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The staff at Sunflow Solar is ready to help you make the shift to solar. The Barrie business is just one of the more than 100 vendors taking part in this weekend’s Barrie Spring Home Show. The event, presented by MBM shows, takes over the Barrie Molson Centre Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free. “This is a good year for people to go solar,” Sunflow’s Joshua Doerksen said. “Solar is getting simpler and the technology is getting better. We are here to educate people on the solar options available, whether it’s Net Metering, microFIT or Off Grid.” Sunflow’s Brandon Davenport said representatives will be on hand at the home show to answer questions, but he also encourages you to visit “The website fully explains all the options in a language people can understand,” he said. “People are still saying, ‘Oh, it’s hard to imagine a country running only on solar,’ but Germany is 50-per-cent solar. Canada is behind. It’s time we catch up.” Sunflow offers customized systems that match with each person’s home. The process starts with the customer sitting down with an environmental agent such as Kat Templelaar. “I come to your home and we go over every detail,” she said. “Every solar power system is different which is why we make it a personal experience. You don’t need to be an expert. We will guide you through the entire process.” Aside from solar, the Barrie Spring Home Show will feature services and products such as roofing, climate control, sod, flooring, lighting, landscaping, health and wellness, plumbing and wood craft. Whether you need to buy windows, paint your house or get a new garage door, the Spring Home show has a vendor for you. SEE THE SHOW • When: April 9 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and April 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Where: Barrie Molson Centre • Cost: Free admission • Info:

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The city could waive its landfill fees for tree trimmings and brush from last week’s ice storm in Barrie. Councillors will consider a motion Monday to grant a temporary exemption from April 5-23 for city residents. “It would be unfair to charge them the tippage fee, or ask them to use up their 100 kilogram exemption, for what was an act of nature,” said Coun. Barry Ward. “I think there is so much yard waste from the storm, some people will find it much more convenient to bring it to the landfill site themselves rather than cut it up and bundle it to meet city standards for curbside pickup.” The tree trimmings and brush would need to be separated from all garbage and not be mixed with any other waste, and received at Barrie Landfill during its normal operating hours. Proof of Barrie residency would be required. The tree trimmings and brush would need to be from a city property, and from the storm – which took place overnight March 24-25, and into the Easter weekend. “They are doing the city contractor a favour in this particular case, because anyone bringing branches to the landfill site reduces the massive volumes which will be out on the curb,” Ward said. “It’s important to remember this isn’t household waste which will fill up our landfill site: it’s wood which will be chipped or composted.” Councillors will consider this motion as an item for discussion Monday. It comes from Ward, as well as Couns. Andrew Prince and Sergio Morales. The freezing rain/ice storm brought down trees and branches on hundreds of Barrie properties and streets, knocking power out for hours. The cleanup is expected to take weeks. Leaf and yard waste is not collected in Barrie during March, and regular collection doesn’t include branches larger than four inches in diameter. Residentialfees for leaf and yard waste at the landfill are: no charge for the first 100 kilograms, then $60 per tonne. Barrie Landfill is located at 272 Ferndale Dr. N. and open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Curbside leaf and yard waste collected is brought to a designated area at Barrie Landfill for composting. The materials are put into windrows, then turned and monitored daily. The compost is eventually screened and tested to ensure it meets Ministry of the Environment standards, then sold to Barrie residents. The ice storm also caused significant tree damage and power outages across Simcoe County, especially Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, Adjala-Tosorontio and Bradford West-Gwillimbury. The County of Simcoe will begin a special brush collection on Monday, April 4 in the harder-hit areas of south Simcoe, as resources permit. Brush collection may not coincide with regular waste collection days, so residents are being asked to place brush curbside by April 4 for service as soon as possible. Large branches or trees will not be collected. Brush must be cut into manageable lengths, a maximum of two metres long and individual branches not to exceed 12 centimetres in diameter. Brush should be bundled and tied in manageable packages, weighing a maximum of 20 kilograms a bundle. Larger pieces may be cut into firewood and left out for re-use as firewood by others. Residents may also self-haul brush to county waste management facilities, at no charge. @BrutonBob

