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Bruce Grey Catholic Board Mental Health Strategy

The Bruce-Grey Catholic District School board is promoting the message that mental health and academics are connected.

That’s one of several key points the board hopes to share through a new Mental Health Communication Strategy.

It’s part of their effort to promote mental health initiatives and reduce mental health stigma among key stakeholders.

The Grey Bruce Board is using social media and a web page to build awareness.

Other key messages include the caring adult is paramount to positive student mental health, and mental health matters.

Saugeen Watershed Flood Watch, Grand River Flood Warning

A flood watch is in effect for the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority.

Water levels in rivers and streams are normal for this time of year, but the warm temperatures and significant rainfall in the forecast will lead to elevated watercourse flows. Flooding is likely in low lying areas starting late today, and extending through Wednesday.

We could see up to 70mm of rain and an accelerated snowmelt.

Ice jams are expected to move and could cause flooding as they become lodged again.

There’s a flood warning for the entire Grand River Watershed.

UPDATE: Man Arrested In Dangerous Driving Incident

A man has been arrested following a dangerous driving incident on Highway 8 in Huron County.

Perth County OPP says a section of Hwy. 8 in Clinton, between Ransford St. and Front Rd., was re-opened following a dangerous driving incident during the early evening hours of Saturday.

Police say a vehicle was noticed driving dangerously throughout the county by members of the Perth County OPP. According to police, the driver’s speeds reached more than double the posted speed limit and the driver failed to stop for police.

Justin Bieber Museum Exhibit Opens Sunday In Stratford


The Stratford-Perth Museum had it’s busiest day ever on Sunday as the new “Steps to Stardom” exhibit opened to the public for the first time.

A line of approximately 100 people had formed an hour before the scheduled opening time that represented the end to trips that had taken all night, and in some cases, longer then that.

UPDATE: Brown Enters Leadership Race After Being Ousted From PC Caucus

Hours after Patrick Brown was booted from the Ontario Progressive Conservative Caucus, the former party leader has now entered the provincial PC leadership race.

News of Brown’s removal from the caucus was made Friday by Interim Leader Vic Fedeli.

“Shortly after becoming interim leader, I asked Patrick Brown to step aside from the PC Caucus. The legislature is set to resume sitting on Tuesday, February 20 following Family Day. Earlier today, Mr. Brown was notified that he has been removed from the PC Caucus effective immediately,” Fedeli said in a statement.

Grand River Conservation Issues Flood Watch

There’s a flood watch in effect for the entire Grand River watershed, with flood warnings south of Kitchener

The conservation authority says a warm front will arrive Monday and persist through Wednesday of next week.

About 40 mm of rain is forecast for early next week, with temperatures expected to reach 6 C by Monday, and 12 C on Tuesday. That combination is expected to trigger moderate runoff into the river system. That combined with snow melt will lead to elevated river flows across the watershed.

Minor flooding is expected in low lying flood prone regions.

Huron Updates Tourism Promotion Plans

Huron County has taken a new direction in its efforts to promote tourism in the county.

Communications and Marketing Coordinator Scott Currie says the new strategy focuses on the assets that Huron County has from natural heritage to things like beaches and trails, a vibrant arts community as well as cultural heritage and experiences.

Currie says the county continues to value the Ontario’s West Coast branding as a very powerful tool for attracting visitors and will promote it extensively.

Funding Announced For Expanded Walkerton Child Care

The Ministry of Education has announced funding for an addition to St. Teresa of Calcutta Catholic School in Walkerton.

The money will help expand the Child Care Centre.

The 4,400 sq ft addition will add to the facility that was built in 2014.

The $1.058-million from the Ministry of Education will fund construction of two additional classrooms to support a toddler room and a preschool room. The addition will create 39 additional spaces.  Planning and construction will commence in 2018, with completion projected for 2019.