There is a special weather statement in effect for our listening area. Environment Canada says there is the potential for thunderstorms today followed by an extreme heat event for the Canada Day long weekend. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to affect portions of central and eastern Ontario today into tonight. Then the hot weather begins to roll in. Beginning Friday or Saturday and continuing through the Canada Day long weekend expected daytime highs are in the low- to mid-30s with humidex values into the mid-40s. Overnight low temperatures will only fall to the low-20s providing little or no relief from the heat. There is still uncertainty regarding when the heat event will come to an end. Current indications suggest the heat could persist into the middle of next week … so take the proper precautions and have lots of water on hand so you can stay hydrated.
An Ottawa Valley newspaper that is older than Canada itself will soon be closing its doors. The Pembroke Observer, which has been publishing since 1855, will deliver its last edition in late July. The announcement was made yesterday by parent company Postmedia. Reports indicate the paper will continue to have a web presence and the free-distribution Pembroke News will continue to publish every Thursday, but there will be no more Observer which published a print edition daily Tuesday through Saturday. Two full-time reporters and two full-time advertising staff will lose their jobs because of the closure. The final edition of the Pembroke Observer will be on Saturday, July 28th.
One man was airlifted to hospital while a female passenger was taken by ambulance following a single-vehicle crash outside of Cobden on Friday afternoon. The Renfrew OPP were called to a gas station in the village just after 5 p.m. on June 22nd as it was reported a man had pumped gas into his car and left without paying. Before fleeing the struck a witness in the parking lot. As officers were on their way to the call, they were notified of the crash on Foresters Falls Road and it was soon discovered it was the same vehicle involved in the gas theft. The 22-year-old Ottawa man who was driving was later arrested for impaired driving dangerous driving and theft. The passenger was also arrested and charged with theft. Both will be in Renfrew Court on July 18th. Never suffered major injuries in the crash.
Arnprior Firefighters were busy on Sunday, June 24th … as they were called early morning to deal with a motor vehicle collision just outside of town … at the corner of Shaw Road and Highway 29. Two vehicles had a head-on collision … and firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to spread open and cut off the door of a Chevy Tahoe … in order to rescue two occupants of the badly damaged vehicle. The other vehicle was a Volkswagen Jetta … and the lone occupant was dealt with by the Ottawa Fire Department. All three were transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
AND IN SPORTS …
There are six games on tap this week in the Greater Ottawa Fastball League in the lead-up to the Canada Day long weekend. Tonight Carp are on the road to play the Kemptville Black Sox and Stittsville hosts West Carleton. That game goes at 9 o’clock. Tomorrow Micksburg hosts Kars for a double header with games at 7 and 9 … while Stittsville is in Quyon to take on the Flyers at 7:30. Also tomorrow Carp and the Ottawa Valley A’s square off in Carp at 8 o’clock.
Ottawa Senators fans were hoping that former captain Daniel Alfredsson was going to get the call to the Hockey Hall of Fame yesterday but the selection committee passed on the Sens all-time leading scorer for the second straight year. Those who will be enshrined this year include Martin Brodeur … Martin St. Louis … along with Willie O’Ree … Jayna Hefford … Alexander Yakushev… and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.