a month of new be­gin­nings

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - LOCAL NEWS -

Though it comes at the end of our cal­en­dar year, this de­cem­ber was about po­lit­i­cal re­newal in coun­cil cham­bers across the re­gion.

The month started off with each coun­cil’s in­au­gu­ral meet­ings, as mem­bers took their oaths of of­fice and seven may­ors and a war­den had the op­por­tu­nity to speak of their hopes for the com­ing term.

Corn­wall Mayor Ber­nadette Cle­ment’s ad­dress touched on the need for part­ner­ship and com­mu­nity; for neigh­bours to im­prove their work­ing re­la­tion­ships to the ben­e­fit of all.

“let me as­sure the cit­i­zens of Corn­wall that you have elected a good coun­cil… I know they want to do the very best, and I can on their be­half tell you that we ex­pect you to hold us to a high stan­dard,” Cle­ment said. “so let’s roll up our sleeves and get started. our his­tory is wait­ing.”

a week later it was sdG war­den Jamie Mac­don­ald’s turn at the in­au­gu­ral meet­ing podium. It saw a re­turn of the the con­ge­nial­ity and hu­mour Mac­don­ald brought to the po­si­tion when he was war­den for a year in the prior term, with a sharp com­men­tary on sdG’s role in de­fend­ing ru­ral schools.

“we need to fight for our chil­dren to be ed­u­cated in our com­mu­nity,” Mac­don­ald said. “Change needs to hap­pen… four school boards (are) spend­ing tax dol­lars ad­ver­tis­ing and com­pet­ing for chil­dren to come to sev­eral half-empty schools in the same com­mu­nity.”

Vot­ers in ak­we­sasne – the mi­nor­ity that cast bal­lots – also had their voices heard on two im­por­tant is­sues.

First came the vote to ap­prove the Gov­ern­ment of Canada’s set­tle­ment of­fer on the dundee spe­cific land claim. It re­quired a thresh­old of 25 per cent of mem­bers vot­ing for the re­sult to be valid. when the bal­lots were tal­lied on dec. 8, the turnout was 28 per cent, with 80 per cent of bal­lots cast say­ing yes to ac­cept­ing the set­tle­ment.

Then right be­fore Christ­mas, 200 ak­we­sasne vot­ers on Corn­wall Is­land re-elected den­nis Chaussi as dis­trict chief. Chaussi had been forced to re­sign ear­lier in 2018 af­ter a pe­ti­tion to re­move him from of­fice was val­i­dated, va­cat­ing his coun­cil seat and forc­ing a by­elec­tion.

Catholics of alexan­dria-Corn­wall wel­comed a new aux­il­iary bishop, rev. Guy desrochers, who will as­sist Bishop Ter­rence Pren­der­gast in ad­min­is­ter­ing the dio­cese. desrochers will be or­dained on Feb. 22 at st. Fin­nan’s Cathe­dral in alexan­dria.

They closed out the month in grief, say­ing good­bye to emer­i­tus Bishop eu­gene Phillip larocque, who died in wind­sor on dec. 16. a funeral ser­vice was held for larocque at the na­tiv­ity Co-Cathe­dral in Corn­wall on dec. 19.

In the sport­ing world, the Corn­wall Colts had a mostly pos­i­tive month, as the play­ers on the bench started gelling and hav­ing an im­pact on the score­sheet. no­tably, Tris­tan Pois­sant told the stan­dard­Free­holder his de­ci­sion to trans­fer to the Colts and play closer to home had been a good one— one well-re­ceived by the team too, given how of­ten his name pep­pers the score­sheet.

an­other Colts player high­lighted for his play was goal­tender Michael Carr. while not break­ing any league records, Carr re­mained the only goalie in the league to have played in ev­ery one of his team’s games. he of­ten made the dif­fer­ence on the score­sheet too, block­ing more shots than the goal­tender in the op­po­site net.

ALAN S. HALE/CORN­WALL STAN­DARD-FREE­HOLDER

Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus topped off a very fun and colour­ful pa­rade on Dec. 1 in Mor­ris­burg.

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