner’s driveway. Traffic stop nets drugs SD&G OPP officers seized drugs during a traffic stop on Sunday at approximately 10:30 p.m. on Highway 401 in South Stor- mont Township. During the stop, OPP uncovered a small amount of marijuana. Marco Gambone, 29, of Pierrefonds, Que. was faces a charge of possession of schedule II cannabis marijuana He is scheduled to appear Feb. 21 in Cornwall court. Stainless steel stolen SD&G OPP are looking for a brazen thief who walked out of an Alexandria store with $3,000 of stainless steel sheets Sunday morning. The theft occurred around 8:30 a.m., at a business on Main Street in Alexandria A vehicle was seen leaving the parking lot of the business and is described as a white Ford F150 pick-up truck. Choking and threats A 39-year-old Cornwall man was ar- rested on Friday in conection with a vio- lent altercation with his ex-girlfriend. It is alleged Nov.18, 2011 he got into an alter- cation with his 38-year-old ex-girlfriend when he assaulted her, chocked her and uttered threats to harm her. The victim suffered minor injuries. It is also alleged that he continuously contacted her.He was charged with assault, overcoming re- sistance, two counts of utter threats and criminal harassment. Assault, obstruct police A 34-year-old Cornwall man was ar- rested Saturday aftern an altercation with his brother. It is alleged he got into an al- tercation with his 33-year-old brother when he assaulted him. Police were con- tacted and an investigation followed. During the course of the investigation, the male intentionally impeded the inves- tigation and was subsequently charged with obstruct police and assault. Fraud, personation Hong-Tao Huang, 34 and Tony Lam, 35 both of Cornwall were arrested Saturday. It is alleged that on Jan. 4 they attended a McConnell Aveune medical site and ob- tained treatment. They provided a false name and identification. Police were con- tacted and an investigation followed. They were charged with fraud and per- sonation. They were released to appear in court on Feb. 14.

Assaulted 85-year-old mom A 47-year-old Cornwall man is facing charges after his mother was assaulted on multiple occasions, including once with an ashtray. The assaults on his 85-year- old mother occurred on a number of oc- casions leading up to Jan. 11. The man is charged with three counts of assault and one counts of assault with a weapon. He was held in custody until court the fol- lowing day. His name was not release as it would identify the victim. His mother was not injured in the incidents Struck with pool cue A 67-year-old Cornwall man is accused of striking his 41-year-old son with a pool cue after threatening over the phone and in person. The man was arrested Jan. 10 in connection with the incident which arose out of an argument. The victimwas not injured, according to Cornwall police. The man was charged with assault with a weapon and two counts of uttering death threats. He was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not released as it would identify the vic- tim in this incident. Teen neighbour assaulted A 34-year-old Cornwall female was ar- rested Jan. 10 after a run-in with her 19- year-old neighbour. It is alleged she became involved in an altercation with her neighbour after attending the per- son’s resident. The 19-year-old was as- saulted and property was damaged, according to Cornwall police. The woman is charged with assault and mischief under $5,000 was and released to appear in court on Feb. 2. Her name was not re- leased as it would identify the victim in this incident.The victim was not injured. Woman assaulted in theft A Cornwall man is accused of assaulting a woman attempting to thwart the theft of her property on Jan. 10. Tyler Jodoin, 20 of Cornwall was arrested Jan. 11. It is alleged that on Jan. 10 he took property from the home of a 36-year-old female ac- quaintance. The woman was assaulted when she tried to interrupt the theft. Jodoin is charged with theft under $5,000 and assault. He was released to appear in court March 6. The victim was not in- jured. Theft from medical facility A 43-year-old Cornwall man is accused to taking property from a McConnell Av- enue medical clinic. Michael Boyer was arrested on Jan. 9. He is charged with theft under $5,000. He was released to ap- pear in court on Feb. 7. Weather keeps OPP busy The blast of snow and freezing rain con- ditions late last week resulted in tricky driving on area roads. Since the storm’s inception Thursday and Friday morning, Stormont Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police officers responded to a total of 37 traffic and weather related calls for service. The incidents ranged from ve- hicles in ditches to property damage col- lisions. No injuries resulted. Thefts from vehicles On Thursday, SD&G OPP received sev-

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe bans synthetic cannabis Special photo Synthetic cannabis seized by Canada Border Services Agency officers in shown in this photo posted by the agency. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe declared a ban on the sub- stance on Jan. 10. Synthetic cannabis is illegal in Canada.

