The Cornwall Free News http://cornwallfreenews.com News, Views, & Reviews 24/7 from Cornwall Ontario Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:53:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://cornwallfreenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/cfn-panic-180x150-32x32.jpg The Cornwall Free News http://cornwallfreenews.com 32 32 OPP Mobility Aid Fraud Charges in Toronto Area AUG 24, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/opp-mobility-aid-fraud-charges-in-toronto-area-aug-24-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/opp-mobility-aid-fraud-charges-in-toronto-area-aug-24-2016/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:53:11 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64511 CHARGED FOLLOWING ASSISTIVE DEVICES INVESTIGATION 2016-08-24

FROM/DE:    Anti-Rackets Branch                                       DATE: August 24, 2016

Health Fraud Investigation Unit

OWNER AND TWO STAFF MEMBERS CHARGED FOLLOWING ASSISTIVE DEVICES INVESTIGATION

(ORILLIA, ON) – Members with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch, Health Fraud Investigation Unit have charged an assistive devices business owner and two staff members following a lengthy investigation.

Police received a complaint from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, Assistive Devices Program (ADP) in 2014 regarding a Registered Vendor of Mobility Aids and ADP Registered Authorizers of Mobility Devices. The ADP believes that the vendor (owner) and authorizers were working together to prescribe and supply mobility aids to clients who did not meet ADP eligibility criteria.  The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care estimates the value of this fraud to be in excess of $227,000.

Charged are:

  • Faisal MINHAS, aged 45 years of Brampton, with Fraud Over $5,000 and Submit a Forged Document;
  • Vajira WIJEKOON, aged 56 years of Mississauga, with Fraud Over $5,000 and Cause or Attempt to use a Forged Document; and,
  • Vinita TANDON, aged 41 years of Brampton, with Fraud Over $5,000 and Cause or Attempt to use a Forged Document.

All three accused are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on September 23, 2016.

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Toronto Area Doctor Charged With Billing Fraud AUG 24, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/toronto-area-doctor-charged-with-billing-fraud-aug-24-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/toronto-area-doctor-charged-with-billing-fraud-aug-24-2016/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:48:37 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64509 DOCTOR CHARGED WITH FRAUD

(ORILLIA, ON) – Officers from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Anti-Rackets Branch, Health Fraud Investigation Unit have charged a physician in relation to billings that were submitted to the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) for services that were either not provided or billed inappropriately.

Dr. Ranjit Kumar CHANDRA, aged 78, of Etobicoke, Ontario has been charged with one count of Fraud Over $5,000 contrary to Section 380(1)(a) of the Criminal Code of Canada. An arrest warrant has been issued as the accused is believed to be out of country. The case remains under investigation and police are unable to provide a specific fraud loss to OHIP at this time.

The Health Fraud Investigation Unit of the Anti-Rackets Branch is comprised of OPP investigators who investigate allegations of fraud relating to the Ontario Health Care System on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

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Motorcyclist Charged With DUI in Cornwall Ontario AUG 24, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/motorcyclist-charged-with-dui-in-cornwall-ontario-aug-24-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/motorcyclist-charged-with-dui-in-cornwall-ontario-aug-24-2016/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:11:50 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64507 BREACH

 

Cornwall, ON – Trevor Archambault, 32 of Cornwall was arrested on August 22nd, 2016 and charged with breach of undertaking and probation for attending a specific address and for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged on August 21st, 2016 the man attended an address that he has conditions not to attend and police were contacted to investigate. On August 22nd, 2016 the man attended police headquarters to deal with the matter. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.

 

THREATS

 

Cornwall, ON – Steven Connor, 48 of Cornwall was arrested on August 23rd, 2016 and charged with three counts of threats to life. It is alleged on August 19th, 2016 the man left threatening voice mails indicating he was going to shoot police, crown attorneys and another individual. Police were contacted and an investigation ensued. During the investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.

 

CARE AND CONTROL, OVER 80

 

Cornwall, ON – Keith Ferguson, 34 of Cornwall was arrested on August 23rd, 2016 and charged with care and control of a motor vehicle and over 80. It is alleged on August 23rd, 2016 the man was in care and control of a motorcycle while under the influence of alcohol in the area of Brookdale and Seventh Street. He was taken into custody, charged accordingly and released to appear in court at a later date.

