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Severe cold grips Prescott-Russell


Extreme coldmade the Christmas holiday break a good time to stay indoors. Environment Canada issued an Extreme ColdWarning for the Prescott-Russell region and other parts of EasternOntario during the latter half of December. Temperatures took a sharp drop following the warmer weather that resulted in heavy snowfall on Christmas Day. The severe cold situation continued into the first week of January The extreme sub-zero temperatures sett- led in during Boxing Day and continued up to and including the New Year’s weekend, averaging between minus 25 to minus 30 degrees during the day and even colder during the night. Winter wind chills were also common of minus 35 or colder during the day and between minus 35 and minus 40 during the night in some areas of the region. Many common and special outdoor activities scheduled for the end of the year in Eastern Ontario were cancelled because of the extreme cold. A frost bite warning was in effect for al- most all of Eastern Ontario. Residents were advised to remain indoors if at all possible. Health authorities also urged families with small children or members who were el- derly or suffered from chronic illnesses to stay inside and avoid the risk of frost bite and hypothermia, also known as “exposure sickness”. These winter hazards are greater for children and seniors who are outside without proper cold-weather clothing, and also for people whose jobs require them to work outside. Starting the first half of January, win- ter temperatures are expected to become milder, moving back into the single digits during the day for themost part and sinking back tominus 10 or colder during the night. Residents are advised to keep checking with Environment Canada, theWeather Network or other information sites for updates on the long-range winter weather forecast and be ready in case another extreme cold situation results. Part of that preparation means remem- bering to dress warmly when outdoors, and wear layered clothing, including a wind- resistant outer coat. Tuques, balaclavas, scarves and well-insulated gloves or mittens are necessary to avoid having skin exposed to the cold. Chemical “hot shot” hand and foot war- mers should be kept inside gloves or mittens and boots but remember that the chemical heat provided is temporary. Watch for cold-related symptoms like shortness of breath, chest pain, muscle pain and weakness, numbness or severe aching and colour changes in the fingers and toes. If working outside, take frequent breaks to go indoors and warm up. Pet owners should also keep their dogs, cats or other animals inside the house during an extreme cold situation, or in a heated garage or some other type of warm shelters. If it is too cold for a human to go outside, it is too cold for themalso, in spite of their fur. Anyone driving during the winter should have an emergency road kit inside their vehicle with blankets, extra jumper cables, chocolate bars or other sweets, extra clo- thing, road flares, and small candles and matches.

Le froid extrême a marqué la fin de l’année 2017 dans l’Est ontarien comme dans d’autres parties du Canada. Des températures inférieures à -25°C ont entrainé l’annulation de nombreux évènements spéciaux prévus dans la région. Ce froid polaire a aussi rendu les conditions de travail extérieur très difficiles pour certains employés municipaux et autres. —photo archives

Counterfeit money discovered in Eastern Ontario


Local businesses should be careful not to accept counterfeit $20 and $100 Canadian bank notes. The Pembroke-area Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) detachment opened an inves- tigation after officers discovered the coun- terfeit currency on five separate occasions between December 16 and 26. The money was collected on the site of a business and in the parking lot. An OPP incident brief noted that these counterfeit bills all featured “distinctive blue and/or pink Chinese writing on them.”The detachment has not received reports of anyone passing or trying to pass off coun- terfeit currency in the area. Business owners should be cautious when accepting cash payments involving large amounts of money. They should also make their staff aware of this example of counter- feit currency.

La Police provinciale de l’Ontario (PPO) de la région de Pembroke a découvert de faux billets de 20 et de 100 dollars au cours du mois de décembre. La PPO demande aux commerçants d’être prudents. —photo archives

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