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SNC prepares to celebrate
to practise restraint with its program and
project budgeting like all other government
Silver and gold mark 25- and 50-year
agencies at every level.
landmarks. Anything past 60 means
Thieves have been targeting the
“We don’t want to have to dip into our
getting into the jewellery.
campground at the Champlain Township
reserves,” Levere said during an interview
Which is why the South Nation
park in L’Orignal, where 11 trailers have
following the annual general meeting
Conservation Authority (SNC) could
been burglarized. In late February, the
March 22. “We’ll do stuff that won’t cost a
consider a blue sapphire as the official
Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police
lot. Now is the time to be lean andmean, and
colour theme for its 65 th
not be extravagant.”
at 772 Front Road West, relates community
But being careful about money does not
as Chairman Lawrence Levere noted that
services officer Constable Pierre Dubois.
mean that the SNC cannot make something
the regional conservation agency is having
special out of its 65 th
year of existence as the
The crooks, who broke down the doors of
Photo Richard Mahoney
oldest and most active conservation group
the trailers, made off with a television set
Fences and locks could not prevent
in the entire South Nation River watershed
and other electronic equipment. If you have
any information about these thefts, call
Staff and members of the SNC
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or
communications committee are working on
the O.P.P. at 613-632-2729.
several ideas to commemorate the occasion.
They include assembling a 65 th
book for release in the fall, featuring a
collection of personal anecdotes from
“This is simply an attempt
residents about their most memorable
experiences and favourite things about the
South Nation River, its tributaries, habitats,
to instill anxiety and fear in
wildlife, and place in the natural heritage of
“We have certainly increased our
presence in the community,” said Levere.
Meanwhile the 2012 SNC geocoin is
struck and ready for both souvenir sales to
tourists and also limited distribution at
various “treasure burial” sites in the
I must admit I was not surprised, nor horrified when I read M. Robert D’Auzac’s
watershed as part of the SNC’s participation
letters in the local newspapers (calling for Grenville-sur-la-Rouge to put under
in geocaching, a growing popular hobby
among hikers, amateur treasure hunters,
His comments are replete with inaccuracies, innuendo, and are, in fact, insulting
and other eco-tourists. Levere noted that
to the citizens of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge. He is suggesting that he has the answers to
SNC’s reputation is growing in the global
all questions and that the divided council is causing grave harm to the community.
geocaching community and the region has
It is not.
become a favourite travel destination for
M. D’Auzac talks of respect. He should respect the rule of law. When a council
geocachers south of the border from
member asks for a vote then a vote should be taken by the Mayor. That is democracy.
neighbouring New York and the New
That is respect for the rule of law. To have M. D’Auzac interrupting council members,
the Mayor and the public by offering his convoluted interpretation of how the world
turns, is not respecting the rule of law or the citizens of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge.
I will examine one last item. M. D’Auzac speaks of “state supervision.” His zeal
has superseded his ability to reason. This is simply an attempt to instill anxiety and
fear in the community. I expected more from M. D’Auzac.
However, if M. D’Auzac knows of fraud in the municipality then he has a duty and
a responsibility to take action and report the fraud to the authorities. If there has been
an egregious act that contravenes the law, I assume he will report it as well. If not, I
suggest he apologize to the community for his “odious” actions in an attempt to alarm
the community and to disrupt the democratic process.
I can only assume that the allegations made by M. D’Auzac, as stated in the local
press, are simply a figment of his imagination.
Bilingualism defines us
I would like to take this opportunity to share my thoughts and position on a very
important issue that has been raised recently, here in Eastern Ontario. Bilingualism.
Bilingualism is something that I believe defines us as a region, something that
creates opportunities and something that I andmany others respect but obviously took
I am disheartened and surprised that the conversation about providing services in
both official languages in our region has been brought to light once again.
At a time when we should be building upon our successes and gains of the past,
at a time when we should be celebrating and promoting our two cultures, at a time
when we should be respecting our individual rights as Canadians, as Ontarians, we
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are once again faced with the challenge of justifying who we are.
In Ontario, the French Language Services Act was enacted over 25 years ago. It was
supported unanimously by all parties represented in the Ontario Legislative Assembly
in 1986. This Act was important as Ontario recognized in law, that the French
language “is an historic and honoured language in Ontario.”
I support it 100%.
I was brought up in and currently live in a bilingual community, Alexandria, in
North Glengarry where everyone, francophone and anglophone, do business together,
volunteer together, play together and work together. We laugh together, we cry
together and we develop friendships that often lead to marriage.
I recognized early on the importance of being able to communicate in both official
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languages and as such both my children attended francophone schools and are
completely bilingual. I believed and still believe that being able to communicate and
do business in both English and French was an important part of their education.
I continue to work on my French language skills on a daily basis. It’s hard work but
rewarding. Being able to communicate in both official languages is something I
consider to be an asset both professionally and personally. It’s important that we all
move forward…together to build and live in stronger communities in Eastern Ontario.
Language is part of culture, culture is part of people and people are the cells of our
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vibrant communities. Respectful communication will always be key in the success of
our relationships and our communities and that is what I will continue to value and
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