Carbon taxes help jack up inflation

Friday, 24 February 2017 09:28 JW
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Inflation is up and the new carbon taxes imposed by the Ontario and Alberta governments had a lot to do with it.
Statistics Canada says an increase in gasoline prices pushed inflation to 2.1 per cent in January, well above expectations.
Gas prices soared about 21 per cent compared with a year ago in January.
December's inflation was pegged at 1.5 per cent and excluding gas price increases, the rate would have held at 1.5 in January. 

London Knights player suspended for cross-check to the face

Friday, 24 February 2017 06:52 JW
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London Knights forward Max Jones has been handed a ten-game suspension by the Ontario Hockey League.

The suspension comes after Jones was assessed a five-minute major for cross-checking an Owen Sound player in the face last Friday.

Jones sat out the Knights' eastern Ontario road games in Kingston and Ottawa.

He'll be eligible to return on March 14th.


Queen's Park passes anti-Islamophobia motion

Friday, 24 February 2017 06:50 JW
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The provincial legislature has unanimously passed an anti-Islamophobia motion.
The motion from Liberal backbencher Nathalie Des Rosiers introduced the motion in December in response to incidents in her Ottawa-Vanier riding such as anti-Muslim graffiti, and young women wearing hijabs who were spat on.
She says it took on extra urgency after six men were shot to death at a mosque in Quebec.
The Progressive Conservatives supported the Ontario motion meaning it didn't generate the political debate seen over the item before the House of Commons.

D.J. Kennington of St. Thomas qualifies for Daytona 500

Friday, 24 February 2017 06:43 JW
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For the first time in nearly 30 years, a Canadian from southwestern Ontario, has qualified for the Superbowl of NASCAR.
D-J Kennington of St. Thomas has claimed one of two open slots for this weekend's race at Daytona International Speedway. 
The 39-year-old is the eighth Canadian to participate in the race and first since Trevor Boys in 1988.

Flood warnings issued by GRCA

Friday, 24 February 2017 05:09 JW
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Flood warning for the Village of Grand Valley and the St. Jacob Low Level Bridge in Woolwich Township; Flood watch for the remainder of the Grand River watershed
Warm temperatures moved into the Grand River watershed yesterday and overnight temperatures remained well above freezing. This combined with very mild temperatures today has triggered much of the remaining snow pack to melt. Rivers and streams across the watershed have responded. In the northern portion of the watershed, levels started to rise overnight and are continuing to rise today.
Flood Warnings
Grand River Grand Valley
Based on current flow conditions, the GRCA is issuing a flood warning to the Village of Grand Valley to close Hwy 25 through Grand Valley. Levels are expected to flood the low lying portion of Hwy 25 through Grand Valley later this afternoon and the highway will likely remain closed well into the evening.
Conestogo River – St. Jacob Low Level Bridge (1505 Three Bridges Road, Woolwich Township)
Access to the St. Jacob Low Level Bridge is currently blocked due to flooding, and it will remain closed upstream of St. Jacob at 1505 Three Bridge Road through the weekend until flows in the Conestogo River recede.
Flood Watch - Grand River Watershed
A flood watch is issued for the Grand River watershed. River flows will remain high through the weekend and into next week. No major flooding is anticipated at this time; however, flooding of low lying areas adjacent to the river that normally flood can be expected.
The major reservoirs at Belwood, Conestogo, Guelph, Luther, Woolwich, Laurel, and Shades are being used to manage runoff and reduce downstream flooding.
Rain is in the forecast for Friday as a new weather system moves into the watershed. Runoff from rainfall will further increase water levels. While major flooding is not anticipated, conditions will be monitored closely and additional messages issued as needed. 
This message will remain in effect until noon on Monday, February 27, 2017.

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