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Cops with cameras coming to Durham


By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Residents may notice something a little different on some local cops in the next couple of years: cameras.

This is because the Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) is set to launch a pilot program and study into the use of body-worn cameras by its officers.

While the details of the program have not yet been set, Durham police are set to launch a study into the use of the new technology that would be completed by the end of the third quarter of 2015 and a proposed pilot project to commence in the first quarte ... READ

Durham police are set to start a research study and pilot project into the use of body-worn cameras, like the one demonstrated here, on its officers.

Another attempt at bail for Lutczyk


Robert Lutczyk seen here during his time as a city councillor, was back in court earlier this month seeking release ahead of his trial set to start next month.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Former city councillor Robert Lutczyk is making another attempt at release before his upcoming trail in January 201 ... READ

Time-sensitive capital projects approved


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The City of Oshawa is once again looking to get ahead of the curve with some of their more high priority capital projects.

In a special meeting of council on Dec. 12, council approved a portion of the capital budget. The approved portion is for projects that have been labele ... READ

Further insight on depot budget comes with high price tag


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

In an effort to further understand the costs associated with the consolidated operations depot, the Oshawa Express has attempted to look deeper into the project’s $25-million dollar budget. The city wants to charge more than $1,400 to see documentation.

The budget of v ... READ

Back to wards for 2018 election


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The motion is passed and whether or not there is any reshuffling at the regional level, Oshawa will return to the ward system for the 2018 election.

The motion was passed at the regular meeting of council on Dec. 15 by a unanimous vote.

Along with the switch, the mot ... READ

Swedish import making statement with Gens


Oshawa General Tobias Lindberg is eyeing a career with the Ottawa Senators.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It’s surprising how much can change with the loss of 15 feet of ice.  The style of hockey becomes more about smashing and bashing the puck away from the opponent, rather than finessing it ... READ

Gens profile: Aidan Wallace


Name: Aidan Wallace 

Position: Centre

Age: 19

Hometown: Scarborough, ON

Bio: Aidan Wallace is a 5’10”, 180 lb. centre who is playing his third season with the Oshawa Generals.

Aidan was ... READ

A glimpse at teams Finland and Russia


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The defending World Junior champions and one of the top powerhouses of hockey are rolling into town on Sunday. Here’s what to expect when you sit in the stands for the RBC Road to the World Juniors game on Dec. 21 at the General Motors Centre.

A quick look at the train ... READ

Gens go three for three on weekend road trip


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It was the first test for the Oshawa Generals after saying goodbye to star forward Michael Dal Colle along with Cole Cassels and defenceman Sonny Hertzberg as they travel off to World Junior Championship selection camps. And it was a trial by fire as the Gens slogged through three g ... READ

Toys for Christmas

Oshawa city councillors Doug Sanders (front) and Bob Chapman load toys gathered during the Toys for Tickets campaign into a van outside of City Hall on Dec. 15. The campaign, which allows people who receive parking tickets to pay by donating a toy instead, collected 144 toys valued at $2,800. This exceeded the $2,300 that the actual tickets woul ... READ

Express article spurs donation


Members of Unifor Local 22 Family Auxilary donated $10,000 to Grandview Children's Centre earlier this month.


Several members of Unifor Local 22 Family Auxiliary were so touched by a July Oshawa Express article that they were inspired to donate thousands of dollars to an organization in need.

Earl ... READ

UOIT prof becomes a royal


UOIT's Dr. Isabel Pedersen was recently named as the school's first ever member of the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.


A research chair from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) has another crowning achievement to add to her resume.

Dr ... READ

Health department: No rush with car seats


Durham region’s health department is reminding parents that while your children might seem to be growing up faster and faster, it doesn’t mean you should be rushing them through each car seat stage.

In fact, the department is asking that parents keep their children in each of the four stages – rear-fa ... READ

RIDE: Drivers arrested for drinking and driving


Durham police arrested 19 drivers for various drinking and driving offences over the past week as part of its annual Festive RIDE campaign.

