Author: Jennifer Mclaughlin

Coyote awareness becoming increasingly important

Over the past few months, municipal officials have received an increased number of calls from residents about coyote sightings. Coyote-human interaction is becoming more common in communities as urban sprawl removes habitats where coyotes previously lived and people intentionally or unintentionally provide them with food sources. It is therefore important that residents understand coyote habitat, their behavior, what to do if a coyote is encountered, keeping your pets safe and how to deter coyotes from coming near homes. The coyote is a small relative of the wolf, averaging 30 to 40 pounds in weight, though may appear larger due...

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York Region students outpace provincial peers in EQAO testing

The Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) has released the results of the 2016-17 annual assessments completed in grades 3, 6, 9 and 10 for the last school year. The EQAO assessments focus on the areas of reading, writing and mathematics for grades 3 and 6, and mathematics for grade 9. The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) assesses grade 10 students’ proficiency in reading and writing. According to the latest results, students in both the York Region District School Board (YRDSB) and York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) continue to exceed provincial averages in all areas of testing....

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