Deadly Landslides Rock China
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/27/2017 7:33:00 AM.
For the second time in less than a week, a landslide has caused devastation to a village in southwest China, as nearly 100 people were buried early this morning in a massive wave of rock and debris. More than 2500 rescuers have been using dogs and detection devices to look for signs of life. Only three people have been rescued so far.

Sentencing Begins For Convicted Nurse
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/26/2017 7:19:00 AM.
The sentencing hearing begins today for Elizabeth Wettlaufer, the 49-year old nurse who confessed to killing eight elderly nursing home patients. Family members of her victims will be present in the courtroom today, and it will be their first opportunity to address her through victim impact statements, detailing how the deaths of their loved ones have affected their lives. Earlier this month, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder, and two counts of aggravated assault.

Premier Wynne's Support Lowest In Canada
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/23/2017 6:12:00 AM.
A new poll released by Mainstreet/PostMedia shows that Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne currently holds the lowest approval rating of any Premier across the country. Only 19% of those polled expressed support for her, with 70% saying they are unhappy with the job she is doing. Despite the poor numbers, the 19% approval rating is actually up 5% from a year ago. Analysts say her numbers are moving in the right direction, although just 3% of her 19% rating represents those who strongly support the Premier. 

Road Work Possibly On Hold
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/22/2017 8:03:00 AM.
Some Durham Region road projects may be put on hold thanks to a labour dispute involving contract workers. Picket lines have been set up in Bowmanville, Whitby, and Oshawa. Although the work stoppage will not affect Durham Region employees, the union involved represents workers employed by Coco Paving and several other companies. In addition to road work being delayed on several streets in Oshawa, improvements to Regional Road 57, Brock Rd., and Mara Rd. will also be impacted. 

Impaired Crash Damages Home In Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/21/2017 6:14:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police are saying an 18-year old man who allegedly crashed his vehicle into an Oshawa home was inebriated at the time. The suspect was reportedly driving southbound on Westridge Dr. just before midnight on Monday when he missed a turn, drove over a curb, hit a vehicle in the driveway, then crashed into a garage resulting in major damages. Gregory McArton faces numerous charges including impaired driving, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, and failing to surrender his license. 

Historic Flag-Raising At Queen's Park
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/20/2017 7:16:00 AM.
History was made yesterday at Queen's Park in Toronto as the Transgender flag was raised for the first time over the Ontario Legislature. The gesture comes on the heels of the Federal Government's landmark passing of Bill C-16 last week, giving new protections to transgender Canadians. The Canadian Human Rights Act and Criminal Code will be updated to include gender identity and gender expression, and hate speech laws will be strengthened, making it illegal to target someone for being transgender.

Man Found In Lake Ontario
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/19/2017 8:17:00 AM.
An autopsy will be conducted today for a man pulled from Lake Ontario in Oshawa Saturday night. He was discovered around 7:30 at Lakeview Park, more than 300 feet from the shoreline. Oshawa Fire Services assisted police in retrieving the body, and it has been transported to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto. The cause of death remains unknown.

Possible Dairy Link To Risk Of Parkinson's
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/16/2017 6:58:00 AM.
A new study claims that those who consume high amounts of low-fat dairy could have a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease. A 34% increase was found among those who have three servings or more a day compared to those who have less than a serving. In addition, those who drank more than a serving a day of skim or low-fat milk had a 39% higher risk than those consuming less than a serving per week. The research involved nearly 130,000 people who were studied over a period of 25 years. 

DRPS Purchase Sky Ranger
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/15/2017 8:18:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police Services have provided an update on their Unmanned Aerial Vehicle program. An Aeryon Sky Ranger has been purchased for $132,000, and officers are being trained to use the technology to find missing persons and document vehicle collisions. Similar UAVs have already been purchased or deployed in York Region, Halton, Toronto, and by the OPP. Although police helicopters are used when more specialized equipment is needed, the UAVs can be used more effectively in certain situations, such as photographing a large collision scene. The Sky Ranger is expected to be deployed in Durham Region next month.

Tragedy Hits London Yet Again
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/14/2017 7:17:00 AM.
At least 50 people have been taken to hospital after a massive fire engulfed a high rise apartment in London, England early this morning. The cause of the blaze remains unknown, although residents claim it appeared to start in an apartment on a lower floor. Over 200 firefighters were called in to battle the inferno, as residents waved flashlights from the upper stories of the building. While officials have confirmed there were a number of fatalities, the number of deaths at this time remains unknown.

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