Police will be out in full force this weekend on area roads and waterways … making sure people are obeying the law. The OPP launch the Canada Day Long Weekend Aggressive Driving Campaign today and they’ll be looking for not only those who are impaired … but also speeders … distracted drivers and those not wearing seatbelts. And if you’re out in the boat … you also need to be obeying the law as police will be patrolling the waterways all weekend long and will also have an eye in the sky … as they’ll be using OPP helicopters to also catch criminals. The OPP also want to remind people that the rules that apply for vehicles also apply to boats – Impaired in your boat means you lose your driver’s licence. Open alcohol will result in your alcohol being seized and a ticket issued. And there will be a very visible presence this weekend – to keep everyone safe, so that we can all enjoy the Canada Day long weekend.
According to reports….32 people are now looking for alternate employment after Beaumen Waste Management in Renfrew closed their doors. Beaumen has been in business for 20 years serving the municpalies of Renfrew county and now those municipalities are scrambling to find alternate contracts for their residents. Employees said they received no warning about the closure saying that they were supposed to get their final paycheck on Wednesday, but were told that they’d be getting them today instead. Beaumen Industries had contracts with Renfrew, Arnprior, Horton, Admaston/Bromley, McNab/Braeside and Whitewater Region.
And former Pembroke dentist Christy Natsis has been granted day parole by the Parole Board of Canada. Natsis, was found guilty of drunk driving – in a horrific accident that claimed the life of Bryan Casey, an Ottawa husband and father of three back in 2011. So far she’s served 13 months of her 5 year sentence and her bid for full parole was rejected by the Parole board of Canada – saying that they felt she still continues to “struggle with accepting full responsibility” for her alcohol consumption. 8 months after the crash and during her trial which dragged on for 3 years .Natsis was found guilty of breaching her bail conditions after she was caught buying 2 bottles of vodka. Natsis, who is not a Canadian citizen and could be deported if and when she receives full parole.
And in sports…….
A final reminder that the Ontario Amateur Softball Association Elimination tournament for the U-19 division takes place this weekend … today through the 30th … at the Carp Fairgrounds diamonds. Hosted by the West Carleton Amateur Softball Club, there are 13 teams participating from across the province. There is one eastern Ontario team representing Osgoode … a club which participates in the Glen Cairn Men’s Fastball League. Top teams at this event will earn a berth to the Softball Canada nationals in Owen Sound in August. Games start tonight at 5 p.m., with the finals scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. Admission is $5 a day or $10 for a weekend pass.