We could be heading for a new record today.
Yesterday, Guelph Hydro recorded the use of 297 mega watts of electricity.
That matched the old record for Guelph and Rockwood. It also resulted in a few minor power outages, because hydro’s communications director, Sandy Manners says, we are very close to capacity.
Later this afternoon, Manners expects we’ll set a new record.
But she says you can help ease the load on the system.
First and foremost, turn up your thermostat. Put it at 26 celsius and cut down on the use of your air conditioner.
Turn off lights, because they produce heat. Unplug unnecessary electronic devices.
Leave the clothes drying and dish washing until late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Close your drapes to keep the sun out.
And do supper tonight in the micro-wave or on the bar-be-que.
Early this morning, around 3:30, Guelph Police recived a call from a man, saying he was being followed by a vehicle. Officers told him to head to the downtown station and when he got there, police determined he was impaired by drugs, and was never actually being followed. A 22 year old man is charged with impaired driving.
A truck, almost 92 hundred kilograms over the allowed weight on the Niska Bridge, was stopped after it crossed that bridge. The driver was fined 770 dollars. Police say heavy truck useage of the Niska Bridge is an ongoing safety concern, and they will continue their enforcement.
The driver of a vehicle, which ran a red light at the corner of Edinburgh Road and Youngman Drive, fled the scene and police are looking for the driver and vehicle. She struck another car, causing an 18 year old woman to suffer minor injuries. Police are looking for an older model grey or black car, possibly a Pontiac Grand Prix. The driver is described as white, about 23 to 30 years old, with dark hair.
West Region OPP investigated another fatal collision today, involving a motorcycle driver who was killed. Police say regardless of who is at fault, motorcycle drivers often end up with serious injuries, and operators of all vehicles must share responsibilty on the road. Drivers of automobiles are encouraged to take a few extra seconds to check their surrounding area for motorcycles, and check mirrors and blind spots regularly. Motorcycle operators are advised to drive safely and defensivly, and to never assume other drivers are aware of their presence.
If you grew a moustache last November for the “m”ovember prostate cancer iniative, we can now tell you where some of the money went.
A University of Guelph professor is getting 200 thousand dollars from Prostate Cancer Canada, through the “movember” discovery grant program.
Jeff Wood says this money is very important. He says prostate cancer eventually becomes resistant to therapy.
Wood studies prostate cancer in a genetically engineered mouse model, that has the same genes that they find in prostate cancer.
Some people handle the hot weather better than others. Most are able to cope through drinking lots of water and staying cool but some are particularly vulnerable or put themselves at risk.
Steve Street is the vice president of Corporate Services and Planning at Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus. He says the numbers of patients coming into the emergency room in the last couple days, with heat related conditions are on the rise.
Chief of Emergency Medicine at Guelph General Hospital, Ian Digby says his E-R has not seen a noticeable increase in heat related visits this week.
But Digby says the volume of people with chronic conditions coming into emegency “normally” does spike during heat waves.
Guelph’s newest millionaire is a 42-year-old manufacturing worker.
Steven Labrie struck it rich playing the lottery last week. He won three-million dollars in the July 10th Lotto-649 draw.
Labrie purchsed the winning ticket in Guelph at the Dovercliffe Shoppers Mart.
He says he plans to buy his first house, make some investments, and take a vacation to Las Vegas with friends.
Guelph Police are alerting residents, once again, of the Anti-Virus fraud scam.
Calls are being made to people from someone claiming to be from “Windows Technical Support”. The caller says the person’s computer has a virus and unless remote access is given to correct the problem, they’ll shut down the Windows programs on the computer.
Police believe the goal of the call is for the suspects to install spyware or get the individuals to purchase “lifetime virus protection”.
Other variations of the scam involve consumers responding to pop-up ads online offering anti-virus software. Clicking on the links can result in credit card charges up to $470-dollars and charges from foreign banks.
Starting at 2 this afternoon, in the Clearing at Wellington Terrace, the second annual Mayoral Emergency Preparedness Cook-Off takes place. Featuring the Mayors of Wellington County, the cook-off challenges team members to use non perishable food items from a 72 emergency hour kit, to create a three course meal. Participating Mayor, Dennis Lever of Puslinch Township says, the event is all part of Emergency Management Preparedness.
Mayor Lever says his team didn’t win last year, but their food was edible. Teams will be judged on taste, presentation and originality. One of the judges will be local Medical officer of Health, Doctor Nicola Mercer.
London Police say they’re not ruling out the possibility of
laying charges after a toddler child was left alone in a hot
Police say the two-year-old was left in the vehicle in a store
parking lot for at least 30 minutes on Saturday.
They say both windows were half-open but the child was sweating,
though the toddler and a dog in the vehicle weren’t hurt after being
freed when officers arrived.
The incident is just the latest of several cases of young
children being left in hot cars.
In sports, the Royals cemented their position in the Intercounty League cellar, as they committed 7 errors and failed to hold on to 3 seperate leads, in an 8-7 loss to the Burlington Bandits.
The Royals visit Burlington tomorrow night.
In Junior action, the Silvercreeks wrapped up their schedule by splitting a double header in Stratford.
They blew a big lead and lost the opener 15-10, but then rebounded for an 8-5 victory in the nightcap.