Author: Perry Lefko

Former Brampton Thunder, Laura Stacey embraces being King Clancy’s great granddaughter

By Perry Lefko As the great-granddaughter of King Clancy, Laura Stacey has great hockey bloodlines. And now she is about to make her family proud while she represents her country at the 2018 Winter Olympics. Stacey, a forward with the Markham Thunder of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League, was chosen to represent Canada in the Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9-25. Stacey joins fellow Thunder teammates Laura Fortino and Jocelyne Larocque on the 23-player roster. Fortino and Larocque, both defence players, have previous experience playing for Canada’s Olympic team. Stacey is one of several rookies chosen to play...

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Local firefighter Amber Bowman wins Dr. Oz Next Great Trainer competition

By Perry Lefko Dreams do come true. Just ask high-performance athlete/firefighter Amber Bowman. As a young girl, Amber had a dream to perform on a world stage in sports and go on to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy, fit life. She also dreamed of one day being on Oprah Winfrey’s show. Now that is all happening. Amber grew up in Barrie and currently lives in Caledon. She’s employed as a firefighter for Central York Fire Department of Newmarket and Aurora and has been selected as Dr. Memhet Oz’s Next Great Trainer. Last August, at Salt Lake...

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Brampton entrepreneur starts paralegal business to save people money on traffic violations

By Perry Lefko Growing up in Brampton, Ryan De Souza had an interest in law and he’s turned that into a paralegal career specifically geared to help people fight highway traffic violations in Ontario. The 37-year-old began Legal Auto Protect last October, offering consumers a chance to buy a membership as protection to help fight traffic tickets. His company is based at 2 County Court Boulevard in Brampton. His entry into the paralegal field came through a circuitous route. He studied at Sheridan College in Brampton, but left that to take a full-time job at a Chrysler assembly plant,...

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Arlene Paculan hopes to release new album in 2018

By Perry Lefko Mississauga singer/songwriter Arlene Paculan is in the midst of recording her third album and hopes to have it ready for release sometime this year. The album, which is untitled at this point and is halfway complete, will be her first in five years. She expects to have seven to nine songs, but is unsure whether to release the material as an extended play and possibly a full album a year later. “Because I write so much it’s cool to record it and have all the instrumentation that myself or the producer decides and having other people...

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Gold comes a year later for McLeod and Raddysh in World Junior Hockey tournament

By Perry Lefko A year after they were members of Team Canada that suffered a heartbreaking loss in the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship final, Mississauga’s Michael McLeod and Caledon’s Taylor Raddysh celebrated a golden moment in the 2018 tournament. McLeod and Raddysh were among the seven returning members from last year’s squad who celebrated a gold-medal win on Jan. 4 at Buffalo in Team Canada’s 3-1 win over Sweden. Last year, the two players were on the losing end of a 5-4 shootout loss to the United States. Raddysh, a second-round Tampa Bay Lightning draft...

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Calendar of Events

  1. Black Enslavement in Upper Canada

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  2. The Black Community in Peel in the Late 19th Century

    November 10, 2017 - April 15, 2018
  3. A Thread and a Story

    November 10, 2017 - February 25, 2018
  4. What’s for Dinner?

    November 25, 2017 - November 25, 2018
  5. Skate on the Square

    December 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am - March 16, 2018 @ 10:30 pm