Month: September 2017

Bat tests positive for rabies virus in York Region

The Regional Municipality of York has received confirmation a bat has tested positive for the rabies virus in the Town of Richmond Hill. This is the first confirmed rabies case in York Region in 2017. While the percentage of rabies-infected bats in Ontario is considered low, people should avoid approaching or coming into contact with the animals. Rabies affects the central nervous system of warm-blooded mammals, including humans, and is transmitted through a bite, lick or scratch from an infected animal. While most reported cases involve wild animals such as bats, foxes, raccoons and skunks, dogs and cats are also...

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Seeing the bigger picture at political breakfast

Representatives from three levels of government tried to get members of the local business community to look at the bigger picture at the chamber’s breakfast event on September 15. Jane Philpott, MP and Minister of Indigenous Services; Helena Jaczek, MPP and Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services; and Mayor Justin Altman tackled lots of hot topics at the Power Hour event. Hosted by the Stouffville Chamber of Commerce, the breakfast took place at Meadowbrook Golf Club and provided a platform for local professionals and business owners to ask about taxes, healthcare in schools, and the newly proposed minimum...

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Gallery gets new curator

Latcham Gallery curator Elisa Coish starts in October and will have the upcoming Travis Shilling exhibit on display starting Nov. 2. Coish is a University of Toronto graduate with a BA, Honours in Art History and Cinema Studies. For the past ten years, she held the position of Associate Curator for the Corporate Art Collection at the Bank of Montreal. In this role she helped support and celebrate contemporary art, managing a collection of over 8000 pieces worldwide. She has also worked with the Malcove Collection at the University of Toronto, the Gardiner Ceramic Museum and served two terms...

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EIC helps Barbuda families in need

Emmanuel International Canada is helping the families of Barbuda with emergency food kits.. Hurricane Irma ran a path of destruction across the Leeward Islands and Barbuda was the hardest hit. Packing 185-mile-per-hour winds, the storm destroyed houses, snapping trees and killing at least one person. Confirmed reports indicate that the infrastructure of Barbuda is 90% destroyed. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of the two-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, described the island as “barely habitable” after the powerful Category 5 storm struck. This is a crisis of major proportion, for those who are in shelters have their houses destroyed....

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Local actor finds a bigger stage

Starting your performance career in ballet class at a dance studio in Stouffville may not, at first glance, seem like a certain path to Hollywood success but Amy Forsyth is well on her way to proving it possible! The Markham born actress is a veteran of local theatre companies Unionville Theatre Company, Markham Youth Theatre and City Youth Players but is now lighting up TV screens across North America. Appearances on Degrassi: The Next Generation and the CW’s Reign garnered her great reviews and led her to a leading roll in the popular American series, The Path (which aired...

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