6 things to know about the 2021 federal election in Simcoe County, Barrie, Orillia

Canadians will be heading to the polls amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Election day is Monday, Sept. 20. Here are six things you need to know: 1. offices will soon open in each of the federal electoral districts. Advanced polling days are Sept. 10 to 13. You can also apply online to 2. Canada is divided into 338 electoral districts. One representative, or MP, is elected for each riding. In Simcoe County, there are four ridings. They are ; ; ; and While some parties have confirmed their candidates, we’re still waiting to hear from others.  3. Canada’s last federal election was in 2019, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals ending up in a minority position. They lost the majority won in the 2015 election. The most recent Parliament had 155 Liberal seats, 119 Conservatives seats, 32 Bloc Québécois seats, 24 NDP seats, two Green party seats, five independents, and a vacancy. 4. Party leaders are (Liberal), (Conservative), (New Democratic), (Bloc Québécois), (Green), and (People’s). 5. Voting amid the COVID-19 pandemic is sure to look different. There are health and safety measures planned to keep voters safe at the polls and in Elections Canada offices, according to the Elections Canada website.  Here is what’s been announced so far:  Those going to the polls and into Elections Canada offices must wear a mask. They will be provided with a single-use pencil to mark the ballot. You can also bring your own […]

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Police pull over car overflowing with beer cans in Simcoe County

Ontario Provincial Police want people to recycle, but said a driver in a Toyota Corolla filled to the brim with empties was doing it in a dangerous way. A driver was stopped in Simcoe County for a routine RIDE check on Highway 400 in Waubaushene, a town about 50 km north of Barrie. That’s when police saw the backseat overflowing with empty cans. The stop resulted in the driver being charged with insecure load and driving while under suspension, the OPP said. The insecure load charge carries a fine of $130. People caught driving with a suspended license can face fines of thousands of dollars, up to six months in jail or have six months added to their current suspension. Ontario Provincial Police said the driver with a suspended license was allowed to leave the checkpoint because there was a licensed passenger who could drive the vehicle after the “load was secured.”

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Lane restriction and water shut-off on Penetanguishene’s Burke Street

Due to Penetanguishene’s Chatham Street reconstruction project, there will be a lane reduction and water shut-off in the Burke Street area beginning Aug. 9, Burke Street will be reduced to one lane between Peel Street and Beck Boulevard. Also, westbound lane on Robert Street East in this section will be closed on Monday, Aug. 9 until the completion of the upgrades. Also, water will be shut-off for residents of Burke Street from Fox Street to Beck Boulevard. This begins Aug. 9 until completion of works.  The town said when water service resumes residents may experience a slight discoloration in the water for a short period of time.  Remove the screens from your faucets and open all taps for five to 10 minutes to remove any air and to flush the plumbing system, the town recommends.  Anyone with concerns can contact town staff Moe Lefaive at ext. 117, or Jody Haourt .

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Island Princess not coming to Midland or Penetanguishene after all

The Island Princess is staying docked in Orillia. Although the owners had an agreement to relocate the tour boat to Penetanguishene, they’ve changed their minds and decided it’s staying put. “It is really unfortunate that the Island Princess was unable to relocate to Penetanguishene,” said Cathy Tait, general manager of the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce. “Penetanguishene council and staff were very excited to welcome the boat cruise to town. They put considerable time and effort into making the agreement happen, including a great docking space at the harbour and the use of the town’s ticket office.” by Dave Scoffield and Wade Plewes — owners of Georgian Shores Catering — and Gerry Hogenhout, a chartered accountant and owner of Canadian Investment Services. The trio planned to relocate the boat to Midland, . They took steps toward launching Georgian Shores Boat Tours Inc., including striking an agreement with Penetanguishene, bringing the Chamber of Commerce on board to help manage the operation and creating a website and social media accounts. Then, they changed their minds. “We believed that the arrangements were finalized but understood later that the relocation of the boat from Orillia to Penetanguishene was challenging and cost-prohibitive,” said Tait. According to Hogenhout, a variety of factors led to the Island Princess staying docked in Orillia, including the fact that moving the boat to Pen […]

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Nearly 100K Canadian health care workers have been infected with COVID, report says. 43 have died since the start of the pandemic

infections in health-care workers across Canada are approaching the 100,000 mark, with close to 30,000 cases recorded between January and June of this year, according to new data from the . As of June 15, cases in Canadian health-care workers stood at 94,873, up from 65,920 on Jan. 15, the national non-profit organization said Thursday, representing an almost 44 per cent increase. At the same time, while overall infections in health-care workers have risen, the share of those cases out of all cases in Canada has fallen to about seven per cent, down from about 10 per cent in January. Forty-three health-care workers have died of COVID since the beginning of the pandemic, CIHI reported. “It’s important we have a good understanding of the impact of the pandemic on health care workers in Canada,” said Lynn McNeely, manager of the health workforce information team at CIHI. “In a time when our health-care system is under considerable strain, ensuring those who are at the heart of care delivery remain healthy themselves, is critical.” While the proportion of infected health-care workers as a share of total COVID cases in Canada has fallen since the beginning of the year, CIHI reports that it is still higher than those of France, Germany and the U.S. The data does not break down which health care workers are most vulnerable on a national basis, due in part to the fact that definitions of “health-care worker” can vary across provinces and terri […]

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Mayor ‘thrilled’ to welcome Innisfil Spartans Junior C Hockey Club to town

The Innisfil Spartans will be the newest team playing in the (PJHL). Owned and operated by lnnisfil Sports Group, the Spartans will be a Junior C team in the Ontario Hockey Association. “We’re thrilled to share this exciting news for the Innisfil sports community,” said Mayor Lynn Dollin. “A junior hockey team will foster a sense of community, pride and passion. It will continue to promote an active lifestyle and create opportunities for high-performance athletes right here at home.” Innisfil resident and team owner George Floros began the process of bringing a team to the in 2019. The Spartans will begin play in the 2022-23 season. “The lnnisfil Spartans Junior C Hockey Club is an organization committed to the development and success of our young hockey players as team members and student athletes,” said Floros. “It’s our goal that our players will be outstanding athletes and role models in the Innisfil community. The team is dedicated to providing a junior hockey opportunity that offers a positive on-ice experience, as well as a positive off-ice lifestyle.” Junior C is considered a development level for Tier II Junior A and Junior B hockey. The PJHL’s North Carruthers division currently includes teams in Alliston, Caledon, Huntsville, Midland, Orillia, Penetanguishene, Schomberg and Stayner. Innisfil has not had a junior hockey team since 1985, when the Stroud Junior A Bruins ceased operations at the Stroud-I […]

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