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Pressure to Get Boundary Deal Done

Friday, 13 October 2017 07:10 MH
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Oxford County builders say that unless boundary adjustments happen there will be jobs lost in the county.  More than 100 people attended a meeting that put local politicians on the hotseat urging them to get the deals done so more homes can be built.  The Audience was told that some discussions have stalled, especially between Woodstock and South-West Oxford that would add land to the southwest corner of the city.  A proposed deal between East Zorra Tavistock and Woodstock was scuttled when 3 members of E.Z.T. council voted against taking the proposal to a public meeting.  At the end, the crowd urged the parties to get back to the negotiating table where possible and to strike deals that would protect hundreds of jobs in the area.

(MH)


 

Thousands Expected in Port Dover

Friday, 13 October 2017 07:06 MH
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Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to converge on Port Dover today for Friday the 13th.

The tradition goes back to November of 1981 when Port Dover motorcycle shop owners got together on Friday the 13th.

The events have drawn in excess of 100,000 people in recent years and is a major source of income for Port Dover businesses.

Norfolk County Provincial Police say they're preparing for around 80,000 celebrants and will be there to ensure safety and to help with traffic. There are a number of road

closures around Port Dover today to help keep things safe.

Motorists are being asked to keep an extra eye out for motorcycles today, check your blind-spots carefully and leave the riders lots of space.

(MH)

 

Spending in Canadian Auto Sector Cut in Half

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:52 MH
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A new report says capital investment in the Canadian auto assembly sector since the financial crisis has been nearly cut in half compared with the period before the downturn.

DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says that capital spending has averaged $1.2 billion a year for 2010-17, down from $2.3 billion annually on average from 2000 through 2009.

Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler all pledged to invest hundreds of millions in their Canadian operations as part of their agreements with the union.

Meanwhile, Unifor members remain on strike at GM's CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, where the union is seeking to have the location designated the lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox.

(The Canadian Press)

 

Sutherland Saga Continues

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:49 MH
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The latest attempt by St. Thomas to tear down a derelict building in the city core may be on hold once again. Demolition of the Sutherland Press building, scheduled to start next week, is the subject of a court of appeal hearing today in Toronto. It's the third time in nearly a decade owner David McGee has filed an appeal to halt demolition of the building dating back to 1913. In 2008 and 2016, McGee successfully obtained a court injunction to halt the city from levelling the four-storey structure. Earlier this summer, Justice Peter Hockin upheld a pair of city work orders, in essence confirming the building was in an unsafe condition, clearing the way for demolition.

(IM)

 

2nd ATM Theft in Brantford

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:41 MH
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Thieves have stolen an ATM machine in the Brantford area for the second time in exactly one week

The latest incident occurred in the early morning hours Tuesday.  Police responded to an alarm at Lynden Park Mall. When officers arrived they discovered an ATM had been taken from the front hall area. The culprits smashed the glass doors to gain entry.

Last Tuesday, thieves ripped an ATM from the front lobby of the Stop 53 Restaurant on Colbourn Street, just outside of Brantford.

So far, no further details have been released. Police are asking for anyone with information to step forward.

(MH)

 

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