Month: March 2018

Peel Region curling teams undergo changes

By Perry Lefko Several curling teams in the Peel Region area will feature new lineups for the 2018-19 season because of personnel changes, which is not that uncommon in the sport. Perhaps the biggest one involves Caledon’s Allison Flaxey, who will be curling with a Manitoba team next season. The Manitoba native has curled in three provinces in the course of her career. After moving to Ontario in 2011, she skipped teams to provincial titles in 2012 and 2014. Flaxey joins a team that will include third Kate Cameron, second Taylor McDonald and lead Raunora Westcott. Cameron and McDonald...

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Tucker OT winner sinks Steelheads

Tyler Tucker was determined to make up for a costly penalty that allowed the Mississauga Steelheads to tie up the game with just 56 seconds remaining. Boy, did he ever. After getting a good dose of support from his teammates in the intermission, the defenceman went out and scored his second goal of the game just 16 seconds into overtime to give the Barrie Colts a 5-4 win, March 29, at the Hershey Centre. The win evened the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series at two games apiece with game five scheduled for March 31, back in Barrie. With the...

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Jockey Chantal Sutherland returning to ride at Woodbine

By Perry Lefko High-profile jockey Chantal Sutherland is coming home to again ride full time at Woodbine Racetrack. Sutherland, who grew up on a horse farm in Caledon, announced in March plans to return to ride at the Toronto track when the meet begins April 21. The 42-year-old is currently recovering from shoulder and knee injuries suffered in a racing spill at Louisiana in January. Sutherland achieved fame and success early in her racing career. She won the Sovereign Award as the top apprentice in Canada in 2001 and 2002. An apprentice is basically a young, inexperienced rider who...

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Average weekly earnings on the rise

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the average weekly earnings in January of non-farm payroll employees were $996. Average weekly earnings in Ontario increased 3.1 per cent to $1,015, with finance and insurance; public administration; and professional, scientific and technical services contributing the most to the rise. In January 2018, wages in Canada ranged from $2,092 for mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction workers to $399 for those employed in accommodation and food services. Notably, accommodation and food services earnings rose 8.2 per cent from the year before. The sector has been on an upward trend since March 2017 and...

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Police resources falling

According to a recent Statistics Canada report, the number of police officers per 100,000 people fell for a sixth consecutive year in 2017, reaching its lowest rate since 2004. The rate of police officer strength stood at 188 officers per 100,000 population in 2017, down one per cent from the previous year and lower than the peak strength of 206 officers in 1975. In Peel Region, the rate of police officers per 100,000 population stood at 140 in 2017, a decrease of two per cent from the year before. Overall, as of May 2017, there were 69,027 police officers and 29,049 civilians working for police services in Canada. That amounts to 168 more officers and 613 more civilians compared with 2016. But,...

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