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Photo by Greg Kielec Blurred images of people heading back to the Upper Canada Village store and visitor centre are shown in this time-exposure photo taken at the closing evening of Alight at Night at the historic village near Morrisburg on Saturday. Hundreds of people flocked to the brilliantly lit attraction to partake in the festive event Saturday. Please see page 5.


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Watch your waste Residents are asked to be mindful of snow and ice conditions when bring- ing their garbage and recycling boxes to the curb for pick-up. Winter weather presents a number of potential safety hazards when it comes to curbside garbage collection, however those hazards can be limited by follow- ing these tips:  Do not place solid waste or Blue/Black Box materials on top of snow banks.  Clear snow to ground level at the end of your driveway or near the curb where solid waste and Blue/Black Box material is to be placed for final collec- tion.  Do not block the sidewalk.  During winter conditions, it is the responsibility of the homeowner to ex- pose and loosen solid waste or Blue/Black Box material covered by snowfall and/or snow removal equip- ment. Kitchen fire extinguished At 7:42 p.m., on Saturday, a call was received by the 911 operator ad- vising of a kitchen on fire on Pine Street in Cornwall. The Cornwall fire department re- sponded with fourvehicles from both stations. A total of 13 fire personnel were at the scene. The fire was extinguished with no in- juries or loss of life. The incident is still under investigation at this time. N-ice weather Outdoor rinks are now ready to wel- come skaters at Alexander Park on Eighth Street and Optimist Park on St. Michel Avenue as well as the out- door rink at King George Park on Sev- enth Street. City crews have taken advantage of the recent cold snap to prepare the out- door rinks for use, and work continues on a number of other rink locations, in- cluding Dover Heights, Broadview, Grant, Reg Campbell, Terry Fox, Gallinger and Mattice Parks. Volunteers have stepped up to help maintain rinks in a number of these lo- cations. Subject to favourable weather conditions, the additional outdoor rinks should be up and running in the near future. All of the rinks are located in areas with outdoor lighting to allow for evening play. Computer scam alert The Cornwall Community Police Service is warning residents of a com- puter repair scam. In the scam, a person contacts the victim by telephone and suggests that the home computer has a virus. The person explains that the virus can be eliminated with from the business computer and charges the vic- tim approximately $200 on their credit card. The person provides a business name and a false telephone number for complaints. Shortly after the fraud is completed the victim’s computer is re- ported to malfunction. TO THE POINT News in brief from Cornwall and the surrounding area

Tax hike of 2.38 per cent pro posed Photo by Greg Kielec Councillor Denis Thibault speaks at a city of Cornwall budget committee meeting Friday morning. Thibault suggested staff “creep” may be eating away city resources.

“It’s creeping numbers that seem to creep every year,” Thibault said. He asked for staffing numbers from previous years for comparison. Administration had to postpone or cut back on some anticipated projects for 2012, includ- ing the redevelopment of the Bob Turner Arena site at Fourth Street andMarlborough. “That is a project that has been scaled back a little bit,” Adams said. One capital project that will proceed is work to repair the roof at the Cornwall Public Li- brary. But Councillor Syd Gardiner com- plained that the library may have to cut services because of the cost of the project. He said the project should be paid by the city’s capital works fund, not out of the li- brary’s operational fund. The budget steering committee also ap- proved in principle in $570,000 of funding for outside agencies, about $70,000 more than what was allotted outside agencies in 2011. The funding still must be approved by city council. Thibault said the increase is largely a result of providing funding to another seniors group in the 2012 budget deliberations. Recyling funding Follow @gkielec on Twitter. For breaking news, go to and click on The Journal. Email The City of Cornwall has secured fund- ing of up to $21,370 from Waste Diver- sion Ontario to improve recycling in multi-residential buildings throughout the community. The funding will be used to investigate and implement a number of recycling "best practices" by engaging building owners, su- perintendents and residents of multi-resi- dential buildings. Some of the other initiatives of the project include: Providing free recycling carts (if necessary) to building owners and/or su- perintendents; Developing and distributing a Superintendent Recycling Handbook that will provide information on how to set up and maintain a successful recycling pro- gram. The Journal

By Greg Kielec

The city’s finance manager is forecasting a 2.38 per cent tax hike for city residents in this year’s budget. Maureen Adams said the hike is a result of increased salaries and benefits as well as other costs, such as the new waste management services focused on composting and recycling which will result in a $399,520 budget in- crease this year, coupled with a $159175 in- crease in the residential garbage collection contract. “From an operational point of view, the budget this year is very tight,” Adams said during a 90-minute budget committee session at Cornwall city hall Friday morning. Councillor Denis Thibault singled out city salaries and benefits which are increasing 3.75 per cent and services and rent costs which are going up 5.19 per cent this year. Those in- creases go a long way to explaining the po- tential 2.38 per cent tax increase. “How do you cut back if you have increases of that type?” he questioned at Friday morn- ing’s budget steering committee meeting. “Where is that impact coming from?” He questioned whether staffing “creep” could be contributing to budget increases, point out the high number of part-time work-

ers employed by the city which are not in- cluded in the city’s 508 full-time employee total. The city is budgeting for 238,056 part-time hours this year, which amounts to about 130 full-time positions based on a 40-hour work week. Photo by Greg Kielec City finance manager Maureen Adams lis- tens to discussion at the city’s budget steering committee Friday.

