According to Environment Canada data. February 2018 was the warmest one our region has had in 20 years. The monthly average high last month was 0 C. That is the highest since 1998 when the monthly average high was 0.6 C. The milder temperatures resulted in a few road closures in the area. Du Lac Road, from 2787 Du Lac to Lalonde Road, is closed for an undetermined period of time due to flooding. Johnston Road, south of Russell Road to Ettyville Road, is also closed due to flooding.
Tributes to former Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry MPP Noble Villeneuve poured in Thursday after news of his death spread through the region and his party. Villeneuve, a Progressive Conservative, served from 1983 to 1999. His roles included a stint as deputy speaker and four years of serving both as minister for francophone affairs and agriculture in premier Mike Harris’s government. Villeneuve, who was born and raised on the family farm in Moose Creek, was a farmer and real-estate appraiser before being elected. He died in Maxville Wednesday at 79.
Ontario’s Beau’s Brewery has been designated by Ontario’s George Brown College as the newest “Canadian Treasure,”. Beau’s co-founder and CEO Steve Beauchesne accepted the award at a ceremony in Toronto last week, where Beau’s was honoured for its award-winning and certified organic craft beer, its commitment to being family-run and independent, and its consideration for the environment and local communities.
New figures in this week’s federal budget suggest billions of dollars from the Liberal government’s vaunted infrastructure program now won’t be spent until after Canadians go to the polls next year. Despite riding to power on the promise of ramping up infrastructure spending, the sluggish pace of federal spending on projects has been a persistent burr under the government’s saddle. Tuesday’s budget showed more than 3.8-billion-dollars from Phase 1 of the plan — which was supposed to be spent by the end of the month — won’t be totally out the door until at least 2021
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says she’s very concerned by U-S President Donald Trump’s announcement that Washington plans to introduce tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Wynne says any tariff measures that include steel or aluminum from Ontario could hurt workers and businesses on both sides of the border. Trump plans to use a so-called national security exception that allows him to order tariffs if it’s declared a matter of national security. Wynne says any suggestion that Ontario-made steel or aluminum constitutes a national security threat to the U-S is false.