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Jim Flaherty: A life of public service

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

Jim Flaherty said public service was good for a person, even if it could often leave a bitter taste.

He died of a heart attack on April 10, at the age of 64.

Flaherty will be given a state funeral today (April 16) in Toronto. A visitation was held Tuesday at the Abilities Centre in Whitby where hundreds had already gathered at 12:30 p.m. when it began.

One of the longest serving finance ministers in Canadian history, Flaherty was born in Quebec amongst eight siblings. ... READ

Top right: Hundreds of people gathered at the Abilities Centre in Whitby to pay tribute to Jim Flaherty. He was instrumental in the development of the facility. Politicians, friends and family lined the halls of the centre to remember the former finance minister who died on April 10. A state funeral is being held today.

City to pay tribute with "Nelson Mandela Point"

Oshawa City council recently voted to designate a portion of Lakeview Park, "Nelson Mandela Point" in honour of the famous South African leader.

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

The City of Oshawa will honour the late Nelson Mandela by naming a gazebo and surrounding area in Lakeview Park after the famous South African.  ... READ

CN and Region at crossroads with rail spur

The Region of Durham and CN, as of The Oshawa Express' deadline, were still at odds as to who was going to pay for upgrades to a specific section along the rail spur.

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

Oshawa Mayor John Henry says CN Rail needs to finish the rail spur line to the city’s port lands. What’s more, the co ... READ

New EMS station opens in Oshawa

Left, the new Oshawa North Paramedic Response Station is located at 1260 Wilson Road North. Right, Richard Armstrong, chief/director, Durham Region EMS and Regional Chair Roger Anderson unveil a plaque commemorating the occasion.

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

In 2013 Durham Region EMS responded to around 32,834 emergency and ... READ

YouTube video results in charges for local cops

Two Durham Police officers are facing one count each of discreditable conduct under the Police Services Act in relation to a YouTube video that was released earlier this year. The third man involved in the video is not a sworn officer and will be disciplined by other means.

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

A YouTube video showi ... READ

Gens only undefeated team in playoffs

Cole Cassels scored his fourth, fifth and sixth goals of the playoffs in the team's final two matches against the Peterborough Petes.

By Katie Richard/The Oshawa Express

It’s on to the Eastern Conference finals for Oshawa’s OHL boys – and as the only team undefeated in the playoffs.

The Peterborough Pete ... READ

Pan Am Games looking for volunteers

The official recruiting portal for the 2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Am Games is now online and looking for volunteers.

Presented by Chevrolet, the volunteer recruitment drive is looking for more than 20,000 volunteers to provide assistance at the games. Oshawa will be hosting the boxing and weightlifting events at the General Motors Centr ... READ

Six Gens find their way on to NHL Scout list

A few Oshawa boys made their way on to the Canadian Hockey League’s (CHL) final NHL Central Scouting Draft rankings – and one, Michael Dal Colle – managed to break top five.

The CHL recently announced that 147 players had been listed in the final rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft which is taking place June 27 and 28 in Ph ... READ

Annual banquet crowns top athletes

Nik Vantfoort and Jill Morillo were the top winners at UOIT's athletic banquet recently. The pair earned the male and female athlete of the year awards for the 2013-14 season.


It was Jill Morillo and Nik Vantfoort who were the top winners at UOIT’s athletic banquet recently.

Morillo, of the women’s hocke ... READ

Zombies would eat Oshawa for breakfast

Oshawa wouldn't last very long in a zombie apocalypse, one study as found. With high population density and a lack of gun licences, the city would fare poorly.

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

If you fear the zombie apocalypse, Oshawa may not be the place for you.

A study done by Edmontonian and University of Alberta ... READ

Saving a life is the greatest gift

April is Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Month. Local Ontario Trillium Gift of Life Network volunteers Hilda Gatchell and Ally Rahmatally stand with Mayor John Henry and Councillor Bob Chapman encouraging people to give the gift of life and become a donor. Volunteers had a display at the Oshawa Centre last week and the mayor and his colleague w ... READ

Community clean-up coming soon

Break out the brooms; Community Clean-up Week is almost here.

This year will be Oshawa’s 18th Community Clean-up initiative. The week-long event will take place from April 20 to 26. All are invited to volunteer to clean up the City’s parks, green spaces, trails and schoolyards.

“Finally spring is here and after ... READ

Eggstravaganza at Kid's Safety Village

It’s time for some spring time fun.

Visit the Easter bunny, enjoy an Easter egg hunt, have your face painted and learn some valuable lessons from the Regional Health Department and the Whitby Fire Department at the Kid’s Safety Village.

