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Are you interested in your family history?

(Wednesday, June 27, 2012) The Clarence-Rockland Public Library has recently installed Ancestry Library Edition software on its computers. It is only accessible on the Library's computers. It is part of the larger Ancestry.com system that is available online and which is being heavily advertised on national television. The difference is that this library version is completely free. Here we see Nanci Bolduc, our local library reference and programming person, demonstrating the software to the Canaan Connexion.(Photo - Patrick Meikle)

Click here to view a "Basic Guide to Ancestry Library Edition". (This guide comes from an American library with a similar facility. The -Clarence-Rockland Public Library does not charge for the computer usage, however if a number of people are waiting to use the in-house computers, there may be a time limit for individual use.

Visit our Clarence-Rockland Public Library web page for more. Click here...

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Website and paper editions
The Vision Newspaper updates look
(Saturday, June 23, 2012) Regular readers of the Vision Newspaper may have noticed in the past few weeks a cosmetic change within the paper edition. Each news or feature item is titled within a solid bar across the top of the page, with the headline immediately below. The byline and photo of the reporter is sometimes added and more colour has been introduced throughout the paper.

Changes have been made to the website as well, and it seems that the online interactive version is back!
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Graduation..
Memories are made of this

(Friday, June 22, 2012) 'Tis the month of the high school graduation and one of our Blue Jay Ridge neighbours hosted their daughter's graduating class from Gisèle-Lalonde High School in Orlèans.


Our camera caught the early morning scene. The sign:
"Congratulations to the 2012 graduates!"

Click here for story and more photos showing action later in the day.

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Rockland's Michel Hudon
SQ confirm his body found near Plaisance, June 14
Two weeks ago the Canaan Connexion reported (below) that a body had been found in the Ottawa River near Plaisance, Quebec which is across from Treadwell. It has now been confirmed by the Sûreté du Québec that it was Rockland resident, Mike Hudon, who perished in February of this year. Read more...

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Rockcliffe Flying Club
Biplane flips on landing - two injured


(Rockliffe, Sunday, June 17, 2012) If you were driving along Highway 174, towards Ottawa, as we were on Sunday morning, you may have seen a vintage biplane flying along the Ottawa River. Turns out shortly after we observed the plane, it crash landed at the Rockliffe Flying Club airport.
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Boat collision near Rockland sends two to hospital
(Rockland, June 16, 2012) ĖThe Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) have charged Guy Provost, 49, of Alfred-Plantagenet with two counts of dangerous operation of a water vessel causing bodily harm.

Rockland OPP were called to a distress incident on Ottawa River on Saturday, June 16, around 10:00 p.m. to attended a boat collision just east of Rockland close to Dallaire Road.

Two people who were passengers on a fishing boat had minor injuries after the boat collided with an object near the shore. A 24-year-old man was taken to the Ottawa Hospitalís Civic campus and a 49-year-old woman was taken to the Montfort Hospital. They both were treated for non life threatening injuries. The operator was located a short time later.

Provost is to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in LíOrignal on July 18.

Plaisance, Quebec:
Papineauville SQ recover body from Ottawa River
One week ago (Thursday, June 14), the Quebec Provincial Police (SQ) pulled a body from the Ottawa River near Plaisance, which is located down river from Rockland, across from Treadwell.

A spokesperson for the Papineauville Sûreté du Québec (
website) confirmed to the Canaan Connexion that a body has indeed been recovered, however he was unable to give any further details except to say that the body has been sent to the forensic labatory in Montreal for an autopsy examination and identification.

As of Friday, this week, the investigation was ongoing and the Sûreté du Québec were not able to provide any additional information. We continue to follow this story.

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Rockland's skatepark now open


(Rockland, Thursday, June 14, 2012) By all accounts, the opening of the new Skatepark at Parc Simon was a roaring success and cause for celebration.
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Galapagos islands
Lonesome George, last giant tortoise of its kind, dies at 100
Lonesome George, the only remaining giant tortoise of the Pinta subspecies has died at age 100. He had become the symbol of the Galapagos islands.

"Lonesome George" was believed to be the last of the La Pinta subspecies and died of unknown causes on Sunday, the Galapagos National Park confirmed.

If there's a giant tortoise heaven, Lonesome George is lonesome no more.
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UCPR
Look who's on Facebook
Did you know that the United Counties of Prescott and Russell have a Facebook Page? It's been up for quite a while.