cannabis fall under Schedule II of the Con- trolled Drug and Substances Act.” Manufacturers claim that synthetic cannabis contains a mixture of traditionally-used me- dicinal herbs, each of which produces a mild effect, according to a posting on the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council website. The products are usually smoked by users, ac- cording to the tribal council. However, when labs analyzed the product, they did not findmany characteristic “finger- print” molecules from the claimed plant in- gredients. The samples had large amounts of synthetic chemicals. This suggests that the actual ingredients might not be the same as those listed on the packet, according the tribe. “We have a duty to implement rules and laws to regulate and educate the community to the dangers and possible harmful effects of products,” said Tribal Chief Randy Hart. “This includes products sold throughout the world and within the jurisdictions of the Saint Regis Mohawk Territory.” It seems likely that synthetic cannabis can precipitate psychosis and, in some cases, it is prolonged. Studies suggest that synthetic cannabis intoxication is associatedwith acute psychosis. It can worsen previously stable psychotic disorders. It may also have the abil- ity to trigger a long-term psychotic disorder among vulnerable individuals. A user who consumed three grams of synthetic cannabis every day for several months showed with- drawal symptoms similar to those of nar- cotics withdrawal, the SRMTC says.

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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, which governs the United States portion of Akwesasne, has banned synthetic cannabis. The tribal council signed a resolution on Jan. 10 declaring a ban on products known as synthetic cannabis, often sold as “herbal in- cense” and “herbal smoking blends.” The ban includes products derived from similar formulas known and not yet known at this time. The products are banned from both the sale and display within the terri- tory’s retail businesses. Tribal Chief Mark Garrow said the tribal Council is responsible for the health, safety, education and welfare of all members of the tribe. “So we’re asking the private business sector here in Akwesasne to help us protect our community members.” Synthetic cannabis is a psychoactive and chemical product that produces a “high” similar to marijuana. According to the Cana- dian Border Services, synthetic cannabis, which also goes by the brand names Spice, K2, Yucatan Fire, Tribe and Skunk, is a herbal and chemical product which mimics the ef- fects of cannabis. Users have suffered panic attacks, heart palpitations, hallucination, delusions and vomiting. There is a popular misconception that the drug is legal or not controlled in Canada, ac- cording to the CBSA. “However, many of the synthetic compounds used tomake synthetic

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Conservation awards Time is running out to pay tribute to local environmental leaders who make our communities better places to live. The 4th Annual Tri-Valley Conserva- tion Awards Gala, to be held on April 18th at Rideau Valley Conservation in Manotick, recognizes and celebrates the voluntary work of ordinary people doing extraordinary things for our en- vironment in the South Nation, Rideau Valley and Mississippi Valley water- sheds. Nominations will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., Thursday, March 1, in the fol- lowing categories: Primary Schools (JK- Grade 6); Intermediate/High School (grades 7-12); College/University; Agri- culture; Community Groups; Individu- als/Family Groups; Business; Municipalities; Lifetime Conservation Achievement in the Mississippi Valley; Lifetime Conservation Achievement in the Rideau Valley; Lifetime Conserva- tion Achievement in the South Nation Valley. Snowplow safety The city of Cornwall’s municipal works and services staff strives to pro- vide safe winter road conditions for ve- hicular and pedestrian traffic by optimizing the use of winter mainte- nance materials and equipment. Operators of snow and ice clearing equipment face many dangerous chal- lenges but two of the greatest dangers they face are drivers following too closely and drivers trying to pass them, according to the city. Keep a safe distance back from main- tenance equipment when you see blue flashing lights. To do the job right, snowplows and salt trucks must travel slower than regular traffic. Sight lines and visibility near a working snow- plow are significantly reduced by blow- ing snow. At no time should a vehicle pass a snow plow on the right-hand side. This could result in a severe or even fatal collision. One-stop service A one-window approach creating ef- ficiencies for property owners seeking septic system permits is now opera- tional in the South Nation River water- shed. Residents living throughout much of the watershed will deal with South Na- tion Conservation staff regarding issu- ing of septic permits for new construction, renovation and legal searches, said authority General Man- ager Dennis O’Grady. SNC staff is currently collaborating with staff at the EOHU to ensure a smooth program transition; fees will re- main the same and application forms - which are accepted beginning Jan. 3 - are available at Municipalities included in the new arrangement are East Hawkesbury, Al- fred-Plantagenet, Casselman, Clarence- Rockland, Champlain, La Nation, Russell, North and South Stormont, North and South Dundas. TO THE POINT News in brief from Cornwall and the surrounding area

