With high temperatures and humidity steaming up classrooms across much of Ontario this year, there are calls for the provincial government to address the lack of air conditioning in many schools. The stifling heat led Environment Canada to issue heat warnings across much of southwestern Ontario this week, and many parents say it’s unreasonable to expect children to be able to focus. The Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario says it considers extreme heat a health and safety concern for teachers too. Ontario currently has a 16-billion-dollar repair backlog for schools across the province.
A 60-year-old Saint-Clet, Que., man has been identified as the motorcyclist who died Saturday when his bike failed to negotiate a curve on County Road 4 in East Hawkesbury Township. On Saturday afternoon, Normand Charlebois was heading east. when his motorcycle went into the ditch, struck a driveway embankment then tumbled to a stop between Des Erables Street and Golf Road. Hawkesbury OPP, Prescott-Russell paramedics and East Hawkesbury firefighters responded but Charlebois died of his injuries at the scene.
The United Counties of Prescott and Russell has decided to maintain its current ratio of one-quarter of the residential tax rate despite a call from the Ontario Federation of Agriculture to lower farmland taxes. Stéphane Parisien, the CAO of the UCPR, told council if it lowered the tax ratio it’d be “shooting itself in the foot. Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins said that the problem isn’t local tax rates, but rather the valuations done by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation.
And Ottawa Police are at the scene as a bear has apparently wandered into the ByWard Market area. It was Last seen in the St. Patrick/Dalhousie area. Police have closed sections of St. Patrick and Murray streets around Dalhousie Street as they look for the animal.