Dec 02, 2005 — Cornwall, Ontario Mayor Phil Poirier describes the news that the city's major manufacturer, Domtar, will close its local paper mill "absolutely devastating." Domtar senior vice president Roger Brear told workers of the closure Wednesday. He blamed a drop in demand for Domtar's products and energy costs. All 520 jobs will be gone. Domtar cut 390 jobs at the Cornwall plant a year ago. So the total is now about 900 jobs lost. The city will have to absorb the loss of an annual payroll of $50 million dollars and about $1.5 million in property tax revenue. Jack Romanelli is editor of the Standard-Freeholder newspaper in Cornwall. He told Martha Foley Cornwall was built on industries that settled along the St. Lawrence River there, and Domtar's closure is the end of an era. Go to full article
Oct 01, 2004 — A new book by a St. Lawrence University graduate and Watertown native examines the history of two towns on the St. Lawrence River - Massena and Cornwall, Ontario. It's described as "a comprehensive study of two towns on either side of the U.S.-Canadian border." From Great Wilderness to Seaway Towns chronicles Cornwall and Massena from the end of the Revolutionary War to the present. It describes the struggles of early settlers, analyzes the development of industrialization and construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway. And Claire Puccia Parham explores the parallel histories and how the residents of both areas created similar social, political, and economic communities. She told Todd Moe that her book starts with an account of the early years when the two communities were agricultural centers. Claire Puccia Parham is looking for stories from those who helped build the St. Lawrence Seaway. You can contact her at (518) 337-2348, ext 1004. Go to full article
May 19, 2004 — Plans are moving forward to replace the bridge that soars across the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall Island and Cornwall, Ontario, near Massena. The high, arching span was built to allow freighters to pass underneath, but the big ships don't use the Canadian channel anymore. The old bridge is expensive to maintain, and Canadian officials announced last fall that a more modest span would make better sense. The bridge links Akwesasne Mohawk territory with the Canadian mainland. It plays a significant symbolic and historic role in Mohawk culture. Commentator Doug George says Mohawks should design the new bridge. Go to full article
Oct 07, 2003 — Canadian officials plan to build a new bridge that spans part of the St. Lawrence River near Massena. A smaller bridge would save money at a time when border crossings are down. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Apr 15, 2003 — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has uncovered a cigarette tax fraud scheme that defrauded the tribe of 3 million dollars. As David Sommerstein reports, two local print shops have been producing counterfeit tobacco tax stamps for a year. Go to full article
Sep 12, 2002 — An agreement approved by St. Lawrence County lawmakers will allow for better cooperation with Canadian officials during severe emergencies. Officials from the village of Massena and the City of Cornwall are finalizing details of a cross-border mutual aid contract. Jody Tosti reports. Go to full article
Apr 16, 2001 — Political and social activists from across North America are preparing for the unknown as they ready for protests this week at the Summit of the Americas in Quebec City. Groups from St. Lawrence County hope to practice non-violent protest against the FTAA, or Free Trade Area of the Americas, but they're not sure if they'll even make it into Canada. So as a symbolic gesture, many groups plan to stage a demonstration at the Cornwall border crossing near Massena. Jodi Tosti reports. Go to full article
Apr 06, 2001 — Opponents of free trade talks in Quebec City this month will try to cross into Canada at Cornwall next week, escorted by Mohawks from Akwesasne. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article
Feb 01, 2001 — Educators are on high alert for signs of school violence in the post-Columbine era. Recently near Cornwall, Ontario, a high school student wrote a drama class essay called "Twisted". It's the story of a bullied teenager who plans to blow up his school for revenge. As a result of the story, the student was suspended from school and served over a month in jail. As David Sommerstein reports, the case has sparked a controversial and highly publicized debate in Canada. Go to full article
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