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Photographer photo on display at museum


By Graeme McNaughton/The Oshawa Express 

It was an early summer morning at the cottage last year when Leigh Ayres took the photo that can now be seen in an Ottawa museum.

“One of the things I like to shoot is macro photography and insects and things like that…so, I know these little critters tend to be a little less active either in the evening or early in the morning, so I got up early to s ... READ

Oshawa photographer Leigh Ayres was one of several winners in a recent Canadian Geographic contest that will see his photo of a resting cuckoo bee on display at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.

Breaking new ground


School board trustees and other officials from the Durham District School Board were on hand for the official ground breaking at a new school on Grandview Street, north of Olive Avenue, on Friday. That school, along with another that broke ground the same day at the corner of Coldstream and Clearbrook streets, is set to be ope ... READ

Oshawa woman trapped in apartment due to elevator maintenance


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

Karen Field is trapped.

A 55-year-old Oshawa woman sits on her couch in the humid, sunlit apartment – a place she has become quite familiar with as she hasn’t left since the beginning of June.

When the only elevator in her 50 Adelaide Ave. E. apartm ... READ

Council pulls ice at Children's Arena


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

Many supporters of Oshawa minor hockey are calling offside after Oshawa council passed a controversial decision to remove the ice from Children’s Arena for this upcoming hockey season.

The decision was made in order to save on needed capital repairs to the arena, ... READ

One step closer to a regional ombudsman


Regional council has voted unanimously for staff to look at the possibility of Durham getting its own investigative authority.

A report making the case for staff to investigate the feasibility of the region having its own ombudsman had already passed without opposition at the June 16 meeting of the finance and administ ... READ

New coach, same philosophy


Bob Jones was picked up from the Windsor Spitfires where he has been associate coach for the last eight years. Jones replaced head coach DJ Smith who led the team to a Memorial Cup this past season. Here, Jones speaks at a press conference announcing his new position.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express 

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No surprises at NHL draft


By Joel Wittnebel/Column

A trio of Gens found themselves picked up by NHL clubs over the weekend and with the combination of skill these players displayed throughout Oshawa’s Memorial Cup winning season, it’s no surprise.

Anthony Cirelli found himself picked up 72nd overall by the Tampa B ... READ

Bob Jones hired as Generals head coach


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The Oshawa Generals have found their next bench boss in Bob Jones, a former assistant coach for the Windsor Spitfires.

The announcement came only eight days after former coach DJ Smith announced he would be leaving the Oshawa Generals for a gig as an assistant coach with the ... READ

Smith swiped up by Leafs


DJ Smith has been the head coach of the Oshawa Generals since 2012, coming from the Windsor Spitfires where he spent six seasons as an assistant coach and won two Memorial Cups. This season, he led the Generals to a franchise record 108 points, an OHL title and the club's fifth Memorial Cup in franchise history.

By Joe ... READ

Best in show


Oshawa Aces member James Todd stands with his aqua 1960 GMC, which recently won the Autofest Award at the fifth-annual Kal Tire Show and Shine in Whitby. The show, which featured a 50/50 draw and donated prizes, raised hundreds of dollars for the Learning Disabilities Association.

Taking the lead on lead


The region’s works department is looking for volunteers to have water samples taken to help monitor lead.

The department is seeking both residential and non-residential samples from internal plumbing systems as part of its lead monitoring program.

To qualify, the facility must have been constructed before ... READ

Big winners


Three Oshawa men are among a group of 11 sharing in $500,000 Lotto Max winnings, Christopher Tuzimek, front row, third from left; William Graham, front row at right; and Declan O'Sullivan, back row, third from left, were buyers of a ticket that won the half-million-dollar prize in the June 5 draw.

Tablets at the library


Oshawa’s library goers will soon be able to take out more than just books.

Oshawa Public Libraries has announced that all branches will be offering electronic tablets starting July 2.

The tablets, powered by Google’s Android operating system, will give library goers access to e-books, videos and mor ... READ

Police seize more than $25k in drugs


Two men have been arrested after Durham police seized more than $25,000 worth of drugs following a month-long investigation.

Project Aurania was launched last month after reports of an Oshawa man selling drugs from his house. According to a news release announcing the arrests, undercover officers were able to purchase ... READ

Woman drives into house


An Oshawa woman was arrested after driving her van into a house.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 17, officers responded to a residence in the area of Ritson Road North and Adelaide Avenue East for a call of an object being thrown through a window. Police say the resident knew the female suspect, who fled ... READ

Gun flashed in car


Police are seeking information after a passenger was seen holding a handgun in a vehicle.

At approximately 11 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23, a witness walking on Park Road South near Gibb Street told police he saw a passenger in a southbound car holding up a black handgun. Police say the witness was not threatened.

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Convenience store robbed at gun point


Durham police are seeking two suspects after a convenience store was robbed at gunpoint.

At approximately 9:45 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, two male suspects entered Bob’s Grocery Variety on Bloor Street West, west of Simcoe Street South. Police say one of the suspects pointed a handgun at the lone employee in the st ... 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

Title with teeth


Although still in its early stages, the Region of Durham – along with other regions and municipalities across the province – is looking at getting itself an ombudsman.

The job would field complaints from the public about goings on in the regional government, and launch investigations if need be. There&rsquo ... READ

Online for all to see


City council has had its fair share of special meetings. Those are the meetings that aren’t on the originally set calendar of events and take place on days typically not reserved for council business.

Sometimes there’s a decent amount of time between when the meeting is announced and when it happens. Someti ... READ

Regional fire rejection


When Regional Chair Roger Anderson announced a study would soon be conducted on the possibility of amalgamating the region’s fire departments, it was only a matter of time before Oshawa came back with a no.

This week, the first shaking of the head came in when city council voted against taking part in that study. ... READ

Ambiguity over transparency on council remuneration


Dear Editor, 

Property taxes are a direct result of the cost of municipal government. City councils have the ability to minimize, stabilize or even reduce taxes if they have the political will.

But there is considerable evidence to suggest this is not the case in Oshawa.

Over the years, members of ... READ

"Extra" payments are a training ground


Dear Editor,

One can only applaud Greg Milosh's effort to hold councillors to account for paying themselves extra for just doing the job they were elexted to do, that being the conduct of city business.

One can also applaud Rosemary McConkey for bringing the matter to the voters' attention and the Oshawa Expres ... READ

Mow the lawn safely


Dear Editor,

When it comes to accidents, it's common to think, ‘Oh, it will never happen to us.’ That is what we thought until our nine-year-old daughter, Zoe, a member of the War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program, lost her leg in a lawn mower accident.

A few years ago, Zoe was play ... READ

So grateful to be living in Canada


By Bill Fox/Columnist

Probably like a lot of readers, I wasn't born in Canada. My parents had the wisdom and foresight to bring their young children here in 1950. I was four years old. I have never returned to my birth country because this is my home and where I am happy. On July 1, Canada Day, we remember how fortunat ... READ

Summer is here


By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

Summer is officially here! This photograph comes from a photo album full of images of summer at Lakeview Park in the 1930s. A997.20.251

Greatest gift? Being a father


By Bill Fox/Columnist

The greatest gift I ever had came from God: I call him Dad. I am fortunate to still have my dad at 93.

He has shown his love in so many ways: in his strong values, his wisdom and, above all, his devotion to family and home. Many a winter night, he was called out to work with the snow clear ... READ


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