Tragically Hip Frontman Passes Away

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 07:52 MH
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In a release on their Facebook page, The Tragically Hip say front man Gord Downie passed away last night with his family by his side.

The letter says "Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived."

Downie was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor in May of 2016.  The band then embarked on a county wide farewell tour that culminated in a legendary performance in their hometown of Kingston that was broadcast live on the CBC.

Gord Downie was 53.


Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie dead at age 53

By David Friend

Gord Downie, the poetic lead singer of the Tragically Hip whose determined fight with brain cancer inspired a nation, has died. He was 53.

Downie died Tuesday night “with his beloved children and family close by,” the band said in a statement on its website Wednesday morning.

In the wake of his diagnosis with glioblastoma - an incurable form of cancer - the musician became a symbol of perseverance in the face of his mortality.

“Gord knew this day was coming - his response was to spend this precious time as he always had - making music, making memories and expressing deep gratitude to his family and friends for a life well lived, often sealing it with a kiss … on the lips,” the statement said.

Downie spent the last chapter of his life raising funds for brain cancer research and advocating for the rights of Canada's Indigenous Peoples.

“Gord said he had lived many lives,” the band said. “As a musician, he lived 'the life' for over 30 years, lucky to do most of it with his high school buddies. At home, he worked just as tirelessly at being a good father, son, brother, husband and friend. No one worked harder on every part of their life than Gord. No one.”

One of the country's most revered singer-songwriters, Downie penned a steady stream of 1990s rock radio staples including “New Orleans Is Sinking,” “Blow at High Dough,” “Courage,” “Ahead By a Century” and “Bobcaygeon.”

The country was shocked when Downie revealed his terminal cancer diagnosis in May 2016. The band's subsequent tour sold out nearly immediately.

(The Canadian Press)


Nobel Peace Prize Awarded To Anti-Nuke Group

Friday, 06 October 2017 06:26 MH
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The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons has won the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Norwegian Nobel Committee honoured the Geneva-based group “for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for its ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons.”

The statement, read by committee chairwoman Berit Reiss-Andersen, said that “through its inspiring and innovative support for the U.N. negotiations on a treaty banning nuclear weapons, ICAN has played a major part in bringing about what in our day and age is equivalent to an international peace congress.”

Asked by journalists whether the prize was essentially symbolic, given that no international measures against nuclear weapons have been reached, Reiss-Andersen said that “what will not have an impact is being passive.”

(The Associated Press)


Firestone Woodstock Closing

Wednesday, 04 October 2017 09:22 MH
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And the hits keep coming to local manufacturers.

Employees at the Firestone plant in Woodstock were informed the facility will be closing next year in a 10 minute emergence meeting this morning.

In a press release, the parent company of Firestone Woodstock; Bridgestone America's Incorporated CEO Bill Thompson, offered the old chestnut about increased global competition and difficult market conditions as the contributing factors to the closing.

The release goes on to say in addition to severance packages, the company will work with the union to figure out how best to support the 35 salaried and 135 hourly workers affected.

The closure will take place in phases with the first round coming December 31st with operations completely ceasing in the back half of 2018.

The Woodstock plant has been in operation since 1936.



50 Dead as Gunman Opens Fire on Las Vagas Strip

Monday, 02 October 2017 07:08 MH
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A Nevada sheriff says the death toll has climbed to 50 in the attack on a Las Vegas concert Sunday, making it the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Clark County Sheriff Joseph Lombardo says more than 200 people were wounded at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Strip.

Authorities have identified the suspected gunman as Nevada resident Stephen Paddock.

Lombardo says officers confronted Paddock on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino across the street from the concert. Paddock is dead.

Authorities say they have located 62-year-old Marilou Danley, who was wanted as a person of interest in this incident.

The dead gunman is also believed to have checked in as a hotel guest.

(The Associated Press)


Ontario Invests in Tillsonburg Jobs

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 09:26 MH
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It's a major jobs announcement for Tillsonburg after a summer of area job losses.

With the support of the Southwestern Ontario Economic Development Fund, the government is investing nearly $2.4 million in four Tillsonburg companies which will

create 198 new positions.

Metal stamping and assembly company Marwood Metal will expand its production capacity with new equipment thanks to $1.5 million from the fund. The company plans to invest $16 million of its own in the expansion which is expected to be completed by August of 2019 and add an additional 55 jobs while retaining 343 existing positions.

Inovata foods will receive just over $387 thousand to be added to the companies $3.9 million investment. 70 new jobs will be created at its Spruce Street manufacturing plant while 161 current employees will maintain their jobs.

Voth Sales and Service will add over $485 thousand from the Development Fund to its investment of $5.1 million to create 23 new jobs at its facility on Norfolk County Road 30. 38 current jobs will be retained.

And Fleetwood Metal has purchased new metal stamping equipment to expand its operation. The government has invested $516 thousand and the company will add an additional 50 positions.

In July, it was announced the Siemans Wind Turbine Manufactruing plant would be closing at a cost of 340 jobs. Today's announcement is welcome news for Tillsonburg.



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