Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has issued a heat alert for the city and the two counties.
The hot humid conditions are expected to last until Wednesday.
The city reminds residents that its air-conditioned facilities and libraries are open to people looking for a place to cool off.
You can also cool down at one of the city’s indoor pools, or one of the ice rinks.
Visit Guelph.ca/coolingcentres, for all of the hours of city facilities.
The area around Janefield Avenue, was thrown into turmoil last evening, when a construction crew cut a main gas line.
About 50 people, living near the leak, were evacuated. Most just stayed in a near-by park. But some went shopping at the mall.
Bus routes in the area were disrupted, for only for a short time.
The leak was quickly stopped, and union gas officials checked some near-by homes, but no gas was found inside.
A 21 year old bicyclist was struck last night, on Scottsdale Drive. He was thrown from the bike, and suffered a sprained wrist. Police are looking for a black and silver motorcycle, and the rider, who is described as a while male between the age of 50 and 60, with a grey stubbly beard. Police say he stopped briefly and said he would return in an hour, but never did. The incident occured just before 6.
Police are also looking for two men, wanted for some break ins at the Pergola Commons Plaza. One man is described as white, wearing a plaid zip up sweatshirt. The other is non white, with a heavier build. Both men are said to be between 20 and 30 years old, about 5-6 to 5-8, and both possibly wearing white gloves. Police say they got into two stores in the plaza, located on Clair Road, but nothing was stolen.
On Saturday night a car, with five occupants inside, approached a RIDE location on College Avenue. To avoid the spot, the driver made a sudden turn onto Rodney Boulevard. However, the 18 year old male driver turned right into anoterh RIDE stop, and pulled a u-turn and fled. Then on Lynwood, the driver jumped out of the moving vehicle, and tried to run off. The vehicle eventually came to a stop on the front lawn of a home. The driver is charged with dangerous driving, flight from police, having no insurance and not having the proper plates.
A couple of saws, a hammer drill, a chainsaw and a surveying tool were also stolen when theives broke into a construction trailer on Dobson Street, in Palmerston. Wellington Provincial Police say the theft occured sometime over the weekend.
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says housing starts in Guelph trended higher in August, compared with July.
The figures show that 1044 housing units will be constructed in the city as well as Guelph-Eramosa and Puslinch Townships this year. That’s up from the previous estimate of 773.
But the CMHC report points out that apartment construction is driving the trend.
Apartment starts have already surpassed last year’s total.
A similar trend is seen in Waterloo Region, with new apartments driving the market.
Guelph’s finance committee will be told next Monday, that the city is facing a budget shortfall of 2.4 million dollars this year.
And city staff will be asked to start some “cost containment activities”.
They’ll be told to postpone hirings, and delay hiring consultants until the new year.
Some of the significant budget deficiencies: over a million dollars at Guelph Transit. 960 thousand of that is due to overtime costs.
Waste management is looked at a short-fall of 170 thousand dollars, because revenues have been lower than expected.
General revenues are down some 700 thousand dollars, because of increased tax write-offs.
It’s a big chunk of change. 4.3 million dollars.
But Guelph’s E.M.S. Chief, Stephen Dewar, says that’s what is needed, to improve ambulance response times.
The province sets the response times.
In Ontario, only London, Barrie and Chatham scored lower than Guelph.
Dewar wants to see an 80 percent compliance rate.
To do that, he’ll tell a city council committee this afternoon, that he needs 24 new paramedics, along with 4 supervisors and 2 new vehicles.
The total cash outlay: 4.3 million a year.
The Ministry of Health would pay half, while the city and county split the rest, 60-40.
Dewar is proposing a 4 year phase in period for his plan.
Toronto police were back on a farm at Ayr, owned by Dellen Millard.
Millard and Mark Smich are charged with first degree murder in the death of Tim Bosma. He vanished last may, after leaving home in his pick-up truck for a test drive with two men.
His remains were found at the farm, burned beyond recognition.
Police had a search warrant yesterday, but wouldn’t say what they were searching for.
But they are also investigating the disappearance of 23 year old Laura Babcock. She was in the escort business and had a relationship with Millard.
A 51 year old Guelph woman has been identified as the victim of a collision north east of Mount Forest. Donna Evans was in a pick-up truck that left Southgate Road 10 around 7 Friday morning, and drove into the Saugeen River.
When search and rescue crews pulled her from the truck, she was already deceased.
A post mortem determined the cause of death to be drowning.
In sports, the Brantford Red Sox came back from a 3-0 series deficit, to win the Intercounty Baseball title for a record setting 6th straight time. They beat the Barrie Baycats last night, 9-7.