The smell of smoke in a courtroom at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke yesterday morning led to the evacuation of the building. Just before 11 a.m. … the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP and Pembroke Fire Department responded to the call and everyone in the building was evacuated including five prisoners who were in custody. It turned out to be a false alarm and the all-clear notice was given just before noon and operations got back to normal. Maintenance on the HVAC system is believed to have caused the alarm.
Reports continue to come into area police that election lawn signs are damaged vandalized and stolen. This is a reminder that damaging or taking signs is a crime. Theft mischief and vandalism are all violations of the Criminal Code since the signs are paid for by individual candidates and are part of their election expenses. If you see someone damaging or taking a sign you are asked to call and report it to the OPP or your local police.
Fraudsters will use just about any means to try and part people from their hard-earned money and that includes posing as members of the OPP. Recently several detachments including the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP have received inquiries from residents asking about police organizations calling to solicit funds for teddy bears. The OPP is stating that while many officers are involved in worth charities on their personal time the OPP does NOT solicit funds from members of the public for its Community Bear Program or any other OPP program. The way the program actually works is like this through sponsorship OPP officers give black and white teddy bears to children they encounter when faced with traumatic situations such as motor vehicle collisions. Again, the OPP will not call you and ask you for money. If you do receive a call like this … you are asked to call police and report it.
Just a friendly reminder, that if you live in the Renfrew area and are a blood donor there is a clinic set for today at Bonnechere Manor. If you want to roll up your sleeve, you can do so from 1 to 7 p.m. Canadian Blood Services officials say there is an urgent need for donations.
AND … in case you missed the announcement yesterday right here on Valley Heritage Radio, the station along with community partners is organizing a fundraising dance to help those hit hardest by last week’s tornadoes in the Ottawa Valley. It will be held on Sunday, October 14th … from 2 to 6 p.m. … at the Kinburn Community Centre. Make sure to circle it on your calendar because on that day, every dollar raised will be put back into the community to help those in need. Among the musicians on the bill are Neville Wells … the Rogers Family … Jamie McMunn … Lauren Hall … Johnny Spinks … Arlene Quinn … Kyle Felhaver … Mike Cloutier … and Andy Williams. There are no advanced tickets for this one … it’ll be first-come, first-serve at the door. Doors open at 1 o’clock. Keep listening to the station for more details in the days ahead.
AND IN SPORTS …
An Almonte District High School student has captured the bronze medal at the 2018 Canadian Sprint Canoe Kayak Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Aidan Dumont competed in the 6,000-metre sprint event in the U-17 division … finishing third … and surpassing his own expectation of finishing in the top-7. The Grade 12 student has his sights set on an opportunity to qualify for future national teams … and the bronze medal has him on the right course. It follows a bronze in the 1,000-metre single event at the Ontario championships this past spring … which landed him a spot on the provincial team. Dumont continues to trail with the Carleton Place Canoe Club. His career goal is a spot on either the 2024 or 2028 Canadian Olympic team.
AND … in the CCHL-2 last night … the Carleton Place Junior Canadians picked up a 5-2 win over Brockville. Hisham Barayan led the way with two goals … while goaltender Brody Bernard stopped 29 shots and picked up the win.