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EASTERN ONTARIO: Remembering the ice storm, 20 years later

Posted on Jan 10th, 2018 by Rebecca Degelder

EASTERN ONTARIO: Remembering the ice storm, 20 years later

Twenty years after Canada’s worst-ever ice storm in recent memory caused millions of dollars in damages, many farmers keep emergency generators at the ready just in case. For six days from Jan. 5, 1998, Eastern Canada was pounded with rain that immediately froze when it touched anything solid, building up enough weight to drag to the ground electricity wires, wooden poles and even apartment-tall metal towers. About 85 mm of freezing rain, ice pellets and a smattering of snow plummeted around Ottawa. That was almost double what previous major ice storms recorded.... 

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EASTERN ONTARIO: Dairy farmer ditched hydro bill by going solar

Posted on Dec 29th, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

EASTERN ONTARIO: Dairy farmer ditched hydro bill by going solar

CASSELMAN - Crop farmers are already familiar with harvesting the sun and turning it into cash. But with increasing complaints about hydro bills and outrageous delivery charges, some dairy and poultry farmers are turning to the sun for their own operations. Casselman-area dairy farmer Thomas Meyerhans, who milks 130 Holsteins in a freestall parlour, paid $300,000 to install solar panels in July. Since then, he hasn’t paid a hydro bill, and he expects the panels to pay for themselves inside of 10 years.... 

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EASTERN ONTARIO: Ontario farm couple built robot dairy barn for next generation

Posted on Nov 20th, 2017 by Rebecca Degelder

EASTERN ONTARIO: Ontario farm couple built robot dairy barn for next generation

FOURNIER - An Eastern Ontario farm couple constructed a dairy barn designed for the future. But whose future is still uncertain. Ken and Peggy Wilkes of Wilkridge Farm at Fournier, a half-hour west of Hawkesbury, erected the new barn even though it’s possible none of their three kids will take over the farm: Leigh-Ann, 27, is an agronomist researcher of canola with Bayer Canada in Saskatoon; Hannah, 26, is a social worker in Edmonton; and Andrew, 22, is finishing his fifth year of civil engineering at Ottawa’s Carleton University. Andrew has shown interest, but is focusing on school and his career for now.... 

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