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Mohawk chief responds to smuggling comments

efit to the Akwesasne community. As a re- sult, Homeland Security has assured us that proper consultation will be done with the Mohawks of Akwesasne before any deci- sion is made on possibly moving the CBSA to the United States. We are also engaged in discussions with them on the develop- ment of proper border identification card for the Mohawks of Akwesasne, which will address our need to cross the border to travel within and outside of our commu- nity. On the Canadian side, we have been completely ignored in discussions about a possible relocation of the CBSA. Would it not have been better if all parties concerned were at the table talking about a solution? Canadian politicians have not been very helpful in their comments about Akwe- sasne, other than to criminalize the commu- nity in the media. Akwesasne has suffered greatly when CBSA voluntarily left their is- land post just minutes before midnight on May 31, 2009. The unreasonable reporting requirement and vehicle seizures that they have imposed since then has not helped us to resolve our differences. It was our local MP who chooses not to consult with Akwesasne and whom initi- ated the recent discussion on the possibility of moving CBSA to the States. He was in at- tendance, as well as Cornwall and Massena leaders, at an April 9, 2010 meeting in Massena, New York with U.S. Congress- man Bill Owens where relocation plans were initially proposed. Akwesasne, which according to CBSA accounts for nearly 80 percent of travelers that utilize this border crossing, was not invited. What is not being taken into consideration by leadership from Cornwall is that hard- working families in Akwesasne contribute greatly to the city’s economy--something that the business community in Cornwall has always enjoyed. Therefore, I encourage the business community to caution their leaders to be mindful of their statements and the impact it may have on their busi- nesses, as our people are getting really pissed off at the negative comments and opinions begin made about Akwesasne. It’s no secret that the recent statements have greatly alarmed Akwesasne residents and have generated discussions on possibly boycotting Cornwall—an option that we should not be forced to entertain. Our peo- ples have too much at stake to risk going down the road of negativity. We have en- joyed centuries of friendship and support between our two communities. ECONOMY IS THE KEY As leaders, one must explore all options to turn around a negative economy and seek a lasting and positive one. They will find that Akwesasne leadership has been meet- ing with provincial and federal leaders to address this matter and develop a plan to correct the negative perception that has been generated. These plans include long- term economic development initiatives that will provide positive employment for our people, with continued spin-off effects for the business community of Cornwall. So, as we embark on a new year, I ask MP Guy Lauzon and other leaders to put their animosity aside and to work in partnership with us, as others are from various provin- cial ministries, to create an Akwesasne economy that will benefit the region. With that, we wish our neighbors peaceful coexistence and a prosperous New Year. Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

To the editor:

Over the past few months, there have been statements made by the leadership in Cornwall about not being consulted on the potential move of Canada Customs to an area adjacent to the U.S. Port-of- Entry in Massena, New York, which they claim may have a disastrous effect on the region. They state that should this relo- cation occur it would open wide the route to contraband smugglers coming from the Akwesasne community. These are reckless and irresponsible state- ments that paint Akwesasne with one brush to give the impression that our Mo- hawk population is a criminal community. It is a sad reality that there is some illicit border activity that occurs in Akwesasne, as there also is all along the international bor- der stretching across the country, but more attention is given to our community be- cause our people live on both sides of the border. It is a fact, however, that Akwe- sasne residents are living in a geographical and jurisdictional nightmare that our com- munity has never consented to live under. Canada’s target concern in regards to smuggling is about contraband cigarettes, which is a potential loss of tax revenue by not being able to regulate it. In response, one part of our proposed solution is to le- galize the tobacco industry in Akwesasne and use the revenue to address non-funded programs needed in the community, such as a detox treatment center and other forms of health care. We should also be develop- ing career opportunities for our youth com- ing home after finishing college or university. On the question of contraband, we should stress that it is other forms of in- ternational smuggling that are of greater concern to us—those being drugs, guns and illegal aliens, which we don’t hear much about in the media or from the government. ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM The ‘big elephant’ in the room that nobody acknowledges is that there are non-Native people involved in the smuggling trade— including neighboring residents from across the river and more down towards Montreal. Neighboring residents are in- cluded in police blotters and arrests made by the Cornwall Regional Task Force and other joint investigations. As a result, it is apparent that smuggling has been an ongo- ing activity for many Native and non-Na- tives, but it’s easy to deflect any notion of criminal wrongdoing by pointing the finger at your Mohawk neighbors. The fact is that many individuals throughout the region have been unable to find meaningful em- ployment or career opportunities. For years, Akwesasne has had to endure the negative image that others have perpet- uated about us, yet in spite of the negative publicity our community continues to exer- cise good judgment in providing law and order for our residents. And, our peace- keepers in Akwesasne will continue to work in partnership with external policing agencies to prevent criminal organizations from taking advantage of our multijurisdic- tional community. To voice the concerns of our community, Akwesasne leadership (Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Coun- cil and Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs) has met with senior-level officials of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to discuss border issues that directly impact us. Our discussions included proposed bor- der-related measures that might be of ben-

