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Wettlaufer Appearing In Woodstock Court Today

Monday, 26 June 2017 05:04 Megan
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A former Ontario nurse who murdered eight seniors in her care is expected to appear at a sentencing hearing in Woodstock, Ont., today.

Elizabeth Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault in late May.

The 50-year-old admitted to using insulin in all 14 cases that stretched from 2007 to 2016, and has said she believed she was an instrument of God as she killed and hurt vulnerable patients.

The crimes, which occurred in three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home, make Wettlaufer one of Canada's worst serial killers.

Victim impact statements are expected to be filed in court today, and some family members of Wettlaufer's victims are expected to read their statements to the court.

Crown prosecutors have said they are proposing a joint submission with the defence on sentencing.

They are suggesting all Wettlaufer's sentences run concurrently, with a life sentence with no eligibility for parole for 25 years on the eight first-degree murder counts, 10 years for the four attempted murder counts and seven years for both aggravated assault counts.

(The Canadian Press)


New Skills For Ontario's Young People

Monday, 26 June 2017 05:02 Megan
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A new study says Ontario needs to come up with innovative skills and apprenticeship training for Ontario’s young people to get jobs in the future.

The report, commissioned by the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance, says conventional approaches to skills and apprenticeship training are out of date and no longer apply.

It points out that 65 per cent of elementary school students will end up in careers that don't yet exist.

Among other things, the report calls for more flexible certification and for students to dedicate 20 hours of community work to mastering trades and practical skills.

It also calls for a greater emphasis on creative online learning.

(The Canadian Press)


One Man Dead From Motorcycle Crash In Dunnville

Monday, 26 June 2017 04:58 Megan
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A 56-year-old man has died in a motorcycle crash on Highway 3 in Dunnville. Shortly after 5 this afternoon emergency personnel responded to a single vehicle crash on Highway 3 near Crown Road. OPP have determined the motorcycle was travelling eastbound when it left the roadway, ending up in the ditch on the south side of the roadway. The driver was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. OPP are continuing with their investigation and have not released the name of the driver.

(Meghan Spotswood)


Bayham Man Suffers Life Threatening Injuries From Accident

Monday, 26 June 2017 04:56 Megan
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A 19 year old Bayham man suffered life threatening injuries following an off road motorcycle accident.

Sunday evening, Norfolk County OPP responded to a single motorcycle collision at a Fairground Road address.

Investigation has determined that the 19 year old was operating an off road motorcycle westbound on Fairground Road when he lost control and was ejected from the bike.

He was air lifted to a London hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.

Investigation reveals he was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

(Meghan Spotswood)


Flood Watches Remain In Effect

Sunday, 25 June 2017 08:03 Megan
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Continued flooding in the Waterloo Region means that flood watches and warnings still remain in effect.

Water levels currently remain extremely high in the Grand River.

The Grand River Conservation Authority’s 5th flood message says warnings continue for Kitchener, Cambridge, New Hamburg and Brantford — and a flood watch remains in effect in Woolwich, St. Jacobs, Elmira and Ayr.

Highway 24 and Blair Road in Cambridge was closed yesterday due to flooding. Blair Road has since been re-opened, but there is no word yet on when Highway 24 will open up.

Trailer parks in in the Brant, Brantford and Haldimand County are using extra caution and trailers may need to be moved if necessary.

(Meghan Spotswood)


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