While there isn't any fracking taking place in the region yet, it remains unclear just how much shale gas potential exists in the Prescott-Russell area.
The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines contacted The Review last Friday, April 26 in response to an article the newspaper ran on the front page of the Wednesday, April 24 edition (What the frack is going on?).
The ministry said it didn't want people "to be alarmed" by the article and said it would prepare a statement regarding the study of the shale gas potential in southern Ontario and beyond.
That's how United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) chief administrative officer (CAO) Stéphane Parisien summed up his report on how the OPP costing proposal is proceeding.
"Honestly, I am very frustrated," he told The Review. "It's taking forever and I really don't understand. All we're asking for is numbers and we keep getting put off. At this rate, I won't even be able to put forward a recommendation until late this fall or early this winter."
While there may not be any collusion at the United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) as it pertains to its purchasing policy, the regional government does have some work to do to ensure its policy is more clearly defined.
Deloitte auditor Gary Hoffman presented the results of his audit of the UCPR's purchasing policy at the council meeting held on Wednesday, March 27.
In November, regional mayors passed a staff recommendation asking Deloitte to carry out an audit on the UCPR's purchasing policy.
Regional municipalities are going to have to accept the fact that their landfills are reaching capacity and, as a result, they're going to have to find a better way to deal with the growing garbage problem.
For a list that's supposed to be getting smaller, more people were added to this year's so-called Sunshine List. Almost 10,000 more public sector workers in Ontario have crossed the $100,000-a-year salary threshold to land on the province's "sunshine list" - which grew 11 per cent last year.
The list was released to the public on Thursday, March 28. The increase comes despite a push by the cash-strapped provincial government, which is working hard to erase an $11.9 billion deficit, for two years of voluntary pay freezes in the public sector.
At its most recent council meeting, Champlain Township has approved a 1.9 per cent increase in the tax rate. The move came after several budget meetings, at which council determined that this tax rate increase would generate about $75,000 in additional revenues which will be earmarked as township reserves.
Municipalities collect school taxes and taxes for the United Counties of Prescott-Russell.
Because not all parents will be able to keep their children home this Friday, January 11, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) plans to keep schools open as teachers stage another one-day walk-out.
After a relatively quiet flu season last year, the flu bug is back and this year, it's got bite.
According to Dr. Paul Roumeliotis, chief medical officer for the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU), the region is experiencing the same level of flu outbreaks this season as the rest of the province. "Last year we didn't have any cases," said Roumeliotis, who noted that at the end of December the EOHU had recorded 29 incidents of influenza. "That includes four outbreaks in long-term care facilities and five in various schools in the EOHU region," he explained.
In a controversial move, the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) says it will keep elementary schools open when teachers stage one-day walkouts to protest Bill 115 this Thursday, December 20.
Director of education David Thomas announced Monday, December 17 that The Upper Canada Local of the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario (ETFO) said it will hold the one-day strike, meaning picket lines will be set up outside some schools in the jurisdiction.
Liberal Party of Canada leadership contender Justin Trudeau arrived in Hawkesbury on Friday, November 30 with a certain pomp and ceremony normally attributed to a visiting rock star or Prime Minister - rather than a Quebec member of parliament.
Talks have broken down between the provincial government and the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) resulting in some public high school teachers taking strike action on Monday, November 12.
Weekend talks left the province and the OSSTF without an agreement which prompted union president Ken Coran to issue a statement announcing that strike action would be taken at more than 20 school boards, including the Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB).
Mayor René Berthiaume is "ready to defend" the town's efforts to facilitate renovations at Place Mont-Roc in the wake of what he calls "unfortunate and unfair" comments made by the owner of the facility.
Berthiaume called a press conference during the regular meeting of United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) council last Wednesday, October 24 to respond to allegations made by Paul Delacourt that the town's actions resulted in the delay of renovations at the retirement residence following a fire in May that left two seniors dead.
Champlain Township council has agreed to pay the Town of Hawkesbury an eight per cent increase for emergency dispatch services next year but council will be looking at other options, in light of looming increases.
The Town of Hawkesbury is in negotiations with dispatchers at this time, Champlain Township Mayor Gary Barton told fellow-councillors at Champlain Township's most recent regular meeting.
Even with the contracts for dispatch services with other municipalities, operating the service still cost the Town of Hawkesbury $290,000, Barton said.
The fate of Hawkesbury regional fire dispatch is currently up in the air.
The town desperately needs the co-operation of its neighbours if it wants to reduce the large deficit it currently incurs to operate the system.
At a recent United Counties of Prescott-Russell (UCPR) committee of the whole meeting, Hawkesbury Mayor René Berthiaume said he was not pleased with the emergency services committee's proposal to operate the dispatch system with the UCPR in order to maintain the service in Hawkesbury.
The Fondation L'Ange Gardien is hosting an open house at the Vankleek Hill Curling Club on Monday, October 29 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. to discuss the proposed addiction treatment center to be located at the former Ste-Marie convent located at 159 Higginson Street in Vankleek Hill.
The proposed treatment facility would house 70 residents, who would not be permitted off the grounds without supervision, according to Alain Champagne, general manager. At present, views are mixed about having such a center in Vankleek Hill.