Weather – It is quite cold this morning (-22.4°C) compared to yesterday’s -2C. Despite Environment Canada’s forecast of ‘mainly sunny’ this morning, by afternoon it will cloud, and then the flurries and risk of snow squalls this afternoon with winds of 30 km gusting to 60km. A mere amount of 2cm is expected.
In what appears to be the norm ’cause it is winter’ – a snow squall watch in effect for Lake Superior Provincial Park to St. Joseph Island. Snow squalls are expected to develop this evening for portions of Superior East and persist until Friday morning. Local snowfall amounts of 15 cm are possible. Northwest winds gusting to 50 km/h will also generate significant blowing snow reducing visibility to near zero at times.
Roads – Highway 17 was reopened late Wednesday evening after a number of trucks were stuck on the Montreal River Hill and the weather was getting worse. Today Highway 17 from the Soo to Montreal River Harbour is bare and wet with partly snow packed and snow packed sections. From Montreal River Harbour to White River it varies from snow packed, and snow covered sections.
Community – At last night’s the Rotary Club of Wawa had the opportunity to listen to Principal Lucille Vachon-Case about the ‘Pedal Desks and Pedallers) that the school has just taken delivery of. These pedal desks and pedallers allow children to burn off excess energy while working. A feature story is in the works.
The push is on by local schools to register your child for Kindergarten. We have a number to choose from… Keep your eye out for open houses to attend and make your choice.
Regional – Easter Seals Ontario has announced Sault Ste. Marie’s new 2017 Ambassador: Isobel Farstad.
Isobel is 15 years old and attends grade 10 at Superior Heights Collegiate and Vocational School. Over the course of the year, Isobel will make appearances at events in Sault Ste. Marie to promote Easter Seals’ programs and services that allow kids with physical disabilities to experience freedom, independence and a sense of accomplishment. Three upcoming events are:
· TD Change for Change in the Lives of Easter Seals Kids (January and February) at local schools and TD Canada Trust branches.
· Snowarama for Easter Seals Kids – Saturday, February 11, Park Grille.
· Easter Seals Telethon – Sunday, March 26, Shaw Cable Channel 10.
Wawaite Denny Lambert has taken an associate coach position with the Allen Americans, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks.
National – The federal government is looking at creating a new benefit to help low-income Canadians who struggle to pay the rent each month.
Multiple sources say officials want to establish a new housing supplement program that would link benefits to individuals, rather than housing units — a departure from how such supplements have typically worked in Canada.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launches a cross-country tour today to touch base with grassroots Canadians. The first leg of Trudeau’s tour starts today in Ottawa and winds up in London, Ont., on Friday, with stops in such communities as Belleville, Kingston and Peterborough. The tour will also take the PM to Quebec, B.C. and the Prairies, then the Atlantic provinces and the North.