BNW Newsbrief – March 23, 2023

An Algoma Central Corporation ship, loaded with iron ore, heads through a lock near Montreal on Wednesday, March 22, 2023 to start the 65th shipping season on the St. Lawrence Seaway. (St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation via Newswatch Group)

Here are your latest Brockville and area headlines:

  • The Eastern Ontario Wardens’ Caucus, which includes Leeds-Grenville’s Nancy Peckford, will make “affordable and attainable housing” its main priority this year. The EOWC says its “7 in 7” housing plan aims to build 7,000 rental units over seven years to address the wait list for housing, currently at 12,000-14,000 units across Eastern Ontario. Long term care and EMS are the number two and number three priorities.
  • The St. Lawrence Seaway has opened for its 65th season. Seaway CEO Terence Bowles and other Canadian and American officials were in St. Lambert, Que. as the first ship, the Captain Henry Jack, loaded with iron ore made her way through the lock system en route to Hamilton.
  • A dozen Triple-A hockey teams will be in Cardinal starting Friday for the 49th edition of the Leo Boivin Showcase. The tournament runs three days with opening ceremonies Friday night at the Ingredion Center.
  • Who is the soldier? A couple of photograph restoration artists hope to put a name to the face of an unknown soldier. It’s believed the man is a U.S. Army member from the 1940s to the 1960s. The photograph was found at Barnfull O’Goodies while Bruce Davis and Janet Martel were photo hunting in Morrisburg. You can send any information to them by email at
This photo from the 1950s in its restored condition depicts a soldier believed to be from the U.S. Army. The picture restoration specialist, Janet Martel, is hoping to learn the soldier’s name and more about his story. (Janet Martel via Newswatch Group)