Blue Box Collection Changes
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/13/2017 7:15:00 AM.
Durham Region's recycling program will transition to an Extended Producer Responsibility System in 2019, which means that the collection and marketing of blue box recyclables will become the responsibility of the producers rather than the municipality. The change will not affect trash pickup, green bin, or leaf and yard waste pickup. Waste Management Services says the transition should be seamless, and residents shouldn't notice any differences to their curbside collection.

School Safety Blitz
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/12/2017 8:03:00 AM.
More than 1300 tickets were issued in Durham Region last week during the "In The Zone" traffic safety blitz by local police. The four-day initiative enforced a zero-tolerance campaign targeting school and community safety zones using officers from all four divisions. 809 tickets were for speeding infractions, 89 for stop sign violations, 33 were for careless driving, 28 for distracted driving, and 21 for failure to use seat belts. High officer visibility and enforcement will remain in effect throughout the school year.  

Motorcycle Collision in Bowmanville
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/11/2017 8:16:00 AM.
Another motorcycle accident resulted in life-threatening injuries over the weekend. A 31-year old man from Toronto was airlifted to hospital after his bike rammed into a hydro pole near King and Liberty Streets. Police say speed was a factor when the motorcycle failed to make a bend in the road. When it hit the pole, the driver was thrown from the bike, and the motorcycle and the pole caught fire. King Street was closed for several hours yesterday as a result of the investigation. 

Hospice Expansion Coming to Durham Region
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/8/2017 7:19:00 AM.
20 new beds are coming to three future hospice providers across Durham Region. MPP John Fraser made the announcement at the site of the future Oak Ridges hospice in Port Perry, where construction is expected to begin in the fall. Clarington Hospice will also be receiving beds, as well as a new hospice in Whitby, to be built by the Victorian Order of Nurses. At present, there are no hospice services in the region, leaving residents to rely on in-home hospice care, or hospital palliative care.

Suspect Wanted in Oshawa Stabbing
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/7/2017 7:17:00 AM.
Police are searching for a suspect after a stabbing yesterday afternoon near G.L. Roberts High School in Oshawa. An 18-year old victim was taken to hospital with minor injuries after the incident took place near the school's football field just before 4pm. Durham Regional Police are conducting an investigation.

Collision Victim Succumbs to Injuries
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/6/2017 7:19:00 AM.
A 22-year old man from Pickering involved in a collision on Friday has died. The two-vehicle crash occurred just after 6:30am on Kingston Rd. at Rougemont Dr. The driver of the Mazda 3 was extricated from his car and taken to hospital. His name is not being released at this time. 

Vacant High School Burned in Oshawa
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/5/2017 7:12:00 AM.
A fire broke out at a vacant high school in Oshawa yesterday morning. Crews were called to the former F.J. Donevan Collegiate Institute building after reports of smoke just before 7am. The building is slated for demolition, and had been vacant for several years after closing in 2010 due to low enrollment. Firefighters had the blaze under control quickly. It was determined that the fire began from some debris in the front foyer, although the cause is still being determined. 

Weekend Beach Closures
Posted by Samantha Casais on 9/1/2017 7:59:00 AM.
Several beaches have advisories posted heading into the long weekend; Beaverton Beach North and South in Brock Township, and Newcastle Beach Central in Clarington have both been designated as unsafe for swimming due to high e.coli levels. Kinsmen Beach in Scugog has been posted as well due to the potential presence of blue-green algae. Lakeview Beach was not tested due to safety concerns involving high water levels. More details can be found on the Region's website,

Durham Hiking Trails Coming To Google
Posted by Samantha Casais on 8/31/2017 8:34:00 AM.
Google Trekker is adding Durham's waterfront trails to it's maps. Trekker is an extension of the Google StreetView program, capturing 360 degree panoramic off-road images of places cars can't go. Volunteers carry backpacks to record the images, each having 15 cameras mounted to the top. So far trails have been captured in Clarington, Oshawa, Whitby, and Pickering. Ajax will be photographed in a few weeks, as some repair work has been ongoing due to washout damage caused by high water levels in the spring.

Community Safety Day
Posted by Samantha Casais on 8/30/2017 8:02:00 AM.
An event full of information and fun activities for families is lined up for Sunday September 17. Community Safety Day will be held from 11-2 at Durham Regional Police North Division on Highway 12 north of Reach St. near Port Perry. Police demos will be given by the public safety units as well as a visit from Air1, which will make a landing at 1pm. The DRPS Pipes and Drums Band will also perform. Residents are asked to consider bringing donations for local food banks.

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