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Guelph Politico is locally sourced and dedicated to covering the political and cultural scene in the City of Guelph. Est. 2008.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Beware of Ice

That warning has probably come a little too late for those of you who have already ventured out into today's winter storm. Rest assured though that our local first responders are on the case, and that our civil servants in city hall are keeping an eye on the situation too. 
In a press release that came out a few hours ago, the City of Guelph announced that the River Run Centre was being temporarily closed for safety concerns after a power outage. A dance competition is scheduled to take place at the River Run today, one of numerous events that are taking place throughout the city this weekend.
In the same press release, the city also updates the current situation city-wide. Read on below:
GUELPH, ON, April 12 – As a result of an ongoing power outage in Guelph, the City has temporarily closed River Run Centre.
The closure of River Run Centre affects hundreds of dancers competing at the regional Rhythm Dance competition scheduled for today and tomorrow.
“For the safety of our patrons, we have closed the building. Once power has been restored, the competition schedule will resume,” says Colleen Clack, general manager of Culture and Tourism.
Not affected by the power outage are the City’s recreation centres—West End Community Centre, Centennial Pool, Sleeman Centre, Exhibition Arena, Evergreen Seniors Community Centre, and Victoria Road Recreation Centre.
Icy weather
Public Works crews remain out in full force this morning attending to downed trees, icy roads and street lights.
Residents are asked to avoid walking through parks and naturalized areas today and throughout the weekend due to risk of falling ice and debris.
The Guelph Fire Department is also reminding people to stay away from fast-flowing rivers and streams.
Although the situation sounds perilous, the daily police blotter sounded almost upbeat this morning. 
Overnight on April 12, 2013 Guelph Police attended to 23 calls for potential dangerous situations due to the storm. Fallen trees and downed hydro wires made for a busy night not only for police but for fire and hydro workers. The work continues around town this morning.
Finally, the University of Guelph remains open today despite the weather. I always consider the U of G the true bellwether of how bad conditions outside are since it rarely closes on account of the weather. Neither rain, nor sleet, nor snow... Here's today's post from the U of G:
The University of Guelph is open. We will continue to monitor weather and road conditions.
The decision to remain open is based on a variety of factors, including the most recent weather and road information, as well as the availability of public transportation.
City of Guelph, GO Transit and Greyhound buses are operating today. Please exercise caution when travelling to and from campus.
Out-of-town students who cannot make it to campus safely should email their instructor and program counsellor to request a deferred privilege.

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