5 Things You Need to Know Today: August 24, 2016

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Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen And Women From Base Borden To Visit Local Cemeteries

Poppies on Remembrance Day

Personnel from Base Borden will visit several cemeteries in the region today and tomorrow to honour WWI soldiers buried there. They will form an honour guard to pay homage to those who served our country almost a hundred years ago – this is part of Borden’s Centennial celebrations. Get the full schedule here.

Forces Of Nature Wreak Havoc In Italy, India, Myanmar


(Photo by Reuters)

From flooding to monsoons, Mother Nature is not happy. In India more than 300 have died and in Italy the death toll was at 73 as of 11am. Read more here.

Scam Callers Hitting Up PUC Customers In Midland


(Photo by Christian Hornick via Flickr)

Midland PUC customers have been getting calls from someone claiming to be with the utility, threatening to cut power and disconnect meters unless they make a payment using a prepaid card or wire transfer. Don’t fall for it; don’t offer any personal information. Read more here.

UPDATE: Police Searching Water After Empty Boat Found On Georgian Bay

Ivan Wong Rodenas

OPP confirm the missing man is 56 years of age, from Mississauga. he has yet to be found. Read more here.

Canadians now spend more on taxes than on food, clothing and shelter combined


The Fraser Institute calculates that the average Canadian family paid $34,154 in taxes of all sort last year, including “hidden” business taxes that are passed along in the price of goods and services purchased. By comparison, the study estimates the average Canadian family spent $30,293 on housing, food and clothing last year — about 37.6 per cent of the family’s total cash income.