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Arrested for threats A Cornwall teen has been charged with uttering threats after he was accused of threatening a 42-year-old man at a Wa- ter Street residence. The 17-year-old was arrested last Wednesday under the strength of an out- standing warrant. The teen was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not re- leased as per provision under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Suspicious person A report of a suspicious person near Roxmore Public School in Avonmore last Wednesday afternoon turned out to be unfounded. Members of the Ontario Provincial Po- lice SD&G detachment were dispatched to the school after students reported they had observed a man dressed in black and possibly carrying a weapon near the school around 1:15 p.m. today. Two Arrested in b & e Two people are facing break and enter charges after a vehicle witnessed at the scene of the crime was spotted by SD&G OPP on Highway 401. The vehicle and occupants were ob- served on Highway 401 where a traffic stop was conducted. The 39-year-old driver, Brandy Rogerson and her 40-year- old passenger, Luc Maurice Serre, both of South Dundas, were arrested. The face charges of breaking into and enter a place with intent to commit in- dictable offence, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and pos- session of break in instruments. Rogerson is scheduled to appear May 14 in Cornwall court. Serre was held in custody pending an appearance in Corn- wall court. SD&G OPP have recovered various items of property that are unclaimed. Robbery with firearm A gun-wielding 21-year-old Cornwall man faces charges after a violent rob- bery on March 16. Olivier Delatour is accused of breaking into a Duncan Street residence and de- manding property from a 17-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man when he assaulted them. A firearm was also involved in the incident, although Cornwall police did not specify how it was used. The victims suffered minor injuries, ac- cording to police Delatour is charged with two counts of assault, disguise with intent, failing to comply with a recognizance, break and enter, using a firearm while committing offence and robbery with violence.


Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger says he has no idea how protesters’ signs -- missing for five days after a Feb. 25 council meeting -- ended up in his office. He also says he has no idea how the signs, which were handed over to police by the city March 1, disappeared from his office. “I didn’t bring them into my office and I didn’t take them out of my office,” Kilger told The Journal in an interview last week. “I don’t know when they came in and when they left,” he said. Asked how he could not notice protest signs in his office for five days, the mayor said that “ignorance is bliss” and that he didn’t take any particular interest in the signs while they were in his office. Protesters were left wondering for five days where there signs were when they disappeared at a protest at city hall prior to council’s Feb. 25 meeting. Norm Levac, the city’s chief administra- tive officer, told The Journal in an email last Tuesday that they had been in the mayor’s office all that time. “I believe the signs were in the mayor’s office from the beginning,” said Levac in re- sponse to an email from The Journal . “(I’m) not sure who put them there but there were sent to Chief (Dan) Parkinson that Thursday or Friday.” Parkinson did not return a call for com- Not only does Cornwall city councillor Andre Rivette want two year-old whis- tle-blower cases settled immediately, he wants Mayor Bob Kilger to take the lead at the council table to bring them to a suc- cessful conclusion. “The bottom line is, it doesn’t take a year … to settle something like this,” Rivette to The Journal . “There are so many God d—n reports from lawyers, it’s sickening.” “It has to come to a hed to get everything out there and get it dealt with,”he insisted. The mayor recently issued a statement claiming that while he is not in conflict of interest on one of the whistle-blower cases filed with the city early last year, he will not participate in any further discussion on the issue which, thus far, has been debated ex- clusively behind closed doors. But Rivette – who now estimates legal costs and settlements since early 2011 have cost taxpayers at least $2 million and as much as $2.5 million – says if the mayor has no conflict one the whistle-blower case at is- sue, he should be leading council to resolve the case.

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A bent sign is shown in this photo taken by protester Chris Cameron after it was re- trieved from Cornwall police.

ment from The Journal early lastWednesday morning. The signs, which were left in a hallway prior to the Feb. 25 council meeeting, in compliance with the city’s policy forbid- ding signs in the council chambers, went missing after a number of protesters wit- nessed them being damaged by Councillor Syd Gardiner. Five days later, the signs were handed over by the city to Cornwall police, which ruled the following Monday that no charg- es would be laid in the incident. But no one knew where the signs were those five days that they disappeared into thin air. The mystery was solved when Norm Le- vac, the city’s chief administrative officer, wrote The Journal in an email that the signs were in Kilger’s office – a few hundred me- tres from city police headquarters -- the Kilgers’statement came after a press release released by whistle-blower lawyer Fay Brun- ning urging him to publicly declare a conflict of interest on the matter. According to the Ontario Municipal Act, if a council member concludes they are in conflict during an issue discussed in camera, they must disclose the conflict at the next open council meeting. Kilger has instead added a statement to at the end of the Feb. 25 minutes describ- ing matters discussed during the in camera session prior to the open session of council almost identical to a statement released by the mayor March 5 denying he is in conflict of interest, but qualifying he will not partici- pate in any further discussions on thematter. According to city council’s own procedural bylaw, council members are forbidden from revealing discussions which occur during an in camera session. The only way a council member can reveal information discussed at an in camera session is through a majority vote of council, which in Kilger’s case, has not happened.

