The Cornwall Free News News, Views, & Reviews 24/7 from Cornwall Ontario Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:02:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Cornwall Free News 32 32 Club Frontiere Peeler Bar Mysteriously Goes Up in Smoke in Riviere Beaudette APRIL 30, 2016 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 23:00:59 +0000 A lot of horny guys will have to find a new place to play as long time watering hole, Club Frontiere has caught fire Saturday morning.

The long time Strip club hosted a lot of men from Cornwall Ontario as well as a lot of its women who worked there over the years.
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The club was just over the Quebec border, or just before the Ontario border depending on which direction you were travelling.

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Two OPP Gun Charges in Casselman Bar APRIL 30, 2016 Sat, 30 Apr 2016 22:16:15 +0000
(EMBRUN, ON) – On April 29th 2016, Russell County Ontario Provincial Police responded to a report that two (2) men were in an altercation in a local bar in Casselman, ON.
As a result of the investigation, both men were arrested and charged:
Jean-Francois EMARD, aged 39, from Casselman, Ontario

  • Possession of loaded Prohibited or Restricted handgun, C.C. section 95(a)
  • Carrying a concealed weapon, C.C section 90
  • Obstruct Peace Officer, C.C. section 129(a)
  • Failure to comply with a Probation Order, C.C. section 162.2(4)
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of Firearm, C.C. section 92(1)

Pascal CARRIER, aged 47, from St Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Quebec

  • Possession of loaded Prohibited or Restricted handgun, C.C. section 95(a)
  • Obstruct Peace Officer, C.C. section 129(a)
  • Unauthorized Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm, C.C. section 91(1)

They were held in custody to appear for a bail hearing and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal (ON) onMay 2nd, 2016.
The Russell County Detachment needs assistance from the public.‎ If you can assist or have any information in regards to the above incident, please contact Detective Constable Anthony DONNELLY ( 613-446-5124

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More Child Sexual Assault Charges on NAOUM ABI-SAMRA in Ottawa APR 29, 2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 18:18:25 +0000 Updated: New charges laid against local teacher related to sex-related offences

New charges laid against local teacher related to sex-related offences

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, April 29, 2016             2:10pm 

(Ottawa) – Today, the Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section (SACA) laid additional charges of Sexual Assault x2 and Sexual Interference x2 against Naoum ABI-SAMRA, 57 years old, of Gatineau in relation to complaints from a second and third victim.

The charges stem from incidents that occurred between September 2013 to January 2014 and January 2016 to March 2016, while the accused was employed by the Central East French Catholic School Board (CECCE) and the victims were students.

Officers are continuing to investigate, and they remain concerned that there might be other victims.

“The Ottawa Police will respect a victim’s wishes to pursue or not pursue the matter before the courts,” said Staff Sergeant Angela McDade, SACA. “The reporting of these incidents by victims to police is key for investigators to identify suspects and determine crime trends.”

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Will Ottawa Designate William Wilfred Campbell’s Home a Heritage Site by Roy Berger APRIL 29, 2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:28:18 +0000
Ottawa is considering making the home of William Wilfred Campbell a Heritage site.
The Canadian poet born 1860, died 1918 was a Confederation era poet who lived in Victorian times.
The decision to label the site impacts on its selling price. Located at 21 Withrow Avenue the city has yet to decide.
RB Apr 29 16Campbell may have said,
” And now, untimely cut, like some sweet flower

Plucked in the early summer of its prime,

Before it reached the fulness of its dower,

He withers in the morning of our time;

Leaving behind him, like a summer shower,

A fragrance of earth’s beauty, and the chime

Of gentle and imperishable rhyme.”
Roy Berger is a contributor to Fogel’s 2015 Underground Comic Book Guide. and author of 2012 Rabbits


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CFN Asks New Cornwall Ontario CAO Maureen Adams 10 Questions APRIL 29, 2016 Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:19:49 +0000 The City of Cornwall has had a bumpy ride when it comes to their last two CAOs.  After the Paul Fitzpatrick scandals, Norm Levac came into power.  His legacy will be the secret Harbor negotiations the he quarterbacked.

We asked incoming CAO Maureen Adams (her hiring being one of the least kept secrets) for an interview and instead did ten email questions posted below.

1)   Congratulations on your new position Ms Adams.    This appointment wasn’t a surprise for many in the community.   Did you do any special preparation over the last few years for this day?


As part of the City’s senior team, I was engaged in many significant projects, strategic planning, recruitment for key positions and also worked closely with the current CAO.  

