Hamilton salt supply shaken

(Update)With the storm approaching maintenance crews should be out preparing roads and sidewalks. But a salt shortage in some areas, including Hamilton is making it extremely difficult to get everywhere that needs to be clear, cleared.The City of Hamilton gets its ice salt from Cleveland. But now that the great lakes are frozen, they can’t ship in extra supplies. That means the city will focus on salting priority roads. meanwhile, private businesses are having a difficult time getting their hands on any salt.The lineup for salt at Outdoor Supplies and Equipment on Nebo Road Tuesday morning was about a half a kilometre long. But with only one load of salt to go around, the supply quickly ran out.Owner Rick McDowell says not only has the supply depleted. It’s doubled in price: “Keeping everyone to a 2 tonne maximum. There are just too many people out there who want to buy the whole load. You just can’t do it. In December, we were $110 a year. Which is roughly a tonne. Now it’s $220.”At 5am, Paul Klingender of Klink and Son Lawn Maintenance was fifth in line for salt. He received about one and a half tonnes. He needed three times that amount: “I’ve never been in this situation before because salt has always been a readily available commodity. But this year, being the winter that we’ve had, I’m scrambling for salt. Maybe one day I do half the customers or a third of the customers and the next day I do another third and so on and so fourth. I have no choice.”Later in the day outdoor supplies received a surprise shipment of salt. And once again, McDowell will have to ration: “With the storm coming the company says ideally they’d have 250 metric tonnes of salt. Right now they have 36 and that’s expected to sell in under an hour.”Klingender says Canadian mines forecast the amount they’ll need for the season and stockpile accordingly. He says this year, they ran out of salt by the middle of January: “They have an obligation to the municipalities and the province for the highways ”Leaving small businesses to do whatever they can to get their hands on this now hot commodity. And while businesses in the GTHA are having a hard time finding salt. The Regional Municipality of Niagara says so far, it has enough. It brought in an extra shipment before the lakes froze. How long it will last will depend on how long this weather goes on for. read more

The top 10 books on Apple BooksUS

Apple Book charts for week ending August 11, 2019: (Rank, Book Title by Author Name, ISBN, Publisher)1. A Dangerous Man by Robert Crais – 9780525535713 – (Penguin Publishing Group)2. Outfox by Sandra Brown – 9781455572175 – (Grand Central Publishing)3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – 9780735219113 – (Penguin Publishing Group)4. The Inn by Candice Fox & James Patterson – 9780316528429 – (Little, Brown and Company)5. Year One by Nora Roberts – 9781250122988 – (St. Martin’s Publishing Group)6. The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware – 9781501188794 – (GalleryScout Press)7. The Last House Guest by Megan Miranda – 9781501165399 – (Simon & Schuster)8. One Good Deed by David Baldacci – 9781538750551 – (Grand Central Publishing)9. The New Girl by Daniel Silva – 9780062834898 – (Harper)10. One Year Home by Marie Force – 9781950654376 – (HTJB, Inc.)____The Associated Press read more

Canadas top 1 saw fastest income acceleration overall decrease in taxes

OTTAWA — A new study says the incomes of Canada’s top one per cent grew at a faster pace than everyone else’s in 2017 — and, overall, they saw their taxes edge down.Statistics Canada says in 2017 the average total income of all tax filers rose 2.5 per cent compared to the previous year, while those in the top one per cent saw average income growth of 8.5 per cent.The report says the top 0.1 per cent took home 17.2 per cent more income, and people in the top 0.01 per cent, who made at least $2.7 million, saw their incomes rise 27.2 per cent — for the fourth-highest increase in 35 years.The agency says as the top one per cent made more money, their effective tax rate declined to 30.9 per cent in 2017, down from 31.3 per cent the year before.The decrease in taxes for the top earners was mostly due to lower provincial taxes, especially in Quebec.The report says at the federal level, the top one per cent have been paying higher taxes since the Liberal government created a fifth tax bracket in 2016, which nudged the effective tax rate of top earners to 18.8 per cent from 18.4 per cent.The Canadian Press read more

Court digest Jail time for fall crime spree

An Oakwood Avenue man who repeatedly broke laws throughout last fall and into January was given escalating jail time for his crimes when the charges were dealt with in Simcoe’s Ontario Court recently.Jason Robert Harrington, 35, pleaded guilty to charges from eight different dates, starting with committing mischief last September and threatening death or bodily harm and causing a disturbance in October. For those, he received a suspended sentence.At the end of October, Harrington drove while disqualified, breaking his bail conditions by confronting two women he was supposed to avoid. He pleaded guilty to those charges, received five months of time already served and another two-and-a-half months of jail and a five-year driving prohibition.Ten days later he didn’t show up for a court appearance and three weeks later, he breached his bail conditions again.On New Year’s Day he was charged with committing mischief, but that charge, like 10 others, was dropped.On Jan. 29 Harrington assaulted a woman, damaged her glasses, cellphone and the walls of her home, all while not residing at the Norfolk Street South address he was supposed to be in.Justin Gethin Edward levied another four-and-a-half months of jail time for those offences, giving Harrington a global sentence of more than a year, leaving him with eight months to serve.Harrington must not own or use weapons for 10 years.Man sent inappropriate photo to girlA Simcoe man who sent pictures of his penis to an underage girl was sent to weekend jail after pleading guilty recently in Simcoe’s Ontario Court.Lawren Kadey, 21, was charged with making sexual material available to a child for actions he took in June 2017.A police investigation also found Kadey had child pornography — digital images of a young female —  in his possession.Justice Aubrey Hilliard ordered that Kadey spend 90 days in weekend jail, submit a DNA sample for the national offenders databank and go on the sexual offenders registry for 10 years.The judge also ordered that Kadey get counselling from someone who specializes in sexual deviancy for sexually offending behaviour and not discontinue that treatment without the consent of his probation officer.Back to jail for breaking court ordersA Cherry Street man who continued to break court orders was sent to jail after his angry outbursts got him arrested earlier this year.Michael Allan Whittaker, 30, was convicted last year of breaching several probation orders by not reporting to his probation officer, failing to show up to therapy programs and assaulting a person.In February and March, he was charged with breaking probation orders and conditions of his release.When he appeared before Justice Aubrey Hilliard, Whittaker pleaded guilty to the charges and was credited with already serving three months of jail. But Hilliard sent him back to jail for a further five months.Whittaker is under orders to stay away from a Montclair Crescent home, avoid contact with his victim and take some anger management programs.SGamble@postmedia.com@EXPSGamble read more

