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Pulse growers call for C-49 amendments to clear grain backlog

Delays in rail shipments cause backlog of grain

Some farmers in the province are calling on the federal government to take action to clear up a grain backlog. Saskatchewan Pulse Growers are calling for amendments to Bill C-49, which regulates railways and how railways move grain. The group claims CN has supplied only 66 per cent of hopper cars ordered by grain shippers on time this year, and states the rail company has provided less than 50 per cent of rail car orders over the last four weeks. Ottawa introduced legislation a few years ago, during another grainRead More

Margaret Atwood takes to Twitter to defend herself after ‘MeToo’ op-ed

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has taken to Twitter to defend herself after writing a controversial op-ed in which she wondered if she was a “bad feminist” for questioning the tactics of the #MeToo movement. In a piece published Saturday in The Globe and Mail, Atwood called #MeToo “a symptom of a broken legal system”. The op-ed drew sharp criticism from some observers, who were angered by what they saw as a betrayal of feminist values by an author who has long been interested in examining and questioning power structures that subjugate women.Read More

Fourth snow removal operation of winter to begin Sunday night

Snow banks Montreal

Montreal’s last major snow removal operation wasn’t even done and now it needs a new one. After Saturday’s snowfall, which left over 30 centimetres of powder on the city, the city will begin clearing the snow at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday. According to a statement issued by City Hall, the operation will take at least five days to be complete. Jean-Francois Parenteau, the city’s manager for citizen services, urged Montrealers to be cautious around snow removal machinery. “We are also asking motorists to respect the parking bans that will beRead More

Flood warnings and watches continue for Grand River watershed

Ice in Conestogo

Water flows throughout the southern Grand River watershed are expected to remain high, cold and fast for the next week. The Grand River Conservation Authority says the cooler temperatures have reduced runoff, so water stored from the recent rainfall and snowmelt was released from the Belwood and Conestogo Reservoirs Saturday morning. That means river flows in the central and lower Grand River and lower Conestogo River will be higher this week. Flood warnings remain in place for Ayr and Woolwich Township. The GRCA says the low level bridge upstream fromRead More

Over-capacity school sends students packing

Over-capacity school sends students packing

Children living in Sage Creek may have a tough time getting into their neighborhood school. Overcrowding at Sage Creek School has many families making a commute to schools in other catchment areas. Sage Creek School reached its capacity in the fall. “We have increased the student body from 450 to 627,” said Chris Sigurdson, chair of the Louis Riel School Division. A spokesperson for Manitoba Education and Training told CTV News, “There must be sufficient growth in the student population before a new school or additional space at an existingRead More

If 2017 weather was a downer, you ain’t seen nothing yet: Environmental Defence

Extreme cold

OTTAWA — When it comes to extreme weather, 2018 has a throwdown message for last year’s show of hurricanes, forest fires and non-stop rainfall: hold my beer. Tim Gray, executive director of Environmental Defence Canada, says that while predicting when and where extreme weather will hit is difficult, if not impossible, he’s confident there will be even more wacky weather this year. Gray says greenhouse gases like carbon and methane sit and gather in the earth’s atmosphere, where they trap heat as energy. The more energy there is in theRead More

Crystal meth and pellet guns seized from Langlois Avenue home

Windsor Police Car

Windsor police have arrested a 34-year-old Windsor man and seized crystal methamphetamine and pellet guns after an investigation. Members of the Drugs and Guns (DIGS) Unit were working on an active drug trafficking investigation on Wednesday. Officers applied for and were granted a search warrant for the involved residence. At about 8:40 p.m., members of our Emergency Services Unit (ESU) assisted DIGS officers and executed the search warrant at a residence located in the 800 block of Langlois Avenue.  A man was arrested at the scene without incident.  During the search, DIGS officersRead More

South Korea floats summit with Kim Jong Un

Kim Jong Un

Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press Published Tuesday, January 9, 2018 11:58PM EST SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – South Korea’s president said Wednesday he’s open to meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if certain conditions are met, as he vowed to push for more talks and co-operation with the North to try to resolve the nuclear standoff. President Moon Jae-in has previously floated the idea of a summit with Kim under conditions. But his latest comments came a day after the North agreed to send a delegation to nextRead More

Demolition begins on Barrie Central Collegiate

Demolition begins on Barrie Central Collegiate

The demolition of Barrie’s oldest high school has stated. Heavy equipment was used to meticulously tear apart Barrie Central Collegiate on Tuesday. The plan is to have the building torn down in just three months. “We know the legacy and importance of the site. We will highlight the history of the site. We’re preserving Prince of Wales Schoolhouse as part of a public park,” says Scott Higgins, president of HIP Development. The developer is set to build multiple residential towers on the property. The towers will include rentals and someRead More

Massive barn fire near St. Marys

Barn Fire St. Marys

Provincial police along with fire officials are trying to determine what caused a large barn near St. Marys to go up in flames early Tuesday morning. Members of the St. Marys, Sebringville and West Perth Fire Departments were on the scene of the barn fire which started shortly before 6:00 a.m. on Perth Line 16 in the Township of Perth South.  According to polce there were about 1800 livestock inside the barn at the time. Police could not say if any of the livestock were saved or what kind ofRead More