Winter Wheels program aims to prepare Peterborough cyclists for winter riding

Peter Laurie can be seen from miles away on his custom lime green winter bike and matching windbreaker. Its vibrant colour is part of his winter cycling safety gear.

The avid cyclist has been biking year-round in the city for more than a decade and encourages others to consider doing the same.

“With the steel-studded tires that a lot of us use, riding on ice is no problem, and actually, it’s surprisingly solid,” said Laurie, a board member of the Peterborough Bicycle Advisory Committee. “Apart from that, the main safety concern in winter — and it’s more of a concern than in other seasons — is visibility.”

To encourage more winter cycling, the community cycling hub B!KE is offering 25 cyclists a chance to winterize their ride and give them the gear and support they need to safely cycle this winter.

The initiative, now in its second year, is funded through a City of Peterborough grant program. Last year, 25 people took part in the inaugural Winter Wheels, and the program is seeing some new riders adapt well to winter conditions.

“Once people get out on a bike in the wintertime, they realize that it’s a beautiful way to see the city,” said B!KE executive director Tegan Moss. She says the feedback she’s received has been positive.

“Some of the participants last year said hilarious things about it (Winter Wheels), and one of my favourites is a fellow who said he thought he hated winter but he just hated winter driving,” said Moss.

“I think that experience is shared by a lot of people, as winter is really beautiful, and riding a bike continues to be a fun way to get around, even once the snow is flying.”

Those interested can fill out an application online. Successful participants will be offered up to $100 in new parts and $50 in used parts to winterize your ride and get a set of studded tires.

The program will kick off in December with workshops continuing into January.

The closing deadline for applications is Nov. 22. To find out more, visit the B!KE shop on George Street or read more information online.

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Parents frustrated by bus woes, Halifax schools opting to open during snowfall

Friday morning’s snowfall proved to be a headache for parents of students in the Halifax area.

While some schools in the province were closed ahead of the wintry weather, the Halifax Regional Centre for Education  (HRCE) decided to keep all of its schools open.

However, slippery roads during the morning commute became an obstacle for some Stock Transportation school buses.

Parents on social media complained that their buses were either very late or didn’t show up at all.

“Buses are operating,” said Doug Hadley, a spokesperson for HRCE, in an email.

“Stock still have a few that haven’t completed their morning runs. They did not pull buses off the road, although Stock have confirmed there have been some drivers who pulled their buses to the side of the road because of local conditions.”

Stock Transportation tells Global News they received notification early Friday morning that the roads were “fit for safe transportation.”

“However, this was prior to the snowfall,” said Terri Lowe, COO of Stock Transportation, in an email.

“Putting safety at the forefront, we are working diligently to navigate the sudden declining weather and complete all possible routes.”

Lowe went on to say that the majority of students had been transported to school, but that poor weather and conditions meant some routes may not be completed. Stock has since indicated some routes will not be completed, but they plan to operate normally during the afternoon dismissal.

Education Minister Zach Churchill says his department is already conducting a review of the province’s school buses, which was prompted by complaints about scheduling at the beginning of the school year.

“The first day of snow and buses, it’s always going to be a frustrating experience but we have to do better making sure we’re prepared for all potential outcomes and do a better job getting kids to and from school on time,” Churchill said.

“So we’re reviewing our bussing practices right now. The issues have been primarily localized in the HRM area but we are taking a provincial look at it to see what adjustments we can make on a department level around regulation and policy.”

Meanwhile, parent Danielle Carswell is upset that HRCE opted to keep schools open to begin with.

Carswell, who has children in Grades 7, 8 and 11, at Ellenvale Junior High School in Dartmouth, drove her children to school Friday morning. When she saw the backlog of vehicles unsuccessfully maneuvering on Portland Street back towards her house, she decided to abandon her vehicle at the school and walk home after dropping her children off.

“I didn’t think it was really safe to be driving down that,” she said. “I just parked my car and walked.”

