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No Yoke, They Are Stolen

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If someone is offering a great deal on barn board to redecorate with and selling antique wooden cow yokes as accent pieces, you may want to think about calling Crimestoppers.  
Wellington OPP is investigating nearly $8,000 worth of barn board and cow yokes stolen from a barn near Erin. The thefts occurred sometime within the past 6 weeks.
Anyone with information should contact Wellington OPP or Crimestoppers.(bd)

 

Minister to Cool Hot Housing Market

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There will be measures taken in the upcoming provincial budget to cool off the red hot housing markets in Toronto and Hamilton.  Finance Minister Charles Sousa says people buying homes and properties to hold and flip rather than inhabitate are one of the leading causes for making housing unaffordable for first time buyers.  The Minister says there are many options available but has to ensure that any steps he takes will not have unfortunate consequences.  Sousa has not set a date for the budget yet, but it is expected to be tabled in the Provincial Legislature sometime in the coming weeks. (bd)

 

Ready To Rumble

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Woodstock Police intercepted a group on the weekend as apparently they were getting ready to rumble.  

A citizen flagged down a cruiser just after 9 Saturday night to say he had just had a gun pointed at him. A quick search came up with the suspect vehicle and police found a cache of weapons designed to be used in a fight.  As well as arresting the four people in the vehicle cops found a replica handgun, brass knuckles and a baseball bat.  The investigation revealed this incident was part of an ongoing feud between a couple of groups.  

Facing multiple charges including possession of prohibited weapons, pointing a firearm, and breaching a prohibition order are a 27 year old man from Brantford, and 18 year old female from Woodstock, a 40 year old woman and 30 year old male from South-West Oxford. The man from SWOX was passed on to Hamilton Police who had a warrant for his arrest. (bd)

 

Tuesday Morning Environment Canada Forecast

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Today         Cloudy. 30 percent chance of showers this morning. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this afternoon. Fog patches dissipating this morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 this morning. High 11. UV index 4 or moderate.

Tonight       Clearing this evening. Wind north 20 km/h gusting to 40 becoming light this evening. Low minus 2.

Wednesday Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the morning. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning. High 8.
Night           Increasing cloudiness. Low zero.

Thursday    Cloudy with 60 percent chance of rain. High plus 5.
Night           Periods of rain. Windy. Low plus 2.

Friday         Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 8.
Night          Cloudy. Low plus 2.

Saturday    A mix of sun and cloud. High 9.
Night          Cloudy periods. Low plus 2.

Sunday      A mix of sun and cloud. High 9.
Night         Cloudy periods. Low plus 2.

Monday     A mix of sun and cloud. High 11.

 

Monday March 27th Results

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Ontario Hockey League

Western Conference

Erie 5 Sarnia 3

(Erie leads quarterfinal 3-0)

Owen Sound 4 Kitchener 0

(Owen Sound leads Quarterfinal 2-1)

Sault Ste. Marie 3 Flint 1

(Sault Ste. Marie leads Quarterfinal 2-1)

 

National Hockey League

Detroit 4 Carolina 3 (OT)

Florida 2 Buffalo 4

Nashville 3 NY Islanders 1

Chicago 4 Tampa Bay 5 (OT)

Arizona 1 St. Louis 4

Colorado 2 Calgary 4

 

National Basketball League of Canada

Windsor 114 Moncton 99

 

National Basketball Association

Orlando 112 Toronto 131

Detroit 95 NY Knicks 109

 

Major League Baseball

Philadelphia 7 Toronto 1

Atlanta 11 Detroit 3

 

Monday Afternoon Environment Canada Forecast

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Today     Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming west 20 km/h this afternoon. High 12. UV index 3 or moderate.

Tonight     Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers early this evening and before morning. Fog patches developing after midnight. Wind west 20 km/h becoming light early this evening. Low plus 5.

Tuesday     Cloudy. 40 percent chance of showers in the morning. Fog patches dissipating in the morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h late in the afternoon. High 10.
Night     Cloudy periods. Low minus 1.

Wednesday A mix of sun and cloud. High 9.
Night     Cloudy periods. Low minus 1.

Thursday    A mix of sun and cloud. High 6.
Night     Cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Low plus 2.

Friday     Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 8.
Night     Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low plus 5.

Saturday    A mix of sun and cloud. High 9.
Night     Cloudy periods. Low plus 2.

Sunday     A mix of sun and cloud. High 10.

 

Pot legalization date is set for 2018

Megan
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Cannabis lovers may be singing Oh Canada next year with a joint in hand.

According to a report, Canada will see the legalization of marijuana by July 1st, 2018.

The legislation will be announced during the week of April 10th.

According to CBC, the Liberals will set a minimum age of 18 years to buy pot, but will allow provinces to up the age limit as they see fit.

The report also states that individuals will be allowed to grow up to four plants in a household.

(Meghan Spotswood)

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Study shows almost one child a day is injured by firarms in Ontario

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According to a study by the Canadian medical association journal published on Monday, they found that there were 355 firearm injuries on average each year among children and death in Ontario.

One quarter of those resulted in death.

That's almost one child a day being injured by a firearm or weapon.

Researchers found that refugee children and youth were 1.4 times more likely to be shot than Canadian born residents of the same age.

Firearm injuries due to violent assault tended to occur in low-income neighbourhoods in city-scapes.

The study examined millions of records of Ontario children, teens and young adults from 2008 to 2012 and found that immigrants from Africa and Central America accounted for 70 percent of the tally.

This however, did not account for suicides.

(Meghan Spotswood)

 

Boost in Legal Aid

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More people in Ontario will be eligible for Legal Aid with changes announced by the Attorney General.  Yasir Naqvi announced an increase in the financial eligibility threshold by another 6 percent, which will open the door to another 140,000 people, regardless of their ability to pay.  In 2014 the government announced that it wanted to make Legal Aid accessible to a million more people within the decade and the most recent announcement moves them half way to that goal.  The changes take effect the first of April. (bd)

 

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