whole time police were investigating the incident and protesters were seeking their location. Councillor Andre Rivette said he feels badly for Levac and for members of the city police, who got caught in the middle of a situation not that should have never oc- curred. “First of all, it should of have never hap- pened. There was no reason for the council- lor to go and do that,” Rivette said. “It’s mak- ing the (police) force look bad, and I’m not sure that is right.” He also believes that Gardiner should have apologized for his actions. Gardiner has maintained he did not dam- age the signs, but simply bent them to fit into a lunch room adjacent to the city coun- cil chambers. Police also ruled in their inves- tigation that the signs were not damaged. Closed meetings not meant to skirt public scrutiny, says Mayor Kilger Cornwall Mayor Bob Kilger concedes that city council has held a “disproportionate” number of closed meetings, but insists they were necessary given the issues with which council has been dealing. But he added, “there’s nothing secret about a closed-door meeting,” in response to criticism council has met in the past with- out notify the public or media. The mayor made the comments during an interview with The Journal in response to a highly critical statement issued by for- mer councillor Leslie O’Shaughnessy during which criticized the amount of time council spent behind closed doors prior to his resig- nation in April 2012. “October, November, and December (2011) was probably the most disap- pointing period in my political career,” O’Shaughnessay wrote. Please see “MAYOR”: Page 6 By Greg Kielec

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Fundraiser for vets The Friends of Vets will hold a roast beef dinner and fundraiser at RCAFA Wing 424 at 240 Water Street West in Cornwall on April 6 from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The guest speaker with be World War II veteran Len Hart. Money raised will be used for the production and costs of the Friends of Vets documentary Breaking the Silence about true life experiences from local vet- erans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Tickets are $20 each and are available at the wing bar or by contacting Denis Lab- be, Friends of Vets president, at 613-931- 1892. Contact Labbe for more information or send an email to cornwallveteranssup- Concert of favourites Out of the Shower!, a concert of fa- vourites with Felicity Brown and Colleen Fitzpatrick, accompanied by Rosemary Brown, will occur on Sunday, April 14 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Anglican Church at 105 Second Street West in Cornwall. The cost is $10 at the door and a reception will follow. Those attending are urged to bring a non- perishable food time for the food bank. Wellness fair A Healthy Living Wellness Fair will be held Saturday, April 6, from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. at the Harvest Christian Fellowship Church located at 847 York Street, Cornwall. This event will be of great interest to all who live with food intolerances such as gluten, dairy, soy, etc. or anyone wanting to pur- sue a healthier lifestyle. More than 30 lo- cal vendors will provide free samples, free demonstrations and draws as well as help- ful literature to introduce the public to the many natural, organic and life-enhancing options that are available in and around Cornwall. An admission fee of two dollars for Maison Baldwin House would be very gratefully received. For more information, please contact Mary Brink at 613.938.2908 or Sylvie Thibert at 613.931.3119. Nomination meeting Brian Lynch, president of the Stormont- Dundas-South Glengarry Provincial NDP riding association, has announced that the local provincial NDP riding association will be holding their nomination meeting on this Wednesday evening (March 27) at 7:30 p.m. at the Navy Veterans Associa- tion, 30 Sixth St., E., Cornwall. Everyone is welcome to attend the NDP nomination meeting and AGMs. Email your coming events to lyse.emond@ // Envoyez vos événements à lyse. communautaire Le lien community link The

City whistle-blower lauds O’Shaughnessy for apology To the editor:

City management and council (council should have had no business in ‘perso- nel’ affairs) who illegally disrespected the whistleblower laws of the province must be personally made responsible for the legal charges paid for each of them by the city of Cornwall tax payers. Had they been cleared of wrongdoing, I would agree they would not be otherwise charged these costs. IT WAS REPREHEN- SIBLE THAT THE CITY TAXPAYERS HAD TO COME GOOD FOR LEGAL COSTS ON THEIR BEHALF. If a policeman or soldier committed a wrong, they would be dismissed without their pensions. Should this have been done in this case too? A $400,000 pension lottery windfall I would think. It is reprehensible that these people would not see to it that Ms. Shay’s legal costs would be paid for, just as theirs were. The nurses association that backed her charges up should sue for compensation to cover their support costs. I would hope that the treatment of whis- tleblowers in the future would be respected and acted upon immediately to protect the innocent of our city from abuse or other il- legal activity affecting them. One wonders how many other incidents in this city in particular were circumvented in this way in the past. If our dedicated em- ployees of integrity, honesty and determi- nation to correct wrong activity are not al- lowed to speak up we may as well be living in a dictatorship. Please see “SHAME’: Page 6 Multiple wrongs don’t make for any rights

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good people will dig for the truth and not back down. Good people will require that the law be enforced or will try to stop illegal conduct. The lawabiding public servants in this com- munity deserve the support and protection of the public and council.

