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Former group home worker accused of sexually assaulting people with disabilities

A former group home worker is charged with sexually assaulting people with cognitive and physical disabilities between 2009 and 2013.

Police received information about the alleged crimes Feb. 7 and investigators with the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section identified eight men and women who were victims. The accused was arrested the same day.

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The accused worked for Christian Horizons in several group homes in York Region at the time of the alleged crimes. All of the charges stem from incidents in King Township.

Investigators are seek any other potential victims or witnesses who may have more information.

The accused will appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket March 29.

Jose Munoz-De-Rueda, 44, of Alliston, is charged with eight counts of sexual assault.

A video of Constable Laura Nicolle speaking about this incident is available below.

Anyone with information is asked to call the York Regional Police Special Victims Unit – Sexual Assault Section at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7071, or contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, by leaving an anonymous tip online at , or by texting the tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

Clearview council backs option to keep Stayner high school open, close Byng

Clearview Township council is backing the preferred option for the future of Stayner’s three schools, which includes closing Byng Public School.

On Monday, councillors voted in favour of so-called ‘option C’, one of three alternatives under consideration by an Accommodation Review Committee examining the future of elementary schools Byng Public and Clearview Meadows, and Stayner Collegiate Institute (SCI).


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Option C, which is the preferred option for the Simcoe County District School Board, would see Byng closed, Clearview Meadows used as a school serving students in Kindergarten through Grade 6, and SCI as a school for students in Grades 7 through 12.

In his report to council, CAO Stephen Sage said while it would be preferable that all three schools remain open, the capital requirements needed to keep Byng open – and enhance SCI – make that option “unrealistic.”

In his report, Sage noted some of the discussion about the future of Byng in the community, and what could happen to the property if and when the school closes.

“The existing Byng School property is one of the anchors of the community, and Clearview needs to ensure if Byng is closed, there is a plan by the community, and the school board, to ensure that the property does not fall into disrepair,” he wrote. “Staff do not have any recommendations at this time detailing a possible plan for the property, however we think it is imperative that the school board act swiftly to allow options to be considered.”

“Option ‘C’ is the best to maintain a secondary school presence in the community,” said Ward 4 Coun. Shawn Davidson, who has spoken at both public meetings hosted by the ARC.

Davidson suggested the township should lobby the province on amending the section of the Education Act that deals with surplus school board property in order to make a transfer of such land affordable for a municipality. The current rules require the school board to sell surplus land at market value – though other public entities such as school boards and municipalities get first option on buying.

“If we could get the property for the cost of legal fees, with the condition that we’re not going to flip it, that would make the legacy question more affordable,” he said.

The final public meeting by the ARC before a report goes to the school board will be April 20 at Stayner Collegiate.

A formal invitation to local students

Orillia residents have ruffled through their closets and donated dresses to help high-school students look their best for prom and graduation.

As part of its annual Let’s Get Formal event, the Quota Club of Orillia has rounded up more than 300 gently used dresses, along with a few suits and accessories for a complete ensemble.

"We heard about girls in the community who were in need of dresses," said club member Linda Hodgson, "and this was a good idea of helping out."

This is the club’s seventh year running the event.

"So far, we’ve given out 600 dresses in seven years," said Jean Eyre, co-ordinator of Let’s Get Formal, which is always held in March — the month of the Quota Cares campaign.

The club will set up shop at the Orillia Square mall this weekend. Located in a vacant store in the mall, the dresses will be available for pickup Friday from noon until the mall closes and Saturday and Sunday during regular mall hours.

"We normally give some 100 dresses over one weekend," said Eyre.

Theresa Gifford, who operates Closet Jems in downtown Orillia, helps by collecting and storing the donated dresses as they are brought in throughout the year.

For the past few years, the club was also able to offer alteration to dresses as needed. However, this year, the volunteer who provided that service will be unavailable.

Nevertheless, the dresses are there to help teen girls feel good about themselves at prom and graduation.

"It helps their self-esteem," said Hodgson, "makes them all equal."

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March Break fun at the MacLaren Art Centre

Youngsters pictured here at the MacLaren Art Centre participated in the centre’s Future Worlds Camp and City Lights Camp, both of which focus on making mixed-media buildings and cityscapes.

The centre’s March Break camps are full of participants, but it’s not too late to sign up. The centre is still taking registrations for anyone who is interested.

People can register for these full-day camps at www.maclarenart.com, call 705-721-9696 to register over the phone, or visit us at 37 Mulcaster St.

Ontario funds bike paths in Orillia, Midland and Collingwood

Ontario will provide $475,000 to Orillia, Midland and Collingwood over the next two years to help build new bike paths through the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program.

“Building cycling infrastructure is important in helping us make Ontario a great place to ride a bike,” said transportation minister Steven Del Duca, during a visit to an Orillia bike shop Tuesday. “Working together with our partners, the cycling community and local municipalities like Orillia, Midland and Collingwood, I know we will succeed in making Ontario a cycling leader in North America.”

The City of Orillia will receive $325,000 to build a 1 kilometre off-road pathway that the province said will allow cyclists and pedestrians to safely travel across Highway 11 and alongside a busy road with multiple intersections. “This new pathway will also help cyclists travel to work, school and recreation destinations in the west end of the city,” the transportation ministry noted in a media statement.

Midland receives $90,000 to create a new 2.4-kilometre bike loop around the downtown area.

The loop “will include separated bicycle lanes with physical barriers, raised cycle tracks and signed bike routes on shared roadways. The new loop will create cycling routes within the downtown commercial area that connect to existing trails and to destinations outside downtown,” the ministry noted.

Collingwood receives $60,000 to install a cycling and walking path “to help cyclists travel to Millennium Park and make this recreation and tourism destination more accessible for cyclist of all ages.”

The cycling infrastructure program is a $10-million fund, with the province covering 50 per cent of eligible project costs, up to a maximum of $325,000.

Eligible projects for funding include the installation or improvement of on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks.