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❤️ Supporting Disabilities, Declining Illnesses, & New Officers: This Week in Durham

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Issue #071 - February 9, 2024

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Non-Profit Aids Those with Disabilities Seeks Government Support Amid Soaring Costs

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Community Living Ajax-Pickering and Whitby, a non-profit aiding those with intellectual disabilities, is seeking immediate financial aid from the provincial government due to rising operational costs. Despite minimal funding increases over decades, the organization struggles with the heightened cost of living and providing essential services. Through the #5tosurvive campaign, they request a five percent funding boost to manage inflation impacts. The Ministry highlights ongoing investments and reforms, but sector advocates argue for more substantial base funding improvements to address the growing financial crisis and support disparities. Read more.

COVID-19 and Flu Cases Decline in Durham Region Amid Flu Season

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Durham Region is experiencing a decrease in COVID-19 and influenza cases, according to recent health data. With new COVID-19 cases dropping to 74 from 86 and flu cases to 50 from 65, the trend is positive. Wastewater analysis also shows stable to decreasing virus levels, offering further evidence of the downward trend in both illnesses. Read more.

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Mobile Massage Therapist Arrested for Secretly Filming Client in Pickering

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In Pickering, a mobile massage therapist from Akwaaba Mobile Massage was arrested for secretly recording a client in her home, sparking concerns of more potential victims. The incident was reported on January 10, 2024, leading to the arrest of 32-year-old Godwin Asante on charges of voyeurism.

Anyone with information about this or similar incidents is asked to contact D/Cst. Baumgartner of the West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2526.

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.

DRPS Celebrates the Arrival of 16 New Officers with a Ceremonial Graduation

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The Durham Regional Police Service celebrated the graduation of 16 new officers in Ajax, featuring the Pipes and Drums, the DRPS choir, and the support of families and friends. Deputy Chief Kirkpatrick, overseeing his first graduation, highlighted the essential qualities of policing. Valedictorian Cst. Sarah Heydon and Allan D Christiansen Memorial Award recipient Victoria March both were recognized for their outstanding contributions. The new recruits are set to join units across Durham Region for further training. Read more.

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Durham College Calls for Nominations for Esteemed Alumni of Distinction Awards

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Durham College is seeking nominations for its Alumni of Distinction Awards to honor outstanding alumni from its community of over 110,000. These awards recognize alumni who have excelled professionally and made significant contributions to society and the college. Notable recipients have included professionals from various sectors. Nominations are open until March 1, with the awards to be presented at the Spring Convocation.

Nomination forms are available online at DurhamCollege.ca and should be submitted to [email protected].

St. Lawrence Surge Rallies to Defeat Durham Lords in Second-Half Comeback

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In a dramatic turnaround, the St. Lawrence Surge overcame a halftime deficit to defeat the Durham Lords 84-62. Despite Durham's strong second-quarter performance, led by Telia Campbell and Emily Glendinning, St. Lawrence dominated the second half. Campbell topped the scoring for the Lords with 16 points. The Lords are preparing for their season finale against the Algonquin Wolves, which will include a ceremony for the graduating seniors. Read more.

Kyle MacLean Nets First NHL Goal in Spectacular Fashion for the Islanders

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Kyle MacLean, previously with the Gens and now with the New York Islanders, scored his first NHL goal, giving the Islanders a lead early in the second period. After serving a penalty, MacLean seized a pass from Cal Clutterbuck upon his return to the ice, culminating in a remarkable breakaway goal against Ilya Samsonov. This achievement marked a memorable highlight in MacLean's burgeoning NHL career. Read more.

Whitby is home to a unique sports facility specializing in which activity?

  • A) Ice hockey

  • B) Track and field

  • C) Indoor skydiving

  • D) Equestrian sports

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Correct Answer: C) Indoor skydiving

Whitby houses a unique sports facility that specializes in indoor skydiving, offering a novel and exciting recreational activity. iFly provides a great experience for young and old. https://iflyworld.ca/