No foul play suspected in death; skeletal remains found by FD GREG KIELEC GREG.KIELEC@EAP.ON.CA

RE/MAX CORNWALL REALTY INC. been discovered by the Cornwall Fire De- partment. The remains were sent for a forensic ex- amination at which time they have identi- fied to be remains of the elderly resident of the home who had diedmonths prior to the discovery. The investigation into this matter is com- pleted, according to Cornwall police, and no foul play was suspected.

No foul play is suspected in the death of an elderly man whose skeletal remains were found at a home on Alice Street in Cornwall two months ago. Cornwall police were called to a residence in 300 block of Alice Street, around 2:30 p.m. Jan. 9 after skeletal remains that had

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Group hoping to buy hospital gets time to round up support Councillor David Murphy, left, answers a reporter’s question while fellow council- lor Andre Rivette looks on during a press conference in front of city hall Friday by a group trying to purchase the old Cornwall General Hospital

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support(s) you require,” she finished in the tersely worded letter. The group is hoping to speak to city council at its next meeting to solicit ad- ministrative support for the project. “Our city council has to help (by) providing the administrative and technical support we re- quire to move on,” saidWilson. “The only way this will succeed is if we are pulling in the same direction, making sure this facility is used for the common good and social benefit of the community, with a focus on seniors.” “It is similar toVictoriaVillage in Barrie and we are following a similar process,” he said, referring to a recent exclusive story on the successful conversion of the former Royal Victoria Hospital into a multi-use, seniors’- focused centre. MacDonald said after the announcement he does not know how much time the hos- pital is allowing the group. But he said the fact the group’s offer was not rejected out- right by the hospital board at its meeting late Thursday afternoon is good news. Two council members at the press confer- ence, David Murphy and André Rivette, said they support the project but are unwilling to see city dollars spent on the former Corn- wall General Hospital site.


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