I would like to thank Mr. O’Shaughnessy for his personal apology to me for the or- deal that I have gone through as a whistle- blower. This ordeal began with my efforts to en- sure that the corporation dealt with resi- dent abuse at Glen-Stor-Dun Lodge in a manner that was in accordance with the law, designed to protect the vulnerable per- sons in our community. It certainly took courage for Mr. O’Shaughnessy to resign in protest last year, and to come forward with the statements in his press release on March 19, 2013. I have spent years trying to maintain a steady course, to have the city abide by the law, to expose the illegal conduct and to encourage council to investigate why it happened. I hope that the public realizes the deep personal sacrifices that have to be made, to make a meaningful difference and to stand up for what is right. The employees of the city who broke the law were supported by public money, and they needlessly fought the illegal retalia- tion charges for almost two years. I was the city employee who had done what was right, yet the city lawyer was intending to try to break my evidence in court. The guilty plea was correct on the evidence that the judge accepted as proof, beyond a reasonable doubt, of guilt. Mr. O’Shaughnessy gives me hope that

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following background was provided by Shay’s Ottawa lawyer Fay Brunning. I acted for Diane Shay in relation to whis- tleblower protection, reinstatement and witness representation in the past. She forced the city to report resident abuse at the lodge that was investigated and con- firmed by Janet McFarland and Kathleen Smit, investigators from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Ms. Shay was harassed, disciplined and then had her em- ployment terminated. She had to bring a civil action to be reinstated to her employ- ment. She was then the key witness for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, which had laid charges against the city and Mr. (Robert) Menagh for illegal retalia- tion. The retaliatory conduct/failure to stop retaliation of Mr. Fitzpatrick, Mr. Menagh and (lodge administrator) Ms. Derouchie formed the basis of the charges against the corporation of the city of Cornwall. Please see “WHISTLE-BLOWER”: Page 6

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Down the lane with Cornwall’s country music gentleman

After a few years touring with “Lone Pine” and three children later, Leger returned to his roots in Cornwall, which he claims was his biggest mistake. “There was no work here in 1951. There were no jobs, so I started playing at the Lloyd George Hotel five nights a week for $100 per week. I played with Charlie Heward and Gor- die Summers. When CKSF TV opened in Cornwall, Leger was the first performer on the network. “I got sponsors for my programs” explains Leger. “Each sponsor paid me three dollars a show. Sponsors like the Jim Clement grocery store, and the Marie Boisclair, Second Hand shop contributed.” Leger also played at the popular dance halls and clubs of the day with bands like “The Golden Bar Rangers, and with his band “Smokey and the Western Stars” at Hotel Ce- cile in Quebec. In the years that followed Leger joined the army for six years and was posted to Gag- etown, N.B., but then returned home with his family to Cornwall, and once again became known on the music scene with the release of his first album Love At First Sight. The al- bum featured six original tunes including Waltz of the Bride composed by Leger, as well as the talents of the Brisson Brothers. Waltz of the Bride was promoted by Hawk- shaw Hawkins down in West Virginia. The song was also later recorded by the late Ca- nadian icon Stompin’ Tom Connors in the 1970’s. “I remember when Connors was playing at the Water Street arena with Wilf Carter, and Connors invited me in for a beer. He told me he remembered the shows I played in Prince Edward Island along with Lone Pine , and that he was a kid who used to sit in the front row watching me perform on my D28 Martin. I thanked him for recording my song, and Connors kept in touch with me. On my 80th birthday, he sent me an autographed photo.” Now at 87, and seven children later, Leger looks back on his years with pride. His chil- dren, also part of the Cornwall music scene formed a band with their father in the late 1960’s, titled The Leger Family Band , and over the years they played at community events, stages, and weddings. Today Leger still plays shows here and there, and each year is fea- tured at Guy Lauzon’s garden party.


