February 14, 2006

Residents hope hearing will foster healing

Ottawa Sun


CORNWALL -- In Cornwall's rough-and-tumble east end where the streets are lined with pawn shops and used furniture stores, it's hard to find anyone who hasn't heard about the town's infamous sex abuse scandal.

An inquiry into the alleged child abuse ring involving high-ranking officials began yesterday a few blocks away. It's supposed to finally clear the dark cloud that's hung over the industrial town of 45,000 for 40 years.

And for a city facing new challenges this spring when Domtar shuts its mill, residents are looking forward to putting at least one problem behind them.


"It's so ongoing you get fed up with reading about it," said 57-year-old Reina Labelle during a smoke break outside the Montreal Rd. sewing shop where she works.

"Hopefully they can deal with it and get rid of it ... so everybody can go on with their lives. It's been too long."

Posted by kshaw at February 14, 2006 07:09 AM