Union Gas customers in northwestern Ontario will see a slight decrease in their bills starting January 1st. Spokesperson Kerry Dudley Tatsu says it's good news especially during the cold winter months. Customers in Northern area should see a decrease of about a dollar per year on their average gas bill. The Ontario Energy Board approved a decrease in the cost of natural gas of about 2.3 cents per cubic metre.
On this first day of 2011, many brave Canadians will take part in a New Year's Day tradition. They'll be jumping into frigid rivers, lakes, and oceans for Polar Bear Swims to raise money for charity. But conditions will be warmer than usual in Ontario and Quebec, where today's predicted high in many centres is plus 10 Celsius. It's so warm that skating on Ottawa's Rideau Canal is banned until the ice thickens.