Just when you think spring may have arrived … Mother Nature throws us a curveball. Environment Canada has issued a Special Weather Statement for the Renfrew-Arnprior and Calabogie areas … as 5 to 10 centimetres of snow is expected to fall beginning later this afternoon and that will switch over to freezing rain overnight and into Wednesday morning. And we may get a bit more snow on Wednesday as the temperatures begin to nosedive as it’s expected to hit minus-15 by overnight tomorrow. There’s also a chance of flurries Thursday and Friday. Officials are asking anyone on the roads tonight to be careful as driving conditions are expected to get worse as the night wears on.
If you’ve filled up your vehicle in the past few days you’ve noticed that gas prices have taken a jump. And they’re expected to take another jump soon according to CBC. This week, a litre of gas will go up again another 3 to 4 cents, taking the price above $1.30 a litre. Analysts say fuel companies are preparing for the switchover from winter to summer blends of gas and that’ll mean another price hike. AND if that wasn’t enough bad news, those same analysts are predicting a steady increase in the next few months which may see record highs for fuel prices this summer … perhaps as high as $1.40 a litre or more. Last year at this time gas prices were about 23 cents per litre cheaper.
The OPP are warning people that an old scam has resurfaced. An area resident was recently defrauded for a substantial amount of money after someone claimed to be their son. They scammers called posed as the son and then had a second person call claiming to be a lawyer saying the son was in a crash and charged with impaired driving. Eventually the victims paid $6,000 through iTunes gift cards. The OPP remind residents that if you get a call or email from someone claiming to know you and asking for help check to confirm that it’s legitimate before you send any money. Impostor scams are cleverly designed to play on your fears and it’s hard to avoid falling for them. Police say don’t send money unless you’re sure it’s the real person you know.
The Carleton Place & District Memorial Hospital’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee is looking for new community members to get involved. The committee wants to hear from patients … or members of the families of patients … so that input can be used in planning … delivering … and evaluating health services at the hospital. Advisors are asked to share their ideas or experiences and that information may be used to implement change. In the past feedback has led to new signage and the changing of visiting hours. They are currently looking at a possible pet visitation policy. The committee has also been part of the planning of the new Emergency Department. If you’re looking to provide any insight you’re asked to visit the hospital’s website at www.cpdmh.ca for more information.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL … the Carleton Place Canadians are back on the ice tonight for Game 3 of the semi-final series with the Hawkesbury Hawks. The Canadians lead the best-of-seven series two games to none after posting wins of 4-2 and 3-2. Tonight’s game is back in Carleton Place with puck drop at 7:15. Game 4 will be in Hawkesbury Wednesday night.
AND … the CCHL-2 finals are ready to roll later this week as the Carleton Place Junior Canadians will meet the Casselman Vikings for the Barkley Cup. Carleton Place completed a semi-final comeback on the weekend reeling off two straight wins and two elimination games against the Ottawa Canadians to clinch that series in seven games. Casselman moved on to the finals after beating Perth 3-2 in Game 7 on the weekend. The series is expected to open on Thursday night.