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New Restrictions Cause Pardon Applications to Plummet

40% fewer offenders filed for pardons compared with 2009-2010 OTTAWA — Applications for criminal record suspensions, formerly known as pardons, have plummeted since the Conservative government finalized tough new rules last spring. Statistics released to The Canadian Press under the federal access-to-information law show 15,871 applicants between March 2012 and this past December, down more

Program Empowers Families

WELLAND - Everyone knows that children do not come with an instruction manual. And if you have kids, have been around kids or ever was a kid — you can appreciate that parenting is hard work and not always easy. Add to the equation other factors beyond your control, and parents can easily become overwhelmed

Police plan for Crime Prevention Week

St. Catharines - Niagara Regional Police officers will be walking a different kind of beat next week. Armed with pamphlets and information aimed at heading off crime before it happens, the officers will patrol a number of Niagara cities and towns as part of an educational campaign. The effort is part of a broader slate

Fort Erie Speedway Gets Green Light

FORT ERIE The Ontario Municipal Board gave the green light Monday to a proposal to build a $150-million, 65,000-seat auto racing facility in this Niagara border town. The decision from OMB vice chair Susan de Avellar Schiller ordered the dismissal of appeals against the Canadian Motor Speedway. The ruling did set out a number of

Fort Erie: The Road Ahead

Fort Erie has been dealt many blows this year. Today, we begin a two-part special report on the impact and what lies ahead for the border town. Happy Land. The simple, makeshift wooden sign painted yellow and pink is faded and unkept. The store is in even worse condition. Empty, windows barred, a thick layer

Pulling Together to Fight Bullying

NIAGARA FALLS - For Amanda Flasko, the bullying escalated into a world of anguish at two Niagara elementary schools. Pennies were thrown at her in a playground. The cruel taunts were never-ending. She was threatened with beatings and fake blood poured outside her locker. By Grade 9, she was suicidal and struggling with post-traumatic stress

How Adults Can Stem the Tide of Bullying

As we observe National Bullying Awareness Month this October, and we ask our children and our schools to prevent bullying, we ought to take a hard look at ourselves too. Are we promoting bullying by repeating and laughing at fat jokes? Are we encouraging bullying by scornful and sarcastic remarks that we make about gays

St. Catharines and Welland Job Seekers Can Take Aim at Target

WELLAND - Are you looking to make your mark in retail? Hiring has begun for Target’s first Canadian stores, which are scheduled to open in March and April 2013. Throughout the fall, the retail giant will be looking for applicants to fill a variety of store positions at its first 24 stores in Ontario, including

Transcom Adding 158 Jobs in St. Catharines

ST. CATHARINES - Transcom has announced it’s adding 158 mainly seasonal positions to its St. Catharines call centre. This, only a week after a week-old confirmation from Sitel it’s hiring 300 new workers in the Garden City. “It’s a good news story,” said Transcom spokeswoman Caroline Spivak. “Transcom is looking very positively at the Canadian

Program Transforms Young People

ST. CATHARINES - Warren Witlox knew he needed a fire lit under him. With a failed semester of school under his belt and no cash to pay for higher education, he figured he could use a helping hand sprucing up his work ethic. Fast-forward to Friday, when Witlox graduated from the John Howard Society’s summer