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  • ‘A huge toll’: Goderich salt mine strike ends, b...
    GODERICH – The salt miners cheered when their Unifor Local 16-0 union president Gary Lynch told them their new three-year contract was ratified. But with immediate relief came a large dose of disappointment. “I don’t say we agree on everything, but we will be back to work,â€� said Lynch defiantly,… ... more
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  • London city hall briefs
    Vehicle-for-hire bylaw to be reviewed London’s vehicle-for-hire bylaw, redrawn last year in response to Uber’s arrival in the city, is back under the microscope. City politicians voted in favour of reviewing key portions of the bylaw — including taxi fares, driver fees, camera requirements and the cap that limits the number… ... more
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  • Co-owner slams recommendation to preserve home of Indigenous...
    The compelling history behind a 136-year-old London home won over city politicians Monday night. The planning committee voted unanimously to recommend a heritage designation for a two-storey brick house at 172 Central Ave., a move that would block its owners from knocking down the building, if approved by council next… ... more
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  • Area MPP leading sex-ed overhaul appears unclear on curricul...
    TORONTO – Ontario’s education minister went back and forth Monday on just what students will learn while her government scraps the province’s modernized sex-ed curriculum. Ultimately, Lisa Thompson, who represents Huron-Bruce, indicated no decisions had been made on whether concepts such as consent, cyber safety and gender identity will be… ... more
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  • Family mourns death of ‘patriarch’ in motorcycle...
    A Middlesex Centre man who died after the motorcycle he was riding was struck by an SUV near Mitchell is being remembered as a hard-working family man with a unique sense of humour who lived his life to the fullest. Larry Shepherd, 64, was travelling south on Perth Road 164… ... more
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  • London’s landfill power project trashed by provincial ...
    A London plan to turn landfill gas into enough electricity to power more than 400 homes, and pocket a few million dollars, is gone. Fifteen London-led renewable energy projects were sidelined when Ontario’s new Tory government abruptly cancelled nearly 760 green energy contracts across the province last Friday, including more… ... more
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  • Brews News: Summer treat: beer on a stick
    Craving a cold one? Nickel Brook Brewing of Burlington has taken craft beer to chilling new heights with a new recipe for Raspberry Uber popsicles. Some assembly is required. Adapted from recipes researched by the Nickel Brook team, this adult twist on the ubiquitous summer treat takes… ... more
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  • Merriam: Mules proof rodeo work can be fun for animals
    The happiness of animals is a topic of discussion for every creature from dairy cows to house kittens. When it comes to rodeo, the aminal rights zealots contend no animal is happy. The Calgary Stampede concluded its run on the weekend. The “greatest outdoor show on Earth,” always attracts the… ... more
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  • Letters: July 17
    Stretching heritage Regarding the article Heritage battle looms over demolition proposal for London house (July 14). There’s a solution: have the heritage group put their money where their mouth is and buy the property at market value. While it is desirable to preserve historical sites, declaring a property to be a heritage… ... more
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  • London shelters too full to help Toronto with overflow, city...
    Chatham stepped up. Windsor said no. A desperate plea from Toronto for help to deal with its crisis in housing refugee and asylum claimants could also fall flat in London, where officials say there’s no room to spare, with its only family shelter already bursting with more than double the… ... more
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  • Eric Ethridge enjoying a ‘slow burn’
    The debut EP by Sarnia’s Eric Ethridge landed this summer with a splash. The self-titled, seven-song release was number one on iTunes’ Canadian country chart for the first two days of its release this month and reached number three on the all-genre chart. “It has been pretty surreal,â€� Ethridge said.… ... more
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  • London’s Kravic-White hoops connection to meet on Ital...
    Put this in the it’s-a-small-basketball-world department. In an interview a year ago, London player Dejan Kravic recalled his favourite player when both were playing NCAA basketball in the United States was Royce White, a former National Basketball League of Canada star with the London Lightning. So when Kravic’s Texas Tech… ... more
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  • East London convenience store robbed, police seek suspect
    Police are looking for a suspect following a convenience store robbery on Sunday afternoon. Police said a man with a disguise over his face entered a Lorne Avenue convenience store near English Street just after 2:30 p.m. He was brandishing a weapon. He demanded money and merchandise from the employee,… ... more
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  • Wettlaufer inquiry: Do Ontario’s coroners get suffici...
    The coroner who refused to investigate the sudden death of one of Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s victims would have received only five days of training on how to do his work if his experience was typical of the army of part-time coroners used in Ontario, a public inquiry heard Monday. Dr. William… ... more
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  • Ontario trade minister heads to Washington to defend auto in...
