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PM Harper visits Oshawa


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

After a visit to the Whitby-Oshawa riding Thursday, a release from Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s office on Sunday announced the date for the riding’s byelection will be Nov. 17.

Harper was at the Abilities Centre in Whitby on Oct. 9, announcing a doubling of the tax credit for parents with children in athletics.

“This government is moving ahead this taxation year, 2014, with one of our election promises, that is we are doubling the amount that parents can claim for their children’s fitness activities,” Harper said during the announcement.

As well, the tax break will become refundable beginning in 2015.

“Meaning that lower income families that pay little or no income tax will still be able to benefit and ... READ

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had a busy Friday in the area, as he stopped in to chat with members at the General Sikorski Polish Hall. This visit followed an announcement at the Abilities Centre in Whitby regarding tax breaks for parents with children in athletics.

International speaker coming to Oshawa


Jackson Katz will be speaking in Oshawa on gender violence.


Oshawa residents can have a chance to learn more about gender violence.

Dr. Jackson Katz, recognized for exploring and discussing the under-utilized role men play in preventing gender-based violence is coming to Oshawa.

The Durham ... READ

Emails suggest report accuracy


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Following freedom of information requests made in February, mayoral candidate Lou DeVuono says he has found evidence to back a controversial city Auditor’s report into the purchase by the city of a property owned by Durham College.

A report called AG-13-09, written by ... READ

Lawsuit deadline extended


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

A lawsuit has yet to be filed against the City of Oshawa, despite the passing of a deadline set out in a letter received by the City from the lawyer of former auditor general Ron Foster.

In the letter, Foster’s lawyer gives the City five days to issue an apology to Fos ... READ

Candidates for Regional and City councillor


The Oshawa Express looks at the candidates running for the position of regional and city councillor for Oshawa.

There are 22 candidates registered for the seven positions available on council, including five incumbents Nancy Diamond, Bob Chapman, John Aker, Amy England, and Tito-Dante Marimpietri. Not all of the candid ... READ

Generals battle for 2-1 record


Above: Michael Dal Colle (17) had two goals in last Friday's 5-3 Generals win over the Plymouth Whalers. Here he carries the puck past a pair of Whalers players. Below: General's Sam Harding (89) is hauled to the ice, losing his helmet in last Friday's game against the Plymouth Whalers. The Gens won the game 5-3.

By Jo ... READ

Oshawa Generals host first annual Pink in the Rink night


Things are going to get a little more colourful at the General Motors Centre on Oct. 26 when the Oshawa Generals face off against the Kingston Frontenacs.

The Gens are hosting the first annual Pink in the Rink night in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (CBCF) – Ontario Region.

Gens players ... READ

Carry the 2015 Pan Am torch


Seen here is Simon Whitfield, Olympic gold and silver medallist, and Pan Am bronze medallist triathalon, at the 2010 Vancouver Torch Relay.


A total of three thousand people will be a part of a 41-day journey of the Pan Am torch next spring before it lights the cauldron to officially open the games on July ... READ

CMHA and OHL partner for mental health initiative


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Athletes are under constant pressure to perform and be the best, and in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) where players are working toward their dream to play in the NHL, the continuous pressure and fear of failure can take its toll.

This became tragically evident in March fol ... READ

A mammogram could save your life


From left: Anne Jackym, a medical radiation technician (MRT) at the Heather Griffith Breast Assessment Centre at Lakeridge Health; Kathleen Clemmensen, a patient; and Nancy Drynan, a Canadian Cancer Society volunteer, stand for a photo in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.


Women everywhere are enco ... READ

Luke's Place gets $600,000 investment from Legal Aid


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

When relying solely on community support and project funding, an influx of funds like the $600,000 to be given to Luke’s Place can be more than just a major help, but a weight off your shoulders. At least that’s how executive director at Luke’s Place Carol Barkwell ... READ

Butterscotch root beer debuts in Ontario


Ontario hot dog lovers will finally get a taste of British Columbia’s best root beer.  

