About three dozen people gathered at La Cité Golf Club in Hawkesbury, early Tuesday evening, for what could be the last public debate for candidates seeking the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell seat in the October federal election. Questions from the audience focused on federal support for local economic investment, tourism development, affordable housing, and other concerns.

One last debate for GPR candidates

About three dozen people gathered at La Cité Golf Club in Hawkesbury, early Tuesday evening, for what could be the last public debate for candidates seeking the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell seat in the October federal election.

“To me, politics is about helping people,” said incumbent Liberal MP Francis Drouin.

“In this election, we can debate the change we need, one vote at a time,” said Conservative challenger Pierre Lemieux, a former MP for the riding.

“I am running because there is a need for change, a need for new ideas,” said Daniel John Fey, running as an independent candidate.

Candidates introduced themselves, explained what their party represented, and why they themselves sought to become the GPR’s representative on Parliament Hill.

“I am a working-class person,” said Konstantine Malakos of the NDP. “I was raised in the working class, and I have working-class values.”

“I am happy to offer a better alternative to the major parties,” said Jean-Jacques Desgranges of the Peoples’ Party of Canada.

“I am standing here to protect my kids and their future,” said Darcy Neal Donnelly, Libertarian Party candidate.

“We need collaboration,” said Marc-Antoine Gagnier, Rhinoceros Party candidate.

Marthe Lépine, the former Green Party candidate who is now running as an independent, was not present for the debate because of difficulties in arranging transportation from her home in Russell Township. Candidates took turns answering four questions focusing on the Town of Hawkesbury’s needs for economic development and investment, expansion and promotion of its tourism sector, affordable housing, and identifying “the most pressing need” for the municipality and surrounding area.

Economic development

“I remember the time when Hawkesbury was very productive,” said Desgranges. “One of the (development) opportunities I see is processing of agricultural products.”

Desgranges and several other candidates all noted that Hawkesbury’s location puts it in “a strategic position” to serve the Ottawa-Toronto-Montréal triangle for supplying various processed products from the GPR’s agricultural sector. Drouin noted that Hawkesbury’s future prosperity also depends on having a well-maintained infrastructure, including high-speed digital access, to attract and support new development.

“If we don’t have the basic infrastructure, we will never be able to attract new industry,” Drouin said, adding that the Liberal government has developed long-term policies and programs to aid municipal and regional infrastructure improvements.

“I think we need to build on the strengths of Hawkesbury,” said Lemieux, adding that co-operation between both senior levels of government is essential. “We need governments that work together because it is a team effort.”

“I see Hawkesbury being a leader in green energy,” said Malakos, adding that the town could attract projects like a solar panel manufacturing plant. “We also have to protect what is already here, while we’re working to bring new businesses here.”

“Small and medium businesses are the heart and blood of this riding,” said Fey. “It (development) has to be dictated by the people of Hawkesbury.”

Fey noted that a soybean processing plant in Hawkesbury could take advantage of the growing global demand for soybean paste and soy milk for the health food market. That would also help strengthen the riding’s agricultural sector where soybean is one of the major staple crops.

“Government is the problem,” said Donnelly, noting that the libertarian philosophy favors the least government involvement and interference possible, with businesses and investors allowed to succeed or fail in a free market system. “The people make the decision on the risk and the reward.”

Tourism market

“We have to support our local infrastructure, which supports our local festivals,” said Drouin. “We also need to support more agro-tourism.”

Lemieux noted that during his term as MP he helped bring in federal money for development of cycling paths throughout the riding, to support the growing market for cycle tourism. He also cited more promotion and support for existing features and attractions like the Larose Forest area, the annual Wendover Western Fest that hosts thousands of visitors during its run, and institutions like Hawkesbury’s Le Chenail cultural centre, which hosts art shows, intimate evening concerts, and other events.

“We have to invest in local organizations,” said Malakos, adding that federal partnerships with local groups will help better promote the riding’s tourism potential. “We need to promote this region heavily. We need to invest in public transit also, so people can get to these events and attractions.”

“You need a central thing or attraction in Hawkesbury that would make people want to come here,” said Desgranges, adding that lowering the federal corporate tax by 10 per cent would encourage more touristm investment, like developing a local wine industry or promoting the area’s glider clubs and airfields for adventure tourism.

