Volunteer Appreciation BBQ – Fun in the Sun

The Township relies upon the hard work and effort of volunteers to provide a variety of services within the community.  From community members who volunteer to put on special events and festivals, to our volunteers who run recreational programming and to our volunteer firefighters who work around the clock to provide emergency services, North Stormont has a lot to be thankful for.

In order to celebrate the hard work of our volunteers, you are all invited to attend a Fun in the Sun day on Saturday June 24th, at the McIntosh Park in Berwick.  Family friendly activities and a free BBQ will be featured to thank the volunteers who make North Stormont ‘A Good Place to Grow’.

For more information please contact Amy Martin at recreation@northstormont.ca.

We look forward to seeing you on June 24th!.

Fun in the Sun Flyer

Notice of Sale of Land

The Council of the Township of North Stormont will consider the sale of a portion of an unopened road allowance at the June 13th, 2017 Regular Meeting.

For more information on the proposed sale, as well as a description of the  land, please see the attached notice provided below.

Notice of Sale

Now’s the Time to Get Rid of Unused Medication – Safely

Spring Cleaning? Now’s the Time to Get Rid of Unused Medications – Safely

With the warmer weather, many people are diving into spring cleaning… cupboards and yards are being cleaned up, and used books, old furniture and clothes are being given away. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit is reminding residents that it’s also a good time to clear their homes of unused, unwanted or expired medications by safely disposing of them.

Prescription or over-the-counter medications that are no longer being used can be returned to most pharmacies throughout Eastern Ontario, without charge. In the Cornwall area, medications can also be dropped anonymously into secure Medi Drop boxes around the city. The medications are collected regularly and safely destroyed.

Keeping unwanted or unused medications at home can pose risks for homeowners and the community. These risks include:

  • Abuse of medications by kids or their friends to get high. A recent survey in Ontario showed that 20% of teens have taken a prescription medication to get high, and that 75% of those stole it from home.
  • Accidental poisonings of young children. According to Parachute (previously Safe Kids Canada), medications are the leading cause of unintentional poisonings in children under 14.
  • Home break-ins by thieves looking to get their hands on prescription drugs.

However, medications need to be disposed of safely. Flushing or pouring them down drains or throwing them in the trash is unsafe – it risks contaminating the water and harming wildlife, or inviting scavengers to find and illegally sell them.

“Clearing out your unused or expired medications and safely getting rid of them is a win-win for everyone,” says Robyn Hurtubise, Manager of Substance Misuse and Injury Prevention at the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. “It reduces the risk of harm to our kids, our community and the environment.”

Residents can contact their local pharmacy to see if they accept unused medications. Cornwall area residents can also visit www.MediDrop.ca to learn more about the Medi Drop program, what items can be deposited into the Medi Drop boxes, and the drop box locations.

For more information, contact the Eastern Ontario Health Unit at 613-933-1375 or at 1 800 267-7120. You can also visit our website at www.eohu.ca.

For more information regarding this press release, please call Karine Hébert at 613-933-1375, ext. 294.

Vous faites le grand ménage? C’est le bon temps de se débarrasser des restes de médicaments – de façon sécuritaire

Quand le temps se réchauffe, bien des gens se lancent alors dans le grand ménage du printemps… on nettoie les armoires et la cour, on donne livres, vieux meubles et vêtements dont on ne veut plus. Le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario souhaite rappeler aux résidents que c’est aussi le bon moment de débarrasser la maison des médicaments expirés que vous n’avez pas utilisés ou que vous ne voulez plus de façon sécuritaire.

Les médicaments sur ordonnance ou en vente libre qui ne sont plus utilisés peuvent être retournés dans la plupart des pharmacies dans la région de l’Est ontarien sans frais. Dans la région de Cornwall, les médicaments peuvent aussi être déposés anonymement dans des boîtes sécurisées Médi Dépôt situées dans la ville. Les médicaments sont recueillis régulièrement et détruits de façon sécuritaire.

Garder à la maison des médicaments inutilisés dont vous ne voulez plus présente certains risques pour les propriétaires et la communauté. En voici quelques-uns :

  • Vos enfants ou leurs amis pourraient prendre des médicaments pour se droguer. Selon un récent sondage mené en Ontario, 20 % des adolescents ont déjà pris des médicaments sur ordonnance pour se droguer et 75 % d’entre eux ont dit les avoir volés à la maison.
  • Des jeunes enfants risquent de s’empoisonner accidentellement. SelonParachute (anciennement SécuriJeunes Canada), les médicaments sont la principale cause d’empoisonnement accidentel chez les enfants de moins de 14 ans.
  • Des voleurs pourraient entrer chez vous par effraction pour mettre la main sur des médicaments.

Il faut, cependant, que les médicaments soient éliminés de façon sécuritaire. Il est dangereux de les jeter dans la poubelle, l’évier ou la toilette, puisque cela risque de contaminer l’eau, de faire du tort à la faune ou d’inciter certaines personnes à fouiller les poubelles pour trouver des médicaments et les vendre illégalement.

« Mettre de l’ordre dans vos médicaments expirés ou ceux que vous ne voulez plus et en disposer de façon sécuritaire est une solution gagnante pour tout le monde », dit Robyn Hurtubise, gestionnaire, mésusage de substances et prévention des blessures au Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario. « Cela diminue les risques de méfaits pour nos enfants, notre communauté et l’environnement. »

Les résidents peuvent entrer en contact avec leur pharmacie locale pour savoir si les médicaments non utilisés sont acceptés. Les résidents de la région de Cornwall peuvent aussi consulter www.medidepot.ca pour en apprendre davantage sur le programme Médi Dépot, les articles qui peuvent être déposés dans les boîtes Médi Dépôt, et l’endroit où les trouver.