Special photo Visitors check out the wares at the Cornwall Farmer’s Market in this press photo re- leased by the market. A meeting for market vendors will be held Monday evening at the Cornwall Public Library. Farmers market meeting Monday

it!” The 2012 season will be even better with many new ingredients being added to the mix, he promised in a release to media. Organizers are inviting all past and inter- ested vendors to attend an information ses- sion on Monday, at 7 p.m. at the Cornwall Public Library at 45 Second St. E. in the Pro- gram room #2, 2nd floor. Organizers will discuss last season and give attendees a sneak peek into the 2012 season. The farmers market is a seasonal attraction operating along George Assaly Lane George Assaly Lane located beside Jay-Gee Shoes & Clothing along Pitt Street between Second Street and Third Street.

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The Cornwall Farmers’ Market will hold a vendor meeting on Monday at 7 p.m. There might still be snow on the ground and the gardens are in hibernation mode but the representatives have already started to plan the 2012 season of the Cornwall Farmers’ Market. “Last season was a great success, we saw our attendance go up and saw the birth not- to-be-missed event of the week from June to October,” wrote Tony Lacroix, co-odina- tor of Centretown Cornwall. “Every Saturday you would find meats, veggies, gourmet foods, baked goods, flow- ers, preserves and more --name it we had

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as it would identify the victim. Woman charged after OPP find $22,000 in drugs CRIME SCENE News in brief from local OPP, Cornwall Community Police Service

few around 1 a.m. by Cornwall police. Po- lice found the 17-year-old youth in posses- sion of a large amount of drugs believed to be marijuana, speed and ecstasy pills. He was charged with four counts of breach of undertaking, three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and three counts of possession of a controlled substance and possession of property obtained by crime. He was held in custody until the following day. The total value of seized drugs and property is estimated at $4,000. The 18-year- old is charged with breach of probation order and was released to appear in court later this month. Their names were not re- leased as per provision under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Domestic assaults Three people are facing domestic assault charges in incidents stretching fromDec. 31, 2011 to Jan. 3. A 47-year-old Cornwall woman was charged Dec. 31 after her 55- year-old common-law husband was as- saulted during an altercation. He was not injured. The woman was held in custody until court the following day. A 35-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on New Year’s Day after his 33-year-old common-law wife was injured during an assault. He is charged with domestic as- sault. He was held in custody until court the following day. A 51-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on Jan. 3 after he got into an argument with his 40-year-old wife while intoxicated, de- spite being bound by a conditional sentence order to abstain from purchase/posses- sion/consumption of alcohol or other intox- icating substances, and to keep the peace

and to be of good behaviour. He was charged with domestic assault. He was held in custody until court the following day. A 27-year-old Cornwall male was arrested Jan. 3 after an altercation with his 25-year- old common-law wife. The woman was not injured. He is charged with domestic as- sault and three counts of mischief under $5,000. He was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not re- leased as it would identify the victim. Wrong names Two men face charges after giving false names to Cornwall police over the span of two days. An Ottawa man faces a charge of obstructing police after he was accused of giving a false name to Cornwall police on New Year’s Day. Thomas Cholette, 35, was arrest under the strength of three outstand- ing warrants. He was bound by an under- taking with the conditions to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. He is charged with personation, obstructing police and breach of undertaking. He was held in cus- tody until court the following day. Edward Cook, 43 of Long Sault was arrested on Jan. 2 when police allege he gave a false name during a traffic stop. He is charged with personation and obstructing police. He was released to appear in court on Jan. 19. Caught rifling through cars A Cornwall teen who decided to help himself to property from unlocked vehicles on New Year’s Day is facing charges. The 15-year-old was bound by probation orders to keep the peace and be of good behaviour. The teen is charged with theft under $5,000 and two counts of breach of a probation order. He was released to an adult with a court date of Jan. 26. His name was not re- leased as per provision under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Threatened girlfriend A 48-year-old Cornwall man has been charged by Cornwall police after his 45- year-old girlfriend was threatened on New Year’s Day. He was bound by an undertak- ing with the conditions of keep the peace and be of good behaviour. It is alleged that he got into an altercation with his girlfriend when he threatened her. He is charged with uttering a threat and breach of an undertak- ing. He was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not released

