Law­suit; Nav Cen­tre’s tents

year in re­view — au­gust

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

MARC BENOIT/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

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.

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