2) What will you do differently than Mr. Levac or Mr. Fitzpatrick before him as CAO?


There will be a significant number of employees that will be eligible for retirement over the next few years (over 30%).  Succession planning is something that we have started but will continue to be a priority.  This is a great opportunity for further development of our existing employee base as well as opportunities will be there for future recruits.

3)  What do you think are the biggest challenges you’ll face during your first few months in your new position?


Working with Council and departments to get up to speed as quickly as possible on key matters.

4)  Every position has its challenges and benefits.   What do you think are the biggest challenges you’ll be facing as you step into the big office at City Hall?


Within the City there is some momentum building with the Strategic Plan and various projects.  I want to make sure that this continues.

5) Where do you see Cornwall by the end of this next term?   Where do you see Cornwall over the next five years?


Good question.  Development as well as investment in Cornwall continues.  Our community has seen many new restaurants open, new retail outlets as well as new housing developments.  I think this is a positive trend and it will continue hopefully at a steady pace.  

6) Are there any special projects or goals you have as the new CAO of Cornwall?


I would like to build on community engagement for important community matters to help Council with key decisions.

7)   Will it be very different for you as CAO vs CFO?  IE Working more with people than with numbers?


It will be very different however, one of the benefits within finance is the opportunity to work with all departments throughout the year and get to understand their operations.  I am looking forward to taking a step back from finance.

8)   What would you like to say to our local CFN viewers as you take power?


I am really looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Council and Administration to continue to implement the City’s Strategic Plan and promote the City of Cornwall.

9)  What would you like to say to those considering moving to Cornwall to live, retire, or create businesses?


The “Quality of Life” in Cornwall is something we should always promote.  This is a great community for healthy, active lifestyles along the St. Lawrence River.  We have a new hospital, community college, and attractive & affordable housing.

10)   As CAO will you support more Art in Public places?



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SD&G #OPP Round Up for April 28, 2016 LEROUX & MAYNARD Charged Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:41:22 +0000 Ontario Provincial Police News Portal OPP Media Release STORMONT DUNDAS and GLENGARRY POSSESSION OF STOLEN PROPERTY/ IMPAIRED DRIVER 2016-04-28


(North Glengarry) – On April 24, 2016 at approximately 8:57am, Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry (SD&G) Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to a report of a break-in to a commercial property on Lochiel Street in the Town of Alexandria, North Glengarry Township. Investigation indicated that several items, including power tools and audio equipment had been removed. With the assistance of the SD&G OPP Crime Unit, an adult male was identified and arrested. Quantities of the affected items were recovered.

Patrick LEROUX (24) of North Glengarry Township was arrested and is charged with;

– Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5000
– Trafficking in Stolen Goods Under $5000

He was released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria on June 8, 2016.


(South Glengarry) – On April 27, 2016 at approximately 1:56pm, an OPP Highway Safety Division (HSD) officer intercepted a vehicle on County Road 2, South Glengarry Township. The stop indicated that the adult male driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Alexandre MENARD (61) of Cornwall, Ontario was arrested and is charged with;

– Driving a Motor Vehicle While Ability Impaired by Alcohol
– Driving a Motor Vehicle with More than 80 Milligrams of Alcohol in Blood

He was released and scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Alexandria on May 11, 2016.

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Cocaine Busts in Cornwall Ontario #CCPS April 28, 2016 Thu, 28 Apr 2016 14:36:20 +0000 WARRANT

Cornwall, ON – Sara McDonald, 33 and Stephen Oakes, 28 both of Cornwall were arrested and charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, property obtained by crime and possession of marijuana. It is alleged on April 26th, 2016 members of the Cornwall Street Crime Unit executed a warrant at a Hamilton Crescent residence and located a quantity of cocaine, marijuana and Canadian currency. Both were taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court on June 7th, 2016.


Cornwall, ON – Luis Rodriguez, 23 of Cornwall was arrested on April 17th, 2016 and charged with possession of cocaine. It is alleged on April 17th, 2016 the man was found to be in possession of cocaine while at a local bar. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court on May 10th, 2016.


Cornwall, ON – Chantal Turcotte, 47 of Cornwall was arrested on April 27th, 2016 on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged the woman failed to attend court on April 21st, 2016 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On April 27th, 2016 the woman was located by a member of the Cornwall Community Police Service. She was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant and held for a bail hearing.


