Physicist Steven Hawking, Dead at 76

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:41 MH
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Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking, who died early today at his home in Cambridge, England at the age of 76, elevated Canada's profile in the physics community in 2008 when he accepted a research post at the country's “crown jewel” of theoretical physics study.

Hawking took on the title of distinguished research chair at the prestigious Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, Ont., and visited the facility in the summer of 2010 and again in 2012.

His arrival in 2010 came several months after the institute named a new wing at its Waterloo facility after the wheelchair-bound scientist.

In a video conference prior to his visit, Hawking said the institute's chosen focus on quantum theory and space-time was close to his heart.

Hawking, who also visited the underground SNOLAB neutrino observatory in Sudbury, Ont., in 1998 and 2012, became a scientific celebrity through his theories on black holes and the nature of time, work that he carried on despite becoming paralyzed by motor neurone disease.

During his second visit to the Sudbury facility, Hawking spoke to his hosts about the need for physics to be accessible to ordinary people.

“I hope I have helped to raise the profile of science and to show that physics is not a mystery but can be understood by ordinary people,” he said at the time.

“I believe everyone can and should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. This is what I have tried to convey in my books.”

“My advice to other disabled people is to concentrate on things your disability doesn't prevent you from doing well and don't regret the things it interferes with. Don't be disabled in spirit,” he said.

His 1988 book “A Brief History of Time” was an international bestseller; “A Briefer History of Time,” intended to be more accessible, followed in 2005.

His early life was chronicled in the 2014 film “The Theory of Everything,” with Eddie Redmayne winning the best actor Academy Award for his portrayal of the scientist.

“Saddened to learn of the passing of Stephen Hawking,” Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan said in a tweet.

“(He) taught us the endless possibilities of our own curiosity. He will continue to inspire generations to come.”

(The Canadian Press) 


Yurek Not Deterred in Fight with MNRF

Wednesday, 14 March 2018 07:36 MH
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Introduced last Wednesday at Queen's Park, a private members bill to shine a light on how funds in a Ministry of Natural Resources special purpose account are spent was shot down the following day.

Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek spent seven years working with the Aylmer Stakeholders Group, representing landowners and farmers, to have the provincial Liberals tighten up spending requirements for the fund, which collects $75 million annually in licensing fees from hunters and anglers.

Several years ago, the group requested $10,000 for a project to review the deer population in the area. They were told by the province there was no money. Through freedom of information requests, they discovered money from the account had been spent on psychologists, buying and selling houses and dinners. Yurek noted hunters and anglers are angry because they're paying more through increased fees and they're getting less and less in terms of opportunities in the province. Undeterred by his bill's setback, Yurek said "I've been on this for seven years and I'm not giving up until they fix this situation."



St. Patrick's Day Warning From Police

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 08:15 MH
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Student leaders, institutions and law enforcement are joining forces in an effort to curb bad behavior this St. Patrick's Day.

London police have been joined by the student council at Western and the Fanshaw Student Union in calling on students to look at their schools code of conduct, and be aware of the law when they head out to celebrate the luck of the Irish.

Police will be out in force with a zero-tolerance approach to public intoxication, drinking in public, underage drinking and public urination.



Trudeau Visits With Metal Workers

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 07:43 MH
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be in Hamilton today to visit both Stelco Hamilton Works and ArcelorMittal Dofasco as part of a cross-country tour to show support for workers at those factories.

Canadian aluminum and steel exports to the U-S factories are under the threat of duties and Trudeau wants to show his government's support for workers in light of the potential threats to those industries.

U-S President Donald Trump recently decided to temporarily exempt Canada and Mexico from global steel and aluminium tariffs while Canada, the United States and Mexico negotiate a new NAFTA deal.

Asked what he would do if Trump changed his mind and slapped duties on Canada, Trudeau said, “we'll see when we get to that point.”

Trudeau will also visit Sault Ste. Marie and Regina.

(The Canadian Press)


Drugs & Weapons Bust in Stratford

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 07:39 MH
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Three Perth County residents are facing numerous charges after a traffic stop in Stratford turned up drugs and weapons.

A Stratford police officer stopped the car after watching it swerve a number of times Saturday night.

An air-soft pistol was found at the drivers feet. He was arrested for possession of a dangerous weapon.

A 36 year old female passenger was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

A 38 year old male passenger was arrested after crystal meth was found in the car. A search of the man also turned up a stun-gun disguised as a cell phone, two illegal knives, bear spray, $700 worth of crystal meth and pills.

Police say more crystal meth was found sewn into the drivers clothing.

The driver from Mitchell and the two passengers from Stratfrod have are facing a total of 21 charges.



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