October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and while Canadians continue to fall victim to a number of online scams, the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre remains dedicated to assisting in the prevention and fight against Cybercrime. The Canada Revenue Agency scam continues in our area and this time, the scammers have added a new twist to it. Recently a caller claimed to be a police officer, in this case from the Arnprior OPP – The call display even shows the correct phone number for the Arnprior OPP – which is possible due to a computer program that copies local numbers. Then the scammer threatened to arrest the victim unless they purchased Google play cards and iTunes gift cards. According to Police, this victim lost approximately $2800 in this scam before the real Arnprior OPP officers were advised and convinced the victim it was a scam. Police do not call and threaten your arrest if you have money owing to the CRA. And moreover, don’t ask for payment in the form of gift cards. If someone calls you claiming to be an OPP officer threatening to arrest you, hang up and call the OPP dispatch centre immediately at 1-888-310-1122. To learn more about frauds and scams, contact the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre Toll-free at 1-888-495-8501
A new Fire Chief has been appointed in the municipality of Mississippi Mills after a two-month search. Mayor Shaun McLaughlin says council is pleased to announce the hiring of Scott Granahan as the municipality’s new Fire Chief. Granahan, who has been a member of the Ontario Fire Service since 2006 and most recently was the Fire Chief in the Town of Meaford will bring with him exceptional leadership skills and has the necessary experience to be a great and successful chief for the municipality according to McLaughlin. Chief Granahan’s rein as Fire Chief begins on October 23rd.
The Lanark County Paramedic Service has partnered with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada to increase awareness of the symptoms associated with strokes and in doing so, Lanark County ambulances will now boast “F.A.S.T.” decals on the sides of their ambulances. F.A.S.T. is the acronym that helps people to remember the major signs of strokes: which are……Face – is it drooping? Arms – can you raise both? Speech – is it slurred or jumbled? Time – to call 9-1-1 right away Stroke is a medical emergency. The ability to recognize the FAST signs of stroke and act fast by calling 9-1-1 can mean the difference between life and death – or the difference between a full recovery and lasting disability. Every minute after a stroke, 1.9 million brain cells die, and the results of a long delay can be catastrophic. In 2016 in Lanark County, only 50% of all patients who needed acute stroke care arrived at the designated stroke centres by ambulance from the community. The provincial average is 59%. With the help of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Lanark County hopes to continue to increase public awareness of the signs of a stroke, stressing the importance of calling 9-1-1 F.A.S.T.
If you are a blood donor … and want to give the Gift of Life … you can do so tomorrow at a blood donor clinic in Carleton Place. If you are interested in rolling up your sleeve and making a donation … you can do just that on Saturday, October 20th … from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. … at the Neelin Street Community Centre. Officials from Canadian Blood Services say there is a critical need for donations. Drop-ins are accepted at the Pembroke clinic … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca
AND IN SPORTS…
In the CCHL last night … the Carleton Place Canadians were in Cornwall and came away with a big 6-2 win over the Colts. Peyton Francis and Ben Tupker led the way for the Canadians scoring two goals each in the club’s 12th win of the season. The Canadians are on the road for two more games this weekend playing tonight in Hawkesbury and Sunday in Navan. And the Pembroke Lumber Kings play a pair of home games this weekend hosting Ottawa tonight at the PMC at 7:30 … and then Hawkesbury comes to town Sunday night for a 7 o’clock start.
AND in the CCHL-2 last night … the Renfrew Timberwolves came up on the short end of a 5-2 decision against the Ottawa West Golden Knights. Andrew McIntyre and Nick Cuddy scored for the ‘Wolves … while Ethan Lapinskie stopped 46 shots. Renfrew is back in action tonight … as they host the Perth Blue Wings at the M-A-C. Puck drop is set for 8 o’clock. Also, tonight … the Arnprior Packers host Westport at 7:30. The Whitewater Kings have a pair of games this weekend … as Alexandria comes to Cobden on Saturday night at 7:30 … then the Kings hit the road Sunday to face Char-Lan.