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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article contains content that some readers may find disturbing. ———————————————————————————————————— Dr. Rod Kunynetz kept his defence largely above the belt Friday as he took the stand at his disciplinary hearing for alleged sexual abuse. The Barrie dermatologist, whose medical licence has been suspended, is accused of rubbing his penis on the legs of two female patients during exams. But his defence is the women felt his overhanging belly — clinically referred to as a pannus — and not his underwhelming penis. Kunynetz, 64, testified he’s suffered from obesity since his teens and his weight collected on his belly. He’s packed between 250 and 305 lbs. on his 5-foot-11 frame. His testimony Friday didn’t deal with the size of his penis, nor with the specific allegations of the four female complainants. His lawyer, Matthew Sammon, showed his client photographs of the simulated skin exams Kunynetz performed on his secretary, who posed as a patient. Kunynetz repeatedly said it was his pannus — not his penis — that his secretary/patient felt. The belly "is the most protuberant — that’s what’s making contact," Kunynetz said. "My genitals are too low and too close to my body to be contacting (her leg)." One of the complainants alleges Kunynetz pressed his penis against her thigh and then pulled up her shirt as she returned to her chair during an exam in December 2013. "He didn’t just push it on me. He pushed it on me in a back-and-forth manner," she told a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario investigator in January 2014. "There’s no mistake of what he did." A second woman reported Kunynetz in May 2014. He "rubbed and pressed his private parts on my leg when I saw him for a spot on my head" in 2009, she said. A third patient contacted the college in 2008 alleging Kunynetz fondled her breasts during a visit to examine spots on her legs and face. Kunynetz has maintained he did nothing improper, but admitted he was sometimes "abrupt" with patients because his practice was so busy. He said he would see up to 70 patients during his 11-hour work days. The dire shortage of dermatologists forced some patients to travel from Sudbury — a four-hour drive away — because they faced up to 14-month waits at home, Kunynetz said. The doctor tried to fight the suspension of his medical licence in court last year. In October, Judge Harriet Sachs wrote Kunynetz provided evidence from a urologist that the combination of his oversized belly and undersized penis would have prevented the latter from touching seated female patients. She upheld the college’s suspension pending the outcome of his disciplinary hearing. The hearing resumes April 29. spazzano@postmedia.com

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The seventh edition of Celebrate Lake Simcoe has been cancelled because organizers weren’t able to access enough funds to stage the annual event this summer. Organizers had applied for a $20,000 grant through the town’s Inspiring Innisfil community grant program, but the grant committee only approved $10,000 for this year’s event. Held at Innisfil Beach Park the third Saturday of July, the event has celebrated both the historic significance and environmental importance of the lake. Founder Beverley Else said while the event hit a snag this year, organizers are planning an extra-special edition next year. “It will be part of the Canadian sesquicentennial and feature Lake Simcoe’s significant role in our nation’s history,” Else said. “The organizing committee is already working hard to develop this outstanding festival for everyone in Innisfil and surrounding communities.”

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An elementary school vice-principal faces 23 charges of voyeurism after the forensic analysis of a camera found hidden in a school staff washroom. On Feb. 17, 2016, staff at James Hillier Public School in Brantford called the police to report finding a hidden video camera in an employee washroom.  Officers investigated to find the camera had been hidden inside a drop ceiling, which had a hole made in the tile. An image of a man was found on the camera, which was seized by the Brantford Police Service. Further investigation led to the arrest of Brent Lawrence Hachborn, 33, of Brantford, a vice-principal with the Grand Erie District School Board in St. George and Burford. He was charged with adult voyeurism. Since the arrest, a forensic analysis of the camera has found evidence of nine victims, all of whom are adults. No students were victims. All of the victims have been told about the images found. Hachborn has been charged with 23 counts of adult voyeurism. On Feb. 25, he was granted bail for $6,000 under conditions he not have access to any cameras, cellphones or computers, nor is he allowed to attend the electronics section of any retailer. Hachborn was also ordered not to attend any schools, and not to have contact with an alleged victim. The accused will also have to attend counseling as directed by his sureties. Hachborn was suspended from work pending the outcome of his case in February, and no longer works for the school board. “Grand Erie District School Board commends the work of Brantford Police Service as they conclude their investigation at James Hillier School,” said GEDSB superintendent of human resources Scott Sincerbox. “We are grateful that no students were victims in this case; however, we recognize the tremendous impact this situation had on the identified victims. We continue to offer support to them during this difficult experience. The accused is no longer an employee of Grand Erie District School Board.” Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call Det. Balbir Singh of the Brantford Police Service at 519-756-0113 ext. 3337.  Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous are asked to contact Brant-Brantford Crime Stoppers at 519-750-8477 or 1-800-222-8477 or submit a web tip at