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Gisele Paquette, born and raised in Ile Perrot, Que., defines success as living life to the fullest, and impacting others in a positive way. She has been an art educator and specialist for over 20 years. She has taught dance in all settings, including at the university level and has organized events such as dance fes- tivals, and choreographed several musicals in Ontario and Quebec. The arts teacher, and eastern representa- tive for the Ontario Council of Drama and Dance Educators, said the reason why she went into teaching is because of her passion and love of the arts. When she sees students excel, no reward can be greater. She de- scribes herself as creative, and passionate with a sense of humour. Paquette’s father died when she was just a child; she was only 10 years old, and she was the youngest in her family. Her mother, while raising her family guided and sup- ported Paquette, and always told her she could do whatever she wanted to do in life. Paquette was also inspired by two impor- tant women, neighbours, Pierrette Cham- poux and her sister Simone. Pierrette was a Quebec journalist who sang, and Simone ran a private school in diction. They were strong, creative women who taught Paque- tte what culture was about. As a result Pa- quette learned that she could do anything whatever the circumstance or place. This re- lationship gave her a sense of pride and achievement. This learning experience coupled with her desire to excel in the arts, motivated Paque- tte to work very hard, and for several years

Photo by Lisa Etherington-Runions Gisele Paquette has taught dance in all settings, including at the university level and has organized events such as dance festivals, and choreographed several musicals in Ontario and Quebec.

stage and gave a stunning performance of an Edith Piaf song. Now as a mother of two boys, what Pa- quette values most is her family and stu- dents. “I want to make sure that I give my boys

and one day would like to go to Italy with her family and study the arts. In the future Paquette can envision a life in Europe, teaching and learning. Working in a foreign country like China is also one of her dreams. She loves interesting people and places. While Margaret Atwood is one of her favorite Canadian writers, she also enjoys reading biographies or suspense novels, and enjoys classical music and jazz. Paquette lives life by certain creeds: “Never judge a book by it’s cover”; and “Actions speak louder than words.” Paquette feels that if she could change one thing in this world it would be poverty and inequality. If there was anyone dead or alive she could meet and have a conversa- tion with, it would be Jesus, because she would like to knowwhat is the real purpose of life, and what is the ultimate goal of our existence. As a mother, teacher, and artist Paquette feels that her life so far has been enriching. When asked what she would like said about her as a eulogy, she simply said: “She lived as she loved and gave what she knew.”

worked with various teach- ers, including Mikaeline Provost, who succeeded in developing in Paquette a love for the interpretation of the word and song. Paquette started singing when she was 10, but it took till she was 37 years old to fi- nally break through various struggles that she had with her voice. “The hardest part about getting into a profes-

the best guidance possible so that they in turn can have a positive impact on the world. If I can do this that would be a great accom- plishment. The same goes for my students. Teaching is a ripple effect, what you give them in turn feeds the world. This is true for all of us,” she said.

“The hardest part about getting into a profession in the arts is that sometimes your vision and pas- sion is not shared by others . . .” Gisele Paquette

She feels her greatest ac- complishment or success so far is having a family that supports her, and being surrounded by love. “If you have a foundation that is strong, you can build anything whatever the cir- cumstances,” Paquette said. In her free time, Paquette can be found in her studio where she takes the time to pro- duce art. She has a passion for printmaking,

sion in the arts is that sometimes your vision and passion is not shared by others, and it is difficult to get things done. Negativity is a bad seed,” explains Paquette. Luckily her experience, and adaptability permits her to be comfortable in several set- tings, and she is confidant to accept any challenges. Most recently, she walked on

Have you herd? Final season for Cow Patti

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Patti‘s success: Garfield Andrews, Susan Greenfield and myself, Lea said. “Beside Cow Patti’s known talent we have

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Cow Patti Theatre is being put out to pas- ture in eastern Ontario. “After 11 Seasons, 17 plays, 340 perform- ances, 42 benefit performances, 34,000 guests, 106 actors and countless crew we are closing the barn doors onCowPatti in easternOntario after our production of “Boeing- Boeing” Feb. 2-19,” said theatre company head AnnaMarie Lea. “We have been privileged to have produced for you for the last 11 years and are so grateful to have received such support and kindness from all of you: Our audiences, our actors our crews, our production teams, the media, and the Ramada Hotel and Conference Center.” “It has been my great pleasure to produce professional theatre in the Seaway Valley. With this show, I will recognize and represent all things Cow Patti stands for,” she said.

