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Still want to hit the slopes? This weekend could be your last chance. READ MORE: Blue Mountain Resort will be open until Sunday with $29 lift tickets for adults and $19 for youths and seniors. Mother nature made it a tough year for ski resorts, but Blue is one of the last resorts open “We know it has been an exceptional winter for all Ontario resorts,” said Tara Lovell, Manager, Public Relations. “The team at Blue was able to leverage other Resort offerings when skiing and snowboarding were not feasible, but after a season like this one, it only seems right to celebrate with the skiers and riders that were with us through a challenging winter.”    The Resort had its latest opening day on record in December and, for the first time, re-opened green season attractions at the beginning of the holiday season. Blue Mountain will not have a record-breaking year for days on snow and will certainly be shy of the 147 open ski days the Resort had in 2013-2014. “We have received a lot of feedback from our guests about the season,” says Chris Lewis, VP Resort Services, Operations. “Skiers and snowboarders share our passion for winter and it was tough to stay positive when it seemed like Mother Nature just wasn’t going to give us the winter we all hope for.” More information and updates on snow conditions can be found on Blue’s recently updated website at  

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A Barrie tattoo shop can switch spots in the city’s downtown after winning its Ontario Municipal Board case. The OMB has upheld a city committee of adjustment decision allowing Unique Ink Custom Tattooing to relocate to Dunlop Street West. The move is at odds with Barrie’s Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw of 2011, requiring a minimum 100-metre distance between tattoo parlours, body piercing parlours, pawn shops or payday loan establishments in the downtown. The committee allowed Unique Ink’s application to locate at 13 Dunlop St. W., right beside a payday loan company, and the OMB has agreed. “It is the board’s conclusion that the general intent and purpose of the ZBL (zoning bylaw) was not to gradually phase out uses such as tattoo parlours and payday loan businesses, but rather to avoid future, additional clustering of these specified uses,” said OMB member Laurie Bruce in her decision. “Given that this is not an additional tattoo parlour, but rather an existing tattoo parlour that is being relocated, it is not in fact, adding to the cluster.” Andrew Batten, who owns Unique Ink along with Jay McKay, said he was relieved after the OMB released its decision Friday. “I’m feeling a lot better now, let me tell you,” Batten said. “It was long and grueling, but it was like an expensive vacation – an overly expensive vacation, that’s what that was. “An overly expensive stressful vacation.” Batten said Unique Ink is already at 13 Dunlop St. W., as its Clapperton Street lease was up at April’s end, but is just not doing any tattooing business there. Now Unique Ink can get a business licence and Batten expects to be open next week, and have a grand opening event as well. Barrie resident Jack Garner appealed the committee of adjustment variance to the OMB. The 81-year-old former downtown businessman said the variance wasn’t minor and would set a precedent, making the bylaw defunct. He said the bylaw is to encourage a good mix of businesses in Barrie’s downtown. But the OMB has dismissed Garner’s appeal. He was not immediately available Friday for comment to the Examiner. Barrie’s committee of adjustment made its decision last November. “This application falls within the intent and purpose of the Official Plan and Zoning Bylaw and is minor in nature and is in keeping with the character of the surrounding neighbourhood,” said the committee in its decision, which is signed by chairman Barrie Vickers. But the variance was not recommended by Barrie planning staff. Both 3 Clapperton St., Unique Ink’s former location, and 13 Dunlop St. W. are beside payday loan businesses. Unique Ink was allowed on Clapperton because it was there before the 2011 bylaw, and was therefore a non-conforming use. It required a variance to the bylaw to get a business licence and relocate to Dunlop West – which the committee of adjustment granted and the OMB upheld. At the April 1 OMB hearing, Bruce said the board’s decision could rest on whether the variance meets the general intent and purpose of the bylaw – if the bylaw’s intention is to prevent the clustering of these uses in the downtown or force them out. bbruton@postmedia.com

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One-hundred-and-ten students at Twin Lakes Secondary School raised more than $4,000 for athletics and related equipment during a 25-hour ‘volleyball-a-thon’ that started Thursday afternoon at 1 p.m. and ended Friday at 2 p.m. Teams played 20-minute rounds, while enjoying prizes, food and games during breaks.

