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Archive for: 12月, 2021


Students in the Simcoe County District School Board have turned International Day of Pink into a week-long event. From April 11 to15,  bullying prevention events will take place throughout the county.    ??Paint the Town Pink  ? More than 120 teams of SCDSB students have been matched with stores in Alcona, Alliston, Barrie (downtown and in the Holly area), Collingwood, Creemore and Midland. These stores have donated their main windows to be decorated pink. Students will design and install a window display that combines the branding of the store with bullying prevention and equity-themed pink displays. Students will assemble their displays by April 8, for viewing during the week.   ??International Day of Pink   ?Each year, the second Wednesday in April is marked as the International Day of Pink. This year’s event takes place on April 13. In addition to the events listed here, many schools hold bullying prevention assemblies, pink shirt days and other activities.    Barrie, April 13 Barrie’s official International Day of Pink celebration will take place at City Hall at 4:30 p.m. Representatives from the SCDSB and Barrie Pride will be at the flag raising along with other local dignitaries.   ?? Collingwood, April 13   On the morning of April 13, students will unite to turn Collingwood pink and participate in Olympic-themed challenges at the Eddie Bush Memorial Arena. Local dignitaries including MP Jim Wilson and Mayor Sandra Cooper will participate in the opening ceremony, which begins outside the library at 10 a.m., with a torch run to the arena to follow.   In Barrie and Collingwood, students will be joined by MacKenzie Oliver, founder of the I Love Me Club, to take a bullying prevention pledge.   ?? Art Exhibit   ? Grade 10-12 visual and media arts students from Innisdale Secondary School will display artwork at the SCDSB Education Centre in Midhurst. The exhibit will run during the last two weeks of April.  ?? Thanks to Hillcrest Elementarily School for helping us get our pink on! #paintthetownpink #downtownbarrie — Lazy Tulip Cafe (@LazyTulipCafe) April 8, 2016


Barrie police are looking for meat thief. Police say the man grabbed more than $200 worth of steaks in 2014 from the former Bayfield Street Zehrs store and became aggressive with a security guard who tried to stop him. Police say the suspect fought the guard and fled with the steaks. Police have a released a security camera image of the suspect, who is described as a white male, between 40 to 45 years of age, about six feet tall, with a medium build. He was wearing a camouflage bandana, jean jacket and a green t-shirt. Anyone with information is asked to contact Const. Keers at 705-725-7025, et. 2565, or email, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip at


TAY TOWNSHIP – St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church will present the award-winning “ABC Music & Me” on Saturdays starting this weekend. The Victoria Harbour church will host the Kindermusik International enrichment program from 10-10:30 a.m. Geared toward two- to four-year-olds, the free program is described as a half-hour, multi-sensory workout. For more information, call Diane Collett at 705-538-0885.


MIDLAND – Midland’s Frank and Mary Graham are the centre of attention during a celebration marking their 70th wedding anniversary. Dozens of friends, dignitaries and family members dropped by Royal Canadian Legion Branch 80 on Sunday to offer congratulations.


Special weather statement in effect for: \t•\tBarrie – Collingwood – Hillsdale \t•\tMidland – Coldwater – Orr Lake \t•\tOrillia – Lagoon City – Washago * Anugs – New Tecumseth – Innisfil Yet another April snowfall on tap.??The latest battle between spring and a very stubborn winter is setting up for today and tonight across Southern Ontario. A large Alberta Clipper approaching the Great Lakes from the northwest will spread a large area of snow into the region, with the snow expected to arrive in Southwestern Ontario by early afternoon. Snow will reach the Muskoka to Golden Horseshoe areas later this afternoon then spread into remaining regions this evening.??Snowfall amounts will range from near 2 cm over areas near Lakes Erie and Ontario, to 4 to 8 centimetres further north. Up to 10 centimetres of snow is possible in a few locales tonight especially in areas around Georgian Bay and the Dundalk Highlands to the Haliburton Highlands.?? As a warm front associated with the clipper moves in, the snow will change over to rain by late afternoon in the Windsor area. The changeover to rain will then work its way northeastward with the warm front tonight across remaining regions of Southern Ontario. There may be a brief period of ice pellets or freezing rain during the transition from snow to rain.??Most areas should receive a total of 5 to 15 mm of rain before the rain ends on Monday.


A woman has been arrested in connection with a theft and assault at a Barrie pharmacy last month. The 34-year-old Dundalk woman was found Monday by Chatsworth OPP, after receiving numerous tips. On March 28, a Barrie pharmacy employee was punched several times in the face trying to stop a shoplifter. City police were called to the Rexall on Essa Road shortly after 5 p.m. and told that a woman had selected items in the store and concealed them in a bag she was carrying. Security alarms went off when she left the pharmacy and a store employee stopped a woman outside. The employee was assaulted and a woman fled on foot, police said, and was last seen running west on Coughlin Road. About $500 in stolen merchandise was left behind. The pharmacy worker received minor injuries. The arrested woman will remain in the custody of OPP, as she was wanted on several outstanding charges there. She also faces theft and assault charges in Barrie.


Hospice Orillia is looking to house residential palliative-care services at a local retirement home. "In Orillia, there are no palliative-care or hospice beds," said Sandra Dunham, executive director of Hospice Orillia and Hospice Simcoe. "In our Local Health Integration Network, Orillia is the only place in this geographic area without palliative beds." As a result, one of the only options is to use Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital’s (OSMH) services, which would mean those receiving end-of-life care might not have a private room or staff specializing in palliative care. It is also more expensive, Dunham noted. Jim Fitzgerald, fund development manager at Hospice Orillia, and Dunham presented their business plan to council at Monday night’s meeting. Included in their proposal was the bid to acquire a wing at Champlain Manor to house a five-bedroom residential hospice with full-time services and staff. "They have an ideal set-up where we can have a wing to our own with a private entrance," said Dunham. Having considered other co-location options, including OSMH, Champlain Manor was the most promising, she said. Hospice Orillia is still in the negotiating phase with the retirement home, but the response has been good so far. "They already provide a good deal of palliative care to their residents, and we’ve worked closely to provide support to people dying there," Dunham said. A call to Champlain Manor requesting comment was not returned by press time Tuesday. If the plan comes to fruition, Hospice Orillia will have to raise $2.5 million to cover the operating costs for the first five years, Dunham said. "The province of Ontario typically funds hospices and residential hospices at $90,000 a year per bed," she said, adding the cost to smaller hospices is about twice that amount. "There will be some capital costs, (but) they’ll be minimum. We’ll need to buy five hospital beds and furnishings for the rooms and we’ll need to install a kitchen, but there’s no structural changes that need to be made." Dunham said a decision will have to be made regarding the future of the residential hospice depending on the response from the community. Coun. Pat Hehn, a former hospice steering committee member, said she was delighted to see the organization moving forward. Even though council has not yet been asked for financial support, Hehn was sure gathering donations for the cause wouldn’t be a problem. "I do know that donations for hospice come in extremely well, especially once it’s opened," she said. "When families use hospice, they very often put in the obituaries that they’d like donations to go to the hospice." On average, Dunham explained, people spend about two years dying. The caregiving role isn’t a one-week intensive exercise; it’s a long, drawn-out affair. "If you have no idea when it’s going to end, and you have no support, it’s pretty overwhelming," said Dunham. "People in long-term-care facilities do a really, really great job, (but) that full gamut of support is really needed."