added three new talents to the final crop; Kate Gordon, Katie Lawson and Tim Huges, all stellar actors, who will fuse with the cast, keeping with our tradition of creating re- markable entertainment,” she said. As well, directing the show will be. Richard Bauer, often seen on stage inMorrisburg at Upper Canada Playhouse. Bauer had his directorial

“After 11 Seasons, 17 plays, 340 perform- ances, 42 benefit performances, 34,000 guests, 106 actors and countless crew we are closing the barn doors

The final production will be laughter and plenty of it: This is notably one of the wittiest farces of our time, Lea said. “The second ‘cow plop’ I want to embrace is the high standard of quality our audi- ences have come to expect,” Lea said.

on Cow Patti in eastern Ontario AnnaMarie Lea

For the last 11 years, Cow Patti has prided itself on creat- ing opportunity for Canadian artists and Boeing-Boeing will be no excep- tion. A good size of the cast of Boeing-Boeingwill be those who have played on our stage many times and have been a huge part of Cow

debut with Cow Patti four years ago with the production of “Don’t Dress For Dinner” since then he has worked this added talent, direct- ing shows throughout Ontario and has come back to direct this farewell show, Lea said.

Colts collect five of six points

The Journal The Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame has announced the Call To The Hall for 2012. Nominations for the next set of in- ductees run until Friday, March 2. Sub- missions after that date will not be considered for 2012. All types of sports are represented from the more than 300 CSHOF mem- bers. There are also a number of in- ductees under the builder category. The selection committee requests a list of awards or accomplishments accom- panied by media clippings or a scrap- book outlining the nominee. For more information on the induction process and a list of past inductees, visit Inductees will be announced in April. Once again, the Benson Group is the title sponsor of the induction dinner. The Benson Cornwall Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner takes place on Saturday, Aug. 11 in the salons of the Cornwall Civic Complex. Nominations or further questions about the nomination process for the next class of inductees can be for- warded to the Selection Committee Chairman Thom Racine (thom_racine ) or Benson CSHOF Din- ner Chairman David Murphy (dmur- Sports Hall of Fame seeks nominees

By Greg Kielec

The Cornwall Colts grabbed five out of a possible six points to inch closer to first place in the Robinson Division. The Colts have moved to within four points of first place Carleton Place Canadians in the Robinson after salvaging a point against the Smiths Falls Bears on Thursday in Cornwall, followed by back-to-back wins against the Hawkesbury Hawks and the Gloucester Rangers Sunday. Kyle Baun scored with 9:31 left in the third period to give the Colts the win in Glouces- ter with assists going to Tyson Spink and Stephen Johnson. The win gives the Corn- wall Colts, who remain in second place in the Robinson, 65 points. Carleton Place sits in first with 69 and Brockville is in third with 63 points. The Colts opened up the scoring at 6:51 in the first against Gloucester an unassisted goal by Michael Phillips. But another unas- sisted goal, this one by Gloucester’s Travis Meyer while shorthanded tied the game with just 39 seconds in the first. Kyle Baun scored his first of two on the night just 1:33 into the second period to give the Colts the lead again, but the Rangers tied it up five minutes later on a goal by Mathieu White. Assisting on Baun’s goal were Michael Borkowski and Thomas Lang. The Colts won a wild one in a rare after- noon tilt at the Ed Lumley Arena in Corn- wall Saturday afternoon against the Hawkesbury Hawks. Tyson Spink scored five goals as the Colts outlasted the Hawks 8-6, including three of the Colts’ powerplay goals. The Colts, who were up 7-2 with just 5:27

Photo by Greg Kielec Colts defenceman Mark Hough is swarmed by three Hawkesbury Hawks players dur- ing action at the Ed Lumley Arena in Cornwall on Saturday. The Colts won 8-6.

gone in the second period, saw their lead evaporate to just one goal early in the third period when the Hawks rallied for four unanswered goals. The sparse crowd at the Ed Lumley was able to breathe a sigh of re- lief when Spink potted his fifth goal of the game on a powerplay to give the Colts a much needed insurance marker mid-way through the third. The Colts made a late comeback at home against the Smiths Falls Bears on Thursday in Cornwall, but were unable to seal the deal in the shootout. The Colts, down 3-1 late in

the third, netted late goals from Billy Ulrick and Kyle Baun to send the game to overtime. Michael Borkowski, the Colts fourth shooter, was unable to match Jesse Blais’ goal for the Bears in the shootout, leaving the Colts with just one point. The Colts could lose some ground in the Robinson this week – Carleton Place played Kanata and Brockville was slated to play Smiths Falls Tuesday evening – but they have a chance to gain it back against Car- leton Place on Thursday evening at the Ed Lumley.