Affordable housing

“We need a federal partnership at the table,” said Drouin, regarding affordable housing needs in the Hawkesbury area. He noted that the Liberal campaign strategy features a 10-year plan for housing, which includes social housing needs.

“People who need affordable housing tend to have other needs also,” said Lemieux, adding that social housing programs and projects are the responsibility of the provincial government. He also criticized the present federal carbon tax for penalizing low-income people on essentials like winter heating costs.

“We will create 500 new units of affordable housing,” said Malakos, adding that the NDP would work with local governments and non-profit groups on developing social housing projects. The NDP would also, he noted, introduce rent control and also provide rent subsidies for low-income residents in situations where their home rental costs exceeds 30 per cent of their personal income.

Desgranges said the PPC would focus on clearing the federal deficit, which would then free up federal money to aid social housing programs. Fey stated there should be more local control of planning for affordable housing needs. Donnelly said housing is “a private initiative” and people could form housing co-operatives for affordable housing projects.

The greatest need

“We must support small business,” said Lemieux.

“Let’s invest in this region so that people want to come back here,” said Malakos.

“It will take leadership willing to be open to new ideas that support diversification,” said Fey.

“Hawkesbury needs to be a free trade zone to attract capital,” said Donnelly. “Then it can prosper.”

Last question

The moderator noted that all of the GPR candidates present for the debate were men, before she presented the final question of the evening. What can the next government do to protect and support the rights of women and also encourage more women to become active in politics?

Every candidate noted that every municipality in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell has at least one woman sitting on council, and in the case of Hawkesbury there is both one woman sitting as a councillor and another, Paula Assaly, serving as the current mayor. All said that more must be done to encourage women to be active in politics and other fields, including business.


The OPP detachment in Embrun received a call, November 6, just after 3 p.m., about a man driving through the village along Notre-Dame Street, who stopped to offer a ride to a local youth. The youth refused the invitation.

Police urge parents to talk to their children about “stranger danger” situations and how to deal with them. They are also asking for help in identifying the person and vehicle involved in the November 6 incident..


Denis Hamel, joueur de hockey professionnel, maintenant à la retraite, a laissé son empreinte dans différentes ligues professionnelles de hockey, particulièrement la Ligue américaine de hockey.

Maintenant à la retraite, l’homme originaire de Lachute vit désormais sur son ranch, à Casselman, avec sa femme Julie Brisson et leurs deux garçons. Discret et humble, il n’en reste pas moins qu’il a marqué les esprits sur les patinoires canadiennes et américaines pendant 15 ans et les 1000 parties jouées au niveau professionnel.

Pour certains, la tempête hivernale qui a frappé l’Est ontarien la semaine dernière est un cadeau, mais, pour les agriculteurs, c’est la cerise sur le sundae dont ils se seraient bien passés.

Pour Laurier Lemieux, agriculteur de la région d’Embrun, c’est une année à oublier. « La neige nous a coupé l’herbe sous le pied. Cet été le maïs a souffert de sècheresse et maintenant la neige l’affecte avec un taux d’humidité beaucoup trop élevé », lance-t-il.

Elles sont 25. Vingt-cinq personnalités franco-ontariennes qui ont inspiré Danielle Carrière-Paris à leur rendre hommage, dans un livre qui sortira fin novembre.

C’est en collaboration avec le Réseau du patrimoine franco-ontarien et par l’entremise d’une édition spéciale du Chaînon que ce recueil sortira sur les tablettes. « Je voulais faire connaitre ces personnalités et leur rendre hommage, a expliqué Mme Carrière-Paris. Je désirais vraiment appuyer la relève émergente à la recherche de modèles positifs et accessibles. »

Foi de cultivateur de Casselman, VACHES, the musical semble bien être la première comédie musicale franco-ontarienne d’envergure à être créée au nord de Broadway!

«Ça doit faire dix ans qu’Olivier Nadon et moi, on parlait de monter une comédie musicale. Maintenant, ça y est, on commence les répétitions !» C’est Stéphane Guertin d’Improtéine, qui est tout feu tout flamme à l’idée que sa comédie musicale écrite avec son compère du quintette humoristique franco-ontarien verra le jour en avril 2020. Après les répétitions qui se déroulent dans la Cour des Arts à Ottawa, les premières représentations seront au LabO.