She says she felt it was unsafe for her and other parents to be on the roads, and for school buses to attempt the treks to school too.

“There’s no reason for us to be on the road like this. It isn’t safe,” she said.

Carswell says she was surprised HRCE decided to open its schools Friday, when they had chosen to close so many times in previous years.

“They seem to cancel school when it wasn’t necessary [in previous years],” she said. “There are no real guidelines.”

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Wild turkey on the loose in Hamilton

A wild turkey is roaming the streets of Hamilton.

A resident tweeted a photo of the turkey on Friday morning at Caroline and Markland streets.

The city responded by saying its Animal Services team has been responding to calls over the past few weeks about the turkey. However, it has been unsuccessful trying to catch it.

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Bulk carrier caught in rough seas off N.L. safely on way to U.S. waters

Rescue officials say a bulk carrier that began taking on water in rough seas and high winds off Newfoundland on Thursday is safely on its way to U.S. waters.

A spokeswoman with Joint Task Force Atlantic says it has called off assets that were called in to help the Centennial Harmony after it began flooding roughly 460 kilometres off St. John’s, N.L., in the Grand Banks at around 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Maj. Amber Bineau says the ship was able to proceed on its own as it began heading south toward Boston and out of the Canadian search and rescue zone.

She says it no longer required assistance from military aircraft or vessels, or the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfred Grenfell which responded to the incident.

The bulk carrier – with 21 crew members – was also having intermittent power issues and required technical assistance Thursday as swells rose to 22 metres with powerful winds and poor visibility.

A Hercules aircraft and the coast guard ship responded to the incident, while the Maersk Cutter resupply ship was on standby roughly 150 kilometres away to assist if required.

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Guelph police, OPP launch Festive RIDE campaign with cannabis top of mind

Wellington County OPP’s detachment commander says officers will be facing a new dynamic during their Festive RIDE campaign this year now that recreational cannabis is legal in Canada.

During the campaign’s launch on Thursday afternoon, Insp. Scott Lawson said officers are prepared to detect and charge impaired drivers over the holiday season.

“We know that cannabis is legal — we’ll be stopping vehicles in RIDE programs and we’ll be dealing with cannabis in whatever fashion that is,” Lawson told reporters.

“We have to be prepared for that and we are.”

Officers blocked off a portion on Wellington Street in Guelph on Thursday afternoon, stopping dozens of drivers, including truck drivers, city workers and Guelph Transit operators to see if they were impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Lawson said combating impaired drivers is a job that happens 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, but it is more prevalent around the holidays.

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He said people often go to business Christmas parties and lunches during the day, have a few drinks and then drive back to work or drive home.

“We need to be aware of that and have RIDE programs in place that aren’t your typical Friday and Saturday nights,” he said.

Last year, the Wellington County detachment led all OPP jurisdictions in alcohol-related charges.

“That’s not a good stat,” Lawson said. “At the same time, it says we’re out there and we’re apprehending.”

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Manitoba-U.S. hydro project step closer with NEB approval

The controversial Manitoba-Minnesota Transmission Project is now one step closer to getting the green light.

The National Energy Board (NEB) has approved the 213-kilometre international power line, extending from Winnipeg to the U.S. border.

The NEB says the project would increase revenue for Manitoba as well as export and import capability between the province and the U.S.

The board says about 92 kilometres of the proposed route would exist on current transmission corridors, while the remaining 121 kilometres would need to be built.

The project is still pending the approval of the Governor in Council, who oversees the NEB.

It is also subject to 28 conditions, including consultation with Indigenous peoples, the environment, engineering standards, and emergency response.

There are currently 84 international power lines between Canada and the United States.

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Power outage hit 40K Peterborough Utilities customers Wednesday night

The lights went out around 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday for more than 40,000 Peterborough Utilities customers and Hydro One customers.

The cause of the outage seems to have originated with Hydro One, which says a breaker failed and a transmission line was down. Added to the trouble, the backup system was down for service.

