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before the change took place. “I am, of course, very disappointed,” said Marie-Claire Ivanski of Friends for Life. “We are volunteers…working very hard towards our common goals to better our commu- nity. The new fee will take valuable money from these important causes. Fundraising dollars are getting harder and harder to get as disposable income declines, so it will def- initely be more difficult to achieve our goal.” On the shelf Monday, at the committee of the whole session, Mayor Jean-Paul St-Pierre asked for a report on the issue first before council gives any final signoff on the matter. “Are there options?” asked the mayor. He raised the subject during the “other items” portion of the meeting prior to the final ad-

journment. “I would like staff to re-look at that particular item,” said Mayor St-Pierre, “and report to council next week.” The mayor wondered what other munici- palities in the Prescott-Russell region do for managing lottery licence applications in their areas, whether or not they charge a li- censing fee of any sort, and if they do, is it a flat fee or percentage based. He noted that community groups depend on 50-50 draws, raffles, pull-tab tickets, and other similar “chance ticket” fundraisers to help support their projects. “This will have an impact on every one of our social clubs when they want to hold a fundraiser,”he said. “I think it’s important we address this as quickly as possible.” (With notes from Gregg Chamberlain)

clerk’s office. “The strategic plan approved in April, 2013 includes the initiative as pri- ority number six under pillar number four.” That pillar is Review and optimize user fee program. She also explained that most municipali- ties in Ontario charge this user fee. Locally, Clarence-Rockland and The Nation charge this fee. Casselman charges $2 per event but in exceptional cases may go up to three per cent of the prize value. Township mayor J.P. St. Pierre said the matter had been brought to his attention by a local non-profit organization, and that he would review it with the CAO, Director of Finance and Clerk’s office. Representatives from several local fundraising organizations were contacted. They were not consulted in the village and then leaving the house around 6 p.m, Sept. 22, 2011. She was last seen alive in Fournier that day between the hours of 7 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. An autopsy showed injuries resulting from a collision with a vehicle. The nature of the injuries and the location of the ditch suggest an eastbound vehicle hit her while she was on Du Parc Street. The OPP file on the case now includes more than 90 inter- views as part of the investigation. The provincial government has a stand- ing reward offer of $50,000 for information


EMBRUN | Russell Township will now be collecting new lottery license fees of three per cent of the retail value of the prize for raffles, bingos, break-open tickets and ba- zaar gaming. The new fees, which became applicable last January 1st, are the maximum allow- able by the Alcohol and Gaming Commis- sion of Ontario. There was no fee previously. “Over the last three years, the township has reviewed most of its user fees and has incorporated them all in one user fee by- law,” said Joanne Camiré Laflamme of the FOURNIER | Police are launching another appeal for information that will help solve the case of Jessica Marie Lynn Godin. The 18-year-old resident of The Nation died as a result of a fatal hit-and-run inci- dent Sept. 24, 2011. Godin’s body was found in a ditch on Du Parc Street in Fournier. Police investigation of the case show her last-known where- abouts had her staying at a friend’s house GREGG CHAMBERLAIN GREGG.CHAMBERLAIN@EAP.ON.CA

Fatal hit-and-run case remains open

which will help police find the person re- sponsible and press charges. Anyone who can help can either phone Det-Const. Dan Fedele at the Hawkesbury OPP detachment at 613-632-2729 or the CrimeStoppers toll-free confidential tips line at 1-800-222-8477.

Jessica Marie Lynn Godin’s body was found in a ditch on Du Parc Street in Fournier.


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