The Grand River Conservation Authority wants you to have fun on the water this weekend but you have to be careful. Earlier this week, the GRCA released a warning for areas around the Guelph Lake Dam and the dams at Shand and Consetogo. Water conditions can change quickly and with the amount of rain we’ve seen this week, there could be fast moving water throughout the grand river water shed. The GRCA reminds you to keep a close eye on pets and kids and if you are near water, children should be wearing a life jacket.
Canadian Blood Services is extending its “Blood Signal” campaign, until September 3, to make up for nearly 12-thousand unfilled donation appointments so far this summer. The Blood Signal is a call to action for Canadians to rally together and book a donation when the need is greatest. The blood services clinic on Silvercreek Parkway in Guelph will have extended hours today, from 8 this morning until 1. 51-thousand appointments need to be filled between now and labour day to replenish stocks.
Fears of an al-Qaida attack has prompted the United States to issue a global travel alert for Americans until the end of this month. Twenty-one American embassies and consulates in Muslim countries in the Middle East and North Africa are being closed this weekend as a precaution. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird is encouraging Canadians in the Middle East and North Africa to exercise what he calls “a higher degree of caution.” But Canada is not closing any diplomatic missions.
Prime Minister Harper has officially opened the Canada Summer Games in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The loudest cheers from the more than five-thousand spectators was for Lac-Megantic Mayor Colette Roy-Laroche, who helped carry the official flag.
American authorities have now issued orders to improve rail safety in the wake of the Lac-Megantic tragedy.
After the disaster, Ottawa banned one-man crews for trains carrying dangerous cargo in Canada. Only one crewman was assigned to the train that derailed and blew up in Lac-Megantic. South of the border, American railways have been ordered to review their staffing requirements to ensure the safe operation of their trains.
Prime Minister Harper has thrown cautious support behind plans for a new pipeline to carry crude from the Alberta oil-sands to the East Coast. He notes that TransCanada’s proposed 12-billion dollar project would have to go through an independent review process, but he says it’s a good idea in principle. Speaking in Quebec City, the prime minister also says he believes pipelines are the safest way to get Canada’s oil to market
A tough start to the season continues for the struggling Edmonton Eskimos. Grant Shaw’s 50 yard field goal sailed wide on the final play of game and the Ti-Cats were able to hang on for a 30-29 win breaking their 9 game road-losing streak. The Eskimos are now 0 and 3 to start the season at home.
The Jays were hoping Todd Redmond could repeat his 7 inning 10 strikeout performance of week-ago but as seams to be the case with this Jays team, he was inconsistent at best. Redmond couldn’t get past the 4th inning and his bull-pen couldn’t bail him out either. An 8th inning rally lifted the Angels to a 7-5 come from behind victory.
Alex Rodriguez was back with the Trenton Thunder on Friday and hit what might be his last home run in a while. With a lengthy suspension looming, the New York Yankees star hit a two-run homer in his minor league re-hab assignment.
Rodriguez is among 14 players facing discipline in Major League Baseball’s Biogenesis investigation, and suspensions are expected on Monday _ Rodriguez is said to be facing the longest penalty.
The Silvercreeks 2nd game of the Provincial Championships was postponed due to lightning, they will try aging this morning. The Creeks beak Pickering 4-2 yesterday in game 1.
Some guy named Tiger has the lead going into moving day at the Bridgestone Invitational. Woods shot an outstanding 61 to take a 7 stroke lead over the pack. Tiger has dominated the Firestone Country Club, winning this tournament 7 times.
The Minnesota Twins have demoted Guelph native Scott Diamond to the minor leagues. Diamond is 5-10 this season with a 5.52 ERA.