Pour en savoir plus, contactez le Bureau de santé de l’est de l’Ontario au 613-933-1375 ou au 1 800 267-7120. Vous pouvez aussi consulter notre site Web à www.bseo.ca.

Pour de plus amples renseignements sur ce communiqué de presse, contactez Karine Hébert au 613-933-1375, poste 294.

Public Notice of Pesticide Use

The Township of North Stormont undertakes weed spraying on an annual basis to control weeds along rural routes.

If you do not wish to have the roadside along your property sprayed, please place a visible sign indicating no spraying.

Please contact the Public Works Department should you have any questions about posting no spraying signs or about the spraying of the rural routes.

For more information on the routes to be sprayed, and about the pesticide to be used, please consult the Public Notice below.  The notice contains a map indicating the routes to be sprayed.

Public Notice of Weed Spraying

Flood Outlook – Ottawa River

SOUTH NATION JURISDICTION ALONG THE OTTAWA RIVER – South Nation Conservation (SNC) cautions residents in the Township of Alfred and Plantagenet that water levels in the Ottawa River continue to increase significantly.

Environment and Climate Change Canada (Ottawa MacDonald-Cartier International Airport Station) is forecasting approximately 50 mm of rain from Thursday May 4th until this weekend which will contribute to high water levels and localized flooding along the Ottawa River.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board has stated: “Water levels along the Ottawa River have increased significantly at most locations along the main stem of the Ottawa River in response to precipitation received over the last few days.  With further rainfall forecast (15 to 40 mm) over the most of the basin beginning Friday, further significant increases in levels between Pembroke and the Montreal Region are expected.  Given current forecasts, flood levels are expected to peak early next week”.  Therefore, water levels are expected to continue to increase this week and may cause significant flooding between Gatineau and Grenville.

Residents are advised to stay away from watercourses where flows are high and where banks might be unstable, particularly in the Township of Alfred Plantagenet.  Parents are encouraged to explain these dangers to their children.

South Nation Conservation staff will continue to monitor the water levels and weather forecasts as part of the Flood Forecasting and Warning Program and will provide updates in the event conditions change.

The public is encouraged to visit www.nation.on.ca and to also provide feedback with respect to changes in water-related conditions in their local areas.  All feedback and photos can be sent to waterwatch@nation.on.ca posted on our Facebook page (/SouthNationConservation) or tweeted to use (@SouthNationCA).

Additional information on Ottawa River levels can be found at www.ottawariver.ca.

For more information please contact Golam Sharif at 1-877-984-2948 ext. 373 or Jason Symington at ext. 230.

This statement is in effect until May 11th, 2017.

Eastern Ontario Health Unit – Upcoming Fentanyl Forums

In light of the potential for substance abuse taking place across Canada, a number of community agencies from Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry, as well as Prescott-Russell have come together to hold 11 forums during the Month of May for parents and students about Fentanyl and other substances that young people may take. Please see the press release below for  dates and locations.

The forums, titled Fentanyl and Other Substances – Awareness and Prevention, will provide parents and students with information on Fentanyl and opioids in general, as well as other types of drugs.  The presentations will also provide parents with tips about how to talk to their teens about drugs and strategies they can use to keep their kids safe.

Fentanyl Forums – Press Releases

Free Well Water Testing – EOHU

With the arrival of spring, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (EOHU) is reminding the public that it provides a free well water testing service to households that get their drinking water from a residential well.

Water quality can change over time, or it can happen suddenly and you may not notice a change in look, taste or smell.  That’s why your water should be tested for coliform bacteria and E. coli at least three times a year, especially in early spring when melting snow may cause water run-off to enter your well.  You should also have it tested if you suspect a waterborne illness or notice a change in colour, odour or taste.

Testing your well water on a regular basis is the only way to ensure the safety of your drinking water.  The test results help you to address specific problems and to avoid any potential contamination.  “Bacteria in water can lead to illness so severe that hospitalization may be required.  In some cases, it can even cause death,” says Caroline Kuate, Program Manager, Water Quality.  “It’s important to test your private water source to ensure its safety.”

Get your well water tested today.  Pick up your water sample bottle at the EOHU and drop off your sample any day except Fridays.  Visit the EOHU’s website at www.eohu.ca for water sample drop-off hours and locations.

For more information on well water testing and understanding your test results, contact the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 and ask for the Health Line or visit the website at www.eohu.ca.

Easter Holiday Office Closures

The Township of North Stormont will be closed Friday April 14th and Monday April 17th for the Easter Holiday.  Regular office hours will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday April 18th.

The Township wishes everyone a safe and happy Easter!

Crysler Food Cupboard

Community Food Share launched the Crysler Food Cupboard on Wednesday April 5. This initiative is to help ensure that food is more accessible for families in need in the Township of North Stormont. The Crysler Food Cupboard is located at the Centre de santé communaute de l’Estrie (CSCE) at 1 Nation Street.  The new location will help the residents of Crysler ease the burden of accessibility to an important resource that otherwise is not available within the area.

The Food Cupboard will operate the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.   Hampers ordered Monday morning will be available for pick up on Wednesday.

For anyone requiring an emergency supply of food, please call the Community Food Share in Winchester at 613-774-0188.

Food donations can be dropped off at the food cupboard or at the CSCE during regular office hours.

Press Release – Crysler Food Cupboard