Township of Tiny presents $1,000 bursaries to five students

At Tiny Township’s Aug. 11 council meeting, Mayor George Cornell and members of council presented bursaries of $1,000 each to five students entering their first year of post-secondary education. The recipients are: Adrianna Desroches, Emma Robillard, Michael Bennett, Quade Post and Zoe Baxter. The Township of Tiny bursary program is designed to assist students who are entering their post-secondary education, including courses and training programs of a technical and vocational nature. Applications are released in February of each year and are open to children of permanent and seasonal taxpayers in the Township of Tiny. In 2021, 28 applications were received. For more information about the program, and to view this year’s recipient essay responses, visit .

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Public meeting set for large residential development in Beeton fast-tracked by MZO process

A date has been set for a virtual public meeting to present the details of a large residential development in Beeton that was approved through a minister’s zoning order (MZO) earlier this year. According to the proposal that’s before the Town of New Tecumseth for review, FLATO’s development at the 67.4-hectare property, , just west of Beeton, will consist of 580 homes and 400 rental apartment units for seniors. The 580 homes include 287 semi-detached units, 42 semi-detached units, and 251 townhomes. The lands would also include a commercial area, a community urban agricultural area, parks, a stormwater management pond, and a network of trails and open spaces. The majority of council voted in favour of requesting the MZO last fall. It was approved by the province in March of this year. While the development was fast-tracked by the province, it is still subject to site plan approval at the local level. Residents will have the chance to comment on the development at the meeting taking place Oct. 20 starting at 7 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed on the Residents wishing to make deputations need to register with the clerk’s office. This can be done by

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Two charged with impaired driving: Orillia OPP

Two individuals are facing impaired driving charges stemming from separate incidents in Orillia.  On Sunday March 7, shortly before 2 p.m., Orillia OPP officers stopped a driver for a traffic violation on Matchedash Street. Upon speaking with the driver, the officer detected a smell of alcohol and started asking more questions. The driver was arrested and taken to the OPP detachment for further testing.  A 27-year-old from Nobel (Parry Sound area) has been charged with impaired operation of a vehicle, being a novice driver with a blood-alcohol content above zero and other traffic violations. The driver has a May 4 court date in Orillia. Then shortly after 5 p.m., OPP saw a vehicle being driven by a man who the officers had already spoken with in regards to impaired driving. The officers saw the driver after he walked into a Coldwater Road business. He was arrested and taken to a detachment for an investigation. A 30-year-old Severn Township man was charged with impaired operation of a vehicle and operation of a vehicle with a high blood-alcohol concentration. He has an April 27 Orillia court date.

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Today’s coronavirus news: Premier Ford dismisses MPP from caucus after he refused to get vaccinated; Ontario to require civil servants, political staff to be fully vaccinated or face regular testing

The latest from Canada and around the world Thursday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories if available. 9:40 p.m.: After considering the issue for months, and in some cases encouraged by government announcements, more employers in both the public and private sectors are unveiling mandatory vaccination policies for workers returning to the office. On Thursday evening, Royal Bank of Canada told employees it will require them to be fully vaccinated by Oct. 31 to work “on our premises.” That followed Sun Life Financial Inc., which told workers earlier this week vaccines will be mandatory for those returning to the insurance company’s offices, and Shopify Inc.’s chief executive officer that employees meeting up must be vaccinated, “because science.” Read the full story here: 8:45 p.m.: Several faculty groups at McGill University are calling for the school to implement a vaccine mandate because they are worried about COVID-19 transmission when classes resume. The McGill Association of University Teachers, the university’s school of population and global health, the department of epidemiology, biostatistics and occupational health as well as a group of law professors have all written letters this week to university administration in favour of a mandate. Read the full story here: 8:00 p.m.: Three U.S. senators said Thursday they have tested positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated, a high-profile co […]

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Justin Trudeau makes surprise campaign stop at downtown Barrie pub

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made a quick campaign stop at a popular downtown Barrie pub Aug. 17, bumping elbows and taking photos with patrons. Trudeau, who called an election less than two years into his minority federal government, surprised some patrons when he appeared at the Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery on Dunlop Street at about 4 p.m. Linda Stephens said it was “nice to meet” Trudeau, who spoke with her for a few minutes as she was enjoying a beer and some wings. “Regardless of who you support, it’s still historic when a prime minister comes to your community,” she said. “It was an opportunity to address concerns and ask questions.” Stephens said she was pleased there were no hecklers at the campaign stop, which she has seen through the media at other public appearances by Trudeau. “I think there is a way to do things respectively and still have your voice heard,” she said. “It was nice to have a picture with him and have a few words.” Trudeau enjoyed a can of Flying Monkey’s beer as he made the rounds, toasting some of the patrons. Campaign workers for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte Liberal candidate Tanya Saari held signs just outside the pub, while signs supporting Conservative candidates Doug Shipley and John Brassard were visible on the patio at the Queen’s Hotel directly across the street.

