Minister to Cool Hot Housing Market

Tuesday, 28 March 2017 06:24 BD
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There will be measures taken in the upcoming provincial budget to cool off the red hot housing markets in Toronto and Hamilton.  Finance Minister Charles Sousa says people buying homes and properties to hold and flip rather than inhabitate are one of the leading causes for making housing unaffordable for first time buyers.  The Minister says there are many options available but has to ensure that any steps he takes will not have unfortunate consequences.  Sousa has not set a date for the budget yet, but it is expected to be tabled in the Provincial Legislature sometime in the coming weeks. (bd)


25 Cases of Caledonia Vandalism

Monday, 27 March 2017 08:27 BD
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Haldimand OPP are investigating 25 incidents of mischief on the weekend that involved painting profane language and pictures on cars, buildings, residences, road signs and mail boxes.  Police figure the vandalism took place in the early hours of Saturday morning.  The areas hit in Caledonia include Forfar West, Stirling, Fife West, Kinross and Selkirk.  Police want anyone with information to contact them or Crimestoppers, saying if you know something,  say something. (bd)


355 Ontario Youth Injured, Killed by Firearms Every Year

Monday, 27 March 2017 05:38 BD
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Immigrant or refugee children run a much greater risk of being shot intentionally or assaulted with a gun but Canadian born children have a higher chance of being unintentionally by a firearm.
A study released in the Canadian Medical Journal says a child in Ontario is injured almost every day by a gun.  The average is 355 firearm incidents a year and almost a one quarter of them result in death. Almost 75 percent were unintentional. The information was gathered by examining the hospital records of millions of Ontario children. The study found when it came to assaults or intentional shootings immigrants and refugees were at a much higher risk than non-immigrant children.  
The Canadian Paediatric Society has updated its suggestions for firearm safety.  The group notes that 635 children and youth under age 24 died between 2008 and 2012 from accidental and intentional gunshots, including those that were self-inflicted. (bd)


Team Canada Wins Curling Gold

Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:01 BD
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At the Women's World Curling Championships Rachel Homan's Team Canada ran the table and are coming home with Gold.  Their 8-3 win over Russia made them 13-0 for the tournament and gives them the championships.  Previously Homan's quartet had won silver. (bd)


Explosions Rock Tillsonburg

Sunday, 26 March 2017 13:59 BD
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Police are investigating after emergency crews were called just outside of Tillsonburg town limits for an explosion which was felt as far as 10 kilometres away.
Officers along with firefighters responded to complaints of an explosion near Zenda Line and Kellett Road where they say residents were using an explosive substance called tannerite for target practice with firearms. The explosion could felt throughout Tillsonburg and surrounding area and some citizens have reported minor property damage on social media due to dislodged objects in some homes.
OPP say the substance is legal depending on the amount used but are appealing to the public for anyone with property damage to contact Oxford OPP  so it can be further investigated. (bd)


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