    TORONTO — Ontario’s trade minister will be travelling to Washington this week to defend the province’s auto industry at a U.S. Department of Commerce hearing. Jim Wilson says he will be speaking Thursday at the public hearing to investigate national security issues around imports of automobiles and automotive parts. Wilson… ... more
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  • Winners and losers from the World Cup
    By: The New York Times France won the World Cup, but that is far from the whole story. So many players and teams came out of the tournament on towering highs or devastating lows. Here are some of the winners and losers of the 2018 World Cup. Winners Croatia: It’s… ... more
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  • ‘Collateral damage’: Canada hit by escalating U....
    OTTAWA — Grim scenarios of collateral damage for Canadian consumers and businesses are emerging in response to escalating the U.S.-China trade war. The Trump administration has taken aim at China by imposing a 25 per cent tariff on goods worth U.S. $34 billion, but the worst is still on the… ... more
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  • Severe thunderstorms looming Monday afternoon across region
    Southwestern Ontario is getting a thunderous start to the work week. Scattered thunderstorms are roaring into the region Monday afternoon, Environment Canada says, severe weather that could bring heavy rain, large hail and gale-force winds with it. The national weather agency has issued a sweeping severe thunderstorm watch for London,… ... more
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  • London’s industrial-land supply running dry amid hot s...
    London has just one large parcel of industrial land left for new manufacturers to build on — but that’s a good problem to have, city officials insist. Demand is so strong for industrial land after a record 2017 sales year that city hall is considering raising the price, according to a… ... more
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  • Woman, 24, dies after balcony fall in London
    Ontario’s police watchdog has been called in to investigate following the death of a 24-year-old woman who fell from a balcony Sunday night. Officers’ attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is looking into the case after London police responded to a call of a woman… ... more
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  • Senior attacked by stranger who asked to use washroom: Polic...
    SARNIA – Police here have charged a man in connection with the sexual assault of a senior citizen who allowed a stranger seeking a glass of water into her home. A 42-year-old Sarnia man arrested Sunday by city police is now charged with sexual assault and other offences in connection… ... more
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  • Local teacher pleads guilty to sex with teenage boy
    SARNIA — A female teacher’s year-long sexual relationship with a teenage boy has led to a guilty plea in court here. Melissa Lefebvre, 38, pleaded guilty Friday to touching the student for a sexual purpose while in a position of authority over him during 2016 and 2017. This offence is… ... more
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  • Tragic end for Ray Emery, polarizing NHL goalie
    It was the 2006-07 season and Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery was off to a great start. As the National Hockey League All-Star Game approached, I asked him what he had planned for the break. “I’m going bungee jumping in Whistler,â€� Emery said. Great story, I thought. A key member… ... more
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  • Fiery bus wreck, separate motorcycle crash kill two: OPP
    OPP in two Southwestern Ontario regions are investigating after two men were killed in separate crashes over the weekend. One man was killed after a crash involving a motorcycle in West Perth, near Stratford, Sunday afternoon. Police responded to a crash in the intersection of Perth Line 20 and Perth… ... more
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  • Tories zap 200+ Southwestern Ontario green energy contracts
    More than 200 Southwestern Ontario projects, including one of the most controversial wind farms in Ontario, are among the death toll of the new Tory government’s mass cancellation of contracts with renewable energy producers. The doomed projects, announced by Doug Ford’s government as it underlined its vow to cut electricity… ... more
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  • Cyclists seek safer King Street
    Eleven cycling advocates have submitted letters to London city hall about safety concerns with the bicycle lane on King Street. The letters, many of which describe what it’s like to bike down King Street, will be brought up at Tuesday’s civic works committee meeting. Ben Cowie, owner of London Bicycle… ... more
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  • OPP identify second suspect in incident in Oneida
    Police have identified a man suspected of using a vehicle as a weapon against an officer while fleeing from a scene. Through an investigation conducted by the Oneida Nation of the Thames First Nation police and Middlesex County OPP, police believe two suspects showed up at a residence on Townline… ... more
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  • Tragic end for Ray Emery, a polarizing figure who led Senato...
    It was the 2006-07 season and Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery was off to a great start. As the National Hockey League All-Star Game approached, I asked him what he had planned for the break. “I’m going bungee jumping in Whistler,â€� Emery said. Great story, I thought. A key member… ... more
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  • Canadian Gladiator: More than any other NHL goalie, Ray Emer...