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Cornwall Ontario River Kings Owner Steve Moreau Blames Team Closing on City AUG 24, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/cornwall-ontario-river-kings-owner-steve-moreau-blames-team-closing-on-city-aug-24-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/24/cornwall-ontario-river-kings-owner-steve-moreau-blames-team-closing-on-city-aug-24-2016/#respond Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:16:49 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64503 As the death rattles for the Cornwall River Kings shake, owner Steve Moreau answered a few questions for CFN regarding the shutting down of the team.
Ironically a last ditch effort by Rodney Rivette is another example of the dysfunction and corruption of the culture in Cornwall.  Where was ol Rodney during the Summer when the team clearly was giving signals that it needed support to survive, especially as they were putting together a top flight roster aimed at winning?
Having an event to pump up a relatives business in the park?  Really?
The loss of the Kings signifies not just the loss of a hockey club, but highlights the corruption and difficulty for outsiders to do business in Cornwall.   Mr. Moreau’s travails include a sitting city councilor, David Murphy,  selling advertising for the Cornwall Colts, a team that has 70% of rink advertising revenue even though they are a much smaller tenant revenue wise for the city owned facility.   The Colts are believed to be partially owned by Mr. Murphy’s employer, The Benson Group, no stranger to asking for and receiving public hand outs.
There are already allegations that the Benson Group wanted the River Kings gone so that they could possibly land an OHL or QMHL hockey team and would need the ice space.
CFN
Do you feel that you failed as an owner or that the city failed its hockey fans by having such punitive limitations to the team’s revenue?
STEVE MOREAU
    I believe the city failed its hockey fans.  With the restrictions they had on the teams ability to generate revenue right down to having to use all their contracted “partners” which, in the end usually cost more because they were contracted, gave us little chance to succeed.
CFN
  Compared to other LNAH cities that gained financial support from their home towns, how did it feel to not get any support from Cornwall even though the River Kings are the largest client for the Civic Complex?
STEVE MOREAU
There was no City support.  Simple as that.  Other cities offered discounts on ice, practice time, revenue sources. Cornwall had none of this.  It’s a get what you are given mentality.
CFN
What was your finest moment as the River Kings owner?
STEVE MOREAU
Finishing a full season and knowing everyone was paid for the work they had done.
CFN
 What was the most common response from investors when they learned about the City’s punitive conditions for the Complex?
STEVE MOREAU
    The most common response was disbelief.   Several even said I was insane for approaching them with such a “deal” as one put it.
CFN
 How did if feel having a sitting councilor (David Murphy) selling for the Colts?
STEVE MOREAU
    Doesn’t sit well.   A major player in the community working for the “other” team and somehow his team gets all the perks?   Makes you wonder
CFN
7) Do you think Cornwall Ontario is a good place to make a business investment?
STEVE MOREAU
Not any more. Over the years I have had several businesses which were in the city or serviced the city, and it wasn’t worth the hassle.  When dealing with Cornwall, it was never a win.  This is the last time I work in the area.
STEVE MOREAU
 The people of Cornwall vote for their council.  These are the people responsible for making sure new business and existing businesses survive.  They are responsible for the things you do and the things available to the people.  Unless the people decide they want change and they want things in their community such as a semi-pro hockey team, or an art gallery, or anything else for that matter, they need to vote for those who will make it happen for them – Not squash progress.
   Cornwall – Thanks for the memories

FINAL STATEMENT FROM STEVE MOREAU

Unfortunately, attempts to secure last-minute investors who came out of the woodwork to help save the Cornwall River Kings have been unsuccessful. 

Each one backed out when they were told there was no revenue from concession or beer sales, no discount on ice time and only 30% of marketing in the arena. It also became pretty obvious rather quickly that the City was ready to move on, having removed our logo from the ice at the Ed Lumley Arena less than 12 hours after announcing the team would not participate in the 2016-17 Season.

We pushed and pushed hard to find one last company or private partner to invest in the team. Unfortunately, they all backed out when they realized the only revenue would be ticket sales and sponsorship. 

