The Ontario Government has announced funding for 128 hospitals across the province including 5 in Renfrew County. The cash is earmarked for upgrades, repairs and maintenance of the facilities and is through the Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund. Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke MPP John Yakabuski says health and safety of patients is a priority and the funding is so patients and families have access to reliable, quality care they expect and deserve. The five local hospitals and the amount they will receive are as follows Pembroke Regional Hospital will get just over $2.4-million; Renfrew Victoria Hospital can expect $1.13-million; Deep River and District Hospital will receive $544,000; St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay is getting $525,000; and Arnprior Regional Health will be receiving $344,000.
A Collingwood man was arrested and charged after Upper Ottawa Valley OPP spotted a vehicle on January 19th in Pembroke that had been reported stolen from Collingwood, Ontario. Police stopped the stolen SUV on MacKay Street and found the driver to be intoxicated. As a result 42-year-old Jason Daniel Sheilds of Collingwood, was arrested and charged with several impaired driving offences along with theft of a motor vehicle and Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000. He was also charged with driving a vehicle while suspended under the highway traffic act.
The Youth Council of the MRC Pontiac was held on January 21st the first in the history of Quebec’s MRCs. The Youth Council – made up of 18 students between the ages of 14 and 18, and represents 18 municipalities of the MRC. Warden Jane Toller presented the representatives to a room filled with theirs parents and local mayors, municipal representatives and media along with MNA for Pontiac André Fortin and MRC Director General Bernard Roy. The Youth Council representatives received the MRC’s official logo pin from their respective mayor or municipal representative. Youth Council Meetings will be held on the third Monday of every month at the MRC Pontiac building.
AND … If you live in the Renfrew area … and are a blood donor … there is a clinic set for today at the Bonnechere Manor. If you want to roll up your sleeve … you can do so from 2 until 7 p.m. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations … and 72 blood donations are needed at the clinic. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
Almonte’s Joe Carroll was on the winning squad last night … in the CHL/NHL Top Prospects game in Red Deer, Alberta. The 17-year-old left winger who plays for the OHL’s Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds was on Team Orr which posted a 5-4 win against Team Cherry. Carroll picked up one shot … and a minor penalty … in the game that features 40 of the NHL’s top prospects for this spring’s Entry Draft. Carroll who has seven goals and 23 points in his second year with the Greyhounds is a product of the Ottawa Valley Titans. He is ranked as the 51st North American skater by NHL Central Scouting for the June draft.
AND … still with hockey … last night’s CCHL-2 match-up between the Whitewater Kings and the Brockville Tikis was postponed because of bad weather. It’ll be replayed at a later date.