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University moving ahead with major new campus building

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WindsorOntarioNews.com August 10 2016

The University of Windsor is moving ahead on what it hopes will be a major new campus building which will also be part of the renovation of the 1960s-era Essex Hall (left), which houses science and engineering studies.

The university has called for “prequalification” submissions from contractors for what it’s calling its new Science Research Innovation Facility.

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Prominent developer turns thumbs down on Power building

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WindsorOntarioNews.com July 6 2016

A prominent city developer has pulled out of a plan to purchase the venerable Hiram Walker Power Building at Devonshire Road and Riverside Drive.

Peter Valente, president of Valente Development Corp., said there was “too much uncertainty” over development of the site, which has long remained vacant after a period when artists used the building for studios.

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Ont.'s largest credit union exits DT for Howard - EC Row axis

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WindsorOntarioNews.com June 23 2016

A major financial institution is decamping from the downtown.

The province's largest credit union is moving its sole local branch from the city core to the EC Row Expressway/Howard Avenue, Devonshire Mall/Roundhouse Centre commercial axis.

Meridian credit union, with headquarters in St. Catharines and which has more than 250,000 members and $13 billion under management, will be moving into a higher profile but slightly smaller branch in a newly built commercial pad at the Roundhouse Centre July 25.

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Paul Martin Building restorer worked on Parliament buildings

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WindsorOntarioNews.com May 16 2016

The same company that has worked on Ottawa’s Parliament buildings and Toronto’s Old City Hall got the contact to repair the venerable Paul Martin Building in downtown Windsor.

Scarborough-based Colonial Restoration will start the repair job after the Victoria Day long weekend as huge scaffolding continues to go up on the building, which used to serve as a post office and contain other federal offices.

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Muncipalities to pay thousands for new emissions control tests

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WindsorOntarioNews.com April 28 2016

Municipalities across the province will have to fork over hundreds of thousands of dollars for new emissions tests.

New rules beginning January 2017 remove vehicles such as vacuum trucks and street sweepers from construction or so-called Road Building Machine (RBM) classification and designate them under Commercial Motor Vehicle.

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Three block long New Orleans party coming to Ottawa Street

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WindsorOntarioNews.com April 22 2016

You’ll be able to legally walk along several street blocks, beads around your neck and booze or non-alcoholic drinks in hand, during a brand new festival that will take place in the city in June.

The festival will mimic the atmosphere of Mardi Gras in New Orleans and is called appropriately enough The Bourbon Street Experience.

The event will run Friday and Saturday June 24 & 25 when a part of the Ottawa Street business district will be blocked off and turned into a giant street party.

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Thousands could be employed in emerging health sciences field

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WindsorOntarioNews.com April 8 2016

First there was the auto industry, then the casino business, and the next wave of economic diversification is expected to be health sciences.

That’s the hope of several groups – including universities, hospitals, small business, and development agencies – seeking to create a so-called Cross Border Health Corridor.

Drawing on the strength of an already large pool of skilled labour in engineering and manufacturing, and widespread academic research, “we want to diversify into life sciences” and a whole new industry, says Deborah Livneh (pictured), who’s heading up the project and is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at WEtech Alliance.

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Transit Windsor's bus fleet is now "98 per cent" accessible

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 23 2016

Transit Windsor’s bus fleet is now almost entirely accessible.

That means people with mobility issues will be able to travel easily on the so-called “low floor” buses, which were first introduced into TW’s fleet in 1997.

A report to the city’s environment, transportation and pubic safety committee says there will be only “two remaining high floor buses” in the fleet or the kind that required three steps to enter or exit.

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March Break alert: rockslide closes I-75 in Tennessee

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 6 2016

Motorists driving south for March Break might want to take notice of a major road closure along I-75.

Due to a rock fall Feb. 26 in Tennessee’s Campbell County, just south of the Kentucky state line, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) has temporarily closed both south and northbound lanes.

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Colosseum still one of world's top 25 concert theatre venues

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WindsorOntarioNews.com February 23 2016

Ceasars Windsor continues to rank among the top 25 theatre venues in the world in 2015, according to Pollstar, which tracks concert ticket sales.

Last year it ranked #22 with 216,165 paid attendance.

It was the top theatre in Canada for ticket sales. The next Canadian venue which sold the most tickets was the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary, with 146,707 sales.

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Chimczuk Museum to open while AGW makes most of upper floors

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WindsorOntarioNews.com February 4 2016

The finishing touches are being put on the city’s new museum named after its benefactor Joseph Chimczuk.

Most of the displays are in place and new signs erected for the separate entrance to the museum as well as Art Gallery of Windsor, which shares the same building.

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Film seeks to "expose" truth behind Bernauer investigation

WindsorOntarioNews.com January 28 2016

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A new film about the high profile death of a local 18-year-old will “expose” those behind the official report of the cause of Emily Bernauer’s (left) death.

“The idea is to make sure we expose the people that didn’t tell the truth and making sure that the people who are responsible are going to be exposed and people need to know and see the truth,” Emily’s father, Christian Bernauer, said.

Following on last September’s theatre release of Angel Baby, a biography of Emily Bernauer, will be the documentary The Cost of Truth, currently in production by Emily’s brother, C.J. Bernauer, who also produced, directed and edited the first film.

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Windsor Club set for a whole new era in spiffy riverfront digs

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WindsorOntarioNews.com January 21 2016

The venerable Windsor Club is recreating itself with a new waterside presence and opening itself to the public in a way that it hasn’t before.

The club, long an organization for the area’s business elite perched atop the CIBC tower downtown, has moved into the Wiser Reception Centre, part of the Wiser/Hiram Walker distillery complex on Riverside Dr. East.

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Windsor's new bus stop benches resist both graffiti and vagrants

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WindsorOntarioNews.com January 6 2016

A new dark-coloured bus bench making its appearance on city streets not only ads a bit more comfort to waiting for the next bus but is designed to resist graffiti and vagrancy.

The so-called Lexington Bench is part of a major order for new benches and bus shelters recently contracted by the City of Windsor for some 800 sites where there is “street furniture” such as benches, shelters and waste receptacles.

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First free hour of parking at downtown garages to end Jan. 1

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WindsorOntarioNews.com December 17 2015

The longstanding free first hour of parking at Windsor’s municipal downtown parking garages is coming to an end effective January 1st.

