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A Kitchener train is holding east of Bloor due to an operational error. Unfortunately, the location of this train is blocking the Barrie Line. Barrie trains will have to hold until the GO Train ahead is able to move. The following trains are affected:
•The Allandale Waterfront 06:22 – Union 08:03 train trip is holding south of York University.
•The Maple 07:45 – Union 08:19 train trip is holding south of York University.
•The Allandale Waterfront 06:52 – Union 08:33 train trip is holding south of York University.
The search continues for the body of a seven year old boy who is believed to have drowned near Burk’s Falls.. Officials say the child was playing in the Magnetawan River when he ventured too far into the water and was swept away by a strong current… A massive search involving the OPP helicopter, marine and canine units failed to turn up any sign of the boy… Search crews even lowered the water level in the river – to no avail. The dive team will resume the recovery effort this morning….
There are at least two investigations ongoing after a major security breach this past weekend at Waypoint Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene….
A patient scaled a wall and escaped from the maximum security division of the hospital on Saturday night. He was caught a couple hours later with the help of a police canine unit – but was injured in the arrest, which means the province’s SIU has been called in…
Waypoint officials are also staging an internal probe to find out what went wrong, and to come up with a plan to prevent a similar breach in the future… This is the first time in 30 years that a patient has broken out of a maximum security ward – and comes on the heels of the move from Oak Ridge to a new facility….
Meanwhile, some area residents are very concerned – about both the escape and the fact there was no notice or alert from either police or Waypoint….
Breaking news….There is a new fast food combo this morning – Burger King and Tim Hortons have just announced a deal that will see Burger King acquire the Canadian coffee chain and create the world’s third-largest fast-food company.
The new fast-food giant will be based in Canada. Each brand will be managed independently.
And just about everyone else has done it, but will Stephen Harper accept the challenge? That is the question after actor Leonardo DiCaprio challenged our prime minister to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. We are still waiting on a response from the PMO… Stay tuned….
We are just learning of a major security breach at the Maximum security division of Waypoint Mental Health Centre. A patient climbed over a courtyard fence Saturday, and while alarms sounded immediately, but it was two hours before he was found and returned to custody.
Waypoint officials are meeting today to review the situation today – and we’ve got a call into management for an explanation.
The mental health centre just went through a 470 million dollar upgrade, including the maximum security division which was relocated from the former Oak Ridge facility.
It’s going to be a hot and mainly sunny day in Central Ontario…If you are thinking of cooling off at an area beach today, there are more than a dozen you may want to avoid due to high levels of bacteria…Among the beaches that the Simcoe Muskoka Health unit has posted with advisories are: Moose Beach, Tudhope Beach and Couchiching Beach in Orillia….Pete Peterson Park and Little Lake in Midland, Waterfront Park in Penetanguishene and Innisfil Beach Park North and South in Innisfil…
We have a full list and a link to the heath unit at our website, under local news….
Tay ALBERT STREET BEACH Advisory 2014/08/22
Orillia MOOSE BEACH /TUDHOPE BEACH Advisory 2014/08/22
Orillia COUCHICHING BEACH Advisory 2014/08/22
Georgian Bay PORT SEVERN BEACH Advisory 2014/08/22
Midland GAWLEY PARK BEACH Advisory 2014/08/21
Huntsville PORT SYDNEY BEACH Advisory 2014/08/20
Oro-Medonte BAYVIEW MEMORIAL PARK Advisory 2014/08/20
Adjala-Tosorontio EARL ROWE DAY WEST BEACH Advisory 2014/08/19
Adjala-Tosorontio EARL ROWE DAY BEACH Advisory 2014/08/19
Clearview NEW LOWELL CONSERVATION PARK BEACH Advisory 2014/08/15
Innisfil INNISFIL BEACH PARK NORTH Advisory 2014/08/14
Penetanguishene WATERFRONT PARK PENETANG Advisory 2014/08/14
Midland LITTLE LAKE PARK MIDLAND BEACH Advisory 2014/08/14
Tay MAGNUS PARK Advisory 2014/08/14
Midland PETE PETERSEN PARK BEACH Advisory 2014/08/08
Innisfil INNISFIL BEACH PARK SOUTH Advisory 2014/07/17
The Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit is continuously re-testing and updating the results. Latest updates are available at:
This has been a deadly year for motorcyclists on Ontario highways, with 26 motorcycle fatalities so far this year– and still a couple of months left in the riding season. The chief instructor for the Georgian College motorcycle safety program says it’s clear riders on two wheels, need to be acutely aware of what’s happening. Jen Martin has been teaching safe riding for more than 20 years.
OPP say the causes of recent motorcycle crashes are varied.They include speed and alcohol, and in many cases the actions of other drivers.
For information on Georgian College Motorcycle training programs click here
Barrie OPP have released a photo of man suspected of ripping off a convenience store in Oro-Medonte earlier this week. Tuesday afternoon, a man slipped into a private area of the Mac’s store on highway 11 and helped himself to some cash. Though the staff didn’t see him — security cameras did. If you recognize him — OPP would appreciate a call.
A teenager is missing from Georgina. Police say 15-year-old Natalie Williams was last seen yesterday afternoon, and her family is concerned for her well being.
She is described as;
5’4, 105lbs, Brown eyes, Black hair, Last seen wearing a grey-hooded sweatshirt, dark pants and green running shoes.
If you know where she is you’re asked to call police.