Honouring the Windfields legacy

To honour E.P. Taylor and the legacy of his historic Windfields Farm, the City of Oshawa presented University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) founding president with a new award for overcoming adversity and exemplifying innovation. The first ever E.P. Taylor/Windfields Farm Champion award was given to Gary Polonsky in a celebration at Oshawa city …

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Anger follows Pride Durham decision to allow police

With Pride Week right around the corner, questions have been raised about the controversial issue of police presence. On April 25, Pride Durham, an organization that handles various pride events in Durham Region, released a statement inviting Durham Regional Police Services (DRPS) to the events. “…It is the feeling of the majority of the board …

Earthquake shakes Durham

A 2.4 magnitude earthquake hit Ajax and surrounding area on the evening of May 8. The quake shook at about 5:30 p.m., about 15 kilometers south of Ajax, in Lake Ontario. No injuries or damages have been reported. According to John Cassidy, earthquake seismologist at Earthquakes Canada, about 150 fault reports were logged from Oshawa, …

Former EPA admin preaches virtue of clean energy during UOIT speech

In the coming years, powerful countries are going to be the ones ahead of the game when it comes to clean energy, at least that is according to Gina McCarthy, the former administrator for the United States Environmental Protection Agency. McCarthy was welcomed as the keynote speaker for UOIT’s 2018 Futures Forum on May 2 …

Residents encouraged to Walk for Alzheimer’s to raise money for local programming

The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region’s annual Walk for Alzheimer’s is celebrating its 18th birthday on May 27. The Walk for Alzheimer’s raises money and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. It also aims to help reduce the stigma surrounding the diseases. “Everything we do is geared towards supporting both the individual, and …

STEAM innovations on display at Durham College

What do immunity-boosting ice cream, a sustainable family home and a wearable medical monitoring headset all have in common? They were all recently presented at the Durham College (DC) Celebrate STEAM Student Project Exhibition. The event, presented by the DC Office of Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ORSIE), celebrated students’ latest projects related to science, technology, …

Simcoe Street United Church looks for help following severe weather damage

Following the recent bout of wind and ice storms in Oshawa, one of city’s oldest buildings needs help. Simcoe Street United Church, a key heritage building in downtown Oshawa, sustained anywhere between $700,000 and $1 million in damage from the foul weather. According to Reverend David Moore, the steeple and roof suffered the most damage. …

Mark Wafer wants employers to “DiscoverAbility”

Businesses understand economics. Inclusivity? Sometimes not so much. Fifteen per cent of people in Canada have a disability and according to former Tim Hortons franchise owner, Mark Wafer, hiring people with disabilities can increase a business’s profits. “We’ve talked about this from a legislative point of view. We’ve talked about it from a charity point …

‘Together We Rock!’ Rocks at accessibility and inclusivity

“Together We Rock!” is a fitting name for an Oshawa-based business, which teaches best practices for accessibility and inclusivity in the workplace. Together We Rock! was founded in 2006 by Durham College (DC) journalism grad, John Draper. Draper has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and is non-verbal. To speak, he uses a communication board on …

Access Durham: A catalyst for accessibility in Durham

If you’re a person with a disability and you’re struggling with something such as accessible transit, Access Durham may be able to help you. Access Durham is an accessibility advocacy group started in February, 2016. “It started with a number of concerned citizens,” says Phillip McCorkell, a member of Access Durham. “A number of us …

ASC and its services: The impact on campus

“At Durham College, when they say ‘success matters,’ I’d have to say that is very true but there’s room for improvement. Always,” says Durham College (DC) student Douglas Howard. Howard, 39, is a second-year student in the broadcast-radio and contemporary media program. Howard is legally blind and has difficulties hearing. He cannot see with his …

The future of captioning at DC

Two Durham College students have developed a way to make closed caption services quicker and cheaper. Matthew Wierzbicki and Dillon Regimbal, both 20 and students in the computer programming analyst program, unveiled their project based in artificial intelligence (AI) at the Colleges and Institutes of Canada (CICan), ‘Accelerating Innovation Through Applied Research’ showcase on Feb. …

‘Strong voices’ speak to Oshawa MPP

After hosting a town hall meeting, New Democrat Party MPP Jennifer French had no trouble recognizing the “strong voices are in Oshawa.” French hosted the meeting at the  South Oshawa Community Centre Feb. 15, where she listened and addressed the concerns of many residents. Many topics were discussed including education, poverty, health care, social assistance, public …

Protect historic buildings, they are the city’s foundation

We’ve all heard stories of prestigious, historic homes such as the Parkwood Estate, and the people who lived in them, in the case of Parkwood, Robert Sam McLaughlin. Historical buildings are the foundation of our heritage and culture. So why isn’t more being done to preserve them and the memories they hold? Like the house …

Durham Region celebrates new website launch

Aly Beach The Chronicle   The iconic song, “Celebration”  by Kool and The Gang, thunders throughout the Durham Region headquarters, early on a Wednesday morning. Why? Because the regional government has finally launched its new website. The new Durham.ca was launched Dec. 13, after more than a year of planning and producing. “The process of …