That was a surprise to Larry Horwitz, who heads the downtown business improvement association, and who was caught off guard, saying the decision is a violation of an understanding his group had with the city.

“Unbelievable,” he said.

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U Windsor first campus to host interior GPS-type technology

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WindsorOntarioNews.com December 1 2015

The first interior hi-tech navigation system for blind and sight impaired people at a Canadian university is coming to the University of Windsor.

Next week the university hosts an open house on BlindSquare technology.

“The University has digitally mapped out pathways and building entrances to customize the outdoor travel experience for blind students,” David Best, a St. Catharines-based accessibility IT specialist and disability activist, said.

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Windsor could take between 160 - 200 Syrian refugees, city says

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WindsorOntarioNews.com November 25 2015

The number of Syrian refugees coming to Windsor could be between 160 and 200, according to initial figures discussed between city and senior government officials.

But that number is far from certain and the refugee settlement process is “very fluid,” said Jalena Payne, the city’s commissioner for community development and health.

“We have heard everything from 160 coming to Windsor to 200 if they base it solely on per capita,” she said.

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The Windsor Star converting to major new format "very soon"

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WindsorOntarioNews.com October 7 2015

The Windsor Star may have inadvertently today revealed online a mock-up of its new format.

And a spokeswoman for the Star’s parent company, Postmedia Network, confirmed the newspaper will definitely be converting to a much changed look.

Postmedia has been converting its dailies in other cities to a rather uniform new format which features a top corner block logo with the paper’s name, removing the paper’s traditional - and time honoured - mastheads.

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Home town Valiant opts for Michigan site over Windsor

WindsorOntarioNews.com September 22 2015

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Windsor-based Valiant International has opted for suburban Detroit over Windsor as a location for a new US $33 million plant.

The Michigan Strategic Fund, a state agency, is expected to approve a $2.4 million incentive grant as early as today.

The 187,000 sq. ft. plant will be located in Auburn Hills after Valiant purchases an existing building in the city located north of Detroit.

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Union blames Tory cuts for major back-ups at the border

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WindsorOntarioNews.com August 25 2015

Major lack of staffing is being blamed for border delays for motorists and truckers coming into Windsor.

The union representing Customs officers who staff the booths and secondary inspection plazas say the Windsor-Detroit border is short as many as 40 staff.

“There’s somewhere around 40 officers missing right now, Jean-Pierre Fortin, national president of the Customs and Immigration Union, said from the union’s Ottawa headquarters, when contacted by WON.com.

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Trucks blocking car lane "frustrating," bridge says

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WindsorOntarioNews.com July 31 2015

Don’t be surprised if you’re zipping across the Ambassador Bridge only to come to an abrupt halt a kilometre or so from the Canadian Customs plaza because trucks are blocking the car lane.

Delays in Customs’ processing trucks and resulting trucker frustrations have truckers thinking they can get ahead by moving out of their designated right lane and into the left lane reserved for cars, only to get stuck there, delaying motorists from reaching the plaza.

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County residents will still have quick access to emergency care

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WindsorOntarioNews.com July 17 2015

Don’t fear, Essex County residents.

Once the new mega hospital is built you won’t be forced to lose time by driving out of your way into central Windsor to go to the new emergency Urgent Care Centre (UCC).

Despite an emphasis on emergency care at the innovative UCC at the old Grace Hospital site on University Ave. W., if it’s more convenient, residents still will be able to access the emergency department at the new mega hospital, planned for County Rd. 42 across from Windsor airport.

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Law doesn't apply because of Transit Windsor's unique status

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WindsorOntarioNews.com June 25 2015

Transit Windsor may look like any other Ontario transit system but it’s not.

It has 112 buses running on 13 routes covering 121 square miles, overwhelmingly in Canada.

But because it operates just one bus route - the Tunnel Bus - across the border to Detroit, it makes all the difference in the world, at least for how the system is governed.

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Knife incident led to Windsor hospital guards' security vests

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WindsorOntarioNews.com May 12 2015

Visitors to Windsor Regional Hospital may be taken aback to notice the bullet proof-like vests worn by security staff, similar to those worn by law enforcement officials.

After all, hospitals aren't known as places of violence, are they?

According to hospital staff the vests are a "proactive" measure.

And they’re not bullet proof, and therefore not the same as the vests worn by Windsor’s Finest or those worn by Canada Border Services Agency personnel.

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Marketing cheap exchange rate to tourists not on front burner

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WindsorOntarioNews.com April 20 2015

The exchange rate might be highly favourable to our friends across the border but local agencies tasked with attracting shoppers and investment aren’t exactly putting the issue on the front burner.

The dollar is trading over 80 cents but until recently was in the high 70 cent range, making travel to Canada for shopping and dining out a huge bargain for the more than four million people who live in the metro Detroit area, as well as many living further but in day trip range.

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Cuba won't release Windsor man's ashes until family pays up

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 13 2015

A Windsor woman has to raise more than $7000 to bring her dead husband back from Cuba or else the body won’t be returned.

Erica Browne‘s husband Steven Sullivan (pictured left) was vacationing in the island state with friends when he died suddenly of a pulmonary edema Feb. 18.

There is no government assistance to help Browne in this unique and tragic situation so her family had to set up a page on the Go Fund Me website - http://www.gofundme.com/noi9ac - seeking money to pay the Cuban government to release Steve’s ashes.

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Often cheaper to fly overseas from Windsor than from Detroit

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 2 2015

Contrary to popular belief it’s sometimes cheaper to fly from Windsor to Europe than it is to fly from Detroit.

For example, fares - all in US dollars - advertised on discount travel sites to European destinations consistently show flying from Windsor through Toronto are hundreds of dollars cheaper than flying out of Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Example travel dates shows that a return fare May 12 - 16 from Windsor to Frankfurt on FlightHub starting at $842, on Orbitz $1017, Cheap Tickets $1010, Priceline $1010 and One Travel $854 and Smart Fares $841.

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CCAC health staff's top wages as high as $40 to $60 per hour

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WindsorOntarioNews.com February 15 2015

Community Care Access Centre case managers who went on strike January 30 are being paid upwards of $42.85 per hour.

Education facilitators and wound care specialists at the highest level - level 6 - make $44.13 per hour.

