The Ontario government is strengthening protection for children and youth by investing more than $586,000 over the next five years in a new program to support young victims and survivors of human trafficking in Leeds-Grenville and the surrounding areas. The money is part of $46 million being provided for 27 new projects across the province through the Community Supports Fund and Indigenous-led Initiatives Fund.
In December 2008, John Gignac learned more about carbon monoxide (CO) than he had ever wanted to know. His niece OPP Safety Officer Laurie Hawkins, her husband Richard and their two children Cassandra and Jordan all succumbed to CO poisoning when a malfunctioning exhaust system on their gas fireplace flooded their home with the lethal gas and killed them as they slept. They did not have a CO alarm, and never knew what happened.
Starting in 2015, the Saturday of Easter weekend has seen The Cornerstone Church in Gananoque holding a colossal Easter Egg Hunt on the church grounds as a way to reach out to the local community. But due to COVID-19, things are going to be different this year.
“This year has been hard,” said Pastor Mike Hatheway (Lead Pastor at The Cornerstone). “Plain and simple. We’re all tired, stressed and we really miss being with people. And so the Easter Egg Hunt gives us a chance to love our neighbours and bring back some of that joy and hope that’s been missing. That’s what Easter is all about. And our church wants to shout that new life is on the way.”
All the world’s a stage, and the Thousand Islands Playhouse in Gananoque has found a COVID-19 safe way to get that stage filled with players and the seats with an in-person live audience to create a brand-new season for 2021.
“So many people reached out by phone or e-mail or text to say how much they missed us,” said Brett Christopher, managing artistic director of the Thousand Islands Playhouse in a presentation live-streamed on social media. “The last year has been an extremely challenging one for Canadian live performing artists. Music, dance, theatre canceled around the globe and many of the wonderful people that you see on the stages that work behind the scenes of the Playhouse productions have found their life’s work wiped out.”
The Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands (TLTI), Front of Yonge Township (FOY), and the Ontario Trails Council (OTC), in partnership with the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) are banding together to create a solution to the issues of ploughing the multi-use recreational trail along the Thousand Islands Parkway (TIP). They hope to find a solution for the winter of 2021 that will not only allow for safe trail usage but that will also improve that experience for all users.