Lucien Leger, more commonly known by his stage name“Smokey Martin,”reminisc- es about his life in the world of country music. The 87-year-old Canadian country music pioneer who contributed greatly to music in Canada has many a story to tell, and still plays many a tune, and while lis- tening to him you realize his words echo a unique time in Canadian country music history. Born March 15, 1926, Leger was raised in Cornwall, and grew up listening to country music on his parent’s radio. They tuned in to WWVA, the Victor Arthur show coming from WheelingWest Virginia. It was this music that inspired the young seven-year-old, and by the time he was 10, his parents bought him a seven dollar Lone Ranger guitar from the Sears catalogue. Leger never looked back and from that point on he started emulat- ing stars like Gene Autry, and became a self- taught guitarist. By the time he was 14 years old Gerry Kir- key started teaching him theory, and then Leger began to pursue his career in country music joining a local band, Will Gaylord and the Texas Ramblers. They played gigs locally and in Pembroke for three dollars per night. “The only problem was we had nights in Pembroke,” explains Leger, “and we drove there in an old three seater dodge loaded with musicians and gear. I sat on the floor and on cold nights it was drafty.” At 17 years old, Leger headed to Nova Sco- tia, recruited by Jack Adams who owned a production company out of Montreal. The young Leger, fairly new on the country mu- sic circuit worked for one of the largest fairs in Oxford, N.S. and played solo as a side act earning $ 21 a week plus room and board. Country music was gaining popularity in the 1940’s, so Leger convinced Gaylord to come to Nova Scotia and they re-formed the band playing various gigs on the East Coast. When the band left to come back to Cornwall, Leger stayed in Nova Scotia and to make ends meet he joined a circus running the Ferris wheel. “The money wasn’t great, but I enjoyed

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Pictured is Lucien Leger, otherwise known as “Smokey Martin” with a photo of him- self in the 1940’s, along with a photo personally autographed and sent to him by Stompin’Tom Connors

what I was doing,” said Leger. Then as luck would have it, Leger met Elly Rouche, a Moncton, N.B. who convinced him to go to Summerside, P.E.I. where he met up with Hal “Lone Pine”Breau. At the time Leger didn’t have a guitar because he sold it for

in Southern New Brunswick and Nova Sco- tia. The highlight of this time in his life was also playing alongside Lefty Frizzele in Fred- ericton, New Brunswick. American country singer Hawkshaw Hawkins also played for two weeks with the band, and later left and

food, so Breau lent him his D28 Martin, and when he heard Leger, he knew he wanted Leger to play with them. “ This is how I got my stage name “Smokey Martin,” said Leger.

headed to Nashville, Tenn. Hawkins died along with Patsy Cline in a plane crash in 1963. It wasn’t long be- fore Lone Pine and His Mountaineers gained

“The money wasn’t great, but I enjoyed what I was doing.”

popularity through radio stations such as CFBC in Saint John, and CKCL radio in Truro, Nova Scotia. “I remember it well it was 1949 and while in Truro I met the love of my life, Jean Eliza- beth Anderson. After going out for six weeks we eloped. We got married NewYear’s Eve in Cornwall. I wanted her to see my home, and then we returned down east. It wasn’t long before we started a family.”

Breau’s band “Lone Pine and His Moun- taineers” gained international fame, and Hal along with band members Betty Cody, his wife and yodeler and imitator, Smokey Martin, ace vocalist/guitarist, and Art Maher, guitarist toured the East Coast in Canada and the United States, winning several contests before returning to New Brunswick. There they performed in almost every community

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Colts eliminate Braves; face Canadians in semis

Braves’ Ryan Walter careened off the skate of a Colts’ defender and past Jordan Picco- lino. The Colts were forced to come from be- hind again Friday night, after power play goals by Zack Todd and Chris Roll put the Braves up 2-0 just past the halfway mark of the second period. Andrew Ming got the Colts within one on a set up from Marly Quince and Kevin Hope with just 2:24 left in the period. Michael Pontarelli tied it on a set up from Stephen Johnson, the Colts leading playoff score, and Billy Ulrick just 3:59 into the final frame and Khalid Alli gave the Colts their first lead of the game 1:26 later on a set up from Jake Bannister and Brandon Howes. Johnson added an empty-netter with just 36 seconds left in the game to end the Braves’ playoff aspirations for this season. The Colts pelted 30 shots after the Braves’ Pikul and Jordan Piccolino -- he was spec- tacular in the Colts’ Thursday overtime win with 24 saves, many of the acrobatic variety -- made 19 saves on 21 shots for the win Fri- day night. the city changed its plea to guilty. An agreed statement of facts including emails at the material time, were given to the judge and read in public, which the judge accepted as proof beyond a reasonable doubt of guilt. A conviction was registered. The taxpayers paid the fine ($15,000 plus 25% surcharge for a total of $18,750), and paid all the legal defence costs of Mr. Me- nagh and the city (which were reported in the media). Ms. Shay’s request for her own legal fees was denied by Mr. Fitzpatrick, so she had to seek the assistance of the Reg- istered Nurses Association of Ontario. The RNAO graciously agreed to contribute to Ms. Shay’s legal costs because whistleblow- er protection is so important to front-line nurses who are trying to provide care/pro- tection to elders. where they want to be. You stupid people. When are you going to learn the lessons of the past and comprehend the delicacy of this community, still reeling from resent history that your ‘stupid and ar- rogant self-interest’ can besmirch those who should be looking up to you. Yes, shame on you. Shame on each of you who have had anything to do with backing up wrongoing as well in particular those commit- ting larceny, informationwithholdingor simply lying. My good God people. Stand up when you see a wrong, even if it is YOUR own job that may be at stake, because if you too are found out, this city will hang you out to dry with the rest of them, either way. DaveWindsor Cornwall