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The Orillia chapter of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) will celebrate it’s 60th anniversary with a dinner Tuesday at Fern Resort. Over the years, CFUW Orillia has raised almost $200,000 and awarded 550 scholarships to young women in the area who are pursuing post-secondary education. For more information about CFUW or Tuesday’s event, visit cfuworillia.org. 

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PENETANGUISHENE –A Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden planted last fall in Penetanguishene is about to bloom. Veterans, school children and the public are invited to attend the cenotaph May 18 at 1 p.m. to see the garden, which honours the role Canadian soldiers played in the liberation of the Netherlands during the Second World War. The event will take place rain or shine. Refreshments will be served after the ceremony at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 68. READ MORE:

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Mississauga councillors have backed a colleague’s motion to change the name of Marco Muzzo Memorial Woods and Park. Ward 10 Councillor Sue McFadden called for the park to be renamed to avoid confusion in the wake of Marco Muzzo’s conviction and 10-year prison sentence yesterday. The park, located near Streetsville, at Hwy. 407 and Hwy. 403, was dedicated by Hazel McCallion nine years ago after Marco Muzzo Sr. died. The elder Muzzo, who is Marco’s grandfather, was responsible for building many of the houses surrounding the large wooded area, playground and park. The park’s name will be changed to Marco Muzzo Senior Memorial Woods and Park immediately, according to media reports. A 30-day wait period has been waived. Muzzo will also serve a 12-year driving ban after causing the death of three Neville-Lake children and their grandfather.

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Meaford junior curlers travelled to Gananoque on April 7-9 to compete in the annual Timbits Provincial Elementary School Championships. The event began with 54 teams of students from across Ontario up to Grade 8. The Meaford curlers represented Meaford Community School. Alex McNally was skip, with Ally Pendleton, vice, Cameron Lewis, second and Maddie Saunders, lead. Tracy McNally was their coach for the event. Although losing their first game to Beavercrest Community School from Markdale, 6-2 they held their place in the B side division. Meaford beat Centennial Public School from Waterloo 8-2 in the team’s second game. It was an exciting end to their third game against St. Thomas Curling Club. Cameron Lewis threw a perfect draw to win the draw to the button tiebreaker. The team also beat Lester B. Pearson Public School, from Aurora, by the score of 5-3.  With this win Meaford was in the championship game for the B division. In their final game Meaford took on College Catholique Franco-Ouest from Ottawa. Despite a great start, they lost the game 8-2.  The team was awarded with runner-up medals for B division. The A division champions were from Our Lady of Lourdes School from Kingston. Next year’s competition will be held in Chesley in March. The tournament was the end of the curling season for the team. “In all their outings the curlers showed impressive teamwork and sports etiquette in addition to improving technical and strategic skills,” said coach McNally. “We are really proud of these kids. They worked hard all season. The were a great bunch of kids to coach.” The team received sponsorship from were the Meaford Curling Club.

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If healthy eating is on your spring agenda, Barrie’s newest natural food market is worth checking out. Located in the south-end, Goodness Me! is an upscale 18,000-square-foot gourmet and natural food market featuring organic produce, organic and natural groceries, supplements, personal care items, local dairy and meat products.      “Our mission is to be a one stop shop for healthy food and living options,” says store manager Dale Chapman. “We have lots of unique products that you can’t find in most grocery stores and everything has a healthy focus. For example, nothing on our shelves contains refined sugar, refined salt, artificial flavours or colours.”   The on-site eatery serves hot meals, grab-and-go items (such as wraps, packaged salads, sa-mosas and pakoras), a salad bar and smoothies made to order. “Our bakery section will delight your senses with a full range of cookies, muffins, pies, cupcakes, brownies, loaves and more — with gluten free and vegan options,” says Chapman. “We sell an amazing local gluten-free bread from Thornbury Bakery.” Locally grown and produced products are a big focus for Goodness Me! “We even sell locally grown flowers here,” says Chapman. “Much of our seasonal produce is grown at our own organic farm in Campbellsville.” Be sure to check out the 10-week Lifewatchers healthy living course offered at the store. “The program is designed to improve your health and wellbeing,” says Chapman. “It makes nutrition and healthy living easy, fun and life-changing.” All courses are taught by local naturopathic doctors in the store’s fully equipped culinary classroom. “Each week, different dishes are prepared to show people how easy it is to make healthy food,” Chapman says, noting at the end, participants get to enjoy the tasty dishes.   The courses cost $250 and includes a cookbook and supplements. The shop also offers volcanic, organic and fair-trade coffee everyday for 95 cents. Goodness Me! has eight other Ontario locations and an online store. The Barrie store is at 79 Park Place Blvd. For more information on the store or the Lifewatchers program, call 705-730-7689 or visit