And nurse practitioners at the highest level earn $59.74 an hour.

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New gov't gambling site won't cannibalize Caesars - officials

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WindsorOntarioNews.com February 9 2015

Ontario’s new PlayOLG gambling website isn’t expected to negatively impact Windsor’s casino.

PlayOLG came on line in January and offers consumers Internet gambling - everything from buying lottery tickets to playing the slots and Blackjack.

One might think this would be an example of the Government of Ontario, which runs the website, cannibalizing its own traditional gaming industry, such as encouraging people to physically buy lottery tickets or personally visit casinos, which the province regulates and profits from.

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Legion official "surprised" by exemption from smoking ban

No comment from anti-smoking group

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Dec 16 2014

Ontario is banning smoking in all Ontario outdoor bar and restaurant patios effective January 1st with one exception: the Royal Canadian Legion.

The update to the Smoke-Free Ontario Act explicitly states that “all bar and restaurant patios, whether covered or not” will be subject to the ban, which has proved controversial in some quarters.

Meanwhile the Legion will have “an exemption for uncovered patios established by the Royal Canadian Legion – Ontario Provincial Command before November 18, 2013.”

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Iconic, controversial protest mask for sale at local Indigo

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Dec 4 2014

One of the most iconic – and controversial - symbols of recent political protests is for sale at Indigo’s suburban Lakeshore store.

The Guy Fawkes mask has become a common sight worn by protesters at rallies from Quebec student anti-tuition demonstrations to the Occupy movement and beyond.

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Ont. still approves guardrails banned by many U.S. states

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Nov 7 2014

Despite more than a dozen US states refusing to purchase guardrails from a Texas manufacturer the Ontario Ministry of Transportation continues to purchase the products but is monitoring a U.S. probe into their safety.

Thirteen states including Michigan will no longer purchase the guardrails from Trinity Industries of Dallas.

And the state of Virginia says it will actually remove the barriers because of safety concerns.

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Windsor Star historical murals orphaned, can't find new home

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Oct 28 2014 Photo by Gary Martin

While parts of Windsor, including downtown, are festooned with large and attractive murals telling stories of the city’s history, two prominent ones have been taken down and are seemingly orphaned, at least for the tome being.

The murals, part of the successful Postcards from Home program which employed local artists through a federal government job creation program in 2005, used to be prominently displayed on the iconic Windsor Star building on Ferry Street downtown.

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Women's rights groups still use male-only member Caboto Club

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Oct. 7 2014

Two important organizations that advocate for women’s rights continue to use the Caboto Club, which restricts women’s membership, even after a local woman went public earlier this year calling out the club for its male-only status.

The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW), one of whose purposes is “the advancement of the status of women, human rights and the common good,” recently booked a mayoral debate Oct. 1 at the club in central Windsor, perhaps the city’s best known and most well used venue among banquet halls for public and private meetings and conferences.

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Is there a wall of community mailboxes in your future?

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WindsorOntarioNews.com August 8 2014

It might be mailbox overkill.

Mailboxes like you haven’t seen before could be coming to streets and neighbourhoods near you.

Some of the first pictures of Canada Post’s new urban mailboxes aren’t a pretty sight and may spark considerable opposition by residents once they get to see exactly what the boxes look like, according to the union representing postal workers.

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Tessier says he would donate 25 per cent of mayor's salary

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WindsorOntarioNews.com July 25 2014

Mike Tessier says if elected mayor he’d donate 25 per cent of the mayor’s base salary to social agencies.

“That’s why I made a promise – and it’s one of the few promises that I will deliver on – that if I’m elected mayor I want to donate a minimum of 25 per cent of the mayor’s base pay to places like Goodfellows, Mission, Salvation Army,” he said.

Tessier has been a fixture at council meetings for well over a decade.

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City/BIA issued tokens help ward off parking meter blues

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WindsorOntarioNews.com June 23 2014

One way to beat the parking meter blues is through City of Windsor - issued parking meter tokens.

And city business improvement areas (BIAs) have been helping merchants plug meters - for free - for customers who may not have change or need more time.

The shiny golden coloured tokens have been around for years although some BIAs are more aware of them than others.

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London MPP pledges to look after Windsor region's interests

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WindsorOntarioNews.com June 13 2014

London North Central Liberal MPP Deb Matthews says she will make special efforts to represent deep southwestern Ontario in the provincial cabinet following the defeat of the area’s only Liberal, Windsor West’s Teresa Piruzza.

Matthews may be two hours up the highway but she says that won’t prevent her from having Windsor and Essex County’s greatest interests at heart, despite the fact there is no Liberal MPP between here and her constituency.

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Windsor mall store chosen for new upscale fashion boutique

WindsorOntarioNews.com May 9 2014

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A little bit of upscale fashion is now in Windsor.

A new boutique has opened at Hudson’s Bay Company’s (HBC) Windsor store: Lord & Taylor.

The fashionable U.S. brand, purchased by HBC in 2012, has parlayed Lord & Taylor’s soft goods – such as clothing – into boutiques at select Bay stores across Canada.

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Tax counter services closure another "big blow" to downtown

WindsorOntarioNews.com April 18 2014

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Windsor’s downtown tax office has closed its counter services.

The office on Ouellette Ave. located near the doorway of the Paul Martin building, was in fact closed last October, and used to serve people looking for paper forms, and advice, as they prepare their income taxes.

According to downtown promoters the closure is another nail in the coffin of the venerable Paul Martin federal building, which already has a years-old construction hoarding around it to protect pedestrians from falling building debris.

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Region's French boards' schools are now bursting at the seams

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 4 2014

Both the Catholic and public French schools board are desperately seeking more classroom space and funds from the government to expand.

“They’re beyond capacity,” Joseph Picard, education director for the Conseil scolaire catholique Providence, which runs Catholic schools in southwestern Ontario.

The exceptions are “one or two schools that have a few empty classrooms” in “the further parts of Essex County, so more towards Chatham area,” he said.

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Queue-jumping trucks cause back-ups, impede border access

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Jan 25 2014

Truckers trying to look for speedy access to the border have been holding up traffic generally along Huron Church Road, sometimes considerably in terms of distance and time.

Most trucks heading to the border stay in the centre of three north bound lanes leading to the Ambassador Bridge.

