On this, the first day of summer, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Pubic Health, already has water quality warnings posted a two beaches: the Rockwood Conservation Area, and Monora Park in Orangeville.
Beaches are “posted” when e-coli bacteria exceeds the Ministry of Health Guidelines.
If you elect to swim, you are doing so at your own risk, and you could be exposed to bacteria that may cause diarrhea, or infections of your ears, nose, throat, eyes and skin.
Beaches can also be posted for other factors, like algae, or chemical or sewage spills.
The Guelph Police Service Board has approved plans for a 20 million dollar expansion at the downtown police headquarters building.
The plan goes to City Council for approval in the fall.
The police department is expected to grow along with the city over the next 20 years.
This project would see more floors added to the building, as well as a secure parking area for officers.
13.6 million dollars is already set aside in a capital fund, for this project, which would get underway in 2014 and be completed in 2017.
Some interesting finds among local teens, aged 14 to 18, in a new report card released by Wellington
Dufferin Guelph Public Health.
The top five health issues identified by young people are depression, body image, healthy relationships, alcohol use and physical activity.
Report card coordinator Aubren LaRose says results were compiled by a number of sources, including a
survey by grade 10 students. The survey showed 35 percent of teens are bullied at school.
The report finishes off a series of report cards. They have reports on children zero to 6, and kids, aged 7
to 13. You can find the results online at wdgreportcard.com.
About 80 per cent of the province’s 4,000 elementary schools will have their doors locked and be equipped with front-door buzzers and security cameras.
The schools asked for and received the funding to implement the security measures.
Everyone, even parents, would have to be buzzed in, after the bell rings.
The security changes were put in place after the school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
The Upper Grand District School Board did not ask for provincial money. First, it wouldn’t cover the cost of implementation. And secondly, there was no maintenance money.
And the board was only allowed access to the money, if it could guarantee school doors would be locked, all the time.
Some schools have video surveillance, and that will be upgraded over the summer. The board has purchased “beacons” for any high school room that’s considered “high noise”. That way students can be informed of a lock-down.
At the Catholic Board, three schools will get some provincial money. Education Director Don Drone says most schools have locks. But with portable classrooms, it’s highly impractical to have some doors locked, all the time.
A teacher with the Upper Grand District School Board, has been named one of Canada’s top 25 history teachers.
Neil Orford’s grade 10 and 12 students at Centre Dufferin District High School, have researched some 5 thousand military veterans, and added their information to a digital database at the Dufferin County Museum and Archives.
They’ve also created a virtual war memorial, and have added 120 new stories in the past 6 years.
They’ve also honoured more veterans than any other school in Canada, with commemorative bricks at the Juno Beach War Memorial. To date, they’ve raised almost 30 thousand dollars for that project, and another 6 thousand for a new war memorial at the high school.
Orford is ‘s a finalist for the 2013 Governor General’s history awards for excellence in teaching.
Taking place Sunday morning at the University of Guelph is the 10th annual Wheels in Action event. It’s an 2-and-a-half kilometer walk-roll-run, to raise money, support, and awareness for people with spinal cord injuries. Event Co-Chair Cyndy McLean says the funds raised will go to a variety of local projects, and it really comes down to what are the hottest needs of the year. She adds, over the years they have been able to support many community projects.
McLean says they help people on an individual basis as well, such as supporting Spin Fit, an arm exercise program run out of St Jo’s. Wheels in Action gets underway at 11, at the University of Guelph’s Athletics Centre.
The opposition parties are saying Ontario’s signature green
energy deal with Samsung was a “colossal failure.”
The Liberal government has slashed the 9.7-billion-dollar
agreement with the South Korean company by more than one third.
The province will now buy six billion dollars worth of
electricity produced by Samsung’s wind farms and solar projects over
the next 20 years.
Energy Minister Bob Chiarelli says that’s 3.7 billion dollars
less than the original 2010 agreement.
In sports, Rookie Raymond Brown made three interceptions, and returned one
for a 115-yard touchdown, as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats crushed
Winnipeg 52-0 in C-F-L pre-season play. It was the Tabbies first game in their temporary home at Alumni Stadium.
The Guelph Royals have traded long-time first baseman Sean Reilly to the Toronto Maple Leafs, in exchange for 3 players, and a 4th to be named later. One of the players coming to Guelph is last season’s rookie of the year, pitcher Clay Caulfield. The Royals are in Brantford tonight.
Last night, the Silvercreeks scored 7 runs in the 8th inning, and beat Brantford 9-2. The ‘Creeks host the Braves tonight.
In Junior B Lacrosse, the Spartans beat the Regals 15-9. Guelph is in Hamilton this evening.