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The city could look into allowing shipping containers to be used in Barrie as buildings, building additions and accessory structures. Councillors gave initial approval Monday to have planning staff prepare a memo for the development services committee to consider. Which was less than Coun. Rose Romita wanted; she had asked for a report and recommendations from planning staff, and that a public meeting be scheduled under the Planning Act to consider use of the containers. But other councillors balked at going that far at this point. “I have no idea what they (shipping containers) look like,” said Coun. Doug Shipley. “Rather than jump in with both feet. . .” Romita wanted to move quicker. “I was hoping for us to be as aggressive as possible,” she said. “Shipping containers are about a quarter of the cost of building materials. I have a lot of builders ready to do this.” Shipping containers are being used to build homes in other parts of Canada, Vancouver to be specific. They are often available when shipped to their final destinations and are too expensive to ship back. Re-using them is also an alternative to melting the containers down or scrapping them. They are also virtually indestructible. Shipping containers are build to handle heavy loads, harsh climate conditions and being handled by cranes. They can also be stacked to form multi-storey homes. Barrie city council will consider final approval of the motion to investigate looking at shipping containers as buildings, building additions and accessory structures at its April 11 meeting. bbruton@postmedia.com @BrutonBob 

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UPDATE- South Simcoe Police say a missing 13-year-old Lefroy boy has been found. Neyland Stephenson was last seen near Alcona Glen Elementary School at about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday and South Simcoe Police asked for help in finding him. He may be in the Alcona or Angus areas. He also goes by the name Neyland Dalziel. He is African American with a light complexion, five-feet, five-inches tall with a thin build. He has short, curly brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a black and grey winter jacket, black baseball hat and blue shoes.

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MIDLAND – Quest Art School and Gallery’s new exhibition “What Lies Beneath” explores the different forms of violence and trauma people face. The exhibit features Tiny Township artist Tina Poplawski and Walkerton artist Jenny Iserman. Poplawski’s mixed-media works were inspired by her family history, which includes the execution of her Polish grandfather and the imprisonment of relatives during the Second World War. Iserman’s narrative quilt and book works address domestic violence with depictions of stories she has witnessed or learned about through her work as a social worker and shelter volunteer. The exhibition opening is Friday from 7-9 p.m. The show will remain on display until May 14. Quest is also opening two other exhibitions Friday: “Stories Told” and “Circumstances.”

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For the past 16 years, The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach has developed an annual Corvette Lottery in which some lucky man or woman has won a beautiful dream car by buying a $100 ticket. Now, in its 17th year, members of Wasaga Rotary Club launched the 2016 Corvette Sting Ray Lottery along with representatives of the charities which will benefit from this vital lottery project. By selling tickets on this highly desirable car The Rotary Club of Wasaga Beach will raise $83,000 to be donated to charities like: Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Friends of Nancy Island, 714 Wasaga Beach Air Cadets, Big Brothers/Sisters, Breaking Down Barriers, Wasaga Beach Food Bank, YMCA Strong Kids, Canadian Tire Jump Start, Hospice Georgian Triangle, My Friend`s House, Junior Achievement , First Canada (Cybergnomes) and Gilda’s Club.

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A Collingwood real estate broker one of the top in Canada. READ MORE: Doug Gillis, a broker with Re/Max Four Seasons Realty,  ranked number 42 on the company’s list of the top 100 sellers for 2015. Re/Max has more than 19,000 sales associates across Canada. “I never got to this level before,” he said.  “We had an exceptional year and that’s based partially on the fact the market has been reasonably strong.” Gillis believes the area has been “discovered,” and said the natural environment make it attractive to potential buyers. “We’ve got all the amenities here,” Gillis said. “We’ve got a great hospital. We’ve got great schools.” Gillis has been a real estate agent since 1991 and has been involved in 1,200 transactions totaling more than $403 million in sales. He’s been involved in a number of prominent deals including the acquisition of lands for the Georgian Bay Club, assisting in the acquisition of the Olde Towne project and working on the Terrasan property in Craigleith. Gillis said his specialty is solving problems. “I’m a problem solver more than a salesman,” he said.  “There isn’t a real estate deal in the world that doesn’t have a problem or two associated with them.” The 68-year-old believes in giving the proper attention to clients, which means when he’s talking to someone, his cell phone is in his car. “If I’m talking to you, I’m not interrupted,” he said. Gillis came to real estate after selling C&C Yachts in 1989. Gillis built yachts, including three that were used in the Americas Cup race. He said he’s always been an entrepreneur, staring with a lawn cutting business and paper route. “I was always in business,” he said. Gillis grew up on a tobacco farm in Brantford and said he got interested in travelling while he was a teenager. “I started travelling around the world when I was 16,” he said. “I hitch hiked across North Africa when I was 16. I was a Deckhand on a fishing trawler in Iceland when I was 18. We’ve had adventures all over the world.”

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Simcoe County District School Board students took home 93 awards from the , held April 1 and 2. Young scientists in Grades 4 to 12 competed in the event held at Bear Creek Secondary School. Two grand awards were handed out. The Best of Human and Health Sciences award went to Minoosh Fathi from Bear Creek Secondary School for Refueling with Sugar. The Best of Physical and Mathematical Sciences award went to Ryan Madden, also from Bear Creek, for Magneto-Hydrodynamic Drive. Fathi and Maddeb have qualified to compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair (CWSF), taking place in May in Montreal. Two SCDSB junior competitors will also travel to the CWSF as members of Team Ontario.

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A public meeting about the North Barrie Crossing development will be held April 12 at 7 p.m. at Monsignor Clair Catholic School. Developers for the project, on Cundles Road East at Duckworth Street, are considering removing ground-floor commercial space but keeping the six-storey residential units.

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