C’est fait ! La 12e édition du Festival de Noël de Casselman est officiellement lancée.

La présidente Jovette Richer était fière de dévoiler la programmation de 2019 lors d’une conférence de presse le vendredi 1er novembre.

Le Festival de Noël est à nos portes

Au programme, party de rue, contes de Noël, le Chœur du Moulin, sculpteurs de scie à chaine provenant de la série Carver Kings et spectacles Les symfolies de Noël. Il ne faudrait naturellement pas oublier le fameux marché de Noël, le hockey de rue et l’incontournable course du père Noël.

Casselman est la première municipalité, cette année encore, à souligner le jour du Souvenir. En effet, c’est le 2 novembre dernier que les commémorations ont eu lieu dans une atmosphère toujours aussi touchante.

Aurore Crann, l’organisatrice de cette journée mémorable, s’est une fois de plus investie corps et âme pour que les vétérans, femmes et hommes morts au combats et survivants soient honorés pour leur bravoure. « Il ne faut pas oublier », a-t-elle dit au micro en s’adressant aux gens qui s’étaient déplacés malgré le froid.


Russell Township now has its 2020 budget signed, sealed and approved.

“The administration was able to present a very thoughtful budget,” said Mayor Pierre Leroux, near the end of the November 4 regular session.

The original budget document which staff presented to council last month proposed a two-per-cent increase in property taxes. During several days of line-by-line review of the budget document and discussion about municipal needs and priorities, council directed administration to revise the 2020 budget to allow for a four-per-cent increase, which is covered in the municipal levy portion of municipal revenue. The levy is composed of local property taxes.


Wind turbines have now become part of the skyline of North Stormont Township, where it borders Russell Township and The Nation Municipality.

The 100-megawatt Nation Rise Wind Farm project nears completion as several of the last towers rise up, waiting for their fan-blade attachments, followed by connection to the Ontario Power Grid. The Nation Rise Wind Farm is owned by EDP Renewables, a Portuguese company which specializes in alternative energy projects. Company officials expect to have it online and producing energy to sell to Ontario by the end of this year.


Russell Township has rewritten its smoking bylaw to cover both tobacco and marijuana and also vaping products.

Township council approved a recommendation from administration for a new bylaw to replace three older bylaws that deal with smoking in public.


The Kin Club of Russell is hosting its second annual Hairspray Roast fundraiser for a local personality and this time Marie Claire Ivanski is on the “hot seat” for good-natured fun.

The hardworking local volunteer and community activist, winner of multiple volunteer awards, will be roasted and honoured for her extensive volunteerism in Russell Township. Funds raised at this event will be used toward a potential future aquacentre in Russell Township.

Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche dernier, les Canadiens ont reculé leurs horloges d’une heure. Enfin, la majorité des Canadiens. La Saskatchewan ne change jamais d’heure.

Le Canada a adopté le changement horaire depuis la Seconde Guerre mondiale. Les Allemands l’avaient déjà fait depuis 1916.

Le raisonnement qui avait mené à un tel changement était de profiter d’une plus grande période d'ensoleillement et ainsi, réduire la consommation d'énergie, selon Benjamin Franklin, le premier à l’avoir suggéré en 1784. Cependant, aujourd'hui les bénéfices énergétiques seraient marginaux, selon une étude française réalisée en 2007 et mise à jour en 2010 : on économiserait un peu sur l'éclairage, mais pas du tout sur le chauffage ou la climatisation.

This Christmas, the Perras Chisholm Team, Embrun Home Hardware and Russell Trivia are fundraising for some of the most vulnerable members of the community: local seniors in retirement or nursing homes in the Embrun and Russell area.

"There are some seniors who won't even get a visitor this Christmas," says Allison Chisholm of the Perras Chisholm Team. "We created Santa for Seniors to give people in our community the opportunity to show our seniors that we care about them."

Halloween proved no treat in the end for some areas of Eastern Ontario as a wind storm has caused power failures throughout the region.

Hydro One repair crews are out dealing with lines damaged or downed by fallen tree limbs or branches and public works crews in some communities are also checking for downed trees which may be blocking backcountry roads.

The Friday morning wind storm has pushed several power poles out of place along County Road 17 near the western end of the Hawkesbury Creek Bridge.