Caught breaking into sheds A Cornwall teen faces a number of charges after he was caught removing property from back yards and sheds on Jan. 3. The 15-year-old was bound by three separate probation orders and an undertaking with the conditions of keep the peace and be of good behaviour and to abide by curfew of 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. The teen is charged with possession of break in instruments, two counts of break and enter, two counts of failure to comply with sentence and failure to comply with undertaking. He was held in custody until court the following day. His name was not released as per provision under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. Harassment A 39-year-old Cornwall man faces a ha- rassment charge after he continuously con- tacted his 35-year-old ex-girlfriend over a four-day period. It is alleged that between Dec. 31 and the Jan. he continuously con- tacted his ex-girlfriend. He is charged with domestic harassment and was held in cus- tody until court the following day. His name was not released as it would identify the victim. Texted her ex Text messages a 25-year-old Cornwall woman sent to her ex-boyfriend have landed her in trouble with the law. The woman is accused of sending texts to her 34-year-old ex on Jan. 3 despite a probation order with the conditions not to associate, contact, or hold any communication di- rectly or indirectly with the man. She was charged with domestic breach of probation order and released to appear in court at a later date. Her name was not released as it would identify the victim. Ice-fishing gear stolen Fishing gear and a dune buggy were among the items stolen during a break-in Dec. 30, 2011 at a Lisieux Street residence. The suspect(s) gained entry to a shed by un- screwing the handle and proceeded to re- move a black and yellow Kyosho GP Altima ST dune buggy, a nine-inch Jiffy gas powered ice auger, an ice fishing chair, two ice fishing rods, reels and tackle, a six-inch hand operated auger and a Mastercraft ratchet.

Woman caught with drugs A South Stormont woman faces drug charges after police seized approximately $22,000 of drugs -- 4.5 kg of marijuana and five grams of cocaine -- early Saturday morning. The seizure was made by SD&G OPP officers during a traffic stop on Moulinette Road in South Stormont. The 40-year-old driver, Monique Gar- lough is charged with possession of co- caine, trafficking of marijuana and possession of drugs for the purpose of traf- ficking. She is scheduled to appear Feb. 7 in Cornwall court. Missed court date A 24-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on a warrant on New Year’s Day. It is al- leged that Peter Dallas Thomas failed to at- tend court on Dec. 20. He was bound by an undertaking to keep the peace and be of good behaviour, and to keep a copy of iden- tification on person and present to police of- ficer upon request. He was located and charged with breach of undertaking. He was released to appear in court on Jan.17. Drug trafficking charges A Cornwall teen faces drug possession and trafficking charges after he and another teen were founding breaching their curfew early New Year’s morning. The 17-year-old and an 18-year-old teen were located away from their residences contrary to their cur-

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A picture, above, taken near the entrace to Upper Canada Village on Saturday evening show’s the rear of Cook’s Tavern at Upper Canada Village and the brightly lit village church. Below left, a picket fence is adorned with hundreds of lights in this photo of the main street in the village. Below right, the brightly lit church stand out in the evening sky next to other buildings. Bottom right, passengers line up for a ride on the villages replica toy engine just outside the village.

By Greg Kielec Visitors flocked to Upper Canada Village for the final night of Alight at Night Sat- urday. The 11th annual event at the historic village near Morrisburg featured more than half a million adorning buildings, trees and fences of Upper Canada Village. New this year was the the dramatic state- of-the-art Wall Washer lighting, showcas- ing each of the Village’s buildings in its own “best light”. There were also rides through Crysler Park on the village’s replica toy steam engine and the popular music and light display. Also featured was a new out- door festival food court, featuring warm cin- namon rolls fresh from the Village Bakery. Attendance figures were not yet available by press time. Check our website at for more photos. Serene beauty at historic village

By Greg Kielec The Cornwall Colts knocked off the league leading Nepean Raiders Sunday afternoon to move into sole possession of second place in the Robinson Division. The Colts scored two goals and road a red- hot Matt Jenkins for the win to inch within five points of the Raiders, who are tied at the top of the league standings with the streaking Carleton Place Canadians. It was the Colts second one goal-victory on the road in just three days after letting one slip away to the Gloucester Rangers in a shootout at the Ed Lumley Arena in Corn- wall Thursday night. Stephen Johnson put the Colts on the board just 23 seconds into Sunday’s game with helpers going to David and Mark Rath. With less than 1:30 left in the first, Thomas Lang netted what would prove to be the game winner for the Colts with as- sists to Kyle Baun and Michael Borkowski. Brent Norris finally solved Colts’ goalie Matt Jenkins, who was stellar in net making 40 saves, with 11:27 gone in the third, but the Colts held on for the 2-1 victory. Earn- ing assists on the Norris marker were Bran- don Watt and Dalen Hedges. The Colts, tied for second with Brockville at 56 points heading into Friday evening, were able to keep pace with the Braves with a 2-1 overtime victory over the Lumber Kings in Pembroke. Brockville beat the Ot- tawa Junior Senators 5-2 Friday. Some late overtime magic from Michael Borkowski and Tyson Spink gave the Colts a much-needed two points over the Pem- broke Lumber Kings Friday night. Borkowski scored with just 39 seconds left in the extra session to keep the Colts in a second place tie with the Brockville Braves. Kyle Baun got the Colts on the board with a powerplay marker at 14:37 in the first. But Cornwall needed overtime to seal the deal after Brandon Gagne of the Lumber Kings tied the game at 5:45 in the third. Michael Phillips recorded the assist on the Baun goal. Pietro Antonelli and Justin Stevens were credited with assists for Pem- broke. The Colts appeared to be cruising to vic- tory at home Thursday night, but the Gloucester Rangers had different plans. Alexandre Boivin notched a powerplay goal for the Rangers with less than five min- utes left in the game then Jacob Jammes scored on the Rangers’ fourth shootout at- tempt to give them the victory. The Colts’ special teams figured in both of their goals. Connor Primeau netted a pow- erplay goal from Mark Rath at the 14:56 mark of the first to tie the game and an unassisted shorthanded goal by Kyle Baun gave the Colts the lead midway through the second period. The Rangers took the early with a marker by Michael McMurtry at 2:43 in the first fromMike Martin. McMurty also scored on Gloucester’s first shootout attempt, but was equaled by the Colts’ first shooter Mark Rath. The Colts’ Michael Borkowski missed his shootout attempt after Jammes’ goal, leaving the Rangers with the victory. The Colts are back in action against the Smiths Falls Bears on Thursday evening at the Ed Lumley Arena, followed by a rare Saturday home game at 2:30 p.m. against the Hawkesbury Hawks. Colts beat the Raiders Follow @gkielec on Twitter for live coverage of Colts’ home games. For breaking news, go to and click on The Journal. Email