    NOTE: The following profile of Ray Emery was published on Jan. 20, 2008.   Regardless of how Ray Emery’s career ends with the Ottawa Senators — whether he backstops a Stanley Cup win or gets run out of town on a trade rail — the image replayed to mark his departure… ... more
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  • Rock the Park turnout among the best
    This year’s Rock the Park was among the best as large crowds rolled into Harris Park during the four-day festival that wrapped up Saturday. Brad Jones of Jones Entertainment Group — which produces the festival — said around 35,000 people attended the concerts during the four days. “It’s a top… ... more
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  • Salt mine operator gives striking workers final offer
    A twelve week strike at the world’s largest underground salt mine in Goderich seems may be near an end after a tentative agreement — which workers will vote on Monday — was struck on the weekend. But Unifor local president Gary Lynch said what the union is calling a tentative… ... more
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  • Letters: July 16
    Tax tunnel brightens What a breath of fresh air with the reading of the Ontario Progressive Conservatives’ speech from the throne. Examples of the much-needed relief included the immediate elimination of the expensive yet ineffective cap-and-trade program, examining in detail where taxpayer dollars are spent with the objective of reducing… ... more
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  • London legal lion hangs up his robe
    There was something fitting about the final words John Getliffe said as a defence lawyer in a criminal court after more than half a century in the legal world. “Thank you, your honour,â€� he said to Superior Court Justice Jonathon George at the conclusion of William Joles’ sentencing hearing this… ... more
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  • London bylaw charges against Uber have been dropped
    Soon after a bitter 18-month feud to regulate Uber in London came to an end, close to 100 charges against the ride-hailing giant for operating illegally when it first entered the city were quietly dropped, The Free Press has learned. The move was, in part, a response to a new bylaw… ... more
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  • London gains 10 beach volleyball courts as Ontario Summer Ga...
    London just got a little more “beachyâ€� with the addition of 10 new beach volleyball courts. Located at the North London Athletics Field off of Adelaide Street, the courts will be used in the Ontario Summer Games next month. The new courts will join four existing courts for a total… ... more
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  • World Cup in the Forest City: Tough loss for the underdogs
    Eyes were glued to big screens at pubs in London on Sunday as soccer fans watched an entertaining FIFA World Cup Final match between France and Croatia that resulted in a 4-2 French victory. The Scot’s Corner on Dundas Street was busy before the game’s 11 a.m. start as fans… ... more
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  • Breakthrough? Deal may end three-month Goderich mine strike
    A tentative deal has been reached that could end the 12-week strike at Goderich’s underground salt mine. As tensions between the 348-member union, Unifor Local 16-0, and the mine’s U.S.-based owner, Compass, deepened, talks resumed late last week. Late Saturday night, the union announced a possible breakthrough. Mine workers will… ... more
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  • From Friday the 13th to … Baconfest?: Bikers flock to Luca...
    After a busy Friday the 13th in Port Dover, it seemed the biker crowd made their way en masse to Lucan Saturday to enjoy another day of music, food and fun. Lucan Baconfest celebrates all things bacon and bikes with bacon-themed food, a motorcycle stunt show and a Globe of… ... more
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  • LFP Archives: The enduring Mistie Murray mystery
    Goderich teenager Mistie Murray disappeared in 1995. Her mother spent years searching for her – until she finally unearthed a promising lead from Vancouver. This story on hope and heartbreak by reporter Jonathan Sher was published in the Oct. 20, 2001 editions of The Free Press Not far from… ... more
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  • Bargaining continued Friday to settle salt mine strike
    There are hopeful signs the Goderich salt mine strike could end soon as the two sides resumed talks on Friday. Goderich salt mine strike, Friday, July 13. (KATHLEEN SMITH, Postmedia Network) The company and union issued a joint statement late on Thursday, saying, “Unifor and Compass Minerals returned to the… ... more
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  • LFP Archives: 60 years of Stratford Festival coverage
    STRATFORD — It’s a cultural jewel of Southwestern Ontario, Canada and North America. The Stratford Festival launched in 1953 as the brainchild of journalist Tom Patterson, a Stratford native who wanted to achieve a wild dream in his hometown. Now, decades later, it’s revered for some of the finest theatre… ... more
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  • As World Cup ends, Russia faces uncertain football legacy
    YEKATERINBURG, Russia — The massive scaffolding seating structures soaring out of each end of Yekaterinburg Arena were built to show Russia was serious about saving money. At the end of the World Cup, the temporary stands symbolize the problems with the tournament’s legacy. The stands were mocked on social media… ... more
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  • City hall’s equipment library under fire for refusing ...