None of the poles have fallen over (see photo) but the Hawkesbury Fire Department has set up traffic control points on either side of that section of road and are making sure drivers slow down and keep moving as they pass along the route until hydro crews can get to the site to deal with the situation.


La Chambre de commerce de Prescott-Russell sera l'hôte du conférencier et homme d’affaires Andrew Molson le 8 novembre au Complexe J.R. Brisson, à Casselman.

La soirée débutera à 17 h et le repas sera servi à 18 h, suivi de la conférence. 

 Les thèmes abordés seront l’entraide, le transfert d’entreprise et la vie en milieu minoritaireLa soirée débutera à 17 h et le repas sera servi à 18 h, suivi de la conférence.


« Ça faisait longtemps que je voulais bâtir un établissement à vocation commerciale à Embrun, et c’est fait », s’est réjoui Philippe Ryan, instigateur de ce projet et propriétaire de l’immeuble.

C’est lors d’une conférence de presse, qui s’est tenue le 24 octobre dernier, qu’on a dévoilé les nouveaux locaux du 649, Notre-Dame, à Embrun. Non loin du carrefour giratoire, à l’extrémité ouest du village, ce nouvel édifice regroupe pour le moment cinq entreprises professionnelles. Deux d’entre elles, qui occupaient déjà d’autres bureaux à Embrun, y ont emménagé. Il s’agit du Centre communautaire de l’Estrie (CSCE) et la compagnie d’assurance et d’investissement The Co-operators, qui appartient à Philippe Ryan.

Prescott-Russell’s public transit service rolled out this week and everyone can ride for free for the next two weeks.

“We want people to try out PR Transpo and to adopt it,” said Isabelle Peladeau, PR Transpo project manager, during the Wednesday official launch of the new regional public transit service (see photo).

Residents will be able to ride PR Transpo buses at no charge until November 15. After that the regular fare system is in effect.

The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) set up the regional transit program through its economic development and tourism department after success in getting a $2 million provincial grant to support public transit initiatives.

PR Transpo will operate on 12 fixed routes, with several posted stops in all eight municipalities. The regional transit service will operate Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. There is no Sunday bus service and also no service on specific statutory holidays like Christmas and New Year’s Day. 

As of October 17, manufacturers in Ontario will legally be able to start producing edible cannabis products.

The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is therefore advising local residents take ample precautions when storing these products. Legally purchased edibles, extracts, topicals, and THC-based vapour products could be available to the public at the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) as early as mid-December.

“We’re taking this opportunity to remind the public that if they purchase or make cannabis edibles, they must pay close attention to where and how they store them,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, Medical Officer of Health at the EOHU. “Food or candy that contains cannabis can be very dangerous for children and pets.”

Edible cannabis products can look like food or candy, they may be attractive to children and youth. Residents who purchase or make their own edible cannabis products should, according to the EOHU, store them in child-proof containers, label the products to ensure others know what they contain and store them out of sight and out of reach.

Le détachement de Hawkesbury de la Police provinciale de l’Ontario demande l'aide du public pour un cas de personne disparue de la Municipalité de La Nation.

Danick Bourgeois, 27 ans, a été porté disparu en septembre 2019. Sa famille a eu un dernier contact avec lui en juillet 2019, dans la région du village de Saint-Bernardin, dans la municipalité de La Nation.

Francis Drouin won his first re-election bid as the incumbent Liberal MP for Glengarry-Prescott-Russell.

Election Night Monday saw Justin Trudeau win his second term as prime minister but this time in charge of minority Liberal government. The Liberals will have more than 150 seats in the new parliament, which makes them a “strong” minority government, but they may still have to depend on either the NDP or the Bloc Québecois for support on budget and other legislative policy proposals.

“I think that collaboration is key,” said Drouin, when asked what he thinks will be the challenges facing the minority Liberal government. “My approach is that I’ve worked with Conservatives on bills that I agree with and I’ve worked with NDP on bills that I have agreed with. I look forward to working with every parliamentarian that will be elected tonight in the House of Commons.”

Le député sortant de Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, le candidat libéral Francis Drouin, a finalement été réélu avec une majorité de 6000 voix.

