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Union leaders speak to striking workers at ZF-TRW

ZF-TRW workers on the picket line for a second day

ZF-TRW workers remain on the picket line Saturday. Unifor Local 444 leaders were speaking to striking workers on the line. ZF-TRW is a feeder plant for the Windsor Assembly plant. The strike has forced the Windsor plant to cancel its production Saturday, affecting 6,000 employees there. It’s unknown if Sunday’s operation will be affected. Close to 300 ZF-TRW employees went on strike after 62 per cent of workers turned down a tentative agreement struck by Unifor Local 444 and the company. The tentative agreement included a $2 per hour wageRead More

B.C. government asks residents for feedback on oil spill prevention plans

Vancouver oil spill

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s government says it is moving to the next steps in defending provincial land and water from oil spills by getting public feedback on potential policies, even as one of its most controversial proposals heads to court. Environment Minister George Heyman says in a statement that British Columbians have a “personal connection” with the environment and need to have their voices heard about steps to protect land and water. The province is looking for input on four policy areas: response times for oil spills, geographic response plans,Read More

Local MPP hopeful invites Brown to help launch campaign

CTV Windsor Published Saturday, February 24, 2018 4:31PM EST Last Updated Saturday, February 24, 2018 6:04PM EST Patrick Brown joined a Windsor Tory provincial candidate as he opened a campaign office Saturday afternoon. Supporters of Mohammad Latif filled the office for the official grand opening. Many on hand were there to show support to the former Ontario PC leader. Despite the allegations of sexual misconduct and controversy surrounding Brown, the passion from his supporters remains strong. “First of all, I’m pretty confident he’s going to be our next leader,” saidRead More

Mexico hit by 7.2-magnitude earthquake: USGS

Mexico hit by 7.2-magnitude earthquake: USGS

The Associated Press Published Friday, February 16, 2018 6:58PM EST Last Updated Friday, February 16, 2018 7:49PM EST MEXICO CITY — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country’s capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago. Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City’s central Reforma Avenue in Mexico City as well as on streets in Oaxaca state’s capital, nearer the quake’s epicenter. “It was awful,” said Mercedes Rojas Huerta, 57, whoRead More

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dead at 46

Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan dead at 46

Jill Lawless, The Associated Press Published Monday, January 15, 2018 12:23PM EST Last Updated Monday, January 15, 2018 5:39PM EST LONDON — Dolores O’Riordan, whose urgent, powerful voice helped make Irish rock band The Cranberries a global success in the 1990s, died suddenly on Monday at a London hotel. She was 46. The singer’s publicist, Lindsey Holmes, confirmed she died in London, where she was recording, “No further details are available at this time,” Holmes said, adding that the singer’s family was “devastated” by the news. O’Riordan is survived byRead More

2 Koreas discuss Northern art troupe’s visit during Olympics

North Korea

Hyung-Jin Kim, The Associated Press Published Sunday, January 14, 2018 11:23PM EST SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — Officials from the two Koreas met Monday to work out details about North Korea’s plan to send an art troupe to the South during next month’s Winter Olympics, as the rivals tried to follow up on the North’s recent agreement to co-operate in the Games in a conciliatory gesture following months of nuclear tensions. In a development that still shows their bitter animosities, the North issued a veiled threat on Sunday indicating itRead More

At-risk youth arts program looking for new space

inntercity youth

A program that helps at-risk youth stay off the streets through art is looking for a new place to go. Ottawa Innercity Arts is a program run by Ottawa Innercity Ministries. They operate in a space in St Paul & St Peter’s Church on Metcalfe Street. “Most of the kids are leaving home because of domestic violence. As bad as the streets are – home is much, much worst,” says Executive Director Ken MacLaren. But the church needs to close off a section of the building for required construction. ItRead More

Potentially huge losses from future earthquakes in Eastern Canada: study

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Peter Rakobowchuk, The Canadian Press Published Saturday, January 13, 2018 8:24AM EST MONTREAL — While people in British Columbia are mindful of the fact they could eventually face some of the strongest earthquakes in the world, at least one study warns there’s a lack of awareness of the risk in Eastern Canada. One report released last summer predicts Montrealers could suffer $45 billion in economic losses if the city were to experience an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale. That’s the estimated strength of a tremor that hit MontrealRead More

Police investigating two suspicious house fires in Antigonish County

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Police are investigating a pair of suspicious house fires that happened in Antigonish County within five days of each other. Antigonish District RCMP say in the early hours of Monday and Friday, fire crews responded to two separate house fires. Police say the homes were abandoned and neither had power or a heat source. Both homes were fully engulfed when firefighters arrived on scene and were complete losses. There were no injuries in either fire. Police are asking property owners to regularly check abandoned properties to ensure they are secure, and to report suspiciousRead More

Weapons call prompts heavy police presence in Waterloo neighbourhood

Police presence

CTV Kitchener Published Thursday, January 11, 2018 9:46PM EST Last Updated Thursday, January 11, 2018 10:17PM EST Waterloo Regional Police were negotiating with a barricaded man in a Waterloo neighbourhood on Thursday evening. Police say they received a 911 call regarding weapons around 6 p.m. on Laurel Street and when they arrived a man had barricaded himself inside an apartment building. According to regional police, one person was taken to hospital with minor head injuries but it’s not clear how they were hurt. The emergency response team is on sceneRead More