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School boards factor Ford government cuts into layoff notices

Hundreds of pink slips are flying in Southwestern Ontario school boards as the Ford government’s classroom cuts meet yearly school board projections of how many teachers they’ll need in the fall.

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Pickup truck strikes horse-drawn buggy

Huron County provincial police are investigating a collision in which a pickup truck struck a horse and buggy, sending an infant to hospital. It was the second horse-drawn vehicle crash in little more than a month.

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Phones up, email still down at Stratford city hall after cyber-attack

Phone lines were back Tuesday at Stratford city hall, but email and some functions on the city’s website remained down in the wake of a confirmed cyber-attack.

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Brews News: Beau's scores with lower-alcohol craft beer

Just in time for the NHL playoffs comes a new sessionable beer from one of my favourite Ontario craft brewers.

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Councillor expenses to be reviewed after bid to delist home internet

A rookie councillor’s push to knock home internet off the list of allowable expenses for politicians was slapped down Monday and instead morphed into a broader review of the policy for council expense accounts.

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City council briefs

A $6 million operating budget surplus caught the eye of Coun. Paul Van Meerbergen at the corporate services committee meeting Tuesday and prompted a back-and-forth with city hall’s treasurer over the ethics of repeated surpluses.

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Committee recommends dropping councillor pay hike this year

City politicians voted against tacking another $1,177 a year onto their paycheques on Tuesday after Mayor Ed Holder declared the inflationary raise “distasteful.”

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Mental health advocates critical of proposed OHIP talk-therapy cap

Mental health advocates are criticizing a proposal by a provincial working group to cap the number of talk therapy per patient covered by Ontario’s public health insurance plan.

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SIMMONS: Little big man Marner coming up huge for Maple Leafs

TORONTO – There were 4.6 seconds to go and Mitch Marner dropped to his knees and blocked one slap shot and then another. And it was in those final seconds that time seemed to stand still when time finally ran out on the Boston Bruins. The playoff win for the Maple Leafs ending on Monday […]

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Suspect in recent Listowel standoff now facing raft of unrelated charges

The man arrested following a lengthy standoff with police in Listowel earlier this year has been rearrested and is facing more than a dozen new charges after a person was assaulted with a stun gun and held against their will. Perth County OPP said Tuesday a pair of suspects fled North Perth after...

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Teens left crying hysterically after munching cannabis edibles: Police

Two teens ended up in a Southwestern Ontario hospital after munching suspected cannabis-laced edibles that left them crying hysterically. The OPP responded to a call for assistance from Oxford County paramedics on Saturday, when it was determined that two teenage girls ate pot-infused food. The...

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Perth OPP are investigating after a swastika was spray-painted on a sidewalk in the Municipality of North Perth – the second time in as many weeks the anti-Semitic symbol has been painted in communities in Southwestern Ontario. The OPP say the symbol, used by the German Nazi party as its emblem,...

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St. Thomas police shouldn't put too much stock into the results of an online poll about whether they should release the names of people charged with buying sex, an expert cautions.

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If you have big plans during this Easter weekend, you might be in luck. Despite a chilly start to the week that saw a few flurries fall in London Monday morning, Environment Canada is forecasting a surge in temperatures for the second half of the week, including this holiday weekend. Before the...

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London politicos deadlock on slimmed Windermere Rd. townhome plan

It’s smaller, less dense, and saves all but three trees. But political support for a contentious townhouse proposal on Windermere Road — already tweaked once in hopes of forging a compromise with area residents — seemed to hinge on a difference of 2.5 metres. Politicians on London council’s...

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Letters: April 16

Our education system is broken Small cracks have become giant craters. It used to be kids first. Now it has become money first. The removal of support staff and over stuffing of classroom is one of the reasons students are running amok. Teachers used to love going into work with children they cared...

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Pyette: Game 7 can be heaven or hell, but it's always unforgettable

Little more than a week ago, London was up 3-0 on Guelph in the best-of-seven second-round series with a chance to become the first OHL team to punch their ticket to the conference finals.

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NHL suspends Nazem Kadri for rest of Leafs-Bruins series

If Nazem Kadri plays again in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, it will mean the Maple Leafs have advanced to the second round.

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