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venir s’établir à Cornwall. Chuck Char- lebois, qui se dévoue depuis de nombreuses années à la cause du Village, a alors institué le projet pour la conversion de ces usines longeant le Saint-Laurent. La phase deux

Vivre dans la ouate toujours RaymondContant, agent Remax, est l’un des premiers acheteurs de l’un de ces ma- gnifiques condos-lofts dont les plafonds s’élèvent à 13 pieds de haut. « Mon père a travaillé toute sa vie dans cette usine de coton; j’ai grandi à quelques pas d’ici », raconte Monsieur Contant en montrant la photo de travailleurs recensés parmi les 2000 employés de l’usine qui a cessé ses opérations en 1957, moment où la famille Caneb a racheté et transformé l’endroit en entrepôt. Un projet rentable pour les villes Il y a une quinzaine d’années, les gou- vernements fédéral, provincial et municipal se sont impliqués dans la conversion de ce type de bâtiments situés près des rives pour récupérer les éventuelles taxes municipa- les et scolaires des résidents désireux de

L’Édifice Cotton Mills Cornwall, situé rue De La Fabrique, sera complété tel que planifié par le contracteur Robert Pelda en février 2012. Les luxueux espaces avec vue excep- tionnelle sur le fleuve St-Laurent sont occupés depuis septembre par leur pro- priétaire; les occupants comptent à 50% parmi des citoyens actuels de Cornwall, mais plusieurs autres résidents vivent ac- tuellement à Ottawa, Montréal, Toronto et en Alberta. Le projet phase 1 qui comprend 54 unités est entièrement vendu. Les prix pour chaque unité varient entre 160 et 315 milles dollars. Ce projet de 13 millions a été financé en partie par le Gouvernement fé- déral.

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Le maire Bob Kilger et Chuck Charlebois sont très fiers de voir ce quartier historique de Cornwall revitalisé grâce à ce projet de condos à la Cotton Mill Lofts.

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Ils ont choisi Cornwall pour investir l’extérieur de la ville, ils demeurent très présents dans la communauté. Depuis 2002, ils ont personnellement fait l’acquisi- tion de cinq bâtiments sur la rue Pitt. « Éric a mis six mois pour me convaincre d’ache- ter les deux premiers édifices dans lequel loge notre entreprise CBM. « Et moi, par la suite, j’ai appris à frapper du marteau, j’ai mis deux ans à retaper ces bâtisses tous les week-ends avec des copains », précise Éric. En 2009, ils ont acheté deux autres édifices, le 245 et le 155 de la rue Pitt ou logera le restaurant Truffles Berger Bar à compter de février 2012. Et enfin, en décembre 2011, ils ont acheté l’église au 507, rue Pitt. Giovanna et Éric ont injecté un demi-million de dol- lars pour retoucher trois de leurs bâtiments. « C’est incroyablement beau, les plafonds ont 13 pieds et demi de haut, et les commer- çants de la rue nous confient combien ils sont fiers lorsque nous retouchons une bâtisse sur la rue Pitt » confie Giovanna. En fait, Giovanna et Éric comptent éven- tuellement installer aussi leurs pénates à Cornwall, ils avouent préparer leur retraite en investissant autant dans la région. « Nous louons les espaces aux commerçants et nous mijotons présentement un autre très gros projet », précise Éric en gardant le secret bien secret. Non seulement ces deux jeunes entre- preneurs investissent à Cornwall, ils créent de l’emploi dans la région; neuf personnes travaillent dans leurs entreprises. Éric Charron et Giovanna Galletto Le RDÉE veut recruter des jeunes

