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Unity Key Theme at South Niagara Mayors’ Luncheon

May 2nd, 2012|

Mayors from the six south Niagara municipalities spoke to a packed crowd at the Italian Canadian Cultural Centre in Port Colborne last week, providing an update about the state of the southern tier. In the photo, from left: Pelham mayor Dave Augustyn, Niagara Falls mayor Jim Diodati, Welland mayor Barry Sharpe, Wainfleet mayor April [...]

Canadians ‘Empathetic’ To Those With Mental Illness

May 2nd, 2012|

Most Canadians have a friend or family member with a mental illness or addiction and believe the government should do more for people struggling with such problems, a new survey has found. The Salvation Army report says most Canadians also believe there is a link between mental illness and poverty. "In previous reports that we [...]

JHS Niagara’s Project REWIND

January 29th, 2012|

St. Catharines - A local program that repairs relationships and keeps kids out of court received a $139,200 cash injection from the Ontario Trillium Foundation Tuesday. Last year, Project REWIND (Restoring Events With Integrity Negotiation and Dignity) helped resolve disputes at local elementary and high schools 140 times, said Caroline Graham, youth services supervisor with [...]

Hundreds Flock to Job Fair

January 29th, 2012|

Employed and unemployed alike flocked to the St. Catharines Job Gym on Tuesday in the hopes of landing one of roughly 35 positions at Lakeside Steel. As more than 500 applied a line stretched down the street for most of the day. A few possible factory jobs drew in hundreds. Upwards of 500 individuals flocked [...]

Domestic Violence Death Review Committee Annual Report Released

January 29th, 2012|

The Office of the Chief Coroner for Ontario presents the 2010 Annual Report of the Domestic Violence Death Review Committee. The Domestic Violence Death Review Committee (DVDRC) was established by the Office of the Chief Coroner in 2003 to investigate and review deaths involving domestic violence, and to make recommendations aimed at preventing deaths in [...]

FAST FACTS: Bill C-10 Fact Sheet

January 29th, 2012|

Bill C-10, an omnibus bill, contains nine separate pieces of previously failed legislation. In addition to creating a number of new mandatory minimum sentences for a wide variety of offences, it increases the use of denunciation and longer sentences for young offenders, makes it easier for the Minister of Public Safety to deny Canadians incarcerated [...]

Tough But Not Smart on Crime

May 31st, 2011|

The Harper government’s omnibus crime bill suggests that judges should be encouraged to give harsher sentences “to deter the young person from committing offences.” The intention is to “reduce barriers to custody for violent and repeat young offenders” and to encourage the use of adult sentences for youths. It’s understandable when a government attempts to [...]