    If you can pay, you can’t play — at least not with the city’s toys. A city councillor is taking aim at the city’s equipment library — which loans out games, tents, chairs and other summertime necessities — because of a rule that bars faith groups such as churches from checking out… ... more
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  • OPP peg Friday the 13th crowd at 140,000 in Port Dover
    PORT DOVER – This weekend’s Friday the 13th motorcycle rally has lived up to expectations and is possibly the largest in the event’s 37-year history. “Right now it’s 12 noon and our crowd estimate is at 140,000,” said Const. Ed Sanchuk, spokesperson for the Norfolk OPP. Previous rallies have… ... more
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  • Drivers: brace for road closures, construction, starting thi...
    London drivers should leave themselves some extra time before they venture out on the roads this weekend. A slew of major road closures and construction projects might make getting around a hassle in all four corners of the city. Starting Saturday, drivers can expect delays on Adelaide Street North between… ... more
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  • NHL referee goes wire-to-wire to win Ontario Amateur, but ey...
    Garrett Rank is thrilled to have won the Ontario Men’s Amateur golf championship. But for a guy as competitive as Rank, going wire-to-wire at the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club wasn’t good enough. He wanted to be better. Rank entered Friday’s final round with a comfortable five-shot lead at… ... more
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  • Montell Jordan shows Rock the Park crowd how he does it
    They still love the Nineties. A capacity crowd of 12,000 gathered near the Forks of the Thames Friday night to relive music from the decade that gave us the World Wide Web, Friends, and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Two of the acts, Sisqo and Montell Jordan, took different approaches… ... more
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  • Letters: July 13
    Apartments out of reach Regarding the article Hot housing market boosting rents (June 27). I know the cost of houses is rising and in turn has increased the cost of renting an apartment, but I’m curious as to how seniors or people with low incomes are supposed to afford these apartments and… ... more
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  • Prefab houses sprouting more debates, but fewer homes
    Michele Lerner, For The Washington Post Design magazines love them. So do movie stars and environmental activists. New technology, including the use of robots in factories, makes them even easier to build. So why are advocates of prefab houses still talking about “disrupting” the homebuilding industry? Architects, environmentalists and… ... more
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  • Course providing major challenge at Ontario Amateur
    Not even Garrett Rank escaped the wrath of the St. Thomas Golf and Country Club Thursday. Rank looked in control of the Ontario Amateur Golf Championship over the first two days with a combined score of seven-under par. But the course gave Rank back some of its own Thursday as… ... more
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  • Old warbird takes history aloft
    SARNIA – In flight school, at age 20, he used to like to sit in the abandoned bomber’s cockpit, making plane noises and pretending to fly. The old B-25 – the same kind of plane made famous by one of the most daring American air raids of the Second World… ... more
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  • Fatal transport truck collisions up in most regions, OPP say
    OPP say fatal transport truck collisions are up in all but two of their six regions this year. Collisions in the Northeast region have increased by 800 per cent since 2017, police said. Officers have responded to 33 transport truck-related crashes so far this year — a 38 per cent increase… ... more
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  • Huron OPP rescue dog, snowy owl
    It’s been a “ruffâ€� few days for Huron County OPP as they’ve rescued two animals while on the job. On Tuesday before 11 a.m., Huron OPP were called to the Maitland River in Goderich to help a dog struggling to stay above the water’s surface. Police said they found the… ... more
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  • Life sentence for killer ‘doesn’t seem rightR...
    Eleven years from now, Nathan Deslippe’s family plans to be at their son’s killer’s parole hearing to make sure make their voices are heard. They say they’re concerned that William Joles’ life sentence for second-degree murder, and precisely the parole ineligibility term, isn’t enough to hold him to account for… ... more
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  • Londoners willing to pay for green bin, survey suggests
    Londoners want to keep their food waste and recyclables out of the dump, and a new survey suggests they’re willing to pay more to do it. City hall is bearing down on an effort to keep 60 per cent of London’s trash out of the landfill before it runs out… ... more
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  • Bike program helps kids with special needs learn to ride
    Amber Herrington of Port Elgin has tried to teach her nine-year-old son Kaden how to ride a bicycle for a long time. Kaden has Asperger syndrome, which was considered to be on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Herrington said she has tried using training wheels and a tag-a-long… ... more
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  • Ex-MP Holder formally enters mayor race, slams BRT
    It’s official. As first reported earlier this week by The Free Press, Ed Holder entered the London mayoral race Thursday, pledging an era of co-operation, praising work done to date in the city, and coming out firmly against the existing bus rapid transit plan — saying it needs to be… ... more
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  • London-led poll gauges Ontario attitude on prostitution laws
    A new poll led by a London-based agency is giving a clearer glimpse of Ontarians’ views on prostitution, finding nearly six out of 10 oppose the liberalization of Canada’s sex-work laws. An Ipsos poll completed for the London Abused Women’s Centre and its partners Equality Now and the Coalition Against… ... more
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  • He once assaulted a police officer. Now he’s running f...