I wish we had better news today for our passionate fans, but unfortunately I do not. First and foremost, my family and I were River Kings fans, and this is a sad day for all of us. 

Hopefully the LNAH will have better success.

Earlier Mr. Moreau had the following to say:

It’s a sad day for my family and the local hockey community to see the River Kings die.
It became obvious to potential investors that they would receive no compensation from the City of Cornwall.
There would be no beer or concession revenue for a new ownership group, let alone price reduction on ice.
There wouldn’t even be potential for practice ice. 
It came as no surprise that the River Kings logo was quickly removed from the ice at the Ed Lumley Arena. 
The City of Cornwall never wanted this team to succeed. We’d have better luck opening an art gallery.

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Hawkesbury OPP Police Blotter for Week of August 22, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/23/hawkesbury-opp-police-blotter-for-week-of-august-22-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/23/hawkesbury-opp-police-blotter-for-week-of-august-22-2016/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 15:13:13 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64501 THIS WEEK IN POLICING

In the week of August 15th to August 22nd, Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers responded to 180 occurrences.  One break and enter attempt incident was reported.  One assault incident and four incidents of theft were reported.  In the last week, officers investigated two impaired driving related incident. Out of these 180 occurrences, 17 concluded with charges.

ARREST DURING EXECUTION OF WARRANT

(ALFRED-PLANTAGENET, ON) – On August 16th, 2016, members of the Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) – Drug Enforcement Unit (DEU) – Community Drug Action Team (CDAT), assisted by the East Region Emergency Response Team (ERT), executed a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) Search Warrant in the Alfred-Plantagenet Township, resulting in the seizure of cannabis marihuana bud and cannabis marihuana resin.

Kevin GOYETTE-LAPENSEE (21 yrs) of Alfred-Plantagenet was arrested and charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Actwith the following section:

Possession of a Schedule II substance for the purpose of Trafficking- under 3 kg (2 counts)

He was released and scheduled to appear at court on October 05th, 2016 in L’Orignal.

IMPAIRED DRIVERS

(HAWKESBURY, ON)On Thursday evening August 18th, close to 11:00 pm, Hawkesbury OPP Sergeant Alain Potvin was on patrol on Main Street in the Town of Hawkesbury when he intercepted a 2013 Hyundai Veloster.

Interaction with the male driver gave the officer reason to believe that he had operated his motor vehicle with blood alcohol content over 80 mgs.

Consequently, the driver, Marc-Andre PROULX (21 yrs) of Grenville, Quebec, was charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following section:

Driving with More than 80 mgs of Alcohol in Blood

The vehicle was seized for 7 days and the driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.

He was later released and scheduled to appear at court on September 07th, 2016 in L’Orignal.

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(CHAMPLAIN, ON) – On August 20th, shortly after 3:00 am, Hawkesbury OPP Constable Bradley Giroux intercepted a black 2014 Honda Civic on Pearl Road in the Champlain Township.

Interaction with the female driver gave the officer reason to believe that she had operated her motor vehicle with blood alcohol content over 80 mgs.

Consequently, the driver, Stephanie NEMETH (25 yrs) of Orleans, was arrested and charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following section:

Driving with More than 80 mgs of Alcohol in Blood.

The vehicle was seized for 7 days and the driver’s licence was immediately suspended for 90 days.

She was later released and scheduled to appear at court on September 21st, 2016 in L’Orignal.

TRAFFIC STOP LEADS TO DRUG CHARGES

(HAWKESBURY, ON) – On Thursday August 18th, at 1:15 pm, Constable Marc Lauzon intercepted a dark blue 2003 Chevrolet Impala while on patrol on Main Street East in Hawkesbury.

The traffic stop resulted in the male passenger being in possession of Cocaine.

The passenger, Julien SANSFACON (23 yrs) of Nation Municipality, was arrested and charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with section:

Possession of a Schedule I substance for the purpose of Trafficking – Cocaine

Further investigation revealed that SANSFACON was also in breach of court conditions. He was consequently charged under the Criminal Code of Canada with the following section:

Fail to Comply with Recognizance

He was kept for a bail hearing at L’Orignal court.  The accused was later released on a Recognizance of Bail pending his next court date scheduled on August 31st 2016 at L’Orignal court.

