In The News For September 5, 2018

One of the most humid days of the summer with humidex values could climb into the low 40s today, so take it easy, drink plenty of water and find a cool spot for a few hours. The high hits 31 C under a mix of sun and cloud, but thunderstorms could develop late in the day through the night. Cooler  weather returns tomorrow



A spokesperson for Education Minister Lisa Thompson says the provincial government won’t be commenting on a teachers union’s legal challenge to the sex-education curriculum, because the issue is before the court. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it’s challenging the government’s decision to repeal a modernized version of the province’s sex-ed curriculum. It says it’s seeking an injunction to keep the curriculum in place and to stop what it calls the government’s “snitch line,” where parents can report non-compliant teachers. Union president Sam Hammond calls the government’s changes to the curriculum reckless, and says they put students at risk. Premier Doug Ford has promised provincewide consultations to
build a new curriculum starting this month.



A child has died in Florida in what could be tropical storm Gordon’s first storm-related death, as the system made landfall just west of the Alabama-Mississippi border last night after a tree had fallen on a mobile home. Gordon is said to be weakening as it moves farther inland.



Over the Labour Day long weekend the OPP stopped ten vehicles for Stunt Driving on Highway 401 in Stormont Dundas and Glengarry. Police say a 20-year-old man from Ontario was stopped travelling traveling 215 km/h Saturday night. Another vehicle was stopped traveling 183 km/h early Sunday morning on highway 401. Police say the drivers stopped for excessive speeding had their vehicles impounded, and the driver’s licence seized for seven days.



Some OC Transpo riders are not too happy over the new fall schedule. The new schedule came into effect on Sunday, with changes mainly focused in Orleans, Vanier, Overbook, Downtown and the Ottawa Hospital General Campus. The city of Ottawa says some of the adjustments are in order to get ready for the launch of the Confederation Line in November.



The Vankleek Hill Murals Project re-painting of the “Community Patchwork”, coordinated by Lorie Turpin, will begin in the next month.  Turpin will support a group of volunteer artists in painting a complete new reproduction of the mural. The original version of the mural,  at the corner of High Street and Main Street, was painted in 2000 of key events in the history of Vankleek Hill  up until that point. The new mural will have significant events of the past 25 years in Vankleek Hill.

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