Joël Gauthier Skatepark

ROCKLAND – March 18, 2014 – The Joël Gauthier Skatepark Committee has launched an important fundraising campaign for the construction of Phase II and III of the skatepark expansion project. Inaugurated in June 2012, Phase 1 of the skatepark is no longer adequate for the growing number of users.

 “The success of phase I of the skatepark is impressive! Our youths have finally found a safe place to socialize! Victim of its success, the skatepark now needs to start phase II and expand. We want to create a first class attraction centre for the community”, mentioned Pierre Gauthier, Committee Chairperson.

The committee’s objective is to build phase II at the beginning of Summer 2014 and conclude the project with phase III in Summer 2015. This new project will ensure that the number of skateboard and BMX type bicycle structures will double. This expansion will attract youths from surrounding areas who will support local businesses.

 History

 Joël Gauthier was an original member of the committee and actively participated in the fundraising for phase I of the skatepark. Unfortunately, Joël never saw the park. The skatepark was inaugurated in June 2012, only a few weeks after Joël’s passing. The new committee now works to realize Joël’s and founding members’ dream, which is to build a safe place where youths can have fun and promote community spirit and physical activity.

 If you want to sponsor the park, please contact Pierre or Lynne Gauthier at pierre.lynne@videotron.ca or call 613.446.1151.

  

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For more information

Julie Chartrand

Communications Officer

613.446.6022 ext 2227

Clarence-Rockland presents its final offer to the Canadian Union of Public Employees

January 28, 2014

Clarence-Rockland – The City of Clarence-Rockland finds it regrettable that the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is engaged in a campaign that appears to
be intended to mislead the public about contract negotiations.

Contrary to recent statements by CUPE, the union did not propose “savings in the order
of $100,000 to the benefits program”. Union officials actually proposed to study the
possibility of savings by having the City seek the advice of a union consultant. This
proposal does not provide any guarantees of savings.

The City of Clarence-Rockland already took steps last year to achieve savings with
respect to its employee benefits plan. In fact, with the help of a new insurance broker
and the creation in 2013 of a consortium with three other municipalities—the United
Counties of Prescott-Russell, the Town of Hawkesbury, and Russell Township—the City
of Clarence-Rockland achieved real annual savings of $35,000 for its employee benefits
plan. Contrary to recent statements by CUPE, the City is therefore always interested in
finding real savings in order to control expenditures and better serve its residents.

Contrary to recent CUPE statements professing an interest in saving the City “a great
deal of money”, the sum total of union proposals would in fact significantly increase costs
to the City and require an increase in taxes.

“We continue to look forward to arriving at an agreement that is fair and reasonable for
employees, as well as affordable for the taxpayers of Clarence-Rockland”, said the City’s
Chief Administrative Officer, Michel Bellemare.



Information :
Julie Chartrand
Communications Officer
613-446-6022 ext. 2227

Warning – Risk of flooding

Date: April 7, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Prepared by: South Nation Conservation


SOUTH NATION WATERSHED – South Nation Conservation (SNC) is updating the watershed statement "Flood Watch" issued on April 6th as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program. The purpose of this bulletin is to provide information regarding the forecasted weather and the potential of flooding throughout the SNC jurisdiction.
Environment Canada (EC) is forecasting 15-25 mm of rainfall for today and Tuesday, April 8th. Also, EC forecasted an increase in temperatures for this week with a high of 15 OC with night temperatures at 3 OC tonight and around 0 OC until Friday.
Currently all the stream gauge stations in the watershed are reporting above normal water level for this time of year. Due to the warmer temperatures experienced yesterday and today, the snow pack is gradually reducing. However the remaining snow on the ground is higher in water content and will increase run off.
In addition, ice covered areas have decreased in the last two days, however, the ice sheet remains in several areas of the watershed, increasing the potential for ice jamming.
Starting tonight it is expected to see water levels increasing due to the forecasted rain. This will cause flooding in low lying areas and areas prone to flood on annual basis. The South Nation River water levels are expected to peak in the Alfred Plantagenet area between Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning. Some access roads may need to be closed due to flooding. There is also potential for blocked storm drains, catch basins and culverts which may also cause localized flooding.
Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows, cause slippery river banks, and weaken ice cover. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
SNC cautions residents to be aware of the potential for flooding, fast flowing water and the associated risks.
SNC staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood
Forecasting and Warning program and daily updates during this event.
SNC encourages the public to visit our webpage at www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas (i.e. high water elevations, road inundation, ice break-up, etc.).
All enquiries can be sent to Geoff Owens at gowens@nation.on.ca or Sandra Mancini at smancini@nation.on.ca. For additional information please contact at SNC 1-877-984-2948.

Duty Officer:
Geoff Owens
Cell: 613-551-9170

Alternate Contact:
Sandra Mancini
Cell: 613-551-3242

Forwarded To:
All Flood Forecasting and Warning Directory

WATERSHED CONDITIONS STATEMENT

Date: April 8, 2014
Time: 5:00 pm
Prepared by: South Nation Conservation


SOUTH NATION WATERSHED – South Nation Conservation (SNC) is updating yesterday’s watershed statement “Flood Watch” originally issued on April 6th.
Environment Canada (EC) is forecasting 3-5 mm of rainfall for tonight. In the last 24 hours, the SNC watershed received approximately 18 mm of rain in the southwest portions of the watershed (Spencerville area) to 29 mm in the remainder of the watershed. It is expected that stream flows will continue to rise and peak within 12 to 24 hours depending on the location in the watershed.
Due to the warmer temperatures experienced yesterday and today, the snow pack is melting, although significant snow amounts remain in the forested areas throughout the northern portions of the watershed. EC forecasted daytime highs are expected to reach 16 OC with night temperatures ranging from -3 to 4 OC for the remainder of the week. It is expected that the remaining snow pack will decrease significantly over the next few days
In addition, ice covered areas decreased today in the southern sub-watersheds; however, ice sheets remain in several areas throughout the north which could result in ice jams.
Residents are advised to stay away from rivers as the forecasted weather may rapidly increase river flows, cause slippery river banks, and weaken ice cover. Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.
SNC cautions residents to be aware of the potential for flooding, fast flowing water and the associated risks.
SNC staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning program and daily updates during this event.
SNC encourages the public to visit our webpage at www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water related conditions in their local areas (i.e. high water elevations, road inundation, ice break-up, etc.).
All enquiries can be sent to Geoff Owens at gowens@nation.on.ca or Sandra Mancini at smancini@nation.on.ca. For additional information please contact at SNC 1-877-984-2948.

Duty Officer:
Geoff Owens
Cell: 613-551-9170

Alternate Contact:
Sandra Mancini
Cell: 613-551-3242

Forwarded To:
All Flood Forecasting and Warning Directory

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