BARN FIRE

A barn fire filled with hay erupted at a property situated on Concession Road 20 in the Nation Municipality on Sunday evening August 21st, at approximately 10:00 pm.

To assist the fire department, the non-busy road remained closed to traffic until the next morning.

Foul play is not suspected at the moment.

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Dog Left in Vehicle Charges in Brockville #BPS Police Blotter AUG 23, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/23/dog-left-in-vehicle-charges-in-brockville-bps-police-blotter-aug-23-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/23/dog-left-in-vehicle-charges-in-brockville-bps-police-blotter-aug-23-2016/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:44:45 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64499 Dogs Left in Vehicles

On August 19th at 11:44 am and 8:22 pm, Brockville Police Officers responded to complaints of dogs being left in vehicles for extended periods of time.

One dog was removed from a vehicle on Blockhouse Island while the owner was on a cruise.   The second vehicle contained three dogs and was parked in the King Street West area. Both owners were residents of Quebec and both issued fines under the city by-law for inhumane treatment of an animal. Officers seized the animals and took them to a local shelter until the owners were tracked down or attended the Police station.

These types of complaints have been far too frequent this summer. Five minutes is a long time to leave a pet locked in a parked vehicle. Police recommend leaving your pet at home on hot days. A partially open window(s) is not sufficient to protect the animal.

 

Intoxicated Male

On August 19th at 8:54 pm, Brockville Police attended the Brockville General Hospital to deal with an intoxicated man outside one of the entrances.

The local 39 year old was arrested and charged with public intoxication. He was taken to the station but after a short stay, it was decided that he should be monitored medically for his own well being. When sober, he was released from the hospital and issued a fine.

 

Probation Breach

On August 20th at 4:17 am, Brockville Police checked on a vehicle with two occupants, parked at the Mac Johnson Conservation area.

Officers spoke with a local 18 year old male and a 15 year old female. The male was found to be on a probation order with one of the conditions involving no contact with a female under the age of 16 years. He had been convicted of child luring originally.

The young man was charged with breaching his probation and issued a future court date.

 

Theft of Liquor

On August 19th at 10:28 am, Brockville Police took a theft complaint from the LCBO on King Street West.

The previous day, an unknown male removed a bottle of rye from the store. Officers identified the suspect as a local 47 year old, known to them, after seeing video footage.

On the day of the theft, prior to attending the liquor store, the accused man had an appointment at the Brockville Police station to have his fingerprints taken for other criminal offences. Officers noted that the suspect was wearing the same shirt for both the prints and the theft. The accused was also on conditions of probation and an undertaking for other charges. He has yet to be located but faces charges of theft, breaching his probation order and his undertaking.

 

Wanted Man

On August 20th at 2:28 pm, Brockville Police stopped a vehicle on Broad Street.

A local 51 year old male was an occupant of the vehicle and wanted on a warrant held by our Service. The man was arrested and charged with three counts of breaching his probation order. The warrant stemmed from an incident earlier in August when the man approached another male he was to have no contact with.

He was held in custody for a bail hearing later today.

 

Public Intoxication X Four

On August 20th at 6:18 pm, 7:35 pm, 9:35 pm, and then on August 21st at 7:56 am, four local males were arrested for public intoxication. The first three took place on south end streets and the fourth was near the 401 overpass on North Augusta Road. All four males are known to the Brockville Police. They were released with fines when sober.

Their ages in order of arrest were, 42, 50, 31 and 64 years.

 

Stolen Vehicle

On August 20th at 8:04 pm, Brockville Police took a report of a stolen vehicle. Sometime between 8:00 pm., on the 19th and 8:00 pm., on the 20th, a 2006 Dodge Durango was removed from a residence in the central/west area of the city. The vehicle is grey in colour and the keys had been left inside.

 

Domestic Assault

On August 21st at 9:15 am, Brockville Police attended a domestic dispute at a south end residence.

A local 48 year old male attended the residence to pick up his child at his ex-wife’s home. A verbal confrontation began between the female resident and a female passenger in the vehicle who was the current partner of the man. The 45 year old woman approached the vehicle and threw a glass of coke through the window. When the male tried to intervene, she slapped him across the face resulting in a small cut.

