Canada’s largest city is drying out after a record-smashing
rainfall soaked Toronto.
Cars were stranded, basements were flooded and power was knocked
out in many areas.
Pearson International Airport reported 126 millimetres of rain,
making it the wettest day in the city’s history.
The previous single-day rainfall record for the city was set in
October of 1954 when hurricane Hazel left 121 millimetres.
Meanwhile, heavy rain fell last evening in the northern end of the Grand River watershed: about 60 millimeters of rain hit Dufferin county.
The ground was already saturated from weekend rainfall.
The conservation authority is warning for high water flows throughout this week.
Anglers, canoeists and kayakers should be aware of of the increased flows.
Water levels in lake belwood and guelph lake will be affected, and some low lying areas will be flooded.
A mangy male fox that elluded capture for the past 3 weeks, was apprehended in the backyard of a house on Fountain Street. The animal is now being treated at the Toronto Wildlife Centre, and, the hope is, will eventually be released back into the wild in the Guelph area.
But a female fox, also infested with mange, is still on the loose in the downtown area.
The hunt for her, continues.
Meanwhile, Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health is warning you to leave wild animals alone.
A release from the health unit says you, your family and your pets are at risk of exposure to rabies and other illnesses.
Foxes are among a list of animals that can become infected with rabies, along with skunks, raccoons, bats, dogs and cats.
The release also says that an outbreak of distemper, in the local raccoon population, has caused infected animals to lose their fear of humans and behave aggressivly.
Distemper, while not a concern for you, can be fatal for your pet. Make sure its shots are up to date.
About 15-thousand dollars worth of tires were stolen, from a Woodlawn Road car dealership, sometime over the weekend. police say two full sets of wheels were taken off three vehicles. And a similar theft occured last month, from a different dealership on Woodlawn Road. In this case 12-thousand dollars worth of tires- two sets- was stolen.
Guelph gets slammed with a “D” grade, in a Canadian Taxpayers Foundation report card on municipal spending.
The report looked at 20 of the largest municipalities, focusing on employee salaries.
The report used property tax data and information from the sunshine list. That’s the annual list of government employees, earning over 100 thousand dollars a year.
The report card looked at things like salary growth, the increase in the number of employees on the sunshine list, the top municipal salary, and what is called the “fat cat ratio”.
That’s the number of employees on the sunshine list for each 10 thousand residents.
Guelph’s “D”, puts it near the bottom of the list. Toronto and Cambridge scored D-plus’s.
The worst grade went to Oshawa, with an “F”.
Kitchener and St. Catherines topped the report card with “B” minus’s.
The Taxpayers Federation also says that in the past 2 years, the number of high salaries employees at large Ontario municipalities, has grown by 34 percent.
Habitat for Humanity and Women in Crisis are teaming up to build a home at 299 Paisley Road today.
It’s a women-themed build, dedicated to empowering women to make positive change in the community
while learning valuable trade skills.
The home is being built for partner family Sarah and her three boys.
Anyone wanting to help out can visit their online site, at habitatwellington.on.ca.
The Norm Jary-Arc Industries golf tournament was played yesterday.
To date, this tournament has raised over 750 thousand dollars for the intellectually challenged.
A noon hour accident in Puslinch Township yesterday, sent a cyclist to hospital with undertermined injuries.
His bike was hit by a car on Wellington County Road 36, just west of Watson Road.
The name of the bike rider has not been released.
The Dairy Farmers of Ontario have presented the University of Guelph with a 3 million dollar donation.
The gift was made through the University’s Better Planet Project, a 200 million dollar fund raising campaign for teaching a research.
The money will support a permanent faculty position in dairy microbiology at the Ontario Agricultural College for 10 years.
It will also fund a research chair in dairy cattle health, at the Ontario Veterinary College for the next 5 years.
The announcement coincides with the construction of a 25 million dollars dairy research facility at the university-run Elora Research Station.
A Peterborough family is celebrating their first day as
millionaires today after winning 50-million dollars in Friday’s
Lotto Max Jackpot.
Lynda and John Powell, along with their four adult children,
received their cheque yesterday from the Ontario Lottery and Gaming
Corporation in Toronto.
The family says they will plan a vacation with their winnings and
help out extended family.
In sports, the Silvercreeks were rained out last night at Hastings Stadium. Tonight, the Royals host Toronto at 7:30, hoping for a better fate.