Morning News – January 14

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Weather – Flurries and blowing snow will be ending this morning with winds calming for evening.

Roads – All Highways are open at this time. 

Highway 17 from Sault Ste. Marie to Montreal River Harbour is bare and wet  with partly snow packed sections. From Montreal River Harbour to the Paint Lake Road is snow packed with partly snow packed sections. From the Paint Lake Road to White River is snow covered with partly snow packed, snow packed sections.

Community – If you want to get some exercise over the weekend, try the FREE family skate ‘Winter Wonderland Public Skate’ tonight at the MMCC from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, too!

This Winter Wonderland Public Skate is sponsored by the Walk-In Counselling Service. The Walk-In Counselling Service takes place every Tuesday from 11:30 am to 7 pm (last session at 5:30 pm) at the Canadian Mental Health Association 386 Queen Street E., Sault Ste. Marie.

You can also use the outdoor rink at the MMCC for free!

 

National – 

Earthroots believes it may have found a source of ongoing mercury contamination that has plagued Grassy Narrows First Nation for more than 50 years. Mercury concentrations haven’t decreased in 30 years and dangerous levels are still present in sediment and fish continuing to cause serious health problems.

The group Earthroots sent volunteers to take soil samples of the site near the Wabigoon River and say testing found high levels of mercury. The Ministry of the Environment officials will review the new information “and take appropriate investigative action.”

An online poll conducted last weekend through the Assiniboine Park Conservancy has come up with the names for the two orphaned polar bear cubs;  Nanuq for the female and Siku for the male.

Nanuq is the Inuktitut word for polar bear, while Siku means ice.

 

In a very unique 150th birthday gift, the results of the research into the beaver genetics were published Friday in the journal G3: Genes/Genomes/Genetics. The genome was sequenced in part using DNA from Ward, a 10-year-old male beaver that lives at the Toronto Zoo with its mate June — a nod to the parents in the 1950s TV show “Leave it to Beaver.” A new technology was developed and tested in the Beaver Genome project. The leader of the team, Stephen Scherer says the technology will also be used to better map genomes of families affected by autism, to determine if any mutated genes are behind the neurological condition. His lab has already found that about 20 per cent of autism cases are caused by genetic mutations.

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