But when traffic builds, often in late weekday afternoons, it becomes a frequent occurrence for truckers to jump the queue, cutting into the lane beside the median used predominantly by regular motorists, and which leads directly to the Ambassador Bridge ramp north of College Ave.

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Many students showed up this week during bad weather days

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Jan 9 2014

Perhaps surprisingly, a substantial number of students showed up at schools this week.

Windsor Essex County may have had the worst weather in 20 years Monday and Tuesday but schools remained open even if school buses weren’t running.

That resulted in some parents complaining.

“We’ve had some concerned voices,” agreed public board spokesman Scott Scantlebury.

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Credit card, solar-powered meters coming to Windsor

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Dec 26 2013

Windsor is joining the 21st century when it comes to paying for parking.

Soon a pilot project will see street parking meters installed that will accept credit cards.

Some 50 meters will be installed in the trendy Walkerville business district.

John Wolf, the city’s manager of traffic operations, says the meters will be installed as soon as some “technicalities” are worked out.

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Prepared take-out dinners could create a whole new industry

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Dec 19 2013

So popular are prepared Christmas turkey dinners that the only local purveyor of the pre-cooked meals sold out some time ago and had to turn away 300 requests.

Now it looks like pre-cooked special occasion meals will become a bigger local industry with the possible launch of a new culinary program at St. Clair College.

Just Jeff’s Gourmet Express has been selling hundreds of the pre-cooked Christmas meals every year.

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UW prof - society must change how it deals with the obese

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Nov 25 2013

Society is taking the wrong approach in its attitude towards obese and indeed fat people in general.

That’s the claim of University of Windsor law professor Bill Bogart (pictured) in a new book.

Society places an altogether “undue emphasis on weight loss” he told WON.com, and overweight people are stigmatized through everything from everyday verbal put downs and to a nutrition and diet industry whose underlying message is that being fat is wrong.

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Campaign targets Detroit River coal - burning energy plants

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Nov 1 2013

Two Michigan power plants located along the Detroit River are the targets of a high profile U.S. media campaign by the Sierra Club.

The “DTE Hurts” campaign targets the River Rouge Plant – immediately across from Windsor’s far west side – and the Trenton Channel Plant – across from Amherstburg.

The campaign, using newspaper and TV ads, depicts a child with an oxygen mask and says “DTE’s coal plants contribute to 8,990 asthma attacks a year” and “DTE’s coal plants contribute to asthma attacks, heart attacks, and deaths.”

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Clinics decline as pharmacists are providing more flu shots

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Oct 8 2013

It might seem like an oversight but Amherstburg residents needn’t worry they’re being excluded from flu shot clinics this year.

The Windsor Essex County Health Unit’s online schedule of clinics lists every major municipality except Amherstburg for a series of community clinics beginning Oct. 9 and running until Dec. 11.

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UW gets three C's and a D for protecting freedom of speech

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Sept 27 2013

When it comes to policies and practices respecting freedom of speech the University of Windsor has been assigned three C’s and a D.

The report card was handed out by the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which describes itself as an independent non-partisan organization “advancing and promoting the core principles of freedom and equality through education and litigation.”

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Detroiter wins grant to lure Canadian artists to Motor City

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Sept 18 2013

A Detroiter has received a major grant to show off the Motor City’s “Number 1 asset” - its relationship with Canada.

“A lot of the time when people are visiting Detroit they are unaware Detroit sits on a river that is an international border,” Peter Rozek said.

“I wanted to change this.”

Rozek has received a private Knight Foundation $30,000 grant to bring Canadian artists to Detroit to make “new work here.”

Ft Malden museum closed due to "structural integrity issues"

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WindsorOntarioNews.com August 8 2013

Fort Malden‘s 150 year old museum, which was just renovated a couple of years ago, has been closed all summer as an engineering review is carried our because of structural deficiencies.

The three storey museum was renovated in 2011 which was part of a general park reconfiguration and upgrade, which included a new cordoned off area where visitors now paid to visit the museum as well as a parade and barracks.

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Canadian eyes $1 billion downtown Detroit complex

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WindsorOntarioNews.com July 29 2013

Toronto developer Steve Apostolopoulos knows a good deal when he sees one.

And, since 2009, many of those deals have been in the Motor City.

Apostolopoulos, managing partner of the Triple Group of Companies, has snapped up two million square feet of properties in downtown Detroit, making him second only to U.S. mortgage company lender Rock Financial’s CEO Dan Gilbert – who moved his firm’s headquarters downtown from suburbia a few years ago and now owns more than 30 properties, which are quickly being renovated.

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Essex County's first brewery to sell craft beers later this year

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WindsorOntarioNews.com July 16 2013

Essex County’s first brewery is expected to open later this year with a full brewpub on the premises by next spring or summer.

The brewery, called Lonsbery Brewing Company, is the brainchild of Karl Lonsbery, the winemaker at Mastronardi Estate Winery and former winemaker at Viewpointe Estate Winery, both in Essex County.

In fact the brewery will be located just down the road from Viewpointe on County Rd. 50 at the Lonsbery family farm, of which Karl is seventh generation.

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Free Wi-Fi finally coming to Windsor International Airport

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WindsorOntarioNews.com June 13 2013

Windsor Airport is joining the 21st century with free Wi-Fi being offered to passengers later this year.

Despite “millions” of investments in the airport – from upgrades to the passenger waiting lounge to runways – since the city took over the airport in 2007 from Serco Aviation, passengers still have to pay to get an Internet connection.

A traveller, accustomed to free Internet at other airports, will find they have to subscribe to a connection called Boingo at $11.95 a month.

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August bike event will link our region to the rest of Ontario

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WindsorOntarioNews.com May 13 2013

It’s being billed as a breakthrough cycling event that will firmly establish the bicycle as a fixture in Windsor and Essex County.

Come August the region and southwestern Ontario will take part in the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure.

The ride kicks off at Lighthouse Cove August 11, runs through Windsor August 12, and then goes around the rim of the county through Amherstburg, County Rd. 50 along the lake, and eastward, eventually ending after seven days in Fort Erie.

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Local agricultural practice is implicated in huge algae bloom

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WindsorOntarioNews.com April 15 2013

A farming practice that has been promoted heavily in southwestern Ontario is a culprit when it comes to polluting Lake Erie.

