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Highs & Lows Today for Canada's Olympians

Friday, 23 February 2018 09:42
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Calgary's Kevin Koe fell to Switzerland 7-5 in the men's curling bronze medal game.

The loss means this will be the first time since 1998 that the men's and women's Canadian curling teams do not make the podium.

Ottawa's Rachel Homan failed to make the women's playoffs earlier in the week.

John Morris and Kaitlyn Lawes did win mixed doubles gold in Pyeongchang in its Olympic debut.


Canadian women finished first and second in skicross at the Pyeongchang Games with Kelsey Serwa of Kelowna, B-C, taking gold and Brittany Phelan of Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, earning silver.

Switzerland's Fanny Smith captured bronze while World Cup leader Sandra Naeslund of Sweden was fourth.

The medallists had to wait several minutes for the official results to be posted as judges reviewed the race.

 

A bronze-medal winning effort by Kaetlyn Osmond has boosted Canada's medal count at these Winter Games to 27 -- an all-time high for the country.

It also ensured Canada of four figure skating medals -- two gold and two bronze -- a best-ever showing for the team.

Osmond, the reigning world silver medallist from Marystown, Newfoundland, skated to music from “Black Swan.” She scored 152.15 in her long program for a combined score of 231.02.


The new event of snowboarding big air wraps up with the men's final tonight.

Canadians Mark McMorris and Max Parrot will be looking to earn their second medals of the Games.

Parrot of Bromont, Quebec, and Regina's McMorris finished second and third respectively in slopestyle.

Sebastien Toutant of L'Assomption, Quebec, is also in the men's final.

 

Canada Loses to Germany

Friday, 23 February 2018 09:34
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Canada's bid for a third-straight Olympic gold medal in men's hockey has ended with a 4-3 semifinal loss to Germany.

Team Canada pushed back hard in the third period, pulling two goals back, but the Germans held on.

The Canadians had won Olympic gold in 2010 and 2014. But this year's tournament doesn't feature NHL players like Vancouver and Sochi.

It was only Germany's second victory in 30 meetings with Canada in Olympic and world championship play.

Canada will play the Czech Republic for the bronze medal on Saturday while the Germans go for gold Sunday against the entry

from Russia.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Funding Needed for Argi-Food & Auto Sector in Ont

Friday, 23 February 2018 09:28
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Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the province's automotive and agri-food sectors will need billions in funding from the federal government to survive the impact of the recently rebooted Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Wynne, who spoke Thursday to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, says Ottawa should only ratify the 11-country Pacific Rim trade deal once it has allocated transitional funding to protect jobs in the those sectors.

She says since the United States pulled out of TPP - now known by the acronym CPTPP - the dynamics have changed and require further analysis.

Wynne says during initial negotiations in 2015, Ottawa committed to help the auto sectors through an innovation fund, and announced similar assistance for agricultural businesses that are supply managed.

The premier, who spoke to the board of trade before heading to Washington for the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, says the funding promises came when the federal government calculated that the deal would reduce investment to the Canadian auto sector by two per cent and have similar consequences for agriculture.

She says over the next 10 years, the auto sector will need $1.26 billion and agri-food will need $1.4 billion.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Waste Collection Cancellations in Oxford County

Friday, 23 February 2018 09:22
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Flooding in Oxford County is causing some garbage pick-up issues for some residents Blandford-Blenheim today.

Affected roads include:

 

  • TOWNSHIP ROAD 12 (Oxford Road 8 – Hofstetter Road)
  • RIVER ROAD (Township Road 14 – Oxford-Waterloo Road)
  • BLENHEIM ROAD (Township Road 8 – Township Road 10) 
  • TOWNSHIP ROAD 11 (Oxford Road 3 – Blenheim Road)
  • TOWNSHIP ROAD 6 (Blandford Road – Oxford Road 22)
  • BLENHEIM ROAD (Oxford Road 29 – Township Road 6)
  • OXFORD ROAD 3 (Township Road 11 – Township Road 12)

Collection will resume on the next regular pick-up day, which is next Friday, March 2nd.

 

 

Flooding Possible in Haldimand

Friday, 23 February 2018 08:26
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Officials in Haldimand are still advising caution for residents as water levels on the Grand River trough the county remain quite high.

The Grand River Conservation Authority's latest Flood Warning message says there still potential for significant flooding for the low lying areas in Cayuga, Dunnville and Port Maitland.

The good news is the river is clear of ice from Caledonia to Port Maitland which means water, ice and debris can flow freely into Lake Erie.

The risk comes as the ice jam in Bantford continues to break up.

Officials down stream will continue to monitor conditions and provide updates as needed.

(MH)

 

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