The “emergency scam” is back

A favourite fraud routine is making a comeback.

Police warn that the “Emergency Scam,” a favourite fraud routine for con artists, is back as more people are housebound thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. A homeowner in Leeds County received a suspicious call and OPP warn that other residents in other Eastern Ontario counties may also get similar calls.

The “emergency scam” involves an alleged relative or friend of the victim calling up to ask for help because they are under arrest or in the hospital or stranded somewhere without any money or credit cards or access to their bank accounts. The aim is to get the target of the scam to wire money to help deal with the problem.

The new variation on the scam now involves someone claiming to be a lawyer phoning the target of the fraud, telling the person that their son or daughter or some other relative or a friend was in an accident and is now in jail and needs bail money. Then another person comes on the line, claiming to be the person in trouble and begging for help.

The victim in Leeds County targeted by the two fraudsters lost $5000. Con artists are now counting on people’s concern that their family or friends may need help getting home during the pandemic and not asking for more information to make sure the call is real.

Anyone getting a suspicious call that sounds like the “emergency scam” should ask personal questions to help determine if the alleged person in trouble is an actual relative or friend. Even then they should not provide any personal or financial information, but see if the person will provide a phone number for a call back. Then hang up and report the matter to police to investigate.

COVID-19

Entre le 15 janvier et le 19 mai, l’Ontario a enregistré 22 384 cas de COVID-19, dont 1919 décès. Comment les entrepreneurs en pompes funèbres ou les thanatologues tirent-ils leur épingle du jeu en ces temps de pandémie? Des experts de l’Est, du Sud et du Nord de la province témoignent.

Toutes les entreprises funèbres de la province sont régies par l’Autorité des services funéraires et cimetières de l’Ontario et sont soumises à des protocoles sévères. Cet organisme dicte des règles très strictes à suivre en temps de pandémie.

Casselman et Embrun

Le 1er mai 2020, Daniel Lafleur a vendu la Maison funéraire & Chapelle Lafleur, qui dessert Casselman, Embrun et Russell, après 45 ans comme thanatologue. Pour lui, il a toujours été très important d’encourager la famille et les amis à participer aux services funèbres d’un être cher.

«Ils sont non seulement invités à fournir des photos et vidéos pour la célébration de vie, mais aussi à participer au montage, à être porteurs du cercueil s’il y a lieu, et même à coiffer la personne décédée lorsque le corps est exposé.»

Avant la pandémie, les salons funéraires situés à Casselman et Embrun pouvaient accueillir de 200 à 350 personnes durant les jours de visites. Aujourd’hui, COVID-19 oblige, «seulement quelques membres d’une même famille rapprochée peuvent entrer par une porte, se soumettre à un questionnaire, se désinfecter les mains, s’approcher du cercueil qui est derrière une barricade de deux mètres, et sortir par une autre porte, note monsieur Lafleur. Lors de la cérémonie, les porteurs gardent la distance prescrite grâce à de longs bâtons qui soulèvent le cercueil.»

A Québec woman faces charges for her role in a fatal accident that took the life of an Embrun resident.

Chelsea Heath, 22, of Greenfield Park, Québec, is charged with dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving resulting in bodily harm.

Casselman

«La maison funéraire était une vocation pour moi, mais la situation actuelle attribuable à la COVID-19 a précipité mon départ.»

Daniel Lafleur, propriétaire de la Maison funéraire et chapelle Lafleur, à Casselman et à Embrun, a décidé de prendre sa retraite comme directeur de services funéraires

Now anyone who thinks they may have COVID-19 can go to one of the regional health unit’s assessment centres and find out.

“Effective immediately, our testing centres will be open to anyone with symptoms,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his Thursday (May 14) teleconference with regional media.

Loisirs et plein-air

Les randonneurs et cyclistes locaux et de passage seront comblés ce weekend, alors que les sentiers de la Forçet Larose rouvrent

Les Comtés unis de Prescott-Russell (CUPR), qui possèdent et gèrent la forêt, ont annoncé que certains des sentiers de la forêt Larose seront ouverts aux utilisateurs à compter du samedi 16 mai.

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Larose Forest trails open for May long weekend

Francophonie

La Fondation franco-ontarienne (FFO), en partenariat avec le trio les Chiclettes, encourage les femmes à retourner aux études grâce aux bourses du fonds «je m’aime».

