Feds Invest in Hazelnut Production

Thursday, 12 October 2017 06:39 MH
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A federal government investment rolled out yesterday will help launch hazelnut farming in Ontario.  At the Simcoe Research Station, London North MP Peter Fragiskatos announced $492,000 in funding to the Ontario Hazelnut Association to be used to develop orchard management practices to enhance early development of hazelnut trees. The project is a partnership between the University of Guelph and Ferraro Canada.  Ferraro spokesperson Barb Yates says the company – known for Ferraro-Rocher chocolate and Nutella – currently sources most of its hazelnuts from Turkey.  Local producers would have a significant impact on the need to import, says Yates.  She adds, the company would welcome a chance to use locally grown hazelnuts at its production facility in Brantford.

The goal is to establish 10,000 hectares of hazelnut production in the province by 2027.



Brantford Police Hunt Assault Suspect

Thursday, 12 October 2017 04:01 MH
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Brantford police are investigating an assault in Shallow Creek Park.

A woman reports she was sitting in the park waiting for friends when she was approached by an unknown man. They engaged in conversation, she became uneasy and attempted to leave. He followed, engaged her again, asked for a lighter then punched the woman in the arm. The woman left the area and called police.

He is described as white in his 30's around 5 foot 10. He short dark hair, shaved on the sides. He was wearing a grey hoodie with a red shirt, jeans and red running shoes.

Please contact Brantford Police if you have any information.


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Canada Wide Warrant Issued

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:51 MH
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The OPP's repeat offender parole unit has issued a Canada wide warrant for Andrew Stockwell who is wanted for breaching parole.

Stockwell is described as white, 28 years old, 6-2, 160 lbs, with brown hair and eyes.

He is serving a two year sentence for restricted weapon and ammunition possession and drug possession. He is known to frequent Waterloo Region, the Greater Toronto Area and South Bruce Peninsula.

Contact police if you know the whereabouts of Andrew Stockwell.




Sears Gives Up The Ghost

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:38 MH
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Sears Canada Inc. is applying for court approval to liquidate all of its remaining stores and assets after failing to find a buyer that would allow it to continue as a going concern.

The retailer has been operating under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act since June.

The court overseeing Sears Canada's operations is expected to hear a motion Friday seeking approval for the liquidation and wind down of the business.

The company wants to start the liquidation sales no later than Oct. 19 and expects them to continue for 10 to 14 weeks.

Sears Canada says it regrets the pending outcome and the resulting loss of jobs and store closures.

(The Canadian Press)


Ontario College Faculty Set to Strike Monday

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 07:33 MH
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The union representing faculty at Ontario's 24 public colleges has set a strike deadline of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 16.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union said in a news release late Tuesday that the date was set after the College Employer Council walked away from the bargaining table.

J.P. Hornick, the chairman of the OPSEU bargaining team, says the employer again refused to consider key issues in the ongoing dispute.

He says the goal of setting a strike deadline “is to get negotiations moving before it's too late.”

OPSEU, which represents more than 12,000 employees in the college system, has said the key issues include giving faculty and students more of a voice in academic decisions and what it calls the “ongoing exploitation of contract faculty.”

Hornick says the employer “is not moving forward on the issues faculty care about most - even in the case of no-cost items like academic freedom or longer contracts for contract faculty.”

(The Canadian Press)


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