Oxford County is promoting high-performance rail proposal

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Oxford County staff will bring forward a report Wednesday seeking approval for the county to take the lead in advancing a proposal for an integrated high-performance public transportation system for southwestern Ontario. The Southwestlynx proposal, developed by On Track Strategies for Oxford County, puts forward a transportation connection to Toronto that optimizes existing rail corridors. This approach, known as high-performance rail, is more cost-effective, practical and implementable than the current high-speed rail proposal. A Southwestlynx service would also integrate inter-community bus service to improve transportation links for people living in smaller communities.


Oxford County seeking to establish a sustainability cluster in Woodstock

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Oxford County council will be asked to approve $200,000 from the county’s reserves at its next meeting Wednesday for a capital funding campaign to support a proposed “sustainability cluster” in Courthouse Square in Woodstock. The centre would offer space for research, business, entrepreneurs, social enterprise and other initiatives that promote sustainable industries in Oxford. A report by Impact Consulting indicates there is interest in the community, but estimated costs to establish the centre could reach $10 million. The requested funds will be used to undertake a capital funding campaign to secure financing for the project.


Sunday results

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(All Times Eastern)

World Cup

At Nizhny, Russia

England 6 Panama 1 

At Yekaterinburg, Russia

Japan 2 Senegal 2

At Kazan, Russia

Poland 0 Colombia 1 (2nd)



American League

Boston 5 Seattle 0

Cleveland 12 Detroit 2

Tampa Bay 7 N.Y. Yankees 6, 12 innings

Houston 11 Kansas City 3

Chicago White Sox 10 Oakland 3

Minnesota 2 Texas 0

Toronto 7 L.A. Angels 6, 10 innings

National League

Cincinnati 8 Chicago Cubs 6

L.A. Dodgers 8 N.Y. Mets 7, 11 innings

Arizona 3 Pittsburgh 0 

St. Louis 8 Milwaukee 2 

Miami 8 Colorado 5 (7th)

San Francisco 3 San Diego 2, 11 innings

Philadelphia (Pivetta 4-6) at Washington (Rodriguez 0-0), 8:05 p.m.


Atlanta  7 Baltimore 3


Intercounty Baseball League

Brantford at London, ppd.

Kitchener at Toronto, ppd.

Guelph at Barrie, 7 p.m.



Portland 1 Atlanta United FC 1

Toronto FC 1 New York City FC 2


Sunday Morning Environment Canada Forecast

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Today Showers at times heavy with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h this morning. High 21. Humidex 26. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Clearing this evening. Low 13.
Mon, 25 Jun Sunny. High 22. UV index 8 or very high.
Night Clear. Low 10.
Tue, 26 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 25.
Night Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 18.
Wed, 27 Jun Cloudy with 70 percent chance of showers. High 24.
Night Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 18.
Thu, 28 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 28.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 20.
Fri, 29 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 32.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 23.
Sat, 30 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 32.

Normals: Max 26°C. Min 14°C.


Saturday results

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World Cup

At Moscow

Belgium 5 Tunisia 2

At Rostov Russia

Mexico 2 South Korea 1

At Sochi Russia

Germany 2 Sweden 1



Calgary 41 Toronto 7



American League

Toronto 7 L.A. Angels 6, 10 innings

Oakland 7 Chicago White Sox 6

Texas 9 Minnesota 6

Tampa Bay 4 N.Y. Yankees 0

Cleveland 4 Detroit 1

Seattle 7 Boston 2

Houston 4 Kansas City 3 (12 innings)

National League

Miami 6 Colorado 2

Arizona 7 Pittsburgh 2

Philadelphia 5 Washington 3

San Francisco 5 San Diego 3

Cincinnati 11 Chicago Cubs 2

St. Louis 3 Milwaukee 2

L.A. Dodgers 8 N.Y. Mets 3


Baltimore 7 Atlanta 5


Toronto at Burlington, ppd.
London 9 Barrie 2 
Kitchener at Guelph, ppd.



