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MIDLAND – With registration sessions now in the books, Huronia Soccer Club volunteers are eagerly awaiting the start of a new season. The soccer fields at Galloway Park will serve as the focal point for action in various divisions. “Those fields are just excellent,” said club president Rod Billenness. “The town has done a great job in maintaining them.” Regular-season play will begin in mid-April and run into early August, with playoff action to follow. The club has teamed up with the North Simcoe Youth Soccer League to not only offer the TimBits program in the youngest division, but also to grow the senior division. This summer, the two groups will jointly host Youth Soccer Nights on Wednesdays for boys and girls from Grade 6 up to Grade 11. “It’s only $60 for the entire summer,” said Billenness. “What we are trying to do is generate interest with the older youth players.” One of the highlights of the 2016 season will be the staging of a British soccer instructional camp in August. “It’s a group of British coaches who come over to Canada in the summer to host clinics on soccer, where they show the skills and the training to young players,” said Billenness. Open to boys and girls from four to 17, the camp will take place Aug. 22-26 beginning each day at 9 a.m. Registration fees vary by division. Specific information can be obtained by contacting Billiness at 705-526-6423 or . The club will also host a ladies league during the summer on Monday evenings, as well as the under-14 boys Ontario Cup Tournament from July 22-24.


INNISFIL – A local teen on a dirt bike faces multiple changes after it was spotted speeding on school property and Alcona streets Tuesday evening. Just before 6 p.m., South Simcoe police officers at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School were approached by daycare staff about a dirt bike motorcycle being driven aggressively there. An officer in a cruiser tried to stop the bike, police said, but it sped away and several cars had to take evasive action to avoid collisions. Police put the radar gun on the dirt bike and determined it was travelling 102 kilometres an hour in the 40 km/h school zone on Anna Maria Drive. The bike was spotted a few minutes later on Lowrie Street, where police say it tried to evade officers again but the driver was arrested. A 17-year-old boy is charged with speeding, stunt driving, failing to stop for police and driving while suspended. Police say the last charge relates to an earlier impaired driving charge. He is also charged with three offences under the Off Road Vehicles Act. The teenager was released to the care of his father and has a July court date. The dirt bike has been impounded for seven days. 


Support is mounting for a public inquiry into the Liberal government’s fundraising practices, Simcoe North MPP Patrick Brown says. “The appearance that (Premier) Kathleen Wynne has left is that she has turned the business of government into a money-making machine for the Liberal Party,” the Progressive Conservative Leader told READ MORE: Brown and NDP leader Andrea Horwath met with Wynne Monday amid allegations Liberal donors have scored lucrative government contracts, grants and favorable policy changes. “I had hoped that we would see a premier show contrition, wanting to do the right thing,” he said. Instead, Brown says Wynne wanted to know if he intended to drop his call for a public inquiry. “I went, ‘What does she have to hide?’” he added. What Wynne did offer — new regulations around fundraising to be set by the government — was nothing more than “a PR stunt,” he said. “She leaves giant loopholes, as if she’s doing nothing,” Brown said. “She said there will be a small reduction to third-party spending, but that leaves a giant loophole, because a small reduction is meaningless given the fact how big the spending has been,” he added.  Lax rules around lobbying are also a concern. “We have people working for the minister one day, then working for companies seeking contracts the next day and then fundraising for the Liberal Party,” he said. Wynne would also not agree to stop ministers from fundraising from companies that score government contracts, Brown said. “Her response was so weak,” he adds. “Kathleen said her ministers wouldn’t fundraise exclusively from those that do business with the government.” Fundraising is itself legitimate but “using government decisions to fundraise isn’t,” he added. A recently launched website inviting support for an inquiry has garnered 10,000 signatures in its first two days, he said. “It shows that the public is disgusted with the loose ethical lines that this government is using,” Brown added. In the same breath, he acknowledged that Wynne would have to order the inquiry. “If she has nothing to hide, she would welcome it,” he added. Wynne has already announced plans to ban corporate and union donations to Ontario’s political parties as of Jan. 1. The legislation will also curb third-party advertising by interest groups, limit fundraising in byelections and place new caps on electoral spending during campaigns. In a statement released after meeting with Brown and Horwath, Wynne said she is “committed to changes in election and political party financing in Ontario. “I believe it is important that these changes be in place or significantly underway before the June 2018 election, with initial changes legislated for Jan. 1, 2017.” The current system, “which all parties have been operating under,” does not meet “today’s public expectations,” Wynne added. Leaders will have time to consult with their parties to provide input before the legislation is introduced in May, with opportunities for amendments after first and second readings in the legislature, she said. Responding to Brown’s call for a public inquiry, Wynne said, “all parties have been following the rules as they exist now. “It’s clear that those rules need to be changed, which is why we’ve committed to introducing new legislation this spring.” — With files from Torstar


