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Opposition leader comes to town


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

In an effort to sweep away select ridings from Conservative clutches in the upcoming October federal election, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair was in Oshawa on Monday at the Campus Childcare Centre pumping his party’s main campaign platform of affordable childcare.

Although the writ has yet to be dropped announcing the official start to the campaign period, Mulcair started his eight-day Ontario Tour for Change with a launch in downtown Toronto before heading to Oshawa.

“We’ve been working hard across the country to explain it is indeed possible to have a national program that will see the creation of one million, $15 a day maximum, quality childcare spaces,” Mulcair said.

Mary Fowler, the NDP candidate for Oshawa who will look to beat Conservative incumbent Colin Carrie in October, joined Mulcair at the event.

Fowler says the theme of affordable childcare is one th ... READ

Above: Federal NDP leader and leader of the opposition Tom Mulcair looks on while Mary Fowler, the party’s Oshawa candidate in the upcoming federal election, speaks at the Campus Childcare Centre. Mulcair was in Oshawa as part of an eight-day tour that will take him to several communities in the GTA. Below: Federal NDP leader Tom Mulcair reads a book to children at the Campus Childcare Centre in Oshawa on Monday.

Possible new owners for Genosha


The former Genosha Hotel may soon have a new owner, with the matter set to come before city council in a special session next week. According to Councillor John Aker, there are tentative plans to turn the building into a mix of apartment units and commercial units.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

The ... READ

New trial in murder case


The Supreme Court of Canada has granted a new trial for Jason Rodgerson, who had previously been found guilty in the 2008 murder of Oshawa resident Amber Young.

By Graeme McNaughton/he Oshawa Express 

The Supreme Court of Canada is upholding a ruling by the Court of Appeal of Ontario granting a man a new t ... READ

One beach open, one posted


Swimmers looking to escape the heat by taking a dip at the beach should check the region's beach postings before hitting the water. Lakeview Beach West has been posted due to a high bacteria count.


One of Oshawa’s beaches has been posted for high bacteria counts, according to information released by ... READ

Nobody hurt after accident


There were no reported injuries after a white Dodge Caravan left the road on Grandview Street, south of Taunton road, earlier this month. The van's airbags were set off after the van came to a stop in a resident's driveway, knocking over a transformer box, a fence and several bags of topsoil.

Oshawa takes steps for Hometown Hockey profile


Ron MacLean and Rogers Hometown Hockey may be on their way to Oshawa for the show's second season.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

Oshawa’s hockey history could hit the spotlight in December after a request from Rogers Hometown Hockey stated they wished to profile the city.

The series, ... READ

Canadians take hits in boxing prelims


Top: Canada's Simon Kean lands a punch on Cam Awesome of the USA during their quarterfinal bout on July 19 at the Oshawa Sports Centre. Kean would lose the match in a 2-1 split decision. Bottom left: Sasan Haghighat-Joo battles through a bloody nose and a right below his eye during his preliminary round bout. Bottom right: Sam ... READ

Canadian weightlifter takes silver


Canadian weightlifter George Koboladze lifts his way to a silver medal at the Pan Am Games.


It was a successful end to the Pan Am Games for Canadian weightlifter George Kobaladze.

The Montreal-native lifted 168 kilograms in the snatch and 208 in the clean-and-jerk to earn him a silver medal behind ... READ

Oshawa General make additions to coaching staff


The Oshawa Generals added Greg Nemisz to its coaching roster as an assistant coach alongside head coach Bob Jones and fellow assistant Eric Wellwood.

Nemisz is familiar with both of his coaching counterparts, having played four seasons with the Windsor Spitfires, three of those with Jones, who was an assistant coach wi ... READ

The plight of a caregiver


Joyce McMillan has been caring for her husband of 62 years, Garth, who has seen his mental and physical health decline over the past decade. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about two and a half years ago.

By Sadia Badhon 

For 25 years, Joyce McMillan and her husband Garth McMillan took trips to Florida d ... READ

Region advises residents to carpool during Pan Am Games


In an effort to help keep traffic flowing during the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, the Regional Municipality of Durham is reminding residents and businesses to consider alternatives to driving alone.

"The excitement is building as the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games draw near! We'd like to remind r ... READ

New website for cyclists


The Region of Durham has launched a new website that will make it easier for residents to access cycling-related news.

