Independent MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston Randy Hillier has been advised in writing that Dean French, the former Chief of Staff to Premier Doug Ford, has withdrawn his claim of libel against Hillier unreservedly and without costs. Hillier said in a statement that he is happy to turn the page on this. He added, while French and he didn’t see eye-to-eye on many things, I am glad we have found something we can agree on. French had alleged that certain tweets and retweets posted by Hillier on Twitter represented a “malicious campaign” to harm his reputation. Hillier countered that his tweets and retweets were matters for public consumption as they covered matters already in the public domain. Hillier stated he believes the right decision has been made, and is happy to see the distraction ended.
The Upper Ottawa Valley have arrested a man in Pembroke for failing to attend court on a driving charge but now the list of charges includes drugs and stolen property. On July 18th, officers caught up with 46-year-old Jason Noel Laundrie and a search of him and his vehicle led to charges of possession and trafficking of cocaine … fentanyl … and methamphetamines. He has also been charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000. He is still in custody and will be in Pembroke Court today.
Still with drug arrests in Pembroke, on July 17th Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers from the Community Street Crime Unit … and Emergency Response Team executed a search warrant in the 100 block of Pembroke Street West. As a result, a quantity of drugs was sized and Wayne Neil Vaillancourt … age 56 of Pembroke is now looking at charges of possession of codeine. He’ll be in court August 13th.
AND … If you are an Upper Ottawa Valley resident who was affected by this spring’s flooding you need to know there are four information sessions set for today and tomorrow. This is where you can learn more about what assistance is available to you and what you need to do to apply for funding. Hosted by the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing … the sessions will include presentations and support for the Disaster Recovery Assistance Application Process. There are two sessions today with one at the Eagles Nest in Eganville this afternoon and one at the Westmeath Community Centre this evening. Tomorrow, sessions are at the Shady Nook Rec Centre and the Horton Community Centre. The doors for the afternoon meetings will open at 1 and Ministry staff can meet with people individually for a couple of hours. The presentation begins at 3 o’clock and will include a brief overview of the program and help on how to complete the application. The evening sessions will start with a presentation at 6:30and people can stay around if they’d like to meet individually.
AND IN SPORTS …
With diamond availability issues causing problems for the Kemptville Black Sox, they hosted a doubleheader in Carp on Monday night in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play. The first game saw the Sox beat the Orleans Rebels 6-4. Dan Thompson got the win while Nick Bowman took the loss. The late match-up had the Quyon Flyers winning 13-3 with Trevor Lahey getting the victory and Zach Thompson taking the loss, with relief from Jeremy Malloy.
There are no games on the schedule tonight but there are three games Wednesday with Carp and Kars playing a double header in Manotick at 7 and 9 and the Ottawa Valley A’s visiting Orleans. Game time in that one is 8 o’clock.