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Teachers on strike

2015-04-22

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express 

Students were out of the classroom on Monday after high school teachers across the region went on strike.

The April 20 strike deadline was set earlier this month by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF), the union that represents teachers in the province’s public high schools. High schools under the Durham Catholic District School Board are not affected by the strike. However, the union representing the catholic board, the Onta ... READ

 
Teachers man the picket line during a break from the rain in front of Oshawa Central Collegiate Institute on Monday, the first day of strikes by the Durham arm of the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation. Local union head David Barrowclough says OSSTF walked away from the table over the weekend, saying Durham District School Board was unwilling to bargain.

EXPRESS NEWS
Fighting for a higher minimum wage

2015-04-22

Jesse Cullen, left, and Jim Freeman, president of Durham Region Labour Council, at the Fight for $15 and Fairness campaign rally in front of Tim Hortons at 17 Athol St. W.

By Sadia Badhon/The Oshawa Express

Would you like to sign a petition to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour?

That is the question memb ... READ

Airport Business Plan nearing completion

2015-04-22

A business plan for the Oshawa Municipal Airport, in the works for more than two years, is nearing completion, according to city staff.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

It’s been a long time in the works, but Oshawa’s new Airport Business Plan is nearing its final stages. However, for some ... READ

Depot projected to be over budget

2015-04-22

Still under construction, Oshawa's $25 million consolidated operations depot is projected to come in $200,000 over budget upon completion.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

After months of toiling with the numbers and dealing with a multitude of obstacles involved in refitting an older building, the ci ... READ

From high school to the real world

2015-04-22

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

Whether it takes them four years or five, students within the Durham Catholic District School Board (DCDSB) are graduating in higher numbers than their provincial counterparts.

According to numbers released by the Ministry of Education, 90 per cent of students at DCDSB ... READ

EXPRESS SPORTS
A chance for redemption

2015-04-22

Oshawa Generals' Brent Pedersen battles for the puck in front of the Niagara IceDogs net during Game 5 at the General Motors Centre. Oshawa won the game 4-2 to eliminate the IceDogs and advance to the eastern conference final.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It’s something many Generals’ fans s ... READ

Gens profile: Michael Dal Colle

2015-04-22

Name: Michael Dal Colle

Position: Left Wing

Hometown: Woodbridge, ON

Bio: Dal Colle has had an impressive OHL career over the past three seasons with the Generals. He has been a key asset during the 2015 playoffs, earning him the Pioneer Energy OHL Player of the Week ending April 19. He is currently ... READ

Sports at a glance

2015-04-15

Landry and Bevan named UOIT Athletes of the Year

The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) athletic department celebrated one of the most outstanding years so far in program history at the 9th annual athletic banquet.

Ending the night of celebration at the Regent Theatr ... READ

Gens nab skilled prospect Studnicka

2015-04-15

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It was a successful OHL Priority Draft for the Oshawa Generals, who picked up promising Tecumseh native Jack Studnicka 21st overall in the first round.

“I’m really excited about Jack Studnicka in the first round,” said head coach DJ Smith. &ldquo ... READ

OSHAWA LIVING
It's a family thing

2015-04-22

Oshawa's community torchbearer for the Pan Am Games, Norma Douglas, holds her silver medal from the 1955 Pan Am Games with her son Cris, left, and grandchidlren Ryan, middle, and Kyle.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

Times change. Training changes. Sports change.

If one thing has stayed const ... READ

Four decades in Oshawa

2015-04-22

Regional Chair Roger Anderson speaks to a crowd of alumni and current students of Trent University's Oshawa campus, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express 

It appears you can find a fellow Trent alumnus anywhere – even on a business trip to China.

R ... READ

Cleaning up downtown

2015-04-22

Community members are invited to make the downtown look even better by joining the efforts to clean up Oshawa for the upcoming Pan Am games this summer.

Community members, organizations and volunteers will gather on April 22 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for the Communities with Brooms event in downtown Oshawa.

... READ

DC and Pan Am Games

2015-04-22

Twelve Durham College (DC) construction carpentry students will be providing their support at the Pan Am and Parapan Am games this summer while gaining valuable experience.