The discovery of chemicals has complicated a fire investigation at a 9th Line property east of Beeton. Nottawasaga OPP Staff Sgt. Brian Humber said investigators found chemicals at the property located west of 20th Sideroad. “Chemicals were found at the site, but there is no threat to public safety,” he said. He confirmed a criminal investigation is underway, but did not provide further details. The 9th Line has been closed between the 15th and 20th sideroads since a shed at the property caught fire around 4 p.m. May 15. Humber said the road is expected to reopen this afternoon. In Adjala-Tosorontio, a portion of the 7th Concession is also closed while

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While the North Bay Battalion made it onto the board first, it was a heated third period that saw the Barrie Colts take the lead and win their playoff game at the Barrie Molson Centre last night. Barrie now leads the second-round playoff series 2-0. Lat night, the Battalion led 2-0 going into the second period, but Kevin Labanc’s set up Justin Scott, who fired one past Battalion goalie Jake Smith for his 12th goal of the postseason. Despite making crucial saves in the third period, the Battalion goalie couldn’t stop Anthony Stefano, who slid one in with 2:18 remaining in the game. Stefano’s second goal of the playoffs tied the game at 2-2, which eventually led to overtime, as Cordell James and Keigan Goetz recorded the assists. In a case of déjà vu, Labanc passed the puck to Scott, who scored his second goal of the game, giving Barrie the overtime win. It was Scott’s 13th goal of the postseason. Colts goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 34 shots. The series now heads to North Bay for games three and four If necessary, the teams will face off in Barrie Saturday night. Tickets are available at

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Barrie fans will be the first to see Sloan’s One Chord To Another 20th Anniversary Tour when the band takes the stage at The Roxy Theatre April 5. “This will be the first show of the tour, so it could be really good or it could be really bad,” laughs the band’s Patrick Pentland. “It could be a lot of bugs being worked out or it could be fine. Some place has got to be the first show.” The tour is in support of the band’s third album, One Chord To Another, which features hits The Good In Everyone, Everything You’ve Done Wrong and The Lines You Amend. Pentland said following the tour for their latest album, Commonwealth, they decided to rerelease One Chord. “I didn’t even know it was the 20th anniversary until other people started saying it online,” he said. “It was a bit of a coincidence I think. People started calling it the 20th anniversary tour and I was like, OK, let’s go with it.” The band — made up of Pentland, Chris Murphy, Andrew Scott and Jay Ferguson — plans to play the whole record followed by another set. “We rehearsed a bunch of stuff from other albums that we don’t normally do,” Pentland said. He said the album’s release 20 years ago was like a rebirth for the band. After recording their first two albums, the band broke up. “One Chord is when, I consider, the Sloan you know today started,” he said, adding the track The Good In Everyone is “probably his favourite” from the album. “It’s very short. For me, it was a statement of intent in terms of what I wanted to do musically with the band,” he said. “It’s more of a hard rock song. It’s the first song on the record and it was a new beginning.” And his least favourite? “There is a song of Jay’s called Junior Panthers, which I like, but I always screw it up,” Pentland said. “It’s a very quiet song, so if you screw up at all, it’s very noticeable.” One Chord To Another allowed the band make to its mark on MuchMusic, building bigger audiences. “I feel like we are much more of an established name now, where as back then, we were still trying to get it out there and prove something to everybody,” Pentland said. “We also carried a certain amount of guilt about having been signed to major labels, when other bands we knew were going a bit before us and they were still struggling. We don’t feel that way anymore because nobody from those days is around anymore. It’s just us and The Hip and Our Lady Peace, that’s about it.” For anyone who hasn’t seen Sloan perform live, it can be like watching a game of musical chairs. “We sort of switch around. No one really sings two songs in a row,” Pentland said. “It’s something we’ve done for a long time. I don’t ever think about it. We are capable of doing a lot of things. The way we tour now, we don’t bring an opening act. It’s an entire evening with Sloan, so we like to switch it up a bit.” For more on Sloan, visit . • April 5 at The Roxy Theatre • Tickets are $24.95 and available at the Tropical North Surf Shop in Barrie or online at . • This is a 19-plus event.


