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๐Ÿ† Top Employer DCDSB, Housing Supply Shortage, & Oshawa Update: Stay Informed with Local News

Issue #067

Issue #067 - February 5, 2024

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Durham Catholic District School Board Tops Ontario in Forbes' Best Employers List

The Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) has been honoured with a prestigious accolade, securing a spot on Forbes' list of Canada's Best Employers in 2024. Notably, it stands as the top-ranked school board in Ontario, a testament to its commitment to excellence in the educational sector.

Tracy Barill, the Director of Education at DCDSB, expressed immense pride in leading an organization filled with highly skilled and dedicated staff across various levels. This accolade is seen as a reflection of the collective efforts to foster a positive work environment, promote well-being, and nurture a sense of belonging among the community. With an eye on growth and diversity, the board is actively engaging with staff, both new and longstanding, to ensure a supportive atmosphere that encourages optimal performance daily.

The recognition was a result of an expansive survey conducted in partnership between Forbes and the market research firm Statista. This survey involved over 40,000 employees from across Canada, working in companies with a minimum workforce of 500. The methodology included over 900,000 evaluations of employers, with the final scores derived from both personal and public evaluations of the companies.

Monique Forster, Chair of the DCDSB Board of Trustees, also shared her enthusiasm for the board's achievement. She extended her gratitude and congratulations to everyone involved, from the Board of Trustees and the Senior Administration team to all staff and affiliate representatives, for their unwavering dedication to the board's mission. This mission emphasizes creating an inclusive Catholic learning community that not only prioritizes faith and education but also inspires every student to reach their fullest potential. Read more.

Bank of Canada Governor Highlights Supply Shortage as Key to Housing Crisis

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Tiff Macklem, Governor of the Bank of Canada, recently addressed the nation's housing crisis, stating that manipulating interest rates isn't a viable solution due to the issue's roots in a shortage of supply. During his appearance before the finance committee of MPs, following the central bank's decision on interest rates last week, Macklem was inundated with questions concerning housing affordability.

The governor admitted that although high interest rates contribute to escalating housing costs, the inflation of shelter prices remains high regardless of the interest rate levels. Macklem emphasized the necessity for the government to concentrate on amplifying the housing supply to enhance affordability. He cautioned against policies aimed at boosting demand, warning that such measures could exacerbate the problem.

In its recent update, the Bank of Canada maintained its key interest rate at 5%, indicating the initiation of discussions on the potential timeline for rate reductions. The central bank also highlighted the surge in shelter costs as the principal factor keeping inflation above its 2% target. This information was first released by The Canadian Press on February 1, 2024. Read source.

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Oshawa Death Investigation Concludes: No Foul Play Suspected

The Durham Regional Police investigated a mysterious death in Oshawa, this past weekend. An autopsy was completed to determine the cause. It has been declared that the death of the 27-year-old Oshawa man, previously reported missing, was not suspicious or criminal. Read more.

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Navigating the Digital Frontier: DDSB's New Seminar for Tech-Savvy Parenting

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The Durham District School Board, as part of their parent engagement series, is offering a session on "Parenting in the Age of Social Media." This will focus on the challenges and considerations that come with raising children in a digital world. The series provides parents and caregivers with strategies for ensuring children's safety and promoting ethical and responsible behaviour online.

  • Date: February 7, 2024

  • Time: 7:00PM-8:30PM

  • Location: Online (Zoom)

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Durham College Volleyball Team Faces Setback in Season Finale Against Loyalist Lancers

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The Durham College women's volleyball team concluded their regular season with a straight-set defeat against the Loyalist Lancers, marking only their fourth loss this season. Despite a strong effort, including standout performances from Amanda Larsen and a solid defensive game by Aislinn Pedersen and Chelsea Oke, the Lords could not overcome the Lancers. The team now looks forward to the 2024 OCAA Women's Volleyball Championship qualifying round, with home court advantage on their side. Read more.

Durham Lords Volleyball Claws Back for Thrilling Five-Set Victory Over Lancers

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The Durham College men's volleyball team pulled off a dramatic comeback in their final home game, overcoming a two-set deficit to defeat the Loyalist Lancers in five sets. Key performances from Jack Egan, Tyler Jegen, and Ben Rocheleau, among others, highlighted a match filled with intense rallies and strategic plays. The victory sets the stage for the team's next challenge in the qualifying round of the 2024 OCAA Men's Volleyball Championship. Read more.

Ontario Tech Curling Teams Bow Out of OUA Championship on Day Two

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The Ontario Tech Curling team's pursuit for glory at the OUA Curling Championship came to an early end on the second day. Despite a promising start with the men's team defeating the Western Mustangs, both the men's and women's teams faced defeats in their subsequent matches against the Laurentian Voyaguers and TMU Bold, respectively, along with a significant loss for the women's team against Waterloo. These results led to the teams' elimination from advancing in the championship. Read more.

What is the name of Whitby's downtown heritage district?

  • A) Perry Historic District

  • B) Old Whitby Village

  • C) Four Corners

  • D) Downtown Whitby Heritage Area

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Correct Answer: C) Four Corners

The Four Corners area in downtown Whitby is known as the heritage district, featuring historic buildings and a charming atmosphere.