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.



London Trial Delayed

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 07:37 MH
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Gary Lent was killed Feb. 16, 2017, when his transport truck was hit by another truck that had crossed the 401 median near Union Road. On Monday, a preliminary hearing for the trucker charged in that collision was scheduled to begin, but the accused was a no-show.

Mohamed Duale was charged under the Highway Traffic Act with careless driving. He was expected to plead guilty Monday. But Duale's hearing was postponed because, in November, he traveled to his native Somalia and, according to his lawyer, Duale stayed in Somalia because his father suffered a stroke. A pretrial is now scheduled for May 16, two weeks after the date of Duale’s expected return to Canada.



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