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19 votes later, Jason Baker wins Brockville mayoral race by narrow margin – Kingston

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The mayoral election in Brockville came down to the wire between Mark Oliver and Jason Baker.


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Oliver was joined by dozens of supporters and family at the Georgian Dragon Ale House & Pub on Monday Oct. 22, as they waited for the final tally of votes. As the clock ticked down to the announcement, Oliver and his family were huddled in the corner of the restaurant, trying their best to calm their nerves.

Then, at approximately 9:30 p.m., the news broke that former councilor Jason baker had won the Brockville mayoral election — by a margin of 19 votes.

WATCH: Brockville mayoral candidates look to tackle youth crime






Once Oliver received the results, he was consoled by family and friends but was quick to address his supporters and thank them for their aid in his campaign.

“This is not easy, and it’s disappointing for our team. I cannot thank everyone enough for their support and generosity throughout this process,” said Oliver.


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Baker, who has served over 20 years on city council, held an election party at Kelsey’s with supporters and family.

Once the election results were released, the restaurant filled with former and newly-elected city officials, including former Brockville mayor David Henderson.

“It is an honour to be the mayor of Brockville and certainly one that I am going to respect and value. There is a serious job ahead and we have to get started as soon a possible,” said Baker, after hearing he won the mayoral election.


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Baker told Global News it is crucial that any ego be removed from the mayor’s office, and that he will spread the responsibility to city officials rather than having one person make all of the decisions.

 “The biggest thing is to return the mayor’s job to what its supposed to be, and that’s a part-time role, where the experts run the city and the council runs the day to day vision,” said Baker.


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Henderson said he was not surprised that the election was close, but said he has never seen an election that come down to 19 votes. He continued by saying not only will there be a new mayor, but that there will be four new council members as well, and believes the balance of incumbents and newly elected members will benefit the community.

Henderson will continue to serve as mayor for another six weeks before Baker takes his seat.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

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The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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