“There was some joint co-operation a little bit but it was more for Hydro One to be able to fix that feeder coming in. Our crews were doing … a lot of the switching and back feeding of the system in order to be able to feed those other areas from other sections,” said David Whitehouse, vice-president of customer and corporate services with the Peterborough Utilities Group.

The outage extended to Lakefield, Norwood, Bancroft, Fenelon Falls, and a number of other communities.

Peterborough’s Fire Chief Chris Snetsinger says in cases like this, it’s important to put safety first. Take extra caution with candles and when using a power generator, he says.

“Make sure all your appliances are off during a power outage. That stove is going to come back on and could potentially start a fire and this is one of the reasons to have a working smoke alarm, test your smoke alarm, and also have a home escape plan,” said Snetsinger.

The Peterborough Utilities social media operator kept customers informed throughout the evening.

“Customers had been great, they were very, very patient, they understood it was something beyond our but control it still was an inconvenience without a doubt,” said Whitehouse.

Crews worked through the night to get things back up and running for the more than 40,000 customers left in the dark.

As of 9 p.m. Wednesday, power was restored to about 30 per cent of Peterborough Utilities customers and by 3:30 a.m. Thursday, all power was restored.

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New York Today: Snow Commuter Chaos, M.T.A. Fare Hikes, and Danny DeVito Day

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It’s Friday.

Snowvember record: The 6.4 inches that fell in Central Park was the biggest one-day November snowfall in at least 136 years.

1. Your commute may be a nightmare again

Brace yourself. Last night’s snow could be this morning’s delays.

Subways are running fine in the city, but as of 6 a.m. city buses are delayed systemwide, two New Jersey Transit train lines are suspended, and there are widespread lags in transit throughout the region.

In the city, the snow on roads is mostly melted. The sun will slowly poke through the clouds and temperatures will climb up to 44 degrees. A small relief — but wind gusts could reach 36 miles per hour.

Here’s how the commute is shaping up:

NYC subways: Normal. Check status.

NYC buses: Delays in every borough. Check status.

NJ transit trains: North Jersey Coast Line suspended. Gladstone line suspended for the day. 30-minute delays on other lines. Check status.

PATH trains: Normal. Check status.

NJ Transit buses: Widespread delays and cancellations.

Other bus lines: DeCamp buses are suspended. Check with your carrier.

Metro-North: Minor delays on many branches. Check status.

LIRR: Fine. Check status.

Alternate-side parking: Suspended.

In Thursday’s New York Today, we said the weather wouldn’t be so bad. But it was, and it caused chaos.

On Thursday night, the Port Authority Bus Terminal was too crowded to enter. New Jersey and Long Island trains were delayed in every direction.

Pedestrians stomped through icy cold slushy streets. Trees fell. Drivers skidded.

Traffic in much of the region stopped dead.

A bus full of special education students in the city was reportedly stuck for 10 hours. It took a city councilwoman nearly nine hours to drive home to the Bronx from Manhattan.

Also, at least 15,000 public-housing residents in the city lost heat and hot water.

What happened: Weather patterns changed and snow piled up, turning the roadways into slick slush trails.

I also didn’t remind you how finicky weather is this time of year, because I didn’t want it to be true. Blame Old Man Winter. Blame me.

2. Fares might go up. Service is going down. (That’s the good news.)

New: M.T.A. officials on Thursday announced details of proposed fare increases that they plan to enact in March.

To make matters worse, they warned of an additional 15 percent fare increase to plug a growing budget deficit. And yes, the fare increases may come with service cutbacks.

No wonder Jeff Bezos negotiated to get his own helipad.

Current M.T.A. costs:

Base fare: $2.75

Single-ride MetroCard: $3

Monthly MetroCard: $121

Express bus: $6.50

What the M.T.A is considering:

Option one: Eliminate the bonus for buying a pay-per-ride MetroCard, effectively increasing those costs by 5 percent.

