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Extreme Cold Warning continues into Monday night

All of Midwestern Ontario remains under an Extreme Cold Warning Monday.

Extreme Cold Warnings are issued when very cold temperatures or wind chill creates an elevated risk to health such as frost bite and hypothermia.

Wind chill values will moderate this afternoon as winds ease.    Tonight temperatures will once again fall near minus 20 and with light winds, wind chill values are expected to be near minus 30.

Risks are greater for young children, older adults, people with chronic illnesses, people working or exercising outdoors, and those without proper shelter.

Women and men brave bitter cold for Goderich march

Close to 100 women and supporters marched around the Square in Goderich Saturday afternoon. Similar marches were held in cities and towns across Canada, the U.S., and other parts of the world.

Alisha Schilbe is the Co-Chair of the Huron/Bruce Chapter of Women’s March Canada.

She explains Women’s March Canada focuses on issues such as income inequality, violence against women, missing and murdered Indigenous women, reproductive rights, and human rights.

Schilbe says domestic violence is not as visible here as it as in larger urban centres, but it’s still here.

First declared candidate for Bruce-Grey Owen Sound Conservatives

A retired colonel with the Canadian Armed Forces will seek the Conservative nomination in the Bruce-Grey Owen Sound riding for the fall federal election.

Alex Ruff, who grew up on a farm just outside of Tara, says he has spent his entire adult life in service, and sees the Conservative nomination as a way to give back to all those who have helped him through his military career.

Ruff issued a news release Friday afternoon, shortly after current  M.P. Larry Miller announced his retirement.

UPDATE: Huron, southern Bruce under Snow Squall Warning

More snow is in the forecast for some areas Monday.

Environment Canada has issued a Snow Squall Warning for all of Huron County, as strong snow squall bands move inland from Lake Huron.    The warning is also in effect for southern Bruce County.

Visibility will be reduced due to blowing snow, and snow will quickly accumulate, according to the weather agency.   Local amounts up to 10 to 15 centimetres may occur as the snow squalls intensify and become stationary Monday.

Owen Sound man charged following head-on crash

A driver has been charged after a head-on crash in Owen Sound sent two people to hospital.

The Owen Sound Police Service said on Friday around 2:30 p.m., a red Honda travelling north-east on Alpha Street crossed into the opposite lane and collided with a grey Hyundai that was travelling in the opposite direction up a hill near 7th Avenue ‘A’ West.

Emergency crews responded to the scene and both drivers were taken to hospital to be treated for minor injuries.

Both vehicles were significantly damaged and had to be towed.

Frazil ice could lead to flooding on the Nine Mile River

A sudden drop to frigid temperatures overnight could lead to ice jams on the Nine Mile River.

The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority has issued a flood outlook conditions statement.

The extreme cold in the forecast for the weekend combined with current flows and open water will heighten the risk of frazil ice formation. Frazil ice can accumulate quickly and result in jams that obstruct river flow leading to flooding.

Closing Markets for Friday, January 18th

On the Chicago Board of Trade:

Corn Futures: March up a half at 3.80 and a half May up 1 and a quarter at 3.89 and a quarter

Soybean Futures March up 7 and a quarter at 9.15 May up 7 and a half at 9.28 and a half

Wheat Futures: March down 1 at 5.16 and a half May down a quarter at 5.22 and a half ===

From Thompson’s at Black’s Lane:

Old Crop Corn = 0.95 over March at 4.77/bu New Crop Corn = 0.85 over December at 4.89/bu

Old Crop Soys = 2.10 over March at 11.27/bu New Crop Soys = 2.25 over November at 11.81/bu

Larry Miller announces retirement from politics

Bruce Grey Owen Sound Conservative MP Larry Miller has announced he’s retiring from politics.

At a news conference in Owen Sound Friday morning, Miller said he will not be running in this year’s federal election. He’s been the MP for the riding since 2004 and says that’s long enough and he’s glad to be exiting on his own terms. Millers said his electoral success stems from staying close to the grass roots.

North Perth gets update on Northeast Master Plan

North Perth Council was recently updated on the Northeast Master Plan.

CAO Kris Snell said the plan surrounds a specific area in the Northeast area of the Listowel Ward.

“It’s to look at servicing strategies and planning land use components for that area. Basically, the area is north of the cemetery, up to Line 87 including the Wallace Industrial Park,” said Snell.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP announces retirement from federal politics

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MP Larry Miller says he will not run in the next federal election.

Miller held a news conference today in Owen Sound to make the announcement.

He was first elected to parliament in 2004 and has represented the riding ever since.

Miller says he has lost the passion for the job and he wants to spend more time with his family and grandchildren.

Huron County still interested in Goderich property

Huron County councillors continue to look at the concept of consolidation as part of a county-wide facilities review.

One site they are looking at is part of the former Victoria Public School property in Goderich, behind the new hotel. Goderich has offered to sell it to the county.

CAO Meighan Wark said they have determined the property is the right size to accommodate a building that would have all the components they need.

If council decides that is the direction it wants to go, Wark says the next step would be to hire an architect for the project.