Montreal 2 Orlando City 0

Philadelphia 4 Vancouver 0

New York 3 FC Dallas 0

Sporting Kansas City 3 Houston 2

Colorado 3 Minnesota United 2

Chicago 1 Seattle 1

San Jose 1 Real Salt Lake 1

Los Angeles FC 2 Columbus 0



Saturday afternoon Environment Canada forecast

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Today Showers with risk of a thunderstorm. Wind east 20 km/h. High 21. Humidex 27. UV index 3 or moderate.
Tonight Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Risk of a thunderstorm early this evening. Wind east 20 km/h becoming light this evening. Low 16.
Sun, 24 Jun Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind becoming northeast 20 km/h in the morning. High 21. Humidex 26. UV index 5 or moderate.
Night Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 12.
Mon, 25 Jun Sunny. High 24.
Night Clear. Low 11.
Tue, 26 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 24.
Night Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Low 19.
Wed, 27 Jun Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 25.
Night Cloudy periods with 40 percent chance of showers. Low 19.
Thu, 28 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 28.
Night Cloudy periods. Low 20.
Fri, 29 Jun A mix of sun and cloud. High 29.

Normals: Max 26°C. Min 14°C.


Friday's Scores, Saturday's Schedule

Randy Owen
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Friday's Games (All Times Eastern)
World Cup (3)
At St. Petersburg, Russia
-Brazil 2  Costa Rica 0
At Volgograd, Russia
-Nigeria 2  Iceland 0
At Kalinigrad, Russia
-Switzerland 2  Serbia 1
CFL (2)
-Hamilton 38  Edmonton 21
     The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have their first win of the C-F-L season.  Jeremiah Masoli threw three touchdowns as the Ticats beat the Edmonton Eskimos 38-21.
-Winnipeg 56  Montreal 10
     Winnipeg quarterback Chris Streveler threw three touchdowns and ran in another to lead the Blue Bombers in a 56-10 thrashing of the Alouettes in Montreal.
MLB (16)
American League (8)
-L.A. Angels 2  Toronto 1
     Andrew Heaney won the pitching battle in L-A.  He pitched seven solid innings in another quality start, leading the Los Angeles Angels to a 2-1 win over the Blue Jays.  Toronto's offence didn't do much to help out Marco Estrada.  He had a fine start, too, allowing just two earned runs and three hits in seven innings and struck out seven.
-Cleveland 10  Detroit 0
-Boston 14  Seattle 10
-Tampa Bay 2  N.Y. Yankees 1
-Oakland 11  Chicago White Sox 2 (1st game)
-Chicago White Sox 6  Oakland 4 (2nd game)
-Kansas City 1  Houston 0
-Texas 8  Minnesota 1
National League (7)
-Arizona 2  Pittsburgh 1 (13 innings)
-Philadelphia 12  Washington 2
-Cincinnati 6  Chicago Cubs 3
-L.A. Dodgers 5  N.Y. Mets 2
-Milwaukee 2  St. Louis 1
-Colorado 11  Miami 3
-San Diego 6  San Francisco 2
Interleague (1)
-Baltimore 10  Atlanta 7 (15 innings)
-Guelph at London, cancelled
-Burlington at Brantford, cancelled
-Hamilton 8  Toronto 4
     Weather cancelled two of the three games on last night's Intercounty Baseball schedule.  The affected games, Guelph at London and Burlington at Brantford, will be made up at a later date yet to be determined.  Toronto and Hamilton, playing in Welland, completed their game with the Cardinals doubling Toronto 8-4.  Hamilton ran away from a 4-all tie early in the game with a 3-run fifth innning and added another run in the seventh.
Saturday's Games (All times Eastern)
World Cup (3)
At Moscow
-Belgium vs. Tunisia, 8am
At Rostov, Russia
-South Korea vs. Mexico, 11am
At Sochi, Russia
-Germany vs. Sweden, 2pm
MLB (15)
American League (7)
-Oakland at Chicago White Sox, 2:10pm
-Texas at Minnesota, 2:10pm
-N.Y. Yankees at Tampa Bay, 4:10pm
-Detroit at Cleveland, 6:10pm
-Kansas City at Houston, 7:15pm
-Seattle at Boston, 7:15pm
-Toronto at L.A. Angels, 9:07pm
National League (7)
-Miami at Colorado, 3:10pm
-Arizona at Pittsburgh, 4:05pm
-Philadelphia at Washington, 4:05pm
-San Diego at San Francisco, 4:05pm
-Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati, 4:10pm
-St. Louis at Milwaukee, 4:10pm
-L.A. Dodgers at N.Y. Mets, 7:15pm
Interleague (1)