    CHATHAM — Harold Atkinson is not hiding from his past as he pursues his goal of becoming Chatham-Kent’s next mayor. The 55-year-old Morpeth man admitted to The Chatham Daily News that he was charged and convicted of assault in connection with a Dec. 20, 1993 incident that resulted in a… ... more
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  • Deadly drug, massive haul: London police seize $25K of fenta...
    London police say they’ve made the largest fentanyl seizure in the city’s history. Officers searching an Exeter Road hotel room on Wednesday at 5 p.m. seized 50 grams of fentanyl, worth roughly $25,000, police said Thursday. Investigators also seized 192 grams of crystal methamphetamine, 44 grams of cocaine, 100 hydromorphone… ... more
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  • NHL dad, NBA future? St. Thomas hoops star heads to U.S.
    ST. THOMAS — Malachi Ndur has a real shot at NCAA college basketball. In three years the St. Thomas teen, 17, has shifted his focus from competitive soccer to competitive basketball. This fall Ndur will go one step further, committing to Ashburnham, Massachusetts — near Boston — to play high… ... more
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  • That’s nuts! Squirrel to blame for downtown blackout
    A wayward squirrel was behind a blackout that knocked out power to much of downtown and the nearby Old South neighbourhood Thursday morning, temporarily kicking 12,000 customers off the grid. The outage, largely fixed as the workday dawned, happened after a squirrel got into a Hydro One transformer station, London… ... more
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  • Goderich mine strike: Optimism, fear mix for pickets as talk...
    GODERICH – As contract talks resumed Thursday, buoying hopes for the 370 local workers on-strike from the world’s largest salt mine, a little tension was in the air, too. While pickets on the line Thursday morning expressed optimism as talks started again between their union, Unifor, and the mine’s American… ... more
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  • Reunited! Kadri ‘thrilled’ to have ex-Knight Tav...
    London native Nazem Kadri, for several years, has envisioned himself as a first-line centre in the National Hockey League. Funny what can happen when a club, in this case the Maple Leafs, has not only restored respectability in the franchise but has worked diligently to become closer to being a… ... more
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  • ANALYSIS: Goderich strikers’ big gamble may pay off
    For 10 weeks they manned the picket lines in often-sweltering heat, watching replacement workers go into the Goderich salt mine and do their jobs. But the striking Unifor workers went for broke last Friday and piled up barricades of wooden pallets, later replaced by tractors, in defiance of two court… ... more
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  • Got to Go: July 12-18
    FESTIVALS BLACK GOLD FEST: 160th anniversary of the First Commercial Oil Well; blacksmithing, hand tool collection, music, horse-drawn wagon oil field tours, kids activities, art show and more, Sunday, noon-4 pm., 2423 Kelly Rd., Oil Springs; 519-834-2840 or visit http://www.oilmuseum.ca OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL FESTIVAL: Entertainment featuring Sam… ... more
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  • Go Clubbing: July 12-18
    765 OLD EAST BAR AND GRILL: Karaoke, Thursday to Sunday, Wednesday, 9 p.m.; Bloodless Child, Motar and others, Friday, 9 p.m.; Blues Jam with the Robbie Antone Band, Saturday, 4 p.m., Dank City with Ironbound and Battery INC, 9 p.m., $5; What A Drag (Glam Edition), Sunday, 6:30 p.m., dinner… ... more
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  • Rock the Park star Howard Jones still resonates with fans
    It may be hard to believe today, but there was a time when synthesizers were considered controversial. In our age of streaming and sampling, it’s a given that computers are part of the process of making pop music. “It’s important not to forget that they wanted to ban me from… ... more
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  • Goodwill grows its business as it trains more workers
    Goodwill Industries is open for business, selling more services to businesses in the London area as it trains workers for a wider range of jobs, including those in industry. Goodwill has grown its Commercial Solutions division on White Oak Road, which sees it partner with business to package products for… ... more
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  • Developer seeks $4.3 million to clean South Street site
    Toronto-based developer Medallion is asking city hall for $4.3 million to help clean up contaminated soil at the old Victoria Hospital lands where it’s planning a transformative highrise development. The pitch for brownfield incentives — the money comes in tax and development charge rebates rather than cash — goes to the planning… ... more
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