Entry is free to the event, which takes place at 1125 Athol Street in Whitby on Sa ... READ

Good Samaritan sought for help with investigation

Durham Police are hoping a Good Samaritan will come forward with information that will help apprehend two robbery suspects.

Police say on April 7 at 9:30 p.m. a 22-year-old man was walking on Gordon Street near Conant Street when he was struck from behind by two unknown men. His backpack and a quantity of cash were stolen as the victim w ... READ

Oshawa residents busted in million-dollar drug ring

Eight Oshawa residents are among those charged in a massive drug bust that saw more than $1.7 million worth of drugs seized by police.

In all, almost 12 kg of cocaine, 1.5 kg of heroin, 23 pounds of marijuana, 589 oxycodone tablets and 277g of crystal methamphetamine were found as part of Project Wheeler.

In late fall of 2013, th ... READ

Three arrested for stealing jewelry from a senior

Three people have been arrested after an elderly woman was robbed of her jewelry at an Oshawa grocery store parking lot.

On April 5 at 4:45 p.m. the 83-year-old Oshawa woman was getting into her vehicle at the Real Canadian Superstore on Gibb Street when she was quickly approached by three suspects. The suspects offered the victim jewelr ... READ

Toronto teen arrested in relation to child's murder

A 16-year-old Toronto teen has been charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of four-year-old Terrel Vidal in Bowmanville.

The teen was arrested on April 3, about a month after a 35-year-old Toronto woman was also arrested in the case. She has been charged with failing to provide the necessities of life and police say she i ... READ

Public service a worthy calling

If Jim Flaherty taught us one thing, it is that public service is truly a worthy calling.

"Public service is good for you," he once said.

It teaches a person understanding, gives them strength of character and fills them with a sense of duty. Flaherty also said public service made him "happy" because he knew what he was doing was ... READ

News is good for you

Consider the following scenario.

You and five friends are arguing at a bar.

One of your friends recently attended a hockey game. At the game, they watched the home team lose 2-1. They say the home team didn't play that well, which is why they lost. Also, they say they've spoken to several other friends who will not be attending g ... READ

A shiny day for Durham

Ah, the Sunshine List.

Is there anything sweeter?

Although groundhogs traditionally predict the end of winter, the Sunshine List lets you know it is almost here. The list, like the coming heat, quickly warms your blood to read it.

They made how much? Oh, come on!

And so on, and so on, down the list you go ... READ

It's playoff time

It’s playoff time for the Oshawa Generals, and the team is looking good.

The OHL playoffs are the rare time of year when Oshawa residents can rally around a common cause. It’s also a topic near and dear to most Canadians hearts: Hockey.

This year the Gens have been a pleasant surprise. After losing several of their ma ... READ

Don't blame the squirrels

Dear Editor,

A PUC representative recently announced that the south Oshawa little critters were to blame for south Oshawa’s numerous power line outages by jumping up and down on power lines.

How lucky we are in east Oshawa that the little critters don’t jump up and down to disrupt the power grid.

I’ve he ... READ

Pencils should not be in the hands of children

Dear Editor,

For the life of me I cannot understand why parents still are bound and determined to give their children pencils.

I am quite sure that when their child comes home missing an eye their minds might be changed.

The biggest reason they give for letting their child have a pencil is, but my son/daughter is so matur ... READ

Boots, not cruisers

Dear Editor,

Will our new chief of police Paul Martin recognize the importance of having police presence in the downtown area of our city?

We mean foot patrols, not a cruiser driving through every hour, and not like the last time when it lasted about two weeks and was forgotten.

As seniors and taxpayers in this city we wo ... READ

Under sleeves, a unique piece of clothing

By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

Within the museum collection are some rather interesting pieces of clothing that people today would not even know what to do with. 

Detachable collars, undergarments that resemble billowy pants and under sleeves.

What exactly is an under sleeve?  Under sleeves were an essential part ... READ

Three favourite lessons for everyone at Easter

By Bill Fox/Columnist

Recent studies find that almost 80 per cent of people in Oshawa and our area are identified as Christians (active and non-active).

So for the vast majority and the non-Christians alike, there are life-lessons to be reminded of at this time of Easter.

Did you know that Easter is the greatest Christian ... READ

Excited, yet overwhelmed: Part Two

By Bill Fox/Columnist

So last column I related how certain life stages, like getting married, having children, etc. can be so exciting, yet at times overwhelming, but we all seem to survive and even thrive. I mentioned how my wife and I are now ready to downsize and are preparing to move this summer.

Now, this is where the overwh ... READ


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