Monthly Archives: January 2017

Flu Activity In Niagara Region

The Flu (Influenza) is a highly contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. It can be a serious illness for some people.

Niagara Region monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. During the months of October to May, activity will be reported.

Only laboratory confirmed cases are reported. Most people infected with influenza do not get laboratory testing and so actual infection numbers are likely much higher.

Weekly Flu Activity (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B Total
January 16 – January 20 230 12 242

Totals include lab confirmed cases in the community and cases associated with outbreaks in health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Total Cases by Municipality
Municipality Influenza A Influenza B Total Five Year Average
Fort Erie 12 0 12 12
Grimsby 8 0 8 21
Lincoln 13 0 13 19
Niagara Falls 27 0 27 29
Niagara-on-the-Lake 9 0 9 19
Pelham 16 1 17 5
Port Colborne 8 3 11 11
St. Catharines 92 1 93 62
Thorold 16 0 16 10
Wainfleet 1 1 2 2
Welland 21 2 23 27
West Lincoln 7 4 11 13
Total 230 12 242 230

 

Institutional Outbreaks (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B
January 16 – January 20 42

Ontario and Canada’s Influenza Activity

THE WEEK AHEAD: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar

Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.

January
24
North Welland Business Improvement Area Board of Management Meeting  ≫

4:15 PM Tuesday Jan. 24  2017 –
M.T. Bellies Restaurant, 871 Niagara Street


24
General Committee Meeting, in Open Session,  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 24  2017 –
in the Council Chambers


25
Health Care Committee Meeting  ≫

4:30 PM Wednesday Jan. 25  2017 –
Council Ante Room.


26
Welland Arenas Advisory Committee Meeting  ≫

12:00 PM Thursday Jan. 26  2017 –
LOCATION: Welland Community Wellness Complex, 145 Lincoln Street.

ND Grad Making ‘His Presence Felt’ On Campus

aidan%20resized

Loran scholar Aidan Harold is a political science student who is also in the Munk One program at U of T’s Munk School of Global Affairs (photo by Geoffrey Vendeville)

Like his fellow Loran scholars, Aidan Harold was a straight-A student, but working hard in school didn’t hold him back from community service.

He was a youth public health ambassador for the Niagara Region and serves on the executive council of the Ontario Student Trustees Association.

Once a year, he and his family organize a music festival called Owenpalooza in memory of his late brother Owen who died in a car accident. The proceeds fund a scholarship at his old high school (Notre Dame) and also go toward a “random acts of kindness fund,” which has paid for autism service dogs, rebuilding houses destroyed by fire and other charitable causes.

After just one full semester at U of T studying political science, he is already making his presence felt on campus: he is on the board of directors of the student weekly, The Varsity, and volunteers for the local chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time here so far,” he said. “I really like the ability to find a lot of different, little communities. There are all kinds of groups with people who are passionate about the same things you’re passionate about.”

(Source: University of Toronto/U of T News)

 

WARNING: Freezing Rain, Ice Build-up

img_0988

Freezing rain, ice build-up, headed our way. (File photo/Joe Barkovich)

Warnings

POSTED: 3:16 PM EST Monday 16 January 2017
Freezing rain warning in effect for:

  • Niagara Falls – Southern Niagara Region
  • St. Catharines – Grimsby – Northern Niagara Region

Ice build-up due to freezing rain is expected or occurring.

Freezing rain will begin this evening in Southwestern Ontario, reaching Toronto overnight and continue to spread eastward Tuesday morning.

Freezing rain will change to rain on Tuesday morning in portions of Southwestern Ontario and Tuesday afternoon for areas near Western Lake Ontario. Freezing rain amounts are expected to be 5 to 10 mm. Higher amounts are possible in the Dundalk Highlands, where it is expected to persist into Tuesday evening.

For regions east towards Peterborough, freezing rain could last into Tuesday night.