DC is sending a team of 12 students in the construction carpentry program from the School of Skilled Trades, Apprenticeship and Renewable ... READ

POLICE BRIEFS
Woman slashed with bottle at downtown bar

2015-04-22

Durham police are seeking to identify a woman who they say used a broken beer bottle to slash another woman at an Oshawa bar last month.

On Sunday, March 1 at approximately 12:30 a.m., a 19-year-old woman was sitting with friends at the Excuses bar on Simcoe Street South. The victim was approached by an older male whe ... READ

Arrest after car chase

2015-04-22

Two young Oshawa residents have been arrested following a police pursuit of a stolen vehicle over the Easter long weekend.

On Saturday April 4 at approximately 1:20 a.m., Durham police attempted to stop a red Pontiac Sunfire in the area of Simcoe Street South and Wentworth Street after it ran a red light. However, the ... READ

Chopper finds suspect

2015-04-22

Durham police were able to locate and arrest a suspect following a break and enter thanks to its eye in the sky.

On Thursday, April 16 at approximately 6:15 p.m., a male was spotted stealing copper wire by a security guard at the Waste Management property on Ritson Road North. Initially, the suspect cooperated with ... READ

Man dies after hit and run; suspect arrested

2015-04-07

An Oshawa man has been arrested after a man was hit by a truck in Whitby.

The victim, a 31-year-old Oshawa man, later died as a result of his injuries.

According to Durham police, a pedestrian was hit by a motor vehicle on March 28 at approximately 11:30 p.m. at Mary Street East and Pine Street in Whitby. Polic ... READ

EXPRESS EDITORIAL
Increased planning means increased savings

2015-04-22

There’s nothing wrong with revisions.

Needless to say, this editorial will have been revised by at least three sets of eyes before it makes its way on to the page.

However, the city’s consolidated operations depot project is a little different.

With the recent announcement that Oshawa’ ... READ

No time was the right time

2015-04-15

No matter what, someone was not going to be happy. The sale by the federal government of its shares in General Motors – acquired as part of helping the auto company restructure itself after falling into bankruptcy several years ago – was an inevitability. But the timing leaves much to be desired.

Currently, ... READ

Just one is too much

2015-04-07

Today, we commend Durham College.

The college’s sexual assault and sexual violence policy and procedures are not only a step toward keeping our campuses and community safer – it will open the door for survivors of these terrible incidents.

Along with laying out clear definitions of what constitutes ... READ

Keep it public

2015-04-01

It's good to see councillors stick to their word.

It has recently become apparent that staff at the City of Oshawa don't want to continue with the trouble of putting together the monthly cheque register and corporate payments list, opting to only make parts of it available to the mayor and councillors, citing the city ... READ

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 
 
Public power vs. private for profit

2015-04-22

Dear Editor,

Selling hydro will come at a great cost to hydro rate payers. Does anyone believe that privatizing hydro will reduce hydro rates? You don't need a business degree to know once hydro is sold, business will want a return on their investment. The Liberal government doesn't have a mandate to sell our hydro and ... READ

Negotiations started too late

2015-04-22

Dear Editor, 

I am absolutely appalled at the government. The Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation (OSSTF) has been without a contract since August of 2014 and they are just beginning to negotiate now? This is an absolute farce! This happens every time the OSSTF is up for contract renewal! This should have ... READ

Conservatives continue ineffectual management

2015-04-15

Dear Editor,

It’s no wonder Finance Minister Joe Oliver has been in hiding, refusing to answer questions about his management of the economy in the House of Commons on most days.

There’s simply nothing good Mr. Oliver can say about the Conservatives’ ineffectual management of our nation’ ... READ

COLUMNISTS
 
 
Support the revitalizing 'Shwa!

2015-04-22

By Bill Fox/Columnist

Some of you may remember the old slogan, “Boost Buffalo, it's good for you!” playing on Buffalo TV commercials many years ago. I found it rather tacky that Buffalo had to tell its citizens to boost their own city, but I see it differently today.

You see, I'm seeing things in th ... READ

Stories on the map

2015-04-15

By Jennifer Weymark/Columnist

One of the most popular reasons people have for contacting the archives is looking for help with researching the history of their home. This type of research can be tricky in that there may not be a lot of early information on that lot that survives today.