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Four more years for Henry


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It looked close at the start, but after half of the polls started to filter in, it was clear the City of Oshawa wanted four more years of John Henry as their mayor.

Mayor Henry defeated former mayor John Gray by a wide margin with Mayor Henry, amassing 14,084 votes across the 46 polls and Gray taking in 8,229.

Speaking at his campaign headquarters after the victory, Henry first thanked his campaign team that worked with him canvassing more than 25,000 doors across the City.

“I have a great team and we worked really hard and this is their win as well, and I’m happy that the residents of Oshawa can see the difference and how the city is changing and how exciting it is to be here. I’m really proud that I can help with the new council to lead this city for the next four years,” Mayor Henry said.

“You don’t t ... READ

City of Oshawa Mayor John Henry is all smiles at his campaign headquarters on Oct. 27 after the polls tipped in his favour making him the Mayor of Oshawa for four more years. Mayor Henry toppled his nearest competitor, former Oshawa mayor John Gray, with Mayor Henry receiving 14,084 votes and Gray 8,229 votes.

Oshawa GO station locked down after suspicious package found


A member of the Durham Regional Police tactical unit walks back after inspecting a suspicious package found on a GO train stopped at the Oshawa station. The package placed the station into lockdown for several hours before it was deemed safe.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The Oshawa GO Transit station wa ... READ

History for Gray repeats itself


Supporters of mayoral candidate John Gray watch as election results filter in on Monday evening at Gray's campaign headquarters. Gray was unsuccessful in returning as mayor, losing to incumbent John Henry.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Just like 2010, 2014 was not the year for John Gray.

The f ... READ

New faces on council


By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

There will be two new faces on Oshawa city council for the next four years with the election of John Shields and Rick Kerr to serve as city councillors.

Shields was at home with family, friends and neighbours when he saw that he had a new job title.

“I&rsquo ... READ

Six regional councillors back in


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The results are in, and for the seven elected regional and city councillors, six of the seven faces may look a little familiar.

Incumbent councillors Nancy Diamond, Amy England, Nester Pidwerbecki, John Aker, John Neal and Bob Chapman all retained their seats while newcomer ... READ

UOIT's playoff run comes to an end


The UOIT women's soccer team celebrate their 2-1 victory over the Toronto Varsity Blues.


UOIT’s Cinderella playoff run came to an end last Sunday afternoon as the nationally ranked Ryerson Rams shut out the Ridgebacks 2-0 in their OUA men’s soccer quarter-final match in Toronto.
Both goa ...

Gens profile: Mitchell Vande Sompel


Name: Mitchell Vande Sompel

Position: Defense

Age: 17

Hometown: London, ON

Bio: Mitchell Vande Sompel is a 5'10" defender in his second season with the Oshawa Generals. Mitchell is currently second in scoring for the Generals with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists) in 14 games played. He was draf ... READ

Frontenacs hand Generals their first home loss


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Coming off a strong offensive effort on Oct. 24 in an 8-5 win over the Saginaw Spirit, the Oshawa Generals fell flat for the first time at home on Sunday, losing to the Kingston Frontenacs 5-2.

The loss also put the first blemish on the perfect record of star goaltender Kenn ... READ

Gens trade forward Jacob Busch to Owen Sound


Jacob Busch, right, was in his second season with the Oshawa Generals before being traded to the Owen Sound Attack.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The Oshawa Generals right-winger Jacob Busch has been traded to the Owen Sound Attack. Busch was exchanged for three draft picks, including a fourth-round pick ... READ

DC and UOIT looks to grow for the future


Andrea Bourrie, the senior planning director for the MMM Group, stands with a layout of the latest phase in a planned expansion of the joint Durham/UOIT campus in north Oshawa at a recent open house. Attendees at the open house were able to leave their suggestions for the proposed campus expansion in the form of sticky notes.< ... READ

Partnership to develop new automotive program in Guyana


Durham College is part of a partnership with an institute in Georgetown, Guyana, to help develop a new Automotive Electronics Technician program.

The program initiative comes in response to the needs of the South American nation’s auto industry, which has seen a significant increase in the number of cars on the r ... READ

Curbside battery collection returns


Durham residents with used or unwanted household batteries can include them in their recycling pickup the week of Nov. 3.

Batteries are not garbage, as up to 92 per cent of battery components are recyclable and recoverable, states a release from the region.

This program initiated by the region's works departmen ... READ

Honouring the Durham Regional Police Service


Members of the Durham Regional Police Service were recently honoured for their heroism, dedication and bravery.

