March is Fraud Prevention Month

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 09:15 MH
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March is fraud prevention month. Oxford OPP say recognizing a scam is the key to crime prevention.
Especially during tax season, fraudsters are calling consumers impersonating the Canada Revenue Agency. They say an audit has found discrepancies and they demand money, threatening fines, jail, or deportation. Fraudsters request payment by money service business, pre‐paid cards, gift cards or bitcoin. CRA does not do any of these things!
In another scam, consumers receive an email or text that CRA has a refund for them. It links to a fake CRA site where consumers are asked for personal information such as social insurance number, date of birth and banking information. This often leads to identity theft. CRA does not do this!
Contact the CRA directly to confirm you owe back taxes or are entitled to a refund. Never provide personal information over the telephone, by text or email.

If you've shared personal information, contact Equifax and Trans Union to place fraud alerts on your account. If you've shared banking information with the scammers, contact your financial institution to place alerts on your account.



Six Nations Weapons Incident

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 08:57 MH
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An elementary school on Six Nations was closed yesterday as police investigate a weapons complaint.

On Sunday, Six Nations Police say a group of citizens were protesting outside a house on Cayuga Road because of suspected drug activity.  At one point, protestors say someone from inside the home confronted the group with a firearm.

Police say no shots were fired.

As of last night, police say they would be maintaining a presence at the property and Cayuga Road was closed between 5th and 6th Line.



Strathroy-Caradoc Passes 2018 Budget

Wednesday, 07 March 2018 08:52 MH
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Strathroy-Caradoc council has approved a $37.2 million budget for 2018.

The impact of the budget on individual taxpayers will vary depending on the value of their property but, on a home with an assessed value of $213,000, and assuming there has been no change in that value from last year, the 2.42% increase means an addition of $34.91 in municipal taxation.

Strathroy-Caradoc’s tax rate remains among the lowest in comparable municipalities across Southern Ontario.

Along with funding normal municipal operations, this year’s operating budget also includes a special $100,000 grant to Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital to help pay for new 3D Laparoscopic equipment. This is the second of a two-year commitment made by council. Any future donations to the hospital will be decided on by a future councils.



Ontario "Pay Transparency" Bill Expected Today

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 09:30 MH
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Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne is expected to announce new legislation today aimed at closing the wage gap between men and women.

If it passes, the “pay transparency” bill would require all job postings to include a salary rate or range.

It would also ban employers from asking about past compensation, and prohibit reprisals against employees who discuss or disclose their pay.

The bill would also require large employers to track and report to the government any wage gaps related to gender and other diversity characteristics.

The government says it will spend up to 50-million dollars over the next three years on the initiative.

(The Canadian Press)


London Man Stranded in Mexico Dies in Canada

Tuesday, 06 March 2018 09:28 MH
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A London man who was seriously injured in Mexico but couldn't return home due a shortage of hospital beds in Ontario has died.

Seventy-one-year-old Stuart Cline suffered extensive internal bleeding in a fall but even though he was medically cleared to fly home three days later, he had to remain in Mexico for five days because his family was told there were no available intensive care unit beds at a London hospital.

Cline was transported back to Canada last Thursday and died on Saturday.

His family turned to London West M-P-P Peggy Sattler as part of their efforts to get him home and she said on social media yesterday that she's haunted by the question of whether he'd still be with his family if he had been able to return home when he was cleared for travel.

(The Canadian Press)


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