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🏆 Celebrating Cordelia Clarke Julien & Fair Wages Victory | Foiled Carjacking & Fraud Alert | Family Day & Sports Roundup in Our Community!

Issue #075

Issue #075 - February 13, 2024

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Lakeridge Health's Cordelia Clarke Julien Celebrated Among 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women

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Cordelia Clarke Julien, Lakeridge Health's Chair of the Board of Trustees, has been honored as one of the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women, recognizing her leadership and contributions to the community. This accolade reflects not only her personal achievements but also her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion within Lakeridge Health and beyond. Cordelia's recognition serves as an inspiration, encouraging Black women and girls to own their power and brilliance. Read more.

Ontario Appeal Court Strikes Down Bill 124, Affirms Workers' Rights to Fair Wages

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The Ontario Appeal Court ruled Bill 124, limiting public sector wage increases, unconstitutional, marking a victory for workers, particularly in healthcare and education. The law, intended to address government deficit by capping raises at 1% annually for three years, was challenged by labor groups and ultimately led to wage increases following a successful appeal by Unifor. This decision emphasizes the importance of protecting workers' rights and the necessity for fair collective bargaining practices. Read more.

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Ajax Carjacking Attempt Foiled: Police Seek Four Suspects

A carjacking attempt at an Ajax Petro Canada station in the early hours of February 9, 2024, was thwarted when suspects failed to steal a white BMW electric vehicle. The victim was confronted and pushed to the ground but did not sustain injuries. Police are searching for four male suspects involved in the incident and encourage public assistance in their investigation. This event underscores the importance of the newly formed Provincial Carjacking Joint Task Force, aimed at combating the rise in violent auto thefts across the GTA.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Reeves of the Major Crimes - Robbery Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 1825.

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.

Whitby Couple Charged in Home Depot Fraud Spree Across Durham

A Whitby couple has been apprehended for defrauding several Home Depot stores across Durham Region through a scheme involving item theft and price tag swapping since July 2023. Identified as Khutaja and Krishna Revuru, the pair faces 28 charges related to theft, fraud, and possession of stolen property. Law enforcement officials are encouraging the public to provide any relevant information to assist with the ongoing investigation. Read more.

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Whitby Embraces Family Day 2024: A Day of Fun, Family, and Community Engagement

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Whitby is set to celebrate Family Day 2024 with a variety of activities for residents to enjoy with their loved ones. The Town of Whitby invites everyone to participate in a special Family Day event at Iroquois Park Sports Centre, which includes face painting, a balloon artist, stilt walkers, and a magician. Additionally, there will be opportunities for free skating and swimming at various locations. For those looking to relax, the town suggests enjoying dinner from local restaurants or spending time reading as a family, noting that Whitby Public Library locations will be closed during the holiday. Service changes for Family Day include adjusted hours for Town Hall and certain recreational facilities, as well as a shift in waste collection schedules. Residents are encouraged to check the town's website for detailed information on activities, service changes, and waste collection adjustments​​.

Generals Fall to Knights in Overtime Thriller

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The Oshawa Generals faced a heart-wrenching overtime defeat against the London Knights, losing 4-3 despite leading for most of the game. Jacob Oster's impressive 35 saves and Beckett Sennecke's milestone 100th OHL point highlighted the match. The Generals' initial 3-0 lead was systematically dismantled by the Knights' comeback, capped off by Easton Cowan's last-minute overtime goal, turning the tide in favor of London. Read more.

Ridgebacks Fall Short Against Thunderwolves in Tight Contest

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The Ontario Tech Ridgebacks were defeated 56-46 by the Lakehead Thunderwolves in a closely contested basketball game in Thunder Bay. Despite strong performances from Adra Barnet, Felicity Villarin, and Marie Stasiuk, the Ridgebacks couldn't overcome the Thunderwolves, especially during the critical final quarter. The Ridgebacks are gearing up for their next home game against the Carleton Ravens, hoping to capture their second win of the season. Read more.

Ontario Tech's Playoff Bound Despite Road Loss to Queen's

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The Ontario Tech men's hockey team wrapped up their regular season with a 6-3 road loss to the Queen's Gaels, despite a strong start and securing their playoff position. Key players such as James White, Ben Roode, and Gabriel Bernier contributed goals, but Queen's Jonathan Yantsis dominated the game with four goals. The Ridgebacks are now preparing for the OUA Playoffs, hosting the Ottawa Gee-Gees with special promotions for early attendees. Read more.

Durham Lords Volleyball Advances to OCAA Quarter-Finals with Win Over Royals

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The Durham College women's volleyball team advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2024 OCAA Championship by defeating the Redeemer Royals in straight sets. Leading with standout performances from Aislinn Pedersen, Chelsea Oke, and Amanda Larsen, the Lords demonstrated resilience and strategic prowess. With this victory, they move on to face the St. Clair Saints in Windsor, aiming for continued success in the postseason. Read more.

Which war is commemorated by the Whitby War Memorial located in downtown Whitby?

  • A) The First World War

  • B) The Second World War

  • C) The Korean War

  • D) The Boer War

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Correct Answer: A) The First World War

The Whitby War Memorial, located in downtown Whitby, commemorates the First World War. The cenotaph erected in 1923 on land donated by Judge Theodore McGillivray. Initially commemorating First World War soldiers, including the 116th and 182nd Battalions, the monument has since been updated to pay tribute to those lost in the Second World War and the Korean War. Managed jointly by the Town of Whitby and the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112, the Cenotaph remains a central site for Remembrance Day commemorations, reflecting the town's ongoing respect for its veterans' sacrifices. Read more.