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Nelson Mandela Point officially unveiled

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

On what would have been his birthday, the City of Oshawa officially dedicated a portion of Lakeview Park to famous anti-apartheid advocate Nelson Mandela.

The morning of July 18, the same day Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918, the mayor and City councillors threw the cover off a plaque designating a gazebo and the surrounding shoreline Nelson Mandela Point.

“What’s key about this location, is if you look out over the water…you’ll see that it’s a little foggy, it’s a little cloudy,” says Mayor John Henry. “There are dark days, there are great days, there are sunny days. And when you come down here and you reflect on the lake and what’s going on, you can reflect on the parts of his life. You can reflect on his dark days, his cloudy days, and then you can reflect on his sunny days towards the end of his life and the great accomplishments he did for the people he re ... READ

 
Community Services Chair Councillor Bob Chapman shows off the new plaque at the official designation of Nelson Mandela Point.

EXPRESS NEWS
Strike vote held by OPUC workers

Oshawa PUC workers recently held a strike vote as they continue to negotiate a new contract with their employer.

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

Members of the union representing workers at Oshawa Power and Utilities Corporation (OPUC) recently voted to give their leaders a strike mandate as they have been without a contract ... READ

Port stuck with damaged ship... for now

The M.V. Fritz continues to sit in the Oshawa harbour as it undergoes repairs, as of The Express' deadline. Transport Canada has issued a detention order until the fixes are made.

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

Transport Canada is bottling up a damaged ship docked at the Port of Oshawa, one whose crew was Romanian sailors w ... READ

Trowbridge floods still facing City council

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

Homeowners on Trowbridge Drive are having their foundations cracked, their basements filled with water and mould and the value of their homes eroded by ongoing drainage issues, they say.

The same flooding problems are costing the residents thousands of dollars in repairs, they argue, so they s ... READ

City wants reason for pipeline route

Councillor John Aker takes a look at the proposed route of TransCanada's new natural gas pipeline, scheduled for construction in2016. City council wants to hear more about the other routes TransCanada investigated first.

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

The City of Oshawa wants to know why, exactly, TransCanada’s propos ... READ

EXPRESS SPORTS
A league of extraordinary people

Left: Challenge League Sports has expanded to offer more than baseball now. Since 2000, the league has welcomed soccer and basketball players as well. Right: A soccer player from the Challenge League gets some advice from a volunteer coach.

By Katie Richard/The Oshawa Express

Theresa Grabowski vividly remembers the day it all sta ... READ

Experience follows new goalie coach

With training camp just a few weeks away, UOIT men’s soccer coach Vaso Vujanovic has brought on a new goalkeeper coach.

Eugene Alves is the newest member of the Ridgebacks’ coaching staff for the 2014 season.

“I would like to thank coach Vaso and everyone at UOIT for letting me join their soccer coaching family, ... READ

Oshawa club dominates at Nationals

Medal after medal, the Oshawa Camaros Baton Club managed to twirl their way to the top among athletes from all across the country.

The Oshawa club competed among 300 athletes from Canada at the Canadian Baton Twirling Championships in Calgary, Alberta.

The Oshawa club entered four group routines into the national championships an ... READ

Husband and wife a team on and off field

Left: Buzz and Tanya Bezzant. Right: The four teams - the Intercepticons, Conquerors, Touch My TD's and DawkSports - that make up the co-ed division of the Oshawa Touch Football League.

By Katie Richard/The Oshawa Express

Together the Bezzant’s have been playing football for more than 40 years, and most recently the husband ... READ

OSHAWA LIVING
Card players, turned travel buddies, turned lasting friends

Brigitte Hurrell and Hazel Newell met at the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres Adult Day Program. Initially they played cards together, but as their friendship grew they decided to take day trips together, spending quality time at casinos and places all over Ontario.

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

Hazel Newell and Brigitte Hurre ... READ

Feed the Need makes big move

From left, Ashley Robertson, Rachel and Michelle Jodoin, Tom Kerr and John Fox have all been working tirelessly to move goods into the new Feed the Need in Durham warehouse on Marwood Drive in Oshawa.

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

Volunteers busily stack and sort goods inside the large warehouse on Marwood Drive.

Som ... READ

A berry interesting event

The strawberries and whipped cream were being enjoyed by all at the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centre's Strawberry Social, held at the Conant branch.

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Hospital gets A+ for stroke recovery

The report cards are in and Lakeridge Health has earned an A+.

The Ontario Stroke Report Card ranks the hospital as number one when it comes to providing a powerful clot-busting drug that can help patients recover from stroke, a release reads.

