Officials from Lanark County report that they were told on February 23rd that there was an active link on the County website which included personal emails from Lanark County residents. An investigation confirmed 24 emails were mistakenly made available for public viewing for a period of approximately 72 hours. Upon notification, the link was deactivated and staff is taking corrective actions to ensure this does not occur in the future. Under the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act … one of the ways a privacy breach can occur is when personal information is shared or released to another party that had no reason to receive the information or without consent. Warden John Fenik said in a statement the County apologized for the breach adding that council and staff must do everything they can to protect the privacy of the residents.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Crime Stoppers are looking for the public’s help in solving a break, enter and theft in Pembroke. Sometime between February 1st and 3rd someone broke into a Dunlop Street residence and stole a number of items including a 50-inch Samsung Smart LED TV a number of video game consoles and games four FOX-brand snowmobile helmets, a snowmobile suit and three Ottawa Senators jerseys, and one Philadelphia Flyer sweater. Anyone with information is asked to call police … or Crime Stoppers.
Canadian Blood Services says there is a critical need for donations and every 60 seconds, someone in Canada needs blood. So if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life … there are four opportunities around the Ottawa Valley in the next few weeks. The first blood donor clinic is March 8th at the Carleton Place Civitan Club from 2 to 8 p.m. Then on March 13th … at Garrison Petawawa from 1 to 4 p.m., and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Then on March 14th there is a clinic at the St. John Chrysostom (krizz-awe-stum) in Arnprior, where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock and from 5 to 7:30. And on March 27th there is a clinic at the Renfrew Legion from 1 to 7 p.m. Drop-ins are always accepted but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
If you want to learn more about protecting yourself from scams and frauds … the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre will have a free lunch and presentation in Pembroke this Friday afternoon March 2nd. The Seniors’ Drop-In Centre at 42 Renfrew Street will be open at 11:30 with lunch to follow and the presentation at 12:45. Everyone is welcome but if you’re interested in going, you should book your spot by calling 613-735-1226.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL-2 … the playoffs open up tonight for the Renfrew Timberwolves as they face the Athens Aeros in Game 1 of the best-of-three Richardson Division wildcard series. Tonight’s game is set for Athens at 7:30 with Game 2 back in Renfrew at Ma-te-Way on Wednesday night at 8 o’clock. If needed, Game 3 is in Athens on Saturday night. The winner of this series will face the Carleton Place Junior Canadians in the next round.
The weekly Canadian Junior Hockey League national Jr A rankings are in for this week and the Carleton Place Canadians are holding on to the #1 spot. After two more wins this past weekend … the Canadians have now reeled off 14 straight victories and they remain in top spot for the seventh straight week and for the 11th time this season. And the only other CCHL team in the national top-20. the Ottawa Jr Senators are up one spot this week and check in at #5 in the country. Both teams have been the class of the CCHL this season as Carleton Place currently sits in first place with 51 wins and 106 points and Ottawa has 95. The next closest team is Brockville who are 25 points behind the Jr Senators in the standings.