Lawsuit; Nav Centre’s tents
year in review — august
The month opened with a shock in political headlines, as the City of Cornwall announced it was filing a lawsuit against the Municipal Property assessment Corp.
In its statement of claim, Cornwall noted MPaC applied assessments to large industrial and commercial properties that were lowered after appeals, requiring an immediate payback of taxes running back several years. It also claimed MP aC officials had told the city those assessed values would be accurate.
In a year where the city budgeted $6 million for these industrial and commercial property tax paybacks due to incorrect assessments, it was a notable move for Cornwall.
There continued to be fallout from the massive fire that destroyed three buildings at the corner of Montreal road and alice street at the end of July, including Poirier Furniture. Coun. Mark Macdonald was questioningwhether the fire department’ s response was by the book—particularlyon how long it took off-duty firefighters who were called to assist to reach the scene.
By the end of the month, while the fencing and blocked-off sidewalk remained to prevent access to the pile of rubble, the path forward for the properties was clearer. a site environmental cleanup would be required as fuel storage tanks on the Poirier property had been flooded during firefighting and the water runoff had contaminated neighbouring lands.
Poiri er Furniture’ s owner ray Jet te said the store, whose office had moved into 1150 Montreal rd ., would rebuild at its original site. In the meantime, staff members were preparing to move into a temporary location on Vincent Massey drive.
Tents rose on the grounds of the nav Centre for the second straight year as part of the federal government’s contingency planning on asylum seekers. Immigration, refugees and Citizenship Canada director general louis dumas told Cornwall city council the tents were a backup measure where people could be housed enroute to other locations. They never ended up being used. a neat item was recovered from the st. lawrence river this month–a mill stone from one of the lost villages, which had laid in what was left of its structure at the bottom of the river for 60 years. some float at ion, muscle and heavy equipment brought it up from the bottom, where it was subsequently taken to the lost Villages Museum just outside of long sault for display.
with the nomination deadline at the end of July, this was the month the standard-Freeholder published a number of articles highlighting the candidates running for municipal office in the six sdG townships.
as the month went on, prep continued for the hosting of the Founders Cup, the national Jr. B lacrosse championship, which was being hosted by the Mohawk Medicine Men. It would see the top-eight teams at the Jr. B level move into the arena in akwesasne for the week.
The host Medicine Men got bounced from the tournament after their third loss of pool play, an 11-7 defeat to the north shore Kodiaks. The cup would go to the Mohawks from elora, ont., beating out the seneca warchiefs 9-5.
as the Cornwall Colts Jr. a hockey team was taking shape in exhibition play, several of its players and its coach were overseas playing in the sirius Cup under-18 international tournament as part of the ottawa-based Central Canada hockey league team the Capitals. The team would come home with a bronze medal.
september of 2018 began with a burst of sports nostalgia as the ontario hockey league (ohl) returned to the Cornwall Civic Complex’s ed lumley arena.
The match was an exhibition game between the ottawa 67s and the Kingston Frontenacs that ended in a 3-2 shootout win for ottawa. Cornwall Tourism managed to convince the ohl teams to play in Cornwall and it certainly reignited old passions.
some of the fans who came to watch would have been old enough to remember watching the royals play, but many others would not yet have been born for a decade or two after the team left in 1992.
“The game has been awesome, it’s great to see the ohl back in Cornwall,” said robert Mcdonald, who had brought his young grand son Grayson to the game. “I used to be a big royals fan when I was a kid and I miss those games ... I would really like to see the ohl come back.”
a political drama was unfolding in akwesasne in early september over whether a member of the Mohawk council would be able to keep the seat he had just been re-elected to in July.
a petition to oust Chief denis Chaussi was presented to the Mohawk Council of akwesasne at the very end of august, the consequences of which would unfold over the course of september.
under the First nation’s election law, Chaussi could be removed from office with only 132 signatures, which the petition met easily and the district chief was booted from the Mohawk council.
Chaussi recused himself from the council while the signatures were being counted and verified, but knew he would be ousted. In an interview with the standard-Freeholder and the Indian Time, Chaussi suggested the petition was part of a larger campaign against him.
The petition was launched by Kenny Mitchell, a man that the akwesasne community court determined that Chaussi had defamed in emails to a fellow district chief following a collision in 2017 when Mitchell struck am an with a snowplow.
while the controversy over the notwithstanding Clause was raging in Queen’s Park, representatives from communities across the region were meeting at the nav Centre for the ontario east Municipal Conference.
The three-day conference was a chance for local political leaders and municipal staff members to get together with their counterparts and talk shop. It was an opportunity many delegates appeared to relish, perhaps even more than going to larger municipal conferences.
september also marks the beginning of the school year, and with it also began the life of the new sacred heart Catholic school. The former General Vanier school building was renovated over the course of one summer to turn it into a new Catholic elementary school and was met with a glowing reception from students, staff and parents.
Much of the old structure that was once General Vanier has been left in place, but much has been changed as well. The outside facade has been updated, there is a new science lab that is almost ready to be opened, and there is also an art and drama room complete with a miniature stage inside for practices.
on a sadder note, one of Cornwall’ s youngest and most active cancer research campaigners died during her seventh relapse of the disease on sept. 19. alaya riley was just 17 years old when she died cradled in her father’s arms. she had a genetic condition called li-Fraumeni syndrome which made her extremely prone to developing cancerous tumours.
despite this, she accomplished much in her short life in the realms of sports, academics, and even business, as well as becoming one of Cornwall’ s most dedicated and active campaignersfor cancer charities. she had been one of the main speakers during the relay For life held several months before her death.
Local and industry leaders marked 60 years of cooperation between OPG and NYPA at a ceremony on Aug. 24 at the Moses-Saunders Power Dam. Joseph Kessler, NYPA, and Mike Martelli, OPG renewed the join works agreement between the two organizations.