“There are a lot of steps required before we can administer tPA, and we only have ... READ

POLICE BRIEFS
Police still searching for senior's killer

It’s been more than a year since 72-year-old Raymond Darby was violently attacked and killed inside his Oshawa home and police are appealing for any information to catch his killer(s).

On June 18, 2013 at 11:17 a.m., officers were called to an address on Maine Street, in the Ritson Road North and Conlin Road East area of Oshawa whe ... READ

Woman drinks toxic substance at work

A 27-year-old woman was treated in hospital after drinking a toxic substance where she worked.

Police say on July 9 at 11 a.m. officers were called to a local hospital after the victim sought medical attention. She told police something had irritated her throat. The woman works at the Durham Humane Society in Whitby and says she drank fr ... READ

Alleged robbers arrested in kitten buying incident

Police believe they have nabbed the couple responsible for allegedly robbing an elderly couple who had invited them into their home to potentially buy kittens.

Investigators were able to quickly identify the suspects in this incident and on July 14 a 36-year-old man was arrested at his place of work. The day before a 31-year-old woman wa ... READ

Oshawa man charged with indecent exposure

A 62-year-old Oshawa man is facing charges in relation to exposing himself at several locations, including the Ajax casino.

Police initially reported that a man had exposed himself in three Bowmanville stores and on July 10 had gone into the Bowmanville Mall on Highway 2 and while inside the Metro grocery store unzipped his shorts, expos ... READ

EXPRESS EDITORIAL
In an awkward situation, Oshawa shows it cares

If there is one thing the city of Oshawa doesn’t need it is an international incident.

Thankfully, with the arrival of the M.V. Fritz, and a crew who said it was underfed, underpaid and living in unsanitary conditions, the people of Oshawa showed their true colours.

There is also some puzzlement. Why was the ship sent to Os ... READ

The happy-go-lucky tease of a budget

Ontario’s Liberal government has introduced, well reintroduced really, a budget that is either precedent setting or a prelude to disaster.

But most of all it is confusing. The budget is an exercise in logic. There are pledges to cut spending while at the same time increasing spending, and all wrapped around a commitment to balancin ... READ

If not now for Genosha Hotel, when?

The news that efforts are being made to get something, anything, inside the Genosha Hotel is welcome indeed.

It has been far too long and far too quiet at what was once the centrepiece of Oshawa. Countless attempts to turn around the property have fallen by the wayside again, and again and again. This time has to take.

Retail, co ... READ

Happy Canada Day

A lot of people like to say Canada is the greatest country in the world, and rightly so.

There is a lot to like about Canada.

One thing is that we are not a homogenous people. We come from many different places, cultures and beliefs.

When you ask someone where they are from, in Canada, they’ll often respond with a l ... READ

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
 
 
One last shot at gun debate

Dear Editor,

It's clear many people don't understand anything to do with guns.

As a kid who grew up with first a BB gun, then a .410 gauge shotgun and a .22 rifle I learned respect for guns and proper handling from a young age.

That is why you give your child a gun and teach them responsibly. It makes them more responsibl ... READ

Pellet gun problems

Dear Editor,

I could not believe what I read about the teenager who had received a pellet gun.

I can understand that someone believed they saw an armed man and called police: Better be safe than sorry.

But to learn that this boys birthday present was confiscated and destroyed?

That, dear sir, is truly appalling. READ

Wynne didn't really win

Dear Editor,

Nice to see “Kathy” Wynne has slapped the re-run cover on the May 1 budget.

To the tobacco wholesalers, this doesn’t mean you get to increase cigarette prices again.

You did already May 1, even though the budget was voted down in essence. Wow, only in Ontario eh?

Now Kathleen says th ... READ

COLUMNISTS
 
 
Letting go and moving on

By Bill Fox/Columnist

Letting go and moving on might seem easier said than done. We have now moved out of our house of 25 years in northwest Oshawa. It was not an easy decision to move on, but the time and circumstances had us believing it was.

When we moved into that beautiful back-split, backing onto a green belt, we had four y ... READ

The local temperance movement

By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

The mid 1800s saw the rise of a movement that became known as the temperance movement.  The focus of the movement was the “evils” of alcohol. Members of the movement promoted abstinence and pressured the government to completely prohibit the sale and use of alcohol.

The trend of temp ... READ

Fungi affecting fun guy

By Bill Fox/Columnist

I used to think of my self as a fun guy. Lately, however, I have been affected by a fungus (plural is fungi) in my stomach. Perhaps you have the same problem and, like me, you don't even realize it? I credit my personal trainer/kinesiologist son with directing my attention to a book called, The Fungus Link by Doug K ... READ

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