Toy Donations Needed
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/24/2017 7:16:00 AM.
The Toy Drive continues in Uxbridge. Pat Higgins, the owner of Canadian Tire, helps spearhead the annual event. Once again this year there is a growing number of residents looking for help at Christmas. Pat says the program helps compliment other programs for families in the area. You can drop off toys at Canadian Tire, McDonald's, Zehrs, M&M Meats Shop, Wal Mart, and Divine Sisters Metaphysical Store in downtown Uxbridge.

Uxbridge Teen Wins Award
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/23/2017 5:53:00 AM.
A big honour was bestowed on Uxbridge teen Josh Morrison on Wednesday. The 16-year old was named by the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the winner of the "Outstanding Youth in Philanthropy Award." The grade 11 Uxbridge Secondary School student had a goal to raise $100,000 to build a house for Habitat For Humanity, which he surpassed by more than $24,000. Josh says he started fundraising when he was eleven, but wasn't actually able to volunteer on-site for a Habitat build until this year when he turned 16.

Changes Proposed to Uxbridge Speed Limits
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/22/2017 6:01:00 AM.
The Town of Uxbridge continues to look into the possibility of lowering the speed limits on town streets. Council received a presentation from a traffic consultant on Monday.  Councillor Dave Barton says there are real concerns about the speed of vehicles in hamlets and residential areas. The proposed changes would not affect Highway 47 or Regional roads. Barton says further consultation is needed, and even if the idea moves forward it could be months before any changes are made.

Festive RIDE Program Underway
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/21/2017 8:21:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police Services have completed the first week of their Festive RIDE Program, conducting checks in Ajax, Courtice, Pickering, Whitby, and Oshawa. More than 1300 drivers have been pulled over so far, resulting in eight drinking and driving charges. Police remind drivers that anyone charged with a drinking and driving criminal offence will receive a 90-day suspension of their drivers license and have their vehicle impounded for seven days.

College Students Return to Classes Tomorrow
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/20/2017 8:43:00 AM.
Ontario's college students will be back in classrooms tomorrow after MPP's ordered an end to the faculty strike. The five-week stoppage will come to an end after Liberal and Progressive Conservative members joined forces Sunday to impose back-to-work legislation on over 12,000 striking faculty members. Deputy Premier Deb Matthews said work needs to be done to look at why the system failed students. 

NDP Block Legislation to End College Strike
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/17/2017 7:16:00 AM.
Ontario's New Democrats made a move yesterday to block the Liberals introduction of back-to-work legislation that would end the Ontario College Faculty Strike. This means it could take well into next week or longer to get nearly 500,000 affected students back in classrooms. The Government attempted to introduce the legislation yesterday after union members rejected the latest offer by an overwhelming 87% in a forced vote. The NDP say they support the right of college staff to reach a negotiated settlement. Deputy Premier Deb Matthews suggested that it may take a rare weekend sitting of the Legislature to get the bill passed. The Progressive Conservatives are expected to support the legislation's passage.

Armed Robbery Investigation Leads to Charges
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/16/2017 8:14:00 AM.
A 26-year old man from Pickering is facing numerous charges in relation to an investigation at a hotel in Oshawa. On Saturday morning just before 3am, officers arrested the man while investigating an armed robbery on Bloor St. W. The suspect was in possession of a loaded handgun, and it was also discovered that he was connected to a female escort working at this location. In addition to the firearm violations, Anthony Daley-Williams was charged with advertising sexual service and assault. None of the allegations have been proven in court; he was held for a bail hearing. 

Large Donation Coming to Food Bank
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/15/2017 8:09:00 AM.
A big boost is on the way for the Loaves and Fishes food bank in Uxbridge. Councillor Pam Beach, who was part of the Farms to Trains fundraiser on the York-Durham Heritage Railway this fall, will present a $10,000 cheque to the food bank on Thursday. Councillor Beach told The Morning Den that while it is a lot of money, it falls short of eradicating the hunger problem completely. The food bank serves about 100 families every month. 

Shooting in Ajax
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/14/2017 8:36:00 AM.
Several shots were fired into a residence in Ajax early yesterday morning. Police were called to a home on Oswell Drive around 1:20am. There were no injuries, but authorities say bullets went inside the home and several people were there at the time. A vehicle was also damaged by gunfire in the area of Salem and Taunton Roads. An investigation is underway.

Elderly Women Perishes in Blaze
Posted by Samantha Casais on 11/13/2017 7:17:00 AM.
A house fire in Ajax claimed the life of an elderly woman on Sunday morning. The blaze broke out just after 1am on Abraham Court in the area of Rossland St. E. and Audley Rd. Durham Regional Police confirmed that there were other occupants inside the house at the time, but no one else was injured. The Ontario Fire Marshall's Office has begun an investigation. The cause of the fire remains unknown. 

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