The North American power grid has come a long way since a massive blackout plunged parts of
Canada and eastern U.S. into darkness 10 years ago, but experts say the system is still
vulnerable to cyber threats, human error and extreme weather.
Martina Holmson with the Independent Electricity System Operator says mandatory reliability
standards have been implemented in the U.S. now, following the 2003 blackout.
The electrical failure _ the worst in North America’s history _ began when a tree branch touched
a power line in Ohio and then spread through eight U.S. states and Ontario, affecting more than 50
million people. Some cities did not get their power restored for four days.
Two Toronto residents have been arrested in connection to an armed robbery at the Source
Store on Woodlawn Road in June. The suspects entered the store June 16th, armed with a hand gun.
employees were bound, while the culprits made off with electronics and cell phones.
A similar robbery occurred in Aurora the month prior. A 23-year old man and 21-year old woman
face a total of 85 charges including robbery with a firearm and forcible confinement.
Charges are pending against a 28-year old Markham man, who is in custody on unrelated charges.
Police say a Milton man is dead after being
crushed while working under his vehicle.
Halton police say they were called to a garage at a Milton home
just after noon on Tuesday.
Investigators say a jack stand failed while the man was
underneath his vehicle causing it to fall on him.
The 37-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police say the victim’s name will not be released.
Halton Police, investigating after a body was discovered in Acton yesterday morning, have ruled out criminal activity.
Just before 11, police were notified of a body floating in Fairy Lake, located in Prospect Park.
The body has been identified as a 48 year old Acton resident.
A 51-year-old woman facing charges in the death of
her toddler grandson in a sweltering car is to appear in court today
Leslie McDonald is charged with criminal negligence causing death
and failing to provide the necessities of life.
Her grandson died on June 26, a month before
his second birthday.
Police have said the boy died after being exposed to high-level
temperatures for an extended period of time in a car outside a
Investigators have said the child was in the care of his maternal
grandmother while his father was at work and his mother was at an
The first Saturday market, at the renovated Guelph Farmers Market on Gordon Street, will be September 9th.
The city has just finalized a schedule with the construction company that has been doing the renovation work.
That means the last farmers market at Exhibition Park Arena will be September 7th.
The city will be putting in ice at Victoria Road, a little earlier than usual, clearing the way for skating and hockey programs, which normally begin at Exhibition Park in mid-September.
In sports, the Brantford Red Sox scored 5 runs in the top of the second inning and never trailed, in an 11-3 whitewashing of the Royals. The Intercounty series is now tied at 2, with game 5 in Brantford tomorrow night.
The Canadian Senior Women’s Fast Pitch Championships gets underway this morning, at Exhibition Park.
The first game is at 10 this morning, with the host Guelph Gators taking on a team from Quebec at 1 this afternoon.
The opening ceremonies take place at 5, followed at 6:30, by the Gator’s second game, against the defending champion Whitby Eagles.
Kyle Walters has been named acting general manager of
the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, replacing Joe Mack, who was fired last
week amid the team’s 1-and-5 start.
Walters served as Mack’s assistant GM this season after spending
three seasons on the coaching staff.
Walters previously coached the University of Guelph Gryphons. Before that
he won a Grey Cup as a player with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in 1999.