A warning not to eat romaine lettuce from the Public Health Agency of Canada is being issued to people in Ontario and Quebec –The agency says that as of Tuesday, there have been 18 confirmed cases of the bacterial infection in Canada, with fifteen cases of the illnesses in Quebec and three in Ontario. No other evidence suggests that residents in other parts of Canada are affected by this outbreak. The warning includes pre-made salad mixes containing romaine lettuce. The strain of bacteria in this outbreak, called E. coli O157, and is the same one that appeared in romaine lettuce in December 2017, which also affected people in Canada and the U.S.
And the Renfrew County and District Health Unit is releasing information on preventing and reducing harm related to cannabis – now that it is legal…they say that they want people to be aware of the effects that cannabis can have on your family’s health and safety. The health unit advises to avoid cannabis use if you are planning a pregnancy – as it may affect the ability to become pregnant…..also, if you are pregnant, they say that using cannabis may cause the baby to have low birthweight, reduced alertness, slower growth and lasting developmental effects. Smoking cannabis also reduces the supply of oxygen to the developing baby and if breastfeeding, they say that the THC of cannabis is passed through breast milk to the baby which may affect baby’s brain and motor development and have lasting effects into adolescence and adulthood. And as cannabis can impair the ability to make good decisions. If you are a parent…keep in mind that Cannabis use affects how you interact with your children, how you respond to their needs and how you keep them safe – and always keep all cannabis products locked up and out of reach of children and youth. For more information you can visit their website at www.rcdhu.com.
Arnprior and Renfrew officers investigated 11 domestic disputes during the past week. One male was charged with assault … one male was charged with assault with a weapon and assault … one female was charged with domestic mischief … and one female was charged with assault. If you or someone you know is living in or involved in an abusive relationship … police want you to know that help is available. You can contact Bernadette McCann House 24/7 for support, advice or the safety of a shelter … at 1-800-267-4930. The Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County is also available 24/7 for information and support … at 1-800-663-3060. You could also attend the emergency department of any Renfrew County hospital and ask to speak to a member of the Assault Response Team. In emergencies you should call 9-1-1.
If you are a blood donor, there is a clinic set for Thursday, at the Bonnechere Manor in Renfrew … where you have a chance to donate from 1 to 7 p.m. Drop-ins are always accepted, but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
If you live in the Arnprior area … there’s a free flu shot clinic there tomorrow … thanks to the Renfrew County & District Health Unit. You can get your shot there anytime 3 to 6 p.m. at the Legion in Arnprior. 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. You can also use that number to book your appointment.
AND IN SPORTS …
There’s one game in the CCHL tonight as the Pembroke Lumber Kings are in Nepean to face the Raiders. Game time is 9 o’clock at the Nepean Sportsplex. After snapping a 16-game losing skid the Lumber Kings picked up a win but have since dropped their last two games and have 15 points on the season. The Raiders are also sitting at 15 points as both share last place in the league standings.
In the CCHL-2 tonight, the Renfrew Timberwolves are on the road in Brockville to face the Tikis. Both teams are tied in the standings with 17 points each. Game time tonight is 7:45.
Rink Wrap … will not be able to tune in tonight as hosts Adam Noack and Geoff Patterson are both away this week. But they’ll return to their usual time slot, right after the 5 o’clock news … next Wednesday afternoon.