Arrival of snow means time to hit Big Ben Ski Centre

the hill during regular operating hours. The ski centre’s regular operating hours are Wednesday to Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A single-day ticket costs $6.50 for week- nights and $8 on weekends, and Big Ben also offers 10-ticket packages for $50 – a savings of more than $20. For more information on Big Ben, please call (613) 933-6377.

Big Ben will be hosting Ski and Snow- board School lessons for youths who are looking to sharpen their skills on the hill. Along with serving residents of Cornwall, Ruest said the ski centre also attracts a lot of patrons from the surrounding area. “Being able to learn (how to ski and snow- board) right here in the city, we’re pretty lucky,” he added. Aside from the lessons, ski and snow- board enthusiasts are welcome to drop by

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The snow has arrived and Cornwall’s Big Ben Ski Centre is open for another winter season of skiing and snowboarding fun. Jack Ruest of Leader Sports, a recreation management company that operates Big Ben in partnership with the City of Corn- wall, said they’ve been using snow making equipment to get the hill ready for the up- coming season.





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The Journal Smokers from across Ontario have the opportunity to enroll in the STOP (Smok- ing Treatment for Ontario Patients) Pro- gram and receive nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), free of charge to help them in their attempt to quit smoking. For many smokers, the cost of nicotine re- placement products is a barrier to quitting. The evidence-based STOP Programprovides five weeks of free nicotine replacement ther- apy, a practical support for alleviation of nicotine withdrawal symptoms, which we know will help them to stop smoking. Those interested in participating in the STOP program may do so by attending a STOP workshop, to be held in the area in- February. To find out if you are eligible to participate, and to register for the workshop, call the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613- 933-1375 or 1 800 267-7120. Ask for Health Line. The STOP Program is conducted by the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and is funded by the Ministry of Health Pro- motion and Sport as part of its Smoke-Free Ontario Strategy. In addition to providing NRT, STOP will offer educational material to encourage the program participants to make broader changes that can improve their health even more, because often smoking does not occur in isolation, but rather accompanies other risk factors for disease, such as poor nutri- tion and lack of physical activity. The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada’s leading addic- tion and mental health teaching hospital. Time to STOP EO Health Unit promotes smoking cessation program

Cornwall native opens Spirit Tree Yoga

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After experiencing the “big city” life in Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Dallas, Lisa Blanchard recently returned to her hometown of Cornwall – and she couldn’t be happier. “I really missed home,” said Blanchard. “Cornwall has really changed, and I think it’s poised to grow.” Along with reconnecting with her roots, Blanchard is using her return to Cornwall to embark on a new business venture that has been a personal dream of hers for over 10 years. Blanchard has opened Spirit Tree Yoga, a new yoga, massage and natural wellness studio dedicated to helping people achieve personal wellness and a peaceful state of mind. The studio is located at 117 Eleventh Street West (on the side of the building). It was a pair of personal experiences that prompted Blanchard to make the jump into business. She was dealt a big blow earlier this year when her former husband Ray Seguin passed away from cancer at the age of 41. Blanchard also encountered her own personal health issues. “That was a wake-up call,” she recalled. “I really wanted to take care of me.” Through the studio, Blanchard will be of- fering a wide variety of Yoga classes for all ages, including toddlers, children and sen- iors. Starting next year, Spirit Tree Yoga will also be offering a number of workshops including a beginners’ workshop where participants will learn the basics of Yoga. In addition, Blanchard plans to introduce a Karma Yoga program where participants will be able to make a voluntary financial contribution to participate, with proceeds

Special photo Cornwall native Lisa Blanchard has returned to her hometown to open Spirit Tree Yoga.

going to the Agape Centre. “I want to give back to the community,” said Blanchard, who has been practicing Yoga for over 15 years in addition to being a member of the Canadian Federation of Orthotherapists. In the lead-up to launching her business, Blanchard turned to a number of commu- nity resources for assistance, including the Cornwall Business Enterprise Centre. “Lisa has a passion and dedication for her

line of work, and that is a key ingredient for success for any entrepreneur,” said Candy Pollard, business consultant with the Corn- wall Business Enterprise Centre. “Lisa also wants to give back to the community through her business, and that is great news for the entire community. We wish her all the best.” For additional information on Spirit Tree Yoga, visit or call (613) 330-4494.


