The Ottawa Valley is under a Freezing Rain warning this afternoon as Environment Canada says people should expect the region to be covered under freezing drizzle throughout the afternoon … until it switches to rain this evening. Highways, roads, parking lots, driveways and sidewalks are expected to become icy and slippery, so officials ask that people slow down while driving and be extra careful when walking on icy surfaces. The warning is expected to be lifted tonight as the mercury climbs above zero heading to plus-5. Looking ahead for the next two weeks the daytime highs are expected to be above zero right throughout until the middle of March.
The Conservative Party faithful in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke will pick their candidate for the next federal election this weekend as members will be voting for their candidate for this fall’s federal election. For the first time in almost 20 years, the nomination will be contested as sitting MP Cheryl Gallant is being challenged by candidate Michael Coates. The three meetings are in two days with the first being Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. at the Wing in Renfrew. Later tomorrow afternoon, there will be a meeting at the Opeongo Seniors Centre in Barry’s Bay and that one gets underway at 3:30. Then on Sunday, the final meeting is at the Legion in Pembroke. That one starts at 12 noon. Anyone with a Conservative Party membership in the riding is eligible to vote.
The surgical team at Pembroke Regional Hospital is welcoming Dr. George Mathew, the region’s newest orthopaedic surgeon. He began seeing patients in early January and joins Dr. Christopher de Jesus and Dr. Natasha Holder as the department’s third orthopaedic surgeon following the departure of Dr. Ingrid Radovanovic . The new doctor was educated in India then spent six years working in England before coming to Canada to finish his residency in Hamilton, Toronto and Montreal. He began a placement in Pembroke this past October and said of all the places he’s worked, he enjoyed his time in the Valley the most. In the coming months … Mathew is looking forward to having his wife … son … and daughter … move to the area from Hamilton.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the CCHL this weekend the Pembroke Lumber Kings have a pair of home games as they host Kanata tonight at 7:30 and are back at the PMC on Sunday afternoon as Brockville comes to town. The puck drop in that one is 3 o’clock. Pembroke is chasing both teams in the standings and are looking for some big wins to grab hold of a top-8 spot and a playoff position.
The league-leading Carleton Place Canadians also play two this weekend with Kemptville in town tonight at 7:45 and the Ottawa Jr Senators in town on Sunday afternoon at 3. That game is a battle of the league’s top two teams and two of the top-ranked Jr A teams in the country.
This weekend marks the final regular season games on the CCHL-2 schedule. Tonight, two old rivals meet and even though neither will make the playoffs bragging rights are on the line in Renfrew as the Arnprior Packers come to town to take on the Timberwolves. This one goes at 8 o’clock. Also tonight, the Whitewater Kings wrap up their first season in the league as they’re on the road in Alexandria. On Saturday, Renfrew hosts Casselman at 3 o’clock and Perth is in Arnprior at 7:30. And the season wraps up Sunday in Arnprior with the Packers hosting Alexandria at 7:30.