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Arista finalist in building awards

Concord-based builder Arista Homes fell short of capturing a coveted industry prize last month, losing out to a rival builder from Mississauga.

Arista Homes was runner-up for the second year in the Tarion Awards of Excellence. It was a finalist in the Large Volume Builder category, along with Hayhoe Homes of St. Thomas, Tribute Communities of Toronto, Mountainview Homes of Thorold and Mattamy Homes of Mississauga.

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Top equipment firm coming here

Kidde Canada, the country’s leading supplier of fire safety equipment, is moving from its Markham headquarters to Vaughan in January, the company’s chief financial officer Robert Pizzola said last week.

The planned move follows the expiration of Kidde’s lease, which forced the company to examine its options.

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New election scheme voted down handily

The small pencils wielded by millions of Ontario voters were worn out on Oct. 10 picking who would get into government and the process by which future governments would be determined.

The referendum choice came down to keeping the first-past-the-post or switching to a mixed-member proportional representation system.

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Source of tainted beer discovered

Labatt Breweries says it has uncovered the source behind July 12 reports of suspected tampering of imported Stella Artois bottles, one of which was served at a Thornhill bar on July 11.

The investigation launched by the brewery following the discovery of the tainted beer determined the bottles were not tampered with as originally feared. The bottles were filled with concentrated alcohol in place of lager and were meant for display, not drinking.

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Thornhill bucks trend to go Tory

Rookie PC candidate Peter Shurman benefited from the fickle nature of the riding’s electorate, beating Liberal incumbent Mario Racco by 1,700 votes in Wednesday’s election — a landslide by Thornhill standards.

Four years ago, the voters of Thornhill ousted their incumbent MPP in a close race.

In 1999, four years before that, the voters of Thornhill dumped their incumbent MPP in another airtight race.