Man killed following crash at Nicholls Oval Park in Peterborough: police

A man died following a crash at Nicholls Oval Park in Peterborough early Wednesday.

According to the Peterborough Police Service, around 2 a.m., a vehicle struck a tree at the entrance to the park near Armour Road and Rogers Street.

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Police say a 25-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene while a passenger, a 26-year-old man, suffered minor injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information can call police at 705-876-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at

More to come.

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StatCan data shows 300k Quebec kids eligible for English school, 76 per cent attend

New census data from Statistics Canada shows that nearly one million Canadian children have the constitutional right to education in an official minority language.

The census found that 304,000 children in Quebec have the right to attend regular English public schools and that 593,000 children outside the province have the right to attend regular French public schools.

The data, which is being collected for the first time, shows that nearly 70 per cent of eligible school-age children attend, or have attended, a regular public school in their official minority language.

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Ontario has the largest number of children with French-language rights, 350,000, while New Brunswick has the largest proportion, 36 per cent of all children.

Across Canada, 64.7 per cent of eligible school-aged children were attending French schools, while 76.2 per cent of eligible children were attending English schools in Quebec.

The agency says that more than 90 per cent of eligible children were living within 15 kilometres of a minority official language school in 2021.

© 2022 The Canadian Press

Hamilton firefighters battle flames from gas leak at Stoney Creek townhome complex

A natural gas fire at a townhome complex in Stoney Creek kept firefighters busy Tuesday afternoon.

As of Wednesday morning, residents in 27 Hamilton townhomes were still waiting for gas to be turned back on following the multiple-alarm blaze.

Hamilton fire say they were alerted to the incident at 34 Dynasty Ave. near Highway 8 around 3:30 p.m., which turned out to be a blaze ignited by a gas leak

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Enbridge stepped in and turned off the gas line to help extinguish flames but not before they spread to a nearby fence and deck.

Residents were evacuated amid the fire. There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters say a construction crew was working in the area at the time of the incident.

However, the exact cause and estimated cost of damage estimate have not yet been released.

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ANALYSIS: Scheifele back to being a game-changer for Jets

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Mark Scheifele would not be the first National Hockey League player to benefit from a coaching change. Far from it, in fact, but he might be the latest.

Through the first 21 games of the season, what we’ve witnessed from the team’s number-one centre has literally been a game-changer — both in reference to his game, and by extension, his team’s.

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For Scheifele, what is immediately noticeable about his play is the level of engagement this season and his improved 200-foot game, especially on the defensive side.

Sure, he leads the team in goals with 12, has re-invigorated Blake Wheeler — a familiar face on his right-wing side — and even helped bring along rookie Cole Perfetti into a very complementary top-six piece.

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But it’s the nuances in his game that Scheifele has displayed the most improvement, as the 29-year-old’s battle level has been fierce, his board work excellent, and his tenacity in taking the puck to the net in straight lines applaudable.

He leads the team in takeaways, and ice time by a forward, and is now back to being a plus player after a career-worst -17 last season. And it seems the turnaround has come overnight under Rick Bowness.

Now, is there still room for improvement? Of course. But make no mistake, the rumours of a trouble-filled relationship between Scheifele and the previous coaching administration are now proving to be substantiated by the player himself.

Prior to last night’s win over Colorado, Scheifele said this about his game: “I feel like I’m playing some of the best hockey of my career; certainly some of the best in the last four years.”

That’s a sentiment shared by many.

And while Scheifele is not the first player to benefit from a different coach, the new staff has helped change his game, and so far that has been a game-changer for the player and his team.

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Police say Hamilton vape and cannabis stores targeted in recent armed robberies

Police are alerting cannabis and vape stores in the Hamilton area to be on guard following a series of robberies in the city on Tuesday.

Investigators say three separate businesses were held up by suspects, armed with some kind of a weapon.

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Hamilton Police haven’t said yet if the men involved were looking for product, cash or both.

Detectives also didn’t reveal what time of day the stores were robbed.

Anyone with information can reach out to Hamilton Police or Crime Stoppers.

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Small Canadian cities rank high on environmental scorecard that has a few surprises

The federal government is committing $1.6 billion to a new climate adaptation strategy aimed at helping communities combat extreme weather events. Eric Sorensen explains how the money is being divided up, and the goal to bring down the cost of climate change.

