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🏥 Mayor Fights for Hospital, EV Shift at GM, and Local Heroes Thwart Theft: Dive into the Latest

Issue #070

Issue #070 - February 8, 2024

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Whitby Mayor Launches Campaign Against Provincial Delays for New Durham Hospital

This was captured well waiting for the doctor who was busy at the time

Two years after identifying Whitby as the location for a new Durham Region hospital, Mayor Elizabeth Roy is challenging the Provincial government's inaction. With the Province stalling on a $3 million planning grant and land acquisition, Roy has launched a public advocacy campaign to expedite the project. Despite potential political interference, the Mayor emphasizes the urgent need for accessible healthcare in Durham, urging residents to join her in advocating for the hospital's construction.

Kristian Aquilina Takes Helm as GM Canada's New President Amid EV Shift

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Kristian Aquilina has been appointed as the new President and Managing Director of General Motors Canada, moving up from his previous role in Oshawa. With an extensive background that includes leading Cadillac's international operations and managing GM Holden in Australia and New Zealand, Aquilina brings a wealth of global experience to his new position. Under his leadership, GM Canada achieved top market share and sales in 2023 for the first time since 2009. Aquilina's appointment marks a significant moment as GM Canada gears up for an all-electric future, with him at the helm to foster growth and innovation. Read more.

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Search Underway for Suspects in Pickering Apartment Shooting

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Two individuals are sought by the police for their involvement in a shooting at an apartment complex in Pickering on January 17, 2024. The suspects fired at the building and fled on foot, with no injuries reported. Descriptions of the suspects have been released: one is tall and medium-built wearing a black puffer jacket, and the other is slender, wearing a grey tracksuit.

Anyone with surveillance or dash cam footage, or information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Suthers of the West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2542.

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.

Public Tips Lead to Arrest of Two Men in Ajax GO Station Auto Theft Case

Two individuals were arrested for auto theft, including the theft of a Polaris ATV from Ajax GO Station, after video evidence and public tips led to their identification. Justin LaRochelle and Darren Meany, both from Whitby, face multiple charges and have been released on an undertaking.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Sheridan of the West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 3961.

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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Explore Station Gallery's Art Exhibition at Whitby Town Hall

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Station Gallery is currently hosting an art exhibition at Whitby Town Hall, featuring select pieces from its Permanent Collection. The display is located in the hallway leading to the council chambers, inviting visitors to explore a slice of the gallery's cherished artworks. This event highlights the cultural richness of Whitby and its dedication to promoting local arts within the community. Read more.

Oshawa Generals Miss Top Spot After Falling 6-4 to Kingston Frontenacs

Oshawa Generals

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The Oshawa Generals were defeated 6-4 by the Kingston Frontenacs in a crucial match that could have elevated them to the top of the Eastern Division. Despite a strong start and leading twice in the game, Oshawa couldn't maintain their advantage, with Kingston capitalizing on power plays to secure the win. Jacob Oster's 31 saves and Matthew Buckley's goal and assist were highlights for the Generals in their loss. Read more.

Durham College Lords Triumph Over St. Lawrence Surge with 88-67 Victory

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The Durham College men's basketball team celebrated moving into the top five of the CCAA national rankings with a commanding 88-67 road win against the St. Lawrence Surge. Standout performances from Kanskie Simon, Jasean Elliott, Glodi Kashala, Rudy Fakih, and O'Shane Taylor-Douglas propelled the Lords to victory. The team looks forward to closing their regular season with upcoming home games, where they will honor their graduating seniors. Read more.

What historic event is commemorated by a monument in Whitby's Rotary Sunrise Lake Park?

  • A) The founding of Whitby

  • B) The War of 1812

  • C) World War II

  • D) The arrival of the railway

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Correct Answer: C) World War II

A monument in Rotary Sunrise Lake Park commemorates World War II, reflecting Whitby's historical involvement and contributions during the war.