No-till farming is cited as one of the reasons why a record-setting algae bloom developed in the great lake in the summer and fall of 2011.

At its peak the blooms covered more than 5000 square kilometres, more than three times greater than any other bloom on record.

Researchers at the Carnegie Institute for Science, which studies issues related to climate change, concluded a number of factors were responsible for the algae.

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Upgrade coming to downtown's inconsistent free wi fi system

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 28 2013

A much improved free Internet service is coming to the downtown core, and should be up and running “within this year,” according to Larry Horwitz, chair of the Downtown Windsor Business Improvement Association (DWBIA).

The current wi fi, which went online about two years ago, is plagued by weak connections and gaps in service.

It also doesn’t serve the fringes of the DWBIA’s official boundaries very well, business owners say.

“We’re working to improve it and make it so that there are no issues in terms of people not getting it or it not going into certain areas,” Horwitz said.

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Gift to city "Nature Bridge" targeted with major graffiti

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WindsorOntarioNews.com March 8 2013

A $4.3 million gift to the city of Windsor – and an architecturally striking structure – is covered with graffiti.

The pedestrian bridge over Huron Church Rd. has graffiti scrawled on virtually every section – from panels of glass to concrete.

It’s apparently an ongoing problem which the city addresses several times a year, but to little avail.

The bridge, which was paid for by senior government border funds to help ease congestion in Windsor, was completed in 2005 and turned over to the city to aid pedestrians crossing busy Huron Church.

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First public car plug-in stations coming to city aquatic centre

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Feb 21 2013

The City of Windsor is investing in its first electric car charging stations at the new family aquatic centre with the possibility of more at city facilities in the years to come.

There will be two stations located in the narrow 20-25 spot parking lot on the west side of the aquatic complex, now under construction and scheduled to open this summer.

They could be the first of several the city installs on its own properties or jointly with other organizations depending on need and desire for promotion, officials say.

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Groups' anti-porn protests cite female - and male - exploitation

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Feb 4 2013

For almost three years a small group of men have been picketing outside a Windsor adult video store.

Over the past year they’ve been joined by a group in LaSalle who are also protesting the fact pornographic videos exploit not only women but the men who mostly watch them.

Late Friday afternoon in front of Adult Video on Dougall Ave. – one of the coldest days of winter so far – the men walked up and down the public sidewalk in front of Adult Video.

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Province's new Drive Clean test could take you to the cleaners

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WindsorOntarioNews.com Jan 9 2013

The Drive Clean test has gone high tech but that could mean more money out of your pocket.

Beginning Jan. 1 Ontario introduced a computer-based Drive Clean test that replaces the former tail pipe exhaust emissions test.

Drive Clean outlets are in the middle of converting their old equipment to the new equipment, which consists of computer monitors and leads which connect to the computer of your car.

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Marijuana honcho to speak in Windsor

WON.com Aug. 3/16

No smoked-filled rooms on the agenda but a top marijuana regulator will speak to politicos here later this month. Also, Ontario’s three senior political leaders will be in Windsor for the annual Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) conference. Premier Kathleen Wynne, Opposition Leader Patrick Brown of the Progressive Conservatives, and Andrea Horwath, leader of the NDP, will be speaking at Caesars Windsor on Monday Aug. 22, the conference’s first full day. Three other government ministers will also be speaking including Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray, who will talk on how carbon cap and trade will impact municipalities. Ashley Rea Kilroy (above), executive director of marijuana policy for the city of Denver, CO., will tell delegates - made up of municipal politicians from across the province - how her city “tackled marijuana regulation, enforcement and education,” according to the AMO conference agenda. Windsor last hosted the conference in 2010 and Tecumseh Mayor Gary McNamara is AMO president.

These sidewalks can actually legally be used by cyclists

WON.COM / July 8 2016

Cyclists have long appropriated pedestrian sidewalks. But in the rural village of Colchester riding on the sidewalks is perfectly legal, since the sidewalks have been converted to bike/walking trails. The only change from the existing gray concrete was they were repainted – about two years ago – to light green and have cycling and pedestrian logos painted on them. The bike lanes are the first along County Rd. 50, which is an increasingly busy tourist route serving the region’s fast-growing wine and agritourism industries, and where cycling is being encouraged. While the narrow road has long been slated for bike lanes Essex councillor Larry Snively says there isn’t sufficient shoulder width along the rest of the route as far east as Kingsville and west towards Amherstburg. But at least in Colchester there were existing sidewalks which could be converted. “It was because of the width of the paved road itself, we never had enough space,” Snively said. Essex County has a plan to roll out extensive cycling-pedestrian routes over 20 years. Based on its County-wide Active Transportation Study (CWATS). Full implementation of more than 700 km of routes would cost just over $50 million, paid for largely by local municipal and county governments.....UPDATE: July 12: CWATS tells us: "The construction of the additional paved shoulders on CR 50 from Islandview to Holiday Bluff (east of Colchester) are expected to start at the end of July 2016. The shoulder width will be 1.5m each side."

Windsor's namesake runs into problems

WON.com June 20/16

The City of Windsor’s namesake sub (picture right) ran into a problem last week en route to a training exercise in Norway. But Vice-Admiral Mark Norman, the outgoing head of the navy, called the incident a “hiccup” and the sub is now back to full speed, the National Post reported. The breakdown symbolizes the chronic problems with Canada’s fleet of four subs. And it comes at a critical time where the federal government is being asked to make a major investment so they can operate past the mid-2020s, or give up the fleet. The subs were acquired from Britain. The HMCS Windsor was originally the HMS Unicorn, launched in 1992, and obtained by Canada in 2001 and commissioned in 2003. “Her training program in 2002 was interrupted on 28 March by what proved to be a minor flooding while submerged,” the navy says on its website. The sub later participated in several international exercises, including the “successful tracking of a United States Navy nuclear-powered attack submarine” and “in the first-ever parachute rendezvous at sea practiced with Canada's Patrol Pathfinders (Canadian Army paratroopers).”