Surfaces such as highways, roads, walkways and parking lots will become icy, slippery and hazardous. Consider postponing non-essential travel until conditions improve. There may be a significant impact on rush hour traffic in urban areas. Beware of branches or electrical wires that could break under the weight of ice. Utility outages may occur.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to ec.cpio-tempetes-ospc-storms.ec@canada.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm.

Cheer Leaders

dsc_0167

Plenty to cheer, cheer, cheer for your team about in two semifinal games in the 62nd Welland Tribune Boys Basketball Tournament last night. Centennial cheerleaders, top photo, fired up support for the Cougars, who defeated Myer Marauders 58-54. Notre Dame cheerleaders, bottom photo, cheered long and hard for the Irish who came from far behind to defeat Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs 65-63. They’ll be back at it this evening at 7:30pm in Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall when the Irish and Cougars meet in the tourney’s championship game. (Photos by Joe Barkovich)

dsc_0181

End Game

dsc_0216

Jonah Gruarin’s layup with one-tenth of a second left to play gave Notre Dame a dramatic 65-63 win over Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs and a ticket to tonight’s championship final in the 62nd Welland Tribune Basketball Tournament. The Irish came back from a huge deficit in a breathtaking, heartstopping game. They meet Centennial Cougars who ousted last year’s tourney champs, A.N. Myer Marauders, 58-54. Game time is 7:30pm at Notre Dame’s Dillon Hall. (Photo by Joe Barkovich)

The Week Ahead: Meetings In Welland

Meeting Calendar

Meetings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. Information is obtained from the applicable agency, board, committee, or commission and downloaded to this calendar as it becomes available. Information is subject to change. Please check back often for the most up-to-date information, including cancellations.

January
17
Council Meeting  ≫

7:00 PM Tuesday Jan. 17  2017 –
in the Council Chambers


18
Committee of Adjustment Hearing(s)  ≫

5:00 PM Wednesday Jan. 18  2017 –
Council Chambers

Flu Activity In Niagara Region

The Flu (Influenza) is a highly contagious infection of the nose, throat and lungs caused by the influenza virus. It can be a serious illness for some people.

Niagara Region monitors the spread of flu and flu-like illnesses on an on-going basis. During the months of October to May, activity will be reported.

Only laboratory confirmed cases are reported. Most people infected with influenza do not get laboratory testing and so actual infection numbers are likely much higher.

Weekly Flu Activity (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B Total
January 9 – January 13 191 3 194

Totals include lab confirmed cases in the community and cases associated with outbreaks in health care facilities such as hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Total Cases by Municipality
Municipality Influenza A Influenza B Total Five Year Average
Fort Erie 9 0 9 12
Grimsby 7 0 7 21
Lincoln 11 0 11 19
Niagara Falls 19 0 19 29
Niagara-on-the-Lake 7 0 7 19
Pelham 11 1 12 5
Port Colborne 7 1 8 11
St. Catharines 84 1 85 62
Thorold 14 0 14 10
Wainfleet 1 0 1 2
Welland 16 0 16 27
West Lincoln 4 0 4 13
Total 190 3 193 230

 

Institutional Outbreaks (Updated Each Friday)
Week of Influenza A Influenza B
January 9 – Janary 13 36

Ontario and Canada’s Influenza Activity

Trib Tourney Semifinals Today At College

dsc_1025-3WELLAND – The pairings are set for today’s Welland Tribune Basketball Tournament semifinal games, all being played at the Niagara College Athletic Centre. Niagara College is the sponsor of the tournament.

Consolation round:

3:30pm Lakeshore Catholic Gators meet E. L. Crossley Cyclone;

5pm Denis Morris Reds vs Thorold Golden Eagles

 

Championship round:

6:30pm A. N.Myer Marauders vs Centennial Cougars

8pm Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs Sir Winston Churchill Bulldogs

The championship games are scheduled for Saturday at Notre Dame.

The consolation championship game will be played at 5:30pm followed by the tournament championship game at 7:30pm