Cornwall, ON – Eric Dancose, 47 of Cornwall was arrested on April 28th, 2016 and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle and over 80. It is alleged on April 28th, 2016 the man was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the area of Montreal Road and Alice Street. He was taken into custody during a traffic stop, charged accordingly and released to appear in court on May 10th, 2016.

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Facebook Threats Lead to Charges for Cornwall Ontario Man – APRIL 27, 2016 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 13:35:06 +0000 THREATS

Cornwall, ON – A 35-year-old Cornwall man was arrested on April 26th, 2016 and charged with threats. It is alleged the man threatened his ex-girlfriend by way of Facebook messages and police were contacted to investigate. During their investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court at a later date. His name was not released as it would identify the victim in the matter.


Cornwall, ON – Devon MacDonald, 26 of Cornwall was arrested on April 25th, 2016 and charged with breach of undertaking and possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged the man was wanted by CCPS for breach of undertaking and on April 25th, 2016 the man was located by a member of the Cornwall Community Police Service. He was taken into custody and found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. He was charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.


Cornwall, ON – Kassidy Normandeau, 23 of Cornwall was arrested on April 25th, 2016 on the strength of a warrant. It is alleged the woman failed to attend court on April 19th, 2016 and a warrant was issued for her arrest. On April 25th, 2016 the woman attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. She was taken into custody on the strength of the warrant and held for a bail hearing.

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Cornwall Ontario City Council Signs Harbor Deal Without Public Consultation by Jamie Gilcig APRIL 26, 2016 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:52:09 +0000 The deed was done under cover.    No public consultation.  No real public information delivered.  A non nonsensical that jeopardizes the future of the city of Cornwall Ontario.

The bad drama started with the Chem Tanks and ended with the release below by the city which actually rezoned the land “prior” to announcing the deal.

As though it was never in doubt or question.

Was there any reason to partner with Akwesasne?  Not really.    Land claims can only be resolved by cash in Canada according to law.    If there is a discovery of a clean up needed is Akwesasne going to write the cheque for its share?

Nobody knows much of anything.  It’s not sure if Council as a whole even knows the full nature of the deal or has the remote expertise to read the documents which only required the mayor and CAO to sign on behalf of the city as per another hustle perpetrated by the Kilger Council.

The City of Cornwall and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne have approved a plan to take joint ownership of the Port of Cornwall.

A bilateral committee made up of staff and elected officials from the City and MCA has been negotiating with Transport Canada on the divestiture of the area that is known as the Port of Cornwall and the surrounding lands.

These negotiations have been completed and co-ownership of the Port has been approved by the elected officials of both communities. This transfer is expected to be completed by the end of June. The specific terms of the deal with Transport Canada cannot be released at this time due to a standard confidentiality agreement however the details will be shared once the transfer is completed.

At the same time, a joint public entity, titled the Cornwall Akwesasne Port Development Commission, is being established to oversee the management and long-term development of the Port under the umbrella of a co-owners’ agreement. This agreement has also been approved by the elected officials of both communities and it will be released to the public once it is officially signed by both parties.

A media event is being planned for Tuesday, May 3rd at 10 am in the Turtle Room at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena on Cornwall Island. At the event, officials from both communities will sign the co-owners’ agreement and copies of the co-owners’ agreement and the confidentiality agreement will be released to the public.

“By taking ownership of the Port, we will be able to control the future use of a critical piece of waterfront land,” said Mayor Leslie O’Shaughnessy. “This significant achievement signals a new era of cooperation and collaboration between Cornwall and our neighbours in Akwesasne.”

 “I am pleased by the efforts of the negotiation committee thus far and I look forward to working closer with our neighbours; the City of Cornwall. This transfer will demonstrate our commitment to finding innovative ways of creating opportunities for both our communities,” said Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict.

The agreement marks the culmination of numerous meetings and negotiation sessions involving officials from the City, Akwesasne and the Federal Government over the past two years. Consultants have been engaged in conducting significant analysis of the Port lands.

“The bilateral committee is doing its due diligence to ensure our communities are well-positioned in this divestiture while also being mindful of the need to take control of this key piece of land,” added Mayor O’Shaughnessy.

The big winners in this deal are of course Akwesasne who essentially seem to have little risk and plenty to gain.

What happens when, and it will happen, the MCA and the City disagree on a harbor issue?   The 16 acre parcel of prime located waterfront property is now up for grabs.

While the city debates flouride and other insignificant issues, it’s the people of Cornwall Ontario that have been left all wet after losing control over its harbor front lands.