Check it out
here. Not bad, but it would be nice if some of the French was translated for our English readers.

Stroller recalls after finger amputations

A popular stroller is being recalled after reports of finger amputations.

So far, three children have lost their fingertips while using the stroller made by Kolcraft..

In the past six years, 36,000 defective strollers were sold in Canada and the US. A child or adult's finger can get caught in the opening that is formed when locking and unlocking the hinge mechanism, which is used to adjust the handlebars on the strollers.

If you have one, you should stop using it right away. Read more...
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Also of interest to parents...
Capital Parent Newspaper is Ottawa's key information source for parents of all ages. Rich in editorial content, advice columns and event listings, the newspaper covers a broad range of topics including: Education; Family Relationships; Computers and Kids; Health and Nutrition; Community Events; Hobbies; New Parent Information; The Teenage Years; Summer Camp Guide; Summer Fun . . . and more!

We have added a link to this publication on our family page. You can see it here.
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Rockland Mac's Milk store robbed

(Rockland, Thursday, June 7, 2012) ) The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Crime unit is investigating a robbery that took place at the Macís Milk store on Laurier street on Thursday, June 7.

Around 07:00 a.m., a lone male entered the store and demanded cigarettes while showing a knife to the employee. He then fled the store with cigarettes and other merchandise.

Investigators are looking for a white man in his late teens. He evidently used a vehicle however there was no description given.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Stephane Noel at 613-443-4499 or at 1-888-310-1122.

You can also contact Crime Stoppers. They do not subscribe to call display, they will not record the call and you will not have to testify in court. If your information leads to an arrest you may qualify for a $2000.00 reward. Crime Stoppers is also on Facebook and Twitter. If you have information call or text the following numbers:

  • 613-233-TIPS (8477)
  • 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)
  • TEXT to CRIMES (274637)

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Young Franco-Ontarians sought for video projects
(Wednesday, June 6, 2012) Young Franco-Ontarians aged 10 to 20 from the cities of Ottawa, Clarence-Rockland, Embrun, Hawkesbury, Alfred, Plantagenet, Kingston, Cornwall, Thunder Bay and New Liskeard are invited to attend the next National Film Board (NFB) video shoot... Future Web game.

A second video project to be produced by the NFB will be
Parlez-vous encore français? (Do you still speak French?). The organizers are looking for young Francophones who are willing to go on camera to for a short 10 to 15 second clip, talking about the place they come from.

The film crew will visit in each city throughout the month of June. Interested persons can contact the director Zefred at
zefred@popstar.com or visit http://parlezvousencorefrancais.ca/.

Click here to read the original French article.

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Ottawa River Festival startup


(Monday, June 4, 2012) Various representatives contributing to the Ottawa River Festival gathered at du Moulin Park, on the Ottawa River, to announce festival activities.

The City of Clarence-Rockland is organizing this year's Ottawa River Festival, to be held from July 6 to 8 at the du Moulin Park in Rockland as well as in several communities in the United Counties of Prescott and Russell, stretching from Rockland to Hawkesbury. For more information, click here.

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Ashlea Maddex
Local athlete shooting for this summer's olympics
(Monday, June 4, 2012) St. Pascal-Baylon's own Ashlea Maddex is working hard to make the National Team for the Olympic Games in London, England being held this summer. Her mother, Teresa Robertson made a pitch on Monday evening to the City Council for financial assistance to her daughter.

Councillor Bernard Payer, pulled a $100 dollar bill from his pocket, waved it in the air, and challenged the rest of the council and the puplic to match his donation. The mayor, Marcel Guibord, suggested that the council would consider a donation, to be determined later.

Ashlea graduated from Rockland District High School in 2010, after attending Rockland Public School. She went on to attend Ottawa University in 2011 and is am now, currently residing in North York, Ontario where she is attending York University part-time, while training full-time with the Elite Edge Group.

Read her profile and learn how YOU can help Ashlea achieve her goal with a financial donation.

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Highway 174
Head-on collision closes busy highway
(Saturday, June 2, 2012) Another serious accident on Saturday morning closed Highway 174 between Trim Road and Cameron Street, tying up traffic for most of the day. Two people were taken to hospital with serious injuries. The investigation continues.

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