The special weather statement that was issued by Environment Canada yesterday has been amended. As of right now it’ll be affecting a smaller area than originally thought. Renfrew, Arnprior and Calabogie are looking at a mixed bag of wintery precipitation Saturday into Sunday morning. Light snow is expected Saturday morning changing to freezing rain later in the day. Be careful on the roads because the freezing drizzle is expected to continue for several hours into Saturday evening. Snow is expected Sunday morning tapering to flurries by mid-day. Several centimetres of snow are expected. It looks like Old Man Winter has arrived.
After the latest vote to end the Ontario college teachers strike was rejected the Ontario government is now stepping in with legislation that would end the five-week labour dispute and get college students back into the classroom. A two-day vote by union members on the latest contract offer from the College Employer Council was rejected yesterday with 86% of the votes saying no to the offer. The on Thursday afternoon Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the government’s planned legislation that would require striking college workers to return to their jobs and would also block any additional strikes or lock-outs until a new collective agreement is in place. The government is expected to ask the legislature to meet this afternoon so members can meet throughout the weekend until the back-to-work legislation is passed.
There’s a new fire chief for Whitewater Region as Jonathan Wilker will be leading the township firefighters beginning November 27th. He’ll serve as chief and Community Emergency Management Coordinator. Wilker brings with him many years of experience from the City of Ottawa Fire Department when he served as a firefighter and then Rural Section Captain … and Acting Rural Sector Chief.
If you live in Beckwith … Ramsay … or Carleton Place … you need to know that there’s a planned power outage on Sunday as Hydro One will be installing new equipment. This will affect more than 1,000 customers. The outage will happen on November 26th beginning at 7 a.m. It should last until 11 o’clock. All those affected should have been notified by phone.
The Renfrew County & District Health Unit flu shot clinics continue around the region next week. On Monday there will be a clinic in Pembroke at the health unit office from 2 to 6 p.m. then on Tuesday you can get your shot at the Killaloe Lions Club from 3 to 6. No appointments are necessary. Clinics will continue around the Valley throughout the month. For more information or to find out when the flu clinic closest to you is happening … visit www.rcdhu.com or call the Health Info Line at 613-735-8666.
AND IN SPORTS …
In high school football, the Arnprior Rapids are heading to the Eastern Ontario senior championship game next week as they beat La Citadelle from Cornwall 35-10 yesterday in the EOSSAA semi-final. ADHS will now face Holy Cross from Kingston. That game is set for Beckwith Field next Wednesday. Kickoff goes at 3 p.m.
Still on the high school scene the St Mary Crusaders from Brockville captured the EOSSAA single-A girls’ junior basketball championship with a 46-35 win over the host Opeongo Wildcats. And in senior boys volleyball the Mackenize Mustangs are the Eastern Ontario champs winning the title yesterday.
Arnprior hosts the finals of the EOSSAA double-A senior girls basketball championships today … and ADHS is looking for a berth in the title game. They play North Grenville in the semis. And … RCI is in the semi-finals of the Eastern Ontario single-A tournament in Hammond. We’ll have all the results from these games on our Monday sportscast.
On the rink the Carleton Place Canadians widened their lead atop the CCHL standings last night with a 3-2 win over Cornwall. Tim Theocardis, Zach Tupker , and Geoff Kitt scored for the Canadians while Michael Leach stopped 22 shots for the win. Carleton Place is back in action Saturday night in Kanata then are home Sunday afternoon to host Rockland at 3 o’clock. And the Pembroke Lumber Kings are in Nepean to face the Raiders Saturday and host Cornwall on Sunday night. Game time in that one is 7 o’clock at the PMC.
The Whitewater Kings are in Renfrew to face the Timberwolves tonight at 8 o’clock and Arnprior is in Perth for a 7:30 puck drop. On Saturday, Whitewater hosts Richmond at 7 o’clock while Renfrew is in Athens and Arnprior plays in Char-Lan. On Sunday, Renfrew is in Perth to take on the Blue Wings. That game gets underway at 7:30.