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(SUBMITTED) – Registration is now open for summer school. Each year, the Simcoe County District School Board offers a variety of summer programs to more than 2,000 students. Summer school options include a Grade 7-9 math preparation program and math, science and English credit recovery courses for students in Grade 9 and 10. Grade 10 – 12 full credit courses are offered in a traditional classroom or online. These free courses are available at locations throughout Simcoe County.  Interested students can also travel and earn credits with the summer EduTravel program or experience camp at the YMCA’s Geneva Park location while earning leadership credits.  “Our summer school options give students the opportunity to get closer to achieving their academic goals,” said  Hanne Nielsen, the board’s principal of Adult and Continuing Education. “Classes include traditional face-to-face classroom instruction, as well as online learning, travel opportunities and leadership training. Students have an opportunity to find a course that is right for them.”  Summer school program details and locations (as well as registration information for non-SCDSB students) can be found on The Learning Centres website, Students can also get information from their local elementary or secondary school, or from any of the SCDSB’s Learning Centres.


For some, it could be the only hot meal of the day. Red Cross launched the Meals on Wheels program in Wasaga Beach in November, and now deliver one meals a day to about six clients. Related: Jacqueline McDonald, the community services assistant with the Barrie office of the Canadian Red Cross, would like to see that number go up. “We’re just trying to spread the word that we exist,” said McDonald, as the Red Cross recently promoted the partnership it has with local real estate company, Trinity Royal LePage Realty. The Meals on Wheels program is designed for seniors, or persons with a physical or mental disability who need extra support. Meals include a main entree, soup and dessert, and are delivered Monday through Friday. The cost is $8 a meal, and clients are billed once a month; clients can be billed directly, or the bill can go to a third party such as a family member. Special diets and food preferences can be catered to. “A lot of our clients are living on their own, and just need the extra support with the meal,” said McDonald. “The beauty of it is the volunteers will not only deliver the meal, but will also make sure the client is OK. If they’re not (answering), we do assume the worst, so we contact family members, friends, whomever their contact is to make sure they’re OK. “We have found situations such as diabetic comas, people who have fallen and can’t get up, people who are looking ill so we can advise the family they may want to check in on a relative.” Trinity Royal LePage Real Estate donated the meals for Wasaga Beach for the month of March. The realtor’s office at Mosley and River Road West acts as a drop-off point for the meals – which are put together at Sunset Manor – for volunteers to pick up and deliver, and three of the company’s agents also volunteer their time delivering meals. “It’s community service,” said Trinity agent Kevin Smith. “We get involved in the community all the time, and this is just another step toward helping out.” “If we didn’t have our volunteers, we wouldn’t be running the program,” McDonald added. “They can commit to once a month, once a week – whatever they’re availability is.” For more information on Meals on Wheels, call 705-721-3313.


The word bittersweet might not be the way to describe it. More like raw pain mixed with a tiny flash of comfort. It was in the midst of a murder trial this month when a Barrie jury stepped out and the judge gave permission for Kristin Brooks, 20, to give her dad a hug in the prisoner’s box. This, the man the man accused of murdering her mother. “I understand you want to give your dad a hug. You may do that now,” said Justice Guy DiTomaso in a stern voice. Quietly, police unlock the handcuffs on Mitchell Brooks, 53, charged with the first-degree murder of his wife Deena Brooks, 50, who was shot in the chest in the foyer of their New Lowell home May 24, 2013. His sporty, baby-faced daughter takes a cautious step, then rushes to him and the two embrace, weeping, not even attempting to hold back tears in the confines of a courtroom. “Oh dad, I love you so much,” she said, her face red and contorted, shuddering in his arms. “Oh God! I love you so much.” Dad holds his little girl tight. It was the first time she’d held her dad since that last hug three years earlier when he dropped her off at the dance. They’d had the best father-daughter day. They went for sushi. He took her to get her prom dress, then a manicure and pedicure. A few hours later, she would text her mom for a ride home from the prom. “On my way,” her mother texted back. Kristen stood at the front doors, waiting. But her mom lay dead in the foyer of their home with a bullet hole in her chest. Brooks claims he was in the depths of depression and meant to shoot himself when his wife grabbed to get the gun away from him and the trigger somehow went off. The Crown claims Brooks was enraged and shot his wife because she was leaving him. But his daughter doesn’t believe it. She knew her dad was depressed about his marriage. “He was crying all the time. I would go to rub his back to try to comfort him,” she told the jury in a timid voice earlier this month. Outside of court, the youngest of two daughters, insisted her father is innocent. “It was an accident, I whole-heartedly believe that,” she said. “He would never hurt anybody but himself. He’s a great dad.” The jury is now deliberating.