$3000 hit to homes, more for businesses

WON.com, May 19/16

Southwestern Ontario’s leading natural gas supplier says it will cost homeowners as much as $3000 more per year to heat their homes if the province makes good on its climate change policy. The Globe and Mail this week published a leaked copy of the Climate Change Action Plan. The plan would eliminate natural gas as an option for new homes by 2030 and all buildings by 2050. Yet 80 per cent of homes and businesses now use natural gas. Union Gas says the policy would lead to a non-growth strategy because new home and commercial developments, seeking to use cheaper natural gas, would be sidelined. The plan would also place businesses “at a disadvantage relative to surrounding” states and provinces with which they compete. The reason for the cost increase is because of much more expensive electric heat. But Union Gas also plugs its own industry, saying the government should target the “largest source of emissions – vehicles” and have them use “cleaner and less expensive” natural gas.

More mystery surrounds Chatham Street building

WON.com April 4/16

The former Million Dollar Saloon on Chatham St. E. has been sold. Windsor Business magazine reports the building, which has been partly modernized to be converted to what was supposed to be a new health centre and lend itself to downtown revitalization, has been sold to a company called Winthorp Valentine Inc. The sale was valued at $1.3167 million. The vendor was 38-44 Chatham St. E (2012) Ltd. Kim Vangeloff, a former owner of defunct Pitt for Pasta restaurant building on Chatham St. W., as well as Million Dollar saloon, is listed as the president, director, secretary and treasurer. Bill Arvanitis, who heads Toronto-based Arvan Rehab Group, had sought to turn the building into a sports injury and walk-in clinic. The front façade was modernized and an elevator installed. Arvanitis did not return a request for comment and an attempt to reach Vangeloff was unsuccessful. The building originally was put on the market for $2.6 million, reduced to $1.9 million, and sold for substantially less. Meanwhile, next door, The Kilt & Fiddle Irish Pub closed and the space remains for lease, having been sold to Toronto’s Henry Tam six months ago, according to Valente relator Robert Peters. Tam has big plans for major commercial investment along Chatham St.

Rare Shakespeare book coming here

WON.com Feb 23/16

The first collection of The Bard’s plays, published n 1623 – seven years after his death – will be on display in Detroit beginning March 7. The book is considered one of the most influential in the history of publishing. The First Folio contains plays “that otherwise would have been lost,” says the Detroit Institute of Arts, where the book will be displayed. These include “Macbeth,” “Julius Caesar,” “Twelfth Night,” “The Tempest,” “Antony and Cleopatra,” “The Comedy of Errors” and “As You Like It.” When displayed its pages will be opened to the most quoted lines in the world “to be or not to be” from Hamlet. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see one of the most influential books ever published. Shakespeare continues to have a great cultural influence 400 years after his death,” museum spokeswoman Pam Marcil said.

Transplanted exec keen on Windsor

WON.com Jan 25/16

The Windsor Club’s general manager Jennifer Ralston hails from Montreal. But she’s fallen in love with the City of Windsor. Ralston was hired to oversee a major move of the club from the CIBC tower downtown to the Wiser’s Reception Centre, as well as a significant architectural upgrade at the Wiser’s site and an expansive membership and marketing drive as the club takes its status to a whole new level. “It’s remarkable,” Ralston says of the city. “I never ever thought I’d have a reason to come here and I have been totally smitten by the city.” The new club (story left) looks out on to the Detroit River and Detroit beyond. About Windsor, Ralston says, “it’s way under appreciated, way under marketed, I would tell you, compared to other places in Canada. There’s something about this area. It’s a phenomenal little corner of the country and it’s kind of hidden away. Nobody thinks of going to Windsor.”

RenCen's billboards

WON.com Jan 6/16

Detroit’s highest skyscraper might seem like it’s turning into a giant billboard. It is, but only to highlight the products of the corporation that owns the RenCen, General Motors. Four years ago the company changed its fixed GM logo to LED lights to highlight various corporate brands as well as to use various coloured bands around the top of the various towers. These include “to support community events” like using orange for Tigers baseball, said GM corporate spokesman Pat Morrissey. More recently GM added “wraps” to its buildings. The same as bus wraps they advertise a product over a larger space. Currently the wraps, which take up about a quarter of the tops of the towers, are for a run up to the North American International Auto Show. “It’s also occasionally used to highlight specific product launches, in this case we’ve got the new Chevrolet Malibu and the new Colorado being highlighted,” Morrissey said. GM also does the wraps as a nod to the Detroit Grand Prix in June. “It’s very visible from Belle Isle,” where the race takes place, the official said. GM is hardly the first to use such giant wraps on buildings. “It’s been used all over the world,” Morrissey said.

Imagine the mega - hospital in Essex

WON.com Dec 9 2015

While one local group of activists has roundly condemned the decision to locate a new regional hospital at the edge of the city - citing issues related to sprawl - imagine the reaction had planners chosen the county seat for the location of the mega-hospital. Essex town planner Jeff Watson said his municipality had applied to host the future hospital and scored 82 per cent for meeting objectives of where the hospital should be located. “There was a lot of skepticism about what we had to offer,” he said. But given the town’s location at almost the geographic centre of the county it pretty much fit the bill as a central location. The site is on lands once owned by Mady Corp.- which sought a big box development more than a decade ago - and which are now the property of businessman Don Hearn. They’re located behind Tim Hortons, McDonalds and Canadian Tire – 85 acres at the corner of Hwy 3. and Maidstone Avenue.

Tecumseh tower sole sourced bid called out

WON.com Nov 17/15

The Town of Tecumseh has been taken to task by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation for failing to open bidding on a contract to clean and repaint its water tank. Federation Ontario director Christine Van Geyn called it a “sweetheart” deal between the town and the company, Landmark, which originally built the tank in 1991. The town accepted an unsolicited bid of $170,000 to do the work as well as paint the town logo. Landmark has also done regular five year upkeep on the elevated structure. Daily Commercial News quoted another contractor, Alec Hunter of Toronto-based Heritage Restoration’s Sanding and Coating division, as saying, “When I asked if we could bid, I was just pushed off.” The town cites a bylaw that it doesn’t have to open bidding on contracts of more than $30,000 so long as the department director and purchasing coordinator agree. Mayor Gary McNamara said the town got a great deal though he didn’t know the job’s true market value because of the lack of open bidding. “We’re not reckless with taxpayer money,” he said.