The recognition took place at the 12th Annual Police Appreciation Dinner and Awards Night in Ajax on Oct. 23.

This year's theme, 40 years of excellence, was celebrated as the police service remembered ... READ

Man attacked with machete


An Oshawa man is facing multiple charges in regards to an incident with a machete.

On Monday, Oct. 20 around 9:15 a.m., the male victim attended a friend's address in the Brock Street West and Simcoe Street North area of Oshawa. The suspect stepped out of a basement bedroom, swinging a machete at a dog, striking the do ... READ

Search on for thief


Durham police have released images of a suspect who is wanted in relation to a street-level robbery in Courtice.

On Saturday, Oct. 18 at around 12:15 a.m., three teens were in the parking lot of the Tim Hortons at King Street East and Townline Road when a male suspect approached them. The suspect initially asked for mo ... READ

Witness sought following sexual assault


Durham police are looking for a female witness who, on Saturday, Oct. 18, approached a vehicle parked on a residential dead end street in north Oshawa.

The vehicle, a light-coloured four-door BMW sedan, was parked with two occupants inside - a large male and a 15-year-old female. The witness knocked on the car window a ... READ

Teen reported missing found safe and sound


An Oshawa teen that has been missing for weeks has been found.

The 14-year-old had left his residence on Friday, Sept. 19 and was last seen on Wednesday, Oct. 1. He had gone missing before, but never for this length of time, according to a news release from Durham Regional Police.

The voters have spoken


The voters have spoken in Monday's civic election and there will be three changes to the makeup of council for the upcoming four-year term.

The new faces on council are Dan Carter, who is also a regional councillor and will attend Durham Region council meetings, and two local councillors, John Shields and Rick Kerr, wh ... READ

A choice between two mayors


We are down to the final few days before the 2014 municipal election and there is scant time left to figure out which way to vote if you are still undecided.

Various groups and unions are weighing in across the city with their opinions and it’s anybody’s guess which way the mayoral position will go between ... READ

Byelection notice a political move


Prime Minister Stephen Harper was in town with his wife last week, meeting with MPs, making announcements and shaking hands.

He first visited the Abilities Centre in Whitby to make the announcement that the government is doubling the tax credit for the amount parents can claim for their children’s fitness activit ... READ

Citizens deserve more debates

To date, there have been only three debates during the 2014 municipal election campaign.

A pair of mayoral debates, one held at the UOIT/Durham College campus, which saw seven of the nine candidates take part, and a second hosted by the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre.  The Chamber of Commerce is also hosting a deb- sorry a breakfast, ... READ

Support a national dementia strategy


Dear Editor,

I have a 43-year-old teacher volunteering on my campaign for a national dementia plan because, astonishingly,  Matt’s  wife who is 45 is already in secure, long-term care with the illness (Frontotemporal dementia, FTD) . They have three children - 14, 12 and 10.

About 15 per cent of ... READ

Need a guarantee beyond 2016


Dear editor,

In the Oct. 8 Oshawa Express, Mayor John Henry and UNIFOR Local 222 president, Ron Svajlenko said 'that GM's future in Oshawa is a concern but not a crisis.”  This, despite the fact that GM refuses to commit any future car production beyond 2016 for the Oshawa plants, and GM is taking mod ... READ

Are voters prepared to shake it up?


Editor: A few questions from some voters

How is it that when the question was asked by your paper, “Do you think an auditor general is needed.” that Doug Saunders voted yes, but he was the one who voted away our auditor general, along with a few other councillors. We obviously need an auditor general,& ... READ

Can you guess this 'product' essential in every home?

By Bill Fox/Columnist

Against my better judgment, I have chosen to write this column on toilet paper.

What did people use before toilet paper? Well, in desperation: grass, leaves, or even corncobs. The ancient Greeks used stones and pieces of clay while ancient Romans used sponges on the ends of sticks, kept in jugs filled with s ... READ

Practical jokes a lucrative business

By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

With Thanksgiving just past us, the Christmas holiday season is fast approaching.  While many enjoy giving gifts that are practical or necessary there are others who enjoy gifting fun novelty items.

Novelty items became a lucrative business in the 19th century and still are today. One ... READ

Musical Bob


By Bill Fox/Columnist

Last column, I mentioned saying goodbye to Bob Carty. I had known Bob for over 40 years. You always wish that people might say at your passing, that the world was a better place, because of you. I can definitely say that about my friend. More known for his work than his hobby, Bob Carty was an Ott ... READ


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