Federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says he was struck by the severity of the damage caused by a tornado as he toured Dunrobin yesterday where people are still reeling after the powerful twister levelled homes and knocked out power grids on Friday. He says the federal government is so far playing a supporting role to the province and municipality in recovery efforts — including sending in R-C-M-P officers to tornado-ravaged areas to ease pressure on local forces. If you want to make donations to help Ottawa residents in need, the Canadian Red Cross is working to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people in affected areas as quickly as possible. Money raised will be used to respond to the immediate and/or emerging needs in and around the affected areas. You can make a financial donation to the Ottawa-Gatineau Tornado Appeal – by calling 1-800-418-1111, by contacting your local Canadian Red Cross office. The Salvation Army is accepting donations of clothing, furniture and household items in anticipation of increased requests from residents affected by the windstorm and tornadoes. You can make donations in person at Salvation Army thrift stores. To arrange a donation pick-up for larger items, please call the toll-free donation line at 1-613-247-1435 ext. 228.
The work continues for the Vankleek Hill Highway 34 project. Concrete work was expected to begin this week. Residents had their water turned off on Monday for “cutting and capping” the existing watermains at three locations (Main Street East, Main Street West and High Street near Methot Street. Many residents are connected to a temporary, above-ground water supply. It is possible that water pressure at homes may be slightly lower than usual. Water will be turned off again in the coming weeks, when it is time to connect the new watermains to the pipes. It is still too early to talk about the expected completion date as much of the work left to do are weather-dependent.
More than 150 participants volunteered their time to join in the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s in Rockland last Saturday raising more than $12,500. The funds will be used directly in support of community to aid in providing programs and services benefiting those who are living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through Adult Day programs, individual and peer support, First Link, Minds in Motion, as well as public education and research.
The City of Clarence-Rockland is proud that its Hammond Barrier-Free Park project was retained by the Aviva Community Fund which intends to build accessible structures to give all children a place to play and members of the community with disabilities a space to move independently and safely. Three $100,000 prizes will be awarded to projects that bring people together and that have long-lasting impacts. By visiting the Hammond Barrier-Free Park page website one can register and to use your 10 votes for this project. Don’t forget to promote the Hammond Barrier-Free Park on your social media in order to reach as many people as possible.