In total, Durham police pulled over more than 1,000 vehicles over the fourth week of the campaign, down from nearly 1,500 pulled over during the same week last year. Of those, 120 ... READ

Third week of RIDE stoppages


Another week down, more cars pulled over to make sure everyone is driving safely.

Durham police have announced the results for the third week of its annual Festive RIDE campaign, which aims to stop those people who are drinking and driving.

Over the week, police pulled over nearly 1,400 motorists. While this am ... READ

Spike in deaths related to drug use


Durham police have announced that with six drug-related deaths over the past three weeks, they have begun an investigation with the coroner’s office.

At this point, it is unknown if these deaths are related to several heroin overdoses reported by Toronto police late last month.

The deaths, which occurred ... READ

Oshawa woman arrested in murder investigation


York Regional Police have arrested an Oshawa woman in connection with a murder in Markham last month.

On Nov. 28 at approximately 6 a.m., York police were called to a residence in the east end of the city for an injured woman lying in the driveway. When police arrived, the woman – since identified as Aleeya Raza, ... READ

The cost of transparency


It would seem transparency is more than just a buzzword around Oshawa City Hall – it can also be a money maker.

Much discussion and controversy has taken place around the consolidated works depot project ever since the project’s $25-million budget was approved last year. There was some debate even prior to ... READ

Good coming from bad


Next summer will see the PanAm Games come to the GTA. While most of the events will take place in Toronto proper, there are a few events that will take place here in Oshawa. And with that will come the added vehicle traffic.

However, a sudden influx of thousands of athletes, their families and the projected million-plu ... READ

Any breach of privacy is too much


Last week, Lakeridge Health made public the fact that several members of its staff had accessed hundreds of patient charts inappropriately over the past decade. Nearly 600 people had their privacy violated because of it.

Kevin Empey, the hospital’s president and CEO, made the right call by going public with this ... READ

UOIT a great place to learn


For decades, Oshawa residents – and the rest of Durham Region, for that matter – that wanted to improve their educational standing had two options: first, they could go to Durham College, or if they had aspirations of getting a degree, they could head to Toronto to attend one of the universities there.

Whil ... READ

Conservatives continue to fail Canadian veterans


Dear Editor,

In the past decade, Canada has lost more men and women in uniform to suicide than we did in Afghanistan. 14% of those who served there have been clinically diagnosed with a mental disorder linked to the mission. Those somber statistics are a reminder of why it is so critical to provide those who serve and ... READ

Carrie, vote for transparency


Dear editor,

Local MP Colin Carrie couldn’t have been clearer when he said 'we promised Canadians that we would bring accountability and transparency back to Ottawa.'

Soon, he will have a chance to show how he is putting that sentiment into practice as your representative when he votes on the Transparency ... READ

Thank you for your continued support


Dear Editor,

On behalf of the Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, thank you for supporting our fundraising efforts.

Our eighth annual Class Act Dinner Theatre Fundraiser was held November 7 and it was a huge success.

We raised $5,597.50 for our Rotary Club and will be using these funds for: hosting a Christ ... READ

Praying for a Christmas miracle


By Bill Fox/Columnist

Twice today I have become painfully aware of families that will not be celebrating Christmas together this year.

Let me relate one of the stories I heard today. Many years ago, a wonderful, wonderful man I will call Tom suffered from an addiction. As a result, he has not heard from his son ... READ

Some different Christmas traditions


By Bill Fox/Columnist

In Argentina, the weather is the opposite of ours, so it is warm on Christmas. Any type of tree might be made into a Christmas tree. Some people like to put cotton balls on their tree to represent snow. The Nativity Scene is very popular and is often put beside the tree.

The main Christmas ... READ

Dare you tell your children this terrible Christmas story?


By Bill Fox/Columnist

Last year, the Plotter family decided to move to the North Pole to be closer to Santa. There were many obstacles to their move. How would they move all their furniture and belongings up to the North Pole? The answer to that was that their belongings could be flown in.

But where would they ... READ


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