Base fare: Keep at $2.75

Single-ride MetroCard: Keep at $3

Monthly MetroCard: Increase to $127

Express bus: Increase to $7

Option two: Increase the bonus for pay-per-ride MetroCards (buy 10 rides, get one free).

Base fare: Increase to $3

Single-ride MetroCard: Increase to $3.25

Monthly MetroCard: Increase to $126.25

Express bus: Increase to $7.25

Analysis: Your ride will get worse.

Threats of a 15 percent fare hike are rooted in reality. Uber, Lyft and unreliable M.T.A. service are combining to push down ridership.

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo controls the M.T.A. He is also giving money to Amazon.

He’s going to be under pressure now to put together a new rescue package and to get the Legislature involved. And the Legislature is now completely controlled by Democrats, the party he leads.

In August, Mr. Cuomo promised, “I would support canceling the fare hike because the service is not what people deserve.”

But that was when he was campaigning for re-election.

3. Stat of the day: 100,900

That’s the number of fast-food jobs in New York City as of October, according to the Federal Department of Labor, The Times’s Patrick McGeehan explains.

Context: That’s down slightly from September, when the figure was 102,400. Fast-food jobs had hit new highs for six straight months before slipping a bit in October.

Why it matters: Employment in fast-food joints (the feds call them limited-service eating places) is considered the best gauge of the effect of the rising minimum wage.

New York’s has gone up fast — to $13.50 an hour from $8.75 just three years ago — and is scheduled to rise to $15 on Dec. 31. So far, the increases have not led to significant job losses.

4. The Newsstand

5. Can you support the Amazon deal, and be a progressive?

Colleagues J. David Goodman and William Neuman look at Mayor Bill de Blasio, who casts himself as a progressive champion.

“Yet Mr. de Blasio’s positions on real estate development, including his efforts to rezone large areas of New York City, have often put him in direct conflict with his political base, and stretched the distance between his rhetoric and the reality of governing.”

In an interview, Mr. de Blasio said blocking the Amazon deal would be a “huge mistake.”

6. What else is happening

R.I.P. Kim Porter: The former model, actress and mother to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ children died yesterday. She was 47. [Daily News]

Personal politics?: A city councilman who is pushing to abolish the position of public advocate is married to a woman who once sought to work there. [NY Post]

Amazon deal: An incoming state senator who previously worked in the Cuomo administration likened the Amazon deal to a “bribe.” [NY Post]

7. Looking for things to do?

Check out the going-out guides from The Times’s culture pages, covering the whole week.

8. Metropolitan Diary: Spoonful a day

Dear Diary:

I was lucky to get a seat at Rite-Aid, where I was waiting in line to get a flu shot. An older couple ahead of me were being quizzed by the clerk who was reading from the Medicare paperwork. There was a section that required the listing of an emergency contact should things not go well during the procedure.

Watching them, I made two assumptions. First, that they were married; second, that each had listed the other as emergency contact.

The man collecting the paperwork, who must have gone through this routine a thousand times, turned to the woman.

“You didn’t fill in the blank describing your relationship to the person you’ve identified as your emergency contact,” he said somewhat mechanically. “What is that relationship?”

The woman took a short breath.

“Love-hate,” she said.

— Donald Hyman

9. And finally: It’s always Danny DeVito Day in Asbury Park

Here is a never-before-seen grade school picture of the Garden State icon Danny DeVito.

He’s the shortest one, obviously. (Thank you, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, for providing the photo.)

This Saturday, Nov. 17, is, literally, Mr. DeVito’s day in Asbury Park, where he was born and raised.

In April, the mayor and governor announced that they were honoring Mr. DeVito.

He celebrated the occasion by talking to our New Jersey correspondent Nick Corasaniti (a fellow “jadrool from Jersey,” he called him).

The actor said “there’s a little bit of Jersey” in everything he does.

So when power brokers in New Jersey said they wanted to honor Mr. DeVito, he knew how it would go.

“Of course, they first told me I could have a beach,” Mr. DeVito said of the honor. But, he said, “they reneged. So I said, ‘Oh, that’s perfect. It’s New Jersey.’”

