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Oxford County 2016 Annual Report

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 09:26 MH
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Oxford County is out with its 2016 Annual Report and it highlights a number of successful initiatives that got underway last year.

Here are a few of the highlights:

The County took strides to become a leader in waste reduction and renewable energy with a pair of draft plans on the matters.

Part and parcel with the draft plans were the installation of new electric car charging stations and a petition to the government for stronger transportation links.

The County also installed 11,000 water meters as part of it upgrade of systems to help property owners conserve water and save energy.

Included in the report were also the year end numbers.

The county ended the year with a $1.9 million surplus. It says that's due to increased provincial and federal funding that delayed the need to fill job vacancies.

You can get a look at how 2016's $225.9 million budget was spent, including a major investment in infrastructure right HERE

 

Police Looking for Teenage Pranksters

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:39 MH
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Police in Ontario are looking for a group of suspects who took a horse statue from a park and put it on the roof of a nearby school.

Ontario Provincial Police say the incident occurred early on the morning of June 20 in Erin, about 80 kilometres northwest of Toronto.

They say the suspects - believed to be males in their teens - removed a statue of a horse from McMullan Park and placed it on the roof of a small hatchback car.

Police say they then drove about one kilometre to Erin District High School.

Investigators say the statue was then hoisted onto the roof of the school using ropes and placed over top of the front entrance of the building.

OPP have released photos of a car and two people believed to have been involved in the incident and are asking the public for assistance in identifying the suspects.

The fibreglass artwork is one of 24 Headwaters Parade of Horses statues on display in the Caledon, Dufferin, Erin and King areas of southern Ontario.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Natural Gas Going UP July 1st

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:33 MH
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Natural gas rates will be going up just as a promised major reduction in hydro costs kicks in next month.

The Ontario Energy Board has approved a rate hike for Enbridge, Natural Resource Gas and Union Gas effective Saturday.

The average Natural Resource Gas customer will pay about 25-dollars more per year while customers of the other two companies will see an annual increase of about 40-dollars.

The exception is Union Gas customers in the North West region, who will see a negligible dip in their bill of about a-dollar-71 per year.

(The Canadian Press)

 

OPP Reiterating: Speed Kills!

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:31 MH
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 Provincial police say speeding is the No. 1 cause of road fatalities on OPP-patrolled roads in Ontario so far this year.

As of Monday, the force says speeding has been linked with 30 road deaths, compared to 17 at the same time last year.

And the OPP says officers have laid more than 1,400 charges so far this year against drivers clocked at 50 km/h or more over the posted speed limit.

Police say officers across the province will set their sights on speeding and all other forms of aggressive driving during the Canada Day long weekend.

Deputy Commissioner Brad Blair says speeding has become part of everyday behaviour for some drivers, noting OPP laid more than 240,000 speeding charges last year.

Speeders can face a jail term of up to six months, fines of up to $10,000 and prolonged licence suspension upon conviction.

(The Canadian Press)  

 

 

Canada Unaffected by Massive Ransomware Attack

Wednesday, 28 June 2017 06:28 MH
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A massive ransomware attack that walloped Europe may have first spread through a piece of Ukrainian accounting software.

Experts say the malicious software may have originated in a rogue update to the MEDoc program.

In a lengthy Facebook post, the company acknowledges it was hacked, but says it's not responsible for seeding the rogue program.

Tuesday's attack paralyzed hospitals, government offices and major multinational corporations.

It follows a similar incident in May.

(The Canadian Press)

 

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