OPP suspect arson after Lincoln SUV engulfed in flames in Angus

A Lincoln SUV was engulfed this flames this morning and Nottawasaga OPP are investigating the incident as an arson. At approximately 6 a.m. March 8, emergency crews responded to a vehicle fire in Angus. When crews arrived, they found a Lincoln SUV fully engulfed in flames, OPP said in a press release.  This fire is now being investigated as an arson and police are asking that if anyone observed anything suspicious to contact OPP at  or . If you have information and wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers at . OPP were assisted at the scene by Essa Township Fire Services.

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Bradford reacts to moving into grey zone, lockdown after 2 weeks

The region of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit was moved back into the red zone on March 8 after being in the grey zone for a week. The region moved into the grey zone on March 1 after being in the red zone for two weeks. The grey zone is a COVID-19 pandemic lockdown that sees non-essential businesses close their doors among other requirements. Simcoe-Muskoka’s medical officer of health, Dr. Charles Gardner, said there was a 30-per-cent increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in the region as well as community spread of the variant strain of the virus. Charles Delfs of Delfs Martial Arts in Bradford said he’s lost a lot of business since the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020.  “Because we’re a service-based industry we’ve had to stop revenue. We can’t rightfully charge our clients,” he said. Delfs has been able to access government grants and loans, which he said have helped through the year. “We’re fortunate for that,” he said. Delfs said he’s not in the same position as some other businesses because he has other sources of income.  Delfs’ Martial Arts has classes and, therefore, he said they can limit the amount of people inside at one time. “It is still theoretically possible to be profitable even though you have 10 people in classes,” he said. Delfs said he’s focused on member retention at this point. “It’s trying to keep yourself present,” he s […]

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‘Cosy and comfortable’: Green Apple Cannabis located in century home in Thornton

Thornton residents will not have to go far to buy recreational cannabis now that Green Apple Cannabis has opened on the main street.  Located at , Green Apple Cannabis is the first such store in Thornton.  Owner Sheri Norman said she was interested in hemp and the benefits of CBD before she got into retail cannabis to share those benefits with others.  According to the Ontario Cannabis Store, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that does not get people “high.”  Products for sale at the new store include flower, drinks, oils, edibles, and wellness items such as bath bombs.  “A large portion of people coming in from the community in our area are coming in for CBD strains,” she said. “The senior group is very comfortable with that; athletes use it (frequently).”  The AGCO authorized store is in one of the original century homes in Thornton, Norman said.  Hardwood floors, wooden beams and an original tin ceiling give the dispensary an authentic feel.  “We wanted it very cosy and comfortable,” she said. “We’ve kept it to fit the vibe of the town.” Norman said the store offers discrete parking in the back and a side entrance.  “Although many people use the product, there’s still a bit of a stigma, so we’re hoping to break that,” she said.  For more information, visit .

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Today’s coronavirus news: Ontario reports 511 new cases, zero deaths; Experts say prolonged COVID-19 complications rare in kids, but more studies needed

The latest coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Sunday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 9:30 p.m.: Health officials say some people who rode a bus to a Saskatchewan Roughriders game earlier this month The Saskatchewan Health Authority had previously announced that some fans who attended the Aug. 6 home game may have been exposed. The health authority now says those who rode a bus from Birmingham’s Vodka and Ale House Regina to Mosaic Stadium and back, and who were sitting near the front of the bus, should self-monitor for symptoms. 2:35 p.m.: Warning of tough days ahead with surging COVID-19 infections, the director of the National Institutes of Health said Sunday the U.S. could decide in the next couple weeks whether to offer coronavirus booster shots to more Americans this fall. Dr. Francis Collins also pleaded anew for unvaccinated Americans to get their shots, calling them “sitting ducks” for a delta variant that is ravaging the country and showing little sign of letting up. “This is going very steeply upward with no signs of having peaked out,” he said. 10:16 a.m (updated).: Ontario is reporting 511 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday. Health Minister Christine Elliott says there are 350 cases are in unvaccinated individuals and 67 in partially vaccinated individuals. There were no new deaths reported. The province says it administered 50,343 vaccine doses since the last update […]

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‘A big sigh of relief’: Canadian businesses wary but optimistic about borders welcoming American tourists

Canadian business groups say Monday’s reopening to vaccinated U.S. tourists is a big step forward for the embattled tourism and hospitality sector, but government decisions over the next few months will be crucial as the ultra-contagious Delta variant sparks concerns over a fourth wave of COVID-19. “I think today, a whole lot of tourism operators took a big sigh of relief,” said Beth Potter, president and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Canada. Though Potter is optimistic that businesses will be able to make the most of late-summer tourism, she thinks business travel won’t start to resume until the fall. Mark Agnew, vice-president of policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, said the effect of Monday’s restrictions easing is twofold. For many businesses, it’s late but “better than nothing,” as they may be able to eke out a few weeks of tourism business before the fall, he said. But for business travel, it’s especially good news, he said, as it’s not just a summer thing. Many businesses have been waiting to be able to resume face-to-face operations, said Agnew. Now, with Delta cases rising and concerns about vaccination rates in both Canada and the U.S., Agnew said it’s important that the government’s border policies only progress forward. “We don’t want to see any backsliding,” he said. In a month, Canada will begin welcoming fully vaccinated visitors from other countries, […]

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A return to red zone ‘welcome news’ says Wasaga mayor

Wasaga Beach’s mayor said she’s happy the provincial government is listening to the concerns of residents and businesses in Simcoe County. On Feb. 26, as it was announced the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit was moving into lockdown, Nina Bifolchi was quick to pen an email to Premier Doug Ford and the region’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Charles Gardner questioning the decision. At a March 2 meeting, council passed a motion calling on the province to return the region to red. Bifolchi said she heard from a number of business owners and residents puzzled by the decision to put the region in lockdown. “There simply doesn’t appear to be the evidence for such a shift. The return to the Grey zone is harmful to business owners and our residents in so many ways and is simply unacceptable,” she said. On March 5, when it was announced the lockdown would end March 8 and the region would return to a red zone, she called it “welcome news. “Most people in our community have done a great job following public health protocols to keep everyone safe and I know that will continue. We must remain vigilant,” she told Simcoe.com. “Red-control is great, but ultimately we want to get to green.”

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