Month: January 2018

Pooch patrol coming to New Tecumseth

You’ve got to get a license for your dog. The powers that be, in New Tecumseth, insist upon it. Starting on Jan. 29 and continuing for several weeks, town representatives will be going home-to-home to remind people that the furriest member of their family must be made official and a license must be purchased annually. Along with DocuPet, a municipal dog licensing company, the awareness program is intended to remind residents of the town’s municipal by-law. The canvassers won’t be checking collars, but they will be dropping off information detailing the program between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. They...

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County support critical for Stevenson Memorial Hospital

When it comes to meeting the needs of a growing community, a helping hand goes a long way. The County of Simcoe, through the Simcoe County Hospital Alliance, presented the Stevenson Memorial Hospital with a cheque for more than $100,000 on Jan. 25, the final installment in their 10-year commitment to the Alliston health centre. The decade-long funding, in total $1.15 million, allowed the local hospital to purchase a state-of-the-art CT (computed tomography) scanner in 2009. The vital piece of equipment allows the user to see inside the object without cutting. In the past year alone, with the CT...

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Patrick Brown resigns as Ontario PC leader

In a statement, issued Jan. 25, Patrick Brown resigned as leader of the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party amid accusations of sexual assault. “These allegations are false and have been difficult to hear,” he said. “However, defeating Kathleen Wynne in 2018 is more important than one individual.” The accusations came to light during a CTV News broadcast on Jan. 24. In a hastily arranged news conference held just before the broadcast, Brown denied the claims. “I want to say, these allegations are false. Every one of them,” he said. “I will defend myself as hard as I can, with all...

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South Simcoe police charge Toronto man with sex-trade offences

South Simcoe police have released the name and photo of a suspect in a sex trafficking case. Normally, police do not release names until there is a conviction in court. Moses Gregory, 21, of Toronto was arrested in Newmarket Jan. 19 following an investigation by South Simcoe detectives. “We are concerned Gregory may be actively recruiting young women for the sex trade business and are releasing his name and picture to encourage victims or witnesses to come forward with information,” said Staff-Sgt. Steve Wilson, in a media release. In all, Gregory is facing 10 charges, including advertising sexual services,...

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Honda Canada Foundation donates $62,500 to RVH

Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) received a $62,500 donation from the Honda Canada Foundation, in support of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Program. “The Honda Canada Foundation understands the urgent need for care closer to home for children and youth in the region,” said John Byles, RVH Foundation chair. “The gift will directly impact youth in our region who need acute mental health care.” The unit features eight inpatient beds, a child and youth-friendly décor and a day program so kids can get the help they need and return home at night. Child and...

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