Officers arrested and charged the woman for assault. She was released later with a future court date and placed on conditions.

 

Break/Enter and Theft

On August 21st at 12:00 pm, Brockville Police responded to a break and enter to a north end apartment building.

The lone, elderly male, resident was recently admitted to a local hospital. Officers discovered his door insecure and began investigating. Several items had been removed from the residence, including a Toronto Police Service watch and a folding leather wallet badge.

If anyone has any information that may assist in identifying those responsible, please contact the Brockville Police at 613-342-0127 Ext. ‘0’

 

Shoplifting

On August 21st at 5:11 pm, Brockville Police attended a north end box store for a theft complaint.

A local 46 year old female stole various items from the store making no attempt to purchase them. She was approached by loss prevention employees and returned to the store. Officers discovered she was in possession of a small quantity of marijuana as well. The woman was arrested and charged with theft and possession of a controlled substance.

She was released with a future court date and placed on conditions.

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Baseline Road Pharmacy Robbery in Ottawa AUG 23, 2016 #OPS http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/23/baseline-road-pharmacy-robbery-in-ottawa-aug-23-2016-ops/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/23/baseline-road-pharmacy-robbery-in-ottawa-aug-23-2016-ops/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 12:25:27 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64497 Suspect sought in pharmacy robbery on Baseline Road

 

(Ottawa) — The Ottawa Police Service Robbery Unit is investigating a recent pharmacy robbery and is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the suspect responsible.

On August 8, 2016, at approximately 12:30pm, a lone suspect entered a pharmacy situated along the 2500 block of Baseline Road. The suspect made a demand for a prescription drug. After receiving a small quantity of drugs, the suspect demanded more but became impatient and fled the premises with what was originally provided. There were no injuries.

The suspect is described as being a Caucasian male, in his 30’s or 40’s, of average build and height. At the time he wore a grey t-shirt, dark jeans, work boots, and gloves. The suspect was disguised at the time of the robbery with sunglasses and a surgical mask.

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Threat Charges in Cornwall Ontario AUG 22, 2016 Police Blotter http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/22/threat-charges-in-cornwall-ontario-aug-22-2016-police-blotter/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/22/threat-charges-in-cornwall-ontario-aug-22-2016-police-blotter/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 17:46:11 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64485 BREACH

 

Cornwall, ON – A 20-year-old Cornwall woman was arrested on August 19th, 2016 and charged with breach of recognizance for communicating with someone she has conditions not to communicate with. It is alleged on August 19th, 2016 the woman was found to be in the company of someone she has conditions not to communicate with. She was taken into custody during a traffic stop, charged accordingly and released to appear in court on September 27th, 2016. Her name was not released as the conditions stem from a domestic incident and would identify the victim in the matter.

 

ASSAULT WITH A WEAPON, THREATS, CARRY CONSEALED WEAPON, POSSESSION OF A WEAPON FOR A DANGEROUS PURPOSE, BREACH

 

Cornwall, ON – Sylvain Legault, 53 of Cornwall was arrested on August 19th, 2016 and charged with threats, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carry concealed weapon and breach of probation for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged during an argument on August 19th, 2016 the man threatened to kill another man while brandishing a knife and police were contacted to investigate. During the investigation the man was taken into custody and found to be carrying the concealed knife. He was charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.

 

THREATS, BREACH

 

Cornwall, ON – Steven Connor, 48 of Cornwall was arrested on August 19th, 2016 and charged with threats to life and breach of probation for failing to keep the peace. It is alleged the man left a voice mail indicating that he was going to kill a 36-year-old man known to him and police were contacted to investigate. During the investigation the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing. 

 

IMPAIRED OPERATION, OVER 80, POSSESSION OF A CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE

 

Cornwall, ON – Brandon Locey- St.Andre, 22 of Cornwall was arrested on August 21st, 2016 and charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle, over 80 and possession of a controlled substance. It is alleged on August 21st, 2016 the man was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol in the area of Pitt Street and Water Street. He was taken into custody during a traffic stop and found to be in possession of a quantity of marijuana. He was charged accordingly and released to appear in court at a later date.