Hospital's dialysis expansion likely to begin this month

WON.com Oct 6/15

Expect an update any day on construction of Windsor Regional Hospital’s expanded nephrology program, according to hospital spokesman Ron Foster. Seven contractors submitted bids that closed late last month. The work, which was scheduled to begin in early October, will take about a year to complete. Construction will take place at WRH’s Ouellette (Hotel-Dieu) campus. To cope with increasing demand to treat kidney disease the hospital is creating additional dialysis space in the adjacent so-called Bell building (above). The hospital says its renal program has grown by 45 per cent in the last five years.

Tunnel bus and bikes just don't compute

WON.com August 19/15

Windsor cyclists who want to take part in Detroit’s increasingly busy bike touring scene - Slow Roll Detroit, for example, offers regular Monday evening events - will likely have to take their bikes to the Motor City in a car. Transit Windsor, which offers bike racks on 90 per cent of its fleet, can’t take bikes across on the tunnel bus. There are several reasons. One is requiring a licence because bike racks actually extend the vehicle’s length. Transit Windsor has such Ontario licencing but not from Michigan. As well, getting through the tunnel and into downtown Detroit requires some tight maneuvering which a longer bus makes more difficult. Finally there’s U.S. Customs “who are not overly supportive of it,” transit GM Pat Delmore says. That’s because disembarking passengers have to bring all their belongings, including their bikes, with them into the small indoor Customs inspection facility. However, cyclists can brings a bike on board the tunnel bus, so long as they keep it in a bike bag.

Maroun's family an early victim of Ambassador Bridge

WON.com June 26/15

Detroit billionaire Matty Maroun’s family had humble roots. But few people probably know that many of them were right here in Windsor and Essex County and that his family was an early victim of, yes, the Ambassador Bridge, which the controversial businessman now owns. According to CanadianArabCommunity.com Maroun’s grandfather moved the “poor family” from Quebec City to River Canard and lived “next to the historic St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church.” Then the family relocated to Comber where they operated a grocery store. Later, they moved to Huron Church Road, directly across the street from Assumption Church. But, says the website - which celebrates Windsor-area Arabic entrepreneurs and professionals - Maroun’s father, “was forced to sell the home in 1924 to make room for the Ambassador Bridge that would span from Windsor to Detroit.” The family then chose to move to Detroit where Matty was born in 1927. Ironically, Maroun currently seeks to build a new bridge next to his current span and his company has expropriated some 120 nearby homes that would be on land needed for the proposed development, still waiting for government approvals. But the boarded-up deteriorating homes along Indian Road are a source of controversy, after the City of Windsor ordered the company to repair them. The company says it’s under federal jurisdiction and the city has no authority. The case remains in litigation. - 26/6/15

Email income tax scam

WON.com May 27/15

Got an email from Canada Revenue Agency indicating you’ve recently got a refund? The email is fraudulent. It looks - kind of - official, with a date and “Our Ref” and “Your Ref” numbers with the title Notice of Tax Return for Last Year. Then it’s “Dear” to your email address. “After the annual calculation of your fiscal activity we have determined that you are eligible to receive a tax return of: CAD 290.00. To receive your return, you must have a Government Gateway account" and then tells to click to register for a refund. “ Our head office address can be found on our web site at Canada Revenue Agency: www.cra-arc.gc.ca." There is even a copyright by the CRA and the statement “Unless expressly authorised by us, any further dissemination or distribution of this email or its attachments is prohibited.” But, says CRA spokesman Neil Shalapata, no official correspondence from the agency is done through email. “We simply don’t do that,” he said. “If you had a balance owning we might telephone you after sending you letters but it’s usually through a letter,” he said.

Overpass stick-like figures reflect nature

WON.com Apr 10/15

Ever wonder what those stripes or stick-like figures on the walls of new overpasses and tunnel tops on the Herb Gray Parkway represent? They’re part of an overall Parkway graphic theme that will become more apparent as the final parts of the six lane border highway are put in place before an official highway opening later this year. They’re designed to resemble the grasses found in the nearby Tallgrass Prairie landscape. While the stripes, drawn at various angles (just like grasses), are embedded in gray concrete on overpasses and retaining walls, a more colorful ochre look - representing Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah - is depicted on noise barriers. Meanwhile the tunnel top walls will literally give way to genuine plants because the long tunnel surfaces will feature natural environments with walking trails.

Transit requires “significant" cash

WON.com Feb 12/15

Transit Windsor requires a “significant investment” if it’s to lower fares, improve scheduling, make routes more efficient, and create shorter passenger trips. That’s the conclusion from a report going before the city’s Environment, Transportation & Public Safety Committee. The report compares Transit Windsor’s 2013 operating stats to other urban transit systems in cities with 150,000 to 400,000 people. It found that riders per capita “is low” due in part to lower municipal funding, higher fares, “and service not meeting customers’ expectations.” It says “a common complaint … is that the service is overcrowded, late, and not frequent or direct enough to make it attractive.” It added Transit Windsor “does not have sufficient service to maintain its advertised schedules.” City council “has recognized these challenges” and provided some additional funding in 2014-15 but this “does not address the expansion that is required to make the system more effective,” the report by Transit Windsor executive director Pat Delmore says.

Border officers now asking Ebola questions

WON.com Nov 11/14

Canadian border officials, including at the Ambassador Bridge and tunnel, are now routinely asking travellers entering the country whether they have visited West Africa in light of the Ebola outbreak. “Border services officers are now asking additional questions of all persons arriving in Canada,” Canada Border Services Agency said in a response to a WON.com query. “These questions relate to the person’s travel history over the past month and their general health.” Those “identified” with having been in that region will be “automatically referred to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) Quarantine Officer for a mandatory health assessment.” As well the officer will assess a person “feeling ill, or who may have been in contact with an ill individual from an affected country.” This isn’t a first for CBSA. Part of its normal duties are to “regularly” assess people “for signs of illness,” the agency said. Moreover, “Every person arriving in Canada is required to disclose under the Quarantine Act if he or she has reasonable grounds to suspect that he or she may have, or has been exposed to, a communicable disease.”

U Windsor reviewing travel in light of Ebola

WON.com Oct 22/14

The University of Windsor is reviewing its travel protocols in wake of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. University spokeswoman Lori Lewis said she spoke with Robert Orr, Acting Provost and Vice President Academic, and he indicated “that UWindsor has begun to review the issues related to student and faculty travel to countries with Ebola outbreaks.” In the U.S. various universities have started to tighten travel to West Africa for research and humanitarian purposes. WON.com asked the university in light of the Ebola outbreak if any conditions were being imposed on travel for university staff and students - including those from West Africa who might attend UWindsor as students.

