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Woman walks around every Great Lake to raise awareness about water pollution

Josephine Mandamin is known to many as the “Water Walker,” and with good reason: she has walked around every Great Lake, not to mention along the St. Lawrence River and various other bodies of water. Mandamin has made it her life’s purpose to raise awareness about water preservation.

9 low-maintenance cottage plants that love shade

If you’ve got trees around your cottage, chances are you love the fact that they keep the cottage cool and provide comfort when sitting outside. If only that shade didn’t also mean your garden was in almost perpetual darkness all day long. Fortunately, we’ve got a roundup of cottage-friendly (read: low-maintenance) plants that absolutely thrive in the shade—no matter how many trees you have. We’ve picked our favourite perennials in this list, because the less time you have to spend planting each year, the better.

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Officials To Meet This Morning

Water levels in the Minto area were expected to stabilize overnight and the Minto Emergency Operation Centre is scheduled to meet again at 7am Saturday.

Public Works has been monitoring water and sewer flows and operations. Residents should continue to minimize use of these utilities where possible. Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health has been monitoring the situation.

UPDATE: Harriston Flooding

Harriston is still under water.

Floodwaters in the area of Young St., King St., Mill St., and George St. continue to rise.

The headwaters of the Maitland River north of the town may soon begin to stabilize.

Residents are still evacuated and road closures will remain in place through the night. Public Works has been monitoring water and sewer flows and operations. Residents should continue to minimize use of these utilities where possible. Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health has been monitoring the situation.

NWMO Takes Central Huron Off DGR Search List

Central Huron is off the list in a search for a deep geologic repository for used nuclear fuel.

The Nuclear Waste Management Organization made the announcement Friday, narrowing the focus.

South Bruce and Huron-Kinloss are both still on the list as is Hornepayne in the Algoma region and Manitouwadge in the Thunder Bay region.

Heavy Rainfall Reported

The Maitland Valley Conservation Authority says between 40mm and 130mm of rain has fallen across the Maitland and Nine Mile River watersheds overnight.

Small streams are reacting quickly and rising while larger rivers will continue to rise throughout the day and into tomorrow.

Municipal officials are being asked to monitor roads for localized washouts and flooding due to the intense nature of the rainfall.

There were reports of flooding across Hwy. 21 south of Amberley Friday morning. Callers said there was fairly deep water across the road.

Kincardine Residents Urged To Register For Emergency Notifications

The Municipality of Kincardine Emergency Management is urging residents to register for the ERMS Mass Notification System.

It’s used by Kincardine’s emergency response operations to notify residents and businesses as quickly as possible about adverse situations.

Calls will be delivered to the phone numbers generated by the self-registration data people provide.

In emergencies, people will receive a simple and clear voice message with instructions.

Hydro One Explains Proposed Increase In Distribution Charge

The Ontario Energy Board held a public meeting in Owen Sound last night about Hydro One’s plan to increase distribution charges to help maintain the system.

Hydro One Spokesperson Jay Armitage says a proposed distribution rate increase should not impact customers much.

“Happening at the very same time, is a piece of government policy, the fair hydro plan, which all together is going to still mean a drop of 31% on our average customer’s bills,” explained Armitage.