The new Cycle Durham website will provide residents with user-friendly information and resources about regional cycling initiatives, local news and cycling events, and safe cycling tips, according to a ... READ

Marigold Ford named Autofest title sponsor


Mayor John Henry, left, Marigold Ford president Terry Souch, Whitby-Oshawa MP Pat Perkins, and Whitby-Oshawa MPP Christine Elliott were on hand for the announcement that the Ford dealership is now a title sponsor for Autofest 2015.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

For this year, Marigold Ford/Lincoln has be ... READ

Beware of summer scams, police warn


Durham police would like to remind residents to keep an eye out for scams that typically take place during the warmer months.

Summertime means many companies going door to door to promote landscaping, new windows, interlock work and driveway paving. While many of these businesses are legitimate, there have been numerou ... READ

Young cyclist hit by car


Police are searching for two bystanders who may have seen a boy hit by a car earlier this month.

On Thursday, July 9 at approximately 10:45 p.m., the 13-year-old boy was riding his bicycle in the area of Grandview Street and Salmers Drive when a northbound car hit him.

The driver of the vehicle stayed at the sc ... READ

Rings stolen after slight of hand


An Oshawa man had both his and his late wife’s wedding rings stolen from him thanks to what police are calling a “distraction robbery.”

At approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 19, the victim was outside of his Glen Street residence when a vehicle pulled up. A female exited the backseat of the car a ... READ

Teen run over by own vehicle


An Oshawa teenager sustained critical injuries after falling out of a moving vehicle that then ran over him.

At approximately 2:15 a.m. on July 17, the teen was in the family SUV in the driveway of his residence in the area of Ritson Road and Conlin Road East when he put the car into neutral. He then tumbled out the do ... READ

Will this time be any different?


Progress is an interesting thing.

Sometimes, it comes in the form of policy – words that will set things in motion for years to come. Other times, it comes in a more physical form, like the shell of the future Holiday Inn taking shape in Oshawa’s downtown.

And sometimes, it comes in the form of an i ... READ

Worth playing the game?


Well, after months of waiting, the Pan Am Games have finally arrived.

And after billions of dollars spent, drivers inconvenienced through HOV lanes and the like, how has the international event affected us?

In Oshawa, to be honest, not so much. If you don’t find yourself driving near the General Motors Ce ... READ

Limits not necessary


At its final meeting before the summer break, a majority of Oshawa’s councillors voted against the implementation of time limits when it comes to asking questions of city staff and delegations.

While 10 minutes is, more often that not, more than enough time to ask questions, that isn’t going to be the case ... READ

Watch the back door


Any good hockey player knows, when you’re on the ice, you keep your head on a swivel.

Well, Oshawa hockey and ice users should keep that lesson in mind with the most recent decision to thaw the ice at Children’s Arena next season.

It would seem Oshawa council hasn’t learned their lesson when i ... READ

Council doesn’t have all the facts


Dear Editor, 

It is unfortunate that Oshawa council voted in opposition to OPG's proposed deep geologic repository (DGR), without – one assumes from your July 14th article – full consideration of the issue. Oshawa council certainly does have a 'moral obligation to act,' but shouldn't the 'action' be to ... READ

Corporate behaviour, not democracy


Dear Editor, 

I have a great difficulty with the decision not to put ice into the Children’s Arena next winter. I read about the plan in The Oshawa Express. I was on vacation, but I planned on calling politicians to express my displeasure. I did call the members that voted for the cancellation.

One w ... READ

Senate needs to be reformed, not abolished


Dear Editor,

Recent events have brought a strong political need for the senate to modernize. After the media frenzy surrounding certain senators’ expenses, it is evident that this institution requires change to remain relevant, credible and useful in the eyes of Canadians, who we serve. Keeping in mind that const ... READ

Summer weather at Lakeview Park

Summer weather is finally here and Lakeview Park is the place to be to beat the heat. In 1924, children beat the heat on the beach and the brave would risk trapped legs to ride the wave like motion of the Ocean Wave. Photograph from the Oshawa Community Museum, A995.11.2.

Is climate change affecting you?


By Bill Fox/Columnist

This past winter, with the windchill, the temperature twice went down to -40 C (which is also -40 F). Having just moved into a three-bedroom electrically heated apartment last July, I was shocked at two monthly hydro bills of more than $550 each. I never imagined I'd be paying that amount to heat ... READ

What kind of world are we leaving our grandchildren?


By Bill Fox/Columnist

Some of our grandparents, wanting us to have the legacy of a wonderful Earth, actually lost their lives in the Second World War, ensuring that we had this legacy! But are we doing enough today to ensure that the world we leave our grandchildren is equally wonderful?

I'm very concerned that ... READ


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