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Two motorists critically injured in head-on crash

Two male drivers are in hospital in London with life-threatening injuries after a head-on crash on Imperial Road north of Mapleton Line Tuesday, Oct. 29, at about 7:34 a.m. Malahide Fire Chief Brent Smith said a pickup truck and a sports-utility vehicle were involved. The pickup was on fire when firefighters arrived at the scene,…

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TVDSB defers decision on rescinding closings of Springfield, New Sarum public schools

Thames Valley District School Board trustees, at a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, voted to defer consideration of a proposed rescinding of motions adopted by TVDSB in 2017 to close New Sarum and Springfield public schools. The meeting was attended by area elected officials, including Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek, along with concerned parents from both those…

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Vecchio wins second term as MP

A federal election was held on Monday, Oct. 21 in Canada. With nearly half of all votes, Conservative candidate Karen Vecchio will sit for a second term as the Elgin-Middlesex-London Member of Parliament. Nationally, the Liberals will stay in power, winning enough seats to form a minority government. As of Tuesday morning, preliminary results for…

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“Voices muzzled” as TVDSB rejects public delegations over school closures

Thames Valley District School Board has told mayors, parents and even an MPP who’s also a Cabinet minister they won’t be allowed to speak during a board meeting Tuesday, Oct. 22, where Elgin-St. Thomas trustees Meagan Ruddock and Bruce Smith will try to overturn previous decisions to close elementary schools in Springfield and New Sarum.…

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Seeking to rescind closings of Springfield, New Sarum schools

Elgin-St. Thomas trustees Meagan Ruddock and Bruce Smith are mounting an effort to rescind previous decisions by Thames Valley District School Board to close elementary schools in Springfield and New Sarum, if and when a large new elementary school is built in Belmont. Those decisions were made in 2017, but whether or not the province…

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Five exotic animals die in fire

Five animals, an alpaca, two pot-bellied pigs and two New Guinea singing dogs were lost in a fire at Educational Animal Displays on Woolleyville Line in Malahide on Sunday, Oct. 13. Owner Velma Sheppard said a neighbour rescued a camel from the burning barn, which was destroyed in the blaze. Two other buildings, in the…

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Deal scotches school closings

The Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Ontario government reached a last-minute tentative contract deal on Sunday night, Oct. 6, preventing wide-scale public and Catholic school closings across the province that had been expected on Monday, Oct. 7. Both Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board had warned that all…

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Potential school closings Monday, Oct. 7

Both Thames Valley District School Board and London District Catholic School Board have warned that all schools will be closed to students on Monday, Oct. 7, unless weekend talks with the Canadian Union of Public Employees results in a breakthrough. CUPE has announced school custodians and support staff will go on strike as of Monday…

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East Elgin Concrete wins Port Bruce harbour contract

Malahide councillors on Monday, Sept. 23, awarded a contract for improvements to the entrance to Port Bruce Harbour to East Elgin Concrete Forming of Tillsonburg, which had the lowest of three bids at $1,926,600. Development and Community Services Director Gene DiMeo told councillors work was expected to start in about a week. An east breakwall…

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Mennill seeks new tack on amalgamation

Malahide Mayor David Mennill is looking for a detour route to still reach his goal of having the township and Aylmer councillors sit down as a group to see if a potential merger between the two communities is worth looking into. Aylmer councillors continue to balk, saying again and again they want more information first,…

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