At one time General Motors Oshawa was the largest employer in the area. In the 1980s roughly 28,000 people from the surrounding area worked at the Oshawa GM assembly plant. Over the years that number was reduced as the plant lost products. Many, many of our local residents are now GM retirees. On Monday the 2,500 remaining unionized workers at the Oshawa plant learned no new product will be assigned to the Oshawa plant and it will close at the end of 2019.
Christmas in Newcastle
Christmas became official in Newcastle on November 16, with the lighting of the town hall at the Winter Wonder Lights event. Then on Sunday, Santa came to town, but not before the fire works and over 40 participants in this year’s evening parade.
Rural Roots branching out
Its been 14 years since his first album and with a music career stronger than ever, local musicians Mike Pollard and his wife Christine Vaillancourt, have launched Rural Roots Entertainment, a country music promotion and management business. They are throwing their first annual ‘Rural Roots Country Opry’ on Thursday December 6, 2018 at the Music Hall in Oshawa.
KPR committed to helping students experience success
The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, will be conducting their first ever Every Student Matters Census in February/March 2019 to better understand the needs of students and their school communities.
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Mr. Trudeau, Mr. Ford. Do your Jobs!
Why are the Provincial and Federal governments treating the announcement that General Motors is closing the Oshawa Auto Plant as a fait accompli? Why are our elected leaders rolling over so casually when 2500+ workers in our region are facing layoffs?
On Sunday evening, November 25, reports spread through news outlets and social media that General Motors was closing operations in Oshawa. This information was generally attributed to “inside sources”, prefaced with “it is rumoured...”
The rumours were confirmed on Monday morning. General Motors announced that they are restructuring its North American operations, reporting that no product is being allocated to Oshawa Assembly after December 2019.
“The actions we are taking today continue our transformation to be highly agile, resilient and profitable, while giving us the flexibility to invest in the future,” said GM Chairman and CEO Mary Barra. “We recognize the need to stay in front of changing market conditions and customer preferences to position our company for long-term success.”
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Nov 30th - Christmas in Kendal, Kendal Community Centre, 6742 Newtonville Rd., Kendal. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Outside tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. Visit with Santa, help trim the tree, bring a favourite decoration, enjoy cupcake decorating, hot chocolate and cookies. Sponsored by the Kendal Community Centre.
Dec 1 st - Heather Rebekah Lodge #334 Annual Bazaar, 124 Church St. N., Orono, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Penny Sale Draw - 1: p.m. Crafts, candy & bake tables, nearly new, penny sale. Free admission - light lunch in tea room - $7:00.
Dec 1st - Orono Town Hall breakfast with Santa, 9-11:30 a.m. Adults $6, children $3.50. Pancakes, sausages, photos with Santa and free gifts for kids.
Dec 8th - BOAA Christmas Dinner & Dance. 5 p.m. social and 6 p.m. dinner. Cost $30 members/$35 non-members.
Dec 9th - The First Christmas Musical Story, 9:30 a.m., St. Saviour’s Church, 23 Mill St., Orono. Please join us!
Dec 25th - Community Christmas Dinner at St. Saviour’s Church, Orono. 12 noon - all welcome!
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