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john-de-chastelain.JPGH4860 General (Ret’d) John de Chastelain will receive an Honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree at the Saint Mary’s University annual fall convocation ceremony at 2pm on Sunday, Oct. 26 at the World Trade and Convention Centre, Port Royal Room. He is a retired Canadian soldier and diplomat who is an expert in international conflict resolution. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1960 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, served with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in Canada and overseas, was twice appointed Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, and in 1993 was named Canada’s 18th Ambassador to the United States. After retiring from active military service in 1995, he was one of three international chairmen involved in the North ern Ireland Peace talks which led to the Good Friday (Belfast) Agreement of April 10, 1998. Since 1997 he has served as a member and chair of the Independent International Commission on Decommissioning (IICD), the body responsible for ensuring the decommissioning of arms by paramilitary groups in Northern Ireland. He is also a member of the International Advisory Board for Peaceful Schools International, an organization in which Saint Mary’s was the first university internationally to gain membership. Honours received during his career include the Order of Canada (Officer), Commander of the Order of Military Merit, Companion of Honor (U.K.)., Commander of the Order of St. John, and Commander of the Legion of Merit (U.S.). General de Chastelain’s honorary degree recognizes his work on conflict resolution, particularly in Northern Ireland. Students from Saint Mary’s travel to Belfast, Northern Ireland each year to work with young citizens and teachers to address issues surrounding peace and the importance of conflict resolution.  Source


Illness sidelines councillor
‘Health emergency’ will keep 14444  Dorothy Hector out of City Hall for months

hector.jpgA west-end city councillor will be out of commission for months with a “health emergency.”
Dorothy Hector, who represents the district of Lakeside, was admitted to Kingston General Hospital Sunday after health problems sprung up earlier in the week.
She said she would likely be away from her city hall duties for an extended period of time.
“It’s going to be a couple of months before I’m at the council table,” Hector said in a telephone interview from the hospital.
“I can’t concentrate on anything but me now.”
She couldn’t say what exactly landed her in hospital because doctors haven’t given her a clear diagnosis of the problem.
Hector said she was admitted to hospital after midnight Saturday. On the phone yesterday, she said she was feeling tired and short of breath.
“I’m sick and I’m going to have to take care of myself,” Hector said.
“It’s disappointing, but it’s just one of those things that happens in life and you have to take care of it.”
During her absence, Councillor Ed Smith has volunteered to be a point of contact for any residents in Lakeside who have concerns or questions for city hall, Hector said.
Hector said her constituents can call Smith or any member of city council with questions during her absence, “and any member of council can help them.”

Hector was first elected in 2006. She won handily with more than half of the votes cast in the district.
Smith said he had no problems helping out his colleague, citing help from others he received after he was hospitalized earlier this year following a skiing accident.
He said the city will be without a sobering voice around the council chamber for the next few months.
“She brings a considered approach to the issues. She definitely does her homework,” said Smith, who represents the mid-town district of Williamsville.
“She votes on behalf of Kingstonians in a responsible manner,” he said. “I think she’s one of the better ones at that.”
Hector’s hospitilization doesn’t mean she’ll be removed from office.
Under the provincial Municipal Act, a council member can be removed from office if the person “is absent from the meetings of council for three successive months without being authorized to do so by a resolution of council.”
A resolution can be passed at any time within the three-month period. The city cannot appoint someone to represent the district on an interim basis.
Lakeside residents can reach Smith at City Hall by phoning 613-546-4291, ext. 1517,or by e-mailing esmith@cityof kingston.ca.
A full list of city councillors and their contact information is available online at www.cityofkingston.caby clicking on the “council members” link on the left-hand side of the page under the “contact us”menu.


14872 Pierre Lemieux beats Boudria clan in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

Source The Ottawa Citizen

lemieux.jpgMany observers expected the election in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell to be a close contest between Conservative Pierre Lemieux and his Liberal rival, Dan Boudria.

But as results began rolling in yesterday night after the polls closed, Mr. Lemieux took an early lead, dashing the hopes for a comeback by the Liberals and a return of the Boudria clan.
The riding received considerable attention during the campaign because of the perceived closeness of the race. Conservative leader Stephen Harper and Liberal leader Stéphane Dion both campaigned in the riding, believing it a crucial test for their parties.

Many observers expected the election in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell to be a close contest between Conservative Pierre Lemieux, left, and his Liberal rival, Dan Boudria, but on Tuesday night, it was the latter, right, conceding defeat.
David Gonczol, The Ottawa Citizen

