Latest Local News Headlines, Provided By muskoka411.com, December 19th

With Part 2 of Bill C-46 now in effect, the OPP is now be able to demand a roadside breath sample from any lawfully stopped driver to determine whether a person has alcohol in their body without first having to suspect the driver has been drinking. Drivers need to be aware that it is mandatory for them to comply with this demand and that those who do not can be charged with failing or refusing to provide a breath sample. Under the new legislation, drivers impaired by alcohol will also face higher mandatory minimum fines and some higher maximum penalties. Among new penalties for impaired driving First offence + blood alcohol content (BAC) of 80-119 mg: mandatory minimum $1,000 fine, a first offence of refusal to be tested: mandatory minimum $2,000 fine, a second offence: mandatory minimum 30 days imprisonment and a third and subsequent offences: mandatory minimum 120 days imprisonment. (Source: muskoka411)

If you are looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person, The Friends of the Meaford Library suggest that you consider a donation to the New Meaford Public Library building fund as a Christmas gift for your friends and family. The longstanding dream of having a fully accessible library building will take shape in 2019 as renovations begin on the building at 11 Sykes Street North. Your gift donation can help enhance this new library building. Contributions made before December 31, 2018 can be used on your 2018 tax return. Donations can be made on-line at www.meaford.ca/newlibrary with a lump sum or monthly contributions. Cash or cheque donations – made out to the Friends of the Meaford Library – can be dropped off at the Meaford Public Library. (Source: Municipality of Meaford)

The Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation’s Guardian Angel Campaign is underway. This year’s campaign is raising funds for a new MRI system to serve patients across Grey and Bruce and beyond. The MRI system is used over 11,000 times per year to diagnose a range of medical conditions. Through the Guardian Angel Campaign, the Foundation has set an ambitious goal to raise $400,000 towards the $4.7 million project. To make a donation, look for the Foundation’s letter in your mail or call and donate using your credit card at 519-372-3925 weekdays between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm. Donations can also be made securely at www.oshfoundation.ca/angel. (Source: muskoka411)

The Town of Collingwood, the Town of the Blue Mountains and The Town of Penetanguishene would like to hear what you think about the sale of Cannabis through private retail stores in their communities. In Collingwood, you are encouraged to submit comments in writing to clerk@collingwood.ca by 12 pm, December 31st. All submissions will be provided to Collingwood Council before making their decision in early January. For further information and to access the survey, please visit: www.collingwood.ca/cannabis. Hard copies of the Collingwood survey are also available at Town Hall, 97 Hurontario Street, Collingwood. For the Town of The Blue Mountains, Council must make a decision by the January 22nd, 2019 deadline, or the default position of “opting-in” will be automatically set. An online survey will be available until January 8th, 2019 at 12pm (noon). To access the survey, please visit: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm o Paper surveys will be available at Town Hall, L.E. Shore Memorial Library and the Beaver Valley Community Centre. If you would like to submit additional comments outside of the scope of the survey, email: cannabis@thebluemountains.ca. : The deadline for email comments is January 8th, 2019 at 12pm (noon). Public Information Session & Public Meeting o Public information sessions and a public meeting have been scheduled for the following dates/times: Meeting Date & Time Location Public Information Session January 7th, 2019 • 10:00am to 12:00pm (noon) • 5:00pm to 7:00pm Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury Meeting Date & Time Location Public Meeting January 7th, 2019 • 7:00pm Town Hall Council Chambers- 32 Mill Street, Thornbury For more information, please visit the Cannabis Public Engagement page on the Town website at: www.thebluemountains.ca/cannabis.cfm Councillor Andrea Matrosovs amatrosovs@thebluemountains.ca 519-599-3131 ext. 406 Tim Hendry Communications & Economic Development communications@thebluemountains.ca 519-599-3131 ext. 282. For Penetanguishene, go to www.surveymonkey.com/r/GLCCT6G. (Source: Town of Collingwood, Town of the blue Mountains, Town of Penetanguishene)

By December 31, 2018, the Municipality of Meaford will be removing six trees in the downtown core, weather permitting. This includes four trees along Trowbridge Street between Sykes Street and Cook Street and two trees along the west side of Sykes Street North (in front of Blossoms and Hear Well Be Well). These trees are being removed because they are causing cracking and heaving of the sidewalk , creating a trip hazard, as well as damaging underground water infrastructure. The municipality will be reviewing replacement options in 2019 and will be looking for public input in the spring as well. (Source and Image: Municipality of Meaford)

Sports:

In the NHL, John Tavares, Auston Matthews and Patrick Marleau scored in the opening 13:38 and the Toronto Maple Leafs displayed all their talent with a 7-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils last night.
Los Angeles snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Winnipeg.
St. Louis came away with a 4-1 victory over Edmonton. The loss ended Connor McDavid’s nine-game point streak and Edmonton’s six-game home winning streak.
Dallas beat Calgary 2-0.
Logan Couture scored twice and Martin Jones made 26 saves for his first shutout this season and the 20th of his career in San Jose’s 4-0 victory over Minnesota.
Only two games tonight with Pittsburgh at Washington (8:00 pm) and Montreal is on the road to Colorado (8:30 pm)

Locally, the Meaford Knights play the Bradford Bulls on the road tonight; game time 8:00 pm.

(Source: tsn.ca, Meaford Knights)

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