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Deux jeunes entrepreneurs de la région de Valleyfield et de Rivière- Beaudette, Giovanna Galletto et Éric Charron ont choisi Cornwall pour leurs investissements. Pourquoi? « Tout a commencé en 1997 lorsque l’an- cien maire de la ville de Cornwall, Phil Poirier, qui souhaitait vendre son entre- prise Poirier Business Machine , a approché notre employeur, un concessionnaire de photocopieurs à Valleyfield. Celui-ci ne souhaitait pas acheté l’entreprise de mon- sieur Poirier; Éric et moi avons tergiversé pendant six mois puis nous nous sommes associés et nous avons acheté les contrats de service de 22 clients pour nous lancer en affaires à Cornwall », raconte Giovanna. Le jeune couple d’affaires a largement développé sa clientèle depuis 15 ans. Giovanna et Éric ont rebaptisé l’entreprise Cornwall Business Machine et ils desservent maintenant plus de 1 000 clients à cent kilomètres carrés à la ronde, soit de Cor- nwall à Embrun, Hawkesbury, etc. Ils remercient leurs clients en grand une fois l’an en organisant des soirées casino nom- mées Extravanga. Près de 150 clients participent à ces soirées magiques où tous se déplacent en limousines et hélicoptères. Même si tous deux habitent toujours à Le Réseau de développement écono- mique et d’employabilité de l’Ontario (RDÉE Ontario) vient de lancer la campa- gne de recrutement Place aux jeunes qui se déroulera jusqu’au 2 mars 2012 dans SDG. La RDÉE a lancé sa campagne de recru- tement de jeunes diplômés sous le thème Place aux jeunes le lundi 9 janvier 2012. Les jeunes diplômés bilingues, âgés de 18 à 35 ans, qui ont terminé ou sont en voie de terminer des études de niveau profession- nel, collégial ou universitaire, ont jusqu’au 2 mars 2012 pour s’inscrire à ce prochain séjour exploratoire de Place aux jeunes dans la région de Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry (SDG) et Cornwall. Le séjour consiste à regrouper, au cours d’une fin de semaine, entre 10 et 12 jeunes originaires ou non de la région, afin de développer leur réseau de contacts profes- sionnels, de leur faire découvrir ou redécouvrir la région et de planifier leur retour dans la région. Les jeunes profes- sionnels seront accueillis dans la région de Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry (SDG) et Cornwall les 24 et 25 mars 2012. Aussi, « Place aux jeunes Ontario-SDG fait appel à tous ses partenaires communautaires et à la population de la région de SDG pour faire de sa campagne de recrutement au séjour exploratoire 2012, un réel succès. Par le biais de cette nouvelle campagne de recrutement, nous voulons séduire les jeunes à notre belle région », souligne Mme Bourgeois-Denoyers, agente de migration de Place aux jeunes Ontario-SDG. Martine Plourde, directrice régionale de la région de l’Est du Réseau de développe- ment économique et d’employabilité de l’Ontario (RDÉE Ontario) a laissé savoir par le biais d’un communiqué que le trans- port, l’hébergement, les repas et les activités proposées sont offerts gratuitement aux participants par Place aux jeunes Ontario- SDG. Les personnes intéressées à s’inscrire ou à obtenir plus d’informations peuvent com- muniquer avec l’agente de migration au 613 527-1430 ou par courriel au

On reconnaît, sur la photo, de gauche à droite : Jim McDonell, député provincial de Stormont-Dundas-South, Grant Crack, député provincial de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, Martine Plourde, directrice générale de la région de l’Est du Réseau de développement économique et d’employabilité de l’Ontario (RDÉE Ontario), Marie-Ève LaRocque, agente de développement du RDÉE Ontario et Danika Bourgeois-Desnoyers, agente de migration de Place aux jeunes Ontario-SDG. Le Citard, un spectacle sous le thème paix et amour

L’École secondaire catholique La Cita- delle a présenté son spectacle annuel de chant, danse et de musique, le Citart, au grand public le 22 décembre 2011 sous le thème paix et amour. De la classe de danse et de guitare aux clubs et associations artistiques, tous les talents étaient représentés par les Patriotes. « Plus de 100 élèves, de la septième à la douzième, ont participé à la préparation et à la présentation du spectacle que ce soit en tant que danseurs, chorégraphes, musiciens, chanteurs, animateurs, coordonnateurs, auteurs, compositeurs, interprètes, techni- ciens, vidéographes, placiers, et autres », a laissé savoir madame Hélène Cormier, ani- matrice culturelle. « L’esprit communau- taire de l’école francophone catholique était bien représenté à travers les montages vidéo réalisés par les élèves et les animateurs, », a- t-elle précisé en remerciant chaleureusement les membres de la communauté qui ont par- ticipé soit : l’École élémentaire catholique Marie-Tanguay, le Centre de ressources fa- miliales de l’Estrie et le Manoir McConnell. Un DVD souvenir du spectacle est mainte- nant disponible à l’école.

