Orono church robbed
Durham Regional Police report that the Orono United Church was broken into last week, sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. Suspects forced entry through a rear steel door, according to police. Loose cash and some electronics were taken.
Do Not Call List hits a nerve
Trying to block unsolicited phone calls on his home phone, according to Jim Richards, is as frustrating as receiving the calls. In an interview with the Times last week, Richards said he registered with the National Do Not Call List (NDCL) in 2013.
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Smoking ban under consideration
Clarington council is considering banning smoking within nine meters (29.5 ft) of any municipal building. A staff report recommending the ban was on Tuesday’s committee meeting agenda.
Don't call me, I'll call you
When you begin asking people about their experiences with unsolicited phone calls, they all have a story to tell.
More than a few people in town have established long term relationships with nuisance telemarketers.
While it is bothersome enough to run for the phone during the day, only to have the captain’s whistle go off in your ear, the phone ringing early in the morning or late at night is often associated with bad news of a personal nature. To be woken up by a phone call is troubling enough, but to be dealing with a duct cleaning sales person or a carpet cleaner at these hours adds insult to injury.
It should be noted, the majority of these unsolicited phone calls are made to land-line phones, the problem does not seem to extend to cell phones.
The persistence of complaints about unsolicited calls, led the federal government to establish their Do Not Call List (DNCL)which was launched in 2008. Telemarketers are required to register with the Do Not Call Registry, administered by the federal Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. They pay an annual fee to subscribe to the list and its updates. When the annual fee is paid, telemarketing companies have access to the Do Not Call List which they can download.
There is value to that list of legitimate phone numbers, and telemarketing firms have capitalized on it. By January 2009, six million Canadians registered to be on the DNCL thinking they would be free from unsolicited phone calls. The CRTC reports that as of March 2016 there are 13 million numbers on their DNCL. This response clearly indicates the need for a good do-not-call system. It also shows how much Canadians value privacy in their own homes.
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April 19th - Newcastle Horticultural Society, Spring Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., Canada’s 150th Birthday.
April 22nd - Free Compost Day, 8 a.m. - noon at the Clarington Operations Depot, 178 Darlington-Clarke Townline Rd.
April 24th - Midday Music, Classical Reflections at St. Andrews Church in Bowmanville, noon - 12:30 p.m.
April 26th - Lakeview Cemetery meeting for lot owners, 7 p.m. at the Newtonville Community Hall.
April 27th - Free child identification clinic at the Rebekah Hall, 124 Church St. N., Orono. 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
April 27th - Orono Horticultural Society, House Plant Show, 7:30 p.m. at Orono United Church.
April 29th - How-To in 10 minutes, 9 a.m - 1 p.m. at the Clarington Public Library, Bowmanville Branch
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