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Issue #068 - February 6, 2024

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Ontario Launches 'One Fare' System to Slash Public Transit Costs for Commuters

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The Ontario government announced the "One Fare" system, starting February 26, 2024, allowing transit riders to transfer freely between the TTC and other GTA transit agencies, including GO Transit, without extra charges. This initiative is expected to save riders $1,600 annually and is part of the government's efforts to reduce living costs. Funded by the government, it will encourage over eight million additional rides each year, making public transit more accessible for all, especially students and seniors. The plan complements Ontario's broader $70.5 billion investment in public transit over the next decade, including extensive subway expansions and improved GO Train services. Read more.

Launching the Black Business Catalyst Project: Stories of Triumph and Entrepreneurship

The inaugural episode of the Black Business Catalyst Project has arrived, marking a significant moment in celebrating and understanding the narratives of black entrepreneurship. This episode invites viewers to explore the personal and professional paths of four remarkable business owners, offering an intimate glimpse into their challenges, triumphs, and the pioneering spirit of the project. Join us in acknowledging their contributions and insights, and be part of a movement that shines a light on black-owned businesses. Tune in to witness their stories unfold, providing motivation and lessons for us all. #BBCP2024 #BHM2024 #BlackOwnedBusiness by geekspeak Commerce. Read more.

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19-Year-Old Arrested for Stealing Vehicle from Oshawa Dealership

A 19-year-old man, Johnathan Williams, was arrested early Saturday morning after stealing a grey Hyundai from the Need-A-Car Dealership in Oshawa. The vehicle was quickly found by police in a nearby parking lot, leading to Williams' arrest following a short foot pursuit. He faces charges including motor vehicle theft and possession of property obtained by crime. Police are seeking further information from the public.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Cst. March of Central East Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3799.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward. Read more.

Elderly Pedestrian in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Truck in Pickering

An 86-year-old pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a Dodge pickup truck in Pickering on February 3, 2024. The incident occurred as he was crossing The Esplanade South. The driver remained at the scene, assisting police with their investigation. Authorities are seeking witnesses and have involved the Collision Investigation Unit to examine the scene.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call D/Cst. Riley of the Collision Investigation Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5216.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward. Read more.

Three Arrested in Clarington for Possession of Vehicle Theft Tools

Three men were arrested following the investigation of a suspicious vehicle at a Clarington ONroute along Highway 401. The vehicle, a Cadillac SUV without license plates, was found early Sunday morning and was occupied by three Quebec residents in possession of vehicle theft tools. The suspects, aged between 18 and 21, are facing various charges, with two held for a bail hearing and one released on an undertaking.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the East Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1605.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.durhamregionalcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward. Read more.

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Whitby Central Library Wrapped in Kindness by 1st Whitby Scouts with Free Scarf Initiative

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The concept of kindness, often elusive and difficult to quantify, manifests visibly around the Central Library. Passersby, whether in vehicles or on foot, are greeted by a heartwarming sight: scarves freely available for those seeking a bit of extra warmth. This generous gesture comes courtesy of the 1st Whitby Scouts, whose act of kindness is a reminder of the simple, yet profound, ways we can support one another. A heartfelt thank you to these young community members for spreading warmth and kindness ❤️. Read more.

Generals Dominate Bulldogs 8-3 to Claim Top Spot in East Division

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The Oshawa Generals decisively defeated the Brantford Bulldogs 8-3, climbing to the top of the East Division standings. Key players Stuart Rolofs and Matthew Buckley scored two goals each, with the team showcasing a strong offensive and defensive game. Despite the Bulldogs' late efforts to narrow the gap, the Generals maintained their lead, demonstrating their prowess on the ice. Read more.

Ridgebacks Secure Playoff Berth with Hard-Fought 3-2 Win Over York Lions

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The Ridgebacks men's hockey team triumphed over the York Lions with a 3-2 win, earning their playoff berth. After a scoreless first period, the Ridgebacks took the lead with goals from Andrew Suriyuth and Gabriel Bernier. The Lions fought back in the third period, but Stephen Calisti's goal ensured the Ridgebacks' victory and playoff spot. Read more.

Ridgebacks Stay Undefeated at Home with Stellar Win Over Laurier Golden Hawks

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The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks men's basketball team scored a triumphant 100-89 win against the Laurier Golden Hawks, keeping their record unblemished at home. Four players, Levi Ogbonna, Zubair Seyed, Ayub Nurhussien, and Keon Baker, each scored over 20 points, propelling the Ridgebacks to victory. The team looks forward to their next match against the Lakehead Thunderwolves in Thunder Bay, followed by a home game against the Carleton Ravens. Read more.

Whitby hosts an annual event that celebrates the diversity of its community. What is this event?

  • A) The Whitby World Festival

  • B) Whitby Multicultural Day

  • C) The Durham Diversity Fair

  • D) The Whitby Cultural Expo

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Correct Answer: B) Whitby Multicultural Day

Whitby Multicultural Day is an annual event that celebrates the town's cultural diversity with music, dance, food, and various cultural displays.