Trois élèves ayant participé aux camps de journalisme « Jeunes reporters en action » de l’Association de la presse francophone (APF) ont été invités à couvrir le Parlement jeunesse pancanadien (PJP) pour le compte des journaux de l’APF du 5 au 8 janvier dernier à Ottawa. Danyka Leclair (Polyvalente Roland-Pépin, Campbellton, NB), Benja- min Doudard (Collège Notre-Dame, Sudbury, ON) et Mady Bouchard (École du Sommet, Saint-Paul, AB) ont eu l’occasion d’assister aux débats et de prendre part aux activités des parlementaires du PJP afin de rapporter le tout aux membres des différentes communautés francophones du Canada.

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gouvernement. Finalement, Ali Boussi (On) a été élu au poste de chef-adjoint de l’opposi- tion. La patience des candidats a été mise à l’épreuve pour le dernier vote de la journée. La totalité des élections devaient être faites à l’aide de télécommandes et quand est venu le temps de voter pour le chef-adjoint de l’op- position, un problème technique est survenu, empêchant le vote d’avoir lieu. Le scrutin pour le dernier poste a dû être voté sur papier et les bulletins de vote comptés manuellement. Quant aux ministres qui formeront le reste du cabinet, ils seront choisis quelques mois avant le prochain PJP, soit au cours de l’année 2013. À la toute fin de l’événement, les dépu- tés se sont quittés dans le lobby de l’hôtel, la plupart prêts à rentrer chez eux, en voiture, en autobus, en train ou en avion. Pour les partici- pants qui comptent revenir pour la prochaine édition du PJP, qui aura lieu en janvier 2014, ce n’est pas « adieu » qu’ils se sont dit, mais plu- tôt « au revoir ». vie énormément enrichissante! ». Auniveausecondaire,celui-ciavouenepas avoir été intéressé du tout au système gou- vernemental. Mais, après avoir participé à un parlement jeunesse, il s’est ouvert les yeux sur un monde de possibilités et de changements. Il a été élu premier ministre au terme de son 3e PJP et malgré sa modestie, acquiesce avoir les outils et habilités pour faire honneur à un tel titre. Will Roney est un personnage à la fois dé- terminé, fonceur, sage et terre à terre. Il sait qu’être informé et comprendre le processus gouvernemental est la clé pour avoir la mo- tivation de s’engager et tente de le commu- niquer aux autres. Il étudie présentement à l’Université d’Ottawa en histoire et veut en- suite se diriger vers la marine. Il ne dit pas non à la possibilité d’un jour joindre les rangs po- litiques.

zaine de candidats ont prononcé leur discours devant la chambre afin de demander à leurs collègues leur appui pour être élu à l’un des huit postes disponibles. Le vote s’est soldé par la victoire de l’ex-chef de l’opposition, Alexis Couture (N-B), au poste de premier ministre. «Çafaitextrêmementplaisir»,affirmet-il.«On a un cabinet qui est très diversifié, qui vient de partout à travers le pays et qui représente vraiment bien la francophonie canadienne», ajoute le futur premier ministre en parlant du prochain Parlement jeunesse pancanadien. C’est à Alex Bouchard (Yukon) qu’est reve- nu lepostedechefde l’opposition,etJonathan Gauvin (Qc) occupera celui du chef du tiers parti. Gabriel Tougas (Mn) sera président de la chambre et David Gakwerere (Ab) vice-prési- dent. Charles MacDougall (N-É) s’est quant à lui emparé du titre de vice-premier ministre et Marie-Julie Bourque (Î-P-E) sera la leader du pourraient y avoir si l’opposition se laissait inti- mider par un parti aussi déterminé et têtu que l’AXAS. Derrière son sourire amical, Will cache certainement une bête féroce prête à rugir et à débattre les opinions et décisions de son parti jusqu’au bout. Cependant, malgré les rivalités et les jeux de rôle, des liens étroits se tissent entre dé- putés et ministres. Selon Will, l’expérience de participer à une rencontre regroupant des jeu- nes francophones de partout à travers le pays est une chance en or et ouvre des fenêtres vers un Canada plus uni qui travaille ensemble pour bâtir un monde meilleur. Pouvoir discuter des enjeux touchant les jeunes et la communauté, de changements voulant être apportés au sein du gouverne- ment, avoir le pouvoir d’influencer l’avenir du pays, toutes sont des raisons de s’engager au niveau politique. « Ça été une expérience de

