Fa­mil­iar face to re­turn to can­teen?

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North Glen­garry will likely give the can­teen con­tract at the Glen­garry Sports Palace back to Pierre Brunet (pic­tured), who over­saw its op­er­a­tion for about two decades.

At the town­ship’s com­mit­tee of the whole meet­ing last month, it was men­tioned that Mr. Brunet wanted to op­er­ate the Alexan­dria arena’s snack bar.

There were no ten­ders sub­mit­ted to run the can­teen at the Maxville and District Sports Com­plex.

“Maxville is a lit­tle more seg­re­gated and it’s a smaller mar­ket,” ex­plained Anne Le­duc, the town­ship’s Di­rec­tor of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices.

The two can­teens pretty much can­celled each out last sea­son with the Glen­garry Sports Palace fin­ish­ing the year with a net gain of $3,765. Maxville’s can­teen lost $3,103.

In 2017, Mr. Brunet stopped op­er­at­ing the snack bar at the Billy Geb­bie Arena.

While he had been given a chance to ex­tend his con­tract with the GSP board, Mr. Brunet shut down be­cause the rent had been in­creased from $500 to $750 per month. Plus, he felt the town­ship was plac­ing too many re­stric­tions on his op­er­a­tion.

About 300 peo­ple signed a pe­ti­tion ex­press­ing sup­port for him. “Some kids want to come to the rink just to see him, that's how peo­ple like this guy,” said one sup­porter.

When he had in­formed the town­ship that he would not re­new the agree­ment, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity opted for an “in­ter­nal man­age­ment” ap­proach. “I am wait­ing to see what would be in the con­tract,” he told

last week. He had com­plained two years ago about the town­ship’s caveat that he sell only food at the snack bar. Mr. Brunet had sold a va­ri­ety of prod­ucts, such as tape and flags. -

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