Ontario voters went to the polls yesterday and their voice was heard as the Progressive Conservatives led by Doug Ford will form the new provincial government while Premier Kathleen Wynne and her Liberals were simply crushed prompting Wynne to resign as Party leader. The Conservatives won a majority government with 76 seats the NDP will form the Opposition with 40 seats. And the Liberals managed to win only 7 ridings. Locally all the ridings went blue. John Yakabuski was the runaway winner in Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke as he gathered 69% of the votes taking the riding by more than 25,000 votes. Randy Hillier was re-elected in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston winning by almost 11,000 votes. Merrilee Fullerton won the race in Kanata-Carleton by almost 8,000 votes while Goldie Ghamari won the newly created riding of Carleton by more than 14,000 votes.
Police have arrested and charged a 22-year-old Pembroke man in connection to a pair of break and enters in the city on May 24th. OPP officers executed a search warranted on a Miller Street home on May 31st and as a result Brandon Brownlee is now facing charges of B&E possession of stolen property and possession of Oxycodone. He was held in custody pending a bail hearing … and will be in Pembroke court on June 12th. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call either the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP or Crime Stoppers.
The Upper Ottawa Valley OPP are currently investigating a break and enter at a Mary Street residence in Pembroke … as the thief made off with two handguns and electronics. Sometime during the day on June 5th the home was broken into and the following items were stolen a 9mm Luger Desert Eagle pistol, black in colour a 22-calibre German Gun Sports pistol, model 1911, black in colour and a black Samsung tablet. Ammunition, alcohol, and cash were also stolen. The OPP’s Community Street Crime Unit and the OPP Scenes of Crime Officer are helping with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact police.
If you live around Calabogie, you may see soldiers in your neighbourhood next week. Personnel from Garrison Petawawa will be conducting training in the area from June 12th to the 17th. Residents may notice military aircraft and vehicles, uniformed military personnel with weapons and hear noises associated with explosives and personal weapons. Please note that on the 12th and the 16th the training will occur during the night and into the early morning and residents may notice noises associated with explosives. The military advises that all efforts will be made to ensure that disruption to all communities will be at a minimum.
There are three blood donor clinics in the Valley next week. So, if you’re interested in rolling up your sleeve and giving the Gift of Life you can do so beginning Monday, June 11th … at the Royal Canadian Legion in Eganville from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Then on Wednesday, June 13th there is a clinic at the Nick Smith Centre in Arnprior where you have a chance to donate from 1:30 to 4 o’clock … and from 5 to 7:30. And on June 14th there is a clinic at the Almonte Civitan Club from 2 to 4 p.m. and again from 5 to 8. 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 …
The Washington Capitals are the Stanley Cup champions as they downed the Vegas Golden Knights 4-3 last night to win the Finals in five games. Alexander Ovechkin not only received the Cup from Commissioner Gary Bettman but he was also named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as MVP.
The Quyon Flyers won 5-0 over the Ottawa Valley A’s in Greater Ottawa Fastball League play on Thursday in west Quebec. Matt Greer had the win, allowing only one hit and facing the minimum 21 batters. Adam Rueckwald took the loss and had relief from Ben Broek. Greer had a two-run homer and Dave Hobbs had a solo shot. Jackson Vance had the lone hit for Valley.