Enjoy your Friday, you celebrity.

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Call of the Wilde: Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price steals one in Calgary

Every season when the Montreal Canadiens head out west, it feels like the week when the team crashes back to earth, or in some cases, digs a bigger hole.

Game one in Edmonton saw the same scenario play out yet again: the Habs were shellshocked against the Oilers.

Game two in Calgary saw the Habs put their number one goalie back in net, but even he didn’t feel right. Carey Price said last week, after a self-admittedly abysmal game, that he needs to figure things out upstairs.

That means this was a very important game to see whether Price can find his better self physically and his more confident self mentally.

Habs fans know that this can’t be a successful season without some solid goaltending from Price.

Wilde Horses

  • When Tomas Tatar was dealt by Vegas, all anyone could think about was how little he fit in on the Golden Knights’ playoff run that saw them make it to the Stanley Cup Final. Tatar sat more than he played under head coach Gerard Gallant. His stock was so low that he was a throw-in by GM George McPhee in a 3-for-1 deal for Max Pacioretty. A quarter of a season later and Tatar is looking like he will hit the 20-goal mark for the fifth time in his career. Tatar with the opening marker in the first period to give him eight goals on the season to go with eight assists for 16 points. That’s second on the team behind only Max Domi. It’s remarkable how much Tatar was punished in the trade market for not fitting in on a Vegas team that was oozing chemistry, so much that the head coach didn’t want to upset their special balance. There’s an added bonus overall: Marc Bergevin somehow convinced the Golden Knights to pick up a portion of Tatar’s salary. What a robbery!
  • Eight straight games with a point for Max Domi. He has 23 points in 19 games this season, good enough for top 10 in the league. The line of Domi, Jonathan Drouin and Andrew Shaw continues to sparkle offensively, though they did struggle in their own zone in this one. Drouin has a 53-point best NHL season, but right now, with his goal, he has moved to 15 points in 19 games. Drouin is on pace for a 65-point season.
  • If Carey Price wasn’t as outstanding as he was, this game would have been a Flames rout by the 10-minute mark of the second period. Price was stellar in front of a defence that abandoned him completely. The quality of chances and the quantity of chances were astronomical, yet Price had an answer just like the gold old days. The shots on goal were 45 to 22 Calgary. Price entered the game admittedly fighting the puck, but he had no confidence issues at all. The best thing that came out of this game, even better than the win, is that Price looked like he could be his better self this season after all. They’ll need him. They’ll need to support him more though, because you can’t expect him to be MVP like this all the time. This was a special one for Price. It was one where he was focused and very much wanted to silence critics. Mission accomplished in Calgary. These two points are all his.

Wilde Goats

  • In just about every power play the Habs have these days, the opposition actually has the best chance to score. The Canadiens have the most 5-on-5 goals in the NHL. Scoring is not an issue for this team, but when they get on the power play, the likelihood that they’ll give up a “Grade A” chance is just as good as that they’ll get a “Grade A” chance. The belief is that the return of Shea Weber will change everything, and one more weapon will certainly help. However, what they need to do be less static. There is no movement on the Habs’ power play. They are predictable in their behaviour. They all stand in the expected spots. That means the defenders also stand in their expected spots. The predictability means that the players, who are talented enough, are easy to defend. This isn’t a short-term problem. It’s been an issue for a long time. Weber will make some difference, but not as much of a difference as he should if everyone is simply going to be static waiting for 55-foot bombs to go in. Goalies are fairly adept at 55-foot bombs these days.
  • Things are becoming quiet on this West Coast road swing for Jesperi Kotkaniemi. Shift after shift for the 18-year-old without him touching the puck much. The coaching staff is working on his defensive game and it is improving. They’re doing good work with the young Finn on that front as, for a teenager, he’s looking better at centre than Drouin did last season. However, it’s his offence in the coming years that will be needed most, so it’s a little concerning to see that Kotkaniemi isn’t receiving many opportunities to develop his stick skills. Certainly, he has shown outstanding vision and passing, but some skills are not being developed here enough considering he might have the puck on his stick for only 10 seconds in an entire contest. In Calgary, it felt like he made no impression with the puck whatsoever, but chased the game, and yes, that point does include the fact that he got an assist on the Artturi Lehkonen goal.

