Port Perry To Be Represented At Pageant
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/27/2018 7:20:00 AM.
For the first time a Port Perry resident will represent Durham Region at the Miss Canada World competition. 18-year old Veronica Leask is looking forward to the national competition in August. She acknowledges the #MeToo campaign has changed the way people look at pageants, but she says that isn't a bad thing because there is more to the competition than showing up and looking pretty. There is a week-long preliminary round that eliminates contestants. Veronica is a student at Conestoga College.

School Board Vote Sparks Controversy
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/26/2018 8:17:00 AM.
Some strong backlash has resulted from a vote held by Durham District School Board trustees with regards to whether or not parents should be notified about any violent incident at school that affects their child or that occurs in the classroom. The result of the vote was an overwhelming "no," sparking anger from parents who believe they have a right to be informed. The motion to notify parents was first moved in December, then referred to the board's lawyers. A legal opinion offered at the board meeting last week said the motion "extends beyond the jurisdiction of trustees," and is not legally viable or advisable because it could violate privacy laws.

Image of Suspect Released
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/23/2018 10:40:00 AM.
Police have released the image of a suspect wanted for an indecent act in Whitby. On February 6, the man was seen on camera at WalMart on Baldwin St. following around two young girls; when he was identified to staff members he fled the scene. He is believed to be in his 60's with a medium build and short brown hair. A description of the suspect can be found at www.drps.ca under Newsroom.

Suspect Wanted After Stabbing In Pickering
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/22/2018 8:06:00 AM.
Police are looking for a man after a stabbing in Pickering yesterday morning. The incident occurred at about 9:30am near the GO station on Bayly St., where a victim was found with stab wounds. He was later transferred to a Toronto trauma hospital with serious injuries. The cause of the stabbing is unknown. Investigators are looking for information about the man who fled the scene. 

New Funding For Durham Schools
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/21/2018 7:10:00 AM.
The Province has announced funding for a new French immersion school in Ajax scheduled to open in September of 2020. The elementary school will accommodate over 550 students plus programs for children from the community and their caregivers, and located at Williamson Drive and Bellinger Drive. Three other new schools in Durham are also slated for Provincial funding; St. Marguerite D'Youville Catholic School in Whitby will receive $8.4 million, $12.76 million for a new school on Samandria Avenue in Whitby, and $9.5 million to consolidate Beaverton Public School and Thorah Central Public School. 

Suspect Wanted In Ajax Shooting
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/20/2018 7:09:00 AM.
Police are on the lookout for a suspect after a man was shot in the leg in Ajax on Saturday night. It happened on Ivers Court, near Westney Rd. N. and Rossland Rd. W. There was no word on what may have led to the shooting, and no description of the suspect. The Durham Regional Police K-9 Unit was brought in to help search, but no arrests were made. The victim was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Life Sentence For Convicted Killer
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/16/2018 7:12:00 AM.
A sentencing hearing was held yesterday where convicted murderer Graham MacDonald was issued a life sentence for the 2014 killing of Pickering woman Carmela Knight. The 31-year old killer was found guilty of first-degree murder on February 8, along with capacity to commit murder and arson. MacDonald provided two separate confessions in which he outlined details of the killing that could only have been known by the suspect. Prosecutors said MacDonald had conspired with Knight's estranged husband to commit the killing after being promised $100,000 and a job in Florida. 

New Buses For Durham
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/15/2018 8:36:00 AM.

Regional Council has passed Durham Region Transit’s budget for 2018. Highlights include nearly 11,000 hours of increased service, the purchase of new buses including four new growth buses, and a revamped website as a part of improved customer communications. For the first time in four years DRT’s fleet will grow by four new conventional buses; this is in addition to 16 replacement buses and four replacement specialized services vans. DRT says the new vehicle purchases will keep the network running safely, efficiently, and reliably for years to come.

Culvert Replacement A Go
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/14/2018 7:16:00 AM.
Plans continue for Uxbridge's "Big Dig," the replacement of the underground culvert through the downtown core this summer. Councilor Fred Bryan says everything is on schedule in the planning stages, and in the coming weeks the public will be invited to a meeting to get the latest information. Plans call for the initial construction phase to begin on the lower half of Brock Street in the late spring.

Strong Credit Rating For Durham
Posted by Samantha Casais on 2/13/2018 7:15:00 AM.

The Regional Municipality of Durham has maintained its Triple A credit rating with Moody’s Investors Service of New York. The Region is currently one of only eight Canadian municipalities to have been awarded the Triple A rating by this agency. Regional Chair and CEO Roger Anderson says the Triple A rating from Moody’s supports Durham’s solid reputation as a leader in fiscal responsibility and integrity, attributing it to Regional Council’s commitment to strong financial management policy and planning practices. According to Moody’s, Durham Region benefits from a number of credit strengths, including an established and sustained track record of strong financial results from prudent financial management that are supported by comprehensive, transparent and long term financial planning and reporting.

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