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MP barricaded at Parliament until evening hours after shooting

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Oct. 22 will be a day that Oshawa MP Colin Carrie won’t soon forget.

Carrie and the rest of the country were shocked when news broke that a gunman, allegedly Michael Zehaf-Bibeau of Quebec, first shot and killed War Memorial honour guard Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before moving on to the Parliament Building in the morning hours.

At ... READ

Oshawa MP Colin Carrie, along with other members of the Conservative Party, barricaded themselves in a caucus meeting room after hearing shots ring out on Oct. 22. Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, an honour guard at the War Memorial, was killed, with the gunman then making his way to the Parliament Building’s Centre Block before being killed by Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

More Oshawa residents win big


Some Oshawa residents have a bit more money in their bank accounts following two lottery wins at the end of last month.

Stephen Todd Wilson was the winner of approximately $132,500 after winning the Sept. 27 Lotto 6/49 draw.

Yin Hung Wong and Tso Tong Kawn are also a bit richer after winning  $100,000 on t ... READ

MP barricaded at Parliament until evening hours after shooting

By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express

Oct. 22 will be a day that Oshawa MP Colin Carrie won’t soon forget.

Carrie and the rest of the country were shocked when news broke that a gunman, allegedly Michael Zehaf-Bibeau of Quebec, first shot and killed War Memorial honour guard Cpl. Nathan Cirillo before moving on to the Par ... READ

Our selection for your next Oshawa council


The Oshawa Express' special edition of our selections for the 2014 municipal election of council is finally here.

This newspaper has provided, for four consecutive weeks, stories on almost all of the candidates running for the various positions on council.

This final feature before the Oct. 27 election gives yo ... READ

What to expect when youre expecting to vote


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

With over 70 candidates vying for seats on city council, regional council, school board trustee and the mayor’s seat combined, one would wonder how the names could all fit on one ballot.

The city will have five different ballot faces. Four will correspond with the diff ... READ

Local champions


The minor atom AA hockey team has a successful Thanksgiving weekend coming out on top at the Whitby Edge Again Cup, which ran from Oct. 10 to 12. The team defeated clubs from Ajax, Ottawa, Guelph, Kitchener, and Peterborough to snag the championship trophy. (back row from l-r) Assistant Coach Pat Lenehan, Manager Ashley O'Dett ... READ

Durham to the OCAA final four


The Durham College's men's soccer team.


The Durham College men’s soccer team is heading to the OCAA championship for the first time since 1999 as the Lords earned a 1-0 victory over the nationally ranked St. Clair Saints last Saturday.
Sasa Vukoje scored the game’s lone goal after he rec ... READ

Third period comeback effort falls short


The UOIT men’s hockey team suffered their first loss of the season in regulation time last Thursday as they fell 2-1 to the Queen’s Gaels at the Campus Ice Centre.
Thursday’s victory was Queen’s first win of the year, as they improve to 1-1-0. UOIT falls to 2-1-1.
After Queen’s jumped ... READ

Lords softball back on the podium


It didn’t take long for the Durham College women’s softball team to return to the podium at the Ontario Colleges Athletic Association (OCAA) championship, as the Lords won a bronze medal in Windsor this weekend.
One season ago, the Lords were shut out of a medal for the first time in 17 years. This year, the ... READ

K-9 calendar supports local charities


Top: Members of the Durham Regional Police Service kneel with members of the K-9 Unit during the launch of the K-9 Unit 2015 Calendar at the Oshawa Centre. Bottom left: Proceeds from calendar sales will go to support local charities. Below middle:  Jaxon Fearon, 2, is held by his mother as he gets a curious greeting from ... READ

Support Habitat for Humanity ReStores


With Reuse Day coming up, residents are reminded to take advantage of the Durham Region's works department's Waste Management Centre, which will support Habitat for Humanity ReStores.

Residents can drop off their reusable items free of charge to the Waste Management Centre on Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be ... READ

Picturing your future at college


A group of students from one Oshawa high school now have a clearer picture of what their future could be like.

Students from Monsignor John Pereyma Catholic Secondary School recently took part recently in the Picture Your Future tour, which uses green-screen technology to take their photos in various career settings su ... READ

Enjoy the Parkwood gardens one last time this season


There's still time to get out and enjoy Parkwood's historic gardens before the end of the season.

Oshawa residents are invited to visit the gardens and enjoy the vivid colours of fall foliage and Parkwood's abundant evergreens.

The gardens officially close with the first snowfall and there is a lot of work that ... READ

Woman dies after being struck by van


A 75-year-old woman has died as the result of injuries sustained following being hit by a van earlier this month.

The name of the deceased, who died in hospital, is not being released.

The woman had suffered life-threatening head injuries after being struck by a blue Ford Windstar van on Oct. 11 at Wilson Road ... READ

Teen reported missing found safe and sound


An Oshawa teen that has been missing for weeks has been found.

The 14-year-old had left his residence on Friday, Sept. 19 and was last seen on Wednesday, Oct. 1. He had gone missing before, but never for this length of time, according to a news release from Durham Regional Police.

Arrest after robbery


An Oshawa man was arrested minutes after the robbery of a restaurant where a knife was held to the throat of an employee.

On Thursday, Oct. 16 at about 1 a.m., a suspect entered the Simcoe Suds Bar and Grill on Simcoe Street South in Oshawa. He pulled out a knife and demanded cash from the register. At one point, the s ... 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

A choice between two mayors


We are down to the final few days before the 2014 municipal election and there is scant time left to figure out which way to vote if you are still undecided.

Various groups and unions are weighing in across the city with their opinions and it’s anybody’s guess which way the mayoral position will go between ... 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

Are voters prepared to shake it up?


Editor: A few questions from some voters

How is it that when the question was asked by your paper, “Do you think an auditor general is needed.” that Doug Saunders voted yes, but he was the one who voted away our auditor general, along with a few other councillors. We obviously need an auditor general,& ... READ

Enough is enough, time to vote


Dear Editor,

Well once again it's time for another election in Oshawa. Can you tell?

But seriously people, I really think, in the worst way ever, that we really need to replace this current mayor and his council. In the last four years I have seen the worst council ever to date.

From hidden agendas ... READ

Remember the actions of council on voting day


Dear editor,

I am amazed at the temerity of Nancy Diamond's ideas of what needs fixing in Oshawa according to her bio in this newspaper. Her claim of $190 million of debt inherited from the previous council seems inaccurate. The present council's efforts under Mayor Henry's leadership has put Oshawa a further $40 milli ... READ

Practical jokes a lucrative business

By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

With Thanksgiving just past us, the Christmas holiday season is fast approaching.  While many enjoy giving gifts that are practical or necessary there are others who enjoy gifting fun novelty items.

Novelty items became a lucrative business in the 19th century and still are today. One ... 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


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