Wilde Cards

  • History may record it as the best trade that GM Marc Bergevin ever made. Max Pacioretty, who struggling mightily with only two goals this season, was dealt in a bold move for three assets: Tomas Tatar, who is on pace for his best season in the league, a second-round draft choice next season, and perhaps the gem of the trade – prospect Nick Suzuki. The former first-round draft choice is pouring on the points for Owen Sound. Suzuki has played 19 games and has 17 goals and 16 assists for 33 points. That puts him in the top 10 in league scoring. Suzuki is listed as a centre but it looks like he will line up on the right side for the Habs when he arrives. He will be loved there, especially with Jesperi Kotkaniemi who, as a left hander, will see Suzuki easily with a forehand pass on his right side, Instead of Joel Armia not finishing exquisite passes for Kotkaniemi, it will be Suzuki finishing the play with his lightning shot. On nights when it seems rough this season, fans only need to remember what the future looks like with players like Suzuki arriving, and Kotkaniemi maturing.

  • Mike Reilly was scratched for the first time this season. Reilly has certainly seen his game drop, but the use of Jordie Benn and David Schlemko over Reilly is still a head scratcher. This is a league of puck movement from the defence, especially for the Habs who need to feed their speedy wingers in full flight to find success, and these two do not bring that to the rink at all. The problem is Reilly wears down. It’s been his issue over the years. As the season grows longer, he loses his will to make the body-bruising sacrifices necessary for success. As much as the league has grown softer, you still have to go for the puck first even if the forechecking “F-1” is coming hard at you to hit you into the boards. Reilly has to get past this to become a “3-4 D” in this league, because if he can’t, then he is still a “5-6 D.” How many top-pair defenders do the Habs have? Shea Weber is the only one, and that is a “perhaps” as he has played so little in the last year that he has to prove he hasn’t lost anything from his game. How many 3-4 defenders do the Habs have? The answer is probably Jeff Petry now and Noah Juulsen in the coming years. The rest of the lot are third-pair defenders at best. Xavier Ouellet, who drew back into the line-up, along with Benn, Schlemko, Victor Mete, and Karl Alzner are all third pair. It is no wonder why the Habs are both 27th in the league in goals allowed, and 29th in the league in save percentage, causing their goalies to face a shot quality that’s just too high. It’s about talent. You can’t fake it. GM Marc Bergevin has done an excellent job turning the club around up front, especially strengthening the centre position, but now it’s time to evaluate the position he played for in his long NHL career, and not fall in love with what he was for that entire time — a journeyman defenceman.

WATCH: Global’s hockey analyst Brian Wilde breaks down the key plays from the Habs

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$8M renovation complete at Noble Central School

After decades with no major upgrades, students in Nobleford are now learning in a new, renovated space.

Noble Central School held its grand reopening Thursday afternoon, showing off the $8-million renovation project.

“It really wasn’t that accessible before, lots of stairways and very difficult to maneuver around,” Noble Central School principal, Greg Rollingson said.

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“We’ve got all sorts of desk heights and chair types, and really what we wanted to do was focus on making this a place where learning was a priority.”

It was first opened in 1949, with the first major addition coming in 1953.

The last major structural change to the school was 40 years ago, when a gymnasium was added to it.

“Advances in architecture and technology, it’s more energy efficient,” Palliser Regional School Division Board chair, Robert Strauss said. “It provides better lighting, better learning spaces — it’s upgraded the mechanical within the building.”

The early learning to Grade 12 school is now more accessible for visitors and students, with inclusive learning spaces, a large library, a new gym and new classrooms.

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