Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for much of eastern Ontario, from Belleville right up to Prescott-Russell. The statement is calling for between 10 – 15 cm of snow starting late today into tomorrow and is expected to wrap up by the evening. The heavy snow could make for a difficult morning and afternoon commute tomorrow.
The union for 50-thousand striking Canadian postal workers is looking over an offer delivered yesterday afternoon by Canada Post, which warns time is of the essence. The Crown corporation says with online holiday shopping sales set to ramp up, the deadline for the offer’s acceptance is this Saturday to ensure the post office can meet retailers’ delivery-date expectations. Canada Post is hoping its four-year contract offer will bring an end to 3.5 weeks of rotating strikes that have created a historic backlog of undelivered packages. The proposal offers annual two per cent wage hikes, a signing bonus, new job security provisions, and a 10-million-dollar health and safety fund. CUP-W says while Canada Post has moved to address some of its concerns, there is a still a “long way to go” to reach a deal and its national executive board will discuss the next steps.
The provincial government has released regulations that will guide the launch of private cannabis stores on April 1st. The stand-alone stores can be open any day between 9 a-m and 11 p-m, but they must be at least 150 metres away from schools and bar entry to anyone under 19 years old. Applications for licences will begin on December 17th, and illegal cannabis retailers who were operating after legalization will not be eligible. Licences also won’t be issued to anyone who has an association with organized crime, and applicants must demonstrate their tax compliance status.
Clarence Rockland Police are looking for the public’s assistance in helping to identify the parties and/or a blue Chrysler after approximately four of its occupants driving southbound on Caron Street on the afternoon of November 12 fired an airsoft pistol randomly at young people jogging. Anyone with information on this matter who would like to remain anonymous can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477