During the campaign, Mr. Boudria, the son of longtime Liberal cabinet minister Don Boudria, sought to capitalize on his political lineage in the riding, which was held by his father for two decades. His campaign slogan read: “In Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, leadership has a name.”
Boudria, the younger, even appropriated the famous good luck charm of Boudria, the elder: A pair of red running shoes that helped get the father elected six times to the Commons.
A public servant and French Catholic school board trustee, Dan Boudria framed the election as one in which voters had to decide on the strongest voice for their community. But just moments after the poll closed, the news was bad for Mr. Boudria and his supporters at the Flagstone Restaurant in Rockland. Mr. Boudria’s supporters cheered when other Liberals were elected in neighbouring ridings. But otherwise, the mood was sombre. Neither the Boudria name nor the red running shoes worked their magic Tuesday night.
Dan Boudria faced a popular incumbent in Mr. Lemieux. At Mr. Lemieux’s headquarters in the ballroom at the River Rock Inn in Rockland, supporters cheered as the numbers showed that the support for the Conservative incumbent stood at 50 per cent. But Mr. Lemeiux was hesitate about declaring victory and declined immediate comment despite the favourable results in the early poll results.
Mr. Lemieux’s wife, Audrey, told reporters that in the last election, shortly after midnight, a local television station declared the Liberal candiate, Réné Berthiaume the winner. It wasn’t until an hour later that it was confirmed Mr. Lemieux and not the Liberal was the winner. Mr. Lemieux did not want to make the mistake this time that his rival did in 2006.
However, Mr. Boudria travelled to Mr. Lemieux’s headquarters at about 11 p.m. to concede defeat.
“It takes a real gentleman to come here to concede,” Mr. Lemieux told Mr. Boudria. “We both ran excellent campaigns.”
Mr. Lemieux then went inside to deliver a speech to his cheering supporters.
“The Liberals in Glengarry-Prescott-Russell have been defeated again,” Mr. Lemieux said to the applause of his supporters as he stood on the stage with his wife Audrey and their four daughters, Rebecca, Danielle, Julia and Elizabeth. “Not once but twice in a row.” He pledged he will represent everyone in the riding regardless of political stripe. And he says when he returns to the House of Commons he will work for the constituents. “You can count on me to listen and to act. I will stand up for Canada and I will stand up for you.”
A disappointed Dan Boudria, flanked by his father, Don, entered the Flagstone restaurant in Rockland yesterday to the cheers of faithful supporters.
Mr. Boudria said he ran a good campaign but it wan’t enough to defeat the Conservative candidate. “I am very proud to have participated in the democratic process in the best country in the world,” Mr. Boudria said as he ended his first federal campaign. “We did all we could,” Mr. Boudria said in a later interview. “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done, and proud of the work my team has done. We’ve had a positive message and we had built a grassroots team, but it wasn’t meant to be tonight.”
Mr. Boudria said it was too early to decide whether he will run again.
Mr. Lemieux, in his first term as MP, earned a reputation as a rising star in the Conservative party. He served as chairman of a special committee on the Canadian mission in Afghanistan, parliamentary secretary for official languages and deputy whip for the Conservative government.
Until Mr. Lemieux arrived on the scene, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell had been a safe Liberal seat for more than four decades. But Mr. Lemieux, 45, a mechanical engineer and former lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Forces, capitalized on anger over the sponsorship scandal to earn a narrow victory in the 2006 election.
In this campaign, Mr. Lemieux highlighted his accomplishments on Parliament Hill and the federal money he had attracted to the riding.
He boasted of securing $50 million in federal infrastructure grants, including $40 million to widen Highway 174, the congested route between Rockland and Ottawa that has long frustrated commuters.
The attention paid to the frontrunners made it difficult for NDP candidate Jean-Sébastien Caron, 27, a high school teacher, and the Green party’s Sylvie Lemieux, 47, a management consultant, to gain traction with voters.
Ms. Lemieux, however, did give the riding a curious distinction.
Her inclusion in the race meant the ballot held two people named Lemieux (they’re not related) and two candidates who had attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel in the Canadian Forces. Both Lemieux candidates had 20-year careers in the Canadian Forces as engineers.
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell, a riding that stretches from the Ottawa River in the north to the St. Lawrence River in the south, is home to more than 104,000 people. The riding extends from the eastern edge of the City of Ottawa to the Quebec border, and includes more than 1,100 farms.
Thousands of people in the western half, particularly those in fast-growing towns such as Rockland, commute to jobs in Ottawa. Towns on the eastern side of the riding, such as Hawkesbury and Alexandria, are home to a large number of seniors.
The majority of the riding is francophone – 60 per cent – but an even larger proportion of residents speak both official languages.


Carleton University has launched a search for a new chancellor.

8276 Marc Garneau

garneau.jpgFormer astronaut Marc Garneau has been chancellor since November 2003. He ran as a Liberal in the Montreal riding of Westmount-Ville Marie, beating NDP star candidate Anne Lagacé Dowson, a CBC broadcaster. The riding was held by Liberal Lucienne Robillard, who quit in January.

Mr. Garneau, who campaigned, but lost a bid in the 2006 federal election, was Carleton’s ninth chancellor. Since his arrival, the campus has acquired seven new buildings and university graduation rates have risen by more than 10 per cent.

The university owes Mr. Garneau a “tremendous debt of gratitude,” Jacques Shore, the chairman of the board of governors, said in a statement.

“While we are sorry to say goodbye, we certainly understand and respect his reasons for stepping down and congratulate him most warmly on his election.”

The search for a new chancellor will be led by a committee made up of members of the board of governors and the university senate.


Two Ex cadets go down to defeat in federal election

5030 Denis D. L’homme (CMR RMC ’61), the NDP candidate for Lévis-Bellechasse, was defeated by the Conservative candidate Steven Blaney.

16470 Richard Neumann (RMC ’88), the Conservative Party candidate in the Thunder Bay-Rainy River Ontario area, was defeated by the NDP candidate, John Rafferty.



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