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mayor ofThe Nation, as SNC vice-chairman. He also sits as one of the representatives for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell to the SNC board. Past-chairman Bill Smirle also continues in his post on the SNC board. During his brief acceptance speech, Chairman Thompson noted several high- lights for the SNC during the past year. He cited the work agency staff have put in on creating better public awareness about the role and work of the SNC through several public presentations beforemunicipal coun- cils of communities within the South Nation River watershed region, and also efforts to strengthen the SNC’s links to communities through its advisory programs for landhold- ers and projects dealing with conservation issues and wildlife studies. “We have also had increased land dona- tions and acquisitions over the past year,” Thompson said, adding that the recent addi- tions to the SNC’s ownmanaged land hold- ings will help with agency efforts tomaintain an ecologically-adequate forest cover for the watershed. The SNC is also looking into a closer part- nership arrangement with the neighbouring Raisin River Conservation Authority (RRC) based on discussions with Ministry of Nat- ural Resources officials during the recent Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) conference in Toronto. MNR is reviewing Ontario’s Conservation Authorities (CA) legislation to determine whether or not to
DougThompson is in the chair for another year as executive head of the SouthNation Conservation Authority. Whichmeans he can look forward to presiding over the start of next year’s anniversary celebration for the regional conservation group. “I think the excitement is growing as we continue to look forward next year to our 70 th anniversary,” saidThompson, following his acclamation for another termas board chair- man during the March 17 annual general meeting of the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC). Also acclaimed for another year’s termon the board executive was François St-Amour, Stolen tractor Someone is riding around on a “hot” tractor and police would like to have a word about that. OPP in the United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry have a report of a heavy-duty tractor theft from a commercial lot on County Road 31, near Winchester in North Dundas Township, on March 22. The stolen tractor is a red 2016 Massey-Ferguson sub-compact with a four-wheel drive and comes with backhoe and front-end loader attachments. Anyone with information on the theft can call the SDG OPP toll-free at 1-888-310-1122 or the CrimeStoppers confi- dential tips line at 1-800-222-8477. – Gregg Chamberlain
Doug Thompson (left) continues as chairman for the South Nation Conservation Authority (SNC) for another term following his acclamation during theMarch 17 annual general meeting. Also acclaimed for another term to their posts on the SNC executive are François St-Amour as vice-chairman, and Bill Smirle as past-chairman. —photo SNC
consider amalgamating some of the smaller CAs in the province as a land-management efficiency measure or whether there are other options available. Thompson emphasize that the SNC and RRCwill not amalgamate because both wa- tershed regions are very large. But he said theremay be some opportunities for the two CAs to share some staffing and programs to
both help reduce each other’s operations budgets and also improve the effectiveness and efficiency of existing programs that might cross over each other’s boundaries. “Each CA would still have its own board of directors,”Thompson said. “But theremay be areas where we could share staff. I think it would benefit. We could better serve the needs of both conservation areas.”
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Baccalaureate program report The Upper Canada District School Board’s international baccalaureate program is proving very success- ful. District trustees received a highlights report on the program during their March 23 regular meeting. Superintendent of schools David Coombs explained that the program offered in the district, through Brockville Collegiate Institute, has international recognition for its emphasis on global issues and extra content beyond what is required for a high school diploma, under the Ontario Secondary School Graduation Diploma guidelines. Ontario school districts are allowed to offer the baccalaureate program as an enhanced option in addition to the required secondary school curriculum. – Gregg Chamberlain
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