The Cornwall Colts havemade it to the Cen- tral Canada Hockey League semi-finals. The Colts came back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Brockville Braves 4-2 – their final goal an empty netter – in Brockville Friday night to win the series four games to two. The Colts now face the second seed Car- leton Place Canadians in the CCHL Tier 1 semifinal. The Canadians dispatched the Smiths Falls Bears 3-1 Friday night to win the series four games to one. The Colts, after suffering a 9-4 trouncing at the hands of Carleton Place in their first meeting of the season, won the next four games against their Robinson Division ri- vals before losing their final game 7-2 with a number of their top players, including league scoring title winner Michael Pontar- elli, sitting out the match. The Colts were able to set up the Game 6 finish in Brockville with a thrilling come- After receiving court documents relating to the court proceedings council began an- other round of closed door meetings. “During these meetings I witnessed con- tinuous neglect of the Ontario Municipal Act, direction given by council not followed, and direct political and administrative in- terference occurred pertaining to motions passed by council,”O’Shaughnessy said. The mayor, in interviews with some local media last week, denied that council con- travened the Ontario Municipal Act, but when pressed by The Journal, he conceded that council did break guidelines of the act on a number of occasions, although not willfully. Among the breaches Kilger admitted to were unannounced closed meetings, in- cluding one secret meeting at the Benson Centre shortly after news broke of the city’s whistle-blower retaliation convicted and Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario loss in- volving another city employee. Kilger called the lack of public notification “regrettable” and blamed it on “administra- tive errors” at the time. He also conceded that council failed to fol- low proper procedure in the past regarding in camera sessions. All sessions of council, re- gardless of whether they are in camera, must begin in open session and than a vote must be taken to enter a closed session. Kilger was also pragmatic about those breaches of the municipal act. “You learn from your errors,”he stated contritely. Coun- cil, ironically, began following the proper procedure after being challenged on the is- sue by The Journal and by O’Shaughnessy, CLOSED MEETINGS: From Page 2

Photo - Greg Kielec

A point shot slides past Brockville Braves goalie Andrew Pikul’s outstretched leg only to careen off the post and out of harms way against the Colts Thursday night.

from-behind Game 5 overtime victory at the Ed Lumley Arena just one night earlier. The Colts’ Mitch Zion managed to get the puck past Braves’ goalie Andrew Pikul with just one second left Thursday, after a mad scramble in the corner to the goalie’s right. The Colts made the comeback complete when a Brandon Howes point shot found its way through a maze of players and sailed who was still a sitting councillor at the time. As for a closed session during which council members attacked Councillor An- dre Rivette for speaking with a member of the media, Kilger was anything but con- trite. Closed meeting investigator Stephen Fournier ruled in a lengthy report that council broke the regulations covering in camera sessions in its attack on Rivette, but KIlger simply characterized the breach of protocol as “minor”. O’Shaughnessy had promised that he would issue a full statement about why he resigned from council in June 2011, when an internal investigation into the conduct of senior city administration was due to be completed. Delays in the investigation forced him to wait until last Monday to re- lease his statement. “The simple answer to the question of why I resigned is that I felt that I could no longer be accountable for the decisions that were being made during closed door meetings. Without accountability there cannot be transparency,” he said in his pub- lic statement. “During my tenure on city council, I can show that I was lied to, that I had been mis- lead on various issues, and that information that was pertinent to the decision-making process was wilfully withheld,” says former councillor in a scathing indictment of city hall. His characterization of events of city hall was vouched for by Rivette during an inter- view with The Journal. “Was he lied to? Totally right. We were all lied to,”Rivette said.“I don’t know if (Kilger’s) six disciples were, but I was. I’m sick and tired of being lied to.”

over Pikul’s left shoulder and into the next just 5:15 into the first overtime. Cornwall fell behind 1-0 early in the sec- ond period on a shorthanded goal by Chris Roll at the 3:15 mark, but Michael Pontarelli tied the game just 17 seconds later on the power play. The score remained tied until eight min- utes into the third when a point shot by the

