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Severe thunderstorm watch issued

Southwestern Ontario could see some strong thunderstorms on Tuesday evening.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for much of the region just after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The advisory covers London, Middlesex County, Elgin County, Chatham-Kent, and Windsor-Essex.

The weather agency said conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms which can also produce strong wind gusts. It added scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible late this afternoon, but the most significant storms are expected Tuesday evening.

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP welcomes plans to cut hydro bills

Bruce Grey Owen Sound MPP Bill Walker welcomed a government move to scrap the Green Energy Act and lower hydro costs for Ontarians.

Walker said constituents in Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound have been waiting since 2009 for action to lower hydro bills and a say in what happens in their community.

He said 15 years of Liberal rule left its mark on the province.

Study shows economic impact of Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

Each federal dollar spent on the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) generates roughly $3.35 in economic development from recreation, tourism and other industries, according to a new study on the program’s socioeconomic benefits. Read the full story by the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

‘Astronomical’ PFAS level sets new Michigan contamination milestone

Contamination in an Oakland County creek that feeds into the Huron River and its chain of lakes is setting a new state record for PFAS present today in Michigan surface water. Now the source of the pollution is under orders to outline steps it will take to reduce how much of the chemical it’s sending into the waterway by October 19. Read the full story by MLive.

Could wind energy come to Lake Erie? Plans are under way

Wind turbines are popping up all over Northeast Ohio, and you could soon see them off the shore of Lake Erie. A company called Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation is planning a project for a wind farm about eight miles off Cleveland’s coast. It would be the first of its kind on a Great Lake. Read the full story by WOIO-TV – Cleveland, OH.

Chicago to Cleveland in 28 minutes? Supporters working to make hyperloop a reality

HyperloopTT, headquartered in southern California, has signed a public-private partnership agreement with the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency, backed by a large consortium of business, educational institutions and civic groups, to pursue a Chicago to Cleveland hyperloop. The proposed mass transit solution addresses stressed and aging infrastructure in the Great Lakes region, connecting a $15 billion transportation market with tens of millions of tons of cargo and millions of passengers to various cities within the region.

Wind turbine health impact study wants more Huron County participants

The response to the Huron County Health Unit study into possible health impacts of wind turbines has been surprisingly low at this point.

Just over 100 people have registered to take part in the study.

Dr. Erica Clark says they want to hear from anyone who lives within 10 kilometres of a turbine, and they want to hear from people who believe the turbines have impacted their health as well as people who say they have not suffered any negative health impact.

The deadline for registering as a participant for the study is October 31.

Bruce Peninsula OPP officer recognized with award

A Bruce Peninsula OPP constable was recognized for her life-saving actions

Constable Katrina Rubinstein Gilbert was recognized earlier this month at an award ceremony in London for acting quickly when a referee at a college basketball game suddenly collapsed.

She was there watching the game in January 2017, and her actions helped ensure the man survived.

She found no pulse, and started compressions, as two paramedic students provided breaths. 911 was called, and an AED was used to administer shocks before the patient was taken to the hospital.