Monthly Archives: August 2016

Economic Development Action Plan Underway for Southwestern Ontario

WellingtonGUELPH ON– The Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus (WOWC) is working on an economic development strategy to grow the regional economy. The strategic action plan will underline the region’s commitment to working together and speaking with one unified voice on critical economic issues in southwestern Ontario.
“A regional economic development action plan will explore the diverse needs of municipalities, identify common themes and set priorities. We want to focus our attention on issues and solutions with the biggest impact on economic growth,” said George Bridge, Chair of the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus Economic Development Committee.
A public request for proposal was issued earlier this year and Lauren Millier and MDB Insight have been selected to move the project forward. Over the next few months they will work closely with key economic development representatives from each jurisdiction to develop a three-year strategic action plan. A draft plan will be presented to the Wardens’ Caucus later this year.
In 2015, the Premier of Ontario met with the Western Ontario Wardens and asked the region to speak with a single voice on economic issues. This approach has been successful in Eastern Ontario.
The WOWC have already been effective moving forward important regional goals, most recently, developing the SWIFT Network initiative. SWIFT aims to connect the region with a high-speed fibre internet network.
About the Western Ontario Wardens’ Caucus
The WOWC is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario, representing more than 3 million residents. The WOWC aims to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. Caucus members work collectively to influence federal, provincial and legislation and programmes through advocacy, research and analysis and education. For more information, visit

“This may be the longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far”.

Heat WaveEnvironment Canada says we ain’t seen nothin’ yet. As humidex values reaching near 40 are expected, “This may be the longest and most significant heat wave of the summer so far”.

A hot and humid air mass will return from the United States beginning Tuesday afternoon, when afternoon temperatures are forecast to reach the low 30s. Humidex values will slowly rise to the mid 30s in most areas on Tuesday.

The air mass will become considerably more humid Tuesday night, which will keep overnight temperatures near 20 in most areas. Hot and humid conditions under partly to mostly sunny skies is expected Wednesday through Friday. Afternoon temperatures will reach the low to mid 30s, and early morning minimum temperatures may briefly reach the low 20s. The warm and muggy nights will not provide much of a break from the almost relentless heat, even in the odd location where temperatures may briefly dip to the upper teens shortly before sunrise.

Humidex values peaking in the upper thirties to low 40s are expected beginning Wednesday as well.

Frequently visit neighbours, friends and older family members, especially those who are chronically ill, to make sure that they are cool and hydrated.

Reschedule or plan outdoor activities during cooler parts of the day.  Never leave people or pets in your care inside a parked vehicle or in direct sunlight.  Prepare meals that don’t need to be cooked in your oven.

Heat warnings are issued when very high temperature or humidity conditions are expected to pose an elevated risk of heat illnesses, such as heat stroke or heat exhaustion.

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