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Doug Ford under fire after accusing Indigenous MPP of jumping the vaccine line

Premier is facing demands to apologize after accusing Ontario’s only Indigenous MPP of “jumping the line” for a he was invited to get by local medical authorities in hopes of easing vaccine hesitancy in remote First Nations communities. New Democrat Sol Mamakwa, who represents the new riding of Kiiwetinoong near Kenora in northwestern Ontario, earlier this week as the government’s “Operation Remote Immunity” was in full swing to complete shots in fly-in communities at high risk of outbreaks. Mamakwa later said the premier’s remark serves to undermine vaccination efforts in the far north and showed “a lack of understanding, a lack of respect…a lack of compassion for Indigenous people.” Chief Gordon Beardy of the Muskrat Dam First Nation, who invited the MPP to get his first shot there last month, said the premier needs to “smarten up.” “We were very disappointed with his remarks,” Beardy told the Star. “They were very irresponsible of him because COVID is a very serious matter and should not be used as a political game. Lives are at stake.” Opposition MPPs were aghast, with an emotional Green Leader Mike Schreiner saying Ford’s words made him feel “sick to my stomach” and Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca calling them “an attempt to score cheap political points by someone who doesn’t understand the reality of his privilege.” NDP Leader Andrea Horwath […]

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Voices from the vaccination line: Ontarians 80 and over on booking appointments, getting the first dose and what they look forward to the most

Eyes crinkling over their masks, many from Ontario’s 80 and over demographic emerged from receiving their first dose of the vaccine at a mass immunization site in Scarborough feeling happy and relieved. On Thursday, people walked right into the immunization site at Centennial College’s Progress campus, while a day earlier, long lineups left many waiting out in the cold — some for around two hours.. “We had hundreds of people showing up without having an appointment … that’s what created the line last night,” said Leigh Duncan, director of communications at Scarborough Health Network (SHN). While the goal was to administer 1,200 shots Wednesday, the site vaccinated an extra 150 people for a total of around 1,350 doses distributed, said Dr. Lisa Salamon, site supervisor and emergency physician. Once fully operational, the site will serve a maximum of 2,000 clients per day. Immunizations are currently available for people born in 1941 or earlier. Upon entering the building, people are ushered to a check-in area, down one of two aisles — one for those who are in wheelchairs or have other accessibility needs. Then they are led to one of eight registration tables, where they present a health card and consent to receiving the vaccine. After that, the much anticipated moment: each patient receives their first jab, a process that takes no longer than five minutes, in one of the site’s 22 vaccine booths. Finally, vaccinated individu […]

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Ontario hospitals taking tougher action against unvaccinated staff

Ontario hospitals have begun to introduce stricter vaccination policies as the COVID-19 Delta variant continues to infect hundreds of people across the province every day. The Niagara Health System is poised to make shots mandatory for all new hires, a move first taken by North York General Hospital. The University Health Network is looking at requiring vaccination for staff, with unpaid leave as a last resort. And the four-hospital system serving the Stratford area will make vaccines mandatory for all staff unless 95 per cent of them have had their jabs by the end of September. “We know this next wave is the wave of the unvaccinated,” Niagara Health chief executive Lynn Guerriero said Wednesday, a day after Premier Doug Ford’s government announced for hospital, long-term care and education workers. The goal of the government policy is to encourage more to get vaccinated, but any doctors, nurses, teachers or personal support workers and others refusing for medical or other reasons will be required to take education sessions and undergo regular testing. Critics have said the plan falls short because unvaccinated people will still be treating patients and teaching children, including those born after 2009 and not yet eligible for shots. Guerriero said Niagara Health will be making a decision “quickly” on making vaccination a condition for new employees, and the policy could have the side effect of convincing more staff to get their shots. “I […]

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Pedestrian taken to hospital after collision in Essa Township

One person was taken to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Essa Township on Saturday morning (Aug. 7), according to a tweet from Central Region OPP. currently on scene for an early morning collision investigation. One pedestrian was struck and transported to hospital. Road closed at this time on 5th Line of between 5th SDRD and Marshall Cres. More to follow when available ^cj — OPP Central Region (@OPP_CR) Nottawasaga OPP closed down 5th Line between 5th Side Road and Marshall Crescent from approximately 7:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Police are still investigation the incident. No other details have been released.

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