Sarah Irwin is excited about her artistic homecoming. The Orillia native will present some of her paintings at Lee Contemporary Art gallery later this spring as part of an exhibit called An Island Somewhere. "I have this fairly large body of work that features all imaginary islands," said Irwin, who is looking forward to show her work at the gallery run by longtime friend and fellow artistic companion Tanya Cunnington. Now living not far from Nova Scotia’s iconic Peggy’s Cove, Irwin said the landscape where she finds herself painting these days reminds her a lot of the Orillia area, where her parents still live and where she regularly visits. "I find it quite similar," said Irwin, who graduated from Georgian College’s fine arts program before moving east in 2001 to pursue in an interdisciplinary degree at Halifax-based Nova Scotia College of Art and Design University. "There’s definitely a link between the two places." Irwin said she loves painting islands because even the smallest island "celebrates growth in unlikely places." Cunnington, who opened her Peter Street South gallery last August, said Irwin’s work is rich and vibrant and should appeal to a wide variety of patrons during the show that runs from May 12 to June 18. "I’m really excited to be hosting her show," said Cunnington, a respected artist herself, who specializes in drawing and painting. "The scenes definitely relate to Orillia because we’re also on the water and have islands nearby. Sarah’s also an incredible sculptor, but those are harder to transport." 


ESSA TWP. – A Barrie man faces a dangerous driving charge after his car was found by police on its roof in a ditch Wednesday evening. Nottawasaga OPP spotted the black Ford Focus off County Rd. 27, south of Essa’s 10 Sideroad, just before 7:15 p.m. A 50-year-old man was taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. He was later charged with dangerous driving and given a May court date. 


Barrie police are looking for a missing 15-year-old girl. Police say Sydney Paterson  was reported missing to police on Friday, April 1. She was last seen on March 11  by her father. It is believed she may be in the Keswick area and investigators are seeking any new information in attempts to locate her. Police are requesting the public’s assistance. The teen is described as white, about five-foot-six, with a thin build. She has freckles and a fair complexion, and a brown hair and blue eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Barrie Police Service Investigative Services at (705) 725-7025, ext.2129,  or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip at


