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Federal investment in Presqu’île water main
Distracted Driving Danger OPP and other police forces are urging dri- vers to put down their cellphones and keep their eyes focused on the road ahead. A new awareness campaign about distracted driving and its consequences is in force. Police highway fatality statistics for 2014 in Ontario show that 73 people died as a result of distracted driving. Either they were the distracted driver or a passenger in their vehicle or else they were a pedestrian or someone in another vehicle that the dis-
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Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, announced more than $355,000 in federal funding for the Presqu’île water main project in the municipality of Alfred-Plantagenet. “This is a $1million water project, which will greatly benefit the people of Presqu’île,” said Lemieux. “Our federal government is investing in priority infrastructure projects that have a strong impact on the quality of life of our residents, while helping job creation and economic growth.” The announcement was made on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Inter- governmental Affairs, and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec. The project is being jointly funded by the federal govern- ment and the province of Ontario through the Small Communities Fund. “As the MP, I am pleased to announce our federal investment in projects such as the Presqu’île water main, a project that will benefit our community by improvingmuch needed local infrastructure,” Lemieux stated. “Our federal government’s commitment to municipalities, big and small, has never been stronger. I have worked closely with MPP Grant Crack and Mayor Fern Dicaire to prioritize this important project.”
tracted driver hit. Distracted driving is a se- parate offence under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act and the latest amendment to the legislation has increased the legal penalty to a $1000 fine and three driver’s licence demerit points if ticketed. Any actions that distract a driver’s attention from the road and traffic conditions are covered under the legislation, from talking or texting on a mobile phone or other device, to eating and drinking while driving, or even glancing down to adjust an entertainment console or GPS system. – Gregg Chamberlain
Mr. FernandDicaire, mayor of the Township of Alfred-Plantagenet; Mr. Pierre Lemieux, Member of Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell; Mrs. Margaret des Groseillers, president of the Presqu’île CondominiumCorporation; andMr. Grant Crack, Member of Provincial Parliament for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.
The project involves extending the mu- nicipal water main network, connecting Presqu’île to the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet municipal water filtration plant located in the village of Lefaivre. Once com- pleted, the new connectionwill provide safe,
clean, high-quality-drinking water to resi- dents of Presqu’île. The Ontario government is also provi- ding over $355,000 for this project. Alfred and Plantagenet will be responsible for all remaining costs of the project.
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