BNW Newsbrief – March 15, 2023

In this provided photo, a Thousand Islands Secondary School student in Brockville, Ont. participates in a fire safety demonstration. It was part of a week-long Specialist High Skills Major course set event that started Monday, Feb. 27, 2023. (UCDSB via Newswatch Group)

Here are your latest Brockville and area headlines:

  • The trial for a North York man accused of trying to defraud a person from Edwardsburgh-Cardinal is off until late October. The first day of the trial started on Wednesday last week but the case won’t be heard again until next month when the court will hear whether Nosa Oriakhi has retained a lawyer, according to court records. Oriakhi is charged with fraud over $5,000, accused of online dating fraud in 2019.
  • Students at a Brockville high school have learned more about a special set of courses aimed at a future career. Around 170 Thousand Islands Secondary School students participated in the Specialist High Skills Major career sessions two weeks ago. TISS has high skills majors in arts and culture, health and wellness, hospitality and tourism and manufacturing. It’s a set of specially tailored courses that go toward their high school diploma.
  • A nighttime driver without his running lights on tipped off Gananoque police that something was up. They stopped the 43-year-old man from Lansdowne on King Street East on Saturday night (March 4). He’s facing drunk driving related charges, his driver’s licence was suspended for three months and his vehicle impounded for a week.
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway will open for its 65th season next week. Dignitaries will gather in Saint Lambert, Que. on March 22 to see the first vessel go through the lock system.
  • Parents worried about whether their children are properly strapped into a car seat can have it checked out for free this weekend. St. John Ambulance will hold two car seat workshops Sunday (March 19) at 2 p.m. for rear facing seats and 3 p.m. for forward facing seats. It’s been held at St. John House at 23 Abbot Street in Brockville. Donations are welcomed. Nearly 80 per cent of car seats are improperly installed, according to Transport Canada.