The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program is hosting a series of clinics for people who need help completing their 2008 tax return. The sessions are being held at Wendat Community Psychiatric Support Programs (237 Second St., Midland) in the morning for all of March and April. They will also take place at the Midland Public Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 9, 16, 23 and 30, and at the Midland legion from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 11, 18, 25 and April 15. For more information, or to book an appointment, go to www.cra.gc.ca/volunteer, or call 527-8071, 533-0238 or 1-800-959-8281. People who qualify for assistance include those who are unable to complete their tax return themselves, as well as people with low income and a simple tax situation. Those attending are required to bring proof of their social insurance number, a copy of the previous year’s tax return and all documentation received from the Canada Revenue Agency, as well as any receipts related to expenses or income.
Kingston police executed a search warrant in Waubaushene late last month, resulting in a slew of sex-offence charges against a 49-year-old man. On Feb. 25, Kingston officers, with the assistance of the OPP child sexual exploitation section and members of Southern Georgian Bay OPP, acted on information related to an online child-luring case. A Waubaushene resident was arrested following an investigation that lasted several months, Kingston police Const. Michael Menor stated in a news release. “The man was allegedly chatting on (a) web cam with a person who he believed was a 13-year-old Kingston girls.” OPP Const. Peter Leon told The Mirror police have seized pornographic material and charged individuals with similar offences in the past. “Unfortunately, it’s becoming a more regular occurrence, and this is why people need to be so cautious when they’re on the Internet,” he said. The man is facing 17 charges, including luring a child, invitation to sexual touching, and indecent exposure. In an unrelated incident, Kingston police executed a search warrant Feb. 12 on a Kingston residence and arrested a 20-year-old male after he had initiated contact with a 14-year-old Waubaushene-area girl on a Facebook application called Speed Date. “He went on to communicate with the young girl via Windows Live Messenger, text messaging via cellphone, and by telephone,” said Menor, adding the accused claimed to be 15 years old. “In the period of several days, the man had convinced the 14-year-old that he was completely in love with her. He orchestrated a plan to meet her in her hometown – approximately a five-hour drive from Kingston.” From there, Menor said, the man planned to take the teen by bus back to Kingston, where the girl would live with him. “All of these plans were made without the knowledge or consent of the girl’s parents,” Menor said, adding the plan may have come to fruition had the girl’s mother not received an anonymous call from another Kingston male who warned her about her daughter’s plans. “Her mother made a report to www.cybertip.ca, who immediately forwarded the information to Kingston police.” Police believe the man may have had contact with other young girls both in Kingston and elsewhere in the province by e-mail. The man has been charged with luring a child on the Internet and four counts of breach of probation. Anyone with information regarding this person can contact Kingston police at 613-549-4660, ext. 6227, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or go to www.tipsubmit.com. [email protected]
Collingwood Mayor Chris Carrier is encouraging the public to attend a special meeting of council on March 23 to learn more about Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Brig.-Gen. Denis Thompson – a former student at Stayner Collegiate Institute – and Chief Warrant Officer Christopher White – a Collingwood native – of the Canadian Armed Forces will be the focus of the meeting, which takes place at the Collingwood Legion at 9 a.m. Thompson recently returned from Afghanistan where he was commander of Canadian and NATO forces in Kandahar Province from May 2008 to February 2009. Both men will be discussing their experiences in Afghanistan. Thompson will speak on NATO combat operations, the challenges of command during a demanding and complex mission marked with attacks on civilians, school children, government officials and religious leaders as well as the Sarpoza Prison break, and his views on what is required to achieve mission success. "We had a request from the military to do a presentation to council," said Carrier. "I’ve discussed it with staff. Why don’t we hold a special meeting of council?" Carrier is encouraging everyone to wear red in support of the soldiers. "It’s an opportunity for us as a community to show our support," he said.