Sustainable North Grenville. 2 were here. Officials have not released the victims’ names, but Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kemptville has identified them as John and Carol Rouillard and Bob and Gina Juneau. We apologize, but this video has failed to load. He was an avid Yankees fan and liked to watch Sunday afternoon football.”. Making the Most of Every Mind Cameron is particularly remembered for his pivotal role in saving what is now the Ferguson Forest Centre, which was geographically located in Oxford-on-Rideau at the time, and preserving it for the municipality’s future. Cameron died peacefully at his home in Kemptville, aged 80, on Sunday. “My favourite memory of his devotion to his community was when we journeyed to Toronto in 1996 to rescue the G. Howard Ferguson Forest Station from the Minister of Natural Resources’ intent to divest the province of this priceless asset,” said former mayor of Prescott Sandra Lawn. 603 likes. North Grenville Needs a Splash Pad. Cameron is survived by his wife Catherine McCann and his children Kevin, Janice, Allan and stepchildren Jeff and Mike Parsons, as well as his brother Neil, and his sister Heather Carver. North Grenville Arts Guild, Kemptville, Ontario. 1.2K likes. On Dec. 28 in Halton Hills, Ont., a couple had just woken up when their free caught fire. All homes should also have working smoke alarms and a fire escape plan, she said. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. North Grenville Public Library, Kemptville, ON. 603 likes. In a Facebook post, the church said they were longtime friends and members of the Holy Cross parish and the North Grenville community. A deeply committed family man, his children remember how he enjoyed hosting family barbecues and telling a good joke over the dinner table. The home had a smoke alarm, but investigators were unable to determine if it was operational due to the extensive damage. “Don’t leave it in the garage or anything; get it away from your house.”. “We would urge people to get the live tree out of their house and get it on the curb,” Denette said. “This demonstrates just how dangerous a dry Christmas tree is,” Denette said, adding that one of the investigators likened it to pouring five litres of gasoline in your house. Holy Cross Church, Kemptville shared a link to the group: North Grenville Community Response (NGCR). 193 likes. Harrison said he always felt that Cameron was the “person for that job” because he already knew all the previous reeves and mayors of the communities that had amalgamated and understood the challenges. Located on Highway 416 just 30 minutes from Ottawa, North Grenville is a rural retreat with urban amenities. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil forum for discussion and encourage all readers to share their views on our articles. 694 likes. We invite the community to join us for a Mass of Remembrance for Bob & Gina Juneau and John & Carol Rouillard. Flags at the North Grenville Municipal Centre have been lowered to half-mast to honour the passing of Don Cameron, the first mayor of the amalgamated municipality of North Grenville. 584 likes. 365 Bloor Street East, Toronto, Ontario, M4W 3L4. Cameron died peacefully at his home in Kemptville, aged 80, … Comments may take up to an hour for moderation before appearing on the site. 661 likes. However, most cases fires involving Christmas trees are caused by electrical wiring failures with the Christmas lights. “We join in mourning the loss of this leader who demonstrated tremendous dedication and commitment, and who helped to shape what our community is today.”. The deadly fire was the second in Ontario this holiday season to be caused by a Christmas tree catching fire. North Grenville Toastmasters, Kemptville, Ontario. “It was Oxford- on-Rideau led by Don Cameron that bought Ferguson Forest for half a million dollars, just before amalgamation,” said Harrison. North Grenville Community Foundation, Kemptville, Ontario. In his retirement, Cameron was a familiar figure at the Kemptville Restaurant where he met with a group of individuals on a regular basis. This website uses cookies to personalize your content (including ads), and allows us to analyze our traffic. 87 George Street “As part of our gentlemen’s coffee group a.k.a. The fire at a log home on Stone Road in North Grenville broke out on Sunday, Jan. 10 before 6 p.m. and quickly destroyed the home. “Our first municipal meeting was at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6 1998, and during that meeting the lights went out, so we were in disaster mode from the get go; it was quite the kickoff for the newly formed municipality,” said Bruce Harrison, who was a councillor at the time and would go on to succeed Cameron as mayor. 116 likes. To add another level of challenge, his first term as mayor started during the disastrous ice storm of 1998. Investigators were unable to determine what ignited the tree because the home was so badly damaged, she said. He was rescued from a second-floor balcony by firefighters, but his wife was unable to escape and died. A dry Christmas tree that caught fire was responsible for a deadly blaze south of Ottawa that left four people dead earlier this month, investigators have found. Ottawa serial killer Camille Cleroux, who killed two ex-wives and a neighbour over a 20-year period, has died in a British Columbia prison. Sustainable North Grenville. Our mission is to encourage and support artists within North Grenville. Dr. Vera Etches says Ottawa Public Health is ready to support the reopening of schools in Ottawa on Monday, Jan. 25, if approved by the Ontario government. We promote fellowship, mentorship and collaboration among our members. ON Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. “The homeowners had two friends over for dinner when the Christmas tree caught fire and the flames rapidly spread through the home,” said Kristy Denette, spokesperson for the Office of the Fire Marshal. Neighbours told CTV News Ottawa at the scene that the homeowners were kind and caring people who had built the three-storey log home in the 1980s and had lived there ever since. 