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Glengarry Soccer League announces extreme heat policy to guide game cancellations

sean Jul 4, 2018 - 1:12pm

Today, the Glengarry Soccer League announced is extreme heat guidelines to clarify when scheduled youth and adult matches will be postponed and/or cancelled.

Read more about the policy here in Sports Extra. We will also post further announcements on matches cancelled/postponed, as details become available.

No relief until Friday

publisher Jul 4, 2018 - 9:49am

TGIF will take on a cooler meaning this week.

Friday is the day when we are expected to get some relief from the heat wave.

Environment Canada continued to issue a heat warning for Eastern Ontario today, when humidex values are expected to reach 43.

The extreme heat will continue through Thursday.

Temperatures today and Thursday are once again forecast to climb into the low to mid 30s.

Humidex values will also increase, reaching values of 40 both days.

Overnight low temperatures are expected to be in the low 20s, and high teens in some rural areas.

A cool down is expected by Friday with the passage of a cold front. Never leave people or pets inside a parked vehicle.

Extreme heat affects everyone. The risks are greater for young children, pregnant women, older adults, people with chronic illnesses and people working or exercising outdoors.

Watch for the effects of heat illness: swelling, rash, cramps, fainting, heat exhaustion, heat stroke and the worsening of some health conditions.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

Periard running for coucil

publisher Jul 3, 2018 - 1:59pm

Jo-Ann Periard, of Summerstown, is seeking a councillor seat on South Glengarry council in the October 22 election.

She is the third person to officially enter the race.

July 27 is the last day to file nomination papers.

Deputy Mayor Frank Prevost has declared his intention to seek the mayoralty, now held by Ian McLeod who has said that he will not seek re-election. Jacqueline Milner is running for the deputy mayor’s post.

Stay cool

publisher Jun 28, 2018 - 7:43am

With a heat wave on its way, here are some tips from the Eastern Ontario Health Unit on how to stay cool.

Drink plenty of cool liquids, especially water, before you feel thirsty to decrease your risk of dehydration. Thirst is not a good indicator of dehydration.

  • It’s important to know that children may not feel thirsty but will still need to drink regularly.
  • Remind yourself to drink water by leaving a glass by the sink.
  • Flavouring water with natural fruit juice may make it more appealing.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-coloured clothing made from breathable fabric.
  • When outdoors, wear a wide-brimmed hat made of breathable fabric.
  • Dress young children and babies very lightly, and don’t bundle them in blankets or heavy clothing.
  • If you have an air conditioner with a thermostat, keep it set to the highest setting that is comfortable (somewhere between 22°C/72°F and 26°C/79°F), which will reduce your energy costs and provide you with needed relief.
  • Make meals that don't use an oven, especially if you don’t have air conditioning.
  • Keep blinds or drapes closed to block out the sun during the day.
  • Unplug electronics and turn off lights when not in use.
  • If safe, open your windows at night to let cooler air into your home.
  • Take a break from the heat by spending a few hours in a cool place. It could be a tree-shaded area, swimming facility or an air-conditioned spot such as a shopping mall, grocery store, place of worship or public library.
  • Take cool showers or baths or use cool wet towels to cool down.
  • Use a fan to help you stay cool and aim the air flow in your direction.
  • Never leave a person or pet inside a parked car or in the direct sunlight.
  • Be aware that children are unable to perspire as much as adults and therefore are more prone to heat illness than adults.
  • Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.
  • If you have to be outdoors, avoid sun exposure. Shade yourself by wearing a wide-brimmed, breathable hat, using an umbrella or seeking out shady areas (tree-shaded areas can be as much as 5°C/9°F cooler than the surrounding area)
  • Avoid vigorous exercise in the heat (this includes children as well). If you have a young child or a child with a chronic respiratory condition such as asthma, don’t allow them to take part in sporting events or exercise during very high heat, especially when there’s a heat warning in effect.
  • When swimming in a pool or at a beach, be aware that the high humidity and sun rays are still a potential threat. Proper sunscreen protection and frequent rests in the shade are still necessary.
  • When in the sun, keep track of how long you or your child has been outside. Learn to recognize the signs of heat illness right away so you or your child can get shelter in order to avoid further heat injury. Also, use common sense and remove yourself or your child from the sun/heat as frequently as you think is necessary. Don’t overdo it.
  • Use a sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher and follow the manufacturer's directions. Remember, sunscreen will protect against the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays but not from the heat.
  • If you’re in an area where mosquitoes are active, protect yourself with insect repellent and follow the manufacturer's directions.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellents can be safely used together. Apply the sunscreen first, then the insect repellent.

1% Cornwall Electric hike

publisher Jun 27, 2018 - 8:01am

Cornwall Electric is increasing rates by one per cent for its 24,800 customers in South Glengarry, Cornwall, South Stormont, and the Ontario portion of the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne.

“The long-term contract in place with Hydro Quebec is a wholesale contract and it has and continues to allow Cornwall Electric rates to compare favorably to surrounding electrical utilities and ensures that we continue to provide rate stability and reliable electricity to our customers,” says Jackie Baird, Regional Manager of Cornwall Electric.

A residential customer using 1,000 kWh per month will see an average monthly increase of $1.30.

Former MP's aide speaks out

publisher Jun 26, 2018 - 2:54pm

Paul Wernick, a former executive assistant to Glengarry-Prescott-Russell MP Francis Drouin, has spoken out about the need for a culture change on Parliament Hill, telling CBC that pressure led him to try to take his own life on two occasions.

The 26-year-old's mental health deteriorated after working 60-hour to 70-hour weeks.

For more, see the CBC story here.