City set to announce museum plans

WON.com Oct 15/14

The City of Windsor Friday will announce details to expand the Art Gallery of Windsor and modify the Francois Baby House as part of a plan to upgrade city museum attractions. Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects is doing the design work and Thornhill-based MMM Group Ltd. is the consulting engineer. Five construction firms have bid on the project with Amico Design placing the highest bid at $3.5 million and Oscar Construction the lowest at $3.3 million. The plan includes a long-desired stand only museum on the ground floor of the art gallery and the gallery operating from the building’s upper floors. The Baby House a block away on Pitt St. has long exhibited artifacts of local interest.

Batman booted from Caesars Windsor

WON.com June 12/14

When it comes to questionable gambling even movie stars are suspect. Ben Affleck, aka Batman and notorious gambler, got the boot from Windsor’s casino in late May. He apparently has a reputation as an “advantaged” gambler. If Star magazine can be believed the “Batman v Superman” star was asked by security to leave Caesars Windsor May 31. A source said Affleck was spotted at the high rollers table playing hands of $5000. “He sat down and played for roughly 20 minutes before security heard he was there,” said the witness. “They made the dealers stop what they were doing and asked him to leave. Ben seemed pretty mad.”

County librarian Woodbridge retiring

WON.com May 13/14

Janet Woodbridge, Essex County chief librarian for eight years, will be spending more time, ironically, reading, once she retires Sept. 30. Woodbridge joined the award winning county system after a stint of 23 years at Windsor Public Library, where for a period she managed the main branch or Central Library. An advertisement running through the Canadian Library Association advertised the job with a 2014 salary of between $105,813 - $129,910 with deadline for new applicant submissions mid-April. Woodbridge said an announcement by the library board, which makes the hire, should be made by the end of June. Woodbridge and the new librarian will spend a few months overlap so Woodbridge can “get them up to speed”. The library excels in developing new electronic materials and has been a “mentor” to other library systems, she said. Woodbridge, born in England and who grew up in Toronto, now lives on a farm outside Harrow. “Obviously I’ll get a chance to a lot more reading,” she said. “I’m planning to still be an advocate for public libraries because I firmly believe in the crucial role of libraries.”

We're not number one

WON.com March 10/14

The oft-repeated phrase that the Windsor-Detroit border is North America’s busiest commercial crossing just took a hit in a Sunday article in the Detroit Free Press. The story, which looked at why it might be difficult for the U.S. Government to cough up the $250 million for a new border bridge customs plaza, quoted 2009 U. S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics reporting that Laredo, Texas was the busiest trade crossing. The 14-lane World Trade International Bridge (pictured), is only one of several crossings in that city, and is dedicated to commercial traffic only. Windsor - Detroit? We’re number two. The article suggested the teeming U.S. - Mexican border was more a priority for Washington lawmakers than the Canada – U.S. border, despite the often stated importance of a new bridge and access roads between Detroit and Windsor. The overall busiest border U. S. crossing? San Ysidro, Cal., with 20 million vehicle passengers a year.

Kouvalis now working on Tory campaign

WON.com Feb 26/14

Nick Kouvalis, a one-time locally-based Conservative campaign official and then manager for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s first election bid, has now joined the campaign of one of Ford’s rivals, John Tory (pictured). Tory was Ontario PC party leader from 2005 to 2009. “Mr. Tory’s campaign has been marketed as a ‘big tent’ coalition, with Liberal insider Bob Richardson and Conservative strategist John Capobianco at the forefront,” the National Post reported this week. “It includes Nick Kouvalis, the brains behind Ford’s last mayoral bid, who is expected to bring much of his 2010 team with him.” Kouvalis might be remembered locally for an incident in 2005 during which he allegedly uttered a death threat against current Essex Conservative MP Jeff Watson. He was then serving as campaign manager for Conservative candidate Rick Fuschi. But Judge Lloyd Dean acquitted him, saying the words were uttered in frustration during the heat of the political moment.

Tack welding not cause of Parkway girder removal

WON.com Jan 29/14

It wasn’t tack welding that was the cause of the removal of deficient girders from the Herb Gray Parkway project it was the fact the building of the girders didn’t follow technical plans. Tack welding has been raised as a major reason for why the girders were badly fabricated by European manufacturer Freyssinet. The company set up a temporary yard near the west end of the 11 km border highway, which will connect Hwy. 401 to a new Windsor-Detroit bridge. But a news release from the consortium building the road, Windsor Essex Mobility Group, states explicitly that the decision to remove the girders “is unrelated to the use of tack welding.” Indeed, it says, the much-maligned tack welding “is a common means and method that has been used in the fabrication of girders used in bridges for many years.” Testing under the government review process “has thus far supported the evidence….that the tack welding in the Parkway’s girders did not impact the structural strength of the steel used for the girders.” Rather, the reason for replacement “is based solely on this discrepancy between the documentation and the product delivered, which forms an important part of our quality control process.” Destructive testing found “unauthorized use of materials..…and other fabrication issues which were not adequately and accurately documented in Freyssinet's quality control documentation,” the release says.

Mail is still getting through - in spots

WON.com Jan 7 2014

The severe cold hasn’t been preventing the mail from getting through. Depending, that is, on where exactly you’re located. A Canada Post official admitted delivering Monday and Tuesday was spotty or non-existent depending on local weather conditions in southwestern Ontario. “Our delivery today (Tuesday) for instance there was a break in the wind and our delivery agents in Windsor were out for delivery,” Eugene Knapik said. Knapik said not only are conditions affecting home delivering but the post office also considers the logistical chain of getting mail from one city to another. “We assess the conditions locally and nationally daily and we look to see if it’s reasonable and safe to send our people out,” he said. “And if we just can’t deliver, well, we just won’t deliver.” Knapik said while letter carriers are equipped with “good quality layered warm” clothing “more and more” of them are using the Ford Transit Connect electric vans (picture above) to do “park-and-loop” delivery. The vans were introduced in 2010. “So they have an opportunity to warm up in their vans which is quite helpful.”