La FFO a lancé, le 30 avril dernier, son fonds «je m’aime», qui favorise le retour aux études des femmes à travers des bourses en collaboration avec le trio d’artiste les Chiclettes.

A wind farm project in North Stormont next door to Russell Township and The Nation got a restart on construction thanks to an Ontario Superior court decision.

Construction will resume on the Nation Rise wind farm project following a May 13 Ontario Superior Court ruling against Ontario Environment Minister Jeff Yurek’s decision to revoke the Renewable Energey Approval permit (REA) that allowed the project. EDP Renewables North America plans to restart work on the project as soon as possible.

Education

It will be a very quiet June for members of the Class of 2020 in the Upper Canada District School Board region as their official graduation ceremony won’t take place until next year.

The district has sent out a letter from John McAllister, Upper Canada District School Board chair (UCDSB), and Stephen Sliwa, UCDSB education director, to Grade 12 students and their families regarding plans to postpone all official graduation ceremonies until next year. A copy of the letter was also issued to local news media.

Région de Casselman

Un vent violent qui soufflait au-dessus d’un champ de maïs en feu a donné de la difficulté aux pompiers de la Municipalité de La Nation.

Le chef des pompiers, Tobias Hovey, a déclaré que les conditions de vent étaient certainement un facteur déterminant dans les difficultés rencontrées par son équipe pour éteindre un incendie qui s'est déclaré hier (mardi 12 mai) dans un champ comprenant des tiges sèches de plants de maïs de l'année dernière.

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Corn field fire proves tough challenge

Sad news from Plantagenet with another death due to COVID-19 at the Pinecrest Nursing Home.

“This is a very fragile situation,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, as he confirmed during his Tuesday (May 12) media teleconference, that a ninth resident at the long-term care facility has died from complications due to COVID-19.

Six more residents at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet have died due to complications from COVID-19.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) confirmed the most recent deaths at the long-term care facility during his regular media teleconference.

COVID-19

Essential service workers now have six childcare centres available to them as they maintain front-line service for residents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) announced Friday (May 8) that it now has arranged a total of six emergency child care centre operations to support front-line workers providing essential services for Prescott-Russell residents during the current pandemic situation.

Russell

Four Russell teens got down and dirty to help out the food bank.

Doug Anthony needed some help moving 10 yards of topsoil as part of a backyard renovation project. He asked a few local youths if they wanted to earn some money. They did, but not for themselves.

COVID-19

There are more cases of COVID-19 confirmed at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) announced seven more people testing positive for COVID-19 at the nursing during his Wednesday (May 6) media briefing teleconference.

Prescott-Russell

The three chambers of commerce for the Prescott-Russell region launched a new virtual conference project to help keep their members informed of important business news items during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I think it exceeded our expectations,” said Stéphanie Simard, president of the Clarence-Rockland Chamber of Commerce. “We’re certainly going to continue it.”

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Lancement d'un projet de conférence virtuelle des affaires

Prescott-Russell

Quatre étudiants en première année de médecine à l’Université d’Ottawa offrent depuis la semaine dernière un tout nouveau service de livraison dans la grande région de Prescott et Russell.

Ils s’appellent Olivia Dupuis, Valérie Lavigne, Benjamin Raymond et Niève Séguin. Ces jeunes personnes originaires de Casselman et de Limoges viennent de lancer un service de livraison d’épiceries gratuit pour les personnes vulnérables. L’objectif de cette initiative est de combler l'écart d'accessibilité pendant la pandémie de COVID-19.

The first deaths due to COVID-19 are confirmed for the Prescott-Russell region.

Two residents at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet have died as a result of complications related to COVID-19. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) confirmed the deaths in a May 4 email news release sent out to local media.

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La COVID-19 fait ses premières victimes dans Prescott-Russell

Anyone wanting to stroll along the Prescott-Russell Recreation Trail will have to either walk or ride a bike to get there.

All the vehicle parking lots at the trail access points are now closed as the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) follows the provincial government’s pandemic prevention plan.

COVID-19

The regional health office says people can drive up for their takeout coffee order but then they should drive away with it, instead of standing around in the parking lot with other people, drinking coffee and chatting.

“It’s a drive-through,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis of the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU). “You drive through, pick it up, and leave.”