Les électeurs de la région ont été tenus en haleine pendant quelques heures lors de la soirée électorale d'hier. Le député fédéral sortant, le libéral Francis Drouin, ainsi que son adversaire conservateur, l’ancien député Pierre Lemieux, se sont échangé la première place à quelques reprises. Finalement, vers 23 h, le candidat libéral a définitivement devancé son adversaire. M. Drouin a obtenu plus de 26 000 votes, 6000 de plus que Pierre Lemieux.


C’est en novembre, à Casselman, qu'aura lieu le 23e tournoi de hockey franco-ontarien féminin

Du 5 au 7 novembre, plus d’une vingtaine d’équipes, provenant des quatre coins de l’Ontario, s’affronteront afin de brandir le trophée. 

« Les joueuses de la 7e à la 12e année vont disputer des joutes de hockey ici, au Complexe JR Brisson, mais aussi à Saint-Isidore et Maxville, a expliqué le principal organisateur Patrick Lafontaine. Et, bien entendu, les Dynamos de l’École secondaire catholique de Casselman représenteront Casselman. »


La Municipalité de Casselman espère augmenter le montant de fois que le train passager VIA Rail s’arrête à sa gare.

Des démarches entre le conseil municipal et des représentants de Via Rail auraient déjà commencé. Les élus de Casselman voudraient idéalement offrir une option de transport de plus à leurs citoyens.

Prescott-Russell’s regional public transit service is almost ready to roll out.

Carole Lavigne, director for economic development and tourism, presented an update on the PR Transpo project to the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) during its October 9 committee of the whole session. The regional public transit service is almost ready to roll out but one mayor on UCPR council expressed some concerns about whether PR Transpo might become a financial burden.

“I don’t want this to become a thing where we spend $2 million just for the sake of spending $2 million,” said Mayor Pierre Leroux of Russell Township, referring to the latest subsidy cost to the City of Ottawa to help maintain its OC Transpo system.

La Nation

Depuis que la municipalité de La Nation a été victime d’une cyberattaque en juillet dernier, on prend au sérieux ce genre d’évènement. Voilà pourquoi le conseil a organisé une rencontre pour parler de ce sujet.

Le 1er octobre dernier, les membres du conseil de La Nation avaient convié plusieurs municipalités à prendre part à cette séance d’information à laquelle plus de 80 personnes ont assisté. C’est que l’on voulait donner de l’information afin de contrer le plus possible les attaques informatiques.

Lors de cette séance d’information, des policiers de la PPO et de la Gendarmerie royale du Canada étaient présents pour parler protection des systèmes informatiques. Hugo Desrochers, un résident de La Nation qui travaille pour Sécurité publique Canada, est également venu donner des conseils aux gens présents dans la salle.

 « C’était très informatif, a déclaré le maire François St-Amour. Plusieurs représentants de municipalités dans Prescott-Russell étaient présents. On nous a bien fait comprendre qu’il ne faut pas ouvrir tous les courriels, surtout ceux dont l’adresse courriel parait étrange, a-t-il poursuivi. Ne pas non plus ouvrir des pièces jointes de personnes suspectes. »


About three dozen people gathered at La Cité Golf Club in Hawkesbury early Tuesday evening for what could be the last public debate for candidates seeking the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell seat in the October federal election.

About three dozen people gathered at La Cité Golf Club in Hawkesbury early Tuesday evening for what could be the last public debate for candidates seeking the Glengarry-Prescott-Russell seat in the October federal election.

“To me, politics is about helping people,” said incumbent Liberal MP Francis Drouin.

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Le nouveau feu de circulation qui a été installé à l’intersection sud de la 417 et du chemin Saint-Guillaume à Vars s'avère un véritable irritant pour les automobilistes.

 L'un des capteurs de circulation de la chaussée ralentit la vitesse de changement des feux, ce qui provoque de longues files d'attente dans la sortie pendant les périodes de pointe de l'après-midi. L'entrepreneur responsable repositionnera les capteurs pour corriger le problème.

Depuis l'an dernier, l'installation adéquate des nouveaux feux de circulation à cet endroit est un problème permanent. Il y a eu plusieurs  retards attribuables à un certain nombre de facteurs, dont l'emplacement incorrect des poteaux. Les représentants du ministère ont assuré que les corrections éventuelles relèvent de l'entrepreneur, qui est tenu, en vertu des conditions du contrat, d'y remédier.