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Issue #072

Issue #072 - February 10, 2024

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Town to Boost EV Charging Infrastructure by 50% in Sustainability Push

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The Town of Whitby is committed to environmental sustainability, announcing plans to increase its EV charging stations by 50% by 2025. This initiative aims to support the growing number of electric vehicles by making charging more accessible, reinforcing the town's dedication to a greener future. Read more.

Educators Triumph Over Bill 124 Wage Suppression with Arbitration Award

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In a landmark arbitration decision, Ontario Secondary School Teacher’s Federation and Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario members were awarded a significant compensation increase, marking a win against the Ford government's Bill 124 wage suppression. This award addresses the unconstitutional wage caps placed on educators, with unions continuing to fight for fair compensation and workers' rights. Read more.

Durham Region Honours Late Councillor Scott Crawford with Half-Masted Flags

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Durham Region expresses deep condolences over the passing of Scott Crawford, former Town of Ajax and Regional Councillor, and plans to half-mast flags at Regional Headquarters in his honour. Crawford's legacy of public service significantly impacted the community, leaving behind a lasting legacy. Read more.

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Young Man Critically Injured in Late-Night Ajax Shooting; Suspects at Large

A 25-year-old man was critically injured in a shooting on Thursday night in Ajax, near Ivers Court and Westney Road. Police, supported by specialized units, conducted a search but did not find the assailants. Authorities are now seeking two males last seen heading north from the scene and are calling for public assistance in providing footage or information.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact D/Cst. Chrzan of the West Division Criminal Investigations Branch at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2565.

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.

Oshawa Police Take Down Illegal Cannabis Dispensary, Seize Over $240K in Goods

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Police dismantled an illegal cannabis dispensary in Oshawa, seizing over $240,000 worth of drugs and cash. Two employees were arrested and charged but later released. The public is encouraged to provide any additional information to assist the ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Drug Enforcement Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5800.

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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Bid on Exclusive CHL Jerseys for Charity: Real Canadian Superstore Auction

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In an exciting update for sports enthusiasts and collectors alike, the unique CHL jersey designs are now available through an auction hosted by the Real Canadian Superstore. This exclusive auction presents a rare opportunity to not only own a piece of sports memorabilia but also contribute to a noble cause. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to the President’s Choice Children’s Charity, marking an event where passion for sports meets philanthropy.

This special auction is set to conclude on February 15 at 8 p.m. Those interested in taking part and helping make a difference in children's lives through their bids can access the auction through the provided link. This initiative not only highlights the intersection of community support and sports culture but also underscores the commitment of the Real Canadian Superstore and participants to fostering positive change.

Link for auction: https://ow.ly/6t8l50Qzs56

Whitby Opens Call for Performers: Apply Now to Shine in 2024 Events!

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Whitby's vibrant cultural scene is buzzing with anticipation as the town announces its annual Call for Performers! This is a golden opportunity for artists and performers to showcase their talents at various Town of Whitby events throughout 2024. Whether you're a musician, dancer, or entertainer of any kind, Whitby is inviting you to apply for a chance to be part of the exciting lineup of performances that will grace their community events next year.

The application process is now open, but don't wait too long to submit your entry, as the deadline for consideration is swiftly approaching on March 31, 2024. This call is a testament to Whitby's commitment to fostering a vibrant arts and culture scene, offering a platform for performers to engage with the community and share their artistic expressions.

For more details on how to apply, the types of performances sought, and the specific events you could be performing at, be sure to visit the official Town of Whitby website. This is not just an opportunity to perform; it's a chance to become an integral part of Whitby's cultural landscape, contributing to the town's reputation as a hub of artistic talent and community engagement. Read more.

Ontario Tech's Playoff Hopes Dented with 6-1 Loss to Toronto

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The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks women's hockey team suffered a 6-1 loss against the Toronto Varsity Blues, impacting their playoff aspirations. Despite a power play goal by Milana Perri, the Ridgebacks couldn't overcome the Blues' offense. The defeat leaves them tied with the York Lions for a playoff spot, as they prepare to face the division-leading Nipissing Lakers next. Read more.

Ontario Tech Women’s Soccer Bolsters Defence with Elizabeth McConnell Signing

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Elizabeth McConnell, a defensive standout from Pickering, has committed to the Ontario Tech women's soccer team for the 2024 season. Recognized for her achievements in high school and league soccer, McConnell brings both physical presence and technical prowess to the team. She plans to study Environmental Biology, combining her passion for sports and academics. Read more.

The Whitby Public Library is known for a unique collection. What does this collection specialize in?

  • A) Local genealogy and history

  • B) Science fiction and fantasy literature

  • C) Canadian indigenous art and culture

  • D) Rare manuscripts and first editions

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Correct Answer: A) Local genealogy and history

The Whitby Public Library houses a special collection focused on local genealogy and history, providing resources for research and learning.