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By Amanda Modaragamage Public Health workers in Huron-Perth, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1331, had a conciliation meeting last week after almost three years of contract talks without a deal. Before the meeting, a CUPE Local 131 representative told the Stratford Times “the possibility of labour disruption...

By Amanda ModaragamageAt the regular Perth County Council meeting Feb. 15, Perth County council approved the 2024 capital and operating budgets with a 12.31 per-cent increase to the levy, totalling $22,198,354.  This is an increase of $2,432,781 over last year’s budget.   The programs and projects approved for this year's budget are...

By Amanda Modaragamage Stratford’s finance and labour relations committee has finalized a 2024 draft budget for the city that will be presented for final approval at the next council meeting with a 7.73 per-cent increase to the tax rate.  The tax rate is based on a 9.93 per-cent increase to the tax...

By Amanda Modaragamage The Ontario government is investing $100 million to improve training and retention of staff in long-term-care homes across the province. On Jan. 31, Perth-Wellington MPP Matthew Rae joined Ontario Minister of Long-Term Care Stan Cho at Spruce Lodge Active Living Centre in Stratford to announce that the province’s intention...

By Amanda Modaragamage After continued budget deliberations on Jan 15, councillors have managed to bring Stratford’s proposed 2024 tax-rate increase down to 8.5 per cent.   Stratford mayor Martin Ritsma said he and his fellow council members are not in a rush to sign off on the 2024 budget just yet, noting...

By Lisa Chester The Stratford District Secondary School (SDSS) robotics club is hard at work re-imagining and re-designing their robots from lessons learned during this season’s competitions.  Their work so far has been worldclass as they have qualified for provincials and are on the verge of going to the VEX Robotics Worlds...

By Galen SimmonsThe mother of a boy on the autism spectrum who was denied service by a St. Marys-area dog rescue is applauding a recent ruling by an Ontario human-rights tribunal that the organization’s blanket policy against adopting dogs to families with children on the autism spectrum is discriminatory. Last month,...

Amanda Modaragamage Niagara Regional Police Service has arrested two males who were identified as being involved in the Robbery at Paris Jewellers in Stratford that happened last Wednesday.  The two males were found in possession of items stolen in the robbery at Paris Jewellers. One of the two males arrested was also found...

Lisa Chester The return of WinterFest is always highly anticipated for family fun and excitement at Upper Queens Park. The event, on Jan. 27 is set to bring the community together to experience all that winter can offer plus some. Organizers have been hard at work for many months planning WinterFest and...

By Amanda Modaragamage Optimism Place is Perth County’s only women’s shelter, and since 1983, they have created a safe space for women and children who are experiencing domestic violence.  The Building on Hope Capital Campaign was announced in September 2022 and completed this week. Staff and community members attended the official opening...