685 likes. Neighbours told CTV News Ottawa at the scene that the homeowners were kind and caring people who had built the three-storey log home in the 1980s and had lived there ever since. In a Facebook post, the church said they were longtime friends and members of the Holy Cross parish and the North Grenville community. “Don was always enthusiastic about representing his community at the county level and when he served as warden,” said Merrickville-Wolford Mayor Doug Struthers. Flags at the North Grenville Municipal Centre have been lowered to half-mast to honour the passing of Don Cameron, the first mayor of the amalgamated municipality of North Grenville. By continuing to use our site, you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. The man tried to use a fire extinguisher to douse the flames, but they spread too fast. Don Cameron, first mayor of North Grenville, dies at 80, Don Cameron during his days in local politics. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. “There is no doubt Mr. Cameron’s legacy looms large,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. K1N 9H7, TOLL-FREE Studio Line “We travelled back to Leeds-Grenville in Don’s Cadillac if I remember correctly – and we succeeded in the rescue.”. news@cfra.com, 299 Queen Street West Suspect steals Bobcat at Ottawa construction site, tries to break into several sheds, says Ottawa police, 'Encouraging indicators' on COVID-19 in Ottawa: Etches, The barriers facing rural health-care workers looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, RCMP still searching for Manitoba woman missing more than a year, Calgary transit worker who died from COVID-19 complications remembered for his smile. (The Kemptville Mafia), Don loved to talk sports, politics, local goings on and business. Manitoba RCMP are still searching for Samantha Mary Hiebert, who has been missing for more than a year. A Calgary transit work who passed away from complications arising from COVID-19 is being remembered for his big smile and personable nature. ON North Grenville, one of eastern Ontario's fastest growing communities, offers great promise for economic development. © 2021 Brockville Recorder & Times, a division of Postmedia Network Inc. All rights reserved. North Grenville Community Foundation, Kemptville, Ontario. Sustainable North Grenville was created to help raise awareness about sustainability issues in North Grenville. The Ottawa Police Break and Enter Unit continues to investigate several break and enters in the 200 block of Queen Mary Street and surrounding area. M5V 2Z5. Investigators have found the fire started when a dry Christmas tree ignited, fully engulfing the building in flames. 613-521-1000, Reception (9am-6pm) 1 talking about this. “These string lights, they’re very thin wires, so it’s really important that people check their Christmas tree lights for any damage or recalls,” Denette said. Toronto North Grenville Community Foundation, Kemptville, Ontario. We ask you to keep your comments relevant and respectful. Sustainable North Grenville was created to help raise awareness about sustainability issues in North Grenville. “On behalf of all residents and business leaders in North Grenville, my council colleagues and I would like to extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. Cameron’s family and colleagues,” said Peckford. He attempted a provincial rematch in 2002, but lost the nomination to Stephen Mazurek. 1-800-580-CFRA (2372), Confidential News Tip Line (613) 789-2486, Sandra Bonnell - General Sales Manager “This happened so quickly that all four people in the home were unable to escape.”. (613) 562-6671, Contact our Newsroom Cameron also tried his hand at provincial politics, winning the Liberal nomination for the local riding in 1999 and coming within 6,000 votes of longtime PC MPP Bob Runciman. (FILE PHOTO). Cameron served as Reeve of Oxford-on-Rideau, and then as the first mayor of North Grenville in 1998, he had his work cut out for him ensuring a smooth transition post amalgamation. OUR GOAL is to raise community funds and support to build a Splash Pad in Kemptville, Ontario in partnership with the Municipality of North Grenville. This advertisement has not loaded yet, but your article continues below. Ottawa He was a good man and will be truly missed,” wrote Runciman on the memory wall. Mass of Remembrance - January 16, 2021 - Holy Cross Church. “We had a leg up with him in the lead. The homeowners had planned to dispose of their tree that day. It was the platform we worked on that set the foundations of the municipality today,” said Harrison. “Sincere condolences on Don’s passing. The church held an online memorial service for the two couples on Saturday. Read more about cookies here. In an online obituary, his children describe him as “a competitive curler (who also) enjoyed a good game of pool. Cameron also served as a Warden of the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville and is remembered by many of the people who had dealings with him, including Runciman, who would go on to be a senator. With Manitoba's only vaccine supersites set up in its two largest cities, rural health-care staff must use sick days or vacation time if they want to get the vaccine during work hours. 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