Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Ontario Update-

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General Electric has announced plans to close its plant in Peterborough in the fall of next year -- putting more than 350 people out of work.

G-E Canada informed employees of the decision today -- saying it was necessary due to reduced global demand for its products.

The plant will lose 358 manufacturing workers, while another 50 engineering service workers are to remain.

Peterborough Mayor Daryl Bennett says it's a drastic reversal from 2014 when G-E announced it would be adding jobs at the plant to build motors for TransCanada's Energy East pipeline, which has been delayed through the application process. (The Canadian Press, Global)



A teenager is facing several charges after Durham Region's police helicopter was struck by a laser beam while flying over Bowmanville.

Police say the pilot had to take evasive action when an intense green beam of light entered the cockpit late last night.

The crew was able to use an onboard infrared camera to spot several people in the backyard of a nearby home and police say officers on the ground arrested a 17-year-old boy who they say was found with a small laser pointer.

He is charged with mischief endangering life under the Criminal Code and also faces charges under the Canadian Aviation Regulations and Aeronautics Act. (The Canadian Press)



Ontario's top court has ruled Fort Erie was wrong to issue a trespass order banning an obnoxious, but non-violent protester from town property.

The court of appeal says the order violated Fred Bracken's right to express his political views and a lower court should have tossed it out as unconstitutional.

The court added Bracken may be aggressive in questioning and can be intimidating, but there is no evidence that he was violent or threatened violence.

Bracken was incensed that town council decided to allow a medical-marijuana facility across the street from his home and was issued the trespass order after he paced up and down outside Town Hall in 2014 yelling "Kill the bill! …

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