A crew of 14 Hydro Ottawa members are heading to North Carolina to help with restoration efforts in anticipation of Hurricane Florence’s arrival. The team is made up of 12 Power Line Technicians, one Supervisor, and one Safety Specialist. Hurricane Florence is barrelling ever closer to the Carolina coast, where the monster storm is expected to make landfall tomorrow. Forecasters say wind speeds have dropped from 225-kilometres per hour to 175, reducing it to a Category 2 storm. Florence’s centre is 375-kilometres away from Wilmington, North Carolina, and a bit farther from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. It’s being called a once-in-a-lifetime storm for threatening to cause historic flooding and idle for days over the Carolinas and the
The Trudeau government has agreed to pay 100-million dollars to settle a legal battle with disabled veterans, who had launched a class-action lawsuit in 2014 after some of their financial benefits were clawed back. The settlement would provide 12-thousand veterans with between two-thousand and 50-thousand dollars each, depending on when they served and the severity of their disabilities. The settlement must still be approved by the Federal Court, with an Ottawa hearing set for December.
At the start of the Tuesday council session Mayor Gary Barton had some stern words of advice for vandals destroying election signs around Champlain Township telling them to keep their hands off the signs. Mayor Barton is not running for re-election himself and he did not mention whose election signs were getting the attention of vandals. He noted that he himself has retrieved and re-set a few campaign signs he found knocked over and he has received calls from residents about other election sign vandalism.
Employees of the City of Clarence-Rockland received their electoral personnel training for the upcoming Municipal Elections of October 22. The training covered telephone and internet voting procedures in order to better help the citizens.
Construction starts today on westbound access from the 174 to the 417 and will result in full and partial lane closures. It will last until Monday, September 24. 174 access to 417 westbound will be fully closed overnight tonight, from 10:00 to 6:00 in the morning tomorrow. Partial lane closures will begin at 9 p.m. – A full closure of the 174 access to the 417 westbound will take place the following weekend, starting Friday, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday. All lane closures on the 417 and 174 westbound will end on Monday, September 24 by early morning. Residents are reminded to plan all trips well in advance, as delays are expected during the closure.