Clarence Rockland is preparing to host the visit of a delegation from the Republic of Korea, on January 15th that will end with the signature of a sister city relations agreement. In addition to the mayor and dignitaries from South Korea, the delegation includes 15 grade 8 students. The itinerary can be found on the Clarence Rockland City website.
Less than a week after opening Ottawa’s Rideau Canal to skaters, officials have shut down the skateway due to a January thaw. The National Capital Commission says people should stay off the ice for the time being, since freezing rain and warmer temperatures could make it unsafe. A freezing rain warning went into effect yesterday and today’s forecast calls for a high of 7 degrees Celsius with drizzle. Colder temperatures in the minus-25 to minus-15 range are expected to return this weekend.
The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says about 20-thousand part-time support staff at the province’s community colleges have voted to join the union. OP-SEU says a supervised vote at all 24 colleges was held in June 2016 but legal wrangling by the College Employer Council kept ballots from being counted until this week. In the end, OP-SEU says 84 per cent of the ballots cast were in favour of joining the union. The union has also mounted a drive to represent more than 20-thousand contract faculty in the colleges. That vote, which took place in October, has yet to be counted by the Ontario Labour Relations Board.
A deadly E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce in several provinces — including Ontario — appears to be over. The Public Health Agency of Canada says there have been 42 cases of E. coli illness, with eight of them found in Ontario. But it says there have been no reports on the onset of illness since December 12th. Based on its investigations, the agency says exposure to romaine. Based on its investigations, the agency says exposure to romaine has been identified as the source of the outbreak.