-Baltimore at Atlanta, 4:10pm
-Toronto at Burlington, 1:05pm
-London at Barrie, 2pm
-Kitchener at Guelph, 7:30pm
MLS (8)
-Vancouver at Philadelphia, 5pm
-FC Dallas at New York, 6pm
-Montreal at Orlando City, 7:30pm
-Houston at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30pm
-Minnesota United at Colorado, 9pm
-Chicago at Seattle, 10pm
-San Jose at Real Salt Lake, 10pm
-Columbus at Los Angeles FC, 10:30pm
Roberto Osuna will remain off the field until August 4th.  M-L-B suspended the Blue Jays closer for 75 games for violating the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse policy.  M-L-B says the suspension is retroactive to May 8th.  The league says Osuna has agreed not to appeal the suspension.
The Maple Leafs selected Rasmus Sandin (san-DEEN') with the 29th overall pick the N-H-L draft.  The pick was acquired in a trade with St. Louis earlier in the night.  Toronto swapped the 25th overall selection for Number 29 and Number 76.  Rasmus Dahlin (dah-LEEN') went first overall to the Buffalo Sabres.  He's the first Swedish player since Mats Sundin in 1989 to be picked first in the draft.
Brady Tkachuk (kah-CHUCK') is heading to Ottawa.  The son of former N-H-Ler Keith Tkachuk and brother of Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk was chosen fourth overall by the Senators at the N-H-L draft.  Ottawa also had the 26th pick and used it on Jacob Bernard-Docker.  Montreal picked Jesperi Kotkaniemi (kot-kan-YEM'-ee) third overall, Vancouver went with Quintin Hughes at seven and Edmonton chose Evan Bouchard 10th.
Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly has been released from a New York City hospital a day after having surgery to prepare for permanent dentures for his reconstructed upper jaw.  Mount Sinai West said in a statement that the procedure went well.  Kelly had surgery to have cancer removed from his jaw in March.
Teenager R.J. Barrett scored 16 points and had a pair of assists in his first game with the national men's basketball team as Canada defeated a team from China 97-62 in the opening game of the Pacific Rim Basketball Classic in Vancouver.  There were some questions about how Barrett would adapt to playing against bigger and stronger senior players, but the game had barely started before the 18-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., showed the crowd at Rogers Arena he belonged on the court.  On the opening possession the six-foot-seven guard moved the ball down the crowd, drove the basketball and scored on a falling layup.  Later in the quarter he had the fans on their feet with a two-handed dunk on a fast break.  After attending high school in Florida, Barrett will play NCAA basketball at Duke University this year and there already is speculation he could be the top pick in the 2019 NBA draft.

Ford to Stick With Lib. Pot Plan, For Now

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Premier-designate Doug Ford says he'll be consulting with municipalities, stakeholders and his caucus before deciding whether to change the plan the outgoing Liberals laid out for the sale of marijuana.

The New Democrats, who had criticized the Liberal plan, are calling on Ford to show Ontario a plan that fixes the one the Liberals messed up.

The N-D-P says it'll push for a legal cannabis sales plan that promotes social responsibility and community safety, while effectively ending demand for illegal sales.

The federal government announced this week that Canadians will be able to legally purchase recreational marijuana starting on October 17th.

(The Canadian Press)


401 Closure Overnight Saturday

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The Ministry of Transportation is advising motorists the 401 will be closed overnight in both directions beginning Saturday night at 10:00pm.

It's to facilitate the demolition of the Mill Road bridge.

Traffic will be rerouted along Iona Road, Talbot Line and Colonel Talbot Road with the OPP assisting traffic at intersections.

Motorists are being told to expect delays.

The highway will reopen Sunday morning at 8am.



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