What could possibly be so secret that a deal of this nature, which will impact the future of our city, should be done in the shadows and without a sign off by the public?

CFN will be covering this story as more details become available.

What do you think dear CFN viewers?  You can post your comments below.

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Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford Community Paramedic Program Extended APRIL 26, 2016 Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:29:07 +0000  

When you aren’t looking for something, you never know what you might find. Happened to me when I was going through an old box of pictures and look what I found:

DF april 25 16 bIt is an old match box cover. It says on the side:’ Strike match on the back cover.’ From top to bottom it reads: ‘Where the Best People Go To Eat, SHIRLEY’S, J.J. MacDonald, Prop., Your Seaway Valley Restaurant, 44 Second St. West, Cornwall, ONT., Home Cooked Meals, Catering to Parties, etc., Inquire About Our Takeout Service, Phone 6907.’

We used to go to Shirley’s after school for a coke or snack and see the other kids there after school. We had a lot of fun at ‘Shirley’s’. It was THE meeting place in the 50′.

Good news that the Community Paramedic program in Cornwall SD&G has received another financial extension by our Provincial Government which enables our Paramedics to continue visiting some of our more vulnerable citizens. They work to prevent unnecessary emergency visits to the hospital by monitoring vital signs, mobility and medicines. They provide post discharge follow ups and provide social support as well. This helps to manage health conditions and maintain independence for the client.

Permanent funding would guarantee the continuation of this program which is so important for our community. Please contact our MPP Jim McDonell at 613-933-6513 or email at: and our City Councillors at: to offer your support

For more information , contact Michelle McMillan, coordinator, at 613-930-2787, ext. 2178

A new seniors committee, named The Senior Friendly Community Plan Development Advisory Committee has been formed. The Project coordinator is Carmen Cousineau . The committee will work to make recommendations for our seniors in Cornwall. This is very important for our growing senior population and will help our community by identifying and recommending things which will enhance the lives of our seniors and their safety.

df april 25 16 cA very special guy just celebrated his 86th birthday recently , Ernie Appleton. Ernie is the volunteer gardener at the Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence. He has already been out in the yard raking old leaves and cleaning up on the warmer days we have had. He is anxious to start digging in the flower beds and pots and get them ready for planting flowers. He always makes the yard around the Residence look beautiful.

Happy Happy Birthday Ernie.

And another wonderful resident of Beek Lindsay will be having a birthday on May 6th. Edna May Dorey will be celebrating her 100th. birthday. She was born in 1916 in Alfred Township, Ontario. She began working in Prescott ON at Dr. Smelly’s home as a domestic and to care for his children.

DF april 25 16 1She met her husband, Royal Leonard Joseph Dorey in Prescott at Mary Spencer’s home and they married on New Year’s Eve in 1939.

She has 6 children: Charles, Ann (deceased), Phillip, Linda, Dorenda and David and has 9 Grand-children and 10 Great Grand children and step-Great grandchildren.

When Edna moved to Cornwall in 1940, she began attending Trinity Anglican Church on Second Street and has spent many hours in service to her beliefs and to the Church. She still enjoys attending the Craft Group and contributes her knitting, crocheting and craft talents to this group.

Edna lived in a number of different homes and always had gardens in most of them. In September 1987 she moved to Beek Lindsay Seniors Residence and although she misses the gardens, she is not sorry to have given them up.

Edna has dedicated her whole life to raising her children and babysitting many others. She loves her siblings, in-laws and children and is loved by all who have crossed her path. Some of her nieces and nephews (on the Dorey side) affectionately refer to her as ‘The Queen’ because of her tidy appearance and kindness.

James LadouceurThere will be an Open House on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 at the Ramada Inn. “100 years loved”. The Residents of Beek Lindsay will also be having a private party to celebrate Edna’s birthday.

Happy 100th. Birthday Edna

Here is a cute joke:

Two elderly gentlemen had been friends for many decades. Over the years, they had shared all kinds of activities and adventures. Lately, their activities had been limited to meeting a few times a week to play cards.

One day, they were playing cards when one looked at the other and said,” Now don’t get mad at me…I know we’ve been friends for a long time, but I just can’t think of your name! I’ve thought and thought but I can’t remember it. Please tell me what your name is…”

His friend stared at him for at least three minutes–he just stared and stared at him. Finally he said, “How soon do you need to know?”

Have a good week, and Happy Passover to all of our Jewish friends, and viewers!


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