Today marks the kickoff of the annual OPP Festive RIDE campaign as police look to put the brakes on impaired drivers. Officers will have an increased presence on area roads and highways with RIDE check stops planned across the region. The OPP also relies on the public to help prevent drunk drivers from getting behind the wheel. If you see or suspect someone who is driving while impaired you should call 9-1-1. And, if you plan or drinking or taking drugs also make a plan not to drive. And with the recent legalization of recreational marijuana use … police want to remind drivers that impaired driving does not just mean driving while under the influence of alcohol. They’ll be cracking down on anyone who uses cannabis and drives. The Festive RIDE campaign runs until January 2nd, 2019.
The Ontario government is working to make the moose draw fairer … more accessible … and simpler for hunters by updating its approach to managing moose. Over the next two years, the government intends to work with an advisory committee … which will review how tag quotas are developed … how hunters apply for tags … and the process for allocating tags. Advice on the current tag draw system will be a first order priority for the committee. The government says the review will examine ways of improving service … while helping to maintain healthy moose populations and sustainable hunting for years to come. Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry John Yakabuski said that feedback and perspectives from hunters and stakeholders is appreciated.
The Lanark County OPP are looking for the public’s help to find whoever is responsible for three separate break, enter and thefts at drug stores in Carleton Place. Sometime between the hours of 10:25 p.m. and 2 a.m on Wednesday, November 14th and Thursday the 15th a man approximately 35 years old … entered the three drug stores and stole a number of items. The three included the Pharmasave on Bridge Street at High Street and also the two Shoppers Drug Mart locations … the one on Lake Avenue East and the other on McNeely Avenue. If you have any information on these crimes you are asked to call the OPP … or Crime Stoppers.
The Renfrew County & District Health Unit free flu shot clinics around the region wrap up next week with three more set for the upper Valley. On Monday, November 26th you can get your shot at the Barry’s Bay Legion from 3 to 6 p.m. then on Tuesday the 27th there’s a clinic at the Killaloe Lions Club. You can get your shot there anytime between 3 and 6. And the final one will be Thursday, November 29th from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Legion in Pembroke. This one is by appointment only … so you’ll need to call ahead. 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 …
In the CCHL last night, the Carleton Place Canadians scored three third-period goals on their way to a 4-1 win over Cornwall. Cade Townend scored what would be the game winner and Zachary Tupker chipped in two assists. Connor Murphy stopped 18 shots and picked up the win. Tonight … the Canadians are back in action … hosting Navan at 7:45. Then on Sunday, Smiths Falls visits Carleton Place at 3 o’clock. And the Pembroke Lumber Kings are on the road tonight in Kemptville … and home Sunday to host Rockland at 7 o’clock at the PMC.
In the CCHL-2 this weekend … Arnprior hosts Carleton Place tonight at the Nick Smith Centre at 7:30 and Perth is in Renfrew for an 8 o’clock start. Renfrew is in Athens on Saturday night …..while on Sunday, Whitewater is on the road in Winchester.