A rally on Parliament Hill was set for this morning at 11 o’clock and hundreds of Ottawa Valley residents showed their support last night as the “United We Roll Truck Convoy” made its way across the region. Local supporters were at the Irving Truck Stop in Pembroke last night and many more chose to watch the convoy from alongside Highway 17 and from overpasses from Pembroke to Arnprior where they group arrived around 9 o’clock last night. The parking lot at the Antrim Truck Stop was packed long before the truckers rolled into town where they spent the night before heading to Ottawa this morning. The convoy rolled out of Red Deer, Alberta on Valentine’s Day and picked up steam as it crossed the country with more than 150 tractor trailer and truck drivers showing support for pipelines and opposition to federal bills including the scrapping of the Carbon Tax. The OPP was out in full force last night to ensure safe traffic flow and advises there could be slowdowns on Highway 17 again today.
Mississippi Mills Town Councillors will decide tonight on how the position of Deputy Mayor will be filled following the recent death of John Levi. A decision will be made on how they’ll proceed which will be one of two options. Either someone will be appointed by Council or a by-election will be called. If an appointment is to be made the vacancy will be filled by the end of March and if Council decides to call a by-election, it will cost in the neighbourhood of $30,000 with the spot being filled my early May. Council will discuss the options and choose a process at tonight’s Council meeting which begins at 6 o’clock at the council chambers in Almonte. The public is invited to attend. Long-time Councillor Denzil Ferguson has been appointed by his fellow councillors to serve as interim Deputy Mayor and represent the Town at the County Council level until a replacement is found.
Ottawa Police are advising local residents to be aware of a paving scam that hit the area last year and could re-surface again this year. Police say complaints have been received from people who have “hired” paving contractors who come to the door with promises of an inexpensive paving job for their lane. No paperwork is exchanged and a verbal price is agreed upon. But when the work is complete, they charge a much higher amount and pressure the purchaser to pay. Police want to remind the public that any contractor work should come with a signed hard copy contract and that if any deal appears too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t become a victim.
If you are a blood donor and want to give the Gift of Life you can do so today at a blood donor clinic in Pembroke. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation you can do so at the Germania Club from 1 to 4 p.m. and again from 5:30 to 7:30. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is a critical need for donations. Drop-ins are accepted at the Pembroke clinic … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL yesterday the Carleton Place Canadians beat the Ottawa Junior Senators 4-3 in a Family Day battle of the two of the league’s top teams. Brett Thorne’s third-period power-play goal was the difference coming two minutes after the Canadians’ Cameron Patton scored with the man advantage to tie the game at three. Jackson Sterrett and Cade Townend also scored for Carleton Place while Connor Murphy stopped 10 shots and earned the win.
The national Jr A rankings are in for this week and two CCHL teams are holding steady in national top-20. The Carleton Place Canadians picked up three wins last week but somehow they slipped one spot in the standings and now sit at #14. Another CCHL team the Brockville Braves have moved up one spot checking in at #13. Carleton Place and Brockville continue to lead the CCHL with 81 points each.