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Bloor Street construction wreaks havoc on businesses


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

A fraction of the normal customer traffic, declined sales, dismal busy seasons. These are all complaints made by Bloor Street east business owners, who attribute their woes to the on-going construction in front of their businesses.

Steve Sheds, owner and operator of Steve’s Sheds at 109 Bloor, recently rallied togethe ... READ

Left: Construction is evident on Bloor Street East and local business owners are frustrated with how it is impacting their bottom line. Right: Mayor John Henry attended a recent gathering to discuss the issues.

Port authority denies claims of illegal dumping


Above: Oshawa Port Authority Chair Gary Valcour says dumping is taking place but there is nothing illegal about it. Below: Dredging activity at the harbour has one Oshawa resident concerned about a portion of land he says has historical significance.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It may not look like it, ... READ

Beware of installer impostors


Concerned residents have contacted the Region of Durham about individuals representing themselves as water meter installers in order to try and get into homes.

These impostors are going door-to-door across the region implying they work for the Region and are there to replace water meters.

They have photos of th ... READ

Mayoral candidate charged


Dan Hammond, seen here (right photo) on the floor inside the council chamber, has recently been charged with two counts of criminal harassment. He was one of the men charged during the September 3 council meeting. The charges were later withdrawn.

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

With  little over a mont ... READ

City gives OK for memorial to honour slain Oshawa man


The memorial seen here was removed soon after it was erected in July. City staff cited safety concerns as the reason for its removal.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

Family and friends of Shon Hart, an Oshawa man murdered on a local bike path eight years ago, have been given the OK by City staff to place a ... READ

A preseason of grit and redemption for Gens


The Oshawa Generals finished off their preseason this past weekend with a pair of wins over the Kingston Frontenacs and the Peterborough Petes. Gens Same Harding, seen here, skates for the puck over a sprawling Frontenacs player.

By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

It was a back and forth battle for the Oshawa ... READ

UOIT falls to Guelph in preseason action


UOIT's Jason Shaw had a two-goal game in the Ridgeback;s 5-2 loss to the Guelph Gryphons on September 14.


Coming off a double overtime loss to York one night earlier, the UOIT men’s hockey team returned to the ice on Sept. 14 as they hosted the Guelph Gryphons in preseason action.

Despite a ... READ

Gens profile: Roger Hunt


Name: Roger Hunt

Position: General Manager

Hometown: Dunville, Ontario

Summary: Roger Hunt joined the Oshawa Generals coaching staff in May 2010 as assistant coach and director of player development. In 2012, Hunt was promoted to assistant coach and assistant general manager before taking over duties as ... READ

Helping children through a love of sport


Their Opportunity recently hosted the fourth annual Durham Ball Hockey Tournament in downtown Oshawa, raising money for children who wish to enrol in sports but can’t afford to do so.

This year’s tournament took place on Celina Street and was bigger and better than ever, states a release from the organizati ... READ

Santa in September


Left: This little one checks out the top of an armoured vehicle as a soldier watches on. Right: Santa made a special visit to the Ontario Regiment on Simcoe Street North recently as part of a pancake breakfast that was raising money for Santa's Parade of Lights. Six-year-old Samiya was all smiles as she sat on Santa's knee dur ... READ

City to form multicultural committee


By Joel Wittnebel/The Oshawa Express

The City of Oshawa is looking to form a committee that will advise council on matters related to multiculturalism and diversity.

Relating it to the Multicultural Council of Oshawa Durham (MCOD), which has been at work for decades, Community Services Committee Chair Councillo ... READ

Region celebrates 40 years


The Region of Durham put on a celebration at Region headquarters recently, which featured various displays, games for the children, and other activities in honour of its 40th anniversary.

Celebrating the Oak Ridges Moraine


Four environmental organizations are hosting an event that is celebrating all the is the Oak Ridges Moraine.

Save the Oak Ridges Moraine (STORM) Coalition, Earthroots, Ontario Nature and EcoSpark are inviting people from across southern Ontario to Purple Woods Conservation Area in Oshawa on September 28.

&ldquo ... READ

Impaired driver flips car in Oshawa


A Whitby man has been charged after his car mounted a curb, drove into a wooded area and flipped over on its side near an Oshawa subdivision.

