No one injured in an early morning fire near Portland. Rideau lakes Fire crews received the call around 6:15 this morning of a fire on Harlem Road, Portland. The House was engulfed in flames when crews arrived. OPP report the cause is not considered suspicious.
The region was rocked by 4.8 magnitude earthquake at 9:43 this morning. According to Earthquakes Canada the epicentre was in Braeside, west of Arnprior. There are reports it was felt as far away as Toronto.
As of June 1st, garbage stickers will no longer be handed out in Carleton Place, but you’ll be allowed one un-stickered bag of garbage each week. Additional bags will need a sticker, which can be purchased. Recycling is now mandatory. A video explaining the changes can be found at www.carletonplace.ca.
A local business ponied up $25,000 in support of The Dominion Tankard bonspiel being played in Smiths Falls next year. Town and County Chrysler’s sponsorship includes $10,000 in cash and $15,000 in in-kind donations of vehicles for the teams’ use.
The Rideau Canal opens for the 2013 operating season this morning. Safe Boating Awareness Week kicks off Saturday, and the O-P-P will be on the lookout for drunken boaters and people not wearing lifejackets on the water. 22 people were killed in boating accidents, last year.
A Brockville teenager charged with the September, 2010 murder of Valerie Xavier is expected to enter a plea today. Xavier was 80 years old when she went missing from her north-end Brockville apartment on September 26, 2010.A day later, Ottawa police arrested the suspect, who was then 16, while he was allegedly driving Xavier’s car and carrying her credit card.On October 6, 2010.The woman’s body was found behind a County Road 29 gas station about two kilometres north of her Brockville home. The teen was charged with second degree murder and has been in custody since Xavier’s body was found.
Ontario’s government-owned liquor stores will be open today. The Liquor Control Board of Ontario and the union representing its workers have reached a tentative agreement, averting a strike.
At the CN Canadian Women’s Tour Pro tournament in B.C yesterday Smiths Falls teen golf sensation Brooke Henderson finished in 2nd place. The 15 year old birdied on 14 and 16 to finish at even par 72. Last weekend Henderson won the CN Future Links Pacific Championship in B.C., in January Brooke won the South American Amateur.
The Perth Blue Wings have a new owner. Perth Insurance Broker Michael McLean bought the team last week; he will also coach the Blues Wings.
Shovels hit the ground yesterday at the official ground breaking ceremony on a new outlet mall in Kanata. The Tanger Outlet Mall, located on Huntmar Drive near Scotiabank Place, will feature have 80 stores, including Coach, Brooks Brothers, DKNY, Calvin Klein, Banana Republic and Nike.