Le médecin hygiéniste en chef de l'est de l'Ontario veut remettre le programme de vaccination des nourrissons sur les rails.

«Il est temps que nous nous penchions sur la question», a déclaré Dr Paul Roumeliotis, médecin-chef du Bureau de santé de l'est de l'Ontario (BSEO), lors de sa téléconférence quotidienne avec les médias, le mercredi 22 avril.

COVID-19

La progression de la pandémie COVID-19 dans l'est de l'Ontario semble plus lente maintenant, mais le médecin hygiéniste en chef de la région ne parle certes pas d’une victoire.

«Nous attendons toujours de voir à quel point la courbe s’aplatira», a déclaré Dr Paul Roumeliotis, du Bureau de santé de l'est de l'Ontario (BSEO), lors d’une de ses téléconférences quotidiennes avec les médias la semaine dernière.

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EOHU focus on protecting seniors during COVID pandemic

COVID-19

About half of the people in Eastern Ontario who contracted COVID-19 have recovered from the disease.

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Eastern Ontario totalled 91 as of April 28. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) reported 45 cases of people who recovered from the disease after they were first diagnosed.

COVID-19

The first outbreak of COVID-19 in a seniors’ home in the Eastern Ontario region is confirmed.

Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), confirmed the first COVID-19 outbreak in a long-term care facility in the region. Eight residents and three staff members at the Pinecrest Nursing Home in Plantagenet have tested positive for the disease, though the residents and two of the care home employees are not showing symptoms.

Eastern Ontario’s chief medical health officer wants to get the infant vaccination program back on track.

“It’s time we have to look at this,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his Wednesday (April 22) daily media teleconference.

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Le BSEO relancera le programme de vaccination des nourissons

Eastern Ontario

The pace of the COVID-19 pandemic for the Eastern Ontario region seems slower now but the region’s chief medical health officer is not calling it a victory yet.

“We are still waiting to see how the curve flattens out,” said Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical health officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), during his regular media teleconference.

Embrun

Une soixantaine de pierres peintes à la main sont devenues le symbole d’espoir de toute une communauté face à la COVID-19.

Emma Michelle, une mère de famille d’Embrun n’en croit pas ses yeux. Depuis une semaine, elle a assisté à la naissance d’une initiative qui fait beaucoup de bien aux citoyens d’Embrun.

Prescott-Russell

Across the Prescott-Russell region, flags fly at half-mast as local municipalities, school districts, and others express sympathy and support for the residents of several Nova Scotia communities in the wake of a weekend murder spree which claimed the lives of 22 people.

All eight mayors took a moment during the April 22 session of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) to reflect on the incident and express their condolences for their counterparts in five communities in the province. Residents in Portapique,  Wentworth, Debert, Shubenacadie, and Enfield are still suffering the psychological aftershock of a series of killings and arson incidents that began Saturday April 18 in Portapique and ended Sunday April 19 100 kilometres away in Enfield when Gabriel Wortman, 51, the man responsible for the murders died during a shootout with RCMP.

Food and agriculture

A regional food processing plant for both local meat and vegetables may be part of Prescott-Russell’s commercial agricultural profile soon.

The United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) gave unanimous support during its video-teleconference session today (April 22) to a proposal from Economic Development and Tourism Director Carole Lavigne for a $36 million project to create a regional food hub and processing plant for local produce and livestock.

Telecommunications

A better “dead zone-free” cellular service project for all of Eastern Ontario is another stop closer to launch.

The Eastern Ontario Regional Network (EORN) issued its first request for proposals (RFP) for companies to present competitive bids aimed at building a new cellular service system for the Eastern Ontario region. The goal is to eliminate “dead zones” for cellphone calls in the region, which create potential public safety risks where fire and accident situations are concerned and which also hamper some businesses in competition with other outfits that can offer cellphone contact for orders and deliveries to their customers.

More than 100 people have passed through the doors at Winchester’s COVID-19 assessment centre.

Corinne Wicks is most often the person who greets people coming into the testing centre set up inside the Winchester Lion’s Club building. Wicks is one of eight staff members from the Winchester District Memorial Hospital (WDMH) assigned to serve at the testing centre and her official job title is Flow Coordinator, the person who welcomes people as they come in and helps guide them through the first steps of the assessment process.