OSHAWA -- There's a new chief in town as the City of Oshawa has announced this year's winner of the Junior Fire Chief essay contest.
Grade 6 student Inaaya Mufti of Kedron Public School and her essay on "The importance of fire safety in your home," has become the latest junior fire chief.
The contest asks Grade 5 and Grade 6 students to describe how their households practice fire safety, and asks them to think critically about preventing and escaping fires if they do occur.
"The junior fire chief program is a great way to assist our Grade 5 and 6 students and their families to enhance their knowledge of the importance of fire safety," said Councillor Bob Chapman.
Inaaya was one of 10 finalists chosen to present her essay to a panel of judges, and was recently announced as the 2017 junior fire chief at an assembly at her school.
As the winner she received:
- a new bicycle from Canadian Tire
- a tablet from Best Buy
- gift certificates to Neb's Fun World, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Montana's
- a junior fire chief hoodie
- one week to spend at junior firefighter camp
- dinner at McDonald's
Inaaya will also fulfill her duties as junior fire chief by taking part in events including:
- June 10, Community Fire Safety Day
- June 18, Oshawa Fiesta Parade
- November 18, Oshawa Santa Claus Parade
TORONTO -- The City of Toronto is getting ready to begin the countdown to the annual Toronto Challenge.
Each year money is raised to help improve the lives of seniors through long-term care homes and services offered across the city.
The countdown officially begins on May. 16, 2017, at 12:30 p.m., at the West Scarborough Neighbourhood Community Centre, located at 313 Pharmacy Ave.
Remarks will be made by Reg Paul, GM of long-term care homes and services; Nick Ametrano VP of MonsterMortgage.ca; and Carla Beaton VP of clinical innovations and quality improvement from Medical Pharmacies Group Limited.
The Toronto Challenge will be held on June 11, at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W.
The event includes a MonsterMortgage.ca 5K run, a Medical Pharmacies 5K run, and a 1K fun run.
For more information visit www.toronto.ca/challenge.
OSHAWA -- The Northview Community Centre in Oshawa is inviting residents for an annual evening of fun on Tues., May. 23, 2017.
From 4:30 - 7:30 p.m., there will be free activities for the family which includes face painting, games, and interactive demonstrations.
A barbeque dinner of hotdogs, hamburgers, cotton candy, and more will be available for purchase.
"It's BBQ time again and that means the annual Northview BBQ is ready to go," said Councillor Bob Chapman.
This year the event will have a theme to coincide with the 150 birthday of Canada.
Residents are encouraged to bring their camera and capture the best "Celebrate Canada" photo, then upload them for a chance to win prizes.
The contest is open to those 18 and over, and entrants must be a resident, or enrolled in post-secondary school in Oshawa.
For full contest details visit www.oshawa.ca/contest.
The annual BBQ is presented by the City of Oshawa in partnership with the Oshawa Senior Citizens Centres, Boys and Girls Club of Durham, and the Oshawa Lawn Bowling Club.
Rain or shine come down and have some fun.
OSHAWA -- Come join the Durham Region Community Lions Club this Sat., May 6, from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m., for their rock n' bowl event in support of the Hospital for Sick Children (HSC).
This will be the second annual bowling event run by the club, and they promise a night of fun, prizes, and helping a good cause.
The rock n' bowl night will be held at Leisure Lanes, 728, Champlain Ave, Oshawa.
Bowling will cost $20 for two hours of play, with all money raised will go to the HSC music therapy program.
For more information, or to register for bowling night with the Lions, call Lion Gina (647) - 999 - 3885, or fill out the form below.
AJAX -- Celebrate Youth Week with the Town of Ajax May 1-7, 2017.
There will be free activities and events for all ages, including a chance to meet 2015 Pan Am athlete Natalie Wideman.
All week long drop-in sports, comic book day, and other workshops to spark creativity and fun with be the highlight for those in attendance.
"Youth Week is dedicated to celebrating youth and their participation in the community," said Ashley Galea.
RBC is also inspiring young Canadians to make a positive impact in their communities, and are giving youth a chance to win $150 at the Encourage Me Ajax event on May 4.
From 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at the Audley Recreation Centre Natalie Wideman will speak about winning gold in 2015, and her aspirations for Tokyo 2020.
The event is free, and included activities, prizes and more.
For more information please visit www.ajaxyouth.ca.
TORONTO -- Mark the beginning of the holiday season with Toronto during their Cavalcade of Lights event on Nov. 26, 2016.
This year will mark the 50th anniversary of the 60-foot tree lighting event, and will include live performances, skating, and fireworks.
Beginning at 7 p.m., Choir! Choir! Choir!, will perform along with Don Amero, YouTube sensation Dan Talevski, and JUNO award winning musician Kiran Ahluwalia.
Fireworks will begin at 8:30 p.m., then folk rock duo Whitehorse will take the stage. DJ General Eclectic will end the night during the skating party.
For more information, and the full schedule visit www.toronto.ca/cavalcade.
ONTARIO -- The Government of Ontario is engaging more students by bringing local technology to the classroom.
AdvancingEducation is a partnership between Ontario and the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) where cutting-edge technology helps to meet the needs of different education all the way to postsecondary.
Improving access to technology in the classroom will allow students to build on these skills, preparing them to succeed now and in the future," Mitzie Hunter Minister of Education.
The program will support projects that meet the needs of students, and provide better teaching oppportunities.
Engaging students is believed to be able to create more jobs and grow the economy.
The province will contribute $2.7-million to this initiative, and OCE is accepting applications for funding until Jan. 23, 2017.
Take part in the annual event held at Civic Square
OSHAWA -- Get ready for the holidays with the annual tree lighting event on Nov. 18, 2016.
Beginning at 6:45 p.m., at City Hall Civic Square there will be lots to see and do for families including free hot chocolate, and Santa.
Radio sponsor CKDO will launch their Christmas music beginning at 7 p.m., and the Oshawa Civic Band, along with the O'Neill CVI Senior Chamber Choir will perform live to bring out everyone's holiday spirit.
Event partners include the Oshawa Art Association, the Oshawa Museum, the Robert McLaughlin Gallery, the LivingRoom Art Studio, along with event sponsor Oshawa PUC Networks.
Festivities will end at 8 p.m., but the party will continue at the McLaughlin Branch of the Oshawa Public Library.
The city encourages everyone to bring their own mugs for hot chocolate, as well as bring a non-perishable food item.
For more information visit www.Oshawa.ca/events.
Newmarket -- York Region is offering free transit to war veterans on Nov. 11, to honour their service to our country.
YRT and Viva will offer veterans and one companion free rides by identifying themselves with their uniforms, medals, berets, or blazers.
The immediate family of deceased veterans may also ride for free provided they identify their relationship to the veteran.
In honour of the sacrifices veterans, YRT and Viva will pull over at 11 a.m. for two minutes.
For more information visit www.yrt.ca .