The 25th anniversary of the Orillia Business Women’s Association’s Nelle Carter Woman of the Year gala is already being celebrated as 10 people have been nominated. It is the most amount of women who have been nominated for the award in one year, but that doesn’t shock Donna Howlett, past president of the association and one of the organizers of the gala. "I’m not surprised," she said, "because there are so many incredible women in Orillia." Howlett is one of eight people on the association’s executive in charge of the gala. They’re hopeful to put together an evening worthy of the 25 years the award has been handed out and the women who have been honoured. "We’re capturing a lot of the things that have gone by," she said. "We’re going to have a few surprises. It’s not going to be the same old, same old." Howlett congratulated all the nominees, saying, "They should feel really special." Gala tickets cost $45 each and are available at or at Pretty Woman Fitness, Tiffin’s Creative Centre and Northern Business Equipment. The gala will take place May 11 at the Best Western Mariposa Inn. Nelle Carter Woman of the Year nominees are as follows: Liz Westcott: Westcott has been the executive director of Green Haven Shelter for Women since it opened 25 years ago. She is currently the driving force behind a proposal to the provincial government to provide funding to open a new shelter. Kristy Nicole Fleming: A lawyer at Rastin and Associates, Fleming has been keen to help those in need from an early age. A "fighter for people," at 15, she volunteered at the Community Legal Clinic, assisting lawyers to help struggling Orillians to receive free legal services for human-rights infringements, criminal injury compensation, Ontario Works, Ontario Disability Support Program and Canada Pension Plan benefits. Luisa Cirimele: Cirimele is the owner of Awakenings Wellness Centre. She recently received the Open Care Patient Choice Award 2015, being chosen from a pool of 23,000 volunteers worldwide. She was also part of the medical team during the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto. Amanda Bolen: The owner of Discovery Wellness, Bolen has been a registered massage therapist in Orillia for 10 years. She supports her community by being a member of the Lakelands Business Networking International Group, the Orillia District Chamber of Commerce, the Orillia Wellness Network and more. Karen Horst: Horst had a busy 2015. She was elected by clergy and elders from across Canada as moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada. As well, she recently represented the denomination at Truth and Reconciliation events in Ottawa and participated in a gender justice event in Cuba involving leadership from the United States, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Canada. Joy Skinner: Skinner always strives for the next level in her professional work environment and in her community involvement. She has been recognized locally, provincially and internationally for her contributions, including being named Orillia Citizen of the Year. Gill Tillmann: Tillmann, for many years, has demonstrated exceptional community leadership through her work as an educator and at Couchiching Jubilee House. Her leadership has improved the lives of others by her investment in time and energy. She has worked with others finding solutions that result in the improved health and well-being of the community. Wendy Timpano: Timpano has been general manager of the Orillia Area Community Development Corporation since August 2010. The role gives her a unique perspective and ability to serve the community, and by all accounts she has taken full advantage. She consistently goes above and beyond the duties required of her to seek out and implement better ways to serve and improve the community. Wendy Ann Thorne: Thorne is the owner of Fur’z-a Fly’n Dog Grooming and has been lauded for going above and beyond for her four-legged clients, taking them for walks in the bush and providing them with playtime all day and a relaxing atmosphere so they are cage-free and do not require medication that was needed previously while they wait for their owners to come for them. Debbie Woodhouse: Woodhouse has been with OPP since 1989. In those years, she has been an innovator for the advancement of the organization and employee wellness. She also volunteers to supervise high-school and college students during co-op experiences, co-ordinates yoga instruction and is a mentor for employees going through OPP’s rigorous interview process. The Lisa Brooking Young Woman of the Year award will be handed out at the gala as well. Three people are in the running. Morgan W. Fitzgerald: The Grade 12 student is managing to keep her grades at almost 90% even though she participates in many sports and clubs at school. She has been described as a model student who always tries her best and pushes herself to achieve even more. She will attend the University of British Columbia in the fall to study psychology. Volunteering is something Fitzgerald often does for fun. Christy Scott: Scott is described by teachers as "an exceptional thinker and planner, a unique and remarkable student with an affable and engaging character, as well as an enthusiastic participant always willing to volunteer in any activity." She is always there to help others to understand, improve and reach their own successes. Scott will attend Queen’s University in the fall. Heidi Hayes: Hayes is described as a unique nominee because of what she has gone through in her life, but also because of what she has achieved in spite of it. As a young girl, she was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. That has not stopped her from surpassing her goals. She has reached Grade 12, excelling in many areas including being on the honour roll for four years. Hayes strives for higher goals, believing every day is a miracle. 


