Tillsonburg Hydro Warning of Text Message Scam

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:05 MH
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Tillsonburg Hydro is warning customers of a scam that has popped up in other parts of the province.

Some electricity customers have reported receiving text messages claiming to be from local hydro companies. They say the customer is owed a refund and supplies a link to accept the funds via e-transfer.

Do not click the link and do not respond to suspicious messages.

Contact police or the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

Tillsonburg Hydro says it never asks for credit card or banking information over the phone or by text and does not accept gift cards as payment. They also do not send text message notifications.



Charges Laid in London Armed Robbery

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:02 MH
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London police have charged a 34 year old Hamilton man with armed robbery and weapons offenses after a hold-up at a East London gas station.

Early Saturday morning, the Petro Canada at 1331 Dundas Street was robbed at gunpoint.  The culprit made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and fled in an 1988 red Corvette Convertible, the car, which had been stolen in Watford, was located a short distance away, abandoned.  Moments later, a suspect matching the description was spotted nearby and arrested.



Tragically Hip Frontman Passes Away

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:54 MH
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In a release on their Facebook page, The Tragically Hip say front man Gord Downie passed away last night with his family by his side.

The letter says "Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived."

Downie was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor in May of 2016.  The band then embarked on a county wide farewell tour that culminated in a legendary performance in their hometown of Kingston that was broadcast live on the CBC.

Gord Downie was 53.


Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dead at age 53

By David Friend

Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.

Downie died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by,” the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning.

In the wake of his diagnosis with glioblastoma - an incurable form of cancer - the musician became a symbol of perseverance in the face of his mortality.

“Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss … on the lips,” the statement said.

Downie spent the last chapter of his life raising funds for brain cancer research and advocating for the rights of Canada's Indigenous Peoples.

“Gord said he had lived many lives,” the band said. “As a musician, he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.”

One of the country's most revered singer-songwriters, Downie penned a steady stream of 1990s rock radio staples including “New Orleans Is Sinking,” “Blow at High Dough,” “Courage,” “Ahead By a Century” and “Bobcaygeon.”

The country was shocked when Downie revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis in May 2016. The band's subsequent tour sold out nearly immediately.

(The Canadian Press)


Sentencing in Baby Ryker Case Next Month

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:43 MH
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The mother of baby Ryker and her partner will find out how long they'll spend behind bars later next month.

Two dates have been set for sentencing for 32 year old Amanda Dumont and 27 year old Scott Baker.  The pair have been found guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of

life and criminal negligence causing death after the 20 month old Strathroy toddler died in 2014 of burns from scalding coffee which went untreated.

The couple will learn their fate November 22nd and 23rd.



Actor Who Played "Mr. Lahey" Dead

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:47 MH
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John Dunsworth, who played Jim Lahey in “Trailer Park Boys,” has died at the age of 71.

The Bridgewater, Nova Scotia native portrayed a frequently drunk former police officer turned trailer park supervisor.

Numerous online tributes called Dunsworth a brilliant actor with a warm heart who was involved in community theatre for decades.

A cause of death wasn't announcement, but a statement posted on Twitter said he died after a “short and unexpected illness.”

Mike Smith, known as Bubbles on the “Trailer Park Boys,” tweeted that he is “beyond devastated” and called Dunsworth a beautiful, brilliant and fascinating man.

Actor Bernard Robichaud, who portrays Cyrus on the show, called Dunsworth a Canadian icon, while “Trailer Park Boys” director Mike Clattenburg said via Instagram that Dunsworth's “wild passion for acting was matched by his love of life and family.”

Members of legendary Canadian rock band Rush, who appeared as guest stars on the television show, posted a message on Twitter saying it was “heartbreaking” to hear of Dunsworth's death.

American comedian Tom Arnold also expressed his sympathies, saying Dunsworth was one of the “most brilliant actors” he's had the honour to work with.

Dunsworth was also known for playing reporter Dave Teagues on the supernatural drama series, “Haven.”


(The Canadian Press)


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