Orientation Week gets underway today at the University of Guelph.
About 45-hundred first-year students will take part – with more than 650 returning students and 120-different university groups volunteering their services to make sure it all runs smoothly.
Barry Townshend is the Manager of the Centre for New Students at the university. He says the week is more than just social events and tours. They also want to instill a sense of community in the first year students.
The week will wrap up next Saturday with the World Record Challenge – Emergency Food Packing Event at the field house. The challenge event will last two hours with a goal of packaging 685-thousand emergency relief meals to send to Mauritania.
With Orientation Week – today is also the official Move-In Day at the University.
Some roads leading to the U of G will be closed, so drivers not involved in the move-in day are encouraged
to avoid areas near campus.
Gordon Street will be closed between Stone Road and College Avenue from 7:00 this morning until 4:30 this afternoon to help reduce traffic congestion and speed up the move-in.
Access to McGilvary Road, South and East Ring Roads, and Dundas Lane will also be restricted to use by new students, along with several parking lots.
Road closures and detours will be clearly marked.
More than four-thousand new students will be moving into the university residences.
Toronto’s police chief is turning to a retired Supreme Court justice to review use-of-force policies at Toronto Police Service. Chief Bill Blair says Frank Iacobucci will lead the review, now that another retired judge withdrew over conflict-of-interest concerns raised by victim’s families. Blair is required under the Police Services Act to conduct a review following the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim, who was shot by police on an empty streetcar. Constable James Forcillo faces a second-degree murder charge.
A 32-year-old woman is to appear in court today in Toronto charged with the attempted murder of her 11-year-old son. Police say officers found the boy suffering life-threatening head injuries when they responded to a call to a west-end Toronto apartment early yesterday. Officers had to break the apartment building’s lobby doors to gain access. The woman is also charged with aggravated assault, and failure to provide the necessities of life.
Police across the province say they’ll be launching their back-to-school campaign on Tuesday as kids return to class. Officers will be targeting motorists who put kids at risk as a result of their careless driving. Police will be paying special attention to motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians in school zones. Enforcement will also target school bus safety.
The province has released its new cycling strategy to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and for recreation. The 20-year strategy envisions improvements to cycling infrastructure, safer highways and streets, and improved cycling awareness. According to the Canadian Medical Association, a 10 per cent increase in physical activity could reduce direct health-care expenditures by 150 million dollars a year. Transportation Minister Glen Murray says the goal is to make Ontario the premier cycling province in Canada.
In Junior B hockey exhibition play – the Guelph Hurricanes fell 5-3 to Ancaster at Hespeler arena last night. Matt Lippa with a goal and two assists in the loss – this after the Hurricanes doubled up the Avalance 2-1 on Thursday.
Guelph is in Listowel next Friday for their regular season opener.