Im­per­son­ation case re­sumes

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A North Glen­garry man charged with im­per­son­at­ing a sol­dier is sched­uled to ap­pear in Alexan­dria court to­day, Fe­bru­ary 6.

Si­mon De Roth­schild, also known as Si­mon McDon­ald, faces a charge of un­law­ful use of a mil­i­tary uni­form.

The 47-year-old has pro­fessed his in­no­cence since he was ar­rested Novem­ber 2 when Stor­mont- Dun­das- Glen­garry On­tario Provincial Po­lice of­fi­cers ob­served a male in a “Cana­dian mil­i­tary uni­form so­lic­it­ing funds for a char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tion. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that the male did not have au­tho­riza­tion to wear the uni­form.” He was later re­leased. Mr. De Roth­schild, who started a cadet corps, the ACFC No. 1 Don­ald High­landers, Alexan­dria Cadet Force, in 2018, has main­tained that he never pre­tended to be a sol­dier. “I was wear­ing the uni­form of our or­ga­ni­za­tion. At no time were we wear­ing a sym­bol of gov­ern­ment of Canada or the armed forces,” he said. Mr. De Roth­schild has fired back at crit­ics on so­cial me­dia, where he says he has been threat­ened. “At the end of the day it will be a mat­ter of if the ev­i­dence sup­ports the charge, not pop­u­lar opin­ion,” he re­cently posted on Face­book. “I don’t be­lieve it does, and I don’t be­lieve any crime has been com­mit­ted. A judge will de­cide.”

A year ago, he was hailed as an up­stand­ing ci­ti­zen when as Si­mon McDon­ald he helped to re­vive the Festival of Lights in Alexan­dria.

As Chair­man of Clan Don­ald Fes­ti­vals, Mr. De Roth­schild also or­ga­nized other com­mu­nity events, such as cam­pouts to raise aware­ness of poverty, and a kilt skate. In May, Mr. De Roth­schild an­nounced the for­ma­tion of the new cadet group. “ACFC Cadets is an in­de­pen­dent civil­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion, with an army theme and is not part of or af­fil­i­ated with the Cana­dian Forces or the De­part­ment of Na­tional De­fence. Cadets have no obli­ga­tion to join the Cana­dian Forces,” his press re­lease read.

He said that the pro­gram was “largely based” on the Bri­tish Army Cadet Force, al­though the Bri­tish ACF has no of­fi­cial af­fil­i­ates out­side of the United King­dom.

He has said that “from the be­gin­ning DND had in­put into our uni­forms, and their only con­cern was that we didn’t wear any patches or in­signia that be­longed to the armed forces or the Gov­ern­ment of Canada, which we didn’t.”

Si­mon De Roth­schild

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