On September 10, 11:45 p.m. officers were called to Charter Crescent regarding an impaired driver.

Police say a vehicle was travelling at a high rate of speed before moun ... READ

Coyote sightings in Ajax prompt warning


Durham Regional Police are advising the public that several calls have come in regarding coyote sightings in the Ajax area over the last month. 

Coyotes are commonly found in city areas that are adjacent to green spaces and parks or near water. They travel along ravines, highways, roads, and walking paths and buil ... READ

Teen refuses to stop for police, charged with impaired


A 17-year-old impaired driver has been arrested after driving in the middle of the road and refusing to stop for police.

Police say on September 9 at 3:15 a.m. officers on patrol saw a Jeep Cherokee with no lights on heading west on Bond Street in the city.

An officer inside a cruiser followed the vehicle throu ... READ

Images released of sexual assault suspect


Durham police have released images of a suspect wanted in connection to an alleged sexual assault in Oshawa.

On August 30 at 4:50 p.m. officers were called to Simcoe Street South after a woman was grabbed by a stranger. The 28-year-old told police she was walking south on the east sidewalk of Simcoe, near the Italian C ... READ

Businesses pay the price during busy construction season


It’s become a common saying in this country; Canada has two seasons, winter and construction. Perhaps the saying has become too common though, forcing many people to view construction as an inevitable nuisance, and not something they can change.

Well, business owners in the Bloor Street east area of Oshawa decide ... READ

You can't complain if you don't vote

This is not a new phenomenon, but it is reiterating a very important point that many across this city are trying to make: You have to vote to have your voice heard.

The numbers prove that less and less people are casting their ballots in every election that is held.

Oshawa is absolutely no exception. In the last municipal electio ... READ

Oshawa residents left out, uninformed

The amount of building permits being issued in Oshawa is almost to the point where yet another record will be broken.

Currently, the number sits at $328 million. By the end of the year Councillor John Aker says that number could reach $600 million.

That’s good news for the city. It means progress. It means more projects, mo ... READ

Mulcair offers no solutions to childcare issues


Federal NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair is already out in full force trying to garner support for the federal election, which isn’t slated until 2015.

He ventured to Oshawa recently, speaking with organizations, families and local politicians about childcare.

He stated during a meeting with media at Durham Coll ... READ

Newsprint is precious and shouldn't be wasted


Dear Editor,

As you know, I'm not one to let a good question go unanswered.

In response to your question in the Sept. 3 issue of The Oshawa Express, how would you like to be represented? The question focuses directly upon the prime failing in the practice of our democracy, at all levels of public administration ... READ

Pipelines are a fact of life


Dear Editor,

The September 3 article bemoaning a gas pipeline running across Cathy Corner’s farm I feel is another tempest in a teapot being promoted by fear tactics used by opponents to any energy development in our country.

The comment made by the owner of the Oshawa Zoo about families not wanting their ... READ

Thanks for the advice Bill


Dear Editor,

This is a letter addressed to Express columnist Bill Fox with reference to a column he wrote on Kefir, a pro-biotic he takes for his health. 

I read your July column of your experience and enthusiasm for Kefir. Since I had never heard of it, I Googled it and learned that it was supposed to&nbs ... READ

The Henry name and photography


Left: This is a photograph of E.E. Henry who was a well-known photographer. Right: This is a shot of Col. W.B. Wetmore. The Oshawa Community Museum has several copies of E.E. Henry's work to see.

By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

The Henry name is a well-known last name in Oshawa. Their family home is a part of the ... READ

10 questions keeping me awake


By Bill Fox/Columnist

1. When will Rob Ford 'go back out'?  I have heard that for alcoholics, sobriety has to be your number one priority. As I see it, Rob still has the election as number one and I’m wondering if it is because of the power, or for the pure intention of making Toronto a better city in the wa ... READ

What if your life had been different?


By Bill Fox/Columnist

I have come to the realization that, at least in my life, there have been many coincidences that have affected where I am now.

I wonder if you are the same? One of the most remarkable coincidences was in 1950.

My mom, with my brother and I in tow, were waiting for a standby flight ... READ


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