Justin Trudeau keeps low profile at G7 as election campaign looms

BIARRITZ, France — He may have spent the weekend an ocean away from home, rubbing elbows with world leaders during tense talks on international crises, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kept cool, collected and decidedly out of the fray.For a political leader who thrives in the flash of cameras and curated social media content, it was an uncharacteristic approach for Trudeau at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France, which wrapped up Monday.With the start of an election campaign just weeks away, Trudeau kept things low-key. He steered a wide berth around the debris field trailing U.S. President Donald Trump, save for one largely uneventful bilateral meeting, and stayed focused squarely on the Liberal party’s key election talking points: the economy, taking action on climate change and raising the fortunes of the middle class.In their meeting Sunday, Trudeau praised the new, albeit not yet ratified, free trade agreement between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, a favourite subject of Trump’s. Gone was the tough talk about Canada not being pushed around — a sentiment that triggered a Twitter tantrum from the confines of Air Force One in the final moments of last year’s G7 meeting in Charlevoix, Que.It seemed to work: when right-wing commentator and Rebel Media founder Ezra Levant called out Trudeau on Twitter for what he called “submissive” body language, Trump himself came to the prime minister’s defence.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“No, we actually had a very good and productive meeting,” Trump tweeted in response to Levant. “Nice!”No, we actually had a very good and productive meeting. Nice! https://t.co/aXeUWcPTc1— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 25, 2019In each and every bilateral meeting with a world leader he held on the margins of the two-day summit — Trump, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, among others — Trudeau made sure to mention trade, the global economy and climate issues.Indeed, climate was top of mind throughout the weekend, thanks to the wildfires ravaging the Amazon rainforest and burning up social media feeds around the world.Canada pledged $15 million and the use of Canadian water bombers, adding to a separate US$20-million commitment from the G7, part of which will be earmarked for a long-term global initiative to protect the rainforest.The money the G7 nations put forward for the Amazon will be aimed specifically at Brazil, Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay, said Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, with urgent brigades to combat fires and specialized planes. “We think we have to protect these real lungs of our world,” Pinera said.Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, a populist, far-right leader who initially dismissed the gravity of the threat, relented Friday and promised 44,000 soldiers to help battle the blazes, which mostly seem to be charring land deforested for farming and ranching rather than burning through stands of trees.Trudeau wasn’t the only world leader hoping to quell any suggestion of discord. Both Trump and Macron sounded notes of unity as the gathering wrapped up, a markedly different tone from last year, when Trump demanded his name stricken from the shared communique.This time, leaders opted instead for a short, single page of statements about the economy, Iran and Hong Kong, among other global hotspots.“We actually had a very good meeting,” Trump said at a press conference of his own.“I had it out with one or two people where we disagreed in terms of concept, but we actually had a pretty good meeting last year. I would say that this was a big step above in terms of unity, in terms of agreement. We have really great agreement on a lot of important subjects, but last year was good also.”He added: “Last year might have been a little bit underrated.” Macron: Brazilian women should be ashamed of Bolsonaro for mocking my wife Brazilian warplanes dump water on Amazon as military begins fighting fires Brazilian states ask for military help as Amazon fires rage Fissures between the U.S. and six of the world’s other advanced economies were apparent, however, on issues including trade policy, Russia, Iran and climate change. Trump skipped the climate session, and repeated his push to invite Russia — ousted in 2014 over the annexation of Crimea — back into the group. That’s not about to happen, Trudeau insisted.His closing remarks sounded a lot like a stump speech — to say nothing of the Liberal campaign ad that happened to drop early Monday morning.“Around the world, hard-working middle class people are already having a hard time making ends meet, even with a growing economy, ” Trudeau said.“They’re worried about their jobs, about their businesses, about their future. They wonder what this uncertainty around the global economy means for their retirement, for their kids, for their communities. We in Canada believe that we should put the best balance sheet in the G7 to work for the middle class.”He denied any sort of pre-campaign strategy was in play — it just so happens that the G7’s priorities happen to align with the priorities of ordinary Canadians, he said.“When we had the opportunity to host the G7 last year, our focus was on the global economy, on growth for the middle class and indeed on climate and oceans. The year before that, we brought forward strong issues on the global economy and climate change. These are the issues that matter to Canadians and indeed to people around the world, and we will always highlight them in our actions and in our engagements,” Trudeau said.“I’m going to continue to do that at every opportunity I get to serve and represent Canadians both at home and on the world stage.”— With files from The Associated Press read more