Islamophobia Motion Passed
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/24/2017 7:58:00 AM.
The House of Commons passed motion M-103 yesterday, calling on Federal politicians to condemn Islamophobia. Opponents of the motion say it's a slippery slope towards limiting freedom of speech and the possibility of allowing Sharia Law. The motion was presented by Liberal backbencher Iqra Khalid, and passed 201-92. It also calls on the government to "quell the increasing public climate of hate and fear."

Don't Forget Earth Hour!
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/23/2017 7:03:00 AM.
The Regional Municipality of Durham is reminding residents that Earth Hour will be observed worldwide this Saturday at 8:30pm, and they are hoping that as many people will participate as in previous years. The Region will be turning off all non-essential lighting at their facilities, including at headquarters and water plants. Local businesses are also being encouraged to reduce lighting, and consider the latest green standards and energy-efficient technologies year round.  

Be Wary Of Phone Scam
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/22/2017 5:57:00 AM.
Staff at Durham Regional Police Services say they've been receiving about two dozen calls per day from residents reporting that they have been contacted by phone by a person claiming to be with the Canada Revenue Agency. The person tells the resident that they owe a substantial amount of back taxes, and threatens that if monies are not paid, they will be arrested. They will often attempt to negotiate a payment for a lesser amount, collected by way of a third-party credit card of prepaid gift card. The CRA is reminding taxpayers that they will never request payments by these methods, or leave or ask for personal information via voice mail, email, or text.

New Times Approved For Some Durham Schools
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/21/2017 5:54:00 AM.
The Durham Regional School Board has voted in favour of sweeping changes that will result in new start times for 28 schools. Six of these schools will have their hours shifted by 15 minutes; four schools in Whitby, Ajax, and Uxbridge will see shifts in the 30-45 minute range. The board says these changes will allow for more students to access transportation. By not having to send out additional buses, the board will save $1.2 million. Some concerned parents are speaking up about the changes, saying the increased child care costs will cost them thousands of dollars. 

Get Ready for Hitsfest!
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/20/2017 8:59:00 AM.
105.5 HITS FM the new voice in Durham is proud to announce the launch of Hitsfest 2017. HITS FM will host a concert in Uxbridge this summer featuring local, national and international performers. 
This festival was made possible by a grant from Celebrate Ontario which will support over 300
festivals across Ontario in 2017.
Durham MPP Granville Anderson visited the radio station today, “…It was a pleasure to visit the
HITS FM team…The Celebrate Ontario program helps to recognize the significant role that
festivals and events have in increasing tourism, building the community and improving the
economy. HITS FM is very deserving of the funding.”
MPP Granville was interviewed by Morning Den Host Dan Pollard along with HITS FM CEO Ed
Torres who said, “Hitsfest will be a vital component to the growth of the new radio station. A
summer music festival is an exciting way to introduce new and emerging local artists while
attracting tourists from abroad and showcasing Uxbridge.”
The festival will take place in the summer of 2017 in Uxbridge. Announcements with dates,
locations and performers will be released starting in late March on 105.5 HITS FM. 
105.5 HITS FM is a division of Torres Media Inc. Torres Media owns and operates three FM radio
stations in Canada, Canada’s largest radio syndication company – Skywords Media, the Calabogie
Blues and Ribfest and the Mountainman Music Festival.
For further information contact Taylor Bursey at

Police Search For Murder Suspect
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/20/2017 6:58:00 AM.
A nationwide search is on for a 43 year-old man wanted for first-degree murder allegations in connection with the death of his stepson. Niagara Regional Police are expected to issue the Canada-wide arrest warrant later today for Justin Kuijer, who is also being sought for an alleged stabbing incident that took place at an RBC branch on Friday. The man's stepson, 7 year-old Nathan Dumas, was found critically injured at a home in St. Catharines on Friday morning, and he died the following day. Police have yet to reveal the cause of death.

Vehicle Inspections In Clarington
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/17/2017 5:37:00 AM.
Six commercial motor vehicles were taken off the road this week after an inspection blitz by Durham Regional Police Services and the Ministry of Transportation. A total of ten inspections were conducted, and 28 charges were laid, 12 of which were for being overweight on axle during the spring Load Restriction Period. From March 1-April 30, the maximum allowable weight per axle is 5000 kg on most Clarington and Oshawa roads. Other safety violations included improper brakes and insecure loads. 

Drivers Stranded Near Montreal
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/16/2017 8:13:00 AM.
More than 300 drivers were stranded in their cars for more than 14 hours when parts of Quebec were hit with nearly 35 centimetres of snow. The jam up began in the southbound lanes of Highway 13 when an accident occurred Tuesday evening. Many cars unable to exit the highway began to break down, overheat, or run out of gas. Buses were dispatched for those who needed shelter. Montreal mayor Denis Coderre says he intends to get to the bottom of it. 

One Dead After Chemical Spill On Highway 401
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/15/2017 5:59:00 AM.
One person is dead, and dozens have been treated in hospital after a chemical spill on Highway 401 yesterday east of Kingston. A code orange was declared, as Kingston General Hospital treated the incident as an external disaster, setting up a decontamination bay for patients. At least 30 vehicles were involved in the pileup, resulting in a leak of fluorosilicic acid from one of the trucks, a toxic substance that can cause irritation to the respiratory system, among other ailments. The driver of the truck carrying the hazardous substance was killed. At least ten first responders also had to be treated in hospital.

New Tool For Police
Posted by Samantha Casais on 3/14/2017 8:30:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police are exploring the idea of equipping officers with body-worn cameras. The small audio-video recording devices would be attached to officers to provide a record of their interactions with civilians. A five-minute survey has been created to provide an opportunity for public feedback. The DRPS plans to use the information gathered to shape it's current pilot project and possible future implementation. You can take the survey at

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