Les changements d’horaires de VIA Rail inquiètent le maire Kilger CORNWALL

Selon le maire Bob Kilger, les changements d’horaires proposés, qui entreront en vigueur le 24 janvier 2012 pourraient avoir des répercussions déplorables sur Cornwall. La suppression des trains 68 et 60, avec des arrêts à Cornwall, réduira le service ferroviaire de VIA à quatre (4) arrêts par jour dans chaque direction, ce qui est insuffisant pour une com- munauté de la taille de Cornwall comparativement à d’autres commu- nautés plus petites de l’est de l’Ontario., a-t-il laissé savoir par let- tre au député de Stormont-Dundas-South-Glengarry, M. Guy Lauzon, le 13 décembre der- nier. « Cornwall équivaut à environ dix mille (10 000) trajets par an, ce qui n’est certainement pas négligeable », a précisé M. Kilger. De nombreux commentaires fusent également de la part des voyageurs d’affaires de Cornwall qui sont fort inquiets depuis qu’ils ont entendu les rumeurs de ce changement proposé. Selon Monsieur Kilger ces change- ments pourraient avoir de fortes répercussions sur ces voyageurs d’af- faires qui souhaitent voyager par train le matin vers Toronto ou Montréal pour revenir dans la journée sur les trains 68 ou 69. Décision unilatérale VIA Rail Canada, une société d’État financée en grande partie par les con- tribuables canadiens, a communiqué ce changement important au bureau de la mairie sur le tard, c’est pourquoi le maire Kilger n’a pu discuter de ma- nière raisonnable des arrêts prévus pour l’année 2012 par Via Rail Ca- nada à Cornwall. Ce dernier a rappelé que VIA Rail a un contrat social et une responsabilité envers le public canadien, qu’il ne s’agit pas d’une société privée et qu’il ne peut donc pas prendre unilatérale- ment de telles décisions . L’image de la ville dépréciée Autre controverse, depuis 2010, aucun fonds n’a été investi pour amé- liorer l’infrastructure et les bâtiments à Cornwall et il semblerait qu’il n’y en ait aucun de prévu pour l’année 2012. En comparant les investissements considérables de la part de VIA au cours de l’année écoulée pour les com- munautés telles que Brockville et Belleville.

M. Kilger a fait valoir « Nous de- mandons que la gare de Cornwall reçoive la même attention pour la mo- dernisation de sa structure ». Il en va ainsi bien que le service de développe- ment économique de la ville de Cornwall avait rencontré M. Karl Coffin de VIA Rail Canada en 2010 pour dis- cuter des améliorations qui étaient prévues et qui allaient être apportées à l’infrastructure et aux bâtiments pour l’est de l’Ontario. Compromis raisonnable En somme, en plus de nuire à la clientèle d’affaires, le maire Kilger cons- tate que la structure existante trop vieille et les suppressions prévues dans les horaires ne donnent pas une très belle image de Cornwall. Inquiet des suppressions proposées, il a demandé à ce qu’une sincère atten- tion soit apportée à sa suggestion de prévoir un arrêt à Cornwall pour les trains de 17 h en provenance de To- ronto et de Montréal (trains 66 et 67

respectivement) de manière à ce que les voyageurs d’affaires de Cornwall et de sa région bénéficient d’une chance raisonnable de tenir des réu- nions d’affaires dans ces grandes villes. « L’arrangement proposé par Via Rail permet une fenêtre très limitée pour faire des affaires très limitées, plus précisément moins de trois (3) heures pour un trajet dans la journée. La solution que nous proposons permettrait d’étendre cette fenêtre à environ cinq heures, ce qui est un com- promis raisonnable », a-t-il défendu auprès de M. Lauzon en lui faisant remarquer que Cornwall se développe progressivement et que, par opposi- tion, cette proposition de VIA réduit l’efficacité de la ville comme centre d’affaires. Porte entrouverte sur des solutions? Monsieur Lauzon a naturellement accepté d’apporter son aide et son sou- tien immédiats pour résoudre cette

controverse de la plus haute impor- tance déclenchée par Via Rail. Il a contacté à trois reprises le dé- puté provincial Monsieur McDonald; cependant malgré tous les efforts, VIA Rail Canada qui est une société d’État financée en grande partie par les con- tribuables canadiens –comme l’a soulevé Monsieur Kilger- essuie des pertes d’environ cent mille dollars par année pour assurer le transport d’en- viron 25 passagers par jour, a laissé savoir Monsieur Lauzon. « Ça n’a pas de sens de perdre autant d’argent aux frais des contribuables, a-t-il dit. Cornwall ne serait pas sur la bonne route pour le trajet du train qui doit faire un détour pour offrir le service aux usagers, a-t-il laissé savoir. M.Lauzon a tout de même laissé entendre que la porte demeure entrou- verte pour réviser le dossier dans quelques mois. « La porte n’est pas très grande ouverte, mais on ne sait jamais », a-t-il dit.

