Cham­ber of Com­merce bar­be­cue set for Mill Square

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - -- Steven Warburton

Al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter Alexan­dria’s Mill Square was closed for the week­end for the Op­er­a­tion Cold Turkey ini­tia­tive, North Glen­garry coun­cil has, once again, ap­proved a tem­po­rary clo­sure.

This time it will be from 3-10 p.m. on June 8 so that the Alexan­dria and Dis­trict Cham­ber of Com­merce can hold an out­door bar­be­cue.

Mayor Chris McDonell asked if res­tau­rants ad­ja­cent to Mill Square ever com­plained about the clo­sure. Recre­ation Di­rec­tor Anne Le­duc replied that in the case of the up­com­ing clo­sure, the res­tau­rants are even par­tic­i­pat­ing in the bar­be­cue.

Coun­cil­lor Brian Cad­dell won­dered if it was nec­es­sary to close the en­tire street for smaller events. He pointed out that dur­ing Op­er­a­tion Cold Turkey, there were only a few peo­ple camp­ing overnight. “Point well taken,” replied Ms. Le­duc.

Cold Turkey

Op­er­a­tion Cold Turkey was a week­end-long ini­tia­tive or­ga­nized by the Glen­garry-Stor­mont branch of Clan Don­ald. Vol­un­teers from the SDG High­landers and 379 Glen­garry Mus­tang Air Cadets camped out and col­lected food do­na­tions as a way of rais­ing aware­ness about lo­cal poverty.

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