Mayor concedes rules were broken

Whistle-blower protection important to nurses

CITY: From Page 4

Under the legislation at the time, and in the successor legislation, operators of long- term-care facilities could not and still can- not retaliate in any fashion against employ- ees who report resident abuse (whether suspected or actual) to MOHLTC. Under the city whistleblower Policy, the CAO (Mr. Fitzpatrick) was employee of the city re- sponsible to enforce whistleblower pro- tections. The Attorney General of Ontario prosecuted those charges and gave crown disclosure, the vast majority of the evidence coming from Ms. Shay. Ms. Shay was an ac- tive employee at the time she was being called upon to testify against the three se- nior managers in court. On the eve of the trial, in October 2011, Theft of timeor propertyor bullyingor physi- cal abuseof anykind,musthavezero tolerance. I amstill fuming from the initial days of these reports. Stupidmanagers on their bully pulpits whoobstruct whistleblowers are the same foul membersof our leadershipwhodelight in their authoritative power to‘subjugate’city employ- ees to their personal whims and antiquated methodology to keep issues hush-hush under the guise of protecting this city’s image as well as their own, are so reversed in their thinking not to have realized that the reverse is true. When we show our true mettle that we are instantaneously in agreement of protecting the innocent over all other reasons, we would/ will have gained monumental respect from the community inside andbeyondas theplace MULTIPLE: FromPage 4

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États généraux de l’ACFO SDG Concertation, jeunesse et visibilité des francophones

Pistes d’action Le premier point porte sur la concerta- tion et la collaboration. Il est demandé à l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glen- garry de proposer de développer avec les autres organismes francophones du milieu, un message politique commun à diffuser à l’endroit des décideurs. Confirmant ce rôle de porte-parole de la communauté, Mme Sauvé a souligné que «l’ACFO doit se rebâtir une image positive de chef de file car elle n’est plus vue comme un leader». En deuxième position, ces États généraux se sont penchés sur la participation de la jeunesse, considérée comme un grand défi. Au nombre des moyens retenus pour établir le dialogue avec la relève figurent l’organisation des projets d’été, les octrois de bourses et la mise à contribution des conseils étudiants. Le troisième aspect du rôle dévolu à l’ACFO-SDG concerne le volet de la visibilité et de la fierté. Elle devra se donner une image crédible en mettant en place une stratégie de com- munication efficace et être à l’affût des occasions pouvant mieux faire connaître la communauté francophone. Il lui a été Ils étaient 11 à avoir répondu présents, les 23 et 24 mars, au séjour exploratoire or- ganisé par Place aux jeunes dans la région de Stormont, Dundas, Glengarry, Cornwall et Prescott-Russell. Le programme vise à leur présenter les opportunités qu’offre la région, notamment en matière d’emploi. Quelques-uns des participants, âgés de 18 à 35 ans, ont déjà terminé leurs études dans une université, un collège ou un établissement professionnel et sont à la recherche d’emploi, tandis que d’autres se- ront bientôt des diplômés. Danika Bourgeois-Desnoyers, conseillère municipale et agente de migration à Place aux jeunes Ontario-SDG, a, dans son mot de bienvenue au Centre Benson, présenté aux visiteurs le programme de leur séjour exploratoire. Celui-ci était constitué d’une conférence sur l’historique de la région et ses attraits spéciaux animé par Bob Peters, conseiller à la ville de Cornwall, ainsi que d’une rencon- tre avec la commission de formation de l’Est ontarien. Des ateliers sur le leadership et la jeunesse, la dimension de la personnalité, le réseautage et la recherche d’emploi et le démarrage d’une petite entreprise ont également ponctué la visite.

Quelle est la nouvelle orientation à don- ner à l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glen- garry (ACFO-SDG)? La question était au cœur d’une rencontre qui a réuni le jeudi 21 mars, au Centre Émile-Charles Claude à Cornwall, une vingtaine de représent- ants d’organismes communautaires. Au cours de leurs travaux, les participants ont déterminé les éléments nécessaires à l’élaboration d’un plan stratégique qui régira le fonctionnement de l’ACFO-SDG pour les cinq prochaines années. Pour l’animation de ses États généraux, l’Association canadienne-francaise de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glengar- ry, que préside Georgette Sauvé, a fait appel à l’expertise de Pierre Bourbeau du Centre canadien de leadership en évaluation (Le CLÉ). L’animateur a d’abord présenté et commenté les résultats d’un sondage effec- tué par son Centre et l’ACFO-SDG. L’étude d’opinion, à laquelle ont participé 13 personnes sur les 34 visées, révèle les défis auxquels l’organisme pourrait faire face. Il s’agit notamment de la baisse du nombre de francophones qui représentent aujourd’hui à Cornwall 26% de la popula- tion, de l’accroissement et de la diversi- fication des ressources financières, de la concertation entre les partenaires com- munautaires, privés et gouvernementaux, et d’un réel dialogue au sein de la commu- nauté francophone. Définition des enjeux Après l’analyse des résultats du sondage et des données de Statistique Canada sur l’agglomération de recensement de Corn- wall, les participants aux États généraux de l’ACFO-SDG ont identifié les enjeux suscep- tibles de garantir le succès à l’organisme. Ils ont déploré la faible participation des jeunes pour faire triompher la cause fran- cophone, l’inexistence d’une stratégie adé- quate pour les attirer, le manque de visi- bilité, de fierté et de concertation entre les francophones. À cela s’ajoutent des suggestions comme une meilleure connaissance des mandats des organismes afin d’éviter des conflits d’attributions, la valorisation du bilingu- isme, la sensibilisation des parents et des enseignants à l’importance du français au- près des élèves, la définition d’une vision claire dans la gestion des ressources finan- cières … L’examen de ces différents enjeux ont per- mis aux participants de dégager les princi- pales pistes d’action de l’ACFO-SDG qui s’articulaient autour de quatre axes.

