Anne Comtois Lalonde, director of social services for the United Counties of Prescott and Russell (UCPR), says since February 2017, Ontario’s Child Care Expansion Plan has helped open new daycare spots across Prescott-Russell during the past year and a half. 139 new spots were opened for children up to four, while the Canada-Ontario Early Learning and Child Care Agreement has helped open another 275 for children up to 12 since September of last year. That totals to more than 400 in all. The UCPR’s pilot program will only last until the end of this year and next year’s commitment is not yet known. With the new Ford government, Comtois Lalonde says she’s unsure if the programs will continue.
Amazon announced yesterday that it plans to open a new shipping center at 5371 Boundary Road, off Highway 417, near the border with the Municipality of Russell. The one-million-square-foot center for shipping products to customers will be the fifth largest in Ontario and create more than 600 full-time jobs. Staff at this center will pick up, pack and ship large items. The center will be built by Broccolini scheduled for 2019.
Claudette Myre has joined the 2018 municipal election race for Champlain’s Ward #4, West Hawkesbury, currently represented by Gérard Miner and Pierre Perreault. This is her second try for a win. The last time she lost by 38 votes. But she says this time around, she will be pushing for people to seek help if they have a problem with voting as many people experienced a problem with online voting and gave up.
Bombardier’s head of transportation has apologized to the Toronto Transit Commission board for the latest problems with his company’s streetcars. The T-T-C has said that the first 67 of 89 streetcars it ordered would be sent back for preventative repairs. Benoit Broissoit says Bombardier understands the T-T-C’s disappointment, but says the problems don’t pose a safety risk to riders or staff. He says the company is fully committed to the delivery of the rest of the cars by the end next year.