Brian Cooke nervously paced along the sidewalk in the rain as he waited for an explanation into why both schools his daughters attend were in lockdown. “She’s terrified,” Cooke said of his daughter Emily who is in Grade 9 at St. Peter’s Catholic Secondary School in Barrie’s south end. “She was trying out for soccer and now they’re all locked in the change room.” Emily Cooke was one of several hundred students at both St. Peter’s and Saint John Paul II Separate School, as well as the high school’s daycare, that were forced into lockdown shortly after 2 p.m. after Barrie police were called to investigate a ‘suspicious person’ in the area who was possibly carrying a weapon. “A witness saw a male walking toward the high school with something under his jacket, and I guess they believed it to be possibly a concealed weapon, so from there they called us,” said Const. Sarah Bamford. Brian Cooke is texting his scared young daughter locked in gym change room – she stayed for soccer team tryouts — Cheryl Browne (@cherylbrowne1) March 31, 2016 St.Peters High School under lockdown while police investigate suspicious person.Further information will be released as it becomes available — Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) March 31, 2016 Suspicious Person-A young male was observed going into St.Peters High school just before 2pm, possibly with a weapon. Pls stay clear of area — Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) March 31, 2016 However, it did turn out to be a false alarm. “He had a baseball bat with him, because he was attending school for a baseball practice today (Thursday),” she said. The schools, both located on Ashford Drive near Yonge Street and Big Bay Point Road, were placed in lockdown at 2:06 p.m., said St. Peter’s principal Heinrich Bebie after the students were released shortly after 3 p.m. Bebie said a member of the community contacted police about a suspicious person in an orange coat. “I suppose it looked to them as though he was covering something up that could have been a weapon. The police called us and we went into lockdown,” he said. Bebie said after police began looking for the student – who was in lockdown in the gymnasium – they determined the 15-year-old boy was simply protecting his expensive bat from the rain as he ran into the school. Lock downs have been lifted. Male located inside high school. — Barrie Police (@BarriePolice) March 31, 2016 Mother comforts daughter after lock down lifted at St Petes after suspicious person seen by parent at school — Cheryl Browne (@cherylbrowne1) March 31, 2016 Lockdown update. Please visit our webpage for details of what happened. Thank you Panthers for your cooperation. Thank you Barrie Police. — St. Peter’s C.S.S. (@SMCDSB_PET) March 31, 2016 “We have been practising lockdowns on a regular basis and the kids responded appropriately,” Bebie said. Sixteen-year-old Zoey Bown said she wasn’t initially concerned about the emergency response, and ducked into a closet in the library with about seven other people. “At first I wasn’t worried, but then I heard the (police) dog bark and that was kind of creepy,” she said. Her friends, who had already left school for the day, were texting her about social media updates and she soon realized the threat wasn’t real. Police tweeted at around 3 p.m. a male had been located inside the high school. Bamford say this was not an over-reaction to what turned out to be a harmless situation. “Some people are going to say the witness over-reacted, but everybody’s level of suspicion, everybody’s comfort level, is different. It’s subjective,” she said. “At the end of the day, a witness sees something that is suspicious to them and they call us and we respond, and the end result turns out to be somewhat of a positive one. “No one was hurt at the end of the day. We don’t want to discourage people from calling us.” No charges were laid, Bamford said.


 Collingwood Public Library is presenting its Spring 2016 Author Talks series with an emphasis on different ways of looking at the past. READ MORE: C Three authors will each look at history in their own way, from biography and autobiography to historical fiction. Collingwood Public Library Author Talks is a series presented each spring and fall, which brings popular Canadian authors to Collingwood for an hour of discussion followed by a book signing. The Spring 2016 line-up includes: On Thursday, April 14 Terry Reardon discusses Winston Churchill & MacKenzie King: So Similar, So Different. Reardon explores the 50-year relationship between Britain’s great wartime leader and Canada’s longest serving prime minister. A director of the International Churchill Society in Canada, Reardon gives an insightful look into the minds of these two men, focusing on the crucial years of World War II. On Thursday, May 19 Richard B. Wright discusses A Life in Words. Award-winning author Richard B. Wright looks back over a long and illustrious literary career and examines the influences that shaped his life and his craft. Wright was the winner of the Governor General’s Award and Scotiabank Giller Prize for his novel, Clara Callan. On Thursday, June 30: Susanna Kearsley discusses A Desperate Fortune. Kearsley talks about her latest historical novel, a tale blending romantic Jacobite secrets with a contemporary search for answers. A former museum curator and author of over 11 novels, Kearsley weaves meticulous historical research into a compelling and entertaining narrative. Talks take place between 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the Collingwood Public Library.


For $100, you could be driving away in a brand new Corvette. Tickets are now on sale in the Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach’s 17th annual Corvette lottery. Up for grabs is a Long Beach metallic red ‘Vette Stingray, valued at more than $77,500. The goal, said Todd Young, the club’s co-chair of this year is to raise more than $83,000 for organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Breaking Down Barriers, Hospice Georgian Triangle, and the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Foundation. The car, featuring a 460 hp engine, was officially unveiled at the club’s monthly meeting on Monday. Young said the club is offering up 500 more tickets than usual, to 2,000. The draw will be held Sept. 4. To order by phone, call 1-866-443-9688. Lottery regulations do not permit the sale of tickets online. However, tickets can be ordered by downloading a ticket request form .