In The News For Clarence Rockland — October 4, 2017

The money for repair work on Voisine, Pago and Wilson streets in Rockland, which were damaged in the spring flood, has been put into the 2018 Road Maintenace Reserve budget. The amount approved by the city is $105,000, for which the city will hold public meetings November 7th, 8th and 9th, with work beginning as soon as the restoration action plan is approved. Meanwhile, repairs in other areas will depend primarily on provincial approval of costs. The city also submitted estimates of $735,800 to the province, but it’s still not known if the province will approve this amount. The City of Clarence-Rockland declared a state of emergency on May 4, 2017, when more than 300 residents were affected in the areas of Woods Road, Wilson Road, Voisine Street, Pago Road, Moulin Park and Highway 17.

 

The federal government is nowhere near ready for the massive storms and more frequent floods and fires that are expected to result from climate change. That is the dire warning from environment commissioner, Julie Gelfand who says only five of the 19 departments she looked at have even figured out where the risks are.

 

Clarence-Rockland Mayor Guy Desjardins says that the United Counties of Prescott-Russell should do everything it can to protest Ontario’s proposed minimum wage increase. He suggested that the council form a committee to go to Queen’s Park after the bill’s second reading, saying they must do everything they can to object to it. The city’s operating expenses would increase by $1.5 million dollars when the changes kick in.  Clarence-Rockland Chamber of Commerce director Karine Lauzon reiterated the need to stagger the increases over a longer period of time, saying business owners need more time to plan. The minimum hourly wage increased to $11.60 on October 1st and is projected to reach $14 on January 1st 2018 and $15 on January 1st 2019.

 

A spokesman for Ontario Energy Minister Glenn Thibeault says the government’s plan to cut hydro bills by 25 per cent will not be affected by any rate application approved by the Ontario Energy Board. The province’s energy regulator is to set rates later this fall. But the O-E-B ordered the utility to cut its administrative budget by 30 million dollars over two years, saying customers shouldn’t pay for what it deems “unreasonably high” compensation for Hydro One’s senior staff.

 

Ottawa police are appealing to the public for help in locating a couple linked to alleged frauds targeting hotels and bed and breakfasts in the Ottawa and Gatineau area. Its alleged the man and woman have defrauded about 20 hotels or B-and-B’s dating back to August 4th. Police say the pair either make false complaints about their room in an attempt to avoid payment or just leave without making final
payments. Investigators say the couple in their early 40’s speak with Irish accents and are travelling with their two teenage sons.

 

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