Corrid’Art présente l’artiste-peintre Claudette Pilon CORNWALL

L’artiste-peintre Claudette Pilon tient une première exposition solo au Corrid’Art duCentre culturel deCornwall depuis le lundi 9 janvier. Ses œuvres seront en exposition jus- qu’au 26 de ce mois, et le vernissage au cours duquel elle fera tirer l’un de ses tableaux aura lieu le vendredi 13 jan- vier à compter de 17 h. L’artiste est née au nord de Lancas- ter en Ontario, en 1942. Elle a fait des études en psychologie et en counselling à l’Université St Paul et à l’Université d’Ottawa avant de s’inté- resser à l’art dans les années 90. Elle était à la recherche d’une acti- vité qui lui permettrait de développer son plein potentiel créateur. Et c’est à travers l’art qu’elle a trouvé réponse à ses questions lors d’une fin

artiste qui dit : « Mistakes are happy accidents! », avoue-t-elle. Elle a timidement fait la mise en marché de son travail en présentant des cartes toutes occasions puis en exposant ses tableaux dans les foires artisanales, à la bibliothèque à Massena, à Thousand Island, à la jour- née de la femme à Alexandria ainsi qu’au Centre Culturel de Cornwall. L’artiste considère cette première exposition solo au Centre culturel de Cornwall comme étant une étape exci- tante dans sa nouvelle carrière d'artiste.

de semaine de créativité à Montréal au cours de l’année 2000. Les voyages source d'inspiration Ayant beaucoup voyagé au Canada, elle s’est, dans un premier temps, ins- pirée de la nature en travaillant à partir de photos captées lors de ses voyages. « À force de vouloir copier et repro- duire exactement mes photos, j’avais l’impression de mettre ma créativité dans un carcan », explique Claudette qui avoue avoir travaillé ainsi dans un premier temps pour éviter de faire des erreurs jusqu’à ce qu’elle constate que

l’erreur est source d’apprentissage. « Mieux vaut faire des erreurs que de limiter l’expression personnelle. J’aime bien la philosophie d’un

Vive les pyjamades à l’école Sainte-Thérèse

Walter avait l’habitude de manger des repas congelés CORNWALL

Les élèves de l’école Sainte-Thérèse se sont emmitouflés dans leurs pyjamas préférés tout en portant fièrement leurs tuques de Noël et leurs pantoufles le 22 décembre dernier.

Javed et Nevada de la 2 e année Ils ont souligné la dernière journée d’école avant la nouvelle année en dégustant - comme le père Noël - des biscuits au chocolat avec des berlingots de lait. Lesélèvesétaientremplisde joieexubérante à voir leurs amis demême que lesmembres du personnel vêtus d’un pyjama et accompagnés de leur ourson préféré.

Maintenant, il apprécie unmenu varié et une bonne compagnie. Lapériodedesrepasétaitsurtoutune corvéepourWalter.Demeurant seul, il choisissait seulement ce qui était le plus facile à préparer et mangeait en regardant la télé. La nutrition était rarement un facteur. Chez Chartwell,le chef change demenu chaque jour. Par conséquent,Walter n’a pas seulement qu’à choisir parmi la variété de mets équilibrés, mais les apprécie avec des accompagnements de rire et de conversation.

Dominic et Carolyn de la 2 e année

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Hailey et Isabella de la 1 re année

Michel Lamarche, un comédien-né Découvrez l'homme CORNWALL

Michel Lamarche réside à Cornwall depuis 1993, 19 ans cette année. Jus- qu’à maintenant il s’est impliqué dans maintes associations telle Vive Cor- nwall , pour laquelle il a entre autre organisé un rallye automobile de ma- nière à faire découvrir les différents sites historiques francophones de la région; il travaille bénévolement pour l’organisme Service aux victimes de S.D.G et Akawsasne. Michel a aussi animé à la radio fran- cophone de l’Est ontarien CHOD FM 92,1 pendant plus d’un an. Il est main- tenant vice-président du conseil d’administration. Il s’intéresse gran- dement au théâtre. Il fait d’ailleurs partie du CA de l’Amalgame à Cor- nwall. Excellent comédien, il participe régulièrement aux soirées d’improvi- sation offertes par Lila, un organisme chapeauté par l’Amalgame. Il tiendra un premier match d’impro public dans le cadre du mois des Noirs au Centre culturel de Cornwall, le vendredi 3 février 2011. Dans les semaines à venir Michel s’entourera d’une douzaine de comédiens dans le projet LIRE ET DÉLIRE offert par la troupe de théâtre Vieille 17 de Rockland et l’Amalgame, projet qui mènera à une lecture publi- que de la pièce de Robert Marinier, À la gauche de Dieu, le dimanche 4 février 2012 au Centre Charles Émile Claude. Il joue dans la troupe Café Théâtre Markalou de Gatineau depuis 8 ans, il tiendra trois rôles dans la pièce Last Call 2, de l’auteur Denis Blondin, en- tre le 10 février et le 24 mars. Enfin il tiendra le rôle de Krampach, un serviteur, dans la production Le plus heureux des trois, un texte d’Eugène Labiche qui sera présenté par la Troupe Les Exclamateurs, du 23 au 26 février au Centre culturel Calixa Lavallée à Montréal. 1- Êtes-vous une personne de matin ou de soir? Les deux; cela dépend des activités en cours. 2- Quel est votre jour préféré de la semaine? Tous les jours sont identi- ques maintenant pour moi puisque je suis un jeune retraité. 3- Tenez-vous un journal person- nel? Non. 4- Quel est votre devise? Faut pen- ser à ce que nous possédons et non à ce que nous n’avons pas. 5- Quel était votre rêve d’enfance? Être comédien. 6- Si vous pouviez changer le monde, que changeriez-vous? La violence, la jalousie et l’envie. 7- Un talent que vous aimeriez avoir? Mucisien. 8- Quel est votre sujet de discussion favori? La philosophie de vie.

