Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review


Robot 2 picks up 900 degree slabs of cut steel before they are hot pressed at quenched at Formet in St. Thomas. (MIKE HENSEN/The London Free Press)

Automation: 'very big threat and necessary evil'

The threat of automation to Ontario workers is real – and especially serious for Oxford County, home to three of the province's five communities that are most vulnerable to technology replacing people.

Oxford County CEO Peter Crockett, left, and Warden David Mayberry believe the environmental assessment for the high-speed rail system proposed for Toronto to Windsor needs to look at alternatives such as high-performance rail that would incorporate existing railways. HEATHER RIVERS/SENTINEL-REVIEW

High speed rail debate exposes urban, rural divide

In the shadow of a provincial election, high-speed rail is being marketed as a dream come true to commuters who dread spending a large chunk of their day navigating Ontario’s highways.