BNW Newsbrief – March 14, 2023

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Here are your latest Brockville and area headlines:

  • A year end report on the ambulance service in Leeds-Grenville shows the time to respond to critical calls is getting longer. It shows the average response time for a life-threatening call was 9 minutes and 41 seconds. The average in 2021 was 8 minutes and 34 seconds. Chief Jeffrey Carss says there are many factors for the increase, including the volume or calls rising and “dramatic increases” in the time to unload patients at the hospital.
  • A woman who locked herself in a public bathroom in Brockville Sunday night is facing a trespassing charge. Police say the 39-year-old had previously been ordered to stay out of Rotary Park.
  • A crash on Highway 401 Sunday night has led to charges for a driver from Quebec. Grenville County OPP say there were no injuries in the collision in Augusta Township but their investigation led to drunk driving charges for a 39-year-old man from the Laval area.
  • The council for Rideau Lakes Township has passed its 2023 budget. Homeowners will see a tax increase of 3.76 per cent.