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Simcoe-Grey MP Kellie Leitch officially launched her bid for Conservative leadership Wednesday. If approved, she will take the next step of registering with Elections Canada. Sources close to Leitch say the move is intended to give her greater flexibility to be out in public raising funds and talking to party members about where she would like to lead the Conservatives in the coming months. Leitch, the first out of the gate, won’t have long to wait for company on the campaign trail. Quebec MP Maxime Bernier is expected to file his leadership application on Thursday. Rumours of Leitch looking for the leadership bid began almost immediately following the October Federal election. Leitch, 45, has been assembling a team for weeks to support her bid and has already been holding fundraisers and speaking to party faithfuls to raise her own profile. While she has been active in politics since she was a teenager, she was drawn into office by former Conservative finance minister Jim Flaherty and is counting on some of his supporters as she ramps up her bid. The Creemore resident was first elected for the Simcoe Grey seat in the 2011 election after previous candidate Helena Guergis was removed from the party. Although at the moment Leitch is polling poorly, in her circle are former organizers with the Ontario Progressive Conservatives. Leitch is taking a page from the successful leadership campaign of Ontario PC Leader Patrick Brown in trying to recruit new members to support her run. Former Barrie MP, Brown left Ottawa in his bid to lead the provincial party and travelled the province courting new support from traditionally unsupportive communities. Brown credited his victory in that party’s leadership race in part to selling more than 40,000 memberships. But while Brown drew strength from new Canadian communities, that’s one constituency where Leitch may have a tougher time. She was the federal party’s point person during the fall election campaign for a promise to launch a tip line on so-called "barbaric cultural practices," a move that drew scorn from many ethnic groups. Leitch, who is also a pediatric orthopedic surgeon, speaks French though does not consider herself bilingual. One of the co-chairs of her campaign bid is Dany Renauld, the head of a Quebec-based marketing and advertising firm. The vote for the next leader of the Conservative Party is scheduled for May 27, 2017, but the party faithful will be gathering in Vancouver this spring for a policy convention. While the rules for the leadership race were set in March, many consider the convention to be the real starting point for the leadership race. Other MPs considering a bid include Jason Kenney, Michael Chong, Tony Clement, Andrew Scheer and Lisa Raitt. The party requires candidate applications to be backed by 300 signatures from party members from no less than 30 electoral districts from at least seven different provinces and territories. Candidates must also pay a $50,000 fee — half up front when they register and then the rest later. They also have to give the party a further $50,000 to be held in case they break any campaign rules. The maximum candidates will be allowed to spend on the race is $5 million. Registering with Elections Canada also sets in motion requirements to disclose donations and campaign spending. — With files from J.T. McVeigh

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The Barrie Colts thought they were in luck after a second-overtime goal was waved off last night at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga. But starting goalie MacKenzie Blackwood suffered a lower body injury on that disallowed goal, which forced him to the dressing room. Just 18 seconds later, Mississauga Steelheads captain Josh Burnside put a shot past backup Colts goalie David Ovsjannikov to claim a 4-3 win. Getting on the board for Barrie were Justin Scott with a pair and OHL leading scorer Kevin Labanc, with a goal and an assist. Mississauga now leads the playoff series 2-1, with the teams playing at the Hersey Centre again Thursday before returning to the Barrie Molson Centre Saturday.

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