On October 25th, BC-based DougieDog will launch its signature butterscotch root beer at Soda Pop Central in Whitby, Ontario.

Excited to be getting back to his Ontario roots, founder and hot do ... READ

Hillsdale Public School celebrating 50th anniversary

On Oct. 28 Hillsdale Public School will be celebrating the milestone of 50 years in the Oshawa community.

Running from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the school on 525 Oshawa Boulevard north, a ceremony will is set for 7 p.m.

Former teachers, students along with current staff will have the opportunity to visit classrooms and see memorabili ... READ

Tickets issued and arrests made with Operation Impact


The Durham Regional Police Service made 15 arrests and issued 361 tickets over the weekend.

The arrests came after police had launched a long-weekend blitz called Operation Impact to target impaired driving, aggressive driving, and distracted driving.

During the blitz, police arrested 15 with impaired driving, ... READ

Knife call leads to three arrests


What began as an armed person call led police in two different directions over the weekend.

As a result, Durham Regional Police arrested three people for drug and robbery charges, involving two separate investigations.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, 2014, at about 12:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Simcoe Str ... READ

Pedestrian struck and killed


A 78-year-old Whitby man has been killed after being struck while walking his bicycle across the road in Whitby.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8 at about 7 p.m., a grey Ford Ranger pickup was heading northbound on Thickson Rd. N., approaching Crawford St. when it struck a male walking his bicycle eastbound across the roadway. The ... READ

Stunt driving results in arrest


Stunt-driving in front of an unmarked police cruiser and then fleeing police when directed to pull over has led to the arrest of a 34-year-old Kingston-area man.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8 at about 9:50 p.m., a black Ford Mustang followed an unmarked police cruiser into a parking lot at Simcoe Street South and First Avenue i ... 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

Candidate exclusion not fair to all


A Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce event has been coined a “business breakfast” and emphasized again and again that it’s not a mayoralty debate.

But no matter how you slice it, picking and choosing who gets to come and picking the two frontrunners is simply not fair.

Only incumbent John Henr ... READ

Regional chair vote matters


While the recent debate for Regional chair candidates was relatively mundane as far as debates are concerned, residents should take note that this is a major change of pace.

Up until now the Regional chair’s job has been one that has been appointed by members of council.

There’s been no campaigning, ... READ

Mainstream media, a poort excuse for news


Dear Editor,

I could not agree more with Bill Fox’s Oct. 8 column concerning the poor excuse for real news on most of the mainstream media.

I usually tune out when all the usual suspect “news” outlets gush about what is going on in Hollywood!

Also, I felt that I was only being given on ... READ

Election signs a blight in community


Dear Editor,

This time, it is municipal signs. Within the next year, there will be by-elections and then the federal election signs.

Around town, supporters have installed election signs, large and small, everywhere, especially near the polling stations.

Anyone who authorizes an excess of ... READ

La Quinta, Oshawa's best kept secret

Dear Editor,

Russ Horner’s letter regarding La Quinta echo’s one that I wrote about one year ago with similar exasperation about why it seemed like Oshawa’s “best kept secret.”

Then, in the same edition of The Oshawa Express, low and behold there is Mayor Henry cutting the cake on the opening of La Q ... 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

The more I learn from the next, the less I know

By Bill Fox/Columnist

According to the American Press Institute, the purpose of the news is to provide citizens with the information they need to make the best possible decisions about their lives, their communities, their societies and their governments.

Now do you ever wonder about what makes the news? The big news on my comput ... READ

The Shirley Temple doll


By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

This year saw the loss of a movie icon when Shirley Temple Black who passed away on February 10.  One of the artifacts in the museum is an example of just how popular Shirley Temple was.  The artifact in question is a 1930s Shirley Temple doll.

For anyone not familiar wit ... READ


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