Weather – The unseasonably warm weather is still here. It will be mainly cloudy today with fog patches fading by early morning. A high of +2 is expected. There is a risk of freezing drizzle late the evening and overnight.
Roads – Highway 17 from Sault Ste. Marie to White River is bare and wet with some dry sections. There are some fog patches so drive with care.
Local – The Outdoor Ice Rink at the MMCC remains closed. The MMCC staff appreciate the public not using the ice. Skating on soft ice cuts deep, damaging it; making it difficult to repair as it refreezes.
In Dubreuilville on February 4th, a Spaghetti Dinner will be held as part of the 25K25Y de Eddy. There will also be a Tournoi Baseball Poches and Tournoi de Washers. For more information contact Chantal Mantha-Bernard, Lise Michaud, Suzanne Bouchard or Josee Bouchard.
Northern Ontario – In Thunder Bay, two Toronto men have been charged with human trafficking of a 17-year-old southern Ontario female.
Searchmont Ski Resort will be even more user-friendly this weekend. After a six-year hiatus, the four-person Quad chairlift is set to reopen on Saturday!
In Sault Ste. Marie, a group of 100 women are making a difference. Meeting 4 times a year, each person or team, donates $100 per event, making possible a $10,000 donation for a local registered charity of none-for-profit – but all must be local. The first two events were the Algoma Autism Foundation and the Soup Kitchen. With each donation, the donor gets to vote for the next event (recipient). The next event, held January 24th at Mount St. Joseph Gymnasium (SSM) is to support Breaking Away, a program founded by parents to fill the gap for social and learning options for developmentally disabled people after the age of 21. Breaking Away provides a structured learning opportunity and organizers explain, a meaningful day, Monday to Friday, with individualized learning plans, support and encourage individual development and integration into the community. The daily life skill activities include: grocery shopping, money management, cooking, baking, cleaning, laundry, nutrition and personal hygiene. Yoga, Zumba, meditation, aquatics, bowling, crafts and gymnastics are just some of the activities that the students regularly participate in. Amanda Galbraith, Program Director says that “The name “Breaking Away” reflects the wish that these adults will have the opportunity to break away from other’s perceptions of their limitations, and the limitations imposed due to lack of opportunity to maximize their independence.” For more information on 100+ Women Who Care SSM, please visit 100womenwhocaressm.com
National – New numbers show last month was British Columbia’s worst ever when it comes to illicit drug overdose deaths. December saw 142 fatalities, topping the previous month’s previous record of 128. B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake says the toll could have been far higher and is warning the federal government that the epidemic is spreading across Canada.
A Toronto-based animal law organization has filed animal cruelty complaints over the treatment of a German shepherd on the set of the film “A Dog’s Purpose.” Animal Justice says footage apparently shot near Winnipeg in November 2015 shows the filmmakers forcing the dog into turbulent water. The footage, which first surfaced on the website TMZ, shows the distressed dog fighting to stay out of the water by repeatedly clawing at the edge of the pool. A subsequent shot shows the dog submerged under the water while a voice is hear yelling “Cut it!” and handlers moved in to pull the animal out.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has called for a boycott of the movie, which stars Dennis Quaid and is directed by Lasse Hallström, and is set to be released later this month.