 

TRESPASS BY NIGHT, THEFT UNDER $5000

 

Cornwall, ON – Jordan Leaf, 19 and Bryden Montour, 19 both from Akwesasne were arrested on August 21st, 2016 and charged with trespass by night and theft under $5000. It is alleged in the early morning hours of August 21st, 2016 the men were spotted by a member of the Cornwall Community Police Service rummaging through a parked car at an address on Sydney Street. They were taken into custody and found to be in possession of property that belonged to the owner of the car. They were both charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing.

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Another Ottawa Teacher Arrested With Historic Charges AUG 22, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/22/another-ottawa-teacher-arrested-with-historic-charges-aug-22-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/22/another-ottawa-teacher-arrested-with-historic-charges-aug-22-2016/#respond Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:59:47 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64493 Ottawa man charged with Child Sexual Offences

 

(Ottawa)— Ottawa Police Service Sexual Assault and Child Abuse (SACA) Section has charged an Ottawa man following an investigation into historical allegations of child sexual assaults.

The investigation began June 20th, 2016 when a victim came forward to report the abuse.

On August 22nd, 2016 the Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Section arrested and charged Donald GREENHAM, 73 years old, of Ottawa with 14 criminal offences including Gross Indecency, Indecent Assault on a Male and Indecent Assault on a Female (per Criminal Code charges existing at the time of the offences).

The incidents occurred in Ottawa between 1970 and 1982.

These charges relate to multiple incidents involving four victims (3 males and one female) ranging in age from 14-17 years old and occurred while Mr. Greenham was in the course of his duties as a teacher and coach with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board.

He will appear in court August 22nd, 2016 for a bail hearing.

The Ottawa Police continues its investigation and is concerned there could be more victims.

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Seniors Situation Room by Dawn Ford TAI CHI & Fidel Castro AUG 22, 2016 http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/22/seniors-situation-room-by-dawn-ford-tai-chi-fidel-castro-aug-22-2016/ http://cornwallfreenews.com/2016/08/22/seniors-situation-room-by-dawn-ford-tai-chi-fidel-castro-aug-22-2016/#comments Mon, 22 Aug 2016 13:33:01 +0000 http://cornwallfreenews.com/?p=64488  

 

Cornwall Ontario – I first met Marie Greffe at the Marshall Arts Center on Third Street in the  90’s. She was assisting Claude Bordeau in his Tai Chi Class. She was peppy and lots of fun as well as helpful to all of us in the class. Marie also practices Judo. You don’t want to get her riled up!!

DF marieMarie was married to the late Karl Greffe and they had 6 children. Now she has 8 grand children and three great grand children. If that is not enough to keep her busy, Marie volunteers her time to teach Tai Chi to residents at the Heritage Heights Retirement Home once a week. She also teaches Tai Chi on Tuesday mornings at the Seaway Senior Citizens Club at 1010 Guy Street and has a class on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in the gym of the same building site.

Marie knows how to do the Japanese art of folding paper, Origami, which is associated with the Japanese culture. (There are instructions on how to do it on the Internet.) I saw her once turn a small 4×1 piece of paper into a tiny boat. Remember when we used to fold paper and make airplanes in school and throw them at each other in class behind the teacher’s back? Well, Marie can fold paper and make planes with a lot of details on them. And flowers and many other shapes. She said that she learned to do it to keep her kids occupied when in restaurants or on a trip.

Marie is a loving, caring person as well as being very talented. She is also a gifted oil painter and knitter. One busy and sweet lady who is another example of a wonderful senior in Cornwall who contributes so much to our community.

The history of Pommier Jewellers is interesting. According to their web site, it all began in 1879 when Eugene Pommier opened the first store in Ottawa. He had five sons who all eventually opened jewellery stores in cities in Ontario and Quebec. One of the sons, Armand, opened his store at 105 Montreal Road in Cornwall in 1937. George, his son, had a five year apprenticeship with his father and opened his store in 1952.Now George’s son Andre is heading the business at 6 Second Street in Cornwall just east of Pitt Street. It is a modern, immaculate, elegant store.