Photo par Frédéric Hountondji États généraux de l’ACFO avec l’animateur Pierre Bourbeau du Centre canadien de leadership en évaluation.

également recommandé de faire nommer les francophones dans les entités décision- nelles bilingues. Idem pour les prix de re- connaissance publique. Le quatrième point relatif aux ressources financières a mis l’accent sur leur mobilisa-

tion et leur diversification. Ces informations et propositions consti- tuent la boussole qui guidera l’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario de Stormont, Dundas et Glengarry pour l’élaboration de son plan stratégique.


coup aimer la région et serait prête à y vivre si elle y trouvait du travail. L’engouement est le même chez Sonia Sabourin et Liane Allaire de l’Université d’Ottawa. Elles es- pèrent qu’un emploi leur ouvrira les portes pour un retour dans la région de SDG, Corn- wall et Prescott-Russell qu’elles connaissent bien pour y avoir étudié. Diva Matosi, étudiante en Programme gé- néral d’arts et sciences à la Cité collégiale, veut, elle, un job d’été. Elle aime vraiment la région pour sa qualité de vie. Le temps fort de cette troisième édition du séjour exploratoire de Place aux Jeunes aura été la rencontre des 11 participants avec des entrepreneurs locaux.

Le programme a comporté un volet tou- ristique qui a permis aux jeunes explora- teurs de découvrir la ville de Cornwall, la localité d’Alexandria et les Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell et de participer à plus- ieurs activités culturelles. «Le Centre Benson est une très belle place. Je ne savais pas qu’il était si grand avec trois arénas dans le même bâtiment», s’est émerveillé Marc-Antoine Laramée de La Cité collégiale d’Ottawa. Même si le natif d’Abitibi n’a pas encore pris la décision de s’établir dans la région, il a promis de parler de ses belles découvertes à tous ses amis et enseignants et de les inviter à venir voir. Bénie Buni, du même collège, dit beau-


Le CD pour aider l’AEAD est déjà disponible

L’AEAD, qui a été reconnue par le ministère de la Justice en tant qu’organisme d’aide aux victimes, attend beaucoup de la vente du CD Pour te revoir (To see you again), une oeuvre à laquelle ont par- ticipé Frédéric Dorval et Rioux pour la musique, le Studio Voce pour les arrangements et les Productions Concept Artibus. Lancé sur les ondes de CHOD FM, le disque est disponible dans cette radio communautaire francophone, au bureau de l’ACFO de SDG, au Journal de Cornwall, au Centre culturel des trois petits points d’Alexandria, au siège de l’AEAD et au Centre culturel de Cornwall.

L’Association des enfants et adultes dis- parus Inc. (AEAD) a procédé, le samedi 23 mars, à la rotonde de l’École secondaire publique L’Héritage de Cornwall, au lance- ment de sa chanson bilingue Pour te revoir (To see you again). C’était en présence de l’auteure-compositrice-interprète Domi- nique Nadia Villemaire qui a composé le morceau afin d’aider l’organisme à faire sa collecte de fonds. «Les gens qu’on aime dans la vie, c’est ce qu’il y a de plus précieux. Et les voir dis- paraître, c’est ce qu’il y a de plus difficile à vivre», nous a confié la chanteuse qui expli- quait ainsi son engagement aux côtés de l’Association des enfants et adultes dispa- rus. Au-delà de la douleur des gens ayant perdu des êtres qui leur sont chers, l’artiste découvre et conseille l’espoir. Cet opti- misme qui pousse à l’action pour retrouver la personne disparue est le message que véhicule la chanson au titre révélateur Pour te revoir (To see you again).

