News in Brief


(CHALK RIVER, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to advise motorists of the potential for traffic delays as a result of a planned information picket at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) on Monday November 19, 2018. The information picket by the Chalk River Professional Employees Group (CRPEG) is set to take place on Plant Road from 6am until 12 noon. The potential exists for traffic backups from Plant Road to Highway 17 and drivers are reminded to exercise caution and patience should delays occur.

OPP's Provincial Liaison Team (PLT) is engaged with CRPEG to facilitate a safe and lawful environment for the information picket to take place.

October 16, 2018:

Cobden, ON, October 15, 2018: The Muskrat Watershed Council is looking for volunteers to help plant a healthy buffer of native trees and shrubs on several properties in the Muskrat Lake watershed. Planting will take place on the following dates. Volunteers are asked to be at their assigned site for 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, October 27, 2018
Sunday, October 28, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s not too late to volunteer! Simply pick your day and call or email the Muskrat Watershed Council to register. They will tell you where to meet.
Karen Coulas, Chair (613) 646-2746

Watersheds Canada, the Muskrat Watershed Council, and Algonquin College’s Office of Applied Research and Innovation are partnering on this shoreline and streambank rehabilitation program. A three-year Ontario Trillium Foundation grant will support the program.

The Muskrat Lake Watershed experiences frequent blue-green algae blooms and an excess of nutrient inputs, all of which affect the local ecosystem and economy. This program will work towards addressing factors contributing to poor water quality and limited shoreline habitat within the Muskrat Lake Watershed.

Working with agricultural and residential property owners, three kilometres (25 hectares total) of degraded shoreline and streambank will be improved using 45 000 native plants. The property owners will get a full-service restoration program, which includes the creation of a shoreline restoration plan for their property.

Algonquin College students and Watersheds Canada staff will implement the planting, with the help of volunteer planters. Training will be provided on the first day of planting.

This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for individuals as well as for community groups such as Civitan, Scouts and Guides. High School students wishing to earn volunteer hours would also be welcome.


(PEMBROKE, ON) - The Upper Ottawa Valley Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reminds motorists that school buses are returning to area roads very soon, and in fact in some areas have returned. Motorists should be aware of the expected increase in pedestrians, cyclists and school buses, and give themselves extra commuting time. Students will no doubt be excited and may forget many of the safety rules required for safe travels.

In accordance with the Highway Traffic Act motorists encountering a stopped school bus that has its overhead red signal-lights flashing shall stop before reaching the bus and shall not proceed until the bus moves or the overhead red signal-lights have stopped flashing. The minimum fine for failing to stop for a school bus is $400 and 6 demerit points. This applies whether you are meeting or following a school bus, and includes multi-lane roads. The only exception is when driving on a road with a median - traffic coming from the opposite direction is not required to stop.   

Drivers should also be prepared to yield to student pedestrians and cyclists. Parents of students who will be walking or cycling to school are encouraged to speak with their children about the rules of the road that apply to them.