Sparks fly at conflict hearing


Police seek white van Over the weekend SD&G OPP officers responded to a report of a suspicious person complaint involving a van in Chesterville. The complaint consisted of two adults talking to youngsters and offering them puppies. The OPP have taken this matter seri- ously and are conducting a thorough in- vestigation into the incident. At this time, the SD&G OPP is looking to speak with anyone that may have any in- formation involving a white van that was observed in the North Dundas area. The OPP continue to encourage par- ents, caregivers and guardians to edu- cate their children in regards to personal safety. Driver fled A South Glengarry man faces charges after he was accused of fleeing police at an impaired driving spot check last Wednesday. The incident occurred while SD&G OPP officers were conducting a Reduce Im- paired Drivers Everywhere spot check at the junction of County Road 18 and 4th Line Road South Glengarry at 9:30 p.m. As the vehicle approached the spot check, OPP officers attended to speak with the driver. The driver sped away but was stopped a short distance from the in- tersection. Claude Derepentigny, 45, is charged with flight from a police officer, obstruct- ing or resisting a peace officer and dan- gerous operation of a motor vehicle. He is scheduled to appear in Alexandria court July 3. Bit too far A 27-year-old Cornwall man is accused of biting a 21-year-old acquaintance while under the influence of alcohol during an altercation on May 18. The victim was transported to hospital for non-life threatening injuries. Derek Perkins is charged with aggravat- ed assault, failing to comply with under- taking and breach of a probation order. He was held in custody until court the following day. Drunken escapade Two Edwardsburgh Township men face charges after a pick-up truck was stolen from a parking lot on Levere Road in South Dundas at 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. The two suspects, aged 38 and 39, were located by SD&G OPPP a short distance away and arrested. They are charged with theft under $5,000 of a motor vehicle, obstructing or resisting a peace officer, breach of a probation order, theft under shoplifting, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content driving a motor vehicle.


If Friday was any indication, the next court date for Rob Hickley’s conflict of interest application against the city of Cornwall and Mayor Bob Kilger could prove to be interesting. High-profile Toronto lawyer Will McDow- ell, representing the city, showed his frus- tration right out the gate Friday morning when he was served with a last-minute af- fidavit by Ottawa lawyer Fay Brunning rep- resenting Hickley. After waiting at the bar for close to two hours for the case to come before Superi- or Court Justice John Johnston, McDowell urged Johnston to deny Brunning the right to file the application because of its last- minute nature. When Brunning argued how important the affidavit is to Hickley’s arguments for city funded legal representation, McDowell

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Cornwall Deputy Fire Chief Rob Hickley and Ottawa lawyer stand outside court in Cornwall after the first day of a conflict on interest hearing against the city andmayor.

accused her of “grandstanding” and made a quip about not being responsible to ensure Hickley’s “retirement lifestyle”.

McDowell, along with one other laywer, was on hand to represent the city. Gord Cameron of Ottawa, was representing Kilger but let McDowell have the lead during the proceedings, standing only occasionally to agree with arguments made by McDowell. Hickley, the city’s deputy fire chief, has asked for legal funding to pursue his con- flict of interest application against the mayor, who he alleges used his influence to have his son Chad Kilger hired onto the Cornwall Fire Department. The Ontario Municipal Conflict of Interest Act requires council members to declare a conflict of interest and leave the council chambers during discussion on issues relat- ed to family, friends and spouses. The rule applies to open and closed (in-camera) ses- sions of council. Kilger, who has repeatedly denied verbal- ly and through written statements that he is in conflict of interest, was not at the hear- ing, nor were any councillors after a last- minute special closed meeting for “training” was called by Kilger at the Ontario Power Generation Visitor Centre. Neither Kilger, nor the city, have filed an evidence to contest the claims made in fil- ings by Hickley. McDowell said Friday that it did not make sense to present evidence when he has already entered a motion to have the case quashed. Arguments on the motion were not heard Friday. After hearing arguments from McDow- ell and Brunning, Johnson ruled the last- minute affidavit from Brunning with details about while Hickley should be eligible for interim legal funding from the city could be filed with the court. His ruling came after an impassioned ar- gument by Brunning, who said there would be a “huge imbalance” in justice if Hickley was forced to represent himself while the city paid for its legal representation out of the public purse.

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