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Tillsonburg Chamber Addresses Skills Mismatch in Ontario

Friday, 23 June 2017 06:22 MH
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It's no secret, finding a good paying, full time job in this economy is increasingly difficult but it's just as hard for employers to find qualified applicants to fill what quality jobs are available. That is crux of a new report released by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Tillsonburg Chamber titled “Talent in Transition: Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Ontario”

Tillsonburg Chamber President Stephanie Nevins says students in high school and elementary school aren't being exposed to the trades in same way they had been in the past, with fewer students opting for classes like auto-mechanics and metal shop, instead, gravitating towards the tech fields.

Locally, business are finding it increasingly difficult to fill millwright and machinist positions, simply because fewer people are moving into the trades.

The report has been posted on the chamber website and members are encouraged to write their local mpp to address the skills mismatch. 


Young Girl Hit by Car in Leamington

Friday, 23 June 2017 06:04 MH
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An 8 year old girl is in hospital with serious injuries after being hit by a car in Leamington last evening.

It happened around 5:50 pm on Erie Street South.

The OPP's Technical Collision Investigators are looking into the incident.

(Matt Hutcheson)


4 Area Sears Set to Close

Friday, 23 June 2017 06:02 MH
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Industry experts are calling it part of the demise of the department store.

Sears Canada is closing 59 stores and slashing 2,900 jobs under a court-supervised restructuring plan.

One marketing strategist says many department stores lost touch and stopped responding to the needs of the consumer many years ago.

Locally, the Sears Home Store on Wharncliffe in London is slated for closure. As are outlets in Chatham, Cambridge and the Sears Home Store in Windsor.

Sears has seen its stock nosedive despite efforts to refashion itself at a time when more people are opting to shop online.

(The Canadian Press)


Missing Elgin County Man

Thursday, 22 June 2017 14:35 Megan
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Elgin County OPP are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing Elgin County man.

56 year old Steven Brett was last seen in Woodstock around 7:20pm on Monday June 19th.

He is described as 6'2, 240 pounds with a heavy build, shoulder length grey blonde hair, grey goatee, last seen wearing a dark green golf shirt, denim knee length shorts, a grey baseball hat and running shoes.

He is driving a blue Saturn Ion.

Family are concerned and police would like to locate him to verify his well-being.

(Meghan Spotswood)


LCBO Extends Hours Before Potential Strike

Thursday, 22 June 2017 12:50 Megan
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The LCBO has announced that they will extend their hours this weekend in advance of a possible strike as well as to help customers stock up for Canada Day activities.

Select stores will open as early as 9 a.m. to as late as 11 p.m. from tomorrow through Saturday, while some stores will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

If the strike does not go in effect starting Monday June 26th at 12:01, the LCBO will be closed on Canada Day and will open as early as 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. the following day.

The LCBO is hopeful that a negotiated collective agreement can be reached.

(Meghan Spotswood)


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