Regional Chair Anderson passed away
Days after Durham regional council authorized his absence, chair Roger Anderson passed away.
Support for slots up in the air
After a lengthy discussion on whether or not to support the quarter horse industry in Durham, regional councillors put off making a decision until their next meeting.
Gun amnesty begins April 1st
April is gun amnesty month for police in Ontario.
The gun amnesty is for Ontario residents who wish to voluntarily surrender unwanted or illegally-owned firearms, weapons, accessories or ammunition.
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Funding boost for hospitals
The Ontario government is investing an additional $11.94 million in Durham hospitals, according to an announcement made on Friday.
Woo walking away from municipal politics
After his mandate ends on November 30, Regional Councillor Willie Woo says he is going to take December off to spend time with his family. “I am going to spend time like I haven’t been able to in the past,” Woo told the Orono Times reporter. Though he would not say what his future plans are, Woo said after December he will be shifting gears and changing direction.
Top earners make Sunshine List
Ninty-nine Clarington municipal staff are among the more than 130,000 names on the 2017 Ontario Sunshine List.
Big shoes to fill
This time next year things will be very different for us on the political leadership front.
Regional Councillor Willie Woo surprised us all by announcing last week that he would not be seeking re-election in this October’s municipal election. Woo was popular in the community and while no politician is unbeatable, it did seem Woo would be able to hold his seat for as long as he wanted it. He ran uncontested in the last municipal election, and won the regional council seat for wards 3 and 4 with a wide, wide margin when he first ran for the position in 2010.
Woo was photogenic and played well to the camera. Nobody could pull off the red high heel look like Woo could, when he participated in the annual “Walk a mile in her shoes,” march to end violence against women, down Bowmanville’s main street. He also made the most of the frosty dip in Lake Ontario on January 1, when he participated in the annual polar bear dip to raise money for various medical charities. Mayor Adrian Foster is the only other Clarington politician to have participated in this event. Swimming the frigid waters of Lake Ontario in January were probably not what they dreamed of when first seeking office, but then you never know where the job will take you.
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Mar 28th - BOAA “Taste of Our Home” event. Limited tickets available, call 905-697-2856.
Mar 28th - Orono Cemetery Company, Annual Meeting For Lot Holders & Directors, Orono Cemetery Chapel, 10 Mill Lane, Orono, 1:00 p.m., All lot holders welcome, new Director’s welcome.
Mar 30th - Good Friday service, 10 a.m. at Orono United Church.
Mar 30th- Good Friday service, 9:30 a.m. at St. Saviour’s
Anglican Church, 23 Mill St, Orono.
Mar 30th - Link Greenhouses, Open House - celebrating 25 years in business. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Mar 31st - Orono Easter Egg Hunt, 10:30 a.m. at the Orono Library grounds. Free coffee in your own mug
Apr 1st - SonRise Service at Orono Cemetary, 6:55 a.m.
Apr 1st - Easter Sunday Service at Orono United Church, 10:30 a.m.
Apr 1st - Easter Sunday, Holy Communion, 9:30 a.m.
Apr 1st - Easter Community Pancake Breakfast, at Newcastle Fellowship Baptist Church. 8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Apr 7th - BOAA Classic Gourmet Breakfast featuring Omlette Station, 9-11 a.m. Purchase tickets at 26 Beech Ave.
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