Simcoe-Grey’s Member of Parliament is taking the first step to see if she will replace her former boss. Tuesday, the co-chair of an ‘exploratory committee’ for confirmed work was being done to see if the support was there for Leitch to take the reins of the Conservative Party of Canada. Sander Grieve said he’s known Leitch, a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, since their days at Queen’s University, when Leitch was president of the campus’ Conservative club and he was vice-president. “I anticipate we will be filing the paperwork shortly in order to make sure everything is done according to election law,” Grieve told “Our mission is to gauge the level of support and to support her in having conversations with the party about her ideas, their ideas, and to begin to line up the necessary campaign mechanism and to line up the necessary funders.” Read more: Read more: Grieve said he was asked by Leitch to co-chair the exploratory committee, along with another long-time friend of Leitch’s, Dany Rauld. He added the rest of the committee is a mix of individuals who have known Leitch for varying periods of time. Leitch was in Alberta on Tuesday, and could not be immediately reached for comment. She is expected to speak at an event in Alberta this evening. “It’s pretty exciting,” said Ted Rowe, who has been Leitch’s local campaign manager in Simcoe-Grey for both federal election campaigns that she’s contested. “We’ll see how things pan out over the coming months. This is just the first step of a long road.” The race to replace former leader Stephen Harper is expected to be packed, with names such as former defence minister Peter McKay, and current MPs Lisa Raitt, Maxime Bernier, Tony Clement, Michael Chong, and Jason Kenney being bandied about as possible contenders. Party outsiders such as former Toronto councillor and mayoral candidate Doug Ford, and entrepreneur and former Dragon’s Den cast member Kevin O’Leary, have also been suggested as interested in the leadership. In a recent Abacus Data poll, three per cent of respondents stated they felt Leitch would make the best leader. “I’m not sure how much credence people can put in the polls until … there’s so many ifs, ands and buts,” Rowe said. “Some of these people who are leading the polls haven’t made a decision or declaration whether they’re even coming in. “Really all these polls don’t mean a lot until we see who’s in the race.” McKay, who retired from federal politics two years ago to focus on his family, and has not indicated his intentions, was the leading choice, followed by O’Leary. Grieve acknowledged Leitch is looking at an uphill battle. “With most of these things, there’s a process of people getting to know her, and that’s part of the exploratory process, is for to facilitate those discussions, conversations and meetings. I think we’ll a very different result after we get through that process,” he said. “This is a grassroots movement that you have to do – basically you’re running 300-plus campaigns across the country, because you have to go after each riding and get support in all of them,” Rowe said. “I think, knowing her work ethic and what she has said and done, the contacts she has in her many years in the party … she has as good a shot as anybody. “It comes down to who’s in the race, and this will come into better focus once we know.” Leitch, 45, has been involved with the Conservative and Progressive Conservative parties since she was 14. She was first elected to Parliament in 2011 after easily capturing the nomination to be the Conservative candidate in Simcoe-Grey, fending off suggestions she was a ‘parachute candidate’ was dumped from the party. Leitch was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for her work in both medicine and business in 2005, and in 2010, received the Order of Ontario for her work advocating for children and youth. She served as minister of Labour and the Status of Women in the final two years of the previous Conservative government, and is now the party’s health critic. Grieve said Leitch is a focused individual. “She has been a prolific doer in all aspects of her life, she has been a huge force as a volunteer and professionally,” he said. “I think, frankly, the challenge for those of us who are friends of Kellie, is when she puts her mind to doing something, is keeping up. She is extraordinary.” Somebody has to be first, and somebody has to take that plunge, and that’s what she’s done,” Rowe said. “From a local level, we’ll be doing what we can to see it through.” The Conservative Party will be holdings its annual convention in May in Vancouver. Rowe said there will be a contingent from the riding to help promote the Leitch’s leadership bid. Under the party’s leadership rules, Leitch will be required to present $25,000 as part of the first stage of registering as a leadership candidate, with another $25,000 to follow. She will also have to post a $25,000 ‘compliance deposit’ with the party. “I’ve been looking at it from a local level, but … there’s lot of work to be done for all these candidates to get their name out there, especially when you have people who are big names in the sense of McKay, who may come in or may not,” Rowe said. “At some point, people have to take the initiative to either get in or get out, but she’s elected to get in and do this exploratory committee and see what kind of support we can put together coast-to-coast.” Grieve said the initial fundraising has begun, and he anticipated Leitch would be registering as a candidate in the coming days. “Essentially there’s a group of us who have known Kellie for a long time who are active partisans,” he said. “We’ve encouraged her to do this and she has said, ‘I’m willing to take this step with you – you come back to me and show that we can put in place a winning campaign organization and the fundraising that’s necessary and (can) facilitate me getting out there and talking the party about my ideas. If this is going the right direction, we’ll take the next step together’. “We have met the challenge for her, and we’ll see if we can meet the next challenge.” “She showed that winning the riding where we are … that wasn’t an easy thing to,” Rowe said. “The work she did in cabinet … when she gets a hold of something, she’s going to take it as far as she can go. “She has contacts, many years coast-to-coast … she has a lot of people rooting for her, so this isn’t just to go out there and see what happens. She jumps into these things, and you want to go in and you want to win.”


MONO, ON — A stretch of Highway 10 south of Highway 89 in Mono was shut down for nine hours as Dufferin OPP investigated a serious collision resulting in two fatalities late Sunday night. OPP Technical Traffic Collision investigators, Shelburne Fire Department and Dufferin EMS all responded to the scene after a two-vehicle collision involving a Honda Sedan and a tractor trailer. The two occupants of the Honda were pronounced dead on the scene. The driver of the transport was not injured in the crash. Preliminary investigation revealed that the Honda crossed into the southbound lane while travelling north and was struck by the tractor trailer on the passenger-side door. The tractor trailer was travelling southbound in its proper lane. The stretch of Highway 10 closed for the investigation was closed from 11 p.m. Sunday night until 8 a.m. Monday morning. Word on charges or further details on the deceased were not yet available at the time of this writing.