A new environmental scorecard says Canada’s biggest cities have lower scores than most small and medium-sized municipalities, but a closer look at the data reveals some surprises.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal Environment International, rates 30 cities and towns on nine indicators related to health, including air quality, heat and cold waves, ultraviolet radiation, access to green spaces and other factors.

The results are compiled in the new Canadian Environmental Quality Index, produced by researchers at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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Daniel Rainham, the study’s senior author and a Dalhousie professor, says Canada’s largest cities — Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton — posted relatively low scores, but some of their neighbourhoods scored on the high end, especially in Toronto.

Medium-sized and small cities scored the highest, including Victoria, Sherbrooke, Que., and the Ontario cities of London, Guelph, Barrie, Kitchener and Kingston — with Halifax, Regina and Moncton, N.B., also making the top 10.

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At the other end of the scale, one small city — Kelowna, B.C. — received a lower score than most of the big cities, but some of its neighbourhoods were rated at the very top of the scale.

“It’s not an easy story to tell,” Rainham said in an interview. “Even though the average values may tell you one thing, there’s a lot of variability within those cities.”

As an example, he said Toronto has some of the unhealthiest neighbourhoods in Canada, though the city ranked highest among the big cities.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 30, 2022.

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Court clarifies that Dawn Walker's name can be published again

A court document in the case of Dawn Walker, a Saskatoon woman accused of abducting her child, clarified that media can now use her name again.

The paper was signed off by Walker’s counsel, the prosecution’s office, and a provincial court judge.

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It explained that no other information could be published that could identify the victims in the case.

Walker was arrested back in August in connection with a missing persons investigation in which she was initially charged with abduction in contravention of a custody order and public mischief.

In mid-November, additional charges were added, including procurement to be made and possessing identity documents, forging a passport, providing a false statement in relation to a passport, possession of a forged passport, possession of forged documents, identity theft and identity fraud.

Walker also faces charges in the U.S, with the United States Department of Homeland Security charging her with a felony offence of false statements in the use of a passport, to knowingly possess or use, without lawful authority, a means of identification of another person, as well as a misdemeanour offence for a person to possess an identification document which is stolen or produced without lawful authority knowing that such document was stolen or produced without such authority.

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Strong winds up to 80 km/h expected in Barrie, Midland and Orillia Wednesday

Strong winds have prompted Environment Canada to issue a special weather statement for the Barrie, Midland, and Orillia areas Wednesday.

The special weather statement includes Barrie, Collingwood, Hillsdale, Midland, Coldwater, Orr Lake, Orillia Lagoon City, and Washago.

The national weather agency says the strong winds should last into Wednesday night. 
Westerly winds are expected to gust between 70 to 80 km/h in the wake of a strong cold front.

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Periods of rain and snow are also expected in some areas.

The weather agency said the strongest winds are expected near the eastern shores of the Great Lakes, where wind gusts up to 90 km/h may occur.

Winds are expected to ease from west to east later Wednesday night.

Environment Canada warns strong winds may toss loose objects and cause tree branches to break, and Isolated utility outages may occur.

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Ukrainian embassy explosion in Spain injures employee: police

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Spanish police said an employee at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday in an explosion that occurred while he was handling a letter.

The staff member suffered light injuries and went to hospital under his own steam, police said in a statement.

Detectives are investigating the incident, aided by forensic and intelligence investigators, the statement added.

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Ukraine’s embassy to Spain was not immediately reachable.

The area surrounding the embassy has been cordoned off, state broadcaster TVE reported.

(Reporting by Belén Carreño; Writing by David Latona; Editing by Aislinn Laing and Frank Jack Daniel)

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OPP say Brant County man in his 80s the victim in homicide investigation

OPP have identified a Brant County man in his 80s as the victim in a homicide investigation that started late last week.

The deceased was discovered just before 1 p.m. on Thursday at an address on Salt Springs Church Road following calls to police reporting a dead person in the area.

Police say the victim is Gordon Oughtred, 82, from the County of Brant.

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The investigation is ongoing.

The OPP’s crime unit in Brant County is leading the probe into the death.

Anyone with information on the case can reach out to the OPP or Brant County Crime Stoppers.

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