Significant freezing rain on the way. Potential for a major ice storm likely tonight for parts of Southern Ontario.
A slow-moving low currently over Illinois combined with Arctic air over Southern Ontario to produce a wintery mix this morning over parts of Southern Ontario. But the bulk of the precipitation is yet to come, and is threatening to produce quite serious consequences. The main precipitation is expected to arrive this evening in the form of freezing rain and ice pellets. It may fall heavy at times and be accompanied by a few rumbles of thunder. It will change to rain later tonight in most areas as temperatures rise above the freezing mark.
This afternoon’s commute should not be problematic, but deteriorating road conditions are likely this evening. As temperatures hover near the freezing mark, treated roads may tend to be merely wet while untreated roads may become slippery. Also, shoreline areas near Lake Ontario, including downtown Toronto, may see mixed rain and freezing rain, which will significantly limit the impacts in those areas.
The greatest concern is the risk of widespread power outages beginning this evening from downed tree limbs and power lines due to significant ice accumulation combined with northeast winds gusting to 60 km/h. Freezing rain amounts up to 10 mm are quite possible in many areas with some regions possibly exceeding 20 mm. The heavier amounts would be primarily to the west and northwest of the Greater Toronto area, over the higher terrain of the Oak Ridges moraine and above the Niagara Escarpment.
Rainfall Warning continues for Norfolk County, including Delhi, Simcoe, and Port Dover.
Heavy rainfall again tonight.
Several rounds of significant rain and thunderstorms have been affecting the warned regions over the past few days. Yet another heavy area of rain is threatening the area tonight as a slow-moving low approaches from Illinois. It is expected to develop this evening and continue well into the night along with more potential thunderstorms and heavy rainfall. An additional 25 to 30 mm are expected by Friday morning.
This Warning is for: Ancaster, Boston, Brant, Brantford, Caledonia, Cambridge, Delhi, Hagersville, Haldimand, Hamilton, Ingersoll, Kitchener, Langton, Norfolk, Norwich, Oakland, Oxford, Paris, Port Dover, Scotland, Simcoe, St. Thomas, Tillsonburg, Toronto, Vanessa, Waterloo, Waterford, Woodstock
Richmond Hill teacher Susan Beattie will not let her union “illegally dictate” whether she can volunteer for extra ciriculars any longer. Below is her letter.
Open letter to David Clegg, ETFO-YR President:
Here are my reflections following the Feb. 26 union meeting and your March 1 conversation with Matt Galloway on the Metro Morning radio show.You suggest the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation decision to lift the advisory on voluntary activities was “politically motivated”. Is the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario’s decision to maintain the advisory not politically motivated?
You explain ETFO’s decision by suggesting the union wants to bargain an acceptable deal for the next school year. But if the contract were re-opened, would ETFO propose an increase in class sizes to meet the budget requirements?
You hope to defeat the Liberals in the next election. But what will you do if we find ourselves with a Conservative government under Tim Hudak?These are concerns for many teachers.
Last fall you said “[teachers) want to know leadership is leading them”. Now you claim ETFO’s decision is not being “directed by union bosses”, but is the “grassroots” consensus of “well-educated” teachers.
If anyone thinks that the decisions of ETFO members are not driven by union leaders, they are mistaken. In fact, you are actively working to create a group of stewards who will obey instructions without question, and who will in turn demand compliance from their colleagues. Stewards who do not conform are asked to step down, as I did.
I have learned from experience that raising concerns about the actions of our union executive is greeted with hostility and disrespect.
You claim that teachers want their “voices heard”, but sadly, the only voices that are welcomed in our organization are the ones that concur with the leadership.
Toronto Star’s Martin Cohn (March 3) wrote, “Public school teachers have allowed their union to bamboozle (if not bully) them into … a withdrawal of services during the school day.” He referred to “despair within the labour movement over ETFO’s self-righteous, self-defeating tactics”.
I’ve had enough. You cannot compel me or any other member to withdraw from voluntary activities. I will attend monthly staff meetings. I will run my choir. I will plan field trips. I will attend meetings outside the instructional day, if I so choose. And I will not allow you or other executive officers to diminish or dismiss me.
You have spent most of your career in the union. I am deeply concerned that, along the way, you have forgotten that teachers do not work for you — you work for us!
I want to make sure everyone is all up on their Ikea Monkey coverage. Here’s some background on Darwin, the Ikea Monkey:
Darwin grew up in a strong musical background. As a young monkey he was a backgound singer for Oasis. Here is his pic taken after Liam Gallagher gave him his coat as payment for helping out in “Wonderwall”
Shortly after success with Oasis, Darwin tried his hand on the pop charts with the group Bloodhound Gang. Here’s a still from The Bad Touch:
Some other artists were unhappy with his success and sense of high fashion. Kanye West interrupted Darwin’s acceptance speech saying “Imma let you finish buying your stuff at Ikea, but…..”
Kanye started mimicing Darwin’s fashion as well.
Darwin gained friends but also foes while in thr music biz. In fact it is rumoured that all the press Mr. IkeaMonkey was making others jealous. Here is the Weather Dog interrupting Leslie Roberts discussing Darwin’s latest single which just passed Curious George as the #1 monkey hit.
In fact, other aniamals may have been involved in setting Darwin up to be captured. Here is a cat who we interviewed that refused to comment further, calling him Carl.
Now under capture, its time to bring Darwin back home to keep making hits. Support the Free Darwin movement!!
As expected, Scott Fox returns to Z103.5 mornings from 5:30 am to 9am.
Ashley Greco, however, will not be co-hosting, as she left CIDC and Evanov for Bell Media’s CHUM. Evanov needs Fox back as they have fallen off in the Toronto ratings game recently.
From Scott Fox’s website:
My time at Kiss 92.5 has come to an end. Taylor Kaye is ready to return full time. I enjoyed my time at Kiss but it is time to move on to something new.
I will be making an announcement about my new radio home in June. In the meantime, follow me on Twitter to keep in touch: @ScottFoxonair
Rumour has it that Scott Fox will be returning to Z103.5, and returning to mornings, where Z has suffered in the ratings since his departure.