Oxford County Wins Landfill Appeal

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Good news for Oxford County.

Following 3 days of testimony, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal, formerly the Ontario Municipal Board, has approved a settlement in an appeal by the Walker Environmental Group.

It preserved ground breaking new policies to control landfill development in the county.

One, it maintains policies which discourage the establishment of new landfills within the county that are not primarily intended to meet the waste disposal needs of county residents and businesses.

And two, it sets a rigorous new set of planning criteria for evaluating proposals for new landfills seeking to locate in the county.

Walker was seeking to establish a huge landfill for Toronto garbage at the Carmuse quarry in Beachville.



$30,000 Theft Suspect Arrested

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A Norfolk man has been charged in a $30,000 theft investigation.  Norfolk OPP was called the morning of April 9, after a break-in, in Houghton. The caller had found a trailer that had been reported stolen. Officers showed up and found not only the trailer, but also about $30,000 worth of stolen property.
Then on Tuesday, the Norfolk/Haldimand Community Street Crime Unit arrested a suspect.  A 20-year-old Norfolk County man faces charges including: two counts of theft; and three counts of possession of property obtained by crime.

He will be in the Ontario Court of Justice, Simcoe.



Truck Narrowly Misses Kids at Crosswalk

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Thankfully nobody was injured after a scary incident in Delhi this week.

Tuesday afternoon, a group of children were about to cross Talbot Road at a crosswalk when a white pick-up truck blew past, failing to stop.

It happened just after 4:30 pm between Big Creek Drive and Western Avenue.

Witnesses say the truck continued westbound on Highway 3 at a high rate of speed.

Norfolk OPP are hoping the public can help provide more information.



Closed Road Wreck

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Road closed signs aren't just a suggestion.

Huron County OPP are lamenting drivers who fail to obey the signs after seeing a number of incidences where the motorist then gets into a dangerous situation.

Take, for example the case of a 22 year old Huron East man.

Early Tuesday morning, he disregarded a road closed sign on Airport Line near Dashwood Road in Bluewater. The road was closed because a large tree had fallen bringing hydro lines with it.  The man found that out when his brand new car met the tree head on, totaling the vehicle.

He escaped injury but not a careless driving charge and a charge for driving on a closed highway.



Thursday results

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(All times Eastern)

NHL Playoffs

First Round

Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m.

(Bruins lead series 2-1)

Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

(Blue Jackets lead series 2-1)



Lakefield at Stayner, 8:10 p.m.

(Best-of-seven semifinal tied 3-3)


AHL Playoffs

First Round

Ontario at Texas, 8 p.m.

(First game best-of-five series)

Tucson at San Jose, 7 p.m.

(First game best-of-five series)


NBA Playoffs

First Round

Philadelphia at Miami, 7 p.m.

(Series tied 1-1)

Portland at New Orleans, 9 p.m.

(Pelicans lead series 2-0)

Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m.

(Warriors lead series 2-0)


National Basketball League of Canada

Moncton at Halifax, 6 p.m.

(First game of best-of-seven division final)

St. John's at London, 7 p.m.

(London leads best-of-seven division final 1-0)



American League

Baltimore (Cobb 0-1) at Detroit (Zimmermann 0-0), 1:10 p.m.

Houston (Morton 2-0) at Seattle (Gonzales 1-1), 3:40 p.m.

Toronto (Sanchez 1-1) at N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia 0-0), 6:35 p.m.

Boston (Rodriguez 1-0) at L.A. Angels (Tropeano 1-0), 10:07 p.m.

National League

St. Louis (TBD) at Chicago Cubs (TBD), 2:20 p.m.

Pittsburgh (Taillon 2-0) at Philadelphia (Arrieta 1-0), 7:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets (Harvey 0-1) at Atlanta (Sanchez 1-0), 7:35 p.m.

Miami (Peters 2-1) at Milwaukee (Anderson 1-1), 8:10 p.m.

San Francisco (Blach 1-2) at Arizona (Greinke 1-1), 9:40 p.m.


Thursday Morning Environment Canada Forecast

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Today Mainly cloudy with 30 percent chance of flurries. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50. High plus 3. UV index 6 or high.
Tonight Mainly cloudy. Clearing after midnight. Wind northwest 30 km/h gusting to 50 becoming light this evening. Low minus 4.
Fri, 20 Apr Sunny. Wind becoming northwest 20 km/h in the morning. High 7.
Night Clear. Low minus 5.
Sat, 21 Apr Sunny. High 10.
Night Clear. Low minus 2.
Sun, 22 Apr Sunny. High 12.
Night Clear. Low plus 2.
Mon, 23 Apr Sunny. High 15.
Night Cloudy periods. Low plus 5.
Tue, 24 Apr A mix of sun and cloud. High 14.
Night Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 8.
Wed, 25 Apr Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 13.

Normals: Max 14°C. Min C.


National Pun Day in honour of St. Thomas resident Mark Bottineau

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He lived for puns, especially those you would call real groaners. And now Mark Bottineau is being remembered through puns. Family and friends are looking to establish April 19th as National Pun Day in Canada. That day is not only his birthday, Bottineau died April 19th of last year, eight months after the St. Thomas resident was diagnosed with cancer. Mark became synonymous with puns at a really, really difficult time in his life, explains Tara McCaulley. In true Mark style, he provided laughter, love and hope to his family and friends during his short battle with cancer, adds McCaulley. They have a website at and a Facebook page at the mark bottineau pun of the day, where sample groaners are posted daily. McCaulley and family members are asking people to share joy and laughter on April 19th by posting a favourite pun on Instagram, Ttwitter, Facebook or whatever social media vehicle you use. You can add #nationalpunday.


Talks Resume for Windsor Casino Workers

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Bargaining is scheduled to resume today in an effort to end a 13 day strike at the Caesars Windsor hotel-casino in southwestern Ontario.

Some 2,300 workers walked off the job April 6 after rejecting a tentative agreement by a vote of 59 per cent.

Unifor Local 444 had endorsed the agreement, which had been reached just minutes before a strike deadline.

The striking workers include dealers, cooks, housekeepers and janitors who had voted more than 98 per cent last month in favour of a strike to support their contract demands.

Wages and working conditions are the key issues in the dispute.

Because of the ongoing strike, Caesars Windsor has cancelled all events through April, including Colosseum shows, conventions and hotel reservations.

(The Canadian Press)


Hosptial Workers to Rally Today inc. Tillsonburg

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Health care workers employed at hospitals across the province plan to rally today to demand respect and fairness in negotiations with the Ontario Hospital Association.

Today's rallies in front of hospitals and health centres have been organized jointly by Unifor, the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and SEIU Healthcare.

Unifor says it's holding rallies in nine cities, including Belleville, Elliot Lake, Fergus, Kitchener, Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Tillsonburg, Wawa and Windsor.

The unions represent 75,000 personal support workers, porters, administrative staff and dietary, cleaning and trades staff at 160 public hospitals in Ontario.

(The Canadian Press)


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