Ontario residents in our listening area who were affected by last Friday’s tornadoes can now check detailed maps to determine if they are eligible to apply for disaster financial assistance through the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program. This applies to a primary residence and its basic contents … or to a small business … farm … or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. To find out if you’re in the activation area and for next steps, individuals and businesses should review the maps and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance … or call 1-844-780-8925. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org after speaking with your private insurance provider. Residents will have until January 21, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.
Still with Friday’s storms Environment Canada is now saying the number of tornadoes to touch down in the region is six after it was confirmed three more hit in Western Quebec. In addition to the ones in Calabogie … Dunrobin … and Ottawa … the next closest one was in the Pontiac … 25 km north of Otter Lake … it wiped out a three-kilometre swath of bush land. The other two were confirmed deeper in Quebec … one near Mont-Laurier … and the other near Val-des-Bois.
Students at Renfrew County Catholic District School Board have once again outscored the provincial average in the Education Quality and Accountability Office’s results of annual assessments of reading, writing and mathematics skills. The numbers also show the local Catholic Board students exceeded their provincial scores in all categories from a year ago … including Grade 9 math … the Ontario literacy test for Grade 10 … and well as Grade 3 and 6 reading, writing and math. Some of the biggest gains were in Grade 3 reading and Grade 6 math … as the Board students say a 5% jump to 87% in Grade 3 reading … and an 8% hike to 67% in Grade 6 math. Board Chair Dave Howard congratulated all the Renfrew County Catholic Board students for their excellent results … and the teachers and staff for their role in helping achieve the results.
The OPP are always on the lookout for drivers who are breaking the law but officers will be paying extra attention for the next week as the annual Fall Seatbelt Campaign kicks off today. It will run until Friday, October 5th. Police will be out in full force watching for drivers who aren’t buckled up as well as enforcing other seatbelt laws. This includes fining drivers who have passengers under the age of 16, who aren’t properly secured as well as the proper use of car sets and booster seats. Police say buckle up, not to avoid a fine, but because seatbelts save lives and reduce injuries.
AND … just a reminder … that if you’re a blood donor … there’s a clinic set up for tomorrow in Renfrew … at Bonnechere Manor. You can make a donation on September 27th … from 1 to 7 p.m. Canadian Blood Services says the need for donations is critical. Drop-ins are always accepted … but you are encouraged to make an appointment by visiting www.blood.ca … or 1-888-2-DONATE.
AND IN SPORTS …
The date and location for the Greater Ottawa Fastball League championship game has been set. The Quyon Flyers and Kars Aces will face off for the title in Manotick on Sunday, September 30 with first pitch set to be thrown at 3 o’clock. With the “Final Four” format this is a one-game, winner-take-all set-up. Kars has not lost in the playoffs yet, while Quyon is the regular season champion.
In high school sports … the RCI Senior Girls Basketball team open the regular season with a 53-39 win over Fellowes. Louise Jaunet-Maunch led the Raiders with 26 points.
AND … there’s one local team in action tonight in the CCHL-2 as the Carleton Place Junior Canadians are in Brockville for a 7:45 puck drop.
AND … a reminder to make sure to stay tuned to Valley Heritage Radio this afternoon for a brand new season of Rink Wrap our hockey talk show. Hosts Geoff Patterson and Adam Noack will bring you up to speed on everything happening on rinks around the Valley and beyond. The show begins right after the 5 o’clock news and runs until 6 p.m. Tonight the guests will be Renfrew Timberwolves GM Brent Sylvester … and Pembroke Lumber Kings assistant coach Ben Reinhardt.