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Rescue aircraft overhead, boat limps back to Port Bruce

An 18-foot fishing boat ran out of fuel for its main engine in Lake Erie off Port Bruce Thursday night, Sept. 17, as waters became rough, Elgin Ontario Provincial Police Constable Troy Carlson reported. Two adults, 30 and 23, were on the boat and called for help at 9:18 p.m. In conjunction with the Joint…

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Ontario clamping down on illegal social event organizers

Ontario Premier Doug Ford, alarmed by increasing numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases across Ontario, said that as of Friday, Sept. 18, anyone organizing a social event that exceeded local limits on such gathering would be charged and potentially subject to a $10,000 fine. That’s on top of a $750 fine that could be levied against…

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COVID-19 back on upswing, mostly in Woodstock

Southwestern Public Health was reporting a total of nine ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing on Wednesday, Sept. 16, an increase of four from the previous day. One new case was reported in Central Elgin, and three more in Woodstock and area, which was now at a total of seven. One ongoing case continues…

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TVDSB postpones start of remote learning

Thames Valley District School Board announced on Friday, Sept. 11, that full remote learning for elementary pupils won’t begin now until Wednesday, Sept. 16 and for secondary students on Thursday, Sept. 17. The original start date had been Monday, Sept. 14. The board, in a statement, blamed the challenge in establishing a remote learning system…

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Elgin down to two cases

Elgin County is down to just two ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing, Southwestern Public Health was reporting on Tuesday morning, Sept. 8. No new cases have been confirmed since Aug. 24. The two remaining cases are in Aylmer and Bayham, with one each. That’s down from five cases, with three in Aylmer and…

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Time ticking down to change schooling method

Education Director Mark Fisher, at a meeting of Thames Valley District School Board on Tuesday night, Aug. 25, announced that based on abrupt changes required by the province on how schools would work in September, TVDSB would allow parents to change the way they had opted for their child to be educated for the coming…

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School opening pushed back to Sept. 14

The opening of elementary schools in Thames Valley District School Board has been pushed back by almost a week to Monday, Sept. 14, instead of Tuesday, Sept. 8. (London District Catholic School Board is expected to do the same.) Even then, elementary pupils won’t all return on that day. Instead, half the pupils will attend…

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Cases down by two in Aylmer, one in St. Thomas

Southwestern Public Health was reporting 11 ongoing cases of COVID-19 confirmed by testing in Aylmer and area on Tuesday, Aug. 25, a decrease of two from the previous day. The number of cases in St. Thomas also declined slightly, to six from seven, while Bayham remained steady at five and Woodstock at two. One new…

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Southwestern Public Health tracking 27 ongoing COVID-19 cases

Southwestern Public Health on Monday, Aug. 24, was tracking 27 ongoing cases of COVID-19 in Elgin County, St. Thomas and Oxford County. The electronic “dashboard” on the health unit’s website had been down for several days as Southwestern and other health units in Ontario switched to a new reporting system. Thirteen of the ongoing cases…

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Man held in commercial fishing boat fire

A man, 19, is in Elgin Ontario Provincial Police custody after a commercial fishing vessel was heavily damaged by a fire on Saturday night, Aug. 22. The fire was being investigated as an arson by police and the Ontario Fire Marshal’s Office, Elgin OPP Constable Troy Carlson said. The fire was spotted at 11:45 p.m.,…

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