Latest Local News Headlines, Provided By muskoka411.com, December 28th

Enjoy free family fun at Collingwood’s Frozen in Time Festival, downtown Collingwood’s annual Ice Sculpture Celebration. More that 25 ice sculptures celebrating the history of sport will line the streets of downtown Collingwood starting today (December 28th). The best way to see all the sculptures? Take a family wagon ride, which starts at 11:00 a.m. at the new Collingwood bus terminal at Pine and Second Street. Returning to the Festival is a 40-foot long double ice slide that will take riders on a memorable ride right beside Town Hall. Be sure to also check out the stores and restaurants in downtown Collingwood, many of which will have themed specials to celebrate the Frozen in Time Festival and Rogers Hometown Hockey. For a complete program featuring all the activities, visit www.frozenintimefestival.ca. (Source: Town of Collingwood)

The Canadian Coast Guard may be conducting ice breaking operations at Midland later this week. The icebreaker CCGS Samuel Risley may be required to be working in Midland and area on or after December 28th to assist commercial shipping. Dates, schedules and routes are subject to change with little or no notice due to weather and ice conditions and shipping needs. All ice surface users should plan their ice activities carefully, use caution on the ice and avoid the shipping lanes and icebreaking operations. Broken and fragmented ice tracks and ridging left behind by passing icebreakers or commercial vessels may not freeze over immediately. This can result in hazardous conditions for ice users. A well, newly fallen snow will obscure ship tracks. Unsafe ice conditions can persist long after icebreakers have left the area. The Canadian Coast Guard recently provided information about the upcoming icebreaking season on the Great Lakes at www.canada.ca/en/canadian-coast-guard/news/2018/12/canadian-coast-guard-ready-to-conduct-icebreaking-operations-on-the-great-lakes-connecting-waterways. (Source: muskoka411.com)

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)

The Owen Sound Regional Hospital Foundation’s Guardian Angel Campaign continues. 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)

In sports, in the NHL, the Calgary Flames ended a three-game losing skid with a 4-1 victory over the Winnipeg Jets last night.
Columbus beat the New York Rangers 4-3 for their fifth straight victory.
Boston lost to New Jersey 5-2.
Robert Thomas had a goal and an assist and Jake Allen made 30 saves to lead St. Louis to a 4-1 victory over Buffalo.
Chicago downed Minnesota 5-2.
And Vancouver scored four goals on their first six shots and cruised to a 4-2 victory over Edmonton.
Only three games tonight with Montreal at Florida, the New York Islanders host Ottawa and Toronto is on the road to Columbus (all games getting underway at 7:00 pm).

Mackenzie Entwistle began the 2019 version of the World Juniors as Canada’s 13th forward and netted the go-ahead goal in a knee-knocking 3-2 victory over Team Switzerland last night in Vancouver, which clinched a spot in the quarterfinal with two more games to play in the preliminary round. Canada next takes on the Czech Republic Saturday night; game time 8:00 pm

(Source: tsn.ca)

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