A University of Guelph graduate student has won a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Gavin Armstrong, a phD candidate in biomedical sciences, is known for his efforts at fighting hunger and poverty. He’ll spend the next year studying and researching at the University of Auburn’s college of human sciences in Alabama. He won the fellowship for his work on the Lucky Iron Fish Project, a program designed to alleviate anemia in developing countries. Armstrong is one of 16 Canadian recipients and only the second Guelph student in the programs 23 years. He’ll get 25-thousand dollars to cover a year of studies.
The former British Methodist Episcopal church on Essex will be formally granted City of Guelph Heritage status today for its role in the underground railroad. The 133-year-old building is of special historical significance to the Guelph Black Heritage Society, who are using the occasion to celebrate their first annual Emancipation Day Celebrations at the church. The event runs from 2:00 until 6:00 at 83-Essex Street and will feature music, dance, storytelling and traditional foods. Local dignitaries and politicians will be on hand and for the celebrations. A donation of 15-dollars per family is recommended with part of the proceeds going towards the costs the event. The society is also trying to raise 500-thousand dollars to help pay the mortgage and perform renovations on the building.
Halton Regional Police are investigating after a property owner north of Acton found freshly harvested marihuana plants set out to dry on their fields. Police received the call on Thursday and say it appears large bins were used to transport the crop to the mown farm fields. More than 25-hundred plants were collected at the location with an estimated street value of 1.25 million dollars. Police say the later part of August into early September is the prime time for growers to harvest their illegal crops. You can contact police or CrimeStoppers with any information.
Prime Minister Harper is joining the growing international condemnation of Russia’s new anti-gay law. Harper says Canada does not jail or kill people for their political views, or for engaging in certain consensual acts between adults. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird had earlier denounced the Russian law that punishes anyone who stages gay pride rallies, or gives information about homosexuality to Russians under the age of 18.
South of the boarder, U-S President Barack Obama says Russia’s new anti-gay law “offensive” but is rejecting the suggestion that the U-S to boycott Winter Olympics, Obama says if American gay and lesbian athletes bring home medals from those games, Russia would get a very clear message.
Authorities say up to six people have been killed in a small plane crash in East Haven, Connecticut. The 10-seater aircraft hit two houses in a neighborhood a few blocks from Tweed New Haven Airport. An investigator says there are reports of two or three people in the plane and two or three in the houses. So far, no bodies have been recovered.
Police say outraged community members are helping them get to the bottom of a fatal shooting in Toronto’s west end. A man is under arrest and four others are being sought in the death of 26-year-old Christopher Kotsopoulos, who was shot dead Monday afternoon outside a housing complex. Police say residents are tired of the violence, and they’re coming forward with information on the shooting. Twenty-one-year-old Christopher Shaw is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the incident.
A federal regulator has given the Pickering nuclear power plant approval to keep operating until 2018. The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission gave the plant a five-year license renewal today. But the regulator put a limit on the plant’s service period that it will consider lifting at a future hearing. Ontario Power Generation says the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station has six active reactors.
There is guaranteed to be a Canadian in the finals of the Rogers Cup as Milos Raonic and Vasek Pospisil both won their quarterfinals matches to advance. They now will face off at center court today in the semis. It’s the first time since 1969 that any Canadian has reached the semis. The victor will take on the winner of the other semi – Rafeal Nadal and Novak Jokovich renew their rivalry.
On the Women’s side, Serena Williams advanced to the semis with a straight sets victory, yesterday.
The Guelph Silvercreeks season came to a sudden end last night as they dropped their play-off game against Hamilton 12-9.
The Royals will look to stay alive on the Senior side as they take on the Brantford Red Sox at Hastings tonight. The Sox lead the series 1 game to none.
Guelph Storm Robbi Fabbri and the rest of Team Canada are vying for gold at the Ivan Hlinko Mens Under 18 hockey Tournament in Czech. Team Canada will take on the Americans today.
Kevin Glenn had no trouble filling in as Calgary’s starting quarterback. Glenn threw one touchdown and 218 yards as the Stampeders rolled over the Saskatchewan Roughriders 42-27. Glenn was filling in for an injured Drew Tate. The victory ties Calgary for first in the C-F-L with the Riders at 5-and-1.
The ball was flying out of the Rogers Center last night, unfortunatly most of those were off the bats of Oakland Athletics. The A hit 5 including 3 from Josh Reddick on their way to embarrassing the Blue Jays 14-6. The teams are back at it this afternoon for a 107 first pitch.
Albert Pujols says he’s taking legal action against Jack Clark after the former St. Louis Cardinals star accused him of taking performance-enhancing drugs. The injured Los Angeles Angels’ slugger released a statement Friday night, saying He is currently taken action against Jack Clark and the radio station he works for. Pujols said: I am going to send a message that you cannot act in a reckless manner, like they have, and get away with it.” Clark said Pujols’ former trainer, Chris Mihlfeld, told him 10 years ago that he “shot him up.” Pujols was a Cardinal for 11 years before being trade to the Angels 2 seasons ago.