New war­den eye­ing Queen’s Park?

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page - STEVEN WAR­BUR­TON hire new staff. It would have been nice for her to, at least, send some well wishes.

We're sure that Jamie Mac­Don­ald has plenty of im­por­tant is­sues he'll want to ad­dress as he be­gins his sec­ond term as war­den of the United Coun­ties of SDG, but here's one we hope he'll in­sist on right away:

De­mand that his coun­cil­lors speak up.

We don't know if it's bad acous­tics in the coun­cil cham­bers in Corn­wall, a propen­sity for mut­ter­ing or not speak­ing into the mi­cro­phones, or all of the above. But so much of the ver­bal by­play that takes place at these meet­ings sounds - to us at the me­dia ta­ble - like the adults talk­ing in those old Char­lie Brown car­toons (wuh­wah-wah-wahhh!!!!)

Speak up. Speak loudly. Speak clearly. The me­dia wants to quote you. Ac­cu­rately.

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It was good to see so many peo­ple out at coun­cil cham­bers on Fri­day morn­ing to wit­ness Mr. Mac­Don­ald's swear­ing-in. Nearly all of North Glen­garry coun­cil was there as was the CAO, Sarah Huskin­son, Mr. Mac­Don­ald's mother, Madeleine, as well as his wife and chil­dren. Long­time North All 12 mem­bers of coun­ties Glen­garry coun­cil were in­tro­duced by someCoun­cil­lor one who knows them well. North Ge­orge Glen­garry's new Deputy-Mayor Cur­rier, was in­tro­duced by her fel­low who coun­cil mem­ber, Jeff Man­ley, served as South Glen­garry Mayor Frank War­den Prevost was in­tro­duced by way back in 1988, was also there. Wil­liamstown res­i­dent and Fair So was Charles Sang­ster, who Board Di­rec­tor Rick Marvell and served as war­den in 1994. South Glen­garry Deputy-Mayor

Of course, both the area's MPs Lyle War­den was in­tro­duced by were there as was Stor­mon­this sis­ter, Deb­o­rah. Dun­das-South Glen­garry MPP We can't wait for the day when Jim McDonell. Cu­ri­ously, Mr. War­den will be­come War­den Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell's MPP, so we can re­fer to him as War­den Amanda Si­mard, was not present War­den. By that time, maybe the and there were no apolo­gies for United Coun­ties will adopt the her ab­sence ei­ther. That's un­for­ward sys­tem so we can have even tu­nate as the swear­ing-in of Mr. more fun writ­ing about War­den Mac­Don­ald, who is one of Ms. War­den's Ward. Si­mard's con­stituents, is a pretty big deal. Ms. Si­mard, who re­cently left the Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tive Party in or­der to sit as an in­de­pen­dent, said she was busy in meet­ings and try­ing to

In­tro­duc­tions Bold predic tion

I'll end this col­umn by mak­ing a bold pre­dic­tion: That Jamie Mac­Don­ald will run to be Glen­garry-Prescott-Rus­sell's next MPP, prob­a­bly some­time in 2022. Keep in mind that this is pure con­jec­ture on my part. Mr. Mac­Don­ald has never told me that he'd like to en­ter provin­cial pol­i­tics. I'm sim­ply say­ing that as far as MPPs go, he fits the mold.

He's ob­vi­ously very pop­u­lar - just ac­claimed as mayor - and is quite pas­sion­ate about pol­i­tics. His chil­dren told us that he was so de­pressed after Don­ald Trump won the pres­i­dency that he re­fused to come out of his room and that no one was al­lowed to watch the news for a solid week. So if Mr. Mac­Don­ald makes a run for Queen's Park some­time in the next decade, re­mem­ber that you read it here first.

Two vet­eran trustees have been cho­sen as chair and vicechair of the Up­per Canada Dis­trict School Board.

John McAl­lis­ter, who rep­re­sents Athens, El­iz­a­beth­townKit­ley, Front of Yonge, Gananoque, Leeds and the Thou­sand Is­lands, was elected chair at the board’s in­au­gu­ral meet­ing.

Bill MacPherson, who rep­re­sents Drum­mond/North Elm­s­ley, Lanark High­lands, Mon­tague, Perth, and Tay Val­ley, was elected vice-chair.

Mr. McAl­lis­ter suc­ceeds Jeff MacMil­lan, of Brockville and Au­gusta, who did not seek re­elec­tion, while Mr. MacPherson suc­ceeds Caroll Carkner, of Van­kleek Hill, who also stepped down when her term ended this year.

Mr. McAl­lis­ter was first elected to the board in 2010.

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