Artists Unite For Manchester Bombing Victims
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/5/2017 7:18:00 AM.
Ariana Grande returned to the stage in Manchester last night, along with a star-studded lineup of musicians to perform at a benefit concert in support of the victims of the May 22 terrorist attack. 50,000 music fans attended the rally, promoting themes centered on unity and healing. It was the 23-year old singer's first performance since the bombing that followed minutes after her concert last month at the Manchester Arena. She performed numbers alongside Miley Cyrus and the Black-Eyed Peas; Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Coldplay were among the other all-star artists to perform.

US Pulls Out Of Paris Accord
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/2/2017 8:02:00 AM.
While Americans remain polarized on President Donald Trump's announcement yesterday that the US is pulling out of the Paris Accord, world leaders expressed criticism towards the decision, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The PM said his government was "deeply disappointed," and reaffirmed what he called Canada's "unwavering commitment" to fight climate change and support clean economic growth. Trump said the US will begin negotiations to either re-enter the agreement or see if there's a better deal, adding that he was "elected by the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris."  

Report: Kids Need Less Screen Time
Posted by Samantha Casais on 6/1/2017 8:00:00 AM.
New recommendations have been released outlining how much screen time is acceptable for children. The position statement from the Canadian Pediatric Society claimed children under two should be getting no screen time at all. Kids 2-5 should get less than one hour a day, and all kids should have no screen time less than an hour before bed. Families are also encouraged to develop a "media plan" as early as possible, as habits are harder to change the older kids get.

Minimum Wage Hikes Are Coming
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/31/2017 7:33:00 AM.
Sweeping changes are coming to Ontario's labour laws, including an increase in the province's minimum wage to $15/hour. Premier Kathleen Wynne confirmed the details of the Liberal government's plan yesterday, to be rolled out over a period of 18 months. The current $11.40 minimum goes up to $11.60 in October due to a scheduled increase to offset inflation, then to $14/hour on January 1st of next year, followed by $15/hour the following year. The Premier says that 10% of Ontario's workforce currently earns the minimum wage, and 30% make less than $15/hour today.

Shots Fired In Ajax
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/30/2017 7:18:00 AM.
An investigation is underway in Ajax after shots were fired at a residence on Leach Dr. early yesterday morning. If happened just before 3am, when witnesses reported seeing numerous shots fired into a residence with several occupants inside. No one was injured, and very little information was obtained about the suspect. Anyone who may have details on the incident is being asked to call CrimeStoppers. 

Homicide In Beaverton
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/29/2017 6:11:00 AM.
A disturbance in Beaverton has led to the 6th homicide of the year in Durham Region. Friday night at around 10:30, a 21-year old man was seen by police collapsed on Dundas St. He was rushed to a hospital in Orillia but died of his injuries. A second man, 35 years of age, was also taken to hospital after suffering a stab wound; his injuries are considered non life-threatening. An investigation is being conducted by the homicide unit. 

Heavy Rain Hits Durham Region
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/26/2017 6:11:00 AM.
Yesterday's downpours caused some serious flooding in homes and on highways across our area. Brock St. S. and Water St. in Whitby were both closed yesterday due to high level concerns. In Oshawa, the City has closed Simcoe St. S. south of Lakeview Park Av. Beach parking and the pier are also closed at Lakeview, along with all baseball diamonds and natural turf fields. Residents are reminded to check neighbourhood storm sewer grates to clear away leaves and other debris that could be contributing to flooding. 

Police Looking For Unsafe Driving
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/25/2017 6:14:00 AM.
Durham Regional Police Services have released the results of a zero-tolerance traffic enforcement campaign coinciding with Canada Road Safety Week, a national initiative aimed at keeping Canada's roads the safest in the world. Emphasis is targeted at the four big killers; impaired driving, failure to wear seat belts, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. More than 1300 tickets were issued in Durham Region as a result of the campaign, including 785 speeding infractions. The initiative is sponsored by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and Transport Canada. 

Impaired Driving Incidents Widespread Across Durham
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/24/2017 6:12:00 AM.
A blitz by Durham Regional Police resulted in eight impaired driving charges being laid in just a 12-hour span; three of them were involved in collisions. The charges were laid in Scugog Township, Clarington, Pickering, Ajax, and Oshawa. Police are reminding citizens to call 9-1-1 if they see any intoxicated person get behind the wheel.  

Suicide Explosion Rocks Manchester
Posted by Samantha Casais on 5/23/2017 6:11:00 AM.
The death toll in England has reached 22, and at least 59 are injured following a suicide attack last night in Manchester. The blast happened just after 8:30 local time near the end of an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena. Authorities are saying the lone male attacker detonated an improvised explosive device, killing himself in the blast. The explosion occurred outside the building near the entrance to a nearby train station. Many of the victims were children and teenage girls. Grande, herself just 23 years old, has cancelled the rest of her European tour.   

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