One of the things I always liked about George was that he treated his customers like neighbours, calling lots of them by name and was always friendly to everyone. Now when you go in, it is the same friendliness you are greeted with by André and the staff. And on any given day, George is there, smiling at the customers, just like old times. You are made to feel welcome there.

From the old Photo album:

In August of 1957 there was a Centenary World Girl Guide Jamboree in Doe Lake, ON. Many Girl Guides from Cornwall went including my group from Trinity Anglican Church. Guides from many countries of the world came with their unique and very special cultures and songs which were a delight as they shared them with all of us. We had so much fun. We had camp fires, canoed, swam in the lake, slept in tents, sang songs, and roasted marsh mellows over open fires.

There was also a gathering of Boy Scouts not too far from us and they visited us one day. Lots of cute guys for a bunch of young teenage girls to meet.

DF 1In the photo on the left of some of the Girl Guides, I had written on the back that they were from Cuba, Columbia, Mexico and US Rep. The other photo shows our wonderful outdoor chapel in the woods by the water. It was wonderful to sing hymns in that natural setting. I remember vividly how spiritual it was to be there listening to the birds chirp, gazing at the tall pine trees surrounding us and watching the water flow by the lake with clouds floating here and there in the blue sky. It was serenity at its best.You could go to the Chapel anytime you wanted to be quiet and be apart from the crowd for awhile. Awe and wonder in our little Chapel in the Woods.

I became friends with two Guides from Cuba, non-identical twin sisters. I remember them talking about their leader Fulgencio Batista who they thought would probably be replaced by Fidel Castro one day. After they went home they wrote to me for many months. Then one day, in 1959, I received a letter that everyone was happy with Fidel Castro now in power. Sometime afterwards though, I received an unhappy letter saying that their father’s farm had been confiscated. One of the girls was leaving Cuba and going to study law in New York. The other girl was also leaving to enter a cloistered Convent of Sisters in California. And then the letters stopped. I always wondered about them.

Look at these storm clouds around Second and Augustus Street towards Water Street one evening and we didn’t get a drop of rain.

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Photo courtesey of Bob Katz

This Tiger cat of mine is going to drive me to drink. Just when I think I am one step ahead of him, I find out I am not. I had brushed him and put the fur in the empty waste basket in the bathroom. Later a heard a bang. He had knocked over the basket and was partially in it getting the fur. He does like to eat his own fur. I have to be careful when I finish brushing him and start combing him to keep the hairy brush out of his reach. What next, Tiger Boy???

He also likes to tell me what to do and in what order. There will be a high pitched meow-like-scream, like someone is pulling his tail or something. …especially when I am concentrating typing at the computer. Frighten the heart out of me!! The screech goes through my hearing aid into my brain and sounds like someone is in there with a little hammer banging on the grey cells. It means come and brush me and let me play with my little mousey or I have no food and you are starving me to death or I just used the litter box and I need it cleaned out. Hop to it…now!!. He doesn’t have to tell me he used his litter box. I will know soon enough. Is all that worth a scream at me and making my hair go white with fright.?? He seems to thinks so because he repeats if often enough when he isn’t getting my full attention during his wide awake minutes. Anybody want a cat? Sell him cheap!!…on some days. But, of course, not all days.

Do you remember when we were kids eating those little green very sour apples? They were so good. As kids, we loved them. I think some of the boys used to climb fences and ‘pick’ them off of trees, if I remember correctly. One time my 8 year old brother Gerry and some friends climbed over a fence into a yard to ‘pick’ a few apples off someone’s tree. The guard dog on the property that had been chained up broke his chain and bit my brother. I vividly remember sitting beside him, five years old, as he lay in his bed his chest bandaged up. My Mom used to tell the story that I would say to him, “Don’t worry, Berry. I will look after you.” Gerry and his friends never ‘picked’ apples again.

James LadouceurHere is a cute joke:

An old Irish farmer’s sheep dog goes missing and he is inconsolable.

Philomena, his wife says, “Patrick, why don’t you put and ad in the paper?”

He does, but two weeks later the dog is still missing.

“What did you put in the paper?” asks Philomena.

“Here, boy,” Patrick replies.

Have a good week, Dawn

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