OTTAWA— C’estsurlesmotsdugouverneur général du Parlement jeunesse pancana- dien, Bernard Lord, que s’est officiellement terminé le 8 janvier dernier cet événement national biennal de quatre jours organisé par la Fédération de la jeunesse canadien- ne-française (FJCF). La 6e législature du Parlement jeunesse pancanadien s’est clôturé par la sanction royale accordée aux projets de loi sur les langues officielles et sur la privatisation de l’armée, les seuls ayant étés adoptés par la chambre. Cette marque officielle a été appo- sée par M. Lord. Par lasuite, lachambreaétéprorogéepour une durée de deux ans et les élections ont été tenues afin de déterminer une partie du cabi- net de la 7e législature du PJP. Plus d’une quin- OTTAWA — Doté d’une moustache sor- tie tout droit d’un livre d’histoire, Will Roney (I.P.É.) est passionné du passé et déterminé à faire une différence dans le milieu politique. Il joue d’ailleurs le rôle du premier ministre au Parlement jeunesse pancanadien (PJP) à Ottawa du 5 au 8 jan- vier. Membre et leader du gouvernement mi- noritaire Axiome anti-socialiste (AXAS), sa philosophie personnelle ne ressemble pour- tant guère à celle qu’il représente cette fin de semaine. Inspiré de la situation actuelle du gouvernement conservateur Harper, l’opinion de droite de son parti ne sera pas remise en question par l’opposition. Cette similitude a pour but de démontrer les conséquences qui par DANYKA LECLAIR

Alexis Couture (NB), élu premier ministre du PJP 2014


Will Roney (IPE), le premier ministe de l’édition 2012 du PJP


sieurs responsabilités, que ce soit au gouverne- ment municipal, provincial ou fédéral, bien qu’elles varient grandement. Si en politique, les gens doivent « faire des sacrifices qui ont un impact sur tout l’ensemble familial », reste plusieurs raisons peuvent pousser un individu à se lancer en politique. Un désir de voir une amélioration, la pe sévérance et la volonté de prendre des actions afin de faire un changement sont quelques-unes des qualités recherchées chez un politicien. Pour faire un lien entre le gouvernement et le devoir des citoyens de prendre leur place, le gou- verneurgénéralexpliquequ’« ilfautque lescitoyens prennent des décisions afin que des résultats reflè- tent la population du pays, il est donc important que les individus participent aux élections, s’expri- ment, et soient engagés dans la société ainsi qu’au sein du gouvernement. » Soulignons qu’à 33 ans, Bernard Lord a été le plus jeune premier ministre du Nouveau-Brunswick. Il a été à la tête d’un gouvernement progressiste- conservateur de 1999 à 2006. Depuis, il a quitté la vie publique pour joindre le secteur privé.

OTTAWA — Prendre sa place dans la société canadienne. Voici le message que Bernard Lord a livré lors de sa confé- rence, qui a pris la forme d’un échange avec les partici- pants, dans le cadre de l’ouverture de la session parlemen- taire du Parlement jeunesse pancanadien. M. Lord, qui joue le rôle du gouverneur général pour l’occasion, a ainsi donné le coup d’envoi à l’activité le 5 janvier. Les 105 députés ont, lors de cette conférence, découvert l’importance de leurs actions au niveau gouvernemental. Les motivations, les responsabilités ainsi que certaines qualités nécessaires afin d’apporter des changements ont aussi été mentionnées à mainte reprises lors de cette activité. « Il faut être motivé par les prochaines générations afin de prendre des décisions qui mèneront à des changements dans notre pays », explique M. Lord. « Il ne faut pas que les gens hé- sitent à prendre des risques calculés, à prendre leur place et à soulever les défis afin d’avancer leurs idées, même si leurs pairs demeurent silencieux. La confiance en sa réussite motive les gens à agir, pas la peur des échecs. » Selon lui, la responsabilité d’agir revient aux individus s’ils désirent remarquer un changement dans la société. Il y a plu-

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