peur? La maladie. 19- Un évènement marquant de vo- tre vie? La naissance de mes filles Patricia et Julie et de ma petite-fille Genève. 20- Votre chanson préférée? Un banc, un arbre, une rue, Séverine. 21- Comment voyez-vous Cornwall dans dix ans? Florissant grâce au dé- veloppement économique. 22- Ce que vous aimez à Cornwall? Les amis. 23- Ce que vous détestez à Cornwall? Je ne déteste rien de Cornwall. 24- Vous trouvez une lampe magi- que, un génie en sort et vous offre d’exaucer trois vœux, quels sont-ils? La santé, la richesse et le bonheur. 25- Votre plus gros mensonge c’est? J’ai caché à mon épouse que je suivais des cours de théâtre; je voulais lui faire une surprise. 26- La personne la plus importante dans votre vie? Tous sont plus impor- tants pour moi. 27- Votre raison de vivre? L’amour de la vie. 28- En un mot l’enfant que vous étiez? Tranquille. 29- L’ado que vous étiez en deux mots? Moins tranquille. 30- Et l’adulte en trois mots? Tou- jours en mode d’apprentissage. 31- À quoi ressemble le paradis se- lon vous? Un monde sans violence, sans crainte. 32- Avez-vous peur de la mort? Non. 33- Êtes-vous surpertitieux? Non, je ne veux pas l’être. 34- Votre boisson préférée? Le jus de

canneberges 35- Un métier ou profession que vous aimeriez exercer? Médecin. 36- Avez-vous un projet chéri que vous comptez réaliser tôt ou tard? Écrire une pièce de théâtre. 37- Votre animal préféré? Le chat. 38- Films préférés : amour, action, guerre, etc? Amour et action sans vio- lence. 39- Comment vous voyez-vous? Sen- sible. 40- Comment les autres vous voient- ils? Aucune idée. 41- Votre signe astrologique? Scor- pion. Lisez-vous l’horoscope? Non. 42- Quel animal vous représente le plus? Dauphin, c’est toujours joyeux, ils s’amusent continuellement. 43- Le film que vous avez regardé 50 fois c’est? Un dîner de cons. 44- Qu’est-ce qui vous rend de bonne humeur? De voir les gens heureux autour de moi. 45- Votre actrice préférée? Sandra Bullock 46- Si vous pouviez entrer dans la peau d’une célébrité ou d’une person- nalité publique connue, qui choisiriez d’être le temps d’une journée? Un po- liticien puissant. 47- Que feriez-vous dans la peau de cette personne pendant cette journée. Je mettrais plusieurs personnes à la porte. 49- La saison la plus inspirante pour vous? Le printemps, les journées sont plus longues; la clarté est là 12 heures par jour. Tout se réveille. 50- Votre plat favori? Poulet cordon bleu.

9- Un métier que vous admirez? La médecine. 10- Lorsque vient le temps de vous informer, êtes-vous du type radio, télé, Internet ou journal? Tout ça. 11- Qu’est-ce qui vous met les nerfs à vif? Le mensonge. 12- Y a-t-il une cause pour laquelle vous donneriez votre chemise? La vio- lence faite aux femmes et aux enfants. 13- La plus belle qualité qu’une per- sonne puisse avoir? L’honnêteté. 14- Quel pays aimeriez-vous visi- ter? L’Inde et le Camboge. 15- Vin blanc ou vin rouge? Les deux. 16- Ce que vous aimeriez que l’on dise de vous? Un ami que j’aimerais avoir. 17- Ce que vous reportez toujours à plus tard? Payer mes factures. 18- Quelle est votre plus grande

Le dimanche 11 décem- bre, l’équipe midget mineur de Cornwall a or- ganisé une collecte de denrées alimentaires au profit de Centraide. La quantité de nourri- ture collectée a permis de fournir suffisamment de nourriture et de cadeaux à sept familles pour la sai- son de Noël 2011. Le directrice exécutive deCentraidedansS .D .G , Karen Turchetto, a remer- cié l’équipe, les entraîneurs et les organi- sateurs de cet événement.

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