The ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee and its supporters are taking their fight to Queen’s Park on November 21.
Representatives from the committee announced at Monday night’s regular South Glengarry council meeting that chartered buses from the area will be heading to a rally on the steps of the provincial legislature, sponsored by the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures (OAASC), on that date.
A number of groups, local and province-wide, are planning to participate in the demonstration, including CUPE and the Campaign for Public Education.
“This isn’t a rally anymore. It’s a movement…and Glengarry will be heavily-represented,” said committee member Heather Petrie.
“We have secured Jim McDonell, our (Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry) MPP to speak at the event, as well as Shawn McRae and Martin Lang from the Glengarry Federation of Agriculture.”
Mrs. Petrie added that parents and students representing other schools in the area are “perhaps going to consolidate and join forces…so that we can fill as many buses as we can and go to Queen’s Park and make some noise.”
After hearing that it will cost about $4,000 to rent one coach bus for the Toronto trip, South Glengarry council passed a resolution – introduced by deputy-mayor Frank Prevost – allocating up to $10,000 to the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Committee to help defray campaign-related costs. Mayor Ian McLeod explained that the funds will be dispersed “at the discretion” of township CAO Bryan Brown.
Particulars about the Toronto rally – which is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. on November 21 – including departure time, will be posted soon on the ‘Save Char-Lan’ Facebook page and Twitter feed.
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– By Scott Carmichael, News Staff
Look for the latest edition of The Glengarry News on Wednesday, Nov. 9 in your mailbox and on newsstands, or online later this evening.
Among the stories we have for you are the following:
- SOS states its case
- GLENGARRY REMEMBERS
- The dearest farmland in Ontario
- ‘Hydro should give rurals a break’
- Holy Order celebrates 160 years
- VIA’s vision
- Wait times still below provincial average
- THE 2ND ANNUAL CHILLY WILLY RUN IN WILLIAMSTOWN
- Char-Lan to host basketball playoffs
Our opinion page leads with the item "Don’t scoff at the power of silence," along with a piece by reporter Angela Brown who this week bids adieu to the county and her time at The News.
Bernard Lalonde, North Glengarry fire services administrator and Alexandria fire station chief, centre back, assists other firefighters following a collision on Main St. N. near Centre Street in Alexandria at about 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4. Traffic was congested until the scene was cleared. Police and emergency services also assisted. More details to follow.
Angela Brown Photo
"Green" electrified trains that run often, on time, and on dedicated tracks. That future vision of train service was rolled out by VIA Rail chief commercial officer Martin Landry for about 50 people at Wednesday's talk organized by the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce. He hinted that an additional engine may be stopping in Alexandria, where the centennial of the station will be marked next year. More in the November 9 edition of The News.
November 12, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police Auxiliary Unit will host its annual “Stuff a Cruiser with food drive” in various locations throughout SD&G. All donations received will benefit the food banks in their respective areas.
- Chartrand’s Your Independent Grocer (Alexandria) St-Vincent de Paul
- Foodland (Ingleside) Agape Centre
- Giant Tiger (Morrisburg)/Foodland (Winchester-Iroquois) Dundas County Food Bank
All food banks in SD&G depend upon the generosity of its residents, so please be a part of making the food drive a great success.
Today's SD&G senior girls soccer championship final at GDHS in Alexandria opened with the athletes holding a protest of threatened school closures. Please click here for a video.
School closures are being denounced as a "war on Ontario communities" by the Ontario Alliance Against School Closures, which is calling on the Ministry of Education to immediately halt school closures and scrap the current Pupil Accommodation Guideline.
OAASC spokesperson Susan MacKenzie says Ontarians are concerned about the closures being initiated under the new guideline, which threaten to shutter 1 in every 8 schools across their communities .
"Last March, when the Pupil Accommodation Review Guideline was rewritten, communities lost a significant voice at the table giving school boards the freedom to ram these school closures through without resistance,” she says. “Community schools are under siege, carried by this tidal wave of closures across the province," she says." The revised guideline has pitted the province and school boards against our communities. We’re paying a steep price for cuts in education. It is time to see beyond the boundaries of Toronto and the GTA. Kathleen Wynne needs to realize that she is Premier of the province of Ontario, not premier of Toronto."
Area residents will have a chance to learn about the future of VIA Rail when a top company official visits Alexandria November 2.
“Delivering sustainable mobility to Canadians” is the theme of the address chief commercial officer Martin Landry will deliver on behalf of president Yves Desjardins-Sicilano during the meeting that will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Glengarry Funeral Home, 580 Main St. S., Alexandria.
Open to the general public, the get-together, which is organized by the Alexandria and District Chamber of Commerce, will also include a question and answer period, followed by a wine and cheese reception.
Leading off are front page are the following stories:
- Pressure: $25K for lobbyist
- THE FUTURE OF VIA RAIL
- Red flags
Among the items this week inside are...
- Rural roots driven home at rally
- ‘A strong legal case’
- Everyone wants say on reform: MP
- Wildly successful fair = jubilant mood at AGM
- GDHS captures cross-country championship
- County CCHL2 teams fail to find the win column
Our opinion page opens with an item entitled "Why we need special attention."
The Upper Canada District School Board has scolded organizers of a Save Our Schools demonstration Tuesday at Glengarry District High School.
Superintendent of Schools Tim Mills issued the following statement:
"Our first priority for our students in the Upper Canada District School Board is to attend to their safety and well-being when they are left in our care during the course of the school day. Given our obligation to supervise and care for students when they are at school, we were very concerned by the staging of an unauthorized activity by some of our students today at Glengarry District High School.
It is understood that our students and members of the local community have strong views about the value of GDHS as a special place for learning and growing our next generation. At the same time, it is essential that the school can fully discharge legal obligations that it owes to students for their care throughout the entire school day.
With this in mind, staff at the school cannot condone the actions that students followed that interrupted the school day and interfered with the staff’s legal obligation to supervise students and maintain the schedule that defines a regular school day.
We want our students to be actively involved in any matter of local interest and we will always ensure that we draw their attention to the means and opportunities for lending their voice and ideas to the topics. By doing so, we ensure that the message – and not the method – is the focus for public attention. We want our students to understand that we are here to support them in their efforts to become engaged and involved in a wide range of matters. We also require our students to respect limitations in which schools can appropriately support their approach to how they share their thinking and their voice.
With this in mind, it is worth reminding our students and the general public that they can share their thoughts and opinions by completing the online Building for the Future survey, attending public meetings scheduled at various locations throughout our district, or by e-mail at email@example.com
We are both concerned and disappointed that GDHS students who organized today's event disregarded requests by the school's administration to use other opportunities to share their concerns about the pending accommodation review process. In no manner can we accept others advocating that students – some as young as 12 years of age – are properly cared for by walking out of their school rather than being in class. Our staff will continue to bring to the attention of our students the appropriate channels available to express their views so that we can maintain a balance between the interests of our students and our obligation to safely operate the school and supervise pupils."