More than a half-million college students across Ontario will not be attending classes today after the faculty at the provinces 24 public colleges went on strike early this morning. This includes the Pembroke, Perth, and Ottawa campuses of Algonquin College. A “final offer” from the union was placed on the table Saturday and was rejected. That means 12,000 college employees will hit the picket lines today. The union has stated the key issues are improving quality education and giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions. Students are advised to check their college’s website to find out how they are affected. Academic staff have been without a contract since the end of September.
Motorists need to be on the lookout for young students as there have been several recent reports of drivers failing to stop for flashing red lights. OPP officers will be out ensuring that motorists are reminded of the rules of the road when it comes to school buses as part of National School Bus Safety Week which begins today. The fine for failing to stop for a school bus with lights flashing is anywhere between $400 and $2,000 and it can also cost you six demerit points. Vehicle owners can be charged if their vehicle illegally passes a stopped school bus even if someone else is driving the car. Reduced speeds in some school zones are in effect so beware, because the police will be watching.
Coming on the heels of a successful planting day in Fitzroy Harbour earlier this month in an attempt to improve the shoreline along the Ottawa River another Shoreline Naturalization Planting Day is being held today in Westmeath. Several flower species will need to be planted and there is an open invitation for the public to come and help. The project is a collaboration between Watersheds Canada and the Ottawa Riverkeeper which began with educational workshops this summer in Fitzroy, Norway Bay, and Westmeath. On October 3rd more than 70 native species of plants were carefully placed along the river in Fitzroy Harbour and will help prevent erosion of the shoreline, in addition to beautifying the area and attracting birds and other pollinator species. For more information on the project you are asked to email Larissa Holman. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lanark County Council has approved work on two bridges in Pakenham that are part of the Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail. A contract has been awarded to DW Building Restoration Services for $354,859 for the installation of railings and a deck on the bridge over the Mississippi River. And Thomas Fuller Construction Co. Ltd. was chosen to do railing work on the bridge over County Road 29. This work will provide safe passage over the river for future users of the trail. The price tag for that job is $28,600.
The semi-finals in Valley Heritage Radio’s Valley Search for a Star contest are on Wednesday at 7 o’clock at the Horton Community Centre. Ten singers will be looking for a berth in the finals and a shot at our grand prize of $3,500. And you’re invited to come and watch in person. Seating is limited so get there early. The doors open at 5:30. And if you can’t make it we’ll be broadcasting the evening live starting at 7 p.m. sharp! You can catch it on your radio at 98.7 or stream it at valleyheritageardio.ca.
AND IN SPORTS …
Friday the 13th was a scary night on the scoreboard for the Pembroke Lumber Kings as they fell 8-0 to the Hawkesbury Hawks in CCHL action. But on Sunday the 15th the Lumber Kings had better luck as they beat Smiths Falls 5-2 at the PMC. Five different players found the net for Pembroke Zachary Cross, Matt Barnaby, Matthew Walilko, James Buckley and Peter Falivena. Jake Smith stopped 31 shots for the win.
Also in the CCHL on the weekend, Carleton Place widened their lead atop the standings with a 5-2 win over Kanata and a 5-3 victory against Navan. Samuel Knoblauch scored twice and had four points in the two games to lead the Canadians and goalie Jeremie Forget picked up both wins.
In the CCHL-2 the Renfrew Timberwolves split their weekend games falling 7-3 to Ottawa, but bouncing back with a 6-4 win over Char-Lan. Andrew McIntyre had the hat-trick against Char-Lan to lead the ‘Wolves while Jack Rouleau scored once and set up another in the Ottawa loss.
And Renfrew was the only local team to win on the weekend as Arnprior lost 5-3 to Westport and 4-1 to Ottawa. Colin Baggio had a hat-trick for the Packers against Westport. Whitewater also dropped a pair 5-0 to Perth and 5-3 to Winchester. And the Carleton Place Jr Canadians lost a 4-2 decision to Embrun.