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Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Ontario government stepping in to help honey bees

Beekeeper groups and environmentalist groups are giving kudos to the Ontario government for their efforts to significantly curb the use of a controversial pesticide used on corn and soybean crops that has been linked to the deaths of millions of honey bees.

beesThe Grain Farmers of Ontario say it puts some of their member’s livelihood in danger, because it will put them at a disadvantage compared to other farmers across Canada.

The Liberals propose to reduce the number of acres the neonic pesticides are used on, by 80 per cent by the year 2017.

The plan also includes slashing the mortality rate of the honeybees over the winter months by 15 per cent by 2020.

If all goes according to plan, new rules on the use of neonics will be in place by July 1 2015.

The government says they will consult with researchers, industry and organizations that they have been in consultations with over the past couple of months.

A report from Health Canada backed up claims, that ongoing exposure to neonics contributed to the majority of honey bee deaths in Ontario.

The Beekeepers Association of Ontario says the plan should undo damage caused by the neonics.


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

UPDATE: hydro outages in Grey Bruce 6pm

Hydro One crews continue to work at restoring power to a few small pockets of Grey Bruce customers…best estimate for the lights to come back on is between 8:30 and 11pm.

hydrooneHydro One spokesperson Tiziana Baccega-Rosa says crews were dealing with a number of issues …a result of 100 km hour winds that wreaked havoc during the night….

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Hydro One says there is a process they follow when there are so many sporadic, widespread outages.

They tackle the main feeder lines first…and then get down to street level for the smaller outages.

If you have a power outage you haven’t reported…contact Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235

You can also go to their webpage for outage information at http://www.hydroone.com/Pages/Default.aspx

They also have a free app which comes in handy when the power is out… search for Hydro One in your phone’s app store.


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

South Bruce OPP need locating wanted man

South Bruce OPP are looking for some help locating a man wanted on outstanding warrants.

oppOPP say 27 year old Kent Wall of Bruce Township is wanted in connection to driving offences, firearms offences and property crimes.

The suspect is believed to have ties to Carrick Township.

He’s described as five foot eleven, with a thin build, short brown hair and blue eyes.

The OPP reminds all members of the public to be aware of their personal safety at all times.

The OPP’s website http://www.opp.ca  contains a number of useful resources, tips and links.

Anyone who observes the suspect should not approach him; rather call police immediately by dialing 911.

Should you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), where you may be eligible to receive a cash reward of up to $2,000.

 

 

 

 


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Road Conditions in Grey and Bruce County

Grey County Conditions  2:30pm

Owen Sound, Chatsworth & surrounding areas
Mainly bare and wet with some slushy sections and the odd bare and damp section. Visibility is good.

Meaford, Thornbury & surrounding areas
Mainly bare and wet with some bare and dry sections and the odd bare and damp section. Visibility is good.

Durham, Hanover & surrounding areas
Mainly bare and wet with some bare and damp sections and the odd bare and dry section. Visibility is good.

Dundalk, Flesherton & surrounding areas
Mainly bare and wet with some bare and damp sections. Visibility is good.

http://www.grey.ca/services/taps/winter-road-conditions/
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Bruce County Conditions

Road Conditions for Walkerton, Mildmay, and area
Last updated: November 25, 2014 at 04:31:07 PM

Road Conditions: Bare and Dry, Bare and Wet
Weather Conditions: Light Snow
Wind Direction: West
Wind Strength: Moderate
Visibility: Good
Temperature: 0

Road Conditions for Lucknow, Kincardine, and Teeswater area
Last updated: November 25, 2014 at 04:31:41 PM

Road Conditions: Bare and Dry, Bare and Wet
Weather Conditions: Flurries, No Precipitation
Wind Direction: West
Wind Strength: Strong
Visibility: Good
Temperature: 1

Road Conditions for Paisley, Port Elgin, Chesley, Tara, and area
Last updated: November 25, 2014 at 04:27:34 PM

Road Conditions: Bare and Wet, Snow Covered, Slushy, Slippery Sections
Weather Conditions: Squalls, Flurries, No Precipitation
Wind Direction: South West
Wind Strength: Moderate
Visibility: Fair to Good
Temperature: 0

Road Conditions for Wiarton, Southampton, Sauble Beach, Lion’s Head and area
Last updated: November 25, 2014 at 04:22:46 PM

Road Conditions: Bare and Dry, Bare and Wet
Weather Conditions: Squalls, Light Snow
Wind Direction: West
Wind Strength: Gusty
Visibility: Good
Temperature: 1

http://www.brucecounty.on.ca/road-conditions.php

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Provincial Highways Conditions 5:30pm

10 Shelburne to Orangeville bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

10 Flesherton to Shelburne bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

10 Chatsworth to Flesherton bare and wet road

19 Tillsonburg to Ingersoll bare and dry road

21 Highway 402 to Zurich – Hensall Road bare and dry road

21 Zurich – Hensall Road to Goderich bare and dry road

21 Goderich to Underwod bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

21 Underwod to Springmount bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow covered sections.

23 Elginfield to Harriston bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

24 Simcoe to Brantford bare and dry road

24 Brantford to Cambridge bare and dry road

26 Collingwood to Owen Sound bare and wet road

6 Mount Forest to Owen Sound bare and wet road

6 Owen Sound to Tobermory bare and dry road with bare and wet road, partly snow covered sections.

7 Kitchener to Waterloo bare and dry road

7 Stratford to Kitchener bare and dry road

8 Kitchener to Highway 401 bare and dry road

8 Stratford to Kitchener bare and dry road

8 Mitchell to Stratford bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

8 Goderich to Mitchell bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

89 Rosemont to Harriston bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

9 Kincardine to Harriston bare and dry road with bare and wet road sections.

http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions/southwestern.shtml


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Owen Sound police looking for vehicle

owensound-policeOwen Sound police are looking for a vehicle that ran a red causing a collision in the east end last night.

