A clean-up continues in southern and central Ontario from a three-day storm packed with freezing rain, sleet, rain and high winds. Provincial utility Hydro One is reporting 39-thousand homes and businesses still without power. In Clarence Rockland with over 10,000 residents, and many businesses without power for most of Monday, schools were forced to close, along with many businesses. Power was slowly restored to parts of the region, with many without electricity until late last evening. According to Hydro One, some customers will not have hydro fully restored until late this afternoon. The City of Clarence-Rockland opened a temporary emergency shelter last evening at the Clarence Creek Arena, on Lemay Street. City employees, and the Red Cross are on hand to welcome residents. For more information on the emergency shelter, residents can call: 613-488-2960
Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford was in Ottawa yesterday. At rally he said his party would eliminate provincial income tax for anyone earning the minimum wage if elected this June. Ford admits that as premier he would only have jurisdiction over the provincial income tax and he says the program would cost the province roughly 500 million dollars a year. The promise echoes an earlier proposal from Ford, who had vowed to scrap the tax for anyone taking home less than 30-thousand dollars a year. However, an analysis by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has found that a minimum wage hike planned by the Liberal government would bring people more money than a tax cut would save them.
Officials at a prison northeast of Kingston say some unauthorized items were discovered during a lockdown and search. Extra precautions were put in place in the assessment unit at Joyceville Institution earlier this month, so staff could conduct the search. Joyceville assistant warden Lorrie Oddie (oh-dee) says a number of unauthorized items showed up during the search. She did not say exactly what items were found, but the Correctional Service of Canada said in a news release that it’scommitted to preventing the entry of contraband into its institutions.