La chanteuse Dominique Nadia et le conseil d’administratioin de l’AEAD au cours du lancement du cd. On reconnaît, de gauche à droite : Mike Vernier, Dominique, Jean Bédard, prési- dent, et Jocelyne Tremblay, vice-présidente.




Représentant de ventes interne. Fondé en 1989, Structures St-Laurent se spécialise dans la fabrication et la conception de fermes de toit et de poutrelles de plancher en bois pour projet résidentiel, commercial et agricole. Structures St-Laurent, est actuellement à la recherche d’un représentant de ventes interne avec expérience pour se joindre à notre équipe dynamique. Responsabilités incluent mais ne sont pas limitées à : • Développer le plein potentiel de ventes afin d’accroitre la part de marché actuelle de Structures St-Laurent • Développer et maintenir des relations d’affaires avec des clients actuels et potentiels • Assurer la liaison entre les clients et autres départements de Structures St-Laurent • Effectuer un suivi des clients suite aux soumissions et aux ventes • Inciter la vente des produits de l’entreprise en fonction des besoins du client • Mettre en valeur les caractéristiques et avantages du produit • Produire des soumissions et des ordres de vente • Enregistrer avec précision les données, commandes et informations • Assister les clients au comptoir d’accueil avec courtoisie et professionnalisme Qualifications, expérience et compétences : • Doit avoir complété des études postsecondaires et/ou avoir expérience équivalente • Maîtrise de la langue française et anglaise • Connaissance de la terminologie du domaine de la construction et grande compréhension des structures de bois • Doit procéder d’excellentes aptitudes à communiquer et à négocier et doit être capable de travailler de façon efficace et organisée avec un minimum de supervision • Doit être collaboratif et avoir l’esprit d’équipe • Capacité de travailler efficacement en respectant des délais serrés Rémunération : • Salaire à discuter • Structures St-Laurent offre un programme d’avantages sociaux Les candidats qualifiés sont invités à soumettre leur curriculum vitae à : Courriel : Fax : 613 932-4467 Dans ce document, le genre masculin est utilisé comme générique, dans le seul but de ne pas alourdir le texte.


Chef estimateur Fondé en 1989, Structures St-Laurent se spécialise dans la fabrication et la conception de fermes de toit et de poutrelles de plancher en bois pour projet résidentiel, commercial et agricole. Structures St-Laurent, est actuellement à la recherche d’un chef estimateur avec expérience pour se joindre à notre équipe dynamique. Mandat : Sous la supervision de l’ingénieur, jouer un rôle de premier plan dans la préparation de présentations des offres de services et des estimés. Diriger l’équipe d’estimateurs et agir comme gestionnaire pour ce service. Responsabilités incluent mais ne sont pas limitées à : • Faire l’étude approfondie des plans et des devis soumis par les clients • Interpréter correctement les spécifications techniques des documents d’appels d’offres • Estimer les coûts selon les plans et les devis • Superviser l’équipe d’estimation • Organiser les demandes en ordre de priorité afin de rencontrer les délais Qualifications, expérience et compétences : • Diplôme d’études postsecondaires en génie civil et 3 à 5 ans d’expérience en estimation • Avoir un excellent sens de l’observation, minutie, planification et organisation • Maîtrise de la langue française et anglaise • Capacité de travailler efficacement en respectant des délais serrés • Doit procéder d’excellentes aptitudes à communiquer, conseiller et gérer et doit être capable de travailler de façon efficace et organisée avec un minimum de supervision • Doit être collaboratif et avoir l’esprit d’équipe Rémunération : • Salaire à discuter • Structures St-Laurent offre un programme d’avantages sociaux Les candidats qualifiés sont invités à soumettre leur curriculum vitae à : Courriel : Fax : 613 932-4467 Dans ce document, le genre masculin est utilisé comme générique, dans le seul but de ne pas alourdir le texte.

Jean Bédard, président de l’AEAD, a re- mercié tous ses partenaires et notamment Dominique Nadia pour «son travail remar- quable qui permettra à l’association de financer, non seulement une partie de ses activités, mais aussi de sensibiliser les par- ents au phénomène.» La situation reste préoccupante. À en croire M. Bédard, 98% des fugues seraient causées par des séparations, le manque de communication entre parents et enfants et vice-versa. Depuis sa création en 2009, l’Association des enfants et adultes disparus s’est occupée de 24 cas majeurs dont celui de la résidente de Cornwall, Denise Vernier, retrouvée morte en janvier 2011. Même si l’organisme couvre l’est de l’Ontario et le Québec, il ne reçoit aucune aide financière des gouvernements fédéral et provincial. Vivant de dons, il devra atten- dre l’année prochaine pour avoir le droit de faire une demande de subvention à la Fon- dation Trillium.

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