On Thursday … Upper Ottawa Valley OPP officers responded to a report that a 90-year-old man from Toronto was overdue in returning from Algonquin Park. Officials realized his parking pass had expired so the OPP Emergency Response Team and helicopter were deployed to the scene where they located a body at the bottom of a canyon near the Barron Canyon Trail. With the assistance of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre the body was recovered and identified. An autopsy with be conducted and next of kin are being notified. At this time, police say the death is not suspicious.
Former Progressive Conservative cabinet member and long-time area MP Paul Dick died of a heart attack May 2nd at his home in Arnprior. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 1972 in the former riding of Lanark-Carleton Renfrew and was re-elected five times. He served in several cabinet positions, including as Associate Minister of National Defence, Minister of Supply and Services … and Minister of Public Works. Dick’s 21-year parliamentary career ended in 1993 when he was defeated by Liberal Ian Murray in the election that saw the Progressive Conservatives reduced to two seats. Flags on the Lanark County Administration Building flew at half-staff this week in honour of Dick. He is survived by his wife … Pierrette Cassista … his twin sons Wyatt and Andrew … and two grandchildren.
Officials are keeping a watchful eye on the water levels along the Coulonge and Ottawa River. The municipality of Mansfield is concerned with these dangerous high levels as they say 19 residences and 67 cottages have been flooded so far. Also … 11 roads in the Mansfield area have been washed out and the municipality is currently looking for volunteers to help them fill and distribute sandbags throughout the area for residents in need.
As water levels and flows continue to drop across the watershed and warm, dry weather is expected for the next few days the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority is terminating the flood watch for the entire Mississippi River watershed. However, water levels are expected to be higher than normal for the next week as the remnants of the spring flood makes its way through the system but no additional flooding from this event is expected. The Authority says water levels will gradually decline to normal summer levels over the next two weeks barring the development of a significant weather system. Streambanks are still slippery and water is fast moving and still very cold. Children should be informed about the hazards and kept away from all watercourses as levels fluctuate with the spring weather.
The OPP would like to remind the public that the long-standing Canada Revenue Agency scam continues to surface around the region. With the tax deadline now passed … police want you to know that the CRA will not call you and demand payment and they will not ask for personal information over the phone that they already have. Never give out personal information such as account numbers … or your SIN number … over the phone … or through email … and always confirm the source of the call. If you have any questions … the OPP advise you to contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre at 1-888-495-8501 or visit the website at www.antifraudcentre.ca for more information.
AND IN SPORTS …
In the Greater Ottawa Fastball League last night … the Quyon Flyers posted a big 11-5 win over the Ottawa Valley A’s. Matt Greer had the win in relief of starter Trevor Lahey. Adam Rueckwald took the loss and had relief from Ben Broek. Greer hit a three-run homer to help his cause and Lahey had a solo shot for the Flyers. Gavan Boyd hit one out for Valley.
The Winnipeg Jets are off to the Western Conference Final … after a big 5-1 win on the road in Nashville last night … in Game 7 of that series. Mark Scheifele and Paul Stastny each scored twice to lead Winnipeg into the next round … where they’ll face Vegas to see who will represent the West in the Stanley Cup finals. The Eastern Final starts tonight … with Tampa Bay hosting Washington at 8 o’clock.