Infectious diseases experts are warning Canada to be on its guard for a potentially nasty flu season. A mixed bag of viruses making the rounds across the country, coupled with a flu vaccine that might not be all that effective in preventing the illness, is fueling that speculation. In its weekly FluWatch report, the Public Health Agency of Canada says the annual sneezing-coughing season began early this year — especially with illness due to influenza-B. The percentage of lab-positive tests for flu is also higher at this point on the calendar compared with previous seasons.
The latest meeting of the United Counties of Prescott-Russell saw local mayors voice their concern over the impending legalization of Marijuana next July. Champlain Mayor and UCPR Warden Gary Barton said he had “mixed feelings” on the legalization of cannabis, and added that it’s moving too quickly, with no official monitoring in place yet. A leaked documentfrom the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services supports that point, and raises many others when it comes to enforcing rules about public consumption, growing and other grey areas. Police across the country have also asked for the July 2018 date to be pushed back.
The Ontario government is expected to announce today how many students have asked for a tuition refund after a five-week-long strike cancelled classes at Ontario’s colleges. Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews says the deadline for students to apply for a refund was this past Tuesday, and the government is now compiling the numbers. She says preliminary data suggests the vast majority of students chose to stick with their programs and finish the extended semester. The Liberal government ended the strike last month with back-to-work legislation.
Starting January 1st 2018 there will be an increase in the CRTranspo monthly pass rates for students, adults and daily passes
|A Student monthly pass||$175|
|An Adult monthly pass||$243|
|Daily one way pass||$15|
|Booklet of daily tickets||$205|
A new schedule starting January 2nd, 2018 will be circulated on the buses.