Police say it happened around 9:30 last night at the intersection in front of the liquor store on 16th Street East.

A car making a left on an advance green, was hit by another vehicle that went through a red light.

The driver wasn’t hurt but the other vehicle simply took off.

Police are looking for a white van likely with some damage to the front end.


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Markdale hospital meeting expected to address hospital bed reductions

markdale hospitalIts expected there will be a lot of questions at a public meeting tonight on the new Markdale hospital.

The community is abuzz with word that the plans for the hospital, announced in September… include a reduction in beds from 14 to 4.

Chair of the Centre Grey Health Services Hospital Foundation… Ron Goldsmith says they may not have every answer …..but the meeting will at least bring everyone up to speed….

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Goldsmith, who admits even he isn’t privy to the plans….says there is a move across the health care system to reduce the number of hospital beds.

He admits its too bad that residents’ elation has been replaced with disappointment….

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Goldsmith says it is important to keep an eye on the bigger picture…

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CEO Lance Thurston agrees with Goldsmith on this point.

He tells Dock News when you consider the fact that the new hospital will be working closely with the Community Health Centre and Grey Gables… you’d be hard pressed to find another small community in Ontario that has a better combination of medical services.

Tonight’s meeting is being held at Annesley United Church at 7.


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Outgoing Meaford council recommends news council keep O-P-P

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The outgoing Meaford council has passed a motion recommending the incoming council stick with the O-P-P.

For months they’ve been mulling over a decision whether to drop the O-P-P and go with an offer from Owen Sound police.

There have been several public meetings on the issue as well.

Councillor and Mayor elect Barb Clumpus tells Dock news she feels confident in this decision.

She says since the two levels of service and the cost were similar, it made sense to go with public sentiment on this one….

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Clumpus says after all the home work and public meetings the current council has been through in deliberating between Owen Sound and the O-P-P …she felt it was important that THEY make the recommendation to help the incoming council….which includes four new faces….

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She hopes their decision has made life a little easier for the incoming council…

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The new council, being sworn in December 1, is expected to make the final decision at their first official council meeting December 8.


Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Wind warnings ended….snow squalls up next

hydroHydro Crews are working as fast as they can to restore power to thousands of customers without coffee makers this morning… as wind gusts of up to 100 km an hour hit many parts of southern and mid-western Ontario… knocking down tree limbs and hydro poles and wires.

It was a rough ride home last night for some who had to dodge all kinds of debris in the road.

At the height of the wind storm… close to 90 thousand customers were without juice….including more than 45 hundred in Grey Bruce overnight.

Some of those areas have since had their power restored….while others are looking at times much later today.

In Owen Sound last night….lines of a transformer were knocked down on 9th Street East.. in front of the United Way.

Crews were reportedly working on that this morning.. as a couple of blocks east of the downtown were still in the dark.

While the wind warnings have all been cancelled… it will still be pretty blustery today…and that’s going to cause problems now that our temperatures have dropped.

We’ve now got a snow squall watch in effect for the bruce peninsula….but any region to the lee of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay is in line to receive some squalls today…. dropping between 5 and 15cm…depending on where you are.


Monday, November 24th, 2014

Grey Bruce Watches, warnings and weather statements

A snow squall watch is now in effect for the Bruce Peninsula, and a wind warning for the entire Grey Bruce region.

 

environment canada alertsThose gusty winds are already causing some hydro outages.

Hydro One is showing scattered outages all throughout the region including sections of Bruce Peninsula, Port Elgin, Markdale, Paisley Chesley area, Thornbury, Dundalk, and Collingwood.

Best estimate for restoration time is between 8 and 9:30pm.

Temperatures will drop tonight and snow flurries will begin late in the evening….2-4 cm is possible.

Wind gusts of up to 100 ks are expected throughout the evening, but will diminish to 60 ks by morning…..meanwhile, snow squalls could produce heavy bands of snow on the Bruce Peninsula tomorrow, dumping up to 15 cm of fresh snow.

Blowing snow will create hazardous driving conditions throughout the region tomorrow.

 

Click here for Environment Canada Update

http://weather.gc.ca/warnings/report_e.html?on20#201930400761453964201411240503

 

click here for hydro one updates

http://www.hydroone.com/Pages/Default.aspx


Monday, November 24th, 2014

Policing likely discussed at Meaford council tonight

Meaford council meets the last time tonight before the new council is sworn in.

meafordIts expected councillor and Mayor-elect Barb Clumpus will make a recommendation that the municipality stay with the O-P-P.

Meaford had been considering a costing from the Owen Sound Police Service but Clumpus says there are savings to be found in the O-P-P’s new pricing model.

Meanwhile it will be the last meeting for outgoing Mayor Francis Richardson as well as councillors Lynda Stephens, Deborah Young and James McIntosh.

Four of the five council spots will be filled by newbies with only Mike Poetker returning along with Deputy Mayor Harley Greenfield.