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Ontario still opts for jail over bail

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

Things may be improving in Oshawa’s bail courts, yet they are alarmingly bad and possibly unconstitutional in Ontario.

So says (the latter part anyway) a scathing report from the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) titled Set up to Fail: Bail and the Revolving Door of Pre-Trial Detention. 

Dave Scott, executive director of the Toronto Bail Program, a non-profit organization providing bail verification and supervision for the Ministry of the Attorney General, says he has seen an improvement. The bail program, in short, supervises those on bail.

Anecdotally, Scott says his staff, which also serves the Oshawa courthouse, is reporting positive change in Durham Region.

“Our caseload numbers ... READ

Despite anecdotal improvements in Oshawa, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association says Ontario's bail system is rife with problems.

Damaged ship departs Port of Oshawa

The beleaguered M.V. Fritz and its crew has left the Port of Oshawa after being cleared to travel to Hamilton for repairs.

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express

Bon voyage, M.V. Fritz.

And it’s one away from Oshawa.  

Transport Canada says the damaged ship, stuck at the Port of Oshawa, had its deten ... READ

Readying for election day

The City has created and launched a new online service that allows electors to confirm and update their information before election day.

Oshawa electors can visit to find out whether they are registered and eligible to vote in the municipal and school board elections t ... READ

Metrolinx buys Oshawa GO station

Oshawa’s GO station is now in the hands of Metrolinx.

The company recently announced it has negotiated the purchases of three CN Rail stations that GO Transit shares with VIA in Georgetown, Brampton and Oshawa.

The $2.5 million purchase will make it easier for Metrolinx to modernize and upgrade the GO rail stations, states ... READ

More officers to carry tasers: Police

By Lindsey Cole/The Oshawa Express

The number of Durham police officers carrying tasers is going to increase after a public survey revealed citizens are in strong support of the “less-lethal” use of force option.

According to the Durham Regional Police Services Board, currently there is an average of 10 officers on du ... READ

Oshawa girls secure gold at provincials

The girls of Oshawa’s U12 ball hockey team came home from the Ontario provincial tournament with gold medals in tow.

Beating out New Tecumseth, Penetang and Withrow Park in the round robin, the girls went on to face Penetang in the semi-finals. Oshawa came out on top with a 7-0 win.

The championship game for the AA crown wa ... READ

Former Lord works to become top-notch leader

Kourtney Cyr has been invited to take part in the CCAA female apprentice coach program.

By Katie Richard/The Oshawa Express

Volleyball runs through Durham Lords’ assistant volleyball coach Kourtney Cyr’s veins.

“Since that first day I stepped onto the court, I have never wanted to leave it, whether I am ... READ

Dal Colle to skate in World Junior development camp

Michael Dal Colle has been invited to Canada's 2015 World Junior summer development camp which starts August 3.


Another Oshawa General has earned the honour of taking part in a specialized hockey camp this summer.

Michael Dal Colle has been invited to Canada’s 2015 World Junior summer development camp.


Ridgeback coach "excited" about newest hockey recruit

Defenceman Riley Daly from Manitoba, who has spent the past three seasons playing in the Superior International Junior Hockey League, has committed to join the Ridgebacks this season.


Ridgeback Head Coach Craig Fisher says he’s very excited to have the newest recruit sign on to the men’s hockey team.

Def ... READ

Elmira teen flies Oshawa's skies

Matthew Jessop of Elmira recently took his first solo flight around Oshawa Municipal Airport. He has been a member of Elmira's No. 822 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron for five years.


It was a dream come true for Matthew Jessop of Elmira as he took his first solo flight around Oshawa Municipal Airport.

The 17-year- ... READ

"Gotta go": Oshawa Express reporter leaving

By Geoff Zochodne/The Oshawa Express Column

I am leaving The Oshawa Express as of this edition. Never bury the lede right?

It’s on to other things for yours truly, new challenges and so forth. Perhaps you shall chance upon my byline again. If not, look harder. Make an effort for once in your life. 

Anyway, I&rs ... READ

They just want to bang on a drum all day

These drummers stayed out of the sun but kept the rhythm going at the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres' Life At Your Speed Expo.

Getting ready for that first day of school

Young riders will have the chance to take a ride on the yellow school bus and learn all about bus safety during School Bus Orientation Day.

Registrations are now being accepted for the day, which takes place Saturday, Aug. 23.
The Young Rider Program introduces Durham District School Board families to school buses in an informal s ... READ

Drunk man drives with toddler in front seat

An Oshawa man is accused of driving drunk with his two-year-old girl in the front seat without a carseat.

On July 25 at 7:45 p.m. Durham police got a call about a drunk driver in central Oshawa.

Officers found the vehicle at Ritson Road South and Dean Avenue, but the driver sped away on Beatty Avenue, police say.

Officers ... READ

18 arrested in major drug bust

Twenty-two search warrants were executed early Tuesday morning resulting in 18 arrests in what police are calling a major drug investigation.

Officers seized $270,000 in illicit drugs including cocaine, hashish and marihuana, $100,000 in cash, eight firearms, two prohibited weapons, nine vehicles, a trailer and a boat. Those arrested are ... READ

Youth worker accused of assaulting boy in the '90s

An Oshawa man, who was a youth worker in the region, has been accused of allegedly having inappropriate sexual contact with a young boy in the mid-1990s.

According to police, the DRPS Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit recently concluded a historical sexual assault investigation that occurred between 1994 and 1996. During these years, t ... READ

Oshawa man escapes being shot with arrow

An early morning dispute in Whitby resulted in an Oshawa man narrowly escaping injury after an arrow was fired at him from a bow.

According to police, on July 25 at 6:20 a.m. officers were called to a home in Myrtle Station in north Whitby. During an argument between two men, one grabbed a bow and arrow and fired a shot at the other man. ... READ

Police need tools other than a gun

That the Durham Regional Police Service is planning to increase the availability of conductive energy weapons should be seen as begrudgingly good news.

Around the same time as Durham’s police services board made the decision, former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci was making similar recommendations to the Toronto Po ... READ

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

The gun debate... continues

Dear Editor,

Mr. Renaud wrote a letter to the editor espousing his belief that anyone who wants to should have a BB gun or another kind of gun.

In his letter he states that, 'In Keneshaw (sic) Georgia you are ‘required’ to possess a gun.”

I went to the website he said I should and there is not a requirem ... READ

Only police need guns

Dear Editor,

Re: Letter to the Editor entitled, “Pellet gun problems”

I would start by asking the writer, does any child today really need a pellet gun? What are they going to use it for? To shoot at passing cars, at someone's front window, shooting at other people? She states, 'This society is very sick.' READ

Thanks for the foot patrollers, I think

Dear Editor,

Many thanks to Chief of Police Martin for those three, or was it four, days of police foot patrol in downtown Oshawa.

I, and many others I talked to, thought it made a big difference even though it was one officer walking the beat. Whoops, one day there was three.

With our new gateway to the city from Winches ... READ

The Victorian art of keeping ruffles ruffled

Many devices were designed to keep cuffs, collars and ruffles crimped, including these irons. There are several examples of fluting irons at the Oshawa Community Museum.

By Jennifer Weymark/Archivist

When it comes to fashion, it is a well known fact that what is in style is constantly changing.  From poofy sleeves to fringe, ... READ

Pearls of wisdom

By Bill Fox/Columnist

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

What does this mean to you?

To me, it means seeing the positive and not the negative of new situations or new people you might meet. I know I'm guilty of judging people by their appearances. If someone has tattoos or piercings ... READ

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


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